New Tutorial: CROSSFIRE! + Video Copilot LIVE! Europe Tour!

BOOM! Hey what’s up! Our new Tutorial is online AND we’re excited to announce Video Copilot is going on Tour! We’ve been looking for new ways to get together with the community and showcase other amazing designers at a fun show! We are happy to finally share all the details!

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145 Comments

Josh Reynolds
2 weeks ago
What you manage to achieve with mostly all primative effects is nothing short of astonishing. It's truly inspiring - but you've been hearing that for a decade at least.

In any case, I'm sure you'd find a healthy crowd of VFX enthusiasts in Australia if you ever felt the need to explore the live show format Down Under. We'd love to have you.
Chris DeVere
4 weeks ago
Is this something that could be recreated in whole or even mostly using Element 3D?
2 months ago
Great tutorial. Learn something new every time I stop by this site.
GGWP
3 months ago
For me at 30min is already done my work lol, just can't follow the tutorial anymore!
bp
3 months ago
CROSSFIRE Project! AE file plzz
3 months ago
I believe all of us will be honored to finally meet you!

Good luck Andrew!

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Johnny Martinez
4 months ago
I am at position 20:00 in the Crossfire tutorial and when I alt click on color to slice color linking tint and Saber which provides the option too change color options on Slice layer I keep getting a warning effect disabled notice. I have repeated reviewing the tutorial just to make sure I am not missing anything and was making such good progress. How can I overcome and solve this issue?
Johnny Martinez
4 months ago
I'm at 40:34 in the tutorial and when I alt-click on color to slice"color" linking tint with Saber I keep getting a disabled effect warning. How can I solve this as I keep reviewing the tutorial to make sure I have not missed anything and was making such good progress.
M. Bilal
4 months ago
Hi VideoCopilot Teams thank you for new tutriol
But i have some issue. I cant downlaod the cc hexTile plug in please can you snd me?
Zia khan
4 months ago
I have been waiting for something like this. Many thanks to Andrew and i think i cant do this any way thanks sir thanks agen
Omizu
4 months ago
Great video again.

I tried to made the effect work like on the Video Copilot logo in the introduction, where part of the 3D logo are ripped from the 3D logo but I can't make it work, I still have edgeds -_-
Anyone knows how to do it?
4 months ago
Hey, Andrew...hw u doing...? i don't know if u may be not seen the comment i wrote before on youtube @ your live tour post and again am from Ethiopian so regarding with your recomendation "invite me at your home city or wat ever it is am very excited to se ya on live tour in my country so if you are intrested i can communicate with film maker peopels in my contry to prepare event for your show... .
4 months ago
You guys should do a working vacation in Vancouver.
kim
5 months ago
The project file is not in the zip on the download...
    LWAddict
    4 months ago
    That's right.
    Just everything you need to follow along and create the project file yourself. ;)
5 months ago
Please please please come to New Zealand.
We can have you stay in a tent in our garden to help the budget!
5 months ago
Thanks for yet another exciting tutorial jam packed with procedural goodness! Talk about getting your money's worth... I can make a 45 tut last 2 weeks or more, rewinding 15 seconds at a time BARGAIN!!! Seriously, when I break these down into mini-sections, there's a wealth of technique to be learned in every segment. You can race through the tut, and paint-by-numbers to get the final product, or do like I do and take the rabbit hole approach and not worry about the finish line to maximize the learnin' and what not.
NinjaGsm
5 months ago
HURRAY!!!
I connected the text layer, color picker and crossfire angle to an external Text file. Altered some expressions here and there!
Now its all damn procedural!!
I'll just update the text file and load the ae file in Media encoder and just hit render!
Every time without having to break a sweat!!
Thanks VCP
Carlos
5 months ago
Great tips dude! However all native plugins, good to make some disclaimer telling us mortals to download some (free) stuff from your site. Merry xmas and an excellent 2025!
Michael Mathes
5 months ago
Thanks for all you guys do! I wish you great success on your tour. You deserve it.
5 months ago
Great video tutorial again.
Having tour is a great IDEA!!!
Good luck Andrew!

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Eric Terrill
5 months ago
Hey Andrew, quick question PLEASE if you have a minute. Still learning Ae. How did you get multiple destruction points on the VCP logo in the video?? I'm racking my brain trying to figure it out lol. Please help and thanks in advance!!
Terry
5 months ago
Andrew, it would be nice if you could answer some questions concerning this tutorial.
5 months ago
"The possibilities are infinite.
Will I ever run out of ideas for tutorials? Probably"
Comedy embedded in the mind of a VFX genius.
Thanks for another free & entertaining tutorial.
My students love you.
Greg
Ronn Kilby
5 months ago
Note that's the late Don LaFontaine's voice-over in the Crossfire spot.
Prince
5 months ago
I have been waiting for something like this. Many Many thanks to Andrew and the crew for making this happen.
Paul Pickett
5 months ago
Thank you for all you do Andrew! I would be lost without you. Have a great one!
5 months ago
Noooooo all tickets sold out for the London event!! Put on another day!! We'll fill it promise!
5 months ago
Great tutorial! So much fundamental AE techniques are utilized for a really great looking effect. Great work as always. My question is, how was the Rocky_Edge_Alpha_Thin image created? Could that be a quick little tutorial or blog post? Such a cool little useful image that really helps sell this look. Curious if I could create a different look by building that piece from scratch. I'll be in Barcelona in July, so I'll have to wait for a US tour date to check out. So cool you folks are taking this badassery on the road! Thank you!
    Michael Mathes
    5 months ago
    Hey Andrew, I ended up building my own using pretty much the same techniques that he used to create the text texture(cell pattern, curves turbulent displace, fractal noise, roughen edges)+(cc glass, curves, ae lighting). I didn't spend a ton of time on it, it turned out alright. I don't think it was as good as the one Andrew used but with a little more tinkering I think it could be.
5 months ago
Awesome TUT AK !!! I'm going to try to integrate this concept with E3D possibly with the Building Destruction Tutorial as well, looks like some great possibilities there...so excited to have some free time to play !!!! Great Job AK and best of luck on your Europe Tour. Don't forget to Try the Beer when you are in Germany !! lol :)
DAVE FLEURY
5 months ago
I have tried this tutorial a few times now and I am having some difficulty with my bevel profile. I don't seem to get nearly the amount of effect out of it. It seems to be creating more of a blurry mess than a sharp profile and bevel like Andrew is getting. I am at 32 bits. I have to CRANK the contrast of all the layers that comprise the bevel profile comp just to get any of the glass displacement. Any ideas what I am doing wrong?
5 months ago
Super great work Kramer! ;), really been looking forward for this super exciting tutorial :D. This is one of your greater works. But would be nice if you could do a little short guide aswell for how to do it with a .ai logo aswell. Because i've been struggling hours now on how to get it to work with a simple logo. And it won't workout for me. Maybe im just having a mental graphic breakdown or otherwise it's just not as simple as it should be.

Kindly regards
Miguel
GB
5 months ago
I've been using After Effects for 25+ years and I learn something every time I watch one of your tutorials!

Also, have you ever thought about creating a "Glow" plugin? Saber has such a fantastic glow it would be great to be able to use it as a glow effect.
    Mike F
    5 months ago
    You should check out the 'Deep Glow' plugin at aescripts. It's not free, but really wonderful accurate glow.
Nick
5 months ago
Hello Andrew i`m from russia.I wery exiting ypur tutorials thank you.Good Luck
Miltons
5 months ago
Sueño con que venga a Guatemala, pero es mas facil que Trum deje entrar a los Hodureños que vengas aka Andrew Kramer es increible lo que haces y no solo eso con los que has ayudado a muschos y no solo en tu país, en el mundo entero. Gracias por tus aportes un fuerte abrazo para vos y tu familia...
LARGA VIDA A "Andrew Kramer"
MARCO BELLETTI
5 months ago
Oh god. I wanna book in Berlin even only to have a selfie with you somehow. You are a star to me. I have a job and a family thanks to what I learned from your tutorials!
Can't wait to see you live, dude!
Dan Wood
5 months ago
Damn, super clever! Nice work as always!
NinjaGsm
5 months ago
Great Tutorial!!
around the part where he adjusts the lightness with hue/saturation effect was not procedural.
Instead I just added one more adjustment layer and used change color effect with lightness:5, tolerance:5, softness:15% and connected the color to splice layer > color control. Its not quite accurate as Andrews technique but seems procedural.
Any body have any idea on that part?
Douglas Gemmell
5 months ago
That was a great tutorial. Thank you for doing all you do for the digital community. Here is a little destruction with the KC-Pats game in mind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC0lKcM72TE
5 months ago
Noooo!!!

All tickets gone for London. Sad times!!!! Please tell me you are recording the sessions so we can watch them either live or later?
5 months ago
Hi there Andrew :)
I must say i'm so happy to finaly see you doing such amazing things with a lots of informations and explanation and its not with 3rd party plugins and such. Just trying to recreate this effect with some tweaking from my end.
I was trying to get tickets to see at your live show in London at 26th of jan but before i went to the website all was sold :( I will try to be quicker next time :) Thanks again for all that knowladge pal ;) hope to see more in the future
Tony
5 months ago
Hey Andrew, Can you please tell how you made that stylish text reveal effect in your LIVE TOUR video trailer??
djounad
5 months ago
Hi Andrew, what about your Visit to North Africa !!
djounad
5 months ago
It's a great and amazing tutorial BRAVO
Simon
5 months ago
News at last, great! it will be amazing to see the the new E3D unveiled, I mean, it's been YEARS since the last version and the fact that it is VCPs showpiece product (strange that no tutorials for ages have included it?) however, i'm sure details will emerge of its unveiling, or release date, I mean, If it is NOT mentioned at any of these huge European City venues, you can only assume it is discontinued.

Sometimes its not what is said, more what is NOT said, we can only hope.
Paul
5 months ago
Andrew, Fantastic Tutorial !!! Following along with your tutorials always expands concepts and ideas for us novices.
Your explanations are awesome , most presenters just demonstrate what to click and tick and not why.
Love your work. A CUT ABOVE THE REST. I second Siyanda come to South Africa
5 months ago
Great work! Look forward for new tutorials for Element 3D or will be better announce of E3D v3 :)
5 months ago
Amazing Effect..!!!! Thanks you for the new tutorial.!!!
Chris
5 months ago
It's a little misleading to call it "100% after effects" when it uses the saber plugin. Still a great tutorial though.
    skelatorrr
    5 months ago
    its a free plugin made easier by videocopilot from built in after effects EFFECTS.
5 months ago
Booked in Paris.
I'm super happy :)
5 months ago
See you in Berlin. My Girlfried is joining just because i am this hyped. Seconds After seeing the post i called many people to dont miss the tickets. So currently we are arriving as a 5 heads pilot army. Mr. Kramer, Community, i freak out, see you!
Rob
5 months ago
Before I book - just wondering will the live shows be in English or French / German / Spanish ?... you just never know when it comes to Mr Kramer, man of many talents :-)
    5 months ago
    Mostly English!
    Rob
    5 months ago
    Good to hear! Thanks for the reply.
    Hopefully you might talk at Offset in Dublin sometime, you would be made feel very welcome here in Ireland.
Chris
5 months ago
hello Andrew and all the team of VideoCopilot
Thank you for this new tutorial
and thank you for live show tour
I would be happy to meet you in Paris
cordially
Nemida
5 months ago
Booked in Barcelona :OOO
I cant believe it I cant even breath omgomgomgomgogmogmogmg Andrew Kramer wiiii
Nina
5 months ago
Super tut . Andrew u r god of ae. So complicated project. Can u share its ae file ?? . Plz andrew . Plz . Plzzzzzz
Chris70
5 months ago
Thanks you for the new tutorial and coming to Paris for the show
I’m very exited and happy
Chris70
5 months ago
Thanks you for the new tutorial
Siyanda
5 months ago
Andrew brah come to South Africa
NinjaGsm
5 months ago
Amazing tutorial!! no doubt!
But I noticed something, sorry that I have to be the one to ruin it. All past 3 tutorials except the orb one, are all based on the same cc glass technique, one had a decay fx and this one has crossfire, thats it. Not sure why andrew is so obsessed with "fake 3d, native after effects only tutorials". In some of his Instagram posts you can see some amazing E3d works. Looks like Video copilot is turning from a great active site into a semi active, slightly opaque vfx repository.
*No 3d stuff anymore
*No E3d update or news on that
*No Action essentials anymore (really not a problem but just pointing out)
*No Paradigm shift tutorials ( Yes we had lot of mindblowing ones when I grew up with this community)
I guess since Andrew a started working in blockbusters there are lots of changes with Video copilot.
We are really happy for Andrew reaching heights, But being left in the dark feels kinda bad.
Shedding a little light, we would feel nothing but more happier.
Hope these live tours would do it. Cant wait for it. Looking forward to it.
    Josh
    5 months ago
    Pretty bold to complain after a great 40 minutes Tutorial. What exactly do you offer the community?
5 months ago
How about beautiful Houston, Texas?
Kavinsnap
5 months ago
You're On Next Level Andrew :) Thanks For The New Tutorial
John
5 months ago
I am so gutted. Just went to buy tickets for the London show and its sold out. I should have bought the tickets before watching the very exciting tutorial.

