Metropolitan City Templates!

The 10 Free city After Effects templates included with our new model pack METROPOLITAN are now available on the product download page along with a tutorial for customizing them and optimizing render quality. Just log-in above to your account if you already purchased the pack!

(Sorry for the delay!)

The templates are setup in AE CS5 and will work with CS5.5 and CS6.

Tutorial for Optimizing Element 3D Renders: (Good tips for all Element 3D Users)

Customizing & Optimizing Renders

January 28th, 2013 @ 3:42 pm
Awesome Andrew!
Martin Hatfield
January 28th, 2013 @ 3:42 pm
Ummm, what about us poor schmucks who are still using CS4?
    January 28th, 2013 @ 2:45 pm
    Well, Update.
    January 28th, 2013 @ 2:48 pm
    Well CS4 came out in 2008, so it is a tough thing... we are trying to figure out what the cut-off should be. I will see if one of my guys can try to convert the project for CS4 but might be a few days. We'll do our best!
    Martin Hatfield
    January 28th, 2013 @ 4:27 pm
    I would update if I could, but a full update of my Adobe software is NOT in my personal budget. Buying Metropolitan is. I would just like to have the templates to work in CS4 just like Element does.
    January 29th, 2013 @ 9:06 am
    Subscribe to the creative cloud. No excuse for it not being in your budget. For less than the cost of a cell phone plan, you can have all the latest adobe products. Trust me, the global disk cache feature alone is worth upgrading to.
    January 29th, 2013 @ 11:54 am
    I agree with Andrew. I'm a poor college student and I can afford the $30 a month for the subscription. If you CAN afford Metropolitan maybe you should wait and get cs6 first. All about Priorities my friend.
    January 29th, 2013 @ 9:41 pm
    Exactly what everybody else is saying, the Creative Cloud IS an affordable solution. You can get thousands of dollars of software that can make you however much money that you care to make based on your effort for $600 a year ($50 a month). It's a steal at that price.

    Andrew, thank you for Element and everything you've included with it. I own it all and it's amazing. Also, thank you for your support team for helping me even when I'm a complete moron.
    January 30th, 2013 @ 7:28 am
    well..not bad idea
    Martin Hatfield
    February 8th, 2013 @ 4:51 am
    Any updates on the CS4 version of these templates Andrew? I already have Element in my computer and it works great in CS4, does that mean the model set and the templates should work with it as well?
January 28th, 2013 @ 3:43 pm
love how people compete for top comment
    January 29th, 2013 @ 2:41 am
    Hehe I got top comment on the Metropolitan release post. I don't know why it's so satisfying, I guess I just like being a part of history XD
    January 29th, 2013 @ 2:48 am
    Totally Agree Cause its our fav site. They are lcky who commented so fast post :p
January 28th, 2013 @ 3:44 pm
Ah man, so close to the first post!

Where are the templates? Are they part of the zip download?

8 minutes left till I can play with cities!
January 28th, 2013 @ 3:45 pm
thanks for posting this, not yet downloaded the set, though I do have a New York set replacement matte coming up so will be using it, thanks
January 28th, 2013 @ 3:46 pm
hey! Element 3d here, thanks Andrew!
January 28th, 2013 @ 3:46 pm
hi ,this element 3d works with macbook pro intel graphics card?
    January 28th, 2013 @ 2:50 pm
    Not officially... Intel cards are not quite up to par and we can't officially support them at this time.
January 28th, 2013 @ 3:48 pm
i dont get it... is this a free download to give us some ideas of metropolitan pack or what?
January 28th, 2013 @ 3:51 pm
i was really excited that we may get at least one city model to put into element for us to mess around with :(
January 28th, 2013 @ 3:53 pm
Andrew That's Awesome ! *_* .. But I don't have money for buy it :/ HELP pleaz !! :D
    January 29th, 2013 @ 12:01 am
    So sad like me! :( :D
    January 29th, 2013 @ 2:51 am
    Aww so sad . But hope later you guys can purchage the best model pack for E3D :)
January 28th, 2013 @ 4:13 pm
Still can't believe how GREAT is this pack, element update and now the templates !!
Fantastic !!
Thank you :)
January 28th, 2013 @ 4:15 pm
What's the direct link to the "10 Free city After Effects templates" AE file? If I bought the pack last week, do I already have it somewhere?
    January 28th, 2013 @ 4:19 pm
    Just log-in to account at the top and go to metropolitan.
January 28th, 2013 @ 4:23 pm
I'm logged and and on Where on that page is the link?
January 28th, 2013 @ 4:27 pm
Ah, thought I looked in downloads, missed it, thanks!
January 28th, 2013 @ 4:29 pm
Thank you for the quick replies, but there is no separate download link on the download page for '10 free city AE templates'. Do I need to re-download the entire install again? Should there be a separate link and it's just not showing up?
    January 28th, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
    Hi Jason,
    The bottom item when you are in the download section for the product Metropolitan is labeled "City Templates for After Effects", that's the one you want.
January 28th, 2013 @ 4:33 pm
Awesome.. Thanks Andrew... this really helps! (Was going to beg for a few more tutorials, but this does the trick too).
January 28th, 2013 @ 5:06 pm
Great Work Andrew. Some guys copy it.

