NEW TUTORIAL: 3D Set Extensions

In this exciting and detailed tutorial we will transform ordinary stock footage into an evil landscape with 3D fog and mountains. We will cover 3D match moving inside of After Effects using the new Camera Tracker plug-in as well as Particular to create the soft clouds. I know it has been a while since I’ve done a tutorial so I tried to make this one as detailed as possible including many gritty details.

I do my best not to use 3rd party tools as much as possible as you probably know from watching the last 100 tutorials but for this tutorial we needed to generate a 3D camera for the clouds so I used the most inexpensive full featured 3D tracking software around called Camera Tracker. As we get into some more advanced tutorials over the next couple of months we may have to use one or two third party tools but I’ll do my best to keep it to a minimum and only when absolutely necessary! Until then.

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97 RESPONSES TO "NEW TUTORIAL: 3D SET EXTENSIONS"
gogec123
June 21st, 2011 @ 1:52 pm
cant watch the tutorial yet,the link doesn't work,im dying to see it :)
    June 21st, 2011 @ 3:38 pm
    So am I. Video Copilot has taught me so much.
    June 21st, 2011 @ 5:27 pm
    It's working now. So glad to learn something new that is so amazing! Thank you Andrew
    Ram Koshy Reddy
    June 27th, 2011 @ 12:39 pm
    yes Andrew is the great Animator ever forever
Tim Creed
June 21st, 2011 @ 1:54 pm
Thank you so much Andrew! I needed this like you wouldn't believe. =) Kudos to you!
June 21st, 2011 @ 1:55 pm
WOW, thank you so much Andrew, it's all I need (and other milions too).

VC ROCKS
marlon
June 21st, 2011 @ 2:01 pm
As we would say in the hood... Guud looking out bruh!
James
June 21st, 2011 @ 2:03 pm
yeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!!!! Thanks Andrew!!! You are the Best! Do you can see a little schance to make a tutorial from your work in super 8 except vc lens flares?
June 21st, 2011 @ 2:13 pm
Nice smoke and ... nice partnerships, banners looking good ;)
June 21st, 2011 @ 2:21 pm
Camera Tracker is fantastic! I have been using for about 7 months now and just can't believe how effective it is and how easy to use. I see The Foundry has you listed as a reseller of a whole load of their plug-ins, so does that mean we'll be getting Kronos etc tutorials soon too? I hope so!
June 21st, 2011 @ 2:48 pm
AWESOME AS ALWAYS AK!
Kaminari
June 21st, 2011 @ 2:49 pm
I was really waiting for this!!! Thanks a lot Andrew!!!
john
June 21st, 2011 @ 2:50 pm
cool, whenever he says 3D im always hoping to see another one of his 3d software tutorials. anyone know where to find QUALITY 3d tutorials? thanks
    Eric
    June 21st, 2011 @ 4:49 pm
    I have yet to find anything as fun as andrew's 3d tutorials, but lynda.com has very thorough courses on many 3d aps. Unfortunatly it's $25 a month to view the videos, but they are very in depth and there are a lot of them. Of course they aren't really as cool as making a 3d crater scene, but there are some cool projects.
    June 21st, 2011 @ 7:14 pm
    check out greyscalegorilla.com. great stuff for Cinema 4D - originally found it through a link here on VC
Adil
June 21st, 2011 @ 2:53 pm
amazing camera Merci Andrew
Arnaud
June 21st, 2011 @ 2:54 pm
I was waiting for this tutorial! Andrew did it! Thank you so much!

Regards from France.
RafaelG
June 21st, 2011 @ 3:01 pm
Thank You Andrew. im a new film maker started school 2 quartes ago, I began doing your tutorials and i been applying it to my projects. All my teachers are going crazy with my work. All i tell them is " My friend Andrew Kramer showed me how to do that." lol
Thanks You guys. Keep up the good work.
Daniel
June 21st, 2011 @ 3:03 pm
YESS ahaha so happy when i checked and saw this :D
Johnny
June 21st, 2011 @ 3:04 pm
Awesome Tutorial!!
What's the web site where the stock footage comes from?
Art bits? pics? sorry, I can't get it...
    David Hall
    June 21st, 2011 @ 5:46 pm
    Artbeats. I think they're a bit pricey, especially if all you want is footage for a tutorial. I also go to revostock and pond5.
Luiz Cláudio
June 21st, 2011 @ 3:31 pm
Very good this tutorial. I always subscribe to your site and access almost from the beginning. It was because of video tutorials that I became interested in After Effects. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, that God bless you, your wife and daughters. Sorry for my bad English ...
June 21st, 2011 @ 4:12 pm
Exactly what i've been waiting for. The Legend, Andrew Kramer is back :D
jp
June 21st, 2011 @ 4:37 pm
Simply epic. Excellent breakdown of Camera Tracker.
June 21st, 2011 @ 4:38 pm
finally come out!Thank you so much man!
Aarons Rogers
June 21st, 2011 @ 4:45 pm
Andrew!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing.... =)
pecollinni
June 21st, 2011 @ 5:16 pm
Your three year old daughter made those elements!?! And she is even writing her own movie?!? OMG!!! If that wasn't a joke, how do you expect that am going to continue to work vfx... for a 15 years, she is gonna be 115 times better then im now!
I don't believe you...that was just a joke that i didn't get it...

tut is great - what can i say else ;)
June 21st, 2011 @ 5:17 pm
Awesome! I've been checking the site like every hour on the hour for days and days. My wife is Pissed! Thanks Man.
Oli
June 21st, 2011 @ 5:26 pm
The problem is that ArtBeats footages cost at least 299,99 $ , its a lot for begineers who want to practice.
June 21st, 2011 @ 5:43 pm
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Cinema 4D and After?? Effects to create realistic visual? effect

new tutorials

every week!

pauloeditdesigner?
June 21st, 2011 @ 5:43 pm
Hello to? access my channel on youtube

and? look? at various tutorials

Cinema 4D and After?? Effects to create realistic visual? effect

new tutorials

every week!

pauloeditdesigner?Hello to? access my channel on youtube

and look at various tutorials

Cinema 4D and After Effects to create realistic visual effect

new tutorials

every week!

youtube/user/pauloeditdesigner
    cruehead
    June 23rd, 2011 @ 2:31 am
    in most cases you copying the tuts of greyscalegorilla.com
    no personal ideas?
June 21st, 2011 @ 5:46 pm
Yes! I've been waiting for this one. Thanks, Andrew, for another great tutorial...that I haven't even seen yet.
June 21st, 2011 @ 5:59 pm
Always excited to see a new tutorial! This one is great for the opening credits for a web series I'm developing. Thanks, Mr. Kramer!

-Simon Box

PS: Please check out my latest video, if you have a chance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MndNq-fnePw
amrull182
June 21st, 2011 @ 6:15 pm
woooowwwww......
New Tutorial.... i'm so lazy waiting...
but... Great Andrew... :)
June 21st, 2011 @ 7:28 pm
Thanks AK & Team
Ramon
June 21st, 2011 @ 7:39 pm
anybody know how he did the moving clouds in the background?
Piotrek
June 21st, 2011 @ 7:54 pm
Very Cool and helpful, LOVE IT :)
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June 21st, 2011 @ 7:57 pm
I just posted on my blog that i really want the tracker program and i also embedded the videos, check out my rss at http://feeds.feedburner.com/AwesomeVfxAndMini-movies-Blog
MHT
June 21st, 2011 @ 8:16 pm
Very nice.
Thanks
June 21st, 2011 @ 8:46 pm
Great stuff AK. Looking foreword to using this in a project some day :)
June 21st, 2011 @ 9:06 pm
Love it ,Thanks ANDREW.

...

I DON'T KNOW WHAT CAN I SAY?!!
arryarland
June 21st, 2011 @ 9:15 pm
wohooo!!! ... thx AK!!
June 21st, 2011 @ 9:53 pm
Very cool guys! Love it :)
June 21st, 2011 @ 9:54 pm
I was really waiting for this!!! Thanks a lot Andrew!!!
Bart
June 21st, 2011 @ 10:02 pm
Finally, now I try it and listen to your excellent English, Andrew))
How was your presentation of Optical Flare?
Jake The Muss
June 21st, 2011 @ 10:05 pm
Quality, as usual. Thanks AK.
June 21st, 2011 @ 10:07 pm
Yay new tutorial can't wait to watch and laugh and feast...
Andrew
June 21st, 2011 @ 10:16 pm
Great tutorial, thanks Andrew!
June 21st, 2011 @ 10:29 pm
Great work AK.

Here´s some HD set extension that i made a few days ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNc4rc559A0
Bob
June 21st, 2011 @ 11:17 pm
Hahahaha! starbucks..
i think andrew should become a comedian/vfx artist ;)
iacere
June 21st, 2011 @ 11:26 pm
Nice tut Andrew :)
These are basics you have to know, if you want to make a film..


I´d really like to see, how you make wire removal Andrew, there are some techniques but at least.. your one is the best :D
ShoeToad
June 22nd, 2011 @ 12:07 am
What about PFHoe? ...
Aditya
June 22nd, 2011 @ 1:03 am
WOW!!
At last, after so many days of waiting!
islamoNET
June 22nd, 2011 @ 1:23 am
woow great tuts :)
Thanks for the great effort ;)
Cube069
June 22nd, 2011 @ 2:09 am
You didn't change much! Lol great tutorial, It was worth of waiting!!!!
Wesley
June 22nd, 2011 @ 3:17 am
One of the best tutorials on VC ever. Many thanks!
EDrisCG
June 22nd, 2011 @ 3:36 am
Wow!
At last, after so many days of waiting!
Thank you so much Andrew.
Maui
June 22nd, 2011 @ 4:10 am
Your daughter is a genius. Now I want to see this flick ;-)

Great Tut and camera tracker for a superb price. Keep up the great work
JC
June 22nd, 2011 @ 5:32 am
Hey Andrew, I can belive the degree of knoledge you have. You are awesome man!. Now let me ask you: could moka do the same job as camera tracker? Please let me know. Thx
    Maui
    June 22nd, 2011 @ 1:57 pm
    mocha is a planar (2d) tracker. it's a different technology than an actual camera tracker. a while ago VCP released a Tutorial+script placing some signs onto a street in 3d using the tracking data from mocha but it is kind of a cheat. It works in some cases but it's not a replacement for a 3d tracker
June 22nd, 2011 @ 5:53 am
woooow
Finally after waiting .. .. NEW TUTORIAL

Thank you Mr. Andrew

Good luck
June 22nd, 2011 @ 6:40 am
Awesome! At least! The tutorial!
Fredrik
June 22nd, 2011 @ 7:02 am
Really inspiring tutorial! :)

I downloaded the trial of the pugin to try it out, and I have run into a problem. I've tracked my footage and solved the camera. When I hit "Create Scene" I still get the warning: "Warning! Solve the camera position before creating a scene". I have no clue how to fix this. Any ideas?
    Maui
    June 22nd, 2011 @ 1:52 pm
    I think you have to define the ground plane first. The Foundry website has really great tutorials for the camera tracker. They go into much deeper explanations than Andrew did. You can also look into your afx plug in directory. there you can find a pdf manual for the camera tracker
    Fredrik
    June 22nd, 2011 @ 3:55 pm
    Thanks a lot for the tips mate! Hopefully I'll be able to work this out. :)
Glynn
June 22nd, 2011 @ 7:11 am
Dora the explorer, lol
OlympiaLogger
June 22nd, 2011 @ 7:46 am
Why would I buy CameraTracker instead of using Mocha?
What does it do that Mocha doesn't?
    Tomas
    June 22nd, 2011 @ 9:12 am
    It does 3d tracking, If you know difference ;)
    June 22nd, 2011 @ 3:58 pm
    Yeah, this is fairly awesome. Considering:
    a) You'd have to firstly spend a huge amount for an external 3D tracker programme, and then import it into AE (not such a hassle), or
    b) You'll have to pay a Post-House that do VFX and motion graphics to this kind of stuff at the same rate as this plugin.

