Upcoming FX

Sam Loya is back and this time it’s temporary! Recently we took to the streets with our 2-man crew of myself and Sam Loya to shoot a fun scene where bad things happen. Shot everything handheld with a small shoulder rig, 5D and 2 lenses. (16-35 and 85mm) More updates coming soon.

Free Earth Project for Element 3D

Here is a free Earth project with 4K maps to use with Element 3D. You can also use the maps with CC sphere to recreate the project without Element 3D, we even have a very old tutorial to show you how. Watch the Blue Planet.

To customize the Earth, you can open the Element 3D layer and turn down the illumination map to shut the lights off.

Download Project

NOTE: Please place the Earth folder inside “My_Models” folder

Documents\VideoCopilot\Models\My_Models

Element 3D Demo Reel!

I know we’re a little late with our trailer/promo video for Element 3D but there was so much to do at the end we held on to it so we could add a few more examples. It’s basically collection of shots created with Element 3D to show off the various capabilities. Think of it like a movie trailer that comes out after the movie is released so it doesn’t spoil the surprises!

And yes, all of these examples were rendered inside After Effects using Element 3D and hopefully these ideas will inspire you to discover new capabilities!

Watch in HD on Youtube

Watch Product Tutorials & Feature Videos

Siggraph Presentation at Maxon Booth

Tomorrow morning at 10:30 am (pacific time), I’ll be presenting at the Maxon booth to talk about cinema 4D integration with Element and if you are around LA, you should stop by. It’s free! I’ll try to hang around afterwards for a little while and I would love to meet everyone personally.

Visit the Siggraph page to register using the Code: C4D2012

The presentation will also be streamed LIVE at c4dlive.com to see all the exciting action! Follow me on twitter to stay up to date with the day. @videocopilot

The Sound of 3D Space!

Here is another fun example using Element 3D in space! I’ll try to post a project file for the Earth later this week. Plus Element comes with a dead planet and high-resolution rock models that can be used as Meteors too. Time to finish that epic space adventure film!

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Plug-in UPDATE: The Element 1.0.345 update is now available to new and existing customers.
Log-in & Download now! (Please contact support if you need help. We’re standing by)

Includes: Super-Sampling, Extrusion improvements: new “Fix Holes” option & more!

IN OTHER NEWS: I’ll be presenting at Siggraph in LA on Wednesday morning at 10:30 at the Maxon Cinema 4D booth! Come say hi, I’ll be talking about integrating Element with Cinema 4D.
Use registration Code: C4D2012 for free exhibit pass!

Element 3D Update: 1.0.345

New update for Element 3D is here and free to all current and new customers. We added a few new features and many bug fixes and improvements. Log-in to your VC account and download right now!

The big news is improved anti-aliasing (cleaner edges and less flickering) using Super Sampling, more info here. There is also several bevel improvements for text that get’s rid of strange artifacts and a higher path resolution option called “Extreme” for smoother outlines.

Visit Update Page!

PLEASE NOTE:
Previous Customers can download the Patch Installer that contains just the new plug-in ( only 4 MBs). New Customers should download the full installer that contains all the 3D models and images.

Improvements:

  • Added Super Sampling option.
  • Improved extrusion engine.
  • New Path Resolution mode “Extreme”
  • Several stability improvements.
  • Fixed fading custom textures.
  • Fixed crashed with multiprocessor rendering.
  • Fixed licensing issues.
  • Fixed scale normalization and anchor point issue.
  • Fixed missing texture preview.
  • Fixed 3D Pack models now work as Replicator Shape

As always we will continue to add information and tutorials to the Element 3D help page and we still recommend that you visit your GPU manufacture website and download the latest drivers. (auto-updates don’t always have the newest version)

New Tutorial: Environment Tips!

In this tutorial I’ll take you through some lesser known tips and tricks for controlling 3D backgrounds inside Element 3D. These may not be exciting features but once you see how easy it is to setup a custom environment the possibilities explode! One of the main advantages of creating a physical environment map is that it moves more accurately with the camera and scene.

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