New Element 3D Video Demonstration!

UPDATE: Now Available

If you are still wondering exactly what Element 3D is all about, check out this new video!

The video shows you exactly what it is like to work with the plug-in so you can see the impressive controls and ease of use.

There are many more features to cover in the next few days so stay tuned for those!

Watch Element Demonstration!

Also on Youtube and Vimeo for your convenience.

Features shown in this video:

  • All New Element User Interface
  • Importing 3D Objects with Textures!
  • Interactive Lighting
  • Material Options and Presets
  • Group Array System
  • Environment Mapping
  • Motion Blur and Depth of Field
  • New Expansion Pack demonstrations: Pro Shaders & the Motion Design Pack

The Element Plug-in will remain at the low price of $149.95, and we will also have several bundle options available as well!

Click here to see all Bundles and Prices

Element will be available Tuesday, July 10 2012!

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716 Comments

12 months ago
Wow!!! This is just amazing... I nrrd to get my hands on this, cant believe i havent heard of this before now would have saved me a lot of hassle incorporating 3d elements!
1 year ago
Jonathan I believe Element can indeed intersect with After Effects 3d layers :) a bit of a tricky process but it can
Hayley
2 years ago
will this work on my graphics card? geforce 6150se 900mb
1.75gb ram...... hoping for andrew to reply..
nice plug in btw. nothing's impossible with VCP team.
Jonathan
2 years ago
Hi Andrew, can Element 3D intersect with After Effects 3D layers? I don't think I saw this question asked in the blog so far.
FLhightopps
2 years ago
I have a quick question. I have CS5 right now but will get CS6 in a few months. If I buy Element now and use it with CS5 will I be able to use it for CS6 without having to buy it again? Thanks
Izzy
2 years ago
Un-freaking-believable, Andrew! I have no words to describe how happy I am after watching this. Starting to imagine all the things I can create with this... Now I'll have to save up around 300 BRL to convert into 149 USD, hehehehe
GadgetGurl
2 years ago
"And it sucks for the good artists as well because for one, their reels are harder to find, and two, they have to lower their rates significantly to compete with unskilled people who know how to click a few buttons."

I agree with you on that point, Mike. I do agree with what Tehri said about pricing though. Both of your posts are excellent reads in my opinion.
    2 years ago
    So all you so called pros do is click the mouse a few times and then over-charge people it? So anyone who uses element can put you out of a job huh? Wow, doesn't speak alot about your job does it? Just a few mouse clicks and I can compete with the pros! Is that what you fear mongers really think?
Johnny Cash
2 years ago
I can't even comprehend how awesome this is...
2 years ago
Hey Andrew,

Congrats on creating such a mind blasting game changer. you literally bridge the gap between 3D and video editing. If there is a Oscar for innovation post-production work flows it should go to you and you're team.
I hope you realize half of you're old tutorials can go right in to the bin.

Quick question though. are the environment maps HDRI images? and is it possible to convert a layer to a environment map?
Christian Michael
2 years ago
into the 700 post count :0) lol
Christian Michael
2 years ago
just wanted to tip this.....
2 years ago
Seriously this is so impressive plug-in.You guys invented the plug-in of the decade here!Not so many people realize how hard it is to import a 3d object into after effects.Good job.
    tehri
    2 years ago
    For 3D users, it was really easy to import obj. or sequence inside AE.
naXus
2 years ago
Oh MY GOD!!! VC does it again!
2 years ago
you are soooooooo getting my money!
can't wait for the 10th

congratz
Shaheer
2 years ago
I think its functions greater than after effects..!!
rikimaru2501
2 years ago
Wow! this open endless possibilities esp incorporating 3D elements, which is really a visual feast for lot of artist. Now! if i can only get a copy
of it..better breakthrough than the iPhone4s hahaha
Mikeof7
2 years ago
This is not really like 3DS Max...but what it is is REALLY FAST!
EZ
2 years ago
if possible you can add many application inside this plugin (modeling,fluid,...) and we can use it like 3d software.
thank Andrew be blessed
Paul
2 years ago
I'm sitting like that infront of my computer: http://i.imgur.com/JN9u5.png
This saves so much damn work!
2 years ago
You Know ?!
This will change the whole world .....
The globe was in a need for plugin like this ... I'm sick of the CPU slow Rendering , & there's a high, Powerful GPUs now already :D

Thanks Andrew ;)
Cpt MobyDick
2 years ago
This changes....everything!
3Dfusion
2 years ago
Hi Andrew,
will it be possible to destruct 3D Objects with Element 3D? I'm thinking of the Rayfire Plugin for 3dsMax.
It looks so amazing there must be some destructive power in there... ;-)
Cheers.
2 years ago
Hi Andrew

Great Job. Very excited for Tuesday. Will I be able to buy "City Kit" from Greyscale Gorilla to use with Element. What about the Light Kit? Can I only use thirdparty obj or c4d models. Can i purchase additional third party shaders for use?? What about manipulating the stock environments?
Andrew
2 years ago
You deserve more than an award!! You have pushed Aftereffects a great step ahead. Huts off!
victor
2 years ago
Looks awesome!. But what I will love to see is a quick tutorial about how text works, so this is what will make me buy the plugin or not. I already have other 3D programs to work particles, but if text works this fast, definitely is a buy from me ;-) Thanks Andrew.
Doc Brown
2 years ago
Lucky for me I have this flux capacitor....
    2 years ago
    All we have to do is somehow.. 'harness' the power of the pro shaders, and THEN we can send you to the future.
ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM
2 years ago
Do you need a 3D program to make models? How can I get .obj files?
    tehri
    2 years ago
    Answer has already been given several time, here or in the video.
    - You need 3D prog to generate 3D shape.
    - or you download 3D shape.
    - or you use Element basic 3D shapes library + option for Motion Design Pack to buy.
    tehri
    2 years ago
    Answer has already been given several time, here or in the video.
    - You need 3D prog to generate 3D shape.
    - or you download 3D shape.
    - or you use Element basic 3D shapes library + option for Motion Design Pack to buy.
Travis Wade
2 years ago
Hey Andrew is element available for pre-order?
Mikeof7
2 years ago
A man of his word. Andrew said it would be about $150...and it is.

Question:
I'm renting the "K" computer in Japan. It has 68,544 CPUs that run at about 8 petaflops, but it only has an ATI X300 video card. Will Element 3D run okay?



:)
Dennis
2 years ago
Damn :( My Quadro FX only supports OpenGL 3.1
Gues i wont be able to run it then..
Richard oakes
2 years ago
Im guessing you can render on top of moving footage etc, its just every example of element 3D has had a still image background and it concerned me a little.
2 years ago
Does it support multi-GPU?

Because I have two gtx 680 (:
    2 years ago
    I Think this is a good Question ..
    as i'm willing to have crossfire of 6850 ATI very soon :)
Jenson
2 years ago
Im throwing money at the screen but nothing happens :(
2 years ago
Fantastic ! Thanks...Again !
2 years ago
Holy moly! A new era! 3 days left - can't wait it!
PROOF UNKNOWN
2 years ago
DAMN! AWESOME! the best plugin I ever saw
Vida Andrew
2 years ago
I'm a bit disappointed? I mean it's amazing, but i thought i could create my own fluid 3d object inside with sphere particles that blends together at contact
TXman
2 years ago
Now the BADS:
1) Punctuality: failure to deliver on time: last one - was 5 weeks ago when on Tweeter, VCP was about to put up some FAQ and release E3D in "few days" that turned out to be few weeks - July 10 ...Another one: minimum specs that were suppose to be up yesterday - are not, therefore so many redundant posts about compatible cards, OS, RAM etc.
2) Secrecy: huh?!? what's going to happen? on July 9 at 11:59pm Adobe is gonna release AE CS6.6 with 3D object support after reverse-engineering E3D screenshots and presentation videos and sink Element 3D??
I was absolutely sure that at the beginning of the year, with the (new) delay announcement in the E3D release, VCP already has the E3D ready. Now, found out that a version was available in October last year. I guess a skinny v1.0 could've been released last year and now have a v2.0 with all this extra good stuff and v3.0 getting OBJ animation, var maps etc. in 6 mo or so. It's not gonna be perfect, like Optical Flares - great product- wasn't (for ex. a 2 sec workaround - had to precompose the text in order to make AO to work-of course not a big deal at all...), but that's why the patches are for.
I remember a clumsy-buggy-unreliable-overpriced Quark Xpress being the printing industry standard selling a license for $2,500 years ago when they had 95% market share, practically no competitor (maybe just a shy Adobe PageMaker) then bam! Adobe Indesign. I knew since CS2 it's gonna be Quark killer, now with $599/license. A swift bite to the neck, and BANG! Now CS6 and 95% market share for a slick-brilliant-powerfull-amazing-superreliable Adobe Indesign+Photoshop/AE/Premiere/Acrobat/Illustrator/Flash/LightRoom for $50/mo-Creative Cloud. Isn't it heavenly good ?!? Isn't it ? huh ? Sweet?? NO!!!! Thank God they have strong competitors so they can't turn into Quark!
That's what happens when the competition is almost nonexistent. Zaxwerks, Adobe, Trapcode, Mettle etc. (almost) incredibly failed to bridge this small gap. Bringing 3D objects in AE?!? Come on ! It's not rocket surgery/brain science! I wish Trapcode to have a Particular 3 with 3D object support going on right now, with all the good stuff TP 2 has- shadows, animation sequence etc., AE CS6 with raytrace and 3D object native support, Zaxwerks with not such a clumsy GUI - to put pressure on the competition - the incentive to progress.
It looks like VCP was/is aware of all this and turned everything into a big tease game. I'm seeing VCP like a child slurping a big half-melted peach ice-cream on his bench at 110F in front of the neighborhood drooling kids, playing with his new-shiny-smooth-toy-that-nobody-can-touch-just-watch-(yet?)...Look carefully at the first E3D presentation video: it's just big tease, like VCP is reluctantly, hardly, kinda VERY painfully revealing new features and finally deciding to cancel the presentation just after trying to show the array replication, like saying "I don't' REALLY wanna show you my new toy, I'd love to keep it just for myself, but somehow I realize I have to put it on sale! DAMMIT..."
What about Element 3D v4.0? OBJ sequence, FBX, opacity maps, variable textures,shadows, raytracing, collision, model noise etc?? Maybe VCP already has it and uses it for creating VFX ? Why not?
I had a hunch that VCP is gonna sell E3D to Adobe with the CS6 release and stuff. Then after seeing all the delays in releasing E3D and creating all those VFX for those TV shows had the impression it's not gonna EVER release it 'cuz having and using a tool nobody has is more productive than selling the tool.

The GOODS:
1) AK
2) Great tutorials
2) I bought great VCP products
3) E3D price stayed at $150 as promised
4) I will (probably) buy the E3D Design Bundle
5) Demon Cam girls
6) Sam (the most tortured guinea pig in the world - he deserves some love$$ on/after July 10 - but not redemption, nor forgiveness)
Odd Oregano
2 years ago
I think Element aill work perfectly together with Optical Flares. Will there be such a bundle where you can save money? Because U teally want to bux both of those. Thanks in advance. By the way: Andrew, you are awesome!
PREMG
2 years ago
it is raelly masterpiece for professional designers & editor, it's really very great and you also
Gaurav
2 years ago
Mind Literally Blown away!
Rolan Majarucon
2 years ago
EPIC COOLNESS!!! Thanks for making our jobs easier, will look forward to ordering this one!
2 years ago
its really nice sir
but what about EXTRUDE option ??
i think it works only for text????
    tehri
    2 years ago
    a letter, or a text, is just a shape, and extrude work on any shape... text or anything else ; )
Devashish Sarkar
2 years ago
Sir,
Will it work in After Effects CS4?
Thanks
Chintan
2 years ago
Hi andrew, congrats to you & the entire VCP team. This is an awesome product you've got here.

