NEW TUTORIAL: 3D Ball Dispersion

In this tutorial we will learn a technique to offset the animation of the CC Ball Action effect to create a cool transition. This effect uses only built-in plug-in and offers creative flexibility for a variety of looks. The project file also includes a script for offsetting the layers by 1 frame to make the process easier. The tutorial is about 25 minutes but the time will fly by!

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New Sample Video with Ideas

95 RESPONSES TO "NEW TUTORIAL: 3D BALL DISPERSION"
Filipe Leira
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:18 pm
Very good! Thanks Andrew
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:19 pm
Looks fabulous! Thanks so much! =D
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:21 pm
I love dis After Effects stuff!
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:23 pm
Awesome, I'm starting it right now.
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:31 pm
Great technique and fascinating outcome!
Thanks Andrew!
Max Manus
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:33 pm
this is really cool!:D planning to use it on a music video for Addicted (http://www.myspace.com/addictedofficial), if you wanna check them out:)
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:34 pm
Aw, cmon Andrew, I'm from Minneapolis so I like this "Time" better:
http://bit.ly/anninz
Janus
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:36 pm
Great stuff, interesting having a look at some of the other, less used in tuts, plugins.
Konnected
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:36 pm
Excellent, will check this out now.

Thanks Andrew! :)
calvert
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:42 pm
grr.. you posted this as soon as I started my homework. O well, something to look forward to.
Ron in Calgary
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:51 pm
Still amazing Andrew !
Austin
March 8th, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
Nice Andrew! I'm looking forward to doing the tutorial! Also, I'd like to say that ActionEssentials2 is amazing!
Sam Gilbert
March 8th, 2010 @ 5:05 pm
Thanks Andrew, Hey any chance of you coming to NY again?
filipe3x
March 8th, 2010 @ 5:12 pm
Awesome tutorial!
March 8th, 2010 @ 5:14 pm
Cool! I'm going to watch it as soon as AE opens. :D
Chris Woods
March 8th, 2010 @ 5:24 pm
yeah,yeah,yeah!
thanks very much!
RELOAD
March 8th, 2010 @ 5:24 pm
Interesting. Looking forward to other tutorials.
March 8th, 2010 @ 5:32 pm
Thanks Andrew!!!!!!!!!!! Going to watch it right now!!!!!! :D
March 8th, 2010 @ 5:35 pm
haven't seen the whole tutorial yet but this is a video that I have already made that is kind if like the first twiter transition - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGWpsyhrwgE

;)
leonardo
March 8th, 2010 @ 5:40 pm
thank andrew your tutorial is brilliant,greetings from mexico.
rishi_av
March 8th, 2010 @ 6:10 pm
Realy super stuff., once aging thanks to Andrew....
March 8th, 2010 @ 6:12 pm
Nice. The hotness
Brian
March 8th, 2010 @ 6:15 pm
OMG FINALLY!!! Been on the VCP website ALL week, just waiting and drooling (not literally but you get what I mean) for the tutorial! Thx, Andrew!!!
Jack
March 8th, 2010 @ 6:29 pm
Oh!!
Very nice.Thanks Andrew :D
I'll start it right now.
Sujithram
March 8th, 2010 @ 6:31 pm
WOW Andrew... I'm going to try it immediately..
seok6326
March 8th, 2010 @ 6:32 pm
감사합니다. 앤드류 선생님~!!!

Thank you!! andrew teacher!!
Nathan
March 8th, 2010 @ 6:55 pm
Tnx Andrew look like a graet tutorial
Jon
March 8th, 2010 @ 7:13 pm
Wow! Thank looks awesome

Thanks =)
josef
March 8th, 2010 @ 7:22 pm
wow this tutorials is great foe the tv fansy show. Thank you andrew.
leonardo de caprio
March 8th, 2010 @ 7:31 pm
you rock my world bro
Mark Louie Almeda
March 8th, 2010 @ 7:45 pm
Woooooot!!! id been waiting for this one!
Lewis
March 8th, 2010 @ 7:56 pm
Hey andrew is this moreless the same technique used for DC Comics intro on film?
March 8th, 2010 @ 8:10 pm
AMAZZZZZING ! Thank u Andrew !!!
Rick
March 8th, 2010 @ 9:23 pm
Really nice tut, thanks Andrew!
Kellen
March 8th, 2010 @ 9:25 pm
I like how "the time" is linked to Time Cop, nice added touch haha
Parkie
March 8th, 2010 @ 9:42 pm
Time Cop available on "VHS"...? Is that the new replacement for Blu-Ray?
James
March 8th, 2010 @ 10:07 pm
Amazing as usual
I was wondering how long your video renders take and what your video card and cpu is
I have a nvidia gtx 250 overclocked and an amd x4 3.4ghz overclocked to 3.8
Bradley Bell
March 8th, 2010 @ 10:57 pm
The only word to say is WOW, and jsut can't wait to follow in your foot steps
Mytafan
March 8th, 2010 @ 11:18 pm
thank you so much :x
March 8th, 2010 @ 11:36 pm
Andrew !! You Are My Master :ooo.... what do you do in After Effects :D thats sick ! ;D .. Great JOB! Respect ;)
March 8th, 2010 @ 11:50 pm
That was a cool tutorial! The technique that was used was a lot different than I expected.
jose
March 9th, 2010 @ 12:36 am
hi andrew very noce tuto.
i´ve a question, i´ll buy a video camera and i´d like to know
what kind of Vcamera do you have?
i want one 1080p and with nice quality i saw with one friend the magic bullet training and the video quality was nice wich one you used?
Mac
March 9th, 2010 @ 1:07 am
Very very nice!
Fantastic!
xsid
March 9th, 2010 @ 1:49 am
AK decided to be timecop
March 9th, 2010 @ 2:16 am
Whoa... I waiting for this since last week.
Thanx Awesone Guy, U Rock!!!!
حمید
March 9th, 2010 @ 2:20 am
خیلی ممنون استاد بزرگ
Thanks a lot, our great master
anil kumar
March 9th, 2010 @ 3:05 am
Wow Wow Wow.Its amazing Kramer.
Amer
March 9th, 2010 @ 3:43 am
there is a king of pop...king of rock ... king of food
honestly ,,you are a king of AE
March 9th, 2010 @ 4:20 am
whoa!!! oh my gosh!!! we love you AK!!!!
Thanks for all of the willingness to help!!!

we really admire you here in the Philippines.
Many of the VC Products are almost everywhere...
ToyJoy
March 9th, 2010 @ 4:28 am
Hello !

Andrew can you do tutorial : how made a animation with box of TWITCH from "New Sample Video with Ideas "?

thx !

regards !
March 9th, 2010 @ 4:34 am
:) thanks , very good.
March 9th, 2010 @ 4:38 am
Very very cool Andrew! Thanks as usual!
antonio
March 9th, 2010 @ 4:43 am
Very cool !!!!! From Belgium
March 9th, 2010 @ 4:44 am
WOW........ creativity to the next level....
Andrew wonderful jobs...
March 9th, 2010 @ 4:59 am
Hi Andrew! Why you not making tutor's with vfx like lightning strike? More VFX please.
Slobodan Todorovic
March 9th, 2010 @ 5:23 am
Wow us usual Still amazing Andrew
Eben Sowatey
March 9th, 2010 @ 5:27 am
tooooooooooo much. I would say fantastic inspirational work. BIG UP. Thanks
Fab
March 9th, 2010 @ 5:33 am
This is something really useful. That doesn´t mean that your others tuts aren´t useful, but most stuff is about movie effects, which i like, but i can´t use them much at work (designing logo animations and stuff)

I´ll definitely use your 3D Ball Dispersion effect on my next project. Great work! ...and without 3rd party plug-ins! you could optimize the fade to the original graphic at the end, but in total this is just so great! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!
Peter
March 9th, 2010 @ 6:00 am
any one noticed it is Action Copilot ;) I'm really looking forward to buy optical flares just to support his job. but first i need cash and then parents agreement :P
March 9th, 2010 @ 6:22 am
Andrew, you are awesome!
this tutorial helped me alot ^^
A few days ago i used CC Ball Action and
I played with the settings and i had the same idea
with those DNA strings!

btw, life finds a way
Memorable quotes from
Jurassic Park

those who are interested:
My project is called "The Anomaly"
Video Teaser on my YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/mwbgproduction
Matt
March 9th, 2010 @ 6:53 am
Very cool! Thanks for making it!
Sean
March 9th, 2010 @ 6:57 am
hahahaha...Time Cop. Can't wait to watch the tut.
tanner
March 9th, 2010 @ 7:41 am
great stuff will watch it later
Polar
March 9th, 2010 @ 7:58 am
Hi Andrew, hope your cold got away. ;)
Waiting for this tut, i've tried to guess how did you make this effect. My solution implicate the Time Displacement effect, that way i only have to setup one image layer, adding the effect i want.
Badly, my method has many con's. Image layer has to be precomposed to evenly setup Time Displacement, though setting the camera it's a pain in the ass. :) Moreover, Time Displacement it's a damned slow effect!
So, well... i guess you won! :)

By the way, here's the result: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FRI5IkBcws
March 9th, 2010 @ 8:14 am
thanks Andrew :)
Polar
March 9th, 2010 @ 8:17 am
Cough cough... moderator? Sir?
I wrote the wrong link, here's the right one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tat79mPT5Ms
oras
March 9th, 2010 @ 8:19 am
u are always a creative guy, thanks for all your tutorials.
oras
March 9th, 2010 @ 8:22 am
seriously Andrew do u really have the time to read all this comments? nice tutorials
Edris Mohammadi
March 9th, 2010 @ 8:41 am
Very Nice !
Thanks For New Tutorial !

