Hologram Table Experiment Preview

Other than being holiday sick, I had a chance to shoot some greenscreen plates in the ol’ Video Copilot studio to test some hologram FX I’ve been experimenting with.  So far the only thing missing is the hologram…

At least we have a cool futuristic table and now it just needs some 3D graphics or something! Actually what’s more interesting is a new technique I’m developing to create 3D volumetric light for the hologram projector.

For those interested we shot with a Canon C100 and a 24-100mm lens. The small light Dustin is holding is actually a color controlled LED light that is quite handy for VFX shoots. We are going to be doing more on set VFX this year and try to bring you tons of behind the scenes action so stay tuned!

January 5th, 2014 @ 7:32 pm
Epic lighting! Can't wait to see more...
    January 9th, 2014 @ 7:36 am
    I do a lot of green screen work for my company and this looks like it would be a really great addition. I'm going to buy Element 3D and give it a whirl.
    January 23rd, 2014 @ 8:54 am
    That's a very inspiring idea, thank you Kramer, for sharing this.
January 5th, 2014 @ 7:37 pm
Element 3D Stuff???Inside my head I will modeling first and put it into E3D.But I don`t think it`s simple for this.
January 5th, 2014 @ 7:45 pm
Will we be getting a tutorial on building the scene and setting it up with multiple people?
January 5th, 2014 @ 7:47 pm
January 5th, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Very cool. It must be hard to act like there is a table there when there actually isn't one. haha XD
January 5th, 2014 @ 8:05 pm
You always make shots look so good! Thank You andrew for all the work you do!!!
January 5th, 2014 @ 8:24 pm
Hi Andrew
Looks Great!Is There a way to do this with out a Green Screen.

    January 26th, 2014 @ 8:34 pm
    Yes. Just rotoscope it.
January 5th, 2014 @ 8:33 pm
I hope that this means some awsome, cool and right on HUD stuff. Just love hud stuff.!

martin :)
VFX Amigo
January 5th, 2014 @ 8:39 pm
Looks Great! Was the table and the room rendered in Element?
    January 6th, 2014 @ 3:57 am
    Unfortunately videocopilot has become just a huge element3d commercial so probably.
    January 6th, 2014 @ 6:25 am
    Well actually this tutorial is actually more about the hologram projection effect not the 3D environment. In fact you can use any 3D program for that, or even some still frames as backgrounds.

    However, I'm curious... with today's modern visual effects in movies, 3D effects are essentially in every movie. Would you prefer that we use $3500 dollar software to do simple 3D effects or use a $150 dollar plug-in to create them?

    I know it seems self-serving sometimes but we created a powerful 3D tool and made it as inexpensive as possible so that more people could create more complex visual effects inside of After Effects.

    You can only go so far with 2D layers in 3D space and believe me I have at least 100 tutorials that don't use any 3rd party plug-ins. But at a certain point, it becomes limiting.
    January 6th, 2014 @ 6:42 am
    Oh come on!!!! We all know that VFX is developing fast! Videocopilot is - at least for me - THE source do jump on board of a fast traveling speedtrain AND the only company that doesn't charge a huge amount of money to ride that train. I mean....compare some prices from other plugin companies for example red giant to video copilot......Whatever! I love Element 3D it makes a editors job easier!
    January 6th, 2014 @ 6:46 am
    I'm throwing in a word of support, after seeing such a cheeky comment from a visitor.

    This site gave me my first decent and accessible way to learn After Effects. It showed me the power and I got results fast. It was important to experience what was possible as part of choosing what to learn and use. Since then I've knuckled down to learning AE better, and always check out the advanced tutorials here. You give away so much knowledge and stuff it is remarkable for such a closed industry.

    As for the products, they're top notch and an absolute bargain. Element made 3D simpler for newbies like me who battle with Cinema4D and the like. It plugs an important hole in the market and it does it so efficiently and in systems that are low end. In an industry where everything seems crazy expensive, you give us budget software that's high quality and produced amazing results. I recognize your flares presets in movies and know I can do them at home!

    Keep it up. Videocopilot is a light in a closed and expensive industry.
    January 6th, 2014 @ 6:50 am
    Kuunami, apply cold CGI water to burned area...
    January 6th, 2014 @ 7:29 am
    lol well considering kuunami's point of view if this website was first came up at 50-60's Andrew should still be posting some stop motion cgi tutorials .This guy (Andrew) is the reason that i got into visual effect and compositing and he is the main reason that im succesfull at what i do at the moment.I've been following videocopilot since it was first online and over the years i've added so many things to my cgi knowledge other than Andrew's great tutorials.But considering the age we live in ,everything is 3d now,even the the client with the tightest budget asks for 3d stuff and Andrew an his team did a great time saving plug in for that!Ofcourse they deserve feedback for this and if i was him i'm sure id be promoting that awesome plug in even more and more!

