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Mike Sullivan
text and a swimmer
on Feb 26, 2013 at 6:41:46 pm

I have an overhead shot of a person swimming across a pool. I then have text on top of the water, but it isn't interacting with the shot - until - the swimmer hits the text. Then I want the letters to move away as if the water and swimmer are pushing them away in a random motion. What would be the best way to start? I've experimented with grabbing one of the presets, however the ones that give me the motion I like are very complex and I can't quite figure out how to go from no movement to the random movement.



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Dave LaRonde
Re: text and a swimmer
on Feb 26, 2013 at 9:24:30 pm

How realistic do you want this to look? Photorealistic? Cartoony? In between? It makes a difference in the advice we give.

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Mike Sullivan
Re: text and a swimmer
on Feb 27, 2013 at 1:33:21 pm

This need not look photo-real at all. I just want to give the impression that the text is interacting with the swimmer.



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Dave LaRonde
Re: text and a swimmer
on Feb 27, 2013 at 6:25:20 pm

I see multiple layers of the swimmer footage, used in multiple ways. One would be as a displacement map for the text so it looks like the text is floating on it. Another would be with rotobrush to isolate the swimmer's passing cross the text. Then there may be some animated mesh warp on the text to simulate the swimmer's wake pushing the text around in the water.

You'll probably want to precomp the text to make it easier to do all this.

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Vishesh Arora
Re: text and a swimmer
on Feb 26, 2013 at 10:21:22 pm

Mike

I don't think that you will get a Ready-made text preset for this.

You have to experiment with the Text Animators.

Learn the basics from here. Go through all Three Parts.

You may like to use Displacement Map Effect to give the feeling of text floating above water.

Check this tut:

Displacement map Basic

Vishesh Arora
3D and Motion Graphics Artist
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http://digieffects.wordpress.com

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