106. Animating a Still
• Add fake movement to a still and animate moving smoke
• Create a real camera movement with a rack focus
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Tutorial Notes:
Turning on the Motion Blur switch for CC Particle world applies to AE CS5 only.
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411 Responses to "Animating a Still"
enrique
05/03/2014
how can i animate a 3d rose for mothers day
Abhishek Sharma
05/01/2014
thankuuu
sarah
04/27/2014
thank you so much for your tutorial! I learned more today than I have from the online training courses I pay for- (I've been taking them for almost two weeks- ugh..) appreciate it- wish I would've have found this site before agreeing to an annual commitment.
Sergio
11/05/2013
Hi Evan. Sorry for me Inglish!! I,m Spanish. Eliminate Paint Effect. In this layer only Liquify. I hope help you.

Good luck!!
ade
06/16/2013
so cool
Evan
05/31/2013
Howdy! Awesome tutorial!

Could anyone help me, I'm trying to add the liquify effect to the mask, but it's doing something weird. The mask disappears and it's a smeared image of the entire photo. If that makes sense. Is there any function I need to do to isolate the mask, allowing effects to be applied to it.

Thanks!
Bruce
04/17/2013
Absolutely brilliant stuff!
Bos
11/02/2012
Great Job! Hands Down!!
Henry
11/02/2012
"...and if they don't, we'll just have to punch their mouth loose" Hahaha! You're great Andrew. Love your tutorials :D
Alex
09/19/2012
Wow, thanks for this amazing tutorial!

@Yo-Jimbo808: I´m also using CS6 on PC and just worked the tut through, no problems so far.
THAPELO
09/17/2012
thanks Andrew Kramer for such great tutorials more especailly for us a university students, my the Good God shine His face upon you. Remember that He always loves you.
Yo-Jimbo808
09/06/2012
hi! i love the tutorial.. so thankful for you sharing your genius!

i am stuck on one little thing though. wondered if anyone could help?
im using CS6 on PC so i dont know if its different but during the motion tracking and digital camera man part when i type into expression position it doesnt seem to actually change anything on screen no matter what values i type. i am definitely copying andrew exactly.

any ideas??
Akilas Yemane
07/23/2012
That was an awesome tutorial! Thanks
Aakarsh
07/03/2012
Andrew Kramer is the Father Of After Effects
vfxpraveen
07/06/2012
yes friend......andrew is the father of ae
AJAA
06/26/2012
This tutorial is amazing, along with most of the others on this website. It has taught me so much in just a couple of weeks! Adapted this tut to a section of a project I'm currently working on - a little different to its intended end product - but I think it works. Check it out:- http://youtu.be/-lnLKqZW_n4
Panosj
06/21/2012
wooow. respect!!!
Garzia
06/14/2012
Just starting out with AE here. Thank you so much for these amazing tutorials. They are extremely helpful.
ham1042
06/13/2012
"punch their mouth loose"? lol.
Mike
06/12/2012
Wow nice!

1. no long jokes.
2. organized steps.
3. lots of useful tips.
4. final result looked a lot like the preview.

We didn't get to kill Sam but except for that one of the best tuts in the whole series.
Mr.MorioN
05/14/2012
Awesome I love your tutorial
I wish i will become like you lol
Your tutorials really helped me !!!
Jeff Morrow
02/01/2012
Great presentation and organization. Now get rid of the annoying, "So...so...so," "Basically," and "Actually," and you'll sound just like an adult! And yes, sounding mature helps when trying to market a commercial product. Even to college grads.
Nate
07/31/2012
Youre an idiot jeff. Best tutorial ive ever used
Tim Lyons
06/07/2012
Andrew Kramer has the rare gift of making it feel like he's teaching you rather than telling you. Its as if he's joking around in the room with you and he's really funny. I know he's not in the room with me, I know that, but...I just wish....
Tabor Carlton
04/24/2012
Obviously Jeff Morrow has never been on a tutorial website where learning a software program is not only practical, the presenter is actually funny (you have no idea how rare this is) not to mention the tutorials are some of the best available on the internet. And they're free.

Jeff, go have a look on IMDB for Andrew Kramer. Fringe, Star Trek, Super 8... Andrew Kramer can say whatever the hell he wants with the skills he's got. Jeff, did I mention that these tutorials are free?

So... Basically... What I'm trying to say is...'Long live Andrew Kramer'!
Gaspar
04/14/2012
haha - oh my god Jeff, you are the biggest douche ever. You do know what site you're on right? Do you have any idea the success that is "Video Copilot"? I'm sure he's overly concerned about impressing some dick head college grad with an inferiority complex :p p.s. can you please direct me to your commercial product that you sell? and all your high quality video tutorials? (yeah, I thought so)
Richie LeBon
04/10/2012
Dear Mr Morrow, you are a bellend. That is all.
Leo
03/27/2012
The main theme of this site is the Andrews travel to maturity. We all keep our fingers crossed. Especially Jeff Morrow for he knows the bitter taste of failure. That's why he wants to genereously share his experience and advice. We all thank you - combined with our best wishes in dealing with your inferiority complex as a tiny staggering and unheard particle within our vast community of interests.
Kirk
03/23/2012
jeff morrow = douche.
Mr.Mature
02/22/2012
You are very mature.
Adam
02/15/2012
Pretty Sure since he's built a visual effects empire he's not lacking in the area of marketing. Besides that he makes these tut's on his own time and becaause he cares about the VFX community. This isnt an oration class..
Yes
02/04/2012
He's just offering a tutorial. He's not there to be judged on how he talks. I don't have a problem with it. I don't think anyone else watching does either. I think you're the one who has a problem. Go to a doctor and get your head checked out.
HOUSSINE
02/01/2012
THANK YOU MR ANDREW TO THOSE TUTORIALS
I AM HOUSSINE FROM MOROCCO
Luce_Kanun
01/03/2012
You...deserve a knighthood. 'Sir Andrew Kramer'... has kind of a nice ring to it, I think.
s0mnifer
12/21/2011
Andrew, you are an inspiration! ;]
Joe
11/30/2011
pretty slick. every time i thought you where done you threw something else in there to make it a bit nicer.
jinsik
11/10/2011
Wow~~~amazing!!!!!!!!!
Than
10/15/2011
Wow, great stuff but at the same time you fly really fast. Are all the source DVDs this fast too? You skip right over the fact that you select off of Layer:Volcano, and select to Composite Volcano 2. That screwed me up the first time I tried this, if you miss that step and stay on Layer you basically do nothing.
Then later when you're talking about Mask Expansion around 4:02, and Motion Feather. You don't mention that you have to click the M button twice quickly to bring down all four Mask paths. If you don't and just click the M button once, only 1 selection will show "Mask Path" but the other 3 will not. I'm on a Mac so that might be why. This is the second attempt at this and I'm having to watch the screen like a hawk at every single click or any change of the screen. It's working so far on the second try :)
jun
01/23/2012
dude that's basic stuff you should know before watching this tutorial lollol
levi
11/16/2011
dude part of after effects is learning for your self!
Matt
10/14/2011
I don't mean to sound rude, but not one thing you're teaching here is having any sort of effect on my program. Nothing. It would be nice if you would do one more of these, maybe covering it a different way will help.

AE CS4 9.0.3.8
Matt
10/14/2011
My mask expansion has 2 coordiniates, the one in this video only has 1 coordinate. And when I take mine to -4 it shows no effect on the sides (when I try on either one of the 2 coordinates).
Saeir
01/16/2012
Matt, I had the same problem. This video had no effect on my program. So frustrating. Try this, it worked for me: cover your computer in thick insulation and make sure to block off all of the airflow to the fans inside. Computers don't work right when they are too cool in temperature. The more heat the better. Heat it up and soon your computer will be cooking away so fast you won't believe it.
Matt
10/14/2011
Took forever to find this. I kept typing in Animating Still Photo, and the results would show nothing. I typed in Volcano and it pulled up this video. Not sure why it wouldn't have been pulled up with the words I typed in since all the words were there except Photo.
Lukas
08/29/2011
I think the name of the volcano is Eyjafjallajökull because he didnt wanna embarasse himself like so many other ppl have by trying to pronounce the name :D
Obama
08/18/2011
Very nice, do get payed for this? Would you like to? I was wondering you could get payed $100,000 every effect..
Jay Delta
08/04/2011
Question: Can i use someone's still aerial photo, and impose an explosion, with the billowing smoke using action essentials, so that i dont have to rent a helicopter, get permits to fly over a town, and all that expensive stuff...?
Simon Box
08/03/2011
Hey Andrew! I finally got around to doing this tutorial. It's absolutely amazing! I can't believe how many ingenious ideas you've managed to cram into one lesson. Thanks so much!

