updated 07:10 pm EDT, Mon July 13, 2009
Trapcode Particular 2
Red Giant has released Trapcode Particular 2, an Adobe After Effects plug-in used to generate 3D particles such as sparks and burning embers. The update includes a new shaded particles feature that enables each particle to be lit by every light in a scene, along with a Shadowlets effect that allows users to add shadows and enhance the depth of field. Trapcode Particular 2 also offers Streaklet, a particle that replicates the long-exposure lighting effects featured in iPod and Sprint commercials.
The software includes 3D camera effects, particles that emit other particles, custom shapes, air resistance, gravity and turbulence controls, and adjustments for depth of field. Trapcode Particular 2 also features floating point rendering that improves the brightness of particles when using motion blur.
The plug-in works with Adobe After Effects 7.0 or CS4 and is backwards-compatible with Particular 1.5. The software can be purchased from the Red Giant online store for $400. Users who bought Trapcode Particular since April 7 can upgrade for free, while earlier purchases are eligible for a $100 upgrade.