Aerial Photography with JetStrike

One of the things I learned while creating the JetStrike teaser (in only 3 days!) is the importance of aerial photography. Part of making Jets look powerful and life-sized is shooting them in a realistic way. Of course we can add a touch of Hollywood’s hyper realism but starting with a foundation based on real aerial photographer is critical. With less than a week away from the JetStrike release, I figured I should share my findings.

Here are a few tips that helped me stay grounded while in the air.  I also learned the plural for Aircraft is Aircraft. Dang-it!

01. Camera Type:
Generally the camera is at a safe distance inside another aircraft with a long zoom lens. This is important to avoid the perspective distortion you get from wide angle lenses but it also helps to avoid the miniaturization of the models.  For this I used an After Effects camera with a long zoom like 5,000-10,000 which is equivalent to a 100mm or 200mm.

02. Camera Physics:
When the camera is mounted in another aircraft, there are limits to how fast and how safe this aircraft can follow a subject. Understanding this helps to avoid creating unrealistic movements that would not be possible and unrealistic.

It is also safe to assume that there will be a certain amount camera correction. This is where the subject moves and the camera has to re-frame the subject. In After Effects, I added a small amount of wiggle to the anchor point of the camera like wiggle(.5,50). This helps give the shot a fluid levitation feeling since a real person would have a hard time fixating perfectly on the center of a Jet without some serious Gyro-Stabilization.

I also like to add a camera searching effect where the operator pans across the sky and stops on the subject with a small zoom. This helps establish the world and create a bigger scope to the shot. The idea is that the CG  environment doesn’t just end right outside of the frame. Even though it probably does.

03. Atmosphere & Speed:
To create more speed an movement I used Particular to generate some soft atmospheric clouds that simply fly past the jets. This is easy to setup with a directional emitter since in most cases the Jets are actually not moving but instead the camera is moving around the Jet and the background parallax is what gives the shot motion.

04. Lighting & Materials:
I like to setup the lighting similar to the real world, a far away parallel light for the primary source with an ambient light to simulate global illumination. I also add some secondary lights, like a blue or brown light to mimic the reflection of the sky or the mountains. Always think about what is inside and outside the frame.

We spent many hours setting up the shaders to work in a variety of different situations but to get shots to feel right it is important to adjust the shader settings for each scene. How does the specular highlight look on a real airplane? Is it too reflective? Too much contrast? Small tweaks to the shader make a big difference!

05. Camera Shake & Glow:

To give the shots a little bit more energy I also added a small amount frame jitter or high frequency camera shake using the wiggle expression on the position of the final frame.  Color Correction and glow also got a long way to give the shots a bit of haze or atmosphere.

06. Heat Distortion:
Usually you can use turbulent displacement to get a nice heat effect but I wasn’t really satisfied with how the effect looked when you isolated it  to just the afterburner.  Another option is setting up the displacement map effect with a fractal noise but this can be a bit of work.

So we built our own Heat Distortion Plug-in. More on that soon.


I even had a chance to go up in an aerial photography helicopter to see how it works first hand!

October 2nd, 2013 @ 2:36 pm
You are the best! Thank you for this! perfect timing!
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 12:18 pm
    hi andrew , usually i not use gren screen , actually i directly use roto brush tool in ae , but it to stored many more times , what i wnat to do for fast rotobrushing?
October 2nd, 2013 @ 2:47 pm
Great one!
I'm looking forward to this package!
But your Link to the posting rules isn't working. It kinda works, but it directs me to an empty site with no rules on it. You might wanna fix that.
October 2nd, 2013 @ 2:47 pm
It is really incredible how far Element3D can be pushed. Will the JetStrike model pack contain some sky images for the environment as well? I look forward to being able to purchase this pack!
October 2nd, 2013 @ 2:47 pm
you own heat distortion plug? LOL can't wait to see that! i try a lot to make heat effects in the past and was never satisfy too. i have some element 3D tricks and i think i'll make some tutorials using this pack! :) motion design stuff!
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 2:51 pm
    In addition to JetStrike we built another package called HD Flight Kit. It contains several cool things I'll be announcing soon including a specialized Heat Distortion plug-in.
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 4:20 am
    What about the hand-held camera plug-in??
    October 5th, 2013 @ 9:53 am
    For awesome heat haze, often a particle system that drives the displacement will get you the best results. Will your Heat Distortion plug-in have some advanced controls to make this work? I'm just curious... I've been making a lot of heat haze for work as of late.
Luis Martin
October 2nd, 2013 @ 2:48 pm
Excellent work Andrew!!! Another Plug-In???!!!! Come on Guys!!! do you never sleep??? And people wonder why VCP takes too long to release new stuff, this is why, they are constantly evolving. Great Stuff Andrew and VCP Team. Best regards from Argentina.
October 2nd, 2013 @ 2:48 pm
What can I say @ 60 I still love this S#$%! Thanks dude......
Niall Horn
October 2nd, 2013 @ 2:52 pm
All Really Good Points! Thanks Andrew!
Jim Hines
October 2nd, 2013 @ 2:54 pm
Very generous. Thanks for this walk through.
October 2nd, 2013 @ 2:55 pm
Could you explain a bit about your process of Sound Design for this piece? It seems to pull everything together, it'd be great to find resources beyond the Designer Sound FX pack to work with this new Model Pack.

Thanks Guys! You rock.
October 2nd, 2013 @ 2:55 pm
Great tips !
I hope you will release a tutorials about the animation and all the other tips that you gave here.
Thx alot ! :)
October 2nd, 2013 @ 2:55 pm
These are ready to go stuffs!!!!
Everything is this pack is awesome!
The Heat Distortion option definitely become very very handy.
The power of animating in Element3D always amaze me!
October 2nd, 2013 @ 2:55 pm
Heat Distortion Plugin , Thats just blatant Teasing .....
October 2nd, 2013 @ 2:56 pm
"...So we made our own plug-in." Hahaha that's why i love you guys!
October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
thanks for this tips ! its like a tutorial ! :) thanks and yes really want to know more about your displacement plugin :) thanks andrew !
October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:01 pm
Any information for a chopper fan, in which month /year it will approximatly come out ?
October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:02 pm
Andrew, you seem to have a problem with hinting at products faster then you can come out with them. We're still waiting on 3 new things right?
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:03 pm
    You cant blame him for being excited about the awesome things they come up with at vc!
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:09 pm
    This one is coming out on Tuesday so cross that off the list!
October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:02 pm
Awesome! I was wondering about the heat distortion and there ya go and post about it! Any plans for a cars pack? :)
October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:09 pm
"So we built our own Heat Distortion Plug-in."
Fuck yes. Because we are VideoCopilot. Don't like the result? Let's create our own plug-in!

Hahahaha Jesus, you guys are the tits.
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:24 pm
    Nice wording Torrelles... You are right :-)

    @Andrew Kramer btw: Is this an MBB BO-105 you're standing next to? This is an awesome piece of german hardware. Take a look at what one of Messerschmitts testpilots could do with that thing (on youtube):

    kudos to vc and greetings to all the others
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:31 pm
    It is BO-105! In fact this one has 2 C-30 Engines for a total of 2000 horsepower!
October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:13 pm
Wow, I have been waiting for this ever since Element was released! As a huge Ace Combat fan, I've been wanting to make my own "Top Gun" short movie and this looks like it'll hit the spot.

Just for authenticity sake, there are no after burners on the F117A stealth fighter, but it sure does look cool.

It may be time for me to plop down and buy Element 3D. This is what I've mainly been waiting for and I gotta say I'm definitely going to be picking this up after you've completed your announcements!
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:16 pm
    Exactly! We took some liberties but of course that can be turned off.
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
    Buy Element! Definetely :-)
    I couldn't do a payed job with Element until now, but even as a "hobby"-Plugin it gives me a hell of a time (sry, I'm not a native speaker, but I hope you get the point :-)

    working on a mid-res Eurocopter Tiger in blender right now. Solely purpose is, to animate this beauty inside of Element.
October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:18 pm
Any choppers coming in the jet strike pack? Maybe a blackhawk?
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:21 pm
    Just Jets inside JetStrike and then we will tackle a helicopter pack!
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 4:33 am
    NO!!! At least give us one of your helicopters :(
October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:30 pm
It would be great if You release a vehicle pack for Element 3d! :)
October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:32 pm
Andrew, do you remember Element 3D Demo Reel? ;)
Of course you do...there was a short sequence of jet flying through the mountains, I would like to find out how to achieve this passing blurred background effect...any extra tip please? :>
October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:37 pm
i wonder how the models would look with the Element V 2.0 ! the teaser is amazing as always but at the part that the jet releases and launches rockets, the interior parts of the rocket launcher seems a little unrealistic because of no shadow casting.Ofcurse the Ambient occlusion would help,but still can't wait to see the results with V 2.0.And another thing i wonder about V 2.0 shadow casting is will there be options like switching between soft and hard a result the biggest major update about me is the shadow casting and i hope we will get there soon.
October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:46 pm
any update on the vehicle pack?
October 2nd, 2013 @ 3:49 pm
You hit this post on the head! A visual effects shot should be treated like a writing a screenplay. The more background on a character, the better your script writing will be. So for visual effects it is important to what is around the frame not just in it.
October 2nd, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
I see nice shadows on those buildings, is that E3D too or were they made in 3dstudo or c4d?

Great work man!

I was sure the lack of posts meant you was at work. I believe you can fly!
    October 5th, 2013 @ 12:36 pm
    That would be cool if it was 3d but you can clearly see that it's real footage.
Robert Hellman
October 2nd, 2013 @ 4:03 pm
Well, this will be a total buy :)

Will this be included in some bundle (like with metropolitan that I dont already have)? :)
October 2nd, 2013 @ 4:04 pm
" 'aerial' helicopter..."

There's another kind !?!!
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 4:14 pm
    Aerial Photography helicopter I should say.
October 2nd, 2013 @ 4:37 pm
Thank you for all the advice and work on the models and plugin. Good work
October 2nd, 2013 @ 4:43 pm
Its going to be so awesome to make videos with this new models and the new plug in will let us make videos beyond of what we had expected .
October 2nd, 2013 @ 4:49 pm
cool so these Jets are they like rig up so i can control various parts ?
October 2nd, 2013 @ 4:58 pm
Great tips...especially the zoom. I hadn't thought of that
October 2nd, 2013 @ 5:44 pm
Andrew can I please come work for you and shoot 24/7 bts of everything you work on. we want more blog shows! this would make excellent content.
October 2nd, 2013 @ 6:21 pm
I'm curious how detailed the cockpits will be...will we be able to get up close from the inside? (relatively close)
cocovery75 / DR congo
October 2nd, 2013 @ 5:41 pm
AE=AK+VC simply the KING KONG of AE. The new era of VC had dawned. . . Well done mon capitaine!!! Just 1 more thing Mr. Kramer, are you going to include sounds in this new pack? Cause since the Designer sound FX was released (17/06/2007), I can not imagine working without good sounds fx... Thank you for your time!
October 2nd, 2013 @ 5:50 pm
Yes. Not to take away from the awesomeness of the Jet Pack...I WILL be buying it on Tuesday, but any ballpark idea as to when the vehicle Pack may be ready? Hopefully by the end of the year?
cocovery75 / DR congo
October 2nd, 2013 @ 5:54 pm
AE=AK+VC simply the KING KONG of AE. The new era of VC had dawned. . . Well done mon capitaine!!! Just 1 more thing Mr. Kramer, are you going to include sounds in this new pack? Cause since the Designer sound FX was released (17/06/2007), I can not imagine working without good sounds fx... Thank you for your time!
October 2nd, 2013 @ 7:02 pm
i should thank you for everything you did you helped me so much to became AE player goood :D and you gave us many tricks really thank you so much
October 2nd, 2013 @ 7:17 pm
Hopefully the HD Flight kit shows us how you set up those great backgrounds!
    October 2nd, 2013 @ 7:29 pm
    Also, what do you have against British Airways?
October 2nd, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

Will JetStrike come with a few bonus sound effects and tutorials like Action Essentials 2? Wondering if it is worth buying...

October 2nd, 2013 @ 7:43 pm
Are U crazy!!!! wow Incredible!
October 2nd, 2013 @ 8:54 pm
Hi, How did floor reflect on the Element? Please tell me. Thanks
October 2nd, 2013 @ 9:25 pm
Awesome! So, what about the pilots? Are there pilots included with the models? He Andrew do you think it's possible to put a actor in the seat with chroma key? And then maybe cover the actor with a peace of the jet???
October 2nd, 2013 @ 9:36 pm
I got a feeling... err I mean fever.. And the only prescription is some sound design tutorials.. Cause the sfx sounds fantastic! Very much excited for the pack!
October 2nd, 2013 @ 10:26 pm
Been waiting for something like this for a long time...almost here!!
October 2nd, 2013 @ 10:52 pm
anybody can give tutorial on star trek intro titles...???
October 2nd, 2013 @ 10:16 pm
Amazing!!! Andew are u thinking about cars (etc) model pack? That will be great!!
October 2nd, 2013 @ 11:22 pm
simply the KING KONG of AE
October 2nd, 2013 @ 11:48 pm
Insane man- you guys never cease to amaze and innovate! Keep it up!!
October 3rd, 2013 @ 12:34 am
Tks a lot to share advice and tips ;) and the teaser is great.
October 3rd, 2013 @ 12:34 am
Heyy wil dis pack be free?? And will this pack come with tutorials or u wil make specially for us..
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 1:36 am
    Sorry not Free!

    Actually our entire team has been working on this pack for over 6 months. It's an insane amount of work to create high quality models and textures with feature film quality. Plus the rigging and development to make it all work well.

    This product helps to support future developments and create high-end visual effects tools that are affordable and powerful.

    We of course will continue to offer free stuff like tutorials, tips, project files and the occasional 3D model. But what allows us to keep our website running is the support from the community through our software and model packs like this.

    Hope that makes sense!
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 6:19 pm
    the prices you ask are soooo better than others. and work this good should be/deserves to be paid for. just my two cents.
October 3rd, 2013 @ 1:13 am
How about all that aerial footage you shot? Will we see that in a future Stock Footage Pack? Or perhaps you could bless us with a few free ones to play with like the city footy everyones seen in the trailer.
Arthur Bizkit
October 3rd, 2013 @ 1:40 am
Where's Harrison Ford tho? Stellar reference by the way.
jan jaap
October 3rd, 2013 @ 2:00 am
This is a great tutorial. Thanks!
October 3rd, 2013 @ 2:01 am
The F-117 shot is actually factually completely wrong. You wouldn't see any glow. The end section was merely a ceramic-coated metal fan/ funnel, the actual engine was buried inside the jet and it's engine ended long before that (see I guess that is the whole point of a stealthy jet, after all...
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 2:23 am
    ha! It's the illumination map. It's no fun without it!
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 7:17 am
    In the words of George Lucas (referring to the cloth physics of yodas cape) "I want the romantic version, not the real version"
    October 5th, 2013 @ 6:03 pm
    Two things Mylenium: 1. I don't think anyone really cared except you and 2: Why be such a know it all? Not trying to flame but nobody likes a condescending "know it all". Just sayin'...
October 3rd, 2013 @ 2:42 am
Andrew, that is top notch animation!! Some high paid vfx studios do NOT achieve that level of awesome with their fancy 3D and PostFX packages!
Element is unbelievable!
October 3rd, 2013 @ 2:44 am
What really grinds my gears is how do you achieve the skies? Are they solely backgrounds from inside Element3D or do you trick with backplates? Are they actual filmed footage or pix... pleeeease tell ;)
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 3:36 am
    Most are just still images... except the city shot.
    October 4th, 2013 @ 1:06 pm
    It is that a real city shot, or other hi-end metropolitan render with some cars on the ground plane? I am fascinated by that shot.
    Eric Hendrix
    October 20th, 2013 @ 10:12 am
    I'm wondering the same thing - I tried to get the same sort of look with Metro but I don't have the high-end computer that's responsive enough to make it happen. I've got some stock aerial footage of LA, but it still doesn't look as good as AK's material. Alas, I just don't have his skills.
October 3rd, 2013 @ 3:13 am
Wow,seems I have to buy it! And besides this plane pack,you are going to release a distort plug-in?
October 3rd, 2013 @ 3:24 am
As a mans man man I never thought I'd say this.....but Andrew Kramer, I love you man.

