Procedural Crumbling in AE

As you may know at Video Copilot we like to do things procedurally when possible like in the Shatterize and Disintegration tutorials. Recently I’ve been working on an all-new technique to procedurally carve words into a wall as the pieces crumble away using just After Effects and a few dust elements from our Action Essentials 2 product.

The results are getting better but the technique is quite interesting, first the wall begins to crack followed by pieces falling out of the words, then it is mixed with dust elements and particles.

This method is great for creating disaster movie fx too, I’m planning the tutorial so stay tuned!

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POSTED:
6 years ago
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