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Makin' the Sun using Video Copilot Orb

Here's a tutorial for creating a 3D Sun in After Effects using Video Copilot's excellent free Orb plugin.  The video starts builds on an earlier Andrew Kramer tutorial for creating a solar surface, but then applies the textures to VC Orb and adds a corona or halo and uses particles and another Video Copilot plugin Saber (also free) to add solar flares.

(I uploaded this video a little while ago, so apologies if you've seen it already, but I realised I hadn't blogged about it.)

Video Copilot links:

Video Copilot's free Orb plugin:

Color Vibrance:


Seamless Sphere tutorial:

Makin' Mercury using CC Sphere:

Project file:

Expression used:

X = time*-50;
Y = 0;

Posted by: Graham Quince on Aug 24, 2019 at 8:14:25 pm Video copilot, Orb, expressions, sun

Makin’ Pluto: using Cinema4D Lite to create a double planet system with a shared atmosphere

Here’s the last in my solar system tutorial series. This video uses After Effects CC and Cinema4D Lite to create both Pluto and its moon Charon, then use a Loft object and circular splines to create a shared atmosphere linking the two bodies.

Project file:

Posted by: Graham Quince on Aug 16, 2019 at 7:31:19 pm Planet, C4D, cinema4d

Makin' Neptune: Using Cinema4D Lite to create a gas giant

In this tutorial, I'm tackling a different way to create a Gas Giant.  Instead of creating a texture map and applying it to sphere, I'm going to use Cinema4D Lite to create a visible light that looks almost solid.

I will be using Video Copilot's free Orb plugin as well to create the edge atmosphere and the planet's shadow.

Video Copilot's Orb plugin:

Project file:

Posted by: Graham Quince on Aug 8, 2019 at 9:56:53 pm planet, gas, giant, space, video copilot, cinema4D

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:

Project file:


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