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 :)

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4 years ago
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105 Comments

Mustafa
1 year ago
Hi May i have this tutorial please?
Nguyen
2 years ago
Can we have more than 1 object moving on the 3D orbit??
4 years ago
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!
Jakub
4 years ago
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
You're the best Andrew you know :)
4 years ago
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!!
Gilberto
4 years ago
vc pode enviar o projeto desse video FX Orbita 3D
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
Mckins
4 years ago
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.
How did I miss this?? Great video, and great icon pack! Thanks!
Jay
4 years ago
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
Ivan Gil
4 years ago
Yes we won´t a tutorial about this video.........realy cool
Punuth Lasanka
4 years ago
Plz..make a tutorial about this.....plzzzzzzzz
Ochiroo
4 years ago
hi sorry for bad english i am from mongolia you are the best good job can you tried make water in after effect??
Netloader
4 years ago
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
KevinB
4 years ago
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!
Malones
4 years ago
You always make everything look so easy:) does anyone know how to he made multiple moons around the earth? evenly spaced :)
4 years ago
Oh I forgot, did you make that music? I want to learn how you did the music, please tell us!
4 years ago
I would love to see a tutorial on this, it looks great!
4 years ago
Very Very Nice Work.. Good creativity ;)
bo2000
4 years ago
nice work. i'm curious how you did some of the formations. would you post the project files?
Garrettt
4 years ago
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. :-)
Raju Mahto
4 years ago
your all tutorials are amzing i am a new learner and i have made more than 35 tuts ..........thanks
Raju Mahto
4 years ago
hi andrew its amazing plz tell me how can use this type of animation on web page with good quality
Tim
4 years ago
Please! Tutorial! Awesome!
todd
4 years ago
@ julio, I agree i was watching a history channel show and they did an EXACT earth-zoom scene about 5 times
VFX-Anomaly
4 years ago
"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
AEer
4 years ago
Please make a tutorial about this! :D
ovendoor
4 years ago
Lili
4 years ago
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?
DJayzed
4 years ago
I agree I don't think a tut is necessary but the project file would be interesting to look at.
Wonderful effects, btw.
dean
4 years ago
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
paul holt
4 years ago
was burnt out on a corporate I am working on....this got me over the line....love the music;-)
4 years ago
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!
dan
4 years ago
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?
Chris
4 years ago
Amazing as always....future tut perhaps...hint hint hint ;)
GreedOra
4 years ago
As always ... Dominating Graphics :P
Hoping for a tutorial ;)
[...] 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.  [...]
danny
4 years ago
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! :)
impr3ssiv
4 years ago
Looks great i guess i'll also play around with it when i got some time =D
4 years ago
nice work .............
Peter Kreitner
4 years ago
NIce work! ... again! :_)
Niklāvs
4 years ago
Nice, you should make a tut about this :)
thanks for sharing :)
flor
4 years ago
i love it !!

tutorial please!
4 years ago
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!
oras
4 years ago
yeeey very cool
zanman
4 years ago
<3 william shatner
4 years ago
Andrew! It looks pretty amazing!!! Congratulations!!!
exsite
4 years ago
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!
4 years ago
show muito bom esses efeitos ai.. vão postar o tutorial ensinando fazer isso ai ????
4 years ago
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.. :-)
EJ
4 years ago
While the text explanation was a bit confusing, the final outcome looks great! The 3D Orbit tool is a wonderful thing!
Crush
4 years ago
Kinda Hot, 'Drew
4 years ago
hey andrew!! this is awesome but just one thing...where did u get the sound fx from??
Jerry
4 years ago
Very cool. This would be especially cool with 3D objects, as they would not have to be oriented to the camera. Great job Andrew.
4 years ago
That was so cool!
zak
4 years ago
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
Alby Smith
4 years ago
Yet another cool stuff!
Thanks AK for sharing and inspiring..

AK the AE Superhero!
Matt
4 years ago
...I'd like a mini-tutorial to see your process on this one. Some VERY snazzy moves! :)
Mohanad
4 years ago
Really nice Andrew!
I see that you too have problems with bandig artifacts.. ;)
israelidude
4 years ago
Make tutorial about taking day off, then send to my boss....
bastien
4 years ago
why are you a monster like this :P ??
Plissken
4 years ago
Kramer, DO NOT make a tutorial for this! If you do, Shatner will eat our sun!
William Fong
4 years ago
I'm not really liking the black border to the icons, but nothing a little mask can't handle. Interesting use of the preset!
Jacob
4 years ago
hey Andrew you should make a tutorial on this it looks really cool :)
Bas
4 years ago
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!
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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!!!!!!!!
COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
COME ON, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
4 years ago
Yet another video which wont play on iPhone .. Hope i'll remember to watch it later
4 years ago
Looks like a quick-tut for us?!
Daniel Sparks
4 years ago
This is absolutely Awesome! Any tutorial on this anytime soon?

Kramer For President!
Ami
4 years ago
That's Nice!!!!! it's very Good!!!
can you make a tut 4it pls!!!
4 years ago
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.
Rob
4 years ago
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.
4 years ago
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!
4 years ago
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!
4 years ago
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!
4 years ago
Wow, imagine combining this with Sure Target and Optical Flares
Gene
4 years ago
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.
K_Back
4 years ago
Really Nice.

You Rock.
4 years ago
Andrew! Have you seen the new ad on the Youtube home page? hehe
4 years ago
Nice effect, and interesting music choice, haha
Spk202
4 years ago
Hey, Andrew, its aweseom:D
4 years ago
Looks and sounds like a menu screen for a Wii game... a really "G" Wii game, something addictive!
4 years ago
thanks(Anrew).u helped me to create commercial tesar in Iran.
Sybert
4 years ago
When I was reading the description I was expecting a 3-5 animation.
4 years ago
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 !
Olivier-Mauritius
4 years ago
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..
Tyler McCue
4 years ago
You should let me be your apprentice!?
Ram
4 years ago
It's simple and cool effect overall. I bet A.K just spent a coffee break to get this done. Lol.. or maybe sooner?
4 years ago
not at all what I expected when I saw "Orbit FX" but still very useful ;)
Thanks Andrew
4 years ago
Paulo, besides the light saber preset which presets do not work for you in cs5?
    Ryley
    3 years ago
    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!
4 years ago
Thanks for always helping us out. We seriously owe you alot of money...
Tommy
4 years ago
whats up with the layers over-crossing @ around 9secs?

besides that, sweet effect
paulo
4 years ago
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!
Nikita
4 years ago
Awesome as usual Mr.Kramer. By the way, where do you get all of the awesome music that you use. (besides pro scores)
4 years ago
Looking good AK ;)
Alex Hernandez
4 years ago
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
John
4 years ago
Thats greaat :P can't wait!
Ivan P
4 years ago
Verrrry cool. Would be good for some cheesy slideshow business demos.
4 years ago
kramer for president!!!
4 years ago
Cool stuff! Trying to think of what you could use this for besides graphic design.
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