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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August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:11 am
very useful, thnx for this man......
August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:18 am
Element 3D Really Rocks !!!
August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:19 am
Awesome Andrew !!
check out My pro green screen channel ;)
August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:21 am
WOW..That's Excellent.
August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:23 am
This is awesome!! Greetings from Norway
August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:31 am
Keep up the good work and good job on keeping the tutorials flowing! I'm sure you're seeing giant web traffic spikes!
August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:48 am
This plugin saved lives.. Thanks a lot!..
August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:52 am
Wow... Awesome Andrew. Thanks for Everything to Sharing with us. Keep Sharing Your Best.
Thanks. I am going to buy Element 3D For my CS6. IS it Support CS6 Version of AE?
    August 3rd, 2012 @ 11:37 am
    Works excellent if u buying buy Pro 3D bundle pack (Element and Shaders) It is fast download and easy installation
    August 3rd, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    I have used it in AE 5.5 and AE 6 and it works great in both.

    August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:29 pm
    Make that AE CS 5.5 and AE CS 6 and it works great in both.
August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:53 am
Love this plugin .. many thanks for all this fantastic products and great tutorials. Cheers !
August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:58 am
Hey Andrew Wot about PTEX from one of those painting programms if u painted ur model instead of UV. Will the ever b animation layers added to element 3D or will it accept animation from a d3 software similair to realflow
August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:59 am
hi andrew. a question:
can i use element 3d for 3d back ground for example green screen shot?
for example use it for design a 3d alley or building?
August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:59 am
Hey andrew..U r really drivin us crazy, With ur help Im able to do some great work which i am very much passionate for.
I have a problem of configuring best system for AE and ELEMENT especially.. SO can u Suggest me The best config... Anyways man u r totally awesum
August 3rd, 2012 @ 3:03 am
Cool, i like the Element so much.
August 3rd, 2012 @ 3:19 am
awefull andrew........pls make some good stuffs in 3DS max
    August 3rd, 2012 @ 5:11 am
    are you kidding? learn some respect.
    October 4th, 2012 @ 8:51 pm
    Jealousy... it's common
August 3rd, 2012 @ 3:32 am
Effects, VideoCopilot, LiveCam?
    August 3rd, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
    yes i allso wondered what it may be?

    Andrew what is LiveCam?
    September 17th, 2012 @ 6:55 pm
    LiveCam is a dual cam while he records his screen for tutorials, it also records him doing the tut,No big deal, It's like picture in picture.

    And My Name is slim shady!
Sam presto
August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:33 am
Dis is really nice n my works is gonna get more crazier. Thank 2 u boss
August 3rd, 2012 @ 3:38 am
WOW .. That’s awesome Andrew
Richard oakes
August 3rd, 2012 @ 3:44 am
Hey Andrew did you manage to find anything out about that gittery space ship render?
August 3rd, 2012 @ 3:53 am
I can see the power in this, all i need to learn now is how to create one. ANDREW i have a theory, and i hope you respond to this cause you've encouraged these type of thought patterns. Environment maps (images or video) are basically 360 degree panorama's right? so if i had a bunch of footage all of the same place just at different angles and comped them together to create an almost perfect loop (like you did with the stills in the bullet) could i use that as an environment map? and i realize it may be difficult to ensure that its a perfect loop but could one not use a warp technique u used in the Glass orbs tutorial to make that perfect loop. Obviously precomposing all the footage into one merged comp before warping somehow?? I know its a mouthful but its a theory
    August 3rd, 2012 @ 5:50 am
    I actually like that theory.
    August 3rd, 2012 @ 7:20 am
    Difficult but not impossible :)
August 3rd, 2012 @ 4:35 am
The was definitely some great stuff. Imma dive into some of that tomorrow. Quick question... when is the update with supersampling arriving? I know you said sometime this week and the weeks not over. But my eyes are dieing for some nice edges with no flickering. I have this same flickering in C4D sometimes when you use too much light.
    August 3rd, 2012 @ 7:03 am
    Hi, I am curious about the Supersampling Upgrade as well, anything on the horizon? I love the plugin, but could use the smoothing. Thanks
    August 3rd, 2012 @ 11:15 am
    Hope that update comes sometime today...
August 3rd, 2012 @ 5:40 am
Here is a real small project which I have created with ELEMENT 3D.
It's an e-Card for an event in Switzerland. It is all done with ELEMENT 3D and some SPORTS PACK objects. Render time was some around 5min.
I hope you will like it .. cheers !

    asART. 3D
    August 3rd, 2012 @ 6:00 am
    .. oh sorry .. The glas smashes and the floor are not done with ELEMENT 3D. The glas is a part of ACTION ESSENTIALS 2.
    Just in case.
August 3rd, 2012 @ 5:50 am
Very useful! I am using this now for my own animated bokeh background effect. I want more tips, more tips! =)
August 3rd, 2012 @ 6:09 am
Finally!! dude you just solved one of my biggest problems with this workflow. I will share the info once I have something to show.
August 3rd, 2012 @ 6:14 am
very good Andrew , Element 3D is most powerful plugin in the world
August 3rd, 2012 @ 7:39 am
Videocopilot LiveCam, now that sounds interesting! Especially in combination with Element 3D. And... QuickMatte!
Barry Barrera
August 3rd, 2012 @ 7:47 am
Hi sir! just purchased ELEMENT 3d and IT ROCKS! question: can you do a tutorial on how to use it in multiple text? i mean i do alot of wordy vids. thanks
August 3rd, 2012 @ 7:55 am
Really i was needy for that sir
August 3rd, 2012 @ 8:22 am
Thats really ausam and needy use of environment inside after effect
August 3rd, 2012 @ 8:38 am
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.

