Donny's Late TNG Era Interiors

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Donny, Jan 31, 2021.

  1. Donny

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    Spent the last couple of nights learning how to use After Effects so I can make fully-animated video files to play on the bridge. Here's the first one, based on actual video files used on the set. More to come!

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  2. Michael

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    ^ Very cool! This will certainly liven up the set. :bolian:

    BTW, add me to minority of people preferring the screen-accurate CRT monitors behind the plexiglas. Maybe it's nostalgia speaking, but when I imagine being able to walk on the “real” ship I somehow would expect to find them as I saw them on the big screen. But I certainly respect your decision to go for a more idealized look.
     
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  3. batboy853

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    Looks good, did you compare it with an on screen version? Feels like it is fast, unless the playback speed matches a seen on screen version, I'd probably have it playing at 1/2 that speed.
     
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  4. Donny

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    Yeah, I'm matching it with the on-screen version as closely as I can. Primarily I'm using the Captain's Chair CD-ROM video files for timing, and then checking that against what we see on-screen.
     
  5. cardinal biggles

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    @batboy853 You get a really good look at the Red Alert version of this display in FC at around 0:16:35 when Riker walks over to the freestanding science station, and yeah, the rings really do move that fast. :eek:
     
  6. Bry_Sinclair

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    One film brought so many staples to the franchise. The Dominion War would've been over in two episodes without the fleets of Excelsiors or BoP fighting them :lol:

    Always been rather partial to the Merchantman myself, a proper workhorse of a ship.
     
  7. batboy853

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    Well then it's on point! :bolian:
     
  8. Donny

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    Calling all followers:

    If you want your name on a Enterprise-E monitor screen (duty roster kind of thing), please PM me with your preferred name. I'd love to put an easter egg in this project honoring all of those that have chimed in over the many years now to my various threads with feedback, ideas, criticisms, support, praise, derailing, and love of Trek.

    :)
     
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  9. Donny

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    Wow. A whole Saturday and I only got TWO of these done. Whew. 3 down. About 10 more to go.

     
  10. Michael

    Michael [ˈmɪçaːʔeːl] Moderator

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    “Only” two? Those look super complex and I‘d say that investment of time was very well worth it, because they turned out phenomenally! And you say you taught yourself AE for this? This doesn‘t look like beginner stuff to me.
     
  11. Donny

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    Ah, I'm just too hard on myself. I've got to remind myself I'm still learning the ropes of AE (and 2D motions graphics as a whole), and it's gonna take time as I get used to how to do things. My goal was to get four displays done today, but I'm happy with the two I got done. The "Data Analysis" one was a lot of fun! And yeah, I did a 5 hour tutorial session one evening last week, which walked me through a lot of the basics of 2D motions graphics and After Effects.
     
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    Michael [ˈmɪçaːʔeːl] Moderator

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    I‘ve been doing motion graphics in AE for years in my job as a graphic designer and looking at those two clips I think I certainly would have spent at least a day on those. There’s always people who are faster with this stuff, of course, but speed isn’t the most important thing. So don‘t be too hard on yourself. Honestly, these are really good!
     
  13. Donny

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    My favorite so far. Always wanted to replicate this guy:
     
  14. Michael

    Michael [ˈmɪçaːʔeːl] Moderator

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    Yeah, always loved that one, too. It was just so ubiquitous on the TNG era shows. Plus, it reminds me of the TNG game for the Nintendo Game Boy. In order to enter a planet‘s orbit you had to navigate the ship through a number of those rectangles.
     
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  15. JoeRalat

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    Similar to the one in ST5
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  16. Maurice

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    Heck, I've sent you so much stuff I deserve a whole panel.

    I kid!
     
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    That is the best.

    The distorted TMP “floating” torpedo panel combined with this would rock.
     
  18. cardinal biggles

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    I know that type of graphic had shown up on TNG and especially DS9 (on the runabouts), but I always associate it with VOY because it was frequently on the CRT built into the conn station.
     
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  19. Donny

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    I was super intimidated by the task of re-creating this great "ODN Scan" monitor screen, but I buckled down last night and got it done. Most of the work was re-creating the 4 individual layers of "circuitry", which I modeled in 3ds Max as flat layers and rendered them out, then overlayed them all in After Effects, moving them at different speeds when the "camera" moves to give the illusion of depth. Then it was just a matter of highlighting individual paths and then spawning and moving the little data packets around the screen. Whew! I'm feeling pretty accomplished today!
     
  20. Mytran

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    Jeepers, that looks complicated! Looks great though, glad you cracked it.