Past and Present

It’s always my intention to post on the blog more frequently and then things get busy and I forget… I’m just going to start posting more often and see what kind of “slow news days” I can come up with!

Upcoming Tutorial
Today we do have some exciting news! This tuesday we will be releasing a new tutorial for creating sub-surface illumination based on the Iron Man villains! This tutorial has many great tips and trick you don’t want to miss.

Future City Pack (Free community-built model pack)
The deadline for the Future City Pack submission is JULY 20th and we are getting ready to launch the submission page for you to upload.  See Future City Pack Information.

Element 3D Update V1.6.1
Also last week we released Element 3D V1.6.1 that tackles several bugs and performance enhancements. Plus a sweet desktop background made with Element 3D!

Download the update Here

Optical Flares for Nuke Released
We also released Optical Flares for Nuke to bring our professional Lens Flare plug-in to even more feature film compositors!

Check that out Now!

July 8th, 2013 @ 1:27 am
Looks Epic and Cant wait.
    J Washington
    July 8th, 2013 @ 1:40 am
    Looks true to form. Is this 100% within AE or is Max or c4d involved?
    July 8th, 2013 @ 1:45 am
    Just AE. No 3rd party stuff.
    July 8th, 2013 @ 4:45 am
    Andrew are you sure? Just Think one more Time and Say
    July 8th, 2013 @ 5:58 am
    So.. you have no ethic.. or you're simply an airhead?
    July 10th, 2013 @ 3:51 am
    not bad
July 8th, 2013 @ 1:40 am
Outstanding Andrew.Hope this tutorial is useful.
July 8th, 2013 @ 1:40 am
Looks Very Cool... Waiting for Tuesday :-)
July 8th, 2013 @ 1:56 am
cooooooooooooooool when it will be display ?
July 8th, 2013 @ 2:04 am
Andrew! This is freaking awesome I mean super AWESOME!!! THANKSx10000
I've also been thinking how to do a really super slow motion shots of blood or bullets and gunshots, in a 3D space with camera actually moving around not just changing angles, it may be very complex but making slow motion muzzle flashes with FumeFX may be very AMAZING!!! :D
    July 8th, 2013 @ 2:31 am
    hi matin watch this tutorial serise;

    and tell him my name . so he will guide you nicely . enjoy
    July 8th, 2013 @ 2:55 am
    Yeah that series looks useful but he can also do it with Action Essentials - Charges pack. You know side - looking charges can be slow motion.
    July 8th, 2013 @ 7:31 am
    yahhhh evron but when you learn how to make muzzle flash in 3ds the you will create your own muzzle and you also can use it in 3d space .
    July 8th, 2013 @ 1:17 pm
    See that's the thing, I need the tut from Andrew Kramer because I can't understand other tuts, yeah and Evren I can't use charges for this one, I'm going to move around the muzzle flash in 3d and rotate around the bullet. Only FumeFX can do that beautifully, no other plug-ins in AE.
    July 8th, 2013 @ 2:46 pm
    Try Hitfilm Ultimate. It's not as well known as AE or widely used, but I've used the 3d muzzle flashes in it. Freddie W used it to create his muzzle flash time freeze.
    July 8th, 2013 @ 3:41 pm
    Okay than, Kramer's Train Exp. tutorial series is good choice for understanding FumeFX'S key elements. And after that, if you watch prathamesh's tutorial series ? think you'll do it. I watched it and its so simple. Not too complex, and also I don't know good English however I understand it and I understanding Andrew's tutorials too :D Just work about it ^^ And sorry about my English.

    The other think, if you need move around the muzzle in 3D, I think you should use After Effects to 3DS motion track script too. Good luck.
July 8th, 2013 @ 2:10 am
awesome .. excited about it
July 8th, 2013 @ 2:11 am
When it's "Just AE" I understand how many things I've to learn...
July 8th, 2013 @ 2:19 am
Andrew, Thank you for the update. Any chance to give us some ETA for the Airplane or Vehicle Packs that you were mentioned? Thank you
July 8th, 2013 @ 2:21 am
It looks really nice Andrew! So Cool! Did you used plugins for this one?
    Awesome Man
    July 8th, 2013 @ 7:48 am
    "Just AE. No 3rd party stuff."
July 8th, 2013 @ 2:30 am
the first time you did the presentation of the 3d element plugin showed this
model noise affecting the model

