Cliff Test

Here is a short video sample of a 3D set extension… the texture is bit primitive but you get the idea

Watch Sample Video

mena lammie
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:00 am
i cant wait .
thank for all tut.
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:00 am
Awesome Andrew!
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:01 am
looks really great!!! nice job Andrew!!
Brown Hornet
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:01 am
That's pretty slick.

I guess that's why I come here. lol.
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:03 am
Seams like another goodies ;)
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:05 am
can't get enough of it :)
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:08 am
you are really motivated today aren't you? ^^ *thumbs up*
i love it! this looks so amazing! : )
sam should jump on the other side and fall down with the "elevator" ^^
can't wait!! you're the man!^^
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:12 am
Hi Andrew,

I can't wait till you post your new tutorial. I use Imagineer Systems monet and mocha, but I'm sure I can work around that you use Boujou ;-)

There are some mocha Video Tutorial for after effects:

mocha’s planar tracking in depth tutorial


DFX (Digital Effects) VFX (Visual Effects) Photo Food Travel
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:17 am
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:18 am
great!love it!
Steven Anderson
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:20 am
Andrew... you are an After Effects Superstar!! Thanks for all your brilliant tutorials, can't wait for this one!
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:22 am

oh man I want to try this right now!

Andrew could you please tell as how you did the texturing? Is it a camera mapped texture or uvw?

thank you

July 30th, 2008 @ 9:25 am
Very nice...would look cool with some dust/soil particles dropping when the ground disapears (even though it is a test shot!)

I am really glad that you are adressing more 3d based work with after effects integration as this is the most sparten area of information on the web right now.

Keep up the awesome work.
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:28 am
Speed, send me an email...
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:31 am
Very impressive effect, I can't wait to learn more!

Thank you as always.
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:35 am
Will you be showing how to match lens distortion or bloating on the lens corners in the tutorial?
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:41 am
Here is a tut on how to tackle lens distotion with Hype.
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:43 am
Please make it a long tutorial Andrew!

We love listening to your voice, sometimes when I am at work
I gather my co-workers, just click on a tutorial and listen to Andrew talking..

there is nothing wrong with that right? haha.
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:46 am
That's cool. I could totally see a guy running from something and have the environment around him just collapsing! :)

I know you were just showing the original and final plates but the way you presented it just reminded me of a shot like what I described above.
July 30th, 2008 @ 9:58 am
I think this video tutorial is going to be one of the coolest on Video Copilot. To me, integrating a 3d object into a video scene seems like the pinnacle of VFX. I've been wanting to learn this for quite some time.
July 30th, 2008 @ 10:14 am
Right i'm signing out for the night here in the U.K but I just want to say that was a fantastic day for this blog.... its amazing to see the scope of the community out there and so many people that care about this site, Vfx and our future together...

Good night all... see ya all tommorrow!

July 30th, 2008 @ 10:36 am
allllright!! this is like a hot chick :D take it married it an make it pregnant .... eeuh what i mean is ...... im so excited :P
July 30th, 2008 @ 10:41 am
Been waiting for this kind of tutorial forever. Looks great Kramer!!
July 30th, 2008 @ 10:43 am

The only thing i would criticise is that the bottom should get darker/brighter when it moves...shame on me ;)

Can't wait to see your masterplan growing!
July 30th, 2008 @ 10:45 am
Can´t wait for this training !
Really nice job, Andrew !
ömer tatlisoz
July 30th, 2008 @ 10:49 am
ı want this tutorial...
July 30th, 2008 @ 10:50 am
Nice job Andrew
I'm really excited for this one!!!!

