Video Copilot News

Our Series One Tutorial DVD features 20 minutes of never before seen footage and free bonus features is now available and I have put together a free project file with similar particle effects as seen in the promo video.

Download AE Project File
Please note: The project file has been created with AE 7 Professional and uses the CC effects that come with After Effects, if you can’t find yours, please contact Adobe.

The new free tutorial featuring Sam and Tahna experiencing a pretty bad day, will highlight many powerful compositing techniques as well as expand on some interesting new features in AE CS3. The final video will be out this week after it passes the MPAA. The free tutorial will be online Tuesday, June 3rd.

Our exciting New Training DVD is available in our Online Store for only $49.95. This DVD features 21 tutorials and over 5 hours of Advanced Training that will show you how to integrate After Effects with 3D. This training covers all steps necessary for creating the Slow Motion Bullet in Cinema 4D, Blender and 3Ds Max.

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Once we completed “The Bullet” training DVD, we went to work on the promo video featuring a 3D shattering text effect. This promo has generated a lot of excitement and I wanted to explain the basics of what was needed. Let me just say, it wasn’t easy.

The text was created in 3Ds Max and fractured into pieces. These pieces were then linked to a particle system, where each piece was represented by one particle. The system was setup with gravity and a floor plane deflector. A collision event triggered the particles ‘explosion’ and the pieces went flying. I used Action Movie Essentials for the fiery explosion along with Trapcode’s Horizon for the Sky Background in AE.

The setup for this effect took many, many hours to complete as well as several unsuccessful tests. A tutorial specifically on this title is not currently planned but I will experiment with the possibility of a tutorial if it can fit our normal tutorial platform. In the mean time a more detailed breakdown will be released along with images and my experiences with this shot.

I’ve been experimenting with this Fold-Out Animation where After Effects Layers are linked together to form a fluid animation as layers animate sequentially. As you can imagine some interesting expressions will be used to make it easy and robust.

I’m excited to be able to contribute more to the Blog and the tutorial section as we build up this amazing community. We encourage everyone to join in and take part in these blog discussions, we would love to hear from everyone. Finally, I want to thank everyone again for there support on this latest DVD release. You guys and gals make this place happen!

May 26th, 2008 @ 11:44 pm
If we were in prison, we all would protect you in the shower, Andrew!
Edgar Voit
May 26th, 2008 @ 11:59 pm
Really great post, i think the promo breakdown might be some help but its still quite complicated. Im not into animating in 3DS Max, i enjoy lighting and texturing ;D
really looking forward to the new tutorial. I bought the training DVD, i think im going to buy the Series 1 also
really trying to help keep this place up and running.
keep it up Copilot Team ;)
May 27th, 2008 @ 12:05 am
Nice! Love all the new blog stuff!! :D
Cant wait for tomorow, the car tutorial :P
May 27th, 2008 @ 12:23 am
May 27th, 2008 @ 12:24 am
lovin' the flip stuff!
May 27th, 2008 @ 12:27 am
Hey Andrew!

Would be nice with a short-cut tutorial on how to create a material like u used in the promo for Bullet , i mean the text material. And i know u did a tut on creating 3D text before - but could u make a shortcut of creating ur OWN materials that looks good from scratch? in the 3D text tut u got atm, u use a basic mat called Chrome or something, but i dont have that or any other. So would be cool with a deeper explaination of materials :)

Thx for everything!
May 27th, 2008 @ 12:35 am
One more that T-shirt you and Sam are wearing a winning one? ;)
May 27th, 2008 @ 12:36 am
Ben Wotton
May 27th, 2008 @ 12:38 am
Hey Ben, It's Tuesday JUNE third, not tomorrow. sorry to burst your bubble ;)

Andrew I am waiting with bated breath for the car tutorial! It sucks having to wait up to two weeks for The Bullet and Training DVD which I ordered...I live in Australia.

May 27th, 2008 @ 12:47 am
Maby make an new advanced training DVD about titles. Im sure everyone will buy it if the promo from the bullet is in it!! Its so super elite sweet. Thanks for this long blog I most of the time mis regular updates on this website for the rest perfect company perfect products. Keep up the good work
May 27th, 2008 @ 12:49 am
Youahh Is Tahna free? I can marry her?
May 27th, 2008 @ 1:18 am
hey, I am a new user of Mac. I want to know how to add plug-in in mac .
May 27th, 2008 @ 1:19 am
Maaaaaan, you really need to make a forum around here somewhere. That would definitely give your 'community' a massive boost.
May 27th, 2008 @ 1:30 am
Hello Andrew -

about the shattering text - I think most people should just check out 3DS Max built-in tutorial on how to make the asteroid explode. Instead of using the asteroid you just have to create a text, choose modifiers -> mesh editing -> extrude -> choose the depth you want, set a metallic material to your text, and then just follow the tut on how to make the asteroid explode. Now add some gravity and floor plane and you are all set...

Oh - and thx for everything I've learned from your tutorials so far! :D
May 27th, 2008 @ 1:50 am
Looking Forward to ur next work....!!
May 27th, 2008 @ 1:51 am
Trapcode’s Horizon is not yet release isn´t it??? I would love to see a tutorial about it!! thank the video copilot crew for all this inspirational work !!
May 27th, 2008 @ 1:52 am
Yeah Floris, that would be great but Andrew doesn't want us to beg for forums ;)

I'll be dying to see that car crash tutorial :D
May 27th, 2008 @ 2:27 am
Do we need cs3 for the next tutorial...
May 27th, 2008 @ 2:28 am
Good work although i am having trouble opening title project file.
Im working with CS3.
May 27th, 2008 @ 2:32 am
as for that fold effect.
A new tv station in NZ is using something smiler, view TVNZ 7 showreel
there is a more 3d version of the fold near the end somewhere. its very good tho.

May 27th, 2008 @ 2:33 am
Why not?
May 27th, 2008 @ 2:36 am
Thanks alot andrew
This folding tut will be so awesome
it enables you to do cool FX.

and about the promo
i got the idea but we need a TUT to make!!!!!
finally, the decision is yours.

waiting the TUT.
Thanks Again :)
May 27th, 2008 @ 2:49 am
Oh God...
Waking up and seeing 3 meters of new blog entry :-)

Hi Andrew,
I think we have to thank you, Sam, Tino, Thana and all the other guys from VCP for making this possible to us.

Anyhow I think a forum would be brilliant, so we could help each other easier :-)

Paul Siola
May 27th, 2008 @ 2:58 am
Pretty good!...

Heaps of great stuff to get our hands on...

I can't hit Sam Loya with a car...hehehe...i mean in AFX of course...tihee =)
May 27th, 2008 @ 3:03 am
tu es vrément trés cool wow
Thomas Krupers
May 27th, 2008 @ 3:05 am
Hi Andrew&video copilot team!

Love your work. Keep it up! You're inspiring my creativity every day. A forum would be nice, for example the community could post their own videotutorials with their own tips or tricks on the stuff you did.

Looking forward to your next tutorial/product!
May 27th, 2008 @ 3:58 am
How do you create that amazing background music with the choir and that stuff?

May 27th, 2008 @ 4:02 am
GReat stuff. Just the type of real world application of After Effects Ideas that mack VCP second to none. Continue to turn the Motion Graphics world upside down.
Many of you don't know, to gain this type of knowledge in the past required interning and doing laborious grunt work at a post house or a small design studio. But now the knowledge is for you to practice at will. ENJOY.
May 27th, 2008 @ 4:03 am
Hey Andrew what you think of the new INDY JONES movie.
I myself thought it was cool but the ending was a bit open ended and anti-climactic. Sort of the new Speliberg montra ala War of the Worlds. No real answer for a long digital jouney.
May 27th, 2008 @ 4:03 am
The minute I saw the first pictures of Sam and Tahna in a neighbourhood, I knew Sam was going to get hit by a car :D Really can't wait for this one!
May 27th, 2008 @ 4:28 am
The stars and flip book-like motion graphic is pretty cool. I'd love to learn a little more about this.
May 27th, 2008 @ 4:46 am
this is the LONGESTTTT article in blog ever, i bet.

and Andrew, is there a chance to have your beautiful wife in one of the tutorials?
May 27th, 2008 @ 4:46 am
great post, keep up the good work and it wasn't this great community without a great team like Video Copilot

May 27th, 2008 @ 4:59 am
ANDREW! watch the car crash I already made!
For the second crash I used the puppet tool!

can't wait for the next tutorial btw, that fold-out-thing looks very good
May 27th, 2008 @ 5:15 am
What the F***! You've got Trapcode Horizion already! We can't even get a demo yet. Man! Guess it pays to be "somebody" in the VFX world.

BTW, I doubled-over and laughed when I saw your fold-out animations. I've been playing with that very idea over the last month. Trumped by Kramer...again!!!
May 27th, 2008 @ 5:36 am
Wow, that all looks really great!
I've always been a fan of your tutorial, but I'm really excited to see what way you've came up with for the car accident. I've tried this effect a few times, and my last attempt was pretty good(I've found my own way that incorporates stabilizing, tracking, and really knowing what you want when you're filming :P). Here it is, if you want to take a look:

Exciting stuff coming up :).
May 27th, 2008 @ 5:40 am
Amazing! I wonder where you took the time for all that stuff!

BTW if it comes to exploding things in 3D Max there is nothing better than Cebas Thinking Particles, they use it in most BigScreen productions to blow things up.
There is a free demo out there. You can set up exploding text in no time.
May 27th, 2008 @ 6:29 am
Very cool, I'd like to read news like this every day :P

Thanks to everyone who made this stuff possible :)
copilot fan
May 27th, 2008 @ 6:55 am
you can find "hit by car" tutorials on youtube. only andrew's tutorials are more realistic and spectacular!
May 27th, 2008 @ 7:10 am
Andrew gracias por todo el aprendizaje e inspiración que nos das con tus tutoriales, comprobé que sos el mejor de la web! Un abrazo desde Argentina..
Need translation? XD
tommie12P(Thorsten Miess)
May 27th, 2008 @ 7:10 am
So much new in one post! Great! I did the car hit effect before but it didnt look real!
I just jumped and in post i masked me out and animated the position to fit the motion of the car that actually was a bike
I hope i´ll learn how to make this a mind blowing effect!
Khaled Dostzada
May 27th, 2008 @ 7:18 am
Tahna is hot!!
May 27th, 2008 @ 7:56 am
Andrew, thanks for this community you have created! It would be great to have a forum... Greetings from Guayaquil-Ecuador.
May 27th, 2008 @ 8:02 am

Thank you for great DVD's and tutorials your team and you are putting together to AE community. Love your work, learned a lot, and no money would ever stop me to by more and more stuff that is coming out of your very creative little enterprise.
Thanks - NEB
Migha CG
May 27th, 2008 @ 8:09 am
Wow Andrew this siet has just grown alot in the past months! Great job... Looking forward to all of the new stuff.
Gr8 DVDs BTW... Got an autographed "videocopilot card"! real nice;)
May 27th, 2008 @ 8:45 am
I already read about Trapcode Horizon in the blog on the 17. May. After seeing all does great stuff that this Plugin can create I am asking myself how is it possible that some people already working with it….
May 27th, 2008 @ 8:57 am
Andrew thanks explaining the promo text explosion. Its looks wonderful. I understand it was not easy to do. I hope one day you can add it as a tutorial. Thank you.
May 27th, 2008 @ 9:00 am
I would have given up using After Effects if it wasn't for you. You are amazing can't wait for this tutorial.
May 27th, 2008 @ 9:20 am
Holy crap!!! i nearly soiled my nice clean clothes! wait.. pants are still dirty... DOESNT MATTER hehe. That is a lot of new content! :)
May 27th, 2008 @ 9:29 am
Thanks fpr the great DVD and I am sure I am not the only one that would pay for promo "Bullet" on DVD something you should think of Andrew.
May 27th, 2008 @ 9:40 am
I think this is a great dvd I would like to learn the explosion 3d q beams in the text my doubt is whether to get some progrma 3d or any integration into After Effects
greetings congratulations on the new dvd
May 27th, 2008 @ 10:11 am
is possible in our AF :) that is more just dicficil consguir the result so as prefect Tull :S incredible details are very good.
May 27th, 2008 @ 10:11 am
Man...this site is cookin up some ill flavours
(I heard that somwhere)
May 27th, 2008 @ 11:31 am
This is great! I can't wait for all the new stuff! As far as the car hit tutorial, I actually did a commercial that has a car hit in it. It's really funny. Check it out here:

Let me know what you think!

Paul Del Vecchio
May 27th, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
if you all want to see how the car hit is going to look you should checkout andrew's 2006 showreel
May 27th, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
Dude! I knew it was going to be the car hit! Thanks so much! That tutorial is worth buying all your products all over again!!!
May 27th, 2008 @ 12:44 pm
Thanks for the Title Project AK!!!!!!
May 27th, 2008 @ 1:05 pm
If you want to see what it will look like, check the site tomorrow sometime...
May 27th, 2008 @ 1:27 pm
thanks again for the hardwork from all the VCP team members!

- Derrick
May 27th, 2008 @ 1:36 pm
thats a lot of news and cool stuff .. so coooool,
AK and VCP team rock !!!!!
May 27th, 2008 @ 1:42 pm
@Paul Del Vecchio: Dude that's awesome. i thought it was brilliant that you film yourself after the car hit. Usually everyone stops the movie right after the accident happens. I think that showing what happened after gives it a bit more realism, whether the actor dies or stands up and laugh like in yours :D
May 27th, 2008 @ 1:52 pm
i sure will
May 27th, 2008 @ 2:22 pm
I don't know what I would do without this site. I personally have no use for Bullet type graphics or effects, but I bought your Bullet tutorial and I have already learned a lot from it that I will no doubt use in other areas. That seems to be the theme for me every time I visit here. I do mostly documentary style projects - yet the concepts I learn from your products & tuts always manage to come into play one way or another.

