Gravity in After Effects

Getting back to Motion Graphics…
I’m working on a new tutorial that will demonstrate practical ways to use gravity and give mass and elasticity to layers.

Watch Sample Video

Download Project File (AE7)

I know I haven’t been posting as often but I’m working on some important website updates before we transfer to the new Dedicated Servers. These updates will make it easier for me to post more frequently and some other great features you’ll just have to wait and see. I still plan to release a new tutorial every week; although this one may be out on Tuesday or so. Of course, don’t worry if there isn’t a new tutorial one week, just go outside and play some hopscotch. And I’ll let you know when the little Kramer is here. Tick-tock.

Josh Carr
August 4th, 2007 @ 2:36 pm
I prefer VFX, but a new Kramer tut is always welcomed!!!
August 4th, 2007 @ 2:37 pm
Man! Second comment!
August 4th, 2007 @ 2:39 pm
cool, but i think ill stick with C4D for gravity.
August 4th, 2007 @ 2:39 pm
Very Cool, looking forward to it!
August 4th, 2007 @ 2:43 pm
Nice... Thanks for the update Andrew. Did you get any of my emails?

August 4th, 2007 @ 2:48 pm
Do you know if you are having a boy or girl?
August 4th, 2007 @ 2:48 pm
Cooly Wooly .. !

I am going to play hopscotch tommorow I prommes...
Orc Master
August 4th, 2007 @ 2:49 pm
LOL, alright, I'll go outside and play hopscotch...

Tuesday? Oh man, I'll have to wait 'till I come back from vacation... Well, it'll be worth it!

I also prefer VFX, but GFX are also useful for movies, since they help you make cool titles. Thanx, Andrew!

Man, make sures you post some pics of little Kramer as well ;)
Just Amit
August 4th, 2007 @ 2:53 pm
u never let us down Kramer!!!
August 4th, 2007 @ 2:56 pm
August 4th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm
look foward to the tutorial
August 4th, 2007 @ 3:15 pm
Cool : ) Hope it comes soon!
August 4th, 2007 @ 3:25 pm
I love Motion Graphics! I have been using MoGraph and tags in Cinema 4D for gravity so I am really excited about possibly being able to achieve similar effects without leaving AE.

Thank you in advance Andrew!
August 4th, 2007 @ 3:29 pm
Cant wait
August 4th, 2007 @ 3:48 pm
Do you own a Sandsisk Sansa mp3 player? beacause the backbround looks like from the player.

i prefer vfx but this is unsefull too
August 4th, 2007 @ 3:57 pm
August 4th, 2007 @ 3:59 pm
love the motion graphics tutorials, keep it up.

does anyone know of a good site for adobe illustrator tutorials?
August 4th, 2007 @ 4:18 pm
what about the 3dmax or flash integration? keep the good work.
saludos desde Argentina
August 4th, 2007 @ 4:22 pm
Hey Andrew, I got an iPod too. Except I won mine. :P
August 4th, 2007 @ 4:57 pm
I want to watch a tutorials with chroma key like Forest Gump Chromas
August 4th, 2007 @ 5:03 pm
Hey Andrew,

I actually thought about simulated gravity ever since I saw the making of halo, however never thought that it was relevent in After Effects. I think you'd be able to do some really neat effects.
Harry mcHugh
August 4th, 2007 @ 5:09 pm
looks nice. I would like to see some 3ds max tuts but wutever youll give , ill take. Congrats on the baby, do you know if its a boy or girl yet?
August 4th, 2007 @ 5:13 pm
I just finished mine, and I'm currently uploading it. I've been working on it since's been over 2 hours, but I had a Taco session in between.
I'll post the link when it's on YouTube.

in the meantime, visit:
August 4th, 2007 @ 5:24 pm
DONE! Wow that uploaded fast, under 10 minutes since my last post.
Here it is:

Check it out!!
August 4th, 2007 @ 5:42 pm
August 4th, 2007 @ 5:45 pm
The other post didn't work...I emptied my cache thats why?
August 4th, 2007 @ 6:50 pm
Andrew, you must tell me! how do you merge expression control effects! like in your lightsaber preset, cuz I have some presets I want to make but i need to do what you did and create a controll effect.
August 4th, 2007 @ 6:52 pm
Woo, can't wait!

BTW, please take a look at a promo I've just created for an up and coming film from Idol Pictures, '80's Style Action Film'.

Find it here:

Thanks :D

August 4th, 2007 @ 8:34 pm
peter-- where r u from man?
August 4th, 2007 @ 8:43 pm
Hey cool man! superb, keep it up.
U always Rock!

Warm Regards
khaled Dostzada
August 4th, 2007 @ 10:49 pm
very nice that your doing motion graphics again, maybe for a future tut you could show how to put 3d things into live action footage?
Dustin James
August 4th, 2007 @ 11:40 pm
Sounds good.. To bad I'm visiting my parents this week... All I have is my iPhone to connect to the outside world. Normaly I can play QuickTime files from the Internet but I assume the QuickTime format you used is not compatible with the phone. To bad I was excited...

I'll just have to wait until I get back home to my computer.

PS: I just watched The Bridge to Teriberhia with my parents.. mmm hmm
August 4th, 2007 @ 11:58 pm
Hey Andrew...

Always welcoming of cool ways to dress up drab titles. Always hated the fade on, fade off technique because I know so much more is possible.
August 5th, 2007 @ 12:19 am
Clancy- my family is from poland, but i was born in AU, so i know both languages well lol, im 12 and yeah, i live in au :P
August 5th, 2007 @ 12:56 am
This is my test of time remapping:
August 5th, 2007 @ 1:28 am
Hi Andrew,

great stuff. I linked on my main page @ to get you even more traffic and visitors ;-)


August 5th, 2007 @ 1:39 am
In the project file its not the final file
the gravity isnt working
August 5th, 2007 @ 1:56 am
Cool i will wait for it! Andrew i think it`s a good idea to make a tutorial for morph or reshape effect it`s a very cool effect. Also some advanced ways to use trapcode particular and maybe how to make awesome intro title or logo with some nice particles or lightnings or something like this here:
August 5th, 2007 @ 5:05 am
Did anyone watch my promo? :S
August 5th, 2007 @ 5:54 am
[QUOTE=Domini Riozzi] Did anyone watch my promo? :S [/QUOTE]

Yeah I did...

It doesn't scream out 80's at all mate. the colours/fonts/music don't reflect that decade. some footage would be cool ;) your work was nice.
August 5th, 2007 @ 7:17 am
This is why you need a Forum Andrew. Theres way too much spam going on which isnt even related to the topic at hand. Meh. So hopefully once you get the forums up and running, you can dedicate a section for User Demo Reels/Showcases.

But I look forward to the Gravity Tute.
August 5th, 2007 @ 7:53 am
Right. For us to say, hey, look at my youtube channel!!!

It's spamming. But with a forum, we could ask for advice, tips, whatever.

BTW, if anyone does look at that channel, lol, i'd love some tips and advice.
August 5th, 2007 @ 8:10 am
August 5th, 2007 @ 8:28 am
[QUOTE=Jamsta] It doesn’t scream out 80’s at all mate. the colours/fonts/music don’t reflect that decade. some footage would be cool ;) your work was nice. [/QUOTE]

The thing is, the film isn't set in the 80's, it's just 80's style. Guess I could still make it a little more 80's-esk...
Orc Master
August 5th, 2007 @ 8:41 am
Uh, I'm having the same problem as Dan... Does the gravity in the file work for everybody else? Because it doesn't for me. I have CS3...

Also, stop demanding a forum... I want a forum too, but Andrew is moving Videocopilot to a new server; SO why don't we just sit down and wait 'till that's done, THEN ask for the forum? ;)
August 5th, 2007 @ 10:04 am
Hi there, can anyone answer this question?

"How did Andrew make his own expression control effects into one big controll effect?"

