Crash Footage Online

For those without a 3D program who are interested in following along in just After Effects, I’ve uploaded the Street Explosion footage with the project download. You can find that on the tutorial landing page.

If anyone would like to kindly contribute a PDF tutorial for creating some street destruction in another 3D program like Cinema 4D or Blender, I’d be happy to post them here for everyone to learn from and thank you endlessly. Even the basic steps would be nice to get people in the right direction. I’d do it myself but I have to finish this sandwich and it’s been waiting a long time already.

FYI: The 3D tracking tutorial set will be out this month.

September 21st, 2008 @ 11:16 pm
September 21st, 2008 @ 11:18 pm
Thank you Andrew!
September 21st, 2008 @ 11:24 pm
Thanks Andrew your tutorials rock!
September 21st, 2008 @ 11:25 pm
Thanks alot Andrew.....We r waiting :)
September 21st, 2008 @ 11:30 pm
sweet! :)
September 21st, 2008 @ 11:32 pm
Thx dude!
September 21st, 2008 @ 11:53 pm
mmmmmmmmmmmmm sandwich
September 21st, 2008 @ 11:53 pm
will there be a tutorial on the sandwich
September 22nd, 2008 @ 12:02 am
Thanks Andrew, you are the man. Hey by any chance are you working on a "Series Two DVD"? I was just wondering because I love the first one! All my favorite Tut's on one DVD, can't beat it.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 12:05 am
Yes the Sandwich tutorial will have many layers :)
September 22nd, 2008 @ 12:28 am
Great... :)...
September 22nd, 2008 @ 12:32 am
I\'d be happy to see the street explosion in Blender!
So any help will be appreciated.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 12:43 am
I did the crash in cinema 4d with thinking particles. Perhaps i can do a tutorial, if anyone wants one.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 12:51 am
Preferably using built-in tools but anything will help!
September 22nd, 2008 @ 1:06 am
I managed to create a pretty realistic meteor impact/street explosion in blender, ill do a tutorial some time soon if i have time.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 1:08 am
andrew i have been asking about C4D and in build tools.
its hard. very hard. for example with the build in particles you dont even get collision. there is a tutorial on the internet where with some imagination you could make it work.
here is the link

with thinking particles it would be easier.but TP is very complicated and almost no tutorials.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 1:22 am
Claude lee
September 22nd, 2008 @ 1:22 am
Yes Clomby, if you could do a tutorial on Cinema 4D I would be really thankfull!
The Samboni
September 22nd, 2008 @ 1:22 am
Nice, It's good to hear the 3D tracking tutorial will be out soon. I cant wait to see what you can do with Boujou 3D.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 1:32 am
Cool Andrew, can't wait....Like I never have waited for anything else on this site! Love this, it feels, like, a geeker-home :P
September 22nd, 2008 @ 1:43 am
i know what u meant andrew, but i honestly hope that 'sandwich' is the name of your next tutorial! ;)
Daryl Booth
September 22nd, 2008 @ 1:50 am
I loved the meteor crach tut. As always sterling work sir. Oh and congrats on the USA team winning the Ryder cup. Looks like yet another sport Us Brits can suck at YAY!!
September 22nd, 2008 @ 2:49 am
Thanks so much Andrew, am still learning the beginner's tuts for now, but very glad to know i can move up with loads of your tutorial..thanks so much
September 22nd, 2008 @ 2:57 am
"FYI: The 3D tracking tutorial set will be out this month."

this month - it means within 8 days right :d
September 22nd, 2008 @ 3:33 am
awww how bout maya??
September 22nd, 2008 @ 3:50 am
maya is expensive. i doubt that someone has it that visits this site.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 3:58 am
I use Maya, there is a personal learning edition. The basics can be found on this guys tutorial.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 4:00 am
September 22nd, 2008 @ 4:04 am
Andrew, whats on the sandwich man?
September 22nd, 2008 @ 4:12 am

3ds Max, Blender , cinema 4d... don't you like Maya?!!!

ThX 4 your powerful tutorials!
September 22nd, 2008 @ 4:56 am
There are many Maya users that visit here, I'm just not a user. If someone wants to create a tutorial for MAYA that is fine too. It's a great program, I just don't use it.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 5:52 am
Through out the net, i havent found a decent 3d tracking tutorial for after effects ( the ones i find give me a headache) the way you will teach us, am sure it will be very easy to understand. Thanks a lot.
Bader Ahmed
September 22nd, 2008 @ 5:56 am
SynthEyes vs,BOUjou

Any Idea if AE CS4 will have new improvement features in Tracker like : MOCHA

SynthEyes please MR.Andrew Syntheyes version 2008 is better now. can you make some idea how to make this FX with it

September 22nd, 2008 @ 5:58 am
Superb to see so many responses for programs other than 3DS Max. Blender is kinda hard to start with, so this could prove very interesting for Blender newbies like me. Also C4D is a really great app and costs considerably less than other packages, when starting out.

Thanks to everyone, most of all to Andrew.

This is all very exciting.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 6:09 am
The tutorial will be post here or in the forum?
September 22nd, 2008 @ 6:21 am
Dude, youre like the Jack Black of making tutorials...whatever that means.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 6:23 am
If I had time, I would be more than happy to recreate tutorials on Maya. Perhaps I can try and find some time...
Edgar Voit
September 22nd, 2008 @ 6:57 am
I worked with blender some time ago, but Max is better so i switched to it. I could try to make a tutorial for Blender users, it's no problem for me, just that i don't know how much i remember from those old days :D

Awsome tutorial Andrew! (H)
Daryl Booth
September 22nd, 2008 @ 7:37 am
I love VCP. Its great to see users/posters chipping in and offering to do tutes. Keep it up guys.

September 22nd, 2008 @ 8:07 am
Yeah... us cheap Blender users would like to see a tutorial. Personally I think Blender is much harder to use than 3dS Max or anything like that so I'm really confuzed to say the least when I use it. Any help would be much appreciated.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 8:13 am
mm blender anyone?! theres no decent tutorials for blender anywhere lol :) oh well

you rule andrew!
September 22nd, 2008 @ 8:18 am
thanks for the hard work, andrew.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 8:24 am

Another great tutorial...quick question, why have you chosen Max as your tool of choice? Is it because of the nodal particle systems? Watching you do your tutorial a lot of the stuff seems so much easier to do in Cinema. .

Also, do you use full-on Boujou or Bullet (HD version). . I just purchased the latter and have been having fun using it. Would love to see how you implement it into your workflow.

September 22nd, 2008 @ 8:44 am
i cant use the file because i dont have the mjp2 codec. where can i get it?
David (The one with hair)
September 22nd, 2008 @ 9:26 am
No Maya!? Andrew, you don't know what you're missing.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 9:32 am
Thank you so much!!
RA Elliott
September 22nd, 2008 @ 9:32 am
For those of you with no access to a 3d program, and are looking to make your own debris in After Effects only, check out this topic from the forums:
Its been pretty active over the last few days, and I'll be posting the tutorial later today, using only After Effects, and using either CC pParticle World or Trapcode Particular. And if you have any suggestions, go ahead and put them in!
Juan Carlos
September 22nd, 2008 @ 9:33 am
You´re awesome.... collaborative projects are the present and future of the bussiness. You´re helping us to be better.. and do better to others. GBY. I´ll get my DVDs as soon as I get to the States.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 9:45 am
I am not good with 3d programs, but I would like to see a tutorial in Blender.

Malik Adeel
September 22nd, 2008 @ 10:32 am
yeh this is ausom men ausum
September 22nd, 2008 @ 10:37 am
In c4d, with only basic emitters i made a simple emitter with gravity, wind and deflector plane, the emitter being based on the floor plane pointing up. Then, build three different debris type and simply making them child of the emitter. The final stage is only working with motion blur and lights (Try Global Illumination) to make a good render.
It is a bit rough, but with only basic tools i think its the bast you can make.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 10:50 am
@ Glomby: Another vote for the tutorial in C4D!
September 22nd, 2008 @ 11:03 am
I prefer maya over any other 3d program :)
mike l.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 11:43 am
can someone pleasee make one for maya!!
Hashem Mohammad
September 22nd, 2008 @ 11:57 am
Thank you Andrew!
you are the best :)
September 22nd, 2008 @ 2:43 pm
it would be great to have a blender tutorial.. im not all that good with 3d and dont have the money right now to buy an expensive one
September 22nd, 2008 @ 3:41 pm
Here is a start:

Not a tutorial but a start on the concrete destruction.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 4:48 pm
Here is a more advanced Blender blend file:

There is a lot going on here so a tutorial is needed for a beginner. The file has a emitter with two particle systems. One for the concrete which is three grouped pieces. Another for the dirt.

