Video Copilot Twitter

Warning: DOMDocument::loadHTML(): Empty string supplied as input in /var/www/videocopilot.net/blog/wp-content/themes/videocopilotV7/post_home.php on line 288
POSTED:
6 years ago
RECENT POSTS
New Tutorial: Realistic Rain Drop FX!
In this tutorial we’ll use After Effects to create a realistic water effect without any 3rd party plug-ins! Great for adding atmosphere to a rainy scene or title. This effect is fully customization and can be used to create many cool FX! In this tutorial: Create a dripping water displacement map Simulate realistic camera DOF […]
Destruction Experiment!
What is this thing! I’ve basically combined a bunch of stuff into one experiment! I might have been inspired by the amazing planet explosions from The Force Awakens but wanted to see if I could get a cool version inside Element 3D. Few Notes on this experiment; I added smoke elements, shockwaves using CC Sphere, and even […]
Gearing Up with Element 3D!
Gear Up! #aperture #Element3D A video posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Jan 3, 2017 at 9:54pm PST Maybe I just love apertures but this was a fun project to make! Using a few motion design 2 objects I built this animating gear. I just created a collection of models on one group and distributed them […]
Have a Smashing New Year!
I hope everyone is ready for a great year! Can’t wait to show you all of the cool things we have been working on, from blog shows, to plug-ins & tutorials! My goal for this year is to help people get involved! More challenges, more interactive content and put the fun back into learning! Making […]
An Axe to Grind

Well if we’re going to do some axe-throwing I figured it would safer (for me) to design it in 3D first. As for Sam, well he still has to watch out for the real axe but don’t worry, we have plenty of band-aids and bactine.

The 3D model is fairly simple, I took a picture of the real axe, and then traced to rod for a lathe modifier like this. The blade was a little trickier but I managed to box model the shape and added turbo smooth.

I used a couple of textures and Vray to render and I may have added a couple of Optical Flares as well. The scene took me about 5 hours to make.

What will be useful here is having the object exist in real life to do close-ups or shots of someone holding the axe and then we can use the 3D axe for other exciting things. Someone pointed out this example in the new Resident Evil trailer of a throwing Axe at the end…

My model is still missing the decorative piece on the top of the Axe but that thing can go to H#))!

Check out render with wire-frame

POSTED:
6 years ago
PLUG-INS
Axe, Body Spray

And I’m not talking about some old deodorant but the kinda axe that keeps you safe at night. An axe opens up a lot of possibilities, people don’t mess with people that have Axes. It’s a fact.

Now I have this cool axe and I need to do something with it so I’m going to call Sam and see what we can arrange. Maybe we can throw the axe at the camera or even throw a camera at the axe, I don’t know!!

But whatever we do, we’re going to have some fun.

POSTED:
6 years ago
Should Adobe Improve Expressions?

After working through a test project yesterday with the 3D orbit Preset, one of the things I noticed is how slow the expressions made my fairly simple comp. Admittedly, there were several expression connections but there wasn’t crazy rocket science equations that required cloud-computing. So, why so seriously slow?

It never really bothered me before but with the impressive speed performance that the 64-bit native After Effects CS5 brings, I can’t help but think of other areas in need of improvement besides my marriage (JOKE! I love you honey… but we need to talk.)

So before I present this to the folks at Adobe, who have been very open to new ideas, I wanted to post my thoughts and hopefully gauge community interest in such a core feature improvement and where it currently stands.

Look, expressions are fine for linking a few parameters together but for more complex systems, there has to be a way to make it faster and more integrated.  This would lead to more powerful custom presets and functionality and make certain work flows more practical.

Think of the POTENTIAL!! And I’m not talking about your teacher telling your mom, he thinks “Andrew has a lot of potential but he...

READ MORE
POSTED:
6 years ago
3D Orbit FX

Warning: DOMDocument::loadHTML(): Empty string supplied as input in /var/www/videocopilot.net/blog/wp-content/themes/videocopilotV7/post_home.php on line 288
POSTED:
6 years ago