In this tutorial I’ll show you how we created the 3D vines from our Twitch Promo video. We will be using 3D Studio Max and finishing in After Effects. This may not the most advanced tutorial but it certainly isn’t for beginners.

I’d also like to remind you that our new Plug-In for After Effects is available now so if you have been thinking about some of our products, now is the time. Be sure to check out our new Bundles as well.

Click here for more information

March 16th, 2008 @ 11:47 pm
March 17th, 2008 @ 12:00 am
Superb Andrew, Thnx

Best Regards
CraZy DonKey
March 17th, 2008 @ 12:01 am
I'm going to call you TONY from now on.
Because you are GRRRRRRREAT!!!!!!
March 17th, 2008 @ 12:01 am
Looks cool!
mohammad dashti
March 17th, 2008 @ 12:06 am
March 17th, 2008 @ 12:32 am
thats so much knowledge and cool stuff in one tutorial. Awesome stuff!
March 17th, 2008 @ 12:37 am
I do believe it isn't called 3D studio max. It's called 3DS Max. Just thought I'd let you know as I needed to change it on my resume recently to not look dated and I feared copyright problems.
March 17th, 2008 @ 12:53 am
Great! You really learn much in this tutorial! Thanks again and again and again! :-D
Rob van der Spank
March 17th, 2008 @ 1:02 am
Andrew, I never expected you to give away your most biggest secrets!

It's realy unbelievable the way you share all your experience with us and the work you put into helping us around the globe! A big thanks to you and your team!

March 17th, 2008 @ 1:17 am
Hey Andrew, Lord and Master. Glad to be able to leave an eatly comment for this awesome awesome tutorial.
I have been clamoring for a while now to get more tuts that integrate 3D Max and AE.
I was waiting for the more advanced material on the upcoming tutorial DVD.
This will more than satisfy my GFX and VFX fix.
Thanks for all the good work and incredible creative insight.
March 17th, 2008 @ 1:44 am
thanks Mr.Kramer
March 17th, 2008 @ 1:58 am
WAWWWWWWWWWWWW !!!! Thanks Andrew !! This tutorial is realy AWSOME like you said !!! Realy thank you , I 'm working with 3Dmax 8 and I think it's a good idea to use this programme on you tutorial , you can do so beautiful things with it !!!!!
March 17th, 2008 @ 2:14 am
YA!!...more 3D and AE!!
VIDEO COPILOT we salute you!
March 17th, 2008 @ 2:19 am
So you cracked under pressure AK? Ace! Love your work and commitment.

It's a real shame my boss isn't buying Twitch, as he's just commited to buying GenArts Sapphire which costs a fortune! Glad we own a few other VCP products though, and will be buying more in the future I'm sure (so he said)

Thanks again Mr.K.

Besh wishes to you and your gorgeous family... How is the little one?
March 17th, 2008 @ 2:52 am
Andrew, thank you!!!
March 17th, 2008 @ 3:14 am
i am crazy now crazy crazy crazy:

Love you man..... ;)

Guys please visit my works link:
Fredrik Ragnarsson
March 17th, 2008 @ 3:15 am
Nice one Andrew!!!

Keep up the good work!!!

Love you!
March 17th, 2008 @ 3:41 am
wawawiwa this is just to good to be truth....when i watched the promo i wondered how u did the veins and the room. Thank you very very much for the hard work again ur to kind.
March 17th, 2008 @ 4:02 am
It's really cool, i hope you maken some more 3D - compositing tutorials
March 17th, 2008 @ 4:18 am
Andrew hi,
i pronounce you Igwe of AE...
Igwe (means king in an eastern part of Nigeria)...
tanx a bunch for this 3dmax vs ae tut...
i am maya fan but knowing 3dmax isn't an am getting interested.
am even thinking of making a Snake like effect with the vine tut idea.
please when is the matrix-like bullet effect coming... can't wait.
March 17th, 2008 @ 4:20 am
This is great! Please more 3ds max/afx tutorials =)
March 17th, 2008 @ 5:56 am
again 'im not surprised .simply because you'r THE LORD
THX andrew
March 17th, 2008 @ 8:33 am
Awesome Andrew!!! I've been hoping to see this tutorial!
March 17th, 2008 @ 8:40 am
Very very helpful tutorial Andrew.

