UPDATE 2: We uploaded the newest version in the project to 2.0.10 Be sure to have the latest version. Thanks!

In this tutorial we will take a look at the new version of Sure Target 2 featuring advanced control over the After Effects camera. Sure Target 2 is a Free plug-in that automatically executes expressions for easy setup and use.This version features inertia, auto-focus, camera Roll and more. Must see!

Read about new Features

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Here is one of the examples we will create in the tutorial with Sure Target 2.

January 12th, 2010 @ 2:35 pm
Nice! I'm going to watch it now..
January 12th, 2010 @ 2:35 pm
Awesome tutorial, awesome plug-in, awesome site!

You sir.... are AWESOME!
January 12th, 2010 @ 2:41 pm
Cool! much easier which allows more creativity
January 12th, 2010 @ 2:41 pm
Awesome!!! Been waiting for this one.
January 12th, 2010 @ 2:41 pm
Heey great tut, thanks. :)
January 12th, 2010 @ 2:41 pm
I still think this is the most profitable thing you've ever made and you gave it away for free... your wife must be mad at you for that one.
January 12th, 2010 @ 2:42 pm
this is awesome
January 12th, 2010 @ 2:43 pm
thank you it's very wenderfull
January 12th, 2010 @ 2:46 pm
Proof that good things come to those who wait.
Thanks for your hard work and taking time to teach us, Andrew! I'm off to watch it now.
January 12th, 2010 @ 2:47 pm
Thank's teachert andrew
January 12th, 2010 @ 2:47 pm
Thanks, this is better that some $300.00 plugins...
January 12th, 2010 @ 2:56 pm
Sweet!!! I was waiting for this.
January 12th, 2010 @ 3:01 pm
nice tut! nice plugin!
January 12th, 2010 @ 3:04 pm
very cool andrew!
January 12th, 2010 @ 3:12 pm
Yessss autofocus... this is the thing I'd been wanting for the longest time!
January 12th, 2010 @ 3:17 pm
thanks, Andrew. Can't wait to download it.

What happens if one of the Targets moves, or is continually animated?
    April 27th, 2012 @ 11:58 am
    Hello Tim,
    Did yo find any solution for this?
January 12th, 2010 @ 3:18 pm
Yes this is great!!!
January 12th, 2010 @ 2:19 pm
I'm speachless. Wow. Andrew, you've done it again: made an amazing plug-in... FOR FREE!!! If tihs is what free plug-ins are like, Optical Flares must be phenomenal... :D
January 12th, 2010 @ 3:24 pm
Thanks man! Good to see this new tutorial and plugin. Bull's eye as far as I'm concerned.

January 12th, 2010 @ 3:27 pm
Great tutorial congratulations!!!!!!!
please make a tutorial for smallville fast run!!!
January 12th, 2010 @ 3:29 pm
Wonderful! So when can we download it? Love the cellphone story! :P
January 12th, 2010 @ 3:43 pm
"Awesome" seems to be the word of the day around here. Thank you for providing this for free.
January 12th, 2010 @ 3:48 pm
awesome, intelligently written code, very well thought through, creatively done to be creatively use
January 12th, 2010 @ 3:49 pm
And it's free, only on Videocopilot
only Andrew Kramer (a modern day Jesus)
January 12th, 2010 @ 4:05 pm
Hats off to Andrew Kramer
January 12th, 2010 @ 4:13 pm
Great tutorial!You're so creative!
God bless you!
January 12th, 2010 @ 4:20 pm
Nice....... I like it
January 12th, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
I'm impressed!! Definitely an arsenal addition. Thanks!

Now, why didn't you guys just call the cell phone and listen for the ring?? Glad you found it though.
January 12th, 2010 @ 4:37 pm
Amazing tutorial Andrew!!! and by the way thanks for the tip, you see I was trying to install the plugin for like an hour before I watched the tutorial and you said to turn your computer on. it works great now! lol :)
Johann Torres
January 12th, 2010 @ 4:42 pm
wonderfull!! :D
January 12th, 2010 @ 5:13 pm
oh is very great ^^ I like it's
January 12th, 2010 @ 5:53 pm
Hey Andrew.. is this a coincidence¿?
Your first tutorial of the last year was about Sure Tareget.. on your tutorial number 82
And now for this year it comes Sure Target 2...
Respects from México Andrew..
January 12th, 2010 @ 6:01 pm
January 12th, 2010 @ 6:06 pm
Excellent! Thanks Andrew!
January 12th, 2010 @ 6:27 pm
You make-a me cry, I pay-a no dolla!
January 12th, 2010 @ 6:28 pm
As always, great stuff Mr. Kramer!
Please have a look at a short film I created, which uses elements from Action Essentials 2 and the lightning explosion tutorial. Seriously, Andrew, I love you. Like a lot.

-Simon Box
January 12th, 2010 @ 6:45 pm
Fantastic work Mr. Kramer! I can't tell you how much I appreciate this plugin and all you've taught me over the years. Thanks so very much. Blessings, Shawn
January 12th, 2010 @ 6:48 pm
Perfect timing! I started a project just today using Sure Target and some of the things ST 2 does is what I was thinking I'd have to keyframe out the wazoo. Thanks!
January 12th, 2010 @ 7:25 pm
Number 101, keep them coming Andrew, all the best
January 12th, 2010 @ 6:30 pm
This is one of the best tools I've ever seen...and for free?! You rock Andrew, period.
Abhishek Chaturvedi
January 12th, 2010 @ 8:41 pm
btw no blog shows recently,love them,plsss plsss record one
January 12th, 2010 @ 9:00 pm
nicely done as always...
January 12th, 2010 @ 10:00 pm
Great job, Andrew.

I got some great results setting Ease to 'none' and using Ian Haugh's Ease n' Wizz going from target to target.

If you get into the nuts and bolts of his expressions, you can rig his 'elastic' and 'back' amounts to sliders, and you've got a whole new range of inertia settings.

I found elastic ease out pretty effective, with settings of:
var p = 10; // period for elastic
var a = 5; // amplitude for elastic

pretty cool.
January 12th, 2010 @ 10:37 pm
holy cow!!!!!!!!

owh my goodness. . .

Here we go!!! SURE TARGET Version 2!!!!!

January 12th, 2010 @ 10:40 pm
thanks sir..
it,s awesome
January 12th, 2010 @ 11:00 pm
Just for Mac users when he says click "ctrl" on the target layer after clicking the "Sure Target" name in the effects palette you should use the "command" key instead of the actual "control" button on the mac keyboard. The plug-in also works for PPC users.

Wonderful plug-in thanks.

"Loose ctrl, take command"
January 12th, 2010 @ 10:42 pm
One of the best plugins for after effects I've ever seen and it's free!

It takes one great person to do that Andrew ;)
January 12th, 2010 @ 11:48 pm
Great! Just great!
January 12th, 2010 @ 11:49 pm
Wow!! Muchas gracias Andrew eres un Genio!! desde Paraguay.. gracias por todo los buenisimos tutoriales!!
January 13th, 2010 @ 12:07 am
thank U andrew :P
January 13th, 2010 @ 12:09 am
Big Thank you Andrew!
January 13th, 2010 @ 12:28 am
You are CGgod...
January 13th, 2010 @ 1:09 am
awe.some [aw-suh m]


1. slang: very impressive
3. Andrew Kramer
January 13th, 2010 @ 1:15 am
Wow Andrew thank you~!!!! To 3d space and beyond!!!!!!!!!!!
January 13th, 2010 @ 1:55 am
Great! I've been looking forward to this! :D
January 13th, 2010 @ 2:19 am
I haven't had a play fully with it yet but this plugin will make life much easier for myself and many others. Excellent work!

Thanks - Trev
January 13th, 2010 @ 2:42 am
good tutorial thanks andrew
January 13th, 2010 @ 2:50 am
straight at target!
January 13th, 2010 @ 3:11 am
Great :-) Thx, you're the best! Next stop: 25.01.2010 :-) We wait :-)
January 13th, 2010 @ 3:26 am
Im new to after effects... but I learned pretty quick because of your great tutorials and products... Im a big fan of yours now. Thank you so much!
Wilmar Luna
January 13th, 2010 @ 4:23 am
I have been waiting ages for SureTarget 2 and it's finally here! Freaking awesome, thanks a lot for this! You have no idea how invaluable this new update is for me!
Kenneth Rosenstrøm
January 13th, 2010 @ 5:14 am
Wow, thanks for your awesome work, this is really useful!!!
Alby Smith
January 13th, 2010 @ 6:20 am
This is so cool...
Truly amazing!

