New Tutorial and Free Stock Footage!

In this mystical new tutorial we will be compositing some stock footage elements and custom made particle effects to build a powerful wizardly blast. We will also use the ripple effect to distort the background around the explosion.

Watch Tutorial

This tutorial uses a clip from Action Essentials 2 & Optical Flares but as a bonus, I have decided to release 120MBs of custom made smoke effects absolutely free.

This custom collection has over 25 HD (1080p) elements of particle smoke effects you can’t get anywhere but Video Copilot!
Download Stock Footage now because we Love You! (54MBs Zipped)

December 13th, 2011 @ 10:45 am
Thank you so much Adrew!For your hard work, and share. Very grateful to you.
    December 13th, 2011 @ 12:26 pm
    Andrew is constantly blowing our mind :)
    December 16th, 2011 @ 9:01 am
    December 16th, 2011 @ 10:00 pm
    we Love You!
    December 16th, 2011 @ 11:18 pm
    Thank you for the new stock footages, very usefull
    December 18th, 2011 @ 5:58 pm
    we love u Andrew we love uuuuuuuuu
    December 20th, 2011 @ 3:50 pm
    i love this guy he is the best man for this job you rock you minded is super...
    December 22nd, 2011 @ 1:45 am
    Thank you, very much Andrew!
    Muhammad Ali Husein
    January 10th, 2012 @ 4:38 pm
    I Love You too very Nice Guy..
    I Like your styleeeeeeeeeeee...
    Wanna see You in Real World. Hhe :D
    January 25th, 2012 @ 6:03 pm
    I like it very much.
    March 9th, 2012 @ 11:48 am
    thnx.............n i need deffrent creativ work
    manish kumar
    April 15th, 2012 @ 8:52 pm
    awesome effects i like all and i download all watch's and project file thank you
    September 25th, 2012 @ 5:10 am
    We love you, Andrew. Your tutorials're amazing and you've inspired tons of people. Many thanks. ^^
    November 15th, 2012 @ 12:23 am
    LOVE YOU!!!
    March 27th, 2014 @ 9:18 am
    Andrew - you rock! I am re-naming all my children after you.
December 13th, 2011 @ 10:49 am
NIce one Andrew. Use some Maya too!
    December 13th, 2011 @ 6:53 pm
    Big time thanks for sharing... Big Heart!
    December 28th, 2011 @ 7:26 am
    I think Andrew is pleased with 3dsmax so he don't have to use Maya nor Cinema 4D or any other 3D-package :)
    I did use Cinema 4D in this one:
December 13th, 2011 @ 10:49 am
Nice! i made a video like this with Magic on youtube!
long time ago:)
But less advanced!
Ninja Films
December 13th, 2011 @ 10:52 am
If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be able to use after effects. Thanks a bunch.
    rohan bodh
    December 13th, 2011 @ 11:11 am
    same case with me thank you so much andrew
    Riaan van der Merwe
    December 14th, 2011 @ 1:15 am
    Same here. Been attending the digital school for almost a year now. Thanx VC! Jah Bless!
    Mindless Thinking.
    December 14th, 2011 @ 8:01 am
    YES! Same here
    December 14th, 2011 @ 5:51 pm
    The same goes for me.
    December 15th, 2011 @ 2:30 pm
    Me too!
    Fritz Villahermosa
    December 15th, 2011 @ 10:26 pm
    same here
    December 16th, 2011 @ 6:37 am
    eternal gratitude
    December 19th, 2011 @ 12:44 pm
    yepppp same here mann!! thanx Andrew ;)
    December 22nd, 2011 @ 1:33 pm
    Me three! :D
    December 30th, 2011 @ 12:38 pm
    Mike... I was wondering how long it would take for someone to get that one... Hahaha!
    January 10th, 2012 @ 9:47 pm
    me too!
December 13th, 2011 @ 10:59 am
was waitin for new one .. :) thanx
December 13th, 2011 @ 10:59 am
hi Andrew! When the element 3D is coming out? Any news on the new plugin?
December 13th, 2011 @ 10:59 am
Downloading.. :)

Thanx for everything Andrew and team. Using your tutorials and stocks alot!
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:00 am
wating for this long time & at last ...............
thnx man
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:01 am
Thanks Andrew! Everything I know about AE is because of your tuts.
    December 13th, 2011 @ 1:41 pm
    Same with me!
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:01 am
Awesome ! thanks a lot 7ouma
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:01 am
Thanks for the goodies!
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:02 am
you are great Andrew!thx for the Stock Footage!
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:02 am
thx a lot!!!........have u ever think about doing something with some of your fans?´ll be nice XD
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:02 am
greaat job !!
I'm waiting for this tutoriel !!!
thank's a lot !!

GG I'm waiting for the new plugin !

P.S : please check my channel andrew ;) I hope You Like it :)
Eric Terence
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:03 am
Awesome Sauce!! :D
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:07 am
Thanks Andrew for the smoke elements, and all the other great products...
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:08 am
Lets see how long it takes to download with thousand (millions?) of others trying to do the same.
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:08 am
Love you too :*
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:11 am
Wow Mr. Andrew, really thank you!
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:11 am
Back again ha !! Keep it up guys ! I wish working with ya guys ^^
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:12 am
I love these lovely surprises! Just like Christmas every time you post a new tutorial.
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:12 am
hey this is really cool u have inspired me loads thanks andrew
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:12 am
You definitely are the best in the world budy keep working that hard cause you really are change it !!!!
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:13 am
Thanks again, Andrew! You made me love After Effects!
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:15 am
Awesome! I'm a heavy C4D user and smoke and other types of particle effects just kill on the render time. It's hard to find good stock smoke effects to composite in AE. Thanks so much for generously making these available.
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:23 am
working on a teaser.. needed a little pop