Thank you.
May 27th, 2008 @ 3:26 pm
Your bullet tutorial was the shiz. I was havin so much trouble integrating C4D with AE for the longest time but now I'm a pro! haha
Lee Auter
May 27th, 2008 @ 4:01 pm
Please, oh please do a tutorial on the shatter text effect!!!!!!!! That was so slick how the shatter slowed down and the camera passed through the effect please give us a tutorial on how you did that (in 3ds Max flavor please) I'm glad to see some thought was at least given to doing a tutorial on this, but please don't hesitate, teach us oh wise one!!!!!!!!
May 27th, 2008 @ 4:45 pm
nice, plz take note you can do it also with the build in plugs
but curious to see how its being done in expressions ;)
May 27th, 2008 @ 5:02 pm
please andrew upload the project file for after effects CS3
May 27th, 2008 @ 5:23 pm
As the villian from a rather flat action adventure movie would say...

May 27th, 2008 @ 5:35 pm
The project files works with AE 7 and CS3, if it doesn't work than you have to throw your computer away.
May 27th, 2008 @ 6:31 pm
Oh "yeah"... It does work ... XD
May 27th, 2008 @ 7:04 pm
*throws computer away*

oh... you mean I just forgot to download it first?
May 27th, 2008 @ 7:29 pm
Awesome, Andrew! I can't wait to see it tomorrow! I'm sure you'll take it to the next level and have Sam explode or something awesome like that. Hahaha Can't wait!

@Haydn - Thanks man. We didn't stop because there was more story to tell. =)
May 27th, 2008 @ 7:59 pm
wow so many good stuffs, thnx Andrew
Dustin James
May 27th, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

"If you want to see what it will look like, check the site tomorrow sometime…"

does this mean you will post the tutorial tomorrow? mmm.. MMM??? jk! Thanks for all of this amazingly spectacular stuff Mr. Andrew sir. I enjoy the information over load!
May 27th, 2008 @ 9:40 pm
how in gods name did you use trapcode horizon when it is not even realesed?
May 27th, 2008 @ 9:41 pm
I'm a major player down at the cracker factory.
May 27th, 2008 @ 10:30 pm
ohhhhh MR kramer has connections :)

so what do you think of horizon? i think AE should years ago have a plugin where you could make a 3D environment.
this would get handy in your bullet tutorial where you had to use a lo of pics.
May 28th, 2008 @ 2:53 am
andrew, I love the cinematography/cc of these frames from the car hit!
Eugenio Fructuoso
May 28th, 2008 @ 3:32 am
Check this Andrew
May 28th, 2008 @ 5:04 am
For everybody who wants to archive this 3D Shattering effect, check this out:
May 28th, 2008 @ 7:45 am
Andrew, does that mean you went to Gudger college? ;-)
May 28th, 2008 @ 7:56 am
You're Funny Andrew

too sad i had throw my computer away...
May 28th, 2008 @ 9:11 am
Nice! Thanks man for all of your hardwork with the tutorials.
p.s. your dvds are the sh*t!
May 28th, 2008 @ 9:37 am
Hi Andrew,

First congratulations for the Bullet DVD, you keep pushing the limits. Speaking of Limits have you ever tried to run Adobe After effects on a VPC from an external Hard drive. Is there any sort of limitations ?

Let me know. Thanks.

May 28th, 2008 @ 10:22 am
Hi all,
Can't wait ( but have to, as I am in the UK) for both DVDs
quick question what is "MPAA",
Also VIDEO COPILOT has helped me do more with AF then I ever thought I could (or wanted to, people now think I know what I'm doing ) Great site, and a great team of people, thanks for making me look good.
May 28th, 2008 @ 10:34 am

May 28th, 2008 @ 11:32 am
Where is the music from the Series One promo from?
May 28th, 2008 @ 1:09 pm
Hi! I'm looking forward to the carhit tutorial. when i saw it in your trailer, i was grabbing my camera and tried it, but thats about 1 year ago, so i'm hoping your effect will improve my version (which obviously will, because yours in the trailer is way better) but annyways: check mine pleas.

May 28th, 2008 @ 2:15 pm
Dude, you are unba-freakin'-livable. Nuff' said
May 28th, 2008 @ 3:23 pm
Thanks so much for the title project,
I've been wondering what a good way to create that look of light rays and dust would be... bravo!
May 28th, 2008 @ 3:57 pm
I love the advance stuffs
Fernando Gomez
May 28th, 2008 @ 6:17 pm
Wow! Just by looking at he pictures I wan to see some tutorials and ge working with After Effects - which I will be getting some time soon (a week...sigh) - I've learned so much and I haven't even been able to practice. These are the best tutorials I have ever seen because they don't bore me. I wish I could get some of your products but first comes After Effects, or else how would I use them...? Hehe - Well keep the great site going with the great tutorials, hope I will be able to get some of your products.

- Fernando
Just Curious
May 29th, 2008 @ 12:47 am
From where did you get and how you created texture maps, bump map, specular map for the bullet?
I could not find any good tutorials on the internet.
May 29th, 2008 @ 3:47 am
Dear Andrew,

I just received my DVDs down here in Germany. What can I say - I'm so happy, and amated. An autograph from SAM LOYA!! I'll frame that to put it to a wall.

No I can die! :-D

May 29th, 2008 @ 3:47 am
trapcode horizon is realesed today.
May 29th, 2008 @ 4:10 am
watched the introduction video. i guess you were a beta tester. will this be under news? i think the plug-in is amazing. and it supports HDRI. plus if you dont have an 360 map you can change the settings.
the plug-in looks great. i think everyone should have at least trapcode particular and horizon.
May 29th, 2008 @ 4:11 am
Particular is great, but I didn't notice what is so great about Horizon yet...
May 29th, 2008 @ 4:33 am
then do an 3D environment in AE with the AE camera. do it.
May 29th, 2008 @ 5:11 am
Yes, I noticed it :D

Nice Plugin...I want to have it. Trapcode is great (not as great as VCP)
May 29th, 2008 @ 5:14 am
plus it supports HDRI. watch the video on
plus it supports motion blur.
May 29th, 2008 @ 7:27 am
Hey I'm very interested in a tutorial that shows how to create that fold-out-animation. I had a few cool ideas what you could create with this.
And I look forward to view the tutorial about the advanced car hit.
Best wishes.
May 29th, 2008 @ 9:38 am

If you have a 3d program, you could check out the one at while you're waiting for Mr Kramer's. Looking forward to the AE version.
May 29th, 2008 @ 10:43 am
Check this out Andrew, pretty good.

You might have seen it, or you might have not, i'd tell you what it's about, but then where's the fun in that? :P

Thank you so much for your website and tutorials, and products and everything.

May 29th, 2008 @ 11:58 am
Hey guys, maybe we should make a Videocopilot fanforum if they're not gonna do it... :P
May 29th, 2008 @ 1:09 pm
I like your idea Floris :D

Anyways, cant wait for the tutorial xD
May 29th, 2008 @ 1:25 pm
Good idea Floris,

but then someone of us had to pay - :-D
But wait a minute - I would have an domain and Webspace for use, but I'm too stupid to make a forum.

If Andrew would say "yes" and anyone of you could make a forum (with my webspace - I got a lot, and unlimited traffic of course), I would give the chance.

May 29th, 2008 @ 1:59 pm
Definitely will pay for a tutorial that explains the " SHATTER TEXT SHOT"!!!!!!
May 29th, 2008 @ 3:12 pm
# Andrew Kramer Says:
May 27th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

If you want to see what it will look like, check the site tomorrow sometime…

curious ;)
May 29th, 2008 @ 3:53 pm
If you "want" to. JK, it's coming soon.
May 29th, 2008 @ 4:06 pm
--------If you “want” to. JK, it’s coming soon.------

Sorry Andrew I did't understand this one =(
May 29th, 2008 @ 4:20 pm
What it mean, is, If you want to see what it looks like, you can visit the site tomorrow. However there is no guarantee that you will see it. Just a bad joke, I guess.
May 29th, 2008 @ 4:20 pm
Love to promo to All Friend Around asia to have all Andrew masterpiece....
May 29th, 2008 @ 5:35 pm
Hi Guyz,

I downloaded the promo of "The Bullet" but it plays slow at starting,

is it also playing slow at starting on you system?
May 30th, 2008 @ 12:11 am
Hi 3D-World,

yes, at my system (Vista 64bit, 4gb ram, 4x3,2 ghz extrem) it plays at the beginning slow to. I think it might the big problem from quicktime and vista at my site. dont know why but it sucks.

