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Red Giant Plug-ins Get Sexy with the Satin Dollz
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Recently, while searching for some good wholesome content on Vimeo, we came across this amazing music video full of compositing work done by Dan Blank:

We contacted Dan and here’s what he had to say about the importance of Red Giant products in his workflow:

“When compositing and designing for film and television, I use the Red Giant suite of products more than any other plugins for After Effects. Their levels of control and ease of use show that they were designed with the professional artist in mind, and it’s why they’ve become an industry standard. Every studio I work for has a different collection of plug-ins, so I need to be flexible, but the Primatte, Magic Bullet, and Trapcode plugins are irreplaceable.”

Here’s a video showing some of the making of, including pre-visualization and compositing – plus a few money saving tips:

Here’s a screen shot from the video to give you an idea of how much After Effects compositing work was involved:


Here are some of the plug-ins Dan used in creating this video:

Hey – with enough coaxing, perhaps we can convince Dan to make a tutorial for Red Giant TV. Please leave some encouragement in the comments below. In the meantime check out Dan’s work at his WEBSITE.


4 New Amazing FREE Presets Added to Red Giant People
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The mega-talented Mattias Peresini has added 4 new presets to Red Giant People that use Trapcode Form and Trapcode Particular:

An experiment with Trapcode Form and After Effects, with an abstract 3D Shape looking like an hourglass, ‘Sablier’ in french. I’ve been playing with a lot of Depth of Field and typos too. You can download the project file for free HERE.

An experiment with Trapcode Form and After Effects, playing with a colorful and abstract shape in 3D space.You can download the project file for free HERE.

An experimen with Trapcode Particular based on the random grid expression by Dan Ebberts. You can download the project file for free HERE.

An experiment with the new Shading options of Trapcode Particular 2.
A simple setup with 2 null object and 8 light emitter in a pseudo cube for a 3D look render! You can download the project file for free HERE.

Don’t forget to check out his tutorials Trapcode tutorials if you want to learn some of his techniques.


Our 50th Episode of Red Giant TV – with Harry Frank and Aliens!
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

In this very special 50th episode of Red Giant TV, Red Giant’s own Harry Frank will show you how to destroy the city of Los Angeles through an alien attack. He’ll explore compositing, both 2D and 3D tracking, color correction and visual effects techniques that will blow your mind. Here is the final render:

In addition to After Effects, Harry will be using Mocha for AE (which ships with AE CS4+) and Camera Tracker, the new 3D camera matching software from the The Foundry.

Watch the episode HERE.


NEW TUTORIAL: Red Giant QuickTip #25: Aligning Particular Motion Paths
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Monday, December 13th, 2010

Red Giant QuickTip #25: Aligning Particular Motion Paths

Motion paths in Particular can be tricky. Harry Frank brings you this overview of how to set them up, and a foolproof way to align the spline in 3D space with a simple expression.

Expressions used in this tutorial:

Particular Emitter Position XY:

pos = thisComp.layer("Motion Path 1").position.valueAtTime(0);

[pos[0], pos[1]]


Particular Emitter Position Z:

thisComp.layer("Motion Path 1").position.valueAtTime(0)[2]

You can also use THIS PRESET Harry created for AE CS4+, to use (with a try/catch thing so it doesn’t error.)

Learn more about Trapcode Particular HERE.


Save 20% on Trapcode Suite Upgrades
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Own Trapcode plug-ins? Get the Trapcode Suite 10 Upgrade for just $399.

Special Upgrade! For the next 5 days, we are offering 20% off on the Trapcode Suite 10 Upgrade. If you own Particular 2.0 or any four Trapcode products, you can get the entire Trapcode Suite 10 for only $399. Regular price $499. Learn about Trapcode Suite 10.

Note: This offer is good for the Trapcode Suite 10 Upgrade not a purchase of the full version. This offer is good for customers who already own the Trapcode Suite 2004, Trapcode Suite 2005, Particular 2.0, or any four Trapcode products.

5 Day Sale: This 20% OFF sale runs through Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST (California). To find out when the sale ends in your time zone, visit the World Clock site.

How To Buy: Go to our store. Enter Coupon Code 11TCDSuite20 during checkout to redeem your discount on the page titled Review and Submit Your Order. (Note: The coupon code field appears after you have entered your credit card information and hit Continue.)

If you run into any issues or have questions about your eligibility, please contact our Support team.


Christmas just came early! 25% Off Holidays for Particular!
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010


We’ve already started seeing ads for pre-holiday shopping, which means that pretty soon, clients are going to be asking for that stuff from you too. To make it easier, we’ve just released a MAJOR update to Harry Frank’s Holidays for Particular, our Guru Preset Pack focused on that holly jolly video vibe – and we’re giving you 25% OFF, to boot.

There are now 175 templates and presets in the pack – it has literally doubled in size!

  • Learn more about the Holidays Guru Preset Pack
  • Watch our Preset example videos
  • Buy now at 25% discount
  • Try out the Particular plug-in

5 Day Sale: This 25% OFF sale runs through Monday, November 15, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST (California). To find out when the sale ends in your time zone, visit the World Clock site.

How To Buy: Go to our store. Enter Coupon Code Holiday25 during checkout to redeem your discount on the page titled Review and Submit Your Order. (Note: The coupon code field appears after you have entered your credit card information and hit Continue.)

Get it Free: Do you already own Holidays for Particular? Then you get this new release for free! Go here to download version 1.1 of the Guru Preset Pack. This 1.1 update requires the same serial number as your version 1.0 purchase.


