New Tutorial: Advanced Electric FX! 100% AE

In this 3-in-1 Tutorial we get the high-voltage action! This massive 56 min tutorial has so many tips and tricks you are sure to learn something new!

Techniques:

  • Direction Lightning Movement
  • Dynamic Reflections with realistic falloff
  • Sub Surface Illuminated Clouds
  • Interactive Lightning bolts
  • Nice Soft Glow recipe
  • No extra Plug-ins needed! 100% After Effects!

Project files and Footage:
Download Project File CC2015 + CC2017

POSTED:
4 months ago
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306 Comments

kipster
4 hours ago
a twitter post a few hours ago indicates something is coming soon˜
Steffen
6 hours ago
I do not see any news
this site is still active
no updates no tutorials
no characters of Videocopilot
wieslaw
2 days ago
Simple, but some of the tutorials left. Thanks Andrew.
After Effects Poser Pro and Element 3D, and photos from the internet
https://www.facebook.com/wieslaw.ceed/videos/1037457009723540/
3 days ago
i made a hole legobatman 3d animaed film fully rendered on element 3d check it out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myqCKafuRIw&list=PLLuz1BAkcQH-d5WpRVHNFUcdLM1KoQLRA
    3 days ago
    I recommend everyone who reads this comment to watch the video
    muckyman
    2 days ago
    Usually these video copilot fan links are spammy crap (you know who you are)
    but this is absolutely supurb.
    A brilliant short film Mr Omar Khaled.
    Wim
    1 day ago
    That looks really nice. ? Great work?
    TJ
    18 hours ago
    Great production value. Aside from Element 3D what software did you use to create your 3D characters and Lego universe? Thanks.
Simon
4 days ago
Irrefutable Ghost ship, or ghost plane with no pilot and a bunch of idiot passengers - time to bail.
Trace
1 week ago
Well, it was nice knowing you, Andrew, seeing as JJ Abrams is directing Episode IX, you'll probably be a tad bit busy for the next few years. Good luck, you lucky dude.
mike
2 weeks ago
VC is the king of suspense. You guys have me coming to your site everyday! Need to have ads. you would make a killing. Anyways can't wait to see what you guys have cooking! I pray all is well.
Klaus Brandenburg
2 weeks ago
Do not feed the trolls. Even though it's four month since they had therir last meal. No seriously. What did you expect? AK is an extreme person. 100% whatever he does. So there are 0% for everything else. So now it's Star Wars (again) and after that it might be something else or something new. And this Interception thing or an E3D update will come when the man thinks that it's ripe. Get used to it. I'm not saying that this is good or professional but it's the way it is.
Saranvfx
2 weeks ago
4 months No ?
Abdirahman Ahmed
2 weeks ago
After Effects and Element 3D VFX Compilation, inspiration from videocpilot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1jmjDcDtkk&feature=youtu.be
Jérémy SteM
2 weeks ago
Hi guys! I read the commentss for few months and I don't understand [not because i'm french okay! ;) ].
Ok not news for 4 mounth and what? Andrew and the rest of VC team (don't forget the team behind him) are busy yes like danny said. They gave to us a lot of free stuff (plug in script model pack...) so you should be grateful. All tut are free and very well done (nice trips explained well with humor...). I'm pretty sure they 're working hard on many cool project. They're testing a lot of cool new features (like in SW VII) and they will be back (tin tin!! tin! tin tin!!...imagine Terminator score here) to us with tone of new thing, We have to be patient!
Now a personal request... a new E3D
    2 weeks ago
    sorry wrong command...
    I was saying " a new E3D model pack (not just new E3D). vehicule model pack (cars, bus, truck...) something like that would be realy great i guess
Abs
2 weeks ago
Seems you have disappeared and abandoned the site?!!!!
Abdirahman Ahmed
2 weeks ago
Behold the power of videocopilots Element3D combined with After Effects
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j_wsp9lnjA
    2 weeks ago
    Behold the power of spamming...
danny
2 weeks ago
same discussion every time mr kramer is busy. be creative and deal with it.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
Paolo
3 weeks ago
Hi!
The site has been silent for almost 2 years... we miss you guys!
Any new plugin in sight? Should we expect ELEMENT 3D VERSION 3 anytime soon...? ;)
    Jay
    2 weeks ago
    2 years?

    The last post was 4 months ago.
    LWAddict
    2 weeks ago
    Paolo has discovered the space/time continuum!!!!
    Please share with us if you haven't passed away already...
    I mean, it's been 5 years in Paolo years now right?
    Paolo
    5 days ago
    Don't get me wrong guys, I love this site and I love all the videos they have given away for free over the years!
    I'm simply saying that they didn't come out with a major plugin for over 2 years (last MAJOR plugin was Element 3D V2), and that is a fact. Unless you consider Ugly sweater or the one for popping eyes a major plugin ;) Can't wait to see new exciting stuff coming out. I was just wondering when it's going to be..!
Wayne
3 weeks ago
Guy's give Andrew a break, you don't know what is going on in his life, its all well and good moaning about no new tutorials or software updates but if it were not for Andrew and Video Copilot many of you would not be where you are now with your video effects. Andrew has taken time to produce all these tutorials for free and we all know how time consuming video effects can be, if like me Andrew has taught us all so much and i for one am very grateful for all the hard work and effort he puts into his tutorials and for all he has taught me. I got into video effects as a hobby because of Video Copilot and Andrew so he has made a big impact on me and taught me so much. Instead of moaning and and feeling sorry for yourselves, show some support for Andrew and Video Copilot and be thankful for all he has taught you. Andrew has produced some of the best tutorials on the internet and they are all free. If Andrew is gone for good then i wish him and his family all the best for the future and i would also like to thank him for all he has done for the video effects community.
    Simon Thorley
    3 weeks ago
    I said (in different words) the same thing you say here, He's obviously far too busy with mega projects - good luck to him, absolutely! no one deserves it more than he. Bottom line is we all miss his presence/expertise and brand of unique humour - the man IS a legend, on that we can all agree! - I hope he's not gone for good, and until he says otherwise - I feel he'll be back.
Kevin
3 weeks ago
Forget about the tutorials; Andrew was never under any obligation to do anything for free, but for those of us who invested in his software (i.e., Elementary 3D), there's no excuse for the absence of any significant upgrade in almost 4 years – nor for the web site practically shutting down for months at a time, now. Someone needs to remind Kramer of the community that played a major role in getting him where he is now. He needs to take a few tutorials on how to properly run a business.
felix
3 weeks ago
Hey Schwachköpfe,der Man hat Frau,Kinder und ist beschäftigt.Genau dasselbe soltet ihr auch tun.Frau,Kinder und beschäftigt sein.
    Mad Michel
    3 weeks ago
    Muss man andere deswegen "Schwachkpfe" nennen, nur weil sie eine andere Meinung haben? Show some respect, Felix!
3 weeks ago
Not even talking about tutorials; it's just what's the point with a site that doesn't engage with the audience? Are we watching the end of an era? The slow death of VC?
Hi Folks .. Just in case you missed it .. Here it is again .. Cheers !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KypiwqKaFY0
Abdirahman Ahmed
3 weeks ago
Behold the power of Element3D and after effects https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j_wsp9lnjA
felix
4 weeks ago
Die beklopten Klonkrieger haben wieder den Piloten entführt.
4 weeks ago
I hear this site is re-branding... Video NoPilot!
    Cristian
    3 weeks ago
    i know andrew is busy, and it's not fair since he does the tutorial for free... But that was funny! ????????
    Beau
    3 weeks ago
    We gotta be patient, it's just Video SlowPilot
Joseph
4 weeks ago
NAB 2017 has passed, SIGGRAPH 2017 has passed, no new updates to Element 3D. So Andrew, is this a dead product?
Abdirahman Ahmed
4 weeks ago
The power of after effect and the amazing Element3D has no limits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j_wsp9lnjA
    Mani
    4 weeks ago
    Hi AA give me a tutorial bro
1 month ago
Hi Andrew.
I just wanted to thank you for your Jedi skills by showing you the results of what I have learnt from you and as your apprentice I wish show you my skills for your assessment. Here is a link to my Star Wars scene of BB8. I hope you Like it.

http://motionpicturegraphics.com/videoPlayBack.php?videoID=BA16
    biere
    1 month ago
    Very nice Jaden!
    Was it done fully in E3D? How did you obtain such a realistic render of BB8? I mean...all my renders in E3D look a little bit "videogamish", but yours is very nice.
    1 month ago
    Hi Biere
    Thanks ! and Yes! it was all done using After Effects and E3D no plugins or effects. To be honest even I was visually stunned at the quality of the Finished Render. I wasn't expecting that it took my i7 7hrs to render 4 scenes. Nevertheless I will explain what I did.
    1) Switch your Color Float settings to 32bit (Don't use sRGB that messes with your Dynamic Range!!)
    2) choose the HDTV (Rec 709) as your color space
    3) Add 2 light that's close to real light values like 1 warm and 1 Cold summer day type value. I used 3DS Max to get some realistic Light Values. RGB'd the values and got a color match. Use those colors in choosing your lights colors. Try the Summer Warm color first then if your not happy try the Bright Sunny cold color.
    4) Make sure you decrease BB8 reflective values to get that mirror shine. increasing the reflectance seems to dull the effect for some reason. Play around with the reflectance. you want that marble shine look.

    And That's it.
    I think I played around with a few of E3D material settings as well but mainly you need a eye for recognising the tones and the looks of realism and just try your best to recreate it. It took me hours to get that look so good luck on your next E3D project.
    Mani
    4 weeks ago
    ???? Jaden nice lighting and rendering it's look like a movie and give tutorials.
    biere
    4 weeks ago
    Hey Jaden, thanks for the tips!
    I'll try them on my next E3D project.
    And, again...great job, man!
    Ratra
    4 weeks ago
    Hello Jaden,
    Awesome render...the BB8 looks so real!
    Bit curious, are those Stormtrooper keyed footage?
Nikolay Kolev
1 month ago
aaaaand 3 months again :)
chris
1 month ago
where the hell did Andrew go? no sign of him anywhere. well with Adobe charging 20 to 30 a month for AF..i think its time to switch over to Hit film. i would switch over to Nuke but the its a pain in the ass to learn the simplest things. goodbye Video copilot.
Dan
1 month ago
It is a bummer that AK is never around anymore. It's an even bigger bummer that it doesn't seem the tools that he created will ever have consistent updates/releases.

But once I accepted that reality several months ago, I moved on and learned how to use new tools. Before, I was afraid of rendering inside the 3D application like C4D. But without Element to rely on, I jumped in and learned how to work with Octane, and now Redshift. It was hard work but the results are much better. I also learned how to use Nuke for compositing. And I think the realization that I would be okay without Videocopilot is when I followed the lightning tutorial for AE and was able to use the same exact method in Nuke. It felt good.

