More Lights!

One of the primary techniques in the recent Light Casting tutorial is the ability to add multiple lights in your scene. These additional lights will automatically interact with the surface based on intensity, distance and color so you can worry about more important things like building robots.

Watch the 2009 Light Race! HD 720p

Ashley M
July 31st, 2009 @ 10:46 am
Wow now this is kool
July 31st, 2009 @ 10:47 am
wow this is really amazing
July 31st, 2009 @ 10:47 am
Very awesome! Can't wait to implement it in something!
July 31st, 2009 @ 10:47 am
almost first, look at the truck! a mistake!!! OMG! haha nah nice job. keep the good stuff comming
July 31st, 2009 @ 10:49 am
this looks so sweeet!! cant wait to try it out!
haha kind of looks like power rangers....not that i've ever watched that....
July 31st, 2009 @ 10:50 am
Like the super robots from the future?
July 31st, 2009 @ 10:50 am
Nice vid btw.
You could mask the truck so the first sphere flew behind it though.
sasha strelnikoff
July 31st, 2009 @ 10:50 am
July 31st, 2009 @ 10:51 am
July 31st, 2009 @ 10:52 am
I was thinking of the same thing! Two lights flying down the street racing each other. :D
July 31st, 2009 @ 10:58 am
I had a feeling another tutorial was coming after watching your enthusiasm working with the two colored lights in the first tutorial.
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:01 am
uh... I'm not making another tutorial on this :) Its just something to think about...
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:05 am
I was thinking about that.. The technic used to add realistic light to the road, well you could do the same thing to everything else that you think should be affected by the light.. Like on the side of the truck and every other thing you need to add light to..
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:07 am
NICE your work is pro and keeps improving! The orange-orb-of-infinite-energy should fly in from behind that truck on the right.
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:09 am
yeah leef, but whataya-gonna do... :)
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:10 am
That reminds me of the scene from Ghostbusters 1 when the storage unit explodes
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:14 am
yeah leef, but whataya-gonna do…

call ghostbusters...?
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:20 am
sam loya light string brain

now that would be cool
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:24 am
Nice work man! :)
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:24 am
haha...i just noticed the people at the right corner of the clip. lol, they are seeing the crazy light streaks and acting!
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:27 am
Ooops! Guess had I actually checked the "Light Casting tutorial" link I would have know that you didn't make another tute. Sure looked like another project was coming but hey, we don't want to wear out this little jem too fast.
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:31 am
You are a rocker and your guitar is After effects :P
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:37 am
is there any limits to AE :D?
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:42 am
Nice Effect!!

Tutorial plz!!!
Moca MX
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:58 am
@Daglas: hahahahahah you want tutorial on this?
Check out tutorials :D
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:58 am
Are they the powerfull girls?? or a Harry Potter Spell?? lol Ty all of u do for us... from Argentina, Brih!
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:02 pm
Tanel: If you are Andrew Kramer, then no
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:08 pm
Aww, just like the tutorial, this video clip didn't show how he did the distortion/displacement effect that was seen in the original preview clip.
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:10 pm
Arvin,s right !
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:11 pm
Javier Miranda
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
Awesome...!!!! Thanks!!!!
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:13 pm
Andrew is there any way that you can cover particles in 3ds Max flying in a path refected off a raytraced surface. I know how to map a refective material and animate along a path. Its the Particles and Light Whip thats getting me.
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:24 pm
Andrew, did you loosely base this on the "Lexus Orbs" advertisment?
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:26 pm
Looks like the green, blue, yellow and sapphire lanterns are looking for new recruits!

Green Lantern, anyone? :)
Scott Jason
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:29 pm
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:35 pm
AK you are the best that is crazy
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:40 pm
Wow, that's incredible! 7.60 per half hour plus tax is insane. Also the light show is very cool, will have to play with that perhaps with flaming arrows.
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:45 pm
Its clear that the blue orb won the race by a mile.
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:47 pm
That looks soooo cool though I thought it looked like the orange light should have come from behind the still is great!!!
Also if you were doing this effect inside would you put solids on side walls as well as the ground?
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:55 pm
Qw3rtium: I so want to be Andrew Kramer then :D
Matt in MO.
July 31st, 2009 @ 1:02 pm
Reminds me of Ghostbusters... just better.
July 31st, 2009 @ 1:37 pm
Love the particles which fall to the ground.

