NEW: Trapcode Suite 16

Nov 17, 2020 5789 0 Share
Red Giant Team
Red Giant Team

Hey folks – today we are proud to introduce Trapcode Suite 16 and Magic Bullet Suite 14. We’ll cover the new additions in Magic Bullet Suite HERE in another blog post, but let’s take a look at what’s new in Trapcode Suite here.


Trapcode Suite is a set of 11 tools for particle simulations and 3D effects for motion graphics and VFX. This release includes a major upgrade to Trapcode Particular. There are new physics models, new behaviors, a new kind of emitter, and new presets to help get you started. There are also some smaller updates for Trapcode Form and Trapcode Mir.

Read more about what’s new below.


Trapcode Particular is our tool for creating organic 3D particle effects and complex motion graphics elements in After Effects. Quickly create particle effects in a powerful Designer, work with multiple systems in the same 3D space, bring particles to life with organic behaviors, and run physics simulations, like fluid dynamics. Particular makes it easy to add natural effects and 3D Object based emitters to your work.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Emit from Parent – Particular’s new ‘Emit From Parent System’ makes it possible to have emitters that emit complete Emitters. You can easily set up emitter chains, or have multiple systems emit from one source. Combine presets to create embers and smoke from flame particles. Fireworks can reach a whole new explosive depth.

  • Even More Particle Systems – Work with up to 16 particle systems in the same 3D space (previously 8) and explore endless creative possibilities. Create beautiful, complex effects through the interaction of different systems, all within one instance of Particular. Emitters in Multi-system setups can share parameter settings (such as turbulence, gravity and more), and can be saved as a single preset.

  • Physics: Air & Bounce Together – For the first time ever, combine air and bounce physics for the most realistic, complex effects ever offered in Particular. Choose up to 3 bounce layers with full bounce control and interaction.
  • Physics: Environment – The Environment category houses external forces like Gravity, Air Turbulence and the new Wind effect – a force that is now responsive to the mass, size, and air resistance of particles. Define different aspects of the Air Turbulence around your system to affect particle Position and Orientation/Spin.
  • Physics: Particle Properties – Particular now includes more intuitive control of how particles respond to their environment by making Mass and Air Resistance properties of the particles themselves.

  • Fast Physics – A new Fast Physics section includes the tools that can affect physics quickly without much of a hit to render times, such as Turbulence Field and Spherical Fields. New Drift controls push particles directly when real-world physics aren’t needed. A new Affect Opacity option is now available with Turbulence Field.

  • Behaviors: Flocking/Swarming – Particular’s powerful new Flocking simulation tools include automatic behaviors that take particle animation to a new level. Use Attract and Separate tools to define how much the particles want to be near each other. The Align tool lets you control how much particles flock in the same direction

  • Behaviors: Predator/Prey – Set up Predator/Prey relationships between particle systems. When a system is set up as Prey, you can use the Evade parameter to control how much they want to avoid a Predator. If a system is set as a Predator, the Pursue control decides how hungry it is. Control the maximum speed of your particles, how far they can see each other, and their field of view for even more realistic and varied behavior.
  • Behaviors: Meander – The new Meander behavior allows individual particles to wander about like people in a shopping mall or to have variances in speed like cars in different lanes of traffic. Meander’s influence over your animation is affected by the Mass of particles and can be used to add some nice individual movement to each particle. Meander can also be used to create complex group motion when combined with other features and behaviors, such as Flocking.

  • Velocity Over Life – For the first time ever, particles can be set to change their speed several times during a simulation using a Velocity Over Life curve. Start particles off slow so they stick to their emission point before speeding away, or have them start off fast, slow down and speed up again over the course of their lifetime. Great for use with Text and 3D Object-based emitters.

  • New Presets – Particular 4 includes over 75 new presets that show off powerful features like fluid dynamics, behaviors and more. Explore the library of over 430 presets to find beautifully designed effects for creating fluids, text, fire, spaceflight, fireworks, muzzle flashes, explosions, smoke and more. Save your own presets, and share them across your facility.

  • Cinema 4D File Import – Thanks to Cineware, use .c4d file 3D geometry as emitters. Supported Geometry properties include: animation and transformations (rotation, position/translation and scaling).

There is a lot of stuff in there, so here are some tutorials from Harry Frank walking you through all the new features.



Thanks to Cineware, both Trapcode Form and Mir  now include Cinema 4D input, which works in different ways, since each plug-in has a different function.

  • Cinema 4D File Import in Form – Use .c4d file 3D geometry as particle objects. Supported Geometry properties include: animation, normals, and transformations (rotation, position/translation and scaling).
  • Cinema 4D File Import in Mir – Use .c4d file 3D geometry as Mir 3D objects. Supported Geometry properties include: animation, normals, texture coordinates and transformations (rotation, position/translation and scaling). Visit our Red Giant Complete page to learn more.


New Licenses: You can buy Red Giant Complete, Maxon One, or Trapcode Suite on our BUY PAGE at

Red Giant Complete or Maxon One: The upgrade of Trapcode Suite 16 is available as a part of your subscription to Red Giant Complete and Maxon One. To upgrade simply…

  • Open Red Giant Application Manager.
  • Close out of all host applications.
  • Click the “Update” button for the Trapcode suite.
  • Follow the installer prompts.

Upgrade from an Older Version of Trapcode Suite or Individual Trapcode Products: If you have an older version of Trapcode Suite or an individual Trapcode product, there is special upgrade pricing available. Please contact our sales team HERE or one of our resellers HERE to learn more about your options.


As always, if you have any questions, our customer service team is here for you. Feel free to reach out to us at 

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