Bake Parented Transform

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This script will take a parented layer and convert its motion into keyframes of an unparented layer suitable for exporting or similar use.
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Bake Parented Transform

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It's time to move out of the parent's basement, to cut the umbilical cord, to leave the nest. When you've got parent layers driving the position, scale or rotation of a child layer, it can be somewhat problematic to get the same motion once the layer is unparented. This is especially true if the parent layer's rotation is animated. Ideally, just leave the layer parented. Try 'baking' the parent transform into the unparented layer.

This script will take a parented layer and convert its motion into keyframes of an unparented layer. It is especially ideal when you need this parented layer to become unparented but still maintain its original motion. The script can also be used to convert combined orientation-rotation animations into simple rotation keyframes so it is useful on normally unparented layers as well.

Baking essentially converts the animation into keys and removes the parenting at the same time. You can choose individual transform properties (not including opacity) or just select the layer to process all of them. The script will still process a layer even if it is not parented. In which case, it is simply placing keyframes at all frames. Orientation for 3D layers gets baked into euler rotations.

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After Effects CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4, CS3