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Creating Vibrant Fractal Transitions in After Effects
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Released Nov 11, 2013
James Whiffin

Guest Tutor

James Whiffin
In this series of tutorials we will composite a shimmering fractal reveal in After Effects utilizing assets generated in Maya.

We will be matchmoving a live action plate and creating proxy geometry of the scene in Maya. We will then export the geometry as OBJ assets and assemble them in After Effects. We will animate a fractal pattern to act as a matte for our transition and apply that to our 3D geometry using the Element 3D plug-in. To create vibrant glows we will be using plugins such as Radium, Sapphire, and Starglow whilst taking advantage of linear color-space to achieve the best results possible.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
00:40
Matchmoving in PFTrack
2

Matchmoving in PFTrack

 
12:03
Refining and exporting the camera solve
3

Refining and exporting the camera solve

 
05:22
Modeling geometry in Maya
4

Modeling geometry in Maya

 
08:46
Modeling more complex geometry and UV mapping
5

Modeling more complex geometry and UV mapping

 
12:42
Exporting our assets from Maya into After Effects
6

Exporting our assets from Maya into After Effects

 
09:40
Animating the ink texture
7

Animating the ink texture

 
09:47
Refining the ink animation
8

Refining the ink animation

 
13:21
Compositing a bright rim
9

Compositing a bright rim

 
09:25
Compositing motion blur and chromatic aberration
10

Compositing motion blur and chromatic aberration

 
09:37
Compositing Radium glows
11

Compositing Radium glows

 
10:40
Compositing Starglow
12

Compositing Starglow

 
04:33
Compositing the screen replacement
13

Compositing the screen replacement

 
08:42
Creating a custom glow
14

Creating a custom glow

 
05:36
Adding dust particles
15

Adding dust particles

 
06:44
Animating glow intensities and adding a pull focus
16

Animating glow intensities and adding a pull focus

 
07:26
Adding lens effects, color correction, and lens distortion
17

Adding lens effects, color correction, and lens distortion

 
09:09