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Keyframing a layer selection dropdown

LEGEND ,
Mar 07, 2024 Mar 07, 2024

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Set Matte, Calculations, Displacement Map - what do these three effects have in common? They all rely on another layer to drive them. There are many other places in After Effects where effects need to refer to other layers and it helps AE be a powerful tool.

However, there's a big limitation.

There is no ability to keyframe this parameter. When referencing another layer, sometimes it'd be lovely to switch what layer it is! I know it'd be a hold keyframe and that's fine. But this seems like a really useful feature to have.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 19, 2024 Mar 19, 2024

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And refer to other layers by index!

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Mar 19, 2024 Mar 19, 2024

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+1! Technically you should be able to achieve this by using multiple instances of the effect, and keyframing the Effect Opacity, but ... your idea sounds much smoother.

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