NEW TUTORIAL: Energetic Titles

In this EXTRA LONG tutorial you’ll learn to animate the camera using the new Sure Target preset as well as create an impressive 3D title design.

The Sure Target preset is available inside the project file and includes versions for English, French & German. If you know how translate expressions and save presets in another language, please send us the file; we’d love to share it with the community.

Tutorial based on sample video seen here:
View Sample Video

Watch Tutorial

January 16th, 2009 @ 11:15 am
I Like That :)
tome alves
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:20 am
Thank you...! a lot for all your good work.
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:22 am
Looking forward to it, the camera moves are amazing.
eugene opperman
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:22 am
as always... an awesome tutorial!
You're like butter on my breakfast toast!
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:23 am
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:24 am
Can not wait anymore for this release :D
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:25 am
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:32 am
Thanks Andrew Kramer!

Now my AE camera moves will kick ass!
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:41 am
After 3 years of learning this stuff your still my hero. Big thanks, this tool will get tons of use.
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:43 am
OMG it's awesome!!!!!
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:44 am
Wow, that's a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. Nicely done.
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:49 am
Yay a new tutorial at last!
thanks and I hope there's more to come soon!
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:52 am
Ah =) First, Second, Fourth.. umm.. =) Truely awesome tutorial Andrew, now I finally know how to simply move the camera.
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:55 am
Oh man, I was so hoping you'd release this before this weekend. I've been procrastinating on a project all week hoping I'd be able to use SureTarget. Thanks man!
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:57 am
Super nice!
S Gilbert
January 16th, 2009 @ 12:04 pm
Awesome!!! Thank You Andrew
January 16th, 2009 @ 12:06 pm
Wait?!? SURETarget was free? Amazing! I really cant wait to jump into this.
January 16th, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
Great stuff as always! Thanks so much, I'll be watching it tonight!
January 16th, 2009 @ 12:18 pm
oooh. I was looking for something to help me procrastinate.

January 16th, 2009 @ 12:33 pm
That took some time to watch! This video contains, as always, some nice jokes... Just brilliant !
January 16th, 2009 @ 12:35 pm
I've been here since the start. This tutorial pulled a lot of things together for me and I really appreciate it. It's just a matter of persistence to learn AE. I've stuck with Premiere for everything, but I'm finally venturing into AE with a little confidence. Mainly, thank of Andrew...and Sam.

This last tutorial was a blast! But please not another Steven Seagal movie!

Thanks so much for this preset! Very nice work!
Myykk :)
January 16th, 2009 @ 12:37 pm
Mamma mia!! ;)
Awesome, amazing!! Thanks another time Andrew!!
January 16th, 2009 @ 12:42 pm
thanks andrew and your team for your brilliant work :)
Fat Elvis
January 16th, 2009 @ 12:44 pm
You just sorted out a big problem I was having, thank you Mr Kramer Sir.
January 16th, 2009 @ 12:58 pm
Since this preset works on any 3D layer, I'm sure that combining this with the 3D-Falloff can create even more amazing effects.
January 16th, 2009 @ 12:59 pm
January 16th, 2009 @ 12:59 pm
Amazing tutorial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm a very big fan of you!!!!!!!
January 16th, 2009 @ 1:03 pm
was about to go to bed, i stayed up to watch this tutorial!
thank you robocop andrew!
January 16th, 2009 @ 1:05 pm
You're right...
It's abouty freakin' time!
jk :)
As everyone else says, thanks for all your hard work and another great FREE tutorial and preset!
BTW, I just saw the video so far, but if that music is from Pro Scores, I will probably buy it.
January 16th, 2009 @ 1:19 pm
Huge !
Keep on ur just our hero !!
January 16th, 2009 @ 1:41 pm
Great tutorial. i/ve learned a lot.
January 16th, 2009 @ 1:47 pm
thanks Andrew...:)
January 16th, 2009 @ 2:18 pm
You are the man. I'd have your babies!!! ( I actually wouldn't)

Thanks so much for everything you do for us. It's appreciated more than you'll ever know.
January 16th, 2009 @ 2:24 pm
Amazing Tutorial!
January 16th, 2009 @ 2:25 pm
probably one of the best/longest tutorials u have ever recorded. thank you!
January 16th, 2009 @ 2:53 pm
very good and long tut.
You love the word energy, dont you? Energy, Energy Wipe, Energetic Titles...
January 16th, 2009 @ 3:39 pm

Wow , great tutorial man, blew me away, I'm so bad at animating the cam. This helps big time.

