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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6 years ago
FX Console Utility Graphics
Our new workflow utility now has some graphics! Introducing FX Console our new plug-in for After Effects that has been slowly developed over time as my personal utility to improve my workflow. It offers a variety of small features that make a big difference for people who spend a lot of time working in After Effects! Right now […]
New Show and New workflow Plug-in!
Some cool news to announce! We have just finished recording a horrifying new blog show with a frightening theme! But more on that next week! Another exciting development is a a new workflow plug-in for After Effects! Coming this week! Now, this plug-in doesn’t make light sabers or energy fx, it might not even change your […]
Atmospheric Re-Entry!
Here is a preview of an animation i’m working on. Playing around with Element 3D and Saber to create the fiery streaks! This past week has been super productive, finishing VFX for Intercept, doing daily renders and preparing for another DMALA meeting in Los Angeles on October 18th. Going to be a blast! Circuit City #Element3D […]
Circuit City
Making circuits! After trying to create something large, I thought I should try to make something small! I started by taking a circuitry texture and placing it on a plane in Element 3D. I used the texture in the Glossiness channel and the reflection channel to give the pathways a metalic look. Next I built the […]
NEW TUTORIAL: Galactic Orb

Look! Up in the Sky. It’s a Bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a Galactic Orb!

In this exciting new tutorial we will build a compelling infinite zoom animation inside After Effects with only built-in Plug-ins. We’ll start by building the orb using real-life textures and then animate a camera through 3D particles. Timing is everything and you don’t want to miss this full-feature tutorial, complete with a video introduction!

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6 years ago
Menu Design

So I’ve been working on this exciting new project that I’ll be talking about more later but I wanted to share some work I did on this recently. The idea for the menu was to make the table come under a dark spell once a button is pushed. This included adding wind and blowing the pages of the book open.

There were some interesting challenges and I can’t wait to show you all our behind the scenes work. Until then, check out this sample video and see if you can spot any Easter eggs…

Sample Video

6 years ago