Back Online and News

Well it’s no secret, I’ve been busier than a beaver in a chopstick factory but the good news is one of my projects is almost complete. Monday is a holiday and I think I’ll spend some time editing a few tutorials and get some things moving around here.

Something I learned: I’m doing a concert stage scene with a rock band and instead of compositing in AE, I matched the color in AE and brought in to 3D max for compositing. This way It will interact with the atmosphere effects and blend with the lighting correctly without as much work.

Until then, remember everyday is an opportunity to learn cool stuff! Like Hockey-Basketball!

August 28th, 2008 @ 1:40 pm
Ha not bad . Was worried about the database going missing but that thing called backups is a good thing to have ;-p
August 28th, 2008 @ 1:41 pm
first comment... awesome.
well it's good to see you back online. you'll have to tell us how to get moving video into 3d max, i've tried but couldn't figure it out.

i love hockey-basketball!
G Man
August 28th, 2008 @ 1:47 pm
i was worried there for a second
Fredrik Davidsson
August 28th, 2008 @ 1:49 pm
cant wait for the new few tutorials :)

Gothenburg, Sweden
August 28th, 2008 @ 1:50 pm
Good stuff Andrew. Can you tell us the band your working with?

Hockey rules!!!! You have to watch the movies Slapshot and Youngblood, the 2 best hockey movies ever!
August 28th, 2008 @ 2:05 pm
Hey Andrew my man,

It's Ramadan here, and we need some tutorials to kill the time between sunrise and sunset....
Please deliver,
August 28th, 2008 @ 2:25 pm
in other words, get out of the house...lay off the potato chips.
Juan Francisco
August 28th, 2008 @ 2:28 pm
lol Hockey-Basketball!
August 28th, 2008 @ 2:28 pm
Damn i cant wait for another tutorial.Maybe an trapcode form one :P.It would also be cool if you would always show all your finished projects to us :=).
August 28th, 2008 @ 2:49 pm
i agree, show your projects, please!
good, so next week we´ll probaly have a tutorial?
August 28th, 2008 @ 2:55 pm
It's actually not a real band but they look pretty good. New tutorial next week for sure.
August 28th, 2008 @ 3:15 pm
Good you're back... I felt like a junky out of dope...
Matheus Santos
August 28th, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

New tutorial!

I've been waiting for weeeks to see this.

Congrats from Brazil!
Louis S
August 28th, 2008 @ 3:23 pm
Andrew your giving these tutorials for free, there the BEST online! dont worry about being busy we can matter how long the wait is when a tutorial comes out its worth it!

Take care

keep up the good work!
August 28th, 2008 @ 3:37 pm
So you're working with the Jonas Brothers? hahahahaha
August 28th, 2008 @ 3:43 pm
Awesome. Can't wait for a new tutorial!

Also, bask-ice-ball is aweesome!
Timothy Cross
August 28th, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

... dont work on the holiday man, we love you, but seriously. there is one thing in this world that is the most important thing that we can do. and that is spend time with you family. so take this holiday off man. spend it with your family. us loyal fans of your work can wait a little while longer. seriously though. if you read this. take a break. spend a day with your family. go somewhere do something. take sam with ya if ya want.

just sayin man.
August 28th, 2008 @ 5:15 pm
Have you been doing work on the new fox seriers Fringe? cause it looks like it has a Andrew Kramer feel.
August 28th, 2008 @ 5:22 pm
I loved the Jonas Brothers Joker.
Edd Black
August 28th, 2008 @ 5:31 pm
Good news indeed.

Has me worried though. Seems the master of AE himself is moving too far into the 3D max realm.

Sad for us old school AE'ers that have no interest (or time) to delve into the 3D world. :(

Is AE going to be the thing of the past?
August 28th, 2008 @ 6:22 pm
Hockey Basketball is the best! I was super bummed and almost started crying today when the site was down. The idea of not being able to watch some tutorials while my main machine is all hosed up with a giant render is almost too much to bare! You guys keep my downtime entertaining and that rules. I think I'll have to send you a gift basket or something...
August 28th, 2008 @ 6:50 pm
HAPPYFully ur back :D .. yea ur right .. evry day is a tutorial with u man .. can wait to see what u will schoolin me next time ..
omar from Morocco
August 28th, 2008 @ 7:02 pm
I'm interested to see how the compositing in Max goes.

