Set Extensions Footage Online!

After all the exciting announcement for our new Plug-in Element, I forgot to let everyone know, that the stock footage from our recent Set Extensions Tutorials is now online at no charge! Should be perfect to follow along with the tutorial and practice these techniques. The footage is half-hd at 960 x 540 with no watermark thanks to so if you are looking for a new shot for a project you may working on, check out some of the clips they have, some are even in Stereo 3D.

In the download, I’ve also included, the matte painting PSD file, the smoke/cloud element, the BG sky image and the roto-matte for the front mountains, just in case you don’t want to practice rotoscopting and work on the look.

Watch tutorial and download project files here

June 24th, 2011 @ 1:32 am
I am first!
Thanks Andrew!
June 24th, 2011 @ 1:32 am
Geez... thanks Andrew... Much Appreciated
June 24th, 2011 @ 1:47 am
Great... thx a lot .. and btw i am 3rd
Love VC
June 24th, 2011 @ 1:47 am
thanks master Andrew :)
thanks a lot
thanks thanks and thanks ....... :)
June 24th, 2011 @ 1:49 am
Thanks Andrew
I liked this tuts a lot ;)
    August 28th, 2011 @ 11:36 pm
    me too like everything with matte painting
June 24th, 2011 @ 1:51 am
Wow thats very generous of artbeats, thanks andrew!
June 24th, 2011 @ 1:52 am
Ace tutorial! Thanks for the generosity.
June 24th, 2011 @ 1:58 am
wow well done andrew.. i hope more 3d tutorials to come
June 24th, 2011 @ 2:05 am
Awesome, I was wondering how I could practice because my budget is literally nothing. Thank you heaps!!!
June 24th, 2011 @ 2:21 am
Thanks!!! ;))))))
June 24th, 2011 @ 2:26 am
I know this isn’t the right place to show you this .. But you must see this !!! VERY GOOD NEWS .. You must have known Assassins Creed: Revelations .. In their Trailer they used your action essentials ! CHEERS ! :D :D I’m very happy for you man. You really deserve it .. Here’s the shot where they used it:
GOOD LUCK ! I hope I get Atom for free for this discovery xD Kidding :P
    June 24th, 2011 @ 4:09 am
    hahaha you have good eyes :D
    June 24th, 2011 @ 4:13 am
    Yeah! he's right.
    Digic Pictures, the creator of this Animation, used Action Essential 2.
    (My english is not good, sorry.)
June 24th, 2011 @ 3:02 am
Thanks! Artbeats is awesome.
June 24th, 2011 @ 3:20 am
Really thank you :P And I wish good luck to your daughter making the moive she's working at :P
June 24th, 2011 @ 3:25 am
Thanks Andrew, very impressive.This is great result for a straight forward fly-thru. But if there was more camera movement or rotation would we have to use a 3d model with a 3d package or could you push this technique to the limit.

I really enjoy ur matchmoving stuff,
thanks again
June 24th, 2011 @ 4:01 am
Nice one!, and thank you Artbeats!

Formal request for you (Andrew Kramer) to come to the UK and do a visual effects workshop! :P would be awesome.
    June 24th, 2011 @ 5:20 am
    an european workshop tour would be even more awesome :P
    June 24th, 2011 @ 5:21 am
    An european workshop tour would be even more awesome. :P
    June 24th, 2011 @ 7:49 am
    Yes, come in whole Europe :P
June 24th, 2011 @ 4:19 am
Thanks for the footage. =)
June 24th, 2011 @ 4:37 am
very nice work for the partnership with artbeats! this tutorial shows us a new step into vfx
June 24th, 2011 @ 4:57 am
I will download now.
June 24th, 2011 @ 4:59 am
Hugs from Brazil!
i love this website
Aarons Rogers
June 24th, 2011 @ 5:16 am
Andrew, so so Awesome!! Hope to be as good as you someday =)
June 24th, 2011 @ 5:48 am
this is really very cool from artbeats .. Thanks guys :)
June 24th, 2011 @ 6:06 am
You simply rock man!!! I learned after effects with you and I can't stop. I am addicted to after effects and to your site. Tks for all you're doing - love your products by the way!
June 24th, 2011 @ 6:28 am
Hey andrew, will you also make the other footage from artbeat available you've shown in the preview?
June 24th, 2011 @ 6:42 am
Thank you very much Mr.Kramer!
June 24th, 2011 @ 7:11 am
that's what I was talking about ! Great thanks Andrew !
June 24th, 2011 @ 7:29 am
Kramer for President!!!!

To track footage i usually use boujou, or for 2D mochapro. I would like to test this new plugin used here and i was looking for a trial version of camera traker plugin, does anyone knows where i can find it?
June 24th, 2011 @ 7:38 am
Haha... you rock Andrew! That should silence the haters!
    June 24th, 2011 @ 9:07 am
    I'm not hater :D I just said my opinion ;]
    Remington M
    June 24th, 2011 @ 1:06 pm
    Then I probably wasn't referring to you then! :)

    There were a lot of people upset about the cost of the footage and price of the plugin (which is VERY cheap). The purpose of the tutorial wasn't for everyone to create this same exact shot. It was to learn the techniques behind it. The footage being provided is certainly nice, because it can help to follow along. The important part is just watching it and absorbing the larger techniques, because every single shot you encounter will be different!
June 24th, 2011 @ 8:25 am
Thanks Andrew for this footage and great plug ins
June 24th, 2011 @ 10:14 am
Andrew...I think...I think I'm falling in love with you. We can make it work! I can change! Oh, and thanks for the footage.

-Simon Box
June 24th, 2011 @ 11:09 am
Thank you so much for the project file & footage. I also noticed that you did the tutorial in CS5, but the project file is for CS4. So thanks for your consideration of us that can't afford CS5 yet. I cant afford the Camera Tracker plugin, can you use Boujou for the same tracking data? as I know somebody (My Uncle)that works in an editing suit that I can use. Thanks.
    June 24th, 2011 @ 1:02 pm
    Hi Steely,

    You could certainly use Boujou if you have access to it! Some of the techniques Andrew used might not apply exactly. I'm not really sure how AE friendly Boujou is, but I'm quite sure there's a way if you google it or play around. The important part is getting the tracking data and Boujou will do a better job that Camera Tracker. I like how Camera Tracker so easily integrates with AE though!
    June 24th, 2011 @ 1:12 pm
    @RemingtonM. Thanks. I will be trying it the weekend if I can get in. Depends how busy they are.
    June 24th, 2011 @ 3:03 pm
    Actually, Boujou does quite well with After Effects CS5.5. The only problem I've had is that it creates a ridiculous number of null objects with the Artbeats footage. You have to adjust the settings before solving the camera.
    June 25th, 2011 @ 2:53 am
    I have tried it, and it works very, very good. You save it as a After Effects & Maya(.ma) file. @CoolChannelFilms you are best to flag certain tracking pionts e.g. top fo far mountin, near left hand side of mountin and other good related pionts for export and best to rename them. When you come to export it, Check the export flagged pionts only and scale to 100% in the scale properties box. Hope this easeir for you as loads of tracking points will really slow down your pc.
    June 29th, 2011 @ 1:14 pm
    hey steely send me an e-mail and check this link out my e-mail
June 24th, 2011 @ 11:49 am
I really was thinking about buying this... this is awesome!
I wanted to try the plug in and the footage!!
So now I will only buy the camera tracker!!!
June 24th, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
wow! thank you so much!!
Marçal Solé
June 24th, 2011 @ 4:34 pm
Thxs so much for the effort you put in this free tutorials. So many people are learning AE thanks to you.
Michael W
June 24th, 2011 @ 6:58 pm
Fantastic tutorial!
June 24th, 2011 @ 11:31 pm
does the The camera tracker work in AFT cs4???
June 24th, 2011 @ 11:40 pm
Plzz guys tell me i am waiting for such kind of work alot but i have CS4 wats the best sulotion for me ??? waiting
June 25th, 2011 @ 2:39 am
Yes cameratracker works with Cs4, look at this page
June 25th, 2011 @ 6:31 am
This is great! It really is, i knew it would come, and i knew the benefits it would bring.!!
Thanks Andrew!
By the way if we have an HD version of the t505-02, do we have to do the matte again, or is the one you gave us still applicable?
    June 26th, 2011 @ 11:48 am
    Hi Brandon,

    Just a quick thought (I haven't really looked at the matte) but if you scaled it up there might be a loss of detail or quality. So an option might be to auto trace the lower res version and then once you have those masks, create a new solid and paste it on to there and the scale the mask up. I've done similar stuff before but haven't tried anything with this shot! But I think the original matte would more than likely be good enough.
June 25th, 2011 @ 9:32 pm
Nice job,
Thanks guru,
June 26th, 2011 @ 5:28 am
hi andrew!
what do you suggest using as a matte painting resource ... did you use royalty free images for the extra mountains?
June 26th, 2011 @ 11:12 pm
Andrew, do you know if the camera tracker data could be taken into a 3d app like maya, etc...?


    Remington M
    June 28th, 2011 @ 12:13 am
    Yeah, I'm sure it can. In the example for the Plugin they bring the data into Cinema 4D. I know one way would be to create the null objects in AE and then export those into Maya. If you watch the ledge tutorial Andrew does that into 3ds Max so I'm sure the same principles apply. Hope that helps!
June 27th, 2011 @ 12:46 am
Great Footage! Thanks Andrew
June 27th, 2011 @ 3:16 am
It would be great if you could upload the full HD version. That would be so helpful for many of us. Or does not allow that?
    June 28th, 2011 @ 12:14 am
    I'm quite sure they don't.. it was already extremely generous to give away the half res version.
June 27th, 2011 @ 6:48 am
June 27th, 2011 @ 8:56 am
Thank you very much Andrew! The tutorial was so exciting! And now the footage for free again! Thanks a lot for sharing this for free and thanks to!

Regards from France.
June 27th, 2011 @ 10:15 am
Thank you Kramer....its really useful ! i appreciate your work
Master Mind
June 27th, 2011 @ 3:44 pm
Thanks Andrew, really love this tut and the Camera Tracker plugin but it is quite expensive :D
    Remington M
    June 28th, 2011 @ 12:09 am
    It's really not. It's probably the most affordable 3D tracking program out there. Try paying 10 grand for Boujou...
June 27th, 2011 @ 8:55 pm
Thanks andrew!

always rockin !!
June 27th, 2011 @ 11:18 pm
Thank you
June 28th, 2011 @ 8:05 pm
Can this technique be used for a video game and if so, how much footage would you suggest should be created. I would assume a lot would be needed as the video game moved from scenario to scenario. Is there a way to adapt this for a video game?

Matthew Sabia
June 28th, 2011 @ 9:15 pm
Hey guys, check out the first episode of a new YouTube series we're starting. The series is about Victor Rossi, a hitman. Every week we will upload a video of Victor killing someone, blowing something up or etc. The first one was actually filmed and sent from a friend, but all of the other will be more professional, shot with a DSLR, lights and etc.

Please check it out and let me know what you think! :)
June 29th, 2011 @ 7:15 pm
nice andrew your the best... just like in the movie sucker punch... yipeee..... thumbs up!!! for andrew
June 29th, 2011 @ 9:39 pm
it's really useful
thanks Andrew ! =)
June 30th, 2011 @ 2:54 pm
Thanks Andrew. Great ideas, and the inventive use of a 3D null was something that never even occured to me before. (I would of carried on masking in 2D, because I'm like that) And then, you slapped me across the face with it! (the... inventive use of a 3D null, that is)
June 30th, 2011 @ 4:59 pm
thanks for another video tutorial Andrew. i want to ask can you make tutorial about Twixtor plugin, am about slow motion?
July 1st, 2011 @ 1:01 pm
That`s Greate that people like you do this for us, we need just to listern and wait for a new stuff...
July 3rd, 2011 @ 3:08 am
Hey great tut.
Im not sure if you've seen this one, but it seems EVERYONE is using Action Movie essentials 2 now :P though still fun to find videos of the Pro's using it.

if you've seen the music video for Fast Lane by Bad meets Evil "with eminem and royce da 5'9 then you know what im talking about

im 99% sure that those shells are from the AME2 pack :)
also it seems they use alot of textures and stuff from Riot Gear aswell... though im not sure :)

just thought it would be a fun thing to post :D
mudang takar
July 3rd, 2011 @ 11:42 pm
mr. kramer, you are awesome... thank u very much
July 4th, 2011 @ 5:39 am
Hello... Great tutorials.

Andrew; diference of Boujou and Camera Tracker or any tracking plugins?
July 4th, 2011 @ 8:23 am
Happy 4th of July, Andrew!
July 5th, 2011 @ 3:42 pm
Just watched the video again....uh...did that say RF_liquid_01 in the list of objects...seriously if this plugin imports Realflow meshes/particles into AE I'm going to run out into the streets and tell everyone and their dog about this plugin...seriously. I will even post it to youtube. Just sayin...that is EPIC!!!!!
July 8th, 2011 @ 3:53 am
dude, your tutes are kickass!! much respect from the pacific islands!
anil deshmukh
July 9th, 2011 @ 10:35 am
hello sir ,i am a frasher vfx artist and i want to make a vfx and compositing shoreel .please give me some tips .thank you.
July 9th, 2011 @ 7:43 pm
hey what ya know... thinking back on your last tutorial on earth zoom... people can actually put a balloon in the air to take pictures!!! you are not bullsh**ing us!
August 7th, 2011 @ 2:55 pm
I wana be like u andrew. 10 Q
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