Nice Use of Free Tutorials

Dele, stumbled upon this great website that is possibly inspired in part by Video Copilot. I think it is an excellent example of adding your own creative twist in addition to some really nice camera work. I’m excited to see people taking the tutorials to the next level ; )

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Morten Enoksen
August 6th, 2007 @ 6:14 am
First comment:D

Nice site to!
August 6th, 2007 @ 6:16 am
Wow that is some nice camera movement. I like it.
August 6th, 2007 @ 6:19 am
Now thats neat, I'll say that is a bitt more pro than you do andrew:P
Jonathan C.
August 6th, 2007 @ 6:26 am
lol, great but for sure looks like a little bit too much to ur work yet, but nice work on camera moves
August 6th, 2007 @ 6:29 am
How did they or who ever get the text to "grow" and follow the path of the wall ceiling? Maybe a tutorial on that stuff??
August 6th, 2007 @ 6:29 am
That was really cool.
I'm with Bones, loved the camera movements.

August 6th, 2007 @ 6:30 am
lol, you think I give away all my secrets Pfff...
August 6th, 2007 @ 6:34 am
Maybe you have forgotten:
andrew M
August 6th, 2007 @ 6:37 am
i like this site more ;)
August 6th, 2007 @ 6:41 am
Huh. That really looks like your stuff there haha.

That site was pretty cool. Maybe a little TOO overboard though haha.
ian T hammer
August 6th, 2007 @ 6:46 am
yeah andrew it is great to see that people are taking what they've learned from you, and adapting and adding. love the way they have used the 3D room tut and added the vineliketext,slick. ive finnished the music video promo I was working on for the band LAVAMAN, Have a look see

the uploaded copy seams to have too much contrast for my likeing, but,, itll be reuploaded soon.


August 6th, 2007 @ 6:54 am
Hey guys -

Great find, Dele. Here's another great example of Andrew's tutorials being applied with a creative twist. The graphics begin about 40 seconds in from the beginning.
andrew M
August 6th, 2007 @ 6:56 am
P.S. check out the movie me and my cousin made, you really helped me out on my moviemaker over the past year Andrew, thanks.
August 6th, 2007 @ 7:00 am
Good mornig Guys:P
Well, here in Germany it´s 3:00 pm and 30 degrees
Is there any Tutorial for writing letters like in the clip??
Kris S
August 6th, 2007 @ 7:40 am
I like the font and choice of color spectrum.

No goats sacrified due to religious tribute in honoring great historical decision in year 1675 - Russian Czar Aleksei bans foreign hairs cut.
khaled Dostzada
August 6th, 2007 @ 7:50 am
did they have to use a black font? it was almost impossible to read anything, also have the intro the interface goes from a dark black tone to a silverish tone
August 6th, 2007 @ 8:08 am
This would work great with Riot Gear grunge - a tutorial on this might be right up Videocopilot's alley.
August 6th, 2007 @ 9:16 am
they did a great job with that, unfortunately, their site doesn't carry over any of those design elements. during the intro, i got excited because i thought their website was going to be an interactive room. i've been planning a dvd menu structure that would achieve the same effect.
August 6th, 2007 @ 9:23 am
August 6th, 2007 @ 10:02 am
Very nice work. And the text stuff looks like a take off of the graffiti tut.
August 6th, 2007 @ 10:02 am
First of all a big thanks to Andrew for posting our site in his blog, it's much appreciated ! and also for his great tutorials that opened the lead for this intro !

We're glad to see that the site pleases most of you as well.
Thanks to all for your comments it really keeps us wanting to do better all the time.

@Steve: I'm still learning AfterEffects everyday as of now, but if i find that my level becomes good enough i'll add a section to gafmedia : labs and post tutorials... that's if andrew doesn't do it years before me, of course !

Once again a huge thanks to Andrew for taking the time to do these amazing tutorials that, i'm sure, help tones of people all the time.
August 6th, 2007 @ 11:09 am
Hey Andrew!

Thats a gr8 use of ur Free Tutorial.

I should say that "ALL THE CREDITS GOES TO U"

Thnx for all the FREE TUTS & Hardwork done by U & ur Team.

Thankyou & Regards
Just Amit
August 6th, 2007 @ 12:40 pm
look great huh? i loved it
August 6th, 2007 @ 1:19 pm
Yes, I'd have to say thanks too.

If it wasn't for Andrew and VideoCoPilot, I would have
never been this much into After Effects as I was before.
I've been using it all the time now and I understand it more.

