NEW TUTORIAL: Glass Orbs

In this tutorial we will create a reflective orb using only built-in After Effects plug-ins. The key to this tutorials is building a proper spherical map and utilizing the raytrace capabilities of the CC Sphere effect.

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Holiday Title with Evolution

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Off the Chart Feedback

At Video Copilot, we do a lot of project-based tutorials but our goal is to provide useful techniques and tips that you can use on future projects as well.

I received a nice email from a customer regarding our Dynamic Bar Graphs Tutorial:
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I found you guys by watching your tutorial about creating dynamic charts in After Effects. I did a set of animated charts last year for one of our clients without a slick method like yours. Instead I created a dozen different 3DS animations. It was so painful…

I am about to start on a new project which will be LOADED with charts. Your technique will come in VERY handy.

Thanks Again.

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