After Effects is far from an animation tool, but it does have some features that can be helpful in making scrolling UIs. The coordinate system for After Efx’s interface might make things difficult when trying to create a list or timeline with multiple items on them because everything starts at the top left corner instead of being lined up sequentially like you would see if someone else created your design themselves.
This means there will always need more space than what was initially planned since this start point creates negative values farther down below which wouldn’t look good aesthetically speaking!
Animating by values is a much more intuitive process than animating in Ae. For example, if you are working on an animation where the bounces of each ball should be different from one another but similar to how they would look during pre-production stages when all balls were set at their original positions before being animated individually then this typesetting will make things much simpler since it allows for independent control over transformation values without accidentally affecting other aspects that need adjustment as well
In the video, Joe Clay walks through how to create a scrolling list. In order for your animation feel more natural and not robotic-like with Ae’s built in coordinate system zeros out everything so you can freely animate. He stresses expressions because they make things easier when animating.”
The expression is
- y = thisLayer.toComp([0,0,0]);
- y = Math.abs(y-540);
When you want to make it easy for your viewers to follow along with what’s going on, put their focus in the middle of an evenly balanced screen. If all values are low or high by around 150 pixels then they should stay there without having too much trouble animating away from that point once started.