More Set Extensions

This is going to be a fun week! I started playing around with an Aerial shot from and decided it needed a castle on the coast along with a sky replacement and a moon.

If you watch the video, you can see that parts of the castle show up behind the cliffs and on the left side, there is a small part of the castle on the far mountain that parallaxes with the main castle to make it feel more three dimensional. This comp plays-off the same ideas of the 3D set extensions tutorial coming out this week. Stay tuned for shot breakdowns and more fun tips!

Watch Sample Video

June 13th, 2011 @ 6:37 pm
Can't wait for the tut! This will surely e very useful :)
    June 14th, 2011 @ 5:31 am
    Great work Andrew!!
    June 14th, 2011 @ 11:35 am
    Wow! I cannot wait fot the tutorial!!!
    June 14th, 2011 @ 1:22 pm
    Its looking fantastic!
    June 14th, 2011 @ 4:20 pm
    why dont you guys comment on your own comment!
    June 16th, 2011 @ 4:39 am
    No replying will put my comment at the top.
    Anyway, looks great. Can't wait for the all-important (and useful) tut.
    June 17th, 2011 @ 12:15 am
    Replying will put my comment @ the hilarious....
    June 17th, 2011 @ 8:11 pm
    i am waiting for this tutorial
    June 20th, 2011 @ 7:52 am
    Nice work
    June 20th, 2011 @ 10:22 pm
    This is what i've been waiting for, with this i will be able to really adjust my skills from being a student to potentially grow into pro
    June 21st, 2011 @ 10:47 am
    this looks FANTASTIC!
June 13th, 2011 @ 6:38 pm
Very nice. Very much looking forward to that tutorial. Love the set extension stuff.
Richard Williams
June 13th, 2011 @ 6:38 pm
Holy cow, that back upper right castle is not just parallaxing, it's up and walking across the scene! =)
    June 14th, 2011 @ 3:16 am
    Richard you are absolutely right man. What da.....
    June 14th, 2011 @ 5:55 am
    I noticed that too, immediately. The clouds across the moon are a little weird as well. Either 3D tracking/set replacement isn't one of Andrew's strong points, or he rushed through this one. One added thought... the castle sure has some strong light bulbs in those windows! :)
    June 14th, 2011 @ 7:17 am
    wow fellas...ever hear "don't bite the hand that feeds you"
    June 14th, 2011 @ 2:20 pm
    hey there, im shure the clip is just a quick-mockUp or the are working on it - we all know they do propper work.
    pointing on a imperfection is unnecessary, it shows you know stuff... but we all know stuff.

    we, just to say...
    all the best
    June 14th, 2011 @ 5:04 pm
    Definitely agreed on TWBeveridge!
    Have a question. Can you do that? Well if you can, would you bother share it on like Sir Andrew can?
    June 15th, 2011 @ 12:07 pm
    Have to confess I don't get what problems you guys have with the clip... oO
    June 16th, 2011 @ 3:46 am
    I think the upper-right turrets are supposed to be on the other cliff behind the main part of the castle - in which case the parallax is about right

    it matches with the other outcrop fine IMHO
    June 17th, 2011 @ 1:51 am
    The castle at the upper right is further in the distance than the main one, that's why its moving slower and by smaller amounts than the main one. Look at it in comparison to the other distant castle, its moving perfectly with the scene.
    June 18th, 2011 @ 3:46 am
    I dont agree with you jeb2sdk . Why cant we criticise Andrew? I'm part of the community for a looooooooong time now, and don't see the point not to voice some criticism. He is doing awesome stuff! But you can't ALWAYA say wooow that is awesome, that won't help him to be even better.
    June 20th, 2011 @ 6:21 am
    @Melle.. Good point! Criticism is a key element in this industry. It is expected, and should be appreciated. Giving Andrew a critique is not a stab at his ability.

    @Garth.. You're absolutely right
    June 25th, 2011 @ 1:33 pm
    For a quick establishing shot, it's very good. However, if the camera lingers for too long, I think the scene will look odd to the viewer due to the shadows of the rocks in the foreground being cast in the opposite direction of the moon light source. Perhaps the foreground rocks should be darkened a bit more to minimize this.
June 13th, 2011 @ 6:46 pm
Genial... Andrew eres el mejor... Saludos from Ecuador...
    June 14th, 2011 @ 9:42 pm
    yeah ecuador
June 13th, 2011 @ 6:48 pm
Awesome can't wait for the tutorial man i have always wanted to do a harry potter type set extension and now i can thanks allot Andrew i seriously can't wait.
June 13th, 2011 @ 7:01 pm
The overall composite is exciting, but even just the sky with clouds and moon is enough to wet my appetite!
June 13th, 2011 @ 7:01 pm
Excited for this tutorial guys, thanks for everything!
June 13th, 2011 @ 7:07 pm
this is truly amazing. an ausum way to start the summer. im going to SC to film on thursday and this might help with my new short film!! its called "the human salamander"

Thanks Andrew!!
June 13th, 2011 @ 7:08 pm
Can't wait *popcorn*
June 13th, 2011 @ 7:11 pm
wow.. nice one...
your the best andrew.. =D
June 13th, 2011 @ 7:16 pm
that's what i wanna....i have enough of motion graphics..
it's time to some vfx
vfx is useful than motion grpahics
    June 13th, 2011 @ 10:42 pm
    Well... Video Copilot is about Motion Graphics and Visual Effects. I think it is beneficial to do both, to learn to be disciplined and pay attention to detail. And if you are just learning the program, all of the tutorials contains useful tip and tricks that should help in both areas.
    June 14th, 2011 @ 10:24 am
    i know that motion graphics is important for ads and clips...but i'm talkin' about is somthing for filmmaking like blast wave and sky-replacemet , hit car , somthin' like that
    June 15th, 2011 @ 3:28 am
    Andrew is right, the aim of the tutorials (vfx AND motion graphics) is to give you some idea about working with some tip and tricks. Once youve understood how it works, you can easily figure out a way to make some vfx with a motion graphics tutorial.

    Ps: I know, my english is cr*p. I'm from Switzerland (yes lot of chocolate and money...)
    June 15th, 2011 @ 8:53 am
    hmmm... chocolate..... nom nom nom ;)

    (gre aus ca 1000km nrdlich)
    June 20th, 2011 @ 6:25 am
    VFX and Motion Graphics compliment each other. There have been many times I have taken a technique from one to use for the other. PB&J man!
June 13th, 2011 @ 7:23 pm
Finally some life around here :)
June 13th, 2011 @ 7:24 pm
This is what really i want. Andrew you are the best.
June 13th, 2011 @ 7:30 pm
hey dude it's really great once again and very very thanks for the new ideas and tutorials and the most precious knowledge you share with us thanks once again

really love your work..........
June 13th, 2011 @ 8:28 pm
You just took our collective creativity and added a judo chop.

Domo Arigatou, Andrew-sama
June 13th, 2011 @ 8:29 pm
Yeah baby! AK's back! :p
June 13th, 2011 @ 8:33 pm
Looks great! Cant wait to get further into this topic, it will really help with some upcoming projects.

Keep it coming!
- Brandon
Dan Allen
June 13th, 2011 @ 8:54 pm
Great shot to track and nice castle! My only concern is the drifting of the assets. The castle is stretching in a strange way at the center, as if it is morphing to fill in unaccounted space. Plus there is a tower behind the main building on the right that is moving improperly to the parallax. It broke the illusion for me.
I'm not hating your work, like notice subtle details now that I'm doing VFX all day =).
    June 13th, 2011 @ 10:40 pm
    Yeah, It's definitely not perfect. One of the things I need to take care of is the sky extension. Right now it pans up to the sky with adds an abnormal motion on top of the camera move. As for the the background building, I'll bet it is just pushed too far in Z space.
    June 21st, 2011 @ 5:46 pm
    Speaking of subtle details.. are those boats in the water? There are a couple dark objects on the left that are not in the original footage.
Tim Creed
June 13th, 2011 @ 9:04 pm
This makes me want to nerd out! I can use this with so many ideas I've had. Once again, Thanks Andrew! You are like Apple Inc...When we think you pretty much done the coolest thing possible, you come out with a cooler thing out of nowhere!
Tom G
June 13th, 2011 @ 9:09 pm
Oh yeah, it's been a long wait, but this tut will be worth it!
June 13th, 2011 @ 9:18 pm
love it Can’t wait for the tut!
June 13th, 2011 @ 9:23 pm
D'oh! The shadows are going the wrong way XD
Great edit though
    June 13th, 2011 @ 10:46 pm
    Maybe... The DP could have set up big 50K lights to contrast the moonlight... Ok actually it was just easy to fit the building in this way!
June 13th, 2011 @ 9:46 pm
I think it screams "DAY FOR NIGHT". You should probably spend some serious time on flattening out the contrast in the plate - right now the strong highlights immediately give away that it's sunlit. Just my two cents - very happy to see more VFX and Compositing stuff over here! :)
    June 13th, 2011 @ 10:51 pm
    Ya, over the next few weeks we have a ton of VFX stuff to talk about. Should be a lot of fun!
    June 14th, 2011 @ 4:40 am
    Andrew really knows how to tease... :P
    we've all been waiting for these for such a SUCH A long time..! :D
    finally these weeks we're gonna get all that! :D
    thanx andrew! :D
    June 17th, 2011 @ 5:54 pm
    I think there are too many so-called experts on here now that just want to critique work they haven't done. These are free tutorials. If you are an expert, why are you on here? More importantly, why isn't your site the one I'm constantly checking out? tThis site has given us so many great tips for free. If you have problems with the tutorial, why don't you spend your time more fruitfully and do your own tutorial instead of pointing out what you think are flaws here? It's like the nimrods who kick the guy when he's down in the Vancouver riots. They don't take him on when he's standing, but once he's on the ground it's easy to take a cheap shot. Don't get this waste of everyone's time.
    June 20th, 2011 @ 6:29 am
    @c-r-u-x.. FYI - Full moonlight is also specular.
Love VC
June 13th, 2011 @ 10:16 pm
hi master :)
i can't w8 any more, plz hurry :)
June 13th, 2011 @ 10:19 pm
There is a long waiting for a new training
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    June 19th, 2011 @ 9:35 am
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June 13th, 2011 @ 10:29 pm
Ahh it looks great!
And a ton of VFX stuf you say.. does that mean that your Promo is done?
I'm really looking forward to it!
kawa vfx
June 13th, 2011 @ 10:34 pm
o my god what wou'd that this is crazy thanx andrew thanx
kawa vfx
June 13th, 2011 @ 10:37 pm
i need tutorial for this project pls
June 13th, 2011 @ 10:39 pm
andrew you're the best, keep'em coming! :) my brother and I are starting on this VFX thing and your tutorials help us a lot! (everything helps and we're kinda in a hurry to learn since we're both kinda old, 28 and 26! :P)

he's more into 3D and i'm into AE and VFX, we'll send you our work soon! :)
    June 13th, 2011 @ 11:47 pm
    You two brothers are so lucky! I wish I had someone to work with. Something else that is cool about your setup is that one brother is into 3D and the other is into AE. Can't wait to see your guys work. Bests.
Marçal Solé
June 13th, 2011 @ 10:43 pm
When I get to film my first movie I'm gonna thanks Andrew Kramer in the credits.
Orhan Nasufovski
June 13th, 2011 @ 10:50 pm
The right side of the castle is sliding off of the cliffside.

Time to hire better masons.
Tyler Adams
June 13th, 2011 @ 10:51 pm
This looks really great. I can't wait to see the aerial tutorial. I'd love to see a convincing aerial shot done in AE pulled off completely with stills or a miniature with 2d or 3d tracking. That would blow me away.
June 13th, 2011 @ 11:12 pm
Nice stuff.
but the parallax problem may comes from the tracking.
3D track(boujou) or 2D track(mocha) ?
2D, i guess.
I like the aesthetic anyway.
can't wait to see more...
    June 14th, 2011 @ 2:40 am
    Actually he said 3D set extension so I guess we would be using Boujou, because I think this shot is done with a camera that moves in all 3 directions in 3D space: we fly accross the air and get closer to the castle and then turn around it.
June 13th, 2011 @ 11:25 pm
YEEEEEEEEEES!!! this is amazing! thanks, i'm planning a short film to shoot in the near future, and i need to use alot of set extension an matte painting. this well help sooooo much :)
June 13th, 2011 @ 11:54 pm
Tough crowd. Lots of people looking at it and playing it over and over to spot inaccuracies, which is bound to happen with such a heavily composed shot, and in a blog comments forum concerned . But in the context of a longer narrative I'm sure it'd work very well indeed. It has a great mood.
    Orhan Nasufovski
    June 14th, 2011 @ 9:56 am
    It is a good shot, and works well for the purposes of a tutorial, but it wouldn't hold up in a real production.
    Simply because you had to play it several times over in order to spot inaccuracies doesn't necessarily mean others had to do the same.
June 13th, 2011 @ 11:55 pm
Can't wait! I'm really excited for whats going to be happening on this site in the next few weeks!

P.S I just got back from watching Super 8. Specifically because you worked on it. I think my girlfriend thought it was weird I kept pointing out lens flares and telling her how to make them... Anyways, I'd love to (and I'm sure everyone) would like to know what you worked on for the film! It was awesome! Anyways, thanks for everything Andrew. You are truly an inspiration! Just don't go to Hollywood, we don't want to lose you ;)
June 13th, 2011 @ 11:57 pm
Can’t wait - Can’t wait - Can’t wait
Come On Andrew ,What are You Doing Man?!!
June 13th, 2011 @ 11:59 pm
Man people are really critical!.....Good job;)
Don't mean to sound impatient but when is the magic ball project going to be complete? The suspense is killing me!
June 14th, 2011 @ 12:02 am
Fantastic...thanks for all your efforts.
June 14th, 2011 @ 12:12 am
June 14th, 2011 @ 12:52 am
Amazing Andrew!!!!
June 14th, 2011 @ 1:10 am
Really like the grade Andrew, did you use a preset or just mess with curves/sat etc?
June 14th, 2011 @ 1:14 am
Very nice... its like tv series camelot opening scene...
thanks for usefull vfx trainings...
June 14th, 2011 @ 1:23 am
I can't wait anymore.
Thanks Andrew.
June 14th, 2011 @ 1:29 am
WOW! Amazing job!
June 14th, 2011 @ 1:38 am
Looks like Hogwarts !
June 14th, 2011 @ 1:46 am
Hey Andrew thats awsome, i noticed this new music video ''Fast Lane'' by Eminem and Royce da 5'9 has action essentials 2 in certain bits.
Its cool to see your stuff becoming more and more popluar.
June 14th, 2011 @ 1:48 am
Looks great, can't wait! How about another 3d integration dvd like the bullet to complement this tut? I think that using blender in possible 3d tuts would be a good way to go, cos its so easily accessed to newcomers, and any Max user could easily translate the actions. Blenders' new stable build is a lot more user friendly than before also.
June 14th, 2011 @ 1:51 am
First time I see people criticizing your work! I think it's great and inspiring as always.. But one essential thing no one noticed is the missing Batman logo in the sky o0

Greetings from Germany
- Moritz
June 14th, 2011 @ 2:24 am
That does indeed look like fun! When will you be dropping that short film on us?
June 14th, 2011 @ 2:46 am
Hm, you always telling: this week. Or, next week :) So busy?
June 14th, 2011 @ 2:51 am
SICK! Also, how did you remove the artbeats logo? Thats actually the most impressive part.
    June 14th, 2011 @ 6:06 am
    If you purchase the stock footage from, it wont have the logo.
    June 14th, 2011 @ 11:23 am
June 14th, 2011 @ 3:10 am
It reminds me The Island of Time from Prince of Persia Warrior Within. Have you played it?
    June 14th, 2011 @ 5:27 am
    haha, word! that's exactly what I was thinking :D I love that game, don't know why so many people don't like it.
June 14th, 2011 @ 3:28 am
Very good this "004-C030" from artbeats, there was in 3D too! But I think you can't extend the stereoscopic video and for this reason the final result is not in 3D, right?
June 14th, 2011 @ 3:58 am
Looks great.

There are lighting issues however. Either the highlights would have to be removed or preferably the moon would be in a different position in the sky to cast those shadows. However I do think the moon was placed perfectly composition-wise.

I'm curious to know how you did the castle matte.
The grading looks spot on as well.
June 14th, 2011 @ 4:21 am
now really i start to suspect that you work on the hobbit movie are you?
Zack Paragon
June 14th, 2011 @ 4:23 am
Looks awesome!
I think the moon makes a world of difference. :)
June 14th, 2011 @ 4:28 am

Another great work from you, Andrew!
June 14th, 2011 @ 4:45 am
This is just getting better and better... :D

But working as a freelancer and having a family, how can one have time to just play around with cool stuff like this??
June 14th, 2011 @ 4:48 am
I have been waiting for something like this, its fantastic that you share this stuff with us mate, massive thank you.
June 14th, 2011 @ 4:56 am
this i something i have definitely been waiting for! any possibility on incorporating actual 3D models to a live action shot??.....COPILOT STYLE?!?!?!?
June 14th, 2011 @ 5:14 am
The moon seems to be at the same Z depth as the castle. I don't think it should move as much, as it it so far away.
June 14th, 2011 @ 5:21 am
good work Andrew we all love it thank vc team
June 14th, 2011 @ 5:22 am
We want tutorials! ;)
June 14th, 2011 @ 5:33 am
With every post you brighten my day. Looks neat. I am eager for the tutorial.
On a side note, we went to see Super 8 on opening day. Tell JJ that I went to see it half because it looked cool, half because of your involvement. We all enjoyed it.
Thanks for taking time to teach us, even when you're so busy yourself. It is very appreciated!
Hope your day is great!
June 14th, 2011 @ 5:34 am
Looking forward to the new tutorials, Mr. Kramer! I'm also curious to finally see what this project you've been working on is all about.

-Simon Box
June 14th, 2011 @ 7:17 am
Depending on the specific use, this sequence is far and away more than adequate "as is".
For all you kids from the "advanced" human race, please allow us in the remedial class a chance to learn the basics.
We'll figure out what nature does later!
Thanks Andrew ... education is a good thing!
    June 16th, 2011 @ 6:12 am
    I can't add more to the truth you have just spoken.
    June 16th, 2011 @ 7:24 pm
    That is so true. We can be all picky about little details, but stop for a second and just watch it. WOW! It just looks so cool, and a lot of us are still pretty new and would love the chance to learn more about things like tracking and 3D. I'm blown away.
June 14th, 2011 @ 7:28 am
i just love that you are doing more medieval stuff.
there are som many sites for effects that dont even tuch on that time periode. so i give you creds My Man Andrew !
awsome ! fucking awsome :)
June 14th, 2011 @ 7:51 am
Awesome!!! Great! I liked it so much!!! I am waiting for new tutorial.

Good Luck!
June 14th, 2011 @ 8:15 am
You're just a fantastic MAN!!! I admire you!
Thanks for the inspiration!
June 14th, 2011 @ 8:17 am
Oh Andrew I love you! Can't wait to see your work on Super 8
Jhon M.
June 14th, 2011 @ 8:32 am
woow!! MR.Kramer.. it's very cool. there will be a video tutorial of this?? (Y)
June 14th, 2011 @ 8:43 am
My Favorite part is the moon.
June 14th, 2011 @ 8:49 am
please tutorial!this video is amazing!
June 14th, 2011 @ 8:52 am
man, this is great, awesome matte painting.
Arnaud B.
June 14th, 2011 @ 8:53 am
Congratulations, Andrew! Very nice animation!

Looking forward a tutorial. The 3D background animated and the effects are awesome!

Regards from France.
C. Silva
June 14th, 2011 @ 8:55 am
Wow! waiting to see the tut!
Marcus s
June 14th, 2011 @ 9:11 am
hey AK, ur awesome i really can't wait for the tutorial of this,, its just soo cool,,, man ! am excited, please make us a tutorial for this. THANK YOU
June 14th, 2011 @ 9:14 am
Looks like 2d pictures of some castle parts motion tracked (2d) onto the footage. If it was in 3D the parallax would be perfect instead of a guess. But takes ALOT more effort ;p
June 14th, 2011 @ 9:32 am
Awesome! can't wait for the tutorial! This kind of stuff is great to give life to movies! Thanks Andrew!
June 14th, 2011 @ 9:34 am
When you say 3d set extentions, do you mean an AE 2d track with some 2d pics and morphing them together in your insanely awesome way or are we doing 3d boujou tracking with 3ds max models and morphing them together in a less insane but just as awesome way?
June 14th, 2011 @ 9:34 am
you killing me with the teasing boss, ohh boy cant wait for what you have in store for us.
June 14th, 2011 @ 10:18 am
i have only one thing to say

simply amazing thank you andrew!
Reno G
June 14th, 2011 @ 10:20 am
really in the mood for some awesome set extensions! cant wait!
June 14th, 2011 @ 10:50 am
holy crap that's cool!!!
June 14th, 2011 @ 11:54 am
I really like the color correction and the moon in the background but as you said, I think you pushed the BG sky and the BG building a little bit too far away from the castle, creating an unrealistic paralax. Nice job though :)
June 14th, 2011 @ 12:13 pm
there is nothing to describe your work , Amazing
June 14th, 2011 @ 12:22 pm
Wow thanks Andrew!
I needed to come up with a Hobgoblin keep in the next two weeks for our next episode!
I hope artbeats has some similar aerial footage of mountains and forest!

You rock!
(check out episode 7 for some very familiar effects like Demon Face Warp!

Haggai Okwuchukwu Nwokolo
June 14th, 2011 @ 12:54 pm
Kramer the greatest VFX artist in the whole universe...
June 14th, 2011 @ 1:16 pm
Your work is terrific Andrew, but I'm even more impressed by some of the constructive criticism that's been posted in this comments section. The increased knowledge base of your following is an obvious testament to the positive effect that you've had on the vfx and motion graphics community.

Well done VCP crew!
Alek B
June 14th, 2011 @ 3:06 pm
Wow! Andrew was active in the comments this time! As far as the Day for Night is concerned, watch Disney's Prince Caspian. The entire firt scene is Day for Night.
June 14th, 2011 @ 3:28 pm
Nooooo! Why did it have to be this clip :( I've been working on a composite using this clip in my spare time and was hoping to include it in my showreel update this summer, now if I do it'll look like I just ripped Andrew off!
June 14th, 2011 @ 3:28 pm
Andrew that 3d set extension does not look cool at the moment try this script, you need to do some clever stuff with tracking and precomps to get this to work.

Track the camera move from art beats copy, set up your set extension in another comp and use this script and import it into the scen with collpase transformations off.

The sky replacement is easy in three layers, at a 30 degree lean towards camera and all you need to do is keyframe a warp to the right.

This hopefully has some parallax,

for the foreground you are missing an opportunity to use a flaming beacon on the leading edge of the cliff.

    June 14th, 2011 @ 5:35 pm
    I'm definitely adding some flaming beacons! Great idea, I'm not sure the other tips apply here but those are definitely useful techniques. Maybe some quick tips in the future... Thanks!
June 14th, 2011 @ 4:16 pm
Very teasing Sir Andrew..Thank you in advance :) and keep up the great work.
Also, there are lot of Andrew wannabees in here ayyt?
Why don't you create you own VCP or acme blogs? or would you bother share you knowledge? :D
June 14th, 2011 @ 4:51 pm
Thanks Rich.......... i just need it.
Rob Churchill
June 14th, 2011 @ 5:22 pm
The lighting is flipped but its a fast shot. It is dramatic. He'll fix all of the float in the track I'm sure.
June 14th, 2011 @ 8:31 pm
ditto to Rob. the lighting is a biggie though.
June 14th, 2011 @ 8:45 pm
Weel. It looks fantastic! Andrew, I can't find the words to talk about your work...
Thanks for that !
June 14th, 2011 @ 9:22 pm
Thanks Andrew, Super 8 was AWESOME by the way.
June 14th, 2011 @ 9:25 pm
Yay, cool stuff is on the way. I can't wait to be able to try one of these effects into one of my goofy movies.
June 14th, 2011 @ 9:39 pm
man i love all ur work
June 14th, 2011 @ 11:15 pm
andrew you are awesome..greetings from the Philippines...cant wait for the tutorial...Godbless
June 15th, 2011 @ 12:33 am
Something looks a little flat in the vid or is that just me?
BUT AWESOME any way! Can't freaking wait.
June 15th, 2011 @ 12:33 am
This tutorial is EXACTLY what I'm going to need in an upcoming short film we're going to tackle later this year. Couldn't have planned the timing better myself :)) Fanx Andrew!
June 15th, 2011 @ 1:06 am
It looks awesome. I can't wait to get more help on sky replacement tricks in 3d space
Justin M
June 15th, 2011 @ 1:28 am
Hey there, i think i have watched all of the tutorials and i really enjoy them. I'm really excited to see this one!

::..Learning VFX in Seattle..::
June 15th, 2011 @ 2:04 am
That is amazing Andrew I'm becoming a fan of your Tutorials, is Awesome and it teach me not to believe everything I see in Action Movies :-)

June 15th, 2011 @ 2:24 am
Has anyone seen evil Beavis in the foreground?
June 15th, 2011 @ 3:13 am
This is what I want! I can't wait for the tutorial thanks Andrew.
June 15th, 2011 @ 3:15 am
I've been playing with that same video this week... such nice footage... it's a bit of a shocker to keep a solid track on thought, because of the length of the movement. Like what you've done with it. Now I have even more ideas :)

Thanks again for all your tuts, etc.
June 15th, 2011 @ 4:11 am
can't wait to see how you handled the 3d tracking.
Arley Daza
June 15th, 2011 @ 4:16 am
Great!... congratulations!... thanks for share :)

How do you remove the mark of :)
June 15th, 2011 @ 4:38 am
The castle looks like it will fall in the sea
I would level it out better.
June 15th, 2011 @ 5:14 am
I don't even care about the tutorials anymore. I just enjoy watching your work
June 15th, 2011 @ 5:26 am
great matte painting i can not wait hoho
June 15th, 2011 @ 6:51 am
How much more time consuming to use 3D Castle?
Joseph Tran
June 15th, 2011 @ 6:57 am
Oh men ! i'm a boy but i'm in love with you for real !
June 15th, 2011 @ 7:02 am
Hi, AK, just to say thank you for taking the time to teach us all this work, people forget dat you still have to make a living by working with directors on movies , commercials etc and still have time to make time consuming tuts for this community. I mean I'm on Apple trailers right, and I see this movie "Rift" I think, and I see your plugins and techniques being used by people in different ways to get their movie done, dats what it's about.
And hey guys, at this point in his level of knowledge and the caliber of projects dat he works on, I'm sure he can tell if the parallax is wrong , if the assets are drifting , blah blah blah. Pls do leave your websites and if you have anything to teach we have something to learn. Thanks
June 15th, 2011 @ 7:06 am
heh.. i just tried to do something like your castle.
not so good as your work, Andrew
June 15th, 2011 @ 7:20 am
Yeah, I'm pretty sure AK is well aware of the issues with this shot. He probably put the example together in his spare time and really quickly so he could keep us all updated on what is coming next. That said, I'd love to see some tuts on 3D set extensions(not too dissimilar to the crater tut) and perhaps some 3D camera projection. I'd also love to see the workflow of a 3D artist. I find I kill so much time with rendering and fiddling around.

Keep up the good work! No one does tutorials like you do!
June 15th, 2011 @ 8:30 am
i think our motion graphics division guys used your earth zm out tutorial way back when we did our capital one commercial with the gigantic flying pushpins.

sharing is a good thing

thnks as always andrew.
Deep Biswas
June 15th, 2011 @ 8:44 am
What I noticed in the clip was that while the camera is moving forward, the sky is still, I mean the clouds are not moving around, but at the same time, the moon moves toward the left, which is looking somewhat strange.
June 15th, 2011 @ 9:01 am
King Tut:

This is incredible! Can't wait to see the tuts.
June 15th, 2011 @ 9:32 am
Yo, really nice tutorial, as always - congratz. Here's my new project with an effect made on the ground of your tut A. Kramer:
P.S. If you don't wanna watch the intro, just go ahead to 2:00
    June 17th, 2011 @ 5:17 am
    Damn, i wanted to right it under 'procedural crumble' tut. Sorry for that!
June 15th, 2011 @ 10:47 am
Wow. This is really impressive. I will try to do something similar at my work. Thank you again.
June 15th, 2011 @ 11:40 am
Nice feel to the shot. I like the color correction.
After watching the worst disaster movie I've ever seen last night, your stuff looks great.(Mega Fault)
Looking forward to the tut.
PS I got this link from a AEScripts FB post, thought you might like it.
    June 21st, 2011 @ 1:21 am
    that's pretty interesting.. that's like analogue after effects :)
    July 19th, 2011 @ 7:43 am
    That's an awesome video. Old school! I think every VFX artist should watch this to see how this stuff started and evolved. If you understand how it evolved, I think so many of the computer techniques make more sense. Thanks Jon!
June 15th, 2011 @ 1:51 pm
Your a sick guy Kramer
June 15th, 2011 @ 4:48 pm
are we gonna get the footage too sir?
June 15th, 2011 @ 7:23 pm are the King of After effect Andrew....can't wait to see the tut :D
June 15th, 2011 @ 7:41 pm
Amazing shot !!!
I like this color collection very much
I'm waiting for your tutorial :D


i've some 3D set extensions ( )

please check it out [ what r u think about it ]
Thank you for watching.
June 15th, 2011 @ 10:06 pm
Wow I'm really loving this! I've recently got the chance to start learning Avid DS and Nuke at work. It's some really exciting stuff.

You've done some tutorials for 3dsMax and Cinema 4D (and even blender I believe). I'm just wondering if we're likely to see any Nuke tutorials from you. Your unique style of teaching would no doubt help me out A LOT!

Keep it up!

Silver dance
June 15th, 2011 @ 11:22 pm
3D extensions,,matte paniting nice i weit for it.
June 16th, 2011 @ 1:08 am
It sounds awesome Andrew !
I'm deadly waiting 4 it ;-)
Dr. Douchebag
June 16th, 2011 @ 2:47 am
I'm actually very excited to see this tutorial. I'm not saying that i;m not excited about your other videos, it's just this one looks really interesting. Also, I was wondering, if you take requests? My suggestion is to use CGi and 3D animations, and port them into AE and do something interesting with them, and knowing you Andrew, you will do just that. :)
Pavel Peterka
June 16th, 2011 @ 6:44 am
Lol guys seriously have anyone of you pointing out some imperfections a look on the original shot ? Moon is perfectly fine, how else should it be? With twenty glows and lens flare ? :D Track is completely fine.. Only the original shot has a little bit weird speed so that it makes you feel its bad :) Good work and looking forward to the tutorial
June 16th, 2011 @ 7:35 am
Can't wait to see what you've got in store for us Andrew! Thanks again for sharing your awesomeness with the world!

Personally I think people are nitpicking this shot WAY too much.

Even after repeat viewings I hardly notice these small issues people are bringing up, and I consider myself to have a pretty good eye.

I think people need to realize the importance of the big picture vs. obsessing over details.

If we only made movies for other VFX artists our audience would be very small and very hard to impress!
June 16th, 2011 @ 7:44 am
once again AK 47 is killin em
June 16th, 2011 @ 7:46 am
Awesome! You amaze me every time.
June 16th, 2011 @ 7:52 am
Artbeats ? Royalty free HD stock footage ? Too expensive... Do you have a free Website that does the same thing but really Free ?
bomar Div
June 16th, 2011 @ 11:26 am
Hey Andrew and Community,

This Video confirms that Andrew's Influence has
influenced many people. The "Earth Zoom Out" tutorial yielded...well, this extravaganza:
Ed Poe
June 16th, 2011 @ 1:01 pm
This will be a nice effect for video arsenal! I Like what I see...
June 16th, 2011 @ 1:29 pm
June 16th, 2011 @ 3:52 pm
I agree with what most people are saying, There are a lot of people who attempt to sound like experts which makes me laugh because they are actually coming to a tutorial site in the first place. Surely you don't need to come to a tutorial site if your so great.

I just think most of the comments are nit picking ones and don't actually help anyone or Andrew, it's people just trying to show of how great they are at VFX while disguising it as constructive criticism.

Also like what others have said, Andrew has worked on TV Ads, Films and other projects for years so I think it's safe to assume he knows his stuff and knows himself if the shot works or not.
    Karbon Enk
    June 21st, 2011 @ 9:00 am
    I agree with you.
June 16th, 2011 @ 4:22 pm
I can not wait that long time!
June 16th, 2011 @ 6:35 pm
Wow, Seriously Andrew... You are so amazing at this After Effects stuff. Had to comment it was that cool =)
June 16th, 2011 @ 7:24 pm
I love it, haven't really delved into the set extensions but have been meaning to. This will be fun. I expect to learn a lot from this.

But uh, Andrew. What's with the dual light sources? The bluff has the sun light from the right and the castle has the moonlight from the left. Effect looks amazing, but that's just silly.
June 16th, 2011 @ 7:57 pm
i just watch your tutorial to learn After Effect and I'll be waiting for this..thanks Andrew!!!
June 16th, 2011 @ 9:47 pm
i'm really looking for this kind of tutorial to came.
it's really nice..
u do fantablous "andrew"
thanks a lot of u to share ur work........
June 17th, 2011 @ 12:59 am
nice one... cant wait for the tutorial.. u r great man!
June 17th, 2011 @ 4:15 am
Really looking forward to this tutorial.
June 17th, 2011 @ 6:00 am
I will be waiting for it Andrew, keep going dude, you are the best !