Good job!
July 31st, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

Ha, I like the way you think! I had the same thought, just that the Sinestro Corps guy was being chased down by the other lanterns. Especially since the Blue Lantern seemed to really be on his tail! :D
July 31st, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
I don't mean to put a restriction on other Video Copilot fans.. but could you make your sample videos a little smaller. I don't have a big enough screen to hit the play button haha :-/
July 31st, 2009 @ 2:19 pm
Andrew and Video Copilote fans. During the sample video did anyone notice that a woman in blue behind the first guy notice that she looked at the lights racing! When the orange came by she look on the side and looked up! HAHAHA I just want to point that out. Cause that shows realism!
July 31st, 2009 @ 2:22 pm
the pepole on the side walk arent even botherd with all them lights flying past !!!!!!!!must be an every day thing in NY...........
July 31st, 2009 @ 2:22 pm
N1 work!
Really nice with this race..
When I watched this I thought about the Effect in harry potter when the deatheaters are flying in this smoke around the place.. this has maybe nothing to do with the light ^^, but I thought about that when I saw it... so would be great to know how this smoke can be created ;)

Greetz from germany
Andres F
July 31st, 2009 @ 2:35 pm
You a official bad ass :) in AE
Diego G.
July 31st, 2009 @ 2:50 pm
Andrew, With all the knowledge you have,
Haven't you ever thought about making a movie?
But I mean a real movie so everybody can see it in cinemas?

You're a genius with After Effects, you should make a school in U.S.A. and be the headmaster :D

Sorry for my english, I'm from Argentina...
July 31st, 2009 @ 2:50 pm
i liked the indian woman in the right smiling at the lights...
are they for real :O

(gigle) :D
July 31st, 2009 @ 2:53 pm
Diego... i though Andrew made the Star Trek Titles...
i thing the knowledge ain't enough to make a good movie.

this is the first misstake of my country. everybody thinks he's a Director or a producer. and no one is specializing at a single thing /like video compositing, motion graphics etc... and we don't have a singe worthy sound designer!/
July 31st, 2009 @ 3:14 pm
Reminds me of the Red Bull Air race for some reason!

Amazing as ever!

Thanks andrew!
July 31st, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
hey whats up you are just awesome
love ur tutorials
i was just wondering bout the energy wipe u used in the reelated tutorial ........ how do we make that ....

nyways you rock
July 31st, 2009 @ 3:35 pm
Andrew,can you tell me,what is your video compression choice?
July 31st, 2009 @ 3:49 pm
simplemente los mejores!!! muy buenos tutoriales y una exelente calidad en su trabajo... suerte compadres!!!
July 31st, 2009 @ 3:54 pm
Wow Awesome!
July 31st, 2009 @ 3:57 pm
Looks frikin NiCe!

And I second the video compresion info :P!
July 31st, 2009 @ 3:59 pm
nice! this effect could be used to the harry potter wand light effect!
July 31st, 2009 @ 4:29 pm
This is great! also, great tutorial :), as per usual!

Ps: any news on the video blog thing you was talking about? looking forward to that :)
Sebastiaan Meliefste
July 31st, 2009 @ 4:31 pm
Hey Andrew,

Nice work man (as always:))
but I kinda miss the reflection on the windows of the cars?
Got any tips on that?

Greetings from Holland!
July 31st, 2009 @ 4:33 pm
We really appreciate your expertise.
We are glad you are able to share.
Your un-selfish ways have made you a success.

Thank you.
July 31st, 2009 @ 4:43 pm
lol.. Pretty tight. Always impressive!
July 31st, 2009 @ 4:49 pm

You are the F#@@#$% man! Amazing. Andrew, can you please please please (not begging just emphasizing) the setting that you render this out. I am in awe at the quality yet small file size.

(Like HeMan) but with Tea.
July 31st, 2009 @ 5:11 pm
Maybe i'm the first guy to bring it up, but I'd love to see the reflection on the van's window... any ideas?
Chad ONeal
July 31st, 2009 @ 5:37 pm
Pejman Tahernian
July 31st, 2009 @ 5:39 pm
Spectacular!nice idea and are like a leader.
but more about 3dsmax, special: different motor engine like vray and mental ray please.
July 31st, 2009 @ 5:44 pm
Qw3rtium:u are a gay
July 31st, 2009 @ 5:50 pm
Thank You, right when I was looking for a good technique for having wizarding harry potter battles, can't wait to use this for it, especially on connecting of the wands!
July 31st, 2009 @ 6:02 pm
Wow...really amazing!!!!way advance!!!you're the best!!!I hope you can do something like the MARVEL opening title.I thank you so much and your team for doing all these tutorials!!Super Great!!!!
July 31st, 2009 @ 6:56 pm
So epic. Love it :)! I have tons of ideas just from this single clip XD!
July 31st, 2009 @ 7:24 pm
i love find news on VCP.MAYBE GIRLS AND LOVE CHANGED MANY LIFES OF PEOPLE BUT ME, my life has really changed with Videocopilot. AND IM FAITHFULL.
July 31st, 2009 @ 9:39 pm
Nice work....I need to try this. Looks awesome

Just got my new Sony HD camera this week. If anyone wants to see a test vid I did with it here is the link.
The Rover
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:30 pm
first he doesn't make the reflections on the cars..

second the orange orb didnt fly in from behind the truck...

what kind of stuff is this andrew?

you dont wanna end up like the people at ILM who got fired because of one clip a mess up in compositing transformers 2..

here's the vid that messed up transformers 2 from being the greatest vfx movie ever

i mean just wrong compositing....
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:31 pm
this is kool
July 31st, 2009 @ 11:55 pm
Rover, I've already been fired 3 times and I'm the boss!
August 1st, 2009 @ 2:25 am
Yeah Andrew you are... thats true
August 1st, 2009 @ 2:32 am
ofCourse Andrew you are the Boss
August 1st, 2009 @ 2:45 am
I liked the AUX particles which has been emitted by the fire balls
Nice work Andrew
August 1st, 2009 @ 2:55 am
hi friens good vfx works
August 1st, 2009 @ 3:09 am

"first he doesn’t make the reflections on the cars..

second the orange orb didnt fly in from behind the truck…

what kind of stuff is this andrew?"

First, I agree that the reflections on the vehicles is not there.

Second, it looks to me that the Orange Orb flew in front of the truck, not behind. Look at the Green and Purple Orbs. They fly in from above and pass behind a sign. If AK intended the Orange Orb to come in from behind the truck he would have done it.

Maybe you could come up with a better movie clip?

(Everyone is a critic these days!)
August 1st, 2009 @ 3:50 am
Thats nice ,,, thanks again adrew for another nice tutorial
August 1st, 2009 @ 4:12 am
Stunning! It would be nice if you push it to another level with some reflections to the surrunding and by so creating a reflection tut. When the black car passes the white truck, you can se the reflection of it. When the flying thig passes the truck, you se non reflection. Something to put to another level?
August 1st, 2009 @ 4:15 am
I vostri tutorials sono fantastici e di grande ispirazione!
Grazie per il vostro lavoro!!

Your Tutorials are fantastic and great inspiration !!
Thankyou for your job!

From Italy! ;)
August 1st, 2009 @ 4:26 am
Hi Andrew. My name is Bohdan and I live in Ukraine. I and many of my friends like your classes and packages of options, say you can talk via ICQ (my 216283423) or Skype (nanovskys). Write if you have time, perhaps I can help than that.
Well, yes sorry for the bad English, this is not my native language.
August 1st, 2009 @ 4:30 am
Ok- reflection on the car - its not tehre but he just wanted to give us something to think about, so for me it does´nt have to be perfect...and think abou that: Nothing s perfect :P... but ok it´s just my oppinion ;)
August 1st, 2009 @ 4:37 am
How do I do ? my particles are boucing and not sliding like yours !
August 1st, 2009 @ 4:46 am
Hey andrew,

Nice tutorial. I am more interested in your color grade of your street scene. Any tips on that grade, its really nice. Maybe a before/after pic? THanks!
August 1st, 2009 @ 5:14 am
@ Rover
This was another example of this technique "example" ;)
For Andrew to include the reflections on the cars would have made the tutorial even longer and at the same time the beginners at this sort of visual fx would have gotten confused very quickly.
Remember that they are tutorials not final compositing and the aim is to teach a technique in after effects of witch Andrew does very well.
Thank you Andrew for all the hard work.
August 1st, 2009 @ 6:06 am

The sample video you posted for this was bid, and nice to see in high-def, but the big problem for me was that it was so big for my monitor that I couldn't see the playback option. This causes me to wait for the video to load then exit, and open the tab up again to watch it without it stuttering. Something to tweek out?

Love your tutorials btw
August 1st, 2009 @ 6:27 am
nice job AK ....thats just nice work ....i know now : I MUST LEARNING to do 1 animation like you did...
August 1st, 2009 @ 9:52 am
nice sound effects! do you use anything besides your products? (epic music etc..)
August 1st, 2009 @ 10:09 am
Great clip Andrew. I love the fun colors and different directions.

