Burning Question: How Do I Make a Hologram Effect in After Effects?

Burning Question: How Do I Make a Hologram Effect in After Effects?

Holograms have been a popular implement in science fiction films for years, from Princess Leia in Star Wars to Joi in Blade Runner 2049. Holograms are a way to show recorded, beamed messages, schematics, 3-dimensional characters, futuristic user interfaces, and they’re now being used in interesting and exciting ways in real life. We’ll start with a few examples, and then some After Effects tutorials dealing with the humble hologram.

Examples of Holograms

Here are a few you may recognize, the most famous, of course, is Princess Leia in Star Wars, Episode 4, where she is projected from R2-D2.

Avatar Hologram Example

Beyond holograms: Star Wars-inspired 3D images float in free space

This you may just find interesting. Scientists have generated holograms in a lab that mimic Star Wars! This video came out this month from BYU.

Want to learn more about creating holograms? There is a free class at Udemy about VR, including holograms, AR, MR, DR, 360, 3D and more. Virtual Reality: A Quick Introduction

Holomatrix Hologram Plug-in for After Effects

HolomatrixThe fastest way to create a cool hologram effect is with the Holomatrix plug-in from Red Giant.

Get the look of sci-fi holograms with Red Giant Holomatrix

Red Giant Holomatrix lets you control your reality and offers a new dimension in effect generation. Now you can get the look of your favorite hologram effect in After Effects in just two clicks. The package includes over 30 presets that turn ordinary footage into animated sci-fi holograms, mimics bad TV reception and creates realistic looking digital signage.

Red Giant Effects Suite contains Holomatrix, plus:

  • PlaneSpace
  • Psunami
  • Text Anarchy
  • ToonIt
  • Holomatrix
  • Warp
  • Composite Wizard
  • Image Lounge

Holomatrix is now only available in Red Giant Universe.

Red Giant Universe


Hologram Tutorials

There are tons of Hologram tutorials on YouTube. Here is a roundup of a few After Effects tutorials you may enjoy.

After Effects Tutorial: Hologram from ForceVisual

Hologram Screen Effect – After Effects Tutorial from Phenomenal Creations

Watch Hologram Effect Tutorial for After Effects CC (No Plugins) from Flat Pack FX

IRON MAN HUD After Effects Tutorial by VDODNA

PixelBump – Tutorial 22 – Star Wars Holograms

Realistic Hologram in Adobe After Effects TUTORIAL! by Abdul FX

Hologram Tutorials and Inspirations You May Have Missed

We’ve posted a lot of hologram related content in the past. Here are a few to check out!

116 CamerasMidweek Motivations: Holograms in New Dimensions in Testimony and Full “116 Cameras” Documentary

Posted 03 Jan 2018 –  This is a very interesting use of interactive hologram technology to preserve the stories of Holocaust survivors, many who are in their 70s and 80s. Anne Frank’s stepsister, 88-year-old Eva Schloss, a survivor of Auschwitz, has been made into a hologram so that future generations may hear her moving story. The film was shown in New York during Eyewitness: Presenting the Holocaust on Film.

Learn more

HewlogramMidweek Motivations: HEWLOGRAM, with Making Of Video

Aaron Rabinowitz and Red Giant have a new sci-fi comedy short starring David Hewlett and Paul Babb of Maxon! It’s lots of fun. Congratulations to Aharon and his team for producing a fun short! Plus, a “Behind the Scenes/Making Of” video.

Watch Hewlogram & Making Of Video

Tutorial: Red Giant: Holomatrix: Creating a Holographic Interface in After EffectsTutorial: Red Giant: Holomatrix: Creating a Holographic Interface in After Effects

Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create the look of a holographic interface, using Red Giant Software’s Holomatrix. He’ll also use Magic Bullet Looks for color grading, and footage from Digital Juice’s Motion Designer’s Toolkit, in this classic tutorial.

Watch the tutorial

Hollow EarthTutorial: Earth Hologram

Learn how to create a futuristic earth hologram effects in Cinema 4D and After Effects in this three-part full step-by-step guide from Motion Squared.

Watch the tutorial

X-wing hologramTutorial: X-Wing Hologram using Cinema 4D and After Effects

Dennis Wei explains some of the techniques he used in Cinema 4D and After Effects to create a hologram animation, using the awesome free X-Wing model from videocopilot.net.

Watch the tutorial

Tutorials: 5 Blade Runner 2049 Inspired Tutorials

From 24 Oct 2017: This page features “Sci-Fi Hologram Inspired By Blade Runner 2049” inspired by the hologram character, Joi

Watch now

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki