3D Falloff

3D Falloff is the subject of this new tutorial/preset that will give 3D layers a new dimension in After Effects.

The Falloff we are referring to is specifically distance falloff. When a layer reaches a certain distance away from the camera, it begins to fade into the background the further away it gets. Many Video Games feature atmospheric effects that act as falloff for geometry that is far away and this occurs in real life too. For example ,underwater objects and sea creatures can fade into the darkness as they descend or a person can disappear into a snow storm only to emerge as the abominable snowman.

This new preset makes it easy to automatically calculate falloff based on a layers distance from the camera. There are many great settings like when to start and end the falloff as well as color and opacity settings.

In this video there are over 50 layers that react properly to the distance as the camera approaches. Keyframing this manually would take forever and if you change the camera the animation would have to be adjusted. More soon.

Watch Video

BTW, the Pro Scores promo was not rendered with this preset but it is a good example to illustrate this effect, the tutorial will include several techniques as well.

56 RESPONSES TO "3D FALLOFF"
Josh
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:03 am
Nice teaser... :P
Benj
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:14 am
:D
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:17 am
mmmmm :rolling eyes:
Hi
There is nothing here !!!
in fact i can not see anything but the title !
Mark
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:21 am
I can't see anything... =S
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:23 am
Lol, what ever it is, im excited about it.

get some sleep. lol.
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:26 am
relax guys, relax!
dan
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:26 am
...mother of god...
greek lover
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:27 am
HAHA.This Christmas VideoCopilot presents....
THE 3D Falloff
Jeffrey
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:27 am
This blog seems to be lacking something. =P
Sergey
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:29 am
Yeeehaw! It's so great... wait a minute there's nothing there. LOL :)))

Sergey (Russia)
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:29 am
im here ... lol
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:32 am
Andrew go to sleep men...
Don't do that for us.
never mind , do it !!! keep going lol
We Love u men...
Brazil, Sao Paulo

Madona will be here this week yahoooo
i hate Madona lolol
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:33 am
Bad joke I guess...
Infaas
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:50 am
you killed my cat with that one
Phil
December 16th, 2008 @ 3:52 am
Lovely andrew! Such a teaser thought.
lawrence
December 16th, 2008 @ 4:16 am
Very nice, after another 28 hour stint on after effects it's cool to see others burning the midnight oil. Buenos Nachos from old blighty ( I think madona's from here now? ) Anywho, cup 'o' tea for me then bed, or more AE, I think my dreams have alpha channels now.
December 16th, 2008 @ 4:30 am
very nice andrew!!!
December 16th, 2008 @ 4:35 am
Hey Andrew!! Arent you tired? Well, here in Germany it is 1:22 pm but when I look at the comments I can see what time it is in the USA and i guess you are kidding us.
That shows how hard you try to satisfy us. Keep it up man hope you come up with a great tutorial about title scenes soon. (By the way i was happy when i heard about Pro Scores. I was thinking about your Products some months ago and tried to find out what we can expect next. I thought it would be great if you come up with some orchestra sounds and stuff like that. Sounds that are good to intensify a situation. And then I have seen the Promo and i felt crazy because I was thinking about that and you come up with it...........
Weynie
December 16th, 2008 @ 4:54 am
thx for great tutorials Andrew,you amazing...
respect from mother Russia :>
December 16th, 2008 @ 5:05 am
Awesome Andrew
Jan
December 16th, 2008 @ 5:55 am
meow!
Tony
December 16th, 2008 @ 6:04 am
Yo Andrew, awesome idea!!!

BTW how is that blurry ring in the Pro Scores promo created? Is is possible that you create a tutorial covering some of the techniques used in the promo? Much appreciated.

Thanks
December 16th, 2008 @ 6:10 am
Yes I agree with Tony....Can you please make a Tutorial on how to make that blury colorful ring around the videocopilot title in the beginning
Ryan O
December 16th, 2008 @ 6:24 am
Hey Andrew, thanks for the preset. How is the rendering with this one? Will the falloff reduce the rendering time?

Very interesting.

Thanks,
Ryan
Doru
December 16th, 2008 @ 7:16 am
This is awesome! Great job
Shadow
December 16th, 2008 @ 7:26 am
Dear me lookig good awesome. Mr.Kramer Idea is pretty
December 16th, 2008 @ 7:38 am
How did you get a camera to fly so close over the top of Sam's hair--and all that dandruff--poor guy.

Silliness aside, this is a powerful tool for the box and I cannot wait! Thanks, AK.
pev
December 16th, 2008 @ 7:51 am
Andrew,
BIG THANKS!!!!
December 16th, 2008 @ 7:51 am
Where's Tahna? ;)

I feel for her in the supposed loss of her fiancé Sam... poor guy... We need a follow up ;)
Nathaniel
December 16th, 2008 @ 8:10 am
i cant get the video to work!
illd
December 16th, 2008 @ 8:14 am
nice video!
gp
December 16th, 2008 @ 8:17 am
Can't wait :)
December 16th, 2008 @ 8:24 am
Make sure you have the latest version of QuickTime.
Mel76
December 16th, 2008 @ 8:25 am
Nice travelling in Sam's hairs...
fuddam
December 16th, 2008 @ 8:32 am
what I want to know is who's greasy hair was used for the fly-through? can even see the dandruff floating all about!

:O
December 16th, 2008 @ 8:39 am
I think you'll be surprised what that actually is... the tutorial will have all the info!
Sandy
December 16th, 2008 @ 8:44 am
wow stuff coming soon, this will be awesome andrew, waiting deperately for the tut. thnx in advance. u r a genius. Regards ---- Sandy
December 16th, 2008 @ 8:47 am
Looks great Andrew, especially when I pause the QT video and then use the slider to go through it slowly...very impressive!

What it actually is???? ....well, my guess would be that it is an image from the Evolution product line, one of the swirls, but rendered out using 3DSMax to give it the 3D effect....then duplicated hundreds of times over.
David
December 16th, 2008 @ 8:47 am
Love your TuT's A.k .. And i loved the promo for Pro Scores.. And i will buy Pro Scores as fast, as i can.. xP

By the way, TnX for the preset and all TuT's man ^^,
December 16th, 2008 @ 9:16 am
Andrew,
How is "falloff" different than the AE depth-of-field camera settings?
Seems to be the same result or very close to it.

Lou ...
December 16th, 2008 @ 9:21 am
how to do that light at upper left DVD???
so cool^^
December 16th, 2008 @ 10:56 am
Coooooooooooooool
Thanks andrew
very useful preset
Suvir
December 16th, 2008 @ 12:35 pm
hey andrew.. does rendering out in quicktime lead to loss of quality as compared to the raw footage..
cause i see some pixelation. sometimes..
D4 Manager
December 16th, 2008 @ 5:15 pm
@Lou: the different is it renders much more faster.

@ASKry: Knoll Light Factory man.
Andrew Butler
December 16th, 2008 @ 8:22 pm
haha, you probably won't read this far down...but it reminds of in the Lion King when they are in the bones...yea...kind of classic...

btw, bought Pro Scores...feels so good...all warm and musical...thanks again!
December 16th, 2008 @ 9:21 pm
Andrew! I totally agree! After making it I though, "what does this resemble?" I tried to find a reference pic to the wasteland but I couldn't...
Haxn
December 16th, 2008 @ 10:36 pm
great stuff thanks for the presets and tutorial :)
December 22nd, 2008 @ 4:05 am
Wow!Thanks Andrew

You're the BEST
Lox
December 22nd, 2008 @ 6:33 am
Ouch! 2142, bf2, COD no problem but rendering these latest tutorials is really taking a long time.

I need to get hold of CS4 and the put these GPU's to work :s
marcelo
December 22nd, 2008 @ 7:33 am
gracias por los excelentes tutoriales
son importantes las estructuras, luego a trabajar la imaginacion
January 1st, 2009 @ 12:15 am
Thanks Andrew!
i think that the Skin Displacement is one of the
bests.

Leon.
Distance Mariner
January 8th, 2009 @ 3:36 pm
Andrew Kramer, you sir are nothin' short of a champion. It's great to watch tutorials that don't bore me to tears or go straight over my head. This is just well explained good stuff. Just wonderin' if you'll be doin' anymore 3DS Max tutorials, the "Trapped Inside" one was fantastic.
Distance Mariner
January 9th, 2009 @ 12:24 pm
Oh okay, you've loads of 3D tutorials! Sorry. I just got s excited!
February 25th, 2011 @ 5:58 am
Hey!
I love your work andrew.Keep it up man.and don't mind the bad joke's of joker's.
Just keep it up.we all love your work we have lot of thing's to learn form u.

Salam.
ALi jann
Wasp3d specilist
KOZ
September 21st, 2011 @ 1:56 pm
This is great! Great Job Andrew!
    April 16th, 2012 @ 5:45 pm
    Hey!
    I love your work andrew.Keep it up man.and dont mind the bad jokes of jokers.
    Just keep it up.we all love your work we have lot of things to learn form u.
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