New Tutorial: Solar Atmosphere!

New Tutorial:
In this new tutorial we will use After Effects to create a powerful solar atmosphere without the need for additional plug-ins. But for even more impressive heat distortion, check out our new stand-alone plug-in below!

Watch Tutorial on YouTube in HD

Watch Tutorial on Video Copilot HD

Heat Distortion Plug-in:
Our new Advanced Heat Distortion plug-in is now available individually for only $24.95! Check out the feature videos and see what a difference it makes. Great for Energy blasts, Jet Turbines and even the ending shot of the MotionPulse trailer.

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April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:04 pm
YES!!!!!! awesome as usual. Looking forward to playing with this later tonight :0) Thank you kind crew!!!!
April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:06 pm
Always so grateful for your generous sharing of knowledge. Thank you very much.
April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:10 pm
I've been kinda wanting a tut for something like this, since the Star Trek video..
    April 23rd, 2014 @ 4:32 pm
    Same here.
April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:21 pm
the possibilities are always endless with these tutorials. takes me back to the transformers portal. this and pflow should seal the deal.
April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:22 pm
You are the shit. That is all.
    April 24th, 2014 @ 11:58 am
    Hey you are using my name for abusive comments.this is very bad buddy
    The Real Brian
    April 28th, 2014 @ 1:44 am
    Lies, LIES ALL LIES!!! I am the real Brian you two are impostors this foolishness must stop. Now hold still while I video you then give me about 30 minutes and I'll show you the damage I have done to you.
April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:26 pm
This is Great +++++++
April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:27 pm
Great tutorial. And the plug-in looks excellent. Looks like VideoCopilot is on the eve of releasing tutorial 150!!
How should we celebrate?!!
Bayu Rahmawan
April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:33 pm
I will watch this tutorial for my breakfast!
April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:43 pm
We're not worthy! This is amazing!
April 23rd, 2014 @ 2:43 pm
Finally! I've been waiting hours!!
April 23rd, 2014 @ 3:02 pm
really cool sound design , i to will purchase it , i have guess , but there are why not cool e3d techniques? Actually you know , we are miss e3d tutorials , with cool techniques , and its my new work with e3d and cinema 4d , hou can say which detail created with element 3d in this scene ? nothing , because element 3d is very plugin ;)
    April 23rd, 2014 @ 4:03 pm
    *very strong plugin
April 23rd, 2014 @ 3:30 pm
You, sir, are my favorite teacher. Often times, people praise me for being "self-taught", but I don't feel self-taught. I learn from you, Film Riot, Greyscalegorilla, etc. Thank you very much, for taking time to teach us. It is definitely more than appreciated.
April 23rd, 2014 @ 3:35 pm
ur such a freaking genius!! thanks for the tutorial Andrew and Co.
April 23rd, 2014 @ 3:55 pm
Awesome !!!

Greetings from Germany
April 23rd, 2014 @ 3:58 pm
Excellent. Once again, you show us what it takes to become not only a pro designer, AE artist and good teacher, but a savvy business man as well. 24.95. Fly. Thanks, dude.
Axin Mayatra
April 23rd, 2014 @ 4:01 pm
After some wait (I think you should put tutorial every week) we get very nice tutorial.
I watched that Star trek title, I wondered how did you do that but I get some idea from here. Thanks ANDREW ...
And and and I want to that ask which computer do you use?
April 23rd, 2014 @ 7:15 pm
OMG!!!! You're ROCK!! Awesome, super thxxxx! you and your team
April 23rd, 2014 @ 7:37 pm
Lol the Film Riot reference
April 23rd, 2014 @ 7:39 pm
I purchased this wonderful plugin! Thank Video Copilot!
April 23rd, 2014 @ 7:44 pm
But why is it so hard to work? My computer: Intel i7-3820 3,60 Ghz, 16GB RAM, GeForse GTX 470, Windows 8. Either way it should be?
    April 24th, 2014 @ 8:32 am
    Windows 8, that is your problem right there.
    April 24th, 2014 @ 2:04 pm
    Work on Windows 7?
April 23rd, 2014 @ 8:56 pm
Killer Details, thank you very much !!!
April 23rd, 2014 @ 10:16 pm
You made the CC Sphere 3D and added some expressions for the object to follow the camera. Then the Auto-Orienting. As I was watching, this was very similar how Element 3D behaves when I make the Element Layer 3D. My question is, are these expressions and Auto-Orient option will make my Element layer converted to AE 3D layer? Any chances while preserving Z-Hierarchy based on AE layer depth?

PS: Heat Distortion is a great plugin and thanks for the tutorial.
April 23rd, 2014 @ 10:42 pm
Hi Andrew,
Awesome tuts as always.
I have Question. In star track (Sun or Star(Blue and red one ))you made with 3d-Element How can arrange solar flare on surface like you mad with sun ?
April 23rd, 2014 @ 11:21 pm
You are great Andrew and finally we got something you used in star trek into darkness titles after begging you for months.
April 23rd, 2014 @ 11:39 pm
awesome stuff....thanks a lot.....:)
April 24th, 2014 @ 12:06 am
Honestly, I cannot hear the words "turbulent displace" or even read them without either hearing Ryan's voice or seeing Josh dance in my head. It's a bit disturbing...
    April 24th, 2014 @ 8:25 am
    You are not alone....I have the same issue lol
    Trevor Powers
    April 24th, 2014 @ 8:26 am
April 24th, 2014 @ 12:09 am
Any chances that future tutorials will include motion pulse intro video?
April 24th, 2014 @ 1:32 am
ooooooh Boy ..... !!! this is Amazing Thanks a lot Andrew Sir..... that's why i love you i was waiting for heat distortion plugin separately.
Moritz Krist
April 24th, 2014 @ 3:28 am
Now thats something I haven't seen in a long time... the sun.

Anyway, is there any chance for a Motion Pulse Logo Animation Tutorial? I really like the way the sphere object and the end explodes and shoots out particles.

Keep up the good work!
April 24th, 2014 @ 5:01 am
Is this the same technique you used on the motion pulse titles?
April 24th, 2014 @ 5:03 am
More cowbell please.
April 24th, 2014 @ 6:38 am
Great, now I have Ryan Connely's turbulent displacement song stuck in my head
April 24th, 2014 @ 8:10 am
Thanks for all those amazing tutorials, you learned to me so many things for my job!

Just one question for this one, could you, or someone tell me how to solve the polar issue caused by cc sphere?
April 24th, 2014 @ 9:46 am
Hey Whats up Andrew Kramer Here For VideoCopilot .Net and welcome back to another Very Exiting Tutorial .............
Thanks A Lot VC
April 24th, 2014 @ 10:17 am
this is great keep doing bro
April 24th, 2014 @ 10:47 am
Very good tut as usual.

For the 150th id love a Sure Target/Element3D tutorial :)
I just cant seem to get them to work fluidly together.
April 24th, 2014 @ 10:55 am
Now it just needs to explode...
like Krypton
April 24th, 2014 @ 12:11 pm
Really nice stuff. I am building an solar system animation for my son's birthday and this will be an awesome addition.
April 24th, 2014 @ 12:19 pm
Is this a new advanced Heat Distortion plugin or the same plug-in that comes bundled with VC Flight Kit?
April 24th, 2014 @ 12:57 pm
I'd actually love to know the trick to get rid of that sphere anus when making your own textures.
April 24th, 2014 @ 3:29 pm
does anyone know of a good way to get rid of that stupid warping at the top and bottom effect? i need a sun that i can orbit around and those are the things messing me up
    April 24th, 2014 @ 7:15 pm
    I'll try to post a project or something, not too difficult but some work.
April 24th, 2014 @ 4:43 pm
One of these days you're going to have to announce that you're not actually a wizard of black magic before the villagers start rioting with pitchforks.

This tut is sooo helpful for me right now! I hadn't thought of multi-layering fractal noise like that before. It's going to create some great cellular looks.

April 24th, 2014 @ 4:51 pm
Andrew, this is a hot tutorial! Really appreciate the time you spend putting these together and sharing your knowledge.
April 25th, 2014 @ 2:14 am
Hey Andrew, any chance of a similar tutorial on planetary destructions with e3d? nice work btw
April 25th, 2014 @ 3:36 am
awesome tutorial..once again! thanks for sharing your knowledge...
April 25th, 2014 @ 4:35 am
Andrew, to do this using Element3D in which channel do I apply the fractal noise?
I assume the Diffuse channel is for adding coloring.
April 25th, 2014 @ 5:37 am
I try to buy this Plugin, but it doesn't work :/ "There is problem in communicating with PayPal. Please try again later."
April 25th, 2014 @ 8:12 am
Hi folks - I know that the sun shines out of your collective proverbials but I've noticed that the quoted release dates for your latest Tutorials are for 2012 (this one was apparently released on Apr 23, 2012)... this due to the gravity of the sun used in the project warping space-time? Should I be worried about time-dilation if I open up too many layers at once?

