Compositing Practice

One of the things I like to do is take something that exists in the real world and try to recreate it digitally. In this example, I extracted the helicopter on the right and replaced it with my helicopter. The key was matching the lighting, color, blur, and grain of the original shot. What is really great about this technique is having a reference for what things are supposed to look like. Then when you are working on a 100% CG shot you will have the proper chops… I mean skills to get it done. These kind of excercises will give you that real world experience needed to become a great compositor.

164 RESPONSES TO "COMPOSITING PRACTICE"
Rick
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:14 am
Looks brilliant! I'm gonna start doing that, thanks for the tip! Mr. Kramer :)
Daryl Booth
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:15 am
Your kung fu is the best sir....
Casey Millwood
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:17 am
if i have one critique...the blade looks too close to camera. But who am I to say :D.

Awesome work mate.
xed
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:17 am
jeez - cant tell the difference!
Josh Johnson
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:18 am
Wow that is great and could easily fool a trained eye nice work. That is a really great practice. To me the only thing that looks a little off is maybe the reflections on the window. Of course without that reference image I would have never caught that. I hope my comps will eventually turn out that great.
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:20 am
not wanting to pick flaws, because it looks fantastic - but the major difference between yours and the real still is that your virtual camera is a much wider lens.

Also the reflevtivity of the glass seems slightly off, and perhaps your shadows are sliiiightly underexposed compared to the real one.

lets see some tut's like this though! proper high-end stuff - it's awesome!
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:22 am
yes ;) for first time im 7th.

And it was awesome, i didnt knew wich was real and wich was CG before i read :P
Earlack
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:23 am
Not 100 % perfect but still amazing, and I think that's enough for "just a test" :P
Jefuhfuh
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:24 am
Pretty nifty, Kramer!
It's a great idea for compositing.. But not all of us are as ungodly skilled as you. :p
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:30 am
As long as you guys are thinking about the training concept, I'm happy! Otherwise, what the heck are we trying to save?
Infaas
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:33 am
Real advice,, thanks alot!
Josh Johnson
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:40 am
I think its a great training concept and one should always try to do this before they finalize the comp.

You are quite the night owl aren't ya? I work best when the sun goes down.
Lorenz of the Philippines
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:49 am
nice work! i hope you'll have some tuttorials like that andrew! ASTIG!
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:51 am
really nice color, grain and blur match.

Now where is your tutorial about it and how to best do this ;-) ?

Cheers,

Thorsten
www.StrongMocha.com
(
DFX (Digital Effects) VFX (Visual Effects) Photo Food Travel)
Monroe E. “tequilaman2006″
August 12th, 2008 @ 2:09 am
"chops..." no pun intended Andrew? :P

good work.
August 12th, 2008 @ 2:39 am
Why do you need a tutorial to try this?
August 12th, 2008 @ 2:41 am
It's encouraging to see that you are still aggressive about expanding your skills.
The reason I come to this site is to become better, so it's good to know that you're also growing.

Go for it!

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bANKS
August 12th, 2008 @ 2:57 am
Cool. Thanks for the helpful information.
mason
August 12th, 2008 @ 3:07 am
nice!kramer
there will be a new training product come out!
(just kidding~~~):p

it's awesome! cool for Compositing and cool man
Andrew Kramer!
Kakarot
August 12th, 2008 @ 3:07 am
Be our master Andrew :) ( any tutorial about this one? ) :D:D
caio
August 12th, 2008 @ 3:26 am
very cool kramer!
why you do not make a tutorial of track with boujou?
would be very interesting!
August 12th, 2008 @ 3:27 am
@Andrew

"Otherwise what the heck are we trying to save?" Whats up Andrew? Is everything alright over there in California?? Surely Final Image is roaring with work, or is that the prob??
August 12th, 2008 @ 3:57 am
Great Andrew!
August 12th, 2008 @ 4:12 am
@Vidvillain:
I didn't really get the "Otherwise what the heck are we trying to save?" part either - I thought it's me being German and therefore perhaps not understanding some figure of speech. But if it surprises you, too, I'm even more puzzled.
August 12th, 2008 @ 4:34 am
Wow, awesome how it maches... the only thing which i think could be better is that these rotorwings of a flying helicopter are curved up, not down.