Greetings from Bulgaria.
June 17th, 2011 @ 6:33 am
Apart from everything mentioned above, the lighting direction doesn't match the plate, castle stands out instantly.
June 17th, 2011 @ 6:34 am
cant wait for tutorial it looks awesome
June 17th, 2011 @ 6:36 am
I think this is a very very useful tutorial
June 17th, 2011 @ 6:37 am
Shared this a while ago on twitter, it containts the link to the royality-free footage.
June 17th, 2011 @ 8:11 am
Superbe ! Beau travail comme d'habitude ! A+ ;)
Roger Nobs
June 17th, 2011 @ 11:30 am
I've never posted anything before, but I wanted to say thank you very much for your generosity. I have learned so much here!
If I may comment on the tracking shot, and these sort of shots in general (like Omni's version), objects will obviously become less contrasty and less sharp as they recede. The closest castle element seems a little too sharp, so it pops visually, even without the movement.
Very inspiring stuff, nonetheless, and I can't wait for the new training coming out.
Thank you.
June 17th, 2011 @ 12:20 pm
Chris Luka
June 17th, 2011 @ 1:06 pm
Quoting the blog post: "... the 3D set extensions tutorial coming out this week. Stay tuned." More like I've been tuned. C'mon, show us the good stuff! Or as they say in the consulting business, under-promise & over-deliver, not the opposite!
June 17th, 2011 @ 1:48 pm
Looking forward to the tutorial!!
June 17th, 2011 @ 6:53 pm
Been waiting all week!
June 17th, 2011 @ 8:43 pm
wow this too good i cannot wait for this tutorial..
June 18th, 2011 @ 5:35 am
Looking forward to it, exactly what i need for my new project. Is the tutorial late, or will it pop up this weekend?

Awesome work Kramer!
June 18th, 2011 @ 6:14 am
Looks great..

My only crit would be... the MOON is moving/racing? lol

It wouldn't move that much in that short period of time : )
رضا بصيرت reza
June 18th, 2011 @ 7:28 am
This looks awesome. I can’t wait to see the tutorial.
June 18th, 2011 @ 9:19 am
Hey Andrew, Happy Father's Day!! Enjoy!
June 18th, 2011 @ 10:02 am
Man happy farthers day andrew and i hope the tut will come today or tommorow
June 18th, 2011 @ 10:30 am
I've been F5ing the tut page whole day and still nothing :) Can't wait!!!
    June 19th, 2011 @ 3:50 am
    friend why dont you work on something animated while you waiting for a new tuto the goal friend is to creat somthin
    not to emitate over and over -peace-
    June 19th, 2011 @ 10:19 am
    Oh yes my friend. I am creating and during the coffee breaks I'm also F5ing :)
June 18th, 2011 @ 11:56 am
Freakin Amazing! I would pay for a tut on this.
Nitin Singh
June 18th, 2011 @ 1:01 pm
Sir u r great...
ur every tutorials r awsome.
sir u r my Ideal...
June 19th, 2011 @ 12:17 am
Great work man.
Meanwhile... Go check out some HD set extension...
June 19th, 2011 @ 1:20 am
u work is better than this andrew
work beter
June 19th, 2011 @ 6:11 am
Funny how because I said something not even negative but questioning where the "excitement" was for the week my comments would not get posted. I thought this was a open friendly place. I was not being disrespectful at all.
June 19th, 2011 @ 10:22 am
nice video but there is a problem with the castle. The castle isn't ligned up correctly in 3d space. It looks like it is floating.
June 19th, 2011 @ 11:10 am
Looks awesome, can't wait to see the final product!
John Fitzpatrick
June 19th, 2011 @ 12:01 pm
Wonderful work as always Andrew. Thanks for sharing so much with us all.
Karim Duncan
June 19th, 2011 @ 1:41 pm
Veeeery realistic!, if there was ever a maybe like a type of food, drink or anything that Andrew Kramer takes before he sits infront of a computer and does the VFX, I would take a life if that would be what it takes to get that food, drink...
June 19th, 2011 @ 1:46 pm
Hey Mr. Andrew . A question please, Are we going to use a 3D program to create the castle ? Or will it be ready footage ?
Karim Duncan
June 19th, 2011 @ 2:15 pm
Not only the "More Set Extensions" effect made this post so convincing, but also the availability of The name in RED under the "RESPONSES TO More Set Extensions". Keep it up Andrew.
June 19th, 2011 @ 5:31 pm
Andrew!! You Are the Best!! I want to learn what you do ... You are my inspiration. I hope someday to learn as much as you know!
Greetings from Argentina.
Brant Goldreyer
June 19th, 2011 @ 5:44 pm
From what I have read I don't think that the Set extension tutorial is going to be about the Harry Potter type Castle in the sample video above. That was as Andrew says "Just playing around". We'll soon see.
Luis Ortiz
June 19th, 2011 @ 8:37 pm
Looking forward to this tutorial. IMHO though, I think the castle may have to be blurred slightly to match the hilltop it's on. Castle looks a little too sharp.
June 20th, 2011 @ 12:08 am
That's some great motion tracking! Dang, I want to see that tutorial.
June 20th, 2011 @ 3:35 am
when does it comes? can't wait any longer!! :D
Mike Z
June 20th, 2011 @ 6:34 am
Hello mr. Kramer! For several years I have been doing VFX for film and television, and started just with your lessons. Your lessons are available for maximum understanding and benefit both novices and experts. Unfortunately, in the former Soviet Union are the lessons are not available to all of the ignorance of English. I would like to translate your lessons in Russian language. I would be grateful if you give me your’s consent. The lessons I'll translate in full compliance with your message and instructions for all plug-ins and footage of your studio. Your lessons I would like to put on the web-site of studio "My World", which is just now created, all references to your online life. I hope for your understanding!
June 20th, 2011 @ 8:03 am
More interesting for me How do you take "Artbeats" off?
June 20th, 2011 @ 8:13 am
wow. can't wait for the tut.. awesome
June 20th, 2011 @ 9:18 am
as always a mindblowing peace of work but i have to discuss one thing.. (regarding this shot) in orignal shot light is casting from behind the camera where the camera come in the scene so it cast on the rock (the first one below right)but in the night scene you shows the moon other side and the light still casting on the rock at same position where i think the shadows have to be cast .. pls tell me if i am wrong..
June 20th, 2011 @ 9:47 am
I'm doing a very similar project involving matte painting and set extension, so I'm looking foward for this tutorial!
June 20th, 2011 @ 1:42 pm
Can't wait for tut. thanx for everything. you're the best Teacher I've ever had.
June 20th, 2011 @ 4:02 pm
Andrew man.. I think you're awesome! But I got tired of waiting and had a go myself with the same clip. 2D tracking mind you but I think I've done ok. Not quite your standard though :)
Paulo Adriano
June 20th, 2011 @ 4:05 pm
Hello people from accessing my channel on youtube and look at various tutorials cool Cinema 4D tutorials new post every week!
stay inside ...
June 20th, 2011 @ 7:13 pm
IDEA FOR A TUTORIAL...a 3ds max tutorial on how to make a transformer. Like animating from the car to the body. Please consider that!!
June 20th, 2011 @ 9:42 pm
YAHOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! XD
June 20th, 2011 @ 11:15 pm
Well, so much for "coming out this week" :)
    June 21st, 2011 @ 4:45 am
    I reckon he's boosting up servers, from all these comments I think there will be a huge flooding of views!

