37. 3D Camera Projection
• Transform a single image into 3D space
• Use light transmission to simulate camera mapping
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Jun 25, 2007
Tutorial Notes:
UPDATE: For After Effects CS3 use a Spot Light instead of a Point Light.
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113 Responses to "3D Camera Projection"
raza syed
03/20/2014
Andrew, you are Great
Mike Sevigny
02/24/2014
This tutorial inspired me to take it one step farther and make a tutorial on projecting images/video onto 3D extruded shapes in the new raytrace render engine.
https://vimeo.com/87376234
You're the best Andrew.
Lulu
09/16/2013
GREAT VIDEOS ! I HAVE BEEN ALL OVER TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO USE MS PAINT, PHOTOSHOP 7.0 AND ADOBE AFTER AFFECT SO I CAN DO A VIDEO PROJECTION AGAINST MY HOME FOR HALLOWEEN FOR THE KIDS BUT IT HAS OVERWHELMED ME. IS THERE ANY WAY YOU CAN DO A VIDEO ON HOW TO ADD VIDEO INTO A TRACING OF A HOME USING THESE PROGRAMS. I HAVE THE TRACING BUT IT DOES NOT LET ME INTEGRATE THE VIDEOS INTO IT JUST COLOR. I AM NOT VERY TECH SAVY BUT I WOULD LOVE TO THIS FOR OUR KIDS HERE IN FLORIDA. THEY LOVE THE BATES HAUNT.. I WANT TO DO IT FOR THEM HERE. THANKS FOR ANY HELP YOU CAN LEND ME.
mikedidthis
09/04/2013
I was experiencing the problem with the solids staying white when I moved the camera around, and realized that the issue was my light. In CS6 it has a falloff setting that is not shown in the video. Once I set the falloff to "none" (making the light cast out infinitely far away instead of casting only a specific distance), the problem went away. Hope that's helpful to someone else out there.

Great tuts Andrew. Thanks!!
masterxeon1001
04/18/2013
OMG andrew. Great video. Youre the best voice in CG tuts.
Jj
03/11/2013
You're the best Andrew. So much that I'd like to ask if I can join you and your wife in holy matrimony? No homo.
Mitzelle
01/02/2013
I couldnt stop myself from commneting, you're awesome and I soecially commented because I loved your little grasping stories that made me imagine at the same time gave me pretty little breaks while I try your tricks on my software here, good one :)
Thank you sooo much for this video :)
WhiteF
11/28/2012
hey.. nice... i love this site !!!
EOC student
10/05/2012
every time i use the orbit camera tool everything goes white. What did i do wrong
Rudi
07/04/2012
Video does not play on IPad pnly sound
Mike
10/30/2012
That's probably because the iPad doesn't run flash player. The android tablet on the other hand, now that's a different story.
Gawainsonic
03/30/2012
Hey thanks I will tell you that I am figuring everything out for a cool video " Twisted Metal Sweet Tooth's Midnight Ride" It will involve a 3D City with footage of a Twisted Metal RC driving around I thought it would be cool and have him destroy cars and stuff so yea it will be amazing
Emilio
09/10/2011
Hi! When I try to turn the 'cast shadows' to 'only' there is no such option, just on and off. Could somebody please help me? I'm working with cs5.5
Thanks a lot!
Ka
01/28/2012
Hey. I'm kinda late with the answer, but for all of you who have the same problem like Emilio: turn the cast shadows 'off', then right click over that 'off' and click 'edit value'. That helped in my case. Or just repeat the 'edit value' clicking until you get to the 'only' option.
Stephen
08/27/2011
Dunno if I'm the only one who had this problem, but in order for the light projection to work make sure your light's "Shadow Diffusion" setting is set to 0px otherwise everything just looks ridiculously blurred out. I only saw too late that Andy's was set to 0px when I went back to when he first added the light. The default setting in CS5 seems to be 53px, which might cause some confusion.
Raja
08/17/2011
hey.. nice... i love this site!

but i cant get it that, how to get free image footage! like (wall, castle. etc.)
plz help me..!


thank you
Steve
07/11/2011
Thanks for the tut, Andrew!

One question though: Scaling down the 3d projection layer to match the viewport of the 3d cam is a incorrect approach to "real cammapping" like in an 3D App - because it might differ to the reference image in 2D. Especially if you have a 3D track from elsewhere and not a standard camera you created in AFX iteself. Do you know of any function for a 3D layer to match the comp window entirely, as if it was 2D, by orienting itself in space?

Thanks a lot!!
tennisam
05/18/2011
Does this work with a video footage ?
Jay-ar22
05/12/2011
Lucky U you U you Survived the Bee Attack xD
Neal Schneider
05/07/2011
amazing! thanks so much ... i've taken this tut and some of your others to create this projected project based on my travels around india & europe.

http://vimeo.com/23378963
Chris
03/13/2011
Hi Andrew

Your tutorials are really helpfull, keep up the good work. Im wondering how I can do a camera fly over, over a 2d image.
Hope you can help me out.
Pascal
03/12/2011
The most funny vid of all!!
Namor
03/08/2011
always a very nice tutorial andrew,i´ve learned a lot.
Asif Iqbal
03/02/2011
Hey Andrew, god bless u man. U r doing a gr8 gr8 job. Really appreciate ur passion, n u r doing it 4 free!! Hats off. Greatings to Sam Loya too;p

So, here i want to know here that can i use this "3-D camera projection to build a scene similar to scene from matrix i.e. the sub-way station fight scene. I did a sort of time freeze scene with my actors in front of green screen, well not really. I shot them on stage sort of thing and then replaced the rest with green in photoshop. And, for my background i took still images of the location 360' and interpolated it with a software. It was pretty hectic job nd affected my eyes. I wonder how u manage, do you wear contact lenses! Lol

So, that time i didn't had AE n so now that i have i want to do something like that with it. So, let me know if i'm thinking correctly.

Thanx man for all your tutorials.
DINISH
02/24/2011
I like very much.
israel
02/17/2011
thx!!! ive been searching for this, im new in this.
so thanks, grate job.

from mexico
kitkats
12/20/2010
blurriness = you need to increase the shadow map resolution in advanced comp settings
Robert
09/20/2010
Hey Andrew,
one question about it. If I turn light transmission on, the projection will be sort of blurry. Is that in fact of the AE light rendering? Is there a cance to prevent this?

Best regards Rob
Amit Sahani
08/14/2010
really a cool Tutorial..i Learned Very Much From The Andrew Cramer...Thanks A lot Sir
rajeev
08/02/2010
something different
Ahsen
07/21/2010
Hi,

Thank you so much for these great tutorials but I have an annoying problem with all the videos, every time I want to go back a few seconds and watch it again, it goes all the way back to the start and I get to watch it a dozen of times just for the sake of that few seconds I missed. It gets really REALLY really annoying after 3 times, believe me :) Especially when I'm trying to do a course project for the next week. So, is is only me or is there a problem with the video?

Thank you for your help.
Ahsen
Daniel From China
03/24/2011
You could use the "Firefox 4" browser. It can download all the videos from any sites. It really awesome~~~!!!!!
Dudah Hustle
05/21/2010
I don't know what my problem is, but I am struggling with every tutorial that I attempt. I am familiar with FCP and AE somewhat, but I just can't seem to pull it together when I am trying.
alex
01/04/2013
I have problems too. i know after effects well and have gotten this to work but now i just cant get the image to project itself onto the solids. i recommend reading a dedicated guide to learning after effects and how it works before taking on advanced projects. but you might still end up like me :/
Shravan
05/04/2010
its nice master! work
alex
03/20/2010
Just stumbled over this. awesome technique.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpSygv94P3A

way more advanced way of creating a projeciton map that you can move around 180 degrees. frickin sweet.
always wondered how it was done. only example ive seen. Just uploaded too. I dropped him a mail and he has only just put this together after alot of requests.
rahul chogle
03/09/2010
hi thanks to respected sir Mr Andrew i have never expected so much but you have gave us so much creativity i thanks on more time to you for giving a fabulous tutorial from vidiocopiolet and i don't know how to purchase your plug-ins please guide me for that purpose
SanKeT Dhulap
02/19/2010
its really awesome ! its like matrix FX !
indran
01/23/2010
thank you.. :)

regards
malaysia
raul
12/09/2009
nice tutorial, but I have a problem and I had this problem before, the thing is, when I go to effects and presets and search for the "grid" effect I don't have that preset.. what can I do?

I really appreciate your help! thank you!...
William Samuel Ravatua-Smith
11/22/2009
"Head on, in the wall into my fist, yes..."

Lvin the Humor...
sVendetta
11/16/2009
Very useful and entertaining tuorials!
I really enjoy working with them and learned quite a lot out of them. There is one problem I can't explain: when I project a picture like you showed in tut 39 the picture itself becomes blurry. I really tried to do exactly what you told, but nothing works

Thank you anyway, keep up the excellent work, yours sVendetta
Thank God for Andrew!
10/20/2009
Hey Andrew,
My Name is Thomas Newman and I just finished my first feature film named "Bong Of The Dead" which is going to be released next year. Im in full time post right now just one guy in his basement doing all your tutorials and learning so much. My friend and I both are using your techniques everyday to make the film all that it can be. When it is done it is going to receive distribution already and I am definitely going to put a huge thank you and plug to you and video co-pilot for all your help. I love all your products and will always buy them as they come out. Im waiting for Pro scores 2 so I can score my film with a professional sound. Love Pro one! Please keep up the great tutorials! You can see the teaser of Bong Of The dead at http://www.bongofthedead.com

Thanks!
eric
09/04/2009
doh, just put it on spotlight like said.

incredible what you can make after 1 tutorial!

takes a long time to render whit high res pics...
eric
09/04/2009
I have the same problem as Alex in CS3.
I'm trying but no fix yet.

Love the tutorials!
AnupRaja
07/14/2009
amazing video..
DarkEntity
07/13/2009
really amazing!you're really cool.i'm from the Philippines.more power!
JSpraya
07/12/2009
If the Picture Was a Still video Shot Would this still work ? or
If the picture had a person in it LOOKING at the camra would they continue to look at the camra as it pans ?
(im really not expecting an answer but hey ! if i keep watching these tutorials i might learn myself)
Thanks Man
Volker
06/09/2009
Inspirational as always ! Keep up the great work, Andrew !
David Knight
06/08/2009
yeah , andrew - I love all your other tutorials but I agrre with titi on this - this one just seems like a tedious hack. Why not create instead a 3ds max tute which shows how camera projection mapping can achieve this result in a much more intuitive way and far more quickly and with more generaly applicable results. The projection mapping feature of 3ds max is much underused -it involves simply choosing a camera for the mapping and shifting it around to match the geometry being used . I don't understand the need for all this shadow casting stuff - it seems to me just a clever but tedious hack which is not really necessary at all and has limitations and also one can easily forget the steps. Anyways -that's my two bits. keep up the good work!
Alex
06/02/2009
Hi, Andrew

I am facing two problems:
#1 at some point I have white picture instead of picture
#2 the same problem exist with a project I downloaded from this tutorial.

How can I fix it?

Thank you!
Dahlan
05/31/2009
thanks Andrew for your tutorial...
i'm very like your tutoriail...
thanks...
b@ni
04/20/2009
its nice yaaaa.send us more projectin tuts..
Leo
03/23/2009
*Applause*

Dude you make this soooo easy to understand. There's nobody out there who can make tutorials like you do. I absolutely love this and am planning to buy your products
pankaj
02/10/2009
i am facing a problem in you shadow casting tutorials when we placing light and on casting shadow of text layer and BG layer shadow is display but when we turn of shadow option of bg layer and make it multiply mode there is no shadow display in main image, please send me how can i get it, thanks for tutorials
ken
02/09/2009
hey andrew!how did you learn many things about this program?...i want to be like you!...im so dying to be a master like you in after effects...i have a question...in order to be good at after effects, would it be self-discovery or something?...hey..can you do us a favor?can you do more basics for the "newbies" like me?..im looking forward to that...thanks a lot!..more power!...godbless!:)
Phoenician
12/27/2008
Hi Andrew

You are a main source of information for
biggners like me.

THANK YOU
Mathew
11/16/2008
You make jaw dropping tutorials.


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Max
10/22/2008
Thank you Andrew. Intresting tuturial. iI am from Russia. Hi from Siberia!!!
bamousa
10/04/2008
Excellent tutorial
thanks a lots
Sakari
09/21/2008
Excellent tutorial. I'm planning a short movie soon and this method will come in handy with photographs.
edward
09/12/2008
hows your throat by the way andrew? do have any tutorial about that little bee sting inside your throat?lols i hope u have that one thanks for the nice tutorial again
Cody
08/11/2008
That Was Brilliant. Made me laugh and helped me a lot.

And yes. From now on i will be weary of people Coming in closer to punch me in the face. haha haha
Aria
07/25/2008
u save my works man......thanks a lots
Rohullah Hares
07/13/2008
that was rally nice But Show as Some Ae plug inns
MadSammyboy
06/28/2008
I love it. Andrew is a great teacher, and he always interjects the right amount of humor into the videos - it's like I'm working with one of my buddies or something.

Golden, Andrew! Thanks for all you do!
Mitch Berlingeri
06/14/2008
I want all parties involved with this company to know, from the bottom of my heart to the depths of my soul....THANK YOU for being so kind and TRULY following the mantra of "Each one, teach one".

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But you guys?

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THIS SITE, YOUR COMPANY, YOU are a template for how IT should be done. (By the way, you are so kind to Adobe...you MUST have a load of inner peace)

IT IS ALREADY KNOWN: This site is the holy grail of sites for filmmakers and the birth of filmmakers alike.