Thanks AK!

VFX = Video Copilot
Kevin Nelson
January 13th, 2010 @ 6:28 am
Very cool - as usual. One question - suppose you would like to animate position while on a target - say pan around an object - how would this be accomplished aside from animating the target?
Ultime Records
January 13th, 2010 @ 6:37 am
I Love Sure Target 2 !
I Love Video Copilot !
January 13th, 2010 @ 8:06 am
You're too good!

I used Sure Target with my last project for the first time and the feedback from the client was amazing!

Keep the cool stuff coming. :)
January 13th, 2010 @ 8:42 am
Great free plug-in.
Love it....Thanks a lot.
January 13th, 2010 @ 8:48 am
Brilliant at mach speeds while standing still you are!
January 13th, 2010 @ 9:38 am
you frakkin' rock AK!!!
saluti from italy
January 13th, 2010 @ 10:17 am
Amazing! Watched it, used it, LOVED IT! One comment: Can't seem to get auto populate to work as you showed ( I'm on a MAC ).I'm not able to select layers because the SureTarget panel closes as soon as I select Control...Any suggestions?
January 13th, 2010 @ 10:35 am
Thanx a million times... Just finished a project using VC Reflect and Sure Target2. Two Great Plugins. Really make your life easier... Client is impressed with the Result.

Thanks again.

Looking forward to buy the Lense Flare Plugin ;-)

Frank from Berlin/Pankow
January 13th, 2010 @ 11:19 am
could anyone tell me best configuration for "motion graphic" work?
because as of system just can't afford normal animation n rendering...
i was wondering people in they do do they manage? do they have something best or just better then everyone else.
January 13th, 2010 @ 12:18 pm
Thank you Andrew! I really waited for this one a lond time ago... Congratulations! could you tell me somebody where can i find great typography movies?

Thanks. :]
January 13th, 2010 @ 1:12 pm
Wow great preset !! love it Andrew
January 13th, 2010 @ 1:46 pm
This is an outstanding plugin. So useful. If there was just one feature I could ask for it would be the ability to alter the camera pitch, roll and angle for a given target. At the moment I just do this by altering the orientation of the null but it would be great to have this built-in to the plugin. Again, great work. This is a godsend.
January 13th, 2010 @ 2:07 pm
Why Tom Cruise... Why not Emma Watson or something.. -_-'
Ryan Smith
January 13th, 2010 @ 2:08 pm
Thanks again for another great compisiting tool. These tools are priceless for creating cutting edge promos and graphics. Although it doesn't necessarily have to do with THIS particular post, I've noticed people showing their appreciation for your work by citing how they've used your knowledge to better their own work, so....heeeeeeere we go.

I'm a promotions producer at a news station in Massachusetts. I am in charge of doing topical promotions for the news, PSA's, POP's and other promos. Recently I was tasked with creating a PSA for an otherwise dull subject where we had shots of talent talking about the detriment of polluting local water by using toxic lawn chemicals. A particular shot was voiced with "In the future, will you be able to take a shower, or drink tap water without getting sick?"

I wanted to use a shot of a shower, but unfortunately had none. So armed with a still image from our stock photo site, I used some of what I learned from you both from the cold breath tutorial to create steam, and the raindrops on lens tutorial to create that effect, and adding a simple scale effect I was able to convincingly composite a running shower behind the talent. Thanks for the help.

I find that every one of your tutorials contains something I can use in my everyday work. While I don't necessarily have the application for an exploding head, or someone shocked by lightning, every tutorial has a workflow tip, keyboard shortcut, trick, or otherwise helpful tidbit that allows me to be a more efficient compositor, and able to create more impressive and convincing work. I am grateful for the service you offer. I own many videocopilot products and they are also very useful (you wouldn't believe how much people love flourishes in their "Step out for [insert disease here]" PSA'S. Priceless stuff-well worth the investment).

