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How to create animated mask emitter

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Bryan SteagallHow to create animated mask emitter
by on Nov 11, 2003 at 8:16:21 pm

Hello all!

I was intrigued by the clip shown in the sneak peek video for pi 3.0 where you see the figure of a man rendered as fire, smoke, etc. I understand that this is created by using a masked emitter... I am unclear however, on what file format is the best to use for this... I have photoshop 7 (and I just downloaded the patch for pi 3.0 so I can use psd files), can I use this to create an animated image and import it into PI?

What I want to do is create a human figure mask to which I will attach an emitter (for example, create a demon with fire and smoke emitters which I will render in pI and overlay in vegas 4.0) Or is there some other software package that you would suggest would work better for this (to create the initial image...)

Thanks in advance for the help...

Bryan Steagall


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Elvis DeaneRe: How to create animated mask emitter
by on Nov 11, 2003 at 8:58:39 pm

Any image format that supports an alpha channel will be fine, like PNG, TGA, TIF, PSD. Make sure when you save the image in Photoshop, you save it with an alpha channel.

If you want to animate the figure, I'm not sure that photoshop is the best software to do it. The example in the sneak peek video was created in a 3D program I think, and imported as an image sequence.

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Bryan SteagallRe: How to create animated mask emitter
by on Nov 11, 2003 at 9:07:55 pm

Elvis:

Thanks for the advice, I downloaded blender (mentioned somewhere back in another post) do you think that would work better?

Bryan


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Elvis DeaneRe: How to create animated mask emitter
by on Nov 11, 2003 at 10:00:47 pm

It depends how familiar you are with 3D programs I guess, and animating in them. Blender does have something called MakeHuman, which is an instant person creator that should give you a good start, though I'm not sure if the finished character is ready for animation.



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Bryan SteagallRe: How to create animated mask emitter
by on Dec 3, 2003 at 1:48:11 pm

Elvis:

Thanks for the help. I eventually purchased Poser 5 so I can do what I needed and works great! You can animate and then export from poser to a series of PNG files which then particle illusion would pick up as a sequence.

Now I'm just playing around to see if I can create a "balrog" style creature that looks halfway decent, by combining several layers of this animation with different emitters (such as fire and smoke)

By the way, I was looking at some of your short movies... pretty impressive!

later
Bryan


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