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yannisz
Metaball like animation with particular?
on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:32:30 am

Can particular or any plugin do metaballs, liquid like stuff, or etc?


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Peder Norrby
Re: Metaball like animation with particular?
on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:14:35 pm

What exactly are metaballs?

Liquid stuff - well you can do rain.
You can use any image or movie as a particle so you can figure yourself...

Peder


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Peder Norrby
Re: Metaball like animation with particular?
on Jun 12, 2007 at 9:16:50 pm

ok, found this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta-ball

Nope, that cannot be done in Trapcode Particular, the particles do not have a 3D geometry, they are images or movies, "Sprites" if you wish...

Peder


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QueJet
Re: Metaball like animation with particular?
on Jun 13, 2007 at 4:50:16 am

not so fast!


you mean like this?


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yannisz
Re: Metaball like animation with particular?
on Jun 13, 2007 at 6:37:48 am

oooohhh yea....


Can you explain in detail how ?


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QueJet
Re: Metaball like animation with particular?
on Jun 13, 2007 at 8:10:25 am

These meta balls are created on the same principle as the metaballs peder showed, only the trick is done in 2d space over top of trapcodes 3d. creating a very passable 3d metaball

first make particular and bump the size of the particles way up, bump the feathering and opacity down as well

its even good to have the particles fade linearly off over time to keep the ball smooth Tweak the opacity, size and number of particles till you get a nice white to black from the middle to the end

Now apply CC threshold to the alpha. Tweak it till you get the right size and feel

as a final touch i like to use CC Vector blur to smooth the edges of it, use the parallel setting yields good edges.

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Peder Norrby
Re: Metaball like animation with particular?
on Jun 13, 2007 at 8:40:45 am

Ah, QueJet to the rescue once again, thanks man!
How about applying CC Glass as a post-step to get some more 3D depth and shininess..

Peder Norrby / Trapcode


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yannisz
Re: Metaball like animation with particular?
on Jun 13, 2007 at 10:43:27 am

amazing info guys, keep it coming.

Would you mind sharing your exact settings, and a 1-2-3 step kinda guide if you got a minute?

So that people can know what can be achieved?

Polish instructions to : CC Glass as a post-step to get some more 3D depth and shininess

It should be nice.

I am doing a nice compilation once i get this working.


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Peder Norrby
Re: Metaball like animation with particular?
on Jun 13, 2007 at 2:34:11 pm

Check this out:
http://www.trapcode-people.net/filedetails.php?fileid=299

Peder Norrby / Trapcode


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yannisz
Re: Metaball like animation with particular?
on Jun 15, 2007 at 1:31:01 pm

Can i have white background and particular on?

I change the background from particular menu near preview box, and nothing happens


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yannisz
Re: Metaball like animation with particular?
on Jun 15, 2007 at 3:03:15 pm

Can i export a composition of Particular on an alpha BG ? so i can stick stuff behind this layer?


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QueJet
Re: Metaball like animation with particular?
on Jun 16, 2007 at 4:26:51 pm

yah. hmm yannisz i think you would benefit from an overhaul on the basics of after effects

The tricks peder and i used revolved around the concept of layering effects to produce unique results.
Its a somewhat advanced concept.

check out this: TUTORIALS!!

He has tons of videos that basically train from stem to sternum how to use after effects by showing you through practical examples.

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Florian Baumann
Re: Metaball like animation with particular?
on Jun 7, 2011 at 9:01:53 am

hey guys!

i achieved the metaball effect with a simple trick. just apply the effect called "matte choker" on your layer and play with the geometric softness.

et voila!


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Sieger Duinkerken
Re: Metaball like animation with particular?
on Apr 15, 2013 at 12:42:18 pm

I tried it, but either the metaball effect isn't strong enough, or the edges become blurred.
Does anyone know how to achieve a metaball effect without blurred edges?


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