Bob Dylan custom e-card
Dear creative cows... first of all i'm quite new at this site. i just knew about it like a month ago. but it's really good.
any how, i would like to ask you guys on how to do this bob dylan video at this site bob dylan messaging
is this entirely made by flash? or it has to be done at after effects first to do the masking then export to flash? i'm not so sure. i know about after effects and my friend knows about flash but i don't know scripting or expression yet.
any help would be great.
This is a typical chatrooms' question as there is hardly any specific way to answer but letting minds go into inspirational discussions. Forums are about answering specific questions (how to solve any given technical piece of problem).
But you are lucky i feel talkful tonight so i'll add some reply trying to be as much helpful as i can. First, i would say flash can do most of the clientside job, but generating an ecard page sending and invitations to watch require some cgi or server side coding out of flash (perl, php, etc). In actual projects seldom will an artist/developper work only in one piece of software. Professionals give shape to their own workflow by using the software they master the best to achieve any segment of the job that is required in their plan (some even outsource some segment of the job). So first comes a plan, then which software or solution does what.
Any apparently complex application is nothing but pieces of simpler steps, so deconstructing the whole and trying to reversely figure how the artist thought each steps could be the key. Sometimes you can simply email and ask for the example file and study it (if you are lucky the webmaster could share who knows).
As a beginner some codes (even the simple ones) can confuse you, if so then be honest and delay the learning then come back to it again after some time when you feel more comfortable with the basics.
There is never only one unique way to solve a problem, so personally this is how i would deconstruct this application (which your call "Bob Dylan custom e-card"):
1- Film the actor turning the 13 white sheets of papers, and composite as needed;
2- In flash import video and put in a clip;
3- on every single frame where the guy starts moving a sheet i make a keyframe, and label it "sheet x" (x = 1 to 10, last three keyframes are reserved for the commercial message);
4- on keyframes sheetX i add a dynamic texfield embedded within an invisble clip;
5- on the frames following any keyframe i simply hand animate the invisible clip to follow the path of the sheet falling in the video (add some motion blur, rotations, skew, etc to make convincing). Hopefully some tracking solution in flash one day;
6- on main timeline set 10 input textfield which contents will eventually feed the corresponding sheetX dynamic texfield in the video clip;
7- that's it! my now customized video clip is ready to be seen, all that is left is the ecard cgi to let my friends know the auto-generated url of the video and invite them to watch (and hopefully they invite their friends too). Flash has nothing to do anymore at these steps;
Oh i forgot, you can decorate the html pages as you wish, put some pom-pons, some girls, make it all jolly and cheerful :)
Note: these 7 points development plan not necesarily means 7 lines of actionscript codes. Depending on skills and experience of the developper it can reach 100s lines or hardly tens...
thanks evrard, but i have problem on putting the dynamic text box when, in my case i shot a little girl, dropping the cards, the girl drops the card should there be masking involved because the cards are on top of each other.
that would means the second card would be partially seen when the first one is dropped. how do i solve that?
and also i want to ask that is it possible that the entire thing to be done at AE instead of flash? so is it possible to put dynamic texfield in AE?
I don't think that effect is possible without papervision3d or similar 3d engines.
"that would means the second card would be partially seen when the first one is dropped. how do i solve that?"
masking can help, once again you will need hand-animating the mask itself to hide the dynamic text until the previous sheet has revealed enough space.
"and also i want to ask that is it possible that the entire thing to be done at AE instead of flash? so is it possible to put dynamic texfield in AE?"
AE output offers no possibility of user-interactivity, it is just a video or vector animation that seets there (and hopefully looks good) for spectators to watch it.
As of today (and as of my knowledge) the only kind of interactivity video do offer is the ability to choose betwen features alternate endings, or using the remote control to escape the commercials.
Good luck with your projects :)
ok then, thanks for the respond and all, good to know on how to tackle my problem and it's good to know that i learn something new everyday.