Element Examples:

Here is a clever use of our new Plug-in Element 3D by Serge Mustu using pre-fractured text in creative ways.

I even have more tutorials planned this week and also a 3D Tracking tutorial to talk about integrating 3D with live-action footage. More importantly though, we’ll learn how to manage a scene with 3D tracking data and not have everything in weird places and crazy scale values. Should be fun as we push the limits of AE!

Element 3D is now available!

Reminder we are looking for experienced C++ Programmers if you would like to join our team!

July 24th, 2012 @ 2:05 am
Another SWEET video by videocopilot
    July 24th, 2012 @ 10:57 am
    this is by Serge Mustu... so perhaps "Another SWEET video by videocopilot plug ins!"
    July 24th, 2012 @ 1:34 pm
    Yes yes, exactly. I feel like an idiot. I just clicked the video and didn't read the comment. Great job Serge Mustu.
July 24th, 2012 @ 2:11 am
Very Good و Neon become Lights , thanks
July 24th, 2012 @ 2:14 am
SO coolish, i want some VFX examples!
July 24th, 2012 @ 2:15 am
how much volume is this clip in HD quality ?
Emil Smedius
July 24th, 2012 @ 2:27 am
It's probably using the transform plugin from greyscale gorilla, looks neat!
    July 31st, 2012 @ 1:15 pm
    Why would Andrew use a Greyscale Gorilla plug in to advertise his own product??? It's obviously made with Element 3D!
Praveen Juge
July 24th, 2012 @ 2:27 am
nothing's impossible!!
July 24th, 2012 @ 2:28 am
You guys at Video Copilot did such a great job on Element 3D. I hope that you make a lot of sales!
Benjamin Oluwatoyin
July 24th, 2012 @ 2:55 am
Whao! this is soooooooo coolllll....
July 24th, 2012 @ 2:55 am
Hey guys, I bought Element and love it - but there are a few feature suggestions I would like to make - I didn`t find a specific thread in the forum...does anyone know if it exists?
July 24th, 2012 @ 3:11 am
You WORKS Always Awesome Dude.
July 24th, 2012 @ 3:38 am
Hey Guys :)

This video isn't from Video Copilot. It's from Serge Mustu. Great work!
    July 24th, 2012 @ 8:28 am
    Are you sure ?
    July 24th, 2012 @ 8:35 am
    Lol, yes :) Look at the left up corner... Can you read? ;-)
    July 24th, 2012 @ 9:24 am
    He was poking fun at you. Andrew mentions Sege in his post.
    July 24th, 2012 @ 10:59 am
    and yet, many, many people didn't get that this was made by someone else!
    July 24th, 2012 @ 11:51 am
    Oh yes Nikolaus , i see it now , thanks
July 24th, 2012 @ 3:49 am
Coool!!!! as always.
July 24th, 2012 @ 4:11 am
Hi Andrew, I really want to have this Element 3D plug-in. Since the day you announced it. And I already have the budget. But I think I need to upgrade and buy a new video card like GTX 580. The thing is I'm not sure if my motherboard(Z68MA-D2H-B3) will match the GTX580. I'm working in a production company and our I.T. guys here are not sure if the GTX580 will run smoothly with my motherboard because the specs of the GTX580 is too high for my board. I hope you or your team can help. Or somebody out there can give your opinion. I really appreciate it. Thanks a lot.
-Already post this issue at the VC forum but no answer yet.
    July 24th, 2012 @ 5:32 am
    you should be fine whit your Moterbord. Couse it suports PCI xpress x16. Sorry but your it guys schould be able to finde it out whit googling it.
    July 24th, 2012 @ 4:40 pm
    thanks Tomi_si!
July 24th, 2012 @ 4:29 am
Funny how most people seem to not read the entry, claiming that VCP made this video even though it is stated that it was the work of Serge Mustu... Anyhow, it was a very clever use of Element!
Imran Khan
July 24th, 2012 @ 5:18 am
Super, Awesome, Excellent, Mind blowing, Cool Effect.
July 24th, 2012 @ 4:20 am
Hi...I wanted to say that can u make a tutorial based on text transforming into sand.
July 24th, 2012 @ 5:45 am
Hey Andrew, so ELEMENT 3D not going to have a trailer or teaser?
Its give us a lot of inspiration...;(
July 24th, 2012 @ 6:07 am
If I had a knowledge on C++,I will work free for VC!!
July 24th, 2012 @ 6:40 am
What about a tutorial "How to Prefracture a 3D Model and importing it into AE / 3DElement" ?
    July 24th, 2012 @ 7:04 am
    Essentially you just make a model, run a fracture script on it and export it as an obj, followed by importing it into element and BAM.. You got it :) Afterwards it is all up to the multi-object system and you to animate it.
    July 24th, 2012 @ 9:09 am
    Check out the author's page on Vimeo. He says he'll post a tutorial soon.
    July 24th, 2012 @ 10:04 am
    I'm sure he'll make a tutorial. I just hopes he includes fracturing imported objects in blender. I can't seem to get any imported object to fracture. It crashes Blender every time.
    July 24th, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    Here is a tutorial on fracturing objects with the cell fracture add-on in blender. It is more stable than the fracture add-on in 2.63. It should be part of Blender 2.64 that is coming out soon but you can download a test build to try it out. The tutorial explains where to go to download it.


    Here is a simple example I made with fractured text.

    July 24th, 2012 @ 12:01 pm
    Thank you for the link and your example. I'll have to test it out. Although the video didn't show any objects that were imported, I'm assuming that the imported objects have to be very very low poly count. I'll have to run some more test. Thanks.
    July 25th, 2012 @ 11:23 pm
    Hey, you can import incredibly hi-poly obj files into Element. I ran a test by using rayfire to shatter a hi-poly object into hundreds of pieces in 3ds max, imported the obj into element without breaking a sweat. set the obj to group 1 and 2. turn on multi object, and scatter the pieces in group 2 however you want. then just animate between groups 1 and 2, add some lights, turn on ambiant occlusion and depth of field, maybe motion blur, and voila. spend like ten minutes render time and you'll get a video just like the one serge made above. ruin is a good plug in to shatter things in maya, rayfire is amazing plugin to shatter in 3ds max. not sure about blender or c4d tho.
    July 25th, 2012 @ 11:25 pm
    *quick note, i meant make two duplicates of your obj in element, and set one to group 1, the other to group 2. then animate between them. :)
July 24th, 2012 @ 7:13 am
Simply WOW............ nothing is impossible
    July 25th, 2012 @ 7:28 am
    Nothing is impossible when we have Video Copilot! :)
July 24th, 2012 @ 8:11 am
Hey! :) Nice Work, Serge Mustu. Element has so much potential! Looking forward to the upcoming tutorials.... :)
Carl S.
July 24th, 2012 @ 9:01 am
Andrew please come up with a better solution for casting shadows from element onto footage.

I think I have seen all of the alternatives like particle shadows and what is on the forums and to be honest they don't look very realistic.
Looking forward to what is up your sleeve.
July 24th, 2012 @ 9:11 am

Can't you use DirectX instead of OpenGL ? (ditching the osx, I know), be we would gain realtime raytracing (shadows,real time depth of field, real refractive index, refractions, etc).

Take a look at this ultra fast DirectX demo, even the bokeh effects works super fast.

    July 24th, 2012 @ 7:35 pm
    Oh yeah, sure, let's rewrite years of work into DirectX from OpenGL. No probs.
    July 25th, 2012 @ 8:37 am
    Sometimes Phil, in order to go to the next level, you need to take the high jump.
    July 25th, 2012 @ 9:12 am
    There are a lot of amazing tech demos for all sorts of technologies but there is a lot more to consider when making a product. The tech demo you linked to requires that you have Direct X 11 on windows machine and a GPU that is fairly new.

    There are some advantages to DX but half of our customers are mac users who would be excluded instantly and many of the windows users don't have a compatible DX11 card...

    DX and OpenGL are very similar actually and we are only scratching the surface of what is possible with OpenGL...
    July 26th, 2012 @ 8:17 am
    Well, you've already surpassed anyone's else OpenGL implementation by a large margin (Zaxwerks ProAnimator, The Foundry's AtomKraft for instance, both super slow), so I guess we can expect cool things.

    I wasn't sure you can do shadows or reflections using just OpenGL, but your last statement is encouraging.

