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


August 17th, 2012 @ 1:06 pm
Thank you. Can't say no to free. ;-)
Eric Terence
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:07 pm
Simply Awesome! Thanks again Andrew, keep up the good work!
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:10 pm
Thx mate :) will be good to learn some new tricks!!
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:10 pm
Cool! But I have not Element 3D :(
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 11:32 am
    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.
    December 21st, 2012 @ 1:22 am
    Contact meh @Supervideo17100 production
Carter .R
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:10 pm
thank you, awesome project :D
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:11 pm
Man, I've just trying to make an Earth in E3D today and thinking 'bout that project. Tnx 4 givin' it 4 free, Andrew!
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:11 pm
Damn thats a nice freebie!
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:12 pm
Is there anything you guys WON'T do for us?
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:13 pm
BTW, why don't u made the sun light off, when it goes off the Earth? That's not that hard ;)
    August 15th, 2013 @ 5:18 am
    can u help me to do this plz ?
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:15 pm
you do to much. I feel bad, can I get you like a pizza or something? You just give and give...your starting to make me feel guilty :-)
    August 17th, 2012 @ 3:53 pm
    Haha! We should start a Video Copilot Pizza fund :P
    August 19th, 2012 @ 5:42 pm
    And you know what goes great with pizza? Strippers. So how about a "VideoCopilot Pizza and Stripper Fridays" fund?
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:15 pm
thanks andrew but its not the same project effet of your video in this project you have just 2d stars and in your video the stars in the background are 3d please how to make this effect of star??
    August 17th, 2012 @ 1:33 pm
    U can make a lower layer with Element, add a sphere with that stars-texture and rise the scale of it very high. That's all.
    August 17th, 2012 @ 2:13 pm
    OH i findd just atrapcode particular with box emitter !!!
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:16 pm
This looks really cool. Thanks for the free stuff and keep it up.
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:22 pm
Hail to the King...Baby!
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
the link for "the blue planet" is going to the element page.
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:39 pm
Where we can find jet project? Reply anyone!
    August 17th, 2012 @ 1:45 pm
    Really? some people just wanna slap a gift horse in the mouth huh?
    August 17th, 2012 @ 1:47 pm
    It's really cool jet... Please! :(
    August 17th, 2012 @ 2:21 pm
    You will just have to wait. Videocopilot is working on a vehicles pack, so more stuff will certainly be coming.
    August 17th, 2012 @ 2:53 pm
    Michael, sometimes You can be a total idiot. Let some people who don't know how to do anything 3D ask for something, okay? can you just stop insulting us for once?
    August 17th, 2012 @ 4:20 pm
    Actually Taylor, Im not being insulting in anyway shape or form. Think about this for a second. People continually ask for project files, models and other things they see on here that has taken someone, not just Andrew, weeks to prepare. Very few seem to want to sit back and think wow thats cool and creative, HOW can I do this?
    Few seem to respect the fact that model (weather its a plane, truck or other project) obviously wasnt built in Element, someone has either A purchased it or B spent a multitude of hours building it. Im not being insulting Taylor, being insulting is continuously expecting to be given files and models instead of scratching your head and letting the imagination flow.
    August 17th, 2012 @ 4:49 pm
    Jovica u can find free 3d models of airplanes , cars ,Helicopters and many more on Michael did u ever think that some people spend days making 3d model and that they give for free ? Im giving them for free it is part of my learning process, I create , i give i get feedback and next time i make better models. There is nothing wrong for asking. Video copilot change the way of many people on Jan 06, 2005. Yes this is how long since first tutorial and free project file :)
    August 18th, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    Good for you, truly pleased you are one of the few that can find the time to give your time free of charge. My hats off to you. And as you say, our boys have been giving since Jan 2005. 7 yearson this site and many years before that on creative cow. Racked up 131 tutorials, not to mention some of their products have over ten tutorials that come with it and as we already know, they are generous beyond belief with product files and free tools in the way of Sure Target , Reflect and other great work.

    All this, and some people still have the can I have can I have can I get can I get syndrome. Many seem to have already thanked the team (read the comments below) for their generosity. Some unfortunately seem to thinks its expected they get FREE and cant humbly except with gratitude what has already been given.
    August 18th, 2012 @ 10:33 am
    OK OK
    i think your looking a little to far into this Micheal
    i guess i basically agree with you

    but they are not demanding or getting angry
    they are just exited they are not trying to be rude and im sure they appreciate all the free stuff video copilot is pumping out

    as far as Jovica's question
    its like Micheal said
    video copilot is making a models pack giving it away for free would be out of the question

    there are some free plane models out there

    August 19th, 2012 @ 5:48 pm
    To be honest, I agree with Michael. We see way too many people take, and take, and take, and yet they still ask for more.

