Christmas lights blinking effect

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Christmas lights blinking effect

Postby MetamorphosisStudios » Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:25 pm

Niotex!!! xD

Well i do have a question for this really advanced effect i wanted to create o.o maybe you guys can help me xD
i asked this question in another forum but ehh
What I'm trying to do is sort of replicate the look of Christmas lights blinking in different colors, where dots are spelling out a word and are supposed to blink in 1 of 5 different colors, so holding for a moment, then changing to a different color. I don't all the "lights" to change at the same time, say .5 seconds, and it's waaay too fast if the colors are only up for 1 frame.
Also if anyone can suggest a script for having each dot appear on screen in random order and then holding for the duration of the comp, that would also be a HUGE help. I'm working with upwards of 275 Layers, so doing this manually is inefficient.
Any help is greatly appreciated.

I'm using Adobe After Effects CS5.5

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Re: Christmas lights blinking effect

Postby kireblue » Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:59 pm

you could do it this way.

open up photoshop or any text editor. Make a image with nothing but a background color (make sure it is a color that you don't plan on using for your lights: making it white may actually be best). Use really big font to type out the words that you want to use (this will serve as a outline). Place multi color circles or light shapes along the outline of the text (make sure that every 1st light out of every three is a grey color). Then, disable or make the text invisible (do not delete it). You should now be left with a string of multi color circles that spell out a word. Save the image as jpeg or any other image file type. Then re-enable your text.

Next, repeat the process. But this time, make the 2nd light of three a grey color. Now, repeat the process again, but this time, make the third light of every three a grey color. Then load the three images into after effects (each image should be about 10 frames) and render them as a avi. Lastly, load you new avi into after effects, chroma key out the background color, and resize it to fit your needs. Also, if you need your lights to blink slower of faster, simple change the speed of the Avi that you imported.
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Re: Christmas lights blinking effect

Postby hackedhacker » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:19 am

that is a good way but at the sametime you are not getting as much randomize of the blink...Only if there is a more random blink generation way....
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