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:
9 months ago
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709 Comments

chris
2 days ago
It's nine months so Andrews new baby should be coming soon! Element 3D V3!! I hope its better than Maya and 3dsmax.put together.
danny
2 days ago
Yes element 3d v3 ...... wait .. to soon ?
Waiting for the big suprise!
LJ
2 days ago
Where is Ahmed ? He use to post every week and now nothing nearly 2 weeks ? Hope he is OK
    Spartacus
    2 days ago
    Oh!, he'll be busy on the next tutorial to show us :-)
    chris
    2 days ago
    He's with Andrew right now doing a bussiness deal to buy out Video Copilot.
    grim
    19 hours ago
    Dude, Ahmed's also hanging with JJ Abrams these days.
grim
6 days ago
Welcome to Video Ahmed!
    Jay
    3 days ago
    @grim

    Yup! VA Copilot!

    He updates almost everyday and I'm really looking forward to the Ahmed 3D V1 Plug-in with spaceship add-on pack and troll tutorial!

Michał
6 days ago
from the Twitter "Andrew Kramer
@videocopilot
Jan 16
Replying to @Sarandini
Thanks man! All coming along good... including E3DV3!"
    sean
    6 days ago
    seriously? And did he mention which site we should buy it from???
    ;-)
    chris
    6 days ago
    That Great to know! I hope it comes soon!
    5 days ago
    What do you think what else is available to be added in E3Dv3? I would be a flat and interact with solids, layers and masks in AE. Maybe a more realistic render? Or Shaders 3D
    5 days ago
    What do you think what else is available to be added in E3Dv3? I would be a flat and interact with solids, layers and masks in AE. Maybe a more realistic render? Or Shaders 3D
    simon
    4 days ago
    Here's to the 'ones'.
Christopher Bust
1 week ago
Hi,

I created this alternate Ending for "Justice League" inside of AE. What do you think?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s6uQMSKLfg
    itsLain
    1 week ago
    Hahaha, nice 1! Didn't expect that at all.
    Danny
    4 days ago
    Nice !
Simon
2 weeks ago
No news guys?
    Django
    1 week ago
    Unfortunatelly, the only news here is Ahmed's daily crap.
    Sure
    1 week ago
    Correct.
    Sure
    1 week ago
    Correct
    1 week ago
    Hahaha. Poor Ahmed guy... Don't be mean, Django! At least Ahmed takes some time to say something here...

    I think it's really weird Andrew didn't say anything like "Happy Christmas" this time. He must be really, really busy. I feel bad for the guy, but I guess he really needs to delegate some work at some point. This website is losing its sense of existing day by day, and I can't imagine a world without VideoCopilot...

    Please, Andrew, take someone under your overlord control and put him/her managing the website, at least! Some posts, tuts, video feed... something! He/she doesn't need to be brillant, just present. Your younger children would be good choices too. They look funny people.
    sean
    6 days ago
    @CRoblex yet he had the time to take the usual family Xmas pict and post it and wish everyone a merry Xmas ON TWITTER. Obviosuly there's something going on specifically with this site. And you know what...I think that if Ahmed showed up on twitter as well, AK would disappear from there too. ^___^
    6 days ago
    Hahahaha. Love it. Yeah, I know about the Twitter post, but VC is his company! This never happened before.

    Ahmed: I've decided to be your only fan. Keep it running, baby!
Abdirahman Ahmed
3 weeks ago
Creating spaceship tutorial Element3D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdc9A8u6_1U&t=1399s
Hi @all .. Here is our NEW After Effects Tutorial :: Semi Advanced Car-Rig in Element 3D.

Watch the tutorial here: https://youtu.be/O909fPq2d3g
Abdirahman Ahmed
3 weeks ago
Element 3D, motion design 2, after effects tutorial,making of spaceship/fighter easy tutorial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdc9A8u6_1U&t=40s
ChrisFe
3 weeks ago
https://twitter.com/videocopilot/status/945362987358883840

All clear now - no time for this here. :))
Just a little bit of fun with Element 3D .. Ruh Hour ... Enjoy

https://youtu.be/1jVk4yrKsEY
MasterKoala
3 weeks ago
Waiting Andrew.......https://youtu.be/7xf-0A2CMMo
    Christian Michael
    3 weeks ago
    The titles are very dark. can hardly read them
SPARTACUS
3 weeks ago
I think now that we have reached New Years Day without a cheep from Mr Kramer we can assume that things have changed at VC.
Mad Michel
3 weeks ago
Hey Video-Copilots, happy new year! Where is the famous "Happy Holidays from the Kramers" picture? I am really worry about this...
    Mark
    3 weeks ago
    On instagram
    Kire
    3 weeks ago
    It's on the Video Copilot Twitter. Shame he didn't think to put it up here.
    Mark
    3 weeks ago
    Check VC instagram
    VC
    3 weeks ago
    Hi please check its twitter and instagram account. It has posted it there. For what i know you will all be amazed what andrew has prepared all this time. Mind blowing for sure like E3D v3 action essentials pack 3D packs intercept short film and a lot of crazy tutorials. Just have a little patience and get ready to be surprise like you never have been before.
    TJ
    3 weeks ago
    Please don't act like you are VC. In Americas we call that fraud. Thrid world countries. Cripes!
Abdirahman Ahmed
3 weeks ago
Metropolitan city tutorial, how to created an awesome looking city https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFudscZvWCo&t=259s
    Christian Michael
    3 weeks ago
    Ahmed.... Seriously, You're outta your mind -_-
    3 weeks ago
    There's no audio. I can't follow it without audio...:(
3 weeks ago
Not even a Happy New Year from Andrew? So sad. What a duck :(
Dharmendra Yadav
4 weeks ago
Andrew you are god of AE
HAPPY NEW 2018 everyone .. Wishing you all a very great New Year !

https://youtu.be/DyqoNGiLrRs
    danny
    4 weeks ago
    same to you!
Fatmir
4 weeks ago
danny
4 weeks ago
check the new making of from the guy's from filmriot.
apparently Andrew help on some shots.
looks great !
hope to see some action on this site !
cristian
4 weeks ago
hi, a message to the ones at Video Copilot that curates reply to customers: please do that!

guessing was fun at first, but now it's simply ridiculous...
Andrew has been slowly resurfacing on the internet, but mostly on Twitter and nowhere near here.
One of your team said to a user that Andrew has been working on VC content all year... yet he has been radio silent for nearly 9 months.... is he stockpiling in sight of next year (likely) involvement in star wars XI?

i really don't understand anyway all this silence... has video copilot been bought by somebody else like Adobe and you are waiting next year to make the big announcement?

not publishing tutorials is fine, they are on the other hand something you do for free, but not giving a reply to many customers/followers that ARE ASKING.... is just plain rude.
Denis
4 weeks ago
As long as they keep doing Star Wars movies we'll never see Andrew again. And as they're planning 2458 chapters it's time to say goodbye.
Arsen Muradyan
4 weeks ago
Watch my saber tutorial, you like it? :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2-YRcQowPQ&t=38s

I know, nothing special but i tried.
Abdirahman Ahmed
4 weeks ago
Element 3D Metropolitan pack tutorial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFudscZvWCo&t=107s
    Denis
    4 weeks ago
    Seriously man... why do you keep this spam? That is really annoying.
Hi guys .. Here is a Making of video for our "Happy New Year" Title Animation .. Take a look and enjoy .. Cheers !

Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/GlGcqvhdqi8
    Abdirahman Ahmed
    4 weeks ago
    Good stuff!
    4 weeks ago
    You Know asART,

    This is good stuff. Shows you're moving forward under your own steam and I seriously like that!

    IF I could give some CC, and its not about the project, its about the tutorial. Its time for voice over my friend. I'm as guilty in the past (many years ago) of creating stuff without one, just using music but its been a few years for me lol. People these days need/WANT to hear what you're trying to explain. If someone is multi tasking but wants to still watch your tut, they may miss valued information without the voice over.

    The edits are clean. The project was awesome, put your stamp on it, tell us where your mind was and explain to the really really up and coming newbies what your doing.That's why the big boys are followed, they show clean informative tuts.

    Great job and happy new year to you too my friend

    Christian Michael
    https://vimeo.com/198103166



Abdirahman Ahmed
4 weeks ago
Marry Xmass to all, specially kramer, videocopilot and co!!!!
Abdirahman Ahmed
4 weeks ago
After effects tutorial Metropolitan city https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFudscZvWCo
PATRICK MCLAUGHLIN
4 weeks ago
Merry Christmas to the Kramar family!
Joy
1 month ago
Andrew: VFX Guru For Life

Merry Christmas :)
paul
1 month ago
VCP
Have a great christmas. Andrew, you your family, the team have a fantastic new year. :)
A toast to Mr AK leadership for the great year ahead.
    ChrisFen
    1 month ago
    I wish Andrew and his family a peaceful Christmas.
    And that everything will be fine.
    I wish the same to all of us.
    Happy X-MAS! Greetings from Germany
Just a very simple "SNOW" making tutorial in After Effects, using Trapcode Particular .. Wishing you all a merry christmas.

