New Tutorial: 3D Offset

In this tutorial we will be animating layers with the intelligent shifting of time and space. This new tutorial has many great tips throughout including some powerful expressions used in a very practical manner.

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This is the first tutorial of the week and one more should be out soon as promised, probably tomorrow.

Now the good/bad news, we are pushing back the release date for the new website just a little longer to make time more detailed testing and to add some last minute features we recently discovered. Should definitely be worth it.

If you need something to do in the mean time, please check out our great products and DVDs : ) We appreciate your support and you help make this site happen. So thanks everyone!

Jahanzeb Khalid
July 18th, 2008 @ 1:15 am
Cool .... willl check out the tutorial rite now
Nicolas Pinchart
July 18th, 2008 @ 1:19 am
Nice !!!
I love it !
Thank you Andrew for this great tutorial =)
July 18th, 2008 @ 1:19 am
The Very Very Cool Tutorial... Love It So Much.. Keep It Up Bro... :-)
July 18th, 2008 @ 1:25 am
ace! thankyou VCP!
July 18th, 2008 @ 1:25 am
Great :D
July 18th, 2008 @ 1:28 am
July 18th, 2008 @ 1:37 am
great andrew, thanks you!
July 18th, 2008 @ 1:53 am
Thanks for all your work
July 18th, 2008 @ 2:01 am
Take your time with the homepage. waiting for a great is better then shorter waiting for an good. ^^
July 18th, 2008 @ 2:05 am
Awesome! Thanks Andrew i waited for this one so long! =]
July 18th, 2008 @ 2:24 am
Thanks andrew....

July 18th, 2008 @ 2:48 am
As far as the timeremapping stuff, you should try playing around with some dynamic expressions a bit more. To be fair I haven't watched all of the tutorial yet, but I skimmed through.

Using INDEX variable to indicate where in the comp it is, coupled with "Show at time -.5"(or some similar command, I don't remember the EXACT syntax) can offset these... And then you can just keep adding new layers,and it will dynamically update itself, because the index variable is offsetting it.

I personally haven't tried this method in anything more than just playing around, but it sure would be neat to.
July 18th, 2008 @ 2:59 am
Awsome tutorial !
Thanks !
July 18th, 2008 @ 3:01 am
Andrew i hope you will be life 1000 Years ! :-)

i am one of your first Community Visitor .-)

Thanks man !

sry for my english :(
July 18th, 2008 @ 3:16 am
Just in time for some lunch-break viewing! Looking forward to the re-launch.
July 18th, 2008 @ 3:24 am
a very interesting and different tutorial, your tutorials are very easy to understand and execute.. thanks again.
July 18th, 2008 @ 3:27 am
Hey Andrew,

thank you so much.
July 18th, 2008 @ 3:31 am
Hey AK, thanks for another amazing tutorial... And don't worry about getting the new site out too soon, one thing I've learned from being inside is patience, well patience and how to make toilet wine. I raise a glass of fine merlot to you sir. Good work.
July 18th, 2008 @ 4:24 am
Thanks AK -- We appreciate your hard work
July 18th, 2008 @ 4:25 am
Thank you!
July 18th, 2008 @ 4:36 am
Sweet. I can really put this to good use.
July 18th, 2008 @ 4:54 am
July 18th, 2008 @ 5:19 am
Wow! The little bits of information within this tutorial are bit helps. The overall tutorial is also quite sweet. Thanks for this Andrew.
July 18th, 2008 @ 5:26 am
Man VCP is starting to take on the power associated with APPLE. People lining up around the corner for blocks to see a new tutorial or launch of the website. More power to you guys, you have given it to us. Thanks for another dynamic and real world tutorial.
Ben Wotton
July 18th, 2008 @ 5:52 am
Looks interesting!

Unfortunately I have to wait for tomorrow to watch it.

The title should read like this though- 'Video Copilot, more fun than you are'

That would probably be a bit more realistic. :)
July 18th, 2008 @ 6:07 am
very cool andrew,
i was waiting for a tut like that
July 18th, 2008 @ 6:12 am
Awesome as usual . Thanks .
July 18th, 2008 @ 6:14 am
HAAA MAN!!!! these tutorals are seriouly awsome! like 10000X awsome
Leonard Koch
July 18th, 2008 @ 6:24 am
Why does everyone keep saying that the tut was awesome? :O
It was AUSUM!
July 18th, 2008 @ 6:32 am
Looks amazing as usual, keep it up mate.

also can i just say i dunno if anyone else has noticed but andrew really reminds me of dane cook :D anyway thanks
July 18th, 2008 @ 6:51 am
nice, good work as always, keep up the good job guys and thanks for thinking at us and keep making those free tutorials which are awesome

thanks again!
keep up the good work VideoCopilot
July 18th, 2008 @ 7:20 am
could this be done with echospace too.. im sure it can but this is great for those who dont have any plug ins.
July 18th, 2008 @ 7:32 am
I have bought all your DVDs yet...can't wait :)
Oh, thank you for your products! They're wonderful :)
July 18th, 2008 @ 7:40 am
can i use this expressions with effects, rotation....? thnx
July 18th, 2008 @ 8:37 am
very good..! again, thank you...
July 18th, 2008 @ 9:47 am
It's about time you taught us something useful :)

Just kidding...
very nice use of Expressions!

