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

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

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5 years ago
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111 Comments

Satyam Anand
1 year ago
what do you mean by aftershake preset?(that you mentioned in your tutorial)
being pretty much confused andrew...
Matias
3 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
Regards.....
Hamada
4 years ago
plz andrew i use ae 7 when searching pixel dolly effect not present how can i find it thanks
5 years ago
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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W13YECdpAHI&feature=channel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W13YECdpAHI&feature=channel
5 years ago
Is there a reason you added the blur to each layer in the comp instead of to the adjustment layer?

Great tutorial!
5 years ago
At first glance, I thought it said “Shatnerize”. fgfgsdddddddf fgf
5 years ago
At first glance, I thought it said “Shatnerize”.
William R. Cousert
5 years ago
At first glance, I thought it said "Shatnerize".
5 years ago
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. =)

http://www.mahspot.com/assets/video/mahspot_jelly_title_final_01.mov

http://www.mahspot.com/assets/video/mahspot_jelly_title_final_01.mov
Nexlen
5 years ago
Is there a reason you added the blur to each layer in the comp instead of to the adjustment layer?

Great tutorial!
5 years ago
Oh yeah, Youtube...just in case.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol3VxaYpkPE

Thanks again Andrew!
Love this place!
5 years ago
Wonder stuff! Love info like this.
Here is my take using this latest
dose of VC goodness. I think it
makes muster... =)

http://www.mahspot.com/assets/video/mahspot_title_shatter.mov

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

Cheers Andrew!
John
5 years ago
Andrew,
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.
5 years ago
That is pretty cool Mr andrew, your tutorial will still remain no 1 in all tutorial sites, great job and keep it up.....
5 years ago
Thanks once again!!
PickleJones
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
very thanks mr andrew
5 years ago
AK, thx for your time and efforts. I enjoy your tutorials and this site immensely. Keep up the great work!
amrull_melodic
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5pGgE3oTHo

Please help me andrew!
5 years ago
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 http://www.videocopilot.net/blog/2010/01/hbo-behind-the-scenes-1983/ Coincidence?
Gman777
5 years ago
Looks like I've got myself a new intro! The best tutorial I've seen around Thanks Andrew! Love ya :-D
Rutger
5 years ago
This looks really awesome! (As usually :P) I hope to be able to check it out tomorow!
Jaime Acuña
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
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.

Thanks.
Diego G.
5 years ago
Andrew, Did you change the Website's BG colour? I find it different...
5 years ago
IM A STUDENT OF PHOTOSHO, THIS IZ REALY NICE STUF TO IMPROVE MY CREATIVITY THNKXXX DUDE,,,!!!
Knight
5 years ago
@Paradoc: LOL exactly :D
Will
5 years ago
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.
Wesley
5 years ago
Instead of use the text in AE, you can use a 3D render too! Would looks great.

Amazing tut.
5 years ago
Hey Andrew Great tutorial...
Here's what i've done following your tutorial...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB067Snq5MA
Palsh
5 years ago
Great tut)
Thanks Andrew
I made something simшlar:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1a-KvGLDbk
5 years ago
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!
Alan paul
5 years ago
U R TOO GUD YAAR,...




Andrew fans assosiation' india
nahcra
5 years ago
great piece of tut andrew ...
iJatrat
5 years ago
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 !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUYZprvCzkM
5 years ago
My crappy text doesnt appear!! Even when im typyng and the color is white! HELP
Holden
5 years ago
This tutorial reminded me of this:

30 trailer text effects in 30 seconds

http://www.motionserved.com/Gallery/30-in-30/459317
KagamiPresents
5 years ago
Thank you Andrew.
here's my new intro :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on7GijR18J8
Paradoc
5 years ago
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.");

repeat(inf);

Also, "So I'll go to eeffECT... Viddeooow Cohwpilotttt... Oppticalll Flearrrrrwwwsss."
Vaccum
5 years ago
Nice tutorial i already tryed to do it and add some diffrent lens flares and sounds watch :]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAD1LkLOjbw
5 years ago
selvarajan, are you joking?
Matthew Park
5 years ago
That's so cool man! Thanks!
titso
5 years ago
Is it possible to do this effect on a person perhaps?
Feru
5 years ago
Amazing Tutorial Andrew!!!!!!!! I hope the tutorial with Sam too!!!
5 years ago
thanks Andrew :)
5 years ago
Thank's Andrew! We hope on soon VFX tutorial with Sam.
Dasuperior
5 years ago
amaaazing ,,, i am dreaming about u doing the transformer title intro ... with all the metal and stuff
andy white
5 years ago
Hey andy see this comment i left on a previous tut it might be nice to add

