As a huge fan of Video Copilot, often when they do a promo for an upcoming tutorial, I usually try to find the time to play around with the same kinda stuff, figure out how I'd do something similar, before watching it and finding out how they did it.
Here I used three assets from an ancient Artbeats Reel Fire DVD, all low res SD clips, one as a base texture for use with CC Sphere, adding some turbulent noise, some vector blur, then one for the poofs* using Particular and finally one for the edges. Add CC and glow on top.
And I love to do this kinda stuff, it really forces you to think quickly, honing your problem solving skills - it's just a ton of fun. :D
* yes, poofing is a thing stars do, just ask any astronomer. ;)
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