I figured I'd pass on a quick question to you as you are not only in the thick of it, but also the people I trust for answering such questions.
I'm looking at creating an expression that will allow me to create a slider so that I will be able to simulate a rack focus without using a 3d camera or 3d layers. Since I am a post supervisor at a small animation company here in Canada my expression programming is lacking, and thus why I turn to you fine gentleman and women.
The new show that we will be working on will be needing this effect quite regularly and I was curious to know if this is possible to link such layers together in this manner. I can wrap my mind around it, it's just the actual expression programming where I fail.
I know that I can attach a fast blur to the layer that I want to go out of focus on and control via keyframing but here's what I want to get sophiscated and then pick whip the other layer I want to "focus" on to but I need to have the inverse effect, thus giving the simulated rack focus.
If this doesn't make any sense whatsoever, please, please, let me know as this isn't absolute priority but I can see on the horizon this being VERY useful!
This thread could be playing host to more of my ramblings in the future as I will be trying to go outside of my safe zone within after effects and going forward into the great beyond.
Thank you for your read and possible solution. As I look forward to not only developing a better experience for us 2D animation guys in this new glorious future.
Have a great day!
(I've also posted the same question on CGTalk)