“Otherwise what the heck are we trying to save?” didn't get it too... but i'm German too,so... :D ;-)

hey, but it's really great what you're doing Andrew! you and your team should be very proud...

greets
August 12th, 2008 @ 4:36 am
Question is...-how would u remove the original chopper?
u just animate the CG chopper above it, as u cover it above the real one? or u somehow remove the old one off the frame?
sam
August 12th, 2008 @ 4:42 am
amazing! u r genius )))) best ive ever seen
Some Guy
August 12th, 2008 @ 4:46 am
This is really amazing! Only two things I dislike, which were already mentioned: the wide lens and the rotor blades should be curved up. But I guess it's OK for just a test. The rest looks great. I can't wait to see more 3D tutorials and stuff!
August 12th, 2008 @ 4:50 am
Looking good! Well done!
andi
August 12th, 2008 @ 4:58 am
looks awesome, only the cockpit glass i think lets it down a bit, but you wouldnt notice if it wasn't next to the other pic
August 12th, 2008 @ 5:05 am
@elad

just take Photoshop and edit the picture. Because its a still frame and the chopper is in front of the sky its not a big deal to remove it.
G Man
August 12th, 2008 @ 5:40 am
i like your weapons better... =D
Ori Lahav
August 12th, 2008 @ 5:47 am
Hey Andrew,

Its a good exercises, so, can you give us the pictures and let us try too? :)
I think I must practice in CCing, since I still don't know it well...

Thanks,
Ori Lahav.
August 12th, 2008 @ 5:50 am
Nice job. Did you build the Heli yourself or just composite the model?
john drach
August 12th, 2008 @ 5:57 am
Leroy, Who is the MASTER?
August 12th, 2008 @ 6:04 am
i think 'what the heck are we trying to save' is supposed to be a quote from armageddon.

if so, i think the standard of movie that is being quoted should be questioned...
August 12th, 2008 @ 6:09 am
Great composite! I used to fly in Army Choppers, I saw one other mention of this... when a helicopter is in flight the blades bend upward (because the heavy fuselage is hanging from them!) and forms a shallow cone (when seen dead on with all the motion blur). A spinning rotor system is often called the rotor disk since the blades visually and aerodynamically behave like one solid shape.

Wanna know about translational lift??!!!
August 12th, 2008 @ 6:23 am
Yeah.
David Brown
August 12th, 2008 @ 6:25 am
I think the real helicopter looks more CG'd than the actual CG shot. The guns on each side just look too simple, compared to the awesome destructive machines on the CG helicopter.

Love the blades, too! I noticed someone saying that they appeared too close to the camera, but I think it's a cool effect.

I can't wait to see more! :D
August 12th, 2008 @ 6:32 am
Now that I'm done geeking out, Great work and thanks for the idea (to comp over reference material) simple and brilliant, I don't think I'd have noticed the blades if I hadn't been told that was CG.

P.S. I like the new website header!
August 12th, 2008 @ 7:00 am
Sho-NUFF!
August 12th, 2008 @ 7:10 am
To answer the question on how to remove it , you can notice the sky was replaced . It isn't hard as long as you know what you are doing when replicating a scene, just the question is usually what you need to remove first and how you are going to match it like Andrew has explained.
August 12th, 2008 @ 7:12 am
Realy nice job, i know the pain it is to try to composite a 3d object into a real scene. Lighting, GI, caustics, etc, etc... And you get it done perfectly. Just one advice on physics, blades should be bending up, and not down.
August 12th, 2008 @ 7:31 am
I hate criticizing your work Andrew, but one thing which ALL people miss is the fact that the propeller blades are bent upwards when a chopper is in the air! Other than that it's awesome.
Kael
August 12th, 2008 @ 7:33 am
Man, now that someone's mentioned it, I can't help but notice the fact that the blades on everything but your chopper are bent upwards when I look at the pics. It's still a nice composite, but that small discrepancy does bug me a bit.
robert
August 12th, 2008 @ 7:52 am
wow! looks cool... though i would have scaled down this strange... bulb-thing on top of the rotor blades. looks like you have to push it in order to get the blades going :)

i'd love to see how the composite looks in motion.

how did you track that footage? obviously not the ground or the other helicopter... did you 3D-track the main helicopter itself?
robert
August 12th, 2008 @ 7:54 am
oh wait haha, AK you got me. it mixed up the pics! so it must be an AWESOME composite :)
tommie12P(Thorsten Miess)
August 12th, 2008 @ 7:57 am
without the text i never would know wich one is real and wich "fake". looks nice...thanks for the tip!
Kevin
August 12th, 2008 @ 8:03 am
Hee, nice man. Cool tip!

