NEW TUTORIAL: Disintegration

In this exciting 46 minute tutorial we will build a furious procedural disintegration using displacement maps, turbulent displacement and CC particle world. Be sure to stay tuned until the very end for a fun bonus video…

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April 16th, 2009 @ 3:55 pm
Wow , got to watch !!!
poor Sam ... loved him...
April 16th, 2009 @ 3:59 pm
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:00 pm
Awesome work Andrew, Thanks!
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:01 pm
Thanks Andrew!
alex coffy
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:03 pm
cheers from Haiti
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:04 pm
wow 20/20
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:05 pm
thanks AK, u r the best!
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:09 pm
nice! good job guys!
Rick Morris
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:15 pm
Dang! I´m working I can´t watch the tutorial untill I get home!!!
It looks amazing!!
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:19 pm
I Andrew... really compliments for this tutorial... very great.

I have see that you have a change the OS and after effect version. You have a new computer? You used vista 64bit ultimate or businness?

greting from italy and sorry for my confused english
mohammed saad ali
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:20 pm
Just AWSOME andrew. visit your website everyday, hope to see something new..


thanks bro
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:21 pm
Definetly Groundbreaking :-)

I don't know if I'm liking the CS4 Layout though?
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:23 pm
Wow another long tutorial!
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:29 pm
Awesome Job. Look forward to trying this out.
Sam with no hands! Can you keep that going in his next appearance?
I was hoping for a sneak peak of the new Action Elements, maybe next time?
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
"Damn Smokey!"
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:46 pm
i love you man!
i don't think that one day i could thank you enough for your (high quality) sharing
U are the best Andrew, you are my heroe!

greeting from Algeria
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:51 pm
Yeaaah :). I love header "NEW TUTORIAL" Hehe...
Thank you man !
Sam.... :( :D

Pozdrav iz Srbije !
Regards from Serbia !
April 16th, 2009 @ 4:55 pm
awesome!!! watching now... :)
April 16th, 2009 @ 3:56 pm
Always the best! Thanks!
April 16th, 2009 @ 5:06 pm
Wow, you seem to amaze me everytime Mr. Kramer
April 16th, 2009 @ 5:15 pm
Man I am going to start my own movie studio if you keep doing stuff like this :p
April 16th, 2009 @ 5:18 pm
oH great as usual BOSS. you know what andrew hopfely you'll com to my country the way i'll welcome you there... in the meantime keep up the great work ;)
April 16th, 2009 @ 5:18 pm
Holy carp!
April 16th, 2009 @ 5:23 pm
Thanks Andrew! You're the best!
Anthony Miller
April 16th, 2009 @ 5:36 pm
Awesome. Just really super freakin' cool I say!

Damn fun. Except for Sam.
April 16th, 2009 @ 5:41 pm
April 16th, 2009 @ 6:12 pm
Thanks for that, that was great. I like it how these tutorials are getting more and more advanced. Really enjoyed it!
Dustin James
April 16th, 2009 @ 6:12 pm
The ball of light is actually the Discover Card orange talking ball of light...

looks like Sam has reached his limit..
April 16th, 2009 @ 6:29 pm
Wow. Not to belittle your previous efforts -- which remain among the best video tutorials for creatives, paid or otherwise -- but this is the most enlightening tutorial I've ever seen. I hope you continue this trend of ever-increasing quality :)
Jim Hines
April 16th, 2009 @ 6:30 pm
My birthday is in a month. Products will be purchased.

Thanks for this tutorial it is SPECTACULAR!!
April 16th, 2009 @ 6:46 pm
April 16th, 2009 @ 6:52 pm
That was super cool! I already made my own version.

Soo....uhm. My b-day is May 2nd, do you think Action Essentials 2 will be out by then?
April 16th, 2009 @ 6:57 pm
I've been looking all over the internet for something like this. It's too beautiful for words.
April 16th, 2009 @ 6:57 pm
NOOOO, dude I refuse to come back here. Sam was the only reason I watched you Andrew. Say it ain't so. Dude you have to bring him back from dead. Try that thing they did with Optimus Prime, I'm sure the same technique could work for Sam.
April 16th, 2009 @ 7:04 pm
Great tutorial!

You owe Sam big time for this! I burnt off the dude's skin and both his hands. I say you should let him co-host a tutorial to make it up to him!
April 16th, 2009 @ 7:12 pm
Thanks for the Tutorial! You Rock! ;)
April 16th, 2009 @ 7:14 pm
oh no... oh no.. can't believe it's true..
I only see it in movies, but now.. i'm doin' it in my comp.hehe
thanks mr.kramer, appreciate everything. BTW, what is the exact release of Action Essentials 2? Can't to have it in my collection of your products.
April 16th, 2009 @ 7:27 pm
Awesome! Your jokes are getting better every tut! I loved the ending.
This tut was a very requested one I am happy it finally came. Thanks man.
April 16th, 2009 @ 7:30 pm
NO WAY!!!!
April 16th, 2009 @ 7:30 pm
April 16th, 2009 @ 7:47 pm
Love the finished product!
April 16th, 2009 @ 8:13 pm
4.10am in the UK and just finished watching. Unbelievable! worth every phenomenal second... I can not wait to try this. Thankyou!
April 16th, 2009 @ 8:13 pm
brilliant work Andrew, Just Awesome!
April 16th, 2009 @ 8:30 pm
man that looks cool
Pierce Borgens
April 16th, 2009 @ 8:42 pm
Alas! Poor Sam we knew him well...Nevertheless cant wait to watch this new one!!

~Greetings from Texas!
April 16th, 2009 @ 8:59 pm
I kind of reminds me of the vampire disintegration effect in the Blade movies.
Very cool!
Nemesis TS
April 16th, 2009 @ 10:03 pm
Great Tutorial!!! Man every one seems to be better and better. This looks like the same kind of effect they used on the eiffel tower shot, shown in the G.I.Joe movie trailer.

Thanks Andrew these are great principals.
Eugene Opperman
April 16th, 2009 @ 10:18 pm
Just beautiful Andrew!!!
April 16th, 2009 @ 10:45 pm
Wow, thanks a bunch. This one is sick!!!!
April 16th, 2009 @ 10:45 pm
I loved this tutorial! Smoke creation, fire, YES!

BTW, I just got The Bullet and I love it, I'll be watching those tutorials for years... I MUST get AME 2 when it comes out!
April 16th, 2009 @ 11:04 pm
it's 1:00AM.... I gotta be up in 4.5 hours.... but I dont care!!! I'm watching this NOW!! Always top notch stuff from you and the guys AK.

Keep it up, because of videocopilot (I speak for myself and alot of people I'm sure) doors have been opened for creativity we would have either never seen, or not realized until they were obsolete.


April 16th, 2009 @ 11:31 pm
Sick! I love it
April 16th, 2009 @ 11:43 pm
Am I the only one that has a problem watching the tutorials??? They stop halfway through.
Jake The Muss
April 16th, 2009 @ 11:48 pm
Another great tutorial!

lol...started work just before 6.50am (UK) and I haven't done a thing yet apart from watch this. Better get moving and do a bit.

Will get stuck in to this over the weekend.

Ta :)
April 16th, 2009 @ 11:56 pm
Another wow experience - awesome work....
Looking forward to test this ;)

Ljubomir Sinozic
April 16th, 2009 @ 11:57 pm
Adobe AF was for me same as Pandora box, very confusing with catastrophic results but with you guide slowly i learn how to use this powers and with every new tutorial you newer fail to amaze me how much power is in this program (if you know how to use correctly there is no limits what you can achieve )

Thanks for sharing you wisdom with us
April 16th, 2009 @ 11:58 pm
nice one!
April 17th, 2009 @ 12:08 am
poor sam..
April 17th, 2009 @ 12:19 am
Big THX for sharing again and again and again!

