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Red Giant plugin: Trapcode Particular Effect

Red Giant plugin: Trapcode Particular Effect By gg - Last updated on Sunday, January 15, 2012
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Plugins  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Friday, July 9, 2010
Created on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 1:34 AM
 

This tutorial explains how to create a fireworks display using the Red Giant Particular plugins, included with Studio 14 Ultimate Collection or Studio 15 Ultimate Collection. The demonstration video and this tutorial are made with transparent backgrounds, but you can adapt this tutorial to suit your needs by replacing the transparent background with a video or an image of your choice.

STEP 1 – PREPARATION OF THE TIME LINE
  1. Populate your time line with 4 transparent backgrounds staggered as shown here. This will allow overlapping effects on the video. Here I used the main and the title tracks.
    Note: On the main track, the transparent backgrounds appear black.
  2. You see 5 backgrounds on the image, but only add background numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4. The fifth will be created later by duplicating background 4.
  3. Backgrounds 1, 2 and 3 are four seconds long and will be used for fireworks.
  4. Backgrounds 4 and 5 last eight seconds and are used for Bengal light.
Time Line
STEP 2 – FIREWORKS
  1. On background 1, apply the "Red Giant Trapcode Particular" plugin by clicking on the small plug icon. (This operation will be repeated for each background)
Plugin Red Giant particles
  1. The "Red Giant Trapcode Particular" plugin has multiple parameters.
  2. Under "Presets" choose the "HD Fireworks Round" setting. Leave the default settings.
  3. This completes the operations for background 1 as the first fireworks and red-centered is what we want
Setting of "Red Giant Particles" for Background 1
  1. On background 2, apply the "Red Giant Trapcode Particular" plugin and select the "HD fireworks circular" preset as shown in steps 2.1 and 2.2 above.
  2. To slightly modify this effect, we are going to change some parameters. The firework will be smaller, it will not have the same color, and it will not be centered like the previous one.
  3. Make sure you are positioned on keyframe one before changing any settings.
  4. Then modify the following parameters
    - X position to 80
    - Y position to 25
    - Size 2 (smaller)
    - Color - Blue

Specific settings of the background 2

Blue fireworks for the background 2

  1. On background 3, apply the "Red Giant Trapcode Particular" plugin and select the "HD fireworks circular" preset, as shown in steps 2.1 and 2.2.
  2. To slightly modify this effect, we are going to change some parameters. The firework will be smaller, it will not have the same color as the 2 above, it will not be centred as 2 previous
  3. Make sure you are positioned on keyframe one before changing any settings.
  4. Then modify the following parameters
    - X position to 25
    - Y position to 35 (lower)
    - Size 2
    - Color - Yellow

Settings of the background 3

Specific settings of the background 3

STEP 3 – BENGAL LIGHT
  1. On background 4, apply the "Red Giant Trapcode Particular" plugin, as shown in steps 2.1
  2. In the "Presets" choose the "HD Blue Sparks" setting. Start with the default settings.
Default setting for Bengal light
  1. Check the "Use keyframes" box and set it to key frame 1 (time 00:00:00).
  2. Change the following parameters
    - Particles/sec at 0
    - Emitter Shape - Point
    - X position to 50
    - Y position to 90
    - Speed to 660
    - Velocity Random 0
    - X Emitter Size 200
    - Y Emitter Size 40
    - Particle Life 2 seconds
    - Size 2.6
    - Gravity 400

 

Settings of the Bengal light

  1. Create a new keyframe with "Add" at approximately 1.24 seconds.
  2. On this keyframe, change the Particle/sec to 200
    The other parameters must be identical to those of the keyframe 1

Settings of the Bengal light, Keyframe 2

  1. Create a new keyframe with "Add" at approximately 5 seconds.
  2. On this keyframe, change the Particles/sec to 200
    - and the color to Pink
  3. The other parameters must be identical to those of keyframe 1

Settings of the Bengal light, Keyframe 3

  1. Finally, go to the last keyframe, which already exists by default because there is always a keyframe at the beginning and end of the video.
  2. The other parameters must be identical to those of the keyframe 1, but change the Particle/sec to 0.
Bengal light, Keyframe 4
  1. On background 4, select the "Volume 1 RTFX - Replicate" plugin
  2. Change the parameter
    - Horizontal 5
    - Vertical 1
Plugin Reproduce
  1. Duplicate clip 4 (copy and paste) located on the title track and place the duplicate on the main track. This technique allows you to copy the settings already created with the plugins.
Duplicate the clip 4 to 5
  1. Background 5 is going to overlap the Bengal light of background 4, to give it some thickness.
  2. Click on background 5 and use the settings from the "Red Giant Trapcode Particular" plugin except...
  3. On keyframe 1, set the Speed parameter to 0,
    leave the other parameters unchanged.
Settings of the Bengal light, Background 5
  1. On keyframe 2 (at 1.24 second) and keyframe 3 (at 5 seconds), set these parameters
    - Speed to 930
    - Size 5
  2. The Bengal light created will go up and the sparks will be thicker. Because the background 5 lags behind background 4, there will also be an effect of overlapping of color.
Settings of the Bengal light, Background 5, Keyframe 2

Feel free to modify it yourself

{Thanks to Malobar who translated this tutorial from french to english, Loosecannon who cross-checked it}

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