Now that you mention robots, I am going to have to go into my 3D program and set up a robot to use it as the source for all of these flying orbs....kind of Transformer-ish....sounds like fun.....maybe I will even put Sam's head on my robot.
August 1st, 2009 @ 11:57 am
Awesome work, but no reflection of lights on the first truck .. :(
August 1st, 2009 @ 12:47 pm
Alright look. I didn't want to have to get into this with you guys but here is the truth. These are magical vampire lights and they do not show up in reflections. They only cast light. Adding reflections would be unrealistic.
August 1st, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

but ok thats right haha ^^ vampire...^^
August 1st, 2009 @ 2:47 pm
Andrew Kramer yu a di man "believe it"

as quoted by Naruto
August 1st, 2009 @ 2:53 pm
I knew they were vampire lights all along.
Very cool stuff here!
Diego G.
August 1st, 2009 @ 3:11 pm
Vampire, that's true.
How didn't I think about that before? :D
You have the answer for everything, AK!
mahesh garnara
August 1st, 2009 @ 3:26 pm
Nice Effect.
August 1st, 2009 @ 4:29 pm
awesome....its so more real light
andrew lee
August 1st, 2009 @ 4:56 pm
Yes a bit of refection on the van and maybe even the cars would have added a lot to this shot. However it's the people NOT reacting that spoils it. So perhaps if you rendered out the first and last frames as .psd files. Open them in photoshop, place on separate layers and just paint out the people. Then place the resultant image above the footage and using the pen tool, just draw over the areas containing people. Oh and then precompose this and then add the effects, using this as your starting footage.
August 1st, 2009 @ 6:30 pm
Wow amazing work again. Just wondering how to make the light ball from flying behind the advertisement board on the upper right corner like you did on the video?
August 1st, 2009 @ 7:03 pm
Friends, is just a tutorial. At some point has to stop. He can mask each object to make it look realistic, just a tutorial ...

Congratulations Andrew.
The Rover
August 1st, 2009 @ 7:48 pm
omg.. that makes so much more sense Andrew. LOL

Of course vampire lights would not cast reflections.... i'm so retarded. Clearly the cars should not reflect this type of light. I'm so sorry..

(even though vampires hate sunlight and it is clearly a sunny day... lol they should have turned into something like this guy )

lol btw nice tutorial. I just made the most amazing kamahamaha blast ever...
August 1st, 2009 @ 9:19 pm
Nice tut and these are awesome vampire lights ;)

I can see great potential for the use of the glowing balls of coolness. Keep it up :)
August 1st, 2009 @ 10:08 pm
Excellent work! Although some say the orb should have passed behind the truck, it is controversial as to whether it did or not. As for the reflections, it would have been a nice addition, however, these are meant to demonstrate a specific method/effect and not an entire cinema-quality effect.
August 2nd, 2009 @ 3:54 am
hey buddy, i know these guys are bugging you with the posts so i got a better one :) can you pleease post the project file of THIS scene? thanks
August 2nd, 2009 @ 4:10 am
You are the man.....from atlantis!!!
Jodo Kast
August 2nd, 2009 @ 7:54 am
I still say, Andrew Kramer smoking something fierce. Good stuff. As in the video and tutorials...not what he smoking. Although it seems to work nicely.
August 2nd, 2009 @ 7:55 am
When did people start to critisize Andrews work this much? Well atleast you've got logic answers to everyone :D I literally fell on the floor
August 2nd, 2009 @ 8:32 am
Andrew, you have alot more patience than I do. Here you try to teach and inspire people with knowledge and techniques for FREE and still some people are going to criticize you for the most trivial things. I'm glad you are a good sport about it too, I personally would have been a little upset. Thanks for all that you do.
August 2nd, 2009 @ 8:56 am
Today i have a respect in my country people are saying i have a big knowledge but what i have in done,i for you i give the glory Andrew thank for u are sharing spirit.pls just a special thank or critical from u this is my blog
god bless u
August 2nd, 2009 @ 9:24 am
Wow, absolute great. Thanks Andrew
Paulo Serrat from BRASIL!!!
August 2nd, 2009 @ 10:54 am
Hi andrew!

Look, I was just wondering if you could help me.. I'm learnig a lot of stuff with your tutorials, and I thank you for publishing that so we can can improve our techniches.. I'm buying a new camera, but I want to know wich camera you've used to make th NY scenes.. Is that a Canon? What do you think about the Canon HV40? Is it worth it?

