After Effects Tutorial: 3D Mosaic Effect

first_imgFull Video Tutorial Transcript[color-box color=”gray”]EVAN ABRAMS: In this After Effects tutorial from Premiumbeat.com we’re going to create a 3D mosaic break-apart and come together of a logo, or really anything. It’s going to be using the card dance plug-in and a couple of other things to shore it up, so let’s get into it. So inside of After Effects the first thing we’re going to do is create a new composition, and in this case we’re going to use the HDTV 1080 24 frames per second preset, and we’ll set the duration to 30 seconds even though we won’t use all of it.Now, the first thing we need to do is create a place holder for the logos or the elements that you’re going to break apart using the mosaic effect. For this case we’ll just make a new text layer and we’ll just type in logo. And we’re going to use sort of a gold-brown color, and we’ll shrink it down so that it fits more or less towards the center and we can use the align panel to put it right in the middle.Now on the logo we might dress this up with a drop shadow, just to give it a bit more visual interest. So we’ll give it a white drop shadow, set it’s opacity to 100, put up the distance above 15, and then we’ll also go into the character palette here and we’ll add a stroke to it. So this will serve as the logo for the piece, and what we’ll do is we will pre-compose this so, control-shift-C, and make sure you have move all attributes to new composition. We will call this the logo comp, and all of the things that we do are going to happen to this logo comp. If you need to change anything you just go inside and change it. So, comp 1 out here should be renamed final export, because this is where things will be exported from.Now the next layer we have to make is a control layer, so we’re going to make a new solid, and we’ll make it the comp size and we can set it as white or black, or it doesn’t really matter because we’re going to cover it up using fractal noise. Now fractal noise will generate this nice sort of cloud pattern, and you can change the fractal type and the noise type and all sorts of things. But for our purposes what we’re really interested in increasing the contrast a little bit, perhaps to 150, and you can tweak the brightness if need be. But I think we’ll leave it pretty much as is. We just want to make sure you can see pure black spots and pure white spots, and there is considerable amount of change going on throughout; because this layer is going to control what happens in the next part.The first thing to do is pre-compose this, so control-shift-C again, or Cmd-shift-C, and call this the control comp. And we would like to move our attributes into the new composition so the fractal noise we created stays on that solid and goes into the composition; and hit OK. And you can drag this below the logo comp, or just poke its eye out, because we don’t need to look at it. Now on the logo comp we are going to use something called the card dance, and the card dance basically will break up this layer into a bunch of small cards and then it will animate them using another layer. So we have to say, gradient layer 1 is now the control comp. That means it will be using that gradient and that fractal noise that we put on there, and then multiplying the values underneath the cards and using that to generate position and rotation changes in those cards.So, the first thing we want to do is change the rows and columns of these cards. This will divide the layer up into various rows and columns in order to make the cards. So we would like 90 rows and 160 columns; so we’re dividing its height here into 90 pieces and we’re dividing the width into 160. Since this is a 16 x 9 composition that’s divide it up into squares. Now, when we go down here to the Z position and we say, use the source’s intensity, you can see that it starts to fragment apart into a bunch of little squares. And as you increase the multiplier they start to go all over the place. So let’s set the multiplier at 25 and we’ll set a key frame here at the beginning for it to be at 25, and we’ll most ahead 30 frames holding down shift and page down. And then we’ll set the multiplier down to zero. So the layer kind of collects itself together out of all of these pieces.And we can also put in similar things for the X and Y position as well. So we’ll go back to the beginning here and we’ll set key frame for those. So we’ll set the multiplier here for the X position to be at 25 as well; and we will set the multiplier for the Y position to be at 25 as well. And then we’ll set the source to be intensity one for both. And you can see it spreads them out quite nicely. And you’ll probably need to refine this just to make it a little bit more cohesive so that it isn’t going all over the place.These don’t have to be as extreme, because we are going to also add movement using a camera. So let’s just call up those key frames by hitting U, and then advancing to where they should all come together and making sure they’re all at zero. And we can see how that all comes together. We’re going to want to easy-ease them all into their end state just so it doesn’t happen so abruptly. And now we’re going to create a new camera to add more motion. And we’re going to use the 24 mil. preset, hit OK, and go into the logo comp here. And we’re going to have to tell it to use the camera that is in the comp. So it has built-in camera controls, but we would like to use the composition camera to move things around.So what we’re going to do is we’re going to take this camera and we’re going to transform its position. So, we know its final position should be here, so set a key frame. And before we animate it we want to go layer transform R orient and remove its auto