NEW TUTORIAL: Animating a Still

In this tutorial inject life into a still image by creating a 3d-looking camera movement and animate the movement of the smoke. We will also add realistic camera jitter and simulate a rack focus with dirt on the lens.

This tutorial was based on this recent test video that everyone seemed interested in so I put together this tutorial with all of my findings. Enjoy!

Watch Tutorial

June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:05 am
Hey, thx. Great :-)
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:06 am
Oh god! Thank you Andrew!! Thank youu!!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:07 am
parece interesante cuando tenga tiempo lo probare y opinare si me gusto gracias :D
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:10 am
Thank you, Andrew!! I've been waiting like a little boy for this! :D
Marçal Solé
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:13 am
Ohhh yeaaaah! This is very useful! You've done so much for so many people that wants to learn vfxs... If you ever visit Barcelona, I'll guide you.
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:13 am
WOOOO Finally! Thanks AK!
just another day…
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:15 am
cool =]
tnx andrew
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:16 am
Cool!!!!!!!!!! Thanks andrew
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:23 am
worck on it :)

thx andrew
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:24 am
wohoo! its great!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:24 am
Awesome ! =P

Thank you ! =)
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:26 am
Oh my goodness! This tutorial is perfect to use for a movie I'm making! Thanks, Andrew! You're the best. :)
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:34 am
Awesome tutorial! Also, when you're going into the Effects> Video Copilot section, there's an effect called "Dragon". What is that?
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:34 am
Hey,thx for the cool inspiration!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:38 am
Awesome!!!!!!!! thank you so much
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:39 am
You amaze me everytime Andrew! and you're so actual too!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:40 am
Thank you Andrew Kramer For Great Tutorials !!! :)
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:44 am
hey! Thank you so much for this tutorial
I read your blog and i was wondering how to do it!
and just when i came here to ask this question , i got my answer! :D
Marçal Solé
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:56 am
What's 'Dragon' in your videocopilot plugins menu?
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:56 am
Awesome, gonna watch it right now. Maybe it will help me on this intro I'm working on. :D
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:59 am
King Tut:

You've done it again! A thousand thanks! Now, I just need to grab my DSLR, my helicopter and go find a volcano. Where is that un-pronounceable one... Iceland? I'm gonna need a boat, too!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 12:03 pm
cool tut but I want to know what is that Dragon plug-in when u put the Optical Flares on the project.
June 2nd, 2010 @ 12:04 pm
this is toooooooooooooo good ....................

You’ve done it again! A thousand thanks! Now, I just need to grab my DSLR, my helicopter and go find a volcano. Where is that un-pronounceable one… Iceland? I’m gonna need a boat, too!
i want to tock to you please tell me sir
June 2nd, 2010 @ 12:04 pm
Hey, Andrew Kramer - there should be a word much more powerful than just THANK YOU, to express my gratitude to you for all you have done.
June 2nd, 2010 @ 12:16 pm
Best tutorial by far.
June 2nd, 2010 @ 12:23 pm
Thx a lot Andrew! Hi from Bolivia!
best web site ever!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 12:28 pm
It's really nice Tutorial. Thank you Andrew.
June 2nd, 2010 @ 12:34 pm
Epic Tutorial!
by far one of the best, useful tutorial :D
June 2nd, 2010 @ 12:40 pm
Like Borat would say....very niiiiiice hehe
June 2nd, 2010 @ 12:41 pm
Thanks for sharing your technique!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 12:42 pm
good tut andrew as always,but i thought that u will make a tut about your short......(is it the same technique or u will make another tut for it?
June 2nd, 2010 @ 12:47 pm
all i can say is that ur a legend.
thanks man.
June 2nd, 2010 @ 1:11 pm
Great tut Andrew. I loved the part about capturing the camera movements from a live "shaking-cam" shot and using it in the volcano scene to control the main camera. Awesome tools to use on my next video. THANKS. You're the best.
June 2nd, 2010 @ 1:15 pm
Hello,Andrew!! I'm from Brasil!!!!
.Thanks for this tutorial, with simple explanation and I aim.
I learnt very much with his tutoriais.
Thank you and the brasil in the Top of the world of soccer Africa!!!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 1:20 pm
And I have repeated it still before left tutorial))))
June 2nd, 2010 @ 1:26 pm
Awesome tut. I did this very same effect in my Star Trek trailer last year for the launch smoke.
June 2nd, 2010 @ 1:42 pm
wow thanks! you made a tutorial for this! awesome³
June 2nd, 2010 @ 1:44 pm
'Dragon' plugin? Speak up!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 1:49 pm
I haven't even watched this tutorial yet but I know it's going to kick my ass as usual. The effect in the your original clip was fantastic and the first time since starting with vfx that I thought "How the f**k did he do THAT?"....Ha!

