Jumbotron Column

Learn how to identify the field order of footage and interpret it collectly; create a realistic Jumbotron-style look using CC Ball Action, Glow, Levels and Curves; turn the jumbotron into a 3D column mounted on grungy wire mesh using Zaxwerks 3D Layer Warps; and fine tune the look by adding animated arrows plus a touch of Trapcode Shine and Magic Bullet Looks. Grab some metal textures from Mayang.com.

munniev

This project was created in After Effects by combining various effects with Zaxwerks 3D Warps, Zaxwerks ProAnimator and Knoll Light Factory. The main screen was modelled in ProAnimator with the vision mapped to the front face using a layer map. The layer map is a precomp combining the base edit with a Cell Pattern layer  using the Add blend mode.  It also uses ProAnimator’s Absolute color option giving the impression that it is “projecting” light. The ticker at the bottom is also a long precomp layer map, with the jerky movement of the text created by applying the Posterize Time effect set to around 9 frames per second.

The camera move was done using the AE Camera as was the lighting. Both 3D Warps and ProAnimator can take advantage of AEs’ camera and lights, making it easy to integrate objects created using these two different effects into the same scene.

The flood lights are Knoll Light Factory Flares. These were tracked to the top of the screen using AE’s motion tracker. The background footage is a heavily graded Artbeats clip from the Storm Clouds series. I animated the Levels effect to create a couple of cloud flashes as well.

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  1. Andrew Smith
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    Really enjoyed this. The only thing I was pining for was to see the finished product with the audio … to see how it all finally came together.

    Or do I need to subscribe to Foxtel for that? 😛

    Andrew

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Andrew, I created this look back in 2007 for an Anthony Mundine fight: http:http://motionworks.net/2007/05/mundine_nievas/ Note that the mesh has a finer copy included (created by duplicating the grid solid) and the jumbotron “balls” are larger in this version. It also has no scratched metal texture. Best, John.

  2. Daniel
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    hi john!
    nice tutorial, quite long but really good explanation. i was wondering if there were any benefits by using 3d layer warp instead of cc cylinder.
    best regards
    daniel

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Daniel, 3D Layer Warp has a lot more features than CC Cylinder and is easier to control in my opinion. Also CC Cylinder doesn’t recognise the AE camera. Best, John.

  3. jose
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    Hi john, this one was fantastic,real great, like usually.
    I now a lot of tecniques to make screen fx, but your way it ´s the best, no dout ´s, i tryed but with starglow, and it works with perfection.

    Thanks a lot, and once more sory for my english.

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Jose, I used Starglow in the original version too! Do you have a screen shot of your version you can show us? Best, John.

  4. jose
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    Well, i don ´t have anything online, ussualy a don ´t have time too make one site or organize my work, but if you want i can send you one to your email.
    Note that i now some tecniques but nothing new or fantastic, like creating the RGB pixels, with tile and grid ´s, something like that.

    Best, jose.

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Jose, sounds like you may need to make some time to get yourself visible “online”! 😉 Best, John.

  5. Ianh Moll
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    Hey John, its a great stuff!

    im thinking here, i see almost all of your tuts.
    but, I do not know if you did some tutorial, for people make a some amateurs video, with some effects like a .. Jumper, Energy Balls, like any Power.

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Ianh, I don’t generally do a lot of super hero style effects. There are plenty of those things out there on the web 🙂 Best, John.

  6. jose
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    That ´s right, the best thing of john, is the wonderful design concepts he get ´s. I really like Krammer ´s stuff, he is very good on that heroes material, but john is more advertising designer, more real world. For me, and i only talk for my self, the John tuts are the most helful for beginners in the web right now, for people who real want ´s work in this area.

    I really appreciate the fact you put your real work were, it give us more contact with reallity. Thanks man.

    About my work online… some day, some day… 😉

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Jose, thanks for that. I decided a while back that the best thing to focus on is what I do every day as a motion designer for TV. Best, John.

  7. Loay Emad
    Reply

    Well Done John
    Your tutorials is Amazing & Unique
    Thanks for the effort

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Thanks Loay.

  8. guillermo
    Reply

    hii firt let me start by sayin that u are amazin teaching all this stuff !! im just started with all the motionworks and i think im goin to learn pretty good with ur tuts thanks

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Thank Guillermo, have fun here. Best wishes, John.

  9. ffa
    Reply

    Hi
    thx John
    It’s brilliant *****

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Thanks ffa.

  10. saad
    Reply

    hiya,its truly fabulous Mr.John Dickinson..
    i really appreciate your works…
    i do have question regarding Maxon Cinema 4d..
    Do Cinema 4d works on following configuration?
    Core 2 Dou Cpu 2.10 Ghz,
    Ram 2.90 GB

    i dont have Either Nvidia or ATi Graphics Card

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