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  • Video Copilot Shockwave Tutorial

  • Jesse Pollock

    July 4, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Hello. I have only been using after effects for a couple months now and am trying to figure out how to make the shockwave from the video coplilot tutorial. https://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/shockwaves/#commentshttps://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/shockwaves/#comments

    Its fairly simple to follow along with. And my shockwave looks really good. Until I place it on another video and realize there is a black ring before and after my shockwave go’s off.

    I can’t figure out how to remove that black ring. I know it can be figured within the first eight minutes of the tutorial because anything after that is just making duplicates of the original layer and then creating a .mov file of the layer and using that to dial in all of the details.

    Basically in the first eight minutes though all you do is

    1. create a solid layer

    2. place a fractal noise effect

    3. use a rectangle mask that go’s across the comp horizontally then slowly drops down and fades out while the changing a few of the fractal noise animations to make it look like its moving around.

    4. and finally you use a polar coordinates effect on an adjustment layer to make the shockwave round.

    I have done the tutorial twice now and can’t figure out what i missed that leaves a black ring around mine and not the instructors. I know that there isn’t supposed to be a black ring because he uses this shockwave in another video with a gun.

    Any suggestions? I can add screen shots if I didn’t explain well enough.

    Thank you!

  • Graham Quince

    July 10, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    I think we need screenshots, as I cannot picture what this black ring is. Have you set your comp’s transfer mode to Add or Screen when overlaying it on another video?

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