Cheers from Germany
April 17th, 2009 @ 12:32 am
I've not done any of the live action tutorials, mainly due to lack of people willing to be filmed but I gotta try this one, thats just cool!

Maybe I'll disintegrate my 2 year old!
April 17th, 2009 @ 1:20 am
Andrew kramer you are a good man, thanx for all what you do for us, you are amazing.:)
April 17th, 2009 @ 1:22 am
What's what I was waiting for!


Love you!!
April 17th, 2009 @ 1:55 am
Hey Boss, i just finshed working on the tutorial and i have 2 questions. 1st how to slow the burning animation.2nd when sam burned his hands trying to steel your indy thing how you limit the animation to stop at a cartine point ? other that that it was an amazing follow pit fast but hey thats why i run 2 monitors and have a pause botton. thanks champ.
Thorsten M. (tommie12P)
April 17th, 2009 @ 1:59 am
OMG, thats pretty cool, especiall for us guys without particular and co
willy noseir
April 17th, 2009 @ 1:59 am
April 17th, 2009 @ 1:59 am
This hidden video at the end kicks ass...
btw I want to know if he tries to get the statue with his mouth ;)

Keep on the awesome work Andrew. Best AE site on the web!
April 17th, 2009 @ 2:08 am
Very great tut but have any raw footages 4 us follow to learn, we're really waiting for, thanks :-)
April 17th, 2009 @ 2:21 am
Thanks a lot man! Keep on!
April 17th, 2009 @ 2:45 am
holy carp, batman! this is exactly what i needed right now. i can't tell you how much i love you right now, andrew. is it enough to tell you that i purchased all your products and always will? :P
April 17th, 2009 @ 2:46 am
Thank you for this very nice tutorial. But, can you please add the AE projekt file to the archive for download, Andrew? Thank you very much.
April 17th, 2009 @ 3:23 am
i like the new tutorial speed
Prodat TV
April 17th, 2009 @ 3:28 am
April 17th, 2009 @ 4:00 am
Thank you, for yet "another very exiting tutorial!".^^ This one was one of the best ones, i think, because i really learned alot new techniques. :)
Arjan Elsinga
April 17th, 2009 @ 4:01 am
Wow, looks like Blade smashing vampires. It's a long tutorial, but it's a lot of fun with many tips.
April 17th, 2009 @ 4:06 am
hey Andrew:you before nextman; Now,süperman

super tutorial..thanks...

(little Katie's hi :))
hurundi kaurismaki
April 17th, 2009 @ 4:19 am
anadaido marika
April 17th, 2009 @ 4:19 am
HEloo! I Like very much! IS AWESOME!! ROCK!!!
filibertsi ranana
April 17th, 2009 @ 4:20 am
make more HEY ANDREW KRAMER!! SAM !!!
April 17th, 2009 @ 4:20 am
these blow socks!!!
gustavo vieira
April 17th, 2009 @ 4:21 am
Hy, Andrew. Thanks for this amazing tutorial.
Do you think about make some tutorial about new features in photoshop cs4 like 3d object in after effects? Looks like have some big differences instead cs3. I saw a tutorial in and seems a new way to work, some new improvements in both programs and a big integration.
again, thanks for the tutorial.
April 17th, 2009 @ 4:30 am
u r the great. Sir crazy stuff from Ivory coast (Morocco)
April 17th, 2009 @ 4:40 am
Awesome tut, Andrew!!

