Creating a Meteor VFX Shot in After Effects

In this After Effects tutorial, you'll learn the process of how to create a VFX shot of a meteor. Software required: After Effects CS6, Trapcode Particular 2.13 and Knoll Light Factory 2.7.2.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Dec 2, 2014
Duration
1h 42m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Dec 2, 2014
Duration
1h 42m
Description

In this After Effects tutorial, you'll learn the process of how to create a VFX shot of a meteor. This specific shot was released outside of the Digital-Tutors name and accumulated over 500,000 views on YouTube, Reddit, and other media sites across the globe. The training is provided for free with a demo account or a free promotional course account. Utilizing plug-ins such as Trapcode's Particular and Knoll Light Factory, we'll go through the process of how a meteor effect can be created and integrated into video footage. We'll go through the process of creating an alpha matte, tracking our footage, creating a meteor effect with Particular and even work through a technique for converting 3D camera track into 2D data so it can be used with Knoll Light Factory. We'll also talk about how we can add in some lens effects and use animation to add polish to the shot. Once you've completed this After Effects training, you'll not only know how to achieve a meteor effect but you'll also understand how you can use these techniques to create your own meteor effect in your own footage. Software required: After Effects CS6, Trapcode Particular 2.13 and Knoll Light Factory 2.7.2.

About the author
About the author

Dan is an author at Pluralsight with a passion for helping others. Long before Dan ever officially donned his recording headset, he was a dedicated forum moderator with Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company), helping out members with problems they encountered across a wide variety of software. Since then, he joined our team and continues to help others every day with their CG challenges.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
[Autogenerated] Hello. I'm Dan with digital tutors in this tutorial will talk about some of the steps that we went through in order to build our meteor V effects shots. We'll start by creating an Alfa Matt from our footage before tracking our shot and building our meteor's trajectory. We'll talk about the basic VFX techniques we used to convert three D camera tracking data into two D data peanut portions of our background plate and build the actual meteor effect itself. Using particulate and no light factory, we'll go over the court techniques of how we can create a meteor effect of our own. Using a series of animated particles, lights and lens effects, we'll finish by taking a look at a Polish shot to see how the basic techniques we learned throughout the course could be translated into a final, polished VFX shot. This course goes over the thoughts and techniques we used to create multiple V effects shots by going through the process of creating a single meteor be effects shop. Some knowledge of aftereffects is recommended before following along with this course, so if you'd like to get up to speed on aftereffects had recommend the introduction to after effects four Composite er's, which goes over many of the tools we use here in greater detail. So over the next hour and 1/2 or so, we'll discuss the different techniques we used to create our meteor VFX shot. Let's go ahead and get started on the next lesson by converting our footage to an image sequence.