9 Replies Latest reply on Jan 11, 2017 7:04 PM by S.Tyrone_Perry

    Flip animation horizontally

    MartinDybdahl Level 1

      Hi everyone!
      I have made a lower third in After Effects CC 2017, which come into the screen from the left. Now i want to make the same animation come into the screen from the right. Therefore i would like to know if there is anyway to flip this lower third with all it's keyframes, or somehow mirror it - without flipping or mirroring the text (or at least  end up with the possibility to animate only the text again). I hope you can help me with this one! Thank you in advance!

        • 1. Re: Flip animation horizontally
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          It depends on your animation. If you are talking position then you can possibly copy the position keyframes, delete them, then paste to the Anchor Point. This will only work if the layer is the same size as the comp.


          If things are more complicated than that we would have to have a detailed description of your project to be of much help since there are about a zillion ways to animate a lower 1/3.

          • 2. Re: Flip animation horizontally
            Dave LaRonde Level 6

            It sounds very straightforward and REALLY simple to fix: two position keyframes.


            • Put the timeline cursor on the BEGINNING keyframe and make a timeline marker, Shift-0-9 on the keyboard.  Not the numeric keypad.
            • Put the timeline cursor on the ENDING keyframe and click on the position keyframe stopwatch to clear all position keyframes.  Click on it again to make a new one.
            • Go to the timeline marker you made by hitting 0-9 on the keyboard.
            • Grab the layer and shift-drag it to the right until it's off the screen.


            If it takes you more than 20 seconds to do this, you need to start running Basic AE tutorials or there's something you didn't tell us initially/

            • 3. Re: Flip animation horizontally
              DonaldDoss Level 1

              Another way to flip the position keyframes on the x-axis is to add this expression.






              Like Rick said, there are lots of variables and many ways to alter them.

              If you could show a screenshot of your keyframes, we could give more help.

              • 4. Re: Flip animation horizontally
                MartinDybdahl Level 1

                Here are some screenshots of my work


                • 5. Re: Flip animation horizontally
                  Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  It looks like most if not all of your animations have only 2 keyframes. I would double click on the first keyframe in each animation involving position and adjust the x value. You can double click the first position keyframe, if the value is a negative number then remove the minus sign and add + the comp width and you have reversed the animation.

                  Screen Shot 2017-01-11 at 10.31.34 AM.png

                  I think that would be the fastest way to redo the animation.


                  The other option wold be to reveal all keyframes using the U key, then use the j and k key to move to the next keyframe in the animation and simply shift + drag the components of the animation to the other side of the frame one at a time. This will keep all your easing and timing in place.

                  • 6. Re: Flip animation horizontally
                    MartinDybdahl Level 1

                    Thanks for the answer! This doesn't work with the shape-path animation right?

                    • 7. Re: Flip animation horizontally
                      Dave LaRonde Level 6

                      Heck, I'd just precompose the background to make it a single layer.  Then you can move it horizontally in the main comp at will.

                      • 8. Re: Flip animation horizontally
                        BartonGarrett256 Level 3

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                        • 9. Re: Flip animation horizontally
                          S.Tyrone_Perry Level 1

                          1. Precomp the entire lower third

                          Open scale properties for the comp - click unlink

                          set the x property to -100

                          go into the comp and do the same thing on the text layer, so your text won't be backwards.


                          another option


                          2. Precomp

                          Make the layer 3d

                          rotate the y axis 180 degrees

                          go into comp, and do the same thing to the text layer so the text won't be backwards.


                          Another option


                          3. Precomp

                          right click on precomp, (or go to layer menu) > transform > flip horizontally
                          Then use one of the above methods to flip your text back where it was.

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