Medical Zooming

I’ve been watching a lot of the show House MD on DVD and so I thought I would make a tutorial to cover that cool effect where the camera goes inside the person to show the problem.

Anyways, this will be the first AE tutorial featuring a 3D program, but I’ll also show a solution for just AE users. Personally, I’d rather show you the better solution using the 3D application because even though everyone doesn’t have an expensive 3D program, understanding the principals is important to professional compositing. Besides you don’t want to have to use claymation for everything.

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September 24th, 2007 @ 2:38 am
yeah i am the first! :)

good news andrew... really lookin forward to it!
the sample pic looks awesome!

wich 3D application are you going to use? maya?
September 24th, 2007 @ 2:43 am
Great I cant wait for this tutorial, I have been trying to source this efect for a long time and even tried having a go myself (which looked absolute CARP by the way) looking forward to it. Great looking site make over by the way !

thanks guys!
September 24th, 2007 @ 2:47 am
splendido bandido
September 24th, 2007 @ 2:51 am
Hello Andrew, its a great news that you'd be covering a 3D app with After Effects this time. I'd be happier if you could cover either Cinema 4D or Maya. Since Cinema 4D offers tight integration with AE in terms of compositing, importing camera, lights and all. Its gonna be great. Cant wait to watch that tutorial on this site.

Great work Andrew. Cheers.
September 24th, 2007 @ 3:14 am
My god!!!!!!!! You have no idè how long i have been looking for a tutorial which includes atom, molecules and cells inside the body"!!!Can't wait
September 24th, 2007 @ 3:25 am
I hope it comes to day!
September 24th, 2007 @ 3:27 am
Not today. But soon.
September 24th, 2007 @ 3:39 am
i'm really looking forward to this. shame it came so late as it would have looked great in infected. oh well i'm sure i'll find a use for it :)
Some Guy
September 24th, 2007 @ 3:46 am
Probably on Monday... (?)
Finally I gonna put my hands on a 3D app. I always wanted to try something in 3D but there were simply no reasons to do it. Now I have a reason. Thank you Andrew.

PS: House MD is great! You should check out Scrubs too.
September 24th, 2007 @ 4:09 am
Sounds really great! Waiting for the tutorial... :)
Thanks a lot (yeah, I thank in every post but still that's not enough).

tryx ITALY
September 24th, 2007 @ 4:14 am

September 24th, 2007 @ 4:15 am
looking forward to it!

hmm, i guess it will be either Cinema 4D og 3Dmax, thats what i heard Mr. Andrew we're talking about some time ago

and if our AE god thoses MAYA, then he most really have earned alot of money from the tuts, coz that app is reeeealllyy expensive :D
Some Guy
September 24th, 2007 @ 4:16 am
Oh, today IS Monday. That happens if you have a lot of free time... :-)
Will it be 3ds Max?
September 24th, 2007 @ 4:29 am
I hope you incorporate more 3d into upcoming tutorials.. can't wait for this one :D
Orc Master
September 24th, 2007 @ 4:30 am
I can't BELIEVE this! I LOVE that show, House! WOW, Andrew, you'll make my dream come true! THANKS A LOT!!! :D

Now I'll be able to make my own movie where I can say "The patient clearly has minor malicious tumors in both his lungs which causes iron to deposit in his veins and also produces a fungus-based infection on the base of the colon, the effects also increased by the patient's allergy to carp. Now, isn't that logical, MORONS?"

LOL, it'll be priceless :P
September 24th, 2007 @ 4:33 am
Ohh yea!!! I just saw Crank for the second time yesterday and was thinking about how to do those cool things. BTW if you havent seen Crank yet DO IT!

And I would also like to recommend Softimage XSI the best 3d application in the world if you ask me, and Ive used almost all the big ones.
September 24th, 2007 @ 4:33 am
is there any nuclear department watching this ?
it could be really dangerous ! loool

looking forward to it , thanks andrew
September 24th, 2007 @ 4:39 am
hey andrew .. is this tut going to be free ??

i wonder if i can exchange between C4D and AE CS3 ? cause i read something like that somewhere on the web .. thx andrew u really rock !!
Jacob Dyer
September 24th, 2007 @ 4:45 am
Oooh I like tis idea. Lets just ask it for what I'm sure will eventualy be the millionth time, what 3D program? Easily translated to other ones?

September 24th, 2007 @ 5:19 am
What 3D Program will you be using?
September 24th, 2007 @ 5:53 am
sweet!!! yeah, i don't have any 3D programs, even after effects was a stretch just being in ninth grade and all, but im glad your showing us, i really want a chance to try this for future reference. thanks! :)
September 24th, 2007 @ 5:54 am
Even though you couldnt use it here, it would be nice to see some 3d invigorator or proanimator tutorials,since we were on the 3d subject
September 24th, 2007 @ 6:05 am
Hi Andrew,

I am wondering if it will be a free 3d app... sure would help out since I only have lightwave 8.

But I am sure you will find a way to transend all issues

Good Work

Hope the wife & kids are all ok too.
Chef Tony
September 24th, 2007 @ 6:17 am
Con't wait for this! It'd be great if you used Blender 3D that is free and open source and very powerful!
Morten Enoksen
September 24th, 2007 @ 6:33 am
I bet u'll use Cinema 4D :D:D
I would love to see a C4D tut from the master himself!
Andre Prior
September 24th, 2007 @ 6:52 am
Fecking awesome! Hope its for Cinema4d ^^
Andre Prior
September 24th, 2007 @ 6:52 am
Fecking awesome! Hope its for Cinema4d ^^
September 24th, 2007 @ 7:02 am
September 24th, 2007 @ 7:06 am
Maya! Maya!
September 24th, 2007 @ 7:09 am
If people without expensive 3D apps like Cinema 4D and Maya et al, are looking for a cheap way to get into 3D, you could check out Blender 3D, This is an Open source Package which is completely free to download and use and has a huge community and online resources backing it up.

I expect Papa Kramer will be going for the C4D option, but I'm sure the principles and techniques he'll show us will translate well to most other 3D apps.

you can find Blender @

I was also wondering if maybe Andrew has seen any Blender or even tried it himself, If so what are your thoughts on it?
September 24th, 2007 @ 7:29 am
Cool:) CSI is another really good series with a lot of awesome effects.

Josh Johnson
September 24th, 2007 @ 7:29 am
Awesome and heres to hoping it will be C4D.
September 24th, 2007 @ 7:30 am
oh my god, Andrew!
Where is the donate button? you need money for your work, seriously! everyone give him at least 30 bucks! including me
Marc Biorklund
September 24th, 2007 @ 7:33 am
Looks great ! Can you show us a rendered example just to tease us a little more ? :p
I have been intrested in 3D programs for a long time, but It have always seems very complicated to me. I am looking forward to start pratice 3D again with your help :)
September 24th, 2007 @ 7:54 am
Looks like its gonna be another great tutorial.

Any chance of telling us which 3D program you are going to be using?
September 24th, 2007 @ 8:06 am
I'm really looking forward to it!!! sounds great and the pic looks awesome!
I really really hope you'll use maya.

btw maya would be great beceause everyone can download the learning edition for free... and the learning edition is not that limitated. (is that good english?).

keep up the good work!

( unfortunately I don't have enough money to buy a dvd but when I'm 18 or so (I'm 15 years old now) I think I'll buy at least 2. )
September 24th, 2007 @ 8:08 am
Great to hear. Have been wanting to get some compositing tutorials from you with a 3d program working together with AE as well! Can´t wait!!
September 24th, 2007 @ 8:15 am
Looking forward to it man. Any news on release date for twitch?


tryx italy
September 24th, 2007 @ 8:24 am

Helge Kallevik
September 24th, 2007 @ 8:26 am
What program will you use, andrew?
Lars Lind
September 24th, 2007 @ 8:30 am
I'm a former Maya user but it's pretty easy to come up to speed with it when you get down the basics. Maya PLE (personal lerning edition) is a free, maya complete and are rendering a watermark over the video.
nice work Andrew with everything
September 24th, 2007 @ 8:37 am
please use MAYA!!! cant wait for this one. House is awsome.. Andrew can u please make a tutorial from one of the really cool effects on Smallville! btw new season this Thursday!
September 24th, 2007 @ 8:39 am
Hi there... a house MD tutorial sounds great :)

Here's just a small tip for the tutorial: It doesn't have to be any specific 3D application, as long as anyone can do that with his or her program, but it would be interesting on what kind of rendering passes people need to focus on:

More precisely; f.ex. if you have a diffuse pass, an ambient pass ... etc. , that the tutorial explains how the final mingling of these pass lead to the realistic, yet impressive looking result... ;)

Just my thoughts...

Keep up with the good work...

Dustin James
September 24th, 2007 @ 8:48 am
September 24th, 2007 @ 9:08 am
Hey Folks,

For 3d, why not give Blender a try? It's multi-platform, multi-featured, doesn't hog a ton of disk space and it's free. Everyone gets a chance.
September 24th, 2007 @ 9:15 am
Hmm, are you gunna make digital boogers like Osmosis Jones also?
September 24th, 2007 @ 9:49 am
What? I hope you're not "bagging" claymation buddy???

I'm a massive fan/user of claymation... it better be 3dsMAX kiddo...

just kidding, or am I???

lovin' ya work KramerMan --- Vote 1 for SAM!

September 24th, 2007 @ 9:50 am
I to vote for C4D as the Application of choice. It is well integrated in AE and Motion. I use both along with a fist full of video copilot product (shame less ars kissing) haha

can't wait!!!

September 24th, 2007 @ 9:52 am
great work AK. loving your stuff.
September 24th, 2007 @ 10:00 am
Doctor House !
I love this show !

I like when he talks with his assistants (Scuse me, french after all)

Cody ! My Vicodine !

September 24th, 2007 @ 10:02 am
wow that would be so cool! I always wanted to know how to do that effect!
September 24th, 2007 @ 10:16 am

are you for real? Blender vs. MAX or MAYA? sounds like spam to me...
September 24th, 2007 @ 10:29 am
I've seen blender. Pretty cool... and it's not Maya.
September 24th, 2007 @ 10:34 am
Im pretty stoked about this tut. Andrew. I have a guy getting shot in my latest flick and it'd be neat to somehow impliment something like this effect. Even if I can't work into this particular project, I'm still excited to see what it's all about

Andre Prior
September 24th, 2007 @ 10:38 am
So its Max 3d :)

well, time to download trial version of max 3d.
September 24th, 2007 @ 10:40 am
I vote CINEMA 4D !!!!!!!!!!!!
It is well integrated in AE
Thank's for all ...
September 24th, 2007 @ 11:03 am
You rule AK!!!! Love your products and all of your help....I hope this is with Cinema 4D but if it is with Max then I better dust it off!!!
September 24th, 2007 @ 11:06 am

I think carl (and myself) are simply suggesting Blender as an affordable(ie, free) alternative to Max or Maya.

For a lot of people on this site 3D is a strange and alien world and spending thousands of dollars on a new app is maybe not an option.

and Blender is a very capable 3D modeller in it's own right (and even has its own internal compositor for good measure, though I'm sure you'll agree if you've used it that it doesn't bear comparing to After Effects).
mop krayz
September 24th, 2007 @ 11:11 am
maybe nvidia gelato 3d?
September 24th, 2007 @ 11:12 am
c'mon ppl, C4D? let's ask AK to do a powerpoint presentation using word for windows???...

sorry AK, you're more than welcome to delete my post of sarcasim... not that you need my "ok" - sheeesh! I realise I've responded as if it were a forum,,,, my bad!
September 24th, 2007 @ 11:22 am
Hmmm, I'd say 3DS max would be best.
September 24th, 2007 @ 11:24 am

People will learn from this,
i remember this posting as a tutorial request cuz it covers a full bag on information.
so iam glad to see this happening.

I'd vote for C4D or blender 3D wise just because its all based on personal experience

go ge'tem AK, you are doing a mighty job last few tutorials learned me a handfull of new tricks, so hail thy

September 24th, 2007 @ 11:37 am
Hey Andrew!

Any word on when "Twitch" will be ready and a potential price? Thanks in advance!

September 24th, 2007 @ 12:19 pm
I have been lurking for a while now. I wanted to thank you for your great tutorials. I am an After Effects artist working in a medical school so this tutorial idea hits home. I can't wait to see it.
September 24th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm
Really looking forward to this tutorial. The motion graphics work on House M.D. is pretty amazing. Just the opening credits are fantastic in themselves. They were created by Digital Kitchen (which has an office in Seattle where I'm hoping to get an internship (Keep your fingers crossed for me!)), and garnered a 2005 Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Main Title Design". See here:
September 24th, 2007 @ 1:01 pm
really cool . what 3d app are you going to be using ? i just recently got
cinema 4d and have barely messed with it . looking forward to it .. thanks andrew
September 24th, 2007 @ 1:03 pm
I can't wait for the new Tutorial! I see it's a mixture of people wanting C4D and Maya.

I'm on the C4D side!!!!

This will be great for me. Thanks!!!

September 24th, 2007 @ 1:05 pm
Ooh! Looks really cool! I think I'll take the claymation method, I'm awful at 3D modeling :P
September 24th, 2007 @ 1:09 pm
Yeah i have C4D so using that would be cool, cant wait for this one
September 24th, 2007 @ 1:14 pm
Wow, Andrew. Sometimes I feel like you know everything. Im really, REALLY looking forward to this one! Hope you are using max in it.

Hugs and kisses
Chef Tony
September 24th, 2007 @ 1:22 pm
I vote for Blender 3D, but i hope that the 3D part will be quite simple and "multy-platform" so that anyone with a little bit of experence can do the 3D stuff with the program he knows well.. (sorry if there are mistakes, I'm italian!)
September 24th, 2007 @ 1:35 pm
Yeah, I should've been a bit clearer with my post en-regard Blender. Kramer's Evil Twin hit it on the nose. Andrew can use practically any package he wishes and nine times out of ten... it can be done in/translatable to Blender. This was primarily targeted to those of us who for whatever reason can't run right out and slap down a couple grand for a 3d app just to do an AE tutorial.

Have no idea if Andrew plans to be working with platelets in this tut, but if so and you don't have a 3d app and you decide to give Blender a try... you can find a blood platelets model '.blend' file at the link below. Works great as I'm using it in a current project. Whatever the case may be, looking forward to the tutorial to get the AK twist on things.

No spam, just sharing, enjoy...

Reference -> Effects -> Blood Platelets

September 24th, 2007 @ 1:38 pm
Andrew best recognize and use C4D! Word! haha.

cinema4D is alot easier to bring and export 3D data, camera and otherwise, with After Effects. It is harder to do with maya if you ask me.
der meister
September 24th, 2007 @ 1:56 pm
cool, can't wait for the tutorial, keep up the good work andrew
September 24th, 2007 @ 1:59 pm
no its not.. i made this using Maya and AE.
.. wasnt very hard exporting and importing to AE... thnks Andrew for this new tutorial. cant wait!
September 24th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm
Thank you very much for your tutorials and great products. I made sure not to miss this sale and made an order earlier today. I am downloading them as I type this.

Thanks andrew!
September 24th, 2007 @ 2:23 pm
this looks interesting. can't wait for more tutorials
September 24th, 2007 @ 2:52 pm
MS paint.... claymation would be cool too, i guess ;)

can't wait, thanx for the tuts
September 24th, 2007 @ 3:58 pm
Can't wait until it comes out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 24th, 2007 @ 4:23 pm
good man yourself.
you are.
blessings from Vienna.
whenever you´re visiting europe ( the axis of bad but one),
we (me , my best of all, our son and evryone of my great beeings around),
would , i guess,
do the Kramily.

September 24th, 2007 @ 6:25 pm
It's probably Cinema 4D since it has integration with after effects.
September 24th, 2007 @ 7:33 pm
Here's another vote for Cinema 4D. But your tutorials rock no matter what program(s) you use.
September 24th, 2007 @ 8:10 pm
This is a great idea Andrew. Cant wait to see what you come out with.

Better yet, cant wait to see what new products you have in the making.