Thanks for everything!
August 6th, 2007 @ 1:44 pm
I like yot tutorials very much, they're always well explained. But sometimes, some of "your" effects are used in other films, then comes everybody and says: "This is from one of Kramer's tutorials!", that#s sometimes very... annoying.
I know, it#s not your failure, but some of your tutorials like the time freeze, are so needless, because everyone, who knows after effects only a little bit, knows how to do such an effect, but although everybody thinks of you, when they see this little effect.
August 6th, 2007 @ 3:06 pm
Actually GAF means scre up in bulgarian, lol. You just gotta love those funny coincidences, don't you :)

Nice though. I find the edges a little too sharp, but maybe thats just me.

August 6th, 2007 @ 3:15 pm
its been a long wait i hope we get something like that . hey andrew check out the trailer for the film DAY WATCH.IT HAS SOME OF THE VFX WE NEED. BEST REGARDS
August 6th, 2007 @ 3:18 pm
I also should say that “ALL THE CREDITS GOES TO U” Very nice work Andrew!
Just Amit
August 6th, 2007 @ 7:50 pm
sorry for the double post, but i must say that is really brilliant. i love the way they lined up the audio. also, i think they also used the graffiti (kramers right, it is impossible to spell, my mac told me i had it wrong 8 time before i got it right) tutorial, with the stroke technique. very cool indeed.
August 6th, 2007 @ 7:56 pm
yeah macs are awesome!

Check out my site, I'm going to make a whole
new's going to look so cool!!!
August 6th, 2007 @ 8:05 pm
hi Andrew
Excellent site and tutorials, i was wondering if you know how to make a compositon of 2d video in a 3d rendering picture and that looks real?? (color correction, rebounces of light, angel of camera, perspective)

thanx andrew
keep the good work


August 6th, 2007 @ 10:12 pm
...maybe i can send you files (3d renderings) with the specs (camera angle and lens angle and visor eye position x,y,z) of a room with differents type of lighting and angles, and maybe you cant tell me how to make noise for the still image cuz the video have noise and the still not....... well it just a suggestion for a tutorial (sin city, 300) .
thanx andrew

Saludos desde México
P.S : sorry for my bad english
August 7th, 2007 @ 12:50 am
I'm not clear how they made the "write on" effect change to a new plane.
I'd love to see a tut update showing how to do that.
August 7th, 2007 @ 1:01 am
@ nacho
Just add grain to the still. I think andrew did it in one of the tuts... or maybe it was a tut @ Creative Cow.
Mr T
August 7th, 2007 @ 2:16 am
Hey andrew,

My firts post here.
Thanks for all your great tutorials overhere. This is awesome!

Request tutorial:
C4d vs After Effects!!

Mr T.
August 7th, 2007 @ 2:16 am
Yeah for my movies i mix all the tutorials into one.
Heres a Link:
i used a couple of tutorials for this shot
August 7th, 2007 @ 2:27 am
Hm. I fail to see the creative twist. Everything shown in that video was shown in different videos.
That is btw a very sad thing about your tutorials Andrew. Most people fail to use your tutorials for something new. Instead they just recreat your tutorials 1:1. The earthzoom is a very nice example:
The camera shakes start in all youtube examples on the same second. The exact same amount of clouds pass by, etc etc. I think you know what I'm pointing out.

True. The video looks nice though.
August 7th, 2007 @ 2:37 am
hi andrew first of all thanks for your great tutorials, and if u dont mind i have a question about after effects and 3ds max is it possible export the 3ds max camera movement with the .RPF file format when rendering an animation sequence. Then, use this camera movement and the z depth channel in After Effects to have automatic layer masking and tracking.

I would really appreciate if you could tell me more about these .RPF files...

Thanks again for all your work and thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.
August 7th, 2007 @ 4:02 am
Nice tutorials Andrew..

I think that they just copied your idea and use it without any credits.
August 7th, 2007 @ 4:02 am
Oi andrew, here on Channel Ten there is a show called So you think you can dance, you probably have it on in US, but they have somthing very simmilair to your light streaks trailing at the bottom of you add, then forming the text of Dance
Tom Savige
August 7th, 2007 @ 4:16 am
Hey Just wondering if this channel 10 show is in australia i think it is so ill look out for it
August 7th, 2007 @ 6:10 am
Looks great :)
Carl_edits, the example you show us is awnsome :)
August 7th, 2007 @ 6:33 am
Ray, use the tutorials as a basis for how you learn in after effects but don't take them and literally put them in your work if you don't want people to recognize them. If you do that, then people will say "hey that's the thing from Andrew's tutorial" but if you take the technique learned and make it your own and use it creatively then you won't have the problem.
August 7th, 2007 @ 7:23 am
There's a guy on YouTube that took the Freeze Time tutorial, re-captured it nearly word for word, used the same footage, and posted it as "his" tutorial. Now he does give some credit to this site - but am I the only one who thinks that this is wrong?

