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Reata StricklandHow does National Geo do this?
by on Nov 23, 2010 at 4:03:28 pm

I have seen this effect in several places but National Geographic does such an amazing job. How do they do the smoke or wind effect? Is this a plugin? Anyone know?!

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/great-migrations

Thank you!
Reata Strickland


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Ryan JohnRe: How does National Geo do this?
by on Nov 23, 2010 at 6:53:36 pm

It looks like they use stock footage, the trick is to also use it a displacement map to distort the text in sync with the smoke, plus a combination of stylise and colour effects to give it that glow.

Andrew Kramer has a tutorial over on video copilot explaining a similar effect using particular, but you could just use any stock footage of smoke with an alpha channel the principles are the same.
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/green_smoke/


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Michael SzalapskiRe: How does National Geo do this?
by on Nov 23, 2010 at 8:32:39 pm

Also, most any text-to-sand tutorial will have some good tips.

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adam taylorRe: How does National Geo do this?
by on Nov 24, 2010 at 12:53:12 pm

seem to remember Aaron Rabinowitz doing a tutorial on regianttv.com that looked a heck of a lot like that!

Adam Taylor
Video Editor/Audio Mixer/ Compositor/Motion GFX/Barista
Character Options Ltd
Oldham, UK

http://www.sculptedbliss.co.uk


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