INSTANCE EFFECTS

create a ajustment layer then pre comp it

THEN DELETE THE AJUSTMENT LAYER INSIDE THE PRE COMP (just go with 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
Rémi
5 years ago
WHAOUUUUUUU!!!
Andrew I love you
Kevin
5 years ago
this will be perfect with my movie thanks Andrew
selvarajan
5 years ago
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.
selvarajan
5 years ago
I love only live footage FX. Waiting for the ledge tutorial.
Salman
5 years ago
NIce buddy u r doing good job
yassine
5 years ago
wow
verry good tuto
i wish to thank u for this
you are the best of best in world the after effects
Michal
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
This is my attempt,messed up the timing on the shatter but pretty much was fun to make and learned new tips.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAvy1Ia5ZZc
Knight
5 years ago
@>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
Edris Mohammadi
5 years ago
Nice Work! : You are Best In the World.

I Love You
I am Edris Mohammadi From Iran,Kordestan,Sanandaj
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
Hey Andrew that was amazing! Can't believe how much you can do with pixel polly!

:D
Mocho
5 years ago
Andrew is hot !!!
LOVE HIM LOTS
nourch
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
Hi Andrew Kramer & th Team..!
Its awesome.. Andrew Kramer can i have a favor plz.. Give me a little peace of your mind.:P
andi
5 years ago
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
Charles
5 years ago
ohhhhh yeah, very cool tutorial my dear andrew.
5 years ago
Ha! Very clever video :)
Steely
5 years ago
@>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:- http://en.tackfilm.se/?id=1269433108543RA78 just give it a minuit to load! it's worth it.
5 years ago
Thanks very much !
A great tutorial!
Louis Twelve
5 years ago
Thanks Adndrew very nice!! :)
vasto
5 years ago
thx Mr.andrew you are our hero
Startech
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
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!
Cody
5 years ago
Awesome Perfect ending for my trailer
5 years ago
AMAZING Andrew! Going to watch right now :D :D :D !!!!!
5 years ago
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:
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&extid=1242019#extinfo

Scripts for After Effects CS4:
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&extid=1242019#extinfo
Stefano
5 years ago
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
Vin
5 years ago
Very awesome stuff!!!
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?
Bahaa
5 years ago
where to buy those*
Bahaa
5 years ago
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 :(
larsouille
5 years ago
clap clap clap clap ....
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
Very Cool, but God Bless.
Ashish Chauhan
5 years ago
Thnx Andrew great stuff again.........its becoming a habit nw...

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

U R OUR HERO...

TRUE INSPIRATION...

THANK YOU...

http://en.tackfilm.se/?id=1269433108543RA78

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...
5 years ago
Awsome! Can't wait to watch!
Andrea
5 years ago
THANK'S ANDREWWWWW...
IT'S GREAT !! AWESOME !!
YOU ARE "CAPTAIN AWESOME" !!!! hihi
Ciaooooo from italy !
JIK
5 years ago
Cracked my ass in half at Shatner! And great work as usual, man
Steely
5 years ago
Lovely title animation and again good tutorial. I like the sound quality of your voice. Cant wait for the Sam on ledge tutorial. Thankx..
5 years ago
Awesome tut. yet again.
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
Ba-Bam! Thanks AK. You are Marvelous!
Maxime
5 years ago
As always, our After Effects Pro dominates :P

Thanks again Andrew!
5 years ago
Thank you for another Smashing!!! tutorial !
Ante
5 years ago
wow andrew,you are awsome
Anthony Herrington
5 years ago
@AK
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!
5 years ago
Nice, didn't expect it to come this early. Thanks my friend
si
5 years ago
Nice thanks a lot AK!!!!
Anthony
5 years ago
Amazing!!! Love your tuts!!. was wondering if you could some day do some sort of typography related tut?????
Jal
5 years ago
Gorgeous... Watching the tutorial.
5 years ago
Alright it's working for me now. :D
5 years ago
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
Dago
5 years ago
Nice tutorial andrew !!!!!! :)
Anthony Herrington
5 years ago
Awesome stuff, yet again.

Wore my VCP shirt to work today. :)
5 years ago
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:)
5 years ago
Looking forward to this thank you
5 years ago
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.
Emrico
5 years ago
Nice Work! :* You are beautiful Andrew!!
5 years ago
Been waiting for this. Thanks Andrew!
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