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Matt Grunau
Video or Animations as Particles?
on Apr 25, 2008 at 6:54:57 am

Hi all. I've searched around, and can't find anything that is what I am looking to do. Let's say I have a simple high con B&W 5 frame image sequence or movie file of a bat or bird flapping it's wings. I would like to have that video/animation be the texture for a particle so I can create flocks or birds or a cave scene where tens of thousands of bats come spewing out.

I can't find any info on the Cow, and can't figure it out in program.

Any help on this would be great, and I am sure other's would get a huge benefit as well.

Thanks.



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Alan Lorence
Re: Video or Animations as Particles?
on Apr 25, 2008 at 1:55:38 pm

Check the "change shape" section in the docs first.

These older tutorials should help too:

http://www.shockingtales.com/illusion/tuts/changeText.html
(appears to be trojan-free now)

http://www.kolumbus.fi/erkki.halkka/Tutorials/Illusion_01/Boom01.html



Alan.

http://www.wondertouch.com


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Matt Grunau
Re: Video or Animations as Particles?
on Apr 25, 2008 at 7:56:33 pm

How in the heck did I miss that?

I tried doing exactly what the Tutorial 3 section described and it wouldn't work. I've crated custom shapes for things like heat ripples, so I am familiar with importing shapes with alpha from Photoshop.

So when I read the tutorial, and saw the part about an image sequence, and saw video files recognized as available shapes, I shrugged my shoulders and tried again.

Damn me if it didn't work. Of course, I now had an emitter spewing tiny video clips of me having my head explode (from another AE Tutorial [Thanks Andrew]), but it worked like a charm.

Thanks for putting the Mojo into my version of Illusion Alan. As soon as I get a couple of nice working emitters from different angles, I will post them here.


Lastly, have you guys ever thought about having competitions to see who can create some great effect specific emitters? I know you take the time to create some each month, and a contest might lighten your work load, as well as motivate people to become even more versed in the software. And it may also give the users some really nice emitters as well.

Just a thought.


Thanks again.






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Alan Lorence
Re: Video or Animations as Particles?
on Apr 25, 2008 at 8:41:02 pm

We tried contests a few years back, and they quickly died off from lack of interest. Perhaps it's time to try again.



Alan.

http://www.wondertouch.com


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