Adobe After Effects - Motorcycle Explosion Tutorial

Adding Camera Shake

Select all layers and precompose them!

I will call this composition 'Motorcycle Explosion'.


Now we will add the camera shake exactly like I did in my Basic Explosion tutorial . First, add a Slider Control effect to the layer.

Reveal the position property of the layer and alt click on the stop watch icon to enable the expression editor. Into the text field, type

'wiggle(20, '

and then use the pickwhip icon to select the value of the slider effect to insert it into the expression.

Finish off the expression with ');'. The final expression should say something like 'wiggle(20, effect("Slider Control")("Slider"));'.

The value of the slider now controls the amount of random offset that will be applied to the position of the explosion layer. Animate the slider to increase from 0 to around 100 when the explosion hits and then slowly decrease back to 0.

This will cause the layer to shake when the explosion hits. You will see the background of the composition when the layer moves around but you can fix this simply by scaling the layer up as needed. Alternatively you could use the Motion Tile effect to mirror the edges of the layer as it moves around during the shake effect.

Finally, enable motion blur on the layer to add some realism to the shake effect.

And with that, your final motorcycle explosion effect is done!

8 Comments

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6 Years Ago
October 5, 2013 @ 11:24 pm
this is the most detailed aftereffects tutorial i hv ever seen. really good work mate.
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6 Years Ago
October 6, 2013 @ 10:18 am
Thanks man!
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6 Years Ago
March 12, 2014 @ 4:35 pm
This one is awesome tuts, I'm 3d old in AE and i started to watch your basic tuts in YT because its very instructional.
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sakana
5 Years Ago
January 3, 2015 @ 11:09 am
muchas gracias a todo lo que hacen
thank so much friend
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pejman
5 Years Ago
June 17, 2015 @ 4:56 am
hi there.......i have a question about removing objects of the scene........i have footage with person in it and there is also a rope around top of his body.......in the footage the person is being pulled by rope and i want to remove the rope so it seems that this person is being pulled by an invisible force.........could please tell me how can i do that???????(sorry for my bad english grammer)
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4 Years Ago
August 2, 2015 @ 10:42 am
Hi there, here is a video where I talk about how to remove an object from the scene:
You can use this technique to remove the rope
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Nazmul
2 Years Ago
September 10, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
hello, I need this effect . can you help me ?
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2 Years Ago
October 12, 2017 @ 7:46 am
While I don't do freelancing work, I am happy to try to answer any questions you may have about how to create this effect

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