Element 3D GPU bug fixes and more!

The dust has not even settled after releasing our new plug-in Element 3D and we already have a maintenance update for our new plug-in Element 3D because that’s how we roll!

We’re dedicated to making this plug-in rock solid and we appreciate the feedback and responsiveness from you guys. Our team has been working through the night to fix a few bugs and improve the plug-in and the update is now live. New customers will automatically get it and previous customers just need to reinstall the plug-in.

Element 3D Update Page:

You’ll also notice that inside the plug-in we added a handy notification that will tell you if a new update is available so you can stay current. BTW: The download system will also automatically add a new download try to your account when we release updates. We really tried to make this process as easy as possible!

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to update your graphics Drivers from ATI.com or NVIDIA.com for best performance with ELement 3D! We found some of the auto-updates for the drivers don’t have access to the latest unless you go to the website.

On mac, the driver updates are inside the OS updates so make sure your system is up to date for newest drivers.


July 12th, 2012 @ 11:51 am
GREAT WORK :D Very nice Andrew.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 12:06 pm
    Ya, amazing customer service and an amazing product!
    January 7th, 2014 @ 4:12 am
    I already have this update plugin even i have v 1.6.2 come from packet pack jetstrike, and after i install it, i can't even open one of the object at the object browser, it exist but once i click on it, it's happen nothing at the preview, like my mouse was error, please help
A Poor Man
July 12th, 2012 @ 11:51 am
Thanks !! I appreciate it !!
July 12th, 2012 @ 11:55 am
July 12th, 2012 @ 11:55 am
"Andrew Kramer Never Sleeps!"
July 12th, 2012 @ 11:55 am
I saw it, was really awesome (Y), thanks Andrew for your efforts.
July 12th, 2012 @ 11:56 am
Ha, you click on update, and it opens like 30 windows.
July 12th, 2012 @ 11:57 am
Ok so I have tried the new update and I have no system updates on my mac but still have the crash issue with my 5770 graphics card. :(
    John Hayse
    July 13th, 2012 @ 6:03 pm
    I also have a 57XX ATI card and my system just continously crashes as well.
July 12th, 2012 @ 11:57 am
Thank you man , very good
July 12th, 2012 @ 11:59 am
awesome awesome awesome awesome
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
where is the trailer..
and where is the infantry pack??
i hope we get one like tanks choppers police cars or things like that
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
Just can't wait to scrape enough cash together to purchase all of the Element 3D stuff... NEED IT SO BAD!
    July 12th, 2012 @ 1:41 pm
    Me too!! :)
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:04 pm
Hi Andrew and stuff of videocopilot I have a question that I need to answer Can I import a complete escene from 3d Max and animate a camera around the space?
    July 12th, 2012 @ 1:33 pm
    Yes, i did it today... worked! depends on polys and your "gun" :-)
    July 12th, 2012 @ 3:57 pm
    Thanks man!
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:05 pm
Just tired it out (mac ATI CARD) works great thanks
    July 12th, 2012 @ 12:07 pm
    No, Andrew is tired out. You just tried it out.
    July 12th, 2012 @ 12:10 pm
    haha oops :P
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:13 pm
whatever Andrew does, he does it in the best possible way! u rock man.. salute!
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:13 pm
You guys are great! Video Copilot is so dedicated to deliver a top-notch product to there customers. Thank you so much for all of your hard work!
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:14 pm
I'm not sure what a stalker ex-girlfriend has to do with making something rock-solid. I guess I missed the analogy.
    July 12th, 2012 @ 1:47 pm
    A stalker ex-girlfriend is totally dedicated to either getting you back... or getting back at you. "Totally Dedicated" is the key phrase.
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:17 pm
A free infantry model pack would be great right about now. We already saw the helicopter and jet in the demo which was somewhat misleading. I got a bunch of missiles but nothing to fire them!
    July 12th, 2012 @ 12:44 pm
    Until we get the chopper we can launch the missiles from the skateboard.
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:18 pm
Did you make that red arrow in Element? Sweeeeettt!!!
Derek Frenzo
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:24 pm
Nice plug-in! Thanks for the update! Since,Cinema 4D isn't used by everyone, do you have plans in the near future to include importing of Lightwave, Modo, or Maya files? That would certainly be useful to customers and ensure that more professionals/hobbyists would add Element to their pipeline!
    July 12th, 2012 @ 12:43 pm
    What I know is that Maya, Max 3ds etc. can in fact export .OBJ files that work quite as well as a C4D model. Right me if I'm wrong. =)
    July 12th, 2012 @ 12:44 pm
    Or similar I mean. Don't mind the floppy english!
    July 12th, 2012 @ 1:10 pm
    can you not export an obj from those programs
    November 14th, 2012 @ 11:58 am
    Im having issues exporting some OBJs from lightwave, in particular a logo which has text in it and a 'swirl' behind the text.. basic OBJs seem to be exporting fine.. Any clues as to how to best set up the models for exporting? It would be great if you added support for .lwo to element as well!!
Jeremy Abbott
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:34 pm
Hey Andrew, quick question I haven't seen addressed yet. I'm running CS6 off of Windows, but on a Mac through bootcamp. I've got a Radeon HD 5700 series card, and have the newest drivers installed from ATI's website, but they're under the bootcamp option. I could technically install the latest Windows drivers, but I've done that in the past and had it cause problems on the Mac side somehow.

Would those bootcamp drivers work ok still? They haven't been updated since Jan. 2011...

Link to said driver is here if it helps: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/bootcamp-win7.aspx

Thanks! Can't wait to get started with Element soon.
    Jeremy Abbott
    July 12th, 2012 @ 12:35 pm
    I should add that I'm on Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, and Snow Leopard on the Mac side, both fully up to date.
    July 12th, 2012 @ 1:10 pm
    Ya.. I"m not sure. We don't really support a bootcamp configuration so we don't even know.
    Jeremy Abbott
    July 12th, 2012 @ 1:28 pm
    Fair enough, guess I'll be the guinea pig then. If it ends up not working, would I be able to switch the license over for a Mac version instead?
    July 12th, 2012 @ 1:35 pm
    Of course!
    July 18th, 2012 @ 2:58 am
    Sir m also on win 7 64 bit having hd 5470 ati mobility radeon card....ae cs5....will it work ???
    Shane Walker
    July 29th, 2012 @ 11:28 am
    I'm also very curious about this--running a dual-boot Mac Pro w/ Lion OS X / Win 7 Pro 64-bit and an Nvidia GT120, both OS up-to-date. Love to get this plug-in to work...but the driver definitely needs to be updated. Nervous about doing an update w/ the 3/12 Nvidia PC driver update (296.10) because system works fine now and don't want to BSOD. Anyone gets a Boot Camp setup working w/ Nvidia cards, PLEASE post! Otherwise I'm stuck working on my laptop :(
    July 29th, 2012 @ 12:18 pm
    Unfortunately,boot-camp is not really supported because of driver issues. Some people have been able to get it working with some cards. We can offer you a refund for the product of course.
    Shane Walker
    July 29th, 2012 @ 1:50 pm
    Thanks, AK, appreciate it! Hopefully a video driver update/solution will present itself (already putting inquiries in on Apple Support etc). I can run reasonably well off my PC laptop--just might need to swing my 2nd seat (desktop) over to the Mac in the meantime (I assume that's fairly easy to do--have both installers downloaded).
    Taig Khris
    September 1st, 2012 @ 4:46 pm
    Actually I understand now why it's still not working on mine. It's because I also have bootcamp. You said some people made it work with some cards. Can you please tell me which one?
Christian Michael
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:38 pm
No surprise from me to how quickly you guys worked to iron out the rough spots., you just needed to be left to it. I just loaded it onto my two systems. I’m assuming 1.0.322 is the re chiseled Element? Just to let you know I’m not seeing the new build notification. Or is that only visible in the un updated version? Will this work alongside projects already created with Element that were having some teething issues, or will the projects benefit from being rebuilt?
Thanks in advance
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:41 pm
Thank you so very many and plenty! Time to get to know the WORKING Animation Engine! Mi so happy! =)
Daniel Valenzuela
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:42 pm
Thanks for the quick update!

Quick question, When rendering out, the first frame always has some kind of weird rendering problem, but it's just the first frame. Everything else is clean.

Any ideas?

