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Afloat by Barbecue

An amazing piece by German shop Barbecue.

Barbecue notes:

"The Setup are 3 Layers with a 7000*7000 particles wide Form. Every Form instance has also two additional layers in Z. At the end we would tweak the setup a little and let it render for 5000 frames. That took 12-24 hours on a 8 core (16 instance) MacPro. After 4 weeks we had enough footage to pick the best parts and edit the material."

Peder Norrby notes: "This is mind-blowing work by Barbecue. Warning Kids! Don't expect to create stuff like this if you are a newbie at Trapcode, these guys are super pro's. They blow my mind, and I created the software!"


Mattias Peresini


Rhett Dashwood

Two amazing clips by Rhett Dashwood both using Trapcode Form very elegantly.

Mind Soul Spirit / John H. King

Mind, Soul and Spirit Ident (Ms2 - 2010) from John H. King on Vimeo.


John H King notes:

This video introduces the new Mind Soul and Spirit ident, a French creative community gathered around pictures (mind), music (soul) and video (spirit).

The video is entirely created with Adobe After Effects and the amazing Trapcode Particular 2. I tried to produce something very different from what I usually saw coming out with this plug-in.

 The main idea was to express Life through different levels.

The Mind animation represents Nature as the Source of Life, mother of everything, the intelligence in nature as the beginning of anything around us, the mysterious unknown where all begins and ends.

The Soul animation sounds like two brain hemispheres, and creates a kind of parallel with the cellular division. The left side and the right side are like stereo in music. This floating brain is surrounded by a twin snake (DNA) coming out from the center of the human brain, from the symbolic third eye.This cosmic snake shapes a circle around the brain's hemispheres, mastering time and human creation. 

The Spirit animation is more abstract, uncatchable, with a kind of unstable shape, like thoughts always moving and changing in our heads. It’s hard to describe how it works how to define it. Is it true or just electric impulses in our brain, the total sum of our knowledge or something else that links us all on another level, or is it our true identity beyond our present life?

Finally the Spirit merges with Mind and Soul, but this impact sounds more like a positive explosion, like a regenerative event, giving birth to the mind soul and spirit packshot with three logos: the scarab (mind), the phoenix (soul) and the dragon (spirit).

Three strong symbols of eternity or constant rebirth stating in many cultures around the Globe.

Music : Somepling
Sound : GuiZ


Linkin Park / Ghost Town Media

Ghost Town Media have created VFX for some amazing music videos and on-stage projection graphics for Linkin Park. In this blog post we'll have a look at some of this work and see how Trapcode software was used.

Ghost Town Media VFX team: Brandon Parvini, Jeff Lichtfuss and David Torno. Freelancers: Gabriel Perez and Tae Lee

To fully see this awesome work, please watch the vids in HD and fullscreen.

Waiting for the End

David Torno of Ghost Town Media explains:

For Waiting For The End (WFTE), Brandon had tweaked and played with Form for a few days to develope a look which was based on some graphics we had made for the concert tour a few weeks prior. Basically running the footage through Form three different times to create a layered effect. The first layer being the main particles which held most of the fidelity of the image that shows and then two more passes to create floating yet somehow still attached brighter particle accents. All of these were based off of luma values from the source footage and audio reaction to different audio stems of the song. Various color grading was placed on top of that and then a focal depth plane was added and radomized to throw the focus in and out of the Form particle field just to give it more depth.

Once this entire pass was done, all of the artists sat down to watch it and to start picking it apart for weaker shots that either didn't work as is and needed more impact and also had to find spots for the director's creative notes that involved the 3D enhancements and geometric shapes/lines. A lot of 3D object tracking was done with Syntheyes to allow us to attach various 3D elements directly onto the band members, stuff like crazy polygon shapes flying of Mike Shinodas back, skull sections that are diconnected yet move with Chesters head, and various other geometric shapes that extrude or move with the shot.

After a few weeks of design, tracking and processing, the entire video was then put back through Particular using the Layer Emitter option to add the subtle particle cloud that emits from every shot. Optical Flares was then placed on top of that to make everything pop. Some more controled shots like Chester's arms peeling away and the last shot of Chester's face decintergrating into particles was a combination of Form and Particular to accomplish the fluid movement. Both of those shots were double processed through Form, by double processed, I mean that the source footage was put through our initial Form preset we built earlier and then I had pre-rendered it then put it back through some slightly different settings of the same Form pass. This gave the image an extra gritty feel. A Particular layer was added and hand keyframed to follow the path that I wanted the particles to peel away to and then using the fade in and out curve for the scale, I blended both plugins together.

The Linkin Park Thousand Suns 2010 Concert Tour was actually where the WFTE base foundation was created. Our team was put in charge of creating close to three hours of animated content that is being used as stage projection for the band while on tour. Some of the work has already been seen in New York, Buenos Aires and Santiago Chile. Here is a video from a fan that shows some on-stage graphics:

New Divide

David Torno explains:

With New Divide, we used Particular and Form. The opening shots of this video with the figures flying to and from camera while breaking apart were done with Form and the Audio Reactive option. A camera flythough was hand animated to pass through all of the clips of Chester and then reprocessed a few times to blur and warp it at times. There are a few other random shots that form was used to warp a band member. All of the atmopsheric sparks throughout the video that are flying by camera are Particular.

The Catalyst 

David Torno notes:

On The Catalyst, there was more of a need for realism and a VFX approach was needed more than a motion graphics feel. We had used Particular in this case to add falling ash in a few shots for a post appocoliptic world. Horizon was also used to add a sky to a bridge shot where the camera flys around to reveal a city in ruins.

VFX breakdown:



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