Camera Projection

One visual technique that I find so fascinating is Camera Projection. It allows you to project imagery on 3D surfaces and then fly a camera around in 3D. It has it’s limits but the capabilities are amazing.

Here is one example of using images with basic geometry.

Watch Playground Titles

Cool Examples and 3D max Tutorial

AE Camera Mapping on Video Copilot

Nick Campbell on Cinema 4D

Random You tube Video in Blender

Marcus in 3D max on Youtube

Written tutorial by Janine Pauke

Digi Effect Camera Mapper Tutorial in AE

Maya Tutorial too

Do you know of any cool examples? Post them below!

February 10th, 2010 @ 1:08 pm
nice I will have t try this some time.
February 10th, 2010 @ 1:08 pm
Is that the same effect you would get using the camera mapper plugin
February 10th, 2010 @ 1:09 pm
The Janine Pauke tutorial is excellent for Cinema 4D users.
February 10th, 2010 @ 1:12 pm
really cool. i might to try this one day too.
February 10th, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
Looks useful! Thanks, I'll research it a bit
February 10th, 2010 @ 1:16 pm
that looks pretty amazing
February 10th, 2010 @ 1:17 pm
I think I'll go back and watch those tutorials!
February 10th, 2010 @ 1:33 pm
I°m was make animation like this in AE, with camera tool... but this camera protection is much beter... I like this...

this is my work from october2009:

next time I am using camera protection exactly...
February 10th, 2010 @ 1:41 pm
There's a collection of relevant posts here:

and training once of offered by DV Garage:
February 10th, 2010 @ 1:42 pm
Here's something I did... Not sure if this applies
February 10th, 2010 @ 1:48 pm
Sweet! This looks awesome. It's fasinating!
February 10th, 2010 @ 1:51 pm
Buried in one post linked above is an extract on camera mapping from Mark Christiansen's After Effects CS4 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques:
February 10th, 2010 @ 1:53 pm
^^^to above poster (Nick), awesome vid, like the Phillips carousel promo, assuming you did it the same way.

Regarding camera projection, there's a thread on the forum that's quite cool.
Evan Langley
February 10th, 2010 @ 1:54 pm
Very cool! By the way, can't wait to see Quick Matte! I've been looking forward to it since last year and would really like to finally see what it does.
February 10th, 2010 @ 2:05 pm
that's nice...tnq andrew
February 10th, 2010 @ 2:11 pm
I used that technique for a project myself, it is very facinating!

And here is a very cool AfterEffects Script from AE Sripts to make simple camera mapping (just prallax planes) very snappy:
February 10th, 2010 @ 2:15 pm
ok, i have a question, the last one, is a picture from photoshop and editing in after effects?, i like your tutorial, 3D Photo? you know what? ignore me, i will post this anyway.
February 10th, 2010 @ 2:28 pm
I really like this style of shooting but I wouldn't even know where to begin! I would give anything to learn it though!! How about it Kramer!? Can we learn photo-mapping on people to make them 3D to move a camera around like these examples!!??
February 10th, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
From Motionographer, camera mapping at it's most complex, by Onesize.
They originally planned on shooting the scene with a Phantom camera, but instead shot stills and used 3d camera mapping.

Check out the Flickr slideshow at the bottom of the page.
February 10th, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
Thanx Cartorious....that was my inspiration
Kai Indvik
February 10th, 2010 @ 3:03 pm
That's odd, I'm the second Kai posting. That dosn't happen too often. :D
Interesting post, though. This looks like a pretty powerful technique.
February 10th, 2010 @ 3:37 pm
Here's a pretty cool example of camera projection.Any Tips&Tuts to do this kind of effect?
Brad Gillespie
February 10th, 2010 @ 3:48 pm
o, if you want a really really cool link, i 100% forget where i found it but dare devil used ALOT of these for all the jumping shots and i didnt even notice it was happening.
February 10th, 2010 @ 3:48 pm
that digieffects tutorial is a life saver, now I won't have to use photoshop for camera, mapping, and I have more control! Yay me!
February 10th, 2010 @ 4:27 pm
I do this in Lightwave sometimes. It's been really useful to add an extra degree of dimensionality to what was originally a photograph or matte painting.
February 10th, 2010 @ 5:01 pm
How long has camera projection as a technique been around?
James price
February 10th, 2010 @ 4:06 pm
Here is my example, Using camera projection and some cool video copilot elements...thanks Andrew!

there is also a web link to how to camera project in 3ds max as well as a breakdown in the video itself.
February 10th, 2010 @ 6:12 pm
February 10th, 2010 @ 6:13 pm
oops...he already put it up....HA!!!!
February 10th, 2010 @ 6:31 pm
Here you have another one:
February 10th, 2010 @ 6:38 pm
Very in-depth tutorial on doing camera mapping in Blender.
February 10th, 2010 @ 6:50 pm
was that effect used in the ''I gotta feling'' video?
Josh Johnson
February 10th, 2010 @ 8:05 pm
I'm totally with you Andrew. Camera mapping is extremely fascinating and one of the best uses for VFX imo.

Here's a quick camera mapping test I did with Cinema 4D.
February 10th, 2010 @ 8:17 pm
I used camera projection for the opening sequence of my showreel on

loved that technique!
February 10th, 2010 @ 8:59 pm
Hey everybody,

I get the concept but am wondering how the "frozen falling guy" posted by Andrew, the Playground Titles as well as deadbackman's video posted by Nick and Olivia are created? Do you actually have to model the surface of the person / create a 3d model of the face?

The detail in the playground titles vid is overwhelming and I was wondering how complex the process it to accomplish those impressive results.

And thank you Andrew for your great work, a couple of months ago I didn't even know After Effects exists and now I can open the application without having to watch a tutorial first ;-)

February 10th, 2010 @ 9:07 pm
Here is a few tests I did to try and capture this great effect !

Thank you, sir !
February 10th, 2010 @ 9:16 pm
This is around the same lines, but with tracking. Opens a new door for directing and cinematography
Aaron W.
February 10th, 2010 @ 10:21 pm
Eric, camera mapping has been around for quite some time, since the early nineties. Hook was one of the first major pictures that ILM did some major leaps forward in using CGI to enhance two dimensional matte paintings, and give them a three dimensional feeling. The original "make sticky" texturing to 3d models was created so they could have a camera fly-over that gave some depth to the Never-never land matte painting in the flying sequences... (this is all off the top of my head, so someone please correct me if I've made any goofs)
February 10th, 2010 @ 10:25 pm
February 11th, 2010 @ 12:43 am
Can anyone tell me the name of where you type out a bunch of text in like illustrator and then use camera movement in AE to animate a whole phrase ... can't for the life of me remember ... Thanks I know this is off topic but i'm sure someone has a quick answer.
The Young Jedi
February 11th, 2010 @ 12:56 am
I Love this site !!!!!!!!!!!
February 11th, 2010 @ 1:43 am

Here is my example, I tried to simulate camera projection without using camera projection .... i used Displacement map based on illuminance value, its just an experiment to show here..
Edris Mohammadi
February 11th, 2010 @ 1:58 am
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February 11th, 2010 @ 2:12 am
Nice to see the playground vid posted here. I happen to be so lucky to work on this project with Onesize. It was a very fun (but by times theethgrinding complex) project to work on.
February 11th, 2010 @ 2:49 am
I have seen interesting document from Discovery on Youtube but I can't find it :(
Effect showed there cobines camera projection with technique used in rooftop scene from matrix:
Martin Shannon-Smith
February 11th, 2010 @ 3:07 am
Hi Andrew, I saw this video a little while ago

Nice use for camera projection, and a cool idea for an update to Monkey Island 2.
February 11th, 2010 @ 3:37 am
I love to se the community shine like this! Great job everyone. Can't wait to have the time to check some of these out. Thanks for sharing, I bet if we all dumped out own tute resources in to a pile it would be huge!
February 11th, 2010 @ 3:59 am
waiting for a camera projection tutorial Andrew ;)
February 11th, 2010 @ 4:02 am
heres my result of when i used 3d camera projection
February 11th, 2010 @ 4:14 am

2 weeks like a madman trying to understand how they achieved these 3D objects from simple textures. can someone help me understand??
Mark Louie Almeda
February 11th, 2010 @ 4:46 am
Cool post Alessandro Boncio! Realy nice tutorial!
February 11th, 2010 @ 5:15 am
Here is good example of projection
February 11th, 2010 @ 5:37 am
thank you for this blog very nice, intresting, i would like to ask if any one can give me link of tutorial like this.

if i have photo of humen with background how would i do the camera projection...?

can it be done in photoshop? or is it has to be with 3d software.

thank you

all the best
February 11th, 2010 @ 5:40 am
Here's a couple of examples I did using camera mapping:

What's happening in there? The antennas and the car are 3D, the rest it's just one static image rendered in Terragen2 reprojected in a basic geometry.

The camera mapping and animation are done in C4D.
Example number two:
This illustration painted in photoshop:

transformed in an animation through camera mapping:
(the rocks are extra 3D touch)

February 11th, 2010 @ 6:50 am
that's a great effect!!

in this video they have made this effect much more interesting with the use of two it because is awsome!

sorry for my bad english
thx Andrew :)
February 11th, 2010 @ 7:40 am
Nice! Thanks Andrew! Hope you like my tutorial :) /Marcus
February 11th, 2010 @ 8:08 am
That's true.
Cameraprojection is a very importand technique to use in 3D visual effects.