You got a famous last name too.. lol
August 12th, 2008 @ 8:04 am
stop mumbling bout the chopper...maybe andrew didnt even make it? and its a pre-made one? ...so many complaints :]
guess no one wouldve noticed all that if it was a video, and not a still frame :]
WSOwen
August 12th, 2008 @ 8:07 am
Hey Andrew,
Brilliant work, as usual. I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on taking a model (for instance the chopper), and show how you make it from being the 3d model, to the final product. I'm in 3ds Max, but I've been having a hard time with lighting, rendering, and the final output....things aren't coming out as good as I'd like them, so a tutorial would be brilliant. It probably would be pretty simple for you to shed light on this.
Thanks for considering. I really appreciate it.
August 12th, 2008 @ 8:08 am
I want that tutorial.. VC product VC product !!
Joe Avino
August 12th, 2008 @ 8:12 am
Solid work. Can barely see the difference.
August 12th, 2008 @ 8:20 am
stop teasing us and lets get to work ,i want a chopper too to blow up my house ,so show me how i can make one.
August 12th, 2008 @ 8:59 am
well, i bet in the next scene the chopper transforms into a Machine-Gun-Wielding-Robot which fights against an army of Ninja Monkeys...
August 12th, 2008 @ 9:03 am
Andrew, your composite (lighting, blurring) looks dead-on! The only thing is that the modeling of the AH-64 Apache is not too great. That being said, it's still a great composite and will many who may not have an aviation/military background. But accuracy and continuity is still important. But this isn't Andrew's fault at all - just the person who modeled the helicopter. But I agree, the rotor blade "disk" should be flexed upward in flight, just like wings of a commercial jetliner/glider are flexed upward in flight - another thing that annoys me about movies that uses CG aircraft with unflexed wings - very unrealistic.
thepcdude
August 12th, 2008 @ 9:12 am
VC PRODUCT! We need a tutorial on advanced compositing like this. And especially in video. Make one that's like a robot warrior in a place. It would be a great tut.
Justin
August 12th, 2008 @ 9:19 am
You've got the photos backwards (on purpose?). The CG model from the previous composite had the radar bulb on top and now the one labeled as CG does not (and the one labeled as real does). Or wait, did you remove it? Because the one labeled CG does have the incorrectly curved downward rotor blades...

Shenanigans!
tygryss
August 12th, 2008 @ 9:39 am
Andrew, you have to play with the lightning a litle, and the rotors curve... look the original, the rotors is going up, and need a little ambient light on the CG chopper
Rafael
August 12th, 2008 @ 10:02 am
The small helicopter in the left is just perfect, identical. I am trying a similar effect in an amateur movie I am editing, if anyone can help me in the forum...
R-Bleezy
August 12th, 2008 @ 10:14 am
Andrew,
Have you ever dabbled in landscape generators like vue 5 or terragen, or is there a cooler one?
Tyler
August 12th, 2008 @ 10:30 am
Man, this is sweet! I really wish that we could see the real thing. Where is this going to be published?
eric james wood
August 12th, 2008 @ 10:44 am
andrew,
looks very spot on!

there is one thing that i really notice though. the blades. in the real choppers, due to the spinning, the blade tips RISE out from the linkage point. in the CG chopper, they are showing weighted down on the ends it looks like they are static blades sitting on the ground with blur added.

other than that, looks great.
krentistthedentist
August 12th, 2008 @ 10:58 am
He's probably working on Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.

Haha.... that would be amazing.
August 12th, 2008 @ 11:09 am
Hey Andrew,

Question... How exactly do you get the blades to rotate with a blur with out making the chopper blur too? I have 500 .3ds Models of Tanks and Choppers and bunch other stuff, And I am trying to figure out the blur for one part and not the other part of the model. Maybe it's scripting, but I am not at that level yet.
aeron
August 12th, 2008 @ 11:09 am
very cool, ur an inspiration to the community andrew! Thanks for sharing soo much cool stuff!
Mishael
August 12th, 2008 @ 11:36 am
Looks Real... Thats Great Andrew Your the Best
August 12th, 2008 @ 11:37 am
I'd be more afraid of your helicopter........It has rockets. but no radar.
Rafael
August 12th, 2008 @ 12:02 pm
Andrew, your forum is awesome. I got my answer in 5 minutes.
rev_65
August 12th, 2008 @ 12:14 pm
AK, creating a new composite over the original is a great way to develop real world chops! Thanks for the reminder!

