I was doing some rigging recently, when something went wrong and the whole rig exploded on me. ‘By cricketty’ I thunk to meself, ‘there should be a stop button for expressions like there is for my bandsaw’. Those things could take someone’s leg orf. So I got out my scripting iron, and clickety-clackety wrote this … Continue reading Stop-‘n-Go – an emergency stop button for expressions
I was doing some research on screen and camera resolutions for some reason a while ago and came up with this illustration, listing all the digital video resolutions I could find in use as of 2016. PDF version here. Let me know about any errors or omissions.
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.
Hey, I created a script that does useful work! It’s tedious setting the duration of a comp to fit layers that extend past the end or before the beginning, and it would be nice if you didn’t have to do the I-B-O-N + Right-click + Trim Comp To Work Area dance when you want crop … Continue reading First-n-Last – a script to fit the comp duration to the first and last layers.
Building ffmpeg from source on Windows is a royal pain. For those who came in late, ffmpeg is the best reason for a video nerd to learn the command line.
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
There’s no shortcut for creating a new folder if you have files selected in Windows Explorer, so I made one with AutoHotkey. I always find using AHK a bit kludgy if it relies on sending keystrokes; there’s too much that can go wrong. But anyway, here ’tis.
I’ve built my own version of built-in After Effects expressions functions. Here’s why.
It’s great to be able to animate a stack of layers using familiar Beziér handles. This is great for flexible spines, caterpillars, snakes, or in the example I’m working on: swimming fish. It creates an easy to use rig, that allows you to easily create fluid motion with minimal controls.