Scripting: the lost continent. The final frontier. Unlike expressions, scripts operate from the application level and are not locked down the a single parameter. They can be used to affect multiple properties of multiple layer simultaneously, as in this lesson where we'll increment through layers and rename them according to their indexes.
Released a little early because expressions part II is turning out to be a beast of greater-than-projected scope.
If you ever wished that you could take advantage of some of Cinema 4D's powerful effector tools while working in After Effects, your wish may now be granted. Using some clever scripting and a basic control system, we're going to rig up our very own effectors within After Effects.
The basic methodology here centers around marking layers using Lloyd Alvarez's super-excellent Zorro The Layer Tagger script, and then searching for those tags via some light scripting to create piecemeal expressions that combine different code snippets associated with different layer tags.
Code writing code. Robots building robots.
This is just one instance of this approach being used, and I'll likely be building out a more robust, customizable version of this script for download in the future. In the meantime, please enjoy some learning and happy coding!
Creating solid transitions is vital in motion graphics, and I often find myself using alpha mattes as way of introducing new elements in an interesting fashion. Today we're going to rig a system that will let us quickly generate many variations of reveal mattes. It's gonna be suh-weeeeeet.
This is just a basic cloth simulation tutorial, geared towards recreating a reference that a viewer sent in. Topics covered include cloth basics like setting up standard collisions, self-collisions, belting cloth to an object, and using cloth NURBS.
From a recent project where I needed to create digital trampolines comes this quick tip on rigging elastic surfaces in Cinema. Included is a quick explanation of two approaches -- cloth and soft bodies -- and a quick explanation of why one works while the other can only end in tears and failure.