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Brad Williams
ABC television effects
on Jan 4, 2010 at 3:14:19 am

Does anyone have any idea where ABC might have gotten their effects they are using here lately like the particle lights and the water looks ?


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Michael Szalapski
Re: ABC television effects
on Jan 4, 2010 at 2:34:17 pm

The swirly/swoopy light thing seems to have been popular ever since TNT did their graphics package. It's shown up on two of the four major networks. ABC incorperated the water droplets they had going before so it's not quite as bad a ripoff as that OTHER NETWORK.

Of course, it could be argued they're all influenced by the iPod commercial with the swirly light following the iPod in the hands of the dancers.

But that's a discussion for another day.
Here's a tutorial that will help. It's based on TNT's graphics.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: ABC television effects
on Jan 4, 2010 at 3:49:44 pm

I'll have to get a good look at the footage I downloaded from ABC to make customized station promos. They included that water stuff in an AE project.

And no, I can't post the project or the footage anywhere -- I like staying employed. But I can give it a close, hard look to see how ABC might have created it.

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


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Dave LaRonde
Re: ABC television effects -- RATS!
on Jan 4, 2010 at 11:36:42 pm

Sorry, the ABC stuff is gone. I double-checked all the folders where the footage would be, and neither the project nor the footage was there. I guess somebody used it, then deleted it.

So I'm clueless.

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


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chad cottrell
Re: ABC television effects -- RATS!
on Jan 5, 2010 at 1:14:16 am

That package (as well as the TNT one) was created by TROIKA. You're not likely to get them to divulge too many secrets, but you can always try.

They mostly use Cinema for 3D, but that effect could have come from another system.


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jeff dobrow
Re: ABC television effects -- RATS!
on Jan 5, 2010 at 2:53:45 pm

Particles could be done any number of ways.....3D or 2D...
Water does not look like RealFlow....too unnatural in its motion and spreading.
More likely a simple 3D particle system using a blobmesh as a particle....



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