Thanks again. I am a big fan. Great stuff.
January 13th, 2010 @ 2:40 pm
Thanks for this, Andrew! Watching the tutorial, I was honestly waiting for the moment you would say, "And all this for just $XX.XX. But that moment never came! I can't believe you are offering such a useful tool free of charge. Keep it up!
January 13th, 2010 @ 2:43 pm
Thank you Andrew and everybody at Video Copilot, this plug-in is awesome and so easy to use, we all appreciate it!
January 13th, 2010 @ 2:47 pm
Man I feel obliged to buy something!
January 13th, 2010 @ 4:52 pm
Pretty official!

Andrew & VC Team, you are really making history, don't forget it.

Thank you so much, I have no words to explain how I apreciate your great and honest work.

Best wishes from Spain VC.
January 13th, 2010 @ 5:22 pm
the best free plugin...definitely help on my next projects..
January 13th, 2010 @ 5:25 pm
@Andrea you can try locking the panel so it will not be change for every clicked of the panel..hope it might work
January 13th, 2010 @ 5:57 pm
Could it be possible to parent the Sure Target Camera to the TWITCH effect? And how?
January 13th, 2010 @ 6:02 pm
Sorry my previous post was not clear...
How could we do a twitchy effect on the Sure target focus???

If anyone finds out email me at :

THX : )
January 13th, 2010 @ 6:30 pm
LOL !! really slick of you LOL.

I see what you did there , when you stop ur cursor on the optical flare plug-in, I was thinking to my self ..push-it push it :-)
January 13th, 2010 @ 8:09 pm
Is it just me or is something wrong? Following your tutorial when I get the to Auto-Focus part I get a crash while envoking effect plug-in "Sure Target".

I noticed your About screen shows version 2.0.10, mine shows 2.0.9, is there a newer version?

P.S. Running CS4 - Windows Vista 32bit
January 13th, 2010 @ 8:26 pm
Anybody knows how to make a looping video like the testing one?
January 13th, 2010 @ 10:54 pm
great plugin (sure target 2 = sure time saver)

thanks Andrew Kramer
January 14th, 2010 @ 1:36 am
Thank you Andrew and everybody at Video Copilot!
January 14th, 2010 @ 5:03 am
Andrew you are my hero and I owe you big time !
January 14th, 2010 @ 6:11 am
lol! When I listen to your tutorial or when I wear the Video Copilot t-shirt, I say: "Hey, this is Andrew Kramer here for and here another very exciting tutorial" the same way you say it. My wife is annoyed as well.

Great tutorial Andrew!
January 14th, 2010 @ 5:21 am
I love u guys dats fo-shizzel
January 14th, 2010 @ 7:30 am
You're the man, I love you booboo gaagaa dooboo booo boo
January 14th, 2010 @ 7:40 am
Andrew...just a question... I`m a Mac user... soo can I instal this plugin(sure target) in my mac with AFX CS4 ?¿?
January 14th, 2010 @ 8:04 am
Hey Andrew,

This is just an amazing pluging! And i can't believe it's free...
You rock!

Simon Steele
January 14th, 2010 @ 9:09 am
How do yo do it? Well I am glad you did do what you do do so I can do what I do. Do.
January 14th, 2010 @ 10:10 am
Pre-cog ?
So you speak of earthquake in your tutorial and the next day...
Frightening... please no 'end of the world' related tutorial...
Bruce Davis
January 14th, 2010 @ 11:24 am
you are the man. your hole team is. i remember a time when if you wanted somthing like this, it would cost you a arm and a leg. thank you for every thing. i've been supporting you sense action e 1. keep up the great work
January 14th, 2010 @ 11:48 am
We updated the plug-in to the version I was using in the tutorial. If you downloaded right away, be sure to get the current version now. Should be 2.0.10

    April 27th, 2012 @ 12:01 pm
    Hi Andrew,

    If a target is parented to a null, and this null is animated, the plugin doesn't work.
    Is there a workaround for this?

    Thanks in advance.

January 14th, 2010 @ 12:59 pm
Hello Andrew,

I have a question about sure target 2. If I have a project in Cinema 4D with a camera (and the camera moves through the space) and then export it to After Effects, can I add sure target2 to that camera or do I have to add a null object connected to the cinema 4d camera. Then add sure target 2 to follow the null object. I hope all of that made sense.


January 14th, 2010 @ 1:02 pm
OhBeOne, the answer is no, but you can create a camera in AE and export it to Cinema 4D.
January 14th, 2010 @ 1:46 pm
My first short clip using Sure Target 2 is online. and it should be the first 'schedule' video.

