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Ryan John3D Motion Paths
by on Aug 29, 2010 at 7:38:11 pm


Im looking to create an effect similar to the one seen in this world cup 2010 sequence

I would of liked to of used stroked paths (as Im used to using paths in 3DS Max) but as far as I can tell paths in AE do not have a Z depth(or do they?). I would prefer to stay away from 3rd party plug-ins. I thought about using lights or null objects but they do not offer the high degree of control and flexibility as a path would and I really need to get the movement to match the depth of other elements in the scene(which include live footage).

Is this effect possible with vanilla CS4?


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Steve RobertsRe: 3D Motion Paths
by on Aug 29, 2010 at 9:36:18 pm

Nope. Paths or masks exist on layers, and layers are flat: 2D.

If you want 3D stroked paths you need to buy, well, 3D Stroke by Trapcode. Or is it Red Giant nowadays?

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: 3D Motion Paths
by on Aug 30, 2010 at 9:36:24 am

Particular will do the trick as well. Link particle emitter to a light and move that in 3d space in AE.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior Compositor/VFX Artist
Bucharest, Romania

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Michael SzalapskiRe: 3D Motion Paths
by on Aug 30, 2010 at 2:37:21 pm

You can also do that with CC Particle World. It's not as powerful as Particular, but it comes with AE, so it has that going for it :)
I think this tutorial uses (or at least mentions how to use) CC Particle World, but I don't remember and I don't have the time to check it...(got a meeting I have to run off to.)

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Ryan JohnRe: 3D Motion Paths
by on Aug 30, 2010 at 2:46:42 pm


This is what I had suspected. Just checked the price of the plug-in and it is reasonable enough to not justify trying to do any work arounds.

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