TUTORIAL: Set Extensions

In this video tutorial you’ll learn to incorporate matte paintings with your live action footage. You’ll also learn a great technique for linking tracking data together. Plus a bunch of other cool stuff as well maybe some MS paint too!

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It’s another long one; 30 MINUTES! … and I love Canadians

UPDATE: Sean Emer, has created a great video demonstrating the Photoshop portion of the tutorial at normal speed


UPDATE 2: I may also make an update and cover some 3D tracking techniques to incorporate 3D Sets as well. But don’t expect that too soon

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August 27th, 2007 @ 3:14 pm
Yes, awesome, thank you Andrew.
August 27th, 2007 @ 3:16 pm
Also, whats this tutorial all aboot? (Ha!)
August 27th, 2007 @ 3:18 pm
Wow, that looks awesome!!

Checking it out right now :).
August 27th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm
Sorry to spam, but it's a clydesdale horse. http://www.suomenclydesdale-shire.com/images/clydesdale_clara.jpg

Delete this after you know, haha.
August 27th, 2007 @ 3:21 pm
I'm going to allow that. But let's not elaborate further. Thanks
August 27th, 2007 @ 3:35 pm
Guess what I will do for the next 30 min ? :D
August 27th, 2007 @ 3:38 pm
wow Im impressed with the jpg image and now Im going watching to video Nice work Andy ;)

August 27th, 2007 @ 3:40 pm
Great work Mr Kramer
Charles P
August 27th, 2007 @ 3:40 pm
August 27th, 2007 @ 3:41 pm
Great Tutorial. I was looking for something like this for a long time. great work ;-)

Thanks a lot!
Justin Kirchhoff
August 27th, 2007 @ 3:48 pm
Great stuff once again....I'll post a video on you tube with the same footage. I got an idea.
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:02 pm
W00t for the tutorial
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:04 pm
Waho ! It's the best I have never seen ! I'm very happy ! :)
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:06 pm
Awesome tutorial, to bad its gonna rain so I can't get footage yet. :( But when you did the tracking, is that 3D motion tracking?
Bryan Benitez
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:07 pm
You have done it again Andrew!! Thanks!!
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:18 pm
Awesome tutorial like always,
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:21 pm
WOW that was amazing I always wanted to know the best way to use tracking and that did it :), ... could not stop laughing throw the thing funny guy Andy, Cam is going to work with me tomorrow and after it (or lunch time) Im going to try get footage :)

August 27th, 2007 @ 4:22 pm
great tutorial. I've been wanting to get into matte painting but I was worried about the tracking. You solved that issue for me. Keep up the great work.
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:23 pm
Cool tut. I've always wondered how to track things that were out of frame, and now that you've mentioned this way, it all seems so obvious.

August 27th, 2007 @ 4:25 pm
Great, Andrew. I just woke my wife because I laughed too loud at the end of this tutorial, brilliant that MSPaint stuff:)
It was really worth the wait.
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:27 pm
The link is going to the tutorial page for me..
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:27 pm
Hey Andrew, another great tutorial. Can't wait to try that stuff out. You should make a one on creating photo-realistic painting with MSPAINT. I'm impressed... once more.

Greets from Germany,

August 27th, 2007 @ 4:32 pm
Andrew, how do you make such photo realistic images in paint! lol
damn that was funny! :P
Amazing tutorial as always
Oh yeah any updates on any new DVD's

August 27th, 2007 @ 4:36 pm
Oh great! It's midnight here and I'm just about to head to bed when a tutorial goes up! Darn you Kramer I need my sleep! Sounds like a good one though and may come in handy. Looking forward to trying out the techniques.
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:37 pm
Just watched the tutorial, it's really great.
Thanks for the sharing Andrew
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:44 pm
Hey Andrew

this thechnique rocks, so useful on composing.

I've bought some matte painting dvds but they ain't good
Seriously you straight forward, I don't know how we can repay you back? dobule buing your DVDs?

And I wonder if you gonna jump on any 3D compsoing and tracking software? there is a program called mocha you can track off screen too. but your 2 nulls usful for seperate color correction too...


p.s by the way your film magic pro did some magical look in my little brother video.

please take a look and let me know what you think


Glad to have you man
Some Guy
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:46 pm
This is awesome! OMG, this is too good for a free tutorial. That's what makes you the best, Andrew. Thank you very much! Keep up the fantastic work.

PS: At the end I thought you will come up with a Windows Movie Maker tutorial... :-D
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm
Love the tip about linking motion tracks. Thanks!
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:52 pm
very cool tutorial. I had always wondered how to link multiple motion tracks... thanks for the tips!
August 27th, 2007 @ 4:53 pm
Amazing tutorial Andrew. I can't wait to go try it!!!

August 27th, 2007 @ 4:53 pm
By far the best tutorial ive ever watched, and its what? free?Holy crisnap you rule Andrew. It kinda makes me feel bad for total training though, I think they may try to buy you off in the future if the havent already. Good job, it was well worth the wait. Viva la Canada!
August 27th, 2007 @ 5:08 pm
Hey boss ,on this one i have to say that once you jumped to photoshop i lost intrest in the tut, cause i thought its going to be only AE .I think if its an AE tut it should stayed in AE only ,don't forget not all of us are masters in these things .i feel like i was waiting for something realy cool that guys like me can work with .dont get me wrong i love the look and the castle thing but the prosses is to hard for me once you start blending two progs together.
August 27th, 2007 @ 5:19 pm
Hey Andrew! I check your site most days (it's a quick link bookmark!) Never posted before but just though id say thanks! You must put alot of time into all this free stuff and i think its top.

August 27th, 2007 @ 5:21 pm
Great tutorial thanks, this is very useful.

"big horses with hairy feet," nice andrew, nice.

@clancy, keep in mind, as andrew said, it can all be done in AE.... but learning these other programs will make things so much easier on yourself. seriously, photoshop is such a great program
Justin V.
August 27th, 2007 @ 5:22 pm
Great Tutorial, I've been looking for this!!! Thanks Andrew!
August 27th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm
I know i work with photoshop cs2 and painter x but as for the vfx it would be nice just to focus in one program .its been so long and i was exited to come out with somthing with midevil time scene but cuase iam shooting a dark film and this tut is perfect to what i have in mind but phtoshop made it difficult for me.
August 27th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm
Wow... love the tutorial, but a little fast on the photoshop portion... Had to watch it a few times, but i still don't think i got it. Cool tutorial though, gives me lots of ideas, assuming i can pull off the photoshop effect.

Keep up the great work, looking forward to seeing the new site.
ian t hammer
August 27th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm
Andrew, Fantastic work as always, multiple tracks, lovin it,

Once again thx for yet another truly inspirational tutorial.

August 27th, 2007 @ 5:35 pm
@ clancy, I know what you mean, but in a creative field like film, you should never be afraid to approach a learning opportunity Photoshop is very similar to After Effects, and it is the industry standard for still photo design and manipulation. Knowing how to use AE is good for a resume, but knowing how to use AE and Photoshop is even better.

"If you fall off the horse, then get right back on. If you find a horse that you have never ridden on... try climbing on, you might like it."
August 27th, 2007 @ 5:43 pm
hahahahaha! that was funny! i loved the mspaint part! my family thinks i'm goofy cause i'm always laughing at the computer! :o
August 27th, 2007 @ 5:54 pm
Very nice Andrew. Worth the wait! Thanks!
August 27th, 2007 @ 5:56 pm
Fantastic tutorial!
gotta love mspaint - by the way they looked like 3 outhouses for sam to choose from.
Oh, us Canadian's don't mind the jokes. I'm watching this tutorial in my igloo as we speak.
August 27th, 2007 @ 5:58 pm
thank you, sir.
August 27th, 2007 @ 6:11 pm
Without a doubt the best tutorial yet, and that's saying something. Andrew, you're the greatest. THANK YOU!!!