1.- what happens when you turn on the "3d" switch of the solid on which "Element" is applied.

2.- Someone mentioned to use element to generate 3d object as a sprite & use it in Particular, if yes, upto what extent this would be useful, as what limitations could we possibly face in using this combo.

Thanks a lot for all the wonderful stuff you do :)
JOHN RONALD
2 years ago
1. Can u tell me how much poly count for single OBJ can be used inside element 3D
2. In Element 3D materials there is any option for emissive or glow materials.
thank you Sir
    tehri
    2 years ago
    read entire conversation, and look video... answer has already been given ; )
Kevin
2 years ago
its blowing my mind... so incredible!! really great job..!
Reza
2 years ago
Buuuuuuucccckkkkkiiiinngggg EXCITED FOR THIS!!!!! I have bought all your stuff in the past and this my friend is a must have from the looks of your video! Dude!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nonamed
2 years ago
Dear Andrew,

my old Mobility Radeon HD2400 is supported by Element 3D? This product looks very good. Thank you for the answer.
Hari
2 years ago
Can i upload my own HDRIs that i shoot into 3d Element?
2 years ago
THE FUCKING REVOLUTION IN FX WORLD MAN, CONGRATULATIONS...

NOW YOU ARE "THE ONE"
Hari
2 years ago
LOOK DEV LOOK DEV LOOK DEVELOPMENT... THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT FOR QUICK LOOK DEVELOPMENT USING HDRI. THIS IS GREAT. THANKS SO MUCH FOR MAKING MY LIFE EASIER. $250 IS READY SITTING IN MY PAYPAL ACCOUNT.
2 years ago
this just made my weekend! thank you mr kramer, you are a prodigy.
Mark
2 years ago
I gotta say Andrew I'm really getting horny with all this animation secrecy stuff, you tease.
Austin Witherspoon
2 years ago
Will it, at any point, become a Nuke plugin? (Also, Andrew, if you read this, will Optical Flares?)
Andrew Somers
2 years ago
WOW Andrew! This plug in looks amazing - but ... BUT.... I needed it three months ago!!!! LOL

This plugin would have helped us *so* much on our last film - among other things it would have kept my hair from turning grey :) (I wish I knew you were developing it, would have loved to beta it on this last project.)

Looking forward to getting a few copies for use around here - from the looks of your demo I'm pretty sure I'll never use Zax/invig again, and this looks like it can replace some C4D AE work flows as well. BTW - does it need a license for render farm use? Will it raytrace with the new AE CS6 ray trace renderer or is this its own render engine?
Gurjote Sansoa
2 years ago
How much Computer Hard drive space will this take up?
C. Alex Johnson
2 years ago
Hay andrew, be prepared to be very rich. This looks awesome!
Paul
2 years ago
fastest 3d render engine i've ever seen
Paul
2 years ago
This is so f**king fast
John B
2 years ago
Just curious if you will be able to reference to the position data of the different objects So maybe you can link a particle emitter from a different layer to the Object? Or perhaps link the Element particle to a Null that is referenced by other layers? Does that make sense?

Sorry if this was asked already. I skimmed and didn't see it.
    2 years ago
    Yes, you can link to the position to the Object group and use an offset to align it.
Tater_tot
2 years ago
And, I hope we get to see a demo :) like a video that shows what it can do :)
    Tater-tot
    2 years ago
    :D What I am saying is we need a video that shows what it can create :) What you have done with it :)
Steve
2 years ago
Really looking forward to the workflow improvement here. Can't wait to see the Animation Engine. If I were a betting man, I would wager it works in principle, the same way Effectors work in C4D Mograph module.

If that is the case then consider my mind pre blown ! \

Nice work guys !
Christian Micheal
2 years ago
Over 600 comments in less than 48 hrs???? SOOOooooo glad I’m not the administrator for this thread :0)
2 years ago
Hello,

You got me so excited for this Plug-in, i literally cant wait..
finding it difficult to sleep.

anyway my only question is whether or not Element can take advantage of Multi-GPU setups. i currently use a GTX 460 and plan on adding another one to my system, does this mean i can expect a speed boost in element?

Thank you,
Shahzaib
2 years ago
Thankx Andrew Sir And Thankx Peter
RazielDA
2 years ago
Holy Sh*t!! Now, that's a gamechanger!
Jose
2 years ago
Is there any way I can create or modify an element? I mean, all objects like those headphones may be created in a regular 3D software?
can I manipulate, distort those objects?
    2 years ago
    (Almost) any 3D app can be used create a 3D obj for use in E3D, even the free Blender - most apps have the option to export .obj files, including Maya, C4D, Max, Blender, Hexagon, Carrara, etc. (Blender and Hexagon are both free) If not, there are converters out there for almost every native format to .obj
    tehri
    2 years ago
    Of course you can distort any OBJ. imported inside a 3D prog... but just inside AE you have also many way to "distort" by applying effects (like Free form, and so on etc...
James
2 years ago
I'm almost afraid to ask this but will Element run under OSX 10.6.7? My system is super stable under this version and I really don't want to jeopardize it...
Nick
2 years ago
Andrew i love your work and your humor when possible...

What i want to ask you Directly is if the GeForce GT 520 1gb DDR3 Card would do for the plug-in.....

Please Andrew post as soon as possible so i will know if its time for an upgrade on hardware.....
2 years ago
What package/plugin did you use to create the fluid models?
chad
2 years ago
is there editable 3d text within the plugin?
2 years ago
Andrew,
for guys like me who use AE to enhance our live action films, but have no 3d background - will we be able to create custom simple shapes within element? Say, text? Or other simple shape... like tracing the shape of a logo?
Or does that all need to be imported from a separate app?
    2 years ago
    AK has already said it will incorporate 3D text. I'm sure an upcoming tutorial will show this off.
    You would need a separate 3D modeling app to create custom objs though.
    2 years ago
    Nathanael, I know what your saying, I primarily do video as well. But think about it this way. Blender is free and works great, really great. Element will save me and you so much time in putting 3d objects into our videos that we now have the real opportunity to really experiment with adding 3D objects. I am going to buy element and get a better comp (I5 right now with regular graphics) because I now feel more confident than ever than I can learn 3D manipulation because all I really have to focus on now is creating the object and then trying to texture it. I think Element might be a tremendous way for the non 3D artist to learn to quickly add 3d objects to their video. I have made a few Blender movies with transparency and then imported it as a movie file to After Effects, but then I immediately wanted to change the way that it looked and I had to go back to Blender to do so and then re-render out my sequence and start all over again. Now though, instead of trying to master the many different 2.5D work arounds in After Effects I can simply focus on true 3D and therefore have much higher skills in the area that does the best instead of wasting my time learning a different 2.5D work around for everything that I want to do. Should I have learned more about the Photoshop 3D import options, yes. Should I have learned more about Blender? Yes. But camera work is primarily what I do, not special effects. That is why I am here to learn more about adding motion graphics to my videos. I think that Element will help me greatly in the one area that I really can't afford to spend a lot of time in right now and that is 3D.
2 years ago
I am so excited about this plugin. So excited. But seriously, you guys have to charge more for this stuff. Now every 11 year old kid on the planet with a computer will be using this and it won't be long (like with Action Essentials 2 and Optical Flares) that people will look at something done with this plugin and mutter "video copilot" after watching. It sucks for professionals that really would love to make more use of your products more but are forced to go out of their way to make something look like it has no ties to Video Copilot whatsoever. Sometimes that ADDS work to projects. I think that undercutting competition is good, but undercutting to the point that it's almost free is doing more harm than good to our industry. But hey, you guys are totally going to make a killing off of this, so I guess that's great for you ;)

...I'm not trying to be a jerk either. I think what you guys do is amazing. I buy your products and use them myself. This is going to be revolutionary for AE (not sure why Adobe hasn't done something like this yet). I just think you need to charge more. That's all.
    Ed
    2 years ago
    " ... forced to go out of their way to make something look like it has no ties to Video Copilot"

    Well, Optical Flares is a great tool, and it is also way over-used. Some people will over-use Element as well. But a real professional will use any of these tools in such a way that attention is not drawn to the technique, but to the overall imagery. Rather than be concerned what everyone else is doing, focus on new ideas and ways to integrate without being obvious. Raising the price and keeping the tools in fewer hands is not going to make you look better - only you can do that.
    James
    2 years ago
    I guess using that logic, it would be next to impossible for Mr. Kramer to ever be taken seriously in the pro arena, since he not only uses Video Copilot products, he IS video co-pilot. JJ Abrams would never hire a....oh wait...
    James
    2 years ago
    ...and it seems to me he doesn't think people should have limited access to creative tools based on their financial status. If you're afraid of some competition from 11 year olds based solely on the fact that they have access to the same tools as you do, that doesn't say much for your skills, but says a lot about the skills of the 11 year old. If Andrew had that type of mentality he would have kept Element 3D for himself and undercut everyone's delivery times by a huge margin. That's what I would have done, but I'm not the visionary Andrew is. He'll be remembered for advancing the frontiers of 3D and making it accessible to everyone, including those who have limited resources, and he'll be more than just a name among a long list of credits at the end of a few hollywood films. Everyone should be able to afford a guitar if they want to learn to play.
    2 years ago
    The difference is, Professions would have greater skills to make a better project. A better hammer does not make a carpenter, his skills do. Personally, I like the price point and Mr. Kramer will certainly make more sale this way (meaning more development in the future for us)
    Mike
    2 years ago
    I don't disagree with all the points you guys made. Thanks for making them. James, I am not afraid of competition from 11 year olds. I think either you missed the point or I didn't clarify enough. My apologies for the latter.

    I think the thing that irks me the most I guess is the over-saturation of content that we will see because more people will have access to the tools. I still use Video Copilot tools and will continue to because they are great. I just find that sometimes it can be a challenge when you have to go out of your way to make them not look "Video Copilot". Because so many many people use the tools (which is strongly due to it's price point - awesomeness aside), there is actually lingo in the industry starting to develop more and more. That lingo is "That's Video Copilot", or a variation of that. More times than not, it is said in a negative way.

    I 100% agree that it is up to the artist to skillfully make something unique, but I just think the price makes the availability too high. If it was $500 for example, that would weed out some of the crap and leave room for people who are actually serious about this industry. If that sounds bad to you, remember that we're talking about $500. That's really not that much money compared to what the tools in this industry cost 10-15 years ago. There is a mentality in our internet age to have everything available to everyone, anytime. It's a love/hate scenario because while I love that idea in principal, the reality of it can be very frustrating at times. As an employer, I have to sift through mountains and mountains of (usually not so good) demo reels because everyone has access to the tools and immediately thinks they are a VFX artist. It makes finding the good reels much more difficult. And it sucks for the good artists as well because for one, their reels are harder to find, and two, they have to lower their rates significantly to compete with unskilled people who know how to click a few buttons (same goes for employers). When I say it hurts the industry, its not only financially, but quality-wise as well.

