NEW TUTORIAL: Magic Glass

In this tutorial we’re going to create the illusion of a camera passing through a glass window.

Special thanks Sam for his help with this tutorial, he didn’t ask any questions. Maybe I’ll post some funny out-takes later in the week.

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7 years ago
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81 Comments

Is it in Sam's contract that he has to die in all his featured tutorials?
Jon Cathcart
7 years ago
Great tutorial. Quick question, what is the jib you used? My work needs a new one and I like that one.
I'm left wondering who tints only the passenger side window?

Great stuff! Once again, amazing work!
7 years ago
Hello man. I am from Brasil (São Paulo) and always check out your website for tips.
congratulations. keep teachinig us!!! ;) cheers.
Bryan
7 years ago
Hey awesome tutorial. Really am enjoying working on it. However I'm encountering a small problem with it. The part I motion track once my video is completed seems to "float around" almost as if the window is moving around a bit, again it's only during the time that is motion tracked. If anyone could help that would be great. Thanks
Lippy
7 years ago
Actually a better example would be from Doom, where the actors go through those weird door things and 1 of the monsters gets stuck in it when it turns back to a solid door.
Lippy
7 years ago
This tutorial is great, but I was wondering if it is possible to make a similar effect of the actor phasing through the glass, maybe even just putting his arm through the glass . Kind of like at the end of the film clockstoppers where the guy is able to go through the walls.
7 years ago
An alternative to manually matching scale in the graph editor is to use:

loopOut("continue")

which will continue the property based on the velocity at the last keyframe.

Cool tutorial! Thanks.
Connor
7 years ago
Brill!

Like I have said before, all of your tutorials are fantastic, and I am sure that everybody appreciates them. You are a gr8 asset to the AE Community and I can't wait for the 50th tutorial, plus Evolution!

Connor.
7 years ago
Awesome tutorial! I saw this same effect on talladega nights. I was wondering if you can parent the tracking data to a null like you did in the set extentions tut, and then do a second track from inside the car, and then parent the nulls together. Would it not keep the window at proper scale and placement? I don't have my computer with AFX with me, so I can't try it out, and I think the people at the internet cafe I'm at wouldnt' appreciate me installing a bunch of programs, and capturing footage on their cpu's.

@RDFilms: I see people on "On the Lot" using Andrews tutorials and products, so I think it wouldn't be fair to the other competitors. ;) HaHa
RDFilms
7 years ago
It is good stuff. And we all appreciate you for doing everything with the basic tools. Like i said before Andrew nobody does what you do better. Have you thought about trying out for "ON The Lot 2" if they have one? :)

Thank You
7 years ago
RDFilms, I've used it. Good stuff but I try to stay with the built-in tools so that the majority of people can follow along.
BANDAR
7 years ago
That was realy an amazing tut ...
Andrew ... I just wondring ... WHY YOU DON'T WORK WITH BIG FILMS ????
You are one of the gatest fx artest in the world and I'm 100% sure that you will make an Fx that no body can imagin ... just a thoght :)

And Sam ... you also ... will be a Hollywood Star soon ... keep up ...
Marc
7 years ago
Hey Andrew..
Is there any way we can knight you???

amazing tuto... as usual!
RDFilms
7 years ago
An easier way i found is to use a program called mocha it's a way better tracker and rotoscoping program. I did what it took you andrew ten minutes to do in about 3-5 minutes. Andrew you need to check this program out. You would love it. I was able to track and rotoscope the window at the same time and export it as a png matte. And then i added it to the comp in AE and magic.
7 years ago
Now Sam is gone i think we have to find a new actor for the upcoming tutorials...what about an actress in bikini Andrew? ;)

Cya!
Russ
7 years ago
why do my posts always disappear?
Stefan
7 years ago
Awesome tutorial as i expected :) you never disappoint me, but i have the one problem when i try to watch some of your tutorials it loads 20-40% and stops.. and i can`t watch it at all :( you said that it`s easy to fix and i hope that you will fix it as soon as you can. Good luck with your new projects.
jk
7 years ago
Really awsome Andrew, seriously man. After using and watching your tutorials I'm planning on a serious spending spree on your products, getting a new computer soon too, something that can actually run AE well.

Really sweet work. Keep it up.

-jk
7 years ago
JVC HD200
7 years ago
Great work Andrew. What camera did you guys use for the shoot? i can make it out from the video very well.