To all the naysayers and nitpickers, until you post a version of your own work that is as good or better, you have no valid opinion, so shut up and get to work! ;)
louis
August 12th, 2008 @ 12:31 pm
Are yu working on Transfromers 2?
highdefw
August 12th, 2008 @ 12:43 pm
I knew you could render out and composite better than you previous post. Good job Andrew. Hopefully my final shots come out this good.
August 12th, 2008 @ 12:50 pm
Images and real video are great exercises. I am have a hard time with over doing it sometimes, and references come in handy.
Kyle
August 12th, 2008 @ 12:53 pm
He's playing a trick on us all. Both of them are CG! Well probably not. But I wouldnt put it past him. Great tip Mr Kramer. Thanks.
noone
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:06 pm
Amazing work. What are you doing the composite in?
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:09 pm
"Otherwise what the heck are we trying to save?"
This is a line from the film Armageddon :)
isi123
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:11 pm
That looks brilliant.

Just was watching TV earlier and came across this advert and though something looked familiar. Well the Evolution product was used. Brilliant stuff Andrew your products being used everywhere :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmFT3EGAsNs
Alex
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
Hi Andrew. First: Your work is absolutely fantastic! The tutorials and everything. Second: I have a question about this composition. You`ve replaced the old(real) chopper with the cg one but how did you do it more exactly? Thanks!
Vic
August 12th, 2008 @ 1:43 pm
Great idea! Only one thing I can tell by looking at the two shots.......the chopper blades need to bow up a bit like the real chopper. Other than that the lighting, shade, color and motion blur look good!
Jan
August 12th, 2008 @ 2:06 pm
It´s all about the chopperblades...(?)
I really like your compositing advice!
VFX-Anomaly
August 12th, 2008 @ 2:35 pm
I'm studying CG and Live Footage a lot lately, and you are
absolutely correct Andrew
( as we already didn't know that) :)
"The key was matching the lighting, color, blur, and grain of the original shot" This is the defacto of the Industry for Compositing CG and Live Footage!

Anyway it looks fantastic Andrew, Excellent Job!
Tim
August 12th, 2008 @ 2:37 pm
SIGGRAPH was awesome!

Sony even had a "Bullet" demo but I didn't stay to watch it. All the big companies were there except Apple (and Video Copilot!... where were you guys?)

Anyway, if you are in the Los Angeles area you should definitely check it out. It's worth the time. The only downside is that parking cost $12!
alex
August 12th, 2008 @ 3:10 pm
i have one Question what program are you useing andrew?
VFX-Anomaly
August 12th, 2008 @ 3:24 pm
I think Andrew is working on
Armageddon II: The Aftermath
:P
Chris
August 12th, 2008 @ 4:49 pm
I can say for sure the Apache model is stock (if no one else answered this). Go to page 123 of the latest Cinefex (114 Iron Man). You'll see this model in the upper right corner.

Andrew's looks better!
Peter Wong
August 12th, 2008 @ 5:14 pm
How long would it take to model the entire helicopter by hand?
August 12th, 2008 @ 6:23 pm
Looks awesome!
I don't know if anyone's said this (I haven't read all the comments), but to be nit picky, but from the centrifugal force and life from the spinning the weight of the copter, and the prop blades should look like they're curved slightly upwards.


-Andrew
August 12th, 2008 @ 6:24 pm
......that should say "lift" not "life"


dang.
manda
August 12th, 2008 @ 6:46 pm
You lie Andrew.. the first one is the real chopper =)
theboss
August 12th, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
hey i need help in how importing 3d scenes in to AE
if we can :P

thnx alot
August 12th, 2008 @ 9:15 pm
Brillant work.

http://www.fubiz.net
August 12th, 2008 @ 10:07 pm
Andrew, and you have planned in the near future lessons on Digital Fusion?
And then you already seem to go composing
Mikey
August 12th, 2008 @ 11:00 pm
Very good, but your chopper still looks a little 'toonish' , i think its just the shape of the windshield and that its a little fatter
Simon
August 13th, 2008 @ 2:26 am
Hey Andrew....The chopper looks good, but the focal length is not correct. And the rotor blades are hanging down. In the original, they are bend to the top. But Anyway....looks pretty good.
August 13th, 2008 @ 3:07 am
Andrew,

That is a great comp.