May 30th, 2008 @ 12:59 am
See if the new file works. Thanks.
May 30th, 2008 @ 2:04 am
I recall a while back there you were discussing a possible customer demo reel. Is this something that's still in the works? After the series one release (which my buddy just got today and he's stoked), I figure something like that would definitely complement your website. Just an idea :P

Geez I can't believe it's almost 2 years after Action Movie Essentials came out.

Yer ol pal,
May 30th, 2008 @ 2:04 am
Thanks for the new file. Now the clip works
May 30th, 2008 @ 3:30 am
hey andrew the T Shirt design contest ,,,its not over yet RIGHT!?
May 30th, 2008 @ 4:59 am
Hey Andrew!!! great site....ive been using it since around christmas and has helped alot!!!......i just bought all your products!!!!!!!!
May 30th, 2008 @ 8:37 am

WOW gotta teach us how to do this Andrew......

This will be a awesome tutorial I know its Motion tracked but man this is kew
May 30th, 2008 @ 9:07 am

realy cool video! But i don't think it's motion tracked.
I think the whole video is made from pictures, like stop motion.
here is the tutorial:
Paint something on a wall, take a picture.
Overpaint the old picture and paint a new one. take a picture!
Man i guess that was alot of work!

May 30th, 2008 @ 9:10 am
Yes, that MUTO video is very cool. Looks to be all stop motion - one hell of a lot of work went into that, I'd say...
May 30th, 2008 @ 9:12 am
That's a really cool video Jeff!
May 30th, 2008 @ 10:11 am
nice video jeff
May 30th, 2008 @ 10:18 am
Hey man!
Awsome dvd,
if you have a chance, pls make a tutorial on this shatter text!
May 30th, 2008 @ 11:21 am
Just Finished an animated Gun Shot....
Thanx VC for the great products.
May 30th, 2008 @ 11:29 am
I received my packed with the two products / DVD's today.
Great job,

May 30th, 2008 @ 12:11 pm
Nice work EFEX. Looked pretty good.

Andrew, this week is basically over. you had better get that video up asap! :P
May 30th, 2008 @ 3:35 pm
For all you C4D users here's a link to some video tutorials on how to integrate C4D and AE.

May 31st, 2008 @ 5:18 am
Lucas: please contact me on florisporro @ (MSN)
or Floris @ for email
May 31st, 2008 @ 8:24 am
Hi there,

I added you to MSN, I think it's better to talk about it instantly.
I'm from Germany (we're Neighboors! :-) ) and in case you like football/soccer: I like the Netherlands :-D

May 31st, 2008 @ 1:27 pm
thanks andrew! what a great product!

in case you like soccer: only noobs play with orange trikots :-P
but we will see in european championship right
May 31st, 2008 @ 2:41 pm
Hi all,

I tried to extend the camera/bullet path so it can hit somebody in the chest looking at the backside of the bullet but somehow it does not work for me.. Can somebody help me out?

Grtz R
May 31st, 2008 @ 4:11 pm
Hi Rob,

EFEX' "Bullet" looks like the shot you want to create.
You should ask him.

May 31st, 2008 @ 7:57 pm
Thx Lucas,

Did send him a privat mail and hoping for answers, if somebody has the same question just let me know by mail and when Lucas answers I will forward it.

When AK allows to discuss it here I hope he lets us know.

ps Working with C4D (no experience till now)
May 31st, 2008 @ 8:14 pm
I'm really looking forward to the unfolding animation. I'd love to know how to do that stuff.
May 31st, 2008 @ 8:46 pm
Hi Rob,

what should I answer to? O.o
If you get informations - I would appreciate to get them too :-)

May 31st, 2008 @ 9:37 pm
hey gentle84
nice post...
May 31st, 2008 @ 9:45 pm
Uh... quite early here Lucas! (07:44) not awake yet :)

May 31st, 2008 @ 10:00 pm
Yeah, it's about 7:54 am here - on a sunday :-/
In fact I have some issues coming to sleep - no matter when I wake up or go to bed, I'm not sleeping till at least 4 am, often it's 5 or 6 am. I hear the birds, sun is rising. Or, like today, I just can not sleep (of course I could go to bed now, but then I get up at 4 pm ... ).
On this way I can watch movies, read books, look on VCP and fell asleep 7 am.

It sucks, but I hate to go to the doctor.

Daniel R.
June 1st, 2008 @ 3:53 am
Hi there im having a bit of a problem with AE. On almost all my comps at some point i get this big X in the middle of the screen that stays even after i export. Wondering why it's there and how i can get rid of it. = ark of the covenant?
June 1st, 2008 @ 7:38 am
Andrew - thanks for your great work, your Bullet DVD and tuts are super as always -- you're one of the best things to happen on the motion gfx scene, so thanks for all your hard work - you rock!