Thanks Andrew
July 18th, 2008 @ 9:58 am
You can use the expressions for almost anything. In the next tutorial we'll take a look at another cool expression called valueAtTime( )...
July 18th, 2008 @ 10:08 am
Yay! new tutorial!

You discovered some new features? Were they lurking there in your website without your knowledge? :D
July 18th, 2008 @ 10:25 am
Not so exciting...
Some Guy
July 18th, 2008 @ 10:27 am
Ausum tutorial! I guess that's how you created the 3D text. By offsetting the text layers in Z-space depending on their indexes... I gonna try it right now. Thank you for the tutorial. I also like how you created the background. It is something new, not just a vignette mask.
July 18th, 2008 @ 10:28 am
Wow this is really cool, but I've one question.
Can't upload the irregular fonts that you use in some of your tutorials.
For example in this tutorial there's a font called intrepid and it's not on my computer and I can't really find it on the internet

Thanks again for all the tutorials

P.s. It's possible that this fonts are regular system fonts on your country but in wonderfull switzerland it's not
July 18th, 2008 @ 11:39 am
no like.....
July 18th, 2008 @ 11:41 am
You don't like expressions?
July 18th, 2008 @ 11:56 am
Another great tutorial by andrew kramer... love it and its really going to be useful for me... watching your tutorial has given me a great idea for a product design... thanks a lot... and as usual your tutorials rock !!
July 18th, 2008 @ 1:56 pm
Guess you can't please everybody -- there will always be someone complaining.
Daryl Booth
July 18th, 2008 @ 2:15 pm
Hmm, when I first realised this was an expression tute I went cold with fear...

But at the end I was pleased, its a great tut AK. Great job!
July 18th, 2008 @ 2:33 pm
awesome stuff
thanks !
Joe G
July 18th, 2008 @ 4:40 pm
Excellent tut Andrew! AE is even more powerful with expressions, I can't wait to learn more!!
July 18th, 2008 @ 7:36 pm
Sorry this is completely off topic but I thought it might be useful to other members. I was out skateboarding with my friends and we were doing some filming and my friend just got a really nice dolly. It was super mobile and smooth and I am thinking about getting one for myself. Here is the web site where he got it from. Check it out.
July 18th, 2008 @ 9:04 pm
I really appreciate the way you teach expressions. I've read Dan Ebberts site and frankly, I'm just not smart enough to run with that crowd. When you show an expression, I get it.

Uh... that didn't come out right. Hmm Okay... You are an excellent teacher and everyone here is very smart.

I'm just making it worse now. I'm bailing.

Thanks AK,
July 18th, 2008 @ 10:34 pm
Andrew are there any websites about with all the expressions on? I need some that i think you might never cover.
July 19th, 2008 @ 2:32 am
I like expressions. It's very handy in workflow and save cuple of time. But some people really scare expressions, cause they are loving make zillion keyframes by hand =)
guy from switzerland
July 19th, 2008 @ 7:41 am
Great tutorial.
I'd like to see more tutorials with expressions, they're really great and you can save so much time. The others are great too, but I hope you know what I mean ;-)

Thanks Andrew
`CharLeS x
July 19th, 2008 @ 8:48 am
this expression is very very useful, tnk.
July 19th, 2008 @ 9:17 am
Could have use this Tutorial a few weeks back when my client informed me that they needed to have multiples of the product in the "11th Hour"... erie how the ad is similar-ish. Check it out!
(used your keying tips to pull a key from HDV footage! They said it shouldn't be done, oh well)

Like the use of Expressions to make AE work for you! (I will be doing more of that)
Thanks Again keep up the good stuff and the Bullet DVD was worth every penny and more!
July 19th, 2008 @ 5:18 pm
Hey see this trailer made a your product very cool Videocopilot inspiration!!!!
July 20th, 2008 @ 10:22 am
@ James Price

Mr t;
July 20th, 2008 @ 12:17 pm
Malpa thats a very very nice title opener!!

July 21st, 2008 @ 11:12 pm
Awesome tutorial! It's a shame about the date being pushed back a bit though :(

Any ideas how long it'll be, i cant wait! :D
December 2nd, 2010 @ 10:13 am
Anything about expressions is always helpful to me.
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