I have some background elements that I want to wander around, and because I’m lazy I don’t want to hand animate them, so they just have a wiggle expression applied to their position channel and auto-orient switched on. Instant crowd scene! But I want them to have a drop shadow. Normally to keep the drop … Continue reading Auto orienting the drop shadow on an auto-oriented layer
…and this is what it took. Since Adobe removed multi-processing from After Effects I’ve been using the shell to run multiple instances of the aerender application. This can lead to massive performance gains – the screenshot below shows a 4,000% improvement in speed.
I’m doing a couple of month’s intensive After Effects work at the moment and I’m making tools to help the process. It’s a bit like making jigs for woodwork – a little time spent on a jig makes the whole process much easier later on. So here’s a little jig that helps with the sometimes … Continue reading This-n-that – a selection tool
From the “Posted on the Blog so I Can Remember it Next Time” department: A useful expression for making things symmetrical.
This is a script I should have written years ago. It’s fairly simple; it duplicates the selected layer in a comp, but unlike the built-in duplicate function it creates a new source for the layer in the project, allowing the copy and the original to be independent of each other.
You can use text layers in After Effects as expression editors which means, among other things that a whole lot of layers can use the same expression. This has some big advantages: expressions update as you type, which gives you instant feedback. You can see and edit your expression right in the composition viewer, without … Continue reading Using text layers as expression editors in After Effects
The theme for the current AnimatedLoop twitter GIF challenge is #nintendo. So I thought I’d make a little animated documentary about how my daughter spends her day since she got herself a 3DS.
Here’s a gif I whipped up for @animatedloop‘s gif gallery. The theme is “Geometric”. I used After Effects, ImageMagick and gifsicle.
The lookAt() function in After Effects’ expression language doesn’t work for 2D. If you’re trying to use it to align the layer to look at a given point, without having to remember all the trigonometry you learned in school, it turns out you should have spent less time smoking behind the shelter sheds, because this is … Continue reading LookAtMe! A 2D lookAt() function in AE Expressions