Tutorial Requests…

Okay… list em.

Consider this, I like to make tutorials that are helpful to a large audience.

Darius Wilhere
June 27th, 2007 @ 11:33 pm
Hi Andrew, one tutorial I'd really like to see is the creation of the sweet 3D titles. Such as the ones used in the Designer Sound F/X. Is this using a plug-in such as Zaxwerks? Are you creating those in 3D and exporting with an Alpha? Or is there some native capability for 3D titles that I have been oblivious too. If you don't go for that, how about making titles appear out of smoke similar to the trailer that was done for BRICK that can be found here... http://www.drfoster.f2s.com/trailers_b.shtml

thanks for the consideration.


June 27th, 2007 @ 11:38 pm
what about a video wall?...
June 27th, 2007 @ 11:43 pm
1) A video wall
2) Some more 'compositing' tutorials, specifically on non-chroma keyed stuff (rotoscoping techniques and stuff)
3) C4D
4) Some more 'abstract' effects, that can be used as background elements.
5) Some 'lower thirds' creation
6) C4D :D
    January 11th, 2011 @ 8:11 pm
    Yeah i think all of those would be great!
June 27th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm
Sorry to comment again, but With C4D, show how to make Text and Titles and stuff. I'm not into animating a short film (yet, or for a long time), but title stuff is usually low on rendering time and application specific complexity.
Johnny Handsome
June 27th, 2007 @ 11:50 pm
Like i said before, please make c4d tutorials and show us how to animate some things that i can use in my fanfilms, that would be great. :)
June 27th, 2007 @ 11:51 pm
Video Wall
Grunge stuff that you see on tv advertisements
June 28th, 2007 @ 12:04 am
I'd love to see what you could do with particles in After Effects ...

I really don't know how or what to use them for ... ?

June 28th, 2007 @ 12:08 am
Hi Andrew,

I really would love to see how to create the effect when someone gets hit by a car. I think I saw that in one of your promo videos. In that scene some guy runs on the street and moves like he was hit by a car, then you see a car drive through the screen and then you see the final result when the two scenes were put together.
I hope you know what I mean.

Greetings from Germany

PS your Tutorials are the best
June 28th, 2007 @ 12:24 am
I'd like to see a tutorial on stretching a face. Like a monster screaming and you stretch their jaw down a bit to give the look of a bigger bite. Also, any "REAL WORLD" techniques that you commonly use on customer projects to polish the job. The 3D titles is one I'm curious about too.
June 28th, 2007 @ 12:25 am
Morphing tutorial will be helpfull
June 28th, 2007 @ 12:29 am
I have some request for you Mr.kramer

Breaking the lens on a Camera.
Example, an explosion blows a side of the building apart sending a chunk on concrete into the camera. The Lens would be shatterd but also have distortion to it. Some areas would seem like a fun house mirror.

Touch Screen Effects, different reactions from touching a futuristic touch screen or a real plate of glass.

Rain Drops in water, saw this in one of your high resolution sock DVD's and wondered how you did it so well.

Maybe an Andrew Kramer MP3 Player spoof, MP3 commercials always dish out flashy motion graphics.

Infinite Zoom was amazing, I really want to see how you put that one together. My infinite zooms suck so I am hoping that one comes around before my deadline.
June 28th, 2007 @ 12:30 am
I'd love to see an After Effects tutorial that shows how to make a anamorphic lens flare. To quote Wikipedia, an anamorphic lens flare "is a kind of lens flare that has a long horizontal line usually with a blue tint and is most often visible when there is a bright light, such as from car headlights, in the frame with an otherwise dark scene".

I noticed it P.T. Anderson's film "Punch Drunk Love". Looks really cool. Would love to see a tutorial on this!

Anyways, keep up the good work Andrew!!!! I, as I'm sure many others do as well, truly appreciate your free tutorials!!

Thanks again.

June 28th, 2007 @ 12:32 am
Also how to get on Kramers good side... You know so I don't get blown up, punched in the face, tripped, or shot if I ever run into you...
June 28th, 2007 @ 12:46 am
I dont know about rest, but most of 3d text animations (for example those on ayatoweb) are built in something else than AAE, or with AAE using some other plugin, i allways wanted to do some of those things using mainly the tools AAE provides

Allso, still waiting for that Planet zoomed out=P

keep on the good work mr.Andrew, i remember somebody mentuned U to build a Forum, i think that is a nice idea =P

Have a good day from Split, Croatia
Georgi Zhekov
June 28th, 2007 @ 12:58 am
Well a tutorial with "the Matrix" effect would be nice,I mean the effect when the action stops and the camera rotates around the actors,I've always wondered how to achieve it
Jack Hunter
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:03 am
What would be very cool is a tutorial on how to do that zoom video you posted. Where the camera comes from over a city all the way back to space revealing the entire earth.
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:05 am
What about a Rain Tutorial. Like the Rain Sequenze in your HD Footage where the rain is coming from above and the Camera is looking at the ground! That would be great!

June 28th, 2007 @ 1:08 am
And a Tutorial where Mark will die 3 times in a row...
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:13 am
3D Fractal in After Effects (step by step)
and any Morphing without any "special" plugins...
will be nice
John Paite
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:15 am
Now that you asked..
1) I would love to know the makings of those videos on www.trapcode.com front page especially Pierre Michel's, I have him on my gchat and he explained it to me and even posted a brief info on how he made it but i still could not grasp it..
http://trapcode.com/gallery/polar2007_h.mov this is the video..
2) C4D for sure :)
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:20 am
i would love to see a tutorial on colour temp. how to change simple DV to much more interesting colour temp... you know...yeah...... i know it will benefit everyone :D
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:25 am
i think all the tutorial effects that you do are cool
but in the real world most studios use AE for brodcast and there are no tutorials on that subject over the net not that i"ve seen
so what i really would like to see are tutorials explaining how to do
1) lower thirds
2)how to approch a promo project
3)thins you can do with a company logo
basicly a project like one on this site http://www.motionworks.com.au/
Thank you
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:28 am
I'd also love to see some rotoscoping techniques and cool lower third creation.
Marcus Lee
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:28 am
1) I'd love to see something on multipass rendering and how to take advantage of the passes to achieve different looks.

2) Also, I'd like to see an integration of cg characters or props into live action video

3) And integrating cg set extensions to a live action set

These are real-world and practical examples that people need to know about in the vfx world... and it's something that is very rarely covered in tutorials or dvds.

June 28th, 2007 @ 1:30 am
I believe this one isn't mentioned before:
- How to create the effect of being outdoors, then zoom into a wall or window and smoothly blend over into a indoor situation (particulary the one that is behind the door / wall ofcourse :D)
Alexey Pekarin
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:33 am
How about 3rd party plug ins like Trapcode particles or Psunami (How to 3D in AE comp)

Do we leaning towards motion graphics of VFX?

I'd rather go for VFX - colour correction, relighting scenes etc)

As to 3D I think it should be directly related to compositing so not like animation tuts, but rather using camera from 3D app in AE or multipass compositing.

Thank you Andrew for you great imput in our hard but most imazing business
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:35 am
1) C4D
2) Morphing
Alexey Pekarin
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:38 am
I would disagree on most studios use AE for brodcast.
http://www.theorphanage.com/vfx/index.html - these guys for example use AE quite a bit. And AE is the favorite of Stu Maschwitz - legend in the VFX community.
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:43 am
- How to create the effect when someone gets hit by a car
- Cinema 4D
Tim Wilson
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:46 am
I'm going to second Tobias's suggestion
Rama Dolman
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:01 am
This hasn't been mentioned.

On one of the video's on this site theres a scene where a man gets owned by an explosion
- id like to see a fake explosion
I'd like simple clean looking Titles for intro i.e When a Man walks by a car as he walks by the title appears on the car window.


More stuff on... Getting that CSI : Vegas look?? or Miami look??

Many thanks Andrew K,

Rama Dolman of Perth, Western Australia
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:09 am
c4d! (=
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:09 am
Oh Andrew!!!!

Your every TUT is superb & very very useful.

If I had a request, would definately go4 a tutorial on how to populate a scene with CG crowd, so that it looks like thousands of army marches to have a BIG Fight. :D

Thanx in advance

Warm regards
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:09 am
wow! The guy who put the name "M2O", I think he's maybe from the italian radio ;D.

Well, I would like to see a tutorial of your Designer Sound fx promos, precisely on the little stroke that appear on the very beginnin of the Designer sound fx promo.

or stroke like this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COhs_yIfAr4

Thanks again for your tutorial!

Luc From France :)
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:12 am
Yes tobias has a very specific idea but very cool. Like in the begining of Psycho (not the old version) where the camera is over the city (filmed by a chopper) and it zooms in a building and through a window.

Also C4D stuff would be great!!!
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:26 am
Please special request!

i will like to see a quick tips on how one can make a soft animated backgrounds, with powerful plugins like fractal noise in AE.

quoting jacob dyer >>> Some more ‘compositing’ tutorials, specifically on non-chroma keyed stuff (rotoscoping techniques and stuff)

and things to consider when creating commercial, though i have some principle in place but i need to update my self.

please try making stuff on that
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:29 am
Hi, Andrew...
I think it is a good idea to learn new techniques of titles appearing. It is very useful for motion designers, who is connected to cinema postproduction. Isn't it? :)
So we can go through some trailers, find interesting and good-loooking titles and try to find out the way they were produced... :)
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:37 am
Yeah I'd have to say I'm VERY curious about the 3D titles in the Designer Sound FX! I've been trying to work out how to do it in a project I'm working on at the moment. I'm stumped. =)

I'm also interested in the Polar 2007 promo John Paite asked about. Still haven't got round to buying the Trapcode Particular plug-in.
I've bookmarked the polar 07 video hoping to match it some day. =)
May be you could help me.
Andreas Feix
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:42 am
I think a tutorial on bullet-time effects would be interesting, you know, where you have moving camera (f.ex. doing a 90° rotation), by recording the motion twice with a single camera, I think that would also make more advanced use of 3D projection (in case that you'd like to make a 3D projection/bee trilogy)... :D

A tutorial on invisibility effects might also be interesting, including see-through-clothing and that stuff (like Hollow man...) ;)

Some other tutorial ideas:

- CSI-effects (like zooming through keyholes etc.)
- Advanced shatter usage (using it more like a visual effect than a motion graphic effect, f. ex. exploding buildings or shattering glass while jumping out of a window)
- a tutorial for ParticleIllusion on how to create realistic blood & gore effects (or mayhem...), perhaps you can combine it with another death of Mark :D
- any tutorial on how to destroy a perfect scenery in aftereffects (like a collapsing building)... :)
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:49 am
hee maybe you could make some tuts about how to make lagre crowds like in lord f the rings
or maybe something like the commercial like bmw did with trapcode. like this: http://trapcode.com/gallery/web_BMW_Precipice_Breakdown.mov
i would love to know how to make that.

gr. tesssam
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:58 am

pls ^^
Gianni (ITALY)
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:59 am
Hi Andrew,

even I, as Lucky ask you to explain how do the little stroke that appear on the very beginnin of the Designer sound fx promo.

Thanks & bye.
June 28th, 2007 @ 3:04 am
Hi Andrew,

I would definitly like a tutoriel about INFINITE ZOOM. that would be very nice of U. Thx a lot.
June 28th, 2007 @ 3:04 am
hell ya, smoke related trailer text animation like here

June 28th, 2007 @ 3:12 am
man,want to see a tutorial series about how to make a simply and great flash promo integrated with flash,ae,3d software(maybe c4d or something)and an audio software like audition~am i expecting too much~?!
June 28th, 2007 @ 3:15 am
There aren't many good 3D Studio Max tutorials floating around i.e. in video. You're AE ones are excellent and if you could do the same for 3DS Max, that would be brilliant.
June 28th, 2007 @ 3:15 am
yeah sure da smoke effect as shown by Andre is really cool !!! that would be so nice of U dude !!!
bid thx !!!
June 28th, 2007 @ 3:23 am
would love to see some tutorials demonstrating intergration with lightwave
June 28th, 2007 @ 3:23 am
what about BOUJOU?
tracking camera stuff, animate 3d enviroments with green screen people like "300" or "sin city" , a tutorial to have the correct camera position and look real the merge of the background and the actors

hey Andrew keep the good work and thanx for all the fantastic tutorials
from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico

June 28th, 2007 @ 3:47 am
Hey Andrew, ur the best ever, i love your tutorials, and ur the one who made me love this field. For a tutorial plz plz plz do the bullet time effect.
I really want to know know how this effect is done like the matrix.

June 28th, 2007 @ 3:54 am
Hi all,

I'm new to After Effects of 15 days.. im actually a pro tools sound engineer & Dj... now looking to get into the hypnotic A.E.

Don't mean to slow the momentum down, with all your talk of 3D modelling, clearly I am a small fish in a big pond.

From a beginner who has been bitten by the VFX bug.... i would love to get some info on the Camera you used on your Tutorials (and lighting techniques), to get great results Ive viewed on your site. Clearly the raw footage would determine the amount of Processing needed on a composition, and right now my handy cam is about to make friends with the wall across the road.

Yes, i could do a google search, but as fan of your site and having purchased many products in a small amount of time, I'd feel a sense of satisfaction knowing it came from yourself. Having seen what you do.

Even if its brief info.

June 28th, 2007 @ 4:04 am
Hi Andrew,

I would like to see an domino-like effect in AfterFX similar to the on used in this (http://youtube.com/watch?v=N5XVeENmLMk) Video. I only figured out a way in Photoshop but I have no idea how to do this in AfterFX.
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:16 am
1. duplicate a crowd
2. getting hit by a car
3. outdoor to indoor transition through a wall (tobias' suggestion)
4. infinite zoom
5. c4d integration

great suggestions everyone. these 5 are the ones i would most like to see.

thanks for all hard work making such cool/useful tutorials, Andrew!
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:20 am
How about using WinMorph(a plugin for premiere) to do a bullet time effect from the matrix. I've done it before, I believe I found the tutorial at creative cow. Of course your tutorials will always improve on wtv i do :)

Oh and some 3Ds max pleasssssseeeeee
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:22 am
compositing things into a background, ( handheld shot of a field or something and then have a UFO or some sort of other element comp'd in the sky or background).
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:23 am
All of the above :P
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:35 am
Yo Andrew,

I really think you should do the "INFINITE ZOOM" tutorial next as it seems to be the most requested. Also I really like the idea of the breaking camera lens (posted by MARKHAWK) but maybe it could also be a bullet hole in the lens, just an idea.

June 28th, 2007 @ 4:36 am
"what about BOUJOU?
tracking camera stuff, animate 3d enviroments with green screen people like “300″ or “sin city” , a tutorial to have the correct camera position and look real the merge of the background and the actors"

I agree with this post fully :))
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:53 am
I have a simple (maybe crappy tutorial material) one.

On the Home page video, where that guy gets shot to hell, just like to know how you make the bullets shoot passed the camera? :D

June 28th, 2007 @ 4:55 am
How about a "How to Cloak your Predator and make him turn Invisible" tutorial?
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:02 am
3d Camera Tracking vs 2D camera tracking.

Rotoscoping that compares to from Imagineer System's Motor V1
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:05 am
1) flash
2) 3d studio max
3) cinema 4d

please dont leave us on AE though!! thanks :)
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:27 am
Hey... guys, check out creativecow.net , there's a quite simple video wall tutorial.
I would like for the begining a MATCHMOVING tehnique, 3d camera tracking tutorial and 3d integration with real live footage..that would help me a lot in my work. And further developing of the 3d Projection series..those are kick ass tutorials.
Some tehniques with Particular would also be nice.
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:35 am
You should do more visual effects tutorials and less titles and that sort of stuff.
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:38 am
Definetly 3D importing. Also a good explosion with window shattering would be nice... :D
Johnny Handsome
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:44 am
Cinema 4D Pleeease! :D
Lars Lind
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:50 am
Great tutorials, been following them for a long time now and I've learn so damn much. Thank you!

I would like to see:

1. Trapcode tutorials
2. Rotoscoping tuts
3. Matchmoving / Camera tracking
4. Morphing / render tips
5. I use Maya for 3D...
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:51 am
Hi Andrew,

do you know that new feature from apples ichat to change the background behind a person? Basically it's like keying, but without a green-/buescreen. The application analyzes the difference between an empty background (w/o the person) and the same backgound with the person in front of it.
Here you can see an example of ichat (about in the middle of the video):

It's really not keying!At the current Keynote you can see a much better example. Just skip thru the video till the iChat-presentation.

Is it possible to imitate that function with AE?

Regards, luke
P.S. Thanks for your incredible amazing tutorials!!
P.S.S. Sorry for my broken English :(
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:55 am
is it possible to make a tutorial on move in a picture like http://erik-lauritzen.com/ in his project "LAST BEST HOPE".

I find his graph signature is similar to Andrew (Circle black mask, effect of littre point behind the camera) sorry i can't describe this in English

Thanks for your patience and your perfect job in your tutorial.
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:57 am
Hi! I'd really like to see a difference matte tutorial. Something like in one shot you walking on a railroad, the second one is a clean plate, and the third is the train coming.
Don Plachno
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:58 am
Personally I am still drooling over that zoom out from the city to the earth, I definitely want to learn how to do that.

Also, I think this was mentioned before, what ever tutorials you do decide to do, I like them to be on subjects that I can do in AE and not necessarily using third party software (simply can't afford all the various plugins and such)

So far I can't think of a single tutorial you've posted that I haven't managed to use in my work in one way or another, so anything you do is fine by me. Thanks for making us look good!
Jacob Aaron
June 28th, 2007 @ 6:02 am
I think I'd have to agree with Darius, because I too had wonderd how you did that. I would love to know about how to create the 3d titles, like the one in Designer sound effects.
June 28th, 2007 @ 6:08 am
An extended freeze tutorial, I thought the freeze tutorial was good but the ability to move objects would make it alot cooler. Even if the objects where moved in a different cut (to make it easier) perhaps using rotoscoping/masking techniques.

Morphing tutorial would also be cool & the infinite zooming out earth
June 28th, 2007 @ 6:13 am
I would like to see a good tutorial on how to animate and mask in all those "swirly", "flowery" designs you see everywhere nowadays. I have yet to see a good tut on this.
June 28th, 2007 @ 6:15 am
clone stamping to remove a moving object from footage.

i've always wanted to play with clone stamping, never had the time to really mess with it.

for sure 3d titles, just 'cause.

making things grow. this trick is done a lot, and i know how to do it, but it's time consuming and a pain, so i'm hoping you'll put something out of your hat like you did with the lightsaber. i used to do sabers the old way (4 mask points), and i almost had a heart attack when i saw your fx preset.

maybe a little complex, but maybe the basics of making FX presets?

how about wire removal?

the blink expression and doing more dynamic effects with it.

um, can you also show me how to make mk12's demo reel? :P

that's off the top of my head. honestly, i took an after effects class in college and it was a joke. i credit your tutorials with taking me to the next level. thanks for making them.

June 28th, 2007 @ 6:46 am
How about a tutorial on these text effect from the Man Vs Wild Commercial.Check the video out here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpqoZ9bBZog
June 28th, 2007 @ 6:48 am
I once emailed you about the a tutorial on how the guy gets hit by the car in your showcase videos.

This guy's short has many cool effects and he kinda explains how he achieved them. but nothing beats a video tutorial showing you how it all comes along.Especially the last effect, the fly off
June 28th, 2007 @ 6:53 am
Hi Andrew :)
this is a greate idea to take our request, really i appreciate your effort to help others ... anyway
3-Promo ..... for football ;)

thanks a lot
June 28th, 2007 @ 6:53 am
Hey Andrew,
How about showing to make a real or CG guy totally on fire.. like that in fantastic 4 or the incredibles? Or creating an explosion in max and importing it into after effects and compositing with some live action footage of an exploding building? or perhaps Cg water over an entire city like how they did it in The Day After Tomorrow? something wild.. something awesome that is visual effects.. but i love any tutorials that u create, so im fine with whatever you come up with =)

from Singapore
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:10 am
Smoke for me too!
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:16 am
1) I’d love to see something on multipass rendering and how to take advantage of the passes to achieve different looks.
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:21 am
A few days ago i watched a show called "on the lot" its like a short film making comp thing. any way, i say this really cool timefreeze film on it. it looked a lot like the tutorial of yours but they had objects moving (boxes) when the non frozen guy moves them.. it looked really cool and would make a very good addition to the tutorial if you knew how to do it

June 28th, 2007 @ 7:25 am
Gosh so many things...

Video Wall
Infinite Zoom
In the light of action movie essentials maybe movie like gun fight using blood burts and everything!
Matrix camera work would be cool but not sure it is possible with just one camera! I would love to see something close to it thoe.

Thanks Andrew.
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:28 am
Some would be great, like in your DVD Riot. Or if you don´t wanna tell your secret any organic form.
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:31 am
It'd be cool to get some tutorials incorporating other packages but I'm afraid of being alienated if I don't own something like Maya or 3DMax or any of the other programs. I'd rather this whole thing be about After Effects and Photoshop. Anyone agree???

Rap cat
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:35 am
I know you said you are thinking about putting this tutorial together but i would really like to see how you did that earth zoom from start to finish.

Tutorial slaughter
James Price
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:36 am
Yo Andrew,

Including 3d max tutorials would be fantasic (how to then composite shots togeather in AE with layers)

A fantastic inclusion would also be tracking /matchmoving (using PFtrack or BOUJOU)..a great way to open up the possibilities of live action meeting 2D fx...explaining how to interpret .ma data into AE!

Some Guy
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:40 am
Man vs Car (seen in your 2006 reel)
Compositing (CG with real footage)
Network Rendering
Color Grading
Tutorials about filming (the things you do before creating an After Effects Project)
And, like Gonads said, all of the above :-D
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:42 am
ah yes. i totally agree with "Some Guy"

"...Tutorials about filming (the things you do before creating an After Effects Project)"

Nice suggestion
Josh Dunn
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:46 am
i'd like to see a tutorial on the text you see with a light behind it, but you can see the angular rays as it passes under the text... it creates a really dramatic effect, great for trailers and stuff like that.... the light behind the text isn't the hard part, it's getting the rays to show up in a cool way that gets ya....

also the infinite zoom tutorial, but as you've already said, it's on the way (yay!)
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:52 am
Looks to me like tutorials on how to use Rotoscoping are still necessary. It seems like people are asking how to achieve effects that you can do easily with rotoscoping. Also, as some others have stated, filming tutorials. How to make a good set (lighting, angles, diff shots, etc), then how to put it into AE efficiently and cutting pieces together. It might be worth going over the entire setup from shot to effects to rendering in a special tutorial or set of tutorials. I think these would greatly benefit everyone with getting their film and AE meshing together efficiently and effectively. Whatever you got Andrew, we'll watch!
June 28th, 2007 @ 8:06 am
I would love to see some detailed tutorials on using the Trapcode plug-ins with AE. Especially Particular. Thanks again Andrew. Keep'em comin'!
June 28th, 2007 @ 8:10 am
Most tutorials deal with the technical, how to side of a look. Or stuff for the right brain, or is it left?

How about delving into the creative side of project. How it is coceived, storyboarded (?), drafted and then implemented. That is the biggest struggle most of us technical people have.
June 28th, 2007 @ 8:25 am
Hey Andrew ! Im a great fan of yours !

What would be great, is a tutorial to make the slow mo/bullet shooting like in the matrix/bad boys 2 or many other films, where guys shoot a bullet from the gun, and the camera follows the bullet and rotates around the bullet, until it hits something.

Simply using, a bullet image found on google, it could be nice :)
Kris S
June 28th, 2007 @ 8:29 am
Id like to see a bullet fired from a gun (with one of your muzzle flashes) by the guy in the indiana costume where you can see the bullet and the time remapped (like the 300 effect) and speed-ramped up to fast motion then going through your friend Sam`s head exploding it into a bloody pulp.
(I really like the slow motion going to fast motion stuff)

Id also like to see your take on how those intros to Ultimate Fighting championship ringside videos are treated . the look and the power they excert. in one of them a red skeleton flashed in/onto the fighters showing pain and the possibilty of broken bones.

The cracked lense idea someone had sounds awesome too.
June 28th, 2007 @ 8:40 am
Hey Andrew!

I'd really like some tutorials on effects like Matrix Bullet time, I've looked around, and a lot of people want it, but theres no real effect which looks as good as the on they actually do in the Matrix.
Also, I know you don't like to use third-party plug-ins in your tuts because not everyone has them, but if you could do some tuts on particular effects like the very popular 4D Fractal they have here http://trapcode-people.net/filedetails.php?fileid=56
Great tutorials so far! Looking forward to ordering Designer Sound FX soon...
June 28th, 2007 @ 8:42 am
Sorry to comment again, but I wasn't so specific with the Matrix Bullet time effect. I really just want to see the bullet shoot out in slow motion and whiz past the camera. I know this effect would involve 3D, so yeah...but it'd be a much coveted and loved tutorial.
June 28th, 2007 @ 8:43 am
First, THANK YOU! for greate tutorials.
and your blog is awsome addition.
- Color Corection (how to make your own 300 presets)
- Particle illusion integration
- Nested workflow
- Pop up book effect.
- How to make "Moulin Rouge" diorama effect
- 3D graphs
- Morph
... and many many more.
June 28th, 2007 @ 8:43 am
Boujou!!!!!!!! please this app is so interesting
June 28th, 2007 @ 8:45 am
John Paite: how come Pierre Michel writes to you stuff about his project and you don't share?
Some Guy
June 28th, 2007 @ 8:46 am
Here is a concrete tutorial requests:
After your muzzle flash and gun blow back tutorials I would like to see how to make a shell case fly out after a shot. You know, it's very hard to film a real gunshot. First of all it's hard to find a real gun with ammunition, and of course there is this problem with the law and police...
June 28th, 2007 @ 8:49 am
Learn How To be Creative..You suck al of it out your dumb. That's nice But how do you do that You thought Ow like this or this. Or..Are you sitting behind your PC for weeks to discover how to do something ?
June 28th, 2007 @ 9:13 am
Hi Andrew, have you ever heard about avid DS system? A sort of AE + editing function and a little bit of 3D titling... It would be nice hearing an opinion from you and some tutorials too (there are only few ones available on the net)

Best regards,
June 28th, 2007 @ 9:22 am
One of those zooming into eyes or through a key/spy hole would also be quite cool, I've been experimenting with the image within the iris idea but some pro help would be much appreciated
June 28th, 2007 @ 9:24 am
The spent brass idea sounds like a nice, quick & easy tutorial. Watch the BTS on 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico,' and Rodriguez explains that in the church gunfight they used rubber guns & added muzzle flares and shells.