I am really interested, how I could do this... XD

Greets from germany, Chris
August 5th, 2007 @ 10:53 am
awesome andrew. prefer vfx too, but looking forward to ur tutorials like always =)

btw, have u thought of any names for little kramer? =)

best wishes,
August 5th, 2007 @ 11:19 am
Looking good AK:)

Alexey Pekarin
August 5th, 2007 @ 6:54 pm
the project file doesn't work on my AE too ;(
I'm on AE7 pro.

is that a teaser? can anyone confirm that it actually works on their AEs?
August 5th, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

I love the motion graphics tutorials. I find them the most useful for the 'real world' work I do - i.e. the stuff I get paid for :)

Thanks heaps Andrew for still posting while you're so busy - and having a baby of all things!
August 5th, 2007 @ 9:27 pm
Okay, here's the challenge. Photoshop an image of someone playing hopskotch while eating cheez-its and wearing a tin-foil hat.
August 5th, 2007 @ 9:42 pm
…in a graveyard!
August 5th, 2007 @ 11:03 pm
hai andrew and to every one i got a question for you guys it is what is the good software to convert the avi files to flash (.swf)format i tried some softwares through net but they dont seem working for me my file is almost 4gb so i need a good software
andrew what you use to convert your stuff into flash format
thnkx in advance
August 5th, 2007 @ 11:42 pm
“How did Andrew make his own expression control effects into one big controll effect?”

August 6th, 2007 @ 5:05 am
Hey here is my try on this effect, please leave a comment, negative og possitive, just wach and eny, sooo..... hmm, by the way andrew Grats with the baby.

I prefere VFX.
Sorry, bad english
August 6th, 2007 @ 5:42 am
Andrew, please, post your SinCity tutorial on your website )
August 6th, 2007 @ 12:12 pm
I'm not crazy about this one, to be honest. Maybe it's the lack of a visible floor, but the bounce doesn't look realistic at all to me. I think the variance from the first bounce to the second is too drastic. It should be more gradual. I could be wrong and this method could be the most "realistic" but it doesn't look as good as it could.

*Arms Flameshield*
August 6th, 2007 @ 1:08 pm
Jeremy, no fire here. This is just one example, and yes it is exaggerated. But you will be able to control the bounce to fit your tastes...
August 6th, 2007 @ 5:19 pm
Well, it looked pretty freakin' ace to me... Anyway, I've not posted before, so just want to say a big thanks for all these tut's. I only got AE a couple of months ago and you've really opened up my eyes to what's possible. Looking forward to the new one!
August 7th, 2007 @ 3:11 am
My wife is pissed. I am up at 3:00am couldnt sleep, looking to try something out and I am playing hopscotch.
Rap cat
August 8th, 2007 @ 10:40 am
look forward to it and congrats

and check out the site i work for.. for the little one that is.

Baby toy and new tutorial slaughter

August 8th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm
Man, am I burnt out on hopscotch.....
August 14th, 2007 @ 4:41 pm
Hi Andrew,
First of all great work congrads! 2ndly, quick question, erm how come all your titles are in black background.. Im trying to design a movie credits on white background but could not seem to get a professional film looking or as good as it would look on Black background..


August 24th, 2007 @ 7:48 am
helal kocum sana emolu nerden orendın bunları very good
July 24th, 2008 @ 4:33 am
Andrew could you tell how you make bounce text? Please!
September 24th, 2008 @ 11:55 pm
good site mkeiud
February 4th, 2009 @ 2:46 am
Hey, Andrew!
I love your tutorials.
Can't wait to watch the tutorial.

Keep up the good work, Andrew!
June 26th, 2009 @ 3:36 am
andrew tahnk so much for the step by step tutorial, it helps me a lot...i'm just a beginner and wandering so much of what can i do and how i'm i going to use AE. anyway thank so much again for the tutorials. God Bless you and video copilot
November 27th, 2010 @ 2:21 pm
Should be useful
fazal manan(pakistan)
January 31st, 2011 @ 11:32 am
i like ur all tutos....
fazal manan(pakistan)
January 31st, 2011 @ 11:33 am
but i have no plugin for this
how can i buy <3
Before Posting
We're trying to encourage more thoughtful commenting.  Please take a moment to write a meaningful response to this post.
* Name
* Email (will not be published)
* field is required