Car Hit Footage Now Available

I’ve uploaded the footage and sound FX for the latest Car Hit Tutorial. Of course, I encourage everyone to go out and film your own scene, it’s a lot of fun. Of course, you do it without a greenscreen, you just have to do more rotoscoping around the entire person. I’ve done plenty of rotoscoping in my day and I decided to use the green.

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June 9th, 2008 @ 7:36 am
Awesome thanks Andrew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kim A. Strandli
June 9th, 2008 @ 7:39 am
great :) Is the sound effects from the Designer Sound FX product?
June 9th, 2008 @ 7:39 am
Cool thanks for the upload.
June 9th, 2008 @ 7:44 am
wow! Pretty good stuff here andrew. Your kindness is appreciated!
June 9th, 2008 @ 7:47 am
Thanks, great tut btw
June 9th, 2008 @ 7:48 am
June 9th, 2008 @ 7:52 am
June 9th, 2008 @ 7:57 am
June 9th, 2008 @ 7:59 am
>>I encourage everyone to go out and film your own scene, it’s a lot of fun.

You must be pretty rich - remember, down here in Europe we pay even more money for fuel than you! :-D

Greg Harrell
June 9th, 2008 @ 8:01 am
Andrew, why are you so kick ass!?!?!
June 9th, 2008 @ 8:07 am
wow thnx Andrew!!!! u r awesome
June 9th, 2008 @ 8:13 am
Thank you Andrew! You are the best!!
And Tahana... You are so beatiful!!!
June 9th, 2008 @ 8:20 am
Thanks Andrew.

I love.
June 9th, 2008 @ 8:34 am
cheers sunshine for this tut
June 9th, 2008 @ 8:39 am
A little late, but, its better than not having anything.

Cheers Andrew.
Hopefully you can come to my house and break some windows.
June 9th, 2008 @ 8:42 am
Thanks for sharing the footage!
June 9th, 2008 @ 8:54 am
Hey just want to say thanks a bunch for the car hit tutorial. Just the simple tip on moving a mask all at once rather than a point at a time helped me out tremendously in another shot I did. Simple tip and very effective. Also the kind of thing that I'd done before by accident but didn't know what was going on lol. Thanks man. Those smaller tips are huge in the end. =)
Jakub Foglar
June 9th, 2008 @ 8:55 am
Wow the tut is awesome.
June 9th, 2008 @ 8:55 am
Hey Andrew,

Where do you get your green screen from? I'm located near Hollywood so there are a bunch of places but everything I have seen so far is pretty expensive.


c c
June 9th, 2008 @ 9:23 am
thanks for the greenscreen removal tip
June 9th, 2008 @ 9:36 am
@ Tim:
You can find some pretty cheap Green Screens on Ebay. I found one for about $ You can also make one yourself....but that requires time and the ability to find the matte paint. 'Good' green screens are expensive... ;D

Thx very much for the project files Andrew! Its always better to do the training on the "training footage" than on an personal project. There always 'something' Any ideas for a future tutorial?

June 9th, 2008 @ 10:06 am
Hi Tim,

do you have an IKEA around?
I buyed some cloth there, called "DITTE". In green - works very well and cheaaaaaap! :-D

June 9th, 2008 @ 11:11 am
Thanks a lot I'll try this at home....
June 9th, 2008 @ 11:43 am
i know what you mean about the rotoscoping. anyone who has done 2 mins of a simple lightsaber fight with 3 lightsabers will kill your will to live after the first 4 hours
June 9th, 2008 @ 11:53 am
Thanks Sir, U helped me alot...
June 9th, 2008 @ 12:35 pm
Thanks alot Kramer, if you ever end up inside I'll make sure no one messes with you in the showers.


HMP Preston
June 9th, 2008 @ 1:13 pm
I came across this site while researching green/bluescreen resources:

They have all kinds of great stuff for your chromakeying needs

P.S. NO!! I don't work for, nor, am I affiliated in any way with said site :P
Corlyn Evahart
June 9th, 2008 @ 1:46 pm
I hate u Andrew... just thought i should say something negative.
Some Guy
June 9th, 2008 @ 2:34 pm
Hey Andrew! Thanks for the files. But I don't understand why you have to rotoscope the whole clip. You just need the mask beginning from the frame where the car hits the actor. (Before that a roughly garbage mask with feathered edges would do it. Of course if you didn't move the camera between those two shots and the background is more or less static...) And because of the hit and the motion blur it isn't that much work.
If you do it with the puppet tool you can do the whole effect with only one mask on one (1!) frame. No rotoscoping, no mask animation...
Am I right or is there a problem I've overlooked?
craig porter
June 9th, 2008 @ 3:00 pm
when i try y import any of the files to after effects i get an error saying:
After Effects error: Can't import file "file name": unsupported fileytpe or extension.