    We should just remember that VCP don't have to give us anything, yet they do from time to time, because, well, they're awesome. We should be grateful for what they do, and not just ask for another free item, or project.

    Heck, I'm surprised we haven't seen people on these boards asking for free versions of Element.
    August 27th, 2012 @ 11:49 pm
    Yeeyaa, Co pilot making a vehicles pack. So ganna buy that.
    December 16th, 2012 @ 6:41 pm
    Hey Michael, et al, I understand your annoyance, but people that can't do sht for themselves whatsoever are what get VideoCopilot PAID. That's why there's add-on packs for people that can't do it themselves. I can buy just the plug-in and model/texture everything myself, so I can save money by not buying superfluous add-on packs *if* I don't need them. Their need saves you money; It's perfect. Appreciate those whose eager innocence helps to keep VC paid and then be thankful their work doesn't compete with yours because it always just looks exactly like the tutorials. Win win.
Theo Kipnis
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:42 pm
Hell yes. I'll look forward to dropping this into AE/Element!
Braulio FG
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:43 pm
Awesome! Thank you very much Andrew! But I got one question, how can I place the lens flare behind the Earth like you show in your video? when I rotate the camera in the project, the flare pass through the planet, not behind it.
    December 21st, 2012 @ 1:25 am
    Hey just offset the lens layer behind the element Earth Project. And you should opacity keyframe it or use scripts. And for more contact Us. TRY CLICKING OUR NAME . That will take you to our page.
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:44 pm
That’s awfully Video Copilot of you guys thank you so much. The timing couldn’t be better, I just finished another Element model which I’m putting the finishing touches on as we type. THIS is perfect subject matter and would fit beautifully in the video presentation. But whats the fun in copying or replicating? I’ll steer clear of all things globally in the video now and put something else in it. lol
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:45 pm
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:55 pm
Andrew, when new tutorials will explore the full potential of the element?
    August 17th, 2012 @ 2:28 pm
    Don't wait for me, start exploring!
    August 17th, 2012 @ 2:36 pm
    Couldn't have put it better myself Mr. K. All you need to learn this thing is a bit of time and pay attention to the tuts you have already sank a few dozen hrs into.
    August 17th, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
    My biggest problem is time. I bought the Element and have not had time to see everything.
    Almost Darkslide
    August 17th, 2012 @ 4:10 pm
    I don't get it... you're asking for more tutorials, you haven't watched the ones that already are on the site, you wouldn't have time to watch them anyway. Will you find time to read our replies? As Andrew and Christian have already said, we have all we need, unfortunately imagination and time are not included with Element. We should ask Andrew, maybe he could add some in a future package. :-P

    Btw, I must admit I'm one of those who check this site at least twice a day to spot a new tut, blog or gift. I'm addicted to videocopilot!

    OT. What I like about Andrew's tuts is that he shows us the essence and the potential of a procedure, then we can use it the way we like. I never copy his projects, I make my own using his suggestions. After watching many tutorial (probably every tut on vc) i can mix them, using a bit of this a bit of that.
    Thank you Andrew for being such a great teacher. After Effecting with you is one of the thing I like the most!

    August 18th, 2012 @ 10:36 am
    notice how ever one on the blog speaks like they are in a highschool sitcom
    August 18th, 2012 @ 10:38 am
    "couldn't have put it better myself Mr.K"
    Christian Michael
    August 18th, 2012 @ 2:19 pm
    Glad you agree Sebatian :0)
    June 9th, 2014 @ 5:40 am
    I cantt stop laughing on the tutorial "Element 3D Basics" when you applied the "Gummy" shader at 22:14 --> "Looks Delicious" :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:58 pm
Boy you pissed off a lot of people in the industry when you released this plug-in, but you made me very happy. Play on playa!
    August 17th, 2012 @ 3:21 pm
    Yeah, i think Pixar is pretty nervous now;)
    August 18th, 2012 @ 10:35 am
    no they have renderman they are safe
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:59 pm
Hermoso !!!... lastima que formatee mi pc y lo deje con 32 bit teniendo el AE de 63 =(....
Ibrahim Mohammed
August 17th, 2012 @ 1:05 pm
Oh my god. I luv this. Wonderful job. Keep it job. Don't forget that this is just the beginning for "AK". Lots on your shoulder. Good luck.
August 17th, 2012 @ 2:32 pm
You Rock brother! Thank you soooooo much!
August 17th, 2012 @ 2:45 pm
Just can't wait for the day Element 3D is in my effects menu! :)
August 17th, 2012 @ 3:07 pm
this two guys did a great job :)
Really made me laugh and can someone tell me
where I can find this element object, I cannot
find it in my plugin?
August 17th, 2012 @ 3:34 pm
Clicked the video... Annnd just found out (the hard way) that my speakers were cranked way up! I need Element 3D. Also, I need new pants now. And yes, in that order please
August 17th, 2012 @ 3:43 pm
Thanks for the freebie mate, from the land of Aus. BTW, your Siggraph session is already on YouTube
August 17th, 2012 @ 3:53 pm
Do you have a 64-bit?
    December 21st, 2012 @ 1:26 am
    Element already come with 32 and 64 bit.
August 17th, 2012 @ 4:31 pm
Thanks! I'll make a Sci Fi movie with this.
Chris Francis
August 17th, 2012 @ 4:58 pm
andrew! ive been praying that you give this to us one day, my prayers are answered i was awe with this earth thing when u showed us thanks man your the best!!!
August 17th, 2012 @ 5:21 pm
Made in AE version 10.0.2
Won't load into my AE CS4 :(
August 17th, 2012 @ 6:10 pm
Thanks Again Mr Andrew Kramer.

