Is there a way anyone can think of to create an effect that behaves somewhat like a magnifying glass or waves - - ie. where it distorts objects below it in realtime?
I'm trying to create an effect for a show I'm doing where the background gets warped dynamically as if there are 'waves' of power emanating from a source onstage. I can create particle effects and motion transitions that give me the dynamics I want, but of course they just appear as colors added above the existing layers. What I'm hoping to find is a way to have the color of the top layer affect the position of pixels in the layers below, so they appear to be warping - - like looking through a lens, or through rippling waves of water...
If there's no built-in way to do this, is it something an ISF or quartz effect could do?
I hope that's clear - thanks for any ideas!