Experimental Video

Here is a video of the experimental project I showed you earlier in the week. I’m still working on the technique and streamlining the process but I have a feeling there is a tutorial in the works.

For now, I’m preparing a big website announcement that you don’t want to miss. It could be waffles, it could be pancakes… or something even better!

Watch Experimental Video

The random lens blur effect was created using Twitch; one of our custom tools for After Effects.

UPDATE: Tutorial Online

February 18th, 2009 @ 11:23 pm
February 18th, 2009 @ 11:24 pm
AK, u r like a cheetah running with a great pace.

February 18th, 2009 @ 11:26 pm
February 18th, 2009 @ 11:34 pm
February 18th, 2009 @ 11:40 pm
he is too intelligent
simply amazing
February 18th, 2009 @ 11:40 pm
February 18th, 2009 @ 11:42 pm
oldschool )))) Very nice
February 18th, 2009 @ 11:44 pm
Ou man, don't know what's that, but it looks crazy ;=)

I think i can need it for our film group, can you make a tutorial for us(me)? xD

Our group name is: Black Shard Studios...

So this experiment looks like shards, isn't it?


Greez form switzerland
February 18th, 2009 @ 11:44 pm
gr8 going Andrew!
Andrew Farris
February 18th, 2009 @ 11:44 pm
Can't watch the video via mobile device (iPod touch) movie format not supported. Might want to fix that or something please. Thanks
February 18th, 2009 @ 11:44 pm
Nice breaking pieces effect! (Y) good job
February 18th, 2009 @ 11:48 pm
No offense, I love what you do, but this looks like nothing. Just doesn't seem to has your normal level of high quality. You absolutly can't see what's going on and basicly it looks like a complete mess.
February 18th, 2009 @ 11:59 pm
It looks really good. All I want to know is how you did the voice FX?
February 19th, 2009 @ 12:03 am
WOW! I don't know what's up with Thomas (no offense) but this is SOOOOO sick! I've watched like 70% of your tutorials and I'm left speechless at all the software you know and how versed you are in them. I'm more than sure that this title sequence took AT LEAST half an hour, maybe more. But that "it looks like complete mess or not high quality"... I don't think so.

Keep it up Andrew. You're a cool and hilarious guy (no sarcasm).
February 19th, 2009 @ 12:06 am
camera projection???? very nice
David H
February 19th, 2009 @ 12:13 am
Looks to me like several projections as it comes together possibly? from different angles coming into one?

either way - I gotta give a man props for making all those piece layers. That's a decent amount of time I would think.
February 19th, 2009 @ 12:15 am
It's not projection but the 'trick' is creating all the of the layers from a single video so that they make up a full frame. Your gonna be surprised how easy it is.
February 19th, 2009 @ 12:24 am
woow, amazing!
February 19th, 2009 @ 12:45 am
I have seen a similar thing done using shattered and just displacing/adjusting some of the perimeters and reversing the footage. Do let me know if i am on the right path Andrew?
February 19th, 2009 @ 12:57 am
anything possible in after effect..
February 19th, 2009 @ 1:00 am
That looks great! It's wicked how it comes together at the end.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how you did this.
February 19th, 2009 @ 1:05 am
mybe andrew just do shatter effect..
and lens blur..
do multiple text when rotate..
February 19th, 2009 @ 1:06 am
looks even better whith sutures!delicious.
February 19th, 2009 @ 1:12 am
remindes me of the little bad guy from transformers!


Like allways very usefull!
February 19th, 2009 @ 1:13 am
Astonishing as always Andrew (4A)
February 19th, 2009 @ 1:14 am
I think it was done by multiple layers with the same image/vid.

Then each one masked off (either over time or from the off.

Then they layers are rotated/moved through space with keyframes..
The layer is precomposed and then time reversed so set up the bit to whole look..

Am I right Mr Kramer? ;-)
February 19th, 2009 @ 1:14 am
What you should of said...

"It could be waffles, it could be pancakes… or something even batter!"

...see what I did there
February 19th, 2009 @ 1:25 am
I personally like the video better in reverse... so it breaking up, rather than coming together.

Pretty cool AK.
February 19th, 2009 @ 1:31 am
Few times scrooling through the video frame by frame and now i know how it's done :) Interesting technique...
February 19th, 2009 @ 1:49 am
Thomas obviously has no taste - because this seriously rocks. I love it! Andrew you are a life saver with your techniques and videos..... please dont stop :-)
February 19th, 2009 @ 1:52 am
Hey Andrew,

I really like this kind of editing, but the problem is that the files are getting pretty big. Youtube only allows video under 1GB. How big is this "Experimental"?
February 19th, 2009 @ 1:59 am
*bows down to awesomeness* Thanks so much for being so generous to share your work with us mere humans. I'm beginning to overcome my fear of expressions with every tut I watch. :-)
February 19th, 2009 @ 2:02 am
Kevin the video is 1 MB. Is that too big?
February 19th, 2009 @ 2:20 am
cool one....:)
February 19th, 2009 @ 2:24 am
Wow, "mystery comp" finally shown :)
February 19th, 2009 @ 2:44 am
OMG i want the tutorial plz
February 19th, 2009 @ 2:45 am
Carp of holy.
February 19th, 2009 @ 2:47 am
Looks like you took a pComp, cut it up, moved the pieces in zspace and applied some filters and a lens flare.

Then projection mapped the words on with different intesity lights?

Looking forward to the unveiling. I think i'll attempt something similar and see what I can come up with.
greek lover
February 19th, 2009 @ 2:50 am
really good work Andrew...man.that voic in the video is the same with the video game CRISIS."maximum power"
February 19th, 2009 @ 2:51 am
Kevin, it all depends on what you save it as.

I save my videos as a .wmv but if you save them as a high quality .avi or .mov then the file size will be considerable higher and if its only for youtube, the video quality doesn't need to be too high

Also looking forward to this new tutorial. I bet that took quite a while to render Andrew lol
February 19th, 2009 @ 2:54 am
February 19th, 2009 @ 3:02 am
Neat stuff! Sounds like samples from Robocop... :O
February 19th, 2009 @ 3:24 am
That.....was.....AWESOME, youre the man AK!
February 19th, 2009 @ 3:35 am
Whoa man! youre Krazy Kramer! cant wait for this one
February 19th, 2009 @ 3:41 am
nice...but...what is it for?
February 19th, 2009 @ 3:53 am
Oh my god nice!!Which voice is that?=Sounds cool
February 19th, 2009 @ 4:13 am
Can't wait!
February 19th, 2009 @ 4:27 am
Reading this form mobile website on iPhone,the video is not supported :(
February 19th, 2009 @ 4:29 am
Hey is this on youtube by any chance? If so can you post a link because I tried playing it on my g1 and it downloaded it but it will not play and I really would like to see this.
February 19th, 2009 @ 4:39 am
that is pretty awesome. Did you use shatter maps or any of that stuff? Hum...never mind, let´s just wait so we can see how the magic is done.
February 19th, 2009 @ 4:54 am
Looks very cool - trying to figure out how you did that now...
February 19th, 2009 @ 5:07 am
February 19th, 2009 @ 5:25 am
Andrew. :) How did you do that? When I render this sort of things I get files like 500mb.
February 19th, 2009 @ 5:35 am
Hnm! I gave Andrew that idea and showed him the techniques, yeah! in my dreams of course, after using 365-days on videocopilot! Lead on AK "The god of FX"
February 19th, 2009 @ 5:39 am
Very cool teaser Andrew. I have a few ideas of how it might have been done (well, one part, not the rest), but am anxious to see exactly how it is done. Man, you come up with some of the freshest and newest ideas I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing your skills with us.
February 19th, 2009 @ 8:38 am
Well Andrew. Looks like you couldn't get Sonny Garcia again so you just pitched down your own voice! Nice one there lol
Adam Sklar
February 19th, 2009 @ 8:46 am
Ooh, It's called 'Shift'


February 19th, 2009 @ 9:04 am
Honestly man,
I have NO idea how you did that.
I can't wait to find out. : )
David W.
February 19th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
Cool!!!! No it's better then cool, it's Andrew Kramer Cool. This will be an awesome tutorial! :)
February 19th, 2009 @ 9:31 am
I like that type of out of focus you do, I think you used it on the pro scores trailer as well. It's like a boxy blur, I'm going to have to go into After Effects and try to make it now :)

Also the shatter effect is pretty cool as well Mr. Kramer.
February 19th, 2009 @ 10:01 am
que chabon que la tiene clara!
February 19th, 2009 @ 10:03 am
Pretty sweet!

And finally, the big waffle announcement draws near. I've been waiting for this one, buddy.

I hope you bought wafflecopilot.net in anticipation. Featuring waffle tutorials (ones that refer to "glowing rings", "extrusion depth", and Sam Loya may not be suitable for everybody), and more!
February 19th, 2009 @ 10:12 am
I really want to watch this, plz create iPod/iphone compatible version (in itunes u can click advanced > create iPod or iPhone version), thnx
February 19th, 2009 @ 10:16 am
Nice! Can't wait for the pancake announcement!
February 19th, 2009 @ 10:17 am
thanks Andrew :)
February 19th, 2009 @ 10:32 am
Does it have something to do with iHop?
Rick Astley
February 19th, 2009 @ 10:46 am
Awesome! I can already think of many ways I will be using this.
Adam Sklar
February 19th, 2009 @ 10:52 am
I can't wait to see your amazing tutorial on this. I will be learning a lot more.
Thanks Andrew!
February 19th, 2009 @ 11:34 am
Awesome!!! I can't wait for it!
February 19th, 2009 @ 12:16 pm
stylish! seems very filmic to me.
February 19th, 2009 @ 12:33 pm
How do u get all these ideas all the time. great job!
Ivan P
February 19th, 2009 @ 12:46 pm
Looks great so far. Only thing I see that could improve it is if not all the pieces came together at the same time.
Josh M
February 19th, 2009 @ 1:47 pm
Awesome! Can't wait for a tutorial hopefully!
February 19th, 2009 @ 2:03 pm
oh very nice! cant wait till the tutorial comes out.
February 19th, 2009 @ 3:21 pm
video in disguise ! :)
February 19th, 2009 @ 3:54 pm
Andrew, keep making "experimental" videos. :O
Nice work.
February 19th, 2009 @ 3:59 pm
Yeah... Uh... Please do a tute on this one. Effective, especially with the Designer Sound FX. You're makin' me want to buy it despite the fact that I have a large SFX library already.
February 19th, 2009 @ 7:25 pm
I have an idea of how you do it... But I will focus my time on my current projects at hand.
February 19th, 2009 @ 7:44 pm
Sometimes one just has to throw their hands up in the air and say respect is due. Andrew, awesome idea and execution. Bravo
February 19th, 2009 @ 8:06 pm
Awesome.. Very Transformers, but awesome..
Johneg Mnemoneg
February 19th, 2009 @ 11:53 pm
3d text layers and reverse shatter?
Mark Bowen
February 20th, 2009 @ 1:31 am
Hi Andrew,

Looks really really nice. I have a few ideas of how this could be done but none probably as easy as you have mentioned it should be.

Can't wait to see the tutorial on this one. Fantastic!!

Best wishes,

February 20th, 2009 @ 1:52 am
Sock Puppetts!!!

go on...im not afraid....
Jack Daniel Jenkins
February 20th, 2009 @ 4:14 am
Someone said this looked like "nothing" and "not up to your normal" whatever.. that guy was probably mad because the new Transformers are too intricate and he can't make them on his iMac at Starbucks.

Andrew, this looks AWESOME and the sound effects really bring it home. I'm loving Designer Sound FX and I can't wait to order Pro Scores... well I can wait because I'm broke but you know what I mean. I (like the other mortals) was guessing shatter but after seeing this I'm really looking forward to the tutorial.. and if you could include Sam in there somewhere that'd be swell too.


February 20th, 2009 @ 4:32 am
Hey, for the voice, what did you use to make it sound like that?
Wayne Cutajar
February 20th, 2009 @ 4:59 am
Tutorial Please...
February 20th, 2009 @ 8:04 am
Well, that was just awesome looking and sounding!
February 20th, 2009 @ 10:58 am
AWESOME! Cant wait to see how u did this!
February 20th, 2009 @ 12:07 pm
Andrew, show us how you did it
February 20th, 2009 @ 12:50 pm
At first I wasn't very impressed.
But scrolling back an forth really worked for me.

Playing at half the speed is absolutely stunning.

