Snow Particles

After the Flour Fusion experiment I began testing the footage in some of my after effects projects and found them to be quite useful and interesting. So later this week, I’ve decided to post some Free HD clips for everyone to try.

This comp was created using some snow images placed in 3D space. Then the snow particles were comped over the entire screen in 2D. I’m sure with a little more work the particles could be in 3D space as well by making multiple copies. You could even use particular to create some additional 3D particles to really sell the depth… so many ideas. How will you use the clips?

Michael Schwarz
September 13th, 2011 @ 6:38 pm
Wow I can't wait this will be amazing for my upcoming movies! You are the best Andrew Kramer!
    September 14th, 2011 @ 7:54 am
    Do the Word's "Snow Man" Have Shadows?
    September 14th, 2011 @ 3:08 pm
    This is After Effects - they do if you want them to... :D
    September 15th, 2011 @ 8:59 am
    In Monster's Inc., they were challenged by the snow environment. Try making the snow stick to a furry critter. That's your next challenge : )
    September 15th, 2011 @ 1:02 pm
    waiting for the preview tutor mmmmmm =)
    September 15th, 2011 @ 1:24 pm
    you messed up my kitchen Andrew.
    Thanks a lot!
    Greetings from Holland.
    November 13th, 2011 @ 5:09 am
    where the man DDD ?
September 13th, 2011 @ 6:39 pm
I love this idea!
September 13th, 2011 @ 6:40 pm
Thanks, brotha!
September 13th, 2011 @ 6:41 pm
I just tested out your flour fusion with our new Sony PMW F3! Check it out!
    September 14th, 2011 @ 7:51 am
    WOW.... That is some Awsome Footage!!!!!!!!!
    September 14th, 2011 @ 11:03 am
    Yeah!! That is some awsome footage! Great Work!!!
    September 15th, 2011 @ 9:03 am
    Was it done with a heart filter on the bokeh? I saw heart shapes on the headlights and then a star.
    September 15th, 2011 @ 10:28 pm
    I used a heart cut out infront of the lens and also a diamond and star cutout for the other shots.
September 13th, 2011 @ 6:42 pm
Wow, thanks Andrew! Real particles can definitely be be a bit better then cg.
ah shang
September 13th, 2011 @ 6:42 pm
i will use it for my movie ~~
September 13th, 2011 @ 6:43 pm
nice work and i love the idea of Flour Fusion: Real Particles
thanks a lot.
    Konja Kazzu
    September 15th, 2011 @ 8:47 am
    indeed great, but all I think of now is Element 3d..I'm like braaaiiiin, braaaElement...3dddd
September 13th, 2011 @ 6:43 pm
Cool application for the "Flour Fusion". We are always grateful to you Andrew, for your free stuff. ;-) :D
September 13th, 2011 @ 6:47 pm
Looked great.. application for this stuff is endless when doing abstract work. Great title effect for sure. Thanks!
September 13th, 2011 @ 6:49 pm
So awesome! I'd love to see how you did the ground, as that has amazing dimensionality in its own right. Could you perhaps do a tutorial on this or share the project file? Maybe if we promise to be naughty or nice?
    September 13th, 2011 @ 7:54 pm
    it can be creatin' in 3d program.....will be pretty good cuz you can adjust whatever you wanna!!!!!!!!
September 13th, 2011 @ 6:51 pm
I Have No Idea.......!!!!!!!!!
maybe use it comin' out with some fire ....
really i dun know
i'm animator not advanced vfx artist
September 13th, 2011 @ 7:08 pm
Interesting choice, capitalizing (in a sense) the last letters of the word. Tricks my eye into thinking the letters are different distances from the camera... definitely saving that for my next graphics gig. Sneaky man, Krames!
September 13th, 2011 @ 7:14 pm
wow ...
can you plz tell that when the product element is revealing.... thank you andrew
September 13th, 2011 @ 7:50 pm
This is a wonderfur...
Thanks for every one...
Dwaine Vassell
September 13th, 2011 @ 7:56 pm
how about water drops or rain drops? how can we mimic particles of water?
    September 14th, 2011 @ 8:55 pm
    CC Rain or maybe use an image of a raindrop as a sprite in Particular.
Dwaine Vassell
September 13th, 2011 @ 7:58 pm
Also, it would be cool to freeze time and move the camera through the particles to get even a greater sense of depth.
September 13th, 2011 @ 8:07 pm
Cant wait. I was hoping you were going to give us some clips to use.
    chris francis
    September 14th, 2011 @ 2:32 am
    i agree.... :)
September 13th, 2011 @ 8:13 pm
Gerard Wills
September 13th, 2011 @ 9:01 pm
Same here too.
This could not have come at any better time for my movie!
Cannot wait!
Thank you Andrew!
September 13th, 2011 @ 9:19 pm
thanks, good footage! i love it~
September 13th, 2011 @ 9:33 pm
Lets better make particles in Element 3D!
September 13th, 2011 @ 9:40 pm
Hey Andrew, amazing stuff - looking forward to using this in a project.
September 13th, 2011 @ 9:47 pm
Wow, that was cool! What ever happened to stereo audio plugin??

Also, as previously mentioned, a VideoCoPilot office tour would be great!
September 13th, 2011 @ 10:10 pm
I love CC Flour :)
September 13th, 2011 @ 10:10 pm
As always Andrew, YOU ARE AWESOME!!!
September 13th, 2011 @ 10:11 pm
I will use the particles to make a tutorial about integrating a CG background using a green screen. Like what was done for the 'Demon Cam' promo, Mr. Andrew Kramer. You know, maybe go in depth about creating the environment in Max. And using tracking marks on the green screen to provide a reference of the camera movement. It's really techniques I will be focusing on since I have a clue and can work my way around Max pretty efficiently-- hint, HINT (elbow nudge).
September 13th, 2011 @ 10:34 pm
I would make use of the particle clips in my new movie, "Rise of The Al-Yetiface", it's a story of deception and "flour trade".
September 13th, 2011 @ 10:42 pm
As always all seems so realistic, nice job again mr.Kramer :)
September 13th, 2011 @ 10:46 pm
Hey Andrew, other than the stroke effect at the top of the letters of "snow man", do you have any lighting effect on the letters? Or a veeery subtle gradient effect? They don't look "flat" they way they would for me....
September 13th, 2011 @ 10:49 pm
Hi Andrew! Love your work. Do you already know a release date for ELEMENT - can't wait. Thx for reply.
September 13th, 2011 @ 10:59 pm
Mr.Kramer,There is no snow tutorial in you over 100 tutorials,I think maybe you can make it up!May be 3D program as well!
September 13th, 2011 @ 11:54 pm
I Love VC and Mr.Karmer
September 14th, 2011 @ 12:10 am
Totally unrealistic...
Try again!
    September 14th, 2011 @ 5:24 am
    Hey, try YOU to make it better ;-)
    September 14th, 2011 @ 8:03 am
    I went to your website, You are really really really GOOD!!!
September 14th, 2011 @ 1:00 am

we try out to film some real particles with a Sony EX1R and a 500 watts halogen lamp.

Maybe we are to stupid, but this didn't work. Any hints? Or just the wrong camera for this?
September 14th, 2011 @ 1:23 am
this Is amazaing and very Helpful GG andrew I really Like-It ^^
September 14th, 2011 @ 1:57 am
Good to see a practical application for the flour particles. I have to say that there is an issue with scale, though. To my eye they would look fine for a little snow globe (the ones you shake) but less convincing for real-world scenes. Very pretty nonetheless.
September 14th, 2011 @ 2:05 am
yaaaaay.. nice of you...thank you very much!
September 14th, 2011 @ 2:14 am
this is great but for lazy men like me
i'd rather stick with trapcode particular

still amazing though always
Tyler A.
September 14th, 2011 @ 2:30 am
Sweet! Free s--t! Thanks Andrew.
September 14th, 2011 @ 3:14 am
I'm planing a scene with ashfall for my up-coming movie, so this effect could be very helpful! :)
mohammad co
September 14th, 2011 @ 3:17 am
Thank's a lot man :)
September 14th, 2011 @ 3:20 am
This is truly really amazing stuff! Your work inspires me every day and I bet it is not only me but thousands of other designers to!
September 14th, 2011 @ 3:53 am
Coooool!!...but this just remenber me something, what about Elements???...i thinks you say that it will available for september, and in september we are, sooooo...what about it?

