Trapcode Form Released
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There is a new plug in out Called Form. I’ve used it and it’s pretty cool. Check out the information here and be sure to read some of the the help files to see how it works and the impressive possibilities. I’ll probably do a tutorial or 2 in the future but I wanted to start spreading the word.

There area also some tutorial demonstrations at the bottom of this page:

November 21st, 2007 @ 1:04 am
looks awesome, look forward to a possible tutorial
Some Guy
November 21st, 2007 @ 1:26 am
Yeah, I already saw it. It's cool. I look forward to a "tutorial or 2"... ;-)
Have you wrote about this plug-in here:
As I saw it in action I immediately thought about your green fractal. :-D
November 21st, 2007 @ 1:31 am
Yeah it looks pretty awesome. It seems pretty comprehensive for the amount of potential it has behind it. I like the water simulations.
November 21st, 2007 @ 1:48 am
That looks vert nice! I allready get some great idea's for how I want to use this plugin. :D

I am looking forward to see the next tutorial with this plugin. Keep up the good work
November 21st, 2007 @ 3:17 am
Plugin is great but it takes forever to render
November 21st, 2007 @ 3:47 am
Not bad, but it looks similar to what you can do with Trapcode Particular." rel="nofollow">Link
November 21st, 2007 @ 4:13 am
not bad, looking forward to a tutorial.
November 21st, 2007 @ 4:59 am
Looks good =) missed ur tutorials
Lázaro Blanc
November 21st, 2007 @ 6:06 am
Very Nice plug-in
When will the next Tutorial come?
Greetings from Germany
November 21st, 2007 @ 6:18 am
cool :)
November 21st, 2007 @ 8:08 am
Looks very cool..!!!
November 21st, 2007 @ 8:13 am
Got It! Really nice :) Have to try it out more this weekend :)
November 21st, 2007 @ 8:22 am
looks nice, similar to particular but even better
November 21st, 2007 @ 8:33 am
Purchased the other day -- looks to be pretty cool! After Thanksgiving, hopefully I'll have some time to play with it!

Any tutorials planned for this plugin?
Bye Tom
November 21st, 2007 @ 8:35 am
Wow, that´s a awesome one. And it seems like the one who made the tutorials for that product is swedish. And I´m that too. :D
And as many other people have said: When is the next tutorial about to come?

Anyways, thanks for keeping us updated about After Effects stuff. :)
November 21st, 2007 @ 8:36 am
I was looking at this a few days ago. dont have much use for it at the moment
November 21st, 2007 @ 9:25 am
Looks pretty, they should really consider hiring VideoCo-pilot to take care of Trapcode's promo videos. ...not knocking the guy's ability as a user but not the best presentations. I've seen quite a few movies and it's a little tough making it through them.

Look forward to VC's tutes......I'm sure those will be great.

Enjoy your holiday.
Emil Smedius
November 21st, 2007 @ 9:34 am
Wow, I love Trapcode's products! I think I'll get this one too!
November 21st, 2007 @ 10:41 am
aww!!! i love there stuff but it so expensive!!! i can't afford it!!! :(....

one of the down sides of being 15
November 21st, 2007 @ 12:32 pm
yep :( i miss AK Tutorials
November 21st, 2007 @ 2:02 pm
Family time guys, there will be tutorials...
November 21st, 2007 @ 2:04 pm
Yes it is "Thanksgiving" here in the USA tomorrow, let Andrew eat some turkey and spend time with his family :)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Moca MX
November 21st, 2007 @ 2:11 pm
“Thanksgiving” booooooooooooooooooooooooring
Great product but NEW TUTORIAL!
November 21st, 2007 @ 2:30 pm
Its awesome....
November 21st, 2007 @ 2:42 pm
Thanks for the heads-up Andrew

i love trapcode plugins
November 21st, 2007 @ 3:37 pm
Andrew Kramer: i love you!
Your greatest fan from Italy!

Mr Higgs
November 21st, 2007 @ 4:50 pm
Hey AK... That plug in looks cool. Thanks for hipping us to it. I am hoping that you could do some type of simple "Hand on Fire" a la Ghost Rider or Fantastic Four or Hellboy tutorial with them.

Thanks again for the info and Happy almost Thanksgiving. I am thankful for Video Copilot.
November 21st, 2007 @ 7:30 pm

That plug-in is powerful! WOW! I'll tell you something, Andrew Kramer and Peder Norrby are the most amazing After Effects artists out there as far as I seen. Who seconds my opinion?
November 21st, 2007 @ 11:28 pm
Happy Thanksgiving!!
November 21st, 2007 @ 11:34 pm
Max we should mention Aharon Rabinowitz and Chad Perkins too ;)

I've tried the product yesterday and as far as I can see it offers endless possibilities for animating.If you're fan of Particular,then you'll fall in love with Form.
Bader Ahmed
November 22nd, 2007 @ 12:10 am
Hi ,
i guess what difference between Particular & Form ..Are they the same ?

can i make realistic water texture with it ??

November 22nd, 2007 @ 12:49 am
One of my teachers showed me this yesterday, felt dumb founded saying I didn't know it...
Cee Double U Elle Pee
November 22nd, 2007 @ 1:48 am
He's doing something he hasn't done before: he's celebrating Thanksgiving for the first time as a Daddy. (As am I.) Cut Andrew some slack!

You have until Friday, AK. ;)
November 22nd, 2007 @ 3:03 am
Hey Andrew
i jus came across Instant Hd- software for converting SD to HD video...
Is it effective???
Cause am shooting my films on a Sd format....
Andrew Swainson
November 22nd, 2007 @ 3:55 am
This looks like a very interesting plug-in. I may give it a whirl.
November 22nd, 2007 @ 7:43 am
they have good plugins. i wish i could afford them.
Anyways, happy thanksgiving everyone.
Matt in MO.
November 22nd, 2007 @ 9:05 am
I totally see potential for this...

Idea one: Hankerchief dancing on a table to music

Idea two: Making a person "pushing" through a wall. (Like the dog in Ghostbusters in Dana's apartment when she is attacked)

Anyway, those are my two ideas for two possible tutorials Andrew haha.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone there... and make sure Sam gets some turkey too...
November 22nd, 2007 @ 9:48 am
it renders verry slow, im working on a dual xeon 3.4g with 4g of ram i feel like playing with a simple pentium 1. no worry's now i have some time to see the kids.
November 22nd, 2007 @ 2:44 pm
Twitch will be so much better than this ;) Can't wait!
November 22nd, 2007 @ 3:16 pm
Ah yes, Aharon Rabinowitz and Chad Perkins are great too. There are so many, but only a few share their talent and methods with others!
November 22nd, 2007 @ 3:44 pm
First Trapcode product I am not happy with. While the demos look amazing, the plugin takes forever to render. Never seen such slow performing addon!

It generally looks to be running on the modified Particular engine, but something is not optimized in there. particular is lightning-fast while Form... well... let's just say that for now I abandoned trying to learn the functions since I had no patience waiting for the reactions to the dials to process.
November 22nd, 2007 @ 4:04 pm
the tutorials will come once Andrew is finished playing COD4 ;)

Happy Thanksgivings
November 22nd, 2007 @ 6:59 pm
What about someone greenscreened and comp'd into a scene and they materialize from a fractal or particles.

Anyone else caught up in the Cloverfield hype???

Zombies and monsters are my weakness.
John Paite
November 22nd, 2007 @ 11:00 pm
Need to get it NOW!
November 22nd, 2007 @ 11:19 pm
Quba Michalski,
there is not one plugin I would spend my money on if it can not be done in AE CS3
Then it can be done in Maya, My advise is to learn AE to it's end before "Spending"
any money on a plugin, but... if your production needs something that can produce results for a certain type of effect them by all means they can save you time and
money, for instance "zaxwerks" is amazing if you need it for your production.

A final note: Save your money until you need to spend it :)
November 23rd, 2007 @ 3:47 am
McLovin -- sure, I am refering to a demo version of the plugin. Try before buy, always.

I agree - creating identical effects in Maya takes way less render time and leaves me with tons of additional options for modifying the particle flow.

Particular was (is) a great plugin bringing fairly versatile particle capabilities directly to AE. I was hoping Form would do the same, hence the disappointment.
November 23rd, 2007 @ 5:27 am
I think it is important to understand what this plug-in does and decide the value. Do I need to make a tutorial and show you the ropes?
November 23rd, 2007 @ 5:55 am
I say, No, personally. Don't waste time on advertising other people's plug-ins. :P
Bader Ahmed
November 23rd, 2007 @ 7:00 am
Mr.Andrew Kramer,

Yes, we still waiting to have your great tutorials, i have watched redgiants tutorials but yours will be more explanatory, of course you can employ the plug-in more creatively.

>>>>>Go ahead based on the majority of your fans.

By the way, what about the promised tutorial on : 3d Tracking

"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"

thanxxxxxxxx !!!
November 23rd, 2007 @ 7:49 am
Early bird ! Little girl woke you up...?

