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...
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)
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: