Camera Projection

One visual technique that I find so fascinating is Camera Projection. It allows you to project imagery on 3D surfaces and then fly a camera around in 3D. It has it’s limits but the capabilities are amazing.

Here is one example of using images with basic geometry.

Watch Playground Titles

Cool Examples and 3D max Tutorial

AE Camera Mapping on Video Copilot

Nick Campbell on Cinema 4D

Random You tube Video in Blender

Marcus in 3D max on Youtube

Written tutorial by Janine Pauke

Digi Effect Camera Mapper Tutorial in AE

Maya Tutorial too

Do you know of any cool examples? Post them below!

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10 years ago
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124 Comments

7 years ago
Hi,
Here my first camera mapping with Breakdown in C4D (Compositing in After Effects)
https://vimeo.com/52638333
9 years ago
I would like to share my camera projection animations:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGzDCaY0xco
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGzDCaY0xco
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGzDCaY0xco
There are some real 3d element in the animations,
but most of it are camera projection
and of course theres some elements of Action Essential 2 and optical flare =)
Robbie
9 years ago
Hey Andrew,
Was wondering if you could use After effects for 3d projection mapping like some of this stuff...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zYGxb5kFjI
and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zYGxb5kFjI

I believe it has been done using similar tools but was hoping to find some sort of guide to get started with this.
Any help would be great.

Robbie
10 years ago
Hi,

Here my tutorial on camera mapping with projection man ( A really fast cam mapping tool in C4D)

http://www.vimeo.com/12233858

Greetz!

Jean
Samantha
10 years ago
jabbadabb
10 years ago
I still haven't found any tutorial of this effect at 4:31
http://www.hadlowpro.com/
It's probably some kind of camera projection between two cameras. Does anyone know of a tutorial like this?
Daniel
10 years ago
Mr. Kramer,
Take a look at this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sepIHp0QkfY
Very nice!
Cheers
Samantha
10 years ago
This is really amazing. I'm guessing this is what they used at the end of Bridewars as they're panning through the photos like a pop up book. Always wanted to do that!

Andrew please do a tut!!!
Love this site more than Facebook ;)
10 years ago
amazing....ur brillian man...
mystikhillvfx
10 years ago
FX networks hired The Arsenal for their new promo - Justified. Check out the footage at the link below. Nice HD QuickTime file.

http://thearsenal.tv/project/59/

I like this a-lot. The mix is perfect. I would like to get better at this technique.
jall
10 years ago
Well.. I see that I just came with about the same question that Anthony did on feb.25th. It would be interesting to know if the effect that Andy Gordon uses in his kiting videos is camera projection. Anyone seen a tutorial like that in Blender or After Effects?
jall
10 years ago
Could this effect be camera projection? The scene at 4:32.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pviRVpqW2KA
P O C I
10 years ago
Ciao Andrew!
hello world! :P
I've just saw an Adobe e-seminar, and have just shown the filter of photoshop cs4 Vanish Point.
So you can create all the grid and inside the option you can find "export for after effects (.vpe)".
After that import the *.vpe et voilà, inside after effects all the pieces of the images cutted and aligned inside 3D!!

bay bay
Daniel Amedoda
10 years ago
Here is a tutorial that I wrote a while back on camera projection mapping in Maya.

http://cg.tutsplus.com/tutorials/3d-art/camera-projection-mapping-in-maya/
paul
10 years ago
btw, do you guys think the opnening shot (city) from “nuit blance” short (http://vimeo.com/9078364) is also “camera projection”?

ps: wrong link in previous post. sorry
10 years ago
My fisrt test inspired by "Suddenly", with 2-3 photos for each exemple and the muppet tool to simulate the little mouvement!

My only source of know is videocopilot... so, if you come here seriously and regulary, you don't have any probleme to make it by yourself!

sorry for my english...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4IaTG8Foko
10 years ago
So does this answer the age-old question of how Andy Gordon has done this with the Aaron Hadlow videos? Firston one is at the 1:32 mark here - http://www.hadlowpro.com/
aArmin
10 years ago
Andrew thanks for all your tutorials and products... there is guy Andrew Price who made this NY helicopter-fly like camera maping but i cant find a tutorial, i cant find GOOD tutorial... i mean Your style tutorial... pls can you replicate this NY maping (http://vimeo.com/8629875) and post and do your magic :)
10 years ago
This video is one of the coolest videos ive seen i terms of camera projection

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO3lUNz7D6o
Jimmy Williams
10 years ago
The second link you listed in your camera mapping link list was done in Blender, not 3DSM.
10 years ago
Here's a link to an AXN project I did last year which I used camera mapping on. Also added quite a lot in 3D; certain objects, reflections,etc which, hopefully, disguises the effect slightly. See what you think.

http://web.mac.com/lambieprods/iWeb/AXN%20Website/Home.html

Great blog Andrew! Downloaded Optical Flares last week and it looks really great.
jacob
10 years ago
HI ANDREW, AM GLAD THAT YOU ARE GIVING LINKS TO MAYA TUTORIALS-RELATED SITES AND WORKS AS WELL... ENCOURAGES MAYA THINKERS TO STAY GLUED TO YOUR SITE ALWAYS.
AS USUAL BEST SITE, BEST THOUGHTS, BEST KRAMER(ANDREW)!!
Stephen Barrante
10 years ago
This is a great technique - and I'm already finding ways to use it. I had never heard of the Camera Mapper plugin and after just watching a quick tutorial on it, I'm just wondering what are the benefits of that plugin over the default mapping technique in AE. Is it simply because you can position the mapping camera independant of the active camera?

I appreciate the insight, thanks!
10 years ago
A five second short project with projections:

http://vimeo.com/7276762

And a breakdown:

http://vimeo.com/7276762

Cheers!
gautam
10 years ago
best tutorial...
Rob Hindley
10 years ago
My tutorial for Blender:

Please excuse the crappy audio. Bad downsampling...tut.tut!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0HEHmDCtXc
caio portella
10 years ago
nick cool ahauhauh i watch the blog ok andrew come to use cinema 4d ok get of 3d Max
Bahaa
10 years ago
@Tom
If its distracting to you, don't visit the website!
10 years ago
The fight scene was pretty awesome, however, if they could do the same technique using... perhaps cheerleaders - BOOYA!
10 years ago
Hey Andrew, I know this is off topic but I'm pretty sure Funimation used one of your ink drops in there new splash screen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmYX7Pcmcak
Tom
10 years ago
Damn-it man, stop publishing these research tips - too distracting at work!
Gert Buist
10 years ago
WOHOOO< playground are dutch people,
10 years ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CukzJWHQ7u0


Did a little test with a picture I took of myself :)

Cool technique!
RobPhoboS
10 years ago
Fantastic !

Any thoughts on another tutorial Andrew ?
Lirik
10 years ago
Heyyy please can we havee a new Tutorial???
10 years ago
My Camera Mapping test.

this is a preview of my next videotutorial....
http://vimeo.com/9452756

Alessandro
Andre
10 years ago
vic
10 years ago
the magazine sells back issues for $1, just found it!!!
vic
10 years ago
wow. great collection and great sharing of knowledge. But please don't post a video link and call it camera projection when it is not. if you have c4d i would also suggest cameramapper. worth the price. and before you ask---just search for it via google. once again--thank everyone that's posting, this technique is old as hell and if you are really interested in it--not just for the 'look at me i can do a tutorial' factor-- i think that american cinematographer has an old issue where they actually discuss it. i do mean old.

http://www.moviemags.com/big/amercine9304.jpg

if anyone finds where to purchase this issue pls respond!!

peace
greenwaters
10 years ago
These are old but still quite impressing techniques with camera mapping:

http://www.vimeo.com/6539216

http://www.vimeo.com/6539216
Peter
10 years ago
Cool! The first is very first!
mohammed aljazaere
10 years ago
hi everyone :

Here is a nice DVD Tutorial made by Chris Stoski (Lead Digital Matte Artist Industrial Light & Magic )
a professional Training kit From Gnomon workshop..

3D matte painting and camera mapping..
http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/store/product/43/3D-Matte-Painting-and-Camera-Mapping

Take care ..
marco
10 years ago
Here is my example…I used it first time yesterday, so be gentle on critics (but now with youtube link hehe):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfb_z9AfQKE
10 years ago
For example the new canon eos 550d is a good choice .. Cheers..
shuvo
10 years ago
HI andrew please help me i want to buy a camera.Please give me a sujjestion about camera.......
10 years ago
Hey Andrew This is the Smoke Puff I made in photoshop for the new Smoke Trails tutorial - http://www.flickr.com/photos/44160191@N05/4354081703/

:)
Franzuck
10 years ago
I've made something some monthes ago:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuqyAuPPBJk
Luis
10 years ago
There is also a good tutorial using Vanishing Point in Photoshop:
http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/videos/redgianttv/item/35/
marco
10 years ago
Here is my example...I used it first time yesterday, so be gentle on critics ;)

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1331737406543&ref=mf
Azez
10 years ago
mark ...

the clip that you have put ... is it your work ?

how you did it ? is it by AE ? :)
10 years ago
after effects cs4 ? we need more..... tutorials
10 years ago
Camera Projection it's very important.
thank you andrew.
mark
10 years ago
Indeed camera mapping is great!i've used it recently in a test inorder to extract a texture for a building. the clip is in "work in progress" and is called "building collapse".

Another very very cool example of camera mapping you can find at.

http://www.mainframe.co.uk/movies.php?id=57
http://www.mainframe.co.uk/movies.php?id=57

there is also a breakdown!!
10 years ago
I really love this technique, it's one of my favourites. I also use it in my upcoming big project, and this stuff really saves my butt...

Here's a quick demo, made with the help of Camera Projection + Submerged tutorials

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLkEtExYSzM
Xander
10 years ago
Azez
10 years ago
really nice mr.andrew ..

i am woundering ...

can we do it , in a smple way , than doing it in 3D max ..

i mean in AE ..

,,

and can we do it for any picture ?

thanx

:)
10 years ago
very thanks dear Andrew Kramer ...
10 years ago
Very Very Cool!
luigi
10 years ago
Andrew we wait a good tutorial from you!
10 years ago
hi andrew
here´s a webpage that make cinematicwedding slideshow
a new way to make an extraordinary work, are you going to make any tutorial of these??
http://www.magicpictures.com/
see ya
from chihuahua MX
cheers
Grayville
10 years ago
Ok,.. So I'm still a bit perplexed by the involvement of a 3D program when AE alone [well, perhaps with the aid of PS] can deliver similar results. - Will read on that some more.

Anyway I was fascinated by this video
http://www.trapcode.com/gallery/suddenly_h264.mov
10 years ago
That's true.
Cameraprojection is a very importand technique to use in 3D visual effects.

Thanks for the awesome links
10 years ago
Nice! Thanks Andrew! Hope you like my tutorial :) /Marcus
bb
10 years ago
that's a great effect!!

http://www.fourdimensionsmovie.com/

in this video they have made this effect much more interesting with the use of two cameras..watch it because is awsome!


sorry for my bad english
thx Andrew :)
10 years ago
Here's a couple of examples I did using camera mapping:
http://www.eso.org/public/videos/almaanimation1/

What's happening in there? The antennas and the car are 3D, the rest it's just one static image rendered in Terragen2 reprojected in a basic geometry.

The camera mapping and animation are done in C4D.
*****************************************************
Example number two:
This illustration painted in photoshop:
http://www.eso.org/public/videos/almaanimation1/

transformed in an animation through camera mapping:
http://www.eso.org/public/videos/almaanimation1/
(the rocks are extra 3D touch)

cheers
10 years ago
thank you for this blog very nice, intresting, i would like to ask if any one can give me link of tutorial like this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ3D4CqHbJM&feature=related

if i have photo of humen with background how would i do the camera projection...?

can it be done in photoshop? or is it has to be with 3d software.

thank you

all the best
10 years ago
Here is good example of projection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hnslSVJ4aw
Mark Louie Almeda
10 years ago
Cool post Alessandro Boncio! Realy nice tutorial!
10 years ago
http://vimeo.com/7651350

2 weeks like a madman trying to understand how they achieved these 3D objects from simple textures. can someone help me understand??
10 years ago
heres my result of when i used 3d camera projection
http://www.videocopilot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=28169
10 years ago
waiting for a camera projection tutorial Andrew ;)
10 years ago
I love to se the community shine like this! Great job everyone. Can't wait to have the time to check some of these out. Thanks for sharing, I bet if we all dumped out own tute resources in to a pile it would be huge!
Martin Shannon-Smith
10 years ago
Hi Andrew, I saw this video a little while ago http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPaH8oIJd7g

Nice use for camera projection, and a cool idea for an update to Monkey Island 2.
10 years ago
I have seen interesting document from Discovery on Youtube but I can't find it :(
Effect showed there cobines camera projection with technique used in rooftop scene from matrix:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZh787eKeEw&feature=related
10 years ago
Nice to see the playground vid posted here. I happen to be so lucky to work on this project with Onesize. It was a very fun (but by times theethgrinding complex) project to work on.
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10 years ago
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Aftab
10 years ago
http://www.vimeo.com/9371768

Here is my example, I tried to simulate camera projection without using camera projection .... i used Displacement map based on illuminance value, its just an experiment to show here..
The Young Jedi
10 years ago
I Love this site !!!!!!!!!!!
Stephen
10 years ago
Can anyone tell me the name of where you type out a bunch of text in like illustrator and then use camera movement in AE to animate a whole phrase ... can't for the life of me remember ... Thanks I know this is off topic but i'm sure someone has a quick answer.
Aaron W.
10 years ago
Eric, camera mapping has been around for quite some time, since the early nineties. Hook was one of the first major pictures that ILM did some major leaps forward in using CGI to enhance two dimensional matte paintings, and give them a three dimensional feeling. The original "make sticky" texturing to 3d models was created so they could have a camera fly-over that gave some depth to the Never-never land matte painting in the flying sequences... (this is all off the top of my head, so someone please correct me if I've made any goofs)
10 years ago
This is around the same lines, but with tracking. Opens a new door for directing and cinematography

http://carbonmedianltech.vox.com/library/post/6-dof-stabilization-using-camera-tracking-and-camera-mapping.html
10 years ago
Here is a few tests I did to try and capture this great effect !

www.vimeo.com/8463926

www.vimeo.com/4452543

Thank you, sir !
10 years ago
Hey everybody,

I get the concept but am wondering how the "frozen falling guy" posted by Andrew, the Playground Titles as well as deadbackman's video posted by Nick and Olivia are created? Do you actually have to model the surface of the person / create a 3d model of the face?

The detail in the playground titles vid is overwhelming and I was wondering how complex the process it to accomplish those impressive results.

And thank you Andrew for your great work, a couple of months ago I didn't even know After Effects exists and now I can open the application without having to watch a tutorial first ;-)

Robin
10 years ago
I used camera projection for the opening sequence of my showreel on http://mickfx.net/folio/

loved that technique!
Josh Johnson
10 years ago
I'm totally with you Andrew. Camera mapping is extremely fascinating and one of the best uses for VFX imo.

