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Atmosphere Clash

Posted: Fri, 19th May 2006, 7:19pm

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Obi Wan Kenobi

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Hey guys,

I have this shot of the earth where it starts off in the distance, and slowly the camera zooms in to the surface (I used Google Earth…cool), but I think it would be a great effect that when the camera 'enters' the atmosphere, you would see these big orange flames and plasma, looking similar to those when a space shuttle returns to earth. I think this would be a particle effect, but unfortunately I have no experience using the particle engine, and I haven't used EffectsLab for a while anyway redface, so…

I was wondering if anyone would want to give it a try? Those who hunt for Force points shall receive them, ofcourse. Although I haven't got much as you can see.

Thanks!
Posted: Sat, 20th May 2006, 10:12am

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Oeyvind

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That sounds fair to make, allthough I don't quite understand. Do you want the flames\shockwave to come from the camera or from an object the camera follows through the atmosphere? I take it it's from the camera, so if I'm not mistaken do you want like flames going from the front of the camera and around it?

I'll give this a try! (If I've misunderstodd, please let me know. wink )

Oeyvind

PS: You don't need to give me force points, I'm only glad to help! wink
Posted: Sat, 20th May 2006, 3:31pm

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Obi Wan Kenobi

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You got it exactly right Oeyvind! The flames should be caused by the camera itself.

And thanks! smile
Posted: Sun, 21st May 2006, 11:12am

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Oeyvind

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OK, I gave it a try, and so if I understood you correctly I've conjured up with a decent effect. Here is the preset:
http://www.filelodge.com/files/room11/279680/Enters%20The%20Atmosphere.FXpreset_pack

It's not the best shockwave, but combined with a camera shake it should look pretty cool. And you know what would have looked cooler? If you doublicated the preset layer, and added a displacement map on one of them, the flames would look even more intense I think.

Hope you like it. razz
Oeyvind
Posted: Mon, 22nd May 2006, 3:47pm

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Obi Wan Kenobi

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Wow! Looks better than I imagined it! biggrinbiggrinbiggrin

I'll send you a link sometime to show the final shot.

Thanks again!
Posted: Mon, 22nd May 2006, 8:54pm

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Obi Wan Kenobi

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Oh, I have one question, how do I make the particles disappear at the end of the effect?
By 'disappear' I mean that at some point the middle of the effect becomes transparent and slowly, toward the edges, the whole effect disappears. Could you tell me how to do that?

Thanks!
Posted: Mon, 22nd May 2006, 9:48pm

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Oeyvind

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Yes, if I'm not mistaken lowering the lifetime slider will do the trick! wink Or you could make a round mask, but I think that the lifetime reducion will do it.

Oeyvind