    So... I stand by my opinion that it should be more expensive. I do however, understand all the arguments against it, but I wouldn't dismiss my point as invalid without giving it some thought. It's obviously not going to change anything, but it needs to be said.
    2 years ago
    Speaking of looking "Videocopilot" I'm sure a whole lot of people noticed the Optical flares on the big-budget transformers movies and other Hollywood stuff. I understand where Mike is coming from because I actually try not to have that "Videocopilot look" when I work on projects but I realise that in doing so, I stretch myself to think outside the box which in turn increases and develops my skills as an artist. So in a sense the more people there are doing crappy work because the plugin is affordable, the better for HARD WORKING artists because their work shines through amidst mediocre stuff. And if the Hard worker happens to be 11 years old then he deserves to reap the rewards of his labour. Then again, if VC had decided to sell this only to the Hollywood studios, non of us would be having this conversation.
    Ed
    2 years ago
    Mike - It sounds like you're a pro. If so, why are you worried about amateurs? I don't see professional musicians wishing that instruments and recording gear were more expensive. If amateurs start to undercut your business, then step up your game. It's called competition. It's not the price of the tool - it's what you do with it.
    Nick
    2 years ago
    I disagree with you because if a 13yearold will try to make some effects its surely not going to look professional however it will worth that 13yearold boy`s time!

    The technology nowdays makes the products easier to anyone....

    think about that: Andrew Kramer started this site by a "basic sky replacement" tutorial, the video was created in 2007...

    (2007)
    in that year,it could be really difficult for a user to do something like that...

    (2012)
    Now,in 2012 a 10yearold boy can make the sky replacement better than what Andrew Kramer showed in that tutorial... BUT!! That doesn`t mean that Andrew is going to take that as competition but as a pleasure cause he encouraged,helped and taught that boy how to do it and make it better...

    Or think about the other thing:

    If you have a camera you can always film your videos/Photos with no problems...
    You can use photoshop to fix these photos and After effects to "fix" the videos....

    However one photographer of the 50s had to spend a lot of money to do what you do in a couple of sec`s in a digital camera.....
    He is an artist AND you are trying to take some cool photos...
    That doesnt mean that he would take you as a competition but i believe he would encourage you to go even further.....

    If you think that element3d is low-priced and everyone can buy it,think about you(bringing the example from above)when you bought that digital camera 100bucks and you do almost a perfect shot and he(the artist)had spent 1000bucks or more to do the same good shot as you intended to do however he got the 1/10 of the quality of your picture.....

    By the way The artists usually love competition cause they have the challenge to go further....

    And if Element-3d is low-priced this is something that Andrew Kramer is going to decide...



    i am a 14year-old boy and i dont think that i can compete with Andrew Kramer and any other professional vfx artist out there however this is my futuristic work and i love to even try to make the 1/10 of the tutorial that Andrew Shows.....

    Andrew Kramer I love your work and you are the best Post production Teacher i`ve ever met!
    2 years ago
    So here we go. The first of those who say, weed out the less fortunate and keep the tools for us! By your logic he should never do another tutorial again. By your logic he should also charge $10,000 for the plug in and keep people like You out of the market. This post of yours is nothing but your own selfish fear that others will be able to make better products that you can. That is all this is.

    Your fears are also baseless. Why? It is because Element controls objects. In itself it is not a tool that gives everyone the same look. Instead, it gives you greater, easier freedom to manipulate objects to your hearts content. This kind of tool only adds to the market, it does not take away.

    Do you know what a real professional would say about all your belly aching? They would say, Thank you Andrew for raising the bar for the entire field so that people like me will be able to stand out from others even more because while others merely use tools, I as a professional master them. But no, you only want to exclude others based on your own fears. Do you know what that makes me want to do. It makes me want to tell AK to DROP the price even further so that every 2 year old in the world can buy it and instead of making $200,000 you make $200,000,000.

    I predicted that many people like you would demand that Andrew raise the price and offer only exclusive deals for the product. Just look for my previous posts and you will see. But don't you do it Andrew. Fear based business decisions never lead to real profit, growth, and opportunity. Keep it just the way that it is and you will find continued success, free marketing, consistent word of mouth advertising and continued growth, advancement, and sales. If you listen tot he fear based closet mongers you will only become one yourself. You are doing great keep it up and the sky is the limit.
    R-GATTO
    2 years ago
    wrong from the first line to the last: you are trying to hide your lack of creativity behind your big wallet
    2 years ago
    I'm glad this is generating some discussion. I think there are great arguments against what I'm suggesting. In fact, I agree with a lot of the arguments! I'm not so sure the personal attacks on me are called for though. But whatever. I think some people here are missing the point. I'm NOT saying that Video Copilot should charge $10000 for this plugin, and my logic, if you read my 2 previous posts, does not suggest that either. Is it my "selfish fear" that is making me suggest the price should be higher? Of course not. I'm not "afraid" of an 11 year old kid stealing my job (cudos to one that could though), I'm just saying that in my experience, I can see that there is becoming an over saturation of people that think they can do visual effects and motion graphics because they now have easy access to the tools to do so. Is it something that can be stopped? Nope. It sucks though.

    I am also not "the man" as some replies seem to suggest. I don't have heaps of money to throw away on expensive software, and I'm not trying to "weed out the less fortunate" and keep the tools all to myself. When I say this plugin should cost more, I'm not saying it should be only in the price range of the super elite. Even tripling the price of it, for what it does, is STILL way undercutting tons of other plugins. I think the reaction to my post reflects the "gimme gimme" mentality of the internet age. What I'm suggesting is farther away from "free" than people like, so that makes me the bad guy for suggesting it. Oh, well.

    I understand the business sense in making this product cheap. It's the same concept that Walmart, etc uses... sell more for cheap (maybe I shouldn't have used the swear word "Walmart"). Video Copilot will make more (well deserved) money and there might be less pirating because it is so affordable. However, the cost to everyone else is that a highly competitive and overcrowded field will now be even more competitive and overcrowded. The good artists will have to lower their rates as a result, given that they can get to the front of the line in job bids-which most of the time they do not. Studios (especially smaller ones) also have to lower their rates to be more competitive, and as a result, can only afford to pay artists lower wages. It's a romantic idea that the majority of successful artists get to where they are by their skill alone. It's surprising how many are at that same level with only knowledge of the tools they use.

    Another major downside is the mentality of a lot of clients these days is "why would I pay that artist/company to do this job for $2000 when I can pay my nephew $300 because he can do it good enough with that new plugin that he said he got for $150 on Video Copilot?".

    Truth is, there's nothing we can do to slow down this over-saturation of the industry. I really shouldn't be griping this much about it. I guess I'm just a little sad about it, that's all. I liken it to the transition of film to video. So maybe I am just being a little selfish in not wanting to have to watch the negative effects that the low price point for Element3D will produce. I do think that the positive effects of the actual plugin will be immense though. I am really excited about it, and I am really happy/grateful for the crew at Video Copilot an all they have done for this community.
    sebastian
    2 years ago
    Nick I'm 13 and I know this probably sounds silly to you but I'm offended

    you think that because of someone's age that means they can or cant do good work I have been using after effects and various 3d programs for about a year now I actually got a paying job for modelling and texturing a space shuttle in blender

    so don't downplay me just because of my age

    as for everyone else I use the video copilot products and have seen them used and I guarantee that when people see a lens flare in a film they don't always assume that its optical flares I mean video copilot didn't invent lens flares that's just stupid there are lots of ways to create lens flares you don't need a plugin for adobe after effects

    example lens flares...

    happen in real life to:)
    2 years ago
    Oh great, so now your blaming Andrew Kramer and Video Copilot pricing for your lack of ability to compete with your 13 year old nephew. Well let's just bring out all your issues tonight shall we? And you make the claim that you are a pro! What a crock. Grow the hell up. Your lack of abilities is your own fault and not Video Copilots, mine, or your nephews or any other 13 year old. Man up!

    A real pro leads the market and doesn't blame others for his own lack of income.
    2 years ago
    You see Mike I don't think you understand just how offensive your comments are to people like me. You seem to think that this field belongs to you and you alone. You seem to think that other people shouldn't be allowed to compete with you. You seem to think that because you have worked in the field longer than me that you are special and more deserving than everyone else. Lets take a closer look at your fascist statement shall we for what it really is.

    Im just saying that in my experience, I can see that there is becoming an over saturation of people that think they can do visual effects and motion graphics because they now have easy access to the tools to do so. Is it something that can be stopped? Nope. It sucks though
    So you think that people should not have access to tools because they are saturating YOUR market. So only the rich people get to drive cars Mike, is that what you want. Only special people like you get to buy a house is that it? I bet you even think that you should get a discount while everyone else pays more don't you.

    The truth of your statement is that you don't want a level playing field. You want and think you deserve more than everyone else. We lets use your logic Mike and decide by majority that you don't need to have these tools anymore because you are saturating OUR market. Lets use your logic and all decide here that you should not be allowed to buy Element because then you would saturate OUR market.

    Doesn't sound so hot when someone else decided that you're the one that needs to be excluded does it?
    2 years ago
    Well Rick Allen Media and everyone else I offended, I apologize. Obviously you guys aren't reading my posts in full and you are randomly pulling points out to be upset about. Or you're just trolling my comments. I guess I'll never know. I should have known better than to write posts that might have become inflammatory. I just really felt it needed to be said because I know I'm not the only one who feels this way (I've heard a TON of other people mention similar concerns). Plus, it is something that has bothered me since the release of Action Essentials 2.

    If you read something feeling angry and then you read something feeling happy, the same thing you read can have 2 completely different meanings. You know very well I didn't mean what you are saying I meant. I think that if we had this same discussion face to face, this would not be turning into a personal attack against me and you would definitely NOT be "offended". That wasn't my intent. Anyways, I think after re-reading what I said, that I made my point. I am not your enemy, I was just expressing a point of view which I think has some validity, as do yours (which I have mentioned that I agree with most of them).

    As things are starting to get a little nasty and really off the point I was trying to make, I will end my involvement in this discussion. Feel free to contact me through the link on my name. I will be glad to talk to you in person on the phone or whatever. You'll see that I'm not really a bad guy. And just so you know, I'm not "rich" either. Your comments about the car and house were awesome! I got a good laugh from it. Thanks and good luck with your career! Sincerely!!!
    Hope you enjoy this plugin as much as I will... regardless of the price tag ;)
    John Cooper
    2 years ago
    I agree with mike, over saturation kills industries. Someone mentioned the music industry, look at it now, all songs are the same auto tuned rubbish because its easy to do. If i could pick up a guitar, and use presets to play some guns and roses tracks, people would hire me to play at events, even though i have no other skill, because i charge $20/hr

    I work in the industry, so if you honestly think that producers care about an artists talent and what not, you're in for a shock. They want the job done, as cheap as possible - they don't care how either. Working in features changes things, as they have a very high quality standard, but then you are more specialized, ie roto artist.

    If people cannot see how cheap tools invite more people to make stuff at a sub par standard, look at a few industries that have had similar 'amazing tools for cheap'.

    Vimeo is completely filled with DLSR bokeh ridden, unfocused arthouse junk.

    Red has made high end cameras affordable, and now rental houses are shutting down because there are owner/operators hiring there epic out at 500/per week.

    Davinci has made Resolve lite almost as feature full as the full version, and that's only 1000. A full colorist app. Again, color correction post is now having the same thing happen, with work being forced overseas.

    I agree, it should be worth more money, like $500 bucks, because, damn, its worth every dollar. And if you can't afford it, WORK for it. If you love your motion graphics enough, do sky replacements until you have $500, and then continue. It's kinda like an entry fee.

    Optical flares makes good lens flares really accessible.

    If you're 13 and get offended, just remember, ONCE UPON A TIME, you had to know how to do all this stuff from scratch - there were not such thing as presets. All that knowledge and skill, is now obsolete, as i can load a preset and tweak a few knobs.
    2 years ago
    LOL! at how ugly things got in the conversation. I think Mike handled it well though- Peace not War. You know in all of this we really can't deny the fact that things will only get worse (or better depending on how you look at it) Look at the Canon dslr's for instance- democratising the film-look. It will keep on happening in every facet. But there are certain skills that can't be sold or bought- Conceptual, eye for detail, storytelling ability, Outside the box thinking. I agree with Mike on the overcrowded bit but not necessarily the competitive bit. take 100 of us on this blog and place them beside Usain Bolt on the track- Overcrowded? Most definitely! Competition for Bolt? I doubt!
    Eric C.
    2 years ago
    I think this is called evolution, everyone has some fair points but that is natural to be on either side depending on your current position. Let's face it, is it the price or that it is easy to use that is a problem? Because anyone has access to "free" software but they aren't going to replace professionals. Blender is a great free 3D program and yet Autodesk and Maxon Cinema 4D still do alright. It's not about having access to the tools it's about being talented.

    Element looks like an empty canvas with the tools to paint a picture and realize a vision.

    Fast rendering Speed actually Adds to creativity. You can do more, realize an idea with less time or do more than you could do before.

    The part about rental houses collapsing is a bit near-sided as well. Because people are buying the cameras so other areas of production are flourishing.

    It's like when traditional animation ceased because of 3D animation, it opened up a new world for CG artists. This isn't a replacement for 3D knowledge and experience but it offers some great features that will elevate everyone's work.
    human0id
    2 years ago
    The only constant thing is change. It happens every single day. "Once upon a time you had to build your stuff from scratch.... " bla. That time is over, face it. I know how to do my stuff from scratch, but not because i want to make money, it's passion that drives me. I also love presets and stuff, and I like that it is easy for beginners nowadays. And if a kid make some good stuff (music, art , film, motion graphics) with those tools and tons of people like it, the kid obviously hit the spot. Who cares how the kid did it!? And if the kid beat some old, crusty company with it's fine peace of art, hell yeah. :D
    Mr. Kramer is doing the right thing, imho!
    Fight the power! :P
    tehri
    2 years ago
    "I can see that there is becoming an over saturation of people that think they can do visual effects and motion graphics because they now have easy access to the tools to do so. Is it something that can be stopped? Nope. It sucks though"... you wrote this, Mike, and i just reach conversation with some thougts it's suggesting to me... .
    First, let's be really truthful, and don't blame me for this.. many people coming here, pro or not pro, got cracked product !!! many of us got !!! I'm pro, but i can't buy every progs i use (sorry) and some of them i got for free ! i told you : let's be really truthful ! i bought some stuff i need, from here, or Maxon, or Adobe, or Autodesk, etc etc... and some other too expensive for me, i got cracked, from here, or Maxon, or Adobe, or Autodesk, etc etc...
    And you can find easily mostly any product on the web even if their price is 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, etc !
    So the cost doesn't change anything.

    Just the talent and inspiration change something... and you could be pro, and having absolutly no talent (not here speaking of you, Mike !!)... and just doing commercial soup... and it's a big enormous majority of PRO !

    You say also : "I do think that the positive effects of the actual plugin will be immense though." ... but for pro, since quite long time they can import 3D directly inside AE from C4D or Max !
    Element 3D is most welcome for many reasons, but i don't think it'll revolutionized a lot... and here also, talent and inspiration will make the difference, low price or big price.
    We'll see a lot YouTube videos with 3D objets floating and turning, and still a lot Pro boring soup products !
    Positive effects will be, of course, but more in a sense of practicality... concerning Creativity, it's as usual with any tool, another story !
    sebastian
    2 years ago
    Ok I think you guys are really over analysing this

    mike your saying that if a bunch amateurs can get software easily will crash the market

    well I'm saying that if these amateurs can get the software easily then so what I mean they will still be amateurs
    and they wont have anything to do with the market and maybe
    if you give them the chance to try and then they wont be amateurs and you have to complain about to many amateurs

    PS remember I'm 13 and it was easy for me to formulate that small piece of logic so just think about that
    2 years ago
    To Sebastian:

    I`m sorry if i expressed my opinion with the wrong way,however i`m not underestimating anyone for his age...
    In fact i believe that we(aged Under 18)can make decent effects and some of them could really look professional...

    My point is that we should not underestimate the "13year old or 14year old boys" as mike said cause the have spend a lot hard time on these projects too as you did mike... the point is that i do not like adults underestimating our age...
    sebastian
    2 years ago
    That's just fine nick I was overacting and realise you were just trying to prove your point so its all
    water under the bridge
Navarro Parker
2 years ago
Navigating AE's 3D camera kinda sucks (compared to a real 3D app).

Will Element support a Sure Target 2 or have a similar waypoint system to move the camera?
Muralidharan
2 years ago
brilliant kramer, i was JUST waiting for this, i am sure i will meet you in personnel in some time. congrats.
A3
2 years ago
Hello Andrew, this looks very very very impressive. I have a question, will there be a trial version? I have an nvidia gforce gt 7600 and would like to try how it works with it since I read a previous comment that said minimum gt 8000. Will it not work at all with the 7600?
Jonathan
2 years ago
Outstanding!!! Congratulations to everyone who made this possible!
I'am blown away by the possibilities!

Greetings from Portugal
robb
2 years ago
Do you know how it will work with the up coming render engine “Atomkraft” from jupiter jazz is it usefull to have both?
2 years ago
Great to see this product's arrival. Considering how slow After Effects ray trace engine is, and that it eliminates many crucial features of the classic 3D engine, Element could be a major blessing for After Effects users! Thank you for offering this at an affordable price, too.

I would like to see the system requirement specs, and know if it has been tested on the Mac platform. I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, but the on-going issues with Optical Flares for Mac users have kept me from buying it. Even though your demo video shows Element to be extremely fast, I presume that Element will be very demanding on any system. I'm concerned about how it will perform on my 6-core MacPro with ATI HD 5870 video card. If it is stable and compatible with my system, I'll buy it in a heartbeat. Please post specs as soon as possible.
    2 years ago
    Good news! We finally figured out what was causing the bug on Optical Flares while developing Element and we will be releasing an update for Optical Flares right after we launch Element. But Element is quite stable on the mac and we did a lot more GPU testing this time around since the plug-in is GPU-Only.
    Jorge Losilla
    2 years ago
    Maybe a CPU version could be good idea. Some Mac users will have to buy a new computer to run this smoothly, buth buying 4,6 or 12 aditional MBs could be more affordable. In any case the Cycles Render from Blender runs also un CUDA, Open GL and CPU as well.

    That would be excellent news for Mac users.
    2 years ago
    Andrew - Thanks for your reply. I'm pleased to hear that Optical Flares will be getting an update. Please post specs for computers and video cards when you have time.
Arnold
2 years ago
Ah man,I can't wait this is awesome
2 years ago
Looks great Andrew! Contragulation to the Videocopilot´s team!

By the way, why you didn´t add a feature like extrudding the mask vectors?
KJ
2 years ago
Looks like I know what im doing this summer!!!!!
Keith “wait for it” Lizio
2 years ago
I am not the very graphics card savvy, but i have a ATI FireGL v8650, is that a higher end GC?
2 years ago
Best Plugin Ever ! Genius !
2 years ago
Andrew, you mentioned a lot about importing OBJ files of 3D models itself.
What about 3D models that are rigged with 3D's Max bones?
    Justin B
    2 years ago
    I doubt this will be available since obj's don't support bones.
Dutch1987
2 years ago
This is absolutely what I have been waiting for, for YEARS! :)
Since I love 3D but lack the knowledge of 3D software...

Question: When I import a 3D model using Elements - e.g. a house I created in cinema 4d - will I be able to combine it with my greenscreen footage? For example, could I place my greenscreen footage inside the house? Or will the 3D model from elements be converted to a solid?

Hope you understand the question... :-)

Thanks again!
thomas trebstein
2 years ago
uuuuuh - it looks verry good! i think i need it!!
i hope it will come with a tryout-version to test (that my mac mini is enough)

see in your shop.
thomas
light_thunder
2 years ago
wow, this's absolutely incredibe, very impressive. I think it's also better than a 3D program
    sebastian
    2 years ago
    no
R-CANE
2 years ago
Would it also be possible to use a videolayer as a texture? Let's say I wanna have a square with different video's (looped) on each side and move that around in 3D space within Element 3D?
    2 years ago
    Yes, Andrew has stated that video files can be used as textures, so you could place video onto the 3D objects.
    R-CANE
    2 years ago
    Awesome... I would also like to figure out how to make my own 3D environment for the object to be placed in as it says import file within the environment section
Shemul (SRS)
2 years ago
Hello Mr. Andrew Kramer,

I have some Simple Questions,

** Would you mind creating Element for Photoshop or a Standalone version? It will be great for me & many other photoshop users for making abstract designs, manipulating with models bla bla bla...

** What is the Actual name of this plugin? "Element" or "Element 3D"?

Thanks in Advance!
2 years ago
One would wonder, since in the demo it shows a tab for "Animation Engine", "Engine" being the keyword here, if perhaps Andrew has also added a physics option inside of the Animation tab for not only animating, but also for gravity and/or object collision. ...
    2 years ago
    No physics but a clever way to animate objects around. Definitely not collisions because 3D particle collisions take way to long to calculate.
2 years ago
I have now died and came back to life and died again.
2 years ago
Are multi uv regions supported?
Jonathan L
2 years ago
Wow this changes everything for the typical motion graphic artist. Time constraints are the biggest problem. You really are a big help to everyone Andrew.
Andrew, Have you ever thought of creating a project share hub for professionals similar to Rg People but only using video copilot products?
2 years ago
i really don´t know what to say! :) this is major!!!
would love to see some tutorials how to integrade these elements with real life footage and motion tracking! Your the BOSS Andrew!
Timber_Wolf
2 years ago
I just had a VFX-GASM!
Anthony
2 years ago
Nice looking product, can't wait to use. You made a typo on the AD though, "Available" not "Availalbe" ;)
mat
2 years ago
i was wondering...on wich system do you have recorded this tutorial?
Magic
2 years ago
Wow Andrew, Looks like a whole new program, hope my machine will survive loool
Nick
2 years ago
Wow!!! Andrew i`m really blown away!!!
I believe that you had been working too hard for this amazing plug-in and i`m sure i will think about buying it more than any plug-in out there...

In my opinion you changed the After Effects world more than anyone....
However i`m wondering if my pc can actually run it.....

My system:

Graphics card GeForce GT 520 1G DDR3
    2 years ago
    Yes, you can run it :) Might be a little slow due to your EXTREMELY low end GPU; at least you have some memory on it. It should run fine, just... A little slower than on a higher end GPU :)
    Nick
    2 years ago
    Replying to Carl

    in addition i have a 3.11 gigahertz and memory ram 6gigs
Darren
2 years ago
Excellent work.

Couple of questions though:

Is it possible to animate the Materials? what I mean is, is it possible to animate an object to slowly spin, and while it is spinning, the object morphs to different materials to go from stone to ice to metal etc?

