Call of Duty 4 + Video Copilot?

Like many others, I patiently waited for the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare only to find a special surprise. It seems that someone down at Infinity Ward used Action Movie Essentials for much of the in-game blood.

While playing the game for the first time I noticed something looked familiar. But it wasn’t until I started using the Sniper scope that I saw the blood up close. So I did a screen capture of my gameplay and opened it in After Effects.

I also brought in some of the blood from Action Movie Essentials that seemed like possible candidates. After scrubbing through a few frames I could see that the AME blood fit over the in-game blood like a fingerprint. It was identical except for and additional layer of small blood particles generated by the game makers.

Roll over images to see comparison.

This was a exciting surprise for all of us at Video Copilot, especially since we are all fans of the game series. They even used a lot of the blood for the in-game cinematics, driving the rather interesting story.

The individuals that worked on the game did an excellent job blending the blood into the 3d game play too. The blood reacts to scene lighting as the time of day changes throughout the game. Aside from this effect, the game also has many amazing particle effects and spectacular graphics that we had nothing to do with… but it’s nice to know that we had a small role.

At Video Copilot we don’t expect credit or special royalties when our products are used professionally. They are made to help you and everyone save time and increase quality. Sure we get flattered and brag to our wives, but they don’t even care. The point is, we offer high quality products to everyone at reasonable prices. So be sure to check them out today. Click Here

If you think this is good marketing check this out:

The blood is even in the online part of the game so everyone gets a little taste of Video Copilot, especially when I clean your clock!

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106 Comments

Barry M
4 years ago
Im proud to have read this article being a big COD4 fan and enthusiastic Video Copilot student, I feel honoured. Not only is Andrews ability and talent on a different level from most of us he can also teach it to us on a level we can all understand and ALSO has the generousity to give us access to this free education. This article seals the deal if you are unsure who to go to to learn special effects... feels like i'm learning AE from Hendrix! Andrew Kramer you are omnipotent.
Mandeep Sandhu
4 years ago
Hi Andrew

Thats very interesting! Just recently brought the new Call of Duty Black Ops its fantastic!

Lol if you have xbox 360 will add you onto my friends list. My gamer tag is dips deisel....hopefully may see you on there! Lol.

takecare
from your biggest fan

Mandeep
This is amazing. Did you flip out when you noticed?
John
6 years ago
Lol, I've been playing cod4 since the day it came out and I never noticed. That is great.
David
6 years ago
I thought that looked like AME! I guess I wasn't crazy after all.

Very interesting...
-David
highdefw
6 years ago
That's cool. I never knew that. AK, I challenge you to a match.
Soerkie
6 years ago
Wow! Thats's great! I play the game every day on the ps3 and its great to hear that. Its amazing, just amazing! Everyone is free to add me on the ps3: my name is Soerkie! Cod 4 ROCKS... VideoCopilot ROCKS MORE
Leonardo Gulli
6 years ago
Come on tell us the truth!
That's fake.
Is it?
Greg Harrell
7 years ago
Im on XBOX though, im not sure if you are on PC or what...

I feel like you would be a PC Guy.....
Greg Harrell
7 years ago
That is sick!!! What an honor...

My gamertag is:
OneandOnlyGMAN

Hit me up! Our clan is [SCAP] (Slow Children At Play)
haha

nice work!
Sam
7 years ago
I see Riot Gear in the teaser of The Scaphander and the. Butterfly : http://www.cinemaquebec.com/aw/cvpa.aw/que/Quebec/f/188141/Le_Scaphandre_et_le_papillon.html
7 years ago
I knew something was fishy with the blood. Amazing game though.
los
7 years ago
Ok, I need to call you guys out. Love the tuts, but you have a 45 PING compared to the rest of the players. Does this mean Video-Copilot likes to take advantage of little online gammers. I would like to play you guys on UT 2k4 or UT3 anytime. lol!

Nice tuts andrew!
7 years ago
tried looking you up, couldn't find videocopilot as a match you must be on PS3, anyway anyone want to play sometime on 360 my tag is Grun Man
christian
7 years ago
hey i tried to add u but it said that gamer tag didnt exist. i think i can take you on. add me my gamer tag is ckbsometimes
7 years ago
lol last two weeks i mainly did three things: go to school doing video projects using the help off VideoCoPilot, making a cod4 promo video for our clan with the help of VideoCoPilot and playing cod4 what now seems whith the help from VideoCoPilot!!

