New Tutorial: Alien Surface!

In this tutorial we will create a realistic set extension for the surface of a far away alien planet. With the help of the Matte Painting challenge we will be compositing the background along with adding 3D rocks with Element 3D and pulling out the Roto Brush tool. Big thanks to everyone that submitted a matte painting I had fun looking through all of them and I’ll to post some of my favorites soon!

Watch Tutorial Now!

POSTED:
2 years ago
RECENT POSTS
Element 3D V2 Update 2.0.2
Element 3D V2 just came out this week and we’ve already been working with customers to make the plug-in better with this latest patch! Big Shout out to our development team for the fast turnaround! Check out Element 3D V2: Visit Online Store! Customers who have purchased V2: Login and download V2.0.2 Patch! PATCH DETAILS: Mac firePro GPU […]
Clean Lighting with Element 3D V2
Here are a few experiments created in Element 3D V2 with simple lighting and Ambient Occlusion. In these examples I’m using the Ray Traced AO which is a bit slower but creates very nice results. The other important setting I like to use is called “Lighting Influence” under the Physical Environment. This setting helps blend the […]
The Day Before Element 3D V2! (Now Available!)
It’s been one incredible ride but on Tuesday Dec 2nd, we will be releasing Element 3D V2 but first check out some features we’ve been holding back! There is also a brief demonstration of each new 3D pack at the end of the video! Element 3D is Now Available If you can’t wait to watch the video… check […]
Element 3D V2 Official Release Date!
Element 3D V2 will be available in 2 weeks on Dec 2! Yeah! I know I’m 2 days past my November goal but we are really happy with the progress and we needed the extra time to get everything dialed in! This update is insane! What can I say, we like to push the limits of technology and features, but […]
67 Comments

2 years ago
OK, found this site 2 years ago but was sort of passing through. Since I am migrating from the old ways, to new... This site (and this particular tutorial) has compelled me to "Flip" and proceed. I have been a print an interactive designer for a long time - so, yes... Old Dog. And, with that experience,, it is also hard to impress me. This tutorial did exactly that. And, it is more than a Matte Backdrop tutorial... It is a color-correction/color-change tutorial, a motion track tutorial, a masking tutorial, and several more. As I have reviewed several other VCP tuts since, the way that topics are reinforced is what impresses me as much as the quality of delivery. Neither condescending nor presumptuous, he fortifies skills of varied levels by blending basic, intermediate, and advanced subtopics within the context. Thanks,
Zafer Ercevik
2 years ago
Please check out my work on http://vimeo.com/50297662. I used the footage provided by Andrew to create a matte painting shot that would be good enough to be used in a game cinematic. Please let me know if you guys have any suggestion or tips to improve my work. Thanks.
Ace P.
2 years ago
I was working on this tutorial and I used the foundary's plugin for this because I'm working in CS5. When I put in the matte painting and do everything like was said and then RAM preview, the matte painting is moving slightly up and down (moving in general)?? Can anyone help me?
Parag J.
2 years ago
Cody
2 years ago
Hey Andrew, as I was killing time in between class's today, I thought I'd try doing this on AE CS4. I couldn't track the mountains in the background very well, and I couldn't use rotobrush either with CS4, but I found a faster and easier way to make Sams head overlay the BG just as good.
I made a new null object and tracked the buckle on Sams chest. After that I duplicated the footage (moved the new footage above the painting), made a new solid and matted Sams head in by pick whipping that solid-matte to the new null object. Surprisingly I did not have to set any key frames for the mask applied to the solid-matte.
I would not have been able to accomplish this without learning from your brilliant tutorials.
LMBpromo
2 years ago
Andrew Kramer almost NEVER says "another exciting tutorial" this must be an amazing tutorial, like all of them!
Zaaacharias
2 years ago
Hey Andrew, the normalization of the 3D world is a real pain in the butt. Do you think there is a way to automate this process via a plugin or script?
2 years ago
Hy
Why do you freeze rotobrush ?
Thanks
2 years ago
Please Any One Tell Me Where Did Andrew Kramer Went to School At
Hi .. here is another 3D still image. Created with 3Ds MAX and lots of VC Optical Flares .. Hope you will like it .. Cheers !

http://youtu.be/AEFDgT_G04o
Sully
2 years ago
hi andrew.when do you want to put project of this tutorial.
2 years ago
Awesome Tutorial bro :) I'll be glad if Andrew start publishing cinema4D tutorials as well.
Lucas de Souza
2 years ago
CONGRATULATIONS!
It was better than we had used chroma key in the second stage!
Wow, this is perfect, thank VIDEOCOPILOT staff, you guys are awesome!
千年骚狐
2 years ago
very cool~
i like U very much! hah
    ????
    2 years ago
    from china fans
Karan
2 years ago
how can we use element 3d plugin in after effects..???
Tobi0688
2 years ago
Andrew the new bundle pack will be this year?
2 years ago
Thanks Andrew! I really appreciate the time you must take to make these great tutorials, manage new things for video copilot, while keeping together a great team! Keep up the good work and I look forward to what down the future road of video copilot... although I know where you're going you don't need... roads.
2 years ago
AWESOME!!!
Thanks u for all your tutorial!
2 years ago
Just an idea:
The same way we can load a preset object (already mapped), could be useful and quicker to load a "ground plane" already mapped with matte shadow.
(just to avoid to recreate the wheel each time)
(I know i may save it as object, but...)
    redinou
    2 years ago
    just check matte shadow take few second, man... as you said in the end: yes, make yourself a preset or you want also Kramer come take your hand? ^_^
2 years ago
Hi, Andrew Kramer

yours tutorial very nice, eagerly waiting for the new videos
2 years ago
bestes tutorial you made Andrew Kremer . really enjoyed and studied alot from your tutorial
Steve E
2 years ago
lol, Loved the 'Great Escape' music during the timelapse...way to make it fun
Zach Ehlert
2 years ago
Whenever I do tracks with element, it never looks very good. always sliding around and stuff, even when I use this tracking technique.
2 years ago
Thanks u for all your tutorial. i can buy your plugin for WebMoney? With pay-pal in russia = ХУЕВО.
2 years ago
Very Cool! I'm looking forward to watching some of it.
Ed
2 years ago
Nice job integrating Element! Now I know what some of those options are for.
2 years ago
Yay! Great stuff. Been waiting for this one.
BTW, your speech at Siggraph was good, (so how many of the thousands stayed for the whole thing?)
moldava
2 years ago
will you please provide the plate footage?

thanks!
Youssef
2 years ago
Quick question ... if i use the foundry's camera tracker do i need to do that null scaling and rotation trick .. or do i just place my null objects at the appropriate tracker points i see ??
    Turker
    2 years ago
    Tracking engine probably the same but it has some additional advanced features attended to the native connections of tracking process.But your question need an absolute answer.Search the firm's web site of Foundry.
2 years ago
Awesomeness. Once again, it was nice having that "old original" tutorial, the old intro..

Very cool tutorial with lots of great information. Thanks so much Andrew! :)
lukke5005
2 years ago
hmmm, nice but after the latest stuff i am to spoilt. lol - good job!
Farhad
2 years ago
great.
really thanks Andrew, for your FREE-Perfect tutorials unlike many websites!. u are a LEGEND.
can u introduced me a PERFECT&FREE source like VideoCopilot for 3D programs(max, maya, zbrush,...)? also NUKE. :D
really thanks.
Jasper Tsai
2 years ago
Andrew you are rocking the world again.
2 years ago
I've loved this challenge. It was amazing to see every member of this comunity, newbies and old ones, working togheter, submiting amazing jobs. It was very nice. I hope you do more challenges of this kind Andrew.

Thanks to all of you, V.C. staff!
Fabricio
2 years ago
very cool...again! thanks andrew!
Woodman
2 years ago
Btw, Can't wait for the other tutorials coming out this week!
Woodman
2 years ago
Epic! Going to watch as soon as I get home. Nice to see Sam!
ahmed vfx
2 years ago
very great andrew........... we next wait
2 years ago
tanks Andrew Kramer
rock element?
3d camera tracker in after effects cs6?
Curtis
2 years ago
What Im first. No way. Looking forward to gettin home and watch this.
Farshad
2 years ago
How we can get project file ?
Farshad
2 years ago
Hello man
Thanks for tutorial
2 years ago
I dont see any project download icon. Dont we need media to participate with this tutorial?
Lawrence
2 years ago
Not quite sure if this is the place to post this, but wouldn't raytraced reflections not be necessary for element particles to reflect each other. Couldn't you simply render each frame twice, once just rendering the environment with the particles, and then use that rendered image as a particle reflection map for the second render of that frame, the same way you reflect the environment. Of course this wouln't be fully accurate, but it might give a decent approximation.
    sebastian
    2 years ago
    yes you could but it wouldn't be accurate
2 years ago
Hi
Very Nice
Good Idea
Thanks
Basuru
2 years ago
Always the best !! :)
2 years ago
Welcome Kramer! Great Tuto!
Damian
2 years ago
Yes looking forward too! I want to see the work from other people (:
2 years ago
the best as usual.
you are the chosen one mr kramer
Jai
2 years ago
Hey,

The SD version of the video returns 404.
please fix it.
2 years ago
thanks yad :P <3 and waiting the new optical flares 2
Nima
2 years ago
hi
very thanks for this tutorials.
but i have one question about Free Earth Project for Element 3D:
why don’t u made the sun light off, when it goes off the Earth?
how can fix this problem?
thanks.
2 years ago
Who actually won the challenge? Looking forward to watching this...
    2 years ago
    No one really "won"... it was a challenge!
    Jerome
    2 years ago
    Sam Loya FTW!!

    Actually, Andrew Kramer was born to win.
    2 years ago
    But are you going to share some of your favorites with us, Andrew?
peter k
2 years ago
Nice tutorial as always
M Kremers
2 years ago
I was wondering when this was going to come up. Must've been crazy going through all the submissions. Can't wait to see your top 10. :P
2 years ago
Very nice Andrew !!
Alien Surface!
Peter Somers
2 years ago
Once again, another exciting tutorial!
Excellent stuff!
Tutorials
139. Translucent Glass
Create a cool title design using a 3D displacement map.
144. Flight Control
Customize your own airline with JetStrike!
Plugins
Stock Footage