Tutorial would be nice, to get to grips with this plug in... difficult to see what this bring beyond existing techniques
November 23rd, 2007 @ 8:47 am
And I say yes....any information/tutorial on this plugin would be very helpful and appreciated.
November 23rd, 2007 @ 9:41 am
Well I say any tutorial is better than none, but I read a post awhile back that these VC tutorials for the most part are going to be for the "Greater Audience" so everyone can do them, If tutorials on plugins are going to appear more often then maybe ANdrew can his customers a "Discount" on the plugins he plugs.

November 23rd, 2007 @ 11:30 am
I agree. Its a cool looking plug-in, but there is no way I'm paying 200 bucks to get it. (Truthfully, I probably wouldn't by it at a discount price either.) 200 dollars is almost as much as i got my educational version of after effects for.
November 23rd, 2007 @ 1:44 pm
Hell Ya you need to cover this plugin. You have opened up so many possibilities for particular in the past and this plugin is like a particular on steroids. I dont see any time wasted on opening up the possibilities of form. I cant wait to get it myself and I did find a site that had a 10% discount on it for those that care.
November 23rd, 2007 @ 1:45 pm
I now have the plug-in and must say it looks great, but it's kinda complicted to use. Any tutorial Andrew does I'm sure will be greatly appriciated
November 23rd, 2007 @ 3:22 pm
After watching the tutorials made by Trapcode the plugin dials are crystal clear... But when it takes over 4 hrs to render a three second sequence, I rather switch to Maya :) [truth be told I made the grid resolution really high to get a smokey/velvety look for the heavily fractal-displaced surface)

As for Andrew - I personally enjoy your tutorials most when they are not plugin-specific. The true power of AE is in it's mix-and-match abilities - pushing the existing simple tools to create effects they were not designed to do.

Form looks like a decent enough tool but it is very specific in what it does. Nothing like its "daddy", Particular which is way more versatile.
November 23rd, 2007 @ 7:51 pm
Andrew, I checked this plugin out after you mentioned it, and I would say yeah, do a tut on it. You really have a knack for showing how cool a product can be when used correctly, and I would love to see what you could show us with this.

Quba, if your taking that long to render out a 3 second animation, your computer needs some help.
November 23rd, 2007 @ 8:18 pm
Aftereffects is great as it is, but the ability to use plugins is really where it begins to take off. I would absolutley love a tutorial on Form. Trapcode is amazing, and if you guys really want to go places with aftereffects, then you are going to eventually need to use some 3rd party plugins. And I can't think of a better place to start than with particular and form. You can always download a trial version to use until you can save up for the full version. At the very least, you will pick up some essential skills for when you guys finally do start to get serious.

@Quba: How much does Maya cost? How much does Form cost? Enough said.

@ Andrew: I have a feeling that we are going to start seeing a lot of this type stuff on tv very soon, and then people will be begging for a form tutorial.
November 23rd, 2007 @ 8:50 pm
Mind Drop Studios,

No offense bro, but you are talking silly, Maya for one can do more effects per $ than any single plug-in for AE could ever do, so get your facts strait period.

The only plug-in I think is worth it's weight in gold is ZAXWERKS but only if you can use it for your production, otherwise MAYA will do it all, With a SMALLl sacrifice of the LARGE learning curve,

Now let us not forget the BLOG RULES!

November 23rd, 2007 @ 9:15 pm
@ Mclovin:
Maya costs upwards of $2000. Form costs a tenth of that. If you are looking for effects like the ones Form can make, than it is a lot less money and hassle to use the plugin. Not to mention that Maya has a HUGE learning curve, that lots of people aren't fond of. If you are extremely profficient at Maya, then it might make sense to use it if you already own it, but let me remind you that people are complaining that they want to use AFX native effects, and a plug in is a whole lot better than a seperate 3d app for those people. Also, people on here are reluctant to spend $200, let alone $2000. Remember that Andrew is trying to make tutorials for the masses, and most people on here are compositors, and not 3-D modelers, who want to be using aftereffects, and not Maya. I'm just saying that it wouldn't make any sense to do this tutorial using Maya, when you could do it with AFX and a relativley cheap plugin that is more available to the average VCP patron. Sorry for being "silly".
November 23rd, 2007 @ 10:15 pm
Well again no offense Mind Drop Studios,

But... 3d apps go hand in hand with AE, weather you like it or not, Get a second income and buy MAYA, or C4D and learn it, if you expect to make a leaving in VFX.
November 23rd, 2007 @ 10:27 pm
If you expect to make a living, or even get started in VFX
A 3-D Application is a BIG plus, and a companion to After Effects, there is no argument there.
My choice on how I decide to spend my $$ is in a diverse arrangement of applications, I even bought Vue 6 xStream
for one Job I was working on, and it payed for it's self
In Fact I think VUE is what Andrew used to make his Product
"Real Clouds" I may be wrong but thats not my point, My point is your money is just that.... your's do with it what you want.

