Procedural Disintegration

*UPDATE BELOW

Here is a quick example of what I like to call ‘procedural disintegration’. In this sample video you will see an interesting effect but what is more interesting is the technique used to build it. A tutorial will be online this week and it will be a cross between VFX and Motion Graphics (100% AE). I might even produce 2 tutorials since this technique has so many uses; I don’t want it to be lost in the mist of specific visual effects shot.

View Sample Video

INSIDER INFO:
Occasionally I’m asked “How do you come up with ideas or techniques for your tutorials?”. Well the truth is, I spend a fair amount of time playing around inside of After Effects. Ideas come from many sources and it’s important to stay fluid so that you don’t overlook something useful. Often times my experiments will be completely different than what I began developing. These projects are usually more functional in order to prove an idea or technique. It’s only after I’m happy with one that I try to work it into a real-world project and tutorial. Most of all, I try to focus on things that will benefit this amazing community, you guys motivate me to push the limits of After Effects and we’ve only began to scratch the surface…

UPDATE:
The grenade example does not use shatter or particular and the grenade is an image… By changing the source image, the burn updates automatically as seen here.

POSTED:
6 years ago
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176 Comments

Rana
6 years ago
Just to say THANKS FOR ALL!
6 years ago
I actually figured out how to do this 30mins after seeing the sample.

I couldn't have done it without your tutorials.
Keep them coming.
6 years ago
AK, nice mobile site again :)
6 years ago
I've been watching your tutorials for more than a year now...what can I say? You're amazing!

Keep up the good work, we really appreciate it!! You're like a god of After Effects. haha

Cheers.
Dustin James
6 years ago
how the heck... I'm watching this over and over and over... trying to rack my brain what it is you're doing here..

Everything I could think of you said you aren't using.. so...
Atnas
6 years ago
Will this work with a live changing alpha?
6 years ago
Hey Andrew, nice FX man!! totally awesome as usual... i have long time without visiting the site, and encountered many surprises there, oh.. and action essential 2 :D yeah rock on!, by the way, im totally hooked up to "the fringe" is really cool to see your name in the credits, i almost shouted "thats my internet teacher of vfx" the first time, lol... one question about that, you dont supervise the VFX of the show too? It has your style all over it, little lights and reflections, shots with scratch in the lenses, coloring and my favorite: pan of open place with big letters on it (I was really cool to understand at first sight how it was done, with bojou I guess) anyways the show looks like you are behind of it. Sorry if the post is a little off topic but as I said before, I have a little long time without entering the site, keep the good work man, you rock!!!!
aidan-paul
6 years ago
is the update a joke? cause it's funny anyway :)
Ivan
6 years ago
Is there going to be a tutorial?
Rohit Mehta
6 years ago
This is great andrew... I am waiting for it.
moses anana
6 years ago
AK DUDE! explode! yea! awesome! awesome!
anvir tahini
6 years ago
disintegretion make this tutorial i buy too ?? Andrew Kramer ? Awesome!
6 years ago
It's amazing how andrew makes AE users feel better and better :)
6 years ago
Hello Chief,

How about opening up a competition to identify the method used to do this disintegration and give out free VCP T-Shirts to the winners :)

And give me a T-Shirt for suggesting this idea :)

Jai Ho Andrew Kramer!

Tx,
Hafeez
Eddie
6 years ago
I ment two legged.
Eddie
6 years ago
Hey Andrew a two leegged duck can swim in circles too,Your a funny guy man i look forward to your jokes ha ha .
6 years ago
thank you
BThree
6 years ago
Was this accomplished with the shatter effect (Custom Shatter Map)? There are a couple of other tutorials that use this technique from John Dickinson (http://www.motionworks.com.au/2009/03/after-effects-the-dark-knight/) and Lloyd Alverez (http://www.motionworks.com.au/2009/03/after-effects-the-dark-knight/) Nice work - disintegrating explosives is a good anti-war message, Peace
decode
6 years ago
looks massive :D
6 years ago
This tutorial is gonna be more excited than any tutorial made in a while. And I mean that. Too bad it couldn't be a tutorial with 3ds max as well as After Effects. This looks very cool.
willy noseir
6 years ago
hi andrew
that tut will be great i think

but i wanna to ask u ?
can u give us some info about Action Essentials 2 tutorials

i can not wait ..

:D:D:D
Marko
6 years ago
AWERSOME!!!
6 years ago
c'est cool mec ^^
6 years ago
I think he means the effect of the shattering is completley AE but the grenade was probably rendered in 3D MAX.
GaBy
6 years ago
Another amazing demonstration by the AE master. And he gives out his tricks. This man is a god !
Bo
6 years ago
haha niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice =D
CaPo
6 years ago
Tutorial pls
Deathil93
6 years ago
damn it Andrew, this is what can be a called a realy exciting tutorial! altough, I think I have some basic understanding of how you made it just by looking at the photo, CC particle world probably, 3rd party smoke effect and another element that i'm not sure about.
Azzy
6 years ago
this is pretty awesome, cant wait for the tutorial
DDVP
6 years ago
Yeah!

Amazing, I want to do that with text!
Leeuw van Basra
6 years ago
How about lighting a match, and burn it...of course it would not completely disintegrate, but leave a charcoal stick - to be made with a trapcode particular motion path with a wiggle expression on size and rotation...?

Let's try this after the disintegration tut - 'cause I haven't figured that out yet. Good job, again !
Andréas Gustafsson
6 years ago
This looks very nice!
Can't wait to watch the upcoming tutorial.

Greetings from Sweden!!
KK
6 years ago
In the tutorial; are you going to show us how to make the grenade, or are you just going to let us download the allready existing grenade image which you have made?
6 years ago
wicked.
xea
6 years ago
Thanks awesome!!!!!!!!
6 years ago
I am guessing that it is some sort of choker matte, and some color correction to make the yellowish burn effect. Particular or something must have been used to make the pieces falling off.
6 years ago
Brilliant! Looking forward to it :)
6 years ago
And the smoke I'll bet is partical generator with Vector blur and Turbulent displace with the gravity at a negetive value.
6 years ago
That is sweet! I can already think of a lot of uses for that.

I think I see CC Particle world in there as well as some CC Vector blur and probably a decent amount of Turbulent displacement. And last but not least a riot gear texture in the background. Oh, and don't forget the grenade ;)

But if your not using shatter then the way you get the image to look like it is cracking/burning is what I look forward to learning.
anvir tahini
6 years ago
you is dude awesome man andrew kramer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
6 years ago
"hey wats up Andrew Kramer here for another exciting tutorial..,Disintegration - lol - just waiting to listen.. Andrew come ones to India , ll make AEI like AENY...



I AE(love) ANDREW KRAMER n Matt Kramer
aspiring filmaker
6 years ago
Awesome!It doesn't use particular does it?
6 years ago
We truly appreciate your hard work man.
6 years ago
Once again! Amazing!

Just this type of effect I have tried to develope by my self. Finally someone smarter have dissolved it. And in such quality! all the melting layers and smoke and particles. Great!

Can't wait the tutorial! You are the best Andrew!
filibertsi ranana
6 years ago
Awesome! dude!
zuza
6 years ago
hehehehe...
Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?
insane...hehe :D
Zak
6 years ago
Andrew ... i can't wait this tut
really man this is amazing thing
and 100% AE this is too much :D
Kramer you're the best and you'll be forever

from Egypt
big fan
tigerguy
6 years ago
I am so pumped for this tutorial! you rock andrew!!!
6 years ago
My duck does swim in circles it can only turn right, thats why the wife calls it Zoolander.

Looking forward to the tut

Rich
Redboy
6 years ago
Hey Andrew...
pls make a tutorial for this one.
This is so cool!
:D
6 years ago
i like this. If its me, i use a roughen edge with mask....
6 years ago
That music sounds like the music from Call of Duty 5... I may be wrong.

Can't wait for this tutorial! I'm always trying to make smoke but it just looks like Fractal Noise :)
-David
Ryan
6 years ago
Hey andrew. I can't seem to open the sample video on my iPhone. I'm reading the blog from the mobile page but the video says it's not supported. Any ideas? I love the mobile access I just with I could view the samples while my computer is being repaired

Love the site!

Eugene Opperman
6 years ago
Love it!
Colors work beautifully from foreground to backing..

Hope you had an awesome easter!

Eugene
South Africa
Crush
6 years ago
That is cool 'Drew. Once you are done with that I hope you can give some insight on the water flow-off ABC network logo. I am wondering what they used to make that water type effect and the flow off to the left. Keep up the good work
Hi,
Andrew this is very nice...
please make a Tutorial of this video this is very Gorgeous type........no words to say....../
6 years ago
Ryan, the videos are not supported on mobiles.
6 years ago
nice cant wait
ftragg
6 years ago
Oh my god, that is purely AMAZING
I cannot wait for the tutorial. literally; I think I may explode if it's not up by wednesday. Seriously. No rush though.
frankEnjoy
6 years ago
COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOME ON!!! AK ! LOVE U FOREVER!!!!
6 years ago
AWESOME!!! Cant Wait!!! Any news about Action Essentials 2???
AndrewYY
6 years ago
that smoky stuff looks a lot like particles + vector blur + fast blur.
6 years ago
Hey andrew, i know your usually the one who gives the advise, but i had a few thoughts on this project. (so dont hate me)

honestly, it could seem more realistic if there was some sort of black spot on the wall behind it. as if it had just incinerated there would be something left behind.

the other thing that through me off was the gravity. when the grenade is not being affected by the gravity and the pieces of it is, it seems a bit odd. of coarse you could potentially say it was sitting on a table with the camera looking down at it, but then the bits and pieces would have to react that way.

you could even have the grenade falling, and incinerating on its way down.

it would also be a bit better if it was a bit slower, we can hardly appreciate how cool it is when it disappears so quickly.

hope this was useful to you even a little bit.
:]
Tanner D
6 years ago
Sweet man cant wait for the tutorial.
Gus
6 years ago
Andrew some people say this as a joke to others but when i say this to you am dead serious. If you ever get a lot of free time, i (and im sure the rest of this community as well) would love to see a book by you. And i DONT mean as much a book on AE as I mean on you. That one little paragraph that you wrote on your experiments intrigued me so much, that i was upset when it was done lol. Ofcocarse please dont take this as me demanding another product from u lol (god knows u do enough for all of us), its more of something that i just felt i needed to tell you. The way you come up with these ideas and execute them perfectly is mind blowing. You are one talented individual.
Supermanfan
6 years ago
Wow! It's funny that you burned the Superman Symbol, because I tried to contact you a few weeks ago about working on a Superman Web Series!
Matthew
6 years ago
I Can't Wait!
6 years ago
Did you use Action Movie Essentials 2 For this one?
Diego G.
6 years ago
waiting for the tutorial :P
BTW you wrote Update BLOW... :D anyway it's nice :P
6 years ago
Hmm very clever you actually didn't use particular
orlop
6 years ago
..."does not use particular"? Well, I really look forward to this. I made similar effect in an opening of this movie (will be in theatres in a month in Czech Republic), where I needed the text to reallisticaly+readably - ;o) - burn away, but I've used Form for most of the burning effect, and Particular for the smoke. It's dynamic and doesn't depend on the text/image as well, but I can't really imagine how to create that without using particles :o) Well, it seems you beat it again, AKing ;o)
6 years ago
That Looks Awesome
Thanks for the great inspiring tip
Daniel
6 years ago
OMG!!!

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jim Hines
6 years ago
Aawwwhhh yeah!! Very excited to see how you did this.

Just frittered away the last hour twiddling the parameters on various fx's and transitions to no avail.

