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spurtreynolds
06-19-2008, 05:38 AM
Hi Everyone

I have a brief where i have to create an animated light trail (like the tracing a sparkler leaves when you wave it around). I would like the trail to start from nothing, follow a path and by the end of the animation, have lit the whole of the path. Is there any plugins or advice anyone can give me?

Thanks in Advance

Jim

Otterman
06-19-2008, 05:51 AM
Yeah this can be done easily using a particle emitter animated along a path...just adjust the life span of the particle to have your trail effect.

Loads of stuff on this site if you use the search function

spurtreynolds
06-19-2008, 05:56 AM
Hi, yeah thanks Otterman. My only issue with particle emitter is not having the trail as one constant object. I am curently testign the trailer plugin. Does anyone have any other suggestion?

Otterman
06-19-2008, 06:04 AM
Yeah trailer is one way to go but hv's work just as well.

here a sample scene with a render sweetcheeks :D

spurtreynolds
06-19-2008, 06:19 AM
You're a star, Nice one.

spurtreynolds
06-19-2008, 06:20 AM
Damn, cant open the file. Im in LW 9.3.1 on a mac. Wassup?

Otterman
06-19-2008, 06:29 AM
Well me also.....but heres the unzipped file to try, Oh and an image ul need also (oops!)

Rendertimes are a little silly because ive put a bloom filter on there...you might wanna turn this off to speed it up and do it in post production.

Let me know how you get on........and if the file opens :lightwave

Otterman
06-19-2008, 06:31 AM
darn it...it wont let me attach the file.

PM me your email address and il zap it over to you directly

spurtreynolds
06-19-2008, 06:34 AM
You have been PM'd

Cheers

safetyman
06-19-2008, 06:54 AM
Opens fine for me... Thanks Otterman! Neat effect.

BeeVee
06-19-2008, 07:51 AM
You don't need any plugins. Experiment with PRMBlur and very luminous objects. Have a look at the image on this start to a page on LightWiki (http://www.lightwiki.com/Motion_Blur).

B