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Jakub Frišo
Realistic flame distortion - advice
on Jan 31, 2016 at 4:50:05 pm

Hello guys, need advice please, how would you distort flame in this footage or what tool would you choose for distortion? (whole flame is added)
I want to make it less static, so it reacts to wind.

link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/i5ktngm87k9sy4x/test%20footage.mp4?dl=0


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Paul Roper
Re: Realistic flame distortion - advice
on Jan 31, 2016 at 10:06:42 pm

By "whole flame is added", I assume you mean that you have added the flame yourself, presumably in After Effects. The Turbulent Displace effect should work to add a reasonable shimmy to it. Make sure you animate the Evolution or the Offset (Turbulence) values.


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Realistic flame distortion - advice
on Feb 1, 2016 at 8:45:31 am

I would track the movement from a blade of grass or tree branch to get the same movement in the distortion and then link the x value to a distortion property in the Warp Distort or Bezier plugin on an adjustment layer on top of the flame, precomp that and comp in your final.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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