Info about Element 3D


Element 3D is well underway including some interesting new features but I need to save some surprises for the launch! So instead I thought I would throw out a few responses to some frequent questions from the Video Demonstration while trying to save some secrets for later. Our goal is to release at the end of August but it could be early September so this is just an estimate.

1. Reflections: Does Element 3D reflect other particles?

Element uses HDR or non-HDR images for reflection & refraction maps but the system does not do real “Ray-Tracing” so objects do not “truly” reflect others. HOWEVER, as you can see above there are ways to “fake” reflections to get realistic results in a fraction of the render time compared traditional ray samplers. Speed is our goal, not replacing a 3D program!

2. Price: It’s going to be around $149.95! (Yes I said around…)

There I said it. Although, we could probably sell it for more, especially considering the feature list but we wanted to maintain our philosophy of exceptional plug-ins at reasonable prices. The truth is, we thought maybe we SHOULD sell it for more than $149 and charge at least $249 for the sake of the perceived-value compared to other products on the market. We didn’t want people to think, “Oh, it’s ONLY $149.95″ so it must not be as good as other tools out there. So please don’t let price confuse you, it’s quite powerful on so many levels so we ask that you judge it based on what it can do, not just the price. Otherwise we would have to sell it ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!

3. 3D Text: Will you be able to render models of 3D text or logos with Element?

Look, Element was not designed to be used as a 3D text tool but rather an intelligent particle array system that uses 3D objects as particles. We built a massive 3D rendering engine that runs extremely fast on moderate graphics cards, objects react to AE lighting, ambient occlusion, 3d model deformation, Material Options, Depth of Field, Motion blur, 3D Fog and much more. We wanted to make a plug-in that took After Effects to the next level.

So, can you use Element 3D to render 3D text and logos?
And it’s pretty sweet too.


July 17th, 2011 @ 7:13 pm
cool plug-in :D:D
    July 18th, 2011 @ 6:01 am
    July 18th, 2011 @ 4:28 pm
    Amazing Price.
    Non-hdri images are awesome too.

    VC always taking After Effects to the next level.
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:14 pm
Amazing job andrew, thinking to buy it

keep rocking
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:14 pm
Cant wait to give you my money so you can give me this priceless plugin =D
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:14 pm
The price is right!!! Andrew, you deserve the Yankee equivalent of knighthood. Can't wait for this to be released.
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:14 pm
You should give out trails for others to test and give you feedback so you have a better variety of computers and graphic cards using it instead of the people working with you
    July 17th, 2011 @ 8:25 pm
    We have a great team and beta testers providing feedback and quality assurance. There is one important thing to remember that I am mostly in charge of, and that is user experience. There are ideas for features that sound great but may not fit into the paradigm of this plug-in which is [High-Quality and Fast Rendering]. For example, Sub Surface Scattering is a cool feature in 3D but it is extremely slow to render. So we are not including this feature or trying to cram every possible feature into the plug-in if it doesn't make sense for the After Effects environment and speed expectations.

    3D programs are more fit for offering unlimited possibilities often at the cost of rendering time and After Effects is great for 2.5 effects and compositing. Element is the missing link between the two.
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:16 pm
Can't wait for it Mr Kramer!!! :)
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:17 pm
The Dr. Oz promos are gonna look a little fancier this year AK.
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:17 pm
Can't wait for this!

Great job VCP team!
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:18 pm
I can't wait for this plug-in and $149 is more then reasonable. I too was fully expecting to pay $200+ but $149 is phenomenal and another reason why VC is the best AE related site out there.
Thanks again Kramer and krew.
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:18 pm
This may be a far fetched request but I'm going to make it anyway.
Would you be willing to give this plugin to a random Video Copilot user as a promotional "Surprise! Here is a free copy of our new plugin!" launch date give away? :)
I'm not expecting it to be me.
I just thought it would be a fun thing to do as a release date promotion.
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:19 pm
Considering the quality of the products you kids put out there, I'm sure this is worth every penny! Can't wait to try this one out.

July 17th, 2011 @ 7:20 pm
Nice Andrew! Just bought optical flares for a project this week, so this is probably next on the wishlist!
Semaj Finks
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:20 pm
Hey Andrew, as usual great work, i'm sure Element is going to be revolutionary. Do you have the system requirements?
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:20 pm
Completely awesome. The industry's VFX and motion graphics quality will be taken to the next level with this tool.
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:22 pm
I wish I had a time machine to go into August so I could just start using it already. :)
Good work VideoCoPilot. Even more reasons to love you and your work!
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:25 pm
Nice one Andrew, cant wait!
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:26 pm
Can't wait. Great work as always Andrew. That price is fantastic as well. Sign me up!
E.J. Roy
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:36 pm
Looks like another winner, you have my money.
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:37 pm
I am sitting at my desk, with a $150 check written out to Videocopilot...please don't make me use this money at Comic-con, I can wait till September 1st, but it's getting hard...
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:41 pm
Sold! Can't wait to buy.
July 17th, 2011 @ 7:56 pm
Thanks for giving us...
July 17th, 2011 @ 8:07 pm
Looking forward to it. First day purchase.
July 17th, 2011 @ 8:15 pm
"3D programs are more fit for offering unlimited possibilities often at the cost of rendering time and After Effects is great for 2.5 effects and compositing. Element is the missing link between the two."


I've been waiting for those words my entire life. 3D is a completely different world and I've been trying to segue out of 2.5D for a long time now, but I haven't quite found a good mean between 3D and 2D, i.e. flash, AE, traditional animation, illustration. My workload doesn't allow me to sojourn too long for research and development so I just haven't made the leap yet, I feel like I'm in purgatory.

But what you said here is music to my ears and only 150 dollars?!

....I can see the light
    July 18th, 2011 @ 6:05 am
    I know! I don't want to shell out the cash for a full-featured fancy 3D suite, but I want to be able to do simple 3D animation in AE. So far no plugins have offered to fill in the "missing link" between 2.5D & 3D, but this could revolutionise the way we use AE. I can't wait!
    September 24th, 2011 @ 3:36 pm
    Amen brother... Amen!
July 17th, 2011 @ 8:24 pm
Goodbuy ZWerks! Hello Element!!!! I just know it's going to be better for text and logos.
July 17th, 2011 @ 8:25 pm
I will certainly be buying this. Been waiting for something like this since I started watching your tutorials! I knew VC wouldn't let me down!
July 17th, 2011 @ 8:25 pm
Andrew, this looks absolutely spectacular and the price makes it an instant buy. Do you have a hard-date for release yet? Or just sometime in August?
July 17th, 2011 @ 8:27 pm
Nmind. I reread the above. Hoping it makes August, but seeing as we haven't ever had anything like this in the AE realm, waiting until September isn't asking too much.
July 17th, 2011 @ 8:37 pm
Amazing plug-in, cant wait to play with it.
Will there be a demo version so I can show my boss this plug-in?
July 17th, 2011 @ 8:59 pm
Cool... affordable as always...I don't think it'll be downloadable it?
D Vassell
July 17th, 2011 @ 9:03 pm
I love the product and I think you guys should make 2 for $149 and another for $250

I am already sold on the product.

