Wave Test

Here is another test using CC Ball Action for a wall of balls…
See new sample Video

To answer a question from a previous comment, yes you can use this technique to recreate pictures or logos and even animate them on in a different pattern other than circular. More soon.

You can also check out the previous video example.

February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:42 pm
Interesting effect. I'm intrigued.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:42 pm
thats sweet i really love how you designed that and it looks modern and also looks easy to make?
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:44 pm
That's awesome dude..respect to the master once again!!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:49 pm
It looks like an led wall;) nice(H)
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:49 pm
Thanks for giving us a little info on what CC Ball Action can do! Can't wait to explore this in a tutorial with you or on my own!
Jackson S.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:51 pm
thats pretty sweet
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:51 pm
i think is interesting (good designed)!!! :)
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:51 pm
Thats really cool! I'm interested to know what that sort of blur on it is.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:53 pm
Light Brite making things glow brrrriiiiigghhhhttt.

I never grew up.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 4:04 pm
yummy... looking forward the tutorial very badly
February 23rd, 2010 @ 4:09 pm
keep it coming
February 23rd, 2010 @ 4:10 pm
That really looks great...
It sounds like a new tutorial soon... Hope so!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 4:37 pm
Oh jesus! Andrew.. i checked many AE tutorials..
But you're the best! I have given it a thought about who's the best AE tutorial-maker. But you have a very good sense of humour and can make the tutorials easy and so good! Can't wait for a tutorial for CC Ball Action!

And btw, THANKS for everything, i've learned alot from you!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 4:51 pm
This is going to be a sweet tutorial. What is the image the balls are forming? I can't make it out. :)
February 23rd, 2010 @ 4:58 pm
WoW... I'd like to make a LED wall out of that.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 5:02 pm
That is way cool! My results messing around with the plugin weren't quite as productive.
Matthew Park
February 23rd, 2010 @ 5:23 pm
WHOA! COOL EFFECT! Haha maybe a tut soon? :D
February 23rd, 2010 @ 5:46 pm
great effect Andrew :D but please can you explain this to us and How can you added the lens blur on the shoot because I'm trying this over and over again and no way :S please can you tell me How ???? thank u :)
February 23rd, 2010 @ 6:13 pm
Nice technique - I'm looking forward to the tutorial, if only to see how you generate such effective blur... my attempts just look a mess!

By the way, your "previous video example" link above is broken (404)
February 23rd, 2010 @ 5:16 pm
Nice job Andrew can't wait for this one!!!!!!! ;)
February 23rd, 2010 @ 6:22 pm
H Mr Krmaer!!! This effect is relly cool. I like it very much! Thanks for sharing this kind of things with us!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 6:31 pm
at the end if the background contracts and reveals the tile it will look better integrated.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 6:32 pm
WOW this is even better than the one before.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 6:36 pm
at the end if the background contracts and reveals the tile it will look better integrated.

By the way what happen to the OF user presets?
Troy R
February 23rd, 2010 @ 6:50 pm
Hey Andrew you always make such cool things. But how long does something like that take to render out?

That would probably of took my PC like 2hrs. :'(
February 23rd, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
I love it!
I'm intrigued... Wanna see the next tutorial!!!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 7:27 pm
looks like something you'd see in a music video. Awesome effect, can't wait for the tut.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 7:28 pm
I REALLY want to know how to do this one.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 7:42 pm
perty dang good
February 23rd, 2010 @ 9:00 pm
Plz tell me that you are gonna cover that in the next tutorial!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 9:39 pm
Great job... looking forward to see how its done
February 23rd, 2010 @ 9:50 pm
Andrew it looks simply brilliant! I swear your droppings are made of gold, for everything new experiment you create is so proffesional in appearence and always pushes the envelope a step further.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 10:08 pm
I'd never even looked at this plugin until tonight. I read up on it and played around a little. It's very neat the spheres are in 3D space and you can rotate a camera around them spread out in Z space.

A (Andrew inspired) lightbulb went off in my head while playing around and I tried decreasing the scatter property from 50 to 0 while 3D stroke was drawing a mask path. I've got a big smile on my face and a million ideas now.

This is just my junk experiment, but you can see what I'm talking about (CC Ball Action, Trapcode 3D Stroke, and Trapcode Shine):
February 23rd, 2010 @ 10:20 pm
wow it's great
I can't wait
damien christ
February 23rd, 2010 @ 10:24 pm
who wants to disco? anyone? Hail Andrew!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 10:58 pm
Really cool man. I liked it quite a bit. I want a tutorial for this one ;)
February 23rd, 2010 @ 11:00 pm
You r d best...
February 23rd, 2010 @ 11:01 pm
Nice. Just fyi Andrew, you left "blog" out of the URL for the earlier example post, so it takes you to an error page.

February 23rd, 2010 @ 11:14 pm
I like this, you post a sweet video, I find myself with an hour to kill and figure out my own way of doing it with the effects you've detailed and I am no eargerly awaiting the tutorial to see your method. its a fun game!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 11:36 pm
Yes, it definitely needs a tutorial, it looks so complicated.
February 24th, 2010 @ 1:40 am
where is the source file??...i can't find it? (-:
February 24th, 2010 @ 1:55 am
Nice, kinda reminds me off the Fandev Bikinidots plugin,
February 24th, 2010 @ 3:59 am
This looks wicked
February 24th, 2010 @ 4:23 am
Very nice effect there, well done andrew!
February 24th, 2010 @ 6:18 am
Superb concept, I like the design as well.
February 24th, 2010 @ 6:34 am
I wish I was mature enough to not laugh at the term "wall of balls."
February 24th, 2010 @ 6:38 am
oh MY GOD nice effect and i always like your worked ..from Pakistan......long live video copilot
February 24th, 2010 @ 6:53 am
w0w..nice, i hope words can also be formed in that wall of balls.
regards from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines..
February 24th, 2010 @ 7:14 am
This is sooo freaky, because just the other day, they played that Accept song on Hair Nation!

Looks excellent, Andrew!
February 24th, 2010 @ 7:49 am
February 24th, 2010 @ 7:51 am
reminds me of Trapcode Form
daniel smith
February 24th, 2010 @ 8:06 am
hey if you don't mind me asking what was the font called at the end of the sample video? :)btw this looks pretty awesome
February 24th, 2010 @ 8:06 am
wow you can certain handle those balls like a pro!
February 24th, 2010 @ 8:41 am
Andrew, could you please try out the HTML5 video tag for your samples? That would be awesome! :D
February 24th, 2010 @ 8:49 am
Vewy Interesting!! Indeed...
February 24th, 2010 @ 9:05 am
Lyk omigosh.
Jk, cant wait :)
February 24th, 2010 @ 9:26 am
LOoking forward to it:::::
P. Robie
February 24th, 2010 @ 10:01 am
Very stunning and well done. I am working on a project and was looking over the site to find this and now doing some research on the CC ball action preset. I have to say that out of all the places I've checked I really respect the effort that you put into the tutorials. You understand that not everyone can afford an abundance of plugins and with that you take the time to create something that looks very close.

Thanks for your hard work and passion for helping others.
February 24th, 2010 @ 11:15 am
Are the colors controllable?
February 24th, 2010 @ 11:25 am
It's pretty cool and open to a lot of possibilities. Can't wait to see some of the project files.
February 24th, 2010 @ 12:03 pm
That looks cool. What is the typeface you used at the end Andrew?
February 24th, 2010 @ 12:21 pm
I started to play by myself with CC Ball Action and I Think I've figured out the way to achieve something like this...Very cool!!
First I apllied BallAction to a solid, and reset all parameters, then I rotated Y axis to make the grid face the active view, played with the ball size...After that, I duplicated the layer, imported a logo with an alpha cannel to the comp, and placed it between the two layers. I set the track Matte of the logos' layer to alpha and thing started to look well...Now I¡m going to play with a camera and the rest ofpossible settings in the CC Ball Action plugin..
Thanks for the inspiration and for make my brain work to solve it!!!! I can't wait to see your tutorial on this!!
and after all...excuse my bad english...
February 24th, 2010 @ 12:42 pm
Would love to see if this effect can be linked to pulse with an audio track.
February 24th, 2010 @ 1:40 pm
Daniel, yes. At its most basic, the effect is adding the CC Ball Action effect to your footage and getting the timing correct, so you can do this ball effect with any existing image, footage, or comp.
February 24th, 2010 @ 2:20 pm
Craig, I'll bet it would work together with Trapcode Form to match it to music.
February 24th, 2010 @ 3:19 pm
I want this tut!!!! please!!!!!!
mike currell
February 24th, 2010 @ 4:59 pm
Hey Kramer
you are the "ducks guts" not because of your talent or knowledge but mainly because of your willingness to share it!
I know it helps your business but the fact that your tuts go beyond VC products makes you special.
Keep it up
February 24th, 2010 @ 8:25 pm
That looks awesome. I can't wait for the turtorial.
February 24th, 2010 @ 8:53 pm
:O i really like this effect looking forward for the tutorial! :D
February 24th, 2010 @ 11:26 pm
Hey Andrew,