Thank you.... btw Twitch is rockin great!
March 17th, 2008 @ 8:41 am
HEY I JUST WATCHED THIS TRAILER, this is the most awesome tut yet from this site,,, thanx a lot Mr.Andrew Kramer.... Ur a great man... t c
March 17th, 2008 @ 9:02 am
That was an awesome tutorial! I know I should maybe write this in the comments for the tutorial itself, but who cares =)
Even though many have said this before: You're way to good for this world. I find it especially amazing how you notice and fix any problem no matter how small it is. And some of those ideas you have... Amazing!

Thanks for sharing this with us!
Ur friend
March 17th, 2008 @ 9:57 am
O< M< G< this is amazing !!!!!
Jim Andrews
March 17th, 2008 @ 10:06 am
Very nice of you Andrew to release this tutorial so fast :)
Since you did I can post this link to a very cool plug-in you may
want to have a look at if your going to continue your 3D work.

RayFire Tool
March 17th, 2008 @ 10:14 am
Love the products, and the tutorial thanx andrew!!
March 17th, 2008 @ 10:15 am
Damn, I thought you were lofting a circle shape along a path. Of course, this is a much better way to do it since you don't have to worry about the vines intersecting. Now I wonder how you would do it if you wanted the vines to move forward at different speeds.

Also, it's nice to see the Vray render elements in there!... and BM_Breaker in the toolbar! I saw it at Scriptspot when looking for the script you used. So now I know what you used to break up your 3D logo.

Another Great tutorial! Thanks!

(Video Copilot.. There is no substitute)
March 17th, 2008 @ 10:27 am
Awsome!...It is so good to have a share of 3ds Max tutorials in with AE. they compliment each other so well and are a fairly common partnership in the industry.
I look forward to the bridge destruction/Reactor tutorial too!
March 17th, 2008 @ 10:41 am
is one of the things that I been waiting "the combination of 3d max and After Effects" thanks Andrew;-)
March 17th, 2008 @ 11:07 am
muchas gracias Andrew por compartir tus conocimientos eres el mejor....
March 17th, 2008 @ 11:45 am
I love you andrew !!!
Morten Enoksen
March 17th, 2008 @ 11:56 am
I did personally enjoy this much better than your "super number 60" as you spoke of before showing us.

Really great tutorial, even though Im into Cinema4D!

Best regards!
March 17th, 2008 @ 12:15 pm
Another great tutoiral Andrew, i think you should start doing 3ds Max tutorials as you made that effect look so much easier than thought. Great stuff mate, keep it up!
March 17th, 2008 @ 12:25 pm
Hey Boss , any updates on when the sam bullet time tutorial coming out and if its going to be in another DVD.
your brother in arms clancy30
March 17th, 2008 @ 1:23 pm
Amazing !!!!!!!
March 17th, 2008 @ 1:45 pm
maybe you should 4 tell us the projekts you worked on...we all would buy them, because we love your work=)
March 17th, 2008 @ 2:51 pm
Cool technique! I used to do something really similar to create Roller Coasters in 3DS Max.
March 17th, 2008 @ 3:53 pm
Great. Any plans on incorporating any other 3d software in future tutorials?? MAYA MAYBE???
March 17th, 2008 @ 4:17 pm
Im going to buy TWITCH!!!!!!!!!!!
as soon as i have money

promise :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
March 17th, 2008 @ 4:17 pm
March 17th, 2008 @ 4:18 pm
:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
March 17th, 2008 @ 6:17 pm
as you've said it's the best tutorial.. it really is the best!
March 17th, 2008 @ 10:58 pm
Your best yet dude Thanks....................
Andre Prior
March 18th, 2008 @ 2:03 am
Great one! Now please a tut of the garage from the promo and iam HAPPY!!!!!


March 18th, 2008 @ 3:48 am
I'm looking forward for more tutorials using both AE and 3ds Max :)

Thank You :)
March 18th, 2008 @ 4:46 am
Morten Enoksen
March 18th, 2008 @ 5:22 am
I havvent figured how to get the 3D veines into C4D YET! But I created a cool looking room and rendered it with Z depth:O SO MUCH COOL STUFF you can use the z depth for!!
March 18th, 2008 @ 6:20 am
Fantastic Andrew! Someone can tell me a site where i can learn 3DS with video tutorials?
March 18th, 2008 @ 7:25 am

the Vines are easy to do in Cinema4d! Nearly the same steps like in 3DMax.
Create some Cirle Splines and convert them. Then select all and group them together to one object.

Do a Sweep Nurbs object and put ur circle Spline in it, Last step do a spline for your way in the Sweep nurbs... and its finish ;)

Mfg Warti
Jim Andrews
March 18th, 2008 @ 11:42 am
See what you started by doing these 3DS MAX tutorials.....
I hope this teaches you a leason :)

Just Kidding, I agree with them, DO MORE 3DS MAX!!! :)

Bye Tom
March 18th, 2008 @ 11:46 am
MrHell0, email VC then! ;)

Nice tutorial! Too bad I´m using C4d, but I´ll translate that, shouldn´t be too hard! :)
Morten Enoksen
March 18th, 2008 @ 12:46 pm
@ Warti.

K thanks man. I wondered if that was the way yo do t, but was not to sure, so thanks;)
Hampus Lager
March 18th, 2008 @ 1:56 pm
Wonderful! And big thanks for Twitch, best plug-in I got :D
March 18th, 2008 @ 2:26 pm
@ Warti.

Hi Warti, i'm a beginner with C4D, anyway you gave me the right suggestion and... it works!
Thanks a lot and thanks to Andrew (of course!)


March 18th, 2008 @ 2:38 pm
I won't be doing any Cinema 4D but if someone wants to I would gladly post a link...
March 18th, 2008 @ 2:59 pm
I'm pretty sure there's no way besides an emulator to run 3D Studio Max on a mac right? If anyone knows another way let me know,
March 18th, 2008 @ 3:12 pm
In the twitch trailer I think you can see the water moving a bit. How can I do this?
Thanks for those great free tutorials, Andrew, your the number one.
Moca MX
March 18th, 2008 @ 3:22 pm
Hi everybody, andrew FANTASTIC TUTORIAL!!!!!!!
I did some Room in 3ds max like your in Twitch promo but i added water.

See picture
March 18th, 2008 @ 3:28 pm
To animate the water, keyframe the noise Phase property. from 0-5 or something like that.
March 18th, 2008 @ 4:36 pm
love it, I'm still trying to figure out how you created to broken ice. In c4d i know how to explode things, but i'm not sure on how you make big pieces break apart from a bigger piece.
March 18th, 2008 @ 5:06 pm
@Moca MX
Nice work dude, how long did it take you to render that?
Fortune Lauture
March 18th, 2008 @ 6:20 pm
Hi A. Kramer
Thanks for the 3D Studio Max tutorial It's really cool.
Bye Tom
March 18th, 2008 @ 10:50 pm
I´m almost done with my version that I made in c4d, the techniques that I had to use are way different, but it´s not that hard anyways! :) Maybe I´ll make a tutorial about it later.
March 19th, 2008 @ 1:13 am
Hee Hee...this is the best website in the world!

I must say that this tutorial is awsome..given what with your explination of the RPF format to get cameras from max into AE are truly adding a further dimensions to both applications. I have been starting to tinker on some match-moving shots using PF track and MAX and am going to start taking it further by playing with 2d elements in AE, using the tracked camera initial test can be found here:

Awsome guys!
March 19th, 2008 @ 1:17 am
Well, I figured it was about time I shared what I've been trying to do with all the stuff I've learned from Andrew Kramer :)

To be honest, I had 3ds Max and never touched it until Andrew showed me how
to use it... now I will add that to my list of gotta do's!

Thanks Andrew :D
March 19th, 2008 @ 1:51 am
@ James Price: Respect! It looks perfekt!

That really mixes the best of both worlds. How long did it take?
Andre Prior
March 19th, 2008 @ 2:16 am
James, can you please create a tutorial on this?

this is some serious AWESOME TRACKING my friend!!!!
March 19th, 2008 @ 2:17 am
@illd took around 4 hours from filming to compositing in AE
It took me that long because I was still working out the tracking software
(PF Track4.0) for a couple of hours ;)
March 19th, 2008 @ 2:25 am
Hmm 4 Hours... sounds like a great Workflow :)

But i never heard of PF Track4.0 . Im gonna google for it...

So James, whats your next Project?
Moca MX
March 19th, 2008 @ 2:47 am
@ME :

1 minute :D

I have 4 gb ram
March 19th, 2008 @ 2:53 am

PFTrack can be found at :

I am not a selesman for them...honest!
But after trying syntheyes and Boujou I personally found it easier to understand and use in 3Ds Max...(they have good tutorials and manuals for thier software)

next project for me will be a feature film to be shot on the RED camera..will be doing some effects tests soon for the action sequences ie: RPG attack on a car!

Thanks for Andrew Kramer and the team for being the best AE knowledge site ever!!
March 19th, 2008 @ 3:04 am
Don't think it can be done in Cinema 4D studio 10. You need path deformer, and its not included in Studio 10. You can buy this plugin by this Italian guy called Renato. But the plug he sells is only for C4d 8 and 9. Does anyone know how to do this pathdeformer effect when there is no pathdeformer in C4d?
March 19th, 2008 @ 3:40 am
James I love it man..... amazing camera match... dude

dude can you please tell me how can i import max camera...???
actuallly i completed my first 3d max projects and animation as well and i want to put some text into my max animation on the right place where my objects are but actually dude when i import my RPF camera into after effects its takes its own right place but when i convert my 2d text layer into 3d its move some where else :( i know its move its origin but dont know how to fix it...???
please help me a please please do a mini tutorials of your projects its really amazing on .... waiting for you rply ...

Please Read the above text its important for me... ;)
Here is my work:

Umair (VFX)
Alex T
March 19th, 2008 @ 3:55 am
Hey andrew! I have a problem. I can't enter your website from my home. Do you know what could be wrong?
March 19th, 2008 @ 4:04 am

As Andrew mentioned in the blog:

there is a product called MAX2AE by Boomer labs.
Here is a helpful page with tutorial and examples....

The tutorial explains the concept of importing 3D camera data and how it is read within the after effects workspace.
March 19th, 2008 @ 7:09 am
my video thks Andrew Kramer! you are the best!
Pixelito Design
March 19th, 2008 @ 9:44 am
pftrack cost 3.000 Dollar???? holy fecking cow!
JTMR Films
March 19th, 2008 @ 12:54 pm
fantastic tutorial. Heres my version of the 3D vines tutorial. I've changed alot like; The textures, lighting I've added a side walk and a ladder aswell as animated the water texture. let me know what you think.
Jim Andrews
March 19th, 2008 @ 6:42 pm
nah it's ok. but thanks anyway..:)
March 19th, 2008 @ 7:40 pm
if anyone wants to know how to make this effect in Maya, I can make a tutorial
March 19th, 2008 @ 8:17 pm
Anyone know how to make this in C4D?

March 19th, 2008 @ 9:42 pm
is it just me or does every movie trailer have some sort of element from video copilot?

haha especially when they show the title of the movie.

just shows how much andrew kramer and the team is an influence on the video production world.

that shows you've made it big when every production studio uses your product.

congrats bro.
March 19th, 2008 @ 10:10 pm
Hey Drew..
I was wondering if you could touch on the basics of kinetic typography and getting started in after effects and what tools you will need etc...
I am very much nterested in trying my hand in it but havnt the slightest idea how to begin...

here is an example of what im talking bout
March 20th, 2008 @ 5:34 am
Great Tutorial Andrew - I had been anxiously awaiting some more of your 3DS Max stuff good video tutorials like that are hard to find.

Man I wish I could get to New York next week! I'm sure you'll blog us soome interesting tidbits...
Patricio Manriquez
March 20th, 2008 @ 6:01 am
wow Great tutorial , Txks for share your knolwledges.

Patricio . From Santiago ,Chile.
Guillermo Diaz
March 20th, 2008 @ 6:16 am
In my country, this one totally influenced by Andrew Kramer, in almost all the promotions's products are observed, you prop the things learned of the tutoriales.

Thank you Andrew, serious an honor to be able to give him the hand.

March 20th, 2008 @ 10:49 am
hey andrew. you mentioned you have a new advanced trainning dvd coming out. i'm looking forward for it's release in near future. when you think you gonna have it ready.
cos we videocopilot fans are eager to learn more and more from you guys. please let us know. thanks in advance.
dan allen
March 20th, 2008 @ 5:25 pm
andrew kramer is this you???
March 20th, 2008 @ 5:47 pm
to dan allen, the movie dates from 1981 i really doubt Andrew was working as a sound recording position, also if you look at him in picture on the blog, i really doubt him being more than 30!!

By the way nice tuts!! really like the grunge look of those vines with the composition colors, it really outstand! will try this in lightwave!! will they ever make 3ds max for mac.. damn it!!
March 20th, 2008 @ 10:02 pm
Hey guys ,
twitch is amazing so i tried some footage in my bathroom using twitch . first clip called HELLGATE-LONDON -BATHROOM.ENJOY THE FEAR AND THANKS TO ANDREW KRAMER FOR AN AMAZING PRODUCT.
March 21st, 2008 @ 7:18 am
@Brynye West [quote]is it just me or does every movie trailer have some sort of element from video copilot?[/quote]

Nope, it's just you!

VCP show's many many cool answers to things that the rest of the motion graphics world has been doing for yonks!

In the "real" world I have not seen any element of VCP stuff, [other than "influences" at best] AK just show's us all how "they" do it... Most pro's keep this a secret.
March 21st, 2008 @ 7:37 am
I usually catch a few elements from DSFX hear and there. I think I heard the reverse bell on the Making the Band 4 commercial the other day.
March 21st, 2008 @ 7:43 am
Excellent plug-in mint and complete the only thing that I have noticed is the absence of a file within the package but is otherwise perfect greetings from panama
March 21st, 2008 @ 1:02 pm
This most certainly CAN be done in Cinema 4D. I sent a little write up over to Andrew yesterday on how to do it.

At anyrate, you can accomplish the effect by using Sweep NURBS, Circle and Free form splines.
Jim Andrews
March 21st, 2008 @ 4:35 pm
What I would lie to ask is why when I discuss 3D applications
Mr Andrew Kramer decides it is not appropriate for his blog???

Everyone here seems to be going on, and on and on about a freaking name change!

Well thats it I'm done blowing hot air, thanks for reading this :)
March 21st, 2008 @ 4:36 pm
Thanks for your great products and tutrials.

Saleh from Saudi Arabia.
Aaron Marine
March 21st, 2008 @ 8:20 pm
wow max makes that kind of work so easy...try that stuff in maya and it will piss you off for days
March 22nd, 2008 @ 4:28 am
Thanks for sharing this Andrew! This tutorial was awesome!
I hope there will be a lot more tutorials in intergrating AE with 3D software after this..thanks again!
March 22nd, 2008 @ 5:45 am
Very nice product - Easy tu use and at the same time complete.
VERY NICE JOB (like always)
Thanks to The A. Kramer team
March 22nd, 2008 @ 11:28 am
@Moca MX

Did you find a tutorial on how to make that 3D parking lot, or are you just a veteran at 3DS MAx?

If you kow where I can find a tutorial for that please post!

-Carlito MX
March 22nd, 2008 @ 11:44 am
sweet tutorial :)

do you have a rough idea when the 50th tutorial DVD and advanced training DVDs will be ready?
March 22nd, 2008 @ 6:12 pm
yeah andrew, we need to know. you are killing us. i can sleep at night. when the new dvd is comming out?
March 23rd, 2008 @ 10:30 am
Hey guys...
here is one Frame of my Vines, completely done in Cinema4D! But it would takes Jahrs to render the whole animation.