January 28th, 2013 @ 5:33 pm
andrew which after effect is better to use i mean cs4 or cs5?
January 28th, 2013 @ 5:46 pm
These look awesome...I'm re-creating "matrix" at 1080p, basically just copying all your settings into a bigger comp. Element doesn't upscale its resolution when using the scale comp script...
    January 28th, 2013 @ 5:58 pm
    Just resize all of the element layers to the comp size of 1080p... should work fine.
    January 28th, 2013 @ 6:31 pm
    Worked like a charm...Thanks!
    March 18th, 2014 @ 4:39 am
    Resizing nor scaling worked for me. I tried Fit to Comp and the resizing script. I'm not sure why.
January 28th, 2013 @ 5:54 pm
Again, thanks for the good work Andrew (and your team) ! No need to apologize for the delay, but don't do it again or I'll send Sam Loya after you ! :)
January 28th, 2013 @ 6:02 pm
how to create videocopilot account ...??
    January 28th, 2013 @ 5:06 pm
    Accounts are created when customers purchase from our online store.
    January 29th, 2013 @ 12:05 am
    O.o :O
Brizuella A.
January 28th, 2013 @ 6:08 pm
Just wondering, I've noticed that your recent products aren't available for delivery on DVD. Is their any possible way that they could be available?? I know it's a lot to ask for but, you're looking at a larger audience the more different formats you have available...
Bob K
January 28th, 2013 @ 6:09 pm
I am on the DOWNLOADS page after having logged into my account.
All the products I have purchased are there, including "Metropolitan".
But I see no link to the templates.
    Bob K
    January 28th, 2013 @ 5:33 pm
    Got it .... my bad ....
Curtis Dart
January 28th, 2013 @ 7:04 pm
Humm Now after watching Andrews tut/ I'm worried that if I buy the product,It might not work with my graphics card. and then Id be stuck with something I cant use. any thoughts Andrew? I will say Element with 1 or 2 models works on my machine.
January 28th, 2013 @ 7:33 pm
First test render using only 5 Buildings..(You could get pretty close to some of them if it weren't for those goofy looking pigeons!)
    Ken Baker Jr.
    February 1st, 2013 @ 12:05 pm
    That looks awesome James!! I'm buying it today! That's the one thing I've been looking for in all the examples, HOW CLOSE CAN YOU GET TO THE BUILDINGS. Thanks for sharing.
January 28th, 2013 @ 8:55 pm
hey Andrew can we bring in some smoke from chimney's in the city to make it more realistic
    January 29th, 2013 @ 2:58 am
    Then you have to probably make a video of the E3D then Do mask of chimneys then composite i guess. (As AE procedure)
    January 29th, 2013 @ 9:15 am
    Then composite it with 2d footage or You can use Trapcode plugin its 3d ( you knwo upcourse ) with E3D comp .
January 28th, 2013 @ 9:09 pm
Hi Andrew

