NEW TUTORIAL: Shatterize

In this tutorial we will be creating a progressive shatter effect using the Pixel Poly plug-in and some simple expressions. This 20 minute tutorial is an expansion to the 3D Ball Dispersion technique for offsetting animated layers, to achieve a unique burn-away look.

Sample Video

Watch Tutorial

PS, the handy SEQUENCER script can be downloaded with the project.

March 29th, 2010 @ 11:02 am
Been waiting for this. Thanks Andrew!
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:03 am
Nice Work! :* You are beautiful Andrew!!
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:03 am
Sweet.. Curious.. I've seen a couple things you have done with pixel Polly.. how come you don't touch the actual shatter effect in AE.. Just curious if its something that's not as good as I thought.
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:03 am
Looking forward to this thank you
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:04 am
Really enjoy the focus on third party plug-ins every now and then. You know... besides Trapcode or VCP created. These are great tools but I like the exposure to new ones that may be worth a look at every now and then. But like all third party plug-ins you should never rely on them. You never know if your next studio will own that plug-in.

Tutorial Looks great so far d:)
Anthony Herrington
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:04 am
Awesome stuff, yet again.

Wore my VCP shirt to work today. :)
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:07 am
Nice tutorial andrew !!!!!! :)
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:08 am
Cool, never seen a better tutorial.
I'm from mexico and barely speak English, it is but I am using a translator of Spanish and English
but I understand many things you say in your tutorials and if you and understood
thanks andrew you are the best xD
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:09 am
Alright it's working for me now. :D
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:11 am
Gorgeous... Watching the tutorial.
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:11 am
Amazing!!! Love your tuts!!. was wondering if you could some day do some sort of typography related tut?????
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:16 am
Nice thanks a lot AK!!!!
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:16 am
Nice, didn't expect it to come this early. Thanks my friend
Anthony Herrington
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:16 am
Noticed your audio in this video is a much higher quality from a tutorial i was just watching (ie Angry Monsters 2)

Different mic? Rode? :)

Thx... you rock!
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:18 am
wow andrew,you are awsome
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:32 am
Thank you for another Smashing!!! tutorial !
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:32 am
As always, our After Effects Pro dominates :P

Thanks again Andrew!
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:44 am
Ba-Bam! Thanks AK. You are Marvelous!
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:45 am
WOW the glow makes it look very cool! when i first saw it i thought thats from optical flares.. its very hi-tec =P

i love your tuts i learned after effects from you =)
now i can make VFX just like i alwayz wanted since i've been 8 and saw Star Wars III :P
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:52 am
Awesome tut. yet again.
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:53 am
Lovely title animation and again good tutorial. I like the sound quality of your voice. Cant wait for the Sam on ledge tutorial. Thankx..
March 29th, 2010 @ 11:54 am
Cracked my ass in half at Shatner! And great work as usual, man
March 29th, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
Ciaooooo from italy !
March 29th, 2010 @ 12:04 pm
Awsome! Can't wait to watch!
Ashish Chauhan
March 29th, 2010 @ 12:14 pm
Thnx Andrew great stuff again.........its becoming a habit nw...

To Andrew From All Of His Fans......




guyz if u like this give a cheers right here....

Hope u like this Andrew...for evythn u've done for the community, for us...thnx a lot

Hoping to c it on your blog if u can post...plz....jst a small example of hw much we admire u...
March 29th, 2010 @ 12:16 pm
Very Cool, but God Bless.
March 29th, 2010 @ 12:20 pm
Great tutorial. I was waiting for you to click on the Shatner 2 tab though. I was excpecting a remix of some original Star Trek with optical flares or something.

P.S. the pause after Andrew is what makes it priceless.
March 29th, 2010 @ 12:42 pm
clap clap clap clap ....
March 29th, 2010 @ 12:49 pm
Hey Andrew,
Could you please tell where you get your textures ? Do you photograph them yourself ? if yes then its no problem, but I wanted to know to buy those. Thanks. And I'm sorry if you already said that, I have no sound :(
March 29th, 2010 @ 12:49 pm
where to buy those*
March 29th, 2010 @ 12:50 pm
Hey what's up!!!!

It's my birthday today!!! In your time zone...
Thanks for this tutorial Andrew!!! A very nice gift for
me and to the rest of your fans...

