Where are the Tutorials! + NAB 2017!

Yo Andrew! Where are all the Tutorials!?! A reasonable question actually.

I don’t have a simple answer but maybe I can share a bit of my process with you.

This year I’ve been working on a bunch of amazing content for Video Copilot! My goal was to dig deep into default plug-ins and try to find things that were NEW and interesting!

The cycle begins!

ACTUAL PROCESS From the last couple of weeks:

As you can see, every deviation would evolve into something new.  This basically goes on until I feel like I’ve come across something that is new that is innovative and also LOOKS COOL!  And while each step of this process would make a formidable tutorial, there is always something that will make it better.

The problem is that everything can be a little bit better. And perhaps this mindset is a bit of a curse for a guy that makes tutorials!!!

The truth is that I care a lot about making Tutorials. Genuinely. I don’t want to create another lightning tutorial, I want to create one that adds something new and challenges my skills as well.

There is a certain satisfaction from trying to use 100% built-in After Effects Plug-ins. And that is what I have been trying to do recently.

But I also get that it’s frustrating to hear “Coming soon” so I’ve been trying not to talk about things until they are done. The madness is not lost on me! But because of my tutorials “process” several weeks go by and THEN I really want to deliver a great tutorial.  And now that it’s taking so long I want to make it even better! It’s a Vicious  cycle!  Which makes bouncing back and fourth between projects very hard because if you have ever opened an old project after a while… there’s going to be some notes!

Needless to say, Tutorials are not dead, in fact this process has lead to some incredible techniques and content that I can’t wait to share! I just need to knock them out!

If you are interested, I recently talked a bit about this and other things with my friend Ash on the Collective Podcast!



BTW, If you are at NAB this week, please drop by the Adobe booth!

 

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117 Comments

Abdirahman Ahmed
7 days ago
How to make a cool looking robot in Element3D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI_y0vYrB7Y&t=968s
Abdirahman Ahmed
2 weeks ago
Aftereffects Element3D #Tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT6FBjy28X4
来自中国的问候
2 weeks ago
TAHT IS SO COOL
fyardlest
3 weeks ago
Hi dear Andrew C.
Wher is the INTERCEPT please?
Still working on it!
    3 weeks ago
    Still on it! I know it's a bit ridiculous! Check out the collective podcast I get a chance to talk about it and share a bit about it! Best!
3 weeks ago
Thank you so much,

Your article are always best...
TsuriaDragon
3 weeks ago
Is this Energy Ball Portal effect that's impact by the Lightning going to be the next Tutorial?
3 weeks ago
hi andrew,
this is my matchmove work pls review it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8PlUuCNFKI&feature=youtu.be
Gonzalo Schmidt
3 weeks ago
Ohhh... I remember that "2 Orbs" joke... Man...
James
3 weeks ago
Super excited for this one. Looks amazing! Thanks for continuing to offer us your knowledge and creativity.
Grandy
3 weeks ago
I'm not surprise Andrew Kramer, when it comes to after effects you are a god of ae and i'm damn sure adobe knows it too.
Thanks to you and your creative team @videocopilot, you guys are amazing tnx again.
3 weeks ago
I haven't made that many tutorials, but I find them way more challenging than just working on my normal stuff. Trying to make sure they flow and don't waste people's time is extremely difficult. Mistakes happen in the real world, and back-stepping (Command or Control Z'ing) is always required. Even in a rehearsed tutorial. But, when people might be following along, step-by-step, you don't want to make them back-step along with you. Also, trying to add that "special" touch that pushes things further is what has always made your tutorials so valuable. I have been following along from the original sky replacement tutorial and every one since. Those little extras can be the technique someone uses for the next 5 years. Maybe forever. I hope people know that raising the bar makes everything more complicated. We have all benefited from your drive to always raise that bar. I really think the recent experience you've had has ramped that drive up even further. You know things that we don't. Which is why we're here. Please take your time. It's always worth the wait.

