At Video Copilot they say, “We create tools & training for people who love motion design & visual effects!” What they don’t say is that the training and tutorials are free and excellent, nearly a right of passage for aspiring visual artists.
Video Copilot is an excellent resource for teachers to access and for students looking to accelerate their learning beyond the scope of class work. Featuring After Effects, which we have as part of Adobe Creative Cloud in the CPBN Learning Lab, the tutorials are free, as are some plug-ins.
“As a beginning designer Video Copilot helped open my eyes to higher end effects. Even now, it inspires me.”
CPBN On-Air Animator| Designer | Instructor
“It is pretty cool. I’m going to try this out.”
Journalism & Media Academy/CPBN Learning Lab Satellite Campus
3 Easy Steps:
- Click on tutorial.
- Hear Andrew describe the process.
- See Andrew’s desktop view and follow along. Download the free files if needed.
Andrew Kramer was 20 when he started Video Copilot from his apartment in Southern California. Now he is known for creating holograms, graphics and titles for the film Star Trek: The Force Awakens and the title sequences for the TV show Fringe.
The freelance artist and web designer has since produced over 100 Adobe After Effects (AE) tutorials and others for Autodesk 3D Studio Max and Cinema 4D. His first AE tutorial, posted in 2007, is still available. Titled Basic Sky Replacement, this tutorial has been viewed over a million and a half times.
Needless to say, you will need After Effects to take advantage of the free tutorials and plug-ins. But, if you already have Adobe Creative Cloud, Video Copilot provides a great incentive to move beyond Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro to boldly open After Effects and go to the site whose AE tutorials have captured over fifty million views.
Has one or more of those views belonged to you or your students? If so, share your Video Copilot experience.