Thanks for the great tutorials and greetings from holland!
7 years ago
Yeah I think it is neat that you go to youtube and type in 'andrew kramer' in the search block and you see how many people you have inspired
7 years ago
Cool! Nice to see it being used for other stuff.
Me
7 years ago
Earlier tonight I saw some riot gear footage (ink drops and tv noise) used on a low budget local show out of Seattle called "The DT Show"
http://www.thedtshow.com/
Matt Dunwoodie
7 years ago
OMG I just saw an explosion from AME in a crusty demmons ad. I live in aus OMG
7 years ago
Andrew,

Congrats. Thats so awesome that you got your stuff onto Call of Duty 4. BTW, how do you take a screenshot of a video game? Are you playing on your computer? Thanks.

-Joe
7 years ago
Andrew,

I was just watching Dirty Jobs on the Discovery channel, and I think they are using your Riot Gear ink splats... I tried finding a copy of the show online but was unsuccessful. Anyone else notice that?

George
Roosevelt Purification
7 years ago
Andrew you actually dug it out :), awesome! You might want to look up some of the Family Guy episodes, they also use similar or perhaps the same VCP blood effect :).
Tim
7 years ago
The products are great that's why people use them.

I'm from New Zealand and Riot Gear is used in almost every ad on TV.

Biscuit companies use it search "Arnotts Tim Tams"

and

One TV station uses the liquid dye overlays for the main splash before and after every show search "Channel 2"

Anyway, keep it up...

T
Ryan
7 years ago
That is seriously awesome. When I was playing I actually thought "I wonder if they used some actual blood stock footage thing for that stuff?" But I never thought it would be from VideoCopilot! What rank are you now? I'm at 22, but that's only because I'm stilling playing Team Fortress 2 so much.
7 years ago
Haha, that's awesome Andrew :D Especially in such a great game it's fun to see something you've had your hand in! Gratz on that mate!
SXForce
7 years ago
(Status: Writing)

Lol,
I can't prove them wrong, AME is the best.
You can't create a proper shooter without it. :P

Ok, now back to CoD4...


SXForce


(Status: Playing CoD4)
WiRXMAN
7 years ago
That iPod commercial looks totally cool, and if it isnt AK's Evo used in there, it looks pretty close. Just goes to show another example of how cool that product really is.

Nice find.
7 years ago
AND YES!... more and more razons to have a brand new cool looking ACTION MOVIE ESSETIALS 2!!!!!!!!!! yeah
we wanted!!! we need it!!

it will be a blast.

greetings.
Ulysses3D
7 years ago
Hello Andrew, great publicity.....Much Kudos......Excellent!
What are you playing COD4 on?
McLovin
7 years ago
McLovin
7 years ago
Tom Wood,
I have seen that commercial twice tonight I can swear it looks like Evo, and in the beginning I think they even used twister.

Cool :)
Tom Wood
7 years ago
Hey Andrew,
It's hard to say for sure, but it looks like the new iPod TV ad uses a bit of evolution.
Check it out: http://www.apple.com/itunes/
Jason
7 years ago
I havent played COD4 yet. I have been playing Halo 3 and Gears but I am going to have to check it out now. Thats so cool. I will be sending you a friend request but you will probably get a million of them now. It will be coming from FloodJLC
Nic3_one
7 years ago
Thx McLovin :D
Blond one is directors sister and other one is his girlfried ;)
7 years ago
Pretty cool...nice to see VideoCopilot becoming
the VideoPilot for games.
7 years ago
WOW! Thats so cool that huge company uses AME! And not to mention, the COD games are amazing...
Juan
7 years ago
Impressive
After all that's what your products are for...
they are designed to help professional do their job, and it seems that your products are doing their job
=D

one more thing, why i can't put the little funny faces in my comments, i use firefox

like the ones in the comments above mine.
7 years ago
hahaha Andrew...!
Kicking some ass online huh!?

