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noah campeau
Any ideas on a pulsating grid of dots?
on Sep 23, 2016 at 5:26:24 pm

Trying to work out how to create a grid of dots that pulsates in scale across the screen. Something like in this Apple animation...





I thought Form might be able to do it, but haven't found a way! Anyone?

Thanks
Noah


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Walter Soyka
Re: Any ideas on a pulsating grid of dots?
on Sep 23, 2016 at 7:18:51 pm

Do you mean the grid at 1:17?

Yes, Form will do it. You need to use Form's Layer Map feature. This allows you to use a separate layer as a gradient map which influences the size of the Form particles.

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Syed Iqbal
Re: Any ideas on a pulsating grid of dots?
on Sep 23, 2016 at 9:36:10 pm

Further to what exactly Walter has suggested here, you may find some really useful tutorials on Redgiant's website. Browse through Harry Frank's tuts and you will get a better idea how to accomplish this. Best of luck.


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Kalleheikki Kannisto
Re: Any ideas on a pulsating grid of dots?
on Sep 24, 2016 at 7:11:13 am

Yes, Form works for this. Use a Layer map for Size. The main question is how to create that wave layer map, which I did here with polar coordinates.

10612_formdotswave.aep.zip

Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer


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Daniel Waldron
Re: Any ideas on a pulsating grid of dots?
on Sep 24, 2016 at 2:47:37 pm

Check out the Nodes 2 plugin also.


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Kalleheikki Kannisto
Re: Any ideas on a pulsating grid of dots?
on Sep 24, 2016 at 5:26:26 pm
Last Edited By Kalleheikki Kannisto on Sep 24, 2016 at 5:28:12 pm

Dang, just the type of graphics I frequently do. Thanks for the tip! Added to acquisition list.

Kalleheikki Kannisto
Senior Graphic Designer


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Daniel Waldron
Re: Any ideas on a pulsating grid of dots?
on Sep 24, 2016 at 6:34:59 pm

It's not a very well-known plugin for some reason, but seems pretty powerful. It's been used on several big-budget films. I've only used version 1, but Nodes 2 appears to have a lot of added features that make it more competitive with Plexus or Form in addition to its unique tools.


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noah campeau
Re: Any ideas on a pulsating grid of dots?
on Sep 24, 2016 at 10:18:32 pm

Brilliant! Thanks for the advise all


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