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Adding Magic VFX to your Film

Magic and wizardry is some of the most enjoyable forms of VFX for an artist, and are often the first thing new users are eager to try out when learning. Conjuring these effects into your videos do not require any dark magic, just a ProductionCrate account and willpower!

We have an entire catalogue of spectacular content that you can apply to your videos with ease. Lightning powers, energy beams and even Doctor Strange’s personal favorite spark portal. The overwhelming number of choices give you more power than you will ever need.

VFX Magic Cinemagraph

Our downloadable magic VFX in action!

We have already covered a plethora of ways in how you can edit these effects into your video on our YouTube channel, all of which offer a great insight into the workflow a VFX artist can expect working in the magic realm. If you want to check some of these out, take a pick from:

If you want to read more on adding these magic VFX to your video, learn about how you can become like Scarlet Witch here!

 

 

Dust and Smoke VFX Collection

Download your HD Smoke and Dust VFX here

One thing that completes any VFX shot is dust and smoke. They bring a truly gritty atmosphere to any action sequence, and shall forever be a must-have for any serious film producer!

There are two ways you can become a pyrotechnic expert and blast your shot into the next level. The first is to do these effects practically, whether that is setting off fog machines on set, or even using a smoke-grenade. While this may sound like the fun option, it is not always the most practical due to cost, time to set-up, and making sure you operate this equipment safely.

The second option is cheap, quick, easy and only a click away! We have a gigantic collection of dust and smoke VFX assets for your video, all ready to be deployed into your film-production workflow to make your scene look stunning.

Our smoke plumes in action!

So what do we have?

Our bundle includes atmospheric smoke, fog, gigantic plumes, volcanic ash clouds, bursts and dozens of other variations! All of these effects are ready to download, after which you can composite them into your video through software such as After Effects, Hitfilm, Nuke and any other with multi-layer features. We have pre-keyed all of our footage to make it as simple as possible for you to drop them into your composition.

We recommend that you apply a subtle tint effect to your smoke effects so that they match the color of the lighting around them. Another useful tip is to once again tint the overall color to very lightly lean towards the colour of the sky, with a greater tint for further away smoke. 

Download HD Smoke and Dust VFX here

If you want to learn more about how you can improve your VFX quickly, read our article on adding rubble to your video.

Chromatic Aberrator Script

Chromatic Aberration After effects ScriptPro Users can download the Chromatic Aberrator Script Here

Chromatic Aberration is a fantastic way to add style and energy to your shots. It’s wonderful for glitches, music videos, space-travel and logo animations. The techniques, while fairly simple, are always time-consuming. We took our 5 Favorite Chromatic Aberration techniques and turned them into an Adobe After Effects Script!

This Script is exclusive for our Pro Users. If you’re not a Pro User yet, upgrade today for just $49/Year!

Install the Chromatic Aberrator Script in your After Effects > Scripts folder.

To launch, open AE and go to File > Scripts > Chromatic Aberrator

Select the layer you want to apply the Chromatic Abberator to in your composition.

Choose one of the 5 aberration effects. For further customization there are options to adjust the amount of blur, speed, complexity, and even flip the RGB values!

Note: If you want to apply the Chromatic Aberrator to all layers in your composition, just precompose them all together and then apply the script to that precomp. Alternatively, just select all the layers and add the Chromatic Aberrator method you want to use.

 

 

The Effects and Controls Null allows you to adjust your Chromatic Aberrator Settings after you have created the effect.

 

Each effect has different adjustments to further customize your animations. Here, you can also use keyframes if you would like to animate the effect.

This is particularly useful for the glitch and turbulent effects, but can come in handy for any of them. Play with it, and come up with your own custom creations.

 

After you have your Chromatic Aberration effect looking the way you want, jump back in to your main composition to see how everything looks. You can always go back and make adjustments later.

 

Check out our 5 Different Techniques you can easily make in the examples below!

 

 

 

See all our Scripts & Plugins Here!

Glitch Effect

Chromatic Aberration Glitch

 

Lens Effect

 

Optics Compensation EffectLens Effect

Transform Effect

 

 

Transform Effect

Pro Script for Chromatic Aberration

Mystique Transformation Effect

Using After Effects and C4DLite Chris and Adrian teach you how to create this iconic effect from X-Men, the Mystique Transformation!

