Excuse me if this has been answered using different wording, but what I am trying to do is take a piece of text with CC Cylinder effect on it (in this case a word around a planet, much like the Universal logo) and straighten the it over time to reveal it as a clean end logo. I am told you can achieve something like this using expressions, but since I am an expressions noob I am confused on the best way to get done what I need to.
I am open to re-doing the effect using something different than CC Cylinder, if this is an easier approach.
Any words of wisdom (ideally spoken in layman's speak) would be greatly appreciated.
The easiest way would be to create a true 3d distortion - if you have a newer AE version and a decent graphics card you can use the native 3d layer distortions from AE. If not Free Form or FreeForm Pro should provide you with the right tools.