I love it!
July 17th, 2011 @ 9:14 pm
Can I just say that I love the PR that Videocopilot has? Cause you're pretty much clever as it gets.
July 17th, 2011 @ 9:32 pm
This is going to be a great plugin for After Effects. Thank you Andrew for your time, ideas, and inspirations. Keep up the good work!
July 17th, 2011 @ 9:42 pm
You had me at "Info"...
    July 17th, 2011 @ 11:21 pm
    I know, I have been waiting for a date...
July 17th, 2011 @ 9:54 pm
wow.... amazing PLUG-IN
July 17th, 2011 @ 10:35 pm
i say that $150 for a 3D plugin is too much, Blender (whole 3D software) is free. This plugin is catchy, price is not
    July 18th, 2011 @ 5:34 am
    Mariolino, I think you are joking. 150 or 250 is a perfectly reasonable price. Trapcode Particular sells for 400 dollars.
    July 18th, 2011 @ 5:36 am
    Clearly you have not researched how much plugins can cost! Andrew gives away a heck of a lot of stuff for free on the website and the least we can do is support him to the tune of $150 for such a great looking plugin. I know I'll be buying it.
    July 18th, 2011 @ 6:08 am
    Dude, $150 is a TOTAL steal. Actual full-featured 3D programs like Cinema4D and stuff are waaaay expensive. Besides, the fact that you won't have to leave After Effects to do 3D is incerdible.
    July 18th, 2011 @ 10:43 am
    See... I think some people feel that EVERYTHING should be free. They forget that this stuff costs Andrew and his crew to produce. The website costs. The time away from family costs. The time he can't be working on other "real" VFX jobs really costs him. Meanwhile these high end plugins are exceptional, and can Make YOU Money. In one job. And the competitor products cost MUCH more to buy. Personally, I'm shocked he's offering it for so low a price. I don't necessarily Want it to cost more, but I certainly thought it was worth Much Much more. Hats off to Andrew for sticking to his principle of low cost.
    However, you are right, certain products like Blender (which I own, and use) are free. But what he's offering get's you a 95% similar result, in a fraction of the time. Plus there's the time saved from shortening your workflow: I can actually MAKE my design while in AE. If I want to change it, I can change it while STILL within AE. That's invaluable. It's unheard of! As I've seen it put on another website, "That's some next-level Andrew Kramer ****!"
    Bottom Line: I've got Blender. I'll buy and use Element.
    Also wanted to say that this is not meant as a Flame or an attack on you. I don't think Andrew would dig that very much :) I just wanted to peacefully disagree.

    July 18th, 2011 @ 11:10 am
    I have to also emphasize what the folks are saying that this is really a fantastic deal. I was expecting it to be a couple hundred and that was based purely on Andrew's comment of "no where near $300" in one of the posts. Otherwise, I thought it could be upwards of $250-300. Now, I am ecstatic on the estimated price. You should really go check out the major plug in prices like the aforementioned Particular and others.
    July 20th, 2011 @ 6:48 pm
    But the plug in will safe you a LOT of time
    while rendering in your 3D prog
    you already made the whole thing in AE.
    trust me it is money worthy if you are trying to be pro.
July 17th, 2011 @ 10:52 pm
Great news!! I have the money set aside right now for this plugin. Thanks for keeping the price down for us. I doubt anyone who is familiar with you and VC will devalue the product because of the price, especially if they pause to consider what you offer us for free already. Your free plugins and presets are awesome and the tutorials have shaped the way most of us use AE. Thank you! Pricing it like this should allow me to purchase camera tracker from you too. I've been holding off and waiting for Element. Wow. 3D text in AE! How exciting!
July 17th, 2011 @ 10:54 pm
You should make a version that has more but is not as fast,
I would rather have 3D text then speed, I already have a good system.
    July 18th, 2011 @ 12:14 am
    Yo Rory! More of what? It will allow you to render 3D text. Without the impressive speed of Element to make things look really good without Ray sampling, it is actually more ideal to use a real 3D program. Element is in no way limited but instead "Feature-Driven". Slow is not a feature :)
    July 18th, 2011 @ 5:50 am
    Andrew - what I think he means is he'd rather have a slow plugin with features like ray tracing instead of a faster plugin with fewer features.

    (If I interpreted that correctly, though, I think that's a little silly. Like you said, go into a 3D program if you want that kind of functionality).
    July 18th, 2011 @ 6:56 am
    I think that this is going to be sweet! I also think that I would prefer speed over 3d text (which can be accomplished in 3dMax). This was never advertised for 3d text, it is an intelligent particle array system that uses 3D objects as particles. DONE and DONE, Bring it on VC this crap looks awesome!
    July 21st, 2011 @ 1:28 pm
    Hey! You even don't have Element in your hands and you are already asking for more? Be patient. The plug in looks incredible and more than you ever expected to work inside AE.
    Next year, when you have played with it, you'll have time to ask more features. And i'm sure they're going to appear in Element 2.0 as it's natural. But for now give the VC team a chance!
    B. Moye
    December 28th, 2011 @ 6:39 pm
July 17th, 2011 @ 11:48 pm
Mr. Andrew Kramer I'm having this issue. What must have a system to work properly with this plugin. And also this question. I will be able to add elements in the live video?
July 17th, 2011 @ 11:52 pm
Hey, Andrew, there is something I really hate from Particle Generators plugins in AE, and I’m looking forward that Element doesn’t.

This is when I want a 3D layer to be in the middle of a group of particles, I can’t achieve that with (lets say) Particular, and I always duplicate the particle layer and use one particle system in front of that layer and another in the back.

I was wandering… can Element achieve this kind of thing? maybe if you add an option to render like a “foreground” pass, of the same particle system to use just the particles that are closer to the camara as a luma mate for the 3D layer.

i know that the fog option could help to do that, but maybe you can have an extra option to get that thing done, more like “automatically”.

    July 18th, 2011 @ 10:58 am
    Hey Bruno, you are able to do this with Particular. Under the Visibility tab you can use Obscuration Layer to choose a layer you want to be "in" the particles.
    July 18th, 2011 @ 7:34 pm
    really!? ill give it a try
July 18th, 2011 @ 12:06 am
Andrew, once I buy this... how long would it take to download? Could you perhaps give a ball park figure of the size?..... Could there perhaps be an option for to download just the file or file and video training? as they put a limit on my s downloading habits here! Quite keen on this... Adobe should just hire the VC team to make plugins for AE
    August 7th, 2011 @ 10:26 pm
    VC deserve to be an fully industry standard
July 18th, 2011 @ 12:22 am
its amazing thing from u
July 18th, 2011 @ 12:36 am
HAHAHAHA Love that last point, you build down our expectations then smash them out of the park. Good work guys, can not wait to get my hands on this bad boy!
July 18th, 2011 @ 12:36 am
'We built a massive 3D rendering engine that runs extremely fast on moderate graphics cards, objects react to AE lighting, ambient occlusion, 3d model deformation, Material Options, Depth of Field, Motion blur, 3D Fog and much more.'

Wow wow, stop stop!

