This should be simple but doesn't seem to be atm. A lack of poignant keywords leaves me a big pile of posts without anything very close to what I really need for an answer so far. I have also perused a few stock video galleries but nothing that I have seen really fits the mood the client is looking for.
I'm required to do a motion graphic as a continuous loop for a web site header with a still image of a sunset on a lake as a background but have the water in motion moving in a continuous and subtle way towards the viewer. (No shoreline so no need for a termination of the effect)
I've no problem with the sunset part of the graphic and eliminating everything not desired below the horizon line but.....
Outside of using something like RealFlow in C4D and creating a mesh for it, then animating the water flow, then render, then bring that into AE to place over the still image and create the continuous loop, is there an alternative approach?
I believe it's a couple of hundred bucks, and it allows you to animate just the water part (you can do calm lake water as well as billowing waves) and use a different image for the background, which is what it appears you're trying to do.
There's also the option of buying FreeForm Pro from Mettle if you're going to spend some money. While Psunami is great for water, that is pretty much all is going to do, where FreeForm Pro can be used for a wide variety of projects. There is also an enhancement pack (preset projects) for FF Pro - the Aqua Pack designed by yours truly, that creates water using FF Pro.
Here are a few useful links:
My budget for new tools is non-existent atm and the effort is a donation for a worthy cause so I'll have to see what I can do with Dave's recommendations.
Any suggestions for tutorial's or info sheets on Water World would help. I must figure out how to get a water color than the stock gray-ish color and so far haven't seen where or how to control the color in the UI for that effect.