131. 3D Truck Composite
Jul 31, 2012
• Composite a 3D truck into live action with 3D camera track
• Generate fake shadows and match scene lighting with Element 3D
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204 Responses to "3D Truck Composite"
Zak
08/12/2014
How does he create his 3d models???
ALBABA
08/11/2014
AM A FILMS STUDENT,LOVE YOUR HUGE TUTORIALS.
sid
07/14/2014
hey andrew i was wondering if you can do a tutorial about jet pack with a plane landing on a the 2d runway picture with the shadow of the plane casting on the runway i tried it but got stuck could not figure it out don't know if it is possible with element 3d or can you figure other way plz
christian199212
05/22/2014
tutorial does not work with after effects CC
Bryson
09/04/2014
yes it does
Joshua
08/22/2014
Actually it works fine and I did something similar a few hours ago. If you are having trouble with the tracking I would recommend looking at this tutorial from vfx bro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJmDlQ_JNe0 and if you're having trouble with the lighting then I would recommend going back and checking everything. But, what is the problem you're having??
christian199212
05/22/2014
Hi Guys

I have followed this tutorial 3 times now and cant seem to get my vehicle to stick in position. And no I dont have auto keyframe on. HELP PLEASE????

THANKS
Joshua
08/22/2014
Remember that in the tutorial the actual truck and background aren't moving the only thing that is moving is the camera and element automatically changes the object relative to the camera
Parker
03/17/2014
Im sure I would find it somewhere, but where can I find some car models, like the one that you used in the video?
Tony
04/24/2014
turbosquid.com
Dorthea
02/05/2014
Having a problem with the vehicle. I put my vehicle in the scene, once the video starts my vehicle moves away. It's very subtle but noticeable. Also, when I add a 3D model & select top view the camera goes to the top view but the 3D model stays on a side view of the model. I don't know if these two problems are linked in anyway. There are no key frames on anything but the 3D track camera and auto key is not on.
Christian
05/22/2014
did you find a solution to this problem dorthea.....nothing to do with auto keyframes.....
HELP????
ETStudio
05/10/2014
concerning your first problem, there is some people down the page that have it too, they say to turn of the keyframing. I didn't check it myself.
the second point, it's because ELEMENT is A tricky plug-in but not 3D program... your model appears to be where the your solid is, becaus you have applyed ELEMENT there...
sara
01/17/2014
soooo nice
Frans
01/15/2014
i hope i can crate that. like u crate.. Awesome
tomy
01/08/2014
nice one
Jason
12/04/2013
Can any one help I'm having problem, when I add a 3D model & select top view the camera goes to the top view but the 3D model stays on default view or a side view of the model. It does not matter what View I go to the Model does not change views with camera. like in the armor truck video when Andrew goes to top view it shows the top of the model, what i'm I doing wrong.
Manuel
11/27/2013
why didn't you include the truck in the project file
Paul
11/26/2013
This is awesome
Dylan
11/25/2013
I am only 14, so I just bought your action essentials, but I cannot afford 3d elements, what should I do about this effect.
Alex
07/13/2014
Me to
Very annoying
Mark
11/01/2013
Hey Andrew, thank you very much for all of the great tutorials. I'm a film student and you help me a lot to get better and better!

Please make a specific tutorial for the explosion part, how you blow up the truck
Rahul Tiwari
09/20/2013
Hi Andrew :
Ur tutorials are really amazing ..... thnx soooooooooo much
This tutorial is super helpful...especially the scene scaling for easier workflow. This makes my life so much easier. Thanks!
kamran
09/15/2013
hello sir....i want to become like u
please, give me hints
Tyler
08/23/2013
The info on updating the position of the trackers was my favorite part of this tutorial. That is such a big help! Thanks!
raj gupta
08/23/2013
I think the problem both of you are having is that you left the keyframe button on, this makes it so after effects automatically adds keyframe to your videos and objects... to turn this off find the stopwatch button close to the motion blur button
Yahiya Jasem
07/15/2013
massive thanks to you!!
Shiqi
06/13/2013
oh,man!!
Billy
05/20/2013
Hi guys am I missing something here, when I put my vehicle in the scene, once the video starts my vehicle moves away, not much but certainly noticable? where as in Mr Kramer's vehicle keeps put in the same spot when the video plays.. any help would be much much appreciated :)
Riley Bingham
08/13/2013
I think the problem both of you are having is that you left the keyframe button on, this makes it so after effects automatically adds keyframe to your videos and objects... to turn this off find the stopwatch button close to the motion blur button
Erka
07/15/2013
same problem here
trevor vanvleck
04/04/2013
You should release your jet and helicopter and all ur car models in a "vehicle model pack"
Jesper
03/09/2013
I a following along exactly as the video but....nothings is responding as it should. When I scale down the nulls they totally goes missing and also they jump around alot. Well I guess that´s why not all work with FX huh? ;)
Ken Pond
02/22/2013
Having a bit of trouble with the tracking technique.. as far as lining up the nulls on an axis. I follow the step carefully. But, I think I might be missing something.
Luka Rebello
02/15/2013
hey see if its ok ! https://vimeo.com/59764413
Fred Sprinkle
02/14/2013
This tutorial is super helpful...especially the scene scaling for easier workflow. This makes my life so much easier. Thanks!
Aakash
02/06/2013
Plz Provide 3D Truck model.....
very great tutorial
Toby Fairchild
01/29/2013
Great tutorial as usual. Very clear talk-down and walk-through as usual also, however I'm a little at a loss to understand at around 5:40 when you shrink the null point distance to fit more into the center of the scene how the points stay aligned to the track that was done. As you demonstrated in the video, they obviously do still stay in position relative to the track after doing this. Given, I am new to 3D tracking but this particular concept perplexes me. Seems counter intuitive to me but yet there it is. Thank you for all the beyond expert tutorials and insight into how to use AE effectively.
Name
01/28/2013
bang ni mei ya!
Keenan
01/23/2013
Hi Andrew Following this Tut But for Some Reason when i Add a Nul And Parent the Selected Nuls they do not Show When Returning to the active camera ???Help Please new to 3D
GBI
01/08/2013
It was awesome Thanks
If you can learn to let the mirror cracking.
JACKZHOU
01/04/2013
THANK YOU~~~~
Gustavo
01/02/2013
Hi Andrew, tryin g to this Great tuto, I'got a problem, On my CS6 after tracking and triangle, the image went black,Can see everything but the Garage's image. Will preciate if u' can help me, pretty sure that have to be some cinfiguration, wotched out carefully your video and everything seems to be rite.... thanks anyway and congratulations u'r too skilled and FUNNY too.
hamed senobari
12/21/2012
totrial after effect cs6
Sam Golding
12/15/2012
on the explosion you should have added a zpass so that the explosion didn't look like it was just behind the truck. Ironically you were the one who taught me about zpass! hahah. Awesome tutorial! thanks again Mr. Kramer
Tren Sett Films
12/14/2012
Looking for a good after effects editor to collaborate on music video projects with. To see my work go to TrenSettFilms.com or Youtube.com/TrenSettCeo. My work is good but I want to take it to the next level.
esbern
11/18/2012
please do a facial traking tutorial in boujou and 3ds max
tonioalucema
11/05/2012
wow... this totally fixed my tracking issues... you my man, are doing a fine job!
yair bet
11/01/2012
Hi I have After Effects CS4 and longer and installed the plugin element 3d and when I try to use in CS4 I get an error warning notice and remove the filter blocks my cs4 help please
Ben
10/26/2012
Hi, I followed the tutorial but whenever I add A 3d object, it is not in perspective to the ground!!!
Tbox
10/20/2012
Im a little new to the 3d world, when I add in my element in it just seems float around, the shot im trying to add it to pans slowly to the left, I followed the instructions closely and it still dosnt work :( Please help!!!
christian199212
05/22/2014
Did you find out the problem
olatunde
10/19/2012
i like to text you fx
chris
10/17/2012
problem with camera approaches the impossible to acquire the rendered image help me please
DarkMystStudios
10/06/2012
I cant believe how popular this guy has become, although his videos don't seem to get that many views compared to other videos, but thats because there arnt that many people who film, each video gets about 20000 views each, but if you ask any pro or semi-pro film maker they will say the video copilot is one of the best resources a filmmaker can have. I think i have even seen (or hear) his products in high budget films, there such good quality. This guy has done so much for the film industry. Its awesome!
ariesanywhere
10/01/2012
Like a magic. Nice shot!
Racenuke
09/26/2012
Wow, CS6's Tracking system is a HUGE improvement! *nerd noises*
Maged Mahmoud
09/26/2012
Hi Andrew :
Ur tutorials are really amazing ..... thnx soooooooooo much
i need a little help
how to mask an a move item like moved man or a car ....

thnx again so much
aru
09/26/2012
gud
James
09/19/2012
You are a beast Andrew! Keep up the good work!! :)
Alan
09/17/2012
Hi, Andrew!
This tutorial is amazing! I like when the things explode. kkkk
Visit Brazil!!!
patrick
09/12/2012
i'm fairly good and this camera tracking stuff, and can get my element model to lock into the scene fine, except when the camera movement is like in this tutorial, on the z axis, or forward in the scene. my model slides when i do this. i've done the tutorial step by step and on my own clips but the model slides every time the camera makes that movemet. any ideas would be helpful.
Andru
10/29/2013
Hey guys, this works for me:
Don´t delete the "Null 13" object, then when you import a 3d object, copy and paste x,y,z from the "Null 13" to Element (solid) Group1-->Particle Replicator--> Position XY...and ...Position Z... and then go on with tutorial and the creation of Null 14, etc,etc
I repeat, it worked for me...

Good Luck, and obviously sorry for my english.
lono
06/05/2013
hey where is my previous comment?? then again: changing the framerate of the comp to 23,976 did it for me.
Alex
02/22/2013
Hi guys,
Did you fix the problem by changing the anchor point position? I've tried several time the tutorial, but still sliding!
Lee
01/26/2013
I was having the same issue and I think I figured it out. I was trying to place a Humvee in the scene, and it kept sliding. It turned out it was because the model's anchor point was all screwed up. Try using one of the VCP models and see what happens. If it locks to the ground plane, then you know that you'll need to adjust the anchor point settings for your custom model until it locks.

Good luck.
Molinsky
10/21/2012
Any Luck for you guys? The bottom AP did the trick for my sliding problem!
David Von Raesfeld
10/09/2012
Great tutorial! The problem I'm having, is not only the car sliding, but also when I switch to the "top view" when adding the shadows, the model doesn't rotate to the top view, or change sizes like in the video. It just shows the top view, (with the null object locations) but the model is exactly how it appears when in active camera mode. I keep going over the tutorial, and I do the exact same thing as the tutorial, but it's now working for me.

However I can add the shadows pretty accurately by just moving the shadow comp in active camera mode. I just wish it would do the same thing as on the tut.
P
10/03/2012
I haven't had time to complete the tutorial yet and I'm sure there's probably a better way but here's what I do. Turn on the track solid (where you want to place your Element object). Go to Custom View and manipulate the position of the Element object until it's "on top" of the track solid (use the camera orbit tool to move around so you can see what you're doing), then turn the track solid off (to make sure you can see it all, click on View/Look at all layers). Your object shouldn't slide then. Also, be sure that in the Scene Setup, the object center is set to "bottom" and not "object center".
patrick
09/26/2012
any help on this yet? or at least a reason why this happens, glad to see im not the only one. i paid good money for element 3d and would like to know why this isnt working for me.
Ryan
09/18/2012
The same thing keeps happening to me. I have gone back through the tutorial multiple times, but I can keep the object from sliding.
Lagu Stephen
09/12/2012
Hi Andrew, Why do you put so much effort in Max and not Maya, Why dont you do something for music users. We are waiting.

