Ae Experiment 8

Suggested for this Experiment
  • Trapcode Mir

An abundance of  third party plug-ins is one of the things that makes After Effects so flexible and Trapcode make some of the most popular effects on the market today. Trapcode Mir is the most recent addition to the Trapcode Suite and an effect I’ve been wanting to experiment with for a while. So Experiment 8 has given me and now you a chance to do just that.

Mir is powerful, fun to use and fast as hell, making it really easy to experiment with. I couldn’t stop at just one.

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Mir has different Draw modes including Fill, Wireframe and Points, and I found myself wanting to combine these but couldn’t find any built-in blend modes, so ended up duplicating layers and using After Effects blend modes instead.

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What can you make? Use Trapcode Mir applied to a single Solid Layer and don’t use the Brainstorm Tool! For this assignment it’s okay to duplicate the Mir layers and combine variations using blend modes. Take at least 30 minutes to explore the effect and post a JPG (under 200K) in the comments.

Discuss
  1. Ronn Trevino
    Reply

    ! layer 1 plugin, so many options.. its hard to stop

  2. Mark Shingleton
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    I love Trapcode MIR – I was just experimenting with this a couple of days ago to create a tunnel effect and ended up using the experiment in this project https://vimeo.com/album/2076885/video/71535067 at about 1:52.

  3. 1138
    Reply

    Did a little color corection with Looks to make it more interesting… Two layers with Mir and two lights.

  4. Simon
    Reply

    Infinite possibilities with Mir even with just 1 layer.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Nice Simon, it looks like a dragon at this angle.

  5. Ronn Trevino
    Reply

    very nice simon..
    I can never get smooth geometry like that. Digging it.

  6. Irina Zen
    Reply

    huh, dangerous! it’s so easy to get lost in trapcode worlds. mir is one more amazing plug-in by norrby, great assignment, john!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Looking good Irina, like scrunched cellophane.

  7. Kevin Snyder
    Reply

    Tough to choose just one frame…

    • Gary
      Reply

      Beautiful digital rose !

  8. torus
    Reply

    Hello.
    This is my entry, a smoke like effect 🙂

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Cool Simon!

  9. Caspian Kai
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    Here’s my attempt.. One ‘fluid’ look, with one twisted fractal look over the top on Color Burn.. a very ‘graphic’ look I thought, almost looks like it is wrapping over the fluid jellyfish-like form. Looks a bit like an animal or alien head almost as well 😛

    A great plugin and I’m glad this experiment made me finally have a play around with it!! Thanks John

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      That’s an interesting look Caspian. I like the combination of organic and geometric shapes you’ve used.

      • Gary
        Reply

        Brain with tattoo ? 🙂

  10. Jim Hines
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    Hey – 40% off – that was a deal I could not refuse. Bought the whole Peder Norrby Trapcode Suite. Just now getting a chance to play with it while watching football. I’ve opened MIR first to do this experiment so here is my first 30 minutes with the vaunted Red Giant plug ins. (I’ll get better – I hope.)
    Magic Bean Stalk – 2 variations – darken mode.

  11. Joe Nicklo
    Reply

    My submission.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Like abstract smoke Joe, I like it!

  12. Tim
    Reply

    Thanks for providing these project spots John. Great creative stimulus.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      You’re welcome Tim. This one looks like lanterns!

  13. Lee
    Reply

    Trapcode Mir is very powerful, and kinda intimidating with so many settings…

  14. Nate
    Reply

    The bright center of the universe

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