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Ah, thanks David... although i have never scripted anything before! How would i go about scripting this kind of thing? Are there any tutorials on the net specific to this problem? Or has anybody actually overcome this problem before?
>I cant believe that Adobe would not include this as a standard function
>within After Effects, seems like it would be really useful to alot of
Nope, not really, especially considering that you can do this using expressions, particle systems and whatnot. Anyway, I'm not aware of a prefab script, but you certainly can cobble something together by copy&pasting bits and pieces from existing scripts. I recommend stopping by at AEnhancers.com, redefinery.com, motionscript.com and nabscripts.com.
Lloyd Alvarez has great scripts that might help you with throwing layers around:
Otherwise there's a similarly bright guy called Jeff Almasol that has many clever scripts, including this one that seems to do what you want to do:
i "I can't believe that users don't search before bashing Adobe for not including features." :-)
- Jonas Hummelstrand
Thats really helpful...
and ok, i take back my 'bashing' of Adobe!!! ha ha...
Although i still maintain its a feature that id like to see included as standard - its something i find myself requiring quite frequently.
But hey ho,
Cheers again everyone who replied, ill get back to my billion layer comp!
As Jonas mentioned, the KindaSorta script from Jeff Almasol does what you're looking for. A link to this script appears in the "Change the stacking order for selected layers" section of After Effects CS3 Help on the Web.
In fact, many dozens of scripts from Jeff are linked to from the pages of After Effects CS3 Help on the Web.
Try this Google search:
You'll find a wealth of great material from our scripting master.