My take is using a particle generator and setting the particles to images of casings. I also did a test of this adding shells in one by one; basically, keyframed motion + motionblur, duplicated several times. works well enough, but as always, I'm sure that there's a faster/easier way to do it.

I'll post a link to my test when I can get it online.

Another thing to stress is that sound is 70% of what you see. This is why DSFX is such a great idea & product. Perhaps suggesting sound libraries you use, other than DSFX? I'd like to have a really decent weapons SFX library, with LOTS to choose from. Having good SFX does a tremendous amount to 'sell' visual effcts.
June 28th, 2007 @ 9:25 am
Well I request two things.... Boujou ( I know you have it because you have a 2d3 section in your AE plugins) And secondly, geting hit by a car!
June 28th, 2007 @ 9:26 am
With all these tutorial requests,would be fair if you did them on DVD so that you are compesated for the time you put in and for us, we could get the convinience of carrying and enjoying our tutorials anywhere.
June 28th, 2007 @ 9:28 am
PEOPLE DUPLICATION (Fill spectators, stadiums, shows, etc)
June 28th, 2007 @ 9:28 am
Bah, Andrew, I say go with the After Effects how to make it look like someone gets hit by a car look, very cool.
Orc Master
June 28th, 2007 @ 9:29 am
This is my tutorial list:

1) Movie-like color grading. You could explain how to make color grading that looks like The Matrix, or 300, or the Lord of the Rings, or even Sin City (where only stuff with a specific color are left colored and the rest is in grayscale)

2) I'd totally love to see that camera-going-through-a-wall effect that was suggested before.

3) The Infinite Zoom :D

4) Making stuff like smoke, fire, rain and fog but more maneurable. I'll explain myself: Ever wanted to make someone with a smoking wound (maybe because it was made with a lightsaber :P) and to see the smoke actually reacting to the movement? That's something I'd appreciate, since I tried with tracking and a stock-footage-smoke and it didn't work out.

5) If you're going to make 3D tutorials, I'd love to see one on how to make a Digital Double.

6) Also real life stuff, like making commercials and what to do with companies' logos (which can also help with movie logos ;) ) would be great.

Thanks in advance from Venezuela, Master Kramer!
June 28th, 2007 @ 10:05 am
got another ideea..how about making that sweet 300-like blood in AFX. And some digital painting in AFX would be nice..
June 28th, 2007 @ 10:15 am
"John Paite: how come Pierre Michel writes to you stuff about his project and you don’t share?"

I think that's very interesting. Could tell us how you contacted him?
I love his work and would like to know about it.
June 28th, 2007 @ 10:27 am
I would like to see tutorial which shows how to create fotorealistic smoke and such.
June 28th, 2007 @ 10:37 am
1. Realistic Clouds! And especially if light can stream through the clouds.

2. Morphing.

3. What Tobias said about zooming through a window.

4. Anything with Trapcode.
June 28th, 2007 @ 10:43 am
hey Andrew, thanks for everything !!!

I would like to see more tutorials aimed for dv filmmakers like student films. color correction basics and so on.

An effect that I realy wnat to know how to do is to plant a reflection on a surface like a spoon in order to do a POV of someone looking at his on refraction on a spoon.
June 28th, 2007 @ 10:49 am
I would like to see some 3ds Max Tutorials, Its a lot more difficult that after effects, but im sure you could teach it very well :)

What i would really like to see is some action / fight Tutorials, like When you punched sam in the face! Awesome stuff :D Maybe how to stab someone or hit them with a blunt object realisticly for a horror movie?

Thanks again man
June 28th, 2007 @ 10:57 am
I would love to see how you did that effect in the baseball stadium where the storm comes in and there is a big shadow on the field. I know you already did a basic sky replacement tutorial but I would like to see a more advanced one like this.
Also the cartoon to video effect like in "A Scanner Darkly"
And the guy getting hit by a car.
I dont really own any other products than the AE, Photoshop, Premier etc...but I am sure I could get something if there were enough tutorials on it.
June 28th, 2007 @ 11:00 am
Hi Andrew,

With the release of your new Designer Sound FX package I would love to see some of the elements of the "Vantage Point" trailer re-created in a tutorial.. The trailer can be seen here:


Specifically the floating text seemingly disappearing behind Dennis Quaid's head at 0:22, the transition between Matthew Fox and the female at 0:38 and the motion graphic titles that show up throughout the trailer (large glassy lettering with some nice transitions between words, and incorporation of live footage 'into' said lettering)

This trailer utilizes a lot of the sound elements found in your package so when I saw it I thought parts of it would be perfect for a tutorial..

June 28th, 2007 @ 11:01 am
Hi Andrew,

1. The Infinite Zoom :D

I don't believe there is a single person who is not waiting for that one :p

2. Trapcode related

Many people here posted request for tutorials related to effect done with trapcode. I have seen very nice things in their user gallery, one of my favorite is: http://www.trapcode.com/gallery/Belief_Zoom.mov

3. Rio Gear related

I would like to see some smoke effect, and more specially the smoke ink done in the riot gear trailer. The tutorials of the rio gear are almost texture oriented... would have been intresting to see how you play with the other effects :)

4. 3D Related

Haven't played with 3DS for a long time, but if you show us the way I will get back to it :)

5. Everything I read here

There are a lot's of intresting purpose in here... sounds like you have years of work in front of you :D

Thanks Andrew,

Paris, France
June 28th, 2007 @ 11:07 am
Hi Andrew, I'm a big videocopilot fan, thanks to share your creativity. About the turorials, do you know (of course you know) the effect that is used in the movie "the butterfly effect"? When the caracter travels in the time and all the room shakes around him.

And other was used in Angel TV serie (last season) to transform a knife in to a sword.

By the way, keep going with this site. YOUR THE MAN!!!
June 28th, 2007 @ 11:16 am
i allways said i wish andrew could do some cool stuff using 3dsmax
it's so cool that you asked!
please make 3dsmax and AF tuts
June 28th, 2007 @ 11:16 am
Hitting someone with a car.

I suggested this in an email a while back. Your effect on your demo reel is a real head turner. Also be a fun, useful effect to know.

June 28th, 2007 @ 11:19 am
I would like to see a tutorial on properly combining footage with a digital set. For example, rendering a castle turret in 3d Studio then placing your footage of someone with a bow and arrow on top of the turret and adding in footage of an army/dragon/flying monkeys/killer bees/whatever approaching in the distance.
June 28th, 2007 @ 11:19 am
Hi Andrew,

First of all: I wanna say thank you for your great tutorials.

I hope you will stay focused on After Effects. I use Maya since the time as the program was known as PowerAnimator. I am not into C4D nor Max...

What I am looking for?

1.) Screen Design. Do you know Mark Coleran? I would like to see tutorials like the scenes from the Movie The Island

2.) Motion Tracker. I have found a tutorial, but it is not that great

But anyway. I am already excited you will show us very soon

Innsbruck, Austria
Kris S
June 28th, 2007 @ 11:28 am
Getting hit by a car is a good one like in the beginning of dawn of the dead or meet joe black - nice

in your demo you had a dude getting hammered with bullets in the chest with alot of blood squirting out. looked cool too.

or how about those old cuts that appear on bodies like writing from the 80`s movie nightmare on elmstreet.

oh, what about one of those really big jumps the hulk does. that would be a fun one.
June 28th, 2007 @ 11:40 am
Infinite zoom would be most excellent, seeing as I'm working on a project that is VERY similar and I cannot seem to find the necessary resources to put it all together. Also... I agree with the others about a morphing tutorial. Maybe even an intense compositing tutorial, incorporating many different elements into the same scene... most of your tutorials do focus on smaller, more "honed-in" (is that a word?) aspects of a larger project, but maybe a larger one would help explain more of the pipeline/workflow of putting it all together. By the way, your tutorials are amazing and super helpful. Thank you for being you.... this site rocks!
Moe Sizzlac
June 28th, 2007 @ 11:41 am
I'd like to see some tutorials about Integration between particle illusion and AE and maybe a little tutorial on PI3?
June 28th, 2007 @ 11:41 am
how they transition in the movies were it goes from someone walking then a pool crosses the screen and it pulls in another shot.....then another pole crosses the screen and it goes back to the other clip...by transition
Leon T
June 28th, 2007 @ 11:47 am
Hey Andrew,

I hope all is well with you. I would love to see a tutorial on how you do your breakdowns of your composites to show potential clients the before and after of the shot, thank you.

Best Regards,

June 28th, 2007 @ 12:26 pm
I've opened a Pandoras Box. What have I done?!!! Just kidding.
Really good stuff here.
Li Cui
June 28th, 2007 @ 12:32 pm
Dear Andrew,
I have but two simple requests that if you could so kindly oblige, I would be overjoyed. Firstly, I would request that you do a tutorial featuring web design using Adobe After Effects and Flash. Secondly, it would be very nice if you could do a tutorial (if possible) showing how to create a large crowd using a limited number of subjects. Well these are my requests. Please send me an email at least to let me know you read this. Write "I hate your guts, and your tutorial ideas are dumb." but at least then, I will know you read this message. Also, please send me the money and the Sprite fridge packs when you use my ideas and create the mind-blowingest tutorials ever to be seen on the face of this earth.
Your Humble Friend,
Li Cui
June 28th, 2007 @ 12:43 pm
What about making a tutorial about this effekt which i spent months on developing it:


I call it the Professional Muzzle Flash

I know it still isn't perfect the shells still need a little bit of rotation to make them look more dynamic. Everything was created by myself like the smoke or the shells i only used After Effects and Photo Shop but im sure with a little bit more work you'll manage to do everything in After Effects. In the original shot the bolt didn't repeat and there were no shells, the only additional thing you need for this effect is a photo of a shell but its easy to find using google.

If you want the project file write an e-mail to me: hs-films@lycos.de

I'll send it a few days after you wrote me the e-mail because of some problems im currently having with after effects
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:01 pm
Morphing and some ufo tutorial in AE without any plugins would be great. I don't have any 3D program except Blender so if you could do something in Blender would be cool to. Then the zoom effect would be awsome to! :)
Jammin’ JJ
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:10 pm
1. Cinema 4D would be cool.
2. Breakdowns of actual commercial projects you have done. (The stuff on your demo reel)
3. Techniques on transitioning between graphical elements in a cool way.
4.Basic graphic design/typography/layout tutorials.
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:13 pm
I would realy love to see how you made the lightsaber preset as I am trying to make something like that of my own. Except my inspiration comes from Halo. :)
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

I really would love to see how to create the effect when someone gets hit by a car. I think I saw that in one of your promo videos. In that scene some guy runs on the street and moves like he was hit by a car, then you see a car drive through the screen and then you see the final result when the two scenes were put together.

June 28th, 2007 @ 1:32 pm
One last thought, there are literally bazillions of tutorials floating around on 3D programs such as Max although none with your sense of style or humour. There are decent tutorials on After Effects in the creative cow forum from A.R. and a couple others, but your tutorials are definitely at another level, although very few in depth ones for web design (Dreamweaver, Flash) unless I haven't been looking in the right place so whereas there are one billion and counting tutorial requests above, for sure a product request would be web design and creation with all the nifty who-ha's that go along with it. I'd buy that in a heartbeat. I've sampled the Total Training series but for the $300+ to learn web design and programming, it seems a bit.... right. so. there you go. If you recommend these, then I'll go with them but otherwise looking forward for the Video Co-Pilot Flight School Training Series on Web Design and creation. :D
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:35 pm
i wold like to see a motion capture tutorial, and how to incorporate a real human into a 3d scene, like walkin trough a room or summtin, and about the 3d projection tutorial, can it be done if there is something in the middle of the room? like a chair or a couch or summtin? it wold be realy cool if you can answer this questions
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:38 pm
oh, and if you are goin to use a 3d software please use 3d studio max
Dustin James
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:44 pm
I too am interested in doing a similar 3D titling like in Designer SFX.

I know you used 3ds max.. I have a friend who has that program and is in to it.. but I'm not to suave on the 3d apps... (I'm confused as to if you animate the 3d titles then bring them to AE.. or if AE interprets it as 3d?)

I saved the Polar 2007 earlier this year and I watch it frequently as it is a large inspiration to me..

Things in that video that interest me:

1. Birds
2. Clouds
3. Rain from vertical view and while in slow motion at the side.
4. The cute chick.. and her pretty eye that reflects herself then it disappears..

On his website he has a portfolio video and I like the begging with the water ball thingy...

(but that's not reasonable for everyone I guess)

Oh yes.. and I'm still wanting the blood splat from 300.. ever since that came out... I still remember what you emailed me... about the you know what...

but maybe you could tell me when...
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:46 pm
Would love to see combing After Effects/Cinema 4D tutorial. There are not an abundance of C4D tutorials out there that are any good. Thanks!
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:48 pm
Would really like to see a tutorial on the infamous "bullettime" effect from the matrix, not the 360 spin, but the trails which follow the bullet, I think you'd have to do this in a 3d program (to make it look best) so 3d max would be my request.

btw. huge fan og your tutorials, keep up the great work.
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:48 pm
YES!!!! Mr Andrew
3d max tutorials would be fantasic (how to then composite shots togeather in AE with layers)

A fantastic inclusion would also be tracking /matchmoving (using PFtrack or BOUJOU)..a great way to open up the possibilities of live action meeting 2D fx…explaining how to interpret .ma data into AE!


thank's : )
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:03 pm
Hi Andrew,
That's my firth post on your wonderful blog ^^
I'm a emobian but between Emob and VideoCopilot...I prefer VideoCopilot's tutorials ;-).
I get one or two ideas for tutorials...

I want to know how to create :

- A text who get out of flames
- A face IN flames
Most Important (because it's for a friend ^^)

=> How to create a text who appears and get out with slashs like he is cut by a sword...

That's possible ?
I think Everything is possible with you ^^

Thanks for all,


PS : Ewcuse me for my bad english but i don't speak it very often ;-)
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:08 pm
You still need to make the tutorial for the Earth Zoom. That is one I have been wondering about for ages.

Also the "CONTINUOUS SHOT EFFECT". Where one shot blends into the next into the next seamlessly creating the effect of one continuous shot. Few people or even studios can achieve this technique to its fullest potential.

Examples here: http://www.methodstudios.com/movie/441.html specifically the end where it goes from the building through the car out to the sky... seamlessly.
http://www.methodstudios.com/movie/441.html this one is cleverly done as well.

I also like the morph effect too. That one is trickery as well.

I love your tutorials Andrew... keep up the great work.
Sean Montgomery
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:08 pm
Like many others, I too would love to see a tutorial for the car crashes, both from a 3rd person perspective and from that of the passenger seat. I've seen the two versions in your demo reels, and I know I'm not alone when I say they would be appealing to a large audience.

Oh, and keep up the great work!
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:36 pm
I want the storm promo tutorial and the car hit tutorial !!!!
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:47 pm
hey andrew,
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:49 pm
hey andrew,
i would really love to see the effect of someone gettin hit by a car. i love the assisted suicide one, i used it in one of my movies. but ya i saw u gettin hit by a car in one of ur videos and i searched everywhere for that tutorial but i couldnt find it so please put that up.
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:55 pm
Matrix..man, matrix...

Bullet trail

Or that camera spin.

Hell yeah, dude, matrix.
Nate Strong
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm
Hey andrew,
Love the tutorials, I would like to see:

1. Hit by a car
2. camera goes through a wall
3. The trails left behind the bullets in "The Matrix" (The wavy things)
I really want to see video into cartoon... I think Rabinowitz did it but it
was confusing

Not many people requested it but I would really like to see #4

June 28th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm
hi andrew

i love your tutorials, can you try to make one where you dont use any plugin, i want it to be in the end of a movie.

Good summer!
Rick Q.
June 28th, 2007 @ 3:28 pm
All of the above!

Also...what do you use to create your website?


June 28th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm
Im not really into that 3D stuff, but I saw a small clip on this site where you, or whoever it was got hit by a car! It was AWESOME! I would really like the tutorial for that :)
June 28th, 2007 @ 3:38 pm
hi, i think that it would be great to make a tutorial integrating alias Maya, the most professional 3d program, so that you can get a great effect, worthy to be seen on big screen.

greetings from Spain
June 28th, 2007 @ 3:39 pm
oh, oh, oh!! I really would like a tutorial on camerawork, like if you got a little clip where the camera doesn't move, and you make it move in AE from side to side and such. Its probably easy, but im such a noob in AE, if it wasn't for you, my films would still suck. THANK YOU!
June 28th, 2007 @ 3:44 pm
i wold like to see a tutorial about a flash integration
its a lot more useful than 3d tutorials...

love your tutes.. =) ...

greattings from Brazil...
June 28th, 2007 @ 3:59 pm
I'd like anything on workflow, setting up projects etc etc. What formats to use where and when, Setting up a production scheadule perhaps? Basically anything that would shed some light on how professional peope go about working with AE. I know that you mention stuff here and there as you go along which is great but I'd appreciate a tutorial on the subject.

Thanks for everything you've done anyway, Opened my eyes for AE.

// Swedish VFX student.
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:14 pm
My top-requests::

"Colorgrading 101"
- on how to grade and mod boring 4:3 interlaced video to something amazing. Also on how to grade a "longer-than-ad-lenght" video, like a feature or documentary.

- how to make the a tree or a flower blossom. You know - with the branches and leaves evolving fast...

"Volumetric lighting"
Call me corny but sweeping colored spots and smoky rooms make my day :)
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm
I see a lot of tutorial requests that have already been made into tutorials. By not searching for tuts you're wasting everyones time.
Hit by a car (french) http://www.dailymotion.com/group/38082/video/x21lo6_tutorial-car-impact-sur-after-effec
search in creativecow, ayatoweb.com, and im pretty sure some of you have not seen the tuts on videocopilot.net, they're pretty good, you should check them out ;)
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm
I think all of my ideas have been mentioned.

@Rick Q: he uses Wordpress for this site.

Nate Strong
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:22 pm
ooh, I think a tutorial on what software we should get. Like I don't know what plugins are the best so it would help if you advised some. And some other software like what 3d application you prefer, cause I don't want to waste money.

Alexander Jansen
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:30 pm
- Vector-intro
- Expressions and deeper techniques.
- Stabilize a video.
- Trapcode advanced would have been greatly appriciated.
Craig Woolhouse
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:33 pm
I'd like to know how to create grungy style web banners! I think it can be created in AE and then imported into flash?!
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:34 pm
I can't afford stuff like 3DS Max or Cinema 4D so I probably wouldn't come back to the site as often, although I have favorited this blog thing because its the best thing ever since your tutorials. Heck, I'm lucky I got After Effects with the bundle on a student discount a couple of years ago.

I am planning on saving for a future purchase of a 3d program, but that's a little ways down the road since I just switched jobs and relocated.

I love all of your tutorials Andrew and find your work truly a blessing to my AE knowledge. Until I came upon your site through the COW, I only had minimal knowledge of AE and now I know so much more and understand things better because of your tutorials.

Whatever you do in the way of tutorials, I sure will be behind you 1000% because I know to whoever the tutorial is directed at will gain something from watching whom I consider a great artist at work.

Although, I would like to see the Infinite Zoom thing. We might be able to use it in my church somehow.
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:36 pm
i would like to see real looking rain storm Andrew, and then the bullet trails like in the mattrix is a good idea, with the camera rotation,.....thanks man keep up the good work your stuff is awasome
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:44 pm
Hey Andrew I was wondering if you would be able to make an extended tutorial on Motion Tracking. You see the thing is, I am trying to recreate one of those HP Computer commerials where someone stands infront of the camara and they start opening video clips and images using their thumbs and index fingers while they narrate all about their life. I assume you need to use Motion Tracking but I am not too sure on how to use it. I would appreciate this seeing the fact that I think your God with a video camera and Adobe After Effects.

Keep on the killer tutorials.
Manuel Emygdio
June 28th, 2007 @ 4:52 pm
Hello! Excellent site!..
Infinite Zoom Space > Earth > Atom > (? Space again!? wow) ... ;)

Infinite Zoom tutorial please!..

Thanks love the flair of the tutorials. Very good products too.
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:20 pm
How about some more tutorials using Particular?

The documentation that comes with Particular is crap. I have combed the web looking for anything helpful and have found almost nothing. Consider these:

1) Use Particular/AE to create a nuclear mushroom cloud

2) Use Particular/AE to create snowfall or rain

3) Use Particular/AE to create a simulated cloudscape

4) Use Particular/AE to make a person's body explode into light particles. Something like Blade 2 comes to mind where the vampires burst into burning embers. Or Star Trek where a phaser blast vaporizes someone.

5) Use Particular/AE to make someone into a SuperSaiyan!! Dragonball Z FTW!!

As a side note, it would be nice to see some integration with Flash. Alot of us like to post our movies online, but getting the right combination of settings for size and quality of the fmv is a nightmare.

Keep up the good work!!
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:24 pm
Im having a big problem with machineguns and muzzle flashes. I think its hard to make it realistic when there are more than one bullet. A smaall easy tutorial would be awesome, but if you wanna write something on the blog about it that would be cool too :) I bet there are a lot of fans with the same problem.
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm
real 3d stroke going around objects and stuff like that!
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:29 pm
First, you rock, man.
Second, one request I always get from clients is to make corporate videos out of still images. I know there are many techniques, and you've shown a few, specially 3Dwise, but it could still be a nice topic to be further explored.
For instance, I've seen some mad techniques using Time Remap and pixel frame blending.
And third, thanks for all the cool stuff.
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:29 pm
Oh...something just came to mind.

A tutorial on how to REMOVE camera shake would be great!!

I have this come up almost everytime I shoot! Either the dolly hits a slight bump, the DP can't keep a steady hand while shooting, or some other thing happens that causes the camera to jitter slightly. I know they have some (expensive) AE plugins for this but I also know that it can be acheived without the use of a plugin in AE.
June 28th, 2007 @ 5:56 pm
Hey Andrew

Consider mine that I told you in an email:

1) Bullet Ricochets on water


2) Advanced Clouds
June 28th, 2007 @ 6:00 pm
Some Guy:

Man vs. Car
June 28th, 2007 @ 6:06 pm
I agree with Helge, a tutorial on machine gun muzzle flashes would be good, its hard to make them realistic. Pretty much everything that was said above, Just don't stray too much from AE, as i don't have any 3D programs. Keep up the good work Andrew!!
June 28th, 2007 @ 6:13 pm
"Andrew Kramer Says"
June 28th, 2007 at 12:26 pm

I’ve opened a Pandoras Box. What have I done?!!! Just kidding.
Really good stuff here.

Yes a Pandoras Box Tutorial.

No, but since everyone is throwing in there ideas. Mine may be a simple one. I've always wanted to recreate that SG-1 Stargate burst. Can it be done in AE alone?
June 28th, 2007 @ 6:35 pm
How about the "Wraith World" effect from Lord of the Rings, when Frodo puts the ring on. Vector blur was the closest thing I came up with.
June 28th, 2007 @ 6:53 pm
how about some tight particle illusion tutorials?
Ben Hawkins
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:08 pm
i would like to see how you did the earth zoom.

Tutorial Slaughter
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:24 pm
I would like to see a simple tut on the "pan left/right ultra blured to a new scene". Also a similar radial blur zooming to a closeup of an object like a monitor/display in the scene.
Justin Productions
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:24 pm
Hey Andrew,

Well I'll be honest, I'll watch whatever tutorial you put on videocopilot.net. I pretty much learned everything by myself and from other tutorials and I prefer not to choose the subjects of >yourfree
Justin Productions
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:27 pm
(lag with thr HTML) tutorials. So, you give what you have to give and I'll watch it, whatever is it. I know it's a good idea to get inspiration from us but, since videocopilot was born, I always liked the topics of your tutorials. They're free, after all.

That being said, how do you make lightsabers?

June 28th, 2007 @ 7:48 pm
Sup Andrew! I would love to see you use Sam in a skit as the invisable man! You know, place some blue/green screen spandex like material over his head and hands and make him pick things up, move around! Be kinda cool!
As always, love your stuff.....can't wait to buy the great sound effects you have.
June 28th, 2007 @ 8:30 pm
Hi Andrew, maybe each one of these requests would be awesome... but I'll tell you what I would like you to explain.

i would like to do this ribbon looking things


they look so smooth and 3D!

well, anything from exopolis looks very good.


also I would like to show you this video


those dirt and dust particle things looks really great. and there are some ribbons stuff too.

nothing else, keep them in mind.

greetings from Argentina.

PS: I wonder if you really would read all this comments.
Dustin James
June 28th, 2007 @ 9:05 pm
I'm sorry.. but one more to remind you of...

remember me asking about V for Vendetta?

basically another nano light tut... but where the ray travels behind the subject and also is tracked along the length of the blade which causes it to change its size..

June 28th, 2007 @ 9:11 pm
Clone interaction.

Ryan Wieber did a thing where he cloned himself, but there were like 4 Ryans sitting on a couch, and they passed a cup from one end to the other.

Duplicating people's not that hard; it's the interaction with real world objects that gets me.

You mentioned on dvxuser a 2nd serious fx/compositing dvd. now that DSFX is in the can, any word on that project?

June 28th, 2007 @ 9:42 pm
Integration of C4D & AE.
The Render Settings that you use mostly in C4D.
June 28th, 2007 @ 9:49 pm
Integrate terragen with a 3d application for flythroughs and edit in after effects?
June 28th, 2007 @ 10:10 pm
I'd also like to see how to do the Brick effect from the link in the first post!
June 28th, 2007 @ 10:19 pm
My suggestion is to do a similar HARRY POTTER BATTLE.

The effects of course..


Something like in Heroes or even create a CGI animation from start.
June 28th, 2007 @ 11:06 pm
Infinite Zoom :)

June 28th, 2007 @ 11:39 pm
Hi i think that it will be cool if you continue to make tutorials about after effects, i think that this programs is the passion of many people here so i you can make some video tutorials explaining how to create some of this things here: http://www.ayatoweb.com/ae_tips_e.html there is some pretty simple but also some very hard and i think that it will be great if you make some of this :) Also i hope that it will be helpful if you make some tutorials explaining how to create amazing things with Particular and 3D stroke plugins. That`s all for now. Have a nice day :)
John Paite
June 28th, 2007 @ 11:40 pm
I read thru the whole post(didnt know i had that much time at hand) and I found many requesting tuts of the same mentioned before them but wouldnt it be cool if we could like press CTRL+F and type in the tutorial that we want and that way we could find out whether orther people have requested it beforehand and we could refer it to their post and that way Andrew will have better understanding and save more time to sort and check each and every tuts we requested..its just a suggestion !!
@ Bruno - the dust particles can be created from the preset of Particle Illusion 3.0..
June 28th, 2007 @ 11:53 pm
Hi Andrew,
I would be really interested in two tutorials...

1) Exporting from a (any) 3D application... What passes? Color, Ambient Occlusion, Shadow, Volumetric clouds, etc. (I'm not really sure what they should all be but I hope that gives an idea of what I'm talking about.) And then how to composite those passes in After Effects with live action footage.

2) Effects that can be created with the Trapcode plugins, especially particular/stroke (which I know you've touched on, and it was really cool.)

Thanks for asking and for all your work,
June 28th, 2007 @ 11:56 pm
wall break/crumble/explode

Morphing (I.E.-Vampire fangs, a man's face to a womans-like that old michael jackson video, etc)

Creating a full virtual room from images

rain tutorial

infinate zoom
June 29th, 2007 @ 12:20 am
Hi Andrew !

First, thanks for your free tutos and your high quality products.
My request would be some complex effects on "real video", like :
- a complex sky removing (for exemple when there are trees, or clouds...)
- generating a GOOD matte of a person moving on a background when you couldn't shoot on a green screen
- more effects using Action Movies Essential, like integrating a realistic fog, fire/explosion on a video when no green screen is available.
- Roto technics

have anice day !:)
June 29th, 2007 @ 12:59 am
Hit someone with a car! DO IT!!!
June 29th, 2007 @ 1:27 am
yea i also think that something like a harry Potter battle would be cool. or how they did the town of the ghosts in the lord of the rings. something like that. just really advanced techniques.

gr. tesssam
June 29th, 2007 @ 2:43 am
Hi Andrew!

I love your tutorials, I allways watch your website for the next one:)
You are an after effect "guru" to me and a great teacher...
My english is not very good, but i allways understand your tutorials...maybe not for the first time, but the second or the third:)

I have a tutorial idea:
I'am an independent (amateur) filmmaker, so i haven't got so much money to spend for my films!
I want some pictures in the night, in a forest, and in the city... but i haven't got lights (No mony) so i have to shoot it at
daytime...and turn it to night during the compositing. I think these techology's name is the " DAY FOR THE NIGHT"
Can you tell me the criterion to do that? For example what typical problems to look to at the time of shooting?!
And So is there any tricky effect to made the film look like it is shoot at the night?

Sorry for my bad english... I hope my letter was understandable, and I hope one day i can see my tutorial "idea" 's tutorial :)
on your website... or can You reply me a short e-mail?
Thank you very much!

Best regards "Your faithful student" :) : Daniel "Hati" Hadhazi from Budapest, Hungary.
June 29th, 2007 @ 2:52 am
Hi Andrew,
i wonder how to bring to life a static image as a background. I mean even with camera move the background looks static and not pleasent to the eye. Once i saw that one guy added to the composition something like animated white noise. I think it was just for simulate camera grain or noise. I've been trying to acheive that by doeing this, but no result.


btw. very helpful tuts You've got here. I want to thank You for this great job!
June 29th, 2007 @ 2:55 am
1) CSI Effects (like Andreas Feix said)
2) Some more greenscreen stuff
3) Infinite zoom

have a nice day
Scott bishop
June 29th, 2007 @ 4:13 am
Andrew, you should start making people pay for these tutorials that they are asking for, because it seems like they dont have any idea about how much work is needed to be put into them, especially the 3D work!!
June 29th, 2007 @ 4:14 am
this is something that really would be cool.

compositing and finishing shots with 3d objects uncluding camera movement. i mean having a blue screen shot or greenscreen shot. then keying and inserting 3d Footage and matchmoving the 3d camera for the moving 2d shot.

that would be a killer

June 29th, 2007 @ 5:41 am
Destruction of things such as a wall, or window (with natural reflections) in 3D space. And removing objects from a moving camera shot.
Gianni (ITALY)
June 29th, 2007 @ 5:49 am
Hi Andrew,

if you prepare some (or all) of upon mentined tutorial and put them in DVD(s) I'll buy it. Your tutorial have no price!!!

Greeting from (hot) Sicily...
June 29th, 2007 @ 6:26 am
Hi Andrew, I've been trying to figure out how to create a 3D water effect and use it for transitions. You can see an example of it in Rihanna's video "Umbrella". I love the look of it and the way that it was used but I have been unable to figure it out. Will you consider taking a look at it and possibly doing it as a tutorial? By the way, your site is SUPER helpful and inspiring. Keep up the good work and offering the great products. Thanks
June 29th, 2007 @ 7:12 am
How to make cool titles.

More "24" effects
June 29th, 2007 @ 7:15 am
Well any tutorial you make will be sweet but can you make a C4D tut on how to export your animations with an alpha chanel so when you slap it into after effects theres keying?

That would be astronomicly helpful.
June 29th, 2007 @ 7:31 am
3dsmax basics and stuff, so for us that dont have that much training in 3dsmax, could learn a bit:) Oh and that Infinite zoom thing u worked on:D
June 29th, 2007 @ 7:39 am
Your reel was awesome, Andrew, and it coped with music perfectly. You could make a tutorial, how you made those skies change in that baseball pitch or something like that!
June 29th, 2007 @ 7:48 am
wow.. this room is so BUSY!!!!


How about the Matrix style ROOF TOP SCENE = BULLET fly pass with a wobbling kind of trail that looks transparent but with enough body to wobble the back ground..
June 29th, 2007 @ 7:59 am
Yeah, and the small waves on any hard surface, like a heavy stone was thrown in it. One dude in the blog had that effect in his reel. :)
June 29th, 2007 @ 8:05 am
Slow motion bullets would be awesome! Bullets going sloooow and then hitting a wall or a person, ahh, coolie cool!
Also all the Matrix stuff people are commenting about would also be awesome.
Kris S
June 29th, 2007 @ 8:16 am

1. Infinite zoom tutorial (most popular)
2. getting hit by a car (runner up)
3. Morphing tutorial (close 3d)
4. Matrix effects with bullet times (popular)
5. guns and ammo related effects
6. video walls
7. Titles and text effects
8. Weather related - clouds, rain and snow
9. cloning and multiplying people/EXTRAS ???
10.Breaking/CRACKING the lens on a Camera .

June 29th, 2007 @ 8:43 am
A tutorial on making something like that :) http://www.ryan-w.com/ryan-w/clips/lightning_duel.mov

and the matrix bullet time effect, please :)
June 29th, 2007 @ 8:47 am
Always asked how they mix 3D renders (i.e. 3DsMax animated logos) with 2D effects from After Effects...
June 29th, 2007 @ 9:00 am
Also i wonder how to create a camera shake silmilar to one i've seen in "Fight Club" movie, where camera shakes and film came out of projector...something like that.
June 29th, 2007 @ 9:00 am
1/Camera mapping

2/Matte painting with AE & Phostoshop
Matt again
June 29th, 2007 @ 9:15 am
Sorry for posting again, but what about those HP Hands commercials?
June 29th, 2007 @ 9:38 am
how about the effects used for the hp ads in the "personal" campaign?
Chris Cruise
June 29th, 2007 @ 9:41 am
Basically, I'd like to see more stuff on compositing. Integrating live action with the 3D world. I want to know the "Secrets of the Pros". I want to create "ILM" style effects and learn to track camera movements with 3D inside of AE.
June 29th, 2007 @ 10:11 am

I too would like to see an in-depth tutorial on how to create a logo in Invig. Especially the starting process in Illustrator. For example, recreate a logo to
make a transition wipe. Like what you see when sports wipes to a replay.
I'd even pay to see this one.

Zack M.
always buying your stuff - well worth it!
June 29th, 2007 @ 10:21 am
June 29th, 2007 @ 10:51 am
What I'm interested in is the integration of AE projects into the final composition. Most of the tutorials are only seconds long, but many of us shoot interviews, events, etc. What about a tutorial that takes us through the process of designing a longer project and where and when to use AE fx for the best outcome. I typically use AE at the intro and ending of any project and that's it.

This is a bit beyond a tech segment and more about conceptualizing a project or final project. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts.
S. Gilbert
June 29th, 2007 @ 10:57 am
WOW Andrew!!! You threw a small snowball down a really big mountain with this one. Regardless of the tutorial(s) you decide to make I know they'll Kick A$$

Sam Gilbert
New York
June 29th, 2007 @ 11:10 am
Yeah, I'd like some tutorial on the Ryan-W lightning duel(http://www.ryan-w.com/ryan-w/clips/lightning_duel.mov) or at least something like it. I know that it was done using boujou for tracking, and trapcode particular :). Oh yeah, and a matrix bullet trail seems fun(not the bullet time thing with all the photo's, that's pretty easy, the only thing is that you have to have a few cameras ;)), I think it could also be done with particular, but I'm not really an expert to particular :P..
June 29th, 2007 @ 11:23 am
Hey Andrew!

I would like to know how to make a text disappear like sand or smoke being blown away by wind. It's kind of hard to explain.

The effect is used in this video, you'll see it about 12 to 20 seconds in.


Thanks man!
June 29th, 2007 @ 11:37 am
Hey Andrew

How about a brief tutorial on the audio potential of AE...

Matt, UK
June 29th, 2007 @ 11:53 am


kicks ass!

That possible with ae?!?
June 29th, 2007 @ 11:54 am
Sammiep Says:
June 29th, 2007 at 10:21 am
Something Like this !!!!!

I assume thats done with a 3d application.
June 29th, 2007 @ 12:04 pm
I would really love how to make the classic Tittle that has a light passing behind it and gets Shinny and iluminated.
I dont know how to explain it xD.

Its almost every movie tittle start up.
June 29th, 2007 @ 12:12 pm
Love your work. Personally I would like to see a serialized tutorial regardless of subject. One that is maybe a bit ambitious in overall scale and could be broken into a series of pieces. The current tutorials are excellent, but the final result is a few seconds of video. I would like to follow along with you as you approach a larger scope of work.

All of the examples and ideas are great, and I'll happily follow along with whatever direction is chosen. Specific 3d apps may be a bit tricky though as it may alienate a large majority of regular visitors. Personally I use Maya, so one vote for that if it comes down to brass tacks. ;)

Finally, I have to agree with one of the earlier posts. Charge me for this stuff, I'm happy to pay.. maybe consider a paid member section to the site with more in depth tutorials. You do a lot of work pleasing the masses, you should benefit as much as we do.

Michael Gebben
June 29th, 2007 @ 12:25 pm
I've bought your dvds and I think they are great. I can't wait for the next one. Check out http://www.mgmgrand.com/ and click enter maximum vegas..... Now I would love to see you disect a portion of this video!! Thanks
June 29th, 2007 @ 12:27 pm
Mabey show us how do do Lightning with rain
Your work is great andrew thanks
Eric Hartford
June 29th, 2007 @ 12:35 pm
I haven't read any of the previous requests so if this has already been mentioned then *whoops*. How about a tutorial that will help people spice up videos that require (upon client's 'request') a lot of 'text only' screens for things like 'how to' videos, or places where footage may not be wanted by the client. Like in powerpoint presentations... Title - Subtitle - Bullet Points - Etc.
June 29th, 2007 @ 12:38 pm
Just restated stuff already said to further get those in your head:

1. Volumetric lighting
2. Weather effects
3. Tips for effective composites
4. Color Grading
June 29th, 2007 @ 12:50 pm
Infinite zoom. However, I'd like to see it expand through galaxies and nebula, much like in the movie contact.
June 29th, 2007 @ 1:26 pm
It would be nice to see a tutorial on stylized/glowy/vivid lighting techniques, without the use of additional plugins, if that's possible. Some examples could be found at Shilo (Cage video), Harry J frank's ad for Premiere Tans, and the Macy's commercial featuring Sharon Haver, just to name a few.
June 29th, 2007 @ 1:29 pm


is kicking ass make something Like this !!

# Andre Says:
June 29th, 2007 at 11:54 am

Sammiep Says:
June 29th, 2007 at 10:21 am
Something Like this !!!!!

I assume thats done with a 3d application.

