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.

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139 Comments

reza355
5 years ago
i love you .thanks.u r the best
5 years ago
Thanks Andrew!
Coolninjatv
5 years ago
Great light show
Jean Paul
5 years ago
What's the name of the music you are using?
Sandy
5 years ago
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
Sandy
Powertase
5 years ago
Dear guys, don't just say: Thank you Andrew, wow Andrew, you're pro Andrew. Go and buy the good stuff!
D3FO3
5 years ago
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 multiple_web.mov in full screen mode. Is this a CSS trick or something? Is that you John Wayne is this me?
Marcello
5 years ago
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!!!!
5 years ago
I am curious to know where that piece of music is from?
5 years ago
I will watch it when I come back home from Denmark, it seems awesome already =D
Stephen
5 years ago
Hey Andrew, thanks for all the hard work you put into these projects and for taking to the to share it.
~S
Lenny
5 years ago
*things
Lenny
5 years ago
I figured it out. I think I'm going to bed cause I'm over looking and forgetting simple think.
Lenny
5 years ago
Now I'm unabled to orbit.
Lenny
5 years ago
It works. I figured it out. Thanks
Lenny
5 years ago
Hey Andrew, I'm having a problem using this expression.
lookAt(thiscomp.activeCamera.position,postion)[0]
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.
However
5 years ago
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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG0tr-EtrIU
Andrew Kramer’s girlfriend (not really)
5 years ago
Nice tutorial. It looks like a harry potter spell or something.

(your biggest fan)
Some Guy
5 years ago
Magical vampire lights... I just LOL'ed!

Andrew, I can't wait to see your video blog. You are such a great entertainer.
Abe
5 years ago
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 :)
andrew lee
5 years ago
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.
Chad ONeal
5 years ago
lol@vampire lights.. I knew it!
Tanel
5 years ago
we all love and wait your blogposts, so keep it up :)

I totally respect that you read the comments :D
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
fun to make but i had a problem when i play the clip video looked like it has heat on it dont know why.
Paulo Serrat from BRASIL!!!
5 years ago
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!

Cya!!!

ps: You've got an awesome gift, praise the Lord for that.
And sorry about my english, =)
Nashman
5 years ago
Wow, absolute great. Thanks Andrew
mbiendi
5 years ago
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
http://www.3dvf.com/modules/galeriev2/artiste.php?idartist=9362&page=1&py=35&type=&cat=&tr=1&s=&start=&a=0&l=&ta=
god bless u
Dan
5 years ago
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.
Qw3rtium
5 years ago
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
Jodo Kast
5 years ago
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.
mars
5 years ago
You are the man.....from atlantis!!!
However
5 years ago
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
Matthew
5 years ago
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.
Jordo
5 years ago
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 :)
The Rover
5 years ago
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 http://i27.tinypic.com/vcyxb6.jpg )

lol btw nice tutorial. I just made the most amazing kamahamaha blast ever...
5 years ago
Friends, is just a tutorial. At some point has to stop. He can mask each object to make it look realistic, but...is just a tutorial ...

Congratulations Andrew.
Tony
5 years ago
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?
andrew lee
5 years ago
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.
ubay_oops@yahoo.co.id
5 years ago
awesome....its so more real light
mahesh garnara
5 years ago
Nice Effect.
Diego G.
5 years ago
Vampire, that's true.
How didn't I think about that before? :D
You have the answer for everything, AK!
Cyle
5 years ago
I knew they were vampire lights all along.
Very cool stuff here!
5 years ago
Andrew Kramer yu a di man "believe it"

as quoted by Naruto
iacere
5 years ago
haha^^

but ok thats right haha ^^ vampire...^^
5 years ago
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.
Cody
5 years ago
Awesome work, but no reflection of lights on the first truck .. :(
5 years ago
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.
Olmer
5 years ago
nice sound effects! do you use anything besides your products? (epic music etc..)
B3T0N
5 years ago
nice job AK ....thats just nice work ....i know now : I MUST LEARNING to do 1 animation like you did...
DH12
5 years ago
Andrew..

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
Thanks
5 years ago
@ 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.
linkin
5 years ago
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!
lucas
5 years ago
How do I do ? my particles are boucing and not sliding like yours !
iacere
5 years ago
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 ;)
bohdan
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
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! ;)
Adis
5 years ago
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?
Zabi
5 years ago
Thats nice ,,, thanks again adrew for another nice tutorial
Jaz
5 years ago
Rover

"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?
;op

(Everyone is a critic these days!)
5 years ago
hi friens good vfx works
Loay
5 years ago
I liked the AUX particles which has been emitted by the fire balls
Nice work Andrew
5 years ago
ofCourse Andrew you are the Boss
forever
Sleem
5 years ago
Yeah Andrew you are... thats true
5 years ago
Rover, I've already been fired 3 times and I'm the boss!
5 years ago
this is kool
The Rover
5 years ago
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

http://tinypic.com/r/28c0k8p/3

i mean just wrong compositing....
Jason
5 years ago
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.

http://www.videocopilot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=20342
bédji
5 years ago
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.
Vizion
5 years ago
So epic. Love it :)! I have tons of ideas just from this single clip XD!
DarkEntity
5 years ago
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!!!!
Evan
5 years ago
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!
SXVBAKA
5 years ago
Qw3rtium:u are a gay
Pejman Tahernian
5 years ago
Spectacular!nice idea and execution.you are like a leader.
but more about 3dsmax, special: different motor engine like vray and mental ray please.
Chad ONeal
5 years ago
offended
5 years ago
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?
5 years ago
Andrew,

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.

