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Well, that's what layer space transforms and expressions are for. You want to move the layer, not it's projected matrix, which is what you are currently doing. Hence you cannot work with parenting at all. Apply something like this to your 3D text:
Thanks for the info / suggestion.
One question - do I apply that expression to my 3d text pre-comp's position or anchor point?
I've tried applying that expression to both the anchor point and position (separately) and neither made any difference.
Is there something I'm doing wrong?
PS - I've applied the motion tracking to the x & y coordinates of my Null Object.
You should only apply this to the position property of the text layer. The reference to the anchor point is merely the pivot point required for the formula to work.
I have tried the position of the 3d text comp, however it does not stay in place.
As a temporary work around, I made a photoshop psd of the frame of the 3d text and then re-imported it back into AE and parented it to the Null Object.
That works, however I'd rather be able to use the 3d Text object so if I misspell something or need to change colors, I can do it on the fly instead of having to export a PSD still every time.
Could I send you a sample of my project?
Yes, if you think it will help you fire the project to mylenium<<<at>>>mylenium.de. I will take a look at it over the weekend and see where it goes wrong.<br /><br />Mylenium