We are going to produce a poker tv show, with video table etc. I was wondering, what is the best way to bring hole cards animation on screen? You can check out an example from here: YouTube - NEW Poker After Dark s05e46 Season 5 episode 46 FULL , HD HQ 3/4 scroll to 40s(cards on left side of screen).
So basically, I need to show what cards every player has and what table brings. Cards should come and go with little animation. There are 2600+ possible combination of two cards(13cards, 4 suits), so I can't really render all combination out before the filming and use them. I need to create some kind of default animation, where I could replace the cards as needed. What is the best way for that? Can I do this with After Effects?
You don't say if these graphics are done live or in post-production, so here's a suggestion for doing it live: I'd do it on a character generator using a 52-image file, each image assigned to a key on the keyboard. CG's today easily can do this.
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