is there an easy "work around" that allows me to get animation from the object into the Repeater?
UPDATE: forgot to add... I want bezier handles on the keyframes of the position, as I can't get the result I want with the speed graph.
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");
To avoid typing everything you can simply use the pickwhip like this:
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.
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]
Wow, thank YOU! Maxweel!
I assumed x and y were AE variables that AE knew about. Did not even read down further to see the array line.
Both of you, thank you very much. This completely solves my problem, I can now do as I please with this position, with full bezier control. AWESOME!
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.
ianalexh (Animated Critic).
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: