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There have been various posts on forums over the years asking how to make a mirror ball. This seamlessly looping version uses CC Sphere, Fractal Noise, Grid, 4-Color Gradient and Trapcode Shine. I’ve added comments to various layers, of particular interest is how to make the Grid effect line up evenly with the block-style Fractal.

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  1. Eduard Yarmolovich
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    Excellent.

  2. Danny
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    This is great
    thanx

  3. Breyon
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    “Mr. Amazing” strikes again!!! Great job John. This opens the door to a lot of other ideas. THANKS!

  4. Justin Productions
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    Way to go John! Thanks!

  5. Paul Ducco
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    FAAAABULOUS JOHN!! 😛

  6. der
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    great stuff mate

  7. Simka
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    Your work is fantastic.I’ve got a result almost nice as yours,but there was a problem with expression thisComp.layer(“cc sphere 2”).transform.scale.After effects report error.Any ideo what I’m doing worg?Thank you!

  8. JD
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    It sounds like the link is broken. Did you change the name of Layer 4? JD

  9. Simka
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    Problem solved.Now everything works fine.Thank you very much!!!!

  10. kirancreator
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    Awesome

  11. kamo
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    thank you

  12. Rodo
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    I can’t make it work man, i don’t know what’s the problem, but
    doesn’t run, i’m using after effects 7, and when i try tu open it my after fx says that couldn’t be opened and it will close, and it crashes down, i tried a lot and there is no results, what may cause this?????? HEEEEELP PLEASE

  13. jd
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    Hi Rodo, I’m not sure. Did you delete your preferences and try again? Do you have the correct plug-ins installed?

  14. Daynor
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    Thanks so much, this is great. Is there any suggestions on a way I can substitute the shine plugin with the standard effects? Thanks!

  15. JD
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    Hi Daynor, The CC Radial Fast Blur effect is a good substitute. You could also try CC Radial Blur or just the standard Radial Blur effect set to Zoom.

  16. Cath
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    Hi

    I found your rainbow mirror ball image as a .jpg and have used it in combo with a photo of our singing group for a draft of a mardi gras show promo. I just use paintshop pro to do my pathetic efforts at graphics but the 84kb graphic I downloaded is too low res for anything but a little image and the .aep file is a format I cant use (I dont think). Is it possible to get the image as a jpeg but a bit higher res?

    Thanks, Cath

  17. DJ Dee
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    Hi,
    Id like to use your image as a background for my cd cover. If you can make me a version with the mirrorball the same size but with a much larger canvas I will pay you for it! Let me know. Thanks heaps
    DJ Dee

  18. Nobru
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    Big Thanks from France…

  19. aasish02
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    cool! it sounds very well, creating such efx is interesting and challenging.thank u.

  20. Dayhla
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    I love it!!!you’re great!
    kisses from Italy

  21. Teresa
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    greaaaaaaaaaat I was just needing one of these… can it be used for commercial projects? It’s a short animation about how 2 people meet to be screened on their wedding 🙂 Thanks!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Sure. If you can please mention Motionworks.

  22. Miguel Carrera
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    Thanks so much!

  23. pokerelysium
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    This is a beautiful sphere!! I love that, man

  24. Brock DeLong
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    Hi! This is SO good. I was wondering if I could use this as a cover for an indie album?

    Thanks!
    -Brock

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      sure thing Brock.

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