Thursday
Jan282016

Tao Flowing Ribbons Tutorial

New tutorial on creating seamlessly looping flowing ribbons with Trapcode Tao in Adobe After Effects. 

Dan Ebberts wiggle loop expression:
motionscript.com/design-guide/looping-wiggle.html
 
This technique was used to create these animations:
 
 
 
 
 
Friday
Dec182015

Mandelbulb VR

Amazing to be able to experience the mandelbulb! The video in no way shows how it feels to experience it in VR with stereo 3D and positional tracking. It's mesmerizing. 

Download the app (win64/oculus): Mandelbulb_VR

Adapted from Raja Bala: github.com/rajabala/Fractals
by Peder Norrby, Trapcode

Made with Unity 3D engine

Runs OK on nVidia GTX 780 - ca 40 fps which technically is too low
The max number of iterations can be lowered for faster rendering.
lowering the max ray march steps also speeds up rendering.

Starts straight into VR mode. 
Keys:
Esc to Quit
Spacebar to toggle automatic animation (rotation of theta)
Arrow keys to move camera in/out and right/left
Q - increase Exponent (8 is the default and the regular Mandelbulb)
W - decrease Exponent
A - increase max iterations (better quality, slower)
S - decrease max iterations
Z - increase ray march steps (better quality, slower)
X - decrease ray march steps
Tested only on nVidia GTX 780 and Oculus Rift DK2
Oculus was setup with oculus_runtime_sdk_0.8.0.0_win
If Show Demo Scene in Oculus Configuration Utility works, this should work

 

Sunday
Nov292015

TAO Soap Bubble Tutorial

Tutorial on creating a 6-second seamless looping soap-bubble-like noise sphere

Final Movie Result:

Tutorial:

 

Download AE project file that contains the soap fresnel texture: TAO_SoapBubble_CS6.aep

Saturday
Nov282015

TAO Logo Reveal Tutorial

A simple technique to reveal a logo or text with Trapcode Tao using Paths from Masks, Offset and moving the camera

End result:

Tutorial:

 

Thursday
Nov052015

TAO pack - AE project examples

Pack with 13 AE projects made by Peder Norrby during development of Trapcode Tao, cleaned up (a bit!) and saved for CS6 (requires AE CS6 or later and Trapcode Tao)
TAO_pack.zip