Intro To After Effects – 3D Layers and Cameras

March 9, 2009

In this episode, I go though the steps to make layers 3D and animating cameras. I also discuss Depth of Field within AE

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  • this is a good one nick! hope to learn more, soon!

  • Great stuff, I’ll give it a shot.

    oh and the screen res makes it easier to see what your doing! thx

  • Nice stuff nick.
    I’m glad i started watching your Vblog when i did. I feel its going to be a good daily dose.

    What i’m looking forward too, even more then the tutorials, is the little 5 sec projects. This as a feature on your blogs will really bring new and old motion designers posting and contributing together.

    Many thanks for giving your time,


    UK, Leicester

  • Thanks Jat, I JUST posted about the extended date for the 5 second projects. More themes will be announced Friday. Should be awesome! Can’t wait.

  • You sir, are God.

    I really didn’t know it was so easy, I’m pretty excited to start playing around with it.

    Quick question: what software would you recommend to model and/or animate in 3D?

    Keep the AE tutorials coming! Love em!

  • Although I know the basics, I watch because you never know what you may throw in for good measure. Plus, we have to always remember the basics in order to do the complex. I would like to know how you did the final piece of your Layer Tennis volley…that was cool to the hilt! DK rules my friend.

  • Thanks Rick.

    I am actually posting a “behind the scenes” Layer tennis cast tomorrow.

  • Any chance you’ll do some c4d tutorials?

  • I’m definitely planning on doing some C4D Tuts. Stay tuned.

  • great video, one big frustration for me is camera easing in and out. i still dont really know how to use the ease grid. you touched on it just for a second in this video but why does the camera sometimes flip out when you ad easing to it? thanks for your help nick

  • gorilla,

    thanks so much. the tut is fun and easy. gonna definitely check out more

  • Hi!!
    I’m writting from Barcelona,

    This is one of the best websites to learn After Effects!! I’ve been watching a lot of hours of tutorials… Thank you VERY VERY MUCH!!!!

    I will try to use Cinema 4D,

    Thank’s a lot!!

  • more C4D tuts! I think they’re fantastic. Also, I love the walkthroughs. Design tutorials are genius because it’s lacking in most colleges and other website tuts. Keep encourage people to build their eye for design.

  • Hi Nick,

    Not sure if you are aware of this, but the link to Pariah Studio when clicked on an error appears, “Error 4 something?” Here is his new link:

    Manny Grillo

  • thank’s Nick is good for tutorials

    From indonesia

  • Thanks a lot for the tutorial 😀 helped me a lot. Amazing

  • Hi, I do think this is a great website. I stumbledupon it 😉 I may return once again since i have bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.

  • Hi Nick!

    U have really inspired me to finally begin to work in AE. Tomorrow i’m installing the software! The cinema tutorials are great aswell, but keep them AE’s coming!

    Great job!

  • I like your tutorials for after effects and I wanted to ask if you could make a tutorial on how to make shadow on an object in 3D without using a light, if its possible to do that.

  • i want to know about 3d layer in after effect

  • Hai!

    Maybe off topic, but I’m bumping into this next issue:

    Made a composition (intro) for video’s in C4D r13. Nice ‘nd clean blurry moving mesh with some neat textures.
    Imported into AE and added blur, lights etc.

    Now exporting to Premiere Pro, It gives the error “AE blur missing” and “AE flares missing”.

    Can’t find a way to export it from AE to Pr in a proper way.
    Any suggestions?


  • Thanks for the guide! Taught me some really important basics that are curucial to working with 3D layers! Keep up the good work!

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