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Community Beginner ,
Jun 20, 2021 Jun 20, 2021

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There is something wrong in this position graph but i can't enable Separate Dimensions to edit it. Whats going on? Screen Shot 2021-06-20 at 8.01.11 PM.png

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Community Expert , Jun 20, 2021 Jun 20, 2021

AFAIK, you can only separate dimensions of the property "position" of the layer, you can't do that for the parameters of effects, even the "Position" parameter of the "Transform" effect

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Explorer , Sep 09, 2023 Sep 09, 2023

Some stuff you simply can't Separate Dimensions and you're just out of luck. I'm currently experiencing that on the Position values of Contents on Shape Layers. Hate it! I get around this by doing the following...

Set up two Slider effects, one called POS X and the other called POS Y

ALT+LeftClick on Position value and enter the Expression below:

x = [pickwhip value to Slider POS X];

y = [pickwhip value to Slider POS Y];

[x,y]

Animate/keyframe the two sliders instead of the Position value

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Jun 20, 2021 Jun 20, 2021

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AFAIK, you can only separate dimensions of the property "position" of the layer, you can't do that for the parameters of effects, even the "Position" parameter of the "Transform" effect

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 22, 2023 Apr 22, 2023

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Why do we pay adobe 54.99 a month again?

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 22, 2023 Oct 22, 2023

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Its becoming increasingly embarrassing that we pay what we pay.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 12, 2024 Jan 12, 2024

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Seriously, Im bout to go crazy. Struggling with the simplest things only to find out that is JUST NOT A FEATURE.

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New Here ,
Jan 12, 2024 Jan 12, 2024

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nah fr tho

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 20, 2021 Jun 20, 2021

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Alright, i copied the keyframes from the Transform effect and moved it into the actual position keyframes of the clip. Fixed, Thank you!

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LEGEND ,
Jun 20, 2021 Jun 20, 2021

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For the record, you can pretty easily get separated dimensions by applying three expression effects sliders to a layer and then tying the three position properties to those sliders.

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New Here ,
Nov 16, 2021 Nov 16, 2021

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That's nice. care to share more?

 

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New Here ,
May 05, 2022 May 05, 2022

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You’re a bit of a legend… thanks :hundred_points: for this tip!

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Aug 16, 2021 Aug 16, 2021

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Another way to solve this is to create a null object, and tie the position property of the effect to the position of the null object (via pick whip). You can then animate the null, with separate dimensions, full bezier handles and all, and get the same impact.

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Nov 16, 2021 Nov 16, 2021

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how?

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Nov 16, 2021 Nov 16, 2021

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Create a null object. Pick whip the position properly of your object to the position of the null. Animate the null as desired. 

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New Here ,
Nov 28, 2021 Nov 28, 2021

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I'm trying that, and I don't see how I can pick whip the "x" coordinate of my shape (not the layer - the shape witihin the layer) to an effect slider within a separate null object layer, and I'm having the same problem, which is that I can't separate out the "x" and "y" positions in order to pick whip each individual property to its own slider. If that were the case, I could just animate each without the need for the null object to begin with.

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Nov 28, 2021 Nov 28, 2021

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On the null object, select "separate dimensions" and there you go. 

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 27, 2023 Jan 27, 2023

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Hi, would this be possible for the point of interest parameter of the camera layer?

 

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Sep 09, 2023 Sep 09, 2023

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Some stuff you simply can't Separate Dimensions and you're just out of luck. I'm currently experiencing that on the Position values of Contents on Shape Layers. Hate it! I get around this by doing the following...

Set up two Slider effects, one called POS X and the other called POS Y

ALT+LeftClick on Position value and enter the Expression below:

x = [pickwhip value to Slider POS X];

y = [pickwhip value to Slider POS Y];

[x,y]

Animate/keyframe the two sliders instead of the Position value

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Community Expert ,
Oct 22, 2023 Oct 22, 2023

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Separating dimensions wipes out the ability to use the Composition panel to edit a motion path. The bezier handles disappear. Almost all motion arrays benefit from the ability to edit a motion path with the pen tools. In most cases, it is incredibly difficult to accurately control any path by animating separate dimensions. On the rare occasion that you need to separate dimensions to control the timing of specific paths at specific times, expressions can easily solve problems. I would be surprised if I have used Separate Dimensions more than twice in the last year. Those compositions would have been some kind of infographic involving attaching something to an animated graph.

 

 

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Feb 18, 2024 Feb 18, 2024

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You have to right click on layer name and see if "3D layer" option is checked.
You can only see separate dimensions active if this option is checked.

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