Hey what’s up! Another year of doing what we love and pushing the limits of our imagination. It’s been great to be part of this community every single year and share experiences and ideas with so many of you. I’m forever thankful for this opportunity and look forward to an even more intense year in 2014!
My oldest daughter and I have been spending a little time in After Effects and I talk her through her own ideas. The other day, she wanted to make a candy cane (in 3D of course) and it was not as easy as it sounds! She really likes the “Sun” plug-in too! Oh, she really is my daughter As soon as the other kids get older, I’ll be putting them to work but until then!
But for now, let’s all try to find some time to be with family and friends and of course you guys are no exception.
Happy Holidays from the Kramer’s and everyone at Video Copilot!
Sorry it took longer than expected, we had a lot of files to sort through and optimize to work in Element and organize into one place but here it is!
The pack contains a variety of 30 buildings to create stunning futuristic city sky-lines inside Element 3D. Some models feature high resolution textures and others have lower resolution and work better for distant buildings. Experiment for best results! Remember be thankful to all those who worked on these!
There is a lot of variety and you can even user the Element 3D replicator, you can create some fun combinations like above.
Be sure you are running the latest version of Element 3D V1.6
I just stumbled upon this spectacular reel of visual effects work for the film Stalingrad. The simulations of smoke and fire take it to another level.
What’s even more impressive is the amount of work that went into this video just to show all of the layers and work that went into. C’mon! Look at those camera swings!
While not quite as impressive, you ca check out our Advanced Training Series you might be able to see how some of this is possible combining Fume FX with 3Ds Max and compositing in After Effects.
I decided after all to put together a tutorial about the Lionsgate Studio Design and here it is!
In this tutorial we’ll take an in-depth look at building complex bevels with Element 3D and give your titles a shiny finish. We’ll also looking at Lens Flares, Render Settings and adding some nice Light Rays.
Original Design Credit:
The actual Lionsgate studio design was created by the talented folks at DevaStudios!
Check out their work!
After seeing the impressive Lionsgate title treatment I thought I would try to recreate the intricate bevel in Element 3D. While it is not exactly the same, I was able to use a single extrude object with 5 bevels layers. Here is the previous text tutorial that examines the extrude tool in Element 3D.
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So…. I’ve been busy lately finishing up some intense work on the main title for the new FOX show Almost Human and tonight is the second episode of the series!
Working on this sequence was both fun and challenging but as always, it was great to part of another cool project! We used After Effects along with 3DS Max and even some Element 3D to create many of the shots. Originally the title sequence was going to be shorter but it evolved into a longer montage about the show. We ended up working on about 10 shots that were edited together with footage from the show to help tell the story.
I’ll try to create a more detailed video breakdown soon, but here are some still frames of some of my favorites.
This digital Iris was created by filming a real eye with a Canon 5DM3. Then I used several 3D layers to add depth to the vein network as the camera passes through into the Main Title.
This room was created in 3DS max with help from the Video Copilot modelling team via Stefan & Alex. I compositied in After Effects with the Z-pass to add depth of field. The shot included some really cool high-tech screens as well as detailed medical equipment from the future! Luckily we had a render farm because this shot took about 8 minutes per frame to render.
This gun model was created in 3Ds Max and imported into After Effects with Element 3D for precise animation & lighting.
This hand shot was rendered in entirely in Element 3D from a high quality hand model. The digital circuits were created in After Effects and mapped to the hand using a second copy of Element 3D on top of the original to give it a glowing effect.
Another E3D shot of the camera flying over the police badge.
Be sure to check out the show tonight!
Have you ever needed to add a glow to a specific color? Like an explosion, or signal light without affecting the rest of the image.
In this short tutorial I’ll show you a fast technique that will allow you add a glow to a specific color only and avoid the color mixing that occurs when using traditional luminance based glows.
- Ability to Refine and Color Correct Glow
- Procedural Effect, auto-updates
- Use Keying tools to refine color selection
- Works on a single adjustment layer, no pre-composing!
- Not just for JetStrike! Great technique for all projects!
Don’t forget I’m doing an After Effects presentation in Los Angeles tonight for DMALA! (Monday night) If you are around, please register and come by!
Today we are proud to announce our new mini-site: Flight School!
This course is packed FREE visual effects training for JetStrike & After Effects! Sure we want you to buy our new model pack but these tutorials are also filled with useful tips for any project and we recommend watching just to see what is possible.
Right now we have 6 new tutorials and will be adding more along the way!
Flight Control (Create your own Airline)
Decal Customization (Add grunge too!)
Realistic Camera Tips
Bonus Rendering Tips
I’ll be presenting again at DMALA in Los Angeles on Monday, October 28. Starts 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT). I know there will be food and prizes like some great Video Copilot products! I’m looking forward to it and I hope guys and gals can come out!
Register Now, Limited Space available & the tickets go fast!
I also made this Sonic Boom video using our new product JetStrike based on some live action footage of super-sonic jets! There may be some debate about authenticity of my composite but I call this artistic expression, after all this is Visual Effects! Real, Hyper Real & sometimes just lazy!
In this in-depth tutorial, we’ll create a dynamic spin animation inside of After Effects without any 3rd Party plug-ins. Whether you are a beginner or advanced user, this tutorial is packed full of helpful information and major tips, you must see!
- Creating Spectral animations using audio waveforms
- Use Force Motion blur to create unique noise patterns
- Build Circular elements with various properties and animation
- Create a perfect lighting array with Polar Coordinates
- Pre-Render Design Elements for faster compositing
- Layer Distribution & Alignment tips
- Unique use of distortion and radial FX
Getting back to After Effects experimentation, I’ve been developing more ideas related to the Spinning FX from earlier. In this case I’m using Audio and masks to create circular design patterns.
Big tutorial coming out tomorrow with all the exciting details!
I just love Geometry!
JetStrike is now available and here is a list of all the Jets that are included in HD! Almost every Jet includes multiple texture skins for unlimited variations & Decals!
JetStrike 3D Model Gallery:
Click Image to view in high resolution! Or visit the product page and start creating your own with the Sky Pack!
Creating realistic heat distortion in After Effects can be tricky to control using displacement maps and fractal noise AND that is why we created our own dedicated Heat Distortion plug-in! Check out the video to see it in Action.
This plug-in will be available exclusively with the Flight Kit collection that also include over 200+ Jet Sound FX, 360° Sky Maps (4K), Aerial Explosion Stock Footage! The Flight Kit Pack goes perfectly with the soon to be released JetStrike Model pack available Tomorrow!
Flight Kit Product Features:
- Over 200+ Aircraft Sound FX: Like the ones from the JetStrike teaser!
- 25 HDR Sky Maps. Full 360° maps at 4K Resolution with various cloud types and sunsets.
- High Definition Aerial Explosions Stock Footage!
- Plus an advanced Heat Distortion Plug-in by Video Copilot.
Flight Kit is available separately for $99.95
UPDATE: Now Available!