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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Brad » Wed May 02, 2012 4:13 pm

I know what you're talking about (at least, I know what you mean when you say, you can drag the effect slider and see it get more or less blurry in real time). I just went through all of the preferences I could think of (project settings, comp settings, AE preferences, OpenGL settings, etc.) and I cannot find anything that would affect this... The only thing I can think of is there's something going on with your computer that's slowing it down? I really don't know man :\ But I know if it were happening to me, it'd drive me friggin crazy.
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Animated » Thu May 03, 2012 8:50 am

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Thanks anyway Brad for checking it out. I'll let you know if I find a solution, you may need it sometime in the future (i hope not...)
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby irriadin » Sat May 12, 2012 11:27 am

I'm curious about how some of the effects in the Trust and Betrayal Blu-ray menu were achieved:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c25VtR_H9po

I particularly want to know how to do that canvas-type effect, as well as the paint brush. For the latter, are they just chroma keying in the scenes onto the paint strips?
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Brad » Sat May 12, 2012 1:19 pm

irriadin wrote:I'm curious about how some of the effects in the Trust and Betrayal Blu-ray menu were achieved:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c25VtR_H9po

I particularly want to know how to do that canvas-type effect, as well as the paint brush. For the latter, are they just chroma keying in the scenes onto the paint strips?

That looks like a fun one. It's on my record a tutorial list.
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Postby Niotex » Sat May 12, 2012 6:04 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fxP4wKCAv4

I covered the basics of it in a quick offshoot tut I did for someone else a few months back. Main difference is that you'd be working with multiple layers and opacity's of it. And instead of sticking with static brushes you'd use something like fractal noise to create the bleeding fade in.
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby irriadin » Sat May 12, 2012 10:10 pm

Niotex wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fxP4wKCAv4

I covered the basics of it in a quick offshoot tut I did for someone else a few months back. Main difference is that you'd be working with multiple layers and opacity's of it. And instead of sticking with static brushes you'd use something like fractal noise to create the bleeding fade in.


Nice! That helps a bit, but it doesn't look as cool as in the example I provided yet. I don't know how to use fractal noise...
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Niotex » Thu May 17, 2012 8:28 pm

Irridian if you're still having a hard time I wouldn't mind tossing something together. Your best bet for that exact look is using gray scaled ink swell elements [ink drops in water] that you can use then use as track-mattes. But again if you want I can toss something together with both fractal noise and/or ink elements.
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby irriadin » Fri May 18, 2012 7:28 am

Niotex wrote:Irridian if you're still having a hard time I wouldn't mind tossing something together. Your best bet for that exact look is using gray scaled ink swell elements [ink drops in water] that you can use then use as track-mattes. But again if you want I can toss something together with both fractal noise and/or ink elements.


The only thing I'm not sure about how to do is how to animate the track-matte so that it looks like it's "burning in." Right now, all I'm doing is adjusting the mask path on the matte, and it's too... clean... of a transition. So that's where the fractal noise factors in, I guess, but I don't know how to use it and apply it to the track-matte...

This is what I want to follow, basically: http://i.imgur.com/HRNGB.jpg
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Niotex » Fri May 18, 2012 7:22 pm

If I have some time to spare I'll see if I can whip something up using fractal noise. I'm using CS5.5 myself atm but as long as you're using CS3 or up it should be exactly the same.
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby irriadin » Fri May 18, 2012 11:10 pm

Niotex wrote:If I have some time to spare I'll see if I can whip something up using fractal noise. I'm using CS5.5 myself atm but as long as you're using CS3 or up it should be exactly the same.


Thanks, that would be awesome, if you have the time. I'm using CS6.
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Niotex » Fri May 18, 2012 11:19 pm

irriadin wrote:
Niotex wrote:If I have some time to spare I'll see if I can whip something up using fractal noise. I'm using CS5.5 myself atm but as long as you're using CS3 or up it should be exactly the same.


Thanks, that would be awesome, if you have the time. I'm using CS6.

For this effect it shouldn't be a problem. I'll see to it tonight.
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Niotex » Mon May 21, 2012 11:17 pm

http://youtu.be/vPJUlUFsZ4w?hd=1

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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby irriadin » Tue May 22, 2012 12:12 pm

Niotex wrote:http://youtu.be/vPJUlUFsZ4w?hd=1

Scatterbrained, busy with other stuff on the side.


Thanks, that helps a lot. :up:
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby B4Trilogy » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:59 pm

Now, do I have to mask every frame?I'll die. If you have tricks on how to do that contour type thing, that would be siick. (Also, I can do clips that are green screened, so I'll just green screen, but I don't know how to make the guy I'm green screening into entirely black with white outlines?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIwzCqGj ... playnext=1

Also, how do I turn a (black) solid into an inverted alpha track matte?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtE4h4veWyE&feature=plcp (<-I've had this bugging me for quite a while.)
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Re: Ask Brad an After Effects Question!

Postby Pwolf » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:01 pm

B4Trilogy wrote:Now, do I have to mask every frame?I'll die.


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