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Doerte HoelzemannCreating an animated deformed mesh - how???
by on May 10, 2016 at 11:38:50 am

Hey there,

I have to make an animation of the space time, using a deformed mesh and planets in 3d space. Please see the links below to get an idea.
I´m working with after effects and have tried freeform Pro and trapcode Mir but I don´t know how...

Can anyone give me an idea?

(Animaton starts at min.1:30)

Cheers and thanks, Doerte

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Creating an animated deformed mesh - how???
by on May 10, 2016 at 2:30:26 pm

FreeForm Pro is quite easy to use for that. You can generate the grid in AE on a Layer you use for texture or choose to render the mesh from FF Pro.
You need the to choose as displacement map a precomp that has the same size as the layer you displace (mesh. Inside the precomp you need to create a animation of shapes in shades of gray that you can use for displacement. Radio Waves with blur for example can generate ripples:

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
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