Hot new tutorial on the way!

I found some time to play in After Effects this weekend and here is another experiment that doesn’t use any 3rd party plug-ins.

Although I will say that using our heat distortion plug-in would have been easier to create the heat waves. In fact, I was thinking about finally making this plug-in available for sale individually instead of inside the bundle, anyone else interested in that idea?

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3 years ago
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128 Comments

Love your work! Keep on rockin!
3 years ago
This is awesome. Thanks for sharing Andrew!
3 years ago
Witout doubt an amazing information you pointed out here in this article
3 years ago
very nice subject.thx
skyjam
3 years ago
i love ur work thanks for every thing
3 years ago
Was wonderin i've tried a few methods to get the start to tear itself apart several settings in shatter and other various methods.. Cant quite seem to get it right how would i go about creating a supernova in the star itself? So far I've managed to make the surface layer of the star blow up into a plasma form i just wanna know how to get the start to tear itself apart in a x/z direction?
Luciano Daluz
3 years ago
Hey guys, any news about ELEMENT V2? Any chance we have an better integration with MODO and AE?
TJ Koker
3 years ago
Hi Andrew,
Could you insert a ship flying around the Sun. Would be interested in combining the 2 effects.
Thx
Ivan
3 years ago
Harun Lisic
3 years ago
https://www.behance.net/gallery/16316383/Intro-for-film-studios
check out please INTRO for Film studios
Paul
3 years ago
We are very interested in that idea. But please keep it at a low price.
Joseph
3 years ago
Hey Andrew!

Yep that sounds like a fair deal. Out of curiosity, are you planning on making a Baked animation 3D Action Essentials pack using E3D anytime soon? Cause I would love that.
Raghav91
3 years ago
This looks more like the fx in your Star Trek title sequence! Can't wait!
play_edu
3 years ago
Awesome as always.
So Same way to make you stare track in to darkness Title sequence?
RansomJ66
3 years ago
Totally unrelated and off topic....

Hey Andrew, check out this awesome use of Element3D in a recent viral video, I have no affiliation nor gain no profit or will links to my youtube page will be listed, this is just pure pluggin the plug-in:

http://youtu.be/vjyBTd36p4U

Nice work and funny stuff, too! Thank you, sir, for creating Element3D, you are giant among us average men.
Ian
3 years ago
Oh my soul I can't wait for this tutorial!!! I am busy with a production where I need to do something very similar to this... Hope its in time for me to meet the deadline. :)
Robert Johnson
3 years ago
Andrew I can't wait for this tutorial! Every time I hear a new one is on its way, I get super excited and time goes extremely slow! Could you tell us when it will be up this week?
David
3 years ago
Yes on the Plugin....Bring on the tutorial!!!!!
Steve
3 years ago
Looks like the blue planet from Star Trek Into The Darkness.. Was wondering how you did those effects. Should be a cool Tut Thanks AK
M
3 years ago
"I was thinking about finally making this plug-in available for sale individually instead of inside the bundle, anyone else interested in that idea?"

YES! I use Terragen a lot, and do a lot of environment work in general. The plugin would be useful to me on its own. I can think of a number of desert scenes that I have, that I would like to easily add heat waves to.

By the way, that sun is very nice! I would put that tut to use very quickly.
    m
    3 years ago
    P.S.
    For the OP tut. It would be GREAT, if you also talked about how to apply the effect to a plane or otherwise flat(ish) surface in addition to the spherical form.

    Cheers.
Bobby
3 years ago
I'll give you $25 for the plugin right now.
Jackson Welch
3 years ago
I can't wait for this tutorial! Upload it soon!!! PLEASE! Your killing me!
m-wave
3 years ago
Hi Andrew the plugin separate is nice but for people that purchase the jet bundle I will like to suggest that pls Add astroid planet and other organic cg from star trek and everyone is happy thanks for your work God will continue to bless VC team
Alzemir
3 years ago
Really the heat distortion justifies its purchase. It's a great plugin!
Andre Whitmore
3 years ago
That would be awesome! can you do a tutorial on actually creating our own plugin i have a lot of ideas but can't do that part.
just a thought.
Tóth-Horgosi Gergely
3 years ago
I really like your work Andrew! You helped me a lot to understand what we can really do in After Effects and stuff like that. Full respect from Hungary! :D I hope you'll make a lot of tutorial for us. It's very useful!

Best wishes
WM
3 years ago
How do you determine whether you are going to use Vimeo or YouTube? I'm not seeing anything but a random pattern. Just wondering.
    3 years ago
    Random... In this case, the video was very short and so I chose Vimeo as more of a test video.
Van
3 years ago
Please sell the plugin by itself. I would purchase it at this very moment if it was available!
Looking forward to the new tutorial! I have attempted some sun scenes but need to learn how to make it pop!
IloveVideocopilot
3 years ago
Great Idea to sale the plug !
Lee
3 years ago
Andrew,
As a producer that does contract work for a variety of clients, I would recommend offering the plug-in as a stand alone. If a project arose where I needed to use the heat distortion plug-in but had to justify the purchase, it's easier to pitch a client on paying for a single plug-in versus an airplane model pack that has nothing to do with their particular project. Just my two cents.
Jim
3 years ago
Yes, count me in as another one interested in the heat distortion plug-in for individual sale.
max
3 years ago
This just reminded me of the hunger games fire ring, How dod they do that?
Sean
3 years ago
Had I not already blown $300 on the Entire Fight Kit Bundles and E3D 1.6, I would say "Heck Yeah", but to those people who don't have it, then I would still say Heck yeah !!!! VCP ROCKS !!!!
Rasehloho
3 years ago
Yes Please. Can't wait
thunderossa
3 years ago
Yes AK! The heat distortion plug-in sold separately is a great idea! Thanks!!
vipinm
3 years ago
looking fantastic :-)
3 years ago
Count on me for a purchase of the "heat distortion" plug-in.
Very cool effect and can't wait for the tutorial!
prathamesh
3 years ago
hye andrew sir i have question ,,

Why Element 3d is fast render models insted of 3dds or c4d ?

what is diffrence in renderer ?
    JBT27
    3 years ago
    It uses the GPU, not the CPU, so it's more limited but it's fast.
    Chris
    3 years ago
    E3D uses no Raytracing.
    It uses envirmental mapping not reflection.
    (I Suppose...)
    Prathamesh
    3 years ago
    thanks JBT27 and Chris
3 years ago
YESSS! I would lovvve dem heat waves without the jets and missiles! :)
3 years ago
After looking at the MotionPulse promo vid, I'm assuming (and we all know what that makes me) that you used similar techniques for that as well.
HazMadt
3 years ago
I already have the plug-in and the results have been great! Been working on a similar effect a "solar" type effect using the heat distortion plugin. Would love to see a tutorial how to get the most out of it similar to this solar video.
3 years ago
Fractal Noise > Dynamic (Inverted), CC Sphere, Polar Coordinates, Turbulent Displacement, Stylized Glow (multiple times). Am I close?
    Matt D
    3 years ago
    Hmm, don't know if this has been suggested before, but imagine if Mr. Andrew Kramer gave occasional challenges: Recreate the clip he shows us, and see who can figure out how it was done. This would be a perfect example.
kipz
3 years ago
i found that using planes and the scatter in 3ds (for the coronas), that this can be made into a element model with probably a bit less time.
just need a few randomized smoke elements
Kane
3 years ago
Cannot wait to see this tutorial. I've been looking for something exactly like this recently, and have tried to experiment, but haven't come up with anything that looks how I would like it to. Also, I would definitely buy the heat distortion plug-in if it was made available separately.
3 years ago
I can't wait to see how you pulled this awesome flaming ball/sun off without any third party plug ins, I bought the jet strike pack including the heat distortion plugin, it's awesome...
Jim
3 years ago
YES. The Heat Distortion plugin as a separate entity would be a benefit to everyone. I currently use either Monsters "Heat Waves" plugin or use Trapcode's MIR as a displacement map. While TP's Mir requires setup to get right, Monsters Heatwave is easy, but not very realistic. Having another option that is customizable and realistic is always a plus!
Tom
3 years ago
AK, I think that it's a great idea to offer the heat distortion plugin separately. Seems there are tons of applications apart from jet engine FX.
Arzu
3 years ago
Yes! Let a new tutorial!
Tim
3 years ago
I hear the Sun is a hot topic these days...

Anyone?

No?

*crickets*
PickleJones
3 years ago
Hey Andrew. You know how you're always encouraging experimentation and poking around? Here's a suggestion: Post a teaser like the one you just did and then ask, "How would you do this in AE?" Make it a mini contest to see who can get a similar result before a tutorial.
    Jason W
    3 years ago
    Pickle!! Finally! That's what I'm talking about! Let's be encouraged to use what we already know to push the envelope and not just step by step duplicate a tutorial and call it a demo reel. GREAT SUGGESTION.
    thunderossa
    3 years ago
    Yes! That would be cool.
Rohan
3 years ago
Hey Whats up.
m Waiting for this tutorial and want to make amazing logo out of this...
:-)
3 years ago
Hi VC And All Guys
I Hope You Are All Keeping Well
Thanks A Lot
3 years ago
I'm not a big fan of asking for freebies from this site BUT alas....I'd love it :0) I tried to make this effect a few years ago for another project and gave up as it just didn't look right lol

And Andrew....thanks for offering :0)
Scarlet
3 years ago
Dude.... yes!! 1000% you should
3 years ago
Yes please.
JMS
3 years ago
Really looking forward to this one...
illd
3 years ago
Wow - that looks...ahm hot! The heatdistortion plugin would be a great addition to AE.
Abd-L-Azeez
3 years ago
ohh my god ! it's like you are reading my mind !
KC
3 years ago
I've been trying to recreate those solar flares/sun/stars since the Star Trek Into Darkness behind the scenes video you dropped a while ago...looking forward to see if I was anywhere close to how you recreated especially using TurbulenceFD (since I dont have Krakatoa in 3DS Max) to recreate the flame sprite. Thanks for looking out for us Andrew and happy easter!
3 years ago
Why didn't you release it as stand alone in the first place?
3 years ago
The coronary luminescence is similar, but on the surface I would add fractal nois (type: dynamic) and trapcode(shine). With close attention I watch your works, at you I adopted a lot of things, thanks Andrey!
Kent
3 years ago
Yes. Separate. Please.
David Vizurant
3 years ago
Yes, this would be a nice idea, but I think it would be unfair for the people who bought this plug-in in the Flight Kit Pack ...
    JMS
    3 years ago
    How is this unfair??
    DecodaX
    3 years ago
    Not unfair, but unfortunate.. as not too long ago I bought the Flight Kit Pack just for the plug-in, only to hear a week later, the plug-in may be available stand alone.
    3 years ago
    It will cost 24.95, if you already have it then, you don't need to buy it. Now customers will have more options to buy.
    JMS
    3 years ago
    We really need to stop complaining about these petty little " I could have saved xx had I waited 3 more weeks etc. Everything VCP offers is ridiculously underpriced to begin with, and the quality of the products is second to none. They have given us countless freebies over the years, not to mention all the training. FREE!! We need to support this site with our $$ so they can keep delivering these great products, and if that support comes in the form of some of us buying the flight kit even though we just needed the heat disto plug-in, feel good that your extra dollars are going to the right place (let's not forget you are getting a lot for your money in the flight kit, whether or not you had a need for it at the time). I would gladly pay extra or give monthly donations so we can see things like Element V2 and helicopter packs sooner (hint hint). Even though the Heat Distortion plug-in is now available separately, I think everyone who needs it should still buy the Flight-Kit just to show some support.
zafar
3 years ago
amzazing man but after this one please make the motionpulse trailer tutorial
3 years ago
We are very interested....
PetrSiska
3 years ago
YES! And how about to come up with your very own Videocopilot explosion/smoke/fire/cloud plug-in? It would a very nice addition to the family of your products...
Brent Willett
3 years ago
Yes, having the heat distortion plugin available individually would be great! I'm a motion graphic designer, and I can think of several uses for the plugin in my type of work, while I don't really have a reason to buy airplane related products.
Peter
3 years ago
Please! This looks like a great plugin. I don't need jet models but I could use this plugin!
Fadi Hamid
3 years ago
You are awesome Andrew Kramer
Ramkumar.K
3 years ago
wow..another one exciting summer special
parsec3d
3 years ago
Heat distortion plugin! Yes please :-) Maybe as an alternative way, so all non-customers can get similar results...
3 years ago
Yes, YES! WE ALL NEED THAT PLUGIN A LOT
prathamesh
3 years ago
yes yes yes it loooks cooooooooollll
3 years ago
YES ANDREW! You must do it! I would buy it immediately
bwoogie
3 years ago
yup! the plugin would be useful.
Cristian
3 years ago
Nice work! I can't wait..
3 years ago
Yes please make the plugin available individually. I can not afford the aircraft pack just yet but I have a lot of uses for the heat distortion. Im in.
3 years ago
Looks good. Must be layers and layers of Turbulent Displace and CC Vector Blur plus a few other effects.
THEROHAIL
3 years ago
cant wait A Kramer sir u r a true legend
Luis Martin
3 years ago
Definetely you should make the Heat Distortion Plug-in available individually, that would be awesome!!!! By this I don't mean for free. Really cool this new effect, I think this is what you meant with Custom Particles Systems when you talked about it in the Star Trek into Darkness Demo.
niels leslie
3 years ago
Yes!!!! To that plugin!!
Ryan
3 years ago
I think making heat distortion a separate plugin is a great idea. I know a lot of people have wanted this but hadn't had the money to buy the pack in comes in.

So yeah +1 for Heat Distortion
3 years ago
You continue to amaze! I'm seriously looking forward to this
3 years ago
hiii andrew..can u plzzz make tutorial.how you made title credit for star trek.the one you publishd was gud need more elaborated one hw to make our own
Dmitry
3 years ago
Can we do it with "Fractal Noise" like alternate?
Gun
3 years ago
I actually asked for that in the forums right after jet strike came out! please do!
3 years ago
Yes P:lease it would be an invaluable plugin. cant wait for the tutorial, thanks so MUCH!
tetsujin28
3 years ago
I would like to see this plugin proposed individually, good idea !
fadel helal
3 years ago
Yes.....Thank you very much from an Iraqi man
Hugo
3 years ago
Andrew already believes in summer
3 years ago
It reminds me of some old AE stuff I did before... I think the technique will be very similar. You can download the project files for free for warming up for the tutorial!
http://youtu.be/ZJ85y6GWkxo
    Dave
    3 years ago
    Your project download link is not a link.
    Dave
    3 years ago
    Nevermind! I had to follow the link to the *other* version of the video and use that download link.
    www.mediafire.com/download/7qwh29mrr2vq32f/Sun_Project.rar
Lluís
3 years ago
That would be awesome! Can't wait for this tutorial. It is always good to know how to do it roughly...
The separate plug-in idea sounds great!
Lj
3 years ago
Yes me to, this is great plug-in... also can you plz tell me spec of your computer ?
3 years ago
i am a really big fan of you and your work to be honest you are called as the father of after effects.i just wanted to ask u that in future will it be possible to use custom rigged models in element because it would have been great.and ofcourse heat distortion plugin can be tweaked a bit more and can polished to be made availabe individually.
Romain L.
3 years ago
Yeah, getting the heat distorsion plug-in individually would be great. But is there a Nuke version coming ?
jin
3 years ago
definitely would be interested in heat haze as separate plugin!
3 years ago
Wow, post the tutorial soon, i am not sleeping until then.
Adrian
3 years ago
Oh, you are going to need these freebies to create such effects:

25 Free Lava Texture Collection for Flaming Designs
http://designrshub.com/2012/12/free-lava-texture-collection.html
    Abalam Anderson
    3 years ago
    Wow. Thanks for this link!! This is just what I needed for my demonic text! >:)
3 years ago
Sure. When can we expect some tutorial?
Samuel
3 years ago
When do you think the tutorial will be up?
Samuel
3 years ago
Yes. I think that making the heat distortion plug-in is a great idea! Love your work! Keep on rockin!
    kkehoe5
    3 years ago
    Please keep the plug-in at a reasonable price. Like $15, unless you pack it with other extras.
    3 years ago
    I think it will be 24.95. That is 25% of the of the bundled price for Flight Kit which makes it fair to previous customers. Plus it is a fun plug-in. The Flight Kit is still a great value because you get sound FX, explosion stock footage and environment maps...
    Kent
    3 years ago
    $25 is great. Doing heat distortion is a pain. Totally worth that money.
    Heather
    3 years ago
    I agree definitely ! If plug-in available individually, i must buy it! Cuz it's really very very powerful.
    DecodaX
    3 years ago
    Gee. To think about a week or so ago I was debating whether to buy the bundle just for the plug-in and ended up buying it...
    Dustin
    3 years ago
    Any word on a release date for the plugin? I could use it on a project I'm currently working on. :)
Israelsoteldo
3 years ago
OMG!!!! i must watch that!!!!! i'm so excited!!!!
Pete
3 years ago
... THIS STUFF IS AMAZING ANDREW!! how do you com up with these greeat ideas?
how much time did you spend on it to get this nice effect?
Pete
3 years ago
YES! :) I am interested in the individaual plugin!
# First! :)
    Heather
    3 years ago
    Me too! Hope plug-in available individually
    Aido
    3 years ago
    How are you #first when there's a comment already before yours?
Alfred
3 years ago
Heck yeah.. that looks awesome