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Omar EstradaDNA Gel Electrophoresis animation
by on Mar 21, 2014 at 4:50:19 pm
Last Edited By Omar Estrada on Mar 21, 2014 at 5:02:22 pm

Hi all!

I'm a visual artist and I'm working in an animation where I want to synchronize a "realistic" DNA Gel Electrophoresis run with a specific music.

The idea is to create a sequence of "genes" moving from A to B that, when a specific drum beats, brighten and change color while keeping moving.

Please, think in it as a sort of "DNA sound wave".

I checked in the Tutorials section and found several great ones, like how to create a DNA background, but I haven´t been able to figure out this migrating genes one, although it´s probably an easy task (I hope!:))

I will include a picture of a real DNA run, so you can see what I´m trying to achieve. More than a fancy DNA strand animation I´m looking for a slow pace realistic analog look, if this makes sense (I mean, the analog look of a real electrophoresis run in a lab rather than a super digital effects look).

I will keep searching for solutions but if some of the great experienced people who collaborates here have specific suggestions, I would love to follow them

Thanks a lot in advance!





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Dave LaRondeRe: DNA Gel Electrophoresis animation
by on Mar 21, 2014 at 5:07:39 pm

There are tutorials around that show how to make an animated digital audio level meter, which looks a lot like your picture. I bet you can find one that will help you a lot.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Omar EstradaRe: DNA Gel Electrophoresis animation
by on Mar 21, 2014 at 5:13:01 pm
Last Edited By Omar Estrada on Mar 21, 2014 at 5:17:19 pm

Thanks a lot, Dave. I will search with the keywords you suggest, "digital audio level meter". Although, apart from the square units of an old digital meter, I´m also looking for the specific DNA look. You know, less defined, sometimes blurred to the point that in some segments becomes more a semi transparent trace than an unit, etc.

I actually had found one of this before but it was a fake one, I mean it didn´t synchronize with any music. It was more a graphic.

Thanks again. I really appreciate the help :)



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Omar EstradaRe: DNA Gel Electrophoresis animation
by on Mar 21, 2014 at 9:33:50 pm

Mmm I've been checking the audio meters but even when they use a bar solution that could be useful, they are not cycling either, as I intend (not just jumping from a fixed bottom but looping while running across... this is, like starting at the right, leaving the composition at the left border and restarting at the right).

Any other suggestions?



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Joseph W. BourkeRe: DNA Gel Electrophoresis animation
by on Mar 21, 2014 at 11:53:53 pm

It takes a bit of work to get what you're looking to achieve - this should put you on the right track:







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


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Omar EstradaRe: DNA Gel Electrophoresis animation
by on Mar 22, 2014 at 4:20:20 am
Last Edited By Omar Estrada on Mar 22, 2014 at 4:39:18 am

Thanks a lot Joe. I guess I will have to modify the appearance after to match the look I need but yes, it looks like a good start.

Thanks a again.



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