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  • Seymour Frost

    May 17, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    Hello! Is there any way to use a loop expression on a property that already has an expression on it? The problem I came across was in building a simple rig that used an expression on the scale property to maintain the volume of an object. But then, when I went to put an loopOut() expression on this property, it would not loop.

    on scale:

    var x = value[0];

    var xFactor = (100 – x);

    var y = 100 + xFactor;

    [x, y];

    and then to loop the set of keyframes I made, regardless of whether I needed to move the keyframes in the comp:

    loopIn() + loopOut() – value;

    I’ve tried redefining the value as the returned array from the first part of the code, but that didn’t work. I thought that the loop expressions simply read the value of the keyframes that were set, and thus wouldn’t be impacted by any expressions making calculations on every frame. Am I just fundamentally misunderstanding something?

    Thanks!

  • Dan Ebberts

    May 17, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    I think you just need to stick the result of your loop calculation into a variable and use that instead of value in the other part of your expression, like this:

    val = loopIn() + loopOut() - value;

    x = val[0];

    xFactor = (100 - x);

    y = 100 + xFactor;

    [x, y];

  • Seymour Frost

    May 17, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks so much, Dan! That, of course, worked brilliantly.

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