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Raphi Stein
Arranging pictures/videos in the shape of Letters
on Nov 21, 2011 at 5:40:19 pm

Hi there

I want to use two hundred pictures of someone named EMMA to form the letters EMMA before zooming into each one in the form of a slideshow.

Is there any fast way to arrange a large number of pictures into a coherent letter pattern?

Thanks!


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John Cuevas
Re: Arranging pictures/videos in the shape of Letters
on Nov 21, 2011 at 8:28:42 pm

If you have access to trapcode particular you could create the text in a precomp and use that as a layer emmitter. Then all the photographs could be put in a precomp as custom particles.

Here's a tutorial on using particular to create picture montages, might, help:

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/birnholz_rob/red_giant_3d_montage.p...

Johnny Cuevas, Editor


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Raphi Stein
Re: Arranging pictures/videos in the shape of Letters
on Nov 21, 2011 at 8:34:45 pm

Wow cool idea Thanks! But won't having pictures of particles overload the graphics card like crazy?


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John Cuevas
Re: Arranging pictures/videos in the shape of Letters
on Nov 21, 2011 at 8:44:03 pm

Depends on your system. I never tried having them spell a word, but I have used 100 plus pictures to create a picture montage using particular. I have a pretty beefed up system just for AE, so it didn't have much of a problem.

If you think things will be sluggish, you might adust the pictures before though. Create an action in photoshop and resize them all to 400 x 400 or so. If you are working in SD that should be big enough to accomplish what you need.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor


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Walter Soyka
Re: Arranging pictures/videos in the shape of Letters
on Nov 21, 2011 at 9:08:57 pm

[Raphi Stein] "But won't having pictures of particles overload the graphics card like crazy?"

Nope. AE doesn't render on the GPU.

Since AE renders on the CPU, this will require a very healthy amount of RAM.

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