    Long story short,this is 2014 and 3d visuals excite us so since we are the guys doing this job we need to use 3d,and we need it to be fast!That's why Element 3d deserves even more respect and promoting (since its even better and more fun to play with than what After Effects built in 3d softwares can do..)
    January 6th, 2014 @ 7:58 am
    Element was the turning point for me. The invention of the wheel. Being able to integrate real 3D objects into my AE comps has changed everything. I want to see MORE E3D tuts and related products, not less.
    January 6th, 2014 @ 8:00 am
    i am with sarah on this, as i am sure 99% of folk who come here are. all co pilots stuff is awsome.....plenty to learn from element tutorials even if you dont have it. not all the tips and tricks in them are related to element.
    January 6th, 2014 @ 8:28 am
    Element 3D is a bridge between 3D and Compositing. It provides unity while working without headaches. This idea alone is amazing. Andrew knows what he's doing, this not just a commercial thing. Look at the price, look at what it makes possible. Industry is getting 3D, and he's helping us to follow up.
    January 6th, 2014 @ 9:17 am
    K; grow up, if you don't like the site, don't come. You don't need to dump on others hard work. Andrew is an artist and, believe it or not, and audience dose not dictate what the artist wants to make. Shame on you!
    January 6th, 2014 @ 10:18 am
    To be honest? I NEED MORE ELEMENT 3D TUTORIALS! And also Metropolitan and Jet strike tutorials!!! Please!
    January 6th, 2014 @ 10:52 am
    Element 3D is a real life changer for me. So any tutorial involving Element 3D is more then welcome. I bought all packs there are and I enjoy them every day.
    January 6th, 2014 @ 11:44 am
    I totally agree with Andrew, and with many oders that beleive this should become more 3d in aftereffects.

    Honestly I hated the time when I could see copilot libraries even in the logo of the beauty salon where my mother cuts her hair. The price is fair for such a great application and more over for FREE education tutorials. I think you deserve the money you earn for the sell of your products, moreover when you dont have any publicity in your webpaqge so PLEASE MORE 3D applications ant tutotorias
    Dario Muzykmakyne
    January 6th, 2014 @ 1:55 pm
    Chill out guys, he just want a piece of attention :3

    Good work Kramer! Grettings from Mexico.
    January 6th, 2014 @ 2:27 pm
    Andrew Kramer
    You don't have to justify the use of 3d Element.....it is by far the best AE plug in ever..... I have learnt more about Cgi using it than any other software.....it should be used and any and every opportunity....keep up the amazing work bro.
    January 6th, 2014 @ 2:57 pm
    I just want to add that Andrew Kramer is a bad person. He wants your soul. He even created a portal in front of your face. Did you see the demon cam app? Everything I know in after effects was not thanks to him (since Creative Cow days). He wants you to buy every product he makes if you need it to creating free tutorials for everyone to learn (what a douche).

    I know he shows a picture of his family every christmas and that seems to make him more human... but he knows after effects and even the 3D pixel thing... I know he's family is not real and Sam is he's slave or something.

    Andrew Cramerks should not promote his products because I just need to know how to make more 3D-like effects accomplished with 2D layers in 3D space.

    Also, he snores, I think.
    VFX Amigo
    January 7th, 2014 @ 5:41 am
    Arrghh! Boils my blood when people like 'kuunami' talk!

    Very well said, Andrew! Element 3D has been revolutionary!
    And Andrew has maintained such a great balance between E3D and non E3D tuts.. I Really appreciate it. No one could have done better.
    January 7th, 2014 @ 11:18 am
    At the risk of feeding this troll, I'll throw in my 2 cents. I'm with Sarah and Wullymc and so many others. Thanks Andrew for all you do! FWIW, IMHO, You don't ever have to justify yourself to anyone on your site. Thanks again!
    January 7th, 2014 @ 12:08 pm
    Don't take any guff from this nay sayer, obviously he hasn't seen the prices for 3d software outside of a student pricing range, and even within are out of this world!!! Thank you for all the tips and awesome support that you bring to the table with your tutorials!!!
    J Head
    January 7th, 2014 @ 12:53 pm
    Could not be more wrong.
    January 7th, 2014 @ 11:31 pm
    @emamix Before commenting just think what your writing .If you are so jealous then you shouldn't be on this website .
    Andrew is a great guy Instead i would say A best teacher, who teaches free of cost & yes he is the guy who runs the Video copilot head quarters & he has to run his home also .So if he is giving free tutorials we guys are like WOW what a great tut but if he and his team creates a cool plugin then we guys are just like this emamix or I would say some time like me Also, Sp if you can / want to then you should buy it, because a lot of time and work has been given to create that thing or I will be more specific like ELEMENT 3D .

    EVERY ONE WANTS REWARD . So If you can't give and then don't blame also .!
    January 8th, 2014 @ 1:10 am
    Common dude, no one can deny the rule of Video copilot in us learning After Effects and become pros and Andrew do all that teaching for free, 150$ is nothing compared to what he teaches, and you're not paying it for nothing , you get one of the most amazing piece of software I've seen in decades, it is a brilliant idea and I think Andrew charge too too little for such an awesome software, and it is his right to promote for it the way he sees appropriate.
    January 8th, 2014 @ 1:13 am
    Common dude, no one can deny the rule of Video copilot in us learning After Effects and become pros and Andrew do all that teaching for free, 150$ is nothing compared to what he teaches, and you're not paying it for nothing , you get one of the most amazing piece of software I've seen in decades, it is a brilliant idea and I think Andrew charge too too little for such an awesome software, and it is his right to promote for it the way he sees appropriate.

