- Zero Force, Gravity, Spinning and set a keyframe where you want the effect to start. Spinning is set to 1 rotation by default so it's easy to miss zeroing this value.
- Move down the timeline a few frames and set the Force, Gravity and Spinning to values that give you what you want. The space between the first and second keyframes control how fast the effect starts. The Force, Gravity and Spinning control how the effect continues after the second keyframe.
Split the layer.
- Go to Edit>Split Layer (Ctrl/Cmnd + Shift + D)
- Add your effect to the second half of the clip.
Thanks for the very speedy reply.
The first solution works perfectly - your right in that I missed the rotation value being set to zero; I thought I had tried all appropriate combinations but obviously not. I still think is a little clumsy and would have assumed a more efficient way to implement but it works (and stopped me from uninstalling the software while in a rant ... smile).
I could not get the second solution to work. When I apply the effect to the split layer the screen goes black at the split point - it's almost as if the effect took place at the start of the clip layer - ie when viewing the other layer - and then at the split point the effect is over and so there is nothing to see. Not sure if that makes sense but hope so.
Thanks again for the reply and I'm off to play with all sorts of settings.
I couldn't get the Ctrl + D method to work either (I'm the one working with the 'shatter effect'). No matter where I put the clip in the timeline, it took effect at the beginning of the timeline, so where I was hoping to have the effect.........nothing but black. And yes, I feel it is a very 'clumsy' program as well. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the people who really use and understand it.
Hi there Lost,
Kinda nice to know I'm not alone in my confusion ... smile.
I agree with your comment about the AE masters; must have put some time in though.
I'm not a PC novice - been building machines for years even during the days of Windows 95 (that was fun with no CD-ROM install out of the box as opposed to more recent Windows releases) and I'm considered a power user for Windows Office suite and products such as SAP R3. Even so, I find AE one of the least intuitive packages out there - maybe I'm just getting old.
Back to the specific challenge - I find it surprising to say the least that something like the ability to easily add an effect to the end of a clip is proving elusive. There must be endless instances where someone wanted to have a final impressive impact as a clip finishes.
Still, I'll keep trying as at least for now the software uninstall option is on hold.