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I’m Sorry Shape Layers! I love you!

I must confess… I was never a big fan of shape layers… we just didn’t get along. I was used to using masks but suddenly (around AE CS3) the same mask tool began creating Red vector shapes.

At first, they seemed cool enough but after accidentally adding shape layers to my comps, instead of masks, I lashed out! I even made a few jokes at the expense of them. It was wrong and I apologize

Since working on a few space movies, I really took the time to learn the tools better and began to realize how cool and powerful they are.

There are some extremely cool things that can be done with layering and ways to randomize path position with a wiggle settings and other cool things that would be impossible to do with masks.

I’m nearly finished with with an unrelated tutorial (See below) but I’m looking forward to incorporating some interesting tips about shape layer creation!

Refining this Technique! I plan on making plenty of crappy tutorials but this next one is gonna be alright!

A post shared by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Feb 10, 2017 at 2:36am PST

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Visualization Experiment and new Renders

Just playing around with a new After Effects experiment without using any 3rd Party plug-ins! I need to refine some parts of the effect but I really want to make a tutorial for it ASAP!

Here are some other projects you may have missed! Using Element 3D bummp mapping to create some Gold coins and building a reactor!

Visualization! No 3rd party Plugins! #Aftereffects

A video posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Jan 23, 2017 at 2:26pm PST

Change #Element3D

A video posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Jan 17, 2017 at 12:01pm PST

Counterfeiting… I mean, the making of!

A photo posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Jan 17, 2017 at 12:20pm PST

Power Generator #Element3D

A video posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Jan 16, 2017 at 2:38am PST

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New Tutorial: Realistic Rain Drop FX!

In this tutorial we’ll use After Effects to create a realistic water effect without any 3rd party plug-ins! Great for adding atmosphere to a rainy scene or title. This effect is fully customization and can be used to create many cool FX!

In this tutorial:

  • Create a dripping water displacement map
  • Simulate realistic camera DOF

Watch on Youtube in HD!

Project File: Coming Soon!
Stay tuned for project files and footage, just have to collect it and upload it!

Source: Video Copilot

Destruction Experiment!

What is this thing! I’ve basically combined a bunch of stuff into one experiment!

I might have been inspired by the amazing planet explosions from The Force Awakens but wanted to see if I could get a cool version inside Element 3D.

Few Notes on this experiment;

I added smoke elements, shockwaves using CC Sphere, and even used the Saber plug-in to give the beam a nice energy feel!

For the disintegration, I used the multi-object system of Element 3D with a pre-fractured sphere and animated with the animation engine so it would break apart over time.

I even animated an After Effects light to match the death beam to fake reactive lighting.

The Sci-fi Weapon Tutorial has some really cool tips for turning radial shockwaves into other shapes.

 

DeathRay! #Element3D #Saber

A video posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Jan 5, 2017 at 4:30am PST

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Gearing Up with Element 3D!

Gear Up! #Element3D

A video posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Jan 3, 2017 at 9:10pm PST

Maybe I just love apertures but this was a fun project to make! Using a few motion design 2 objects I built this animating gear. I just created a collection of models on one group and distributed them using a ring array and then animated the properties!

Sometimes simply projects create amazing results!

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Experimenting with realistic Water Drops!

Experimenting with realistic refracting water. #aftereffects

A video posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Jan 2, 2017 at 12:59pm PST

I love using native effects in After Effects to create more realistic effects… Although I love some CC Mr. Mercury, I wanted to try to create something more realistic. Look for the Tutorial soon! In 2017, I’m going to change the meaning of the word soon to actually mean SOON!

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Have a Smashing New Year!

I hope everyone is ready for a great year! Can’t wait to show you all of the cool things we have been working on, from blog shows, to plug-ins & tutorials!

My goal for this year is to help people get involved! More challenges, more interactive content and put the fun back into learning! Making things is the only way to get better!

Happy Holidays from the Kramers!

A photo posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Dec 22, 2016 at 4:19pm PST

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Happy Holiday Sweater Template!

Make your own ugly sweater! To celebrate the end of the year, here is the project template you’ve always wanted!

Ugly Sweater Features:

  • Control thread size and width
  • Control Stitching angle
  • Add dis-colorization to the threads

I will admit this project turned out to be more complicated than expected! The trick was combining several different plug-ins together to get the right look. This included CC Thread, displacement mapping, mosaic and more! Ugly sweater stitching typically has two colored strands next to each other so I used half as many samples with the mosaic setting to double the horizontal pixels. Then used a displacement map to distort them at the correct angle.

This project is great for creating other types of fabric and patterns as well, play around with the thread width and shading for many interesting looks!

And as always, happy holidays from the Kramer’s! Let’s take After Effects to the next level!

Download Template AE 2015

 

 

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FX Console V1.0.1 New Enhancements and Fixes!

Our new workflow enhancement plug-in has been updated with many bug fixes and a few new enhancements!

In V1, you could:

  • Access FX & Presets quickly
  • Create FX Shortcuts
  • Create FX Overrides
  • Export Snapshot with PNG
  • Automatic Snapshot Tool & Gallery
  • + MORE!

In V1.0.1 we added even more!

  • Custom Shortcut Key
  • Import + Export Settings file
  • Tab to Presets in search results
  • Over a dozen bug fixes!

After Effects Requirements:
Adobe After Effects CC and above (Including CC2014 Sorry no CS6)

DOWNLOAD FX Console V1.0.1 PLUG-IN: For After Effects!

Gummy Demon #Element3D #AfterEffects

A video posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Oct 31, 2016 at 3:03am PDT

View Changelog

CHANGELOG: FX Console v1.0.1
Nov 01, 2016
  • Added – A new feature to allow users to choose a custom shortcut to open the main popup (look in the preferences window)
  • Added – Export/Import preferences
  • Updaed – The TAB key now jumps between effects and presets in the search results.
  • Fixed – The delete button in the gallery and also the delete key opening the confirmation dialog even if there was no image selected
  • Fixed – Installer crash when installing in windows for the first time (when creating the dir: ProgramData/VideoCopilot)
  • Fixed – VideoCopilot directory not created in OSX causing the settings not to be saved
  • Fixed – Main popup was hidden behind other panels for some people
  • Fixed – Crash when double clicking the bar that separates the thumbnails from the preview in the gallery
  • Fixed – Crash in AE CC when running the script (only crashed the very first version of AE CC)
  • Fixed – Support for multiple monitors
  • Fixed – In windows, the main popup wouldn’t show if the main AE window wasn’t selected (happened if the user had floating panels selected)
  • Fixed – Crash when opening settings and gallery in OSX with multiple monitors
  • Fixed – Crash in windows with AE installed with languages with accents, like Portuguese, Deutsch or French
  • Fixed – Invalid text showing on the Mac if AE installed with a different locale than US
  • Fixed – Invalid AE installation options showing in the installer (belonging to other SO / Partition), fixed only for versions starting with CC 2015, older ones may still show.
  • Fixed – Error code 120

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New Workflow Plug-in: FX CONSOLE is now available!

The console war continues on but this time, everybody wins! Our new After Effects workflow plug-in is now available for free! Speed up After Effects by making it work your way! Manage design progress with the new Snapshot tool and find the effects you need instantly!

Workflow plug-ins can be cool too!

So what does it do?
Watch Tutorial Video

Main Features:

  • Access FX & Presets quickly
  • Create FX Shortcuts
  • Create FX Overrides
  • Customize FX Search
  • Export Snapshot with PNG
  • Access Multiple Snapshots
  • Automatic Snapshot Tool & Gallery
  • Sample colors from Gallery
  • Re-import directly from Gallery
  • Dockable Panel & More!

After Effects Requirements:
Adobe After Effects CC and above (Including CC2014)

DOWNLOAD PLUG-IN: For After Effects!

 

Source: Video Copilot

Ghost VFX

I recently did some VFX for my buddy Ryan Connoly! Just in time for Halloween!

There was only 6 visual effects shots but they had some very tricky challenges! I’ll go into some more details later on so I don’t reveal anything yet. But I will say that it was fun to use Element 3D in a unique way and sneak in some unreleased Action Essentials 4K Elements. Check it out!

With FX Console around the corner, it’s nice to start seeing more of these ongoing projects get finished! It’s definitely a relief to lift a few projects off my shoulders so we can really speed up our release schedule and yes Intercept too! The traffic is beginning to clear up!

Source: Video Copilot

FX Console Utility Graphics

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Our new workflow utility now has some graphics!

Introducing FX Console our new plug-in for After Effects that has been slowly developed over time as my personal utility to improve my workflow. It offers a variety of small features that make a big difference for people who spend a lot of time working in After Effects!

We look forward to releasing it soon for Free!

Workflow plugin origin story #AfterEffects

A video posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Oct 14, 2016 at 2:21pm PDT

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New Show and New workflow Plug-in!

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Some cool news to announce! We have just finished recording a horrifying new blog show with a frightening theme! But more on that next week!

Another exciting development is a a new workflow plug-in for After Effects! Coming this week!

Now this plug-in doesn’t make light sabers or energy fx, it might not even change your life but this utility we developed will speed up your AE work flow! Embarrassingly enough, the development began last year when I started working on Intercept! And while I am still finishing the VFX for my short, this new plug-in is done and so we’re going to release it! Is that progress!? I DON’T KNOW!!

The good news is we’re jamming on a lot of projects behind the scenes but this year been a very humbling and rejuvenating experience for me. And it is simply managing ideas and execution. How do we continue to push ourselves creatively and build better consistency… I don’t know if we have it all figured out but at least we are asking the right questions now!

For example : Here was my through process on the Saber plug-in:

  1. Man, my short film is taking way too long I need to release something cool now that I’m back from Star Wars!
  2. Let’s release the Saber plug-in. That thing is pretty cool!
  3. I haven’t posted cool stuff in a while though, This plug-in needs to be sweet!
  4. I Should make a trailer too! How long will that take?
  5. S#!T The plug-in is just not good enough yet and it comes out in two days!
  6. Let’s add more features! Let’s add displacement noise and presets! We can make it!
  7. Crap! We’re late! Now this thing really has to be amazing! Let’s add text outlines and mask shapes too!
  8. What have we done!

Being late because of high expectations makes my expectations higher. A dangerous loop.

So you can see the real challenge is I want to make awesome stuff but it’s easy to underestimate how much time it takes to pull it off! (Cough Cough, Intercept!)

This year we added some fantastic new people to the VC Team and I’m able to get everyone more involved in our shows and do more simultaneous projects that are spread out over time so there are things always in development and more people can be involved in finishing projects.

I think at the end of the day, walking around with a Video Copilot apron has really helped my focus!

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Office is on fire now!

A photo posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Sep 28, 2016 at 12:42pm PDT

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Atmospheric Re-Entry!

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Here is a preview of an animation i’m working on. Playing around with Element 3D and Saber to create the fiery streaks!

This past week has been super productive, finishing VFX for Intercept, doing daily renders and preparing for another DMALA meeting in Los Angeles on October 18th. Going to be a blast!

Circuit City #Element3D #MotionDesign2

A photo posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Sep 8, 2016 at 12:27pm PDT

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Circuit City

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Making circuits! After trying to create something large, I thought I should try to make something small!

I started by taking a circuitry texture and placing it on a plane in Element 3D. I used the texture in the Glossiness channel and the reflection channel to give the pathways a metalic look. Next I built the circuits using various primitives like box and cylinder at various sizes and placed them around the board near the components of the texture. I couldn’t help myself and I ended up adding some motion design elements like the power core and microchips. It’s amazing how some random object suddenly looks like a fancy heat-sync in the right context.

And finally for the micro look, I turned on some camera depth of field!

I’ve included the circuit texture below so you can try it out!

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