@Mocarg – Hey Mo, I remember passing by your script but never had a chance to take a good look at it! Great stuff man, that does exactly what I’m trying to do with a whole lot more advanced features. Thanks for the tip on distributing nth layers evenly! @felt_tips – Thanks, I think I have a better understanding on creating this script now. Having created 6 scripts already with 1 on aescripts, this is actually the first time ever I’m using trig to do these types of calculations. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction on how to approach the trig stuff
Np man, but may i ask what kind of advanced features? Because i’m pretty sure that in the UI i’ve created an expression controls for every variable that formula uses so you can create some pretty cool and dynamic stuff, 2D and 3D.
Another thing that would be interesting to see: how could I make the layers arrange in such a way that attempts to give me the best results of a circle, despite not having enough layers. For example: If I only had 3 triangles, the best they can do is form a triangle because it’s closest to a circle shape and evenly distributed. Basically, arrange nth layers with even distribution.
There only one thing you can do here, (360 / (number of layers) * currentLayerIndex) and that is your angle which you should use for trigonometry calculations.
Hey felt_tips, I was wondering what was the best way to approach arranging layers in a circular or spiral formation, possibly with expressions? I’m writing a script that parents a layer to a null, rotate null, parent, rotate null, repeat, that kinda gets the job done with simple expressions, but I’m hoping there was a more effective way of doing this with more advanced expressions. Thought I’d ask for your wisdom
I basically already made a script that does EXACTLY that xD
Check it out: http://aescripts.com/centrum/
I can shoot you the code if you are interested.
Great discussion guys, I’d like to quickly clarify a few things.
We do have a copy of VideoCopilot Shockwave that will be used to roughly check against if/when we see a submission that includes an animation which appears to have been taken from Shockwave.miseld said
As i see it’s Single License product, it can be included only in personal projects.
This is correct. You’ll need to check with VideoCopilot about licensing specifics, but I do know that animations within Shockwave cannot be used or included as assets within a project file being sold here. Doing so would essentially be reselling the Shockwave assets.
And lastly I’d like to talk about tutorial use. The way things currently work, we do not permit files which appear to be based directly from tutorials. So in the case of the recent VideoCopilot Grid tutorial, files created which are based on this cannot be uploaded. Although it’s worth noting that our review team may not watch every single After Effects tutorial, especially when they’ve only been recently released. So in some cases, a file might make it through our review system and get approved. When this happens, we’re happy to remove infringing files when they are reported by our fantastic community .We do however allow some use of tutorials within project files. If you were to watch a tutorial that teaches a technique, and using that technique, created your own unique take on it, and work that unique take into a greater project, it would be okay to submit. Remember that the technique you’re including needs to be only a small portion of the greater project. If the technique has been modified slightly to make it look a little different and then sold as the primary aspect of your project file, it may not be accepted, or could even be taken down if it was accepted.
There’s a 100% copy of Andrew’s sun tutorial on the front page right now
The reason why they have these contests is to generate files in a specific niche that is either up and coming(element 3d, cinema 4d, etc.) or often searched for without many results(motion graphic stock clip). My guess would be there will not be another one for awhile. So maybe just go out and create what you want, thats what I do!
I thought that was the whole point of these contests, to stay away from Optical Flares, 3D text and other regular items…?