7 Replies Latest reply: May 13, 2012 11:03 PM by Cris is Bliss RSS

    Freezing Mr. Mercury

    Cris is Bliss Community Member

      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.

        • 1. Re: Freezing Mr. Mercury
          Mylenium ACP/MVPs

          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

          • 2. Re: Freezing Mr. Mercury
            bogiesan Community Member

            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.

            • 3. Re: Freezing Mr. Mercury
              Cris is Bliss Community Member

              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, ---I have such a long way to go.

               

              2. 

              A particle system, - Particle World; Particle playground, etc....   

              A Blur mapping system - Compound Blur;

              A Threshhold system - ????  CC Threshold RGB

               

               

              OK, I see the similarity of the look of the flowing particles system to the look of Mr. Mercury, but just as with Mr. Mercury, you cannot stop/freeze the particle movement.  at least not with the particle plugins that come with AfterEffect.   The look that I am trying to achieve is similar to the time freeze effect used in the Matrix movies, where and action is freezed or slowed way down and the camera pans around.   If you adjust Mr. Murcery and the particle system while its stopped that kind of look simulated

              • 4. Re: Freezing Mr. Mercury
                Cris is Bliss Community Member

                The look that I am trying to achieve is similar to the time freeze effect used in the Matrix movies, where and action is freezed or slowed way down and the camera pans around.

                 

                I'll try downloading a trial version of Particular to see it that has the ability to Freeze animation.  Otherwise I think that you are correct in that it will need to be a 3D program effect.

                 

                p.s.  I know your native language is not english.    its "Other" not "Otehr"

                 

                Thanks

                • 5. Re: Freezing Mr. Mercury
                  bogiesan Community Member

                  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.

                  • 6. Re: Freezing Mr. Mercury
                    Mylenium ACP/MVPs

                    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

                    • 7. Re: Freezing Mr. Mercury
                      Cris is Bliss Community Member

                      thanks for the links, I didn't see how to apply it to creating an animating a frozen Mr. Mercury but they interesting and useful for other creative ideas and applications