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Tutorial 137: Animated Maps

Severo Ojea | Aug 17, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, someone—I can't find the original message unfortunately—asked us to recreate this beautiful animation by Toros Köse for Pause Fest 2018. They're really well done. They use 8K textures run through After Effects. AE crawls at even 4K so working with 8K couldn't have been fun. But the end result is beautiful titles for Pause Fest.

We set to work making displacement maps in a bunch of different ways. It's easier to generate terrain maps out of Cinema 4D since it has many more options and defaults for noise than After Effects. Conversely, if you want to do elaborate and specific write-on strokes, you can export your camera and displace 3D layers in AE with the Displacement Map effect—which is how the lines in the GIF below were created.

Also, this tutorial uses Redshift so if you want to use a different render engine, you'll have to adapt these ideas to your own project.

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Get the project file through our Gumroad Store. These project files contain the setups for a simple terrain, and the Workbench mountain. The C4D files will work back to R19. The AE files are built in CC 2018 but have also been backsaved to CC v13. There is also an animated EXR sequence.

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