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Max PintonAnimating a wavy line
by on Aug 9, 2016 at 2:35:28 am

Nina Paley has some really interesting vector animation techniques and one that caught my eye is a kind of waving tapered line. I've attached an example from her blog. She uses Flash for this but I'm wondering if it can be done in AE.

I tried the Ripple effect (with a non-zero wave speed) and got some interesting motion but it doesn't seem the same. I have a feeling it's something simple that produces such a mesmerizing effect but I can't figure it out.

Any ideas?



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Max PintonRe: Animating a wavy line
by on Aug 9, 2016 at 4:38:28 am

Of course, right after posting my question I found the solution on a second search of the forums. The Wave Warp effect does the trick and the "wave type" makes for some interesting variations. Here's my quick-and-dirty version, which came out more ominously but shows the effect.

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Animating a wavy line
by on Aug 9, 2016 at 7:53:31 am

Have you tried a ripple distort on a adjustment layer with a masked middle?

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist

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