41b. The Blue Planet in 3D
• Add 3D control to earth inside After Effects
• Use simple expressions to CC sphere plug-in
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Jul 09, 2007
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127 Responses to "The Blue Planet in 3D"
Kleber
10/14/2013
mui bom
Brian
07/01/2013
For those using CS6 and having problems using the expressions here... scratch them. INSTEAD, right click the position of the camera to SEPARATE THE VALUES and then ALT CLICK the X, Y, Z of EARTH and PICK WHIP X to CAMERA's X, Y to CAMERA Y, etc. Worked for me this way.
Lisa
05/22/2014
Like this;
value + lookAt(thisComp.activeCamera.toWorld([0,0,0]),position)[0]
overlord88
06/17/2013
Hey Andrew! Thanks!! You are awesome!
Video
10/17/2012
Definitely doesn't work in CS6
F!re
01/28/2013
Hmmm, i have CS6 version and it's work for me : )
Drew Krehel
07/23/2012
The expression doesn't seem to work properly with my CS6 copy of adobe, it gives me a warning when I punch it in. Is there an updated version of this expression?
anampi
07/09/2013
Maybe your camera is not the same lenght as your comp? I had problems until I figured out it was because of that.
Eviex
06/21/2012
Fantastic tutorial! Andrew Kramer is legend!
Had a play around with it...
https://vimeo.com/44449977
Then I just got silly...
https://vimeo.com/44472005
Dan Fredley
05/05/2012
Good tutorial. Tried it with a camera parented to a null--didn't work. So here's a better expression to account for the null and also so the sphere can have it's own rotation as well.

As per Dan Ebberts on CreativeCow:

value + lookAt(thisComp.activeCamera.toWorld([0,0,0]),position)[0]
daigok
07/02/2012
I tried with the new expression but my rotation still does not seem to respond. Any thoughts on why this might happen?
Ragnarok
04/21/2012
it might be a kinda brainwrecked question, but where can I find these nice looking earth surface textures?
Dan
05/05/2012
http://free3dnews.blogspot.com/2012/01/free-highres-earth-textures-from-nasa.html
atc_add
03/02/2012
nice
wbariq
01/25/2012
Well this is shortest tutorial in vc, but it's good and has awesome effects
Vinod
07/04/2011
very nice tutorial
jean
06/22/2011
Definitely not working in CS5.
; )
Guy
10/06/2011
lol
Faithfuly
07/15/2011
i have cs5 and it works fine so the problem is in front of your pc ;)
egm5
01/28/2011
I am addicted!!!!!
Logan Luckey
01/25/2011
sorry figured it out just turn them into a new comp and add the same expression, but is still does have issues with the auto orientation, well either way great tutorial, i always look forward to watching yours more than any others, at least you have a sense of humor. Thanks again
Logan Luckey
01/25/2011
hey great work this is my first post but will not be my last, So i have found a couple problems with this expression trick. First; the expression takes over the rotation of the sphere so the earths natural rotation is sacrificed, and second; as the camera angle changes the light source changes, is there an expression that i can write to keep the illumination on the earth the same in relative space while moving the camera, it just looks a little weird if you add some camera shake because the light would normally be coming from the sun but in this case it moves with the camera
PAUL
01/25/2011
verynice
soufyane ikhlef
12/24/2010
wow nice effects i"ll try do it here.but u are a good persone
Mohammed
12/17/2010
man .. i got my new job because of your toturials thank you man
ganapathy
12/13/2010
waiting for ur next tutorial and a personal request , u r my only belief ,i want tutorials similar to this video , i know all ur tutorials output are around 10 secs of time , but help ur viewers... :)
mohammed
12/17/2010
Why can't I find the items in the video the project file
Trin
11/15/2010
Thx very much for this great Tutorial!
Used it to create an animation of earth and moon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itgdgtcdGmQ
Duael
12/06/2010
As always, a great tut.

For those that are interested in Si-Fi, there is a collection of free high rez planet texture maps @
http://freebitmaps.blogspot.com/
cel__ine
10/21/2010
Hi

On CS4 it does not work for me.

I ve downloaded your projet blue planet trying to work on it.
But it does not work.

Is there any problem with the CS4?
Where can we download the 3D project?

Many thanks
Celine
wbariq
01/29/2012
Use orbit tool not the rotation tool
twan
02/14/2011
same here I can't figure it out in 3d

Erian
08/01/2010
Thank you Andrew. I made this short using a lot of your techniques, and especially from this tutorial. You will always remain an inspiration to me. Thanks again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awR1OgEsZjs
Quentin TERCHANI
05/06/2010
This is great ! thank you so muuuuuchhhh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
nourdinateur
03/18/2010
very intresting but i dont inderstand expressions
Vurtax
01/28/2010
Andrew, You have just showed me the ability I've been dreaming of. Since I'm making a Halo 3 machinima I wanted to incorporate space shots of some of the planets. I though such possibilities to make them look real was only possible in CGI, but this has just showed me how. I've watched both tutorials and I love you for them, if I could afford your expansion packs i so would but im only sixteen with no job...

So again thank you so so so much I will link you the vid with it when its up on youtube
sham
01/25/2010
nice effect? from indonesia
Deon Meyer
12/10/2009
From South Africa, a big thank you for the time, effort and humor you put into the tutorials. Much appreciated.

Best

Deon
Tom Reynolds
11/03/2009
ANDREW IS THERE A WAY OF KEYFRAMMING THE ORBIT TOOL. BECAUSE I WANT TO CREATE AN ANIMATION LOOKING LIKE THE CAMERA IS FLYING A FEW DEGREES AROUND THE EARTH INSTEAD OF THE OBJECTS MOVING. NOW ITS A 3D SHAPE CAN THIS BE DONE? AND CAN THE SUN BEHIND BE DONE TOO?

love the tutorials Andrew and good luck with the Killer Bitch movie, i might be editing the trailer so might see you soon.
Ole
01/28/2011
Animate the position and the point of interest of your camera!
mango
10/07/2009
Thanks Andrew.
ARUN
10/01/2009
Hi
Its very fantastic.Thanks....................
zonic
09/19/2009
For me the tutorial, as the rest, doesn't work :/ Says that I do not have the permission to watch it...
jinoo
08/27/2009
andrew you are awsome!

show me some more about C4d shit!
DarkEntity
07/14/2009
WOOW>..i got interested with AE bec of your very interesting tuts.no dull moments.i like your sense of humor...you're the best.-from Philippines
JSpraya
07/12/2009
Nice effect but to keep it more realistic the back ground stars wouldn't move around like that since there light years away right ?
ah good stuff anyway Next Month I think im gonna buy The Bullet and Twitch or maybe something else
Liam
06/26/2009
Thx so much for your tutorials. They're helping me a great deal in a Star Trek fan film I'm making
Charles
06/25/2009
Question. how do u make the earth continue to rotate. say i wanted to take the earth and put in another video and have it continue to rotate for a long period of time
ramkandel
06/09/2009
hey u have a good tutoral,,, fine
from nepal
Brandon Bates
06/04/2009
This was a great tutorial. Thanks for showing me how to take it to the next level.
ramkandel
05/30/2009
Excellent sir. Wonderful tutorial.this time is animaton,,,,,,,,,,,,,
shamshuddin pathan
05/01/2009
hi andrew,
how r u. your tutorial is so helpful,
we need it.pls bring some more exciting tutorials. thanksssssss.
Thomas
04/20/2009
You have great tutorials and I learned a lot. Now I am making action films and these tutorials helped me. Thanks.

Thomas from Slovakia
Alexander in Great Britain
04/19/2009
What a tutorial! Great stuff Andrew! xx
Shimoda
03/06/2009
Andrew! Help! I have no "orient towards camera" in Auto-Orientation menu. Why?
Sory, my bed lenguage. I from Ukraine)
steveyburns
03/04/2009
TheUberNoob how did you get it to work ?
sumon (DilSe)
02/24/2009
Andrew Kramer......
Nice hearted man.......
The videos look great...... and u r great....
at the end of this video, the was great..... i like this....... guitar
quan
02/24/2009
what do you mean by "turn these layers back to 3D"? They already were 3D and then there was a cut and suddenly they were not 3D. What happened in the mean time?
TheUberNoob
02/21/2009
I finally got it to work with CS4! :)
nolllllloooooo
02/20/2009
wow nice
steveyburns
02/14/2009
Indeed, I am using CS4, and it accepts the expression, but when i use camera orbit tool, the earth gets all messed up.
Graham
02/10/2009
This expression doesn't seem to work in CS4
Julien
02/08/2009
Hi , Andrew , thanks for this very interesting tutorial, i learn very much with your works here, both in post production techniques and in humoristic techniques .
I have a problem in one of my projects in which i use a fake 3d planet. i use a particular stroke making an impact on the earth, but my camera is moving aroud. So, the impact spot is moving and creating an ugly stuff. Would you have any idea to correct or avoid this? Do you recommend me to use a 3d software?
i send you the link to this work : www.julienstecken.com/dassault.mov

have a good day
julien
Roberto
02/05/2009
incredible....thx god there are smart people on earth.not only #%&!heads!
Silva Brazil
01/26/2009
Andrew congratulations we's in neer love you!
Durval Jr.
01/25/2009
Amazing Andrew !!

No words to describe
bruno
01/10/2009
But, its a problem there, when the camera rotate around the planet, the cc sphere's lights rotate with the camera.
It's no visual diference rotate around the planet / the planet rotate on its own axis.

how do I if I want to rich the dark side of the earth without animating the cc sphere's light?

REALY SORRY ABOUT MY BAD BAD ENGLISH.


aaron
01/10/2009
nice tutorial

how did you get the camera to rotate around the Planet
joeymaceda
01/04/2009
Actually, when your done with everything, you can add another effect to make it more 3d. Effect>Distort>Spherize. Then the center point should be in the dead middle of the earth then increase the radius until it looks more real.
-Joey
and thank you andrew for your awesome tuts
Fazal Dalwai
12/21/2008
hey i watch ur titor.very very nce.i bt i am upset thats i cant download.
TimeKoder13
12/12/2008
Thx Andrew
jamie
11/23/2008
once again andrew kramer manages to make
a great tut
nice work andy
ramkandel
11/17/2008
hey,,,,,,
i am suprise... i think animation time start now !!!!!!!!!!!!
Dennis
10/26/2008
Nice tutorial, one more thing though;

Maybe add value behind the script so you can rotate the world when your camera isn't rotating.

lookAt(thisComp.activeCamera.position,position)[0] value

And is there a way to get the light scripted?? So when you go around the world the "sun" keeps lighting the same part of the world when flying around it with a cam?

Because keyframing the light is kind of hard, its not like a simple 360 on the y-ax, its rotating on the z-ax... So someone knows something for this??

Tnx

praful vyas
10/05/2008
Andrew ur really great. man i m jealous of ur ART THANKS
yassine
09/28/2008
tannks very matsh for tutorial kramer you are the best tanks
Alfie
09/14/2008
A million thanks to Mr. Kramer and Team! Because of you guys, my usage of my adobe after effects has never been fun and useful than before.

- From Philippines with love.
Omonisha
09/12/2008
Excellent bro. Wonderful tutorial. I tried to install the cc sphere presets as you guide but it's not showing up in AE. Plz Help.

Morgan Creepland
09/01/2008
Not that this was not a great follow up to the "Blue Planet" tutorial cuz it was! I love how you helped us 'space heads' by taking it up a notch! My thing is, why not up it one mo' time? How about showing us how to have a 3D solar system to fly tru too? We don't have to have anymore than 1 more planet. The thing is how to make star-space move around the planets the right way. If anybody feels me on this make some noise by asking for "3D Solar System". Think about it Andrew. I tried to do it on my own but since this is my first month with AE, God still has me beat on the creation thing...
dd
08/23/2008
this efect help me lot ts
ROMAN CASTOR
08/15/2008
ANDREW !!!!! REALMENTE EXTRAORDINARIO ESTOS TUTORIALES ME AN ABIERTO MUCHO EL PANORAMA DE DEL DISEÑO VISUAL ,
POR FAVOR COMO PUEDO COMPRAR DVD,S Y CUANTO TARDAN EN ENVIARLOS MEXICO D.F
Animarca
08/15/2008
Hey, does anyone know how to aply the same effect to a full 360 FILMED rotation of an object. So I get it to always face camera, but I want the time remapping to react to the rotation of the camera so that it always show the specific frame according to the rotation of the camera.... I don?t know if that makes any sense to you guys, but I guess there must be someone out there who might know the answer to this one...
el_cerv
08/03/2008
thanks, honestly i got interested in AE when i saw your tutorials..thank you very dear sir andrew... two thumbs up for you i mean twenty thumbs up for you...

Philippines
jerome lewis
06/05/2008
SWEET!! THNX THOMAS!!
Thomas
06/04/2008
Jerome Lewis;
You wrote :
lookAt(thisComp.activeCamera.position,position)(0)
But its;
lookAt(thisComp.activeCamera.position,position)[0]
By the way, nice tutorial! Usefull!
jerome lewis
06/03/2008
hey andrew,
im having a problem with the tutorial
everytime i type :
lookAt(thisComp.activeCamera.position,position)(0)
i get an error message...please help what am i doing wrong?
fatih
05/07/2008
I dont know what I say, Andrew, I wish you will be more and more rich:) We appreciate you dude.

Best feelings from Turkiye.

djw
04/25/2008
wow gotta be the best effect ever
Farhan Ahmed
04/08/2008
Hi , its wonderfull m really fan of your Andrew m really really impress with your creativity infact i watch every tutorial you have a great personality wish you good luck dear.
Silvia
03/23/2008
Hello all right?
I am trying to do the effects that this teaching but it should point to the Windows Vista that I am using, and that I hoped we can help install the After Effects given to the effects that are shown in the videos!
Know of any sait that can help?
And forgive any errors that might be in the text is that I am Portuguese
I await the answer!
chiz
03/10/2008
this is great! Frankly, I was like , awed, when the whole earth started going 3d.....
Victor Niglio
02/21/2008
THANK YOU! I was trying to do a re-creation of Universal's newest logo (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Gr2DAGkQdjU&feature=related), and I had created a planet, but had no way to scroll around it.

Andrew Kramer = win
Ricardo Adriano Mantovani
01/04/2008
Andrew Kramer, you is the face! Congratulations, I am learning very with you.
tomaszysko
12/25/2007
fantastic!!! so useful, thanks a lot!
best wishes from poland
saul
12/19/2007
wooowwwwwwwww increible men estoy maravillado la verdad este es el mejor sitio del after y tu eres el mas capisimo ...... XD

saludos desde Bolivia ;D...........
Greg
12/18/2007
Daniel, pay close attention to the capitalization when typing expressions, it's very important in javascript. It should be thisComp, activeCamera, and position, not thiscomp, ActiveCamera, and Position, as you typed in your comment.
Daniel
12/13/2007
Great Tutorial but I have run into a problem, When I enter lookAt(thiscomp.ActiveCamera.Position,Position)[0] I recieve a error message saying class layer has no method or property named thiscomp. I was just wondering what Im doing wrong. Thanks
Raphael
11/29/2007
Awsome super i did'nt like it i loved it
Jean VIta
11/23/2007
Hey Andrew, congratulations!

Yours tutorial are pretty cool, I learned many things about AE program with you.

Thanks.

Excuse my english, he is worst.
From Santo André, São Paulo, Braxil
jaimy
11/19/2007
really great man !
error
11/19/2007
if i try this (layer>new>camera) i get an error, i have 7.0 PRO this is the error: http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/4940/naamlooswb8.jpg


please help

Lex
11/18/2007
Unreal...

You rock Andrew, your site really helps alot of good people gather skills essential to working in multi-media.

THANK YOU!
Grunger Boy
11/13/2007
great !! No comment
ErykFear
11/12/2007
and as to make planete with the sun and in 3D that as I turn over planete the this sun also spectators in 3D??
Guilherme Lopes
11/08/2007
Great tutorial !! I'm starting with After effects and this will be very usefull... NICE Job dude ;)



From Brazil :D
shen hui
11/08/2007
学无止境啊 thanks your tutorial, i will try it,
Although i cant understand english completely,
but i acquire some content. thank you .

shenhui Wuhan China
Fred Castro
11/06/2007
man this guy is a total saint, angel whatever.

you saved my life man! and i bet you've been saving a lot of guys out there working with AE and CG. congratulations, keep up the GREAT work.

Regards,

FRED
Jon
10/30/2007
Great effect. Really opens my mind as to what is really possible. Keep the tutorials coming.
ewol
10/25/2007
GREAT men! Thanks>>>>>from Manila Philippines!
Rapture
10/23/2007
Ogame style :D

grats Andrew ^^ nice tut
joel
10/19/2007
hey andrew that was cool. Your tutorials rock. But I have a question that maybe you can answer for me. email me please
chatensekz
10/18/2007
grabe galing mo idolo ka namin dito!
(Ur d best ur our idol)
from philippines
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