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”

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”

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 Particle Tunnel in After Effects

This tutorial shows you how to fly a camera down a 3D motion path. Wormholes are cool and a sci-fi staple. You’d expect to create your own versions you’d need a full 3D package with particle generation, but in this tutorial I demonstrate how you can use a few null objects, some simple expressions andContinue reading “Create a Wormhole Particle Tunnel in After Effects”

Spiral Galaxy using CC Particle World

In this After Effects tutorial I use only included effects to build a galaxy. This tutorial builds on previous knowledge to distribute the particles using the Fibonacci or Golden Spiral code I shared in that tutorial. First I show how to spread the stars out in the correction formation, then duplicate the particle layer toContinue reading “Spiral Galaxy using CC Particle World”

Using the Golden Sprial / Fibonacci Spiral in After Effects

The Golden Ratio / Spiral is a well known and useful tool when designing compositions. It frequently appears in nature which may explain why when we frame shots and images to line up with the spiral we find them asthetically pleasing. You should not feel you always have to use the Golden Spiral – insteadContinue reading “Using the Golden Sprial / Fibonacci Spiral in After Effects”

Makin’ a meteor / atmospheric re-entry in After Effects

In this tutorial, I use Adobe After Effects’ included effects and two free plugins from Video Copilot to recreate the look of flaming plasma as a spacecraft enters Earth’s atmosphere. CC Particle World is used to make the flames, sparks and smoke. I use VC Orb to create the rock falling to the planet andContinue reading “Makin’ a meteor / atmospheric re-entry in After Effects”