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VFX Techniques: Creating Particle Effects
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VFX Techniques: Creating Particle Effects

with Lee Lanier

Video: Welcome

Hi I'm Lee Lanier and welcome VFX Techniques, Creating Particle Effects. Effects. I'll start by showing you how to generate particles using several built in plugins.
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  1. 1m 31s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 4m 45s
    1. Breakdown of final comps
      2m 4s
    2. Setting up the project in After Effects
      2m 41s
  3. 22m 9s
    1. Working with Cineon files
      3m 3s
    2. Color grading for night
      2m 9s
    3. Generating a particle blob
      4m 21s
    4. Hand tracking particles into the plate
      5m 42s
    5. Patching the background
      6m 54s
  4. 16m 26s
    1. Creating a particle puff
      5m 13s
    2. Creating a trailing particle sparkle
      5m 40s
    3. Creating a streaked particle blast
      5m 33s
  5. 9m 21s
    1. Creating light spill
      5m 47s
    2. Adding a fake shadow and flare
      3m 34s
  6. 16m 51s
    1. Copying footage and effects
      4m 1s
    2. Motion tracking elements
      5m 13s
    3. Continuing with motion tracking
      7m 37s
  7. 44m 1s
    1. Creating smoke with simple particles
      6m 2s
    2. Creating sparks with particles
      3m 17s
    3. Reusing particles
      6m 7s
    4. Adding the blast as a 3D layer
      6m 42s
    5. Integrating a CG explosion
      5m 5s
    6. Creating glowing embers
      7m 29s
    7. Rotoscoping the foreground
      5m 29s
    8. Color grading the shot
      3m 50s
  8. 25m 19s
    1. Preparing the green screen
      6m 28s
    2. Keying green screen
      7m 12s
    3. Time remapping and split screening
      5m 12s
    4. Reusing particles
      6m 27s
  9. 29m 37s
    1. Preparing CG particles
      9m 0s
    2. Using the Liquify effect
      8m 39s
    3. Layering the particles
      3m 49s
    4. Final relighting
      8m 9s
  10. 47s
    1. Looking at the final project
      22s
    2. Next steps
      25s

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VFX Techniques: Creating Particle Effects
2h 50m Intermediate Oct 17, 2013

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VFX Techniques is back with a new course on particle effects—everyone's favorite feature for creating realistic smoke, fire, explosions, and other phenomena. Author Lee Lanier tackles a wizard battle, producing Harry Potter–style effects as the two wizards fight with their magic wands. Using this sample footage, he shows how to generate particles with After Effect's built-in plugins, dives into the settings to adjust their appearance, and retimes and color grades the scene to create a particular magical mood. Plus, learn about green-screen removal techniques, background plate repair, CG particles, and rotoscoping techniques. This course covers puffs, sparkles, blobs, flares, smoke, sparks, and blasts, so you'll be prepared to create particles for almost any scenario.

Topics include:
  • Setting up the project in After Effects
  • Generating a particle blob
  • Hand tracking particles into the plate
  • Patching the background
  • Creating particle puffs, sparkles, and explosions
  • Motion tracking elements
  • Color grading shots
  • Keying green screen
  • Layering particles
Subjects:
Video Compositing Projects Visual Effects
Software:
Particular
Author:
Lee Lanier

Welcome

Hi I'm Lee Lanier and welcome VFX Techniques, Creating Particle Effects. In this course, we'll look at ways to incorporate particle effects within After Effects. I'll start by showing you how to generate particles using several built in plugins. Then I'll show you how to alter the particles with dynamic settings and various effects.

We'll see how they change the mood of a scene through retiming and color grading. We'll be covering all these techniques plus plenty of other After Effects tools. So let's get started with VFX Techniques, Creating Particle Effects.

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