A twist on the old Text-to-Sand effect. No plug-ins required, but be warned, the stock particle effect in After Effects is very processor-intensive, so expect loooong render times even on a fast system.
If you’d like to learn how to create this effect yourself, there’s a tutorial right here.
Full HD (1920x1080px), PAL (25fps)
After Effects CS5.5, CS6, CC
None. All effects are part of the standard licensed After Effects installation (but may not be present in the demo version).
Free for commercial and personal use without attribution. Sale or redistribution not permitted.