More Star Action

So… I spent some more time playing with the CC Ball Action effect to create a logo reveal. I think there is a lot of possibilities with this plug-in and to simplify one step, we even created a quick script that offsets the layers. In this example I used the Card Wipe filter to animate the logo on after the Ball Action animation.

This example does demonstrate that the animating pattern of the “balls” can be any shape to fit your design. Still working on the tutorial, until then!

Watch Sample Video

February 26th, 2010 @ 2:19 pm
Nice one!
Keep it going!
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:20 pm
Looks good!
Looking foward to the tutorial!
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:21 pm
Nice! you are awesome
King Kong
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:22 pm
Hey andrew!

When are you going to do a tutorial?
btw. Nice Sample vid.
February 26th, 2010 @ 1:23 pm
Nice job dude...
Keep it flowing in...
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:24 pm
Very nice, I will have to take a closer look at that plugin :)
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:24 pm
i knew you could get a nice optical flare in there! thats was awesome
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:25 pm
Nice!!!1 When are you goning to make a tutorial. Its been a long long time since last tutorial.

February 26th, 2010 @ 2:27 pm
Very smooth. It's not always easy to transition from a light effect to a texture like the one in the example. The card dance effect help to tie everything together. Well done! Looking forward to the tute/project. Thx for sharing this, Andrew.
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:27 pm
You get an "A" for making "Card Wipe" look cool.
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:27 pm
Nice Sample, Andrew!
I'm looking forward to see the tut.
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:27 pm
Wow! So cool, The star logo was made with 3D Max right? :)
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:29 pm
Great possibilities but I like the Wave test the best so far.
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:32 pm
i smell a tutorial
Brandon K
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:38 pm
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:40 pm
WoW! Quite simple, but looks like something pretty hard-to-do. Awesome job, Andrew!
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:40 pm
Looks good, looking forward to the amazing tutorial, which i know it is going to be. Any scheduling for another blog show thing, as the last lot have been really useful. :D
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:40 pm
Dude that is dope boy fresh. Like always I just wanna say thank you, I love the fact that you're always giving to the community. I especially love buying your products! Keep rockin' them tuts homie, you keep a lot of peeps on their toes!
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:41 pm
kool looks like it's going to be a good one!
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:59 pm
you clever dog you, you're incorporating more Optical Flares, so I'll buy it, I want it so bad, still saving!!! like always, you are the MAN Andrew, this one had me drooling a bit :)
February 26th, 2010 @ 3:02 pm
A plug-in is one thing, what some people do with it is infinte...
February 26th, 2010 @ 3:14 pm
February 26th, 2010 @ 3:17 pm
That is a cool blend of different effects
February 26th, 2010 @ 3:24 pm
Can't wait for tut!!!
I wonder how to make this transitions from particles into balls...
February 26th, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
Holy Star Batma... ur, um Kramer.

(...always wanted to say that...)

That whole reason that Red Giant software stays in buisness is because people don't mess around with the plugins that come with AE. As you are showing once again that the stuff inside AE is just as powerful as any third party plugin. Sure, it takes longer. But the ability is there.
February 26th, 2010 @ 3:35 pm
Wow, that looks cool!
February 26th, 2010 @ 3:44 pm
I'm trying to guess how you did that! Because you taught me HOW to think in AE =)
Brad Gillespie
February 26th, 2010 @ 3:59 pm
woooow, i wasnt really to interested in this upcoming tutorial until i seen this test vid. very nice and now im waiting. =]
February 26th, 2010 @ 4:22 pm
you sure like them balls dont ya andy ya dirty boy! :P
February 26th, 2010 @ 4:27 pm
May we have a tutorial on that 3d star there? I have the hardest time in 3DS with reflective materials and the like...
February 26th, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
awesome, you're a star!

gettit? star?
February 26th, 2010 @ 4:41 pm
OMG Andrew! OMG! This id the most amazing thing you have ever made!!!!!! And I mean that!!!!! Very Nice Job!!!!!
February 26th, 2010 @ 4:50 pm
Very nice, great usage of Optical Flares once again. Best Plugin i have ever bought! Looking forward to the tutorial!!
Jacky Liang
February 26th, 2010 @ 4:56 pm
holy crap, that's awesome!
February 26th, 2010 @ 5:11 pm
*Sniff Sniff* Ya smell that??? Smells like a sweet tutorial cooking.
February 26th, 2010 @ 5:28 pm
Lovely! :P
looks amazing
I'll try to recreate that tomorrow evening, but i doubt ill get anywhere near :p
February 26th, 2010 @ 5:31 pm
Wow, awesome work:)
February 26th, 2010 @ 5:34 pm
Awesome!!! wating the tutorial, i think i gonna need something like this in a video thank for it

just outanding!!!
February 26th, 2010 @ 6:04 pm
great Andrew great work keep it up :) I'm waiting for the tutorial :)
February 26th, 2010 @ 6:53 pm
I would love to see the balls bounce into position or roll from all sides into a center position, is that possible with this effect?
February 26th, 2010 @ 6:54 pm
Woah!!! I see an awesome subtle use of Opticle Flars at the end - plays out great over all!! Again, can't wait for the tutorial.
av.rishi Tamilnadu
February 26th, 2010 @ 6:57 pm
this is amazing, cool andrew
February 26th, 2010 @ 7:20 pm
Great, i had a feeling, uuh uhhh, did you heard it?
Dipo Dipe
February 26th, 2010 @ 8:22 pm
thanks man u d man
February 26th, 2010 @ 10:21 pm
This is amazing Andrew I hope your making a tutorial on this video! ;)

And if you want to take a look I am very pleased on how to video with this effect came out, check it out! -
February 26th, 2010 @ 10:23 pm
I like the possiblity of being able to conform to any shape.......simply
February 26th, 2010 @ 10:51 pm
if you like this kind of animations, you should really consider Cinema 4D and the MoGraph module!
February 26th, 2010 @ 11:18 pm
Looks great! Looking forward to the tutorial.
February 27th, 2010 @ 12:02 am
You are a blessed person ANDREW!

I feel like falling at your blessed FEET :D!

Great Work Man!
February 27th, 2010 @ 12:23 am
this is better than Previus Example...
February 27th, 2010 @ 12:53 am
looks really cool

i am looking forward to the tutorial!
February 27th, 2010 @ 12:58 am
I love the use of old school AE effects. I would love to see more tutorials with oldies like this.
February 27th, 2010 @ 2:34 am
I Like it! but do you used a 3D object as the star?
February 27th, 2010 @ 3:55 am
Star quality! Looking forward to the next tutorial
Mr T
February 27th, 2010 @ 4:56 am
Hi Andrew,

I have been an avid viewer of your tutorials/website for the past 3 years and this is only my second post.

I felt compelled to post after seeing this video on youtube. I know its alot to ask so here goes nothing. A short 10 minute video tutorial on how to do this would be very much appreciated. Only interested in the first 18 seconds of the video featuring the portrait pictures flying into view in 3D space. Had sleepless nights since then.

Many thanks
February 27th, 2010 @ 6:11 am
wanna tutorial
looks greats
February 27th, 2010 @ 6:46 am
HI Andrew,

your tutorial are really cool and that looks also very good : I have question could you make a tutorial with 3d max or Cinema 4D how to make a similar 3d picture (animatetd or not)which you have for you Optical flares Pro Presets( or is that tutorial in the Pro Presets dvd)