Jack McKinney
August 27th, 2007 @ 6:11 pm
Wow. Just wow. Holy mother of...

So here I was thinking that Andrew was talking out of his...well you know...when he said that this would be a top 5 tutorial (or top 3) but man was he right. That was absolutely fantastic work. I've read a number of articles where industry professionals debate whether or not AE is actually a feature quality compositing tool and I think Andrew's work alone pretty much proves that it can be, if only for specific shots. Between this tutorial, the earth flyout and his ridiculously easy method for replacing blown out skies, he is singlehandedly showing just how powerful AE can be in the right hands. There will always be a place for the Shakes and Flames of the world, particularly for large effects houses that require built-in network file sharing and node rendering, but I think he shows that AE most definitely has a place in any video production arsenal.

Amazing work as always, Andrew.

But still no mention of the baby? Are we still waiting? Can't wait to hear that the baby Kramer has arrived. Good luck.

Jack M.
August 27th, 2007 @ 6:14 pm
Andrew, that was simply amazing. Frankly, call me lazy or inexperienced, but I never considered using multiple trackers on footage with things that go out of the frame. You have literally saved my life sir haha.

You are a gentleman and a scholar, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
August 27th, 2007 @ 6:17 pm
Thanks for the new tutorial Andrew - It's been a tough last few weeks without a fix.

I think I can speak for all of us here when I say - we know how tough things must be with the new servers and site, to say nothing of impending fatherhood.

Now on to the tutorial

You are on OK dude!

August 27th, 2007 @ 6:24 pm
OH CARP! I'm canadian!!!! It's carp isn't it??? Crap, Carp, Carp, Crap.

Great tutorial, we just got a JVC HD7 and I was trying to do this very effect as i had a sky i wanted to replace on a pan shot but couldn't figure out how to track it. Now i do.

Thanks Andrew
August 27th, 2007 @ 6:25 pm
Great tutorial Andrew! But hopefully in the next tutorial you'll explain to us what Frank Marshall has to do with 300!
August 27th, 2007 @ 6:34 pm
Wow. This extends my knowledge of what Adobe After Effects can really do.

This is great!

Asher Kaye.
August 27th, 2007 @ 6:36 pm
OH and yes, my pet penguins watch the tutorials as well. Some other common myths are that we Canadians don't have power in our igloos. Well, how would I be on the computer then?

Nah, as long as we can make jokes about americans, americans can make jokes about us.
August 27th, 2007 @ 6:43 pm
Hi Andrew, are you going to do any new DVD's please ...
August 27th, 2007 @ 6:51 pm
Dude! Seriously! You are out of control. You are single handedly teaching a generation of mograph and visual effects artists (oh... hi COW, I was just kidding, you're important too.) Speaking of which, what happened to Serious FX? Not that it matters. I'd rather tune in here, without a download. You and Aharon should team up on a tut. You two could literally blow our minds.

Thanks for sharing your talent, knowledge, and experience with us. Just when I think you couldn't top the last tutorial, you do. Where else can you learn the basics of matte painting from the comfort of your home for free? You know how to roll, baby! YES!
August 27th, 2007 @ 7:10 pm
Brilliant as always. Please don't branch out to Photoshop, you are my primo AE guy!
Richard W.
August 27th, 2007 @ 7:11 pm
So that was probably the best, least patronizing photoshop tutorial ever, and that was merely while you were on a tangent.

The MS Paint stuff was just too funny. Good to know this technique is so accessible. And it's to see you're having as much fun as ever with these tutorials..

You've inspired me to go out a shoot a small little idea I've had for awhile, but didn't think was practical without a huge budget. So thanks a lot. I'll post a link once it's done.

Oh, and if anyone has the time, check out a spoof fitness infomercial I just made for a friend's showreel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6BCG9jCtrI
August 27th, 2007 @ 7:33 pm
as always, awesome work Ak, thankyou...

love the MS tute too, I so forget to use that program - this link is "on topic" ;)


Any news on the baby?
Just Amit
August 27th, 2007 @ 7:34 pm
very nice, this is one that i really think is extra useful. thanks for not leaving us hanging even when your super busy, but also no pressure. we know how busy you are. thanks for the killer show, and thanks again.
August 27th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm
Niiiiiice!!! Love the integration between PS and AE.
August 27th, 2007 @ 7:39 pm
well done andrew. can u please provide the files the jpeg of the castle and the footage. i got nothing to work with to practice???
many thanks for all u doing
August 27th, 2007 @ 7:43 pm
Wow, great stuff Andrew. Exactly what i was looking for. Time to contribute to VideoCopilot and buy some dvd's :)

Keep up the great work.

Steve P
August 27th, 2007 @ 7:54 pm
Educational and funny tutorial, i liked that last bit near the end... Great job! :)
August 27th, 2007 @ 8:02 pm
Hey Andrew,
Could you add the _blank statement to when people put in links so that it opens up a new window and VidCo.net stays put?

That for the tutorial.
Just Amit
August 27th, 2007 @ 8:11 pm
lol, love the paint thing in the end. however, me and my genius-ness forgot i don't have a camera when i bought production premium, i always borrowed my best friends dads which is fancy and HD but he broke it and now i don't have camera. im very sad cause now im back to good old miniDV which i have to talk the teachers @ school into leanding to me for the weekend.... but the point is maybe you could add the project file when the new site up? it would be greatly appreciate, if not, thats cool. thanks a ton, your tutorials mean a lot to me. Amit ; )
Doug Davis
August 27th, 2007 @ 8:16 pm
Ahhh... The pure entertainment value... Worth every dime...
August 27th, 2007 @ 8:31 pm
That was fantastic! Thanks again :) You use a little and make a lot!
August 27th, 2007 @ 8:34 pm
Great tutorial and one of the funniest ones! Hey Andrew I am going to shoot a movie here in Brazil soon and I am going to use the demon face effect in it. Thanks for all the tutorials so far.
August 27th, 2007 @ 8:42 pm
I got curious tonight about making video tutorials, so I threw together a crude 10 minute tutorial that goes over the photoshop part of the set extension tutorial to see what it was like putting these together. Its not as good as an AK tutorial, but it might help some people who aren't familiar with photoshop to catch up when trying to do their set extensions. I hope that Andrew doesn't mind, lol.


I don't know how long that link will hold up with my bandwith, since its free hosting and all.
August 27th, 2007 @ 9:22 pm
Hi Andrew,

this is a very helpful tutorial. Well done as always. Poor Sam has always to go to grotesque places.


(GFX VFX DFX Compositing Travel Food)
Brian M
August 27th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm
Very nice man thanks a lot, it got the creative juices flowing as always. Good luck with the new site and more importantly with your baby.

I like adding the photshop element to the tutorial. You can rarely complete a project using one program so it is nice to see some ways to combine them. Can I add my voice to the calls for Sam hosting some photoshop tutorials on the new site (cos you clearly dont have enough to organise!).

Thanks again, all the best.
August 27th, 2007 @ 9:36 pm
Sweet tutorial. Just got home from work and have to work again in 8 hours. Now I am not going to get any sleep.
Check this out guys.

August 27th, 2007 @ 9:37 pm
Sweet tutorial man, and you only really covered the basics of what you can do with this technique... I mean think about it, you could make a whole town, or add mountains, trees, rocks, etc... I said it once and I'll say it again, SWEET TUTORIAL! :)
August 27th, 2007 @ 9:50 pm
awesome once again. whens the next one? :P
August 27th, 2007 @ 9:53 pm
Awesome stuff as always, Mr. Kramer!

However I've always wanted to ask you this: could you kinda go into motion tracking a little more? I know I can find other tutorials and texts on other sites or read the AE handbook, but I'd much rather learn coming from you - in fact, thats probably the only way I've really learned. So if it isn't too much, could you possibly sneak into one of your future tutorials a couple tips about motion tracking? Where are the best places in the footage and what kinds of points work best? How do we know how and when to resize the two boxes?

I would REALLY appreciate if you could teach this a little more since IMO the best way to learn is to learn it in context with the best AE tutorials around. Your tutorials really do mean a lot to us, so thanks!
Josh Johnson
August 27th, 2007 @ 9:58 pm
I must say this was great one of my favorites!!!! I hope to see some Cinema 4d tuts in the new website!
August 27th, 2007 @ 10:02 pm
nice tut AK !! We'll wait for the 50 tutorial DVD, I HAVE TO BUY IT!!

August 27th, 2007 @ 10:05 pm
Frank Marshall LOL, I"m an idiot. The research team was out.

@ Clancy, I understand what you're saying, but sometimes AE isn't the best program for every effect and I wanted to show you the best way to do something like this.

The tutorial is mainly about compositing in AE, many times you will have a different artist create the matte painting for the shot and your job is to composite it. In your case as a painter, you could seriously paint it in your studio, scan it in and bring it in to AE.

In a real situation you would export the still frame and send it to the matte Painting artist and he could create the files for you.

Sean GREAT WORK. please send me an email, perhaps I could host it with this tutorial, I think it is a great addition.

Good car video Jason :)
August 27th, 2007 @ 10:07 pm
PS Thanks everyone for following the rules.
August 27th, 2007 @ 10:07 pm
Andrew Brinkhaus
August 27th, 2007 @ 10:07 pm
Hey Andrew, once again an amazing tutorial! I have always wanted to know how to track scenes that move on and off screen. Thanks so much!

You are awesome for distributing these free of charge. Keep on keepin' on!
August 27th, 2007 @ 10:12 pm
Thanks, that was really great. I think that was the best "SAM" trash talking yet. You probably owe him a few dinners after that one though. You are really making it so easy for us all to learn this stuff, I feel that I "OWE IT TO YOU TO BUY SOMETHING!"

Thanks for all the hard work. Maybe SAM should hi-jack the PC and do his own tutorial.

This tutorial is really nice, gives all of us a HUGE new tool to experiment with, thanks.
August 27th, 2007 @ 10:12 pm
Great thank you
August 27th, 2007 @ 10:14 pm
Thank you!!
August 27th, 2007 @ 10:26 pm
how did you get such a good track. My computer almost never cooperates on tracking. I have been having to do it in icarus. Even when there is just one thing on the comp, it still messes up on tracking. I think you should do a small tutorial on just getting TRACKING TO WORK!
August 27th, 2007 @ 10:52 pm
Wow. It kinda sucks though cuz I just did something that needed double nulls for motion tracking like this talks about, but I didn't know how to do that. I ended up doing it the hard way and it took me longer. Well, this will be good for the future.

And to clancy, I know you're hearing it from everyone, but Photoshop and After Effects are great programs to use together. In a perfect world, you have someone in different departments to call on, but when your'e doing it all on your own, you need to know everything about both. It really helps. I was just working on a logo for a company and I started of in Photoshop, and then I went into to After Effects for some 3D and lighting effects that I had to do, that were basically just easier in AE.

And Andrew, thanks for the heads up on Color Range in Photoshop. That was awesome. I mean, I knew about it, but I never thought to use the shift key to pretty much remove the entire sky. Awesome! You learn something new every day!

August 27th, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

Been a huge fan for a long time and this is just another great tutorial you've put out. I feel like I should give you some royalties or something for all the great information you give us.

Good luck with the kid and all and keep on keeping on!

August 27th, 2007 @ 11:39 pm
August 28th, 2007 @ 12:55 am
wow! amazing work! thank you!

never knew about these cool mspaint features... :-)
August 28th, 2007 @ 1:28 am
Nice cool tutorial and very usuable
How about another one composing 3D elements and 3D Tracking?
Thanx for this one :-)
August 28th, 2007 @ 1:34 am
thanks for the tutorial but i was wondering what After Effects you use because i've got 7.0 but i can never find motion tracking and when i go into help it says that it's professional only ????
Thanks anyway though.
August 28th, 2007 @ 2:02 am
Haha, the paint-work was nice. :D

Great Tutorial.
August 28th, 2007 @ 3:21 am
Woow, anther is out! And with Sam Loya, thanx :)
This tutorial is amazing, very simple and powerfull!
August 28th, 2007 @ 3:53 am
Great one again. Thanks Andrew
Charles P
August 28th, 2007 @ 3:59 am
This was probably one of your most useful tutorials yet!
August 28th, 2007 @ 4:01 am
you super man!!cool!:) greetings from ukraine
August 28th, 2007 @ 4:04 am
Awesome work again Andrew!!!!
I think it would be nice to have the possibillity to download the video tutorial since it is very useful instead of following the proccedure of loading the html file agian an again...thanks!!
August 28th, 2007 @ 4:18 am
and I must say:

your matte painting rules ;) :D
August 28th, 2007 @ 4:33 am
Yeah that was amazing. Its funny, i've been experimenting a lot with matte paintings in PS recently and then Andrew comes up with this. Great stuff. I'd love to know how to remove objects from a scene though through matte paintings. I guess thats more of a photoshopping tutorial. Great work anyway! Cheers
August 28th, 2007 @ 4:45 am
Thanks for the tutorial! You are the best Andrew, but hey man don't trashtalk paint. It's very useful in all my works. Here is an exampel of one of my earlier works.

August 28th, 2007 @ 5:20 am
What to say! I have made a lot of improvements since i know your website. You are Amazing!!!!!!!! The best in world! Thank you again, direct from Brazil.
Morten Enoksen
August 28th, 2007 @ 5:51 am
OH YEAH!!!!!
August 28th, 2007 @ 6:05 am
Just came out of my mind an idea...........Andrew how about making these towers coming out of the ground like growing and exploding????

Yeah....yeah......i must be thankfulll for the things yo gave us but i think you like challenge,,,isnt it?
August 28th, 2007 @ 6:13 am
Love it. You actually cleared up a problem I was having with tracking in other projects, and this looked great. Dunno how you worked it out but good on you for sharing this.

p.s. the horses with the hairy feet are "shire horses"
grafist from algeria
August 28th, 2007 @ 6:14 am
hi Andrew!!

without any doubts, you're the king of AE, Especially you didn't use any blue or greenscreen to make it!! realy cool

by the way, please i've AE PRO CS3 and i wish if you could make just a little tutorial to speak a bit about the new features of cs3 ;)

thanks again
hakim from algeria
August 28th, 2007 @ 6:24 am
Sam looks exhausted...he must have been walking all night to get to those castles. :) Andrew I love that green easy look man. Very nice.
August 28th, 2007 @ 6:26 am
Amazing Tutorial, Some of the thing your covered in this tutorial helped me with motion tracking text in a project i'm doing.

