VIDEO: Crazy Driving!

Explore tips for shooting Car interiors for Post Production with Andrew Kramer.

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Flour Fusion: Real Particles

Creating particles in After Effects is awesome! We have all used Particular and Particle world but why not combine those particles with some real ones! Sometimes you need to create elements that are so complex and organic that you are better off taking out the camera and making a mess.

In this example we use a little bit of flour to mix things up!

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Demon Cam: Behind the Scenes

Last week we released a promotional film for our new iPhone app: “Demon Cam”!
Watch Demon Cam Film

Much like our Demon Face Warp tutorial, this new app allows you to record a video and transform someone into a Demon of your choice. To help people learn to use the app, we created a film with a supernatural back-story and more importantly, a platform to create some fun visual effects. Before watching the behind the scenes, you should probably watch the short film first. Watch Demon Cam.

Now that the project is released, we are excited to share the behind-the-scenes video, outlining everything that went into creating the effects as well as the app design.

As planned we will be breaking down many of the VFX shots for complete Video Copilot tutorials over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for that!

Watch Demon Cam: Behind the Scenes

Video available on Youtube & Vimeo!

 

FAQ: Android Version?
We’re gonna try!

We are excited to show you this coverage and
BLOG SHOW: The Big Show-bowski

In 2010 we celebrated 5 and a half years of Video Copilot so to celebrate we’re going to imply this blog show is somehow intended to be a big celebration. It has everything, action, adventure, music, surprises and even out-takes!

Please check it and feel free to share your favorite Video Copilot moments and memories in the comments!

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Slashing Tips

You know that part in a movie where some guy gets sliced up with a sword and you can see a big cut across his ninja shirt?… Well usually they do some fancy editing where he has a robe without a slash and then it cuts to a close up where the shirt now has a big rip… This actually works really well, especially with a nice sound effect. But I wanted to do the slicing all in one continuous take using computer technology!

How would you do it?

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Search & Destroy

Using various roto and split-screen effects we transformed a two-man SWAT team into a full squad for this demo scene. Sam Loya reprises his role as the “guy who probably gets killed”, in this exciting industrial saga.

The main goal of this scene was to film everything as if we had a dozen guys instead of just two. Don’t just shoot things that will be easy to composite later, push the limits and make the scene more dynamic.

Stay-tuned for tips on using the new Roto-Brush in AE CS5 as well as other split-screen and masking solutions that can be achieved in all versions of After Effects.

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Failed Blog Show Out-take

So we’re working on a fun new blog show and it’s taking a little longer to produce than expected but here is an embarrassing out-take to enjoy.

Believe it or not, we have to use trick editing to make it seem like I can say a complete sentence. Usually I can introduce a segment in 1-2 takes but some days… not so much.

Be gentle, it was windy. Should probably watch before you read any comments…

Check it out

BLOG SHOW: Making of Payment Plan

Check out the new Blog Show featuring the most in-depth behind the scenes footage for our recent short ‘Payment Plan’.

This blog show includes:

  • Original Rough-Cut with Alternate dialogue
  • Additional VFX additions
  • Art of Hitting Sam in the face
  • Workflow Tips
BLOG SHOW: Fear of Heights

In this special behind the scenes episode of the Blog Show, we will take you through setting up the shot for an upcoming tutorial. The technique allows you to create a 3D camera from a single 2D track!

We also discuss the benefits of temporary post production so you can reshoot before the set is taken down.

BLOG SHOW: Mystery of Violence

Warning: Simulated Violence

Topics Covered:
Upcoming Tutorial with Sam Loya
Behind the Scenes
Sam VS Sam
Will Sam get payback?
Video Copilot Hats!

UPDATE: The tutorial with Sam Loya will actually be online tomorrow so that our site doesn’t explode!

Video Copilot Gear: Will be available from our store at the end of NOV.

BLOG SHOW: Optical Flares & Bears Oh My!

In this new “Video Blog Show” we will be trying a new format and most importantly checking out the interface for OPTICAL FLARES for the first time!

Topics Covered:
New Blog Show Format
Fight Enhancement Tip in AE
Check out Upcoming Bar Graph Tutorial
5 Min Inside Look at the Optical Lens Flare Interface

This episode is a bit longer (18 min) but the time flies-by! We are shooting for 10 minute shows in the future! We also changed the resolution to 960×540 so you can see the tutorials and demonstrations much easier.

NOTE: Optical Flares is Mac & PC compatible.

Video Update: Canon 7D, AE Tips & Leeches

Video Update number two is online and we have several fun things to discuss in this slightly longer edition. We’ll check out the sneak peak of this weeks video tutorial, plus my take on the new Canon 7D, digital SLR. There has been a lot of interest in Video SLR’s and I wanted to look into it first hand. This discussion is a little more free but the Video blog world is starting to evolve … I’ll be trying some new things and hopefully we’ll find a format that works!

Otherwise we’ll have to start over and go back to formula. BACK TO FORUMLA!!

NOTE: The Submerged tutorial will be online this week. Stay Tuned.

Video Update: What’s Up!

I thought I would try something new today so I recorded a video update. Not to be confused with the inevitable “Video Copilot Show”, I’ve recorded this short video update to talk about some of the things that are happening at Video Copilot. I’d like to keep these short and casual but it might be a nice way to talk about things that are difficult to put in words.

Bad news: I have to start wearing shirts and possibly shaving regularly.

Let’s see where this goes…