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Randy IllumAnimate Layer Sorting
by on Mar 12, 2011 at 6:26:12 pm

Hello Everyone,

In after effects I am trying to animate the sorting of layers. So when I change the position of a layer(ex one layer being moved above the other) in after effects it will record the change as part of the animation, at the selected time in the animation. I have 22 layers and would like to record each layer being moved to the top in one second intervals.


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Erik WaluskaRe: Animate Layer Sorting
by on Mar 13, 2011 at 12:56:54 am

I'm not totally sure I follow what you're trying to accomplish but check out, they have a ton of scripts for sorting, moving, abusing layers in various ways.

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Randy IllumRe: Animate Layer Sorting
by on Mar 13, 2011 at 7:58:36 pm

I have a script all ready that will randomly rearrange the layers what I am trying to do is:
1. Have a layer arrangement
2. Rearrange the layers (the layers have a low opacity so when the layers are rearranged it looks different) because the layers 100% overlap
3. Record the layer rearrangement in the animation
4. Rearrange the layers
5. Record the new layer arrangement
6. Repeat...

Does this make more sense?

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Animate Layer Sorting
by on Mar 13, 2011 at 10:10:17 pm

If I understand correctly you are trying to animate the layer order- I do not think AE does that. My way of achieving what I think you're after would be to create several comps with different layer orders (one comp per combination) and then either render them out and use a editing app like Premiere or FCP to cut the 1sec segments from each combination and mix them, or do basically the same thing in AE but end up with a ton of precomps trimmed to one sec.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist

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Randy IllumRe: Animate Layer Sorting
by on Mar 13, 2011 at 10:25:01 pm


Thanks for your help. Not the answer I was hoping for, but going to do what you suggested and use Premiere to create the animation.


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