    Tnx for replying
Bruno Silveira
July 24th, 2012 @ 9:14 am
Amazing like always :D

Bruno from Montevideo, Uruguay
July 24th, 2012 @ 9:27 am
Oh man, I'm currently studying C++ and DirectX, bummer.
I wish I can learn OpenGL as well.
July 24th, 2012 @ 9:56 am
how do HDRi / image maps work with lighting can you import cinema 4d lighting / HDRi set-ups
with your 3d made models?
tryign to find a quick way to interact C4D and element.
BTW its really nice seeing 3d models in AE :)
July 24th, 2012 @ 10:13 am
Can the project from the tutorial "the jungle" be redone with element 3d? Using models from plants and 3d text?
    Christian Michael
    July 24th, 2012 @ 9:43 pm
    sure agustin, gor for it. We look forward to seeing how it comes out :0)
July 24th, 2012 @ 12:54 pm
Imagine that narrated by the midget from Twin Peaks.
July 24th, 2012 @ 3:13 pm
Lots of things are impossible. In fact the majority of things.
July 24th, 2012 @ 8:47 pm
C'mon Andrew. Just put that "Fracture" button into the multi object folder and save us all the time and hassle!
Bonus would be seeing those beautiful Element text bevels shatter as well...
July 24th, 2012 @ 10:12 pm
having troble setting up the background solid with the light ,how are you setting up your lighting.
July 24th, 2012 @ 11:24 pm
when will the new release is coming out? will it improve ssao or shadows?
July 25th, 2012 @ 12:19 am
Well done to Serge Mustu!

You keep plugging your need of a C++ Programmer.... Something tells me you have a new and powerful AE Plug-in coming soon!

Somehow, I think I am excited to see what you guys can come up with next!
July 25th, 2012 @ 12:45 am
Thank you Andrew
Great plug-in
Made for 1 hour,
  Of course a lot of bugs in my video
But this is just the beginning
Chris Francis
July 25th, 2012 @ 1:49 am
andrew may i ask your advice? im rendering a movie in sony vegas after it the file size is too large for uploads is there any way i can make it small? without decreasing the quality of film?
    July 25th, 2012 @ 4:05 am
    THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE !! "without decreasing the quality of film?"

    Instead, ask your self:
    1. how much quality lost are you willing accept!
    2. Which software will lower the file size but keep enough of the quality of the video file to remain "Relatively" sharp/clear/clean..
    July 25th, 2012 @ 7:57 am
    Depends on the settings you originally rendered the video out on. I would suggest .mov with H.264 codec. File size should shrink, and quality should still be great. (Unless you already have it rendered out in H.264)
    Christian Michael
    July 25th, 2012 @ 8:00 am
    You could try exporting in h.264 format. Depending on your screen size you will then need to pick the right preset. As an example if you have created the movie in 1080p (1920X1080) at 29.97 frames a second, you would choose HDTV 1080p 29.97. Or 25 frames or 24 frames depending on what you created it in. This should give you a good compression rate and a good quality on the web. Hope this helps
    Christian Michael
    July 25th, 2012 @ 9:00 am
    @Charles, Looks like you were'a postin', while I was'a typin' :0)
    Chris Francis
    July 28th, 2012 @ 3:07 am
    thank you charles and christian i think this info will be helpful to me... thanks guys..
Richard oakes
July 25th, 2012 @ 2:08 am
when i import an object from blender the textures dont work that I apply , just the colour of the texture. can anyone help me please?
Hector Montalvo
July 25th, 2012 @ 6:37 am
Hey, is the info@videocopilot.net email working
I send 2 email last week for information on element
for a TV affilied station and I have not get a single respond yet.
No even we will contact you soon.

Please contact my any one from video copilot
help me to make the station to buy the plug-in.
Bob Orlic
July 25th, 2012 @ 7:42 am
Just curious is Element 3D Mountain Lion Compatible? Considering it was just released today.
July 25th, 2012 @ 7:49 am
@chris : the best suggestion is to use megui http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=96032 and compress your movie with codec x264
Randy P
July 25th, 2012 @ 7:53 am
How do I fracture text (or any object) in Cinema 4D. I've used "fracture object" and the "knife tool", but when I import it into Element 3D it is not fractured.

Is this an easy process that I am doing incorrectly?
July 25th, 2012 @ 11:33 am
GREAT, look forward to this tutorial.
July 25th, 2012 @ 1:15 pm
Hey Andrew !
Ok it's fantastic. Your plugin is amazing and I am a fan of your works, tutorials and plugins.... But honestly it would be better if every people who bought the plugin can work with element 3D. I mean I bought it and I cant work with it. Because it crashes all the time. See: http://www.videocopilot.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=89487
My computer, my AE version, my graphic card, everything is ok. I know VC developers are working on some updates but its not cool because I paid for it...
I hope you and the rest of the team will find a solution soon.
Element 4D
July 25th, 2012 @ 1:59 pm
This is completely off-topic but I just found one of my VFX test in my computer. I did this a long time ago when I wasn't as fluent as now in After Effects. Please everyone watch and comment on it:
July 25th, 2012 @ 2:01 pm
How do I uninstall element?????? Please it just crashes after effects. I removed the plugin but it's still there! HELP!
    Christian Michael
    July 25th, 2012 @ 2:46 pm
    Contact support at support@videocopilot.net. They will be happy to help fix the problem.
Johnny U
July 25th, 2012 @ 2:08 pm
A quick question... on average, how large are the model packs (for purposes of alotting GB to SSD space)?
    Johnny U
    July 25th, 2012 @ 7:01 pm
    Ahh. Plug-in about 80MB, shaders about 200 MB, each model set about 200 MB.
    Thank you Toolfarm!
July 25th, 2012 @ 4:48 pm
Experimenting with E3D is producing some surprising results. The background for this title treatment started as a single pyramid. https://vimeo.com/46393697
Dave Thomas
July 25th, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

Could I suggest a feature whereby you can fracture the text inside of element? It's taking me long enough to learn AE and element to start on blender or 3ds max!