Thanks again Mr K & the VCP mob!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 2:05 pm
Awesome! Going to watch right now!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 2:09 pm
Nice :-) Thanks AK!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 2:14 pm
The adding of a natural movement is excellent. Thanx for all the tips.
June 2nd, 2010 @ 2:26 pm
Great! could you please post the file?
June 2nd, 2010 @ 2:28 pm
That's amazing Andrew.

What can you tell us about the Video Copilot's Dragon Plugin?
June 2nd, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
Yeah yeah, great tut as always. Love the smoke, love the liquify explanations, love the flares -> So what's "Dragon"?

You can't just go and name a plugin "Dragon" and expect patience.

June 2nd, 2010 @ 2:32 pm
Incredible! I don`t have words. Amazing!!!. Thank you Andrew.
June 2nd, 2010 @ 2:41 pm
Thank you Andrew!!!
You take the time off to spend time with us.
Stephen Barrante
June 2nd, 2010 @ 2:47 pm
Really enjoyed that Andrew. Great job.
June 2nd, 2010 @ 2:52 pm
I did something similar to this before!

between 0:00-0:06


i gotta say, this is a much nicer result andrew made
June 2nd, 2010 @ 2:54 pm
can i ask why your not using AAE CS5 please??

June 2nd, 2010 @ 3:28 pm
Very nice and very informative also great
touch of realism.
Very nice Andrew.

Best Whishes
Muhammad Hussain
June 2nd, 2010 @ 3:40 pm
great Andrew I'll watch it NOW
Brett Perry
June 2nd, 2010 @ 3:44 pm
Very cool effect. What do you think about substituting Particular 2.0 for Particle World, the advantage being the dust particles could interact with the comp light and the flare adding even more realism to the scene?
June 2nd, 2010 @ 4:20 pm
Awesome! The parallax tip is phenomenal, and so simple!
Looks great! Was that CS5?
Allen Zayden
June 2nd, 2010 @ 5:09 pm
Nice Andrew, we all thank you! When will the glass shatter camera projection tutorial from the short film you made earlier this month come out?
June 2nd, 2010 @ 5:49 pm
once again . Thank you so much Andrew !!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 5:56 pm
u rock - Thank you Andrew For Great Tutorials !
June 2nd, 2010 @ 6:09 pm
Thank You so so much!!! I watched your sample video from the original volcano blog post over and over to attempt the same result on my own [no es tan buena] - Lets just say I needed this tutorial ;) I really appreciate it!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 6:23 pm
hey, can you guys make a basic tutorial, where you can find this and that and so on :) that would be a huge help :) btw, I'm from Iceland...
Amit Sharma
June 2nd, 2010 @ 6:26 pm
June 2nd, 2010 @ 6:56 pm
I didn't saw that tutorial coming. it's the 106 tutorial, you work hard, that's because you love what you make, right?
June 2nd, 2010 @ 7:08 pm
@Kristinn: You can check out the free After Effects Basic Training:
June 2nd, 2010 @ 7:27 pm
Thank you very much AK. One question: When will be tutorial showing techniques of Payment Plan.
June 2nd, 2010 @ 7:55 pm
make a 3d tutorial,are the best
June 2nd, 2010 @ 7:58 pm
the shaking tips is awesome!!!
great one, Mr. Kramer!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 8:10 pm
i tink i am in love with Mr. Kramer!!!

thank you so much for da tuts!!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 8:38 pm
Hey Andrew,
Again a awesome tutorial you made there.
But I wonder what the recommendations are for a image to become 3d like that, cause I suppose its not achievable with each image.


