Experimental Dispersion

So I spent a few hours today experimenting with various effects and the idea of mixing Jolly-Ranchers with water to create a delicious fruit drink when I came across an interesting technique using CC Ball Action. This one technique can be used to create many different styles of dispersion and you don’t need any 3rd party plug-ins! I will be talking about this technique in my next tutorial along with the many creative ways it can be used. Stay Tuned!

February 23rd, 2010 @ 1:40 am
Looking forward to it!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 1:40 am
I had to use this once recently on a project, saved me having to buy trapcode form ;)
February 23rd, 2010 @ 1:41 am
We wait a lesson!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 1:41 am
Very Nice Andrew....
Lewis Nankivell
February 23rd, 2010 @ 1:43 am
sweet i want to know more
Bradley Bell
February 23rd, 2010 @ 1:44 am
1st comment finally nice work
sacred hills
February 23rd, 2010 @ 1:45 am
Awesome! looking forward for some new tutorials!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 1:46 am
Very nice. I'm certainly going to be using it.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 1:48 am
Damn you Andrew Kramer!!.... you are making me refresh the website every 5 seconds till you post your next tutorial.....there goes my personal life again :P!!! This website is like a drug...you just cant get enough of it!!
Loay Emad
February 23rd, 2010 @ 2:04 am
Very Cooooooooool
I'm very excited
Dipo Dipe
February 23rd, 2010 @ 2:04 am
February 23rd, 2010 @ 2:26 am
nice effect and fine and cool technique
February 23rd, 2010 @ 2:45 am
andrew u rock. I wish to see trapcode like plug-in tutorials by you.

by the way from a long time this site is my browser home page
February 23rd, 2010 @ 2:55 am
it is very nice to me.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:06 am
Used it last year on a clients logo, very powerful.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:14 am
look nice im waiting
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:27 am
Looks great! Can't wait for the tutorial!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:36 am
That sounds REALLY GOOD!!!!!!
I have the feeling that the next tutorial will be JUICY!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:44 am
haah interesting
Edris Mohammadi
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:58 am
this IS Very Good !
I Love U
Just Anderw

I am Edris mohammadi From Iran/Sanandaj(Kurdistan)
February 23rd, 2010 @ 4:41 am
Do you sleep?--------------------------------
February 23rd, 2010 @ 4:52 am
It's looking very nice. But I think the texture at the end is a little too furious. A richer design would be nice. But the concept with the CC Ball Action is genious!

I'm looking forward!

From Holland
February 23rd, 2010 @ 5:06 am
Andrew,Very cool
What's the size of movie
1080 720 4k 2k
February 23rd, 2010 @ 5:24 am
damn sir,you never cease to amaze!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 5:51 am
Candy & Water?? And what is there as a side dish? marshmallows as bread? :) But if it works i will order a 20 package of Jolly-Ranchers. Hopefully i find out how you did all these and get a creative flow.

Keep it up Andrew!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 6:12 am
good idia thanx andrew
Brett Perry
February 23rd, 2010 @ 6:19 am
My guess is that the Jolly Ranchers dissolved faster than when I tried the same thing with Jelly Belly jelly beans. Maybe I should have put them in the coffeee maker... nah.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 6:26 am
Nice look.. and the backround always looks sooo natural aaaand.. nice nice nice.. :D:D
David Coster
February 23rd, 2010 @ 6:35 am
Nice... looking forword to it. u r grat andrew
February 23rd, 2010 @ 6:42 am

I did something similar for a Pedigree spec spot.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 6:42 am
here's the link

February 23rd, 2010 @ 7:12 am
OK, awesome tutorial aside, did the jolly-rancher in water work?
February 23rd, 2010 @ 7:30 am
I created an intro for the popular blog "The Young Turks" that uses CC Ball Action. Here it is:


Sorry about the quality. They could use some tips on compression, but you get the idea.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 7:44 am
That's hot Andrew. Looking forward to the tut
February 23rd, 2010 @ 7:50 am
You're the greatest, Mr. Kramer.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 7:59 am
Looking forward to see the tutorial :)
February 23rd, 2010 @ 8:02 am
CC Ball Action is amazing effect have many possibilities
You always creative Andrew!!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 8:30 am
February 23rd, 2010 @ 8:56 am
awesome Andrew, I see how you did the arrow, but how did you get the 'balls' to look 3D? they seem to be completely spherical, looking forward to this one, can't wait!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 8:21 am
CC Ball Action is the best! Been using it since I started using AE. Can't wait to use it in new and exciting ways! Thanks Andrew; for paying respect to this classic effect.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 9:25 am
Very cool. You are always coming up with some very unique observations and techniques. I am anxious to see what things you tweaked to get the images above.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 9:32 am
Yes, CC Ball Action is a fantastic little know secret in AE. I've had great results. Check out this animation I made using CC Ball Action as the core tool. It didn't take long to get these cool results.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 9:40 am
Well done Andrew
February 23rd, 2010 @ 9:46 am
Nice, but I know how this is done. Still, your tutorials have taught me how to do it =D.

Anyways, I'm looking forward to seeing how you made your dispersion effect with CC Ball Action =P

Take care =D
February 23rd, 2010 @ 9:55 am
hi dear how r u i like this ........from Pakistan.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 10:19 am
Cool! Another great use showing the power of standard plugins. Looking forward to the tutorial. :)
February 23rd, 2010 @ 10:44 am
Andrew those drops on the background look kinky.( my friends and I notice that after the preview) lol
February 23rd, 2010 @ 10:46 am
It's looking awesome sick ;) greetings from Lithuania !
February 23rd, 2010 @ 10:47 am
Hi Andrew,

I spoke with you last year. I am working with Bryan Clay (2008 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist) on some new projects and this may work very well for it.

