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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4 years ago
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138 Comments

Ralph
4 years ago
Great tutorial! i just have this question. how can i make the particles go faster by not moving the keyframe? i want this effect to last for 2 or 3 mins before the orb comes out :) tnx!
Red John
4 years ago
Great tutorial you are so creative you've got a very unique way to get things done

P.s. Lmao about the joke on the guy who prefers Levels
4 years ago
Awesome! I'm a fan of your work, but I think at the start the text needs to slowly decrease in size-like it's zooming out slowly, and then burst into a glow quickly like an explosion, or hyperdrive speeding up... anyway, that's my opinion-I think it'd add something. :)
vilki pinkymedia
4 years ago
i dont like this one.
the tutorial is good as always, im talking about the final result: is too specific, i dont find applications for it
4 years ago
Two little point in the last tutorial:

1. Video Copilot Particle Displace.
2. LA (maybe Los Angles) in Galexy is bold, Andrew love LA.
hi
thank you for this tutorial mr.karmer
i have a question
when you make another tutorial for us?
thanks
Bence
4 years ago
awsome, Could anybody suggest me a good Video Card that can do these things well?

thx
Gustavo
4 years ago
this is awesome!!!
Thomas Welleweerd
4 years ago
when I download the project, and i set the proxy for the jpg's, its just black screen?
4 years ago
great stuff , i used several copilot techniques to build this soapy version.

Greetz.
http://vimeo.com/20486453
4 years ago
Great just great might attempt this.... :X
JP
4 years ago
Hey Andrew, a really cool tut
I would like another blogshow!

Greetings!
Fabio
4 years ago
Awesome as usal Andrew, I really appreciate the work you do for us!
Stranger92
4 years ago
aweesssoommmeeeee!!!!!
shiva
4 years ago
"imagination" to "final image"....... wow! cool
Alex Fulton
4 years ago
hey just wanted to show you guys at video co-pilot my "andrew tutorial" i made...HUGE fan of what you guys do just thought this would be funny... hope you enjoy... http://vimeo.com/20355123
4 years ago
I am ready 4 a new tutorial AK
4 years ago
wow! cool way for this .U konw i like this effects ! thanks a lot~
4 years ago
You should definitely cover some of this, as far as particle generation goes. New Linkin Park music video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qF_qbaWt3Q
simplekhent
4 years ago
PLEASE WATCH MY TRANSFORMER PRE-MADE AND COMMENT http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=n_GFWGtFWVw
Don Johnsen
4 years ago
Wow i did something pretty similar to that some weeks ago. Just a Picture with CC Lens : D

check out that: http://www.youtube.com/user/KayjayDX#p/u/5/tJ405_m158c
Kaleem Batach
4 years ago
Awesome! more VFX please !! :D
Meestrivefee
4 years ago
OMG!!!! this tutorial came!! >< Thx so much Andrew !!!!!
i really waiting for this ^______^
Noah Goldberg
4 years ago
Did anybody else notice the 'videocopilot' preset in the library called particle displace?
angry fan
4 years ago
its so annoying how people just do exactly what Andrew Kramer does, use it in a project & claim they are great at AE, trust me you are just a copy Kat, people should learn to apply his Techniques is different Other ways. FYI *when a great artist holds ur hand while you create a master piece artwork it doesnt make you a great artist and you learn nothin* My Aim is to be better than Andrew but he will always be My Master forever cos without him i would know nothing in AE
4 years ago
thanks Andrew :)
Tamatoa
4 years ago
In the air, at 20°C, it's 768 mph... =D
4 years ago
Andrew, You amaze us once again, thanks for all the helpful tips! This on reminds me of the "Men in Black" galaxy hanging off the cat's neck. Props
4 years ago
Wow, awesome! Damn, this is cool!
4 years ago
this is what we had been waiting for!!! thanks Andrew!!
Daddy C
4 years ago
Hey Andrew! I got a bone to pick with you!! My CPU just melted!!!! hahahahaha! Hold on,,,,I'll use the force to render it! Thanks master kramer
4 years ago
woooooooooooooooooooooooooouu!
nubli
4 years ago
i like the tutorial very much
i have a request

can you make the tutorial for pop out animation in after effect....i like to see your style....

thank you
Ivan
4 years ago
Hey men, did you do some VFX fo "Super 8"???, cause it looks like your work in the titles hehe
Sunny
4 years ago
wicked sick!!!! Imba! Andrew Kramer pwned!
Foo =)
4 years ago
Overwhelming! It looks SO good! Thank you andrew kramer!
4 years ago
Hi Andrew, what's that plugin ( Particle Displace ) I've saw during this Tutorial
Regards
Thomas
4 years ago
i cant find cc lens in ae cs 5 is it a plugin
4 years ago
This is really nice example of creating natural looking elements. We like this tutorial very much. Thank you for your time. Say hello to all team members.
TheJRman1000
4 years ago
Nice man, but your joke about that everybody likes Curves exept 1 guy who liked Levels blablabla... You said the same thing in another tutorial xD
Aarons
4 years ago
Yeah, I loved it.. Brilliant one.. =P
Eduards
4 years ago
Please can u make explode in space???
WuzzysBrand06
4 years ago
Cool tutorial!
Question: Aren't you losing quality when prerendering to a quicktime file?
4 years ago
Surprised to find Alexander Alexandrov in VC team list,I'm a big fan to VC as well as Amateurmedia,many fans have been waiting for a long time for Alexander.What's up,Alex
    Jimmy
    4 years ago
    Hope you could see this and look forward to your reply,Alex.
    Best Wishes!
    Magic
    4 years ago
    Jimmy Im surprised too to find Alexander Alexandrov here, this is great soon the greatest fx artist wil be here at VCP :o)

    Yo Alexander Alexandrov what happened with the your last tutorial
    The Cinematic coming soon
    Posted On: April 29, 2010
    I have been visiting your site every single day since April 2010.
    btw Alex you are great man!!! like your vfx style! nice to see you here, now I only wish that Nick from grayscalegorilla also was here.
    Jimmy
    4 years ago
    Yeah,The Cinematic picture is really awesome.Maybe Alex could do some more tutorials together with Andrew, which will be AMAZING!(Haha,I don't think Nick is here,but combination between 3D and compositing work in AE will be awesome!)
    Magic
    4 years ago
    Jimmy, it would be great to have some 3D ppl @ VCP too, I work with C4D/AE/PS and sofar I have found 2 teachers for my stuff Andrew for AE and Nick for C4D now I only looking for a good teacher for photoshop stuff...photography related.
    Amateurmedia is great too but the site is almost dead :o/
    Jimmy
    4 years ago
    Hi~Magic. We are in the same way,why not give me your email address,I feel strong we will be friends
    Magic
    4 years ago
    Hi
    Great here is my forum profile, PM me, and lets share some knowledge :o)
    http://www.videocopilot.net/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=79505
4 years ago
Excellent .. Excellent.. Thank U VC for the Tut.... :)
4 years ago
esto esta super increible!!!!
Daddy C
4 years ago
:) the force is strong with this one...
Wins
4 years ago
andrew you`r the man! ;) great job;)
btw...approximately speed of sound in air is 767 miles per hour ;)
wick
4 years ago
looks awesome, as always!
think there might be a studio in Belgium interested in that as a logo reveal.

(*galaxy studios is the name of one of the biggest audio-studio's in the Benelux..)
Kevi-Gee
4 years ago
This is awesome :D ! thank you a lot Andrew Kramer you kick butt on so many *curves* ;) haha incredibly done, keep up the truly amazing work :)
ThomasDrimm
4 years ago
Andrew, what about Professional Sound Designing Tutorials??
There's a very good software called Fl Studio 9.
jonson
4 years ago
very impressiv bro.. thx 4 this awsome tutorial
keep doin..
wish u lot of luck and great succes in ur life bro!

greez jonson from germany..

ps: cant wait to see the next tutorial :D
Abi
4 years ago
Awesome as always. Ok the next thing to do is to put it in a pendant and attach it to a cat. Then we can start an inter-galactic war
4 years ago
Thank you so much Mr. Kramer!
Jukka
4 years ago
Excellent tutorial! Loved the joke about polar ice caps :)
Shavkat
4 years ago
WOW!!! Looking really sexy! Thnx for the tutorials! Respect!
dky868
4 years ago
cool!!can u teach me how to invert the process??please
    marvinbek
    4 years ago
    Time-reverse :)
RicharD17
4 years ago
Thank AK for this new tutorial...it great!!!
Artem
4 years ago
MrAndrew i`m very exiting of you, you`re genius!
Peter Somers (TC-Productions)
4 years ago
Amazing attention to detail as always!

Congrats!!
MarchewMaster
4 years ago
Weeee new tutorial :P! This is awesome, like always.
4 years ago
Wow............thanks for another gr8 tutorial.......i will test drive it soon.
Tim Rhodes
4 years ago
Thanks for another awesome tutorial. Oh, and your jokes are getting better!
Hey
4 years ago
Perfect,I like it very much!look forward to next one
Alex
4 years ago
Yeah! Thank you Andrew for this amazing tutorial. I tried it for myself before but i couldn't get the look of yours. Thank you so much for your time and help.

Btw: I love your jokes about the orbs. Maybe three orbs next time? :D

Regards,
Alex
4 years ago
I realy waited for this tutorial!
Thanks :)
ahmad abdolmalaki
4 years ago
tanks for tutorial.
ahmad from iran
4 years ago
wow… look like Andrew, you lost some weight… o_o or its your new hair cut…
you the best forever!
Man_sokpisey
4 years ago
crazy idea, but perfect man :D
Dheny
4 years ago
Awesome!!!
It's very pretty cool
I Always wait impression idea from you

Thanks
skynet.24×7
4 years ago
hey wats up andrew kramer very nice tutorial but very creative ur mind yo 1min..........
ya plz uplod menu design tutorial..
4 years ago
Awesome tutorial!
I'm gonna try it out later.
4 years ago
WooooooW
Very Nice
Tanx
Jack_Orb
4 years ago
YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THX! u are BEST of the BEST of the best...BEEEESSST! YEAHH! i am DANCING!!!!!!!
4 years ago
WOW ! VERY COOL!
I was waiting for training
TNX ANDREW
Silver Dance
4 years ago
ya man this Pro Orb
Olivier-Mauritius
4 years ago
WOOOOOOHHOOOOO!!!! I could use this.. NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICCCCEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4 years ago
Andrew you're amazing! Beautiful tutorial, great fun to watch and learned a lot, again! Thanks.
thk
4 years ago
hey you know what? I love you
redinou
4 years ago
wow... look like Andrew, you lost some weight... o_o or its your new hair cut...
4 years ago
Here is what i did learning this tutorial ,this one for you andrew you will know it when you see it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Z8HFk19Xc
Noah
4 years ago
You are amazing
4 years ago
The BEST gift for Valentine’s Day !!Thanks again!
AbdelMalik
4 years ago
OMG! I didn't see it! it's downloadable! O.o
plz remove my request
Andrew, you are a genius!
AbdelMalik
4 years ago
Hi Andrew, Awesome tutorial man!
Can you add a download option to the video ?
I don't have the Internet all the time and I want to watch your tuts offline, I appreciate your work, thank you and take care.
4 years ago
hey how are you andrew karamer and this toutrial is very great toutrial it cool i download this iand i used this toutrial in one tv comrecial .
i have a question ?
wehre are you from andrew and where do you live and in where you study visual effexts
thanks
Tony
4 years ago
To Infinity and Beyond Galactic Orb of After Effects.
David
4 years ago
Thanks for another great tutorial.
4 years ago
Nice tutorial Andrew, it's really a great yet simple technique. But is that a new VCP plugin I see called Particle Displace? That sounds awesome, does it displace Particle World particles? Because I remember you mentioning using turbulent displace if you don't have Particular which has displacement settings.
Ben
4 years ago
Good to know that some truths still stand. 2 orbs > 1 orb and curves > levels. Gotta love it.
Manuwarna
4 years ago
This is so coool.thnks a lot for everything.
Adriano
4 years ago
I liked the tutorial, very good!

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Adriano

Country: Brazil
State: Piauí
personman
4 years ago
Wow, four weeks. What took you?
4 years ago
Congratulations for you! thats so nice and Good and ...
4 years ago
Very exciting! I needed it. I've searched how do it for a long time, but you are teached me! Thanks!
ola
4 years ago
working it out matters most ofcourse. thnks ANDREW!
4 years ago
Thanks andrew .....
Please Please
add new content quickly !!!
pecollinni
4 years ago
"Levelsman" lives next to me, he use levels every day, and he's ALIVE!!! Nothing happened to him! Do not believe everything you hear, this is manipulation. FEEL FREE TO USE LEVELS . . . . . .
4 years ago
Awesome! Been waiting for this one! Thanks AK~
simplekhent
4 years ago
very nice... :)
4 years ago
hey andrew it s cool, very cool..
hey men make a movie!!! please and sell it in yours products
4 years ago
"Haha, galaxy joke..." :P
4 years ago
I'll give this a go when i get home tonight. i have a few ideas already
4 years ago
The same effect can also be use for "Back to the Future". Just need some flashy environment at the end..
Great Tut, can make lot of things to this one.
Thanks Andrew.
Damian m0Nte
4 years ago
cool! :) ... good job Another great tutorial from you for us ;) Thanks Mr. Kramer .

I Have 1 question.. can you upload this lighta & b.jpg.. ;) Thanks & Greetings from POland ;
4 years ago
Wohooo. It's here! I'm so excited!!
4 years ago
Wow. Happy Valentine's Day to us.
sell
4 years ago
You as always at height!
4 years ago
Beautiful looking energy there! Video Copilot is a large part of the reason I am even creating content anymore. I love your tips and tricks and wish you all the best. Here's what I have accomplished thanks to some help from VC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Og1BrzyCz0
4 years ago
hey guys! very great!!!
saeid
4 years ago
I know it is beautiful
mr. obvious
4 years ago
Amazing! How do you do it, time and again...
4 years ago
Alsmost forgot you told us you were going to do a tutorial on this Totally Awesome project.
Thank you, again, Andrew!
Keep up the good work!
4 years ago
Looking great. Sounds from the game "Osmos" (iphone app) ?
GCoda
4 years ago
cool light... is this some kind of softbox?
tutorial is cool too )
john
4 years ago
woooow i was waiting for it :D
Nick
4 years ago
can't wait, no time now, but i'm surely gonna check it tomorrow :D
Sam
4 years ago
Looks great! Kramer should have his own private island country. I would proudly serve in his virtual military.
4 years ago
Sounds cool! But 3 orbs would be better. Nothing the built in cut and paste can't do! :)
Alexy
4 years ago
AWESAAAAME!!! :D
    dinkara
    4 years ago
    -.- awesOme*
4 years ago
Cant Wait!!!! Go figure Im at work and cant view tutorial.
lafnoune
4 years ago
wooooow greaaaaaat tutorial thanks andrew kramer

respect you are the best

bye
greyson horst
4 years ago
awesome, really cool tutorial!! Been waiting for this one for a while.
    4 years ago
    It's really awesome, yeah!
    So is this, btw: http://vimeo.com/20035797
    :)
    4 years ago
    Awesome! We actually did an orb for a live action Marvel VS Capcom 3 Short! Hadouken anyone? :D

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWIWYSLMrrs
    4 years ago
    Nice! We actually did an Orb element in our Hadouken for our Live Action Marvel VS Capcom 3 SHORT!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWIWYSLMrrs
    4 years ago
    Just wanted to let everyone know that Envato's latest Cinematic Bundle was just released! You get all sorts of After Effects goodies + cinematic audio tracks.. for US$39 (instead of US$500) which is insane!!

    Get it here: http://bit.ly/envatocinematic

    Hope you like it!
    Personally I like these files because I can learn a lot from them. Keep it up ;-)
    jin
    4 years ago
    Hey chris, the link you gave is not working, repost ?
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