June 2nd, 2010 @ 10:20 pm
June 2nd, 2010 @ 10:33 pm
es interesante pero todavia se ve que es mentira
June 2nd, 2010 @ 10:34 pm
Thank you Andrew this is very amazing! I'm already happy for the others tutorials who are comnig but this on is realy awesome.
June 2nd, 2010 @ 10:40 pm
Brilliant. your work is awesome as always Andrew!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 10:52 pm
Awesome tutorial! You have helped me so much in grasping the beast of a program that is After Effects :D
June 2nd, 2010 @ 10:59 pm
Andrew, thanks for you tutorials! all awesome! I learned a lot from you. thanks again!
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:30 pm
I couldnt help but Notice the "Dragon" Plugin? What is that?
June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:36 pm
VERY WELL DONE ANDREW! that was awesome ...

Did anyone else notice "DRAGON" under plug-ins?
June 3rd, 2010 @ 12:23 am
I'm guessing that it summons a REAL dragon out of that volcano. It's a plugin you can only use once.
June 3rd, 2010 @ 12:32 am
@Dragon: The "Dragon" Plug-in is one of 3 new tools we are developing at Video Copilot. Dragon is a codename only and the plug-in does not have to do with dragons, although it would be cool if it did.
June 3rd, 2010 @ 12:35 am
I'm really wondering what technique you've used... because the result was so convincing... I'm going to watch that now
June 3rd, 2010 @ 12:36 am
Awesome Andrew^^
June 3rd, 2010 @ 1:03 am

June 3rd, 2010 @ 1:23 am
Thanks for this one. Can do alot of nice looking work with these tips. Again, thank you Andrew;)
June 3rd, 2010 @ 1:33 am
Pure speculation on my part, but Dragon could be related to a 2D fluid simulator such as Turbulence2D for creating fire and smoke. Dragon = fire. Of course, I'm probably wrong, but it's fun to guess.
Vicky Shah
June 3rd, 2010 @ 1:38 am
Hi Sir,

This Awesome but, if u make a tutorial for blast smoke than it is good...

Good work...great
June 3rd, 2010 @ 1:52 am
Thank, great Tutorial!
What about telling us what the 3 new tools are ?
June 3rd, 2010 @ 2:08 am
Great tutorial! I noticed that you have some new plugins when you were appying optical flares, what about them?
June 3rd, 2010 @ 2:30 am
Hey Andrew,
thanks for the tutorial. I was hoping you would come out with "animating a still" after watching the recent test video.

Very excited to hear more about this "Dragon" plug-in you are keeping under wraps.

June 3rd, 2010 @ 3:32 am
EPIC! Really helped in bringing more techniques to this process. Excellent work.
June 3rd, 2010 @ 4:40 am
as always another great tutorial, much thanks.
Patrick M
June 3rd, 2010 @ 4:43 am
Yes mate!As usual awesome tut!Lemme know if you are ever in Ireland (as if lol) Anyway thanks for all the great resources Andrew!Very much appreciated xD
June 3rd, 2010 @ 4:49 am
"the plug-in does not have to do with dragons, although it would be cool if it did."
Sounds like the last statement from Iron Man ("I'm not the hero type! Cause that would be erroneous and ... fantastic") ;)

greetings from Germany
June 3rd, 2010 @ 5:17 am
Can't wait (I have said that before, didn't I?) to watch your new tutorial, looks like another cool one!
June 3rd, 2010 @ 5:40 am
Thanks for the paralax effect. Simple in fact ...
Waiting for Dragon ...
Hurry up Andrew! We can't wait :)
June 3rd, 2010 @ 5:40 am
Hi Andrew,

It's good to hear about the suite of 3 tools being released.... Is one of these QuickMatte? It'd be nice to see it released before I'm 40 (I'm 15 now...) :P

Anyway, thanks for the little bit of info about "Dragon"... I'll expect a launch date soon... Haha...

Thanks from the UK,

Ari Lieb
June 3rd, 2010 @ 6:40 am
When I try to use the stamp tool, I did EVERYTHING you said to do, same mouse and keyboard controls, same everything, but it just copies/paints the picture over. I am using CS3 is that why?
June 3rd, 2010 @ 7:34 am
hey andrew take a look at this : you won't sleep with it


June 3rd, 2010 @ 7:44 am
"What's in the box" is a great movie.

the tutorial is great. after watching it i can't believe how simple it is to make such an awesome footage from a still. i just need the right effects lol
Jeff Wyatt
June 3rd, 2010 @ 8:18 am
Visually looks amazing and I look forward to watching the tutorial. My comment/suggestion would be to add at helicopter sound that is not in motion. When I watch the video and hear the doppler effect of the helicopter and I'm watching a stationary camera position it seems out of place.
June 3rd, 2010 @ 10:13 am
thanks Andrew :)
June 3rd, 2010 @ 11:50 am
Oh yeah, I did notice that Dragon pluggin. Sounds like a new product from Video Copilet>?

June 3rd, 2010 @ 12:05 pm
hey :) , nice technique.
June 3rd, 2010 @ 12:15 pm
More distortion. thanks AK.

Is that dragon pluggin somthing new? I noticed it in the tutorial?
June 3rd, 2010 @ 12:23 pm
I Second the comment what was the Dragon Plug in??

Awesome Tut works great
June 3rd, 2010 @ 12:37 pm
Great tips. Things I never would have thought of. I'm definitely purchasing Optical Flares just too keep you guys happy and continue this wonderful site.
June 3rd, 2010 @ 1:06 pm
Hi Andrew !
Thanks from Munich in Bavaria
June 3rd, 2010 @ 1:57 pm
Big big big Andrew!!!
June 3rd, 2010 @ 3:18 pm
thx for the amazing tutorial as always. this has helped me a lot learn more about using after effects to it full thx again
June 3rd, 2010 @ 4:05 pm
Thanks again for this nice tutorial but PLEASE don't forget about the tutorial of Sam crashing the car's window. For a long time I've been looking to do that same effect of the glass shatter in AE and 3dmax.
June 3rd, 2010 @ 4:36 pm
That picture almost looks like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in the infra-red spectrum...

How hard would it be to do the opposite of this tutorial and make a still out of an animation?
June 3rd, 2010 @ 6:05 pm
hey andrew a have a question about the trapcode particular plugin for cs4 ; could we invert the emission of particles
and transform it from inside to ouside

thx i need this ;p
June 3rd, 2010 @ 6:10 pm
exuse me i meant from outside to inside XD thx hope you answer me
June 3rd, 2010 @ 7:27 pm
Very nice. I would like to see more of this type of tut. Many times all I have to work with is stills, this type of tut has lots of usage possibilities. For what it is, it looks better than many "end of the world" movie fx, less is more, again.
June 3rd, 2010 @ 8:33 pm
Your like some kind of hurricane of creativity. Hurricane Andrew and Typhoon Sam. Sam is a typhoon of inspiration.
June 3rd, 2010 @ 8:45 pm
Hey Andrew, Im trying to create a news marquee kinda like bloomberg or cnn. Any suggestions?
June 3rd, 2010 @ 9:30 pm
"My comment/suggestion would be to add at helicopter sound that is not in motion. When I watch the video and hear the doppler effect of the helicopter and I’m watching a stationary camera position it seems out of place."

Please don't post such garbage. When someone gives you access to tips and tricks that are used in the industry for FREE...please, please, please, please, don't give in to the urge to critique his work. I don't want people like you to be the reason Mr. Kramer ends up deciding to charge for his tutorials.

Sorry for the rant...the comment just seemed out of line for so many reasons.

