101. Sure Target 2
• Sure Target 2 is a plug-in for controlling the AE Camera
• Features Inertia, Auto-focus, Camera Roll and more!
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542 Responses to "Sure Target 2"
Annoyed
09/24/2014
Wow, whoever narrated this is an idiot. Just stick to the script, you're not funny and your anecdotes are terrible. It seems like you really are just trying to confuse (as you say) and annoy. What a waste of time.
Magna Chisel
08/31/2014
geez stop braggging about this plugin, its not that intuitive. Also, for a product name "Sure Target" - the camera definitely MISSES THE TARGET. You should explain why in your video (this is noted by others on the internet who had problems with this function)Further, you dont mention if the targeting mechanism works with graphics...
Auto rotate is confusing for sure, this should be made more clear. IF the camera is staying perpendicular to the plane of the film gate, than the action shown by the demo of this plugin cannot fairly be called a rotate, but is factually a tracking motion....
Toye
07/23/2014
I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO INSTALL ADOBE AFTER EFFECT CC & CS6 ON MACVERICKS 10.9.4 PLZ I NEED YOUR HELP...
fantasmo
06/30/2014
It says the zip for SureTarge_2 is broken?! (On windows)
Christina
06/05/2014
My Mac doesnt allow me to put that plug in under the preset folder :( Someone please help me !!
Will
04/14/2014
I'm pretty new to AE, but I reached the 100 target limit and can't figure out how to continue with the 93 layers that are left.
Ramon
02/14/2014
Why is it that every time i add a text layer and turn it into a 3D object, it places it somewhere else and i have to go looking for it. Is there a way so it won't do that?
William
02/10/2014
Your tutorials would have been so boring if it weren't for your amazing jokes! :D
mikhail
12/12/2013
how do I install sure target 2 into after effects???
Kyle
12/02/2013
I think my Adobe After Effects does not register .aex files, I have tried using both versions of the preset and I have Windows 7 64bit AEcs6, but it will not register the .aex file, it does register .ffx sure target 1 so please tell me what to do please! I need to use this!
Kyle
12/02/2013
I am using Windows 7 64bit and Adobe After Effects CS6, i have copied the 64bit sure target 2 file to the preset folder but it still will not register in the program, and even when I tried the other Windows file it still did not work. How can I get it to work?
nick
11/26/2013
I've followed the instructions to the letter, and it just doesn't work for me.
suve Target
11/08/2013
528 Responses to "Sure Target 2"
joe
10/14/2013
First, this did help. But on the other hand ..it could have been half the length without the mind numbing small talk. FYI stop, drop & roll is for fires not earthquakes ..lol
<3 love ya anyways
Dean
11/01/2013
You do know that he was kidding about the earthquake, right? And calm down about the length of the video. He goes out of his way from his busy schedule to make all these free videos for us.
Rudy
10/08/2013
gracias por este excelente materia!
Ahmed
09/18/2013
This plug very helpful for me

that was perfect

from Egypt we thank you very much

Aaron
08/22/2013
Love this plug, thank you!

Quick question: When trying to use the "execute" feature for auto populate, I can't get it happenin'. Im following the directions but when I control+click my layers I get a pop up menu from AE instead of them being selected for Sure Target.

This a settings issue or user error on my part (on a Mac)?

