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Vincent Strader
Spinning a 2D graphic making 3D?
on Oct 28, 2010 at 5:24:02 pm

Here's an example
http://external.ak.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=4ee997c0bc892948665ace37c7e07...

If I wanted to take that purple martin by itself, and spin it every once in a while the same way a news bug does that you see at the bottom of a news network how would I go about doing that? Is there a tutorial online?

I have a few graphics with titles in it, and I want the title to be visible when it does the 360 spin. I don't know what to call that process though to look any video tutorial up.

Thanks for any pointers
Vinnie


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Vincent Strader
Re: Spinning a 2D graphic making 3D?
on Oct 28, 2010 at 6:32:13 pm

I know about the animation effects and presets to the right, but they seem to have put every type of animation in there except the 1 simple horizontal spin like a news bug.

AE CS4 is what I'm using.

Thanks

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Spinning a 2D graphic making 3D?
on Oct 28, 2010 at 6:52:14 pm

You know why you don't see anything about it? Because it's so easy to do:
  • Make the graphic to spin into a 3D layer.
  • Animate the rotation along the axis of your choice.
  • Repeat as necessary.

There's your tutorial.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Vincent Strader
Re: Spinning a 2D graphic making 3D?
on Oct 28, 2010 at 7:16:28 pm

Thanks Mr. LaRonde,


* Make the graphic to spin into a 3D layer.
* Animate the rotation along the axis of your choice.
* Repeat as necessary.

How do I go about making the graphic to spin in a 3D layer?
Where do I go to animate the rotation along the axis? I added a 3D layer to the project under the layer section.


While waiting I was messing around with some other features.

I tried something else. Adding the lightning effect.

But when I render out the video I keep getting the black background.

It's a PNG file I'm working with that's been saved in PS with a transparent background.

This issues is talked about here in this thread:
http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/202/885166
For transparency, you want "RGB + Alpha", is what I Read in another thread here.
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I follow those steps and know where they're talking about. But all my selections are greyed out. I can't click on anything to change anything.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Spinning a 2D graphic making 3D?
on Oct 28, 2010 at 7:30:44 pm

You need to choose a video codec that supports alpha channels; not all of them do. In Quicktime-Land you can choose between the PNG and Animation codecs. For something like an animated bug in the corner, I'd go with Animation.

What about Windows-type media? No clue.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Vincent Strader
Re: Spinning a 2D graphic making 3D?
on Oct 28, 2010 at 9:05:08 pm

Thanks Mr. LaRonde,
I understand these constant questions from a noob can be frustrating sometimes.

So feel free to ignore if you've said something that's the answer and I haven't picked up on it yet. Sometimes after something has been said I don't pick up on it till reading it 2 or 3 times :)

But yes, I saved the file as a .png file against a transparent background.

Transported it into AE. Then allplied the 3D layer to it via the "layer" menu button.

I see the Z axis red bar on it and the Y axis green bar, but I can't turn the graphic.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Spinning a 2D graphic making 3D?
on Oct 28, 2010 at 9:12:59 pm

It sounds like you need to start at the beginning. It's almost impossible to learn AE intuitively: you have to know about the basics. AE's one of those "learn to walk before you run" applications:

Fortunately, there's a good place to start, and I strongly recommend that look it over carefully. It answers a LOT of your questions:
http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/2010/01/getting-started-with-after-eff.h...

Good luck. AE's pretty darned cool once you know the ropes.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Vincent Strader
Re: Spinning a 2D graphic making 3D?
on Oct 28, 2010 at 10:37:40 pm

You rock! Thank you very much!

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