Use CS3 integration to create falling snow over an image of cedar trees. Use After Effects to create the falling snow, then export the effect as a Flash video and drop it on top of the image. Experiment with blending modes to get some creative results

[If you want to create your own project and follow along with this tutorial, the lesson files are available for download here]

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  1. Brian Reyman (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    Nice quick tip, thanks! Would it have been easier/possible to change things a bit in AfterEffects and encode the transparency channel?

  2. Tom Green (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    Hi Brian

    Yes you can but the question is :Why? You would need to output the QT, then encode the FLV and then heave the video into an FLVPlayback component or a video object. A lot more work and I am your basic lazy guy:-)

  3. tom (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    is there a way to download your tutorials and save them on my hard drive? There is just so much good stuff here I can remeber it all. I want to build a refrence library of tuts so I can go to them when I am working on a project. Great stuff thank you for the awesome tips

  4. Brian Reyman (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    Just making it back around to look at my original comment – thanks for replying Tom!

    My only thought that I’d want to do it the way I suggested if I was targeting a specific version of the Flash Player (maybe 7, for example) that supported Flash Video, but not blend modes. Otherwise, I’d agree that your way is more straightforward.

    -Brian

  5. Bert Farry (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    Why couldn’t U do the whole thing in After Effects then make a FLV from that.
    Also if People want a ref. library they should just sign up for Kelby training and get the vidioes ya it cost but these guys have to make money to live right.

  6. Tom Green (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    Hi Bert, I believe I answered the “do it in AE” question earlier in this thread.

  7. Mahesh Kumar (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    Sir,
    I want to Adobe Flash CS3 Vedio or Edit text Page Tutorials
    Because I have Beginner.

  8. Tom Green (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    Mahesh, click the Flash link at the top of the page. I have a series on video here at layers.

  9. ren (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    hey there

    good tut
    it seems to work nicely
    except its really lagging up my flash animation
    the audio is out of synch and it wont play at the proper speed. Ive tried a bunch of different settings and whatnot..
    any suggestions?

  10. Tom Green (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    The video or the flash project?

  11. Lou Kun (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    NewB here… I was going crazy trying to get snow falling ontop of a Christmas Card till I saw this Tut…Awesome!!. I’m using the CS4 Master Suite, so there was a few differences, but got it… Is there a way or formula to get the snow to loop without such a noticeable switch in snowflake positions, or should I just make the snow vid 40 secs long or so as i need in my movie?

  12. Tom Green (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    Co0uple of ways of doing it, Lou.

    You can increase the number of snowflakes.

    Extend out to the duration of the Flash movie.

    Play with the Filter Settings to get it as seamless as possible.

  13. ronny (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    This is great! im just a beginer of this tools…so 1 question….is it easy to create some confetti effect falling from the roof ‘? i’d be exactly like this effect but using many colors and textures, instead snow, i guess…. any ideas?

    thanks a lot!

  14. Fred Curran (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    can I do this is cs 4

  15. Mike (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    how would u do this in CS4 please?
    Thankyou

  16. yuny (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    hi I’m trying to make some apples fall down from the sky just as snow, can u help me? (mac user) CS4?

  17. Blanc Rose (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    Hi,

    Thank you for sharing this demo tutorial video and I am loving it. However, I do not have CC Snow, CC Rain, and CC Lake in my Simulation Effect. Can you show me how to get that effects.

    Best Regards,

    B.R.

  18. carla (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    I followed the tutorial, but when I went to export, it said that the export failed as there wasn’t sufficient data to export…any suggestions?

  19. Kalaiyappan (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    hi tom,

    i am trying to get the snow effect from AE to work in SWF exporting……it is not working!!!what can i do?

  20. Remo (Reply) on Thursday September 11, 2008

    Hi Tom , just to let you know the download link is not working too well.
    Thanks for all the great tuts really appreciate.



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