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!

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Anything about expressions is always helpful to me.
9 years ago
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
Mr t;
9 years ago
Malpa thats a very very nice title opener!!

9 years ago
@ James Price

9 years ago
Hey see this trailer made a your product very cool Videocopilot inspiration!!!!
9 years ago
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!
`CharLeS x
9 years ago
this expression is very very useful, tnk.
guy from switzerland
9 years ago
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
9 years ago
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 =)
9 years ago
Andrew are there any websites about with all the expressions on? I need some that i think you might never cover.
9 years ago
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,
9 years ago
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.
Joe G
9 years ago
Excellent tut Andrew! AE is even more powerful with expressions, I can't wait to learn more!!
9 years ago
awesome stuff
thanks !
Daryl Booth
9 years ago
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!
9 years ago
Guess you can't please everybody -- there will always be someone complaining.
9 years ago
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 !!
9 years ago
You don't like expressions?
9 years ago
no like.....
9 years ago
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
Some Guy
9 years ago
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.
9 years ago
Not so exciting...
9 years ago
Yay! new tutorial!

You discovered some new features? Were they lurking there in your website without your knowledge? :D
9 years ago
You can use the expressions for almost anything. In the next tutorial we'll take a look at another cool expression called valueAtTime( )...
9 years ago
It's about time you taught us something useful :)

Just kidding...
very nice use of Expressions!

Thanks Andrew
9 years ago
very good..! again, thank you...
9 years ago
can i use this expressions with effects, rotation....? thnx
9 years ago
I have bought all your DVDs yet...can't wait :)
Oh, thank you for your products! They're wonderful :)
9 years ago
could this be done with echospace too.. im sure it can but this is great for those who dont have any plug ins.
9 years ago
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
9 years ago
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
Leonard Koch
9 years ago
Why does everyone keep saying that the tut was awesome? :O
It was AUSUM!
9 years ago
HAAA MAN!!!! these tutorals are seriouly awsome! like 10000X awsome
9 years ago
Awesome as usual . Thanks .
9 years ago
very cool andrew,
i was waiting for a tut like that
Ben Wotton
9 years ago
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. :)
9 years ago
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.
9 years ago
Wow! The little bits of information within this tutorial are bit helps. The overall tutorial is also quite sweet. Thanks for this Andrew.
9 years ago
9 years ago
Sweet. I can really put this to good use.
9 years ago
Thank you!
9 years ago
Thanks AK -- We appreciate your hard work
9 years ago
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.
9 years ago
Hey Andrew,

thank you so much.
9 years ago
a very interesting and different tutorial, your tutorials are very easy to understand and execute.. thanks again.
9 years ago
Just in time for some lunch-break viewing! Looking forward to the re-launch.
9 years ago
Andrew i hope you will be life 1000 Years ! :-)

i am one of your first Community Visitor .-)

Thanks man !

sry for my english :(
9 years ago
Awsome tutorial !
Thanks !
9 years ago
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.
9 years ago
Thanks andrew....

9 years ago
Awesome! Thanks Andrew i waited for this one so long! =]
9 years ago
Take your time with the homepage. waiting for a great is better then shorter waiting for an good. ^^
9 years ago
Thanks for all your work
9 years ago
great andrew, thanks you!
9 years ago
9 years ago
Great :D
9 years ago
ace! thankyou VCP!
9 years ago
The Very Very Cool Tutorial... Love It So Much.. Keep It Up Bro... :-)
Nicolas Pinchart
9 years ago
Nice !!!
I love it !
Thank you Andrew for this great tutorial =)
Jahanzeb Khalid
9 years ago
Cool .... willl check out the tutorial rite now