Creative Communities of the World Forums

The peer to peer support community for media production professionals.

Forums Adobe After Effects Can I make a desk lamp move on its own? Stop motion + frame blending?

  • Can I make a desk lamp move on its own? Stop motion + frame blending?

  • Richard Wallin

    June 19, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Hi! I want to make a desk lamp look like it’s moving on its own (flexing to “look” into the camera).
    I thought about something like a stop motion animation with pixel movement frame blending to smooth it out …

    But that didn’t work at all. Is there anything else I could try other than attaching sticks to the lamp and puppeteering? 🙂

  • Kalleheikki Kannisto

    June 19, 2016 at 8:29 am

    I don’t think there’s any particularly easy way to do this. If you don’t want to get into 3D animation, perhaps shooting the turning lamp head on green screen and creating parts for the lamp leg that you can animate by cutting them out of a still image. Compose on your desired background that doesn’t have the lamp, add shadows and lighting, reflections.

  • steve mcguire

    January 21, 2021 at 4:12 am

    I just saw this, years later. But for what it could be worth, it’s doable to make the lamp do things. I would start (in Sony Vegas Magix 14) on the lamp event with the video event,
    “sphereize.” I would do the Ken Burns Effect thing, i.e., “animate” the sphereize. Most likely going into the negative about 60%. I’d play with thg center of the spherizing. And with pan/crop. And maybe with doing the same thing with video effect “light rays,” moving the center of the light rays around from beginning of the lamp event to the end. The pan/crop function could help the lamp to appear to jump, if done with several points or diamonds. And I don’t know how realist the intent was, but copying the event and changing the second one’s pan crop a little (say, pulling the four edges in closer a little) and then overlapping the two events a bit. One could do this and then make a still of it (it’s in help). Guess I’m trying to say that video event effects might be able to produce something like the effect wanted. And I agree that to get it just right would not be easy/quick.

Viewing 1 - 3 of 3 posts

Log in to reply.

We use anonymous cookies to give you the best experience we can.
Our Privacy policy | GDPR Policy