Thanks for watching everyone!
I do need to point out that I mucked up the information about the Phase. I typed in 2, and paused when it didn't behave like I expected.....because I was supposed to type in .2, not 2! So, to see any real difference in your Phase shift, type in any number between 0 and 1.
Barbara.....Yes, I was probably referring to complicated situations, but I'm not really sure. I have never seen the Zoom modifier work (Variable Amount Using)...ever. But I may be trying to only use it in complicated situations?! I guess I've never tried it when to objects are 100% identical (all settings are equal to begin with), mostly because that almost never happens when someone is working on a show. If I have a frame and a photo and I want to zoom, pan and tilt the frame and have the photo follow, it won't work. If that's too complicated, then I give up. For the record, I just added a Frame and a Picture. Zoomed the frame in and added a zoom modifier (Variable Amount Using) to the picture to match. Did it work? Nope. No amount of adjustments made this work. Now, I could add a Linear Ramp modifier to the zooms and it does work....but, what if I want it to FOLLOW another layer as it goes forward and back? I'm just not willing to say that following another layer is "too complicated" while watching other programs do this for at least a decade or more. Yes, I'm aware that Dale has a zoom modifier work around. But, wouldn't it be nice if a work around wasn't needed? This program, for most people, is complicated enough....to require a workaround for an already complicated feature that doesn't work the way it should is really asking too much of the average user, imo. (*I also have to keep in mind that I am not creating for myself, but for others who will add their own layers of unknown attributes and who shouldn't be expected to go in and tweek complicated settings)
Here's where my frustration lies (which is clearly coming through in my tutorials, and I apologize for that): as an animation designer, I "see" what I want to have happen in my mind first. Then I create it with the tools I have. My current tools will not allow my to create what I want to, so instead of creating what I really
want to, I look at my tools and create what I can with what I have.
If my tutorials are becoming too "negative" I may just need to stop altogether. I can't seem to create a tutorial without pointing out something that doesn't work properly. More than that.....I just can't create what I want to