I want sign in here how to do sign in???/ I want download this pack!
    January 29th, 2013 @ 2:58 am
    Just purchange one Pack which one you want then you will be sign in automatically i guess. Then you will have an VC account :)
January 28th, 2013 @ 9:56 pm
I'm using Intel i3 integrated graphics Processor,
Not working Element 3d,
    The Last Professional
    January 29th, 2013 @ 1:58 am
    Because it isn't supported as Andrew wrote some comments before. Integrated graphics processor sucks by the way. Get a true graphics card from nvidia and you'll have fun.
    January 29th, 2013 @ 3:00 am
    Andrew said that's answer Above in someone;s comment. Try to find it. " Not officially… Intel cards are not quite up to par and they can’t officially support intel at this time.
    January 29th, 2013 @ 3:00 am
    Not officially… Intel cards are not quite up to par and they can’t officially support intel at this time.
January 28th, 2013 @ 11:13 pm
working with this kind of models needs upgrade system.what computer picses suitabl for this?
January 29th, 2013 @ 3:41 am
Just loaded these up and I have to say I think they're absolutely gorgeous. It's given me loads of ideas of things to try (mostly to do with explosions!). Software is only as good as its documentation and support, and this will really help people get more from their purchase. It's a great showcase for Element and Metropolitan - thank you to Andrew and his crew.

So... how about a crowd-sourced sci-fi city pack? Give us some specs and we could all try and offer up a building, which you guys could tweak and improve, if necessary.
    Curtis Dart
    January 29th, 2013 @ 4:21 am
    Great Idea Weezer! The power of the group as opposed to the power of one.
January 29th, 2013 @ 4:01 am
Thank you for This. ^^
January 29th, 2013 @ 5:03 am
Andrew Kramer
January 29th, 2013 @ 6:04 am
Hey Andrew

How to make incredible hulk body in AE, 3ds max, cinema 4d I'm intresting boy. Please create this tutorial please please
January 29th, 2013 @ 5:22 am
Everything in this pack is ultimately awesome just that if this pack included some unconstructed buildings like the ones with cranes and all would make the city come more alive ;)
January 29th, 2013 @ 7:13 am
Any tutorials on how to set this up in 3ds max or other 3d programs
Travis Ragsdale
January 29th, 2013 @ 9:46 am
I'm sure you guys are already planning this, but you should make a "Future Metropolitan" pack. With futuristic cityscapes.
January 29th, 2013 @ 9:59 am
Just bought the metro pack to compliment element. loving it so far. not sure where to put this as it has nothing to do with your products,

but I miss the old intro music to your videos. It was so synonymous with VCP.

that is all. Keep up the good work.
    January 29th, 2013 @ 10:48 am
    We still use the old music on normal VC tutorials. The specific product tutorials have their own "theme" music if you will. Thanks!
    February 6th, 2013 @ 11:09 am
    Can you give us the intro music? :D
January 29th, 2013 @ 10:08 am
Is there any word on that vehicles pack? You have hinted at it from time to time. The helicopters and cars would really help out on some projects I am working on. Or is it possible that you could make some of those models you use from you demo pack available to us? I'd be happy to pay for them, I just can't find good quality, Element ready vehicles anywhere. Thanks for everything you do for us!
    January 29th, 2013 @ 9:21 am
    You can buy Vehicle 3D models (.obj) on web. Be sure to read its content and it should be included with the texture pack as minimum 2k resolution. Do a little RND brother :] Or contact us
    January 29th, 2013 @ 10:40 am
    I have done a ton of research, but all the models I find are either way too expensive, crash element, or look like garbage...or all three.
    January 29th, 2013 @ 12:47 pm
    Ever since I saw that helicopter model Andrew was using in his demos, I knew the VCP vehicle pack would blow the others away..I'll wait...turbosquid ain't getting my money...
    January 29th, 2013 @ 4:41 pm
    January 29th, 2013 @ 9:45 pm
    Agree !! They comeup with weird material settings and messup things. IF u want some model for elemet 3D then you can contact us :]
January 29th, 2013 @ 10:34 am
Ah they are up. Thank you Andrew and the team. You are awesome :D
January 29th, 2013 @ 12:20 pm
Being able to see the best ways of setting up the lights is going to make a huge difference - for me that's been the trickiest part.
But straight away from your tutorial I can see that I was guilty of Ambient Occlusion Abuse, even though you kind of advised against it in the earlier tutorial.
January 29th, 2013 @ 12:50 pm
This is so frustrating! I bought the Metropolitan pack several days ago. I can't download the pack or the V 1.5 update. Before anyone takes this as a complaint against VC, it is NOT one. The reason I can't download either of them is because my computer is in the shop. I'm so used to getting the new stuff from VC and trying it that I'm going through withdrawals. ARRRRGGGHHHH! I already feel like I'm getting behind!. (Sorry, I just had to whine a moment).
January 29th, 2013 @ 3:07 pm
For those of you using the adobe CS4 version and needing to update, have you looked at the incredible solution Adobe has with their Adobe Creative Cloud option. I pay about $30 a month for all adobe products updates included. This solution was the only way I could have gotten all the products and update. No more shelling out $4000 for the Master collection, and no more having to shell out $750 for an update every year. Adobe Creative Cloud has everything I need, and doing the math including future updates it would take 3-4 years before I ever even got close to the purchase prices. Main thing is these are the full programs and the are always up to date with newer versions at most of all you get like EVERYTHING! I suggest that for you guys need to update after effects. Did you know that Photoshop has extended 3d capabilities now as well? Do it man, you can afford it now.
January 29th, 2013 @ 4:31 pm
Hello, I wanted to know when does the future pack come out?
about like 5months? 2 months? 8 MONTHS???
I really need a pack like that and i know it would be very useful for people.
and about the metropolitan can you make more real buildings you made like the empire state? like from new york or chicago or LA or famous cities...
i'm looking forward to have more real buildings. and i hope andrew puts them on blog for free download.
and i need the helicopter model the most right now! it's so important!!!
January 29th, 2013 @ 5:49 pm
Excellent work. As always.
In the sample images pack, number 7, Dark Night, is that an extra comp on the penthouse windows? Really nice detail in there.
January 29th, 2013 @ 9:23 pm
Stop it Andrew Kramer!! Stop this insanity of giving us so much! Man I really don't know of any other sites on this earth that give back as much as Video CoPilot does to its members! Not only do you guys put out some of the industries BEST products out there but you continually listen and improve and add on. Its amazing and I love being a part of it and learning and growing with your constant support. I cant believe the deal I got when I purchased the Metro pack, but then not even a few days later and you're already giving us 10 FREE templates?! UNBELIEVABLE! If I seem overzealous its because I am. Thank you so much VCP, you guys are truly the best of the best!

January 30th, 2013 @ 5:03 am
Andrew, these are AMAZING! Your tutorial was also incredibly helpful. Very grateful for your dedication to what you do.

Wow, mindblowingly cool.
January 30th, 2013 @ 8:28 am
January 30th, 2013 @ 9:06 am
Finally got round to trying this out. Again,amazing work from Mr Kramer and Co.
John Jones
January 30th, 2013 @ 2:15 pm
Hi Andrew,

I am trying to track live action footage onto a roof top in the 09. Metropolitan template.

Putting the item back in Z space does not help with movement and the live action is still floating.

Is it even possible with the dynamics of the city movement to have this completely matched?

    January 31st, 2013 @ 11:40 am
    Check out A VCP tut on camera tracking and nulls, you need to normalize your scene by adjusting the nulls. See the Tutorial 132 Alien Surface
January 30th, 2013 @ 2:59 pm
Can Element take advantage of SLI setups?
Alain Maiki
January 30th, 2013 @ 5:50 pm
Thanks Andrew... you are helping the indie community too much... I very much appreciated...just finished my first debut feature film, and Metro pack came in perfect timing to make my company animated intro...

thanks again!!!