Just a humble request/suggestion from a raving loyal fan who would love to see everything you post! :)
August 3rd, 2012 @ 8:48 am
Any word on that update? Week is almost over...
August 3rd, 2012 @ 9:11 am
So after watching this technique. I would think that with the correct objects it would be possible to use this to do a fairly good Fly by shot with an air plane or star fighter or something like that? Given the correct model of course.
August 3rd, 2012 @ 9:21 am
Hi Andrew, nice tips, thx! What about HDR Images?
Greetings from Switzerland :)
    August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:39 pm
    HDR images do not make sense here because the image is only used as an environment map ("fake-reflection") and cannot be used for lighting, because E3D is not a raytracer. Pretty sure you can also use HDRIs but they wont affect lighting, but give you more freedom in colorgrading (8bit vs. 32bit).
August 3rd, 2012 @ 9:53 am
Just (now) knowing that environment maps are called 'equirectangular' files made it worth watching alone. There are loads of those badboys out there now I know the correct term to google. Thankyou very much. :)
August 3rd, 2012 @ 10:08 am
very good you are the best
August 3rd, 2012 @ 10:09 am
Andrew, you will not post this tutorial on your site?
August 3rd, 2012 @ 10:10 am
Here at work, vimeo and youtube is blocked but your site does not :)
Rusty Shackleford
August 3rd, 2012 @ 10:14 am
2:46... what is this LivCam you tease us with, Andy? Now I want to know!
August 3rd, 2012 @ 10:23 am
Hi Kramer ,just want to say thanks a lot for your tutorials and all the good stuff you've been giving us for the last years, really helpfull
August 3rd, 2012 @ 10:23 am
have you ever considered making a live tutorial ?? it will be AWSOMEE
    August 3rd, 2012 @ 10:57 am
    Totally agree I think that will make you live for ever !! :D
August 3rd, 2012 @ 10:58 am
Man I feel like a fiend after a drought, I've been on this HUGE VCP high and I don't wanna come down! :)

Keep em' comin' Mr. Kramer!
August 3rd, 2012 @ 1:33 pm
Another dynamite tutorial, thanks!
Tim Creed
August 3rd, 2012 @ 2:33 pm
Now if I only had money...and a nice computer. Another awesome tutorial.
August 3rd, 2012 @ 3:43 pm
Gratitude much! Great support for all things element.
August 3rd, 2012 @ 5:04 pm
WTF!!!!!!!!! this is the most Great PLUGIN EVER IN THE WORLD
August 3rd, 2012 @ 8:09 pm
Maybe a new plug-in? What is "LiveCam"?
August 4th, 2012 @ 1:19 am
Did I see a Video Copilot "live cam" plugin?
August 4th, 2012 @ 5:42 am
Visit our Element 3D fanpage (unofficial) for our first fanpage download. Over 150 high quality Japanese environment maps optimized for Element 3D.
August 4th, 2012 @ 6:06 am
Dear Andrew,
I have a question, can Element reflect real objects in the comp? for example, I set the material of the Element to like chrome, can it reflect not only the environment, but the particles, the solid, the layers, even another Element as well?

Thank you!
August 5th, 2012 @ 6:35 am
Will this be up as tutorial 132?
August 5th, 2012 @ 12:55 pm
Quick matte, dragon and now LiveCam looks like there are many hidden stuffs in the vc lab
August 6th, 2012 @ 6:58 am
what is that "Live Cam"?
is that something like a hand held camera movement generator?
August 6th, 2012 @ 9:01 pm
Just a tip: There is an app out there I think for multiple phone platforms
called 'Photosynth'. I believe you can make similar environment photos
with your phone and it stitches it together?
August 6th, 2012 @ 9:16 pm
Element 3D plugin AE CS6 working stopped //Intel I7 2nd generation,ram 8 GB, ATI Radeon HD 5770 and it doesnt working. Plz sir Reply From Nepal
August 7th, 2012 @ 4:28 pm
I'm a student and just got my first real job (working with videos and editing them) and as soon as I get my first salary I will buy this plugin! THANK YOU ANDREW!
August 8th, 2012 @ 12:01 pm
could make a tutorial on how to import third party models and how well it integrates with Element. e.g from 3dmax, cinema 4d, e.t.c. thank you.
August 8th, 2012 @ 7:16 pm
Helpful tutorial, thanks!
August 28th, 2012 @ 4:12 am
Hello guys. I have a ridiculous problem with the After Effects camera when setting up a 3D scene with Element. When I set the 3D object and try to rotate around it with the "unified camera tool" - the behaviour is panoramic. It's like the camera's axis is at the center of the camera itself. I dont want that. I want the axis to be the center of the 3D object, so I can look around it. The only way I was able to achieve this is by setting up an "orbit null".
Is there a camera setting that I am missing?
August 28th, 2012 @ 10:33 am
Aah sorry, I missed that there is a "two node camera" that goes targeted to the object.
October 26th, 2012 @ 1:22 pm
Thanks a lot Andrew for inspiring me again and again!
November 5th, 2012 @ 12:29 pm
Mukesh Sam
August 19th, 2013 @ 5:37 am
I love this Temps and tetorials
Markku Lorentz
January 12th, 2014 @ 2:18 am
Hi! I haven't used element before. I'm looking for a solution in after effects to create multi layered spherical environments from vue spherical renders. (Technique described in the link below)

So, gradually bigger spherical environment layers with transparency, to create an illusion of perspective when the camera moves. Would Element be the solution I'm looking for?

February 6th, 2014 @ 4:31 pm
When I set the 3D object and try to rotate around it with the "unified camera tool" - the behaviour is panoramic. It's like the camera's axis is at the center of the camera itself. I dont want that. I want the axis to be the center of the 3D object, so I can look around it
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