The Last Element 3D Update…

UPDATE: Now Available

This will be the last “update” before the official release date & launch cycle for our upcoming Plug-in Element 3D. Over the past couple of months, I let my excitement and ambition overshadow the time requirements for building such a powerful plug-in and I had to hold off on releasing it. Not just a couple of weeks but a couple of months which is not characteristic of myself or my company.

This community is a big part of why I get to go to work and develop such fun and interesting projects so I apologize for not keeping everyone better informed. I definitely learned a lot about building software of this magnitude and will be much better prepared in the future.

We recently overcame an unexpected but important rendering milestone and we are now polishing the remaining features.

My hope is that when you see the amount of work and careful planning that went into this plug-in, you will understand where that time went and realize our vision together.

The above examples were created inside of Element and I can honestly say that this is only a small part of what this plug-in can do.

I really want to give a time estimate but that always gets me into trouble!

So until then, let me finish-up and launch this baby!

Humbly yours,
Andrew Kramer
Video Copilot

January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:51 pm
WOW >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> :)
we are waiting VC
    January 24th, 2012 @ 4:30 am
    ahahaha i want his knowledge!
January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:51 pm
January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:51 pm
OMG! OMG! OMG! This looks epic! can element shatter objects or is that a pre fractured model?
    January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:55 pm
    The object is pre-fractured which can be done in 3D Max, Cinema 4D and even Blender. But Element can do some 'special' things with the model... But I'm not saying anything else!
    January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:17 pm
    I'm hoping that's a hint that you will be able to import OBJ sequences like Form 2 and Plexus!
    January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:59 pm
    +1000000 to importing obj sequences, it is a critical function at this point. Looks amazing, can't wait to use it, and thank you for the update!
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:21 am
    From the sneek peek video back in July Andrew says the models are infact obj (that's why almost all 3d packages are supported)
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:46 am
    Epic Plugin. Looking forward to release.
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 7:32 am
    Do you think this plug-in's usage goes beyond motion graphics?
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:46 pm
    OH BABY! I can't wait this is rocking my socks right off!!!!
    January 24th, 2012 @ 2:06 am
    If OBJ is supported then maybe VC can also sell OBJ's of useful objects in the store for folks like me who are not really good at 3D sculpting.
    January 26th, 2012 @ 12:28 pm
    Andrew said "The [object] is pre-fractured", this leads me to believe that the pictures themselves are actually demonstrating one of the 'special' things element can do... That's my theory! :)
    January 30th, 2012 @ 10:13 am
    @Andrew Kramer
    Quote:[...and even Blender]

    I haven't tried Max or Cinema 4d yet, but those pictures up there can be easily achieved with Blenders internal Fluid simulator or the first pic with the Explosion Modifier.
    Don't underestimate the Power of Blender!! :O

    To Element: I don't know much about this, and I'm waiting to see what it does, but the Pictures I saw from element yet aren't sooo Exciting that people should go crazy for it like most guys do here.

    But Hey, I can be wrong, as I said: I don't know much about Element.

    And I don't think you're giving us carp, because you're intelligent :D
    June 7th, 2012 @ 5:33 am
    Hey Blender Man
    the reason people are so exited for this plugin is because
    it is all being done inside of Adobe after effects
    which is mainly a 2D compositor your not supposed to be able to use real 3d elements inside of it let alone high speed rendering ray-traced quality elements so that is why its so impressive especially the speed

    PS I use blender
    in fact its my favourite 3d program and to say something like that fluid simulation is easy to do is a HUGE overstatement

    Yes the fluid simulator is good but nothing as complicated
    as a fluid sim is easy
    not to mention the materials
January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:52 pm
looking great....... :D
January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:54 pm
I await patiently as the release date draws near.
January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:54 pm
Looks lovely Andrew - nice thing about you is that you've always been fair and upfront - one of the reasons I don't hesitate to purchase the products I require from you (and to be honest some that I don't)
January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:55 pm
Epic work! I don't care how long you take as long as you put your heart and soul into it! Thanks so much for all you have given this community. You and the VC team are astounding! Chur bro!
The Doc
January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:55 pm
Dynamic blood effects within AE?? Cool.
    January 25th, 2012 @ 8:55 am
    That's what I thought :)
    February 4th, 2012 @ 4:19 pm
    He already said the liquid was not made by the plugin, the plugin just rendered it! The plugin will still be great for visual effects. I can't get the CameraTracker to Blender and now I don't have to! :)
January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:57 pm
I saw the demo at DMALA a while back and thought it was pretty crazy then, but these new images certainly drive my speculation of Element 3D's capabilities into new territory.
January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:58 pm
..:: AMAZING ::..
January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:58 pm
Andrew. What about the image that is all liquid?? some time before you showed up an image with realflow mesh and particles from ELEMENT, but here i can't realize the diference.
January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:58 pm
Eh, truthfully, I'm kinda glad you haven't released it yet; I couldn't afford to spend the money on it at that time. Now I've got some extra funds (or will, anyway) and I can still be an early adopter. :) I haven't been disappointed with any product of yours I've purchased yet; this will surely be no exception.
Gary Bird
January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:00 pm
Thanks heaps, Andrew for this update, at last!...(just when I was about to walk away). These examples look absolutely EPIC, and I know I speak for hundreds of AE users and Kramer-disciples, when I say thank you for your always stunning creativity and generosity - Yay! BRING IT ON :)
hurikane media
January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:01 pm
Can element handle cool ambient occlusion lookin like shawdows?
    February 4th, 2012 @ 4:19 pm
    That would be epic!
James Lee
January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:08 pm
Look like SSS. In 3d applications we can't handle this type of shader because of render time. How its possible in After Effects? :) I can't imagine.
Toby Hitchcock
January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

Your message shows what a great business man you are. There is no need to apologize to us. As a matter of fact, I think half or more of the people that have left less than professional messages on your site should be apologizing to YOU!! I am sure that the delays, if there even is such a thing, is totally justified. We have seen with ALL of your products that you don't release junk. And for that, I thank you. I know that I am going to get not only a great product, but tons of tips and training to use that product.

That said, I am very excited about the release of Element and can't wait to see it...but, like the famous quote goes, "Good things come to those who wait". So I will wait. After all, if we all could write our own software, we wouldn't need you to do it now would we??

Thanks Andrew. Your great, your site is great, and your products...yup, they're GREAT!!


    January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:14 am
    I agree! :D I CAN NOT WAIT!
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:34 am
    I totally agree with you. Plus people who are anxious and excited sometimes lose their common sense of verbal expression. What the videocopilot crew are working on will be a milestone in videoproduction and 3D animation. People gonna be talking about the pre-Element era and the post-Element era. I am checking every day for more news about Element and its release and although the official release dat is not set I feel it's getting nearer and that day will make history and headlines in the visual effects community!
    Ron Carlson
    January 25th, 2012 @ 4:51 am
    I agree. Especially when you compare VC products and Tuts to other sites. No one comes close to VC! The products are great and the prices are affordable to the hobbyist/home user and the Tuts are FREE, not to mention downloadable for FREE! I say BAN the Nea Sayers! Let them purchase similar products else where, where they cost 2x-3x more! They can go to AE Tuts and pay for a premium membership to receive rudimentary Tuts!
    February 3rd, 2012 @ 7:39 am
    Now, I don't want to come across as an AK basher because I'm not. I've bought most VC products and will be buying this one the first time I need it too! But... Toby, to suggest I should apologise for asking for an update is wrong. If any vendor suggests a release date of Nov and customer has no word come following Jan then they absolutely do have the right to ask "wassup" surely!
    February 14th, 2012 @ 4:31 am
    No one needs to apologize to anybody. The core of the
    matter is that it has been months since it was announced to be release and then their was no further info or release
    at all (seems to be heading to a year now).
    I buy all of Andrews products, and as soon as this one is released i am buying it too, but to read these comments how excited everyone gets at the drop of a pin is a bit sickening.
    February 23rd, 2012 @ 10:38 pm
    Alan, I don't know exactly what YOU said...I didn't scroll and read through every comment. Here's the thing: Andrew is NOT Adobe, Apple, or any other huge software company. So there isn't a small army of people working on this product. AK explained that he got excited about it and said more than he should've. I am sure he honestly thought it was going to be out when he originally stated. BUT things happen, things get delayed, etc. Look at RED camera as an example....

    I expect he thought the people that follow him on his blog and respect his work would, oh my gosh, I dunno, maybe, UNDERSTAND??? After all, we are on HIS site. Frankly, he should be able to say what he wants without the people here being so harsh. I think it's rude of everyone to make all of these stupid comments about how they are upset about the delay and this and that. As if this plugin is REALLY going to make or break your business or your craft at this point. The way I see it, is if you are waiting for this product because you think it's going to make you some sort of motion graphics expert, you got it all wrong my friends. A lot of people on here are saying stuff like, "Oh I really need this for my next project!" Or "I thought this was gonna be out so I am expecting to use it on a job!" Seriously? FIND ANOTHER WAY PEOPLE!! How can these people be so upset about something they don't even know the details about? How can you "need" something that doesn't even exist yet?

    If you don't like what he's doing or how he's running things, then go find another person to bother.

    I don't think asking for an update is something that you should apologize for. Nor was I specifically referring to you. But EVERYONE who is saying all these stupid things about the delay, THEY are the ones that should be apologizing.

    And another thing. AK can't comment on every comment. So if he doesn't respond to your post or request for an update or whatever, it's probably because he's doing what everyone else on here should be doing. Working. Or being a dad and a husband.

    Now quit complaining about Element's release date, be patient, and go back to work. If you don't have a job, then Andrew has plenty of tuts to learn from in the meantime. Don't waste time complaining. Start learning something new. Occupy yourself, and before you know it, BAM. Element will be available.

    Whew, my render is done. Back to work.

    Cheers everyone. ;-)
January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:11 pm
:') So awesome...
January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:12 pm
Hi Andrew: I´m just a little "padawan" of U, and thank you for all tutorials... they are really helpful. I´m very excited waiting this plug-in, but i got a question: What about the letters? Will it can make letters in 3d?
Please, forgive my english... is not really good :p
Thank you!!!

bye guys!

    January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:11 am
    Yes it can do text. Andrew confirmed it in prewiouse posts.
Ryan A
January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:13 pm
Whoa! it able to work with .OBJ files? That'd be crazy!
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 7:22 am
    Perhaps you should read the other updates!
January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:18 pm
Cant wait!! :D
January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:19 pm
Andrew That looks amazing, and I think I speak for everyone saying that we appreciate the contributions you´ve made to the After Effects community and I for one really understand how exited you must be about your product and how good you want to make it, thus the ¨delay¨.

Thanks again, and we´ll be waiting for another great Videocopilot product.
January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:20 pm
i am waiting for element 3d
January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:46 pm
Awesome pictures...!! I guess there is more to come.... When will it be released?? We all are waiting!! :)
January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:49 pm
Wow, just think how awesome Super 8 would have been if this was out!
January 22nd, 2012 @ 10:50 pm
No worries man! Thanks for the update. Now get a 3d image of Sam and "Deconstruct" him!
January 22nd, 2012 @ 11:01 pm
Dude, this is AWESOME!!! Is the liquid casting a shadow on itself? That picture says SO MUCH!!! Including all the synonyms of revolutionary, epic, and extravagant.
January 22nd, 2012 @ 11:01 pm
Wicked... TOTALLY WICKED!!! THIS INFO SHOULD SPREAD IMMIDIATELY!!! YOU'RE MAKING MOST OF THE 3D PROGS VOID WITH THIS OUT'O'THIS WORLD TECHNOLOGY!!!hey, why not make your own Visual effect software???hahaha just kidding=) i love you Sir, Andrew Kramer, can i have an Autograph here???=) just reply, and that would serve as one=)))
January 22nd, 2012 @ 11:03 pm
Spring... is coming... (insert meme here)
January 22nd, 2012 @ 11:17 pm
Are those reflections from the program? Does it have surface types to determine how much is reflective?
January 22nd, 2012 @ 11:36 pm
Andrew , this is very professional , can't wait to use it
January 22nd, 2012 @ 11:51 pm
Really nice stuff. Looking forward to the release (party?)
January 23rd, 2012 @ 12:10 am
VC gives us a surprise news at the first day in the year of dragon,thank you .
david superville
January 23rd, 2012 @ 12:12 am
we can always count on videocopilot to release the best product possible because we know that you guys need the products just a badly as we do. now i will stare at these pictures for another hour or two
January 23rd, 2012 @ 12:14 am
Oh, man!!!
You're a genius!
A only one question: WHEN???
January 23rd, 2012 @ 12:29 am
What id the system req of this plugin.
Element 4D
January 23rd, 2012 @ 12:34 am
Can please at least tell us how much is it gonna cost? And are you going to create tutorials on using it???
    January 27th, 2012 @ 4:17 am
    I doubt they'll know the final price until they're done working on it. And of course he'll do tutorials. They never released a product and not do tutorials on it.

    He even did a tutorial on the Camera Tracker and it isn't even their product.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 12:36 am
Take all the time you need Andrew! :)
A few extra weeks or months waiting wont hurt me!

No I am just kidding, I WANT IT NOW~!! o__o

Lemony Snicket
January 23rd, 2012 @ 12:50 am
Man I started using after effects a few years ago, now I guess instead of collecting knives I am starting to collect Plug ins. (Anyone wanna get me this new one for my birthday)
January 23rd, 2012 @ 12:53 am
I really like the checkers-floor in the reflection :D
January 23rd, 2012 @ 1:23 am
thank u Andrew for these words after a long time of waiting!
Feels good to know that you're alive.....
January 23rd, 2012 @ 1:24 am
truly amazing.
can't wait to get to my hands on this.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 1:34 am
this plugin is going to be crazy...
January 23rd, 2012 @ 1:50 am
..:: AMAZING ::..
But i have 1 Q
What are the specifications for your computer to work smoothly with this plugin ?
January 23rd, 2012 @ 1:51 am
Wow !!!! You are just epic..... Thanks for being so awesome
January 23rd, 2012 @ 2:16 am
Oh. My. God. I want it now! NOW! Can I be your beta tester please?! =)))))))))))))
January 23rd, 2012 @ 2:45 am
Great to get an update on Element 3D!! Cant wait to get this amazing product...WE LOVE YOU VIDEO COPILOT!!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 2:46 am
Take your time! Looks amazing!!!
Jody Black
January 23rd, 2012 @ 2:54 am
I. LOVE. YOU Mr Kramer... (purely platonic, because I've learned that platonic love *can* exist between two grown men).
January 23rd, 2012 @ 3:15 am
OMG!!!I can't wait this baby! thanks a lot Andrew.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 3:37 am
Haha - Looks like we're getting v2 (or maybe even v3) of the plugin at launch! Looks sweet, can't wait!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 3:44 am
could you please say the minimal system requirements for element
Issac Solemon
January 23rd, 2012 @ 3:45 am
cant wait ......
January 23rd, 2012 @ 3:46 am
wow!smart~~Very much looking forward it
January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:04 am
Notice how the spheres are above the liquid in the blog but once you click on the image they're below?
You only get that sort of entertainment on Video Copilot.
And on top of that we get this amazing plug-in.
Hats off!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:10 am
You know this is going to revolutionize after effects! Everyone in the world already uses optical flares and action essentials!
Great work! VCP-Team
January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:13 am
Mr Kramer, would this plugin be better suited for motion graphics or visual effects artists? Or both? :D
January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:54 am
Can you do water fx or liquids with this plugin?
January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:02 am
Wow! This is really amazing! I'm really looking forward to see more about this plug-in. Thanks for the update!
Tom B
January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:08 am
Thx Andrew, just wondering, how much will it be though because i don't have much money?
January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:11 am
I Spy Sub Surface Scattering :)
...or is it just the illusion using the models thickness and a color map. Either way would be a cool feature.

Now looking a the render closer i see that the spheres are all the same thickness but also have the gradient across the bunch, so the model thickness may not be involved at all. (not diminishing the fact that it looks awesome and promising ;) )
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:15 am
    Thinking about it, it would be very cool if that gradient map is applied on the basis of a light source..
    I think i have covered all the possible speculation... one must be right :)
January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:24 am
Im glad that Element 3D imports OBJ files and can acces to realtime material/reflections when working with the meshes/particle FX from 3Ds.

What im curious is if it can also import in the UV Map textures thats been applied to the mesh from 3Ds and then can read the textures in Element 3D further on.
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:53 am
    It doesnt do real-time reflections. That would require an insane amount of calculations, no consumer pc can do that.
    However, it mimicks real-time reflections in a very impressive way so most people will not even see the difference anyway :)
January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:32 am
oh andrew ! you're so genius !
honestly i want to work with u be one of your team. if it's possible pls email me i can help you everything !!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:48 am

Also, what happened to that plug-in that could do realistic camera shake? I forgot what it was called now...
January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:49 am
Andrew can you please answer this .. what about Autodesk maya .. is there any possibilities i can integrate element with autodesk maya ??
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:25 am
    Why would you need to?
January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:35 am
Umm...I perceive that it is going to be a very powerful plugin :P

It´s Element Time!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:36 am
That looks legit! Cant wait, btw did you ever say what version of ae is required?
Jeff Almquist
January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:40 am
As long as you will soon be fully prepared to take my money, everything will be fine :)
January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:42 am
Wow! This is really amazing!
we still wating for that?!!!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:43 am
I use the Star Trek Mr. Scott rules. Say 6 weeks, deliver in 2 and become the miracle man.
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:45 am
    I need to get a new keyboard as I have been drooling over Element 3D. It looks amazing!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:47 am
Looks like there is some subsurface scattering on these renders. This would be a killer feature...
January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:54 am
i like the pictures. so can we create a fluid simulations with this plugin ? (like realflow)
January 23rd, 2012 @ 7:04 am
nice and cool to have finally news about "that" , Andrew ; )
keep going and launch your baby !

best regards.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 7:17 am
I am definitely keeping my money I saved for this saved for when it comes out. I can't wait. Thank You Andrew.
Rusty Shackleford
January 23rd, 2012 @ 7:27 am
yeeeeeeesssss yes yes yes yes yes yes yes



Bless your little heart Andrew Kramer.
Dave Thomas
January 23rd, 2012 @ 7:39 am
So will you need 3D experience to use this? Can the 3D objects be created in Element?
Chris Reardon
January 23rd, 2012 @ 7:49 am
So just tell us...days, weeks or months?
January 23rd, 2012 @ 7:51 am
Do i see there blobmesh particles? that would be really impresive and awesome.

They should give you some kind of big Award or a beer whatever you prefer.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:00 am
Looks great Andrew, Can't WAIT!!!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:01 am
This Liquid looks so extremely real! O.o
Cant wait to see more!
But where i could use thoose liquids in my videos? :P
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:05 am
I wonder if it will support simple fbx animations or perhaps you can create and animate small groups of objects and animate them and then emit those groups. Also Is there going to be a SSS shader? ( sub surface scattering )
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:16 am
I have a strong feeling this is a game changer for video production and effects!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:16 am
Maybe one thing you can do is importing objects and making them fluid (as shown here) with Element3D :O
Steve Garnier
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:23 am
Will this follow a path? Can we animate birth, death etc...? I have not seen any stills of sparks, flames or smoke. Mostly glass, water, shiney stuff which is great, but could you throw up some FIRE, FIRE, FIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRR. (sorry, Bevis moment). I have not seen any mention of .lwo import. I know I can export .obj but was just wondering about any lightwave integration(hard to please everyone). And is this going to be MAC/PC?
I also saw you wearing a Boise State T-shirt in one of your vids, are you located in Boise?
Love the site and all your hard work. Thank you!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:36 am
So stoked looks great!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:38 am
Take as much time as you need. We'll be waiting. This looks incredible.

Can't wait, but will!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:42 am
can't wait to use it, thnx andrew, will be waiting...
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:43 am
Can't... Wait..!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:47 am
Oh God! Andrew!!!
Does it mean, that Element will be able to do similar things to this video:

Can't wait for the release!

January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:47 am
We forgive you Andrew!

You do enough selfless stuff for us that we can overlook a timescale/delivery flub :)

It will be worth the wait, which of course is the important thing.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:50 am
I'm very excited to see this. Thanks for all the hard work guys.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:55 am
keep working hard bro I'm sure you will release the best product as always
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:58 am
I will buy this the second it is released. Hell, I will buy two.

Enough said.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:59 am
January 23rd, 2012 @ 9:27 am
Look like turn the objects into liquid.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 9:32 am
ARE YOU SERIOUS??!!!!!!!?? :D
Joe O.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 9:42 am
I'm happy this happened because it shows that Andrew is human and not some sort of visual effects demi-god.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 9:48 am
These are sweet!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 9:50 am
ohhhh myyyy gosh, this is just so goooood, woouwhsh
3d Andrew :)
January 23rd, 2012 @ 10:25 am
Can't waiting to this !
I suppose we will be able to create some water and blood spots ! It could be very cool ! With a gun, a time freeze and 3D Blood ! Waou AWESOME !
January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:01 am
As a software developer I can appreciate how challenging developing a product can be, especially when you have a client base desperately wanting your product. Although I would have liked if you would have kept your fan base in the loop though the delays I can also say I would much rather see a solid stable product released, even if delayed, than a substandard product release just to “get something out there”. My impression is that Kramer and VCP is about quality which in turn brings about loyalty to products and services. I look forward to the new product Smellement 3D oh wait that is the new Olfactory plugin for smells in After Effects I mean 3d Element, yeah.
    Chris francis
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:27 am
    your so corny.....
January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:02 am
I heard this plug in is not only FABULOUS at 3D elements, it will also cook a pizza in less than a second, or chill a brewski in less than three seconds, depending on the proximity of said can of beer to your monitor:P CANT WAIT!!! thanks again for all you've done for this community. PIZZA PARTY!!! :P
January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:03 am
Amazing! As always!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:13 am stay in that chair as long as you can... Jedi Nights got nothing on your epic ideas...
January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:19 am
How about another tutorial with it in use to hold us out through the long winter?
chris francis
January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:32 am
All i can say is that VideoCopilot is the best this company helps alot of beginners and people who dreamnt to know after effects.... andrew kramer's tutorial made alot of people understand AE in the most easiest way Andrew deserves more than appreciation....thank you...
Ricardo Leceta
January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:42 am
I am waiting for it
January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:58 am
This will be so totally worth the wait!!! Video Copilot has changed my life and has given me the chance to get a job that I needed so badly. Mr Kramer you will never know how much I appreciate what I have learn't from you. Thank you
January 23rd, 2012 @ 12:26 pm
This means it's gonna be months until it's released and probably like, $250 :/ Still looks awesome though.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 1:09 pm
I'm really looking forward to the release of Element 3D.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 1:13 pm
Exciting! I have already forgiven you, Andrew...long ago, actually. My wife is a bit upset with you though - she didn't get any Christmas presents, since our funds are frozen by me, pending the release of ELEMENT 3D. Anyway, she got all upset. She's just gonna have to grow up and stop being so selfish. (Now, if you can get it out before Valentine's Day you'd be helping this brother out!)
January 23rd, 2012 @ 1:51 pm
I check this every day for an update just like this. Thanks again Andrew! We're all really looking forward to the release!!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 2:06 pm
the bottom pick kinda looks like Real Flow. wonder if it'll be like it.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 2:08 pm
I like my software polished, rather than quickly!
Connor Trotter
January 23rd, 2012 @ 2:16 pm
Can we get a few screenshots of the workflow?
January 23rd, 2012 @ 2:42 pm
Andrew .. You surely must have THE dream job.. Designing and overseeing the birth of an exciting new software product.. and then get to create VisFX for both profession and pastime.. The creative media gods are surely smiling on you!
:) - Rob
January 23rd, 2012 @ 3:10 pm
Truly beautiful, Sir. I can't wait to see the whole finished thing, I really can't.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 3:12 pm
I love when chocolate and caramel come together in a taste explosion in my mouth.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:02 pm
>>> I really want to give a time estimate but that always gets me into trouble!

i bet you do Andrew.....

I personaly never know what to answer to the client begging for "how long will it take for you to do this..." one of the top client worst demand, especially when HE doesn't really knows what he'd like to get... the epic side of the job ;)

>>> So until then, let me finish-up and launch this baby!

You got plenty of time (for the) baby, all you need is... love, that's what babies deserve, aren't they, the one you get is the one the AE community shows you everyday in its huge amount of comments, well you got all you need already ;)

You previously show the world you reach the master jedi level because no plug-in can match up to the release of the fantastic Optical Flare. The best AE plug-in interface ever IMHO.

You need time, your fans give you a whole lot... no worry, just do your best, we are waiting in full confidence ;)

Waiting for this new thrill...
January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:35 pm
At first I was excited for this, but then I realized that I could probably do most of the stuff that Element 3D is capable of, and more with 3DS Max. So sell me on this, why should I purchase/spend my time using it?
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:53 pm
    There are many features that would help make a good argument but one of the key features is broadcast quality results without waiting for traditional rendering. Think fractions of a second per frame to render... So you don't need to pre-render. Plus it is integrated into After Effects so you can tweak every setting while you work.

    As a 3D Max artist, think about this. Why is it so important to render out so many passes like Obj-ID, Z-pass, Reflection etc... So that you have control over the final look in compositing. But these passes only give you so much control. Element let's you adjust everything without committing to a camera or look so you can often be more creative and dynamic.

    There are a few other cool things too :)
    January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:41 pm
    As a 3Ds Max artist I can honestly say I wish 3D Max would be more like Element. :)
    I'm not easy to impress, but the speed of Element is really groundbreaking and if you are on a short deadline I'm sure you will appreciate it. :)
    January 24th, 2012 @ 10:02 pm
    I agree with Andrew. I as a vfx artist am aware that rendering is a pain when it comes to work with materials and reflections to look good and then render out all passes. Imagine working with fragments/simulated liquid from 3Ds max to Element 3D and see everything with material editing on the spot.
    Sure there is "real time Vray" but then again you save time directly on the postproduction part ^^ So i cant wait to put my money on this one, will help me a lot !
January 23rd, 2012 @ 4:45 pm
I swear I seen a Oreo commercial that had stuff like this.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:15 pm
This looks amazing. I hope it lives up to this hype, and you've never failed to deliver, Andrew. Love time fan of your tutorials and I absolutely love your plug ins, I can't wait to buy this one and immerse your awesome into my projects. Is 3D software required for this or can it be used with just AE? Do 3D models have to be created first? Is this just a partner to a 3D program is it standalone? I'm hoping for the latter. Thanks Andrew! Good luck with the release, we're waiting patiently.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:32 pm
You gotta tame the beast before you let it out of its cage!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:35 pm
I want this. NOW!!! But I have no problem waiting until you feel it's ready. I'm also looking forward to the inevitable trailer you'll make, as those are always epic.

January 23rd, 2012 @ 5:44 pm
This project has been highly anticipated. I hope the scope of 3D applications supported spans to Lightwave, either by native support or via FBX or Collada. Can't wait!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:40 pm
Looks awesome! is it going to be similar to Normality? being able to relight an imported obj or pass?
January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:44 pm
No need to apologize Andrew. The bigger you reach, the more this happens. Just look at Blizzard Entertainment and their software, lol. What you have been doing is what is best. Just giving people an update on the new things that you are trying to add too your plugin and also the problems that you are encountering with the new additions. Over time, if you just focus on quality and innovation people will understand when you tell them that you are running into problems, just as you have been doing. If Toyota said that they were making the worlds best, most fuel efficient engine that ran on water, but that they were just having some problems with it what would you say? You'd say, hell yeah, Toyota, you guys go for it and I am with you all the way and I can't wait for it to hit the market. It is because they have earned trust in quality engineering and innovative technologies. Do just as they do and you will not have problems.
saurabh kumar
January 23rd, 2012 @ 6:47 pm
I always weight your new updates..........
Joanie Loves Chachi
January 23rd, 2012 @ 7:05 pm
Will Element 3D integrate well with the Foundry's CameraTracker? Am I on the crazy sauce to imagine some real nice ménage à trois moments with those two and AE? (Don't read that last sentence, kids!)
    January 24th, 2012 @ 6:44 am
    Too late I read it! Am I gonna go blind?
January 23rd, 2012 @ 7:17 pm
Great Andrew .. your plugins make the life much easier :)
Thank you ;)
and I'm really waiting for this plugin .. it will be amazing
Dan Adams
January 23rd, 2012 @ 7:32 pm
Andrew, this looks amazing. Do not worry about the delayed timeframe, we all waited for things that we wanted, like the 80 year development of StarCraft 2 :P

The community is behind you, and we support your decision to delay it until it's perfect. We can't wait to purchase it, play with it and only after have we have blown everything we can think of up into goo, only then will we do anything productive with it!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 7:58 pm
Wow... I'm amazed... I really didn't know that the history of this Element plugin goes back to 2009 and probably before that... You see hints of the technology/possiblities in your tutorial using normality... I'm sure stefan is helping on this project and I'm really stoked for the release...
January 23rd, 2012 @ 8:58 pm
"This will the last “update” before the official release date" - This WILL BE the last update.

I really can't wait for this to arrive, I know others have probably asked this, but will it be able to support .obj files or textures, complex stuff like that?

The reason I ask is because I've tried Mettle's ShapeShifter and I'm left unimpressed... It claimed to be able to do a lot more than it does.

As far as the proprieties of AE made layers(text/solid shapes/etc) go, will one be able to apply the effect to an already animated layer(text moving from point a to b, set with the layer's possition) or will the animation itself have to be done from the plug-in itself(meaning it has it's own transformation settings)?

My other question is in regards to the requirements of this beast. I currently have a workstation that will surely run it, but I'd like to know if it'll run on a laptop with a Nvidia GT540M(2 gb of ram, 128 bits, 900-ish Mhz processor).

A list of suggested graphics card to go with it would be great. Keep up the good work guys, we appreciate it.

Will pre-ordering it be an option?
    February 17th, 2012 @ 1:28 pm
    I tried (and bought) ShapeShifter AE - curious what did they claim it does that it does not? I am very, happy with ShapeShifter AE.
January 23rd, 2012 @ 9:13 pm
Andrew, no rush on this. I, along with everyone else, would rather have a polished product with lots of features over a rushed release!
January 23rd, 2012 @ 9:29 pm
Andrew this is looks amazing. i love you man :D Thank you very very very much :D
January 23rd, 2012 @ 9:37 pm
I'm buying this what so ever
chris francis
January 23rd, 2012 @ 11:36 pm
Andrew! i have only 32 bit in my computer i cant upgrade it to AEcs5 can i used this element in AEcs3? :)
    February 26th, 2012 @ 2:30 am
    By the sounds of it, the plugin will need 64bit processing to run as it claims (fractions of second rendering per frame)
January 24th, 2012 @ 2:08 am
I have egg on my face...please accept my sincere apology.
With thanks.

January 24th, 2012 @ 2:23 am
Outrageous! What a huge let down!

Just kidding. I was completely blown away by the functionality and depth to the fantastic Optical Flares plugin so I'm sure we're in for a real treat with this new project. Good luck, sir!
January 24th, 2012 @ 3:34 am
When it comes to product launching remember the Blizzard way:

1. When will product X be available? When we feel like it is ready.
2. When can we expect feature Y to be patched? On a tuesday.
3. You guys have been talking about Z for a long time now. Got a release date? Soon ™

But in all seriousness, glad to get a status update. Really excited to see the final product.
January 24th, 2012 @ 6:20 am
It is me or the 2nd pic us like melted version of the 1st one ... wow .. I can't wait for this baby to work on it

Thanks Andrew
January 24th, 2012 @ 6:57 am
Thanks andrew for another great roduct. I hope it's as useful as optical flares...
And for the record... Can u make all your free plugins 64 bit compartible.. So that new babies with after CS5 won't worry about getting CS4 to follow along the tutorials.
    January 24th, 2012 @ 7:04 am
    Sorry for the wrong spellings..

    I mean if the free plugins can be made after effects CS5. Compartible.... It seems they are end at after effects CS4..
January 24th, 2012 @ 7:05 am
hope its compatable with the nvidia quadro 4000, opticle flares has major problems. like open gl on. lol
January 24th, 2012 @ 7:32 am
Hi Andrew iam so happy to seeing your creation
and iam your big fan of your creations

" My One Of the Ambition in my life is to Work with you in any Big hollywood Movie "

Iam waiting for that Day
These r the TRUE Words for my heart

Thanks For Seeing This
January 24th, 2012 @ 8:53 am
Can you take animated objects from example cinema 4d and use them in Element?
I would appreciate some feedback :)
January 24th, 2012 @ 8:56 am
You dont have to apologize, the knowledge youre sharing with us is the best delay possible
Waiting to see the finished product
its gonna be AWESOME!
January 24th, 2012 @ 9:31 am
Im really looking forward to this. I think that there are some arguments against element, but in my honest opinion, I don't think i have seen anything else on the market that can some of the stuff we have already seen and being a long follower of VC, im sure that what we have seen is just the tip of the iceberg. Well done guys and I cant wait to get it. Can you reveal a price yet or will that be revealed at a later date?
January 24th, 2012 @ 9:34 am
Hi Andrew,

Element 3D looks amazing, and I can't wait! Would you ever consider giving a small discount to those who preorder? I know you have not set the final price and release date; once you do, I think you should allow preorders, and give a 5% or 10% discount to those who purchase before the website release. You have so many that follow and trust your amazing work, and I for one would love to sign up to get this.

