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Jacob Giacometti
I would love to read your suggestions on how to make letters fly!
on May 5, 2017 at 5:39:57 pm
Last Edited By Jacob Giacometti on May 5, 2017 at 5:43:04 pm

Hey guys,

I'm facing a bit of a challenge (relative to my skills at least!).
I need to have a series of letters (not random, they form 4 specific words), slowly flying together horizontally like leaves in the wind, and eventually coming together to form the title.
I'm experimenting with wiggle and sliders, and trapcode as well.
As far as I know, trapcode doesn't allow to "reverse" the particles, right, it's always "outwards", right ?

Anyway, I'm curious to know how you guys would go at it. The letters are 2D plain color, but it's really about creating a motion as realistic as possible.

Thanks !


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Dave LaRonde
Re: I would love to read your suggestions on how to make letters fly!
on May 5, 2017 at 6:47:49 pm

You mention trapcode. You could animate the letters moving out, then nest the comp and use Time Remapping to reverse it.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Jacob Giacometti
Re: I would love to read your suggestions on how to make letters fly!
on May 5, 2017 at 6:52:39 pm

Hey Dave,
Thank you for jumping in,
I would have to animate each letter individually, right, there is no telling trapcode what layers to use (a total of 16 characters in specific positions), and then have trapcode make them fly, right ?
I also tried time reversing a comp using trapcode and I get an error... could prerender of course.


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: I would love to read your suggestions on how to make letters fly!
on May 5, 2017 at 8:32:38 pm

Jacob -

Have you seen this relatively new script on AEScripts.com? It might be just what you need:

http://aescripts.com/wind/

You might also be able to do what you're attempting with the AE text animation presets.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Jacob Giacometti
Re: I would love to read your suggestions on how to make letters fly!
on May 5, 2017 at 11:16:16 pm

Hey Jacob,
That's interesting thank you
I can't use it for this project because every "character" has to be a sprite, not a font, but pretty close !


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Jacob Giacometti
Re: I would love to read your suggestions on how to make letters fly!
on May 5, 2017 at 11:16:44 pm

I found a way to do it. It looks pretty cool, I'll share it in a bit :)


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