He was talking to do some 3d Stuf to isn't it :P
June 29th, 2007 @ 1:52 pm
I think it would be great to see how I can use my After effects stuff in a website with flash. The thing I did now was export my AA movie as a image series and then import into flash with every image in a new keyframe in the timeline and then insert the buttons and stuff.
But then my swf files will come out with a size of like 20mb... which is a bit big for a website hehe.. is there any other way?
June 29th, 2007 @ 2:26 pm
Daniel Reynolds
June 29th, 2007 @ 2:44 pm
It would be cool if you could show us how to do that Matrix 360 effect. I belive it requires some work, though. If not, how to make an explosion only using after effects built in plugins and tools would be nice.
June 29th, 2007 @ 3:19 pm
1) Bluescreening with motion trackers while the camera is moving
2) How to make an invisible guy interact with his environment
3) How to make a blood stain on somebody's shirt when he is shot
3) Your tutorials kick butt so keep up the good work!
June 29th, 2007 @ 4:45 pm
The van running you over in your demo reel. That looks awesome!
June 29th, 2007 @ 5:01 pm
Wow, I see alot of people asking for a Matrix - Bullet Time effects tutorial. I'm not sure if you all realize it, but this effect of rotating around a semi-frozen character cannot be achieved with After Effects alone.

In the original Matrix film bullet time was achieved by using a very complex photographic effect (ie - non video) called time slicing. This is achieved by creating an array of cameras which are lined up 360 degrees around the walls of the room. The actor goes through his motions and the cameras take consecutive shots. The individual frames are then played back for smooth motion. The background, buildings, walls, etc are all CGI and have to be motion tracked to the movement of the camera array.

In the Matrix 2 & 3 all bullet time stuff was full CGI, actors and backdrops included.

About the only thing you could use After Effects for is chroma keying your scene. I suppose you could do a similar effect by doing a rotating dolly shot around your actor, or maybe having the actor stand on a rotating disc in front of a green screen. You would still have the problem of putting a believable background in though, even if you could motion track it realisticlly to the camera movement.

So yea, don't expect a bullet-time tutorial anytime soon.


ps - now the distortion trail coming off the end of the bullets, you could probably find a way to cheat that in After Effects without resorting to a 3d animation program.
June 29th, 2007 @ 5:05 pm
Iv seen a type of effect that goes like this: A clip is almost done, when the camera zooms out, you see that the clip is a part of a cube with video walls, then the camera goes to another part of the wall and starts a new clip. I would love a tutorial on that:D Videocube ;)
June 29th, 2007 @ 5:12 pm
Sammiep Says:
June 29th, 2007 at 10:21 am
Something Like this !!!!!

I assume thats done with a 3d application.

He was talking to do some 3d Stuf to isn’t it :P

That was so cool! If you could find a way to do this.. I would show some emotions:)
June 29th, 2007 @ 5:15 pm
# Sammiep Says:
June 29th, 2007 at 1:29 pm



is kicking ass make something Like this !!
- - - - - - - - -

THis was pretty sweet! Maybe you'll find a way to tell us that this is done with a 3D program, but you know how:P
June 29th, 2007 @ 5:17 pm
Soo many replies!
June 29th, 2007 @ 5:21 pm
I could really use a tutorial of a rotating-burning SUN (kinda like they did in the Sunshine movie)

Perhaps followed by a solar eclipse

So, please consider doing one on that
June 29th, 2007 @ 5:39 pm
Hey Andrew,

OK, this tutorial idea would go so well with your new Designer Sound Effects product. Have you seen THe Butterfly Effect? I'm guessing you may have, it's a pretty well known movie, but if not you gotta see it! So foor the tutorial, it could be te effect they used when Ashton Kutcher remembers his memories and goes back in time and when this happens everything around him goes crazy and things start to be sucked out of the picture. It is really cool and would worl well with your Sound Effects Package.

Good luck and I LOVE this new blog and all your great tutorials. My friends and I actually made a short stupid movie for a school film festival with the help of Action Movie Essentials. Great Stuff!
June 29th, 2007 @ 5:39 pm
OMG!!! iPHONE COMING OUT IN 20 minutes...


June 29th, 2007 @ 5:46 pm
Yep, Tobias has had one of the best ideas so far. The smooth transaction between outside and inside. That would be GREAT!!! Go TOBIAS!
Dustin James
June 29th, 2007 @ 5:48 pm

well you can pull of a poor-mans 'bullet-time' effect if you have several cameras set in an arc at equal distance's from the subject.

read about it in Digital Video Hacks.
June 29th, 2007 @ 6:59 pm
Love to see;

Particals Using Particular
Grain removal from DV (if its possible)

Jonas KÃ¥re Johannesenson
June 29th, 2007 @ 7:22 pm
Okey, one of the coolest thinks a action movie can have is a slowmotion clip of where some guy shoots around him and the camera goes 360 degrees around him. AWESOME, huh?
Anything we, the fans, can put in our little actionmovies would just be great.
Thank you Andrew, for your great site and your awesome products.
June 29th, 2007 @ 8:32 pm
Hey Andrew! id love to see any 3DSM Afterburn tutorials you can come up with! If your looking for some tutorials on simple but realistic effects for C4D to help you pick it up, dont forget that Moon image i sent you, the tutorial is free on my site(no need for registration) ;-)
Chris Smith
June 29th, 2007 @ 8:33 pm
Hi andrew, love your website and all things within it. I do 3d, after effects etc.. i'm doing my neices christening at the moment, and it starts with a photo montage within a womb so theres photos all over the place the camera moves to each one, this is done in Lightwave 3D. Now i did export it out thru rpf so i have the camera movements, aplha etc, works great. the only thing wrong is it exports as 30fps, done this way. I use PAL 25fps(Australia), so when it comes to making it work in 25fps its jerky, done heaps of research and NADA. Q. how about a tutorial on how to remove/use alphas when imporing 3d in AE? (phew)
P.s. if you can do this i'll buy some presets from your web. (no, its not blackmail)
Thanks heaps Chris
June 29th, 2007 @ 8:37 pm
Sorry for double reply, but i want to see what an earthquake where a car is on a highway and the ground cracks under it, and the car and the piece of ground fal down, that would be a sweet tutorial!
Larry in LV
June 29th, 2007 @ 8:38 pm
In the begining of this video I saw (link below) it shows a montage of cropped photos that keep pushing back. One on top of the other. I would like to see how this was done and if you can top it.

June 29th, 2007 @ 8:40 pm
@ Dustin

Yes, there are ways to do a poor man's bullet time, but honestly its beyond the resources and technical ability of most of the users of this site. If the camera is static, on a tripod, then we're good. When you start having to move it around your subject you are opening a can of worms that won't be closing anytime soon.

As I mentioned before, I would be more interested in seeing tutorials that cover some of the more accessible/popular plugins for After Effects. Like:

- Particular
- Shine
- Knoll Light Factory.
- How to remove camera shake (please!)
- Cool tutorials for manipulating text. Its lame just having the credits fade in and out. A nice effect I've see recently was the credits to Jackie Chan's 'New Police Story.'
- Tutorial for removing wire harness. Not that many of us have access to one, but we would all love to shoot our action movies with one!
- A believable day for night effect.
- A more complex Time Freeze tutorial
- Other uses for AE's motion tracking ability
June 29th, 2007 @ 8:45 pm
hey andrew,
you're tutorials have been truly fantastic and your blog is just as useful. the after effects community is starving for practical tutorials and by reading your blogs, i've learned about tons of great sites that a) showcase incredible talents and skills and b) teach others how to achieve them. to be honest, i've never been comfortable with the creative cow forum. sometimes, it feels like work trying to find what i need. your site, on the other hand is very user friendly and inviting. since the first time i saw it, i've been fascinated by the Fast and the Furious "zoom" effect. it's the one where the camera moves in on a car and then rapidly zooms in on the driver's face as the driver speeds by. they used this to great effect in a mountain dew commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Srqi52H2hMY at about 13 seconds.
keep up the great work!
June 29th, 2007 @ 9:08 pm
Andrew, I'd love to see a clever use for the puppet tool, other than the obvious use Adobe intended.
June 29th, 2007 @ 10:01 pm
Andrew, When I was first learning Phottoshop I was part of a community on AOL that was lead by Kai Krause (KPT). Your tutorials have done for me in AE what Kai did for me in PS.
Thank you much!
Johnny B Goode
June 29th, 2007 @ 10:09 pm
Hey Andrew what ya'll should do is make tutorials on super hero powers like superman xmen etc... cause i think people who are making films on that category would get a boost up with that kind of tutorials.
Will Fisher
June 29th, 2007 @ 10:40 pm
First off as many have stated this is the Best AF site out there and Andrew…YOU ROCK!!!

Here are a few ideas.
AF Tools – Flow Chart, Motion Sketch, Paint,etc…
Matte Paint/Set Extension/Virtual Sets
Text FX Presets
Building ‘Jumpbacks’
Compositing in 3D elements and blending them in
Special FX – Xray, Night vision, Inferred,

Movie Themes

Star Wars
Lightsabers, Blasters, Plasma Shields, and ‘Force’ Powers
Space Ships – landing, takeoff, etc…
Droids and Aliens – Integrating CGI and Live action
Virtual Sets – Alien environments
Space Battles

The Matrix
Freezing time and interacting with it
Virtual Cinamtagraphy

Superhero Powers

Color Grading
Virtual Armies
Complex Environment Compositing
June 29th, 2007 @ 10:47 pm
# Larry in LV Says:
June 29th, 2007 at 8:38 pm

In the begining of this video I saw (link below) it shows a montage of cropped photos that keep pushing back. One on top of the other. I would like to see how this was done and if you can top it.



This is Done whit Photoshop and AE First you Make renders whit photo shop Like things you wanna see Like The boy on the bike. And whit a other picture only the brackground. Past them in AE and Scale them or push the Zoom back then past the other picture over it. Only Zoom that you don't see it. Work whit Camera 35mm and make a motion whit only the Z.. And Look there It is :)
June 29th, 2007 @ 10:58 pm
I'd just like to voice my support for keeping the tutorials short and sweet, like they currently are, and focused on a specific effect. What I like so much about your tutorials is that they don't take me forever to watch, but I can quickly be filled in on a new effect/feature you've come up with in After Effects and then its up to me to apply my new skills to my projects. I'm learning more practical applications for AE from your "quick" tutorials than I do from longer, project-based ones. Oh, and its great when you mention the shortcuts for stuff in After Effects, that's been maybe the greatest help of all you tutorials.
Anyway, thanks!
June 29th, 2007 @ 11:03 pm
superville Says:
June 29th, 2007 at 8:45 pm

they used this to great effect in a mountain dew commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Srqi52H2hMY at about 13 seconds.


There Are 2 Zooms. like in sec. 12 and sec. 5/6 after he says I want my dew. That one At sec. 12 is a Camera Affect and I posible whit AE to. And the one at sec. 6 is easy. They just drove in that street you don't see any shop and what they have done. They only jused a couple of frames jused crossdisolve and voila. there it is.
June 29th, 2007 @ 11:13 pm
I would really like to know how to make animals talk, like what they had in the movie Cats and Dogs. That would be awesome.
June 29th, 2007 @ 11:16 pm
Hello Video Copilot Crew,

First let me say that your Serious Effects & Compositing DVD is the greatest contribution to man kind since the invention of water. I do have a suggestion. How about creating a Movie Effects & Compositing DVD (I know, the name could use some work.). I would love to learn how to create a movie quality VFX shot. The training video could focus on putting all the elements together from start to finish in After Effects. When I say all the elements I mean like adding particles effects, lighting, adding 3d elements, set extensions, matchmaking, color correcting, and finally compositing it all together to make one nice VFX shot. Imagine a DVD where they show us how to create a scene from 300 or recreating the Hell scene from the Constantine movie. The link below is a good quick example of what I have in mind but I would like to include live video in the process. I think that would be a cool training video.

June 30th, 2007 @ 12:44 am
1. Infinite zoom
2. That digital flickering like we see in many movies today (Also in game trailer Assassins Creed)

3. Film Noir look =D
June 30th, 2007 @ 2:04 am
What about a bomb that destroys the whole city? I think you did this before but can you do it again for AE 7.0?
Scott bishop
June 30th, 2007 @ 3:49 am
I double what Jamie says, keep em short and so that people can use the tips to create something of their own, instead of just copying your work
Javier C.
June 30th, 2007 @ 3:50 am
First of all, I would like to thank you for your amazing tutorials!!! You are a master, thanks for sharing with us :)

I would like to know how to make:

1) Effects made in the Polar 2007 promo!!! (Amazing promo...)
2) Effects made in the Matrix movies like Bullet-Time for example
3) Like Jacobi said, a How-To create a movie quality VFX shot would be great, like in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1AuvwfKhIk Also the presentation with the bullets in 3D Slow Motion IS AMAZING!!! How about something like that? ;)
4) CGI Integration
5) 3D for our movies!!!
6) Much more of your knownledge about VFX!!!

Nice work!!
June 30th, 2007 @ 3:55 am
How to create a neon light sign (like the ones found around seedy night clubs that flicker alot)
Javier C.
June 30th, 2007 @ 4:11 am
I almost forgot, Flash would be great too!
June 30th, 2007 @ 4:18 am
# Scott bishop Says:
June 30th, 2007 at 3:49 am

I double what Jamie says, keep em short and so that people can use the tips to create something of their own, instead of just copying your work
June 30th, 2007 @ 6:54 am
1. Infinite Zoom
2. The Matrix Effect: The action freezes and the camera moves around
3. DayForNight
4. Some cool effects for backrounds (like the 3D-Fractal-Effect)
June 30th, 2007 @ 7:00 am
Something with zombies.
Li Cui
June 30th, 2007 @ 7:37 am
# Sammiep Says:
June 29th, 2007 at 1:29 pm



is kicking ass make something Like this !!
- - - - - - - - -

THis was pretty sweet! Maybe you’ll find a way to tell us that this is done with a 3D program, but you know how:P

I remember reading about this on Studio Daily. I've been trying forever to do a believable day to night and rain effects, but to no avail. If you could show us some of your techniques, that would be great, not to mention, helping out a large audience. Thanks Andrew!
June 30th, 2007 @ 8:44 am
Saw TRANSFORMERS last night!!! That movies was not produced by humans...its out of this world...my pop corn box remained full as i watched in awe....

Want to say Andrew you are a legend, there were spots in that movie (and the new Silver Surfer) where i can now go home and be able to know how to mimic similar results for various effects ...... well not results, but the knowledge to now how to do.

June 30th, 2007 @ 8:50 am
Integration of C4D (creating 3d title & camera movement data) with AE 7
Videotut in German (right click on "HIER heruntergeladen werden"):


I have to say many requests here, like the repetitious ask for "hit by car" tut show that some people here

a) don't know how to use google

b) haven't watched the tuts here on videocopilot (like the "blow head off", its the technique that can be used for the car thing)

c) haven't even read the above part of this blog, where there is a link to a video tut on "car hit"

people, this is dumb and a waste of everybody's time.

I still wish for a tutorial about "watercolor looks" and "paint splat mattes" like on

http://academy.slashcam.de/product_info.php?products_id=45&osCsid=28aa10cbe640a035a49f8f7b6027c387 > Reels > Commercial > Honda, LA Marathon

amazing stuff there
June 30th, 2007 @ 9:09 am
wayne carnegie
June 30th, 2007 @ 9:20 am
hey kramer.. you know what i like about your tutorials? they are not boring. i visit the website everyday and i am looking forward to purchase some dvds for reaaal!! man.. anyways peace keep up the good work
June 30th, 2007 @ 9:22 am
I just thought of another one. How about the intro sequences for the james bond movies?
June 30th, 2007 @ 9:30 am
I would like a tutorial on 3d titles and also how to make the surface of a layer look wet or slippery or something, alot like some of the stuff in the sound fx promo
June 30th, 2007 @ 11:09 am
http://trapcode.com/gallery/polar2007_h.mov from www.trapcode.com . imba graphics. as for the 3D program, the one that andrew enjoys workin on the most.. Thanks mate, you really helpin ppl :) Keep it up
lee james
June 30th, 2007 @ 12:02 pm
hey man one idea id like to see would be intergrating from a hellicopter in 3ds max put in to footage and either shot using bullet time or a rocket launcher

thank man
June 30th, 2007 @ 12:05 pm
Im thinking of buying a Colt M4A1 soft gun to use in my future movies and it would just be awesome to have some matrix tutorials ;)
Also one where the room freezes and the camera moves around the people and stuff would be sweeet :)
June 30th, 2007 @ 1:11 pm
make a tutorial once and for all!
June 30th, 2007 @ 1:27 pm
# Tartaros Says:
June 30th, 2007 at 11:09 am

http://trapcode.com/gallery/polar2007_h.mov from www.trapcode.com . imba graphics. as for the 3D program, the one that andrew enjoys workin on the most.. Thanks mate, you really helpin ppl :) Keep it up

Realy I cryed seeing this movie I loved Him that mutch
Great Great Great ::):):)
June 30th, 2007 @ 1:50 pm
You know what would be awesome?
to create some monster type things in like 3dmax or something similar.
also it would be great to know how to make it seem like a sword or some object is going through someone,
like how they have it in movies.

because im tired of using lightsabers.
thank you very much.
June 30th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm
Halo Mr Kramer
respect for the new toturials and new visions from the SoundFx,this is great and wonderfull!
Thank you for all Toturials!
Greetings from Germany
June 30th, 2007 @ 3:43 pm
I believe i have already sendt a mail about tutorials
and my suggestion is that you make a tutorial about time
freezing and moving around with the camera like in matrix or heroes


I have heard that they use many cameras to get the 3D
effect on objects but if it could be possible to make this
with a single camera and then enhance it with after
effects it would be awesome:)
June 30th, 2007 @ 4:09 pm
first i'm gonna thank you for the tutorials that ur making they are great and very helpful, and for the tutorial request it would be grate if u could make a camera match moving from 2d video then export it in a 3d software like 3ds max...
June 30th, 2007 @ 4:13 pm
After seeing about 20 more posts for bullet time tutorials, I thought I would post this:


For reasons I posted about 100 posts up, its not gonna happen, so stop asking for it.
June 30th, 2007 @ 5:16 pm
I would like to see flash tutorials!!
June 30th, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

Wow, what a bunch of great ideas! From a logical standpoint, and building on your past history of adding functionality to your training that everyone can use, I'd like to see you take the next logical step of talking about your fantastic titles. As was mentioned previously, your Designer Sound FX titles were fantastic and unless I'm missing something in AE, I'm sure you used something outside of Adobe. So maybe start with creating "Blockbuster Titles" would be good. Then move on and up from there.

What about the whole "Light Caustics" effects such as titles through smoke, haze or fog? I've played around with it, but you tend to think outside the box and may be able to take it to that next "VideoCopilot" level.

You rock my brother!!!!!

Keep up the great work! Thanks for your sacrifices and time!


June 30th, 2007 @ 7:00 pm
Some more Riot Gear tutorials would be very helpful. Some James Bond intro tutorials would also be cool.
June 30th, 2007 @ 9:40 pm
Some matrix tutorials or some with 3d characters getting blown up or shot would be quite nice ^^

Think about it ;)
July 1st, 2007 @ 12:00 am
can't go wrong with particle tutorials
July 1st, 2007 @ 12:07 am
ok, i know this isn't AE related.... or maybe it is, but does anyone know how they shoot people with arrows in movies? for example, quite a few arrow effects in lord of the rings. even more impressive are the arrow hits in 300. they aren't even wearing clothing and you can see the arrow stick into them. the only two techniques i can think of involve clever editing (cut to arrow already in position) and maybe shooting a scene in reverse (pull the arrow off a character with string.) is it a practical effect or is it pure cg? if it's done in post, it's got me fooled.
July 1st, 2007 @ 12:37 am
hee superville,
ik think that this could be done in ae with trapcode particles. if you make a arrow and use that as the particle. and set the mode to stick. and ofcourse some more adjustments i think it would work.
July 1st, 2007 @ 1:08 am
Bullet TRAIL effect please!
July 1st, 2007 @ 1:15 am
Are you going to do these?

1) Bullet Ricochets on water


2) Advanced Clouds
nick hardy
July 1st, 2007 @ 1:49 am
love to see something about intergrating real world with visual effects too.
July 1st, 2007 @ 1:59 am
How about anything underwater? Looking for underwater motion effects, bubbles, anything that can show relative size and motion while underwater would be great.
Look forward to anything from you.
July 1st, 2007 @ 2:04 am
I can't believe I got my mac, it's so cool..I'm on it right now!!

I think you're asking him for wayyy too many tutorials...
he has a real job, and he's making these for free, so give him
a break, lol






July 1st, 2007 @ 3:03 am
I'd like to learn how to create a fake 16mm film burns.
July 1st, 2007 @ 3:03 am
Couple of good ones:

1) Digital set extensions. One that comes to mind is where they digitally make a short hallway much longer or increase the heights of shorter buildings and such.

2) Compositing digital matte paintings with live action (could be green screen or non-green screen) footage. Maybe replacing some or all of the backdrop with a futuristic or fantasy setting - and implementing motion tracking for short camera movements. The Japanese movie Casshern comes to mind.
July 1st, 2007 @ 4:13 am
Hi Andrew, How about some tutorials in "Particle Illusion 3". That would be great!
You know, make better explotions and stuff ;)

July 1st, 2007 @ 5:20 am
Superville, watch that http://youtube.com/watch?v=B0stRHsw5YE

The arrows in 300 are PURELY cg.
David Hudson
July 1st, 2007 @ 9:14 am
Just wondering if the waves in this are done in 3d or in after effects? If you reckon they are done in after effects would love to see it.

Ben Hawkins
July 1st, 2007 @ 9:21 am
i would also like to see how you would do your keying on a green screen with out using the keylight plugin.

thanks again.

tutorial slaughter
C. David
July 1st, 2007 @ 10:23 am
how about bullet time effect (i meant circles trailing behind a bullet (like in the matrix movie))
thnx in advance
PS: great work andrew, u rock !!!
Dustin James
July 1st, 2007 @ 12:13 pm

i watched 300 several times in a row.. but i did notice some arrows don't track well...


that was a cool video...
July 1st, 2007 @ 12:57 pm
Hey Andrew
Just wanted to know if you have a motion tracking tutorial....I am interested in tracking a moving object and replacing it with a 3d object....

July 1st, 2007 @ 2:00 pm
I would realy like to know how to put the point of intrest of a camera from one point to another while the camera is moving forward like in tutorial no27.
God Himself!
July 1st, 2007 @ 3:50 pm
God, i hope I will be the last to comment:D But I would so much like to see some X-Men type of special powers! Thank you for all your free (and not free) work! Appriciate it strong man!
July 1st, 2007 @ 4:55 pm
Andrew, would love to see you show off your skills in Sony Vegas. I've tried replicating in Vegas some of the things you tought us in your DVD's on After Effects, but it's pretty hard. You make it all look so easy! Please consider doing a couple of Vegas tutorials, and even a Vegas tutorial DVD - I'd definitely buy that as well! Thanks.
July 1st, 2007 @ 6:19 pm
Something in the sense of organic / microscopic life forms would be great

imagine custom precomposed items as particles
that fake lifeforms then zooming out to a picture of a waterdrop

duno but i think it might cover some nice & good tips to get new users started with a bit more advanced AE.

in anyway...keep it up andrew, good work!
July 1st, 2007 @ 8:58 pm
lol.. 300+ Tutorial Requests.. I guess when you asked for it, you got it. So I doubt this will even get read being at the bottom of the list but here goes anyway..

1.) Tutorial on 3d Text Effects - Awesome Text Effects etc..
2.) Particles - How can you make Rain Drops hit off objects in a video like adding rain? Example. I want to add rain to a scene and have it hit foreground, background and off the brim of someone's cap. or the top of a car etc..
3.) How to be more like Andrew Kramer
4.) Too many to list here. I want to be fair.

July 1st, 2007 @ 9:01 pm
Oh yea, one more. Motion Tracking. For instance, a tutorial on Motion Tracking where your Track point goes "Out of Frame" and you need to grab a different trackpoint. But when played back, the shot is all over creation.

So I guess the Tutorial requested would be Motion Tracking and Working through out of frame or multiple tracking problems.
July 1st, 2007 @ 9:10 pm
If it is possible. make a tutorial on making it look like animals are talking
July 1st, 2007 @ 10:34 pm
something like paths / advanced writeOn effects

in the sense of this stunning clip by d-strkt.

July 2nd, 2007 @ 1:09 am
What about how to crush somone with a giant boulder, like in the action movie essentials promo at the end
Luke Lamont
July 2nd, 2007 @ 3:12 am
Hey Andrew,

This is just a request for a tutorial on making cool effects for the game "Halo" or "Halo 2". As I've seen a very large variety of people who have listed you at halo3forum.com..a wide fanbase is there for you, I just think it'd make for a pretty popular tutorial.

July 2nd, 2007 @ 4:42 am
How about a tutorial on how to recreate your scene of the army guy getting blown up on the battlefield i.e. the shell exploding next to him as he runs across the field. And you could advertise your 'Action Essentials' into the bargain!
July 2nd, 2007 @ 5:24 am
how about one of those vampire "POOF "effects.. like the one in blade :)

July 2nd, 2007 @ 7:38 am
Hey Andrew,
Lovin' ur tutorials mate!
Hey anyway I can download the tutorials and save them on my HDD? saves having to stream it each time. - Plus I'd like to put them in my BIBLE section for After Effects.

July 2nd, 2007 @ 7:45 am
I wasn't going to say this until I saw how many other people did; some James Bond intro tutorials would be awesome!
July 2nd, 2007 @ 9:03 am
Hi Andrew

First of all i would like to thank you for all your help and support in making of Peri video clip :

" Real Clouds " from videocopilot is used in the project.

I have watched many tuttorials but the ones you have done are different because you direct them as a part of a short movie ... i would like to see you as a director of your own movies one day
in your new project can you include matte painting and 3d tracking and using it in AE

Thank you very much
July 2nd, 2007 @ 11:53 am
Hello there Andrew.

