These are animated versions of the still images on the 3D & After Effects page. They were created in both 3D Studio Max and After Effects.
Some details or design-specific information can be found on the captions with the still images on the preceding page. These animations are from Adobe After Effects:
"Galactic Orb" created from scratch in After Effects. (From AE only; no third-party plugins.)
This is an animated version of a logo I created. I used the "CC Ball" effect in After Effects and followed a technique from Video Copilot (3D Ball Dispersion) to create the animation.
"Glass Orb" - uses 2 maps supplied with VC tutorial. This is one of my favorites. I played with the coloring and animated the "energy" inside the orbs.
Animated jungle in After Effects. Created by layering plant images. (VC tutorial)
Really cool Video Copilot tutorial, "Submerged." I found image maps online to use for the rock and cement. Tutorial comes with beginning & ending images, plus the plant. (Photo has no foreground plants. These were added in AE. Found a photo of a tumbleweed online and edited out the background and color corrected in AE. I also created the sign from parts of photos found online.)
Another water experiment, this time using Wave World and Caustic plugins. I created the tiles in Illustrator and Photoshop.
"Blue Planet" VC tutorial; modified to constantly spin and animated the sun and flare effect.
Animated lines created with noise map. VC tutorial.
Variation on "Light" version above.
Underwater technique in After Effects (couldn't find original tutorial).
Another simple water experiment in After Effects. I found the photo online and softened all the clouds and stylized the color some. The water is a simple animated fractal noise layer.
These animations were created in 3D Studio Max: