137. Explosive Training
Advanced Tutorial Series
Feb 27, 2013
  • Tracking with Mocha and Magic Tracking Preset
  • Rotoscoping with Masks
  • Composite CG Train Elements in AE
  • Composite CG Explosions with Depth Matte
  • Composite Stock Footage from Action Essentials 2
  • Mesh Warp stock footage
  • Adding Glow, Optical Flares and Color Correction
  • Setup Train Car and combine meshes
  • Fragment Parts of Train
  • Add dents and damage to Train Car
  • Simulate explosion physics with Rayfire
  • Setup Lighting, Matte shadow & Rendering with Vray
  • Use Pflow to create flying debris particles from chunks
  • Create Particle System for simulation
  • Fume FX Simulation Settings
  • Adjusting Vorticity and Advection Stride
  • Setup Fume FX Shader and Gradient
  • Add Fume FX Lights with Shadows
  • Rendering and Color Correction & Glow in AE
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377 Responses to "Explosive Training!"
Mr Dude
04/21/2014
There is no explosion reflection on the train.
Ian
02/26/2014
Hi Andrew, really appreciate what you are doing.
Thanks a lot!
Bart
02/12/2014
Hi Andrew, any chance of doing a compositing tutorial involving Lightwave 3D?
You really do have incredible tutorials.
Elliot
02/04/2014
Hi I really want the train extension thing. How do I get it???
midhun
01/21/2014
hi andrew.your tutorials are amazing..

amine
01/07/2014
hi please help ,when i render i get a poor quality even tho i used the scene that andrew gave us , pls anyone answer me ,do i need a better graphic card or something
Joe Saab
12/20/2013
Hi Andrew...Your work is really amazing...and thanks to your Tutorials and amazing pruducts, I was able to create my movie trailer. You can watch it here: http://youtu.be/PT3YxlUwUjM
I wish you can comment on it. It would be helpful to enhance my work in my next trailer!!!!
amine
01/07/2014
hi please help ,when i render i get a poor quality even tho i used the scene that andrew gave us , pls anyone answer me ,do i need a better graphic card or something
Matheus
12/16/2013
Cara devo muito a você me ensinou muito coisa, sem nem eu ter o programa. Estou facinado, o ruim é que seus videos não são em portuques pois se fosse já teria ganhado um monte de fã aqui no brasil.
Sou facinado por edição de vídeo e encontrei seu site por acaso depois que eu vi você fazer todas essas edições decidi fazer faculdade de cinema.
Muito bom sou muito grato.
dynal
12/05/2013
just entered in d vfx world n getting fimilier with d tutorials. if any suggestion feel open to tell
Luis Gallego
12/04/2013
Hey! What's up? I got a problem when I was adding the VC Corner-pin_to-null preset... :( Can somebody help me?

The 'Effect' Layer doesn't have any property or metod with the 'Layer' name.
Expression disabled.

Error in the line 2
Comp.:'Train_Shot'
Layer:1 ('Null 2')
Property: 'Position'

I don't know if it's the right translation... But it's something like that.

Thank you :)
Sjon
02/13/2014
I am having the same problem as Luis. I have searched the web, tried all the suggestions, but it is not working. MacPro 5,1 2X 6core Intel Xeon chips. Plenty of RAM and HDD. I hope someone can quickly find an answer.
Luis Gallego
12/05/2013
And then, I press Ok and another message appears, but insteand of Property:"Position". It's Property:"Scale", and then for "rotation"...
rammy
11/27/2013
greyscale gorilla is better than you adnrew kramer :)
Rizky
02/26/2014
haha, you funny. you thnk you better than andrew ?
smilf
12/21/2013
then why do u come here..??...you cant compare, it's two different pieces software and workflows
Lucas
11/10/2013
an you teach us how to make magic smoke splosions with fume fx thanks Andrew
Gerrit
11/06/2013
Holy S***!
iso
10/31/2013
cool
hesham helmy
10/29/2013
we need more toutrial about max and after same prog
newsense
11/05/2013
I agree, I really want to integrate 3d with live action but there's not many good tutorials so i'm hesitant to buy any 3D software.
VIDEO COPILOT
11/04/2013
at VIDEO COPILOT we are trying to get more tutorials done
Jay
10/23/2013
Hey, how would we do it if we needed to have an object in the way of an explosion, for example if there was a wall or if the explosion was on an angle and the explosion couldn't go beneath the ground?
Thanks!
Antonio
10/11/2013
awesome tutorial!!! very well
Mahitt
09/20/2013
Hey nic tutorial
Ash
09/14/2013
Am i just retarded or where is the train extend img in the project download?
Ash
09/15/2013
Nvm found it.
Nile EARLS
09/06/2013
WHERE IS THE FUME FX ? WHERE CAN I DOWNLOAD? WHO DO I PURCHASE FROM ?
Pixelfill
09/11/2013
http://afterworks.com/FumeFX/Overview.asp
mishraf
08/29/2013
nyc..
HusnanKij
08/26/2013
Wonderfull... :) Thank You verymuch :)
Ali
08/17/2013
wow... great tutorial, thank you very much
eropevans
08/06/2013
wow. u are the best. that's and God bless for being a great inspiration to me.
Dale Burden
07/31/2013
Ok this makes no sense to me. Why would you create element 3d to work with Cinema 4d but use 3ds max in your tutorials? You had a great opportunity to show off your plug in but instead you kind of showed you don't need it. Or did I miss something here?
Tyler
09/12/2013
Element works with 3ds max also or pretty much anything that will export an .obj. This shot was only a camera pan which doesn't have any perspective change, therefore by using Mocha to do the tracking and compositing with rendered elements it is easy to compose this shot. He could of used Element 3d but it wasn't necessary for this specific shot. In no way was he showing you don't need it; as the nature of Element 3D to begin with was to create duplicate many objects easily to make cool and unique effects. Maybe you should watch some of the other tutorials before you go throwing accusations at a free tutorial with many many good compositing tips and ideas.
waseem
07/31/2013
nice
FV8SOYEAHHHHHHH
07/30/2013
Super ULTRA Realistic!! OMG!
nzeako
07/30/2013
Wow good su
abdirisak
07/29/2013
Love You Man ! u r great ! I've been following u for the past 5 years!!!
mahmoud
07/22/2013
it's great lesson from great man ^_^
fahmie
07/18/2013
Great stuff!!! Andrew you are a star! Thanx!!!
michael
07/17/2013
you are a great person mr andrew kramer i have been following you from past 4 years
Srikanth Bhalaji
07/13/2013
Love You Man ! u r great ! I've been following u for the past 5 years!!!
tarsembadhan
07/11/2013
really great effects, thanks
RickLS
07/10/2013
OMG Andrew Kramer look what you've done!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/06/canada-lac-megantic-train-oil-fire
samuel maina
07/10/2013
its a great thinking
jitendra sethi
07/09/2013
hello sir........its an aswome tutorial.....i m your great fan....& i have been following you from past 3 years
Vimetri
07/08/2013
A real train explosion just happen in Lac-Mégantic, Québec, Canada. Looks similar but very more sad in real world.
lolo
07/08/2013
Thanks Andrew ;)
You're amazing and all of this for free...man you're perfect.
Giorgos
07/02/2013
Where can i find the explosion (effects)
umar
06/24/2013
hi where is the physx toolbar and how do we get it up as i am using 3d max 2013?
Ara
07/04/2013
Hii. Its a free plugin from Nvidia. You have to register at Nvidia page. Its then free to download.
Andres Gonzalez Varela
06/16/2013
Help at the end of the render of the explosion and pass it to the after effects, lights flashing Explosion
Clayton Knapp
06/14/2013
why didnt you just keyframe the ball object back down after it hit the train so you didnt have to do all that extra work?
Sudesh Lasantha
06/13/2013
Super.....
thanks really nice tutorial...
adedamola lateef
06/11/2013
i need to see more latest video copilot to watch
hn
06/10/2013
max 2012 rayfire 1.58 demo.
Is that different from video tutorial.
I don't fragment mesh.....@.@;;;
branlly
06/10/2013
footage after effect
sam kareem
06/08/2013
Beautiful , but not easy to learn . Needs lots of practice, again it is marvelous .
Eduardo
06/06/2013
thank you very much for the tutorials andrew upload many resources we offer to our situation because really limited from Bolivia
Raju Mahto
06/05/2013
Nice tutorial to creating a blast......thanks andrew
Cyrus
06/02/2013
I have followed the tutorial to the letter but when I do a final render shot it doesn't look anywhere near as good as the final shots Andrew rendered. Would anyone know if he is using Vray, Mental ray, or Scanline for the final render in max. And is there additional adjustments to get the image to look as good? The test renders look the same as in the tutorial. So its that final render I need help with. -Cyrus
Bonemaw
08/30/2013
I am very sure he uses vray. Why use Vray materials and lights but not use the render ?
michael
06/04/2013
i would like to know which renderer was used as well andrew
Cyrus
06/02/2013
Love the tutorial, but I've hit a snag. I've followed the tutorial to the letter yet when I do a final render it doesn't look anywhere near as good as as the final renders on the tutorial.Is Andrew using V-ray, Mental Ray, or Scanline in 3ds max and how do you get that quality of image. Also I am using Max 2013. -Cyrus
benedict ilagan
06/02/2013
thanks really nice tutorial...
axel
06/02/2013
hola amigo me encanta lo que haces. trato de entender porque no entiendo bien el ingles me gustaria si podes mandarme tutoriales en español gracias.
axel
abdul barek
05/26/2013
video edit
bjar
05/26/2013
this video is very goad
Mathew
05/26/2013
Wow!
Vinod
05/25/2013
Very Nice Work we like very much. Thank you
sahil Editor
05/15/2013
i Like This Vedio N Work
selvarajan
05/14/2013
The tutorial is amazing as usual but what is more amazing is Andrew forgot to pull Sam's leg
George
05/10/2013
This is not just a site for learners, it is for us all. What could we do without it.
pradeep16sharma@gmail.com
05/07/2013
video
Nagesh
05/07/2013
I started After effects with your tutorials ... n now... fume fx... this is a grt start...
subzero
05/01/2013
Thank you dude, I followed all of your clear, fantastic and awesome tutorials...what I want to say is that u make the impossible possible if someone like me can learn AE from 0!!Please dont stop!Regards from Italy
Sac
04/30/2013
Great site for the learners. Thank you sir for uploading such effective videos.
WTF
04/29/2013
unable to download the tutorials because of no resume capability.....
Diki Eka Kurnia
04/25/2013
Awesome!!! This site was make me the greatest master effects on my town LOL :D
Lucas Ferriera
04/18/2013
You must create a new section on "3D Models" called "Fume Fx" to use it on AE (:
Lahiru.N.Fernando
04/17/2013
its amazing......would love to add to sri lankan cinema
PouriyaKH
04/17/2013
NO Hollywood!!
NO Bollywood!!
JUST AKwood :D
nehuen
04/12/2013
Copado loco!
O.o
04/05/2013
im put the spacing to 0,0000000000001 and my computer explode, is as realistic that in I ended up in hospital
batu
04/04/2013
Anybody please help me on skype: mrbatutech

i need full beignner tutorial
Bekaiye J.P.
04/20/2013
checkout the bootcamp tutes by Andrew on this site. it'll pwetty much jumpstart you. Also, go thru the numerous tutes on the site, u'll have completed AE Andrew University then. Cheers
Zoel
04/18/2013
go to the basic tutorial as above
noufal
03/29/2013
thanks
Phil
03/29/2013
I have ab big problem: If I want to put the Corner-Pin_to-Null Preset on the Null-Object it says:

After Effects Warnung: Klasse 'Effect' hat keine Eigenschaft oder Methode mit dem Namen 'Layer'
Expression deaktiviert.

Fehler in Zeile2.
Komp.:'Train_Shot'
Ebene: 1('Null 1')
Eigenschaft: 'Position''Skalierung''Drehung'

Can somebody help me (I'm using Adobe After Effects CS6 64Bit)
paul
04/05/2013
Hi Phil i got the same problem with Corner Pin to Null.It gives me error message and cannot continue with the tutorial.Can anybody help?
Jan
04/05/2013
Hi Phil,

you are using the German version of AE, and in German the method "Layer" is called "Ebene". When you use tutorial material it will happen to you quite often that you have to rename English terms in scripts.
B.Naresh
03/29/2013
Thanks Look at me andre


hanna
03/28/2013
gooooooood!!!! master!!!!
Clarq Nwaya
03/28/2013
you have been a great inspiration for all the days of my life, back here in uganda my home country am to do great things from your great lessons full of creativity, i run speechless whenever its to say somthing about videocopilot. thanx so much, and may God reward you abandantly
Rukmini K
03/28/2013
Hi
Million thanks to Mr. Andrew. Excellent Trainer. I learned a lot from his tutorials.
Ignacio
03/28/2013
Thank you Andrew, you have made posible a new age in VFX, forever gratefull
Faris
03/24/2013
Hey Andrew! I have a cool suggestion that you may like :D how about making a series on superpowers... making it professional and stuff... like advanced flying, teleportation, telekinesis... stuff like that. hope you like the idea! :D (I'm no kid, just wondering... it would be awesome to know how to do stuff like that :D
Helgard
03/29/2013
That sounds like an awesome idea!
Pedro
03/24/2013
Andrew I just love your jokes, and I'm note booking all of them to say it to my clients when they are driving my brain crazy... I think your jokes work as a good repellent for clients, because after I tell one to them they say, "ok I go pick up a coffee came back in twenty"... So Andrew, thank you for all your tutorials, technically and "jokelly"....Best regards from Portugal
zander
03/22/2013
Is there a way to split the tanker model so that I can put the broken tanker on the wheels of the original one?

Thank you Andrew!
Max
03/22/2013
Thank you so much for making these awesome tutorials! It`s basically just like I`m a VFX addict and I see you as my dealer... So yeah...
VP
03/18/2013
Thanks for sharing your knowledge!!! you are the best Andrew!!!

http://www.youtube.com/user/rov2004
Jimmy
03/17/2013
My computer really blew up by not stopping the simulation and adjusting the parameters.. :(
Sometimes I don't know when Andrew is joking or not.
I should start taking his jokes serious next time......
nuub
03/15/2013
Awesomeness seems to be the right word, but just overly used and does not seem to intake the great detail and coolness of the video. Thanks for the share.......
GwonYG
03/14/2013
Awesome~ Awesome~ Awesome~!!!!
okieglhopyfer
03/12/2013
not easy at all :(
Cyan Tarek, Bangladesh
03/12/2013
Good Luck AK, and Greetingz from Bangladesh

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Bob
03/12/2013
This is an awesome effect and tutorial. Thanks Video CoPilot!
For everyone looking for a Cinema 4D alternative...

I'm working on a C4D tut on creating a CG explosion. I'll be using the Turbulence FD plugin rather than FumeFX to create the effect. I'll let you all know when it's ready!
Fame Little
03/11/2013
Great Tutorial just like all the rest, I was just wondering why don't you use more of 4D Cinema being that is for PC & Mac so we can follow the tutorials. Thanks again for the great tutorials.
Nagesh
05/07/2013
@Dylan... cant say they dont use cinema for vfx in the industry... things are changing preety fast...
Dylan
03/14/2013
Cinema 4D is a great tool for motion graphics, but it's not used in the industry all that much for VFX. I would imagine that's why.
AR
03/11/2013
ok thats what im talkin bout. u r the man hands down
barbat
03/11/2013
hello.
excuse me Mr Kramer.i cant download this tutorial.i rich to 75% and then stop!!!!
can you help me ,please.
i like it very much.
Fabian
03/10/2013
The BEST tutorial ever!!!!!!
giloz
03/10/2013
PLEASE HELP ME...every time i put this vraymtwrapper the ground goes all black when i render it shows me that the ground all black but when i compose it in AE i see no shadows but the image that was in the background in 3ds max in the ground :( please help
wNii
03/10/2013
Thank you Andrew!! You are the best!!! - Very very nice tutorial, even If I am not a native american I can understand EVERYTHING!.. Nice andrew!
Igor
03/10/2013
That guy should run away from the train instead of towards it.
Robin
03/10/2013
Hi I love all of your Tutorials and Products, but can you VIDEOCOPILOT do an Update on it, because it is so uhh... "Boring" I want more, if you understand...

-Robin Mikalsen-
Big fan of VIDEO COPILOT
Dino
03/10/2013
Hallo Andrew,excellent job and good presentation.I love to watch your tutorials.I work in Cinema 4d,and I can not make a good Tanker Destruction.I have one request for you,this tutorials make in cinema 4d please.
Thanks in advance.
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