Great stuff, as ever.
August 28th, 2008 @ 7:14 pm
We(the mice and I)thought you got lost flying that Helicopter, we are glad you landed safely and back on the ground. ")
August 28th, 2008 @ 7:14 pm
word, glad to hear that. no rush as always just be sure to keep those mighty incisors sharp!

@ Edd Black (if you're that green)

AE is a compositing package ment to incorporate various rendered design elements and composite them (in many ways) if needed for a specific look. Video and 3D will always need compositing. sumed up, AE's future doesn't look short lived.
August 28th, 2008 @ 7:39 pm
Hi Andrew, first of all, your work its awsome, congrats. Just a suggestion... how its made the videos like this

the glint effects are awsome, not a simple rays. Can you teach us?

August 28th, 2008 @ 8:15 pm
Hey Andrew,
You should post more after effects 3d max tutorials.
Keep with the good work

August 28th, 2008 @ 8:27 pm
Man... if I could only figure out how to combine hockey and basketball... I could consolidate two of the three biggest black-holes of time :)
August 28th, 2008 @ 8:51 pm
So when do we find out who won the t-shirt competition?!?!
August 28th, 2008 @ 9:13 pm
wow! i thought about doing my compositing in 3d app. but i couldnt figure it out. Im really excited for the new tutorial. but honestly im even more excited for the 3d stuff u have been doing. I started with from lesson 01 back in the day, so im also doing matchmoving and cg stuff too. im stuck trying to replicate your big hole in the road though, im hoping there is a tutorial for that someday, but i know u always post the tutorials that u promise. Look forward to the next news!
Edd Black
August 28th, 2008 @ 10:18 pm
You misunderstand. In my previous post, I expressed concern that there will be more 3D max tutorials and projects and less AE projects at this specific site.

Meaning, I hope he keeps the AE tutorials and Video Co-Pilot's product line AE centric for the AE'ers here.

Hope that clears up any future confusion.
August 28th, 2008 @ 10:34 pm
@ Edd Black, the future of compositing is going the way of 3D, more and more, it may not be Max, but there will be more 3D
August 28th, 2008 @ 11:01 pm
Hockey Basketball? Why not just regular basketball? Im gonna be playin regular basketball until you put something new up, then ill go into nerd mode.
August 29th, 2008 @ 12:18 am
3D tracking tutorial............YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!
August 29th, 2008 @ 12:35 am
I'll tell you right now, there is lots of great 3D stuff coming up. All of them integrating with After Effects.

I also have 3 AE specific tutorials designed. Just remember, in this industry you can't do it all in AE. And who said learning a 3D program was hard?

You don't learn it all at once... when I first started in 3D I tried to get in and out as fast as I could. All I made was titles and then exported them. Add text, add a bevel and export. Then you add to your skills along the way. You can never learn it all and that's what makes us so motivated.
August 29th, 2008 @ 12:41 am
word :)
August 29th, 2008 @ 1:37 am
Hi Andrew,

i'm a bit worried about 3D too since i have almost no experience with it...

Plus, i got a Mac and no 3D max...
I know that most of the things you explain can translate to other sw such as C4D or Blender...but how hard would it be for a newbie to make this translation...

I'm not begging for anything, your work is really apreciated, but if there was a little chance you could explain 3d for mac users would be great!
And could be useful for many people...

Don't leave us apart :-)
Josh Johnson
August 29th, 2008 @ 2:46 am
Sounds great Andrew. Can we expect any c4d or all Max? Looking froward to all the new stuff especially the quick matte plugin!
August 29th, 2008 @ 3:03 am
Yeah. C4D would be great!
August 29th, 2008 @ 3:37 am
tanks dear Mr.ANDREW
August 29th, 2008 @ 5:03 am
thanks andrew....
August 29th, 2008 @ 6:02 am
August 29th, 2008 @ 6:27 am
Nice to have u back Andrew, thnx in advance for the coming tut.

tommie12P(Thorsten Miess)
August 29th, 2008 @ 6:35 am
Thats right! I agree with everyone here :D

A 3d programm has so many things to learn you never get bored except you want to!

