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remy mainz
How to Auto parent dozens of layers to layer above?
on Apr 17, 2018 at 7:18:10 pm
Last Edited By remy mainz on Apr 17, 2018 at 7:19:15 pm

Hi Can you help?

I need to import hundreds of image sequence strips and align them.
THe easiest way Ive found is to parent them to the image above and shift them all together.
But this involves parenting them to the layer above which is not possible with the amount involved.

So how can I Automate parenting to layer above?
The select all option only parents them all to the one chosen layer!
thanks lot

Joe remainz


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Dave LaRonde
Re: How to Auto parent dozens of layers to layer above?
on Apr 17, 2018 at 7:33:58 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Apr 17, 2018 at 7:35:00 pm

[remy mainz] "I need to import hundreds of image sequence strips and align them."

There's no AUTOMATED way, but there's an easy way:
  • Place the CTI (aka timeline cursor) at the time in the comp where you want to align in points.
  • Select the layers to be aligned.
  • Hit the [ key.
  • Done.

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remy mainz
Re: How to Auto parent dozens of layers to layer above?
on Apr 17, 2018 at 7:45:42 pm

Sorry Im talking about aligning the position not time.
I really do need to do what Im asking . Link all the layer slices to the one above and then position them.

thanks


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Steve Bentley
Re: How to Auto parent dozens of layers to layer above?
on Apr 17, 2018 at 7:45:57 pm

You can select all, then deselect your intended parent and then use the parent select pop up menu on one of the selected layers, choose the parent in this list and all will take on that parent.
FYI moving a parent in time will not move its children in time.



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remy mainz
Re: How to Auto parent dozens of layers to layer above?
on Apr 17, 2018 at 7:51:48 pm

HI
This does not allow me to position align all the slices as they all more together.

I really do need to assign all the layers to the one above. It does quite a different thing. After Ive linked them all to the layer above they concertina out correctly.


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Steve Bentley
Re: How to Auto parent dozens of layers to layer above?
on Apr 17, 2018 at 8:03:48 pm

So A is the parent of B and B is the parent of C and C is the parent of D? that kind of thing?



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remy mainz
Re: How to Auto parent dozens of layers to layer above?
on Apr 17, 2018 at 8:06:16 pm

Yes thats it.
All layers parented to the layer above itself.


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Steve Bentley
Re: How to Auto parent dozens of layers to layer above?
on Apr 17, 2018 at 8:13:40 pm

You could do this with a single expression (depending on the move you want on the objects.
Use the index number of the layer above the layer you are on (thisLayer.index-1). Assign the position of the current layer with the position of the layer above.
Or use the the index of the current layer as a multiplier of the position of the first layer. So as the first one moves each layer moves x times more.

once you decide on the expression you can paste that to all layers



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remy mainz
Re: How to Auto parent dozens of layers to layer above?
on Apr 17, 2018 at 8:27:07 pm

ok . Thats sounds hard but it might be worth it

thanks


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Steve Bentley
Re: How to Auto parent dozens of layers to layer above?
on Apr 17, 2018 at 8:28:57 pm

Do you have an image of what the "accordion" should look like? That might help us steer you to the right solution.



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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: How to Auto parent dozens of layers to layer above?
on Apr 18, 2018 at 12:22:25 am

It's parent EACH layer to the layer above - NOT parent ALL layers to the layer above.

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Steve Bentley
Re: How to Auto parent dozens of layers to layer above?
on Apr 18, 2018 at 1:29:04 am

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