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How do I make a 3D coiled ribbon on AE?

Community Beginner ,
Oct 24, 2023 Oct 24, 2023

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Hi. I just started learning After Effects & co, and I need to make a 3D animation of a protein molecule. Proteins are flat ribbons that are normally in a coil format (see image for reference). Is there an easy way for me to do that without paying for a licence or buying objects pre-made? I do need to manipulate the structure, i.e. untwist the coil etc. I have access to the full Creative Cloud + Blender.2-human-prion-protein-molecule-molekuulscience-photo-library.jpg

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Oct 24, 2023 Oct 24, 2023

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Blender is your best modeling tool. You can create the animation in Blender or export the model and use the model in AE Beta or in a 3rd party plugin like Video Copilot's Element 3D. No built-in modeling tools in AE will come close to the design you are looking for.

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Oct 25, 2023 Oct 25, 2023

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Thanks. Now I just have to learn how to use Blender haha, I literally downloaded it yesterday.

 

Is there a timeframe for when the current AE Beta will be released? I saw that they're upgrading the 3D capabilities, but I usually prefer waiting for full releases over test versions. I'm not in a major hurry (yet).

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