What's the best way to create this cloaking effect in AE?
I'm thinking the electricity can be done with paths and the saber plugin after tweaking it, but what about the invisibility effect? I've seen some random tutorials on YouTube but none quite as smooth and clean is this one.
Firstly, the subjects need to be separate from the background, so you would need a clean background plate and the subjects should be shot in front of a green screen or rotoscoped. To create the transparent cloaked effect, you would need to roto a depth map over the subject, similar to how they do 3D conversions, and use that as input for the displacement effect. I could see the underlying energy effect being created with fractal noise and vector blur, then being displaced and masked using the depth map. That's how I would initially approach the shot.
Thanks Peter, that's what i was thinking initially as well but wasn't sure on the transition part. I've actually used cc glass to get the invisibility effect to match, but trying to figure out the best way to transition the invisible layer back to visible.
top layer - 3d object
bottom layer - background plate with cc glass applied and using top layer as bump map to get displacement effect
Any ideas on how I'd use the fractal noise as a transition?