NEW TUTORIAL: Fracture Design

In this tutorial we will learn a fast method for fracturing a layer into multiple parts and distribute in 3D space. This 50 minute tutorial is also packed with all sorts of tips, tricks and a few stories too. I’ll admit, I actually had a pretty good time making it

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As seen in these posts:
Another Test
Experimental Video

PROMOTIONAL NOTE: The music during the animation in this tutorial is a track from Pro Scores; one of the great DVD products available in our online store. Be sure to check them out and keep supporting the site. We’ll keep making rockin’ tutorials!

Juan Francisco
March 12th, 2009 @ 11:44 am
Nice one!

greetings from Peru :D
March 12th, 2009 @ 11:45 am
Thanks Andrew for another great tut!
March 12th, 2009 @ 11:46 am
As usual... You are the BEST Andrew. Can't wait to work through the tut.
Looking forward to Action Essentials too two! or is it 2 to, or two too...
What ever, I'm pumped!
March 12th, 2009 @ 11:46 am
March 12th, 2009 @ 11:46 am
BASSI3, I can only agree with you! Good work!
March 12th, 2009 @ 11:48 am
Thanks Andrew


March 12th, 2009 @ 11:51 am
Wow. Awesome. Cya in 50 minutes xD
Freddy (norway)
March 12th, 2009 @ 11:57 am
Cool :D
March 12th, 2009 @ 11:59 am
sweet, cant wait for action essentials too.
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:01 pm
Oh yess, score
Adam Kerow
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:01 pm
Another Banger Tutorial Andrew Thank You Very Much! From Leeds United Kingdom!
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:08 pm
non contiguous?
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:08 pm
Darn, I had to look that up lol
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:10 pm
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:10 pm
AWESOME BRO!!! I think.... wait a sec......... You are the man and then some. Someone give this man a raise. awesome work once again andrew.

Thanks & God Bless
S Gilbert
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:17 pm
I went to the Doctor because I wasn't feeling well, and the doctor grabbed my um...and asked me to cough really hard. It was really awkward, because she was really hot... and um... yea, Just thought I'd share.
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:23 pm
I love it, 50 minutes of gold... Should I go that far or does it seam like I'm kissing up. Naw couldn't be, you're awesome man.
Adam Sklar
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:30 pm
Looks awesome!
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:36 pm
andrew !
very nice work!

greets from dortmund/germany ;)
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:39 pm
Awesome, I didn't expected another Tutorial right
now. I'll check it right away.

thx Andrew. :)
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:57 pm
Nice.......did I ever tell you about the time when I thought that you were really good at creating visual fx??
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:58 pm
Great job! And the finish of your tutorial... just reminded me of Sopranos :-)
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:58 pm
Can't wait to watch it!
ned flanders
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:59 pm
50 minutes. wow. good work
March 12th, 2009 @ 12:59 pm
How do people post a few minutes after the tutorial is up? They do a 50 minute tutorial in like 5 minutes.
March 12th, 2009 @ 1:01 pm
yes yes yes yes.....
March 12th, 2009 @ 1:18 pm
wow that was a long tutorial... nearly a feature film . without a commercial break. thnx :)
Jorrit Schulte
March 12th, 2009 @ 1:25 pm
Great tutorial, but you said the easy ease thing 2 times at 13:55 :P
i think you forgot to cut that
S Gilbert
March 12th, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

