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Why is it not possible to separate the dimensions of the top position in a rectangle?

Jul 17, 2013 5:50 PM

See the screen shot below.


Because I'm using a repeater I'd like to separate the dimensions for finer animation control up in this top Position of the Rectangle.

 

Why is this not possible?

 

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 2.51.42 PM.png

 
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    Jul 17, 2013 3:06 PM   in reply to dissidently

    Not there. Can only do that in the transform property. You should add a feature request.

     
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    Jul 17, 2013 5:02 PM   in reply to dissidently

    Has nobody ever requested this before?

    Oh, they might have, but feature requests are like voting in a Chicago election: do it early and often.

     
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    Jul 17, 2013 5:50 PM   in reply to dissidently

    > Has nobody ever requested this before?

     

    very few

     
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    Jul 17, 2013 11:10 PM   in reply to dissidently

    You can of course manually isolate all properties by tying them to single-stream expression controls (sliders)...

     

    Mylenium

     
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    Jul 18, 2013 1:55 PM   in reply to dissidently

    1. Add a slider to your layer by selecting Effect>Expression Controls>Slider Control

    2. Duplicate your slider

     

    Add this expression to the 2 axis value you want to control:

     

    x = effect("Slider Control")("Slider");

    y = effect("Slider Control 2")("Slider");

    [x, y]

     

    To avoid typing everything you can simply use the pickwhip like this:

     

    pickwhip.jpg

    I just typed "y =" and then clicked the pickwhip and pointed to the Slider 2 value.

     

    Hope this helps. Unfortunately, you won't get any Bezzier curves you can animate this way. You could however, animate a null in X and another null in Y and then use the pickwhip to tie the x and y values to the nulls. This would give you Bezzier curves in the Comp window that you could adjust manually.

     
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    Jul 19, 2013 6:37 AM   in reply to dissidently

    You haven't typed the whole expression in.

    In Rick's expression, x and y are just variables and AE doesn't know what to do with these. But AE expects you to return a 2-dimensional array at the end of the expression:

     

     

    //    This assumes that you have 2 sliders on the shape layer,
    //     and that they're named "X" and "Y"
    var x = effect("X")(1);
    var y = effect("Y")(1);
     
    //   Now "return" the array
    [x, y]
    
     
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    Dec 2, 2013 4:34 PM   in reply to Todd_Kopriva

    Just to add to the votes, I NEED to be able to separate X and Y in ALL of the position properties, not just in the "Transform" sub-menu.

     

    I'm trying to get realistic character animation, Pixar style, as per my training through Animation Mentor and experience beyond.

     

    But I can't do exactly what I need with, for instance, the Puppet Pin Tool because I can't separate X and Y.

     

    Even something simple like the bouncy ball - as per this video - http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-after-effects-cs4/animating-precisely- with-separate-dimensions/

     

    If I make my ball connected to a Puppet Pin, I can't properly animate a bouncy ball. Imagine that difficulty multiplied as I apply the same problem to a full character rig with arms and legs. It seems pointless having the Pin tool at all if I can't properly control it.

     

    This is a big problem, as I've been using Adobe steadily for six years since CS3, and I've just discovered the graph editor has been removed from Flash, per CC. Where else can I go if not at least to AE?

     

    If I can't get these controls over my animation, I'd have to either animate frame-by-frame, or move over to another product, which would be a shame because I love Adobe and I know it's possible.

     

    I know I'm in a minority, but PLEASE consider adding the "Separate Dimensions" functionality to ALL aspects (I'd even wish for it on rotation, scale, etc.) I would find this not only extremely useful but actually necessary to do what I am trying to do.

     

    Thanks,

    ianalexh (Animated Critic).

     
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    Dec 2, 2013 4:39 PM   in reply to alexanderflash

    This needs to be done separately for each property.

     

    Submit a detailed feature request here listing in priority order the specific properties for which you need this:

    http://adobe.ly/feature_request

     
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    Dec 2, 2013 5:02 PM   in reply to Todd_Kopriva

    Awesome - just did it. Thanks so much!

     

    - ian

     
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