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Tim Boknecht
How to animate a vector graphic like 3D path text
on May 18, 2010 at 10:32:59 pm

Smarter people:

I'd like to animate a vector business logo graphic on a path the same way you can for text like in the following example:

Infinite Effect Productions Take 1 from Tim Boknecht on Vimeo.



Note: There are elements to the logo that are not a part of this example. That's why I need to be able to use a vector.

Any ideas how I might accomplish this?

Tim Boknecht
Media Producer
Bravo Productions


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Dave LaRonde
Re: How to animate a vector graphic like 3D path text
on May 18, 2010 at 10:38:19 pm

Got a 3D application?
Got the newest version of After Effects, AE 10, aka AE CS5?
Got a third-party plugin for AE, called Freeform... or Zaxwerk's 3D Warps?

If not, either find someone who has one, or open up your wallet -- you're not going to do this with AE straight out of the box.

You can come CLOSE by using the CC Cylinder effect in AE, and if close is good enough, you're in!

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


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Tim Boknecht
Re: How to animate a vector graphic like 3D path text
on May 18, 2010 at 10:50:17 pm

I've got AE CS4 but no plugin. Guess I'll play with CC Cylinder, or find a way to use multiple layers for each word to achieve the look of the original still.



Thanks for the feedback, Dave!


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Michael Szalapski
Re: How to animate a vector graphic like 3D path text
on May 18, 2010 at 11:27:53 pm

Yeah, you can do this with CC Cylinder. You'll want to apply the Grow Bounds effect first, that way you can adjust how bent it gets.

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