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Creating a Wiggle Expression for After Effects

Here's a great tutorial in After Effects and how to create a wiggle expression.

Hello everyone and welcome to Genius DV After Effects tutorial. Today we are going to take a brief look at expressions. I am going to introduce you to the wiggle expression. I have created this simple 3-D composition and added a light. I wanted to add fluctuation to the light intensity so it would appear the light was flickering. To add an expression just simply alt or option click on the stopwatch in front of the parameters name, this will enable expressions for the associated property. Now navigate to the expression line and type wiggle then open bracket and lets start with a value of 25 then add a comma and lets try 75 for our amount and then add a close bracket.  Click away to close the expression line. You must type this exact or the expression will not work. The 25 represents how many times per second and the 75 represents how much the intensity of the light will fluctuate. Lets try 5 and 100. As you can see, it is a very slow animation with great variation. Now lets try 100 for the frequency and 40 for the amount. As you can see this adds very small fluctuation but at a high rate. This wiggle expression can be added to any parameter that is keyframable. Here lets apply a wiggle to scale of 30 and 30 and lets just see what we get. As you can see it fluctuates the scale. Looks interesting, but now lets try something with the position property. Again the amount you will need to flavor to taste. Once again I'll trim the comp area and alt click the stopwatch.  I'm going to try wiggle 3 and 100. The position now moves randomly. This candle is a great example of how you can use the wiggle expression in After Effects. To learn more tips and tricks like these log onto Genius DV .com and sign up for an After Effects training course and I'll see you on the next tutorial, I guess I should blow out this candle.

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