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09-29-2005, 02:30 PM
I saw this effect on the Shark Boy and Lava Girl DVD as well as here:

How can I achieve this?


09-30-2005, 08:13 AM
Come on guys, someone out there has to know. I'm curious myself. I've seen this technique used a lot in print and as a graphic designer this will be useful. So Volumetric lighting? Textures? Someone please respond.

09-30-2005, 08:25 AM
I don't know the "computer" way of doing it, but if you felt industrious, you could set up a black background, torch up a Macanudo and photograph the smoke against the background...then, have your way with the colors in Photoshop...

smoke behavior is an amazing thing...I bet a few hours would whiz by while you took photos this way...


09-30-2005, 08:29 AM
The animations seem to be based on "strange attractors". There is no volumetric light involved, just plenty of points (millions) .
There is a free plugin provided by Aurora which can help you achieve simliar results. I think it has some limitations due to LW's hypervoxel limit, but that might get resolved in future releases of LW.

check out the demo movie too.

EDIT: I just noticed that this is Mac forum. Im not sure if Aurora has mac version of his plugin.

09-30-2005, 08:51 AM
There are some options that can provide similar results.

Aurora Attractor (LW's free plugin)
You can find offical support at 3D Recursions (http://3drecursions.com/forum) forum:
Aurora Attractor (http://3drecursions.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=11), Aurora Attractor Resources and Tutorials (http://3drecursions.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=29) and Aurora Attractor Gallery (http://3drecursions.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=28)

Flame 3
Read here: Flame3 (http://3drecursions.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=34) and Flame3 for Mac OSX (http://3drecursions.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=100)

Hope it helps.

@art: do you forgot 3D Recursions my friend? ;)

09-30-2005, 09:10 AM
No, no, I did not forget! I guess I should have posted link to that (original) forum instead. I just thought I'd give link to one post that contains all the info.

Hey, did you just see those smoke movies posted by someone on SQ? Most amazing. Too bad their solution is not for public use (sorry for being OT)

09-30-2005, 10:19 AM
art... I was joking. :)

You're right about the Mac note; Aurora Attractor is for PC only.
I doubt that the Mac version will be available before the next major release.

Funny enough I was pointing also to Vlam and Apophysis then edited the message cos they're both for PC too.

The only free solution for Mac I'm aware of is Flame3 plugin for AfterEffects.

09-30-2005, 10:30 AM
You should find everything here

or here http://flam3.com/index.cgi?menu=galleries&menu2=two

or here http://electricsheep.org/index.cgi?&menu=download

09-30-2005, 11:27 AM
I provided the link to electric sheep too (based on Flame 3).
It's a really interesting and powerfull solution but it's ot well suited for a "classical" production way; otherwise you can collaborate with other people (all over the world) in rendering, browsind and eventually downloading the flocks.

The Flame AfterEffect plugin (http://www.flam3.com/AEFlame.sit) is better suited for productions where you have to control and adapt the effect to the particular needs of a project by project basis.

09-30-2005, 04:54 PM
Thanks guys for the info. :thumbsup: