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gern blansten
controlling lines
on Jun 16, 2011 at 5:07:29 pm


Is there a way to control a line by having one end stationary and the other tracking an object?

Just picked up AE CS5 and am learning lots.

thank you!

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Dave LaRonde
Re: controlling lines
on Jun 16, 2011 at 5:20:47 pm

You can do this using the Beam Effect, but it take a little additional work:
  • Motion track your object.
  • Create a Null Object.
  • Apply the motion track to the null object.
  • Apply the Beam Effect to the layer on which you want the line to appear.
  • Set the beam's beginning point to the fixed position
  • Turn on expressions for the beam's ending point.
  • Use the pick whip to link to the nullobject's position.

Adjust beam color and thickness to taste.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA

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