NEW TUTORIAL: 3D Light Casting

In this jam-packed tutorial we will build an energy ball that emits natural light onto the road’s surface. Plus, we will be utilizing ‘reverse-tracking’ to lock the 3D effects in-place, while maintaining the original camera movement in the exciting final shot.

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TUTORIAL NOTE:
The displacement effect at the end uses the Energy Wipe tutorial:
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/energy_wipe/

I also added some camera shake with the AFTER SHAKE preset:
http://www.videocopilot.net/presets/after_shake/

Oh Yeah:
Today and tomorrow are the last two days to receive free shipping on the 2K version of our new stock footage collection, Action Essentials 2. Of course the 720p version is still available at the great low-price of $99.95 so be sure to show your support by using it to blow something up

PS: We have all new discs and every package goes out within 24 hours!

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92 RESPONSES TO "NEW TUTORIAL: 3D LIGHT CASTING"
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:16 am
Awesome! I'm watching it now! :D
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:18 am
I love how the guy on the right adjusts his sunglasses as the orb passes him. :)
Samuel Duclos
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:18 am
WOW i Refresh the page and VLAMMMMM a new tutorial!!!
Siddhant Sharma
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:18 am
Kramer u r d man .... awesome tutorials .... hats off !!!
Mike
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:19 am
What was that? Displacement map?
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:19 am
Nice! Great integration into the scene.
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:20 am
as always one better than another

Thanks
Andrea
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:21 am
WAO........IT'S FANTASTIC !!!!!

I LOVE EDITING VIDEO....

CLAP CLAP !!!! :=)
P3dro
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:22 am
sweeeeeet! this is the coolest one ever!
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:22 am
that is beautiful!
Clint Rea
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:25 am
You have a lot of nice sound effects mister andrew, haha

Do you use anything besides your products?
Alan
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:33 am
Sweet! I can imagine a form of this as an escaped spirit wondering the streets!
iacere
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:36 am
N1 Andrew!!!!!
Min, jounggi
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:37 am
Wow unbelievable!!!
thank you for new tutorial
Cody
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:44 am
Thanks for another tutorial Andrew! This website is truley my favorite website of all time !:)
TJ
July 30th, 2009 @ 12:18 pm
Thanks! Great tutorial!
July 30th, 2009 @ 12:23 pm
That's awesome! Thanks a lot Andrew :)
TY
July 30th, 2009 @ 12:23 pm
Awesome! This was exactly what I'm searching. Thank you so much Andrew Kramer!
July 30th, 2009 @ 12:27 pm
Great Andrew...
Johann Torres
July 30th, 2009 @ 12:33 pm
another hit by A.K.! :D
Stinkinmushroom
July 30th, 2009 @ 12:33 pm
Seriously, how did you came up with that vegas stuff... lol? seriously what? Why not use particular for the streaks of the orb?
Qw3rtium
July 30th, 2009 @ 12:35 pm
You forgot the displacement or you were just being lazy :P
Lyndon
July 30th, 2009 @ 12:35 pm
i love you
July 30th, 2009 @ 12:36 pm
AWESOME!!! ANDREW YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!

THANK FOR ALL
ShoeToad
July 30th, 2009 @ 12:42 pm
Counting down to 100 ^^
July 30th, 2009 @ 12:46 pm
lol. Actually the displacement effect is done with the same technique found in the energy wipe tutorial:
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/energy_wipe/

I also added some camera shake with the AFTER SHAKE preset:
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/energy_wipe/

I try not to be too repetitive, especially when the tutorials are long like this one.
July 30th, 2009 @ 12:48 pm
Awesome Tutorial!!! you left out the displacement, but that's pretty easy to make I guess...
July 30th, 2009 @ 12:50 pm
Ryan, look up just a little... :)
Rick
July 30th, 2009 @ 12:51 pm
Great tutorial. It was already clear That a new one should come

July 30th, 2009 @ 1:06 pm
Great job Andrew....and yes, I got my AE2 package and am ready to go "blow up" something cool...or someone cool....um, can I borrow Sam for a few days???? ;)
July 30th, 2009 @ 1:22 pm
Andrew,

another great Tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

Thorsten
StrongMocha.com
Tanner .D
July 30th, 2009 @ 1:36 pm
thanks watchin it now!
Daan
July 30th, 2009 @ 1:37 pm
He Andrew,