July 12th, 2012 @ 12:47 pm
Thanks Andrew.. do you think this will help stop people from stealing this from you? (torrent?)
July 12th, 2012 @ 12:51 pm
Hey Andrew, where did you get that UH60? I can't find one that looks that good and they r expensive...I need a pack with a helicopter, a fighter jet and a commercial airliner and I would be set..!
July 12th, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
It amazes me that people keep banging on about wanting a free helicopter model!

The plugin itself is incredibly cheap at just $149 - to expect to get a free 3D model of a helicopter included in that is just ridiculous!

Take a reality check and have a look on a 3D stock website like Turbosquid - you'll find the average price for a 3D helicopter model on its own is about $150!

Congratulations to the Video Copilot team on Element 3D - with this and Optical Flares you really are raising the bar for the quality of After Effects plugins, and I'll look forward to buying it as soon as I have a project it can be used on :)
    July 12th, 2012 @ 1:41 pm
    Not free...If i'm going to pay 200$ for a helicopter model I'd rather buy the one he's using. The ones at that price on turbosquid look like sh*t. I was just asking where he got it.
    July 12th, 2012 @ 1:50 pm
    We made it. And it may be part a future pack... perhaps. A model like that takes almost 2 weeks to create...
    July 12th, 2012 @ 1:49 pm
    Sorry James, I wasn't writing that in response to your comment - it just ended up getting posted after yours! (I was posting it in response to all the people begging for a free model on the various Element blog entries that last couple of days!)
    July 12th, 2012 @ 1:57 pm
    My mistake..NOW WHERE"S MY FREE HELICOPTER!! (kidding of course..)
    July 12th, 2012 @ 2:34 pm
    Totally not surprised it takes that long...it's a damn good looking model.
    July 14th, 2012 @ 5:33 am
    Phil, $150 Cheap ... Are you kidding me? :O
    July 22nd, 2012 @ 6:47 pm
    Jovica, yes, $150 IS a very reasonable price for this plugin. I gladly paid almost $500 for the bundle, since I can easily cover that investment, and even gain more, in couple of weeks of work.
    September 6th, 2012 @ 11:33 am
    Don't be like that !! you sound like a Snob.... I think its a bit of a deflating feeling when Andrew shows you all these amazing projects and techniques which you cant always practice to effect strait away ... it is deflating when Andrew shows you how to for example create a Set extension and in the tutorial you got Sam walking casually through the scene and thats it and then you would see a really updated version of the same thing only now theres what looks like a real helicopter in the scene with dust plumes and allsorts ... after spotting something like that during one of Andrews trailers or tutorials your gonna wanna try it right there and then only there isnt a tutorial for the helicopter bit or a model helicopter on offer for you to go try it yourself ... that is very fraustraiting if you cant model your own or cant afford to buy a model of a helicopter.. you must see it from broke peoples point of view who maybe trying to learn on a very low budget... Andrew could of included one model flying aircraft even if it was just a basic model... that would of made whole thing glossy same thing with the Armoured Van... i dont like to be teased..!!
July 12th, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
Great to see you keeping it up to date as quick as this.

With that in mind, when can we expect an update to OF with the fix for Quadro 4000 cards on the Mac?

Much love xx
July 12th, 2012 @ 1:37 pm
You guys are faaast little piggies! I had an issue with the Replicator Shape being a 3D Object that was different from the actual 3D object being replicated -- resulted in nothing showing up. But after the maintenance update everything's peaches. And that was before I even had time to check if it was a real issue or not!

Thumbs up to you and your team, Andrew!
July 12th, 2012 @ 1:38 pm
Oh my, you guys do such a great job at customer service. Iv'e never seen this great anywhere else. You guys are awesome!!!!!
July 12th, 2012 @ 1:49 pm
hi andrew ,
one question about your plugin :
are the way to animate a water in your plug ins ? ( import obj from water , animate this ???? g
July 12th, 2012 @ 1:53 pm
Thanks for the tip about going to the site to update drivers. I originally used the update driver from system and it said no updates. When I went to site mine was way out-dated.
July 12th, 2012 @ 1:54 pm
Great! This might have fixed some wire-frame display issues I was having this morning.

I'd love to see an in-depth tutorial on how to set up your geometry objs for import. So far I've had some issues getting the cool group effects to animate. I know its me, just center point issues and some other things. Seems like I'm doing too many steps and its not working as well as your models. Still experimenting with a good workflow between apps from 3d to element.
July 12th, 2012 @ 2:25 pm
please mr Andrew answer me
i have intel hd card AE CS5.5 64BIT when i run the scene setup AE stops working by the way i have low Vram (less than 100mb)
is that the problem????
    July 12th, 2012 @ 2:28 pm
    oh and i forgot to say that i have 2x 4GB RAM
July 12th, 2012 @ 2:36 pm
Is it possible to create a spider web or neural network using Element 3d without going through 3d programs like cinema 4d, 3d max and blender?
July 12th, 2012 @ 2:40 pm
thnx =) updated ! =D
July 12th, 2012 @ 2:43 pm
Hi Andrew

Not sure if this is a bug or not... Want to animate shattered sphere solid to shattered sphere to text layer.
Have in 3 seperate groups in element. Got animation to go from group 1 to 3. It isn't going through group 2 to get to it. It goes from Group 1 to Group 3 missing Group 2. Is it supposed to go through all the groups to get to the one you want to. Say Group 1 through 5???

Thanks in Advance... And i must say sweet product!!!
    Jim Gravina
    July 12th, 2012 @ 2:47 pm
    As far as what I have read and played with myself, the animation engine will only interpolate between 2 groups.
    July 12th, 2012 @ 2:54 pm
    Currently the animation engine only works as you are describing when the model it the same on both groups. And the system only works between 2 groups. But we have discussed ways to expand on this idea.. of multiple interpolations.
    July 12th, 2012 @ 2:58 pm
    To work around the 2 group limitation, make 2 comps. First comp has group 1=sphere1 and group 2=spehere2. Second comp will have your group 1= sphere2 and group 2 =text. Composite those together and bam! done. lol
    Christian Michael
    July 12th, 2012 @ 2:59 pm
    THAT...would explain a lot. I've just spent two hrs working on this. I thought it was me doing something a-miss. I guess I'll find a work around.
    July 12th, 2012 @ 2:59 pm
    To work around the 2 group limitation, make 2 comps. First comp has group 1=sphere1 and group 2=spehere2. Second comp will have your group 1= sphere2 and group 2 =text. Composite those together and bam! done. lol

    Note: the second comp is just a duplicate of the first comp with the 1st and 2nd group assets different.
    Christian Michael
    July 12th, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
    Jimmy.....Twas what I was in the middle of trying.....thanks for the heads up :0)
July 12th, 2012 @ 3:01 pm
hey AK, is a nvidia quadro 2000 sufficient for the plugin? i can run the plug in in editing mode, but when i final-render it says my hardware requirements are not enough. im double checking my drivers now...
    July 12th, 2012 @ 7:37 pm
    Yup, element runs really smooth on a Quadro 2000. I am actually running Quadro 2000D, 8GB, i5 processor and 1TB HDD, and everything runs smoothly, no problems. I'm downloading the update now just for any other stabilities that may have been included (not that it is unstable right now, it is working fine) It renders fast both in viewport and in final render.
July 12th, 2012 @ 3:10 pm
I'm really happy with your update and your customer/support service, looking forward to make business with you again in the future ^^
July 12th, 2012 @ 3:11 pm
If someone wants to the Black Hawk write on facebook

July 12th, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
With much apprehension I bought this know full well my Mac is OLD. MacBook Pro with GeForce 8600M GT. Although it's not quite as smooth as the demos, it works fine and is AMAZING!
    July 13th, 2012 @ 12:25 am
    Hi Steve

    I got an old MACBOKKPRO (4,1) with this card too.
    What OS and AE VErsion running on your MAC?

    Mine is snow leopard (10.6.8) and AE CS4. It could work with Element, but 150$ are too much to test it out.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 4:29 pm
    It isn't too much, test it out~!!!
    July 16th, 2012 @ 1:01 am
    Test -> Done.