This tutorial looks to be so useful as anyone can use a little 3D work
in their work to really jazz em up. Looking forward to when it comes out.
September 24th, 2007 @ 8:20 pm
Tomorrow is my bday so you should make this available as a present!plzzzzzzzzzzzzz
naim alwan
September 24th, 2007 @ 11:33 pm
C4D please...
September 25th, 2007 @ 2:01 am
I vote for 3DSMAX ;-)
Bader Ahmed
September 25th, 2007 @ 3:19 am
3ds Max and after effects
September 25th, 2007 @ 5:11 am
C4D is the BEST!!!
September 25th, 2007 @ 10:52 am
I have tried numerous 3D applications for many different projects and I would have to say 3DS Max is the best and easiest to learn. There are lots of little tricks and such, but generally it is the easiest to learn. I tought myself in a relatively short amount of time. Maya is great, but I just don't find it as user friendly. Freewares such as Blender and Milkshape are great if you have no cash, but you get what you pay for. Milkshape is good because you can export to so many different other programs. 3DS Max is my vote (if we're even voting).
September 25th, 2007 @ 11:39 am
thnks Andrew! i cant wait for this tutorial!
September 26th, 2007 @ 11:15 pm
Dude, nice!
but you should hold some cool stuff for some new DVD-s?
i really hope that u will make some new products to buy :)
September 26th, 2007 @ 11:30 pm
i hope that you will use 3dsmax for 3d ap, not maya or c4d :/
ty! u rock !
Pontus Mossberg
September 27th, 2007 @ 4:59 am
That really looks amasing. Looking forward to the tutorial. Bet it's gonna be awsome :D
Andre Prior
September 27th, 2007 @ 10:13 am
Dude, hope the tutorial is coming soon ^^Iam desperate
September 27th, 2007 @ 1:10 pm
Any idea when this'll come? I'm real excited about this'n!
le barbu du nord
September 27th, 2007 @ 7:51 pm
He! great job! I have some questions about somes effects view at specificaly a noise effect. Can you explain or place somes paths of solutions to do a thing like that with AE. A 'nother thing, at the same web site, a lot of effects is create to do a complexe animation like camera and many things. Can you explain a effects like that!

le barbu du nord
Mike G
September 28th, 2007 @ 2:03 am
Hello Andrew ,
First , thankyou ! you have the best after effects tutorials on the net.

I have been doing 3d for almost 15 years now. When I decided about 6 months ago I needed to expand my abailities to after effects I found this great sight. From a experianced 3d user point of veiw software is not important at all.
Even professionals use both freeware , inexpensive , and expensive 3d software alike . Whatever gets the task done . In 3d production we make rpf's , alpha, luma , depth , bump , specular , ect matts. These are either composited directly in 3d software compositors like the built in one's in Softimage xsi or Blender. But for mixed media work these are better passed to the after effects guy in the chain.
So learning great ways to combine and work with these channels in after effects is essental to any after effects user . And than we have 3d tracking , voodoo , cae files ect , Ohh boy . I hope to see whatever you give.
Again Thank you
September 28th, 2007 @ 3:30 am
aah! im goin insane, i need a tutorial to keep me sane! its been too long :P
September 28th, 2007 @ 4:02 am
Whens this tutorial?? Can't wait for this one ;)
H.Roger Anderson
September 28th, 2007 @ 6:14 am
jeah that's cool. looking inside your body, and those other things, that u can learn, trought all tutorials on
i found this site a month ago, and i m suprised.
its profesional and, and...
well i m working in video industrie, well its my hobby after school.
till found this site, i worked and learned all by my self, instincts, mistical knowledges (like i know, how it looks like, but i m not so shure, how to do that, but i ll find out how it works,and i ll make it)
so i think that i found the best site to learn, how to do, without spending a lot of money for private lessons

thanks Andrew

I like this serial- House MD, and i also watched serials like star gate, or heroes(by us in latvia it's started a couple weeks ago, but i think that it'll be in the same level of popularity, like House MD, and also C.S.I (all kind parts, from NY till LasVegas) ( C.S.I. full with cinematic color effects, allso macro zoomings into bodys and all kind of places)
and now i found a site with using your tutorials and try to find another ways and effect combinations, i can try to make a really ( not so but whatever) good and cool effects, that i thought can make only professional filmmakers, with a lot money and unknown technic (not only with AE and some plugins for it.)
September 28th, 2007 @ 8:02 am
Hey Andrew
Can't wait for the tutorial, going to be great. I'm guessing it's going to be in 3DS MAX 9? Going to show how to zoom into the body too?
Thanks for all the great tutorials, keep up the good work.
September 28th, 2007 @ 8:17 am
Hugh Laurie=House Kramer=The Greatest
Andre Prior
September 28th, 2007 @ 9:01 am
Man that is awesome

Andrew how about a Megatutorial how to create such a great Intro??? :D I would pay for it.
September 30th, 2007 @ 4:35 am
So.... I'm guessing that this tutorial will be tomorrow?
October 1st, 2007 @ 1:20 pm

I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
October 1st, 2007 @ 1:48 pm
When will it be! I'm so anxious!
November 28th, 2010 @ 10:10 am
Was this your first 3D tutorial? I remember being blown away by it.
May 7th, 2013 @ 4:05 pm
thaaaaaaaaanx inderew
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