This is currently in progress and the one before it is uploading
Download plugin file > go to After Effects > UserPresets > Adobe > Drag & drop plugin
Drag and drop Polarise effect onto the layer in question > change setting to “Rect to Pol”
It’s good for making the fractal effect a bit more tendril-like
Ward, C. (2016). Shockwave Tutorial 100% in After Effects! Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYbgjCR8PMI. Last accessed 12th Oct 2016.
Drag and drop the “Grid” feature onto the comp and the set it (in my case) to Overlay
- How to Add Preset Effects
Download preset (in this case the VHS flicker effect) > add to project files > bring into comp > if the background is black set it to screen, if the background is white set it to multiply
Go to the effects library > drag and drop the light rays into the comp > you can then animate them racing across the surface of text like I did in this case
Ward, C. (2016). After Effects Tutorial: 1980s Inspired Logo Reveal.Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUtbH3D0XPg. Last accessed 12th Oct 2016.
What I learnt:
- Convert audio to bars,waves or dots by using
- Add a glow to layers by using the glow effect
- Create a circular comp by adding the polarity effect
- Make the logo swell by adding bulge effect
VideoCopilot. (2013). Advanced Spin FX Tutorial. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ykJ8NxDMCE. Last accessed 11th Oct 2016.
These are videos showing the different stages of the animated polygons I created following the Video Copilot tutorial.
What I learnt:
- Create a square comp > Add radio waves effect > can then change the number of sides so that it changes from circles to a polygon, in my case a hexagon
- Add a mask to the polygon layer and change the wave type to mask (the mask should originate from the centre of the comp) and this lets you warp the mask and therefore warp the polygon shape
- You can key frame the colour of the radio waves according to it’s lifespan
Adding the displace
- New solid > Layer Styles > Gradient Overlay
- Change gradient form linear to angle
- Pre-compose the gradient layer (turn off visibility)
- Create new adjustment layer > Add time displacement > Change displacement layer to gradient comp
- Change the time resolution to get the sliced effect
- The gradient is the key – white is the beginning and black is the end
- Maybe add a turbulent displace to the gradient layer for some cool effects
Note: If you create more shapes, drop them beneath the displacement layer and they’ll be affected too
- Duplicate comp > add tint to bottom layer (making it black) > Add Scale wipe effect to pull it out > Add linear wipe to add falloff
- Import a textured image e.g. Brick > tweak the contrast and maybe add a tint > change mode to screen and place above background
VideoCopilot. (2015). Animated Polygon Tutorial. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuaBg1agd70. Last accessed 10th Oct 2016.
This was mainly me just experimenting with the various stock effects in After Effects, my favourite was the kaleidoscope effect but haven’t found a use for it yet.
- How to add a camera
- How to add a light
PremiumBeat. (2014). After Effects Tutorial: Animated Map. Available: https://vimeo.com/80829975. Last accessed 9th Oct 2016.