The horses with Hairy feet are "Clydesdales"

digital fx
August 28th, 2007 @ 6:36 am
This tutorial hit the Gong for the best in the series :P. thnx a million A.K
i was wondering if this technique could be used to make a jump look bigger (say for eg i shot a guy jumping from a cliff and make it look like he jumped from a mountain (mountain = greater height))
PS: A.K rocks!!!!
August 28th, 2007 @ 7:02 am
amazing Tracking Techniques.. !
August 28th, 2007 @ 7:06 am
your such a gifted person....heehehe thanks guys... keep it up....
August 28th, 2007 @ 7:12 am
awesome tutorial. only Andrew Kramer could make a ms paint image look good! (it actually looked like it fit in the footage)
August 28th, 2007 @ 7:18 am
andrew, what about the project files so we can put some weird things and practice? :P it would be fun
August 28th, 2007 @ 7:20 am
Gracias Andrew e aprendido varias cosas de AE por tus tutoriales, Saludos desde Chile.
August 28th, 2007 @ 7:29 am
That was a great tutorial! Thanks!

August 28th, 2007 @ 7:29 am
Haha loved the paint tutorial at the end ! :D

Thanks again for a great tutorial, Andrew ! :)
Morten Enoksen
August 28th, 2007 @ 7:36 am
ahahahaha the end freaked me out with MS paint xD
I know that its a usefull program to, but when you parented it and added shadow and to it, i lol'ed xD
Morten Enoksen
August 28th, 2007 @ 7:50 am
you could NEVER waste my time! I tell you that!
August 28th, 2007 @ 8:00 am
Well, Just like the others, I just like to say thank you. You have a simple but efficient way to teach. You´re good. Thank you again.
August 28th, 2007 @ 8:16 am
Hahahhaa microsoft paint tutorial. I didnt see that one coming andrew xD
August 28th, 2007 @ 8:17 am
Congratulations Andrew, I am of Brazil and I follow its site to a good time, its tutorial ones are excellent and they had really helped me to know the program.

Great I hug.
August 28th, 2007 @ 8:28 am
Nice tutorial dude.. -- just made my day at work better by 30 minutes.. but I better get back .. my boss has been staring at me ;)
August 28th, 2007 @ 8:30 am
Sorry for the spam but this could be useful, i started searching a lot about tracking and matte painting lol, and i found a nice tutorial to track complicated things with other program, its cool check it out and sorry for spam andrew...

Jacob Behunin
August 28th, 2007 @ 8:50 am
Now...just need to take that matt painting....put it into a comp....then anamate things ontop of it. Like...ships flying in the background and stuff :) Make the scene look more alive. :)Awesome tutorial! Been wanting to do that kind of stuff for a long time!
August 28th, 2007 @ 9:17 am
this is the coolest tut' yet! it seems that they get better with every one you do (and i've watched and done them all)! i wounder where i could buy your actual work on films so i can see the great master in a real life production! i will keep comming back and learning with these awsome tools! before i found this site i was clue-less about after effects and now my composites have a style that can be seen in any high profile b-movie(which i hope to make some day soon)!
August 28th, 2007 @ 9:32 am
Hahaha good tutorial! I laughed my but of when I saw you demonstrate Paint ;) you owns, greetings from Sweden!
Hoarcio Diaz
August 28th, 2007 @ 9:54 am
hey bro i miss you thanks for this tutorial set extensions.....very good god bless you and you family hellosssss from dominican republic
August 28th, 2007 @ 10:02 am
Just nice!

//martin, sweden
August 28th, 2007 @ 10:12 am
Top notch stuff as usual Prof. Kramer! Thank you for all your hard work and inspiring others to create.

By the way, I enjoy the integration of other programs like Photoshop to see how they integrate together and get new ideas on how to do so. As awesome as AE is it can't do it all (at least not as well). Thanks again!
August 28th, 2007 @ 10:34 am
wow, thanks alot! I laughed so much when you demonstrated paint...

by the way... I like long tutorials!!! longer=better!!!
August 28th, 2007 @ 10:48 am
Thanks Andrew! it really was worth the wait!! :)
August 28th, 2007 @ 11:05 am
i think this will go on your permanent sass record!
August 28th, 2007 @ 11:43 am
HAHAHAHHAHA HUNCHBACK, that was the best! The tutorial was awesome! Thanks!
August 28th, 2007 @ 11:52 am
Hey Andrew, cool tutorial.
1 question, is there a chance you will ever make a tutorial about importing boujou's or any other tracking program's tracking data into After Effects? Or maybe even give a link to a good one?
August 28th, 2007 @ 11:55 am
wow, absolutely beautiful!

poor Sam. Andrew, you should make a tutorial just for him when he's at his best to compensate for all the suffering :)
August 28th, 2007 @ 12:23 pm
Nice tut, as always, i can't even remember how i found your site, but since then, it has been a joy to come here :)
One thing you mentioned something about CS3 (i have both photoshop and Ae in the CS3 versions), can you explain it please? :) Good luck on the baby, and with the site :)

Best regards, keep up the exelent work :)

Btw, i know this has been said before, but i say it again, do you have any plans on lauching a sound FX CD/DVD only on action sounds? :)
August 28th, 2007 @ 12:23 pm
I recommend you guys to buy the 7 pack bundle of VIDEO COPILOT

I'm using this 7 packs in my production house and my customers are surprised. I did use this in my documental movie and is one of the best sellers here in Mexico.

VC of AK

August 28th, 2007 @ 12:38 pm
Huh...I just tried using this technique, except I did it of my lake in my back yard, and i used like a cool water castle in the middle of the lake, :D, and i made some birds using ahroan robinowitz (sp?) tutorial on a flock of birds, and it came out really cool. I'll see if I can post it..What was hard about mine is that it was such a big pan, that I had to use four four nulls with tracking, lol...
August 28th, 2007 @ 12:41 pm
hey nice tuto man thank you
August 28th, 2007 @ 1:05 pm
Andrew - why is it, you always come out with a dynamite tutorial just when I need it?
I love your tutes. man! I also used your techniques and Action Movie essentials in DEAD MOON RISING, my zombie movie.

I am working on a trailer for the next film; I've got to give you a technical assistance credit.

I'll post some of the footage once we begin shooting and I start to apply the great techniques.

Life Type
August 28th, 2007 @ 1:05 pm
I think any one who hasnt bought atleast 1 of andrews dvds
should go do so right now . This man works on giving us so much . The very least we can do is go purchase a dvd full of great stuff . Lots of tutorials on the dvds that are alot better then these free ones (not that the free ones arent really good as well) ALL im sayn is support the man giving us such ideas and knolledge in this entire visual effects world

August 28th, 2007 @ 1:22 pm
MS Paint joke knocked me down! :)))))
Life Type
August 28th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm
i was pleasantly suprised to see you using th windows paint ..
covering all the area's for ppl that dont have photoshop very good tutorial ... sometimes i allready know what your doing but i still watch them a few times .. because it gets me in the mood to really create . it gets my creativity jump started thank you so much .. i plan on buying the 7 dvd bundle for xmas even though i allready have a few of them
August 28th, 2007 @ 1:56 pm
Very Very Nice,
I'm looking for "Virtual Screens" tutorials, like the tutorials number 4 in Specials Effect in this web site:

plz plz Andrew.

anyway thank u for this tutorial.

