What have I been up to?

I was just responding to a few comment about what I’ve been up to and so I thought I would make a post about it as well to demystify my life… or something like it.

Here are some of my responses below.

Hey! OK, it is true, I have not been able to make as many tutorials lately but I really want to be more active! The truth is they require a lot of work and I always want to show people cool NEW things so it’s not a matter of just throwing one together cause it is Monday. I make them because I love to share cool tips and techniques that I’ve learned or that inspire me. That is why I also make occasional blog videos because I get excited about something new and we just make it!

The other thing some people may not know is that I do professional work for TV and Film as well I just can’t talk about it until it is released. Just in the past year I have done several Title sequences for TV Shows like Fringe, Person of Interest and the film Super 8. I also do a Visual Effects work on these shows as well as Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol. On the film Super 8 I personally did over 100 VFX shots… now that was crazy!! But I loved it.

I also designed and created the FX for a fun iPhone App called Action Movie FX that let’s people add cool visual effects to there video like a missile exploding or car flipping. Designing visual effects was a major challenge since they have to work for everybody and look pretty good still. We built some amazing technology that has been really fun and well received.

I also have my family which is kinda the best thing ever. My wife and I have 2 girls and a boy on the way (any day now!). It’s fun and our oldest (4yrs) spends a lot of time drawing stuff and we have this activity where I give her something to draw like a “jungle gym play set”. Then she says ‘that’s too hard’ and I say, start with the slide. ‘OK, no problem’, then make the ladder and then the monkey bars etc. She has become much less afraid of bigger things as well. I literally work the same way, when you see an amazing visual effects shot that has tons of 3D and layers, it can be overwhelming but if you break it down and do it little by little it is much more manageable. Now when I’m not with my kids, I think “it’s pretty quiet, they must be getting into something!”

In addition over the past year we have been working on Element 3D along with several other plug-ins that we think are ground breaking and innovative. I’m passionate about pushing things to the next level. I realized that I don’t like to do things half-baked… it’s kind of a curse sometimes but I want things to be amazing and not just pretty good. Which leads me to this idea…

It seems creatively that the better you get at something the longer it takes to do it. That may not make sense at first but trust me it is! When you know better, you can’t ignore mistakes, your attention to detail goes off the charts and even when you learn to do something faster you pay attention to other details and it ends up taking longer. What is going on!! I definitely could explore this idea further another time because it blows my mind!

I think the natural place for Video Copilot as we see in the movies and motion design community is more 3D but hopefully inside of After Effects. 3D opens up a lot of new places we haven’t explored (intentionally) that will soon be possible with Element and ideally bridge the world of 3D without the steep learning curve you have with traditional 3D programs. 3D has always been regarded as too complicated or out reach but with Element we’re making it much more attainable.

All in all, It’s a balance, and not always a perfect one. I think it’s important for me to keep one foot in the professional ring so that I can continue to push my knowledge and learn new things and hopefully that will translate into tutorials, plug-in, etc. After Element is released I’m going to have a lot more time to develop tutorials keep the energy going so I look forward to that!

The other thing I dare say is that if anyone feels that they are being held back on learning something because I haven’t made a tutorial lately, I would say don’t let that stop you! There are many great ways to get better as an artist and they don’t necessarily require you to know all the shortcuts and buttons in a program. They come from experience and DIVERSITY! For examples, learning to shoot with cameras and lenses may not seem directly related to After Effects but if you become proficient with shooting it will actually make you a better compositor. You’ll know how cameras are supposed to work, how light works, colors and even how the camera moves so you can recreate it more realistically.

I look for inspiration everywhere because you never know what might inspire your next project.

 

257 RESPONSES TO "WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO?"
AARON
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:08 pm
Aww, Nice family pictures!
    June 18th, 2013 @ 4:39 am
    Bottom line is, I didn't return to Apple to make a fortune. I've been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn't going to let it ruin my life. There's no way you could ever spend it all, and I don't view wealth as something that validates my intelligence.
PureMotionHD
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:10 pm
Nice ! Keep it up Andrew ! =)
Abid Din
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:16 pm
Can't wait for the plugin. Nice picture by the way!
Mansooryan
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:16 pm
i liked the way you teach youre daughter for getting to start from simple thing .. everything start with a dot then line then a complex thing

thanks Andrew .. nice lesson :D
Phill
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:17 pm
Yeah great post Andrew, very inspirational! Love the Family photos. Can't wait to see if you have a hand in Star Trek again this time around as well :D
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:17 pm
This is really exciting! I can't wait to see what Element3D will bring to the table.
Congratulations on the coming baby. My wife and I just had our baby boy. He is 5 weeks old today.
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:19 pm
Thanks for the Info. When I saw Person of Interest Premiere I thought like "Hmh, this looks like something that could have been done my Andrew" and memories of motion tracking tutorials raced through my mind :D
Hope your private life goes well, too. Seems like you could use another male in your family.
Ivan
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:22 pm
Thanks you Andrew!!!! Be happy with you wife!!!
All russian love you!!!!!!!!!
Rebel28
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:25 pm
Take your time Andrew.

You've given me so much knowledge to work with.

All the techniques and tips stick in my mind, and the way you work your tutorials, I can always apply the work to other situations.

And I haven't even finished watching all the tutorials (Only watched the first 100, haven't seen the latest ones. Which look awesome.)
Dan
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:34 pm
Super 8 was one of my favorite movies, and Fringe as a TV show. When I first saw these I was only vaguely aware of VC's existence. You can imagine how cool it was when I found out I was learning from one of the best.

Thanks for all the hard work. This site has helped me realize my passion for film and VFX and I couldn't be more thankful.

Best,
Dan
Ewers
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:41 pm
You're a such an inspire to everyone! I'm happy for U!
    October 4th, 2013 @ 12:45 am
    Commendable job done by you. Congratulations!!!
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:41 pm
I,m so happy that you have made your mark in the industry,God knows you deserve it my friend.i'm also very happy because, I know we will all benefit from all the new, cool stuff you have learned in the past year. cant wait for some new tuts.VCP is still the coolest site on the web.
Steve Thompson
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:44 pm
My son just showed me the phone ap and it is very cool. The first thing I thought of was you and I should have known. I can't speak for everyone but I'm sure they would say... we really appreciate your work, your passion and the sharing of your life work and family. We've been blessed.
Jon
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:45 pm
You've been busy, great work. Looking forward to Element 3D.
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:49 pm
Hey Andrew. As one of the dudes who've known you way back from Creative Cow, I've been a bit upset that one might now need to visit the site once a year to get updates and tuts n stuff but you just reminded me that you're human. At the end of the day we're all still human. I'm loving the compositing of your family into that bridge backplate by the way... Top Notch ;)
    Darren
    July 1st, 2012 @ 2:06 am
    Dude, you've been a "bit upset"??? Seriously man, VCP offers us all so much, as often as possible. It's not here to simply serve you and make you happy. It's free for Godsake. AK does amazing work, but this isn't all he does. He shouldn't have to answer to anyone for not posting tutorials more often, and if you are feeling a bit upset, then too bad. Seriously dude, who cares if updates are a bit slower. At least they still happen, and when they do, they're awesome.
    Sherwin
    July 2nd, 2012 @ 6:05 pm
    Darren give him the benefit of the doubt, VC is a great resource that a lot of people came to rely on since there really wasn't anything like it when he started. That said there have been some ungrateful people who don't realize Andrew is human and has his own life to deal with too, and I've seen far more needy comments than Brian's in that regard
    Darren
    July 3rd, 2012 @ 2:10 pm
    @Sherwin - I hear what you're saying, I really do, but it just annoys me when you see people taking this sort of stuff for granted, and acting entitled, almost as if it's their right to have new material posted for free as often as possible. We should just be grateful that the site came into existence to begin with. Hell, if he never posted anything again, it would be a bummer, because let's face it, I seriously doubt any of us have learned more about AE from anyone else, and he also seems like a friggin' awesome guy, but at the end of the day, he's already given so much to all of us for free, that he should be able to disappear without people whining. It's just the whole give an inch thing. People need to remember that this site is free. The tutorials are free. They're a privilege.
    July 5th, 2012 @ 2:59 pm
    Totally agree with you Darren. Hey Brian, why don't YOU try and make probably millions of people loads of free stuff.
    And then have them complain that you don't give enough free stuff to them as often as you possibly can. Andrew Kramer has given us loads of free stuff. And he still gives us free stuff. LOTS of free stuff. You and those other people who are complaining should just shutup, and be grateful that Andrew gives us free stuff and helps us at all.
lunga shezi
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:51 pm
Thank you Andrew, your life has been a true inspiration...I'm so grateful for this platform you created. Godspeed to you and your loved ones.

