93. 3D Light Casting
• Create an energy-ball that re-lights the road surface
• Use reverse-tracking and build a volumetric point light
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Tutorial Notes:
For displacement effect, please refer to the Energy Wipe Tutorial
For camera shake, please refer to the Earthquake Tutorial
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762 Responses to "3D Light Casting"
Name
06/17/2014
Nice
Queymon
05/10/2014
Hey, great tutorial ! I'm following it step by step, but i've tried it a few time, but when i get to the light source, whenever i put it in a 3D layer, i don't get a 3D sphere like your do. Any esplainations on that ?

Thanks !
alessio
04/18/2014
Non ho. Nessun commento
Harsh
03/22/2014
Hey, I want the video of the traffic...where can I get it??
Ryan Hess
04/23/2014
Its in the PROJECT FILE
ryan
03/13/2014
please send me the tutorial i cant download it
Gyn3rd
02/14/2014
love this I used as a power attack for one of my videos
Muhammad Ahsan Akmal
03/12/2014
good idea & best traiining thanks..................................................................................................
*******
02/11/2014
Perfect!
darkracer125
01/03/2014
right in the beginning of this tutorial i get stuck .

when i click stabalise motion it does not let me set track points or anything . it shows the message "analising background" in the middle of my comp and it tries to scan the entire comp .

also if i shrink the comp down the the area i wanted to work with and let it stabalise motion it only makes the motion worse instead of less
amelie
11/26/2013
thanks ! =)
Oliver
11/26/2013
You are the BOSS, in Ghana we say boss bakope, means u are the only boss in after effect
mira
11/15/2013
nice :) thankyou. its so cool
ravi
10/25/2013
nice tutorial
shailendra srivastava
09/12/2013
very osame....
Aaron
08/17/2013
Love the tutorial, but can someone please explain to me why we reverse the rotation and anchor point in the end of the video. Thanks a lot Andrew
Guan
02/16/2014
After you make the first track your video will move around the comp, giving the illusion that the image is still, so that you can play around with the effects and make them look as they belong to the shot. If you want a still shot you can just simply scale the bg footage until you stop seeing the black around the video, but for the video to look like the original (which is filmed by hand and not with a tripod) you need to make that still shot move again, so the movement that was created to balance the video will be inverted along with the effects (that's why it's applied to the composition and not the video only)to go back to the original camera shakyness.
Emil
05/13/2013
nice i love your work
nikkidoodlesx3
04/25/2013
Help! Whenever I try to move the Light on the z-axis it's not lined up right and goes into the street instead of going back behind the cars where it should go. How do I fix that?!
Nicky
08/07/2013
Hey :) Make sure that your expression is correct and exactly like Andrews.
emerenini emmanuel's Blog
03/07/2013
Thank you sir God-bless you
Rado Dam
03/04/2013
I've liked http://www.videocopilot.net; that here is the best tutorial.
Owen
03/04/2013
lol, 34:35 looks like a 3d movie scene
Rosa
02/11/2013
Only need the sound FX. But nice tutorial.
Shannon
02/07/2013
We are using Adobe After Effects CS6 and we have been following the procedures in the video of your but got stuck at time 16:30. We made a new light layer but it is stayed Gray. How can we fix this problem? Thank you! :)
Rado Dam
01/10/2013
Thanks you for your tutorial to support my education on Adobe After Effects
Joseph Gonzalez
12/21/2012
Andrew, thank you for every awesome tutorial that you've created for us! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with the world and making it possible for us to continue our passion in visual effects.
Now, I do have one question regarding this 3D Light Casting tutorial. I'm working with Adobe After Effects CS6, and when you tell us to Toggle the Switches for the (Ground Plane) it doesn't give me the option to use the (Classic Color Dodge), or (Luma Matte). The only time it gives me the option to make those changes is when I remove the (3D Layer - Allows this layer to be manipulated in 3 dimensions). Only then I'm able to us the (Classic Color Dodge) and (Luma Matte). Please help, your knowledge is very valuable to me.
Scott Nishida
11/27/2012
My TV/Video class is doing VCP tuts for an assignment, and the 3D Layer thing for this won't show up. More specifically, the color arrows won't show.

Using an iMac, if that makes any difference.
Mansoor
11/12/2012
i really like this :) thank yew sooo much
nhielo
09/27/2012
its, pretty fantastic.thanks
John
09/12/2012
Hey when i hold Alt. and click position it wont let me pig whip........ Someone please reply to this comment to help me :)Is there any other way to do it?...... Please Help Thanks!
nick
11/29/2012
Hold Alt, and click the "animation clock",it‘s left position attribute.
Kaj Sonander
09/06/2012
just make that blue ball a red/orange cone, and you've got.... wait for it..... CHAOS SPEAR!! ^_^
zolmuslim
08/10/2012
Find the truth, god bless you, Think about it.
MOHD ISMAIL
08/03/2012
hey andrew sir thank for this tutts it's amazing thank thank thank'ssssss
oliver
07/31/2012
Under simulation I Don't have particle world only particle playground
Jeffrey
07/29/2012
Andrew,you've got some crazy skills!I've been going through these tutorials and wow!(If you were waiting fr anything more,that's all I had)XD
Victor
06/28/2012
i have a problem dude. whe you get to the point of clicking Alt and click in the position. Nothing happens.... i have a macbook pro running AECS5 is alt changes by Command or ctrl or wtf xD
THx in advance
Haisham
06/26/2012
Hey man. Nice Lessons. i used to hate all this video stuff but now i cant believe im the one making them with my own hands. all these kewl stuff has caught my attention hard.
carl walcott
06/26/2012
I really like your good will!! I'm carl walcott golden eagle, I view in africa democratic republic of congo drc!
drc here you called the father of the world!
David Anzaldua
06/15/2012
If you want your energy ball more visible, you can get a free plugin called unmult and just change the tail y orientation to 10 at the beginning of the video!
Bob Kasprak
05/24/2012
To any of you comment readers I realized if you add the Mr. Mercury effect to the emitted particles it gives a much smoother and cooler effect
E.S. King
05/24/2012
First Time, totally enjoyed
joint
05/23/2012
very good!
bob setherhern
05/15/2012
thankyou so much andrew its soooo cool
HOOMAN-TEXT
05/14/2012
thank you
arief rachmad hakiim
05/12/2012
i have a problem ..
please give me explanation ..

i used CS5 "AE"