Really funny the end tag (Sam's hands). Thank you very much ;D
April 17th, 2009 @ 5:07 am
that Sam.. what a great actor!
pat k.
April 17th, 2009 @ 5:13 am
GREAT TUTORIAL!!!!! Im so mad at myself though because i was fallowing the tutorial almost to the end and I hadnt saved my project then my computer froze!!!!
April 17th, 2009 @ 5:35 am
Awesome. Almost lost my breath in the beginning only by watching it :P
April 17th, 2009 @ 6:10 am
That end "movie" was great! Sam did a fantastic scream at the end... :)
-Greetings from Finland
April 17th, 2009 @ 6:38 am
Wow that bonus video made me laugh a lot :D

Thanks again Andrew
Matt in MO.
April 17th, 2009 @ 7:08 am
Nice work Andrew. I guess Sam is your "Kenny" from South Park.
anadaido marika
April 17th, 2009 @ 7:28 am
make more tutorial ANDREW KRAMER !! make 1 every day and kill SAM !!! a ha ha ha ha ha!!!!
karamalikialinar ainamahalan
April 17th, 2009 @ 7:29 am
this vieod socks! yes? make explode the buscket ?
April 17th, 2009 @ 7:29 am
SAM your face is so fun lololol
por SAM, Andrew please leave SAM RUN first lolol
April 17th, 2009 @ 7:31 am
budi pratoma
April 17th, 2009 @ 8:23 am
April 17th, 2009 @ 8:36 am
hey you upgraded to vista!

great tutorial.
April 17th, 2009 @ 9:08 am
Very cool. Thank you. I just try it. Here is my test.
April 17th, 2009 @ 9:47 am
That is awsome
April 17th, 2009 @ 9:47 am

Thank You . Poor sam :(
April 17th, 2009 @ 10:22 am
I love the new tutorial :D Excellent work! ^__^
April 17th, 2009 @ 11:16 am
Very nice; it was about time a ground-breaking tutorial was made again ;) If you ever need stock footage but don't have time to make it yourself, (I'm sure you already know this) go to; they have some great free stuff and some not-so-free stuff, plus a HD web site for HD footage.

Incidentally, where in the world did you get that sweet girly scream at the end? 8-)
April 17th, 2009 @ 11:34 am
Matthew Landén
April 17th, 2009 @ 11:51 am
AMAZING tutorial AK!
poor sam... looks like he reached his limits.
anvir tahini
April 17th, 2009 @ 12:20 pm
make ANDREW KRAMER SAM !!! ROCK AWESOME DUDE!!! blow sock!!!
April 17th, 2009 @ 12:40 pm
Thank you so much VCP! There is so much Information about workflow and cool Tricks in this tutorial you gotta love it!
kogoncho duruki
April 17th, 2009 @ 1:16 pm
hey Andrew Kramer! You man man Dude! Rock! AAAWWWEEESSSOOOMMMEEESSS !!!!
kogoncho duruki
April 17th, 2009 @ 1:20 pm
I come to video pilot!! Andrew Kramer hero in beatiful Zair!
April 17th, 2009 @ 2:26 pm
I was just about to make a tutorial on how to do that... but your gfx's look much better... a lot better
April 17th, 2009 @ 3:53 pm
Great tutorial Andrew *thumb up*
And I love your jokes :P
Next tuorial with Sam will be 18+, won't it? :D
April 17th, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

this is epic!!! :o
April 17th, 2009 @ 5:52 pm
Sam is so hot!!!!!.... what?
April 17th, 2009 @ 6:56 pm
Was this inspired by The Watchmen movie where Doctor Manhattan disintegrated people by touching them?
April 17th, 2009 @ 10:30 pm
I did a clip for our cod4 clan website and used the tutorial as a guide here it is.
April 17th, 2009 @ 11:12 pm
Awesome Tut!