    It feels a little undersized but works, and works, and works.
    August 8th, 2012 @ 8:12 pm
    Just tested on 2009 macbook pro with 8600 GT

Jim P
July 12th, 2012 @ 3:25 pm
Is anyone running Element on more than one install on the same PC ? Can I do that ? Will I be able to install Element in CS5 and CS6 if they both run on the SAME machine ?
    Jim P
    July 12th, 2012 @ 7:51 pm
    Well, guess everyone was busy, so I just went and bought it anyway. In case anyone was wondering, YES. You can run both CS5 and CS6 instanaces of Element on the same PC without a hiccup. I was hoping that was the way it was, and it is. Doesn't like dual Quadro FX1800's though. Already ordered a GTX580!
Alessandro Leoni
July 12th, 2012 @ 3:35 pm
"I buy that for a dollar", I have only watched it in italian but... isn't it a line from a Paul Verhoeven movie, the one with the mutilated cop transformed in robot... what was that title... oh yeah Total Recall!

Great Job Andrew!

p.s. "Dead or alive, you're coming with me".
July 12th, 2012 @ 4:19 pm
Is the plug-in alone worth getting without the shaders or model packs?
Does it come with anything included to start you off?
    July 12th, 2012 @ 4:56 pm
    I would say yes! The shader pack is really nice to have but the ability to make 3D text and objects from masks is mega-worth it. The base plugin comes with 20 customizable materials, and 118 3D object (feel free to correct me if I goofed that up!). And you can always find free 3D models online.
    July 12th, 2012 @ 5:35 pm
    118 3d objects? :O I might have overlooked this but is there a list of what these are?
July 12th, 2012 @ 5:14 pm
Greetings from Hell/Space/Camp Crystal Lake.

I noticed a key oversight in the "Sports" pack...
No hockey mask, Andrew? Tomorrow is Friday the 13th.

How am I supposed to create a bunch of infinitely regenerating 3D serial killers wading through dispersed bits of 3D college kids??
I guess this calls for practical effects...

    July 12th, 2012 @ 5:51 pm
    I would like to see the result of this.. haha!
July 12th, 2012 @ 5:49 pm
It made me feel better to know that it took 2 weeks to make that helicopter. I was beginning to think this stuff was just falling out of the sky.........
July 12th, 2012 @ 5:51 pm
URGENT help! buy the plugins and I have problems with my video card is an NVIDIA 8600. I get buggy in the texts when applied to the composition and the objects are cut off and blinking the whole picture! And actualize the driver .... I have no more money to buy a new card.
July 12th, 2012 @ 5:52 pm
Thanks for the quick update Andrew! Does this update include the bug fix for the ATI HD 5770 cards as well?
Ben Jones
July 12th, 2012 @ 6:11 pm
for once my indecision paid off :P Nice work guys.
July 12th, 2012 @ 6:44 pm
I have a technical question for the advanced users out there. some of you are fimiliar with Nick at the gryscalegorilla. he has a free c4d pack called GSG_FREE_MODEL_PACK. now if i want to get the pack from external hard drive and want to add it to the packs i have inside of element how can i go about doing that? thanks.
Carter .R
July 12th, 2012 @ 6:47 pm
Hey thanks for the update, can't stop exploring the plugin.

Did a quick 2K render and it was fast,under 3mins and i'm using an ancient pc.lol


Thanks Again Andrew.VC
July 12th, 2012 @ 6:53 pm
Can you use sure target with element yet? I had a quick go earlier and couldnt get it working...
July 12th, 2012 @ 7:07 pm
this plug-in with pro shaders left me broke! but it was well friggan worth it! quick question: when i import my own .OBJ files from blender, it comes in like a flat object. yet all the other models provided come in perfectly. whats the deal? i have the NVIDIA GE Force GT 440 card with the latest drivers installed from the site.....
    July 12th, 2012 @ 7:27 pm
    I think I know what's wrong does your model have square faces because element needs the model to have triangular faces to work properly

    I had the same problem when i tried to export my model from blender

    tell me what program your using and maybe can help you out
    July 12th, 2012 @ 7:47 pm
    i actually now remember andrew saying something about element works better with triangles. its a lightsaber i modeled awile ago and i figured for my first test, why not!....im currently using blender 2.63
    July 12th, 2012 @ 7:58 pm
    in case anybody's wondering, this is what im talking about

    July 12th, 2012 @ 8:48 pm
    ok i can help rich what you have to do is when you choose to export your model it will get yo to choose where to save it before you save it scroll down the side panel and you will see a small menu in this menu make sure you have selected triangulate faces and normals as seen in this screen shot


    hope this helped
    July 12th, 2012 @ 9:48 pm
    Great Sebastian. Thanks
    July 12th, 2012 @ 10:01 pm
    Andrew talked to me
    he actually talked to me o:
    July 13th, 2012 @ 5:58 am
    Thanx sebastin!!!!!!! i never knew that was there...this is not a community, its a family! check it out http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/331/saber2r.jpg
    July 13th, 2012 @ 11:09 am
    glad to help:)
July 12th, 2012 @ 7:08 pm
When I tried to install Element 3D, the error message is shown below:

The Proceesure entry point RegGetValueW could not be located in the dynamic link library ADVAPI32.dll

Platform: Windows XP SP3 (Professional)

After Googling, according to documentation (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms724868(VS.85).aspx), to use this API,

Minimum supported client : Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

Hence the API will not be found in the Windows XP SP3 Professional platform(I'm using x32 Edition).

Would you have a solution? Thank you very much!
    July 19th, 2012 @ 7:25 am
    i think you should have to change your xp windows to windows 7 .
July 12th, 2012 @ 7:19 pm
God I wish I wasn't so broke! I really want this for my birthday! Gonna try and beg friends/family to pool some money together to get the bundle pack!

What upsets me, is the fact that people are already trying to crack this on torrent sites. I have so much respect for all the hard work and dedication your team puts into your products and tutorials. Even though I'm broke, I will save up because my family is poor and probably won't be able to help me, but I will NOT illegally download it!

Again, I will NEVER steal a video copilot product and you shouldn't too!

Do you guys keep track of people ripping you off on torrent sites?

I just think that you guys deserve the financial rewards (on top of the sheer awesome reward of completing the final product you created!).

Programmers and filmmakers know that this stuff takes lots of time to build. OK. I'm done. Can't wait to save enough!
July 12th, 2012 @ 7:39 pm
Hi Rich,

Take a look at this informations:


hope it helps you to solve the problem.
    July 12th, 2012 @ 7:48 pm
    Thanx for the help! im so excited about this i forgot all about the tech stuff! :)
July 12th, 2012 @ 8:37 pm
Hey Andrew have you ever thought of doing a contest to win some of these elements that would be awesome and since I thought of it can I get for free :)
July 12th, 2012 @ 9:54 pm
Hey Andrew,

I was wondering how I can access the .obj files for the various model packs?

Right now they appear as .epack which I cannot open in Maya.

    July 12th, 2012 @ 9:57 pm
    Inside the download system is another ZIP file called Alternate 3D Files, the files are inside in various formats.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 3:47 pm
    Awesome, thanks.
    Jeff Kepler
    January 29th, 2013 @ 7:37 am
    Can you be a bit more detailed? When I open the Element 3D pack for After effects folder I only get a C4DProShaderInstaller, C4DProShaderInstaller.zip, ElementInstaller 1.0.345.dmg, ElementInstaller 1.5_Mac.zip, MotionDesignInstaller.dmg, and ProShadersInstaller.dmg. Clicking the Motion Design one only runs the installer, doesn't give me a folder of any sorts. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
July 12th, 2012 @ 10:21 pm
Hey Andrew, are you by any chance related to Chris Evans (the actor) as the two of you really resembles like cousins?
July 12th, 2012 @ 10:57 pm
Congrats...simply awesome, Andrew.

Question. I take it that in this version...AE's lights do not cast shadows on Element's 3d objects. Correct or incorrect?
    July 12th, 2012 @ 11:43 pm
    No shadows but there is Ambient Occlusion for inner particle/object shading.
    July 14th, 2012 @ 8:43 am
    I created shadows by precomposing the Element layer..
    October 5th, 2013 @ 4:51 am
    VC Reflect + subcomp works, but selfshadows don't. Would be awesome if it would one day, still you have possibilities to wender out shadowmaps. An awesome way (@Andrew) would be to use a shadowmap for every state/frame of the obj sequence. Or not?
July 12th, 2012 @ 10:59 pm
Hi Andrew, is it possible to access the self made 3d model presets path? we have 4 copies of elements and i would like to access from all 4 workstation the same presets over the network. possible?
    July 12th, 2012 @ 11:45 pm
    It is possible with mapped network drives perhaps but everything is really designed for a single user to work locally. So there may be linking issues with networked paths etc. May take some experimentation.
Jef-Aram Van Gorp
July 12th, 2012 @ 11:18 pm
Hey Andrew,

Great news and super cool plugin! I had seen the buzz around VideoCopilot earlier this week, but only got around to watching the demo video this morning.

