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Download Free After Effects Glow Script – Crate’s Glow

Download the Free After Effects Glow Script here

Believe it or not, there’s a lot that goes into a good glow effect! I’m overly passionate about this particular topic, and would happily spend hours fine-tuning each little pixel of my glow to make sure it makes my VFX absolutely perfect – and ProductionCrate wants to help you do the same.

Except it won’t take you hours… Instead, just a few seconds!

We have built out a powerful glow extension for After Effects, capable of producing the most stunning optical effects for your compositing projects with a single click. We’ve tested this tool to its limits, and are insanely proud of what this can do for VFX artists like you. Additionally, we’ve made this free to download for everyone!

Download Free After Effects Glow Script - Crate's Glow

So why did we make something that After Effects can already do? Those who have already used After Effects built-in glow effect already know the answer – it’s pretty ugly.

That leads us to our next question; what makes Crate’s Glow any better? Our script has been carefully designed to follow the natural physical properties of light, allowing the final result to imitate the realistic gradient-based falloff that we see in the real world. This eliminates the artificial look that After Effect’s built-in glow generates and instead gives us an incredibly aesthetic result.

Download Free After Effects Glow Script - Crate's Glow

Each parameter has been fine-tuned to create the best result with one click. You can easily make further adjustments with user-friendly parameters. These can be changed even after the glow has been created by using the sliders in the “Glow Controls” null layer.


Threshold                              – Minimum brightness for an area of the image to begin to glow

Intensity                                 – Brightness of the glow

Spread                                   – How far out the glow reaches

Flicker Intensity                    – Increase this to have the intensity shift over time

Flickers Per Second             – How often the flicker fluctuates in a second

Tint Strength                         –  When increased, the glow will match the chosen color more

Tint Colour                            – The color used for the tint

Vibrance                                – If you’re losing color in your glow, you can use this to boost the saturation


Usually, the glow effect will work without any extra squabble, but I’ll quickly go through how you can take full advantage of the features available.

Here’s an example of an explosion VFX shot that needs an exciting glow effect to give the fire some further intensity.

Download Free After Effects Glow Script - Crate's Glow

Since we’re organised (most of the time), we have the robot-explosion VFX layer separated from the background. Using keying tools, we can isolate the orange flames in a new layer.

Download Free After Effects Glow Script - Crate's Glow

Selecting this layer, and clicking “Generate” on our glow script will have the glow effect only applied to these flames, adding an extraordinarily epic glow to our fire VFX.

Download Free After Effects Glow Script - Explosion Effect

And it’s as simple as that!

Download Free After Effects Glow Script - Explosion Effect

To download and install the script, open up After Effects and navigate through File -> Scripts -> Run Script File. Find a folder you wish to keep the script stored, and extract “Crate’s Glow.jsx” to the new location. Double click the .jsx file and the script window will open.

If you’re looking for even more scripts to add to your workflow, check out our incredible Hologram extension!

Free After Effects Glow Script - Crate's Glow

Halloween Bundles for Download

Halloween is nearly upon us. It is our favorite Holidays here at the Crates, which should come as no surprise. Nothing is more fun than creating skull animations, 3D pumpkins, terrifying music, silly ghosts and scary sound effects!

Halloween Video Effects

Our spookily-spectacular assets will be your perfect tools for building the best Halloween ever. Whether you are creating a terrifying video or your own haunted house we’ve got the video effects you need.

Check out these awesome Haunted House FX we made!

You can find the talking Jack O’ Lantern Template Here

HALLOWEEN VIDEO EFFECTS

Our 3D Pumpkin assets are the latest uploads to RenderCrate. These are compatible in all 3D software. Our Skull Model comes with a separate piece for the jaw, so you can have your animations talk! We also have a fully rigged Zombie Model.

3d Halloween Effects

We have tons of transitions, backgrounds and even projector assets to create the best Halloween ever. Find all of our Halloween Video Effects here. If you’re looking for zombie clips we’ve got the VFX for you.

Halloween VFX

SoundsCrate offers a huge selection of Horror Sound Effects and Suspenseful Music  as well as some Halloween Themed tracks.

We’ll continue to create more Halloween Video Assets for you this week, so make sure to check back!

 

5 New Storm Cloud Effects

We have 5 New Storm cloud effects available for download.

These overlay style effects are built with compositing in mind. Instead of containing an alpha channel (transparency) as most of our VFX assets do, these storm clouds come with a black background. Black backgrounds make it easier to adjust color and luminosity channels to fit whatever your scene calls for.

(UPDATE: A user requested some storm-clouds with transparency, so those options are also available!)

stormy vfx

Blending modes such as screen, add or lighten will work best for you. Blending modes are available in most common editing software, including Premiere, After Effects, Final Cut, Vegas, Hitfilm and more.

The new storm cloud assets work best with night or overcast scenes. The lumenance channel is the only visible channel, so blue skies will not work with these FX! If you are not getting bright enough results try curves, levels or duplicating your storm cloud layers.

STORMY LIGHTING CLOUD VFX

These files are H264, we often avoid this codec for VFX because of the compression. However, for these storm cloud assets the real value is in the greyscale. With a high bitrate no useful information is being lost for these files, and you’ll be able to use them with ease!

 

Download Magic Beam VFX Assets

Download HD Magic Spell Beam VFX assets here.

ProductionCrate has launched a brand new collection of magical assets, inspired by the VFX from the Harry Potter franchise!

These incredible effects can be used in most editing software, with our top recommendations being After Effects, Hitfilm and Premiere Pro.

Using a screen blending mode is the easiest way for you to apply these effects with minimal effort.

Download Magic Spell VFX Assets

These intense effects have been built with several different varieties, meaning each of your characters can have their individual styles. So whether you want an electrical theme or a fiery blast, this new effect bundle has you covered!

If you’re an After Effects user, applying a solid composite + puppet pin to the beam will give you control over the origin point. This creates the epic fluid appearance that we see in the movies.

Download Magic Spell VFX Assets

You can also adjust the colour, brightness and speed of each effect, giving you unlimited variety.

Download Magic Spell VFX Assets

Additionally, we’ve included some mind-blowing magic clash VFX assets. These are the explosive effects seen when two opposing forces collide in a dangerous wizarding duel.

This is the spectacular value of the magic effect bundle shine, as these can be blended on top of the magic beam effects to create an incredible composition. We’re especially proud of the liquid variety, which are an iconic visual from the Harry Potter movies.

Download Magic Spell VFX Assets

To complete the pack, we’ve included an essential mix of magic flashes. These can be used when a wizard is casting a spell, or even deflecting one.

The quick yet detailed effects are perfectly designed to not look overdone, making it incredibly easy for them to blend into your action sequence.

Some of our effects work best when using auto-orient, which keeps layers pointed towards the camera when in 3D space. This can be accessed via Layer -> Transform -> Auto-Orient -> Towards Camera. When using this, combined with standard 3D beam layers, you can create the most incredible effects that are easy to customise and composite!

Download Magic Spell Deflection VFX Assets

We hope you enjoy using these magic VFX assets. All of these are available for our Pro members, while free users can still access handpicked content!

If you want to learn even more movie-making magic, check out our Thor lightning VFX collection!

100 New Super-Powered Lightning Effects

Download 4K Lightning VFX Assets here.

This is one of our largest releases ever.

Over 100 4K New super-power lightning effects are available for you to download. This massive pack offers variations for aerial strikes, ground hits, lightning with or without sparks and tons more.

We categorise these into four main groups, those being ground, wall, aerial and basic. For the ground and wall assets, the illumination on the surfaces has been built-in, meaning you don’t need to spend a single second working on realistic environment lighting.

Thor Lightning VFX

With inspiration taken from Thor in Infinity War and Endgame, as well as the Flash, these effects maintain the epic plasma-arcing motion that defines the superhero look.

