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Jon Okerstrom
Particle Illusion vs Particular?
on Jun 3, 2006 at 4:14:20 am

If you had the choice between Particle Illusion and Trapcode's Particular plug-in for After Effects, which would you choose and why? For the purposes of discussion, let's say you already do the bulk of your motion graphics work in After Effects and you're looking for a flexible, powerful partlcle system. I will post the same question in the Trapcode forum, in an attempt to hear from both camps.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Jon



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Aharon Rabinowitz
Re: Particle Illusion vs Particular?
on Jun 4, 2006 at 6:36:29 am

This gets asked a lot in the AE forum.

If you want a 3D particle system that works directly within AE, but that has very few available preset efffects then particular is for you.

If you want a 2D particle system not inside AE (but that works pretty well with it) that can *often* but not always fake 3D, works very quickly, and that has a whopping 1400 preset Effects, then particleIllusion is your tool of choice.

If you have the money for both, I'd suggest you buy both. Each has strengths and weaknesses. There's no right answer.

I've found that pIllusion and AE couild be made to work very well together, BTW. You just need to know how to do that. It;s all about workflow.

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Jon Okerstrom
Re: Particle Illusion vs Particular?
on Jun 4, 2006 at 2:39:49 pm

Thanks, Aharon.

I've read some of those posts in the AE forum and pretty much have my answer now.

While I'm asking, do you know:

How close wondertouch is to an AE plugin?

How well the PI presets work within Motion's particle system? I read something about that on the wondertouch website, but don't have experience with Motion.

Jon



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Aharon Rabinowitz
Re: Particle Illusion vs Particular?
on Jun 4, 2006 at 2:42:49 pm

[Jon Okerstrom] "How close wondertouch is to an AE plugin?"

Only Wondertouch can tell you. I've literally no idea.

[Jon Okerstrom] "How well the PI presets work within Motion's particle system?"

Not at all. there are emitters based on pIllusion emitters available from wondertouch designed speciffically for Motion, but they are utilizing Motion's particle system, not pIllusion.

pIllusion libraries will not work with motion.

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