TUTORIAL: 3D Camera Projection

Create a 3D scene from a still image in After Effects with this 3d Camera Projection technique.
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June 25th, 2007 @ 8:08 pm
Heyo! Im the first to comment! I'm stoked about watching this tutorial. (that sounds so geekish)

June 25th, 2007 @ 8:27 pm
I am thinking differently about the distanced between things and my face now.
June 25th, 2007 @ 8:45 pm
Sorry about your throat...

(currently in pre-production) and we're using a BUNCH

check it out guys!

June 25th, 2007 @ 8:49 pm
oh thats a superb tutorial.

Thanx Andrew!!!! thanx for sharing

Warm Regards
June 25th, 2007 @ 8:55 pm
Well, actually I just was coming down with something But, I fought it off! I just thought the bee story would be funnier ; )
June 25th, 2007 @ 9:26 pm
Wow! That was an awesome tutorial. You know, I would've come up with an effect like that myself, but your tutorials always take it to the next level, like that distance effect and dynamic view. Really, this tutorial is superb. Can't wait for the next! Oh, and by the way, could you make some kind of topic where we can just put our requests rather than just storing them somewhere along these stacks of comments. It'd make it easier for you too wouldn't it?
June 25th, 2007 @ 9:34 pm
HAHAH!!! Oh gosh, Andrew you had me in stiches with this tut! This will come in handy! Oh and thanks for using my examples on how Sam Loya is badly treated. I posted a comment on the deleted scene from DSFX saying that he was shot to pieces and blown up,like you mentioned in the tut. So thanks for the anonymous plug!
June 25th, 2007 @ 9:53 pm
Nice Kramer! Hilarious as always :D
June 25th, 2007 @ 10:18 pm
Hi andrew before i saw this tut i was thinking about the tv show maybe servivalman or somthing similar to it and there was that guy in the water stillimage and it moves around in 3d and i was thinking about it all day if i can work with a concept like that and here i go to check the new tut and i found that you beat me to it .wow any way can we have a page to post our ideas for you if you dont mind .thnx
June 25th, 2007 @ 10:20 pm
good as always.
Scott Wetherall
June 25th, 2007 @ 10:42 pm
Here is a dumb question - where is the tut - the link isn't doing anything
June 25th, 2007 @ 10:44 pm
Just scroll down it's the first on the list. I have to keep that page count up so I can't keep track of stats ; )
June 25th, 2007 @ 11:01 pm
I love the first joke you pulled of there Kramer ;)

Nice work..

..don't worry, we love Sam.
June 25th, 2007 @ 11:02 pm
Oh and Andrew...is the blog that you're using supported by 'Wordpress'?
June 25th, 2007 @ 11:05 pm
Well it is a wordpress blog that is tied into the site. I'm not sure what you mean by "supported" but it is using the code.
Scott Wetherall
June 25th, 2007 @ 11:06 pm
Great tut - how about doing one which includes a snowcone and a bee playing soccer -- just a thought !! keep up the good work.
Georgi Zhekov
June 25th, 2007 @ 11:07 pm
Great but the link leads only to the tutorial page and the tut isn's there...
June 25th, 2007 @ 11:12 pm
Try to refresh with CTRL+F5
John Paite
June 25th, 2007 @ 11:31 pm
thanksss awesome Andrew..i bet we can make it to move the camera down a long alley or something..im gonna try it out!!!
Craig Woolhouse
June 25th, 2007 @ 11:40 pm
super stocked on the new tutorial m8, didn't even know this kinda stuff was possible. Oh btw, i'm downloading your uber cool sound fx right now, can't wait :) keep up the hard work!
S. Gilbert
June 26th, 2007 @ 12:05 am
Hey Andrew,

You did again!! that tutorial was absolutely fantastic, I am definitly going to apply all the techniques learned in the last few. Your website more addictive than heroin (not that I would know) keep it up!!!

S. Gilbert
June 26th, 2007 @ 12:31 am
hey! i just finished watching the great tutorial, i am trying to use another photo. to get more intriguing effect, thanks andrew, that was awesome... i was actually watching the tutorial with my wife and when you talking about the bee stuff, she said " i know, here he go again" its great that people expect a lot from you, this blog, video co-pilot is more getting into a community thing, and its good... hey guys lets appreciate andrew for every little time he takes to gives us some of his skills, pls he worth a kiss. great tutorial, technically detailed, and comprehensively tutored by great Kramer... and for Kramer, you know i will give you a tip on how you can get the baby bees out, i guess you guys have a mountain like we do in africa, go on top of the mountain, when the sun rise, open ur mouth wide for 15 mintues, bees like early morning, they may fly out, but if they dont, never mind, jump down from the mountain, dont worry we will make illusion on that, and definately a tutorial will be made on that ....

tunslike (thnks)
June 26th, 2007 @ 12:44 am
can the vedio out of charge for download?
June 26th, 2007 @ 12:46 am
Hey Andrew, great tutorial. There is another way to do like a camera panning around making it look like your using this type of effect.
You can check it out here.
June 26th, 2007 @ 12:57 am
I'm intruiged. Could this technique (with a bit of pre-composing) be used as a poor mans way to relight a scene? With a motion control camera you could even add in real people to that scene! (Though if you had a motion control camera, I doubt you would make your room in after effects, but it was just a hypothetical).

Great tutorial.
June 26th, 2007 @ 1:11 am
Nice one!
June 26th, 2007 @ 1:26 am
RE ANDREW: Well it is a wordpress blog that is tied into the site. I’m not sure what you mean by “supported” but it is using the code.


Well yeah, that's what I mean.

With wordpress you tie the blog to your website or you set up a free one, but HEY why would you need one, you've got a great site here!

Oh by the way, I'm going to purchase a lot of your stuff soon considering my b-day is coming (the cash rolls in)
..So will you turn up at my house? (lol)

Once again, nice work!
June 26th, 2007 @ 1:27 am
i don't get the part with the light.(if i say it right, becuse i'm dutch) do you realey have to do that, becuse i don't get why you have to do that.
but it's a good tut!
June 26th, 2007 @ 1:29 am
Marry me !
Freaking great tutorial again!
It was very helpfull!

Ho, and un grnad bonjour de France :)
June 26th, 2007 @ 1:29 am
Could someone remove my hand from my face? I can't see ship :D

Nice effort again.
June 26th, 2007 @ 1:33 am
I remember seeing vanishing point demo'ed in photoshop CS3 and then pulled into AE. I don't remember the details, but it seemed to make the room construction faster - am I correct or is it a memory thing?

June 26th, 2007 @ 1:34 am
abi çok güzel yapıyonuz valla sabrsızlıkla beklyorum beyaptıysam hepsini sizden öğrendim siz bu işi biliyonuz
June 26th, 2007 @ 1:49 am
Votre site est super, mais on voulais aussi avoir un site En Français, surtout vos tuts son cool !

June 26th, 2007 @ 2:06 am
Can Andrew answer my Request! please give me a gist on how to make a video an hand drawn effect, like something draw on a paper, i have a commercial to make this week and the concepts lies that way, please guys, i have come to my community, i think i deserve a warm support and assistance, ..... some one got a clue aside Kramer? pls dont let a brother down, dont wanna lose the money and the fame!
June 26th, 2007 @ 2:12 am
The best way to make hand drawn is to hand draw. Check out digitalanarchy.com they have a plugin called toon it. I think that this effect can be a bit hokey...

Vanishing point is great, but there are some limiations and side effects, just as with this technique. You have to use the light to project the image onto the walls. And jacob, I imagine because it is a still image you could simply place people in 3d without haveing to even have track data.
June 26th, 2007 @ 2:22 am
Andrew: That is true. As you rotate the camera, you could set an expression to also rotate the people inversly (away from the camera), though that would only work with very small camera moves, as otherwise you would clearly see their 'cardboard cutout' nature.
June 26th, 2007 @ 2:31 am
hee andrew love the tut. i'm gonna try it right away.

Babatunde Tunslike: you could also try to just type the text end then animate a mask over it.
June 26th, 2007 @ 2:31 am
I think this technique is all about small moves. Since you can't realy perfom any 'flyby's' due to the limited moving space.
June 26th, 2007 @ 3:14 am
Oi Andrew, where do you get your 3D text from?
June 26th, 2007 @ 3:16 am
Nice tutorial, like always! ;)

@Tobias: Basically you're right. But mainly it depends on the picture a really high resolution picture allows more movement of course, because you can zoom in further without losing nice detail.

I probably need this tutorial for our next project...So big thanks to Andrew and the Video Copilot team! ;)
June 26th, 2007 @ 3:59 am
Nice tutorial andrew... Well i guess you just gotta take large images, with this back in ur head, that u will only use a smaller part of the image, then u got plenty of space around ur composition!
June 26th, 2007 @ 4:16 am
Rockin Dude! Must say, I wasn't a true believer till I saw it for myself. I thought for sure that it had to be a Lightwave or Maya or 3DSMax projection. Good going!
June 26th, 2007 @ 4:22 am
thnks guys for the reply, but u are getting what am saying, am not saying hand draw, i mean making a video looking like its pencil drawn on a paper, Andrew, tessam if you guys are still online, please check out http://www.eyeballnyc.com/montage.html, check out their demo reel, the effect they use for the hip hop gang and tupac stuff, please check that out and reply if you got a clue to how that was achieved
June 26th, 2007 @ 4:40 am
Hey tunslike, didnt work what i suggested? :(
June 26th, 2007 @ 4:42 am
Thanks for another great tutorial
June 26th, 2007 @ 4:44 am
You are the best andrew kramer, i love all your tutorials and this one is the best tutorial. I can't wait for more tutorials that will blow my socks off
June 26th, 2007 @ 4:53 am

Nice one :D All hail Lord Kramer...
June 26th, 2007 @ 4:58 am
Great stuff. Thanks! Waiting for CS3 tutors
June 26th, 2007 @ 5:12 am
great work as usual, thanks for sharing.
June 26th, 2007 @ 5:44 am
Morning USA, i guess you guys are in the Monring now, thats why the community aints busy that much, however Andrew remember to check out the site i sent and tell me how its can be achieve.

Morning guys, wake up its 1.49 PM in Nigeria
June 26th, 2007 @ 5:48 am
@ Tunslike: Ik checked out the reel2006, found the hiphop scene but am not sure wich of the effects you mean. Maybe you can point it out by taking a screenshot?
June 26th, 2007 @ 6:16 am
Maestro de maestros... !!!
June 26th, 2007 @ 6:21 am
Awesome tutorials!!!
Thank you very much for doing this for free because I am 17 and I cannot spend all my money for such stuff at that time, so it makes me really happy that some great people give their knowledge to others in a free way.
I am looking forward to your "Infinite Zoom" tutorial!
Sincerely yours,
Michael Maier
June 26th, 2007 @ 6:23 am
"We both had a good laugh and then moved on." You could've stopped the tutorial right there cuz I had a pretty good laugh. But seriously, that was a good tutorial Andrew. I like the way you use projection, very handy and sensible technique.
June 26th, 2007 @ 6:33 am
Great Tutorial Andrew, you`re the best!!!
June 26th, 2007 @ 7:05 am
thnks tobias, try like this, replay the REEL, try following the play head, the effect am talking is the one that come after the guys fold up the blue carpet (BUY BEST), the next show that comes after that, .. like someone opens a book to show all those hip-hops gangs and artist.

is the pen draw effect

i guess the clue can help you
Alexander Jansen
June 26th, 2007 @ 7:12 am
Great job buddy! :D
Really liked it. ^^ Hope you can show us the commerical you'r making soon aswell ; )
June 26th, 2007 @ 7:35 am
@Tunslike: Well you pointed out you don't want to hand draw it. I think it must be drawn SOMEHOW right? Basically what they've done is draw a person state 1, state 2, state 3, maybe state4 and just animate that frame after frame. The movement is very basic and I think it could be easily done by drawing, just like one is drawing in a flip book. I know AE CS3 come's with enhanced animation tools.
June 26th, 2007 @ 7:59 am
The best pencil-drawn effect you are going to get without any plug-ins or anything would be to just use the effects --> Stylize --> Find Edges effect in after effects and turn it all black and white. Andrew, would there be some way to use the light-projection technique using other walls, if you had an extremely large photo-merged picture?
Some Guy
June 26th, 2007 @ 8:01 am
@Andrew Kramer:
Thanks, nice work! I think this was the funniest tutorial.
And wow! I got indeed huge hands. And my eye hurts...

@Babatunde Tunslike:
I think this rappers are rotoscoped. You can do it by drawing the edges of a figure for every frame. Or you can take every second frame (or third etc.) to save some hard work, and lower the frame rate, so that if you are in 24p it shows every picture for two frames (or three etc.).
Maybe this effect can be achieved by filming with a lot of contrast (for example with a good lightning and white background) and then applying the effects "Find Edges" or "Threshold" in After Effects. But the best result you will achieve rotoscoping your footage.
Georgi Zhekov
June 26th, 2007 @ 8:14 am
There is an effect in AE called scribble,which uses masks.Check it out and for more info you could check this http://cowcast.creativecow.net/after_effects/episodes/CC_Scribble_Pt1_POD_iPod_Lo.mp4
Jacob Aaron
June 26th, 2007 @ 8:45 am
I just finished watching your tutorial and I thought it was awesome. I didn't do so well on my first one but ill just do it about 10more times see how I get from there. That one was awesome and I am scheduled to purchase your whole set soon, so I cant wait.
June 26th, 2007 @ 9:02 am
Thanks GUYS, i know you wont let me down, maybe i was just trying to find a short way and fast , rotoscoping frame by frame maybe hard, and its depend on how long you want to achieve the effect, i actually want to make a 40 -56 sec. dream scene with this effect, so rotoscoping such length may be boring and hard, so i think the scribble effect may work somehow, though am working on some footage to get ready for the effect, and all have being trying are almost like it, but not exact.

thnks guys, i appreciate .... though am still expecting Andrew comments if he has seen it... as soon as i get it down with the commercial, i will post online

June 26th, 2007 @ 9:32 am
Bee's must really like snow cones and after effects
June 26th, 2007 @ 9:47 am
Excellent Job man...very informative, funny, and overall well done as usual. I'm looking forward to that infinite zoom tut too :) Whats funny is I think I can't figure something out in AE when you somehow do it in 5 simple steps or something and I'm left wondering why in the heck I didn't think of it myself...ugh. Either way great job.
Scott Telle
June 26th, 2007 @ 9:48 am
Andrew, Great Tutorial! I just bought Riot Gear, and it's awesome too!

I enjoyed the camera tweak you used by zooming out and then moving the camera. I'd love to see a tutorial where you explore the settings in the camera dialog box to come up with some sweet effects. I think the 3D portion of After Effects can sometimes be intimidating to some.

And again, great site -- I check back frequently!
Jasper Wiese
June 26th, 2007 @ 11:43 am
Great stuff Andrew, thanks a lot.
June 26th, 2007 @ 11:57 am
Wow great tutorial Andrew! But what is the use of this?
barry barrera
June 26th, 2007 @ 12:23 pm
another crystal clear tutorial for advance & beginners!!!
more power master andrew....

barry barrera
jbsynchrovision video
June 26th, 2007 @ 12:26 pm
The use of this? Just to get some depth in your pictures :) It just makes it all a little more dynamic.

Great tutorial Andrew! I tried this technique yesterday when you announced it on your blog, but couldn't get the projection sharp. Good thing you found out what it was :) This technique is exactly the same the 3D applications use, but then with a work-around technique. Great stuff :)
June 26th, 2007 @ 12:27 pm
P.S. check out the header video I did on this website with a different camera mapping technique in After Effects: http://www.lifeaviation.eu
Rick Q.
June 26th, 2007 @ 12:54 pm
Love it!
June 26th, 2007 @ 1:26 pm
Hey Andrew, congrats from chile man. Really cool tutorial, i used to do the camera projection technique in 3d max and it took me way longer than now that use after effects.Also Cant wait for the infinite zoom tutorial... always wanted to do something like that... Keep up the cool tutorials!!

Los tutoriales estan la raja!!! (the tuts are great)
June 26th, 2007 @ 1:41 pm
Actually a while ago i made a short secuence with some vfx , i did it in after effects and 3d max, i used max for the camera projection part of the pool, cos i didnt now it was possible in ae at that time.. maybe if i had known that ae could do the same thing than max it woulda taken me less time to get it done.. here is the link to the video if ya wanna watch it..
June 26th, 2007 @ 1:47 pm
hey andrew,

how can i change the layer-name of the wall in AE 6.5? ... I mean that layer who already have a name
June 26th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm
June 26th, 2007 @ 2:14 pm
Hehe, very nice swimming pool effect there, JHonny :) I think I've seen it before somewhere.
June 26th, 2007 @ 2:51 pm
Andrew, this tutorial kicks butt, as always...but I gotta be honest...I'm waiting for the infinite zoom tutorial...
Iliès S.
June 26th, 2007 @ 2:55 pm
/quote Ferdi:
/Hehe, very nice swimming pool effect there, JHonny :) I think I’ve seen /it before somewhere.

I've seen it in a ad for a soda I think.

Nice tut Andrew, the "light" version is good, but when you played with this door by putting it in depth ... wow, this could be really useful.
Great tut as always, you really got the technique to explain everything and keep your viewers attention, you maybe were a teacher in another life :d.

@Tunslike: if you use rotoscoping don't do frame by frame but 2 frames by 2 (or even 3 by 3, depends on the style that you want), it'll be much more like hand drawn and "toon" than 1 by 1.

Iliès, cg student,
June 26th, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

Thank you keep up the good work, Great tutorials I wish my wife would understand what my green screen is for. hehehe

Regards from Oz,
June 26th, 2007 @ 3:47 pm
Nice work as always. Why don't you teach a session at NAB? Do you mind if I add you to my blog links?
June 26th, 2007 @ 3:47 pm
I have been watching this site for well over a year and have had the pleasure of watching it grow. Your tutorials are invaluable. I used a number of your tuts for VFX on my feature length thriller we did last year and I used Film Magic Pro for the basis for Color Correction on the enitre film. Keep up the good work!

Gary Howe
Waterfront Entertainment
Daniel Reynolds
June 26th, 2007 @ 4:04 pm
Very nice Andrew. Keep up the good work!

Daniel Reynolds
Club House Inc. productions
Winchester, CA
June 26th, 2007 @ 4:06 pm
Me too.....Gotta get that Infinite zoom effect tutorial going.
Im also waiting for a tutorial for the Superman Text effect found at the beginning of the movies......Im sure you know the effect!

June 26th, 2007 @ 4:18 pm
I have come to realize that this website is like digital crack. Once you start smoking videocopilot.net you can never get enough.
Dustin James
June 26th, 2007 @ 4:40 pm
videocopilot is good for you... unlike other substances...
Iliès S.
June 26th, 2007 @ 5:11 pm
Couldn't agree more Dustin ;)

Iliès, cg student,
June 26th, 2007 @ 5:26 pm
Andrew, Have you seen the film "The Kid Stay's In The Picture"? I'd love to learn how you would apply this effect in a similar but even better way than they used in this film. 80% of this film is still images with a treatment. It's also a hilarious and sad true story of the legendary Hollywood producer Bob Evans. Check it out for the still treatments.
June 26th, 2007 @ 6:37 pm
you realize that andrew just made a holodeck in after effects...

June 26th, 2007 @ 7:22 pm
June 26th, 2007 @ 7:46 pm
awesome tut man
this one is gold
June 26th, 2007 @ 9:53 pm
Easy on the CAPS ; ) change the preview option to adaptive only. Apparently the open GL doesn't render Light Transmission.

ET, I like the 3rd link best.
June 26th, 2007 @ 9:55 pm
now i remembered the name of the show that looks like the last tut man VS wild .and my xl2 is driving me banana.
June 26th, 2007 @ 10:04 pm
Thanks Hoss! Worked. Sorry bout the caps. :)
June 26th, 2007 @ 10:38 pm
hi Andrew,
I am learning visual effects in toronto,Canada your tutorials have helped me a lot in learning the important things in AF, Thanks a lot Bro.
June 26th, 2007 @ 11:12 pm
Babatunde Tunslike. I still think that you could just mask it. i even think andrew hat a tut about it.

looks the same to me. hope it will work.
June 26th, 2007 @ 11:35 pm
andrew andrew .my xl2 is giving me a crapy non clear footage what is the problem its not crisp clear even on (m) 24p-16:9 S.O.S .and in AE when i put the footage in the time line to render the length is 30s it renders only 10s i want to render the whole thing .and iam sorry for asking you too muchthe reason is i want to follow up on your tut but i cant becuase of these things cuasing me to lose my hair.
June 27th, 2007 @ 12:46 am
gerat tutorial as always, and as always I ported it to DigitalFusion easly :) Thanks!
June 27th, 2007 @ 3:34 am
Thank you KRAMER from Istanbul
June 27th, 2007 @ 1:02 pm
Awesome, a very good and well prepared tutorial (like always),

Thanks a lot Andrew, and thank you for your good support when buying your DVDs...

Greetings, Marc
June 27th, 2007 @ 5:47 pm
camera mapping. a good standard thing but it looks always cool. especially on your tutorials ^^
June 27th, 2007 @ 6:04 pm
wow man thx for the great tutorial
June 28th, 2007 @ 12:38 am
Wow Man Really Its very nice ..But We Need More visual effect For Movies
June 28th, 2007 @ 12:52 am
cool tutorial, will use it for some cool 2D to 3D DVD transitions and menus.
July 2nd, 2007 @ 6:42 am
Well thanx a lot for show us these great tutorials .. well actually I was studying film and I didn't know that you can do some of the camera movement in AE
July 2nd, 2007 @ 8:19 am
much easier than putting a 3D environment together piece by piece. How can I get my floor to not become distorted beyond recognition?
July 3rd, 2007 @ 2:16 pm
Wow men haha INCREDIBLE
July 3rd, 2007 @ 3:26 pm
Thank you, thank you, thank you - I now know what to do with the stills I shot in Cuba! Bravo!!

July 11th, 2007 @ 2:19 pm
August 31st, 2007 @ 9:52 am
I can't see the project anymore and I was wondering if you were going to put it back up.
By the way everything is great,
February 14th, 2008 @ 10:32 pm
A great job you are doing, am one of dose who see after effect as the most hard package to use but since i was introduced to your site in 2007 by my friend ARON who works with one of the biggest media house in Nigeria (soundcity) i now can say after effect here i come,
God bless Andrew kramer.
September 16th, 2008 @ 6:58 am
Hello sir,
I am great fan of yours.I have learn a lot from your site.Just if u can help be by tutorial of freezing ice room.I want a normal room which turns to freezing ice layer on it due to chilling effect.
It will be my honor if u help me regarding that.
Please revert to me as soon as possible i need it urgent

Thanks in advance
October 29th, 2009 @ 10:17 am
your tutorial give me so satisfaction.thanks sir
June 26th, 2010 @ 3:57 am
Perfect Tutorails
But Some times I can,t Donlowd The Movie
November 22nd, 2010 @ 2:27 pm
I was kind of intimidated by this at first, but you explained it very clearly. Thanks!
December 12th, 2010 @ 10:30 pm
hi dear
i realy got more skills while i found your toterials i hope you to be in touch with me alwayse
i would have some question while i am edditing Proffesional Cenametic film i hope you help me to make complicated films

take care
December 16th, 2010 @ 1:04 am
hi dear

i am trying to make a jump for a proffisional commercial TV Ad could you please help me to make with AECS3

take care
hope reply
May 17th, 2012 @ 11:59 am
helo Andrew. hm i need some help here. why dont you put a subtitles for your tutorial video.. or you can write down the steps.. well.. cause i cant understand well.. ;-(
JJ Terazan
October 22nd, 2012 @ 2:20 pm
Thanks a lot for all your fantastic tutorials !
I have a litle question about the 3D projection .
Is it a way to keep alpha information ( an alpha ) mask from the projected image ?
Thanks. Take Care.
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