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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 Read more…

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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 Read more…

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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 Read more…

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CYBER Sale! 25% Off all Video Copilot Tools!

Get some plug-ins & Stuff! Save 25% Instantly on All Video Copilot tools for a limited time! Need a new model pack, or some Pro Shaders for Element 3D? Now is the perfect time to upgrade your toolkit! Checkout with Coupon Code: CYBER SHOP NOW! Source: Video Copilot

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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 Read more…

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FX Console Utility Graphics

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 Read more…

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New Show and New workflow Plug-in!

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 Read more…

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Atmospheric Re-Entry!

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 Read more…

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Circuit City

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 Read more…

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Cloud City

Continuing the Element 3D fun! This started as a desert scene and soon turned into a cloud city! Typical. Part of the fun of these render projects is just creating random stuff and designing without a specific goal. It’s actually been really challenging and exciting to try various techniques. In this Read more…

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My 10 Cloverfield Lane Contribution

Earlier this year I had the chance on 10 Cloverfield lane on this horrifying matte painting and composite. Lot of image-searches for road kill have scarred my mind! As always it was a pleasure to work with Dan Trachtenberg.     My work on 10 Cloverfield Lane! #nightmares #mattepainting A photo Read more…

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Arctic Station Progression

I wanted to try to create something large-scale with Element 3D. And it can be pretty tricky! Having lots of smaller details in addition to large details helps give objects a sense of scale. I started with some pistons from the Motion Design 2 collection. Then added things like pipes and Read more…

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What a Twist!

Here are a few more daily renders I created while getting over this cold! To create the wire I built a simple group of wires using several cylinder primitives. Then using a second group I created some smaller twists and scattered them along the line. In order to add a twist Read more…

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Jetstrike Render Breakdown!

I think the Aviator was on TV this weekend so I was inspired to make this image and here is a little breakdown: BREAKDOWN: First thing I did was load this model from the Jetstrike collection and convert the materials to a physical shaders. I was going to just place Read more…

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Weekend Rendering with Element 3D!

Just having some fun with that rooftop texture! If you are in to rooftops, check out our free model pack and tutorial! For the reflection, I used the mirror reflection features to give it that classic car commercial glaze! The recent tutorial covers this technique in detail so please check Read more…

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