Aymane Form Morocco
August 28th, 2007 @ 2:15 pm
das ist sehr gut!
August 28th, 2007 @ 2:23 pm
And yet another great tutorial. Thanx gazillion!
August 28th, 2007 @ 2:33 pm
Aymane, just get a video clip or some clip art then lower the opacity and rotate in 3D space (toggle their 3D switches...)

It's there tutorial man, very easy to do.
August 28th, 2007 @ 2:40 pm
Great work, Andrew.
This tutorial is brilliant. Thank you.
August 28th, 2007 @ 2:57 pm
Keep up the good work, Andrew!
Thank you.
August 28th, 2007 @ 3:17 pm
Very nice tutorial, Andrew.
Somthing you said in the tutorial reminded me of a question that I've had for some time now.
You said that if you wanted, you could have had a blue screen behind sam in order to pull him out from the background. I've seen this being used, however I never understood how it worked, since you are essentialy taking out only a bit of the entire picture. How do you fill that emptyness back in with sufficient background?
August 28th, 2007 @ 3:30 pm
Nettes Beispiel :-) Aber ich glaube ich brauche noch viel Übung mit Motion Tracking.
Orc Master
August 28th, 2007 @ 4:09 pm
Andrew, seriously, you're AWESOME!!! I mean, it's MS Paint + Photoshop + After Effects + Sam in 300 + Canadian jokes + Budweiser employee's special hidden place to drink + ADVANCED MOTION TRACKING. What else can you ask for?

Dude, seriously looking forward to 3D tracking, seriously thankful for all your effort, seriously inspired by your sense of humor and talent. You rock!
August 28th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm
Nice tutorial, makes me want to get CS3 now.

One comment though is that when you went to the feather properties for the mask on the clouds instead tapping M twice, you can just press F. Kind of a stupid comment, but I didn't know if you knew that. Just telling ya.
August 28th, 2007 @ 4:39 pm
hay Andrew
iam ehab from egypt we love you
very match here
and you have agood tutorials an idea to make it
and i hope you make a tutorial for transporter
like amovies
and thanks
for every thing

egypt , alex
Flim by tim productions
August 28th, 2007 @ 4:40 pm
Here is my video of me doing that i was very impressed with my result. I LOVE YOU ANDREW KRAMER (you make me popular at school)(thats not even a joke) http://youtube.com/watch?v=rB9xzS1O7R8
August 28th, 2007 @ 4:53 pm
Nice Video Tim,
Next time make sure to shut off the auto iris/gain so the exposure doesn't shift.

Andrew Kramer
August 28th, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

U Gotta Do some more Photoshop integration Tutorials man! its SOO important!
Dont rush with it the next time!!

thanx :]
Some Guy
August 28th, 2007 @ 5:20 pm
I also would like to know what Colin Harvie asked before. I mean if you would use a bluescreen to add a castle far behind Sam. For example something like in this picture of the TV show "Rome":
How do you fill the background behind the bluescreen. Especially if you have a camera movement/panning. Is it possible to do that without a clean plate and tripod or Motion-Control System?

PS: An update with 3D sets would be cool.
August 28th, 2007 @ 5:24 pm
Really great, your tutorials are the best :)
August 28th, 2007 @ 5:45 pm
Congrats on a ninja quick server transition thingy...it feels solid now when you click through the tabs..well done matey!

Yes this is the kind of AK stuff we love...keep em coming.

Thanks dude.
August 28th, 2007 @ 6:18 pm
Awesome and very funny tutorial Andrew! But I want to know what you were saying right before the tutorial ends?
August 28th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm
@ Some Guy, the image you sent has some white points on the bluescreen, those points i belive they are track points. you fill the background like andrew did with the castles, what i mean is, use photoshop. after you're satisfied with the result, stick it to the track data (if the shot is moving)... when you can't definatly track anything in the BG, track the character itself, but be careful when doing this kind of tracks to get "some BG info" out of it, because you have to track a steady-point on the character. (i belive you are takling about a steady character and moving camera)...

hope i've helped :)

i agree, an update on 3D sets would be nice! :)

Andrew, how many tuts you have already done that you didn't release?

Keep up the 5* work man!
August 28th, 2007 @ 7:45 pm
Good tutorial, I enjoyed. One thing I might suggest though is that you talk a bit more about keeping an eye on perspective. That building wouldn't have that same low angle look as it gets farther off in the distance. The angle of the view of the building would change. If done carefully you could just smudge it in photoshop somewhat or mess around with it more.
Just Amit
August 28th, 2007 @ 8:15 pm
this definitely goes on my top 5 favorite tutorials list. i i got a quick chance to use it @ school to day and it transformed my project. both the set extension and color correction. thanks andrew!
Tino Media
August 28th, 2007 @ 8:46 pm
Jose Luis Salcido
August 28th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm
U N I Q U E !
naim alwan
August 28th, 2007 @ 11:32 pm
Thank you...
naim alwan
August 28th, 2007 @ 11:34 pm
for tracking data, and roto work please check out some of imagineer systems programs, theey are extremley powerful and can be intergrated into aafter effects...

www.imagineersystems.com you can download trail versions.
August 29th, 2007 @ 12:19 am
Watch Video link on Assisted Suicide is not working Andrew. Just to let you know ;)

August 29th, 2007 @ 12:27 am
I need help! Whenever i try to motion track something in the final track there are some stupid off-motion movements. Each a few pixels, and they screw up everything! The first thing a thought was that it had to do with my degraded footage from the dull camera i borrowed from a friend, but then i tried motion tracking on the Suicide Tut and had the same results. Less, i think, but still the same! What the hell am i doing wrong?

Thanks for anyone who would help me out on this matter.

August 29th, 2007 @ 12:37 am
Thanks Andrew! The side-tips are great - motion tracked colour correction is really helpful. The simple things are definitely the best.

My matte-painting isn't so great, but I'm happy with the colour and the track I got in this attempt to follow the tut'.

William Townsend
August 29th, 2007 @ 12:46 am

Hope you have a good time with the new kid!
I personally dont think that this is one of your better tutorials, but still in my top 20 tutorials. May come in handy some time.

All the way from New Zealand

August 29th, 2007 @ 1:00 am
Andrew great job :)

ps. pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee change the index page :) (you can just change the looping movie)
August 29th, 2007 @ 1:39 am
Awsome tutorial looks Great!
August 29th, 2007 @ 2:03 am
Dude... you Rule!
August 29th, 2007 @ 3:57 am
Sorry that I didn't read all the comments to make sure this wasn't posted before and I know you have to read them all, Andrew. This really is a nice tutoria but you forgot to turn on the motion blur you had in the original example ;-)

I know it's just a silly thing but I wanted to point it out anyway.
August 29th, 2007 @ 4:29 am
Wow Andrew, you got some mad MS Paint skillz.....kinda.....ok not really, but thinks for the tutorial.
August 29th, 2007 @ 5:25 am
thanks a lot for all I learn thanks to you

f@b from france
August 29th, 2007 @ 6:07 am
Nice tutorial, as always!

Although by watching some older tutorials you could guess this... it is good to have it all mixed together!

Anyway, I'm still waiting for the great tutorial you promised... can't wait!!!

August 29th, 2007 @ 6:19 am
hahaha damn you andrew, never laughed so hard in my life when you started with mspaint! Nice work:)
August 29th, 2007 @ 6:33 am
Hey Andrew, amazing tutorial!! Thanx!!
August 29th, 2007 @ 6:42 am
Hey Andrew could you apply the same motion tracking method to strablization tracking?