Thanks for a very timely tutorial - just as I'm about to start a Solar System project :-) In the words of Timbuk 3 "The future's so bright I gotta wear shades"
April 25th, 2014 @ 8:13 am
Got the Heat plug in yesterday as a treat for myself after finishing a long term project at work and LOOOooved playing with it last night. I'm looking forward to using it in another project soon.

Until then, here is the project that was finished, Its a little something created for our company at Z signs in Oklahoma. It started off as "" lets take a few pictures to add to the company website"....6 weeks

Hope you all enjoy :0)
April 25th, 2014 @ 8:47 am
great... now show us how you did the killer motion graphics for Motion Pulse!!!!
April 25th, 2014 @ 11:08 am
Dude! I can't tell you how valuable this is for my work. I do daily science reports for and a science series called Nerdwatch at,relying on your plugins and tutorials heavily. But this one is right up my alley; been struggling to find a decent solar surface and here it is! Thanks a million!
April 25th, 2014 @ 11:55 am
The heat distortion plugin is great but needs to be able to track lights (or something) if possible Andrew.
April 25th, 2014 @ 12:19 pm
Andrew, you are simply amazing. I learn so much from your tutorials; your products are top-notch; and your tech support is second to none. We are ALL so very lucky to have you in our community.
April 25th, 2014 @ 3:53 pm
I know this is kind of technical but...I've been trying to figure this out for a long time. Using those fractal layers as textures in element instead of on a cc sphere element would produce the same results BUT, on complex shapes or models I've had to create a series of alpha mattes or use 3d co-ordinates based null objects to create those fire type elements. Is there a way to use element and Particular together for true 3d shape based particles?
    April 25th, 2014 @ 4:55 pm
    And this is also a community question, nut just Andrew/VCP staff! Thanks all.
    April 25th, 2014 @ 7:37 pm
    Im thinking the same thing I was trying it but got stuck on the glow part ...but for your question you could try making a null for your 3d obj which will be in the center of your obj then shift parenting your layers to that and then moving them outwards..having tried it yet.
April 25th, 2014 @ 6:47 pm
Andrew Im trying this out in E3D and ran into an issue with trying to make the glow on the inside using the same technique... do you know another way would you start messing with the texture channels to get a glow on the inside of the sun? and for the out side maybe just duplicate the obj and place behind and apply a glow?
April 26th, 2014 @ 8:33 am
You just gave me a burn ... In the beginning of the tutorial you should have recommended to use sunscreen of factor 50. :D tks for the inspiration in go creative.
April 26th, 2014 @ 10:10 am
Having trouble with the expression for CC Sphere. I am typing value+lookat(thiscomp.activecamera.toworld([0,0,0]),position)[0]
And getting the error message "function lookat is undefined"
I've retyped this several times, what am I getting wrong?
Thanks for any help, and for all your amazing tutorials!
    April 26th, 2014 @ 10:35 am
    Try downloading the project from the Tutorial page.
    April 27th, 2014 @ 9:19 am
    I keep getting the message
    Class 'Comp' has no property or method named 'active camera'
    April 27th, 2014 @ 9:48 am word camera wasn't an uppercase C
    May 8th, 2014 @ 11:30 am
    Just respect the case sentive and it will works.
April 26th, 2014 @ 11:47 am
Hey guys check this out
    May 19th, 2014 @ 5:24 am
    i think it is made by zaxwerks serpintene plugin .. then all the spices were added to make it cool like this.. it is a nice work
April 26th, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

Make a Tutorial to achive this using Element 3d.........
Jack Kane
April 26th, 2014 @ 5:48 pm
Great video! I was just wondering, how do you add the text in there? I really want to use this for a trailer type video and I want the text to be motion tracked to the sun as it rolls forward. Any help? Thanks! -Jack
April 26th, 2014 @ 6:18 pm
Freakin awesome! I will definitively be getting those cool sound FX
April 26th, 2014 @ 7:19 pm
Andrew, can you please create this beautiful planet using Element3D? It looks cool with CC sphere, but there's so many limitations. Looking forward to more Element 3D training! Thanks.
April 27th, 2014 @ 1:15 am
Guys thats super coooool
April 27th, 2014 @ 8:36 pm
April 27th, 2014 @ 11:32 pm
Guys i found a website and it's a good way to make VFX videos and earn something,i am doing the same m/?rid=3UVIY
    April 28th, 2014 @ 12:33 am
    oopss my bad this is the link:
April 28th, 2014 @ 12:21 am
Morning crew, as an avid AE user and visitor to the VC site, I wanted to make a small suggestion to the newbies. Its not WHAT you can and cant do with your own skill level. Sometimes, just sometimes its how you apply what you know that makes the difference. ANNnnd sometimes, you can touch others and make their day....just because you can :0)

My point? take a look at the video below, it was never meant to be perfect, it was meant to make light of a bad situation. I hope you enjoy and those that remember the 70's....You'll get a kick out of this :0)
April 28th, 2014 @ 12:48 am
This tut was the bees knees Andrew. I now control the power of THE SUN!!
April 28th, 2014 @ 10:58 am
WARNING: Playing around with fractal noise may cause inadvertent time travel! I played around with it for 20 to 30 minutes, but when I looked at the clock, 3 hours have gone by! LOL
It's amazing how much you can do with this simple AE plugin.
    May 5th, 2014 @ 7:30 am
    LOL ...........
    It also happened with me..
    even I was having my exam yet I do after effects.
    Can't wait to watch Andrew's tutorial ...
April 29th, 2014 @ 12:26 pm
Amazing!! I would also love to see a tutorial on how you created the Motion Pulse title, although I have a feeling that smoke was not done in AE
April 30th, 2014 @ 5:09 am
Fabulous tutorial. I'm relying more and more on AE these days, instead of the larger 3D packages. And for today's viewing pleasure, here's a Star Wars asteroid sequence I made entirely in After Effects, and Element 3D. Enjoy.
    April 30th, 2014 @ 2:53 pm
    Nice! Good job :-)
April 30th, 2014 @ 5:57 am
Great idea to use Turbulent Noise for the fire tendrils.
In a future Tutorial, could you explain how you created the round turbulent explosions in the Motion Pulse animation.
Really like how they morph from circular to an almost smokey texture.
April 30th, 2014 @ 3:10 pm
What an amazing product and affordable
May 3rd, 2014 @ 9:38 am
Anyone but me having the Heat Distortion Plugin Crash my AE CC ??? Everything else works fine.
May 6th, 2014 @ 11:58 am
So the first time I tried it the white solids were totally responsive to the adjustment layer. Suddenly they do not respond. They stay white. I don't know what I did to make them stop.
May 7th, 2014 @ 1:03 pm
Any chance of getting the project file?
May 8th, 2014 @ 7:48 am
I'm hurt. A plugin of almost $ 25 (about 18€ to change), and a simple search on Google, get a bunch of "Torrents" to download "free", cracks, etc.. What reason can be hacking people in that way? VideoCopilot offers high quality products at an affordable price and can not understand why they hack their products. Maybe it's a disease? or Maybe it is "normal"?. As a client of VideoCopilot show my revulsion towards piracy in general and especially in solidarity with Andrew and his team. Regards.
May 8th, 2014 @ 8:28 am
I am so blown away by your skills Andrew! With each new tutorial you bring out I am more convinced of your genius. I have to ask, is it you that figures out all of these beautiful effects or do you have a team that works these out. Obviously you have Sam, who you haven't killed in a while :)
May 9th, 2014 @ 2:33 pm
Humour skills are at top here...haha. And very useful stuff as always, Thanks!!
May 11th, 2014 @ 12:13 am
wouahow ! Really pretty cool ! bravo Mr Kramer. Magicien d'Oz, it's you !
May 11th, 2014 @ 7:11 am
Your timing is uncanny, I was just working on something like this. This will be a big help.
Much appreciated.
May 12th, 2014 @ 12:21 pm
Great tutorial...

My version:

Explosions on the sun are created with the "Shockwave plugin"...

Greatings from Denmark.
John Conner
May 14th, 2014 @ 7:38 am
What about the Text? :v
May 15th, 2014 @ 4:29 am
Awesome, thanks for keeping the prices for your plugins affordable too :-=)
May 17th, 2014 @ 12:27 am
Andrew - it vitamin D deficiency - Now you have the Knowledge :)
May 17th, 2014 @ 9:14 pm
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July 10th, 2014 @ 10:36 pm
Hello r you Andrew Kramer....
August 26th, 2014 @ 9:21 am
Can't get past the Cc Sphere step! I put the expressions in correctly and auto orient but when I rotate it's still a 2d shape!? It's like all those steps did nothing. PLEASE HELP!
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