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Johan Danielsson
Animate a water drop.
on Jan 12, 2012 at 1:08:21 pm

Hello, first off i'm new here so i'm not sure where this thread should be, anyway.

I'm trying to create a water drip that's faling down and then shapens into a water puddle. I'm quite new to any sort of animating/modeling so i guess it will be some issues with that. I'm trying to stick to After effects and 3dsmax since that is the software i'm capable of using in school. I can use Cinema 4d aswell if it's really necessary.

Anyway i really need some tips on what i could use to create it, thanks in advance and please bare with me and my lack of knowledge.

Thanks in advance.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Animate a water drop.
on Jan 12, 2012 at 4:08:52 pm

That is a really, REALLY tough thing to do if this drop has to look photorealistic. I wouldn't want to do it.

There are too many environmental influences on the look of a water drop to get it to move realistically by creating one in AE. Water drops also refract light, and refract the background seen through them, a REALLY big headache. This is stuff not for the faint of heart.

So what about something easier, like a cartoon raindrop? Since you want to show it hitting a surface and splashing, you'd be better off creating one in the same manner as traditional cel animation.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA

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Jm Chadillon
Re: Animate a water drop.
on Jan 12, 2012 at 8:05:15 pm

use metaballs in Cinema. there are also good raindrop tuts out there for making ripples as the textures pass through the puddle. You may need to have the puddle premodeled

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