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Al Mach
Recreate crude circle grid animation
on Jan 31, 2018 at 7:42:09 pm

I want to recreate the circle grid animation in the beginning of this video. I haven't been able to find any tutorials online that demonstrates how this can be done. It appears pretty simple. Can anyone help me get this started? Thanks in advance.






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Eric Santiago
Re: Recreate crude circle grid animation
on Jan 31, 2018 at 8:45:33 pm

Spherize a solid with Grid applied to it.


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Eric Santiago
Re: Recreate crude circle grid animation
on Jan 31, 2018 at 8:56:55 pm

Sorry I was a litte to quick on reply.
You can do this using an Adjustment Layer with Spherize applied at center.
Under the Adjustment Layer use a super wide Solid (20480x2048) and apply a Grid to it using Width Slider.
Animated the position from left to right (whatever floats your boat).
PreComp that and apply a Track Matte using a Spherical Mask.
Use that Comp and apply on any layer of your choosing.
Does it look great...not really.
I would have done this in Maya.
Im just lazy that way ;)


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Richard Garabedain
Re: Recreate crude circle grid animation
on Jan 31, 2018 at 9:29:18 pm

grid plus cc sphereize


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Al Mach
Re: Recreate crude circle grid animation
on Jan 31, 2018 at 10:00:04 pm

Thanks for this. I've never used a width slider before so not sure how to do that. But I did everything else, and the grid showed up. The problems I have are:
1) The lines on the y axis show a fake perspective because of the sphere effect. I want the vertical lines to be the same width throughout.
2) Don't know how to skew the grid so it's more oval, and not a perfect circle.

I thought this would be easier than it actually is. Is it possible to do what I'm describing without frame-by-frame animation?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Recreate crude circle grid animation
on Jan 31, 2018 at 11:44:26 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Jan 31, 2018 at 11:57:43 pm

....and here's another way to skin this cat.
  • Make a square-pixel SOLID that's twice as wide as it is tall.
  • Apply the grid effect and adjust to taste.
  • Precompose it, matching precomp dimensions to the solid's dimensions.
  • Add CC Sphere to the precomp, now in another comp.
  • Animate the effect's Y rotation.
  • Precomp again.
  • On this new precomp, change its y-scale only to flatten it a bit.
And there you go.

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


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