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Kevin PingaCreating a flipping calendar on the wall.
by on Aug 12, 2011 at 6:36:27 am

Hello people. I have a question on how to create a flipping calendar. The idea is to portray going into the future. So here's how I picture it, a woman starts talking in a room, and then the camera moves away from here to the wall behind here where there, the calender starts flipping(from slow to fast) depicting that the scene is going to the future. Can anyone suggest how I do that?

By the way, I'm not much of an expert in AE, just starting out and I'm running After Effects CS4. So hope you guys can help me out :)

Thanks!


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David JohnsonRe: Creating a flipping calendar on the wall.
by on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:37:16 am

Perhaps build the pages of the calendar as PS layers, bring that into AE as a comp, animate flipping the pages with a Page Turn effect, then composite the calendar precomp onto the wall.

Flashing and/or roughening the page edges so they're not such rigid/perfect lines and adding a very subtle animated shadow might help sell the composite.

I like the Page Turn in Boris Continuum Complete better, but if you don't have BCC, I'm pretty sure Cycore has a Page Turn too (Cycore is bundled with full versions of AE). You might also add some additional distortions to the pages as they turn to give them a more realistic look (when real pages turn they also distort slightly in places other than the corners). A subtle paper rustling sound effect can also help sell the effect.

Best of luck.


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Kevin PingaRe: Creating a flipping calendar on the wall.
by on Aug 12, 2011 at 2:43:57 pm

I looked at the videos Greg Burrus gave below, and it explains exactly how to do what you said David. Thank you both!

But I don't what you mean by this line:
then composite the calendar precomp onto the wall.

I hope you can explain what that means.

And yes, I do have Cycore in my AE so I have the CC Page turn which works perfect :)


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Greg BurrusRe: Creating a flipping calendar on the wall.
by on Aug 12, 2011 at 3:06:03 pm

What he mean is you should group all the layers together in another composition to make it easier to work with and tweak it as one item. You can do this by selecting all the layers and go to meunu > layer > pre-compose.

Greg

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Greg BurrusRe: Creating a flipping calendar on the wall.
by on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:47:49 am

Check out these two tutorials they might help you get an idea on how to create the effect using cc page turn or another 3d looking deformer. You could use the same idea to flip calendar pages.


http://churchmediadesign.tv/after-effects-magazine-page-flip/

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/kramer_andrew/flipbook.php

hope this helps

Greg

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David JohnsonRe: Creating a flipping calendar on the wall.
by on Aug 14, 2011 at 9:02:34 pm

Thanks for filling in the gaps in my explanation, Greg.

[Kevin Pinga] "But I don't what you mean by this line:"
'then composite the calendar precomp onto the wall.'

I meant pretty much what Greg said. The only difference is the reason I said "build the pages of the calendar as PS layers, bring that into AE as a comp" ... if you put the layers in a folder in PS, they will already be in a precomp when you bring the psd into AE as a comp, rather than as footage. The only difference is that you don't have to precompose the layers once you're in AE. By the 'composite onto the wall' part, I just meant place the calendar precomp where you want it on top of your video footage of a wall and possibly add some subtle effects to make it look like its real and belongs there.


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