orientation towards this point of interest. It causes too much confusion when you start moving the position, but it’s still locked and staring at a fixed point that doesn’t actually move as well.So now move back to the beginning and we’ll just push the camera forward through this mass of particles until it reaches a point where there are no participles, or there are so few that it doesn’t really matter. And then we’ll also easy-ease that last key frame so that it’s pulling out as it’s coming together; so that looks pretty good. And we’d also like to add a rotation, so put a key frame for the Z rotation, or zed rotation, go back to the beginning and we will just induce perhaps 180 or 90 rotation there so it spins as it comes out, and again, easy-easing that last key frame.So we have the logo coming out and coming together quite nicely. In order to add a motion blur to this though we have to force it to have motion blur. So, type in force motion blur on the effects, and then drag that out onto the composition. And what this does is it over rides any native motion blurs because this effect actually can’t have normal motion blur applied to it. In fact, it doesn’t believe the layer is moving at all, and if you tried to apply motion blur to it it doesn’t believe there’s any vectors for it to apply.So that brings the logo together. We’re going to advance a few frames, as long as you want to have it on. And now to remove the logo we’re going to simply key frame the position, the rotation, and those multipliers again, and move ahead only 10 frames. And now we’re going to set all of these up to be 25 so it’s fragmenting apart. And we are going to go in at -180 on the Z rotation, and we’re going to push back in using the camera’s position. So at around 50 it’s all gone; that’s good. So we can see when it gets ready to break itself apart it’ll look kind of like everything’s flying at the camera; in some kind of vortex.So that’s working out for me. What we’ll do now is we’ll take these inside key frames here of the camera’s movement and we’ll just turn them into auto beziers, which means that these key frames here in the middle are going to be the result of a tween between the two on the edge, just so it has continuous motion and isn’t so boring.Now, the last thing to do is to just take these layers and style them a little bit. So we’ll make a new solid that will serve as the background;set it to whatever color of gray you think is important. But we’re going to use a ramp on that, and what I like to do is use a radial ramp, move the inside to be close to the middle, and move the outside to be beyond the corner; set the end color to be something dark, like 5, and set the inside color to be something a little bit lighter, like 25.Now we can apply a drop shadow to this layer here, and we will set it to be at a distance of 25 and a softness of 25. And we’ll just put the motion blur below that, and you might have to amp up opacity, so you can see it a little better; but there it is. And now what we’ll also be doing is we’ll be adding an alpha bevel, so bevel alpha; again, put that above the drop shadow and set it to a value of 4.Now what this does is it appears that the shadow is being cast on the background, so instead of it looking like we’re pushing a camera through something it’s more like these are coming from behind the camera or materializing in some way. So that shadow just helps to ground the image. And that’s about it. You can do this for example on this text placeholder, and then if someone comes around with a logo they would prefer you to use you can just go in and place it in the comp.Now what you can do is also change it, and just to show you what it looks like when you change things I will put in a star here that has rather ridiculous colors, just scale that down and remove the logo we originally made. And so now you can see that it works for just about anything that you put in there. So this has been Evan Abrams for Premium B.com, your source for royalty free sound effects and music. If you want to learn more go to After Effects or other applications; stop by the blog. There are plenty of other tutorials and tips and tricks from industry experts there. And as always, I’m Evan Abrams, thank you so much for watching, and I’ll see you next time.[/color-box] Create a 3D style mosaic animation in After Effects – perfect for making logos and titles more dynamic!In this After Effects tutorial, you’ll learn how to break apart text or a logo into a mosaic pattern and then quickly reassemble it for an impressive reveal. All of the AE tools used in this tutorial come default with the app, so there’s no need to purchase any fancy (read: expensive) third party plugins or filters.Although some AE experience is suggested before taking on this mosaic animation tutorial, it doesn’t require any advanced scripting or expressions. The fundamentals of the tutorial include:Applying the Fractal Noise plugin to text or logoUsing the Card Dance plugin to break the text or logo into a mosaic patternSimulating movement of the mosaic tiles with the AE virtual cameraApplying Force Motion Blur effect to the animation for a smoother effectAlthough the effect seems like a likely fit for text or a logo, it can actually be applied to any video or graphic element in your AE project. Best of all, the affected element sits in it’s own comp, so you can quickly swap it out for something else with the same animation applied.  For example, if a client decides they want to update their logo you won’t need to go through all of the steps of reanimating it, simply swap out the logo in the comp.This AE mosaic effect is quite simple and will add pizazz to a video editing or motion design project.Tutorial best viewed in full screen:last_img read more

