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Controlling frequency of" 0 or 100 opacity" expression

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 Controlling frequency of" 0 or 100 opacity" expression on Aug 20, 2018 at 10:49:47 pm

Hello folks,
I've been noddling different approaches to achieving this and can't seem to get it right.

I have multiple layers. I'd like their opacity to randomly flicker on/off so 0/100 (nothing in between)

Thats easy enough using:

Math.round(random())*100

Now I would like to ramp up the frequency of the on state by time (so at 0 seconds have everything be off, 1 second 20% is flickering on, 2 seconds 50% is on, etc.).

I'd love to do this with a slider whereas I could set a nice curve to the ramp. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

 Re: Controlling frequency of" 0 or 100 opacity" expressionon Aug 20, 2018 at 11:46:22 pm

Something like this maybe:

s = effect("Slider Control")("Slider").value;
random(100) < s ? 100 : 0

Dan

 Re: Controlling frequency of" 0 or 100 opacity" expressionon Aug 21, 2018 at 3:52:49 pm

Dan that works exactly as I requested. Problem is it gave me a seizure. I'm wondering if there is a way to do this same effect using the wiggle expression. So if I had a wiggle with both frequency and amount controlled by a slider with an or/else function to always deliver either 0 or 100?

 Re: Controlling frequency of" 0 or 100 opacity" expressionon Aug 21, 2018 at 3:57:08 pm

Now you're venturing into much more complex territory:

http://www.motionscript.com/articles/speed-control.html#wiggle

Dan

 Re: Controlling frequency of" 0 or 100 opacity" expressionon Aug 21, 2018 at 4:26:59 pm

I've been trying really really hard to avoid reading that. It also gives me seizures. But I have the time today to try and learn so here goes.

I've also got a 1/2 way decent shortcut working using this workaround:

http://lesterbanks.com/2012/02/creating-an-on-off-expression-in-after-effec...

Thanks Dan you the man.

 Re: Controlling frequency of" 0 or 100 opacity" expressionon Aug 21, 2018 at 5:10:02 pm

You should be fine as long as you don't try and animate the wiggle frequency.

Dan

 Re: Controlling frequency of" 0 or 100 opacity" expressionon Aug 21, 2018 at 10:14:07 pmLast Edited By Nicholas Roy on Aug 21, 2018 at 10:15:54 pm

So the effect I was going for was to have multiple layers slowly begin to blink ON (0 or 100 opacity no in between), then I wanted the ON state to increase in frequency finally having them all hold ON after 5 seconds.

Ok so I'm no Dan Ebberts. Legend. But this is what I came up with and it works and gives me some control. It's a basic wiggle expression with an if/else function tied to 3 slide controllers.

code:

freq = thisComp.layer("slider").effect("frequency")("Slider")
amp = thisComp.layer("slider").effect("amount")("Slider")
control = thisComp.layer("slider").effect("control")("Slider")

if (wiggle(freq, amp) + control < 1) { 0 } else 100