Creating a Sci-Fi UI with Trapcode Form in After Effects

Learn to make sci-fi fictional user interface (FUI) for a spaceship using After Effects with the Trapcode Form plugin for amazing particle animation. Software required: After Effects CC.
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jan 11, 2016
Duration
51m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Intermediate
Updated
Jan 11, 2016
Duration
51m
Description

In this course, you'll make sci-fi fictional user interface (FUI) for a spaceship using After Effects with the Trapcode Form plugin for amazing particle animation. First, you'll use Form to create the wavy line of an oscilloscope. You'll use Quick Maps in Form to make a planet materialize out of a field of particles, scan for life over that planet, and have those particles replaced by an alien. Finally, you'll learn how to use custom particles in Form and expressions to add more details to the user interface. After following along with this After Effects tutorial, you'll understand some key concepts for creating your own fictional user interfaces. Software required: After Effects CC.

About the author
About the author

Feeding his obsession with film making since he was 13 years old, Evan has built a mountain of industry experience from working on things like 300, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and South Park.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
These days every time a computer is used in a sci-fi movie or tv show you are likely to see a high-tech looking user interface that has been made in After Effects. In these series of lessons we will be making our own sci-fi UI for a spaceship. We will use After Effects, and the trap code form plugin to give it some amazing high-tech particle animation. First, we'll use form to create the wavy line of an oscilloscope. Then we will use Quick Maps in Form to make a planet materialize out of a field of particles, and then scan for life over that planet. Then we will have the planet particles replaced by an alien. Finally, we will learn how to use custom particles in Form, as well as expressions to add some more animation to our sci-fi user interface. In the end, you will have made a high-tech, animated spaceship control panel that looks like it has been beamed in directly from the future.