I hope AK comes back and releases new tutorials and updates to his products, but if he doesn't I know that I will be just fine.
Darren
1 month ago
There was a time when I came to the site and there was something new posted almost everyday. I now only come here once every two months or so, to find nothing new.....
    Simon Thorley
    1 month ago
    Neglect gone way out of control here - it's fair enough though, it's AK'S bat and ball, and he can do what he wants, or not...
    What gets me though is the neglected market here, GSG has 70,171 subscribers on YOUTUBE whilst VCP has 370,749
    Hollywoods killed VCP - no question about that. bummer.
    Jason W
    1 month ago
    Hollywood didn't kill VCP. VCP helped make Hollywood even better.
JT
1 month ago
Anything new!? New version of E3D??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rv29vdLUxc
2 months ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IygDtcB2Qss i made a short film using some of these lighting effects
    sean
    2 months ago
    clean your lens
    1 month ago
    Hi Phillip, FX are ok, but I like the concept...
    Christian Michael
    4 weeks ago
    Decent Idea and a lot of work went into this fun shoot. SanKeT's comment is much more constructive than they continually negative from the prior "clean your lens" Pffft.

    Keep up the efforts Phillip :0)
    TJ
    3 weeks ago
    Nice green screen and tracking. I'd shoot the actors though. Put them out of their misery. Worst I've seen in forever.
    Sean
    3 weeks ago
    "SanKeT's comment is much more constructive than they continually negative from the prior "clean your lens" Pffft." That's so true. But still..., clean your f@$'"ing lens dude!!!
    Christian Michael
    2 weeks ago
    Sean,

    You seem to be the Gordon Ramsey of the VC world. Aggressive, nasty and full of wind. He however seems to have some how, made something of himself yet I wouldn't eat at his place if it was the last place on earth due to his attitude alone. You... Sean.... have a lot to prove before you can ridicule others work with such destine.

    https://youtu.be/Gjy_FKODsTM
    Sean
    2 weeks ago
    Touche Christian! I love the G. Ramsey analogy. Nevertheless, dont be so serious, despite my "nasty" comment, I appreciate Philip's effort in trying to make something cool and I was Just messing with him since a dirty lens is really a very amatorial and avoidable mistaKe; so although the tone of my messagge may suck, its content is probably way more useful than lots of other crappy useless compliments posted here. In my opinion one should not settle for something mediocre when you can easily improve it by paying some extra attention. But hey...that's Just The advice of a conceited mofo so...whatever.
Hi folks .. Here is another "Motion Speed Art" using Element 3D .. Enjoy !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRp4ZaGTpB0
    danny
    1 month ago
    nice!!!
MASTERKOALA
2 months ago
Andtew we loss you!!!
Michał
2 months ago
I think post prod of new star wars? I'dlike to see some new halloween tutorial :)
Chris
2 months ago
Has Andrew been active on his instagram or twitter the last month? Maybe he's finally finishing up Intercept.
Tom
2 months ago
Okay.. I think I found out where Andrew works now. :D
Check out the new trailer of Stranger Things 2.. there are massive lightning tutorials in the background. :)))
    Jim Gravina
    2 months ago
    Yes! I noticed that too! awesome!
    Simon Thorley
    1 month ago
    Yeah, all of the tuts are from film projects, AK's onto pastures new, there's no better evidence than months and months of inactivity on here, and the co-pilot has ejected, the planes in the mountain... what I can't get my head around is, why would he not have someone just doing a bit of house-keeping on VCP while he's 99.9% on Hollywood projects? massive gap in the market being let rot here.
    Jason W
    1 month ago
    Hey Simon, what market? The give us stuff for free market? If they dropped paid tutorials tomorrow everybody would be all pissed off. Cut the staff a break guys. 10 years of free tutorials (worth thousands of dollars), amazing products... What more can we really ask for?
Simon Thorley
2 months ago
JT
2 months ago
Nice!
my experiment of element 3d.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojObPUzsChE
    Beau
    2 months ago
    Dude, quit spamming this thread with your Photoshop tutorials.
Joseph
2 months ago
I hope Andrew has a significant update to Element 3D this year. With the advancements in real-time 3D as of the last 6 months, the product is starting to fall behind.
    Sean
    2 months ago
    True. But if you consider that there are "only" 5 months left before the year is over... well then you may as well forget about it.
Jaseem Harry
2 months ago
Where is Andrew Kramer NAB 2017 Full video....!!!!??
    Sean
    2 months ago
    Watch out! A comment like yours may lead some people to answer: "hey get a life and give AK a break; make your own stuff instead of asking him for more!!". Yet if people post their crap like in the last 6 comments, it's all good. ;-)
    Rogue Robot
    2 months ago
    This is a valid question - and not, I think, directed at AK. It would be great to see his NAB presentation. I'm a video producer and I often have to turn round conference films in a day, but Adobe don't seem able. Real shame.
    pumprnickelbred
    2 months ago
    Maybe Andrew promoted Element 3d too hard. Probably doesn't sit well with Adobe when they're trying to push their own product and their relationship with MAXON's Cinema 4d. Just speculating.
Element 3D and OBJ Sequences .. Enjoy !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkWGhD5ThXk
StuCo
3 months ago
Action and Essentials and Element 3D Test:
https://vimeo.com/111552133
    rowlkr
    3 months ago
    Nicely done texturing, lighting, animation.
chris
3 months ago
Does Andrew really have a video copilot team? if he does..I sure the hell would love to work for him, sit on my butt all day and get paid for managing a site that is isn't even doing anything...how much an hour!?!?
Simon Thorley
3 months ago
Hey everyone needs to stop relying on AK so much, I see one big development for VCP before XMas ( just a hunch) then he'll roll out some new tuts with that, and people should pay for the upgrade VCP 2.5 btw... then, he'll be spreading his wings into film - and why shouldn't he...good luck I say, if anyone's good enough to fill his boots, the better for the mograph community, but, I'm not holding my breath, there was only 1 Steve Jobs after all, yep, I think he's that good.
    Sean
    3 months ago
    Nice one!! ! but let us see your work and then I will tell if you should not rely on AK so much... ;-)
    Thomas
    3 months ago
    Sean, the purpose of VC is to teach you some techniques, not to rely on Andrew... If you need AK so much, you really should rethink your way of working ! I started AE about 7 or 8 years ago, and thanks to VC I learned a lot, but I never waited for a new tut to try new things... If I did, I wouldn't be making a living out of AE.

    Being upset because Andrew makes lets tuts is bullshit... In each tutorial, there's a lot of cool tips you can use on many other things, if you don't just copy what Andrew does.

    Go work on your own, use VC as inspiration, and you'll learn much quicker than waiting for new VC content.

    (Sorry if my english is bad, I'm french, but I'm also sick of all these people complaining instead of REALLY WORKING !)
    Sean
    3 months ago
    No prob Thomas, your English is very good. I totally agree with you but you guys get really serious here as soon as one says something about VC not posting anything. Honestly I've hardly watched any of AK's tuts in the past 2 years, don't get me wrong, I'm sure tere is plenty of stuff I could still learn from watching them, but unfotunately (or maybe luckly) I do not have time as I am too busy making stuff; plus honestly the saber stuff is cool but really not very useful. What I really really miss are the "shows" he used to post, as fot the rest, I just got love for the man.
    That said, what I meant with my previous comment is that many of you guys complain about people complaining whcih makes you no different fromn them in the first place. Second, lots of the work of those who tell others to stop complaining and do some real work SUCKS, and they in the first place should rely on AK's tuts instead of posting links to their unwatchable crap. That said, peace.
    Thomas
    3 months ago
    Don't worry for my work, I know it SUCKS, luckily for me, all of my clients have really bad taste, so to for them I'm gifted ! ;)
    Sean
    3 months ago
    Well Thomas, fortunately beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I'm glad you can make a living based on that, but thinking/knowing you suck will in the long-term wear you out and that takes us to my very first comment: perhaps you too should rely more on AK's tuts rather than your client's bad taste ;-)
    Thomas
    3 months ago
    I prefer relying on my sense of humor. But your answer makes me think I should still work on it... ;)
    Sean
    3 months ago
    touch!
Michał
3 months ago
I think one tutorial a yaer it's nice.
    Zoffl
    3 months ago
    Two would be fine. One in spring, another one in autumn... ;o)

    https://youtu.be/dCUSbe0cE_Q
    Sean
    3 months ago
    Agreed!
    JosephG
    3 months ago
    A tut a year? It's too much! I was thinking one every three years...
Sean
3 months ago
Bets on when the next post will be are open.
Any assumption on a new post before Jan 2018 will not be considered serious.
The winner will receive a new coming-up-soon-tut-post.
Cheers!
    Christian Michael
    3 months ago
    I think to give almost an hours worth of in-depth tut. Some great new techniques and given his workload, its gonna be a while. I'm not expecting much else to come out of this site for a few months although this tut was VERY enjoyable.

    This may actually be whats known as leaving on a high note for our man.
    Sean
    3 months ago
    ..."a few months" is very very optimistic!! I am afraid we cannot accept that...
    Christian Michael
    3 months ago
    Hence i said...

    "This may actually be whats known as leaving on a high note for our man."

    lol
JASEEM
3 months ago
Andrew Kramer Talks After Effects & Video Copilot | Adobe Creative Cloud
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGMrKJyzpj0
    sean
    3 months ago
    hahahha I can't believe this, Andrew 's coolness never stops surprising me!
    I am one of those who built a carrier and a family thanks to his tuts and what he is actually saying is that I am the man because I was able to take that information and turn it into a life changer! hahahahaha man...it's such a great relief to know that there are people like you on this shitty but so exciting planet. Thank you so much AK.
Fatmir
3 months ago
creatif sanju
4 months ago
Hi Ak
we are waiting for your next tut.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqTjLZJVCf4
skubeedoo
4 months ago
What did you use for the ' sparks' when the lightning hits the logo?
Thanks again Andrew for a great tut!
kipster
4 months ago
cool beans, i'm surprised that he didn't try VC reflect, it looks better/less work on the lower glows
its awesome , its a very good tut and very useful .
Jérémy SteM
4 months ago
hi guys!
Thank you for this amazing tut and for your passion!!! Hope to use this cool tips soon on a project.
i would like to show you a quick render with element v2.2 (recently downloaded) and star pack.
hope you'll like it
https://vimeo.com/219641184?activityReferer=1
MARCELO
4 months ago
awesome...VIDEO COPILOT RULES
Korre
4 months ago
Hi Andrew & team,

Question? Layering capability in the texture channels in E3D. Is this a future possibility? Of course you can with custom layers / layers in comp, but inside element would be a huge time saver. Thnx!
    David Vizurant
    4 months ago
    Also the possibilty to use a video as a texture directly in E3D would be a huge time saver.
beza
4 months ago
ANDREW please make wolf transition or rigging inside of after effect and love you the best teacher
thanks a lot..
Now I am found which I actually want. I check your blog everyday
terron bennet
4 months ago
hey ahh i was wondering what kinda laptop specs would u say is best to use after effects on
creatif sanju
4 months ago
Amit das
4 months ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNIG6zyTras
i use element 3D v2 and Optical Flares and some cc tools please watch
    Hack
    4 months ago
    Stop spamming this, nobody wants to make your shitty robot...
    Beau
    4 months ago
    Seriously, dude, you don't need to post here every day. Go check out the videocopilot forums for stuff like that.
4 months ago
Anyone saw the Flash season 3 finale? The last scene looks like this lightning tutorial LOL! Andrew did you do the effect for The Flash or are you Neo from the Matrix?
    Raj
    4 months ago
    i was about to say the same thing
Marten
4 months ago
POWER TO THE EFFECTS CONSOLE!

