Action Essentials 2 Online + New Site Design!

So here is the deal, we have a new site design and Action Essentials 2 is available for Pre-Sale right now.

We will be shipping July 3, 2009.

Don’t forget we have Free Shipping on the 2K version through July.

The new trailer for Action Essentials 2 will be online early next week but there is tons of video walk-throughs and everything you need to know about the product.

Action Essentials 2 Features

Have a great weekend!

PS, Updated the “2K Free shipping” option at checkout. Thanks for catching that. All orders of the 2K version will be updated to receive the free shipping.

Tech-Note: Be sure to Hard-Refresh and clear your internet cache to see all the new changes and stuff. If you are seeing old imagery, you need to do this.

CTRL+F5 for most browsers or go into internet options.

June 26th, 2009 @ 5:58 pm
June 26th, 2009 @ 5:58 pm
Barry Brimley
June 26th, 2009 @ 5:59 pm
I like the new site design! I was worried because for the last few hours I couldn't access the site. Glad to see there was a reason behind it!
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
Terence Ho
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:01 pm
YOU ARE A MONSTER!!!!! ( In a good way )
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:01 pm
Simon Steele
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:03 pm
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

When you hover the mouse over the website navigation buttons, they return to the old site buttons which is a little weird.

Great stuff, can't wait for Action Essentials!
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:03 pm
Brad, you just need to hard refresh and they will eventually update.
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:05 pm
Fantastic! Well done VCP.
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:06 pm
Oh ok, cool! Thanks, looks great!
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:07 pm
Looks dark and sleek, keep up the awesome work, Andrew!
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:08 pm
Woo, love the new look, I was gonna order the 720p one, but seeing as my b'day is in a few days, might have to ask for the 2k version! :P
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:10 pm
way too cool. thanks for the hard works as always, AK!!
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:11 pm
Love the new site design. I did love the other one too but this one is a bit more well laid out. Who ever your web developer is is a pretty sharp edge... I'm someone deserves a hug... :P

Anywho, still thanks for the awesome FREE tutorials and I am fo' shizzles getting the 2K version!! Keep it up man!
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:12 pm
Oh, its Patrick Otten... good job Pat!
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:14 pm
Thanks Callum, I actually do all of the design on the site but I really have to thank our programmer Patrick who actually codes it out and makes it work in a browser.

When I used to do websites, I designed them specifically in a ways to avoid html issues but now I just do what I want and let him worry about it. He's the man.
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:16 pm
OMG i just watched the Demo!! i got a summer job just so i can buy this!!! :D
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:17 pm
The new site design looks great! AE2 is all and more than what I expected it to be.
Sam GIlbert
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:19 pm
Hey Andrew,

I'm totaly diggin the new site!!! Great job keep it up. I look forwards to using Action Essentials 2.
Any chance of you doing a tut on how to design really cool websites?
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:23 pm
This is awesome. I was just on and Action Essentials 2 was not up, then I hit refresh and it was! Great job Andrew. :)
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:26 pm
This is crazy exciting. I'm pumped.

On a side note; Cmd + F5 on a Mac, instead turned on voice-over for text. Funny.
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:38 pm
Nice Design Andrew!
Just wondering what CMS do you use with VCP, Is is custom built?

June 26th, 2009 @ 6:43 pm
Ohh my good the new action essential !!! i will buy the 720p. Andrew you are just .....
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:43 pm
Oh my God... I want AE 2 for my next film Oo <3
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:45 pm
great new design!!!!!!!!

sr. Andrew Kramer
thanks for sharing your talent it is of great inspiration for me.

a lot of successes
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:47 pm
My only worry is regarding the length of each footage. Example: If you want to do a burning fire for, 30 seconds or so. If you have a quick fire footage you won't be able to accomplish that.
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:49 pm
Ed, well most fire clips are about 500 frames or about 20 seconds. I can't image a VFX shot longer than that but you can also make a loop by mixing elements and blending them together.
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:49 pm
SO COOL!!! The site looks awesome and I wish I had the money for AE2! :)
June 26th, 2009 @ 6:57 pm
Finally !!! thx keep it up !
Chris M
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:01 pm
Just bought it. Now i can't wait. i feel like a kid on xmas
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:02 pm
Andrew, do you know when AE2 will be available in a bundle ?

Thx and congrats for everything
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:03 pm
hello AK its a beautiful vcp title, thank you, but i need to ask something and probably its too silly, but, i need to know it, this title includes sound effects for the weapons, etc?.
Dustin James
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:04 pm
This new site design reminds me of the original site with the jet on the top left...

mainly just the colors.

I really love this site Andrew. Thank you so much for all the help. Especially when I needed help on client work you are usually always available via email. Thanks!
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:07 pm
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:08 pm
Chad ONeal
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:08 pm
Video Blog?!?!?!?!?!?!
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:10 pm
Congralutations Andrew Kramer! Keep it going.
Justin Anderson
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:12 pm
EXCELLENCE!! :) I've been checking daily since June 1st in anxious anticipation. I always love to see what new stuff you crack out for Video Copilot. Thanks again Andrew and keep up the great work.
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:15 pm
I'm just blown away.
Elie Romano
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:18 pm
Great work Action Essentials looks great! New web design is awesome as well. (might want to test the design out in firefox. seems to be a little buggy.)
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:20 pm
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:20 pm
We use Firefox, be sure to clear your cache... although there could be bugs...
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:21 pm
cant wait!!
Fortune L.
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:28 pm
HI Kramer
This Action Essentials 2 package is really a magic lamp I see the Genie comes out the smoke.
Ryan Nadler
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:28 pm
Its finally here, thank you andrew so much!
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:34 pm
I was sure AE2 and maybe some new stuff is soon on the site when I got an error when I tried to come here a moment ago. Thanks! The site looks lovely and now I'm going to check out what new stuff I can find here :)

Love you Andrew!
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:40 pm
Is the 720p version still in the 2k version?
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:43 pm
The 'company' page is awesome! Nice to put a face to the people behind the scenes at VideoCopilot.
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:45 pm
Holly bananas !! That's so cool !!
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:49 pm
New design looks FANTASTIC! Great job.
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:51 pm
Wow, Andrew, awesome great looking web Design. I was completely shocked. I thought I've gone to the wrong website. Sweet.
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:53 pm
When using PayPal, there isn't a "free shipping" option other than for "Download."
Michael Hughes
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

As a beginner in AE I have found your tutorials very helpful! I am learning quite a bit and I am always looking for tutorials to help me disect and learn! The new Action Essentials looks like a great tool - and for the cost the 2K looks to be the best buy.

Great job and keep it up! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! *L*
James price
June 26th, 2009 @ 7:07 pm
It is almost like you knew when my pay day was.
June 26th, 2009 @ 8:11 pm
Just bought the 2k version. Can't wait to get it :)

You're doing a great job.
June 26th, 2009 @ 8:14 pm
very nice boss ,i like the new look and boy i cant wait till i get my hands on this baby if you know what i mean, great work.
Alby Smith
June 26th, 2009 @ 8:16 pm
it's a brand new world in VCP...!!

June 26th, 2009 @ 8:24 pm
Site looks great Andrew..Hey how about a AE2 video contest to see who can integrate the material in the most creative way, and give out t-shirts, VCP bundles, or maybe $100,000 to the winners?

More than anything on this site, I love seeing how others integrate your tutorials and products into their own projects.
Clayton Light
June 26th, 2009 @ 8:26 pm
Beautiful new design. Congrats.
Diego G.
June 26th, 2009 @ 8:30 pm
You leave me without words :)
It's beautiful, great, nice! Congrats man, you're awesome.
Sorry for my english...
June 26th, 2009 @ 8:36 pm
ummmmm... I think I'm slightly turned on right now.
June 26th, 2009 @ 8:39 pm
Ordered mine and upgraded the shipping!!!! Wish it got released on the 30th. Shipping on friday means there is no shipping on Sat. or Sun. because of the holiday.....bummer. Have to wait even longer.
June 26th, 2009 @ 8:42 pm
Jason, one little secret, DVDs will probably be sent out a little sooner but we have never had a DVD-only product and we don't want to get over-loaded.
Akhil Tanwar….
June 26th, 2009 @ 8:49 pm
Great going to order it right away....
Dave B
June 26th, 2009 @ 8:51 pm
I truly believe you've outdone yourself and broke the mold with this one AK.
June 26th, 2009 @ 8:56 pm
The new site looks great! Love it! The elements for AE2 look awsome! Can't wait to order a copy!
June 26th, 2009 @ 9:02 pm
Thanks Dave and everyone, we busted our tails!
June 26th, 2009 @ 9:04 pm
Amazing Andrew, looking forward to seeing how people use this product.
Anthony Miller
June 26th, 2009 @ 9:10 pm
Preordering the 2K version shortly...
June 26th, 2009 @ 9:11 pm
Thank you Andrew for the new release. I ordered the 2K version and wait to get my hands on it.

June 26th, 2009 @ 9:23 pm
:) awesome....thanks Andrew. I have every one of your products and have loved every one of them.....and I think this product is going to be on a whole other level!!!!
Johann Torres
June 26th, 2009 @ 9:29 pm
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dustin James
June 26th, 2009 @ 9:30 pm
I can't wait for Riot Gear 2 and maybe Real Clouds 2 or even Video Streams 2... (I still don't have RC or VS yet..)

One quick note... I noticed that AE2 is the only product the you have the DVD case facing in a different direction.

But I just realized that would be because you're showing the label on the side of the DVD cases and not where the case opens.. gotchya...
Terrance Rogers
June 26th, 2009 @ 10:04 pm
Begin shipping in my birthday?!?!? I'm so flattered!
June 26th, 2009 @ 10:13 pm
This new site is AMAZING!!!! YES!
June 26th, 2009 @ 10:14 pm
This is massive! Andrew do you even know what you've got us into ?
June 26th, 2009 @ 10:18 pm
lol @ "so here is the deal".

NIIICE!!! I'm talking about the deal here, it's very nice!
June 26th, 2009 @ 10:21 pm
Andrew is making things so easy for us......All of the different elements, the glass, debris, and everything else. I was testing something out over a year ago and wanted to do an explosion and make it look like my sliding glass door got blown out. I did not have the luxury of having glass elements that I could just put in the scene so I had to make them, I used the shatter effect and it worked pretty well but would of been way easier if I had AE2. Thanks for making life easier for us Andrew. If anyone wants to check out the explosion I did here is the link. I think it came out really cool and I cant wait to blow more stuff up!!!!
June 26th, 2009 @ 10:21 pm
Andrew Kramer,

I really must congratulate you on making what appears to be your most useful product yet! I've ordered mine and can't wait to get my hands on it!

June 26th, 2009 @ 10:46 pm
I love it Andrew! You just made my night, I was just expecting at best a blog update and instead I get a whole new site. Can't wait to buy AE2 I think I have to wait a week though:(
June 26th, 2009 @ 10:57 pm
sweet, Mr.Kramer
Kevin C
June 26th, 2009 @ 11:00 pm
I've been checking twice a day all week, and nearly forgot to today. I just ordered my AE2 (720p is all I need) and I can't wait to get it!!

Also, the new design looks sweet. Great job guys!
June 26th, 2009 @ 10:22 pm
Amazing job done VC. The new design is a lot better. You have the chance to access all the products on the same page and everything is so much more organized
Aleksander & Sebastian
June 26th, 2009 @ 11:56 pm

Thanks Andrew Thanks A lot you are the man !!!!! Yes !!

We will Buy it right now !!!
Eugene Opperman
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:09 am
Sweet potato pie!
Looking sexy!
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:12 am
new videocopilot super design very very good...full ok! :)
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:17 am
Awesome new design!
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:23 am
I just ordered the 2K Version! I cannot wait till it comes!

June 27th, 2009 @ 12:26 am
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:31 am
I watched the 3 videos posted on the features page and it's incredibly amazing!
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:31 am
Nice redesign. Very cool.
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:34 am
AWESOME!!! I wish I had the money to buy AE2! :-( Great Site design though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and hopefully ill be able to save up for AE 2! (Action Essentials 2 and nickname After Effects 2)
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:36 am
haha I guess you had fun exploding all those things, breaking all those glasses, etc... but best of all is that after that you have a great product! congratulations!
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:38 am
The job has it's perks Freddie :)
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:43 am
Everything looks great and I already made my order.
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:49 am
Phenominal stuff; great to see the evolution of concept from the first action essentials! I look foward to spotting these elements in games and movies to come :)
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:15 am
New page is GREAT! I love it!

But I think it's too gray ;)
I hope picture on the top of page ( hosted by Andrew Kramer) will be change like on lastest page ;)

Great Work! And I still Cant Wait For AE2 !!!!
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:17 am
This is amazing Andrew!

What I see everyday is VCP and I am so happy to see such a new website with lovely UI... This is just brilliant.

Keep going...


June 27th, 2009 @ 1:24 am
this is one hell of a product.really good high quality/proper/stylish stock footage!
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:25 am
People, witness the advent of the Video Copilot generation of filmmakers, videographers, and graphic artists. The release of this all but low grade or amateur effect set reaffirms and actually turbocharges the influence of Andrew Kramer and his staff on the wide world of media.
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:25 am
Wow Andrew !
Fantasticaly awesome. Just love the design. Can't wait to get AME 2. Love from France.
Thank you so much, by the way lol
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:28 am
Awesome! This is fantastic!
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:28 am
Will the VFX breakedown be able to make with 720p or is it to small?

btw: This product is going to be better than any of your products(they are good they also:D)
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:34 am
this website is AWESOME!!!
very great andrew...
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:37 am
Nice new design. and can't wait for the action essentials 2, yesterday i was wacth the trailer of action essentials 1 and i'm impress by everything you did in 1 year ...

thank for sharing your great idea as free tuts
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:42 am

great job Andrew either on the website than on AE2! i know now that you really were working these past few weeks!! ;)

congratulation man! VC don’t stop evolution, and that’s really enjoying! :)

Hope you could make all stuff you were hoping to do since AE1 Andrew;)
i know that you are a little bit pyromaniac and a big fan of fireworks and guns, but the making of AE2 is over now! from now on, you have to calm down your thirst only digitally! :D or start making an AE3! hahaha

PS : will you be chipping to Algeria one day??? :(
PPS: excuse my English! :P
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:44 am


Yippy! So so so so so cool!

Hey, when's the Vlog coming!? I mean, if it comes in a week or so I'll have a heart attack. :D This is too awesome!
Pete Holmes
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:49 am
"Not bad - not bad at all!" (enemy of the state understatement)
Pete Holmes
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:54 am
OK - I meant Independence Day - One Will Smith movie is pretty much like any other.
June 27th, 2009 @ 2:16 am
I like new site design!
June 27th, 2009 @ 2:34 am
same problem. navigation buttons turn into old design. For me the new design is a bit consusing for me beacuase i got soo used to the old one. I hope i will love this one too. melle (Germany)
June 27th, 2009 @ 2:38 am
I need to get money, need that realy, sooooo many gorgeous effects^^
June 27th, 2009 @ 2:40 am
You changed the "preview-picture" of the speed particle tutorial?
June 27th, 2009 @ 2:43 am
Sweet new design! It really fits the quality of this site.
June 27th, 2009 @ 2:43 am
Clear your cache :)
June 27th, 2009 @ 2:50 am
Make some cache :)
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:02 am
I heard you say that there are over 500 HD elements but saw one of the promo pictures saying over 250 HD elements. Yeh, 600 IS over 250 but shouldn't you change the text to 500 instead of 250?

By the way.... COOLLLL!!
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:02 am
you'd send a bounch of dvds to the israeli and palestinian troops into the gaza strip, maybe they will finally stop exploding each other and starts to use after effects instead...

with action essential 2 you can stop the war in middle east!

andrew kramer nobel for peace
C Dub
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:03 am
Quick question Andrew - Do the discs come with an HTML/Animated GIF preview gallery like on the first Action Movie Essentials?
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:08 am
No lie I have been checking this site at least ten times a day for the whole month of June! I have been waiting for this day for quite sometime.... I cant wait to have the AE2 2k be my first purchase with VC. You run a tip top operation here Mr. Kramer
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:16 am
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:17 am
Ok thank you:D Omg Andrew applied to my entry:D No seriuos, It's really graeat to see that the page is always changing and there's a lively time here:D melle (Germany)
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:18 am
This is fantastic.
I ordered the 720p version as soon as the site updated. I recieved footage for my first independent film that I will be doing grapics for and this collection will help immensely. Couldnt have come out at a better time. Much love to you Andrew and the Video Copilot team for help budding graphic designers down the road.
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:25 am
hey Andrew i got a question for you its kind of irrelevant but have you had no schooling and you are completely self taught? just curious cuz you said you were self taught since 17. keep up the good work man, i look up to you.

and great job on the new DVD and site, there amazing.
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:26 am
my English not Good!!!!!

But I'll Try to write it...

"sometime i think, AK must be on the next VFX of Terminator V, but, if he goes and leave us?"

Kramer, i Whish that you Win a Oscar, but never leave us, pls...
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:27 am
Lovely new site. :)

But I see one problem.. :S
When I roll over the headers: (Products, purchase, etc etc) The go back to their old looks.. Any reason why?
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:29 am
Sorry. (I'm thick)
I didn't read any of the above posts. :P

June 27th, 2009 @ 3:34 am
As Andrew mentioned earlier, adam sklar, press ctrl+f5 ;-)
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:54 am
wow~!! Great Disign!
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:59 am
Andrew, this place looks amazing.

It's clear that the design took some time to do.

Congratulations to all who were involved.
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:59 am
AK, i must say: This product looks to be of astounding quality, with an immense detail to it, it looks like you knocked this one right out of the is really awesome, i am so buying it..
June 27th, 2009 @ 4:06 am
cangratuaion AK for AE2 and the beautifull design of the site thanksssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
ssssssssssssssssss for the product man
June 27th, 2009 @ 4:11 am
It's a really amazing news,after my graduation :D

My order completed a minute ago :) I feel more relaxed now..

I'm in Turkey and i choose "international express" option while order process.Did i choose right option?

Anyway,Andrew,you complete another amazing work and thank you for everything you did :)
June 27th, 2009 @ 4:20 am
I like the new site design!!!
Stay The Best!
June 27th, 2009 @ 4:21 am
For all Germans how to refresh cache in Mozilla Firefox:

Im oberen Bereich auf "Extras" und dann auf "Private Daten löschen" und Häkchen bei "Cache" setzen und anschließend bestätigen
June 27th, 2009 @ 4:43 am
LOVE the new site, very cool design, tnks alot for your work!
greek lover
June 27th, 2009 @ 4:56 am
ONE THING TO SAY:The only site that will be better than VideoCopilot is only the next update.I feel the awesomeness and the perfectness of AE2
June 27th, 2009 @ 5:00 am
The new site design is impressive. I like it. And the Actions Essentials 2 is awesome. I like to know what was the color correction given to the whole footage of the "explosion behind the bus" scene? It's very Hollywood like...
June 27th, 2009 @ 5:11 am
btw, in a previous tutorial, you taught us how to create a meteor fireball falling from the sky using the trapcode particular. I am hoping I can create a more realistic meteor fireball now with Action Essentials 2. Please do guide me on that...
June 27th, 2009 @ 5:43 am
Stunning!! There is so much information here, the new site is really neat, nice one.
June 27th, 2009 @ 5:45 am
Such a great product, will work wonders for filmmakers everywhere im sure.
June 27th, 2009 @ 5:56 am
When I started using this powerful tool that is After Effects, I used a tutorial book to get started with it. But I never really realized how unlimited this software is. It is really when I discovered that I started to be able to use the software on my own. Andrew you make things so easy and you provide thousands of tips that save a lot of time. Your capacity to teach us all these things is outstanding. Everyone, beginners and advanced users, learn a lot here. Most interestingly you continuously improve the quality of the products and the tutorials. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience and congratulations for the quality of this website, not only the new features revealed by clearing caches :) but also for the content and the way you present it.

Thanks a lot from Belgium and I can’t wait to receive the ActionEssentials2 !!

By the way, I am using a lot of your techniques for short films I shoot with some friends and I had liked to give credits to this website, do you have a nice video clip I can use for that?
June 27th, 2009 @ 6:00 am
AWESOME! My brain almost exploded when I clicked the twitter link!
June 27th, 2009 @ 6:02 am
I can't wait to get stuck in to these, NO! longer will i have to blow up buildings or cars for real...Maybe i should ask people if they wanted their cars first.
June 27th, 2009 @ 6:10 am
hi Andrew Kramer i'm italian and i haven't understand what mean free shipping, probably the version 2k is free?

June 27th, 2009 @ 6:21 am
Very nice new design. The old one was great, but this one is even better. Great work Patrick ;-)

I noticed a small mistake. If you go to "Tutorials" you have these small icons for the program (nice idea). But for the 3D Text Tutorial in Cinema 4D is the After Effects icon. I just wanted to mention that.

Thanks for all the work VC Team!

Marcos Santana
June 27th, 2009 @ 6:25 am
Congrats for the new design, the videocopilot top quality as we are used to.
God bless the motion designer guru.
You fan from Brazil.
June 27th, 2009 @ 6:34 am
Wow I guess I can shelve action movie essentials for good now. I can't wait for this to arrive at my door. Another excellent product from the VC crew take a bow guys.
June 27th, 2009 @ 6:45 am
@Melle: Und wie bereits in der News steht: STRG+F5 geht auch und vorallem schneller :P
June 27th, 2009 @ 7:09 am
I dont believe !!!???
June 27th, 2009 @ 7:11 am
Amazing work Andrew, have ordered the 720p version this morning.

Not only are these elements a cut above any other collection I've seen, but the price point is simply incredible.

Looking forward to creating some chaos! ;)
June 27th, 2009 @ 7:25 am
the smaller one really should have been 1920x1080 regardless of your voting results were...
June 27th, 2009 @ 7:36 am


June 27th, 2009 @ 7:44 am
Is there water footage that resembles a fire hydrant, which is run over by a car?
June 27th, 2009 @ 7:51 am
I did it... I preordered it... seems to be nice *cough*
June 27th, 2009 @ 7:52 am
This website design is STUNNING! What an incredible work.
June 27th, 2009 @ 8:06 am
This is the coolest project i've seen in years. I'm trying to learn Houdini to make some major vfx shots and here you are showing off some of the finest through 'simple' compositing techniques. Thanks so much for that. I think the quality of many a low-budget project will see drastic improvements in the coming months.
June 27th, 2009 @ 8:08 am
I don't really like the tutorials new layout cuz' you have to go through several pages. And if I choose the presets and put my arrow over one of the pictures to see the example it doesn't play. I have cleared the cache. :)
Diego G.
June 27th, 2009 @ 8:10 am
Everything nice, but Andrew...
Where is the lens flare in the AE2 Image? :P
June 27th, 2009 @ 8:18 am
Thank you so much! :)
Today is my birthday. I am so happy, that you released this fantastic product today! The best present I ever got! thanks for this amazing collection.
June 27th, 2009 @ 8:29 am
The site looks great, the promos look great, and now I am just waiting for the 3rd when I get paid so I can buy this before it totally sells out. WOO HOO! I can't wait to get it.
June 27th, 2009 @ 8:36 am
Great, Andrew!

Hmm, you know what would be pretty interesting? If you, after 24h after the release, post how many orders of the Action Movie Essentials 2 has been made. Fun to know. :)
June 27th, 2009 @ 8:53 am
Beavis: "FIRE! FIRE!"
Butthead: "Shut up, Beavis!"

Just ordered mine. I can't wait to blow S#@& up!
June 27th, 2009 @ 9:02 am
wow, nice
June 27th, 2009 @ 9:13 am
This is just awesome, but you did use the mask tool and masked the bus out so the explosion could be in the back, right?
and btw I was expecting awesome stuff, but I could never believe that it could be so awesome ..
I mean I'm just speechless
and I just wanted to say: Andrew you are so ambitions that you inspire me very much.
I can't wait to buy it ..
Thank you very,very much for making this awesome product
you are the man.
June 27th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
Love the new site, love the tutorials... You r great!! Thank you!
June 27th, 2009 @ 9:27 am
i just bought it a second ago. Originally i was just going to wait for some more money and use self-control, but i found an extra sixty burning a hole in my wallet and couldn't help myself. It was as if my hands just magically found their way to the BUY button.

CURSE YOU ANDREW KRAMER!!!!(and thanks for the product, i can't wait to get it :P)
June 27th, 2009 @ 9:42 am
as u have said P.E.R.F.E.C.T
tnks alot for your work!
June 27th, 2009 @ 9:45 am
and the web site is so awesome and perfect colors and design.
I think that I've found the hero of the day!
June 27th, 2009 @ 9:48 am
Andrew... dude... you are AWESOME!!

I've just bought my copy of the Action Essentials 2 package and I haven't been able to stop running around town, screaming in joy! I hope that thing you said about your international delivery including camels was a joke, though... cuz out here in the Middle East, it can take a while to get something that you've ordered online!

Besides, camels can spit in your eye and it gets really messy. Anyway, LOVE the new website! Oh, and your tutorials are totally SICK I love em!

Congrats on working on Star Trek, I know it's old news, but I just heard... and I just want to thank you for being an inspiration and a great teacher! Great things will come to you, my friend. Great, great things.
June 27th, 2009 @ 9:58 am
Howdy Andrew:

I don't see where shipping was charged for my order of the 702p version. Please do not delay shipping because of this oversight. I agree (by this note) to pay the additional charges. Thanks for the terrific product.
June 27th, 2009 @ 10:13 am
Hey Andrew...

I'm coming to your house to break your windows...

LOL... GREAT collection! Can't wait to use all this cool stuff!
June 27th, 2009 @ 10:14 am
Just ordered the 2k.

Thanks Andrew, this product will be great and save me soooooo much time for a current project.

Did you film against a black matte in a dark room?

One of you guys must know something about fire, how the heck did you get all those different type of explosions?
Once again, thanks for the hard work. Can't wait to use this.
June 27th, 2009 @ 10:24 am

So many new things so little time time, I have to wait til next paycheck to purchase this awesome product AK-47, I hope you don't mind?
June 27th, 2009 @ 10:33 am
Awesome! I can't wait to get my hands on these new compositing elements! (still debating which rez to get.)This collection looks sweet! You guys must have worked tirelessly on this one.

Maybe a lame question, but it Action Essentials 1 still available or will it be coming back in the future?

Keep up the great work... and, Andrew, thanks for teaching me After Effects through all the tutorials on your site. My resume owes you big time! Your site is beyond anything else out there!
June 27th, 2009 @ 10:53 am
Epic stuff, both, Action Essentials 2 and new site design...

Jon Doe
June 27th, 2009 @ 10:57 am
great web site design ... quick tip: why dont you use a meta cache tag to get rid of de "ctrl + f5" problem :S
June 27th, 2009 @ 11:03 am
Holly CHICKEN!!!!!
jose lagos
June 27th, 2009 @ 11:50 am
I was waiting for this and now I feel OMG OMG OMG!!!
No word's thanks Andrew.

sorry for my english
saludos desde Honduras!
June 27th, 2009 @ 11:56 am
Thanks Andrew, CTRL + F5, awsome learned something new. AGAIN!
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:16 pm
Andrew, looks terrific.

Any chance of us seeing some behind the scenes of the making of the Action Essentials 2? (the process of videotaping / keying these elements)...
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:21 pm
Sefan: Yes I used an animated mask on the bus. I put the dust layer on top.

David: The presets never had video thumbnails and you can see the entire list of tutorials on the main tutorial page at the bottom. We use pagination on the "all Tutorials" list so that we can display larger images.
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:23 pm
I think we will have some behind the scenes stuff in the first video blog episode.
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:48 pm
I love it! I think Charley has the right idea, i would love to see some behind-the-scenes on AE2.

This is so cool!
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:55 pm
when is the video blog coming out?
June 27th, 2009 @ 12:58 pm
Does the 2k box set also include the 720p elements?
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:04 pm
Dayill, the 2K DVDs were already maxed out so what I did was created a project file (CS3) for down converting to 720p. All of the output modules have been modified and ready to render with the same settings.
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:15 pm
hey andrew,

AE2 looks awesome. any plans on making new bundle packages including it?
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

Is a bundles gonna update? Is the Action Essential 2 going to replace action essential 1 in the "10-back favorites"?

June 27th, 2009 @ 1:24 pm
I'm really looking forward to the video blog!
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:29 pm
Hey guys, right now we are not planning to add any new bundles. We feel this product has tremendous value and would be a great addition to anyone's bag of tricks.
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

Congrats on a fabulous new product.

I cannot wait.

going inane.

Slowy insane.

Very insane.


Sorry. The tension got to high.
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:44 pm
McKramer (yep, not a BURGUER), you're my frikkin' hero now xD, mmm well, you'll probably have to fight with Steve Harris war bass lines, but you get the point.

Again, thank you for your amazing black magic spells, fire crackers and big explosions!

Greetings from Chile (Not a Hot Chile!), the south from no where! :D

2K vs iPhone 3G S... AK, you've won the battle for 12th time!
June 27th, 2009 @ 1:47 pm
AK tell if this title includes the sound effects of guns, explosions, weapons, crash glass, or where i can get it? thanks.
June 27th, 2009 @ 2:01 pm
Hey Andrew and the rest of the vcp team! Thank you so much for making such an incredible asset for the vfx community and at only 250 bucks! You guys are absolute legends. But you gotta do one more thing and shoot anamorphic lens flares for compositing too!!!
June 27th, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

is there a way I can buy your whole stock to keep my competition from learning the tricks of the trade?!?


This is my first comment ever on your site/blog but I have been following your site for about 3 years now.

You basically saved my life, man.

As a struggling filmmaker, I wanted to make a high concept film that was cheap at the same time...and I mean cheap...

like maybe a film with a $5,000 budget

and that's how I found you.

I wanna be Michael Bay, on a budget.

I had almost lost hope, but you gave it back to me...

and for that, I cannot thank you enough.

I am currently saving for my film and I will be hitting you up with some questions and "donations"

Andrew Kramer, you fricking rock dude!!!
June 27th, 2009 @ 2:06 pm
Hey Andrew,

This is going to change independent film / video making forever.

We are very much in your debt. Looks absolutely fantastic.

June 27th, 2009 @ 2:08 pm
This is an amazing site... I just found this last week and I have been spending 4-6 hours a day on this. The production quality of the video is amazing. I am a Flash Designer/Developer and putting something like this on the web with interactivity would be amazing. I am pushing the company I work for to buy the whole suite... EVERYYYTHING....

Still have to figure couple of things file size compression n all .. i hope the forum helps...
June 27th, 2009 @ 2:46 pm
@Kira, it includes a few basic sounds like those. Check the demos on the product page.
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:32 pm
Holy smokes! Free shipping expires exactly on the day of my birthday! Gotta get this one asap! ;) Great work Andrew! ;)
June 27th, 2009 @ 3:40 pm
hey andrew when i roll my mouse over your cool new slick menu, it turns into the old ugly ones :s...besides that its awesome
A Concerned Citizen
June 27th, 2009 @ 4:01 pm
You have said that "The 10 Pack bundle may be the only bundle we WOULD offer that will include Action Essentials 2."

Would this be the 2K version or the 720 version?

Will the free shipping for the 2K version extend to this bundle?
June 27th, 2009 @ 4:21 pm
Great work!!!
June 27th, 2009 @ 4:36 pm
We were going to do a 10 pack bundle but we decided that having 2 versions of the 10 pack might be more confusing so instead we will just keep them separate.
June 27th, 2009 @ 4:36 pm
@However, he said a million times to clear your cache

June 27th, 2009 @ 5:12 pm
oh yea! sorry now it works, my bad :)
Jason Tucker
June 27th, 2009 @ 5:48 pm
Andrew, love the look of the new site. I was wondering if you removed some of the free resources. You used to have a free template that looked like an actual news broadcast. I had always wanted to download it, but never got around to it. Please don't tell me it is gone. Can you point me to its new location if it exists?
June 27th, 2009 @ 5:48 pm
Holy cow this site is wicked (can get a job PLEASE) :-)
June 27th, 2009 @ 7:58 pm
@Jason, The resources are at the top of this page, "project files" etc. They were originally blog posts, so it made sense to link to them here.
Zenith pictures
June 27th, 2009 @ 7:19 pm
I have never been so excited for a product. We have had this film all shot and on ma hd and your product is going to sell it. Thank all of you for all of the help with the tutorials and everything.

Bryce D
June 27th, 2009 @ 8:48 pm
WOWWWW Thank You!! New Plugins SWEEEEEEEEEEEET... New Site Design SHWEEEEEEEET.. Great job man.
June 27th, 2009 @ 9:02 pm
Just bought the 2K version - will encourage the awesome members of After Effects Toronto to come check it out!

Thanks Andrew!
June 27th, 2009 @ 9:02 pm
I live overseas and I wish to do a Western Union transfer to purchase this product. How fast can I get Action Essentials 2 after it is shipped to me? I hope it won't take forever...
June 27th, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
Thanks Andrew!