    PS: You can skip using E3D and you can still achieve the same end results but what you'll do in integrating a 3d object in an AE scene and the tracking you'll have to do and the work that may take tons of hours can be done within minutes in E3D, so if you are bothered by E3D go ahead wast your time and do it the old way.
    Scarlet Fever Films
    January 8th, 2014 @ 5:58 pm
    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Kuunami shut yah damm mouth...That comment got me angry...first off you must be a complete idiot that not to admire what ANDREW has created... in an industry such as this.. BUDGET IS KEY.. and KRAMER SAVED ME 1000s.. with that plug-in.. it's one of the cheapest 3D interactive software out there.. THATS DOESN'T REQUIRE A HUGE LEARNING CURVE.. and the price is worth it... KRAMER bro You are the SOLE reason why i want to be a film maker and VFX specialist..you have help us so much with everything.. THE MODELS, THE PLUG-IN, THE FREE AMAZING HD TUTS.... continue on with what you are doing.. I fully support you and will continue to .for AGES.. Thanks Again for all you have done... that person is just a irritating prick
    January 9th, 2014 @ 10:26 am
    I should have been more clear about how I feel on this subject. I'm a huge supporter of Andrew and Video Copilot(even from the very beginning when he was still on Creativecow.net ) and have spent A LOT of money on his products and training series over the years, including Element 3D I might add. And I never once criticized Element 3D itself. It's a great tool however it's just that...a tool. I just think Andrew has a lot more knowledge and experience to offer than teaching one tool. A variety of techniques is what helps people learn because they'll know how to approach real world situations where one or two plugins aren't enough to solve a problem or when they're in situations where they won't have access to it. I mean no disrespect because I've learned so much from Andrew and respect him but I don't think just sitting back and saying, "that's awesome" like everybody else when I see an issue is productive either. But again my choice of words were poor so I apologize for that.
    January 19th, 2014 @ 8:46 am
    @Kuunami. Andrew Kramer has over 100 FREE tutorials on this site. He has to make money somewhere. So what if he advertises his plugins in his tutorials, have you seen what that plugin can do? Its amazing and cheap!!!!
    And pls go somewhere else if you find it this way.
    January 21st, 2014 @ 2:27 am
    To sum up, dont mean to be a troll, but kuunami is evidently an asshole! No appreciation for what videocopilot give for free
January 5th, 2014 @ 9:28 pm
waw it look really awsome andrew sir . thanks a lot .
January 5th, 2014 @ 9:29 pm
Good lighting, Nice smooth falloff.

cough" This would be a great place to use your circuit board plug-in us mac users are waiting for." cough
January 5th, 2014 @ 10:12 pm
Ok I'll be waiting for the tutorials !
January 5th, 2014 @ 10:42 pm
Thanks for your work. I can't wait
January 5th, 2014 @ 10:44 pm
soooooo, the futuristic table isn't real? Sure looks real, haha.
January 5th, 2014 @ 11:08 pm
Looks great! I used a hologram plug-in from red giant (http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/holomatrix/) and it looks great. Of course I wold love to see a way to do it by hand too!
Ingo Smitt
January 5th, 2014 @ 11:51 pm
Hi Andrew,

Canon C100 ...
Greenscreen and AVCHD ?
That's cool.

January 6th, 2014 @ 12:01 am
The boss is back!!!!
Christiaan from The Netherlands
January 6th, 2014 @ 1:07 am
Nice first post for the new year.
Keeps me exited of what's next to come...

Ï'm staying another year...
January 6th, 2014 @ 1:11 am
Nice Work to Andrew !!
January 6th, 2014 @ 1:38 am
that screes looks alot like splinter cell blacklist game ..
January 6th, 2014 @ 1:42 am
    January 6th, 2014 @ 4:40 am
    and Halo got it from ALIENS.
January 6th, 2014 @ 2:11 am
How did you get such a good key from the uneven lit greenscreen?
January 6th, 2014 @ 2:34 am
Last photo = invisible keyboard.
Tom Dooley
January 6th, 2014 @ 4:13 am
That's great.Movie vfx.Exiting moments ahead.
January 6th, 2014 @ 4:21 am
The colour-controlled LED light sounds very interesting. Could we have any more info on that? Just a link would be great. Thanks for sharing.
    January 6th, 2014 @ 5:03 am
    More info? That's an IKEA light, right??
January 6th, 2014 @ 7:19 am
Can you provide any source, model number, etc info on the handheld LED? Looks great!
    January 6th, 2014 @ 6:38 am
    Also interested in this, would love to get some details.
    February 4th, 2014 @ 11:54 am
    Search RBG LED on Fleabay - There are loads of colour changing units for sale - Mostly really cheap too!
    February 4th, 2014 @ 11:54 am
    Search RGB LED on Fleabay - There are loads of colour changing units for sale - Mostly really cheap too!
January 6th, 2014 @ 7:44 am
Awesome stuff, Can't wait to see the Tutorial. You guys always deliver.
2D - 3D, no matter. You guys are priceless!!
January 6th, 2014 @ 7:48 am
oh my god andrew !really nice lighting ! "andrew king of green screen"
January 6th, 2014 @ 8:01 am
Hey! Those shots remind me of the first scenes of a music video I made at the beginning of 2013 (a sci-fi short film, actually, you can check it here: https://vimeo.com/60013574) also featuring holograms in a 3D environment. Here's a before & after comparison as well: https://vimeo.com/60013574)
But I bet this one ends up looking much better.
January 6th, 2014 @ 8:03 am
Could a Red Giant Product help in this case, they have a Holo Gram, Holomatrix Plugin? http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/holomatrix/ or is that insufficient & you're wanting to do it in C4D or other 3D Software?
January 6th, 2014 @ 8:16 am
hi andrew i think you can use a 3d software because the 2d hologram is so boring but the 3d one looks amazing as seen in iron man movie.and when ufinished pls show us a tutorial plz. bye the way good job
January 6th, 2014 @ 8:58 am
Hi Mr Kramer,

First thanks again for your incredible website and for sharing soooo much with us.
So, concerning this project, I was wondering : if I use PRimatte, I am able to get that blue light around the subject without using a specific light ? I mean with the plug-in only, I think we can choose the color of the edge?
Thanks, and can't wait to see the tutorial !

And wish you a happy new year, by the way ;-)

January 6th, 2014 @ 9:02 am
Anyone who says that Videocopilot has become all about selling E3D is flat-out an ass. What Andrew is doing with Element is the current equivalent of what he did when he made Action Essentials, which is make it so people who dont have multi-million dollar budgets can still work on making things that are comparable to one.

He has a billion tutorials near and far about everything there is to After Effects and now because he makes in-expensive model packs to go with it he is going in this bad direction?

You guys are jerks. He takes time out of his day; he and his crew away from their families, to help us and when they try to give us something like this all I see is a bunch of people saying its not good enough like spoiled brats on Christmas. If anyone feels the same way I ask you leave a comment too because I cant be the only one who does.

Andrew, your seriously such a good guy. Thanks to you and your crew for always providing such an exciting energy to the Film making world as a whole. Thanks to you and your crew for making it possible for me to start making money doing local commercials (No one around me can edit as well as I can and im not really even that good)
January 6th, 2014 @ 9:09 am
Andrew, I have been using a tool created by AE scripts its really good for hologram work, not saying use it and I dont have any links to the firm but it works, you create a psd file, and import apply the plugin and then precompose and enable 3d and place on the table, saves hours of work, its called pt_Mulitplane. Also you can assign the middle layer to a null on tracked data and get a camera move with parallax. Or you can go the expression route. Please NO TRAPCODE OR 3D Element, as one of my friends nearly sold her car just to pay for Trapcode, which I think is a bit mean. Any how Happy New Year.
January 6th, 2014 @ 9:36 am
you said you shot the scene with the c100, Just out of curiosity, did you happen to use an external recorder (like the Atomos ninja)for a more uncompressed image, or did you use the image captured on the c100?
    January 6th, 2014 @ 9:48 am
    No but we actually have one. Just forgot it for this shoot. It def helps with the keying though.
    January 6th, 2014 @ 4:04 pm
    we just picked up the ninja at our job..uncompressed pro-res.
    Christian H
    January 8th, 2014 @ 4:54 am
    Do you have toughts about the C100?
    It's seems to be a nice "run 'n gun" camera but how is it for studio?

    I have Blackmagic Pocket camera (BMPCC 1080P raw native prores) and is thinking of buying big brother BMCC 2.5k or BMPCC4K, nice cameras for colorgrading but not for run n gun as like C100?
    January 8th, 2014 @ 11:08 am
    Christian H, there is new firmware and metabones adaptors for the pocket camera that now means it has new function and ability close on a par with the bigger version, audio still sucks and battery life is awful, check out philip bloom who has just reviewed the camera and you will see what I am on about.
January 6th, 2014 @ 9:56 am
Which 3d Software You use for it E3d Or 3dmax ??
rob frost
January 6th, 2014 @ 10:25 am
Awesome looking virtual set! Better than Avatar ;)
January 6th, 2014 @ 10:43 am
Hello andrew Kramer, Can you make a tutorial to make robot or fume using Element 3D?

January 6th, 2014 @ 11:04 am
Will you make a tutorial on this? =D
January 6th, 2014 @ 12:01 pm
Keep it up Kramer not all of us are a bunch of complainers... I don't care what tool you use whether that's 3ds max or element... if it looks good, it looks good. I personally appreciate the hardwork you and your team do to make us FREE tutorials along with some other pro tips. Really has been a blessing to me!

January 6th, 2014 @ 2:26 pm
Dose this effect use Element 3d or any other plugin. And if id dose is there a way to do it without the plugins.
January 6th, 2014 @ 2:43 pm
Definitely interested in more keying and set tutorials. Thank you sir
January 6th, 2014 @ 3:51 pm
Two of three angles,That one,the reverse it,add in sides,quick pan around the room emphasizing the set,color and mood.And at the end dub in a visual effect.You light are awesome blue is a great pic.
January 6th, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Where do you get these ideas!? Looking forward to see the tutorial! I hope we see Andrew popping up on that hologram looking tense, like hes being attacked for being so awesome!! and Sam would save the day like we expect from him :D
January 6th, 2014 @ 4:08 pm
Awesome Work,A in a few different angles so when you have to add in you 3d elements you got it easy,blue is cool,Try a camera Looking at you high or low angle.Then when you, have to Add in your next element it's easier...I thought of a green room.I call it a box set.So you can pan around and Move around the 3-D SET....
January 6th, 2014 @ 4:10 pm
Sorry For the Miss words,I had to much coffee.
January 6th, 2014 @ 5:08 pm
can't wait guys I need to learn more about composites like this. Thank you in advance.
January 6th, 2014 @ 5:59 pm
I'm guessing a "Future City" will show up on the 3-D holograph table display. Then a close up into the city will show Sam bending over backwards to avoid some 3-D "bullet time" bullets. Of course one of the bullets will shear of the pin of one of Sam's grenades which is on his ammo vest. This grenade will go off thus rendering Sam to the great beyond to live along side Shatner.
The camera will then zoom back out from the Future City and show Sam standing there looking at the hologram. He will then look down at his ammo vest and notice the missing pin from one of his grenades. Sam then raises his hands to his head and ....
And the 3-D space/time continuum is warped causing this scene to endlessly loop, just like all the space/time disturbances that happened previously.
    January 7th, 2014 @ 2:28 am
    haha nice! Hey don't kill Sam just yet!
January 6th, 2014 @ 8:33 pm
Nice stuff!

When i was playing around with holograms i just recorded stuff in front of a green screen, i keyed it and used it as a particular layer emitter to make the hologram.
January 6th, 2014 @ 10:28 pm
waiting eagerly to see this
January 6th, 2014 @ 11:23 pm
Thanks for your work. I can't wait for tutorial.
January 7th, 2014 @ 3:08 am
Dude... You have made all these amazing products, all these incredible tutorials, have a wealth of knowledge and skill on how movies and visual effects are created and to top it off a successful career creating content for Hollywood blockbusters... So... the question is... when are you gonna make YOUR movie man? You know that you'd smash a crowdfunding target in no time! Hope to see you with your directing hat on in the near future... All the best - Kraig :)
January 7th, 2014 @ 5:50 am
Hey Andrew! I am really curious how you managed to key out the green without destroying the look of the image in that 2nd shot. It is so unevenly lit but your results still look very good in the end. Would be good if you could make some kind of "Advanced" Keying Tutorial for such scenarios like uneven lit greenscreens etc. Thanks man!
    January 7th, 2014 @ 1:26 pm
    He's got one already. I think it's 121 or 126. Look for Sam Loya driving a car. It's called something like "advanced soft-key" or whatever. Absolutely invaluable tutorial that I go back to and reference every time I use Keylight.
January 7th, 2014 @ 7:09 am
Reminds me of Wing Commander III... -)
January 7th, 2014 @ 11:11 am
Hi Andrew!
Many thanks for all the stuff you do.

Regarding Canon C100:
Most of reviews of this camera point out that the codec AVCHD is not good for vfx or good grading. Unless you use some external recorder (like Atomos Ninja 2) you get your footage in 4:2:0 color sampling. What is your experience using C100, how good (or bad) it actually is for vfx, keying and how would you compare it's image quality with some other cameras that you've used?

Many thanks, I appreciate your comment!
January 7th, 2014 @ 11:30 am
Would you mind posting a link to that LED light? It could come in really useful.

Also, did you have any flicker issues with it, lets say in slo-mo. I tried using and LED flashlight one time and it banded all over the place.

Jeremy Abbott
January 7th, 2014 @ 12:35 pm
Just got the C100 myself in November. Love it, so amazing in low light and the downscaled 4K to 1080 image makes a difference you have to see to believe!

Andrew, could you include some source footage when you put up the final result? Would love to see the lighting and look you have for the green screen to compare to my own projects. Did you shoot in C-LOG?
    January 7th, 2014 @ 5:28 pm
    How is grading and keying of C100's footage? Were you considering fs700 (similar price)? Same Super 35mm sensor and great low light abilities as well. I am wondering how both of cameras compare when it comes to some serious vfx
    Jeremy Abbott
    January 8th, 2014 @ 9:00 am
    I shot my first green screen footage over Xmas break so haven't keyed it yet but eager to get started. I have done some grading though and so far I've been very impressed, C-LOG is awesome.

    I did a lot of research beforehand and comparing to the fs700 and others and in the end found the C100 just a better fit for me. Love the ergonomics of it, especially coming from DSLR shooting the side handle is just a dream, and the battery life is just unreal. Also in every footage comparison I watched the quality of the C100 just couldn't be matched, especially in low light (even the fs700). Check out Darren Levine's stuff on dvxuser.com and philipbloom.net if you're interested, they were probably the two biggest factors in me choosing the C100.
    January 8th, 2014 @ 12:14 pm
    Many thanks for your reply! I am doing same research right now - I've spent hours on watching comparisions :) I've seen Philip Bloom's reviews, thanks for mentioning Darren - I will check that as well. Fs700 received firmware update in October which improved iso levels, are you comparing it to this or with previous firmware? Killer feature is slow motion, C100 hasn't got even 60p which a great shame. Still deciding so I would appreciate if you could give some more info after you'll play with C100's footage - some heavy keying etc. Many thanks!
    Jeremy Abbott
    January 8th, 2014 @ 1:26 pm
    Hmm I'm not sure regarding the firmware update, it was probably old firmware. Did the update just expand the ISO range or actually improve it? C100 also got a firmware update in November which cranked max ISO from 20,000 to a ridiculous 80,000..though unless you're shooting a run-and-gun doc or want intentionally grainy footage you'd probably never have use for those high levels.

    Lack of slow-motion is disappointing for sure, definitely worth considering. I don't have any real need for it though so it wasn't a big deal to me, and I've seen examples of the 1080 60i footage from a C100 deinterlaced into 60p compared against native 60p from the fs700 and honestly..if done right the difference wasn't shockingly subtle. Of course this depends on what you're shooting. Recording it to a Ninja 2 or other external device also helps close that gap in quality significantly. I'll let you know how the keying goes when I tackle it, probably next week.
    Jeremy Abbott
    January 8th, 2014 @ 1:28 pm
    *** Sorry that's supposed to say "was shockingly subtle".
January 7th, 2014 @ 2:23 pm
Looking great, as usual. How do you like working with the C100? Also, the color-changing LED controller you use for the effect lighting-- is that something you guys MacGuyvered yourselves or can you buy one somewhere? I looked on Google and the only things I can find are how-to guides for building similar devices, and remote-controlled LED lightbulbs (which are pretty damn cool, I will admit). Thank you a thousand times over for your great tutorials and low prices on your products.
January 7th, 2014 @ 4:19 pm
Thanks for all your works. fadel from iraq
January 7th, 2014 @ 9:19 pm
I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED ABOUT A POST!!! Please, Please, Please, Please tell me that this is a teaser for a new E3D pack that includes a FULLY RIGGED SAM LOYA!! What an exciting New Years Announcement! I can't wait!
January 8th, 2014 @ 4:17 am
wow this is fantastic Check out my video here and review please http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlkwYrB0xz0
    January 8th, 2014 @ 3:35 am
January 8th, 2014 @ 4:32 am
Andrew, i can't help waiting VC next tutorials.Btw,maybe E3D will be more2 excelent with physic simulation inside..
January 8th, 2014 @ 7:18 am
Great lightning Job Andrew,
You are the best free plugin for After effect.
Thank's again.
January 8th, 2014 @ 7:58 am
I think Sam should be cooking up a batch of virtual space cookies. no, no, he's playing Titan Texas Hold'em. anyway, we all know it's going to be cool. mind still blown from the star trek work. I love how you push the limits. going where no plugin has gone before, ugh lemme quit now.
Akan Selim
January 8th, 2014 @ 9:04 am
Hello everyone,i am a beginner and first of all i want to thank you so much because all of your plugins are too much powerful!they really help me to improve myself in motian design.so i am a 15 turkish student and created a video for my school.i really need your opinions.that video has no subject.it contains just the animations i created with element 3d and action movie essentials. here is the youtube link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfgwBUa4TVY&feature=youtu.be
thank you so much ;)
    January 14th, 2014 @ 10:52 pm
    dude a lot of your stuff is just copying the tutorial, if that's what u wanted good job otherwise try something different.
January 8th, 2014 @ 10:52 am
I'm working out a similar effect for my Death Ship project. Let us know when you finish it and hurry up and get well.
Kris Areche
January 8th, 2014 @ 11:31 am
I smell Kramer all over that show HELIX - anyone else?
January 8th, 2014 @ 2:59 pm
This is great timing. You guys have an answer to everything! I'm actually doing a video now that uses a holographic table not unlike this one. Look forward to seeing how you solve the problem!

keep up the GREAT work
January 9th, 2014 @ 12:58 am
Hello Andrew,
I hope you're doing well your brilliant brain.
I'd like you to be my friend and teach me whatever you know even though it's so hard to be like you but at least I would be so happy if your my teacher.
I followed some of your amazing videos I got so impressed with it. I need to know how to download free plugins cause I can't purchase it. if you show me the way to download it, I'd be so happy I want to be one of the best graphists of the world calling Andrew's student haha.
By the way thanks for everything you show.
Please help me
January 9th, 2014 @ 3:51 am
Not to detour from VCP, but thought I would inform the community that Red Giant has a plug-in called Holomatrix that does a pretty decent job of turning footage into "Hologram" effects. http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/holomatrix/
    January 9th, 2014 @ 10:40 am
    Hi Sean, from another Shawn. Red Giant does great stuff, but I'm guessing that Andrew has something different up his sleeve for his holograms that will probably be amazing.
January 9th, 2014 @ 7:31 am
I have a feeling 2014 is VFX year for VCP! ^_^
reza irani
January 9th, 2014 @ 8:35 am
oh man... i can't wait for the new tutorial! hologram FX...It seems perfect!
January 9th, 2014 @ 8:46 pm
Nice plate!!!, Plexus is nice to make holograms, this is one i made for a music video:

Complete video:
January 9th, 2014 @ 9:22 pm
Your products are great. Your company is awesome. Your work is inspiring. Feel better by reading Mother Teresa's words Andrew and all the staff at VC.“If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway.