Find the Feather Transition Rendered FX Here

Pro Users can download the  3D Head C4Dlite and Alembic Files (PRO)

Find Eugene’s Tutorial Here

Enjoy the Saturday Morning Tutorials? Check out the The Complete Episode Guide

New Bullet Hole Assets!

Download HD bullet hole impact VFX assets here!

Too often do we overlook one of the must-have features of a gunfight in our VFX. Bullet holes!

I’ve seen a lot of fight scenes involving a shootout simply focus on the muzzle flashes, but seemingly jumping over the fact that for every bullet shot, there is some form of damage inflicted on the scene (unless they’re shooting into the air, perhaps at some unlucky ducks). We wanted to change this, by making it more accessible for VFX artists like you to create these effects quickly and easily.

Our collection of bullet hole graphics have been made specifically to fit any compositors needs, in a superbly large resolution. The pre-keyed alpha matte means it is already ready to be blended into whatever surface it is being applied to, whether that is metal, concrete, or even glass!

Our smashed glass collection is essential for any fight scene. These are the easiest to apply, just drop it over your glass, apply a screen blending mode to it, and voila!

We hope these HD bullet hole assets are a perfect addition to your VFX workflow. Download them all today!

Thinking of how you can make your scene even more explosive? Let us introduce you to our rubble collection.

Fall through a Wormhole!

Learn the VFX techniques used to create this amazing wormhole scene! Inspired by the visual masterpiece Doctor Strange (2016) We decided to create this journey through space and time.

Download FREE and PRO Wormhole Backgrounds and Green-Screen Footage Here

Find the  Earth Texture Here

 

Throw a Moon like Thanos in After Effects!

This was one of the most spectacular scenes in Avengers: Infinity War.

On paper, the idea of throwing a moon at someone sounds too over-the-top to attempt outside of an anime show, but somehow the film pulls it off beautifully. We decided we wanted to attempt the same effect! Check it out below.

Learn to throw a moon like Thanos did in Avengers: Infinity War in our latest AE Tutorial!

All download links to the Visual Effects used are below!

Giant Meteor Effect

Thanos Portal Effect

Aerial Explosion Effects

Ground Plough Debris Effects

Large Debris Effects

Free Aspect-Ratio Plugin (Premiere & After Effects)

 

Finally, one-click aspect-ratio bars for Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects. Download Windows Version Here or Download Mac Version Here

AutoCinemabar is the free alternative to using aspect ratio templates to give your video the cinematic edge you need!

Stumbling through hundreds of different pre-made templates has always been the least exciting part of an editors workflow. So we’ve decided to give everyone an early birthday gift, our free plugin!

The plugin gives you the power to create the essential aspect ratios that your video needs. It takes your videos width and height into account, meaning that the aspect ratios you create will be mathematically perfect for any resolution, whether that is 1080p, 2K, 4K, 8K, 16K and beyond!

We have considered the most popular aspect ratios used in the industry and added them onto a quickly accessible preset list! This includes 2.35:1, 2.39:1, 1.9:1, 1.85:1 and more! We have even set the default value to the cinema standard of 2.35:1, meaning you will have your aspect ratio built out in an instant! Leaving you with more time to build out your projects creative side.

If you’re hungry for extra features, this plugin gives you the power to:

  • Set custom aspect ratios ranging from 1-3000!
  • Adapt to any resolution
  • Choose from preset templates including such as 2.35:1
  • Grow or shrink the letterbox with the “constrain” tool
  • Set colors for your aspect ratio
  • Use a horizontal or vertical orientation
  • Toggle transparency in different areas
  • Speed up your workflow, and master the art of making your video look cinematic – fast!

Using the plugin is the easiest part of the process. Simply select your video, go to the “ProductionCrate” category in your effects list, and choose “Auto Cinemabar”. Your video will have an aspect ratio within the blink of an eye! If you have multiple clips that you need to apply the aspect-ratio to, then you can apply our plugin to a black solid layered above the entire composition, and check the “transparent image” button. This will make the black layer transparent in the centre, allowing you to see your wonderful video beneath!

Free Aspect Ratio Video Template

Venom Effects

Find all the Venom VFX used Here

These effects were created in 3DS Max with Splines

 

Infinity War Portal (Thanos)

Check out our latest addition to the #SaturdayMorningTutorials where we teach you to composite the Thanos Portal effect!

Find these assets Here: https://vfx.productioncrate.com/search.html#query=thanos

All sound FX from SoundsCrate.com