Graham Quince Tutorial Makin a 3D Asteroid Belt in After Effects

Creating a 3D Asteroid Belt in After Effects

Using just CC Particle World and C4D Lite, this tutorial shows how to create a set of rocks hanging in space which you can fly through.  No external plugins needed! 

I use a series of Nulls to generate a line of particles using CC Particle World.  Normally this is not ideal as CC Particle World particles can interact with each other and cause flickering.  My technique avoids this.  Then I generate random particle textures using an image and Turbulent Displace to generate rough, rocky shapes.  Finally I head into Cinema4D Lite and use a Landscape object as a foreground rock.

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Expressions used:  L=thisComp.layer(“Position NULL”); L.toWorld(L.anchorPoint);

– X = wiggle(15,400)[0]; Y = wiggle(15,400)[1]; Z = value[2];[X,Y,Z]  

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