103. 3D Ball Dispersion
• Create a ball transition effect with CC Ball Action
• Use multiple layers to cascade the effect sequentially
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Tutorial Notes:
Download the Sequencer.jsx Script in the project file!
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549 Responses to "3D Ball Dispersion"
Shane Sparks
08/09/2014
What is he saying at 16:12? what are those short cuts he is using? I dont understand what he was saying...
stevie13@gmail.com
06/21/2014
sometimes i feel like i want to cry because i m watching every single tutorial and that make me become very interested but the thing is i don't have tools to make it by my self and got no money to go to school for this project am dying down here lol!! cant stop watching after effects tutorial coz its like inside every single part of me...like u Andrew C..
Moe
06/04/2014
Im using CS6 i found everything and did it step by step but it didnt work
i wasted 1 hour of my life with this -.-
Fidel
04/28/2014
Hola gente! para aquellos de vosotros usando un Mac en esàñol el tema de empezar corchete, se hace con Alt+¡ espero que os sirva

hey guys for those of you using Mac, and CS6 try Alt+¡ on spanish to make de begin bracket thing.
Ryan
02/13/2014
So I'm having an issue after I create the 25 layers and than off set them and ALT+[ I preview it and the picture I'm using goes from a bunch of balls to having space in between each layer. So it's like there's a bunch of empty space in between each layer.
Any ideas?
Brian
04/10/2014
I had the same issue and here's what I did to solve it:
When you make the second mask (subtraction mask) you need to add more space (make the ring of dots thicker) in order to fill out your image. To test it I made a duplicate of the first one, moved it's starting position by 1 frame and did a test scroll through to make sure there were no gaps. As long as there are no gaps when you do that little test, everything will continue like the tutorial.
alex
02/10/2014
Hi i've got a problem with shorcuts .when i press ALT+ [ .... is it lequal to ALT+SHIFT+5?
at 8'03..so i m not able to end the tutorial :( would please help! thk u
Ryan
01/30/2014
How do you create the script
Name
10/16/2013
haha Saving Private Ryan
Benel
09/16/2013
How do you use this for an image instead of text?
malik
09/09/2013
as dumb as it sounds, i dont get what exactly he did @07:32 "alt in bracket" I tried and my layers rnt getting small like his :( please help
Zezhen Xu
10/24/2013
its like alt+ begin brack it, use alt+[ and alt+]
try it!
Zezhen Xu
10/24/2013
its like alt+ begin brack it, use alt+[ and alt+]
try it!
Sweeney
07/30/2013
This was bad.
erik
07/15/2013
how do you do the alt in bracket thing apple
Ruben
05/25/2013
How can we use this in combionation with Element ?
Nikito
05/13/2013
waa thank you very much the effects are great and I made them without failure ^^
pardhu.vara@gmail.com
04/29/2013
super
Unburrnable
03/09/2013
how do you do the alt in bracket thing
Kenny
09/26/2013
I think in Windows it's Shift+[ and Shift+]
younes tirari
03/03/2013
what is ?
after effect cs4
me win is win7 32bit
i have after cs6 pleas hellp me
Anonymous
06/10/2013
after effects cs6 runs on 64bit only
Matt
01/29/2013
For the love of God don't double click a mask. It deletes everything and resets your command/control z
Matt
01/29/2013
Whenever I use the elipse tool the CC Ball Action stops working.
Mike
02/05/2014
I have the same issue. Originally when I used the eclipse tool the mask didn't appear, but now it works the way intended only for the effects to stop working.
rizal
01/27/2013
thanks soo much
JOEL
10/15/2012
Thanks soo much for sharing the knowlege with us!
Awesome tool to add to the utility belt.
John
10/13/2012
OMG MAN! this guy is awesome! I wanna have sex with this guy. lol I love oyu kramer. (I am straight) lol
Ethan
09/14/2012
Your saving private ryan from a jurassic park by throwing a large dispersion of balls at them. XD
This was a great tutorial, i did this one in school last year for a Multi Media class. just found it again. A really good tutorial. But i would like to know how to do the one with the CD case.
Subhajit Dey
09/07/2012
Hey! Very nice tutorial and effect applied here but I want to know (the effects applied in the video of TWITCH)please give a video tutorial, How all the effects applied including cc ball action, in the video TWITCH.
John
09/06/2012
Saving private ryan... LOL
P
08/10/2012
Hey! Very nice tutorial and effect but I am having problems at exactly 08:03 . My comp screen remains black after that point but it shouldn't. I am completely desperate and I have no idea how to fix this. This is my first tutorial apart from the basics and I really don't know how to do this. I am using CS6.

sincerely,
P
sam
08/02/2012
the "Jurassic Park" part, super LOL
Josh
08/01/2012
hi..andrew..
Dhakshinamurthy
08/01/2012
This tutorial was super.
any classes going there. Kindly send the details.
Flora Van Buuren
07/26/2012
thanks for teaching Andrew!greetings from Argentina ;)
karim_pk
07/22/2012
Thanks Mr.Andrew
PedMea
07/06/2012
Hello,

I'm having this bug (I think) which is causing me empty black spaces between some of the balls, similar to what happens at 14:12~.

I notice that right after that he does something that fixes it (14:14).
Can anyone help me please and tell me what it is please?

Thank you.
Mike
11/26/2012
I had the same issue. You just need to adjust the mask expansion on your second mask on one of the layers until you see the empty spot fill in. After that, take that number and change the mask expansion number on mask 2 for all of the other layers.
viin
07/03/2012
For min 9, if you have a mac key board, you should set your keyboards language to us international and then the shortcut will be

option key plus [
Adam D.
06/21/2012
ok im stuck at 9:15

He says to "Ctrl a to select all then apple begin bracket" and it brings all the layers back to the first frame but leaves them sequenced...or stepped i guess...Now if i hit alt+[ it will stretch all the layers to the first frame but they are not sequenced. Just like what he does at 8:03

So i cant go any further than that.
Adam D.
06/21/2012
ok im having a huge issue....
at 9:15 he say "hit ctrl a to select all then apple begin bracket"

This is where im lost...If i hit the "ctrl+[" then all my layers extend to the beginning. which isnt what hes showing. I cant get any further!

Thanx for the help...

btw im on a normal u.s. pc keyboard...
viin
07/03/2012
Did you get to solve this problem? how did you?
Jeremy
06/14/2012
Is there an effect like cc ball action that can be assigned to another video clip (like a bug or bird)? looking looking trying to find an easier way to do a transformation like the ravens in Snow White and the Hunts man.
epilfail555
06/03/2012
The awkward moment when you have to use an onscreen keyboard to click the home button because your using a laptop other than that a very good tutorial thanks.
GodJobAndrew
05/24/2012
I did many turtorials, but this one its confusing
Charles
05/06/2012
Mac Translations:

Begin/End Bracket Shortcut: Option+[
Option+]

Home Shortcut: fn+Option+Left Arrow Key

Happy Editing!!!
coolguy
05/05/2012
what is the shortcut of begin bracket and end bracket?
daniel
05/02/2012
were is the begin braket
Béber
05/06/2012
Hi ! Try Alt+ù for "begin bracket" and Alt+$ for "end bracket"
Hope it will work for u ! ;)
Megan
04/10/2012
what if i have a short keyboard for mac..what would the command be if i dont have a "home" or "end" button?
mariadelmar
03/19/2012
i cant move on from the 9 minutes when he start talking about the the begin bracket and that stuff =S!!! HELP ME PLEASE
cesar
03/10/2012
i cant find cc ball action on adobe after effects cs5
benbankson
03/22/2012
do you have the education version? I think they left out all the cc effects for education versions.
oldufo
02/22/2012
Thanks Mr.Andrew
But I do not understand your comment " alt in bracket"
villiam
03/10/2012
hold alt press 9
rauof
02/16/2012
thanx Mr.Andrew
jennifer
02/03/2012
After i offset them and do the strech layer to the bigingish, it doesn't fill up the video i have a big circle in the middle?
JEnnifer
02/03/2012
Where is the Script download?
Jalal
05/14/2012
I have a bunch of them they could be useful
Myself
02/23/2012
I Stupidly found it. lol
Devon
02/02/2012
Lulz, Got to love Jurassic Park. Only go with lizards,since that's what most dinosaurs were. Lizards.
iROCK
01/04/2012
Lesson Learned: Shorts are no good, just follow the tutorial step by step! If I did, I wouldn't have to start all over, after thinking I was just about down :(
Ryan
12/17/2011
andrew, thank you very much for the wonderful tutorial. keep up the good work.
Matthew
12/16/2011
This guy thinks he's funny... and he's just not
Michael
12/16/2011
Hahahaha, couldn't stop laughing when I heard the Jurassic Park reference, laughed even harder when he said "Saving Private Ryan"
gans
12/05/2011
i,m student i need tutorials please
Zcynner Paul López Espericueta
12/03/2011
Its pretty bad to use commands of specific places in tutorials, I suggest at least to put on the screen the pictures of the keys you're using while using them, that could help so much .
Sebastian
01/31/2012
+1
Problem whit the "begin bracket". In spanish keyboards, the combination is: Alt + }
velozo18
11/23/2011
Bravo Andres de verdad hace poco que encontre esta pagina gracias al twitter y de verdad que es muy buena ya esta en mis favoritos felicidadez excelente trabajo... Saludos desde Venezuela..
houchat kamel
11/15/2011
thank you my friend for this verry goood lessons or tutorial
and i like this sit web
thank you !!!
John B
10/19/2011
Life.. eh, finds a way
Rashidz
10/12/2011
Hi Andrew,

First of all, LOVE all your tutorials. It's so awesome.

Do you, by any chance, have the BOX Animation tutorial.

Thanks
Rz
Thomas
10/06/2011
WHAT THE F*** IS THIS BRACKET **** ??!

Sorry, I just spend 5 hours searching everywhere to find this bracket begin bracket in thing, with no success, so i'm in a pretty bad mood.

If you have a solution for me, please involve pictures...
Tinabeth
11/10/2011
The 'bracket-shortcut' unfortunately only works on US-keyboards. So if you come from another part of the world, its just hard work, layer by layer
GooDShiveR
10/10/2011
There is no need of doing that as you will see later. just download the ''sequencer'' script and apply it to your layers, instead of doing that. (he explains it at 14:20 or so)
Jeff
10/07/2011
The bracket thing is either ( ) or [ ]. I haven't tried it yet but I think that's what he meant.
NOvideowork_in_LA
10/03/2011
Hello,
I really liked this tutorial. I'm continually getting stuck in one past of my project-@ 5:00 Animate the mask to grow out; I hold down shift + alt + ctrl and the scale of the image keeps increasing to around 2000% at frame 25.
Then also the 2cd keyframe in the timeline doesn't show up.
Any ideas on what I am doing wrong?
Thank you for your time.
Ender
09/24/2011
I have a MBP with no "Home" button. What am I to do?
Ruthie
10/06/2011
If you hold down fn and the left arrow that will act as your home button. fn and the right arrow will act as an end button.
Marcus Cole
09/29/2011
Buy a PC!
Nicholas
09/24/2011
Hello, Andrew Kramer. I use your tutorials for some movies and video shorts, thank you for them. The only thing that really annoys me about this video and maybe some other videos is the fact that i went over my presets and such and there was no "sequencer script". I tried looking for it, and i found nothing; dissapointed, i tried offsetting the layers frame by frame manually, but it does not give the same effect results for the video. Someone, or preferably you, reply and/or give a link as to where this could be found. I could not continue as to what the effect as failed.
Tinabeth
11/10/2011
download the project files
Elenuccia
09/21/2011
Hello and first of all thank you so much for the really great work you do.

I am currently excercising on the "3D Ball Dispersion" tutorial, focussing my work on the star effects.

I am trying to substitute the star (which is native black in png) with another symbol (which is whitem in ai), but I don't understand why, after the work, the symbol I am trying to use stays black (despite its color is white!)

I look forward for a suggestion, and thaks again for your help!

Elenuccia
alexand3rs
09/20/2011
Hahahaha omg the cheesy joke was all worth it in the end when you said "The movie we are talking about is obviously 'Saving Private Ryan'" Hahahahahahahahahhahahhaa
Brandon
08/19/2011
I wonder how you could do this with Trapcode Form...
Ben
08/18/2011
Hahaha I love it. "You have to have a star wipe or a page peel in a home video"
TU
08/16/2011
Hello.
Thank you very much for starting this site.
Do not get tired.
Good luck.
LukasVideosify
07/26/2011
Ah! I figured it out myself!
The English "Home Key" is in Germany "Pos1".
I've never used that button before. Now
I know... xD

PS: THat's really one of the best tutorials
because I can't afford all those plug-ins
and you don't even need one for this although
it looks amazing!

(You actually might think about making this
to a new plug-in I think. Adjusting just to or
three bars and "Bam!". There you get your fully animated Ball animation)
mike
07/21/2011
hey i have cs5 and there is no "cc ball action" how do i get it please, thank you
Mathis
08/05/2011
Its a plug-in from cycore.
Sapporo
07/20/2011
Haha I loved the bit about the frogs and male/female DNA :D .
Razor the Devil
07/06/2011
hey andrew kramer..u r awesome.but plz tell me from where that SEQUENCER SCRIPT came from.......i dnt have it in my CS4.......can anybody tell me from where i can dnld that sript for free.....plz.......plz
Devils Avocado
07/07/2011
You're serious?
Why not read the Tutorial Notes above?
fenix
07/05/2011
what suppose to be alt + bracket on mac??
Bob
07/14/2011
option + bracket
Khanwatany
06/29/2011
very nice for all of you
James
06/22/2011
what is alt begin bracket
samuell
06/18/2011
hay
I'm still a beginner in this case can help me
Delanius Wisdom
06/07/2011
I'm totally hooked on this site! going through your tutorials have opened my eyes to a entirely new world and I'm having so much fun!.

along the way i've encountered various problems.
but for now how the heck do i make a sequencer?
meaning there are now script when I follow! (offset by 1) thats the script I mean. I came back to tutorial 103 to find it or to see how it was done please help (at 104 Shatterize) sitting here lost on that part!
gaurav rajput
06/02/2011
xellent tutorial,,,tnx mr. hey ! whts up.........
Sherin
06/01/2011
Andrew you are incredible!
Will you marry me..... ha ha..haaaa..


I <3 your mom
05/16/2011
I just figured out the alt+home dilemma, here is the fix if you don't have an fn key.

"TimeStretchIn" = "(Ctrl+Shift+Comma)"
"TimeStretchOut" = "(Ctrl+Alt+Comma)"

Literally just hold down ctrl + shift then press comma etc.
Duende
10/18/2011
Thanks! that was it! mac: cmd+shf+, cmd+alt+,
Paul
04/26/2011
where did the sequencer script come from????
Zak Crawford
05/17/2011
It's fairly simple to write a script that offsets layers in time, but there are other sites out there that use sequencer scripts in their tutorials, my guess is that it was just andrew messing around with sequence things, and found that there are sequencer scripts out there, whipped up one that he liked, and then used it to create this awesome little effect :D
Jason
05/11/2011
Paul,

It's in the project files folder. Open it up, you'll find it in there :)
Heather
04/21/2011
I'm using the effect for a logo. The logo is solid white, and I have it on a blue background. I added an "overlay" effect to the white logo so it would blend with the background.

Can someone tell me WHY after I complete the tutorial, my white logo (with the ball effect) is giving me radial STRIPES?!
patelprs24
04/12/2011
How do you make the title page?
SHIBIN
03/27/2011
very nice tutorials god of after effect
DIONE
03/24/2011
Very cool thank so how open and close brakets
Bracket thing solved
03/21/2011
Hi

For After Effects 7.0 I got the problem solved, just by finding the After Effects 7.0 shortcuts.txt fail and changed the "TimeTrimIn" = "(Alt [)" to "(Alt 8). Thanks to the commenter belove Sandinama 10/19/2010.



Paulo
03/18/2011
I cannot do this one, after 9 minute it becames too confuse :(, but.. good job anyway! ;)
Rob
03/17/2011
why am i having issues when i sequence the layers by one frame and then do the alt + [ (its around the 8 minute mark of the tutorial). the issue i'm having is that there are some balls missing. i've tried getting some answer's on the forums but thats taking forever ; ;
Sirius
04/14/2011
Try changing mask expansion on all layers.
Mikhail T
03/14/2011
On a iMac, running CS5. Spent 4 hours on this tutorial and could't get beyond the 9 minute mark. Followed your instructions to the letter, and all 25 Title Comps play in reverse order or don't work at all.
RaZoR
03/09/2011
this don't work with cs5.
DB829
03/13/2011
worked for me and I have CS5
Meccio
03/07/2011
LOL @ Jurassic reference, great video!
lyonsmonger
03/05/2011
I'm not the first to say it, but Andrew Kramer - you're a good man.

I used a variation of this technique with live action footage on a short sci-fi film I made. (50 seconds in if you can't handle the Scottish accents)

http://www.vimeo.com/20621227
TaylorSt
03/03/2011
When I duplicate the layers, there are weird empty patches between some dots... i dont know how to fix, please help me!
john
06/27/2011
try changing the mask expansion to be equal to the ball size
Solivana
02/28/2011
very well
the tutorial was so good
i would like many such tutorials
thank you so much
Marbstar
02/27/2011
hey Andrew , i like ur work and want to know if u can make a Tutorial for the box animation with the 3d ball Dispersion. It would be great i u can give a feedback for that.

Thanks for all the other great tutorials.

;) greatings from germany
majenh
02/26/2011
I am a new learner to After Effects. It took me forever to understand how Andrew did the "animated sequence" part because I kept on delting the files. It looked like he was doing this, but he wasn't (7:13 minutes).Finally got it.
Chris Rendall
02/26/2011
hahaha I love the quip abour Jurrassic Park....but it wasn't just dinosaurs that changed their gender, some humans do as well, and when they do they become celebrities!
ThomasDrimm
02/17/2011
Just giving my opinion: the video player should be in the center. just add
<center> *video code* </center> before and at the end of the html video code.
In this way my neck should feel better.
moses lubega
02/10/2011
Andrew.you r so great man,this is so so way good.
Jack
01/30/2011
I loved the part when you said you dont want to cut off the balls... LOL
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