Also, could you create a tutorial or two on creating a basic 3D object in 3d Max or Maya etc, and explain how to prepare an objects for importing into Elements?
    bo2000
    2 years ago
    that should work via texture from layer. but I would like to know if options like bumpyness are animatable?
Mike Nielsen
2 years ago
The extrude button is probably for animating an obj model of the male genitalia!
Jimfish
2 years ago
only 6 minutes of the video and i am deeply impressed ! great ! great ! great !
2 years ago
WOW, fell of my chair, jaw dropped on the floor.....can't seem to find my jaw now...luckily i can render my own in Element 3D....
Amazing Andrew....can't hardly wait
Imran Khan
2 years ago
Excellent Product.
Thanks In Advance For Andrew Kramer
2 years ago
That's awsome, Andrew!!! Looks freakin' neat.
Durgesh Jagtap
2 years ago
hey andrew u r grt man
Element 3d rockss itz gonna !!BOOM!! in markets
keep going!!! :D
tiago
2 years ago
shit got serious... this is a game changer
klaus
2 years ago
Invoice question: If I buy the 3D Design bundle, will there be the individual products be listed (and priced) in the invoice? In germany we can write off purchases below 150€ from tax immediately but higher than that we have to do this over the course of three years :(
    2 years ago
    Please contact support before purchasing and they will make sure the invoice is itemized.
2 years ago
WOW andrew kramer will knock down the challengers. jeeeeahh its awesome dude.
Umesh
2 years ago
Simply Amazing!!!!
Only missing .Obj seq in your product...
BlackSpider
2 years ago
HI ANDRW THIS IS AWESOME !!! OK
WATER SHOT CAN USE REALFLOW FILE IN ELEMENT 3D...
Mehmet
2 years ago
Wovvvvv!!!!!!!This very very excellent plugin,excellent look!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2 years ago
Mr. Andrew.. Considering the capabilities of this Plug-in..
I would suggest you build your own programs that combined 3d modeling/texturing/rendering and video compositing... because this so called "Element plug-in" is just to awesome be merely a plug-in...
and you could name it "awesome andrew kramer 3d and compositing programs with real-time rendering so you don't have to go on a vacation just to wait your render to finish. with optical flares"... or you could just call it "Element", though i prefer the first one.. i would bet that people would kill to get one.. and VideoCopilot would make other giant 3d programs company tremble in fears..
just sayin'..
Best.. ;)
2 years ago
God: I don't want real 3D in After Effects.
Andrew: I don't hink so...
2 years ago
The best plugin i have ever seen in my life :), great product as always, Thanks Video Copilot :)
Comitalseeker4
2 years ago
Hey!!! that is a good price on the pruduct but its all my money (i am ten years old) i realy want the pruduct what you think i gone do Andrew
I realy LOVE!!!!!!!!!! ELEMENT 3D!!!!!!!!!!. That is the plug-in i have want in 3 years please help me ANDREW my bigest fan and the best DIRECTOR i never se??
    ten
    2 years ago
    Ask your parents to buy it for you, or get moar paper rounds !
grant
2 years ago
Andrew! your a God! - awesome!!!!!!!!
shane
2 years ago
Can you explain please more about that extrude button and what it is capable of ? you totally bypassed that and it was staring at me the whole time leaving me wondering what i can do with it !
grant
2 years ago
the extrude button is like the greyscalegorilla's transform plug-in.
    ten
    2 years ago
    lol....except element is a fair priced innovative piece of software.. transform was just an overcharged bunch of dull presets anyone could knock together given time.
Kallie
2 years ago
Is Lightwave Objects (LWO) supported, or do I have to convert them to OBJ's or C4D files?
Popash
2 years ago
Andrew Kramer - taking the work out of 3d modellers hands and giving it to 2.5D artists. :)
2 years ago
Element 3D looks amazing Andrew!

I have a feeling that a lot of people are gonna use this plug-in to create a cool 3D title and use random position/rotation offset to create some sort of a movie title. Would you be disappointing if that was the case? Maybe you have greater intention with Element 3D than just 3D text?

The demonstration looks awesome! I have have never seen anything like it before, it is really a game changer in after effects. What was the biggest challenge? What feature are you guys most proud of?
Ahmed Rashed
2 years ago
Animation engine ???? OK sound like Crashy ,
E.L.E.M.E.N.T
E-ntertainment
L-egend
E-xpress
M-ad
E-legant
N-ext
T-utorial
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :D :
Mauro
2 years ago
this changes everything !!!
    2 years ago
    Absolutely; well said. I see more and more VC product in feature films now. From imagination to reality, this guy is truly gifted and not sure how much people realize how this has changed everything.
2 years ago
You did it again... This is amazing!

Thank you! :O
Destiny
2 years ago
Can't wait till Tuesday :D ! Very amazing Andrew !
Kranthi Kiran Simhadri
2 years ago
Speechless................ :O
Awesome...... I'm still working on believing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtvFyjOiNWM&hd=1
2 years ago
hi sir Well.. It uses the settings in AE so technically it should not be a problem at all … i don't have graphci card this 3d plugin us my system...
2 years ago
Hi Andrew
This plug-in is really awesome ! it's a real evolution for After Effects ! congratulations !

Hi have a little question.
The 3D objects with this plug-in work with the new 3D Tracker of AE CS6?
Will
2 years ago
Amazing plugin!!! just wanted to ask a question, I don't think my graphics card is fast, but is this enough to run the program?
Nvidia GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, 256 MB...
Help Appreciated.
    Will
    2 years ago
    oops, is it enough to run the plugin** not the program :P my bad...
Bader Ahmed
2 years ago
What about if I do'nt have any Ideas about Obj and never dealt with Cinema 4D- the Q:>>>
How can I take advantage of Element 3D as standalone plug-in.? Thanks
2 years ago
WoW.. so now it's time for Adobe to buy u guys out ;-) i guess they want your "Plugin" to be incorporated in AE CS 8 ;-) so you finaly have the cash to make your first "Block Buster"

congrats with this! best plugin i ever see for AE
    Marten
    2 years ago
    Incorporated plug-ins mean less money and less convenient with updates and expansions. So I would say no to Adobe. Until the come up with a beter offer of course :D
Eric Lin
2 years ago
Will the 3D object receives or cast shadow? let's say I do a camera tracking and wish to add a 3d object into the scene, it won't look believable without a shadow...
Marten
2 years ago
Andrew I dont know if there are awards for plugins. But if there are, this one should definitely win it! This is just the "wet" (sorry cant describe it any beter way) dream for After Effect users. Simplifying the use of 3D object inside 2D compositing software.

Cant wait to buy it!!!!!
2 years ago
Yo, WOW like everyone has said this is amazing and definately can't wait till next week. BRING IT ON!!

I also have a question, maybe its been asked but i'm going to ask anyway:

If I was to import an animated camera from maya with null objects and replace the null with the element, will it work ok? if you get what I mean.

Many thanks and Andrew you are definately the best. :-)
Aidan
2 years ago
Looks great Andrew! Good job to the team for developing this :D

Just curious, do you ever watch movies and can easily identify when they've used After Effects? Ever since I got into animation and stuff I always notice random things on commercials haha
Yuri Reiter
2 years ago
Do we have to enable OpenGl in the preferences for this to work? It seems there are a fair amount of other plug-ins that recommend keeping this off. Not sure how that works when you mix effects like this.
J jims
2 years ago
OMG!! This is not plugin... just 3D tool..
2 years ago
Hey Andrew, I understand the kind of hard-work that must have gone into the development. I was always wondering if bump maps are supported, and dang! it sure does. I <3 Video-copilot! - Bhutan
2 years ago
the greatest plug ins ever created, i am sure that if any other company created this they set the price at least 500$ .so thank you andrew
abdofahmi
2 years ago
just this thing is crazy amazing Thing .. and you have an fantastic IDEAS to Creative ANYTHING .. Just i wanna to say WOW :D
Mikey
2 years ago
This is beyond revolutionary.

You know it's funny just a few days ago I was working on a really intensive scene in vue and I almost gave up because I had to render a 10 second animation and was getting 19 hour/frame render times. If this works like you say it does I'm eternally grateful and inspired.
    2 years ago
    Yes, E3D will be a Vue "Eco-system Killer!"
REYO
2 years ago
Can we import HDR, EXR images into element 3D environment option ?
2 years ago
P.S. this is the first time EVER that I've actually set an alarm on iCal for a software release.
Craig Paup
2 years ago
This will be an awesome addition to my (any) 3D pipeline.
Very much looking forward to the release.

Hopefully down the road, additional native object and scene support will be added (modo, Lightwave, SketchUp, etc)...I know those packages output obj, but native is still a preferred method.

Anyway, great job to those involved with creating this tool.
    2 years ago
    Most 3D apps have built-in (or 3rd party) support for exporting .obj files, so I don't see the need. There are also online translators, like Babel http://www.babel3d.com/
2 years ago
Hi. Okay, I'm not going to tell you how stupidly amazing this looks because you already know that. Gulp. One thing I'm concerned about is the performance -- not based on your excellent video, because clearly the performance is great on whatever box you were using, but because my MacBookPro, with its AMD Radeon HD 6490M card, has been given the shaft by Adobe for AECS6, which I just purchased, as far as the GPU optimization/utilization goes. I'm wondering how the performance of Element will be on my machine. Thanks again for this; I'm looking forward to getting it and seeing how long it takes to get incorporated into a future AE release. :)
supun
2 years ago
grade.... this is the revaluation,
thanks Andrew.
Jay Vyas
2 years ago
it will nt b surpriz for me tht one day "adobe after effects" renamed as ""Element 3d"...so big congrats from all f d indian followers.. nd a small question i kno its works on static 3d object,bt i ws wondering abt text,is it neway possible tht v cn creat actual 3d text without using ne 3d file.jst using ae text layer!!
2 years ago
Holy monkeys this looks even more amazing! Seriously getting excited lol
Tim Litostansky
2 years ago
Will the ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB on mac be sufficient?
    Justin B
    2 years ago
    Yes. His recommendation is almost any ATI ot Nvidia card from the past 3 years with 1gb or more.
2 years ago
I'm with Baz.
You are going to be a rich, rich man in a few days. (Give some of that to Sam, woulda? He deserves a little love.)
2 years ago
WOW! Great job Andrew and team! Incredible plugin for an incredible price!! Truly Videocopilot is set to become a powerful force in the industry, in fact, it already is! Thanks for making my job so much easier and my work so much better. You guys rock!!!
p.cajero
2 years ago
This is really exciting. I'm wondering: Are there any benchmarks for different video cards? I was going to buy a geforce card to support the new CS6 raytrace renderer, but now I'm thinking an ATI would be better. Do you guys recommend a particular card? What is Andrew using for the demo?
Dipen
2 years ago
Those look great....how to get this???
Mookie
2 years ago
YaY!
Is there a way to tap into the models offered at Google 3D Warehouse?
They're mostly .skp and .kmz files. Can those be converted to .obj?
BTW, you are a swell guy.
rahul
2 years ago
nice from you andrew ,this is the place wher i found ae in my hands ,,great work ,,waiting to see the up comer ...........
2 years ago
First there was After Effects and a ripple ran through the world and it has never been the same. Now, there is Element and another ripple is going out into the world and the world will once again never be the same.

You have done this twice AK. First it was Optical Flares and flares became everywhere. But now, now it is objects and not just light and you have truly raised the bar and many things may change for all of us now.

I hope that you can meet the demand for your product and I hope that this does not change you in negative ways. You may also even feel the burden from others to stop what you are doing and begin to only sell your product to a few at high cost. Or, to sell out and license your product to the large houses. Stay to your roots and stay with video copilot and helping others Andrew because it is who you are and to change and sell out to the big guys who will now more than ever take notice of you will only turn you into something that you will regret.
SynX
2 years ago
JESUSUSSSSSSSSSSS.......are u kidding
2 years ago
Amazing! I have been waiting for something like this for a long time. Will I be able to import a 3ds max file thats already animated? Also I must say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! for all the time this product will save me during post production! ANDREW KRAMER for PRESIDENT or ANDREW KRAMER for GOD that is the question.

I wish you the best VideoCopilot!
2 years ago
Unbelievable accomplishment. I am in awe.
I am also in support of Claytons question above.
How did a custom mapping emerge
from just applying one texture?