Dont know i will do it... and when i will show u again ;)
Btw. the RPF Format is really powerfull and contains much data to use in After Effects. Z-Depth, Camera Data, Object ID and much much more...
March 23rd, 2008 @ 1:58 pm
March 23rd, 2008 @ 5:54 pm
Twitch is awesome, the tuts are really cool too! especially the particle design one :) thx, the price is very affordable and most definetly a huge bang for your buck! Glad i finally stoped talkin and actually paid for one of these prducts!
March 23rd, 2008 @ 9:57 pm
Im still looking for a way to make that MocaMX parking lott but no luck.. If anybody knows how to?

March 24th, 2008 @ 7:40 am
Hey Andrew, Great work. Just did something similar to your stuff in TWITCH. Great Plugin, and dude did I forget to say you totally rock?

Thanks again.

Here's the link:
March 28th, 2008 @ 1:19 am
Hey Jess!!

Such a good idea to translate this tutorial for Maya users.

You did the same thing for the 3DText and it was great !
Well done & tks angain ;)

Look forward for some new ones
Rob van der Spank
March 28th, 2008 @ 3:59 am
Hi, I was wondering if it is possible to put small avi movies in the 3DS room on different places?

March 28th, 2008 @ 8:11 pm
Yo Andrew,
I've been having loads of fun with Twitch. I watched your tutorial where you made the "cables" in 3D Max since you said it wasn't possible to do in AE alone. Well I like a challenge, so I decided to see what I could come up with. I also happened to be putting together a promo for a new web tv show and figured I'd try and kill two birds with one stone.
I used 3D stroke from Paticular (okay, so I cheated alittle) to try and simulate the "cable effect", and though it's not perfect, I think it came out fairly well. The other plug ins I used were 3D Invigorator from Zaxwerks and Aurora Water from Digital Elements (Anarchy).
I see many people who simply "ape" your tutorials. While I don't see anything wrong in this as long as credit is given, it's not my style. I prefer to take the tutorials as tech tips and then work them into my own ideas.
Anyway since I forgot to copy and paste the link, just goto and click on the "Remote Control Promo" video and check it out. I'd be interested in hearing what you think. Also thanks a million for your willingness to share your knowledge and the great products. Riot Gear here I come!
Thanks, Brett
March 29th, 2008 @ 1:05 am
It's really fantastic tutorial! I can't beleive that it for free! When we see your new advanced training DVD, Andrew?
March 30th, 2008 @ 12:57 am
Just stumbled across a couple of weeks ago in my desperate attempt to find some inspiration for an upcoming job.
I find Twitch and bingo it's exactly what I'm looking for.
I wasn't looking forward to doing all this stuff with expressions so I got my download on Friday and this will save me hours if not days of work (which will probably be balanced out by spending way too much time going through ALL your tutorials!)
Thank you and I am now looking at ways to work Riot Gear etc into other projects.
I can't believe I haven't found you before.
March 30th, 2008 @ 12:59 am
...and maybe that comment should've gone into the Twitch thread!
April 9th, 2008 @ 7:44 am
So, when i render out still image, my Z-depth picture is totally black! And when I render out range of PNG pictures- final results - high sharpness of picture. How I can fix it?
Konstantin K
April 10th, 2008 @ 11:34 pm
I’m trying to create this tut in maya. But it’s rather difficult for me, because I have just start learning Maya.

I’ve create pretty good wires and it’s rather easy (of course it’s easy if you already know the way;) )

The main problem I’ve got is in creating of wire-growing effect.

If anyone want to help with wire-growing effect - mail me

When I finish (perhapse it won’t be soon:) ) I will post link to tut here
Kevin Ballon
May 9th, 2008 @ 6:21 pm
Where did you get the sound effects for the intro for Twitch? Are they "buyable" by other people? (Especially the metallic clang at the beginning and the heavenly voices).
Louis Tristan
May 27th, 2008 @ 12:21 pm
Works like a charm..But when you throw a Twitch vid up in youtube it comes out shoddy...
Any suggestions?

It plays better in the facebook app but not youtube
June 24th, 2008 @ 4:21 am
going good andrew..
love ur tutorials and a very good plugin TWITCH. it's realy nice plugin. I think 1 thing should b in this plug, and that is "scan lines" i think ur plugin will b more attrective.
thats what i think
what u think?:)
November 28th, 2010 @ 4:35 pm
Looks very cool.
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