Digital Snow


Using maya 5 or lower what are some people’s methods to creating realistic snow fall? I have done it with sprites and particles, but I am curious if people have used other methods. What ways have you created digital snow for LIVE action footage, any tips and tricks for extra realism?


I’ve always used sprites for live action footage. I’ve also had nice results with sprites when there was snow already in the shot and later added another layer of CG snow :slight_smile:

There are some issues with hardware sprites however, like limited control over shading. In such cases I would create particle instance with simple planes that would allow me to render sprites in software render because of easier control over shading, etc…

One thing that I find very important is that I get the snow flake textures done right (animation, highlights, etc…), since sprite is just a card always oriented towards camera…


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