I had thought you did it with shatter and a map but you are saying "no" so...again ...looking forward to your recipe.
Ruaridh
6 years ago
It's a great looking effect! But the larger black particles that fly off when the object disintegrates don't seem terribly convincing ...

With a little more thought, if the object is disintegrating as it is (into flames). I think it might look better without the black particles. But I'll wait for the tutorial before I make a firm decision. ;P
Caleb
6 years ago
Andrew you got to be the coolest dude on the whole internets! :)
Leith
6 years ago
Now this looks cool, "awesome" can`t wait any longer. :)
6 years ago
Probably not : )Andrew wouldnt share with his priceless works before final release !
6 years ago
Awesome. Lokking forward. This seems very powerful.
Bastian
6 years ago
I do have a guess, how this works.

He uses a Transition with a something like Fractal Noise Texture for getting rid of the grenade.
Then there is a Particle Effect for the sprakles and one for the shattered pieces.
The smoke is, i guess, a capture from the new Action Essentials 2 cut into shape.

Am I right???
maxljub
6 years ago
Is that fire from Action Essentials 2?
6 years ago
This has a very Bladesque vampire disentegration quality to it. I am very excited to see it!
Hiphopjoe
6 years ago
'Dose a one leged duck swim in circles?'

Well, lets see...if i say 'yes' the this dose work on footage and if i say no.....then it dosn't....so logicaly:

'Yes'

:)

Hehe, realy, dose it work of footage?
6 years ago
amazing!
filibertsi ranana
6 years ago
i make trials ? yes?
6 years ago
Hmmm, could you use it to make like a powder trail or something familiar to that?

Again, thank you McKramer!
DUGG
6 years ago
Very nice effect!!!!!!!!
bobthenob
6 years ago
can you use it to blow up a one legged duck
6 years ago
You know, something in reverse would make a good apparation!

Thanks a lot Andrew youre the best of the best!

(happy now?....)
Dylan02
6 years ago
Mr. Kramer when do you expect the Action essentials 2 will have a release date?
Remington M
6 years ago
I'm seriously going to name my first few kids after you. Can't wait!
"does a one legged duck swim in circles"
You crack me up.
frank
6 years ago
your AE skills are so sexy
6 years ago
Awesome, I really love the sound design.
6 years ago
Thats awesome!

Hehe, I saw this post right when it was posted...
-David
6 years ago
Well, that's just...Wow! This would make a nice Vampire Ashing effect. The smoke jetting out really sold it. Another amazing effect.
1UK
6 years ago
Can't wait for the tutorial.
Yianni
6 years ago
Its almost like the quality of the flame plugin in 3ds max. now if u imagine that is all AE.. then its a great technic from a great designer ..... cant wait to see how its made...

Thanks man... keep it up
6 years ago
"Does it work with footage?" Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?
Jacob Behunin
6 years ago
Awesome, cant wait to see it
Jacob
6 years ago
Loving this bro.
When I first read the post I thought it would be something else.
But I can't wait to see what we can use this for.
I can already say I am going to use it for a special power for someone on my next short movie.
6 years ago
Very cool effect, I'm looking forward to the tutorial(s).
6 years ago
I thought after the AENY Visit, we would have seen some more of SPIDER-man.... not SUPER-man... :P

looks rather awewsome!
Hiphopjoe
6 years ago
HoLy sPiT mAn!!!!!!!!

WAY COOL!!!
:D

cant wait!! I need this....wait...

dose it work with footage? like update every frame to make a person burn up?? THAT is what i realy need! :D
6 years ago
No Particular?! Thats just AWESOME! really looking forward to this... Cant... wait!!
6 years ago
Excellent! Unexcpected, but great.
C Dub
6 years ago
Hmmm... Looks like fractal noise used as a luma matte for the edge of the disintegration, then linear wipe behind that to make it transparent. The debris is cc particle world i'm guessing? Smoke seems to be an external element. Add some glow on a solid and you've got another great Kramer effect!
6 years ago
Nicely done with the auto updates mr.Kramer... nicely done!
David Wood
6 years ago
Oooohhhh! :o I can't wait!
Vic
6 years ago
Looks cool to me! Be kinda neat to see someone smoke a cigar in like 2 seconds using that effect!

