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yet another flying through sky request

Posted: Sun, 8th Jan 2006, 4:19am

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Stepladder

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Hey all,

I did a search on the forums and have read everything posted about this. I've downloaded some clips but I'm really hoping to find stock footage with a longer duration, or generating my own 3D sky using software.

Can anyone recommend some good, easy to use software for generating a photorealistic sky that I can move a "camera" through?

Thanks smile
Posted: Sun, 8th Jan 2006, 4:24am

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Terragen!!

There are plenty of tutorials scattered around the internet...

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Posted: Sun, 8th Jan 2006, 4:26am

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I've taken a look at it, but at first glance it doesn't seem that easy to use, or that realistic.
Posted: Sun, 8th Jan 2006, 4:27am

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I'm not sure if you can get the camera into the cloud layers in terragen - it is, however, very realistic, if you give it enough time and the right render settings.

I'll have a play and see what I can do.

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Sun, 8th Jan 2006, 4:30am

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Oh, great smile Thanks very much.
Posted: Sun, 8th Jan 2006, 10:53am

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Terragen produces realistic landscapes but unfortunately the current version doesnt have volumetric clouds, they are just 2d layers which means it is impossible to do a fly through animation. Terragen 2 will support 3d clouds.

This might not be exactly what youre looking for but it's interesting -> http://www.vterrain.org/Atmosphere/Clouds/
Posted: Sun, 12th Feb 2006, 1:16am

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Hey Stepladder...

Are you still looking for some clouds?

I made these in After Effects... I'm still trying to tweak them, but if something like this would work for you, let me know and I can render out as much length as you want (at higher quality too)

http://www.geeksgonebad.com/Video/Clouds.wmv
Posted: Sun, 12th Feb 2006, 2:31am

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k guys I am going to reveal one of my secrets, so here it goes.
Alright if you take images of the sky of different shots of cloud and one blank one you can do some extremly good looking fly throughs.
all you do is chroma key them and the chang scale and position, have them pass the camera at different times and add motion blur. Ill post a test in a little bit. but here is where you can get some images.
http://www.detonationfilms.com/free_stuff_page_3.htm
good luck.
oh and also you have more options if you do the clouds yourself.
-Aaron
Posted: Sun, 12th Feb 2006, 11:28am

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GeeksGoneBad wrote:

Are you still looking for some clouds?
Dude, those are awesome! You made them in After Effects? Would you mind telling me how?

And yeah, I'd love it if you could make me a higher res version that goes on for a little longer, so I can speed it up and slow it down at will smile That'd be fantastic, thanks so much smile
Posted: Sun, 12th Feb 2006, 10:46pm

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Yup... After Effects and the Trapcode Particular plug in... smile

I can write up some of the settings I used if you want smile

And I tweaked some more on it and made it longer and put it up in the downloads section of my site (www.geeksgonebad.com)

I recenty lost all of my users information, so if you've signed up there, you'll have to sign up again (sorry) but it's free so it's not too bad... hehe...

It's in the Downloads -> Video section, and it's called CG FX - Cloud Fly Though...

I'm pretty happy with how it came out, but if you've got anything you need me to tweak on it, just let me know...
Posted: Sun, 12th Feb 2006, 10:49pm

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Dude, you rock. Seriously. Thanks smile

I'd really be interested in seeing the settings for After Effects, if you wouldn't mind?

thanks again, dude!!!!!!! smile
Posted: Mon, 13th Feb 2006, 3:04pm

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No problem bro smile

I'll try and make a tutorial or at least capture my settings and put something up to show how I made them...

Thanks!
Jamie
Posted: Mon, 13th Feb 2006, 3:08pm

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excellent, cheers dude smile
Posted: Tue, 14th Feb 2006, 3:20am

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Ok, I created a tutorial and posted it on my site in the tutorials section smile

Check it out and let me know if you have any troubles with it...

Jamie
Posted: Fri, 17th Feb 2006, 10:22pm

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You rock my world!

Thanks dude! Hope I can return the favour sometime smile
Posted: Mon, 1st May 2006, 6:32am

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I'm working on another way to generate clouds, one that will probably give more freedom with the look and feel. Theoretically, you can also go anywere in the clouds, and not just forward using a series of images. I've placed a link to a still image that will give you an idea of my progress. If you're interested, let me know. I'll be posting a video within the next few days.

(In case you are wondering, I used Blender, a freeware 3D animation program. It takes a long time to learn, but has an amazing ammout of power. These clouds were generated via turning the verticies of a random shape into halos, and adjusting a variety of dislplay settings.)

Here's the link to the still image

http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=5/12001224917.jpg&s=x402
Posted: Sun, 21st May 2006, 6:02am

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This took longer than I thought. I've been really busy. I don't think that anyone is watching this thread, but, oh well. Here is the link to the first succesful clip of flying through clouds. Sorry it's short. I'll continue to post my progress.

http://media.putfile.com/CG-Clouds
Posted: Sun, 21st May 2006, 7:37am

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It's really nice dude, looking very promising smile
Posted: Sun, 4th Jun 2006, 1:41am

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Hey look into vue 5. It seems like I am a fan boy right now for that program but it is easy to use and you can do alot of things with atmospheres.