Join me and George in this interesting experiment. Learn how to generate particles from motion. No keyframes, no expressions. This one is hot!
People! I’m on fire! George is on fire! And this tutorial is on fire! This tutorial is rather an experiment. I’ll show you how to generate particles from live action footage without using any keyframes or expressions.
The final fire look is just one of the possibilities. The idea of this is to show you how to generate particles that inherit motion and velocity from live footage. In the end you may use this tutorial to create a smoke trail of a falling plane, shining sparkles following someones moves, and basically anything you want. And most interesting of all… this is achieved using After Effects build in tools. No plugins required. Enjoy!
Particle Playground is very powerfull but it’s also very hard to master. It’s just not as user-friendly as 3rd-party plugins, like Trapcode’s Particular. If you’d like to know more about Particle Playground make sure to visit CreativeCow.net and Roland R. Kahlenberg’s tutorial.
Make sure to see the follow up tutorial: Particle Playground on Ice