The VFX Artists at ProductionCrate tested this pack and are thoroughly amazed at how easy it is to use. By simply dragging on any effects you’ll see how well they integrate into your scenes with minimal effort.

Blending modes such as Add, Screen or Lighten will add that extra level of realism to your shots. Applying these lightning VFX assets onto this composition was incredibly easy, while also making it look undeniably epic!

Download 100 Thor Lightning VFX Assets

You can add extra detail to these 4K assets by adding a simple displacement effect, which will give your lightning a far more jagged and powerful look.

With over 100 variations to choose from, you can combine, rotate, scale and adjust these in infinite ways for full control over your scene. In other words, these 4K electric effects will never fail you.

Download 100 Thor Lightning Power VFX Assets

To test the true power of these assets, we took our favourite Hulk scenes from the Avengers movie and gave him the mighty powers of Thor. Take a look at what happened:

If you want to explore more of our superhero VFX collection, why not explore our Mysterio assets?

Free Hologram Generator Script (Download)

Download Crate’s Free Hologram Script here

Creating holograms in After Effects is about to get a lot more fun with the release of our latest script.

These effects are one of the most requested on ProductionCrate, our library of thousands of digital assets to help build your creative endeavours. We know that often you will need to control what’s projected in the hologram, which is why we released this tool to help you do exactly that.

Not only can you download it for free, but using it to create your After Effects hologram is a one-click process!

Download Free Hologram Script for After Effects

Every feature that you could possibly need was built into the script. This includes:


  • ColorDownload Free Hologram Script for After Effects
  • Glow
  • Projection Rays
  • Chromatic Aberration
  • Scan Lines
  • Displacement
  • Flicker
  • Signal Interference
  • Framerate
  • Pixelate
  • Blur
  • Sharpen

All properties are fully customisable, meaning no matter what style you were aiming for, you’ll get there.

If you wanted to save your customised hologram, you can also click Animation -> Save Animation Preset to be able to apply it to any other shots you may have.

And if you wanted to save time, you might be interested in checking out the presets that we have built into the script. You can navigate through these by clicking the arrows on the pop-up window. These have been built to mimic some of the most recognisable movie holograms, referencing Star Wars, Iron Mans HUD, Aquaman and more.

Download Free Hologram Script for After Effects

To download and install the script, open up After Effects and navigate through File -> Scripts -> Run Script File. Find a folder you wish to keep the script, then extract both the images folder and “Crates Camera Script.jsx” to the new location. Double click the .jsx file and you’ll be ready to create your holograms in an instant!

If you’re wanting to save even more time, you can download these HD hologram VFX assets for your video.

Photorealistic 3D Grenade Model – Download

Download the Mk2 Grenade 3D  Model here.

Every action movie needs a grenade, and our asset library is the perfect resource to help you out with it!

Our recent launch of RenderCrate, a collection of production-ready 3D models, now features a wide collection of weapons. One of our favourite additions is the high-quality photorealistic grenade model for our Pro users.

Whether you’re wanting a slow-motion flyby, or just don’t have a grenade prop, a 3D grenade model is perfect for filling in what practical effects cannot.

The model has been built with a careful balance between a high level of detail as well as a clean adjustable mesh. A benefit of this is that you can use this model in simulations while keeping the processing time at the lowest possible. If you want to tweak the model in any way, that will also be a hassle-free task!

3D Grenade Model Download

The model is provided in a .obj format, which is the most widely accepted 3D format. Almost all programs support it, with Blender, Cinema4D, Element3D, 3ds Max and Maya being just a few. In most cases, you will just need to drag and drop the .obj grenade into your program viewport, and the software will handle the rest!

This comes along with a .mtl file, which will automatically create a basic material for the grenade. However, if you look in the maps folder provided with all of our 3D content, you will often find there are even more textures for you to make use of. For this model, we provide:

  • Diffuse
  • Ambient Occlusion
  • Height
  • Reflection
  • Roughness

These are a powerful set of texture maps that can bring your render to a photorealistic level, with each coming at a 4096 x 4096 resolution.

