Working with Bezier Keyframes Inside The Graph Editor In AE

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In today’s post, Jeff will talk about working with Bezier Keyframes inside the Graph Editor in After Effects.

Note: Remember to watch the video tutorial in order to better understand his teachings.

Let’s start!

So here’s the graph button there I mentioned the graph editor, here’s the graph editor.

Graph Editor Button

Right now you’re not seeing anything but if you click on time remap you’ll see the keyframes that have applied to this little project.

Time Remap in After Effects

You could see the relative speed here it’s going backwards so the speed is going down, it’s backwards.

When the slope goes gradual then you slow it down, when the slope goes steeper you’re going faster so regular speed, slower, regular speed, slower, regular speed, slower, regular speed, slower – that’s kind of how you can see it works.

If you really want to see the speed you click on this little button down here,

show reference graph

choose graph type and options and it will show a reference graph and that shows the speed – up, down, up, down up there as you’re working on this.  You can change the view a little bit over here.  I guess it’s going to work okay the way it is.

That’s the process- the keyframes are here, not here. That just shows you the speed, I’ll turn off the speed though.  I’m going to leave it on for the time being so you can see how it works.

The important thing is this first one from here,

First Keyframe

I want to make that keyframe be gradual in terms of how it releases it so it’s an easy ease out on that one.  It’s an easy ease out here.

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It eases out as it gradually pulls its fingers back.

easy ease out

Like an easy ease in to this one right here.  Start to see things popping at the bottom there. So it’s one way of thinking about it.

When you see that you see these little handles here.  The handles control how quickly you ease in or out.
If you drag the handle you see it makes extreme changes to speed here,

hold on the shift key


and then you’re going to control the speed much more smoothly and accurately.

So I have to start grabbing the handle, hold on shift and then it lines up like that.

So if it’s shorter than the ease time period is less which is probably what you want to do here because it’s slow motion anyway.

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You click on this then you move up and down, if I hold on the shift key it’s all nice and lined up and just a gradual easy ease rather than a lengthy easy ease.

That’s how you control the Bezier keyframes and the graph under here really makes it easy to see.

If you look at the acceleration speed here it’s kind of easy to see the results there.

So there will be a gradual release and a gradual finish there, okay. That’s the basic process for that.

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