New Tutorial: Mid-Air Emergency!

In this new tutorial we’ll composite the interior of an airplane as the wing bursts into flames. We’ll cover green screen keying, 3D tracking with Camera Tracker, particles and compositing live action elements. I’ve also included a dropping Oxygen mask in the project file for people that want to add an extra layer!

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March 22nd, 2012 @ 8:42 am
Nice to see you're back Andrew! Excellent work, as always...any chance you could do a posting on your camera set ups? Be interesting to see how you set up your rig.
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:47 am
    I second that!! That could be a tut. in itself!
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 10:50 am
    Awesome man. These tutorials have helped me out so much. I recently did some VFX work for a Temple Run Movie trailer. Could never have done it w/o VideoCopilot. Check it out:
March 22nd, 2012 @ 8:47 am
Sir, Very Nice Tutorial I Wating For This Tutorial a long Time.I Love Video Copilot.
March 22nd, 2012 @ 8:48 am
Woo hoo #2. Very cool as always. Cant wait to recreate.
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:01 am
Your simply the BEST!!
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:03 am
wowowowowowow i love it, Il'try to make one in the weekend, thanks ak.
Javokhir Uzbekistan
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:03 am
special thank Andrew Kramer and
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:04 am
awesome ;) check this out tell me what you think
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 10:14 am
    great work keep it up look forward to you next project !
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 10:39 am
    awesome video very good! (y)
    March 23rd, 2012 @ 4:34 pm
    Awesome video Gabe, i have to say you are really talented at what you do but when it comes to football you cant better me! hehe!!

    also check out my motion graphics video out (not as good as yours tho mate)

    see you tomorrow!

March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:07 am
You have been missed!
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:08 am
Wow this looks good! I saw a similar shot in the breaking ny channel on youtube except the wing did not explode. but this look very much like the real thing!

This probably get annoying but....Whats up with eliment 3D?

I third that!
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:19 am
Finally, thanks Andrew.
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:25 am
Fantastic :) the force is strong with this one :)
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:25 am
Good tutorial

March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:26 am
Thank you very much Andrew!!!
Scott Jason
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:27 am
Top Cool Andrew good Job
Anthony Coffee
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:29 am
woot its like xmas morning!
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:32 am
Very cool stuff,asusual Great
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:33 am
GREATTT Brother! Very nice!
peter w
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:41 am
cool, very nice and handy. thanks. you,re the best
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:58 am
Andre tu y tus putadas de tutoriales mediocres, nada que ver con los anteriores, puto!!
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 11:13 am
    Menudo desagradecido estás tu hecho, para empezar tu no tendrías ni pajolera idea de cómo hacer algo así. Y ahora me dirás que sí...JA!

    Thanks for the tut Andrew!!!
    March 24th, 2012 @ 6:26 am
    Menudo desagradecido estás tú hecho, además insultando por ofrecerte cosas....¿gratis? Lamentable.

    Thanks for this tutorial Andrew!!!
    March 25th, 2012 @ 4:17 am
    Menudo desagradecido estas tu hecho, insultar a alguien que te ofrece contenido totalmente....¿gratis? Lamentable.

    Thanks Andrew for this tutorial!!!
    March 26th, 2012 @ 2:21 am
    Menudo desagradecido estas tu hecho...insultar a alguien cuando te ofrece cosas gratis.

    Thanks Andrew for this tutorial!!!
March 22nd, 2012 @ 10:04 am
So many people tried to watch the preview it took YouTube down! LOL