Hope hearing from you, man!


ps: You've got an awesome gift, praise the Lord for that.
And sorry about my english, =)
August 2nd, 2009 @ 11:06 am
fun to make but i had a problem when i play the clip video looked like it has heat on it dont know why.
August 2nd, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
Dan, Qw3rtium & others,
Yah, I think some people get excited to see the possibilities and ways to enhance a shot but perhaps don't realize that it was just Friday and I was just trying to throw something together for a blog post!

I know that most people see the light casting technique as something reusable and that is what is important.
August 2nd, 2009 @ 1:54 pm
we all love and wait your blogposts, so keep it up :)

I totally respect that you read the comments :D
Chad ONeal
August 2nd, 2009 @ 2:37 pm
lol@vampire lights.. I knew it!
andrew lee
August 2nd, 2009 @ 3:41 pm
I for one am not about to criticize Andrew's work, his technique or his time spent helping everyone..FOR FREE. While I agree that a lot more could have been done to add to this one, as Andrew points out, it's just a idea but together to give the rest of us something to think about.

The point I made about people in the scene not reacting was just that an idea. Obviously he could have paid everyone in the shot to look round in amazement at a certain point, though I doubt the budget would have stretched to that.

Yes Andrew I realize this is just an idea, to show that the technique is reusable and I've never failed to be amazed at some of the techniques you have demonstrated in the many, tutorials you have freely given to the community.

Keep it up, your time and effort is very much appreciated.
August 2nd, 2009 @ 3:45 pm
Would have been awesome if you screamed and pointed to the street as the orbs came in to get a reaction from the crowd. Of course you probably didn't plan on doing the tut as you were filming this. Don't get me wrong its awesome but you know, would have been funny to see the reaction of the people and how they would have looked at you weird afterward :)
Some Guy
August 2nd, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
Magical vampire lights... I just LOL'ed!

Andrew, I can't wait to see your video blog. You are such a great entertainer.
Andrew Kramer’s girlfriend (not really)
August 2nd, 2009 @ 8:35 pm
Nice tutorial. It looks like a harry potter spell or something.

(your biggest fan)
August 2nd, 2009 @ 10:48 pm
hey andrew i know you have seen a lot of ae 2 tests on youtube. but i felt that none actually show the real potential in ae 2. I made a really cool 4 sec vid for you using your street footage. check this out:
August 2nd, 2009 @ 11:03 pm
Hey Andrew, I'm having a problem using this expression.
I get a warning saying
After Effects warning: class 'Layer'has no property or method named 'thiscomp'Expression disabled. My email is
Your assistance will be very much appreciated.
Thank you.
August 2nd, 2009 @ 11:10 pm
It works. I figured it out. Thanks
August 2nd, 2009 @ 11:58 pm
Now I'm unabled to orbit.
August 3rd, 2009 @ 12:00 am
I figured it out. I think I'm going to bed cause I'm over looking and forgetting simple think.
August 3rd, 2009 @ 12:01 am
August 3rd, 2009 @ 4:33 am
Hey Andrew, thanks for all the hard work you put into these projects and for taking to the to share it.
August 3rd, 2009 @ 9:17 am
I will watch it when I come back home from Denmark, it seems awesome already =D
August 3rd, 2009 @ 9:19 am
I am curious to know where that piece of music is from?
August 5th, 2009 @ 5:38 am
Legendary Andrew, Legendary... I'm at a loss for words, me and both my sock puppets!!!! p.s I'm sure you can turn this into a "tutorial part 2" under 5minutes you Andrew Kramer for pete's sake!!!!
August 5th, 2009 @ 2:16 pm
Hmm. Amazing shot (impressive fx!) Methinks the work of the "RED ONE" mysterium perhaps? What ever it is, i'm drooling. Definitely up-rezzing or pixel shifting goin on here ;) Can u share w/ us how you managed to upload that in full screen mode. Is this a CSS trick or something? Is that you John Wayne is this me?
August 6th, 2009 @ 5:59 am
Dear guys, don't just say: Thank you Andrew, wow Andrew, you're pro Andrew. Go and buy the good stuff!
August 6th, 2009 @ 7:50 am
What a brilliant video to show the importance of this FX, great great work! We love you Andrew & we support you as always!!!!!

Warm Regards
Jean Paul
August 7th, 2009 @ 3:51 am
What's the name of the music you are using?
August 7th, 2009 @ 12:36 pm
Great light show
August 9th, 2009 @ 6:47 am
Thanks Andrew!
October 6th, 2009 @ 10:34 am
i love you .thanks.u r the best
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