i have just roboted my pc and installed after effect again but do not know hwo to fix the problem can you help me?
June 9th, 2008 @ 5:37 pm
well. yes, even having football EM in my hometown...
there´s one guy to tell me: "everything´s possible without a clean screen".
vienna waits for you.
June 9th, 2008 @ 7:40 pm
Thank you Andrew. Although I was really hoping for the beginning footage as well. I would love to have more video of Tahna !!!
June 9th, 2008 @ 8:02 pm
Hey has anyone had any trouble opening up the quicktime clips? When I try I get a QT error that some software is missing. I updated QT and still get that error.
June 9th, 2008 @ 8:20 pm
I think I am going to invest in a green screen actually.
June 9th, 2008 @ 9:21 pm
U Are Born To Make Us Happy... And make us Realize that nothing is impossible to do.... and u make us cross the border of our creativity.. thanks andrew.. :-)
June 9th, 2008 @ 9:57 pm
you don't need to invest a lot of money on a green screen!!
I live in India,i made a green screen out of cloth from a textile shop,i gave it to a tailor and asked him to stitch it,and i had a green screen.
By mistake i had bought a shade lighter than chroma key green screen,
but Keylight is SOO Damn powerful,
that it keys out perfectly no matter how bad your screen is, as for lighting,
i just shoot outdoors...........
June 9th, 2008 @ 10:21 pm
i wonder why you chose to use green screen instead of roto.....possibly because everyone HATES ROTO !!!!
June 9th, 2008 @ 11:11 pm
Hey, Lucas... Yeah, I do have an IKEA.

I will check it out. Thanks for the tip!

June 9th, 2008 @ 11:14 pm
that greenscreen is a nice solution and saved you a lot of rotoscoping :) and for people talking about it's a big investment, maybe you should see it like this..:

shoot your video in front of a $100 greenscreen or spend 40 hours of doing some rotoscoping (which is 40 hours x [your price per hour] )

June 10th, 2008 @ 12:43 am
Thanks a lot Andrew!!

ciao! :)
June 10th, 2008 @ 1:14 am
Hi Tim,

I can send you some pictures of a project I made with those greenscreens. It looked totally horrible an camera, buw as Kenneth said - Keylight is the master.
The Result looks quite good ;-)

June 10th, 2008 @ 1:26 am
Ahh... look here :-)

Of course you must iron you greenscreen. Ours is so big, we couldn't do it - and the lighting is horrible, at least everything looks horrible. But with Keylight, some grading and stuff, I think it looks pretty good - at least no one knows what it looked when we recorded :-)
If you shot outside, the light should be no problem (our shot was in a closed building...), just iron your greenscreen and tack it to some wood (just like Andrew and his crew), you are perfectly suited for this shot on a budget.
The cloth from IKEA is really cheap, I think we payed 30€ for everything (and it's a BIG screen!).

June 10th, 2008 @ 1:42 am

Andrew's greenscreen is from this place:
Pretty reasonable, and his is of better quality than I've used. You would be surprised as to how horrible a portable greenscreen is once you start getting wrinkles in it. The one Kramer has is pretty wrinkle resistant too!
June 10th, 2008 @ 3:49 am
Great job Andrew.
Thanks for all this good tuts.
Keep up the good work!

June 10th, 2008 @ 4:20 am
it seems to me that there is a lot of grain on your footage. how come it is so when have such a nice camera ?
June 10th, 2008 @ 4:26 am
Awesome tutorial... thank you;D

keep up the good work
June 10th, 2008 @ 6:31 am
Thanks for the material AK! We are going to film ourselves tomorrow night and I hope to have some results before the weekend!

Question to you all, have a look at this:
And let me know if this is difficult please?

Thanks in advance.

June 10th, 2008 @ 7:06 am

That shot would not be too hard with a plugin such as trapcode particular. CC particle world may work, but not nearly as well. Or you could always just use masks and rotoscope the different elements into different laers of the city (check out the VC tut on 3d images) Many different ways to achieve the same effect, how you do it is up to you
June 10th, 2008 @ 7:26 am
Hey Rob,

Take a look at this:

Good luck!
June 10th, 2008 @ 8:00 am
Woooow.. That one is even better then the one I posted! But what about making such a scene? Anybody got some idea how to?