Here's a quick camera mapping test I did with Cinema 4D.
http://www.vimeo.com/7909904
John
10 years ago
was that effect used in the ''I gotta feling'' video?
10 years ago
Very in-depth tutorial on doing camera mapping in Blender.

http://www.colinlevy.com/tuts/CameraMapping/CameraMapping.html
10 years ago
Here you have another one:

http://www.vimeo.com/1668653
olivia
10 years ago
oops...he already put it up....HA!!!!
olivia
10 years ago
James price
10 years ago
Here is my example, Using camera projection and some cool video copilot elements...thanks Andrew!

http://www.videocopilot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=27590

there is also a web link to how to camera project in 3ds max as well as a breakdown in the video itself.
Eric
10 years ago
How long has camera projection as a technique been around?
10 years ago
I do this in Lightwave sometimes. It's been really useful to add an extra degree of dimensionality to what was originally a photograph or matte painting.
10 years ago
that digieffects tutorial is a life saver, now I won't have to use photoshop for camera, mapping, and I have more control! Yay me!
Brad Gillespie
10 years ago
o, if you want a really really cool link, i 100% forget where i found it but dare devil used ALOT of these for all the jumping shots and i didnt even notice it was happening.
Hristijan
10 years ago
http://www.vimeo.com/1668653
Here's a pretty cool example of camera projection.Any Tips&Tuts to do this kind of effect?
Kai Indvik
10 years ago
That's odd, I'm the second Kai posting. That dosn't happen too often. :D
Interesting post, though. This looks like a pretty powerful technique.
Nick
10 years ago
Thanx Cartorious....that was my inspiration
Kai
10 years ago
From Motionographer, camera mapping at it's most complex, by Onesize.
They originally planned on shooting the scene with a Phantom camera, but instead shot stills and used 3d camera mapping.

http://motionographer.com/theater/onesize-playground-titles/

Check out the Flickr slideshow at the bottom of the page.
Vic
10 years ago
I really like this style of shooting but I wouldn't even know where to begin! I would give anything to learn it though!! How about it Kramer!? Can we learn photo-mapping on people to make them 3D to move a camera around like these examples!!??
V
10 years ago
ok, i have a question, the last one, is a picture from photoshop and editing in after effects?, i like your tutorial, 3D Photo? you know what? ignore me, i will post this anyway.
10 years ago
I used that technique for a project myself, it is very facinating!
http://www.kombo.fi/mtv3/talvisota/MAX_WW2_30_mp4.mov

And here is a very cool AfterEffects Script from AE Sripts to make simple camera mapping (just prallax planes) very snappy:
http://www.kombo.fi/mtv3/talvisota/MAX_WW2_30_mp4.mov
Ante
10 years ago
that's nice...tnq andrew
Evan Langley
10 years ago
Very cool! By the way, can't wait to see Quick Matte! I've been looking forward to it since last year and would really like to finally see what it does.
Cartorious
10 years ago
^^^to above poster (Nick), awesome vid, like the Phillips carousel promo, assuming you did it the same way.

Regarding camera projection, there's a thread on the forum that's quite cool.

http://www.videocopilot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=27590
10 years ago
Buried in one post linked above is an extract on camera mapping from Mark Christiansen's After Effects CS4 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques:
http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1273350&seqNum=2
Konnected
10 years ago
Sweet! This looks awesome. It's fasinating!
Nick
10 years ago
Here's something I did... Not sure if this applies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b4UuydV3jM
10 years ago
There's a collection of relevant posts here:
http://aeportal.blogspot.com/search/label/camera%20mapping

and training once of offered by DV Garage:
http://aeportal.blogspot.com/search/label/camera%20mapping
10 years ago
I°m was make animation like this in AE, with camera tool... but this camera protection is much beter... I like this...

this is my work from october2009:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc50KmA_fwQ

next time I am using camera protection exactly...
10 years ago
I think I'll go back and watch those tutorials!
10 years ago
that looks pretty amazing
10 years ago
Looks useful! Thanks, I'll research it a bit
10 years ago
really cool. i might to try this one day too.
TK
10 years ago
The Janine Pauke tutorial is excellent for Cinema 4D users.
Curt
10 years ago
Is that the same effect you would get using the camera mapper plugin
tanner
10 years ago
nice I will have t try this some time.