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James Sorenson
The Secret World of Alex Mack Effects
on Jun 21, 2010 at 12:41:59 pm

Hello,

How would create in Adobe After Effects the effects used in the Secret World of Alex Mack tv show like morphing into liquid?


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Jeffrey Kaplan
Re: The Secret World of Alex Mack Effects
on Jun 21, 2010 at 5:19:51 pm

AE is not your answer for this effect. I'd recommend utilizing a 3D platform that has fluids (Maya, Houdini, etc...).

Jeff Kaplan
Point 360 WEST
Animation & VFX Department
http://www.point360west.com


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Michael Szalapski
Re: The Secret World of Alex Mack Effects
on Jun 21, 2010 at 6:16:37 pm

First, I haven't seen what you're talking about, but from your description, I would say that Jeffrey is right; AE wouldn't be the tool of choice for this. However, since you asked how to do it in AE, I will try to answer that question.

Again, I haven't seen what you're talking about, but I would suggest you look at disintegration tutorials, but rather than transforming them to ash, make it liquid.
Alternatively look at any morphing tutorial out there and use that.
Look into the CC Mr. Mercury effect too.
To be honest, it'll probably end up being several layers combining several different techniques to pull it off.

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Kevin Knutson
Re: The Secret World of Alex Mack Effects
on Jun 21, 2010 at 8:37:51 pm

First of all, thanks for bringing up a great piece of nostalgia.

Second, it MIGHT be achievable using some techniques from Trapcode, if you have the 'cashola' for it. Look around some of the tutorials for trapcode and see what you can find.


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James Sorenson
Re: The Secret World of Alex Mack Effects
on Jun 21, 2010 at 8:45:13 pm

Thanks y'all for the suggestions and tip's. The only plug-in for After Effects I do have for liquid is CC Mr Mercury, I'm fairly a beginner and determined :).


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