The Chase

If you haven’t watched our year-end blog show, I recommend you check that out first. We presented this Chase scene starring Tino as he attempts to outrun an elusive air craft. Watch it now with some behind the scenes coverage as well.

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One of the key shots involved a low-level aerial view from the craft. So we decided to try some helium balloons and a small HD camera. We used 2 separate kite strings to ‘control’ the position of the balloons and also as a safety mechanism, should one of the operators let go of the line. Worked pretty good, although it was more difficult to control than expected.

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Happy Holidays!

Thank you for being part of this amazing community and I can’t wait to share our exciting future! Happy holidays from the Kramer’s and everyone at Video Copilot. Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday!

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Tron Pilot



Here’s a test I did today based on the graphics from the Tron Trailer using only After Effects and Optical Flares. It’s not perfect but it was very interesting trying to recreate the look without using a 3D program. I’m going to relax this weekend and then perhaps make a tutorial or release a project file.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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BLOG SHOW: The Big Show-bowski

In 2010 we celebrated 5 and a half years of Video Copilot so to celebrate we’re going to imply this blog show is somehow intended to be a big celebration. It has everything, action, adventure, music, surprises and even out-takes!

Please check it and feel free to share your favorite Video Copilot moments and memories in the comments!

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Light Particles Project

In our recent tutorial we created glowing lights for a 3D title but I wanted to recreate the effect with particles instead. The idea is having bright glowing particles that emit light onto the surface as they hit without having to hand animate the interactions.

In the end, I used the shadow technique from our particle shadows tutorial using a copy of the particles from the top view to simulate the shadow, only here I used the copy as colored light.

Sample Video

Project File (CS4+ Particular 2)

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150. Color Vibrance Plug-in
Free Plug-in to create intense hot colorization in AE
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Create an intricate deform animation using 3D Noise & Twist
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Flour Fusion: Real Particles
Creating particles in After Effects is awesome! We have all used Particular and Particle world but why not combine those particles with some real ones! Sometimes you need to create elements that are so complex and organic that you are better off taking out the camera and making a mess. In this example we use […]
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