Cold Breath

Here is an example of the soon to be released tutorial on creating cold breathing mist. I suppose car exhaust could also be simulated as well.

This should be a pretty easy tutorial but there are great possibilities too.

This month is pretty busy with product release around the corner and new site features but I’ll try to keep posting new content as we go.

Besides if you can put a dirty cardboard, crawling with bugs on Sam, then you’re on the right track.

January 14th, 2008 @ 7:12 pm
Woot... let em come! HOOAH!
January 14th, 2008 @ 7:12 pm
Looks Great Can't WAit!
January 14th, 2008 @ 7:13 pm
Sounds like it will be a good month
January 14th, 2008 @ 7:13 pm
yea this is going to be a useful tutorial because you see it all the time in movies. can't wait kudos
January 14th, 2008 @ 7:14 pm
Thats really cool.....Literaly
January 14th, 2008 @ 7:32 pm
Whoa another one so soon? NIIIIICE!
January 14th, 2008 @ 8:25 pm
Andrew is cool...
January 14th, 2008 @ 8:28 pm
That looks uber cool. It's good and kidna sucks that you didn't put this on FMP. And i didn't really get the dirty carboard box.
January 14th, 2008 @ 8:44 pm
This effect reminds me of "The Sixth Sense".
Hey AK How is it going with NAB?
January 14th, 2008 @ 8:57 pm
This reminds me of the birthing scene from Children of men.
January 14th, 2008 @ 8:57 pm
Awesome dude! Keep rocking it, we'll keep buying it! 2008 baby!
Alex Joyce
January 14th, 2008 @ 9:29 pm
poor sam..

cant wait! XD keep em comin!
January 14th, 2008 @ 9:38 pm
Another fun looking tut.... nice superman cold breath effect keep up the rolling work andrew
January 14th, 2008 @ 9:38 pm
Another fun looking tut.... nice superman cold breath effect keep up the rolling work andrew
Ben Ames
January 14th, 2008 @ 10:09 pm
Cannot wait !!

Oh and by the way 'Designer Sound Effects' is used in the new 'Condemned 2' game trailer for the Xbox 360 -

Just to let you know!
January 14th, 2008 @ 11:07 pm
nice !!!
January 15th, 2008 @ 12:10 am
Wow we are rolling a mile a minute. Nice. Love all the stuff as usual.
Dave Gregson
January 15th, 2008 @ 12:40 am
Top Website.... Just on myway out to drop the kiddies of at school... Damn! i'm gonna be late.. This site Rocks!! Nice work Andrew & Team...
January 15th, 2008 @ 1:12 am
What about the 3D tutorials?????????????
January 15th, 2008 @ 1:15 am
I like it, but I would go with a less saturated blue, more greyish-blue to make it more realistic.
January 15th, 2008 @ 2:25 am
Will be definitively useful in post when someone suddenly decides to change the whole ambiance of the shots...
But, of course, there's a "hari-kari" method to achieve the same effect on shooting :D
If the weather is good, ... eat an ice cube and voila, you're having your breath mist :D


Anyway, I kinda see how to do it but as every time, I'm sure we're gonna learn a lot about workflow tips.
January 15th, 2008 @ 3:42 am
excellent news andrew ...

will you use a plugin like trapcode particular for the cold breath ?

January 15th, 2008 @ 4:07 am
Totally off-topic, and i don't know if it was mentioned yet... but take a look at this new musicvideo from simple plan:

reminds me of some great tutorials ;-)
Dendeng batokok
January 15th, 2008 @ 4:15 am
great tuts andrew, mybe i think "cold breath + moving camera, hahaha, nice andrew, wait it, thanks
January 15th, 2008 @ 5:00 am
Yes, would be interesting to know, if you're going to use a plugin. But when is the Bridge-Tutorial finished? I'm waiting for such a long time for it.
January 15th, 2008 @ 5:44 am
Good news Andrew!
Did we will need some plugin for do this effects?
Some Guy
January 15th, 2008 @ 6:19 am
That's a cool idea for a tutorial. I've already did this effect and I'm curious how you will achieve it.
I don't understand the screenshot with the "Dirty Cardboard Box" label. Which effect is it supposed to show? Or is it just the original picture and you mean the piece of something in the lower left part of the pic? Or do I need to be exposed to the American culture to understand that?
January 15th, 2008 @ 6:24 am
pop a dentyne ice chewing gum and voila - icey cool flava icy cool breath just watch it for those polar bears ..actually this tut should be interesting.
January 15th, 2008 @ 6:35 am
Fantastic Andrew. When a tutorial with 3d integration?
January 15th, 2008 @ 6:38 am
I think he means with the "Dirty Cardboard Box" label, Andrew means that it's the only special thing on the screen, and on the other screen, the cold breath is. It's kind of another way to make a fool of Sam, which seems to be Andrews favourite hobby, next to creating 100% pure video awesomeness :)
January 15th, 2008 @ 7:09 am
Nice ice breath! :b
January 15th, 2008 @ 7:22 am
Um ,its a blanket to keep sam warm.
January 15th, 2008 @ 7:46 am
This effect would look good with the eye effect!
January 15th, 2008 @ 7:55 am
# Helge Kallevik Says:
January 15th, 2008 at 7:46 am

This effect would look good with the eye effect!

Yeah you're totally right
Andrew; great job!
January 15th, 2008 @ 8:03 am
i guess this would be not so an complitaced compisiton. I think it even dont includes a Precomp or only one composed pre comp with the the mist included in that compositon. Its not a contest winning, but a useful and for many other comps a constructive way tho create things like that.! Nice again, cant wait for the new button, click click click!
January 15th, 2008 @ 8:15 am
Nice andrew kramer. I really like it. All your tuts are very good. I was hoping your new product. Please pleae please......could it be Twitch this new product. Tell me if it is. I cannot wait.
January 15th, 2008 @ 8:40 am
You read my mind. I was just watching 'Fargo' last night and was wondering how to do that effect in post. Well done. Looking forward to seeing if we both took the same approach.
Raj Belani
January 15th, 2008 @ 9:41 am
Hey andrew,

Just wondering what type of lens you use for your clips? I really noticed the DOF in your eye clip and was wondering if you used the Red Rock you mentioned purchasing earlier? I was interested in buying either the Red Rock or letus 35 ecoonomy or Brevis flip module myself and was wondering which one you'd reccomend? I love the quality of your footage.

January 15th, 2008 @ 10:03 am
Yea, it was done the BEST in "Conan the Destroyer"..... ummm. kidding.
Some Guy
January 15th, 2008 @ 10:43 am
I just watched Ocean's Twelve on DVD. They were talking about The Sixth Sense.
Can Sam Loya say "I see dead people" in the tutorial? :-D
January 15th, 2008 @ 10:49 am
great! by the way, have you ever thought about doing a tutorial on teeth, like fangs... just a suggestion :)
January 15th, 2008 @ 10:51 am
Great! have you ever considered doing a tutorial about teeth, like fangs, just a suggestion :)
January 15th, 2008 @ 11:13 am

you can make fangs by following the deamon tutorial.
January 15th, 2008 @ 1:13 pm
California.. What do you know about cold? :p
January 15th, 2008 @ 1:43 pm
This is turning into one of the best ae fx websites... I'm speechless your work is amazing Andrew. Keep it up :)
P.S. Waiting for the tut ;p
January 15th, 2008 @ 1:49 pm
@Helge Kallevik: It will be hard to have the mouth close and open without distorting the face though.. Maybe some good screen shakes and flashes will conceal it.. :)
January 15th, 2008 @ 2:01 pm
SWEET! i needed this so bad
January 15th, 2008 @ 4:35 pm
looks amazing dude.. gosh, Andrew where have you been all my life?
Jack McKinney
January 15th, 2008 @ 5:52 pm
To Raj Belani:

I own both the Red Rock and Brevis 35mm adapters and love them both. The Red Rock is MUCH more involved to set up and loses more light, so you'll either need really fast lenses or tons of light. That said, it produces a beautiful effect and, to my eye, simulates film slightly more. It is likely because the bokeh with the Red Rock is closer to film.