"Hey, Michaelangelo, I like the Sistine Chapel, but I just don't know if I agree with that old guy and the younger guys' fingers touching...can we change that maybe??"
June 3rd, 2010 @ 10:25 pm
Man you are the VFX Man...I'm so glad to study in the Andrew Kramer's VFX college!
Regards from Colombia Man!
June 3rd, 2010 @ 10:57 pm
it's so cool ,but i just have aecs4 how can i get aecs5
June 3rd, 2010 @ 11:11 pm
Hi Andrew am from Ethiopia
Am working on project exactly like this and expect this tut what a coincidence tnx man keep tut as teach
If u got any break u should have to visit Ethiopia we really worship u
June 4th, 2010 @ 12:24 am
What the heck is that Dragon plug in doing in VIDEOCOPILOT slot in the EFFECTS? Whoa! Pretty exciting. But, hey! What happen to the QUICK MATTE Effect? Anyway, thank you so much for the tutorial AK... More power...
June 4th, 2010 @ 12:35 am
OMG coooooooooooool.
but what happend to the glass that breaks tutorial.
June 4th, 2010 @ 3:18 am
Great Tutorial Andrew as usual.
It would be great, if you make a little Tutorial from the "Onesize: Playground Titles", with the fight sceen.


June 4th, 2010 @ 4:33 am
kudos on another great tut :)
June 4th, 2010 @ 7:45 am
Ok fantastic tut as usual! But I have a question, when you twirled down your plugings to pick Optical Flares I saw another one on the twirl down menu that was called 'Dragon'.
What was that?
June 4th, 2010 @ 8:34 am
I agree with Marçal Solé...

Keep doing ya thang, Anderw! And to me this is one of your best tuts (although there's about 50 runner-ups from ya!!).

Great stinkin' job, man! :)
June 4th, 2010 @ 9:16 am
Hey! Just wanted to say thank you for doing this. You're very creative on your solutions and it was a slick tutorial. Thanks again.
June 4th, 2010 @ 9:38 am
@ mr roper. Do you mean something like this?
You can just find it in blog/projectfiles, it was under your nose haha
June 4th, 2010 @ 11:31 am
really cool tutorial anything you do just look so real!!
i took the idea and tried to make a kind of bullet time or a freeze frame effect inspired by your technique
June 4th, 2010 @ 12:38 pm
thank you master
very gooooooooooood one!
I think that was {afterburn}
June 4th, 2010 @ 10:36 pm
that's very very Cool . you are very Best ANDREW
June 5th, 2010 @ 7:05 am
andrew you are tha bomb...
June 5th, 2010 @ 7:27 am
Hey Andrew ......
Iam Naveen ....
Please call me this is my no: 09633620627
I have many doubts in AE.........
June 5th, 2010 @ 8:18 am
Could you do your next tutorial on a MARVEL like intro???
and is it hard to make animated films?
June 5th, 2010 @ 8:52 am
I feel jealous about u.dont know how many peoples like u, i am one of them.u r a megastar.god bless u nd long live u.although i've uploaded an animation,named "perfume" with d help of ur two tutorials.if u watch i'll feel honored. Again i love u nd jealous u.
June 5th, 2010 @ 9:05 am
i can't think after effects without u. u r a ...what can i say....u r a mega star!!! we love u Andrew. ok, i have uploaded an animation in youtube Named "perfume". I've made it with the help of ur two tutorials. if u watch,i'll feel honored. plz plz watch it.u r also in my facebook friend list.
June 5th, 2010 @ 9:40 am
sorry, i didn't give u my youtube link.its here
Diego G
June 5th, 2010 @ 9:56 am
Talking about bombs (see above)...
Andrew wouldn't it be a good idea to make a tutorial about making (fakes) nuclear explosions? Or something like that perhaps? That'd be nice, I think...
But well, you're make the tutorials, so you choose ;)
Shan Ali Shah
June 5th, 2010 @ 10:45 am
nice tutorial thanks from pakistan
Deep Biswas
June 5th, 2010 @ 2:06 pm
Hi, the other day few of my friends visited an old scary palace in India. He took a few snaps over there. i have created a small video combining many photos together, making it wider and animating using the same technique as here. the corner pin. there were no cameras used.i have used action essentials dust, optical flares and zaxwerks 3d flags as well. and yes the sound is from one of your projects- Payment Plan. Thanks for such a wonderful tutorial and your tips. Here is the video:
June 5th, 2010 @ 6:47 pm
Great job, man! ;)
As always, you're the best...
Cheers, from Argentina
June 5th, 2010 @ 9:51 pm
OOOHHH cool.... But I'm waiting for the tutorial promised with the short film you did...
Rodrigo Marión
June 6th, 2010 @ 7:46 am
Hey andrew, thnx so much for this tutorial, I've been making a lot of shorts recently and this tutorial saved my life trust me. Thank you and please, keep on making tutorials more often :P Cheers from a Spanish guy living in Vienna (Austria) ;)
June 6th, 2010 @ 11:36 am
What do you use this for?
June 6th, 2010 @ 2:14 pm
Awesome Tut ...!!