if not ok
February 27th, 2010 @ 7:14 am
tutorial please Andrew
February 27th, 2010 @ 7:34 am
looks great! i cant wait for a tutorial
February 27th, 2010 @ 7:54 am
tutorial please!
February 27th, 2010 @ 8:23 am
Totally Awesome as always Andrew. Looking forward to the tutorial.
February 27th, 2010 @ 8:56 am
Andrew Kramer is a prodigy at motion graphics, that is all there is to say.
February 27th, 2010 @ 9:23 am
Too cool, and cool can not put into words!
February 27th, 2010 @ 9:50 am
Andrew is a genius! Really awesome effect!
February 27th, 2010 @ 10:12 am
simply amazing, this is the mind of a genius at work.... keep it up andrew! loving the optical flares btw, its really taken my buisness to the next step, cant wait for the tutorial
February 27th, 2010 @ 10:49 am
Really awesome effect!...............jesus christ.. how ur doing.............
Mads denmark
February 27th, 2010 @ 11:14 am
That is a tut, i cant wait for
February 27th, 2010 @ 11:22 am
That's like amazing ! , Can u make a tutorial?
February 27th, 2010 @ 1:58 pm
Please make a tutorial! That was SO cool!
February 27th, 2010 @ 2:11 pm
Hey andrew thats a sweet effect.
is there a chance that you cuold explain a bit abuot the compressions and quality of .mov or maybe other formats?

Thanks a lot for all those free tutorials... I really apreciate it.

Sorry for my bad english.
Josh Scott
February 27th, 2010 @ 3:09 pm
The things you are capable of....
February 27th, 2010 @ 4:25 pm
Frankly, I don't feel like these kind of effects are that interesting. Of course it is nice you explore new stuff, but these effects just look dull.
February 27th, 2010 @ 4:31 pm
nice nice nice... a tutorial please aK ;)
February 27th, 2010 @ 6:26 pm
Wow...i think that's perfect Master...
February 27th, 2010 @ 7:19 pm
Hi there Andrew i have only one question for you
how come you don't work at film production companies say like paramount or universal or Columbia at post production department?
you wood make a lot of money there or is it you just don't like bosses at you back ?
great video BTW keep it up
excuse my poor English...

cheers Socrates
Pavel Peterka
February 27th, 2010 @ 9:45 pm
Thomas delete all of kramer did from your mind and whats you know ? NOTHIIING :-D don't take care about him kramie.. keep working :)
February 27th, 2010 @ 10:21 pm
Holy SHEEt thats awesome.
February 27th, 2010 @ 10:47 pm
this is great!!!! But what happend to the blog show????
February 27th, 2010 @ 11:08 pm
i always stay here ,looking forward your amazing tutorial
February 27th, 2010 @ 11:10 pm
Nice and simple tutorial for us beginners in AE! Hope you can give us more tutorials! Thanks and more power!
February 28th, 2010 @ 12:23 am
when this tutorial be launch ???
Mehran CG
February 28th, 2010 @ 12:24 am
Thanks Andrew
I love you.
Edris Mohammadi
February 28th, 2010 @ 4:03 am
Hi anderw

i am looking forward to the tutorial!

I Love U
Just Anderw
I am Edris Mohammadi From Iran/Sanandaj
February 28th, 2010 @ 4:42 am
thank u Andrew am looking this since last two weeks so please share this
February 28th, 2010 @ 5:18 am
Just started watching "Interpreting the Lost Symbol" and it had VideoCopilot tutorials written all over it. So you see your tutorials are very much appreciated by everyone
February 28th, 2010 @ 6:59 am
I'm hoping that there'll be a way to use an already-existing logo in place of that star . . . I can see uses galore for this.
February 28th, 2010 @ 7:53 am
Hi.What's Up Andrew.
This Is Very Good Looking You!
February 28th, 2010 @ 9:22 am
dude this is awesome.
i thought i would look cool if it was red, so it can represent Russia.
it would be awesome if they used something like this in call of duty, when you play as the russians.
February 28th, 2010 @ 12:49 pm
wow thats sick^^ hope the tutorial comes soon
February 28th, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
you r the man compadre!!!!!!!!!
February 28th, 2010 @ 2:54 pm
it looks quick favor...
can u send a message to your fans here in CHILE?..we had a terrible earthquake yesterday and frankly i am still a little bit spooked..
thank u so much
greetings from CHILE
February 28th, 2010 @ 3:46 pm
looking very good hey andrew, one question, could You make a tutorial of how so set up the render output for web videos like the ones that you post?
February 28th, 2010 @ 5:42 pm
Hey, Mr T,

About the video on YouTube (, I'm pretty sure there's a lot of tutorials out there.