Priority spending for Grand Turk Master Plan roll out

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 20, 2017 – Grand Turk – Carnival Cruise Lines is pleased, says the Premier, with her administration’s ability to re-engage vendors in Grand Turk after the parties had reached an impasse on how the cruise destination ought to develop.   There is a development fund, which has grown to $6 million, and despite its good intentions the money has been virtually untouched and this has hurt the Grand Turk cruise destination.Some 82,000 less tourists arrived at the Grand Turk Cruise Center in 2016, and the rating of the cruise center has also dropped.  Residents of Grand Turk have speculated that the dip is linked with the dilapidated aesthetics of the island and complaints that there is not enough for visitors to do in Grand Turk.   A Grand Turk Master plan is proposed but movement is stagnant.Premier Sharlene Robinson said, their plan as the new administration is to start spending the money.  “We’re left now to decide which will be the most impactful, which are low hanging fruits.  The fund is about six million dollars, the infrastructure fund, and we do intend to use that fund for the benefit of Grand Turk.  So you will see in an upcoming budget little infrastructural support from the TCIG’s budget for Grand Turk.  We would carry out road works which is the responsibility of the government, but we will be using quite a bit of the infrastructure fund for Grand Turk.”#MagneticMediaNews#priorityspendingforGrandTurk#CarnivalCruiseLineTCI#GrandTurkCruisePort#betterinfrastructureforGT Related Items:#betterinfrastructureforGT, #CarnivalCruiseLineTCI, #GrandTurkCruisePort, #magneticmedianews, #priorityspendingforGrandTurklast_img read more

Queiroz explains how Iran defeated Yemen 50

first_imgThe Portuguese manager believes his team was well focused on the victory in order to avoid any surprises in the 2019 Asian Cup.After many surprises, India winning 4-1 against Thailand, and defending champions Australia losing to Jordan, Iran didn’t want to repeat any of these mistakes.Iran defeated Yemen 5-0 after a brilliant showcase from their players, and manager Carlos Queiroz has explained why they won.“I really want to congratulate my players for the way they played,” he told Fox Sports Asia.“We are still at the beginning though and we are certainly not looking at results elsewhere as it is really none of our business.”Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“Having said that, some of the games we have seen so far have been, to be honest, a great lesson for Iran,” he added.“I told my players that they had to focus on their first game, and some of the early results have proved that if you don’t play with focus any team [here in the UAE] can beat another.”“The match was a typical first game at a [major] competition as some players started a little nervously,” he explained.“However, I think after we began with such a high intensity, we started to force Yemen into mistakes and we were able to use that to our advantage.”last_img read more

Amazon is our share tip of the week 5 reasons to invest

first_img With both Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season on the horizon, Edmund Shing explains why now is the perfect time to invest in online retail giant Amazon.1) Biggest online retailerAmazon is the worlds biggest online retailer. Its listed on NASDAQ (NASDAQ:AMZN) with a market capitalisation of $301bn (£197bn, €282bn). It has huge sales figures of more than $100bn a year, and it has more than 154,000 employees.2) Cloud computingAmazon is not just the biggest online retailer in the world, its also the biggest cloud computing company in the world – well ahead of rivals such as Microsoft and Google.3) Rapid growthThe company is also growing very fast. In the third quarter to September 30, it grew sales by 23%. And it expects sales over the Christmas period, the last three months of the year, to be up by 15-20%. This is the most important period of the year for any retailer, and Amazon in particular.4) Black FridayIts not just the Christmas sales that Amazon looks to capitalise on. Amazon is the world leader in Black Friday, the manic day of shopping discounts that this year falls on 27 November. The American consumer trend has made waves over in the UK in recent years, with British consumers expected to spend £1bn in the 24 hours of Black Friday.5) Tech giantThe fact that Amazon is a world leader in both retail and cloud computing, coupled with its rapid growth, mean that Amazon is now a quintessential tech stock that you really must own.Edmund Shing is Global Head of Equity Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Closelast_img read more

Air India to fly three flights to Tel Aviv every week from

first_imgAir hostesses walk next to the parked Air India’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner upon its arrival at the airport in New Delhi September 8, 2012.Reuters fileAir India will be flying three weekly flights to Tel Aviv, Israel from May and also open an office in the financial capital of the country. This follows the visit of Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani to the country early this month.”We are looking forward to the opening of the direct route to Israel in a few months’ time. I believe this will have a positive effect on the tourism traffic between our two countries,” Lohani was quoted as saying by PTI.Last month, low-cost Irish airline Ryanair had said that it will commence services to Tel Aviv from seven European cities.Travel between India and Israel is significantly low when compared to other countries in Asia and this is likely to be addressed by Air India’s operations.”In 2016, there were 44,672 Indian tourists who visited Israel, setting a new record for the highest number of travellers from India. With Air India commencing operations directly to Israel, we are confident of an increase in arrivals in 2017,” Hassan Madah, Director of the Israel Ministry of Tourism in India, said.India and Israel established diplomatic relations on January 29, 1992. 1/2 FIle photo of an EL AL Boeing 777 aircraft at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel July 14, 2015.Reuters fileA Muslim woman wearing a Hijab stands in the Mediterranean Sea as an Israeli woman wearing a bikini stands nearby at a beach in Tel Aviv, Israel August 30, 2016.Reuters filePreviousNextlast_img read more

