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Dynamic Chains and Cables

Chain Elements Example


This is a functionality template I created to equally distribute chain elements along  a dynamic path with expressions. Allows for...

  • chains
  • pipes
  • necklaces
  • cables
  • etc

This is definately a missing feature in vanilla After Effects. Quite tricky to set it up in a practical way.

This template is also superior to the "Orientation -> Align to Path" - option, because that's only working on moving objects. (Snaps back to the original rotation value, once the movements stops)

Project File


For open ended cables I pre-comped all SubDivision layers and added some easy to use Caps, that will stay at the end of the cable for any trim factor: