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A big splash!

Posted: Thu, 27th Apr 2006, 12:37pm

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petet2

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Does anyone fancy having a go at desigining a big watery splash for me? Imagine a large dragon has just fallen over a cliff and dropped into the sea...

I was planning to composite some sequences of waves crashing on rocks to cover the impact of the dragon on the water but now I have been using FX Lab Pro for a while I figure there must be a way of making one using the particle engine (that's what I love about the FX Home programs, they give you so much power you just keep wanting to stretch yourself).

I am planning to have a go myself but if anyone is bored and needs a challenge in the meantime... smile
Posted: Wed, 29th Apr 2009, 9:15pm

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BST1Productions

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Go to the fxhome preset library or the alamdv2 plugins and find a water splash and make it big in your fxhone product.
Posted: Wed, 29th Apr 2009, 10:31pm

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Terminal Velocity

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Crap, dude, a splash isn't just a poof as I'm sure you know!

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Water is probably one of the most complex of the elements and you have to consider the speed, inertia, and angle of the body parting the water and the force of the waves slapping together again. It would take quite a few layers.

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However I'll work on it. Can you suggest some good textures?
Posted: Sat, 27th Mar 2010, 3:37am

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Duck Studios

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I made a couple Presets a while back that might work for you.

Check them out(Links Below):

Realistic Water Splash
Part 1 of 2 - http://fxhome.com/presets/view/1753/realistic-water-splash-1
Part 2 of 2 - http://fxhome.com/presets/view/1754/realistic-water-splash-2

Improved realistic water splash (for waves hitting rocks, small boats, etc.)
Part 1 of 2 - http://fxhome.com/presets/view/2466/improved--realistic-water-splash-1
Part 2 of 2 - http://fxhome.com/presets/view/2467/improved-realistic-water-splash-2


(EXPORT THE EFFECTS FIRST AND THEN KEY OUT THE BLACK USING SCREEN BLENDING MODE OR SOMETHING ELSE. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIND A TUTORIAL PRETTY EASILY IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW)


Also For your situation you might not need anything that amazing depending on how fast the shot is and the movement of the camera. If the shot is fast and panning with the moving object you can get away with a sub-par effect. If it is a locked off (not moving) shot that last the whole duration of the splash you might need to do it for real (check out Tarns advice on this post for more info on that-> http://fxhome.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=39721)

Editing can be very effective when it comes to the perceived realism of an effect. It doesn't necessarily have to look amazing for people to be convinced. (don't believe me, check out this clip from lost at about 5min 30sec http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOXPOWbXHc8 this episode is also available on netflix instant view and abc.com for higher quality Season 4 Finale)


I hope this works for you, I havn't used them myself yet but with a little careful editing (and sound effects) you can make it feel very real.