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Old December 2nd, 2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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Does anyone know of a program or set of plugins that would allow me to create animated grids, random numbers etc for FCP and/or AE? The grids I have in mind usually appear on military themed productions. My primary use of such a program/plugin is for animating maps and creating DVD menu FX.

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Old December 5th, 2009, 08:39 PM   #2
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This all can be done in AE. Search for How-To videos. I have seen them but have not used them in production so I can't explain how to do it. Actually, I think the random numbers might have been from lynda.com but I can't remember for certain.
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Old December 5th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #3
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I've barely scratched the surface on AE, but you can generate random numbers this way:

Create text box, enter a number. On the timeline panel, select TEXT and open it; select Source Text. go to Animate>Add Expression in the tool bar. An expression line will appear in the timeline panel. Right-click the arrow- in- the -circle icon, select Random Numbers > Random(). This will generate continuously varying random numbers with a decimal and a lot of trailing numbers. Or select Random (minvalue,maxvalue) you can specify, or example, (1,6) and the numbers will vary between 1 and 6. I haven't figured out how to make it limit to integers, but there probably is a way.... The grid I think you could draw by making a new layer and drawing the grid or importing a Photoshop image of the graph. I'm just a beginner at AE, maybe someone more experienced can amplify this.../Battle Vaughan
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:49 PM   #4
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