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David Tannenbaumtiming of chasing lights
by on Feb 22, 2011 at 12:31:15 am

I have an animated logo that currently lasts only 8 seconds. Toward the end of the animation I have some dots animate as though they are chasing lights. I am having trouble with the timing of the chase effect. It doesn't quite look like the lights are chasing one another. I can't figure out how to make the illusion work.

Here is a link to let you know what's going (or not going on)

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David GhastRe: timing of chasing lights
by on Feb 22, 2011 at 2:18:59 am

When you frame through it, are those jumpy looking spots actually jumping backwards? Its hard to tell without having a copy to frame through. If you could upload it to a filehost and tell us the method you used to animate them it would help.

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Dave LaRondeRe: timing of chasing lights
by on Feb 22, 2011 at 10:04:03 pm

A couple of things come to mind:

Think about putting the glowing lights in pairs: two on, three off, two on, three off, etc.

I see motion from left-to-right at the top, and right-to-left at the bottom. It would help A LOT to have some lights on both sides of the sign for some vertical motion, too. Then you'd see something happening all the way around the perimeter of the sign.

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

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