NEW TUTORIAL: 3D Crater Part 03

In this tutorial we will be using After Effects to composite 3D and 2D elements. We’ll also be adding some grunge and smoke to our final composite.

Note: Project file will be coming soon

October 27th, 2008 @ 2:33 pm
Nice one !

offtopic: In Fringe there was a Kramer.. Do you know about it? .-)
October 27th, 2008 @ 2:33 pm
Oh Nice!!
Ziran (Joe)
October 27th, 2008 @ 2:34 pm
Great One!
October 27th, 2008 @ 2:35 pm
thanks Andrew!!
October 27th, 2008 @ 2:36 pm
Finally, thank you!
October 27th, 2008 @ 2:43 pm
Thank you!!
Some Guy
October 27th, 2008 @ 2:43 pm
Yeehaa! Thanks Andrew!
October 27th, 2008 @ 2:46 pm
Gracias, Saludos desde El Salvador.
October 27th, 2008 @ 2:57 pm
Oops you did it again...
You made another brilliant one.
Big Thanks.
October 27th, 2008 @ 3:02 pm
good job
October 27th, 2008 @ 3:05 pm
very very cool, thanks a lot!
Ron Paul
October 27th, 2008 @ 3:06 pm
October 27th, 2008 @ 3:07 pm
Awesome!! I guess that's all on the meteor.
October 27th, 2008 @ 3:11 pm
October 27th, 2008 @ 3:19 pm
Nice, Thank you Master Andrew.!
Ben Wotton
October 27th, 2008 @ 3:21 pm
Yes! watching it now. can't wait to see the smoke
ömer tatlisoz
October 27th, 2008 @ 3:26 pm's that...thanks Andrew..:)
Dean Doll
October 27th, 2008 @ 3:43 pm
Hilarious man. Half of the reason I come here is for the jokes. Thanks!
October 27th, 2008 @ 4:04 pm
thanks for all the great work
October 27th, 2008 @ 4:11 pm
Wayhayy Mr.Kramerr.. thanks alot for your input into myy hobby! muchh care
October 27th, 2008 @ 4:27 pm
haha do you just spend hours looking up stupid stuff on wikipedia?
October 27th, 2008 @ 4:37 pm
I still have all my pogs. I'm going to be rich some day!
October 27th, 2008 @ 4:37 pm
"Stupid"? You must be misinformed about Pogs.

Actually though, I think about interesting topics and there always seems to be a wikipedia page with info.
October 27th, 2008 @ 5:29 pm
So happy i am still awake :p I live in Belgium its 1.29h at night now xD
October 27th, 2008 @ 5:38 pm
Thanx Andrew great work as always!!
October 27th, 2008 @ 5:39 pm
HE LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVES!!!!!!!!!!! I got worried there for a second...
October 27th, 2008 @ 6:11 pm
thanks Andrew...
October 27th, 2008 @ 7:10 pm
Welcome back Andrew!
October 27th, 2008 @ 7:51 pm
Thanks for the tutorial but am I alone in thinking I would rather see tutorials showing techniques used to make commercials on TV. That is where the money is, not making my own little hole in the ground.

Some of the graphics I see on television are much more impressive than this and can be applied to many more ideas and areas of graphic display than a smoking hole.

To me, Video Copilot is regressing in spite of Mr. Kramer's effort. This is stuff is time and energy you will never be able to get back. What a shame!
October 27th, 2008 @ 7:53 pm
is great tutorial andrew!
greetings from chile
October 27th, 2008 @ 7:59 pm
Last line should read "This stuff is time and energy you will never be able to get back."

Doubt you will post this so consider it feedback from someone that is not a teeny bopper and has cash to spend for your products however I have most of them 'cept for a couple or three...

Is the next tutorial going to also be about rocks?
October 27th, 2008 @ 8:08 pm
Thanks so much for all of these, Andrew. Very helpful. Much appriciated.

A quick question. Just saw the first episode of Fringe. All these 3D text elements through-out it ... your work?

