Have you seen those awesome GIFs or videos where animators show off their slick keyframes and smooth arcs? You know, the ones that usually include null layers, motion paths, and layer bounding boxes? Unfortunately there isn't a native way for After Effects to render your animation with all those extra goodies. So how exactly do animators do that?
Well, in the past you had to select your layers, manually take a screenshot of every frame, and pray to the animation gods that you don't miss a frame or capture a frame twice. I mean, you just want to show off to producers at your favorite studio that you are the best in the business, right? Why do it the hard way?
Cyclops is an After Effects extension available for both Windows and macOS that makes it easy to capture the null layers, motion paths, and layer bounding boxes behind an animation. Cyclops is easy to use and really helps make the process quick and painless.
- Export an image sequence from your After Effects Work Area.
- Import that image sequence back into After Effects and automatically create a matching composition.
Cyclops also comes as a plugin for Cinema 4D.
Follow @MadeWithCyclops on Twitter to see posts from other Cyclops users. Be sure to use the hashag #MadeWithCyclops when sharing your animated GIFs and videos on Twitter or Instagram so you can be featured.