I suggest we kidnap Shantanu Narayen and keep him in a closet as long as necessary to get Adobe to integrate this plugin into After Effects!!!!

Who's with me???

By the way, great tutorial ;)
Adam
4 months ago
Is it a stupid question to ask; is the logo project file in with the others? Really Interested with how it was done

Thanks in advance
alwadhani
4 months ago
Thank you so much Andrew< see you next Year ;)
LN
4 months ago
how much does it cost? I can't find any information about that, maybe I'm just stupid or something but I would appreciate if someone could answer this :p
4 months ago
Excellent blog right here! Also your website lots up fast! What
web host are you using? Can I get your associate hyperlink in your host?

I want my website loaded up as fast as yours lol
Abdirahman Ahmed
4 months ago
Full Tutorial After Effects Element3D Robot/Drone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI_y0vYrB7Y
Bergy
4 months ago
Any chance of making this tutorial downloadable like past ones? My work situation won't allow me to stream this !
4 months ago
Thank you Andrew for another great tutorial. I am retired and teaching myself new skills. I have learned very much from you, your generosity and sharing of knowledge is much appreciated. This is my newest video, I admit I still have much to learn. I hope I'm not out of line posting this here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8jSfBTM6Ac
Mehardeep
4 months ago
Awesome ....!!
I really liked bgm of electric fx video
Where do I find full length audio clip??
Daluz
4 months ago
Any news about FBX importer for ELEMENT 3D?
Z
4 months ago
This is fantastic Andrew, thanks!

I made something similar a few years back for a school project.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ9zYHNIQ1I
4 months ago
thank you andrew.
Abdirahman Ahmed
4 months ago
Ingowitsch
4 months ago
Hi !
Again, another great tutorial… Exiting as well :-)
Unfortunately i end up with something ugly as i follow the tutorial: Dialing up the exposure parameter the masked, lower portion of the comp lights up entirely and the boundary of the mask become visible. Any idea how i can avoid this. By the way i am working with AE CS 6.
    Ingowitsch
    4 months ago
    Hi! i just did the tutorial one more time and the misktake was...gone. :-) Thanks, please just erase the previous post.
David Vizurant
4 months ago
Is there a way how I can import the project file in CS6. After Effects told me that I can´t import it, because it was made with CC17.
    Gianni
    4 months ago
    Since you can only save to a previous version you need to go from cc17;16 or 15 to cc12 and then from cc12 to cs6 but will need all the necessary versions implied. Have no idea why adobe would not just let you save to any version...I guess it is just to follow the world trend of being unreasonable and making life harder than it already is.
Bob K
4 months ago
So nice of you Andrew and VC for giving us both the project and the superb education.
4 months ago
I was finding NAB 2017 Andrew Keynote. Can anybody help me find the video.
4 months ago
Too bad, no CS6 support more from Videocopilot. I think rather because Adobe would like the users all change to the rental model. Thanks without me. It gives me more than enough users who still use CS6 (11.04.2). I work with it very long (pure hobby) and am always excited about the videos and tutorials.
4 months ago
Heya AK. Another awesome tut! Out of curiosity, how is this #164? I thought it was #161. What have I missed?? lol.

Happy Mother's Day to Mrs. AK from all of us here.
John connor
4 months ago
Wow...This is crazy amazing!!!!!
Michael
4 months ago
Could you please make this for CS6?
Akash
4 months ago
I was finding NAB 2017 Andrew Keynote. Can anybody help me find the video.
solaiappan
4 months ago
plz anybody share the link of andrew Video of Abobe nab 2017
Nimesh
4 months ago
Thnx .... glad to have u back after a long long times...:D
Chris
4 months ago
I've never been so happy about a tutorial coming out before. Amazing!! : )
Abdirahman Ahmed
4 months ago
The NAB video is released by Adobe i think!
Chris
4 months ago
Wheres the 2017 Nab video?
Abdirahman Ahmed
4 months ago
aftereffects Tutorial HOLOGRAM Element3D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BMnJM8mvjU
    Bob
    1 month ago
    Please stop sending these tutorials they need to be looked at and re worked on properly before sending them.
4 months ago
I just wanted to show my appreciation for the hard work you put in for after effects users.
Thanks for your great tutorials.

Digiphic Studio
http://www.digiphic.com
Martin
4 months ago
Andrew, can you include the project files in CS6? Not all of us have the money to spend on new software every year or so.
    christopher shivers
    4 months ago
    after effects is subscription based now, everybody can afford it
    David V
    4 months ago
    Yeah I have the same problem.
4 months ago
Hi Andrew ! Thank you so much again for this creazy tutorial.
For de sequence of the lightnings on the wall, it's a different technics, right ?
Mike
4 months ago
Could you place a few lights in the E3D scene behind the logo, and set the colour and intensity based on certain points from the background layer? So that way the light will react to the lighting in the background, and thus light the logo accordingly?
    Mike
    4 months ago
    Ok I worked this out - for anyone interested, because i think it's pretty cool..

    Add this expression to your light color value:
    targetLayer = thisComp.layer("Plain_Smoke");
    point = thisComp.layer("Null 4").transform.position;
    radius = [50,50];
    sampledColor = targetLayer.sampleImage(point, radius, postEffect=true, t=time);
    sampledColor*2

    So parent a null to the light position if you like, change the 'point' to your null position, and the targetLayer to the layer you want to sample colour from. You can increase the sample size to sample more pixels. the light will change to the color/brightness of the background sampled point. works well with element so the light reacts with the 3d objects.
DouglasG
4 months ago
My little attempt to understand even part of the tutorial from Mr. Kramer. I used Particular along with the sprite from the project file for the clouds. I need to run through the tutorial a bunch of times just so I can understand even some of it. Thank you Andrew for all you do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaM4AcVZUzk
Hüseyin Emre Altunay
4 months ago
ANDREW KRAMER I love you ins your classes, the more your income... thanks to you I'm very much enjoying everything I've learned Thank you very much <3 :)
Steve J
4 months ago
Had a quick look at the clouds tutorial and came up with this...
https://youtu.be/Epjh6CTVoRs
I used Saber instead of advanced lightning and also used bits of what I could remember from Andrew's volumetric lighting tutorial. I just need to spend time on getting the cloud movement better when I get the chance.
MasterKoala
4 months ago
Andrew you are my Jedi!!!!!!!
JosephG
4 months ago
I want exploding balls!

No wait, that didn't come out right.

Have a happy mothers day anyway, Andrew, and thanks for the cool tut.
KC at NIU
4 months ago
Heya AK. Another awesome tut! Out of curiosity, how is this #164? I thought it was #161. What have I missed?? lol.

Happy Mother's Day to Mrs. AK from all of us here.
    KC at NIU
    4 months ago
    Disregard. I figured out the numbering now. :)
4 months ago
Awesome ,this was an excellent tutorial. I'm a beginner in After Effects and im your fan. Thanks for all your help .
John
4 months ago
Could someone help me find the sfx for lightnings he used on his Teaser? I just can't find any good one.
Dhval Patel
4 months ago
Hey Andrew I really liked this tutorial as usual it was the best. Now please make some tutorials in nuke like normal compositing, keying, tracking, etc. Anything please. I know you could do well in that too.
4 months ago
Too bad, no CS6 support more from Videocopilot. I think rather because Adobe would like the users all change to the rental model. Thanks without me. It gives me more than enough users who still use CS6 (11.04.2). I work with it very long (pure hobby) and am always excited about the videos and tutorials. As long as Adobe does not offer a purchase version, I stay with CS6 (Production Premium). This had cost a lot of money a few years ago. That I do not earn money and run it from pure hobby, exactly for this reason I am not willing every month also to spend money. @Adobe: You forget the semi-professionals! Put a buy version again and I will buy this. greetings Mario.
    Chris
    4 months ago
    I switched to Fusion 8 and Nuke non commercial, screw Adobe, let's spend over a grand on CS6 just so they can screw us over.
Ajinkya
4 months ago
Superb! Andrew Kramer Rockzzzz
MDMotion
4 months ago
As always: nice one!
Andrew: Seems you're exploring possibilities in the 32 bit environment - I'll be pinning that in my head, thanks!

On another note:
I was frankly really disappointed with FX CONSOLE. I was actually expecting that physical box with a real button for each effect, and was willing to pay up to $999 for it. Had already imagined a scenario where my director asks for color correction - and me going: "please step aside, sir - I need to hit the curves button over here"...
    4 months ago
    It's $10K!
    MDMotion
    4 months ago
    Ok, that's out of my league:o( I'll go with the software version then :o)
    Justin
    4 months ago
    MD Motion, this is what you need. I can't live without it. ;)
    http://aescripts.com/ft-toolbar/
4 months ago
Andrew you damn good. I am trying to hard to learn AE but it seems i must work hard, this one is far beyond my level
4 months ago
Barth Nicola
4 months ago
Andrew, you are a VFX God!
manikandan
4 months ago
HI AK when will you uplode nba 2017 video?
Fatmir
4 months ago
X-Light
Made with Element 3D v2.2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REZ0u0NLxkM
Hope you like it :D
Mike
4 months ago
Wow!!!Thank you. How would I go about making the lighting look like it coming at you? More 3D 😀
Justin
4 months ago
Andrew, you are a demigod! :)
Abdirahman Ahmed
4 months ago
Tutorial city building in After Effects and Element 3d https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT6FBjy28X4
I was very sad to not see anything about the exploding electrical orbs... So sad....
Matt Ferris
4 months ago
Anyone else have trouble with the whole screen brightening when turning the Exposure up at 12:03 ?
    4 months ago
    Try setting the project to 32bpc!
    Matt Ferris
    4 months ago
    I did verify the project was set at 32bpc. I was able to kinda work around it by adjusting the Offset to -0.15 and the Gamma Correction to 0.63 under the Exposure effect and pulling down the Exposure to 9.73
    I triple checked all the settings under each effect but still cant figure out why the whole screen washes out when I increase the Exposure effect. Maybe its a personal setting you have set under some preference somewhere in the program? Or maybe a Windows setting on my machine that's different from yours?
    4 months ago
    Post your project file. Also what version of AE are you using? It is possible there is a non-32bpc effect in your stack that is limiting the color flow. Some effects in previous AE versions are not 32-bit compliant. You will see a small warning sign by the effect.
    Matt Ferris
    4 months ago
    Im using the latest version 14.2.0.198
    I followed each step through the video and everything was fine up til that point. The only warning sign I see is next to Advanced Lightning which is 8bit.
    But, I noticed that message came up on your video and it works for you. Just to test, I created a new project and tried it again - Same issue.
    Here are the links to the Project File:
    https://goo.gl/photos/XeSitup9kkYBHz9X8
    https://goo.gl/photos/XeSitup9kkYBHz9X8

