Element-3d-video-copilot-andrew-kramer-adobe-after-effects-224x144Last month I wrote about the new Adobe After Effects plug-in from Video Copilot: Element 3D. The initial demo videos were pretty amazing, but Andrew Kramer is delving deeper into Element 3D's functionality in his most recent tutorial videos, covering the creation and manipulation of materials, powerful animation options in the Particle Replicator, environment maps, and 3D Compositing. And if that wasn't enough, there's also a tutorial from Serge Mustu on a Cinema 4D to Element 3D workflow and animating titles:

Kramer also has another tutorial that goes into creating and manipulating materials, lighting, rendering and the plug-in's interface and presets. I'll update this post if he puts up an embeddable version.

Here's Serge Mustu's tutorial on making 3D objects in Cinema 4D, fracturing them, and importing and animating them in Element 3D (Note: the audio quality isn't the best, and may come through a bit loud):

And as mentioned at the end of the 3D Compositing video, there are a number of improvements that were made in the Element 3D 1.0.34 update:

  • Added Super Sampling option.
  • Improved extrusion engine.
  • New Path Resolution mode “Extreme”
  • Several stability improvements.
  • Fixed fading custom textures.
  • Fixed crashed with multiprocessor rendering.
  • Fixed licensing issues.
  • Fixed scale normalization and anchor point issue.
  • Fixed missing texture preview.

What do you think of the features in Element 3D? If you've been using Element 3D, what has your experience been with it thus far?


Via: Tool Farm (Beyond the Basics, Particle Replicator, 3D Compositing, Environment Tips, Cinema 4D to Element 3D, and Element 3D 1.0.34 Update)