Now, my thoughts...
This is the greatest thing I have ever seen for After Effects and when the apocalypse comes and us digital packrats surface, you shall be named king Andrew Kramer I.
Akhil
2 years ago
you just changed the game, kramer
Jesse Head
2 years ago
Come Tuesday, all that will be left to say will be, "Tell Your Wife It's After Effects Time!". ;) It will take a month just to try all the ideas that I came up with in the past 25 minutes.
    2 years ago
    Wife already knows what's in store :) (figures it's better than me hanging out in bars!)
2 years ago
I'm just wondering if the release is kinda late because a lot of 3D plugins like this for after effects are already out ( like ZAXWORKS) ? but i saw the demo and it seems promising and very AMAZING!
    ten
    2 years ago
    eh? None of those other plugins are even remotely on the same level as element feature wise or quality wise. This is one of those one of those trend breaking pieces of software that only come around so often and change the game.
2 years ago
I'm really curious if it will have a feature similar to Particular's render distance, so that you can have two layers each rendering in front and behind a certain distance, so that you can put a layer between them so that the layer is only covered by the foreground elements.
ken
2 years ago
Love to see Video Copilot text in a 3d tut with elements...making 3d text in after effects is such a pain right now. Even CS6 seems to be a hack with visual adjustments full of eye strain.
Fleur
2 years ago
Will Element work along side Particular in the 3D space? I want do a teapot that has steam coming out of the spout. I did it the 2D way this year's High Tea Promo clip. If it can it will save me time next year.

And Baz Hippo, you are hilarious! Don't lose that part of yourself ever! :)
John Lee
2 years ago
This is cool! after the year for waiting, now it is!! Feel like trying it out!
Clayton Arnall
2 years ago
Question - with the headphones you just quickly grabbed that texture and applied it quickly and bam you had full textured headphones. I'm assuming it's not straightforward to create those texture maps? If one were to bring in their own model from C4D, what would be required to texture it?
    tehri
    2 years ago
    Mainly for an OBJ. file or any other format, you need to unwrap to have a correct UV mapping.
    This point was previously mentionned, and an answer gived by Andrew : " UV mapping doenst always require a unwrap but it is a good method. It is ideal to bake a UV into the model before exporting but Element has a few basic UV modes such as BOX and Sphere for applying basic UVs for textureing.

    For a can of soda, it was setup previously.
    tehri
    2 years ago
    This point was previously mentionned, and an answer gived by Andrew : " UV mapping doenst always require a unwrap but it is a good method. It is ideal to bake a UV into the model before exporting but Element has a few basic UV modes such as BOX and Sphere for applying basic UVs for textureing.

    For a can of soda, it was setup previously.
Aidan Aguilera
2 years ago
Hey Andrew, amazing stuff - this is a game changer! Just a quick question - does the system allow for in built 3d text extrusion for logos and titles, or would you have to create the 3d text first, then import it in?
Simon D
2 years ago
Absolutely fantastic, you've definitely got a sale coming from our company, just one question, do you offer multi-seat licenses or would we have to purchase 2 bundles to use on 2 computers? Cheers.
1k0
2 years ago
As everybody I'm waiting for the animation module preview video ^^

For the look, will DOF option have the ability to use custom bokeh shapes, procedural or image loaded ones?
2 years ago
Shut up and take my money !
2 years ago
I'm probably repeating what around 400 other people have already commented, but this is so amazing, so mind-changing. It completely expands the creative possibilities when working with After Effects.

Andrew, you really have an influence on hundreds of thousands of people. You have affected us through your tutorials and plug-ins (free or charged).

Your work has made a lot of animators and filmmakers grow, and although I bet this plug-in will span a legion of trendy looks that will most likely even become cliché (the misuse and abuse of Optical Flares can still be felt around many videos, not to mention how many people directly steal your tutorials' projects and use them commercially) it will also change and increase the quality of the content most After Effects users can pull in the most positive way. You, my friend (your team included, of course) are a visionary. I want to be like you when I grow up.
2 years ago
OMG this is really cool plug-in :)
But I think its not just a plug-in its a full 3D program inside after effects .. Now I knew the big efforts and all this days for made this great Element .. Thank you so much Andrew and thanks to everyone who made this plug-in with you.
Damian Binder
2 years ago
Hey Andrew, What about 3D motion tracking? Can you attach 3D position data to the 3D objects?
Jeff Almquist
2 years ago
Hey Andrew (or anyone), I noticed in the demo you were running GTX 580 GPU. Is there any disadvantage in running something like a Quadro series for this plugin or AE itself? I apologize if this is a dumb question. I'm primarily a 3D Max and Maya user so may be moving to Quadro.
    2 years ago
    Quadro cards work great, the Geforce ones are just less expensive. The Geforce 4000 on the mac is also fully compatible.
    Jeff Almquist
    2 years ago
    Thanks Andrew!
Jordan
2 years ago
Andrew, Will this Plug-in run on a 2010 MacBook Pro laptop? In terms of it's built-in video card...? Thanks
2 years ago
Worth twice the price!! I'm buying the entire bundle. Amazing.
Alex
2 years ago
In the case we pay all this money and the file gets deleted in a computer meltdown, can we get it on DVD?
(DVD or Download?)
    2 years ago
    You can download the item more than once if need be after purchase.
shawn
2 years ago
This looks fantastic, got my money ready. Im building a new PC and Plan on buying a geforce GTX 690 for it. Im assuming it should be a good card for this.
    2 years ago
    Yep, works great. In fact about 30%-40% faster than the 580.
Rich
2 years ago
Just friggan amazing! can you assign multiple materials to diiferent parts of the model?
    Rich
    2 years ago
    let me rephrase that: like in a 3D program can you assign multiple materials to certain sections of the model?
    Justin B
    2 years ago
    I'm guessing by what he showed in the tutorial that your model would have to be separated into sections in your 3D program prior to importing it into Element.
    Rich
    2 years ago
    thats what i kinda figure. the only way to find out is to buy it and try it!
Sherminator
2 years ago
^___^ hands down to you Andrew! as always you blow our minds up!!! :) can't wait to try this super amazing plug-in... been doing 3d and i think this will revolutionize it :) you ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! \m/
Justin B
2 years ago
Andrew, thanks for another great tutorial/demo. To the entire VCP team, thanks for another great product. It took less than 30 seconds to convince my boss to purchase this once we told her how we could improve one of our existing apps.
I have two questions though. Will this work in conjunction with Particular. Particularly (haha, no pun intended) with sprites. Example: using particles to create blowing leaves. the leaves being a 3D object.
Will this be a floating license or do we need to purchase multiple copies? Not trying to be cheap just trying to budget how many copies we'll need?

Thanks again and an early congratulations on what I'm 100% sure will be an award winning piece of software.
    2 years ago
    Absolutely! In fact this is a great idea to use Element to create animated sprites and then use Particular to emit them. We will have a node-locked license for each copy that can be installed on 1 workstation and 1 laptop.

    Best!
Christian
2 years ago
This is gonna be the best plug-in ever. Can't wait to see animation part.
2 years ago
Andrew, thanks for keeping the price so low! I've always struggled with learning 3D programs and this looks like it's going to be a life-saver!

On a side note... on your bundles graphic there's a tiny misspelling. It says "availalbe" on the bottom right. I realize this probably makes me look like 'that jackass.' Sorry. Keep up the awesome work man!
    2 years ago
    Yes, Thank you Andrew for keeping the price in my reach. I know that you were thinking about larger sales and I think you made the right move. But there is also a generous quality to the decision and it is noticed by more than a few. Thank you again.
Navarro Parker
2 years ago
Fantastic demo. Im guessing this is based on a modern game engine like Unity or Unreal ?
Ali Amir
2 years ago
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!

The speed at which all of that renders is astounding. This is truly a game changer, especially in terms of workflow. AAAAAAAAA----

How did you make this program so INexpensive?! I don't even...
Great job, AK and team. You really nailed it out of the park, not surprising coming from you guys ;D
ten
2 years ago
man this plugin is making me wet.

Andrew, does it support multiple gpus in SLI or Crossfire?
Robert
2 years ago
Andrew just wondering if there are any future changes to the plugin are the updates going to be free or are we going to have to pay for the updates.
    2 years ago
    Yo! We're still thinking about V1 before making V2 :) But I would imagine we will have a reasonable upgrade fee but you could bet the new features will be well worth it.

    With Optical Flares, we add useablity features and small tweaks when we upgrade but with Element and 3D the new features will be actual new capabilities so we need to keep the development resources alive and keep the plug-in growing!
Louis
2 years ago
Really nice work Andrew, at this point you and your team could create your own software and people would buy it for sure. I hope the 'complete' Element pack won't be too expensive :p
David Bohórquez
2 years ago
(sorry my bad english) Hi Andrew, this is EPIC!!!, this is defenetly going to chainge the way i work, i have a question, when an objects is imported, does it retain the scale and pivot position that previously had in the 3d program?? would be great to import an entire scene without have to reposition all the objets again
adam landry
2 years ago
This is the most excited I've been about After Effects since I found videocopilot in the first place.
2 years ago
Simply amazing! I am impressed. Can't wait to buy this!
2 years ago
I hate to think of the things you'll be doing to poor Sam with E3D!! :)
Ticking off the days til' Tuesday.
Alec
2 years ago
Wow that renders really fast!...But what if it renders too fast... What if we can't control it! My God What have you unleashed! I think we're gonna have a Will Smith sorta situation on our hands.
2 years ago
Super excited about this, can't wait to see the animation engine. This is what 3D SHOULD have been in CS6
2 years ago
Our studio experienced several eyegasms today as a result of this post.
Alex
2 years ago
If AE would support channels, like nuke, it would give you the possibility to integrate Element with Optical Flares (talking here in terms of light occlusion). Also, I'm not really sure, but I don't think OF can get obscured by extruded text or bent layers in AE6's ray-traced engine. Will you be able to do this in the future?
Even though, your plug-ins are amazing. All of them (including Sure Target and even VC Reflect). I would like to congratulate you for the amazing work you're doing and to thank you in the name of this community.
Also, I would like to say that I totally understand this plug-in's purpose and wide variety of uses and I agree that is no need for animated OBJs, at least for this first release. Also I agree with the faux reflections/refractions and the AO against default shadows. Enough said.
Congrats for your new kids, Joshua and Element ;)
Alex from Eastern Europe
2 years ago
Andrew, love the new product. one question tho' the motion pack elements, are they animate-able or are they only scale-able? it appears, while i understand its early on in the demo phase, that they are fixed objects. i would hope things like splashes or broken glass elements have a motion path of some kind? thanks to you and your team for all your hard work, you've certainly changed my world when it comes to after effects
    2 years ago
    They are not animated but there are several ways to animate things including glass pieces etc. Keep your eyes opened for something called Multi-Object mode.
    2 years ago
    thanks Andrew i'll just be lurking in the corner over there until then :)
Dwen
2 years ago
Look up "Game Changer" in the dictionary and it will now and forever simply say "Element 3D".
Marco
2 years ago
Wow, that's really amazing... can't believe what took all those Adobe Devs so long to integrate 3D, and all they finally came up with was a simple 3D extrude.

Are there any limitations to poly count, texture resolution or max. replication count? Does the opengl engine also use IBL from hdrs or do i have to create AE lights?

