Capabilities of After Effects animation
by Brittany Miles on Feb 19, 2015 at 11:24:07 pm
I am NOT new to After Effects but I do not consider myself an "expert". I've done pretty well in 2D motion graphics, but have recently been asked to develop some spots similar to this:
This seems to be more along the lines of 3D animation. Am I wrong? Does After Effects have this capability or would I need to look into 3D software. More specifically I'm referring to the effects like the exploding dollar bills.
I'm not asking HOW to do this, just simply the type of software used to create it. I'm smart enough to explain to the client that I am not the person they need to do this work, So I'm not looking to learn this in a week. But would like to add this type of animation to my skill set.
Re: Capabilities of After Effects animation by Walter Soyka on Feb 20, 2015 at 12:13:40 am
This would certainly be easiest in a 3D application, although you can do a surprising amount of 3D work in Ae with plugins like Video Copilot's Element or Mettle's ShapeShifter or FreeForm.
If you are thinking about learning a 3D app, give C4D a look. The Lite version ships with Creative Cloud, the CINEWARE workflow is cool, and C4D has a lot of tools specifically geared for motion graphics.
Re: Capabilities of After Effects animation by Daniel Waldron on Feb 20, 2015 at 8:00:46 pm
I don't see anything in the video you posted that you can't achieve in After Effects with some help from the Element 3D plugin. 3D text animation and it's particle system are two of the plugin's strongest features, in my opinion, so the text and floating dollar bills fit right in for this example anyway.
Re: Capabilities of After Effects animation by Daniel Waldron on Feb 20, 2015 at 9:04:11 pm
The latest version of Element has a Deform function that allows for some pretty advanced bending, twisting, and distorting. I haven't had an opportunity to try something like the dollar bills above, but maybe I'll give it a shot this weekend and see how it looks. I would be surprised if it is too difficult to achieve.
Re: Capabilities of After Effects animation by Brittany Miles on Feb 21, 2015 at 2:24:15 am
So...new development. I actually found the exact dollar "plug-in" used in this video while researching Video Co-Pilot's Element. Andrew Kramer has a bunch of 3D model packs, and one happens to be a Money and Casino pack. In the link below, he goes over how to manipulate them using his Element function (the money is in the last 3rd of the video).
I wasn't needing to replicate this video exactly but I am SO glad that you all pointed me in the direction of Element and continuing to have faith in AE and the little "3D capability" it has. I'm excited to see it's versatility.
I realize Andrew is still creating these items in a 3D program and importing them into AE. I just thought I'd share how he's done this.