You can add as many particle systems needed to your emitter to do all sorts of things.

There almost would need to be a whole duplicate tutorial on this and I don't have the time for it.

Hey I could start making these tutorials and selling design elements and ....... oh wait :)

here is a short video:

It is not perfect but a few tweaks and it could look good. Rendered with sky turned off in the render layer and you could composite the background in no problem
September 22nd, 2008 @ 4:51 pm
do you know of a website that has good blender Video tutorials.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

How did you resolve the problem of the large asphalt chunks rotating partially through the ground plane? Evidently the collision between particles and other objects happens at the center of the particles, not their edges. So, it was obviously occuring during the tutorial, but in the final film it is corrected. Did you need to make a seperate collision plane and raise it up from the ground plane? Or is their a way to have the particles collide at the edges? Just wondering.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 6:43 pm
Wow ccherrett that's really cool. Could you make a tut for newbies like me out of that? (...and thanx for sharing)
Sean Lawler
September 22nd, 2008 @ 7:20 pm
Mr. Kramer,

I'm sure you watched the premiere of Heroes. My question is, how didi they do the effect of the "trail" from the French girl speedster? In the beginning when she is in Hiro's office. I'm watching on a crappy Dish signal so I couldn't tell id it was a visual effect or a special effect. I figured you would know, I'm sure you look at all these things and see layers and plug ins, etc. I know they use after effects on the show. Any ideas? Thanks for your time.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 7:59 pm
Sean please use the forum.
Sean Lawler
September 22nd, 2008 @ 9:13 pm
Sorry. However, special thanks to ccherrett for the blender project file. Keep it up Mr. Kramer, these tutorials are fantastic.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 9:15 pm
I agree. I for one would really appreciate a tutorial in C4D. No offense to Mr. Kramer obviously. But C4D is what I use. I watched the tutorials just to pick up on hints and techniques in AE. I would love to learn more about TP. The tutorials I have from ciniversity are worthless. I can't wait for the Boujou tutorial.
September 22nd, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

Can you approve my last post? It says:

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Blayke La Rue
September 22nd, 2008 @ 10:40 pm
Hey Andrew, I've been following your tutorials for about a year or so now, an dI have never left a comment! How selfish of me! I love your tutorials, and they have taught me everything I know, and I feel very inspired by these tutorials. Without you, I wouldn't be where I am today. It would be awesome to get a reply back from you, it would mean a lot to me, I know you are very busy, and probably get 100 comments per minute..and I know you probably won't get to read this, but I just wanted to say thanks, and you are like a total genius. You explain everything so well, and you're funny! I'm only 13, but you still taught me a lot, and I can't wait for that matchmoving tutorial! It SHOULD greatly increase my skill in matchmoving. Thanks Andrew.
-Blayke :)
September 23rd, 2008 @ 4:25 am
Hey Andrew , i just need to now if you think to leave your older adobe After Effect CS3 for the new one the CS4 ???

September 23rd, 2008 @ 5:15 am
Ok i will do a C4D Tutorial for this using Thinking Particles.

I've testet some TP nodes this Weekend and here is what i got so far

It's not perfect but it works pretty the same.
September 23rd, 2008 @ 6:26 am
Thank you,
For making me live..

Mustafa Natheer
September 23rd, 2008 @ 6:56 am

I was thinking about the improvements that Adobe can made on After Effects to include 3d motion tracking like (Boujou).

It will be a hell of a package.

September 23rd, 2008 @ 8:31 am
I would like to see Blender in your hands, Mr. Andrew ;) it's a free 3D program, so everyone could try it without any cost.
And BTW, thanks for all of your tutorials, they helped me out extremely!
September 23rd, 2008 @ 9:55 am
Hello,ak,you are master,i have a question-3d soft i use
maya,but your training use 3dmax,it's different.
I hope training have use maya .
thank you.
September 23rd, 2008 @ 12:45 pm
I can't believe My boss Can't make anything? I believe that boss will make any kind of tutorial which are so creative and hard and its possible with after effect For my boss source.. Really Great... SO some people think that my boss can't no no no. its not right. My boss can be possible to make if he wish.

