I want to create a dark smoke particle system (an 'entity') for a short film, dark smoke emanating from bathroom mirror and moving across the bathroom to shower. Do I need to buy Particular 2 software plugin for Adobe After Effects, http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/products/all/trapcode-particular/
or can Adobe hand what I need done without my buying the plugin?
I can get the plugin for $200 academic price, but if I don't need it I will gladly save my cash. But if the plugin will really make the effect easier to accomplish (I am a complete After Effects amateur, although I have played with the AE particle system somewhat) or better then it is worth it to me to buy it.
EDIT: Hoofed it out of the cow field here and googled Particular 2 rain, and lo and behold the plugin does appear to do nice CGI rain. Okay I am sold, will be buying Trapcode Partcular 2!
Would Particular 2 plugin software also allow for making some good CGI rain, beyond what AE could do? If so that would pretty much make the decision for me, make we want to for sure buy Particular 2. I need the smoke now for my short film project, but for an indie feature I am writing and want to indie produce, I would love to be able to add in some digital rain.
I'll second Tudor's opinion -- Particular is a must-have that is worth every penny.
Another rain option is Rainfall [link] from Digieffects. It's a 2D particle system, quite different from Particular, and it has totally different strengths and weaknesses.
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