A Hidden Gem (for me) in After Effects CS3
So there I was last week, biding my time at the Jersey Access Group convention and was noodling with After Effects CS3…interpretation – I was making awful stuff. So, I was reviewing some other half baked compositions and then stumbled upon one of the most important new features in After Effects CS3 not mentioned in Adobe web pages.
You Tube is really letting me down today, but hopefully you see the video now…
What is it???
Well, to me one of the areas that After Effects needs to grow in is the area of particles. It’s so good at so many things, it just seems wrong that it isn’t awesome at this particular thing. And speaking of Particular – there is the wonderful Trapcode plugin as well as Wondertouch’s Particle Illusion products. If you’re serious about getting into this aspect of effects and motion graphics, you need one or both of these.
Anyway, In After Effects CS3, we have new versions of the Cycore plugins and when I looked at CC Particle World, what did my eyes see? A beautiful parameter called Texture where I could assign a layer or shape as the particle itself. Take a look at the video below and I’ll be putting up the Project File later. Please note that this project HAS to be opened in After Effects CS3, so if you haven’t downloaded the public preview version yet, you should go here – Adobe Labs
As a final BTW, my wife said this composition looked very 70’s (bad 70’s of course) and I have to agree being a fan of That 70’s Show that it could fit. Hey – at least I was thinking of her when I did it – our 12th anniversery is coming up next week…
Project file: Using Shapes as Particles