August 29th, 2007 @ 6:59 am
Great tutorial Andrew!! Here is one I did without a person and I used a photo instead. I didn't have to track anything, I just had to parent everything to the photo. But the scale does seem off without a person or something else in the shot to help show the size of the buildings.

mr ful
August 29th, 2007 @ 7:04 am
Hello i ask you if you cant publish the project file because i dont get any good open space to try the effect
August 29th, 2007 @ 8:11 am
great tutorial as always!

but, hey! everyone wants to come to Canada!! :P
August 29th, 2007 @ 8:15 am
Any way you can put the footage up for us to download?
August 29th, 2007 @ 8:36 am
Sean thanks for the great photoshop tutorial...I never use photoshop so it was a huge help.
August 29th, 2007 @ 9:17 am
naim alwan

Your reference link to http://www.imagineersystems.com/products/monet/
I’m impressed with this software. I wonder if AK uses this or uses the built in tracker on some of his own work as seen in the MONET tutorials. I DL the trial version to play with. This software looks expensive though.

Check it out.

ANDREW! What are your thoughts on this application that works well with AE.
August 29th, 2007 @ 9:44 am
I need help! Whenever i try to motion track something in the final track there are some stupid off-motion movements. Each a few pixels, and they screw up everything! The first thing a thought was that it had to do with my degraded footage from the dull camera i borrowed from a friend, but then i tried motion tracking on the Suicide Tut and had the same results. Less, i think, but still the same! What the hell am i doing wrong? Why the shaky trace...?

Thanks for anyone who would help me out on this matter.

August 29th, 2007 @ 10:04 am
To: Otherwiz

Maybe it's too shaky?
Maybe your track points aren't good lol.
August 29th, 2007 @ 10:10 am
Here is my attempt, the before shot was just an open farm field (Everywhere here in Utah). Of course youtube quality makes the colors look off but...what can you do?

August 29th, 2007 @ 10:27 am
Looks way too dark man... Lighten it up James. Also color correct the castle a bit more... Looks too bright or sumthin...
August 29th, 2007 @ 11:03 am
By the way, you talk about the movie 300 in your tutorial... Guess who made most of the special effects... yes, a canadian company!! ;) (from Montreal to be more specific).

August 29th, 2007 @ 11:06 am
Otherwise, try increasing your tracking point and use footage with a higher shutter speed. You may also try increasing the search area.
August 29th, 2007 @ 11:11 am
Hey AK, did you ever get the email about the photoshop tutorial you asked me to send? I sent it to the info@videocopilot address I believe. I just wanted to make sure it got through alright
Dustin James
August 29th, 2007 @ 11:16 am

That was awesome! You did a great job.. can't wait for another DVD of high quality tuts like this one... more in depth!
August 29th, 2007 @ 11:27 am
I got it thanks. AK
August 29th, 2007 @ 11:49 am
Great tutorial. I loved watching it, but i gotta be that guy...is it just me or is the light source on Sam on the opposite side of the earth as the light source on the castle...
August 29th, 2007 @ 11:51 am
It's really very great i m working in a channel and i am learning very perfect techniques for future thanks,

August 29th, 2007 @ 11:59 am
Yeah, the perspective on the castles in the BG should be different than the one up front. The light source on Sam is actually behind him but the sun is down so the light on the castly wouldn't probably be there.

And in the movie Wizard of Oz, monkeys can't actually fly.
August 29th, 2007 @ 12:16 pm
If you wanted to have the person pass by the castle or the CG element in the background, would you have to use a green screen? I guess it would be easier too anyways? How would that work? Would you just film outside and then film yourself at the greenscreen or would you bring the greenscreen outside?
August 29th, 2007 @ 12:27 pm
Indeed...but thats why we do what we do..to make such rediculous shenanigans become reality...lord knows i'd love to live in a world with flying monkeys
August 29th, 2007 @ 12:44 pm
Nobody wants to go to Canada? Was that a retarded american joke?
August 29th, 2007 @ 12:46 pm
Great tutorial Andrew! I tried that kind of motiontracking before, but i couldn't quite figure it out.
By the way.. what kind of camera did you use?
I am thinking of buying a new camera myself, but i don't exactly know what i need.
August 29th, 2007 @ 1:11 pm
Wow. I didnt even read all the post here but I see what they have in common :-) And I must agree. Ive seen tons of tutorials but nothing can compare to your stuff Adrew.

I want to say thank you but it sounds so pathetic commpared to what you have given me.
August 29th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm
hahaha, ms paint was really cool :)

I really enjoy watching theese tutorials filled with humor, good stuff ++
Joris Strickx
August 29th, 2007 @ 1:21 pm
nice tutorial. and thanks for the microsoft paint tutorial. Always wondered how you could copy in there :) this tutorial was worth the long waiting. Once you know it's all so simple.
August 29th, 2007 @ 2:30 pm
Just a little satire zing Nathan, most movies are actually filmed in Canada these days...
August 29th, 2007 @ 2:53 pm
No one can take a joke these days...
andrew M
August 29th, 2007 @ 3:15 pm
this is amazing... to bad I have AE standard...

August 29th, 2007 @ 4:27 pm
Having finally watched it, this is probably one of my fav. tutorials. There's so much detail and tons of ground covered in terms of CC-ing, Film Magic Pro, tracking, composition (I could go on for ages!). The most plentiful of tutorials!

(Fly my pretties! Fly!.....Ehh, continue the research.)
Orc Master
August 29th, 2007 @ 4:29 pm
You wanna hear something real funny? In the last project I worked, I actually needed that super null technique, but I ended up copying and pasting motion data from one null to the other. I also needed zooming out tracking, and it looked even worse. Good thing it was just a small part of the film :P

Although, I think the most useful tip was SHADING in MS Paint, and then getting it to REAL life! I mean, none'd buy the effect without the shading, but there was a second when I actually thought it was real!!! :P You rock, Andrew ;)
August 29th, 2007 @ 4:34 pm
hey andrew, another great tutorial

Dude i have a question, i work with Imac intel it´s good ?
August 29th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm
they shoot in canada cuase its cheaper and somtimes for the weather and they are not strict as usa as far as locations.
August 29th, 2007 @ 5:38 pm
they shoot in canada cuase its cheaper than usa and its good for weather and location
August 29th, 2007 @ 5:46 pm
sorry the page freezed thats why it posted twice sorry.
August 29th, 2007 @ 10:05 pm
if you don't like Andrew's jokes, go get your tutorials from somewhere else
August 29th, 2007 @ 11:38 pm
Wow. I went to a tutorial on another site the other day and nearly fell asleep. No jokes, very slow and only a little learned. And it was patronizing. The guy was like, "And you don't want to rotate here because it will rotate at the wrong anchor point. See? An anchor point is.... So you move the anchor point here because..... See? ..... Because if you had the anchor point up here, then it would....."

He just went on and on about things people should know at that point (for what the tutorial was covering). And he didn't use any shortcuts, so you had to wait for him to right click, and go to menus, etc.

You rock Andrew!

