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Steve Roberts
Re: How to animate cell mitosis (bological cell division) in AE?
on Aug 14, 2005 at 5:21:40 am

There are no metaball plugs for AE. The closest thing may be the CC Mr. Mercury effect which ships with AE 6.5, but I don't know if you can control it the way you want.

Otherwise you'd take a solid and draw a circular mask, adding extra points, then animating that shape from a circle to a stretched circle, then two circles, but you'd have to use some trickery by hiding the stretched circle just before it splits, and showing the two-circle masked solid. Because ... I don't believe you can animate one mask turning into two. And to make it look 3D, you'd have to add the bevel effect. I think it could look stylized, which may not be what you want.

Basically, if you want to do this easily, you need a 3D app with metaballs, in my opinion. AE is not a 3D app: it's a bunch of 2D planes in a 3D space, with the occasional plug that fakes 3D by creating 3D "movies" on those 2D planes.

Basically. :)

Anybody else?


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