3D Camera Tracker Car Explosion Tutorial

Want to create a massive car explosion effect in Adobe After Effects?
In this tutorial I will show you how to track and composite some epic action stock footage into your shot.

Many thanks to ActionVFX for providing these epic FREE action stock footage elements!

I will assume that you have watched my tutorial on how to use the 3D Camera Tracker in Adobe After Effects before getting into this one :)

How To Fix Playback Lag in Premiere Pro

If you’re new to Premiere Pro, check out my Premiere Pro beginner tutorials.

Project File Was Created with a Previous Version of Premiere Pro

Do you always upgrade to the latest version of Premiere Pro? For me, using project files created in earlier versions of Premiere Pro was a major reason for lag.

If you see this dialog box, it means the project was created with an earlier version. I recommend to not convert your project as, at least for me, that was a main reason to cause lag.

Instead, create a brand new project in Premiere Pro. Then, import the old project into the new one like you would any other media file.

Premiere Pro will give you a number of options:

Select to ‘Import Entire Project’. This will import all media, sequences and assets into your fresh project. You should end up with the exact same result as if you had ‘Converted’ the project.

However, for me, this option does not introduce lag and can often fix a project that is already laggy.

Too many, old or corrupted media cache files

As you work in Premiere Pro, temporary files are written to your hard drive to speed up rendering. These include previews for audio, media renders and more.

However, over time this can clutter up your hard drive and make Premiere Pro run slow. Additionally, corrupted media cache files can cause all sorts of issues, including not being able to import files properly – especially when re-using the same filenames.

Fortunately it’s easy to clean out the Premiere Pro cache. Go to Edit –> Preferences –> Media Cache

Click ‘Delete’ in the Media Cache Files section to flush all your temporary files.

However, this may not clear all the cache files because you currently have Premiere Pro running. I recommend to close Premiere Pro, navigate to the ‘Location’ on your hard drive specified in the Media Cache settings and deleting all files in there directly.

Also, if you are not using the default location for the cache (mine is set to D:/Cache/Premiere Pro), I recommend also checking the default location that Premiere Pro would use. I have found that sometimes Premiere Pro still writes cache files to these locations – even though I’ve specified a different location.

Here’s the folders to check on your hard drive. Simply clear out any ‘Cache’ files in these folders to help fix Premiere Pro lag.

Adobe Premiere Pro Media Cache folder locations

/Users/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common

Unused and Duplicated Files in Project

Another reason your Premiere Pro project may become laggy is clutter in the project itself. As you import media files and start to edit you may end up with duplicated imports or unused files. Cleaning those out can help speed up Premiere Pro again.

Simply go into the main menu and select

  • Edit -> Remove Unused
    This will remove any files you imported but have not used in any of your sequences.
  • Edit -> Consolidate Duplicates
    This will collapse any files you imported multiple times and used within your sequences.

These cleanups can help reduce clutter in your project and make Premiere Pro run a little faster.

Not Enough Memory / CPU Allocated to Premiere Pro

Finally, make sure you have enough RAM and CPU allocated to Premiere Pro to run properly.

Go to Edit -> Preferences -> Memory and you should see this dialog:

Adobe recommends that you allocate at least 8GB of RAM to Premiere Pro, 16GB for editing HD footage and 32GB or more if you want to work with 4K. Check out the system requirements for Premiere Pro on the official Adobe site.

It is also recommended to leave a decent amount of RAM for the rest of your system to make sure your computer as a whole (including Premiere Pro) keeps running well.

Personally, I would recommend at least 8GB of RAM (allocate 4-6 to Premiere Pro) for a decent editing experience. 16GB is decent and 32GB is comfortable. I have 64GB of RAM in my system, but I also do a lot of memory heavy 3D work and work a lot with After Effects :)

In addition to RAM, you can also make sure that Premiere Pro has enough CPU time. Now this is a bit more technical and you may want to skip this unless you know what you’re doing, but here is how.

On Windows, open up the Task Manager and go into the Details tab. Find the ‘Adobe Premiere Pro.exe’ process and right click on it.

You will find an option to ‘Set priority’. This defines the priority that your system will give Premiere Pro to utilise the CPU. The higher this is, the more time of the CPU will be allocated to Premiere Pro.

Be careful as this takes away CPU from the rest of the system, but it can help boost Premiere Pro performance. I sometimes do this for heavy exports, but it’s not something I do often. Just know that it’s another option to reduce lag in Premiere Pro.

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Got other tips to speed up Premiere Pro? Share them in the comments below or in my Premiere Pro Forums :)

Destruction in Blender for Absolute Beginners

Learn how to BREAK & DESTROY 3D Objects in Blender for FREE!

In this tutorial I will show you how you can break 3D objects using the Cell Fracture Add-On in Blender and how to create a cool looking DESTRUCTION effects!

Please note that this is an intermediate tutorial. It’s for ‘Absolute Beginners’ in terms of destruction, not in terms of Blender. If you are still new to Blender, check out my beginner tutorials for Blender :)

Camera Tracking a Moving Object in HitFilm Express

Learn how to make your camera follow a moving object in your video! This technique is quick and easy and combines 2D motion tracking and parenting in HitFilm Express.

This technique is perfect for creating cool sniper zoom or sci-fi tracking effects.

I am going to assume that you already know the fundamentals of HitFilm Express before attempting this effect. If you are new to the world of VFX check out my HitFilm Express Beginner Tutorial.

Also be sure to watch my basic 2D motion tracking tutorial for HitFilm Express.

How to Add 3D Objects to Your Videos with Blender & After Effects

In this 2 part series we will look at how to add realistic looking 3D objects to your videos using Blender and Adobe After Effects.

In the first part we will work in Blender. You will learn how to set up your 3D scene and set up your lights and environment maps. We will cover how to use Shadow Catchers to create transparent surface areas that capture the shadow of our 3D objects.

We will then add some physics to our scene to make it feel a little bit more interactive. Finally, I will cover the render settings you need to render out the final image sequence.

In part 2 we will cover how to composite these rendered elements back onto your video using Adobe After Effects. Stay tuned, I hope to release the second part within a week or two :)

Advanced Materials in Blender 2.8 – The Shader Editor

Learn how to create advanced materials for your 3D models using the Shader Editor in Blender 2.8! The Shader Editor offers a procedural approach to generating complex shaders for anything from lava to organic looking dragon scales.

For this tutorial we are going to start out with a free 3D model of the Stanford Dragon.

We will import an environment map and then create a basic material for our dragon. Next, you will learn about how to access and use the Shader Editor in Blender.

This editor works by connecting different nodes together to define how your model will be shaded. You can plug together different functional nodes for math operations, ambient occlusion and much more!

At the end of this tutorial you will have created a complex half-glass, half-marble material shader with some highlighted edges and green ambient occlusion. It might not be the most ‘functional’ shader, but hopefully the tutorial will show you what is possible with the Shader Editor in Blender!

All comments, questions and suggestions are welcome :)

BorisFX Black Friday Sale 40-65% OFF

BorisFX are having a HUGE Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale. Get up to 65% OFF Mocha Pro, Sapphire, Continuum and SilhouetteFX. The sale runs from the 25th November to the 2nd December 2019.

All products are 25% off and all bundles are 50% off during this period. On top of that you can use my custom coupon code ‘SURFACEDSTUDIO’ to get an additional 15% off! The coupon code will also work once the sale has ended.

And, for full transparency, if you use my discount code, I will also get a little bit of a kickback which I always really appreciate :D

Mocha Pro

Mocha Pro is an academy award winning planar tracker. It has been used in countless Hollywood movies and TV shows all over the world. You can use Mocha Pro for screen replacements, object and people removal, lens correction, 2D and 3D motion tracking and much more.

Check out some of the Mocha Pro tutorials on my YouTube channel to get you started!


BorisFX Sapphire is a popular effects and plugin collection that gives you access to thousands of effects & presets within your favourite editing software. Anything from lens flares, glows, lighting, loooks and generated motion graphics to professional looking transitions.

What’s cool about Sapphire is that it allows you to create your own custom transitions and effects from scratch using the powerful node-based S_Transition and S_Effect builders. Here is a tutorial on how to create custom transitions using Sapphire inside Premiere Pro.