I mean using the tutorials to design some video elements for your won work is one thing. That's why Andrew puts them up. But for someone to just re-do a tutorial and post it...that sucks bad.
ian T hammer
August 7th, 2007 @ 7:28 am
I agree WWholcomb,,,, string the barsteward up by the ankles,,:)
August 7th, 2007 @ 8:01 am
Check him out on YouTube - dillonp23
August 7th, 2007 @ 8:18 am
This video was great, but i was wondering how they got it to look like it was written on the wall, like the text stick to the wall.
August 7th, 2007 @ 9:01 am
Wow, some people are ripping Andrew off completely and calling the tutorials their own on topic, sorry - just kind of weak for someone to do that without even giving credit to Andrew.
Dustin James
August 7th, 2007 @ 9:34 am
pardon my spam Andrew...

Guys... This is not a forum and I think that until it is you should stay strictly to the topic that is stated in the title. I am positive that Andrew will work on getting a forum.. I am just asking that maybe you could refrain from posting ridiculously until the forum arrives.

Think of it as before the blog was here. That might help.

Also, please note that this message a neither to offend anyone nor directed at anyone.
August 7th, 2007 @ 10:04 am
I have been using AE almost 10 years. However, after finding Videocopilot I was able to take my work to a whole new level. My 13 old son lives on this website. Now he's showing me and other AE users new tricks he's learned from Andrew. He's already making money from his work.

Andrew, I can't says thanks enough. Your work is elevating the work of a lot of AE users.

Andrew and crew, keep up the great work. You're making a difference
Mark/Final Render
August 7th, 2007 @ 11:26 am
Yes, Andrew, thanks a million for all your hard work. You deserve a break. And ya, that site is great! I like the intro a lot.
August 7th, 2007 @ 3:31 pm
Tutorial anticipatiooooooon! xD
August 7th, 2007 @ 5:10 pm
He got his baby now!...

Since I am missing a tutorial ; )
August 7th, 2007 @ 5:26 pm
@Tom Savige yes. it is. I live in perth.
August 7th, 2007 @ 5:46 pm
Hey boss i have a question . are you still going to do vfx or its done no more?
August 7th, 2007 @ 7:38 pm
Still working on some differnt things for the website. I will update when I get a chance.

August 7th, 2007 @ 8:31 pm
Must make a tour movie with you and your crew, want to see how you, sam and the rest works:) + it would be funny to actually see you after watching hours with tutorials and only your voice:P
August 7th, 2007 @ 8:32 pm
You* before must
August 7th, 2007 @ 9:17 pm
Ok, I know this is offtopic but

The CG and VFX community grows, but not just in size, but the difference in age groups, you see children doing amazing VFX and CG these days, about 4 years ago, when I started with cg, i must have thought that I was the youngest in the world with such talent, and even tho i have natural skill with CG myself, im still not that great, but the fact that I started when I was 8, and by the time I was 9 i pretty much stopped reading tutorials and learnt on my own, then made my first tutorial when I was like 10, is pretty good, cuz sure you see heaps of children using cg apps these days, but how many do you see showing you how to make remarkable, outstanding things in video format? Its quite rare if you ask me, i go to alot of tutorial websites. As I age its obvious im no longer so young and full of high spirit, but, children are our future right? give them the skills, let them create new and amazing things, sooner or later we will see 4 year olds with the skill of andrew, so we better watch out. :P
August 7th, 2007 @ 11:12 pm
peter peter peter i dont mean to burst your buble but you need to work on your hacked web site other wise we cant see your work man .
August 8th, 2007 @ 12:35 am
Yeah, im gonna do it in a few days, gotta find the disc with the backup lol
August 8th, 2007 @ 1:16 am
I've done a quick project to show how the seamless text/image on walls could be done. To download the project, go to
August 8th, 2007 @ 4:45 am

I'm sorry Andrew but I don't think it's made using your tutorials. Because this "gaf" actually operate since 1999. I think in 1999 you have worn swadlling-clothes and not to mention your compueter skill in 1999. They're profesionalls ! They do not need tutorials !!!

