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Dan Stern
FCP 7 "Traveling Map" visual effect
on Mar 13, 2014 at 6:06:46 pm
Last Edited By Dan Stern on Mar 13, 2014 at 6:07:15 pm

Hello all!

Trying to create a sequence in FCP 7 similar to the one below at about the 52 second mark - the red trail on the map. Any pointers would be great. Thank you!







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Dave LaRonde
Re: FCP 7 "Traveling Map" visual effect
on Mar 13, 2014 at 6:50:25 pm

Can't see the video for some reason. Is it basically the same thing as the animated airplane route across a map as you see in the Indiana Jones movies? I'll guess that it is.

Why on Earth would you want to use a video edeiting application for something like that? Why not use something that's actually designed for such work, like Motion or even After Effects?

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


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Dave Farrants
Re: FCP 7 "Traveling Map" visual effect
on Mar 13, 2014 at 6:51:13 pm

Usually done in Motion but for a quick and easy method I use this: http://www.solrobots.com/roadtrip/index.html


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Mark Suszko
Re: FCP 7 "Traveling Map" visual effect
on Mar 13, 2014 at 7:25:14 pm

If you still want to "roll your own" without buying a plug-in or building this in Motion or AE, a few simple ways to do it right in FCP7:

Create the finished path as a still graphic in Photoshop or GIMP, import it to FCP7 with an alpha channel or as a white path on black, or a colored path on chromakey green background. Any of those will work, but they are listed in order of increasing complexity because the B&W and the Chromakey versions need additional keying steps, whereas the first version: a .tif, .tga, or .png saved in 32-bit with alpha channel, will work immediately.

Lay the completed path on it's own layer above your map layer in FCP7. Use the controls in the Motion tab to line it up and adjust it.

In that same motion tab is a control menu for "crop". The cropping can be key-framed to gradually reveal the line over time, and that fakes the "animation".

Double-click your "line" clip to select it, then go to that Motion tab.

Find the section of the Motion tab controlling CROP. I have revealed it in the photo.





Let's say your travel line is supposed to go from West to East, left to right. At the start of the clip you would grab the "RIGHT" slider and haul it all the way over to 100, hiding the line, then click the little diamond shape next to it, to set a key frame. Bet you know what comes next!

Play your clip forward and stop at the point when the line should hit it's destination. Slide the CROP RIGhT slider control back towards zero, see the line lance across the screen to hit it's mark, and see the keyframe automatically created on the little mini-timeline to your right.

Those diamond points can be dragged with your mouse pointer and re-located to adjust the timing, and additional points can be added in-between; say, if the path is curved, this will help adjust the overall speed of the line's progress in the reveal.


Go further down the motion tab, and turn on the Drop Shadow effect, to make your revealed path cast a shadow so it looks like it is floating "above" the map a bit for depth.

That's the basic technique.


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Mark Suszko
Re: FCP 7 "Traveling Map" visual effect
on Mar 13, 2014 at 7:26:55 pm

Another way to cheat this is to make two images of the map in Photoshop: one clean and one with the path already drawn, then you just stack these in the timeline and do a wipe effect between them.


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John Fishback
Re: FCP 7 "Traveling Map" visual effect
on Mar 13, 2014 at 8:44:20 pm

The fine folks at fcp.co have a free plugin that will draw the line where you can choose the location of each end, color, spacing, arc and more. Check it out.

John

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FCP-X 10.0.9, Motion 5.0.7, Compressor 4.0.7

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Mark Suszko
Re: FCP 7 "Traveling Map" visual effect
on Mar 13, 2014 at 8:53:29 pm

Very nice... if you're using FCPX.


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John Fishback
Re: FCP 7 "Traveling Map" visual effect
on Mar 13, 2014 at 9:03:14 pm

Oops. My brain was warped into the wrong forum.

John

MacPro 8-core 2.8GHz, 16 GB RAM, OS 10.8.4, QT10.1, Kona 3, Dual Cinema 23, ATI Radeon HD 5870, 24" TV-Logic Monitor, ATTO ExpressSAS R380 RAID Adapter, PDE enclosure with 8-drive 6TB RAID 5
FCS 3 (FCP 7.0.3, Motion 4.0.3, Comp 3.5.3, DVDSP 4.2.2, Color 1.5.3)
FCP-X 10.0.9, Motion 5.0.7, Compressor 4.0.7

Pro Tools HD 10 w SYNC IO & 192 Digital I/O, Yamaha DM1000, Millennia Media HV-3C, Neumann U87, Schoeps Mk41 mics, Genelec DSP Monitors, Prima CDQ120 ISDN


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