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Dan Blaim
Connect 2 solid layers with a line.
on Oct 10, 2010 at 2:41:04 pm

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can do this? I have 2 solid layers 100 px by 100 px that I want to connect with a straight line. Such that as I move the layers in 3D space, the line ends move as well, keeping the 2 layers "connected".


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Brian Charles
Re: Connect 2 solid layers with a line.
on Oct 10, 2010 at 2:43:18 pm

If the line can be a beam, would this work for you?

http://www.graymachine.com/wp10/2010/08/tocomp/



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Dan Blaim
Re: Connect 2 solid layers with a line.
on Oct 10, 2010 at 3:11:37 pm

I've tried the beam but unfortunately I can't seem to get the ends to follow in Z space.



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Brian Charles
Re: Connect 2 solid layers with a line.
on Oct 10, 2010 at 3:33:56 pm

Even with the "toComp" expression?

What about this:
http://motionscript.com/design-guide/elastic.html


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Dan Blaim
Re: Connect 2 solid layers with a line.
on Oct 10, 2010 at 3:45:36 pm

This is very close. If I can figure out how to make it so the second (follower) doesn't spring around, this just may work! Thanks for your help. I've posted another question under the expressions forum and I think you helped out with this!



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Dan Blaim
Re: Connect 2 solid layers with a line.
on Oct 10, 2010 at 4:01:41 pm

This is very close. If I can figure out how to make it so the second (follower) doesn't spring around, this just may work! Thanks for your help. I've posted another question under the expressions forum and I think you helped out with this! Could you explain more about the toComp expression?



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Brian Charles
Re: Connect 2 solid layers with a line.
on Oct 10, 2010 at 4:14:44 pm

Works for me...

see:

1172_beam3d.aep.zip



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Dan Blaim
Re: Connect 2 solid layers with a line.
on Oct 10, 2010 at 6:13:58 pm

Thanks again! I will need to revisit this tomorrow as I am being pulled in another direction for a different project! URGH!! I hate when I get so close and then have to shift gears! Your help has been awesome! Thanks! If I have any issues, I'll be sure to post.



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