Create 360° Dr. Strange Cityscape | After Effects + Mantra VR

Create 360° Dr. Strange Cityscape | After Effects + Mantra VR

Charles Yeager (yeagerfilm) shows us how to create a Dr. Strange-inspired cityscape in After Effects CC 2018 with Mantra VR.  This technique uses the recently added support for RGBA, part of a free Mantra VR update. Charles shows how to use an Element 3D cityscape rendered in 360° with an Alpha, and applies Mantra VR > Hyperbolix effect to create the trippy scene. He also explores other creative uses with Mantra.

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How to Create 360° Dr. Strange inspired Cityscape | After Effects + Mantra VR

360 Render of Element 3D Cityscape with Alpha Channel.

Apply Mantra VR > “Hyperbolix” to Alpha Channel layer.

Apply “Waves” to sky layer.

Masking sky on real world 360° footage.

Adding new sky photo.

Applying waves to sky only.

Using a depth pass.

Using Mantra VR with depth pass.

Charles Yeager is a Filmmaker & Motion Graphics Artist currently residing in Arkansas. His projects have been recognized by Canon, Video Copilot, Vimeo, Filmmaker IQ, No Film School, Film Convert, BOOM Library & Filminute. See his portfolio at

Charles is the author of numerous tutorials on 360/VR video production in After Effects and Premier Pro. You can find them on his Youtube channel and in the tutorial sections on the Mettle website.

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