August 29th, 2007 @ 11:42 pm
Right on Trevor! (and J)

I think once you learn the basics you don't ever want to see them again!
August 30th, 2007 @ 2:05 am
Please would any one know, from where i can get download or buy a pre-matted moving objects such as plans or cars or saucers possibly done in Maya or a 3D software

August 30th, 2007 @ 3:06 am
Very nice Andrew
August 30th, 2007 @ 3:06 am
Very nice Andrew
August 30th, 2007 @ 3:09 am
amazing tutorial. just a quick question, i'm doing a film that requires me to digitally blow up the front of a restuarant. can i use this kind of technique to create te after explostion shot of the building with the front blown out?
August 30th, 2007 @ 4:11 am
Greetings from Russia (sorry for my english), like all your tutorials - this one is really awesome. We are became a little bit smart with each your new video, thank you! Please - keep going!
elliott g montello
August 30th, 2007 @ 6:37 am
here is my first attempt see what you think and add comments and feedback :)
August 30th, 2007 @ 8:05 am
Andrew, you are the best!! Thank you for more one great tutorial. Brazil congratulate you!!
OH! I have one wish.... please, don't delay so much to give us another tutorial. rsrsrsrsrs
Bests to all.
August 30th, 2007 @ 12:39 pm
Hi andrew, this is the first time I post.
Great tutorials, all of them.
I never post in blogs or anything like that, and if im doing it is because I really believe u deserve my congratulations.
keep on working,, u r really good at it.

excuse me for the bad usagge of the english , Im from argentina.
and how we say in here... olee ole ole oleeee ANDREWW ANDREWWW,,

see yaaa,,,

ohh another thing,,
what soft do u use to record your tutorials....??
a hug!!! jajajaj
August 30th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm
Hi Andrew,

You've got some great tuts over here. And They're free!

In the set extensions tutorial you could add a fractal noise to the clouds, animate it a bit and set the blending mode to screen. I saw that once in a reel of a post production company (don't remember wich one, sorry)
But hey, you knew that already and you don't wanna here this stuff from a prick like me ;)

Here's a sample:

Cheers and keep up the VERY good work!
I'll be looking forward to your next tutorials.

August 30th, 2007 @ 2:48 pm
Andrew can u be so kind and place the JPEG files and raw footage for download i dont have dig camera and depend on u for the files. many mnay thanks for all you do and will do

August 30th, 2007 @ 3:13 pm
elliott g montello, Very good job. I like that you were imaginative and didn't just copy andrew's extension, this is what a tutorial is for, a platform for us to launch new ideas. Again excellant.

And a great big thanks to Andrew.

August 30th, 2007 @ 8:06 pm

^ check it out, i have photoshop but i don't know how to use it so i stuck with ms paint. Oh and i can't hear sound in adobe after effects so i couldn't cut the part where i say go.

Comment on it and tell me what you think. Please.
August 30th, 2007 @ 9:47 pm
thank you so much andrew for that kind of after effects tutorial never seen before around the net you"re a master
any chance to upload footage files !?! so we can follow step by stepl the tutorial
August 30th, 2007 @ 10:18 pm
Great Tutorial!....I think im addicted to this site. I come back everyday to check if there is a new tutorial. I've learned more watching your tutorials then i actually learn in my VFX class!...pretty ridiculous huh?
Andrew D
August 31st, 2007 @ 1:30 am
Hi Andrew can i ask you what kind of camera do you use?
August 31st, 2007 @ 4:36 am
Да, замечательный урок, я тоже долго не понимал, как сделать подобный эффект, This is a wery cool tutorial. (sorry for poor enlish)
August 31st, 2007 @ 4:38 am
Here is a link to a video I created using this tutorial "cool 3d room" I just bought all of your current products because I like your website and found your tutorials helpful. I was so excited I just created quickly and I know if I put more effort into my projects I can get better. I wasn't sure where to post my video, so I left a link here. I used Poser 7, After effects, and your CD's. Thanks for getting me started! The website is wetpuppy.com
Marcio Simoes
August 31st, 2007 @ 5:12 am
Fantastic tutorial! No more words!
August 31st, 2007 @ 5:29 am
الدرس جميل جدا
نريد درس عن تبطيط القط في الافترفكتس وتسريعه
August 31st, 2007 @ 6:49 am
Hey waz'up Andrew ?

I'm from Brazil, and tks to you now i'm learning After Effects rs.. in the.. let's say, correct way you know ? hehe
Soon i'll buy something here, but first i've got to earn some money, cuz you know..well i don't have to explain that lol !!

What's up with the jokes man ? GEEZZZZ hauhaua they're all so good..

congrats homieeeeeeeeee !!

August 31st, 2007 @ 7:08 am
What did u try to say at the end? xD or did u forget to cut that?
Great tutorial, Kramer! ;)
August 31st, 2007 @ 7:43 am
Fabulous !
August 31st, 2007 @ 7:45 am
Awesome! Thank you very much!
August 31st, 2007 @ 9:08 am
Its a littlebit strange because the shadows dont show up @ the tower? try to approve that than its one hell of a tut ;)!
August 31st, 2007 @ 9:52 am
Hi everybody.
Sorry for my english, I'm french so... I think it's a good excuse, right ?!
So this is my vidéo test.
Before and After:

Watch This !!
August 31st, 2007 @ 10:26 am

Thanks Andrew for your awesome tutorials!!
August 31st, 2007 @ 1:47 pm
Thanks Andrew.....
Congratulations from Mexico!
August 31st, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

Wow man, great job. That's all I can say! Tres bon!
Flim by tim productions
August 31st, 2007 @ 4:15 pm
Heres my video I thought it looked pretty cool Btw all of your vids look great to. http://youtube.com/watch?v=rB9xzS1O7R8
August 31st, 2007 @ 7:33 pm
Andrew Kramer is a god!! hehehe

Awesome Tutorial....thanks.

Best Regards
September 1st, 2007 @ 2:47 am
I wouldn't agree less...

thanks Andrew. :)
Connor Adam
September 1st, 2007 @ 7:38 am
Hi, does anybody know or has found any decent castle images? I have searched Google but cannot seem to find any!

BTW Andrew, AWESOME tutorial.


September 1st, 2007 @ 8:49 am
Hey Andrew/other people reading.

I just designed an effect and made it, I'm so proud!
It's not really straight from a tutorial (though it does owe a heavy debt to the 3d dancing guy tutorial on Serious Effects and Compositing), but even so, here it is.

September 1st, 2007 @ 10:18 am
hey Andrew, nice stuff

September 1st, 2007 @ 10:57 am
hey snap' ... comme je te le disais, sympathique ...

i must say i'm disappointed about everybody's creations ... except one or two persons, everybody made a video with some castles in a land ... i think that that would be so much better if everybody did make different creations ...

still, thanks to andrew kramer for that amazing tutorials ... i'm astonished by all this quality in only 30 minutes ...

i'm wainting for next tutorial !
September 1st, 2007 @ 12:27 pm
great work man.. i'll practice it thnks for make a tutorial for us ;) hope there will be more tutorial from you
kerr nightly
September 1st, 2007 @ 1:42 pm
dont let critisims of using PS stop you from using it in the future - it is matte PAINTING and gives us insight as to how real studios do it. If some nit looses interest they are not worth having in the marketplace!
September 1st, 2007 @ 2:46 pm
Hey, all your tutorial is very good I very like.....but i didn't see how you did the karaoke music video in after effect in your tutorial....but all your tutorial is very good
Charles P
September 1st, 2007 @ 3:50 pm
Best tutorial ever man! Oh and here's something to show the TRUE power of the DARK SIDE! I mean....MS Paint....

September 1st, 2007 @ 4:10 pm
Great tutorial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 1st, 2007 @ 11:44 pm
Well this is just the way best tutorial on this awesome site!!!
September 2nd, 2007 @ 3:57 am
Great job master Andrew (like everytime) you'll never see my reply because there is too many but i just want to say that your website is my favorite source of learning and inspiration .
I'm french so i perform my english and by the way my after effects skills
May the force be with you
Keep up the good work

(Sorry for mistakes if there is)
September 2nd, 2007 @ 5:40 pm
MABUHAY =) You made me learn great stuff.
Cheers from the Philippines.