I was looking for smoke.. u provided the smoke.

screw samson.. Im calling u Mr Nice Guy!
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:28 am
Thank you very much! Love it.
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:29 am
Wooooow! Thank you so much Andrew and Video Copilot! Another great tutorial, and now with free stock footages!!! Guys, I made a short film about the game "Duck Hunt" in real life. I used some cool VFX and 3d camera tracking. If you want to watch, please click here in my name and you'll be redirected to my youtube's channel. Or go to Thank you very much!
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:31 am
I think I'm going to have to go make a fiery head video now ;)
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:37 am
Thanks for your generosity!
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:41 am
You are the best!!! great teacher and great jokes.! lol!
December 13th, 2011 @ 12:00 pm
You sir are the most generous person on the internet and I thank you most kindly
    apple boy
    December 14th, 2011 @ 7:28 am
    yes he is.
December 13th, 2011 @ 12:02 pm
You are the BEST...awesome!!..thanks andrew!!
December 13th, 2011 @ 12:10 pm
Very Nice
Thanks VC
Very Usefull
Uira lira de Brito
December 13th, 2011 @ 12:11 pm
Hi Andrew, whast´s up??
I torn on to be your fan ;-) whit you i realy start love After effects. you make the tutorials all super and easy to anderstand!!! i did know you before but i see you performance in your tutorials and i see how much you make fun and profissional your work. 4 years ago i had some work videos editions in may country Brasil, but my dreams was be productor of movies and realy learn about efeccts, today i live in Alemanha and i have on litlle studium produtions here,and i learn whit you every day. Make me one favor please,i just hope that you continue be this superguy that your are, and all your super team profisssional too! your guys ist the best one, keep going please. AMAZING VIDEO COPILOT!!!!!
    December 14th, 2011 @ 3:47 am
    welcome to the good life (:
Uira lira de Brito
December 13th, 2011 @ 12:13 pm
December 13th, 2011 @ 12:15 pm
eyval eyval dash andrew ayval
haji thank u daram
kheily floweri
?? ????
December 13th, 2011 @ 12:31 pm
Please Andrew ! Make a tutorial with FUME FX on 3DS max !!! Please please please !!!!!
Jeff Almquist
December 13th, 2011 @ 12:38 pm
Awesome! Thank you!
December 13th, 2011 @ 12:50 pm
Awesome Tutorial Andrew.
Thank You So Much :D
Gregory Hooker
December 13th, 2011 @ 12:51 pm
And my birthday isn't until the 24th!
December 13th, 2011 @ 1:04 pm
Thanks Andrew and co. Looking forward to Element too!
December 13th, 2011 @ 1:05 pm
Great stuff!

Thank you VC!
December 13th, 2011 @ 1:05 pm
dont be surprised when i jump outa your screen one day Andrew, and i'll make sure i bring along a camera to get the priceless look that will be on ur face heheheee.
thanks a bunch man
    June 17th, 2012 @ 3:47 am
    Its time we donate some money to this good and excellent dude
December 13th, 2011 @ 1:20 pm
thanks mr.andrew but we are also looking for 3d max tutorials such as rayfire to collapse building or something and fume fx and advanced modeling techinque to composite it with scene in after effects if possible thanks again for the effort I know its hard to take time and make tutorial.
try to make a tutorials as soon as possible so I could listen to you because its good to listen to your tutorials that you make

Good Luck
December 13th, 2011 @ 1:22 pm
Thanks Andrew! I just feel terrible that I didn't get anything for you this year. :(
Oh well, happy holidays anyway!!
December 13th, 2011 @ 1:22 pm
December 13th, 2011 @ 1:25 pm
thank you for your work, videocopilot! there isn't a better website!
    Frisbee insanity
    December 15th, 2011 @ 5:44 am
    I SOOOOOO agree!
December 13th, 2011 @ 1:27 pm
I always think how to create 2012 film scenes or transformer film in 3d and compostite in composting application i always looking forward to that i hope you create a tutorial on that in the near future and that would be really awesome mr. andrew but anyway thanks for your time for making tutorials.

happy new year
December 13th, 2011 @ 1:53 pm
andrew you are the best and we love u too..

keep doin ur work bro
god bless
December 13th, 2011 @ 2:05 pm
please share mach moving tutorials about demon
December 13th, 2011 @ 2:17 pm
Andrew I would like to say thank you for these awesome tutorials, and I was also wandering if your friend in the deriver seat of the car is the guy from the progressive commercials.
December 13th, 2011 @ 2:46 pm
Hey dude,
would you please put a tutorial about how to do the particle effect you used in 3DSmax.
It looks awesome but I really don't know how to create something like that in max.
December 13th, 2011 @ 3:12 pm
No new techniques for this tutorial, but it's always useful to revise some basics, and I'm sure it will be sweet for everyone who hasn't seen the previous hardcore ones. ;D
BTW Thanks SO MUCH for the fumefx stock footage. It must be quite easy to do (or at least you say so), but with no 3ds max I can tell it's as hard as hell ;P
December 13th, 2011 @ 4:09 pm
And we love you too! Thank you and Merry Christmas Video Copilot!
December 13th, 2011 @ 4:15 pm
Thanks a lot. You're the greatest!!
December 13th, 2011 @ 5:50 pm
Andrew, thank you! You are helping so many people.
December 13th, 2011 @ 6:00 pm
Sir thanks a lot, how generous of you=D Godbless you more, and have a Prosperous,Blessed Holiday=D
December 13th, 2011 @ 6:05 pm
This site is ever evolving, were having a BLAST Sir Andrew Kramer!!! We Love you,i think within a year videoCopilot will Overtake RGS.HAHAHA Seriously! Godbless again andrew!
December 13th, 2011 @ 6:14 pm
Amazing. Thank you so much
December 13th, 2011 @ 6:30 pm
as i conment laster time :D you are still my best super star...
December 13th, 2011 @ 6:30 pm
Thanks Andrew! You make us look really good!
I'm looking forward to getting my mitts wrapped around ELEMENT over the holidays!
Chris Francis
December 13th, 2011 @ 6:31 pm
andrew! your santa's gift to us for beginers in this software... thank you andrew! and santa! hehe...
Raymond Sullivan
December 13th, 2011 @ 6:32 pm
Thanks for the great stock footage, I know it wasn't the hardest to make using Fume. But not everyone has every software and add-on in the world or desire to learn every tool out there and sometimes releasing something basic can be much appreciated.
Also as always your tutorials and ideas are amazing.
You're a VFX prodigy, a regular Doogie Howzer of effects, like a yo-yo ma is to the chello world you're the yo-yo dude of the video world, like Randy Quaid's character "Ishmael" the prodigy of bowling in the movie Kingpin!
Like Farrah Faucet in Charlies Angels or Michael my pizza delivery guy who always delivers on time!
Shizamm!! like J.J. Walker "of Good Times"!
Like Colonel Klink from the original Star Trek series.
or Tom Sawyer from the incredible Twilight books by Burt Reynolds, that I surely read from cover to cover.
Like a Herman Caine of political wizardry and regular chic magnet from the land of paki-paki-packnacky-stan-stan your the pac-pac-man-o-stan for rolling out such a cool TUT with free footage to boot!!!!!!! Why don't they make exclemation points in BOLD or UPPER case, you deserve it!
BTW can I have a free copy of Elements when it comes out. Pweez Pweez!
    Raymond Sullivan the third
    December 13th, 2011 @ 6:39 pm
    If you send me a free copy of elements3d I will donate a stock footage video that I will sign a release for all to use and download on your site with total exclusivity rights to Video Copilot of my elbow smashing down on a pile of mashed potatoes with thick brown gravy!
    December 14th, 2011 @ 3:04 am
    I think you came up with one comparison too short for that kind of request kiddo ;)
andrew sipes
December 13th, 2011 @ 6:39 pm
AMAZING! love it when you crank out tutorials like this..... STILL WAITING FOR ELEMENT BRO :) good things come to those that wait, but seriously! don't tease!
December 13th, 2011 @ 7:10 pm
I've been waiting for this one! It looks great! Makes me wish I was better with Studio Max, as more and more of your tutorials seem to involve it's use in some way. I'm grateful that you provide us the rendered effect to use in our work. And I'm even more grateful that you still mostly use After Effects!

ShiraN Yasassi – SL
December 13th, 2011 @ 7:48 pm
Thank you Master Andrew.
we know you love us and we LovE you. :)
December 13th, 2011 @ 9:56 pm
Andrew rocks!!!!! thanks for the stock footage.
December 13th, 2011 @ 10:03 pm
If you only knew what kind emotions one feels when one sees a new tutorial!!!
And thank you for smoke elements!
Max+AE+PS+Pr+Andrwe Kremer =Great power, explosive mixture and tremendous result))))))
    ah shang
    December 15th, 2011 @ 10:58 pm
December 13th, 2011 @ 10:39 pm
Maybe a tutorial idea, is on how to make these smoke things in Cinema 4d, 3d Max.....Or the real recorded elements, and how to make them so beautifyl transparant like all the video copilot stuff.!!!!!

It's really great
December 13th, 2011 @ 11:43 pm
Amazing Sir .. Nice Work ..
December 14th, 2011 @ 12:15 am
Thank you Andrew , You rock man !
December 14th, 2011 @ 12:31 am
Well... All I can write is "I love you Andrew"! A cool tutorial just before christmas!
AK for life
December 14th, 2011 @ 12:44 am
OMG this is awesome!
December 14th, 2011 @ 2:03 am
This is very nice and professional .
I Like you Andrew and Very grateful to you.
December 14th, 2011 @ 3:03 am
Thank you, Andrew.
You are amazing man. Happy New Year!
December 14th, 2011 @ 3:12 am
Wow! Thanks a lot for tut & stock. Merry christmas to you all.
December 14th, 2011 @ 4:11 am
Thank you so much Andrew for all the free stock footage and tutorials!!!

Keep up the good work!
God bless you all in the Name of Jesus Christ!
December 14th, 2011 @ 4:31 am
Thanks Andrew Kramer, Number One
i love all video tuts visual effects and motion graphics.
December 14th, 2011 @ 6:29 am
yess.thnx you Mr.andrew,.

