NEW TUTORIAL: Sure Target 2 UPDATE*

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

Watch Tutorial

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

POSTED:
5 years ago
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126 Comments

12 months ago
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.
4 years ago
I'll definitely use this on my next project. I will be going back to production on the next few days.
Michael
4 years ago
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?

Thanks
Dumindu
4 years ago
is it available for CS5
Joe
4 years ago
Any ideas if the plugin works with AE CS5
Gabriel
5 years ago
That Smodge texture is one of the texture that come with Optical Flares(also an awsome plug-in). :)
Peter
5 years ago
Wow, what a great plugin! Thank, Andrew!
Toobs
5 years ago
What if you want to add more than 10 targets?
5 years ago
Are there any restrictions on the use of this plugin? I can't see any mention of them, but wanted to check...
5 years ago
Wooww !! Andrew , you are wonderful , and I love you.
Gaby
5 years ago
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!
5 years ago
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 !
5 years ago
Experiment with your tutorial here:
http://vimeo.com/8758677

great stuff thanks!
Taylor Patterson
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
hello
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
cheers
5 years ago
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 ...
5 years ago
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!
5 years ago
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
:(
Nathan
5 years ago
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

--Nathan
OhBeOne
5 years ago
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

OhBe
Peanut
5 years ago
Quickly, donwload it now!...


...before they put a price on it!


Haha, this would DEFINETLY be worth $50!
5 years ago
My first short clip using Sure Target 2 is online. http://www.okcyarddawgz.com and it should be the first 'schedule' video.

Thanks again! (for everything, you'll recognize ProScores in there too)
5 years ago
OhBeOne, the answer is no, but you can create a camera in AE and export it to Cinema 4D.

http://aenhancers.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=991
OhBeOne
5 years ago
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.

Thanks

OhBe
5 years ago
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

Thanks!
    trylafish
    3 years ago
    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.

    Trylafish.
Bruce Davis
5 years ago
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
Warfy
5 years ago
Pre-cog ?
So you speak of earthquake in your tutorial and the next day...
Frightening... please no 'end of the world' related tutorial...
Simon Steele
5 years ago
How do yo do it? Well I am glad you did do what you do do so I can do what I do. Do.
Willem
5 years ago
Hey Andrew,

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

Greets
wildstone
5 years ago
Andrew...just a question... I`m a Mac user... soo can I instal this plugin(sure target) in my mac with AFX CS4 ?¿?
Bagy
5 years ago
You're the man, I love you booboo gaagaa dooboo booo boo
Keithitreal
5 years ago
I love u guys dats fo-shizzel
5 years ago
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 videocopilot.net and here another very exciting tutorial" the same way you say it. My wife is annoyed as well.

Great tutorial Andrew!
5 years ago
Andrew you are my hero and I owe you big time !
TmT
5 years ago
Thank you Andrew and everybody at Video Copilot!
hassaan
5 years ago
great plugin (sure target 2 = sure time saver)

thanks Andrew Kramer
Jerry
5 years ago
Anybody knows how to make a looping video like the testing one?
5 years ago
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
ghost
5 years ago
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 :-)
5 years ago
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 : dhead@me.com

THX : )
5 years ago
Could it be possible to parent the Sure Target Camera to the TWITCH effect? And how?
5 years ago
@Andrea you can try locking the panel so it will not be change for every clicked of the panel..hope it might work
5 years ago
the best free plugin...definitely help on my next projects..
Mikel
5 years ago
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.
Rich
5 years ago
Man I feel obliged to buy something!
5 years ago
Thank you Andrew and everybody at Video Copilot, this plug-in is awesome and so easy to use, we all appreciate it!
5 years ago
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!
Ryan Smith
5 years ago
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.
plk
5 years ago
Why Tom Cruise... Why not Emma Watson or something.. -_-'
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
Wow great preset !! love it Andrew
Peter
5 years ago
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. :]
abhishek
5 years ago
could anyone tell me best configuration for "motion graphic" work?
because as of now....my system just can't afford normal animation n rendering...
i was wondering people in studios...how they do this..how do they manage? do they have something best or just better then everyone else.
5 years ago
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
Andrea
5 years ago
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?
DoctorGonzo
5 years ago
you frakkin' rock AK!!!
saluti from italy
D3FO3
5 years ago
Brilliant at mach speeds while standing still you are!
5 years ago
Great free plug-in.
Love it....Thanks a lot.
5 years ago
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. :)
Ultime Records
5 years ago
I Love Sure Target 2 !
I Love Video Copilot !
Kevin Nelson
5 years ago
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?
Alby Smith
5 years ago
This is so cool...
Truly amazing!

Thanks AK!

VFX = Video Copilot
Kenneth Rosenstrøm
5 years ago
Wow, thanks for your awesome work, this is really useful!!!
Wilmar Luna
5 years ago
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!
Trisco
5 years ago
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!
5 years ago
Great :-) Thx, you're the best! Next stop: 25.01.2010 :-) We wait :-)
5 years ago
straight at target!
5 years ago
good tutorial thanks andrew
Trev
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
Great! I've been looking forward to this! :D
Mike
5 years ago
Wow Andrew thank you~!!!! To 3d space and beyond!!!!!!!!!!!
5 years ago
awe.some [aw-suh m]

adjective

1. slang: very impressive
2. Videocopilot.net
3. Andrew Kramer
KK
5 years ago
You are CGgod...
Dimension4
5 years ago
Big Thank you Andrew!
5 years ago
thank U andrew :P
5 years ago
Wow!! Muchas gracias Andrew eres un Genio!! desde Paraguay.. gracias por todo los buenisimos tutoriales!!
Mike
5 years ago
Great! Just great!
5 years ago
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 ;)
Themallin
5 years ago
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"
anshu
5 years ago
thanks sir..
it,s awesome
holy cow!!!!!!!!

owh my goodness. . .

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

OPTICAL FLARES HERE WE COME!!!!!!!!
Pdeb
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
nicely done as always...
Abhishek Chaturvedi
5 years ago
btw no blog shows recently,love them,plsss plsss record one
Fuzzee
5 years ago
This is one of the best tools I've ever seen...and for free?! You rock Andrew, period.
5 years ago
Number 101, keep them coming Andrew, all the best
Steven
5 years ago
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!
shawn
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81z7Ghj1Xdw
Rocco
5 years ago
You make-a me cry, I pay-a no dolla!
5 years ago
Excellent! Thanks Andrew!
nezjoe
5 years ago
Andrew 4 PRESIDENT!
5 years ago
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...
AMAZING NO?...
Respects from México Andrew..
5 years ago
oh is very great ^^ I like it's
Johann Torres
5 years ago
wonderfull!! :D
5 years ago
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 :)
JayH
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
Nice....... I like it
5 years ago
Great tutorial!You're so creative!
God bless you!
mr.holland
5 years ago
Hats off to Andrew Kramer
cheekylilbasterd
5 years ago
And it's free, only on Videocopilot
only Andrew Kramer (a modern day Jesus)
cheekylilbasterd
5 years ago
awesome, intelligently written code, very well thought through, creatively done to be creatively use
jemron
5 years ago
"Awesome" seems to be the word of the day around here. Thank you for providing this for free.
5 years ago
Wonderful! So when can we download it? Love the cellphone story! :P
dago
5 years ago
Great tutorial congratulations!!!!!!!
please make a tutorial for smallville fast run!!!
Sebastian
5 years ago
Thanks man! Good to see this new tutorial and plugin. Bull's eye as far as I'm concerned.

Sebastian.
5 years ago
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
5 years ago
Yes this is great!!!
5 years ago
thanks, Andrew. Can't wait to download it.

What happens if one of the Targets moves, or is continually animated?
    trylafish
    3 years ago
    Hello Tim,
    Did yo find any solution for this?
    thanks.
Yessss autofocus... this is the thing I'd been wanting for the longest time!
Chris
5 years ago
very cool andrew!
los
5 years ago
nice tut! nice plugin!
5 years ago
Sweet!!! I was waiting for this.
5 years ago
Thanks, this is better that some $300.00 plugins...
Ilyasse
5 years ago
Thank's teachert andrew
Shawn
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
thank you it's very wenderfull
Sal
5 years ago
this is awesome
MarkHawk
5 years ago
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.
5 years ago
Heey great tut, thanks. :)
Ed
5 years ago
Awesome!!! Been waiting for this one.
Juan
5 years ago
Cool! much easier which allows more creativity
Peanut
5 years ago
Awesome tutorial, awesome plug-in, awesome site!

You sir.... are AWESOME!
5 years ago
Nice! I'm going to watch it now..
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