Machine Gun Test

Here is a test video that uses pre-keyed elements from our stock footage collection: Action Essentials 2 for machine gun hits. I used 3 random clips with Trapcode Particular’s custom sprite option. Using a particle system allows you do build complex effects without duplicating the clip hundreds of times, while maintaining precise control.

You could potentially duplicate the particle system and make dirt marks or holes underneath the main particles. I’m sure you guys and gals will think of really creative ways of using real footage elements as particles.

Watch Sample Video

June 28th, 2010 @ 4:33 pm
God! really great FX! :O
June 28th, 2010 @ 4:36 pm
That looked quite realstic...what was the footage shoot with? Thanks Andrew
June 28th, 2010 @ 4:37 pm
June 28th, 2010 @ 4:38 pm
Wow! that looks ace. I tried something like it with particular using a pic for a sprite but looked nothing like as good as that. Never thought to use video as a sprite! Thankx
June 28th, 2010 @ 4:38 pm
nice coming down in z line
June 28th, 2010 @ 4:40 pm
I always forget about particular....this could have saved me hours of work. Me likee time savers.
June 28th, 2010 @ 4:41 pm
Really realistic!
June 28th, 2010 @ 4:44 pm
Only problem I see is that non of the bullets have any impact on the debris on the ground(no indentations from the bullets or breakup of the debris at ground level) other then that it looks nice. Lol
June 28th, 2010 @ 4:50 pm
due make a tut!!! :)
June 28th, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

How much time did you spend on a test like these??
June 28th, 2010 @ 5:06 pm
Great job man !
June 28th, 2010 @ 5:11 pm
i would almost run!
Marçal Solé
June 28th, 2010 @ 5:16 pm
This definitely needs a tutorial! It'll be really useful. Fantastic realism.
June 28th, 2010 @ 5:17 pm
Great technique, you always making great stuff...
At the end the dust looks kind of fake.
June 28th, 2010 @ 5:19 pm
Great Job Andrew!

You are the best, definitely!
June 28th, 2010 @ 5:19 pm
Any chance there will be a short tutorial or Video-Blog about this?
June 28th, 2010 @ 5:21 pm
so cool, as always my friend...
Matthew Park
June 28th, 2010 @ 5:26 pm
Wooow so cool. many thanks mr. kramer
Mr. Pink
June 28th, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
Good. You are learning well Andrew...
June 28th, 2010 @ 5:43 pm
Awesome, that's great, but that gonna be a tuts? anyway, thank Mr. Kramer
June 28th, 2010 @ 5:53 pm
Amazing effects as always Andrew , I hope I can do something like that.
June 28th, 2010 @ 5:57 pm
Great stuff! I know how to use AE2 and motion track, but I'm having trouble with my particular. Looks efficient, but I would love to see a tutorial!
June 28th, 2010 @ 6:05 pm
awesome video - made me laugh! :D i continue to be amazed at the possibilities...
Daniel Harrison
June 28th, 2010 @ 6:05 pm
Oh man... Mr. Kramer, you impress me every time again and again.

How's the "Dragon" Plugin doing?
Darren Case
June 28th, 2010 @ 6:06 pm
Hey! Thats great! I love the aspect ratio!
Whats up with the building? Action essentials 4 maybe?!
June 28th, 2010 @ 6:26 pm
That looked really great, but with a little adjusting on the ground and objects laying around(simulating movement) it could look even more realistic.
The idea is brilliant though!
June 28th, 2010 @ 6:43 pm
I think Andrew was tired when he posted this blog.....a couple grammar errors in there. :)
June 28th, 2010 @ 6:44 pm
it looks very realistic..
June 28th, 2010 @ 6:46 pm
We need a tutorial for this :O! Awesome!
June 28th, 2010 @ 6:50 pm
is that an anamorphic size for a video?
June 28th, 2010 @ 6:51 pm
Why does everything you do come out so great? seriously though, you're awesome, thanks for all the great stuff you share with us
June 28th, 2010 @ 6:58 pm
Sorry, it happens only to me or are there more people who can not see the video?
June 28th, 2010 @ 7:04 pm
Oh, that is sick.
June 28th, 2010 @ 7:09 pm
Woah, how did you make the debris? This effect should get its own tutorial~
jason smith
June 28th, 2010 @ 7:15 pm
looks mechacool! hope you do a tutorial! ...and i'd love to see lots more action essential 2 tutorials. recently purchased and always interested in potential uses of that product. you are THEE MAN.
June 28th, 2010 @ 7:22 pm
That looks awesome!!

Now, you just need some guys (And of course, by that I mean Sam. :p ) who will let you shoot around thier feet and maybe down by the side of thier car? :p
June 28th, 2010 @ 7:27 pm
I don't understand people who are asking for a tutorial...what do you guys even come on this site for.

This is easyer then realising PIE is 3.16 backwards.

It looks cool but there is no need for a tutorial, just look at his old ones. Jeez
June 28th, 2010 @ 7:59 pm
I completely agree with this Ryan guy, this can be easily achieved if you've watched the other Video Copilot tutorials.

It's just a still picture with the Particular over it and has some added camera shake with some nice sound effects..

Only thing is, PIE is 3.14 backwards. ;D
June 28th, 2010 @ 8:21 pm
I like pie and 3/4 is how much of one i can eat :)

Nice Action Essentials 2 pre-keyed element Andrew
June 28th, 2010 @ 8:29 pm
This looks awesome! Definitely worth a tutorial.
June 28th, 2010 @ 8:31 pm
Ese efecto se ve realmente muy bien! te felicito desde argentina! Continua con tus maravillosos tutoriales, son lo mejor!!!

you rock!
June 28th, 2010 @ 8:35 pm
Not bad! Too bad the particles never hit the ground though :) This would work great in a quick cut.
June 28th, 2010 @ 8:39 pm
I bet that this background is a still image as Andrew usually do to trick our minds!! :)
June 28th, 2010 @ 8:46 pm
That was Hell Cool !!!!!!!
June 28th, 2010 @ 9:16 pm
Hey Andrew, I just was wondering if a tutorial was coming for this or not. I'd LOVE one...because the ground hits it my movie didn't turn out the best. Here it is:
June 28th, 2010 @ 9:23 pm
Particular is a great plugin. The only time I used it was doing the 'medical zoom' tut. (And that was the demo version) Linking video to particles is quite awesome. But alas, I would rather buy a few bargain VC plugins than Particular at the moment.
June 28th, 2010 @ 9:34 pm
haha damn you Lashan i was hoping no one would notice. I couldn't delete my typo haha
June 28th, 2010 @ 9:58 pm
Nice stuff Andrew! keep it up man!
June 28th, 2010 @ 9:59 pm
andrew what if you make this video your new tutorial?
its awesome
June 28th, 2010 @ 10:21 pm
Incredible! Nice one Andrew!
bob 268
June 28th, 2010 @ 10:30 pm
well done andrew!!!
June 28th, 2010 @ 10:42 pm
i used this in one of my vids a few projects back, very nice bro!! :)
June 28th, 2010 @ 10:45 pm
Awesome... Looking foreword to the tutorial..hahha

hey I used some Action Essential 2 stuff and made a Dragon Ball style fighting, I posted it on the you think maybe you could take a look at it...
June 28th, 2010 @ 10:53 pm
I need a rope.... and a tree. Or a tut ! ^^ Really realistic fx. Impressive.
June 28th, 2010 @ 11:05 pm
andy you totally composition.
June 28th, 2010 @ 11:06 pm
Andrew your the man
June 28th, 2010 @ 11:29 pm
realistic wow awesome effect with a still image. i dont care if the derbis on ground dint change...
Hassan A. Al-Tarooti
June 29th, 2010 @ 12:55 am
woooooooooooooow ,,, mr. Andrew Kramer This is like the truth
June 29th, 2010 @ 1:01 am
A tutorial would be nice! Nice work, Andrew.
June 29th, 2010 @ 1:14 am
Is the background a still picture? Is it the same technique (camera rig) as in the last tutorial?
June 29th, 2010 @ 1:21 am
Great! Looking fantastic! :)It will be great to create something like a quick tip tutorial to show us how to made something like that. I think that will really help you to sell your product even more! :)

Best regards Stefan
June 29th, 2010 @ 1:43 am
Looks fantastic! Wow.
Did you do any tracking for this shot or just animate the emitter across the perspective plane?
June 29th, 2010 @ 3:14 am
Actually I feel like the AE2-elements don't sit perfectly well in the scene. The shadowy parts of the debris should probably be more blueish like the shadows in the plate and I'd try and match the color of the debris better with the color of the concrete since that's the dominant color and most debris would have to come from those concrete parts.
June 29th, 2010 @ 3:42 am
I did something similar as a test here;
June 29th, 2010 @ 5:28 am
Are you going to teach us how to do this in AE ?

June 29th, 2010 @ 6:25 am
perfect....just perfect
June 29th, 2010 @ 6:25 am
just a a little detail i noticed: you could make the composite even more realistic looking, by varying the rotation in which smoke and debris is flying off.

a bullet impact only throws debris UP if it hits a horizontally aligned surface. in case of the rubble field in the shot, debris would fly differently. (always align the impact 90 degree to the surface it hits in the shot)

also: you are hitting some very prominent and easily visible (bright) pieces of rubble in the shot - you should definitely keep some scorch marks in place after the smoke clears.
June 29th, 2010 @ 6:31 am
This is soooo good...
But i also believe the shadows need more blue darks!