Hey you're on Vista now!?
April 18th, 2009 @ 12:20 am
To clancy30: How to slow down the burn. Check your linear wipe layer ;)
April 18th, 2009 @ 2:05 am
WOWWWWWWW. a litlle complicated, but the final shot is amazing, you are the best andrew!!!!! and sam too :)
kogoncho duruki
April 18th, 2009 @ 2:07 am
April 18th, 2009 @ 2:07 am
very nice
great tutorial
really Kramer you're the best again
thank you so much
and we're waiting for the new tutorials :D
anadaido marika
April 18th, 2009 @ 3:17 am
ANDREW KRAMER! is vista make particle ? yes ?
filibertsi ranana
April 18th, 2009 @ 3:18 am
ROCK MAN! ROCK MAN ! texture particle make world seams SAM DIE!!! a hahahaha!!!
April 18th, 2009 @ 4:41 am
I finally found time to watch this one. Great tutorial. Much kudos for producing the entire effect using AE's built-in tools. I tackled mine with Particular, gaining a bit more control over the particles but sacrificing much of the render speed.

Keep 'em coming!
April 18th, 2009 @ 6:10 am
Wow thats a pretty cool effect there andrew.
Recently did a remake test of your Meteor film here as a test for effects for a film we're making for UK Cinemas, so any U.K dwellers, check us out or
We're using ALL of andrew & co's products so it should be pretty good.
Thanks andrew, couldn't have done it with out you (:
April 18th, 2009 @ 6:11 am
Oh and that comment went a bit off topic but i was just saying because we'll be using that effect in it too. :)
April 18th, 2009 @ 8:04 am
Great technique. And btw great tutorial. I found a real cool Production for Philips. You have to take a look at this. Just amazing.
April 18th, 2009 @ 9:10 am
Where's Sam Footage? I download the "Project" but isn't there Where?????
April 18th, 2009 @ 11:55 am
i have a question ,can we use the same tutorial technique but use the particles and Disintegration to do the effect from the day the earth stood still when the particles eating everything in its way ,any ideas on how to do that?
Point Blank
April 18th, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
Now you have to make a re-materialization tutorial so we can learn how to get Sam back!
filibertsi ranana
April 18th, 2009 @ 2:18 pm
is no footage? yes ? is no footage Andrew kRaMER ?
Meat Flow
April 18th, 2009 @ 7:57 pm
Wow. That granade look awesome! I love the color of the granade. Green is my favorite color. It looks like it came straight out of blasian movie.
April 19th, 2009 @ 2:32 am
This is cool to use for a fuse (hey that rhymes) on a stick of dynamite
anadaido marika
April 19th, 2009 @ 5:08 am
make the fuse, yes? sir Kramer Andrew ROCK!!!
April 19th, 2009 @ 5:23 am
This tutorial has sparked my mind... Vampires + Action Essentials (not to mention the potential in Act. Ess. 2) and you have yourself a kick-a$$ film! Great tutorial!
April 19th, 2009 @ 8:03 am
Andrew, I wonder if you'll ever end up working on a project which involves Illuminati symbolism without you noticing...
April 19th, 2009 @ 11:54 am
So Sam has runaway from home, had bugs under his skin, vamped out, been hit by a car, and now disintegrated. Now that's tough work...don't forget your wheaties Sam.
April 19th, 2009 @ 1:01 pm
Holy disintegration Batman!

Awesome work Andrew.
April 19th, 2009 @ 1:03 pm
tqs & very interesting ....keep up
anvir tahini
April 19th, 2009 @ 2:23 pm
BATMAN Andrew Kramer dude is make essentials no ooo !!!!
kogoncho duruki
April 19th, 2009 @ 2:25 pm
April 19th, 2009 @ 5:23 am
This tutorial has sparked my mind…

a hahahahahahahaha! say tutorial Kramer Andrew sparked the mind! hahahahahaha SPARKED mind!!!!! ahahahahahahahahahaha!
kogoncho duruki
April 19th, 2009 @ 3:34 pm
is make tutorials in swit , yes ? andrew kramer ?
kogoncho duruki
April 19th, 2009 @ 3:36 pm
helvetica PIRATES ANDREW KRAMER!!! id yes!! ahahahahahahaha! i make too? yes ?
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:07 am
inspiring tutorial... thanks 4 the knowledge....VCP is the Best
April 20th, 2009 @ 1:46 am
Now we need a water effect like the one comes splashing on discovery channel.
April 20th, 2009 @ 2:15 am
That was cool man. You crack me up man thanks for making these tuts amusing
April 20th, 2009 @ 6:38 am
Andrew? I suppose you could use this same effect in making someone come out of a wall or something!? Like a chameleon effect?
April 20th, 2009 @ 10:15 am
Great job on this one. Super useful and informative.

AK, Congrats on the cool shout-out for this site and your work from J.J. Abrams in this month's Wired mag.
April 20th, 2009 @ 4:50 pm

Andrew is definitely an inspiration!
April 20th, 2009 @ 11:25 pm
I think this is my fav tute so far!!! Thanks AK
April 21st, 2009 @ 4:59 pm
Andrew, first congratulations for your work!
im from spain.. my question is:

why the detail level of this tutorial is worst than the granade video you posted a few days? i folow all steps of the tutorial and dont get the impresive high detail level of the granade video preview... :(

and i can't see the project file when i push the project button in this tutorial.. why?

anyway you are the best! i really loves your work and how you explain all this stuff. Andrew forever!
Thanks for all master Kramer!
April 22nd, 2009 @ 3:44 pm
is the SAM GS footage not included or will it be at a later date?
April 23rd, 2009 @ 7:48 am
That was a great tutorial andrew!!! I am still laughing from the middle when you went back to the render to show sam burning again...lmao. Going to the studio now to film some footage so I can try it myself.
April 23rd, 2009 @ 7:53 am
Very Great, i suggested this idea before in other tutorial blog,
do u really accept ideas and do it as tutorials for us ?
if u do, this kind of u , if u don't so ur mind is connected to us some how ! Awesome man, amazing, it drives to different ideas , a lot of it - go ahead with success
April 23rd, 2009 @ 6:58 pm
wow! This is what i have asked for. Amazing work.
hope new techniques will come in the future. All the best.
April 24th, 2009 @ 5:11 am
an other cool tutorial thx andrew you rock so much

i learn lot of stuff with you

much apreciate blog and site

keep cool attitude dude :)
April 24th, 2009 @ 11:26 pm
Really great tutorial

Thank you a lot Andrew
April 25th, 2009 @ 3:21 am
Hi Andrew,

question: where did you get the BG and graphic in front for your last video with Sam in this tutorial? Maybe you can tell me?
April 26th, 2009 @ 12:19 am
videocopilot is becoming too violent.
April 28th, 2009 @ 12:08 am
Nice one… I tried something like that for my 2009 wishes. This one is juste perfect.
April 28th, 2009 @ 9:01 pm
Loved the design that you made for the tut,
Thanks A lot Andrew
April 30th, 2009 @ 6:13 pm
This one got me popular with my firends....exept the one who got!

oh well :)
Mr. Goodspeed
May 10th, 2009 @ 1:18 am
AK, you're THE MAN !
I dare to say it : this is the most advanded tutorial - technically - you've ever made !
Color correction, luma mat, this reminds me the last part of The Bullet DVD, where slight adjustements bring real improvements at all ...
Not easy to follow in fact, and you do it so fast, and such a natural way : how impressive guy !!!
Keep going on the good work, i'll wait for AEII (the HD version if it's still on the run).
You say in the tutorial today's software allow such better things than 2 years ago (blue planet and so) ... For me, in fact, YOU have pushed it TO THE REAL NEXT LEVEL, and not the software. I mean, as all of us, you have progressed too.
OK, now I prepare a new layer for my credit card, called "Hot Stuff", so it'll be ready when AEII comes out !
Greetings from France.

Stanley ;-)
June 4th, 2009 @ 5:20 pm
Excellent as always! I did my version of this one, adding a bones disolve with the FORM plug in.
March 23rd, 2011 @ 10:45 am
i have just downloaded particle world for this tutorial and a green cross is in the front of my moviescreen if i put the particle on it
what can i do about it?
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