PS made a music video using tricks and tools from tons of your tutorials.
Looking like it's about to make an appearance on some of the UK Rock channels (Scuzz Kerrang etc etc)
    August 17th, 2012 @ 6:16 pm
    SHARE Share share......
    August 18th, 2012 @ 7:51 am
    Not bad at all, Just saw the link in your name. Songs pretty good too :0)
the real smithy
August 17th, 2012 @ 6:17 pm
coooollll, gives me a chance to play with element properly. havent had a good chance to use element yet. hopefully get shaders in a few weeks time.
August 17th, 2012 @ 6:43 pm
@AndrewKramer, What an amazing comp.
Question: How do you remove the Blue Glow from the Element 3D Earth layer? Please reply, thanks.
    August 17th, 2012 @ 9:10 pm
    Hit UU on the layers and disable the layer styles... inner glow, outer glow... etc.
    August 18th, 2012 @ 6:16 am
    August 24th, 2012 @ 1:57 am
    Ah, I was looking for those settings for AGES!!! Should have known to look here, someone else was always going have the same issue / know the answer. THANK YOU
James Werbe
August 17th, 2012 @ 7:18 pm
can you make a tutorial on this :)
August 17th, 2012 @ 8:15 pm
Awesome timing. I happen to be working on a project where I can use this. Thanks.
August 17th, 2012 @ 10:40 pm
I would really love to buy element 3d plugin but problem is that I don't know if its going to work on my laptop or no. Since one of the guys had a problem cause of his ATI Radeon video card. Mine is ATI Radeon 5400, 2.1 core 2 duo processor, 8gb ram, 64 bit system running windows 7. Is't going to work or no?
August 18th, 2012 @ 1:53 am
Hi VC Team,

Along with almost everyone else on Earth I want to thank you guys for your awesomeness and generosity.

I also need to ask a question, at the risk of sounding stupid. I can't seem to get the actual Earth Element layer to show in the project. I have tried a number of things to get it working but have so far drawn a blank. Am I alone in this? Does anyone have any sugggestions that don't involve a brain transplant? :)

And to save time: Yes, I have Element. Yes I have extracted the project files. Yes, every other layer is visible in the project. But, try as I might, I just can't see the Earth itself :(

Thanks in advance :)

CS :)
    September 6th, 2012 @ 8:51 am
    Hi Caine

    Did you find a solution to this...? The Earth isn't showing up in mine either!
    Matti H
    October 9th, 2012 @ 3:21 pm
    mine doesnt show either :(
    December 21st, 2012 @ 1:34 am
    Hey guys
    @Caine @KeithLynch @Mattie H
    After downloaded the project file from here Be sure to place the maps ( images of earth ) in your
    And move the Element earth obj,mtl,E3D files to
    Then open your project again. You will see the earth now :)
    Contact us
August 18th, 2012 @ 3:11 am
X'lent Element 3D... outstanding, keep it up
August 18th, 2012 @ 3:38 am
This is just a newbie question that has been buggin me and I really want to understand it. How are the "city lights" effect achieved? If u look at the us on the globe there are all the lights from the city that seem to glow but the rest is dark. How is that achieved? Is that part of the reflection of the map coming from the ambient light? Sorry , newbie question just trying to get it to make sense in my tiny brain. :-)
    August 18th, 2012 @ 6:15 am
    Its made using an illumination map. If you read earlier posts, you will see AK mention that.
August 18th, 2012 @ 4:33 am
thnx Ak .for such a project file ..
August 18th, 2012 @ 4:56 am
Thanks a lot, keep them coming..!
August 18th, 2012 @ 5:39 am
Thanks a lot for free project file but what's the meaning of " 4K " ?
    August 18th, 2012 @ 6:21 am
    Hmm, I wonder where you could find out what 4K maps mean? I wonder if there was some sort of device or service that allowed you to search for answers to almost any question you might have. This device or service allows you to post questions on a virtual board also.

    Haha, Ok. 4k maps are the size of the file in pixels.

    - a 1k texture has a width of 1024 pixels and a height of 512 pixels

    - a 2k texture is 2048 x 1024 pixels

    - a 4k texture is 4096 x 2048 pixels

    ... And so on.
August 18th, 2012 @ 7:50 am
about 6 months ago, i wanted this ... i made it by 3dsmax in hours, now it is provided with one click ... this is the progression in technology!:D
August 18th, 2012 @ 7:59 am
i have made this using cc sphere...plz comment
using new raytrace render enigine
August 18th, 2012 @ 9:58 am
Thanks a million Andrew, your generosity is amazing, long live videocopilot :)))))
August 18th, 2012 @ 11:09 am
Thank you very much! One thing that I like about Video Copilot is that you always give away your project files for everyone to use. Thank you very, very much!
August 18th, 2012 @ 1:07 pm
What is the shortcut of full screen on after effects?
    August 18th, 2012 @ 1:40 pm
    If you hit the tilde key while your cursor is over any window it will expand to fullscreen...
August 18th, 2012 @ 2:24 pm
hey andrew, what type of textures did you use for the space station...thing..? :)
August 18th, 2012 @ 6:00 pm
Hmmm... I open the .obj file, and it pops up in 3d in Photoshop cs6. How strange. With a camera and everything....
August 18th, 2012 @ 7:15 pm
So another Element3D project under my belt. Created from 3 simple AE layer masks then I let my imagination flow thru my fingers. Its not perfect by any means…but it will do for playtime.

All constructive comments welcome.
    August 18th, 2012 @ 9:03 pm
    PS - i know this comment lacks constructive(ness) but that is video is really really cool.
    August 18th, 2012 @ 9:41 pm
    Truly thank you for the comment and your music video is pretty cool too. Them guys have an album out?
    the real smithy
    August 18th, 2012 @ 11:49 pm
    there i was watching this video and asking "whats with the choir?". then after watching the whole video i understood. lol. i was wondering myself about how to use shapes with element, and here is my answer. awesome vid. well done
    August 19th, 2012 @ 12:06 am
    @ Smithy, Thank you sir. I'm glad you get it :0)
    August 19th, 2012 @ 1:22 am
    Whoh! how did you get the sign on on red button?
    August 19th, 2012 @ 5:57 am
    Finished the album in Jan, at the moment just doing gigs etc till end of this year/early next year - then put the album out.
    How long did it take you to make?
    I'm still kinda slow on Element - so many options.
    August 19th, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    The speed will come in time. There are things I'm still slow at getting as I have only been playing with this 2 years. Before that, I had never heard of after Effects lol

    This model took about 3 hours to build (not including render times) as it was pretty straight forward, although there were tweaks here and there. I spent the same time on putting the video together. I rendered out about 7 shots which took about 30 minutes a piece to do so that was the time consuming part.

    The one I did last week (The War Of The Worlds Tripod) took considerably longer as it was the first time I had tried it.
    August 19th, 2012 @ 11:24 am
    dude, thats awesome. how did you get the symbol on the button?
    August 19th, 2012 @ 2:46 pm
    Nice work Christian! I haven't had time to really play around with masks yet.. I use element a lot just in different ways.. Hopefully I'll have time to mess around myself.. Very Inspiring..
    August 19th, 2012 @ 3:04 pm
    Thank you Travis. Nice job on that 2012 demo reel too. John, I imported a JPeg into the Textures and replaced the Defuse map.
    August 24th, 2012 @ 12:37 pm
    OK, thats crazy! :D I'm working on a big scale project and I'll be sure to share when its done! This is definitely inspiring, well done!!! (love how you snuck the O.F. in there too)
    August 28th, 2012 @ 3:44 am
    Great stuff Christian!

    It's amazing what a simple extrude can make on a few 2d layers, eh?

    Keep up the good work.
August 18th, 2012 @ 9:34 pm
so i just restored my computer due to speed issues
when i re install element it completes
i fire it up in cs6 it works but when i try to add a model it gives me an error and crashes

