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binder3d
03-08-2003, 04:09 PM
We all know 3D is hard. Especially long render times. However, in the best way to do things category. Isn't AE set up to do alot of the effects that can drag the 3d process into the speed of molasses. Instead of doing explosions, motion blur and possibly morphing - or whatever cool effect see in the movies - cant this be done with AE or anequivalent plug in?

I'm asking because I just bought AE and want to know where I can find some tutorials on how best to combine 3d and effects generated in AE or combine animations from two sources i.e. two different 3d apps.

Luddy
03-08-2003, 10:37 PM
I believe most explosions are live action fire sequences composited into footage. Morphing is done in a program like Elastic Reality.

I don't know of any specific tutorials but check out
http://www.greentowel.com/
Almost 100% of his reel is done in AE.

dg
03-09-2003, 01:09 AM
Hi Binder!

Jus one tip

Render your 3D images in layers (separated plates) an example foreground, subject and background, this way when you composit you can fix some problems with lighting and color, and insert some live action effects or cg effects generated in AE, a good software to do some 2D particle effects is Wondertouch Particle Illusion, which is great for smoke, fire, explosions and some particle fx like magic trails and so on.

check out www.wondertouch.com, particle illusion is the same particle engine built in Combustion.

Using RPF and RLA for compositing is also good option, you can add 3d fog and some other effects in post which is less time consuming.

Some AE tuts and resources
http://www.trapcode.com/download.html
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/multimedia/animation/
http://msp.sfsu.edu/instructors/rey/aepage/tutorials.html
http://www.adobe.com/products/tips/aftereffects.html
http://www.creativecow.net/articles/aftereffects.html
http://www.creativecow.net/tutorials.html
http://www.creativemac.com/HTM/Sections/Tutorials/tutorials.htm
http://www.digitaleditor.com/tutorials/beizer.html
http://www.theforce.net/theater/tutorials.shtml
http://www.walkereffects.com/support/examples_tutorials/chlighting_tutorial1/

I hope that helps.
See Ya!

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