NEW TUTORIAL: Lightning Strike Part-01

In Part 1 of this exciting tutorial series, we will build a lightning strike with rain effects using built-in After Effects plug-ins and then composite stock footage from Action Essentials 2.

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97 RESPONSES TO "NEW TUTORIAL: LIGHTNING STRIKE PART-01"
November 1st, 2009 @ 7:55 pm
Awesome! This looks cool! :)
Johann Torres
November 1st, 2009 @ 7:56 pm
Thanks andrew, i was waiting for this!
November 1st, 2009 @ 7:59 pm
Very nice Andrew!

Will have to purchase your products for Christmas for myself :)
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:00 pm
Thank you so much Andrew!
I've been refreshing this page all day, and I can already tell it was worth it!


Can't wait for my AE2 to come in the mail!
Jason
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:01 pm
Finally...cant wait to watch
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:03 pm
Finally, looks like a really awesome tutorial, maybe i'll use it in my 48 hour film fest contest
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:04 pm
Finally, i'm waiting the whole day for this, thanks mr. AK, love Video Copilot.
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:04 pm
Frigen Outstanding Andrew!
Jason
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:06 pm
Andrew,

Are you going to track AE 2 sales to see if they increase at all after incorporating it in your tutorials? I hope you start using more of your products in your tuts
BMW
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:08 pm
Refresing the page every 5 minutes does work..
Doguz
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:09 pm
Cool. Now I can strike down my loved ones. In jest of course.
ryan
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:10 pm
Great tutorail ive been refreashing for the whole day! =D
Suvir
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:10 pm
I tried tht too.. but am late
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:10 pm
Finally! I'm so excited!
Erick
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:12 pm
That was totally awesome!
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:28 pm
Got action essentials a few days ago this should be interesting
Anthony
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:34 pm
Not bad, looking forward to part-2.
Jason
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:38 pm
AHHHH...two parts. When is part two coming?
wick
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:39 pm
Once again.. lovely! :)
Also looking out to the new flares! (and why not a shirt 2......)
Chris
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:40 pm
When will the VC hats be available? How about some shirts? I could get my gf to model some VC bikinis :)
Brandon
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:43 pm
I CANT WAIT FOR PART 2! LOL
Rafael
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:45 pm
Thank you so much Andrew! I wait for the part two!!

By Rafael from Brazil
Mateus enke
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:50 pm
TKS. andrew! for this wonderful status, we look in the second half.
matthew enke of Brazil
November 1st, 2009 @ 8:56 pm
Yesss thanks andrew..we r waiting second part!
November 1st, 2009 @ 9:12 pm
On Part 2 will you also go over how you did such a good hand held camera look?
LEON
November 1st, 2009 @ 9:14 pm
thx! it was awesome, i can't wait 4 part 2.
November 1st, 2009 @ 9:27 pm
Cant wait for the second part!
BillyW
November 1st, 2009 @ 9:28 pm
Nice tutorial man! This is great!!
November 1st, 2009 @ 9:37 pm
VERY cool... Thanks Andrew!
CRISTIAN O.
November 1st, 2009 @ 10:34 pm
genial, me escanta este tipo de videotutoriales y los tuyos son los mejores. gracias Andrew, Saludos desde Chile.
Ayb from the philippines
November 1st, 2009 @ 10:45 pm
hey, andrew

nice effect!!!

hahaha. .

you really inspire us. .

thank you so much. .
Dextrmania
November 1st, 2009 @ 10:53 pm
It's really nice,I'm expecting the second part to be more like a "camera shooting" tutorial than the usual VFX.
Thanx man!!!
Creative Media
November 1st, 2009 @ 11:00 pm
Andrew thankz for another fresh tutorial..
Sleepyman
November 1st, 2009 @ 11:48 pm
Great, I was just about to go to bed now I have to watch this. :)
Vicky Shah
November 1st, 2009 @ 11:57 pm
Amazing sir...it is great...really
November 1st, 2009 @ 11:58 pm
Thanks Andrew!
this is totally awesome !
just love your tutorials...
olivier
November 2nd, 2009 @ 1:40 am
merci , pour ce tutoriel et vivement la suite !!!!!
November 2nd, 2009 @ 1:42 am
Finally!
Thanks! I was waiting the whole day^^
Rick
November 2nd, 2009 @ 1:53 am
Great tut, can't wait for part 2!
aaa
November 2nd, 2009 @ 1:58 am
THANKS ANDREW , GOOD TUTORIAL .
Thomas
November 2nd, 2009 @ 2:00 am
No offense but the still image just looks terrible. Anyway, gonna watch it this afternoon
Paul
November 2nd, 2009 @ 2:13 am
Great stuff Andrew - How is the funeral arrangments going?!
November 2nd, 2009 @ 2:18 am
Hey Andrew,
when will Part 2 be online?
Mr.Boing
November 2nd, 2009 @ 2:21 am
Hey Andrew nice 'background'
Jaxxx
November 2nd, 2009 @ 2:23 am
This is an awesome tutorial
gatinhot
November 2nd, 2009 @ 1:28 am
once again you done it andrew. Thanks for tut
November 2nd, 2009 @ 2:30 am
This looks great! Glad I took the 25percent offer, AE2 just arrived the other day ;-)
November 2nd, 2009 @ 3:19 am
hey Andrew very very thanks :)
Ljubomir Sinozic
November 2nd, 2009 @ 4:08 am
excelent tutorial
refreshing this page --- priceless

thnx for tutorial
Goldenvale
November 2nd, 2009 @ 4:18 am
Very nice effect. Hoping to see some more Hollywood effects.
oras
November 2nd, 2009 @ 4:23 am
lol sam allways taking damge
Yathern
November 2nd, 2009 @ 4:25 am
Looks like a great tutorial. Poor sam...
Ilvin Trinidad
November 2nd, 2009 @ 5:03 am
OMG, Andrew you blew my mind with this one. Simply Awesome, im speechless.

May God Bless you and keep up the great work.

Your friend, from Dominican Republic.
November 2nd, 2009 @ 5:25 am
Awesome...just woke up. There´s nothing better to do than watching a tut now.
Mazinga
November 2nd, 2009 @ 5:57 am
Simply Amazing!!!

Saludos desde España
Menego17
November 2nd, 2009 @ 6:12 am
Yeah Awesome!!!! When the next part?
November 2nd, 2009 @ 6:13 am
Yeah Awesome!!! When the next part?
November 2nd, 2009 @ 6:14 am
Yeah Awesome!!! When the next part Andrew?
November 2nd, 2009 @ 6:19 am
its nice tut
this video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIGuarw8bD8

for this tutrial
XMan
November 2nd, 2009 @ 7:53 am
you are always too goodddddddddddd mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
November 2nd, 2009 @ 7:57 am
Hey Andrew, I think you need to add something to your blog. When your new and you make a demo reel, DON'T take these tutorials as they are and fill your demo reel with them. Use the skills from them to make something original like it's part of a commercial or indi flick.
Aleksander
November 2nd, 2009 @ 8:30 am
Andrew, this is great.
When next part?
XMan
November 2nd, 2009 @ 8:34 am
hello andrew. I think that you forgot the add smoke efx in composting this shot... m i right? plz tell me...love u andrew
XMan
November 2nd, 2009 @ 8:34 am
hello andrew. I think that you forgot the add smoke efx in composting this shot… m i right? plz tell me…love u andrew bro.
XMan
November 2nd, 2009 @ 8:36 am
you always give the best thing for us.
Nikolaus
November 2nd, 2009 @ 9:19 am
Thanks! Love this tutorial!
SAAD
November 2nd, 2009 @ 9:25 am
FINALLY!! THERE IS A TUTORILAS USING AACTION ESSEN. 2 FOOTAGE...
THANKS MAN!!!