Thanks again! (for everything, you'll recognize ProScores in there too)
January 14th, 2010 @ 2:24 pm
Quickly, donwload it now!...

...before they put a price on it!

Haha, this would DEFINETLY be worth $50!
January 14th, 2010 @ 9:16 pm
Hello Andrew,

Thank you for answering my question earlier! I was wondering if you could give more info on how to export the sure target 2 camera to cinema 4D. All the info just went over my head. I went to the site you provided for me and I got this long code. I don't know what I am supposed to do with it.

Could you please help. Maybe give a small tutorial on it?

Thank you so much. I love your site and your products I have purchased.

Again thank you for your time

January 15th, 2010 @ 2:47 am
hey Andrew,

Wondering if you would mind sharing with us how you did the 'airplane style rolling effect' I would love to implement that feature in a camera I have already animated (not with sureTarget) for my current project- I cannot seem to find the relevant expression.

Thanks for this great work by the way

January 15th, 2010 @ 4:38 am
Hay Andrew,
There seem to be some problem in your server. It resets itself during buffering of tuts results in half buffered video... and this happens again and again...
Bandwidth here in India is slow so it takes longer time to buffer the whole tut.

Please Help
January 15th, 2010 @ 5:55 am
Sure Target One was a great birthday surprise for me in 2009, and now, 365 days later, I have Sure Target 2... AWESOME, thanks Andrew!
January 15th, 2010 @ 10:54 am
I agree with Sal's earlier comment. And at the risk of ticking off everyone here, I say "DON'T GIVE THESE THINGS AWAY FOR FREE, CHARGE SOMETHING FOR THEM!!" Sorry, my capitalist heart kicking in, but you could have supplemented a nice college fund for your daughters. I'm just sayin ...
January 15th, 2010 @ 10:33 pm
an important question...
sure target 2 it only work with text??
can we link... to a picture?... to a video??
can you answer that?
thank you
Taylor Patterson
January 17th, 2010 @ 12:21 am
I'm getting the same problem as Don Slack.
The plug-in crashes when I try to use depth of field.

But otherwise, it's an amazing tool.
January 17th, 2010 @ 12:24 pm
Experiment with your tutorial here:

great stuff thanks!
January 17th, 2010 @ 8:19 pm
I'm having a problem with the mac version of the plug-in. (I'm on a intel macbook pro, running on OSX 10.5.8 with AE CS4)
After i installed it, my After Effects crashes while looking at the Mediacore folder, so i tried deleting the plug in, and then it started to work again.
I'm pretty sure that it is the plug in doing this, i tried re-installing AE, cleaning preferences and all that stuff before trying to delete it.

Hope you can fix this soon, i'm working on a project that this would REALLY make my life easier.

Thanks !
January 19th, 2010 @ 6:08 am
It's great, but it has some issues and needs to be refreshed (the expressions) a lot! Anywhay it's coll to have it so simple, yet so powerfull!
January 21st, 2010 @ 5:27 am
Wooww !! Andrew , you are wonderful , and I love you.
January 27th, 2010 @ 4:08 am
Are there any restrictions on the use of this plugin? I can't see any mention of them, but wanted to check...
January 27th, 2010 @ 5:33 pm
What if you want to add more than 10 targets?
February 14th, 2010 @ 9:38 am
Wow, what a great plugin! Thank, Andrew!
June 19th, 2010 @ 9:47 pm
That Smodge texture is one of the texture that come with Optical Flares(also an awsome plug-in). :)
June 21st, 2010 @ 10:27 pm
Any ideas if the plugin works with AE CS5
July 8th, 2010 @ 9:17 pm
is it available for CS5
August 12th, 2010 @ 4:04 pm
I am running windows vista 64 and when copying the plugin, there is no sign of it on CS4?

Can someone please help me getting this working?

October 10th, 2010 @ 3:13 pm
I'll definitely use this on my next project. I will be going back to production on the next few days.
December 28th, 2013 @ 11:13 pm
bonjour! sa fait un bon bout de temps que je travaille avec le master collection d'adobe cs3,environ 2 ans plus précisément et je remarque qu'au bout de chaque étape de mon évolution,un plugin apparaît comme nécessaire à mon travail.
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