Even if it´ll be only 3Dsmax as 3D app you can translate it to c4D or blender (like me, blender rocks)
August 29th, 2008 @ 6:41 am
wow.. nice :P
August 29th, 2008 @ 7:50 am
I'm really excited about Boujou
August 29th, 2008 @ 8:32 am
Thanks for the update AK. Been a bit lonely without the tutorials, u know!

Hope it all goes well in your projects. If it doesn't, you know that you can ask us about it ;D

August 29th, 2008 @ 10:06 am
I just can't believe that a guy with that extreme understanding and creativity can be as simple as you are.

that's why you're the best. :)
Joe Avino
August 29th, 2008 @ 10:24 am
What do you think of the Windows Mojave experiment? I think Vista haters got burned.
August 29th, 2008 @ 10:44 am
There's a lot of wisdom in what you've said. thanx for sharing..
August 29th, 2008 @ 12:30 pm
Man does not live by AE alone.

Take a day off, Mr. Kramer! Bust out the grill and have a bar-b-que! Free tutorials can wait!
August 29th, 2008 @ 1:06 pm
Hey Andrew. I still really don't understand why you went with 3D MAX, its only made for PC's. Cinema 4D is built for both Mac and PC. Im assuming you work on a PC? What do clients say when you tell them that?
August 29th, 2008 @ 1:12 pm
@VFX Guy

I'm sure clients are relieved that he works on a PC and won't have to worry about the machine crashing right in the middle of important things happening like every Mac I have ever used.

(Plus I love prolonging the PC vs Mac hate debate, it's just fun. They are basically the same machines now both with their inevitable flaws.)
August 29th, 2008 @ 1:41 pm
It's not the platform that matters, it's the content my dear boy.
August 29th, 2008 @ 2:20 pm
hey Andrewm I like the idea of 3D integration and all that but i'm only 12 so i can not afford 3Ds MAX OR Cinema 4D... any advice? should i use blender instead?
August 29th, 2008 @ 3:08 pm
@Edd Black

word, you're right. sorry for the mis understanding ;)
August 29th, 2008 @ 3:11 pm
VFX Guy,
My clients don't care if I use Play-Doh, as long as the product looks good.
August 29th, 2008 @ 3:46 pm
Actually, I think making the stuff you make with only Play-Doh would be more impressive, so that wouldn't be that bad of an idea :D Macaronis next! TO THE MAC MOBILE!
August 29th, 2008 @ 4:50 pm
i remember in one of your posts when you talked that you came with a spetacular solution and the supervisor did not care because they care for the final project not by the way you did it, right?
Videocopilot King
August 29th, 2008 @ 5:32 pm
No activite on Videocopilot = Boring Day. Pleaes upload new tutorials soon. Btw I love your tutorials....heheh
August 29th, 2008 @ 7:09 pm
Play-Doh... fun stuff!
August 29th, 2008 @ 8:15 pm
Yeah Calculon Back!! I mean Andrew is coming back. Glad to see that the work load pile is lower than your neck.
August 29th, 2008 @ 9:11 pm
I don't mean to get into your personal life Andrew, but I agree that a day out with your family would be a nice way to spend your holiday. I on the other hand might end up with a noisy, rude, space invading, and not to mention unwanted house guest named Gustav. So, enjoy spending time with your wife and little one. It was funny to see the balloon video, I would love to see another one like that again. Peace.
Andrew Kramer
August 30th, 2008 @ 12:23 am
Thanks for your thoughts. Don't worry, I spend quality time with my family everyday. Sunday is our daughters first birthday party. Should be fun.
August 30th, 2008 @ 1:21 am
Hi Andrew,
Why do 3D compo in full 3D app when you could pull it off in Fusion (especially with the inbuilt particle system). True, the results might not necessarily be thesame but you at least do your CC there as well. Except of course its not too common as an app due to the obvious reasons of price, but Nuke's gaining ground. Well, thats out of the discussion, just wanted to really know the benefit of doing it 3D. Yeah, I heard it's easier but imagine a big project with more than one compositor.
Morten Enoksen
August 30th, 2008 @ 1:52 am
Sounds great. But I hope you and your family can have a time off on Monday. AK, AE and C4D FTW;)
August 30th, 2008 @ 3:48 am
AK and AE fits together like ice-cream and me.
james green
August 30th, 2008 @ 4:59 am
is that hockey and basketball or have you just invented a new sport mr Kramer!? hosketball lol
August 30th, 2008 @ 6:24 am
Im Glad you back andrew :)
Im learning alot from your tutorials and hope to see more of theme
August 30th, 2008 @ 10:38 am
Hey Andrew:

Glad to see you guys got back up. I was working on a podcast and was going to point ppl there not too long ago and was like "oh.. it will be there.. dont you worry"

Great stuff man..

Here's to hoping you make it on the show sometime!

August 30th, 2008 @ 12:01 pm
oh my, 3Ds Max is too hard for me so far, I can do things in C4D easily (not to easy, but to do the basics, surely C4D is much more easy). But I love the 3dmax's interface, so I'm looking forward to become a master in that one as well. Not now, not tomorrow, but one day, who knows. :)

I'm a video editor for games and so on, I'm just doing a video and I used a lot of resources Andrew teach in his tutorials, mostly the tutorials that have some expressions. So the video is looking very good because of it. Those tutorials are really handy.

I work with computers since my 7 years old, and I've never worked with a program like After Effects. It's very, very stable, hard to get problems with it, even with a lot of work in a project.
August 30th, 2008 @ 12:55 pm
Glad you're busy AK. It's the best problem to have.
Paton MacDonald
August 30th, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
Andrew... You have changed the last two weeks of my life when I stumbled up the car accident tutorial just trolling on you tube. Oddly enough, I had After Effects CS3 sitting in a box never opened. It came in some school package that I never attended and now wish I had. I have watched about 85% of your tutorials thus far and HOLY F!
What have I been doing with my life? I mean... I can DO THIS! And I can probably make money doing it if I really cared to.
I just wanted to thank you for exposing me to a world I knew existed but never understood. Every commercial, promo and trailer that I see I now say (To myself, as my wife would think.. wait she already knows I'm strange) "I know how they did that" with great excitement.
I think that you have turned me into a AE nerd. As soon as my creations start looking original and unique, I will shoot you a link so that you can laugh at me.
The support and knowledge in this field is just astronomical. I am so excited to see what the next tutorial will bring!

I would like to make a request. I am interested in Blockbuster movie effects to some extent. Mainly I want to experiment with effects like your Bullet tutorial. Perhaps a section of tutorials called "How did they do that" to help show how YOU would complete certain effects in movies like Xmen and Spiderman (Like the snaggle hair that comes out of his fingers and the upside down kiss thing... yeah.. that too).
So much for keeping it short.
-Your excellent. Thank you also for having a sense of humor as it make it that much easier to sit through.

August 30th, 2008 @ 7:09 pm
Kramer,.. can't wait to see what else you gots in store brotha ;)
August 30th, 2008 @ 9:52 pm
ive had the longest night .. got into a road rage battle with someone who had a bigger knife then me . and my knife is pretty freaking big .. so i had to jump back into my car pedal to the medal .. hide my ride so they wouldnt find my house .. then what do you know im on andrews site few mins later . like nothing ever happened shows how powerfulll teh vuideo copilot is .
August 30th, 2008 @ 11:10 pm
andrew your so awesome. your tutorials are so cool and you are the only reason i dont use windows movie maker anymore. you know like everything there is to know about AE and its awesome that you share your knowledge with us for free
August 31st, 2008 @ 9:47 am
August 31st, 2008 @ 11:08 am
Almost next week, cant wait for a new tutorial.
August 31st, 2008 @ 11:14 am
Hey Andrew I've always been very intrigued as to how they make those Gatorade commercials that have been airing lately.

