If you are looking to create a twinkling stars background video, then this is the best tutorial for you. In this tutorial, you will learn to create a Twinkling stars animation in After Effects without using any third-party plugins. We are going to create a beautiful animated night sky from the scratch. After watching this tutorial you will easily create your own Twinkling stars animation in After Effects. You can also render it to a transparent background if you want. I recommend you to watch this video till the end because each tutorial on my video is made with hard work.
Here’s a Step-by-Step Guide:
Step 1: Open Adobe After Effects. Go to the composition and create a new composition. Rename it to Twinkling Stars or whatever name you give it. Set the resolution to 1920×1080 Pixels. Set the frame rate to 30 frames per second, and the duration to 20 seconds.
Step 2: Go to the Layers Menu > New > Select a solid layer, then rename it to the background.
Step 3: Go to Effects and Presets. Search the effect gradient ramp. Then drag and drop the gradient ramp effect to the Solid layer. Change the second color to dark blue. Leave the First color to black and the Second color dark blue (#26007C).
Step 4: Create a new solid layer then rename it to Stars or whatever name you like. Go to the Effects and presets. Search the effect of CC Particle world. Drag and drop to the screen.
Here are the CC Particle World Settings:
Birth rate to 3. Set Longevity to 5.
Physics: Set gravity to 0.
Particles: Set particle type to Star. Change the birth and death colors to White. Change birth size to 0.050. Change the death size to 0.135. Change the Max opacity to 25%. Set the velocity to 0. Change the radius X and Radius Y to 1.
Step 5: Select the Twinkling Stars composition. Go to Composition and Add to Render Queue. Click the Lossless. Change the Format to QuickTime. Set the channels to RGB+Alpha.
We are done! Our Beautiful Twinkling Stars Animation in After Effects is ready.
Here you can download the free project file (File Size: 26 KB)