One word: awesome! You had me instinctively grabbing my credit card, so I guess I will be a few hundred bucks lighter by this evening. Just have to get through this boring day job thing first :-)

Fred Castro
July 12th, 2012 @ 11:28 pm
I can´t believe I´m alive to see this. Dream come true! manipulating real 3D geometry in AE, with textures, environment map and preset materials and objects? WHAT? This changed my world! Congratulations, I´m gonna buy it for sure!

July 13th, 2012 @ 12:25 am
I was wondering if there is a function similar to "obscuration layer" in particular, So that you can have some parts of the element scene appearing infront of a 3d layer, and the further away parts of it hidden behind it.
July 13th, 2012 @ 12:29 am
Is anyone else have trouble with the 'Motion Design' license.
It keeps asking me to generate one every time I go and then still won't let me use it. I have tried unintalling and re-installing and the same thing continues to happen :( Any suggestions?
    July 13th, 2012 @ 12:44 am
    Be sure to contact support, we are looking into this.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 7:15 am
    I sent an email earlier today regarding this. :D Hope there's an answer soon :D
July 13th, 2012 @ 1:20 am
Is it OK to format the computer when needed and install the plugin again? Would there be any license problems for me ?
July 13th, 2012 @ 1:29 am
I bought the 3D Design Bundle at release but now having played with it for a couple of days I wish I'd bought the full bundle. Is there anyway to upgrade to the full bundle without buying each model pack separately?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's going through this right now as it's an amazing product.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 1:39 am
    Contact support and they can convert your order. Best!
Mike Nielsen
July 13th, 2012 @ 1:49 am
Andrew: Any chance of getting a printable PDF of the help files?
July 13th, 2012 @ 2:00 am
Andrew Kramer, u'r craziest human being i ever knew. how did u come about this plugin. you are out of this world*********
Mike Nielsen
July 13th, 2012 @ 2:04 am
Ohh, and on my wishlist for tips'n tricks and/or tutorial: Smart workarounds for depth compositing/integration with standard AE 3D layers.
Thanks again!
July 13th, 2012 @ 2:57 am
Hey VC,

Are you allowed to install this on two separate machines, so on my laptop (Macbook pro) and then on my desktop machine(iMac)?

Kind of how Adobe allows you to do so with their software...


July 13th, 2012 @ 3:00 am
Andrew kramer you is my soul teacher! Language cannot express how to thank you share the spirit of freedom!
July 13th, 2012 @ 3:13 am
I love the plugin but 3D models are expensive. Are you sure you guys couldn't make a way to import .skp files from Google 3D Warehouse? I know that they aren't as detailed, but for local television commercials, they will work in a pinch.

I have Cinema 4D R13 Studio, but I am a long way off from being able to design models like yours.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 9:41 am
    Download Sketchup, pick which models you want import them, then output them in sketchup as OBJ models. Then import them into Elements.
July 13th, 2012 @ 3:22 am
Ok andrew i have a question about people wanting to use 3d models but they dont know how to create them

in this site they have free 3d models of everything


will these models work fine with textures and stuff as your chopper model was working

i hope you reply to this question

    July 13th, 2012 @ 3:42 am
    There are some great models on that site, but most are .3ds files and unless you have the program to open them you're out of luck (I use C4D)
    July 13th, 2012 @ 7:42 am
    but we can export them as .OBJ
    will they function properly?
    where is andrew? he should be answering this
    July 13th, 2012 @ 8:04 am
    You Can open 3ds files in c4d. And save them as .obj or .c4d
July 13th, 2012 @ 3:26 am
Are you sure using the latest Nvidia drivers is wise? For the current 301.42 I get less than half the framerate in games and benchmarks, including a lowly 4.9 windows experience index. On the previous 296.10 it flys, with a 7.7 index. This is on two different windows installations, one of them completely fresh.
July 13th, 2012 @ 4:15 am
Hi Andrew!

Once again, congrats for the amazing work with Elements.

I have been playing with this for a day and I have a few questions / curiosities, I know some of them may sound silly and maybe if I spend some more time over it I could get an answer.

Maybe this is asking too much, but, is there any way the particles could react to other objects in the comp? or even reacting with the other particles? Something like the Newton plugin thing. Or some way we could have some more control over the particles, in a way we could animate a path to follow or something? I don't know, I may be dreaming a little here, I know I can solve this using C4D, but i think it's worth to ask.

Any chance of animating things inside the Scene Setup? I would love to mess around the values one the Bevel thing.

About the Extrude option, I created an object with 3 different masks on it, my idea would be extruding the 3 masks with different values, but it seems I can only affect one mask at a time right?
I tried to solve this by creating 3 different solids each one with a single mask and with Elements applied, it works when I have them organized by layers but if I rotate the camera they don't cover each other, so basically what I get from a back view is the 3 objects overlayed. Am I missing something?
July 13th, 2012 @ 4:20 am
Hi guys ..
I have collected some OBJ Files for YOU !
Just download and have fun with this amazing Plug-In !

ZIP File includes:

- Mini Car
- Nikia n80 mobile phone
- F-22 Fighler (no details)
- Beer Bottle

Download link here:

Mike Nielsen
July 13th, 2012 @ 4:20 am
So, I've now used Element for a total of 40 minutes! I loaded up an obj of a DW tom drum I modelled a few years back. It was for extreme closeups, so the model weighs in at a ridiculous 1 million polys.

What happened?

Element just ate it all and rendered this in under a minute:

This is nuts!

There are some aliasing issues, but I decided to ignore that for now.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 8:55 am
    Nice! I'm trying to find workarounds for the aliasing myself. What card are you using? I tried loading a model around that size and it just hangs. I have a 1gb ATI card...
    Mike Nielsen
    July 13th, 2012 @ 9:00 am
    Hi James. I've been blessed with a brand new machine just a few months ago, so I actually have the GeForce GTX 680 card (2GB). If you have aliasing issues as well, maybe that warrants a few tips from Mr. Kramer and Co. Kind regards, Mike
    July 13th, 2012 @ 9:39 am
    I actually emailed tech support about this and heard back from the man himself! What I found to help the most is the multisampling (32x is the most my card supports) I found that turning up the fxaa setting helps with static frames but not when there is movement. Still crawls. Here is what I got from Andrew...

    "I would say this is pretty typical. Especially with poly models that have thin sharp edges and corners. There are a couple of things we are trying to do to improve this but the target Open GL version is limited.

    But there are a couple of things to try, first see if your card supports 16x multi-sampling in the aliasing folder and play with the fxaa. The other to do is contrast the reflection map if possible. The other thing to try is playing with the fresnel to stop reflectivity on faces that do not seems towards the camera.

    It will get better and there are many solutions capable but there isn't just one solution that works for every case.

    July 13th, 2012 @ 10:32 am
    To clarify, you want to lower the contrast and avoid pushing the reflection intensity up to high. I'm working on a tutorial to show several tips for managing aliasing.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 10:00 am
    Thanks a lot for sharing that, James. There's a few things there, I don't quite get: "Aliasing folder"? "Contrast the reflection map"? I'm not a technical guy at all, so at the risk of sounding like an idiot: If the GPU actually performs the rendering, wouldn't you in theory be able to tweak the settings for the card in the OS (pc or mac), outside of AE and Element? Or does Element always "activate" your GFX card in the most appropiate manner? Thanks!
    July 13th, 2012 @ 10:35 am
    Thanks for clarifying, Andrew - I got carried away with my first render, so I may very well have gone overboard on the intensity.
Carter .R
July 13th, 2012 @ 4:26 am
Hi guys check out the possibilities of element 3D.

The detail is amazing

    Jim Gravina
    July 13th, 2012 @ 9:51 am
    Wow, thats a nice lil' render!
    Carter .R
    July 13th, 2012 @ 11:04 am
    Hey Jim, cheers. :)
July 13th, 2012 @ 6:19 am
First of all congratulations for the exciting tutorials and the new plug-in!
I started playing with really 3D experiments (3D Camera Rig - stereoscopic). Will Element work for that?