Thanks for being such a stellar creative leader in the VFX community
January 24th, 2012 @ 9:51 am
Can i ask you something ?! ... how you make a plugin that can use a 3D mash ?! ... now thats the question i've been asking myself .

Sorry for spelling mistakes, greetings from Bulgaria
January 24th, 2012 @ 10:50 am
I would imagine that with the OBJ file integration, there are some exciting possibilities with 3d models and faster render times with this plugin.
Sounds like it will save a huge amount of time with my workflow...
I hope you all continue with the success that you have achieved so far at Video Copilot.
January 24th, 2012 @ 11:20 am
Has a price been released yet?
January 24th, 2012 @ 11:47 am
Hi Andrew, just simple question. I understand that this is last update, but all those updates took like 2-3 months gap so will we have to still wait as to say "tons of months" ^^ utill it's released? Because i believe most of us was expecting this before 2012, and now we're still exited about it. :)

Thank you in advance,

January 24th, 2012 @ 1:45 pm
I already forgive you Andrew and VCP Team. I won't remember that any of this happened,when I get my hands on it.
January 24th, 2012 @ 1:55 pm
Excellence has a cost, that's for sure!! Many companies launch their software in some kinda of beta shape, knowing they can easily update/upgrade their product over time... a good alternative to start making money asap. That's clearly not Andrew's philosophy here and I can only applaude such business models.
Thanks anyway Andrew for sharing those news with us.
Jack H
January 24th, 2012 @ 2:47 pm
do you have a price estimate?
January 24th, 2012 @ 4:58 pm
I hope it has every feature Trapcode Particular has but to include at bounce event change into a different .obj
“GAME CHAGER” that’s all I’m saying.
January 24th, 2012 @ 6:26 pm
Hei Andrew,
with this plug-in you can also generate a fire in 3d with smoke?!?!
Andrew From Rome :)
Zachary O’Connor
January 25th, 2012 @ 12:47 am
January 25th, 2012 @ 2:25 am
Best wishes for your new great product.But tell me one thing what is the extra facility to this product?Is their any pre- stock elements which i can able to customize.I mean to say we can make such a design or elements using 3d max,then why would we purchase this?
    January 25th, 2012 @ 3:59 am
    From what we have seen (and can tell) it seems that there will be basic shapes inside the plugin (spheres, cubes, etc) that you can use and distort. (seen in one of the video's about the plugin). Also, Andrew said you are able to extrude certain AE objects (he mentioned text layers).

    But the plugin can also load more complicated 3D objects that are made in third party 3D software (like 3DS Max, Maya and Cinema4D). The advantage is that you can load the model in AE and do all of the compositing in there.
    Normally you would have to matchmove camera's in AE en the 3D software, now you only need to build the model in your 3D software and than use it in your AE project.

    This saves an enormous amount of time and is alot easier if you want to make adjustments to the camera in your scene.

    According to Andrew, thats just scratching the surface of what the plugin can do, so...
    January 25th, 2012 @ 5:17 am
    (like 3DS Max, Maya and Cinema4D)

    AND BLENDER!!!! ;)
January 25th, 2012 @ 2:27 am
All i can say is thanks Andrew... me passing on your link to a few friends ended up in a huge vfx group of buddies visiting your site... and then discussing your plugins and tuts during lunch time...thanks VC team.

From South Africa
January 25th, 2012 @ 4:05 am
Andrew Dude you rock,
I cant wait to try this baby out... Am currently learning Cinema 4D for modelling purpose. The truth is that you have really inspired me to take my creativity to the NEXT LEVEL... Thanks a lot
Like we say in my country bros you too gbaski....

From Nigeria.
Ron Carlson
January 25th, 2012 @ 4:56 am
I just want to know if I can pre-purchase this spectacular product and just download it when its released. Andrew I just want to throw money at you so you can start R&D on another great product in the NEAR future!!! But seriously, a pre-purchase would be great!
January 25th, 2012 @ 6:31 am
I`m waiting this plugin about 1 year :D so i hope it will impress me :D
& I think it will :)
January 25th, 2012 @ 8:15 am
Will Element be able to replace plugins like Particular and CC Particle World? I remember you saying that Element can use Sprite Based particles too.
January 25th, 2012 @ 8:18 am
Is it me, or does this pic look delicious?
January 25th, 2012 @ 8:21 am
It that liquid flow still an obj, or is Element rocking the METABALLS!

please tell me Element has metaballs
January 25th, 2012 @ 8:32 am
Yeah, I'm buying this.
January 25th, 2012 @ 8:51 am
How much will it cost, about? you said $150 or so but that was a few months ago.
January 25th, 2012 @ 9:35 am
OMG Sweeet honey jesus !!!!!!!!!!!! ANDREW, will element plug-in be able to work as a bridge between 3d softwares and AE? with position and camera data for example... it will *-*?
    January 26th, 2012 @ 6:17 am
    From what A.K. has revealed to this point, Element is suppose to be just that: a bridge between 3D software and AE.

    So, you can render a model in a 3D software package, save/render it as an OBJ, import it in AE and move your camera around it freely. So, not camera matchmoving or camera exporting is needed. At least, that is what i understood from what Andrew has said.
January 25th, 2012 @ 10:38 am
it will be for CS4 or for CS5?
January 25th, 2012 @ 11:35 am
Does it use real-time liquid physics to create the example pictures as seen above?
January 25th, 2012 @ 11:54 am
I'm always searching for the red cooments :D
    March 21st, 2012 @ 9:08 am
    Ha, Ha. I was just doing the same thing.
January 25th, 2012 @ 12:40 pm
This is just brilliant, a plugin that we would think about it "yeah yeah its awesome but it must has a down side, maybe the rendering takes ages" but noo! and also these it can do some other things with it... woow man, looking forward for those features, Nice job VideoCopilot team!
Keep up!

(sry for my bad english, I'm frum Hungary)
January 25th, 2012 @ 12:42 pm
Will it reflect the room in a 2D shootings. How does it know what is ceiling, floor and wall?
January 25th, 2012 @ 1:04 pm
well all right then but just this once;-).....been here for years,own most of your gear, I was in a professional situation and you made the transition into AE much less painless, even fun at times, so mate take your time, get it right and I look forward to giving it the once over and hopefully buying it (hey I'm not a pushover mate), BTW its AUSTRALIA DAY here in OZ ...Advance Australia Fair!
January 25th, 2012 @ 2:16 pm
My cucumbers are pickled waiting for the plugin. However, I'll give you 2.5 more months to finish it up. :-). Don't make me send a jar of my spicy pickle to your office. Grrrrr
January 25th, 2012 @ 4:12 pm
Andrew ive got a question.
can element create 3D Texts? because i like 3D tracking and i dont like using cinema 4d or 3ds max ? :)
January 25th, 2012 @ 4:44 pm
It almost looks like sub-surface scattering.
January 25th, 2012 @ 8:03 pm
Now that's call AWESOME!!!!
Rusty Shackleford
January 25th, 2012 @ 9:22 pm
I've seen this question a few times above, without answer, and I'm sure you're crazy busy with the airplane tutorial, getting element ready, whatever other awesome things J.J. Abrams has you doing, but I gotsta know(and I'm sure I will in due time.)

Are .obj files required for Element? Or will it create it's own? It looked like in the video demo earlier that Element is capable of creating it's own meshes, but I'm not 100% certain. Justa wond'rin!
    January 26th, 2012 @ 6:13 am
    Rusty... if you readed previous posts and topics about that subject, you should have got your answer... yes, of course, you'l need an existing OBJ. file.

    January 26th, 2012 @ 6:14 am
    .obj is just een 'open' fileformat for 3D meshes. Most (virtually all) 3D applications can save/render to an .obj file. Element can import these .obj files into AE to use it in your project.
    However, Element also has several objects (basic shapes) like squares and spheres that it can produce by itself. These can be manipulated to some degree.(however we do not know how much)
    Apart from that, element also allows you to extrude (i.e. 'make 3d') AE objects. Which objects and what the limits are, again, we do not know. We only know about Text layers, cause Andrew mentioned this a couple of times.

    Hope this helps :)
    Rusty Shackleford
    January 26th, 2012 @ 7:50 am
    Thanks Kwartjuh! That tells me exactly what I needed to know. My problem is Blender isn't very intuitive(in my opinion) and 3DS Max or Cinema 4D(or anything of the sort) is a bit pricey for me right now, so making my own obj's is tough.
January 25th, 2012 @ 10:43 pm
You are awesome AK! It's even hard for 3Dmax to do such work!
Lloyd Ambrose
January 26th, 2012 @ 10:20 am
I can tell that this image was not rendered in 32 bpc.. is it compatible?
January 26th, 2012 @ 11:08 am
I've asked this before and got no answer, so I'm going to ask it again: What graphics boards do you guys recommend for this? Since it's not a deadline question, please answer me.

What does it need to run as far as the GPU power, right now that is my biggest concern.
    January 27th, 2012 @ 1:56 am
    Spec's are unknown at this point. However, A.K. mentioned that a big portion of the development went in optimization for low-end systems. In one of the video's he said that if you bought a graphics card in the last year or two you are just fine. Of course, the more power it has the better it is.
    January 27th, 2012 @ 8:20 am
    If you bought a graphic card last year or two they could be Quadro. This is why I wanted some damn specs, it's not that hard dude, not much to ask for, GPU processor and ram, that's it.

    It's sustainability can be tested at this point, I'm sure and it is a snag that concerns a lot of people. Give me a guesstimation!
    January 28th, 2012 @ 7:19 am
    I am pretty sure that if he says "a graphics card" he doesn't mean top-of-the-line Quadrio cards. But yes, it is guessing until the spec's are released.
January 26th, 2012 @ 2:11 pm
Andrew, you generosity over the years has built a fierce loyalty, so no worries. That being said, take you're time and do it right. We'll be here.
I truly think you got a hit here!
January 26th, 2012 @ 3:52 pm
I can't wait for this plugin!
Nicky H
January 26th, 2012 @ 6:42 pm
Looks more like a Zdepth shading trick than SSS. But it still looks very nice!
Regarding the fluid: if thats an imported mesh you can't tease as like that, but if you can do that metaball meshing of a particle sim directly in AE, you have an instant classic.
One way or the other I think it will rock.
January 26th, 2012 @ 7:46 pm
I was hoping for free, something tells me i'm gunna have to break out the wallet, any plans for student pricing?
January 27th, 2012 @ 6:22 am
Sent me a project in after effects .... and 3ds max is good:d THX
January 27th, 2012 @ 9:12 am
Really excited. Really thankful. If I may make one request (as a very satisfied VCP client): (pretty) please continue to make tutorials on various aspects of Element that buyers could download/buy. It sounds like a fairly broad piece of software with numerous possibilities and I'm just afraid that there might not be time/space for a lot of tutorials with the release of Element. If you could continue to make tutorials with Element after its release, I, for one, would very much appreciate it. Enough to even pay (a reasonable price) for it. Cheers.
Aaron Cline
January 29th, 2012 @ 12:37 am
This will most likely change my life for sure...
Can it render any .obj file or other software files from 3D works? Thanx again Andrew! Can't wait... Really!
    January 31st, 2012 @ 4:56 am
    3D works, or whatelse, Aaron... any 3D file under Obj. format, as for exemple Plexus does.
    ; )
January 30th, 2012 @ 5:27 pm
I'm blown away by this.

As I was watching the Element video, I noticed the light integration from After Effects. I'm wondering if it's possible to hide the 3d object and just keep the light reflections? That would be VERY interesting indeed. I can't wait for this to come out.
February 1st, 2012 @ 10:22 am
Hey guys!,

I'm a newbie to After Effects and I was referred to your website by a colleague of mine from Hyderabad, India.

I wanted to tell you that you guys are really Rocking it!!!! Keep up the amazing work that you are doing! I'm super grateful that you guys decided to put up such a mind-blowing site with Overt the Top Products. The tutorials are just Fabulous!!!

Thanks a million for your commitment!

Cheers mates!

Jean Claude De La Ronde,
Freelance Storyboard Artist

P.S. Let me know if you guys ever need a Story Artist to lay out some boards for one of your projects! I'd be more then happy to help you guys out!
February 1st, 2012 @ 6:08 pm
I swear I was almost crying of happiness when I saw the short presentation of Element 3D. With these new images I got to get some tissues right now, I can't wait for this plugin. Beautiful work VC, thank you from all designers around the world !
February 2nd, 2012 @ 1:46 pm
It will be my birthday in early March and my wife asked me what I want for my birthday present, Any guesses?
February 2nd, 2012 @ 6:58 pm
my moneys you will have the day you launch this sucker
February 3rd, 2012 @ 12:40 am
Thanks for clearing out that we have to wait still longer.
February 3rd, 2012 @ 12:14 pm
Real 3d works include the aftereffects,,cooool
February 5th, 2012 @ 6:47 am
Not to delay the release date or anything but it would be cool if Element would come included with a few useful .obj files for people who don't know much about 3D programs to make them. ;) Just a thought.
February 5th, 2012 @ 9:08 am
It's all good bro, you've done more to help me express art than you can imagine...Can't wait to get my copy!
February 6th, 2012 @ 8:47 am
Still waiting to put this to use! It's looking fantastic!
February 7th, 2012 @ 3:19 am
overdue=(((( been waiting for this...
Brian Lippert
February 7th, 2012 @ 8:30 am
pretty sure you never have to've done more for the creative world than anyone i've ever are a true blessing to many.
February 7th, 2012 @ 8:30 am
Would it be possible to import let's say an obj of a smart phone (with all textures and whatnot), then "emit" one "particle"? (I'm using Particular/Particle World terms since I have no idea what this plugin will be like) Would I then be able to animate the camera around the particle/phone? I'm trying to learn 3D but my job keeps me too busy so being able to animate an obj inside of AE would be a life saver for me.
February 8th, 2012 @ 3:05 pm
Take your time. This could be as impactful as the release of Trapcode years ago
February 8th, 2012 @ 10:18 pm
can't speak. jaw on floor. at least now i dont feel so bad about slacking on learning more cinema4D!
Oliver Spira
February 9th, 2012 @ 4:44 pm
I really hope it is less than $300.00, cus' then that would stink for me.
February 10th, 2012 @ 2:05 am
Honestly, I am SO f****** excited about that sh**!!!!
Love it!
February 10th, 2012 @ 11:02 am
If I can create a bullet in 3D and a flying helicopter - I'll kiss your feed Andrew!
Dakota Deady
February 13th, 2012 @ 10:20 am
Could you import a .object and then use camera tracker and actually put objects in your scene? Cause that would be awesome, and a lot cheaper than buying some 10,000 dollar software.
    February 18th, 2012 @ 2:12 am
    C4D is very very far from that price !!!!!!
February 13th, 2012 @ 12:22 pm
What's that Element 3D? You want to be my valentine? Well ok, I mean I GUESS I could model some hearts to put into you for a "Love Gun" video spoof.

Hearts would be so much cooler than modeling president's heads or even worse shamrocks.

Wishfully hoping for your release soon,
Mr. H
February 13th, 2012 @ 1:52 pm
when, when, when?
when will you be finished???
February 14th, 2012 @ 2:53 am
can you say when u come up with elements finally?
can't wait even longer :)
we have some projects here where elements could be perfect,...could you give us a hint, when you will launch elements?

thanx a lot!
Kevin Mullen
February 14th, 2012 @ 3:55 pm
Andrew, why are you apologising? The names Andrew Kramer and Video Copilot are bywords for excellence, brilliance and innovation in motion graphics and I think I speak for everyone here when I say without you, our lives would be just a little bit less bright and magical.
February 14th, 2012 @ 7:12 pm
I have a series of projects coming up and would love to use this as my main source of design.

February 16th, 2012 @ 10:13 pm
I've got to say something. Firstly i'm HEAPS LOOKING FORWARD
Secondly that looks like the watercolor paint when its hardened and turned into a ball. THIRDLY I KNOW IT'S GONNA BE DETAILED BECAUSE BY THE LOOKS OF IT, YOU GET INTO THE TINY DETAIL OF SETTING THE PICTURE WHICH IT REFLECTS. I saw a chess board in the reflection of it!!!!!!!!!!!! CAN"T WAIT RELEASE SOOOOON!!!
February 19th, 2012 @ 1:11 am
when i can get it,, just cant wait
February 20th, 2012 @ 1:01 am
the waiting is too long, it gets boring everyday=/ im losing my excitement =(
February 20th, 2012 @ 11:09 am
I rewatched your Optical Flare walkthroughs the other day, which showed off a load of the many, many features of that plug-in. The depth and thought that went into it was mind-boggling. You guys really have thought of everything, and thus have created the Ultimate Lens Flare plug-in for AE. I chuckled and wondered if Knoll Light Factory had a day of mourning when Optical Flares was released :) Same goes for Action Essentials 2. Your product releases are so well thought through and so deep, I'm 100% convinced Element 3D will be the same. Therefore please take as long as you need to make it as good as you can, as I'm sure it too will be worth the wait and the Video CoPilot Brand will continue to be known for producing the very best products on the market.
February 20th, 2012 @ 7:28 pm
What time release?2013?
waiting is too long...guys
i do not belive this time....
    February 25th, 2012 @ 2:27 am
    I'm so confused by the number of comments of this ilk. It's for none of us to say what is too long a time for development. Are you making it? Is anything owed to you? No..

