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!

Watch Tutorial

New Sample Video with Ideas

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 (, 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:
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:36 pm
Great stuff, interesting having a look at some of the other, less used in tuts, plugins.
March 8th, 2010 @ 4:36 pm
Excellent, will check this out now.

Thanks Andrew! :)
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 !
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?
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
thanks very much!
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 -

March 8th, 2010 @ 5:40 pm
thank andrew your tutorial is brilliant,greetings from mexico.
March 8th, 2010 @ 6:10 pm
Realy super stuff., once aging thanks to Andrew....
March 8th, 2010 @ 6:12 pm
Nice. The hotness
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!!!
March 8th, 2010 @ 6:29 pm
Very nice.Thanks Andrew :D
I'll start it right now.
March 8th, 2010 @ 6:31 pm
WOW Andrew... I'm going to try it immediately..
March 8th, 2010 @ 6:32 pm
감사합니다. 앤드류 선생님~!!!

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

Thanks =)
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!
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 !!!
March 8th, 2010 @ 9:23 pm
Really nice tut, thanks Andrew!
March 8th, 2010 @ 9:25 pm
I like how "the time" is linked to Time Cop, nice added touch haha
March 8th, 2010 @ 9:42 pm
Time Cop available on "VHS"...? Is that the new replacement for Blu-Ray?
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
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.
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?
March 9th, 2010 @ 1:07 am
Very very nice!
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!!!!
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.
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...
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!
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
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!
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:
March 9th, 2010 @ 6:53 am
Very cool! Thanks for making it!
March 9th, 2010 @ 6:57 am
hahahaha...Time Cop. Can't wait to watch the tut.
March 9th, 2010 @ 7:41 am
great stuff will watch it later
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:
March 9th, 2010 @ 8:14 am
thanks Andrew :)
March 9th, 2010 @ 8:17 am
Cough cough... moderator? Sir?
I wrote the wrong link, here's the right one:
March 9th, 2010 @ 8:19 am
u are always a creative guy, thanks for all your tutorials.
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.
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!
March 9th, 2010 @ 9:14 am
Can't wait to try this
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!
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
March 9th, 2010 @ 10:32 am
Nice! i very like and i will try to do with star or other things! thanks
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
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 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 :(
March 10th, 2010 @ 8:14 am
it seems too much complication for an effect you could achieve with particles... or not?
March 12th, 2010 @ 1:22 am
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 :-)
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)
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.
March 22nd, 2010 @ 6:09 am
here's an eual of your tutorial :D
not from me, but i found it in www

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

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????????
September 12th, 2010 @ 3:11 am
I love you man.
Really Thanks
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