That said, while we wait, I really recommend everyone go back and watch some of the old tutorials again. I always learn a few new things and I've been using After Effects since Andrew was on Creative Cow.
3 weeks ago
This is very best. Wooov. Thank you Andrew.
Justin
4 weeks ago
Can you have Sam make a tutorial then?
Lj
4 weeks ago
Anybody know link for Andrew presentation NAB 2017 ?
Amiel
4 weeks ago
I dont know if you're ever gonna get to read this comment but I just want you to know that you are my hero and I hope you'll never get tired of doing amazing, easily comprehensible tutorials (with bonus funny stories from you of course!). We hope to hear from you soon! :) More power!
Juan GC
4 weeks ago
Hey Andrew! big fan of your work! i was wondering if maybe you could post a tutorial about the making of Starlord's mask en Guardians of the galaxy? i really want to know your point of view of this effect. thanks
Michał Zimnowodzki
4 weeks ago
When you post the tutorial?
alvin
4 weeks ago
full of passion. keep it up. :)
4 weeks ago
Humorous stories, personal challenges and advice from Master of Magic! Andrew Kramer.
Produced By Shahr Ghashang Studio.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_t5ohu4Lf4
Pomerand
4 weeks ago
Take your time... Always worth the wait. Thanks Andrew!

In the meantime check out this amazing and practical use for Element 3D I found on Youtube:

https://youtu.be/U_PQ3TOCzAM

I'd be interested to find out who did this and have a long chat with them...
Motion Frame Li
4 weeks ago
can not wait for this
Brian Stevens
4 weeks ago
Hey i have an idea...it's been a while since you made a basic after effects video...i mean after effects got changed so basic tutorials in training section they need an update so you can explain us with a tutorial on changes on how to use them in practical...and you have a life and it is ok if you don't make a tutorial we al understand you have done plenty of work for free and vfx community.
4 weeks ago
Very creative !!!

Thanks to you and your team Andrew ;)

Digiphic Studio
http://www.digiphic.com
Sean C. Viehwe
4 weeks ago
Awesome Stuff, would love those projects to play with. Very inspirational. :)
asaf norani
1 month ago
Hey Andrew,
My friend is trying to sell his car and he did a CRAZY car commerical using ELEMENT 3D
it has already become viral!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP06gvFWW64
Bobomet
1 month ago
Let the lightning begin .....
1 month ago
Andrew Kramer, you are my spirit animal!!
Canahan
1 month ago
Okay, I gave myself a second try to rebuild this energy collsion without tutorial....I think it's a little bit better as the first attempt but still far away from Andrew's.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P22duDNrtpk

I think we need your tutorial Mr. Kramer...or anyone have a better solution?
1 month ago
Nice presentation at NAB. I believe I saw you at the pinball arcade the next day but I was too busy trying to beat my high score at Tron to say hi. It's great to see you making lightning better. I co-wrote the original lightning plug-in that's still ships with Aftereffects. It was made better by cycore with advanced lightning. Believe it or not it was based on the work of a traditional animator named Chris Cassidy who hand drew all the lightning in films like Star Wars and Short Circuit. Chris was kind enough to help us capture some of his techniques in that original plugin. Keep up the good work and yes I understand that great things take time to develop.
S YES! EDITZ
1 month ago
AK NAB 2017 u presentation video link....share!!!
1 month ago
Hi Andrew!

You are simply a gem, no less than a blessing for students like us. I love all your tutorials and have started following you since few months. I learnt a lot from your tutorials and have started implementing your tuts to create YouTube videos for my website on product reviews.

I have a blog post on best electric shavers 2017 where I have reviewed best electric razors. Link: https://10ideal.com/best-electric-shavers/

I want to ask what would be the best way to feature these products via YouTube. Shall I use some sort of a builtin slideshow template or create everything from scratch. Are those templates fast in rendering or it will be quite a slow process. I am a bit confused whether to use plugins or not. Please mention its pros and cons.

Waiting for your kind response.
solaiappan
1 month ago
anybody share the link of Andrew Nab Show 2017
1 month ago
I'm loving the detail in the shot of the lightning hitting the ground; the way it interacts with the pavement, the subtle reflections on the truck, and everything else. Can't wait for the tutorial! Keep up the great work!
George Laird
1 month ago
As a huge fan of Andrew and his work, I am waiting patiently for the next tutorial because I know it will be worth the wait.
1 month ago
I just want to thank you for the lightsaber plugin, it is just awesome, my kids love it. Specially for the nice Kylo saber blade..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycBnP3a-Am8
I am currently working on a logo with electricity and this would be so perfect for it. Man, release something. Even if it is a weekly thing of the progress you are making and even the mistakes and second guesses. It doesn't have to be perfect because learning isn't perfect.
1 month ago
Can't wait for more tutorials. Here's some work I did for my music video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS2gr7lvTIs
animatorkarthick
1 month ago
hi this is my work pls review it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyOtd9L7q6E
    Sean
    4 weeks ago
    Nice work :). Tip: Add a Film effect so it doesn't look like it was just cam footage.
Dany Lefebvre
1 month ago
Hi Andrew,

Just curious, will we be able to eventually see your Adobe NAB presentation?

Thanks for everything
1 month ago
Amazing! I feel it would be a great to release your plugins when you get the basic concept going and ask for feedback and keep updating!
1 month ago
So we don't have a tutorial - I try to re-create it by my own...but I have to admit...it isn't easy, so I have to wait for details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMJjjFxgres
MASTERKOALA
1 month ago
ANDREW INTERVIEW NAB 2017

https://youtu.be/ic-ZWm2iOFs
    1 month ago
    That was a respectable interview. Our man knows his stuff and it was great to hear his explanation on the path of E3D.

    Thanks for sharing this Masterkoala.

    Christian Michael
    https://vimeo.com/198103166
Justin
1 month ago
Why does everyone keep complaining about Intercept? I'd be much more interested tutorials.
    Justin
    1 month ago
    *in tutorials
solaiappan
1 month ago
Any link to watch Andrew at NAB 2017 Adobe Booth....?
Vishnu Rajbhar
1 month ago
so excited for new tutorials.
but what about intercept?
1 month ago
Very nice Andrew We are waiting for the tutorials.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99qyYUWWtRg
1 month ago
You know, it's actually unfair of us to ask for new videos, updates and whatever. You've got a family, a busy life and your passion for making videos (and often FX that, even with a tutorial, we can't make look as good as your result). There's a part of me that wants stuff to update often on your site but the adult side on me says that that's just childish. I love what you do, Andrew, but don't feel pressured into constantly churning out content because of pressure from us. If you feel like you need to post up something often then post a quick picture or a 30 second video of something you've been messing around with. That way we still get content and there is less pressure on you.
Sage
1 month ago
There is but one answer here, Andrew Kramer.....
.....
ALL OF THEM!!!! DO ALL OF IT!!!
IT'S AMAZING!!!!!
Luke
1 month ago
What about Intercept?
Him
1 month ago
Now i am more impatient, i can use them on so many things!! You have started a vicious cycle: you make great tutorials and for that it requires lot of time and effort... and because your tutorials are great we become more impatient and because of that you want to do it even better and it takes even more time and we become more impatient.... and it goes on and on and on...lol... seriously though very excited about new tips and techniques and really appreciate the effort. :)
Brandon Petrie
1 month ago
Hey Andrew, I think you're underestimating the value of your own creative process. I'd love to get a "developing an original concept" Tutorial, in which you take us through the journey you describe above but actually taking us through how you did it. I would value it even if, in the end, you don't create a finished product. When looking at the above images I wonder, "How did he decide on that?" or "when I get similarly stuck, what would AK do?" It's very different from your normal tutorials but wouldn't it be awesome to do a tutorial on struggling with a design? It would be less polished but maybe more valuable because of it. You have mentioned in the past that what you do is lees about recreating a final product and more about expanding your AE vocabulary for our own work (this is my own paraphrase)
Thanks for everything you do!
    Francisco
    1 month ago
    I agree here. Some of the best videos out there are "on the fly" Vids where it seems like your actually with the person doing the tut. I don't know if i am explaining myself right. I know when the instructor misses up you learn 2 things, how to do it right and what not to do but how it can be fixed. I look at your images you posted AK and i want tuts on all of them. Sometimes the easiest most basic thing you can do in After effects is Minc blowing to someone else (ME!) and gets that kick to wanting more.

