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  • Convert a 3D position to 2D position *and scale*

  • Gabriel Grenier

    November 17, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Hi !

    .toComp() will give me the 2D position of a 3D layer. But what if that 3D layer also has its Z position animated and I wanted to translate this to 2D position and Scale, so the resulting 2D layer appears to sit perfectly where the 3D layer is?

    In other words:
    If 3D position [500,400,0] = 2D position [500,400] and a scale of 100%,
    a 3D position of [500,400,-300] would give me a scale of 130% (example)

    What would be the expression for the scale? (relative to the active Camera I would assume)

  • Kevin Camp

    November 18, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Have you tried leaving the layer 3d but enabling auto-orient towards camera? I think it might accomplish what you are trying to do…

  • Meng Zhiqun

    November 19, 2021 at 3:16 am

    Hi Gabriel,

    .toComp() is generally used for 2d layers. Have you tried .toWorld(), which is used for 3d layers?

  • Gabriel Grenier

    November 27, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    I’ll put the working solution here for future reference.

    The following expressions assume that the target 3D layer is the next one, right under the 2D layer (index+1), but that could be changed of course.

    Expression for position:

    Expression for Scale:

    L = thisComp.layer(index+1);

    C = thisComp.activeCamera;

    CP = C.toWorld([0,0,0]);

    LP = L.toWorld(thisComp.layer(index+1).anchorPoint);

    dis = length(CP,LP);

    CZ = C.cameraOption.zoom;

    LS = L.transform.scale[0];

    S = LS*CZ/dis;


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