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Sarah Schela
random lines accumulating
on Dec 25, 2011 at 11:57:36 pm

Hey guys,

I have a wondered how I can create a random lines animation staring with few and growing in huge numbers until the screen is filled.
it's an animation like this (the red lines)->




with no third party plugins, if possible.

I tried out something with the effects Beam, or created a thin square and tried out some expressions on motionscript.com, but nothing seems to work properly.

any kind of help would be appreciated!


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Sarah Schela
Re: random lines accumulating
on Dec 26, 2011 at 1:36:08 am

found this helpful explanation of the random behavior which works well.
but I need to get to leave the lines without moving but stay at the start position, but this should work.
gonna try out with expression writing though I have not much experience with it.


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Michael Szalapski
Re: random lines accumulating
on Dec 27, 2011 at 3:42:54 pm

It was a holiday recently for many parts of the world. In case you are wondering why there hasn't been a response to you.

To answer your question, there are several ways to get what you describe (I can't see your example due to restrictions on the network where I work). I would think a particle system would be good. Large emitter (or a swiftly, randomly moving emitter) with no velocity to the particles and an image of a line as a custom particle should do the trick. There are several particle systems that come free with AE.

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Sarah Schela
Re: random lines accumulating
on Dec 28, 2011 at 12:06:04 am

oh yes, it worked! I used Particle Playground, because the CC ones don't allow any customization of shapes.

thank you so much for the reply. I really appreciate the forum of creative cow. very helpful and fast reply always.


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Michael Szalapski
Re: random lines accumulating
on Dec 28, 2011 at 12:14:28 am

The CC ones actually do allow custom particles, but that doesn't matter because you found something that works. Glad you found it!

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