I’m looking to create a ‘split flap display’ rig in AE (similar to the old style departure boards which flip through various ‘cards’ to create numbers & letters).
The rig ultimately needs to consist of a grid of ‘units’ (top & bottom flaps) which can transition between images covering the entire grid - through to individual images on each unit.
Ideally I would be able to customise the transitions too - for example a ‘cascade’ of flipping diagonally across the board, or a in a radial motion outwards from the centre.
I don't think AE is ideal in doing this sort of thing. You need a lot of masking, the front and back start to overlap...Its a hassle!
I mean, a split flap display that transitions between two images if fine.
On the other hand, a rigged one, that can hold several size images and have its transition chosen and that works in 3d is a little bit too much. You would have to do A LOT of pre comping and your largest resolution image comp must be inside every possible combination of a flip side.
I remember doing not even half you what you're going for and it was painfully slow for AE to handle.
My advise would be: go to a 3d application if you can. Avoid the overlapping and the pain of getting good shadows and the motion blur issues and the huge layer nesting.
Thanks for the reply - I'm gradually coming to the same conclusion!
Unless there is a way of 'faking' the effect using a looping animation to simulate the cards flipping through until they settle on an image, I think a 3D application (am thinking C4D) will be the way to go too.