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Kevin CaminCreating a field of postcard images
by on Feb 22, 2012 at 5:43:20 am

I am trying to figure out how to make a field of 100 flat, postcard images for a camera to fly through.

I'm considering a cloner object with 100 individual null children, each containing: a plane, external compositing tag and compositing tag. I would assign each of the 100 nulls a different buffer for After Effects, where I would add the images.

Is this the best way? There probably a less agonizing way to do this.

Best regards,

Kevin Camin


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John MacenroyRe: Creating a field of postcard images
by on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:28:35 am

Hi Kevin,

if I was to do it I would first try to use the MoGraph Multi-Shader in Combination with a Random Effector on a Cloner object to achieve your goal.

First make a Cloner object to create your Post Cards, then connect a Random Effector to this cloner object and disable Position changes. Turn on Color Mode and set it to add. Then create a new material and select MoGraph->Multi-Shader in the drop down menu of Color. Click on it and for shader 1 choose the first picture of your library with the postcards. Then click on the picture and choose calculate. The Multi-Shader now loads all the pictures in the directory because he thinks it's a sequence. Now click the arrow up to get into the Multi-Shader properties again and hit "to layers" he will insert all the other pictures of the library and attach the material to your cloner object.

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Kevin CaminRe: Creating a field of postcard images
by on Feb 23, 2012 at 2:58:54 am

Thanks for the detailed tut, John, I really appreciate it.

I did get stuck though:

I created the Cloner Object, attached a Random Effector to it, and disabled Position Transform parameter.

I created a new material and selected MoGraph->Multi-Shader in the drop down menu of Color. I then clicked on it and loaded the first picture from the Finder into Shader 1.

I clicked on the picture. Here is where I had a problem. I could only find the Calculate button under the Animation tab so I clicked it there.

I then hit the up arrow and selected 'to layers'. I applied the material to my object within the Cloner. I enabled the Position parameter in the Random Effector.

The only image that appeared was the one that I selected from the finder and half the postcards are a blank, bright white.


Any additional guidance would be much appreciated. I'm using R11.

Best regards,

Kevin Camin


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Tim ShetzRe: Creating a field of postcard images
by on Feb 23, 2012 at 4:13:41 am

Not to talk you out of using Cinema, but is there a reason you don't just do it IN after effects?

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Kevin CaminRe: Creating a field of postcard images
by on Feb 23, 2012 at 4:29:00 am

It'd like to get some glossy reflections on the postcards from the environment to add a little something extra. And I might play around with the Random Effector to have them collapse together at the end.

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Kevin Camin


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