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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

August 29th, 2011 @ 2:12 am
Great work Andrew can't wait for a new tutorial
    August 29th, 2011 @ 4:41 pm
    It's always an easter egg to find a mistake. Pause at 3 seconds, and look at the line on her neck below her right chin. Face separated from body.

    Yes, I'm one of THOSE people.
    August 29th, 2011 @ 8:00 pm
    Jordan is right and that is OBVIOUS.but Andrew is BEST 4ever
    August 30th, 2011 @ 6:13 am
    we always be few a tutors =)
    August 31st, 2011 @ 10:14 am
    Wow you guys are so sad to notice that... its like not even a second!
August 29th, 2011 @ 2:14 am
This will actually come in handy for the project I'm working on, can't wait to see it! :D
Greetings from Holland
    August 29th, 2011 @ 3:18 am
    GO HOLLAND! haha
    August 29th, 2011 @ 4:33 am
    August 29th, 2011 @ 6:57 am
    Holland:D xD Andrew Youre My Hero FOR LIFE Im just 14 years old
    and i do AAE projects :D All learned From you:D
    August 29th, 2011 @ 7:55 am
    GO HOLLAAND xD haha, yeah this is gonna be a great project, and it already was a succes as it being a iPhone app and video teaser! :)
August 29th, 2011 @ 2:14 am
Man, I'm first :-)
I really like your tutorials and hints.
Especially this one. I think it's very tough to create something like smoke revealing a face, which is very organic in a specific way.
Can't wait for the explanation.

Keep up the good work
    August 29th, 2011 @ 3:15 am
    Got beaten by Rutger
    August 29th, 2011 @ 3:28 am
    Hahaha zom yeah
    October 30th, 2011 @ 8:26 pm
    This will actually come in handy for the project Iím working on, canít wait to see it! :D
    Greetings from Holland
August 29th, 2011 @ 2:18 am
oh mio dio che figata (in italia)
OMG that's cool!! (in english)
August 29th, 2011 @ 2:21 am
Just a guess... But make an animated depth matte for the talent, and turn it into a track matte for the portal layer?
August 29th, 2011 @ 2:26 am
Harry Potter Style..... I Love These VFX...
August 29th, 2011 @ 2:28 am
Love this effect looks cool as aways!
August 29th, 2011 @ 2:38 am
I check back every single day for new tutorials or more tips . Keep making the great tutorials .
    August 29th, 2011 @ 4:26 am
    Me too......
    Love this site!!!!!
    August 29th, 2011 @ 5:01 am
    I do the same and my wife thinks it's geeky. But as Andrew says.... It's After Effects time!
August 29th, 2011 @ 3:09 am
August 29th, 2011 @ 3:44 am
Another Great Work and great uploading time too 02:08 am.
Can you make tutorial on 'how to create ink drop effect'
(Don't say - 'buy right gear')
I want to make effect like cctv ink
    Bob Evans
    August 30th, 2011 @ 4:45 pm
    They used Fume FX to make that video. You would need to use 3ds max or similar.
Simpleton Droid
August 29th, 2011 @ 3:50 am
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Good luck with all that
August 29th, 2011 @ 3:51 am
awesome man, but plesea put the Demon Cam video in the page, i can access to youtube man!!!...pleaseeee!!!
    August 29th, 2011 @ 5:50 am
    If you cant access to youtube... (like me in china but i use a VPN), try vimeo, he upload the video there too (vimeo is also blocked in china....) or if you cant use vimeo or youtube... Try the chinese website www.youku.com some videocopilot fan uploaded the video for chinese people. Im sure even you dont live in china youku.com is not blocked at all.
    August 29th, 2011 @ 11:09 am
    Ohh my friend, if you now, i live in cuba, and here the internet is blocked, i only can access to a few pages one of this is VC, but any other is blocked, so my only hope is see the video here or that someone upload the video to megaupload, this last i can access and donwload.
August 29th, 2011 @ 3:53 am
Mate, with more tutorials from you I'll continue to cream my competition here in P.N.G. Good stuff A.K you are a legend as always. Please make the "Organic Cam" a plug in...I'm sure you'd be able to explain the required expressions to make it work in a tutorial but when I'm pressed for time with a clients job, a plug in is always a great time-saver. VCP teams rocks!!! No if's, buts or maybe's!!
Silent hunter
August 29th, 2011 @ 4:02 am
Nic I love it. Kind of Harry potter

U right ReganDadu ;)

I also love hp fx ;)
    Paul Cox
    September 1st, 2014 @ 5:48 pm
    Silent Hunter almost completes installing then suddenly stops??? Will not continue.
August 29th, 2011 @ 4:07 am
Sounds interesting Andrew, looking forward to what you got coming through the pipeline!
August 29th, 2011 @ 4:16 am
we need more 3ds max tuts
August 29th, 2011 @ 4:21 am
awesome man, but plesea put the Demon Cam video in the page, i can't access to youtube man!!!...pleaseeee!!!
August 29th, 2011 @ 4:21 am
Can't wait. Thanks for all the great stuff....
August 29th, 2011 @ 4:22 am
Can't wait. Thanks for all the great stuff....
August 29th, 2011 @ 4:32 am
see u guys in youtube..
August 29th, 2011 @ 4:35 am

I can hardly wait for this....looking forward to this one. Blow us away Andrew.
Regards from South Africa.
August 29th, 2011 @ 5:14 am
FINALLY I have been trying to conjure up a way to do this!
Love VC
August 29th, 2011 @ 5:36 am
cool, it's awesome :)
thx master Andrew :)
August 29th, 2011 @ 6:11 am
This is a really great effect. I have seen a lot of these where it is achieved with a flat opacity effect but this is MUCH more effective. She really looks like she is coming out of the smoke. Bravo, Andrew.
August 29th, 2011 @ 6:16 am
This can be used for so many things so I can't wait :)
August 29th, 2011 @ 6:47 am
This is my favorite shot from the video. Good to see it coming up as a tutorial....Thanks Andrew.
August 29th, 2011 @ 7:04 am
I'm so looking forward to that!!!!
August 29th, 2011 @ 7:15 am
That's good but the hair seems to be cut on the left side at the end no ? ^_^
August 29th, 2011 @ 7:26 am
Oh Sweetness! I am looking forward to this tutorial!
Very Nice!
August 29th, 2011 @ 8:21 am
My name says it all.
August 29th, 2011 @ 8:32 am
what about fractual noise where she came out from?
Just give us sneak peak in comin' tutorial
August 29th, 2011 @ 8:43 am
Good stuff! I'm gonna eat this tutorial up.

August 29th, 2011 @ 9:16 am
This looks amazing! I will be using your techniques in my up coming short movie series - THE ENCHANTED
August 29th, 2011 @ 10:00 am
Thank you Andrew for every tutorial you've made!You're doing all this for free,there aren't many people like you in these days.And for this tutorial-this is cool effect and it will be very useful.
August 29th, 2011 @ 10:13 am
I would assume you are creating a separate mask for the head apart from the body so you can control opacity, feathering, etc. separately from the rest of her but I can't wait to find out a more user friendly work around...and stories, gotta have the stories, lol.
August 29th, 2011 @ 10:20 am
C'mon VCP, we need your tutorial drugz, give it to us, we want more, more often, stronger, yeah ;)
August 29th, 2011 @ 10:20 am
and this one looks goooood :D
August 29th, 2011 @ 10:37 am
Good Job Andrew, i really like it, but dont forget the next will be in 3ds max, plz tell me a bit bout UDK Unreal Developement game!, maybe we could use the environement to put people in, plz cant wait for the tus, thats so long
Kim H
August 29th, 2011 @ 11:08 am
really nice work Andrew. I cannot wait like so many other here.
PS. I think I would remind you to finish you element-3d project too.
August 29th, 2011 @ 11:08 am
Very nice AK!!! waiting for the tut ;)
August 29th, 2011 @ 11:16 am
it's very good ,nice work.
August 29th, 2011 @ 11:36 am
cool tutorial but u need also to create a tutorial about green screen match-moving just like u did in the christal ball
August 29th, 2011 @ 12:29 pm
Cool !!! I al so make some things with Democam promo film and i have a other idee.

