NEW TUTORIAL: Dynamic Bar Graphs

In this new tutorial we will isolate bar elements from a 3D render to build a customizable bar graph in After Effects. We will use expressions to control time-remapping and link values for the displays.

The tutorial is a cool 20 minutes for quick viewing and easy reference for when you get the call… the telegraph call… That’s a telephone call about making graphs. Be ready!

Watch Tutorial

December 7th, 2009 @ 11:03 am
Pro & Me
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:05 am
Thanks Andrew !!!!
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:06 am
THX cool tut ;]
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:07 am
Awesome. Really good for clients that want you to do business oriented things so they don't have to use a power point slide.
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:09 am
Thanks Andrew ... Great tutorial !
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:09 am
I knew 2011 would be a good year! I just don't know what for... ...yet...
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:10 am
Thanks for this cool tut
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:11 am
As I'm watching this, my mind is being blown. This is such a great idea, why did I never think of this?

December 7th, 2009 @ 11:11 am
Very good very grateful to the!
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:21 am
Yay!! been waiting for this tut quite a while now :D Great tutorial as always!! Keep up the good work
Some Guy
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:27 am
Yay! New tutorial. Thanks Andrew!
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:31 am
Total Coolio!!
I really like the way the reflection follows with the animation! Awesome!!
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:37 am
It's weird, but I refresh this site every day just to see if a new tutorial is up so I can watch it, even if it's something I don't plan on doing myself. Just watching you work is so fun.
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:41 am
Thank you for this very cool tutorial. However, I'm unable to open the project file because it was created in after effects cs4. You think you can save a copy in the older version of after effects for those of us who doesn't have cs4 yet? I have cs3.
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:50 am
we thought that your gonna come up with
the same type of bar graph tutorial that
you have just showed us before in the previous
blog. . what happened? is there a part of this
bar graph tutorial?
Kevin Lee
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:51 am
Last of the double digit tutorials, thanks Andrew! Is #100 going to be astonishing?

I mean of course.. they are all astonishing, I apologize for my behavior. :)
Fady Anwar Egypt
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:53 am
a long time ago I need to say THAN YOU
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:56 am
Fiiiinally! #:-s
you're like glass of water in the desert...
just a little more and i could die :))
December 7th, 2009 @ 12:02 pm
YES!!! going to watch it right now and I just noticed it's the big "99"!

Can't wait to see what you have planed for the big "100"
December 7th, 2009 @ 12:06 pm
Keep them coming! almost 100 tutorials =)
December 7th, 2009 @ 12:09 pm
Very cool! you the bomb...
December 7th, 2009 @ 12:18 pm
Perfect Work Cong.
December 7th, 2009 @ 12:18 pm
December 7th, 2009 @ 12:21 pm
thank you!
100 is near=))
December 7th, 2009 @ 12:21 pm
Great tutorial Andrew, this'll be great for showing prophits, etc!

Keep it up!
December 7th, 2009 @ 12:21 pm
Hoo that's greaaat :D Thank you so much Andrew
December 7th, 2009 @ 12:22 pm




December 7th, 2009 @ 12:26 pm
Awesome! I can't wait to watch it! :)
December 7th, 2009 @ 12:27 pm
this is some cool sh!zzle!!
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:31 am
Whoa thanks! You should also make a 3d tut, on how to make the graphs, and how to create reflections on objects, and create an amazing scenery
December 7th, 2009 @ 12:38 pm
Thank you so much Andrew :) Very cool! you the bomb…
December 7th, 2009 @ 12:48 pm
Awesome ,thanks Andrew
Gareth Harrison
December 7th, 2009 @ 1:09 pm
Is this for CS4 only? - not able to open the file in CS3.
December 7th, 2009 @ 1:22 pm
I wonder what tutorial #100 is going to be?
December 7th, 2009 @ 1:36 pm
thanks andrew !
its very good but can you also make a toturial about the 3d part ?ok its easy to modell and animate these things but i the lighting and these thinks look pretty well.!
December 7th, 2009 @ 1:38 pm
Awesome, that looks great
December 7th, 2009 @ 1:44 pm
Hello Andrew, it´s time to say thanks from sweden.
Great site, great tutorials!
But, why not use .rla or .rpf sequences. The 3d channel filters working perfectly in after effects and You have a lot of more control.
(sorry for my bad english)
December 7th, 2009 @ 1:50 pm
Thanks a ton Andrew! Hope everyone and yourself are feeling better!
Simon Bonner
December 7th, 2009 @ 1:55 pm
Any chance of error bar control? Statistics nerd ahoy!
December 7th, 2009 @ 2:08 pm
Cool! I wonder why your AE project was called
December 7th, 2009 @ 2:09 pm
Una vez más, gracias Andy!
December 7th, 2009 @ 2:20 pm
I've been waiting on this tutorial for so looooong! Thank you very much sir!!!
December 7th, 2009 @ 2:20 pm
Woo tut No 99. Who knows what nNo 100 will be!
December 7th, 2009 @ 2:31 pm
I dont know. Awesome for sure.
December 7th, 2009 @ 2:47 pm
Great stuff Dude

December 7th, 2009 @ 2:48 pm
you had a bar graph tutorial up earlier this year.
what happened?
thought you could do better?
December 7th, 2009 @ 2:53 pm
We've seen 99 free tutorials full of awesomeness. Now we're just waiting for the universe to explode
December 7th, 2009 @ 3:13 pm
Andrew, How about animating these bars to music showing time remapping linked to dynamic audio points. Wow!, I can't beleive I just rolled that off like it makes sense. Does it?

Great stuff!

Merry Christmas in advance.
December 7th, 2009 @ 3:45 pm
great tut! thanks! :)
December 7th, 2009 @ 3:57 pm
what about 2012? lol...alright

December 7th, 2009 @ 4:10 pm
HEY ANDREW!!!! Your cool...
December 7th, 2009 @ 4:42 pm
looks like a dangerous predicted graph for 2011! im quite scared now! ;)
Remington McElhaney
December 7th, 2009 @ 5:34 pm
Awesome, thanks! Really usefull, I was wondering how you were going to control the animation, and time remapping is so simple. Lets see one of my teachers not give me an A if I turn in a graph like this.
December 7th, 2009 @ 5:50 pm
Andrew, I knew something was wrong! And I had (emphasis on "had")a pot full of home-made chicken soup, custom-formulated for those under the weather.
Thanks for this really nice gift just before the holidays!
December 7th, 2009 @ 7:01 pm
Than you Andrew!!
It's very very nice tutorial !!!
December 7th, 2009 @ 9:42 pm
Good info, thanks.
I made something like this for Flash a while back.
Nice to know how to do it in AE as well.
December 7th, 2009 @ 10:06 pm
Good Andrew good as as always. Keep it up!!!
Cisco Systems
December 7th, 2009 @ 10:47 pm
this tutorial good but the AE project only is save to understand the idea
December 7th, 2009 @ 11:56 pm
December 8th, 2009 @ 12:20 am
Thanks Andrew, very nice tutorial :)
December 8th, 2009 @ 12:33 am
Thx for this tutorial. Great and helpful.
Sean Daigle
December 8th, 2009 @ 12:57 am
Expressions FTW!
December 8th, 2009 @ 12:12 am
Amazing tutorial Andrew!

PS. Glad you feel betting! Maybe tutorial 100 should be that passing it along to neighbors technique :)
December 8th, 2009 @ 2:30 am
Great tutorial, but I was really hoping andrew would have gone into the 3d aspect of it more. I know the modeling is simple, but the lighting and shading looks really great and would have been interesting to learn.
December 8th, 2009 @ 2:40 am
niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ANDREW
December 8th, 2009 @ 2:54 am
Thx for tut. I need this 2mach. :)
December 8th, 2009 @ 3:43 am
think you Andrew for this tutorial,I always learn something new, this one really helped me.
December 8th, 2009 @ 4:11 am
Thank you man... I was in need for something like that.

