I'm an absolute noob to After Effects. I'm not using it for video. I just want to use the 3D ray tracing to get a single image. I've created the 3D image, set the lighting I want and have a camera angle that I like. If I try to save the frame using Composition -> Save Frame As, I lose the camera angle - it saves just a front-on view.

How do I save the image as it looks in the composition?


The following steps work for me for an arbitrary camera.

  1. Create the desired composition.
  2. Create a camera by going to Layer -> New -> Camera. For now just accept the default settings..
  3. Position the camera as you desire by changing the Transform parameters or by dragging it to the desired position. Here below an image of the Transform parameters: enter image description here
  4. Make sure that all the layers are 3D layers.
  5. In the bar between your composition and the timeline there is a camera dropdown menu: enter image description here
  6. Make sure that you choose the camera angle you wish to export. In this case it is Camera 1: enter image description here
  7. Go to Composition -> Save Frame As...
  • I have mine set to Custom View 1, but it saves the front-on view. – ic3b3rg Jan 19 '13 at 19:10
  • As I state in the answer at point 6 it is necessary to choose which camera you want. I have added an additional step on how to create a camera as I think you have not added a camera to your scene. Custom View 1 is not a camera. – Saaru Lindestøkke Jan 19 '13 at 20:28
  • Thank you! At step 3 I right-clicked on the camera layer and selected Transform -> Center in View. – ic3b3rg Jan 19 '13 at 21:04
  • Glad I helped. It's up to you of course to decide which method you're using to place your camera. – Saaru Lindestøkke Jan 19 '13 at 21:07

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