-ken c
June 1st, 2008 @ 9:01 am
Hi Daniel,

most of all this X is there when you are using unregistered Plugins (like Trapcode Plugins). They will disappear if you buy and register them.

June 1st, 2008 @ 9:59 pm
I've seen this video so many times, and it always reminds me of Sam Loya.
The guy on the zither looks just like him.

Omar Faruk is awesome!!!!!
Hope you have a laugh when you see the video, at least
I think it looks like him, but see for yourself. Fun stuff.
June 2nd, 2008 @ 12:53 am
Just bought The Bullet, and I can confirm that it ROCKS!! :D
Just bought a HDcam, and I'm going to test several things this summer, thanks again, Andrew ;)

A little quicktip for the shatter effect would be to use 3DSMAX's built in physics tool; Reactor to shatter the text. Add some operator that will act as an explosion, and use the Fracture modifier to let the letters' individual fracture-part stick to each other till they come in contact with a 'Force" or another object :)
June 2nd, 2008 @ 3:02 am
Hi all,

As you can see above I had and still have difficulties making the Bullet go beyond AK's path which dissapears out of view. I want to make a movie with the bullet realy hitting somebody in the body!
I asked Thomas from Efex in Switserland and he was so kind to help :)

Please find below that it is actualy quite simpel but one has to know of course!

Grtz to all and Thomas, thanks!!!

As you know the camera needs to be animated in Cinema 4D, which can be
done with setting two keyframes in the timeline. Than you need to go
in to the timeline (window-timeline), where you will fine those two keyframes. From here on can you play with those keyframes that the cam makes the turn in the right time?.

An other option is to set a tracking tag for the bullet to the camera
(right click-cinema 4d tags). In this way the camera will always point
towards the bullet and you don?t have to worry about the keyframes :)
June 2nd, 2008 @ 7:21 am
Hey Rob,
Please send me an email at andrew The trick is setting up the shot level in order to get the pan correct.
June 2nd, 2008 @ 9:45 am
Hi Andrew,

Mailed you just now.

June 2nd, 2008 @ 12:27 pm
So no more short-cuts episode ?
June 2nd, 2008 @ 6:12 pm
The "Bullet" DVD and the "Video Copilot Series one" just came in the mail and WOW, I was blown away, excellent job to everyone who made this possible! Plus, awesome autograph from Sam!
June 3rd, 2008 @ 1:22 pm
Hi, Andrew Kramer,

This promo is awesome!
Whould you make tutorial on this? (like Growing 3D wires from "Twitch")
Micah Braase
June 3rd, 2008 @ 10:30 pm
I just finished with the Bullet tutorials. All I can say is Wow! Each and every tutorial that I watch from your sites and especially from the products that I have bought have opened my eyes. Even tutorials dealing with something I didn't think I would be interested in, when I watched them, my mind started churning and I begin to see how I can adapt it to other projects.
Thank you very much Andrew for doing what you do. You have literally taught me everything that I know about After Effects and I appreciate it a lot!
June 4th, 2008 @ 9:38 am
Hey, Andrew!
Thanks for the Bullet tutuorial. It was just in time... :)
Take a look at this..
Moshiur Rahman
June 4th, 2008 @ 10:09 pm
Hey, Andrew!
Thanks for your all tutorials. i have videocopilot Evolution copy and i find over 2 font but u use 3 fonts, but Avalonbolditalic this font r missing how can i find this font please tell me where i find this font or give me this font
June 6th, 2008 @ 2:18 am
Hey Andrew!
i just started using your products,Igot the 10 pack!!!:D
ill be uploading my first attempt to youtube soon,i hope you'l take a look! ill send you the link!:D
Love your site! i check it every day to see if theres anything new!..the only thing that this site needs is a forum to make it easier to help eachother out!...........and mabey a newsletter! it would be cool to get an email every once and awhile......just what i think:L

Thanks for all your help through your tutorials! i probably wouldnt use after effects anymore if it wasnt for you!
June 10th, 2008 @ 8:33 pm
I recently ran across this site and thought it was a great resource, and ive been watching tutorials non stop then I decided to get proactive and use some things, so I created my logo in 3D in the blender program and now Id like to import the 3D logo into AE.... any help with doing that?

No idea how to export from blender in the right format or import to AE afterwards... any help would be appreciated.

P.S. are the sounds and SFX in your sound DVD royalty free???
June 13th, 2008 @ 1:45 pm
Andrew did you use Trapcode Echospace for this?
we are waiting for the tutorial on this, and as usual we are gleaming with joy at the
prospect of another great tutorial.

