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Nested transform

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I am curious if it's somehow possible to created nested transform animations. So let's say I have an div and I apply some transform tweens to it. Inside that div I have some other objects, images, other divs with their own transform tweens. Basically I want to have nested transforms to be relative to the parent transforms, not absolute. 

Like it's done in flash for example, i.e. I need MovieClip.


Any ideas?


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Hello skavish, and Welcome to the GreenSock forum!


GSAP is very performance driven and can handle nested transforms on elements with ease. GSAP is also able to perform complex transforms on elements, half-way through the animation without the limitations of CSS animations/keyframes or CSS transitions.


I am sure if you put together a codepen example we can help you with your issue!




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Hi and welcome to the GreenSock forums,


When I think of nested transforms I think of something like this: http://codepen.io/GreenSock/pen/XXEdar


From what I recall Flash would handle this exactly the same way.


As Jonathan said, a demo would really help. Feel free to fork my demo and change it so that we can see how nested transforms are not working as expected. 



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