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Sally Lewis
Create RSS Visualizer Effect
on Aug 29, 2011 at 11:48:21 am

A client has asked for an exact replica of the animation & background from Apple's screensaver the "RSS Visualizer." Any suggestions or knowledge of a similar type template? Thank you, Sally


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Brian Charles
Re: Create RSS Visualizer Effect
on Aug 29, 2011 at 6:50:10 pm

I'm not aware of a template for this but it should be simple to replicate. If you enable 3D for the type layer, leave the type left aligned and animate Y Rotation, you're almost there.

To have the layers follow the headline you can use the valueAtTime expression and an offset value something like this:

thisComp.layer(index-1).transform.yRotation.valueAtTime(time -.2))



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Walter Soyka
Re: Create RSS Visualizer Effect
on Aug 30, 2011 at 12:11:11 am

Brian gave you great advice on animating the text.

I'll add that you could make the background with the Fractal Noise effect [link]. If you want it to react to a camera, you can also use Trapcode Horizon [link].

If you want to geek out on the RSS Visualizer, you can install the Developer Tools (from your Mac OS disk), to get Quartz Composer, which is a node-based, visual programming environment. You can then open, view, and edit the RSS Visualizer, which is a .qtz file located in System > Library > Screen Savers.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
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Brian Charles
Re: Create RSS Visualizer Effect
on Aug 30, 2011 at 4:30:30 am

[Walter Soyka] "If you want to geek out on the RSS Visualizer, you can install the Developer Tools (from your Mac OS disk), to get Quartz Composer, which is a node-based, visual programming environment. You can then open, view, and edit the RSS Visualizer, which is a .qtz file located in System > Library > Screen Savers.
"


Very interesting Walter, thanks for the tip!



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Walter Soyka
Re: Create RSS Visualizer Effect
on Aug 30, 2011 at 12:25:55 pm

Brian, you'll love Quartz. It's very cool, and it powers all sorts of things throughout OS X.

To bring this back to AE, you can develop your own effects for AE in Quartz Composer with Noise Industries FxFactory -- see the FxFactory Developer docs [link].

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
RenderBreak Blog - What I'm thinking when my workstation's thinking
Creative Cow Forum Host: Live & Stage Events


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Sally Lewis
Re: Create RSS Visualizer Effect
on Aug 30, 2011 at 7:10:24 pm

Thank you for the suggestions. Brian, do you have a website?



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