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By Harry Frank

June 29th, 2010

Inspired by recent animated works that utilize music along with Trapcode Particular and Soundkeys, Harry Frank gives you guidance in creating particle-based visuals to match your audio.

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August 14th, 2013 at 4:59 pmdevin says:

Look guys, if Harry went any slower this would be a 2 hour video.
Harry, I think you do a great job, and Ihow you go into explaining why and how certain effects function and operate.
If you guys cant keep up, do what I do, scroll back some and keep going back again and again until you get it right.

June 7th, 2013 at 11:10 amJoel says:

for john and those running into the same problem as john and I did, this link will help you: http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/227/1884

May 8th, 2013 at 9:27 pmjohn says:

After Effect warning: ecpression result must be of dimension 2, not 1 expression disabled
error occured at line 0.
comp: comp 1
layer: 1 (placeholder
property position
A little more in explanation for recent user would be great next time.

September 7th, 2012 at 1:19 amBrandon says:

Nice tutorial, you go alittle too fast....but that's ok ...I have one problem though when I put in the expressions and pick whip everything to it's proper catagory...neither the solid nor the light moves..I did everything the way it is on the video...

September 7th, 2012 at 1:17 amBrandon says:

Nice tutorial, you go alittle too fast....but that's ok ...I have one problem though when I put in the expressions and pick whip everything to it's proper catagory...neither the solid nor the light moves..I did everything the way it is on the video...

August 31st, 2012 at 7:37 amFilip says:

@LEE
Download Pixel Benderhere http://www.adobe.com/devnet/pixelbender.html then open it and paste this: http://omino.com/pixelblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/omino_glass.pbk
then just save file and put it to C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe After Effects CS4Support FilesPlug-ins

August 14th, 2012 at 4:41 amguavabadass says:

ok ive got up all the way to choosing my keyframes and pressing apply , it rendered 720/720 and no outputs came about? help?

June 4th, 2012 at 5:27 amHermann says:

thanks for this tutorial Harry
regardsColombia !!

March 11th, 2012 at 12:06 pmLouie says:

Can i use this for infuse this into my own work just with a different song?

March 9th, 2012 at 4:42 pmRandy says:

@Lasai or anyone that is still having the problem with your expressions sending the object horizontal instead of vertical, you are using the wrong brackets, use the square ones [ ]. took me awhile to figure that mistake out. Awesome tutorial btw

March 1st, 2012 at 12:56 pmLee says:

Magic tutorial Harry, all went well till I tried to use Omino Glass, can't figure out how to install it because it's not a regular plugin. Can you let me know how to do it?

February 6th, 2012 at 10:31 amHarry says:

@ P4INKiller, no everyone cannot do "additive particles". In fact, Particular is very abstruse for many people. That's why we cover a very, very wide range of topics. This one focused on translating your music into particle movement, and showing an idea on what to dothere. Adding yet one more topic would have just been too much to cover.
But, I'll certainly take that as a suggestion for another tutorial. Fluid movement is certainly worth covering.

February 4th, 2012 at 5:16 pmmassih says:

Hi there ! Great tutorial, I learned alotit ..
But I got one problem, when I create the colormap and use it for the layer map, And then if I go back to the comp, I can't see it..., It looksit is invisble, I can see the outlines of the layer.. but not the actual layer, I checked the solo buttons, the visibilty/eye switch... Can't find the solution...
I hope somebody can help me..

February 2nd, 2012 at 3:59 pmdave patterson says:

Wow, another great tutorial. Very deep and detailed. It would be so hard to figure out half this stuff on my own! Thanks so much, Harry & Red Giant.

January 29th, 2012 at 5:08 amP4INKiller says:

Harry, everyone can do additive particles.
Where this tutorial would've shined would be in demonstrating how you can give particles the smokey, shadowy, almost liquid simulation feel that many of the videos on vimeo manage to create.

January 6th, 2012 at 11:05 pmSerpentz says:

I liked the tutorial...but seriously...could you slow down just a LITTLE bit? I had a really hard time following along with you because you were just WAY too fast on everything. Remember that not everyone is a lightning pro as you are. Thank you.

December 30th, 2011 at 3:48 amDegen says:

Awesome tutorial.... I love youuu :D you describe everything sooo good.
And I made a small video using your method.. so if anyone want to see
http://youtu.be/w8Jh81kyEXQ :)

November 24th, 2011 at 9:39 amAndy says:

Not sure why the expressions are not working for me :/

March 21st, 2011 at 7:20 pmWayne Barron says:

