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Tim deckers
how do i create animated stars like this
on Apr 21, 2010 at 11:51:29 am

Hi there,

I need your help to create a motion background that has to look like this
http://www.timdeckers.de/cow/sample.jpg

starting from a blank background, exploding the stars, until they have reached a similar position to the sample and the the starks and their trails are just rotating w/o changing their position.

Anyone got any idea?



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Dave LaRonde
Re: how do i create animated stars like this
on Apr 21, 2010 at 1:33:30 pm

You may think the following question is none of my business or that it's irrelevant, but it's crucial to ask:

How long have you been using After Effects?

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


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Tim deckers
Re: how do i create animated stars like this
on Apr 21, 2010 at 2:57:47 pm

4 years... More or less, Why do you ask me for that? Because there is such an easy way, that i made à fool out of me, or because its getting difficult?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: how do i create animated stars like this
on Apr 21, 2010 at 3:36:34 pm

Neither: it's because you're a first-time poster.
We get a lot of first-time posters here who have used AE for less than a week, and they are convinced they can learn how to do complicated effects without learning the basics first.

The image you posted is in 2D, and it's highly stylized with no true perspective. You might try using 3D shape layers for the stars, but the stylized extrusions may have to be done with 2D solids and masks.

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


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Bret Williams
Re: how do i create animated stars like this
on Apr 21, 2010 at 4:05:37 pm

Check out this post from this thread
http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/2/938217

And this is nuts!
http://www.trapcode.com/journal/2010/2/22/p2-street-tests-by-najork.html

You can use the built in Shatter effect in AE to do some simple 3D extrusions like superman type text, but not with the curve you're looking for.


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: how do i create animated stars like this
on Apr 21, 2010 at 6:20:39 pm

Depending on how much the camera moves in 3D space you can choose your weapons. If just a little, a mere simulation of 3D, then you can use vector art and animate masks and layers. If it's more than that, Particular, Invigorator, Toonit in a number of combinations will do it.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist
Bucharest, Romania
http://www.ennstudio.ro


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Mato Kokotic
Re: how do i create animated stars like this
on Apr 22, 2010 at 8:50:51 pm

Well, here it is.
5 nulls linked to star point, few solids linked to nulls (trails), nested and Bezier Warp.

And here is AEP:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WMVO0BTZ
You can tweak stroke width, colors and cycling, everything is in solids so no files needed. Project is 1920x1080, AE CS4 (it seems Youtube distorted it somehow).

Pozdrav.

P.S. My first post too :)



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Tim deckers
Re: how do i create animated stars like this
on Apr 23, 2010 at 9:48:59 am

Hey,
thank you so much, that's exatctly what i was trying to find. And such an easy way.
Sometimes you can't see what is right in front of you.
I solved it with trapcode particular.
Funny how easy to do it your way.

keep on creating



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Bret Williams
Re: how do i create animated stars like this
on Apr 27, 2010 at 4:20:38 pm

And I just saw this for $99 bucks! Zaxwerks 3D serpentine.

http://www.zaxwerks.com/3dserpentine/index.shtml


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Bret Williams
Re: how do i create animated stars like this
on Apr 28, 2010 at 10:14:22 pm

Mato, this is definitely great tutorial material. You should put one together. Definitely thinking outside the box. I don't think I've ever used the bezier curve, but I'm using it now! I'm not great with expressions and that's the only part I'm not understanding.


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