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CS Tools – Flux 49 Comments



In this tutorial, I show you how to use Flux by CS Tools. It’s a great, abstract renderer influenced by early versions of Trapcode Form. As abstract stuff goes, it’s pretty fun to play and make sexy renders with. Have fun!


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49 Comments

  1. I’ve just watched zerodb.org + the preview of Massive Attack

    So I’m making now my own 3d speaker with different Hz pumping out of it :)
    This will definitely help me building the membrane.
    thanks

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    • Eli Harrigan

      Hey are you the same Paul Agostinelli I once lost a bunch of money to in a back boiler room poker game?

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  2. Welcome back, I like the new iPhone App ads! I’m really enjoying your Light Kit, too. It made it a whole lot easier and tastier. You saved me for a lot of work there!

    I’ll upload some Light Kit Screen Shots if you want that afterwards. :)

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  3. Micke

    I don´t know if it´s just me stating the obvious, but i think Nick fails to mention that you of course could replace the Plane object in Flux with “any” object. I know he says “play around with it” but…

    Apply it to a text object, add the excellent Turbulence effect and you have a cool burning text (for example)…and of course some rendertime :)

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  4. efszijukej

    Congrats on your HDRI Light Kit Pro!

    It’s kinda off, but i’ve recently watched The Prestige (again:) and the titles in the trailer got me thinking! How did they do the transition? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttFqblbbp_Q for example at 00:36) I can recognize 3D rotating on the front face of the letters, but the magic comes on the other sides of these blocks. I am not sure if they used the transition’s final state as texture of the letter objects’ sides, cause there is a little bending in the transition’s second state. Can’t get it:) Check it out!

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    • I want to say thats done in After Effects, make a box and put text on the sides and rotate each box differently. That is a very interesting transition and I could be wrong but thats something to play around with. never noticed that before thanks for that.

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  5. Cool stuff. Now the light kit’s out and doing well (I assume)… any news on your video portfolio site? I just threw a quick site together with squarespace (www.mattfrodsham.com) that I can just embed vimeos in and looks a little cooler than sending clients to vimeo. I feel like jesus setting up a domain, new to me haha. I’ll stop rambling.. been a long day.

    matt

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  6. Just so you all know I can’t wait to upload my idea of this Flux thing, the renders are looking so cool but Net Render is being weird! Any way thanks for the tutorial, gets my mind going for ideas and I love having ideas!

    I”ll have a link up soon.

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    • I’d love to! so what I did was when I looked into the flux group, I just tried dropping a sphere primative into the hyperNurbs and it worked (to an extent). Then I for some reason thought of a bean bag sort of thing to try and replicate, sort of a stress ball. So to fill it up I had multiple sphere cloner objects placed inside the flux geometry. Place modynamics on the hyper nurbs and cloner objects, bake the mograph cake, slap Gi in for the flux material to emit light and then send it off! I migh make a video.

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    • Unfortunately, I can’t upload work related stuff… at least until it’s approved. Not my rules.

      I can say all I did was change the material used to a shiny brown and tweaked the speed and formula’s until it was chocolate

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  7. I think the CS Tools are cool, but I want some awesome tutorials like the balloons or the destruction plugin or the video or the cascading text one. Not the same topics, but those more in depth tutorials! I’m DYING without them. I check this site everyday, sometime 2 or 3 times to check if it’s been updated.

    But before everyone whinges at me, I do know how much work goes into them – but it’s been a while. But props to you Nick for your awesome work.

    I also just bought your light kit, haven’t used it yet – but from what everyone has been saying it should be awesome!

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  8. Is there a way to change the flux background to white without it disappearing?

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  9. alain

    hello i leave in Toulouse France,you’re great.but i don’t speak very well the English.

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  10. Rui Rolo

    Hey gorilla! i just open flux but there is no materials, just appears the form! what i’m doing wrong?

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  11. you are great
    but i hit the download
    they say 2 me file not found!!

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