Looks great man! I just started with After Effects and I am amazed! I thought it was actual realtime footage of a fairy. Anyway, how to you toggle to full screen view for the preview? I just cant find it!
Keep it up man! AE2 is awesome!
Daniel from the Netherlands.
July 30th, 2009 @ 1:47 pm
This is one of the best tuts, for one special reason: You can add up this lighting technique to any other tut here "The Energy", "Desintegration" are the clear ones in my mind but its a really good technique.
wenluc
July 30th, 2009 @ 1:49 pm
he Andrew I just found a great story in your tutorials:
meteor hits earth, energyball looking for victim, sucks the soul out of people finds sam and gives him superpowers. He can heal himself but in a while the ball will turn against him and it lets sam vanish by disintegration! or something like that, LOL
greetings from holland
Rory
July 30th, 2009 @ 1:51 pm
I love combining your different tutorials in order to create something new.

This is another amazing tutorial.
Daluz
July 30th, 2009 @ 1:57 pm
You are great! Thats why I buy your stuff! Money well spend it!
Cosmin Alexandru
July 30th, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
Hi Andrew,
Great tutorial.
Greetings from Romania.
nivekb
July 30th, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
another great one------ keep them coming
thank you
sasha strelnikoff
July 30th, 2009 @ 2:27 pm
COOL!!!
Simon Steele
July 30th, 2009 @ 2:30 pm
Fantastic Tut Mr. Kramer, It looks amazing. Alot of goodies in this one to glean.
July 30th, 2009 @ 2:41 pm
mad men you transforming the way people create motion graphics all over the world BIG UP!!!
Travis Brooks
July 30th, 2009 @ 2:42 pm
This site by far is the best I have ever seen. It blows my mind! Andrew Kramer is THE MAN!!
Farhad
July 30th, 2009 @ 2:48 pm
AK Your Awesome thanks for the new turorial
im in germany atm when i back in london
il be working on this
thanks alott
il be waiting for moreee :D
Titso
July 30th, 2009 @ 3:18 pm
At David W
"I love how the guy on the right adjusts his sunglasses as the orb passes him."

Haha was thinking same thing, first I thought kramer had that set up:P

This is without no doubt one of the most needed tutorials out there!
Ent3R
July 30th, 2009 @ 3:21 pm
No Comment...(Y)
Greetings from Hungary
July 30th, 2009 @ 4:31 pm
Great tutorial. and need more ...
Action Essentials 2.so useful thnkas Andrew
AB
July 30th, 2009 @ 4:47 pm
Breathtaking, as always.

Thank you!!!!
Adam Sklar
July 30th, 2009 @ 5:05 pm
Awesome! :)

I thought I'd mention that the After Shake link seems to be broken.
Mike D
July 30th, 2009 @ 5:19 pm
Excellent tutorial Andrew..

I love tutorials that intergrate live action with CG elements.

5 Gold stars for you!
sasha strelnikoff
July 30th, 2009 @ 5:42 pm
what sound FX did you use?
luantran
July 30th, 2009 @ 6:12 pm
Nice. Videocopilot Number One.....
July 30th, 2009 @ 7:23 pm
Make me yours!! hahahahaha I laaav your tutorials.

regards from argentina!
Matthew Sabia
July 30th, 2009 @ 8:33 pm
AMAZING! Great job as usual, Andrew Kramer = Genius
Ricardo
July 30th, 2009 @ 8:56 pm
Awesome!

Thanks for the tutorial Andrew.

Greetings from Chile.
July 30th, 2009 @ 9:59 pm
Awesome effects, very cool :)
The Rover
July 30th, 2009 @ 10:14 pm
what?

u still didnt put the reflections on the cars andrew...

i think im gonna download this video.. open up after effects.. and do it for you...
July 30th, 2009 @ 10:19 pm
Hey there mate, great tutorial,great site, long time avid/FCP editor here, trying to get up to speed on AE quickly...So this has been a relevant and fun site to boot. If you ever make it to the Great Barrier Reef,specifically the Whitsunday Islands look me up.

regards Paul
July 30th, 2009 @ 10:45 pm
Just got the replacement package for AE2 today, thanks a lot, you guys! Looking forward to watching this new tut!
sohail
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:12 pm
Hi Andrew,
Great tutorial.
Greetings from Pakistan.
Alejandro Echevarria
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:57 pm
OMG!! Like always u did very well !!! Great tutorial!!! and thanks for the tutorial Andrew!!! =D
Moca MX
July 31st, 2009 @ 12:34 am
Perfect technique for creating Dragon Ball Z energy balls :D

Very very nice tut ;)

Greeting from Serbia
Oluwasegun
July 30th, 2009 @ 11:59 pm
Hi love ur graphic and how did u do it
July 31st, 2009 @ 1:47 am
Wsup Andrew,
Gr8 work.....
Am new here and I now know y they call you "awesome guy"
Greetings from Kenya
July 31st, 2009 @ 1:52 am
anybody know what the dealio is with the 2k free shipping if its being dispatched overseas? is it still free, or is there a discount?

Dave (uk)
July 31st, 2009 @ 2:18 am
This will go great with the soul sucking tutorial!

Great work!

(Greetings from England)
Magic2007
July 31st, 2009 @ 2:23 am
Hey Andrew sir, I cant play the Tutorial, its loading, loading and loading...Im on MAC pro everything on your website works perfect, its first time ever I have this problem...?

regards
jamie
July 31st, 2009 @ 3:13 am
nice. almost like a birthday present for me yesterday
jamie
July 31st, 2009 @ 3:13 am
nice. almost like a birthday present for me yesterday
July 31st, 2009 @ 4:03 am
hey andrew !! thanx a lots for your jobs , from the begining i follow you in tuto and others , i buy the news essential in 2k version with news disc , this is great job man like ever ;)

soon i make my movie about predator and dbz movie of real fan for real fans !!

i hope we can stay in contact cya men !!

MIKE from paris
Filip
July 31st, 2009 @ 4:39 am
Life if beautiful
B3T0N
July 31st, 2009 @ 5:31 am
thx for the tutorial .... i thought you will do energy with the particular and now i know there is a better way to do a very nice energy ....
July 31st, 2009 @ 4:38 am
Hey guys, were still friends righhhht? :$)
July 31st, 2009 @ 6:09 am
Wow. You seem to have that special knack for always hooking me with the video sample. Now I'm looking to carve out the time to work through another amazing VC tutorial.

This effect seems useful. It will be assimilated.

Video Copilot: Building better editors one tutorial at a time.
Chad ONeal
July 31st, 2009 @ 6:15 am
Andrew, can you explain why you pick the frame rates that you do?
Matt
July 31st, 2009 @ 7:10 am
VIDEO BLOGGGGGGGGG lol
KILLA
July 31st, 2009 @ 8:00 am
Rasengan Or Chidori which one hmmmmmmm?

great effect and can you make a tutorial on human torch effect plz
Tanel
July 31st, 2009 @ 8:09 am
very useful tutorial
July 31st, 2009 @ 9:16 am
pretty cool. I like this effect!
Jay
July 31st, 2009 @ 9:29 am
Great Tutorial, its nice to see more special effect compositing tutorials. Very helpful Thanks
Matt in MO.
July 31st, 2009 @ 9:30 am
The Rover,

I think that's what Andrew will want you to do. Take the techniques in here and apply them to your own projects.

Andrew, great tutorial as always. You never cease to amaze me.
Robert
July 31st, 2009 @ 10:33 am
Hey! Quick question, if we used the AE Bump map plugin, would that improve upon this effect? So, make a high contrast on the street road still just like you did on the tutorial, but instead applied the Bump map plugin to the ground plane then linked it to the high contrast image. Would that work? Does the effect even work in 3D?
Infection Films
July 31st, 2009 @ 3:20 pm
Where do you get all these sound fx?
Jason
July 31st, 2009 @ 7:08 pm
Sweet! I love how the guy on the right uses his hat to shield his face as the light passes by. Strange coincidence.
SkyFall Productions
July 31st, 2009 @ 9:34 pm
I just purchased the 2K version of Action Essentials 2. I'm totally pumped now to use it.

It's very refreshing to have someone with the budget and experienced crew to be able to make special effects elements, and to make them affordable so that those who don't have the equipment or know-how can benefit in reaching amazing production quality.

Very much is appreciated with your generocity towards us in giving FREE lessons and helpful and affordable products. Thank you so much!
August 1st, 2009 @ 12:55 am
hahaha süper..thank billion thanks Andrew ..:)
JonatasW.
August 1st, 2009 @ 9:34 am
Perfect! TX
Muhammad Waseem Ata Attari Qadri
August 1st, 2009 @ 9:57 am
Hi,
Andrew Kramer Nice and very Sweet New Tutorial and lot of things and points to learn and i have requested to my Uncle for "ACTION ESSENTIAL 2K DVD" may be that he Buy for me........................
GaBy
August 1st, 2009 @ 10:14 am
"Another exciting video tutorial"... but damn, it gets better each and every time ! Thanx again.
Jordo
August 1st, 2009 @ 9:20 pm
Simply a great tut. Keep taking particle world and light layers to the next level!!
NAhcRA
August 1st, 2009 @ 10:08 pm
hey everyone i am here to share abt being a compositor .if u hab symptom of this then ur a compositor
You might be a compositor when....

... look up at the sky and bitch about how fake it looks.
... you look at your plate of spaghetti and see a shake script.
... when you open up photoshop and wish it was node based
... you burn out your retinas while thinking to yourself. "Wow the lightwrap on that is really good."
.. when you actually 'study' the way dust blows around, while cleaning out your vacuum cleaner
...every time you see your ex you mentally cover them with markers to be tracked and replaced later.
..you put garbage mattes on people you don't like.
...you see blue and green transparent.
...when you try to fix your life in the post.
... when you take a camera everywhere "just for reference photos"
... when you look more closely at the edge of things than at the things themselves...
.. when you see blonde hair blowing in the wind against a light background you think to yourself. "This is going to be a pain in the ass."
..when you want to find ways to CHEAT EVERYTHING and NEVER go back to 3d EVER again.
... when you look at the edges of your own shadow and wonder if you got that shot a while ago right or not.
... when you watch a high budget effects movie and notice the crappy green screen edge
... when you watch Tron and actually see the roto edges slightly chatte
..whn you wake up and instantly start complaining that the suns gamma is cranked up too much.
...or when you wake up and try to bypass the blur node. or attempt pause the playback of the world around you to sleep a while longer
...when you ask the photographer for the "clean plate" of your wedding.
...when you connect that one birthday gift to all of your relatives via strings.
When you automatically see tracking markers (including the keyframed paths) on stuff that comes into your vision (for example single leaves in the wind).
when you're starting wondering about how much frames per second real life is...
...when you look at the ultra sound picture of your very first baby and think "Hmm... I can probably fix this with some grain removal and some slight contrast adjustments".
...you look at all the filth in your apartment and wish you could just fade the dirt pass down
...when you play pool and you think about the best way to extract the balls from the green table
...when you listen to Blur every time you need to escape life
... when you start to contemplate how many hidden messages are written in the blue channel
..When you see a sun reflection/bloom on a metallic surface and wonder how much blur and what blending mode was used.
..........when you settle for 'less than stellar' vacation spots to be matte painted later.
...when you don't see the sky as a sky but as a bluescreen.
...when you starting to see matte lines around everyone
...when you think reality is becoming fake.
...when you look at sand pouring from your hand and realize that you could screen that as a waterfall.
...you see rotosplines around things in real life after a long roto session.
...a blonde with frizzy hair walks into the bar you think that's gonna be a hard one to extract.
...you point out mistakes or achievements in commercials, and your family thinks you're crazy.
...When you read about some really complex and clever bit of CG work, and think to yourself - "if they's shot a few real elements and done it in 2D it ...would've taken a tenth of the time, and looked twice as good"
...When you feel the need to turn off the lights and draw the curtains to watch a movie at home, so as to get decent blacks on your TV.
..When you spend more time sitting at a desk in a darkened room looking at 2 seconds of footage over and over again than you spend out in the sunlight, interacting with real human beings.
...when you see a hamberger as a perfect pre-comp of aliments layers.
When you wake up knowing the solution of your yesterday comp`s problem..
When you're buying an engagement ring and you think the 4 C's are Color Correction, Concatenation, and Convolve.
...You look at the view outside your apartment and think of endless ways it can be replaced with matte paintings
.....When all you care about is that tiny roto wobble in the lower right hand corner no one will ever, EVER, notice.Or you might be a supervisor?
...when you are reading ....... You might be a compositor........
August 2nd, 2009 @ 2:01 am
Thanks man! Great tutorial.
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