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.

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Vanishing point is awesome.
6 years ago
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?
8 years ago
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?

9 years ago
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.
9 years ago
The Video isn't playing for me in either firefox or IE. I have the latest flash update. What is wrong?
9 years ago
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.
9 years ago
Hi, just wanted to say your tutorials are awesome, keep it up!
9 years ago
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?
trident- team visual engineering
9 years ago
hey andrew gr8 stuffs could u please explain mo on camera movement some thing like fly cam
9 years ago
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9 years ago
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 !!
9 years ago
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.
9 years ago
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?
9 years ago
Thanks alot Jeff. I have an old hard drive somewhere, maybe i'll try to use it.
9 years ago
Hey, does anyone know a plug in like this that works on CS3 standard?
Raza F
9 years ago
was it just me or did you swear in the end?
Jeff (NoodleMaps)
9 years ago

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.
9 years ago
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?
Michael E
9 years ago
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!

Hilário Pereira
9 years ago
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
9 years ago
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.
9 years ago
very coool :)
9 years ago
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
9 years ago

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.

9 years ago
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
9 years ago
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. :)
9 years ago
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.
9 years ago
This site PwNs! waiting for more tutorials:D
9 years ago
wow...there are really great things possible with AE CS3...
FX Films
9 years ago
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!
9 years ago
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
9 years ago
Well done you goofy bastard.
joseph profit
9 years ago
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
9 years ago
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....
Hi Kramer, thank you for sharing your experimentation with the vanishing point in AE CS3!
Jacob Aaron
9 years ago
Alright thanks Jeff ill check it out.
9 years ago
Do I have to take my credit card out.....
9 years ago
hey andrew, that was fantastic!!!!
regards from mexico !
9 years ago
Adobe should send you a some real stuff!
9 years ago
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.
9 years ago
Awesome, now I need 650$ just to do it!
9 years ago
i was expecting a cs3 tutorial!!!
thanks for this
Jacob Aaron
9 years ago
Hey, kinda off topic question but if anyone could help. Do you know a way to convert file types? (like MPEG to MOV) Thanks.
9 years ago
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)


9 years ago
Thanks again for another tutorial.....

I just had my graduation today... High School here I come
Jacob Aaron
9 years ago
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!
9 years ago
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
9 years ago
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!
9 years ago
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
9 years ago
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!!!
Peter Wustlich
9 years ago
so, mr. kramer, your are fantastic! Please, never stop working on new tutorials!

greets from germany.
9 years ago
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/
9 years ago

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??????

Jay Gray
9 years ago
Well, that pretty much simply overrides the previous 3D tutorial =)
9 years ago
yikes. another step closer to blade runner. arousing. bravo!
9 years ago
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.
9 years ago
Jacob Aaron
9 years ago
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?
9 years ago
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? ;-)
Some Guy
9 years ago
Well, it's a nice tutorial, but... could you please include Adobe Creative Suite 3 in the project files of the next tutorial...
Craig Woolhouse
9 years ago
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.
9 years ago
WOW!!!! thats a gr8 tut andrew.

Thanx again.

Warm Regards
Scott Wetherall
9 years ago
Keep it up Mr Kramer , oh hey, why does sour cream have an expiry date?
9 years ago
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
9 years ago
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??
John Paite
9 years ago
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!
9 years ago
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... :)
9 years ago
Damn I need CS3
Alexander Jansen
9 years ago
Installing AE CS3 now - Soo, I'll try it out. Didn't seem toooooo shabby. =)
Harry McHugh
9 years ago
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.
9 years ago
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? :)
Sebastian Vázquez
9 years ago
That is fantastic and really caught my attention!, definately will try.
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