ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS: Forum Expressions Tutorials Creative Cloud

A wall of hundreds of clips

COW Forums : Adobe After Effects

<< PREVIOUS   •   FAQ   •   VIEW ALL   •   PRINT   •   NEXT >>
Gary Ellison
A wall of hundreds of clips
on Feb 20, 2014 at 8:02:35 pm

Hi all,

I'm not sure what the official term for this is, but I'm looking to build a massive wall of splitscreen clips (maybe 30 or more clips at once). I want to start from one, pull out to reveal all those clips at once and then pull out even further until they become so small they form a globe.

I've seen effects like this in commercials e.t.c. before and was wondering if there was some sort of preset/script to get me started in assembling all these clips together?

Any help would be much appreciated!


Return to posts index

Ridley Walker
Re: A wall of hundreds of clips
on Feb 20, 2014 at 9:12:55 pm

A simple video wall is easy to build, having it transform into a globe is a bit trickier.

These scripts could help:

http://aescripts.com/create3dshapes/


http://aescripts.com/distributelayers/


Return to posts index

Joseph W. Bourke
Re: A wall of hundreds of clips
on Feb 20, 2014 at 10:21:49 pm

Take a look at Red Giant's Planespace - it will help you do exactly what you're trying to do in a lot less time:

http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/planespace/

You can also set it up so that it will animate between a flat matrix and a globe shape, if I remember correctly.

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


Return to posts index


Ridley Walker
Re: A wall of hundreds of clips
on Feb 21, 2014 at 12:49:44 am

[Joseph W. Bourke] "You can also set it up so that it will animate between a flat matrix and a globe shape, if I remember correctly."

Joseph is right, I'd completely forgotten about Plane Space, I own it and had not installed it on my workstation. Thanks JB for the reminder!

First use the Matrix Creator to arrange many layers into a grid and add keyframes for position, scale and orientation(done automatically within the panel) then use the Spheroid Creator arrange the same group of layers into a sphere and use the panel to automatically add keyframes for position, scale, and orientation.

The result is a grid morphing into a sphere.


Return to posts index

Joseph W. Bourke
Re: A wall of hundreds of clips
on Feb 21, 2014 at 3:05:41 am

You nailed it Ridley! I knew it could be done (grid to sphere), but I couldn't remember the exact details. Planespace is one of the most powerful plugins out there, given the amount of time it would take to do it all by "hand". It's a monumental time saver. Plus you'd really have to have a handle on your math to do it without Planespace!

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


Return to posts index

Gary Ellison
Re: A wall of hundreds of clips
on Feb 21, 2014 at 1:25:09 pm

Thank you everyone! I've woke up a very happy guy!


Return to posts index


Gary Ellison
Re: A wall of hundreds of clips
on Feb 21, 2014 at 8:24:16 pm

I picked up Planespace but I'm having issues trying to build a sphere with it. to my amazement there are zero tutorials out there in how to use it, other than this one annoying one on Youtube.

Any suggestions?


Return to posts index

Joseph W. Bourke
Re: A wall of hundreds of clips
on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:59:23 pm

Gary -

The best way to get PlaneSpace working for you is to work through the PDF file which comes with Planespace. There's relatively little out there to walk you through it, but with a bit of experimentation, you'll get it.

I found the best way to get rolling was to simply use small colored layers (of different colors, so I could see what my animations were doing). So if I was working in 1280 x 720, each layer might be 320 x 240 or smaller. Then I make all my layers 3D, select the ones I want in the array, and go into Spheroid Creator. From there, it was a very simple matter to create the spheroid with a few clicks. If you want the layers to be animatable, be sure to turn on the Position, Rotation, or Scale parameters.

Play around with it for a while - you'll get it. Don't forget that you can resize all your layer parameters after you create the sphere, since Planespace is just creating and arraying duplicate layers.

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


Return to posts index

Joseph W. Bourke
Re: A wall of hundreds of clips
on Feb 22, 2014 at 12:03:19 am

Sorry - that's Position, Orientation, and Scale which can be animated in Planespace.

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


Return to posts index

<< PREVIOUS   •   VIEW ALL   •   PRINT   •   NEXT >>
© 2017 CreativeCOW.net All Rights Reserved
[TOP]