Trapcode Particular Goes to DefCon One
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Oh snap! Trapcode Particular has just been released for The Foundry’s NUKE. Kaboom!

Trapcode Particular Supports Nuke on all platforms: Mac, Windows, Linux, 32-bit and 64-bit systems

Check out  the features in Trapcode Particular for Nuke HERE.

Get Trapcode Particular for Nuke, right HERE.


PROJECT BREAKDOWN: The Brand New Conference
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on

Justin Katz posted that he had done this animation for the Brand New Conference using just AE and Trapcode Particular 2.

Brand New Conference from justin katz on Vimeo.

This was produced for the Brand New Conference in NYC on 11/5/2010 | Music added for vimeo: “Afternoon Sister” by Air | Thanks to Armin Vit for letting me do this.

Here at Red Giant, we were both intrigued and impressed, so we asked Justin to share how he made it happen. Here’s his very detailed breakdown of his impressive work:

The Brand New Conference animations were done entirely with AE CS5 and Trapcode Particular 2. Minor prep work to split apart the logotype was done in Illustrator CS5.

It’s a very simple animation, but took several hours of just fiddling with controls in particular and experimenting to get something similar to what was in my minds eye. I also spent a long time with color correction techniques with standard AE effects.

I had a clear vision of what I wanted to do as I approached the project. The client was clear that they did not want a narrative, but just “something cool” to play during the dead time between speakers and over the breaks. I always try and give my work some type of meaning so I interpreted “Brand New” as the organic life cycle of a brand. It is born and grows, but soon reaches a point of equilibrium where it stays – until the brand is refreshed (which is what the Brand New website focuses on) and thus new life is brought it and it can reach new heights, costumers, and potential.

I chose to do an grass-like abstraction for the following reasons:

1) It fit into my original vision
2) I knew I could execute my idea in a relatively short time with particular
3) I literally had 1 day to do it.


For the main particles (the Letters) I chose to use the “textured polygon” option as I did not want them to auto-orient themselves to the camera, but act as planes in 3D space.
Here are my emitter settings:


My custom particle layer is just all the letters already colored and set to “random still frame”
I had to rotate the emitter in order for the directional option to make them travel straight up. The velocity distribution and randomness are what keep everything organic looking. These can be increased to create a more chaotic result.

These were my particle settings:


They were rotated in order to be perpendicular to the aux particles and given some randomness. The size and opacity over life just have a very slight ramp to them so they don’t just pop into existence.

I debated and experimented with the shading and shadowlet options, but in the end decided I like it better without them.

These were my Aux particle settings:


Had to pump them up to almost 400 to get that close to them and have them look solid.

Most importantly was the Physics settings:


I gave the aux particles the curves and randomness they needed to not just be straight sticks with “Spin Amplitude” and the Turbulence Field “Affect Position” options

What’s really cool is that after you stop the simulations movement by reducing the “physics time factor” they will still react to the “evolution offset” options. This allowed me to stop their growth, but still have them sway and have some movement to them. They start growing again by increasing the physics time factor back to 1.

Here are the only keyframes:


There is a second evolution keyframe – but it’s way down at the end of the timeline.

That’s pretty much it :)

I used the exact same animation and just duplicated the comp a few time and got some nice camera angles. I pre-rendered them all and then put them all into a main comp for editing.

Color correction used:

  • curves, noise, unsharp mark
  • color emboss (adds a cool lil drop shadow to everything)
  • glow
  • vignette curve

A grayscale texture was used at 50% in multiply mode over the entire sequence too.

I originally planned on having the camera fly through the grass, but in the end decided I liked how it looked with just a series of locked off shots. I plan on elaborating on this soon and making a tight edit to music (the screening involved no music – the current music was just added for Vimeo). I would also like the grass to sway more while the title is up.



Thanks for sharing this, Justin. We always love seeing our software used not only as a tool for animation but for motion design as well – especially for the design of beautiful evocative work like this.

Check out Justin’s website HERE, to see his portfolio in creative direction, motion design, and animation.


Eran Hilleli wins Best Animation at the Vimeo Festival Awards
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Eran Hilleli’s amazing animation “Between Bears” just won the Vimeo Festival Award for Best Animation. Given the high quality of so much of the work shown on Vimeo, this is a truly standout achievement. We’re proud to say that both Trapcode Particular and Trapcode Form were used in this fantastic short film and we’re glad we were able to contribute to helping this talented artist bring his vision to life.

Between Bears from Eran Hilleli on Vimeo.

my graduation film at bezalel academy of art and design.
a debt to my childhood and other lives i hope i lived. inspired by words of songs that i admire.

original music composed by Ori Avni
performed by Ori Avni and Daniela Spector.


FREE Trapcode Particular Preset & Tutorial: “Sparkler” From Nick Campbell
By Aharon Rabinowitz
Published on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

From Nick on

“I recently posted a new preset over at RedGiantPeople for Trapcode Particular. It’s called “Sparkler” and it is based off of images of writing your name with a sparkler. You can see the example below. In this tutorial, I wanted to show you how you can write YOUR name with the preset using After Effects and Motion Sketch. By the way, If you don’t own Particular, what the heck are you doing with your life? Go Get it!!!

Thanks Nick!!! This is awesome! Folks – Get the Free preset right HERE.

Don’t forget to check out Nick’s Guru Preset Pack, “Nick Campbell’s Vintage Film for Looks” which gives you all the old-school looks of his great iPhone apps CrossProcess and ShakeIt Photo and much MUCH more.


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