'We built a massive 3D rendering engine that runs extremely fast'

July 18th, 2011 @ 12:36 am
i cant wait to see what cool 3D text and logos it can make. I dont have/use any 3D program such as 3D max or C4D and Ive alawys used the shatter effect in after effects. Im excited! :D
July 18th, 2011 @ 12:38 am
This is just so great! I'm definitely gonna buy it. I can't wait till I get it! And I really adore your creativity and passion towards the things that you do good at.
July 18th, 2011 @ 12:39 am
will you also be going over how to make the 3D background?!? Pleeeeease
July 18th, 2011 @ 12:42 am
Hey, awesome plugin, but can the plug use textured 3d elements to create rotation around falling or exploding Derbis and junk?
July 18th, 2011 @ 1:06 am
mmmh 250$... I trully understand you, and i'll do my best to convince my wallet to, but...
    July 28th, 2011 @ 8:16 pm
    Don't worry, look a little closer and you will see the price is: $150!!!!
July 18th, 2011 @ 1:27 am
AK can be compared to Einstein :-)
the stuff he makes is really amazing... making such a particle system for AE is just amazing...
Ahmed Rashed
July 18th, 2011 @ 1:29 am
can ELEMENT cast shadows on surface and cast shadows on each others.
can ELEMENT react with mass light sources to make light shafting ( an object block a sun light ).

    July 18th, 2011 @ 2:49 am
    I doubt it. He said it doesn't raytrace.
July 18th, 2011 @ 1:32 am
Will you be able to import the texture of the 3d object into After Effects so you can have textured particles, based of the UVmap?
July 18th, 2011 @ 1:33 am
I'm please with the quality of the products you've release. I've come to expect a high bar. The cheaper price does not phase me, one bit.
July 18th, 2011 @ 1:47 am
Wish it had physics.
    July 18th, 2011 @ 3:24 am
    Yeaaaaaah! Physics! Like from particular, but enhanced :P
July 18th, 2011 @ 1:52 am
Hey I have been having a back and forth with Adobe over my GPU not being supported in AE 5.0,therefore I am not able to use openGL. I mentioned this new plugin and the response was,

"OpenGL in plug-ins has nothing to do with AE's own OpenGL. Whatever OpenGL support they require has to come from them and will function independently. This is no different than it already is with Optical Flares, Magic Bullet Looks or otehr OpenGL-driven third-party plug-ins."

I admit im not knowledgeable about openGL and the like, so I was wondering if what they said was true?

Thanks, and keep up the great work!
    July 18th, 2011 @ 12:21 pm
    I don't have an answer for that, but I think it's really cool that Adobe mentioned Optical Flares first. How cool is that.
Love VC
July 18th, 2011 @ 2:21 am
your the best master Andrew, I don't know what to say, but i can't wait any more to have this cool plugin :)
July 18th, 2011 @ 2:26 am
Could we use high poly model in Element ?
July 18th, 2011 @ 2:32 am
Andrew: Did you know that most people don´t get the jock with the "ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!"
I´m a huge fan of Dr.Evil and i use this jock in presentations even with the finger at the lips... makes me look like a fool.... but after the third presentation i used this jock and everybody looked at me for about 3 seconds (feld like 5 hours!!) it all was clear to me: It´s exactly the same like Dr.Evil, he dose this jock and no one gets it...
..i´m of... buying a cat!
    July 18th, 2011 @ 4:00 am
    Do you mean Joke? lol but really cats are SO evil.
    Sounds like a great plug in but to much $$$ for me. So i will stick to saving for the optical flares and action essentials 2 pack. Thanks for all you do Andrew.
    July 18th, 2011 @ 4:54 am
    joke not jock... well, i think my english is not that bad for a german "jawohl" ;)
    July 18th, 2011 @ 5:03 am
    hey Isaac,
    in my opinion:
    Get the OF! Save the money for the AktionE2 and get Elements 3D. You have a 550D and a green screen, so make your ActionE2 by your self.. think about it!
    OR, you ask for it as a gift... i am shure your parents will help ;)
    July 19th, 2011 @ 10:42 pm
    I wish i did own a 550D. I go to film school so i use one there. How would I make my own footage as fireworks and bombs are illegal in Australia? (so are bb guns dumb gun laws) I will have to look at elements 3d to see what it is like as I think action essentials 2 might be more useful to me as I don't do much 3d work. (I do some like 3d text and stuff like that) I have seen (and used) OF and quite like it. But first i will need more $$$. Also i have to re-build my website.
john leigh London, UK
July 18th, 2011 @ 3:00 am
Will this shiny new product run on AE CS4 on Win XP?
July 18th, 2011 @ 3:06 am
Hey Andrew ... if I missed this one please forgive; but will Element allow import of .obj objects from 3DS max or Cinema 4D?
July 18th, 2011 @ 3:20 am
This looks incredible! I can't wait to get stuck in and see what is possible, no doubt it will be a fantastic plug-in and also a very reasonably priced one too!
July 18th, 2011 @ 3:31 am
Kramer, what ever happened to the tour of the video copilot offices?

That would've been sweeeet :D
July 18th, 2011 @ 3:53 am
Hmmyes, this will be handy for my next few projects.
Thanks for all the hard work on this new plugin,
can't wait to try it out when it comes out! :)
July 18th, 2011 @ 3:56 am
Great job! Can't WAIT to get it!
Kevin M
July 18th, 2011 @ 3:58 am
My hand is cramping from holding my credit card, and my wife says I have no patience
July 18th, 2011 @ 4:04 am
Some people are hard to please. It's a great looking plug-in. I can't wait to see a few tutorials featuring it. Good work Video copilot team!
July 18th, 2011 @ 4:20 am
what about super 8 movie .??
is that finished yet?
    July 18th, 2011 @ 6:11 am
    Dude, that came out in theaters weeks ago...
    July 18th, 2011 @ 11:18 am
    Too funny. Uh, the answer is yes. :) I sat through the credits waiting to see Andrew's name....twice.
    July 18th, 2011 @ 5:11 pm
    yeah..eric i can't find andrew's name....
    he maybe uncredited........i don't know
July 18th, 2011 @ 5:25 am
Still psyched about this, as you said- this is taking After Effects to a new level and well within reach of compositing tools like Nuke (3D Integration-wise).
Maybe Adobe will see the potential of this plugin like we see it and will buy it for A MILLION DOLLARS to integrate with CS6 (insert Dr. Evil laugh here).
July 18th, 2011 @ 5:37 am
GEEZUS! Once again AK has blown me away.

And for everybody who's saying this should have more features, hear me out:

I work with 3ds max and AE, and the truth is that AE was NOT mean't for heavy-duty 3D. That's what 3ds max, Maya, C4D and all the other 3D packages are for. But the fact that AE allows simple 3D is great because it saves you the time of having to create simple effects and having to render them in 3D. But the AMAZING thing about Element is that you can achieve a look that would be REALLY time consuming to render (Fresnel reflections, ray-tracing etc.), which is a dream come true because now my 3D in AE can look EXTREMELY good EXTREMELY fast. So keep this is mind: if you want ray-tracing, global illumination and realistic shadows, 3d packages are still available... but if want to save time and still do some sweet-ass 3D effects this is simply TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. And to the dude who said the price wasn't good because Blender is free: seriously? Gosh I can't answer that... just, can't...