Just wondering if the 3D system can obscure mid-ground optical flares in 3d space correctly.. that would be awesome
    Alex
    2 years ago
    No IBL - that's raytracing, GI, bla bla, advanced time-consuming stuff. Andrew said in a previous comment it has no way to communicate with OF, and you think about it for a second (knowing the way AE works), it really can't.
    The guys frome Adobe devs made a new ray-traced renderer with realistic reflections/refractions so that's why you can't do so much in their engine. It would just get WAAAY slower to integrate custom objects. This plug-in is just faster and is based on the fact that you can make things look good without using physical accurate renders, especially in motion graphics. It might be difficult to use this plug-in for VFX, but hey, no-one designed it for this purpose.
    2 years ago
    Challenge, accepted

    :)
ThomasO
2 years ago
I can see some great potential with this! Thanks to you and your team, Andrew, for developing and offering this at a great price.
KYLE
2 years ago
Can we 3d track a scene then put the 3d object into the scene??
    Eden
    2 years ago
    Of course!, the plug-in creates a 3D camera :D
    tehri
    2 years ago
    that's the basis of AE (and Element)
2 years ago
Hey A.K. Bro, listen. I know your all busy taking over the computer world and all. (making that cheese). But I've been waiting and WAITING, I know you can put out at least a mini tut on realflow 5. I work with it sometimes but a simple tut on melting liguid like text melting then bringing it into element to texture and light etc. would be super-fancy and such. hehe.
Bro. If anyone can do it you can!
Hugo Strange
2 years ago
"There was a version of the this plug-in that we were almost ready to release last October, it was very impressive and we think it would have been one the most advanced 3D plug-in available for After Effects. Now here we are 9 months later and we hope you understand all the extra hard work!"

This was the key thing you did .. that's helping blow peoples minds... you waited..you didn't rush it out,but you took your time,tested,added ..and now boom Killer product.

I cant wait to see examples with text...AE needed a killer 3d text since version 4.0 for me !!!!

As a matter of fact ..Hey Andrew your 3D product for AE looks a billion times better,faster and looks more like what Modern Motion Graphics Designers need today and tommorow .... then What ADOBE was or is working on FOR 3D...lmao !!! :-) Sorry I shouldn't laugh at other people :-)
Nicke
2 years ago
This is revolutionary. Insane. Can't wait to get back to work and try this puppy. Great stuff. Seriously, I feel such happiness right now. Wow!
Nicke
2 years ago
This is revolutionary. Insane. Can't wait to get back to work and try this puppy. Great stuff. Seriously, I feel such happiness right now. Wow!
Dr_Stef
2 years ago
Hi Andrew! Just a question related to the actual Environment pictures
reflecting off of the objects. They seem to be some sort of really cool seamless panoramic or photosynth. I take it you will be able to import your own pictures as well? Lets say the ones I take with my phone?
2 years ago
Andrew, how many separate objs can you actually load into Element 3D?
Is there a limit or just GPU memory (or both?
    2 years ago
    No limit except your GPU memory. I've loaded objects with over 400k polygons... 4k textures etc.
    2 years ago
    Thanks, that makes things real interesting!
2 years ago
Mr. Andrew,
Is a built-in Graphics Card (1GB) enough to run this amazing plug-in?

Btw, I really want to thank you for being so honest about DOF.
I trust your products blindly. This Product is Priceless, and you gave it such a modest price. Video Copilot is more than a Website. It's a Family now.. I hope you stay like this forever!
(excuse my bad english)
Austin
2 years ago
Will we be able to 3d track a 3d object into a scene?
    2 years ago
    Yes ofc, Element 3D is about importing 3D objects to your scene no matter if the scene tracked or not, as long your tracked scene has the 3D camera ready from AE or Boujou then its alright no matter what you add to the scene.
reza basirat
2 years ago
wow, wow
Congratulation to all.
and welcome to the real 3D space in After Effects.
2 years ago
Guys... you did it again!!!

Thanx
George
2 years ago
Andrew I only have one thing to say.....YOU ARE THE MAN......element 3d is incredible it's just simply amazing....i am a huge fan of your work and i love you...you are the best...
2 years ago
3D Design Bundle for sure!!!

Shame we can't pre-order ;-)
Mischa
2 years ago
I actually wanted to go to bed, because I've got to hold a lecture tomorrow in the morning, but I saw this update, thought "Yeah, let's just have a quick look at the start and then go to bed".

I didn't.

I was gazing at my monitor. This is so phenomenal! What used to be a "normal" How-To-Page really turned into a big name. Can't wait to test it myself.
Wow, thanks! And damn you, my students will have to deal with a sleepy Mischa ;)

Cheers!

Wow...
Mike
2 years ago
I am just crying at my desk, people are looking at me weird.
James
2 years ago
You mentioned target Open GL v. is 3.3. When I go into AE and check Open GL info it says v. 2.1. I have a year old Mac Pro with an ATI HD 5770 graphics card. Does this mean Element won't work with this card?
    2 years ago
    That is the version of Open GL that AE is using. But your card graphics card is supported!
    James
    2 years ago
    Yessssssss......
Kyle
2 years ago
Shut up and take my money haha. Can't wait Andrew.
krisq
2 years ago
Mind is officially blowned. Good job!
Peter
2 years ago
Andrew... Just want to say that this is probably the most amazingly awesom plug-in I've ever seen for After Effects... And I hate you for once again taking all of my money when this comes out... ;)
impszi
2 years ago
Andrew !

You have also created something extraordinary that is awesome.
I'm sure the product will have a big success and we will soon recongize it from commercials and movies.

Thanks for your work guys.

Greet from Hungary :)
si
2 years ago
hi andrew, amazing plug in!! one quick question, will it be able to install on more than 1 pc/mac also is it possible to install on pc and mac off 1 purchase?

thanks
ToniMagzEver
2 years ago
no words can explain, I was blown away..
this is crazy Andrew...

i can imagine that there is tons of possibilities in this great plug-in...
this is crazy videocopilot....

GOD bless you Andrew(videocopilot team)!!! :D
Peter
2 years ago
I CAN'T WAIT TO BUY IT!!!
Thanks Andrew to you and your team. VideoCopilot RULES!!!
    Jovica
    2 years ago
    Buy it and give to me... :P
    Peter
    2 years ago
    Hi Jovica,
    hmmmmm, I think if I will have installed on my PC I will be the keeper of it like Golom with the Ring :D
Shahzaib
2 years ago
Sir, Is there any way to convert .max file to .obj file?
    2 years ago
    3D max can export OBJ files perfectly.
    Peter
    2 years ago
    Hi Shahzaib!
    It is quit easy to do this in Max (even I am a LightWave-user).
    1. Select the objects in your you want as OBJs
    2. Choose "Export..." in the "Application-menu"
    3. Now you can choose if you either only want to export the selection or all objects in your scene
    4. Choose from the "Save As"-dropdown "gw::OBJ-Exporter (*.OBJ)"
    5. In the following dialog you can adjust things like switching the YZ-axis, export materials, etc.

    I hope this was helpful
    Greetings from Germany
sajjad
2 years ago
u are crazy man :D

very cool :D
2 years ago
Are your Server's Ready for this man? :) I know I'll be there on Tuesday...

Will you be posting something about making our own textures and other customization's or maybe a tutorial with the purchase?
Toby
2 years ago
Just picked my jaw up off the floor, great job AK and VC team!
2 years ago
The heck with the plug-in - I just want that cool orange soda shader ;)

Seriously, how many separate objs can you actually load into Element 3D?
Is there a limit or just GPU memory (or both?) I imagine loading separate building objs and creating a city scape as an example.

Count on a sale from me in any case!
2 years ago
Would we be able to incorporate video footage onto a material like here?: http://vimeo.com/33262804
Dave McGuire
2 years ago
This has blown my mind...This plugin takes AE from being good to being amazing in my opinion. I am a student and have been worried that my lack of knowledge in Nuke would be a big downfall in the industry but with Elements I am a lot more comfortable in the thought that AE is still going to be massively powerful thanks to the amazing work you and your team are doing Andrew. Can't wait till the 10th, Need to find a way to make 200$ by then!

Cheers from Toronto!
Dave McGuire
2 years ago
This is just insanity! Thank you mate..
2 years ago
I haven't been this excited for a virtual product since the release of Action Essentials II.
But I have a couple questions. Will the 3D layers be able to work with luma/alpha mattes? I assume so since the 3D seems to be internal verses the ray tracing which disables it in CS6.
Also, will transfer modes be preserved if we wanted to use them? Make a 3D object for our needs, but then set it to add or overlay?
aft
2 years ago
Awesome!
great job Andrew and the team.
here is my dilemma. maybe someone in the forum or you Andrew can clear it up for me.
What exactly is the differences between Element and ShapeShifter?
I saw really nice thing with that plug-in, include an option to animate/skew/rotate the object.
I understand the power of the render speed inside of AE using Element Etc...
I was thinking of purchasing shapeshifter before but not sure about it anymore.
Thanks for whoever respond :)
Lillian
2 years ago
Now about those headphones...any chance of a modeling/texturing tutorial?? :)
Lillian
2 years ago
This is going to change the workflow of the entire industry. Even those fearful of 3D can jump in and play.

I think this would make the late Steve Jobs smile because Mr. Kramer has literally revolutionized the way we create.
2 years ago
Hello AK,

This is a game changer! by spending my money on this i am actually buying more hours to earn from.. yay!

Few question though:
1. How about 3d interaction, any physics?
2. So after a round trip from element to after effects .. does it support render farm.. it should as we end up in AE but just wondering?
3. Animated obj seq? from C4d through plexus?
4. Does it support editing of Texture and environment maps, round-tripping from Photoshop?
5. I have some ideas, and some developer skills too.. is there any chance that you can allow 3rd party to extend element universe or at-least add to it?

Thanks for you hard-work and congrats! my money is looking for your door :D

greetings from Washington DC
Aftab
Mansooryan
2 years ago
Wooooooooooooooow ... now that a plug-in .. I liked the Pro shaders alot ... I hope you have blood one hahahahah
PeteS
2 years ago
This looks AMAZING! and the speed aspect just blows my mind.
Most amazing to however...is the price. I think people should be very happy with the price point, especially the initial launch price. I think you will be very successfull with it from a sheer volume aspect. Red Giant can learn a thing about pricing from you guys!

Congrats on a masterful plugin guys!
    ten
    2 years ago
    most gfx companies could learn a thing about pricing from Kramer and VC
Ivan
2 years ago
why do you hate maya??
    2 years ago
    Hate? Not at all, some of our Beta testers have used Maya and Element without problems. Just export OBJ files and load them up!
    2 years ago
    OBJ is pretty well a native format in Maya, I'd say Andrew loves it.

    As an Electric Image user (exactly) we've grown very used to using various third party tools to convert models into native files .fac (OBJ to FAC for example).

    OBJ files however are everywhere, and any 3D website offers all of their models in OBJ format. Good choice of format to me.
Trent Sprenkle
2 years ago
Will we be able to import from Lightwave??? Oh please??????
Grant
2 years ago
Hello Mr. Andrew K. will this element picture be easy?
http://www.videocopilot.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/green.jpg

p.s. im dutch too.. i know you are because of your last name lol.
Justin
2 years ago
I laughed sooo much when you said " It doesn't have real ray tracing but what it has is... real fast."
OMG I am buying this right after I watch the dark knight!
2 years ago
How does it play with other 3D layers? Is there any interaction or does Element have its own 3D world in the layer like ProAnimator?

Will 3D objects cast shadows onto other AE layers like AtomKraft does?

There are 5 Groups. Does that mean we can bring in up to 5 objects which can interact with each other in the Element 3D world? E.g. say I want to have multiple gears rotating at different speeds.

License: Can we put it on two machines if not used at the same time?

Finally, can you make it available NOW instead of the 10th?
JIM
2 years ago
Impressive. 90% of my workflow is rendering out and comping the output of various 3D apps in AE. Now it seems you can add OBJ's directly over backplates straight in AE! What a fantastic time saver. Might not be for all projects where VRay or a high end renderer such as Maxwell is needed, but still, this is a Godsend.
Now SHUT UP and TAKE MY MONEY!
Ramzes
2 years ago
This is amazing plug in! Andrew you are making fantastic staff! Thanks for that. God Bless you!
2 years ago
Can I install it on my laptop as well as my desktop, or does that require 2 licences? It would be cool to play around with Element when I'm travelling with my laptop.

Fantastic work from you and your team Mr Kramer!
Joey Schobs
2 years ago
I'm gonna buy the sh*t out of this!
efx
2 years ago
The 3D layer and 3D text in AE comp can interact with Element 3D plugIn ?
I mean setup layer position in a 3D scene together with 3D element plugin objects.
2 years ago
I have no words to descrive how amazed I am with this new plugin!
And I loved the new tutorials music, very good!
Congratulations to all the team who has worked on this amazing tool for us.

Thank you!
Pet
2 years ago
Is there a way to load a obj sequence?
efx
2 years ago
anyone beta tester could test the plugin on the Mac Mini 2011 (with Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB) ?
Franco
2 years ago
Wow, looks amazing! I have no experience with 3D, so maybe my question is stupid: Is it possible to import a animated 3D-object? Per example a walking person, a helicopter with animated rotor blades or a watch with rotating hands? That would be awesome!
    Franco
    2 years ago
    Sorry, I just read the answer in other comments. So I am looking forward for some tutorials ;)
Nate Fields
2 years ago
This is going to revolutionize everything! One question though...So say I want to crash some cars, I know you can at least animate the wheels since I read earlier you animated a helicopter, but does this allow for deformation of materials to simulate a car crash?
    2 years ago
    Animating a helicopter, yes because it is fairly simple objects rotating. I wouldn't recommend doing a car crash that is probably not going to look very good.
Fabricio
2 years ago
I just could not wipe the smile off my face while watching this demo ...Andrew, thanks again for another fantastic and essential tool...and SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!! :)
Visual Design Workshop
2 years ago
I must say, very impressive! When more specs and information will be available, i'll post some news into our site about this totally awesome plugin. Nice Work :)


// Visual Design Workshop
Ash
2 years ago
That's the REVOLUTION! Absolutely freakingly revolutionnary, this will change the whole look of the video world! Breathless.....
Stephen
2 years ago
Very sweet and AWESOME! When you were rotating around the sweet as all hell arrow, love the texture they're amazing by the way, I noticed that the edge looked very "CG" due to lack of texture displacement mapping. So question is what about object displacement maps/texture displacement and how will everything react within Elements?
Ashley Staggs
2 years ago
COOOOOOL!

What would make this EPIC would be if the Pro Shaders could be exported for use with C4D. It would make continuity less of a hassle to maintain.
2 years ago
Talk about Over delivering. I had set my expectations reasonably high since the first sneak peek, but what you're now showing us REALLY calls for a loud ShuddupAndTakeMyMoney!, as noted earlier. Put this for sale ASAP. You can always work on new features behind the curtains, and offer the full fledged 3D app later, maybe for the v2.0 update :P.
Chunks
2 years ago
That's freakin awesome Andrew!
jason
2 years ago
Awesome!!!! Great job cant wait to get my hands on this.
Josip
2 years ago
My man, you truly inspire me and I can't wait to buy this plug in. You DA MAN! Nice job, keep it up!
spinne
2 years ago
now my ice is molten :(

very nice plugin
2 years ago
Estoy flipando!! este tio es el Steve Jobs de los Motion Graphics!!!
Nihal
2 years ago
I WANT THIS TO BE OUT NOW! AMAZING!!!!!!
2 years ago
lets hope i can wrap my head around it in time to use it on the uk premiere of the dark knight in london on the 18th :P
Daniel
2 years ago
En mi país diria " Esto esta de la Puta Madre".. sinceramente es lo mejor que hevisto!!!,, no puedo creer que Adobe toda una mega corporacion de cientos de trabajadores no puedan hacer algo como lo que acabo de ver!!,, solo un extrude para texto no es suficiente!!.

Andrew Kramer y su equipo deberan pensar en sacar su propio programa!! seria el primero en adquirirlo.

Gracias.
2 years ago
WOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!! Definitely worth the wait guys, huh? 5 more days...

Awesome work AK & Crew. Can't wait to get my hands on it!!!

Thank you for all the hard work!
Chuck
2 years ago
Holy shit this is exactly what I needed. When adobe removed the ability to use photoshop 3D in AE, but added the 3D camera tracker, I was thinking to myself (what good is a camera tracker if you can't import 3D objets?) and then boom! you did it. Thank you. I'm sold.
Dodd
2 years ago
Paired with MotionTracker, this seems like a game changer for 3D compositing. No more Boujou?
2 years ago
Andrew!

you said you left the animation part to the end of the tutorials and you said nothing about it.

Also you pointed out the group numbers and didn't say what they do>
Prasanna
2 years ago
holly shitt !!! cant waittt
mike
2 years ago
so i noticed you went over atoms but will your next video be about text
tolter
2 years ago
Müridin olayım Andrew Kramer :-D
Syncman
2 years ago
Hey Andrew! Thank you for this amazing plugin!

I know importing OBJ sequences would be too heavy... but how about reading a point cache generated from a 3D program? hard to do such thing?
I think would be a lighter way to have an animated object inside after effects.
2 years ago
please!!!! vesion 2.0 import fbx!!!!
Mike k
2 years ago
$150? I feel like I'm stealing this product Andrew! Amazing stuff!!!
Willie
2 years ago
Coñoooooo! Man u guys r da best by far..... I really hope u are making as much money as u deserved and that sooner rather an later all of you are worth the millions you should be making... Thanks a lot
John
2 years ago
I noticed at the end of the video one of the liquids seemed to be composited with a 3D energy drink, parts of the liquid looked to wrap around the can. Just wondering how that was done? Looking forward to seeing some practical tutorials in the future that address that.
Ivan
2 years ago
Because if i am.. it looks so real...
Nikola Morin
2 years ago
I'm really sorry to swear but......that will be really f****ng cool!!!!
Ivan
2 years ago
I'M I DREAMING!!!!???
Cava
2 years ago
Looooovely tool, Andrew. Congratulations for you and your team and thank you for the contribution!!!!
Eric
2 years ago
OH MY GOD! YOU'RE THE BEST MAN IN THIS WORLD! I LOVE YOU, MAN!
2 years ago
Will the plugin work with the new CS6 3D Camera Tracker?
2 years ago
So, is it possible to use animated textures? That would be great. Also, it would be great if we could see some of Andrew's work done in element 3D.

Thanks a lot! :)
    tehri
    2 years ago
    I'm sure we can... a texture is an image (animated or not) and as in every program you can map (animated or not).
    ; )
    2 years ago
    I sure hope so ;) thx for reply
Joseph
2 years ago
A question. is it possible to animate, as in distort the shape of objects in this already AMAZING plug in?
Ben
2 years ago
I'M SO GOING TO BUY THIS!
2 years ago
Job Well Done. Can't wait to get it.
2 years ago
What the F*ck..............
U are really Awesome Andrew :)

Can we animate the object Liquid like the water?
Dario Gómez
2 years ago
Hi, my question is: This plugin works in CS4? and, You can import 3d's max files with that? ThankU
    2 years ago
    Yes CS4 is supported, we support OBJ file exported from 3D max!
    Jovica
    2 years ago
    It works on CS4... ? :O
    2 years ago
    ok great. I use a 32 bits CPU and CS5.5-6 don't work in my PC.
    Thanks
2 years ago
George Takei just said "oh my".
Alvis Gan
2 years ago
It was awesome cool. Like it very much. Cheers~
Qbs
2 years ago
Is there a specific list of graphic cards that you'll support on Mac (like the one posted by ADobe for AE CS6)?
2 years ago
This is just freaking insane... mind blowing... i cant even explain how amazing this plugin is!!! Thanks to all the VC Team for creating such amazing thing!!
Kane
2 years ago
This is the Best thing that ever happened to AFTER EFFECTS! just WOW!
2 years ago
Thanks Mr Andrew! This is the so awesome product i have seen in your collections! Good luck with your sales :)
Eric
2 years ago
I am speechless. I can't see the end of the horizon of possibilities. This is going to change the visual effects business definitly. Just like Duncan said, "nothing's happening"... From your great great grand children, thank you Mr Kramer!! lol

Wow, can't wait to get those nice textures in maya too hahaha

Really really impressing. All hail to you for the price, wish you the very best.
AweSoMeSs_creator
2 years ago
DAmN!!!! that is one sweet plug in !!! I WANT IT I WANT IT !!! Take My MoNeY !!!
But I Wish I had money though :( releasing my first movie with no money lol
anywayz THank you for your superb efforts !! even though i wont be buying this now.....BuT I wIlL surely buy ThIs onE day when i become a huge film maker :)
Thank you for your previous products like Action Essentials 2, Pro Scores, Riot Gear etc and the many awesome tutorials ...which have really taught me a lot...you are lyk a VFX guru :)
Tsim
2 years ago
I was afraid it was going to be expensive but I can definitely afford this. Great job and thanks!
BOBBY OLABANJI
2 years ago
Andrew u r truly a gift from above, you have safe all visual effect & compositors, from a lot of money | time on a production, i cant thank you enough for this amazing plugin, this is super cool, as for me this is the most useful and best AE plugin av ever seen in my life. good job ANDREW and COPILOT team, i can't wait to mess around with this New revolutionary Game changing piece.
2 years ago
Love the shot at 22.22 as well. That liquid is definitely moving so there are plenty of tricks still up your sleeve. :)

Just need that 'buy it now' button to appear on the 10th and then the fun begins.
Bela Pongo
2 years ago
U R a CRAZY GUY!!! IT'S AMAZING!!!!
Bruce
2 years ago
I hope your servers will be able to handle the traffic on the 10th. Great job!
Stephen
2 years ago
Few questions... after working in 3D software for a while, how are the textures applied UV style without the user having to do any unwrapping? how does the plugin know how to unwrap the objects almost instantly? very cool... just wondering how that is done.
Alejandro Ortiz
2 years ago
I don't even know what to say... so i'll just say: i'm impressed. After Effects just became something totally different. Saludos from Costa Rica.
Rune Christiansen
2 years ago
This is just amazing and I foresee a great amount of money landing in Mr. Kramers pocket because of this ;) And that's well deserved :)
2 years ago
Super Like Andrew..

this is an awesome plugin... reducing many headache
Thanks for showing how it works in really simple manner..

Cheers !! (+_+)
    2 years ago
    and also want to know the limitations... :)
Luke
2 years ago
Andrew Kramer blows our minds once again...
Luke
2 years ago
Also, we will be able to incorporate these 3D Objects into full motion-tracked scenes because they respond to a camera, right.
Luke
2 years ago
MOST AMAZING THING EVER!!!!!!!

Thank you for everything Andrew Kramer - we really appreciate this!
Bahadir
2 years ago
This is the best of After Effects. It won't get any further because it is just amazing.
2 years ago
Can extrude paths or vector graphics?
2 years ago
That's amazing ! Can we import animated 3D things ? ?
2 years ago
This is a great plug-in. I think the most original i've ever seen...
Just a question: how Elements use shadows? Can we use standard lights in an AE 3D comp to project Element's 3D objects shadows on solids?
Thank you so much for your great work!
Roberto
2 years ago
Game Changer :)

There are so many possibilites for this for so many things. This plug-in will make a tonne of 'cool looking stuff' so, so easy to create as opposed to using a 3D programme. Render, view, tweak, render, view, tweak, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday etc.

I say game changer, becuase it's exactly that. I won't even need to open up my 3D programme for half the stuff I currently use it for. Sure it isn;t raytraced etc, but call me Stevie Wonder, but I really couldn't tell the difference, especially when it's flying past in a two second shot.

Great, great plugin (that is such a low-brow word for what this is!)and of course it is totally worth the wait. I'm surprised you got it out this quick looking at the features. :)