I challange you for a fight, buddy!
I dare ya!
Ownage will be mine!!
"Boom! HEADSHOT!!!" :]
Muhahahahaha! :]
McLovin
7 years ago
Nic3_one,
I thoroughly enjoyed that video :)
Those girls are HOT! :P
Nic3_one
7 years ago
VideoCopilot products are just amazing ;) I was asked to do a little intro to one short movie where i used Riot Gear. Check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K132STRkYY - 0:52 - you could watch the whole thing but its basically trash ... but funny one ;)
McLovin
7 years ago
If Andrew was a GOD, we would not need his tutorials to learn from, he could just touch our foreheads and makes us AE Proficient Artists at his will :)

ROFL Now Andrew can you do that?
Doogie Howser MD
7 years ago
OMG! Andrew Kramer even has his own Wikipedia entry!!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God
casko
7 years ago
This post has been removed for being annoying and against the rules.
Denis
7 years ago
Hey Andrew, you play the PC version or the console version? I have it for PS3. If I ever see you online you better watch it :P.
tailgate
7 years ago
who plays with 240 ping? seriously.
James
7 years ago
wow nice haxs andrew :P

lol jk


anyways, i knew the blood looked so much like AME. now i know its certain lol
bwoogie
7 years ago
Wow Andrew! You must really know your products to be able to spot your own blood just by glancing at it in game!
Eliot
7 years ago
Whoa! Nice Work guys! I also LOVE this game and, you know, I think it was the videocopilot blood spatters that did that subliminal messaging to my brain saying:
"This is one AWESOME game" :)

I also think that the next tutorial should be on tactics for FPS games (esp COD4)
7 years ago
I was happy to hear that cuz its the best game ever and by the way if you go on line look for my name .
Eliot
7 years ago
Whoa! Nice Work guys! I also LOVE this game and, you know, I think it was the videocopilot blood spatters that did that subliminal messaging to my brain saying:
"This is one AWESOME game" :)
WiRXMAN
7 years ago
Dude that is really cool. Congrats to you.

Now I have to get the game just to check it out and wipe you out. :)
Juan Francisco
7 years ago
That's awesome! congratulations Andrew! I want the game right now :)
Chris
7 years ago
I have not done an overlay, but the blood bursts in the Red Band trailer of Aliens vs Predator 2 reminded me a lot of the AME ones. The whole trailer is ful of digital blood:) I would have never noticed had I not found your site and became versed in AFX. Our own movie, a prequel to the Resident Evil 4 game is shaping up quite nicely. I will put the trailer on youtube soon. This project would have never been possible without the great AK!

BTW: Can you give us a clue what the next tut will be about?:)
7 years ago
I cant wait to get this game i really can't ihave seen the trailers for it, heard it bragged on the radio and people are posting about it on forums, I will have it soon though. And if i see a video copilot game tag, I will hunt you down lol. What game system do you have it on by the way?
7 years ago
wow must be a great feelin!!?!?

its unbelievable how youre doin this here... i think thi swas one of the biggest "thing" that showed you how perfect your work is....

very impressive!!

keep on rockin!!!

;)
Adam
7 years ago
THATS AWESOME! so cool. If it was my product that made it into a game like COD i would probably pass out. major props andrew.
Bye Tom
7 years ago
Congratulations!! :)

By myself I don´t play that game, but I have to say: I think you are maybe the most famous GFX artist. How many hasn´t learned from you? And there are also tons that has buyed your products.

I gotta be right, heh?
Brad
7 years ago
to Drobins:

Prob PC since he's taking screenshots..
Buddy Valentine
7 years ago
Andrew,

I was flippin the channels last night when I saw one of your ink drips on CMT. CMT Giants: A tribute to Hank Williams Jr. http://www.cmt.com/loaded/player.jhtml?id=1574435

The ink drip was used in the graphic opener and a few other spots in the show. I know the drips well since I used them also. http://www.cmt.com/loaded/player.jhtml?id=1574435

I love your stuff man, it is cheap, it saves me hours, and it is really high quality. Keep up the great work Andrew.

