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John Cuevas
Re: Shatter delay
on Jun 9, 2012 at 9:42:27 pm

Since you are new to AE, I would strongly suggest you start here. The ones at video copilot and the series by Andrew Davis(from the COW) are both excellent.

Also here is a link to Basic Shatter: Introduction to the Shatter Effect

I am a novice at using AE-CS6 and just managed to shatter a picture. Now my question is: How do i delay the shatter effect so the picture will stay a few sec's longer on screen before shattering ? It begins to shatter the moment i press the play button so i don't really see the picture.

Shatter is created when the force hits the layer and in the "force/wireframe" view you can see it's already interacting with the layer(the force is blue, what your layer will shatter into is grey). Just twirl down "Force" and move it so it's not smashing into the layer, key frame it's position and it will explode the layer whenever you want. You can also move the force so it shatters your layer from different places, change it's size...

2- Can i make the video go slower (i mean the shatter effect) so that it doesn't finish in just a few secs )

There are 2 pretty easy ways to slow down shatter. Depending on how you want to slow it down you could twirl open they physics properties and play with either the viscosity(makes the what the pieces are moving through thicker) or adjust the gravity.

The other method would be to Time Remap or use Time Stretch. To do this you will create your entire shatter animation. Press "Shift + Cntl + C" to precompose your layer and "Move All Attributes" into the new layer. This in effect bakes your layer as if you have finished piece of video. Unlike a finished piece of video, you can later open up your Precomposition and make changes.

Time Remapping is pretty much what it says, you use keyframes to adjust the speed of a layer, faster/slower, speed up then slow down, go backwards. In your case you would want to slow down the layer, so first you would press "cntl + K" to open up your Comp settings and make the composition longer as you are going to slow things down and will need the comp to be a longer duration. Press "Ctnl + Alt + T". When you do that you a time remap is added to your selected layer and a start and end keyframe are placed. What you would want to do is add a keyframe before you shatter and one after.

Now to slow things down, grab the last keyframe and just move it down the timeline. If after your slowdown, you wanted time to go back to normal, you would grab the after the shatter keyframe and the last keyframe in the layer and move both of them at the same time. Here's a link to a basic Time Remap Tutorial

Finally, one other method would be to take your precomposed shatter layer, Go to Layer -> Time -> Time Stretch. If you want to slow it down, you use bigger numbers...so if you want it to play at half speed, your stretch would 200%(make the layer 100% longer...I know it seems backward).

Lastly, after you use Time Remap or Stretch Time, you can grab the end of you layer and just stretch it to the end of your composition, or just press "End" and then press "Alt + ]" to move the end of the layer to the Current Time Indicator.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

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