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Lesson 6. Station Identification > Animating the moving eyes composition

Animating the moving eyes composition

Now that you've completed the movement of the eyes, you're going to add the Moving Eyes composition to the Final Comp and create the effect of the cat bouncing into the frame of the Composition window. Putting one composition inside another is called nesting. For more information on nesting, see the After Effects User Guide.

  1. At the top of the Time Layout window, click the Final Comp tab to display the composition. Set the current time to 01:10, and then drag the Moving Eyes composition from the Project window into the Final Comp, aligning the left edge of the graphic with the left edge of the frame.

  2. In the Composition window, set the Magnification to 50%.

  3. Start dragging the Moving Eyes layer down, hold down the Shift key to constrain the movement vertically, and then continue dragging until the Moving Eyes layer is down below the visible area.


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  4. In the Time Layout window, set the current time to 01:14, press the P key to display the Position property, and set an initial Position keyframe.

  5. Move the current-time marker to 01:20, and then in the Composition window, drag the Moving Eyes layer up until just the eyes show above the bottom edge of the frame.


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  6. To hold the layer in this position for a few frames, move to 02:00, and then in the Time Layout window, select the keyframe navigator check box. This duplicates the position coordinates from the previous keyframe.

  7. Move to 02:08, and in the Composition window, drag the Moving Eyes layer down (while pressing the Shift key) until the cat is out of the frame.

  8. In the Time Layout window, move to 02:12, and select the keyframe navigator check box to set a duplicate keyframe.

  9. In the Composition window, move to 02:22, and drag the cat up a little higher so that you can see the eyes and part of the sign.


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  10. In the Time Layout window, move the current-time marker to 03:02, and then click the keyframe navigator check box to set a duplicate keyframe.

  11. In the Composition window, move to 03:16, and drag the Moving Eyes layer down off the lower part of the frame.

  12. In the Time Layout window, move the current-time marker to 04:16, and then click the keyframe navigator check box to set a duplicate keyframe.

  13. Finally, move to 04:22, and in the Composition window, drag the Moving Eyes layer off the top of the frame. You may need to drag in several steps to get the layer all the way out of the composition.


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  14. In the Composition window, set the Magnification back to 100%.

  15. In the Time Layout window, collapse the Moving Eyes layer outline. Save the project, press the Home key to return to the beginning of the composition, and then preview the motion by using the Jog control in the Time Controls palette.

  16. Close the Composition window and the Time Layout window.


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