Presets Updated

It was a long day but I rebuilt the SureTarget preset with the help of our developer Patrick and the code is now simple and elegant. More importantly however, it allowed me to add some cool new features.

The Sure Target preset now has a built in Auto-Rotation feature that captures the rotation of the targets and adjusts the Null accordingly, just as it moves from one to the other. This should save a lot of time animating the rotation for each target. We also included a build in Ease checkbox for automatically making smooth movement between targets.

The 3D Falloff Preset has also been updated to work with the Sure Target tool.

Finally, I converted ALL of the presets on Video Copilot to work with the English, Spanish, Italian, German, & French versions of After Effects! It wasn’t easy but I did it.

A demo tutorial will be out later to show you all of this in detail. Please discuss bugs and problems on the forum so we can fix em. For those who want to test out before then, the auto-rotate is based on the rotation of the 3D layers not the orientation. Be sure to change the rotation manually and not with the rotation tool.

As always please do visit the products page and check out our amazing DVDs. We have several great tools for enhancing your visual and sound performance. Your support makes this all possible.
Check them out!

January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:22 am
Thanks, Andrew! You da man!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:22 am
Hey Andrew.
Just wanted to drop a link that I found today. I've been sitting with keyframes and easing for days now with no luck. So I started so look for some help. I found this great expression-set(?) that gives you a panel where you can choose how you want to ease your object. I needed a spring-effect and this was perfect. If you worked in flash and used a tweening engine with ease like "elastic, bounce, easeInOut" and so on, you'll love this.

Check it out at

Also, thank you for all the great tutorials and resources you have here.

January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:29 am
Merci !!Excellent :-)
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:31 am
again great work! thanks for making it easy!
Peter Wong
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:33 am
AK is like Mother Theresa of After Effects
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:39 am
Great, thanks Andrew!
Barry Barrera
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:49 am
WOW i was so happy with the first version then now a NEW one? cant wait to do a test. btw thanx Andrew for making After Effects so easy to understand for us. God Bless!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:53 am
Translated in all theses languages, that's perfect.
Thanks a lot.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:57 am
Nice one fella
January 22nd, 2009 @ 2:01 am
Wonderfull!!!!... All presets in 1 file!!!

January 22nd, 2009 @ 2:05 am
Andrew- ты лучший !!!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 2:08 am
Good work fella
January 22nd, 2009 @ 2:10 am
Wow Andrew
Awesome stuff, really like that you can download all presets, but especially like the new SureTarget features. and we get it all for free. Life is so fair. :)
January 22nd, 2009 @ 2:25 am
WOW :-) Thank you so much. Man, no wife, no life? ;-) Just work and work?

I love the way you always put our fingers to your products. But hm, i got them all. And now waiting for a new DVD :-) Maybe a premade pro DVD for creating fast cool texteffects and nice promos.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 2:34 am
this is incredible! thank you so much!!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 2:34 am
This preset is fantastic, You make me look good!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 2:50 am
I was really expecting updated versions of all your presets. I want the lightsaber preset to automatically track my authentic sword replica, Day For Night should add in a moon and streetlights, and the 3D reflections neeed to be true 3D (I'm working on a school project where I need my reflection to come to life and arm wrestle me with a spinning camera move). I'm pretty disappointed and will probably never buy your free presets again.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 2:56 am
...yeah but they come in Spanish too.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 2:58 am
AK you simply amaze me! Thank you for everything you do!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 3:21 am
To Ben: Yes really you shouldnt buy FREE presets. LOL
January 22nd, 2009 @ 3:41 am
Above and beyond! Thanks Andrew!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 3:53 am
Andrew, instead of working iam watching your tutorials...
thanks very much. This is really interesting
Some Guy
January 22nd, 2009 @ 3:54 am
Andrew, you are amazing! Thank you and the VC team!
Paulo Renato
January 22nd, 2009 @ 4:27 am
It was missing. RSRS
Now, if possible, we have also Brazilians.
It would be interesting to launch in Portuguese language. RSRS :P
Andrew, thanks for the lessons.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 4:29 am
You are a god.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 5:09 am
Your hardwork make our jobs easier than ever before. What can I say more Andrew! You are helping a lot.
Thank you - Sandy
January 22nd, 2009 @ 5:12 am
Above and beyond man! Can't thank you enough!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 5:28 am
I cant get te Autorotate to work..:(
January 22nd, 2009 @ 5:45 am
You rock Andrew, you and the VC team are totally awesome. We can't say that enough.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 5:51 am
Look Andrew, i know its been said countless times before but seriously... you and your crew are gods. Thanks for everything
January 22nd, 2009 @ 5:54 am
To tony,

We can all safely assume you've never heard of irony or indeed humour...

Aside from that, fantastic work Andrew as always, it is truly amazing the amount you share with the AE, FX & composite community.

And why not Finnish?
January 22nd, 2009 @ 5:55 am
A toast to Andrew Kramer, the one true Renegade of the Adobe Nation! May you never stump your toe in your quest to change the face of After Effects. Cheers!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 6:03 am
Thank you Andrew i cant believe what you are doing for us.THAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANKKKKKKKKK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 6:06 am
Hey Kramer and the rest of the pack. Next time you want to translate expressions you can use a handy script called "translateExpressions" by nabscripts. Its the second last on this side:

Check out the whole side, there are a lot of great scripts for free!
Matt Taylor
January 22nd, 2009 @ 6:23 am
Thanks... amazing.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 6:29 am
January 22nd, 2009 @ 6:31 am
Mamma mia! It's an honor receive such attention, all Italians guys thank you for your massive traslations of presets.

January 22nd, 2009 @ 6:34 am
<3 Thanks AK <3
<3<3 Thanks AK <3<3
<3<3<3 Thanks AK <3<3<3
Andre Prior
January 22nd, 2009 @ 6:50 am
Kudos for the multi language support! I know many many people will enjoy it. Thanks!
Andre Prior
January 22nd, 2009 @ 6:52 am
Is this BEN a joke? wtf
January 22nd, 2009 @ 6:55 am
man, cant believe it! Spanish preset...this is so awesome, i have been waiting for so long...Thank you!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 7:04 am
Thanks AK!! I'm going to use this heavily! Any news on RG2?
January 22nd, 2009 @ 7:04 am
Chuck Norris WONT GIVE U FREE PRESETS BUT Andy will :D:D:D:D:D:D::D:D:D:D:

Andrew ur some kid of genius :P
January 22nd, 2009 @ 7:12 am
Wow, thanks Andrew. Pretty soon you will have presets for just uploading an image or text, and your presets do all the work for us at all....;)......but that would be no fun. I like After Effects, not in real life...;)
January 22nd, 2009 @ 7:13 am
Most Excellent. Thanks Andrew!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 7:19 am

Thanks, Andrew.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 7:27 am
Your willingness to share your considerable FX knowledge with us hacks is nothing short of saintly. I just started using AE this year and thanks to you I already look like a seasoned motion graphics professional in the eyes of my clueless superiors. Maybe I'll be able to impress them enough to stay employed through this whole recession thingy. Lord knows the world doesn't need any more telemarketers. You da man!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 7:43 am
just amazing
you're a miracle worker!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 7:43 am
Got them all and now I'm about to put Sure Target to the test on a news open. Thanks for everything. Now you just need to develop your own VC Particle system and the rest should be history. I'm with a few of the others... a few text presets would be really cool too. Like energetic titles, but in preset form.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 7:55 am
Thanks Andrew. Great job ! and ...i want to say so much but i m from Greece and my English is horrible... :P not horrible ...but ...ok i m gonna stop here . cya to the next tutorial.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 8:00 am

Thanks Andrew!!!!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 8:01 am
Just played around with the new Auto Rotate feature. This makes even more complicated 3d space camera moves appear to make it like I know how to do this stuff. Looking forward to your tutorial to see what I'm missing.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 8:09 am
Ahh man your my bra mang....
January 22nd, 2009 @ 8:19 am
Kudos for all hard work and help you are providing to the AE community.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 8:30 am
Thanks a lot :)

@Ben looks like someone needs some attention.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 8:39 am
Not quite sure about using the auto rotation feature. When I rotate the layers in 3D, auto rotation doesn't seem to compensate based on the layers rotation. ???
January 22nd, 2009 @ 8:41 am

That link jsut made my day. Ive been using FuseKit for the past year or two, and when I recently started to learn using AE I foound myelf missing all the PennerEasing I had with Fusekit. this will help make animations much more dynamic. :)
January 22nd, 2009 @ 8:48 am
I love this preset! When might we be able to see the HUD tutorial up? I have been holding my breath for this for awhile now.. (I've turned 7 shades of blue already) :D I know you've been crazy busy.. I was just wondering..

January 22nd, 2009 @ 9:06 am
OMG! Thank you so much! All the things you do for us, what we are going to do without you and your staff. I am so glad we have a great mentor and a great vendor. Thank you again!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 9:16 am
once again: awesome
January 22nd, 2009 @ 9:17 am
Thank you SO much !!
tommie12P(Thorsten Miess)
January 22nd, 2009 @ 10:05 am
Nice, all presets in one package

cant say anything more just:
awesome, amazing, brilliant, cute, definitly great, enhancing work, ... continue till z
January 22nd, 2009 @ 10:20 am
January 22nd, 2009 @ 10:25 am
You are making love with us Andrew! a motion graphical fashion kinda way c'',)

Cheers from denmark
January 22nd, 2009 @ 10:26 am
WOW! Thank You so much Andrew; you help level out the playing field, you will not go unnoticed with how much you help out this community of developers/designers!
Tatenda Jinya
January 22nd, 2009 @ 10:27 am
LEGEND! thanks as always Andrew
January 22nd, 2009 @ 11:29 am
Funny story...I had a major computer melt down and lost most of the info on my computer. I have everything backed up so it wasn't too bad. But I was really bummed because I was going to re-download all of the presets. THEN, today they are all offered in one bundle.

So needless to say...thank you Andrew...this makes life easier.
Peter C
January 22nd, 2009 @ 11:29 am
Great Andrew. Let me know if you want a Swedish translation as well ;)
January 22nd, 2009 @ 11:43 am
Thumbs up 4 YOU........Mr.ANDREW
Lots of Thanx......

With Luv 4m India.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 12:23 pm
No joke Andre, I have my own VFX company with my own YouTube channel where you can see my awesome skills. Check out "Warped Demon Face" and "Suicide"...totally original...I rock at VFX! Text me or hit me up on Facebook if you want me to help with your movie. And no, I won't back down, I won't buy another one of Andrew's free presets till he realizes how much I need automatic rotoscoping.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:10 pm
To baggy_pants:

You obviously never heard of sarcasm.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:12 pm
This whole Ben thing is a mystery... He's GOT to be a joke... no one is that ignorant... are they?
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:14 pm
Oh wait... I am!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:15 pm
It was a joke...
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:18 pm
To pvsciteach,

baggy_pants thinks its indeed humor or irony. Do you?
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:38 pm
I can't get the autorotate to work either. I've trying adjusting the layer in BOTH orientation and rotation, but it doesn't follow. Is this a bug or am I doing it wrong? Anyone else have this issue?
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:48 pm
Wow i love you men...
January 22nd, 2009 @ 1:50 pm
I mean the hole team
January 22nd, 2009 @ 2:34 pm
to: Pixelpusher

I was having the same problem. You need to make the null object a 3d layer BEFORE you add the SureTarget plugin. Use the rotation instead of the orientation parameters. Hope this helps.

Thank you Andrew and team for your continued hard work.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 2:52 pm
To Tony,

I sure hope so!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 3:20 pm
of course Ben is a joke.. did you even read his posts?