    Thanks for looking into this for me!
    Matt Ferris
    4 months ago
    I was able to resolve this issue by pulling the Exposure FX above the Solid Composite FX in the Effect Controls. Not sure why it allowed you to keep Exposure below, but it enabled me to match your settings without blowing out the screen.
    felipe camara
    4 months ago
    verify the color of the solid composite ....0 0 0
    Matt Ferris
    4 months ago
    @felipe camara That's exactly what it was. The middle number was not Zero. Once I adjusted it to all zeros I was able to move the Exposure under the Solid Comp FX without it blowing out. Thanks my friend
Chris
4 months ago
Will you be uploading the project files anytime soon? I'm using the rooftop texture right now and some Google city images.
Canahan
4 months ago
Great stuff!!!! I just think abaout the difference between Andrew and other AE-Users: Normal AE-Users try to use AE. Andrew tries always to re-create things in a better way! I'll try to do so in the future too!
4 months ago
You and VCP team really helped Adobe ;)
Thanks for your efforts.

Digiphic Studio
http://www.digiphic.com
    Beau
    4 months ago
    Dude, you gotta quit spamming the comments.
Vinz
4 months ago
Anybody who has an idea why it looks so messed up, once I add "Exposure" and "Fast Box Blur" in the Cloud Tutorial?

http://fs5.directupload.net/images/170511/ktzoovhx.png
    Vinz
    4 months ago
    Found a solution. Andrew commented on a similar problem a few posts further up and brought up a solution:

    My project settings were set at 8 BPC. They had to be changed to 32 BPC.?
Sean
4 months ago
here's the man!! at 8.28" , 8.59" and again at 11.50" ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkyppoCyEao
I think these Japanese guys' clicks are about to soar...
    Beau
    4 months ago
    Wow, great find! Looks like the next blog show is going to be practicing shooting practical effects akin to Stranger Things!
MrAurora
4 months ago
I'm not gonna lie, i think i got a little wood when saw the run time !
Anthony Gallon
4 months ago
Hello everyone , i've tried this tutorial with my own footage but from the beginning I got an issue...
I can't turn on the Alpha Obstacle , the thunder beam keeps ignoring my mask.

Can someone help me with that issue ? Thank's a lot !
Abdirahman Ahmed
4 months ago
andydv
4 months ago
i was just yesterday asked to create some storm FX and this is really helping out! However, I might need to play with some different cloud sprites to get the lighting effects integrated into my shot...does anyone have a good resource for cloud/smoke/atmospheric sprites like the one Andrew uses??
Adriano
4 months ago
Project files and footage coming up! After I gets some sleep!
very good! :D
David
4 months ago
Hi Andrew! Thanks for another very exciting tutorial. Really Great Job. We need the project files, i really miss that Smoke Sprite
Karan
4 months ago
Please upload project files
Simon Thorley
4 months ago
High Voltage - rock 'n' roll.

Adobe owe so much to this ONE man. Pioneer.
MIGUEL ANGEL
4 months ago
Amazing man!!!! Thanks, you nailed again!!!
4 months ago
The subsurface scattering was gold. Those smokey cloudy renders, how/where do I find/create things like that?
Nic
4 months ago
Andrew, how do you get your name to turn red when you post? that is so cool. it's kinda like you're the admin or something of this site.
    TJ
    4 months ago
    I just hope you are trolling....
    if not then you sleepy
    4 months ago
    LOL
Felix Albert
4 months ago
That was truly a very electrifying tutorial. Thank you...but where are the puns?
TJ
4 months ago
Who else is waiting for the project files, because I am..
Evo
4 months ago
Hello Andrew, thank you for this new amazing tutorial. You are the best.
4 months ago
I have to say, you really sparked my interest!
    Beau
    4 months ago
    Aaaay!!
Michael
4 months ago
Hey Andrew, thanks for the tutorial!
Do you use "Blend colors using 1.0 Gamma"? Wouldn't it be a bit more realistic effect? Thank you again!
Joe
4 months ago
Thank you Andrew for taking the time to do this great tutorial. Thumb up!
    Andrew
    4 months ago
    how to configure the polygon the texture channel doesnt load material how do I fix this issue
Snir
4 months ago
Thx !
Can you please give us the project files? :)
4 months ago
Ohm my god , Positively amazing tut . Im so charged up I could short curcuit ...
Chase
4 months ago
LOL. Totally took a stab at template sites stealing his tuts and selling them.
Hi VC
Thanks A Lot For Creative Tuts
4 months ago
More puns!
JIMMY SNOOKAH
4 months ago
he okay when it comes to after effects but he terrible when it comes BEFORE EFFECTS !!!
R-CANE
4 months ago
Flash! ahaaa...saviour of the universe! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS4_Z84-rRE
Jason M Lataillade
4 months ago
Andrew, great tutorial. There are a lot of little details to consider in the workflow. I have a question though. When you apply the glow to your lightning, what does adding a solid composite beforehand do for the process?

Thanks!
    4 months ago
    It get's rid of the transparency in the BG. Many effects like Glow and color correction work better on images that do not have an alpha channel.
4 months ago
yes finally, another great learn to do amazing things. Thanks Andrew!
Coop
4 months ago
That was truly an Exciting Tutorial. Thank you.
4 months ago
Awesome - load of new great tricks to integrate!
TomG
4 months ago
Thanks Andrew! Such a great foundation to create a variety of FX from storm clouds to super heroes or the supernatural.
4 months ago
Insanely good stuff, some incredibly useful tips there, thanks!
jayant
4 months ago
where do i get the electric plugin
    Joost
    4 months ago
    It's just an effect
    Beau
    4 months ago
    It's called Advanced Lightning, it comes with After Effects
    Dan Murray
    4 months ago
    What part of "No 3rd party PLUG-INS" did you miss? :-)
kabilan
4 months ago
Projects file please
Malcolm
4 months ago
Andrew you are a truly a God of AE .... no doubt about that , not even a plugin of a doubt .... Awesome Work Videocopilot Crew..
lebo
4 months ago
From all the way in South Africa
I just wanted to show my appreciation for the hard work you put in for us
I am a loyal viewer and Im in love with your work
Thank you

P.S
Is it possible I can get a Video Copilot T-shirt/cap??
    MrAurora
    4 months ago
    I think it can say "another very exciting shirt/cap from videocopilot" ?
Leon
4 months ago
Thank you so much for taking the time for this. This is great!
rasin
4 months ago
Awesome~~~ u r the AE GOD~!
Amit
4 months ago
Very nice tutorial Andrew , thanks a lot
Nuno Ferreira
4 months ago
Great material. Thanks for sharing once again!
Ratra
4 months ago
Awesome tut, learned loads of fresh techniques. The AGE OF PROCEDURAL has begun!!!

I need help with a few doubts:
1- In the cloud shot, will "Luma Matte Inverted" work instead of "Set Matte"
2- In the bridge, truck and building shot, do we need to camera track and place planes along geometry surface to receive reflections

And lastly, I would like to request the community(including myself) to be a bit more patient and give him time, cuz i missed those AK special witty jokes in this one. Everything AK provides is AWESOME and is worth waiting for.

Always Thankful to VC,
Long Live AK.
King Justice Ake Dem
4 months ago
Please Andrew keep this tutorials and project files things up running, because we still have a lot to learn from you.
Trust me you keep our lives running, you fed our homes, you made us stand tall in our different communities and finally you are a legend.
King Justice Ake Dem
4 months ago
Please Andrew keep this tutorials and project files things up running, because we still have a lot to learn from you.
Trust me you keep our life running, you fed our homes, you made us stand tall in our different communities and finally you are a legend.
Nwa
4 months ago
Awesome! If you can do a Tut on how you dive into the deepest parts of After Effects. I adore you sir.
S YES! EDITZ
4 months ago
ThanksAK
What Level INTERCEPT.....! & U NAB 2017 show Video Upload Youtube...AK...:)
John
4 months ago
Every time I think I know an After Effects feature backwards, you come along and turn it on its head. Epic tutorial, and proof that one never stops learning when it comes to software like this. Thanks Andrew.
Jomo
4 months ago
Hi Andrew,
My friends and i are having a debate and are hoping you'd give your point of view on this.

Which has a steep learning curve in 3D, materials or lighting? in other words which one of this is more challenging in general.
all suggestions are welcome
Daniel Walker
4 months ago
This rocks as usual!! Can't wait to put it to use! It would be cool to know what hardware you are using!
Frank
4 months ago
Thanks again for sharing your know-how with us!
Sunkist
4 months ago
After Effects GOD!!!!!
dean ouazaa
4 months ago
AWESOME.
eNetFocus
4 months ago
Hi Andrew,
I live in India and had to wait till 10th. And after watching the tutorial I believe it was worth waiting!
And secondly, I wanted to say that my element 3d has no 3d store available! Please help me out🙂
Donne
4 months ago
take a good sleep....thanks very much as always about beautiful tutorial
Ali
4 months ago
Thank you master Kramer you are best in the world.
4 months ago
You are the best. So many techniques to learn from your hard work.
Honey Singh
4 months ago
Amazing Tutorial thank u so much :)
JC Andrie Cadiz
4 months ago
Hey! Andrew Great Tutorial :) Thank you Very much

Your the GOD of VFX
Damo Digital
4 months ago
So good to hear that "Hey whats up" again, finally lol
Brett Augustine
4 months ago
Yea this will take a while to get down. Thank you so much. And it was great to see you at NAB. Element 3D rocks,,,and now with interactive lightning! oh yea!
-Brett
Matt
4 months ago
I'll be taking off work to check this. Looks awesome! Can't wait
AEfanatic
4 months ago
Please don't ever die. Just live forever, ok?
David DeCorso
4 months ago
This is so great! Your tutorials really help me learn new things in After Effects.
animatorkarthick
4 months ago
hey andrew great tutorial , very helpful one. thanks

here is my work that had some ur techniques are used,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyOtd9L7q6E
Nandaw
4 months ago
Love you Andrew!
Lj
4 months ago
Amazing tutorial
4 months ago
Thank you sir, also wanted you to know that I used the Element Plugin on Ghost in the Shell

-lucas
Pankh
4 months ago
Great work....you are superb
No doubt....excellent
David
4 months ago
Sleep tight! Thank you so much for your effort!
A.sedik
4 months ago
Ohh i waited a hole day man
but it's okay u deserve vacation not just few hours sleep
Muslimin
4 months ago
Great
4 months ago
Great Tutorial Andrew!
Good luck ;)

Digiphic Studio
http://www.digiphic.com
leo3314152
4 months ago
Excelente! have a nice sleep
4 months ago
Thanks for another exciting tutorial! The wait was well worth it. I love alliteration!
Eliseo
4 months ago
Excelente!
4 months ago
I need the scenes used! please
    David
    4 months ago
    He already adressed that...
ABHIMANYU
4 months ago
Another Great work.
Hats Off to u Mr. ANDREW
4 months ago
Rest up Andrew...
they'll be screaming for "Intercept" before you know it. ;)
Goldorachox
4 months ago
Super thank's !!
have a nice sleep.
James
4 months ago
YAY! This looks great! So excited to give this a try! Thank you.
4 months ago
Thank you Andrew brother..
4 months ago
finally after a long time
4 months ago
Hey Andrew!
Thank you for this amazing tutorial!