Motion Graphics or Visual Effects?

Of course we all need both but if you had to choose. I just want to get a feel for what interests you most. I have several compositing VFX tutorials coming soon, including:

  • Advanced Sky Replacement
  • Day to Night
  • Incorporating Live Action with Old Footage (like Forest Gump)
  • Mystery tutorial So amazing, it will turn your shirt inside-out!

This isn’t necessarily the order, but certainly coming soon. No matter what the tutorial is on, remember to retain what you are learning and apply the knowledge in your own projects, or else.

July 15th, 2007 @ 2:41 am
First :-) (I had to say this)

Hey, i would prefer Motion Graphics...
And i can´t wait for the Tuts...:P

With kind regards Dennis
July 15th, 2007 @ 2:42 am
Sounds great.
July 15th, 2007 @ 2:46 am
VFX. Cant wait for the tutorials :)
July 15th, 2007 @ 2:49 am
I'm a Visual Effects and Motion graphics Student over at the Art Institute of Phoenix. (Really that's the name of the degree)

I love working with Visual Effects when it comes to post production. I'm not the biggest fan of setting up to film then breaking everything down, but seeing how Visual Effects forces you to intergrade real life footage with your art work it makes it more challenging and simply more rewarding when its done.

Motion Graphics is nice because there is no on set production and your free to make your own world with it's own laws. You have a lot more control.

In the end I prefer Visual Effects, just hate getting footage from someone who never took a class on the basics of Visual Effects.
July 15th, 2007 @ 2:53 am
VFX for sure. Film making is my biggest passion, I'm definetly for VFX, even though I've worked a lot of motion graphics projects.
July 15th, 2007 @ 2:57 am
VFX :)
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:00 am
VFX just as much as motion graphics. I enjoy doing both
naim alwan
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:04 am
VFX... definatley... it's all about film making... a lot of people do not count AE as a compositing program... so please prove them to be wrong...
how could you make a tattoo animate on to someones face realisticaly in a moving image? is it possible to use some sort off mesh to mimic the contours of thier face, track and manipulate it acording to the footage, and then mask the tattoo on???...
please help i need this effect for a music video im doing...
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:07 am
visual effects! :)
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:16 am
It depends the need of each one. GFX for now.
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:17 am
Well Both!

But i'm interested in all kind of Typo Effects so i'd prefered GFX. But the other things are really nice to know to :)
SPC Goodwin
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:21 am
I say both also. but it really depends on your needs at the time you are watching
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:22 am
sounds great man! I love the effects in Forrest Gump! And I prefer VFX rather than Motion Graphics. you're the man!
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:24 am
OOOoooooo do the live action old footage one first
Piotr Piotrowicz
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:29 am
no no no! the mystery!!! :P
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:30 am
I would say vfx. Movie trailers and promos are awesome, but you gotta have an actual film to promote! (usually) Can't wait for the "Forrest Gump" Tutorial. This will be cool because it will have a very wide range of application, including using a lot of older stock footage, which is widely available. It's going to be helpfull to those of us who don't have nice cameras. (yet!);)
P.S. I am almost done with a short promo video for my company. I still have to fix a couple of things, but here is a link to the beta for anyone interested.
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:30 am
VFX for me pls :)
Jasper Wiese
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:32 am
Motion Graphics. But vfx is awesome as well.
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:34 am
since the last tuts were mostly motion graphics I would like to see new VFX :)
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:39 am
I prefer Motion Graphics !
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:40 am
Me too. Pls Motion Graphics and this Mystery Tut at first :D
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:44 am
i would like to see both :-)
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:56 am
I would like the sky replacement and day to night tutorials, cuz i need them int some movies i'm planning to do ^^

I would like to see a tutorial on two things from the movie Predator. First the invisible look that the predator has, and the infra red sight that the predator has. I've searched around but haven't found a good tutorial on it and cuz you are the best you might be able to do a good one ^^

July 15th, 2007 @ 3:57 am
VFX... it's very very hard to find quality vfx tutorials like yours. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:58 am
hmm i would love to see a lot of VFX (mostly) but also GFX, gr tesssam
Morten Enoksen
July 15th, 2007 @ 4:11 am
ooooOOOooooo mystery tutorial! :D

Go for the mystery tutorial and the day for night thing.

I would really like a tutorial with the morph plugin in AE7 !

July 15th, 2007 @ 4:19 am
Visual FX. Simply because you've done a lot of Motion Graphic ones. I'd love to see how After Effects works in a compositing situation, considering I'm considering on getting shake also.
July 15th, 2007 @ 4:34 am
Hi Andrew :)

I think any tutorials provided by Andrewooo Kramerrr ;) are great.
VFX is my dream .... motion graphic is my job.

so i think what you mention about the new tutorials is very nice.
GO ON Andrew ;)
July 15th, 2007 @ 4:35 am
I'll go with VFX
July 15th, 2007 @ 4:35 am
VFX si vous plait.
Alexander Jansen
July 15th, 2007 @ 4:40 am
Motion graphics until I get my new camera! ; )
July 15th, 2007 @ 5:00 am
well im a man of my VFX shots but motion graphics kick mayjor butt as well.
Jonathan C.
July 15th, 2007 @ 5:01 am
VFX is cheating with the truth artisticly speaking but motion graphics is just art and visual experiences (i prefer motion graphics :) ).
And im still getting some money for buying my PD150 !!!

Andrew wich cam you use ???

PS : From France sorry about my english.
July 15th, 2007 @ 5:02 am
I would have to say VFX, but i also use motion graphics a lot. So what ever you decide will be great.

Can't wait for that mystery tutorial!!!!
Joseph Guiness
July 15th, 2007 @ 5:06 am
July 15th, 2007 @ 5:38 am
Well, Seeing, how I don't really have a Camera, I'd rather you made a motion graphics tutorial.. But VFX is what you really want to be good at so.. hmm though choice... Well whatever you make will be great ;)
Haydn González
July 15th, 2007 @ 5:46 am
For now I would say VFX, but I consider that both of them (VFX & GFX) are Important to all of us.

Looking forward to those mystery tutorials ;) U ROCK!!!!
July 15th, 2007 @ 5:52 am
Hm, I really like the GFX things like you see on MTV, but I think that if I'd had to choose I'd say VFX :).
Moca MX
July 15th, 2007 @ 5:57 am
GFX and VFX are great but since i love film making i would say VFX!
Johnny Handsome
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:07 am
Same for me, filmmaking is very cool and a passion of mine, vfx for me ;)
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:10 am
VFX is still one of the remaining industry's that demand fresh new talent as a prerequisite. Your tutorials give aspiring and talented artists the drive to go and make something amazing.

GFX is great to know when you want to promote your "something amazing" to others.

I would like to see 70% VFX / 30% GFX balance.

Keep up the sterling job Andrew.
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:24 am
I prefer VFX because it is amazing, but the two almost go together sometimes, for example a video game menu when clicked animates to another screen, that is a visual effect, but! it is motion graphics. I would like to one day work in the industry for vfx but I would love a solid background in Motion Graphics because if at anytime I wanted to go independent or back east, or whatever, I have motion graphics knowledge and graphic design to help myself get a job or start my own company. But when it comes down to it , I do love VFX, it is something that can truly expand on an GOOD story and adds the spice to a movie or short film, it is that link from fiction to reality and makes the viewer BELIEVE what they are seeing is real. Its a great talent to learn, and I love Learning it. Which is why i love this site so much, it is a well balanced very informative tutorial site, better than anyother site I have seen.
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:35 am
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:39 am
You know you have created a world of zombies that just have to have a new tutorial each and every week from you. So I dont think it really matters if its VFX or motion graphics. Im pretty sure if you did a tutorial on How to "Wash A Car", each and every single one of us (myself included) would go out and video tape ourselves washing our car, just to do so. But I do know that my vid would suck...cause I just cant get my car lookin right after washing it.

So, perhaps that tutorial might come in handy, eh...
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:40 am
as GFX is my gig, I'd love to see some VFX - but, anything you post I appreciate... I only wish you were around years back - I found my original copy of AFX 3.11 today - Old Skool is Kool! ;)

PS: can I please have an MP3 of.. "This is Annndreeew Krameerrr" ?

keep up the awesome work Drew.
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:44 am
I'm a film student so I'd say VFX. GFX are important too for my title sequences and other things like that, but for me they don't come nearly as important as compositing techniques and just general VFX.
Jacob Aaron
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:45 am
VFX, can't wait for the tutorials!
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:47 am
ahhhhh!!!! will go 4 VFX. Also can't wait 4 the tuts.

Anyways Thnx n keep up the good work.

Warm Regards
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:48 am
reply to "Mind Drop Studios"

I agree with the VFX, and i think theres so many tutorials on motion graphics. and as i heard another guy say earlier on this thread, that people dont count AE as a comping program, i think we should prove 'em wrong!

PS. Mind Drop Studios, ur promo is just a Videocopilot ripoff :D GL

Take care folks!
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:48 am
I prefer VFX tutorials. Unless you have something really cleaver under the category of GFX. I like doing motion graphics, but I usually do something different every time, while with your VFX tutorials, I learn techniques that I could use in a lot of what I work on.
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:50 am
Aa, I would like to know what "Mystery tutorial So amazing, it will turn your shirt inside-out!" is!!!!!!!!!!!
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:04 am
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:06 am
1/3 GFX, 2/3 VFX would work for me.
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:09 am

GFX, important as well but it will be silly to have great GFX to introduce your movie, but your visuals are "Home Movie" quality in your production piece. I've seen ALOT of that, all over the place.

But while you need both, I'd prefer VFX. Thanks for even asking us!
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:09 am
Visual Effects for sure! Don't be evil and turn other peoples shirts inside out...
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:10 am
I'm intrigued by that "mystery tutorial"... Always looking for sky replacement and DTN, though. See ya!
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:19 am
I love vfx much more than motion graphics. Because vfx are bound by reality, realistic vfx are the most impressive, while motion graphics are always...just graphics...


Can't wait for thse tutorials (i read the "dv rebel's guide" by stu maschwitz, so these tut's are ready to come... :) )
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:21 am
Visual Effects, I've got my own little visual fx studio in the Netherlands (amsterdam) and I find it more fun to incorporate artwork with real life footage. Create crazy realistic things and all that. Motion graphics are cool to, I do them sometimes for specific projects but I prefer VFX.
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:24 am
Oh and yeah, about that mystery tutorial, really nice that it will turn my t-shirt inside out, but can't you make one that can put my socks back on? They are still knocked off from tutorial 27 and I'm kind of getting a cold right now.. :(

Anyway, hope to see some new tutorials soon, they are awesome :).
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:41 am
I prefer doing VFX, but I really want to learn some cool GFX stuff. Do a bit of both.
Some Guy
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:41 am
:-D V :-) F :-) X :-D
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:44 am
Mistery mh... intresting!!

Regarding VFX... I'd like to see a tutorial to make some of the Shaolin Soccer visual effects or basically something like the Ronaldinho Ad for Nike.

70% VFX
30% GFX

Rock On!
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:46 am
i would like to know how to make a opening credits sequence
like the one in Carnivale

Jacob Wall
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:46 am
Minddropstudios, rip of riot gear.
Andrew I LOVE YOUR VFX work, but like ever 3-4 tuts a GFX Tut would be cool.
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:47 am
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July 15th, 2007 @ 7:48 am
ok i'll never write stuff with characters again
July 15th, 2007 @ 8:01 am
VFX especially the old footage tutorial.

Say no to the "turn your shirt inside-out" mystery tutorial though, it's got Andrew's corny gags written all over it from the start ;)
Giso Spijkerman
July 15th, 2007 @ 8:15 am
Hi Andrew,

Thanks for the nice tutorials you produce.

i am really looking forward to your advanced sky replacement tutorial and also the day to night tutorial.

I say please show us some more VFX stuff. I used your 3d projection tutorial for a project and it looks really great after i used particular for rain in the box. ( Just think of it as it is a box : -- ) I used the upperwall to drop the particles from and used the floor layer (which is used to project the floor on) as the layer that tells the particle to bounce on. And it works great and saved me a lot of time!

Thanks dude for the great tip!

greetings from holland
Pete Gell
July 15th, 2007 @ 8:17 am
I would definitely say Visual Effects. Mainly because there's already people out there like Aaron who are doing a great job covering the Motion Graphics side of things. It's simply way easier to find info on using AE for Motion Graphics than for VFX. I don't mean to belittle the GFX thing but sheesh, there must be 1000 tutorials out there on animating text.

One thing that would be great would be tutes on integrating 3D characters/elements and video/backgrounds/sets where the 3D camera is not locked down. I'm thinking Pixar without the render farm.

Anyway, thanks for all your tutes, they kick ass,

Pete Gell
Brisbane, Australia
July 15th, 2007 @ 8:22 am
SALUDOS DESDE SANTIAGO DE CHILE, aca donde SI EXISTEN LOS CHUPACABRAS DE VERDAD ( no es solo un mito, eso es real y muchos campesinos pierdes ganado y dinero)
me encanta tu pagina, es un muy buen lugar para los novoatos de after effects y los amantes de los efectos especiales.
la verdad es que cualquiera tutorial se agradece. quizas si se pudieran descargar en vez de necesitar siempre una conexion a internet, ( sin hablar de comprar el dvd de tutoriales)
me interasaria mucho aprender a hacer aquel baile de sombras de SAM LOYA es qlgo parecido a algo que quisiera hacer.


GREETTINGS FROM SANTIAGO DE CHILE, here where DO EXISTS THE GOAT SUCKERS OF REALLY ( is not just a mith, that is real and many farmers suffers lost of cow s and money)
i love your page, it´s a good place for novats in after effects and lovers of special effects.
the truth is that its apreeciate the both kind of tutorials, maybe if they could be downloaded ( not talking of purchasing the tutorials dvd)
im very interested in the shadow dance of SAM LOYA , its something kind of what im trying to do.
July 15th, 2007 @ 8:23 am
I like both, you should have some GFX and some VFX, But i cant wait for the day for night and sky replacement, im making time lapse clouds but there kinda useless
July 15th, 2007 @ 8:26 am
VFX is of most interest to me. As of today though, I'm officially taking my shirt off. My mother gets too mad when I wear them inside out.
July 15th, 2007 @ 8:32 am
I like both!
July 15th, 2007 @ 8:35 am
These upcoming tutorials sound great but i'd like more motion graphic tutorials (like intro/outro stuff).
Giso Spijkerman
July 15th, 2007 @ 8:40 am
oh and i want to show you an example so i uploaded a version where the photo changes in a "rainy moving street"

thanks for the tutorial!
July 15th, 2007 @ 8:44 am
I like VFX more but of course, both is important.

Kyle Shields
July 15th, 2007 @ 8:46 am
It dosen't mater to me, I like VFX or GFX. Really anything in AE I don't mind a tut of.
July 15th, 2007 @ 8:56 am
Incorporating Live Action with Old Footage (like Forest Gump) - can't wait for it. It could be a really cool-looking tutorial with amazing outcome :)
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:09 am
Hey Giso Spijkerman, how did you make the rain hit the ground? Or appear too? Let me know man, I'd appreciate it, haha.
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:13 am
Its hard to choose one, I think VFX tutorals are interesting, but motion graphics seem to come more in handy...

"I used the upperwall to drop the particles from and used the floor layer (which is used to project the floor on) as the layer that tells the particle to bounce on. And it works great and saved me a lot of time!"
Chris Cruise
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:24 am
Scott Telle
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:27 am
Mix it up!

Personally I'd like a little more on the Motion Graphics, but the variety is what keeps us creative.
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:27 am
V F X A L L T H E W A Y !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-l-e-s-s -m-o-t-i-on- M0RE F*X
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:29 am
oh man, this means i have to start wearing a shirt!!!!
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:32 am
I have to go for Visual Effects. Can we expect a forum coming any soon andrew?
Devon “Devggroove”
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:33 am
VFX hands down
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:34 am
I say both also, but whatev, if i had to choose one it would be Motion Graphics
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:37 am
Well since I am 14 years old I have a short attention span, before I used to do photoshop and non motion gfx, now I discovered videocopilot I am interested in After Effects with more motion gfx than vfx

Photoshop works:

After Effects Works

July 15th, 2007 @ 9:43 am
I would like to learn both because you can get more jobs that way but if I had to choose one, it would DEFINITELY be Visual FX because in the end, I'm a director.

Paul Del Vecchio
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:50 am
i will like more of motion graphics, basically because that is what i do for now..

but i will loved to see my job in VFX, cause its makes the illusion to become reality... i dont mind the two, cuss i know A.E has few limitation in VFX, some VFX requires 3D integration

some VFX like Matrix, spiderman, superman, X-men , 300, King Kong,

i guess we both agree that all this films are powerfull VFX..

i wouldnt mind if you can render both...

GFX and VFX all are great
ChaRLeS x
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:59 am
motion graphics----> 49.9%....vfx-----> 50.1%
July 15th, 2007 @ 10:00 am
I enjoy doing both equally. I think Motion Graphics is a little easier than Visual FX depending on what you're doing of course but I would prefer to see more Visual FX tutorials. I think it is harder to make a good Visual FX piece in live action footage than in a Motion Graphics piece. Reason being is that Visual FX in live action footage have to look realistic in order to be successfull and that is always tough. I would like to see more Visual FX tutorials. I am really excited about the advanced sky replacement and the day to night. Sounds awesome!

By the way, I've learned pretty much everything about After Effects from this site and just doing it on my own so I owe you a lot, Mr. Kramer. Thanks for all your hard work and willingness to help others out. I now have a well paying job doing After Effects and video editing. Thanks!
July 15th, 2007 @ 10:10 am
[quote="Novastorm"]Can we expect a forum coming any soon andrew?[/quote]

Leave him to concentrate on VFX for now, the myspace thing is enough of a distraction :p

Not that I'm against the idea, but good forums need constant attention & Andrew's time is currently occupied bringing us new tuorials :)
July 15th, 2007 @ 10:11 am
Sebastian Vázquez
July 15th, 2007 @ 10:14 am
July 15th, 2007 @ 10:19 am
vfx or gfx is like choosing between sex and food.

so um, both!
July 15th, 2007 @ 10:37 am
Both are nice... more practical for me is the VFX though. Want to learn it all so keep 'em coming.
July 15th, 2007 @ 10:55 am
VFX over GFX for me
Dustin James
July 15th, 2007 @ 10:55 am

I'm not sure.. I love VFX but I do not know much about Motion GFX...

you should clone yourself.. and then do both at equal rates.. 1 of each a week.
July 15th, 2007 @ 10:59 am
July 15th, 2007 @ 10:59 am
July 15th, 2007 @ 11:04 am
DO BOTH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bader Ahmed
July 15th, 2007 @ 11:05 am
VFX of course !

VFX is my Dream for making movies >

GFX is also fantastic because you make it in very simple and interesting way.

Start please with : Mystery tutorial first we cant wait !
Incorporating Live Action with Old Footage
The Great Andrew ever Tutorial on this :

Happy VFX
July 15th, 2007 @ 11:08 am
Well, I just ordered 300 bucks worth of tutorials and files from you guys last night. CS3 Production Premium should be shipping to me soon and then after that I'll be a compositing fool.

So I'm voting for VFX. I want to add footage "Forrest Gump" style. Thus I'll save a fortune by simply stealing big budget footage! hahahah The genius of me! Plus, this 'shirt-inside out' thing you mentioned only sweetens the deal.

VFX gets the raised thumb from me.

- JeffP
July 15th, 2007 @ 11:16 am
VFX all the way yes yes yes .we need stuff like that .long live the king .sir andrew vonlenkeshtain.
July 15th, 2007 @ 11:24 am
i really like VFX a lot more because i use then a lot in videos. Even though i do use MFX sometimes. My vote would be on more VFX tutorials, but whatever they are i always learn something from them
July 15th, 2007 @ 11:30 am
While I prefer VFX for all of the reasons it seems most others do (judging from the above comments), I think Motion Graphics probably is what we will encounter most in the "real world," as far as jobs go. The tuts I get most excited about are the ones that can be applied to either VFX or Motion GFX. In the meantime sir, let it not be said that you don't rock...cuz you do!
July 15th, 2007 @ 11:30 am

Can I say both?

Both...or, a happy mix of both?
July 15th, 2007 @ 11:40 am
I HOPE YOU WILL DO THE JHON WOO FLYING Pigeons to add to some action footage .let us know if you are going to do that.
July 15th, 2007 @ 11:40 am
Waking Life!
July 15th, 2007 @ 12:12 pm
VFX for me. I would like SOME GFX, but more VFX for me would benifet me a lot.
July 15th, 2007 @ 12:14 pm
i need your openion on what you think about vegas 7 did i make a good choice by getting it .
July 15th, 2007 @ 12:16 pm
Hi, Andrew, first my english is not really good, but i love your work this tutorials really really helpme, and inspaired my work thankyou very much..........
I think......Both…or, a happy mix of both?
but motion graphics is my passion


.....sorry for my bad tarzan
July 15th, 2007 @ 12:24 pm
The Visual One Look Awesome
July 15th, 2007 @ 12:33 pm
both pwn
July 15th, 2007 @ 12:42 pm
Mystery tutorial SO amazing, it will turn my shirt inside-out!
Ahahah=) I'm ready!
July 15th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm
VFX Please.
Joey Winchester
July 15th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm
July 15th, 2007 @ 1:07 pm
Visual Effects
July 15th, 2007 @ 1:09 pm
VFX totally awesome.
July 15th, 2007 @ 1:45 pm
I like the idea of 2 or 3 VFX then 1 GFX
July 15th, 2007 @ 1:52 pm
Cant we do both?
we'll call it Visual Graphics!
Kevin Persaud
July 15th, 2007 @ 2:05 pm
I just got Adobe After Effects CS3 and I bad at it. Does anyone know where I can download free graphic presets?
July 15th, 2007 @ 2:08 pm
@ sam: Or Graphic Visuals!!!

@Morten: If you read the description for my video, you will see it is a bunch of videos i edited together that I already had on my cpu. Including some AK tuts. Just blending them together for fun, and using the theme of my company. It was lot's of fun! Thanks for watching.

@ Andrew I agree with the above 2 or 3 VFX, and then 1 GFX
Moca MX
July 15th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm
I like 2 or 3 VFX and then 1 GFX!
First one should be that one that will turn my shirt up side down!
July 15th, 2007 @ 2:22 pm
I would have to say VFX as well. Movies, that's where all the fun is!

Justin Productions
July 15th, 2007 @ 2:24 pm
Hey Andrew,

Why not add a survey plugin to Wordpress? This would be a lot easier.


July 15th, 2007 @ 2:28 pm
GFX here
July 15th, 2007 @ 2:40 pm
check the portrait i made for .andrew said to understand working with AE you should take painting classes so this is my work for you. if yoy like it i will send it to you .
July 15th, 2007 @ 2:42 pm
VFX :p
July 15th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm
VFX For the WIN!!.
John Paite
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm
Both sounds good but VFX is more useful i'd say but both shud be good hahah(cant make up my mind) also I would like to see some tips on how to shoot with least possible noise with a dv camera or reduce it thru ae..
@Scott- Use trapcode particle to emit "custom" rain and use the floor of of the picture as the floor in trapcode particular and remember to choose the Bounce option on the drag down..hope that helps and points u in the right direction..
ps: use depth of field when u render it out..full render + DOF smooth!!
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:38 pm
If it possible to make VFX with 3D .... it'll be very nice from you.
Alexey Pekarin
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:38 pm
VFX. Thank you
Orc Master
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:46 pm
VFX!!! But when we think about it, Motion Graphics also show us lots of cool techniques that can be used for VFX as well...

Oh, who am I kidding? VFX!!!!

Or Visual Graphics ;) :P
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:46 pm
I love both. No preference. I would like to request more tutorials using your great products though...Action Movie Essentials, Riot Gear.
jim M
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:52 pm
VFX, hopefully a tut on simulated lightning flashes in indoor footage
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:53 pm
July 15th, 2007 @ 3:58 pm
Clancy where is that portrait, I gotta see it!

Justin Productions thanks for the survey link. It's my first day on the job.

So if I understand correctly you guys want Microsoft Word Tutorials?
July 15th, 2007 @ 4:00 pm
Visual FX 75% Motion GFX 25%
July 15th, 2007 @ 4:58 pm
Microsoft sucks, I'd write up a whole 20 page research paper and break my fingers off, rather than typing it on Microsoft Word.
July 15th, 2007 @ 5:06 pm
VFX i guess
also, i would still like to see the CS3 puppet tool tutorial you were talking about before

July 15th, 2007 @ 5:17 pm
i preffer VFX

because its much usefull in film making ;)
July 15th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm
Hey andrew if you read this please let me know my question to you is when you plan to go and shoot some footage what will have in mind and what type of locations you consider and do you shoot manual stuff like that thank you and let me know if you want me to send you the portrait.I did it for you.
July 15th, 2007 @ 5:47 pm
Microsoft Word? No. I was hoping more like Notepad tutorials.

BTW - VFX. Maybe a bit of GFX but certainly not at the expense of VFX
July 15th, 2007 @ 5:58 pm
I like both, but if I had to choose only one I would choose VFX.
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:31 pm
go to youtube and put clancy30 and look for the indianajones painting i film some of the process.
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:43 pm
VFX for sure. Looking forward to the tutorials.
Daniel S.
July 15th, 2007 @ 6:50 pm
I personally like VFX more since it's alot harder. But I also enjoy Motion Graphics. Keep up the good work. Those tutorials are looking awesome can't wait.
July 15th, 2007 @ 7:09 pm
Andrew you should have a stat counter to see who watches what the most then decide which has more views :P VFX or Motion :P Just an idea..

July 15th, 2007 @ 7:32 pm
Motion Graphics. Some camera tutorials would be ace!
July 15th, 2007 @ 8:00 pm
I love VFX, but my passion is Motion Graphics.
July 15th, 2007 @ 8:42 pm
Motion Graphics would be good, but all the other tuts are fine
Some Guy
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:00 pm
Hey Andrew, there is a plug-in for Wordpress called WP-Polls. Maybe you should use it for stuff like this. It's easier to just let the people vote for what they like, than count all the comments for the result. And the comments could be used for discussing on why people prefer this or that.
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:34 pm
VFX without a doubt.

P.S - can't wait for that mystery tutorial :D
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:36 pm
clancy30 indiana jones at
July 15th, 2007 @ 9:46 pm
It's not really a pole, it's here to spark conversation and debated discussions.
July 15th, 2007 @ 11:25 pm

Hey, Wow impressive work, i have a question for u, how is made that thing of the room that enters in the papers? (sorry ny english)
July 15th, 2007 @ 11:47 pm
Bring them on, Andrew :)
Joey Winchester
July 15th, 2007 @ 11:52 pm
What is Incorporating Live Action with Old Footage? I'm curious
July 16th, 2007 @ 12:25 am
Definitely motion graphics. Its the area I work in and so Its what I wanna learn.. keep it up Andrew!
July 16th, 2007 @ 1:01 am
Joey, I think he mean when you compose new movie sequence and old ones like when Tom hanks are standing next to JFK in forest Gump.
July 16th, 2007 @ 1:03 am
GFX over VFX for me, Personally i have more use for them :)
July 16th, 2007 @ 1:04 am
@ Morten Christensen :

I like your Tex teaser very much.
That is THE MOVIE look for text.
Can you please explain how you did the flying of the letters!
Is it normal text or is each character a single object??

Please let me know!
July 16th, 2007 @ 1:05 am
Where is the different between GFX and VFX?
July 16th, 2007 @ 1:11 am

Incorporating Live Action with Old Footage (like Forest Gump)
^^ yeah!
ChaRLeS x
July 16th, 2007 @ 1:21 am
hey andrew, do something like the opening sequence of CARNIVALE series, can be done in AE?
July 16th, 2007 @ 1:26 am
Def visual FX rather than motion grahics any day.
July 16th, 2007 @ 2:04 am
Wouldn't mind anything, im sure it would be great. but definitely more of vfx =)

Joey Winchester
July 16th, 2007 @ 2:11 am
Thanks Andre for the info. i actually went on to you tube and checked out a bunch of videos on the fx for that movie and I was surprised and how much they didn't that I didn't even know about. You guys should check those videos out.

I hope that url works
July 16th, 2007 @ 2:13 am
motion graphics..
Visual -> something like harry potter.
mert altuncu
July 16th, 2007 @ 3:12 am
day to night tutorial will be good
and revision RE:flex plugin morphing help files and examples realy hard to learn can u help??
July 16th, 2007 @ 3:51 am
Well... Doesn't matter... all comming tutorials will be useful... then.. bring it on!!!
July 16th, 2007 @ 4:05 am
You say tomato, I say tomato.
July 16th, 2007 @ 4:10 am
both. It's a mixed world here! Excited about the mixing live action with old footage. Can't wait. Oh, and Andrew, don't touch my shirt.
July 16th, 2007 @ 5:16 am
Hi Andrew!
Thanks a lot for your tutorials!
I like Motion Graphics!
Could you make some cool tutorials with text transitions, text reveal or something like that…
Thanks again!
Sincerely yours, Randle
July 16th, 2007 @ 6:20 am
Well, I would say... motion graphics.
Simply because I (still) haven't got my camera, so I usually must rely on still images / moving text and effects. GFX is probably more readily available to a broader range of people, I believe.
But VFX is cool too, so feel free to do whatever you think is cool. Because if you think it's cool, I'll probably think so too.
From Brazil... ole!
July 16th, 2007 @ 7:40 am
Motion graphics. Let the all-powerful Digital Kitchen reel inspire you to tutorialize their creative genius. =)
July 16th, 2007 @ 7:46 am
VFX. I'm in this site because Andrew is the only one who show us how to do that. Also GFX are great, but even if I don't have a good cam, I can learn with my little DV cam.
July 16th, 2007 @ 10:06 am
visual effects... live action shit!
July 16th, 2007 @ 10:17 am
Paffff!!! my brain is starving... vfx for sure. Andrew... you keep surprising us!!

Jammin’ JJ
July 16th, 2007 @ 10:49 am
From a purely moneymaking standpoint, I think the Motion Graphics stuff is better. That's what I get paid for. Although, some of the VFX stuff can be integrated into my work as well. I'll bet if you took a poll on this site there would be many more people making money on motion graphics versus VFX. Just my thoughts... I could be wrong. But, perhaps a poll is what we need.
Jammin’ JJ
July 16th, 2007 @ 10:55 am
Think about it Andrew; this is your market you are talking to. We are your bread and butter. The ones actually making money in a given field are the ones that have money to spend on your products. Wouldn't you like to know which way the market leans?
July 16th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm
motion graphics and would love to see an ae/cinema 4d tutorial or two ;)
July 16th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm
motion graphics
Peter Clark
July 16th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm
What I'd really like to see is a color grading tricks tutorial! Your grading looks really awesome and I can never really get the same professional quality myself.
Some Other Guy
July 16th, 2007 @ 2:40 pm
looking forward to the mystery tutorial, but i don`t think it will turn my shirt inside-out, but who knows.
July 16th, 2007 @ 5:28 pm
I vote VFX, or at least skewing in that direction. You won't hear me complain if you do a string of motion graphics stuff, though. :-) So far I've enjoyed them all. We really appreciate you helping make this stuff more accessible. Keep up the great work!
Carlton Collins
July 17th, 2007 @ 12:16 am
I prefer to escape into alternate realities and live there for eons at a time. To see whats not as if it is in efforts to help it become what it can be. I prefer the emotion of the story enhanced by imaginative artistry over the flash of imagery. I am a writer whose writing comes alive when meshed with VFX. Kinda like curves becoming convex, like plots that become complex, sending sensory stimuli to the cerebral cortex. Forever altering the realities of the unsuspecting unusual suspects.
July 17th, 2007 @ 4:56 am
Am really looking forward to the day-to-night tut. As an AE beginner my own efforts have been pretty poor.
July 17th, 2007 @ 8:15 am
Day To Night Day To Night Day To Night Day To Night Day To Night!
VFX all the way :D
Ali dashti
July 17th, 2007 @ 8:16 am
I love you andrew i check your site every day. and when i see new tutorial i am very surprise . Visual Effects please more tutorials andrew and i need more video products from u.
July 17th, 2007 @ 8:35 am
I would really love some Motion GFX Tutorials.
July 17th, 2007 @ 2:15 pm
Greetings Kramer & Co., what a wonderful site over here!!

On topic, I'm interested in both but to choose one.. vfx for sure!

I came up with this, how about a tutorial on how to get/achieve/emulate "color looks" you know, how to analyze the original video and 'colorize' yours the closest possible and that stuff, hope ya get me ;-)
July 17th, 2007 @ 3:11 pm
I would like to see a mixture of both. Meaning, the use of VFX in MGFX. I would still love to see a tutorial on a continuous shot using track mattes. I think your tutorials are great because they teach you concepts as well as tricks.
July 17th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm
I can't wait for these tutorials!!! I have to say that I am so greatful for you giving free tutorials and offering the amazing products that you do. I have learned more from your dvd's and your website in the past month than I have in the past 2 years at school! Only if I could of invested my 30k into you teaching me, I'd be set!

Thanks, Keep the tutorials coming
July 18th, 2007 @ 5:24 pm
Not sure if this thread is still being read, but I'm curious if you could use the 3D walls effect on video? Like in the sky replacement tut... could you use the matte you created to project the image onto and move on it? Not sure if that would work or is even something anyone would want to do. This place gets my mind cranking.... thanks alot V-CoP
July 19th, 2007 @ 12:07 pm
Like greydog, i dont know if anyone is still looking at this thread, but something i would really like learning is how to erase wires from a shot. example: someone is blown back and a wire harness is used for the chockwave knocking them back. for something more practical, a telekinetic thing where someone makes something levitate with a wire attached to it. maybe a floating platform someone is standing on with a pipe supporting it or something.

basically, wire or prop removal in a shot.

i think that would help alot of people not in the specifically wire removal sense, but in applying that theory to alot of stuff, it would be raelly helpful in a multitude of effects.
July 19th, 2007 @ 12:08 pm
i should have spell checked that post. i know its shockwave. :P at least i didnt say shakewave :P
July 19th, 2007 @ 1:23 pm
OK needs an explanation... WTF?? LOL!
Jacob Behunin
July 19th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm
After Shake. Is what he's making fun of.
Check out the bloopers tutorial :)
July 20th, 2007 @ 9:39 am
i think he was talking about my website,
July 20th, 2007 @ 10:11 am
LOL! I was! I love the effect. You love house. I'm just wondering what it is I'm transfixed on.
Some Other Guy
July 21st, 2007 @ 11:56 am
I personally like VFX more than GFX,

And i am prepeared for the mysteri tutorial (i have allready turned my shirt inn-side-out so when i watch the tutorial it will be the right way)

Looking forward to the next one!!

Sorry for bad spelling.
Moca MX
July 21st, 2007 @ 12:31 pm
The best would be CGI - 3ds max - with Boujou
Robby Trione
August 15th, 2007 @ 6:47 am
I would prefer GFX. Your tutorials are amazing! I would like to see more tutorials dealing with motion tracking, compositing and masking. Also, before I became heavily involved with after effects (more than friends, probably best described as friends with benefits) I mainly used 3d programs. I thought it was cool that there were some tutorials devoted to the early conceptual stage(like character design). Do you think that you could possibly do something like that(not character design, but describe the planning process)? Does that make sense? Thanks Again.
November 22nd, 2010 @ 2:35 pm
I prefer MFX, but your GFX tuts never fail to entertain and educate.
December 16th, 2011 @ 10:54 am
VFX and a gf :D
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