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Depth study of Adorage - Smoke Tab

Depth study of Adorage - Smoke Tab By saby - Last updated on Saturday, January 14, 2012
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Category: Tips & Tricks: proDAD Adorage Tutorials  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Saturday, October 31, 2009
Created on Sunday, June 14, 2009 1:47 AM

We arrive at the third step in our journey of discovery in the process of creating an effect in Adorage. You will see that this will be the shortest, the settings of the Smoke step being the least likely.

One more time, I advise you, if not already done, to read the tutorials Adorage, first visit, Depth study of Adorage - Video Tab and Depth study of Adorage - Mixer Tab and start this lesson by creating a new effect.

Smoke step

To understand easily what is the Smoke tab , I suggest you watch this video :

Have you noticed that feeling of drag in the wake of the aircraft ? It is thanks to the Smoke tab that this effect is reproduced.

In fact it is necessary that a mask is used in the Mixer tab. The progression of the video under the mask will be accompanied by a kind of smoke or drag.

Here is what you see by opening the Smoke tab :

Smoke tab

First, it is imperative to check Use smoke if you want the smoke to appear :

Use smoke

With cursors located around the preview window you can determine in what direction and how much smoke will spread :


You can apply rotation to the smoke with Rotation impulse. This rotation can be clockwise or counterclockwise :


The intensity of the smoke can be adjusted with the cursor Intensity of smoke production :


Preparation will determine at what point in the video the smoke must be present. 0 for no smoke at all at start. 100 for smoke present at most at the beginning :


With Expiration frames, the same principle, but by the end of the video :

Expiration frames

Random cursor can make the effect more fluid in some situations :


Indeed, depending on the speed of movement of the mask, a sort of residual effect of the edges of the mask may appear when the smoke is added. The Random setting will distribute randomly the edge pixels of the picture, making it more fluid.

A small visual example to illustrate this.Take this video :

Place the cursor so that the smoke is directed only downward and to the right with a maximum amplitude, apply a maximum clockwise rotation effect, a 60 % smoke production, the rest do not touch. Here's what you get :

You got it ? I hope so, because we have come to the end of this lesson. I've said that it would be short !

You will see, the next and final step will be a bit more complex.

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Gert Reitner By # Gert Reitner @ Sunday, November 1, 2009 7:51 AM
Really love this one ! Many thanks !!

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