September 23rd, 2008 @ 2:02 pm
I don't want to be negative but I definitely liked the old videocopilot better. The new tutorial layout is complicated and ugly.
September 23rd, 2008 @ 4:25 pm
Haha...funny I recently made a bridge collapsing animation using Lightwave 3D, I don't know if there's anyone reading this that uses that program but here's a link to the video i did & pdf file...I'm still working on it, just haven't had time lately to tie up loose ends...but enjoy the tutorial...any problem let me know & i'll fix it ASAP...dont wana make a fool of myself hehe
September 23rd, 2008 @ 6:11 pm
can i use this 3d crash footage,,with my own street raw footage?
September 23rd, 2008 @ 6:36 pm
Amazing!!! Hey Andrew are you going to upgrade to After Effects CS4?
September 24th, 2008 @ 4:37 am
Hey Andrew,

Thanks for the wicked tutorials, just started my University, doing Animation Design, will be implementing your ways to get a good degree.

Oh! Btw seen the fringe poster in Leicester, near the train station, which was an amazing piece of work.

Anyway, hope your ok and well, once again thanks.

September 24th, 2008 @ 7:31 am
Andrew you are the best!!! all the knowledge i have gained regarding after effects has been thanks to you!!!!!!!!!!!
September 24th, 2008 @ 12:17 pm
Hey AK, Thanks for the files.

Cheers ccherrett for the Blender bits.

Evaldas check out the Bullet DVD, Mr K uses Blender and shows you whats what.
September 24th, 2008 @ 12:18 pm
would be glad to do the whole tutorial using just blender, let me know if that is okay.
September 24th, 2008 @ 1:50 pm
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! im not able to follow along cuz i have a mac and can't afford 3ds max. a blender tutorial would be amazing.
September 24th, 2008 @ 10:13 pm
Hi andrew its is mervelous. Specialy many many thanks
Thomas Baddeley
September 25th, 2008 @ 12:14 am
Hey Andrew your tutorials rock and i have a suggestion but it might have been alreaddy thought off. What about you and the team come up with a Monthly Newsletter which can be sent to your fans and customers of the site. You now like ever month a newsletter with tutorial and preset updates speivial announcements that sort of thing.
well ill aprecieit it if u could tell me what you think.

Oh ye me and a few others are massive fans of ur tutorial over here In the UK great work
Daryl Booth
September 25th, 2008 @ 2:22 am
@ Thomas Baddlely

Newsletter? Why? Visit the blog/forum and check announcements to news tutes, tips etc.
September 25th, 2008 @ 9:55 am
Yea I agree there is really no need for a newsletter. He updates us on everything on the blog. That would be just creating more work for Andrew and more work for him means less cool stuff (tutorials, new products) for us.
September 25th, 2008 @ 10:23 am
hi andrew.. thanks a lot for sharing with us your knowledge.. i've made my personal version of this tecnique.. i hope you like it. if you can send me a personal tip to make more professional the overall compositing.. really thank you
September 25th, 2008 @ 10:39 am
There are good reasons to do newsletters, we just have our hands full at the moment. Like always.
September 26th, 2008 @ 8:40 am
will it be out on monday or tuesday?

September 27th, 2008 @ 2:59 pm
ooh.. that means the tuts will be out on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday (unless they're released within the next hour (doubtfully)
September 28th, 2008 @ 3:19 am
this will be the first boujou tutorial on a profesional level
September 28th, 2008 @ 6:06 pm
i just like this animation
just c this video.
September 30th, 2008 @ 11:15 am
Its anoying being English because its like 6pm here and 12pm in america so i have to wait longer. (in a way)
October 3rd, 2008 @ 7:18 am
Big Hello from Egypt :D

i have nothing to say more than you that i would like to thank you sooooooooo much for these very useful tutorials , as you know here in egypt they aren't very good in graphic stuff so i have to get all learning from the internet from genius people like you.
Thanks again :)
October 7th, 2008 @ 3:14 am
Thanks Andrew for you great tutorial
i really like your work its outstanding
Thanks 4 Helping us
October 9th, 2008 @ 5:46 am
Glomby plz i need Cinema 4D tutorial i m not A Max User thankx....

Andrew u Rox!!!!!!!
BTW how old are you?
October 10th, 2008 @ 3:18 pm
Hey what about 321 Media Player Classic. It has no plugins or extra software. Plays a ton of video format and free.
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