Greetings from Norway.
October 27th, 2008 @ 8:17 pm
Por fin la 3ra parte Kramer!
Gracielaaa ;)
October 27th, 2008 @ 10:04 pm
YAAAAAAAAAY! After days of work and troubleshooting I finally got to the end of pt 2. And look what comes out the next day! I am super excited to finish this series.

Thank you Andrew for all you do. I love you man. Keep 'em coming!

PS. Everybody needs to buy Andrew's products and support what he does.
October 27th, 2008 @ 10:23 pm
Thanks Andrew you are the best.
October 27th, 2008 @ 10:34 pm
THATS IT! thanks a lot Andrew Kramer
October 27th, 2008 @ 11:32 pm
THANKS ALOT !!! we all wish you the best for you future. God bless you!!!
October 27th, 2008 @ 11:39 pm
Thanks Andrew Kramer
October 28th, 2008 @ 12:34 am
In spain pogs = Pokemon's tazzos
October 28th, 2008 @ 1:45 am
Dude, I love humor. The alien jumping out of the crater is fabulous. But in all honesty I had originally hoped you added a War of the Worlds type creature coming out of it but I know that would have been some extensive work.
October 28th, 2008 @ 1:49 am
Hey, thank you :-)
October 28th, 2008 @ 2:29 am
I woke up this morning, VCP was the first thing on my mind and, boom! The last piece was up! Thanks Andrew! Your tutorials are not everything. It is the only thing!
October 28th, 2008 @ 4:05 am
@Harold: yes, VCP is alway the first site i check before my work begin :-)
October 28th, 2008 @ 4:19 am
thanks Andrew !
keep going up....:)
October 28th, 2008 @ 5:41 am
Thanks Andrew....finally....GREAT!!!
October 28th, 2008 @ 8:57 am
Thousands of people in Barcelona says:

Andrew Puto Amo!
Andrew Puto Amo!

(translate: Andrew you are lovely!!!)
October 28th, 2008 @ 9:00 am
October 28th, 2008 @ 9:02 am

fringe01x04 there is a warehouse-lab called S.A.KRAMER manufactures.(good work)
fringe01x06 we have a girl called Kramer.

Ummm, interesting, very interesting...

Thanks for all!!!!
October 28th, 2008 @ 9:30 am
yeaeas baby, finally :D , ok where is the new AE tutorial you promised? you said it would come along with pt3. hurry...we have to wait its worth it
October 28th, 2008 @ 10:04 am
Awesome! =D It would be cool if the project file could contain the clip of the thing you made in the previous tutorials, since I'm still a noob at 3ds max. =)
October 28th, 2008 @ 10:14 am
long time since we heard from you
October 28th, 2008 @ 11:22 am
Thanks! It looks great.
October 28th, 2008 @ 11:39 am
AK, did you do this intro?

i can see those particles in your tutorials...
October 28th, 2008 @ 12:17 pm
thank you Andrew!!!!!!!!
October 28th, 2008 @ 12:25 pm
Did you know, 'Poggs' in Holland called: 'Flippo's'...
too funny, never tought about a translations of that!

good tutorial btw!
October 28th, 2008 @ 3:17 pm
Thanks Andrew.. You rock!!!
Adam Button
October 28th, 2008 @ 5:09 pm
i was about to support you and buy your products, but then the australian dollar crashed.
cant afford it now :(
the day will come.
keep it up
October 28th, 2008 @ 5:55 pm
Kramer could beat Jay Leno with his jokes :).

But a really bad joke is that boujou messes up the PAR!
Such an expensive Software and its interpreting the PAR wrong, cant believe it...
October 28th, 2008 @ 6:24 pm
It doesn't mess it up exactly, there are just different ways of dealing with PAR. Depending if you are preparing for 3d rendering or for AE. It IS an in-depth concept that needs to be designed for your workflow, but it can be done.
October 28th, 2008 @ 6:56 pm

but how to calculate the value for the cameraexpression inside AE? Is it always the value 1.11, or is there a formula for calculating the numbers for different Videoformats?
October 28th, 2008 @ 9:38 pm
I learned so much from Andrew's tutorials. I accidentally made a time freeze using Boujou and Cinema 4D 9.6 and After Effects.