-Simon Box

www.youtube.com/geronimodeadly
Bobby
07/26/2011
Any CS5.5 tutorials!?!??!?!?!
Linden
07/12/2011
I found the volcano by searching "Volcano Ash" in google images.
Leenskes
06/29/2011
whats the vulcano's name? we need it!!
Zack
06/27/2011
This is one of my favorites, Andrew!

Also great job on the Super 8 titles and trailers - one of the best movies of all time, glad you could be a part of it.
Nathan Z
06/23/2011
This was amazing!!!
Cant wait to buy your guys bundle package
Shawn Li
06/21/2011
this tutorial is outstanding, very benifitcial to my after effect learning process

thanks andrew
vinay
06/17/2011
this is very advance tutorial
great tutorial
Dorian
06/14/2011
its a good thing i don't have CS5
RAUSHAN
06/09/2011
waw its very-very nice
iu-user
06/08/2011

Thank u so much
God bless u
Paul Clowney
05/30/2011
Nicely done and nicely explained. Apart from the expressions, the steps can be followed, though the brain is often quite close to falling over. Useful.
Jürgen
05/24/2011
I just foung this video on gizmodo.
http://vimeo.com/24084400

It resembles pretty much exactly this ;)
RT
05/19/2011
REALLY impressive.
barack obama
05/18/2011
very serious this time ..no jokes at all
Pedram
05/17/2011
Thanks for your nice tutorials :)
yudha
05/13/2011
please 3ds max beginner tutorial
Balouzi
05/11/2011
still wondering... !!
NOTICE
05/10/2011
Did not think that I could do these kind of things myself. This pro stuff is hard and needs a lot of patience and perseverance.

MY EYES ARE BLEEDING from watching your videos and learning : )
Fragect
05/04/2011
Great tutorials!!!
anyone can say me pls in german what's an outclick?
Andrew said this at 22:55.
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crazyvideomonkey
06/24/2011
He said alt-Click, so click while holding the alt Key.
In German: Alt-Klick :D
sonia naik
04/25/2011
U rock..........
krishna sai
04/14/2011
ANDREW your are the best
Debatma
04/14/2011
Mr.Kramer, you are pure genius... you are the best teacher i've ever had... you make learning after effects sooooo interesting, it does'nt feel like learning at all! Best wishes from India... may God bless u...!!! Thank you soooooooo sooooooo much!!!
Van Krix
03/14/2011
your the man ANDREW KRAMER!!!!!!!!!!!!! more tutorials to come dude!!
Mocco
03/12/2011
Very nice ideas, effects, and execution here.
BASAV
03/12/2011
Very VVVVVVV.... Super, I Like very much super
Alan
03/10/2011
goooooooooooooooooooood
psk
03/08/2011
good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
atheist
03/08/2011
God Father of after effects....Andrew Kramer.... ;) i have to find a new word in dictionary to praise u :D ...i really wish at least to take a snap wid u :D..ur genius \m/
Alex Brown
03/06/2011
My very first tutorial for AE, thank you very much. http://vimeo.com/20709327
bbbb
03/06/2011
it.s not playing. :(
Juvare
03/03/2011
I can't believe everything you give us...for free...
count me in. Thanks!
RIYALUDEEN
03/06/2011
HI
amir cohen
03/02/2011
Awsame man !
I wish to be like you !
I will work hard for good result.
i will realy appreaciate if you save conect with me on my Email.
Prasanna
02/21/2011
thanks mate....
diego
02/15/2011
Amazing tutorial, great work!
Thanks from Uruguay!
Pato
02/09/2011
Awesome..thank you very much
gilbertos
02/08/2011
this is a great tutorial...very helpful and easy to follow,too.....please post some more!thanks!
Mariano
02/08/2011
Thank you Andrew.
Josh Bach
02/07/2011
Andrew, your tutorials are top of the line, seriously! Thank you so much for your time to put all of these tutorials together and helping the world out ;)
Thanks to this tutorial and tutorial 46, Virtual 3D Photos, and the techniques inside them, I made a video with one of the professional pictures I took at someones engagement shoot, and it's seriously looking way awesome.
Maybe I could charge customers for a slide show looking like an actual video... I don't know, but once again, thanks Andrew!
Gideon Graves
02/02/2011
Thank you so much for these tutorials truly amazing.
Roulette
01/30/2011
I have the craziest idea for this tutorial!!!
Robert Streiferd
01/27/2011
Sweet!!!
Christian
01/17/2011
These tutorials are the best i've seen anywhere! Keep it up Andrew! Btw, its 1am here as im finishing watching this lol
Aseem Lalfakawma
01/15/2011
WOW!..Andrew,YOU ARE THE MASTER OF FX!..(^_^)
Oli
01/06/2011
I´ve got only CC-Things in my Distort list...
Help me.. No Corner Pin and no Liquify
hoodedman
12/22/2010
Awesome..thank you very much for all your tips & triks..thanks Again..
k2n
12/21/2010
Hi Andrew
thanx for all your tutorials.Very good
Skii
12/23/2010
Hey Andrew Great tutorial Check out my VFX Animating a picture
I did TRON Legacy http://www.youtube.com/user/Letrindle#p/a/u/0
Ola Røyseland
12/19/2010
Brilliant!
Hansen
12/18/2010
Awesome! Very inspiring.
Nyain Swe
12/18/2010
This has been so helpful. Thanks so much!
Luridofilm Production
12/08/2010
WOW!!!
It's very Incredible!!!
It's very good!!!
Fantastick!
Kaimar2
11/24/2010
Great tips in this tutorial!
For me it was probably the most useful one in terms of general compositing techniques.

I just recorded about 2 minutes of "white points on black door" which provided me with probably all the real handheld tracking data I will ever need. :D
kakiDesigns
11/18/2010
i fil cul 2 join u mean while am lukn 4 clearing
GON.H264
11/15/2010
GRRRRREAT!!
matt dvc
11/15/2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhiKrS6xJdo
little mod
Ram pandian
12/18/2010
It is nice man....i like it...
David Rowley
11/13/2010
Thank you Andrew Kramer and videocopilot! The idea of using real tracked camera movement is brilliant! I used it in my reel

http://vimeo.com/16297204

Like almost everyone on here, you pretty much taught me After Effects - I think everything I've done in After Effects uses at least one technique from you.
NewLineProductionz
10/27/2010
YOU ARE THE BEST
iLOVEu no hommo...
Online
10/16/2010
Here my first work with Video effects:

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTM9zPN1GDQ

Please comment it.
Jimmy Bob
10/16/2010
Hi. Can someone plaese send me a link to the picture?
Reece
01/11/2011
Its in the project files
Peter
09/17/2010
Great tutorial, here is what I made:

[url]http://www.peterkoenen.nl/?p=433[/url]
PRAJITH
09/17/2010
U R REALLY GREAT.............................
XenPaul
09/12/2010
hey guys

I have a question, this tutorial is just to learn how to make those effects or this effect just got fine in this situatio? (Like, i just can do this effect if i want to do this tip of situation)

thanks
Thimo
09/03/2010
hi, thanks for that tutorial,
heres my first work with after effects :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNUUvXA9b1o
Gautam Raj Khadka
09/03/2010
hey, i've been tryin to find out somthin like it frm a long time,thnks
Beallover
08/17/2010
I really love Andrew Kramer.
Matt
08/17/2010
Brilliant! I love seeing how creatively the stock effects and tools in AE can be applied, and this is exactly the sort of project I was looking for. Thanks SO much for your terrific work - and say hello to Michelle Yamazaki for me if you see her soon (you guys are doing a book together, aren't you?) I think I met you at NAB PPW 2010 with her - anyway, rock on, my brother, and thanks again!
Slapthatbass
08/17/2010
Hey Andrew,

I was following your tutorial exactly until you got to the CC Particle World part, and when you applied it to the solid your particle was much bigger and different than mine. Mine was set on explosion, but it was very small and was not falling towards the ground like yours. Any help would be appreciated. You are awesome, and thanks for the tutorials.
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