Have you ever seen an amazing animation and thought to yourself, “wow, that looks awesome! I bet I can make something like that, no problem!” Only to find yourself pulling your hair out 5 minutes later, trying to figure out how to re-create what you saw?  We know the feeling.

Today, we’re going to walk you step-by-step through our longest tutorial so far (1 hour and 15 minutes).  While this is also the most advanced After Effects tutorial we’ve released to date, it ensures that you build progressively towards your final goal of an amazing light streak animation. Following this tutorial while working on your own project inside of After Effects will ensure that you’re able to apply and understand what you learn throughout the video.  Along the way you will learn basic principles, helpful hints, and certainly some highly advanced features.

Please note that this tutorial will use 3rd party plugins.  These Plugins are:

  1. Superluminal Stardust (from Superluminal)
  2. Optical Flares (from Video Copilot)

The effect we’re going for is an animated light streak.  Specifically, two colorful trails of light that fly around and end up colliding to reveal a logo.  Are you ready for the challenge?  Let’s dive into After Effects and learn how to create this stunning effect!

Have you ever seen an amazing animation and thought to yourself, “wow, that looks awesome! I bet I can make something like that, no problem!” Only to find yourself pulling your hair out 5 minutes later, trying to figure out how to re-create what you saw?  We know the feeling.

Today, we’re going to walk you step-by-step through our longest tutorial so far (1 hour and 15 minutes).  While this is also the most advanced After Effects tutorial we’ve released to date, it ensures that you build progressively towards your final goal of an amazing light streak animation. Following this tutorial while working on your own project inside of After Effects will ensure that you’re able to apply and understand what you learn throughout the video.  Along the way you will learn basic principles, helpful hints, and certainly some highly advanced features.

Please note that this tutorial will use 3rd party plugins.  These Plugins are:

  1. Superluminal Stardust (from Superluminal)
  2. Optical Flares (from Video Copilot)

The effect we’re going for is an animated light streak.  Specifically, two colorful trails of light that fly around and end up colliding to reveal a logo.  Are you ready for the challenge?  Let’s dive into After Effects and learn how to create this stunning effect!