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Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Brad » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:07 pm

I've been having some fun lately helping people solve their AE issues and I thought it might be cool to set up a thread where people needing AE help can ask directly, and learn from each other.

If you're trying to figure out how to do something specific in After Effects, ask it here, and I'll either just tell you what you should do, or maybe record a quickie tutorial (like I did over here). Just be sure to provide some kind of example if you're looking to do something specific. If it's more of a general "I'm trying to do <this> but <that> is happening."

So yeah! Hit me up. And if you have an answer to somebody's question before I get around to it, feel free to jump in!


(INB4 "How do I make an after effect?")

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Ask Brad an After Effects Question - 01 - Scale and Shake (original question)
Ask Brad an After Effects Question - 02 - Fun with 2.5D (original question)
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Pwolf » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:36 pm

How do I make an After Effect?
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Drageer » Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:14 am

Pwolf wrote:How do I make an After Effect?


I couldn't get inb4 D:
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Brad » Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:59 am

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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Haus Haberdasher » Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:19 pm

NSFW video warning.

Sorry to use a hentai video as an example (and one that has to be downloaded), but I can’t remember seeing this effect elsewhere. It’s the “vibration” effect is used at 2:13, 2:19, 2:58, and 3:03:

http://www.animemusicvideos.org/members ... p?v=173638

Is there a particular name for that effect, and can it can done in AE? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Brad » Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:19 pm

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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby macchinainterna » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:32 am

How do I make things look like stuff in After Effects?
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Eake4 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:44 am

How would i make a cool looking "Universe" or something that resembles space in After Effects. So something like a galaxy (would be cool if it moved too :twisted: )
Not trolling here, I really want to know how to make something like that.
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Brad » Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:49 am

Hmmm well, that's a somewhat tall order. Basically you're looking at using a more advanced particle system. And more likely a combination of a lot of different effects. Off the top of my head, I'd say if you literally did want to make a galaxy of stars that had dimension and depth and all that, you'd probably be best off starting with Trapcode Form to create the stars and dust clouds. The reason I'd use Form over Particular in this application is because you don't need to be emitting new particles. You just need the particles to already be there, which Form is built for. Once you've played around with it enough and have gotten your stars, you can then do a 2nd Form pass to make some dust clouds, then add some flares for glowy lights and things like that.

I don't think I'm going to record a tutorial on how to do all this since it'd take way too long, and a lot of it would just be messing around until it looked right. But best of luck to you!
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Decoy » Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:16 pm

Hey Brad,

I'm new to the community, I would very much like to know what is the best way to make hexagons in AE. I have this SUPER COOL idea for a video involving Naruto and Bleach. Can you please lend a brah a hand.

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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Haus Haberdasher » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:04 pm

Brad wrote:http://amv101.com/askbrad/?p=5

And here ya go!

Awesome, thanks so much for the tutorial!
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Prodigi » Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:37 pm

Decoy wrote:Hey Brad,

I'm new to the community, I would very much like to know what is the best way to make hexagons in AE. I have this SUPER COOL idea for a video involving Naruto and Bleach. Can you please lend a brah a hand.

Regards,

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More dots?

On a more serious note: mebbe upload a little video showing how you made the intro to my "The Last Song" video making it 2.5d. Pretty simple stuff but interesting none-the-less.
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Brad » Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:51 pm

Prodigi wrote:
Decoy wrote:Hey Brad,

I'm new to the community, I would very much like to know what is the best way to make hexagons in AE. I have this SUPER COOL idea for a video involving Naruto and Bleach. Can you please lend a brah a hand.

Regards,

Ryno

More dots?

On a more serious note: mebbe upload a little video showing how you made the intro to my "The Last Song" video making it 2.5d. Pretty simple stuff but interesting none-the-less.

Good call. I will do that one next.
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Ikore » Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:31 pm

how do I twitch?
SING! Never mind the words!!!
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Brad » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:05 am

Ikore wrote:how do I twitch?

Drink lots of coffee.
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