But this is incredible! When will you become a VFX artist/Compositor in holywood movies?
June 29th, 2010 @ 7:41 am
This is pretty amazing. I think all it needs is some film grain. If Twitch or something like it was added, it could be really incredible.
June 29th, 2010 @ 7:43 am
hey check out my version of that
June 29th, 2010 @ 8:05 am
Hey Andrew I have a action essential 2 and I noticed that the way you use it is pure genius. I love the way you combine tons of videos to make it perfects. Like there I noticed dirt charges, sparks, and smoke. Thanks for sharing this :)
June 29th, 2010 @ 8:11 am
Thanks again! Hope to see a new tutorial soon.
June 29th, 2010 @ 8:51 am
how Steve Jobs would say, Amazing Andrew. Please Tutorial!!!!!
June 29th, 2010 @ 8:53 am
Great mr.andrew, very coooooooooool wrksss
June 29th, 2010 @ 9:19 am
WOW...awesome....I have to go try this now....
June 29th, 2010 @ 6:36 pm
Looks pretty damm good to me. Nice work.
June 29th, 2010 @ 8:57 pm
wow this is great. never knew such things can be done with Particular. is it possible with CC Particle World???
James Price
June 30th, 2010 @ 3:35 am
Reminds me of the end shootout sequence in District 9
July 1st, 2010 @ 6:42 am
Great job, looks very authentic!

For all those so-called, "experts" with the, "Not realistic enough" or, "We don't need a tutorial." How about you show us all how great you are and post one?

Let's give Andrew some props, guys. He works very hard at what he does and still shares his knowledge, free!
July 1st, 2010 @ 6:53 am
Perfect. Please create a tut for this one -- it has universal applications.
Chris Slowik
July 1st, 2010 @ 7:20 am
Quote from Lynton: "Only problem I see is that non of the bullets have any impact on the debris on the ground(no indentations from the bullets or breakup of the debris at ground level) other then that it looks nice. Lol"

You can easily achieve that effect. Just use the Aux System generator in Particular. Set the main particles to the bullet hole graphic, and use the aux system to show the dirt hit video as the sprite. Just set the aux generator to only show one particle, with no movement.. maybe some random rotation to make it more realistic.
July 1st, 2010 @ 12:17 pm
A tutorial would be amazing if you can spare the time
July 1st, 2010 @ 12:36 pm
hello Andy,

I'm a noob with after effect, never used before, I spent the last 4 weeks watching your tutorials, and.. man, you are a God, I'm here just to thank you for everything, I'm learning so fast!
July 3rd, 2010 @ 12:36 am
July 4th, 2010 @ 6:44 am
Please post a Tutorial, Sir!
Max max
July 4th, 2010 @ 9:36 pm
I'll make you a tutorial:
1. Take a house destroyed picture
2. Add a null object and put some traking data on it (it can be from a wiggle (it seems it's what Andrew used, the camera movement is very mathematical) or a tracking data from a real footage that you tracked).
3. Open footage 3 clips from Action Essentials 2. Color correct them.
4. Layer» new layer» solid » effect» trapcode particular.
5. Than play with the settings and instead using a sphere, use a sprite and the clips as texture.
July 7th, 2010 @ 6:40 pm
Really good visual effects. The only downer was the sound fx of the gun shots.
July 15th, 2010 @ 7:09 am
amazing !!!
i was wondering if i could do as good as u
here is my test
July 18th, 2010 @ 11:35 pm
Hey andrew can u made a tutorial on this because I can't make the sprite working with a clip :(.. hope u will made a tutorial on this greets from me u'r the best ;)
July 19th, 2010 @ 1:15 am
Yeah, a tutorial would be awesome!
August 1st, 2010 @ 8:42 am
Tutorial plz. xD i know this probably is easy but i'm a little bit noob in after effects xD
August 2nd, 2010 @ 12:47 pm
WOOOOwwww! Nice shooting! Good thing I wasnt the target! hehehehe
It really makes me think... I DO can redecorate my backyard! It looks prety much the same as the footage... SO: a little of work in AE and MISSION ACOMPLISHED! (I´m a genius I know)
August 13th, 2010 @ 1:46 pm
plz make a tutorial for this magic... we need that
plz my master
Hassan A. Al-Tarooti
August 13th, 2010 @ 2:12 pm
Dear. Andrew

When you will do this project tutorial for us ,,, because we are need that one


Hassan Al-Tarooti
September 17th, 2010 @ 3:42 pm
Andrew, not wanting to sound really pushy, but is there a possibility of a tutorial on this please?
Thomas a
September 23rd, 2010 @ 9:54 am
Great fx, please make a tutorial! it could really help me out with my own movie!
November 26th, 2010 @ 6:36 pm
i love it very very much!thanks,but we need a tutorial
July 8th, 2011 @ 2:29 am
Can we please have a tutorial of this Andrew?
Zamir A.
January 13th, 2012 @ 9:37 am
and more than a year later, here it is!:
hehehe, XD Thanks!
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