Here's my Volcano:

Keep up the Good work, Andrew & Team
Greets from Zuerich, Switzerland
June 6th, 2010 @ 2:34 pm
woaw that's so cool
June 7th, 2010 @ 9:34 am
That Parallax effect was disturbingly easy! :P
June 7th, 2010 @ 10:52 am
This tutorial comes in pretty handy, because I'm currently creating tv bumpers for my school
June 7th, 2010 @ 12:59 pm
frozen crossing 2 is out check it.
June 7th, 2010 @ 2:36 pm
i love your tutorials there the best you can get for adobe and photoshop and whatever else you use one question which adobe do you use in this tutorial???? is it cs5
June 7th, 2010 @ 2:39 pm
i love you tutorials andrew your a natural at this type of stuff and deserve to be were you are and you are the only person i've ever known so good on all the adobe products youre amazing but just one thought which after effects do you use in this tutorial is it cs5 ??????
Jeff Hanel
June 7th, 2010 @ 5:45 pm
Great Tutorial! This is my first ever attempt of animating a still. Its not much, but I hope it will only get better with practice. Thank you Andrew Kramer! You Rock!
June 8th, 2010 @ 7:02 am
@Deep Biswas. Very good!

Thanks for the tut, Andrew. Really awesome!
June 8th, 2010 @ 8:51 am
Amazing tutorial - applied this theory to a montage of stock images. Here's the result -
June 8th, 2010 @ 1:59 pm
that was just....awesome :O
June 8th, 2010 @ 6:50 pm
Love the Andrew's humour and Pro quality tutorials for no penny. due to final handheld camera shake parallax effect is loosing its space. but who knows it might happen also in real shot too haha great tutorial, Thanks.
June 8th, 2010 @ 8:09 pm
Hey Andrew thank you so much I needed an affect like this to make a camera move for my new Burning Building video!


Thanks :)
June 9th, 2010 @ 1:11 am
thanx Andrew

you just make a great job :)

I have a question ...

What is the Dragon Filter that you made …!?

it's in VideoCopilot Filters
June 9th, 2010 @ 6:17 am
Hi there!
Really nice tutorial.

this is my approach.

I used my own lensflare project instead of OF.
You can download it at
Feedback appreciated.

So long, Pi
June 9th, 2010 @ 9:27 am
I don't suppose any of those tools you are working on are a GPU-accelerated fractal frame plugin, or a true 3D beam plugin? :P
Amr Assem
June 9th, 2010 @ 2:32 pm
Andrew .. You Are The Master Of GFX .. God Blessed You For Your Sharing Knowledge with others ..
Shaun Brackett
June 9th, 2010 @ 4:34 pm
That is RAD! Yup, I just said rad, its just that cool! I can make some great use out of this. Thanks Andrew!
June 10th, 2010 @ 12:11 am
greet tutorial but
just see this add
how to make this advertisement pls think
Deep Biswas
June 10th, 2010 @ 3:32 am
Hi Andrew, Gopal is right, you have to reply to this message. The video is here, the Ultra Tech Cement . I had last watched this ad, may be some 3-4 years back, and ever since then i was wondering about the technique that might have been used in making this wonderful ad. At least tell us something about this.

"Sorry for my bad English"
June 10th, 2010 @ 8:04 am
I dreamed I met you, we greeted and talked for a while but rarely because they speak the same language.

