38. 3D Camera Projection 2
• Convert a still photo to 3D geometry in AE
• Create multiple walls and a 3d light
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Tutorial Notes:
UPDATE: For After Effects CS3 use a Spot Light instead of a Point Light.
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148 Responses to "3D Camera Projection 2"
e11world
04/17/2014
Very amazing tutorial. I wonder if you have any tips on using this technique with an image that is not shot from the center (ex. http://wallpapershd2014.com/Wallpapers-11/imagepages/image322.htm or google this abstract-background-1920x1200-1004002)?
Raza
03/10/2014
Andrew, your tutorials are the BEST.... You do an awesome job. Thank You!
James Hennessy
06/14/2013
This is Flipping awesome!!!!
Rado Dam
04/29/2013
your tutorial has no one is not good, I am from Angkor.
mahesh
03/03/2013
you are the master of tutorials. widely accepted. Please bring more 3d aspects to your tutorials. Like Blender, C4d kinda. Thank you.
Alex Saur
01/23/2013
Heey, I wonder if I could use the same in Premiere pro. Do can I make a video out of this?
Ethan
11/08/2012
I want to add lights to my environment. Except the lights won't be enabled due to the wireframes material options being tweaked. How can I add light for compositing purposes?
Stuts
09/16/2012
I have tried this tut several times and keep running into the same problem. I'm wondering if this is a CS6 change? When I get to the step to turn on the projected layer, turn off the Reference layer and grid fx, (6:20) all I see is the transparent checkerboard art board.

I have referenced the first "3d Projection" tut and the "Submerged" tut without any success. Also I though the image might be to close or far from the camera and still no success. Every other tut I have done is GREAT! Help?
Doug Drexler
04/24/2012
Hey Andy -

Not only are your tutorials great, but you really are a gifted comic!

Doug
david
02/15/2012
wow amazing !! great :D
diego
01/17/2012
hey i really like your tutorials men!! please dont stop doing them!!!
Sebbe
10/06/2011
hey i have some poles to the left and the right in my pic and if i use the orbit tool the are looking weird, anyone has a tip for that? THANKS
Fernando
09/03/2011
Muchísimas gracias por compartir tu trabajo desinteresadamente. Tu labor y tu talento son admirable. Otra vez gracias, desde Buenos Aires.
Mart
09/20/2011
Estoy contigo, Andrew Kramer es todo un héroe moderno. Saludos y gracias desde Monterrey, México.
Rebel28
08/31/2011
Wow, really impressive. Loved this.
Kelly
06/16/2011
This is great! But how can I make this into a video? Do I need keyframes? Because right now I can move the photo around, but I can't get it to move in the timeline.
Kelly
06/18/2011
Nevermind, I found it in the original tutorial. :)
A'lban
05/18/2011
Andrew You Have The Best Tut's
But

Can you tell me how you change to full screen?

I mean the video in AE
hutzi
04/27/2011
i love that one! gonna try it as soon as possible!

thank you for your great tutorials
Stephen
03/29/2011
Love this tutorial... just went back through it again after some time as a refresher. However, I'm experiencing some STRANGE issue.

For some reason, when I move my camera using the tools, I can't see the scene change realtime, everything whites out, and when I release the mouse it all updates. At first I thought it might be preview resolution, or some specific setting. But I don't think that's it.

Reason; I downloaded your project file, imported it into MY project, so I could go back and forth and check settings easily... if I move the camera in YOUR comp, it works! If I move the camera in mine it doesn't. Have gone back and forth and compared comps settings, even in Advanced, everything is the same now!

If I copy and paste the layers from my comp into yours... it works! So there has to be something wrong with my comp... I just don't know what to look for. Crazy...

Bennie Khanyizira
03/16/2011
Andrew U deserve the best U can get in Life.... U r ril man. Hands Up!!!!!!!!!!!
Pascal
03/12/2011
Guy u r so funny i love your tuts
ur biggest fan
03/04/2011
ur the reason i am made my ambition .... effects!
bubba ganoush
02/20/2011
omg, i did the same thing with the soda cans in the box...(insert twilight zone music here).oh yeah, cool tutorial, thanks!
Anish
02/20/2011
awsum mind blowing that's amazing very cool tutorials like u.

