I am trying to do a smoke train between a moving point A and a moving point B in a movie file.
I have seen an interesting tutorial on videocopilot that i tried to reproduce, but it's hard for me to do this myself (i am just the director of the film).
Is there a simple way to do it in 2d?
Thank you very much for your kind response.
All the nice answers I have gotten here make me feel like I have a lot to learn about AE to even begin to explain what I want to do precisely...
In the first shot, there are missiles coming out of a moving point, and the camera is panning to the left to accompany the missiles.
In another shot, they are coming towards the camera while the camera zooms back.
I think this effect is not too difficult to accomplish for someone who knows their way in Particular and AE, and have already several past projects to edit/modify/reuse/start from, but I am just the director of the film and I try to teach myself how to do these effects, and I feel like I need to learn from step 1 and take a few more months to accomplish just the smoke trails, which is discouraging at times.
On the other hand, I have had "ok" results in the past by splitting the original movie files into still images and adding the effects on each image in Photoshop. But it's tedious as well and the results are just OK...
Thank you Michael for your expert advice.
Unfortunately, I am not familiar enough with AE or Particular to be ready to use your advice this soon.
I only directed the film for which I need those effects, and I was trying to do the effects myself because I thought that it would be easy for me to understand the basics of AE (i've done lots of animation in FCP), I was eager to do it myself rather than ask someone, but it's extremelt complicated to me.
I followed a tutorial on videocopilot about smoke trails, and the result I got is interesting, but still far from what I want, and hard to manipulate (entry points for the paths won't be moved around freely for example, the paths are all wrong).
Maybe I could show you the files and get your opinon? I don't think it would be too hard to fix for someone with a little more experience than me.