June 10th, 2008 @ 10:58 am
Everyone is talking about green screen, but what about lighting, do most people use multiple light sources to light the green screen or is ambient lighting sufficient enough for most cases.
June 10th, 2008 @ 11:07 am
Awesome. Thanks again.
June 10th, 2008 @ 2:36 pm
Hey Ted,

that's good but not necessary. At least not with Keylight - watch my example above ;-)

June 10th, 2008 @ 4:06 pm
the only think i know is that vcp rocks
why i dont know, i just know it

btw the project file footage looks weird at full resolution the color are like washed out and it looks quite blurry(im not talking about the motion blur) and not sharp, i've seen high definition footage before and they look really good, but yours looks weird, i dont know why, maybe is just the camera or the lenses
June 10th, 2008 @ 9:46 pm
Hey Andrew,

Just wanted to share with you my latest achievement thanks to your tutorials and such.

that checkerboard thing you did with Sam really makes 1 person videos solid.

Thank you for all you do, sir.


Chris Traeger
June 10th, 2008 @ 9:54 pm
Did you open the footage in AE? I did have to compress it so the file wouldn't be so large...
June 11th, 2008 @ 3:26 am
I got a package from Andrew Kramer USA this morning (I live in France). I think my boyfriend read in my mind to know what I wanted for my birthday...I can't wait to open it!!! Just a few weeks to wait...
June 11th, 2008 @ 8:43 am
i opened using quicktime player

you're right, maybe it looks like that because of the compresion but still
it looks hmm( i dont know how to explain it) but dont worry. it's ok, anyway the footage is just to practice
June 11th, 2008 @ 9:44 am
thanks for the upload,
June 11th, 2008 @ 11:10 am
thx for the upload!!
June 11th, 2008 @ 11:40 am
June 11th, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

maybe you mean the blur from the 35mm-Lens Adapter? The background looks kinda silly (but real film-like!), but everything else... pure love ;-)

Hi Andrew, did you thought about this poster-thing? Would be just to great :-)

June 11th, 2008 @ 1:15 pm
awesome tutorial. And thank you for the bullet dvd too mr kramer.
i was wondering if you were still planning on releasing the cg shadows tutorial. ive always wanted to make 3d text with shadows and track it onto moving people like all those awesome commercials on tv.
thank you mr kramer, for making me a beast at after effects, well at least on the road to becoming a beast.
June 11th, 2008 @ 6:04 pm
Come on now.. do you think AK doesn't have a wife.. a daughter.. Sam.. there are many mouths to feed in his household so give him some ROOM.. lol.
June 12th, 2008 @ 2:35 am
I watched TV right now, "Pro 7" (one of the good channels in Germany...). There were a Trailer for a new series, "Moonlight" (about Vampires and stuff).
And I swear - they used Riot Gear (the Ink-Drops in water) for the Title-Animation! It's not the first time, I think I saw the TV-Screens on another show on this channel too...

You are famous down here in crappy german-TV! WOHOO!

June 12th, 2008 @ 7:57 am
come on who cares if they use VC products, that's what they are for...
that's why i dont like VC products, everybody recognizes them
June 12th, 2008 @ 11:12 am
I was wondering, since you have a clean background plate, if you don'T use a green screen, could a "difference key" do the job? It's supposed to extract the difference from 2 sources. Theoretically, it should work. I just moved, so my video camera is still in a box somewhere, so I haven't tested it yet.
June 12th, 2008 @ 2:12 pm
Hey Andrew! Are you in vacations???
June 12th, 2008 @ 7:36 pm
He ucas!

Pro 7 is not that bad!!! They are one of my largest accounts for Digi Beta and XDCAM! Same as WDR, NDR, SWR, RTL, etc... :)

You should see Dutch TV.. Thats crap!!! :(

Personaly I ike the US TV weather programms haha, could watch that the whooole day...

June 12th, 2008 @ 8:44 pm
Hey guys,
There is a stellar show in Mexico that uses a LOT of riot gear and even a laim bullet attempt. check it out:

anyway, VCP ROCKS!!! keep up the good work
June 12th, 2008 @ 9:42 pm
Andrew, do you use SUPER to convert your videos?
Dutsin James
June 12th, 2008 @ 9:49 pm
Is that dwight shrute on the left holding the green screen?
June 13th, 2008 @ 4:43 am
Here that title sequence was great fun man....
June 13th, 2008 @ 8:17 am

That's what I meant - they are many other channels which are worse. In fact, Pro7 is the channel I watch most, I think :-)

