NEW TUTORIAL: 3D Crater Part 02

In this tutorial we will be using 3D max to build a 3D crater and learn a variety of useful techniques.

October 7th, 2008 @ 10:54 am
Thanks Andrew!
October 7th, 2008 @ 10:54 am
Nice work.
Alex Burrows
October 7th, 2008 @ 10:55 am
i've learnt so much!!
October 7th, 2008 @ 10:57 am
Thanks andrew, greath tutorial!!
Very Nice!!
Kilian Koeltzsch
October 7th, 2008 @ 10:57 am
Keep it up Andrew, you're by far the best!

How I've been waiting for this one :D The second most interesting part in this series ;D

I'll already thank you for the great jokes (I forgot to in the last one :D)
Jorrit Schulte
October 7th, 2008 @ 10:58 am
October 7th, 2008 @ 10:59 am

your fan from Russia ;)
October 7th, 2008 @ 11:03 am
You are probrably the most loved after effects tutor in the world !

i mean it.

ps.: i´m not gay ! =D
October 7th, 2008 @ 11:13 am
Yeah. Thank you so much. Today is my birthday. Thats the best present!!
ömer tatlisoz
October 7th, 2008 @ 11:15 am
thanks Andrew...super... :)
Jesper Steen
October 7th, 2008 @ 11:16 am
Nice work man.
October 7th, 2008 @ 11:17 am
October 7th, 2008 @ 11:24 am
It's Like Frindge with the names of location!!

Radio Controlled
October 7th, 2008 @ 11:25 am
mmmm,mmm time for some work me thinks!

cheers andrew
October 7th, 2008 @ 11:26 am
Awesome Awesome, Just Awesome. Thnx Andrew, U always keep up the gud work going.
October 7th, 2008 @ 11:29 am
Thank you andrew!
October 7th, 2008 @ 11:39 am
thanks for the published it so fast.. Thank you for working so hard for us.
October 7th, 2008 @ 11:41 am
October 7th, 2008 @ 11:55 am
yay, part 2 of the great crater series
October 7th, 2008 @ 11:59 am
No jokes?
October 7th, 2008 @ 12:03 pm
very good tutorial
October 7th, 2008 @ 12:10 pm
Andrew you're a LEGEND,

thanks man, awsome
October 7th, 2008 @ 12:10 pm
Well as usual I loved it, I think I'm going to make mine
by combining your 61. Growing 3D Vines "SEWER" as the bottom of my crater, because almost every street in California has a sewer beneath it :)
My only problem is I don't own a Camera to make the shot aim down in the crater :(

Thanks Andrew
October 7th, 2008 @ 12:58 pm
Yeah! Great Great Job! Thanks from Argentina.
Some Guy
October 7th, 2008 @ 1:07 pm
What a surprise. Thank you Andrew!
October 7th, 2008 @ 1:13 pm
October 7th, 2008 @ 1:37 pm
oh we have the fringe text there on the pic

i wondered if you did the 3d text in the new mise en scene shots on the program
i was aware you did credits
didnt think you did that tho would be cool if you did
Thorsten Miess
October 7th, 2008 @ 1:46 pm
thats looking so damn awesome
October 7th, 2008 @ 1:49 pm
Thanks man. It'd be interesting to combine the 3D tracking with some sort of model... like a mech or something. It's possible if you can model it or find one online.
October 7th, 2008 @ 2:38 pm
Hell yes! Cheers mate
Samuel Lourcey
October 7th, 2008 @ 2:43 pm
Sweet! looks great.
October 7th, 2008 @ 3:29 pm
October 7th, 2008 @ 3:37 pm
Hhhey this is great when will the next tut will be post in
i will want to you add some JOKES and it true!!

Your fan #1
October 7th, 2008 @ 3:42 pm
wowzer . been looking forward to your 3ds max stuff. thanks.
October 7th, 2008 @ 3:58 pm
u said that u r the #1 fan
and yet, andrew just uploaded this new tut and u r already asking when is next one gonna come out.
That's not being a fan
that's abusing andrew's kindness...
October 7th, 2008 @ 4:08 pm
Awsome Andrew :D

Regardings from Norway :)
October 7th, 2008 @ 4:10 pm are truly a GFX hall of famer in the making (you're still no doubt ranked among the best in the world. Thank you for the contributions you've made to no doubt thousands of short films, student projects, commercial endeavors, and peoples epic masterpieces through the tutorials you share and the products you sell.
Silent Video
October 7th, 2008 @ 4:13 pm
Thanks Andrew i was waiting for this tutorial.

