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# Why do I get non-integer numbers when using script?

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Jan 22, 2022 Jan 22, 2022

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Hi guys, I am trying to build a simple script that sets keyframes automatically every 'i' seconds and changes  position by fixed amount of pixels ( in my case -640) on every keyframe.

I wrote a simple lines of code to do it:

var curX = 320.0;
for (i = 10; i <= 240; i += 5){

selection[0].setValueAtTime(i, [curX,540])
curX += -640.0;
};

But all values of every keyframe are non-integer numbers, although in the code above there are only integers. Here is the some values I get when running the code:

10 sec position x:320 y: 540;

15 sec position x:-321,9194 y: 540;

19,29 sec position x:-958,29 y: 540;

24.29 sec position x:-1598,9316 y: 540;

......

....

0;02;59;27  position x: -21433,1681 y: 540;

selection in this code is app.project.activeItem.selectedProperties, so selection[0] is position

Any suggestion why is this happening and how to fix?

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Jan 22, 2022 Jan 22, 2022

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Integers can be perfectly used to represent fractional numbers. That's a general misunderstanding many people have. If you want whole numbers, simply add a Math.round().

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Jan 22, 2022 Jan 22, 2022

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I did
var
curX = Math.round(320.0);
for (i = 10; i <= 240; i += 5){
selection[0].setValueAtTime(i, [Math.round(curX),540])
curX += Math.round(-640.0);
};
but it gives the same result

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Jan 23, 2022 Jan 23, 2022

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Well, then straighten out your math further by using timeToFrames() and such or additional rounding.

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Jan 23, 2022 Jan 23, 2022

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How do you check the value of the keyframe? Do you read the value shown in the time-line? Do you see the same value in the dialog that pops up when you double-click on a keyframe?

If you see clean int numbers in the dialog, but point numbers in the timeline, then most likely your keyframes are not exactly at the start of a frame, but in-between frames.

If your comp has a frame rate of 23.976 fps, for example, and you insert a keyframe at 1s, then this keyrame sits a tiny bit before the (beginning of the) 25th frame, (since after 1s only 23.976 and not full 24frames have been played, yet).

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