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.

 

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321 Comments

noo zha
5 months ago
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..
Zubair Rehman
6 months ago
My element 3D shows this
http://imageshack.com/a/img856/2571/hr4d.jpg
While i have these gpu's in my Laptop
http://imageshack.com/a/img856/2571/hr4d.jpg
and this is internal
http://imageshack.com/a/img856/2571/hr4d.jpg

Will any one help me over come this issue
muhammad
7 months ago
i forget say that its model radeon 6770m
muhammad
7 months ago
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 ,
sanjula
7 months ago
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!!!
suren
8 months ago
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
kaiser
10 months ago
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...
    suren
    8 months ago
    ati radeon 4500 is not support for element 3d.
caleb kremer
10 months ago
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!
Sam Perry
11 months ago
I Have intel pentium 4 cpu 2.80ghz What is the solution
Master seven
11 months ago
I have Intel what i should i do
shlok
11 months ago
i have Intel® HD Graphics 4000...
operating system windows 8
product hp probook 4440s
and stil i get opengl error.
plz help
TTD
12 months ago
Is it possible to still use element 3D even if the GPU is ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470?
1 year ago
Is there a way to work with Rhino files in E3D?
Adam
1 year ago
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.
Ratan
1 year ago
hi Andrew,
I needed to ask a question that how can we use the 3d models in 3d packs in other 3d softwares??
Ally Bhatia
1 year ago
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?
Rohan
2 years ago
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..
thnx..
2 years ago
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 ?
bhaveshpatel
2 years ago
there is view port problem in Element 3d v .6... ? top, side ext...
2 years ago
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.
sweetan
2 years ago
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
Ram
2 years ago
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.
2 years ago
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
Thomas
2 years ago
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...
Domenico
2 years ago
Andrew, please fix the multi-process issue.

one,
Domenico
Mel
2 years ago
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)

Thanks!
    Thomas
    2 years ago
    SAME HERE! how do i fix this?
    sweetan
    2 years ago
    same problem plz help me?
Kyle
2 years ago
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?
Asaine
2 years ago
so people using intel can use the best product element 3D?
Asaine
2 years ago
I have intel is that good for Element 3D
Asaine
2 years ago
its very cool very very cool but it aways crashed AFX Why what Must i do i have intel inside what wrong.
Siddarth
2 years ago
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.
2 years ago
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!
Ravi
2 years ago
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 .
    2 years ago
    You are so lucky to get it working.
Marc stubbs
2 years ago
Hi I was thinking of buying this, is this card okay? ATI Radeon HD 4250?
cheers
Mario
2 years ago
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.?
Pasang
2 years ago
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
2 years ago
i get this errors (Element_v1.0.345-20120911-152339-3168-3588.dmp)plz tell me how to do
Deww mapp
2 years ago
Hi. For some odd reason, as of late, my element 3d won't show up in after effects comp. Please help. Thanks.
Ramesh
2 years ago
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
clayton
2 years ago
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
    2 years ago
    Thanks in advance !!!!
Mathew
2 years ago
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...
    Mathew
    2 years ago
    Ok got it^^
Ajouz
2 years ago
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 ?
Metin İmren
2 years ago
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 ?
Mina
2 years ago
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
2 years ago
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
Keyon
2 years ago
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 >.<
2 years ago
I have a QUADRO FX5500 ... It runs well need to install the plugin or something else?
2 years ago
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!
    2 years ago
    Forgot to mention, I'm running a MacBook Pro with a Radeon HD 6750M - CS6.
happe
2 years ago
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.
    thecordwainers
    2 years ago
    Have u found the solution?
    I guess VC team already abandon us :(
    happe
    2 years ago
    no not yet. but still I am working on it. :)
thecordwainers
2 years ago
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
Tarush Vig
2 years ago
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.
happe
2 years ago
how did you put a 3D objects in after effect..?
    happe
    2 years ago
    hehehe I get it
Eric
2 years ago
Andrew,

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.

Thanks,
Eric
Kirk Productions
2 years ago
Andrew, One question stucks in my head, can we actually add Environment maps? our own ones, like... importing'em or something?
    2 years ago
    This was asked in an earlier blog and the answer was yes you can add your own enviornment maps.
    R-CANE
    2 years ago
    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
R-CANE
2 years ago
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.
    JJ
    2 years ago
    Sample?
Christian Michael
2 years ago
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.
    2 years ago
    We'll check it out!
    Christian Michael
    2 years ago
    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)
2 years ago
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
    2 years ago
    And a Black Hawk fits the theme?????? lol
Daluz
2 years ago
Hey Andrew, is it going to be the first Video copilot product without an trailer?
James
2 years ago
"I'd say that looks pretty good!" vintage kramer...
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorial/basic_sky_replacement/
    Mr_Mijagi
    2 years ago
    @James... sweet! Man he, we've come a long way :-)
Tom
2 years ago
Good :D but the price :/
The first experiment with ELEMENT 3D !
Watch it on YOUTUBE:

http://youtu.be/a2YVumzUqm4

Thank you Video Copilot :)
ali
2 years ago
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.
James
2 years ago
My focus indicator mode is white, not red...is this normal?
James
2 years ago
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.
CJ
2 years ago
thanks man, cheers :D
2 years ago
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.
    Josh
    3 months ago
    Yeah, I'm having the same problem, any fixes for this?
Graham
2 years ago
Is the Lenovo Ideacentre A720 a capable computer for handling Element 3D and more?!?!?!
2 years ago
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,

Maarten
    2 years ago
    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.
2 years ago
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.
2 years ago
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.
Hi

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:
http://www.as-art.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/asART_E3D.mp4

cheers !
CJ
2 years ago
if you are to ask what is better.
would you go for nvidia quadro or gtx?
2 years ago
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.
Thanks!!
Mike
2 years ago
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)
James (original poster:-)
2 years ago
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..
    Mike
    2 years ago
    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).
James
2 years ago
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!
    2 years ago
    Good notes, some are in progress. Here is our in-progress help section. http://www.videocopilot.net/help/element/help_files/
    James
    2 years ago
    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...)
    Mike
    2 years ago
    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!
    2 years ago
    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.
    James
    2 years ago
    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
    2 years ago
    AK...Its the weekend......take a break and play with ya' kids :0)
2 years ago
Test render. Bicycle model. Simple textures, materials. Fun.
http://youtu.be/SvlHID7yXOg
    Johnny U
    2 years ago
    Sweet!
2 years ago
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!
Weezer
2 years ago
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!
Buddy
2 years ago
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?
Mike
2 years ago
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.
FloVC
2 years ago
MAN THIS WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING!!!
Gurjit
2 years ago
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.
2 years ago
Bravo gentlemen. Can't wait to play with new plugin!!!
Ahmed Rashed
2 years ago
I wish you and your new team could make Action Essentials 3 !
Justin
2 years ago
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?
2 years ago
I just realized, you are going head to head with Zakswerks Invigorator and from what it looks like, you have the better product.
    Shawn
    2 years ago
    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!
2 years ago
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?
Eric Y Lin
2 years ago
posted here before don't know why it's gone, just wanna share my element render here...
http://www.ttyi.net/images/RC_still_v2.jpg
    2 years ago
    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.
Steve
2 years ago
2 years ago
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?

Thanks,

Lance
    2 years ago
    Try disabling multi-process rendering and see if that helps.
    2 years ago
    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.

    Best,

    Lance
    dqhoward
    2 years ago
    You can add flat layers within e3d space by using a plane primitive in a group. I posted an example in this thread
    http://www.videocopilot.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=42

    HTH
2 years ago
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?
    JJ
    2 years ago
    Try autotracing the png first.
Jonny
2 years ago
MIND = BLOWN

Amazing work. So simple, yet so powerful. Thanks!
Graham
2 years ago
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.
    Graham
    2 years ago
    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?
    James
    2 years ago
    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
    Grant
    2 years ago
    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!
    Graham
    2 years ago
    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.
    Graham
    2 years ago
    Grant...What Lenovo do you have? Do you have Element 3D if so how is the performance on your computer?
    Grant
    2 years ago
    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.
    2 years ago
John Gaskill
2 years ago
Just bought the 3D PRO BUNDLE!!!! Mr. Kramer you are a gentleman and a scholar!!!!
    JJ
    2 years ago
    Hey, hey! No insults here.
Michael
2 years ago
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.
    2 years ago
    Turn on the multi-object and then adjust the rotation. This should do what you are talking about.
    Michael
    2 years ago
    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)
    Michael
    2 years ago
    Thanks for the answer, but it doesn't help. When the animation of rotation between two groups equals whole revolution (360 degrees) it nothing.
    Michael
    2 years ago
    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.
    Shawn
    2 years ago
    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.
dave
2 years ago
Does anyone know if this plugin will work with animated textures? For example, a 3D phone with a movie playing on the screen.
2 years ago
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
    2 years ago
    *"but still isn't updating in real time..."
Izmir
2 years ago
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 !
2 years ago
Mr. Andrew, 1 question.. what if you have a rigged model?.. Any way to animate that with Element?
2 years ago
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.
Justin
2 years ago
I am getting some strange blocky artifacts when using depth of field. Even with the different modes. Any idea why this is happening?
    Pablo
    2 years ago
    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.
    Dave
    2 years ago
    Same here.
    Clay
    2 years ago
    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. :(
    2 years ago
    I was wondering if anyone figured out a fix for the blocky artifacts?
    HyperNerd
    2 years ago
    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.
2 years ago
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.
Martin
2 years ago
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?

Thanks!
Carter .R
2 years ago
Hi guys check out the possibilities of element 3D.

The detail is amazing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwe6eUeSrWE&hd=1
    Jim Gravina
    2 years ago
    Wow, thats a nice lil' render!
    Carter .R
    2 years ago
    Hey Jim, cheers. :)
Mike Nielsen
2 years ago
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:
michaeldaugaard.net/Elementtest001.wmv

This is nuts!

There are some aliasing issues, but I decided to ignore that for now.
    James
    2 years ago
    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
    2 years ago
    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
    James
    2 years ago
    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.

    Thanks,
    AK"
    2 years ago
    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.
    Mike
    2 years ago
    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!
    Mike
    2 years ago
    Thanks for clarifying, Andrew - I got carried away with my first render, so I may very well have gone overboard on the intensity.
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:
http://www.as-art.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/OBJ-4-E3D.zip

cheers
Cyrne
2 years ago
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?
Andi
2 years ago
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.
2 years ago
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

http://artist-3d.com/free_3d_models/08military_weapons.php

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

i hope you reply to this question

thanks
    2 years ago
    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)
    2 years ago
    but we can export them as .OBJ
    will they function properly?
    where is andrew? he should be answering this
    Guest
    2 years ago
    You Can open 3ds files in c4d. And save them as .obj or .c4d
2 years ago
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.
    Steve
    2 years ago
    Download Sketchup, pick which models you want import them, then output them in sketchup as OBJ models. Then import them into Elements.
2 years ago
Andrew kramer you is my soul teacher! Language cannot express how to thank you share the spirit of freedom!
2 years ago
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...

thanks

Rick
Mike Nielsen
2 years ago
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!
jOhnfarg
2 years ago
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
2 years ago
Andrew: Any chance of getting a printable PDF of the help files?
Thanks!
Steve
2 years ago
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.
    2 years ago
    Contact support and they can convert your order. Best!
Redo
2 years ago
Is it OK to format the computer when needed and install the plugin again? Would there be any license problems for me ?
doc_81
2 years ago
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?
    2 years ago
    Be sure to contact support, we are looking into this.
    doc_81
    2 years ago
    I sent an email earlier today regarding this. :D Hope there's an answer soon :D
brum
2 years ago
Hey!
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.
Fred Castro
2 years ago
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!

Fred
Jef-Aram Van Gorp
2 years ago
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 :-)

Greetz,
Jef
Peter
2 years ago
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?
thx!
    2 years ago
    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.
2 years ago
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?
    2 years ago
    No shadows but there is Ambient Occlusion for inner particle/object shading.
    Travis
    2 years ago
    I created shadows by precomposing the Element layer..
    1 year ago
    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?
Drew
2 years ago
Hey Andrew, are you by any chance related to Chris Evans (the actor) as the two of you really resembles like cousins?
Drw
2 years ago
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.

Thanks
    2 years ago
    Inside the download system is another ZIP file called Alternate 3D Files, the files are inside in various formats.
    2 years ago
    Awesome, thanks.
    Jeff Kepler
    2 years ago
    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!
David
2 years ago
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 :)
Hi Rich,

Take a look at this informations:

http://www.videocopilot.net/help/element/help_files/

hope it helps you to solve the problem.
    Rich
    2 years ago
    Thanx for the help! im so excited about this i forgot all about the tech stuff! :)
Daniel
2 years ago
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!
Philip
2 years ago
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!
    Hisbani
    2 years ago
    i think you should have to change your xp windows to windows 7 .
Rich
2 years ago
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.....
    sebastian
    2 years ago
    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
    Rich
    2 years ago
    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
    Rich
    2 years ago
    in case anybody's wondering, this is what im talking about

    http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/9396/saberi.jpg
    sebastian
    2 years ago
    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

    http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/315444_363260913745255_669773195_n.jpg

    hope this helped
    2 years ago
    Great Sebastian. Thanks
    sebastian
    2 years ago
    Andrew talked to me
    he actually talked to me o:
    Rich
    2 years ago
    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
    sebastian
    2 years ago
    glad to help:)
ten
2 years ago
Can you use sure target with element yet? I had a quick go earlier and couldnt get it working...
Carter .R
2 years ago
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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-g-2-wcfck&hd=1

Thanks Again Andrew.VC
2 years ago
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.
Ben Jones
2 years ago
for once my indecision paid off :P Nice work guys.
2 years ago
Thanks for the quick update Andrew! Does this update include the bug fix for the ATI HD 5770 cards as well?
Gustavo
2 years ago
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.
2 years ago
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.........
J_Vorhees
2 years ago
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...

...
    2 years ago
    I would like to see the result of this.. haha!
doc_81
2 years ago
Is the plug-in alone worth getting without the shaders or model packs?
Does it come with anything included to start you off?
    2 years ago
    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.
    doc_81
    2 years ago
    118 3d objects? :O I might have overlooked this but is there a list of what these are?
Alessandro Leoni
2 years ago
"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".
Jim P
2 years ago
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
    2 years ago
    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!
Steve
2 years ago
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!
    2 years ago
    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.
    Aaron
    2 years ago
    It isn't too much, test it out~!!!
    2 years ago
    Test -> Done.

    It feels a little undersized but works, and works, and works.
    2 years ago
    Just tested on 2009 macbook pro with 8600 GT
    WORKS!!!!

    https://vimeo.com/47138784
Tobi0688
2 years ago
If someone wants to the Black Hawk write on facebook

facebook.com/tobi0688
Louis
2 years ago
I'm really happy with your update and your customer/support service, looking forward to make business with you again in the future ^^
speculator
2 years ago
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...
    DecodaX
    2 years ago
    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.
2 years ago
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
    2 years ago
    Sean,
    As far as what I have read and played with myself, the animation engine will only interpolate between 2 groups.
    2 years ago
    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.
    2 years ago
    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
    2 years ago
    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.
    2 years ago
    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
    2 years ago
    Jimmy.....Twas what I was in the middle of trying.....thanks for the heads up :0)
2 years ago
thnx =) updated ! =D
Adnan
2 years ago
Hi...
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?
ahmad
2 years ago
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????
    ahmad
    2 years ago
    oh and i forgot to say that i have 2x 4GB RAM
Jake
2 years ago
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.
2 years ago
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.
mmd
2 years ago
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
2 years ago
Oh my, you guys do such a great job at customer service. Iv'e never seen this great anywhere else. You guys are awesome!!!!!
Ubiq
2 years ago
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!
Lee
2 years ago
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
Phil
2 years ago
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 :)
    James
    2 years ago
    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.
    2 years ago
    We made it. And it may be part a future pack... perhaps. A model like that takes almost 2 weeks to create...
    Phil
    2 years ago
    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!)
    James
    2 years ago
    My mistake..NOW WHERE"S MY FREE HELICOPTER!! (kidding of course..)
    James
    2 years ago
    Totally not surprised it takes that long...it's a damn good looking model.
    Jovica
    2 years ago
    Phil, $150 Cheap ... Are you kidding me? :O
    Tom
    2 years ago
    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.
    2 years ago
    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..!!
James
2 years ago
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..!
Grant
2 years ago
Thanks Andrew.. do you think this will help stop people from stealing this from you? (torrent?)
Daniel Valenzuela
2 years ago
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?

