Andrew Kramer’s recipe for an Orb Atmosphere

An After Effects tutorial using Video Copilot Orb plugin. Andrew Kramer’s awesome Orb plugin makes making planets really easily. The plugin allows you to take texture maps, bump maps and even illumination maps and create realistic planets. I’ve gone so far as to publish an entire series of tutorials creating all the planets in theContinue reading “Andrew Kramer’s recipe for an Orb Atmosphere”

Recreating the Genesis Effect from Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan

An Adobe After Effects tutorial KHAAAAAAAAAN! In this video, I look at how to recreate the iconic Genesis Effect as simulated by some of the very first CGI in movies. Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan (1982) used a Cray supercomputer to render the minute long sequence. The shot was reused in bothContinue reading “Recreating the Genesis Effect from Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan”

Destroying Earth with a Black Hole

This mega effect sequence combines mutliple techniques. So many in fact, it seemed sensible to break up the video into mutiple parts. In this first video, I start with  @Video Copilot  Ultra Earth 3D project and using their free Orb plugin combined with the Polar Coordinates effect, I reposition the map, so that CERN isContinue reading “Destroying Earth with a Black Hole”

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 theContinue reading “Create a Supernova in After Effects”

Animate with Audio in After Effects

A walkthrough of how to use music and sound files. You’ll get loads of people telling you not to use audio in Adobe After Effects. That you should use Audition or another sound editor and Premiere Pro or other video editor. And yeah, you can do a lot more in those programs, but it’s alsoContinue reading “Animate with Audio in After Effects”

Make a Podrace in After Effects

A tutorial using Particles to create multiple rock arches. Borrowing from the Pod-Racing scene in Star Wars: Episode 1, The Phantom Menace, this tutorial shows how to use either Trapcode Particular or CC Particle World to create a particle tunnel. I then use 2.5D images to create a desert floor, CC Environment to create aContinue reading “Make a Podrace in After Effects”

Create a Doctor Who (2010) Time Vortex in After Effects

A Trapcode Particular and CC Particle World tutorial. Geronimo! Fly down the time tunnel as seen by Matt Smith’s timelord. Avoid the storm clouds, lightning strikes and plunge into fire. This Adobe After Effects tutorial aims to recreate Framestore’s iconic title sequence which reimagined the time vortex. Part of the Makin’ Wormhole series, I showContinue reading “Create a Doctor Who (2010) Time Vortex in After Effects”

Create a Doctor Who (2005) Time Vortex in After Effects

A Trapcode Particular and CC Particle World tutorial. Fantastic! After all these years, it turns out there’s a simple way to recreate a David Tennant era… I mean… Christopher Eccelston era time vortex. In this dual After Effects tutorial, I show how to take the particle tunnel / wormhole I previously showed how to make,Continue reading “Create a Doctor Who (2005) Time Vortex in After Effects”

Create an Interstellar wormhole in After Effects

This tutorial shows how to use either Red Giant Trapcode Particular or CC Particle World to create a particle tunnel. Part of my Makin’ wormholes series, showing how to create really cool, sci-fy tunnels in Adobe Video & Motion After Effects. Christopher Nolan’s 2014 epic Interstellar attempted to scientifically accurately depict black holes and wormholes.Continue reading “Create an Interstellar wormhole in After Effects”

Create a Wormhole tunnel using Trapcode Particular

This Adobe After Effects tutorial flies a camera down a tunnel of particles. Wormholes are cool and a sci-fi staple. You’d think you would need a full 3D package with particle generation. As it turns out, 3D Particles are not the main issue, instead the challenge has always been getting a camera to move alongContinue reading “Create a Wormhole tunnel using Trapcode Particular”