New Tutorial: City Destruction!

In this massive tutorial we’ll be adding some realistic city destruction without extra plug-ins! The tutorials is filled with killer tips and advanced compositing solutions! If you’re in the Visual FX, don’t miss it!

Watch Now on Youtube in HD

Watch Now at Video Copilot in HD

Techniques:

  • 3D Camera Tracking and Compositing
  • Build Dimensional Destruction
  • Integrate smoke stock footage from Action Essentials 2
  • Create 3D Track Mattes
  • 2D Planar Tracking for Matte Painting
  • Optional Tips for Adding 3D Jets with Element 3D!

Download City Footage & Assets

To create the Freaking Blue-Thing, checkout our Sci-Fi FX Tutorial!

POSTED:
9 years ago
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Beautiful VFX

I just stumbled upon this spectacular reel of visual effects work for the film Stalingrad. The simulations of smoke and fire take it to another level.

What’s even more impressive is the amount of work that went into this video just to show all of the layers and work that went into. C’mon! Look at those camera swings!

While not quite as impressive, you ca check out our Advanced Training Series you might be able to see how some of this is possible combining Fume FX with 3Ds Max and compositing in After Effects.

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Designing in After Effects

Sometimes I like to play around inside of After Effects to create the look of a design even if it is a still image.

In this design I used some techniques from a couple of previous tutorials to build a complicated looking badge that is actually pretty simple. Then once I’m happy with the “look” of the design, I try to figure out how to animate it on. I find that After Effects is more flexible and non-destructive than Photoshop so I can design freely. This is also why it is better to start by designing the look first, instead of worrying about how the effects are going to animate on. In this case, because of the shatter effects the flying pieces only look right on frame 3 but I’ll worry about that problem later!

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I made the logo with some simple shapes and added a track matte to give it some grunge. I used different parts of the texture for each ring to give it variation. Then finally I added some Color Correction to the top. Go Curves!

For the debris I used the  Pixel Poly effect, then added some Action Essentials 2 smoke and debris bits.
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Another cool Animation made with Element 3D!

Someone tweeted this cool title animation to me @videocopilot and I was really impressed by the subtle use of atmospheric effects with the Element 3D. Notice the turbulent displacement and smoke effects accompanied by some nice camera work too.

Here is the final Video in HD

The best part is the sweet behind the scenes video!

I actually reached out to the designer and asked him why he chose to use Element 3D… Here are a few responses:

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“I used Element 3D mainly because it integrates real 3D animation in AE that it is lightning fast.

“Setting up the camera move and animation for the gears and the tunnel scene allowed immediate, almost final results that was a major time saver.”

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Well…Get that man a Beer! (Disclaimer: no beers were used to influence the opinions at this time.)

What’s interesting is this is exactly the reason I use Element 3D for a lot of my own work.

I can focus on look development and tweak the settings in real-time as I move lights or cameras so you can see what the final result will look like as you fine-tune effects like fog and material settings. True “Compositing Speed!”

Everyone at Video Copilot  is jazzed to see our...

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Revolution Intro: Behind the Scenes!

Recently I had the opportunity to work on the Intro and Title for a new Bad Robot show called Revolution by NBC. The show takes place 15 years after the power mysteriously goes out. The objective of the intro was to show the transformation of time passing in a stylistic time-lapse ways to help establish the world.  And although we were visualizing 15 years in only a few seconds, the reality is that we only had a few weeks to get it done! I thought I would highlight some challenging aspects of the project and share some insights with you.

THE MAIN TITLE:
The main title  was created in After Effects using Element 3D and some proprietary tools we are developing.  The majority of the work was manually animating masks to flicker each letter but also hinting at the word “EVOLUTION”. Since the title had a lot of glowing to it, I decided to use 32BPC to keep the glow intensities consistent and natural looking. There is also a bit of smoke from Action Essentials 2 behind the letters.

We wanted to show that time had passed from after things stopped working.  We filmed real plants using a slow shutter and low frame rate of 1 fps to create a time-lapse plant growing vibe.  This makes...

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