Thanks again, Andrew!

Greetings from Downtown L.A.
October 29th, 2008 @ 4:12 am
1.11 = 10/9 is the inverse of 0.9 = 9/10
Paton MacD
October 29th, 2008 @ 4:40 am
I am very happy that I watched this tutorial as I learned about the 1.11. This has screwed me up in the past when I tried to add tracking data to my live action footage. Now I know why!
Thank you Andrew Kramer for all of your efforts to educate us and keep up interested in Video Effects.
Thank you everyone who has and continues to support Andrew. Without your interest in what he does, there would likely be no motivation to create new tutorials.
By the way, for all of you guys who ONLY watch the free tutorials, you are missing out. With "The Bullet" for instance, there are several tutorials that are much more concise and explained. He also is nice enough to create in depth tutorials for 3DStudio Max, After Effects, I think Blender and Maya as well. Project files included and example saves.
I am just putting this out there for those of you are expecting more of the same type tutorials as the free ones.
I thank you Andrew, I have learned so much from you and many of those who are associated with CC as well. Thanks!
October 29th, 2008 @ 8:51 am
Camera Tutorial for Kinatics Plz
Kind Regards
October 29th, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

Thanks for the formula. Its so obvious after you explained it, but i always sucks when it comes to maths :)
October 29th, 2008 @ 10:36 pm
Awsome, its finally up. I just got back from my honeymoon. Now I need to hurry and do this tut before Nov. 7th comes around. Gears of War 2 will be keeping me quite busy for a while.
October 30th, 2008 @ 6:12 am
Andrew ftw.
Alejandro Ortiz
October 30th, 2008 @ 8:50 am
Well, that's what you get for breaking the stingy and narrow-minded sketches of knowledge sharing... and instead of 3 minute long tutorials on how to draw a line in AE... he takes enough time of his tight agenda to teach us sophisticated techniques which normally would only be available for few at speciali$$$ed institutes and such places. Yeah, alright... I'm sure that for more than one he must be the "Val Valentino" of AFX... but who cares ? Apples are all the same.. it's how you make the pie what counts. Great job Mr. AK. and 1000 thanks.
Greetings from Costa Rica
October 30th, 2008 @ 9:27 am
AK, I know you are very busy but I would like to ask your new products for a long time to come out
btw,would you please introduce your secret project for us? I very much look forward to it sorry for my bad english :D
October 30th, 2008 @ 12:08 pm
Thank's a lot Andrew! Do you think you could do a halloween special? I dont mind if it comes late!!! just something spooky...
Kyle Monroe
October 30th, 2008 @ 5:38 pm
I still have a huge plastic container of Poggs, they are still very fun.
Caio K
October 30th, 2008 @ 6:16 pm
Hey Andrew what's up? I wonder if we are going to experience a tutorial on how you treated the original footage to get that beautiful tones out of it!
Thanx a lot for the great tutorials! They are of great help!
Caio, from Brazil.
October 30th, 2008 @ 10:50 pm
Time Freeze (Time Stop) Effect in Heroes Explained by Anthony Ocampo. (Filipino VFX Artist)

Boujou can be used as the tracking program. 3DS Max, Maya, C4D, etc. can be the 3D package. Green Rigs to hold actors, etc. See for yourself.

Andrew, wanna give it a go?!
October 31st, 2008 @ 1:52 am
Yeah its Halloween! Any plans for tutorials? :D
October 31st, 2008 @ 3:27 am
Hey Andrew (or anyone)

In one of these tuts, you used a Matte Shadow material on a plane to cast shadows from objects on to it (and appear to cast shadows on the background image). I find that only works with Scanline Renderer. Is there a similar method or material with Mental Ray? Thanks.

