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Keyframing a Motion Path in Adobe After Effects CS4

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This excerpt, adapted from Adobe After Effects CS4 Classroom in a Book, shows you ways to animate a car so that it drives onscreen at the beginning of the composition, scales larger during the middle of the composition (as if it's approaching the camera), and then pops a wheelie and drives offscreen.

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Adding Motion Blur

Finally, apply a motion blur to smooth out the driving sequence.

  1. Hide the Artist layer properties in the Timeline panel.
  2. Turn on the Motion Blur switch for the Artist and Head layers.

    The blur will be visible as the car drives offscreen, and it will be visible for the flying bee as well, because you turned on motion blur for that layer earlier in the lesson. You'll see all this when you preview the composition (see Figure 7).

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