Each segment of the grenade, such as the pin, have also been separated into their own object elements. This means that you will be able to detach them if needed and animate them however you wish.

3D Grenade Model Download

We’re excited to see what incredible renders you can create with this grenade model! If you’re looking for more 3D content, check out our amazing rock models.

Download HD Looping Ocean Effects for your Videos

Download Ocean VFX Matte-painting assets here


We’re proud to see our matte-painting library help artists create stunning landscapes for their movies to take place in.

Most of our set-extension resources come from GraphicsCrate, a collection of over 1000 professionally built images that can be stacked together to build whatever comes to the imagination. Combining these matte-painting assets with FootageCrate effects creates a unique combination that brings your scene to life, especially with the introduction of our newest ocean assets!

These are a powerful tool that can make adding the sea to your VFX shot a simple one-click process, helping streamline your compositing workflow and save you time.

To ensure that these ocean effects are flexible, there are several variations to choose from. From here, you find the asset which best fits your setting, whether that is a sunset or a clear day.

Download HD Looping Ocean and Sea Video Effects

One exceptional highlight is that these HD ocean effects are loopable. This means that no matter how long your shot lasts, the waves will continue to move in a natural seamless motion without any visible stutters. Just take a look at it in action and see if you can figure out where the cut is!

Download HD Looping Ocean and Sea Video Effects

We’re excited to see what you manage to create with these ocean effects. If you want to see what else you can create with GraphicsCrate, check out our latest Nebula collection.

Download Space VFX Nebula Assets

Download Space and Nebula VFX assets here.

Space scenes are the highlights of sci-fi movies, and following the success of films such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars, we want to help you build your very own interstellar wonders!

We’ve just released an incredible bundle of 50 nebula matte-painting assets. These have all been individually created to seamlessly blend together to create spectacular setpieces in just minutes! Don’t believe us? Take a look at this tutorial which breaks down the process step-by-step in just one minute:

With a dozen different colour variations, you’ll have everything you need to mix and match these elements into perfection.

We have included the most important elements you could possibly need in a nebula: stars, wispy clouds of gas and all the fluorescent colours that your creative mind desires.

Download Space Nebula VFX Matte painting Assets

All of the nebula graphics are free to download at 720p resolution, while Pro users can access these at 2K (that’s 7 times as many pixels!). Pro users will also be able to download from the entire ProductionCrate library, which currently has over 5000 professional-grade assets for just $49 a year.

You can combine these with our other space-related content, including planet textures, orbiting rings and an impressive moon explosion.

Our newest addition to our asset library, RenderCrate, also offers some insanely detailed planet models, which can be imported to any 3D software such as Cinema4D and Blender.

Download Space Planet Explosion VFX Assets

Let us know what you create with these nebula VFX assets! If you’re interested in our other creative content, check out our apocalyptic matte-painting assets.

 

“Prying” 3D VFX Course (Z Brush, Substance Painter, Cinema4d)

Mark Thorsen from Digital Cube Media is the host of ProductionCrate’s exclusive 3D VFX course covering the techniques utilized in his short film “Prying”.

This 5 Part VFX course will go deep into the workflow and tools used in this amazing project. Mark covers Substance Painter, Z-Brush techniques, Pose-Morphing in C4D and more.


Course Contents

Lesson 1 – An introduction to the course.

Lesson 2 – Combining Z-Brush’s pose-morphing tool to create stunning animations in Cinema4D, without any hassle setting up complicated character rigs.

Lesson 3 – A look into the power of Z-Brush’s Remeshing tool, which can clean the geometry of any model perfectly.

Lesson 4 – Utilizing ProductionCrate assets to create realistic vein displacement maps.

Lesson 5 – Introducing Substance Painter, the industries cutting-edge 3D material editing suite.


Watch the highlight below, you can watch the entire course here.