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Moog Gravett
Text Tracking effect but for solid layers.
on Nov 16, 2016 at 1:16:20 pm

Hi folks,

hope you can help.

I'm trying to create an effect like tracking in text, but for a number of solid layers.

Imagine a number of small squares (say 8) all in a line. I want to be able to move a master control (slider or some some such) and have each tile move a set distance away from the tile to its left.

I'm not great with expressions, but tried...

transform.position+thisComp.layer("Width Slider").effect("Slider Control")("Slider")

but that, of course, moves all tiles by the same amount and pushes them all along.


Anyone have any ideas?

Cheers,

Moog


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Text Tracking effect but for solid layers.
on Nov 16, 2016 at 2:26:09 pm

It's probably easier to do this with parenting. Parent a square to the one next to it & apply the expression to each. It ought to do what you seek.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Moog Gravett
Re: Text Tracking effect but for solid layers.
on Nov 16, 2016 at 2:30:04 pm

Wow,
what a simple and perfect solution.

Thanks Dave!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Text Tracking effect but for solid layers.
on Nov 16, 2016 at 2:46:37 pm

Glad it worked. I very rarely fart around with expressions so it was just a guess.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Michael Szalapski
Re: Text Tracking effect but for solid layers.
on Nov 16, 2016 at 3:56:51 pm

I was going to suggest using the layer's index as a way to multiply the offset, but your idea is much easier!

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Text Tracking effect but for solid layers.
on Nov 16, 2016 at 4:03:29 pm

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now & then.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Michael Szalapski
Re: Text Tracking effect but for solid layers.
on Nov 16, 2016 at 4:11:04 pm

You can do some neat stuff with AE's text animators. This helix-ish shape is just AE text animators on a text layer.





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