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wondertouch Releases Collection of Preset Particle EffectsParticle effects package enhances existing particle system offerings in Motion (March 08, 2005)
wondertouch, a leading software developer of high performance particle effects creation tools, today announced the release of "wondertouch Particle Emitters for Motion," a particle emitter package designed for customers using Motion, the high-performance motion graphic design and production application from Apple. The emitter package features a selection of more than 300 preset particle effects, based on the company's award-winning, standalone particleIllusion software technology, that have been converted to operate in Motion. Available in multiple versions to suit specific needs and budget, the preset collection delivers the Motion community of creative professionals an expanded range of particle content to create rich, powerful and complex particle effects.
Alan Lorence, president of wondertouch, explains that the existing similarities between the particle engines in wondertouch particleIllusion and Apple Motion provided the company an opportunity to convert a significant percentage of its extensive particle emitter library. "Creative professionals are constantly seeking tools that allow them to create content with exceptional flexibility. We're excited to draw upon our particle effect creation expertise and hope this expanded selection of artistic elements - drawn from our huge particleIllusion library of preset effects - will allow Motion users to take advantage of the possibilities of particles beyond their typical role of creating explosions, smoke and sparkles for even more imaginative and powerful artistic experiences."
wondertouch beta tester Mark Spencer, an Apple-certified trainer for Final Cut Pro and Motion, author of the Motion Visual Quickstart Guide from Peachpit Press, and owner of Day Street Productions, Inc., a San Francisco-based production and post-production facility serving clients in corporate video, documentaries, and short-form narrative, comments on the particle emitters for Motion. "Overall, the wondertouch particle systems are exceptional, offering more sophisticated effects than Motion's stock systems. Since many of the particle emitters include multiple particle cells, artists can expect to create more complex, organic, and realistic effects. Whether used for creating smoke, fire, or explosion elements to realistically composite into a scene, or dreamy, organic background elements, wondertouch has provided enough options to satisfy just about any motion graphics design need not to mention the fact that you can tweak any parameter of these systems to your heart's content!"
High Road Productions in Los Angeles produces commercials, industrials, music videos and long-form projects. wondertouch beta tester and principal Noah Kadner commented, "The wondertouch collection is overflowing with every conceivable effect. They are simply amazing! All the particle effects perform brilliantly within Motion and just as importantly, they look great. You could easily spend hours just going through every effect included in this package. For anyone working with particles, consider this a `must-have' Motion addition!"
Pricing and Availability
The `wondertouch Particle Emitters for Motion' are now available in three versions:
Small: 65 particle emitters, $39 Medium: 200 particle emitters, $99 Large: 330 particle emitters, $149
(Note: The "Small" and "Medium" versions are subsets of the "Large" version.)
All versions of the emitter package can be purchased directly from the company at www.wondertouch.com.
particleIllusion is a standalone particle effects application designed as an easy-to-use, affordable, high performance tool to quickly and simply add particle effects to any image, animation, or video footage. particleIllusion features an ever-growing collection of over 1300 preset effects such as smoke, fire, explosions, water effects, sparkles, colorful artistic effects, and many others. particleIllusion features OpenGL hardware acceleration to provide real-time (or near real-time) previews of most effects and ultra-fast rendering of final output. Installed at leading worldwide production facilities, particleIllusion has been used in hundreds of feature films, television episodes, broadcast commercials, computer game titles and Web graphics projects.
wondertouch, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is an award-winning software developer specializing in particle effects for the visual effects industry. The company's flagship product, particleIllusion, a sprite-based particle effects application is focused towards the needs of creative professionals working in film post-production and pre-visualization, standard and HD video, commercial broadcast and Web graphics industries.
wondertouch software products are available directly from wondertouch.
Additional information on wondertouch can be obtained on the Web at www.wondertouch.com.
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