In this new tutorial we will build a chrome ring in After Effects with an elaborate particle wipe. You’ll learn a new expression and build an anamorphic lens flare. The tutorial uses Trapcode Particular but I also show you how to set it up with CC particle world as well. And, I promise no references to The Ring!

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S Gilbert
February 17th, 2009 @ 12:28 pm
Awesome I cant wait to Use this
February 17th, 2009 @ 12:30 pm
I've been waiting for this! Thanks Andrew!
February 17th, 2009 @ 12:31 pm
Awesome. <3
S Gilbert
February 17th, 2009 @ 12:31 pm
P.S. I play with sock puppets all the time... There!!! I finally came out of the sock puppet closet!!!
February 17th, 2009 @ 12:33 pm
Awesome! Thanks, looks stunning.
February 17th, 2009 @ 12:36 pm
YAY, its there!
Thanks for your work, im gonna check it out right away.^^
February 17th, 2009 @ 12:49 pm
Excited to watch, but it's not working on my iPhone right now :( I get directed to the regular tutorials site.
February 17th, 2009 @ 12:53 pm
February 17th, 2009 @ 1:06 pm
Amazing, amazing, amazing.
I look forward to seeing you in NY next month. So I can thank you in person for amazing work.
February 17th, 2009 @ 1:08 pm
thx andrew..great tut
February 17th, 2009 @ 1:14 pm
lol, just watched it. What a nice tip at the end!
Great tut, very challenging and the final look is awesome
February 17th, 2009 @ 1:25 pm
Awesome work Kramer!
February 17th, 2009 @ 1:26 pm
There are some very good ideas in there that can be used for numerous other projects. Thank you and again, good work.
Matt in MO.
February 17th, 2009 @ 1:26 pm
Awesome... I am already excited by the opening graphic of advanced content.... its like opening a treasure chest haha.
Adam Sklar
February 17th, 2009 @ 1:28 pm
Amazing! Cant wait to watch it! ;)
February 17th, 2009 @ 1:37 pm
Oh yeah :)
Finally :)
February 17th, 2009 @ 1:39 pm
Awesome stuff Andrew! But 3 rings would have been better. :P
February 17th, 2009 @ 1:42 pm
Very cool thx for sharing :)
Daryl BootS
February 17th, 2009 @ 1:54 pm
Massively great tutorial Mr kramer
ned flanders
February 17th, 2009 @ 2:07 pm
great tutorial. i tried making it a couple days before you posted the tutorial and my ring looked like garbage, but the particles and lens flare turned out great! i used ur great 3d orbit preset
February 17th, 2009 @ 2:08 pm
ohhh yes finally, we were waiting for long time man!!

thx andrew! U R the best ;)
February 17th, 2009 @ 2:25 pm
Awesome! Not the seemingly typical midnight release caught me by surprise. Can't wait to leave work and watch the tutorial.
February 17th, 2009 @ 2:40 pm
Just watched the tutorial and it is fantastic. I'm learning so much trough your tuts. Fantastic work!
February 17th, 2009 @ 2:41 pm
22:37 UK time - was planning on getting some sleep as I have a full day's shooting tomorrow at 6am... guess I'm gonna be up all night with my head in a new AE Project now!

Who needs sleep when you have a new VideoCopilot tutorial... the ultimate "Time Vampire"! :-)
February 17th, 2009 @ 3:09 pm
Wow, has been many updates in a short time on this site. I love it! Keep it up Andrew :)
Clayton Light
February 17th, 2009 @ 3:17 pm
Very clever. I love the way you made the ring.
February 17th, 2009 @ 3:48 pm
Awesome!! Thanks Andrew!!! You know, your tutorials are the only ones that I can stand watching. You take it at just the right speed and I love your humor!

Keep em coming! (the products and tuts)
February 17th, 2009 @ 4:28 pm
nice one :)

btw: maybe fix the links to the product pages in this blogpost, they don't work ;)
February 17th, 2009 @ 5:34 pm

February 17th, 2009 @ 5:44 pm
really really greAT and awesome tut. Glad i'm a member (literally not) of this community.
February 17th, 2009 @ 5:44 pm
great disclaimer at the beginning K-man! Great tute too!
February 17th, 2009 @ 6:42 pm
Thanks so much Andrew! Very cool stuff! Do you think you could put together a sock puppet tutorial for us? The button eyes keep falling off of mine :(
February 17th, 2009 @ 6:56 pm
Thanks Andrew!!! U are the master!!! :-)
February 17th, 2009 @ 7:01 pm are amazing ..thanks for give us..a little of your talent..
February 17th, 2009 @ 8:42 pm
Mr.Kramer I'm your BigFan. Thank you for your new tutorial. Good job kepp making tutorials. Tanks once again
February 17th, 2009 @ 9:09 pm
Thank you a lot
February 17th, 2009 @ 9:15 pm
great (สุดยอด)...
February 17th, 2009 @ 10:44 pm
Im diggin it dude... but why stop at 2 rings?

You really freakin nailed the Troika design... good job man...
Andre Prior
February 17th, 2009 @ 11:45 pm
February 17th, 2009 @ 11:57 pm
simply awesome! hope you can make more tutorial for matchmoving. thanks andrew dude!

greeting from UAE!

tang ina ang galing!
February 18th, 2009 @ 12:13 am
Great tutorial! This effect will make my round logo looks sexy again :)

I am sure you are working on a new DVD. I bought all you dvd's. When the new dvd will arrive I will be the first one that's gonna buy that! :D

Greetings from Amsterdam
February 18th, 2009 @ 1:10 am
how do you come up with those masking techniques? the heart you postet some days ago was also very incredible. how do you figure out which specular to use where?
anyway, great tutorial! thanks a lot!
February 18th, 2009 @ 2:19 am
i dont know if its illegal.. as i said im from belgium but live in china now... and i was suprised to see your last tutorial already available with chinese subtitle in an AE community in china...
February 18th, 2009 @ 2:43 am
When will the mobile version be ready?
Keep it up
February 18th, 2009 @ 5:24 am
Loved the WARNING ;).
February 18th, 2009 @ 3:19 pm
how can you make the particles follow a non circular orbit? like if you make a path with the null in z space, how can you orient the particles to follow that same path you created?

thanks for the tutorial....
February 18th, 2009 @ 3:54 pm
Great tutorial, I was wordering if you can show us betters ways to understand expresions THE CODE.
February 19th, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

The ring i made by following your tutorial.
Tried to make it a bit different so it wouldn't be the same but this effect has a infinite number of possibilities.

Thank you again
February 19th, 2009 @ 5:15 pm
Andrew, I think I love you more than my mom.
February 21st, 2009 @ 7:05 am
It's great!
February 22nd, 2009 @ 3:28 am
wow.. it's look similary as my energy ring in my funny fighting video :)))
February 22nd, 2009 @ 7:57 pm
I'm currently watching Men In Black II on TBS, and during the last commercial break there was an advertisement for a show on TNT. Now normally the TNT logo is just a circle with TNT in the center. Well at the end of this commercial the TNT logo appeared, just like your logo here. I think your being watched, and by big companies.
February 28th, 2009 @ 6:38 am
what a great tutorial again.huraaaaaaaaa

just one question..

how can i play the trapcode particles on the custom shape? any idea ?
March 17th, 2009 @ 8:18 am
Hey Andrew!

With this tutorial I created an animation for a duo DJ website. You can take a look at my animation on:

I am curious what you think of it :D

May 26th, 2009 @ 4:16 pm
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