I have an object in After Effects comp and I need its scale to change from keyframe A to keyframe B and I need keyframe A to have value of 95% and keyframe B value of whatever is set via slider control. Now I know how to set overall scale by slider, but I seem to have problem finding a way to link just that one keyframe to my slider control.

I am fairly new to expressions and I tried to re-purpose following one I found for the same thing but with opacity, but it doesn't work. I think it's because it supplies just one value and scale needs two values, but I honestly have very little idea whats going on in the expression and how to adapt it.

if (numKeys > 1){
  t1 = key(1).time;
  t2 = key(2).time;
  v1 = 0;
  v2 = comp("INPUT").layer("CONTROL").effect("Zoom intensity")("Slider");

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You were close.

if (numKeys > 1){
  t1 = key(1).time;
  t2 = key(2).time;
  v1 = [95, 95]; //or if it's 3d [95, 95, 95]
  slider = comp("INPUT").layer("CONTROL").effect("Zoom intensity")("Slider");
  v2 = [slider, slider]; // or [slider,slider,slider] if 3D
  linear((time, t1, t2, v1, v2);
} else {

You were right that the scale property requires 2 (or 3) dimensions. So you need to use arrays, which look like [value1, value2], or [value1, value2, value3,… valueN] for as many members you want the array to have.

  • On line 4 I assume you want it to be 95% not 0. I also changed it to an array.
  • on line 5 I assign the slider value to a temporary variable and then put that in an array. You could do it in one line by repeating the comp("INPUT" … (Slider) phrase inside an array, but it would be really long and awkward. Alternatively you could use a point control if you wanted to be able to set the dimensions separately.
  • on line 8 the else without curly braces works, but it makes me nervous.
  • How to do that with the position @stib ? Thank you very much!
    – Juri
    Commented May 10, 2018 at 14:15
  • Exactly the same, that expression would work for position too
    – stib
    Commented May 11, 2018 at 1:29

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