Basic Training

Thanks for making the new Basic Training Series a huge hit. From the numbers, it looks like you guys have been hitting it pretty hard. For everyone else who still hasn’t checked it out, remember not all the tutorials are for beginners, in fact the Titles sections is particularly detailed with many great camera animating tips and tricks. Don’t forget to make yourself a fake certificate once your finished going through it. You earned it.

9 years ago
I'm Sorry Shape Layers! I love you!
I must confess… I was never a big fan of shape layers…  we just didn’t get along.  I was used to using masks but suddenly (around AE CS3) the same mask tool began creating Red vector shapes. At first, they seemed cool enough but after accidentally adding shape layers to my comps, instead of masks, I lashed […]
Visualization Experiment and new Renders
Just playing around with a new After Effects experiment without using any 3rd Party plug-ins! I need to refine some parts of the effect but I really want to make a tutorial for it ASAP! Here are some other projects you may have missed! Using Element 3D bump mapping to create some Gold coins and […]
New Tutorial: Realistic Rain Drop FX!
In this tutorial we’ll use After Effects to create a realistic water effect without any 3rd party plug-ins! Great for adding atmosphere to a rainy scene or title. This effect is fully customization and can be used to create many cool FX! In this tutorial: Create a dripping water displacement map Simulate realistic camera DOF […]
Destruction Experiment!
What is this thing! I’ve basically combined a bunch of stuff into one experiment! I might have been inspired by the amazing planet explosions from The Force Awakens but wanted to see if I could get a cool version inside Element 3D. Few Notes on this experiment; I added smoke elements, shockwaves using CC Sphere, and even […]

3 months ago
Great Tutorial! Thank you so much Andrew Kramer! waiting for the update :)
Sherif Bahgat
2 years ago
Great Tutorials, love them, But could you please sent me the project files of the teaser of the Basic Training or a link where i can download them? THANKS
Joe Magrino
2 years ago
Just curious if the Basic Training is still relevant to the current AE version since it was posted over 7 years ago? I'm assuming, yes, because it's still up and heavily linked to? Do you have an updated Basic Training and maybe I'm just missing it?
    2 years ago
    Def helpful, but I'm looking to update it soon!
4 years ago
where do i get the files you used??
I send people to your basic training all the time.
8 years ago
great job and i was wondering what hapend at the dma last night
8 years ago
how do you delete some layers?
9 years ago
Whuddup Andrew,

I have the best ideal for you. How about a tutorial on making baby mouth appear as it is talking. Like that one ETrade commercial and bozo the clown. I know you can figure out a way to do that in After Effects.

Many thanks

PS keep up the good work!
9 years ago
Hey Andrew, great blog and tuts!

But seriously, who is that girl in your basic tutorials??
She is about to define perfection!
Name and Adress please xD

Tom Hooft
9 years ago
Thanks!!! I love all your tutorials! But can you please sent me the project files of the teaser of the Basic Training.
9 years ago
Thanks! I loved it! It was very in-depth and I really did learn from it unlike most video tutorials.
9 years ago
theres gonna be a part 2? intermediate?
9 years ago
I was wondering how you did the collision shake at the beginning, was it twitch or the wiggler? I can't figure out how to ease the end of the wiggle. Thanks alot!

9 years ago
Hey andrew i was wondering what kind of software did you use to make those perfect looking tutorials.?!!
9 years ago
Hello Andrew I have just one word for you... EXELLENT mate thx a lot for thos tuts :-)
9 years ago
hey andrew

in your basic training vid about titles (part 1) you apply a effect called cc particle world, i do not have that effect, do i have to buy that?

9 years ago
Hi Andrew,

Thanks a lot for this tutorial, it's amazing. As other guys I want to know :
where did you get the music for the Video of the “Basic Training”?
Can I found it in Sound FX DVD ?

Thanks for all your work.

9 years ago
Hi Andrew,

Wow, your video tutorial is very very cool! Thank you very much!I learn a lot from you!

9 years ago
oh my god..........Basics of AE

what I can say......SUPERB x Infinite Times = Dont know how much.......

Best Regards

9 years ago
Thanx for the beginner tutorial.
It really closed some gaps.
That's good!
Why can't i buy your DVD's via Amazon?
That's not good.

Greetings from Germany

9 years ago
Hey ANdrew who's the girl in the Mall file?? SHE IS HOt!!!!!!!!!!!!
9 years ago
Andrew you are the best in AE!
Thanks for this tutorials.
Wish you never change (or at least not this time ;) )
Best regrats from KAZAKHSTAN!!!
9 years ago
Hey andrew, I love these things

ok, iv had ae a few weeks now and have learnt alot of basics from your tutorials, but these new ones made me realise the true potential for me and after effects
9 years ago
tnx andrew for this tutorial, great! i love to watched it.
Adam O.
9 years ago
Your stuff is so amazing. Sometimes
I just want to reach into the screen and
give you a big kiss....Hahaha. I would have NO
Idea how to use AE if it wasn't for you.
You have improved my projects GREATLY.
9 years ago
great tutorial andrew. i love it! i watch it everyday!
9 years ago
Hey, gosh i just want to know what is your computer specs AE looks like its running quad core...i have a Duo core 2.0 MBP 1gb mem. 500Gb external
9 years ago
At last I begin to see some light in the dark tunnel of AE...thnx Andrew.
9 years ago
Hi ppl,

I find all the tutorials interesting, and easy to understand. Making a complex program as AE so usable is a great accomplishment. *cheer* Anyway, I have a question. In the tutorial about keying you guys use a greenscreen. It looks like a big, green blanket for the 'wow-im-getting-blown-to-pieces' part, and a smaller (hand held) version for the 'pretty-girl-in-the-mall-what-is-sam-staring-at-?' part.

Uhmmm... The question is, how do I get a good blue/green screen? Should I take down my mum's curtains, dip them in paint and put them in a frame? I'd like something portable and a bit idiot-proof. What size should I aim for? I was thinking 2m x 1,50m or so?

Advice plz!


/n stuff

At all you people at Videocopilot!
kike C
9 years ago
Hey andrew what`s up.. siempre lo voy a decir eres el maestro de maestros.. tus tutoriale son lo maximo...well.. the basic trainig after effects is awesome. the problem is that i dont have internet in my home, is there any way to download it?... Take care A. un abrazo cya
9 years ago
A tad late tisk tisk, you already made everybody pr0's but this will be useful, for the new people
9 years ago
Andrew - Your After Effects Basic Training series is outstanding! Thanks for taking the time to put something like this together.

I teach an intro to motion graphics course and I've instructed all of my students to go through this series to get up-to-speed quickly in AE.

I myself have been using AE since version 4.1 and watching your tutorials has taught me a few keyboard shortcuts I haven't used before.

Keep up the great work! We'll keep in our bookmarks!

Rosa C
9 years ago
Thanks for the great training! The beginning site is great for someone just starting out with AE like me. I just received my Lucky 7 set and its great. Thanks for the quick shipping (came in 2 days!) Thanks for the discount by the way. I recommend your products highly to anyone who is interested in learning more about video/motion effects. I also have to add that the value in your products is great, that's why I bought the whole set...I don't even own AE yet (working from a trial) I have FCP (so thanks for those tuts as well). Keep up the good work!
9 years ago
It is real a valuable tutorials ... My special thanks to my master Andrew ...
9 years ago
I need to find the time to watch these. I hope they stay there for a long time. I really want to sit down and check them out. I'm sure there will be things in the Basic training that will have me hitting my head going, "I'm just an idiot for doing it this long drawn out way all these years."

Eager to watch, as so as I get time, hopefully this weekend.
David R
9 years ago
Some great stuff you're doing here Andrew. Really enjoy the humor.
I did a double take when I heard you referring to "Fox Bold" and "Fox Italicized" in the Titles (1) video. I wasn't really paying attention and wondered if you had a FOX News font.

