Trapcode Particular has long been seen as industry standard for incredible particle systems and complicated particle effects. It is tough to master, although, very straight forward.

But what if there was another option that help visually organize all that there is in the actual plugin. Enter, AE Scripts Stardust plugin. This plugin for After Effects helps to organize thought and execution through its various nodes and module interface.

In this 10th episode of’s video blogs, I take a look at how these two plugins compare, which is better, and why it might be time to try something new.