Thanks!
Andy
09/11/2013
If you're on a Mac, Command click. Had the same problem.
Alexander
07/29/2013
This is amazing! Good Work!! Lovin it.
Kemar
07/17/2013
Pure Genius, I enjoyed This Tutorial (y) Great Plugin :)
Sura
07/04/2013
This must be one of the most important plugins - EVER.
Riley Bingham
06/16/2013
Touching Story Andrew... i almost cried
Dinesh
06/04/2013
Really you are great man
beatifically tutorials i am work on ur tutorials
George
06/04/2013
I can't seem to get the plugin to install, After FX doesn't detect it like I never installed it. Does it only work on previous versions of after effects?
Tommy
06/14/2013
Did you place the 32bit or the 64bit version into your plugins directory? For Macs running OSX 10.8 and CS6, you need to use the 64bit version. The 32 will not show up.
Aljosa Sologub
06/10/2013
It works just fine with CS6. R u sure you put it in right place?
Ben
04/04/2013
very cool thank you for that great tutorial
Seain
03/08/2013
Im trying to find where i can download this plugin and no luck :/
Lenney
03/15/2013
Download the project file
heroe
02/27/2013
Man you are the best
wombatz
02/13/2013
when i check the camera roll my after effects stops working;/ help andrew!
Brian
02/06/2013
This is an absolutely awesome plug-in. Thanks for making it available!
john
02/02/2013
Your the best andrew! im a big f@n! ^^
Joshua
01/29/2013
For some reason when I adjust the aperture nothing happens, is there something I'm missing?
Aljosa Sologub
06/10/2013
Check if you enabled DOF.
nilesh Razorhead777
01/28/2013
How can i work with 500 layers...I added sure target for the 1st 100 layers but how do i make the reamining 400 the part of the same thing..because my typography reveals an image so all words should be in one camera :(
Ricky
04/29/2013
I have been trying to get this sure target 2 on CS6
I have tried all possible ways since few days. but no luck.
I tried few different computers still not working

I really need this to make it work. can some one please help me?
is there any problem with cs6? 1.5 is working fine but 2 is not

Thanks
Aljosa Sologub
03/11/2013
Use precomps and enable continius rasterization. Or fake it. Just align all elements as you like and then zoom out the camera.
aji
01/26/2013
You are great sir!Thanks for a great tutorial and really cool plug-ins
Ciaran
01/11/2013
Andrew,

Unreal plugin. I am hoping to make this work with 3D text from Element 3D. Is this possible and what is the work flow. So far targets will not auto rotate as Element 3D is working in another world coordinate system. So it appeers. I'm ready to use both (hopefully) on a project this weekend. Thanks.
Sait
01/04/2013
Dude you are awesome :D
Tommy
11/27/2012
LOL, ST&R;is in case you catch fire.

Great tutorial though, and great plugin!
Kim
11/06/2012
how did you create the background ? please do reply :)
and the motion blur effect .
Jordan
10/12/2012
Oh jeez. Thanks so much for the plug in! Much love.
Mary
09/03/2012
thank you so much!
Steve Q
08/07/2012
thank you for this tutorial and plugin.
Abusyiham
07/22/2012
This great free plugin has an issue in AE CS6...i think! Need to be upgrade?
Adam
09/30/2012
Really? I'm using ST2.0 in CS6 with no problems
Changez baloch Aaskani
07/19/2012
Hi andrew u r tetorials are great make some super heros tutorials
i am waiting
Amanda
07/17/2012
Thank you for all of your tutorials, they are great.

So, with Sure Target 2, I already have a project started with 10 target layers. I would like to change it to 25 layers and it is not letting me change. What am I doing wrong?
Leandro Ariel Sarachu
07/05/2012
Thanks man...poor your wife jajaja (Y)
Divyank
06/25/2012
Awesome tutorial!! Gave a new lease of life to my ass. Thanks a lot Andrew, really appreciate it. :D
Mike
06/05/2012
Cool improvements.

Very nice plug.
Kyle
06/01/2012
Great plugin. Wondering if there will be an update for CS6.
Slade
05/31/2012
Gotta say, this is a very frustrating plug in. I REALLY like it, but it seems to track very strangely at times. Maybe I just have no idea how to work it, but I am 1 more RAM preview away from throwing my computer out the window...
Mourning
05/23/2012
My cousin died because he tried to Stop Drop and Roll during an Earthquake... thanks jerks!
maurice
05/04/2012
Thanks for the tutorial and will hopefully see you at DMLA in May. This is what I've learned so far:
http://www.toastedmango.com/projects/banners/boom.html#!prettyPhoto[flash]/0/

Again Thanks!
Dan
05/02/2012
Is this compatible with the 3d falloff preset?
Jhon67
04/21/2012
Hi andrew Am A Boy In 13 I could Work At The 3D Set Extention For All Ly Self So That's Good Thank you And I Wish If I Can See You That's My Only Dream This Is My Adrees: merabtine2010@live.com Please :) !!
David Stephens
02/17/2012
It took me some time to build up steam... like a long time. I start bouncing around in intermediate lessons and beginner tutorials. I admit Andrew pissed me of to the point were i wanted to rip him one. but i must say diligence pays off, Andrew you are AFTER EFFECTS.
Alexandra Ostasheva
01/31/2012
Thank you for the outstanding FREE plugin!
all the best!
Tumisang Bogwasi
02/17/2012
Whr du u get the free plugin?
Amil Neal
01/09/2012
I really wana call u as SIR, this is the most respectable word i have for you, God bless you i really pray for you from my heart, SIR i have no words to express my gratefulness, Thank you thank u thank u very much.
iraq.man
12/15/2011
Professor Andrew dear Is it possible to explain the background used in this lesson because it is very beautiful and Try it to work like it did not appreciate. I hope you can explain to the needy of this explanation, I thank you very
Tim
12/13/2011
Haha not only are your tutorials educational and awesome but your hilarious lol...

"Pretty official"
Charlie
04/06/2012
haha that story at the beginning cracked me up so bad!!!
Ryan
12/09/2011
Wish you would've put up the legit project files. But thanks anyway! Amazing tutorial
Isaac
12/01/2011
You are Amazing Andrew, thanks for all your Tutorials and Help
clement
11/04/2011
this is sure one good offer
oli
10/28/2011
dude,
you're amazing :D you link fun and lesson so perfectly!
nice tut, nice plug-in! keep going!!
Louise Hughes
10/19/2011
Really helpful tutorial.
glutenfree4u
10/06/2011
thank you andrew kramer you've saved my butt again! just when i thought i would never get AE camera's down i found this plug-in!!!
Andy Nguyen
09/15/2011
Is it possible to add in video and not text? :D
Kasper Dunvad
10/13/2011
As i understood it, it works with a null objekt that is tied to whatever you wish it to.. - video as well.
- I think...
BassaM
09/02/2011
Mr.Andrew,You are Remarkable with this work
i adore it
Jonathan parra
08/30/2011
Is Sure Target 2 compatible with AE CS5?
Because it is not working on my system. I'm on a Mac and I've installed it in the Plug Ins folder, but no Video Copilot nor Sure Target heading appears in the Effects & Presets window.
Thanks
Bobjohnson
01/25/2012
Hey. I was having the same problem but I figured it out.
I'm on a 32-bit OS Mac and if you use the 32-bit plug-in in After Effects CS5 it doesn't recognize it so you have to use the 64-bit one no matter whether your OS is 32 or 64 bit. Hope that helped.
Hari Kara
10/07/2011
I have followed the steps to install the SureTarget 2.0.10 in the plugins folder. I still dont get any preset or plugin in my AE list? COuld this be because I have suretarget 1.5.1 installed?

Win 7 64bit AE CS4
Bruno
09/16/2011
Just copy the file to aplications > adobe after effects > plug-ins. Don't put it into plug-ins>effects. Ps: you gotta know if your mac is 32 or 64 though... I'm on a macbook pro , 64, running cs5, and doing ok. Works for me, so, not a mac problem.
Chris
09/01/2011
I'm using CS5 in Win7 and sure target works great.
maybe problem with mac?
Jason
08/31/2011
I am having the same problem. Installed the 64 bit into my Plugins folder and does not show in the menu. Even after a re-start and a refresh List. I am on a mac and running CS5
MaK
08/29/2011
amazing man with great tutorials :)
loboooeno
08/05/2011
men you are the best!!! and so funny!!! your plugg in is telling you how to use it!!! men the plugg in rockss!!!!
Tim
08/01/2011
Andrew, great tutorial on Sure Target ... keep having to come back to it as I forget various aspects but being a teacher ... have to say, it is Drop & Cover ... not sure where you got the "roll" but you are forgiven as you probably aren't on the West Coast. Again, great tutorials and keep them coming. :)
Jon
08/19/2011
Stop Drop & Roll is what you do when your on fire. I've never heard of Drop & cover before, im guessing by covering you mean get under someplace hard, like a desk. since that's what your suppose to do when there's an earthquake
Jimmy
08/19/2011
Tim, he's joking... Stop drop and roll is for if you catch fire. He's assuming we already know the difference lol
Karam
07/26/2011
and how did you add the new columns at 4:51?
Karam
07/26/2011
ia it possible to put pictures instead of text?
Evan
07/29/2011
Andrew, if i were a woman, i'd be in love with you for making these awesome tutorials and plugins!!!!! Thank you very much!!!
Marcus Vinícius
07/20/2011
Andrew Kramer, you're awesome! Video Copilot is a great service on web for those who wants to learn about vfx in after effects. And, it's FREE! Awesome tutorials, techniques and resources.

