3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 6, 2008 1:09 AM by (Siriunson)

    stars shooting at camera

    Level 1
      I'm new to AE & have downloaded the trial version of cs3.

      I've got a project I'm making to export as an flv to add to a Flash banner & have got all the elements in place & animating as I want. I'm trying to use particle playground to get the effect of stars being emitted from a central point & flying towards the camera - almost like travelling through a starfield.

      Am I using the right effect to do this or is there another way? As I said, I'm new to AE so would appreciate some guidance.
        • 1. Re: stars shooting at camera
          bogiesan-gyyClL Level 3
          Particle Playground is useless for almost everything it was supposed to be able to do. Too complex. You can use almost any of the CC Particle systems to do what you want but I'm not at my AE machine to help you wade through it.

          bogiesan
          • 2. Re: stars shooting at camera
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
            You'd need to create a radial gradient and map it to some persistent properties (velocity, color) to create that "tunnel" feel. But I agree with David - it's like getting wisdom teeth pulled. Tedious, painful and it never seems to end. I recommend you download the demos of Trapcode Particular and Form - this sort of stuff is extremely easy to do in these plugins. The CC particle stuff is not included in the trial, but you can download a demo of the commercioal HD version of the plugins directly from Cycore.

            Mylenium
            • 3. Re: stars shooting at camera
              Level 1
              Thanks both for your replies.

              I am going to download some of the Trapcode effects as I think these might swing it as to whether I buy this or go with the Final Cut Studio suite. (Apple Motion looks very appealing... )

              I did find a great tutorial on the Trapcode site which seems to make it look like I can achieve this effect in seconds here http://www.trapcode.com/in_action/particular_custom.html