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Ben Gregory
Animated rows of symbols problem
on Dec 1, 2011 at 9:29:17 am

Hi there,

I'm working on an After Effects project that requires rows of 'people' symbols to animate in time with some music in a graph that's showing exponential growth of the global population.

This is what I've done so far
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLfAbe1u8g4

But I need to start again, what I've done for the linked composition is copy and past sections of the 'people' graphic over and over. This is time consuming and I need to work out how to achieve a clever and more efficient method of getting this done, which the reason I'm posting today.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks very much guys and gals

Benny


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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: Animated rows of symbols problem
on Dec 1, 2011 at 3:55:12 pm

I think CC Repetile and Motion Tile will be good options to look into. Start with a source of either one or two symbols and then get going from there.

HTH
RoRK

Intensive AE & Mocha Training in Singapore and Malaysia
Adobe ACE/ACI (version 7) & Imagineer Systems Inc Approved Mocha Trainer


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Ben Gregory
Re: Animated rows of symbols problem
on Dec 2, 2011 at 9:17:20 am

A friend of mine suggested using the 'repeater' function on a shape layer. The symbol I'm using to repeat was easily re-created as a shape layer and the 'repeater' worked perfectly to a point. The project I'm working on involves having a large amount of repetitions and the repeated symbols got clipped after a certain amount. I got round it be duplicating the shape layer and positioning it next to the previous layer.

Thanks for the reply Roland

All the best

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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: Animated rows of symbols problem
on Dec 2, 2011 at 1:29:31 pm

Hi Ben, thanks for reporting back. Your friend is right, Shape Layers are actually much better for this - the fact that it works in vector mode is another plus. Somehow, it escaped my thoughts when I replied to your post.

Cheers
RoRK

Intensive AE & Mocha Training in Singapore and Malaysia
Adobe ACE/ACI (version 7) & Imagineer Systems Inc Approved Mocha Trainer


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