Shun Khaledaminus formula BNP tells govt

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP on Thursday urged the government to stop a ‘plot’ to eliminate its chairperson Khaleda Zia from politics though a ‘minus-formula’ in the name of parole, reports UNB.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also said their chairperson wants to walk out of jail on bail as the cases in which she was convicted are bailable.”A widespread propaganda is on over parole. The current regime is hatching a far-reaching plot to make a political gain after putting our leader’s (Khaleda’s) life at stake,” he said.Rizvi said there is no point of hatching a conspiracy to remove Khaleda from politics.”Let the law take its own course without creating any obstacle to granting her (Khaleda) bail. Our leader will be freed on bail through a normal legal process if the illegal interference in court proceedings is stopped,” he said pointing at the prime minister.Rizvi alleged that some pro-government newspapers are carrying out false campaign over Khaleda’s release on parole.”Speculations are there that the intelligence agencies are involved with the media propaganda. The ruling party has resorted to cunning politics to make its mission on parole a success,” the BNP leader said. He alleged that some media have been running news without any source about Khaleda Zia’s release on parole to go abroad. “Even, they’re mentioning the specific date of her departure. But, BNP has no knowledge about it. Our leader wants to be freed on bail through a normal legal process.”Rizvi claimed that their chairperson is seriously ill as she cannot move her hands and legs. “She has not been given proper treatment. Doctors said her diabetes is still not under control.”He bemoaned that media outlets are playing a silent role over Khaleda’s illness.The BNP leader said their chairperson wants to receive treatment at a specialised hospital of her choice.last_img read more

Giant cruise ship slams into Venice jetty as tourists flee

first_imgThe MSC Magnifica cruise ship moors off St. Mark`s square and the Clock Tower (Rear R) in St. Mark`s basin, after it was stopped following an incident between the River Countess tourist which was hit early on 2 June 2019 by the MSC Opera cruise ship (Rear) that lost control as it was coming in to dock in Venice, Italy. Photo: AFPA massive cruise ship lost control as it docked in Venice on Sunday, crashing into the wharf and hitting a tourist boat after suffering an engine failure.Tourists on land could be seen running away as the 13-deck MSC Opera scraped along the dockside, its engine blaring, before knocking into a tourist boat, amateur video footage posted on Twitter showed.Four people were slightly injured in the accident at San Basilio-Zattere in Venice’s Giudecca Canal, port authorities said.The four, who were taken to hospital for check-ups, were on board the River Countess tourist boat.The Opera, which suffered mechanical trouble before in 2011 during a Baltic cruise, can carry more than 2,500 passengers and boasts a theatre, ballroom and water park for children.Ship unable to stop”The MSC ship had an engine failure, which was immediately reported by the captain,” Davide Calderan, head of a tugboat company involved in accompanying the ship into its berth, told Italian media.”The engine was blocked, but with its thrust on, because the speed was increasing,” he said.The two tug boats that had been guiding the ship into the Giudecca tried to slow it, but one of the chains linking them to the giant snapped under the pressure, he added.The accident reignited a heated row in the Serenissima over the damage caused to the city and its fragile ecosystem by cruise ships that sail exceptionally close to the shore.While gondoliers in striped T-shirts and woven straw hats row tourists around the narrow canals, the smoking chimneys of mammoth ships loom into sight behind the city’s picturesque bell towers and bridges.Critics say the waves the ships create are eroding the foundations of the lagoon city, which regularly floods, leaving iconic sites such as Saint Mark’s Square underwater.Rescuers stand onboard the damaged River Countess tourist boat after it was hit early on 2 June 2019 by the MSC Opera cruise ship (Rear) that lost control as it was coming in to dock in Venice, Italy. Photo: AFP”What happened in the port of Venice is confirmation of what we have been saying for some time,” Italy’s environment minister Sergio Costa wrote on Twitter.”Cruise ships must not sail down the Giudecca. We have been working on moving them for months now… and are nearing a solution,” he said.’Risk of carnage’Venice’s port authority said it was was working to resolve the accident and free up the blocked canal in the north Italian city.”In addition to protecting the Unesco heritage city, we have to safeguard the environment, and the safety of citizens and tourists,” Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli said.Nicola Fratoianni, an MP with the Italian Left party, noted Italy’s open-armed attitude to cruise ships contrasted sharply with its hostile approach to charity rescue vessels that help migrants who run into difficulty in the Mediterranean.”It is truly curious that a country that tries to stop ships that have saved people at sea from entering its ports allows giant steel monsters to risk carnage in Venice,” he said.MSC Cruises, founded in Italy in 1960, is a global line registered in Switzerland and based in Geneva.The Opera, built 15 years ago, suffered a power failure in 2011 in the Baltic, forcing some 2,000 people to be disembarked in Stockholm rather than continuing their Southampton to Saint Petersburg voyage.last_img