But even with all that, if I was making a recommendation to a purchaser, I would tell them to buy either the Brevis or the Letus (particularly now that both companies make a flip module negating the need for a field monitor if your camera doesn't have a flip function). They lose less light and are quicker and easier to set up. In the case of the Brevis, you literally just screw it on and go. For someone like me that does a lot of run and gun shooting, there's no way I could use the Red Rock for many of my projects. For example, if you're using short lenses, you can use the Brevis or Letus without rail support (but ALWAYS use rails if you can...if the weight ever causes anything to bend, you're in real trouble). Combine that with the lower light loss and the Brevis or Letus are products I can use almost anywhere. But anytime I do set shots with controlled lighting I still use the Red Rock because, as I said, I think the image quality is just slightly better.

Honestly, I think you'll be happy with any of the three. They're all quality products, they all receive high scores in reviews. It's a good time to be a mid-level videographer. :)

January 15th, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

January 16th, 2008 @ 6:21 am
looking good.

I think video copilot needs a proper forum for everyone that posts on the blog. It is the only thing this site is missing that will make it perfect. Everyone can chat about video editing, composite ideas share videos made with andrews tutorials and loads more. Forums have been found to be very powerful site tools, especially in this field of work
January 16th, 2008 @ 6:29 am
Hey.... no offence, but sam does not seem like he's the smartest guy. He is freezing becuz its obvoius frickin cold and he doesnt close his zipped hoody. And instead of helping u guys filmed him and showed half the world that he is slow ... *sigh* friends are amazing! ... :)
James Price
January 16th, 2008 @ 7:07 am
I agree with ...
I like the forum on where people can submit there own AE project files and links to work for people to share and show there work.
Just an idea, but would be a welcome addition to this already brilliant site.
Kramer’s Evil Twin
January 16th, 2008 @ 7:19 am
Awesome, this one'll come in pretty handy! I wonder if the Kramer will make the breath 'act' in a Jim Cameron sort of way.

If your looking for good forums (and I'm sure Andrew has pointed this out in the past), try the creative cow forums, (they've got AFX, Trapcode, and all the rest, and a large user community so Questions and Queries are answered pretty quickly).

VCP does enough for us already, way more than any of us has a right to expect, so why don't we just let 'em get on with the good work they already do.

'Course, if wanna start a forum Andrew, I won't be complaining ;-)
January 16th, 2008 @ 8:17 am
Look What I did, ANDREW KRAMER RULES!!!! ( but Sam is hot (^_~) )
Some Guy
January 16th, 2008 @ 8:29 am
To maintain a forum is a lot of work. I think the forum will sink in spam, flame and offtopic posts. I mean, if people don't care about the blog rules (e.g. rule number 5: "Do not ask or beg for forums."), what will happen to the forum? Therefore the forum will need moderators and this means even more work for the VCP team.
PS: But if a forum will be added to the site (which will be a great addition), I could volunteer as a moderator. ;-)
January 16th, 2008 @ 12:44 pm
Me too i own my own vfx forum and moderate 2 others
January 16th, 2008 @ 12:46 pm
i go to the creative cow site and the forum isn't really pretty so to speak. Not to mention one here would only cover a couple of programs after effects, 3ds max and on occasion photoshop. Creative cow is okay, but its nice to have your own
January 16th, 2008 @ 1:25 pm
I can't stand Creative cow's forum... You can only read one post at a time.. it takes forever to find what you're looking for.
Jeremy Allen
January 16th, 2008 @ 1:49 pm
@bwoogie... that's not true. There are a few different settings for how you want to view the forum pages. Also, if you click on the little green "T" it will show you the whole thread. That said, I'm really not a big fan of that forum layout either. I also don't like how the newest responses don't go up to the top. Anyway...