I hope you were kidding about people who are ungrateful enough to complain about your jokes or additional comments should go screw. I think you know that humor is what makes your tutorials unique and entertaining. I have watched many tutorials from other sites that have made me want to go to sleep after watching 5 minutes. I just watched almost 50 minutes of training, and I think of it as a TV show without the advertisements. Remember the theme at your New York visit about a year ago was um, FREE!!! anyone who doesn't appreciate that go somewhere else... Well, just kidding about that last part don't go somewhere else just stop complaining!!!
March 12th, 2009 @ 1:40 pm
YES...surprise tutorial....Thanks
March 12th, 2009 @ 1:41 pm
Well done and thanks very much! :)
March 12th, 2009 @ 1:48 pm
Thanx Dude i will watch now!!!
March 12th, 2009 @ 1:50 pm
nice one, Thanx you.
March 12th, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
When you're copying expressions from one layer to another "Copy expression only" works wonders
March 12th, 2009 @ 2:04 pm
Awesome! I love when theres a new tutorial here, my favourite tutorial site...
March 12th, 2009 @ 2:21 pm
That was a very good tut...i also noticed that you have a new plugin called Quick Matte installed...hope it is coming soon...By the way, very nice cover for Action Essentials.
David W.
March 12th, 2009 @ 2:45 pm
Cool, cool, cool, and cool! Thanks for another awesome tutorial.
March 12th, 2009 @ 3:07 pm
Loks so great VC
March 12th, 2009 @ 4:10 pm
50 minutes of my life Andrew.. 50 miinuutessss!!!!!! what´s your problem?? Are you kidding me?
No, i´m kidding.. that was a lot of learning time! Thanks!XD
March 12th, 2009 @ 4:19 pm
You try to make these Tutorials high quality.
March 12th, 2009 @ 4:29 pm
hey guys ,i downloaded the ussaf fonts and when i put it in windows font and open cs3 and select the font it will shut down my cs3 why.
ned flanders
March 12th, 2009 @ 4:45 pm
hah ok i just finished watching it. it was long, but your stories kept me in it. the time flew by. awesome job. nice ending. i wont spoil it for the others.
March 12th, 2009 @ 5:19 pm
The script that you include in the project files is going to be VERY helpful in the future. That's Andrew!! You continue to be the man.
March 12th, 2009 @ 6:16 pm
This tutorial is absolutly great!, the longest one but far far the best!. I wish to thank all videocopilot´s crew for bringing to us such tools for our work!
Greetings from Argentina and thanks again.
March 12th, 2009 @ 6:49 pm
I love your crazy stories, you should tell more!
Infact, I think you should set up a podcast, of you and sam just talking about anything. haha (seriously)
March 12th, 2009 @ 7:19 pm
almost 50 almost!!!!!!!!!
March 12th, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
great tut dude
March 12th, 2009 @ 10:33 pm
Mr.Kramer 50 minutes Tutorial pretty good. I love working long time with you and with Affter effects. Thanks a lot for the tutorial
March 13th, 2009 @ 12:10 am
Andrew, at what age did you start getting into motion graphics? Curious!
March 13th, 2009 @ 12:11 am
As usual… Awesome!!!
March 13th, 2009 @ 1:01 am
leave 100 years andrew brother
March 13th, 2009 @ 1:05 am
Finally A Tutorial !
March 13th, 2009 @ 1:06 am
special camera tips for after effect please make a tutorial all will buy that tutorial please . all people say yes to this comment
March 13th, 2009 @ 1:18 am
You know I was actually getting mad that we havent seen a tutorial from you in a while, I was like " What the heck is this guy up to not making tutorials" and then you announced that you were busy with action essentials and I was super exited about it and I was like "okay acceptable excuse".

Dont get me wrong I was still mad at you! This morning when I opened the blog section I saw a NEW tutorlial and I was like YEEEES! but when I tried viewing it kept leading me to a page where the ring is still at the top and I got really mad but finally I was able to view the tutorial and its one of the best you've done...wait...all of your tutorilas kick ass!

