By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Friday, December 5th, 2008
Recently, I received this email:
I wanted to know if you can do a tutorial on how to recreate (as closely as possible) the effects used in the commercial and trailer for the TV show 24? You can view the trailer at: http://www.fox.com/24/ - Click “play trailer.”
The trailer he’s referring to is, unfortunately, gone. There are others there, but they don’t have quite the same effect. In the trailer, Jack Bauer is sitting in a courtroom. At one point in the closeup, the video freezes, and his face breaks up into hundreds of 24s. The 3D camera rotates about 90 degrees, and some text is revealed.
So I took a look at it, and started to play around. As I did, I tried to think about how this effect might be useful to the few of us that don’t work on the show 24. And so the end result is this:
… A transition in which one video breaks into binary code, and reforms into another image. Maybe I’ve watched too many election debates (“I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear…”) because it’s not quite the effect that I was asked about, but most of what we cover will prepare you for doing something like that, and, I’d like to think, a lot more.
This is probably the longest tutorial I’ve ever done (almost 25 minutes for part 1) because we’re using Trapcode Form, which is both a powerful and complex tool. I wanted to make sure you understood everything I was doing, so that you could take that information and apply it to your own work (and not just do the same exact thing I do).
And just for watching, we’ll be giving you a significant discount on Trapcode Form.
You can find the tutorial here. Please let us know what you think by commenting below.