New Tutorial: Shockwaves in After Effects!

You don’t want to miss this in depth tutorial! Massive tips, no extra plug-ins!

Even though we offer a cool Shockwave pack for sale, this new tutorial shows you how to create an impressive shockwave effect without 3rd party plug-ins.  Of course we recommend our free Color Vibrance Plug-in for colorization!

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July 10th, 2014 @ 10:49 am
Cool AK Thanks for all your tuts Bud Looking classy
July 10th, 2014 @ 10:52 am
You the man Andrew. Thanks a ton as always.
July 10th, 2014 @ 10:52 am
This guy is a genius.
July 10th, 2014 @ 11:02 am
But now your shockwave pack no longer has any value !
    July 10th, 2014 @ 11:05 am
    HAHA! Check out the Shockwave pack, real particle simulations are always going to be superior to procedural effects like fractal noise but I think if you combine the 2, you could create some spectacular results. The reality, is both have a very different look but it depends on what you are making.
    July 11th, 2014 @ 9:48 am
    Andrew's right it's so obvious that shockwaves are superior to this!
    September 23rd, 2014 @ 9:21 am
    Also don't forgot Hugo that the shockwave pack is all prebuilt for us.

    I bought it the other day because I wanted the results without having to spend the time creating my own. The client doesn't care how it's done as long as they like the finished result.

    I was able to put together an entire finished title sequence with a combination of the shockwave pack and colour plugin.

    Nice and easy and probably cheaper for the client in the long run.
July 10th, 2014 @ 11:07 am
Really cool! Can you make a tutorial on how to do that cool effect with the space guns?
    July 10th, 2014 @ 11:09 am
    July 10th, 2014 @ 12:22 pm
    Please!!!! make tutorial on Lock & Load! It is so breathtaking and cinematic. As well as all material on the site! Thank You, Andrew!!!
    July 10th, 2014 @ 9:40 pm
    please make a tutorial on Plane crash that you did like the explosive training
July 10th, 2014 @ 11:22 am
instead of the nose can be done and will trapcode particular as the original shockwave pack
July 10th, 2014 @ 11:37 am
Andrew must be working on something ... I sense you were tired when doing the tutorial. Great value on the content, as always, but the energy is a little lower.
July 10th, 2014 @ 11:39 am
Woow... This is the first time I think that the Polar-Coordinates really are useful - but only for this Shockwaves... I really would like to know in which case this effect might be useful as well :P
July 10th, 2014 @ 11:57 am
Wow! Nice one!!!
Are you planning on making some dedicated tutorials for Max/Krakatoa as well or do you stick to the AE pron?
July 10th, 2014 @ 11:57 am
Great tutorial. Goes to show there is more than one way to skin a cat. BTW I've bought and used Shockwave for recent promo event intro. It looks great, the client was happy and the check cleared, so they have already paid for themselves. Thanks.
July 10th, 2014 @ 12:00 pm
In a very short period of time you have become my favorite person on the internet. Thank you for all the great free content!
July 10th, 2014 @ 12:14 pm
Please!!!! make tutorial with Sam Loya... :-D
    David Vizurant
    July 10th, 2014 @ 1:52 pm
    Yes, or imagine: a vfx short with the whole VC team :D
July 10th, 2014 @ 12:23 pm
I am blown away by the choice to make a tutorial on how to do a similar effect to something you are selling. Coolest dude in the world. I will now make the choice to purchase more of your products because of your kindness. Yep...Just made that decision.

-Kaleb Cook
July 10th, 2014 @ 12:25 pm
Very nice! Just in time for the Sci Fi I'm producing. ;)
    July 16th, 2014 @ 4:41 pm
    I had the same idea. Really, you take all of the stuff these guys have done, that's an incredible head start to an impressive movie! Now, to get a sweet camera like the Red.
July 10th, 2014 @ 12:27 pm
Andrew you are Albert Einstein!!! Fire basketball look awesome :) Thanks for tutorial.
David Vizurant
July 10th, 2014 @ 12:45 pm
Very cool :) Can´t wait for the Sci-Fi weapons tutorial and the "Lock & Load" tutorial.
    Conner McKnight
    July 10th, 2014 @ 1:49 pm
    There are many different effects in the VFX Short: "Lock & Load". Will there be a tutorial series like as in the "Explosive Training"
July 10th, 2014 @ 12:49 pm
For those of you who have Action Essentials 2, try using some fire elements instead of(or even with) the fractal noise layers. You'll get some cool results.
    July 10th, 2014 @ 2:01 pm
    Oh sure, it looks very cool :D
    July 10th, 2014 @ 2:29 pm
    Ha! Duh! I posted this comment before finishing the tutorial :)
Phoenix Films
July 10th, 2014 @ 12:54 pm
Andrew, you are the best COPILOT/TEACHER I think! Your site Video Copilot is very helpful! Keep going on this sh*t.. Can you make a tutorial and tell us how you did the cool Sci-Fi muzzle flashs?
July 10th, 2014 @ 12:59 pm
I hope there is a sale soon ...
July 10th, 2014 @ 1:12 pm
AWESOME!!! Here is the short video I made with some of the motionpulse sound effects and action Essentials.
    July 10th, 2014 @ 7:17 pm
    horrible work dude!for fake
    Conner McKnight
    July 11th, 2014 @ 12:02 am
    Nerf guns ... I think it lacks black paint :D
    Conner McKnight
    July 11th, 2014 @ 12:03 am
    Nerf guns ... a little bit more black paint :D
    July 11th, 2014 @ 12:05 am
    Thats the reason why you shouldnt make a movie with teenagers ... there not very seriously
    July 11th, 2014 @ 5:51 am
    Video is .. ok I will not comment video but I will tell you that when I first time started it was terrible and I destroy my dad camera (sand and VHS tape don't mix vell) but I was so proud of my video even it was so bad and yes I have so much fun making it. Important thing is that you don't lose your passion for making videos and to have fun. If you love to do something than do it no matter how much negative comments you get if you looking on them as how can you improve, then you can learn something. We all learn on mistakes (well most of us)so keep going. Im looking forward to see another short movie made by you.
    July 11th, 2014 @ 7:18 am
    Brickpro, I 100% agree with LJ. We all have to start somewhere and if it makes the corners of your mouth turn up.....keep going at it. I look back at some of my early stuff and it makes me cringe lol. Keep at it my friend and I'm looking forward to seeing more from you as you improve in your craft :0)
    July 13th, 2014 @ 10:18 am
    Remember, that using realistic guns or even things that look like guns will get you shot in many countries. Film making and SFX takes time and practice, so keep on working. And as the saying goes.... People you meet on the way up, you meet on the way down.
July 10th, 2014 @ 1:29 pm
Extremely useful break down! You are always a go to on stuff.
July 10th, 2014 @ 2:06 pm
And thanks also for that top on spherical mapping, very helpful!
    July 10th, 2014 @ 3:06 pm
July 10th, 2014 @ 2:49 pm
Love this tutorial, (and all the rest actually). The tip on covering the seam is very useful. You really are an inspiration Andrew. Thank you.
P.S. The basketball - nice!!!
July 10th, 2014 @ 3:11 pm
Turning the lineer visual with polar coordinates. You're quite adept with your skills Andrew. Thanks for the tips.
July 10th, 2014 @ 5:51 pm
In spite of Andrew's success, he and the rest of the VCP team have remained devoted to providing this community with high quality tools (not to mention sharing their knowledge) without gouging us for it. I think that speaks volumes about them as people. Thanks guys!!
    July 10th, 2014 @ 8:58 pm
    Thank you to Andrew and the VCP team. You are generous, classy, and fun. Your work is much appreciated.
July 10th, 2014 @ 7:15 pm
after a long time a awsome tutorial iam waiting for long time each and every day when i open by browser my first link video copiot :) thanks andrew :D
July 10th, 2014 @ 8:12 pm
Thank you again Andrew. Thinking of ways to use this. Will do the tutorial right now!
July 10th, 2014 @ 8:42 pm
that is why I love VCP Team and Andrew because they don't care about there products but they care about us
thanks a lot sir Andrew
Tural M Memmedzadeh
July 10th, 2014 @ 9:43 pm
Really cool , please Andrew did you can make tutorial for c4d , for fx, like exploding or e.t.c
July 11th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Hey Andrzej,
I've wondering, it is possible to make the cartoonish style explosions and smoke animations? It could be fun :) .
Brandon Liebenberg
July 11th, 2014 @ 12:22 am
Video Copilot F#cking rocks, nuff said
July 11th, 2014 @ 2:40 am
as AWESOME as Always.... That's what i am Talking about...
please review my work
July 11th, 2014 @ 3:37 am
Excellent Andrew! Always putting the customer first! Thankyou
July 11th, 2014 @ 5:33 am
How did you have that video looping forever, CAN ANY ONE TELL ME HOW TO EXPORT VIDEO IN AFTER EFFECT TO CREATE A ENDLESS LOOP like the shockwave trailer? ANY ONE KNOWS HOW PLEASE TELL ME
July 11th, 2014 @ 5:40 am
Have you ever considered to make some more tutorial introducing 3D in AE? I quite confuse with 3d inside AE... Just like Lock&Load, how to combine 3D model&animation with live footage? And the use of Z-path, is z-path only a picture or can it be animated?
    July 11th, 2014 @ 7:20 am
    Zee, look back in the archives at some older tutorials. You will indeed see these topics have been covered some time ago :0)
    July 12th, 2014 @ 7:50 pm
    oh yeah, I just watched one on depth composition.
    Thanks,Christian Michael!
July 11th, 2014 @ 7:30 am
That line, "With a little bit of work, I make the design worse," is now part of my grab bag--that moment seems to happen every day of my life. All of your tutorials are full of really great technique, and even though the shock wave explosion looks awesome, I'm more impressed by using Offset and a mask to make a seamless texture. When would I have thought of that? I'm always shocked these are free, but I couldn't be happier they are.
July 11th, 2014 @ 7:54 am
hey andrew please please please when we gona have element v2?
July 11th, 2014 @ 8:20 am
I'm sure Andrew won't mind me saying so(?), but this is a superb adaptation of the age-old Photoshop trick in creating light bursts. Which stresses the fact, that if you experiment/fool around great things happen. Thumbs up!
July 11th, 2014 @ 8:58 am
Been following you for a while (I know you know...)

Watched every tutorial over the years (you taught me everything I know...)

And... I just wanted to say, OM(F)G I can't believe that I was STILL blown away by this tut, and learned TWO (I know there's more in there for other people as well) awesome techniques that have so many uses...

Thank you, my sci-fi scenes will never be the same again.

Love love
July 11th, 2014 @ 11:24 am
Hi, Andrew and Video Copilot Group. I followed your tutorial and I know many who do not have to purchase the Shockwave Pack can through their guidance in After Effects, creating possibilities and great effects as always. This is a sensible and coherent attitude, because not everyone can buy many good packages ever. Congratulations and thank you!
July 11th, 2014 @ 3:56 pm
YEAHHHH GREAT to realize this in 3D space in AE in order to fly-through with cameras.
July 12th, 2014 @ 3:32 am
Andrew could you please reply this comment? I have always wanted to see you have replied my comment! dat red "Andrew Kramer" tho!
July 12th, 2014 @ 4:53 am
At the end.. I already saw a Hunger Games joke coming :D

Thanks for sharing Andrew
July 12th, 2014 @ 5:14 am
Andrew Kramer! You've gotta be one of the coolest guys around. Who makes an awesome product, then a tutorial for the fiscally challenged?! Just... thanks man.
July 12th, 2014 @ 7:09 am
Nice, if you do the space gun tutorial, would like to see the effect applied to your eyes "BAD-ASS". The eye effect would mimic the gun maybe a small delay.. Great job as always!!!
July 12th, 2014 @ 2:22 pm
Really interesting!

Please check out my work (Element 3D + MotionPulse):
July 12th, 2014 @ 2:47 pm
Nice Andrew that basket ball was amazing. FIRE!!! YEAH!!! FIRE!!
July 13th, 2014 @ 12:38 am
Great job, Andrew! Very innovative technique!
Btw can you make a blog post or a tutorial regarding the fumefx set up you had for the Lock and Load final effect? It was ILM quality!
July 13th, 2014 @ 6:36 am
wow thats great!! thank you very much
July 13th, 2014 @ 11:14 am
How did you have that video looping forever, CAN ANY ONE TELL ME HOW TO EXPORT VIDEO IN AFTER EFFECT TO CREATE A ENDLESS LOOP like the shockwave trailer? ANY ONE KNOWS HOW PLEASE TELL ME !!!!
    July 14th, 2014 @ 7:31 am
    You don't. Most endless loops are a setting on the web player that is playing the video. If you want infinite video you have to go here:
    July 14th, 2014 @ 4:13 pm
    Only one is a video. The others are animated gif files. Right click on them, save them, and open them in photoshop and you will see the 30 layers of this animated gif.
July 13th, 2014 @ 4:58 pm
i do the harry potter fx with this .
July 13th, 2014 @ 8:10 pm
nice Andrew sir you are great My name is abdrahman and I am from pakistan I watched your all tutorial my age is 15 year you are awesome
Andy Dominique
July 13th, 2014 @ 10:55 pm
Just Ammazing man!!I'll keep my money for buy the motionpulse now...
I'd like to buy the shockwave but now, i know how to create it...Really economic!
THKX Andrew...And videocopilot stay always close to you! thanks!
Greating From MADAGASCAR! :D
July 14th, 2014 @ 1:38 am

Can I ask what are the benefits of the Photo-jpeg codec?

    July 14th, 2014 @ 7:34 am
    It is really fast to process and gives a high enough quality to use it on middle content that you plan on doing additional compositions with later. Most codecs that give sufficient quality make much larger, slower files.
    July 14th, 2014 @ 7:36 am
    ...assuming quality setting of 95...
July 14th, 2014 @ 5:09 am
This is the only place oj internet I have learn to make special efffect thank u andrew kramers
July 14th, 2014 @ 6:43 am
When days are dark, Andrew Kramer is HERE for us. You're the best, splendid tutor ever! Thanx.
July 14th, 2014 @ 11:52 am
Andrew, you are a rock star. You both inspire and teach - what a great contribution you make to the world! I am naming all my children after you. Even the girl.
July 14th, 2014 @ 1:18 pm
Thanks so much Andrew.. always very grateful for the time, effort and passion you put into your tutorials!! This is nothing short of awesome as usual. Cheers
Siroj uzbek
July 15th, 2014 @ 12:49 pm
Thank you my teacher
July 16th, 2014 @ 12:21 am
One thing I noticed was that at around frame #9 or so, it resembles the iris of an eye. That would go neat with the eye replacement tutorials (#55 & #56)...especially using fire elements from Action Essentials.

Thanks for another great tutorial AK!!!
July 16th, 2014 @ 1:22 am
Brilliant Tut, will use this effect soon...cheers Andrew.... :)
Gijs Alexander van Os de Man
July 17th, 2014 @ 9:01 am
Andrew, you're a God!
July 20th, 2014 @ 11:24 am
I love you so much Andrew I really don't know how to express how I feel are my inspiration and you are my teacher
so many many thanks to you
July 20th, 2014 @ 5:44 pm
Andrew you are awesome....
July 20th, 2014 @ 5:45 pm
Andrew you are awesome....
July 21st, 2014 @ 3:44 am
I see many tutorials on the Internet. But you are always the best as a teaching technique, insights and ideas. Tutorials full of content. compliments and perhaps not all they say it often but deserves a "thank you" for what you do.
July 22nd, 2014 @ 12:37 pm
How about VC friends, Andrew, I would like you to do a tutorial or explain it to, as did the video of the ball with fire, eh tried to do and nothing remains the same, I hope you answer me, thanks!

Saludos desde Mexico... THANKS!
    July 28th, 2014 @ 5:04 pm
July 23rd, 2014 @ 9:23 am
thanks...Andrew you are awesome
July 24th, 2014 @ 1:07 am
Andrew, if you were a woman I'd marry you :D
If I were a woman I'd marry you again. :DD TNX for the awesomeness
July 24th, 2014 @ 12:12 pm
Great tutorial! I went a step further and applied the fractal noise to a sphere to make a dome explode outward, also applied pixel motion blur to create the sense of motion etc. So thanks Andrew for helping me be a better artist!
July 24th, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
Awesome as always. Great techniques, tips, and always some quick wit that bring your tutorials to the top of anyone's watch list.
Ahmed rashed
July 28th, 2014 @ 11:28 pm
I hop you like .
July 29th, 2014 @ 5:17 am
Many thanks, Andrew! That's great stuff!
August 2nd, 2014 @ 2:20 pm
My First try looks like the animated anus of a smurf (not that i ever made eye contact with one) Wish me luck for the next one!
P.S: You, Mr. Kramer, are an effing genius
August 11th, 2014 @ 2:59 am
Love you AK!I learn a lot from you.
Omar Khaled
August 11th, 2014 @ 3:36 pm
hey Andrew i learned after effects from you and i had been working on it for 7 years then after the high school i could't be able to enter the field of graphic designing.
i really love after effects and making vfx films i created a group on facebook and channel on youtube i posted every thing new that i made
but unfortunately i didnt find any value for my work cause the views didnt exceed more than 30 views i am so despaired .

August 21st, 2014 @ 8:46 am
You are the best vfx editor Andrew
you make it simple and quick
thanks a lot for your tutorials
your awesome..
August 28th, 2014 @ 11:38 pm
Well I've never been at a filmschool before. Now thank Andrew I get jobs and every thing is working well. h thankyou man
August 29th, 2014 @ 9:10 am
please make a tutorial on work-life balance!!
September 14th, 2014 @ 5:33 pm
This was a nice surprise, thanks. FYI to those that may not think of it this way. Combining what you/we have learned from VCs tuts you already know how to make the "shockwave movie" or make a plane explode and many other things. Put that knowledge into practice or you will lose it. "Just do stuff" for gods sake you won't break AE lol, ijs.
October 8th, 2014 @ 8:04 am
Nice bool on fire... very interesting
October 9th, 2014 @ 11:18 am
its very nice and beautiful thank you
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