Keep up the great work.

-George
Miguel Carrera
7 years ago
A W E S O M E... Andrew... I hope you let us watch some of your work someday, not just like spots but like short movies and stuff.. I'd love that... anyways, really cool stuff, can't wait for EvolutioN! =D tell Loya I said Hi!
7 years ago
I can't wait to try this out!!! Possibly in my next movie!!
7 years ago
I've learned more from these tutorials than the five books I've purchased.

Again, you blow me away with your AE Magicianship. Yes. Magicianship is a word.
7 years ago
Hey Andrew, are you working on some kind of movie? Because it looks like there is a steady link between most of your new tutorials.
carlos
7 years ago
very useful!!! tx!!! yu rulesss
7 years ago
Nice as usual Andrew, nice JVC 251Gy too....i hope i'll have enough money to buy one someday:)
Dennis
7 years ago
Yeah...Outtakes :-D
And, again, well done andrew :-)
I love Outtakes^^
7 years ago
Yeah basically the problem is that linking the window to tracking data inside the car is not on the same plane so it doesn't match up.
Speedbreaker
7 years ago
@Andrew
Because you wrote that, I guess it doesn't :-)
cc
7 years ago
thanks to this website for many tutorials to help put together this trailer: "http://virb.com/videoediting/videos/19355"
7 years ago
Speedbreaker, try it out and see if it works...
tryx italy
7 years ago
this is my work whit lesson on dvd tutorial bundle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erhijLarfko

thanks man i'm wait the EVOLUTION DVD YEAHHH
7 years ago
great tutoral. the best yet, its an effect i've always ejoyed watching and now i can enjoy making it.
check out my new movie people. its called infected, hope you like it
heres the trailer link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqrRHdxN0mc
heres the movie link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqrRHdxN0mc
Martin
7 years ago
Good tutorial Andrew!
I think im going to use this on in my upcoming movie!
Kris
7 years ago
Wow Andrew,

Another great work you did here. I have learned so much. Thanks for giving us a good tutorials. Keep up the good work.
7 years ago
Hey Andrew, great tutorial, like always. Next one's the big one! And maybe you should post up some out-takes......:D:D:D
Mark
7 years ago
SWEEET.. That was awesome man.
Jamsta
7 years ago
My tute video's keep stopping about half way through; and you mentioned you'd help ppl like me fix it at the end? ...I never got there dammit!!! (bwahahahahaha - you so funny Kramer - I just love ya work.)

thnx
Sterlin
7 years ago
Does anyone know what kind of crane Kramer used during production? I have a jib arm by Varizoom but I'm looking to get something a little more professional. Any ideas?
Salmon Sandwich
7 years ago
Woo, another great tutorial, I'm doing something similiar where the camera go's through a door frame from inside to outside (from a side-on view).

Kind of off topic: Why does the audio animation tutorial and both the 3d text for c4d and 3ds max all count as one tutorial (47). The 3d text's should count as one but why does audio to animation which is almost a full half hour tutorial.
Pocosso
7 years ago
Where do you look for all these ideas ?
Great ! very great !
7 years ago
Great stuff. Thanks Andrew.
I always dreamed of my camera going into and through an eye to discover a new world. This could well do it, I think.
Max
7 years ago
YAY! Thanks Andrew! Awesome tutorial as always! =)
Speedbreaker
7 years ago
Like I said before the tutorial is awesome! But I'm pretty sure there is an easier way to achieve this effect. You can do it like the earthzoom! Just parent a picture of the inside to one of the outside of the car. Match them and then scale the first layer up. I think that should work, too!
Alan
7 years ago
I remember being one who asked for this type of effect so thanks Andrew.

It's not in front of me so here's hoping the 'dirty window/grunge' texture is sitting at home waiting for me in my copy of 'Riot Gear'. Is it?