July 13th, 2012 @ 6:27 am
I am really worried that Element 3D will not be as fast and efficient on my iMac, so is there a way I could get a trial-sort? Like Trapcode, with the red cross over the screen. I just need to test out the speed, Andrew :)

Thank you for answering, up front.
July 13th, 2012 @ 6:31 am
I am getting some strange blocky artifacts when using depth of field. Even with the different modes. Any idea why this is happening?
    July 13th, 2012 @ 11:57 am
    Me too. Specially when I materials that have bump mapping and I activate DOF, I get these blocks. I have a Macbook Pro with ATI 256Mb. Hope this is fixed.
    January 25th, 2013 @ 1:40 pm
    Same here.
    January 30th, 2013 @ 10:48 am
    Same here, I can play with aperture and focus distance to make the block artifacts change, but this is pretty dumb and a pain. Usually I can get them away in one frame and they're back in the next. :(
    February 2nd, 2013 @ 4:40 pm
    I was wondering if anyone figured out a fix for the blocky artifacts?
    April 3rd, 2013 @ 11:04 pm
    Not sure if this has been addressed elsewhere, but you can get rid of the DOF artifacts by going into Render Settings > Depth of Field and switching Mode to Multi Pass. As it says, it will be slower, but cleans up the artifacts for me.
July 13th, 2012 @ 7:18 am
I am wondering, I have a diamond model I have imported. I apply the texture maps we have created in our custom vray interface for rhino ( www.gemvision.com/matrix ) and I can't figure out how to get transparency within the plugin. My diamonds look like this so far... http://www.gemvisionforum.com/daniel_smith/element.jpg As you will see I have no transparency... is there a setting I am missing that could allow me to accomplish this. My goal is to animate diamonds within this plugin by still staying as true as possible to the look of a diamond render that is ray rendered. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
July 13th, 2012 @ 7:35 am
Mr. Andrew, 1 question.. what if you have a rigged model?.. Any way to animate that with Element?
July 13th, 2012 @ 8:14 am
Anytime soon you'll hear about a new option in Display View of Cinema4D & 3DS Max called '' Kramer Shading '' so no need for Gouraud shading anymore coz you can have such quality preview in real time without rendering ... WINNING !
July 13th, 2012 @ 8:18 am
I updated, however I noticed slow down occurring with Element once I did. I rolled back to the release version. I am running a hackintosh w/a Quadro 4000, i7 2600k processor, and 16GB of memory. Updated all my drivers/software as well. I believe my specs are adequate enough to run this. I was playing w/extruding text and noticed that when I would extrude my second bevel copy it wouldn't visually update in the preview window when I would move the slider. Also in the normal comp window it wasn't rendering quickly when I would move the camera. So I rolled back to the previous version which fixed the latter issue, but still is updating in real time within the preview window of the plug in.
    David Eden
    July 13th, 2012 @ 8:20 am
    *"but still isn't updating in real time..."
July 13th, 2012 @ 8:29 am
Does anyone know if this plugin will work with animated textures? For example, a 3D phone with a movie playing on the screen.
July 13th, 2012 @ 9:55 am
Hi, Andrew. I'd like to make a feature request.
When I make an animation between two groups and in one of the groups rotation set to 360 degrees animation does nothing. It is neeful feature when working with text to make every letter turn for 360 separately.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 10:28 am
    Turn on the multi-object and then adjust the rotation. This should do what you are talking about.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 1:32 pm
    It should but it doesn't. When the rotation in one group is 0 and the other group is 360 the animation does nothing! I checked it more than one time (with multi-object turned on)
    July 13th, 2012 @ 1:41 pm
    Thanks for the answer, but it doesn't help. When the animation of rotation between two groups equals whole revolution (360 degrees) it nothing.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 1:45 pm
    Thanks for the answer, but it doesn`t help. When the animation of rotation between two groups equals whole revolution (from 0 to 360 degrees) it does nothing.
    July 14th, 2012 @ 5:05 pm
    I don't have E3D yet, so forgive me if I'm mistaken, but you could try 0 in group 1 and 180 in group 2 and 360 in group 3 and see if that transform will work as a workaround. I had an old 3D program that had a similar problem and a solution like this worked for me. It's a bit of jumping through hoops, but it got the job done.
John Gaskill
July 13th, 2012 @ 10:10 am
Just bought the 3D PRO BUNDLE!!!! Mr. Kramer you are a gentleman and a scholar!!!!
    July 13th, 2012 @ 10:52 am
    Hey, hey! No insults here.
July 13th, 2012 @ 10:30 am
Andrew what type of computer are you working with to get such a fast response when working with your new plug-in (I saw in one of your blogs you had a Dell but that was an older blog)? I have an older (07) Macbook Pro and was thinking to get a new computer. I have my eye set on the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 (top of the line model), but it feels so hard to let go of apple products.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 10:42 am
    Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 Quick Specs:
    27" display (1920x1080-pixel)
    Intel Core i7-3610QM (3rd Gen)
    8GB RAM
    1TB HDD + 64GB SSD
    GeForce GT630 2GB

    What does everyone think of this computer for load of VFX work?
    July 13th, 2012 @ 11:05 am
    I'm thinking of jumping off the apple ship myself (and I'm heavily invested in their products...3 mac pros) at this rate in a year all macs will be running the ios operating system. Its starting to feel like they just want pros to go away...lion blows for pro use
    July 13th, 2012 @ 11:22 am
    hey i have a lenovo and trust me it is the best pc out there... people may argue about this subject but i love my lenovo to the fullest!
    July 13th, 2012 @ 11:28 am
    Not only that, the price is going to continue to sky rocket with that beautiful retina display... if they get it on all their products.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 11:29 am
    Grant...What Lenovo do you have? Do you have Element 3D if so how is the performance on your computer?
    July 13th, 2012 @ 11:40 am
    well actualy mine is a little older and im updating the drivers so i dont know yet if it will work ... im sorry.. but i did try about 10 min ago but element kept saying that the layer size was too big or something? i dont know what to do?
    Grant s.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 11:55 am
July 13th, 2012 @ 10:31 am

Amazing work. So simple, yet so powerful. Thanks!
July 13th, 2012 @ 10:42 am
Hey guys, having a bit of an issue. Trying to take a .png and extrude it within Element engine. I know this is possible with text, but can't seem to make it happen with an alpha masked .png files. What am I doing wrong?
    July 13th, 2012 @ 2:10 pm
    Try autotracing the png first.
July 13th, 2012 @ 10:44 am
HI there,

Enjoying playing with the new build on Mac 10.7.4 6 core 3.33ghz with Radeon HD 5870 32GB Ram.

I am having an issue with RAM previews in which (after starting the render of a preview) Element does not seem to want to release the render in progress: If I try to interrupt the render, I get the delay beach ball and the machine is locked until the preview render finishes.

Is this expected behavior?


    July 13th, 2012 @ 10:50 am
    Try disabling multi-process rendering and see if that helps.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 2:55 pm
    That does work but hey, I like multi processing!
    Seriously, great work on all your products...
    What would be a super feature would be to be able to place flat layers inside your 3D space.


