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rob milusAlign/Orient Layer to Null
by on Jun 10, 2014 at 8:59:36 am

Hey hey,

I've been duplicating a bunch of 3D layer cards, and I'm trying to come up with a simple way of aligning their Y-axis towards another layer/null object. Aligning all the layers to the camera will mess with the depth and perspective of the shot, so I'm trying to steal the 'Auto-Orient to Camera' but apply it to a null object's position. I feel like I'm missing something obvious here, but it'd be great if someone here could help point me in the right direct [...puns].


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John CuevasRe: Align/Orient Layer to Null
by on Jun 11, 2014 at 3:12:47 am

Use the expression comnmand lookAt(fromPoint, atPoint), you can find it under the vector math expressions. You apply it to the orientation property of your layer.

A finished version of the expression will look like this: lookAt(transform.position, thisComp.layer("Shape Layer 1").transform.position)

In that expression, the "fromPoint" you use the layers own position "transform.position". The atPoint, I just picked whipped to the position of the layer I want my lookie to orient.

Now using that will orient all the directions, X,Y,Z. If you just want to move on the Y axis, you would want to add this expression to orientation.

x = transform.orientation[0];
y = lookAt(transform.position, thisComp.layer("Shape Layer 1").transform.position)[1];
z= transform.orientation[2];


Here's a sample project with both expressions.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor

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