Did you break it apart with maskes or is there a bit of 3d studio max invlolved?
February 20th, 2009 @ 3:39 pm
Alex Frost
February 21st, 2009 @ 6:46 am
I think - the trick is in photoshop layers which randomly throwed back in time (my english is bad, bt i hope you understand) =)
February 21st, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
Wow..blown away.
February 21st, 2009 @ 6:10 pm
man, u´re sick!
is unbelivable how you create new things...

sorry my english.
hey from brazil.

February 22nd, 2009 @ 3:09 am
Thats a lie!! nothing better than waffles an pancakes!
February 22nd, 2009 @ 3:26 am
Please andrew! will you make a free tutorial on this? or put it on a twitch update?? i would love to know how you do it!!!!!

looking forward to an answer!
February 22nd, 2009 @ 7:04 am
How do you change "that voice" please ?
February 22nd, 2009 @ 10:47 am
Looks very cool, especially because it's all done in after effects.
February 22nd, 2009 @ 11:51 am
Looks good, But the voice....well it made me giggle
Tengku Edzuan
February 22nd, 2009 @ 2:23 pm
February 22nd, 2009 @ 2:43 pm
Looks amazing!

Cant wait.

Love your tutorials btw.

Keep up the amazing work.

February 23rd, 2009 @ 5:11 am
Adobe After Effects > all
February 23rd, 2009 @ 12:17 pm
Over all i think it could be good, but... there should be some better color correction on the background. Its kina supposed to be scary lookin so i would make it a very dark green
February 23rd, 2009 @ 7:27 pm
wow..just saw the shift video....all i can say is WOW... that was awesome!
Still Amazed
February 23rd, 2009 @ 8:36 pm
Seriously, the size is just appropriate Mr Andrew. But it could be made scarier, like videofreak said. But to pull off such effects, that is cool. TO even think about it, even way better. Just saw one vid, and it is all praises man. Go for it MAN!!!!
February 24th, 2009 @ 6:27 am
Please Andrew we need a tutorial from this vid. Share us your knowladge. Awesome work. I'm looking forward to your tutorial. It'll be awsome as well.

Best regards.
Dreadrake a.k.a Alex from Hungary

(Sorry if I wrote something wrong)
February 24th, 2009 @ 12:52 pm
Leonardo Gulli
February 24th, 2009 @ 6:12 pm
I might be wrong but i think that voice was yours...
by the way, i see you in New York, i will be there with Andrew Teheran.
February 25th, 2009 @ 12:17 am
This video might be nice as usual with andrew but I'm unable to watch it on my iPhone. It doesn't know the video format. Can u help me?
February 25th, 2009 @ 1:01 pm
amazing video

February 27th, 2009 @ 4:26 pm
that voice sound great .. any chance of showing us how to edit our voice to sound like that?
March 4th, 2009 @ 8:34 am
Can't wait for the tutorial.... thanks again AK for your selflessness with your knowledge.
don p
March 4th, 2009 @ 9:05 am
absolutely ridiculous u should get an oscar
March 7th, 2009 @ 1:16 pm
Awesome. Looking forward to the tutorial. I think it would look awesome if the background kind of folded from the middle out to the edges as the shards rotated and moved into place in Z-space. I think seeing all the shards moving at once kinda dulls the effect a little. Not sure if this is possible or really hard or what, just my 2 cents.

Just want to say your tutorials are awesome and I always try to learn how to make the project my own and learn how to use the effects to create something unique.

Love everything you do and supported you by buying Evolution, which rocks!
[...] As seen in these posts: Another Test Experimental Video [...]
March 14th, 2009 @ 6:25 am
i love u man
nice tutorial
March 14th, 2009 @ 6:56 am
Where did you get the robot sounds from Andrew ?
March 15th, 2009 @ 6:58 pm
wow ang galing.
March 20th, 2009 @ 1:41 am
Please Andrew,make a tutorial in which you will show how to make something like this.please.I was trying to do this,but it doesn't look like this.How do you make glow or color of the words change when spining?

Greetings from Serbia!
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:01 am
Cool!!!!!hope you can come up with a tut that deals with individual letters rotating or revolving and then coming to a complete single word or title something like that.Nwayz,thanks so much Sir!The best!
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