"I'll never buy any free presets again"

January 22nd, 2009 @ 3:22 pm
People be getting trolled up in this thread! Hahaha, well I found it funny, Ben. Might want to keep that stuff on 4Chan, though.

Back on topic, I can't thank you enough for SureTarget, Andrew. Once again, you've arrived just in time to save my sleeping hours by providing a tool so I won't be up at the dead of night. You rock, sir, and I'll continue to buy your free tutorials. ;)
January 22nd, 2009 @ 3:27 pm
Thanks Andrew K. You really know how to help out!
....and thanks Patrick for giving him a hand.w00t!
January 22nd, 2009 @ 3:27 pm
Great preset but when I'm using 9 or more targets it bugs out. The targets get greyish and multiple instances of them appear.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 3:59 pm
The download will be back online later today. We're fixing a couple of things. As mentioned above, the auto-rotate should work, just make sure the layer is 3D first before adding sure target.
January 22nd, 2009 @ 5:02 pm
I am trying to get the opening animation to fly in from off camera large scale to 100% but I cant get it. Everything else just moves by but the layer I want to see move does not. I came up with a work around. duplicate layer and animate it seperately add have the align and turn one on and off.... it works but ther emust be a better way. Could you inlcude this in your tutorial?
January 22nd, 2009 @ 6:47 pm
@mchurgin: to fix it you need to animate the layers anchor point. select the layer, hit the letter A on the keyboard, turn on the stopwatch, animate the z plane towards and behind the camera, then set another key frame for where you want it to end and viola! Hope this helped.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 12:21 am
Awesome work. There is a project that I've been working on, and Sure Target will work great. Thanks for putting this together for everyone.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 3:42 am
@Vince: you understood my cryptic explanation and solved my problem. Thanks...
Deepak p.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 3:57 am
Hi Andrew,you are a great.I learned much of trick & tips from your tutorials.Thanks a lot.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 5:24 am
Amazing!!!!!I'm italian and the the new presets (in italian language) is helpful for me!
January 23rd, 2009 @ 5:51 am
your the man andrew.
keep up all the good work!
January 23rd, 2009 @ 5:54 am
Adob videocopilot CS4

Thanks ^^
January 23rd, 2009 @ 6:13 am
Lots and Lots of thanks
January 23rd, 2009 @ 6:16 am
Sorry my joke wasn't funny. Great stuff Andrew! I've paid plenty of good money on plug-ins that were not as useful as what you give away.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 7:01 am
To tony

I have indeed heard of sarcasm, it amuses me immensely. Hence my comment.

And I'll be buying the presets, no matter what anyone says.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 7:10 am
I apologize profusely, timing my comedic is not good so.

I meant I will be buying the free presets. Clearly. Because they're worth it. OK?




Cheers from Oz
January 23rd, 2009 @ 8:39 am
Hello Andrew,

Everytime I check out the site it's like a gift from GOD. Keep up the great work. We sell candles, but on a personal level we use your products everyday at NBC Studios! Check out our site sometime.
January 23rd, 2009 @ 12:43 pm
I thought it was funny Ben :)
January 23rd, 2009 @ 7:22 pm
i wont be buying these free presets either if ben doenst approve
Brih! from Argentina
January 26th, 2009 @ 3:04 am
i've a question... (escuse me, my english is really bad lol)
are u god?? =)
only, i want get you especial thanks for do all of this tutorials, and your dedication on people.. for me, you are god...
thank you very much..
greetings from Argentina for you!! and the Creative Cow Man that i dont know how is his name lol!
brih! (really my name is bruno xD, like bruno diaz yes... ¬¬) xD
bye bye!!
February 4th, 2009 @ 3:29 pm
were do u get the presets-adrew kramer-vfx-lightsaber v2 at
June 4th, 2013 @ 9:43 am
I'd rather have Lin Dans WC-final T-shirt!!!
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