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Aaron Good
Turn into smoke effect
on Mar 11, 2011 at 12:36:27 am

I'm pretty new to Motion and I have an effect I'm trying to accomplish. I have some keyed footage of a dancer and I need them to turn into smoke and dissipate. I can't seem to get anything thus far that looks decent. Any help or suggestions?


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Aaron Good
Re: Turn into smoke effect
on Mar 11, 2011 at 2:03:33 am

I'm basically trying to do something like this, but in Motion:

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/lind_tobias/spooky_film_title.php


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Jonah Benes
Re: Turn into smoke effect
on Mar 11, 2011 at 6:36:49 am

Experts here will have better solutions I'm sure...

But a quick starting point might be, as the smoke starts to appear and rise:

1. add an increasing blur filter to the dancer

2. add a decreasing opacity

2a. maybe add a decreasing color saturation to make the dancer's coloring more similar to the smoke

3. keyframe an increasing crop from the bottom (edge feathered) to correspond to the smoke rising up over the dancer's image

- And you could also use the alpha channel of the dancer to have it filled completely with a dancer-shapped silhouette of smoke. That wouldn't help so much with the dissipating but could be a step in the right direction.

- I haven't seen that AE tutorial, so I don't know if something like the "magician smoke effect" is sufficient or if you're looking more for something out of ILM.


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Aaron Good
Re: Turn into smoke effect
on Mar 11, 2011 at 7:05:52 am

Hmmm, I tried something similar to this. I'm looking more for him to turn into smoke rather than disappear into smoke if that makes any sense.

Thanks for the input though. My other problem is that all the smoke particle generators in Motion seem really tacky. I'm not that well-versed at adjusting them, but I haven't been able to find a smoke I'm happy with.


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Jonah Benes
Re: Turn into smoke effect
on Mar 11, 2011 at 12:48:33 pm

I understand the difference you are going for...

Sadly, like you, I will be watching the thread with interest in the hope of learning how to do it...


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Stephen Smith
Re: Turn into smoke effect
on Mar 11, 2011 at 6:05:26 pm

I have not seen Zak's tutorial yet so this may be redundant. But take a look at this post. http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/170/861638

Best of luck.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

Check out my Motion Training DVD

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zak peric
Re: Turn into smoke effect
on Mar 11, 2011 at 7:54:58 am

I made a tutorial called ghost text on My website http://www.embryo.me.uk under apple motion tutorials I think. Anyway it might be a good starting point.


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Anders Larsen
Re: Turn into smoke effect
on Mar 14, 2011 at 11:24:44 am

Take a look at Andy Neil's exploding text tutorial, and try changing the emitter to something smokey.

http://library.creativecow.net/neil_andy/Exploding-Text_Apple-Motion_1/1


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