i have it installed in cs5 and cs6

im not sure how to give you guys the error log if you could tell me that would be great
    August 19th, 2012 @ 9:11 am
    come on guys please help i have also posted on every forum
    relevant to my problem
    Christian Michael
    August 19th, 2012 @ 11:04 am
    I've never ran into an issue like this before as I only have one version of AE on my two systems and thats CS5. Maybe contact support at I 'Think' they work Sundays but don't hold me to that.
August 18th, 2012 @ 9:37 pm
GRRRRR, when I opened the project file my computer said: "This project contains references to missing effects. Please install the following effect to restore these references (ELEMENT)"
I was thinking two things: 1 => I know! If you say it again I'll let you fly! 2=> WOW! Even my computer is talking about Element.
Still have to save some money before I can watch this project file :(
Shade Snake
August 18th, 2012 @ 9:40 pm
Is there some way that I can use this? I do not have element or optical flares…yet. Any help?
Shade Snake
August 18th, 2012 @ 10:00 pm
You don't think I could get just the plugin without the models so I can make my own and take them into after effects?
August 18th, 2012 @ 10:26 pm
oh so that's where video copilot's offices are...
the real smithy
August 18th, 2012 @ 10:39 pm
hey guys if you want to try out free 3d models here are two amazing links to help start you off.
element is my new friend :)))
August 19th, 2012 @ 1:26 am
Will VCP only do element3D now?
August 19th, 2012 @ 2:25 am
plz help me.. how to install element 3d in ae..??? i can't getting it..
August 19th, 2012 @ 7:50 am
planet earth is blue and there's nothing I can do

Thanks Major Kramer.
August 19th, 2012 @ 11:49 am

I downloaded the Earth, placed it in the models folder and it looks out of whack. The stars appear on top layer, the earth looks like a white blurred object and I see some remnants of the clouds but not really wrapped around the earth. I played with it a bit and couldn't figure it out. Any ideas?

Kirk Productions
    August 19th, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    Well, slight update in playing around. The star layer IS physically on the bottom in the stack and when I disable it, it actually looks great, just no stars. So, seems to be a problem with the stars layer. Maybe that will narrow down the problem. When I turn on stars layer, symptoms described above occur. Thanks,
    August 19th, 2012 @ 3:22 pm
    Unbelievable. I turn off the layer for a couple hours, come back, turn it back it on and what do you know? Looks fine.
August 19th, 2012 @ 4:48 pm
Are we allowed to use these earth images freely (royalty free) in our own projects or is there copyright on them?
    Eric Kirk
    August 21st, 2012 @ 5:56 pm
    You can find moon and earth image maps all over the place. Just reconstruct it yourself so YOU made it and should be good to go - plus, makes ya feel better. :)
    August 23rd, 2012 @ 4:24 pm
    I've already got the Moon.
    But if I can know I can use this image without breaking copyright it just saves time down the track.
August 19th, 2012 @ 5:50 pm
Hey VCP guys and girls,

Thanks heaps for this. As always, you guys are awesome. You rock!
Bob K
August 19th, 2012 @ 6:39 pm
This is really a nice gift to the gang Andrew and VC.
After playing around a bit using Red Giant's Form and Particular to produce some haze and vapor, it is really awesome what happens with camera moves in this project!
Count me in for supporting the pizza fund!
Dave Howard
August 19th, 2012 @ 6:51 pm
With the city lights it reminded me of the Universal Studios text spinning round the earth, so I thought I'd try to replicate it.

I think this earth may get a lot of use :)
August 19th, 2012 @ 6:57 pm
Andrew, when are you going to release a new SFX library?

With Love,
A patiently waiting professional (who's been using and endorsing your products throughout the industry since the beginning).
August 19th, 2012 @ 11:42 pm
This will come in handy with some of my projects! :)
August 20th, 2012 @ 7:30 am
also you can find i big resolution earth here
i hope working in 3d elements :)
August 20th, 2012 @ 8:30 am
Pfffff, now I have to wait for paypal to be loaded!!! But Almost, haha. This better be good mr. kramer!
August 20th, 2012 @ 10:33 am
Feature Request: Allow saving the static image from Element as tff or png with alpha, without going through AE. Why? I can make *great* still renders inside Element, and for some reason the lighting and texture quality come out slightly different in AE. I have multi and super sampling set to max. So, a snapshot w/alpha straight from Element would be fantastic.
August 20th, 2012 @ 1:45 pm
Really great stuff guys!
Khurram Saleem
August 21st, 2012 @ 7:41 am
Can any tell me how to make the Earth Glow?
August 21st, 2012 @ 8:08 am
Question Andrew: when are you planning on revealing the tutorial that will use the Matte painting?
August 21st, 2012 @ 10:48 am
Thank you kind sir. :)
August 21st, 2012 @ 12:08 pm
Great stuff. Any sources for more of those 4k maps?
August 21st, 2012 @ 12:55 pm
when i go to rotate the Earth, the Stars and atmosphere to not move with the rotation, if anybody can help me with this, Please email me at ""
    August 22nd, 2012 @ 3:42 am
    Answer: They aren't related to the rotation of the element object, they're separate layers.