I can give you some hints if you're really interested too. Mail me and we can talk about it. What you're trying to achieve can be done with Particular and it's absurdly simple.

Here's a nice one just for starters:,

Or maybe this one:,

Glad to be of help. Any doubts, feel free to mail me.


Man In The Hat
February 28th, 2010 @ 6:55 pm
You have got to make a tutorial on this one! Looks incredible!
February 28th, 2010 @ 9:28 pm
little off topic, but i was looking at some online books, and i found this animation thats complete videocopilot!
February 28th, 2010 @ 11:14 pm
You took my brain. I watched all your tutorials for 3 weeks :-D
March 1st, 2010 @ 12:22 am
Hey Andrew... just got this link through Video-Hive's twitter feed... I think it is about time to get your own ;)

I love the work and I have learned so much from you. Thank you for everything you do.
March 1st, 2010 @ 12:24 am
And then of course.... I find it.

I'm an idiot! lol
March 1st, 2010 @ 3:04 am
I need a company logo like this D;
March 1st, 2010 @ 5:05 am
great work andrew, we need some tuto like this, plz andrew show us how can make it cooooooooool like u did
Ari Lieb
March 1st, 2010 @ 6:32 am
COOL!!!! Hey first comment of the month! :D
March 1st, 2010 @ 9:34 am
cool....i love tis..can u make a tutorial...?
March 1st, 2010 @ 9:35 am
Heey Andrew,

Your tutorials are in one word AWSOME keep up with this good work ;) And by the way I can't wait for this tut to come :)

Greetz fron the Netherlands.
March 1st, 2010 @ 9:51 am
Captain America!
March 1st, 2010 @ 10:56 am
Why are your experiments better than my finished pieces !?!!

March 1st, 2010 @ 11:09 am
Would be so nice to see a tutorial for this. It's exactly what I've been looking for.
March 1st, 2010 @ 12:46 pm
is ther a tutoril coming for??
March 1st, 2010 @ 5:19 pm
Very cool! When's the next tutorial coming? Your pupils are waiting!

March 1st, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

I just saw the movie "Panic Room" and they used the submerged tutorial like 6 times!!!! it was so obvious lol

You you Go Andrew!!! Can't wait for the new tutorial, Looks like one of your best ;)
March 1st, 2010 @ 10:45 pm
You are the Master AE, you are the inspiration to learn more and more Ae. Thank you Andrew
Angrej P.
March 2nd, 2010 @ 1:13 am
I whant to see a tutorial! ^_^
March 2nd, 2010 @ 3:17 am
hey Andrew..
awesome work really i like your worked.....i m crazy to see this plz creat a tut....?
Pavel Peterka
March 2nd, 2010 @ 5:25 am
Read before post ;) Otherwise you know that he is making one already... But it takes a f**** long time. I hope it will go away soon
March 2nd, 2010 @ 5:31 am
Really Nice Will You Be Doing Video Tutorials For These
March 2nd, 2010 @ 10:47 am
ei Andrew what are you doing???!!!why you arent making new tut????:@
March 2nd, 2010 @ 11:21 am
looks amazing man, i would love a tut :D
greetings from holland
March 2nd, 2010 @ 11:43 am
It takes alot of work to create tutorials, he is doing them for free so calm down and wait.
March 2nd, 2010 @ 1:24 pm
did he use any 3D programs for this, or just all in after effects?
jon garmen
March 2nd, 2010 @ 1:58 pm
um Matthew Sabia,
they made Panic room years ago, Andrew just made that tut last year, maybe he got the idea from it?
March 2nd, 2010 @ 2:08 pm
Yeah, that's pretty sick. Great stuff as always.
March 2nd, 2010 @ 7:21 pm
Wow! Really nice stuff. I can't wait for the tutorial! In the meantime, I'll keep playing w/ my new Optical Flares! Thnx again, Andrew!
March 2nd, 2010 @ 8:07 pm
Hey andrew nice. i like it. very much. when is the PROMO for lens flare coming out. i wanna see the promo before i buy it. so that i can get the jist of it. thankx.
March 2nd, 2010 @ 8:22 pm
excelent effect!! can't wait to see a tutorial!!