I think you need to alter the metal of the chopper with a tiny bit of a bump map or displacement map, so it reflects less like plastic.

Yes, sorry to get down on your work. Consider that my evil personality.
Lawrence
August 13th, 2008 @ 8:52 am
This is some great composition advice, I love how animation forces you to scrutinise the minor details and behaviours of the way things move and interact and reflect light.

@ Chris, that point about the blades pointing up into a cone is fascinating, you'd never notice usually but makes great sense. I shall be boring my friends with that little gem in the near future.

Great example, cheers
August 13th, 2008 @ 12:04 pm
Andrew,
I like your version best. Yeah, the blades may be bigger and hang lower than the original, but if it's for a movie, then bigger is better and your image definitely impressed me more than the original. The original looks kind of wimpy compared to your mean-machine. Yours has the WOW factor in it.

I am definitely going to toy with creating things like this. After seeing your version done on a computer, I am anxious to test the waters and see if I can do it too. Thanks for being a superb inspiration to us all Andrew.
Thomas
August 13th, 2008 @ 12:20 pm
Hi !
Do somebody know which song is used in the promo of video streams hd (videocopilot)
thx a lot
highdefw
August 13th, 2008 @ 12:34 pm
I think the glass should be a little more transparent and shiny. Its kind of giving it away that its CG...
abe
August 13th, 2008 @ 12:55 pm
I think your amazing son!
greg
August 13th, 2008 @ 1:40 pm
Hi Andrew, I love your site and you are my hero. You mentioned that you made the background with a photo and using an interesting technique, I thought you might like this tutorial I found for making a photo into a 3D background in C4D: http://www.3dfluff.com/cameramapping/cameramappingtut.htm

Also, I noticed in your new banner header, it says, "Tutorial Hosted by Andrew Kramer." Shouldn't that be "Tutorials"?
Nibs
August 13th, 2008 @ 6:35 pm
Good Job

this would give a great tutorial
August 13th, 2008 @ 6:39 pm
i agree. your kung fu is the best.
georgetom
August 13th, 2008 @ 7:03 pm
i also have this experiment

but its not good enough

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ_FHE8y54k

i want to learn motion tracking..

need help
:(
James
August 13th, 2008 @ 7:03 pm
YOu give and give and give and we love you for it. As for my critique... are you kidding this is ninja and so is everything you do. But I guess critiquing a master is tempting. Peolpe should send you cookies not critique your awesomeness.
August 13th, 2008 @ 7:20 pm
Wowwwww !
unbelievable .
Thanks.
But can you please answer this question ? [ we are all confused !]
This Topic: http://www.videocopilot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1113
-=-=-=-=
http://www.videocopilot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1113
Billy
August 13th, 2008 @ 7:55 pm
Stop criticizing it guys.. I don't even think he made the CG helicopter because it looks completely different to the real one. He probably downloaded a similar one for this.. hes only making a point.
georgetom
August 13th, 2008 @ 9:28 pm
i model it from scratch dude, its just a simple box modeling

http://imageshack.us/?x=my6&myref=http://www.imageshack.us/" rel="nofollow">
Zvi
August 13th, 2008 @ 10:52 pm
I personally think that Andrew is pulling our chains.... I think the TOP photo is the real chopper and the BOTTOM photo is the CG chopper!
XDesigner
August 13th, 2008 @ 11:41 pm
good work...
renker
August 14th, 2008 @ 4:59 am
im excited with de track thing
James
August 14th, 2008 @ 5:53 am
Hi andrew & co, thanks for everything, products, tutorials, blogs, the website, its so full of great stuff!!
My only question is how do you find the time to do everything??? Writing blogs, doing projects for clients, reading these comments, learning new techniques, recording tutorials, creating new projects and looking after the family.. I'm amazed if you have any spare time at all!!
Case
August 14th, 2008 @ 5:53 am
Looks astounding. My only critique is that the chopper blades in the photo bend so blade tips go upwards. Your CGI blade tips bend downwards, which is always the way I see them while sitting on the ground not rotating, and bending under their own weight.

