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Makin' Planets - Adding an atmosphere using Video Copilot Element 3D

By special request, here's an extra Makin' Planets tutorial, where I don't use Video Copilot's free Orb plugin to make a planet but instead use Element 3D to add an atmosphere.   Most of the time, Orb is the best approach for planet making, but if you need to add other 3D objects, you might want to use Element for your globe.  And Element doesn't come with a "add atmosphere" setting.  This tutorial shows you how to create a material that behaves like an atmosphere.

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Posted by: Graham Quince on Nov 23, 2019 at 11:30:50 amComments (1) Video copilot, planet, element 3d, atmosphere

Makin' Uranus and using CC Particle World to add its rings

Here's the next part of the Makin' Planets tutorial series, this video looks at how to use After Effects and Video Copilot's free Orb plugin to create the planet, then use CC Particle World to add a ring. There's a slight problem with CC Particle World though, it doesn't allow for things to sit inside it, so the tutorial will use Expressions to create two rings and join them up.

L=thisComp.layer("Emitter Position");

Paste these in CC Particle World's producers:



If statement:
if (thisLayer.marker.nearestKey(time).time > time && effect("CC Particle World")("Position Z") <=0) {

Video Copilot's Orb plugin can be downloaded here:
Pixabay free Royalty-Free images:

Makin' Mercury using VC Orb:

Makin' Mercury with CC Sphere:

Makin' Jupiter:

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Posted by: Graham Quince on Aug 1, 2019 at 4:00:11 pm Video copilot, Orb, expressions, uranus, rings, planet

Makin’ Jupiter: Animated Textures vs Procedural Clouds

Here’s a tutorial on how to create a texture for the largest planet in our solar system. I’ve actually take two approaches to creating The Gas Giant and in this video, I’ll show you how to both animate a static texture map and use Fractal Noise, Tint and Turbulent Displace effects to reproduce the look procedurally.

Video Copilot's Orb plugin:

Makin' Mercury using CC Sphere:

Project file:

NASA JPL Gallery:


Posted by: Graham Quince on Jul 19, 2019 at 4:23:45 pm Video copilot, Orb, fractal noise, liquify, planet

Here you'll find a bunch of tutorials for using After Effects (mainly). I have a YouTube channel, called ShiveringCactus (long story - not funny anymore) where I post the videos.
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