SkyBox Studio 360 CountDown Challenge

SkyBox Studio 360 CountDown Challenge

Join the #SkyBox360 Challenge! Create a 360/VR Countdown Video using SkyBox Studio in After Effects and have a chance at winning over $6,500 in prizes. What is a CountDown Video? It is a numeric or graphic countdown before the action begins in a film or video. In 360/VR it’s crucial that the viewer orient themselves in 360 space at the beginning of a film or video. Your CountDown Video should show a unique way to do this. Can be a numeric countdown, like the intro to Nissan Drives LeMans (see below). Can incorporate live action, or can be graphics and text generated in After Effects. Be creative! Anything goes – you are helping to create a new film-making vocabulary for 360. There are great prizes to be won from our awesome sponsors, and you’ll create a 360 video for your portfolio.

The Challenge is Complete! Thanks for all your amazing entries!!
Winners announced Nov. 18, 2015. 😀

360 Video: Click and drag with your mouse.

SkyBox 360 CountDown Challenge. This video was made using SkyBox Studio in After Effects. We imported (1920 x 1080) footage and made precomps with them, and placed them in the SkyBox Master composition. All the text layers in the SkyBox Master comp were in After Effects 3D space, so that we could manipulate them in (X, Y, Z) space. No 3rd party plugins were used.

How to enter:

1. Create your 360 CountDown Video in After Effects using SkyBox Studio. Can incorporate 360 footage, or be entirely created in After Effects.
2. Don’t have SkyBox Studio? Fill out this form to get a temporary license. Play nice – this is NOT for commercial work. License will expire at 11:59 on Nov. 11th, 2015.
3. Upload your finished video to youtube, Facebook, littlstarMilkVR, vrideo, or another 360 host. Add a hashtag #SkyBox360 in the description
4. Submit Submit Form
Contest Deadline: 11:59 PM EST Wednesday November 11th, 2015.

Please note:
• All content must be yours. Only original materials will be considered.
• You may enter more than once.


Lloyd Alvarez

Lloyd has been an Adobe After Effects user for nearly two decades. He does it all – from concepting and art directing projects to compositing, animation, visual effects, and even software development. Also the owner of aescripts + aeplugins.

René Pinnell

As a filmmaker & designer, René produced the acclaimed comedy show Backpack Picnic, directed the feature documentary The King of Texas, sold a TV pilot to MTV, designed 5 products & founded 2 companies. He is the founder of Kaleidoscope, which showcases the best in virtual reality filmmaking and immersive art.

Chris Bobotis

SkyBox Developer and Partner at mettle. Chris has 20+ years working on the production side of advertising, and as a software developer. His Mesh-Warp plugin FreeForm was licensed by Adobe Systems. His latest product, SkyBox Studio, brings 360/VR production capabilities into After Effects.

What is a CountDown Video? It is a numeric or graphic countdown before the action begins in a film or video.

Check out the 360/VR countdown in Hamilton+Kidd Nissan Drives LeMans:


(to be divided between 3 winners)


CC Subscription for 1 year ($599.88)

aescripts + aeplugins:

iExpressions 2 Full Bundle ($199.99)
TypeMonkey ($89.99)
LayerMonkey ($119.99)
Plexus ($199.99)


FirePro W5100 GPU ($499)

Freedom 360

F360 Camera Mount for 6 GoPros ($479)


Lite membership 2 courses ($299)


GoPro Hero4 Session Camera ($499)


3 x SkyBox Studio* (3 x $189)
*If you win and already own SkyBox Studio, we will reimburse your purchase price.
FreeForm Pro (3 x $299)
Terra Pack Trio (3 x $99)
Aqua Pack (3 x $49)
ShapeShifter AE (3 x $249)


GTX 680 GPU ($299)

Rampant Design

2K or 4K Download (3 x $199)

Red Giant

Trapcode Particular ($399)
Trapcode Form ($199)


Templates (3 x $90)

Mettle Skybox Suite has joined Adobe.

Mettle Skybox Suite of plugins will be exclusively available as part of your Creative Cloud membership through deep, native integration with Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. Adobe Creative Cloud will offer an end to end experience for crafting rich and compelling VR/360 experiences.  

 Learn more – Adobe and Mettle VR: 360 degrees better

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