I would like to see a tutorial about creating fire :) Fireballs, Burning Text, everything!
July 2nd, 2007 @ 12:12 pm
3d Camera Traking PLEASEE :D
July 2nd, 2007 @ 12:18 pm
Hi all :)

I'm european and I thank you very much for all these tutorials M. Andrew Kramer, they are very interesting, especially for beginners like me :).
Just wanna add if you know Ayato, a japanese well-known in visual effects, look at his website : http://www.ayatoweb.com/index_e.html
His effects are awesome and very beautiful, but quite difficult for beginners like me, don't always see the links between the steps and how to continue :/

So I'll be very pleased if you can try one of them (the most impressive effects^^) even if, unfortunately he uses sometimes others software, as Illustrator...

Thank you :)


PS: didnt read all the requests above, but I'm sorry if someone has already talked about him.
July 2nd, 2007 @ 12:19 pm
I was trying to wrap my head around doing rpf cameras in after effects with only half success-- the 3d elements in my scene wound up at extreme angles to my camera and I couldn't figure out how to line it up properly to the rendered 3d plate.

Any help would be hot, there.
Giso Spijkerman
July 2nd, 2007 @ 12:53 pm
Hi Andrew,

I am really enjoying your tutorials :) thanks!

I would really like to see some good tutorials about, for example, video footage that is shot without rain and you add it realistic afterwards.

I know it is possible because i saw on
-- http://www.trapcode.com/gallery.html --
a movie about a BWM commercial where they add rain.


ps how was your wedding anniversary :)
July 2nd, 2007 @ 1:17 pm
I would like to see some morphing tutorials - some of the stuff you see in a lot of commercials lately.
Here is an example - use your buddy for it.


Also things with text and how text can interact with each other - physical simulations and so forth - like flowing water text...

More with AE, you do a great job with it.
July 2nd, 2007 @ 2:03 pm
You should do a tutorial on how to get text to realisticly turn into smoke (like the text right at the start of the video) im sure he did it with 3ds max, but im sure it could be done in AE and looks just as good

please do it :P

Christopher Carlsson
July 2nd, 2007 @ 2:48 pm
I would like to see the "blood filling the vains" effect :P


@ 9 sec, thats what i mean, would be great!

// Christopher, sweden
Felix Lànyi
July 2nd, 2007 @ 3:01 pm
Dear Andrew,
everytime when you are about to present another great tutorial I'm like: "He's not just crazy, HE IS TOTALLY CRAZY".
But then my mind says: Wouldn't it be a lot more crazy if he would try to explain us how to use 3D-Footage in After Effects. This would end up in a real big unstable mass of madness! Besides the fun: I really would like to use 3D Text oder several items like chairs or ... chainsaws to create some nice moves in After Effects. Okay then, that for now.

Wish you all the best.
Greetings from Germany
John Paite
July 2nd, 2007 @ 4:18 pm
Dear Dear Andrew..speaking of 3D I would really like to know how to use PANORAMIC 2D image and panning 360 degree using the AE camera? is it possible?? This would be a great thing to know...As Im writting this im getting the idea but simply not sure!!!
Alex Foster
July 2nd, 2007 @ 4:45 pm
i would really like to see like what u left on the blog for video rendering (my faviorite is photo jpeg - saves so much space and time!) but for sound. i keep losing lots of my sound quality when i compress and interestingly not everything seems to be able to read uncompressed...

also somthing on how to manipulate the after effects particles would of course be cool - loved the previous tutorials on that
July 2nd, 2007 @ 5:42 pm
I would like to see a tutorial that shows you how to do a very cool superspeed effect. Similar to the one seen on Smallville. Also some with Zaxwerks Products, andTrapcodes Particular. Also a tutorial that makes it look like you are jumping really high. Or combine everything I've said here to make a really cool effect. I would also like to see a tutorial showing you how to render out cool breakdown clips of effects that I've created.
July 2nd, 2007 @ 6:49 pm
Hello Andrew,
I`m from Brazil, work with video production, here your tutorials worth more than gold man, hehehe .I would like to see a tutorial like the freezing time one, but in a 3D Motion Around the scene. the link below show`s the ideia:


Anyway, i think it`s a good one to learn.
thks for your time. and if you got more 5 min take a look in some of our jobs maded here in brazil: http://br.youtube.com/watch?v=sqRjiE_GAd8

Bruno Brito.
July 2nd, 2007 @ 7:23 pm
A timefreeze tutorial with rotation, like seen in heroes, and/or posible interaction with floating/frozen objects
July 3rd, 2007 @ 2:46 am
i've got another idea.. tutorial on how to make a cool demo reel
July 3rd, 2007 @ 3:47 am
a great tutorial would be a updated morph tutorial using as little plugins as possible
July 3rd, 2007 @ 6:13 am
I emailed you this, but never got a response. I was thinking that a "vortex" tutorial that would show how to do something comparable to the opening of BBC's Doctor Who.

Here a link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bh5rHhYiyM
July 3rd, 2007 @ 6:17 am
i really liked to see one tutorial with morphing faces.

your tutorials are tthe best
July 3rd, 2007 @ 10:42 am
hi andrew just want to tell you we love your tutorial very much!!! we are from israel.
we wonder if you can do a tutorial of making crowd in after effects its could be a fantastc tutorial. we love your tutorial we love you man. bye bye
July 3rd, 2007 @ 10:52 am
Andrew, I would love to see the 3D fractal as a tutorial. I would also love to see that shatter tutorial that comes with your sound effects dvd, but have no need for sound effects. You should set up some kinda system (something like itunes) where people can purchase the individual tutorials themselves. Any chance on just selling me that shatter tutorial by its lonesome? I could really use it for a project on the horizon.

Thanks so much for posting all the great stuff that you do, they are so helpful in understanding such a powerful tool as AE. Write a book too, there just don't seem to be any good ones.

You are a saint amonug men
July 3rd, 2007 @ 11:47 am
Hi Andrew,

I'd love to see how to use and so to learn the path text effect, i don't understand how to create an animated text.
I hope you know what I mean and sorry for my english

Greetings from Italy

PS your Tutorials are the best
July 3rd, 2007 @ 12:07 pm
A tutorial compositing a 3d model into live action footage. Including rendering out passes then using AE to composite it all together :)
July 3rd, 2007 @ 12:24 pm
More jokes, specifically how to structure a good joke. Thanks. And maybe some jokes centered around a 3dsmax tutorial on 3d text and how to do maybe a nice camera spin around a 3d logo or something and then export it to a nice shiny video format. That would be well funny. Your the man Andy, LOVE all the free tutorials and great products, theres really nothing out there like this and I think its great, keep up the good work!!! Many thanks for the inspiration.
July 3rd, 2007 @ 3:58 pm
I might be the only one, but I would like to learn how to make a 3d cd case that you can animte to spin around etc. Like the ones you see in album commercials all the time where you get to see a bit of the band video for instance and then the cd spins in rotating a bit, showing the front and back and reflecting light etc to make it look more real..

And I also agree with ever other poster here, they have a lot of great wishes, and I must say that I´m extremely impressed with you Andrew, and I´m so glad to see that you still don´t charge anything for your amazing tutorials! It´s so great to be able to watch high quality stuff for free, that´s not often we get to do that these days. But you´re amazing!
July 4th, 2007 @ 12:21 am
What about A long zoom. For example, start close on a subject on a rooftop, then do a zoom accross a few city blocks to someone on street level. Its similar to the infinite zoom, but is there a way to do that and integrate live action footage shot?
Some Other Guy
July 4th, 2007 @ 2:15 am
I got a great one, have you ever seen Smallville? If you have, when Clark superspeeds away is a really great fx, would love tutorial!!
July 4th, 2007 @ 5:15 am
well ive been thinking latly about buying this program and ive been watching heroes latly so if you would could you show me how to make some effects from heroes abit like the time stopping ability that youve already got on... but somthing more like fire on the hands or along those lines.

also a camera lens cracking shattering effect.

but if you already know some places for tutorials along these lines could you give me a link please.
July 4th, 2007 @ 5:26 am

First off thanks a million for the great tutorials, i am forever in your debt.

I am currently working on a project wich involves a product i need to spin in 3d space.
The client has provided me with high ress images of the front , back , top and bottom and the sides. This is all good as i can put those all together in 3d space in AE BUT...
the product has a slight curve to it on the top corners so i get a wierd thing happening. The question is, is there a way to curve the layers in 3d space so all my layers sit snugly together to create a nice neat 3d object.

Im sure the possabilities for this are endless and would mean AE users could offer
3D product animations as long as it was a fairly simple shape for a fraction of the cost of proper 3d.

Thnaks again for the great tutorials

July 4th, 2007 @ 5:32 am

I would love to see some tutorials on Water, all kinds on water from oceans to waterfalls, rain, rain on water with those water circles! everything on water! there's really no good water tutorials on the webb, and if anyone could pull it off, it'd be you!

Thanks alot - Oscar
July 4th, 2007 @ 5:53 am
Hey just wondering if you could do a tutorial on a rotating menu...kinda like how the CD cover flow menu works...I would love to do this as a dvd menu but am a beginner at this After Effects stuff. BTW Great website i love all your work!!
July 4th, 2007 @ 6:06 am
How to make some convincing bullethits on a windshield
Alex Foster
July 4th, 2007 @ 6:19 am
hehehe - am getting really good effect ideas from just reading this strip - keep it up guys :P
July 4th, 2007 @ 10:21 am
hey! can you make a tutorial what learn us to create a morph effect?that would be nice! AND i want to learn how to create a time freeze with a rotation like in the ninja movies or something. like jump up and freeze, and rotate round and continue! you are the best andrew!

Kid 12 years Norway
Andrew Dick
July 4th, 2007 @ 10:36 am

Things you would see in scary movies ie. jittery movement, making a face more intense or scarier!

July 4th, 2007 @ 10:36 am
* I would like to see a Day for night and Night for Day tutorial.

* Car hit

* Outdoor rain creation

* Bullet time stuff (matrix)

* Horror movie style effects (arms getting lopped off, fingers getting severed, etc...)
July 4th, 2007 @ 11:20 am
I would definitely like to see a tutorial on how to simulate the "Hand Crank" Camera effect that Tony Scott and others have recently popularized, in films like "Man on Fire" or "Running Scared". I've seen expressions for this before, but they are unwieldy and not that practical.
Docteur Maboul
July 4th, 2007 @ 1:14 pm
Your web site is wonderful ! I come everyday to seek for new things to learn :)
You are a very important person in the small FX world

Could you PLEASE learn me how to do the HEROES and SMALLVILLE credits ?

THANK you in advance !
Keep it up !!!
July 4th, 2007 @ 1:16 pm
Just saw the new Scion "Little Deviants" commercial by Shilo. Thought a tut on a pop out book effect would be cool like in the beginning of the commercial.
July 4th, 2007 @ 1:34 pm
Hi Andrew,
I love your tutorials so far!
I always wondered how to make a 3D Bullet, and animate it so that it hits a character's head for example. Or like many other people say: 3D titling like in the promo movie from Designer Sound FX

Keep up the good work Andrew!

Greetings from Belgium
July 4th, 2007 @ 4:59 pm
Hello Andrew,

i was wondering how After Effects could be used to integrate 3D Stuff into live action footage properly (Color Correction, Adjustment).
Apart from that, i would be interested in how to create some cloning stuff in After Effects.

Thanks for being my VFX Hero ;)

Greetz from Germany
July 4th, 2007 @ 8:06 pm
New sprint comercial
just, how is this done, if its done in a compositing app?
Stephen Davidson
July 4th, 2007 @ 9:05 pm

Perhaps a simple tutorial on how to do realistic beams of sunlight spilling down on a back ground.

July 5th, 2007 @ 2:23 am
Have a look at the opening credits from the movie Casino Royale. Theres some pretty cool stuff going on there, such as how Bond is only shown in Black and white.
July 5th, 2007 @ 4:12 am
Hi Andrew, i am trying too make a realy big army. you know, i talk too them and there are like 1000 man down there. i tried everything, from 3d till pictures, an all with greenscreen because i have only 2 soldiers in real life. but it just doesnt look good. and allso it sounds like a cool idea if you can zoom out from my head (the one who give's the speech) too see the whole army.
thanks allready

Amsterdam,The Netherlands
July 5th, 2007 @ 4:50 am
Hey Andrew, I would really like to see a tutorial on the whole teleporting effect. Like Nightcrawlers smoke effect from X-Men 2. Your tutorials are pure awesome, thanks for making them free!
July 5th, 2007 @ 5:43 am
Some tutorial like Dragon Ball Z MOVES!!! Flying men!, Super Punchs!, KAME HAME HA!(FireBall, you know) Electricity trought body!! Thats will be cool!
July 5th, 2007 @ 6:28 am
This may no longer be valid as it may have been requested on the RG2 posts but:

Slow motion with effects at real time!
Weather effects
Some plug-in tuts like Particle playground?

Anything realy, but i would like to know how to make ice, and ice cubes please.

Bring on Riot Gear 2

July 5th, 2007 @ 6:41 am
My offer for a tutorial is:

Impressive effects (3d, visual effects ...) as these:

Inside Heroes - Visual Effects

July 5th, 2007 @ 6:49 am
It will be nice a tutorial for "low-fi" filmakers, like
"how to blend fx and filters like particles / matte keying...etc. with low-fi formats like vhs...and how to avoid the awful "copy- paste" effect...