Problem is that you move so fast that is hard for me to follow. :)
Great tutorials
December 8th, 2009 @ 4:16 am
Thanks vc! :)

December 8th, 2009 @ 5:12 am
greetings from Latvia. Thanks
Nikolay Kolev
December 8th, 2009 @ 5:39 am
please share with us the complete scene and especially the materials in 3Ds max ?
December 8th, 2009 @ 5:39 am
Excellent tutorial - Thanks VCP!
Would it make sense to modify the expression and use it with a full 360 degree render? So that I have a 3D render inside AE which I can choose to watch from every angle (of one axee) - every frame is a different angle. Does this make sense to anyone out there?
December 8th, 2009 @ 5:39 am
Did you make this with Cinema 4d ??
December 8th, 2009 @ 7:45 am
Excellent tutorial!!! :)
Matthew Park
December 8th, 2009 @ 9:29 am
Awesome, finally, it's out. Was looking forward to this tutorial. Thanks, Kramer, looking for more tutorials. Peace out, live free. :D
December 8th, 2009 @ 9:29 am
YES its finally here!!!
December 8th, 2009 @ 9:32 am
it's that!!thanks Andrew :)
December 8th, 2009 @ 9:50 am
it's wholesome. thanx for being my personal online teacher. i started using ae about a year ago. now i can boast of some great jobs for couple of clients. there's shortage of multimedia trainers in my country, but your site has being a world library for me. thanks for sharing.
bolaji -NIGERIA
December 8th, 2009 @ 9:57 am
n1ce work!
I hope the next tutorial ( 100th ) will blow up our mind!
December 8th, 2009 @ 11:46 am
Awesoem, Andrew! (As always) :)

By the way... 1 to 100 tutorials!! I can't believe it!
I'm really looking forward that tutorial. I'm sure it'll blow up everithing!

Cheers from Argentina. ;)
December 8th, 2009 @ 1:33 pm
Thx for this tutorial It’s very very nice tutorial !!!
Sri Lanka
December 8th, 2009 @ 1:44 pm
yessssss..! i was need this tutorial.. Thanks Andrew!!!
December 8th, 2009 @ 1:52 pm
Woah ! Nice done !!
Keeping the site up-to-date is the best way to keep visitors.
December 8th, 2009 @ 3:00 pm
Sweet. I'm going to check it out.
December 8th, 2009 @ 3:31 pm
Andrew, is there any chance of you showing us how you did the bar graphs in the first blog you posted regarding this tutorial?
December 8th, 2009 @ 4:33 pm
yesss. great . awesome.
December 8th, 2009 @ 7:26 pm
The number 100 will be EPIC.
December 8th, 2009 @ 9:05 pm
hi andrew,
taking this opportunity to give thanks to your video tutorials, its very useful specially to those students and non-professionals who can’t afford studying like me. you dont know how helpful it is, not only to earn money, find job and add to skills, but it can also be used to spread the Words, finding it more interresting to the listeners.

thanks again for sharing your knowledge, more success to you and your company… keep up the good works :)
December 9th, 2009 @ 12:05 am
I bet the 100th tutorial will be a crazy amazing one!!
December 9th, 2009 @ 12:17 am
tutorial Number 100 in 2010 I believe, Cool tutorial.
December 9th, 2009 @ 12:48 am
Andrew, you keep pulling em out of the hat, very impressive.

Where is the rabbit?
December 9th, 2009 @ 2:48 am
New is always beautiful.
Thank you, Andrew. Cool.
December 9th, 2009 @ 4:45 am
Hi Andrew,

Can you do a tutorial based on movie 2012. Building fall effect due to Earthquake.
December 9th, 2009 @ 6:00 am
Heyy Andrew, Really nice Tut as usual !! Thanks for this huge work !!

Greetings from Casablanca, Morocco :)
December 9th, 2009 @ 7:47 am

I Myself did The Modelling And the Animation,The lighting,but the 2nd animation-i mean the bars moving according to the numbers is from my guru andrew kramer
Check it Out..................
Juan Antonio
December 9th, 2009 @ 8:49 am
I tried to replicate the lighting that Andrew has been used in his scene, I think I'm almost right. If you want to download:

It is made with Cinema4D. To fit 100% play around with the lights.

