Watch Animated Short 'EXODUS' and Learn How to Get Started with Trapcode Mir

We've already seen a little bit of what is possible in the After Effects plugin Trapcode, but now we've got a short called EXODUS from Magnus Östergren that was commissioned by Peder Norrby, the founder of Trapcode, to specifically show off what Trapcode Mir (a part of the whole suite) was capable of. Click through to check out the short:

Here is a bit about the process and the programs used:

Trapcode has commissioned EXODUS, an animated short film by director/designer Magnus Östergren of Potemkin. The film uses Trapcode Suite with a focus on Trapcode Mir.

Mir is a plug-in for Adobe After Effects that provides you with a polygon mesh that can be displaced with a fractal and shaded in many ways. Mir uses OpenGL so it gives very fast feedback, allowing you to experiment while getting instant results. You can download a trial HERE and start playing.

Magic Bullet Looks was also used for color correction, effects processing and film grain. 

Östergren says, "The film is set in space in an alternate universe. Logic and photo-realism are low priority but cool scenery and glows rule supreme." He also created the soundtrack for the film, explaining that, "I like the concept of 'art by accident', just letting stuff evolve, like in my music production. In Trapcode Mir, I found a great tool for this method."

The whole short used the entire Trapcode Suite, but if you're interested in learning more about Trapcode Mir specifically, you can check out some tutorials below:

You can try out the software if you have After Effects by going to the link below. Does anyone have experience with Trapcode or Trapcode Mir? If so, feel free to share any samples of your work below.


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Great piece.

January 15, 2013 at 9:10PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Yeah I was unsure of MIR when they announced it - unconvinced when I saw the many videos and still, as interesting as that anime piece was...Im still not sure what to make of MIR.

Element 3D I completely get - that's AMAZINGLY powerful...MIR I guess just isnt on my creative wavelength.

Still well done to the creator of EXODUS - amazing vision and talent to pull all that together with one plugin.

January 15, 2013 at 11:12PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


hey guys, I also created a short animation using only TRAPCODE PARTICULAR 2 and FORM... and some OPTICAL a 3D space. check it out please at
watch till the end. enjoy:)

January 16, 2013 at 2:28AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


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August 12, 2014 at 7:47PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM