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CC Mr. Mercury

Creating Liquid Transitions in After Effects is easy By Masan Yi
I ran into this plug-in trying to do some liquid stuff for a project that contained a lot of
organic motion.  I noticed that Mr. Mercury was just the right tool for a nice organic at the same time liquidy transition.  Therefore I used this plug-in to make a cool transition from one scene to the next. I achieved this by starting off with just the default settings in Mr Mercury.

Mr. Mercury is an old plugin, but it's really cool.  If you have a new version of After Effects, you'll need to install it from the CD from the CC plugins.  Once it's installed, you'll find it here:  (plug-in is located under effects>simulation>cc mr mercury). 

Set up a new composition, and add a solid layer.  When you apply the  Mr. Mercury plugin, the frame will look blank at the first frame, but the plugin will start to generate the blobby stuff after the first frame.

It should look sometime like this:

Notice that the default animation just goes straight up and then down like a fountain. I want it to be coming at you and filling the screen and wiping off to make a cool transition. So here we go step by step I will guide you to how I made this cool liquid transition workout for me.

1.Once you have the effects applied to a new layer and within the Mr Mercury keyframe a the postion of the effects out of frame ideally a little above the comp and then scroll down to about 5 seconds and then move the position below the comp and keyframe that as well.

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2. Once you do that scroll down to the middle like 2 and half seconds in and keyframe the
blob birth size to around 4.05 and also make sure you keyframe the beginnig and end of that parameter to 0.30. Also I changed the Animation style to Twirly to make it look more organic. Also the birth size to 0.26. I didnít like how it defaults to so much lighting so I reduced the intensity to 11.

3. I also added a outline to it all by using the Glow effects. I changed the Based on mode to Alpha Channel and under the Threshold cranked it down to 0%, Glow Radius to 3.0 and The Glow Intensity to 25.0. I  like having a solid black outline so I changed both of the A and B colors to black. Match it up with what I have in the image below:

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4. I didnít like so slow it went so I actually precomped the layer and timestretched it to happen all in one second.

Now you should have something like this going on:

You can add more animation to this by adding more gravity or keyframing the directions but for now this would be awesome for a cool transition from one scene to another!

Send me a message in the DMN After Effects Forum if you have any questions about the project.  If you want the project, you can download it here:

mr. mercury_masan/mercury.aep.zip

Hope this helps you out.

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Masan Yi is a a broadcast designer/animator living and working in Los Angeles.
A graduate of Otis College, he has worked for companies including Autonomy, Imaginary Forces, mOcean and Blind.
He has worked on several commericals, music videos and corporate campaigns.
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