Nov 8, 2011

Link - Pseudo Effects in AE

Hey guys!
If you find that you use a lot of your own custom presets, and find your presets tend to have a lot of Expression Controls and links (ie Slider Controls and such), then this post is definitely for you. If you're not into that stuff, well you may end up doing so, so why not read through and see what we have going on.

If you work a lot with sliders and angle controls, you may sometimes find yourself in a situation where you have FAR TOO MANY controls.

For example, here's INTERFERE in it's current release state with all modules applied::

Wow, that's a LOT of effects.
All these makes it very difficult to control and can quickly lead to frustration.
One other problem with expression controls is that hitting "Reset" will default all controls to zero, which might not work. As you can see above "MOVE DIRECTION" comes in at 25. Hitting reset will set it to zero.

This is where pseudo-effects come in. They are like custom controls that you can create. You can define slider ranges, defaults, whether a control is animatable and, best of all, defaults!
They are called pseudo-effects because they are not actually effects, they're just controls that can now be used with expressions.

I went ahead and made a pseudo-effect for Interfere, and here's how it came out:

As you can see, it's MUCH cleaner now, and there's also the ability to group controls together, which is extremely helpful! (also notice that the title can also be defined).
(though it became a matter of changing ALL the expressions involved).

If you'd like to learn how to create pseudo-effects aka custom controls, check out this tutorial on Batch Frame. (be sure to watch the entire video)
There's also this great tool on Batch Frame that you can use to create your own Pseudo effects without having to go into coding.

Just a quick note, when you open/save the PresetEffects.xml file, ensure that encoding is set to UTF-8,
You can download Notepad++ here. (free)

i2c Presets Pack
Interesting Expressions
AE Expressions Basics


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