Watch the Tutorial here: https://youtu.be/OngEML2Udjo
Yeang rady
1 month ago
I want it install in my computer , How i do ?
tom dooley
1 month ago
Frozen in time! :)
sebastian
1 month ago
i still dreaming everyday when open the webpage find any... any minimal news... missing you bro
LWAddict
1 month ago
Enjoying the short he just finished with Film Riot on YouTube. Great stuff.
    Christian Michael
    1 month ago
    Yeah I saw that yesterday he was the VFX Supervisor on the project, I was waiting to see who would be the first to post about it here lol
Rich
1 month ago
Happy X-mas Mr Kramer and team!!!!!
Jason Robinson
1 month ago
I haven't seen anything new on the site in a while. I know sometimes a guy has to move on but I hope Andrew will continue to provide amazing content ideas and product. Just wanted the throw it out there just to see if there is an update coming? Merry Christmas!!
Abdirahman Ahmed
1 month ago
tukman stuki
1 month ago
Hope Kramer will give us a life sign before X-mas! that would be a great present!!!!
abe
1 month ago
Neil
1 month ago
I emailed the team and got this response just now...

Hi Neil,

Andrew’s alive and he’s been working on VC content all year! And the site will be updated--big things are coming!

Matt Kramer
Operations Guy
    1 month ago
    That's interesting. Hopefully true that he has been working on content and has a lot to release. But if that is so, why not at least comment on that fact so that their fan base isn't left in the dark? Even just a little text only post to say what they are doing.
    Simon
    1 month ago
    I hope this is true, I know he did say he'd rather get on with things rather than just keep promising and not delivering, EVERYONE on here has one thing in common, massive respect for what has brought to AE and effects in general, we all miss his infectious banter and great products, I for one will be more than happy to PAY for any E3D updates, maybe he's been working on an update for E3D for 9 months? I hope so.
    Chris
    1 month ago
    Thanks good to know. Element 3.0 hopefully!
George Laird
1 month ago
Guys, Andrew has created a vast library of tutorials, and I am sure we all haven't mastered all those techniques, have patience, on this site you will find some of the best CGI Tutorials you have ever seen, my fav is City Destruction.
    JosephG
    1 month ago
    I'm gonna write this down...
    Dan
    1 month ago
    It's honestly not about getting new tutorials. Though they are surely appreciated, what concerns me are the plugins that myself and other professionals paid for and whether or not they will continue to be updated and compatible in the future.

    7 months is an awfully long time to be silent. If he is working on new content, then great.. but communication with customers is they key to running any responsible business.
kipster
1 month ago
Andrew is busy working on sweater template 2 and google eyes 2 plugin, he is also making teaser shots of things he wont
show you how to do.
    Chris
    1 month ago
    HahA can I buy a VC ugly sweater lol
Chris
1 month ago
Why is everyone assuming Andrew was working on star wars.. I don't see anywhere in the credits saying he's apart of it. Everyone face it Video copilot won't ever be the same.even if he did come back I'm sure he will bail on us again. The guy to me is a great teacher and he's taught me a lot in After Effects.but also(im not going to Sugar coat this) A F#*kin liar! He can't even finished what he started..wheres Intercept? How can two week go on to be three years? Doesn't make sense. I'm not here trying to cause drama but seriously this is BS having to wait this long..its not that hard to say a few words to us on here..but instead he screws around on Twitter and instagram. Enough said.
    John
    1 month ago
    Which actually begs the question, has anyone tried to directly message him on social media and just say "Andrew, WTF?"

    Just a thought.
    Chris
    1 month ago
    I tried on instagram before but forsome reason I can only comment on his account not personal message him for some reason.
bn
1 month ago
Any news for Element 3D 2018
Sweet moments with Element 3D .. Enjoy >> https://youtu.be/uBp4F2C4gfg
Abdirahman Ahmed
1 month ago
Creating spaceship in element 3D with motion design 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nggtlk0X-IQ
Simon
1 month ago
RIP VCP
VCP is nothing without fans, not just AK.
TIME TO BAIL.
1 month ago
All we need to do to find Andrew Ian locate the droid that’s carrying a data stick with the missing portion of the map that’ll lead us straight to him.
    Cristian
    1 month ago
    :D we have to be preparerd in that case... He may have a cybernetic hand that only allows him to work with microsoft paint
1 month ago
All we need to do to find Andrew Ian locate the droid that’s carrying a data stick with the missing portion of the map that’ll lead us straight now
itsLain
1 month ago
I see a lot of negative commentary on here recently. I'm not sure if some of you guys are aware, but it's quite likely that his Star Wars contract forbids him from communicating with pretty much anyone related to his profession, especially here on his own business site (as well as getting others to communicate on his behalf). I'm pretty sure he hasn't forgotten about us, and will be back soon with a sh*t load of amazing new content. Besides, we should at least be happy for him. He's making great strides in his profession (something that a lot of us also obtained because of the time he's given us with all his content).
    sean
    1 month ago
    smart observations but perhaps you haven't considered that 11 star wars movies have been made so far (without counting tv films and animated stuff), so if what you say is true, the chances are that we will not see AK here again if not for a short " hey everyone I'm back with a new very exci.... ooops, sorry guys, got JJ on the phone...".

    And that's what I call:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpqYPBi6iHI&list;=RDrpqYPBi6iHI&index;=1

    LWAddict
    1 month ago
    Exactly!
    mickeditor
    1 month ago
    itsLain, maybe the Star Wars contract forbids him from communicating, this is possible.... but but but, 2 days ago he wrote on Twitter instead of writing here !!! And his fans, they are here ! WE are here ! Knowing that he wrote on Twitter before on videocopilot is worse !
    1 month ago
    Hi Andrew .. Are you there ? All the People here are waiting you. Please Come on
Michał
1 month ago
Star Wars in the theater, where is A.K?
    LWAddict
    1 month ago
    Star Wars is also in production.
Abdirahman Ahmed
1 month ago
Metropolitan in depth tutorial depth tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B94fvYAl5ms&t=964s
A little bit fun with "Jet Strike" Model Pack from VC .. Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af4pdjGv5TU
Mickeditor
1 month ago
The 1st January 2017, AK wrote on the blog :
« I hope everyone is ready for a great year! Can’t wait to show you all of the cool things we have been working on, from blog shows, to plug-ins & tutorials!
My goal for this year is to help people get involved! More challenges, more interactive content and put the fun back into learning! Making things is the only way to get better! »

The 5th January :
« In 2017, I’m going to change the meaning of the word soon to actually mean SOON! »


Yes Andrew, we were ready for a great year as you promised. We are ready for all your cool things, plug-ins and tutorials as you wrote on the blog…
But 11 months later, we just had 2 tutorials and we don’t have any news from you since may !!! Not even a word for people who buy your crazy products !
A lot of people crackes your products and cry here, when other people like me buy your products to help you and videocopilot. For that second part of people you could and should have written something.
I’m not crying like a poor kid who is not happy because he didn’t get what he wants.
I’m just really disappointed to not have a sign from you. A post to explain the situation.

So what about now ?
What about 2018 ?
Promises ?
A new crazy tutorial and we forget 2017 as if there was nothing ?
Precisely, there was nothing…

Yeah, disappointed.
    Cristian
    1 month ago
    Totally agree with you.
    Even asked him directly under The twitter post... But got no reply at all(not that i expected to).

    He doesn't owe me or anybody else an explanation... But one, along all this months of silence, would have been really appreciated, and most of all respectful all of those that have been following from years.

    Even just saying: "guys we are super busy of project we can't talk about, sorry for the delay"
sean
1 month ago
mmm.... Is he going to glitch his way towards forgiveness??? The only fact he's posted it on twitter and not here is already making things worse, so He'd better come up with some Jedi super shit and leave the glitch for tweeters ;-)
    Simon
    1 month ago
    Yeah, it's fair enough he's been busy on Star Wars and Stranger Things, we all wish him the best and respect that, but, as paying customers/fans/etc... we AT THE VERY
    LEAST deserve an explanation as to the 8 month radio silence
    Or he's taking us for granted, and we all need a life.
    Mickeditor
    1 month ago
    The 1st January 2017, AK wrote on the blog :
    I hope everyone is ready for a great year! Cant wait to show you all of the cool things we have been working on, from blog shows, to plug-ins & tutorials!
    My goal for this year is to help people get involved! More challenges, more interactive content and put the fun back into learning! Making things is the only way to get better!

    The 5th January :
    In 2017, Im going to change the meaning of the word soon to actuallymean SOON!


    Yes Andrew, we were ready for a great year as you promised. We are ready for all your cool things, plug-ins and tutorials as you wrote on the blog
    But 11 months later, we just had 2 tutorials and we dont have any news from you since may !!! Not even a word for people who buy your crazy products !
    A lot of people crackes your products and cry here, when other people like me buy your products to help you and videocopilot. For that second part of people you could and should have written something.
    Im not crying like a poor kid who is not happy because he didnt get what he wants.
    Im just really disappointed to not have a sign from you. A post to explain the situation.

