How to Quickly Get Smooth Animation in After Effects

In this quick post, I will show you how to quickly take a very linear/boring animation with poor timing and make it look great in a few simple steps. Let’s dive right in!

Step 1: Select all keys in your After Effects timeline.

Step 2: Right click on any of the key and choose “Rove Across Time” from the drop down menu.

When you do that, you will notice that your keys will rearrange themselves.

When you preview your animation, it will look much smoother, but we are not done yet.

We can also adjust the speed of our animation by selecting the last key. Move the last key left will make our animation faster and moving it right will make it slower.

As you adjust the last selected key, you will notice that the keys in between will automatically rearrange themselves.

You can also do the same thing by selecting the first key instead of the last.

Now let’s adjust easing for these two keys.

Select the last keyframe and press SHIFT+F9 on the keyboard to make it Easy Ease In.

Then select the first key and press CTRL+SHIFT+F9 on a PC or CMD+SHIFT+F9 on a Mac to make it Easy Ease Out.

This will make your animation much more fluid.

To get rid of Rove Across Time, simple select all the keys, right click on any of the keys and uncheck Rove Across Time for it to go back to normal.

I hope you found this tip useful!

About the author:

Sergei Prokhnevskiy

Sergei Prokhnevskiy is a Charlotte, NC based motion graphics designer, an online tutor, an entrepreneur, and Adobe MAX Master Speaker. Sergei is known for his quick and practical After Effects tips and tricks on YouTube, where he generated well over 6 million views on his tutorials. He has authored an online video course on After Effects Expressions and developed scripts for After Effects. He is also a former senior motion graphics designer at Fox Sports where he worked on graphics for NFL, Super Bowl, MLB, World Series, College Football, NASCAR, Women’s World Cup, and NASCAR Race Hub. He is very passionate about learning and teaching others.


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