    Best
    David DeCorso
    1 month ago
    That sounds like a great idea!
1 month ago
Thank you, Andrew KRAMER IS BEST!
grim
1 month ago
So basically your creative process is like a kitten with a ball of yarn. After a while you're just chasing your own tail. (But it's still the greatest thing ever.)
I’m LOVE your Tutorials
1 month ago
Glad to here the tutorials are still coming!
Picklejones
1 month ago
Mini challenges would be cool. Maybe dump abandoned concepts here (just images) and say "Can you figure out what I did to make this image?" Then after a few days start dropping hints or something. I remember a few people came up with pretty good attempts at the Solar Atmosphere look after you posted the teaser animation but before the tutorial came out.
Jan
1 month ago
Andrew your so awesome!!!!!! I felt extremely bad because you posted nothing.
1 month ago
Hi Andrew Sir,
I'm your biggest fan from india. You are my inspiration sir you know wat I don't have money to study in VFX institutes but now I don't need any institutes bcoZ your tutorials teach me everything as I want. For me, your tutorials is like a books and you're my teacher and I feel like you're teaching me. I really wanna be like you sir and I want to meet you sir until my last breath bcoZ you are one who changed my life. Next birth I wanna became your Son hope GOD will listen my request anyway I LOVE YOU MORE ANDREW KRAMER SIR...
Thank you !
guna
1 month ago
Sir, you are VFX Ghost...
Sherwin
1 month ago
Hey Andrew I'm really disappointed that I will miss NAB this year. I was curious if your presentation will be viewable later
Rob
1 month ago
Looks amazing Andrew!!!

I've recently started mentoring some of the people I work with in After Effects, and while I'm only teaching the basics, even that can be difficult to communicate in an effective manner. Looking forward to the new tutorals!
1 month ago
Very nice tutorial, we look forward to!
Subhan
1 month ago
Your tutorials are worth waiting. I really really appreciate you. Thank you soo much!
Paulie
1 month ago
Thanks Andrew! 👍🏼
Goldorachox
1 month ago
Many things we can try
it's like a tutorial big thank's
Tim
1 month ago
My hero is back! Thank you so much for your awesome work Andrew!
ALbert
1 month ago
hey andrew! what happened to intercept? are we gonna be able to see that finished? nice job BTW
KC at NIU
1 month ago
Looking great AK!!

Yeah, by all means spend some time with your family. These are moments that you won't want to miss. :)

btw: I'll be changing my name to KC at LSU. I'm transferring in the Fall. Woohoo!
1 month ago
Andrew, are you working on the Star Wars: The Last Jedi??

btw thanks for the tutorials, I'm 16 and I learned all my VFX from you :)
Lee
1 month ago
Your tutorials are worth waiting for and MUCH appreciated! Take your time, hang out with the family and blow up the DeathStar
juvenal
1 month ago
OMG!!! NICE
Abdirahman Ahmed
1 month ago
Abdirahman Ahmed
1 month ago
felipe
1 month ago
bieeeennnnnnn !!!!!!!!!
dean ouazaa
1 month ago
your tutorials are worth waiting for, i`ve been watching them since the beginning for years, i always enjoy the thrill of waiting cause i know i`ll be getting the best. good luck out there Andrew and million thanks.
1 month ago
What a great effects and shots !!!

Well done Andrew and good luck ;)

Digiphic Studio
http://www.digiphic.com
http://www.digiphic.com
http://www.digiphic.com
SPARTACUS
1 month ago
Hi Andrew, this all looks very exciting. Looking forward to seeing some new tutorials. :-)

Hope you don’t mind if I jump subject a bit. Does Sure Target work with AE 2017? My target layers disappear. I have had a look at the blog but the entries look quite dated now. Many thanks again. :-)
    Michael
    1 month ago
    Since about CC 2015 I've found that after applying Sure Taregt I need to quit out of After Effects and open it back up again, and then it will work. It's weird. Love Sure Target though, I use it more than Optical Flares and Element 3D combined, probably!
1 month ago
Thank You Andrew for what all you do.
We all, the community loves you and Thank you for your Amazing contribution to this industry.

It doesn't matter if you don't post regularly but your presence is extremely motivational to all of us.

You keep your Eyes, Work and Head High!

Thanks Again
Aruj B
Geno
1 month ago
Thanks for all you do!
1 month ago
Thank you for continuing to inspire with the tools that we all use daily. Power on. Safe travels. Be well.
manikandan
1 month ago
2marow or next month ?
TJ KOKER
1 month ago
Did you mean Vicious as in brutal or viscous as in slow and plodding. haha
MASTERKOALA
1 month ago
Yesssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!+😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢
Brian
1 month ago
Wait! Don't you have kids/family/job too? I'm amazed that yo have anytime at all! My creative process generally ends when my 2yo wakes up 😆
Harrison
1 month ago
I'll be there!
dHoward
1 month ago
Andrew said: "The problem is that everything can be a little bit better. And perhaps this mindset is a bit of a curse for a guy that makes tutorials!!!"

Understood and agreed. You don't want your name associated with anything that is beneath "excellent" because it could affect your ability to get work in the fickle and highly competitive TV and film industry. But consider this: You're a teacher. Your students can't produce high quality work until they get past the intermediate stuff. Someone has to do it. Consider producing tutorials under a pseudonym. Consider having tutorials produced by a team, not just 1 guy. A "Video Copilot" tutorial could become just as highly valued as one produced by "Andrew" Kramer". Especially if he chimes in now and then. Much better than silence for months at a time. New products that generate revenue would certainly be suggested if there was a steady stream of high traffic caused by new content. Just a thought...
Jimmy Two
1 month ago
God is back! I always believed in you Master! Stronger back you come!
Veddex
1 month ago
u never stop to amazed me Mr. Andrew o_o
Nilo
1 month ago
the lightning at 05 looks soooooo realistic, oh my god. I can't wait till that tutorial comes out :O
atakan küpçü
1 month ago
Wow. Looking cool. I think i can shoot Terminator 1 remake after that tutorials lol At least the first scene that terminator appears :).
Simon Thorley
1 month ago
Great to hear Andrew, heard the podcast a while ago - look forward to seeing your NAB speeches on YouTube - getting there isn't an option from UK - for me a least. Q: Is an E3D version update pencilled in for the future?
MAC
1 month ago
Very beautiful. Something that is sorely is 3D lightning. Being able to add depth to it, without faking it.
S YES! EDITZ
1 month ago
AK Osm.....
1 month ago
Thats great! thank you andrew
1 month ago
this is amazing the podcast was great nice to know what the God Father of After Effects up too these days
Ben
1 month ago
Love the point cloud images and the podcast. Keep up the great work.
Red
1 month ago
Love this type of blog content and always gets me excited. Hope we get some Element 3D stuff as well. The work you were creating last year was insane and I feel as though I would use it a lot more if the community pumped out better tutorials/content. I currently flip-flop between E3D and C4D Lite based on what I can find on YouTube.
Rocky Byars
1 month ago
Awesome can't wait! And also can't wait for NAB this will be my first year. Getting ready to fly out there tomorrow. It will be amazing to get to see you in person your tutorials are one of the things that helped me start my career as a motion designor.
Ali
1 month ago
Nice.. Can I get a reply from you? :-P
Eliseo
1 month ago
Simplemente Genial!
Elias Noe
1 month ago
Man that looks awesome. Can't wait to see the new stuff you've got lined up for us.
Also can't wait to see intercept as well... ;)
    1 month ago
    I didn't want to mention it above... but it's one of the many in progress things that makes EVERYTHING move slower than I would like! The good days of working on one thing at a time!
    Elias Noe
    1 month ago
    Haha relatable. I come from Australia, and I am so thankful for all your high quality tutorials and products that has made my life a lot easier. If it means I have to wait just a bit longer for that quality... I'm all for it.

    And also just quick, I saw the new Star Wars trailer and saw a hologram. Did you get to work on this new film too? Just thought I would ask.
StevenJ
1 month ago
Wow! Great looking stuff. I watched your recent presentation in Japan and got a peek at what looks like some amazing new features in Element 3d. Will we be seeing this anytime soon?
    Sherwin
    1 month ago
    Hey Stevenj is there a link for the Japan video? I never know where these get hosted
    StevenJ
    1 month ago
    Go to Vimeo and type in Flashback Japan and look through their videos. Should be pretty recent.
    Sherwin
    1 month ago
    thanks! Hopefully the NAB talk is there too