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Harry Mitchell

Animate objects on circular path.

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Hey all,

 

I was wandering if it is possible to animate objects in a path.

 

I am trying to create an effect similar to this :

 

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As you can see the guitars have been cloned are are moving outwards on a circular path (slightly overlapping each other)

 

Is this cloning effect possible in After Effects? Or would I have to use Cinema 4D and if so how?

 

Hope to hear your thoughts,

 

 

Harry

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Put a null object in the middle, parent your guitars to the null and animate the rotation of the null.

Or

Draw a circle in illustrator, copy it, paste it onto your layer in AE with the position track selected (in the timeline).

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Video Copilot's 3D orbit can yield some good results for animating along a circular path as well.

 

When it comes to the items fanning out there are a few ways this can be done. Depending on your desired look the echo effect could do this. It also boils down to simple laying down a few key frames. If all your items have the same start point but different stopping points they will start together and fan out etc.

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The guitars are meant to stack on top of each other at the start and then fan out.

In this case: animate just one guitars rotation and use the "valueAtTime(t)" Expression to offset the others in time. You could as well precomp the animated guitar and use something like "Hall of Time" to get the time delay - but using expressions might be more flexible.

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Or just knuckle down and do it by hand. Dupe your single animated guitar and then offset and adjust key values in a precomp. Then just drop 2 of those into your main comp and lay them out accordingly, or accordian-ly, whatever strikes your fancy.

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