Ouroboros - After Effects Preset

Ouroboros - Using code to strengthen our creative abilities.

Over the last few weeks I have been coding my own After Effects Preset named Ouroboros. This preset allows you to create multiple trimmed strokes on one path. This is not a script, everything is done using expressions.

Enjoy, Sander

Ouroboros 1.2 - 17 june '14 
Ouroboros 1.1 - 12 june '14

Learn Javascript to take your expression skills to the next level. Great sources are CodeCademy and Motionscript

How it works:

The Ouroboros preset gives you a new shape layer with a stroke and some effects. Now parent that new shape layer to any other original shape and it will take on its properties. The new layer holds the stroke and follows whatever your original shape is doing. Then duplicate the " Stroke Ouroboros 1 " inside " Contents, group1 "  to create more strokes on that same shape path!

Random Seed

Effects Manual:

Hover over the images to see what each property of the effects panel does with the strokes.

Random Seed Path Index Number Start End Offset Random Offset Stroke Menu Width px Width Random Width Maintain Opacity Opacity Random Trim Start Trim End Trim Offset Trim Random Speed Speed Random Delay Delay Random Color Menu Color Offset Cycles ps Color Random Rainbow

FAQ:

  • Free preset, fill in $0; and the credit card box will disappear. You only need an email address to get this plugin. That I need to send you updates in the future.
  • Make sure the structure is like " > Contents > Shape x > Path x " mirroring the Ouroboros layer " > Contents > Group x > Ouroboros x "

Tips:

  • If 100 lines of expressions show up in your timeline when you hit "U", try to close the triangle ▶︎ in front of Contents to collapse them all.  See how you can turn off revealing expressions "improvements to keyboard shortcuts"
  • Double click the properties in the Effects Panel to reveal that property in the timeline.
  • Referencing a shape-layer in another comp. Create a new shape-layer in the current comp, Name it after the comp and control layer you want to reference in another comp, for example: "edit" then a comma "," and then the name of the control layer "control". Layer name = edit,control Now you can reference ouroboros layers to that shape-layer with fancy name and it will go to comp edit and reference layer control.
  • Maintain stroke width when using strokes that are inside a pre-comp. Add a comma "," + "comp-name" to the name of your Ouroboros layer. Your Ouroboros layer now knows to include the scale from itself in the pre-comp. Layer name = my Ouroboros Stroke,edit

© Copyright Ouroboros SANDER VAN DIJK 2014
Questions in the comments below.

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Ocho - The number of the perfection, infinity, and the totality of the universe. 

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