Thanks a lot for al your free sharing
July 30th, 2008 @ 10:51 am
Looks like that earthquake in california made it on the set ;-p . Excellent stuff .
July 30th, 2008 @ 10:54 am
THats cool stuff there, NOt sure if the shake was intended or not but it looked cool. WHen can we be looking forward to seeing it?
July 30th, 2008 @ 11:08 am
What is the 3D tracker you will be using?
Milan Mitka
July 30th, 2008 @ 11:22 am
Excellent effect, like everything that is made by you, Mr. Kramer. I´m 16 years old and your website is the most helpful I´ve ever seen. I´m intermediate in After Effects and I´m starting to work with 3D Studio Max. It would be nice if you´ll make some tutorials those are using 3D rendered special effects from Max, such as missiles, comets, asteroids or anything to explode and fire. Thanks for you great free tutorials. I really find them useful. And of course, I love your jokes! :D
July 30th, 2008 @ 11:28 am
Un-be-freaking-awesome. Now I just have to win the lottery to buy Boujou!
July 30th, 2008 @ 11:46 am
Here is a fantastic way to do motion tracking:

First, import your video into .jpg images

Then open up MS Paint [Start->All Programs->Accessories->Paint]

Copy and paste every frame into Paint, and then draw a line around

the object to be tracked on every frame..

Then use calculus and trigonometry to quantize velocity, acceleration

and angular momentum on every shot.. piece of cake..

Then you don't have to spend the $1,000 on Boujou..
July 30th, 2008 @ 11:47 am
Wow... thats all I can say.

This is why I love this website. =D
July 30th, 2008 @ 12:00 pm
Wow, i totally underestimated this! I know you're amazing with AE and such-- and i love your tutorials. But this turned out ASTONISHING!!! Now i cant wait! Ive been looking for a good tutorial on 3d tracking forever!
Jacob Behunin
July 30th, 2008 @ 12:00 pm
Looking forward to this!
Florian Zeitler
July 30th, 2008 @ 12:06 pm
Funcalicous : D

looks totally awesome. can't wait to see the tutorial. !!

thanks in advance!
Josh Johnson
July 30th, 2008 @ 12:10 pm
WOW! Great stuff Andrew really looking forward to it. I'm very curious how it was put together!
July 30th, 2008 @ 12:10 pm
dispite not being prepared software wise i'd like to say thank you none the less. the work you do is amazing and no one really has a reason to complain, so thx. your work is awesome and i look forward to your free training.

July 30th, 2008 @ 12:14 pm
I think it's fine that AK has decided to branch out from strictly AE. I'm tired of seeing people on youtube with their "home video" (bad interepretations) of AK's work. I'll give it to you if you tried your hardest and really care about the industry/art...but if you just go on here click "download project," open it and render it out and post it on're not doing anyone (especially yourself) a favor. I sound like i'm venting...

Off topic, does anyone know if AK does his tutorials in HD? How does he get such crisp output. Even with Lossless Animation I don't get mine as crisp? Is it 16 or 32bpc? Even with 16bpc i don't get as crisp of output. Any help?
Tanner G
July 30th, 2008 @ 12:27 pm
That is so sick, I have been wanting to do that from the time that killer BMW commercial came out. Now...... Does any one have $10,000 that i could borrow????
July 30th, 2008 @ 12:31 pm
July 30th, 2008 @ 12:40 pm
What 3d App will you be using for your example. I know that you like 3ds max, but alot of us have c4d.
Rafael Guerra
July 30th, 2008 @ 12:55 pm
man...i am freaking out for the new site and the tuturial
July 30th, 2008 @ 12:58 pm
La verdad es que siempre nos sorprendes andrew, soy fan tuyo y en tan solo un año he aprendido de tus tutoriales mas que desde que inicie . gracias por tu generosidad que bueno seria poder ver mas colegas como tu que muestren sus conocimientos para darnos la posibilidad de mejorar a nosotros que no tenemos los medios .
Otra vez gracias desde Argentina
July 30th, 2008 @ 1:05 pm
Promises, promises..
we won't get the tutorial for another two weeks.
Who wants to put money on it?

LoL, just kidding.. Andrew always delivers..
I mean look, the guy already has a baby so we
know he can deliver.

Thanks for the free tutorials Andrew!!

I buy your products like I drink water!!
Daryl Booth
July 30th, 2008 @ 1:07 pm
@ Hassbundu
I am currently on frame 15 of 23432 using your technique. Should I save out the result as jpeg or bmp?

And also how can I get an alpha channel in a bmp?

Thanks in advance.....

July 30th, 2008 @ 1:13 pm
I can't wait to see this!!! I am counting down to the new site....Keep up the great work Andrew.
July 30th, 2008 @ 1:14 pm
@ Daryl Booth:

Well it really depends on who the final product is going to..

If it is for a small no-name company like Playboy or something

like that then go with .jpg, they will barely notice the artifacts

from the lossy compression, but if you are doing a big one for

a really important company like Coke, Pepsi, VCP, ThinkGeek,

Express, Bananas Republicans, or even Senator Obama then

definately go for the .bmp 24-bit non-lossy... [BTW if you hold down

the CAPS lock key while rendering from MS Paint, it goes MUCH faster.
July 30th, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
Just a few things I noticed...
1. The matchmove slides around especially in the last few frames
2. I would have the camera on the dolly because having a hand held cam out in space doesn't really make sense.
July 30th, 2008 @ 1:34 pm
That looks great. How did you do the texture on the wall?
July 30th, 2008 @ 1:36 pm
Dude thats awsome, I tryed something like this, but it turned out like crap
July 30th, 2008 @ 1:37 pm
WOW Andrew... that was tight! I can't wait for this to come out. I have a shoot in two weeks that I will have to use match-moving on. Right no, I am playing around with SynthEyes and I have downloaded the PLE version of 3D Equalizer. Can you give me the same information as you did "Speed". I want to work on this now!!! You are the man. I filled in my email on the form above.
July 30th, 2008 @ 1:39 pm
Sorry Bro., I forgot to tell you that I am working in 3D Studio Max.
July 30th, 2008 @ 1:40 pm
omg I've done 3D integration but that always look realy realy realy bad !!!

Andrew I can't wait to learn more

french thanks by Hugo
July 30th, 2008 @ 1:57 pm
What 3D tracking plug in will you be using for this Andrew?
Daryl Booth
July 30th, 2008 @ 2:23 pm
@ Hassbundu

Cheers, the caps lock seems to be working.. I am going with the Jpeg lossy as its a rinky dink spot for a no-name company called ENRON
Andrew M
July 30th, 2008 @ 2:53 pm
July 30th, 2008 @ 2:57 pm
Hi Andrew.
This are some great news.
I've been trying to figure out that myself :

But it's gonna be a lot easier seeing you doing some more advanced stuff, step by step.
I'm really looking foward to see it,
and the community examples.
(I think it would be great to have some section where we can show how your tutorials helped us, maybe a youtube links in each tutorial page, just an idea.)

see you.
July 30th, 2008 @ 3:25 pm
Hey Yimbo,

that was nice for the first attemp! The track looks solid, but you should try to set up the coordinate system right, it's much easier to work that way.

the quality on youtube is not so good, but I think I saw some flickering on the cg elements, you should try to render an ambient occlusion pass instead of global illumination. All in all good work!

greetings from germany

July 30th, 2008 @ 3:47 pm
Wow.. looks great, I might even dare say as good as Speed breaker..

I hate those people who watch a great tracking video and go

"Oh well you could have fixed the gamma levels from frames 8.5-11.2,
and the pixel at point 148,234 was way off.. please correct that, but other
than that it looks great.."

Bah! Phooey! Why can't they just give you the credit you deserve and move on?!

LoL, I mean the end user isn't going to even notice! I hope Andrew shows us

something just as amazing as your youtube clip there.. who knows the

possibilities with the Kramenator/Speedbreaker/Yimbo combination!
Allen Ellis
July 30th, 2008 @ 3:48 pm
It'd be fun to make this into a beach set extension, as well.
Josh Johnson
July 30th, 2008 @ 4:18 pm
Here is a little test I did last week. I used syntheyes and cinema 4d.

July 30th, 2008 @ 5:04 pm
Nice Johnson. Like I stated before, learning matchmoving is very easy, since apps like Boujou are so powerful. I personally think compositing is the hardest step in the whole integration process.

When I say compositing, I mean the photo-realistic look.