Thanks for your tutorials.

actually read all the comments?

Greetings from Argentina.
June 10th, 2010 @ 1:26 pm
Nice tutorial, could you try making tutorial about creating glowing sand effect like in Prince of Persia sands of time movie? That would be awesome!
Harry Allen
June 10th, 2010 @ 3:09 pm
I'm having issues with the paralax effect. I'm using CS5 (not that I believe that is part of the issue). I can adjust the first two corners for the effect, but when I move ahead in the scene 4 seconds and hit reset and attempt to move the two corners opposite of the ones I modified there is no change made in the animation. The animation is applied to the first 5 frames or so, but not from keyframe to keyframe... I love your tutorials, and this is the only issue I have ever faced. I thank you for all the work you do!
June 10th, 2010 @ 3:11 pm
Here is a clip i made using this tutorial:
June 10th, 2010 @ 4:21 pm
Quick hello and thanks for all the help, seriously digging the tutorials, especially the bits when you abuse the fat guy.
Keep it up!
June 10th, 2010 @ 4:22 pm
Thanks for all the help, seriously digging the turorials, especially the bits when you abuse the fat guy.
Keep it up!
June 11th, 2010 @ 9:51 am
Hey andrew a friend of mine is attempting this tutorial its coming out great. BTW how do you keep coming up with ideas for new tutorials
June 11th, 2010 @ 3:28 pm
AE + VC + AK = WOW
June 12th, 2010 @ 5:20 am
Hi, good stuff. A while ago I did a 2d to 3d in AE. What I did is modelled a heart in Zbrush and then rendered and composited in PS with multiple passes to give it a real look. The heart was then totally 2d. Then in AE I dropped the 2d render into the comp and used the depth map (of the same model, grabbed from zbrush) to control the blur amount in z-space, thereby simulating a DOF effect on a 2d image (actually, used the same map for the blur effect on the particles). Have a look here:

There is no DOF enabled here.
June 12th, 2010 @ 5:52 pm
this is cool
off topic:
Me and my friends just recently entered a video
contest and need lots of views to make it to the top
five. We would appreciate if you gave our video a watch, thanks.
ps: don't watch the other videos it's based on views
Andy Pirog
June 13th, 2010 @ 2:46 am
Ah Andrew... im still here since very beggining tutorials.
Must say you made a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE leap in AE tech.
This tuts are godly amazing, Your progress is stunning.
Keep good work :) and MOOOOORE tuts;)
June 13th, 2010 @ 11:04 am
you should've at least tried to pronounce it correctly! Eyjafjallajökull
June 13th, 2010 @ 8:04 pm
Hey Andrew !! really cool tutorial, thanks for everything, and if i'm not mistaken, i saw that you're working on a new i right? when you went to apply Optical Flares in the video Copilot section of EFFECTS, i saw DRAGON or something.... can we know what's that about? ok, thanks for everything Andrew, you rock !! greeting from Argentina !
June 13th, 2010 @ 8:30 pm
Awesome Tutorial Andrew!

This is the first one I can say I've had almost 100% success in learning and executing. Here's my result if you're interested....
June 13th, 2010 @ 9:06 pm
greet tutorial but
just see this add
how to make this advertisement pls think
June 14th, 2010 @ 10:54 am
PLs make a mocha tutorial:D Great tut :D
June 14th, 2010 @ 1:48 pm
thanks Andrew! its amazing!!!
June 15th, 2010 @ 3:59 am
This one is amazing Andrew. The render is so realistic!
June 16th, 2010 @ 8:41 pm
Here is some free hand-held tracking, download the AEP, it's all attached to the NULL object. Just pick whip and use.

Tracked from a Canon 7D with a 50mm lens. Moderate movement.
nixar kan
June 17th, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
June 17th, 2010 @ 9:44 pm

Thank you for the great tutorial!
June 23rd, 2010 @ 7:56 am
THX! You are amazing!
July 24th, 2010 @ 4:03 pm
Thanks for the videos about After Effects. I was outsourcing some of this stuff before. This has helped me out a lot!!!
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