Adobe After Effects Earth Zoom from Dun Laoghaire Marina

Decided to do another one of those tutorials from VideoCopilot. This time I attempted the earth zoom. I took some snapshots of Google Earth at various altitudes and in the tutorial you are shown how to put these all together and create the effect.  The zoom starts at Dun Laoghaire Marina and pulls out to space. Enjoy!


Here’s the Marina on Google Maps

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Adobe After Effects Particle Explosion Title HD

Decided to spend a few hours this evening mucking about with Adobe After Effects. I headed over to and came across this title tutorial. He’s got some really nice tutorials up there and he talks you through every step. Just make sure you have the pause button ready and alt+tab back and forth from your browser of choice to After Effects!


Old College Project made with Macromedia Director

Back in 2002 – 2006 I studied Multimedia Programming/Multimedia Systems at the Institute of Art Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin,  Ireland. The course taught us how to use many multimedia applications, one relic being Macromedia Director. Oh where is it now? Well taken over by Adobe for a start 🙂

For my final year project, I studied the differences between 2D and 3D simulations. I had to write a pretty large paper and create an application to demonstrate my findings. The amount of hours I put into this project would be far too many to count. Its a pity nobody uses Director anymore!


For my project I decided to focus on traffic simulation and I created this little interactive application. You’ll most likely need to install Adobe Shockwave to get this running! You can view junctions in 3d or 2d ( which was just a top down 3D view ), increase traffic density, rotate camera view in 3D and increase building height.

Its flawed I know, the cars turn into each other sometimes and the 2D view isn’t even true 2D, but lets just put that all aside!

Does anybody use Director anymore? let me know and post any links to anything you’ve developed with it!