Not Adobe, Not Sony...NOBODY does it like YOU!
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okatie
06/08/2008

very useful
Andrew
thank you very much
dwight cooman
06/04/2008
Your the best i need to meet you whats you E-mail adress
Maneco
05/31/2008
Great tutorial!
i love this transformations from 2d to 3d..also would like to see more 2.5d...there's something magic in that technique!!!

For copying effects,just edit copy---edit paste...
Billy
05/25/2008
Andrew for President!

The there would be someone worth voting for! lol
Paco
05/17/2008
These are the best tutorials I have ever seen of AE

Congratulations,
pAco
A[eicas
04/29/2008
thank you very much man...

PostMaster
04/24/2008
Have my babies...
Thierry
03/30/2008
thank you very much
i learn so much from your tutorials
and i also appreciate your sens of humour!

from French west indies
Arnold
03/11/2008
Hi!
Please help me!!
I didnt udnerstood how y copied the layer with the fx in the beginning

Looking forward for an answear!

/Arnold
Dresden
03/09/2008
Can you do this with landscapes?
basile
02/13/2008
i love andrew to
Joe
02/09/2008
The best... thx for tutorial...
From ITALY
fya
01/30/2008
hi i have a problem with fast preview at full details not only in this tutorial, here i see sth like loading all comp and then fast preview and at home it's still lagging anyone can help me?
tuanlingo
01/28/2008
very nice, thanks, i learn alot of thing, thanks
danutz
01/20/2008
naissss tutorial :) keep up the good work ... you teached me lots of things i never imagine i could work it in after effects :) thanks a lot ... you`re the man ... MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU ... just kidding :)
wiesel
01/10/2008
realy cool stuff man...keep it up!

Greets from Germany!
kami
12/28/2007
me ....
you .... Thanks for you lessons
k-chop
12/20/2007
you are the man. keep it up.
r4z2
12/11/2007
Hi,

This method only works for flat floors, is there any way to make a 'hilly' floor? Or does that have to be done in a different program?
Fresh Tutorials - we use them for class
12/04/2007
Keep pumping out the great work, I've learned more about ae from your site than in class. Even our teacher recommends it
titi
11/25/2007
I would do this thing in 3D MAX for 2 minutes.
wilbart
11/24/2007
hello Andrew,
any other person could ve felt he/she can do it but the truth is, no one ever thought of that creative idea and for that kudos and it shows u re creative. Keep it up.

I saw one of ur tutes (3D DEPTH MATTE), been trying to open it. Could u please send to my email.
wilbart
Jordi
11/17/2007
hey man I just wanted to say all you make it's very very useful. So thanks for that! ;)
MMorris
11/05/2007
Turn the light to a spot light in CS3
Rodrigo Mattos
11/03/2007
oh, and i just open your project and its all white!!..

opened in cs3...
Rodrigo Mattos
11/03/2007
Sup ANDREW!!!!!

i´m from brasil and i´ve been learning with you for a few months now. i hatched a tutorial that u put ROLLEBLADES on!

are u a skater?


ooo, before i forget, i was doing this tut and I can´t see the "Projected" layer since I had changed its parameters of lights and shadows.

PLEASEEE HELLP!!!

is it because im using CS3 after?
Dion Rademeyer
10/31/2007
Andrew you Rock my man and Congrats on your new born baby.
Man oh man you are the greatest. When I'm done with all these amazing tuts then I'll be the best in South Africa for sure :)
Thanks a xillion and God bless
Joey
10/28/2007
This is awesome Andy. Best AE tutes ive seen.

Keep it up mate
Harvey J. Wallbanger
10/27/2007
Phew. What a workout!
Ahmed Saber
10/25/2007
U R My Leader, I've discoverd another trick easy than u did

it also from ur tuts,

ur great, allah bliss u
Justin
10/22/2007
I am having the white rendering issue. as well I have disabled Open GL.
hugo
10/22/2007
Hi Andrew:
I think I've same problem with Basil and EDGE: I can´t see the "Projected" layer since I had changed its parameters of lights and shadows. In the place of the 2D picture I only see white over the other layers. Could it be a problem with Open GL?
Thank you very much, sorry for my English
Vishal
10/13/2007
Hey Andrew I Have Created My Logo, How Can I Send U
2 Look At My Add. U Are My Guru (Master).

Thankx

Vishal
Vishal
10/13/2007
Andrew U Rock Man
Nikko
10/11/2007
Ehphen cool. Didn't know this was possible in AE.
Cheers!
Niels
10/08/2007
Can this functionality be pasted in Flash so that a viewer can orbit in the 3d space?
EDGE
10/05/2007
hahahahahaha..nice dude..realy awesome..
but i have same question with basil..how can i fix the problem?
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