But I spend my money, where it will pay me back.
November 23rd, 2007 @ 10:32 pm
Ozone 3.0 - Atmospheres That Come Alive
November 23rd, 2007 @ 10:45 pm
I hope you two are done with your pointless arguments........jeeze.

Work just purchased this plugin for me, so I'd really like a good tutorial on how to do a cool effect! :) Gotta show the boss it was worth it! I'm experimenting now and its pretty sweet!!

For anyone who has purchased the plugin, the Trapcode tutorials are really basic, but I've gone through them and they explain a lot!
November 23rd, 2007 @ 10:50 pm
I'm am sure it is worth it, "if you need it"
Thats my point no argument here.
In fact let us know how much you like it please :)
November 23rd, 2007 @ 11:14 pm
Sorry to keep posting Andrew, I just wanted to let mclovin know that I happen to own Maya and 3ds max.They are great programs, but I still would rather use a plugin inside of Aftereffects in a lot of cases. A good 3-d app is a big plus, no argument, but this is mainly an aftereffects site, and a new plugin for AFX that has some really neat feature seems like a perfect subject for a tutorial.
November 24th, 2007 @ 2:13 am
Hi Andrew! I know I am out of topic and I apologies about it, but I would like to know more about your movies talk about it, what kind of movies have you done? if there is any new project and where can we access to watch them? THANKS!
November 24th, 2007 @ 6:07 am
Hey AK...
I hav this Software called video enhancer similar to Instant HD... which allows conversion of SD videos to HD videos.... I get prty large sized files as out put.. A 4 secs video is 1.3gb... Is there any way to compress HD videos.???
Please need some help urgently... am working on a university project...
Jammin’ JJ
November 24th, 2007 @ 9:08 am

Posting on a blog is not a good way to get urgent help, but, in my opinion you should forget about up-rezzing SD video. There are a variety of compressed HD codecs, but if it were me, I'd concentrate my efforts on making great SD video if SD was the original acquisition resolution. It makes no sense to up-rez to HD, then compress it again because the file size is too large. Save yourself a lot of time and effort -- forget about it.
November 24th, 2007 @ 11:02 am
Jammin' JJ,

I think that would finally be my last resort... Am looking at a composite where a 4x level zoom is involved ... so was thinking of making a HD out of my SD... But yes, as you said i also feel its better i stick with SD footage rather than looking at converting it to HD... And also i don't see brilliant results with the conversion... The difference is very minute...
November 24th, 2007 @ 7:52 pm
Was looking around youtube and found this video that used some of Video Copilot´s products and tutorials:

It shows how much VC´s stuff has been seen by so so many people...
November 24th, 2007 @ 9:43 pm
the anticipation of the next tutorial is killlllling me.
November 25th, 2007 @ 9:26 am
Hi Andrew!

Another major in the graphics business using your designer sound effects.
You truly are viral along with your products. VC has gone far this year.
November 25th, 2007 @ 9:31 am
Nothing Can Beat VC... Pioneers....
November 25th, 2007 @ 2:51 pm
When is the next update?? I can't wait!!!!

Yeah, EvolutioN was in the new iPod commercial!!!! I saw it on TV yesterday!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
November 25th, 2007 @ 4:02 pm
nice link albert...check this out.

check this site lol...the first thing i saw i was like omg...evolution...
November 27th, 2007 @ 1:18 pm
Oh wow, that guy is so boring! I can't handle it. I'll never know how that video ended.
November 27th, 2007 @ 2:22 pm
You´re my hero Andrew! Love your tutorials. Keep it up!

Mayby this isnt possible, but i would very much enjoy a tutorial on a fully 3D object, lets say a buildning, and implement that in video footage, and the result would be that a live camera would go around the 3D object...

Also like the 3ds max bits on your tutorials :)

Be well!
December 26th, 2007 @ 12:54 am
It's realy amazing
December 11th, 2008 @ 6:18 am
hey Andrew hope ur doing fine, ive been checking about Trapcode form, is there a way u can do a tutorial how to achieve the effect used in house of cards ( Radiohead ) video clip.

Thanks in advance
April 2nd, 2009 @ 11:18 am
thx .. it's ammaizing
April 10th, 2009 @ 7:59 am
hey andrew bring some tutorial on trapcode form
November 28th, 2010 @ 10:29 am
I love form, and I barely know how to use it lol
samuel Ayibatonye
February 4th, 2011 @ 5:17 am
pls Andrew how do I download this extra plug in I mean like trapcode and some other cool stuffs from videocopilot
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