Thanks!
2 years ago
Thank you so very many and plenty! Time to get to know the WORKING Animation Engine! Mi so happy! =)
Christian Michael
2 years ago
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
CM
Jeremy Abbott
2 years ago
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
    2 years ago
    I should add that I'm on Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, and Snow Leopard on the Mac side, both fully up to date.
    2 years ago
    Ya.. I"m not sure. We don't really support a bootcamp configuration so we don't even know.
    Jeremy Abbott
    2 years ago
    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?
    2 years ago
    Of course!
    rv4cgvfx
    2 years ago
    Sir m also on win 7 64 bit having hd 5470 ati mobility radeon card....ae cs5....will it work ???
    Shane Walker
    2 years ago
    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 :(
    2 years ago
    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
    2 years ago
    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
    2 years ago
    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?
Derek Frenzo
2 years ago
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!
    2 years ago
    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. =)
    2 years ago
    Or similar I mean. Don't mind the floppy english!
    sebastian
    2 years ago
    can you not export an obj from those programs
    Tim
    2 years ago
    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
2 years ago
Did you make that red arrow in Element? Sweeeeettt!!!
WM
2 years ago
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!
    R-CANE
    2 years ago
    Until we get the chopper we can launch the missiles from the skateboard.
Hmm…
2 years ago
I'm not sure what a stalker ex-girlfriend has to do with making something rock-solid. I guess I missed the analogy.
    JJ
    2 years ago
    A stalker ex-girlfriend is totally dedicated to either getting you back... or getting back at you. "Totally Dedicated" is the key phrase.
2 years ago
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!
Taeef
2 years ago
whatever Andrew does, he does it in the best possible way! u rock man.. salute!
si
2 years ago
Just tired it out (mac ATI CARD) works great thanks
    JJ
    2 years ago
    No, Andrew is tired out. You just tried it out.
    si
    2 years ago
    haha oops :P
Sebastian
2 years ago
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?
    lu392
    2 years ago
    Yes, i did it today... worked! depends on polys and your "gun" :-)
    Sebastian
    2 years ago
    Thanks man!
Just can't wait to scrape enough cash together to purchase all of the Element 3D stuff... NEED IT SO BAD!
2 years ago
where is the trailer..
and where is the infantry pack??
i hope we get one like tanks choppers police cars or things like that
Spamer
2 years ago
awesome awesome awesome awesome
Farshad
2 years ago
Thank you man , very good
VFXDaddy
2 years ago
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
    2 years ago
    I also have a 57XX ATI card and my system just continously crashes as well.
2 years ago
Ha, you click on update, and it opens like 30 windows.
2 years ago
I saw it, was really awesome (Y), thanks Andrew for your efforts.
2 years ago
"Andrew Kramer Never Sleeps!"
si
2 years ago
THANK YOU :D YOU GUYS ROCK!!
A Poor Man
2 years ago
Thanks !! I appreciate it !!
George
2 years ago
GREAT WORK :D Very nice Andrew.
    2 years ago
    Ya, amazing customer service and an amazing product!
    http://youtu.be/8-t2MGFv-AU?hd=1
    12 months ago
    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
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