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  • Video embedded in Glass Effect

    Posted by Michael Free on January 17, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I’ve been struggling trying to figure out a way to make this effect, any help/guidance would be appreciated.

    I want to have a series of video clips falling back/away into 3D space in a starfield.

    The appearance of the effect would be that the camera is backing away through these glass panes of video and they get smaller in the distance.

    The video would be angled and travel into the distance getting smaller until you can’t see them.

    The thing I can’t figure out is:

    1.) How do I apply a photorealistic “glass effect” onto the video so it is very shiny and reflective


    2.) How can I give the video a little bit of 3D depth so that the glass appears to have some thickness to it.

    I’ve tried making the video 3D objects and messing with the materials settings but it always looks very flat and non-reflective. I want shinny photo-real glass with reflections.

    Any thoughts? Thanks!


    Michael Free replied 16 years, 1 month ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Topher Welsh

    January 17, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    one way to make the “coming through the glass effect” sell a little bit better is check out Andrew Kramers “Magic Glass” tutorial here:

    thats one way to help… I can’t think of anything else though… sorry

    Topher Welsh
    Head Editor & Motion Graphics

  • Michael Free

    January 18, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Thanks for that! That’s a great tutorial… I hadn’t even thought about using an effect during the glass pass through… I think I’ll try that.

    That gave me some ideas on how to add the reflections too, but I’m still not sure really *what* to reflect when it is in space… Probably light sources/stars, but everything I try just doesn’t give me that really reflective/shinny look I’m hoping for.

  • Lutz Dieckmann

    January 18, 2008 at 11:54 pm


    I used the glass effect in one of my commercials and it worked great. So keep on going on this.

    What can be reflected? I think it should not only be stars. Think of large objects, like starclusters, galaxies, nebula and so on. When I worked for a well known company that produces Star Trek, we often used (with permission) original NASA images to enhance our “space”. Its not reality but its a “learned look”.

    Try it


    PS: Check out NASA pages to get the permission. Its easy

    Thank you for reading this

  • Michael Free

    January 21, 2008 at 5:54 pm


    I’m still having issues… I’ve gone over a ton of different glass-related tutorials…

    I just can’t get the type of glossy sheen and reflection that I’m hoping for…

    What is the trick to make something look REALLY shinny and reflective in mostly black space? Thanks!

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