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After Effects Ball Action

Molecule fun By Stephen Schleicher

When you installed the Cycore FX effects with After Effects 6.5 you probably tried the Ball Action effect.  While it is a great way to quickly create a ball park video screen, this effect can also work in a 3D environment.  In this After Effects 6.5 Pro tutorial, we’ll use Ball Action to create an animated molecule for a science show.

Step 1:  Launch After Effects and create a New Composition (Command+N on the Mac, Control+N on the PC).  For this exercise, I’m going to use the NTSC DV Preset with a length of 15 seconds.

Step 2:  Create a New Solid (Command+Y on the Mac, Control+Y on the PC).  Make this solid the same size as your composition by pressing the Make Comp Size button.

Step 3:  To this layer apply the Ramp effect.  Change the Start Color to 82, 172, 203 (RGB) and the End Color to 26, 77, 91.  Adjust the Ramp Start and End positions to taste.

Select the layer in the Timeline, press the Enter Key on your keyboard and rename the layer to Background.

Step 4:  Create another solid layer.  Set the Width to 1000 and the Height to 1500.  Name the solid Stripe 1 and set the color to 68, 138, 165.

We are going to use this layer to create some radial stripes.  This can be done with two effects.

Step 5:  Apply the Venetian Blind effect to the layer.  Change the Completion Amount to 75% and the Width to 60.

Doesn’t quite look like radial lines, but we can fix that by applying the Polar Coordinates effect.  Make sure you change the Type of Conversion to Rectangular to Polar.


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