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Creating a Meteor VFX Shot in After Effects
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Released Dec 2, 2014
Dan LeFebvre

Guest Tutor

Dan LeFebvre
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.

You can learn more about the project in this Digital-Tutors blog post on the Oklahoma City meteor.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:33
Converting our footage to an image sequence
2

Converting our footage to an image sequence

 
05:43
Creating an alpha matte
3

Creating an alpha matte

 
09:07
Tracking the shot
4

Tracking the shot

 
04:41
Building our meteor's trajectory
5

Building our meteor's trajectory

 
05:28
Converting 3D tracking data to 2D
6

Converting 3D tracking data to 2D

 
09:33
Painting the moon out of our sky
7

Painting the moon out of our sky

 
07:32
Creating our meteor's tail
8

Creating our meteor's tail

 
08:36
Creating a stream behind our meteor
9

Creating a stream behind our meteor

 
09:42
Adding our first light
10

Adding our first light

 
06:23
Setting up our light for animation
11

Setting up our light for animation

 
04:03
Adding the rest of our lights
12

Adding the rest of our lights

 
08:53
Animating our meteor's light effects
13

Animating our meteor's light effects

 
08:32
Animating lens effects
14

Animating lens effects

 
06:29
Looking at another meteor shot
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Looking at another meteor shot

 
06:06