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    Default Editing Text In After Effects Frame By Frame

    Hey all,

    I've started an after effects project. I have imported an approx. 6 second video that I will be using. The clip was filmed with a tripod so that background never moves, the subject in the video is a skateboarder starting from outside of view on the left, riding by and doing a trick in the middle then ending by going outside of you on the right.

    My goal is to animate text in 3d space to make it match with the skateboard. The text will need to spin in 3d space because of how the skateboard rotates when doing the trick. I have already sized the text to match the length of the skateboard, and I have also duplicated the text layer 30 times and for each one I added plus 1 to the Z axis to make the logo have depth/make it look the same thickness as the skateboard when the text rotates 3d with the skateboard. I also parented all the layers to the first text layer so I can move the all at once.

    Now my problem:

    I don't know how to make it so if I'm on frame 1, I can put the text starting to come into the screen like the skateboard does, and then lets say on frame 55 have the text in another position so it matches the skateboard as it rotates for the trick. I stretch all the frames to match it with the 6 second clip. when I select the parent text layer and move it from the first frame to the 2nd frame to match the skateboard movement between frame 1 and 2, when I go back to frame 1, it moved it to where I did in frame 2.

    Don't tell me I have to duplicate all 30 text layers everytime I need to move the text on a new frame. That's like atleast 100 frames. 100 frames times 30 layers!!!!

    please help!
    thanks
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    figured it out, i had to select the text layer and enable auto keyframing.
    Bunt Studios:

    Specs:
    Acer Aspire Intel Core 2 Q6600 Quad
    2.4 GHz Processer
    500GB SATA HD
    300GB IDE External HD (usb)
    2GB DDR2 RAM
    16x DVD DL Burner
    ATI Radeon X1650SE PCI-E Graphics Card
    Dual Monitor (19" DVI LCD, 19" VGA LCD)
    Vista Home

    Adobe Production Studio CS3
    Steinberg Cubase SX3

    Sony VX-1000 with Modded Raynox MX-3000 Lens

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    If I correctlky underatsnd what you are trying to do then you should only need a single text layer.

    Precomp it.

    Track position and rotation of your skateboard and then apply those tracking points to the precomp layer.

    not sure if this really works fro 3d but 'tracking' is what you need.

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