Continuum Complete is another industry leading effects and plugin collection from BorisFX. It includes very different effects from Sapphire and contains some powerful tools for working with 3D objects, creating professional titles and generating (and tracking) cool looking particle effects into your shots using Particle Illusion

Here is a tutorial on how to use Particle Illusion within Premiere Pro to add some exciting particle effects to your shot.


BorisFX recently purchased SilhouetteFX which gives you access to paint, roto and compositing tools. It has been used in popular movies such as Avengers, Black Panther and Avengers: End Game.

I have to admit I am not particularly familiar with this product yet so best check out the BorisFX Silhouette website to see whether it is the right product for you!

Licenses & Compatibility

BorisFX Mocha Pro, Sapphire and Continuum are compatible with Adobe, Avid, Apple and other OFX hosts. This means, these plugins will work with Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Apple Motion, Nuke, Blackmagic Fusion, HitFilm, Sony Vegas and many other popular video editing and compositing tools.

The discounts apply to all new licenses, upgrades and subscriptions. Be sure to check out the BorisFX store for more details!

If you’ve been holding out to snatch yourself up a deal with BorisFX, now might be a good time to pull the trigger!

Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED 4K Review

The Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED is a lightweight laptop aimed at content creators. It features a 4K AMOLED display, fast SSDs, 9th Generation Intel CPUs and NVIDIA RTX graphics cards. Let’s see how it performs in the real world for video editing, VFX & 3D!

Time Stamps

  • 02:01 NVIDIA RTX Studio
  • 03:25 Raytracing & Tensor Cores
  • 05:19 Technical Specifications
  • 08:01 Real World Performance
  • 08:28 4K OLED Display
  • 09:08 Form Factor & Weight
  • 09:34 Performance (Video Editing/VFX/3D)
  • 10:02 Working with 4K
  • 11:15 RTX in the Real World (Blender)
  • 13:01 Noise
  • 13:58 Keyboard & Touchpad
  • 14:35 Inputs & Outputs
  • 15:06 Webcam
  • 15:23 Speakers
  • 15:45 Battery Life
  • 16:37 Price & Configuration
  • 17:14 Verdict & Final Thoughts


  • The i9-9980HK is an 8 Core Processor
  • The screen is rated at 400nits. Some online tests place it at 283nits though :)

AERO 15 OLED Technical Specifications

  • 4.4lbs (2kg) weight
  • 15.6” Thin Bezel 4K AMOLED Display
  • 9th Generation Intel CPU (i7-9750H – i9-9980HK)
  • 2 SODIMM slots for up to 64GB DDR4RAM at 2666Mhz
  • Support for 2 NVMe SSD drives
  • 3 USB 3.0, 1 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), UHS-II SD Card Reader
  • HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, Microphone/Headphone Combo Jack, Ethernet
  • 94Wh Battery


The NVIDIA RTX Studio initiative is focused on providing laptops that are aimed at creators rather than gamers. They usually come with 60Hz 4K screens. They come with more RAM, stronger CPUs and larger SSDs. And they come with the new NVIDIA RTX graphics cards.

What’s so special about RTX cards? Besides CUDA cores, which are great for general GPU acceleration, they also contain Raytracing Cores and Tensor Cores.
Raytracing Cores can be utilised in 3D applications and rendering to offload path tracing processing onto your graphics card.
Tensor Cores are great for executing Machine Learning models. As such they can be leverage for AI based tasks such as smart sharpening and other image processing.

RTX technology is still in it’s early stages, but it is increasingly being integrated into professional software such as 3dsMax, Maya, Blender, Da Vinci Resolve, Lightroom and many other creative tools.

NVIDIA is working together with a lot of companies to create ‘RTX Studio’ laptops. These laptops are certified by NVIDIA to meet a set of minimum requirements to be considered a part of the RTX Studio laptop series.

You can visit the official NVIDIA website to learn more about NVIDIA RTX Studio.

Recommendation for Gamers

If you’re after a gaming laptop and are considering the AERO 15 I recommend going with a 1080p IPS panel instead that runs at 144Hz or even at 240Hz. You will enjoy your gaming experience a whole lot more :)

If this laptop looks like something you are considering, be sure to check out the GIGABYTE AERO 15 OLED SALE