I've just ordered the 2K boxset!
To all those asking for the 720P version included with this set, just resize the 2K elements to your liking!

I continue to have all your products and they've got me a long way in this industry!

Any chance of giving us some idea's about how to create our own elements if needed?

Many thanks once again to Andrew and Team VC!
June 27th, 2009 @ 10:23 pm
June 27th, 2009 @ 10:43 pm
@ highdefw

thank you for the info. by the way if i want more sound effects i can find them in Action Essentials 1?
perry blunt
June 27th, 2009 @ 11:15 pm
Andrew the site is clean. I think you should do a tutorial on designing not just video but general.choosing the right color,fonts, layout, timing etc. please thank you
June 27th, 2009 @ 11:17 pm

I'm afraid AE1 come with no sound fx. You can find sounds online, but quality is not that good :(

I have the Final Cut Studio suite for Mac, and it comes with tons of high quality sounds for explosions, debris, gun fire etc. If you ever have a chance to get your hands on it, go for those sounds ;)

(ie. All together, Final Cut comes with over 24gb of royalty-free sounds and themes. Flawless quality)
June 28th, 2009 @ 2:06 am
Wow, love the new website, the layout of the tutorials is great, categorizing them makes it easier to find. Awesome job!!! :D :D :D
June 28th, 2009 @ 3:28 am
WOW cool site
June 28th, 2009 @ 3:36 am
What is now non-live action footage except the shells ?
The new design is extremly nice man..
June 28th, 2009 @ 4:18 am
Hey andrew you have some amazing stuff
i have a small question
whenever i import something on AE
for e.g. a small video
then the video looses its quality for some reason
can you tell me what i can do please

June 28th, 2009 @ 4:33 am
Mr. Andrew ... about your little secret ... how soon you may send the DVD ? maybe as we speak now :)
June 28th, 2009 @ 4:49 am
I think it's the best product yet,and very cheap for that number of different HQ clips..and they are even precomposed! :D Good job Andrew ;)
June 28th, 2009 @ 4:55 am
i just dont know what to say, its so amazing.
June 28th, 2009 @ 5:14 am
Hi Andrew! Just to let you know, I was checking to download AE Presets from the Project files, but it seems like the links are broken.

Please fix it soon !!!!!

Sandy :)
June 28th, 2009 @ 6:08 am
Andrew when is the first Vlog coming out on the site?
sunil thapa(nepal)
June 28th, 2009 @ 6:13 am
wow............ thts a in new design as like as cs4 after effects........ new sortware....... new porduct........ and finally new design............ooooooooooooooooooooooo
June 28th, 2009 @ 6:28 am
Andrew your the god of digital visual special effects.
Every videoclip I watch on the tv is made with your product.
I think you are going to get a break trough in the film industry from hollywood.
I would not be shock if also peepz in hollywood are using your products.

Greetings, Uriel Matahelumual
PS: Sorry if my English is bad I'm dutch.
June 28th, 2009 @ 6:45 am
Andrew this is great! AE2 is another "GOTTA HAVE IT CERTIFIED" product.
June 28th, 2009 @ 6:49 am
Andrew you're so lucky!
You have free internet in San Francisco!

Oh and nice new product by the way ;D
June 28th, 2009 @ 6:51 am
Hello Andrew. Earlier the tag line was "Learn some stuff, create some stuff and buy some stuff". Now the "buy" part is gone!! Any reason?
June 28th, 2009 @ 7:06 am
Hey Andrew just a suggestion/ request..
How about introducing some VIDEOCOPILOT gear in the products .. or atleast the videocopilot t-shirts which won the contest in the T-shirt design contest..
Jus an idea..
June 28th, 2009 @ 7:24 am
i cant wait to buy it!!!!!!!!!!!
Where i can buy it in euros????????????????????????
Thanks a lot Andrew.
June 28th, 2009 @ 7:27 am
Hey Andross

What are these compressed to? Obviously they arn't the raw data from the red, are they 4:2:2 or even 4:4:4?. Damn you for making this set now everyone who is lazy and cant be bothered filming elements can make mean az VFX :) U lead the VFX army :)
June 28th, 2009 @ 7:31 am
This is a must for decent movie making!

Althoug I have a few notes:

- I'm Belgian, so is shipping the only way of delivery? Since it will take a long time then, for the package to arrive ...

- Al the elements are pre-keyed and -matted. I really would like to know how that's accomplished, by which I mean:

a tutorial covering that would be great, since it's sort of essential

- What happened to action essentials 1? I can't see it anymore on the product page ...

Grtz ShoeToad

And again, congratulations for this ultimate action-package

VC is without a doubt, the best video-editing site on the web.
erdinc okumus
June 28th, 2009 @ 7:46 am
hi thanks forexcellent work..i buy hd version and waiting for it:) thanks to u and your friends for making perfect works
June 28th, 2009 @ 8:08 am
Beautiful I'm going to buy it for sure!
Diego G.
June 28th, 2009 @ 8:51 am
Andrew, I saw that in the tutorials page, in the 3D Titles in Cinema 4D! you used the After Effects icon instead of the Cinema 4D... Maybe it's a mistake, that's why I'm telling it to you...
June 28th, 2009 @ 9:09 am
Andrew, how many tutorials will fit in 60 minutes?
Or even better, what will be covered in the tutorials?

Sorry for my bad english. Agustin
June 28th, 2009 @ 9:20 am
The topics for the tutorials are at the bottom of the product page. The raw footage is also included.
Matthew Sabia
June 28th, 2009 @ 10:20 am
Thank You Andrew Kramer for the free tutorials and products, tips tricks and free elements and also for all the inspiration you've given me. Action Essentials 2 and the new site Design look amazing! I've learned 90% of everything I know about After Effects Photoshop ect from Video Copilot, I never realized how powerful After Effects was and all the content that could be created right inside of After Effects. Thank You!

Matthew Sabia
Sabia Production
June 28th, 2009 @ 10:28 am
Can I just ask, Andrew..
You're not changing the Video Copilot theme sound are you?
leith G
June 28th, 2009 @ 12:42 pm
Q Andrew Kramer: could I use these stock footage for my short film Its for fox Competition

2-4 min short called fruits and vegetable comes to life
please reply.
June 28th, 2009 @ 1:16 pm
This is the most insanely wicked product I have ever seen!
Your products, esp. this one are almost un-believable.

Wow, you have 15 replies to people on this one blog post!....I wish you would reply to mine. : )

Good Luck.


June 28th, 2009 @ 1:32 pm
Loved it. even better than i expected. needs some shotgun shells animated though. and forgot the firing pin mark on the shells.
June 28th, 2009 @ 3:50 pm
Andrew and team, good job with the product. I'll be buying it for sure (sadly only the 720p version, don't have enough for the 2k one).

Also just throwing this out there, I know that these elements are perfect for a slasher/horror movie, but wouldn't it be cool to create a new product that just deals with horror? You could include intense ambient noises and sound effects, blood splatters (and I mean really good ones), and pretty much whatever you think will work. I'd like to see something like that.
June 28th, 2009 @ 4:20 pm
GO video copilot!
June 28th, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
I shoot and edit in 1440 x 1080i. Will the 720 version work for me? Do I just resize the effects to fit?
Some Guy
June 28th, 2009 @ 5:10 pm
Hey Andrew, great design! It was kind of strange at first but now I like it more than the previous design. It was a little confusing with the navigation and sub-navigation, but now you have accentuated the sub-navigation, so a first time visitor will find all the awesome content of your site. I also really like the new buttons and the color scheme. That gray/blue/orange/green look amazing!
And, by the way, you forgot the aerial clouds images on the "Project Files" page.
June 28th, 2009 @ 5:16 pm
Awesome Andrew !
Man !
You guys are the awesome!
Thanks for everything ! ^^
June 28th, 2009 @ 5:41 pm
I certainly wish I had the money right now! I'll just have to wait on it.
June 28th, 2009 @ 5:42 pm
Seriously, where's Action Essentials 1? ^^
June 28th, 2009 @ 7:09 pm
June 28th, 2009 @ 7:31 pm
Just put in my order. Can't wait! Thanks for the great value!
June 28th, 2009 @ 8:12 pm
June 28th, 2009 @ 8:12 pm
The Real Smithy
June 28th, 2009 @ 11:44 pm
Beautiful, absolutely beatuiful design and layout. Clean and easy to navigate. Great work video co-pilot.
June 29th, 2009 @ 12:32 am
Oh my God, Action Essential-2 is really grt and the new web site design. Please let us know the coming or releasing products. Thanks- Ibrahim jamal Mohammed
June 29th, 2009 @ 5:16 am
Woowww ... no comments ........ wonderful ...

hope you can joy your family now ... =)
June 29th, 2009 @ 1:55 pm
Hi Andrew
Just want to say great job!
And that is coming from the biggest web desing studio in Croatia!
Maybe some day we will meet!
June 30th, 2009 @ 3:23 am
wow, great ! can't wait to get my hands on it lol. love the new design too
June 30th, 2009 @ 6:52 am
Hello and congratulation on all your efforts..!
I don't really like the colors of the new website, i think the other one was better, more pleasing to the eye but anyway, keep up the good work and making us better.!
June 30th, 2009 @ 11:08 pm
I am so lovin' the new site! Keep up the good work Kramer...
Ben Baker

@Jumplynx = twitter
July 1st, 2009 @ 2:14 am
Hey Andrew

All those that uses AE in South Africa (or at work i should say) believes you an IMMORTAL LEGEND THE ZEUS OF AFTER EFFECTS!!!!! Everything I know so far was through watching your tuts. Could you perhaps do a slightly more in-depth tutorial on combining AE CS3 and Flash CS3.

Keep up the LEGENDARY WORK!!!
July 1st, 2009 @ 10:03 am
Andrew Kramer


Really Really grt and the new web site design.

All the best to you and to us.


Ardasheer Muard
July 1st, 2009 @ 8:50 pm
Andrew & Team,
Excellent work again! The best of the best!
Thanks, my purchase will be about a month away and cant wait.
Any peek into the next tutorial by any chance? No doubt you are relaxing after this mammoth effort, possibly curled up in a corner shaking like a junkie?
Again big effort on AE2 - thanks
July 12th, 2009 @ 8:01 am
Well Andrew K just wanna say that "Action Essentials 2 " is really , I mean really, awesome:)and for the trailer as well. As for the site It really has a professional appearance :) love it:)love everything:)I watched the trailer every time when I visit:), trying to figure out how you made that transition(the blue light that passes by after each text):) so awesome
erdinc okumus
July 15th, 2009 @ 3:24 am
hi,my order come a few min ago,thanks for best service and product it came in a 4 days,thanks again.
January 4th, 2010 @ 10:28 pm
Many thanks to your team for the work!
Robert L
March 21st, 2011 @ 7:38 am
You guys do amazing job showing us amateurs how to reach pro level of effects! One request, if it is ok.. Can you do more tutorials on incoperating 3d objects into a non stationary items? For example adding a hat to a person.. I hope you guys are getting ritch from such a talent!
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