I made a couple of GIFs using Trapcode Mir. Just for fun! And to understand how to make them. From a quick search I found that tumblr GIF's have to be less than 1MB and no bigger than 500*500px so that's what I aimed for. I used low framerate (7fps) in AE and 6 seconds for a total of 42 frames. I exported .mov from AE and opened in Photoshop and used Save for Web to make the GIF.
Here is the AEP.
Here are two wonderful videos from Tokyo-based DESIGNERS APARTMENT (Takeshi Tsunehashi / 常橋岳志)
The first (above) is called "forest". Tsunehashi used Trapcode Particular for the particles and Trapcode Form for the fog. There is also a Japanese version.
"aiiro" uses Trapcode Particular for the particles.
Takeshi Tsunehashi's website: d-apartment.net
The winner of the grand prize was "Kizuna" by Yukito Komori (Pyramid Film PTHREE). Here it is:
A loveley piece with memorable imagery and a message of people connecting. "Kizuna"（絆）means "bond", "emotional ties" in Japanese which are prized and respected in Japan.
Here are the finalists and judges (Komori is 4th from the left on top row, next to me):
Flashback Japan organized the event at a beautiful venue. Here is a picture from my talk:
Many thanks to Flashback Japan who made the trip to Japan an absolute joy! And thanks to all others that helped make the event and all competition contributers and everyone who attended the event.
I also wanted to show two other contributions that made a big impact on me. This piece by Mao Yoshihara:
And this piece by Takayuki Sato:
This video is pretty old now (2 years), but still a really great example of using Trapcode Partciular. The slow moving rain was added. Text from the vimeo page:
"Second and final slow motion test...It was filmed months ago. Editing is rough because I don't have time to work on details.
Edited with Twixtor in After Effects.
Rain was made with Trapcode Particular 2 in AE
Lens used: Canon EFS 18-135 mm
Shutter speed: unknown
Composer: Niklas Aman, STIM
Publisher: Brusbox Music STIM
Check out Niklas' awesome music: