111. Blast Wave
• Build a realistic explosion using Action Essentials 2
• Create a powerful shockwave and track using Mocha AE
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Sep 28, 2010
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554 Responses to "Blast Wave"
technothief
03/03/2014
Hey andrew, this tutorial has been very helpful but i got a problem..

WHENEVER I TRY DO DROP THE STOCK FOOTAGE, IT LOOKS VERY CLEAR, LIKE IT HAS 30% OPACITY

I TRY DUPLICATING THE FOOTAGE BUT IT DOESNT LOOK NATURAL, IT LOOKS VERY FAKE

I HOPE YOU GET MY MESSAGE
Maikel
02/27/2014
This is really nice work, awesome!
Cole
10/25/2013
Hey andrew! I am trying to learn after effects off of your websight, but i wanted to know, what is the most important thing hardware wise for after effects. I was thinking about getting an Intel Xeon 3.7gz overclocked. Is that a good idea?
Ryan
09/13/2013
Andrew, is there any way you could provide some advice on how to do the shot tracking you did in mocha using the new Camera tracker that is built into CS6? I would really appreciate some advice! Thanks!
ctucker
08/30/2013
So when will you guys decide that you've done enough "one-scene" tutorials and do a REAL MOVIE....you know you can do it; you do it already for JJ and Stephen...

Things to make you go "Hmmmm..."
shane
06/17/2013
What sound effects did you use for your explosions?
kaarelrex
05/13/2013
He's not dead, yet. :D hilarious
suyang
03/02/2013
Hi,Andrew.3ks for your all efforts!
Spirtum Divisio Studios
09/19/2012
THANK YOU! A LOT! This really helped! Thanks again!
James
09/05/2012
My explosion is moving with the shot... why?
some guy
01/04/2013
you need to motion track
Anthony
10/15/2012
Because you didn't track it properly
Mdksmash
10/13/2012
U need to do /or to do better camera tracking... use Mocha,built in camera tracker or foundary camera tracker
Christian
09/05/2012
It wont let me paste the motion tracked footage from mocha back into my AE.
I can paste it into the main screen where the footage is. But it isnt doing what its supposed to be doing.
Nick
04/19/2013
You need to paste it on a null object and unclick anchor point.( If you did Position, Scale, And Rotation.
Chad
09/04/2012
Thank you this was extremely helpful!
Ali Zangeneh
08/15/2012
Andrew Creamer's
Thanks for your informative site
In Iran, you're one of the most popular faces
Aaron.beyondearth
08/06/2012
DO NOT FORGET!!!!
Depending on the light change the smoke, dust, and shockwave depending on your light to make it blend with the footage
regan
07/30/2012
It's a great work, dear andrew.
Beginner
06/26/2012
Andrew man u got crazy skills
im sure this is practice of years... anyways awesome effects and editing.... Loved it
beanz
06/15/2012
hey Andrew love the tutorials best I've ever seen for anything, i was wondering if you could do some water/earth/fire/air bending or anything with controlling the elements would love to know how to do them and aslo I've learned so much from you thanks a mill :D
Dvico
06/12/2012
I have almost done through this great tutorial.But with the shockwave layer when Im trying to set the keyframe assistant the "exponential scale" is gray.
I did the setting as Andrew said.I scaled a white, masked solid with 2 keyframes.But I cannot set the timings.
evangelyn
06/06/2012
am! can i request? can you show us a project that can be challenge and fun to fallow in your tutorial like transformer in text only with 3D graphics back ground and lights and sound effects ? thank you hope you under stand me because i am one of your pans
AE_noob
05/14/2012
Steps I follow after watching a tutorial by andrew:
-"That looks awesome! Im going to do a similar one with the same technique."
-After one hour "Oh that looks like shit. Im going to do the exact same things as shown in the video"
-After one more hour "Still looks like shit" *being upset*
teefa
05/10/2012
My CS4 full version can't play MOV files. please, need helps here !
aris
12/13/2012
you must install quick time player
mangky
09/20/2012
download format factory, for change from .mov type into AVI or FLV or type do you want
Peter Shepherd
05/10/2012
is QuickTime installed ?
bob
04/17/2012
you need to slow down a little and expain more and why the explostion doesnt show up
Anton
02/21/2012
i dont get the cc sphere up what should i do :/
nicolas
02/07/2012
Hi guy! where can i find mocha? is mocha a plugin?
Sky
03/10/2012
mocha comes with AE. It's a standalone program with full user interface.
just me
02/02/2012
I suddenly feel soooo dumb when he's talking 'bout all the stuff I was doing and says " Oh well that's a great way to waste lots of time" :D
But well now I know better !
Matias
01/17/2012
hey guys for the ones that couldnt paste the stuff from mocha to cs4, just type in the "effects & presets box": CORNER PIN
burp
01/09/2012
i love your tutorials, thanks aloooott.
but i have an interesting challenge for you: would you be able to recreate the city folding effect in inception? i'm sure alot of us would be extremely thrilled to see you attempt that effect, thanks :)
just me
02/02/2012
haha I know how to answer that! you need two shots: one from the street in a horizontal angle and one shot from above. ( might be difficult to get THAT). The you just mask out between the buildings (at the horizontal shot) and make the shot made from above appear between the horizontal which is masked out and the horizontal shot without a mask for the background Looks like( I I L ' )from the side ( the first I is the horizontal shot without a mask, the second I the shot from above and the L the shot with the mask. The " ' " is the point your viewing. then make the horizontal shot go upwards, maybe rotate it a bit and to prevent cutoff edges just use a CC sphere. Try it out and well.. good luck ;)

and yeah you could also do it with 3D software blablablaaa but I don't really use them :D
Pembo
12/20/2011
What is the point of tracking? I don't understand that.. Can someone explain ? What happens if i don't track it
luka
05/13/2012
try without tracking and you will see a diffrence
Fletcher
01/03/2012
if you don't track, then everything with just move with the camera, it will look fake, tracking makes it look like its involved in the scene. Even if you have the best looking assets it will never look perfect unless you track (which sadly takes a while). Hope i answered your question :)
pejman
12/20/2011
ok.
very nice
HÃ¥kon Borkhus
12/09/2011
Hi, im just wondering, why would i want to render out inn a jpeg sequence...just cuious:P
just me
02/02/2012
well ahh I guess so it's easier for Mocha to track even with motion blur
josue
12/03/2011
hello can you give me the particles leaving the EXPLOSION porfabor or tell me where you get
sasha312
12/02/2011
Where I can get free mocha 1.2 soho edition?
chad
10/12/2011
Anyone know where I can download free explosions like the one Andrew used in the video??
Savi0r
09/12/2011
How can i make more explosions in the same footage??...say maybe 3 or 4??
james
09/24/2011
Just duplicate the explosion comp and place whatever copies you want, wherever you want
mbraase
09/11/2011
Great tutorial. It's been over a year since I've played around with After Effects so I wanted to try this out.

My own experiment with the effect wasn't quite as good as Andrews however.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef0d52TRoAE

But every time I attempt one of Andrew Kramer's tutorials, it deepens my understanding of After Effects.

If you are wanting to try effects like this, purchasing Action Essentials 2 gives you some awesome stuff to work with.
chad
10/12/2011
That was reallly good~~
Kim
09/02/2011
what is the specs of your pc? :D
Ali
09/03/2011
first it should be a desktop, with XP to make rendering faster, but if you have a laptop, you shoul have 4 GB RAM or more, to make render fast and don't take long time, NVIDIA VGA or higher VGA, windows 7, high-speed laptop and high CPU performance, if u have 2gb ram th render of 30 secondes will take about 30 min, that what it take on my laptop ...... :P
abdu
08/26/2011
best doing & technical i hope i can get this tutorial
thanks y do hard for all
chris
08/21/2011
hi andy i you are the best but i dont have money to buy the effects of the page what i do now ??
Bob Fossil
09/03/2011
Get a job? Go and grab a copy of the free learning edition of Nuke and the free tutorials and transfer the skills.
johnnydrack
08/19/2011
how do u post a video in youtube plz tell me cuz i dont know how
henrywhyify
09/22/2011
If you have a channel and all that... at the top next to the search bar there will be a little link which is called upload... ope that and drag your movie into the box... wait for it to upload and there you go! if you have a mac an easier way of doing it is to open your movie in quicktime, open up the share bar at the top and click you tube :)
KANVIKANS
08/11/2011
exelentes tutoriales--muchas gracias cucho por compartir de esa manera, sos el mejor
Obed Agbo
08/04/2011
Copilot is my most visited site for film making tips per week
Ben
08/03/2011
Andrew,I love your works so much,I'm from China.You're the best,Thank you for all
cristiqh
08/03/2011
10+ for tutorials and -4 for OUR comments,becsause you dont put all coments-good or bad-
cristiqh
08/03/2011
in this tutorial do you use a jpeg or quick time mouvie FIRST before you will use MOCHA,please,i dont understatnd,YOU are verry goooooooooooood,thx for yours tutorials
murat
08/02/2011
very nice thanks andrew .thanks videocopilot
null
07/28/2011
lol omg i wanted to rewind that explosion clip and i was clicking the quicktime movie player icons instead lol you got me andrew...with love from syria
btw the guys at mbc tv network learn from you alot! most their ads on tv is your work ;)
leighton
07/28/2011
hahah thats funny coz my friend just tried to do the same thing
Andrew Kramer
07/26/2011
Hey guys thanks for all the supporting comments, check back here soon for more tutorials in after effects :)
DeathForLamers
07/19/2011
Yeeee man... you realy good ... Im from russia and eng language so hard for me... but u realy good... thx you gl hf ...
JD_RN
07/16/2011
Hi andrew
you are best in after effects on the world.
im from afghanistan and I really love your works!
Haseeb Ahmed Khan
07/05/2011
Awesome :)
carlos
07/05/2011
nice tutorial dude! :))
Filip
07/03/2011
Wow! Nice tutorials :)
negative
07/01/2011
nice tutorial Andrew, but why you don't have channel on YouTube?

i see many video for you on YouTube but i know it's not you!

ali
07/01/2011
thank you
uiouraha
06/27/2011
nice
Alex
06/24/2011
Hi Andrew!

Long time viewer, first time commenter.

Just wanted to thank you for these tutorials. I truly appreciate the hard work you put in to these.

As long as you keep making them, I'll keep watching!

Thanks again dude,

-Alex
Eduardo
06/18/2011
and i can use for BOMBARDA spell (harry potter) this is one of my dreams :/
THANK FOR BLOG!
Xalion
06/18/2011
Thnx andrew cramer you really are good at after effects....
OscarLvera
06/15/2011
Epic VFX here!: http://www.youtube.com/user/OscarLvera
OscarLvera
06/15/2011
Epic VFX here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Os­carLvera?feature=mhee
VIDAL
06/21/2011
I LIKE YOU TOTURIALS AND I WONT MORE
S a B a
06/14/2011
I couldn't paste mocha in new solid :( help me please
...
06/13/2011
I JUST got After Effects today because of you Andrew. I love it and hope to buy the Action Essentials II pack soon but for now I will have to make my own stock footage. What a shame. Oh well! I have always been geared towards being a film maker. I can honestly say that from the moment I first saw one of your videos I new I wanted to be a Director for sure. It is my goal now. It used to be just a hobby. To further that statement I can also say that I will be helping my cousin out on his Vietnam movie whenever it enters production. He is much older than me too. You truly made a good choice in life, helping others, and I hope that I have made one too. I am happy to have found a great community full of people I can relate to. You have change my life and many others.

-Thanks for everything
Jordan
07/21/2011
Hey, I got after effects of a school project, and had no stock footage to start with. There are some "Okay" Free stock footage sites out there with acceptable stock footage, but theirs usually never any of the kind like explosions or anything. I got all of my Video Copilot products like Action Essentials 2 from a friend.
HDala1000
06/08/2011
thank u for giving the explotions effects on a black background for free ! ( i don't have to by action essentials i just take them from ur tutorialz ;D )
...
06/13/2011
Sure you could do that... but without him you wouldn't have any of that stuff. I would suggest that you donate a little by buying it instead. That way you have more than one explosion and Andrew's hard work pays off. Everyones happy that way.
Chris Soehner
05/31/2011
Where can I get the dust wave elements?
helper
06/08/2011
action essentials 2 buy it
Egon
06/02/2011
From the Action Movie essentials 2 package, of course!
abc
05/27/2011
hey
if i make the (schockwave layer) 3d, it turns all black, which it doesnt in the movie, i got cs 5 , someone knows how to prevent that from happening?
Sehry
05/17/2011
Good One Adrew .. Your the best m8 ... @ Jonas You Dont have give racist comments to that irani guy .... This was very bad dude !!! very Depressing to see
Raspberry
05/16/2011
If I had a nickel every time you said, "actually, and "so" I could retire at an early age. Try reading a book on VO. It could make you sound like an adult.

Decent tutorial, but too fast at times. I hope someone else narrates the DVDs.
Chris
06/19/2011
I enjoy a good piece of flamebait when i see one! So I'll just chime in, mindless nincompoop as I am! Here goes: Andrew, I hope your personal and friendly approach to VO (that we all LOVE TO F'N BITS!) will have a hasty end since I have sent you pills that will age you to about 160 yrs and make your beard grow inwards. Just down the pill with a glass of rasperry-juice.
arminb70
04/27/2011
hi!
very good .
Thank you for downloading and learning.
I'm from Iran,
Be successful.
Danny
05/16/2011
Hahaha Jonas, LOL at your comment!
Jonas
05/05/2011
Do you even need to creating this in post production if your from Iran?
SelfieDK
04/15/2011
Very nice :)
Hemant kumar
04/07/2011
oh,very nice
i want to know about how to get shining small star effect from a book
Julian Craane
04/04/2011
Vegas Pro 10.0 is nothing compared to After Effects.
Thanks Andrew, u tha best!
Samith Fernando
04/04/2011
Grad job ...........
You mind very grad
thanks...............
raj
04/04/2011
this site is very usefull fow who want to learn after effect
Joe McKay
03/30/2011
Thanks so much Andrew. Just started learning this software. So again, you and Zach King and Freddiew Wong are the best!
sushil
03/30/2011
nice,i like it
dan
03/26/2011
Thanks andrew! this is great work!
Girum
03/25/2011
???? ?????
from ethiopia we thank u a lot.
by the the script is ethiopian above
james
03/24/2011
super sin palabras
al3onsor
03/23/2011
Its amazing site & tutorials,,,,,

Andrew you are good man and helpfull person.

thanks alot and i will be with you all time.

sorry for my bad English

your brother from saudi arabia
rimantas
03/21/2011
Andrew you are the best!!!! Regards from Lithuania :)
sPikE
03/21/2011
hey andrew I'm a fan of yours..you are great!!!no.1...thanks man for your tutorials..
asgar
03/20/2011
very nice tutorials, sir
Anurag
03/29/2011
SIR YES SIR
poshko
03/20/2011
This is awesome beyond description. I'm totally new to After Effects and was overwhelmed by it until now. You guys rock.
George
03/19/2011
BOM!!!
-Brasil-
house
03/19/2011
i have a problem, i cant paste the video to the mocha, i did it in all the formats but i cant
rupali
03/15/2011
thanks for the tutorial
i really learn so much out of this
candido
03/10/2011
i enjoy this tutorial but where can i get some good explosion sounds effects
Yazidzipo
03/05/2011
thank you so much !!! very nice effect !

i made this :

http://www.youtube.com/user/lolipopliki



Yazid From Algeria .
Yazidzipo
03/05/2011
Thank you so much for your tutos Andrew , im yazid from ALGERIA , i made this :

Ashwani kumar saini
03/05/2011
nice work sir.
Rahul Bisht
03/03/2011
carry on ANDREW
& THANKS 4 THIS COOL EFFECT.
Ashwani kumar saini
03/03/2011
so nice work
ashraf
03/03/2011
thans for our good site!
in the more project is not thr AE project please
put there project
xali00a
03/02/2011
hahahaha you said the frist one is real it is not you got us Lol keep the good work
sarpinder
02/28/2011
sir very very nice
ALI ASGHAAR
02/27/2011
IN THE NAME IS ALLAH
HELLO
Thank you for all Tutorial
appa
02/19/2011
sir this was n-ice.........(:
sunxinglu
02/19/2011
thanks a lot for your work,you are so amazing,look forward more,from China
JOHN
02/26/2011
hi, how are u,i come from Shanghai China either,nice to meet u
Zrylux
02/18/2011
If need a Canon 5D original footage for practicing with AE, download it free here:

http://www.cubicdisseny.com/2010

Nice Tutorial Andrew, my best whises for you!
Colin Thomson
02/17/2011
what a great effect,i would be lost without you a great teacher. well done in all your work :)
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