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Old 05 May 2013   #1
Particle frequency sync by particle age

I lost all day googlin', and trying to figure this out.

So I got (for example) some particles spawning simple planes with animated texture on them (explosion).
I did that with particle dynamics, and it works great, but what if I want few random animated textures (explosions) to be on each plane? Not to use one animated texture, but few of them (randomly).
I tried with multi-sub object, and with material frequency, but it seems that ignores the "Sync Frames to Particle Age" in bitmap settings.

Because my english is not so good, I'll give you one more example:
Imagine air-strike done with particle flow. Particle spawn on ground, animated texture "boom" and everything is working great with "Sync Frames to Particle Age".

What if I want to use several different explosions? Several different textures, but all within one particle flow system, not clone it for each explosion (I can't do that in my project).

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05 May 2013   #2
See attached. (it is a larger file than I like to leave perpetually so I will eventually remove it) You can take a look at how this is setup. I think this is what you are looking for. There are two simple flows:

a. the first uses a standard shape cube and the materials are applied vie a material dynamic operator.

b. the second uses a shape instance and a group of three cubes each with a bitmap textures already applied and no material operator.

EDIT: Updated file
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Last edited by JohnnyRandom : 05 May 2013 at 03:23 AM.
Old 05 May 2013   #3
Tnx mate, but it refuses to open (file open failed).
I am using 3DS Max 2011 64-bit , and it seems you're using it too... so I am not sure where the problem is.

If you're using 2012, can you please save it to 2011 (or somebody else)?

I really appreciate your time and effort Johnny.

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Old 05 May 2013   #4
Ah sorry about that apparently max archive does not save to previous version as I had expected.

I updated the original post file, try that one
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Old 05 May 2013   #5
Thanks a lot mate, and sorry for the late reply.
I've tried it now (Pflow2), changed the bitmaps to my explosion, and it worked.

One question:
Is it possible to delete the particles once the explosion happens, not to repeat it over and over again.
Oh... stupid me... when I write this question, I've remembered that I only need to check "hold" in materials bitmaps.

One of my first try's was like your setup, but I must have done something wrong, so it didn't worked.
Thanks again, I will use this often in the future.

Btw... here's the why I asked question at the first place:

On the 1:51 I had that spaceship fires many missiles at the same time, and I wanted each of them explode above battlecruiser, with slight time variations of course.
I didn't do it (as you see ), just a bad fake with different explosions.
Maybe I will re-render that stuff again, even the client is happy with this.

While you're there, feel free to comment cinematic, I used Pflow pretty often in it. :P

Cheers to all.
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Old 05 May 2013   #6
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