Particle Illusion is an easy to use high-end particle generator that gives editors and artists instant access to photorealistic particle effects for motion graphics, visual effects, titles, lower thirds, and background graphics. Particle Illusion is the choice for anyone looking to quickly add amazing particle effects to any video, animation, or image.
Extensive preset library, including new multi-object “Scenes”
Motion blur, depth of field
Direct rendering to ProRes and H.264
Native Apple M1 support and more!
What’s new in 2023?
3D Models as Emitters
Your 3D emitter options have just been infinitely expanded, using 3D models.
Use either C4D or OBJ files as particle emitters with various emission options, including the ability to draw the model wireframe for fresh new looks. Several immediately useful models are included, along with exciting presets that utilize them.
Working with emitters and other objects in 3D has just become easier with 3D widgets.
Position, rotate, and scale objects directly in the stage in a more intuitive process, resulting in a more streamlined workflow.
Particle Illusion Features
Fluid Dynamics allows you to transform any existing emitter into a complex animation that flows and swirls just like in the real world — or create your own custom animation. Includes 20+ new presets designed by the pros
Work in 3D
Work with emitters, forces, and deflectors in 3D using the integrated camera to navigate through generated particle fields using position, pan, and orbit camera modes. Includes depth of field and motion blur.
Forces and Deflectors
Force objects make it easy to add force fields that create complex movement or can attract or repel particles. The result? Even more interesting, realistic particles — from swirling chaos to controlled flows. Force objects also provide Fluid Dynamics.
Need particles to bounce off a logo? Simulate interaction with your footage or graphics using easy-to-use Deflector objects.
Lines and Turbulence
Connect your particles together with lines! Join particles to parent emitters, birth position, or even to other particles to create fresh new geometric mograph looks.
Turbulence varies the position and size of particles through auto-evolving, organic noise fields. Think subtle wave-like motion, wild particle scatters, or anything in between.
Easy Preset-Driven Workflow
Particle Illusion comes with thousands of preset emitters (via a separate free installer). An integrated search makes it easy to zero in on the effect you’re looking for, and the live preview lets you click and drag to see how it will move.
Use as-is or adjust the position, shape, life, number size, etc. by scrubbing values in the control panel. Create new presets too by saving any adjusted emitter back into your custom emitter library.
Particle Illusion lets you create extremely complex effects, but the Node View makes it easier than ever to work with and customize them. Simply select an emitter or particle node and see the corresponding parameters display in the Controls View.
Render quickly and easily to ProRes or H.264. Include alpha channel, resize the output, force motion blur, and more.
Particle Illusion is a completely free standalone application that receives regular updates- and always will be.
Real-Time GPU-Based Particles Generation
High-end production value makes clients happy. Real-time particle generation makes creative users happy. Particle Illusion features a user-friendly interface that makes generating effects like sparkles, smoke, fireworks, and explosions simple. Featuring a real-time interactive preview window, see particles how they were meant to be seen. Added benefit: saving your clients time and money.
Emitter Library With Thousands of Presets
Particle Illusion comes with thousands of preset emitters (via a separate free installer). An integrated search makes it easy to zero in on the effect you’re looking for, and the real-time preview lets you click and drag to see how it will move. Use as-is or adjust the position, shape, life, number size, etc. by scrubbing values in the control panel. Create new presets too by saving any adjusted emitter back into your custom emitter library!
Easy-to-use Preset Driven Workflow
No physics degree? No problem! Particle Illusion makes adding stunning particle animations to your scene as easy as 1-2-3. Select an emitter in the library, double-click, and voila, the emitter is added to the scene. Or choose an emitter and click where you want it on your shot to save a step or two. You can add as many emitters as you’d like, and adjust parameters to dial in the look.
Control Panel With Speedy Keyframe Navigation
Many library emitters contain animated parameters. To make it easy to find and modify the animated values, parameters with animation are highlighted with a red box in the controls view. Navigation buttons make it easy to move through time keyframe by keyframe where values can be easily adjusted, interpolation can be changed, and keys can be added and removed.
Particles that move like the wind! The Forces feature makes it easy to add force fields that create complex, organic movement or can attract or repel particles. From swirling chaos to a controlled flow of particles, the result is even more interesting, realistic particles.
Need particles to bounce off a logo? Simulate interaction with your footage or graphics using Deflector objects! Easy to add and use, deflector collisions are just one more way to add something extra to your particle-based projects.
Interactive Stage Window with On-Screen Motion Path
A visible motion path will appear over the composite window when an emitter’s position has been animated over time. The motion path displays the changes to the position and velocity of the emitter source over time. The on-screen path is fully interactive. Control velocity by repositioning points on the visible motion path within the composite window. Modify bezier keyframes with directional handles via on-screen controls.
Pre-Render for Speed
Both the plugin and standalone version of Particle Illusion feature the ability to “pre-render” a particle animation to a ProRes QuickTime movie. This will allow you to dramatically speed up your final render when using the plug-in version, or render out a movie for use in a compositing or editing application from the standalone version.
Mocha Motion Tracking (Plugin Only)
The integration of Mocha’s Academy Award-winning planar tracking and masking tools inside Particle Illusion gives users a unique advantage over other particle plug-ins. Both the particle emitter position and the position of the world camera can be driven independently or together using Mocha’s tracking data. The Mocha Essentials UI makes accomplishing advanced VFX even easier whether you’re a Mocha newbie or an experienced Mocha user.
Mac OSX: 10.14 or higher
Windows: Windows 8 or higher
Processor: 64-bit Intel or AMD CPU with four or more cores
Memory: 8 GB or more
Disk: High-speed disk array or SSD storage
Most modern graphics cards from ATI, Nvidia and Intel are supported. click here for a full listing
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