    That and the LA Presentation he's probably preparing for (noted here:

    Ah well! Just can't wait until its out! Just to see how different our approaches are :]
    June 21st, 2011 @ 9:33 am
    I've learned three things about Videocopilot over the years:

    1. Expect some really awesome stuff.
    2. Anything that's coming out "This week" is probably coming out early to mid next week.
    3. If it's not out by next week, it's been abandoned.
June 21st, 2011 @ 12:26 am
superb boss hats off to u....plz 1 tutorial for this.
June 21st, 2011 @ 2:33 am
Can't wait till videocopilot is back in action!
apple boy
June 21st, 2011 @ 2:38 am
belated happy fathers day Andrew! :)
June 21st, 2011 @ 7:37 am
are u say this week???
kidding me..
June 21st, 2011 @ 8:17 am
When you finished your film?
June 21st, 2011 @ 8:44 am
we can't wait this tuto
June 21st, 2011 @ 9:46 am
He just put the tut up he is fixing it
    June 21st, 2011 @ 11:26 am
    Yup, he is! =)
June 21st, 2011 @ 10:27 am
Let's be realistic... The fact that half of you (complete with links to your substandard work) have corrected Andrew on several minor issues is possibly the reason he's decided you're not worth his time and effort. I know that's what I would be inclined to think. Ok ok, that's not going to be the case, but maybe, just maybe, he's making you all sweat it out because you're a nasty bunch of ungrateful people who don't understand the basic etiquette of critisism.
    June 21st, 2011 @ 11:38 am
    You should shut up because your work is terrible and very cheap and bad ok the rest of us on here actually can do vfx and have skills so if you want to talk crap then you should go on some other website maybe yours if you had one or if you could design one
    June 21st, 2011 @ 11:39 am
    And your website design sucks by the way
June 21st, 2011 @ 10:53 am
Yo AK, don't let the comments of a few outweighs the thoughts of the many! We are ALL excited.
June 21st, 2011 @ 10:54 am
Lorem ispum dorem Anthony.. I've seen your site too, I never claimed I was good at any of this and the site was designed in 2008 by someone else, I know nothing of web design, but I do know a template when I see one... An unfinished template
    June 21st, 2011 @ 12:16 pm
    what do you mean i made that template and i am selling it i am testing it fyi and it is not unfinished it is completed and is 100 times better than your site
    June 21st, 2011 @ 12:31 pm
    Ahhh... So you own Envato and are responsible for their large selection of themeforest templates, have 19,000 followers on twitter and 5,000 on facebook... Yet choose to call me out on web design? I don't think anyone would believe you
    June 21st, 2011 @ 1:39 pm
    Maybe you should ask your 25 subscribers on youtube how your website looks and they will tell you that it is awful
June 21st, 2011 @ 12:09 pm
The main link to 3D set extension in the 'featured' section sends me on a non found page (e.404)
June 21st, 2011 @ 12:37 pm
i am making sample content you ever submitted a theme you would know that you have to put Envato twitter and other stuff related to it go on my theme on theme forrest and you will se i know what i am doing and i am making sample content for my users go search avenue on themeforest and you will find the theme that i made and you can never beat me at web design
June 21st, 2011 @ 12:59 pm
The "this" week is the past :( When can we see this great tutorial?:((((
June 21st, 2011 @ 1:37 pm
Great work Andrew. Always a pleasure seeing your work. Inspired once again my friend. Keep up the outstanding work.
June 21st, 2011 @ 3:36 pm
Nice, longer than usual. Watch out on the 'alright'-s, I'm guessing you pause recording on some bits and each time you came back on you said 'alright'.

Here's an interesting question, could we create a really long zoom effect starting with this, say combine this with the Earth Zoom In tutorial? Sort of have the camera first fly in from space to a scene such as this?

Tracking shots are usually hard to do and I'm just wondering if we could fake the effect like that.
    June 21st, 2011 @ 4:37 pm
    My comment was for the tutorial as well, thought I'd post it here since it's more of a discussion topic.
June 22nd, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
Hmm looks nice but its kinda broken as amongst other things the lensdistortion doesnt match betwen the stock and the CG element
July 17th, 2011 @ 6:47 pm
I wish you would give a tutorial about how you did that moon behind the clouds. That was a really cool sky replacement i would love to know how to do.
July 30th, 2011 @ 2:01 pm
This tuto so great,so professionnel. No comment
A very good work Andrew
September 7th, 2011 @ 4:03 am
Waiting for a tutorial about this, i thinkthere'll be some 3D work on it :)
March 24th, 2012 @ 3:57 am
I only feel some of the elements like the torches and castle are too sharp...but this is a great-useful-rock and roll tut!! Thanks for sharing this, we have to support this man!! ;)
jan jaap
July 4th, 2013 @ 7:19 am
Does anyone where to dload that clip in HD? It was ree for a while in 2011...
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