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  • Lines that move opposite from another on the Y axis

  • Steven Tapia

    September 24, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Hello All,

    I’ve visiting this site for years, but was always scared to ask a question, but here I go. I have a text animation with a line that animates in above and below it. Both of these lines are rigged to nulls that control the in and out points of each line. These nulls also control the points of a matte that reveals the text. It’s a complex rig for me to manage.

    I would like to rig both lines so that where ever the top line moves the bottom line follows, but in the opposite direction in Y position. I want to make this as a template so that I can use it about a 100 times through out a project. Any Help would be awesome! Thanks!



  • Andrei Popa

    September 25, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    I think you should add this to the yPosition of the layer “Bottom Line Right Null”

    zeroPos = 960;
    P = thisComp.layer("Top Line Right Null").transform.yPosition;
    zeroPos + zeroPos - P;
  • Steven Tapia

    September 27, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Thank you Andrei! I’ll try that!

  • Steven Tapia

    September 27, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    This Expression worked, but I would love an explanation about it, if you have some time. Thanks

  • Andrei Popa

    October 1, 2022 at 6:24 am

    Hi Steven. Here is the explanation.

    zeroPos is the vertical position where you start your vertical animation.

    zeroPos – P is the difference between the starting point and the current point of the other bar.

    We add these and we get the position of the second bar relative to the first one.

    If the first one was going up, zeroPos – P was positiove, and so the position of the second would increase. If the first one was going down, zeroPos – P was negative, and the position of the second would decrease. We just added to zeroPos the difference. If the mirror axes would have been zero, this expression would have been just -P.

  • Steven Tapia

    October 6, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you so much Andrei! You’re a blessing!

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