The point is I loved the tutorial so much I bought it flowers and Im picking it up later tonight for an awesome date!
March 13th, 2009 @ 1:49 am
Same here, really needed a great tut thx a lot ;)
March 13th, 2009 @ 3:05 am
WOW you're the best Andreeeeew..............................!!!!!!!!! ANdrew Kramer Pancen Oyeeeeeeeeee
March 13th, 2009 @ 3:27 am
Shout out from China:
I'm up here for a school trip, I've been following your blog everyday, even if I know there isn't a new post. Can't wait for Action Essentials 2 and to view this tutorial; it doesn't load on these computers :(
Love your work Andrew,
March 13th, 2009 @ 4:25 am
i believe you are not a normal person ( a litle bit sick )look what this great tutorials doing to you,
but anyway nobody is perfect :)

by the way, your wife must talk to you writing some expressions. because English language you don't understand . write expressions like
( Andrew Kramer = null object )they mean no body want to see you just do your job and be Invisible and the way out take a trash with you.
March 13th, 2009 @ 4:48 am
well.. actually I needed to create such FX ones
but I just used the shutter effect and reversed it,
It was much more limited than this teq but it still came out pretty good!!
March 13th, 2009 @ 5:26 am
what capture program are you using ?
March 13th, 2009 @ 5:37 am
i was surprised, when i saw the Fringe release date and the promo in Hungary. Fringe starts today afternoon. I really like the Fringe’s promo… A tutorial in the future like the fringe promo, i think will be usefull for this powerfull community… keep sooo….and Put in…you know to getting mad us
March 13th, 2009 @ 5:49 am
Please stop! Lol
Everytime you come out with a fantastic tutorial and I start working on ads for my products, then you come out with something better and I start all over again!

Great work andrew
March 13th, 2009 @ 5:51 am
Thank you Andrew..! Awesome.. greetings from Ecuador...
Bryan Benitez
March 13th, 2009 @ 6:46 am
Great Tips!!! Another home run Andrew!!
March 13th, 2009 @ 6:47 am

------------------------------------------------------aferin evlat çalışmalarını takip ediyorum güzel işler başarıyorsun.

dip not:deden
March 13th, 2009 @ 7:35 am
Very nice. Loved it!
Rick Morris
March 13th, 2009 @ 7:40 am
50 minutes tutorial!! I believe is a new record isn´t it?
March 13th, 2009 @ 7:51 am
Just one word for this tutorial, "GREAT"

thank u Andrew
March 13th, 2009 @ 9:08 am
How does someone just COME UP with these stuff! haha I mean do u just sit there on your throne and think of crazy things to create?
These are freakin amazing, probs to Andrew and Video Copilot once again!!
Bader Ahmed
March 13th, 2009 @ 9:39 am

I like your Sense of Humor !

I guess if your doctor understood the meaning of tutorials.

50 Minutes really full with experimentations like Script editing, building customizable Expression.

My Question is :

1- how could make Fracture synchronized with Audio for example when you add sound fx, i need the fractured segments dance or affected by sound- is this makes sense.

just follow this example( especially the text):>>>>

Thanks !
March 13th, 2009 @ 9:48 am
Best tutorial ever. Both in content and entertainment. Great jokes and tips. Thanks Andrew
Alex Frost
March 13th, 2009 @ 12:01 pm
Oh! Year!!!! Thank U!!!
Dustin James
March 13th, 2009 @ 12:22 pm
at first I couldn't see the potential of this effect when you posted it a while back... but after you fully developed the technique... all I can say is WOW..

Thanks andrew... this is an extremely universal and useful technique!!
March 13th, 2009 @ 1:22 pm
AK awesome again. By the way I was a bit bummed that you didn't finish your story. I honestly don't mind the humor in the tutorials.

Also I did a double take 2 times with the repeating factors in this tutorial. "easy ease"
Carlton Collins
March 13th, 2009 @ 1:28 pm
Love the 50min of high-larious learning. Man, wifey and I had to play back some of the stories. I was wishing you reminded those who say your wasting their time that they are listening to a "FREE" tutorial. (The irony of idiocy) Like the one that didn't want you to use photoshop. lmao Get at them dogg!!!
March 13th, 2009 @ 1:44 pm
Look at all those sparks, the monsters really must be angry!