because you love we. & we love you to :-)
& give all tutorials

thanx you 10000 X
December 14th, 2011 @ 6:36 am
ohh...wait...i forgot say hallo to Mr Samloya :-)
December 14th, 2011 @ 6:50 am
Thank you so much Sir Andrew! May God bless you.
Nuel Jo
December 14th, 2011 @ 6:57 am
Thanks a lot and ur team r d best philantropists of 2011.its not truly how much u give but how much u give with luv and for luv sake.
Lucas de Souza
December 14th, 2011 @ 7:05 am
This is amazing, man!
Awasome! VIDEOCOPILOT is the best!
December 14th, 2011 @ 7:11 am
Thanks a lot VC! :)
December 14th, 2011 @ 7:15 am
Awesome Tutorial. Check out my try!
December 14th, 2011 @ 7:16 am
Again, it's more than you being amazing at this stuff but that you take the time to try and make me amazing at it as well. I'm grateful. So many commentors here say "Yeah, that was cute but do this other thing for FREE!" NOBODY else on the net is doing what your offering at this professional a level at this (free!) price point. NOBODY! try and get this over at! Hell, you even throw in that that quirky AK style sense o' humor (like dinner AND a show!) for free! But then gratitude is a funny thing, I guess... Anway -- THANK YOU!
Mindless thinking
December 14th, 2011 @ 8:08 am
EPIC! Thank you.
December 14th, 2011 @ 9:23 am
Thank's alot for all crew in VC more spesificly for Andrew.. i'm student from Indonesia and now i'm know how AE works.. thank's alot guys... i'll be waiting for another tuts.. :D
December 14th, 2011 @ 9:42 am
Thanks Andrew! God bless u!
December 14th, 2011 @ 9:54 am
Thanks Andrew Kramer
Jake Jabbs
December 14th, 2011 @ 10:58 am
These are completely awesome as always. The field smoke effects are wicked. Thanks Andrew
December 14th, 2011 @ 11:58 am
Thanks for the freebies, Andrew! Very generous of you. It's like an early x-mas gift :)
Kamen Sway
December 14th, 2011 @ 3:26 pm
Andrew You ROCK.
December 14th, 2011 @ 3:31 pm
Thanks, Nick's movie 'Ghost Rider'?
December 14th, 2011 @ 5:04 pm
thank you so much !i wanna know when can we buy element plugin ??almost 2012...anyways,thank you so much !
December 14th, 2011 @ 7:51 pm
thanks Andrew for shearing your work with us (;
happy holidays
December 14th, 2011 @ 10:53 pm
thanks andrew, we love you tooooooo
December 15th, 2011 @ 1:10 am
Bro your tutorial are great thanks u so much . Merry Christmas and happy New year to u
December 15th, 2011 @ 2:25 am
Nice!!! this is the correct VFX that i looking for my demo reel...

I will put you in the credits too Andrew!
Vijay Mahantesh
December 15th, 2011 @ 2:40 am
I guess that movie name is - Honeymoon in Vegas lol...learnt a lot from you and still very curious to see your experiments waiting for the next one after this demon promo thing...
J. Carlos
December 15th, 2011 @ 3:40 am
Thank you Andrew and the Videocopilot team!!
December 15th, 2011 @ 4:02 am
Interesting but simple tutorial =) thx for the free stock footage! ;D
December 15th, 2011 @ 6:45 am
Thanks Andrew,
I love you too ;P
December 15th, 2011 @ 7:04 am
Thanks a lot!

Regards from EU, Hungary
P Sridhar
December 15th, 2011 @ 7:31 am
Simply awesome.
December 15th, 2011 @ 8:06 am
Thank you andrew.

It was GHOST RIDER! ;)
December 15th, 2011 @ 8:27 am
Awasome!thanks SiR ANDREW :)
December 15th, 2011 @ 8:40 am
OMG!! thank you ever so much for the freebies. I Cant wait to do something like this now!
December 15th, 2011 @ 9:33 am
Hi guys,

I made a new vid as this

Thumbs up please!
    December 15th, 2011 @ 10:14 am
    Thumbs up? for what?
December 15th, 2011 @ 9:47 am

Look at my new vid:)

All made with The tuts of Videocopilot!
December 15th, 2011 @ 9:47 am
Sorry for the spamming i didnt saw i posted it
December 15th, 2011 @ 10:12 am
Andrew, your work is amazing.
I've been watching each and every tutorial you had and i enjoyed every second of it :)

Keep up!
December 15th, 2011 @ 10:27 am
a new tutorial.
December 15th, 2011 @ 10:42 am
no words to say.......just thanks.......a lot
its awesome,great..... and much more....!!!
December 15th, 2011 @ 10:55 am
I LOVE YOU! Err... I mean i love your... Effects!
December 15th, 2011 @ 10:59 am
I, along with Nicholas Cage am indeed feeling the love! Thank you..
December 15th, 2011 @ 1:42 pm
Omg, and we love you too!
Now this is an awesome Christmas present. Thanks so much :D
December 15th, 2011 @ 3:33 pm
Wooow, Andrew you`re the best dude !!!! Simple but efficient !!!!
December 15th, 2011 @ 6:14 pm
Thank you! We love you too!
December 15th, 2011 @ 6:56 pm
Thanks for the free footage!!!
December 15th, 2011 @ 8:30 pm
very good tuts. thank!
December 15th, 2011 @ 9:28 pm
Many many thanks.
Rodolpho Martin
December 15th, 2011 @ 10:02 pm
Hello Andrew Kramer .. how are you?!

I am a big fan of his work, and I want to thank you for another great project that you have developed!
Let me give you an idea to the next job .. Angel wings .. yes!
Equal to the Legion of the film ...

Thanks in advance!
Until next time..

Rodolpho Martin
December 15th, 2011 @ 11:00 pm
no all the ppl have money to buy 3d max or cinema 4D ,including the expensive Plugin~~just wanan say thank you !
December 16th, 2011 @ 2:20 am
Thank you so much :) Keep up the great work :)
BTW did you create the smoke with fumefx, if so I would love to see a tutorial about creating smoke with fumefx.

Thanks :)
December 16th, 2011 @ 4:11 am
Even I'm not using AE but I love to watch your tutorial...I like how you do the 'magic':)

Thanks for the free files Andrew
Cookie Monster
December 16th, 2011 @ 6:46 am
You! My good sir, deserves a cookie :)
Anderson Gabriel
December 16th, 2011 @ 8:35 am
Very cool this tutorial, once again congratulations and keep publishing tutorials.
December 16th, 2011 @ 10:09 am
That you Andrew!
I swear without you i would have been the worst after effects editor ever.. thank you so much for everything!
December 16th, 2011 @ 11:10 am
Can someone please help me i have just got QuickTime to use these videos and it says 'Unsupported Filetype or extenison??????
December 16th, 2011 @ 11:19 am
Andrew, you use ZBrush?
December 16th, 2011 @ 4:05 pm
gracias andrew sos un genio..
saludo desde colombia
December 16th, 2011 @ 8:57 pm
lol, i can see a fan at the background :P
December 16th, 2011 @ 11:10 pm
thanks andrew..we luv u all
December 17th, 2011 @ 2:15 am
Thank you....Thank you....Thank you....Thank you....

I am very are Awesome...!
December 17th, 2011 @ 1:55 pm
Great Tutorial! Thanks!! because I Love You Too!!
Rene Lopez
December 17th, 2011 @ 3:55 pm
This is an awesome x-mas gift. Thanks!
December 17th, 2011 @ 11:42 pm
sir andrew this is what im waiting in this tutorial, you are really awesome . I am INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STUDENT, IM absoute inspire to you am also salute , bacause you are greatly composoting the ver good effects, im so proud of you
December 18th, 2011 @ 8:31 am
i think & i love that u r simply great. but u r cheap in having all those intelligence to keep yourself. Please go on with your tutorials. so that so many people gain their knowledge. Don't be Slow. keep on updating your knowledge. so that everybody uses it.
December 18th, 2011 @ 12:48 pm
I made a video on youtube with the Tutorials of videocopilot!

Subscribe please :)
December 18th, 2011 @ 4:31 pm
Thanks for the stockies Andrew! Finally I can make better HADOUKENS! ;)
I'll be sure to run through the tutorial this week.
December 19th, 2011 @ 2:26 am
Hi Andrew! U'd better give us a phone number to this hot blonde chick:)
kingsley onuoha
December 19th, 2011 @ 2:32 am
you guys are simply the best. you have made me a progressive genius in few days. love you video copilot!
December 19th, 2011 @ 4:45 am
I love youuuuuuuuuuuu man
December 19th, 2011 @ 11:46 pm
Is there any way you can post thumbnail versions of the TUTs that will play on blackberry, so I can watch on my way into work on train? Keep up the awsome work
December 20th, 2011 @ 8:18 am
hi there Andrew! i've been wondering if theres a way to create a realistic "waterman" or "glassman" effect with using only AE.i found a few tutorials when i googled it but they are not satisfying ones unfortunately :/ i wonder if that'd look realistic if i shoot the scene on greenscreen and tint the actor infront of the greenscreen to create a displacement map then distort the background using that displacement map.but theres still reflections needed to make that effect look realistic.if theres one guy who can do that with using after effects,it is definitely you,i hope you make a tutorial about this soon.i adore your work :))
December 20th, 2011 @ 5:51 pm
Thanks for sharing...
December 20th, 2011 @ 7:30 pm
Thank you very much for everything, sir!
December 20th, 2011 @ 11:21 pm
You're an inspiration Andrew. I am Kenyan and I learnt most of what I know from you. Here's my latest creation.
December 20th, 2011 @ 11:55 pm
hai...bro...u r my HERO.....
Sahil siddiqui
December 21st, 2011 @ 12:11 am
Just a quick question
why is the video in the project file Less than a second O.O ?
December 21st, 2011 @ 3:59 am
Andrew...thank you very much fo your amazing work.

Greetings from Zurich, Switzerland.
December 21st, 2011 @ 5:07 am
Andrew, thank you so much man!!! You are f'n unbelievably great in how you are and what you do!!

Merry XMAS to you and your family!!

aloha from the wonderful 'island' of Berlin in Germany,
December 21st, 2011 @ 9:54 am
merry christmas indeed!
Mindless thinking
December 21st, 2011 @ 4:45 pm
Maybe we will get element for Christmas.... maybe??? :D
December 21st, 2011 @ 10:15 pm
Thanks so much man! I needed some new smoke footage...I think I had a grand total of 2 different smoke effects in my library. Thanks!
December 22nd, 2011 @ 2:33 am
tell me how to Thank You Andrew.
December 22nd, 2011 @ 7:59 am
WOW! Santa is real and his name is ANDREW KRAMER! Much respect for all you do for us! THANK YOU
Chew Bacca
December 22nd, 2011 @ 8:21 am
It needs to be said....."That girl is smoking hot!"
December 22nd, 2011 @ 10:26 am
Please stop asking about element guys, he's working on it.
You see me asking for Quick Matte? nope...just being patient.
Any of you guys know when Dr.Dre's D-Tox is coming out?
    Mindless thinking
    December 22nd, 2011 @ 10:51 am
    Yes you are right, sorry Mr. Andrew. My mistake. I will not ask again. :( :)
December 22nd, 2011 @ 3:43 pm
Why does everything have to be a zip file, I no have winRAR :(*
    December 22nd, 2011 @ 4:55 pm
    You could always download the trial version
    December 22nd, 2011 @ 9:13 pm
    Well... You don't need WinRAR to UnZip. Windows can manage Zip Files. Anyway, you can download WinRar can't you?
fachry netwron
December 22nd, 2011 @ 6:58 pm
tnx.. alot..
i love u v.copilot..
December 22nd, 2011 @ 8:58 pm
Action Movie!!!
It's a new iPhone app by Andrew Kramer. Check it out guys!
December 23rd, 2011 @ 9:46 pm
I appreciate your work but...

You said on September 12, 2010 Atom was going to be released in february...
You have postponed many times the release...
I saw you said: definitely this year and before christmas and... you know...

I am not claiming Element 3D but I mean, you should not give a release date until to be 100% sure.
December 23rd, 2011 @ 10:42 pm
Thank You, I can not say it enough. You are incredibly awesome. Not only are your Tutorials free(How I learned how to use After Effects) , but you also include free stock footage!

Thank you Santa!
December 24th, 2011 @ 12:49 am
wow just saw a new app for iphone!!! "Action movie FX" created and designer by Andrew Kramer for bad robot production! Nice done!!
December 24th, 2011 @ 9:55 am
Been on this site for years and love it! But I sadley knew one day it would come to this and I think we are at that time. Blog posts, updates and tutorials are becoming so spread out. With how amazing Andrew is it is no surprise. He has so many other offers I am sure to do work which is great and amazing. Just miss the old videocopilot where I would check the site numerous times a day waiting eagerly for the next blog post or tutorial or update on a new product. Wasn't the newest product tentitivly going to release in Aug/Sept? Still love the site just miss feeling like a AE family
    December 25th, 2011 @ 3:00 am
    Yes Andrew.
    I appreciate your work but…
    You said on September 12, 2010 it was going to be released in february…
    You have postponed many times the release…
    I saw you said: definitely this year and before christmas and… you know…
    I am not claiming the plug in but I mean, you should not give a release date until to be 100% sure.
    mindless thinking.
    December 25th, 2011 @ 4:03 pm
    yes, I have to agree :( even in the short year I have been here I have noticed it :(
    December 27th, 2011 @ 1:27 am
    Have you ever taken into consideration that the plugin was going to be released before Christmas, but that its so good and ground breaking within after effects that Adobe have brought it to release with the software of CS6.

    P.s seeing as he is going to be working on Star trek II in the next few months he will have less time.
Ron in Calgary
December 24th, 2011 @ 10:25 am
Merry Christmas Andrew, to you and your family, and your VCP family's as well !
Thank you for all you do for the AE community during the year. Here's to 2012!
Fredrik M
December 24th, 2011 @ 2:31 pm
Merry christmas A.K love to see whats going to happen next year.
December 25th, 2011 @ 5:25 am
Videocopilot team and all followers, merry christmas and a happy 2012, looking forward to lots of awesome tutorials and plug ins! Thanks for the learning experience, it has attributed to my skills and eagerness to be able to do so much more. Thanks for everything!
eddie izycs
December 25th, 2011 @ 3:19 pm
Am from Nigeria, and andrew, Ur the Bestest.
December 25th, 2011 @ 9:36 pm
Thanks Andrew...
Love All ur Tuts and effects...
December 26th, 2011 @ 8:30 am
YOU the MAN AnDrEw.... <3
December 26th, 2011 @ 7:14 pm
yes very very important in video copilot
December 27th, 2011 @ 3:27 am
I bet Andrew is not going to post until next year!!
    December 27th, 2011 @ 9:20 am
    I totally agree...I think he will renew the websites outlook again like last time! And then he might come up with a surprise. I really love the way Andrew surprises us....(I love surprises;especially when they are SURPRISING!) ;D
December 27th, 2011 @ 9:54 am
December 27th, 2011 @ 12:44 pm
December 27th, 2011 @ 4:21 pm
Fantastic new app by the way!!! I think bad robots are good!wink!!
December 27th, 2011 @ 5:34 pm
You So Great........
December 27th, 2011 @ 10:32 pm
I love u too ~ u are my master
December 28th, 2011 @ 3:25 pm
hey andrew!
i await for a great tutorial for new year
that will gift new year for me!
i am waiting
December 28th, 2011 @ 4:23 pm
Bad ass Dude...! my respect..
December 28th, 2011 @ 9:50 pm
Still nothing new to happen.
December 28th, 2011 @ 10:53 pm
thanks for everything, for you I was able to create all that I know on After Effects!!
December 29th, 2011 @ 3:07 am
Thanks so much.
December 29th, 2011 @ 6:22 am
Thanks Andrew!
Very helpful :)
    December 29th, 2011 @ 1:42 pm
    Hey Apple,
    Hey Apple,
    Hey Apple..

    APPLE: Whaaaat???
    ORANGE: I am Bored of this silence?
    APPLE: What are you talking about? You have been blabbing
    around for the last couple...hours or something....
    ORANGE: Hey...hey APPLE....
    APPLE: WHAT???
    ORANGE: KNIFE!!!....
    OOOH, that must have hurt!!!
December 29th, 2011 @ 7:30 am
I love this side... best team in the whole word . Thank you !!! :)
December 29th, 2011 @ 8:22 am
Ustedes son los mejores !!
You are the best !!
December 30th, 2011 @ 7:03 am
Andrew , you're legendary !! Thanks for helping us , you are awesome ! Respect !
December 30th, 2011 @ 4:01 pm
Thanks mr. Kramer.

You always encourage us to try to use the techniques you are teaching in our own projects, not just copy what you've done.
So here's my try:

(And credit where credit is due:
Got the C4D earth project file from, soundFX from Pro Scores, elements from Action Essentials and used of course the beloved Optical Flares)
Chris Francis
December 30th, 2011 @ 6:18 pm
happy New year videocopilot! and andrew!
December 30th, 2011 @ 10:23 pm
Great work Andrew Kramer , You make complex graphics simple for newbies like us. Thanks for your tutorials :)
December 31st, 2011 @ 3:47 am
Happy New Year,Andrew
December 31st, 2011 @ 3:57 am
Happy New year and Happy Old Tutorial :( :D
December 31st, 2011 @ 4:45 am
Happy New Year to AK & His team,.........
December 31st, 2011 @ 6:11 am
Happy 2012, to all!
And lets hope ELEMENT be released before we found out if the MAIAS was right or wrong:)
    December 31st, 2011 @ 10:52 am
    LOL!!!!! hahahahahahaha
December 31st, 2011 @ 9:59 am
I hoped for another big blog show :(

anyways, happy new year!
Puppet cool
December 31st, 2011 @ 11:59 am
Cool….but firstly…in Demon Cam Movie…You created crystal ball in 3ds max? so why that real one for?
secondly….the behind the scene music…where did u get that?
December 31st, 2011 @ 12:27 pm
Happy New Year Andrew.
December 31st, 2011 @ 1:09 pm
Happy new year!Adrew!I love you so much!
December 31st, 2011 @ 4:11 pm
Happy new year to Andrew and all the video copilot and everyone from Piotrek
January 1st, 2012 @ 5:46 am
You are My Sir.I learned After Effects By your amazing tutorials.I am in Srilanka.I want to purchase your products from here.Is there is anyway for purchase
January 1st, 2012 @ 6:53 am
January 1st, 2012 @ 6:54 am
January 1st, 2012 @ 7:29 am
Yo! What's up man? New Year and No New Tutorial? I was kinda hoping to see a sequel to 'The Big Show-bowski'. Anyway, it's cool man. I wish you and your Family a very happy New Year. Peace!
January 1st, 2012 @ 8:29 am
hey andrew!!!
next tutorial???
January 1st, 2012 @ 10:28 am
Thank you video-copilot :-) . And wish you a peaceful and very happy new year.!
January 1st, 2012 @ 11:06 am
Hi Andrew.
With new years !!!

I was thinking about your tutorials and what do you think about making matte painting tutorial ? Is it possible ?
Looking forward to it :)
mo steve
January 1st, 2012 @ 11:59 am
Am a fan, big fan, this is the great site i ever been on the internet, you the bomb, Great Job andrew
January 1st, 2012 @ 8:43 pm
Andrew you are my best teacher I have ever learned from.
Happy new year to all
January 1st, 2012 @ 11:00 pm
hmmmmm, it's a bit scary not to hear from videocopilot :( what's wrong? No happy new year? No Family picture like previous year with christmas greetings? Hope nothing happend.
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 9:31 am
    I wonder, too. Maybe too much work, no time for fun ;-)
    January 2nd, 2012 @ 12:33 pm
January 3rd, 2012 @ 9:02 am
Dude u are the best ever bro!! u r the chuck norris of after effects
    June 17th, 2012 @ 3:54 am
    he is an absolute champ
jithu dolphin
January 3rd, 2012 @ 10:22 am
Hello Andrew Kramer .. how are you?!

I am a big fan of his work, and I want to thank you for another great project that you have developed!
January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:28 pm
Love your work andrew! And I want to saw how did you come up with the "Demon Cam" logo design!
January 4th, 2012 @ 10:40 am
I really love yur tutorials. Man! u are the BEST.
January 4th, 2012 @ 5:13 pm
Thank you so much!! xD Your the best!! If it weren't because of you, I wouldn't be this in to Video editing.. xD i love your tutorials xD The best!! if this site had a like button, Id click it a hundred times.. xD Thumbs up!
January 4th, 2012 @ 6:25 pm
thanks andrew, its very useful,happy new year
Htun Lin
January 5th, 2012 @ 4:16 pm
Hi Adrew Kramer,
Wonderful thing you make!!

As you said that you love us and I love you too. You help the world freely with your won abilities. Could you please send me you plugins-light saber, and lens flare and others you have created.

best wishes,
htun lin
Htun Lin
January 5th, 2012 @ 4:28 pm
I have been looking up this web site over a year but I forgot to write comments because I don't know how to write meaningful comments. It makes sense or not, I don't know.

I really really really love your site and your free tutorials. Please don't leave me decay. Make me alive on doing new after effect tutorials. I mean that post me more new tutorials. I would let you to know my self information but why I have to interest in video editing. Please reply my comment with you help that I have posted for asking plugins.

Htun Lin
Htun Lin
January 5th, 2012 @ 5:43 pm
I am so sorry Adrew Kramer. I have read your rules after I have post my comments. It includes do not beg tutorials. Please leave my mistakes. I also love enjoyable environment.