    So what about now ?
    What about 2018 ?
    Promises ?
    A new crazy tutorial and we forget 2017 as if there was nothing ?
    Precisely, there was nothing

    Yeah, disappointed.
Bader Alhammad
1 month ago
SURPRISE : AK is BACK .. See his latest Tweet. I think a NEW TUTORIAL is Coming ! GLITCHY TITLE.
https://twitter.com/videocopilot/status/939974041254768640

Can not wait to see you back !
    ChrisFen
    1 month ago
    I hope there is a decent explanation for his absence. Simply going over to the agenda would be haughty.
    We'll see....
sebastian
1 month ago
Hey Andrew.... with a simple post saying "I´M VERY BUSY" it will be enough for us... get back soon buddy
Have you finished working on Episode 8 yet? Some last minute tweaks if not. I'm curious as to how you achieved the Anamorphic Depth of Field (oval bokeh) on the hologram effects using after effects.
Bader Alhammad
2 months ago
Watch this : Andrew Kramer Talks After Effects & Video Copilot | Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Blog POSTED ON 07-11-2017

https://theblog.adobe.com/visual-effects-the-framework-for-modern-movies/

https://theblog.adobe.com/visual-effects-the-framework-for-modern-movies/
    Ward Impe
    1 month ago
    awesome! thx for sharing!
Bader Alhammad
2 months ago
Hi Andrew .. Are you there ? All the People here are waiting you. Please Come on
2 months ago
Andrew we miss you, but know if you're not posting you are likely swamped with more awesome JJ Abrams type stuff. More Star Wars... maybe West World?! Hope you have a great holiday! As always you deserve the rest! Video Copilot continues to be one of the best resources out there even without any new posts. Thank you for setting this up!
JB
2 months ago
Well, It was fun while it lasted. Always hate break ups.
icecool
2 months ago
I'm a fan of you in China. I hope to have a Chinese course and contribute to the Chinese Web site, because China can't go to YouTube.
2 months ago
This is really advanced, and also a great treatment for Logo Reveals. Thanks a lot Andrew for the experiences and techniques that you teach us about.
StuCo
2 months ago
Hi guys, I thought some of you may be interested in this 'making of' video. It was made a while ago but re-edited recently. All done in After Effects with a lot of Element 3D in action:

https://vimeo.com/161822092
    mike
    2 months ago
    COOL! great work
    Masterkoala
    2 months ago
    very good!!!!!!wonderfull job!!!!!
    TJ Koker
    2 months ago
    Now that was great. Have you seen the WhoLock making of video. Pretty incredible work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Zrn37KzxuE
    Smithy3000
    1 month ago
    Brilliant work my friend!!
    Keep it up and best for your future :)
    StuCo
    1 month ago
    Thanks everyone.
    @TJ Koker, I haven't, but I will check them out now.
    StuCo
    1 month ago
    Thanks everyone.
    @TJ Koker, I haven't, but I will check them out now.
Beavertron
2 months ago
Have you finished working on Episode 8 yet? Some last minute tweaks if not. I'm curious as to how you achieved the Anamorphic Depth of Field (oval bokeh) on the hologram effects using after effects.
Hi @All .. Just in case you missed it:

https://youtu.be/KypiwqKaFY0
    Rogue Robot
    2 months ago
    Really generous of you - downloading now!
Vfx guru
2 months ago
i have seen an update this morning guys where Andrew post on his instagram a video about Glitch. Then it has been removed since. Im the only one who has seen it????
    Ward Impe
    2 months ago
    I saw it too... was looking for it today... couldn't find it... almost thought I dreamt it :D
    1 month ago
    I saw it too... was looking for it today... couldn't find it... almost thought I dreamt it :D
2 months ago
Have you any tut about terminator andrew
hamzadag
2 months ago
i love you andrew$&*&^
klaus brandenburg
2 months ago
Guys, you've got it all wrong. This has been a 3-in1 tutorial. So AK gave you two tutorials in advance and is only 1 month late. Cut the man some slack ;)
Rathface cokcold
2 months ago
I miss Kramer!!!!
Darren
2 months ago
Anyone else have crashing issues with Element with Adobe After Effects 2018? Every time I try to use Element, After Effects crashes. I have updated to the latest version of Element available, but it still does the same.
    ImpactScrewDriver
    2 months ago
    Ask support.
    hupfield
    2 months ago
    I had the same problem. I ended up having to delete everything from VC and do a clean install. I also updated my Nvidia driver and then it worked. Took a long time to sort though.
Serious Question?
2 months ago
Is Video Copilot still a thing? genuine question.... nothing has been updated for 7 months? I mean, I get Andrew may be busy on Last Jedi or whatever but surely there must be someone who could update this site with something, anything? So is this site still operating or have they shut the doors after all these years?
    Simon
    2 months ago
    What, you think anyone will answer you on here? I've never seen such a successful company take such a suicidal nose dive, where are the blog shows, Andrew Kramer, Sam Loya, communication, tuts, new version of Element, new models, interaction...etc, wtc...its just f*** off, I've got where I want to be, I'm a coward for not telling anyone, but hey, who cares, I'm alright jack.
    ImpactScrewDriver
    2 months ago
    Well said :)
    ImpactScrewDriver
    2 months ago

    ImpactScrewDriver
    2 months ago
    Reply is for Abdirahman Ahmed :P

2 months ago
Probably the best After Effects tutorial I've ever seen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
    Chris
    2 months ago
    Dude your city looks like crap.
    sean
    2 months ago
    Probably the best comment you have made so far
    Nope
    2 months ago
    Yeah, if you're blind...
    ImpactScrewDriver
    2 months ago
    So... I was saying... Well Said :P
Rota Pingu
2 months ago
Shhhhh lussian! Mr kramer is sleeping!!!
lussian
2 months ago
Hi... ... ...someone?



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...




...
After Effects
2 months ago
Hi Andrew ! Thank you so much again for this crazy tutorial.
For the sequence of the lightnings on the wall, it's a different techniques, right ?
Michał
2 months ago
" E3D TO CONTINUE, as it's - 'by far the most popular plugin for after effects ever!," yes, but how many tutorials Andrew made with this plugin, a few. I like to see some big comlicated tutorial with E3D.
2 months ago
Thanks, Andrew!
Raffaele
2 months ago
I agreed with you !
Rota Pingu
2 months ago
I think Mr Kramer is on his way back now! He will probably look older. But, he will be the same man as he was before! He will make tender love to all his fan again and give us all that lovely AE stuff. In return he will get admiration, love and cash! Can’t wait anymore, come home for Christmas Mr Kramer!
Simon
2 months ago
Videocopilot has a bigger paying customer and fan base than GSG, School of Motion and the rest combined! Yet it has treated its fans/customers with contempt.
All the loyal fans of VCP want is Andrew to give JUST 5 minutes - Just FIVE MINUTES - to give a heads up to the legions of loyal but getting weary fans, as to what's happening or not, this is now getting beyond a joke, we all want E3D TO CONTINUE, as it's - 'by far the most popular plugin for after effects ever!, however we need some input from Andrew, not just his brother on twitter fending of technical questions, if the site is just maintenance and it's the end of the road - man-up and tell everyone so we to can get on to other things, we at least deserve THIS,
    Raffaele
    2 months ago
    oops !
    I agreed with you !
    frank
    2 months ago
    If he has signed an NDA for the Star Wars production, it might well prohibit him of any online activities promoting his own company while under contract.
sean
2 months ago
Jesus Christ ANDREW KRAMER!!
If not for your fans and customers at least come here to stop Abdirahman Ahmed because he's seriously wracking everyone's nerves here.
Lucien
2 months ago
Wow! This was posted 7 months ago! Is Andrew allright??? Hope nothings wrong :-(
2 months ago
Hi,
that's what I was looking for !
thank you so so much :)
Abdirahman Ahmed
2 months ago
    2 months ago
    You have broke our ball!!!!!
    2 months ago
    Hai rotto il Cazzo uomo merda!
Bn
2 months ago
Element 3D 2.2. Not support After Effects CC 2018
Abdirahman Ahmed
2 months ago
Awesome Advanced Metropolitan City Tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B94fvYAl5ms
    Spartacus
    2 months ago
    Persistence is futile.....Ahmed :-)
    Stop Spamming
    2 months ago
    This is just as bad as the last 12x you have posted it. Anyone can use files already created and just import them, do something original.
Michał
2 months ago
I think Andrew have 6 or 7 chlidren now, and don't have time for enything.
    Deepak Mistry
    2 months ago
    hahahahahaha
    Kevin Anderson
    2 months ago
    Maybe he'll come back to us after Last Jedi opens.
James Twyman
2 months ago
There’s a grief that can’t be spoken,
There’s a pain goes on and on,
Empty chairs and empty tables
Where VC is dead and gone

Oh my friends my friends, don’t ask me
What youcome on this site for
Empty chairs and empty tables
Where there’s tutorials no more

I just of course but secretly I feel like Andrews broke up with us and found some one better :,(
Wow!!!Thank you. How would I go about making the lighting look like it coming at you?
LJ
2 months ago
Good tutorial how to light 3d spaceship. Not Element 3D but good to know positioning different lights for cinematic spaceship look, can apply same settings to After effects lights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GQeLSY-TnY
    Abdirahman Ahmed
    2 months ago
    Ah if only it was E3D, would be perfect if it was E3D
Jose
2 months ago
AK must be in another level/dimension we must understand....
Does anyone knows another site to keep learning some good AE tricks?
Thanks
David A Vanderveer
2 months ago
Hey Andrew where are you we miss you!!!!
Nate Lewis
2 months ago
This is strange! 7 months ago, Mr Kramer made a video about him being dedicated to the site and comunity and that everything would change from last time VC died for 7 months. And now, its dead again. I wish him the best with what ever he is doing , but I dont think this is the way to do it- just leave everything dead! Some people talk about everything he has given to the comunity, but you also have to remember that a lot of us are paying costumers.
LJ
2 months ago
This is first time since 2007 that Video Copilot didn't have Black Friday sale discount ?
Nada umugi
2 months ago
the King has left the building!
Just a quick tutorial .. not Element 3D, but it still may be helpful .. Cheers !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pXxwwilvf0
    2 months ago
    You know asART. This is a respectable effort. Good job on the tutorial and nicely explained. I see youre moving forward over time. Good for you my friend.

    Christian Michael
    https://vimeo.com/198103166
    Hi Christian and thank you very much for your kindly comment. I really appreciate it. And, yes we (our company) are moving forward. Since we are located in a samll Town in Switzerland, there are not much requests for motion graphics stuff for now, which will change sooner or later. For now, we are focusing on creating webpages and web-applications for our clients. 2D and regular graphics are now more interesting and more affordable to people here.

    But, yeah .. we'll keep on moving forward and we are now planing to do more Tutorials for After Effects. Element 3D will be involved in a couple of them which we'll gladly relase soon and share it on social media channels as well as here on VC Blog.

    Wishing you a great and successfull time Christian .. Cheers !
2 months ago
Andrew Where are you? we are missing you! come back soon to the new tutorials
Mark
2 months ago
Andrew's probably had to sign a non-disclosure while working on Star Wars that keeps him from making any kind of post. We will probably begin to hear from him again around the middle of December when the film is released.
    Chris
    2 months ago
    I sure hope that's true. This site is boring now.. Well should I say it was very addicting at one point..where I was flooded with new information.
    Kipster
    2 months ago
    nice speculations, but he didn't work on it.
LJ
2 months ago
Just fund this program https://hitfilm.com/pro
Anybody using it ? it looks promising.
    Chris
    2 months ago
    Yeah hitfilm is pretty good..i just wish Element 3d would work with it.
    Chris
    2 months ago
    Yeah there's also Free non commercial of Nuke 10 and a free version of Fusion made by Black magic Design.
    LJ
    2 months ago
    it sort of work. I exported OBJ from element and import to HitFilm.
    Hit film can import 3D files also if you attach sound to layer with 3d object you can hear doppler shift effect as it pass next to camera Wroooom.
MASTERKOALA
2 months ago
VIDEOCOPILOT FOREVER!!!!!!ANDREW ANYWAY!!!!!!
deepak
2 months ago
hello, sir
I am deepak from INDIA, Sir I am big fan of you and your work ....I know is common word for you..
sir my question is I am using AE cs6 in window 8.1..I render video with quicktimeplayer (7.1) but my compression option is not showing. Please help me
Jack
2 months ago
F*&# me, reading these comments is sad. The devout Kramer apologists are a pathetic bunch. Even the angry-that-he-hasn't-posted-in-a-while crowd reak. The best though is Abdirahman Ahmed spamming his tutorials and people getting upset that he's ruining the thread... a thread almost entirely made up of people crying for or yelling about Andrew.

Does Kramer owe you anything? Yes and no. He absolutely does if you're a paying customer who makes a living (though I doubt it) using his limited pre-fab plugins. You deserve an update. Does the fact that he's entirely abandoned you guys with no content for half a year deserve criticism? Yes. But only because he stupidly promised that he'd make more frequent posts before and during his last one.

The real question is, does he give a shit? And that's been answered in the last 6 months of complete radio silence.

But don't worry. He'll come back... to promote an update to Element. Because he knows retards will pay for it.

He might even throw in another "grounding breaking" lightning effect tutorial that takes an hour to make and has to use an endless amount of pre-comps to be achieved... (whispering) because After Effects is a limited turd.

And everyone will be happy again. For a while. Then the whole cycle starts again. You'll cry, Ahmed will spam, and then people will start making pretentiously lame comments like "you shouldn't be waiting on Andrew for inspiration, make your own stuff". How profound... but it only misses the bigger picture.

You shouldn't be using After Effects and more specifically Element 3D to make your projects at all.

After Effects at best is a lite compositing and color grading tool compared to something like Houdini or Nuke. And the Element plugin was, if you paid attention, always meant to be a gateway to learning a real 3D application like Cinema 4D or Maya.

Do you really think spending months making renders in Element or AE is going to get your effects or career where you want them to be in today's professional landscape? Take a look at the latest renders on YouTube or Vimeo from people just like you in every respect but one; they started using other programs. Now take a look at Kramer's latest (6 month old) Lightning tutorial. Then realize you've been severely wasting your time here.

There's excellent free tutorials from people like GreyScaleGorilla, Eyedesyn, The Pixel Lab and Elementza just waiting for you outside this sunken ship.
    Video copilot is crap
    2 months ago
    I agree with you 100 percent!
    sean
    2 months ago
    Why is there always someone who feels entitled to judge everyone else? It's not the content of your message wich is disheartening but the self-righteous tone. What excludes you form being one of the pathetic bunch of apologist you describe? And that of people doing cool stuff due to more sofisticated/professional tools, seriously?? Please amaze us all with some of your work or just shut up and let people moan.
    Spartacus
    2 months ago
    I guess thats you off the Christmas card list, Jack the lad. ;-)
    sean
    2 months ago
    And btw, just to be clear: I agree with most of your points! YET..........
    Kipster
    2 months ago
    Jack AKA "farmfield" hanging around the vcp forum, answering AE quetions with "nuke" or houdini" answer for years now..
    2 months ago
    AE and other programs used may not be up to your standards Jack but some of us freelancers make a living using these programs and can't afford or justify $125 a month for a better program.
    Matt
    2 months ago
    You are absolutely right about E3D.. it's just a gateway drug to the hardcore stuff. If you going to do spinning 3D text, E3D is the cat's pajamas. I think the fawning sycophants here are mostly 14 year old boys who dad gave a fancy computer because he can't get girls.
    Joseph
    2 months ago
    As much as I hate to admit it, this guy makes some really valid points. I love After Effects (because it's what i started on) but it's long in the tooth and needs to be completely reinvented and re-imagined. Adobe needs to ask themselves this question... Page Maker is to InDesign as After Effects is to...?
    Alaindeloc
    2 months ago
    Slow clap ..
    Abdirahman Ahmed
    2 months ago
    My name is Abdirahman Ahmed, and I approve of this message. Also, when you get a chance, check out this great tutorial on the Element 3D City Pack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B94fvYAl5ms
Chris
2 months ago
I'm sure Andrew has a few things cooking for for us..i rather he take his time and build us a great product then give us a crappy one.. In a weird way I wish Andrew can put out his own version of a After effects program,that way we don't have to worry about product support in the future. Plus I hate this monthly subscription crap Adobe has.
Michał
2 months ago
Any Christmas Tutorial? I think new star wars tutorial weiting to new year!
Chris
2 months ago
I noticed Andrew responded to someones comment on Twitter. Here's what it says. @videocopilot just wondering if there's a way to use an animated shape layer as a custom layer in element 3D? Thanks! (Andrew Kramer)
Not in the current version but it is planned for V3!
MickA
2 months ago
On the last January 1st, Andrew posted this on Videcopilot :

"I hope everyone is ready for a great year! Can’t wait to show you all of the cool things we have been working on, from blog shows, to plug-ins & tutorials!

My goal for this year is to help people get involved! More challenges, more interactive content and put the fun back into learning! Making things is the only way to get better!"

Almost 11 monthes later, we can find only 2 tutorials for all the year on Videocopilot !
Where is the great year ?
Where are the cool things he has been working on ?
Where are the plug-ins and tutos ?
Where is the content ? Where is the fun back ?

No words since last may...
I know that he read the comments of each of us.

Andrew, please, say something !
H.I.S. Films
2 months ago
Here is a trailer I made using some of his techniques (mainly the rooftop tutorial) (I bought his biggest bundle!!) from some of the amazing tutorials from Andrew Kramer!! I miss him :( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9bqrWerewk
Abdirahman Ahmed
2 months ago
Don't know if you saw the last 100 times, but here's a Metropolitan City Element 3D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B94fvYAl5ms
2 months ago
3D drift car composite in Element 3D v2.2.2. Excellent professional program !!! It is really easy to work with this tool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaLVEfoMjDg
Abdirahman Ahmed
2 months ago
After Effects Tutorial Metropolitan City Element 3D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B94fvYAl5ms
    Denis
    2 months ago
    I believe that's what they call "SPAM".
    Mad Michel
    2 months ago
    Yep. How many times do you want to spam with your tutorial link on this site, Ahmed? One time is really enough! This is negative advertising for you... or do you see Andrew posting his tutorials 5 times on his website?
    Manuele
    2 months ago
    E basta abdirahman hai rotto i maroni. E poi questi tutorial sono penosi.
    sean
    2 months ago
    in this case "spam" is an euphemism for desperation and mediocrity.
    And since you don't seem to get it, I should add stupidity as well.
    Get lost.
    Chris
    2 months ago
    Everyone here knows how to build a city with the metropolitan pack..we don't need anymore tutorials on that please.
The truth
2 months ago
I think it's time we except that Andy's dream was to work on Stars Wars and not making free tutorials for strangers.

We should wish him well and start looking for new sources of inspiration.
    Simon
    2 months ago
    He's supposed to be doing a n interview with blender Guru Andrew Price - if you look at his Instagram?
mohammed
2 months ago
6 Month,,,,
did video copilot expire ?????
LJ
2 months ago
Wondering if V.C. would have black Friday sale ?
Jacobo
2 months ago
Abandoned fot 7 months :( are u ok andrew?
Chris
2 months ago
I'll be afraid to buy anything on here at this point..i wonder if he has customer support....
    2 months ago
    Actually they do. Bought the pro-shaders 2 pack yesterday.
    Had a problem and they were pretty damn fast responding & solving my issue. So...there's that. And you can take it to the bank.
Rick
2 months ago
I don't think that it would be a bad idea to have guess tutorial creators at this point. As much as I love AK, these long, silent breaks are no having a positive affect on the site.
    Rick
    2 months ago
    guest** haha
Wieslaw
2 months ago
From The Bullet I started an adventure with AE. So there's a new cover.
It is up to the party to live.....
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1153079511494622&set=a.956714384464470.1073741827.100003777535094&type=3
3 months ago
Great stuff! Thanks for another very exciting tutorial. Really Great Job. I just think about the difference between Andrew and other AE Users: Normal AE Users only try to use AE and Andrew tries always to re-create things in a creative and better way!

Digiphic Studio
http://www.digiphic.com
3 months ago
Hello Andrew
Question One: Are you also training virtual privately? I would like to make a professional clip for the wedding hall
Question Two: What kind of plugin do you have for the wedding forum effect?
thank you
Mad Michel
3 months ago
Hey dudes,

did anybody realize that Element 3D has a new update since Oct 24? {:o)

https://www.videocopilot.net/products/element2/update/
    Steffen
    3 months ago
    the patch on this page is Element 3D 2.2.2 Update - build 2155
    the Element 3D Installer has the version Element 3D 2.2.2 Update - build 2160
    I noticed that in my Account but both are the same and
    is now available for Adobe After Effects CC 2018
    Raffaele
    3 months ago
    Thank's Michel !
    Nobody in VC team advise us on this update !!
    It needs around one minute to write something for the followers of VC !
    Really strange !!!!!
    raffaele
    3 months ago
    Thank's Michel !
    It needs about one minute to write something for the followers of this site !!
    It is really strange !
    Abe
    3 months ago
    Haa! Everyone is to busy bitching about updates to look for an update. And now everyone will be whining about why they didn't spoon feed us this update to let us know because they cant think for themselves. LMAO
    Hans
    3 months ago
    >>Connect >>Forum >>Support Center >>Element3D
    >>Updated Element Versions and Change Logs
    http://www.videocopilot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=42&t;=123082

    Hans
Paddy
3 months ago
I wonder if we'll at least get a family x-mas portrait this year...
alberto Lago
3 months ago
andrew not a single "Hi" in 6 months... sad :(I
MASTERKOALA
3 months ago
Abdirahman Ahmed.....hai rotto il cazzo con sta city pack...

Non sei capace smetti di rompere i coglioni!!!!!
    sean
    3 months ago
    Quoto
Abdirahman Ahmed
3 months ago
videocopilot metropolitan pack tutorial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B94fvYAl5ms
Jason
3 months ago
The funny thing that I hear people say is " I use the video copilot products to make a living...". Guys for almost every tool they sell here, VCP and Andrew have taught us how to duplicate that effect with built in AE tools. He gave us the best tools ever! Knowledge! How to solve a problem or complete a task with the tools you have AND STILL create something in a way that hasn't been seen before. Onward an upward VCP community! In the meantime, if someone comes up with a new process, share it! This is and always has been a COMMUNITY! Let's keep the VCP spirit alive until Andrew comes back instead of falling apart in his absence!
    Alain de Lamirande
    3 months ago
    It's a business man ! It's a business ! Not a community, not a religion, not a church ! A f***ng business !!

    He's somewhere else making money and doens't give a f****k about us !
    Jason
    3 months ago
    Alain de Lamirande: I don't know about you but I've been with VCP since inception and followed Andrew and Aaron Rabhinowiz on creative cow. This started as, and still is a community. I am glad he's busy. If he came back and charged for all tutorials, I'm willing to bet a good half of people complaining would cry foul right? But it's "a business" right? Cut these guys some slack and use the priceless knowledge he's given you. The tools they sell, still work amazing as multipurpose plugins. So what they haven't released a new product? As far as missing AK and his personal brand of fun, I get that. Feel like you lost a friend? I get that too. But let's just be happy for the mans successes and move forward. He's given us too much for any other response.
James
3 months ago
I think its unprofessional to just disappear for 6 months and leave everything dead. But what can you do ;-)
Simon
3 months ago
People just miss AK an his infectious humour, and are geniuinely interested in a new update for Element, which people would pay for, for me it's not about free tutorials at all, they're there to sell the products - element, effects, models etc...
Just A VERY BRIEF statement of what's happening - 10 minutes of his time is all people ask for. Is that too much for Andrew? Really?
Phil
3 months ago
This time last year, Andrew had just wrapped up work on Star Wars - The Force Awakens. Who is to say he hasn't been working hard on The Last Jedi?
For those of you complaining about lack of VCP website activity; are you concerned about lack of free tutorials or product development? Because the products currently on offer, which many of you claim are essential to your livelihoods, are still fully supported by VCP staff. I challenge you - contact their support and you will get a rapid response.
Are you just waiting for a new version or free update to VCP products with free guidance or do you have genuine concerns about limitations to the existing products on offer? What have you identified as shortcomings to the software you claim is invaluable to your income? I don't see anyone requesting fixes or new features here. Maybe it's just me, but I sense a lot of entitlement on here. It seems Andrew has become a victim of his own success, which I think is a real shame.
    Robert
    3 months ago
    Not at all intending to stir the pot, and this is my first time to the blog in AGES, but as far as a feature in Element that would be a huge advantage for me would be an improvement to the use of animated masks within Element. It works well enough within limits as it is, but full support would be very appreciated.
Joseph
3 months ago
I am glad to see so much support for Andrew here in this forum, I think he is a talented and great guy. However, many people seem to think it's still the good old days when Andrew was just making free tutorials and giving away stuff to build his audience. This is no longer the case, this is now a business with real paying customers and this complete lack of product development and more importantly lack of information communicates a disregard and in my opinion a disrespect for us as customers. If the products here are dead then please communicate this to us so we can move on. If not, then at least give a brief update on the direction of the company and it's products.

Joseph
Rodrigo
3 months ago
Hey Andrew,

When I try to do the reflections on the floor, right after applying the exposure, when I blur it vertically it doesn't become smooth like yours, rather it's almost like layers, kind of like when you use the gradient tool in photoshop and instead of a smooth transition you have a clear separation between sections, how could I fix that?

Thank you so much for your videos, they're amazing!
Kevin
3 months ago
All I see is VC tutorials when I watch the new Taylor Swift video.
https://youtu.be/wIft-t-MQuE
    sean
    3 months ago
    hahahaha I see some videohive hud stuff as well, not even slightly modified. There is some cool stuff though...although the video itself truly sucks.
Ken kant
3 months ago
Produktion of Star wars soon finished , then jedi kramer will return.
wim
3 months ago
6 months silence Very disappointing
Norman Peterson
3 months ago
Well, time to say goodbye to Adobe After Effects, the last Adobe product I used to use thanks to Andrew. Now it is time to say a farewell to Adobe - good luck with your crappy software and subscription scheme in the future. I myself will go the Fusion/Nuke way. Good luck to this already dead site and Andrew, may the creativity still be with you.
JosephG
3 months ago
While I have grave concerns for the continued development of E3D (which I love), I have to wonder what my reaction would be if VCP did release an update. Would I throw good money after bad if the offer of an update was made available?

I don't think I would, I'd have to have reason to believe that VCP is committed to continue making these products, and I have ample evidence to suggest they are not.

Like Andrew's departure for greener pastures, it's nothing personal, it's just business.
Beavertron
3 months ago
What camera and lens did you use to shoot the back plate footage. It looks like an absolute low light beast.
DLS
3 months ago
Andrew Kramer has taught us so much good practical knowledge on After Effects and Element 3D. We are all grateful to Mr. Kramer for all his tutorials.

Have you ever wanted to learn also the principles behind successful VFX production?
Have a look at this tutorial series for comprehensive in-depth knowledge on how to composite and create your VFX shots:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvatZnZU0UY

