Last year I was working on a promo for a client and during some concept stages I created this “water” effect. This was done with the filters and plug-ins that came with After Effects, so no thrid party plugins were used. The client loved it and ended up using it in their promo. Since I can’t show the promo (NDA), I went back and tweaked a few settings, changed the look around and came up with this version. The plus side is that during my tweaks the rendering time was cut in half and works pretty quickly. If there is interest in how I did it, I’d be glad to do a tutorial to show you how it was done.