Learn how to use After Effects in order to create an explosion in space, no one can hear you scream. Part 1 in this tutorial
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Hi there my name is Dave from VideoEffectsUniverse.tk and today we are doing quite a big tutorial. Now as you see we have all our footage on the left here and if you come to the website you can actually download this tutorial in high definition mode and you get all this footage plus the project file with it. Now, what we need to do is set the first layer down, so basically we have got our background, successive stars and then we add in our spaceship.
As you can see it is quite big, so you scale it right go to effects, keying, key like, okay, get rid of the green. Right now we have got our ship on its background. Okay we are just going to move the ship slightly just to animate it so I have got the transform properties, move it up here a little bit. Click on the position key frame, move forward to about four seconds and move it down there. Do not move it too much because it is not going to be in the shot for too long, okay.
Now we have to do is press F9 to change this key in to an Easy Ease. With this it will smoothly come to a stop but we are not actually see it come to a stop because we are actually going to destroy the whole ship before then, alright. We will just close this up. Go back to our project files and here we add in our explosion. So if we just get it here, add it in. And we do not want that explosion to happen straight away so we are going to move it to about there. So we obviously we see the ship moving and then, boom!
So now we have got our last vintage, press F4 to change the mode selections and highlight the explosion and change it to add, right, okay. The explosion is pretty safer now. That it is quite good because we can actually place the explosion in the right position over the ship. Now what we need to do to fix this explosion is go to Effect, Sterilize, and Glow. And we are going to give the explosion a glow, right. Glow threshold will be 69, so 69, okay. Our glow radius will be 52, and our glow intensity will be 0.9, 0.9, okay. Now this gives them explosion a bit more brightness and it also covers up quite a lot of the transparency. So just as it fades out here, we are going to duplicate this, so Control-D to duplicate. Now place the second explosion right where it starts to fade out. So we have two explosions here. What we want to o with the top layer is open up the transform and rotate it. So it is completely upside down, okay, turn out it would be 180. And we are going to scale this right out it just going to be cool big explosion, alright. That is looking quite good.
Now as you can see we have a problem, the ship still appears as the explosion fades out. So what we need to do is when the ship is completely engulfed in the explosion, I will say about here, no, about there, that is good, that is good. Is a—bring up our spaceship properties; bring it right back to here. So the ship ends at this last key frame here so when the explosion fades out the ship is gone, alright. We will just close these properties down. Now we got our very good explosion. We now need to add a few effects to it. What we want to do is press F4 again and turn the explosions into 3D layers. Right, now we have done that. Okay. we slip them and open up our—if we just slip over them—open up our position and bring it out a little bit, not too much, only a little bit. I set close position down, right. Now if we go back to our project files, we have explosion debris. Now if I just move this into the time line or the composition rather, right. Just as the first explosion kicks off, so I will say about there, we are going to place it so that it starts here.