Buddy Valentine
7 years ago
I used video streams HD in an online series that I directed. I used other DVD's in other episodes. Come check it out. The show title is Hollywood Celebeauties. www.saloncity.com
Drobins
7 years ago
Andrew, what platform are you playing on? PC, xbox360, PS3???
f1a5h84ck
7 years ago
Hey, Andrew... What servers are you playing at? :)
7 years ago
Congrats Andrew, that's awesome.
c
7 years ago
Good day to all, long time no see ; )

heh, u are surely not the only one aiming for the call of duty 4 serials, [ptsp] clan is one of the most popular clans ih Croatia, and it is allso making a CoD 4 team, it is a pitty you are in USA, udd have better time here idd : )

nicely done, congrats !
Tim B
7 years ago
I had the same thing,
The blood looked awfully familiar but now i know for sure.

Great product + great game develepor = Even greater game
Scott
7 years ago
Tommie... Did you roll over the images or even read the description dude...?
7 years ago
lol Andrew have you seen FPS Doug? Haha just watch the video...
tommie12P
7 years ago
Thats amazing, dont know what to say.

Did you spoke to the guys behind CoD4 and asked them wheater its really your AME blood or not? that would be great. It really look like your blood
7 years ago
congratulations!

must make you wonder how many other productions out there feature your amazing products?!

and it obviously shows how professional your packages are, i own all but evolution and am very impresses with all of them.

keep the good work coming we all appreciate it!

oh and COD4 sales have probably increased thanks to this post :D
7 years ago
Me thinks the next tutorial should be on COD4 strategy and skills?!?!
Scott
7 years ago
Sweet...
Andrew Lover
7 years ago
Oh yeah. I love you so much andrew. You are so cool ,and so talentet. You are the best...
JustAmit
7 years ago
hey, congratulations... that a pretty big deal if you ask me. thoses blood splatters looks great so why not use them as much as we can right? once again, congrats and ill look out for it when playing the game myself
7 years ago
cool stuff!
7 years ago
Neat
Shujaat Syed
7 years ago
Wow you own at COD4
Jop
7 years ago
hehe sweet, owner in any way :D
Nate
7 years ago
I am noticing your work turning up in a lot of places. With the release of Evolution it's going to be everywhere! Personally, I just wouldn't feel right without mentioning VideoCopilot and/or Andrew Kramer in the special thanks portion :) Also VideoCopilot games servers are an awesome idea! VideoCopilot should make indy films as well using some of your patrons as interns. Then release a DVD of how the film was made.
Craig T
7 years ago
I think we should all put a little cash up and create a videocopilot server, just to get to know each other a little better? Is this a rubbish idea or what? lol
7 years ago
If I play as VideoCopilot then it is tax deductible... JK I usually do use that handle though.
bE
7 years ago
That's hilarious!!

I'm hoping to get my hands on Evolution here pretty soon!!

Thanks AK!

All the best,

bE
Craig T
7 years ago
That's crazy man! I don't think I would have ever noticed that one.

I'm gonna look out for you when I'm playing MP, you have a higher rank than me :(

Do you always play as VideoCopliot?
black_dust
7 years ago
Cool never even noticed! been playing this game for over a week now its amazing! i love the multiplayer, im a General at the moment woo, the new ranking system is a great idea
James Price
7 years ago
That is spooky...I just got the game 2 days ago and I was thinking "Nice particles and textures" - Now I know why the blood splatter looks familiar!
- I would take that to be a huge compliment to you and the Videocopilot team..well done and keep it coming!
#q4movie // neRo
7 years ago
awesome. i play the game myself and it would be great if you could do some gaming related stuff. already thought about a sequence like your speed variation tutorial taken from cod4

keep up your awesome work, you rock
poleng
7 years ago
Activision also used your Designer SoundFX on one of their trailers :D
Hampus Lager
7 years ago
hehe, videocopilot rules! ;)
GP:Films
7 years ago
Have you seen the new Apple iPod add? Seems like not only the makers of Call of Duty used some VideoCopilot stuff but also the designers of the Apple adds use the new Evolution package and/or have seen some of the particle tutorials of Andrew. Definitly cool stuff, check out: http://movies.apple.com/movies/us/apple/ipoditunes/home/2007/ipod_itunes_queen_r560-9cie.mov
btw: Great stuff and very cool tutorials, I've already learned alot! Thank you Andrew
Salmon_Casserole
7 years ago
Wow... serious awesomenes right there.
You owned that game.
BoogeyMan
7 years ago
I have retired from Online Gaming about 2 years ago, I have many credits to my name in Online Gaming I have even had my name mentioned in a Magazine for my maps.
I started many years ago in Counter Strike making maps and writing plugins with Olo and Admin Mod.
I had one of the largest clans on the West Coast called KillingSpree many years ago we at one time had over 12 houndred members and seven Dedicated servers, Then years later I joined a COD Group called {SN][PER} Gaming we ran several servers and again I made maps and created {SN][PER} Mods for our servers, I truly enjoyed my Gaming days and now I get to share your joy Andrew Kramer, that is very cool they used your product in the latest release of COD.

