I love the Cinema 4D Mograph module.
It’s incredible, and it let’s you easily repeat and offset animations.
In After Effects, doing this can be a tedious, manual process. That is… unless you know a couple of expressions. Let’s put on our geeky hats for a moment.
In this video I’ll show you how to build a pretty simple rig that will let you do some of the things Mograph in Cinema 4D is capable of. You could extend the functionality of the rig a heck of a lot by adding more and more code, but this video will keep it pretty straightforward.
The end result is a cool kaliedescope-esque animation that, as I’ll show you, would be almost impossible to achieve without this rig. I hope you learn a lot! Expressions are below for copy / paste.
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Expressions For Copy / Paste
Watch the tutorial for instructions on how to use these!
You need a DOT-MASTER layer at the bottom of your comp, and a MOGRAPH-CTRL null with Expression Sliders for Time Offset and Random Time.
numDots=thisComp.layer("DOT-MASTER").index-1; layerRot=360/numDots; myIndex=thisComp.layer("DOT-MASTER").index-index; myIndex*layerRot;
Time Remap Expression
timeOffset=thisComp.layer("MOGRAPH-CTRL").effect("TimeOffset (frames)")("Slider")/24; baseTime=thisComp.layer("DOT-MASTER").timeRemap; myIndex=thisComp.layer("DOT-MASTER").index-index; seedRandom(index, true); randomTimeAmt=thisComp.layer("MOGRAPH-CTRL").effect("RandomTime (frames)")("Slider")/24; randomActual=random(-randomTimeAmt, randomTimeAmt); baseTime+(myIndex*timeOffset)+randomActual;Sponsored by
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