Are there any plans to increase the capacity?
Tony
5 months ago
so happy for you guys in Europe.Enjoy the big show! and to Andrew,very looking forward that one day you may come to China or anyplace in east Asia,not matter how much will it cost,I will be there!Enjoy the trip ,enjoy the show!
Matías
5 months ago
I will come to Barcelona to take selfie with effect king Andrew and particle master Fabian!
Vincent
5 months ago
We need you at Montreal ! Big city of mutlimedia!!!
Wayne Heywood
5 months ago
Not really bothered anymore...
Russell Zubeck
5 months ago
take the show to British Columbia, Vancouver
5 months ago
Dear Andrew and the whole videocopilotteam!
I'm very excited that you are coming to Berlin just as Berlinale is getting started. You are one of the main reasons i got into VFX and i want to thank you for that.
I'd like to extend an invitation to all of you to come to our yearly Berlinale Party on Friday 8th of February. Just hit me up via mail and i'll send the golden tickets your way :)

Love and greetings from all at moviebrats,
Moritz
Albert
5 months ago
Hi,
You forgot Italy. Rome, Venice... Never mind, see you in Paris.
Shubhy
5 months ago
I need dat Rocky Edge Aplha Thin
Frank
5 months ago
...paused it after seconds. Booked a ticket - booked a Hotel in Berlin. Pressed continue...
    5 months ago
    Thank you Frank! See you at the show!
    Tony
    5 months ago
    good for you sir
Bader Alhammad
5 months ago
Andrew, How can you do the same procedure with E3D while the text is in 3d perspective.
Antony
5 months ago
What a great tutorial as always. For your next tour consider visiting Athens :D See you there haha!
Marco
5 months ago
Great tutorial. I bet on the tour there is the world premiere of intercept. I am ready for it - see You in Berlin.
Radosław Kędzia
5 months ago
Hi. Mr.Andrew pls upload a full project to editing.
Lucian
5 months ago
Hey Andrew! What about Italy? You should includ Italy as the 5th city in your tour!
5 months ago
man this fx on air plane destruction its hollywood movie man s+++t
Jag
5 months ago
Selfie is included with the ticket? :P
Angel
5 months ago
Dear Andrew and VC Team, I just got my ticket and can't wait for the London event.
I've been following your website since 2009 when I was looking for a Lightsaber tutorial .
I believe all of us will be honored to finally meet you!
Regards, Angel
5 months ago
Hell YES! I'm hyped
BhodhiRaja
5 months ago
Hi,
I saw your video tutorials on VFX from youtube! I need your help! Can you create a 60seconds video of the following letters with shockwave effects please! Im not a professional in editing VFX, but I wish you could help me out.

RムVEN ESPORTS (I need a 60secs video of this with shockwave vfx please help me out)
Ran
5 months ago
welcom to china! I hope you come to here~
Chris
5 months ago
Andrew, any future U.S. dates for the live show planned?
Ran
5 months ago
welcom to china! I hope you come to here~
Paolo
5 months ago
VC EUROPEAN LIVE TOUR is great news! Already got my ticket for the Paris event.
This site has changed my life, I mean : for real. After more than 20 years in the design business I was a relatively 'bored' graphic designer. I started learning AE and Element3D on this site, for a change, and for a bit of fun. Few years later, it has become my main business. And I love it. I just wanted to share my experience, and say THANKS!
Mark
5 months ago
Dude, you know, I`m living in Berlin since...ever, but I`m lazy and the weather is cold and ugly in February here, so please could you take the U8 subway from Hermannplatz and come over to my place for a personal presentation? You could even stay here. Hope you don`t mind the mess, though... :-D
Ashik Alam Leo
5 months ago
Hey Andrew,
My name is Leo, and you are always welcome to my country "Bangladesh".
It's been over 8 years, I'm watching your tutorials. You are my mentor my guru, you've always encouraged me.
I always wanted to meet with you in person. If I ever go to California, can I get a chance to meet with you and a tour of video copilot?
Have a great tour. waiting for the Live.
Thanks
David Montes Montes
5 months ago
Sooo amazing!!!! Eager to see you in barcelona!!! Tickets biiked!!! See y'all there!!!

Ten years back I discovered the AE world and your site, it's time to meet the men behind VC.
5 months ago
Hi VC
amazing
Always a great tutorial
Please come to Iran ...
Thank you
k1
5 months ago
thank you so much Andrew!
Gabriel
5 months ago
Hey Andrew,