I have not tested the tutorial as of yet, but am downloading the video for it now.
The reaon why I am commenting before hand is the following.
For all that are having issues getting this effect to work, or your RENDER is SLOWWWW and or your have downloaded the product and do not know where it is located at or how to install it properly, amoung other issues.
#1: If your rendering is SLOW, please let us know your computer specs.
Mainly: memory, HD space, CPU Speed.
If you have low memory in your system, then this effect is going to take a toll on your system.
I suggest that you stop all programs that are not needed during the rendering process.
Virus Protection amoung other programs that could cause the render to become slower.
#2: Download the product to your desktop if you have a hard time finding it.
Unzip and install.
When you install, make sure that you install into the location where AE is located:
Example:
Q:\Adobe\After Effects CS4\Support Files\Plug-Ins
&
Q:\Adobe\After Effects CS4\Support Files\Presets
In my opinion, the installer needs to detect this on its own, to save the user time and stress.
When you open AE (If AE is already opened, REFRESH your Effects panel to get the products listed)
Go to Effects | Red Giant | Form (or) Whatever you are using from RedGiant.
Good Luck All
Time to check out the video tutorial now.
Wayne Barron
Dark Effects Production

October 18th, 2010 at 10:26 pmJohn says:

Hello there,
I got download Trapcode form, etc to After effects cs5.. but I can't found it.. I dont understand.. where I find it Trapcode? Please help me..
Thank you.

October 10th, 2010 at 2:19 amzivko says:

Great tutorial loved it just one suggestion instead of using trapcode sound keys, just extract the keyframes from the audio file works like a charm. There is no need of extra computing time with a plugin when you have it for free and in the half of the time would be necessary when using the plugin.

October 8th, 2010 at 10:54 amJoao says:

Nice tutorial. However, I want to know if you can apply the same effect without having music. I want to make this effect like the one you see in harry potter when the dementor is flying.

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August 7th, 2010 at 8:50 pmTravis says:

I need help! I just finished my project following the main guide lines of this tutorial. When I render it, Est. remain time is 226 hours 53 minutes... Its going about 1 frame per minute. Anyone know why this is happening or what I should do?

August 6th, 2010 at 1:00 amMarquiez says:

Harry and Aharon you guys are so amazing, thank you for showing us such an awesome Tutorial I hope to be as good as you guys one day.

August 4th, 2010 at 10:27 amHarry Frank says:

Wow, thanks for all the great comments everyone!
@lasai & @Pain if you are still stuck, please email me: harry (at) redgiantsoftware.com

July 23rd, 2010 at 7:22 amPain says:

Hi there,i have been following the tutorial.And i think it's great.
But i'm stuck at the outputs.They don't show,can you give me a hint why?
Thank you

July 23rd, 2010 at 7:20 amPain says:

Hi there,i have been following the tutorial.And i think it's great.
But i'm stuck at the outputs.They don't show,can you give me a hint why?
Thank you

July 23rd, 2010 at 4:06 amLasai says:

Thanks for this Harry! So useful for future projects. I seem to have done something fundamentally wrong though, but I can't figure it out. My placeholder box seems to be going left to right as opposed to up and down?

July 21st, 2010 at 9:33 amLasai says:

Thanks for this Harry! So useful for future projects. I seem to have done something fundamentally wrong though, but I can't figure it out. My placeholder box seems to be going left to right as opposed to up and down?

July 8th, 2010 at 7:31 pmJoel says:

I absolutely dig this! I just wanted to say that I'm profoundly grateful for the time and effort put toward making this available. Thank you Harry Frank and Red Giant.

July 8th, 2010 at 7:31 pmJoel says:

I absolutely dig this! I just wanted to say that I'm profoundly grateful for the time and effort put toward making this available. Thank you Harry Frank and Red Giant.

July 8th, 2010 at 11:33 amDonald Hall says:

Truly a beautiful piece of art. Sharing this is very inspirational and encouraging to learn, use and produce.

July 8th, 2010 at 8:08 amIanJ says:

Awesome Harry thank you! I'm fascinated by these audio driven pieces and the two Aharon mentioned have been mystifying me. What I really appreciated most was the explanation of some of the less obvious Trapcode settings... I follow these tuts regularly and often am left wondering what a particular setting is doing when I enter the suggested value. It's not always obvious even when you play around with different amounts. without the explaination I sometimes feel like a parrot just entering numbers ;-) This tut was particularly useful, thank you for your generosity!

July 2nd, 2010 at 9:52 pmVauger says:

Cool!

July 2nd, 2010 at 4:25 amilld says:

Wow - excellent Tutorial. Great work Harry, as always ;)

July 2nd, 2010 at 12:34 amDhartika Boj says:

Superb tutorial.
great visualization.And nice combination with music.
Thank You ! for Tutorial.

June 30th, 2010 at 9:18 amDaniel says:

Thank u very, very much, Harry!
Since Esteban Diácono published "Let yourself feel" on vimeo I'm fascinated by the dynamic and power of all these particles. I'm not quite familiar with expressions so far, but with the help of ure tutorial, it gets a lot easier.
Best regards from Germany.

June 30th, 2010 at 7:39 amEric says:

Very Nice! Good tutorial, excellent explainations, nice final output!
Shows the need to invest in Sound Keys!

June 29th, 2010 at 12:39 pmsuzhan says:

great tutorial

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