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Ed TilsleyAnimating 640 slices without a headache
by on Sep 4, 2013 at 3:47:07 pm

Hi all -

thanks to a tip on here I've got a great script that chops up a large image into 32 x 20 pieces for me.

I purchased a 'Matrix' script but it's hanging the PC (maybe too many pieces).

So, is there a way to animate these using an expression maybe? What I'm trying to do is scatter the pieces (in x,y,z) then bring them all back together in there original position. It's a mosaic image so the final position important.

I tried wiggle-animating the null they were all attached to, but it affected all pieces the same way, giving just 1 random movement to the entire set.

Or is there another plugin/method that would do this?

Thanks


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Animating 640 slices without a headache
by on Sep 4, 2013 at 5:21:08 pm

You might want to try Card Dance - it may not have the accuracy you need, but it could be worth a try:

http://lesterbanks.com/2010/03/create-a-logo-transition-with-card-dance-aft...

I think there's the ability to use a custom layer to create your "dance", so you might need to use a gray scale version of your image to achieve it.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Tyler WiethornRe: Animating 640 slices without a headache
by on Sep 4, 2013 at 7:30:52 pm

Seems like AE's Shatter effect would do the trick. It's a little cumbersome to use, and to get it in reverse I think you'll actually have to precomp and time remap, but it will let you scatter slices of an image.


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Walter SoykaRe: Animating 640 slices without a headache
by on Sep 4, 2013 at 8:30:12 pm

[Ed Tilsley] "So, is there a way to animate these using an expression maybe? What I'm trying to do is scatter the pieces (in x,y,z) then bring them all back together in there original position. It's a mosaic image so the final position important. "

Can you describe in more detail precisely how you want this to look?

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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Ed TilsleyRe: Animating 640 slices without a headache
by on Sep 5, 2013 at 9:40:42 am

Card dance is getting there. Deadline today .. woooooooh ...


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Ed TilsleyRe: Animating 640 slices without a headache
by on Sep 5, 2013 at 10:55:41 am

The only thing I'm now stumbling with is motion blur isnt rendering.. I've clicked it on, on all comps, everywhere I can. Any ideas?


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Walter SoykaRe: Animating 640 slices without a headache
by on Sep 5, 2013 at 11:33:10 am

Motion blur only works on things that are actually moving (i.e., have animated transform properties or are seen by a moving camera). With Card Dance, the layer isn't really moving.

If Card Dance doesn't have a motion blur option, try adding the CC Force Motion Blur effect.

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
RenderBreak Blog - What I'm thinking when my workstation's thinking
Creative Cow Forum Host: Live & Stage Events


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Ed TilsleyRe: Animating 640 slices without a headache
by on Sep 5, 2013 at 12:33:24 pm

It argued with card dance - but not to worry..time's up & the overall effect is pretty good :)

Many thanks for your help everyone... invaluable


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