I recently embarked on a fun and educational project. I started with an excellent tutorial from PIXXO 3D. The tutorial combined motion capture data with particle (hair) physics to generate stunning effects. Initially, I planned to time and animate the project to the iconic breakdancing tune "Rockit" by Herbie Hancock, but I need written permission to use the song legally. So instead, I found an excellent royalty-free track on Envato Elements, a design, video, and audio asset marketplace that operates on a subscription model. The track, 'Funky' by 99Instrumentals, had a tempo of 128 beats per minute (BPM), making it easy to time my animation to the music.
The real challenge was the extensive rendering process, which lasted for weeks. Even with my i9 processor, 64 GB of Ram and RTX 3090 graphics card with 24GB of VRAM, the animated figure has 150,000 strands of hair, which meant a colossal amount of calculations to determine the precise position of each strand. However, despite the lengthy rendering process, the final output was well worth the wait. The only possible downside was that the process generated considerable heat, but it was February, which helped keep my condo warm this winter.