Red Giant Software, publisher of the popular Magic Bullet and Trapcode
plug-ins, today announced that it has shipped Trapcode Particular 2.
Trapcode Particular-award-winning software commonly used by visual effects and motion graphics artists on feature films and TV commercials-generates quick-rendering 3D particles with full camera integration and natural behavior. Many editing programs offer basic particle-generation features. Trapcode Particular, a patent-pending After Effects plug-in, goes way, way beyond the basics of particle generation.
In Angels & Demons, one of the highest-grossing movies of 2009 with more than $470 million in worldwide box office to date, CIS Vancouver used Trapcode Particular to create natural media effects such as sparks and burning embers.
"We used Trapcode Particular on Angels & Demons to help create realistic 3D embers and falling ash. We were amazed at how quickly Particular could set up and render a shot, and then allow us to make changes almost in real time. The embers have to have a specific look, and also animate as they fall. The combination of custom sprites and 3D turbulence fields allowed us to create realistic acting particles that cut seamlessly with practically shot elements. Particular was able to handle the large number of embers easily and quickly, even showing live depth of field as we worked," said Mark Breakspear, Visual Effects Supervisor at CIS Vancouver.
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- Version 2 has an updated render engine that exploits the power of multi-core systems
- More-realistic shading allows spotlights to illuminate particles or logos as they move in 3D space
- Full 3D rotation allows custom particles to have depth, while expanded physics controls offer more detailed turbulence and expanded support for air resistance