Learn to Better use the Camera in Adobe After Effects

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The camera layer is a wily one. But you can tame it with a little planning and a null object. Pretty soon you’ll be whizzing around like Harry Potter at a quidich match. Or whatever that game is called. It’s not like I have a griffindor tattoo on my butt or anything.

Anyway, there’s no project file for this on since we’re not really making a “project” per se. But if you want some cool stuff check out EvanAbrams.com. It’s rad. Also you’re rad for watching, so thanks.

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If you have any questions just let me know in the comments.



  1. Jordan S
    April 17, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    You have a very Canadian accent and you are a great teacher. 

  2. therealist2013
    April 17, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

    can u help me out real quick bro.. i dont want the camera to move my
    particles…. is there any way i could do that? im using the cc particle

  3. lordsacar
    April 17, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

    thanks man! Now I can follow my layers easily. You explain this clearly
    even though that English is not my native language.

  4. Diners Dinery
    April 17, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    how do you move the null 1 like that at 3:19?

  5. Krii Editz
    April 17, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

    how to use the graph editor

  6. Knix
    April 17, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    verry nice video please make more of those lessons 

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  8. Vincent Leverenz
    April 17, 2015 at 10:14 pm #

    A world inside After Effects can be a better world if you can control that
    camera. Thanks for the great video!

  9. Elisha Nyameba
    April 17, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    one of the easiest and well explained tutorials I’ve seen. Well Done and
    keep up the good work :)

  10. J. Smith
    April 17, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

    Is it just me or does this guy sound like Seth Rogen 

  11. OthmanTamim (OTFX)
    April 17, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

    Excuse me ! 🙂 if i want to pre compose so i will pre compose the whole
    thing i mean .. i will pre compose the null + texts + camera in new
    composition ?

  12. cordarro gordon
    April 17, 2015 at 11:05 pm #

    do you have a email address ?

  13. Joe Nicklo
    April 17, 2015 at 11:14 pm #

    Thanks for the tut. Any chance on some more camera lessons? 

  14. David Robillard
    April 17, 2015 at 11:52 pm #

    I hate the effing camera tool, thanks!

  15. welshdragon2008
    April 18, 2015 at 12:50 am #

    you lost me after the first 4 minutes

  16. iscawaiv
    April 18, 2015 at 1:20 am #

    hey, your tutorials are great, you just got a new subscriber! i was
    wondering if maybe you could help me out… (let’s use the project above as
    an example) i want to zoom in into the text (dark blue) so i could use that
    color as the background and start writing with the color that once was your
    background (light blue). can you understand the effect i’m trying to make?
    is it possible to do it? i need to use the camera to accomplish it? sorry
    if it’s confusing, english isn’t my first language. thank you in advance xx

  17. Bermuda Beast
    April 18, 2015 at 2:04 am #

    I’ve learned so much form this, Thank You!

  18. Nader Carun
    April 18, 2015 at 2:25 am #

    Awesome tutorial, really helpful, subscribed. 

  19. IntellectualBANDIT
    April 18, 2015 at 3:24 am #

    how’d you move the Anchor Point like that? thx

  20. Jérôme Routhier
    April 18, 2015 at 3:51 am #

    Veyr helpful, this helped me understanding the base of the camera tool!

  21. Sandra Lores
    April 18, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    Thank you for this! the null object does the trick perfectly.

  22. Ashraf Ezzat
    April 18, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    One of the best tuts I’ve watched on camera and null object. Really good
    stuff. Thanks a lot.

  23. Thomas P
    April 18, 2015 at 4:43 am #

    NIce tutorial! Can’t wait to get my feet wet! Thanks, Evan!

  24. Ghiffari Assamar
    April 18, 2015 at 5:21 am #

    thank you man !

  25. Nghĩa Phạm
    April 18, 2015 at 6:21 am #

    When I add camera layer my screen goes black like the layer had covered
    everything?please help me:(