They should bend upwards when in flight like the tips of a bird's wings.
Derrick van Niekerk
August 14th, 2008 @ 7:33 am
Zvi, I also thought so at first, now I'm just not sure,

the thing that is making me wonder is if you look at the top chopper, look at the blades, looks like the are making a downwards arc, would a real chopper in the air have it's blades do that? I doubt it. could be wrong.

- Derrick
Speedbreaker
August 14th, 2008 @ 9:24 am
@Derrick
+ I think it's a bad thing if the tail rotor doesn't spin while it's in the air :)
Brian
August 14th, 2008 @ 12:10 pm
Andrew where did you purchase your Apache model?
Williamcopilot
August 14th, 2008 @ 1:10 pm
Is Truth, to back him vane of lacking a bit of blur of movement to be original.

Although if it comes to judging, my nickname is not very original jeje! Excellent work.
Derrick van Niekerk
August 14th, 2008 @ 2:22 pm
Speedbreaker, read what I said again, downwards arc, the faster something spins, the more it tries to be "on top" of the air, thus providing lift. A chopper does really fly, it's a question of beating the air.

so if you have the blades hanging down, it means it's not beating the air, thus the chopper could not be off the ground.

- Derrick
Derrick van Niekerk
August 14th, 2008 @ 2:23 pm
sorry SpeedBreaker, so I go and read you wrong, yeah, even the tail rotor is not spinning, and that as we all know is not good.

- Derrick
August 14th, 2008 @ 7:47 pm
Nice Job Mr Kramer...
I wish we could go back to those movie visual effects tutorials you used to teach us...
Darren Doyle
August 15th, 2008 @ 3:27 am
I presume that the tail rotor rotation is at another frame in motion..Andrew's render just has it as still in that frame..after all it wouldn't be realistic otherwise.. it's just a dropped/stilled frame at that point of the composite.

-Darren
Korbs
August 15th, 2008 @ 10:37 am
Great Work Andrew and "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing"
jake
August 15th, 2008 @ 11:12 am
mr kramer sir i have a question
in your evolution promo what track do u use from
video helper, i know you use it and i have it and
i would to know, email me please it would help greatly
August 15th, 2008 @ 12:05 pm
Hello ANDREW

I was looking for a tutorial but atm i couldn't find it anywhere

Look at this fire effect

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLpUTZLV2is&feature=related

he haven't used particle... it's a VERY COOL EFFECT
I think many guys would learn it

can u help us?
August 15th, 2008 @ 12:07 pm
same guy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmD7ysB62P8&feature=related


ps: u make cool videotutorials :)
Muhammad Waseemata
August 15th, 2008 @ 1:26 pm
hi,
leave all,
WORK IS GOOD & GOOD & GOOD
but
i really like your Tutorial so Dear make a compositing Tutorial.
Charl
August 15th, 2008 @ 2:49 pm
Nice job Andrew...
speaking of composition, what do you think of red giant software new key correct pro, seems ok...
http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/community/tutorials/
Charl, Nigeria
August 15th, 2008 @ 6:21 pm
wow that looks great, just wondering, what program did you use. I'm trying to decide if i should buy C4D or 3DSMax. Again i can only hope that I'm someday as good as you at this stuff.
Ben Wotton
August 15th, 2008 @ 9:53 pm
Hey Andrew,
Where did you get that model from?
Derrick van Niekerk
August 15th, 2008 @ 11:49 pm
ben, check out turbosquid.com

they've got free and to purchase models for many 3D apps.

- Derrick
Ben Wotton
August 16th, 2008 @ 1:36 am
Ok thanks derrick :)
VFX Guy
August 16th, 2008 @ 11:30 am
Kramer pooped his pants.
Jim Jimenson
August 16th, 2008 @ 11:57 am
Fix the windows
August 16th, 2008 @ 12:13 pm
Here is a nice little website were you can download 3d models of diffrent WW2 vehicals for multiple 3d programs. Some are even free.
example - Look under American tanks, you can download the M1 for free!!
So start practicing you animation and compositing skills!
Fyi, I don't think they are all rigged for animation. But there is always time to learn how to do that too! :)
Holla
Chinese Boy
August 16th, 2008 @ 2:22 pm
thank you AK
August 17th, 2008 @ 6:27 am
I think Heaven must have programmed you.
bob jones
August 17th, 2008 @ 12:24 pm
this is great but isn't it about time for a tutorial or at least blog update its hard waiting for the next update
greg
August 17th, 2008 @ 12:51 pm
@ Pizza Rolls:

You didn't give a link.
muhammad saddam
August 18th, 2008 @ 2:05 pm
Dansoy frm the Philippines
August 20th, 2008 @ 3:23 am
coooooooooooooooooooooooool.... looking 4ward to see dat chopper in AE.. :D keep it up the gud wok sir. :D
fear_13th
August 20th, 2008 @ 6:03 am
Nice Andrew!
Screws a little upwards rise when the helicopter flies!
johan (sweden)
August 23rd, 2008 @ 12:27 pm
andrew... that was so... amazing... your chopper looks more realistic than the real:P... i really didn't catch that... but i hope u did:D
Mike
August 25th, 2008 @ 9:36 am
a tutorial for such a great exercise would have helped many people

p.s. including me
Linda
August 26th, 2008 @ 1:53 am
hi,

I think this is a great and fun exercise. I would love to try it to, but I'm stuck on the search of usable photo's.
I would like more exercises like this!
August 26th, 2008 @ 6:19 pm
As always Andrew you are a star, excellent exercise and great looking result.

Best Regards
Marko Los
Delirium Productions
August 26th, 2008 @ 8:42 pm
pls cld u give us a tut (or reference if exists) on video grading. think i know bt seeing wt u do....... i can learn a little. merci
Dodger
August 28th, 2008 @ 1:37 pm
Mr. Kramer i think you know you are amazing but i was hoping you gonna make a tutorial about how did you built this chopper so that more people gonna know more.
johnZ
September 7th, 2008 @ 11:26 am
Stupid question propably!!!
Is this a composition or a plain pic?
rookie artist
September 25th, 2008 @ 12:04 pm
How did you do it? :D
Nice.

U keep inspiring me. :D
Robert_F
June 29th, 2009 @ 7:11 am
god Andrew, you mixed up the AH-64A and the AH-64D
Quite frankly I'm shocked
David
July 14th, 2009 @ 7:46 pm
Hi Andrew! can you help me please??? I have a chopper model made on C4D, I wanna know how I can animate this and make the post producction on After Effects, please... can you help me?? I´m student.
thanks Buddy! :D
Good LuCk :D
tuhinbhai
November 5th, 2009 @ 3:46 am
Hi Andrew, its really so great technique and very helpful for compositing. thanks
Stephen
December 19th, 2009 @ 10:36 am
Hey Andrew, not trying to nag you but this is really good. and i would really appreciate if you posted a tutorial on how to do this. it dosent have to be free either it can be like the bullet tutorial. Because I'm creating a movie or a short film about an hour long and the main gist is war or modern warfare and helicopters are a huge thing and this looks amazing. sorry about this being long but you know its just an idea for the next "video copilot" DVD. but you know it was just a though. thanks for all you've already done for me. you've taken my compositing to the next level.
Stephen
December 19th, 2009 @ 5:54 pm
oh and if you did if it could be in blender. thats why i said it could cost money because it might take a long time.. thanks again :)
Erwin Roossien
April 23rd, 2010 @ 8:16 am
Andrew is a great role model. He motivates others to step up their game. Only 3d models isn's that easy.. Then again i'm starting a new education game design this year so i can make some models and interact with them in a composition. (finished video editor/camera education)
REZABINGO
June 6th, 2010 @ 3:05 pm
HI
U ARE THE REAL MAN TNXALOT
KY_Hawk
October 11th, 2010 @ 10:24 pm
the little red light is not flashing,,,,lol
always did want to say that,, a line from Christmas vacation,,lol

id like to know how to make the props look like there moving got an example or something to learn by
Viking man
December 3rd, 2010 @ 9:37 am
Both looks fake...
December 14th, 2010 @ 8:26 am
I would say you did an excellent job.
belhadj
April 16th, 2011 @ 9:05 am
wooooow

Andrew you are always the best


cooooooool
Ahmed
August 7th, 2011 @ 11:50 am
Hello. Umm i just needed to ask that can i get any info on how to extract the lighting, color, blur, and grain of the original shot? I mean is their any tutorial for it that i can look into???
KELV
August 12th, 2011 @ 3:18 am
how did u do dat extractn
Barry
February 9th, 2012 @ 4:14 pm
I wish you would do a tutorial for this. So photorealistic, I love it
February 18th, 2014 @ 3:56 am
the expected thing. waow ho :D well teach me master -_-
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