Here's my go with the effect! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGWpsyhrwgE

if not for you I have never seen this effect before! :)
Vicky Shah
February 25th, 2010 @ 1:35 am
Hi sir this is really very nice and usefull also.
Can u give us Tutorial pzl...
February 25th, 2010 @ 3:36 am
Very nice Andrew! But I would prefer a 3D-Version of that Effect. I guess that isn't possible with CC Ball Action(?), but certainly with Trapcode Form. Generally I'd like to see more Tutorials from You and the VC-Team using the Form-Effects. I f***in love it to playing around with Form :)
February 25th, 2010 @ 3:43 am
Hi Andrew...cant wait for the tutorial...nice effect....am trying out cc ball action for a logo animation which seems to get along smoothly.....

and Andrew can ya please make more tutorials about lighting and rendering in 3ds max?? cos am really suffering here to learn lighting......and i saw some of your tutorials on 3ds max and was not enough for lighting part of it..........so if u could please do some more tutorials on lighting in 3ds max.....which we be helpfull for all who are struggling to learn lighting.........and rendering........
February 25th, 2010 @ 7:08 am
optical flares on Starcraft 2 interviw with Greg Canessa, Project Director Battle.net,
February 25th, 2010 @ 7:25 am
this is really cool andrew, great effect, being honest didnt actually expect it to be as neat as it is. Very nice, hope u got tutorial or sumthing up soon man. :D
February 25th, 2010 @ 7:29 am
WoW! Ive just started to experiment with this plug-in. This is one wicked plug-in! Dont know why I have never used it before. You can make the most awesome animations with it. Really powerful.

Will definitely recommend it to start experiment with it.
Dory Yasmine
February 25th, 2010 @ 8:52 am
Thanks to u andrew, i bought a car, new tv, ps3 and a lot more. if ur wondering wt i mean its bcuz at first i lied in my cv that i know how to work on after effects and thx 2 u now i really do and im great in my job :D Thxx andrew, i owe u so much!!
February 25th, 2010 @ 9:58 am
i cant wait for the tut.. well done andrew
February 25th, 2010 @ 10:04 am
I'm just guessing but could the effect be achieved with one layer in trapcode form.
Peter Somers (TC-Productions)
February 25th, 2010 @ 10:51 am
What I really like about VCP and Andrew's work is that nowadays it's so easy to say "Oh, we need Particular or Form, or some other plugin, to do this or that effect", whereby Andrew shows us that the built-in plugins have so much more potential than most people think.
Yes, it's probably easier to achieve in Form, but the added bonus to Andrew's tuts and examples is that it makes people THINK about their composition and the use of After Effects, rather than rely on some preset effects or plugins.

