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There is an issue with Advanced Lightning

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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I wanted to parent the position of a PNG to the Advanced Lightning effect’s “direction” of strike. However when I try to, I get an error saying that Advanced Lightning HAS no “direction” attribute. I used the pick whip to parent, dragging the PNG’s position to the “direction” in Advanced Lightning. I don’t know if this matters, but I’m using the “two way strike” preset.
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New Here ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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Expression error occurs when you reopen a project after acquiring lightning "advanced" direction

・Apply the Lightning (Advanced) effect
・Get the "direction" of lightning (altitude) by expression
・Reopen the project
・Expression error occurred

稲妻(高度)の方向をエクスプレッションで取得した後aepを開き直すと、エクスプレッションエラーが発生する

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 28, 2022 Sep 28, 2022

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Hi Javeed,

Thank you for reporting this issue. We can see the same error when pick whipping to the Direction property of Advanced Lighting and will get a bug ticket filed internally.

In the meantime, there is the workaround of using the index of the property rather than the name. To do this, hold the Alt/Option modifier key while releasing the pick whip. This will create an expression link that works just like the name and avoids the bug while we investigate a solution.

Thank you again for reporting this issue!
- John, After Effects Engineering Team

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