Sorry for my poor English.
Jackson S.
December 9th, 2009 @ 9:47 am
I bet for the big 100th tutorial he's going to do something super lame and boring just to bug everyone that expects something great. Like how to make a new orange solid.
December 9th, 2009 @ 11:07 am
Yeah Archat.... Cool idea ! I hope Andrew will read your post..
December 9th, 2009 @ 2:19 pm
hey andrew,Im kinda new in filmmaking, and your tutorials are great, just one much time did you spent working in AAE before you made all this stuff? And in your oppinion, how much time should take to 15 year old gets on your level of editing?
December 9th, 2009 @ 2:45 pm
its so cool andrew, sos un duro, aca en colombia te aprecian mucho!!!
December 9th, 2009 @ 2:53 pm
Andrew. I was just wondering what material you used on the bars.
December 9th, 2009 @ 10:47 pm
thx andrew! another fantastic tut! I refresh to ur blog several times a day (lol) just to see if any new vids come up even though sometimes the tuts don't have anything to do with my works/projects, I just have a great time viewing them and watching u teach. =D
December 10th, 2009 @ 1:07 am
Looking forward to see the tutorial...not this one...the 100th!!!
If its not "nuking a city" then dont post it big man haha u'r amazing!!!
Ur man Dextrmania from Dexter's lab!!!
December 10th, 2009 @ 1:13 am

Just use Arch@design material in mental ray(3DS Max) and set fall off in the reflections with fresnel mode of 3.5 IOR,any diffuse color....then throw an HDR map in the environment slot...thats it.

or just car and paint material and HDR in the environment slot.

did i get that right andrew..?i bet u didnt use the scanline renderer this time..
December 10th, 2009 @ 3:08 am
Hey Dextrmania there is a very easy method than that--------just use melt on those bars in 3ds max and make sure u cliked on custum and rise and decrease the amount and keyframe them..........
Later if u can see some black color at the bottom of the bar then just apply relax and adjest the amount till u not see the black color and thats it done.............easy...
December 10th, 2009 @ 3:14 am
So if u guys need the bar animation u can download it from here done in 3ds max 2007.........

if u want the tutorial just ask me....
December 10th, 2009 @ 3:17 am
if u cant see the plane just right click and select unhide all...........
December 10th, 2009 @ 8:42 am
Yo're excellent Anrew! We love youu :))))))))))
December 10th, 2009 @ 12:04 pm
Oh my god that`s so awesome, can`t wait for the 100th tutorial!!!can you please post it in a new blog show?
December 10th, 2009 @ 2:01 pm
This is an awesome tutorial! What's great is that it can be used in so many ways. Thanks a million Andrew.
December 10th, 2009 @ 4:23 pm
Hello friends when you going to do a tutorial human torch?

December 10th, 2009 @ 6:29 pm
Are those numbers the millions at the VC´s bank account Andrew? ;)

In that case...You and your team really deserves it!
Great Tutorial!

Gustavo from BA-Argentina.
December 10th, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

Thanks for the Max file! Could you share the tutorial with us?

Thanks in advance!

Oh, and thanks for the master, Mr. Kramer!
December 11th, 2009 @ 4:31 am
it's amazing tut :)
emeka samuel
December 11th, 2009 @ 6:45 am
God bless you Andrew. much love from Rigel pictures Nigeria
December 11th, 2009 @ 8:19 am
AMAZING!!! Thank you!!
December 14th, 2009 @ 9:01 am
Can you make 3D pie charts happen too???
December 19th, 2009 @ 9:48 am
amazing tut but i have an easier way to it

///u isolate each bar and just freeze the frame when the bar has reached its destination \\\
January 15th, 2010 @ 2:08 pm
I think a great name for this chart would be "average days between tutorials on video copilot, by year."
March 31st, 2011 @ 12:46 am
Hi guys!
Hi everyone... is the 3d max file avaible for download??? I want to make some modifications, like a color modification and add more bars.... Thanks!!!
August 13th, 2011 @ 2:35 pm
Thank you so much .
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