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!
Tips & Tricks:
- Create Muzzle Flash with Fractal Noise
- Advanced Shockwave Compositing
- Track lights onto weapon
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!
Here are some cool AE shockwaves that are created 100% inside of AE without 3rd party plug-ins!
Sure we have a cool Shockwave Product but we think it is nice to be able to show you how to make cool stuff for Free without having to buy something all the time. Of course, we appreciate the support of all our customers! You guys and gals make it possible for us to do more stuff like this!
The technique is a combination of the Fractal Noise effects but they are created in a very unique way so I’m recording a tutorial tonight and I’ll post it tomorrow!
There are a couple of important bug fixes and we recommend this update for everyone, even if you are not running CC 2014.
NOTE: Typically Video Copilot plug-ins can be copied from one plug-in folder to another.
But we did find a bug that required us to update the plug-in this time. For other plug-ins like Heat Distortion and Optical Flares, you can still just copy them to the CC 2014 Plug-in folder and we’ll get the installers updated this week.
Intense bright colorization can be tricky so we created a plug-in that makes it easy to achieve HOT colors instantly. Plus it’s FREE!
We even added some helpful matte tools so you can generate alpha channels from stock footage like SHOCKWAVE and give you more compositing control. Check out the video to see how it works!
- Add Hot Colorization with ease
- Create Alpha Channels (unmultiply)
- Works on Pre-Matted Clips
- Eliminate the faded colors when using mask feathering
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After Effects CS5, CS6 & CC
PC & Mac (OSX 10.7+)
We used the Color Vibrance plugin to make these Sci-Fi Guns Pop!
Check out our latest video as we examine creating Sci-Fi weapons with After Effects!
After painting a NERF gun with some matte black spray paint, we used a variety of built-in plug-ins plus some design elements from the ShockWave pack to create these futuristic FX. The possibilities are unlimited!
And of course we used our new Sound FX Library to create all the high-tech weapon sounds!
Check out MotionPulse!
Our massive new Sound FX Library and Particle Stock Footage pack are Now Available! Check out the sound demos to see what kind of sounds you can expect and let us know if you have any questions!
Check out the new MotionPulse product demo and see our new Sound FX toolkit in Action! This is just a glimpse at the 2000 sound FX collection that we’ve been working on. The possibilities are unlimited!
MotionPulse is Now available along with ShockWave Particle FX!
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Our new Sound Design Toolkit is Now Available! This is by far the biggest sound FX collection we’ve ever made and we went to a whole new level with every sound.
Watch the Announcement Trailer to get an idea of what to expect and stay tuned for a few more surprises as well!
Now that you watched our new tutorial on creating a Solar Atmosphere you are probably thinking of all the other cool things you can do with Fractal Noise like Plasma Balls and Force Fields!
But what about those polar seams? No problem!
We need to take the regular texture and convert it to a spherical texture using the “Polar Coordinates” Effect and some layer duplicating.
Check out the Project File to see the process marked by Step 1-3!
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!
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.
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?
At Video Copilot, we know that Sound Design is critical when it comes to motion graphics and today we are excited to announce our new product MotionPulse!
MotionPulse features over 2000 compound sound FX across 35 categories. No filler sound FX, just INSANE multi-layered sound FX for Movie Trailers, Motion Design, Special Effects and anytime you need to grab someones attention and shake people up!
This is not generic sound FX collection, like footsteps and bad guys screaming, this collection was generated specifically for motion designers that need to add hard-hitting sound FX to things that do not exist. Bring your motion graphics to life with MotionPulse!