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Freezing Mr. Mercury

May 3, 2012 3:21 AM

Hello All,

 

Is there any setting that will freeze the movement of the Mr Mercury effect.   I would like have the blobs shoot out then stand still so that I can animate the blobs by key framing the  Velocity and Gravity.

 

Thanks in Advance

CS5.5 on a Mac.

 
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    May 3, 2012 3:26 AM   in reply to Cris is Bliss

    Don't think so. It's an "always on" simulation and makes no provision for freezing or slowing things down. If time-remapping doesn't give you what you want, i see no way to resolve this otehr than switching over to Particular or otehr plug-ins or even 3D programs...

     

    Mylenium

     
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    May 3, 2012 7:45 AM   in reply to Mylenium

    Mr Mercury is a combination of a particle system, a blur mapping system, and a threshhold system that passes the blurred blobs on to a sharpening system that also maps the reflection image back from the grayscale created by the blur routines.

     

    You can fake all of that by stacking up similar filters.

     

    You might also research paint, splash, and dripping tutorials. Most of the best effects in AE are combinations of diverse and non-intuitive effects and simulations.

     
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    May 3, 2012 2:20 PM   in reply to Cris is Bliss

    If you slog thorugh enough tutorials over 15 years of trying to make this thing work they way you want it to, you eventually run into a bit of everything and some of it is illuminating.

     

    If you want to do bullet time effects, look up that term in the many htousands of AE tutorials. To do that with a 3D scene probably requires a 3D particle system from a thrid party. Apple's Motion does interesting 3D particles and there are some tricks to freezing them. But I stopped using Motion a long time ago.

     
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    May 3, 2012 10:34 PM   in reply to Cris is Bliss

    1.  How did you come to know how Mr. Mercury was put together??  You must be very good if you figured that out on your own,

     

    It's actually simple to figure out. As David said, there's a million things you can do with convolution kernels (blur/ edge detection). See some of those examples for creative blobbiness:

     

    http://myleniumstuff.com/2009/05/06/evolving-cells/

    http://myleniumstuff.com/2011/08/15/dna/

    http://myleniumstuff.com/2009/02/14/covered-with-snow/

    http://myleniumstuff.com/2009/02/14/gradient-burst-contour/

     

    And yeah, my typos suck but that's more a problem of poor coordination.

     

    Mylenium

     
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