Cheers, AK!!!
    July 18th, 2011 @ 11:30 am
    Fully agree. Spot on. There's a place for everything, and AE was not meant for the high end 3D graphics that we'd love it to do. Element will help bridge that gap. And let's not forget the large learning curve for the more advanced 3D programs. That's a real challenge.
    So ask yourself, Do you want to a) pay for the high end programs, b) spend the time to learn how they work, and c) spend the time to render what you're looking for, and d) use up more time whenever you want to adjust your image. Element IS too good to be true. While Blender and others can do a better job on 3D, it doesn't matter if You Don't Use It because it takes too long. Bad or inefficient workflows either die off, or at best waste a bunch of time and energy. Good, tight workflows will get more jobs of the same quality done in a given amount of time, or get one much better quality job done in the same time. Time is money. Speed kills. Pick your cliche :) In the end, Element is amazing and can Make YOU Money by increasing your production value. I'm in! I'll be a Day One purchaser.
July 18th, 2011 @ 5:45 am
No more Boris or Zaxwerks for 3d text!?! WoooHoooo!
July 18th, 2011 @ 6:10 am
!!Andrew Kramer rules!! =)
Cant wait 2 see
July 18th, 2011 @ 6:11 am
Seriously. Congrats on this new plugin. You guys always find a way to fill a need that I never knew I always wanted. Element looks like the coolest thing since Plexus, and more useful to boot. Can't believe the price. Like with FCPX, low price/more volume must be the new business model trend. I will be a customer. Again.
Big Hache
July 18th, 2011 @ 6:20 am
Game changer! Well, at least for those that need custom particles, like red blood cells perhaps?

If one wanted multiple types of particles, would the solution be just use the effect on another solid?

Looks fantastic.
July 18th, 2011 @ 6:46 am
1 question... When?
July 18th, 2011 @ 6:48 am
If Adobe would have bought video copilot a long time ago we would have had 3d text way back in v3. Thanks for the 3d text!
July 18th, 2011 @ 7:01 am
Well I guess you all should "hold your horses" cos we still in July and it will be out only August/September.
Hope we got some other "news" from VC till there.
David Superville
July 18th, 2011 @ 7:18 am
now all we need is a way to make Newton (the new after physics engine) to run with element and Mr Kramer will have discovered how to create world peace!
July 18th, 2011 @ 7:48 am
As far as price goes, it's a great price..... the products VCP puts out are industry top quality and I have never once been disappointed with any VCP items. I own them all and use them religiously in every project. I will definitely buy this one as well and can't wait to see it in action in my video projects.
July 18th, 2011 @ 8:04 am
This fills the gap between... no, wait, this is above existing 3D animation plugins and particle systems for AE. Now I know what I want for my birthday -or xmas, depends on the launch date.

Congratulations on what I'm sure will be yet another success for VideoCopilot.
July 18th, 2011 @ 8:22 am
I got only ONE question.

WILL THERE BE A SUPPORT FOR OBJECT UV-s or maybe a way to apply texture maps to geometry?

Let's say i want to make some 3d rocks or debris for an explosion shot!? Does that makes sense?
July 18th, 2011 @ 8:24 am
cool!!! I freakin believe it!!
July 18th, 2011 @ 8:34 am
Release Date, Andrew. We want a release date, Dude!!!!
July 18th, 2011 @ 8:35 am
hey andrew.. just wanted to say thanks for your contributions to the indie film making community. your influence is everywhere these days and most people got it all for free. Because of that I have no problem paying any reasonable price for what you sell. keep it going!
July 18th, 2011 @ 8:44 am
The 3D text feature will be amazing not having to render out of blender and having to be able to texture and animate it right in afterfx
July 18th, 2011 @ 8:49 am
Excellent price tag - I really expected it to be around $250 judging by the feature set and the already established high quality of Video Copilot products.

As with a lot of other people here, this site has been an invaluable resourse in getting my motion graphics career off the ground, and I'll gladly pay to show my support.
July 18th, 2011 @ 9:40 am
Venerate the Kramer! Now I know why Honda stopped producing the Element, cause VCP makes it better! Booyah!
July 18th, 2011 @ 9:44 am
Cant wait for the release, this will help in so many projects, and i can only imagine the ones to come that will be completed even faster with this incredible tool.
    July 18th, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
    Dude, who are you? I just followed your website link and then watched "your" demo reel at vimeo (vimeo dot com/26587320). Really? Looks like a whole lot of Andrew Kramer's work all spliced together and with your name on it. odd.
    July 19th, 2011 @ 8:17 am
    I HATE this kind of thing. As someone who hires people for VFX work, it's so irritating to see people make demo reels with stuff they didn't do. It's a MASSIVE waste of time.

    One of the reasons I'm such a big fan of VCP is that I've learned here how the basics work, so I know how to ask potential VFX artist how they did the work they do (and what they'd do in a different scenario). You can determine the VCP copykids almost immediately. ;)
    July 19th, 2011 @ 2:16 pm
    brandon.. I think one thing you'll learn quickly is that video is a smaller community than you think. you really shouldn't be passing andrew's work as your own. it's not only unethical, but illegal.
    July 21st, 2011 @ 4:29 am
    Ummm. Yeah Brandon, I would go ahead and take their advice, immediately take down that 2010 demo reel, and work around the clock on a new demo reel that actually has original stuff...
July 18th, 2011 @ 9:54 am
149.99! This has completely changed my mind about even considering buying it
July 18th, 2011 @ 9:58 am
Element is lookin' good. Thanks for keeping the price down!
July 18th, 2011 @ 10:14 am
I will buy this, no questions asked!

But it would be awesome to have a Element and Camera Tracker deal!!!
William R. Cousert
July 18th, 2011 @ 10:20 am
You will probably make a lot more in the long run by charging less. More people will be able to afford it.

I wish more software publishers would do this. Professional software is beyond the reach of most hobbyists. Adobe CS5 Master costs $2599. If Adobe were to drop that price to say $250, millions of hobbyists and home users would suddenly be able to afford the product. Their sales would go through the roof.
    Carlos Salinas
    July 18th, 2011 @ 11:29 am
    I once had a dream like that
    Ahmed Rashed
    July 18th, 2011 @ 11:34 am
    Yes I hop that
July 18th, 2011 @ 10:32 am
Ahmed Rashed
July 18th, 2011 @ 10:39 am
Ohh my god I almost forgot . How about adding physics features ( bouncing - flowing - Hair ) yaa maybe but
it's impossible mission . ;D
sunil (nepal)
July 18th, 2011 @ 10:57 am
this will change the image of after effects hurray ............ no more 3d render....
July 18th, 2011 @ 10:58 am
Bazinga! Thats the next level.
Matt Miller
July 18th, 2011 @ 11:06 am
Will be buying this the day it comes out!
July 18th, 2011 @ 11:54 am
Wait !

Did he said 3D text ?
July 18th, 2011 @ 12:21 pm
Hey Andrew!
Fair price actually, it is afterall a new step for After Effects, so no complain about it. Still curious about the other features and secrets uve saved for last. I cant imagine what tutorials ull have with this plugin.
Its also great to know that the plugin is set to be released by end of august or early september, right about time when I start my final year at CGA studies ;) thnx for the boost!

Cant wait to purchase it! =D
July 18th, 2011 @ 12:56 pm
Around 149.95$ in America and around 106,25€ in Europe (Germany). 106,25€ for this EPIC PlugIn!? Can't wait for release!
July 18th, 2011 @ 1:06 pm
Very good value, good man!.

Less than I thought (by quite a way) so it's definately priced to sell.

Hmmm, it must be rubbish at that price ;)
July 18th, 2011 @ 1:48 pm
Around $149!!! Wow, I already planned spending at least $300. I am again amazed at what Andrew and the VC crew is capable of offering, best bang for the buck in the industry. Where do I sign? One question...probably already answered, any plans to have tuts bundled with the plug-in?