Vic
freakshow
6 years ago
Wow, Kramer.. awesome man,
gotta say, can't wait for this one..

clone # 3327
6 years ago
Awesome Andrew. I can't wait to learn more about this. Keep up the good work and products. I can't wait for AE2!!
6 years ago
That is so sweet! I want to use that in a movie where somebody get killed; it would be so sweet. Can't wait for the tutorial!
6 years ago
Andrew, you are the man! Im waiting on that tut with every single pixel of me :D

This could be anything, not only a granade! Just take a look at a different angel ;)
6 years ago
Forget the disintegration, I'd love to see a tutorial on modelling that grenade!
6 years ago
WOW, that looks amazing. I even stopped the clip and used the playhead to drag along the clip, and even in slow motion every single element is perfectly done, and perfectly timed. I can't wait to see the tutorial on this one. I have ideas on how it might be done, but I want to wait and see if I am right. It looks a little bit tedious, but usually those are the ones that come out the best. Thanks Andrew...!!!
6 years ago
I was looking for a spontanious combustion effect and this one is just right for it !! Another tutorial to look forward to. Thank you Andrew. You say we inspire you but you inspire us more then you know !
Steph Foster
6 years ago
I'm intrigued, I gotta come back and see this one.
Kai
6 years ago
that's really interesting...
I can't wait to see how you do it!
Sephiroth
6 years ago
men you rock.... you are the master of after effects...I will wait for the tutorial paciently
6 years ago
Looking forward to watch this tutorial!
Morten Enoksen
6 years ago
This is gonna be a good one. Good one, AK.
Rob
6 years ago
That would be a great way of showing vampires get killed.
Lawrence
6 years ago
This looks amazing! Would there be elements from the 'energy wipe' tutorial in there? Very excited for this. Many thanks.

LT
6 years ago
Im not gonna lie,
That was sick, wicked, and chapstck!
Great work,
I can't wait for the tut!!!
D4 Manager
6 years ago
I thought the grenade gonna blow )) but, sadly, it just fall apart
6 years ago
nice, i guessing that you used particular for the smoke,
nice background BTW
6 years ago
PS - I'm guessing you are using shatter and some kind of particle system following it with an expression...however I'm still guessing about the smoke...
6 years ago
I've been wondering where you get your ideas / inspirations.

I like when you post teasers like this because I want to look at it and try to figure out what techniques / effects you are using to achieve the effect prior to seeing the tutorial.

Thanks so much for your inspirational work and most of all the knowledge you share with us all.
Josh M
6 years ago
Cool, cant wait to see the tutorial as always! :) Keep up the amazing work!!!
Matthew
6 years ago
Amazing!
Pierce Borgens
6 years ago
Alright!! Awesome cannot wait for this one! Looks amazing!

~Greetings from Texas
Shavkat
6 years ago
What is that Mr.Kramer. Do you think is that cool?
6 years ago
King Tut: Rock on! We're with you every step of the way.
Doug
6 years ago
The nade was deciving... i thought it was going to blow up!
You should have it on a trail of black powder.
terminatorvf
6 years ago
Cool! :geek:
Willem
6 years ago
Well, if there's anything that keeps me going with AE, it's VC. Simply superb.
Silberlocke
6 years ago
Thanks Andrew, you're great ;)


And the sample Vid looks amazing !
filibertsi ranana
6 years ago
awesome DUDE Andrew Kramer! i die if wait long for tutorial! :)
6 years ago
t’s important to stay fluid ... BE WATER MY FRIEND !
Rednex.
6 years ago
Oh and by the way, if you want to know where Andrew gets these ideas - buy series one dvd! :D
willy noseir
6 years ago
waw!!!!!! andrew
i will keep my eyes on
Mannu
6 years ago
Thanks Andrew!!!!!
THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rednex.
6 years ago
Looks goooood...
AndrewisGOD
6 years ago
Interesting.Look like Trapcode Form and particle world :D.
Jake The Muss
6 years ago
Looks interested. Am waiting with 'baited breath' for the tut.