Boujou, Maya, and Shake 4 are the apps I use to get my stuff done :)
Josh Johnson
July 30th, 2008 @ 5:19 pm
Hey highdefw you are right about photo real very tough task! I'm still learning syntheyes it has so much to it.

thanks for the comments highdefw.

I use AE, C4D, Syntheyes for now...
July 30th, 2008 @ 5:23 pm
Hey all. Long time lurker, first time commenter...

I'm a CG professional by trade, but I can't say enough good things about Andrew and the VCP crew... I've learned so much about more After Effects than I ever expected to. And to hear that he's going to cover his tracking techniques is really exciting. I've done a decent amount of work with Boujou, but I can't wait to hear all of his sneaky tricks to streamline the process.

Here's some rough tracking tests I did for a music video project that never quite materialized a few years back (2005-ish). Tracked with Boujou, rendered in 3DSMax, comp'ed in AFX:

Thanks Andrew! Keep bringing the hotness!

July 30th, 2008 @ 5:48 pm
Working with Cinema4D now, still learning it actually, Checked out the Bonjure software and have thought about getting it in the past. I betting the upcoming tutorial will push me towards the buy. Look forward to seeing it. I really enjoyed the sample video with the cliff here. That was fun.
Josh Johnson
July 30th, 2008 @ 7:36 pm
Fantastic job Eric!
July 30th, 2008 @ 7:57 pm
Yeah, cool Eric, I love stuff like that even though I know it is a test.
July 30th, 2008 @ 7:57 pm
That matches awesome. Nice job. Will be cool to see this tut that is for sure.
Thanks AK
July 30th, 2008 @ 8:29 pm
Eric, you did an amazing job. Even though it was a fake object it moved and tracked so well it was convincing me that it was real. Haha keep up the good work.
Ori Lahav
July 31st, 2008 @ 12:25 am
Hello Andrew,
Thanks for 3D motion tracking. I can't wait to begin playing with it.
Can you tell us a name of a free (or at least cheap enough) so most people will be able to do that? I'm sure we will be able to watch your Boujou tutorials, and try it with other programs.

And here is a little thing I did, not related to 3D motion tracking:

Thank you, and all Video CoPilot staff for your great tutorials and products!
Ori Lahav.
July 31st, 2008 @ 12:44 am
Woah! Very funny :)
July 31st, 2008 @ 12:54 am
Hi, I'm Berkan.

As I use C4d, I don't know how to use 3d max that much. So, i assume that I won't understand boujou tutorial.
If it's possible, I'm looking forward to see a tutorial in which you will show both boujou ve c4d together.
July 31st, 2008 @ 2:27 am

thats sweet
cant wait
July 31st, 2008 @ 2:12 am
Thank you, Andrew, for going over this subject. I feel there is very little information and tutorials on match moving compared to other aspects of visual effects. It will be greatly appreciated.
July 31st, 2008 @ 2:52 am
I personally LOVE boujou, apart from its rough UI it's an awesome tool, once you get acquainted with all the tracking stuff, it becomes your swiss army for any CG addition. It's really a GREAT tool and I like working with it :).
Thanx Andrew!
July 31st, 2008 @ 2:53 am
Hi! Just saw this blog post and couldn't help myself to post this test I did a couple of weeks ago. Matchmoving is fun!:)
July 31st, 2008 @ 3:07 am

You NEED to do a short of Sam falling over the side of that "cliff" lol. It would be so funny.

You know it needs to be done, so do it ! :D
July 31st, 2008 @ 3:09 am

That's not a problem at all. The import works similar in max and C4d, the only difference is that max uses a Z-up coordinate system but you can set that up in Boujou so don't worry, I'm sure Andrew will talk about that in the tutorial.


wow, realy cool. How did you do the lighting on your test?
July 31st, 2008 @ 3:33 am
eric nice job using the advanced tower text project file ..
July 31st, 2008 @ 4:03 am
Why boujou and not PFTrack?? is it better??
Some Guy
July 31st, 2008 @ 4:06 am
I imagine Sam falling down that cliff and Andrew standing there and shouting "THIS IS SPARTA!!!" :D
D4 Manager
July 31st, 2008 @ 5:53 am
Haha, it reminds me of an old game on Nintendo where a trap was set to move up and down like that :D
July 31st, 2008 @ 6:24 am
Great! Thank you for this little preview. Im looking forward to the tuto for this.

@Eric: looks very nice! great work
Lorenz of the Philippines
July 31st, 2008 @ 7:29 am
ASTIG!!!! (trans: great!)
July 31st, 2008 @ 7:37 am
This is so cool:

(Not created by me. Just found it.)
July 31st, 2008 @ 7:44 am
u know what i just thought of? Since we all ARE a community, why not have one...a VCP forum anybody?
July 31st, 2008 @ 7:56 am
Hey Andrew do you think you could help me out with a project? Tell me so I can e-mail you
July 31st, 2008 @ 8:39 am
Tomorrow is the 1st yeah...hoping to see the new look.
July 31st, 2008 @ 8:49 am
YEAH ! The Site will COME tomorrow!!:-)
July 31st, 2008 @ 8:55 am
Yes!!! I can't wait !!!
I know Andrew did a very great job and created the best design ever !!
Sure he did....i mean....he's ANDREW KRAMER !!
July 31st, 2008 @ 9:11 am
I think because of the different time zones
we in Germany will get it today..maybe.
July 31st, 2008 @ 9:20 am
Hey Nicolas,
I don't think so, we will get it later!
Here in Germany we are about 10 hours ahead not behind so we have to wait longer :(
July 31st, 2008 @ 9:33 am
I got some questions on the difference between the different Imagineer Systems application. I use mocha and money

monet is about Tracking, stabilisation, rotoscoping and compositing are a fundamental part of visual effects work

mocha is a stand alone 2D tracking tool packed with features that make the life of the effects compositing artist easier and less stressful. Now compositors can avoid the guess work and inaccuracies that result from painstaking and time consuming difficult hand tracking shots. The process of generating solid 4-point tracks, giving position, scale, rotation, shear and perspective matched tracks is sped up thanks to the next generation tracking. Once the track is complete, mocha is designed to export the data to the industry’s most well known compositing and finishing packages such as Inferno, Flame, Flint, Smoke, Combustion, Avid DS, Quantel generationQ, After Effects, Shake and Digital Fusion. This gives the artist the freedom to finish their shots in the compositing application they feel most comfortable with.


July 31st, 2008 @ 10:46 am

dann hatte ich das verwechselt...war mir nichmehr sicher...son mist^^
July 31st, 2008 @ 11:06 am
That looks great Eric. Seamless integration... very cool.
July 31st, 2008 @ 11:27 am
Thanks for the feeback, guys.

re: Speedbreaker...
The lighting on those clips wasn't very complicated... mostly just a single soft-shadowed spotlight and some ambient fill, with shadows being cast onto proxy "matte" geometry. I would really prefer to use Mental Ray for all my 3D stuff, but MR's global lighting doesn't play well with Max's matte material, so you've gotta do workarounds. As long as the lighting and shadows are in the same ballpark as your baground plate, it's amazing how much the simple act of 3D tracking and motion blur can cover up any inconsistancies.

Quick question regarding tracking HD vs. SD...
Do you find that you get better or worse results tracking from a high-resolution source clip? I've only worked with SD tracking so far, but I'm considering upgrading to an HD camera specifically to improve tracking consistency... Extra rez is generally good, but 3D tracking can sometimes get thrown off by "too much" data (and extra noise)... Thoughts?
July 31st, 2008 @ 11:39 am
WOW!!! amayzing wonderful you are the BEST OF THE BEST realy. Thankyou Andrew, greetings from Macedonia
MX Fan
July 31st, 2008 @ 12:46 pm
July 31st, 2008 @ 1:08 pm
I wish I had a team to help me do the projects I have. There is just no way one guy could do it all....
July 31st, 2008 @ 1:37 pm

Thank you for the detailed explanation! Realy helped me!

To your HD vs. SD tracking question:

HD Footage tzracks much better than SD in my experience!
July 31st, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

Good thing you use Boujou. I hope though we can apply our freshly learned skills to a cheaper app.