    You of course would be the first to complain if it was released with a host of bugs that were present due to an early release, or a list of features deferred for a later update.
February 21st, 2012 @ 7:22 am
SO F***ING AWESOME, I started saving money some months ago... that will be my self-given birthday gift ^^
February 23rd, 2012 @ 9:29 am
Did you notice that April is around the corner?

Since Andrew Kramer is a prankster... I'm guessing that he's going to pull the largest "April Fools" stunt of the century, come April 1st.

Get ready to get your hearts torn in two!
February 24th, 2012 @ 6:36 am
22 Dec 2012 is comming soon.....
How many days can use this software?
February 25th, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
Anticipating, waiting! Wanting, drooling.
February 25th, 2012 @ 2:15 pm
When will it be released? Should I move on for this project or tough it out?
    February 26th, 2012 @ 1:08 pm
    same here! just say how things are in moment?
February 26th, 2012 @ 12:04 pm
Patience is virtue. I see it as fate. I was able to put a little money (budget) aside for this now. The wait actually so far has not been all bad. I would rather see a stable product than be a beta tester (again) as we usually are for many companies. :) Take your time and do it right - fantastic Andrew!
February 29th, 2012 @ 8:14 pm
Anyone know for sure if that's sub-surface scattering or not? I don't care either way, the product already looks like it's going to be interesting, powerful and fun to use. Seems like a crazy thing to implement, but would be more than impressive.
    February 29th, 2012 @ 8:16 pm
    Nevermind... the more I look at it, the more I realize it's a colour overlay based on z-depth. Great looking effect.
March 1st, 2012 @ 8:25 am
One question I have in regards to Elements: Will it be able to make a "fake" z-depth of a flat image? Such as a video of a keyed out subject and give it z-depth?
March 4th, 2012 @ 11:42 am
I just can't wait for this plugin!! I even dream about it sometimes.

Andrew, If you could tell us, what would the price range be for such a awesome plugin :)
March 5th, 2012 @ 12:37 pm
He/they may be waiting to make sure Element is fully compatible with CSS 6.
March 5th, 2012 @ 12:41 pm
...or maybe even CS6. :)
March 6th, 2012 @ 1:56 am
CS6 come to for WIN system 128Bit?
It's not necessary.....
March 11th, 2012 @ 11:23 pm
I just want a ball park figure as to how much this thing is gonna cost. Looks like a must have.
March 12th, 2012 @ 12:50 am
I'm dying for this product to come out. It's going to be such a powerful tool to add to the arsenal. Thank you for taking the time to develop it and make it right!
March 13th, 2012 @ 5:35 am
awesome. now I wonder why I started to learn Cinema4D :-P looking forward to the Global Illumination-feature and of course this "liquids animation".

can't wait to test!
March 13th, 2012 @ 9:12 pm
I hate to bug but the wait is killing me! How is development coming along? Looking forward to it!
March 13th, 2012 @ 11:02 pm
Just adding another OMG WOW WTF (When The Fudge) is this coming out? As mentioned above, would also like to know rough cost and specs required.
March 14th, 2012 @ 7:26 pm
Last year, the projected price was about $149...but that was last year.
March 16th, 2012 @ 5:55 am
Wow, I can't wait until this is released! Very cool!
March 16th, 2012 @ 6:24 am
I was hoping to use this on projection visuals last summer for a major UK arena show. The show got postponed til Easter this year. It's exactly what I need to "wow" 15,000 people. Clock's ticking! Please Andrew...
March 17th, 2012 @ 3:17 pm
Even Blizzard announced release date of Diablo III. So, Andrew, what are you waiting for? :)
March 21st, 2012 @ 4:53 am
Hey Andrew when it's gonna be out? Could you give some information about the release date?
mohsen Borhani
March 22nd, 2012 @ 10:08 pm
Add this plugin you will be able to stop time (TIME FREEZ)?

thank you
March 24th, 2012 @ 11:06 pm
When are you going to release. Waiting for it. And thanks alot I have learnt so much from your tutorials. Keep it up. Thanks once again.
March 27th, 2012 @ 1:11 am
This waiting is killing me! I understand Andrew is willing to make it a perfect go but at this stage I'd rather have the product with a few features missing, so I can start using it right now as much as possible. The extra features will make a welcome update soon after, but I really wish I could start putting my hands on this tool which looks promising. Plus there is definitely a learning curve to consider which I hope to be not too steep.

I am starting a new project within a few days and I really hope I can avoid having to spend money in another product just now. The clock is definitely ticking here...

"The best is the enemy of the good; perfectionism can sometimes lead to stagnation."
    March 27th, 2012 @ 2:12 am
March 28th, 2012 @ 3:06 am
The mother of all vaporwares ...
March 28th, 2012 @ 3:48 am
Andrew Kramer wrote on 17th of July:

"Our goal is to release at the end of August but it could be early September so this is just an estimate."

He forgot to tell which year ...
March 29th, 2012 @ 12:43 am
I like it,When selling
March 30th, 2012 @ 11:28 pm
If Atom is render engine. Soon it is going to be to late
March 31st, 2012 @ 11:53 pm
This plug-in looks like a game changer. Hopefully, it the successful launch of "Element" will bring a lot of attention to the hard work and dedication Andrew Kramer and his team bring to everything they do.

This is a dude who is dedicated to his community and has set the highest standards for vfx education and creating low-cost tools for the vfx community.

Best of luck on the launch of "Element".

And, a heartfelt "thank you" for all your hard work.
April 4th, 2012 @ 11:51 pm
Sour smell of vapour ware... we have been waiting for this for 7 or 8 months or what??
April 6th, 2012 @ 5:58 pm
Com on man,, just release it,, its taking too long
so i got an idea: is release beta first,,,then u can take time to make it better
April 7th, 2012 @ 11:50 am
Bastien, I would expect the immenent release of CS6 has something to do with the delay. I'm sure they would want to make sure it works well with the new release too.
    April 9th, 2012 @ 4:02 pm
    Doesn't make sense. Who's gonna jump on CS6 right away?? I agree with aBSy. It's soon gonna be 1 year that Element 3D was announced, with a prior release date for July 2011. At this point, I'm sure every one would have preferred getting something out by now with improvements released over time via updates... like every software company does.
April 9th, 2012 @ 6:22 pm
that's so cool!!!amazing?
April 12th, 2012 @ 5:33 am
Looks only concern is that render times will be massive...especially working in HD.
April 12th, 2012 @ 8:10 pm
....and there you have it. Included in CS6, a 3D extruder, 3D motion tracker, and much more. How to complement CS6 and dovetail Element 3D. That may have been a primary reason for delay.
April 13th, 2012 @ 1:21 am
If anything, the release of CS6 makes Element almost obsolete. The only usefull fuction left for Element are the 3D particles (although no real reflections and raytracing) and importing 3D objects (which i figure we will see alot of different plug-ins for).

For me personally, i have to say that Element has lost its shine.
    April 21st, 2012 @ 12:21 am
    Then you don't have clue as to what it's capable of.
April 15th, 2012 @ 2:30 am
Assuming that Andrew knows some folks at Adobe... Got a copy of CS6 and is expanding Element possibilitiies to take advantage of new after effects update improvements. This all spells an even more powerful plugin when it's ready. Personally I can wait. This guy knows what he's doing ... Be patient and let the man work. We all benefit from his precision.
April 16th, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
I disagree with your comment @ Kwartjuh...while CS6 and its new raytracing capability is definitely attractive...I can ill see an owner of CS4 or even CS5.5 make the switch for only that capability...and that is my point, Element when it gets released and if its compatible with CS5.5 and lower revisions...then I can see it as a very attractive plug-in for those users, especially if it is marketed at an attractive price I would not be so quick to discount Element's usefulness for a lot of people out there!