Love South Africa
Valentin
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:54 pm
Just one thing ... THANK YOU for your videos and more!!! I come from Belgium and my mother language is French but i understand english and your videos are amazing and don't change anything, all is great. Inmore, you have a beautiful family. Still thank you :)

P.S: I think that could be interesting to make a video about some movies you made in past. What part of the movie you made and how you made it. I think that could be a good think but that just my mind :p
    redinou
    July 1st, 2012 @ 3:48 am
    un autre belge, cool!!^^
June 30th, 2012 @ 2:08 pm
I guessed that you designed the "Action Movie FX" app when I saw Sam's name on one of the FX packs as an actor. Great work, can't wait for element!
Shadow
June 30th, 2012 @ 2:11 pm
:O That's awesome, and his wife looks like Avril lavigne
June 30th, 2012 @ 2:12 pm
Hi
Please Share a Video from behind the scene
and Make a tutorial From your Recent Works that use in the Movie .
We Love you VC
Iranian After Effects And VFX Society
Jason
June 30th, 2012 @ 2:16 pm
This is a very inspiring blog post! Could you describe to us a certain VFX shot you enjoyed editing, on the film super 8, Please! It would be cool to be watching it and say! hey there is that shot that Andrew helped edit on!
Edy
June 30th, 2012 @ 2:23 pm
We don't see you as the "tutorials guy"
You're now kinda our teacher in all aspects!
The father of after effects!
Jason
June 30th, 2012 @ 2:25 pm
You have a cute girls!
Sinan
June 30th, 2012 @ 2:32 pm
You are the MAN!

But you should let to short comments :)
June 30th, 2012 @ 1:32 pm
As after spider man uncle andrew said "With great powers, great responsibility comes" GOODLUCK for it bro, m more excited to see lil AK
eel
June 30th, 2012 @ 2:46 pm
Your family pictures look like an ad for something ;) Great blog post and I can't wait to see the new tuts!
June 30th, 2012 @ 2:52 pm
Andrew´s, thank you very much for everything. His words give me great strength to move forward on all my hard road in Motion Graphics. I'm following you, and all his crew Video CO-pilot over 5 years. All this time has been hard work to get the knowledge I have now. Why? Why do not quite understand the English language. But that did not stop me. I just had to take the path of the visual to understand in their tutorials. That was very hard for me, but that road had to go. And time has passed very quickly and the results were very good to me. Andrew´s, I owe much. Thank you very much for all your teachings. And the good and bad jokes =)

You are right.

The other thing I dare say is that if anyone feels that they are being held back on learning something because I haven’t made a tutorial lately, I would say don’t let that stop you! There are many great ways to get better as an artist and they don’t necessarily require you to know all the shortcuts and buttons in a program. They come from experience and DIVERSITY!

Best regards from Lima, Peru.
Dustin K
June 30th, 2012 @ 3:05 pm
I had this epic idea for a logo intro sequence for a small production team we're having right now but I kinda left it in the dark because of it's complexity. I know I can do it.. I just needed to convince myself. Thanks to you I will get started on it again right away :)
Pro5
June 30th, 2012 @ 2:05 pm
Hi AK,
Man, you are a gift for all of us. You don't know how grateful we are. Your site is reflected and linked all over. You are by far the best in your field. Grate companies mentioned your name and listed your site.

Bottom line, you should be proud of yourself. I believe it's good timing for your son to come and see how his father did, and his family supported him.

Good luck and congrats in advance.

Best wishes,
    Douarph
    July 1st, 2012 @ 9:33 am
    Completely agree, AK you have changed our lives users of after effect, Thank You very very much.
The_Man
June 30th, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
Cuddo's to you and your team Andrew! You have had to take ALOT of crap from people lately with the delay and lack of tutorials. Now people can see that they judge to easily.

Take some time off for yourself and family and know that the VFX community is very greatfull for all the shared information and hard work!
June 30th, 2012 @ 3:19 pm
Wonderful post! When reading this I was genuinely happy for you, as if I was reading a blog post from a good friend. Which is crazy cause we've never met, and it sounds a bit weird out of context. But your tutorials have greatly affected my life, and if I told you all the awesome stuff that have happened to me as a result of what you inspired me to do, you probably wouldn't believe it.

To Andrew and everyone on the VC team, thank you.
    El Fuerte
    July 1st, 2012 @ 4:05 pm
    totally agree
lu5005
June 30th, 2012 @ 3:22 pm
Amen.... sounds like you have to explain your self. but dont! You given us so many assum stuff -- thanks andrew...
sabini1
June 30th, 2012 @ 3:24 pm
Hi Andrew,

I really want to say thank you for all these years of dedication,
thank you for being a great teacher, and thank you for showing me the wonders of the visual effects world :)

Keep up the awesome work!
Greetings from Israel :)
Shahrokh
June 30th, 2012 @ 3:57 pm
hey Andrew
I have got a massage from Iranian people for you and your team
we love you and never forget your efforts
keep it up man
world is waiting...
with best wishes
this is the massage from Iran
Shafa’ Rizky F
June 30th, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
ohh man, you give many thing to us, thanks for sharing your knowledge, you are the best after effects teacher, i save a lot of money, you gave us footages, project files with FREE! i want to support you by buy you cool stuff, but im a student, i haven't money to buy all your stuff, maybe someday when i get a job.

at last, keep working! Thanks Video Copilot, thanks Andrew, thanks Sam, and the team. Video Copilot!!

sorry about my bad English hehe
Franco Cuevas
June 30th, 2012 @ 4:01 pm
What can we say about a great person like you Andrew! I just can tell you THANKS! :D Greetings from URUGUAY!
Carter. R
June 30th, 2012 @ 4:06 pm
Great family Andrew :)

we appreciate all your hard work and proud of your success, i always get excited when i see your work on tv :)

and so looking forward to the plugin, its gonna be awesome just like you and the copilot team.
Bocki
June 30th, 2012 @ 4:17 pm
I'm very grateful. Thanks Andrew. You're my master and my inspiration. I'm your big fan. I love your tutorials and work. THANKS! Greetings from Poland!
Ali Amir
June 30th, 2012 @ 4:21 pm
You forget that the person who put the website, the tutorials and all of this together is still human ;)

Thanks, AK.
Goodshiver
June 30th, 2012 @ 4:30 pm
i dare to say that the face you daughter makes seems a lot like you AK! hope you re living the american dream man.
June 30th, 2012 @ 4:39 pm
I actually got your autograph a couple years ago on my Bullet DVD and still have it. I probably wouldn't have gone into VFX if it weren't for VideoCopilot.
stephen
June 30th, 2012 @ 4:48 pm
Awesome man! keep doing the great work! i love your work!
Rob
June 30th, 2012 @ 4:54 pm
I really have no idea how you fit that all in!! I have to say I've learnt so much from Video Copilot it's insane. I'm so grateful for the extremely high quality, professional and entertaining (and free) tutorials. Thanks again, you deserve a holiday!!! :-)
Jim
June 30th, 2012 @ 4:58 pm
As one whom this post might have been influenced by, I can only say this: I am aware you're doing several things all at once. Understood. My point was not for more from you. It was that the site is maybe taking a bigger bite than it can chew at the moment, and the driving force (heartbeat of sorts) behind it seems to have vanished (at least for me). BUT having expressed that, I feel equally terrible for having to be reminded you work full time and all this stuff is free. Brian from a few posts above said how I feel the best: "I’ve been a bit upset that one might now need to visit the site once a year to get updates and tuts n stuff but you just reminded me that you’re human." I hope you understand any of us who have ever expressed that sentiment only say it with the best intentions possible. Every one of us appreciate what you do and enjoy all the content you provide. I was only trying to suggest, in an ambiguous way maybe, you don't need to do all the different things you're doing on the site. I, for one, will no longer be critical of the time period between updates. Had I been responding to that same criticism, I would have said "It's frakin free- relax and wait or go somewhere else". Thank You for not being me. Now go enjoy your beautiful family and stop defending yourself- you don't need to.
June 30th, 2012 @ 5:22 pm
You deserve the time off! Take it when (and while) you can!
Best to you and your family!
Siavosh Mehraein
June 30th, 2012 @ 5:28 pm
Keep it up Andrew.God bless Kramer's Family and we all love U.
Chillywinter
June 30th, 2012 @ 5:28 pm
So what minimum hardware and version of After Effects will be required for Element 3D? I don't want to have to race out to the shop and buy new stuff the day you upload your Element 3D tutorial - rather buy the stuff now and be ultra ready.
dex
June 30th, 2012 @ 5:45 pm
Awesome as always, I eat your heart out :D
    dex
    June 30th, 2012 @ 5:49 pm
    above comment was not my intention, (phrase translator err) i meant, god bless you kramer
June 30th, 2012 @ 5:47 pm
great photos of your family andrew super super nice and the other great thing that struck me is that when you enjoy the movie super 8 and I realized that came out very paresido flares to Tullos and thought maybe an iso andrew and other effects good with what you posted that was right meparese good andrew admire you and I hope your next tutorial
timmy
June 30th, 2012 @ 6:22 pm
andrew,

you are such an inspiration. i have been watching your work since "the beginning". you have contributed SO much to the vfx and mograph world and inadvertently turned me into a vfx nerd. lol!

i have a few degrees in audio post production but after you got me hooked on vfx/compositing i have since gone back to school and pursue a masters degree in multimedia specialties, then phd in digital humanities.

i hope that one day we will cross paths and possibly work together.


cheers to family and future endeavors.


PS... i am freaking STOKED about "Element" i could scream! :)
Farshad
June 30th, 2012 @ 6:34 pm
hey man !
i and all iranians people love you and your team , we never forget you , we love you man , always you're in our heart .
you have a nice family and children .

you are in my HEART .
The real smithy
June 30th, 2012 @ 6:57 pm
Nicely put with all the info. It takes time to juggle everything, especially when you have a family. VC community are forever grateful for what you have tuaght us. I myself appreciate all the time you put into this site, products, other projects and family. And we will comtinue to support you. I think reading this, hopefully a lot of the impatient people will back off, and let you do your job. When your ready to share we will be here to learn and grow through this community.

Ps when element comes out, after effects will change forever, adobe will se it different, and we will see it and use it differently cos of this plug in.

Congrats and thanks
Zokam12
June 30th, 2012 @ 6:57 pm
Wow how tall are you Andrew? You look super tall compared to your wife. Oh and nice pics by the and thx for telling what you've been up to cause i was waiting desparately for a new tut but now knowing makes me understand.
Chris Francis
June 30th, 2012 @ 7:05 pm
you got everything andrew! you got a talent you got a beautiful wife and family...god bless you....
Joel
June 30th, 2012 @ 7:08 pm
Wow so much going on in your life especially with your new addition..Congrats btw. I just had a boy myself and its hard to find time to do side projects but I got to keep on growing so I find the time.
Christian Micheal
June 30th, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
Nicely written Andrew. The real shame is you felt the need you “HAD” to. I’m dumb founded by the amount of people that ‘Expect” for you to keep turning out “Free” tutorials like its all you have to do all day. I find that inhumanly selfish and very short sighted. Heaven knows the work you do in the tutorials are far superior to others and after viewing some stuff on youtube…actually copied by many…..and poorly I might add but to think its all the work you have?

As awesome as VC is its incredible to think some people believe it’s your only source of income and is capable of keeping that beautiful family of yours and your employees in the lifestyle which they deserve. When you get to the level of professionalism you have achieved, you “might” just get noticed and have “real” work which lets face it…..is what drives us all, to one day to be good enough to have our work in the movies.

I find it such a shame you felt the need to explain what you have had going on in your life that you couldn’t “GIVE” more than you already do. But on the other hand I’m extremely happy to read things are going well for you and your family. It couldn’t happen to a better deserving guy.
I look forward to adding the new Elements plug in to my library of VC tools, I’m not only here for the freebies….

Warmly
Christian Michael
June 30th, 2012 @ 7:22 pm
Awesome to see you're keeping busy and leaving your mark on some awesome properties. Those are lovely family photos, you and your wife have made a beautiful family. Also, I can't even put into words how touching that story involving your daughter and drawing is. I'm a big ol' softie so that just made me smile.

Keep up the good work man, I can't wait to see Element! :)
Matthew Shah
June 30th, 2012 @ 7:52 pm
Andrew Kramer, I love you!

Honestly, you are one of the most helpful and influential guys in my life.
I started watching your tutorials 3 years ago, and I only ever learned from you or from my own experiences.

During film school, I was always everybody's first choice for effects and motion graphics, and now that I've graduated, the things that you continue to teach me have brought up fantastic opportunities that you wouldn't believe.

I was recently approached by a complete stranger to help develop the effects for his feature film, and out of nowhere, I asked to be the Producer as well, and now at the age of 19 I'm set to Produce my first feature film.

And all of this would not have been possible if it weren't for you.

Andrew Kramer,
You are an absolute champion! and I hope one day to meet you, and together make something awesome.

I thank you for life.
Matthew Shah.
mibbles
June 30th, 2012 @ 8:17 pm
wow cool!
how come you not on super 8 imdb page? i can see the shots you did all the un-necessary lens flare in the movie.
    June 30th, 2012 @ 9:06 pm
    Actually I didn't do any lens flares... they are all shot in camera on anamorphic lenses.
    redinou
    July 1st, 2012 @ 3:49 am
    its a JJ Abraham movie, the movie must have lens flares!! its JJ signature!!
    grant
    July 1st, 2012 @ 5:52 am
    Andrew are you this guy? - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3135304/
    OlympiaLogger
    July 1st, 2012 @ 12:26 pm
    "Miscellaneous Crew" - Yep, that's him.

    ----------

    Those sweet little babies worked out really well!
    The rest of the stuff is okay too.
    James
    July 1st, 2012 @ 6:43 pm
    You people can be such as$h*#es...
    Jovica
    July 4th, 2012 @ 1:26 pm
    Who is Andrew...?
    Nick
    July 7th, 2012 @ 2:39 am
    his name was in the credits to super 8.. and i remember him posting that he was working with it.. but i think the producers used his plugin.. not him, himself. anyway it was his work so they had to. (it was like "in-direct" i suppose)

    Keep up the good work Andrew - we all love and appreciate ur tutorials
Farshad
June 30th, 2012 @ 9:10 pm
Andrew What is your boy name ?
June 30th, 2012 @ 9:27 pm
Absolutely amazing as always Andrew!!
Rutvik Raval
June 30th, 2012 @ 9:57 pm
Hi Andrew! Before 2 days i had downloaded action movie fx it is fantastic app and many cool Fx are there. The app is So AWESOME.

Can you tell what will be the price of ELEMENTS 3D.
Cody
June 30th, 2012 @ 10:35 pm
Awesome Kramer! Your the reason I got started in the media business. One day when my kids ask me why I wen't into visual effects i'll say, "Because Andrew Kramer showed me how to hit somebody with a car."
    July 5th, 2012 @ 2:49 pm
    Hahahaha! He also, kids, showed me how to take a video of you children and make you look like little demons!;)
morteza irani
June 30th, 2012 @ 10:38 pm
that's nice.good luck
Mike Yull
June 30th, 2012 @ 10:41 pm
You're the man AK! Thanks for giving me a place to start all those years ago.
Mahdi
June 30th, 2012 @ 10:51 pm
I can just say :"GOOD LUCK IN ALL YOUR LIFE. Be safe from all bad things With your nice family." :)
Farshad
June 30th, 2012 @ 11:31 pm
Andrew what is your boy name ? do you choose a name for it ?
    Sibiloo
    July 1st, 2012 @ 7:13 am
    no (pa na pa), he is not going to choose a name for him! he will call him "unknown", imagine; hey "unknown" come here!lolz
REYO
June 30th, 2012 @ 11:39 pm
Can u tell something about the movie FX u done in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol.
June 30th, 2012 @ 11:55 pm
cute), keep it up Andrew, you gave us a lot of experience!
July 1st, 2012 @ 1:39 am
Andrew you're amazing guy. Keep going because that's what you're doing is really awesome! Greetings from Poland!
Ruslan
July 1st, 2012 @ 1:40 am
Andrew Superrrr Superr <3
July 1st, 2012 @ 1:43 am
great speech man..........
Richard Jámbor
July 1st, 2012 @ 2:50 am
Ridiculously photogenetic Andrew Kramer xDD

Man, I can't wait to see this plug-in work :DD
Ben
July 1st, 2012 @ 1:57 am
Love the family pics. I have 2 girls the same age ... Best thing ever! Congrats on your new bub. :)
Abhishek D Alate
July 1st, 2012 @ 3:25 am
First and foremost the “jungle gym play set” example was really inspiring and I've been visiting this website since a long time.You've always delivered tutorials having genuine purpose of giving out knowledge,I admire that a lot. Right now I am working on a short film which wasn't possible without your website.(No Doubt I'll be thanking you in credits) and I've got a small advice,could you take a look at new mocha Pro that has been released recently and make a tutorial on 3D Camera Solving.
July 1st, 2012 @ 3:27 am
reading this touched my heart somewhere. i cant believe its been so long. ive been following you since before you were a husband and now youre a proud dad. thanks for everything. all the best :)
July 1st, 2012 @ 3:35 am
I just remembered when first i start to watching your tutorials. It was 5 years ago. I learned with you. But I didn't just learn buttons and effects. I learned, how to be creative, it's bad to copying somebodies work, trying to achive perfect, combining effects, thinking out of the box, and simple ways to achive awesome things. In many years I slowly realized, if you start to job without knowing what to do, you can't do awesome, cool stuff. On the other hand if you think about something cool and start making it, that work become easy. Because you trying to do specific thing.

And when the time comes, customers realized your style. And thats how you get projects.

Anyway, I owe you big Andrew. I have a company now, with awesome co-workers. It's all because of you.
Tosan Nick Oru
July 1st, 2012 @ 3:03 am
Great work and even with all that you still have time to create tuts, I gat to hand it over to you thats amazing. Saw your family picture PERSON OF INTREST was your wife, did you composite that into her or is it real... How many layers makes that up... Lol keep up the good work. Where is Sam?
July 1st, 2012 @ 4:44 am
I was watching person of interest ... While watching the title sequence i was wondering who made it (Looked like your style) ... Good job man ...

Also the app is awesome .. downloaded it 3-4 days back ...

Beautiful family pics .. :-)
Poxxxx
July 1st, 2012 @ 5:35 am
Hey Andrew... u know what i would love see?

A series about the theory and practice of Color Correction and Color Grading.
Taran
July 1st, 2012 @ 5:36 am
Hey Andrew.

Great post, your a very busy guy! I just wondered, when you are working on features, do you only use After Effects, or do you also use Nuke for comping shots?
R-CANE
July 1st, 2012 @ 5:43 am
Dear Andrew,

I could say thank you for everything you teach us a million times but I think the best way to thank you for all of us here is to buy the plugins when they come out and help you promote the website so more people can buy them and support your family and give you time to keep sharing your knowledge and humor with all of us here that are eager to learn to get better at creating stunning VFX.

9 days left to thank you!

Sincerely,

R-CANE
grant
July 1st, 2012 @ 5:43 am
thnks andrew your a great person!
grant
July 1st, 2012 @ 5:47 am
does you daughter have facebook fan page - cause 100000000 billion gonna like em.
James
July 1st, 2012 @ 5:59 am
    Bocki
    July 1st, 2012 @ 6:53 am
    Super! :D
Maui
July 1st, 2012 @ 6:00 am
If I remember it right you mentioned in a video from NAB 2012 that there will be a new tv(?) series where you can show how to make the effects for it. Is this still going to happen?
Orlando
July 1st, 2012 @ 6:07 am
""It seems creatively that the better you get at something the longer it takes to do it". OMG!!!! That is soooo true.
July 1st, 2012 @ 6:09 am
Now I'm totally sure that Andrew is perfectionist. Only such kinds of people achieve great results wherever they are :)

Although perfectionists have much more of hard times..
MHF
July 1st, 2012 @ 7:06 am
i think the most convincing response is the family ... man take good care of your cute family, vfx and such stuff will someday come to an end but the family will make your future life, your daughters, your new one will hopefully be new Andrews ... oh dude, a scenario just written:D
Peace and Love to all Kramers!
cheers.
rasoolAsal
July 1st, 2012 @ 7:18 am
hi
andrew
thanks for learning us AE
you are the best teacher i have in my life
i love your douthers the one that get your hand is realy same with u.
kiss them
Chris heuer
July 1st, 2012 @ 6:38 am
Great work and well said sir!
July 1st, 2012 @ 7:56 am
Really your next project should be a Kloneing Kramer app. You need three KedKs (Kloned Kramers)- 1st for family - 2nd movie vfx - 3rd for Video Copilot. After that we need more Sams, enough that we can each get one as a pal.
Jay
July 1st, 2012 @ 8:59 am
Hi ! Saw the plugin, quite impressive. Your a great guy, teaching, learning and managing everything all by yourself, happy to see you and your family, congrats by the way, hope you all have a nice time ! :D
Sola
July 1st, 2012 @ 9:03 am
i come from a country where most people try to take advantage of the other and hoard good things and teachings so that only them can take the market share and minimize the competition, but you have taught me otherwise.

I look at everything about you and am like "wow! this is the life have been dreaming of."

God bless you greatly Andrew
VisualAdvocate
July 1st, 2012 @ 9:12 am
So all your professional work is with JJ Abrams? Am I seeing that right?
R-CANE
July 1st, 2012 @ 9:21 am
Fabian Kramer has a nice sound to it.
DominicanDandy
July 1st, 2012 @ 9:28 am
Family first Andrew!!!! What a great looking family! As a father of 4..i always try to bring out their creativity.
Best wishes with the coming of your son.
All i can say is..tutorials when you have free time.
lakekover
July 1st, 2012 @ 9:30 am
Thanks for the update, I enjoy them. You are very inspiring to me. I don't think its right that anyone should "expect" you to just constantly crank out free tutorials and stuff, like its your obligation. I am very thankful for you and your site, it's the best! Really can't wait until Element 3D comes out, and long for the features and tutorials that will accompany it, it will really, like you said, bridge that gap between the "dread" of learning a 3D program, and really, I think it will be so cool to be able to create 3D inside of AE like will be possible with Element. You are so helpful, innovative and inspirational its just always awesome. Thank you so much, and by the way, congrats on the family addition, nice shots! Also, it's interesting how you mentioned the better you get the longer it takes concept, because i had been thinking along the same lines. The details matter a lot though, and we should always learn to do better and add more detail. There is always room for improvement, and we should always try our best to continue to push our creativity to the next level.
    Jay
    July 3rd, 2012 @ 12:44 pm
    Hi ! Lakekover, very nice advice, I quite appreciate it. Keep learning, exploring and innovating ! Best of Luck ! :D
Jason
July 1st, 2012 @ 8:35 am
What happened to the matte painting competition? Any news?
Dan
July 1st, 2012 @ 10:07 am
Hi,
Can you do some C4D tutorials?
Simple text ones .... and then simple object making ??

Thank you.
TC
David
July 1st, 2012 @ 10:13 am
First of all sorry for my English
It's great what you are doing I'm glad to be at least something productive!
would be great that when vulvas much more tutorials, movie effects are as many want to make some and it's something more advanced ... Woow SUPER 8 ere a genius! Greetings from ARGENTINA
Lukasz
July 1st, 2012 @ 10:17 am
You are great man MR. Andrew Kramer
Real man with passion

Best regards from Poland!
peky
July 1st, 2012 @ 10:20 am
Nice speech, you're fine family. Andrew you are inspired and gave me a new outlook on VFX. You became a busy man by strong companies, honestly think that you deserved all of this (very hard work), congratulations.
People are accustomed to new things and new tutorials, and amazing tut series such as METEOR. Personally, I miss all that, but now I understand your pro work.
All the best!
July 1st, 2012 @ 11:04 am
Hi Andrew,

what you and your team at Video Copilot are doing is just amazing! Having a family myself and being a creative professional I can imagine very well how hard you are working to get Element 3D out there besides delivering your movie and TV work and helping the community with your wonderful tutorials AND being a dad.

I wish you and your family the very best for the baby and of course great success with Element 3D – looking forward to the 10th of July.

Rene
Steve Green
July 1st, 2012 @ 12:24 pm
That was a really great post, and hopefully some of the more vocal users of the site will take notice, and not just rely on being spoonfed tutorials - they should be a starting point, not an end. There's a whole world of photography/video/animation that can be explored to tie in with the great resources here - people shouldn't just wait for more free tutorials...

As someone coming at things from the reverse direction, I started in 3D, learned combustion then switched to After Effects, I really appreciate what this site and Andrew has done to help me jump to another package.

I'm really looking forward to Element's release - it really looks like a missing link (in a good way!) between the 2D and 3D world, and I wish Andrew all the success he so massively deserves.
speculator
July 1st, 2012 @ 1:26 pm
AK...I LOVE YOU, MAN.
KEEP AT IT.
mktnet
July 1st, 2012 @ 1:39 pm
Hello Andrew!
Can you past some of your daughter drawing on the blog? :)
Usama M Sultan
July 1st, 2012 @ 1:59 pm
This is so inspiring . I always learn from you even when you just speak . thanks Mr.Kramer for everything
Picker
July 1st, 2012 @ 3:25 pm
Good Jobs Friend's
You're Creative..
did you ever make a movie in your studio?
Richman
July 1st, 2012 @ 3:34 pm
And this is the reason why so many people respect you and your company!!
LoveIt!
El Fuerte
July 1st, 2012 @ 4:02 pm
i love the photos of kramer family, really sweet
Max
July 1st, 2012 @ 5:07 pm
Aw man, i don't know how can you keep your cool and write posts like this. After the criticism about lack of updates i would have just put on a post saying to all the people to just shut up and get a life. You sure are quite the PR guy.
July 1st, 2012 @ 5:12 pm
Personally, I have stopped looking at the tutorials but focused on compositing using the great tools like Optical Flares, Action Essentials, and when to use them. Andrew is an outstanding teacher. Video Copilot is an exceptional resource but they bot can only take a motion graphics artist so far (which is pretty far). I have become comfortable with AE, C4d that I am making my own effects and graphics without relying on others anymore. No more canned graphics unless the clients ask for them, for me at least.
July 1st, 2012 @ 5:33 pm
I appreciate the family update most. Keep working, we all appreciate that. Keep working on family, they will appreciate that LONG after we forget your goofy mug.
I remember when you posted about your first daughter being born because it was the same time my daughter was born. Congrats on the little boy. Keep us informed; you've made a few fans, Kramer. God bless.
Scott
July 1st, 2012 @ 7:29 pm
Phew! I thought you got in a spat with Sam and blew him up.
    July 2nd, 2012 @ 5:06 pm
    hehehe. he didn't?
Mikeof7
July 1st, 2012 @ 9:06 pm
So this is how Steve Jobs would have lived if he was a tad more family oriented.
Jay Vyas
July 1st, 2012 @ 10:23 pm
g8 answer to all wh were thinkin tht "adrew cramer hs no work dan makin free tutorials for dam " if sm one is helpin us dat dsnt mean v cnt tak him for granted nd say such things abt him,i respect him a lt...nd whr ever m ryt nw is due to him...andrew sir u dnt kno tht hw mch u helped ppl lyk me...g8 follwer of videocopilot.net and alwaz will....cheerrsssss
LoveVC
July 1st, 2012 @ 10:31 pm
Hi master Andrew :)

GOD bless you and your family :)

cute and lovely family :)

you're amazing and you're my master, keep going, i love you and all VC team :)
Alex
July 1st, 2012 @ 11:13 pm
3th family picture, Andrew with big'o'smile!
July 1st, 2012 @ 11:25 pm
Beautiful I could have said it any better!!!
listowel adewale
July 2nd, 2012 @ 2:00 am
best in the world, love u all
July 2nd, 2012 @ 2:06 am
Lol, I knew the awesome intro of Person of Interest looked familiar somehow :-) Great stuff! Thanks for continuously inspiring us beginner VFX artists.

Btw, congratulations (and lots of good luck) with the newest addition to your lovely family!
seth kwame
July 2nd, 2012 @ 1:21 am
VideoCopilot is the best website on the web.(no rolling of eye balls) I mean c'mon Andrew, do u have an idea of how big an indelible mark u have made in the industry? All the VFX makers in Ghana learn at ur feet. Damn, maan this is too much. I see action essentials 2 everywhere: in hiphop videos, movies etc. One gucci mane video with birdman was too infested with explosion3 and 9. C'mon which of ur kind has been able to do that. Watch your back cuz they envy u.
mikeyn
July 2nd, 2012 @ 2:25 am
I am always looking for an inspiration, and I realized that I can't always get it through video or web tutorials. You can also find it at other people's lives and experiences. Thanks andrew and God bless

I will pray for you tonight :)
furkansorkac
July 2nd, 2012 @ 4:38 am
Andrew,

Thanks for all the tutorials and everything you have done to help improve the AE community. For my part, I have learned a lot of things from you. And you know what, creating something in AE or any other program is not really different from building something in real life, be it a family, a career or a house or a simple chair. You always start from the simpliest things and go on from there. So in fact, in your tutorials you give a lot of tips for creating anything in life.

Congratulations with the baby and lots of love to your family.

Best regards from Turkey.
July 2nd, 2012 @ 5:02 am
WOW! That was more inspirational than the video you posted the other day! Thanks for sharing that, sir. So looking forward to Element!! :D:D:D:D:D
Bob K
July 2nd, 2012 @ 5:22 am
Great stuff Andrew! We're happy here that everything is going well for you, because we know a happy Andrew means good VC products coming our way!
Raphael
July 2nd, 2012 @ 5:44 am
Kramer good to know you are well. Keep up the good work we just behind you trying to get beside you and even overtake you(is this where we say the student invented what the teacher didn't)I know it will take me years to even gt close to you. About you family photo the first one looks more real the second and third are you sure you did not do Matte painting for them- the place look deserted not a place Andrew would take his family. Anyway happy family you have there. lastly am at the airport waiting for the Kramerican airline plane to land, we have the fire fighter waiting on the run way; that is if it makes it.
July 2nd, 2012 @ 6:20 am
Congrats on the new addition to the family, good to know he'll obviously inherit your talents and this site will continue on into your senior years! :P (DAD: "one day son, this will be all yours" SON: WHAT the CURTAINS? )
Jitendra
July 2nd, 2012 @ 6:48 am
beautiful family photo
July 2nd, 2012 @ 7:09 am
Thats good to know Andrew, Keep it up. You are my teacher, my mentor and videocopilot is my college. Thanks so much, and thanks to you, I got a cool job at a Company that Makes non-profit Short films with positive messages.
I edit in after effects thanks to you! here is some of my work es.yesheis.com
July 2nd, 2012 @ 7:14 am
Thats so nice to see you happy with family, You all look gorgeous! :) And by the way, your projects are insanse! :) Keep doing this incredible job Andrew!
Darren
July 2nd, 2012 @ 7:22 am
So, apart from Fringe, Person of Interest, Super 8, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Action Movie FX, Element 3D and the mush Family stuff, what have you been up to ????
    July 2nd, 2012 @ 9:21 am
    not much...
    Darren
    July 4th, 2012 @ 1:28 am
    I thought as much............. :)
don c
July 2nd, 2012 @ 8:27 am
Andrew,
Congratulations to you and your family. While I'm late to the "graphics world" I certainly view you as a sage on my road to developing a more solid foundation. You have been very generous with your time and knowledge, of which you have developed a world-wide educational following. Your tutorials have been most helpful and appreciated and as such I have become a big supporter via your product line. Keep up the great work...

Best regards,

Don
July 2nd, 2012 @ 9:26 am
you're a greaat and responsible person as always Andrew,I'm from Indonesia and you have my respect :)
Marten
July 2nd, 2012 @ 9:34 am
Nice family pictures Andrew. And as much as we miss your tutorials lately, we respect your private time that you NEED to spend with you wife and children. And of course all the other projects that keep you on track and make you an even better teacher!
July 2nd, 2012 @ 9:37 am
I'm still wondering WHY i cried by the end of it? You sir, are my idol. You are an inspiration for all of us here. :)
July 2nd, 2012 @ 9:40 am
Hey,
Element looks really cool, but the question that's been burning in the back of my head is: how is it going to be different from CS6's Raytrace 3d?
thanks!
    Dino Muhic
    July 3rd, 2012 @ 5:50 am
    - It supports waaaaay more GPU cards than CS6 raytrace does.
    - It is damn fast
    - It can import OBJ files, CS6 can't
    - It supports Ambient Occlusion
    - It has built in C4D-MoGraph-like features.

    Both have their needs and benefits though.
    Dino Muhic
    July 3rd, 2012 @ 5:59 am
    - It supports waaaaay more GPU cards than CS6 raytrace does.
    - It is damn fast
    - It can import OBJ files, CS6 can't
    - It supports Ambient Occlusion
    - It has built in C4D-MoGraph-like features.

    At least that's what I interpret from all the info in the Blog & Twitter ;)
Izmir
July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:03 am
OMG ! i can’t believe my eyes, is Andrew’s wife an actress or something because i swear i’ve seen her before in a Hollywood Movie but can’t remember the name … Anyway GOD bless you and your lovely happy family and CONGRATULATION for the upcoming ”ANDREW KRAMER Mini ME ” …
Best wishes of health & wealth :)
L.I.I.A
July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:08 am
Kremer, congratulations, you have a beautiful family! God bless you!

I think everyone here will agree with me, you could reuse the work that you had to do the opening series Fringe and create a tutorial.

Thx!

Eugene Wilson
Studioflason.com
John
July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:08 am
Don't worry about us, Andrew! Keep chasing down your dream and those who are truly inspired and learn from you, will continue to do the same. No matter where you are, you will still be a mentor.
Ezra
July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:12 am
Thanks for the update and pictures. I was curious about your VFX work, do you use AE for that? It seems that Nuke is so much more common for VFX now so I just wondered if you stick to AE for that.
Brad
July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:13 am
So what you're saying is that Sam has been slacking on his job duties and needs to step up and help a brotha out..
Hamza
July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:13 am
We love you Andrew. keep up the good work :))
Jonesy
July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:21 am
Awesome and inspirational! Thank you for the motivation to make the most of today!
Kai
July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:25 am
Congrats on your continued success!
Any VFX breakdowns of your feature film work in the future?
Daryl Awaita Papua New Guinea
July 2nd, 2012 @ 9:26 am
Mate, you are an absolute legend. I am happy for you, it's awesome to hear that you are involved in great feature films and I really hope you are recognised in the industry for being the awesome VFX editor that all of your faithful Video Copilot viewers already know you are. Also mate, congrats on your new baby and your beautiful family. It's all about them and quality time with them, we aren't going to die if you don't post tutorials every week. The price is unbeatable too (free). I thank God for your life mate, coz you have changed mine (I'm a freelance video editor). Keep doing what you're doing and THANK YOU so much for everything.
Bryon Harris
July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:46 am
My problem is that I'd love to be a vfx artist & motion graphics designer, but I have no money for anything. I used to work at my church where I had free access to all of the professional stuff (Macs, AE, VC plug-ins, video, lighting, & sound equipment), but I can't anymore. I have a whole unfinished reel of vfx & motion graphics that I've done (mostly from this site) that's been sitting there since last November. I've even had filming hook-ups & the opportunity to join a promo crew, but I have to say no because I don't have anything.
I just thought some helpful advice would be very useful, Andrew Kramer, you're a beast with After Effects & filming!!!
akib
July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:58 am
so in MI4 u did the addtional visual effects for bad robot.
July 2nd, 2012 @ 11:27 am
Andrew is the Man.

Not in a "you're the man Miss Mullins" way.

You're such an inspiration!
Sully
July 2nd, 2012 @ 12:07 pm
The 3d Element is A Explosions for Adobe After Effects
July 2nd, 2012 @ 12:17 pm
You know, you have quite a few fans here in South Africa!

You're such an inspiration, makes me rather jealous actually. I love the way you approach your designs. I'm currently finding it very hard to be creative, but after reading how well you are doing I feel a bit better haha.
romain
July 2nd, 2012 @ 1:28 pm
Hi Andrew ! I wonder, how many hours have you in one of your day ?
Sebastian
July 2nd, 2012 @ 1:36 pm
Hey, good to hear from you man, enjoy the summer!
What's your favorite ice cream flavour?
July 2nd, 2012 @ 1:43 pm
I feel ya bro. I have been following you for about 5 years or so and my wife even bought me a Video Copilot shirt for Christmas one year.

Being a full time student of Media Arts and Sciences as well as a full time employee of Cummins engine Co, I still have to make time for the most important of all, my wife and two boys.

I know how life can pull you in so many directions, thank you for making time to teach for free. I really appreciate it and I pretty much learned After Effects by watching Basic Training.

Keep up the good work! Most of all, take some time and do NOTHING. You have this grateful student, father, and employee's total backing.

Thanks,
Dave
July 2nd, 2012 @ 2:51 pm
I have had sooo many people show me that app on their phone - you have a genuine hit on your hands - VERY cool app Mr Kramer!!!
July 2nd, 2012 @ 3:58 pm
Well, how is going the project that needs the "MATTE PAINTING" winner image?
July 2nd, 2012 @ 4:41 pm
Nicely said Andrew. Your work is awesome and thank you for sharing your talents with us. I know what you mean about detail work and time. I feel the same in my industry. I am just beginning with AE, but hope to make improve my skills. Your a natural teacher and love all your tutorials. Keep it up. You inspire us.
July 2nd, 2012 @ 4:51 pm
So your day lasting 48 hours is because of a new Fringe-inspired-plugin or...
July 2nd, 2012 @ 4:56 pm
You are a true inspiration Andrew. I aspire to achieve even a sliver of your drive and your attention to detail. I watch all of your tutorials, not to necessarily follow them, but to learn how to control the workflow of certain scenes and how to become a better compositor. I hope to one day earn my stripes by creating a mind blowing title sequence like you have with Fringe.

We appreciate everything you've given us and all the time you devote to your craft.

Thank you
July 2nd, 2012 @ 5:07 pm
For Person of Interest, what are you using? Plexus and ...?
VPCOM
July 2nd, 2012 @ 5:40 pm
Hi,Andrew
just,I Can tell you , I Like you and My one Wish is see you.
and I hope allover in your Life,Good Luck for you and your family.
and It is honor for me,if you Conversation with me(just conversation and not any questions(I know you are very busy)).
You learned me one big lesson in this years (that I Share My knowledge to everyone) and i owe to you.
God Bless you
عزیزی هست به جانم خانه کرده
در دل را گشوده لانه کرده
...
this is persian poem from myself and ...
Rob Englander
July 2nd, 2012 @ 7:12 pm
Andrew .. I'm sure I speak for a great deal of the folk here when I say that without you and Video Copilot.. there would be many of us still in the woods with A.E.. and those of us still struggling here and there.. will find info on Copilot to help drastically reduce the curve.. many thanks to you and your cohorts... All the best!! :)
July 2nd, 2012 @ 7:46 pm
Thanks Kramer for your inspiration for us. Take your time, tha life is not only works, God and Family is the most importante thinkg en our way.. Congrats for your blessing family.. and thanks four teaching greats tuts and info...
Dipen
July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:56 pm
great... waiting for new tutorials and inspirational works...
light_thunder
July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:56 pm
I'm really looking forward your next tutorials. It's awsome and very cool
LJ Lee
July 2nd, 2012 @ 11:16 pm
I understand Andrew, You can't really do about it at times. I'm glad that you're working professionally and making a lot of money and connections. You are a true inspiration to everyone but don't forget one thing. Everyone admires you because they have grown with you and earned a lot of knowledge for free. That's why a lot of people buy your products. Please don't turn out to be a sell out like others. Just continue your awesome tutorials and time to time, with no product of yours involved. Hope you understand. God bless you Andrew and your family.

Have a great day
LJ Lee
rajesh
July 3rd, 2012 @ 12:22 am
u r awesome.. no words more to say....u r grt ..thts it..
thanx for ur wonderful tutorials
memy
July 3rd, 2012 @ 12:59 am
how long ? i need tutorials plees
The real smithy
July 3rd, 2012 @ 1:36 am
Hey guys, I'm not sure if Andrew wants to do this himself but I think he's abit busy from being a DAD. Yep a baby boy was delivered yesterday. All doing well. So VC community back the f@&$ off until he's ready to share. And if you are impatient for free tutorials , then get off your lazy butts and learn like the rest of us do and discover things for yourselves.
arzee
July 3rd, 2012 @ 5:34 am
Andrew you don,t know,,,,, you are always on the top man
July 3rd, 2012 @ 7:05 am
wow . more and more new feature than past .i hope to see new
tutorial . i can't wait andrew . thanks a lot and nice family .
(iranian guy)
Champ
July 3rd, 2012 @ 8:00 am
Andrew Kramer " The Family Guy!! " :D keep up the good work !!
TJ Koker
July 3rd, 2012 @ 8:47 am
Hi Andrew,
Watching you progress and grow over the years has been a real treat. The Lord has blessed you with many abilities, the greatest of which is an attention to detail and inner drive to excel at something you love. I wish you all the best.
July 3rd, 2012 @ 8:59 am
Awesome!
That was really inspiring to read...
One awesome question though-what was that that you did in Mission Impossible 4?
jj
July 3rd, 2012 @ 10:06 am
I thought I recognized those Optical Flares on Action Movie FX!
Majdwlen
July 3rd, 2012 @ 10:48 am
Nice family's pictures
And awesome projects

Andrew be honest with all ...and answer this question...
where does your energy come from?
Who charge your batteries?
what's the untold story behind your success?
What are the books you read apart from VFX?

your secret admirer

Majdwlen
July 3rd, 2012 @ 10:56 am
You are my hero, man. You know that. Fantastic photos, btw, and a lovely family. Don't change anything, ever!
Urosh
July 3rd, 2012 @ 11:29 am
Excuses, excuses, excuses. You're just lazy, or maybe your wife starting to see you're becoming famous, with fame there are hot chicks coming and she said enough with this fancy tutorials, do something to feed our children and stay at home. I think it's something like this :)
    July 3rd, 2012 @ 12:28 pm
    Urosh, I really hope that's a Joke. If it's not then you are one of the most pooheaded people whose comments I've been seeing on Video Copilot. Andrew is a very hard working man whose amazing tutorials have helped me A LOT. I quite literally went from complete noob, To completely really amazing at After Effects. (Considering I'm only thirteen years old.) Me and my brother have started our own Movie production company and we couldn't have started at all without Andrew Kramer. Andrew, if you see this comment keep in mind that Everybody(except Urosh) thinks, no. KNOWS you're the best. And you have a very lovely family by the way. God bless you and you're family Andrew Kramer. And good luck with the Baby!
    July 4th, 2012 @ 12:22 am
    I totally agree with Taylor. Urosh-if you really think like that then that means you are selfish and can't think of others life. Don't post these jerky comments here where everyone ELSE is really benefiting from VC and appreciates it even if Andrew can't show up all the time...
    Andrew-what are you gonna name the baby??? ;D
Grant
July 3rd, 2012 @ 12:36 pm
so are you a millionaire then?
    Christian Michael
    July 3rd, 2012 @ 12:43 pm
    Really????? what sort of rude ass question is that? I hope for the work he does he is or soon will be BUT either way, Thats NONE of our business.
    Grant
    July 3rd, 2012 @ 12:48 pm
    i can ask him anything i want so screw you
    Christian Michael
    July 3rd, 2012 @ 1:02 pm
    oh grant sweetie thanks for the offer but youre not my type.
Shawn
July 3rd, 2012 @ 1:02 pm
Hey Andrew, just wanted to compliment you on this post. It is one of your best (it may be the best). Great to hear that your hard work has paid off for you. I really do understand what you mean about the odd relationship between time and creativity. Back in the late 80's a friend of mine and I got into 3D rendering. One day he calls me and says, you know I can design a scene with an entire house in it (He was doing renderings of Homes he was designing for his business) in a few hours, and then I'll spend the next three days trying to get the stupid doorknob to look right. I said, yeah, I'm having the same problem (though my scenes were mostly sci-fi, I understood what he meant). Ever since then we call the phenomenon you describe above "Door-Knobing." It's weird. My wife will have to come into the office sometimes and say, "Stop doorknobing, the project looks good enough." I try to listen to her, but it's difficult to let go when you know it could look better. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I really admire what you said about your family and I feel privileged that you would share your pictures with us. Didn't know that you were expecting another child. Congratulations! My wife and I will keep you and yours in our thoughts and prayers. It's great to know you aren't just a cool guy and awesome AE guru, but you're a caring dad and husband as well. Keep the bar raised high for us in all these areas - it's excellent. Loved what you said about the tutorials and stuff as well. Blessings to your family from the other coast, Shawn.
KM91
July 3rd, 2012 @ 1:13 pm
I've always loved your tutorials. You're doing a fantastic job ! But i have always thought of it ! How many people do you expect will buy Elements 3D ?
mc01
July 3rd, 2012 @ 1:18 pm
"I don’t like to do things half-baked… I want things to be amazing and not just pretty good ... It seems creatively that the better you get at something the longer it takes to do it."

Which is why millions of books have gone unwritten, movies not made, paintings not painted, etc. I do the same thing though - will sit up allll night trying to fix one stupid detail...

I think that's a big hazard of crossing from pure creative work into business though. You have to publish/launch/ship sometime, or go hungry.

For the plugins at least, have you considered shifting toward something like "Agile Development" where you build out new features in shorter cycles? You get to market much sooner, but are more responsive to bugs/feedback, and you can still add it all the cool stuff you have planned as you update w/newer versions. Of course you don't want to ship crap for v1.0, but by delaying for perfection you may also lose interest & or get beat to the punch. Hard to tell what you're already doing, but I wonder if you could've been on v4.0 by now and be in the same place...?

Regardless - you guys do seriously awesome, impressive work, and it shows that you actually care about fans/customers more than making a quick buck.
I'd never consider commenting on an Adobe blog except to complain :P
Jonatas
July 3rd, 2012 @ 2:10 pm
Andrew see that
The crane track motion live
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGIHC8N9ZRc&feature=context-vrec
    jonatas
    July 3rd, 2012 @ 2:12 pm
    It enables the crane head to automatically track the desired object and much more.
Michelle
July 3rd, 2012 @ 7:11 pm
Thanks Andrew! :D one great man
Madus Artson
July 3rd, 2012 @ 8:34 pm
I couldn't agree more to all that you stated in this blog.

Congratulations Andrew on your third upcoming child :) The one who will inherit your visual fx and compositing powers,maybe?haha.cheers!
Manny
July 3rd, 2012 @ 9:00 pm
Mr. Andrew Kramer, thank you for sharing a little bit of your life with all of us. I've been a supporter of your products for sometime in which I'm always looking forward new announcements, tutorials and such from you religiously. Lastly, your words inspired me to strive for creative knowledge only thing deterring me is depression from not being able to land a job suitable enough to provide for my mother who's undergoing dialysis as well as periodic testing for colin cancer. Early congrats with your new baby on the way, for having a beautiful family and for being you. I know that things with my situation will get better, there is hope.

I apologize for opening up to you and everyone who's following on here. Thank you again for allowing me to express plus share my feeling and thoughts.

Keep up the great work!
MG
Jason Washington
July 3rd, 2012 @ 11:14 pm
Andrew, thank you for giving us as much time as you do. I know it's got to be crazy jugling family, the site, work and appearances. I would like to make a suggestion to all of those who come here. In between the posting of tutorials here, start combining the lessons from this site. I see so many VCP AE files completely ripped of in indie films and big budget trailers. These tutorials are given to us as a creative launch pad to propel what your abilities are. If you are lost without 130 tutorials already at your disposal then you have a problem. Keep pushing, combine procedures and think of how you can use this knowledge to create WHAT"S NOT BEING SEEN on VCP instead of trying to duplicate what is. Thanks To the whole VCP staff and the Kramer ffamily for sacrificing their time away from Andrew FOR US.
July 4th, 2012 @ 12:04 am
Andrew, man you are one smart guy.
I really admire all the thoughts you put in your tutorial's and video's. You can just tell that you know what's up.
Thanks this is such an inspiration. I'm 16 right now and try to work as hard as possible to become successful as a Cinematographer/Director and you really inspire me.

Thanks

Daniel Wainryb
July 4th, 2012 @ 4:27 am
Andrew, its because of you that i started my own "1man filming company" Ndn Productions. You are the man! Many thanks and i hope to see allot from you in the future, but take your time :) Nice family btw , you are living the good life , i can tell!

Greetz and respect from Belgium
July 4th, 2012 @ 7:02 am
Hey Andrew,

I know these comments tend to get lost in the shuffle, but I also wanted to say a heartfelt thanks. Your site and the tutorials you do has fundamentally changed my career. By opening the doorway to VFX it also inspired me to go out, get a camera and learn how to shoot my own footage. I've now directed commercial shoots, supervised VFX on other shoots, produced shots and motion graphics, etc.

Knowing you have success and a great family makes me happy to hear, you certainly deserve it.

Keep it up!
Joseph Tran
July 4th, 2012 @ 8:01 am
What softwares do you use when you are working at a vfx house ?
Rafael Rodriguez
July 4th, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
Hey Andrew you're family is lovely. I hope you will be a great father (because of you're other soon).
I'm waiting anxious for 3D plugin and for new tutorials and stuff :)
See you from Uruguay!
hamid lotfi
July 4th, 2012 @ 2:07 pm
nice family and beautiful kids. :)
----
I have a question:
what dose it mean? :Andrew Kramer(visual effects: Bad Robot Optical)
Bad robot optical???!
July 4th, 2012 @ 9:05 pm
Hard work pays off. Keep up the good work.
Need to tell you, Love super 8- went to the movies not thinking much of it and left thinking it was the best film that year. Teaser did not do much for it.
The Movie effects App, Dude that is great. I had a feeling you had a hand in it.
Beautiful Family , your in trouble when those girl hit there teens.
God Bless!
Mike
Pradeep Kumar
July 5th, 2012 @ 6:29 am
Respected Sir,

I have no word to praise you, you are great........

Thanks for your support to creative world...
Chris Blair
July 5th, 2012 @ 6:31 am
Andrew,
I just wanted to say thanks and congrats on the baby boy. You are the single element that inspired me to jump head first into the VFX and film making world. I knew nothing about this complex endeavor prior to stumbling upon your site. You have taken me from knowing absolutely nothing about After Effects, to getting my first paying commercial. I will continue to support you and purchase your products for years to come...thanks.
Timber_Wolf
July 5th, 2012 @ 2:40 pm
Wow... Andrew, may I just say, what a beautiful family! I am getting married soon, and seeing your family pics makes me excited about my future!

By the way, who did those family photos?! I hope they got paid well. ;)

I admire you, sir, for your amazing ability to create, to inspire, to aspire, to expand your professional portfolio and (massive) sphere of influence... all before the age of thirty! I hope to attain half of your accomplishments in my lifetime!

All the best to you and your family, Andrew. God bless you!
July 6th, 2012 @ 8:51 am
Andrew I honestly think you are changing the history of video animation. You are just the best and you keep pussing hard. Just want to let you know, even that you are getting work in TV and Movies, VIDEO COPILOT it is completely yours, not about the money, but the transendence you have in the people that is following you.

Keep posting even if you are working hard in a project. Your product will be by far better than any 3D Program and I repeat its your creation.

Thanks for all that you teached. I have bougth all of your products and cant wait for the release of elements. (You should make a kind of credential for frecuent buyers)

_______

Lovely Family

Leonardo
Clément
July 6th, 2012 @ 12:18 pm
Carmen Sandiego...I loved this game when I was a kid !! You're the best Andrew !
Donald
July 7th, 2012 @ 10:10 am
You inspire me an overwhelming lot, Andrew! It's amazing just how cool you are. Be that way forever bro!
Lots of Love,
Donald.
July 8th, 2012 @ 2:39 am
I recently had the privilege of attending a talk by J.J Abrams. He pretty much started off by talking about all the insanely awesome stuff you've been doing with him, especially with the Action Movie FX app.

The things you've helped contribute to the visual effects community/industry have been nothing short of tremendous Andrew! Epic mad props and keep up the good work! :D
viin
July 11th, 2012 @ 8:37 pm
Dude.....damn you are cool! keep rocking it Andrew!
Joe O.
July 16th, 2012 @ 7:01 pm
Wow, you are living the dream my friend! You're doing it!

I'm glad you shared all this. I assumed you're life was just picking up (in a good way) and that explained the lack of tutorials.. I'm glad to see that's the case.

Even if you never post another tutorial, you've given so much already...
I've been learning from you since back in the Cow days and it brings me genuine joy to see the success you're having. (professionally and personally)

Props on the cute kids and smokin hot wife! I wish you continued happiness!
    Joe O.
    July 16th, 2012 @ 7:02 pm
    Arrgh! You're.. your..

    I'm an idiot..
Chris
August 1st, 2012 @ 5:10 pm
Hey Mr.Kramer
Your product is amazing. IM just a 15 year-old noob trying to convince my parents to buy this product, because it is simply amazing. But how do I know it will work with my computer?I have after effects cs5 and a windows vista 64 bit and 32 bit laptop.On the desktop x64 vista my card is Intel(R) g33/g31 Express chipset family. Will it run????
----chris
August 8th, 2012 @ 6:39 am
be happy with your family andrew kramer ... and with after effects :D
Alejandro
August 9th, 2012 @ 9:23 am
Hi! I really wanted to say thanks cause in this website I learned how to make an intro that we needed for my church, and now it looks way lot better. And also I inspired to continue learning ...

Greetings from southern Costa Rica!!
Linn
August 11th, 2012 @ 8:44 pm
Hey man, why not do some tutorials on how u keep up with all that schedule and that energy. Thanks for all that u do.
Alexander
August 12th, 2012 @ 10:39 am
Are you planning on making your apps available for android devices?
steven martin
August 15th, 2012 @ 9:03 am
I find that using After Effects makes me a better photographer!
August 16th, 2012 @ 12:13 am
@StevenMartin

I agree. The time it takes to really compose a shot helps my patience with After Effects
Ava
August 17th, 2012 @ 2:05 am
I recently had the privilege of attending a talk by J.J Abrams. He pretty much started off by talking about all the insanely awesome stuff you’ve been doing with him, especially with the Action Movie FX app.why not do some tutorials on how u keep up with all that schedule and that energy
August 17th, 2012 @ 2:06 am
Very good and useful information. Why not write a book about this topic.For today’s economic fluctuation and lack of opportunities, it really will be a very hot topic. Thanks anyway. All the best.
August 20th, 2012 @ 7:53 pm
It is great to see u with ur family mate.....And Y dont u just try out the damn NUKE...
Pixx
September 30th, 2012 @ 6:42 pm
I miss your blog show mate :) show us your staff
Woodpecker
October 22nd, 2012 @ 2:33 pm
U r Jedi for sure! =)
December 16th, 2012 @ 9:15 am
nice life brother,i wish you happy momens with kids bro,i have learn a lot from u,God bless your private life,and your relation with Sam & other copilots team.
Ron Rosario
December 16th, 2012 @ 2:51 pm
Hey Andrew, just wanted to say thank you for all the tuts and extra time you put into all of them, Godbless your family and congrats on the boy !
Be Honest the kids school projects must be out of this world with your expertise touch, blessings and happy holidays. RR
Sharif
April 8th, 2013 @ 9:10 pm
Wow I should watch Super 8 just to see your work!
April 11th, 2013 @ 10:25 pm
The use of contrast techniques, deepening the theme; plot scow, the whole story is both unexpected and reasonable.
Jon
November 1st, 2013 @ 1:58 pm
2 gorgeous daughters, smoking hot wife, and a very successful website.

Now that's living.
January 6th, 2014 @ 5:35 pm
Thanks for inspiring us all Andrew! I look up to you man!! Love you bro!
January 6th, 2014 @ 5:38 pm
Hey Andrew! Thanks for inspiring us all...I enjoy your tutorials and learning from them. I want you to know that I look up to you man. You have an amazing and beautiful family....God bless you guys in all you do!! :) Love you bro!! :)
dimon
June 13th, 2014 @ 9:36 am
Dear Andrew! I am very glad that you have a family, I very much like your lessons though I, meanwhile, sensible didn't learn anything. Please, continue in the same spirit and all of us will support you! Good luck: )
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