    Not being funny, but posts like this make you wonder why people are "buying" a $1000 software package like AE if they can't work out the basics? Maybe the same reason 100's of 10 year old kids can afford it just to make COD vids for youtube?
August 21st, 2012 @ 1:26 pm
Awesome. Trying to figure out how to use a sphere in Element3D to create a 360 background that will allow the camera to see a 360 pano when the camera is rotated. Any ideas. Looked around and didn't see anything on the blog related to Element and this. Could have missed it though!

    August 21st, 2012 @ 5:03 pm
    Theres an environment sphere in the primitives folder...
    August 21st, 2012 @ 9:16 pm
    Well looky there! I did miss it. Thanks
August 22nd, 2012 @ 4:03 am
Hi, Andrew. I want to thank you for the great support. I was looking textures and maps for the planet to work on Element. With this material you provided us, I used the file "e3d" and created a project. Inserting a text below with the same texture as used on the planet. With some lights and animation, the result was very interesting, although the little knowledge I have on after. Again thank you and also to all the team Video Copilot.
August 22nd, 2012 @ 10:48 am
I’m just going to keep posting this request until I get some kind of response.

Mr. Kramer, I have a request: if you post a video, could you make it available on VideoCopilot’s site as well instead of on Vimeo or YouTube exclusively? For many of us users, these other sites are blocked on our workplace internet, where we access your site much of the time. There have been many of these videos in the last several weeks, and I’m having to miss out on a lot of great material!

Just a humble request/suggestion from a raving loyal fan who would love to see everything you post! :)
August 22nd, 2012 @ 11:09 am
What about us who don't have and can not afford Element 3D? What are we gonna do with Video Copilot???
    August 23rd, 2012 @ 10:28 am
    Save! its well worth getting and really doesnt cost that much.
Jamie Haggerty
August 22nd, 2012 @ 4:13 pm
Thanks for this. Great stuff. Question... there is a blue haze around the Earth that seems to be in E3d. If I add a meteor or satellite, it too gets the blue haze but I cannot find what is causing it. Can you let us know what that is. It shows up even if I copy and paste the element layer to a blank comp so I know it's in that layer.
August 22nd, 2012 @ 7:17 pm
Firstly Thank you for this it's simply great. But, I wondered if anyone else was having a problem when I render the earth image it keeps flashing and pixelating. Any help would be really appreciated. Cheers
    Jamie Haggerty
    August 23rd, 2012 @ 11:44 am
    Do you have the latest version? I think there was a number of rendering and anti-aliasing that was addressed in that update.
Jamie Haggerty
August 23rd, 2012 @ 11:42 am
I just saw the comment in the middle about the glow. Simple! Should have thought of that.
August 24th, 2012 @ 5:08 am
Ahh man... that's sweet! I could of done with that a few weeks ago when I was working on the London 2012 Olympics - managed to create my own version though... check it out at the beginning and end of this...
    August 27th, 2012 @ 3:46 am
    Awesome Gee goodjob!
August 25th, 2012 @ 6:52 am
@AndrewKramer, I just love element 3D, but I have one question:
I have a model of a tank, it is simply to animate everything except the chain on wheels. It should be spinning around the wheels integrally, but the chains elements spins separately around theirs axis. Could you please explain me how to animate it correctly inside the element 3D if it is possible. (Because I have no idea how to make one element move on another elements position, make them all move on a position of the next on element... I'm not shore have I explained it clear)
Hope you or anybody else understand me, please reply, many thanks.
Daniel Cruise
August 28th, 2012 @ 8:53 am
@Andrew Kramer You have an open heart giving your project itself for free!! ...thx ..please reply Thank you..
Michael Heath
August 28th, 2012 @ 5:49 pm
Hi Andrew! I love this render it fantastic... any chance of posting just a high rez desktop pic of the earth? I love one with Australia in it. Keep up the good work. Cheers!
OKami Landa
August 29th, 2012 @ 4:12 am
Can Sony Movie Studio users use these 3D elements?
August 29th, 2012 @ 4:18 am
Hey guys! I am wondering, is there a way to customize Element 3D object/material folder? The default is in "My documents" but I do not have much space there, cause it's the windows drive.
August 29th, 2012 @ 5:47 am
Andrew .. as performed foreground layer Optical flares in 3d element, can not I find the lights behind objects in 3d .... greetings
August 29th, 2012 @ 9:28 am
Hey guys, does element keep asking you for license when you fire up Ae? Is anyone else experiencing this problem?

Also, is there a better address that They seem to never respond and when they do its like 3 days later.
roger justin
August 29th, 2012 @ 10:13 am
hey Andrew are we going to get a tutorial on this...????
August 29th, 2012 @ 10:07 pm
Can anyone elaborate a bit on how to open the model in Element. I can't seem to find the My_Models folder.
Devin Ulrich
August 30th, 2012 @ 3:46 pm
I had the idea of doing an animation like this from the get-go, but I didn't wait to see a tutorial from you first, I like to explore. :P

My only real nitpick is the 8k texture limit, I had some really nice 20k texture maps I wish I was able to use.
All-in-all awesome work on the plugin though, Andrew and co. You guys deserve every penny.
August 31st, 2012 @ 3:47 am

You got me... I've looked everywhere.. turned off all the layers except the element layer..
Twiddled down every single twiddler in element..

How have you put the blue glow around the earth ???

Thanks for the download by the way...
    August 31st, 2012 @ 3:48 am
    Duh.. sorry.. found it.. layer styles
August 31st, 2012 @ 5:29 pm
Hey Andrew, I love this video, I would be very grateful if you could make a tutorial on how to do this planet/space effect. I need it for my project very much. Element seems to be the great plugin to do that in. Than YOU ANDREW!!! Hope to see a new tutorial on how to make realistic space effects. Thanks Again
September 1st, 2012 @ 4:52 am
September 2nd, 2012 @ 8:27 am
Andrew, how we can activate cast shadows? For example, an apple shadow on a ground?
September 3rd, 2012 @ 7:59 am
Andrew, pls i cant access my element anymore, its telling me to an element license, which my boss did earlier on friday, i even used it once but just today the story has change. What is happening?
September 3rd, 2012 @ 9:56 am
Hey, just wanted to know where i can find and download/buy the 3D model of the spaceship and satellite in the promo video :) ?? thanks
Jay A
September 3rd, 2012 @ 10:55 am
Is there a tutorial for using Elements 3D to create that planet effect? I would love to try something like this out but with the limited skills I have I wouldn't know where/how to start it.
September 3rd, 2012 @ 1:57 pm
why don’t u made the sun light off, when it goes off the Earth?
how can fix this problem?
September 4th, 2012 @ 3:17 am
add the ability to import animated characters via point oven format in Element 3D. And every script kitty will be able to use lol.
There will be a time that our job will have no value because of this type of drag-and-drop bundled solutions :(
We are on the time of the cheaper the better and we lose lots of work for kids with videohive template's its ridiculous.
Not to mention that this is available in warez sites for anyone for free so yeah great work.
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him to a lifetime.
Teach every man to fish and you depleted the fish stocks.
September 6th, 2012 @ 5:20 am
Very nice tutorials, i like theme all ;)
September 8th, 2012 @ 1:19 am
very good 我不知说什么好!
September 10th, 2012 @ 8:22 pm
Is this compatible with Mac?

I have Element 3D but not optical flares, is this required? I get two error messages when opening.

1. This project is going to be converted from version 10.0.2 (Windows 64) and will open as an untitled project. The original file will be unchanged.

2. This project contains 1 reference to a missing effect. Please install the following effect to restore this reference. ("Optical Flares")

I'm running AE CS6 on 10.7.4. Upon opening, this is what i get.
    October 8th, 2012 @ 1:56 pm
    read the post...
    NOTE: Please place the Earth folder inside My_Models folder

September 13th, 2012 @ 3:26 am
Somebody, please tell me where can I download all kind of erth map(clouds map, night map, landscape map) in HiRes?
September 13th, 2012 @ 10:54 am
THANK YOU!!!! I been waitin on this project, also if anyone wants 3D models let me know and we can work something out, i do 3D modeling
September 15th, 2012 @ 1:50 am
Thank You your are the best !!! 3D Elements is THE Best, The best plugin for low Price Thank !
September 16th, 2012 @ 4:39 am
I've seen that model of the Space Station before. It was on Turbosquid for 350 dollars. Wow, some models did actually cost more than the plugin itself.
September 16th, 2012 @ 3:24 pm
Hey, i have made a quick model in 3DS Max for the Game "OGame" i'm working whith 3D Elements for making an intro of my team i'm working to the animation quick pic of this project !
Giacomo Cerri
September 18th, 2012 @ 2:38 am
Amazing plug-in Mr.Kramer!!!
Question: How can I oriented a 3d element text bevelled layer around the globe?!? (like the Universal logo intro)
...please reply, I want to learn :-)
September 28th, 2012 @ 5:36 pm
Howdy are using Wordpress for your blog platform? I'm new to the blog world but I'm trying to get started and set up my own.
Do you require any html coding expertise to make your own blog?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
October 17th, 2012 @ 4:34 pm
Can you convert the project file for CS3? Because it will not load on my AE
October 17th, 2012 @ 4:37 pm
If you cannot convert to AE CS3 then how did you make the BG?
October 19th, 2012 @ 7:34 pm
Hi there VC team.

Andrew, I've been trying to recreate the similar footage that NASA got with the flyover of the Earth (example here: )

I've tried to recreate this scene with the Aurora lighting, but can't quite nail it!

Be great if you could get close to this type of imaging.

