TUTORIAL: Vanishing Point AE CS3

In this tutorial learn how to use the vanishing point feature in Photoshop CS3 to create 3d layers for After EFfects CS3. This tutorial is a nice contrast to the 3D Projection Tutorials. It is also my very first CS3 Tutorial.

Sebastian Vázquez
June 26th, 2007 @ 11:53 pm
That is fantastic and really caught my attention!, definately will try.
June 27th, 2007 @ 12:07 am
That seems pretty neat, although there are some flaws as you described. I guess it's a good thing to use the vanishing point for simple scenes that just need some quick camera movement. However, for more complex scenes I think I might stick to either the projection technique or just a 3d app technique.

Thanks for this first look at it. Is there a chance that you might check out the puppet tool? :)
Harry McHugh
June 27th, 2007 @ 12:23 am
wow. just wow. ya i would like to see the puppet tool too. Is that the beta or did adobe leak out a release to the great andrew kramer? That seems so much easier than the other meathod, and the light going down the alley is a really nice effect. I would like to compliment you on all the changes that have been going into videocopilot.net lately. It has a friendly enviroment.
Alexander Jansen
June 27th, 2007 @ 1:18 am
Installing AE CS3 now - Soo, I'll try it out. Didn't seem toooooo shabby. =)
June 27th, 2007 @ 1:29 am
Damn I need CS3
June 27th, 2007 @ 1:36 am
I'd like to try this new version of AE...but well i've started with this program just 2 months ago so i don't think that it could be so useful for me right now...anyway i've bought the designer sound fx and i just can say that it's amazing..full of nasty sounds and good tutorials....can't wait for riot gear 2 also... :)
John Paite
June 27th, 2007 @ 2:21 am
I have CS3 but will havent install it coz im worried that some of my plugins such as trapcode, cycore, etc wont work. I will be honest some of this useful plugins are downloaded that is why im a lil hesitant to switch..but anyways that looks cool..but I bet thats possible in 7.0 as well...but would needed more work!
June 27th, 2007 @ 2:39 am
He love the new tut. hope i can get my hands on cs3 soon.

he john paite. how did you get cs3?? in holland you can't buy it jet. you can in other countries??
June 27th, 2007 @ 4:03 am
hahaha nice one andrew:D You just like to say your name so much :D

"My name is Andrew Kramer from Videocopilot.net, cya next time" :D I think you say the same everytime :D:D:D
Scott Wetherall
June 27th, 2007 @ 5:26 am
Keep it up Mr Kramer , oh hey, why does sour cream have an expiry date?
June 27th, 2007 @ 6:23 am
WOW!!!! thats a gr8 tut andrew.

Thanx again.

Warm Regards
Craig Woolhouse
June 27th, 2007 @ 7:20 am
Just a quick question about CS3... Do you know of any plug-ins that will NOT work with this version of AE or have you come across any other issues that others may need to know about before buying and installing over CS2. Thanks.

Peace out, Craig.
Some Guy
June 27th, 2007 @ 7:48 am
Well, it's a nice tutorial, but... could you please include Adobe Creative Suite 3 in the project files of the next tutorial...
June 27th, 2007 @ 9:34 am
With this being the first CS3 tutorial it sort of marks the beginning of the end of V7 tutorials so it seems as good a time as any to ask...

Are there any plans to make a compilation disk of your tutorials set of offline viewing? Or indeed, if there are no plans could you consider making some? ;-)
Jacob Aaron
June 27th, 2007 @ 9:52 am
Hey, I keep looking on adobes website and all it sais is to preorder after effects. Is it out yet? If so why cant I buy it on the website and only pre order?
June 27th, 2007 @ 10:17 am
June 27th, 2007 @ 10:18 am
John Paite and Craig Woolhouse - you need not worry about your Trapcode, Cycore, or Boris plugins. All seem to be working quite well in CS3. You will have to move the plugins from one folder to another and I had to reregister all of the Boris components but they worked after that. Hope this helps!

Andrew - another great tutorial. I respect the fact that I won't be doing something even similar to this project but you've helped in teaching my brain the many ways to look at the issue in AE.
June 27th, 2007 @ 11:51 am
yikes. another step closer to blade runner. arousing. bravo!
Jay Gray
June 27th, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
Well, that pretty much simply overrides the previous 3D tutorial =)
June 27th, 2007 @ 12:12 pm

That just blows me away.

I noticed in your tutorial and on Adobe's website the pictures never have people in them for vanishing point examples. I understand its for making the walls into a 3D space, but what would happen if there were some people in the room, or picture??????

June 27th, 2007 @ 12:52 pm
Great tutorial :) I learned so much from all your tutorials - keep on making them. btw, whats that Fxhome preset for aftereffects, i saw it in the presets bar. i have their effectslab software, do they also have presets for after effects?

btw, look at that. http://andrew.kramer.youaremighty.com/
Peter Wustlich
June 27th, 2007 @ 1:31 pm
so, mr. kramer, your are fantastic! Please, never stop working on new tutorials!

greets from germany.
June 27th, 2007 @ 2:34 pm
Damn I love your skills man. And hell yea you deserve free adobe stuff! They should be paying you in royalties. Thanks for being a legend dude and I love your products too, I use them all the time. Saving for the sound effects. Getting those soon!!!
June 27th, 2007 @ 3:54 pm
The great thing about vanishing point is you can virtually create an entire matte painting, then use vanishing point to break it up and move through it slightly with a 3d camera. If your sloppy in layer management and don't want to separate the pictures as well, this could be a great time saver for you.

Does anyone know if any features vanished in Cs3 for AE? Like Digital Anarchy's 3d Assistance tools from 6.5-7.0
June 27th, 2007 @ 4:41 pm
Nice one, man! Getting better every time!
Hope u will stay in cs3 from now on,
it's some nice tools they have made there!
June 27th, 2007 @ 4:59 pm
Not sure what you think about this, but IMHO Adobe would sell more products if their Products Trailer and Tutorials were done by Andrew :D

Great Tutorial as usually :) Very intresting this vanished point in CS3... I think we all want it now :)

Paris, France
Jacob Aaron
June 27th, 2007 @ 5:47 pm
Hmmm I currently have v7. Will it work with that? If not I'm going to buy CS3 because I don't want to miss out on anymore of your tutorials!
June 27th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm
Thanks again for another tutorial.....

I just had my graduation today... High School here I come
June 27th, 2007 @ 6:45 pm
wow only High School and starting with AE? well me too, I've had AE for about 4 years now...but since I've been coming to this site, I have been really using it all the time..11th grade, here I come! (in September)


Jacob Aaron
June 27th, 2007 @ 7:15 pm
Hey, kinda off topic question but if anyone could help. Do you know a way to convert file types? (like MPEG to MOV) Thanks.
June 27th, 2007 @ 7:42 pm
i was expecting a cs3 tutorial!!!
thanks for this
June 27th, 2007 @ 8:25 pm
Awesome, now I need 650$ just to do it!
June 27th, 2007 @ 11:57 pm
I dl the preview of cs3 just to try this out. Pretty sweet. Now to wait for Master collection to be released. Come on Adobe, let's Go.

Jacob - for the PC I use Canopus ProCoder for such tasks.
June 28th, 2007 @ 12:00 am
Adobe should send you a some real stuff!
June 28th, 2007 @ 3:13 am
hey andrew, that was fantastic!!!!
regards from mexico !
June 28th, 2007 @ 6:50 am
Do I have to take my credit card out.....
Jacob Aaron
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:09 am
Alright thanks Jeff ill check it out.
June 28th, 2007 @ 10:05 am
Hi Kramer, thank you for sharing your experimentation with the vanishing point in AE CS3!
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:24 pm
Wow! Thanks for being so generous with the free tutorials. Ever thought of posting your site to www.cgsociety.org forum? You will definitely get more feedback and more people ordering your products. Good stuffs, keep in coming....
joseph profit
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:18 pm
I got stung by a bee the other day too. i was hurt and upset,. i thought about sueing the bee but that wouldnt make any sense.

So i grabbed it and i grabbed its brother and secuestered both. I then got an orange and grabbed the bee and started stinging the crap out of the orange with it as an example to the others what will happen if they sting me again. We're all pals now. They do all my bidings, and even shaped their hive after my face.

oh yeah, I guess i better write something tutorially like everyone else is... this tutorial rocks kramer. i love kramerland. You should have rides here too... and one can be of a bee.. and one where you run around a cage with a bunch of "assistants" and you get to punch them all and when you do, you get to hear some cool sound FX, from the Designer Sound fx library through the speakers. and we can all fall on the ground laughing.

love,- Joseph
June 28th, 2007 @ 2:28 pm
Well done you goofy bastard.
June 28th, 2007 @ 7:46 pm
that s great i love the tutorials and i love videocopilot.net.
bonne continuation et merci pour c manifique tuto je parle pas très bien englais alors je m'exprime en français c plus facile pou un Algerien en tout je me régale avec vous tutorials merci bcp
FX Films
June 29th, 2007 @ 2:24 am
Quality as ever Andrew...it helped to clear some things up for me. I have been looking at doing this for some future wedding vids, not that i ever come across dark alleys at weddings!

keep up the good work

to Adobe: pay this guy lots of money. he's your main promotor!
June 29th, 2007 @ 7:04 am
wow...there are really great things possible with AE CS3...
June 29th, 2007 @ 9:36 am
This site PwNs! waiting for more tutorials:D
June 29th, 2007 @ 3:06 pm
for those of you that may have problems with running your plug ins with cs3 (trapcode in particular), right-click and run cs3 as administrator. trying to use the plugins in non-demo mode will result in an error message if you attempt without the method.
June 29th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm
Guys can someone tell me why campus tech isn't shipping CS3 yet. They've told me it's not out yet and well, if it wasn't out then how do you guys have it. I'll tell ya the world is a confusing place. :)
June 29th, 2007 @ 6:06 pm
he is not responding lately maybe he is working on somthing to knock our socks off .and are you serious you are going to work on stuff that its going to be hard in ae then all of us going to come to your house and unplug your tv freezer and micro wave ,what else .ohh ya and kidnapp your cat if you have one
June 30th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

To my knowledge it isn't being released until July 12 now. At least that is what I'm being told about my order for the Master Collection. So I'm assuming that it will be the same for AE as well.

I'm currently using the CS3 preview that is available through the Adobe.labs web site.

July 1st, 2007 @ 11:40 pm
hi andrew i have a request .can you make us a tut similar to 300 fight scene where it goes fast and then slow . and how to set to render the whole comp am having a problem setting that it always render 10s even i set the comp to the lenght of the footage.thanks
July 2nd, 2007 @ 7:08 am
very coool :)
July 2nd, 2007 @ 7:54 am
thanks for tutor man this one is very good just one request, can u talk a little about the new features in CS3, and how it can help us in our work process, thanks again.
Hilário Pereira
July 2nd, 2007 @ 10:52 am
Hi Andrew Kramer!! What's up?!

I'm from Brazil and I work with video productions. Just would like to say that your site it's really amazing and your tutorials very cool. Alwasys help me a lot! Congratulations!!

PS: Don't worry with my english.

Hilário Pereira
São Pulo - Brasil
Michael E
July 3rd, 2007 @ 4:27 am
One thing I dont like about CS3 is I can't use my 7.0 plugins not compatible, other than that its a great piece of package. And hell yeah The Kramer is gonna rock our world with his undying certified intelligence in AE.

Keep it up dude. And I'd be posting some new work which u would go ;) for!

July 4th, 2007 @ 10:34 am
Hi guys, have 1 big problem with this new cs3. So: When i'm trying to render in .mov there's a error, something about creating movie. Any1 have the same problem?
Jeff (NoodleMaps)
July 4th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

Though I have yet to render to a mov file in CS3. I'm on a PC based system running Vista using an Nvidia based board and have had nothing but trouble with quicktime files. I guess there are also issues with Intel boards as well. Something about SATA drivers??? So this may not be an answer to your problem, but the solution to playing mov files has been to put them on an external drive or something other than SATA, maybe the same case with rendering?? May want to give it a go. Just throwing it out there.
Raza F
July 4th, 2007 @ 8:53 pm
was it just me or did you swear in the end?
July 4th, 2007 @ 10:40 pm
Hey, does anyone know a plug in like this that works on CS3 standard?
July 5th, 2007 @ 9:51 am
Thanks alot Jeff. I have an old hard drive somewhere, maybe i'll try to use it.
July 10th, 2007 @ 8:48 am
Muy interesantes los Tutoriales, La unica pregunta que tengo es ¿porque no puedo exportar el vanishing point data no me da la opcion de hacerlo que puedo hacer?
July 11th, 2007 @ 1:59 am
heeej i im trying cs3 since you showed te tutorial of vanishing point.
well... i got a problem.

after i made the grid i just cant export it to a after effects .vpe ,dxf ore 3ds file.
The only buttons i can see:
show edge,
show measurements
and render grids to photoshop

does anyone know this problem? please post here ore send me a mail.
July 12th, 2007 @ 6:26 pm
Andrew , you 're a genius !!! thanks for everything ! if not, it would be cool , if one day yours tutorials will be in french ! **

keep on like that !! i enjoy U !!
July 14th, 2007 @ 1:16 pm
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July 15th, 2007 @ 8:35 pm
hey andrew gr8 stuffs could u please explain mo on camera movement some thing like fly cam
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:06 pm
hai andrew, that's greatest Idea n you is smart people i think,
i'm sorry my english is bad.. hehehe,,
i have question for you?
but how if work vanishing with CS2 or CS1, what and how to make a vpe file projcet to be import in after effect 7?
is i can use that?
July 16th, 2007 @ 10:38 pm
Hi, just wanted to say your tutorials are awesome, keep it up!
July 18th, 2007 @ 3:00 am
The vanishing point export to After Effects CS3 is only documented in the After Effects help and not in the Photoshop help, even though it's a Photoshop command. The command is described as "File > Export For After Effects CS3" ...but... its NOT in the File menu. In the Vanishing Point window, when it is open, there is a tiny right arrow button (>) at the top of the window. You have to click that to open a menu for exporting data from Vanishing Point. And as far as I can tell, this is not documented anywhere. If you don't accientally click on it, it just appears that the documented feature is missing from your File-> pulldown menu. And why couldn't Adobe document a Photoshop command in Photoshop help?

Your tutorial is brilliant.
July 21st, 2007 @ 5:46 pm
The Video isn't playing for me in either firefox or IE. I have the latest flash update. What is wrong?
July 26th, 2007 @ 3:30 am
okee found a way to export it.. ctrl + shift + E.
than you can export it to a .3ds file.
just type te name how you want to save it and at the end .vpe
this only works with Ctrl + shift + E.
if you hit ctrl + E you can export it to a .DXF file if you try to save it here to a .vpe it wont work.
July 16th, 2008 @ 6:23 am
Is there a way to add additional footage of people inside a vanishing point room? I need to comp some footage of people sat chatting in a virtual room? Anyone (Hello Andrew?? You there) who can impart some advice would be really appreciated?

April 24th, 2010 @ 3:18 pm
I don't know how you came with this idea, but is great. Hope you don't mind if i use it in my projects?
November 22nd, 2010 @ 2:28 pm
Vanishing point is awesome.
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