    July 15th, 2012 @ 7:31 am
    You can add flat layers within e3d space by using a plane primitive in a group. I posted an example in this thread

July 13th, 2012 @ 10:47 am
Eric Y Lin
July 13th, 2012 @ 11:14 am
posted here before don't know why it's gone, just wanna share my element render here...
    July 13th, 2012 @ 1:18 pm
    Looking good! There is an option under the output called "Compress textures" If you uncheck it, things will look less noisy in the shadows of the texture images.
July 13th, 2012 @ 11:18 am
hi Mr. Kramer. this is me Grant.. anyway when i try to open element it says that my layer size is too big or something? can you please help me fix this?
    July 13th, 2012 @ 11:44 am
    Contact support and we can help troubleshoot. What GPU do you have?
    Grant s.
    July 13th, 2012 @ 11:47 am
    Its intel.. everything is intel.. its a Pentium dual core 2.00 ghz and i dont know what my video card is sorry :(
    July 13th, 2012 @ 12:54 pm
    I had the same issue and it also said the graphics card had 0 RAM. Try updating your graphics card drivers which solved the problem for me.
    Grant S.
    July 14th, 2012 @ 12:02 pm
    well thats part of the problem.. i dont know how to lol
July 13th, 2012 @ 11:40 am
I just realized, you are going head to head with Zakswerks Invigorator and from what it looks like, you have the better product.
    July 14th, 2012 @ 5:01 pm
    Haven't used Element 3D yet (saving for the full bundle), but I have used invigorator - from the demo videos it looks like E3D smokes invigorator. I can't wait to get it!
July 13th, 2012 @ 11:47 am
Hello Andrew! Love the plugin but Im getting some strange blocky artifacts when using DOF. Even in different modes. Any idea what may be happening? Bug maybe? Thanks for any help you can give me on this. Anyone else seeing this issue?
Ahmed Rashed
July 13th, 2012 @ 11:47 am
I wish you and your new team could make Action Essentials 3 !
July 13th, 2012 @ 11:32 am
Bravo gentlemen. Can't wait to play with new plugin!!!
July 13th, 2012 @ 11:52 am
Fantastic product. I've played with it briefly but from what I've seen so far it can do some amazing graphics.

Also like to note that I'm using a Sony Vaio Z Series with a 256mb Nvidia 9300M GS graphics card. Apart from crashing when I tried generate 200 sports drinks bottles, lol, the plugin has worked flawlessly. This is the first product I've bought from VCP (Complete Element Bundle) and it won't be my last.

Oh and if you're thinking of buying this product, buy the complete bundle. Really is worth it. A steal at just over 300.

Thank you Mr. Kramer. May you live long and prosper.
July 13th, 2012 @ 1:45 pm
July 13th, 2012 @ 1:48 pm
Looks like a really cool plugin. Had my video card not decided to die two days before it came out I'd have bought it by now.
July 13th, 2012 @ 2:35 pm
Just bought the $495.00 pack!! Andrew, your team is amazing and you are one talented guy. I put my full support in there because you go the extra mile to please your customers. Walter Biscardi needs to get you to come down and do a compositing special at an Atlanta Cutters meeting! Would be really cool to meet you!! Do you know Walter by chance?
July 13th, 2012 @ 4:20 pm
Wow - great update. Complex RealFlow meshes were clogging up my 12-core Mac with ATI HD 5870, but now it's smooth as silk. Good work guys!
July 13th, 2012 @ 5:26 pm
Hey Andrew, Thanks for the update, I was going to file a bug last night, because I couldn't re open any of my element project files on my computer after a crash. You fixed the bug before i could even report it! You're the man!
July 13th, 2012 @ 7:30 pm
Test render. Bicycle model. Simple textures, materials. Fun.
    Johnny U
    July 13th, 2012 @ 7:50 pm
July 13th, 2012 @ 7:41 pm
Great plug-in Andrew. Bought the total package and am loving the simplicity and speed.

Alright. Now it's time for some feature requests/tweaks.

Please please please add the ability to distribute objects EVENLY along paths and other objects. Vertex distribution is cool I guess but it's rarely useful with text.
More precise modifications of object anchor points would be great.
And finally, a complete and thorough manual would be super helpful.
Apologies in advance if any of these already exist.

Thanks again!
    July 13th, 2012 @ 7:53 pm
    Good notes, some are in progress. Here is our in-progress help section. http://www.videocopilot.net/help/element/help_files/
    July 13th, 2012 @ 10:14 pm
    I wholeheartedly agree with the anchor point request. I had a hell of a time getting a heli to move the way I wanted to without this feature...but I have to say Andrew and company have by far the best tech support I've ever seen. Software by nature will never be perfect and the most you can hope for is for the team to make an real effort to help. They solved an optical flares rendering bug I was having quickly and saved my butt with a delivery...thnx guys...(Matt's the man...)
    July 14th, 2012 @ 1:17 am
    I'm also a bit worried about controlling transforms on Element models. But haven't had to chance to test yet. Clearly that comes into play with camera tracking (many of us probably use other packages like PFTrack, Boujou). I also use Max2AE from Boomerlabs (I was on the beta team) that uses a copy/paste method of keyframes, (pos. rot. scale etc.). Will I be able to scale, place Elements 3D models EXACTLY where they need to be - I hope so. Thanks!
    July 14th, 2012 @ 1:24 am
    http://www.videocopilot.net/blog/2012/07/more-element-3d-examples/ Check out this example, all done in AE with Camera Tracker. You can control things pretty well.
    July 14th, 2012 @ 2:13 am
    Thanks for that. Yep, saw the motion track example, got excited, tried integrating with my motion tracked footage and got nowhere.
    Is the solid that contains the Element plug-in supposed to be made a 3D layer or are the references to the tracked data connected to positions inside Elements position parameters?
    Christian Michael
    July 14th, 2012 @ 11:35 am
    AK...Its the weekend......take a break and play with ya' kids :0)
James (original poster:-)
July 14th, 2012 @ 12:53 am
Thanks for the quick reply Andrew. Looking forward to updates!

I've been doing a bit more thinking on the object distribution modes and think it would also be super cool if objects could be distributed to scene nulls or lights, kinda like the "track lights" feature in OF.
Something like this seems an easy enough tweak and would open up so many doors to quickly building scene setups in C4D to be used in AE.

One last thing. How does one go about using Element with motion tracked footage? Is the solid that contains Element made into a 3D layer?
I tried doing this by parenting the element layer to the tracked null and zeroing out the position but the z position is just way outside the cameras view.

Thanks everyone..
    July 14th, 2012 @ 1:34 am
    Thanks for writing, Andrew. I'm pretty sure that controlling Element is possible:o) Guess I'm just saying that we may need some help in doing the math. ATM I'm able to place an AE 3d solid exactly where I need it to be on 3d tracked footage (could be a tv screen for example).
July 14th, 2012 @ 1:45 am
And now for some insane ideas for future updates: Check out the 3dsmax Particle Flow Tools from orbaz.com. I know there's a lot of physics simulation that doesn't apply to Element, but the ideas for functionality is certainly there. Also, I'd like to direct your attention to the space warps in 3dsmax. I have no idea whether that principle is applicable to Element, but using 3D space to trigger parameters is very cool. Example: A 3D sphere gizmo with radius/falloff parameters, that controls the impact of position/rotation randomness. That would be cool. Allright, my name is Michael - untill next time...:o)
July 14th, 2012 @ 2:23 am
This Plug in is awesome!
Just please add a small for feature, if you can in next version to add zoom in for the Preview window.. I try to do some fine tuning in bevel and it is so small to see the changes.
July 14th, 2012 @ 6:02 am
if you are to ask what is better.
would you go for nvidia quadro or gtx?
July 14th, 2012 @ 8:39 am

Here is my first experiment with ELEMENT 3D.

- 3Ds MAX
- After Effects
- An amazing plug-in called "Element 3D"
- E3D with animated textures
- Optical Flare
- some sound

I hope you'll like it .. :o)

Click here to watch:

cheers !
July 14th, 2012 @ 9:08 am
I am No Longer A Mooch!
Bought the fist bundle Element 3D with Shaders. Thank you AK and VC for offering sucha wonderful product at a price that i can afford. I am just starting my company in this field and I have a long way to go, but every day a learn and do a little more. I will continue to buy your other products in time to lend my support to a bunch of wonderful people. Now don't change a thing! Keep the price where it is! Don't sell out!
You are taking over the plug in market. Don't sell out to the bog dogs. A wise man would instead say, become the big dog and buy them out instead.
Thank you all again.
July 14th, 2012 @ 9:16 am
Quite frankly, updating to the latest nVidia driver seemed to do more harm than good- all the videos I played on the web had some wonky green blocks and distortion on them after updating and I had to rollback to the very old install I had prior. The only good it seemed to do was to change the 0MB reading on the Element interface that I had before to 555/768. I use a nVIDIA Quadro FX 1800. Wonder if Andrew or anyone else has something to say about this.
July 14th, 2012 @ 9:42 am
Wow, this plugin is massive!

For a customer we tried to export their CAD drawings as .obj out of PRO/E (engineering software).
Without tweaking the assembly we managed to get instant results! (instant equals appr. 30 minutes assigning textures)

I didn't dig very deep into Element yet. I expect even better results after exploring the plugin further.

