NEW TUTORIAL: The Portal

Step into a new dimension with this exciting new tutorial from the Demon Cam video featuring a powerful portal effect with advanced compositing tips. This tutorial is one of many upcoming lessons based on the visual effects for our Demon Cam film, stay tuned for more.

Includes many techniques including:

  • Chroma Keying, Screen equalizing, Spill Suppression
  • Building the Portal using included Smoke Clip
  • Color Correction, Glow Effects & Optical Flares
  • Planet of the Apes Reference
  • Accurate depth revealing effect using ZPass from a 3D program

Watch Tutorial Now!

References:

Optional Plug-in used: Optical Flares

The Video Copilot iPhone App: Demon Cam
Hey, we’d buy your app if you made one!

Dark Reveal

We are getting ready to release a new tutorial for the Portal effect from our Demon Cam promo video but I wanted to share one of the many additional tips you will find inside of this upcoming tutorial.

In this example, I’ve reused the original footage but implemented a system for realistically revealing the face coming through the portal. This could be useful for passing through energy fields or some sort of stargate time-travel thingy.

Sample Video

Experiment: Organic-Cam

Animating the Camera in After Effects has always been a fun and challenging proposition. We created several tutorials and even our free plug-in Sure Target to assist users get better results. In some cases these “results” are just too perfect so I wanted to create a simple way to give the camera a more hand-held feel of an imperfect camera guy or girl. One that doesn’t follow the motion perfectly…

I’m still figuring out how to work this into the site… either through a tutorial or preset but after we start rolling out the Demon Cam tutorials next week, keep an eye out!

Watch Sample Video

Demon Cam: Behind the Scenes

Last week we released a promotional film for our new iPhone app: “Demon Cam”!
Watch Demon Cam Film

Much like our Demon Face Warp tutorial, this new app allows you to record a video and transform someone into a Demon of your choice. To help people learn to use the app, we created a film with a supernatural back-story and more importantly, a platform to create some fun visual effects. Before watching the behind the scenes, you should probably watch the short film first. Watch Demon Cam.

Now that the project is released, we are excited to share the behind-the-scenes video, outlining everything that went into creating the effects as well as the app design.

As planned we will be breaking down many of the VFX shots for complete Video Copilot tutorials over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for that!

Watch Demon Cam: Behind the Scenes

Video available on Youtube & Vimeo!

 

FAQ: Android Version?
We’re gonna try!

We are excited to show you this coverage and
Deleted Scene

Later today we will be releasing the behind the scenes video for our Demon Cam film. Now along the way, we tried to film everything that went into the production, unfortunately some scenes didn’t make the cut.

Free Magical Smoke Elements

Now that we have released our new promo video for ‘Demon Cam‘, it’s time to start sharing the fruits of the project to you! One of the most used elements was the mystical smoke found inside of the Orb, and now it’s yours!

Be sure to mix it with additional particle effects like this crazy energy ball!
Download Smoke Elements

SPOILERS:
Now if you have not seen the film yet, please check it out first before reading on…
Watch Demon Cam Promo NOW!

So what’s next?
Well, now that the film is out we are going to be sharing the secrets of our VFX compositing workflows for nearly all of the challenging VFX shots to help everyone see what is possible. Our goal was to make a promo video with as many impressive VFX shots as possible so we can try to push the limits of our tutorials and production values of a real-world project.

Now, I agree this was a lot of work to put into a ‘VFX App’, but what’s AWESOME is that even if we don’t hit it big like “Angry Birds“, we still have some sweet real-world FX shots to make exciting new tutorials for months to come!

…Pretty clever :)

So get ready for a new tutorial or breakdown every week AND an impressive behind-the-scenes video covering various aspects of the production just for the Video Copilot community!

Here is an inside look at some of the shots we will be working on. Until then…
View Inside Look

‘Demon Cam’ Film Promo Now Online!

Discover the secret of the Orb! Unleash the demons… with Demon Cam.

In the beginning of the year our team decided we wanted to try something new and take on a project with creative challenges and help push the limits of our tutorials. Instead of making a single shot-effect, we wanted to try creating a real-world project with a bigger scope and difficult visual effects that we could share with the community… With a little inspiration from Sam Loya 2007, we created Demon Cam!

Don’t let our secret be lost for centuries, help spread the word!

Turn up the speakers and watch in HD:

Watch Film Promo Now

Unleashing the Orb Tomorrow!

OK. It’s really happening, finally! Our crystal ball promo video is going online tomorrow! After many months of tinkering away in our extra time we have finished producing an odd but interesting new project and it all started here at Video Copilot

So before we launch the film, check out this short clip from our Behind-the-scenes action.

Watch Now

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We will be announcing the video from our Twitter account a little while before posting on the blog so If you want to be the first to watch, sign up and be ready! Connect Now

Digital Domain uses Optical Flares!

Just saw this cool article on CGSociety about the work by Digital Domain on Transformers 3 and was amazed to see our plug-in Optical Flares mentioned!

From the Article:
“Michael Bay is big on lens aberration, lens flares. “He’s always, ‘Ping my lens man, don’t be afraid to ‘ping my lens’”. Adobe After Effects has a great plugin called Optical Flares from Video Co-Pilot which is phenomenal for generating lens flares. We’d save it out, bring it into Nuke and worked a treat, he loved it.”

Besides that fun bit, the article has some great production insights and a fun point about Hyper-Reality vs actual reality. Check it out at the end.

Of course the other interesting news, is that our plug-in Optical Flares is being ported to work natively inside of Nuke and we are entering the final stages of testing. We have added some innovated solutions for working with objects and lights within the Nuke 3D space that should be a nice time-saver. If anyone at Digital Domain wants to help beta test, just send us an email!