Astrobloke stars on a Graham Quince After Effects tutorial for creating VFX of space

Astrophotography Nebula Fly-through, Part 2

Take a trip through space, flying past stars to observe amazing nebula up close and in 3D. In this video, I’ve collaborated with @Astrobloke to create an animated sequence based on his astrophotography.

I walk you through two different approaches to adding depth to 2D images of nebula and use @AdobeVideo After Effects. This is building on the first part of the tutorial, where I had arranged one image in 3D space. Here I use a displacement map, animated in time with a camera move to imply 3D distortion. I follow this up with a demonstration of how to cut out a part of a 2D nebula and use that to create a paralax view.

One element I didn’t talk about, but is visible in the promo are the light streaks. For those, I shamlessly just added the free Godrays effect from @ProductionCrate

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