I WISH IF YOU COULD OF TEACH ME/ TUTOR ME 1-ON-1..THAT WOULD BE AWSOME...START--->>END
Daniel
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:04 am
Great tutorial! Really learned alot of it!
gierki
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:26 am
Great!!! Tutorial
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:39 am
aaaw blast..
Was waiting until I had time to watch this and now I got some sort of database error which makes it impossible to watch the tutorial :S... anyone knows how to get rid of this?
Naturo
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:40 am
Very good Tuto , THANKS ! Andrew Kramer !!!!
Don Carlos
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:42 am
Heh :)
Andrew have seen District 9...
Great
Daniel
November 2nd, 2009 @ 11:08 am
Hey, when will part 2 be online?
Cant wait :-)
Qw3rtium
November 2nd, 2009 @ 11:13 am
Hmm, I'm getting some errors too, but I have no problem watching the tutorial
November 2nd, 2009 @ 11:14 am
Awesome tutorial! Some great tips in there. When can we expect part 2 ;)?
Pedrock
November 2nd, 2009 @ 12:23 pm
When are you going to post part 2?
Frederik
November 2nd, 2009 @ 1:25 pm
Awsome! i've just love your tutorials :p this one was the best i've ever seen! Love this website!
issamlestar
November 2nd, 2009 @ 1:39 pm
waaaaaaoooo coooooooolll tutorial i'm waiting for the next part thznx andrew
issamlestar
November 2nd, 2009 @ 1:41 pm
Awesome tutorial
MY
November 2nd, 2009 @ 1:55 pm
Awesome as allways!!
leith
November 2nd, 2009 @ 2:10 pm
Cool tutorial, very impressive.
bahaa
November 2nd, 2009 @ 2:27 pm
waiting for the next part ...
Vicky
November 2nd, 2009 @ 2:59 pm
There are severel test u had done in this tutorial. I like the most is when the lightning strikes immediately Sam explodes.Thats creates a great impact.What do you say.
November 2nd, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
Too cool... I can't wait to play with the blood splatters...mwahahahaha....I am already thinking of cool ways to use this technique in another type of footage.
AndrewYY
November 2nd, 2009 @ 4:02 pm
lightning never strikes the same place twice? I guess Sam is the exception to the rule XD
Luther Hadley
November 2nd, 2009 @ 4:02 pm
Hey Andrew

You know i would keep and eye on Sam one of these days he just might snap and blow everybody up .. you know your almost at 100 tutorials and Sam get's the short end of the stick . I think you should at least make Sam save the day .... or have a contest and see what we can come up with I'm sure the community can come up with good ideas


Just give us green screen footage of Sam running and footage of you too .. lol You should make a Army of Sam chasing you .. or even better let Sam do a tutorial ... with you tie up in the background ... lol playing a guitar

what do you think .. just shout me out .. ok ..
Jhon
November 2nd, 2009 @ 5:24 pm
Andrew! That was amazing, man! I wanna see the second part!! I can't wait!! :) ;)

Cheers from Argentina.
November 2nd, 2009 @ 7:22 pm
another usfefull use of AE2 while waiting for part 2.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WhDl-wbgk0
Luc D
November 2nd, 2009 @ 8:59 pm
Sweet!

What about a lighting reflection in the puddle below Sam? So much attention to detail, but no reflection? Sorry for being so picky, this is still better than anything I've ever seen before. Thanks for the tut as always, you're the best!
November 2nd, 2009 @ 9:41 pm
I'll always re-watch your tutorials because there are thousands of tips to always get refreshed on. Thank you, the collapse transformation tip was always something I wanted to know but always worked around it in a more complicated way... VC, just making things easier!
November 2nd, 2009 @ 9:50 pm
Tutorial left me (and Sam) speechless!. Can't wait for Part two!




Thanks! And keep up the great work
November 2nd, 2009 @ 10:39 pm
Hey Andrew, Great tut, just wondering if you could share with my the name of the camera you are using? Best of luck with everything, keep it up.
Mathijs Roks
November 3rd, 2009 @ 2:26 pm
I really enjoy your work! Greetings from Holland and keep up te good work!

Thanks.
whiteto
November 5th, 2009 @ 10:57 pm
It a very Exciting Tutorial !!!! Mr. Andrew


That Amazing
personman
November 6th, 2009 @ 9:41 pm
"Backround." With no "g." Classic.
nige
November 16th, 2009 @ 8:50 am
absolutely brilliant ! We guys from the U.K are learning LOADS..thank you !
anup
November 26th, 2009 @ 9:02 pm
hey andrew..............
thanks for the great tutorials ...........
hope to see other tutorials related to boujou and AE.........
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