Have a great weekend!
Tammy
3 months ago
have you ever thought about updating all the old tutorials now that there are so many new plug-ins, effects, etc etc
Abdirahman Ahmed
3 months ago
in depth Videocopilot Metropolitan pack Tutorial here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B94fvYAl5ms
David Gamero
3 months ago
Buen tutorial, me gustaría que los subtitulos estén en español.
frank
3 months ago
Dudes,
Andrew is in Finishing Stages of Star Wars and I guess doing some TV show intro works.
So, plz be patient and wait after SW8 premiered.
Sting
3 months ago
Great work Andrew.. keep it up. It's not often you get something for free and of quality!
Phillip
3 months ago
https://youtu.be/muYu1UuZ6XY I creates a short film
    beau
    3 months ago
    dude that was ridiculous and funny. The backhand was fantastic.
    Abdirahman Ahmed
    3 months ago
    Nice short!
    3 months ago
    Dude,
    You HAVE to make part two.
Abdirahman Ahmed
3 months ago
Tutorial on how to create a city in after effects and element3D. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B94fvYAl5ms&feature=youtu.be
    Tom D
    3 months ago
    SOOOOoooo as well as spamming this blog with your videos none stop, you also have a second youtube account under the name Vandal Savage (showing the same videos) liking your own crap and leaving yourself messages? Thats desperate dude LMAO
Abdirahman Ahmed
3 months ago
Metropolitan tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFudscZvWCo&t=581s
awesome source
    Normy
    3 months ago
    Nothing awesome there. Not even sound. Try again ...
PAUL PRATT
4 months ago
Be loyal, be hungry, listen to the master, AK has done his huge part by sharing, teaching and becoming the VCP soul of the pixel world, Thank you AK and VCP team for the many years past and future of excellence!!!
Kanaka Madrugada
4 months ago
Maybe he is sick? I hope he’s ok before christmas! Christmas is the best time of the year!
Lester
4 months ago
All the cry babies need to just shut up and go on with their lives. VCP will be updated with new stuff eventually, until then, no need to lose sleep and be a d!ck about it. I want to see the site/products updated as badly as everyone, but Andrew and VCP owe us nothing.
    4 months ago
    Hi Lester,
    Name-calling gets nothing accomplished other thank making you look immature and childish. I am not sure if you are a professional using VideoCopilot products on a daily basis to make a living, but for this of us who fit that definition, I am concerned, not about more tutorials or nifty new apps, bit rather about the future of products I find essential to my career. I can't help but feel other professionals who are in this same predicament are as concerned as I about the future of this company when little or nothing has been heard from them in almost half a year.
    If you are not a professional, please try to understand our position and not call us names.
    Thanks, P...
    4 months ago
    Hi Lester,
    Name-calling gets nothing accomplished other than making you look immature and childish. I am not sure if you are a professional using VideoCopilot products on a daily basis to make a living, but for those of us who fit that definition, I am concerned, not about more tutorials or nifty new apps, but rather about the future of products I find essential to my career. I can't help but feel other professionals who are in this same predicament are as concerned as I am about the future of this company when little or nothing has been heard from them in almost half a year.
    If you are not a professional, please try to understand our position and not call us names.
    Thanks, P...
    4 months ago
    Apologies for the duplicates...this blog is being cranky...
4 months ago
I have been a loyal end-user and, honestly, a fan and "student" of Mr. Kramer and the VideoCopilot world for years now and I understand when I read many of your posts of unflinching devotion to, and patience with, Andrew and Company.
But this unusually protracted radio silence - 5 months as of this posting - is indefensibly bad business; nothing less than an insult to the many loyal customers.
While, as many of you stated and I agree, Mr. Kramer is certainly not compelled to offer us any more tutorials or products, I feel he owes his followers a mission statement going forward for VideoCopilot. And he owes it to them now.
There are many of us who depend on VideoCopilot products to create our works. If there is to be an end to this company and, with it, the inevitability its software will be incompatible with future systems, we need to know. It's the future for many of us.
    Chris
    3 months ago
    All Adobe has to do is get a hair up there butt and make Element 3d incapable of working on the next version/update. Gotta love this Adobe subscription BS. well let's hope Andrew is working on something Special for us.. But then again he has time to D*#ck around on Twitter, he should have time to post or keep us updated..its not that hard..total disrespectful to us.
Sean
4 months ago
Coming here just to read comments of people arguing is disheartening.
I wonder why he doesn't disable them; this way at least those still interested in coming here would just have to wait in silence.
mike
4 months ago
You guys are nuts. Andrew Gives a lot of his time to bring us free plugins and Tutorials never mind Great products at a good price. You think he puts those tutorials together over night! I would like to see a video of that process. We have no idea what is going on in his life right now. It could be bad, or it could be great. He could have took some time to be with his family. As far as updates, Video copilot is not like those corporations who throws updates out that have few changes and full of bugs. Video copilot software works great never had issue with it or custom service. I'm sure The team at video copilot are working hard to get a great update, but it all takes time. It seems to me Andrew loves what he does and takes pride to all he does. So stop being so selfish , with refunds, or not herring from them. I emailed them last month with some question and they got back to me with in the hour. I asked them about andrew and was told he is working hard.
    simon
    4 months ago
    Refund - never! the guy below is one lone nutter, I've never heard anyone else say that...99% of people just want a heads-up on progress, its a fair point after over 5 months of radio silence - refund - lol - no way.
Chris
4 months ago
Can I have a refund on all the VCP products I bought because I'm sure they will be outdated by the beginning of the year.
    Chris
    4 months ago
    Dude I was being sarcastic...honestly I don't give to sh*ts about video copilot.
Phil
4 months ago
@Abdirahman Achmed: I'm a working man too and Element is one of my tools that makes my paycheck. By this I mean I'm not a youtube kid waiting for the next tutorial because guess what it's raining this weekend.
Mr Kramer (and his team) is busy with his life, ok fine. But so am I, and I'm far from being the only one here. He might not have the time for some daily blah blah on his blog? fine. But dropping a line to people who spent money on his products takes a maximum of 3 minutes. And 3 minutes in five months isn't hard to find. It's just a matter of will and customer respect.
Mr Kramer isn't running VC alone. He's got a team. If he hasn't time to post himself, then he can delegate the task of writing a line to someone of his team. That's how companies work when they respect their customers.
Sss
4 months ago
For those complaining: check videocopilots tweets (responses). They answer to people having trouble everyday. Support is still live and well. So stop complaining..
They even tease at someone about 'some upcoming goodness'
Steffen
4 months ago
that's all OK but Andrew Kramer could also report here and give us a sign that is still being worked here but as it seems
here no feedback from him and none of us what is going on here
the year 2017 is almost over and nothing to hear from the VCP team
Abdirahman Ahmed
4 months ago
People need to relax a bit, Andrew Kramer is a working man and the good stuff will come when they will come.
    sean
    4 months ago
    Andrew Kramer is a working man and therefore needs to take care of his customers (not only Mr. JJ Abrams) cause the service here has been very unsatisfactory. So either he says: "sorry customers but I cannopt satisfy your requests any longer" or you are the one who needs to relax here, cause lots of us have been investing money in VCP.
    Period.
Abdirahman Ahmed
4 months ago
Element3D and After Effects Camera Spaceship Camera Animation Tutorial!
Jeremiah
4 months ago
I wonder if Video Copilot is assessing whether to even continue with development of Element 3d, considering that Adobe CC has C4d rendering built in (and there getting into Open GL rendering now).

Plus, even if they did update Element, I have a feeling they would only support CC (and not CS6 or below). Those are getting too old.
TJ Koker
4 months ago
Hi All,
I'm committed to the cause (with the money to back it up) is Element 3D worth the price or has it fallen behind with no support. If so, is there another "like" product on the market worth looking into. Oh and give A.K. a break. He did so much to bring all of us up to speed on the basics of AE, he never claimed to be a great business man.
zainab
4 months ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XKTS_HmF04

Hey can anyone tell me how to create this effect
Simon
4 months ago
more chance of finding him on bad robot twitter than here
https://twitter.com/bad_robot?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
    Joseph
    4 months ago
    Ya know, if Andrew wants to change his career path, more power to him. Life is boring without change...
    However, when you have a product people that have invested money and time into, and rely on to make a living, you have a responsibility to them. We're not talking free tutorials here, he can never do another tutorial again for all I care, I'm talking about product development and evolution. No one wants to invest into a product that is no longer being developed. If you look at whats going on in real-time 3D, lots of advancements are being developed and Element 3D has to keep up if it is going to stay a viable product. Andrew, if you no longer wish to run VideoCoPilot, that's cool, do what you need to do. But put someone else in charge of the business and empower them to grow all the products and further their development.
Abe
4 months ago
The products still work great and they will be updated when needed. Everyone whining on here needs to go out and shoot something and quit begging for free tutorials. The site is for selling his products not catering to spoiled brats who want free tutorials everyday.
bp
4 months ago
need helicopter model pack for Element 3d
ChrisFe
4 months ago
Das nennt man in Deutschland "Kunden im Regen stehen lassen". Komische Mentalitaet von AK.
Joseph
4 months ago
This website and its associated products are dead. A thriving company that cares about it's customers doesn't go completely radio silent for this long. It's really depressing because they made such incredible tools, I guess it's time we moved on...
    Bob
    4 months ago
    I agree, completely unprofessional! More so since it's the second time he does this!!
    Mike
    4 months ago
    Yep, even on the forum it seems that the activity it's extremely reduced. But I don't understand why someone can't do it like Philip Bloom did it on his blog few years ago with a post that was announcing he is going to post much less (or none) and focus on his private life much more. Simple and fair message, no one objected, there were just a lot of thanks in the comments. And actually he is still posting camera reviews or some test videos for drones or other equipment, but maybe once in a month, usually every two months. And that's okay.
    But silence is not okay. It's like hit&run;.
    Abe
    4 months ago
    The products still work great and they will be updated when needed. Everyone whining on here needs to go out and shoot something and quit begging for free tutorials. The site is for selling his products not catering to spoiled brats who want free tutorials everyday.
    Chris
    4 months ago
    Yeah it's a shame
    Mike
    4 months ago
    @Abe - I don't want to go in a dispute about what should be people do when they are not spending 2 seconds on a dead site. I am pretty sure that most of past-clients of Video Copilot (including me) are doing just fine, making motion-graphics and earning money from that.
    Your comment seems to be a copy-cat of other hundreds of similar comments that looks like a blind-defense of a person or a company which .. is not attacked by anybody. Most of the customers are coming to this site as normal customers: to see some news about the products they own, if there are any updates, if there is anything under development.. the usual stuff. And because they don't find any of this usual stuff, they are just asking here if there is anybody home.
    Take a look on Red Giant site or Greyscale and you will understand what I mean.
    simon
    4 months ago
    The thing is VCP's - E3D - is a massive massive part of AE, and is a irreplaceable void of a loss to not be not upgraded, people would queue up to buy any update that will never be, Andrew has quite obviously changed career track (and, like I've said before he totalny DESERVES the success) we , however, really do deserve just one thing - honesty and a goodbye for all the cash and emotional and social investment into VCP over the years, just 'man-up' Andrew and we'll all wish you the best.
    sean
    4 months ago
    We've already been through this before...till he one day came back saying he was finally back; everybody was rilieved and there he was gone again. Problem is that he cannot keep doing that. I can't imagine though how hard it must be to let VCP go...I cannot believe he is keeping it up just to have a place where people can buy E3D and the other products. VCP was never just about that. Yet I cannot understand why he just doesn't explain things... he's behaviour (not showing up for a year and then one day saying he's back with lots of new stuff..) is very bad and this has nothing to do with the fact that he owes us nothing and it has nothing to do with the tutorials that some people nag about all the time. In my opinion, no matter how tough facing VCP's end may be, he ought to do it and say goodbye.
    Sparatacus
    4 months ago
    This all reminds me of when Forest Gump suddenly stops running across America and the bloke behind him asks...
    'Whadda we do now?' :-)
    Arnaud
    4 months ago
    Completely agree...
    Simon
    4 months ago
    Yeah, only Forrest Gump didn't sell thousands and thousands of products on the back of his running across America, your point is absolute garbage - pepople have a financial investment in element 3d and its products and collectively through the site have spent tens maybe hundreds of thousands of dollars - the tutorials are a tiny part intended to sell the products people have purchased and hope (nievely) will be updated.
    sean
    4 months ago
    @Sparatacus. When you are a leader, people follow you. When you have a leader, you follow him. Leaders eventually disappear and people logically feel lost, they need time to accept that and move on. They don't need to be criticized for their reaction by someone who is neither a leader nor a follower and that watches from a distance and writes stupid comments.
    Besides all that, Joseph and many others are right: VCP is a business and it's being shamefully neglected which makes customers rightfully feel upset.
Jimmy Two
4 months ago
First! For today... Give us a chance to relaunch this game. Being the first comment...
4 months ago
Thanks Andrew, very beatiful tutorial.
4 months ago
Wow, your articles are really great, I need this strange stuff for my videos
Wow, your articles are really great, I need this strange stuff for my videos, thanks Andrew
Benjamin
4 months ago
Hello.. There is a part on the video where Andrew writes the behavior parameter of the lightning on the "time line" by clicking on the little clock. The thing is when I click on the clock there is no option to write anything on the time line... how can i do that..? (min 8:00 of the video)

thanks!
Richman
4 months ago
The rumer is that he is Playing Luke skywalkers long missing brother, andrew skyrunner, in the next film! So give him some slack and let him Finish this adventore!!!
aries
4 months ago
some project by videocopilot tutorial
https://youtu.be/nMxgc32qlyc
4 months ago
I miss you ;(
kipster
4 months ago
how do people assume he is working on ep.8? chances are pretty good that he isn't.
    LWAddict
    4 months ago
    But the chances are pretty good that he is too.
    Dan
    4 months ago
    Apparently Ep 8 has already wrapped post production and is a finished product. That was last week sometime.
    Kipster
    4 months ago
    not the same production company or director until ep 9
    so hiring isnt handled the same way.
carlino
4 months ago
@Simon: Video NO Pilot ahahahahahaha
carlino
4 months ago
RIP Andrew
wieslaw
4 months ago
S A T I S H
4 months ago
I Know Andrew you are Buzzy with your work & i will congratulate you and wishing you to reach your goal
but at least talk to us .....that's it.
4 months ago
Andrew!?!?!?! Where are you?????? Where's the next amazing tut????
Paulie
4 months ago
He has most likely been flat out working on Star Wars VIII
    Simon
    4 months ago
    Video NO Pilot

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi December 15, 2017 Post-production
    Star Wars: Episode IX December 20, 2019 In developmen
Chris
4 months ago
Can this site just go away and shut down..its full of lies..where the hell is Intercept? Seriously this is complete be we have to wait this long. Yes I understand he's busy but Shit you have a company and people buying products from you. (probably out of date) just get with it man.
Justin
4 months ago
Why not just hire someone to take over VC when you're not around?
    Simon
    4 months ago
    VCP is AC no AK no VCP - shame - RIP.
kipster
4 months ago
a twitter post a few hours ago indicates something is coming soon˜
    Luciano Daluz
    4 months ago
    I saw it. But the problem is how long is "Soon" for Andrew :)
    Beau
    4 months ago
    Huh. I'm not seeing it. Did he delete it?
    beau
    4 months ago
    I didn't see it. was it removed?
    Kipster
    4 months ago
    it was a response to actionkid or whatever, not a actual post from him
Steffen
4 months ago
I do not see any news
this site is still active
no updates no tutorials
no characters of Videocopilot
Luis
4 months ago
Why is this only in cc
wieslaw
4 months 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/
4 months 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
    4 months ago
    I recommend everyone who reads this comment to watch the video
    chris
    4 months ago
    Freakin Awesome Great Work!!!
    muckyman
    4 months 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
    4 months ago
    That looks really nice. ? Great work?
    TJ
    4 months ago
    Great production value. Aside from Element 3D what software did you use to create your 3D characters and Lego universe? Thanks.
    lwaddict
    4 months ago
    Not bad at all. And entertaining. Thanks for sharing.
Lijo
4 months ago
I used to check this website every 20 mins like how people check Facebook. Now I come here once every 3 months. But I get it. You are busy.
Simon
4 months ago
Irrefutable Ghost ship, or ghost plane with no pilot and a bunch of idiot passengers - time to bail.
4 months ago
Why don't you think seriously about directing a movie you will be millionaire and it would not cost you but your time, I'm for example I tried to write a book and I finished it in 2016 and designed the PDF on Indesign and self-publish it on Amazon and I was up for that and you are up to the self-publishing a Movie We believe in you do it, man!!
Alaindeloc
4 months ago
People complaining about people that are complaining about VC not posting are the most boring.

So, let's take it to a new level: be the first one to complain about people complaining about people complaining about people complaining about VC not posting (that would be me).

If those who are complaining about people complaining about VC are invoking the lack of understanding of these people and the ton of FREE!! tutorials that you can find on this website and give Andrew a break and shit, I was thinking those who are going to the next level will start to defend the second category. Talking about money spent on plugins, on graphic cards in order to meet the requirements for plugins (E3D) and stuff like that.
Please, start complaining about this post. Don't be boring like the others.
4 months ago
Andrew! You're the man...You have really help my designing skills. Really anticipating what's coming next. Next_generation_design... something cooking!!!!!!!!!!
Trace
4 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months ago
4 months No ?
Abdirahman Ahmed
5 months ago
After Effects and Element 3D VFX Compilation, inspiration from videocpilot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1jmjDcDtkk&feature=youtu.be
Jérémy SteM
5 months 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
    5 months 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
5 months ago
Seems you have disappeared and abandoned the site?!!!!
David
5 months ago
Are we witnessing the death of videocopilot ??? noooo!! Even if I understand Andrew is busy and moving on to bigger things but at least give us a Hello on the blog post so we know what's going on 😭😭
Abdirahman Ahmed
5 months ago
Guys chill, i am pretty sure we will get a host of tutorials/plugins and maybe software update that we can trow money at ones he is done making the Movie, good things come for those who wait.
Abdirahman Ahmed
5 months ago
Behold the power of videocopilots Element3D combined with After Effects
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j_wsp9lnjA
    5 months ago
    Behold the power of spamming...
danny
5 months 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.
Jay
5 months ago
Finally some news!!!

Andrew has moved to Gatineau, Quebec. He say's he's on hiatus as he needed a little time away from all you needy farts.

JUST KIDDING....;)

I just hope that Andrew is healthy and well - nobody seems to have asked that question yet.
Paolo
5 months 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
    5 months ago
    2 years?

