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Bruce MacKown
Producing Video Wall in AE versus Motion
on Apr 10, 2012 at 5:58:11 am

I asked you guys for tips on producing a video wall similar to this guy's intro to his Youtube Channel:







I got a couple of helpful tips on where to find tutorials for doing it in AE. Thing is before I got started I found out the guy actually did it in Motion.

So I haven't started working on the video wall yet, in fact I haven't worked with AE or Motion at all yet, although I have both installed on my Mac.

Now that I'm about to start, can anyone recommend one or the other for this particular project? Are AE and Motion similar in user friendliness and capabilities or is one more powerful than the other?

Any insight would be much appreciated.


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Producing Video Wall in AE versus Motion
on Apr 10, 2012 at 7:45:17 am

Based on your example I would say that AE has the tools to get the job done fast and easy. There are plugins that can help you distribute layers (Plane Space from Red Giant) or scripts that do the same thing (aescripts.com), but for the amount of screens you have in the example, you can do it manually, no extras required.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Eric Santiago
Re: Producing Video Wall in AE versus Motion
on Apr 11, 2012 at 7:47:15 pm

create the video template comp with a mask for tv shape.
add your placement photo/video (or add all photos/videos and hide what you want).
create a large comp and place tv comp in center of large comp.
now duplicate tv comp and use align and distribute option.
now you have two options.
do the above first then duplicate the original tv comp within the project folder and use flowchart for replace or vice-versa.
use the large comp as a layer in a new final output comp and turn it into a 3D layer.
have fun :)


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Bruce MacKown
Re: Producing Video Wall in AE versus Motion
on Apr 11, 2012 at 10:19:35 pm

Wow, awesome response Eric! I'll try those steps you recommended.


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Bruce MacKown
Re: Producing Video Wall in AE versus Motion
on Apr 11, 2012 at 10:17:05 pm

Thanks for the quick response Ted. I'll try those plugins.


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