Great Job! I'm your fan!
John Rowley
07/05/2011
Andrew Kramer and all at Video Copilot are my hero's. This plug-in is so incredibly impressive. Thanks so much - my respect and gratitude for Video Copilot hasn't stopped increasing since I first found the site - and my initial reaction was very positive.

fariba
07/06/2011
Sure Target
Mark
07/04/2011
is there a way for me to download this tutorial? i have a slow internet connection, and im going to leave this all night. it would realy help if could download it to my computer.:) thanks.
Miguel Jara
06/25/2011
Hi Andrew,

I´ve just download this plug-in, it really seems to be really useful, I was looking yesterday at the tutorial and today I was put it on practice for the first time. But I had a problem.

I am on an animation project, in the scene I am making there is a car running in the middle of a landscape, it is not footage, it is all made by me in a 3d space in AE. The idea is that the camera focus on some part of the car while it is running. I tried to use the "sure target" plug-in as you taught in the tutorial but something goes bad.

I have made some null objects to which I want the sure camera to target, I parent this objects ith the car layer, this for the sake of follow the car in movement, but after stablish every keyframe changing from one to other of the targets in the Sure target menu, I realize that as the null objects have a relative cordinate position to their parent (i.e. the car layer) the sure target does not understand it and just go to the position each of the null objects have fixed.

I was thinking how to solve it and I think that I can solve it but It would be great to hear if you have some comments about it.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge in such a kind way,

Kind regards,

M
Nico
03/15/2014
Two years later I'm coming across the same problem, ; it made me scratch my head very hard before understanding the problem comes from parenting targets one with another... I just un-parented the objects to solve it...
jayan
06/25/2011

Transformer Bumble bee ... enough people want to make a tutorial ...
Leon
06/19/2011
next time you need to find your cellphone, just call it with your home phone or something, follow the ring. Always works!
Miguel Carrillo
06/18/2011
How do you set time to each target? I'm working with sure target, and the targets are videos, so i want each video to stay on screen until it finish and then move to the next target.
Nicolas
06/21/2011
easy: when you are at you first target, keyframe it then go to the end of that target and keyframe it with the same number as the first time.
it will look like this:
1...........1;;;;;2...........2;;;;;;3.......3
with the ...'s as the time the video plays and ;;; for the movement between 2 videos
good luck =)
rob
06/15/2011
I cannot get the auto execute to work correctly on my mac. I make sure that sure target is selected, I have tried both command click and control click and I always get an error when I hit execute. The control button on a mac will not let me select multiple layers, that is why I tried the command button.
Alex Newman
09/03/2011
Shift?
Martin Anderson
06/03/2011
Awesome tutorial! and thanks for the plug-in, that's very helpful! You surely need to make that future detective short film ;)
Mehmet
04/27/2011
Awesome tutorial.Thank you !!
Abhi
04/05/2011
stop drop and roll if you are on fire...haha! but awesome video as usual
KARFFE
04/04/2011
One problem I am having is that when I use Sure Target 2, my screen flashes. Anytime I click around or change values, my screen flashes real quick. Everything works, but I can see this getting real bad for my eyes.
I use a Mac if that helps.
Seasure
03/18/2011
This tutorial ist pretty da** BAD... you know... it doesn't work with a turned off computer!

Just kidding, YOU ROCK!
Dave
03/13/2011
I cant get it to work when using the Print to PF thingy. Every time I try to, the image just goes to the background and I cant get it to move at all.
Anton
03/06/2011
What an awesome plugin
its so great!!!!
Pascal
03/06/2011
"First, make sure that your Computer is on"
elmoo
02/25/2011
Thank you Andrew :)

Solution for the PDF print => http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php
Graham
02/13/2011
It would be great if there was a way to delay the camera from following the POI, as if the camera is looking towards the direction the target is moving. Currently the target and the camera move in sync.

I was able to accomplish this by putting an expression on the null layer's x and y rotations, but it would be great if there was some sort of "follow delay".
Dominic Witherow
02/08/2011
Great tool! Thank you! However, in CS5 Mac I'm having a few glitches. When the plugin is first applied I get an error message, saying that the plugin can't be found and the expressions will be disabled. This is simply fixed by switching the expressions back on and then it works fine.
The other glitch is in rendering if OpenGL is enabled - it just doesn't like it and often crashes. This is the only plugin I use that seems to have this problem on a regular basis, though it does sometimes also occur with the Foundry's Camera Tracker.

Keep up the good work. Dominic
Andy Dixon
02/02/2011
Great plug in & great tutorial! I'm suddenly having an issue though. Every time I attempt to move the position of the null object, the X position automatically goes to 0.00 the first few times I try. Not only that, but it will also jump to 0.00 randomly for 1 frame without a keyframe or anything! Ghosts!
Ramphouse
01/31/2011
One problem I am having is that when I use Sure Target 2, my screen flashes. Anytime I click around or change values, my screen flashes real quick. Everything works, but I can see this getting real bad for my eyes.
I use a Mac if that helps.

Thanks, and I hope someone can help me with this issue.
diego
04/29/2011
I posted something in the forum but no response. I am having the same issue.
Chris
03/14/2011
Yeah, I'm having the same problem on Mac as well - it didn't used to do it on my PC. Any pointers would be really appreciated, thanks.
Steve
02/23/2011
Same here
Diego
01/31/2011
Great tutorial! thank you VC.

Greetings from space station Jupiter.
hpbingham
01/29/2011
Getting ready to watch a movie ey ;)
SandyChing
01/26/2011
you are my hero men... you save me a lot of time over here
Ombra
01/25/2011
Last time I checked stop drop & roll was for fires, I'd hate to be rolling in a collapsing building. Love your tutorials, you are the one video tutorial voice that I've found that actually makes me want to watch more videos just to see what shenanigans you are up to then as a byproduct pick up some awesome tips and tricks!
kermitt
01/24/2011
Hi, great tutorial !
Cant' find the AE project ! Where is it.
Just have 4 .pdf files, not AE ...
Thanks for answer
Mike L
01/08/2011
ARGH.. Why can't I get darker particles on light scenes like you. As soon as I set mine dark in CC or particular, they vanish completely!

Please include your projects for things like this, so we can glean settings.

Great plugin (and tutorial) by the way. :)
mikky g
01/06/2011
i love dis tutorial, tanks a lots andrew.
brahim benhamou
01/03/2011
Hi andrew my name is brahim 19 years from morocco thanks for toutrial you are best i witch be motion design like you
Nikko Vinuya
01/02/2011
I downloaded the Sure Target 2 file but its extension is .plugin and i put it under my plugins but when I try to access it, it wont show up. I also put it under the Video Copilot presets but the problem is it has to be an .ffx to be a preset. Please help :) Btw, this is an awesome plugin and I really want to have it! Thanks!
jovert
05/20/2011
we had the same problem bro. But now did you manage to install Sure target 2? If you did, tell me.. tnx
Subhendra
01/08/2011
I had a similar problem. I m using vista 64 bit with both after effects cs4 and cs5. But it worked when i installed 32bit for cs4 and 64bit for cs5. Hope this helps. And thanks Andrew Kramer. This is an Awesome plug-in. Saved me a lot of time.
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