I am making a harry potter video with friends and I'm adding magic between the 2 wands. I'm using 2 particle systems with gravity off pulled by a force field for the magic and killing them when they hit the center with an invisible circle with collision kill particles. it looks great in the viewport but when I render it doesn't kill the particles. in the beginning, I thought it had to do with the 2 view layers I have so that a stone wall will be clear and the magic will be blurred and will have haze without volumetrics but my moving it around trying to solve the problem didn't seem to help.

viewport - this is what it looks like in the viewport

render-and this is what it looks like in the render

there is a circle with kill particles notice the circle in the center, it has kill particals

these are the collision settings these are the collision settings

view layer 1 outliner (blur + haze) view layer 1 outliner (blur + haze)

view layer 2 outliner (stone wall) view layer 2 outliner (stone wall)

I don't think it has anything to do with it but here is the compositing (maybe has to do with rendering or something) - compositing

and lastly here is the blend file - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1P8E1CuaPaVcRmHLIN59RoRzWov3QwpWW

  • $\begingroup$ no, I'm trying to make it not look like in the rendered picture in which the particles don't stop and die from the collision object $\endgroup$
    – J Block
    Jan 31, 2020 at 13:17
  • $\begingroup$ they just keep on going $\endgroup$
    – J Block
    Jan 31, 2020 at 13:17
  • $\begingroup$ Ok. I just notices that. $\endgroup$ Jan 31, 2020 at 14:20
  • $\begingroup$ do you know how to solve it? $\endgroup$
    – J Block
    Jan 31, 2020 at 14:48
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    $\begingroup$ Do you already tried caching the particles to disk? (Particle Properties > Cache > Disk Cache) @JBlock $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Feb 1, 2020 at 20:54

2 Answers 2


To prevent internal or viewport cache errors, save your particle cache to the disk before rendering. Enable Disk Cache under Particle Properties > Cache and click Bake all Dynamics:

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Cache panel

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Frame 7200 - 7325 cached to disk and rendered with Eevee

For several reasons but mostly because of the colour range provided by some of the available image formats, I suggest render your animation to an image sequence (preferably .exr) and compile the images into a video container like .mov, .mp4 or whatever afterwards.

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    $\begingroup$ Same Issue came up today again: blender.stackexchange.com/a/165640/31447 $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Feb 1, 2020 at 22:03
  • $\begingroup$ The answer to this question that you have provided is virtually identical to my answer. $\endgroup$ Feb 1, 2020 at 23:38
  • $\begingroup$ Any arguments or facts to support your statement? @Nate_Sycro27 $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Feb 2, 2020 at 13:27
  • $\begingroup$ No. Just that it is not really a good idea to post another answer containing similar material to the former answer previously posted. I.e. .png image sequencing. $\endgroup$ Feb 2, 2020 at 14:36
  • $\begingroup$ I would never suggest rendering to png (worst file format ever) and havn't done that here (fact) so what's your point? @Nate_Sycro27 $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Feb 2, 2020 at 14:48

Note: You are using EEVEE

I tried your settings, and it worked fine for me in Cycles. I noticed that you are using EEVEE for rendering, and if you want to escape volumetrics by using compositioning then you should use cycles.

If you want to continue using EEVEE, then I would recommend using volumetrics, as opposed to compositioning.

However, if you do switch to cycles, then you can use compositioning for achieving a "volume" look.

When I tried your .blend on another PC, the particles did not continue to show bouncing off of the cylinder when using cycles, (which is what I thought you want), so that must be the answer.

If that doesn't fix it, try rendering as a png sequence, and then using the video sequencer.

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    $\begingroup$ that didn't solve it. my problem isn't the volume its that when rendering the animation it ignored the kill particles collision object which it calculated when in the viewport. thanks though. $\endgroup$
    – J Block
    Feb 1, 2020 at 16:16
  • $\begingroup$ Have you tried png image sequencing? There have been many problems with people that straight up render animation video output. $\endgroup$ Feb 1, 2020 at 16:26
  • $\begingroup$ cool that also worked thank you $\endgroup$
    – J Block
    Apr 21, 2020 at 8:27

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