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Makin A Comet

CreativeCOW presents Makin A Comet -- Video Copilot Tutorial


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In this tutorial, Graham Quince uses Video Copilot Orb, CC Particle World, Turbulent Displace, Vector Blur and CC Radial Blur to create a 3D comet.




In this tutorial I use Video Copilot Orb, CC Particle World, Turbulent Displace, Vector Blur and CC Radial Blur to create a 3D comet.

My use of Turbulent Displace is probably a little controversial, in that I use it to distort Orb’s perfect sphere. Obviously if you have Video Copilot’s Element 3D you’d use that instead, but if you don’t have any extra money then I think this is a more practical option than making a rock in Cinema4D Lite.

I also take a look at creating a 2D version you would see in the sky.



I also need to thank Comet Neowise for making comets news-worthy in July 2020. Great timing!

Links ‘n stuff
Project File: https://bit.ly/3fpf0TY

By building this entirely in Adobe After Effects, I was also able to make a 360 version just for fun. If you have any VR set up that can play YouTube 360 videos, then you can check it out here:
VR / 360 / Google Cardboard: https://youtu.be/7Kk0-QoWvFM

If you haven’t already, you will want to take a look at installing Video Copilot’s free Orb plugin: https://www.videocopilot.net/orb/

Andrew Kramer’s Seamless Sphere project (if you can’t use the VR Fractal Noise effect) : https://www.videocopilot.net/blog/2014/04/seamless-spherical-maps/

Expressions Used:
I have a tutorial which covers how to link CC Particle World to a 3D Null Object: https://youtu.be/dYYmeBOWXpw

Position X:
x=thisComp.layer("Null 1").transform.position[0]-thisComp.width/2;
x/thisComp.width;


Position Y:
y=thisComp.layer("Null 1").transform.position[1]-thisComp.height/2;
y/thisComp.width;


Position Z:
z=thisComp.layer("Null 1").transform.position[2];
z/thisComp.width;


And here’s another expression for how to link a 2D effect to a 3D position: https://youtu.be/xlYwhYXGsD8

thisComp.layer("Light 1").toComp([0,0,0]);



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