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Mark Bellsmith
DVD Logo Style Bouncing Layer Expression
on Jul 2, 2010 at 5:31:45 am

I'm looking for an expression to do a super basic "dvd logo" style animation, where a layer floats around the screen forever, bouncing off the edge of the comp at a complimentary angle. This type of thing -



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I'm sure this is super easy for those in the know, but I couldn't find one floating around online.

Can any one give me a hand? Thanks in advance!!


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Kevin Camp
Re: DVD Logo Style Bouncing Layer Expression
on Jul 2, 2010 at 10:06:00 pm

you could try particle playground...

you can define the logo layer in the layer map property, then keyframe the cannon emitter to produce a single particle and set gravity zero.

if you add a rectangular mask to the solid that the effect is applied to, you can set that to be the boundary for the logo, and it should now bounce off of it.

the tricky part will be preventing the logo from turning as it bounces. you could try adding a white solid, then setting that as the layer map for the persistent property. then set one of the channels (red,for example) to be used to control angle, with min and max settings of zero. the idea being that a non changing solid color should hopefully prevent the angle from changing....

Kevin Camp
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KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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Mark Bellsmith
Re: DVD Logo Style Bouncing Layer Expression
on Jul 3, 2010 at 4:16:14 am

Wow - that worked 100%, right through the persistent property mapping! Thanks for the clear solution !!!!


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Jesse Stormer
Re: DVD Logo Style Bouncing Layer Expression
on Jun 21, 2016 at 4:36:37 am

For anyone else who finds this -- make sure your solid layer for 'persistent property' is LARGER than your comp. Those particles touch the edge and detect that there is no reference for rotation, they begin to rotate, but then snap back as they return to the center. Same with particles being emmitted from off-comp, they will enter comp with rotation.


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Joseph Pandolfi
Re: DVD Logo Style Bouncing Layer Expression
on Jun 29, 2018 at 2:40:56 am

Could anyone help me out? I've followed everything that you've said except when I set the Wall option to the mask on the solid that I have particle playground on the logo fails to move. Whenever I turn off the boundary though the logo continues to move off of the page. Not sure where I am going wrong here.


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Sam Hockaday
Re: DVD Logo Style Bouncing Layer Expression
on Feb 15, 2019 at 2:29:47 pm

It's been awhile since this thread was posted, but in case anyone else runs into Joseph Pandolfi's issue with the logo not moving, I found a strange solution. I'm not sure if there's something wrong in my setup, but I found that the border mask needed to be re-sized based on my zoom level.

So, if I was viewing/rendering the composition at 50%, the mask would need to be one size. If I render at 100%, I actually had to resize the mask so that it was quite a bit bigger than the composition and solid layer. The reason the logo wasn't moving is that the Particle Playground effect was treating the mask as very small, and probably touching the logo layer on all sides, holding in place. I had to trial and error when resizing the layer mask, until the logo bounced off the composition edges correctly.

Hope this helps someone else looking to do this effect! It works quite nicely once the workaround is in place.


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