June 16th, 2008 @ 4:33 am
Someone can teach me to make this animation. I could write,
Thank you.
Eugene Opperman
June 16th, 2008 @ 10:00 pm
Hi everyone,

Here's my 2cents on one or two topics:

For those of you who have not ordered or received your copy of the Bullet DVD, I strongly urge you to hurry up and do it. In the Bullet, Andrew Kramer delivers world class training (as always) as he guides you through the process of compositing 3D with After Effects to achieve an amazing and realistic bullet emerging from a gun, flying past your eyes. The amount of short cuts in the various programmes are endless and poor work flow should be a thing of the past for all users after watching the DVD.

The level of detail that Andrew goes into to achieve this, is spectacular and anyone seriously looking to advance their career should purchase this DVD.

As said, "this one's for the fans!"
An awesome collection of tutorials over two years in the making. It's the stuff legends are made of and as we all know, Andrew and the Video Copilot Team (that's everyone, including Sam) are legends.

The 65 tutorials combined with the Basic Training and extras make this DVD truly one of a kind and the greatest value for money currently online.

Interesting to note: In the tutorials, some of them are done as early as 04:16 am (tutorial 2 - Deinterlace in AE) so anyone who ever thought the road to the top is an easy one...

I started After Effects about a year ago, Googled training and found Video It has made all the difference and taken me to the next plateau of video effects. I wish more enthusiasts who are starting find this site quickly and leap in bounds as their knowledge grows and they become familiar with the most current and high-end training available to-date.

Its amazing to think that someone can get training on After Effects thats currently better than most of the world's tuition facilities FOR FREE. The amount of time and effort invested in truly noticed and I think everyone that has the opportunity to meet Andrew and the Team, whether in person or through the screen should count their blessings and use that time to grow.

So that's it, I hope that everyone reading this comment/blog entry is at fully behind me. Let's grow this community and share knowledge.

Thanks for reading

Eugene Opperman
South Africa
June 27th, 2008 @ 10:48 am
realy good , i will try to do the same thing .i need the project files of the promo can u update please.
Dallas DC
July 2nd, 2008 @ 9:06 am
Just watched my Bullet DVD and not only does it help with the After Effects stuff. It explained some of the things I had yet to understand in Blender. Even better than some of the strictly Blender tutorials out there.
July 9th, 2008 @ 7:00 am
Hey Andrew,

I just ordered the Series One Training and I am really excited about the ipod ready video files being included. I watch video podcasts on my lunch break and I have been itching to be able to view some VideoCopilot tutorials without being seated in front of my computer at home. I also have some of your other products like Twitch and Evolutions and Designer Sound FX. Are you considering making ipod ready versions of the other tutorials included with those? I would happily pay for them!!! Great job on everything! I am new to motion graphics and vfx and all of your tutorials are really inspiring!!!

Pittsburgh, PA
July 14th, 2008 @ 10:00 am
How soon will that fold out animation be available and will it be free or $$$?
Thanks man and keep 'em coming!
August 25th, 2009 @ 9:16 pm
This promo is awesome!

Whould you make tutorial on this? :)
Navarro Parker
October 19th, 2009 @ 12:08 pm
Just curious how the folding project is coming along. Did it fall through the cracks?
December 29th, 2009 @ 12:01 pm
Kramer ya really amazing with ya designs and one of ya very students online from Kenya and ya tutorials and ideas are really encouraging.just planning to buy ya action essential collection for my coming project.thank dude!
February 24th, 2010 @ 6:31 am
Oh, the fold out was never made :( Such a shame, I'm looking for something like this!
August 11th, 2010 @ 1:12 pm
Dude, I dug deep in the blog to see if this fold animation tutorial ever saw the light of day. Looks like it didn't. Would love to see some folding techniques using expressions or 3ds max! Great work AK as always.
October 25th, 2010 @ 11:10 pm
Hi Andrew!
I've been working on your tutorial since the day i discover Videocopilot Accedently :D
i need a favour to ask can u plz add the Foldout animation Complete tutorial plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
December 2nd, 2010 @ 9:10 am
Did the foldout animation ever come out? Looks really cool.
November 4th, 2011 @ 9:29 am
Hi Andrew,

I'm just wondering...Could you please advise me on how to create that fold-out animation.(?) I've been wanting to do something with it but you never actually posted a tutorial on it.

December 7th, 2011 @ 6:16 am
am really greaful with yo work guy
thanks for everything
we are far in africa but atleast we can
get to know some cool that u do
and we learn from it
thanks for sure
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