From South Sudan
wick
09/07/2012
Livecam? -hmmm
genius
01/26/2013
nooo really? (sarcasm)
gregorio
09/07/2012
beautiful .. it was time to insert elements in 3d after effect! the only problem is that I do not have money for this plugins ... andrew me gifts please: (
gregorio
09/07/2012
hello :)
luis felipe
09/07/2012
hi andrew, i just made a car in max and exported the obj for element, but i cannot simulate the car paint shader in element could you help me, sorry for my english
appreciate for your atention
Chian
09/06/2012
So nice man..
Max
09/05/2012
Nice one!!! just one question, where can I find that model??
Ryan
09/18/2012
I can find it either.
www.facebook.com/shawark
09/07/2012
in Element 3d i think
sky
09/04/2012
hey... I don't have CS6 or the camera tracker plugin, but i do have blender, which does have a 3d tracking feature, but it requires the focal length, sensor width and pixel aspect ratio of the camera. I don't think that you said any of that, and i was wondering if you had that info.
peter
09/04/2012
When i create a new solid and i want to add object,it turns black.
Jean Yves
09/03/2012
nice man, you are the best
welee
09/03/2012
waaaw ,, thans man
mehdi
09/03/2012
nice very nice
mrwang2323
09/02/2012
its so important to know you NEVER move null object to line them up...but to rotate camera...Andrew thank you so much...
aamiransari
08/27/2012
wow
kago
08/21/2012
This is very helpful. I can learn more about 3d tracking, composting and color correction from just this tutorial.
william rajpoot (india )
08/17/2012
sir m big fans of urs,no one can like u n hads of ur thoughts....thnx to tell us & show urs tutorials
Mackenzie Criswell
08/21/2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX6dBvxvVjw&feature;=player_detailpage
bimal chaudhary
08/17/2012
nice
zaky
08/17/2012
nice
huge
08/17/2012
Very informative.. thanks
SYED IBAD
08/16/2012
I LOVE U THIS SIT ADMIN AND ANIMATED
souhail Morocco
08/15/2012
good!!!
leinfan
08/15/2012
nice work man, keep it up and thanks for sharing your knowledge
Matt
08/15/2012
Andrew, Awesome! It's just awesome.
bob
08/14/2012
what the heck? the truck looks like it was made in some 4d computer software. not shiny enough.
the real smithy
08/14/2012
ooohhhh...is that new intro music?
Tony...Australia
08/14/2012
As always anticipated from frame zero...Sensational composition tutorial here Andrew..thank-you!!! I own all of VC's products and use them frequently..will most definitely be adding the oh so mind numbing.. Element 3D bundle to my kit :)

Cheers...Tony
Shawn Anderson
08/14/2012
Excellent work as always Andrew, but now I'm going to have to murder the families piggy banks to get all the plugins!:)
rajesh maharana
08/10/2012
nice
faizan
08/07/2012
hi Andrew this is faizan ....I m from Paksitan....Plz Do let me know the easiest tips of motion graphics animation..
faizan
08/07/2012
you always give us new thinking with the help of your tutorials....its amazing tutorial as usuall..
Jaabir
08/06/2012
It make me buy iMac ! ! ! :/
wxY
08/06/2012
My English is not good
Because I am a Chinese boy
AK where do I want to ask you 3D camera tracker this plug-in can be downloaded to
wxY
08/06/2012
My English is not goodBecause I am a Chinese boyAK where do I want to ask you 3D camera tracker this plug-in can be downloaded to
wong
08/06/2012
WOW HD,I love it
Jeje
08/04/2012
Andrew, always amazing products and tutorials.... i was wondering if you're planning on releasing another 3D model pack that would include stuff like.... planes, trains and automobiles.... like this truck in this tutorial.
euclid
08/03/2012
Excellent plugin.
I've been waiting to include 3D models in AFX for a long time.
Andrew did it. And more....
Bravo
Ankur ray
08/03/2012
its good
Jovica
08/03/2012
How about render time Andrew?
Deco
08/03/2012
You're amazing. thanx alot for these informations
manujvincent
08/03/2012
i need to study it.........
Ryan
08/02/2012
Thanks so much! I'm glad to see using this plugin for cg looks so good. Can't wait to get my hands on it.
giloz
08/02/2012
u made me so scared u said...so lets just jump in and ((SHOW YOU)) ehehheehhehe scary sound at 14:35
BAZUKA
08/02/2012
Hey Andrew what you do - it's just very best.
But here I am, what I want to ask, can this be done in Adobe After Effects CS 4, I just have 32 system. And you, CS 6 for 64 systems.
Even if Andrew did not write, can anyone knows how to do something like that.
thank you
Jhei-jhey
08/05/2012
I don't think so. in CS6 improvement of Editing is Applied, for the older version there some adjusting tools to enhance but not just like as CS6.
PuneyGuney
08/02/2012
Hey Andrew, I'm having trouble with making the object stick to the surface using the foundry tracker, could you please help!
Mike Beard
08/02/2012
Can you make a basic motion tracking tutorial for element. This one was kind of confusing to me. And The a-bomb has a problem when I try to import it into after effects. Please reply... Thanks
Manuel
08/02/2012
Holy #%&!. This is amazing! Your tutorials are the best!
Andrew "The Boss man" Kramer.
ALI ALBAYATI
08/02/2012
Wonderful
Raj
08/02/2012
hi
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