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Adam Lewen
An efficient way of Gradient Ramp Scale dots grid
on Jan 4, 2020 at 3:11:00 pm

Hi there!
I am looking for help, tips, thought;
I am crating animations where the BG is based on a grid of dots, a LOT of dots
They all carry a scale expression controlled by a gradient ramp

The render is VERY heavy. It's frustrating.
I am looking for methods of getting a similar idea visually, in a different way.
I am sure there is one!
Thanks so much!


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Matthew Keane
Re: An efficient way of Gradient Ramp Scale dots grid
on Jan 4, 2020 at 4:13:24 pm

Hi,

Not sure if you want to go down the plug-in route, but they will probably render faster than thousands of scale expressions.

If it were me, I'd use the Trapcode Form plug-in to do this - set up a grid of dots, tell it to use your gradient as a layer map to affect scale/opacity of your particles and then tweak until it looks the way you like.

On the other hand if you don't have access to third-party plugins, maybe the built-in CC Ball effect can achieve something similar. I haven't used it in a long time, but I seem to remember you can use a layer to affect the particles in a similar way to Form.

Matthew Keane

Freelancer based in Paris, France
- Motion Graphics, Video Editing & Effects, Media Server Programming & Live Operation.


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Adam Lewen
Re: An efficient way of Gradient Ramp Scale dots grid
on Jan 4, 2020 at 7:19:13 pm

Thanks so much Matthew!
Spot on! great tip. They have access to the plugin!
what a difference!

good weekend!


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