The ones that look like a still frame picture, but yet it's actually an EXTREMELY slow moving frame. Super fluid, yet super super slow. What technique was used with those? Is it close to your "Speed Variation" tutorial, or another monster task all together?
August 31st, 2008 @ 11:52 am
Some cameras shoot that way , like the panasonic hvx200 can shoot slow mo when you set it for that . If that's what you are talking about.
August 31st, 2008 @ 1:04 pm
yah Kramer! bring on the crazy!!!
August 31st, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
@Brandon Hey man, I used a similar technique here in the U.k, and subsequintly seen the Gatorade ad through a link on a forum. If you check out Andrews Tut number 46 "3-d Photos" you may see a similar Idea, the trick is subtle uses of the puppet tool and some imagintaion on how to make a background appear it is in slow motion too...think of how you could simulate say a camera flashing in a crowd in slow time...
August 31st, 2008 @ 1:42 pm
thanks man, this long tut-offtime shows that even youre just meat and blood that has to earn some bucks from time to time instaed of pleasing groupies like me ;-)
looking forward for da new incredible stuff you teach us.
August 31st, 2008 @ 5:57 pm
Happy Birthday, mini Kramer :)
September 1st, 2008 @ 1:51 am
I wanna ask you to say some words in the comimg tutorials about MAYA also...
because I quite know how to use MAYA, but I have never used 3D MAX, and it looks very different to me...
September 1st, 2008 @ 5:37 am
Andrew, will in the near future tutorials for Digital Fusion?
September 1st, 2008 @ 7:12 am
Hey Andrew
I was wondering, what kind of computer do you use, and what is the specifications (RAM, GPU, CPU-speed...), and how is you 'Memory and Cache' options set?
I was wondering, because some of your projects (Like the energy one) is way too heavy and demanding for my computer (at least with my current settings).
September 1st, 2008 @ 12:48 pm
I really looking forward to the 3d stuff.
September 1st, 2008 @ 1:00 pm
I check the site regularly and there's not much ever going on. Can you make someone post something daily so I can justify this habit.
September 1st, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

Visit the forum, there's always something going on there.
September 1st, 2008 @ 1:26 pm
dude your an addict
Josh Johnson
September 1st, 2008 @ 1:27 pm
Sk3ptix their are new posts in the forum every day :). Andrew does have another job and a family.

Happy holidays everyone.
September 1st, 2008 @ 3:22 pm
well, i am as addicted as sk3ptix but i have no claims.
i am waiting for this week tutorial as you said. Waiting patiently though.
September 1st, 2008 @ 3:27 pm
Sk3ptix, ever heard of the RSS Feeds?
Make ure life a bit easier ;)
September 1st, 2008 @ 3:58 pm
Can we expect any tutorials today Andrew?
September 1st, 2008 @ 6:25 pm
man you all, quit sweating the man. he said he's working on it today. like Josh Johnson said he does have another job and a family.
September 1st, 2008 @ 10:29 pm
Today it is one Month ago AK posted a Tut so maybe it is his intention to do that always on the 2ch of each Month?

Very convenient, we only have to check this blog once a Month!

All the other days we can visit the forum :)

September 2nd, 2008 @ 12:32 am
i tryed to watch you clip it says no longer avliable
September 2nd, 2008 @ 12:47 am
Look good :-) But i have to wait until Andrew will post a new tutorial for Boujou. I really want to know how this work with Sam and the dark ground :-)
September 2nd, 2008 @ 3:53 am

Wish Your daughter a Very Happy B'day!!!

I remembered cause its my B'day too...

Good Day.....
September 2nd, 2008 @ 4:20 am
Oh, yes, from me too. A very happy B'day!!!
September 2nd, 2008 @ 4:38 am
Yeah Andraw a very happy birthday to your doughter
September 3rd, 2008 @ 12:20 am
Happy Birthday _________!!! what's the name of your daughter again? :)

wished i could send a camel with a ribbon around the neck for a gift!

September 4th, 2008 @ 5:04 pm
Hey Andrew, First i want to say Congrats for your lil baby girl's Bday, also i saw some cool music video on you tube and i was wondering if you could tell us how do you think they edit the movie.
September 16th, 2008 @ 4:43 am
do you play beach basketball too?

is very nice to the muscles :)
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