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Tobias Albrigtsen
Recentering a layer after 3D effect
on Jun 27, 2017 at 4:00:31 am

Hi. I forgot how to do this, but I remember there's a way to recenter your layer, a title for example, when a value for one or more of the axis is very large and the layer cannot be seen or is moving too much. --Let me explain.... I tracked the camera to a file for a basic 'title moving in space' effect and when I clicked the 3D option for the layer, it took a very large z-axis value to be placed where I wanted it. This creates a problem though, because the title moves/bounces around. I have had this problem before and I remember that there is a way to recenter the layer so that the values are relative, and there is little to no movement of the layer.
Thanks!


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Michael Szalapski
Re: Recentering a layer after 3D effect
on Jun 27, 2017 at 2:34:07 pm

You could parent that layer to a null object, parent that null object to the camera, zero out the null's coordinates and then move it in z (and scale it) as needed.

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Tobias Albrigtsen
Re: Recentering a layer after 3D effect
on Jun 27, 2017 at 9:11:33 pm

That's too complicated. I know that there's a way to center the layer after you make it a 3D layer and it jumps out of the screen. Maybe it's in my notes at home.


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Walter Soyka
Re: Recentering a layer after 3D effect
on Jun 27, 2017 at 10:47:01 pm

Ctrl+Home on a PC, Cmd+Home on a Mac.

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Tobias Albrigtsen
Re: Recentering a layer after 3D effect
on Jun 28, 2017 at 2:04:30 pm

You are my HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Walter Soyka
Re: Recentering a layer after 3D effect
on Jun 27, 2017 at 3:04:57 pm

I wrote a script a few years ago that makes this push-button simple:
http://www.keenlive.com/renderbreak/2014/07/after-effects-script-keen_3dlay...

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Michael Szalapski
Re: Recentering a layer after 3D effect
on Jun 27, 2017 at 4:16:58 pm

Does your script convert position keyframes to be relative to the new position after it's run?

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Tobias Albrigtsen
Re: Recentering a layer after 3D effect
on Jun 27, 2017 at 6:24:20 pm

Yes, the title moves around but off screen


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Walter Soyka
Re: Recentering a layer after 3D effect
on Jun 27, 2017 at 7:38:56 pm

[Michael Szalapski] "Does your script convert position keyframes to be relative to the new position after it's run?"

No, if the position changes over time, the script currently creates a keyframe at the CTI . That was intentional, but it would be a good idea to add a checkbox to allow the user to control that behaviour. One more for the to-do list!

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