Andrew, thanks a lot for your tutorials.

Anu
from
Ambala,haryana,India
mohammed
02/13/2011
it was really impressive
yes its old but cool
thnx sir , man ,bro , my friend :D
KIM
02/07/2011
the projected foto is turned to me black why
nayan
02/07/2011
1. it looks realistic HD video footage shooted on dolly
2. to hide some of the virtual mistakes use blackness & motion blur
3. but it is quit better realistic
HappytimeGod
01/18/2011
This is just amazing.. I did not manage to close my mouth in a several minutes, that's just awesome!
ozwizm
12/27/2010
this was one of the most awesome things I have ever seen. I still cant believe that i can make a 3d scene out of a picture. Especially not without downloading presets or another software! Ur the best, man.
roshan
11/04/2010
thanks sir
may jesus be with you
riva24zx
10/04/2010
thank you andrew U DA MAN
Jahriki
09/30/2010
Thanks for Ur works man !
Dem rock it all !!!
Boom !!
sadam
08/31/2010
Thanks again Andrew!
Stas
07/25/2010
you really helped me a lot guy Kreamor! thanks, Video-Copilot lives forever ! :)
Devin S.
04/24/2010
Your stories are anti-climactic, but your tutorials are great.
Thank you :P

Too bad you can't bend the solids to form spheres/cylinders/other 3d solids to make the effect any more amazing but whatever, its still good.
blanki
03/23/2010
Hello Andrew,
my name is markus and i come from germany.
You are the best. i like your tutorials there are great and its simple explain by you. my english is not the best but i hope you know what i mean.
please show more tutorials. FANTASTIC. GREAT

greetings from germany
markus
Hoser
03/05/2010
Wonderful tut, Kramer.

Greetings fron San Francisco del Rincón, Guanajuato.
goran
01/25/2010
This is so perfect, than i want to cry :'(
harish nayak
01/13/2010
thank u
Irene
01/11/2010
very nice tutorial as usual - i haven't tried it out yet... but I wish you gave us more explanation on why do we do a certain thing a certain way. For example, why do we need a light? And for the grid, does it automatically "match" the image below it to fit to the grid and that's why the image scales when the camera moves? And why do we bring the "projected" layer all the way to the front of the camera and scale it down? And what is the "shadow map resolution" that you changed in the advanced 3d?

A lot of questions in my head. But cool effect though - didn't think it would be possible.
David Biederbeck
12/01/2010
Agreed Irene.
Josh Pabst (obviouschld Productions)
01/08/2010
Andrew; truly great stuff here. It's not that your tutorials are so groundbreaking--it's that they are so tolerable. Your sense of humor is spot on for me and I really enjoy watching your videos. I am an architect in Chicago and use Photoshop almost daily and am very proficient at it, and I have been a Sony Vegas user for years, but am just learning After Effects. These tutorials are exactly what I need to begin delving into the depths of AE (which is really far less intuitive than Photoshop.) Keep up the good work- I hope you find it as rewarding as myself and other viewers. I know some people may be put off by adding Photoshop to your tutorials, but I'm not at all. I think Adobe CS4,3 are meant to be used in conjunction. They are a suite. Why else would PS have exportable AE things. I would love to see more ways to integrate Photoshop and AE. We should always use the best tool for the job and sometimes you need to use PS. I'll stop now. Thanks.
Shawn
09/23/2009
You guys are simply.... Bad Ass!!
fugitivo
09/16/2009
gracias amigo, you got the surprise effect, cause I hadn´t seen the first 3D tutorial. it was shocking
ajit
08/18/2009
i watching from my childhood.
Fictionist
08/11/2009
I love your tutorials and the way you project your own views and such with the learning content, it just makes it that much more fun to listen to and you pick up on those tiny little things, which would otherwise fall between the cracks.
Anyway... I like your style of teaching, you make it easy to learn, hope you'll keep doing this as long as you have the power to do so.
Thanx!!
DarkEntity
07/14/2009
Very nice......best as always...
Joshua Chislett
06/23/2009
can this tutorial be done with a video clip not moving
Erikin
05/17/2009
Thanks very much!
I like this tip.
This is so cool!!!
mohan
05/12/2009
you've got some cool tutorials here.
what about the sodas popping out of the pack? i'd love to see a tut of that.
Evan Seitz
04/16/2009
quick question - i did everything up to where the tutorial ended, but when i try to make keyframes, my timeline is completely locked up! what do i do if i want to keyframe the camera going down the hall?
Yann
03/27/2009
if your picture is nor that square I suggest to move the light instead of the camera, you won't have problème with the overlapping layers and duplication of image.
It works great, thanks Andrew for that one too !
Mark Heggen
03/26/2009
Tried the OpenGL trick and the light setting...but still am getting just white.

Interestingly, I opened a project that used this--which I made in CS2--and it looks fine in CS3. Checked the settings, and they are all the original ones...even the light. Yet it works.

Anybody figured this out yet? Thanks!
minuslab
03/24/2009
Thanks a lot for all your work. This software is amazing! You really help people in your own way, thanks again A LOT from france!
Peter
03/03/2009
Camera projections are so powerful. Especially in fully 3d apps like Maya, you can turn a single image into a complete scene after replicating the lighting, however it all depends on the required camera movements. Being able to do it in AFX is just awesome tho. Thanks for the tutorial.

For those having trouble with this in cs3, use a spot light instead of a point light.
Gray
03/01/2009
Very impressive end result. My jaw dropped.
Yasukin
02/23/2009
Man, amazing! Andrew I'm wondering what if there are some people in the pictures and you are sorta wants to make it 3D? could you show me how?
thanks
leo
02/21/2009
it did really work the walls came out white like the solid help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! somebody this is very improtant I'm making a movie for my school please guys!!!
tejal
01/29/2009
very impressive!!! thank you for the amazing tutorial!!!
Restly
01/14/2009
OMG, Greate tutorial! From that photo.. a 3d space, omg big thnx!!
Andreas
12/07/2008
CS3 problem solved!
It seems to be a problem with Open GL in CS3. Turn off Open GL in the Comp window. Use the button called Fast Previews( its at the bottom of the comp window). Worked for me.

And Thanks for the great tutorials Andrew!
Tariq
11/28/2008
You are the best ever i have seen the master of AE. love you so much
Gaurav
11/24/2008
kramer ur tutorials are funtastic and very helpful for the artists of this field... thanks a lot for these nice and useful tutorials
blaette
11/22/2008
this is a amazing tut. Thanks a lot!!!
David Grannell
11/04/2008
That was a really helpful tutorial. Im doing a masters in animation. Im learning after effects right now, so it really helped improve my ability in after affects. Thanks!
ROZiK
11/02/2008
BEST...You are idol.
polygram
10/23/2008
how can do this orbit cam motions like animation?
i wanna do animation to this 3D photo.
thank youuuuu !! :)
myuran
10/10/2008
hey kremer ur tutorials r ltk boost for me.

thanx man thanx very much
lechatnoir
09/24/2008
thx andy, it very useful
Dan
09/23/2008
Great tutorial,

Don't think it works in CS3 though....I changed the light from Point to Spot but it still isn't working properly.
Alfie
09/15/2008
Mr. Andrew, You are my idol.
m2editor
09/11/2008
great great tutorial....solved a HUGE problem I was having. Now...how would I comp another layer INTO that image? I have a very similar project....need to put a person into a very long hall and do a move. I've tried THIS concept but the person appears dark and slightly transparent. What gives?
Jesse Lampkin
07/31/2008
this is a great site you have here. this tutorial is pretty sweet.

thanks you for sharing all this knowledge with us.
blessings
jesse
Nato-Potato
07/27/2008
wow thanks alot this was one of the best tutorials you have made which is saying alot because all of them are awsome! thanks so much for your help Mr. Kramer
S7ARBVCK
07/15/2008
Brilliant tutorial! Not only very informative, but very funny! VideoCoPilot is added to my favorites, and I will support the site! Keep up the great work!
BBB
07/04/2008
http://youtube.com/watch?v=C63q5EbpTug&feature=related

can anyone explain to me how he did the round roof?
layers in after effects are only basic shapes. how did he do that?
milad
06/24/2008
is very very good really thanks
Esteban Méndez Guzmán
06/19/2008
Hello Andrew, i´am from Chile and i have a problem with this tutorial because mi AE is CS3, then i download this project (3D Camera Projection 2) but CS3 don't show me the "projected layer" results, have you any idea???
Thanks
ray
06/11/2008
impressive.
Cameron
05/29/2008
Hey, what's up, guys? I just have one question. Christmas is coming up and I have a dilema.

