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Question on Particles

Posted: Sat, 6th Aug 2005, 6:05pm

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LilCaesars

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Is the particle system in EffectsLab ever going to let us use footage as our particle. Like in LOTR when they were making the Balrog they said they filmed fire and used a particle system to make it distribute. Obviously they were using something extremely complicated, but could EffectsLab ever do something like that?
Posted: Sun, 7th Aug 2005, 1:08am

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Hendo

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AcjPictures wrote:

Is the particle system in EffectsLab ever going to let us use footage as our particle.
You can pretty much already achieve this effect by using multiple textures and changing the Particle from 'Single' to 'Animated'. Here's what to do:


  1. Save your footage as an image sequence. So for PAL, 1 second of footage would give you 25 images.
  2. Add those 25 images into the Texture browser in your Particle effect.
  3. Change the Particle texture type from 'Single' to 'Animated'.

EffectsLab will interpret these textures as being greyscale, regardless of how they are saved. So you'll have to set the Particle colour gradient to an appropriate colour for your effect.
Posted: Sun, 7th Aug 2005, 2:50am

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Serpent

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I am almost positive however that the Balrog scene was done in a 3d particle system. But, a 2d just-as-visually-stunning could be possible if you follow Hendo's iea, maybe use some stock footage, and master the particle sytem. But the way that scene was done was for a 3d environment. You get the picture.