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  • Wiggle expression triggered by multiple keyframes

  • Kris Higgins

    November 25, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    New to expressions. Here’s what I’m trying to accomplish:

    A layer has multiple keyframes changing the position. I’d like to have the wiggle expression activate with each change of position, and then have the wiggle quickly decay.

    For example, from 0:00-1:00 layer position is 960,540 and wiggle is not active. At 1:05 position changes to 1200,540 and wiggle is activated and decays over 1 second. At 5:00 position changes to 300,540 and wiggle is activated and decays over 1 second.

    I’m constantly adjusting the timing of the keyframes, so I’d prefer to not tie the wiggle to specific times but to the change of the keyframe values.

    Any suggestions?


  • Oleg Pirogov

    November 27, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Just to throw in something to start with, this expression activates a fading-out wiggle for one second after each keyframe which has a non-zero speed at the moment just before it (which suppose to correspond to “change of position”):

    n = 0;
    if (numKeys > 0){
    n = nearestKey(time).index;
    if (key(n).time > time){
    if (n == 0){
    t = 0;
    t = time - key(n).time;

    if (n > 0){
    if (speedAtTime(key(n).time-thisComp.frameDuration/10)){
    linear(time, key(n).time, key(n).time+1, wiggle(10, 100), value);

  • Kris Higgins

    November 28, 2019 at 12:51 am

    This is fantastic. Thank you!

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to link the expression to another layer with this.Comp(“other layer name”), but I can’t figure out where to place it within the expression to make it work. Somewhere within n = nearestKey(time).index;?

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