Cheers bruv
July 25th, 2012 @ 5:35 pm
i dont understand why my model in after effect after getting from element is not sharp , it blury and not crisp. any ideas.
July 26th, 2012 @ 12:14 pm
Hey Andrews,
is there any chance to get the project file(s) of your samples? Would be great! Cause I can easier learn on projects..THX
MR Steele
July 26th, 2012 @ 3:35 pm
Great Job Serge Mustu!!! I am interested in how you did this... do you have a tutorial or a written explanation? I wanna do some of those fragmented effects with objects for a video I'm working on! Please let me know! Thanks again Video Copilot for another wonderful plug in to make us look great!!!
Mr Steele
July 26th, 2012 @ 3:36 pm
Great Job Serge Mustu!!! Do you have a tutorial? Thank you Video Copilot for another amazing plug in!!!
Andrew Krammer
July 26th, 2012 @ 3:40 pm
This is so cool, I love the work you are doing, and you are inspiring many others to achieve things that we once thought was impossible.
July 26th, 2012 @ 5:20 pm
What can't element do ? probably nothing...

It's all element...
July 26th, 2012 @ 6:39 pm
Would be awesome if you watched this Andrew :)


I made it entirely in AE using Element and Trapcode.

I go to school in LA and would love to work with you sometime!
July 27th, 2012 @ 5:15 am
First time using elements this is what we produced...
July 29th, 2012 @ 8:06 pm
Hey All,
here is the tutorial I promised :)
In this tutorial we are going to create some scenes, that you can see above in the Vimeo video.
We use Cinema 4D, After Effects and Element 3D from Video Copilot for this.
Also there are some links to some plugins and add ons, that I mentioned in the movie.

Thanks for watching and have fun

July 30th, 2012 @ 6:36 am
Dying for an Andrew Kramer tutorial on Camera Tracking in CS6, some of the values for position and scale are just not helpful at all. AK = Legend.
July 30th, 2012 @ 2:52 pm
Hi, firstly brilliant plugin I still continue to be amazed by what we can create in a matter of minutes.
My only gripe and we may be missing something but there seems to be an obvious weakness with masks, from a traced logo such as the biohazard sign, any internal masks set to intersect or subtract do not render correctly, is there a simple fix for this, or a workaround?
Many thanks
    July 30th, 2012 @ 3:30 pm
    We are updating the extrusion options in the next patch this week. You should be able to do things a lot better.
August 3rd, 2012 @ 3:30 am
Sers, i buy this awsome plugin. and now i see this perfect tutorial with this amazing animation. but can i make it without cinema4D?

I didn´t find a way to animate it without C4D. Need help!
August 8th, 2012 @ 7:18 pm
Wow, that's an impressive little demo.
August 16th, 2012 @ 10:04 am
cool like always.
September 12th, 2012 @ 4:11 am
Great piece... anyone know how to prefracture objects in Maya?
October 9th, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

I come from Macau, I want to help my boss to buy a OF and Element 3D, but my company's workstation have not internet, just work, so no internet, I want to ask if I help my boss buy the plugins, but I know if need get the lic, the computer need go to internet, I want to know have other way I can help my boss to buy and download the plugins( OF and Element 3D), and give him to install by himself, and install to a no internet's computer.

thanks for your help!
October 10th, 2012 @ 12:56 pm
Blender 'Fracture' tool applied to extruded text results in unexpected changes to the shape of the letters. Holes get filled in, and random imperfections appear. I am quite new to Blender, and unable to figure out why it does this? Can anyone please lend some pointers to solving this issue. Thanks!
October 19th, 2012 @ 10:40 am
First attempt with Element 3D.

November 11th, 2012 @ 11:28 am
Element 3D - a dark design:
December 13th, 2012 @ 12:25 pm
Dear Andrew and the gang.
I've been trying, but haven't cracked it. How did you do this? Also how did you get the text in the Fringe intro to assemble? Any chance of some quick tutorials?
    December 13th, 2012 @ 11:26 am
    P.S. mine just seem to slide in and out of each other.
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