You likely have watched the action movies with great effects like explosions, for example. Now using DP-Animator: Explosion you can create your very own animation with an explosion that you can alter according to your needs. This is not the only great feature of this freeware program. It can be used to create short animations for use in videos, games, and movie trailers, etc. You can design it in your own way and import it later on into any of your projects.
How It Works
The first thing you will see when you start the program is the view area with explosion animation and its options on the left. There are three sets of options for designing the explosion.
- Size and Speed are straightforward and control exactly what you would expect.
- The seed control determines the initial parameters that generate a unique cloud shape. You can change the number to get another cloud shape or click the dice button for a random choice.
- The rotation control sets the speed and direction of cloud morphing.
- The first option here is the “Translucency” that sets the opacity of the whole object.
- There are two colors that can be changed. “Color 1” is the color of the central part of the explosion (the hottest part). The second, “Color 2”, is the color of the external part of the explosion (the coolest part).
- “Color balance” sets the edge position between the two colors in the cloud. For instance, if the slider is put in the far left position, the larger part of the explosion cloud will be drawn with Color 2.
- “Temperature” shifts the whole gamma to Color 1. For Instance, if the slider is put in the far left position, the whole cloud will be drawn with Color 1.
- “Smoke” adds a black tone to the animation to simulate the smoke effect of the explosion.
This tab is responsible for the duration of all of the stages of the explosion.
- “1st phase” is the duration of the initial explosion and cloud growth.
- “2nd phase” is the duration of the intense burning.
- The “3rd phase” is the duration of the cloud fading.
- “Delay” is the delay before the 1st phase, and the “Pause” is the pause after the 3rd phase.
Saving the result
With this set of properties you can design your very own explosion animation and when you are satisfied with the result, you can export it. You can do this in two formats: QuickTime MOV and PNG sequence.
Export to QuickTime MOV
If you select the MOV export format, you will have to set several of options, like the “Width” and ”Height” of your animation, “Animation duration” that is measured in milliseconds (1000 ms = 1 second), and “Frames per second”, an option that sets the final quality of your animations. (Higher values make the animation smoother, but increase the file size.)
Export to PNG sequence
The second option for exporting is PNG format. Here the options are very similar, but you have “Sample duration” and “Number of samples” instead of “Animation duration” and “Frames per second” in MOV format export.