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Is there a way to pause cycle layers without having to activate manually again?

Community Beginner ,
Aug 27, 2023 Aug 27, 2023

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Hi,

I've created a shooting star for a background with just 6 layers.  It's basically just a line shifted slightly in each layer.

The cycle runs fine.

However as soon as it reaches the last frame it starts again imediately.

I want to wait about 30 seconds before it starts again.

Is there a way to do this?

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Community Expert ,
Aug 28, 2023 Aug 28, 2023

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I have not tried it, but in the Cycle Layers behavior (in rigging mode) there is an option to pause layers. It is mentioned in this thread. Is it possible to pause a cycle by, say, holding t... - Adobe Support Community - 8814448

You can select the layer you want to pause and add a "Cycle Pause" tag to it. Beyond that, I am not sure.

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 28, 2023 Aug 28, 2023

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I haven't tried this, but I think maybe you could tag the whole cycle as a "Blink" and use the Auto blink behavior with a low "Blinks per Minute" frequency to semi-randomly trigger it periodically?

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Aug 28, 2023 Aug 28, 2023

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One other trick, while I'm thinking about it. There's a "Red Monster Live" puppet at a desk among Okay Samurai's puppets that had some occasional background animations. I think what they did was to nest the cycle you want to play occasionally in another cycle. The nested cycle works as you have it now as a single frame in the outer cycle, but the outer cycle has a high "Advance Every" parameter so it runs much less often but only needs to have a couple of layers to slow down how often the inner one runs. So that could be an option as well. (if you download the puppet and open it, search for "starcycle" in the search box at the top of the puppet layers panel, it looks like it was a very similar background feature)

I've seen some really clever puppets that use nested cycles to do all kinds of crazy stuff.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 11, 2023 Sep 11, 2023

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Ok Thank you so much for the responses.

I did try the cycle pause but couldn't get it to work.

My work around for this solution is after the 6 layers, I've just added about 70-80 blank layers so essentially it has to run 86 layers and only the first 6 have the shooting star on it, so after it's ran the 6 it runs the other 80 layers as if it's part of the layers and thus it doesn't show anything for those as they are blank.

This is my only solution for now.

I rather not have so many layers added as I like to keep a clean workflow and everything named but this will have to do for now.

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Sep 12, 2023 Sep 12, 2023

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If the star is its own individual puppet, you might be able to set up the cycle animation as an eyeblink and use autoblink on it. Just brainstorming.

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