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After Effects On the Spot by Richard Harrington

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AE in 3D:
Working in 3D Space

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There are several ways to incorporate 3D into an AE Comp: you can cheat and use one of the perspective effects, like Basic 3D; you can use a plug-in with a built-in 3D engine, like Zaxwerlts 3D invigorator or Shatter; you can import data from a 3D application, like Maya or 3D Studio Max; or you can animate with After Effect’s built-in 3D engine, which is the focus of this chapter.

After Effect’s 3D engine is sometimes referred to as “2.5D:’ or “postcards in space,” because 3D layers have no depth (or extrusion). They are flat layers that can occupy and move around in 3D space, but if you turn them ...

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