Photo Mosaic

Grischa Theissen demonstrates a cool technique for creating the popular photo mosaic look in Cinema 4D, where one image is made up of multiple images.

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  1. Ron George
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    Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

    • Grischa Theissen
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      Thanks Ron,
      Glad you liked it!

  2. Cai Griffith
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    Hi, thanks for the tutorial was a real help!
    I’m new to cinema and had trouble with a similar effect earlier on in the year so ended up animating it manually in AE which sucked!
    Wish i saw this sooner!

    • Grischa Theissen
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      Thanks Cai!
      Maybe it will help you in the future on another project! πŸ˜‰

  3. camiloesc
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    wow grischa very cool πŸ˜€

    • Grischa Theissen
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      Thanks camiloesc !

  4. illd
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    Nice Tutorial and a really good Idea to do this in C4D. I always knew that AE sucks in terms of render-management, but that it would work so smooth in C4D I never dreamed of. Its funny, because all the time we try to save 3D rendertimes (like motionblur and Dof) by using AE for the post, now it is exactly the other way πŸ˜‰ One question: In the tutorial I thought Grischa was saying he was waiting 46 hours on the PiP preperation render – really 46 hours???

    • Grischa Theissen
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      Thats right: Now its the other way around. I am not sure how it all works in AE but for this task the AE 3D is way too slow.

      I meant 4-6 hours for the calculation of the photo mosaic. I guess you can run it for a bit longer to get really good results. And if you change the tiles the app needs more time for calculation as well.

  5. Thomas
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    Thanks! Nice tut!

  6. Willem
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    Really helpful tutorial!

    A while back i really struggled with this kinda effect. These techniques can be handy for my next project.

    So thanks you!

    • Grischa Theissen
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      Hi Willem
      Glad you liked it!
      Hope the next project is coming! πŸ˜‰

  7. Klas
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    Hi Grischa
    Thank you for the tutorial. Much appreciated!!

  8. Cameron Bowyer
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    I noticed that MacOaiX has a new version (2.1) as of January 26th. Looks like it has quite a performance boost.

    regards
    Cameron

  9. Cameron Bowyer
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    Ah scratch that last comment, still living in last year. The update was Jan 26th 2009.

    This is what happens when I leave tutorials for the middle of the night.

    • Grischa Theissen
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      Happened to me too. On some days I still live in 2009 πŸ˜‰

  10. Dan
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    hi Grischa

    Great Tutorial, I just did a project using ayato tutorial in after effects and it was really hard to control it.
    I have a question , how do you control that the images don’t get spread out in z depth positive? what i mean is to spread the images in just one direction. I want the pictures coming from behind camera to form the final mosaic image.

    Thank You

    Dan

    • Grischa Theissen
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      Hi Dan!
      Thanks.
      Never thought of this scenario. Set everything up like in the tutorial and then only animate the minimal/maximal values in the effector tab of the random effector. That will do the trick.

      There is probably another way. Would be nice to know if anyone has a clue?! Make the random effector not so random. πŸ˜‰

  11. JJ Cyr
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    What setting did you use for the motion blur for the images that are close to the camera? Did you use object motion blur or vector motion blur?

    Thanks, great tutorial!
    JJ

    • JJ Cyr
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      I just found the tutorial on the motion blur.

      Thanks,
      JJ

  12. Kamran
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    Nicely done Grischa. I paid attention and I saw in your tutorial the pictures are not separated from each other like the final render you showed, I mean each picture it was not separated from others in edges.
    Is this just a problem in video or anything else?
    The most interesting thing about this effect is to see each picture individually when we move the camera between them and then they come together and make the final pic as you know.
    this is just a question that I have and I want to make sure I can separate the pictures from the right edges.

    Thank you for your time and art.
    Best Regards,
    Kamran

    • Grischa Theissen
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      Hi Kamran,
      I am not sure if I understand your question right.
      The PolyFX in combination with effectors, in my chase the random effector rips the picture apart. Each Pic is on a separate segment if the segment setup match the segments of the mosaic photo (etc. 80×80).

      • Kamran
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        Hello Crischa
        Yes you got it right. sorry about the confusion. it’s wonderful, I want to use your tutorial to make a nice opening for a video that I’ll edit for my wife’s valentine day.

        Best to you,
        Kamran

        • Grischa Theissen
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          No worries.
          Good luck with that!

  13. JJ Cyr
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    Are you aware of any other software that might be able to assemble a whole directory of photos into a grid of photos and then put them together into one huge photo without making a mosaic? The big grid photo works great because Cinema 4D can break it apart. I would love to use this effect on a directory of photos and not have to make a mosaic.

    The problem with the mosaic software is I want to use every file in my directory and use each file only once in the scene. If I use the mosaic software it may not pick every photo and it may put some of the photos in the grid photo more than once. In my animation I just want to put all my photos into the 3D space and fly through them. I don’t want the photos to re-assemble into one big photo.

    Let me know if this makes sense. If not I will try to explain it better.

    Thanks,
    JJ

    • Kamran
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      Hello JJ Cyr
      you can use each file only once, just click on the any image you don’t like it and change to any other image you like. the problem is you need a lot of patience.
      good luck…

    • Grischa Theissen
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      I understand what you are trying to achieve but at the moment I don’t know any solution to that.
      There is probably a way in Photoshop to generate a grid of Photos with exact tiles and rows.

  14. Pierre S
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    did anyone try with video? is it even possible? anyway great tutorial.

    • Grischa Theissen
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      You should be able to apply a video to the material and use that as the texture on the plane. Just make the plane the video size.
      Unfortunately you are probably not able to use PLAYING video as the source of the mosaic. But you are able to use still frames of video in your mosaic. Just check the MacOsAix settings.

  15. t_dusy
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    Thanks guys

    i am new bie in motion works thanks for the tutorial awesome

    Thank You Grischa Theissen
    Dushyanthan (Sri Lanka)

    • Grischa Theissen
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      Thanks t_dusy!
      You’re very welcome.

  16. ronn Trevino
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    Grischa
    Ive tried that Ayato tutorial in the past and it was a pain.. your workflow and solution is simple and effective. nice touch with the delay effector. Ive taken a few classes with tim as the instructor at fxphd.com hes the bees knees. Grischa I look forward to trying your technique. I wonder how difficult it would be to add moving video to some of those frames? Guess I’ll have to give it a shot.

  17. hussam
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    good luck

  18. Shalom Ormsby
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    Awesome tut. Thanks, Grischa. You rock!

  19. katerlake
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    Great tutorial. Very good work and very good qualitiy.

    katerlake say “big thank you”

    • Grischa Theissen
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      You’re welcome! πŸ˜‰

  20. douggieO
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    Grischa! Hope you haven’t grown weary of compliments 2 years later, awesome tut! Best mosaic animation I’ve seen out there. I noticed in your final product that you have little floating particles that move with the images… this is really what set your version apart for me. If by chance you’re still fielding questions about this, what did you use to make the particles? Thanks a million!

  21. A
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    Hi ! Thank you for your tutorial : awesome ! Just one question… Could you explain to me how to make your camera effect and finalize the project ? Thank you !

    A-

  22. laurie
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    Hi Grischa
    I have been hunting for some decent advice on motion mosaics for along time – this was really a big help.
    I run a charity project called VoicesAround The World and we are just in the process of editing and mixing sound and video from thousands of youngsters all over the world who are participating in an international song/video release of this year’s song ‘Listen To Us!’ http://www.voicesaround.com

    Last year we had nearly 4000 voices from 42 countries on the release of Unshakeable this year we are expecting even more voices to be involved!! The song will go on commercial release in July and all funds will go to targeted needy schools in Africa.

    One idea for the intro on our video this year is to have photos of the students involved travelling in on the screen to make the mosaic of our Voices Around The World logo. Would you be willing to help on this as I can see it will take me some time to master the technique to get the right effect. We have a small budget for the project – if you can help in any way that would be great [email protected] UK 07885 898 014
    Look forward to hearing from you
    All the best
    Laurie

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