Can't wait to check this one out :)
March 22nd, 2012 @ 10:12 am
Hi Andrew nice tut as always... I was wondering will you stay loyal to after effects tutorial or will you do some 3ds max or cinema tutorials in the future because if you really want to do something big you have to use some 3d programs like 3dsmax that you are already using but it would be nice if you set up some 3ds max tuts and maybe more interesting is the scene set up tutorial how to place track point for later use in tracking etc....
It would be great to meet you because i use ae a lot in my work and my team and i are working on some mayor projects that i think you would be interested in...
Best regards
    Jack H
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 2:16 pm
    No way. 3Ds max is expensive. The point of this site is NOT to show professionals how to do vfx. Its for amateurs, who sometimes DONT have 3ds max.
    March 23rd, 2012 @ 3:36 am
    I agree with you Jach H i forget those simple facts ;)
    March 23rd, 2012 @ 6:01 am
    And that is why he should use blender!
    Look! you can now do the crater tutorial in blender!!! Amazing!
    His finished movie looks much better then the on he does in the tut. here it is. You should really start doing tutorials with blender!!!!!!!!!! :D
    March 23rd, 2012 @ 7:32 am
    No harm in doing some with 3d programs too...
    March 24th, 2012 @ 2:20 am
    I agree Ilaiya I use a combination of 3d programs and after effects but the most important thing is that you know what do you want to create a then start to think about various techniques on how to get it.....
    March 27th, 2012 @ 11:58 pm
    I agree with Samuel on using Blender. Its free and can compete with many of the commercial 3D software out there. using 3d is great but it will put of guys who dont have commercial 3D software. With Blender, everyone will be able to follow your tutorial on AE and blender.
March 22nd, 2012 @ 10:16 am
Wow Andrew you have break down most of cinematic Techniques :P great one thanks
March 22nd, 2012 @ 10:43 am
Very professional and beautiful work
L A Webley
March 22nd, 2012 @ 11:23 am
Sweetness. Simple. Simply, sweetness.
March 22nd, 2012 @ 11:36 am
You're the best !!Thanks for everything.
March 22nd, 2012 @ 11:43 am
Nice. Even if I'm not going to do all the tutorials it's always good to watch them all and have real fun of Adrew's jokes :)
Derrick van Niekerk
March 22nd, 2012 @ 12:17 pm
50 bucks says DC10 is going to be googled a gazillion times tonight! HA HA HA!

nice tut,thanks

March 22nd, 2012 @ 12:50 pm
I've never been so happy to see a plane come down (uh, come down from the main page to be replaced with this tutorial.)
March 22nd, 2012 @ 1:03 pm
good stuff - an the pun gun is always loaded...
Belal Yasser
March 22nd, 2012 @ 1:15 pm
Thank you Andrew Kramer For Learning Us Such Effects I have been waiting from along time for you to post that tutorial but am amazed that it's all in After Effect
    Belal Yasser
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 2:16 pm
    By the way am 12 years old
March 22nd, 2012 @ 4:32 pm
Love it, great one, allways deliver the goods :) keep it up and waiting big time for the element plugin.
March 22nd, 2012 @ 5:10 pm
You’re the best thanks about every thing
March 22nd, 2012 @ 6:05 pm
I love it how you made a tutorial after I made my own video similar to this...
March 22nd, 2012 @ 7:00 pm
Thanks for come back! Thats amazing bro! Thanks a lot for teach me that kind of things! Hugs from Argentina!
March 22nd, 2012 @ 8:48 pm
wow.. dream come ture.. i been waiting for this.. thanx andrew
Gerard Wills
March 22nd, 2012 @ 8:54 pm
Been checking here everyday (like I normally do) for this tutorial!
You've made my weekend!
March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:58 pm
thnx for the great tut.
March 22nd, 2012 @ 10:02 pm
Give me mid-air collision!
ah shang
March 22nd, 2012 @ 10:37 pm
where is the element plugin....i waiting for so so so long......
March 22nd, 2012 @ 11:47 pm
hi andrew tis is my most awaited tutorial n i am watching in my nokia n8
March 23rd, 2012 @ 2:03 am
Hi Andrew ! Good to see you back.. I visit here daily just to see ,if Elements is released or not .. !!
Its been a long time, not even any update :/.
We are waiting Andrew:)
Keep Rocking.
Siavosh Mehraein
March 23rd, 2012 @ 2:03 am
tnx Andrew.
This Tutorial was amazing like other tutorials.
I believe from 2007 until present day VCP is the greatest company for learning After Effects And Andrew Kramer is very smart guy.
Please release ELEMENT plug-in soon as possible.
March 23rd, 2012 @ 2:56 am
where is optical flare for nuke...
and how is your elament 3d
March 23rd, 2012 @ 3:17 am
hey Andrew U r Awsome and Ur tutorials and projects helps beginner in new way and experienced type....go ahead and we are in need of ur help!!!
March 23rd, 2012 @ 3:19 am
genius tutorial,thanks for everything.
March 23rd, 2012 @ 3:30 am
Love it! check out my channel:
March 23rd, 2012 @ 4:03 am
PLEASE just say anything about ELEMENT!!!
I check news about it every day...
March 23rd, 2012 @ 6:12 am
Just a technical note ... The piece that Andrew refers to as the engine is actually just a cone cover to the flaps mechanism. I think they are called pods and the plane can actually fly safely without them. It's pretty much just a cover and helps with air flow. I don't think it matters in this video because you really can't tell the flames are coming out of the pod. I am guessing on a real DC10, the engine would be further foward on the wing and out of view.
March 23rd, 2012 @ 9:24 am
I was hoping the tutorial would also include the opening part with the shot of the plane from the outside. Will that be coming in the future? Or anyway you could just maybe put the jet in the project file? :)
    March 24th, 2012 @ 2:25 am
    Hey guys there are tons of free 3d plane models out there just google some up, modifying and seting up the first scene is very simple in any 3d program.....
March 23rd, 2012 @ 10:25 am
Jason is right could we have a project file or a tutorial for the plane?
March 23rd, 2012 @ 12:50 pm
Is Sam Loya related to Stephen Graham?

Great tutorial by the way!
March 23rd, 2012 @ 1:26 pm
Thank you. I have been waiting for weeks for this thing! it met all my expectations. As always great work! You are a funny guy. ;) :lol:
March 23rd, 2012 @ 6:50 pm
Andrew, greetings to you from Yakutia! Thank you very much for your lessons, you're a cool dude! We would like to meet you live. It is a pity that I live on the other side of the planet
March 23rd, 2012 @ 7:49 pm
Freakin' love it as always! Please keep up the good work, and hey, we're waiting for Element 3D to release! ;)
March 23rd, 2012 @ 7:54 pm
I am a Chinese boy of 15 years, like vfx. Every day through the English translator to read your website, Chinese Internet is very poor, but I still wait patiently webpage loading up, really good like you!!! Hope that more than some of the more fantastic special effects video! In China you called AE god!!!
March 24th, 2012 @ 1:19 am
Did you use particular just to benefit the tutorial? Because you could have also used one of the many sparks clips from Action Essentials.
March 24th, 2012 @ 1:59 am
Andrews tutorials where very helpful form 2005 till now I started my own company for visual effects used in marketing and commercials It changed my life Now we have a team of 9 artist and growing each day thank you people for providing and sharing your knowledge to the world keep up the good work
Check some of our work and comment
    March 26th, 2012 @ 2:13 pm
    Odli?no! Zaposliš me? :)
    March 27th, 2012 @ 5:28 am
    Kaj se kužiš u vizualne efekte?
March 24th, 2012 @ 2:40 am
element plugin
element plugin
element plugin

where is ?

can you tell Me the date of sorte !!
    March 24th, 2012 @ 5:47 am
    when the time comes he will be more then happy to tell us about it. Just wait and be happy that he is making it at all ;)
March 24th, 2012 @ 4:14 am
hi andrew
we want somthing different on u
for this tut exmple use 3d particles inside of max or c4d to create the fire but like always your tut is GOLD in the other tuts
realy like them
March 24th, 2012 @ 7:00 am
hey andrew...
ur tutorials are awsum n useful also...
can u please make tutorials of Autodesk maya n 3d max also....please..........
u r an awsum tutor....
plz can u help us in that too...
March 24th, 2012 @ 7:14 am
truly amazing, love the tutorials, though the wait is anoying as there are few other sites with this amount of production value, could we get some nuke tutorials????? just started using it, or can anyone recommend a nuke tutorial site or youtube channel???
March 24th, 2012 @ 10:01 am
finally - I've been waiting for this tutorial.. looking forward to it
March 24th, 2012 @ 1:16 pm
As usual you raise the bar with your tutorials but any chance on expanding this and show us how you did the outside section of the video with 3DS plus I assume some AE as well for the correction?
March 24th, 2012 @ 8:22 pm
Dude you are so talented. How do you find time to break out these tutorials?

All Hail Kramer! and his team! your good, but you cant do all of this by
March 25th, 2012 @ 1:49 am
videocopilot forum on android please
March 25th, 2012 @ 1:49 am
deamon cam on android please
March 25th, 2012 @ 2:55 am
Dude, thank you very much!
Brandon Sirota
March 25th, 2012 @ 9:53 am
Great tutorial, have been waiting for a while! Again Great Stuff!!
March 25th, 2012 @ 10:00 am
could you do the 3d modelling of the plane to??
March 25th, 2012 @ 12:37 pm
Nice to see you’re back Andrew! That's amazing tutorial! Thanks a lot! From Greece!
Tim Creed
March 25th, 2012 @ 12:59 pm
Once again, awesome tutorial. Such an inspiration for all the wannabee directors and compositors out there (like me). Also, I saw your name at the end of Super 8's credits. I was like, "AHHHOLDFYNAFLKEIO*&^%&AFDKLF"
March 25th, 2012 @ 8:24 pm
Hey, when are we gonna get element, I need it, it calls to me. I have a project that I'm working on that needs to incorporate some 3d stuff, and element would work perfectly for it based on what I've seen.

Also, check out my videos on the youtubes if you want
March 25th, 2012 @ 8:26 pm
Awesome "kramerican airlines" I love it!
mohamad ridhwan
March 25th, 2012 @ 11:06 pm
Hey Andrew.. do you think you could make tutorial on the airplane as well?I'd like to know how you animate and texture it.
Chris Francis
March 25th, 2012 @ 11:18 pm
hey andrew were glad that your back we miss ur video tutorial... good stuff andrew! nicely done...
March 25th, 2012 @ 11:19 pm
Many thanks for the great tutorial!
chao zhao
March 26th, 2012 @ 12:22 am
Hi Andrew, I`m a college students from China, I know you guys already world famous,haha
March 26th, 2012 @ 6:49 am
great work andrew :)
Once again, awesome tutorial
a question, it would be possible for you to do a tutorial where the plane will crash in after effects, as this example.
    March 29th, 2012 @ 9:21 am
    Crash? Didn't you know? Pilot Kramer let the plane land underestimated his skills my friend.
March 26th, 2012 @ 6:40 pm
nice tutorial, I love it.

Hey Andrew, when we gonna get VC Presets for CS 5? I tried to make yor tutorial #85 and I tried to use 3d orbit and it is failing.
maybe you should make it for CS 6, os coming soon too...LOL!!(just a joke) your things were helpfull a lot. thanks.
Saeid KamKar
March 26th, 2012 @ 11:27 pm
Thanks Andrew ! You Always is best !
March 27th, 2012 @ 9:02 am
You Are Awsome Andrew !!!
--From your Fans in Iran--
March 27th, 2012 @ 11:47 am
hy mr Andrew! :)
Can you tell us something? Where do you get the soundfx?
    April 10th, 2012 @ 11:27 am
    check out the FAQ
March 27th, 2012 @ 3:04 pm
Here's one tracked in Blender, a free 3D software with a built-in 3d tracker. The foundry tracker isn't really the cheapest.
The video:
March 27th, 2012 @ 8:35 pm
Excellent stuff! Another Camera Tracker tutorial.

