VC Reflect Plug-in Out Soon

We have developed a fancy new plug-in for After Effects that simplifies the creation of 2D reflections as seen one of our early tutorials. The plug-in offers many helpful new features and a tutorial will be out soon. The best part of all, you get it absolutely FREE.

Patrick should be posting the tutorial sometime tomorrow and the project file will include the Plug-in. Should work with AE 7 and newer and when 64 bit After Effects comes around, we’ll port it as well.

NOTE: Our Easy-Reflect preset will most likely be retired since it lacks many features and relies on awkward recipe. Look, we had some fun… but I think it’s time we see other people. We’ll still be friends.

ALSO: QuickMatte, my other pet project, will be out when I have time to explain how to use it fully. I haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to it with so many projects going on but I will tell you that, everything the plug-in does can be done in AE, it just makes things easier. It will be out soon, I was planning on releasing after the 100th tutorial sometime.

madison reynolds
November 16th, 2009 @ 7:58 pm
that is amazing can't wait
November 16th, 2009 @ 7:59 pm
Nice! Looking forward for this one =)
November 16th, 2009 @ 8:01 pm
I dont understand the note... Who's gonna see other people?
November 16th, 2009 @ 8:03 pm
Excellent. Will look forward to that tomorrow.

Thanks Guys :)
November 16th, 2009 @ 8:03 pm
awesome! can't wait!
November 16th, 2009 @ 8:04 pm
sick man! can't wait
November 16th, 2009 @ 8:06 pm
that looks Amazing Can't Wait. especially if its free!
November 16th, 2009 @ 8:10 pm
Nice!!!. Thank you Andrew!
November 16th, 2009 @ 8:12 pm
Good stuff Andrew hope your having a productive week in LA....this is good but still waiting for the lens flares....BTW I got to watch the Star Trek movie for the first time as my location is without a cinema......loved the opening, was that a sapphire plug-in you used for the lens flare in the title?...I use Sapphire all the time its one of my favorites and have just ported it over to AE.....also I could have sworn the movie was littered with YOUR lens flare,,,did you inspire them or vice versa?
Grant S
November 16th, 2009 @ 8:13 pm
What happened to Quickmatte? Is that coming out sometime soon?
November 16th, 2009 @ 8:14 pm
NIce looking reflection, thanks :D
November 16th, 2009 @ 7:15 pm
Andrew do you know when the quick matte plugin is comeing out? Not that I'm not thankful for this but you said you would release it a momth ago.
November 16th, 2009 @ 8:24 pm
Yeah... Quickmatte will be out when I have time to explain how to use it fully. I haven't had a lot of time to dedicate to it with so many projects going on. I will tell you that, everything the plug-in does can be done in AE, it just makes things easier. It will be out soon, I was planning on releasing after the 100th tutorial.
November 16th, 2009 @ 8:28 pm
Thx in advance for this plugin :)
November 16th, 2009 @ 8:30 pm
Wow amazing can't wait

November 16th, 2009 @ 8:42 pm
Awesome news. We have missed your coolness. Can't wait for these plugins and thank you, thank you, thank you! :)
November 16th, 2009 @ 8:49 pm

One question bro.... how the heck do you make a 3d room from still images (like that white house one you did)? Also that video of NY with spidey at the end?
November 16th, 2009 @ 9:06 pm
Andrew when Optical Flares will be release
and can run on AE 64 bit ?
Simon Steele
November 16th, 2009 @ 9:13 pm
You are a scholar and a gentleman and a fine judge of goats mr. Kramer.

Thank you for all you do.
November 16th, 2009 @ 9:19 pm
Excellent!! you are great!! I can`t wait!
November 16th, 2009 @ 9:41 pm
Sweet! An easier way to do something awesome is always welcome :)
November 16th, 2009 @ 9:52 pm
my mmmmmmmmmm.......
Clayton Light
November 16th, 2009 @ 10:01 pm
Sniff, sniff, please? I'll change, really!
November 16th, 2009 @ 10:02 pm
Awesome work VC team, looking forward to it. Can't wait for Optical Flares either its gonna be an awesome year!!
November 16th, 2009 @ 10:39 pm
Hi Mr.Andrew!!!! That sounds very exciting... Can't wait for the new plug-in.....
Peter Somers (TC-Productions)
November 16th, 2009 @ 11:10 pm
Great stuff!
Looking forward to it!
November 16th, 2009 @ 11:13 pm
Awesome! Can't wait. Thanks Andrew. Great to have you back man, it was like an empty hole in my heart :)
November 16th, 2009 @ 10:28 pm
YES!!!!!! I need a plugin like this for a project I'm working on! THANK YOU ANDREW!!!! Your the best man!

Can't wait till tomarow!
November 16th, 2009 @ 11:28 pm
Great! Looking forward to it!
November 16th, 2009 @ 11:37 pm
BUT!!!! Andrew Where is Lens Optical Flares Plugin ??? m waiting for that please some one tel me the time when its coming?

November 17th, 2009 @ 12:00 am
Again a new free plug-in. I definitely can't wait, but I'm really waiting to see the features of quickmatte
November 17th, 2009 @ 12:06 am
wow!! awesome Sir Andrew!

Can't To Have it!!

You're a genius.
November 17th, 2009 @ 12:06 am
:) TEE
November 17th, 2009 @ 12:46 am
hi andrew this is old tutorial or im crezy?!!!
November 17th, 2009 @ 1:21 am
great, i can't wait for every things you provide :)
November 17th, 2009 @ 12:28 am

Yes your right, there was a tutorial about 2D reflections. But this is a NEW plugin for creating reflections quicker, easier and better ;)
November 17th, 2009 @ 1:30 am
hey Ak how did you do that floor.... Im still fairly a newbie to AE! I used particular flipped it on the z axis it doesnt look the same tho.... BUT CANT WAIT FOR THE PLUGIN DUDE KEEP IT UP
Ricardo Lord
November 17th, 2009 @ 2:00 am
Uauuuuuuuuuu !!! Andrew Kramer reinaaaaaaa. É isso ai Andrew, but why you said "but I think it’s time we see other people...". hauhaau não entendi mano louco. Comments for us.
November 17th, 2009 @ 2:03 am
hey are nice, but you know what would make you super-nice is a 3D text extruder plug in that is easy to use [twitch=totally freaking amazing]
November 17th, 2009 @ 2:21 am
@ marcello if you flip particular on its axis it will still look 3d. u mite have to make the floor and precompose it before flippin it
November 17th, 2009 @ 2:49 am
Awesome stuff, as always.
Javed Baloch
November 17th, 2009 @ 3:15 am
Hello Brother Andrew, Still in L.A.?
This is JAVED BALOCH, I am new to AE, I Didn't know anything thing about this Software earlier. But Just a Couple of Months Back, I Saw the Introductory Video of the Product "EVOLUTION", on Youtube and I was Like OMG After Effects Can do this? Meanwhile I rushed to the Software House and Got AE. and Since thn I am Following Your Tutorials.
I hope I will even learn more. God Bless you Brother Andrew.
November 17th, 2009 @ 3:20 am
i don't even know what plugin is :(
Javed Baloch
November 17th, 2009 @ 3:44 am

A plug-in is A computer program module, a snippet or device that interacts with another machine or software to add a specific function, or to support a specific file format or device. Plugins Basically Helps user to do things the Easy Way. :)
November 17th, 2009 @ 3:48 am
The plugin is a rare bird that lives in the middle of the Great Victoria Desert in Australia.

Utterly rare, can hardly be found because it always sleeps.
November 17th, 2009 @ 3:50 am
Aha, just took time to read the post rules. Sorry, wasn't really informative..

@tokidoki I cannot agree more with Javed.

Forget the above post, I was messing lol.
November 17th, 2009 @ 4:43 am
Hey Andrew
You always amaze me man.

But I'm madly waiting for Optical Lens Flare.
November 17th, 2009 @ 5:15 am
Interesting, but still lookin' forward on the optical flares plug ins
Jack Daniel Jenkins
November 17th, 2009 @ 5:16 am
Very cool stuff, lovin' that you keep providing us with these awesomely bad@$$ plugins, tutorials and project files. On a completely related note, any news on when the Lens Fare plugin will be up for sale? I was watching the new Star Trek and got a hair up my butt to play with lens flares.. i wonder why that is. =p

November 17th, 2009 @ 5:32 am
Great Andy,

Big fan since the first tutorial.
VC did got bigger indeed!!!

Greeting from Argentina,

looking forward both plug in
November 17th, 2009 @ 5:39 am
Hmmm... FREE??? i love free stuff :-D
November 17th, 2009 @ 6:03 am

That's what I thought too. The credits from Star Trek looked a lot like the lens flare effect. Anyway, good job on this one :)
November 17th, 2009 @ 6:28 am
@Jack Daniel Jenkins He said it was coming out in November but he's usually a month late so prob mid-December.
November 17th, 2009 @ 6:28 am
I don't know how you do it...but you are the best!
Thanks for this plugin and other stuff!
Badhan Ganesh
November 17th, 2009 @ 7:11 am
I await your awesome 100th tutorial!

