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Gareth RandallRealistic snow blizzard using particles?
by on Jul 11, 2012 at 11:40:32 pm

Does anyone have any pointers for creating a realistic blizzard scene using particles in Motion 4? I've got a nice photo of a desolate Arctic scene, I now want to turn into into a near-white-out blizzard with the snowflakes being hammered into the camera by the wind, but I've never found any tutorials for creating realistic "organic" particle effects in Motion.



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Mark SpencerRe: Realistic snow blizzard using particles?
by on Jul 11, 2012 at 11:44:50 pm

Have you tried the preset emitters in the Library? They make great starting points.

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Mark Spencer
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Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Gareth RandallRe: Realistic snow blizzard using particles?
by on Jul 11, 2012 at 11:53:42 pm

I'm playing around with the Snow Blizzard one at the moment, but it's just too smooth. The particles need to have a much more realistic random motion, to look like they're really being whipped around by a strong wind. I'm not sure how to achieve that, or if it's even possible in Motion without ponying up for an expensive particle plugin.



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Mark SpencerRe: Realistic snow blizzard using particles?
by on Jul 12, 2012 at 12:08:18 am

Add the Random Motion behavior if it's not there already, or if it is, crank it way up.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Anders LarsenRe: Realistic snow blizzard using particles?
by on Jul 12, 2012 at 7:56:45 am

Blizzards tend to fluctuate a lot, with the intensity going up and down in random bursts, and changing directions.

To get a more realistic feel, try to animate some of the parameters (by adding parameter behavior or using keyframes), or work with several emitters on top of each other.

It will take a lot of experimenting, but it's certainly possible to do.


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Gareth RandallRe: Realistic snow blizzard using particles?
by on Jul 16, 2012 at 12:06:07 pm

Thanks guys, I'll have a play and see what I can do.



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