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Frederik Van Gompel
Curved line between dots
on Feb 4, 2018 at 11:20:30 pm

Hi!

I'm looking a technique to create a curved line between 2 dots. And you are able to move the dots while the curve start and end point sticks to the dots and the curve follows the movement of the dots but keeps it's curved shape.

Haven't seen or found a plugin or technique for this yet ...

And extra option would be that you can wobble animate the curve when moving the dots (fast). The curve shape might also change according to the position of the points.

It's more or less like te plexus plugin but instead of straight lines connecting between the dots, you have curved lines. And just between two dots and not the "growing" effect.

If in a plugin you could have the option to have bezier handles at the two end dots and a center invisible dot on the curved lines also with bezier handles. The bezier handles in the center dot would then direction and distance constrain (with influence slider) to the end dots to have the curve change shape while moving the end dots.
The center dot could then also have a parameter to create the wobble effect.

Too bad I can't write AE plugins ...

Another idea was to create a line with Trapcode Form dots. Somehow control the end and start points/dots of that line, and then have the Spherical fiels push on both sides of the line and also link these fields with expressions to the movement of the start and end dots.

Thanks for feedback,
m



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Cassius Marques
Re: Curved line between dots
on Feb 5, 2018 at 5:18:38 pm

You should try any script that uses the newest functionality of AE2018 of accessing vertex (and tangent) data.

Such as hooker

Cassius Marques
http://www.zapfilmes.com


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Frederik Van Gompel
Re: Curved line between dots
on Feb 5, 2018 at 6:13:56 pm

Cool!! Excellent tip, didn't know those new features would give access to those parameter!

thanks!
m,


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Richard Garabedain
Re: Curved line between dots
on Feb 5, 2018 at 5:31:29 pm

May be over thinking. Cant you do this with a 2 stroke effects on an animated path?


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Frederik Van Gompel
Re: Curved line between dots
on Feb 5, 2018 at 6:22:07 pm

Hmmm, not sure how ... I did get some result with the puppet tool on a line shape. Easy to setup also.

thanks,
m


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