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RealFlow 2013 Review


By Jahirul Amin

Web: http://www.realflow.com (will open in new window)

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Date Added: 2nd August 2013

By using RealFlow, it's possible to create cool-looking effects with a little bit of button pushing. However, by researching the behavior of fluids and gases and so on in the real world, and then striving to emulate those results in RealFlow, that's when this package can truly deliver. What is the viscosity of honey? What is the density of wax? How do external forces affect the gases that you are trying to emulate? By having an understanding of the real world, you will be able to push RealFlow further and make bigger and more believable simulations.

"For anyone wanting to get their fingers wet, I would highly recommend trying RealFlow 2013 out!"
Returning to my personal project, once I was happy with the simulation and the results of the meshing, it was a case of taking it into Maya. Thankfully, RealFlow offers a plug-in that creates a shelf in Maya that can be used for just that: the RealFlow Maya Plug-in. A simple click of an icon brings up a window to select the desired mesh - and viola! There you have your fluid mesh, ready to light, shade and render.

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Bringing it all into Maya for final rendering


So that's a loose breakdown of how I created my first RealFlow image. But my RealFlow experience did not end with the package itself. I must say, the support team at RealFlow was also fantastic; quick to answer questions and eager to help out in any way they could. Plus the community of users through sites such as The Vault has an amazing array of resources to get new users up and running, while also giving plenty of hints and tips to help solve any issues that may arise.

Overall, RealFlow 2013 is a great package, and for anyone wanting to get their fingers wet, I would highly recommend trying it out. Will I be using it again and can I fit it into my toolkit? Definitely. Actually, I've already started experimenting with the Hybrido 2 solver on a larger shot consisting of giant scorpions and chaotic rivers! It may sound like an odd combo, but hey, I like scorpions and I like a nice choppy river. Till then, I will try and do the washing-up without obsessing about how the foam from the soap sits on the water. Note to self: must get out more...

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Beginning to test out the new Hybrido 2 solver


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The final outcome from my experience with RealFlow


System requirements:


Windows: • 32- and 64-bits

Windows XP, Vista, 7 or Windows Server 2008.
• 2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, Athlon 64 AMD or better
• 2GB RAM minimum. 4GB of RAM memory is recommended
• Hardware-accelerated OpenGL graphics card
• 400 MB available hard disk space for installation
• 3-button mouse

Macintosh: • 32- and 64-bits

Mac OSX 10.5 and up
• G4, G5 or Intel CPU. G5 or Intel is recommended
• 2GB RAM minimum. 4GB of RAM memory is recommended
• Hardware-Accelerated OpenGL® graphics card
• 1 GB available hard disk space for installation
• 3-button mouse

Linux:
• 64-bits distribution with a 2.6 Kernel and glibc-2.5
• 2GHz Intel ® Pentium 4 processor, Athlon 64 AMD or better
• 2GB RAM minimum (4GB of RAM memory is recommended)
• Hardware-accelerated OpenGL graphics card
• 300 MB available hard disk space for installation
• 3-button mouse

Related Links

www.realflow.com
www.thevault.realflow.com
www.youtube.com/user/RealFlowLabs
www.fxguide.com/
www.escape-technology.com (UK prices available here)

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To see more by Jahirul Amin, check out Beginner's Guide to Character Creation in Maya
and 3ds Max Projects

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