Thanks Andrew for all your hard work!
April 17th, 2012 @ 3:32 am
Almost 3 months later and no news ...
    April 17th, 2012 @ 10:44 am
    Andrew just tweeted 2 more leaked images from element...
    April 20th, 2012 @ 9:43 am
    Give them a break. This stuff takes time. It's not like they wont release it. sheesh
April 21st, 2012 @ 8:24 pm
please upload this tutorial
Simon Webb
April 23rd, 2012 @ 8:26 am
Looking brilliant! any pre-warning on price yet? so I can start tugging on my financial directors shirt tails? :-)

April 30th, 2012 @ 9:34 am
You starved us for too long AK. When is Element 3D coming? :)
May 4th, 2012 @ 1:55 am
Hi andrew,
i have a question,that your past two updates of element has shown the particles are transforming into liquid & i have also read one of your comments saying the simulation is from realflow. I just wanna know how much simulation can we do
only using element. If someone does not have knowledge of realflow so can he/she achieve the same result as you shownabove
May 4th, 2012 @ 1:55 am
com on nam,,,,ware is it
May 5th, 2012 @ 6:17 pm
ADOBE CS6! Who needs element now?!
    May 8th, 2012 @ 4:56 pm
    I do! 3D extrusions are great and I'm very excited about that. But that's now what Element does. Can you important a .obj file right now with After Effects CS6? Let alone control it with a particle system?
    May 15th, 2012 @ 11:28 am
    I need,, cox adobe 3d feature is really bad for GPU,,, Element is better,, if u watch the review u u can see how that works.
May 6th, 2012 @ 9:35 pm
Project abandoned? Haven't heard anything about this for a long time :(
May 10th, 2012 @ 1:26 am
is the project abandoned because of the new raytarce renderer in CS6 ?
May 10th, 2012 @ 6:01 am
uhmmmmm....element 3d go up in smoke? almost mid year already, and this last update was jan already
Gabe Jones
May 11th, 2012 @ 3:07 pm
Wow, some people are pretty damn rude around here. I think the plug-in looks awesome and so what if CS6 has features to rival it? I ain't upgrading my whole CS package for one or two new functions and a load of feature creep. And I'm curious to see just what Andrew has achieved totally within After Effects.
May 12th, 2012 @ 2:43 pm
When does Element 3D come out?? whats going on VC :/ been a long time since there was a tutorial or any updates on element 3D....
May 13th, 2012 @ 9:41 am
Will this plug-in still work with the new release of CS6?
May 14th, 2012 @ 2:50 am
tomorrow is a good day to release ...
May 15th, 2012 @ 10:31 am
hey Andrew Kramer pls tell us y its getting so late?? maybe then we will stay calm...:D
May 15th, 2012 @ 12:15 pm
Can´t wait!! June is the month, I can feel it...
May 16th, 2012 @ 5:41 am
Was at DMALA last night and saw Andrews presentation of Element...I have been following the development of this plug since he announced it, so I thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong. As of this morning my JAW IS STILL ON THE FLOOR...It's an absolutely mindblowing plug-in , and so worth the wait...amazing job Andrew & team...
May 16th, 2012 @ 9:52 am
how long? should i have to wait: it is almost a year. i know that u r very busy person, i am the fellow who is depend on u. i have learnt the tricks and turns of after effects because of u & this is my carrier after my age of 44.
    May 16th, 2012 @ 11:03 am
    Last night he said the release was scheduled for June (but didn't give a specific day...)
May 17th, 2012 @ 5:13 pm
Turning into bigger vaporware than the Scarlet camera.... come on Andrew!
Theo K.
May 18th, 2012 @ 9:42 am
I'm very excited for this to come out. Thanks in advance for all the hard work, and for a tool that looks like an absolute game changer.
Deepak Dhyani (DD)
May 19th, 2012 @ 4:51 am
Same question again Mr. Andrew....When Will You Release This Plugin Bossssssssss..
May 19th, 2012 @ 10:37 am
Guys just be patient. Andrew doesn't need to do videocopilot at all. He does it because he wants to share and teach what he knows. He makes his living from comercials tv shows etc. He has given us wonderful and usefull tools over the years. He is not going to stop, so just be patient. Would you rather have a rushed piece of crap plugin? Or a plugin that does awesome 3d with a paticle systems. Something that CS6 doesn't even offer. Wow 3d extrusions is all we get in there 3d plugin. Andrew will get it to us soon. As James has said in the few comments above.
    May 21st, 2012 @ 3:05 pm
    Be patient? What does that mean?
    Is waiting 6-9 months past due date not patient enough?

    I expect a perfect, omnipotent product sometime in July 2020. I'll wait.
    After all who could have possibly used this product over the last few months?
    The plugin will sell itself in no time...the waiting will have been forgotten. Andrew is our demi-god of video.
May 21st, 2012 @ 3:50 am
Holy shit! I am so going to buy this. Please add me to a mail list and let me know when released!
May 22nd, 2012 @ 10:12 am
I am so in awe of this plugin.
May 22nd, 2012 @ 11:56 pm
Looks great! Perfect work on this plugin.
May 23rd, 2012 @ 1:55 am
I could definitely have used ELEMENT 3D in a couple major projects these weeks. I'd have much preferred having a version 1 with not all features implemented yet, rather than having a full fledge version in a couple months once those projects are already completed.
The crew told me a couple months ago that ELEMENT 3D would be out by May the latest... now I just realize I forgot to ask what year.
Promo Guy
May 23rd, 2012 @ 4:30 pm
I keep checking back to VIDEOCOPILOT.NET - hoping there will be some news about the release of ELEMENT 3D. Every project that I work on, there is something that i just know I could utilize this plug-in ***IF*** I had it.

Right now, I have a big one coming up. These are the times when it is easy to justify spending $$$ on software... when I can immediately show off what I'm are able to do with it.

Patiently tapping my fingers... please provide an update. THE AUDIENCE IS WAITING !
May 25th, 2012 @ 4:00 am
I just would ask you to make the program not too expensive as I'm afraid I will already be retired when it comes out, so that I couldn't afford it with my little pension income then...

May 25th, 2012 @ 10:12 am
Hey Andrew, please release this plug-in I'm really really need it! time is ticking and I'm waiting!

waiting with patient! :D
May 25th, 2012 @ 10:42 pm
Andrew is a solid dude. Element soon, very soon.

Check him out here:
    May 27th, 2012 @ 3:48 am
    thank's for the link, Mike !... it gives real hope !! ; ))
May 27th, 2012 @ 9:30 pm
This plugin looks much as powerful than Real-Flow, how long can it take to buy it? Can you give us a preview of how it will work. Thank you very much for keeping us informed.
    Luis Medrano
    May 31st, 2012 @ 10:36 am
    The plugin renders 3D objects imported to AE :), it's not for modeling or simulations, that fluid was probably done in Realflow and imported to AE.
June 7th, 2012 @ 5:35 am
What is the starting price going to be
June 9th, 2012 @ 2:23 pm
Hi Andrew. This plug-in is really very impressive. I am following and waiting for a long time. I hope I can get to buy as soon as possible.
June 11th, 2012 @ 12:55 am
Hey Andrew, what happened to this plugin? when is this coming out? WE are still waiting
June 11th, 2012 @ 1:18 am
Is Element ever going to be released?
    June 12th, 2012 @ 5:00 am
    Probably not, since AE CS6' new Raytracing looks like it does most of the stuff Element 3D does...
    June 12th, 2012 @ 12:51 pm
    AE's Raytrace has got nothing on what element 3d can do
    June 18th, 2012 @ 9:07 am
    I'd say it has a little to do with CS6, but not the new 3D engine. Most likely they are having to rebuild lots of stuff for compatibility with CS6. AE was reworked quite a bit from the ground up.
Eric Lin
June 22nd, 2012 @ 10:18 am
This is something important (to me at least)
I have one of the newer ATI cards running crossfire X, but it's not supported in many program such as AE. Andrew, you mentioned that Element will support a wide varieties of video card, I hope ATI radeon is one of it.. Because I'm not changing my video card anytime soon..
    June 22nd, 2012 @ 10:46 pm
    Unlike xxxbe, I don't think Andrew would dump on the ATI's. They're great cards...I'm sure Element will support...
July 4th, 2012 @ 6:50 am
Success for that VC....
July 10th, 2012 @ 6:05 am
Hi Andrew!

I can't wait to buy the new ELEMENT 3D!
November 5th, 2013 @ 6:30 am
Excellent and well needed. Thanks for putting this together.
October 8th, 2014 @ 8:28 am
This plugin is amayzing.
October 8th, 2014 @ 8:28 am
This is the best plugin of
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