I am just struggling with a simple expression thing I guess.

I have a camera looking at an Object in 3D Space. Actually The Object is at [0,0,0]. The Camera's position is at [29,-1637,-2248].

What I am trying to do is, to move the camera. For a better workflow I want to parent the camera's position to the position of a Null-Object, also at [0,0,0]. The thing is the camera has to keep its offset from [0,0,0] and just move parallel with the null at [0,0,0].

Can somebody help me? Thanks in advance!

  • Welcome Slim :) If the camera is parented to the null with the pick whip correctly, you can move it as you like, what exactly is your issue? I'm confused :)
    – p2or
    Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 9:37
  • @poor thanks for your reply, the problem is, when I simply parent it with the pick whip, the camera copies the exact same position of the null. What I want is a specific offset to keep form the camera to the null object Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 10:57
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    This only happens if you use the expression pick whip. Try to use the standard pick whip here: cdn.tutsplus.com/ae/uploads/legacy/009_beginners2/25.JPG
    – p2or
    Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 16:23

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To drive an animation by another layer use the pick whip or the selection list to parent it. In the following example the Camera (layer) adopts all animation properties of the Null.

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Note: Camera is a 3d layer in your case, make sure 3d layer toggle is enabled for the Null too.


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