Then I realized what it was. It was "Faux Bold" and "Faux Italicized"
"Faux" is pronounced "Pho", like "Phone" without the "ne".

When you make fun of me in a future video, I prefer the term "Pronunciation Police", if you don't mind.

Keep it up,
9 years ago
Andrew, the new training site looks great. I have gone over the stuff you have on there, and can only say thank you for taking so much time to put out a free training site like that. Awesome work.

You truly are a fantastic resource in this community!
9 years ago
It's so great. I'm an assistant editor at a production company and one of my editors asked me how I do all the effects that I do for the show. I told her I use After Effects and she asked if it was "easy" and if I could teach her. Obviously I dreaded this, because it meant un-paid hours staying late, just to teach the basics of After Effects. But now I just gave her your site and she's super psyched. Thanks man.
9 years ago
Even though I know After Effects, I'm still taking a look at all the tutorials in
the beginners section.
9 years ago
This should be stuck on my fridge.

Thanks Kramer - Your the man.
9 years ago
Yeah, I wish i could relive watching those all over again :P
Hey Andrew, remake the site again and add a million new tutorials..
That was a fun day :D
9 years ago
the beginners stuff is amazing. it cleared a few things up for me so thanks. also i'd like to use them as teaching material at the school i work at (of course letting everyone know where they came from and where they can find even better tutorials and amazing AE products :) )
9 years ago
AK, you're a nutter, and I mean that with all due-respect... The Basic Training was awesome [albeit under my knowledge of AE] but that doesn't mean you're not the AE guru you deserve to be... AWESOME sh!t mate, you're giving so much to video FX it's insane...

Keep it up, I send ALL my Graphics students to your site for MotionFX - as I've said a "million" times, you da man! All credit to you and the gang at VCP!

Vote 1 for SAM! - Kramer is a scammer, Sam is the MAN!!! [poor bugger!] jks! love-yas-all ;)
Marc Biorklund
9 years ago
The basic Training is awsome, there are some key basics there that could change everything in a project.

The teaser is awsome, probably my favorite.

Thanks for sharing all these stuff, looking forward for the new products / pressets :)
9 years ago
Well, I checked it out the second I saw the new site, and it's awesome! Thanks a lot man. I'm gonna work up a cool certificate for this, and then I'll post it. :D
9 years ago
Lol, i made my certificate. yeah, the title one is great. in fact, i've already used it for a school project. oh, and a halo 3 parody (tomorrow, yeah!)
9 years ago
Lol, i made my certificate. yeah, the title one is great. in fact, i've already used it for a school project. oh, and a halo 3 parody (tomorrow, yeah!)
Chris Coulson
9 years ago
I was so impressed with the beginners tutorials, and the new site look, that it finally gave me the kick I needed to buy 3 of the DVDs.

They came from Kramerland to UK in about 4 days, and were nicely packaged and everything.

Totally satisfied customer, and considering all the free tutorials I've already seen, totaly worth every penny (especially with the nice exchange rate $-£!!)

Thanks very much Andrew!

Jacob Dyer
9 years ago
Hey Andrew. I love the music you have for the intro's for the Basic Training!
Bring that music out in a product and I'll buy it :p. Where did you get it?

Orc Master
9 years ago
It's great stuff indeed. Actually, I liked both the motion tracking section and the titles section; real advanced, useful and nice stuff there. Thanks a big bunch, Andrew ;)
Scott Wetherall
9 years ago
I watched them the other night at work.........great stuff, thanks Andrew
Some Guy
9 years ago
I watched them at the first day too. I love them! I wish they were available as I started to work with After Effects. Nevertheless I learned something new.
And yeah, the Titles section is my favorite one.
9 years ago
Where did you get the music for the Video of the "Basic Training"??
Did you create it youself?!?
9 years ago
Yeah, me too...I watched all Tuts at the first day:-P
Great ne Homepage AndreW
9 years ago
Thanks Andrew ! :)
Helge Kallevik
9 years ago
I checked it out the day it came out, and it's awesome! Thanks Andrew!
Sooo, will there we a new tut today? :D