Bouncing Ball Animation

I used Adobe After effects to create a simple animation of a bouncing ball, the first step in this animation is to create the right motion path for the ball to follow. Once the ball looks like it is bouncing correctly then I added effects on the ball that change at different heights, the ball looks flatter as it hits the ground because of the impact and as the ball travels upwards it looks thinner. The ball then returns to its original shape when it slowly hovers for a second in the air. We made these changes by creating keyframes at the key points in the animation and distorting the size of the shape accordingly. The software does the rest of the work and makes it look as though the ball is gradually changing shape. One of the challenging parts about this task was getting the timing right so that it looks realistic, another difficulty was making sure the sizing wasn’t too extreme and the ball curved naturally on each bounce.

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