will be that this function comes in 3d element V2!!!
July 8th, 2013 @ 2:49 am
It is very awesome ANDREW!!! I hope you can keep going with your tutorials and have even more cool and exciting things up for the future. Thanks !!
July 8th, 2013 @ 3:12 am
Awesome ANDREW , but i want know When the release date aircraft pack ?? plz plz tell me :)
July 8th, 2013 @ 3:16 am
The FX is similar to the explosion of the witch in Demon Cam,am I right?
July 8th, 2013 @ 3:22 am
I'm so proud to be part of this awesome community! Thank you Andrew and crew.
July 8th, 2013 @ 3:23 am
wooow i looks really nice .
but what about the airplane tutorial that was coming soon
July 8th, 2013 @ 3:32 am
thank you in advance for the tutorial
Martin Hancock
July 8th, 2013 @ 4:06 am
Hi Andrew,

Very cool looking effect, nice one.
Speaking of light effects in film, what do you think of this one:

Check out how the witch moves effect.

What do you think, in camera effect or VFX ?

July 8th, 2013 @ 4:25 am
Wowwwww... Andrew again you came with a majestic tutorial dude!
It looks great!
I don't know how to wait for it!
Finally we can see Video Copilot super star again on stage, The Great Sam!
It's probably gonna be awesome!
Thank you Video Copilot crews!
July 8th, 2013 @ 3:25 am
When the plane vfx is releasing!!!!!
Erel Herzog
July 8th, 2013 @ 4:26 am
Oh... So that's how Sam is still alive!
L A Webley
July 8th, 2013 @ 4:38 am
Very exciting indeed.
Neo Crescent
July 8th, 2013 @ 4:59 am
Love this
July 8th, 2013 @ 5:14 am
It seems we have to make a 3d model of the head and than track our head movement and than the element 3d magic starts to take place. i guess so.
    July 8th, 2013 @ 10:12 am
    He said that the effect was all AE. And making a 3d model of a head would be incredibly difficult for such a simple (per say) shot.
July 8th, 2013 @ 5:36 am
I love it !! i can'T Freaking wait !!!!!!!!!!!
July 8th, 2013 @ 5:37 am
awesome!! no words !! you are great andrew
July 8th, 2013 @ 5:41 am
pls tell me this is motion tracked.. I would totally go fangirl if it was(iam a straight but yea xD).. Mr. Kramer, I think its time you do facial tracking like what they did in Broadwalk Empire with different softwares(cause I cant get PFTrack running cause of the resolution requirement.. sucks I know) and if possible, in AE and E3D!.. that would be cool!.. what do you think guys? :D
    July 8th, 2013 @ 10:55 am
    You can get pftrack working even if your monitor resolution is smaller.
    July 9th, 2013 @ 12:42 am
    really? how?
July 8th, 2013 @ 6:12 am
This is interesting, gonna try and think of a sketch based around this and what happens in Iron Man 3. Can't wait Andrew.
July 8th, 2013 @ 6:15 am
July 8th, 2013 @ 6:21 am
I like this site!!! And the ideas are geat as allways. Thank you Andrew and VC team for your contribution you make to our education.
July 8th, 2013 @ 6:29 am
Are any stock footage or any other pictures or texture required for this ? Or all of this organic stuff is made inside AE ?
    July 8th, 2013 @ 6:54 am
    Yeah looks like we'll use texture with this tutorial. Patience, we'll see Tueasday, not so far. :D
July 8th, 2013 @ 7:07 am
AWESOME! Please Andrew, continue making this kind of tutorial for Filmmakers!
July 8th, 2013 @ 7:27 am
Is we want plugin for 3d tracking face ( foundry camera tracker ) ?
July 8th, 2013 @ 7:32 am
Cannot wait for this tutorial! Love stuff like this!
July 8th, 2013 @ 8:04 am
Hello! Andrew I'm from korea, anyway, always Your tutorial see very good
July 8th, 2013 @ 7:30 am
It's great to see Sam Loya back in the Game :D
July 8th, 2013 @ 8:47 am
Sub surface scattering on steroids. lol
July 8th, 2013 @ 9:16 am
It would be great to see a movie that weaves all of Sam Loyas adventures (Tutorial videos) in to one story.
Jake Jabbs
July 8th, 2013 @ 9:33 am
this is best website on the net.
July 8th, 2013 @ 10:20 am
Who else remember what is 10th July? :)
    July 8th, 2013 @ 12:59 pm
    it is birthday of Element 3D :-)
Eric Lin
July 8th, 2013 @ 10:54 am
what will be a really interesting tutorial is that we cut off sam's arm and it grow back like in the movie! All done in AE! lol
July 8th, 2013 @ 11:29 am
Just Love the Way you Shoot the Videos For Tutorial...please do a tutorial on that also...:)
Tristan Barnard
July 8th, 2013 @ 11:30 am
Looks like this could be possibly applied to a Man Of Steel heat ray effect, looks similar to what they use for his eye blasting zipppidy doodah power.
July 8th, 2013 @ 11:35 am
I Watched Iron Man 3 This Is Awesome It Looks The Same As The Movie And It's Called Extremis By The Way :D
Josh Ortolaza
July 8th, 2013 @ 12:26 pm
Quick question: When I go to the Forum section of this site, I am able to log in just fine. But when I try to download the Element 3D update, and it prompts me to log in, It says that my email does not won't let me log i. Please someone help!
    Vinnie K
    July 8th, 2013 @ 12:59 pm
    You should send an email to They respond quickly and helped me out on several occasions.

    Truly super service.... TSS in short. This should be their shortcut: VC = TSS

    :-) Vinnie K.
July 8th, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
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July 8th, 2013 @ 2:55 pm
I just redid my web site and I was going to pour into After Effects again after submitting a proposal to a stained glass shop for video and WordPress web site work. To prepare myself for more proposal submissions to other local companies, I am going to be doing a lot of your tutorials again.

Do you have any tips or pointers on using After Effects for text and animation type graphics that last about 2-3 minuets? That seems to be what most people want these days from small time After Effects users.
July 8th, 2013 @ 4:53 pm
As cool as this tutorial looks, the IM3 effect I was most interested in recreating was Killian's holographic projector balls. When I saw that I was literally thinking "Oh, I hope Andrew shows us how to do that..."
July 8th, 2013 @ 9:35 pm
Hey Andrew are you guys thinking of making a trial version of element? that would be great thx.
July 9th, 2013 @ 12:44 am
Awesome tutorial . really love the vains effect . But WOHO SAM GOT NO BONES ? :D
July 9th, 2013 @ 1:36 am
Look really nice. Thanks for this great tutorial.
But is there any possibilities to switch on Nuke in the future (for a bunch of tutorial) ? It could be great to use it with you and get trick and tips for Nuke too.
Thanks again ;)
July 9th, 2013 @ 1:38 am
Project files aren't downloading ? help please ?
July 10th, 2013 @ 6:31 am
Hay There-----------! across the Ocean

Andrew Kramer
You Are My Great Teacher Always----1Q Allot ....God Bless U Dude

I am From Ethiopia ---I tech My Self To Be An Animator (CG)

then i have one Question About mattshadow (3ds max) rendering Technique Economical Way

i have 6Gb ram on my old Dell pc then i think---- matteshadow rendering in alpha Chanel after that i compose & edit in after Effect.this is how i am thinking....

may i-----please develop the idea & post Some Cool Tutorial....
July 11th, 2013 @ 3:09 am
Andrew Thank you very much
thinking great education
July 11th, 2013 @ 4:09 am
that was sweeet ! ;-)
July 16th, 2013 @ 12:23 pm
please give us the project file for training :)
July 18th, 2013 @ 7:30 am

Best of luck in your mission to post more frequently. I know I'm not alone in that I check this website every day or almost every day. It's always great to see a new post even if it's not a new tutorial or new product. We all love to hear from you, even if it's a quick inspiration post. I love the idea of your Futuristic City Pack as a community project. I'd love to see more opportunities for involvement like that.
July 18th, 2013 @ 4:09 pm
To Andrew Kramer,

Could you please give me instructions or tutorial on the Element 3D I just installed it and I clicked on the Liquid object but I don't know how to animate it or how to create an animation, I am a little new to this (AE) I want to be able to get the liquid object to move I am trying to Create a blood Flow.

July 19th, 2013 @ 1:44 am
Please make the distortion machine using 3d max simcloth
July 22nd, 2013 @ 2:54 pm
Andrew You Need To Release A Tutorial On Plane Models And You Need To Release Plane Model Pack Please :)
July 25th, 2013 @ 6:02 pm
Thats really great, Andrew..
Thanks for Sharing..
jan jaap
July 27th, 2013 @ 7:38 am
extremely slow news days?
October 6th, 2013 @ 7:30 am
Very very good
April 2nd, 2014 @ 11:33 am
What a Master Piece! I would love to learn how to insert these cool effects.
Thank You!
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