June 13th, 2008 @ 8:39 am
@ Lucas:
Yeah I saw that trailer, too last week! It's 100 % Riot Gear!
Did you notice the flourishes in the new Galileo trailer? 100 % Evolution :)
June 13th, 2008 @ 9:58 am
Nah, I do not watch Galileo - it's the most ridicilous series on the whole TV. Even more than "Raus aus den Schulden" ;-)
Okay, Galileo is okay, sometimes - the real shit is Galileo Mystery :-D

Galileo is on air now, I think I'll take a look :-)

June 13th, 2008 @ 12:20 pm
I Love VC!!! more tuts pls!!
tommie12P(Thorsten Miess)
June 13th, 2008 @ 1:12 pm
im german, too and I watched gallileo sometimes and till now i didnt noticed anything. I´ll have a look next time! ooh gallileo mysteriy will be on air in a few minutes...again some of the supernatural crap!

Ah and btw: I´ll noticed a riot gear splatter in a Simple Plan Music video Simple Plan - When Im gone at 1:58 i found it but there are in the whole vid.
My first thought as I saw the vid was: cool, I pod ad, riot Gear, light Streaks tutorial!
Some Guy
June 13th, 2008 @ 2:45 pm
Because of the lack of blog posts everybody is now talking about German TV LOL. What comes next? UEFA EURO 2008?
I hate that on German TV they cut all the best scenes from action and horror movies. They think it can harm the weak psyche of Germans. Look at Austria or Switzerland (which by the way sucked at EURO 2008). I can't see people running around with guns or anything... And Pro7 is a mess when it comes to serials. Best example is Scrubs. And since they took over 24 with Kiefer Sutherland from RTL II, I can only hope it won't be that bad. I think RTL is better. They are not that radical when it comes to making money. They think about their viewers. And they don't have Galileo Mystery... And yeah, I think Netherlands or Portugal will become the European Champion.
June 13th, 2008 @ 9:31 pm
@Lucas: It is a cool title sequence!!! just didnt like the bullet... and it looks awfull at the end of the intro, when it hits the title plate (Liked the impact effect, hated the size of the bullet).
ts cool to see VCP products all over the world. This is a great community, thanks AK
June 14th, 2008 @ 12:28 am
Where it is possible to load all plug-ins which is at you, and it is desirable free of charge:)
June 14th, 2008 @ 12:53 am
BTW here is my first Bullet test. Would be great if you tell me what you think! :-)
June 14th, 2008 @ 1:33 am
June 14th, 2008 @ 1:48 am
Hi Speedbreaker,

it looks a bit... strange, but cool! :-D

June 14th, 2008 @ 1:49 am
thank you, yeah it was a quick test and youtube messed up the aspect ratio I think!
June 14th, 2008 @ 1:53 am
June 14th, 2008 @ 4:25 am
@ Speedbreaker:
It looks very nice. Very well done. I love the materials, especcially reflection on the front winglets!! That adds a lot of realism to the shot...
One small question: how does this thing get fired? From a launch tube or something? If yes, than I would make the rear rotate a bit slower and the front a bit more....
I also had the feeling there was an angle in the end. On-purpose? ;-)

June 14th, 2008 @ 7:12 am
site is pretty dead lately huh
Jacob Behunin
June 14th, 2008 @ 10:07 am
Loved the tutorial.

Check out my latest project. Couldn't have done it without the help of VCP
June 14th, 2008 @ 11:57 am
Thanks for the great tip about using color key before applying Keylight.
Really helpful!
June 14th, 2008 @ 12:15 pm
Very cool Jacob! I like the progression of the grass, tree etc. Well thought and executed! hehe.

June 14th, 2008 @ 7:39 pm
thanks for the color key and keylight there verey usefull it really work nice.
June 15th, 2008 @ 5:55 am
Hey, I am sorry, but... Er... I can't find the footage... Can you please tell me where it is, or write some real link? I was looking at the tutorial page, and there still is the sign: "Project file and footage coming soon"...

Jacob Behunin
June 15th, 2008 @ 12:25 pm
Thanks Maikeul!
June 16th, 2008 @ 2:16 pm
DO you think they used these same type of techniques when batman lands on the van in this trailer?
I have been trying to figure it out and I cant tell if i am over thinking it.
What do you think
July 2nd, 2008 @ 10:30 am
Two of my interns attended a contest of short films, 48h to write, shoot, edit and deliver a 5mn film.
I offered them the gear and just watched the footage, until the final scene...
There I said "go to Andrew!" and they came back with that:

Thank you so much!
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