Today’s post continues off from yesterday’s as we continue to explore the “Simple MSG Shapes” preset category. Today we’ll show how to use the Shape1 MSG preset to generate an evolving shape animation.
The “Simple MSG Shapes” preset category is available for download here if you don’t already have it. Yesterday we discussed the MSG editing strategy used to build this series of MSG presets. They all generate simple gradient mapped shapes or patterns.
Since the shapes or patterns generated by these presets are procedural in nature (generated by mat algorithms as opposed to being images), they are easy to animate. You could use keyframe animation in the PASeq timeline to build structured interpolative animations, but we’ll use temporal generators instead. Temporal Generators (TG) are time based oscillators that can be attached to editable parameters associated with MSG preset processors.
The attached temporal generators will automatically adjust their associated parameter values over time in an animation, creating dynamic shape animation when used with this particular preset. The image below is a screen snap of the MSG Advanced Editor. Note that the Parameter editing tab on the right is showing the editable parameters associated with the 1C Abstract5 processor selected on the left side.