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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

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3 years ago
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81 Comments

3 years ago
ow its too complicated for me i am newbie (:
3 years ago
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.
3 years ago
@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
Dan
3 years ago
Can I get a VideoCopilot t-shirt?
Jake
3 years ago
Very nice, just like everything you do. I couldn't help noticing the rotoscoping on her left shoulder, but still amazing!
vinit
3 years ago
WAAOOOOW!!!! Get to learn so much watching your tutorial.....Hats off to U ANDREW!!
mr deadly
3 years ago
oh and do you do music videos?
mr deadly
3 years ago
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!
SMT
3 years ago
I currently work in a more professional and natty white smoke...
3 years ago
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 !
OlympiaLogger
3 years ago
Now THAT is a seriously good effect !!!!!
sina
3 years ago
Good work ... ;)
Haggai Nwokolo
3 years ago
I can't honestly wait...
saeidkamkar
3 years ago
tnx andrew ! but we can’t wait for a new tutorial ... plz faster! :X
zalo
3 years ago
The left side of her hair is cut-off! It's a photoshop disaster!
3 years ago
hooooooo cooolllll andrew but fast i can't wait 1 love u
3 years ago
co za asy..........................................!
Michael
3 years ago
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!
Dean Ver
3 years ago
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
Xosema
3 years ago
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!
Martin
3 years ago
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.
3 years ago
Cool !!! I al so make some things with Democam promo film and i have a other idee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH4BWIFrtU8
mohamed
3 years ago
cool tutorial but u need also to create a tutorial about green screen match-moving just like u did in the christal ball
3 years ago
it's very good ,nice work.
3 years ago
Very nice AK!!! waiting for the tut ;)
Kim H
3 years ago
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.
mompremier
3 years ago
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
mchype
3 years ago
and this one looks goooood :D
mchype
3 years ago
C'mon VCP, we need your tutorial drugz, give it to us, we want more, more often, stronger, yeah ;)
k!D-k@m!ll!0n
3 years ago
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.
Martin
3 years ago
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.
3 years ago
This looks amazing! I will be using your techniques in my up coming short movie series - THE ENCHANTED
3 years ago
Good stuff! I'm gonna eat this tutorial up.

-Simon
Grscfide
3 years ago
what about fractual noise where she came out from?
Just give us sneak peak in comin' tutorial
Very Nice!
3 years ago
My name says it all.
AlekB
3 years ago
Oh Sweetness! I am looking forward to this tutorial!
R-w@n
3 years ago
That's good but the hair seems to be cut on the left side at the end no ? ^_^
3 years ago
I'm so looking forward to that!!!!
Jerry
3 years ago
This is my favorite shot from the video. Good to see it coming up as a tutorial....Thanks Andrew.
3 years ago
This can be used for so many things so I can't wait :)
3 years ago
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.
Love VC
3 years ago
cool, it's awesome :)
thx master Andrew :)
Eric
3 years ago
FINALLY I have been trying to conjure up a way to do this!
Simphiwe
3 years ago
Sweeeeeet!!

I can hardly wait for this....looking forward to this one. Blow us away Andrew.
Regards from South Africa.
chris
3 years ago
haha
see u guys in youtube..
khuber
3 years ago
Can't wait. Thanks for all the great stuff....
khuber
3 years ago
Can't wait. Thanks for all the great stuff....
3 years ago
awesome man, but plesea put the Demon Cam video in the page, i can't access to youtube man!!!...pleaseeee!!!
3 years ago
we need more 3ds max tuts
3 years ago
Sounds interesting Andrew, looking forward to what you got coming through the pipeline!
Silent hunter
3 years ago
Nic I love it. Kind of Harry potter


U right ReganDadu ;)

I also love hp fx ;)
    Paul Cox
    3 months ago
    Silent Hunter almost completes installing then suddenly stops??? Will not continue.
Daryl
3 years ago
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!!
3 years ago
awesome man, but plesea put the Demon Cam video in the page, i can access to youtube man!!!...pleaseeee!!!
    Redinou
    3 years ago
    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.
    3 years ago
    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.
Simpleton Droid
3 years ago
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Good luck with all that
Akshay
3 years ago
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
www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2YcEJhJA34
    Bob Evans
    3 years ago
    They used Fume FX to make that video. You would need to use 3ds max or similar.
3 years ago
O M G
H CANT WAIT
Aamir
3 years ago
I check back every single day for new tutorials or more tips . Keep making the great tutorials .
    Aditya
    3 years ago
    yEAH!!
    Me too......
    Love this site!!!!!
    Jay
    3 years ago
    I do the same and my wife thinks it's geeky. But as Andrew says.... It's After Effects time!
Magic
3 years ago
Love this effect looks cool as aways!
3 years ago
Harry Potter Style..... I Love These VFX...
Christian
3 years ago
Just a guess... But make an animated depth matte for the talent, and turn it into a track matte for the portal layer?
3 years ago
oh mio dio che figata (in italia)
OMG that's cool!! (in english)
:D
3 years ago
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
    3 years ago
    Got beaten by Rutger
    :-)
    Magic
    3 years ago
    Hahaha zom yeah
    3 years ago
    This will actually come in handy for the project Im working on, cant wait to see it! :D
    Greetings from Holland
Rutger
3 years ago
This will actually come in handy for the project I'm working on, can't wait to see it! :D
Greetings from Holland
    Mitchell
    3 years ago
    GO HOLLAND! haha
    3 years ago
    Holland!
    Django
    3 years ago
    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
    3 years ago
    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! :)
FlappleJapple97
3 years ago
Great work Andrew can't wait for a new tutorial
    3 years ago
    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.
    JimmyLau
    3 years ago
    Jordan is right and that is OBVIOUS.but Andrew is BEST 4ever
    3 years ago
    we always be few a tutors =)
    oliver
    3 years ago
    Wow you guys are so sad to notice that... its like not even a second!
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