September 2nd, 2007 @ 8:16 pm
great tutorial!!

if you have time try to make a tutorial to do the underworld special effects like the guy get the black eyes.

thanks andrew kramer for all tutorial you gave us.
September 2nd, 2007 @ 9:01 pm
Hey there Andrew.
Im using AE7. what can i do if i dont have the Motion Trucker?
of course i could buy the PRO adition but than again im sure you have a solution.
Thanks a lot.
September 2nd, 2007 @ 11:59 pm
Thank you !!!!!!!!!! Kramer
September 3rd, 2007 @ 1:53 am
Hi Andrew!

Totally awesome! I love the blend between sfx tutorials and sort of like vignette tutorials. Keep up the very good work!

Peace out from Stockholm, Sweden
September 3rd, 2007 @ 3:06 am
Very cool

Great... So they made Lord of the Rings like that?? Aaaah Now I can make that to! :)

Grz from Belgium!!!
Michael (Europe,The Netherlands)
September 3rd, 2007 @ 3:34 am
Hey Andrew,

i check your website almost everday, im a big fan of your work.
Im glad your posting your video tutorials online for free, it has brought me allot of help
with my school project.
i hope someday i can match up to your skills, but till then imma keep checking our your

your work is genius.

Im going to buy The Riot Gear, sound Effects and Movie essiantal
im curiouse what it has to offer for me..

wel thnx Andrew!



Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 3rd, 2007 @ 6:31 am
Thanks so much for this one Andrew! I have tried this but I did some other stuff too with the test clip. (I added snow.) I didn't have to track because the camera was on my tripod so I realize that it probably isn't as realistic as it could be, but oh well, I might do another test soon! Here's a link to a special effect reel I made. The second clip has my set extension vid with a before/after.

September 3rd, 2007 @ 12:18 pm
Unfortunately, the whole Motion Tracker thing is something that automates an annoying manual process. Theoretically, you could go frame by frame and manually adjust every single image, but it's a butt load of work, especially considering how much easier it is in Pro.
September 3rd, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

really great tutorial man,
I really liked the MS Pain part :P
had a good laugh in here, lol.
September 4th, 2007 @ 8:40 am
HI andrew, congratulation for the baby i wish u and your famly only goods things and good karma.

I love your tutorials!!!
September 4th, 2007 @ 8:45 am
AH i forgot to aks if got in mind to do a tutorial on animating vectors in after effects for motion graphics.

c y in your next tutorial , ok better said i see you in the next tutorial , but i think u feel us for sure. jejeje
Life Type
September 4th, 2007 @ 11:43 am
ROAD RUNNER sports commericial used your stuff ... from your riot gear paint to your earth . and couple of your textures used ina diff way but very simliar
September 4th, 2007 @ 8:41 pm
here is my attempt but I haven't posted the before video yet. Sorry for the crap that is youtube compression.

September 5th, 2007 @ 7:28 am
You are genious!!
I love your video tutorial...
Please..Please..make more video tutorials...^_^
I am your fan..^_^
September 5th, 2007 @ 10:09 am
Great Tutorial Thnxs Andrew. Greet from the Netherlands
September 5th, 2007 @ 10:59 am
Andrew I love u´r stuff.
September 5th, 2007 @ 11:28 am
Wow man, what would I do without your tutorials? You just gave me what I needed to complete a project that was giving me a big problem. Thanks a lot and take care. You are the best...'
Damn, how do you know so much about After Effects? I think that you worked on the development of the program or something similar to that. lol
September 5th, 2007 @ 11:59 am
First of all:
Damnit, you're genius, the 3D camera projection tut was pure gold!!!
And this one was just as great!
I laughed my ass off so hard when you brought up the MS Paint matte painting, your vids are always sooo fun to watch!
Can't wait for the next one!!
And congrats to your baby girl, sweet pics!
Oliver Arnold
September 6th, 2007 @ 5:50 am
Great Tutorial, you really got what I need!

But can you also assign the tracking of a scene to a camera??
I need this for a shot where the camera pans while some particles pass by. It doesn't work if I just track the particular layer!
Can AE do this or do I need to use a 3d software in this case?

Hope somebody may help me...
September 7th, 2007 @ 3:47 am
this was really good
September 7th, 2007 @ 4:21 am
Scarey set extension with no person in the scene. (before & after)

September 7th, 2007 @ 11:30 am
Thanks Scott I will post a before video soon then you can really see everything I did to it.
Keyur Patel
September 9th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm
love the tutorials as always..Andrew, it would be kinda cool, if you could show us how to make the footage look like "300." I think people would love to see something like that.
September 10th, 2007 @ 1:57 pm
Mr. Kramer... very nice stuff... I never thought of doing 2 tracking nulls like that. Sweet stuff. Lay off the canucks! They will invade us and declare you as the starter of the war. =)
September 11th, 2007 @ 3:25 pm
Cant you just press and hold the ALT key while moving and adjusting the tracker points. This preserves correct tracker data and therefore be able to continue using same tracker points during the whole shot. No need for duplicating an doing separate track.....!? Am i missing something here?
September 12th, 2007 @ 1:14 am
one more gem
September 12th, 2007 @ 3:12 am
Hi Andrew!
Thank you very much for this tutorial! I have searched a long time for something like this. By the way its a good thing that you did'nt uploaded the project files this time...I had to shoot the footage and I also learned a lot about how to do it. So again thanks a lot, Im very greatful and waiting for more.:)

Greetings from Hungary!
September 13th, 2007 @ 8:21 am
nice tutorial here is my try, noyt traked in after effects, this one was tracked in mocha. cheers!

September 13th, 2007 @ 9:05 am
Hey Andrew, thank you for all the training and free knowledge you bestow upon all of us. lol. It would be awesome to hear more about motion tracking, maybe tips on how to get clean tracks. I seem to have trouble with that. My castle ended up bouncing up and down on the ground. I'll keep experimenting. Thanks.
September 13th, 2007 @ 11:28 am
September 13th, 2007 @ 11:29 am
Hi andrew,

Great tutorial, here is what I made:

Nick S
September 14th, 2007 @ 7:47 am
I been playing around with this for the last few hours, and i dont know what i am doing wrong but the tracking is not work that good for me,

I took this footage the other day at an old ww2 airfield (its the airfield that the 82nd Airborne took of from for DDay) when i add my set extension in It looks like is on jumping beans or something.


the only good thing is that it does not look to bad when its that small
September 17th, 2007 @ 4:19 pm
hey Andrew i become a fan of your .very nice work
September 19th, 2007 @ 10:36 pm
I'm sure you've mentioned this somewhere, but I can't find it. What are the specs of the footage you're shooting? What kind of camera do you use? The wide image looks really nice and your tracking seems to work a lot better than mine. Could it be you're working at a higher resolution than me? Or maybe I just suck. I've had loads of problems tracking and I suspect it's the interlaced PAL DV footage I'm messing around with.
October 8th, 2007 @ 10:41 am
Hey this is gr8 man..............superb...........I will watch this

thankyou & regards
January 26th, 2008 @ 4:57 am
very nice

kind regards
March 16th, 2008 @ 9:15 am
I thought the integration with Photoshop was very nice. I'm using Photoshop Elements but it worked ok. I can't seem to get the jitter out of the finished scene. Great tutorial.
November 27th, 2010 @ 2:24 pm
The scene looks great, as usual.
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