You are the best
October 7th, 2008 @ 4:23 pm
Awesome as usual
October 7th, 2008 @ 4:33 pm
thanks, great tutorial.
October 7th, 2008 @ 4:54 pm
Hey Andrew,

Thanks for the great tutorials!

I would just like to apologize for not buying any of your bundles yet, but I have good reason....

I find it really difficult to understand the hordes of motion graphics "designers" on vimeo who are passing your work off as there own without even attempting to challenge the design and make it their own. Some mention your tutorials but most fail to even mention you at all.

How would you recommend I use what seem like great design enhancements while being able to make them my own?

thanks again for such amazing contributions!
Sam T
October 7th, 2008 @ 4:57 pm
It is not possible for me to repay you for what you have done to help me - You are the MAN!! - -
October 7th, 2008 @ 4:59 pm
thsnk you , you cant even imagine how much this helps, all of your tutorials are jam-packed with great tips. I watch at least one a day or so.

keep up the great work!
October 7th, 2008 @ 5:15 pm
Thanks Andrew!

your imagination go far...farway
October 7th, 2008 @ 5:45 pm
Thats too hard for me but thx anyway :P
October 7th, 2008 @ 6:23 pm

If you are not the best, definitely you are the greatest. I have combined boujou, 3DS Max, this tutorial with Reyfire and FumeFX and the result is drop dead awesome but still not as close as your work.

Greetings from Downtown L.A.
October 7th, 2008 @ 8:09 pm
Man this is great ive now finished my meteor crash and crater video.

thanks check out my youtube
Malik Adeel
October 7th, 2008 @ 10:13 pm
Jeff Thomson
October 7th, 2008 @ 10:16 pm
Andrew, please tell us how to recreate your cool 3d tracked text, like in Fringe :D - or just some advanced 3d text tutorials in general!

Thanks as usual :)
October 7th, 2008 @ 11:09 pm
I was waiting for this, thanks man.
October 8th, 2008 @ 3:20 am
Great work Andrew. I can honestly say I have never watched one of your tutorials and been dissapointed.

PS: Is Sam ok after the car crash? He is absent since that tute.
October 8th, 2008 @ 3:23 am
@ Jeff Thomson

Man if you watch the tue he shows you how to add 3d text.
October 8th, 2008 @ 5:07 am
yes !
More 3DS max ....!!!
Thanks Andrew
October 8th, 2008 @ 5:13 am
this is the best site in the web!!
October 8th, 2008 @ 9:13 am
i didnt even know that you can add an image map to make a real displacement. this is fantastic.
October 8th, 2008 @ 9:16 am
hummm the keep clear text reminds me of.... Fringe
October 8th, 2008 @ 9:29 am
It feels like an never ending story this concept..
thank u so much..
for me u are the pilot!
Videopilot A.Kramer!!!
Peter Valcanas
October 8th, 2008 @ 9:35 am
This is really well done! The only thing that could have possibly made it any better is if you had Sam crawling out of the hole! lol!

Thanks again AK,

October 8th, 2008 @ 1:47 pm
Awesome!!! God bless you!
October 8th, 2008 @ 4:21 pm
This tut is so badass it blew up my power supply, no joke.
davis master
October 8th, 2008 @ 10:13 pm
Like always!!!...i feel more like a PADAWAN...Andrew "PALPATINE" Kramer, somebody notice...all the PUNISHER WAR ZONE work`s, looks like VIDEO COPILOT STUFF...(twich)
October 9th, 2008 @ 2:58 am
It would probably be a good idea to show the use of an occlusion pass to be able to control shadow density on the ground.
Just a thought :)
October 9th, 2008 @ 5:32 am
Thank's Andrew for this cool tutorial! :)
October 9th, 2008 @ 8:58 am
You are crazy man!!! Thank you for all!!!!
October 9th, 2008 @ 11:18 am
From Puerto Rico... Thank you Andrew!!
October 9th, 2008 @ 8:12 pm
Andrew, I agree with all the people in this blog, my sincere thanks, finally I can see the posibilities of after effects and translate my photoshop abilities to video. Im amazed at how you make this seem so easy, and I (and I guess, the rest of your public too) would like to see some of your profesional work, because if you can make things like this with such easy, i only guess what
can you do when you have to work for weeks in a proyect!!. I´m sure it will inspire us, is there something in youtube or in other page where we could check??, thanks again.
October 10th, 2008 @ 1:25 am
Yes great great tutorial!!! but i'm mac user so i use Cinema 4D. Are you planning to convert these tuts for Cinema 4D?
October 10th, 2008 @ 4:18 am
Andrew - great tutorials. This last series has been awesome (as usual). I am currently tracking a couple shots for a commercial using PFTrack. I'm having a hell of a time with it because it is basically just tracking dirt. Do you know if Boujou handles that kind of stuff better than PFTrack? Cheers.