Thanks for sharing a lot of ideas...

by the way, any news feeds for Adobe CS5?
March 29th, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
Very awesome stuff!!!
March 29th, 2010 @ 1:03 pm
First of all sorry for my poor english.... I am from Italy
I have to thank the day I discovered Videocopilot thanks to a friend of mine
I learnt much more from you than all the book I bought in the past
Will you be at NAB in Vegas?
Bye and thanks again
March 29th, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
Incredible man. It is amazing what creative thinking and technique can accomplish! I'm excited to be learning more about scripting w/in AE and recently found some excellent resources on a surf: (Edit keyboard shortcuts, modifying a comp's motion blur settings interactively (Active Shutter)
[OpenSource Licensed]or also known as [Freeware]

Scripts for After Effects CS3:

Scripts for After Effects CS4:
March 29th, 2010 @ 1:46 pm
AMAZING Andrew! Going to watch right now :D :D :D !!!!!
March 29th, 2010 @ 1:56 pm
Awesome Perfect ending for my trailer
March 29th, 2010 @ 2:35 pm
Wow, awesome! I can think of a few really cool ways to use this, not just with text :). How do you even come up with this stuff, amazing work!
March 29th, 2010 @ 3:17 pm
well i just bought windows 7, and i had gotten optical flares about the same time when it was released from a friend and now i can watch and follow along almost perfectly, i was also wondering when you would do a shatter tut, and now here we are, rally glad that someone like you can inspire the next generation so much and i really hope you continue.
March 29th, 2010 @ 3:23 pm
thx Mr.andrew you are our hero
Louis Twelve
March 29th, 2010 @ 3:51 pm
Thanks Adndrew very nice!! :)
March 29th, 2010 @ 3:57 pm
Thanks very much !
A great tutorial!
March 29th, 2010 @ 4:20 pm
@>Ashish Chauhan
That Video is so funny and i do hope that Andrew Kramer has seen it. It really does set out what we all think of him. Everybody should watch it. Thanks Ashish Chauhan. Ashish Chauhan's Link:- just give it a minuit to load! it's worth it.
March 29th, 2010 @ 4:32 pm
Ha! Very clever video :)
March 29th, 2010 @ 4:40 pm
ohhhhh yeah, very cool tutorial my dear andrew.
March 29th, 2010 @ 4:54 pm
Really love the look of this one, the text and the glows etc, like some high budget hollywood thing.

Tried to watch Ashish's vid but got bored watching numbers count down forever
March 29th, 2010 @ 5:49 pm
Hi Andrew Kramer & th Team..!
Its awesome.. Andrew Kramer can i have a favor plz.. Give me a little peace of your mind.:P
March 29th, 2010 @ 7:28 pm
wow greate andrew you are the best . i lernt a lot of stuffs by waching your tutorials and find all things you are doing very interesting.
nourch from morroco
March 29th, 2010 @ 8:04 pm
Andrew is hot !!!
March 29th, 2010 @ 10:19 pm
Hey Andrew that was amazing! Can't believe how much you can do with pixel polly!

March 30th, 2010 @ 12:26 am
Hey whats up with this

...Error: Your comment is too short. Please try to say something useful....

thats not fair we should have the freedom to make our comment as short as we like.
Edris Mohammadi
March 30th, 2010 @ 12:36 am
Nice Work! : You are Best In the World.

I Love You
I am Edris Mohammadi From Iran,Kordestan,Sanandaj
March 30th, 2010 @ 1:06 am
@>Ashish Chauhan
Wow this is incredibly great i laughed so hard because i knew that this had to be him on the picture... :D
simply cool :D
March 30th, 2010 @ 2:08 am
This is my attempt,messed up the timing on the shatter but pretty much was fun to make and learned new tips.
March 30th, 2010 @ 2:18 am
Sorry Andrew
but this shatterize movie has too much combinations of effects for me. Because of many blur, shine, glow, moving I can't see and enjoy base shatter effect which could be cool. That single image of shatter effect is much better than the whole movie.
March 30th, 2010 @ 2:41 am
verry good tuto
i wish to thank u for this
you are the best of best in world the after effects
March 30th, 2010 @ 2:53 am
NIce buddy u r doing good job
March 30th, 2010 @ 3:29 am
I love only live footage FX. Waiting for the ledge tutorial.
March 30th, 2010 @ 3:32 am
Please Mr.Andrew concentrate on live footage FX. All these static shatter & glitter can be done in innumerable other programs. Not worth spending time on these.
March 30th, 2010 @ 4:22 am
this will be perfect with my movie thanks Andrew
March 30th, 2010 @ 4:42 am
Andrew I love you
andy white
March 30th, 2010 @ 6:13 am
Hey andy see this comment i left on a previous tut it might be nice to add


create a ajustment layer then pre comp it


Create new adjustment layer in side that pre comp and add your 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
March 30th, 2010 @ 6:37 am
amaaazing ,,, i am dreaming about u doing the transformer title intro ... with all the metal and stuff
March 30th, 2010 @ 6:53 am
Thank's Andrew! We hope on soon VFX tutorial with Sam.
March 30th, 2010 @ 7:06 am
thanks Andrew :)
March 30th, 2010 @ 8:30 am
Amazing Tutorial Andrew!!!!!!!! I hope the tutorial with Sam too!!!
March 30th, 2010 @ 9:08 am
Is it possible to do this effect on a person perhaps?
Matthew Park
March 30th, 2010 @ 9:11 am
That's so cool man! Thanks!
March 30th, 2010 @ 10:20 am
selvarajan, are you joking?
March 30th, 2010 @ 10:33 am
Nice tutorial i already tryed to do it and add some diffrent lens flares and sounds watch :]
March 30th, 2010 @ 10:49 am
x = tutorial_subject

write("Hey what's up, Annndrew Kramer here with VideoCopilot...
DOT! net.
Welcome to another VERY exciting tutorial. Today we're gonna be taking a look at creating x.");


Also, "So I'll go to eeffECT... Viddeooow Cohwpilotttt... Oppticalll Flearrrrrwwwsss."
March 30th, 2010 @ 1:29 pm
Thank you Andrew.
here's my new intro :)
March 30th, 2010 @ 1:31 pm
This tutorial reminded me of this:

30 trailer text effects in 30 seconds
March 30th, 2010 @ 1:52 pm
My crappy text doesnt appear!! Even when im typyng and the color is white! HELP
March 30th, 2010 @ 4:26 pm
Great tutorial. Really creative. Tried it on my own witz a gold-ish look but without too much details. It also looks really nice :) One again, this site is one of the best on the e-net and great tuts and of course great publisher !
March 30th, 2010 @ 9:57 pm
great piece of tut andrew ...
Alan paul
March 31st, 2010 @ 12:51 am

Andrew fans assosiation' india
March 31st, 2010 @ 12:53 am
Great tutorial (as always).

Quick tip for the viewers: To quickly reverse the order of the layers (i.e. ABCDE into EDCBA) select the bottom one first, shift-click on the top one, cut them (ctrl-x) and paste them back (ctrl-v). Voila!
March 31st, 2010 @ 3:30 am
Great tut)
Thanks Andrew
I made something simшlar:
March 31st, 2010 @ 7:10 am
Hey Andrew Great tutorial...
Here's what i've done following your tutorial...
March 31st, 2010 @ 7:54 am
Instead of use the text in AE, you can use a 3D render too! Would looks great.

Amazing tut.
March 31st, 2010 @ 9:21 am
I was wondering is it possible to use CC pixel polly to use custom shapes, or images, i know you can do it with particels but this is a lot quicker would be awesome if you could use custom images as the shatter instead of just the triangle and box.
March 31st, 2010 @ 9:32 am
@Paradoc: LOL exactly :D
March 31st, 2010 @ 2:04 pm
Diego G.
March 31st, 2010 @ 6:31 pm
Andrew, Did you change the Website's BG colour? I find it different...
March 31st, 2010 @ 8:40 pm
Hi Andrew,

What lens blur effect did you use for the sample video? Box blur doesn't give accurate circles of confusion and I'd love to know how you did it.

Jaime Acuña
April 1st, 2010 @ 11:48 am
Muchas Gracias Andrew, Soy Chileno y soy un fanatico de tus tutoriales y de esta web site
Espero alguna dia poder llegar a tener conocimientos tan expertos y delicados como los tuyos.

Saludos. Desde Concepción, Chile.
April 1st, 2010 @ 2:29 pm
This looks really awesome! (As usually :P) I hope to be able to check it out tomorow!
April 1st, 2010 @ 2:49 pm
Looks like I've got myself a new intro! The best tutorial I've seen around Thanks Andrew! Love ya :-D
April 1st, 2010 @ 8:02 pm
Hey Andrew, great tutorial as usual. By the way did you have a hand in the new Fringe into? I just say the pilot and noticed the intro had some interesting familiarities to one of your posts Coincidence?
April 1st, 2010 @ 10:08 pm
Andrew please I have a problem... On my video, I made an intro like this: the title hits a metal wall and particles come out of the impact as an ember fire.

the problem is, I can`t creat the perfect ember effect like the BREAKDOWN [counter strike] video on youtube. If you want you can check it out on youtube:

Please help me andrew!
April 2nd, 2010 @ 8:15 am
Andrew thanks for the tutorials that you give
I want to say...
television in Indonesia
often use the animation that you give
so. remain always make great tutorials
I'm waiting for you always
April 2nd, 2010 @ 11:13 am
AK, thx for your time and efforts. I enjoy your tutorials and this site immensely. Keep up the great work!
April 2nd, 2010 @ 11:36 am
very thanks mr andrew
April 2nd, 2010 @ 11:39 am
You go beyond the technique and put the spit and polish on it which is what makes these tutorials shine. Thanks for all the great work.
April 2nd, 2010 @ 11:44 am
Thanks once again!!
April 2nd, 2010 @ 8:12 pm
That is pretty cool Mr andrew, your tutorial will still remain no 1 in all tutorial sites, great job and keep it up.....
April 4th, 2010 @ 12:19 am
I'm really love your work. Do you use a mac or pc or does it matter. I currently have a pc but it seems like most graphic and motion designers use a mac. It is considered the industry standard or have pcs' just being getting a bad rap.
April 4th, 2010 @ 3:03 pm
Wonder stuff! Love info like this.
Here is my take using this latest
dose of VC goodness. I think it
makes muster... =)

Hope this finds you well and please,
keep the yummy tuts a comin! Brain
is hungry for more...ME SO HUNGRY!

Cheers Andrew!
April 4th, 2010 @ 6:15 pm
Oh yeah, Youtube...just in case.

Thanks again Andrew!
Love this place!
April 4th, 2010 @ 9:11 pm
Is there a reason you added the blur to each layer in the comp instead of to the adjustment layer?

Great tutorial!
April 7th, 2010 @ 6:03 pm
Once again, thank you Andrew. I can express enough on how I appreciate what you do here for us at Video Copilot.

Here is test #2. My first C4D to AE project. =)
William R. Cousert
April 8th, 2010 @ 12:26 pm
At first glance, I thought it said "Shatnerize".
April 25th, 2010 @ 6:54 am
At first glance, I thought it said “Shatnerize”.
April 25th, 2010 @ 6:54 am
At first glance, I thought it said “Shatnerize”. fgfgsdddddddf fgf
April 25th, 2010 @ 6:56 am
Is there a reason you added the blur to each layer in the comp instead of to the adjustment layer?

Great tutorial!
April 30th, 2010 @ 8:37 am
I found you can get a similar effect if you use the sampleImage() script, link it to a control gradient and you can get a nice wave going through things. I haven't applied to to remake this effect but it runs through a simple scale parameter easy enough. Check it out:
July 19th, 2010 @ 8:26 am
plz andrew i use ae 7 when searching pixel dolly effect not present how can i find it thanks
April 19th, 2011 @ 11:59 am
Hello guys. I'm suffering cuz of this Brilliant Tutorial ((shattering)) when I reach the ((Sequence)) Step I can not apply the step Just Like Mr.Andre.Inspite of having Sequence Script.Plz I really need a hand
November 30th, 2011 @ 5:37 pm
Hi, nice work you are my after effects idol.
I have a question, so in the shatterize tutorial you said ALT+HOME, but witch one is HOME? ALT+H? cause i've already tried that but is not working.So if you can/want help me i'll be greatful. Keep the awsome work. Bye
Satyam Anand
September 28th, 2013 @ 1:04 am
what do you mean by aftershake preset?(that you mentioned in your tutorial)
being pretty much confused andrew...
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