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Wouter Dijkstra
Reverse Path with Bezier Handles
on Jun 1, 2019 at 4:19:16 pm

Hi Guys,

Is there a way to reverse a path that uses "BEZIER HANDLES".

I made a nice curve between two keyframes and now want to put the 3rd that should give the same motion back to the first position with the same curve. Just pasting keyframe#1 doesn't do the trick. Time Reversing keyframes neither. The only thing that I'm aware of that would work is the: LoopOut(pingpong) expression. But that would mean the whole layer will start looping and other later adjustments will not work.

I don't want to do it manually šŸ˜‰ I'm looking for a CLEAN look.




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Kalleheikki Kannisto
Re: Reverse Path with Bezier Handles
on Jun 2, 2019 at 7:38:49 am

Time reversing keyframes should work. Did you copy both keyframes before time reversing them?

Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer


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Wouter Dijkstra
Re: Reverse Path with Bezier Handles
on Jun 2, 2019 at 7:53:49 am

Hi Kalleheikki!

I tried both ways. I think when I would use 4 keyframes and 1 frame hold it would work like you described. The way I want it is with 3 keyframes only. Like in the screenshot, but I always get a sort of "circle" it never goes back the way it came.

Am I doing it the wrong way?



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Wouter Dijkstra
Re: Reverse Path with Bezier Handles
on Jun 2, 2019 at 7:56:03 am

this setup (with a "hold") works. But I don't want 1 frame hold.



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Tomas Bumbulevičius
Re: Reverse Path with Bezier Handles
on Jun 4, 2019 at 9:21:42 am

Wouter, looking at first example with 3 keyframes - I wonder - that circular path happens to appear when you paste value of the first keyframe, aka, by trying to reset motion into its original state?

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Wouter Dijkstra
Re: Reverse Path with Bezier Handles
on Jun 4, 2019 at 1:48:58 pm

Exactly. So once I put the first keyframe again, the movement becomes (sort of) circular. Adding 4 keyframes (last two "Time Reverse") makes it happen, but it gives one frame hold. I don't want a hold ;-)


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Kalleheikki Kannisto
Re: Reverse Path with Bezier Handles
on Jun 4, 2019 at 2:32:41 pm

You might be better off editing the motion path in the graph editor to be symmetric. You may need to separate dimensions as well.

Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer


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