I love U !
Just Anderw !

I am Edris Mohammadi Form Iran\Sanandaj.
Peter
March 9th, 2010 @ 9:02 am
VEry nice! could you make a tutorials some of the ,,fumexf 3D max,, ones? those flames and smokes are really good!
Joraph
March 9th, 2010 @ 9:14 am
Nice........
Can't wait to try this
c-r-u-x
March 9th, 2010 @ 9:19 am
Glad to hear we're not cutting of the balls (when applying a mask).
Because that would be an unpleasant thing to do, I imagine.
Jerry Quinn
March 9th, 2010 @ 9:41 am
I'm a newcomer to both AE and the site. I really enjoyed watching this tutorial last night; and best of all, I actually understood it. And that's no mean accomplishment, the learning curve for AE is straight up!
March 9th, 2010 @ 9:42 am
O_o TimeCop!! JCVD FTW!
Grubin
March 9th, 2010 @ 9:53 am
thanks Andrew! Cooool! oooooooooooooooe!
March 9th, 2010 @ 8:57 am
wow this is Kool I've bought trapcode form an particular now I could use them both cc ball and form fo some reason I get better control with the cc ball but ... what the hell this was done by you Andrew thanks fo the tutorial
Vaccum
March 9th, 2010 @ 10:32 am
Nice! i very like and i will try to do with star or other things! thanks
andi
March 9th, 2010 @ 11:09 am
Lot of useful bits in here, especially working with lots of layers at once, thanks!
Andy Ericson
March 9th, 2010 @ 3:51 pm
lol...saving private ryan
OveA
March 9th, 2010 @ 4:14 pm
Careful Andrew, turn back the time and you're history. ;)
Herman Darr
March 9th, 2010 @ 5:47 pm
welcome back Andrew....missed your tutorials....hope your all better now......
Dustin James
March 9th, 2010 @ 7:48 pm
Hey Andrew..

When you accidentally forgot to tick the repeat edge pixels.. it reminded me of the fact that you could have set up a null control layer where all the effects would be tied to..

That way you could tweak the effects at the same time and with ease.
pedro s.
March 9th, 2010 @ 9:58 pm
hi lord kramer...great tutorial...always amazing...from south america where you have a lot of fans too...but can you tell me where to find some tutorial about those " bracket "?? have no idea...between my bad english and my poor experience in after effect...is hard to get it...anyway..thanks for help to make my dream bigger
March 10th, 2010 @ 4:46 am
\/\/ow Amazing Tutorial but i have a problem I don't have a CC Ball Action Plugins plz give me a link for download cc ball.. thnks
    October 9th, 2011 @ 5:20 pm
    the same problem here :(
alfredo
March 10th, 2010 @ 8:14 am
it seems too much complication for an effect you could achieve with particles... or not?
Tomas
March 12th, 2010 @ 1:22 am
hello,
again nice tutorial. the most income of your teaching is that i can predict the next steps in your tutorial even i am absolutely newbie in AE and its all your fault. This is the way i like it and its even funny...private ryan :-)
Tomas
March 12th, 2010 @ 1:25 am
@pedro s.
i also had problem to find those keys till i put headphones on. anyway switched keyboard language to EN and then it are the keys ALT+ [] (one next to P)
Tomas
Michael
March 15th, 2010 @ 3:18 am
These tutorials are concise, easy to understand and very practical. Your sense of humor was questionable in the beginning, but I am beginning to appreciate it. I don't know what that means exactly.
This work is amazing.I particularly like the attention to the little details, it makes the results believable.
Thank you.
March 17th, 2010 @ 12:27 pm
It's good that the mask doesn't cut off your balls! LOL
March 17th, 2010 @ 1:03 pm
I want to see a tutorial about animating cracks in a ground, like an earthquake. The same kind of thing in Action Essentials 2 with the cracks, but i want them to be animated.
NACOTIC
March 22nd, 2010 @ 6:09 am
here's an eual of your tutorial :D
not from me, but i found it in www

http://vimeo.com/10271848

btw: it seems, it is a blender 2.5 based animationmovie - trailer
Paul
April 1st, 2010 @ 3:26 pm
Great video!
I'm not very good at AE but I have tried something :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xG1k4ddb8A
The only thing I want to know is how I can remove those black circles (watch link)

Thanks!
April 19th, 2010 @ 1:01 am
hello thanks for the tutorials, but i had a problem i switch my keyboard language to EN and doesn't the keys ALT+ []y try all botons and still doesn't work, anybody knows the name of the action????????
Mohammed
September 12th, 2010 @ 3:11 am
I love you man.
Really Thanks
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