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Zevie TannenbaumCreate This Effect?
by on Dec 6, 2010 at 11:11:05 am

Anyone know how to create the effect shown here?

http://www.facebook.com/about/profile/

I'm intrested in the second half, where the page moves around and different stuff around the page are added...

Thanks a lot,
Zevie


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Graham MacfarlaneRe: Create This Effect?
by on Dec 6, 2010 at 1:47:57 pm

The content of the page would be added and animated in a straight forward 2D comp in AE then once completed you can precomp the whole thing. This precomp layer can now be made into a 3D layer and with the use of a camera you can easily achieve this result in no time by animating the camera in 3D space around the precomp layer.

Note: I don't see any evidence of a light being used as the pages are completely evenly lit although there is a little bit of vignetting.

Graham Macfarlane
3D animator and VFX specialist
London UK


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Zevie TannenbaumRe: Create This Effect?
by on Dec 6, 2010 at 1:49:13 pm

Thanks, and would you know how they were able to have the page animate? Photos keep coming in, ect...


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Graham MacfarlaneRe: Create This Effect?
by on Dec 6, 2010 at 2:03:27 pm

Animated transparency!
If you want something a little more interactive in your workflow though you could consider connecting position and transparency parameters of different layers with the pick whip and a little added basic math if required. This way you could get one to drive the other which could make changes quicker.

Graham Macfarlane
3D animator and VFX specialist
London UK


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Zevie TannenbaumRe: Create This Effect?
by on Dec 6, 2010 at 2:19:46 pm

Sorry, could you elaborate a little more, what is Animated Transparency?


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John CuevasRe: Create This Effect?
by on Dec 6, 2010 at 3:45:14 pm

Dave usually says it best:

Not to be disrespectful, but how much experience do you have working in After Effects?

This is NOT the kind of application that lets the novice user jump into the deep end of the pool. It's one of those "learn to walk before you run" types of applications. If you try a quick start you'll only wind up confused and frustrated, and that would be a shame.

So here's a very good place to learn to walk:
http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/2010/01/getting-started-with-after-eff.h.....

Johnny Cuevas, Editor


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Graham MacfarlaneRe: Create This Effect?
by on Dec 6, 2010 at 4:11:52 pm

The term I should have used is Opacity rather than transparency. Look for the Opacity parameter for your comp layer (highlight layer and press T).

I agree with John that I think you really need to cover the basics before you jump into a project like this else you will likely end up with a less than great result and fragmented knowledge to boot.

Have a look through the massive amount of tutorial material on the web for a few days on various beginner subjects and you will get a firm footing in AE.

In addition to Johns link I recommend:
http://library.creativecow.net/tutorials/adobeaftereffectsbasics
http://www.videocopilot.net/

Graham Macfarlane
3D animator and VFX specialist
London UK


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Zevie TannenbaumRe: Create This Effect?
by on Dec 6, 2010 at 4:18:44 pm

Thanks, I do think I know the basics, I wanted to know how they created the effect where more friends and photos are added to the news feed...


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