If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies: Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank people will try to cheat you: Be honest anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight: Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous of you: Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten by tomorrow: Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough: Give your best anyway.”
January 9th, 2014 @ 9:23 pm
and the last and most important part:
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa
January 9th, 2014 @ 9:55 pm
Happy Brithday Mr. Kramer!
January 10th, 2014 @ 5:00 am
Hey Andrew,what 'sup?
What do you think of my hologram panel?
    January 14th, 2014 @ 10:53 pm
    cool it was simple and clean, I really like :)
January 10th, 2014 @ 7:33 am
awesome lighting bro ! keep it up !
January 10th, 2014 @ 11:54 am

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2. Video Copilot Element 3D
3. Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks
4. Video Copilot Optical Flares
5. Red Giant Colorista II
6. Trapcode Form
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10. RE:Vision Effects Twixtor / GenArts Sapphire (TIE)

Jason Washington
January 10th, 2014 @ 12:23 pm
I know Andrew is the focus of VCP but I want to take a moment to thank the ENTIRE VCP staff. These folks are hard at work spending tons of hours developing complicated scripts and developing these great tool as Andrew spearheads the working process. Thanks so much for the priceless hours you put in to help us grow as vfx editors. These behind the scenes folks are who really make the vfx world go round. Andrew take your time with your Tutorials, make some money with JJ, and enjoy your family. We as the community should be using this time to CREATE new ways to use the knowledge VCP gives us in the meantime. Andrew is sharing this out of the love of the craft and has been doing so since I followed him and AAron Rahbinowtz on creative cow. If you're waiting for new tutorials, go back and master the older ones. It will only make you better. When you can do any of them without referring to the tut, then you combine and refine. This is a 90,000 dollar education on a silver platter folks. Any comment that isn't a relative question or a thank you is an insult.

Jason W.
Michael Benson
January 10th, 2014 @ 5:49 pm
JETSTRIKE like effects in Blender (free software). Rendered in OpenGL, just like Element.


January 11th, 2014 @ 3:15 am
Do not bother Hi Mr. Kramer for all the efforts in this area drew you'll appreciate. Mr. Kramer I'm from Iran, where everyone likes to have everything you learn in this country who actively pursue your second to second. Are you someone who always surprises you, you're all I wish you a lot of progress. Only one thing I ask of you, if possible. To create a project based on what is advertising? How are ideas? Of course, the two questions! Thanks S.
January 11th, 2014 @ 8:01 am
woow i looks amazing you should do a tut on this on .nice work bro
January 12th, 2014 @ 10:16 am
please make a tutorial on areal explosion and is there any way that i can import an animation seq to element 3d which i made in max using rayfire an explosion derbies if there tell me
January 14th, 2014 @ 12:59 am
It's for like hologrammes in Iron Man ?
January 15th, 2014 @ 8:43 am
hi sir andrew i think videocopilot web site is going down no tutorials no blog post after one month you guys are posting one thing according to my point you guys should constrate on this
Tom Dooley
January 15th, 2014 @ 9:51 am
Nothing comes.Freezed.
Lascelles McCarthy III
January 16th, 2014 @ 11:44 am
You are AWESOME! Andrew! I have you guys bookmarked as my top site!!! I use your tutorials to complete most my work!!!! Once i get Motion Design ill have all i need!!!!(for now) Thank you for what you do! And hey....i think ALL your tutorials are "Super exciting"!!!!!! Just saying!!!
Kramer’s Evil Twin
January 17th, 2014 @ 8:09 pm
January 18th, 2014 @ 2:04 pm
Just realized, that Element3D is really kikking asses ... he he he ... noodled around with it in @ friends vfx-shop ... and im totally sold ... imma get a copy of thi AE-Magic right away ... Thanx a heep Mr. Kramer!

    January 20th, 2014 @ 1:12 pm
    Great work Sascha!
    January 25th, 2014 @ 1:22 pm
    Nicely done ;) But how did you do those ray-traced shadows in 00.47 ? Those are received shadows upon the object. Did you use a separate 3d program for that plan? Keep up the good work ;) Cheers
January 20th, 2014 @ 12:50 pm
No updates for almost 20 days.c'mon guys..
Oliver selas
January 20th, 2014 @ 5:23 pm
I wish am in your brains. wow, thanks for all the tutorials. HEY WHAT UP ANDREW KRAMER HERE. ha ha ha
January 21st, 2014 @ 5:56 pm
Kramer, just add this to the advanced spin effects tutorial and you're done!!! (please include footage ;)