Thanks for the awesome links
February 11th, 2010 @ 8:22 am
Ok,.. So I'm still a bit perplexed by the involvement of a 3D program when AE alone [well, perhaps with the aid of PS] can deliver similar results. - Will read on that some more.

Anyway I was fascinated by this video
February 11th, 2010 @ 8:48 am
hi andrew
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a new way to make an extraordinary work, are you going to make any tutorial of these??
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from chihuahua MX
February 11th, 2010 @ 10:10 am
Andrew we wait a good tutorial from you!
February 11th, 2010 @ 10:40 am
Very Very Cool!
February 11th, 2010 @ 10:46 am
very thanks dear Andrew Kramer ...
February 11th, 2010 @ 12:09 pm
really nice mr.andrew ..

i am woundering ...

can we do it , in a smple way , than doing it in 3D max ..

i mean in AE ..


and can we do it for any picture ?


February 11th, 2010 @ 3:47 pm
February 12th, 2010 @ 2:52 am
I really love this technique, it's one of my favourites. I also use it in my upcoming big project, and this stuff really saves my butt...

Here's a quick demo, made with the help of Camera Projection + Submerged tutorials
February 12th, 2010 @ 3:52 am
Indeed camera mapping is great!i've used it recently in a test inorder to extract a texture for a building. the clip is in "work in progress" and is called "building collapse".

Another very very cool example of camera mapping you can find at.

there is also a breakdown!!
February 12th, 2010 @ 11:20 am
Camera Projection it's very important.
thank you andrew.
February 12th, 2010 @ 5:32 pm
after effects cs4 ? we need more..... tutorials
February 12th, 2010 @ 5:35 pm
mark ...

the clip that you have put ... is it your work ?

how you did it ? is it by AE ? :)
February 13th, 2010 @ 5:20 am
Here is my example...I used it first time yesterday, so be gentle on critics ;)
February 13th, 2010 @ 7:37 am
There is also a good tutorial using Vanishing Point in Photoshop:
February 13th, 2010 @ 9:40 am
I've made something some monthes ago:
February 13th, 2010 @ 3:44 pm
Hey Andrew This is the Smoke Puff I made in photoshop for the new Smoke Trails tutorial -

February 13th, 2010 @ 9:53 pm
HI andrew please help me i want to buy a camera.Please give me a sujjestion about camera.......
February 14th, 2010 @ 2:57 am
For example the new canon eos 550d is a good choice .. Cheers..
February 14th, 2010 @ 3:19 am
Here is my example…I used it first time yesterday, so be gentle on critics (but now with youtube link hehe):
mohammed aljazaere
February 14th, 2010 @ 4:46 am
hi everyone :

Here is a nice DVD Tutorial made by Chris Stoski (Lead Digital Matte Artist Industrial Light & Magic )
a professional Training kit From Gnomon workshop..

3D matte painting and camera mapping..

Take care ..
February 14th, 2010 @ 10:41 am
Cool! The first is very first!
February 14th, 2010 @ 11:32 am
These are old but still quite impressing techniques with camera mapping:
February 14th, 2010 @ 4:24 pm
wow. great collection and great sharing of knowledge. But please don't post a video link and call it camera projection when it is not. if you have c4d i would also suggest cameramapper. worth the price. and before you ask---just search for it via google. once again--thank everyone that's posting, this technique is old as hell and if you are really interested in it--not just for the 'look at me i can do a tutorial' factor-- i think that american cinematographer has an old issue where they actually discuss it. i do mean old.

if anyone finds where to purchase this issue pls respond!!

February 14th, 2010 @ 4:28 pm
the magazine sells back issues for $1, just found it!!!
February 15th, 2010 @ 8:11 am
February 15th, 2010 @ 8:17 am
My Camera Mapping test.

this is a preview of my next videotutorial....

February 15th, 2010 @ 9:51 am
Heyyy please can we havee a new Tutorial???
February 15th, 2010 @ 10:37 am
Fantastic !

Any thoughts on another tutorial Andrew ?
February 15th, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

Did a little test with a picture I took of myself :)

Cool technique!
Gert Buist
February 15th, 2010 @ 1:08 pm
WOHOOO< playground are dutch people,
February 15th, 2010 @ 9:54 pm
Damn-it man, stop publishing these research tips - too distracting at work!
February 15th, 2010 @ 10:16 pm
Hey Andrew, I know this is off topic but I'm pretty sure Funimation used one of your ink drops in there new splash screen
February 16th, 2010 @ 9:39 am
The fight scene was pretty awesome, however, if they could do the same technique using... perhaps cheerleaders - BOOYA!
February 16th, 2010 @ 11:08 am
If its distracting to you, don't visit the website!
caio portella
February 16th, 2010 @ 4:54 pm
nick cool ahauhauh i watch the blog ok andrew come to use cinema 4d ok get of 3d Max
Rob Hindley
February 16th, 2010 @ 8:44 pm
My tutorial for Blender:

Please excuse the crappy audio. Bad downsampling...tut.tut!
February 17th, 2010 @ 4:26 am
best tutorial...
February 17th, 2010 @ 10:41 am
A five second short project with projections:

And a breakdown:

Stephen Barrante
February 18th, 2010 @ 2:31 pm
This is a great technique - and I'm already finding ways to use it. I had never heard of the Camera Mapper plugin and after just watching a quick tutorial on it, I'm just wondering what are the benefits of that plugin over the default mapping technique in AE. Is it simply because you can position the mapping camera independant of the active camera?

