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Usually when I show people the Replicator, the first thing they get excited to do is take a huge video file and load it in and try and create many, many duplicates of it using the Replicator. Now I'm not saying you can't replicate video, because you most definitely can. I am just warning you, you should either compress the video file using a codec that gives you a small bit rate, like H264, or just scale the size of the clip down and pre-render it before you bring it in. If you know it doesn't need to take up the full screen, don't bother using all that processing power.
Now, just for the sake of argument, I did bring in a full-res video clip. If we select it here and check out, under the Inspector, the Scale on X and Y, I did scale it down to 18%. Now when you replicate video, you get some extra controls you don't usually get from a normal replicator. So select the video layer and click on Replicate. Now of course, by default, it's going to try and do this grid, which looks pretty darn cool, but it has way too many points. So I'll just go and change the number of Columns down to 2, and the number of Rows, let's set it at 5. That's fine.
Okay, now, notice we still have the same options with Shape and Arrangement. But where the fun begins is when we go down to the Cell controls, because down here, notice there is an option to Play Frames. So when would you want to deselect this? Well, if you know that it's video, and you're just trying to tweak how it looks on the page, you don't need to use all the processing power of playing every single frame while you're just sort of previewing the animation in general. So one thing you can do is choose different Start Frames.
So if I press play right now, it is going to go ahead and playback. And I am getting a decent playback, 20 frames out of a 29.97 project. That's pretty good. Now in order to make this a little bit more interesting, yes, I can sequence the Replicator, and have some Scale options and other things like that, but really what I want to do is just sort of play with some of the video options. So let me start playback here for a second,\ and just start dragging to change things. First thing, if you bring in a video clip and you realize hey, I don't want it to start playing right at frame 1, I need to trim it in a little bit, you can; just click and drag on the slider, and now it won't start playing until frame 28.
You can create an offset between each one of the clips. Now, I chose specifically this dancing clip because I like how he moves around the page, and when you were just an offset for something like this, you'll actually see it a little more clearly. So let's go ahead and adjust the offset, and here you can see how it's starting at the center and its how he's kicking out all the way out. So I want this to go from top to bottom, so in order to deal with that, we need to change the anchor point, or the Origin.
So let's choose Top. Now he's going to sequence through from the Top. Let's load up a preview. So here you notice each one of this clips is in unison, horizontally, but it's actually sequencing through from the top all the way down. So yes, you can get completely crazy when you choose a replicator with video by adjusting many of the different settings, but the ones that you want to look at are really these Source Frame Starts, the Offset, and the Hold Frames.
You can completely randomize this as well, but honestly, like I said, I really enjoy having this sequence through, just because of the motion of this video clip.
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