Kissing Michael
August 8th, 2007 @ 5:12 am
# steve Says:
August 6th, 2007 at 6:29 am

How did they or who ever get the text to “grow” and follow the path of the wall ceiling? Maybe a tutorial on that stuff??


if you do your growth (check for writeOn effects) and pre compose that.
you then can import that, rotate and fit with your background. (3d layer)
now if build this the same way as the room you can push them back to they automatically clip with the wall. not too difficult, you should be able to do this pretty fast.

best regards.
August 8th, 2007 @ 5:33 am

better read the BLOG...

"# gaf Says:
August 6th, 2007 at 10:02 am

First of all a big thanks to Andrew for posting our site in his blog, it’s much appreciated ! and also for his great tutorials that opened the lead for this intro !

We’re glad to see that the site pleases most of you as well.
Thanks to all for your comments it really keeps us wanting to do better all the time.

@Steve: I’m still learning AfterEffects everyday as of now, but if i find that my level becomes good enough i’ll add a section to gafmedia : labs and post tutorials… that’s if andrew doesn’t do it years before me, of course !

Once again a huge thanks to Andrew for taking the time to do these amazing tutorials that, i’m sure, help tones of people all the time.
August 8th, 2007 @ 5:39 am
besides... PARSIFALL

is there something on your website that you haven`t steal from andrew?
looks like 1:1 copy of the tutorials declared as YOUR work?!
August 8th, 2007 @ 6:14 am
PARSIFALL, I dont think you have any potental customers. You didn't even try to make your stuff unique. You shouldn't be allowed on this site anymore.
August 8th, 2007 @ 8:48 am

I agree with everyone. Why not shoot your own stuff to edit instead of stealing Andrew's stuff and claiming its your own?

That's one reason there aren't many sites with tutorials as enriching and educative as this one, because people like you take the footage, replace it with your own text, and then market it as your own.

Andrew, I love your tutorials. I learn so much from them and I would never take advantage of a great free resource like this.
August 8th, 2007 @ 9:06 am
Hey, just finished doing a video for the band Thrice and I used Film Magic Pro. Gave my DVX footage a great look and really enhanced the feel of the piece. I'm doing 9 more videos for the band over the next couple weeks and I plan on using FMP extensively.
ian T hammer
August 8th, 2007 @ 9:08 am
everyone ,,,keep your bloody knickers on,,, did you not read what AK says at the start of this blog entry,,

"Dele, stumbled upon this great website that is possibly inspired in part by Video Copilot. I think it is an excellent example of adding your own creative twist in addition to some really nice camera work. I’m excited to see people taking the tutorials to the next level ; )"

If AK was unhappy at the content of that web site do you think he would have put it up here in the blog,, I dont think so,, so,,calm it
August 8th, 2007 @ 9:21 am

I call you that, but i reckon by now you have probably changed your name to Andrew Kramer or something!

Have you no shame? Unbelievable!

Let's just hope your 'customers' require something similar to what your trying pass off as your own. Unless you are actually in the process of uploading some ORIGINAL work!?!

Long time follower, first time poster, (shame it had to start with a bit of a rant!).

Massive thanks to Andrew for all the advice, tips, and tricks! and everyone else @ video copilot!

August 8th, 2007 @ 9:26 am
the content of GAF website isn`t the point. it its PARSIFALL we are angry about. besides READ the blog !

"...First of all a big thanks to Andrew for posting our site in his blog, it’s much appreciated ! and also for his great tutorials that opened the lead for this intro !..."
August 8th, 2007 @ 9:46 am
The best thing to do is ignore negative comments that are not constructive. Just pretend they aren't there...

Let's relax, cool off and have a refreshing beverage:
August 8th, 2007 @ 10:01 am
Hey all!

Andrew is correct, Ignore all these negeative comments.

We all know that "ALL THE CREDITS GOES TO ANDREW" so plz keep the BLOG CLEAN.

What I can again say is......... "ANDREW, U R THE BEST & U ROCK"

I learnt AE from u & I respect ur wrk. Thnx 4 everything.

August 8th, 2007 @ 10:29 am
This post isnt related but.. On the website, say in one of the product pages, what is the FLASH PLAYER called? And where may I download this flash player for a website in creation?

Christopher Carlsson
August 8th, 2007 @ 12:23 pm
Thats nice =) i used the same tutorial for one of my movies =) Would be nice if u could start doing motion graphics tuts again :( i miss them, and im sure alot of other people do to :)

// Christopher, sweden
August 8th, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

Do you have an email or website for Sonny Garcia? He did the voice/music open for the Jumpy Text tutorial.

Many thanks,

Steve J.
August 8th, 2007 @ 2:14 pm
@ Matt: you can dowload it here for $10

@Steve Johnston
ian T hammer
August 8th, 2007 @ 2:18 pm
here,here Andrew,:)

I suggest you try the worlds tastest soda beverage
August 8th, 2007 @ 3:48 pm
CBS uses riot gear. Check out this link for there new show called Moonlight. Watch the video on the can see the ink flows through out it. And at the end you can see them use the ink drop and they even copied how you used yours, where it is time remapped to speed up then slow down. Looks like they should of used and easy ease keyframe though. It slows kinda suddenly.
August 8th, 2007 @ 4:28 pm
Wasn't sure where to post this, but I have uploaded some of my work, mostly consisting of converting 2D stills/images to 3D for certain projects i'm working on at the moment.

(apologies for the quality)

Andrew, what can i say, you have really inspired my work and enthusiasm for after effects over the past few months with your tutorials and products.

Thanks for sharing!!!
August 8th, 2007 @ 9:23 pm
DONUT every one? it goes down good with a pepsi !.......
August 8th, 2007 @ 10:26 pm
More of a coke fan myself...surprised the sheer amount of the stuff i drink has not burnt a hole through my stomach. I agree that some more graphics tutorials would be good.


August 9th, 2007 @ 1:25 am
My apologizes. Just ignore me. I've been mistaken.
Andrea Bianchin
August 10th, 2007 @ 12:51 am
Can you explain how the words grows in the corner?
August 12th, 2007 @ 2:32 am

I think they used a 3d projection like Andrew did it in his 37th and 38th tutorial: They used a light which projected the layer with the growing text on the corner.
Mike Johnson
August 13th, 2007 @ 10:47 am
Similar effect from a recent Nike trailer, minus the glowing light. Who knows if they used the tutorial or not...
August 13th, 2007 @ 11:41 am
I just noticed a use of your free tutorial(light streak) in one of the finnish 'main' TV-channel.

It's commercial and it's about fireworks event or competition.
Here's link;
August 15th, 2007 @ 7:34 am
Another usage of one of Andrew's tutorials:
Morten Enoksen
August 16th, 2007 @ 9:49 am
August 17th, 2007 @ 12:16 am
Hi Andrew, Hi everyone, this website has deffinately used Andrew's Techniques and have turned it into their own. It looks REALLY good. The one thing I loved about it is the camera work, looked very fluid and had a hand held feel but with a certain smoothness as if it were hovering in air even while staying in the same spot. The Camera wooshes (technical Term) up to a word then hovers a little and wooshes to some other word, personally I would love to be able to achieve this look. I've been practicing with the 3D camera in AE's for a long time and Although I'm quite good I can't get that look which that web site has achieved and that's the look i'm going for. I think it looks great.

August 20th, 2007 @ 3:58 am
Hi everyone.
Can me Tell everyone, how i can create so a text animation how this`??
Please make a tutorial andrew!! Your Tut. are the BEST!!
mfg. Walter
grafist from algeria
August 27th, 2007 @ 11:06 am
hello everybody !

first i would like to thanks mr KRAMER for all his tutorials that i very like and are very useful for me.

the use of 3d room tutorial was exelent and texture too ...

Mr KRAMER you're the King of AE

Hakim from algeria
September 3rd, 2007 @ 11:47 am
hello everybody, just wana say that its really a simple but cool introduction.. its really awesome. really like the intro..and some credit goes to andrew,thnks for all tutorial. im a begginer of using AE and im follow your tutorial ;)
September 3rd, 2007 @ 11:48 am
i got some question ..
how to make the writing grow like in this introduction.. any tutorial can i refer? and mybe u can show me mr andrew ;)
October 5th, 2007 @ 9:59 pm
I was very much helped by the information with this article.
Many thanks at you very fascinating resource.
good by
June 27th, 2008 @ 3:04 am
Andrew Kramer

Were "Nice Use of Free Tutorials"??
September 9th, 2009 @ 8:50 am
Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post... nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.
November 27th, 2010 @ 2:22 pm
It does look nice
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