Tutorial: Dynamically unravel a shape in After Effects using Newton 3

Ariel asked us:

“Hello, is it possible to create the “unraveling” effect on a neon sign that you see at  :47 of this video: https://youtu.be/BaLHthRsqQk&t=0m47s

Well, yeah! It’s possible and here’s how!

In this tutorial, I will show you how to unravel a shape in Adobe After Effects using Newton3 and ConnectLayersPRO.
Here’s the process:
-Track and stabilize with Mocha AE.
-Reverse stabilization.
-Keying using Keylight
-Trace the shape in Adobe Illustrator and export to AE using Overlord
-Prepare the shape for Newton3 using the “Create Nulls from Path” script and ConnectLayersPRO
-Physics simulation with Newton3
-Apply glow with Deep Glow -Final compositing with Composite Brush

I will also use other tools such as: Overlord, MOBO_Utils, Deep Glow and Composite Brush (Note that you can do without these tools).

Thanks to the authors for those tutorials:
-Stabilize and reverse stabilization using Mocha and CC Power Pin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-y3nqpcCgo
-Light Wrap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8Mvxl89R5g

Get the tools:
Newton3, ConnectLayersPRO and MOBO_Utils: https://aescripts.com/authors/m-p/motion-boutique/
Overlord : https://www.battleaxe.co/overlord
Deep Glow : https://aescripts.com/deep-glow/
Composite Brush : https://aescripts.com/composite-brush/

Cheers to Adam Plouff, Chris Vranos, the Plugin Everything team and Lloyd Alvarez