Can't wait to try it out!
July 18th, 2011 @ 1:53 pm
Does Optical Flares work well with Element in 3D space? I really would love to try that out
Mike Manhattan
July 18th, 2011 @ 2:01 pm
No way I´m gonna miss out on this!
Frackin awsome Plug-in, Mr K.
Can´t wait.
VFX Geek
July 18th, 2011 @ 2:27 pm
Plugin looks real nice. around $149... whoa now that's a steal.
July 18th, 2011 @ 2:38 pm
"Otherwise we would have to sell it ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!"

I loled so hard irl, this plugin is gonna be a milestone in AE, EVERYONE will probably buy this plugin.

The first thing im gonna do is 3d waterdrops in slowmotion when I get this plugin <3

look on my youtube channel for my logoanimations and movies. Proper feedback would be awesome.
    July 18th, 2011 @ 5:14 pm
    Me to I was planning to make a slow motion of rain drops with splashing on ground ... maybe Mr A.K. can make a tutorial on slow motion rain drops ..
Sean Goodsell
July 18th, 2011 @ 2:53 pm
Will this plug-in import the textures from your 3D program
July 18th, 2011 @ 3:44 pm
That's an awesome tagline!

"Element is 'Feature-Driven.' Slow is not a feature :)"
~ Andrew Kramer
    King Composite
    July 18th, 2011 @ 7:22 pm
    baahahahaha!!!! Too Funny.
July 18th, 2011 @ 4:03 pm
Can't wait to get my hands on it,
July 18th, 2011 @ 5:02 pm
Blender does a good job of most of that stuff for free. If you *need* a 3D program use that. But I want something that can be used IN AE, so I agree with MikeC on the tagline. Looking forward to this.
July 18th, 2011 @ 5:04 pm
One question, without reverting to a 3D program, can you use Element for something like the Crater Strike (albeit on a locked off camera) when the asphalt spews out all over the place? How animate-able are these particles?
July 18th, 2011 @ 5:08 pm
By fast you mean what?
Fast to live rotate or to render an animation?
That means that for that plugin you can worry just about having everything else rendering as you like with the cpu and let the graphics card handle the plugin?
July 18th, 2011 @ 5:26 pm
Thanks for creating these awesome plugins and tutorials!
dave thomas
July 18th, 2011 @ 7:48 pm
i was going to buy my girlfriend a ring for her birthday but i might just buy this and say my present to her is that she wont have to speak to me as much... unless she wants me to nod and say "yes dear"
July 18th, 2011 @ 8:28 pm
Really can't wait for this thing. Thanks for the update on features man, really. Can't really believe some of you guys are actually questioning the $149 price. You can lead a horse to water.....
July 18th, 2011 @ 9:39 pm
Its great to see you remaining true to VCP's values. I was originally drawn to your site because you went to the extra level required in a pro scenario.This has not changed. You have a great outfit and I lool forward to this plugins release.
July 18th, 2011 @ 10:05 pm
Andrew......Can you animate a 3D object and the import it into element?....Like make water in blender and then have water drops in element?
July 18th, 2011 @ 10:12 pm
andrew can you animit i can usully tank
July 18th, 2011 @ 10:35 pm
Hey Andrew, Can We Make A Water Bending Effect Using Element? Like In "The Last Air Bender"
The Hobo
July 19th, 2011 @ 12:01 am
This looks absolutely incredible guys, once you release a few more teaser videos (showing text) people will be pre-ordering this like a mother-beach! XD
July 19th, 2011 @ 2:48 am
hi andrew,
will the 3d engine you have built support the CUDA technology from Nvidia?

thanks,and for the ending:

Ron Carlson
July 19th, 2011 @ 3:44 am
Well Andrew, the only thing I can say is that ADOBE should be PAYING you to make there 2.5D product, 2.5 times better with this single plugin!!!!
July 19th, 2011 @ 4:15 am
More like "Only $149.95? What a steal! I can't wait to use the hell outta this!" :)
Good work, I'm so looking forward to it's release.
July 19th, 2011 @ 4:21 am
Dude Adobe should start pay you somthing, are they?
Richard (Singapore)
July 19th, 2011 @ 5:27 am
Would there be alpha channel so we can render it out and match it with live action while eliminating the background preserving the 3dmodels? Its a important question! Pls let us know!! Thank You!
July 19th, 2011 @ 6:32 am
This plugin could be the reason a lot of people switch to AE if they still use other programs after all of this. The more I read and watch about this plugin, the more excited I become. I am working on a documentary that I can really use this plugin on.
July 19th, 2011 @ 6:42 am
Hey Andrew,

First time poster long time read, so will this plugin have any clever integration with Optical flare...?

I'm not even sure if there is an overlap anywhere but it could be interesting


July 19th, 2011 @ 6:44 am
Is it possible that you can make a scene where this particles are flying around and then form a text of course my name :P
July 19th, 2011 @ 7:07 am
Hi there,
first of all, I'm obviously a big fan of Video Copilot, thanks for all the stuff you've done so far (loved the intro of the episode "Peter" of Fringe, by the way).
This future plugin is awesome, congratulations, but there's one question that appears many time in the blog and that you don't seem to have answered yet: what about textures?
Basically, if the plugin supports custom 3D objects along with their textures you've got not only a great particles generator but also a great basic alternative to Invigorator: with a number of particles set to 1 to Element3D would allow integration of a 3D object inside After Effects that's affected by the scene lighting, and by turning up the number of particles it would create a flock of the object that can be easily animated ... it would be so great!
I pray this is part of the features that you're keeping "secret", it might be sort of a dealbreaker for me it's not. I'm not complaining about the quality of the plugin here: I've been working with OpenGL for a few years now, it is more than obvious that you've already got everything you need to display textured object. It may simply attract many people like me who don't need 3D particles that often but who are looking for a simple and low-cost way to handle 3D inside after effect.
Anyway, I'm just leaving this comment because waiting to know more about Element3D is killing me, I hope you'll read it despite the huge amount of comments left on the blog.
Scooter Scooter Scooter
July 19th, 2011 @ 7:51 am
Great! Now I have to upgrade My computer, My OS, My Job, My Way of Life. Big Changes are a coming... Look Out!
July 19th, 2011 @ 7:58 am
Andrew I agree with you. It is better to use a 3D program instead of After Effects. But also I think you should make more 3D tutorials :) Tutorials about modeling :P And I hope Element be around 150$ because if it's more than 200$ I won't be able to buy it soon :)

Many greetings to your family ^^
July 19th, 2011 @ 9:17 am
whenn release your new tool

Its seem amazing

arequipa peru
July 19th, 2011 @ 10:48 am
can't wait ANDREW ,it's cool.
Jeremy Romero
July 19th, 2011 @ 11:05 am
It's very cool - but I'll be honest - until Andrew shows me some examples of how to best use it for composting - I'll be too dumb to know what to do with it :-P
July 19th, 2011 @ 12:30 pm
Andrew, how does this compare to Particular in your opinion? I don't currently have partiucular, and I've been on the edge of purchase for months. I already took Optical Flares over KLF and I'm very satisfied. Just wondering how it will compare
July 19th, 2011 @ 1:21 pm
Thank you for keeping the price reasonable, this is literally a steal.

Thank you again VC.
Aaron Albright
July 19th, 2011 @ 1:36 pm
Dude, you're like my hero. I'm definitely gonna buy this! You're awesome, man.
July 19th, 2011 @ 2:17 pm
I Am So Buying This. This Plugin Changes Everything Its The Shiz Nitz :)
July 19th, 2011 @ 6:20 pm
Thanks So Much for this. This will help me a lot. And thanks so much for that awesome price. You rock man !!!! If it wasn't for this site, i'd have zero knowledge about After Effects.
July 20th, 2011 @ 12:47 am
I've already collected some money to buy this ..... can't wait :D
July 20th, 2011 @ 2:56 am
July 20th, 2011 @ 6:58 am
Just wondering, all that is done in AE??
July 20th, 2011 @ 7:36 am
I'm a 3D Studio Max user, but any way to implement good looking 3D (don't consider Zaxwerks good - too cartoonish, even with custom reflection maps) into AE is perfect for productions where I want to offer 3D (flying titles, transitional elements, logos, etc.) but don't have the budget for it.

I searched your comments here and don't see anywhere if you will offer import of .3ds, .obj, or any CAD flavors, or even Illustrator outlines (.ai). Will there be any direct import? Thanks - my debit card is ready and waiting...
July 20th, 2011 @ 7:56 am
good job
but i cant buy this because i don't have do a best job
god blase you
Med Dz_MAN
July 20th, 2011 @ 8:03 am
Andrew, I luv you man! I won 160 usd yesterday and guess what plugin I'm gonna buy ?! HA! Element 3D, baby! yeah!!!
July 20th, 2011 @ 9:27 am
July 20th, 2011 @ 11:43 am
WHEN does this release? I need it asap!!
This looks astounding!!! Especially if you can import .OBJ files and have all the lighting/reflection ,etc.. features to play with. This will replace 3dMax for alot of a animators.
July 20th, 2011 @ 1:30 pm
Can we pre-order the plugin? I'll buy it right now!
July 20th, 2011 @ 3:39 pm
This will so obviously have physics, collision etc... Look at the extensive list of features AK has already revealed! Yet he has still kept some of them secret for the great Element™ unveiling. What else could this plug-in possibly do that could be shown off in the introductory tutorial?
July 20th, 2011 @ 8:26 pm
Shut the front door....This is epic and i'll pay you 1 million dollars when i arrives...of course i'm paying wit two party out of state checks....I know, right..I'm the man for being so generous....

July 21st, 2011 @ 12:19 am
Looks amazing! "Around" $150 sounds really fair for such a great plug-in. Look forward to it's release.
July 21st, 2011 @ 12:53 am
hey!!!! andrew .wtz up?cool plugin.......
July 21st, 2011 @ 1:05 am
REDG from the Netherlands here...
Yo Andrew you and yo crew deserve maaaad props man!!!
When is this Elements 3D thing coming out?
I really wanna buy it!


July 21st, 2011 @ 6:10 am
Mr. Kramer,

What an awesome plugin. I've been waiting for something like this be released for a little over 2 years.

I'm sorry if I'm the only dummy who missed it, but I can't seem to find the release date.

Any thoughts on the official date? I'm really impressed and really excited to use it!


- Jordan
July 21st, 2011 @ 6:17 am
Can’t wait for it Mr Kramer!!! we are very enjoy this plug-in

July 21st, 2011 @ 10:44 am
I can't describe in words how dang stoked I am about buying/using this in every one of my new short films!!!!!
July 21st, 2011 @ 1:15 pm
It's defiantly NOT price. $149.95, SOLD! :D
July 21st, 2011 @ 3:09 pm
As someone that owns all of your products, you can believe that I will be saving for this product. With it's much lower price I can get it sooner rather than later. Thank you for being a reasonable human being.

P.S. do you know anybody doing what your doing for any 3D programs, if not would you consider doing even a 10 episode starter program like you did for AE? it would make my life.
July 21st, 2011 @ 3:59 pm
Will this have .obj import support?
July 21st, 2011 @ 5:38 pm
Did someone say elements3D will have physics and collision? Jeebus god help 3dmax and C4D
July 21st, 2011 @ 6:14 pm
Particular has some physics going on with it (bounce, slide, bumping other particles), for this to replace it it would need at least some physics features. Impact reaction and/or deformation would be sweet but I"m already sold on what Andrew shows in the tutorial and if it's true you can import .obj models =)
July 21st, 2011 @ 10:40 pm
This is great news for us editors in AE somehow i feel sad for the 3dmax & Cin4d cats coz now we are catching up big time...
    July 22nd, 2011 @ 4:00 am
    I agree this is great news! I am not sure about feeling sad for 3DS, etc, afterall this wont replace 3D modeling apps as Andrew pretty much said. I am sold though and hope the delivery is on or about late August as hoped so I can integrate this in to a commercial I am planning. Andrew Rocks!
July 22nd, 2011 @ 8:18 am
Andrew, please! While we wait, can you do several blog posts showing different examples of this awesome plugin??
July 22nd, 2011 @ 9:10 pm
woowww !!! this is awesome !!
July 23rd, 2011 @ 2:55 pm
I keep checking every day if its out. im inpatient, well, when will it be out?
if u dont know for sure, then like in a few days/weeks/monthss?

PS: u and ur whole team is awesome =)
July 23rd, 2011 @ 5:55 pm
Dam i need to start mowing lawns.
Peter Berthet
July 23rd, 2011 @ 6:02 pm
Wow, finally got to check the blog after months of long days and this!

Any idea when its being released? id put my money down yesterday for this thing! Its really gonna bridge that gap between AE and 3D packages.

Excitement :)
July 23rd, 2011 @ 10:46 pm
in my office, they use this boris thingy from eps illustrator to make it 3d in after effects. is there any difference from that? im no plugin expert, but its always nice to make workflow easier. i hope you score this one mr.kramer. i really do.I hope hollywood purchase a tons of it from you.i had a financial problem now so i could not be of any help.:( im sorry
July 24th, 2011 @ 5:41 am
Makes me think of Katana for AE somehow.
Some relighting would be pretty cool too at least.
July 24th, 2011 @ 4:52 pm
Um Mister Andrew Kramer i have a question

is Element 3d going to be available on MAC
July 24th, 2011 @ 6:56 pm
I'm sure it's a great product, but little pricey for me, a plugin is a complement for a software.
July 24th, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
I mean, 149.99 it's ok, but over that, little pricey for me.
July 24th, 2011 @ 10:34 pm
it imports obj files right? if for example i import a body mesh will it produce lots of bodies? o.o
July 24th, 2011 @ 11:33 pm
This is going to be awesome! I dont mind putting some Aussie bucks towards this.
    August 7th, 2011 @ 4:02 pm
    sure seems like the time to spend some Aussie dollars! :P If only our dollar would get a little bit stronger so I don't have to earn as much money for element......
July 25th, 2011 @ 1:58 am
May I ask you Andrew, since your plug-in will take benefit of opengl gpu, which one is yours?
July 25th, 2011 @ 10:27 am
cant wait! also, is a new tutorial on its way yet?
July 25th, 2011 @ 10:46 am
Will it be possible to make realistic broken 3d glass with background distortion with Element?
July 25th, 2011 @ 8:23 pm
Don't take offense to this, your plugin looks great! However, I was wondering if you could make a similar plugin that just renders 3D objects. As in, not particles, just integrate 3D with after effects. That would be awesome!!! ;)
July 26th, 2011 @ 6:05 am
what does element do at the default state and do you need to have lights in your scene and can you make a normal map from element
Eric Kirk
July 26th, 2011 @ 7:32 am
Hey Andrew and folks. Have you tightened up your estimate yet on the date you will open this up for sale? I am anxious to put this to use, even though I don't know how to use it yet. :)
July 26th, 2011 @ 11:03 am
I am so stoked for this plug-in. You guys make me want to quit my job and play with AE all day. Thanks for all your hard work.
July 26th, 2011 @ 11:33 am
please include dynamics, and let the particles look at a target , and with delay, and if its possible meta balls, and please make it linkable with a sound file, and allow multiple 3d objects, and please find us a way to link a certain particle into any thing like text or so..... am i asking too much ?????? iguess
    July 26th, 2011 @ 4:02 pm
    Nah, I don't think so but let him release this one first before he changes his mind on the price!
    July 26th, 2011 @ 9:07 pm
    really man,u want him to make a copy of a 3d program particle engine and let it work inside after effect!i m sure u are asking for too much.but that wont stop u from asking u never know u might see this in the next version:-)
July 26th, 2011 @ 4:03 pm
i would probably buy it for $249 as well if that were the case, it just seems so worth it
    July 31st, 2011 @ 8:01 am
    Well, let's not talk him in to raising the price. :) I'd probably buy it as well but the difference in price would be the difference in me buying it immediately versus delaying a couple months or more. I think I like his estimate. :)

July 26th, 2011 @ 8:01 pm
This is an amazing plugin and i m sure 3d renderings program users understand how valuable is this tool .I know its not meant to replace a 3d program. So people should not compare it to some rendering engine like vray or mentalray for max and maya and expect all the features they carry in this plugin .For me us a 3dsmax and AE5 user i cant wait to get my hand on this plugin and the price is amazingly cheap if u think about all the features in the plugin.
thank you for your effort to make our life us designers easier and sorry for my bad English.
July 26th, 2011 @ 10:02 pm
wow, andrew , awesome plug in, when r u putting it up for sale, can u show more sample video's of elements plz...
July 26th, 2011 @ 11:28 pm
Can't wait!!! Any Idea on the release date?
Gavin Howell
July 27th, 2011 @ 2:52 am
Talha Zahid
July 28th, 2011 @ 12:59 am
July 28th, 2011 @ 11:43 pm
This image was created in Maya/Realflow:

Now we can create it in AE...
    July 29th, 2011 @ 7:56 am
    You can do that on a 1990 version of Real3D and Amiga 1200. And i've also seen people do that stuf in Deluxe Paint alone.
erdinc okumus
July 28th, 2011 @ 11:45 pm
thanks for upgrading ae , u are the one..
July 29th, 2011 @ 10:47 am
Your answer to text and logos in #3 was enough value to buy this. Other solutions for After Effects out there want much more for just this feature.

Definitely gonna get this.

Ali G
July 29th, 2011 @ 11:11 am
At first I was like... Then I read that you can finally do 3D text in AE and I was Like !!!!!!!!!! That's huge, I have been looking for a way to do that without using a 3D program. Way to change the game Andrew!
July 30th, 2011 @ 5:18 pm
I din't really notice if the 3d object/s can be independently rotated in space? For examle if you imported 3d helicoptor or something, and used a single instance of it, would you be able to control its position via keyframes?
July 31st, 2011 @ 6:20 pm
Will element have built in 3D objects you can use? I've never tried 3D programs like Cinema4D. Looks to hard. xP
July 31st, 2011 @ 8:31 pm
It's like every year you set the bar higher and higher. How high can you go! Really looking forward to plonking down the cash for this.
August 1st, 2011 @ 5:34 am
After effects better & better !!! Andrew take a look at this other great plug-ins : NEWTON
First physics engine for After Effects.
PS/ I’m following you since day 1, thanks for everything.
    August 7th, 2011 @ 4:15 pm
    wow!! Newton is awesome! I've never gheard of it before. Will save mo heaps of time ina school project. thanks so much man!
August 1st, 2011 @ 7:29 am
Hello Video Copilot Community, My son and I entered a Gain Detergent video contest. Today is the last voting day and we are asking everyone to vote. This is a $1,000,000 contest that we would like to win. if you could get 2 or 3 other people to vote for us today it would help us alot. Look for the entry entitled Willmer W.
Thank you
August 1st, 2011 @ 5:26 pm
WOW!!! That's a lot to wrap your brain around!
I'm buying!
August 1st, 2011 @ 8:08 pm
I have a huge complaint about this plugin: why isn't it already available!?! You can't tease us like this, Andrew! Boo for making us wait...
Mark London
August 2nd, 2011 @ 10:46 am
Please drop a few hints on how the particles can collide with other imported .obj.
August 2nd, 2011 @ 10:44 pm
Just... just release this and TAKE MY MONEY
Felix VanderHallen
August 3rd, 2011 @ 6:10 am
Any idea when we can expect this great plug-in, I've just been contacted for doing some animations with simple 3Dmodels and I'm hoping to do it with this plug-in :)

otherwise I would have to do some cinema4D after effects cross-over work :)
Emerson Paul
August 3rd, 2011 @ 8:23 pm
When's this? I'm excited!

Jeremy Romero
August 4th, 2011 @ 1:43 pm
Interesting post on twitter from another company. I'm not going to name them because they didn't care to name video copilot - guess they're feeling a little envious of Andrew's quality plus price plus trust Kramer has built (Does that sentence make sense?) Andrew you really have built a community based on trust I hope you continue to keep your standards.
    72mm Production
    August 5th, 2011 @ 1:26 pm
    They even use Harry Frank (a respectable motion graphics designer and said company evangelist) to police twitter. He attacked me subversly on the twitters today when I noted the "company's attempt to PR against Video Copilot.
August 8th, 2011 @ 2:48 pm
This plugin will CHANGE MY LIFE. I plan on being one of the people that helps crash your server on launch day.

August 9th, 2011 @ 10:36 am
I realy hope Element will be able to replace CC_Sphere. So far flying reflective blobs don't do much. As for 3D in AE here's what Adobe has to say:
August 13th, 2011 @ 5:15 pm
when element 3D will be avaliable?
Derek Lawrey
August 15th, 2011 @ 7:44 am
Trying hard to be as cool as they are

    September 5th, 2011 @ 10:37 am
    Kind of hard to tell if you are bashing VC or Mettle but the two are clearly different tools. Shapeshifter is largely an extrusion tool for text and shapes. Pretty cool too but I think we have a different animal with Element and I'm looking for a new pet, real soon. :)
August 20th, 2011 @ 11:55 am
Funny you always see the scavengers when prey is on the loose... How do people get the idea, that everything in life should be free?? So what if good plugins would be free of charge! Just like every1 else, the makers need to eat too...

Anyway great plugin, can't wait for the release! A buck well spend if u ask me!
August 21st, 2011 @ 3:42 pm
To Andrew & Team:

Could you provide a detailed description of what the Element plug-in will require graphics wise? I had my eye on buying a similar plug in from Mettle and was informed that it required a DirectX 10.1 and a Open GL 2.1 or higher graphics card to run.

Since I do a lot of traveling this is an issue because most graphics on laptops are not as good as desktop computers. Mine is an Intel GMA4500 for example which works decently with handling plug-ins like Trapcode Particular but as I recall those are processor based.

So will you provide a list for the graphics cards Element can run on? Or will this be an issue?

