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Compositing a Teleportation Effect in After Effects
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Released Apr 15, 2013
Brad Groatman

Guest Tutor

Brad Groatman
In this series of After Effects tutorials we will create a science-fiction inspired teleporter effect.

We will begin with some character animation that has been matchmoved to a background plate. Then, using some basic dynamics tools and some creative re-purposing of other elements in After Effects' tool box, create a swirling portal of energy through which our character will take form.

We'll create holographic effects, particle effects, and distortion fields, and finish up the training with some color correction and camera shake.

By the end of the After Effects training you'll have the confidence to approach any project with the knowledge that no effect is out of your reach, if you're willing to experiment a little!
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:10
Setting up the project
2

Setting up the project

 
06:04
Creating a holographic effect
3

Creating a holographic effect

 
12:07
Using CC Ball Action to create a particle effect
4

Using CC Ball Action to create a particle effect

 
11:01
Using masks to create a ripple effect
5

Using masks to create a ripple effect

 
12:47
Creating a swirling energy portal
6

Creating a swirling energy portal

 
12:09
Creating tracking markers for our effect layers
7

Creating tracking markers for our effect layers

 
06:35
Creating a cone of energy emanating from the portal
8

Creating a cone of energy emanating from the portal

 
09:30
Using CC Particle World to create the flow of portal energy
9

Using CC Particle World to create the flow of portal energy

 
16:36
Creating a distortion field to simulate a warping effect
10

Creating a distortion field to simulate a warping effect

 
11:00
Creating swirling particles at the base of the portal
11

Creating swirling particles at the base of the portal

 
10:44
Using a lightning effect to open the portal
12

Using a lightning effect to open the portal

 
07:03
Creating the transition from energy field to alien
13

Creating the transition from energy field to alien

 
18:04
Compositing the different passes for the alien
14

Compositing the different passes for the alien

 
11:01
Adding color correction
15

Adding color correction

 
08:16
Adding a camera shake
16

Adding a camera shake

 
09:11
Adjusting the background lighting and tweaking the final effects
17

Adjusting the background lighting and tweaking the final effects

 
14:12