Eclipse from Space / Moon Shadows in After Effects

A tutorial which uses Video Copilot’s free Orb plugin. In this video forAdobe After Effects, I first demonstrate how to link a moon to a planet using null objects, parenting and the Orb effect. Then I combine the Circle and Offset effects with a Linear expression to range map a shadow to follow a planet. This means I get to avoid ray-tracing, heavy render times and can adapt the eclipse size / moon shadow pretty quickly.

I can also use this technique to cast words or even spaceship shadows on a planet. After talking you through all of the above, I then show how to apply it to a Earth model you have already set up. –


Expressions:

Dan Ebberts’ toWorld:

L=thisComp.layer("Emitter Position"); 
L.toWorld([0,0,0])

Linear Offset:

X = linear(thisComp.layer("Moon Rotation NULL").transform.yRotation,-90,3,1100,-100); 

Y = linear(thisComp.layer("Moon Rotation NULL").transform.zRotation,-30,30,1000,0);

[X,Y]

Published by ShiveringCactus

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

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