    The last post was 4 months ago.
    LWAddict
    5 months 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
    4 months 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..!
5 months 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
Wayne
5 months 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
    5 months 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.
5 months ago
I think it's obvious that Andrew is working on Star Wars the last Jedi. He is met with the same challenge a lot of entrepreneurs are met with when there is demand. He needs to find another "Andrew Kramer" that he can make part of his team to drive developments especially in Video copilot plugins and software. He put a lot of effort into his tutorials and software which exposed him to a bigger market. Now his time is in great demand, and he needs to find a way to balance the demand. The tutorials are great, and this is why they are also in demand! Maybe Andrew could ask his users to submit their exciting tutorial in Video copilot style, and have a contest? And hopefully an update will be launched for element 3D soon.
Kevin
5 months 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.
Rodrigo
5 months ago
At 37:41, when you add CC Composite... When I do it, it opens something like a white layer and it covers all the rest. It doesn't show another lightning like it's shown on the video... How do I solve it? By the way, when I Pre-compose, the effects before still on the screen.
Chris F.
5 months ago
@felix: Contenance bitte. Er ist nun mal eine Koryphäe auf seinem/diesem Gebiet und sie vermissen ihn halt. Und es sind auch viele darunter, die seine Produkte gekauft haben. Dieses Klientel hat Anspruch auf Service. Meine bescheidene Meinung.
Aber ich nehme auch ganz stark an, dass er in irgendwelchen Filmprojekten "drin hängt" und Stress pur hat. Oder vielleicht hat er auch private Probleme. Man weiss es nicht. Aber trotzdem könnte man als Inhaber dieser Seite nach 4 Monaten wenigsten mal "Piep" sagen. Finde ich nicht nett, aber vielleicht ticken die Amerikaner da anders. Aber die Leute hier beleidigen, Felix, geht aber auch nicht. Das wirft auf uns "Krauts" :-) kein gutes Licht. IMHO!
Phil Donovan
5 months ago
I read through some of these moaning comments and wonder who the hell has to spoon feed these poor kids. Yeah, you are right, a business is a business, and a business like VC has responsibilities to its customers but do you realize.... If you went through each and every tutorial, and mastered them, you would be teaching others by now instead of moaning about nobody feeding your wannabe empty creativeness! Grow the fuck up. there are a ton of reasons as to why someone might (have to) neglect a part of their life. The products offered here are MORE than enough, and up to date enough, to produce some professional work, but you have to fucking well work at it instead of waiting for momma to teach you another trick or two!
felix
5 months ago
Hey Schwachköpfe,der Man hat Frau,Kinder und ist beschäftigt.Genau dasselbe soltet ihr auch tun.Frau,Kinder und beschäftigt sein.
    Mad Michel
    5 months ago
    Muss man andere deswegen "Schwachkpfe" nennen, nur weil sie eine andere Meinung haben? Show some respect, Felix!
5 months 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
Paolo
5 months ago
...2 years and no major plugins, just a few tutorials (...2? 3?)...
Andrew and team, where are you? We miss you guys! This was by far the BEST After Effect site!!!
I'd love to see (probably like many of you!) a brand new Element 3D version 3!
Abdirahman Ahmed
5 months ago
Behold the power of Element3D and after effects https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j_wsp9lnjA
5 months ago
@felix: Ich glaube eher, Andrew Kramer ist im Stress und bastelt an einem neuen SF-Film mit. Aber man koennte ja wenigstens mal "Piep" sagen. :) Hmmm. Vielleicht hat er aber auch private Probleme. Wer weiss wer weiss.
felix
5 months ago
Die beklopten Klonkrieger haben wieder den Piloten entführt.
5 months ago
I hear this site is re-branding... Video NoPilot!
    Cristian
    5 months ago
    i know andrew is busy, and it's not fair since he does the tutorial for free... But that was funny! ????????
    Chris
    5 months ago
    Well the plane crashed..
    Beau
    5 months ago
    We gotta be patient, it's just Video SlowPilot
MasterKoala
5 months ago
Please Andrew .... without you die inspiration ..... just a little tutorial to enliven our joy!
5 months ago
thank you for this amazing post !!! chears
Joseph
5 months ago
NAB 2017 has passed, SIGGRAPH 2017 has passed, no new updates to Element 3D. So Andrew, is this a dead product?
    5 months ago
    I know of some big companies on the east coast that use Element for a lot of there work. (ESPN & Hasbro) I think that Element is a amazing program and ahead of its time but some day soon it will be common place and then it will fade away if it doesn't continue to develope.
Abdirahman Ahmed
5 months ago
The power of after effect and the amazing Element3D has no limits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j_wsp9lnjA
    Mani
    5 months ago
    Hi AA give me a tutorial bro
smallking
5 months ago
WHY i can not watch this video? black screen?
5 months ago
That was really helpul.
5 months 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
    5 months 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.
    5 months 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
    5 months ago
    ???? Jaden nice lighting and rendering it's look like a movie and give tutorials.
    biere
    5 months ago
    Hey Jaden, thanks for the tips!
    I'll try them on my next E3D project.
    And, again...great job, man!
    Ratra
    5 months ago
    Hello Jaden,
    Awesome render...the BB8 looks so real!
    Bit curious, are those Stormtrooper keyed footage?
Nikolay Kolev
5 months ago
aaaaand 3 months again :)
chris
5 months 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.
Andrew O
5 months ago
This site used to be cool....
5 months ago
Awesome tutorial! Thanks Andrew! Keep up the good work!!
Dan
5 months 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.
Jason W
5 months ago
I really wish people would cut VCP a break. Andrew and staff has gone above and beyond for the visual effects community. I applaud their success. I've been using VCP since tutorial #1 and followed him here from creative cow. Please stop hating on the lack of updates. This team has paid enough dues for ALL of us. ...and to Darren's comment: Hollywood didn't kill VCP. VCP helped make Hollywood even better. I hope anyone with a complaint has mastered all 164 tutorials.
Thanks VCP, keep making that magic happen. Sincerely, The Faithful.
Darren
5 months 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
    5 months 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
    5 months ago
    Hollywood didn't kill VCP. VCP helped make Hollywood even better.
JT
5 months ago
Anything new!? New version of E3D??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rv29vdLUxc
Nepal
6 months ago
Coming soon element 3D V.3
6 months ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IygDtcB2Qss i made a short film using some of these lighting effects
    sean
    6 months ago
    clean your lens
    5 months ago
    Hi Phillip, FX are ok, but I like the concept...
    Christian Michael
    5 months 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
    5 months 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
    5 months 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
    5 months 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
    5 months 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.
Yei atl
6 months ago
Gracias... Es excelente sutrabajo trabajo y dedicación.
Hi folks .. Here is another "Motion Speed Art" using Element 3D .. Enjoy !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRp4ZaGTpB0
    danny
    6 months ago
    nice!!!
6 months ago
Thank you so much for taking the time for this. This is wonderful!
MASTERKOALA
6 months ago
Andtew we loss you!!!
dewey
6 months ago
Man, this web site is just SAD. It was once the coolest sites around. Now it is just a place
to buy stuff. No one is running this site. No one is hosting this site. The blog gets updated once
every 3 to 4 months. For all the love we all have for AK, you gotta admit, this site is poorly, poorly
run. SAD!!!
SIzheFAN
6 months ago
As a senior Chinese student who doesn't learn English well, I must keep on learning After Effects
Michał
6 months ago
I think post prod of new star wars? I'dlike to see some new halloween tutorial :)
Chris
6 months ago
Has Andrew been active on his instagram or twitter the last month? Maybe he's finally finishing up Intercept.
6 months ago
What pack did you use for the lightning effects?
Tom
6 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. :)))
    Daylight Films
    6 months ago
    Nice! If it wasn't Andrew they must watch his Tutorials!
    Jim Gravina
    6 months ago
    Yes! I noticed that too! awesome!
    Simon Thorley
    6 months 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
    5 months 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?
6 months ago
Very nice effect, Specially where the Electric FX hits the ground, Nice blur reflections and glow!
Thanks for your great tutorials.

Digiphic Studio
http://www.digiphic.com
Simon Thorley
6 months ago
Anthony
6 months ago
I am following the element 3d tutorial Deform animation and everything was going well until I reach the part with using the 3d camera. Whenever I rotate the camera it is turning the layer and not the 3d object on the layer. Could some one tell me why?
    Hack
    6 months ago
    Watching your "tutorials" is like me giving Submarine operating lessons, I've never even been in a Submarine.
JT
6 months ago
Nice!
my experiment of element 3d.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojObPUzsChE
    Beau
    6 months ago
    Dude, quit spamming this thread with your Photoshop tutorials.
6 months ago
thanks for this awesome tutorial.
Joseph
6 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
    6 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.
Mike Verta
7 months ago
Okay - one more: Pre-Comp the Lightning and do an Auto-Trace to convert its core luminance into animated masks. Then use the masks to drive the Saber plugin for all the energy and glow effects. Pretty much energy beam Nirvana.
Mike Verta
7 months ago
You can also use the first lightning layer - with just the little emission points - to drive Optical Flares in Luminance mode for automatic flares at the impact points.
robert kIngmax
7 months ago
Thanks for this amazing tutorial ,man help me out on how I can make superlanding in cinema 4D and after effect
7 months ago
thank you Andrew kramer, your best.
Lwaddict
7 months ago
Wow, learned a lot of techniques useful for so many things! Thanks again Andrew! And Crew!
Jaseem Harry
7 months ago
Where is Andrew Kramer NAB 2017 Full video....!!!!??
    Sean
    7 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
    7 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
    6 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.
Andrew
7 months ago
Is there a way to use this in HitFilm Pro 2017?
li
7 months ago
Thank you very much. I'm from China and I don't know any English translation software. Sometimes I make mistakes...
Element 3D and OBJ Sequences .. Enjoy !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkWGhD5ThXk
    Ward
    7 months ago
    THAT is REALLY nice :)
Mike
7 months ago
There is a new Star Wars Movie coming out you know. AK might be a little busy.
What ever happen to INTERCEPT?
JT
7 months ago
My test render of element 3d
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojObPUzsChE
StuCo
7 months ago
Action and Essentials and Element 3D Test:
https://vimeo.com/111552133
Erin
7 months ago
Is it possible to do these newer tutorials in AE CS6?
    rowlkr
    7 months ago
    Nicely done texturing, lighting, animation.
7 months ago
@AK A useful technique for adding time-based expressions, like you did with the conductivity setting is to use "time*value", then dial the value to whatever you want. That way you can tweak it without having to edit the expression, just by changing the value. Also lets you keyframe it for added control.
Joni
7 months ago
i can't find the lighting plugin please help me :-(
7 months ago
Mr.Andrew why dont videocopilot get a tutorial on how to create something for Muslems Eid ?
its a celebration for us and i'v been watching the tutorial for years !
u got a lot of Muslem fans we would like to see something like EidMubarak tutorial !
chris
7 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!?!?
    MrBlubke
    7 months ago
    That would be Free... as you may have noticed all tutorials are free... so all efforts he takes to create them, all the time these consume to create, being away from his family... he does this for ZIP/NILL/NADA dollars... so I assume a little respect would be in place...
Simon Thorley
7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 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
    7 months ago
    I prefer relying on my sense of humor. But your answer makes me think I should still work on it... ;)
    Sean
    7 months ago
    touch!
Michał
7 months ago
I think one tutorial a yaer it's nice.