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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Create your own Shockwave Tutorial
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POSTED:
5 months ago
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103 Comments

2 weeks ago
good Plz make sir AK
The best teacher, as usual. thank you for sharing your knowledge.
2 weeks ago
would you please make new tutorial sir, we are waiting.
3 weeks ago
Wow. this is great tutorial :D. i want to ask a question. what's name music background in tutorial?
it's good
thank you very much
good
big thank about your tutorial
3 weeks ago
hi
thank you about your site.we are waiting for new tutorial
3 weeks ago
thank you about your time and your effort that you put it in your website
thank you about your website
it's so great
your website is good
thank you very much
Nevermore
3 months ago
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.
3 months ago
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 VC.net
BP
4 months ago
Plz make new tutorial sir AK
4 months ago
Andrew!!!!!!!!!!! você é o melhor cara!!! você e toda a sua equipe!!
4 months ago
kiraz mevsimi series... when can we expect another element 3d tutorial? i kind of miss those.
vanloi2711
4 months ago
Wow. this is great tutorial :D. i want to ask a question. what's name music background in tutorial?
4 months ago
Bad Ass Acting Andrew.
4 months ago
I wish you build new 3d cosmec obiject.
JosephF
4 months ago
So it's SIGGRAPH time and no Element 3D 2.0! will we even see it this year?
Steffen
4 months ago
Element3D V2....? No new releases
    Redo
    4 months ago
    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.
Where's the Badass ?
4 months ago
hey andrew,

when can we expect another element 3d tutorial? i kind of miss those.
wow, this is really awesome thanks Andrew
wild
4 months ago
fantastic intro for the tutorial Man! :)
4 months ago
Hey I saw your doing a keynote presentation at the After Effects World Conference. I hope I can make it!
Janice
4 months ago
So much violence on this website. Guns, explosions, missiles, blood and gore. :( Where are all cute tutorials? "sad". :( Bye.
5 months ago
I am from Qarshi. (Uzbekistan)
Hi ..
Here is our latest AE-Template that we have created in After Effects using VC Element 3D and Metropolitan pack .. Enjoy !

https://vimeo.com/102530669
StuartCo
5 months ago
Here's my example of using shockwave:
https://vimeo.com/102259866
    4 months ago
    Nice StuartCo ...Thank you :)
Brian
5 months ago
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.....
5 months ago
The best teacher, as usual. thank you for sharing your knowledge.
5 months ago
tanck you :)

very very nice
5 months ago
Mr Andrew MARVEL vs. VIDEOCOPILOT. Who win?
Will Dano
5 months ago
Seth
5 months ago
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.
5 months ago
Hey Guys, Look at these videos I made using your tutorial and motionpulse!!! Love it!!!

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKqBEDeM6WAeDazG0i1SKcLNpCeUAeyX0
Beaver77
5 months ago
is Allan Mckay your alternate identity, you guys look the same and both visual effects artists...... come on now! Cover blown!
don
5 months ago
EID MUBARAK andrew and every body at VC
5 months ago
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.. :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMDAE4Zhyno
Michel
5 months ago
Just wanted to share some 3dModels and textures NASA has uploaded. (for those who did not know)
http://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/

enjoy!!
5 months ago
Andrew, the bad-ass plugin it is joke?
    Jojo
    5 months ago
    Of course its no joke. The bad ass plug in turns all your videos into a cool action movie scene :D
    Shoir Abduvaliyev
    5 months ago
    Bahodir. how are you, where are you came from
    4 months ago
    I am from Qarshi. (Uzbekistan)
5 months ago
Awesome andrew thnx for sharing keep it up god bless u.... :-)
Willmer Wonsang
5 months ago
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!
James
5 months ago
Lotta buzz going on in the twitterverse about Element V2.0...prepare yourselves...
5 months ago
EPIC! I've been waiting for exactly this type of stuff for quite a while. Thanks Andrew you just made my ... well... year.
srsX
5 months ago
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.
Thanks
ahmad
5 months ago
OWSEM man
greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat
LordAjax88
5 months ago
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
Tosha
5 months ago
WOW!!! Awesome tutorial!!! Thanks

but

We WANT Sam Loya!!! :-)
Eric Brown
5 months ago
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
    5 months ago
    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
5 months ago
Awesome Andrew. How did you made your background? Did you use 3ds.max and vray ?
Brian
5 months ago
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.
Brian
5 months ago
Make the tutorials as long as you want man. With everything you include in these bad boys everything is useful. You are an alien!
Sumudu
5 months ago
Where's the Badass ?
Jim Hines
5 months ago
Extremely generous. Hope to return the favor when budgets allow. Thanks.
    sparda
    5 months ago
    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 :)
5 months ago
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
    5 months ago
    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.
Luke
5 months ago
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.
    4 months ago
    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.
5 months ago
I just Love the technique of Editing Shockwave Effects. really HelpFul Tip .Now I can Custom Made my Own Shockwave and Release IT!!! ;)
Amogh Madiwale
5 months ago
Really very cool effect. Even I cant imagine that we can use after effect that much. Thank You
play_edu
5 months ago
Awesome as always. Thanks Mr.genius for shearing this.
Manoj
5 months ago
Wow I Was Waiting For This Tutorial, . . . Thank U Andrew, . . . :-)
5 months ago
awesome stuff, my only question is.. where is Sam? we haven't seen him for quite a while ;)
    Eric Lin
    5 months ago
    stupid me just heard you said he wasn't available, anyways we miss Sam ;)
    Tosha
    5 months ago
    We WANT Sam Loya!!!
dHoward
5 months ago
oops...just went and checked, and the project file is included!

I must have missed it earlier.

Thanks Andrew!!
dHoward
5 months ago
Andrew

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...
    Tosha
    5 months ago
    We WANT Sam Loya!!! :-)
    MegaEfdee
    3 months ago
    yes!!!! we want SAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ersin Izetov
5 months ago
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!
Emmanuel
5 months ago
Awesssssssomeeeeeee! thanks again..... nOw am on!
tobi0688
5 months ago
Andrew pls project files :)
5 months ago
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!
Khalid Momani
5 months ago
Thank you Andrew
My question is where is badass plugin you used in your tutorial
Woodman
5 months ago
Andrew, what about the bad-ass plugin?
Satya reddy
5 months ago
Andrew nowadays playing with fractal noise...
Tobi
5 months ago
Still Waiting or Element V2 and Chopper pack :(
5 months ago
amazing effects in after effects :)
5 months ago
WOW ! thanks for sharing andrew
RevoltED
5 months ago
WOW!!! Simple and mind blowing effects :D
This is a part of a new movie?
IGOR
5 months ago
wow, this is really awesome thanks Andrew !! :D
David Vizurant
5 months ago
Can´t wait for this :) A new tutorial!!! Thank you so much, Andrew
Andrew
5 months ago
This is great, really glad you included the lights on the gun as well as the muzzle flash. Thanks for another great tutorial!
Sanee Ahmed
5 months ago
Great... Was waiting for tutorial... Keep it up... Any chance of more tutorials of "Jet Strike"???
AARON
5 months ago
Yeah! Are these updated blasters for Episode VII? Lets see the lightsabers you and your buddy JJ are working on!
    RevoltED
    5 months ago
    Andrew shot first! :D
Aarons
5 months ago
Omg, this is massive!! Thank you boss! From Malaysia. God Bless and I love your work..
Hugo
5 months ago
Great tutorial ! What about the free 3d model of cars and trucks for element 3D ?
    Sanee Ahmed
    5 months ago
    Of-course, we will love them :)
    jojo
    5 months ago
    Did he said somethinng about free car models ?
5 months ago
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?

http://www.videocopilot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=121356

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
Linus Karlsson
5 months ago
Love the tutorial Andrew! But way can´t we download the filmfotage of you..?
5 months ago
What a cool surprise! Wasnt expecting this one!
khien
5 months ago
very useful. thanks .
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