That's a lot of man(s)
October 3rd, 2013 @ 3:40 am
But I think by using wide lense with camera close we can make star trek WARP kind of effect ..Like BOOMMMM..Shuuuuu..!!
October 3rd, 2013 @ 3:43 am
My element 3d is Not working with AE CC ..whenever I tried to install in AE cc .The software came to the NOT RESPONDING situation ..Please help me
October 3rd, 2013 @ 4:02 am
"I didn't like how the heat distortion looked.... so we built our own plug in"

HA! Love it, if in doubt build your own :D

Great Work Andrew
October 3rd, 2013 @ 4:11 am
Now Andrew you should make action movie with sam...
reza irani
October 3rd, 2013 @ 5:50 am
andrew,I am proud to know you! Seriously!thank you so much !!!!
how did you get and design all of the textures?and what kind of maps was used in this pack?and Generally how did you create the clouds footage?are they film or image or CG clouds?
October 3rd, 2013 @ 5:55 am
Now we need an airport, service vehicles, aircraft carrier..... come on Andrew get with it! lol
Evangeline von Winter
October 3rd, 2013 @ 6:05 am
A quick question please.
I am looking forward to Jetstrike and will be purchasing before the end of October.
I wanted to know if there will be any plans on giving away any files as you did with the metropolitan pack. When I first got the metro pack i was a bit confused and played endlessly with it getting it slowly, but after downloading the files you gave out for them i learned where i was going wrong by picking apart what you did with them. While i am buying jetstrike right away I can almost guarantee the same thing happening and wanted to know if there were any plans on releasing a file like you did with metro
October 3rd, 2013 @ 6:33 am
Im still a bit curious with the rigging part and how that was done with Element.. cant wait to find out! :D
October 3rd, 2013 @ 6:43 am
Could you post a chart that converts AE cameras to real world lenses to help us in our efforts?

"01. Camera Type:
Generally the camera is at a safe distance inside another aircraft with a long zoom lens. This is important to avoid the perspective distortion you get from wide angle lenses but it also helps to avoid the miniaturization of the models. For this I used an After Effects camera with a long zoom like 5,000-10,000 which is equivalent to a 100mm or 200mm."
October 3rd, 2013 @ 6:46 am
How sad they won't cast self shadows.
Aircraft can go above the clouds, receive unblocked intense sunlight.
I mean there's a sun up ahead. There's a Beautiful Flap Animation. But there's no shadow of that flap animation, sliding over the plane body.
I'll wait for all the new packs to come out one by one, and then buy a discounted bundle with the V2.
October 3rd, 2013 @ 6:57 am
you finally became a copilot in that helicopter!
Daniel Palma
October 3rd, 2013 @ 8:48 am
The possibility exists that you create a pack for space ships?
October 3rd, 2013 @ 10:32 am
I see that in your teaser, there is once again an airliner heading for destruction...this appears to be a reoccurring theme. Andrew, is there something you would like to tell us? Maybe something about your childhood? What did the bad airliner do? Whatever it was, it's not your fault, Andrew, it's not your's not your fault...LOL
Nice job, looking forward to seeing the shameless promo/tutorial for this pack. ;-)
October 3rd, 2013 @ 10:38 am
Kramer and crew, thank you for bringing heaven down to earth with all your magic!
October 3rd, 2013 @ 11:39 am
This Documentary Film about American multi nation exercise; Red Flag, is great inspiration when it comes to great epic aerial photo and angles, it's a IMAX movie. in five parts on Youtube.

Look at part 2 at 00:05-24 and 02:33!!! Epic!
October 3rd, 2013 @ 11:59 am
Andrew! This looks awesome! I'm the official movie producer for the game company "Eagle Dynamics" (I go by the name Glowing Amraam on youtube) and they create flight sims with jets and helicopters etc. This pack fits perfectly regarding the content i make. And I keep adding heat blur to some scenes myself, really cool to hear you've made a plugin out of it! :)

Now just bundle this up with Element 3D and you've got yourself a new customer right here! ;)
Uncle Jack
October 3rd, 2013 @ 5:05 pm
Wow this is so cool it made me crap my pants, although ... it could have been the Taco Bell.
    October 3rd, 2013 @ 9:16 pm
    This gets my vote for the comment of the week award
reza irani
October 4th, 2013 @ 2:26 am
Oct 8th....!i cant f*#%ing Wait!
October 4th, 2013 @ 4:42 am
How big are the texture files on the models themselves? Also, what program are you guys using to build and texture? Lastly, are you using a HDRI for the environment reflection?
Luis Martin
October 4th, 2013 @ 5:01 am
It's me again Andrew, as I said before, this a great pack, but there is somthing I've trying doing in Element that keeps me stucked, maybe you could do a fusion tutorial, so show us how to do a Metro City Fly by with one of this lovely airplane models. Like the one of Iron Man entering the city in the Avengers Movie. Thanks a lot.
October 4th, 2013 @ 6:37 am
Ok Andrew! Want to explain to us the conspiracy since you must know as you are behind it as well. Why do all video games, dvd's and now JetPack (Can't remember you other product release days but they were probably Tuesdays as well) always get a Tuesday release date? Why not Monday? Or how about a Wednesday?
    Luis Martin
    October 4th, 2013 @ 6:57 am
    Why not a friday as well, so you can hav all the weekend free for testing. jajaja!!!!
October 4th, 2013 @ 9:48 am
I bet he used the same plugin "Heat Distortion" to distort text on every text reveal
October 4th, 2013 @ 10:54 am
Ok. Guys, I'm almost sure, I saw something in ELEMENT that I cant find anymore: an option to export your text beveled to 3D max. Is there something like that?
October 4th, 2013 @ 11:58 am
Andrew coming tuesday we can have any 1 or 2 free hyper realistic jet models oooor something please
    October 5th, 2013 @ 1:10 pm
    That's pretty tacky to ask if you can have it for free. Do you act like that in person? Let me ask you this. Can you send me $100 and I will send you a thank you note? Please?
    October 6th, 2013 @ 9:41 am
    My apologies to Andrew...
    And I not Asked You
October 4th, 2013 @ 12:58 pm
Is the helicopters in the last pic REAL or CGI ?
October 4th, 2013 @ 1:04 pm
Artbeats footages + Optical Flare + Element 3D =

Do you think guys the jets in this video are real or CGI or both?
    October 5th, 2013 @ 1:14 pm
    It's definitely real not CG.
October 4th, 2013 @ 1:26 pm
Outstanding!! Great work. So when is the Aerial 3D Map Pack being released in VC Store??? (The ones from the trailer - those looked great..)
October 4th, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

A.K I hope you don't use Adobe CC and that u are safe from this, also all of you who use Adobe CC..

"Adobe users who have purchased a product or signed up for Creative Cloud the company’s servers were hacked" !!!!!

"Adobe isn’t disclosing when exactly this happened, but the company is admitting that the hackers managed to pull “customer IDs, encrypted passwords… names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders” from some 2.9 million users’ accounts — Adobe is in the process of notifying affected customers by email"

Petapixel Link

Original Adobe Link

Hope Your accounts are safe !!
October 4th, 2013 @ 10:35 pm
Wow.. please include this pack, helicopter packs.
October 5th, 2013 @ 12:02 am
I really like the models but can you sent even sounds for the planes that would be awsome!!!!
October 5th, 2013 @ 10:28 am
The heat distortion plug-in will be free? Or its like an update for element 3d?
October 5th, 2013 @ 6:20 pm
Andrew you are kind of cool, this is for you (not really)
Is a flower singing in spanish.
It has nothing to do with airplanes but I use Element 3D for the surfboard and the cellphone. Your welcome (not really).
    October 7th, 2013 @ 6:53 pm
    Ha! Love it Emamix, even better I think since I can't speak Spanish (or much) Well Done! - and I think that is the beauty of Element, it's always there when and if you need it. More tools in the toolbox.
October 9th, 2013 @ 1:12 pm
I have some models that I have built that would like to see wok in this environment. Is it possible to apply this product in this context?? Looks truly awesome by the way. Very impressive Indeed.

Dony Tamazone
October 15th, 2013 @ 1:58 am
Hey great job !! Now what we want in Element 3D is... SHADOWS !!!! ;) and that will become the greatest plugin !! :D
October 19th, 2013 @ 5:31 am
I was a videographer for 20 years in the Army. During that time I did get to shoot a lot of video from the air, mostly in Blackhawks (uh-60/mh-60), although there was one time I got to shoot inside an AC-130 Specter Gunship ("Spooky") while I was in Germany. We flew at about 5,000 feet and could zoom in on the license plate of someone on the autobahn. We flew to a range and they fired off the canon a few times. The entire aircraft moves to the right several feet when it goes off! I loved shooting down from the bubble, but there's a LOT of distortion... it worked cool as a closing shot.

I did shoot a lot in Afghanistan, mostly from one Blackhawk of another in-flight, and about 90% of what I shot was of stuff on the ground. The rule of thumb for a videographer in the air is "keep it wide" to reduce camera shake. I have actually set up a tripod inside a helicopter, but it's a pain in the butt - I've used a monopod several times, which is better, but doesn't reduce the shake totally. I read about some guys that rigged a harness for the RED... neat idea but not practical unless you own the aircraft. I had to shoot quick and get out most times. I used a "monkey strap" a lot (just keeps you tied-in in case you lean too far out).

I've shot from the open doorway of a Chinook too - in Iraq. We sat on the back, legs dangling in the breeze on a long flight back from the north following the Tigress the whole way, during sunset. Awesome footage.

I'd love to see the addition of a Blackhawk in your next pack, perhaps even a CH-47/MH-47 Chinook, or as an update to this one - and I noticed that on the AC130 you can't wiggle the guns or anything... that would be a cool extra (in and out, or side to side, or both!).

If you haven't purchased this pack yet, get on it! This is definitely one of the best sets - the models are so high resolution it's stunning!
October 20th, 2013 @ 5:40 am
Hi, I asked you a link to download the plugin for HeatDistortion Dalvd let it thanks
    Eric Hendrix
    October 20th, 2013 @ 10:08 am
    Bro it's part of the package when you buy Flight Kit.
October 23rd, 2013 @ 7:29 am
Andrew, can you make a tutorial to show us how to use the sky map in the flight kit package? The map is mirrored so it kinda look weird when I put it on the environment sphere inside element 3d. thanks!
    July 13th, 2014 @ 11:50 pm
    Hey guys. Wondering if there is a tutorial, or even a quick reference on how to use the sky maps. I get a mirrored image, unlike the ones in the tutorials and the promo video. I'm guessing I am missing a step. Thanks!
October 30th, 2013 @ 2:50 pm
in aerial photography that's the real life engine for you
December 31st, 2013 @ 4:25 pm
Where we can find picture named Aerial_04.jpg to try to do same thing

August 20th, 2014 @ 11:09 pm
This is a great idea Andrew!This kind of aerial photography is so awesome that it cameras should be installed to other aircraft and can shoot another aircraft. with effects you can also add some awesome features to the photo. Cheers to this awesome picture! Keep it up!

Fervil - Precision Hawk
August 25th, 2014 @ 7:34 pm
Awesome! This aerial photos of you Kramer are really impressive! Aerial photography can really lead to great things and can improve individuals passion in photography. I love the idea that you shoot planes at the sky which looks so awesome. Continue making aerial photos like this. Cheers!

fervil - Precision Hawk
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