Happy Gaming!
7 years ago
That's pretty impressive! I guess that's just another testament to how versitile the product is.
Helge Kallevik
7 years ago
Congratz Andrew ;O
7 years ago
Lol I tried to add you as a possible friend. Apparently VideoCopilot cant be found... aww boo

Well if you want I am a VFX Supervisor over a small Animation studio called Jereye Animation. We do the ending credit logos at the end of Battlestar Galactica. I've used your products to help train interns and wanted to say thanks but also see how good you really were with that sniper. If you need a team mate add: MarkHawk

take care-
7 years ago
Hi Andrew,

Yesterday I had a job meeting with a motion designer who wanted to work in our little company. He started his demo with a video from your new DVD, telling me 'I've got preanimated graphics if you want"... I said Wouaow and after I while I told him ... hum, isn't from Video Copilot ? THen his hands started to tremble...

Very funny ;-)

We'll buy some of your stuff this week normally !
Keep Going
7 years ago
AMAZING. LOL. HOW MANY POINTS ARE YOU ON?
7 years ago
This is especially cool news. I've been hearing that COD4 and AK work had some how been implemented over the past few days but it's cool to see this news. That camera zoom look familiar.

Big fan of the CoD franchise with the exception of CoD3. CoD4s work is by no mean sub par because of this, but it's good to see they make sure they cover all areas. Congrats Kramer...

I think I saw some of your Riot Gear work in Mass Effect... and a picture of your kid ... weird!?

Again great work Andrew. Hope its a moral booster.
7 years ago
wow! that rocks!
T1t5o
7 years ago
Hahahaha! I can't believe that call of duty is using your blood in the game, that is just awesome
7 years ago
Whoa! You broke out the CSI skills with the AME overlay match ups. Excellent work Detective Kramer! :) Only a true artist would be able to spot his work at a seconds notice. You can't help to help to get the warm and fuzzies knowing how much of a global impact and influence you and the rest of the team have made with many especially at a professional level. You should feel good about it, Video Copilot deserves it!

Great to see you blogging again!
Haydn
7 years ago
Video Copilot Rocks!!! Congrats!! , thanks for making these great products. You guys deserve all the credit. Good luck and Marry Christmas (or maybe it's a lil early lol).

I am getting Evolution for my b-day, my girlfriend is giving me that series as a birthday gift. i wish my birthday were sooner, have to wait till December 9th :-S
-[Cloud]-
7 years ago
hi,

i first didn't know what to say to this. i first thought that it is so bad that they are lazy enough to use that for their famous game. but that is on the other hand so much cooler. so u see u are very popular even in the game industries. so much quality and perfekt masked products what can i say more?
oh yeah. i wish the lynda gyus were more like you.^^

and in saw a lot of ads in television or other things where your stock-footage is used.

see ya -[Cloud]-
7 years ago
I would of never known! I play COD4 all the time man. I'll have to catch ya sometime online, but beware of my sniper skills! Add me gamertag: INSPIRE84

Always loved your products and continue to purchase and use them in my work! Thanks brotha!
7 years ago
Wow, thats great.
I agree with John, just another proof of the quality and effort behind your work.
Thats an interesting use of your product, you should advertise it.
toni
7 years ago
Hi Andrew.
I am from Bosnia and i just want to let u know that your great products are used at many broadcast designes in mid europe.
John Paite
7 years ago
Thats cool..I dont know what else to say..you've come a long way and to see your product being used by game developers, well popular game developer..is such a motivation. Good luck for the future!!
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