Autodesk Smoke: Creating a Coverflow Animation

Posted by Ultimate_Smoker*, 24 February 2012 12:00 am

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Hi Everyone,

I hope that you have all had a good week.

This week I will be addressing a popular user-requested example:

Creating a Coverflow Animation

A number of people have been asking me what a good recipe would be to create a coverflow animation.  They can be notoriously difficult to create because layout, timing and synchronicity.

If you do not know what I am going on about, you can check out the wikipedia definition.

So I set off to create my own and I came up with a cool method to design it in the Action 3D compositor.  

In this video, I'll show you how to build one from scratch in the Action 3D compositor including 3D paths and expressions to tie it all together. A great inspiration for beginners and useful knowledge for seasoned users!

Check it out!

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Software: Smoke 2012 SAP 1



This video is best viewed in Full Screen HD mode

The features shown are valid for Smoke 2012 SAP 1 for Mac



This video is best viewed in Full Screen HD mode

The features shown are valid for Smoke 2012 SAP 1 for Mac

If you want to try this out for yourself, than please feel free to download the setups here.  You can replace your images for mine.  Remember to double-click on the entires in the media list and select the new ones from the desktop.

If you have any comments, questions or feedback, please leave them in the comments below the blog post.

If you want to catch up on any videos you've missed or looking for something special, you can browse the videos at my TABLE OF CONTENTS for my blog.  Always kept up-to-date wth the latest and greatest!

To attend the Official Autodesk Smoke Training Classes, you can visit the Autodesk Training Schedule for dates and your nearest authorised training center.  This will give you a general all-round view of post production and visual effects in Autodesk Smoke

Take care wherever you are and see you again really soon.

Signing Off…



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1 Comment


Posted 27 February 2012 8:40 am

Your welcome.

To mimic projectors in Flame... I have been asked this a few times. you might be able to do a few things with texture mapping with diffuse maps in action but it really depends on the task that you would actually like to do.

Sorry to be vague but the uses of projectors are multiple.

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