It was a pretty long tutorial, unfortunately you didn't brake the 50 minute barrier. :D
At first I thought you were talking about your wife to pass the time and go over 50, but it was cut off. lol
March 13th, 2009 @ 2:28 pm
C'est super cool!!!!
March 13th, 2009 @ 6:14 pm
How did I know after I had done the shatter like this (ala burger) that AK would do the tutorial. Good job AK, maybe it wont use as much resources on my computer if I do it you way
March 13th, 2009 @ 6:36 pm
And what is crazy is I used shatter for mine and AK didnt. WOW!!!
March 13th, 2009 @ 7:35 pm
Very informative. Saves alot of the work from what I did.
Chiseled Abs
March 13th, 2009 @ 9:50 pm
sweet tutorial one thing though - could you maybe use things that come with after effects like particles world instead of trapcode because i want to make these effects without spending 200 bucks
March 14th, 2009 @ 4:25 am
A familiar voice is back:"hey,what's up Andrew Kramer here for videocopilot" I hope to use multiple languages to say something like this, that'll be very funny.
You think so?
March 14th, 2009 @ 6:20 am
another good one, thx very much Andrew, i really appreciate your tutorials.
for this last tuto, check this, you gonna like it i think ^^

thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge .
N A w T Y
March 14th, 2009 @ 12:05 pm
Hey, I've got a question: based on what should I put my composition's frame rate? Andrew always puts 24 frames per second and I wanted to know what he bases that on. Thanks...
March 14th, 2009 @ 2:57 pm
A great application of this would be turning your video into a jigsaw puzzle.

I saw this ad on CBC where the video clips were coming together as puzzle pieces and was trying to think of ways to accomplish the shot in aftereffects. There's also another one where people pull 3d text out of the air, and I've been trying to figure out how it's motion tracked.

Of course I can't remember what the ads are for because I'm to focused on trying to figure out how they are created to pay attention the content. But that's what happens when you enter this industry, you will never look at things the same again, like learning how a magic trick is done.
March 14th, 2009 @ 7:36 pm
Can't wait for the new products to come out! Loved the tutorial and the whole look of it!
March 14th, 2009 @ 10:51 pm
Right to to watch the tutorial...
I used the idea for an event with little improvisation..
da wurm
March 15th, 2009 @ 12:37 am
March 15th, 2009 @ 7:22 am
wicked Tutorial...VCP totally rules man...
Toby Rocke
March 15th, 2009 @ 9:16 am
Hey Andrew, what's with the deja vu at about 14 mins? Ha ha
Muhammad Waseem Ata Attari
March 16th, 2009 @ 2:02 am
good work,i will be try to make this and INSHA'ALLAH i will make.
March 16th, 2009 @ 10:12 am
nice tutorial! Thanks Andrew. Greetings from Belarus!
Jason White
March 16th, 2009 @ 4:55 pm
I just wanted to say that I LOVE when you tell stories.

Thanks for a completely fantastic learning tool. I come here all the time.

March 17th, 2009 @ 5:19 am
How did you make that background??
Patrik Ohgren
March 17th, 2009 @ 6:26 am
Another great tutorial!
I love when you say
”Hey!, What’s up, Andrew Kramer here for videocopilot dot net”
March 20th, 2009 @ 9:13 am
Do you plan to offer this as a bundle with proscores (for additional savings)?
March 20th, 2009 @ 9:13 am
Oops... sorry wrong post
March 20th, 2009 @ 9:26 am
hi! this´s huge but i have a problem ,when i try to apply auto-trace dont appear to me the others masks plaese help me!

many regars
Andrew H
October 14th, 2009 @ 9:09 pm
This is a very good tutorial, Andrew. [my name is also, Andrew]
A few months ago, I saw this commercial for a news station that actually used this same tutorial haha. Same textures and everything.
[In case anyone was wondering, it was KCRA 3 in the bay area of california]
    February 10th, 2011 @ 8:58 pm
    HAHAHA! i saw that same commercial!!! i was thinking the same thing. i paused it and compared it to the tut and it was exactly the same.
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