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Website Update + Afterburn 4.0 Tutorials

News update
Hopefully none of you really notice this, but this site’s been completely rebuilt (again). Pretty much same design, just completely different content management system, so things like visits and other stuff have been reset. One key feature is comments now work, so feel free to supply comments on posts that are relative, it would be good to get other industry people and enthusiasts posting comments or adding ideas to posts on tutorials or showing some of their end results etc !

Hopefully all newsletter subscribers still stay in tact, however feel free to resubscribe to the newsletter just in case!

Afterburn 4.0 – Utilizing Explosion Daemon
Still covering more basic subjects just to add some more introductory content. Here we go through one of many methods for creating explosions in 3D Studio Max. This one is designed to really show how to use the Explode Daemon in Afterburn 4 as well as create an explosion without any key frames or lights necessary, purely all based off the particle age.

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Afterburn 4.0 – Triggering Canned FX
Following on from the previous tutorial, we then take our explosion and link it up to another system. In this case, its killer teapots! (Yes I was too lazy to make any actual planes flying around). The concept is very similar to the airstrike CG Academy DVD I created some years ago, however updated for Afterburn 4.0. This is a demonstration of creating canned FX and then being able to hook them up to other effects to control the entire thing through some basic controls you set up, rather than manually having to do all of this by hand.

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That’s it for now, there are a few announcements happening over the coming weeks, as well as a lot of advanced content coming. As I’ve previously mentioned I’m trying to put a bit of my spare time into producing some beginner to intermediate subjects for real flow, max, maya, scripting etc. for people who are wanting to get into FX and don’t know where to start. However I have a lot of more advanced content that will be coming soon. As always, if you have any cool ideas or requests, feel free to shoot me an email (go to the contact page) and I’ll keep them in mind!

Allan McKay

San Francisco, USA

Posted on November 15th, 2009
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'Ideally' it would be great to have people who are vising to post relevant comments or links to things that might be interesting and related to the articles they are commenting about.
I'm sure there are dozens of people who visit this page that are far smarter or talented than I am, so I encourage everyone to share knowledge, add and contribute to these threads wherever they can!

Rock on guys!

-Allan McKay

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