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Requirements: After Effects CC 2015, Trapcode Form
Recommended: Optical Flares, Shine, Starglow
Many of you have likely seen this effect used before, Trapcode particular or form being used to animate in or out of a logo. While it is likely an After Effects cliché at this point, clichés become clichés because they interesting (at first anyways).
For those of you who don't know how this effect is achieved, here is a very brief rundown:
The main effect is created with Trapcode Form and a camera animated through Z space. A precomposed layer is used in form's parameter's under layer maps> color and alpha. This layer is used for the logo you are animating in or out of, and can be animated when precomposed. The quick maps are utilized to achieve the transition of particles along the Y axis (X and Z options are also available). The form layer was then duplicated and the particles in X and Y were drastically reduced by about 99%. Then Starglow was added to the second form layer to add some variation between particles, just remember to fade these particles out before the logo is completely revealed. There is a subtle animation of the hourglass used for the form layer map. Secondary plugins used: VC Optical Flares and Trapcode Shine. Another possibility would be to combine this effect with plexus for further depth and interest.
For a more in-depth look at how to achieve this effect, check out Harry Frank's tutorial below.