Made with PLEXUS - a generative particle plugin for aftereffects.

 

Basic interface:  Modular workflow.

 

Geometry

 

Layers : AE lights or 3D layers (Nulls)

Paths: Masks, you can have multiple masks and assign them to different groups.

OBJ: import 3D obj files.

Primitives: Cube or Sphere.

Instances: Other layers with Plexus on them.

 

Effectors

 

Noise: Randomize Plexus

Spherical Field: deform plexus from a sphere shape

Container:  constrict plexus into a cube or sphere shape

Transform:  rotate or position plexus

Color Map: applies a colour map to points/lines/tris/facets

Shade Effector: relight/shade to points/lines/tris/facets

 

Maximum Distance: The Distance Between any two points until which the line remains solid, i.e. the line won’t start fading until this distance.

Fade out Distance: The distance after the Maximum distance, until which the line gradually fades out to zero.

 

Simple Examples

 

1. Text as Mask.

 

4 X ‘O’ characters.  Change paragraph to Centred

Add Plexus with Path Object.

Add a Tracking expression to type. Tweak Maximum distance for effect.

 

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Replicating in z space and keyframing Maximum distance is how I created the opening scene:

 

Starglow on top adjustment layer to give blue glow.

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Sequencing various precomps in Additive mode. gives the infiinite flythrough.

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2. Masks and drawing lines between different groups

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Create two masks, assign each to a new group.

Make sure you name each mask accordingly in the comp and that it matches in the plexus naming.

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Make sure ‘Draw Lines Between’ Different Group is selected.

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Animating the Masks will create the stretching/spiderwebby effect as they intersect.

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