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Best way to pulse/wave a grid of squares?
Best way to pulse/wave a grid of squares?
by kit webster on Jul 18, 2016 at 3:17:09 pm

I am looking for ways to create waves effects of a grid of white squares.

I want the animation to shift across the grid in waves, tilting in 3d, pulsing, inverting, flipping, falling, extruding, minimising. Or even better would be cubes, with 3d lighting effects... Is there a good plugin or technique for this?

Thanks!


Re: Best way to pulse/wave a grid of squares?
by Kevin Camp on Jul 18, 2016 at 4:07:30 pm

card dance can do some of this.

when you apply it to a layer, it will cut it up into a grid of 3d 'cards'. you can then use 'gradient layers' to manipulate position, rotation and scale. you can use wave world to create an animated wave-like gradient layer in a pre-comp to get a pretty realistic wave movement for the cards.

it can't do cubes, or any type of extrusion.

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Re: Best way to pulse/wave a grid of squares?
by Walter Soyka on Jul 18, 2016 at 7:25:20 pm

[kit webster] "I want the animation to shift across the grid in waves, tilting in 3d, pulsing, inverting, flipping, falling, extruding, minimising. Or even better would be cubes, with 3d lighting effects... Is there a good plugin or technique for this?"

CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition has the Mograph toolset which makes stuff like this very easy.

You can do a lot of this with Element 3D animation engine, too.

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Re: Best way to pulse/wave a grid of squares?
by Kalle Kannisto on Jul 19, 2016 at 6:22:35 am

You could also consider Freeform Pro with the Render Cubes option.





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