My After Effects World Conference Visit


I’m exited to tell you that I had a blast at this years After Effects World conference and met a lot of great people.

I was also given an opportunity to do a keynote presentation which is much different than sitting behind a computer and demonstrating software. I talked about what motivates me, personal challenges and what I think are the keys to becoming a better artist.

The good news is that this time we filmed it and now that the footage has been downloaded safely, I’m happy to announce we will be posting it online for all to watch this week.

I hope you will check it out!

Announcing Element 3D V2!

It has been a little over 2 years since the release of Element 3D V1 and I still remember it quite vividly. I recall staying up all night before the launch, trying to get everything done.

I was nervous and excited.  My son Josh had just been born a week earlier and I was working from home at the time. The pressure was on!

Finally everything was in place and we hit the GO button. The page went live! I exhaled with a strange form of guarded relief. There was no turning back.

The next thing I remember in my semi-conscious state was the absolutely incredible response from the community.  The heartfelt comments and appreciation.  Even to this day, when somebody gets a chance to use Element 3D in their project, I’m truly excited and thankful.

At Video Copilot we know the bar is raised high and we accepted the challenge.

Today, I’m pleased to announce the next major release of Element 3D V2!  This November, we’re thrilled to bring our latest plug-in to the world!

Our team has worked exceptionally hard to try and bring you incredible new features that will save you time and create impressive results without a SHADOW of a doubt.

Join Us October 6th for the first sneak peak and some actual product details!!
(Right after I get back from After Effects World!)

UPGRADING: We will have special upgrade pricing for previous owners as well. This is a BIG Release!

Pixel Screen Experiment!

Here is a fun experiment I created to simulate cool LCD Pixel effects using built-in plug-ins only! It uses the Camera Lens Blur effect along with a depth map to create realistic DOF.

Watch Breakdown on Youtube

Download Project File (CS6)

Sound FX Created with MotionPulse!

After Effects World Keynote!

 

I’m very excited to participate in the  upcoming After Effects World Conference this month!

I’ll be presenting the Saturday evening Keynote and hopefully hanging out with everyone afterwards! It should be even more exciting than trying to create this fake production stock photo! ** Let me just adjust this knob….**

I’ll be along side many talented video pros that you may already know so be sure to check the Sessions List.

After Effects World Conference is a 3-Day conference with presentations by many experts and members of the After Effects Team.
More Info about the Show here!

It’s not too late to sign up!

 

Free Script: 3D Pre-Compose + Tutorial!

I finally got tired of doing this manually, so we created a free script!

What is this script for? The 3D Pre-Compose Script makes it easy to pre-compose 3D-aware layers by automatically copying all cameras & lights into the new comp with linked expressions! Just watch the tutorial to see all the amazing possibilities! Plus it’s Free!

Watch Tutorial on YouTube

Watch Tutorial on Video Copilot

What can you do with it?

  • Create displacement maps out of 3D aware layers
  • Isolate 3D layers for different lighting setups in the same scene
  • Disable DOF for certain layers
  • Lens Flare obscuration maps in 3D: For Element 3d & Particular etc
  • Apply 2D effects to a 3D layer in screen space

Download Script

New Tutorial: Sci-Fi Weapon FX!

In this exciting tutorial I’ll be showing you how to create various sci-fi muzzle flashes and distortion FX.  If you need to add sound FX, be sure to check out our MotionPulse sound tools!

Watch on Youtube
Watch on Vimeo
Watch on Video Copilot & Project File

Tips & Tricks:

  • Create Muzzle Flash with Fractal Noise
  • Advanced Shockwave Compositing
  • Track lights onto weapon

Download Free Color Vibrance Plug-in
Create your own Shockwave Tutorial
Action Essentials 2

New Tutorial: Shockwaves in After Effects!


You don’t want to miss this in depth tutorial! Massive tips, no extra plug-ins!

Even though we offer a cool Shockwave pack for sale, this new tutorial shows you how to create an impressive shockwave effect without 3rd party plug-ins.  Of course we recommend our free Color Vibrance Plug-in for colorization!

Watch Tutorial on Video Copilot
Watch Tutorial on Youtube
Watch Tutorial on Vimeo

 

Shockwaves in AE!


Here are some cool AE shockwaves that are created 100% inside of AE without 3rd party plug-ins!

Sure we have a cool Shockwave Product but we think it is nice to be able to show you how to make cool stuff for Free without having to buy something all the time.  Of course, we appreciate the support of all our customers! You guys and gals make it possible for us to do more stuff like this!

The technique is a combination of the Fractal Noise effects but they are created in a very unique way so I’m recording a tutorial tonight and I’ll post it tomorrow!

Stay tuned!

Element 3D 1.6.2 Updated for AE CC 2014



Just a quick heads up! Our Element 3D plug-in has been updated for AE CC 2014!

There are a couple of important bug fixes and we recommend this update for everyone, even if you are not running CC 2014.

Download E3D 1.6.2 (490)!

NOTE: Typically Video Copilot plug-ins can be copied from one plug-in folder to another.

But we did find a bug that required us to update the plug-in this time. For other plug-ins like Heat Distortion and Optical Flares, you can still just copy them to the CC 2014 Plug-in folder and we’ll get the installers updated this week.

VFX Short: Lock & Load!

Watch on Youtube in HD
Watch on Vimeo in HD

Check out our new VFX short… ’cause we made it!

Production Notes:
Filmed on 2 separate days
Shot on RED
Canon Lenses: 16mm L-series plus a cool 50mm

VFX:
After Effects, 3DS Max, Fume FX, Rayfire
Action Essentials 2

New Plug-in: Color Vibrance!

Watch on YouTube in HD

Intense bright colorization can be tricky so we created a plug-in that makes it easy to achieve HOT colors instantly.  Plus it’s FREE!

We even added some helpful matte tools so you can generate alpha channels from stock footage like SHOCKWAVE and give you more compositing control. Check out the video to see how it works!

Plug-in Features:

  • Add Hot Colorization with ease
  • Create Alpha Channels  (unmultiply)
  • Works on Pre-Matted Clips
  • Eliminate the faded colors when using mask feathering

Download Mac or PC
COMPATIBILITY:
After Effects CS5, CS6 & CC
PC & Mac (OSX 10.7+)

We used the Color Vibrance plugin to make these Sci-Fi Guns Pop!

Sci-Fi Weapons Experiment!

Watch on YouTube in HD
Watch on Vimeo in HD

Check out our latest video as we examine creating Sci-Fi weapons with After Effects!

After painting a NERF gun with some matte black spray paint, we used a variety of built-in plug-ins plus some design elements from the ShockWave pack to create these futuristic FX. The possibilities  are unlimited!

And of course we used our new Sound FX Library to create all the high-tech weapon sounds!
Check out MotionPulse!


 

MotionPulse & ShockWave Now Available!

Our  massive new Sound FX Library and Particle Stock Footage pack are Now Available! Check out the sound demos to see what kind of sounds you can expect and let us know if you have any questions!

Check it out Now!

 

 

First Look: MotionPulse Product Demo!

Check out the new MotionPulse product demo and see our new Sound FX toolkit  in Action! This is just a glimpse at the 2000 sound FX collection that we’ve been working on. The possibilities are unlimited!

MotionPulse is Now available along with ShockWave Particle FX!
Visit Product Page Now!

MotionPulse Available Tuesday May 6th!

Our new Sound Design Toolkit is Now Available!  This is by far the biggest sound FX collection we’ve ever made and we went to a whole new level with every sound.

Watch the Announcement Trailer to get an idea of what to expect and stay tuned for a few more surprises as well!

Listen to Sound Demo and Buy Now!