Adobe After Effects CC 2024: How To Add valueAtTime Expression (Position)​

This tutorial will show you how to add the valueAtTime Expression to the Position Property in Adobe After Effects CC 2024 to reference the value of Position (X) property of another layer at a specified time on the animation. This will also work on Anchor Point Property.

valueAtTime (t):
Returns the value of a property at the specified time, in seconds.

Keyboard Shortcuts:

P: Position Property

index – 1 (look at layer above)
index + 1 (look at layer below)

Tutorial Expression:
temp=thisComp.layer(index+1).transform.position.valueAtTime(time-1); [temp[0], value[1]]

valueAtTime (Rotation Tutorial):

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00:00 Intro: About The Tutorial
00:25 What is valueAtTime?
00:43 Create Animation
01:10 Add Expression (Press Opt/Alt)
01:22 Why Did Layer Disappear?
01:35 X&Y Values of Position
01:50 Create Variables for X & Y
02:01 Add Temp Variable
02:20 Add .valueAtTime to Expression
02:41 Enter Time Value
02:54 Preview Animation
03:04 Position Property Index (0,1,2)
03:28 Add Array for X&Y
03:50 Adding Values in Array
04:06 Layer 1 Reappears!
04:17 Add Index (Layer Name)

Software Used:
Adobe After Effects CC 2024 (Click To Try or Buy)

How To Use valueAtTime Expression On Position (X Value):

  1. Create New Composition
  2. Add 2 Logos or Graphic Layers
  3. Logo 1 on Layer 1
  4. Logo 2 on Layer 2
  5. Select Both Layers
  6. Tap P for Rotation
  7. Click stopwatch to add 2 keyframes
  8. Move CTI forward in time
  9. Shift + Click and move layers to the right
  10. Press Spacebar to preview simple left to right animation
  11. Hold Option/Alt key and click on stopwatch for Position on Layer 1
  12. Add variable
  13. temp=thisComp.layer(index+1).transform.position.valueAtTime(time-1);
  14. Add Array: [temp[0], value[1]]
  15. Tap Spacebar to preview

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