TeaMan
(Like HeMan) but with Tea.
5 years ago
lol.. Pretty tight. Always impressive!
Steve
5 years ago
We really appreciate your expertise.
We are glad you are able to share.
Your un-selfish ways have made you a success.

Thank you.
Sebastiaan Meliefste
5 years ago
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!
Saxon
5 years ago
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 :)
ben
5 years ago
nice! this effect could be used to the harry potter wand light effect!
5 years ago
Looks frikin NiCe!

And I second the video compresion info :P!
Mark
5 years ago
Wow Awesome!
5 years ago
simplemente los mejores!!! muy buenos tutoriales y una exelente calidad en su trabajo... suerte compadres!!!
5 years ago
Andrew,can you tell me,what is your video compression choice?
5 years ago
hey whats up andrew.......man 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
5 years ago
Reminds me of the Red Bull Air race for some reason!

Amazing as ever!

Thanks andrew!
Boogyman
5 years ago
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!/
Boogyman
5 years ago
i liked the indian woman in the right smiling at the lights...
are they for real :O

(gigle) :D
Diego G.
5 years ago
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...
Andres F
5 years ago
You a official bad ass :) in AE
iacere
5 years ago
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
Tiffer
5 years ago
the pepole on the side walk arent even botherd with all them lights flying past !!!!!!!!must be an every day thing in NY...........
5 years ago
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!
5 years ago
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 :-/
Kael
5 years ago
@Kenn

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
Brad
5 years ago
Love the particles which fall to the ground.

Good job!
Matt in MO.
5 years ago
Reminds me of Ghostbusters... just better.
Tanel
5 years ago
Qw3rtium: I so want to be Andrew Kramer then :D
pat
5 years ago
That looks soooo cool though I thought it looked like the orange light should have come from behind the truck...it still is great!!!
Also if you were doing this effect inside would you put solids on side walls as well as the ground?
Leighton
5 years ago
Its clear that the blue orb won the race by a mile.
foebea
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
AK you are the best that is crazy
Scott Jason
5 years ago
Nikel
5 years ago
Looks like the green, blue, yellow and sapphire lanterns are looking for new recruits!

Green Lantern, anyone? :)
unreal
5 years ago
Andrew, did you loosely base this on the "Lexus Orbs" advertisment?
jR
5 years ago
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.
Javier Miranda
5 years ago
Awesome...!!!! Thanks!!!!
Nicklas
5 years ago
Awsome!
M.h
5 years ago
Arvin,s right !
5 years ago
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.
Qw3rtium
5 years ago
Tanel: If you are Andrew Kramer, then no
Brunito
5 years ago
Are they the powerfull girls?? or a Harry Potter Spell?? lol Ty all of u do for us... from Argentina, Brih!
Moca MX
5 years ago
@Daglas: hahahahahah you want tutorial on this?
Check out tutorials :D
Douglas
5 years ago
Nice Effect!!

Tutorial plz!!!
Tanel
5 years ago
is there any limits to AE :D?
5 years ago
You are a rocker and your guitar is After effects :P
Stephen
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
haha...i just noticed the people at the right corner of the clip. lol, they are seeing the crazy light streaks and acting normally...man!
5 years ago
Nice work man! :)
jamie
5 years ago
sam loya light string brain

now that would be cool
muckyman
5 years ago
yeah leef, but whataya-gonna do…

call ghostbusters...?
Michael
5 years ago
That reminds me of the scene from Ghostbusters 1 when the storage unit explodes
5 years ago
yeah leef, but whataya-gonna do... :)
leef
5 years ago
NICE your work is pro and keeps improving! The orange-orb-of-infinite-energy should fly in from behind that truck on the right.
5 years ago
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..
5 years ago
uh... I'm not making another tutorial on this :) Its just something to think about...
Stephen
5 years ago
I had a feeling another tutorial was coming after watching your enthusiasm working with the two colored lights in the first tutorial.
5 years ago
I was thinking of the same thing! Two lights flying down the street racing each other. :D
5 years ago
AWESOME!!!!
sasha strelnikoff
5 years ago
cool!!!
Andreas
5 years ago
Nice vid btw.
You could mask the truck so the first sphere flew behind it though.
Qw3rtium
5 years ago
Like the super robots from the future?
Paul
5 years ago
this looks so sweeet!! cant wait to try it out!
haha kind of looks like power rangers....not that i've ever watched that....
Ryan
5 years ago
almost first, look at the truck! a mistake!!! OMG! haha nah nice job. keep the good stuff comming
Ross
5 years ago
Very awesome! Can't wait to implement it in something!
Ricky
5 years ago
wow this is really amazing
Ashley M
5 years ago
Wow now this is kool
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