Greetings from India! :)
November 17th, 2009 @ 7:11 am
waiting for more plugins from the genuis of graphic >>ANdrEw
November 17th, 2009 @ 7:14 am
sounds nice! :)
November 17th, 2009 @ 7:44 am
Awesome, free stuff is always apreciated by everybody.
This is the way Video Copilot will grow even more.
November 17th, 2009 @ 7:46 am
@Javed Baloch thanks man
but one q will it count cheating ???
i think the designing from scratch more professional
November 17th, 2009 @ 7:54 am
awesome...looking forward to this plugin...this will be very useful!!
November 17th, 2009 @ 8:02 am
November 17th, 2009 @ 8:09 am
WOW!!! Awesome!!!
November 17th, 2009 @ 8:33 am
can't wait for it
November 17th, 2009 @ 8:35 am
I wouldn't be a Dutchman if I didn't liked free stuff. :D
November 17th, 2009 @ 8:47 am
gr8 as always! :)
November 17th, 2009 @ 8:47 am
i like your new way in the tutorials .seing you inside the tutorials looks very good are my teacher andrew kramer
November 17th, 2009 @ 10:09 am
after effects is amazing
November 17th, 2009 @ 10:11 am
An early xmas present ! Thank you so much Andrew !
November 17th, 2009 @ 10:15 am
Woot! Thank you in advance!
November 17th, 2009 @ 10:53 am
I often need to reflect multiple layers in 3D space for my projects, and have them reflect properly on the ground (so the semi-transparent reflection doesn't reveal the layer behind it). I've overcome this limitation by precomposing all the 3D positioned elements, turning on collapse transformations, duplicating that layer, then setting the vertical scale to negative on the reflection. This produces a perfect reflection of elements positioned in 3D space. Maybe Andrew's plugin will support applying it to a precomp with collapse transformations?
November 17th, 2009 @ 10:54 am
awesome plug-in like always

thnk you andrew
Rick Rodriguez
November 17th, 2009 @ 12:50 pm
Andrew, I just wanted to say thanks for your Tutorials.
I can't express how much i appreciate the free help given on learning these techniques. You have made me look like a pro. please continue what you have been doing which is building an army of new generation VFXers, i hope to pass this information to my son who is also into video effects.

Thanks once again,
November 17th, 2009 @ 12:51 pm
just created some reflections yesterday and they look pretty rough.
Steve Favaloro
November 17th, 2009 @ 7:41 pm
Andrew once again your an absolute time savior! I love the reflection look and I've always been used to doing it in Photoshop and importing into After Effects. This will be a greatly useful plugin and thank you very much for putting in the time to develop it.

November 17th, 2009 @ 8:16 pm
really shock about this. .

hahaha. .

great job VCP!

hey. . wat about the bar graph tutorial?
November 18th, 2009 @ 4:50 am
Andrew,,Your Tutorial Very Nice,,,,Ilike Your Tutorial
Very Good

I From Indonesia
November 18th, 2009 @ 9:20 am
How whas L.A Andrew?
November 19th, 2009 @ 9:05 pm
Very cool Plug-in !!!

Mr. Andrew

i like it.
November 21st, 2009 @ 10:16 am
I think VCP is the best source for learning AE. Iv been visiting this site for the past 8 months, watching tuts and buying few dvds. Its too good, Andrew keep up the good work (Y).

Thanks for this tut.

I was looking forward for a jumper effect tut, iv seen many on youtube but im sure what you;re going to make is gonna be the undisputed champion. ;)
November 24th, 2009 @ 10:06 am
Hi, Andrew!
This is a realy great plug-in!
And the best thing is it's reeeeealy useful.
I was thinking, maybe with a little re-encode you can make another plug-in for making shadows. I think it's a very similar process: duplicate the instance, fill with black, adjust opacity, make a fall off, blur, etc.
I don't know, it's just an idea.
Maybe I'm wrong, so just forget about it.
Anyway, thank you very much for make this great product free.
All the best for you.
March 2nd, 2010 @ 2:18 am
Fantastic plugin, using it for a few projects right now in CS3.

However, I've had a few failures on render. I seem to have come down to this plugin as the culprit, but only where an item using it is moved off stage. Ie, text or ojects sliding out to the side.
You can detect if the render will fail because in the viewport seeking one frame at a time, the viewport won't update for two or three frames.
Turning vc reflect off for those items half on and off stage at that time will allow those frames to render in viewport and now not crash the render.

Sure it's something small, not a HUGE problem, just thought I'd let you know since apart from that vc reflect is fantastic!

March 3rd, 2010 @ 11:39 pm
Hi there

looking forward to the Quickmatte plug-in which is coming soon. Thanks for all the hard work. God bless
April 30th, 2010 @ 2:18 pm
I've been using this useful plug recently in a project but at render time the comps were failing. After some debugging I found out that if you turn all of the blur options off the comp will successfully render.
TruVail Entertainment
September 8th, 2010 @ 8:55 am
Hey Andrew!

Big fan of the tutorials! I came across AE CS5 when I received my student software package and have been learning from you since! I have a new found interest/passion in motion graphics and effects after being inspired by what you have done with the software.

My question however is that I have tried to use the VC Reflect plug in on some of my creations. The only problem is that when trying to bring in the plug from my HD into the program this is the dialog box that pops up:

Cannot be imported because it is not a recognized file type.

Do you have any suggestions on how to troubleshoot this problem?

Thank You,

Alex S.
September 9th, 2010 @ 2:07 pm
@angel - great tip. the vc reflect plugin was crashing my renders at full res (worked sometimes at half res). but with your tip, i was able to make it work most times. thanks.

ak. great plugin.
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