Content creators looking to add high-end 3D particle animations to projects have a new toolkit in the update to Boris FX’s Particle Illusion standalone application. The particle generator allows users to easily create animations to use as visual effects, motion design backgrounds, titles, and more — for free.
The Particle Illusion standalone app features a user-friendly workflow with thousands of professionally designed pre-sets. Its extensive Emitter Library includes photorealistic effects such as fire, smoke, dust, snow, fireworks, and abstract organic elements. Users can drag and drop pre-sets as-is or create complex custom animations with intuitive node-based navigation.
Advanced features include 3D particle emission using the integrated 3D camera, forces, deflectors, lines, turbulence, fluid dynamics (new), motion blur, depth of field, and direct rendering to ProRes and H.264.
New features include:
- Fluid Dynamics — A simple one-click feature that brings particle animations to life with the beauty of photorealistic organic movement. Fluid Dynamics allows users to transform any existing emitter (or create their own) that flows and swirls as it would in the real world.
- Includes 20+ new professionally designed pre-sets.
- Expanded Libraries — Users can now create complex animations with multiple emitters, forces, deflectors, fluids, and even position data and save it as a single pre-set called a “Scene” within the expansive Emitter Library.
- Native M1 Support — Users on Apple M1-supported Macs will experience significant performance speed increases.
Particle Illusion is also available as a plugin directly inside Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Blackmagic Resolve, Foundry Nuke, and VEGAS Pro. Users can choose from three purchasing options – Particle Illusion multi-host plugin; Continuum Particles Unit; and Continuum (full suite).
The plugin version gives users access to a more streamlined workflow that includes the ability to composite particle animations directly over source footage inside preferred host applications, track and mask with integrated Mocha, drive animations to music with the built-in Beat Reactor, and more.