August 29th, 2011 @ 1:31 pm
I think the smoke needs distortion or displacement to really interact with the person coming thru it .right now it looks as to separate elements.
August 29th, 2011 @ 3:12 pm
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I've already used some of your techniques in a project of mine. For example, I used the "demon face" to "erase" a plaque from a wall in a handheld take. But I also have some moment in the action where some guys come out of a portal (so to speak) and I think this is going to come very, very handy.

Thank you!
Dean Ver
August 29th, 2011 @ 3:29 pm
hey andrew, i dont know how to after effects anymore, its been 1 year, too bad. I wish i know how to after effects again :D ... pls reply me back andrew :D
August 29th, 2011 @ 3:38 pm
Andrew, can't wait for this tut man! My friends and I really want to use it for our web series we're making with Angels and Demons traveling around shadows and such! Your work has done so much to inspire and help lift the quality of our work. Thank you!
August 29th, 2011 @ 4:50 pm
co za asy..........................................!
August 29th, 2011 @ 5:21 pm
hooooooo cooolllll andrew but fast i can't wait 1 love u
August 29th, 2011 @ 5:50 pm
The left side of her hair is cut-off! It's a photoshop disaster!
August 29th, 2011 @ 7:52 pm
tnx andrew ! but we can’t wait for a new tutorial ... plz faster! :X
Haggai Nwokolo
August 29th, 2011 @ 8:47 pm
I can't honestly wait...
August 30th, 2011 @ 9:48 am
Good work ... ;)
August 30th, 2011 @ 8:10 pm
Now THAT is a seriously good effect !!!!!
August 30th, 2011 @ 10:12 pm
Looks Great ! I have been waiting for some different angles on this. I tried to give you a plug on your action essentials 2 (best buy so far) on a basic tut for some of the ways to get a basic mist effect. I could not find any info online on how to do this. You inspired me to take a shot at making my first tut after I was asked to do a tut from others seeing my video experiments.I am no expert nor have any hd green screen footage but I thought it ( http://www.vimeo.com/26406640 ) would inspire others at least try other methods. After seeing your example today you have ( like always) have definitely inspired me . Thank You !
August 31st, 2011 @ 10:04 am
I currently work in a more professional and natty white smoke...
mr deadly
August 31st, 2011 @ 1:20 pm
a great job once again.great tutorial.i need some advice,i need a camera that can shoot amazing looking video with a budget of 800$ know any good ones?.i am a rookie when it comes to equipment. thanks and once again great job!
mr deadly
August 31st, 2011 @ 1:22 pm
oh and do you do music videos?
September 1st, 2011 @ 2:29 am
WAAOOOOW!!!! Get to learn so much watching your tutorial.....Hats off to U ANDREW!!
September 1st, 2011 @ 6:05 am
Very nice, just like everything you do. I couldn't help noticing the rotoscoping on her left shoulder, but still amazing!
September 2nd, 2011 @ 6:06 am
Can I get a VideoCopilot t-shirt?
September 4th, 2011 @ 2:11 pm
@Jordan M you are not right, if you watch the tutorial it is done by dept of field. The face and uhm "boobs"/body are more in front then her neck so her neck will appear later.. and some of the smoke can still get in front of her. So its not a mistake
September 28th, 2011 @ 12:38 am
Hi Andrew. I have some question for you.Are you use transkoding in you works or work with native formats from dslr on PC? If you use transkoding, what formats are you use? Thank you for your job.
November 7th, 2011 @ 4:40 am
ow its too complicated for me i am newbie (:
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