Excellent !! Massive respect !!
February 25th, 2010 @ 11:09 am
Yes indeed Peter. I have a lot of Trapcode items, but Andrew's tutorials showing how many hidden gems are inside of AE have made me start playing with all sorts of things in AE that I had never even touched before. Andrew is definitely my favorite guru when it comes to AE...and humor!
February 25th, 2010 @ 12:38 pm
Nice work Andrew - this has been driving me nuts trying to figure out how you ramped the scatter. When can we expect the tutorial?
February 25th, 2010 @ 1:24 pm
Totally can not wait for the tutorial on this. Very Excited :D
February 25th, 2010 @ 2:50 pm
You're my master
February 25th, 2010 @ 4:16 pm
I don't exactly what IT is but, IT looks fantastic! haha
February 25th, 2010 @ 7:59 pm
Please post a tutorial. Its amazing
February 25th, 2010 @ 8:03 pm
I'm ready. Bring on the tutorial.
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:42 am
wow it's amazing you are the best Andrew!
February 26th, 2010 @ 2:45 am
February 26th, 2010 @ 5:26 am
Looks very sweet, and as always, your stuff is way too inspiring for me to keep up my day time job =)
February 26th, 2010 @ 8:23 am
Here's my stab at it. I can't wait to see the technique you used.


February 26th, 2010 @ 9:26 am
Here is something I did by trial and error experimenting Ball Action with the example posted here in my head...


I'm still working on it
February 26th, 2010 @ 9:27 am
i can has new tut plz mr andrew!
February 26th, 2010 @ 9:39 am
Guauu!! es impresionante lo que haces...
Te admiro mucho...
Pavel Peterka
February 26th, 2010 @ 9:46 am
I can't wait until it's done,, i'm so excited about this one, you should make up some more in row like you did at the begining. I check your website every day for long time.
February 26th, 2010 @ 10:23 am
Stephen Kennedy
February 26th, 2010 @ 11:50 am
Nice^_^ There's so much one can do in AE. It's nice to remember that one can still do great things without all the expensive plugins. You've encouraged me to try my hand at this BEFORE the tut^^ Thank you for sharing your ideas Andrew.
February 26th, 2010 @ 3:40 pm
Andrew! You're very helpful. I can't afford buying your products? but I'm so thankful for all your tutorials! You're the best! =)
February 26th, 2010 @ 5:25 pm
this looks great!
February 26th, 2010 @ 6:41 pm
Okay, I give up. I've tried to wrap my brain around how you cause the balls to converge and grow from a single point instead of the entire image/logo and I can't find aw way to dup it. So I'll wait patiently for the tut and probably feel dumb about how easy it is.
February 26th, 2010 @ 9:00 pm
Wow, I'm working on a spot right now for a casino, and something like this would be a perfect background to use. Hope the tutorial comes out over the weekend? Otherwise I'll muck around myself and come up with something.

I appreciate everything you do for the AE community. Thanks.
avinash from india
February 26th, 2010 @ 10:27 pm
in india, we associate all the elements with a god.. When it comes to learning ae online, u r the god for us.. Thanq andrew.. Am a regular buyer of your products.. I extend my support to you by not downloading any of your products through torrents n call upon my fellow learners to do the same.. Thanx.
Marc M.
February 27th, 2010 @ 5:15 am
hey looks really great ;) i wish me an tutorial for that ;) i want to do this too :D really great :p nice greez from germany ;)
Mariusz Lechnio
February 27th, 2010 @ 7:19 am
Well. I was thinking for some time how it's done. So far I made Time Displacement to do it, but the result is faaaaar from perfection. I'm getting distorted balls and still don't know how to add DOF to it ;)
I'm looking forward to the tutorial.
Thanks Andrew for inspiring work.

First test video for this effect:
It's crappy but I'm still proud of it :)
February 27th, 2010 @ 7:38 am
im waiting for the tutorial!

hope you upload soon
February 27th, 2010 @ 8:33 am
100th Post! Good work, btw.
February 28th, 2010 @ 7:43 pm
Holy sweetness. You're one smart cookie, sir, Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
March 1st, 2010 @ 10:11 am

Michael Mark Mensah
March 3rd, 2010 @ 11:48 am
Really interesting effect...looks cool... you are the Booosu!
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:55 am
Andrew I want that tutorial. Would be awesome!!
andy white
March 28th, 2010 @ 7:25 am
Interesting there is a way you can instance those effects in the stack!! so any changes will be global.

Try this

Create new adjustment layer

make it a pre comp


Create new adjustment layer in side that pre comp and add you effects to it.

Then that pre comp can be used as may times as you like but make changes to the effects inside it and they will be global
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