New Tutorial: Sci-Fi Weapon FX!

In this exciting tutorial I’ll be showing you how to create various sci-fi muzzle flashes and distortion FX.  If you need to add sound FX, be sure to check out our MotionPulse sound tools!

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Watch on Video Copilot & Project File

Tips & Tricks:

  • Create Muzzle Flash with Fractal Noise
  • Advanced Shockwave Compositing
  • Track lights onto weapon

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July 21st, 2014 @ 7:43 am
very useful. thanks .
July 21st, 2014 @ 7:45 am
What a cool surprise! Wasnt expecting this one!
Linus Karlsson
July 21st, 2014 @ 7:46 am
Love the tutorial Andrew! But way can´t we download the filmfotage of you..?
July 21st, 2014 @ 7:50 am
Thank you for this tutorial. But can you show us how to do a big Element 3D scene like this one done for the History Channel?

The entire thing was done in Element 3D, but I am having a hard time whenever I include a lot of models or element 3D layers. Thank you
July 21st, 2014 @ 7:51 am
Great tutorial ! What about the free 3d model of cars and trucks for element 3D ?
    Sanee Ahmed
    July 21st, 2014 @ 9:00 am
    Of-course, we will love them :)
    July 22nd, 2014 @ 1:46 am
    Did he said somethinng about free car models ?
July 21st, 2014 @ 7:52 am
Omg, this is massive!! Thank you boss! From Malaysia. God Bless and I love your work..
July 21st, 2014 @ 7:59 am
Yeah! Are these updated blasters for Episode VII? Lets see the lightsabers you and your buddy JJ are working on!
    July 22nd, 2014 @ 3:41 am
    Andrew shot first! :D
Sanee Ahmed
July 21st, 2014 @ 8:01 am
Great... Was waiting for tutorial... Keep it up... Any chance of more tutorials of "Jet Strike"???
July 21st, 2014 @ 8:07 am
This is great, really glad you included the lights on the gun as well as the muzzle flash. Thanks for another great tutorial!
David Vizurant
July 21st, 2014 @ 8:08 am
Can´t wait for this :) A new tutorial!!! Thank you so much, Andrew
July 21st, 2014 @ 8:11 am
wow, this is really awesome thanks Andrew !! :D
July 21st, 2014 @ 8:25 am
WOW!!! Simple and mind blowing effects :D
This is a part of a new movie?
July 21st, 2014 @ 9:18 am
WOW ! thanks for sharing andrew
July 21st, 2014 @ 9:20 am
amazing effects in after effects :)
July 21st, 2014 @ 9:30 am
Still Waiting or Element V2 and Chopper pack :(
Satya reddy
July 21st, 2014 @ 10:16 am
Andrew nowadays playing with fractal noise...
July 21st, 2014 @ 10:19 am
Andrew, what about the bad-ass plugin?
Khalid Momani
July 21st, 2014 @ 10:50 am
Thank you Andrew
My question is where is badass plugin you used in your tutorial
July 21st, 2014 @ 11:33 am
Andrew, thank you again for your fully dedication with us. I have proud to know someone who keep up your dreams without left your rises.

Do you have any news for a future project for us? We are anxious to know!

Greats from Brazil!
July 21st, 2014 @ 1:23 pm
Andrew pls project files :)
July 21st, 2014 @ 1:25 pm
Awesssssssomeeeeeee! thanks again..... nOw am on!
Ersin Izetov
July 21st, 2014 @ 1:25 pm
Hi, Mr. Kramer.

Thank you for this tutorial full of helpful tips and tricks and advanced techniques. If it's not too presumptuous could share where can we find the background.

Thank you again!
July 21st, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

Since Sam Loya was unavailable for this one, you are going to have to bite the bullet, and include the green screen footage of yourself.

I'm sorry, but it just won't look the same if I have to have these cool effects coming out of a broomstick gun.


I checked with Sam. and he agrees...
    July 23rd, 2014 @ 11:22 am
    We WANT Sam Loya!!! :-)
    September 17th, 2014 @ 9:32 am
    yes!!!! we want SAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
July 21st, 2014 @ 7:08 pm
oops...just went and checked, and the project file is included!

I must have missed it earlier.

Thanks Andrew!!
July 21st, 2014 @ 7:57 pm
awesome stuff, my only question is.. where is Sam? we haven't seen him for quite a while ;)
    Eric Lin
    July 21st, 2014 @ 9:19 pm
    stupid me just heard you said he wasn't available, anyways we miss Sam ;)
    July 23rd, 2014 @ 11:23 am
    We WANT Sam Loya!!!
July 21st, 2014 @ 8:08 pm
Wow I Was Waiting For This Tutorial, . . . Thank U Andrew, . . . :-)
July 21st, 2014 @ 8:32 pm
Awesome as always. Thanks Mr.genius for shearing this.
Amogh Madiwale
July 21st, 2014 @ 9:57 pm
Really very cool effect. Even I cant imagine that we can use after effect that much. Thank You
July 22nd, 2014 @ 3:32 am
I just Love the technique of Editing Shockwave Effects. really HelpFul Tip .Now I can Custom Made my Own Shockwave and Release IT!!! ;)
July 22nd, 2014 @ 3:58 am
Would using 'turbulent noise' as apposed to 'fractal noise' work as well? I watched a video that suggested turbulent noise uses less CPU memory and is almost identical to fractal noise. Is this true?
I guess I should just try it out and see what happens. I did enjoy following the tutorial and got some great results.
Thanks from FNQ, Aus.
    August 22nd, 2014 @ 11:30 am
    I think the Difference is Fractal noise loops, while turbulent doesn't. So as long as you don't need to have the effect repeat over time, you will be fine with Turbulent noise.
July 22nd, 2014 @ 4:46 am
andrew i just wanna confirm one thing element 3d will support a object which has a motion if any one knows pls let me known :)
    Jim Hines
    July 22nd, 2014 @ 6:49 am
    You export a .obj sequence from your 3D program and under file in Element you import the .obj sequence.
    The Element forum is the best place to learn. Or Google your question. Lot of videos and tuts on YouTube and what not.
Jim Hines
July 22nd, 2014 @ 5:50 am
Extremely generous. Hope to return the favor when budgets allow. Thanks.
    July 22nd, 2014 @ 8:06 am
    no no i said if i created a object that moves in a x and y direction in cinema 4d and key frame it. then i go to my after effects and import it then in composition if i ramp preview that will the object moves in x and y direction as was in cinema 4d :)
July 22nd, 2014 @ 8:09 am
Where's the Badass ?
July 22nd, 2014 @ 12:20 pm
Make the tutorials as long as you want man. With everything you include in these bad boys everything is useful. You are an alien!
July 22nd, 2014 @ 12:49 pm
Very clever techniques.....when we will get the update of element 3d for real 3d shadows and raytraced environment????update in element wouldn't be less than Christmas.
July 22nd, 2014 @ 1:05 pm
Awesome Andrew. How did you made your background? Did you use 3ds.max and vray ?
Eric Brown
July 23rd, 2014 @ 1:03 am
My "digital arts" education was so expensive, and so sketchy. Did you know you taught my 400 level "motion graphics" class at MSUM back around 2008-ish? The prof found out where I was learning what he couldn't teach and started showing your tutorials on a projector each day for class. I'm still here learning what I need to know today. That douche took credit for your work.
    Edward a Gomez
    July 23rd, 2014 @ 10:49 am
    if that's true u should inform the school president or whom ever is in charge cause obviously he was hired under false skills and for u to pay a lot of money is a bit ridiculous
July 23rd, 2014 @ 10:25 am
WOW!!! Awesome tutorial!!! Thanks


We WANT Sam Loya!!! :-)
July 24th, 2014 @ 12:47 am
i love u guys i love u guys i love u guys and did i mention i love u guys. i am so using these effects in my movie

thankyou so much
July 24th, 2014 @ 7:59 am
July 24th, 2014 @ 12:37 pm
Thanks so much, Another insane tutorial from Andrew!
Andrew what is your render setting?
The Bitrate is about 800kbps but the quality is so good.
Please help me how to get a good quality in low size.
July 24th, 2014 @ 2:59 pm
EPIC! I've been waiting for exactly this type of stuff for quite a while. Thanks Andrew you just made my ... well... year.
July 24th, 2014 @ 3:01 pm
Lotta buzz going on in the twitterverse about Element V2.0...prepare yourselves...
Willmer Wonsang
July 24th, 2014 @ 5:12 pm
Andrew "Rocks The Casbah" yet again. We need to collaborate and do a really cheesey project some time when you are in Dallas, TX.

Keep Rockin Hard VCP Crew!
July 24th, 2014 @ 9:57 pm
Awesome andrew thnx for sharing keep it up god bless u.... :-)
July 24th, 2014 @ 11:09 pm
Andrew, the bad-ass plugin it is joke?
    July 27th, 2014 @ 12:51 pm
    Of course its no joke. The bad ass plug in turns all your videos into a cool action movie scene :D
    Shoir Abduvaliyev
    August 4th, 2014 @ 7:47 am
    Bahodir. how are you, where are you came from
    August 7th, 2014 @ 7:06 am
    I am from Qarshi. (Uzbekistan)
July 25th, 2014 @ 1:39 am
Just wanted to share some 3dModels and textures NASA has uploaded. (for those who did not know)

July 28th, 2014 @ 1:36 am
Hi, really ground breaking tutorial, but i would like to see some of Andrews Alphabetic Motion Graphics like in the video on youtube.. I'm Gonna make it better.. so Mr.Kramer, please watch and think about it.. :)
July 28th, 2014 @ 10:06 am
EID MUBARAK andrew and every body at VC
July 28th, 2014 @ 3:12 pm
July 29th, 2014 @ 4:49 am
is Allan Mckay your alternate identity, you guys look the same and both visual effects artists...... come on now! Cover blown!
July 29th, 2014 @ 12:11 pm
Hey Guys, Look at these videos I made using your tutorial and motionpulse!!! Love it!!!
July 29th, 2014 @ 8:41 pm
Hey Copilots,

With all that you do for our community I feel a little guilty asking, but...
I'd love to see what the hits look like on the person getting shot by these awesome sci-fi weapon blasts. Andrew, It's not too late to get Sam in there, and blast him with your wifi equipped gun. Part two of this tutorial would be much appreciated.
Thank you for all you do.
Will Dano
July 30th, 2014 @ 2:15 pm
July 31st, 2014 @ 12:36 pm
Mr Andrew MARVEL vs. VIDEOCOPILOT. Who win?
August 2nd, 2014 @ 3:10 am
tanck you :)

very very nice
August 3rd, 2014 @ 2:24 am
The best teacher, as usual. thank you for sharing your knowledge.
August 3rd, 2014 @ 12:52 pm
Hey any one knows about car smoke from tires in burnout scene in Element 3d with particular??particular is working perfect with element and simulating as well with element 3d car but i want particular to spin with wheel not with main car motion null object,please guide me.....
August 3rd, 2014 @ 11:56 pm
Here's my example of using shockwave:
    August 28th, 2014 @ 5:29 am
    Nice StuartCo ...Thank you :)
August 4th, 2014 @ 11:16 am
Hi ..
Here is our latest AE-Template that we have created in After Effects using VC Element 3D and Metropolitan pack .. Enjoy !
August 5th, 2014 @ 5:45 am
I am from Qarshi. (Uzbekistan)
August 6th, 2014 @ 9:27 am
So much violence on this website. Guns, explosions, missiles, blood and gore. :( Where are all cute tutorials? "sad". :( Bye.
August 6th, 2014 @ 7:02 pm
playing with displacement in cinema 4D tutorial link :)
August 7th, 2014 @ 6:08 am
I came to know today morning that cinema 4D R16 is releasing on september 2014 go to my blog for more information :)
August 7th, 2014 @ 3:32 pm
Hey I saw your doing a keynote presentation at the After Effects World Conference. I hope I can make it!
August 10th, 2014 @ 11:43 pm
fantastic intro for the tutorial Man! :)
August 11th, 2014 @ 5:25 am
wow, this is really awesome thanks Andrew
August 11th, 2014 @ 9:25 am
hey andrew,

when can we expect another element 3d tutorial? i kind of miss those.
August 12th, 2014 @ 3:01 am
Where's the Badass ?
August 12th, 2014 @ 9:29 am
Element3D V2....? No new releases
    August 12th, 2014 @ 12:44 pm
    I wonder what's going on there. I'm sure they are working really hard, but it feels like somethings off. We just get the teases :) Anyways, we are waiting and best of luck Andrew, thanks for your knowledge and guidance.
August 12th, 2014 @ 11:25 am
So it's SIGGRAPH time and no Element 3D 2.0! will we even see it this year?
August 12th, 2014 @ 7:48 pm
I wish you build new 3d cosmec obiject.
August 20th, 2014 @ 2:53 am
Bad Ass Acting Andrew.
August 23rd, 2014 @ 1:43 am
Wow. this is great tutorial :D. i want to ask a question. what's name music background in tutorial?
August 24th, 2014 @ 2:34 am
kiraz mevsimi series... when can we expect another element 3d tutorial? i kind of miss those.
August 28th, 2014 @ 11:23 am
Andrew!!!!!!!!!!! você é o melhor cara!!! você e toda a sua equipe!!
September 5th, 2014 @ 6:11 am
Plz make new tutorial sir AK
September 8th, 2014 @ 7:27 pm
This site is great. I went from no AE experience to shooting portals out of a cats butt, WITH scifi gun effects... :) Not really, but it could be done. Thanks guys at
September 11th, 2014 @ 6:20 am
Hello everyone... or ANYONE that can help me. I'm looking to either purchase a workstation/desktop or build one specifically for vfx and video editing. If someone could point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it. I have a $1000 budget.
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