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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

Just the tip: Linking CC Particle World to 3D Null

Here's a quick tutorial to help you make the most of AE's built-in particle system. CC Particle World works in 3D space, but it’s coordinate system is different the rest of After Effects. Use the expressions below to solve that problem by adding them to the Producer settings.

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

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

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

Posted by: Graham Quince on Nov 9, 2019 at 5:40:23 pm Cc particle world, particles, 3D

Just the tip: Hologram / Projector beams in After Effects without plugins

There's loads of "how to make a hologram" AE tutorials on YouTube, but they all seem to miss out the beams from the projector. This mini-tutorial shows you how to use CC Radial Blurs and Expressions to achieve responsive, changing beams of light.
Expression used:
L = thisComp.layer("Emitter");

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Posted by: Graham Quince on Nov 2, 2019 at 4:07:33 pm Expression, radial blur, hologram, projector

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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