I have had AE for ages but only really used it for titles. I have good knowledge of video editing software like Edius and Media Composer. I am trying to learn AE but struggle sometimes.
I want to create an effect of a ribbon slowly waving; that is distorting its shape as well as moving on screen and increasing in length. I am happy to spend hours trying to do this myself but I am falling at the first hurdle. I have both CS5.5 (with redgiant suite) and AE7. I watched a tutorial. I think I did exactly what the demonstrater did but it doesn't work for me. I want to, for starters, just get a solid colour block to 'wave'. This is what I did:
New Effect (solid grey)>noise>turbulent
New Effect (solid red)>displacement map
>choose solid grey as map
why isn't my solid red being effected by the solid grey displacement map?
I hope I am not asking a silly question!
You need to pre-compose your grey solid, checking the "move all attributes" option when you do so. This means the turbulent noise is generated in the precomp, not in the main comp, allowing the Displacement Map to see it.