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Beam Me Up

Creating your own transporter effect with After Effects 6.5 By Stephen Schleicher

In this After Effects exercise, we will quickly create our own Star Trek type beam effect using the Cycore effects that come with After Effects 6.5.

This is a fun effect that can be used for just about any sci-fi type project you are working on where you need to get someone off the planet surface and up to the safety of your star traveling warp ship.

Step 1:  You will need to shoot two different plates for this shot.  The foreground plate should include your subject(s) going through the motions of being beamed out.  To shoot the background plate, lock down your camera and have the talent move out of the shot.

Step 2:  Import your footage into After Effects 6.5.  If you drag one of your clips to the Create New Composition icon, After Effects will create a composition that matches the aspect and length of your footage.

Step 3:  Position the foreground plate layer above the background plate layer in the After Effects Timeline.

The effect we will be using for our shot is Cycore CC PS Classic.  This 2D particle system uses the Alpha Channel of a layer to determine where the particles will be placed.  CC PS Classic also comes with several preset animations.  The Star Light preset will be the one used for this exercise.

Since CC PS Classic works on an Alpha Channel, and because there might be slight variations between your foreground and background plates, lets apply the effect on a Solid Layer with a mask.

Step 4:  Press Command+Y on the Mac or Control+Y on the PC to bring up the Solid Control Panel.  Create a layer that is the same size as your composition.

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