I am animating a volume meter, and have done the "tricky bit" of getting the volume value.

Now I want to apply the volume value to a mask , so that as the music moves, the mask is exposed in time to the beat.

I have tried two ways, the first by scaling the mask. However, I can't get it to scale in one direction only (i.e. it scales around a center point.) Even if I move the pan anchor it still doesn't pin the base of the shape.

The other way I tried was using a linear wipe. However, this was no good either, as the whole wipe effect is completed at 38% (i.e. if I move the slider the object vanishes totally at 38%, not 100% as I would expect.)

Is there a better way to do this?

Seems simple, but has me stumped.

1 Answer 1

  1. Set the Anchor Point to the bottom of the asset by using the Anchor Point tool (Y)

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  2. Disable proportional scaling of that layer enter image description here and set the desired keyframes

Demo in AE 22.0.0

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  • This doesn't work on v.17.1.1, apparently.
    – Lee Dean
    Jan 14, 2021 at 16:50
  • Still works the same way in AE 22.0.0 @LeeDean See the edit.
    – p2or
    Nov 9, 2021 at 18:55

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