& sorry the bad typing, my english is a $%#$#!!
September 14th, 2011 @ 4:10 am

Thanks man.
September 14th, 2011 @ 4:58 am
cool.. but it doesn't look much like snow... just few discs... I would use it like a multicolored specs flying over a birthday party after the balloon got burst... crazy idea...
But here, each spec has to be of a different color... I wonder how i would do that..!
September 14th, 2011 @ 5:59 am
Dear Andrew, creative as always...

what is the blending option for the particles real footage over the scene? or what did u do exactly to merge it in the scene?
September 14th, 2011 @ 6:31 am
Great Work Andrews! Keep Rocking.
Expecting more tutorials. :)

- Venkatesh R
September 14th, 2011 @ 6:47 am
Snow, Ashes, form a volcano or explosion, maybe after a demolition in a city, with some smoke and dust...
Under Water, As emanation of a Magic Spell or just a Magic Seal Or for a Comp with the Light crossing a small an dark corridor... something like that...
September 14th, 2011 @ 7:03 am
That was a great idea, '' BUT '' actually the windy storm Sound FX doesn't match the particles movement speed, so you can work on this issue to make the composition look more realistic, without forgetting about the camera target distance because in the beginning of the clip i can see there was a front and back blur in the same time and this is technically impossible. Anyway thanks a lot for your kindness and for giving us so much from your precious time.
    al board
    September 14th, 2011 @ 10:12 am
    Why would you think that it is impossible to have a blurry foreground and background at the same time? Have you ever done a shot with a very low depth of field? I can asure you, it is quite possible. ;)
    September 14th, 2011 @ 6:28 pm
    Ever heard of the Tilt/Shit or Tilt/Swing effect? This is a prime example.
    September 14th, 2011 @ 10:08 pm
    Thanks for your replay ''AL'' , i've said it was technically impossible in this particular shot, we've got some text on a freezy mountain with some long camera movement not a ''Macro photography'' using a very shallow depth of field AKA a Close-up Photography. Anyway thanks AL ;)
September 14th, 2011 @ 8:31 am
Great! I wanted to do this but did not have a macro lens, looking forward to this!
September 14th, 2011 @ 9:09 am
hi master Andrew, cool :)
i can't w8 :)
thx 4 everything's :D
September 14th, 2011 @ 9:21 am
Heee!!...nooone kare about Element 3D anymore??, what happent to this awesome pluging??, we are in september and there is not notice about it!!!...please Andrew, say something!!!!...
September 14th, 2011 @ 9:26 am
Some particles are a little bit to bright, but illusion is OK

Keep teaching us Andrew !!!!!!!!!
September 14th, 2011 @ 9:33 am

What will be the resolution of the particles you are being so kind to give us? Please say 1080p :)
September 14th, 2011 @ 10:06 am
The cold atmosphere in this animation reminds me of a cool chewin gum commercial ;)
September 14th, 2011 @ 10:08 am
We are lazy students !!
We always wait for stuff from A.K and when he gives them out we ask for tutorials on how to use them lol !!
September 14th, 2011 @ 11:36 am
Should only increase in the grain also enlarge the text a little
September 14th, 2011 @ 11:38 am
Cool, can't wait for the free stuff!
I did something similar with the intro animation of episode 12 of my webseries Standard Action.
I used the smoke clips from Action Essentials and placed them in 3d space in AE to simulate mist,smoke and clouds in some mountains
    September 14th, 2011 @ 12:40 pm
    I would totally use these clips to add snow falling in the mountains of the animations before episodes.

    You might see some of your free HD clips in the intro title sequence of Episode 13
September 14th, 2011 @ 12:10 pm
Amazing, you do incredible stuff and more incredible: they are for freeeeeee...
Tanks Andrew.....
Haggai Nwokolo
September 14th, 2011 @ 12:51 pm
Always the best... Andrew Kramer
September 14th, 2011 @ 12:59 pm
Maybe a shadow behind the text?
September 14th, 2011 @ 3:17 pm
Nice I'd like to find out more on creating the look of depth with the mountain backgrounds and how the camera focuses in...
September 14th, 2011 @ 3:32 pm
Very cool as usual. But, where are the clips? I don't see them.
September 14th, 2011 @ 4:59 pm
hhhhhhhhh so really nice Andrew ThX
September 14th, 2011 @ 5:33 pm
Andrew, as always a great tutorial. You might want to check out The Man From Nowhere, Korean film,I think used your Action Essentials in their movie, the blood and the sound FX.
Just thought I would let you know and it is a great movie by the way.
Found the one tutorial I was looking for.
September 14th, 2011 @ 8:44 pm
looking grt. plz show us how it is done
September 14th, 2011 @ 11:47 pm
Thanks OddWord, very kind of you!
Maybe Nikolaus could see it:

No mistake, i like very much Andrew's work.
Always a smart thing to learn here.
Despite my old age (i started fx job before digital age:)
My work is sometimes to straight, so refreshing ideas are all welcomes!
September 15th, 2011 @ 3:17 am
Nice Job always.....................
September 15th, 2011 @ 4:58 am
mb i'll make a magma-like scene , using a mountain footage as the background , then motion track it , add fire from Action Essentials , then maybe using 3 particle videos in 3d space and of course lastly , color correct the footage.
September 15th, 2011 @ 5:04 am

As you always have been saying using real elements would enhance the final looking of the video... so adding real particles to partucular in the orb effect or any matte painting ( snow scene ) would definatly add a realism :D
September 15th, 2011 @ 5:07 am
Thanks.. of course they'll be very useful
September 15th, 2011 @ 5:59 am
wooooow waiting
September 15th, 2011 @ 6:01 am
I don't know, to be honest I'm not a big 'natural disaster movie' creator, so I'm not about to build a blizzard video any time soon. I think it would work for mint gum and ice cream commercials... :-)
September 15th, 2011 @ 7:39 am
It is really COOL man.
September 16th, 2011 @ 12:36 pm
Snow.... reminds me of that bad rapper from the early 90's
September 17th, 2011 @ 12:04 am
Amazing Andrew and funny ok
September 17th, 2011 @ 2:57 am
Always the great guy. Thx a lot.
Andy Wong
September 18th, 2011 @ 2:32 am
September 18th, 2011 @ 10:50 am
This is great stuff, and will be usefull in my videos!
September 19th, 2011 @ 1:40 am
Really useful! Thanks.
September 19th, 2011 @ 3:48 am
i like ur work andrew but it does not really look like snow ....
Jodo Kast
September 20th, 2011 @ 4:25 am
(in Mitch Hedberg voice) How will I use the clips? I will use them in a snow scene. Why would I fix what ain't broke?
September 20th, 2011 @ 10:55 am
September 27th, 2011 @ 12:07 pm
I used with a title, to a 15 year old party! (here in brazil the main teenager party is 15'and not 16 as the americans Sweet Sixteen haha)

love it the particles.
October 22nd, 2011 @ 4:30 am
Ak you are the best!!!!!!!
October 22nd, 2011 @ 9:00 pm
Hello. My name is kemer, I am from Colombia, a faithful follower of video copilot and all his equipment, the motive of my comment is: to ask the best for help in this. It is that I have a project in hands; I want to do a short but it is totally in cartoons or 3D my question: serious possible that they were making a tutorial do since scenes 3D complete (you marry; streets; you present in this case cartoons and others) serious of great it helps since they are the best in this. Thank you in advance ... kjpro
December 8th, 2011 @ 2:37 pm
Thank you for this latest set of assets. I have been using these particles to turn a summer city scene into a winter's day.
I am please on the way I have managed to make it look like the ground has been covered by the falling snow.
Keep up the good work Andrew.
David B
December 20th, 2011 @ 9:25 pm
First, I am a newbie and VC has taught me a lot in a short period of time!! Is there a full tutorial for this scene? Thanks
December 22nd, 2011 @ 5:03 pm
This is awesome. I just used the footage to create snow in this video. Check it out-- Thanks so much Andrew!!

Check it out!
varun tiwari
January 15th, 2012 @ 9:24 pm
hey bro, ur job fantastic, now i want this tutorial plz show its tutorial thankz.....
March 24th, 2012 @ 2:19 am
what plug-in you would suggest to do the same, if I don't have video footage ?
November 29th, 2012 @ 3:29 am
Hello Andrew, Can u make this snow tutorial? I making new animation project, But I cant find any snow tutorial. PLS REPLY :)
August 29th, 2013 @ 3:41 am
Very useful for creating realistic snow effects! Thank you!
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