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Jose MorisRandomize and repeat footage
by on Aug 16, 2013 at 9:14:57 pm

Is there a way to play a sequence of small clips in a way that randomizes and replays clips? I am looking to create a stop motion effect with text animating on top of notebook paper. The focus here is on animating the paper. The paper will be wrinkled in different ways, which ultimately will be the clips. Each clip will play for two or three frames at a time. I figure I can record about ten clips with different levels of wrinkle. I would like to play the clips so that each clip is randomized and replayed so that I can create sequences for any length of time I need.

Does anyone have an idea how I might achieve this effect?

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Dave LaRondeRe: Randomize and repeat footage
by on Aug 16, 2013 at 9:40:48 pm

I've done this look before, actually.

You'll probably be better off shooting stills of about 8-12 fifferent paper... um, smooshes, I'd guess you'd call 'em... then importing the shots as an image sequence, then interpreting the frame rate as necessary, and just looping the footage in the interpret footage settings. No randomization necessary.

It should work like a charm; you'd be surprised at how random it looks.

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Randomize and repeat footage
by on Aug 16, 2013 at 10:11:26 pm

I would suggest a sequence of stills as well which can be altered using expressions. Here's a link you may find useful:

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist

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