October 31st, 2008 @ 5:19 am
Long time fan, im sure a lot of ur leachers would be fascinated to know how you actually film/capture those ink/smoke/fairy floss FX; I assume u have a sweet keyable setup, but we only see ur street and screen capture stuff, plus a tangent of humour up my alley, cept 4 the alien, ahem... mabe post some quick 3rd person footy of how it's how. Andrew ur a legend and thank you for helping me through university. Gime a bell if u need a floor sweeper
October 31st, 2008 @ 5:23 am
I really LMAO when i read the "tutorials Haunted by"


U are very funny man!!!
October 31st, 2008 @ 5:24 am
BTW yea we have puters in Australia now, we get vista next week, but I'll pass coz i gotta save up for a new crocodile
October 31st, 2008 @ 5:55 am
Hey Andrew,

I just found this site. It's amazing!!!!
I needed to learn about Real time footage and 3D combining for school. Thanks mate!

These are awesome!! Don't stop making them :)!
Your helping lots of people out there!
October 31st, 2008 @ 7:24 am
@ Harold: thats a cool Link you´ve posted, Thanks!
October 31st, 2008 @ 11:34 am
"poggs" in chile are called "tazos"
nice tut andrew you are the best!
October 31st, 2008 @ 2:53 pm
Sorry for posting this here. I have created a thread for this on the forums.

Here's another link. Time Freeze in Heroes expalined further.. almost.
Jesper Steen
November 1st, 2008 @ 12:00 pm
since all those 3d tutorials I started a little with 3d software too. watch my first real 3d modell here,
it's quite good for a first time :p I used 3d studio max for the modelling and animation, and after effects for the colorcorrections. I'm not a pro yet, but thanks Andrew, for the chance you're giving us.

November 1st, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

I thought there was going to be a special halloween tutorial:(
November 1st, 2008 @ 12:59 pm
Andrew, Could you explain us how to make sparks in AE, please?
November 1st, 2008 @ 7:26 pm
Alejandro Ortiz
November 1st, 2008 @ 10:31 pm
The meteor multi-tuts can themselves be used as halloween tuts... use your creativity
November 2nd, 2008 @ 2:17 am
how is it for halloween????/
November 2nd, 2008 @ 8:14 am
Hey Andrew upload pictures of the halloween celebration please!!!
November 2nd, 2008 @ 8:18 am
Hey Andrew i will like to you upload an effect called The Human Torch
November 2nd, 2008 @ 12:46 pm
man!!! im from Brazil...
and i must to say...

i really did love your tutorials e all those things..
thank you a lot..
November 3rd, 2008 @ 7:22 pm
Hey Andrew i will like to you upload steak dinner.
November 3rd, 2008 @ 10:00 pm
Andrew: I've been slammed at work the last 3 months and have missed a lot of the VC tuts and blog. Finally I'm back to viewing VC daily once again! Thanks for taking the time to share your vast knowledge of FX software! Your latest tuts are awesome!

Hey, I know you probably have already mentioned it, but who won the T-Shirt contest, and did you ever have any printed.
November 4th, 2008 @ 3:26 am
hey andrw! why you dont teach us how to film theses video with pure black/white in the background?? Is prety useful for vfx makers! =DD
November 4th, 2008 @ 3:59 am
Hey Andrew, how's it going? Are you gonna release some introductory/presentation video tut about the new AE CS4? Would be nice! ;)

November 8th, 2008 @ 10:56 pm
November 24th, 2008 @ 5:34 pm
Andrew, you HAVE to do a tutorial on the first video. I dont know what it is, but theres something about it. It calls to me :P

Please Please Please, you're amazing.
November 24th, 2008 @ 5:35 pm
whoops, wrong topic. I meant that comment for the post with the fog the "above the rest" one
November 30th, 2008 @ 5:18 am
Great ...
but Is there any other –not expensive- software which can do the job?
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:09 am
very very cool, thanks a lot!
April 11th, 2013 @ 3:02 pm
Hey, what's up ... i joined this , its Awesome .. and i make so many tut . Thanks Andrew Love you ! :-)
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