Fire In After Effects

Creating Fire in After Effects – Tips, Tutorials & Templates

There are numerous other ways of creating fire in Adobe After Effects. Here are a few tutorials and free presets to get you up and running:-

Fire Presets & After Effects Templates

Creating Fire in After Effects Tutorials

Creating Realistic Slow Motion Fire With Trapcode Particular & Twixtor

Red Giant recently aired their latest masterpiece – Tempo, which showcased a range of amazing visual effects that can be created with Trapcode & Red Giant plug-ins. One particular eye catching effect was the slow motion fire. Aharon Rabinowitz has released an in depth tutorial into how they managed to pull off this effect using stock footage, Trapcode Particular & RE:Vision Effects Twixtor & ReelSmart Motion Blur.

The workflow involves adding fire footage inside a Trapcode Particular particle system. This footage can be easily obtained from sources such as Video Copilot Action Essentials. Using Trapcode Particular’s textured Sprite you load the footage and set it to Random-Play Once. To get the best blending mode for the sprite, set the transfer mode to Lighten. In order to make the effect even more impressive, Aharon used a couple of very useful After Effects plug-ins that should be part of every VFX artist’s toolbox – RE:Vision Effects Twixtor & ReelSmart Motion Blur.

Twixtor allows you to slow down the fire footage to give you that cinematic, slow motion, flame effect, without the stuttering artifacts you’d normally get from slowing down footage. ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) allows you to add realistic motion blur to the footage Particular is emitting, making the effect look much more realistic. Like Aharon mentions in the tutorial, you can use After Effects native Time Warp plug-in for free to create motion blur, but the results are often not great and it takes forever to render. You can save 5% off Twixtor and Reel Smart Motion Blur here.


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