Indiana Jones Red Line

Posted by alden 
Indiana Jones Red Line
May 22, 2006 12:26AM
Hi just wondering if anyone knows the easiest way to do the red animated map line like in the Raiders of the Lost Ark films?

Re: Indiana Jones Red Line
May 22, 2006 12:29AM
Re: Indiana Jones Red Line
May 22, 2006 01:23AM
I do not know if this is the easiest way.. let's give it a shot... hummmm
I will start with the map as background if the map moves is one story if the map is static that will be a much easy story.
Say is a USA map & we gonna connect LAX - HOU-MIA-NYC

1 I will go to (efx bin)color and make a solid red frame.
2 Then I will crop it to a thin line that fit nice in the map.
3 Overlap the line and the map.
4 Drag the line and one edge touch LAX and crop it to HOU
5 key frame the croping (say zero point to the HOU point)
As the playhead moves trhu your clip the line will form LAX to HOU
Then repeat the process from HOU to MIA and so on.
When the line arrives to the city you could add a dot on the city (meaning we arrive!) (another layer) To get a nice dot select OPTION + 8 and there's the red dot! You could also glow it when it arrives wit keyframes or with an overlaping of a second bigger dot more soft.
You may also have to do multiple layers on the red line from city to city.
Also i you add a bit of gaussian blurr say 0.33 over the line it will give you a more glowy or soft edge that a harsh one.
This instructions are a rough but is the concept of what I would do.
If the map moves that will be a challenge to syncronize but if you can understand this idea the moving map could be done too maybe in parts.
The magic is on understanding the keyframes and the cropping there's the trick!
Let us know if works like Doctor Jones finding treasures.


Re: Indiana Jones Red Line
May 22, 2006 01:27AM
The Option+8 for the dot is under the title selection... So you need to go to TEXT open it and go for it there.

Re: Indiana Jones Red Line
May 23, 2006 12:57PM
Probably not the easiest, but if you have access to Boris RED you can just create the line as a spline primative, copy it and overlay a mask which can be keyframed off as you progress. An advantage would be the spline path can be as straight or irregular as required.
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