Tarek
05/10/2012
hey do u know where is the LUX effect in AE cs4 i couldn't find it can u help?
Tomi
07/17/2012
Lux comes as a plug-in that you have to buy. The plugin is called "Trapcode". If you already have this plugin, just go to the effect tab on the AE interface and click "Trapcode", then click "Lux"
Dan
05/08/2012
Hi everyone!
I was trying to follow this tutorial, but I have AE CS5.5, here the tracker works very different, in fact, it does the tracking automatically, and no longer affects position or anchor point, now it adds kind of a new effect layer, so, I couldn't make the reverse tracking... =/
any ideas?
Hudson
05/06/2012
Hey andrew i'm your fan and i'm only 15 i like your tuts they are great i just want to know how to make cool 3d texts in after effects cs4...........please!!
anshul jain
05/06/2012
its very nice
mael
05/05/2012
nice...
cacink
04/24/2012
awesome.. i like this energy ball. ^^b
Abid
04/11/2012
Amazing. Sungguh luar biasa pekerjaan anda. Saya menyukainya. Very love it.
Dino
04/11/2012
Hey Andrew, when making the energy ball, my particles grow in number. Could you help? ps: using cs.5
dilmurat
03/21/2012
i am very crazy thank you very much
AUNG KYAWTHNAT
03/09/2012
I am crazy about it.really.
LeMac
03/09/2012
Thank you Andrew for a fantastic tutorial. It´s quite easy to understand...and you´re funny too :D
Kudos to you!
Bobby
02/23/2012
I wasn't even watching for the orb, I was watching for the light glissen thing for muzzle flash!
Kritoci
02/16/2012
omg, these tutorials are so hard, ive never finished one because they are so hard :( Anyways, I believe the tutorials are very good, but very hard..
Akira
02/09/2012
Why do you make it so I cant see the effects menu at
26:00 When you are messing with the LUX Solid? Why D:
Archer
02/04/2012
Hello, So, i cant see the Maks (n1.2.3) on the lower left side of the screen.. actually ive seen them for 5 minutes, then they did desapear again, how to make them stay there, i mean, how to show the masks ?
Unix
01/21/2012
hey andrew when i turn the eye off my tinted and exposed footage my light will disapear help me please!!
joseph
01/20/2012
hey andrew why is it when i turn the light source on 3d mode i can't see it
Chase
01/13/2012
Where do you learn this stuff? Is it all experience, or have you taken a class? College degree? Whatever it is, I would like to know. I love this kind of stuff, and I'm willing to learn, but I don't know what/where to learn it.
makosx
12/13/2011
This includes a little tutorial about 3D camera tracking from AE stabilize tracking. What Andrew calls "reverse" motion tracking. Thanx again!
Israel Jcb
12/08/2011
Tnx Andrew!!
haas3530
12/01/2011
Did anyone's Light Source Comp. Disappear when they made it 3D Layer? Any Help?
hunter
01/20/2012
yeah just continue on with the tutorial and when you change the orient to camera it should reappear
hunter
01/20/2012
yeah just continue on with the tutorial and when you change the orient to camera it should reappear
Medhadeep
11/30/2011
Andrew, I was wondering, if would show me some film blending methods, like we have seen in Titanic, that is turning from the old underwater shipwreck to a lively and crowdy Titanic, I mean hope you understand what i mean to say. Please anyone can help me with these matters.
Alex
11/28/2011
Hey I'm about half way through the video. And I am a noob, but I must say, that you should include a pulsating effect on the larger "aura" of the center, it added more of a feeling of energy to it in my opinion. I am really loving these keep it up.
ryan
11/20/2011
lol the energy ball is flying down the road and the ppl keep walking. :D Nice tutorial, by the way. Great work, original and helpful as usual!
Matt
11/11/2011
This tutorial was excellent! I am a complete newbie, at least with After Effects, and I was able to do each and every part. Would've been a good warning to make sure to have the CC effects at the beginning of the video
Alan
11/09/2011
This, literally, blew my mind

Wow. Great tuts man thank you so much!
Jomar
11/09/2011
How about the sounds effect?

Explain please how you do it ...
Ian
10/27/2011
Pretty cool stuff. It gave me a lot of good ideas.
GUSTAVO
10/27/2011
Hi, amazing video, thanks... I'm from argentina, my native language is spanish, so excuse me if I make some language mistakes.
Anyway, could you do, some TERMINATOR tutorial? cos have seen severals videos on youtube, but nones is tutorial. Thanks again and greetins from Argentina.!
iWinterHD
10/26/2011
Andrew When I Turn The Ground Plane Into 3D It Goes All Weird Unlike Yours, Can Anyone Help?
sergiu
10/19/2011
How about the sounds effect?

Explain please how you do it ...
Vaibhav
10/17/2011
Fantastic effect Andrew.. and moreover a Great tutorial... I really wanna thank u to take so much effort and time and make such beautiful tutorials for us. Thank you.. Hat's off to you!
Azero
10/16/2011
Whaw... NICE VIDEO .. I LIKE THE VIDEO .. I LIKE THE EFFECT.. BUT 1 I DoNT LIKE : ~ I CANT DO THAT ~

=_= ... its very hard for me .im a newbie
Izangard
01/29/2012
I am newbie too... but Andrew's tuts are easy to follow so I had no problem going along with what he was doing :)Though my final result was not alike Andrew's but my result was satisfactory~!
Erki
10/13/2011
Really nice!Thanks for the tutorial.
P.S How was air distortion effect made.Hot air around the energy ball.In the original clip, not the tutorial one. It drastically helps to add realism.
mib47
10/13/2011
How to loaddown this vidio
James F
10/07/2011
I have a feeling that this effect would be very useful in a Harry Potter fan film.
KIRA
10/04/2011
I used my light source instead of LUX....
But when i added particles using particular..i cant color them.....they juss render out white...
cant apply color corrections either :X
Some1 pls help
barubal
09/25/2011
thnx for the tutorial, this is my first tutorial in AE, hope to learn much more. thnx man!
darco lado
09/21/2011
wooww....
keren..
thanks gan.
Billy
09/10/2011
Im andrew kramer....wait were not done we still have a lot to do! Thanks for the awesome tut!
Anup Shakya
08/29/2011
our demo is in youtube an type "nth degree in nepal" an you will see
Adam
08/22/2011
Cool :D
Now I can make the "Expecto Patronum" from the Harry Potter :)
jamesun
08/21/2011
thank you!
john
08/16/2011
coooooooooooooooooooooooool!
mHeramb
08/12/2011
Really fantastic tutorial, Im currently trying the 30 day trial of CS 4, and I actually worked the whole night yesterday on completing this tutorial.And I already feel like ive learned alot about AE. Unfortunatly... When Im nearly 95% done with the movie, and you want me to take the Street Footage Comb and drop onto a new comb. My AE just freezes up, and if I click anywhere with my mouse it says (Client is not responding) and the only way out is Ctrl+Alt+Delete :/ Also if I just try to render without doing the last step to reverse the motion, it just freezes up. I guess my Computer is just too weak to run with the full power of AE :/

Im running Windows XP SP 3 on Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E7200 @ 2.53GHz, 2.53 GHz, 2,00 GB RAM with a NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT 1024 MB DDR2. With newest drivers ofc. I really wanna work with AE, so I will prolly find myself next to a computer store soon, if I dont figure out why the program keeps freezing for me when working with the "serious" animations, as in theese tutorials
Wilson
10/07/2011
I think 2G Ram is the problem on your computer.
Cos, 1.5G memory will use for the background.
(AE set it at default and can't be change more low).
james mann
08/11/2011

That’s a Rembrandt

Here is a shocker; that looks like my street in Manhattan – 13 Street and University Place
Light (your light) goes down University Place, where it starts is corner with 13 Street and further up one block is Union Square, further down is NYU. Those streets never sleep, safe place thought
Andrew, it’s amazing how your mind works – the perception of details is phenomenal
I try to follow with Adobe CS5 and often settings are different from your CS3 but that won't stop me

Thank you for sharing your talent
Kamal
08/05/2011
Hi Andrew Thanks for this Tutorial I'm 17 and have been watching your tutorials for some time now.There Awesome Honestly ive Learnt So much from you.
Thanks
Moysa
07/21/2011
yea baby exellent brother
Leon
07/06/2011
Man, thank you so much for all the good job you've done, I'm learning very clear all you teach, I'm from Brazil and my english is not so good because I learned it by myself, however, you have the ability to teach and it makes so easy to learn.

Thank you and congratulations !
macdaddyv
07/04/2011
how can i get trapcode plugins and where from?
Chris
07/03/2011
Wow, that looks like in Harry Potter movie. ;)
ProGFX
07/01/2011
one thing I dont think you went over... In the original video, it seemed like there was a slight displacement map created by the orb... Could you maybe do a small tutorial on this as well?
G tECH
06/28/2011
loOOOl i actually thought he was being serious @12:27
joakim
06/24/2011
nice tutorail :) but whay can't i click apply?!
Darin
06/18/2011
Andrew,
I have always wanted to know how 3D, special effects and all that were done. I have learned so much just by watching your tutorials in 2 weeks. Now I am using After Effects for different projects plus, I will be going back to college to learn this stuff even more. There is one thing though. Do you know of any tutorials that teach how to write your name/signature using trapcode particular?
Bluematter
10/08/2011
I don't remember where (i googled it) but I learned how to do light streaks very similar to long exposure light painting with a camera. You can use that to write your signature. There's also a tutorial on here on how to stroke something using lights so maybe that could help.
Amir Fayed
06/18/2011
Hey Man u r Awesome and please i want something from u please man , i have looked in youtube and other sites but i did't found it
please can u make dragon ball z effect
if u can please make a video
Deepa
06/16/2011
Dear Andrew
I don’t know how to thank you. I learned a Lott from you...you are just amazing...every day I am learning new stuffs from you...I have humble request...if it is possible could you please avoided 3d party plug-in..because we are a student and we don’t have money to buy 3d party plug-in. But if it is not possible don’t worry teacher ...we all like you and respect you.
Omar
06/15/2011
I don't do special effects, but this really helped me get started! Great video, great help. from the UK!!!
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