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New Tutorial: Realistic Rain Drop FX!
In this tutorial we’ll use After Effects to create a realistic water effect without any 3rd party plug-ins! Great for adding atmosphere to a rainy scene or title. This effect is fully customization and can be used to create many cool FX! In this tutorial: Create a dripping water displacement map Simulate realistic camera DOF […]
Destruction Experiment!
What is this thing! I’ve basically combined a bunch of stuff into one experiment! I might have been inspired by the amazing planet explosions from The Force Awakens but wanted to see if I could get a cool version inside Element 3D. Few Notes on this experiment; I added smoke elements, shockwaves using CC Sphere, and even […]
Gearing Up with Element 3D!
Gear Up! #aperture #Element3D A video posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Jan 3, 2017 at 9:54pm PST Maybe I just love apertures but this was a fun project to make! Using a few motion design 2 objects I built this animating gear. I just created a collection of models on one group and distributed them […]
Have a Smashing New Year!
I hope everyone is ready for a great year! Can’t wait to show you all of the cool things we have been working on, from blog shows, to plug-ins & tutorials! My goal for this year is to help people get involved! More challenges, more interactive content and put the fun back into learning! Making […]
Set Extension Setups

In the Set Extensions tutorial we learned a technique to add CG elements on top of a live action shot. But there are other effective ways to do this, include masking out parts and even using a green screen in the field.


In the above example, luminance keying and some masks were used to remove the sky and replace it with a destroyed city. Since our characters do not extend over the separating wall it is easy to remove the sky by masking the wall off and replacing it with our set extension.

This is a fake setup to demonstrate another possible way to remove the background. Obviously this would be even easier to remove than the white sky green keyer. Especially since it is pure green from the paint bucket in Photoshop. Of course in real life you want to add some track points as well so you can track the camera movement and I don’t mean in Photoshop.


In this example a fake green screen is painted on to demonstrate how using a small green screen in front of your actors will allow you to extend the background directly in front of your characters while maintaining the original dirt ground which makes your charcters look like they are really there. Once the green is removed a...

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TUTORIAL: Set Extensions

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Launching a website is a lot of work…

Hey thoughtful and understanding community!

Things are moving along well but there was more to do than I realized. I do have a tutorial I will post to keep you occupied in the mean time. We should be ready to launch this week, but I want to wait until the weekend to minimize any possible down time. I wish I could tell you about all the cool new stuff…

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Lot of Progress

I’ve been working non stop with the new site, I’ve just finished some major features. I am very proud of the changes and content that will soon be available. I figure, if I’m moving to a better server, why not make the site better too. Obviously the main functioning of the site will be similar but I hope you will enjoy the new stuff.

I’m planning to have the site online Monday the 27th.

Now, my wife is still pregnant, our official due date is the 26th, which I don’t think we will make. I’m hoping to just push a button and have it ready, but I cannot tell the future so don’t worry if plans change slightly.

I’m fighting the clock to get the site online for you and now I know how Indiana Jones felt when that boulder was chasing him down. I can see the light…

C:/Run spellCheck.exe… Error.

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