I appreciate the insight, thanks!
February 19th, 2010 @ 12:43 pm
February 23rd, 2010 @ 5:26 am
Here's a link to an AXN project I did last year which I used camera mapping on. Also added quite a lot in 3D; certain objects, reflections,etc which, hopefully, disguises the effect slightly. See what you think.

Great blog Andrew! Downloaded Optical Flares last week and it looks really great.
Jimmy Williams
February 24th, 2010 @ 10:00 pm
The second link you listed in your camera mapping link list was done in Blender, not 3DSM.
February 25th, 2010 @ 7:45 am
This video is one of the coolest videos ive seen i terms of camera projection
February 25th, 2010 @ 2:08 pm
Andrew thanks for all your tutorials and products... there is guy Andrew Price who made this NY helicopter-fly like camera maping but i cant find a tutorial, i cant find GOOD tutorial... i mean Your style tutorial... pls can you replicate this NY maping ( and post and do your magic :)
February 25th, 2010 @ 5:28 pm
So does this answer the age-old question of how Andy Gordon has done this with the Aaron Hadlow videos? Firston one is at the 1:32 mark here -
February 28th, 2010 @ 2:21 am
My fisrt test inspired by "Suddenly", with 2-3 photos for each exemple and the muppet tool to simulate the little mouvement!

My only source of know is videocopilot... so, if you come here seriously and regulary, you don't have any probleme to make it by yourself!

sorry for my english...
February 28th, 2010 @ 4:40 pm
btw, do you guys think the opnening shot (city) from “nuit blance” short ( is also “camera projection”?

ps: wrong link in previous post. sorry
Daniel Amedoda
February 28th, 2010 @ 5:42 pm
Here is a tutorial that I wrote a while back on camera projection mapping in Maya.
March 3rd, 2010 @ 4:38 am
Ciao Andrew!
hello world! :P
I've just saw an Adobe e-seminar, and have just shown the filter of photoshop cs4 Vanish Point.
So you can create all the grid and inside the option you can find "export for after effects (.vpe)".
After that import the *.vpe et voilà, inside after effects all the pieces of the images cutted and aligned inside 3D!!

bay bay
March 3rd, 2010 @ 9:20 pm
Could this effect be camera projection? The scene at 4:32.
March 3rd, 2010 @ 9:33 pm
Well.. I see that I just came with about the same question that Anthony did on feb.25th. It would be interesting to know if the effect that Andy Gordon uses in his kiting videos is camera projection. Anyone seen a tutorial like that in Blender or After Effects?
March 9th, 2010 @ 10:42 am
FX networks hired The Arsenal for their new promo - Justified. Check out the footage at the link below. Nice HD QuickTime file.

I like this a-lot. The mix is perfect. I would like to get better at this technique.
March 11th, 2010 @ 11:36 am
amazing....ur brillian man...
March 25th, 2010 @ 1:56 am
This is really amazing. I'm guessing this is what they used at the end of Bridewars as they're panning through the photos like a pop up book. Always wanted to do that!

Andrew please do a tut!!!
Love this site more than Facebook ;)
March 25th, 2010 @ 1:27 pm
Mr. Kramer,
Take a look at this:
Very nice!
March 30th, 2010 @ 4:25 am
I still haven't found any tutorial of this effect at 4:31
It's probably some kind of camera projection between two cameras. Does anyone know of a tutorial like this?
April 9th, 2010 @ 1:25 am
June 6th, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

Here my tutorial on camera mapping with projection man ( A really fast cam mapping tool in C4D)


November 29th, 2010 @ 10:26 am
Hey Andrew,
Was wondering if you could use After effects for 3d projection mapping like some of this stuff...

I believe it has been done using similar tools but was hoping to find some sort of guide to get started with this.
Any help would be great.

February 11th, 2011 @ 4:40 pm
I would like to share my camera projection animations:
There are some real 3d element in the animations,
but most of it are camera projection
and of course theres some elements of Action Essential 2 and optical flare =)
November 17th, 2012 @ 7:56 am
Here my first camera mapping with Breakdown in C4D (Compositing in After Effects)
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