How to transfer camera tracking data from After Effects to Blender

After Effects to Blender
In this tutorial, you will learn how to import camera movement data from Adobe After Effects CC to Blender 2.9 and above.

Table of contents

Step 1: Install the script that enables camera data to be exported from After Effects

  • To install the After Effects script, first, download it
  • Open After Effects, then select the script file via File > Scripts > Install Script File…:
Step 1 Install a script in After Effects
  • Restart After Effects after installing it

Step 2: Export camera data from After Effects

  • First select the cameras you want to export
Step 2 - Select cameras to export
  • Then, make sure you’re in the Composition view
Step 3 Make sure you are in composition view
  • And run the script
Step 4 Run the script
  • When you run the script, a dialog box will appear
Step 5 A dialogue will appear

The settings are as follows:

Save to

Choose the destination of the exported camera data file. This file can then be imported into Blender.

Time range

  • “Whole comp”: keyframes will be generated for the entire duration of the composition.
  • “Work area”: keyframes will only be generated within the composition’s work area.
  • “Camera layer duration”: keyframes will only be generated within the duration(s) of the exported camera layer(s).

Comp camera is centered

If checked, the exporter will treat the center of the After Effects composition (half its width and height) as the 3D origin. This matches the Cineware option for using a centered comp camera, and if you select that option, you should check this box:

Step 6 Centered comp camera

Step 3: Install the add-on that enables camera data to be imported to Blender

  • To install the Blender add-on, download, install, and then enable it via the add-on preferences
Step 7 Install Blender add on

Step 4: Import camera data exported from After Effects to Blender

  • To import camera data exported from After Effects, simply navigate to File > Import > After Effects Camera data (.json):
Step 8 Import camera data to Blender

Then navigate to the .json file exported via the After Effects script. This will create cameras in your scene that match the exported After Effects cameras.

Thanks to Adroitwhiz of https://github.com/adroitwhiz/ for these amazing plugins

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