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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135 Comments

Omizu
2 weeks 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?
2 weeks 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... .
3 weeks ago
You guys should do a working vacation in Vancouver.
kim
3 weeks ago
The project file is not in the zip on the download...
    LWAddict
    2 weeks ago
    That's right.
    Just everything you need to follow along and create the project file yourself. ;)
3 weeks ago
Please please please come to New Zealand.
We can have you stay in a tent in our garden to help the budget!
3 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks ago
Thanks for all you guys do! I wish you great success on your tour. You deserve it.
4 weeks ago
Great video tutorial again.
Having tour is a great IDEA!!!
Good luck Andrew!

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Eric Terrill
4 weeks 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
4 weeks ago
Andrew, it would be nice if you could answer some questions concerning this tutorial.
4 weeks 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
4 weeks ago
Note that's the late Don LaFontaine's voice-over in the Crossfire spot.
Prince
4 weeks ago
I have been waiting for something like this. Many Many thanks to Andrew and the crew for making this happen.
Paul Pickett
4 weeks ago
Thank you for all you do Andrew! I would be lost without you. Have a great one!
4 weeks ago
Noooooo all tickets sold out for the London event!! Put on another day!! We'll fill it promise!
4 weeks 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
    4 weeks 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.
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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?
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
    4 weeks ago
    You should check out the 'Deep Glow' plugin at aescripts. It's not free, but really wonderful accurate glow.
Nick
4 weeks ago
Hello Andrew i`m from russia.I wery exiting ypur tutorials thank you.Good Luck
Miltons
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks ago
Damn, super clever! Nice work as always!
NinjaGsm
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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
4 weeks 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?
4 weeks 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
1 month ago
Hey Andrew, Can you please tell how you made that stylish text reveal effect in your LIVE TOUR video trailer??
djounad
1 month ago
Hi Andrew, what about your Visit to North Africa !!
djounad
1 month ago
It's a great and amazing tutorial BRAVO
Simon
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago
Great work! Look forward for new tutorials for Element 3D or will be better announce of E3D v3 :)
1 month ago
Amazing Effect..!!!! Thanks you for the new tutorial.!!!
Chris
1 month ago
It's a little misleading to call it "100% after effects" when it uses the saber plugin. Still a great tutorial though.
    skelatorrr
    1 month ago
    its a free plugin made easier by videocopilot from built in after effects EFFECTS.
1 month ago
Booked in Paris.
I'm super happy :)
1 month 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
1 month 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 :-)
    1 month ago
    Mostly English!
    Rob
    1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago
Booked in Barcelona :OOO
I cant believe it I cant even breath omgomgomgomgogmogmogmg Andrew Kramer wiiii
Nina
1 month ago
Super tut . Andrew u r god of ae. So complicated project. Can u share its ae file ?? . Plz andrew . Plz . Plzzzzzz
Chris70
1 month ago
Thanks you for the new tutorial and coming to Paris for the show
I’m very exited and happy
Chris70
1 month ago
Thanks you for the new tutorial
Siyanda
1 month ago
Andrew brah come to South Africa
NinjaGsm
1 month 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
    4 weeks ago
    Pretty bold to complain after a great 40 minutes Tutorial. What exactly do you offer the community?
1 month ago
How about beautiful Houston, Texas?
Kavinsnap
1 month ago
You're On Next Level Andrew :) Thanks For The New Tutorial
John
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago
I will come to Barcelona to take selfie with effect king Andrew and particle master Fabian!
Vincent
1 month ago
We need you at Montreal ! Big city of mutlimedia!!!
Wayne Heywood
1 month ago
Not really bothered anymore...
Russell Zubeck
1 month ago
take the show to British Columbia, Vancouver
1 month 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
1 month ago
Hi,
You forgot Italy. Rome, Venice... Never mind, see you in Paris.
Shubhy
1 month ago
I need dat Rocky Edge Aplha Thin
Frank
1 month ago
...paused it after seconds. Booked a ticket - booked a Hotel in Berlin. Pressed continue...
    1 month ago
    Thank you Frank! See you at the show!
    Tony
    1 month ago
    good for you sir
Bader Alhammad
1 month ago
Andrew, How can you do the same procedure with E3D while the text is in 3d perspective.
Antony
1 month ago
What a great tutorial as always. For your next tour consider visiting Athens :D See you there haha!
Marco
1 month 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
1 month ago
Hi. Mr.Andrew pls upload a full project to editing.
Lucian
1 month ago
Hey Andrew! What about Italy? You should includ Italy as the 5th city in your tour!
1 month ago
man this fx on air plane destruction its hollywood movie man s+++t
Jag
1 month ago
Selfie is included with the ticket? :P
Angel
1 month 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
1 month ago
Hell YES! I'm hyped
BhodhiRaja
1 month 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
1 month ago
welcom to china! I hope you come to here~
Chris
1 month ago
Andrew, any future U.S. dates for the live show planned?
Ran
1 month ago
welcom to china! I hope you come to here~
Paolo
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.
1 month ago
Hi VC
amazing
Always a great tutorial
Please come to Iran ...
Thank you
k1
1 month ago
thank you so much Andrew!
Gabriel
1 month 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!
1 month ago
superlative tutorial
Chanel
1 month ago
When are you coming to tour in the states?!?!?!
ECHAN
1 month ago
is there any possible to come to china for live show?
khireddine Ouazaa
1 month 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
1 month ago
i am sorry to never lost hope for your awesome tutorial mr. kramer...
Vince
1 month ago
Thanks for another amazing tutorial.
Patrick
1 month ago
Any chance there will be a video stream available of any of the shows? I'd pay to watch it.
    Simon
    1 month 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
    1 month ago
    ^this
carnivor13
1 month ago
Scotland! Please come to Scotland :)
    1 month ago
    I second this... Come and see the V&A;in Dundee. Might be a cool venue.
    KAO
    3 weeks ago
    Maybe Andrew needed to make the effects for this commercial. lol
1 month 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?
1 month 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
    1 month ago
    im from Utah awell!! live by the lehi area!
    Jamminfoo
    4 weeks ago
    Live in SLC. Go Utes!
Magnus Olofsson
1 month ago
Always a great experience. All the small things, true care truth brings, in the big tutorials!
1 month 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.
    1 month ago
    Done deal!
    Rob
    1 month 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
1 month ago
I dont know, where u get Astrolab text??
Bergy
1 month 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
1 month ago
I am in Romania. I can't afford to get to Germany because I'm an artist :))
LWAddict
1 month ago
Dang I was close on this one but still learned a ton already.
Thanks again Andrew and team!
Choi PD
1 month ago
Always much more than expected.
So touched by the greatest work ever!
Thx ANDREW!!!!
Choi PD
1 month ago
1st!
So touched by the greatest work ever!
Thx ANDREW!!!!
J the Second
1 month ago
Welcome to Europe! Welcome to Paris more particularly!
Tim
1 month 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.
1 month 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
    1 month ago
    Nice website Omid!
    Good stuff.
    1 month 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
1 month ago
wheres the download?
    1 month ago
    Download what? It's a tutorial. There is nothing to download.
    AlexPakulichev
    1 month ago
    They created a link below VC Live video.
    1 month ago
    Below the video
R-CANE
1 month ago
Yessss... this weekend is gonna be so amazing when I experiment with this tutorial! Thanks a lot and welcome back!!!
1 month ago
I am just going to miss you, will be in Barcelona the week after! =(
1 month ago
See you in London!
Tosha
1 month ago
Great!!!
1 month ago
Thank you thank you thank you Andrew. Have a wonderful life forever sir.
Ron Albert Ramos
1 month 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!