Thank you!!
March 27th, 2012 @ 10:59 pm
Andrew thanks you !

but andrew is not back is just post tutorial for make waiting all the fan more time so no andrew is not back for me videocopilot is after
March 28th, 2012 @ 5:50 am
If you want to have a project file of this tutorial
Just check my channel!
    March 28th, 2012 @ 11:07 am
    You really want to know how it's looking?
    Like you only copied AK nothing more. There's nothing i haven't seen yet.
    April 3rd, 2012 @ 1:31 am
    Looks like all of Andrews templates and project-files cut together, sad...
Paul W from UK
March 28th, 2012 @ 12:21 pm
tutorial was a long time coming andrew, but well done,would of liked to have seen more 3d of the making of the plane and the filters used, but all in all, very very good.

well done
March 28th, 2012 @ 8:11 pm
Here is my work in progress for a 3d plane recreation in 3ds Max
    March 29th, 2012 @ 9:25 am
    Looks great. What are the specifications for a youtube channel background like the one you have where the channel is surrounded with your own design? I wanna make something different but wanna know how to make that too. Can you tell me ?
    March 29th, 2012 @ 12:40 pm
    @R-CANE: Check out this tutorial here for the basic dimensions:

    They aren't perfect though, will require a little bit of fiddling around.

    From there, it was just a lot of Photoshop work to create my custom background.
    March 31st, 2012 @ 10:42 am
    Thanks a lot will do my own magic with these specifications.
    March 31st, 2012 @ 11:57 am
    Thought this might help too, here is my actual background image:

    Although as you can see, Youtube cuts it off (depends on screen resolution I think)

    But, you;ll notice I faded it out to black on the sides and bottom. Then, in my background settings on youtube I made sure it didn't tile at all, and set my background to black.

    So, when you get to the bottom of my channel and load more videos, the background has faded seamlessly out to black.

    Hope that helps!
March 28th, 2012 @ 11:44 pm
Thank you andrew. I work in IRAN and I always use from your tutorials.
March 29th, 2012 @ 12:06 am
Thats so great man !!
March 29th, 2012 @ 2:31 pm
as always... a good and brilliant Tutorial for After effects :)
can you please link me the magazine on the guy hands?
name and site of the magazine ?

and we are waiting for element plugin ;)
Mike Nielsen
March 30th, 2012 @ 8:17 am
What's up AK?

How does one handle the lens input (35mm for example), depending on the camera? If a 35mm lens is used on a crop frame cam (like the Canon 7D), would you still enter the lens parameter of 35mm or does the crop frame factor need to be considered...?

Thanks - kind regards,
    Mike Nielsen
    March 30th, 2012 @ 9:18 am
    Opps...speaking of entering cam data in tracking software packages, of cause.
    April 1st, 2012 @ 7:16 pm
    The lens input should be 35mm on any camera body with a 35mm lens. Crop factor reduces the image size but doesnt change the perspective of the image.
    April 2nd, 2012 @ 12:01 pm
    I have the same question.
    I think it depends on the used lens. Some of them are specifically made for APS-C sensors.

    In other words, it shouldn't be necesary to considere the crop factor if using a proper lens.
    Mike Nielsen
    April 3rd, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
    Thanks John, good point - sounds plausible.
March 30th, 2012 @ 12:01 pm
sir, I request you to make a detailed tutorial on light setups.And maybe some tips on mobile phone videography.
March 30th, 2012 @ 2:22 pm
I am doing my best to be very patient for Element but it is very hard :D
    April 4th, 2012 @ 1:34 pm
    I know
    It's been 42 days since the last update.
March 31st, 2012 @ 12:54 pm
Looks really cool, but made the mistake of looking at it briefly before I actually got on a plane last week!! :-)
April 1st, 2012 @ 5:51 am
Hey! Please check this awesome video made by us. It's parodies of popular movies and series (Lost, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter)full of humor and visual effects. We are 15 and we are from Spain!
April 2nd, 2012 @ 12:53 pm
You Are Amazing andrew kramer how you use every single effect and plug-in in after effect like you know the program more than your self
April 2nd, 2012 @ 5:21 pm
Andrew. Could I be in the next tutorial and take Sams place? I know he needs a break from the ridicule and Id be glad to take it instead!
    Jeffrey Robert
    April 4th, 2012 @ 4:32 pm
    Was I out of line??
April 2nd, 2012 @ 11:48 pm
tnx Andrew.
This Tutorial was amazing like other tutorials.
I believe from 2007 until present day VCP is the greatest company for learning After Effects And Andrew Kramer is very smart guy.
Please release ELEMENT plug-in soon as possible.
April 3rd, 2012 @ 4:58 pm
Is this lord XENU's DC 10 model? All hail LORD XENU!!!!
KC Taylor
April 4th, 2012 @ 9:53 am
Great tut as always! I've posted in the forum but didn't get a response.

On the last part of the video (the exterior shot after the tutorial) did you use After Effects for the smoke or something in 3D Studio Max?

Thanks again! I used to be afraid of using After Effects, but now I use it for everything including 2D compositing. You're the best!!
Panoramic Films
April 4th, 2012 @ 11:10 am
good tutoriales un saludo desde MEXICO....
April 4th, 2012 @ 12:34 pm
I've been practicing with this tutorial with more textures and images to make it more realistic.
Thanks for this tutorial, it's very helpful.
Onyx Azor
April 5th, 2012 @ 10:05 am
I have a question concerning camera tracker and other tracking programs (boujou). I've been running into an odd problem over and over. Whenever I pick a tracking point and create a null object, I end up with this huge null that's sometimes angled weirdly. Also, whenever I try to attach the position of a null to another object (like some text) the null ends up flying way off the comp area (into outer space basically). I've tried making a video with more depth, which seems to work slightly, but the nulls are pretty huge still. I've also tried making the comp size larger, which isn't working either.

I have no idea as to why I'm having this problem and I'm not sure who to ask, so I decided to post this comment in hopes that someone from Video Copilot could answer my question.
April 5th, 2012 @ 10:11 am
Look this Kramer
    liquid orange
    April 6th, 2012 @ 10:36 am
    Nice one :)
Gabe X
April 7th, 2012 @ 2:08 pm
    April 10th, 2012 @ 4:36 am
    Wow really photorealistic :) did you render it with your calculator :-D
April 9th, 2012 @ 6:26 am
Great work!!, you´re geniuses!! please, Could you make a tutorial from a moving helicopter and people making parachuting? I´m doing a film and I need help, please!!
April 9th, 2012 @ 11:30 am
I know this isn't related, but. I recently seen a CGI trick of a guy supposedly riding a bike around 60mph. It was all CGI, but what I was wondering is if you look at the making of the video. They show their after effects file and they have a bunch of layers of the same footage layered in z space. Can someone elaborate on this technique and how and why they use it. Check out the video around the 3:18 mark.

And a big thank you to who can explain and or link me to a tutorial about this technique.
April 10th, 2012 @ 6:06 pm
great one sir, love it :)
April 12th, 2012 @ 12:35 pm
...i think i miss you...i'm so confused...
April 12th, 2012 @ 5:06 pm
Hey Andrew. I was just wondering if there was a difference between copying and pasting the postion of the Null rather then parenting it?

Oluwatise Oluwajuwon
April 13th, 2012 @ 11:50 am
Special thanks to you kramer cos uv really helped my career as a vfx supervisor.
May 3rd, 2012 @ 5:32 am
Hi Andrew, just a quick note that nobody else seems to have mentioned. That Harrison Ford movie you mention at 27.40 was actually called "Air Force One". "Con Air" was the Nicholas Cage movie about transporting prisoners who broke free in the plane.
Excellent tutorial, thank you!
May 3rd, 2012 @ 10:53 pm
Sam Loya can be in a cape holding a glowing orb or get hit by lightning or hailed on by grenades or even be hyper-focusing on a trade journal during a doomed flight. Is there anything this guy CAN'T do?
Karan Khandekar
May 4th, 2012 @ 8:39 pm
I am waiting for this type of tutorial from a long time and i finally got it......
May 28th, 2012 @ 9:37 am
Thank you soooo much it's very perfect
But I have three questions:
1- from where did you get your sky.jpg background?
2- and is it available in
3- how did eou make the sky.jpg rotate with the camera in 3dsmax?
need your help please!
thanks again
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