October 10th, 2008 @ 7:28 am
Just rewatched "The Movie". Anyone else notice that between cuts from medium shot to close-up of the cards that 4 of spades suddenly replaces the deuce (2) on the completed cards pile. As such Tina shouldn't need to touch that four again so why is it in his hand to be screwed up at the end???? ;-)

This movie should have an listing.
October 10th, 2008 @ 9:11 am
Thank you, the truth is that it is not so easy when you perform in front of the computer. jjajaaj. Thank you
October 10th, 2008 @ 9:52 am
Just great,
to me that was the coolest tutorial so far.
looking forward to part 3.
October 10th, 2008 @ 2:31 pm
thanks............... beautify tutorial!!
but one thing. i think it will be nice if u spend some time to show us how ur texture were prepared from photoshop.
maybe integrating photoshop into ur tutorial will also benefit guys like us.

You are really good

Greetings from Yenagoa
Bayelsa State
October 10th, 2008 @ 3:02 pm
It's really in time :) Thanks.
October 10th, 2008 @ 5:09 pm
Anyone have any tips on what to do if your track slips or jitters at a few frames? I'm not to sure how to fix this and don't want to try another solve.
October 10th, 2008 @ 5:18 pm
wow Im from dominican republic thank andrew tu eres el mejor
October 11th, 2008 @ 6:11 am
thats amazing! is there anyway we can do that in blender?
October 11th, 2008 @ 9:19 am
Whea did the VCP babe go crashed her trying a bus his!
Stil da best man!
October 11th, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

The steps are literally the same in blender. Terminology is a bit different. I do tracking with syntheyes ($399) and export to a python script to blender. From there you setup your scene almost exactly the same. It is more the concepts and techniques that are important. Blender is quite capable of this sort of work.

October 11th, 2008 @ 5:36 pm
hey kramer and the videoCo. fans -
I just wanted to follow up and show a small example of what Andrew said on the blog that if you think that "you don’t want to learn about light sabers or slideshows, there is some great information in each tutorial that can be used in various creative ways" - he has a excellent point.

So I took tutorial 71 and mixed it with the beginning of tutorial 75 and basically do tutorial 71 in 3ds max. Confused yet? ;) me too. check out the link
October 11th, 2008 @ 9:30 pm
great tutorial. really great.

thank you very much
Robert Kent
October 12th, 2008 @ 9:16 am
Do you plan to use Maya in any of your future tutorials?
October 13th, 2008 @ 5:55 am
i would love a tutorial to create a 3d title that match a footage like the "keep clear" text in the above picture in cinema 4d. i've find that text really awsome. thanks a lot
October 13th, 2008 @ 1:09 pm
why do you need a tutorial for this?
he showed you a tutorail for creating text in cinema4D. then he showed you a tutorial to track footage and import it in a 3D program.

you know already everything.
October 15th, 2008 @ 9:31 pm
Thanks for the awesome tutorials. My only complaint is now I have to buy 3ds Max. Are the people at Autodesk paying you??? They should be!
October 17th, 2008 @ 10:22 pm
Se my 1º test :)

Thank you for the tutorial.

U r the best!
October 20th, 2008 @ 5:12 am
Great tut as usual!

I really love the tutorials but I never recreate the stuff myself because that's not the purpose of these tutorials...
I'm always annoyed when people use tutorials in their projects. If you're a true motion graphic designer, you can come up with something of your own. Use these tutorials as a way to learn techniques, not to copy someone esle's work in detail.

Watch the tutorials and look at HOW he does it, instead of WHAT he's creating.
NEVER browse for a tutorial based on what's being created, ALWAYS browse for how it's done.
October 24th, 2008 @ 10:01 am
Andrw... it's great ! I love your tutorial styles... You're the best!

Fan from Poland.
December 20th, 2008 @ 1:23 pm
So I finally watched wall-e and in the special features on the DVD menu the video had this looking 3D text transitions for different sections in the video.

AK did you do those for the DVD?
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