Graham Quince Supernova

Create a Supernova in After Effects

In this tutorial, I build on some of my earlier videos to create a supernova (a massive star explosion).

After a preview of what we’re going to build, I sprinkle in a few facts about these stellar phenomena then dive into the tutorial.  For the sun’s shrinking to a point, I use the lesser known Time Displacement to create an organic implosion.

Next I use a simple expression to link a Lens Flare to a 3D Null.  For the nebula particles I demonstrate how to create an explosion using CC Particle World and finally for the shockwave I use Video Copilot’s Orb, which CC Radial Blur and Turbulent Noise to get the look.

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Video Copilot’s Orb effect: 

Video Copilot’s Color Vibrance: 

Starfield Tutorial: 

Sun Tutorial:

Linking CC Particle World to a 3D Null: 

Project download:


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