Please let us know, as I'm certain many people may be facing this problem and may not know it yet.
August 23rd, 2011 @ 11:04 am
Any updates on the release date?
August 23rd, 2011 @ 3:48 pm
2. Price: It’s going to be around $149.95! (Yes I said around…)

Only Zamboni!! Only $149.95?! I'm so gonna buy it!!
August 24th, 2011 @ 12:48 am
i wanna this right now =)
August 24th, 2011 @ 12:49 am
i want this right now =)
    August 24th, 2011 @ 1:51 am
    sorry for second post =), i didnt see first post
August 25th, 2011 @ 9:34 am
Yo Andrew,

time to ship the pluggin... we need it, pronto !

Since I saw the little presentation, I've been thinking none-stop about all the cool stuff I'll be able to cook with it.

NOW is the time. You ship the goodness, we will give you the money.

August 26th, 2011 @ 1:59 am
Verry cool! Will The plugin also generate a z-depth map?
August 28th, 2011 @ 8:07 am
Its end of aug.... So excited ...... How many more days before i can work with the super awesome plugin?
August 30th, 2011 @ 2:29 am
Can't wait for this plugin to be released, iam a 3d max designer and so excited for this plugin :D
Kunal Aggarwal
August 30th, 2011 @ 7:26 am
Hey Andrew
How much longer before this plugin is out?
Waiting eagerly for this plugin, will buy it as soon as it is released.
Please make it fast!
September 1st, 2011 @ 6:46 am
Hi Andrew,

please provide us with a brief update on Your new plugin. I am working on 3D project that should be completed by Oct, therefore would be great help if You release it this month.
September 1st, 2011 @ 7:04 am
Waiting with as much patience as I can summon... Looking forward to buying this as soon as it is available! Thanks!
chaos visuals
September 3rd, 2011 @ 7:56 pm
will this work in cs3 .guess its tim eto finally upgrade if not
September 4th, 2011 @ 8:08 pm
To all you butt-nuggets saying what an awesome deal $150 is for this amazing plug-in:

STOP POSTING. I don't know Andrew, but if I did I'd know he'll end up jacking the price up ten fold once he realizes the tremendously foolish decision he's making.

To Andrew and the VC team:

You guys are incredible, and I hope that others and myself picking this program up the day it's released will convey just a glimpse of the appreciation we have for what you guys do. Please for the love of awesomeness keep it up. (Please throw a few tutorials in w/ Element too.. sorry had to put in some sort of request :)
September 7th, 2011 @ 8:13 am
Can't wait to experiment with this! After watching the demo video I was wondering what it does about collisions? Can the particles collide or avoid penetrating each other? Either way can't wait!!!
September 10th, 2011 @ 7:23 am
Any updates? Was hoping it would be out at the beginning of this month.
September 10th, 2011 @ 10:37 am
Early Sept has come and gone AAARRRGGG!!!! Keep rockin!
September 12th, 2011 @ 4:44 pm
Hey Andy, please give us an update on this one. The preview a couple of months looked really good, or have you been on holidays?

Im really looking forward to this one, please keep going if you possibly can!
September 13th, 2011 @ 10:17 am
Any updates? This plugin will change my life.
September 13th, 2011 @ 11:43 am
When?? We're all very anxious to know when! VCP.. leads the way!
September 13th, 2011 @ 12:07 pm
This product is going to rock when it comes out. I can hardly wait. by they way... how much long will that be anyway?
September 15th, 2011 @ 8:02 am
Any updates? cant wait to try it out~
Kim H
September 16th, 2011 @ 5:02 am
Please... Please... Let us buy it soon. We are gettin impatient. You said it would come out in the ending of august or in the beginning of september, and now we are in the middle of september.
September 18th, 2011 @ 12:21 pm
I put money aside for this plugin, I feel like when I was little and the next day was my birthday...thinking yesss...tomorrow is the day...been having this feeling since the end of August..hehe.. Just letting you know how excited I am after watching the Element videos, my fingers are itching to work with it and let the magic happen for my documentary that's due next month. Please give us an update when we can purchase the most exciting plugin for AE since Optical Flares. VideoCopilot rocks!
September 20th, 2011 @ 10:15 am
For when? I can't wait!
September 22nd, 2011 @ 3:25 am
Hi Andrew,

Any news on Element and it's release date ?

lot of fun watching your last blog post.
September 24th, 2011 @ 7:41 pm
where is it ?
already the end of September!
    September 24th, 2011 @ 8:42 pm
    ohh you mean next year??
September 27th, 2011 @ 12:52 pm
It's almost october. Are you repogramming with collision and thinknig particles? Maybe release what you have and offer a patch for the customers with your improvements? I have a project I NEED this for...Looking forward to checking it out!!
    September 28th, 2011 @ 4:02 pm
    No way, no patch or unfinished product. If I may, planning on using a product that is not released in a production with a dead line that almost match the product released is very risky and it's not the company how create this product how have to change it's planning to match yours.
September 28th, 2011 @ 8:55 pm
does this plugin has some sort of layer emitter like on trapcode? how is it different from it or how is it similar, or have u improved any animation features trapcode might have.

i do expect it to be good non the less, your plugins are great.
September 30th, 2011 @ 2:30 am
October 1st, 2011 @ 10:01 am
It's Oct already, really looking forward if there's any updates or some news about this plugin.
robert H.
October 6th, 2011 @ 10:24 pm
Looks like this one of those many ideas that gets way ahead of itself. deadlines missed again and again; and cricket cricket from the creator. ill check back in a year to see if anything has changed or any of the many questions have been answered.
October 24th, 2011 @ 9:44 am
i think it's good enough price
Rich A.
October 26th, 2011 @ 8:56 am
Hey guys!

I didn't see when it is coming out for us to purchase.
Does anyone know the launch date of this plug-in?

~ Rich
F, Call me F
December 15th, 2011 @ 9:31 am
So... when's it going to be released? I think it was going to be released in August, but it's December and no news from it... Don't need to release it, just give some info.
Jack H
February 8th, 2012 @ 8:01 pm
Whatever happened to early september! It's February!
April 5th, 2012 @ 10:59 pm
I really like (love) the way A.K think or explain something, it's make people think for something. I think (carefully) AE is not a 3D stuff program. So.. the point is...

1. Element is 3D base particle plug-in.
2. Where the 3D object come from? Well it's come from 3D stuff export file.

So many possibility. Compose, position, masking, layer, tracking, optical flare (sweet). Element brings AE become 3d stuff but is not a 3d stuff modeling. $149? $200? ONE MILLION? I have BILLION! But, I use it buy some Kramerican Airlanes with 8 engine. :D
April 25th, 2012 @ 2:02 pm
HI Andrew!
people are already familiar with many 3d rendering programmes some programmes are free,is only import the project into AE and ready to go.Take for example camera tracker is only for 149.5 does not even work properly! and now AE 6 came up with new integrated camera tracker. I mean why would 3d element and inexpensive tool will be helpful !
June 6th, 2012 @ 4:57 pm
im thinking if the launch of ae 6 will hit in the release date
June 26th, 2012 @ 4:17 am
Thank you Videocopoilot for the great plugins and products

We use there Product in lots of project and we wait for the new product

Our showreel
Daniel Cruise
August 28th, 2012 @ 6:33 pm
@Andrew Kramer Can we import our own 3d Objects,which we have created in cinema 4D or Autodesk Maya.. please reply
September 13th, 2012 @ 9:56 am
I would really like to know if that planetary shot that was at the beginning of the demo is in the kit for Element 3D
October 25th, 2012 @ 11:19 am
Any word or thoughts on creating Medical / Body models for 3D Element?
November 24th, 2013 @ 8:09 pm
Andrew, how about shadows generator inside in Element?
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