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Solaris allows you to create sizzling 3D sun animations in Adobe After Effects. Solaris gives you the all the control of a custom animation, but with the realism of authentic footage. It's perfect for creating scientific animations for documentaries, as well as stunning cinematic shots for sci-fi projects.


Solaris uses NASA footage of solar flares, prominences, coronal mass ejections, and the sun's surface, to create a realistic sun that you can customize with easy controls. The sun is three-dimensional, allowing you to animate your camera and incorporate other 3D elements into your scene. Included are 12 finished sun animations ("presets") that are ready to render. Solaris also includes a variety of bonus effects such as lens flares, heat haze, sound effects, star backgrounds, and several heat-themed title effects. All of the effects are easy to customize, and the in-depth tutorial takes you through the steps to easily build a custom sun from scratch. No matter your experience level, Solaris will let your ideas shine!

    • Works on both Mac or PC. No plugins required. Compatible with Adobe After Effects CC 2021 (18.x), and all later versions. 
    • This template has been "universalized", meaning it will work in After Effects running in other languages.
    • This template includes both HD (1920x1080) and 4K (4096x2160) versions of each preset. The comps can be modified to work in any resolution.
    • All included video and audio files are public domain. Credits: Video elements courtesy of NASA: NASA Goddard YouTube Channel, SDO Gallery. All sound effects obtained from

    The Solaris template is not a plugin, so there is nothing to install. It's an Adobe After Effects project file, commonly known as a "template" because most of the work is already done, and the user needs only to make their own adjustments. This template is compatible with version CC 2021 (18.0) as well as all later versions of After Effects.

    The Solaris template contains copyrighted intellectual property, so the sharing or online posting of project files with or for anyone other than a client is prohibited. See the Terms and Conditions for more details.

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