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Baking the AE camera

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It shouldn't matter what rotation methods and parenting the original camera has, as it translates all of that into a free camera with only position, rotation, and zoom parameters.
After Effects CS3
Camera
Scripts (jsx)

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All you have to do is set your work area, highlight your camera, and it will make a copy of it with all the keyframes baked.
There are a number of advantages. Sometimes there is a need to export an AE camera to a 3D app, and baking the camera usually helps you avoid certain problems before you export. Also, there is an advantage to seeing the camera motion path on a free camera that's invisible on a parented one. And, this script could easily be adapted to remove parenting or auto-orientation on any layer.

(ps. there is no error checking in the script, so if you don't highlight the camera it just quits at the moment)

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(Min. Version: After Effects CS3, Category: Camera, Type: Scripts (jsx))
posted by Dan Johansson on Jun 02, 2010

 

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