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Nathan German
How to: Multi-Image Pan
on Jan 11, 2018 at 8:35:57 pm

I'm curious if anyone has any input on how to create a multi-image pan effect in After Effects similar to what is seen at the 1:23 mark in this video:

So far, the best method I have come up with is to simply arrange the images manually in 3D space, create a camera, and then animate the position of the camera to pan across the images, but I feel like that would take forever just laying out all the images. Anyone have any other method suggestions that may work quicker or more effectively?

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Dave LaRonde
Re: How to: Multi-Image Pan
on Jan 11, 2018 at 9:06:47 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Jan 11, 2018 at 9:10:37 pm

You don't HAVE to use a camera for this. But you do have to arrange the layers in 3D space. Then parent them to a 3D null, and animate the horizontal position of the null.

A smart AE guy once quipped that they call it 3D is because it takes three times as long to set things up.

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Walter Soyka
Re: How to: Multi-Image Pan
on Jan 11, 2018 at 11:24:17 pm

You could use a particle system. Precomp and sequence all the images as a single frame each inside of a comp, then use that with "Random Still" mode as the texture for your particle.

Or you could build the random assortment of photos with a script like this:

Or you could use an expression to randomly distribute the photos in space, then animate a camera or link them all to a null and pan it:
// adjust these values to taste
minX = -2000;
maxX = 2000;
minY = -1000;
maxY = 1000;
minZ = 0
maxZ = 2000;

seedRandom(index, true);
value + [random(minX, maxX), random(minY, maxY), random(minZ, maxZ)];

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