Here is our example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRd0aF2bS8U

Also, I didn't run into bugs yet. Seems pretty stable on my system (nvidia gtx-470, 1,5 gb - i7 950 - 12 gb ram, AE CS6)

Well done VC team!

Greetings from The Netherlands,

    July 14th, 2012 @ 5:28 pm
    Well done! Never used Pro/E. But took Solidworks in college. Every test that I have seen so far of people using Element looks pretty good and pretty fast.
July 14th, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
Is the Lenovo Ideacentre A720 a capable computer for handling Element 3D and more?!?!?!
July 14th, 2012 @ 5:14 pm
Running Element 1.0.322 on Windows 7 Z820 with GTX 570 all up to date.
When I booted up Element this afternoon, in the Setup Window Environment is not visible when box is selected or loading when using the Environment menu. Tried rebooting AE with no change.
    September 9th, 2014 @ 3:40 am
    Yeah, I'm having the same problem, any fixes for this?
July 14th, 2012 @ 5:15 pm
thanks man, cheers :D
July 14th, 2012 @ 8:26 pm
OK. So today I am pre-fracturing text inside C4D by applying Thurasi to Motext, saving, opening in Element, then doing the animation thing between two groups. I now have shattered text exploding, rising bit by bit, and falling away bit by bit (who needs Transform?).
Way cool but I have to wonder, would it be too much trouble to add a little sub folder under the multi object folder that would allow a couple of shatter types like uniform and random (voronoi) to be applied to any object?

It would be a huge time saver since native Element text with its bevels etc. is much easier to create and use.

And, you know....shattering stuff is cool.
July 14th, 2012 @ 9:55 pm
My focus indicator mode is white, not red...is this normal?
July 14th, 2012 @ 11:03 pm
I have W7 64 bits and after effects CS6 and same problem .. I can access the scene selector, but when I hit ok to load the 3D model into the comp, its just a black screen. It dosn´t work. And the pro shader ... in the panel 3D it says that the folder is empty.
July 15th, 2012 @ 7:09 am
The first experiment with ELEMENT 3D !
Watch it on YOUTUBE:


Thank you Video Copilot :)
July 15th, 2012 @ 7:15 am
Good :D but the price :/
July 15th, 2012 @ 7:52 am
"I'd say that looks pretty good!" vintage kramer...
    July 15th, 2012 @ 9:21 am
    @James... sweet! Man he, we've come a long way :-)
July 15th, 2012 @ 10:25 am
Hey Andrew, is it going to be the first Video copilot product without an trailer?
July 15th, 2012 @ 12:38 pm
mr kramer,are you going to do a vehicle package e.g. the black hawk helicopter, jets, cars,etc..i just can't have rockets coming out of fruits..lol
    Christian Michael
    July 15th, 2012 @ 1:50 pm
    And a Black Hawk fits the theme?????? lol
Christian Michael
July 15th, 2012 @ 1:49 pm
Anyone else had an issue with the bevels in the text category opening up distorted and overly beveled? As in all ballooned up and out of style for each preset? This only seems to be an issue after installing the updated version of Elements. Before that they all seemed to be fine in this category.
    July 15th, 2012 @ 2:59 pm
    We'll check it out!
    Christian Michael
    July 15th, 2012 @ 3:13 pm
    Thanks Andrew. If you need screen shots I can email them to support. Let me know. Oh, and as I said yesterday.....you should be taking time out with your family :0)
July 15th, 2012 @ 2:52 pm
I'm now extracting masks with Element 3D creating custom 3D objects and I'm projecting footage on 3D planes that I spin around on reflective surfaces. All this within just a few minutes and it looks amazing!

Guys, you gotta check out the more advanced possibilities, experiment and admit your life got a lot better with Element 3D.
    July 16th, 2012 @ 9:25 am
July 16th, 2012 @ 3:44 am
Andrew, One question stucks in my head, can we actually add Environment maps? our own ones, like... importing'em or something?
    July 16th, 2012 @ 4:13 am
    This was asked in an earlier blog and the answer was yes you can add your own enviornment maps.
    July 16th, 2012 @ 5:20 am
    You can even create environmentmaps made from video's. Assign the custom layer to a video loop composition and make it as long as you want. It's amazing
July 16th, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

Got a question for you. How do I integrate Element in to a track scene with a the Foundry Camera Tracker.

For example, doing a time freeze scene and I am panning from nearly a dead on shot of a person shooting at me. You see the flash, the bullet coming out, then the camera begins to panning around to the right, focused on the gun and bullet.

Could use some help on that.

Kirk Productions
July 17th, 2012 @ 4:28 am
how did you put a 3D objects in after effect..?
    July 17th, 2012 @ 7:27 pm
    hehehe I get it
Tarush Vig
July 17th, 2012 @ 12:11 pm
Helle Andrew,

I am having problems with this plug-in. Whenever I click Scene Setup, After Effects crashes. My graphics card is Intel and is two years old. If there is any way you can help, that would be great.
July 17th, 2012 @ 3:53 pm
it crash everytime i open it.. my question, how to change from mobile Intel(R) HD graphic to dedicated graphic card (mine is Radeon HD 6770M). Because it seems like it didnt read the radeon. thanks
July 17th, 2012 @ 7:26 pm
I also got a same problem whenever I click the scene setup after effects is getting crashes.and my graphics card is 2GB (ATI radeon HD 5450) card and also it has 3D business and gaming graphics performance.So plz if you have any ideas. let me know it and help me for fix this prob.
    July 22nd, 2012 @ 10:23 pm
    Have u found the solution?
    I guess VC team already abandon us :(
    August 2nd, 2012 @ 4:57 am
    no not yet. but still I am working on it. :)
July 18th, 2012 @ 4:15 am
I have the updated plugin. Apparently I bought it after the update came out, but running a Radeon HD card, I'm still having trouble with stability and some glitching in renders. The stability seems to be related to using expressions and glitching just comes about randomly in renders. Is there another update on the way soon? Pretty please... :) Other than these issues, this is the most awesome plugin I've seen for After Effects - Particular doesn't come close!
    July 18th, 2012 @ 4:16 am
    Forgot to mention, I'm running a MacBook Pro with a Radeon HD 6750M - CS6.
July 19th, 2012 @ 1:18 pm
I have a QUADRO FX5500 ... It runs well need to install the plugin or something else?
July 20th, 2012 @ 12:58 am
Hey people! I really really want this product, as I'm sure most of you did/do.

My problem is I'm running a MacBook Pro from Mid 2009 (even though it was bought in 2010...prior to the October release of the newer one) and the ad for Element 3D says "512mb Minimum Graphics Card" and after looking at the supported cards, I noticed mine is listed (under diminished performance)

Basically my question is this: I am running a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 8GB of RAM, and a NVIDIA GeFroce 9600M GT 256MB on OSX Lion with After Effects CS4. Think I should be able to run it without a snap? OR will it just be that bad? I've dreamed of 3D in After Effects for years and I don't want to have to wait until I get a newer computer >.<
July 29th, 2012 @ 8:39 am
i add element to my solid layer....after effects cs5 crash and close automatically
any solution for this problem...
plz mail instruction:::vfxpraveen333@gmail.com
July 31st, 2012 @ 2:55 pm
my laptop is 6g Ram , core i5 but the graphic card is built in Intel HD graphic card ,, mu laptop is Toshiba Satellite p755-s5265 , if i bought the element it's gona work with my intel G card !! thanks :) and great product like always andrew
Metin İmren
August 1st, 2012 @ 10:00 am
I'm member of this site but when i trying to download Element 3D Update 1.0.322 it said this e-mail doesn't exist what should i do ?
September 1st, 2012 @ 5:05 am
you should really redesign your web page , system requirement should be near buy now not under 2000px
what should I do now with a plugin that I can not use ?
September 2nd, 2012 @ 2:14 am
Hey, Guys
Could someone explain me how to get the 3d camerea? because for me it doesn#t work... maybe i made something wrong but i cant rotate the object with the camera tool...
    September 2nd, 2012 @ 3:33 am
    Ok got it^^
September 4th, 2012 @ 2:40 pm
Hi I have a windows 7 box running AEcs6, with a Nvidia GTX 470, I have the latest drivers for the card, and the update patch for element.