Some of my typing are mistake. Please don't care about it. I am not an English. Just a poor man, Karen from Burma.
January 8th, 2012 @ 11:30 pm
amazing guy you are Andrew. May you live to accomplish your goals in life. God bless you.
January 9th, 2012 @ 7:02 am
yeah another amazing turorial, i love these effect, but ive a question.. can you do a tutorial how do you explain how do you create this smoke effect in 3ds max ?
tutorial, you also can explain these in words.
i need a smoke effect with another rotation but i dont know i can create this ;D
okay, amazing tutorials and nice products :p
January 12th, 2012 @ 5:59 pm
Hi, Andrew, nice vfx tutorial.. thanks.
and the movie you talked about nicolas cage is GHOST RIDER
January 17th, 2012 @ 4:11 am
wow...thanks so much Andrew,i just started using AE for about a months,zero knowledged!!but now..learned a lots of things from ur tutorials..u r consider my Sifu..
January 23rd, 2012 @ 3:08 am
thanks a lot...
January 28th, 2012 @ 12:13 am
February 9th, 2012 @ 12:22 am
Hey Andrew i love magical hits tutorial its just great :) but you can only view the fume from the side and then you need side shuts and thats annoying that i'ts the only side you can view it from so please make a tutorial on how to make the fume effect
February 10th, 2012 @ 8:57 pm
Cool im using this for my new video :D <3
February 15th, 2012 @ 7:13 pm
Cool....... I can't believe it's free..!
February 20th, 2012 @ 9:21 am
LOVE YOU! Without all your hard work all of us wouldn't know how to use after effects!
February 22nd, 2012 @ 2:28 pm
Andrew, you're number one! Thanks a lot.
Ali Borji
February 23rd, 2012 @ 11:56 am
Andrew,I like your impressive tutorials , but I didn't tutorial about professional sound editing for weapons and explosions .
March 2nd, 2012 @ 4:16 am
AK the man who put the AK in AK47. Thanks for teaching me how to make the things I dream a reality x
March 6th, 2012 @ 10:54 am
thanks for sharing these tutorials, Im in iran . your tutorials is the biggest oppotunity fo me to improve my skils. I hope to meet you, Andrew .
March 7th, 2012 @ 7:16 pm
Andrew, this is awesome dear,really really awesome. thanx
Edwin Haorokcham
March 10th, 2012 @ 6:53 pm
Andrew..... Andrew..... Andrew.....
You are the best!
paulo (brasil)
March 18th, 2012 @ 1:19 pm
We love you more! ( credits from brasil )
March 20th, 2012 @ 5:51 am
You too kind, God bless u.
onaji stephen
March 21st, 2012 @ 5:14 am
i am now very good in adobe after effects thanks alot. please do you know anylink where i will learn 3ds max? i love the way u do things there.
March 31st, 2012 @ 4:22 am
thank you my friend i looooooooooooove you
April 6th, 2012 @ 2:53 am
Thank you Andrew for the new stock footage ..
June 3rd, 2012 @ 12:39 am
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! Your 1ofakind
joshua robinson
June 9th, 2012 @ 9:36 am
thanks a lot friend your awesome
June 17th, 2012 @ 4:07 am
Oh what can I do without your huge assistance, Thank you zoo much for letting my dreams through.I will continue to pray for all the time, for such great tutorials. Thank you again and again.
June 28th, 2012 @ 2:50 am
Used one of your stock-footage and made sumfin for my girlfriend....and she went gaga over me....i wonder what i wld hv been loosing without ur "ever constant free tutorials and free-stock-footages"...Andrew....u r d bomb MENNNNN....for real!!!
Riaan van der MErwe
July 9th, 2012 @ 3:04 am
VC is the place to be!
You guys rock!

Big up and mad respect.
July 15th, 2012 @ 7:23 am
You rock Andrew,thank you 4 every thing.
Amir Hussein S.k
July 29th, 2012 @ 2:05 pm
Nice Job and All Hail To Great Andrew . :)

I Love You !!!
August 28th, 2012 @ 7:07 am
Mon Dieu Andrew, c'est merveilleux! ='O
Tu es vraiment incroyable. Merci infiniment pour tout ce que tu fais pour nous! On t'adore Andrew!
We love you!
September 10th, 2012 @ 9:43 pm
Whoa. This footage is sure amazing, but I've got a very important question regarding to the usage. Is this CC? May we only use it for non-comercial work and of course giving due credit to What are the restrictions?

Thanks a lot for the material and the tutitorials. They rock.
September 19th, 2012 @ 9:22 am
best for ever
god bless you great man
love more and more
September 21st, 2012 @ 6:42 pm
whoah..!! as expected, a great tutorial coming from you andrew..
keep it up as always...
But could it be possible that you could create a tutorial with regards typography? Some tips on it..
That's if it's possible.. ;)

More power to you and your family..

October 8th, 2012 @ 8:58 am
Indonesian People said WOW..
thanks Mr. Adrew
you make my imagination to be come.. ^^
October 18th, 2012 @ 3:46 am
Andrew can i borrow your skills for a night?
November 2nd, 2012 @ 12:45 am
Excellent site. Excellent job. The best I ever found. Thank you Andrew for your great help. God bless.
November 17th, 2012 @ 1:35 am
i love this guy he is the best man for this job you rock you minded is super… haider from iraq
December 16th, 2012 @ 8:42 am
Thank you for these stock footages, and thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and your work with us. Best wishes for you and your beloved ones.
January 9th, 2013 @ 4:15 pm
Infact, Andrew u are a genius. Ur tutorials have helped me realize my dream of shooting my first debut feature movie. Thanks.
March 11th, 2013 @ 10:58 pm
I am maya user and unable to use all these tutorials of MAX
Sufiyan Soudagar
March 19th, 2013 @ 10:12 am
awesome, mindblowing, u rock dude...........
April 10th, 2013 @ 12:19 am
Awesome tutorial! Can't wait to try these on some videos for . Thanks!
May 6th, 2013 @ 1:37 am
Awesome tut andrew, but for some reason i am not able to download the magic smoke pack on my PC. Is there a problem with the download link ?
August 12th, 2013 @ 3:22 am
I like your all stock footage & plugins..i will buy these all soon.Your tutorial made me master in after effect...Please make more tutorial on element u...
vinoth Raja
January 4th, 2014 @ 1:39 am
Awesome....Thalaiva You are Great
March 14th, 2014 @ 5:55 am
Mama ur rock lov uuuuuuuuuuu...........
July 8th, 2014 @ 8:31 pm
thanks a ton bro u r a real hero of after effects…………….:-)

Really want to meet you……………….love u
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