This short 16 minute tutorial features Lendon Bracewell showing how to create a neat looking energy wave using the Stardust system in After Effects.
Starburst represents a new direction with After Effects particle systems. It is a modular and easy to use node based system that lets you create some amazing effects pretty quickly. The particle tool is designed to easily build complex systems in a single 3D space. You can string together nodes to create effects by using emitters, particles, replica nodes, forces, 3d models, text, masks and image maps. Splines are even animatable as paths and emitters.
Here Bracewell walks through creating the energy wave effect using Stardust Emitters, Fields and Turbulence nodes.