I keep getting the hardware config error code 6..."says it doesnt meet the minimum specs", but lots of people on this forum are using older cards then mine
    clayton l douglas
    September 4th, 2012 @ 2:41 pm
    Thanks in advance !!!!
September 6th, 2012 @ 4:06 am
I Have Installed 3D Element But The 3D Model Shape is Missing When I am Opening In After Effects ....... But It Shows Correctly When I Open Directly
Deww mapp
September 8th, 2012 @ 7:58 pm
Hi. For some odd reason, as of late, my element 3d won't show up in after effects comp. Please help. Thanks.
September 11th, 2012 @ 3:02 am
i get this errors (Element_v1.0.345-20120911-152339-3168-3588.dmp)plz tell me how to do
September 12th, 2012 @ 3:29 am
hi Andrew i have a problem with element setup not lunched even I updated my NVIDIA graphics card version to 301.42 Please help me
September 20th, 2012 @ 10:40 pm
My 3d Object Just Wont Fully Upload... Like I Went To Scene Set Up... And I Clicked My Model And Edited IT And Then I Click Ok... And It Just Doesnt Load To My Comp After Simply Pressing Ok... Can Anyone HElp Me Out.?
Marc stubbs
September 24th, 2012 @ 5:08 am
Hi I was thinking of buying this, is this card okay? ATI Radeon HD 4250?
November 6th, 2012 @ 12:30 am
Hi Sir,
actually Ihave AMD 8150 8 core processor
with 8 Gb Ram nd ATI radeon HD 4250 internal graphics .
stil element 3d not working smoothly.....
it gets slow when I load element other than starter pack
kindly tell me what to do.....to run element ed smoothly......
thanks .
    November 27th, 2012 @ 8:42 am
    You are so lucky to get it working.
November 22nd, 2012 @ 8:41 am
sorry Andrew, please how can you help, once i open the setup display a debug message opens up. am using inter corei3 system, 4 gig memory and intel HD display graphics!
November 26th, 2012 @ 6:52 am
Hello Sir,

I'm a great fan of yours.I love all your products.I have a problem in element 3d.When i click ok after doing my work in element 3d nothing comes in layer.please tell me how to fix it.
thank you.
November 27th, 2012 @ 9:40 am
its very cool very very cool but it aways crashed AFX Why what Must i do i have intel inside what wrong.
November 27th, 2012 @ 9:42 am
I have intel is that good for Element 3D
December 13th, 2012 @ 11:03 am
so people using intel can use the best product element 3D?
January 13th, 2013 @ 9:43 am
I can't see to export the 3d object out of After Effects. When I do, the final video only shows what's on the background and doesn't show the actual 3D object from Elements. I tried reducing the resolution (which I hated doing), but nothing worked. What do I do?
February 7th, 2013 @ 4:17 am
Hi Andrew and the team. I just got your ELEMENT 3d plug in. My problem is that when I select a preset object or any 3d object and hit "OK", my comp just turns black. I can't see the object at all.

My system is this:
Intel i7 2600k
8gb RAM
Geforece GTX 550 TI (driver updated)

    March 10th, 2013 @ 9:04 pm
    SAME HERE! how do i fix this?
    April 18th, 2013 @ 6:52 am
    same problem plz help me?
February 28th, 2013 @ 8:52 am
Andrew, please fix the multi-process issue.

March 10th, 2013 @ 9:03 pm
Hey i am having an issue where every time i finish my 3d object and press "ok" it will not load it in to my composition(gpu) and i go back to edit it and it is erased...
March 12th, 2013 @ 4:22 pm
Element Warned me about a OpenGL Error, When i Click seen setup for the first time it loads the Interface and then crashed AFX i am useing intel, what more must i do after updateing my driver
March 13th, 2013 @ 9:40 am
My friend installed element 3d on his system. but it shows graphics error,a black screen appear no 3d objects were found. he using amd readon 5450hd 1 gb graphics card with 6 core phenom processor with 9 gb ddr3 of ram.
But in my system element 3d works fine. I've used nvidia 9400gt 1gb graphics card,2 core amd athlon processor,8 gb ddr3 ram. why this happens. i've checked my graphics card in his system. same error. please give a solution to it.
April 18th, 2013 @ 6:33 am
i have one problem. i select element scene setup . select model then i finest click OK button but not come out the model in outside
May 10th, 2013 @ 11:28 am
Hi Andrew, I am about to purchase E3D with the Pro Shader package. I am a furniture designer who builds my models in Rhino 3D and would like to animate it in AE + E3D. Does the texture pack include wood grain at all? Doe isit work well with Rhino exported OBJ models?

Great app by the way ... have been doing 3D modeling since the 90s and this is one of the best redering and animation solutions I have seen. I can finally visualize my furniture design in a virtual room for a decent price.
June 14th, 2013 @ 3:56 am
there is view port problem in Element 3d v .6... ? top, side ext...
June 16th, 2013 @ 10:48 pm
hii Andrew. i have a serious problem with ambient occlusion in element 3D.
When i click on Ambient Occlusion in element 3d effect after effect gets stuck,,

Please if u could help me or any one here can help me out ?
June 19th, 2013 @ 11:03 am
hii this is Roha,
m vfx artist useing ae n c4d for vfx scenes. i have error problem in my sony vaio laptop while useing element 3d. so ny 1 help me to solve this problem??
problem -- after effect go to dump at a time of running element 3d n go to dump so want to nkow the problem..
my lap config -- core i7, 1gb graphic of ati readeon hd6630m , 8gb dd3 ram. plz help me..
Ally Bhatia
June 21st, 2013 @ 8:06 am
I'm using an NVIDEO GeForce 330M graphics card and my 3d objects still look really pixelated inside my comps... not sure whats wrong. Everything looks fine in the scene setup. Any thoughts?
June 27th, 2013 @ 1:00 am
hi Andrew,
I needed to ask a question that how can we use the 3d models in 3d packs in other 3d softwares??
September 15th, 2013 @ 5:56 am
Hey Andrew,
Am using ATI Radeon HD 5450 and Does not support My Element 3D Plugin and dont why?... Please I need Your Help Sir.
November 3rd, 2013 @ 6:08 am
Is there a way to work with Rhino files in E3D?
December 29th, 2013 @ 5:56 am
Is it possible to still use element 3D even if the GPU is ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470?
January 11th, 2014 @ 12:15 pm
i have Intel® HD Graphics 4000...
operating system windows 8
product hp probook 4440s
and stil i get opengl error.
plz help
Master seven
January 13th, 2014 @ 12:14 pm
I have Intel what i should i do
Sam Perry
January 14th, 2014 @ 3:07 am
I Have intel pentium 4 cpu 2.80ghz What is the solution
caleb kremer
February 8th, 2014 @ 9:27 pm
I need help!!, When i go to add an element to my 3d text it shows up as a white screen when i go to select a photo!
February 22nd, 2014 @ 8:58 am
Hello Andrew, Element works good on CS6 with Windows 7
Now I get Windows 8 with the latest drivers but my Ati Radeon 4500 (mobility) not working.. Help please...
    May 1st, 2014 @ 7:21 am
    ati radeon 4500 is not support for element 3d.
May 1st, 2014 @ 6:18 am
hello andrew, when i install jet strike pack i went to after effects and create new comp and create new solid. i put element effect on into the solid. i selected jet strike model pack. model is not loading and after effects says "Element has encountered and unrecoverable error" please could you help me to fix this
May 8th, 2014 @ 7:09 am
I'm using intel HD graphics 2000,4GB ram 1.24 GM VGA Intel corei3 processor.elements 3d was not working for me.hive me a soulution!! please!!!
May 27th, 2014 @ 12:14 am
my loptaop is hp pavilion dv6 6190 2GB Graphic card radeon and cori7 but element 3d not detect opengl . i upidated my graphic card but its not usefull ,
May 27th, 2014 @ 12:19 am
i forget say that its model radeon 6770m
Zubair Rehman
July 1st, 2014 @ 12:37 am
My element 3D shows this
While i have these gpu's in my Laptop
and this is internal

Will any one help me over come this issue
noo zha
July 11th, 2014 @ 5:37 pm
hi andrew ...
i had some trouble with E3D... my PC is core 2 duo 2,4g with RAM 4g and nvidia 7600 GT Win 7 x64
i'm using AE CS5.5
when i load E3D in my project...its take very very long loading..after that my AE isn't repond..
can you solve my problem
sorry about my bad english...i'm an asian guy..
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