January 22nd, 2014 @ 3:31 am
Can´t wait for the first trailer!! Thank you sir!
January 22nd, 2014 @ 5:54 am
that was so sick man ! can you share the video please Andrew !
January 22nd, 2014 @ 10:36 am
It looks awesome! We did something like this last year :-)
Full video:
    VFX Amigo
    January 23rd, 2014 @ 9:25 pm
    Amazing work!! did you do it on AE?
    VFX Amigo
    January 23rd, 2014 @ 9:29 pm
    Amazing work!! did you do it on AE and 3ds max?
January 22nd, 2014 @ 5:38 pm
when is video copilot going to post the video?
January 22nd, 2014 @ 8:10 pm
I cannot wait to see all the applications this tutorial will bring to future projects, thanks Andrew!
January 23rd, 2014 @ 11:10 pm
Andrew !!! u r really an amazing guy !!! I'm waiting for this tutorial & I'm pretty sure that this tutorial will change the future of my projects !!! thank u Andrew
January 24th, 2014 @ 10:49 am
Thanks VideoCopilot for this amazing site.
I'm wondering what's the brand of your green screen. We are using one from Lastolite but I find the material a little bit reflective.
Thanks for the info.
January 24th, 2014 @ 3:34 pm
Nice look. You're up there with the greats Andrew. I have a hologram scene for my show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwwSHN93xM
Will Dano
January 25th, 2014 @ 12:01 pm
Andrew! I don't know if you forgot about it, but the last blog show was like 3 years ago! We need more blog show episodes, they're really fun to watch!
January 26th, 2014 @ 12:38 pm
waiting for this andrew sir
January 26th, 2014 @ 3:21 pm
Andrew! Mind showing us your lighting techniques for use with Element 3D in MoGraphics? Your lighting is always great in tutorials, so I was wondering how you make it look so good!
January 27th, 2014 @ 11:20 am
thanks a lot for showing us experiments !
January 27th, 2014 @ 5:55 pm
Freaking awesome. Great job man. Make some more stuff and take my money.
January 28th, 2014 @ 6:54 am
Well done you all the best but correctament configures Color Corection and light
nic fanciulli
January 28th, 2014 @ 7:52 am
andrew please, came back to the good ol' videocopilot tutorials. I dont have Elements3D and I dont want it.
TJ Koker
January 28th, 2014 @ 8:57 am
Hi Andrew,
I'd like your opinion on the Canon C100 camera your using. Worth the money and does it give the same type of 35 mm quality as the Red camera... May be close?
January 28th, 2014 @ 10:03 am
we´re still waiting! aaahhhhhh!
January 28th, 2014 @ 10:16 am
Andrew could you Recreate the Hallway Scene from Inception!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    February 1st, 2014 @ 7:13 pm
    You do know that wasn't fancy computer effects but real right?
    February 1st, 2014 @ 7:13 pm
    You do know that wasn't fancy computer effects but real right?
January 29th, 2014 @ 3:41 am
amma okka vesa punda
January 29th, 2014 @ 8:30 pm
Wow, when I look at the green screen, the right side is very dark, so I am wondering how you pulled that off. So did you use keylight 1.2 to do this?

The work is amazing and always enjoy seeing your work.
January 31st, 2014 @ 3:18 pm
he andrew . i am from iran! and i see your tutorials. its perfect.
i can speak english correctly. but i want to say i love you & your tutorials.
من خیلی دوست دارم شبیه تو بشم تو انجام کارت .
برام دعا کن
good by.
من کار های تو را دنبال میکنم
February 2nd, 2014 @ 11:19 am
I hope for a week with nice news from video copilot....
February 3rd, 2014 @ 2:58 am
very good خیلی خوب بود
February 4th, 2014 @ 12:33 am
This looks awesome Andrew! Hopefully we'll get to see Sam in the Iron Man mask again too? ;)
February 4th, 2014 @ 2:43 am
hey pepole
i just started to work on new project in AE CS 5
in one of the scene i need to create lots of point (simple 2d circles) in 3d enviorment which connect to eachother by stroke (the stroke need to be with full control of the spacing value).
Eventually my goal is to make "growing" net linked from point to point in the 3d enviorment
i tried to use 3d stroke but it seems that my main problem is the poor control of the stroke spacing (the 3d line need to be lots of small dots)
with plexus i could not control "movment" of line beetwen point to point
in particular emitter lights it seems to be most reasonable way but also exhausting way.
i cannot figure how to connect all of the points position value to one big "growing" net. In addition i need to make the net grow from nothing to fully linked.
What about tutnrial andrew...??
February 4th, 2014 @ 11:08 am
Alright, it's almost one month without any update !
Andrew what are you up to ? :)
    February 4th, 2014 @ 2:19 pm
    I hear he is working on plugin that will allow us to add smell to all of our videos. It sounds pretty cool.
February 4th, 2014 @ 7:04 pm
hey andrew where are you
this site is going to be antient
are you sleeping this month
Kevin C
February 4th, 2014 @ 10:14 pm
They had a holographic dispay table like this on this week's "Agents Of SHIELD" (Feb 3. 2014) Did Andrew have anything to do with it?
February 5th, 2014 @ 1:25 am
hi,Andrew Kramer
i using videocopilot for 6 month and i have a problem that
i what to make a flag in element 3D but i can make can you help no that i what to do a video you that and all what to join the flag in a log in one file please help me on this
from shakthi.
February 5th, 2014 @ 6:26 am

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell us what you were doing with Freddie W! Two of my favorite people collaborating! CANNOT WAIT! If anyone does not know what I am referring too go look at Freddie W's Instagram!
February 5th, 2014 @ 11:14 am
anderw sir , please teach us something .

where are you ?
February 23rd, 2014 @ 2:03 am
I'M bangladesi, your work idea is fantastic Kramer, you are the boss of vfx world :) go ahead Andrew Kramer bro
Linus Ok
February 26th, 2014 @ 4:35 pm
This is Really cool Andrew... Looking forward to what you'll come up with! Cheers
August 20th, 2014 @ 9:21 am
Andrew Kramer

I want to this tutorial please
September 8th, 2014 @ 9:28 am
Will this ever be done ?
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