One other thing. It seems that this idea works when the window in question is not actually there so less convenient to reproduce this effect for a house window. Anyone any ideas on how to proceed? I'm thinking film twice with window open and closed and then mask the window pane of the closed window shoing the 'open window' version and then start from there. Sound about right?
Scott Bishop
7 years ago
Its great having different ways of tracking data.
Conor
7 years ago
Heh! :D
I'll try my hand at it this evening when I get home from work and YouTube it.
Georgi Zhekov
7 years ago
@Conor

The technique will be the same,but the opacity of the matte should be 100%,cuz it's mirror ;)
Speedbreaker
7 years ago
Hey Andrew, great tutorial! I love it. The video-stopping joke was acually very funny as I got it after about an hour. :-) I was wondering why you haven't used the Color-picker-tool to create the gradient of the window? One click on the top of the real window one click on the bottom and you are done, so you don't have to match it by eye.
Tobias
7 years ago
whaa i've requested this one in the request topic! gonna watch it now!! Thanks :D
Conor
7 years ago
Nice! Very Fincher-esqe! Hmmm, I wonder if I could use this effect and, instead of going through a car window, have the camera simulate going through a mirror.
T1t5o
7 years ago
Haha man this is so funny, I was watching The Da vinci Code last week and I wondered how they made the last scene where the camera went trough the glass, and now it's here:) What would the world look like without Andrew:)
7 years ago
Man, just the effect I was searching for a while ago :).
Thanks.
Nathan
7 years ago
Did Sam lose some weight? He looks really fit. If so just wanted to say good job Sam :)
7 years ago
Cant wait to try this. But will have to wait till after work tommorow evening.
JustAmit
7 years ago
very nice!!! i already have used this in a project i was working on, strait from tutorial to final product... it's nice.
`ChaRLeS x
7 years ago
hey andrew, what jib and dolly are you use??,i cant see the logo, and whats that filter in the camera lens?, i watn to buy one, but a really dont know which is the best ....
7 years ago
Nicely done Andrew, nicely done.
Juan Francisco
7 years ago
*waiting for the funny out-takes * =D
Iceman
7 years ago
I always think to myself, I think andrew has taught us everything he knows now. But I have a feeling your just getting started.
Bajistapro
7 years ago
I am a complete man now...!!! THANKS ANDREW!!!
RDFilms
7 years ago
Hey andrew what codec do you use for your quick time movies? Great tutorial by the way.
Luke
7 years ago
wow, i've been trying to figure out how to do this for ages!

great job man
bwoogie
7 years ago
Oh that was a joke? Heh, I guess I didn't get it.
LifeType
7 years ago
Andrew where can i see the short movie you so often use in tutorials . or more of your work . i would really like to see it . was it a school project or indi film>?
7 years ago
Phildikian, I bet you can say that a tree fell on your car or something, and your insurance company will fix it for you. :P

Anyway, great tutorial Andrew, I really liked this one! It has VERY practical apllications.

PS I can't wait until I have more money and can buy Riot Gear and perhaps Evolution!
Rasmus
7 years ago
Id like to say something like "oh yeah, I knew that..." right now. But I won't... :-)
7 years ago
Sorry Rasmus that just a joke I thought was funny.
Rasmus
7 years ago
Great tutorial - as always... But I noticed something - didn't you forget to explain the fix for the stopping playback on the tutorials as you said you would about half into the movie? Not that I have a problem though...
7 years ago
Very nice! Thank you sir.
Similar to a tutorial in "Serious FX & Compositing" DVD but with a cool twist!

I thought you mentioned in the blog last Monday that this next tutorial was to feature a special demonstration "by yours truly". Of course we are always happy to see Mr. Loya, but for sure your fans thought we would catch you in front of the camera this time around. :)

Any idea on a hard date for "Evolution"?
matt
7 years ago
nice!
Andrew Kramer
7 years ago
For a complex piece of glass like a windshield, you will need to create it in 3D and likely do 3d match moving to get it to work correctly.
Phildikian
7 years ago
P.S. That was a joke... but seriously - great site!
7 years ago
no freaking way. werd?!
haha ive been wanting to do something like this for the longest time.

thanks a-k.

you the ishhhhhhh
Phildikian
7 years ago
Hey Andrew, that was a great tutorial. This is my first time here - you guys have great products! I have only one question though - I filmed a shot through the windshield like you said how to, but am curious as to how I get the windshield back in? There are quite a lot of pieces... and I'm guessing they all go back together somehow - but am not quite sure how? Could you help me out?

Thanks!
7 years ago
This tutorial looks really interesting. Gonna try it after MNF. Thanks Andrew!
Haydn
7 years ago
That was a great tutorial. Thanks Andrew, Sam did a great job too :) .
Superbad
7 years ago
Sweet! Thanks andrew =]
Mehrad
7 years ago
nice tut .
bwoogie
7 years ago
The tutorial every one has been waiting for!!!
I'll find great use for this!
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