3D Orbit FX

I found some time to play around with the powerful 3D Orbit preset and a free icon pack. I created small groups of Icons that were linked to a Null Object and then after making 6 groups, I used the 3D orbit preset to control the smaller spinning groups with a larger spinning group. Similar to how the moon orbits the earth and our earth orbits the sun. ( and our sun of course orbits William Shatner.)

Now, I also used expressions to offset the the layers in each group so the icons did not overlap each other like in this tutorial. Then by animating the values of the orbit preset as well as the scale and rotation of the Null Objects, you can come up with some fun stuff. I also set the layers “Auto-Orient Towards Camera” so they would not turn into flat paper and collapse the universe.

Now if it still doesn’t look good… just add some lens flares and take the rest of the day off! That’s what I did, CYA

Watch Sample Video

105 RESPONSES TO "3D ORBIT FX"
August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:25 pm
Cool stuff! Trying to think of what you could use this for besides graphic design.
August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:27 pm
kramer for president!!!
Ivan P
August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:29 pm
Verrrry cool. Would be good for some cheesy slideshow business demos.
John
August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:31 pm
Thats greaat :P can't wait!
Alex Hernandez
August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:34 pm
As usual, your tuts are cool. Can I may make a suggestion? Have you ever tried making a tut where a person,(probably Sam) is walking along and then suddenly - VANISHES, leaving his clothes, jewlery, ipod behind? Please feel free to contact me at my e-mail.

Thanks for all you do A.K.
Alex
August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:36 pm
Looking good AK ;)
Nikita
August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:39 pm
Awesome as usual Mr.Kramer. By the way, where do you get all of the awesome music that you use. (besides pro scores)
paulo
August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:46 pm
i want to ask you if you are going to make the presets for cs5.... if you do when? thxs all your tutorials helped me a lot you are the best!
Tommy
August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:51 pm
whats up with the layers over-crossing @ around 9secs?

besides that, sweet effect
August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:51 pm
Thanks for always helping us out. We seriously owe you alot of money...
August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:54 pm
Paulo, besides the light saber preset which presets do not work for you in cs5?
    Ryley
    September 29th, 2011 @ 4:49 pm
    I can't load any of the presets into cs5. I'm not extremely tech-savvy but I can't figure it out.

    btw, all this help is amazing. Thanks for providing all this!
August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:54 pm
not at all what I expected when I saw "Orbit FX" but still very useful ;)
Thanks Andrew
Ram
August 23rd, 2010 @ 10:05 pm
It's simple and cool effect overall. I bet A.K just spent a coffee break to get this done. Lol.. or maybe sooner?
Tyler McCue
August 23rd, 2010 @ 10:05 pm
You should let me be your apprentice!?
Olivier-Mauritius
August 23rd, 2010 @ 10:14 pm
Cool vid but I have a question... You talked about quick matte a while ago..I wanted to know if you were going to release it..
August 23rd, 2010 @ 10:14 pm
Good Job Andrew I Like It ;)

hey andrew...Optical Flares plugin work in after effecr CS5 ???..I Have somme problem with this plugin in my AE5

tkx ...you are the best !
Sybert
August 23rd, 2010 @ 10:33 pm
When I was reading the description I was expecting a 3-5 animation.
August 23rd, 2010 @ 10:54 pm
thanks(Anrew).u helped me to create commercial tesar in Iran.
August 23rd, 2010 @ 10:57 pm
Looks and sounds like a menu screen for a Wii game... a really "G" Wii game, something addictive!
Spk202
August 23rd, 2010 @ 11:02 pm
Hey, Andrew, its aweseom:D
August 23rd, 2010 @ 11:28 pm
Nice effect, and interesting music choice, haha
August 24th, 2010 @ 12:02 am
Andrew! Have you seen the new ad on the Youtube home page? hehe
K_Back
August 24th, 2010 @ 12:08 am
Really Nice.

You Rock.
Gene
August 24th, 2010 @ 12:18 am
Matt, you talking about the samsung one? It's funny because I'd say that about 2% of all the motion gfx that I see these days are straight up VC tutorials. This is especially prevalent in movie theaters. Like that 20 minute highlight video that they play before the trailers. Like half of those companies need to be paying straight royalties to VC.

It's kind of sad to see a company like Samsung do it though. Don't they have like an eleventy kadillion dollar marketing budget? They should just cut out the middle man at that point.
August 24th, 2010 @ 12:54 am
Wow, imagine combining this with Sure Target and Optical Flares
August 24th, 2010 @ 1:02 am
That's right! In my country almost 60% looks like VC. That's very sad!!! VC is Great and it's very useful to lern and go beyond...
Just see, learn and go ahead, DO NOT COPY!!!
Andrew, you are the Master!!!
Thanks a lot!!!
Very educational!
August 24th, 2010 @ 1:20 am
very cool icon fx! I'll try! But something interactive will be excellent. Maybe using Flash. But actioscript for me is "pure matematic" XD. Another program to learn!
August 24th, 2010 @ 1:26 am
Very cool... might need some Z-Sorting tweaking, but at full speed, you can't really see anything.

@Matthew and @Gene
I totally agree, you should see some of the TV promos/commercials over here in the UK - straight out of VC.net!
Rob
August 24th, 2010 @ 1:47 am
Sometimes people leave such odd comments. Imagine all the various applications of this technique.

@Gene I'd also revise that 2% estimate up a bit ;)

Awesome stuff.
August 24th, 2010 @ 1:49 am
That's Nice,It's very Gooooood Work.
If you can Andrew Please Make tutorial About Scary thing like (Saw VI)if you see,it's scary Movie you Now.

Thanks Andrew and all People now YOU ARE BEST IN THE WORLD.
I LIKE YOU VERY MUCH.


I am Mehran Aghramazani from Iran/Sanandaj.
Ami
August 24th, 2010 @ 2:33 am
That's Nice!!!!! it's very Good!!!
can you make a tut 4it pls!!!
Daniel Sparks
August 24th, 2010 @ 2:52 am
This is absolutely Awesome! Any tutorial on this anytime soon?

Kramer For President!
August 24th, 2010 @ 3:25 am
Looks like a quick-tut for us?!
August 24th, 2010 @ 3:30 am
Yet another video which wont play on iPhone .. Hope i'll remember to watch it later
August 24th, 2010 @ 3:30 am
Hi Andrew ...
I wonder if you could do a tutorial on how you created the Video Copilot intro when the text comes from the ground and the ground part ... thanks!

Another question that music used to start and terminate any tutorial, you could leave it to download for free? please! THANKS ANDREW

COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
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COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
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August 24th, 2010 @ 3:31 am
Hi Andrew ...
I wonder if you could do a tutorial on how you created the Video Copilot intro when the text comes from the ground and the ground part ... thanks!

Another question that music used to start and terminate any tutorial, you could leave it to download for free? please! THANKS ANDREW
August 24th, 2010 @ 3:31 am
Hi Andrew ...
I wonder if you could do a tutorial on how you created the Video Copilot intro when the text comes from the ground and the ground part ... thanks!

Another question that music used to start and terminate any tutorial, you could leave it to download for free? please! THANKS ANDREW

PLEASEEEEEEEEEE!!!
COME ON!!! YES??? OHH COME ON!!! JEJE :-) PLEASE FRIEND
Bas
August 24th, 2010 @ 3:48 am
Very neat! Knowing this might come in handy later on, is it possible to be like a quick-tut or something? On the other hand if you make it a tutorial, it will lose it's magic. I might just try to do it myself, with a little help from the Awsum-O tutorial. Thanks Andrew, you always know how to make my day. Is there by any chance a new Payment plan short movie developing? I'd still want Sam's autograph for his role there, hilarious. Nice to see the RED in it's true glory. Wished we had one in school aswell.. im brabbling on to much, need to get back to work, my film isn't going to edit itself. Have a great day!
Jacob
August 24th, 2010 @ 4:19 am
hey Andrew you should make a tutorial on this it looks really cool :)
William Fong
August 24th, 2010 @ 4:25 am
I'm not really liking the black border to the icons, but nothing a little mask can't handle. Interesting use of the preset!
Plissken
August 24th, 2010 @ 5:32 am
Kramer, DO NOT make a tutorial for this! If you do, Shatner will eat our sun!
bastien
August 24th, 2010 @ 5:35 am
why are you a monster like this :P ??
israelidude
August 24th, 2010 @ 5:46 am
Make tutorial about taking day off, then send to my boss....
Mohanad
August 24th, 2010 @ 5:47 am
Really nice Andrew!
I see that you too have problems with bandig artifacts.. ;)
Matt
August 24th, 2010 @ 5:50 am
...I'd like a mini-tutorial to see your process on this one. Some VERY snazzy moves! :)
Alby Smith
August 24th, 2010 @ 6:08 am
Yet another cool stuff!
Thanks AK for sharing and inspiring..

AK the AE Superhero!
zak
August 24th, 2010 @ 7:14 am
August 23rd, 2010 @ 9:34 pm
As usual, your tuts are cool. Can I may make a suggestion? Have you ever tried making a tut where a person,(probably Sam) is walking along and then suddenly – VANISHES, leaving his clothes, jewlery, ipod behind? Please feel free to contact me at my e-mail.

Thanks for all you do A.K.
Alex

I like the sounds of that!


Cool stuff AK
August 24th, 2010 @ 7:25 am
That was so cool!
Jerry
August 24th, 2010 @ 7:54 am
Very cool. This would be especially cool with 3D objects, as they would not have to be oriented to the camera. Great job Andrew.
August 24th, 2010 @ 7:54 am
hey andrew!! this is awesome but just one thing...where did u get the sound fx from??
Crush
August 24th, 2010 @ 7:58 am
Kinda Hot, 'Drew
EJ
August 24th, 2010 @ 8:32 am
While the text explanation was a bit confusing, the final outcome looks great! The 3D Orbit tool is a wonderful thing!
August 24th, 2010 @ 8:41 am
Hey what the hell is this...

I want guns, explosions and stuff that I have no need of but love learning about...


This may actually be useful for the corporate video production day job I've found myself in for the past 5 years. I don't visit videocopilot for usefulness I visit it to waste time.. :-)
August 24th, 2010 @ 8:53 am
show muito bom esses efeitos ai.. vão postar o tutorial ensinando fazer isso ai ????
exsite
August 24th, 2010 @ 8:57 am
Hi, Andrew! Very Very Beautiful Video :)
I've a question, could you tell please how did you create "TV-Off" effect, which is in the end of the video. Thanks.
Greetings from Ukraine!
August 24th, 2010 @ 9:49 am
Andrew! It looks pretty amazing!!! Congratulations!!!
zanman
August 24th, 2010 @ 10:09 am
<3 william shatner
oras
August 24th, 2010 @ 10:54 am
yeeey very cool
August 24th, 2010 @ 11:04 am
very cool. Working out the calculations now...

Andrew - Time Spent - 33 Minutes, 22 Seconds - Results Look Great!

Me - Time Spent - 17 Hours, 25 Minutes, 30 Seconds - Results Look Like Grammar School!
flor
August 24th, 2010 @ 11:29 am
i love it !!

tutorial please!
Niklāvs
August 24th, 2010 @ 11:50 am
Nice, you should make a tut about this :)
thanks for sharing :)
Peter Kreitner
August 24th, 2010 @ 11:51 am
NIce work! ... again! :_)
August 24th, 2010 @ 11:57 am
nice work .............
impr3ssiv
August 24th, 2010 @ 12:33 pm
Looks great i guess i'll also play around with it when i got some time =D
danny
August 24th, 2010 @ 1:03 pm
buying: 1x Andrew Kramers creativity and / or brain. Paying up to 100 bucks and some McDonalds Menus.
Contact me if you have one!


AWESOME WORK ANDREW! :)
[...] working through a test project yesterday using the 3D orbit Preset, one of the things I noticed is how slow the expressions made my relatively simple comp.  [...]
GreedOra
August 24th, 2010 @ 1:44 pm
As always ... Dominating Graphics :P
Hoping for a tutorial ;)
Chris
August 24th, 2010 @ 2:55 pm
Amazing as always....future tut perhaps...hint hint hint ;)
dan
August 24th, 2010 @ 3:13 pm
Hey Lord Andrew Kramer, check this amazing video (lol) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_3RCofj5wc great effects don´t you think? or the rooster actually do that?
August 24th, 2010 @ 3:27 pm
Ehh...

Shatner -> Earth -> Sun -> Shatner.
I'm sensing a Parent loop. This could lead to some wonky transformations of our solar system if anything is accidentally scaled or translated.

Seriously, though. This is a cool technique. Time to experiment!
paul holt
August 24th, 2010 @ 6:42 pm
was burnt out on a corporate I am working on....this got me over the line....love the music;-)
dean
August 24th, 2010 @ 8:02 pm
Hey Andrew, It looks very good, are you going to do a tutorial? If not, would you at least make the project available, I would like to learn more about movement in AE

Thanks
DJayzed
August 24th, 2010 @ 9:10 pm
I agree I don't think a tut is necessary but the project file would be interesting to look at.
Wonderful effects, btw.
Lili
August 25th, 2010 @ 2:29 am
Dude, how long have you been doing this stuff? You're awesome. Have you done any work for any movies? Where's your about page? What's going on, why are you so good at this?
ovendoor
August 25th, 2010 @ 2:49 am
AEer
August 25th, 2010 @ 8:06 am
Please make a tutorial about this! :D
VFX-Anomaly
August 25th, 2010 @ 10:27 am
"and our sun of course orbits William Shatner"

OMG you meen last weeks eclips was Shatner?

Andrew I laughed so hard when read that,
Very cool orbiting work Andrew,

Thanks
todd
August 25th, 2010 @ 10:30 am
@ julio, I agree i was watching a history channel show and they did an EXACT earth-zoom scene about 5 times
Tim
August 25th, 2010 @ 10:43 am
Please! Tutorial! Awesome!
Raju Mahto
August 25th, 2010 @ 11:23 am
hi andrew its amazing plz tell me how can use this type of animation on web page with good quality
Raju Mahto
August 25th, 2010 @ 11:27 am
your all tutorials are amzing i am a new learner and i have made more than 35 tuts ..........thanks
Garrettt
August 25th, 2010 @ 12:26 pm
Excuse me Mr.Kramer you're missing an end parentheses right after "William Shatner." just wanted to point that out. I'm putting my red pen away now. Great demo though. :-)
bo2000
August 26th, 2010 @ 12:05 am
nice work. i'm curious how you did some of the formations. would you post the project files?
August 28th, 2010 @ 5:40 am
Very Very Nice Work.. Good creativity ;)
August 29th, 2010 @ 6:31 pm
I would love to see a tutorial on this, it looks great!
August 30th, 2010 @ 7:58 pm
Oh I forgot, did you make that music? I want to learn how you did the music, please tell us!
Malones
September 1st, 2010 @ 7:50 pm
You always make everything look so easy:) does anyone know how to he made multiple moons around the earth? evenly spaced :)
KevinB
September 2nd, 2010 @ 8:08 am
Please publish the project file. I've been working on this for several days and feel I'm close... so close. Still having problems getting some of the expressions correct so everything rotates as expected.

Getting to take a peak at how you did this would be a huge help. Thanks!
Netloader
September 7th, 2010 @ 6:05 am
Two words Pal......YOU ROCKKKKKKKKKKKK!!

Maybe it's not easy for me to figure out how to compose that.....man, you gotta put a full detailed tutorial on this one. Cause I'm not that good with expressions
Ochiroo
September 14th, 2010 @ 8:21 pm
hi sorry for bad english i am from mongolia you are the best good job can you tried make water in after effect??
Punuth Lasanka
September 17th, 2010 @ 11:46 pm
Plz..make a tutorial about this.....plzzzzzzzz
Ivan Gil
September 19th, 2010 @ 3:02 am
Yes we won´t a tutorial about this video.........realy cool
Jay
September 28th, 2010 @ 12:36 am
Andrew

I agree with the posts about, we really need a tutorial on this. It is totally great and I think just a basic quick lesson would do.

Many thanks

Jay - Sweden
October 4th, 2010 @ 3:12 pm
How did I miss this?? Great video, and great icon pack! Thanks!
Mckins
October 18th, 2010 @ 7:46 am
Hi,Andrew,i've watch a lot of tutorials and i think you are one of my best teacher's. But want to see more cinema 4d tutorials especially modelling a frozy can.
thanks.
October 21st, 2010 @ 5:41 am
Hay Andrew!

I'm trying to do this effect alone but i have some problems. So my question is: can you send me for my email(if you have)AE fle? I'll be very very glad!

Greetings from Poland
October 22nd, 2010 @ 7:13 am
Andrew be a man! a lot of people waiting for this files or tutorial! a try to do this but still this is not that(my brain is burning)

So please give us that files:)

PS. Please Respond
Gilberto
November 10th, 2010 @ 7:26 pm
vc pode enviar o projeto desse video FX Orbita 3D
December 4th, 2010 @ 8:33 am
very nice!!!
and i have to agree to some of the other comments; a little tutorial would be sweet
can't figure it out completely

keep up the amazing and inspiring work!!
January 8th, 2011 @ 4:27 am
You're the best Andrew you know :)
Jakub
February 4th, 2011 @ 2:04 am
There is one interesting fact I'd like to point yout-

when you're playing, your work looks better than mine even when I'm trying hard.. damned :D
February 22nd, 2011 @ 2:45 am
I think this particular piece of work is undervalued. This demonstrates a lot of exciting potential for displaying static material. As a lot of work these days with AE revolves around showcasing screen grabs, icons, websites, mobile apps etc. In my opinion a tutorial for this video would be a HIGHLY valuable resource - and would ultimately make my job a lot more fun. I have tried many times to imitate this but with the brief instructions mentioned in the caption and a moderate understanding of expressions, I fail every time. I know it's more of a freeloader mindset, but even making the aep available would be a big help to understand how to create something like this.

Anyhow, great work!

Cheers!
Nguyen
December 9th, 2012 @ 3:27 am
Can we have more than 1 object moving on the 3D orbit??
Mustafa
October 4th, 2013 @ 2:59 am
Hi May i have this tutorial please?
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