Clone #3327
John Dangerous
January 16th, 2009 @ 3:44 pm
Prob the only thing for free that's this good.
January 16th, 2009 @ 4:10 pm
This is awesome! Camera control has always been tricky in AE and I think this is going to help a lot. Thanks!
Carlos Santana Vega
January 16th, 2009 @ 4:20 pm
I have the preset translated into Spanish. Where do I send it?

January 16th, 2009 @ 4:29 pm
I thought u used the shatter trick to do the 3d txt effect, but this works too lol. Nice tutorial, excellent preset (by far my favourite free one) keep up the good work :)
Carlos Santana Vega
January 16th, 2009 @ 4:49 pm
Here is the Preset traslated into Spanish. :D

January 16th, 2009 @ 5:07 pm
its very important you giving away all this kowledge..thanx for ur support....
January 16th, 2009 @ 5:14 pm
when will there be a RIOT GEAR part 2?!?!
January 16th, 2009 @ 5:21 pm
Thanks Carlos, I'll recompile. What version of AE are you using?
January 16th, 2009 @ 5:24 pm
Thank you so much andrew!
January 16th, 2009 @ 5:28 pm
Euhmm.. This is one of your best tutorials and by far the most useful preset i've come across these last years. Your way of giving stuff for free is truely awesome. Thank you for all that work. It's appreciated all around the world!
January 16th, 2009 @ 5:41 pm
Your Jokes are bad Andrew but i still laugh :D
January 16th, 2009 @ 5:51 pm
January 16th, 2009 @ 6:24 pm
Thanks Andrew! You are the best! Put out another DVD so we can make this all worth it for you!
January 16th, 2009 @ 6:50 pm
Gereat Mr.Kramer
January 16th, 2009 @ 6:54 pm
Thank you so much for this tutorial, you started 2009 off's almost 4 am here right now, how time flies when you're having fun, and learning to be creative at the same time. That donation option people are talking about ain't such a bad idea.You might want to consider it.
Thanks for everything.
January 16th, 2009 @ 7:14 pm
oh finally its online now! haha - thank u Andrew! awesome going - keep roking like this.

January 16th, 2009 @ 7:32 pm
looks great! I like the longer tuts, I feel like I learn a bit more
January 16th, 2009 @ 11:32 pm
Hey Andrew, it's Bobby. Seriously, I want my shirt back. I'm not kidding.
Effects Guru
January 17th, 2009 @ 12:44 am
Andrew, this is the one I've been looking for my whole AE life! The best tutorial by far..(for me)
January 17th, 2009 @ 1:05 am
Thank you very much ;)
January 17th, 2009 @ 1:16 am
you r the reason adobe stocks are going up.your ppl need to have a serious meeting with adobe a the biggest boss that i've seen thus far.
Andre Prior
January 17th, 2009 @ 1:25 am
Awesome and million thanks for the german version!!!!!!
Carlos Santana Vega
January 17th, 2009 @ 1:25 am
My version is Cs4 ¡¡¡

Ps: Good tutorial.
January 17th, 2009 @ 1:31 am
Thank you Andrew for this tutorial and for your all tutorials.Your work here means a lot for us,the newbies.
For an user called,"AndrewisGOD":I think you are a bad joke,if you are so good,show us!
All the best from Romania,Andrew!
January 17th, 2009 @ 2:33 am
andrew you should check jean claude van damme new movie
"jcvd" its not an action movie but it is a good movie he is playing him self you wont be Disappointment
January 17th, 2009 @ 2:36 am
Ooooooooo Just wait till I get back home from the shop ..................................Cheers Andrew COOL!!!
January 17th, 2009 @ 2:45 am
Dhannt he has an excellent start of the additions to the Lafter effect but no additions cool ^^
January 17th, 2009 @ 3:15 am
I was waiting for that : ) Thanks mate.
January 17th, 2009 @ 4:36 am
January 17th, 2009 @ 4:38 am
dear andrew,

i found this


hope that helps
January 17th, 2009 @ 5:05 am
*** Sure Target in Dutch ***
I opened up the SureTarget file in a WordPad to translate it in Dutch for you but if I replace all the English for the Dutch I'm not sure if it's gonna still work but because of the program language but because there are just a few words to replace I'm giving them to you.

Layer = Laag / Amount = Hoeveelheid / Speed = Snelheid / Slider = Schuif / Value = Waarde / Position = Positie / Group = Groep / Sure Target = Zeker Doel

Thank you Andrew = Dank je Andrew
January 17th, 2009 @ 5:13 am
Outstanding tutorial. There's probably more jammed into this tutorial than any five off of another site. I learned a LOT from this one, thanks.
January 17th, 2009 @ 6:40 am
You should get a nobelprize for this
January 17th, 2009 @ 6:44 am
Thank you so much for this!
You know... if I had waited just a couple of months longer before creating SureTarget could have saved me quite some time animating! xD :P
January 17th, 2009 @ 7:59 am
best tutorial yet
January 17th, 2009 @ 8:11 am
YOU ARE ROCK THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Andrew one question when you are creating a promo do you first create the music score or just create the animation and you add the music score at the end????? GOD BLESS YOU
losers films
January 17th, 2009 @ 8:47 am
oh my god what a preset!
your work is amazing, everything

January 17th, 2009 @ 9:08 am
WOW!! this is... I just have no words.... THANKS!!!!!!!
January 17th, 2009 @ 10:17 am
Thank you man that's fantastic stuff :D

Wich mikrophone u use?
January 17th, 2009 @ 10:24 am
One of the most useful tutorials on After effects on the whole world wide web. Thanks Andrew.
January 17th, 2009 @ 10:38 am
Till now I always worked with 3d camera paths to make this kind of moves but it wasn't practical. You made my life much easier!! Thanks mate
January 17th, 2009 @ 11:29 am
Hi Andrew !
Thank you for your prest and especially for your french version ! French like me like that ^^
Does the music is compose with Pro Score ? She's amzing !
And +1 for DriverX who want to know wich microphone are you using :p

Sorry if i ask questions with a bad english, i don't realize.
I do my best.

January 17th, 2009 @ 11:36 am
OMG! The best one yet!
January 17th, 2009 @ 12:47 pm
absolutely wonderful
Bader Ahmed
January 17th, 2009 @ 1:09 pm
Hi everyone,

Amazing, Most longest Tutorial,

I liked Creating the Elements for the promo eg; Blocks, Animated line using the wiggle Expression, changing the color over time using Adjustment layer.

Sam Loya Arrested , Ha that is Bad News.

Anyway thanks for the Great Gift !
Jorge Bolivar
January 17th, 2009 @ 2:31 pm
Ok now I will post here my question, because I see that Andrew has answered here some post of other people. From yesterday I put in the tutorial page of suretarget a question (and a little experiment) to Andrew but I think he didn't saw that. Ok here it is directly as I posted in the Tutorial page:

by Jorge Bolivar 23 hours ago

Hey Andrew I'm wondering: we can match this suretarget targeting system with the falloff preset together? how we can do that? it will be great because layers will falloff automatically when the camera moves between each target asigned with the sureTarget. I will experiment, maybe post the result in the forum, but what better than ask to the master itself?? Thanks for sharing your knowledge to the world in such a positive form.


by Jorge Bolivar 21 hours ago

Ok I'm trying the experiment now, and the falloff respond but not completely well, or at least no for me LOL... It make fall off the layers but they don't interact dinamically with the null object who have SureTarget applied, my humble opinion is because they share the same camera in the code and After Effects can't guess what to do exactly because he is reading both commands but separately not as a one interacting group, I don't know if I make my point, sorry english is not my natural lenguage.

Today: I'm done, I can't make this work together. If I put one to work correctly when I mix the other, the composition is screwed up. I triple checked every time, and every time I get the same result.
January 17th, 2009 @ 2:42 pm
Well the expression needs to be modified to consider the Null instead of the camera. Try posting in the expressions forum. It's not a yes or no question :)
Jorge Bolivar
January 17th, 2009 @ 2:57 pm
OK Andrew thanks for answer so quick dude! but I won't post it because I don't need this for some work to do or something, heck, I don't even work in the area, it was a little experiment for you as the creator of the two preset and if you considered it worth to investigate, but I'm cool now, the answer is: they can not work together right now, until the code of falloff is changed to work with the null instead of the camera. Cool man!

The positive thing is that I was right in my thinking about what was the problem :D , and that is so much for somebody that is not a serious Fx dude like you :D. Cheers pal, see you next time and thanks again for answer. Bye.
Tom Daigon
January 17th, 2009 @ 3:25 pm
Will Sure Target work in AE 7.0? This preset reminds me of the behaviors in Motion. Very cool indeed.
January 17th, 2009 @ 5:10 pm
This tool is definitely a great investment with the 3rd payment being free.

In the sample video, what music is playing? Is that something from one of the Sound DVD's you have?
Zohein Sharma
January 17th, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

I had no idea this was free... Honestly, I would pay money for it Andrew!
January 18th, 2009 @ 2:18 am
Thx Andrew for another awesome preset!

This show helps to speed up alot of things!
btw, I just came back from watching the movie "my bloody Valentine 3-D" and I spot "the bullet" technique is used in one of the scenes.
Its great to know that the VC community is growing big and representing world-wide =]
January 18th, 2009 @ 3:10 am
Aaahhhyeah ... he he ...
Thanx 4 the Preset and thanx for the Tut ...
Great Job - ever thought about a career in comedy ?
He he he ... you rock!

After watching your Tutorials a i often feel like "Damn, how can i give this dude something back for all the knowledge he gave me ..."

Well ... i guess buyin your DVDs and tellin people
to check out your site is a good start, innit ?
January 18th, 2009 @ 3:18 am
Bravo Andrew,

This is real stuff.

Bravo once more..

Can i use Zaxwerx pro animator for 3d text also in this AE presets

Regards from Serbia
January 18th, 2009 @ 5:22 am
Thank you for this very helpful tutorial. For me one of the best you made. And of course, i know all :-)
January 18th, 2009 @ 5:52 am
I don't understand why my post are not publishied??

Anyway thanks Andrew for your hard work.

January 18th, 2009 @ 6:34 am
Simply packed with amazing insights. (sounds like a promo here)

Superb tutorial and many thanks for it!
January 18th, 2009 @ 6:57 am
muy bueb efecto andrew, cada vez mejores
January 18th, 2009 @ 1:19 pm
Where did you get the music from?
January 18th, 2009 @ 1:41 pm
Amazing! Tons on gems in this tutorial.

This is the best tutorial yet. IMHO.

Great job Andrew.
January 18th, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

Very, very, very good tutorial. It's one of the best I ever seen.

And same question like Smith, where did you get the music ? Did you compose the music ?

Very great job, thank you very much.
January 18th, 2009 @ 5:17 pm
you are simply the best...
and man... you are so freaking funny!!!

thanks so much....

from the ass of the world Chile in southamerica...

Tom Strong
January 18th, 2009 @ 9:56 pm
Why do people keep asking about the music? Who cares!? Dance tracks are a dime a dozen.
January 18th, 2009 @ 11:47 pm
Andrew! thank you very much for the great tutorial, i started using Adobe after effects from scratch and your website/tutorials really helped me a lot. thank you! the Philippines loves Andrew!!!
Gery Greyhound
January 19th, 2009 @ 12:52 am
I had birthday yesterday, this stuff was the BEST birthday surprise I ever got in the last 27 years of my life :) I finished the tutorial, it's amazing!

Greetings from Hungary
January 19th, 2009 @ 2:21 am
Gianni, My last post missed out too. I just wanted to say thanks for such sharing a clever and useful preset.
January 19th, 2009 @ 4:44 am
Hiiii Andrew, thanks 4 the GR8 tutorial. Really u hav kickstarted 2009 with a BIG BANG!!!! I really enjoyed the tut but i hav a doubt i.e.


Plz do let all of us know this......

With Love 4M India.
January 19th, 2009 @ 7:43 am
The Spanish version doesn't work on Cs3?

-What can I do?
-One good reason to update to Cs4...

Thanks for all MasterKramer!
January 19th, 2009 @ 7:52 am
Andrew, I've been struggling with bring 3D text into After Effects.

Could you show me how to bring 3D texts from Cinema 4D.

Many thanks
Dustin James
January 19th, 2009 @ 11:25 am
This is great stuff!

Creating simple countdowns will be extremely QUICK & EASY now!
January 19th, 2009 @ 12:02 pm
the music goes with the animation
January 19th, 2009 @ 2:10 pm
Great tutorial. This preset will be extremely useful; I can tell already. Thanks, Andrew. Although, I would like to know how some of the additional elements were created that are in your example. Looks like some additional lights were thrown in.
January 19th, 2009 @ 3:37 pm
Thank u Andrew for this tutorial and for a lot of tips there. Very usefull. Thanks again.
January 20th, 2009 @ 4:17 am
Superb mate, really appreciate your effort and work, its a great and constant help!

Cheers man!
January 20th, 2009 @ 12:34 pm
This preset is awesome! I just did a job in about 12 hours that normally would have taken me 3 times as long. It is so easy to use. I can't believe that you give stuff like this away for free. Well, it only compels me to buy more of your products. Good marketing;)
January 20th, 2009 @ 3:04 pm
Most excellent preset Andrew, and enormous thanks for giving it for free. The tutorial is one I've waited for for a long time; your long ones are always the best. Excellent work.
January 20th, 2009 @ 8:09 pm
you know what would be helpful to go along with this... is a 3D Text Preset.... think you can pull it off Andrew?
January 21st, 2009 @ 5:11 am
Nice!! :D
I really love this tutorial AND the preset!
January 25th, 2009 @ 8:03 pm
WOWWWW...omg wow this is so cool.
February 27th, 2010 @ 4:40 am
very cool but i cant get to see the full tutorial :(:(
Andrew M
July 10th, 2010 @ 2:42 am
Hey andrew im such a noob at your site where can i download this.
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