Create a Supernova in After Effects

From star collapse to light burst to nebula formation all in one sequence.

In this tutorial, I build on some of my earlier videos to create a supernova (a massive star explosion). After a preview of what we’re going to build, I sprinkle in a few facts about these stellar phenomena then dive into the tutorial. For the sun’s shrinking to a point, I use the lesser known Time Displacement to create an organic implosion. Next I use a simple expression to link a Lens Flare to a 3D Null. For the nebula particles I demonstrate how to create an explosion using CC Particle World and finally for the shockwave I use Video Copilot’s Orb, which CC Radial Blur and Turbulent Noise to get the look.

Published by ShiveringCactus

Tutorials and videos, mainly After Effects, but with some 3D and puppetry stuff too.

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