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Kieran VyasHow are the army clones in this effect achieved?
by on Apr 9, 2015 at 11:00:04 pm

How would you achieve this clone effect in after effects? Only way I've seen before is simply keying the footage and multiplying the layer. But in some of these shots you can see thousands of clones, they can't have multiplied the layer that many times! There must be an easier way?







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Dave LaRondeRe: How are the army clones in this effect achieved?
by on Apr 10, 2015 at 12:32:09 am

Why would there be? It works.

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


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Kieran VyasRe: How are the army clones in this effect achieved?
by on Apr 10, 2015 at 8:14:57 am

Because handling 1,000 layers would take a lot of time and processing power. It would be much easier if you could apply a motion tile kind of effect.


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Dave LaRondeRe: How are the army clones in this effect achieved?
by on Apr 10, 2015 at 3:21:07 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Apr 10, 2015 at 3:38:03 pm

ANY time you add a layer, it involves more processing power, whether you use an effect like Motion Tile or not.

What you CAN do is prerender to eliminate the repetitive processing on all those layers. Works like a charm. And while I doubt there are actually 1000 repeated images in that video, I get your point -- we're talkin' a whole boatload of layers. For that chore, it's prerendering to the rescue!

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


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Derek BoettcherRe: How are the army clones in this effect achieved?
by on Apr 10, 2015 at 3:58:19 pm

You can also use a particle emitter like trapcode's particular and use a video clip as the particle. You should be able to offset the time on it too if you want it to look like an army vs a repeated image.

Best,
Derek Boettcher
Creative Management
BTH Media Group
http://bthmedia.com


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Kieran VyasRe: How are the army clones in this effect achieved?
by on Apr 10, 2015 at 5:47:40 pm

Thanks Derek! That was exactly the solution I was looking for. I never thought to try Particular but it only took a few minutes to create a fantastic army/clone effect! Awesome!


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