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Eric Fitzgerald
Thinking Particles Mindless of PDeflector
on Mar 20, 2018 at 7:59:46 pm

Hello All,

I've been doing a few tutorials to get Xpresso and Thinking Particles down. I'm doing this one and I've done everything in it but I get to a point where what the tutor does isn't working at home.

At 9:20, Mr. Murray gets a reaction from a deflector object by switching the PDeflector type to Object from Box. Try as I might, my setup still ignores the deflector object. He is using version R12 Studio and I am using version R15. I wonder if that is the difference?

TIA,
Eric Fitzgerald

Here is the tutorial and my screen shot of where I get stuck:









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Steve Bentley
Re: Thinking Particles Mindless of PDeflector
on Mar 20, 2018 at 9:13:15 pm

Did you make that deflector sphere editable? The system needs polys to figure out position.



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Eric Fitzgerald
Re: Thinking Particles Mindless of PDeflector
on Mar 20, 2018 at 9:57:26 pm

That was it! Thanks for taking the time to get me unstuck Steve!



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Eric Fitzgerald
Re: Thinking Particles Mindless of PDeflector
on Mar 21, 2018 at 12:47:45 am

Now if I could just figure out what node will start the particle emitter at a specific point in the timeline. The old particle system had a start frame/end frame node built into the emitter.



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Steve Bentley
Re: Thinking Particles Mindless of PDeflector
on Mar 21, 2018 at 2:28:57 am

There is an "On" port in the Pstorm emitter (left side) - just hook a constant node to that set to boolean and animate this node going from 0 to 1 on the frame you want the particles to start. You might even be able to keyframe the "on" port in the attribute manager of the pstorm node.



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