Two questions:

Can this technique be used to for a picture or image?

If it can, am I correct that by simple reversing the order of effects I would be able to dissolve one image and reform it into another?

Thanks for all your tuts. Looking forward to this one...hopefully soon. :)
February 23rd, 2010 @ 10:52 am
How you do to make the scatter like a ramp effect?
February 23rd, 2010 @ 11:15 am
Awsome! Can't wait for the tutorial!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 11:16 am
I used ball action for creating a strand of DNA that could be "unwound" for an episode of the History Channel's "That's Impossible!". It was very helpful because it was a fast alternative to creating it in a 3D program (considering AE was all I had :)).

You can see one of the clips I used it on at 0:35 in my demo reel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RmtOsy9GUM
February 23rd, 2010 @ 12:15 pm
Waiting for the tutorial eagerly...!!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 12:22 pm
You are the Gog of after effects!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 12:39 pm
February 23rd, 2010 @ 1:35 pm
Woah!!! Looks like some pretty awesome vector - can't wait for the tut on it.

February 23rd, 2010 @ 1:46 pm
Did you just name a file grid_balls.mov?
February 23rd, 2010 @ 1:59 pm
I am looking forward to this :)
February 23rd, 2010 @ 2:09 pm
I want to hear more about the Jolly Rancher beverage
James Twyman
February 23rd, 2010 @ 2:18 pm
Awesome stuff. i love the animation it looks amazing. Though i must say, though the background is nice, i don't think it adds anything. I love the pink on black look it just looks so dynamic and the texture kinda takes away from it. But that's all just personal opinion, i can see the awesome things this could be used for already. I'm on the edge of my seat awaiting a tutorial
February 23rd, 2010 @ 2:44 pm
ohhhhhhhhhhhh seems massive ;3
i'am exited :)
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:16 pm
Oh my god, your flares plug-in should be getting awards. Ive watched the demos and they are siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:32 pm
OMG! Andrew Kramer advertising JOLLY-RANCHER?! How much do they pay you?! Damn! I don't know why but I need some JOLLY-RANCHERS!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 4:08 pm
WHAT? no optical flares in there? i think you can add a few just to make it shiney, we like shiney things! :P
February 23rd, 2010 @ 4:12 pm
Wow, my mouth is watering for Jolly Ranchers right now. You know, I never questioned the name before this very moment. Why a jolly rancher? Who cares, they're good... I'm going to buy a BIG big right now at Costco... haha

Not sure about that fruit drink idea though.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 4:13 pm
"didn't we just leave this party"

another one,..just can't get away!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 4:21 pm
Just curious where you got, or better yet how you created those smudge textures you have been using in this and previous tuts.

February 23rd, 2010 @ 4:35 pm
Such a cool plugin!! It's like a simple and reduced version of Trapcode Form. Can't wait to see the tut!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 5:10 pm
I have absolutely no idea what a Jolly Rancher is...A happy farmer possibly?...liked the effect though
February 23rd, 2010 @ 6:29 pm
I love this site.
February 24th, 2010 @ 8:31 am
So Excited and looking forward to it.
February 24th, 2010 @ 10:51 am
What will B the Most exciting thing that u will like to do?
"Watching Andrew's Activities".... (whatever)! ;-)
February 24th, 2010 @ 1:57 pm
Wow !! Can't wait for this tutorial
February 24th, 2010 @ 6:56 pm
You are the man Andrew! Many great ideas and uses of AE. I think I can speak for everyone who has learned from your tutorials, ideas and tips by saying that partially because of you that many have become better ameture, intermediate or professional motion graphic artists. I am glad that this site exists and others alike.

Just wanna say thank man!

And as always, as many people have already said,...Keep up the good work!
February 24th, 2010 @ 7:18 pm
WOW! cant wait!
February 24th, 2010 @ 8:26 pm
not look great...
not interesting...
soryy men!
toni s
February 25th, 2010 @ 8:26 am
i like wow .. waiting
February 25th, 2010 @ 9:11 am
I love your work and your tutorials.
I hope to one day be as good as you Andrew.

I just found out the other day that After Effects was used in the production of "Avatar The Movie"
That was so cool to find that out, to know that I am using a program that was one of their main programming tools used, and to know that they were able to see the live action camera feeds as it was happen using After Effects is just awesome.

Thought I would let everyone know about it.
Take Care
Wayne Barron
Carrz-Fox-Fire Promotions
February 25th, 2010 @ 5:59 pm
Hate that fact that you are sooo god damn talented

that was sexy
February 26th, 2010 @ 11:13 am
ahahah, there isn't Jolly-Ranchers in italy, supposed to be a plugin!! :D
waitin' for your tut!
February 26th, 2010 @ 3:35 pm
If I had just half your knowledge I would be happy. THX!
February 28th, 2010 @ 6:21 am
I can't wait !!!!
Alex Nonnato
March 1st, 2010 @ 6:04 pm
Show me How please
pfc.desiger (Iran)
March 7th, 2010 @ 9:43 am
Your knowledge is a cavern with unlimited Deep.
You are the Best.

March 7th, 2010 @ 10:58 am
Very very nice work, as usually it's amazing. Thanks a lot for all your help.
August 5th, 2010 @ 12:27 pm
the AE God! Did you learn all of these by yourself? Damn great wizard Andrew!
November 27th, 2010 @ 3:35 am
hi andrew..u r amazing....

sir i have prlbum to creat effects which u shown cc ball action tut...which a CD rotating and the cc ball action following from top to down...i dont understand how i can to that..please can u tell me how cam mask..like the cd effect coming from top to bottom
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