Maybe I didn't phrase this well. Or maybe I imagined this possibility. Let's say I have a pre-built puff of smoke with an alpha channel. Is there a way, within CA, to trigger this over another trigger so, for example, it could hide a change of clothing?
Or maybe I just dreamt I saw this.
I know that there is an @OkaySamurai tutorial that addresses this, you didn't dream it... alone.
There are probably multiple ways to achieve this smoke poof effect, but I think the easiest way (that I use repeatedly on multiple puppets) is to create a 3-10 frame series of the smoke poof in PS, (if your pre-built smoke w/alpha channel is a video - import it into PS as a series of layers [File -> Import -> Video Frames to Layers]) You can then use CA to apply cycle layer animation to the smoke poof, and position and trigger it as you desire. Make sure that the trigger key is the same as the key you use to change the puppet's wardrobe, or place both triggers together in the Swap Set menu.
I use this video to PS layers workflow quite often, using AE to animate something like lightning or fire for 5-10 flames and then importing those frames into my PS puppet to use as a CA cycle layers animation.
Thanks TDFAP, I'll try this out tomorrow.
OK, that sounds like exactly what I want, but there are just so many steps in there I don't know how to do.
Like, I managed to create a transition animation in AE. And I can import it, Video Frames to Layers, into PS, but if I try to do that directly into my puppet, PS insists on creating a new file. OK, so I take that video frames project, group it, drag it into my puppet and save. I still don't see any way to cycle layers animation in CA.
I hope Jeff or someone does a tutorial on this. Or, better yet, points me to one that's already out there.
But thanks, you've definitely pointed me on the right path. Now I just need to get more educated.
Sorry, I guess I left that part out... When you import the [video-> frames to layers] it DOES open in a new window. PS adds new layers above previous ones, but CA plays them from the top down. This means the animation will be reversed (plays from end to beginning.) So select the range of layers that are your frames and click [Layer-> Arrange-> Reverse] Then copy them (cmnd/ctrl + c) and then go into your puppet PS file and paste them (cmnd/ctrl + v). Once pasted into your puppet file, you might also need to drag them into a separate group, labeled with the ( + ) independent group tag.
Once you import your puppet in CA you should be able to apply a cycle layers animation behavior to the group that contains your smoke puff frames, and adjust its properties to match the frame rate you exported with in AE (or a faster or slower frame rate as you choose.) As well as add the trigger/swap set keys you want to use to trigger the animation.
Hope this helps,
P.S. This tutorial is an old one, before CA2018 added the functionality of Swap Sets/new Trigger behavior. Things work a little differently now, but is this the tutorial you were thinking about?
Yeah, between your patient explanations and the video tutorial, I was able to achieve precisely what I wanted. Really appreciate it. I didn't really follow what you meant by…
…adjust its properties to match the frame rate you exported with in AE (or a faster or slower frame rate as you choose.)
But I created the effect at my Scene frame rate so that didn't matter.
That's actually exactly what I meant about the frame rate. You can change the scene frame rate in CA to be the same (or purposefully different) than the frame rate you used in AE to create the transitional animation. Glad to help, and glad you got it working!