PS: what will happen to the optical flares promo video? :P
March 2nd, 2010 @ 8:55 pm
thanks for making tut's (although there isn't one yet, but I assume there will be) that don't require additional plugins.
March 3rd, 2010 @ 3:56 am
I cant wait for the new tut! :X
March 3rd, 2010 @ 4:35 am
@ Matthew

Tutorials so good people are traveling forward in time to make the most of them :-)
March 3rd, 2010 @ 7:30 am
just one WORD .NICE.
March 3rd, 2010 @ 8:01 am
hey Andrew! you work is amazing... but i whould like to know how you makes the 3D wall of lights.
seriously, you rocks!!
March 3rd, 2010 @ 8:02 am
That is hot! Following you as always, sir.
March 3rd, 2010 @ 10:41 am
dallas cowboys?
March 3rd, 2010 @ 10:56 am
i have been looking out for the ball action as well but then in shapes of an audio player, i have no idea how you did that stuff with the star etc. how do you make the shapes for example? with generate?
March 3rd, 2010 @ 11:08 am
Looking very forward to this tutorial. Great work Andrew! Keep it coming.
March 3rd, 2010 @ 4:32 pm
Should be a lot of fun, just getting over a cold so I can record this. One of the joys of having kids, they tend to get you sick more often.
March 3rd, 2010 @ 11:19 pm
Hey Andrew that really stinks! hope you feel better soon!

BTW: If any one want's to check out my new test with 3D Max - - Thnaks Guys! :)
March 4th, 2010 @ 1:53 pm
Chale, na u be the kramer!!! nice job...keep it going...we love you
March 4th, 2010 @ 2:13 pm
Here's my test using Card Wipe; it definitely has a lot of uses... Let me know what you think!
March 4th, 2010 @ 4:20 pm
Hey Andrew-
What effect did you use on the star to get it to scale like that? or am i seeing things?

Dory Yasmine
March 5th, 2010 @ 9:47 am
Please Andrew, is there anyway to see a tutorial for this animation? plz andrew!! hehe thxx
Dory Yasmine
March 5th, 2010 @ 9:53 am
oops! i just read the caption below the video :D cant wait!!
March 5th, 2010 @ 11:08 pm
Wow that was crazy.... i like it ......
Julio Tobar
March 6th, 2010 @ 2:24 pm
Awesome stuff Andrew, can't wait to see the tutorial.
Shan Ali Shah
March 7th, 2010 @ 12:44 am
Nice stuff Andrew
March 7th, 2010 @ 2:56 am
March 7th, 2010 @ 10:01 am
What 3D app did you use to create the Star and what material?
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:00 pm
Nice can u please do a tutorial? I would try to figure out that stuff like u do but im not good at it and I absolutely suck at expressions. I mostly do big picture stuff. pleas check out my site @ or my other unfinished site at
I got a new video comin out soon so please don't judge on my older videos cuz i didn't have as much editing power back then. Also i no u have a life and all but could u possibly start makin tutorials more often like u used to cuz u haven't made on in a while.
May 25th, 2010 @ 7:33 am
Impressive! Love it!
August 15th, 2011 @ 2:29 am
Andrew hi ti is Awesome

pls teach card wipe
September 21st, 2011 @ 12:00 pm
is there a tutorial to do THIS star? I tried to follow in the project file but mine wont come out right and im using a different shape.... THANKS
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