Stardust

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Author: Superluminal

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Quick Overview

Now with Physical Dynamics Simulation! Stardust is a modular 3D particle system for After Effects. It has an easy to use node-based user interface and ships with a ton of presets to create stunning effects quickly and easily. $10/year educational licenses now available.

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We are thrilled to unveil an exciting for the next version of Stardust.

Stardust version 1.3.0 is available now for MacOS and Windows. This is another free update to all current customers.

Stardust’s already extensive 3D rendering capabilities have just been vastly expanded with the introduction of planar reflection, sub-surface scattering, emissive materials and more to our toolset, giving a lively and organic feel to your imagery.

Our animation engine has been augmented with new powerful tools, allowing for greater freedom in realising your vision. “Connect” allows for physical particles to interact using constraints of various kinds, and “3D Model deform” offers tools to bring objects to life by bending and flexing space for creating tunnels or extruding and bending 3D text along a path and much more.

In addition, we are releasing a free 3D model library with 150+ textured models for our customers, to swiftly build designs for your projects with a single-click added objects, to be used as particles or stand-alone models, all rendering and interacting with Stardust’s highly flexible particle system in one shared 3D space.

Combined with the already extensive toolbox for particle animation and 3D render engine, including the renowned Replica tool, modular forces, and physics engine, gives the next level of particle generation tools, enabling creations never before possible inside Adobe After Effects.

 


Foremost, Stardust will be able to use 3D models as particle instances, opening up a whole new realm of possibilities ... Most importantly, everything is in one shared space. This makes Stardust the ultimate tool for After Effects where 3D and 2D particles can work within the same space...
- Stardust review on lesterbanks.com

PHYSICAL PARTICLES

Particles and Models can interact, collide and affect each other while being affected by forces, allowing for the creation of stunning animation with ease.

Render 3D Models

Take your particles to a whole new dimension. Render 3D models from OBJ Files, Primitives and Extruded shapes as particles, add some Image Based Lighting, Ambient Occlusion and you got super awesomeness.

Features

Modular 3D particle system for After Effects.
Node based interface to easily build complex systems in a single 3D space.
Add or replace smart presets in one click.
Replica, a unique tool to replicate particles in many exciting ways.
Countless particle effects for both 3D and 2D looks.

Emitters, Particles, Replica, Forces, Auxiliary Emitters, 3D Models, Text & Mask and Maps with Physics Simulation.
Space deformers, Sphere, Box, 3d Models, Bend, Twist, Maps, Black Hole.
Splines, animatable as paths and emitters.
Containers to enclose and/or emit particles in a sphere, box or 3D model.

Particles

One Tool, in a single 3D space, all on one layer with endless possibilities. It is a full featured particle system with forces, fields, motion blur, DOF and much more.

Modular

A breakthrough, easy-to-use, node based interface. Start with a preset or create your own nodes. Many emitters, particles and forces can be added, and have them all work in a single 3D space on one layer. This makes it super easy to create simple or complex particle systems to achieve new and exciting results.

Replica

Rethink what a particle system can do! Create beautiful motion graphics by replicating particles in many ways. With Replica you can create unique  designs: organic, techy, the options are limitless.

Space Deformers

Spheres, boxes, 3d models, displacement maps and more can be used to push, pull, enclose, color and move particles around. Black hole nodes can be used to attract particles over time.

Smart Presets

The easy-to-use smart preset browser allows you to load an entire setup, node or single parameter with a single click. There are loads of stunning presets to choose from. Presets can now be searched using any keyword or phrase as well as browsed. You can also replace your existing node tree with a preset in one click.

3D Models

Particles can be emitted along a 3D model’s vertices or from its volume.

Grids

With Stardust's unique and easy-to-use modular workflow grids can be used as a starting point for endless options and dazzling results.

Splines

Defined using After Effect's lights, create 3D lines or particle emitting 3D paths to create looks not easily achieved otherwise.

Text & Mask

Particles can be emitted from live text and masks, either from their volume or edges. Paths can then be trimmed, offset and controlled in many ways to create never seen before effects.

All in One Tool

Because of Stardust's ground-breaking node system, you don't need to use a second layer to achieve complex effects. You can add as many nodes and parameters as you need to a single instance on one layer.

Single 3D space

There are countless benefits to having everything in a single 3D space. Focus on creating!

SAMPLE OF INCLUDED PRESETS

(many more included, click on thumbnail to preview)

STARDUST QUICK START TUTORIAL

(many more tutorials are found under the VIDEOS tab)

System Requirements

After Effects CC2015 and later , GPU with OpenGL 3.3 and later is required to render 3D models. 1 GB of RAM, 100 MB of hard drive space.

TUTORIALS

SHOWCASE

After Effects CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3