1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 15, 2017 10:26 PM by Rick Gerard

    Manually determine the Reset value for a given effect or expression?

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      I'm working on a geometry rig that's pretty interwoven in null objects with 10-20 expression controls on each and I'm finding that it's real easy to get all tangled up. Problem is that my default values for things aren't always 0, sometimes they're opacity sliders (and odd numbers like 33, etc.) and it'd be infinitely helpful to know if I can manually write in an expression to determine the Reset value for each, that way if I'm all turned around I can rely on quick clicks on the Reset column for entire lists.


      I could offset all my input values so that it would return as 0 when reaching the null object's expression controls, but I'd rather keep my own values because it's less confusing for me.


      Is there an expression I could put inside a given expression control to determine the Reset value?

        • 1. Re: Manually determine the Reset value for a given effect or expression?
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          if (value==0) 30 else value


          Any time the value hits zero it will be reset to 30, or whatever number you want, if it is not 0 as in reset then the value will what the slider is set to.


          It might be better to think about creating an animation preset, or several of them. I have about 200 dedicated to animating motion that I use almost every day and only about a half dozen rely on keyframes. The rest use the in and out points of a layer to activate motion. Most of them have sliders and check boxes that control timing. Here is an example of an animation preset that adds sliders to a layer, makes the layer fly in from the left, bounce to a stop, then fall out of the frame based on the in and out point. If you position the layer in it's "here" (resting) position, set the in and out point, then add the animation preset your work is done on that layer. This makes things like dynamic text animation a snap. Here's the preset: Dropbox - flyInBounceDropOut.ffx


          Here's the expression:

          sif = effect("slideIn Frames")("Slider");

          sof= effect("slideOut Frames")("Slider");

          // find in and out point

          inTime = sif * thisComp.frameDuration;

            if (effect("Match SI SO")("Checkbox") == 0) {

            outTime = sof * thisComp.frameDuration;


            else if (effect("Match SI SO")("Checkbox") == 1) {

            outTime = inTime;


          // Fix  layer size when scaled

          sf = scale - [100, 100];

          xSize = width + (width * sf[0]/100);

          ySize = height + (height * sf[1]/100);

          realSize = [xSize, ySize];

          // Set Positions

          spx = 0 - realSize[0] + realSize[0]/2 ;

          rstx = value [0];

          rsty = value[1];

          epy = thisComp.height + realSize[1] - realSize[1]/2;

          // create movement

          freq = effect("bounce Frequency")("Slider");

                  amplitude = effect("bounce Amplitude")("Slider");

                  decay = effect("bounce Decay")("Slider");

              posCos = Math.abs(Math.cos(freq*time*2*Math.PI));

            nt = time-inPoint;

              y = amplitude*posCos/Math.exp(decay*nt);

          moveIn = Math.min(linear(time,inPoint,inPoint + inTime,spx  ,rstx-y));

          moveOut = Math.min(easeIn(time,outPoint - outTime,outPoint - thisComp.frameDuration,rsty ,epy));

          [moveIn, moveOut]


          It's a good idea to put your custom expressions in a shared Dropbox folder or shared cloud folder and then create an alias to them in the standard folder for your custom shortcuts so they are available on any machine you use at any time and so you can browse them in the effects and presets panel.

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