Have a blast (no pun intended) in your Euro Trip! Next tour, think of visiting MONTREAL as a potential destination? I'm myself a Montrealer, from Canada and I've been working as a VFX compositor for studios like MPC and RodeoFx and I know there is a big crowd of VFX artists that would want to meet you and the videocopilot team. Cheers, all the way from Montreal!
5 months ago
superlative tutorial
Chanel
5 months ago
When are you coming to tour in the states?!?!?!
ECHAN
5 months ago
is there any possible to come to china for live show?
khireddine Ouazaa
5 months ago
please bring the show to Dallas, i`ve been learning from you since the beginning of videocopilot, it`s about time we meet face to face..
Jhony
5 months ago
i am sorry to never lost hope for your awesome tutorial mr. kramer...
Vince
5 months ago
Thanks for another amazing tutorial.
Patrick
5 months ago
Any chance there will be a video stream available of any of the shows? I'd pay to watch it.
    Simon
    5 months ago
    That's a great idea does Andrew even read any of this? He never replies - would be nice if we knew what was happening to Element 3D - this question needs to be asked, and answered.
    Noel
    5 months ago
    ^this
carnivor13
5 months ago
Scotland! Please come to Scotland :)
    5 months ago
    I second this... Come and see the V&A;in Dundee. Might be a cool venue.
    KAO
    4 months ago
    Maybe Andrew needed to make the effects for this commercial. lol
5 months ago
Hey Andrew. You always seem to mesh different effects together to create something new and exciting. I imagine you have probably spent enough time trying out all of the native effects inside After Effects, and it seems like you have a bunch that you always use as second nature in different configurations. Just curious if there are any native effects that you've messed around with but never found a use for? Or an oddball paring of effects that created a surprising result like the way you used the checkerboard effect in this tutorial?
5 months ago
Hey Andrew if you're ever in Utah this broke college kid will take you out for bagels or something. Thanks for the work you do!
    chris c
    5 months ago
    im from Utah awell!! live by the lehi area!
    Jamminfoo
    5 months ago
    Live in SLC. Go Utes!
Magnus Olofsson
5 months ago
Always a great experience. All the small things, true care truth brings, in the big tutorials!
5 months ago
Andrew and VC Team, I've been following you for over 10 years now. Learned so much and still learning like this awesome tut. It will be my honor to visit you in Paris and will go for a selfie with Andrew. The man who encouraged me to follow my dream and a career switch.
My wife won't be accompanying me as she's been hearing 'My name is AK and welcome to this exciting tutorial' through the room for over a decade and using pillows to mute his voice.
Let's make a selfie video using your text... she would be thrilled. See you in Paris!
Your dutch friend,
Vincent
DiVi Media.
    5 months ago
    Done deal!
    Rob
    5 months ago
    Ha ha - My wife actually was ok with me watching your tutorials in front of her as she thinks you're 'that cute guy that does all those videos'. I stopped watching them in front of her :-)

    Best of luck in Europe!! Enjoy!!! And bring a hat and coat, it's cold here at the moment!!
Sakata
5 months ago
I dont know, where u get Astrolab text??
Bergy
5 months ago
I totally was singing that "Crossfire" jingle when I saw the title for this tut! AK - thou art hilarious. I love your humor. You have made me enjoy working in AE more than anything.
Andrew Alexander
5 months ago
I am in Romania. I can't afford to get to Germany because I'm an artist :))
LWAddict
5 months ago
Dang I was close on this one but still learned a ton already.
Thanks again Andrew and team!
Choi PD
5 months ago
Always much more than expected.
So touched by the greatest work ever!
Thx ANDREW!!!!
Choi PD
5 months ago
1st!
So touched by the greatest work ever!
Thx ANDREW!!!!
J the Second
5 months ago
Welcome to Europe! Welcome to Paris more particularly!
Tim
5 months ago
You're coming to Europe! First time? I can't believe it. Bring your family - they will love it. I hope to meet you in Berlin.
5 months ago
Would fly to one of those cities just to attend the event, but I'm in the middle of a post-production work for a documentary series. Will you come to Vancouver?
    LWAddict
    5 months ago
    Nice website Omid!
    Good stuff.
    5 months ago
    Thanks LWAddict. Andrew Kramer got me into this and a year after my career began. Definitely want to meet him one day to thank him in-person.
vinicius
5 months ago
wheres the download?
    5 months ago
    Download what? It's a tutorial. There is nothing to download.
    AlexPakulichev
    5 months ago
    They created a link below VC Live video.
    5 months ago
    Below the video
R-CANE
5 months ago
Yessss... this weekend is gonna be so amazing when I experiment with this tutorial! Thanks a lot and welcome back!!!
5 months ago
I am just going to miss you, will be in Barcelona the week after! =(
5 months ago
See you in London!
Tosha
5 months ago
Great!!!
5 months ago
Thank you thank you thank you Andrew. Have a wonderful life forever sir.
Ron Albert Ramos
5 months ago
Been waiting for this for ages! Awesome effects! Thank you for your hard work, Andrew. For the free tutorials and everything. You're a freaking legend!