Should I get Adobe After Effects CS3, 7, or 8?

By the way, for those of you saying it didn't work for AE CS3, use a Spot Light instead of a Point Light.
Chapps
05/25/2008
Hi,

love your tutes. have one question regarding this one. When i apply this effect to a 3d image i rendered for some reason the image becomes blurry or loses qaulity. Is there something im doing wrong that causes this or do i need to use an images thats significantly bigger than my comp size?
Yohan815
11/09/2013
Hi Chapps, i have the same issue, did you find how to fix this problem ? Thanks
Deen
05/18/2008
wow, Its really gr8
Thanks
trev
05/17/2008
this isnt working for me i followed the tutorial exactly, but the picture just shows up black. and when i downloaded the project file, it was all white. the walls were covering the picture for some reason. anyone know why?
Jon
05/13/2008
GREAT!!!!!!!!!!
thankyou
vic
05/09/2008
it may be hard to tell, but i am giving you a standing ovation....starting now.... to the man that proves there's more to the net than porn.
Ontoin Bucho Mole (Brasil)
05/02/2008
Rapaz, tu é fera viu!?

Parabéns por esse excelente trabalho profissionalíssimo e de primeira.

Continue assim!
Um grande Abraço da trupe 3D do Brasil.
Andy
04/30/2008
hmm i have cs3 version and dont work >.
rossg1
04/23/2008
thanks for the tutorial
Rick
04/22/2008
Thanks a bunch, works perfect here (CS3 version)
Andy
04/20/2008
Hey again, i downloaded the project and tried i opened it with after effects, but i have still the problem, it doesnt happen anything when i turn off the Eye of the Projection, i still see a white screen, what shall i do??
Bas
04/20/2008
Nice one! (as usual :P) Love the tutorials! Keep up the good work!
Roman
04/17/2008
It's very cool tutorial!!! You....superman in this FX world!!!
Harold
04/15/2008
Spot light for CS3 not working either...
Simon Sweden
04/14/2008
Wow, I think this was the coolest tutorial on this website. I mean, this one has the coolest result, it's just like making a 3d room out of one single picture!

Thanks
Travis O'Donnell
04/07/2008
I wander if it is possible to take this tutorial and go farther with it. For instance, (using the image Andrew used with the tutorial) we zoom up the the door on the left side, rotate left and there would be another room inside of it. I guess you would do it the same way, but it would take alot more time. Go for it Andrew! And if I find out before you, I'll post back :)
spacerabbits
03/26/2008
I LOVE YOU ANDREW! MARRY ME!
mcdoggie
03/18/2008


O MY GOD!!!!!!!!
Richard
03/11/2008
Thanks, I read The Note for CS3, but Still Does Not work, Thanks Though!
Brento
03/07/2008


Awesome. Here's a way to do a pretty sweeping crane motion shot, only without the $150,000 crane. Genius!

I feel like I'm being taken to school each time I watch one of these. Very, very sweet!
Joe Horan
03/06/2008
A wonderful tutorial!!! Thank you so much for this.

For anyone who is having that "white texture" problem, change the fast previews option on the preview screen from "OpenGL interactive" to "Off"

Thanks again Andrew!
Thomas
03/02/2008
Yep, it sure was impressive! Good work.
Andrew Kramer
02/25/2008
IMPORTANT!
Read the NOTE at the top for AE CS3
Amiri
02/25/2008
I have to say, that I too am having the same issue. For some reason, everyone who has CS3 has this issue. I don't have the older one to see if it is fixed but I agree something is not write. I love the tutorials anyway. I will continue on my quest to figure this issue out.
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