An Infinite Voyage – a short visual effects video I created inspired by the Grand Tour missions of Voyager 1 & 2. About 8 months, I had to purchase my own copy of After Effects, having always had it paid for by my previous company. The cost of the software meant I also lost access to any particle systems, so I had to learn how to use AE’s native plugins.
I created An Infinite Voyager to demonstrate (to myself as much as anyone) what is possible using After Effects and its native/included plugins:
I cheated a little, because I used Element 3D from Video Copilot for the Voyager probe. I find it’s much, much easier to use than Cinema4D and renders in a way I prefer.
Something worth noting though, is that I had real problems trying to render out Saturn’s rings using After Effects. Originally they were a 2D layer in AE, but something to do with their size in AE space or their size on screen prevented the comp from rendering. I had the same problem when I switched to Element 3D. It was only when I rebuilt Saturn again(!) in Cinema4D Lite that I was able to get any render out of the rings.
I’ve previously written about how you can get the look of the Nolan / Interstellar Blackhole using Cinema4D. You can view that tutorial here
If you’re interested in recreating the Galaxy at the end of the video, I’ve published a tutorial on how to achieve that at CreativeCow.net