    I guess in the end it makes things a lot more efficient, and sometimes when you're working on a project and you have to open a new app you just feel it's like you're starting the project again - well that's how I feel sometimes :]
June 22nd, 2011 @ 7:47 am
Thank you. This is great tut.
June 22nd, 2011 @ 7:56 am
Good Andrew!
i love your work!
June 22nd, 2011 @ 8:50 am
thanks Andrew, super work :)
Arash
June 22nd, 2011 @ 11:31 am
Wow,Thanks, again one more great job from VCP.
thanks Andrew and your Team ♥
June 22nd, 2011 @ 1:18 pm
Nice tutorial! A new way of motion tracking is always appreciated.
June 22nd, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
Hello to access my channel on youtube

and look at various tutorials

Cinema 4D and After Effects.

new tutorials

every week!

youtube/pauloeditdesigner
Diego Jerez
June 22nd, 2011 @ 2:35 pm
ANDREW!! WACHT THIS
احسان
June 22nd, 2011 @ 3:16 pm
tanks andrew. that`s great...
ah shang
June 22nd, 2011 @ 4:26 pm
i need more than $500 for camera tracker and particuler effect ....so so expensive...
ah shang
June 22nd, 2011 @ 4:28 pm
i try to do smoke effect....check this up if u have time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRWi57dhz3w&feature=channel_video_title
Man_sokpisey
June 22nd, 2011 @ 8:11 pm
somebody wanna shard camera tracker plug-in fro free...? :D i'm looking for download free :D:D:D
JIK
June 23rd, 2011 @ 2:58 am
Video Copilot is getting suspiciously commercial with other products... Well, I don't care, you deserve every penny you can get out of us :)
June 23rd, 2011 @ 6:03 am
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    ShoeToad
    June 23rd, 2011 @ 10:40 am
    Nice one!
sahis
June 23rd, 2011 @ 7:40 am
@hijazi : ae2 is meant to be used !,plz dnt say i saw it here and there ...!
    Hijazi
    June 23rd, 2011 @ 1:52 pm
    You're totally right .. But execuse me, brother. This isn't anywhere.. This is Assassins Creed. You know what that means? Andrew Kramer is now an international phenomenon .. and he always was but his products are used in massive productions .. This man means very much to me. And I'm happy for him. That's all !
June 23rd, 2011 @ 3:27 pm
Andrew, i am wondering, instead of leaving the track points stationary, can they be used to animate things flying around in the background? are they still fixed in Z space, that a move on the X or Y, would still look natural? seems like that would be a good way to build an ominus scene where death eaters are flying around, maybe other monsters or alien ships? just wondering what the effect of that would be. thanks for everything you've taught me and all your fine products!
Maxi
June 23rd, 2011 @ 5:27 pm
As always, great work. Many thanks Andrew.
June 24th, 2011 @ 4:17 am
Hi,

can anyone tell me if there's a possibility to export the tracking data from After Effects into Cinema 4D? The data from camera tracker to help me in After Effects more limited. I will try to create a 3D animation in C4D and then use this in After Effects. Therefore I need the tracking data into C4D Camera Tracker. Thanks for the help.
renato
June 25th, 2011 @ 12:04 pm
ALMOST no 3rd party plug-ins... sounds cool. i'm a student who had to save 6 months just to buy production suite cs5 student edition and i'm already dreading the day where i wont be able to follow any more tutorials because i don't have cs5.5. hope until i can earn a little side money until then with what you're teaching ;o)
July 1st, 2011 @ 11:47 am
Can we use other 3rd party tracking systems with this? I have Syntheyes already.
September 16th, 2011 @ 5:25 am
Thank you so much for the tutorial. Probably saved me hours!
November 20th, 2011 @ 6:51 am
Absolutely awesome way you make your tutorials. The tutorial is great, but the presentation is something else. Thanks a lot.
November 28th, 2011 @ 1:23 am
Superb tutorial. Can't wait for other tutorials like this one.
Bari
March 1st, 2013 @ 8:11 am
Hello,
I have installed Trapcode Particular v2.0.0, I followed the instructions but can't find it in the effects menu inside AE. I don't know where I am mistaking ! I'm running AE CS6 64bits on windows 7 ultimate 64bits. Can anyone help me please ? Thanks in advance.
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