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  • John Cuevas

    June 15, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Barbara,

    I was able to recreate the cylinder completely in AE, making a texture layer comp that animates the effects, moving that into a final comp and applying CC Cylinder. I supposed through trial and error, create a bunch of cylinders with a decreasing radius, stack them together to make the cone. But with AE and C4D lite working together, I found it easier to just create a cone in C4D, add the texture, a few lights and just import that directly into AE. Then I added another linear wipe to recreate the effect.

    I’ve attached it all to give you a starting point.

  • John Cuevas

    May 31, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you Walter and Flip. I brute forced the first one, but Walter, what you have done is going to save me a bunch of time on screen where I need to show 6 different cam shapes. I was in way over my head on the expressions for this project.

  • John Cuevas

    April 29, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    I just did a text build like that the other day but couldn’t figure out an expression to do it. What I did was right justified the text. Went to where I wanted the word to be finished typing on and added a keyframe into the source text. Then worked backwards, moving a couple frames earlier on the timeline and deleting a letter. Did that until I was finished. If someone has an expression to automate the process, I would love to know what that would be.

    Check example project for how I did it.

  • John Cuevas

    April 7, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    The look can be achieved pretty quickly if you have vector files of hand-drawn images(Adobe Stock has a lot).

    I prep my files in Illustrator and use the fee Battle Axe plugin ‘overlord’ to bring the paths into After effects as shape layers. From there you can add a trim paths effects to create the writing on of the stroke. Add wiggle paths and play with the settings and you should have something a pretty good hand drawn look.

    Made a quick little example project

  • John Cuevas

    April 6, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Log format compresses all the color/luminance so you capture more dynamic range, but until you expand that back you aren’t getting that information. So first color correct the footage(probably just need to add the proper LUT’s) then key the footage.

  • John Cuevas

    April 6, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    That isn’t something I would recommend anyone new to After Effects to try, that’s a intricate reveal with multiple techniques involved.

    Beginning looks like to be some kind of camera blur effect or effects, stacked on top of each other. Simple shape layers can be used to create the digital noise. The green lines could be created with strokes or shape layers, roughen edges effects, while simultaneously animating the stroke to come on and off.

    The main logo animation looks to be a layered vector file, with different sections being revealed. If I had to guess the individual layers in the photoshop were copy and pasted into after effect shape layers. Looks like a lot of trim paths and wiggle paths, roughen edges were used on those shapes.

    You could use very feathered shape layers to use as alpha mattes to achieve the vertical wipes on and off that is seen between 1 and 2 seconds.

    Number of ways to shift the colors, colorama would be a good starting point.

    Finally the entire thing was treated with a lot of glow effects.

  • John Cuevas

    March 29, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    You could do it all in AE, though I can’t say for sure they did. Mostly it’s just a lot of work. Check out the plugin at AEscripts, ptMultiplane. do searches for ‘The Kid Stays in the Picture” effect tutorials. Also look for Chris Zwar tutorials on the The Centrica Carnivale. He does some similar work flying through 2d layers.

  • John Cuevas

    March 29, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    Probably the best one would be Trapcode Form.

    Recently a lot of Trapcode Forms features have been added to Trapcode Particular also, so that might be better. They are all part of the same Red Giant subscription though so if you get one, you get the other.

  • John Cuevas

    March 29, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    If this is a school project, IMO your teacher has made a mistake with step 6.

    6-There is no layer style, Bevel and Emboss on that layer. —so skip this step. In step 2 you add a green solid, solids don’t start with Layer Styles or effects.

    Go to step 7 and work from there.

    When you are finished you should have a green logo that scale from filling the entire screen, then wiping to a red version of the logo. If I’m guessing right, he wants you to learn about the ‘copy with links’ function, where if you change the layer style of the red layer, it automatically updates the green layer. Saves time and you don’t have to do change the parameters on two layers.

    I’ve attached what I think is the completed project and if you want you can tell the teacher from me to be more careful when assigning his work.

  • John Cuevas

    March 17, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Take the graphic and drop it into it’s own composition, then resize that composition to what your final comp size is. Drop the precomp into your final comp and add effects.

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