Many thanks
Harvey from InsertNameHere Films
October 26th, 2012 @ 7:26 am
I have downloaded the model and placed it in the "My_Models" folder, but every time I use it in after effects the texture spasses out. Did I do something wrong?
    Harvey from InsertNameHere Films
    October 26th, 2012 @ 10:20 am
    Never mind, temporary bug. Great model by the way.
October 26th, 2012 @ 6:09 pm
Hey, this is a mix of some of ur tutorials
and i came out with some (kinda new idea)
check it guys and I'd love to know ur opinions :)
October 26th, 2012 @ 7:01 pm
@Andrew so I'm looking at your project file to try and learn how you created such a beautiful image and being an owner of element 3d and loving it I noticed something when opening scene set up you have "earth" on group 1 but all your adjustments under "effects & controls" are on group 2 I thought that would only effect whats on group 2?
October 29th, 2012 @ 6:08 am
I changed the HUE to make the sea red. I notice once you use a material, it is available for other models (eg red-sea baseball bat, etc). Is there a way to import a material directly into AE cs4 using a simple JPG as the pattern, and have your home-made materials appear in the material window without having to first duplicate one of your models jpg files?
November 1st, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

i tried to find a way to mamke the light disapear behind the earth.
I finally find that i can do that with a mask over the earth but i need to do that keyframes by keyframes and the halo of the sun is not realistic enought.
Did someone got a better way do do it please?
    Jared Nichyporuk
    August 11th, 2013 @ 8:10 pm
    Just press UU on the element layer and turn off the glows.
November 27th, 2012 @ 2:58 pm
Hello, can anybody tell me how to make areas on Earth brighter then others? Andrew make it on the earth tutorial at 5:20 with cc sphere, but how i works on element? I try it 2 hours but i cant find a way.

November 27th, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
also see it in the first 4 sec of andrews vid
December 19th, 2012 @ 9:45 am
Love it. Was just struggling with some low-res textures that didn't seem to work, and though, "I wonder if VideoCopilot has anything available to use..." Of course they do!
January 27th, 2013 @ 2:43 pm
hay man nice work with that i just have one Q every time i choose my texture it goes to my document as a default i want when i click on the texture it goes to another folder that my texture in it...i want to change it because my c drive now is on red and its so frustrating sorry for my english please help
March 13th, 2013 @ 4:53 pm
hey man this model is awesome. Just a quick question though am I able to use this model in commercial work?
March 14th, 2013 @ 4:52 am
Just awesome. thanks very much! But does anybody know how he get the glow to never get flat and so smooth? Tutorial link or something please?
May 22nd, 2013 @ 11:56 am
Photorealistic scene with detailed atmosphere optics phenomena:
May 23rd, 2013 @ 6:29 am
Hi guys need help here. just installed element 3d 1.6 and when i placed the EARTH MODEL in Documents\VideoCopilot\Models\My_Models and run the plug in. there's no model in the browser, but in the previous versions of element 3d it works great. hope to hear a good reply. thank you
November 24th, 2013 @ 5:09 pm
Hi ! Thank you, but, is there a realistic solution to put the earth forground and the lihgt and flare background ? (do an eclipse ?) When i use the earth as fioreground layer in optical flare, the light diffusion goes bad off. Even with a mate mask layer.
My second question : Is it possible to odo the same with 2 3D elements objects on 2 differents layers ?

Hope somebody undestood...

Thank you
Patrick G
March 9th, 2014 @ 3:45 am
Hey VC,
it seems that the Stars.jpg is missing in the project file. Can you add it to the download? Thanks! Awesome tutorials!
    B. Moye
    September 29th, 2014 @ 12:52 pm
    Yes! I don't think the stars.jpg is required, since the stars are created with fractal noise and a curves adjustment. But it is very annoying to have AE keep telling me that it's trying to relink. It won't keep popping up.

March 17th, 2014 @ 2:58 am
Is there a way to combine this with a earth zoom and add other more detailed layers and link them to the main layer?
April 10th, 2014 @ 12:44 am
Respect man!
I learnt after effects because of you!
You know what would be cool? the entire solar system ... one could do some really cool stuff mixing the solar system and earth zoom in in one video!

PS I will forever be indebted to you!
May 17th, 2014 @ 3:59 pm
This was done with Motion Pulse long before it was available, wasn't it? ;)
June 13th, 2014 @ 9:31 am
hello, great project, always loved your stuff... i was looking through it and was trying to turn off the glow on the earth, it isn't set up through the element glow function and there isn't an additional one that i can see... other than that great work!
August 22nd, 2014 @ 8:14 am
you're a god Andrew. A god, not THE god, let's just be clear about that.
rohit raj
August 30th, 2014 @ 9:43 pm
that's the best. i loved it. videocopilot is the best. hail to videocopilot..............
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