I hope this one will do the trick :

I'll report back, if i find the time for testing.
July 31st, 2008 @ 2:32 pm
That one looks promising, I'll take a look at it.
Moca MX
July 31st, 2008 @ 3:22 pm
In my country it 1. august! :D
Can't wait for new site it's gonna be grait i can feel it!
July 31st, 2008 @ 3:44 pm
I checked the VooCat demo. It looks really nice.

Syntheyes seems nice, too, though slightly more expensive.
July 31st, 2008 @ 3:53 pm
Here's a movie I just finished using set extensions... check it out and comment...
July 31st, 2008 @ 5:32 pm
If anyone worried about the $10,000 (or even $1000) price tag of boujou you should seriously look at syntheyes. It is really robust for the price and Russ has great video tutorials on his site
I don't always use the exact same software as Andrew K [i.e modo instead of 3ds max] but am able to learn from the concepts and processes presented then interpret them into my own pipeline.
With all the $$ you'll save you can order the whole video copilot dvd series, and still have money left over to buy some wine gums for the wife and kids. Unless you're 16 and then you'll probably want to eat the wine gums yourself.
AK, this is a great direction you're taking the tutorials
July 31st, 2008 @ 5:39 pm
3d tracking, always wanted to know more about it. about to finish a movie.....
Rafael Guerra
July 31st, 2008 @ 5:59 pm
will we have the new website tomorrow?
July 31st, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
The site should be up within 24 hours...
July 31st, 2008 @ 10:24 pm
August 1st, 2008 @ 1:20 am
Okay so ever since Andrew posted that .pfd file about match moving I've been messing around with it, this is my first 3D match:

I can't wait for the upcoming series!!!!!
5:23 AM and counting ... new website!!!
August 2nd, 2008 @ 5:07 pm
Hi Eric.. Nice work.. How to use proper lighting matching the light source and shadow of the footage? I'm using 3dsmax9..
August 4th, 2008 @ 12:01 pm
Andrew I have a question: The tracking was made on After Fx or Boujou?
August 6th, 2008 @ 12:43 am
pretty good work!!! Keep it up And
August 6th, 2008 @ 10:29 pm
I think, it would be better, if there would be a shade on a rising surface from a surface on which there is a person
August 8th, 2008 @ 10:25 am
hey andrew...
i m ur die hard fan from india....
because i wanna become a vfx artist its my life time ambition.. i hope i get it... its all credit goes to u only andrew...
u r my guru(teacher in inian language)
thnx guru...
i wont forget u in my life...
waiting for ur new website...

if u dont i wanna tel u something please start one vfx college...
tats very useful for us..
i hope i ll join
August 9th, 2008 @ 2:48 pm
How did you do the texture?
August 10th, 2008 @ 4:22 pm
SOOOOOO Cool! I Can't Wait!
August 11th, 2008 @ 3:50 am
Hey, Awesome! upload this tutorial, please ! I'm waiting it.... pls, pls ! Thank you very much !
August 15th, 2008 @ 8:41 am
can't wait for this tut.
August 15th, 2008 @ 2:23 pm
here is a link plus some tutorials for blender and ae to
Icarus which will do the job and is remarkably similar to boujou Did I mention its freeware?
both mac and windows versions can be found here
August 18th, 2008 @ 7:56 am
looks like 2D track. actually I think it will be much simple to do it in AE with 2D track.
rookie artist
September 25th, 2008 @ 12:10 pm
Thats really nice. Is there a tutorial for this? Are You planning one? Andrew Can't Wait.

Its been a long time. When are you going to make a tutorial for this?

Tnx a lot.
October 27th, 2009 @ 7:07 am
Great, Andrew I want tutorial
December 14th, 2010 @ 8:21 am
Ooh that looks sexy.
May 10th, 2011 @ 5:21 am

i know. It's an very old post. But i am really intrested in do this myself.

We film without moving. We did not have boujou. Could you give me a hint how to place this texture?

I try to make a 3D layer. But this wont work very well...

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