NEW TUTORIAL: Presets & More

In this new tutorial we’ll examine some of the new features of Sure Target 1.5 and using it with the updated 3D falloff preset. New features include, auto-rotate, auto-ease and unlimited targets by simply duplicating the last target in the effects control.

Important Notes: Sure Target 1.5 must be used with 3D layers. Make sure they are 3D before applying or using the preset. For the auto-rotate feature to work, you need to adjust the rotation of the 3D layer and not the orientation. This tutorial covers all of this and more.

If you downloaded the presets package yesterday, be sure to download them again because we made some changes to a few of the default settings that were causing some errors.

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January 23rd, 2009 @ 10:30 am
Wow! Had a sleepless night, but came down and found this. What a pleasant surprise.
Thank you!
Jason b
January 23rd, 2009 @ 10:31 am
January 23rd, 2009 @ 10:34 am
Whoa , looks nice! I never thought I would be one of the first persons to reply.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 10:34 am
WOO HOO...4th to comment!! Ive been waiting all day for this!
January 23rd, 2009 @ 10:35 am WERENT the first to reply, hehe.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 10:48 am
but he said one the first persons...jim. hehe, time to watch the tutorial!
January 23rd, 2009 @ 10:51 am
That he did! My bad:)
January 23rd, 2009 @ 10:51 am
Thank you so much. This would be a good idea for the next plug in. All your preset would be in plugin (ALL in one) that would be soooo cool!
January 23rd, 2009 @ 10:54 am
This is by far the best thing to come from your site. For the past few years I've been saying the same negative things about After Effects. It's poor camera controls and poor 3d integration. I am convinced that this is one of the best things to help use the 3d camera. I hope you continue to support this preset, add new options, and watch it grow into something that can ship with Cs5.

Again... you gave this away too... don't you have a kid to feed now?

thanks for all your hard work and dedication.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 10:56 am
I feel very happy !! :)
January 23rd, 2009 @ 11:00 am
This is seriously really helpfull. Saves some time. Jim Gravina, I'm the 3rd! ;)
mohamed ez eldein
January 23rd, 2009 @ 11:19 am
January 23rd, 2009 @ 11:21 am
i dont think i ever said thank you for the suretarget preset, so thanks
January 23rd, 2009 @ 11:28 am
This is seriously a Godsend. Thanks Andrew!
Peter C
January 23rd, 2009 @ 11:30 am
That was some good features added to the suretarget! It will come in handy about... NOW! :)
January 23rd, 2009 @ 12:24 pm
Sweet! Thanks Mr. Kramer!
Nate McG.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 12:26 pm
Man, can you just make a preset, so we type in what we want and after effects will make it for us? <3 ... if i was a girl i would want you
January 23rd, 2009 @ 12:28 pm
awesome! watching it now...
January 23rd, 2009 @ 1:28 pm
Im a guy and i STILL want you! haha, jk
Fat Elvis
January 23rd, 2009 @ 1:40 pm
Cheers for the extra effort with the preset, it was great as it was and you went and made it better.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 1:50 pm
you r the best man :D
January 23rd, 2009 @ 2:16 pm
This man is realy mad :D (in a positive way !)
Great Job !
January 23rd, 2009 @ 2:21 pm
These may be the most useful, helpful, easiest, sexiest, smoothest and valuable presets or plugins that I have ever used.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 3:11 pm
Man, that was an uptempo tutorial:) Thanks for fixing all the little bugs.

January 23rd, 2009 @ 3:41 pm
that is awesome.
thanks again.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 3:48 pm
Holy Crap this preset is awesome. What great creativity and dynamic solution created by you and your team Andrew.
I would have easily paid $20 for this preset. Wow.
I have a similar product for Cinema4D called Steadycam Pro, but I never thought that it would see it for AE.
Amazing, Amazing, Amazing. Nuff said.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 4:39 pm
Omg it just gets better and better lol. I thought this preset was rly good even without the roatate tool. This preset and 3D falloff are gona make my time animating between diffrent elements sooooo much easier. Ive allready got all the VCP products so thats my way of sayin thx :P
January 23rd, 2009 @ 4:48 pm
once again....
January 23rd, 2009 @ 4:51 pm
thanks Andrew, I can imagine that took some time. The Spanish Sure Target has a little problem but i will post that on the forum later. Thanks again.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 5:03 pm
Veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery very thanx Andrew
January 23rd, 2009 @ 5:48 pm
GREAT!!! A million thanks Mr. Kramer, Mr. PAtrick (I dunno exactly the name of VCP web programmer) Keep it up.. and remember - - - - your the MOST TOP tutorial site that I Know.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 6:20 pm
You are simply awesome.

January 23rd, 2009 @ 7:23 pm
I love you Andrew!!Iam not gay but i love you.
Nothing more to say!!!!
January 23rd, 2009 @ 7:59 pm
Thanks... this is cool. now if can just download some imagination and ideas.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 8:22 pm
January 23rd, 2009 @ 8:24 pm
Feels like Christmas! Thankx VCP!!!!
January 23rd, 2009 @ 9:46 pm
Sweet! You da man! This is going to work great for a video i am working on for the national motion sickness conference ;)
January 23rd, 2009 @ 10:51 pm
Thanks a lot, you're the best sensei ever, everything i know in aftereffects i learned from this site and now i work in an advertising company thanks to you. God bless you man!
January 24th, 2009 @ 1:48 am
amazing stuff! thank you!
January 24th, 2009 @ 1:55 am
Thanks… this is cool.
January 24th, 2009 @ 2:04 am
Wow.. this is a great tool man!
Keep up the good work! And I hope there will be more tutorials soon :)

Jim Stone
January 24th, 2009 @ 3:10 am
Thanks Andrew, for all your hard work!
January 24th, 2009 @ 5:09 am

Am I doing something wrong or is the Sure Target 1.5.1 Preset ONLY supporting Z-rotation with autorotate?

January 24th, 2009 @ 5:19 am
My bad,

Thats what you get if you switch the Null to 3D AFTER parenting the camera. I have to follow guidelines better, i know. :D

January 24th, 2009 @ 7:37 am
Many Thanks Andrew! U BEST IN A WORLD☼
January 24th, 2009 @ 7:58 am
Just letting you know, it doesn't seem to be working with AE CS4...
January 24th, 2009 @ 10:38 am
I Second that... SureTarget 1.5 doesn't work on AE CS4 but 1.0 does???
January 24th, 2009 @ 12:41 pm
I just used SureTarget 1.5 and falloff for my most recent AE CS4 project and it worked seamlessly....awesome preset and saved me a lot of time! -- Many thanks Andrew
January 24th, 2009 @ 12:49 pm
People having trouble in CS4, please follow the directions in order for it to work. The reason Z rotation is only showing up is because your layer was not 3D before applying the preset. All layers must first be 3D before using the preset otherwise the rotation values are not present for the code to be added.
January 24th, 2009 @ 12:54 pm
can you guys tell me how to upgrade my after effects 7.0 pro cuase the easy reflection wont work
January 24th, 2009 @ 3:17 pm
OMG -> you are the best. Thank you for this. thank you
January 24th, 2009 @ 3:56 pm
Thanks Andrew, it's really helpfull!
Real Life
January 24th, 2009 @ 9:50 pm
Send me an angel
Send me an angel
Right now
Right now
*beat goes on....*
January 24th, 2009 @ 10:31 pm
I know you never get to scroll all the way here but thanks a bunch for all the presets :)
Kieran Blacker
January 25th, 2009 @ 3:03 am
Woo this is the best folder i have ever downloaded, i use it so much now and it has help alot
January 25th, 2009 @ 4:23 am
Andrew: I have tried several times, and made sure to follow instructions by the letter. Auto Easy-ease and rotations don't seem to work, after applying the preset (with all the layers already as 3D layers).
Jorge Bolivar
January 25th, 2009 @ 9:22 am
Hey Andrew, I can't believe you actually hear my humble idea about the falloff with the suretarget together, yeah, I know for sure that I wasn't the only one who told you about it, but I'm glad that I send you that idea, and you even answered it!, that was enough coolness for me, but now I see that you made them work! Nice man!, keep up the good work and thanks for listen any ideas from out there.
January 25th, 2009 @ 9:26 am
YES, Best preset EVA!!!! Took me a while to figure out what I was doing wrong. Then I rembered that Z-Rotation only exists in 2D space. But now I got it all working. Can't wait to do some really creative things with this.
January 25th, 2009 @ 10:25 am
Hey Andrew this is a great preset. Here's a question for you. So AE CS 4 has that nifty Photoshop Live 3d. In theory the sure target preset could work on those layers could they not? Thanks

January 25th, 2009 @ 4:57 pm
You are a huge help.
thank you
January 26th, 2009 @ 12:45 am
Hi Andrew,
Thanks 4 your tutorial...
any Idea 4 taking camera target from the beginning of a text to its end?
January 26th, 2009 @ 2:36 am
Whenever you come to Milan, beer's on me.
January 26th, 2009 @ 6:21 am
Yeap, great preset...

Sometimes in my null-camera, I create a wiggle expressions linked to separate xyz effect
(wiggle time on x
wiggle amount on x
wiggle time on y
wiggle amount on y
wiggle time on z
wiggle amount on z)...
This way I can have wiggle in time separately on x y and z axis...
It's nice and maybe is a good idea for SureTarget V2.0

You make our life easier(or easy ease...)
January 26th, 2009 @ 7:10 am
Shabab: One null in the beginning of the text, another null on the end? T1=1 null, T2=2 null...

January 26th, 2009 @ 7:52 pm
Kudos to Patrick and you Mr. Kramer.

I´m astonished and baffled about ST 1.5.
Don't know, but many these days try to make tutorials to sell their products well, but i've never seen something that goes that decent way you guys do.

Again. Kudos to you. Amazing...
Sun Light
January 26th, 2009 @ 9:49 pm
great presets Andrew and update.
but i was wandering if i can link the ST with Trapcode Sound Keys and with the selections beat i can move the ST.
i tried that but with no luck maybe it need some modifcations to the expressions itself.
any idea how ?
thanks in advance
January 27th, 2009 @ 1:30 am
New to after effect, i was reading some of your stuff: is there anything that works for AE 8 for Macs. I just got the old version of the intel (10.5.6; processor 2.6GHz intel core 2 duo; 4GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM). what should i buy from your site, and am i in the wrong place for a beginner?

really like your site, it made me want to tackle after effects.

selom – In Africa
January 27th, 2009 @ 1:45 am
I saw this tutorial and was like..."where were you 5 years ago?"
you're a blessing to the AFx world!
January 27th, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

Thanks so much for all of your contributions. I am essentially a video producer and consequently animation is a necessity for me rather than being my forte. Your tutorials have been instrumental in propelling me into the world of After Effects.

There's nothing worse than having to sit down to a bunch of dry tutorials in angst to learn a new application; especially one as daunting as After Effects. The tempo of your tutorials in addition to some humor along the way has made learning a joy.

It's obvious that you and your associates put in a substantial amount of effort in producing what I would consider the best tutorials on the market.

Thanks so much.
January 27th, 2009 @ 6:58 pm
Andrew, is there a way to take all of the SURE TARGET keyframes and convert them to regular keyframes for the null, thus getting rid of SURE TARGET and enabling some fine tuning of the position, angle etc? I love SURE TARGET, but with my 2.5D video, I can't zoom in close enough to some of the targets.
January 28th, 2009 @ 1:34 pm
I know it was stated earlier, but when useing Sure Target(a wonderful time saving tool btw) Make sure to make the null object 3D and parent the camera to it before placing the preset. If you do not there will be some scripting issues... that make take a minute to figure out.

Inserted this into a project that I had started last year. The initial time it took to keyframe the camera took a total of about 3 hours and was difficult. Sure Target only took about 3 minutes and looked cleaner than my original.
Jose Gabriel
January 28th, 2009 @ 4:27 pm
Hi, friends of VideoCopilot.
all yours tutorials is the best, and thank you very much for your help.
Excuse me my english is not good. Bye.
February 7th, 2009 @ 8:05 pm
Dear Andrew:(I say dear because your are in my live many times) I decompress and install spanish version of your incredible preset (Thank you, man!) and AE says this:

"After effects advertencia: la clase "Effect" no tiene ninguna propiedad ni metodo con el nombre "Casilla de verificaciÛn" Expresion deshabilitada.

The problem is:
when i decompress the files the text "verificación" its convert to "verificaciÛn"
I tried to edit SureTarget.ffx in my copy of TextMate and find and replace all this words (10 in total) but when i saved it and place at the scripts folder again and open AE, the software says "The file is incomplete"...

Can you help me?

I know i can open up Ae in english but its better for my in spanish (as you can see at my horrible english)

Thanks and Peace
February 7th, 2009 @ 10:17 pm
Hi again, i open the SureTarget.ffx in BBedit an change “Û” by "ó" (18 times) and finaly the preset its ok (i think so)
If you want i can give you
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