Many thanks :)
6 years ago
great! now i can't sleep even more :)
thank you Mr. Kramer :)
6 years ago
awesome!
6 years ago
Wow! Interesting )
6 years ago
This is just what I was hoping for! Finally an amazing looking tutorial on realistic disintergration...maybe a flare or two in there and it would be perfect for my newest video :D

Keep it up!
kogoncho duruki
6 years ago
meka Anrew Kramer effect FX ? AWESOME! when i buy basket/socks?
Fredrik
6 years ago
Awsome! But is the smoke and the fire particular?
Ante
6 years ago
Is this thing made in only AE???Is this thing picture or 3d model?
crash
6 years ago
cool !!
You the best,Andrew!
Titl
6 years ago
looks interesting mr. Kramer..
Matthew Grunau
6 years ago
This could be one of the most versitile (why in the HELL can't I ever spell that??) tutorials you have crafted Andrew. If you go in the direction I am thinking and with the technique(s) I suspect, it wouldn't be two tutorials, but could be 10-15. Anything that needs a non-linear wipe or reveal can be addressed. To say nothing, of course, of using the effect in an of itself as you have in the sample video.

This one will be worth every second.

Thanks for all of your efforts chief.




M
6 years ago
I'm gonna take an early stab here and say that you are using a matte to mask out the grenade? with particles at the start to give debris, and a smokey bright cloud following?

Looks great.
Doc.
Scotty
6 years ago
Am I gonna need to purchase particular for this one? =P
yvd
6 years ago
Heey, this is preatty cool. But what I dont understand, is why do i need to know how to make this? I mean, it looks preatty cool, but I never make a movie with a strange object which doesnt even explodes, but just kinda burns up. What the point?
diilman
6 years ago
Very cool!
Waiting for the tutorial ^^
S Gilbert
6 years ago
Hey, well it's good to know that we motivate each other. Looks pretty cool...
gorenje
6 years ago
is make shatter simulate these grenade + partikular make yellow. YES? awesome! dude
anadaido marika
6 years ago
i make explode the after effect! dude@ Andrew Kramer is yes1awesome
hurundi kaurismaki
6 years ago
Kramer! i make this too! yes? Awesome! Cool!
anvir tahini
6 years ago
AWESOME! Dude! great! Andrew Kramer! wow! yes!
Modisana
6 years ago
Whoa!... I cant wait for this one.... and you say its only AE? And the grenade or whatever it is!?

I have concluded that you Mr Kramer are crazy! In a good way! :-)

Please have some more 3D Max tutorials... I miss them more than I'm missing this annoying fly that I'm trying to swat! :-D
IJAHman
6 years ago
WOW.....great FX? is it really PURE AE? what about the image(kinda bullet look) you used? is it already a 3D rendered object?
Fokkzel
6 years ago
cant wait :D
fablemaniac
6 years ago
Awesome.You the best,Andrew!
TimurKo
6 years ago
but, HOW??? Only AE?
Florian Zeitler
6 years ago
Nice work!

Can't wait to see the tutorial for that.
Now who needs AME2 when being able to do these smoky stuff with a 100% AE ;]

greets
william
6 years ago
man, that's owesome! i'm ispired by u thx.. honestly u really humble man :)
Moe
6 years ago
Looks awesome...
I saw Knowing last night, and at the end some characters desintegrate in a very similar way...
Anyway.. Can't wait to see the tut...
Johnny
6 years ago
awesome!!!!...
6 years ago
That looks interesting. Cant belive its 100% ae :)
Kiziel
Pablo
6 years ago
uhh, thats looks amazing! i cant wait for the new tutorial.
andrew you rock!
my regards from Argentina!
Alex
6 years ago
thanx for the post!
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