ANDREW: I know this is off topic, but I couldn't find a general comment/contact area. Just wanted you to see the fruits of your labor ;)

This is a van hit and demon face warp combo, with a little added twist for humor.. And I should mention this is not my work, I found the video on MySpace..
January 16th, 2008 @ 5:00 pm
Looks awesome so far, at least from the image still haha! I can't wait!
MATcorp Productions
January 16th, 2008 @ 5:37 pm
Everyone is so talented here.

And thanks to Videocopilot for helping me make my movie...Check it out!

Part 1 -
Part 2 -

All thanks to videocopilot
Marcio Simoes
January 16th, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Andrew, I want sugest a tutorial about red river (blood).
I watch like this in a movie. Very cool. Sorry my english.
January 16th, 2008 @ 11:15 pm
Free motion Tracking Software, haven't used it has anyone else? Sorry I wish there was a general topics blog here.
January 17th, 2008 @ 4:35 am
Andrew, what kind of product are you working on? Can't wait!
January 17th, 2008 @ 7:58 am
There are some new plugins available for muzzleflahes and lightning bolts just released.....
Morten Enoksen
January 17th, 2008 @ 8:56 am
Look what I've just made with the help of your tutorials:)
January 17th, 2008 @ 11:48 am
I did this while trying to make the 3d eye. Part of it is the closet thing to fire I've seen done with after effects. It looks even better out of this video.
January 17th, 2008 @ 12:59 pm
i wondered the other day andrew what happen to the twitch preset i have heard nothing about it since the last time u wrote about it in ur blog. so when is this twitch preset coming out?

my regards to u mister kramer
January 17th, 2008 @ 2:38 pm
I thought it was this month, isn't it Andrew?
January 17th, 2008 @ 2:40 pm
Hey Andrew I have been using photoshop for a long time now i am really excited about moving into the world of after effects. and i have to say that you are the best thank you so much for your tuts! I will definitely buy your stuff to to give you some support! anyways I saw a commercial the other day of video inside a silloute of a person or video inside of text and i know it is simple alpha and luma matting but maybe you can show a video on how to do something like that just an idea?
January 17th, 2008 @ 4:43 pm
Twitch is next month. Towards the end.
January 17th, 2008 @ 9:19 pm
hey, just wanted to tell you that i'm planning to make a music video (just a fan project, it's not for money or going to be professionally broadcast or anything) in the coming months:

however, i'm going to use (but alter in obvious ways) quite a few effects from your tutorials, including the recent eye ones, the water reflection, the earth zoom, and a few others :) just wanted to let you know that my idea would be impossible without having seen your tutorials!
January 18th, 2008 @ 6:47 am
Keep it coming my friend!!!

We waiting ....

January 18th, 2008 @ 9:44 am
Hey im a gamer and was looking through trailers on and i saw this trailer, at first i just listened to the sound because i forgot the vid was buffering. And the sounds sounded extremely similar to the Sounds DVD from here, but then whilst watching it i could see some extreme similarities between the video and tutorials ive followed (and loved) on here, also at one point im sure one of the VCP Action Movie Essentials explosions is used on one of the titles
January 19th, 2008 @ 2:44 am
nice tutorial, looking forward to it.... how about after this, can u make a tutorial on how to make a blowing sand text effect.... your the greatest!....
January 24th, 2008 @ 6:13 pm
lol!!just seen that effect on a national commercial!and I said DUUUUUUUDE!
January 25th, 2008 @ 3:20 am
Brrrr... it's rialy cold.
Respect from Russia. After effect rulezz. Use Hudini! :)
November 28th, 2010 @ 4:08 pm
I think they used this technique in the Social Network haha
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