Alain Maiki
Alain Maiki
January 30th, 2013 @ 5:56 pm
Here's my testing of my 1st animated company intro:

Enjoy it!
January 31st, 2013 @ 7:45 am
wow,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Good Stuff :D
January 31st, 2013 @ 6:43 pm
Hey copilots, Any help would be greatly appreciated,
Yair RAM
January 31st, 2013 @ 7:53 pm
climb the 3d element v1.5 license ASAP please
January 31st, 2013 @ 11:43 pm
Hi Andrew brother
When will be new tutorial? I'm waiting??
February 1st, 2013 @ 5:19 am
Hey Andrew and team.
Thanks for the templates. It's nice to be able to pick apart somebody else's files. Now I can render my stuff on 'Full' rather than 'Preview'. Just a matter of working out what's different. For me it was all in the multi and sub-sampling settings.

I haven't commented before in the six months I've been checking out the tutorials and other stuff so I'll take this opportunity to again say thanks for everything. My animation tutor pointed me towards videocopilot for inspiration and he wasn't wrong.

For somebody who has spent a quarter of a century in two dimensional graphic design and been working with Photoshop since v 2.0, animation is a new and at times intimidating field. But thanks to aforementioned tutor and videocopilot and some other sites, it's been made a damned sight easier.

Looking forward to your next 'exciting' tutorial.
February 1st, 2013 @ 10:41 am
Hey purchased and downloaded the pack but every time i go to instal it says that i dont have the proper permissions even though i run it as admin
February 1st, 2013 @ 4:21 pm
Andrew... I dabble in AE on my mac and have learned so much from your site - just watched your demo for the Metropolitan pack and was blow away - it looks so simple to use even for a novice like me! Lovely stuff - Tell me - how would you then create a fly through for an film intro?
    February 4th, 2013 @ 3:30 am
    hi allister,
    It's all done with the camera and keyframes....
    but a tip would be when you plan the shot and move camera turn off the render full in Element 3D make it Draft. Do the shots you like then turn full render back on.
February 2nd, 2013 @ 2:18 am
Check this out using particular and Metropolitan Pack
February 3rd, 2013 @ 10:20 am
errrm,i guess i figured out a bug,i used to have my own objects folder which contains each pieces of a complete 3d interior scene which i made in 3ds max myself.but when i tried to open the same project with all the same settings,somehow the scene looks like its squished and some of the textures that i applied to the scene elements look kindda different(like specular and bump settings are kindda different than the way they used to be)am i the first one noticing that?and is there a way to fix it?
February 4th, 2013 @ 3:59 pm
Comparing the 3D buildings at night to pictures of NYC at night and it seems that there are no where near enough window lights on. Is there a way to control the lights on the night buildings?
    February 8th, 2013 @ 1:26 am
    I did this by editing the image maps in Photoshop. I cloned the lit windows and made many more where they were needed.
February 4th, 2013 @ 4:15 pm
Hi Andrew, guys...


Curtis Dart
February 4th, 2013 @ 7:41 pm
    Curtis Dart
    February 4th, 2013 @ 6:42 pm
    Sorry posted on wrong page. But what the heck / Its Element so watch and enjoy.
    Idan Ronen
    February 5th, 2013 @ 2:17 pm
    I do,
    That's why I want this music for my occasions.
Juan Andres
February 5th, 2013 @ 10:10 am
Mr.Kramer you should do a Vegas and Japan pack or expansion to come with Metropolitan including awsome casinos and japanesse buildings that would be cool.
February 5th, 2013 @ 4:27 pm
I need some help with the following:

Does anybody know if it's possible to create an 'expanding city'?
Meaning a multitude of buildings animated to grow at the outskirts of the city.

(depthmap won't do i guess, because it has to add one building at the time.)
Particle count would do, but then again, different groups containing different sizes of buildings, complicates the positioning)

I need to be able to control a building one at a time. (animated scale, 1 keyframe to set opacity to 100% etc

Does anybody know an elegant way to do this?

Many thanks in advance!

    February 5th, 2013 @ 3:55 pm
    Oh yeah, one more essential obstacle:

    Adjusting 'scale shape' or 'particle count' randomize the whole buidling lay-out.
    While the buildings that have been placed (one at the time) should stay in the same position.

February 6th, 2013 @ 5:07 am
A Element 3D Typography test. Check it out.
February 6th, 2013 @ 1:13 pm
Hi! Andrew I have a question. Is it posible to combine Mocha with Element 3D and with After effects?
Antonio Sequeira
February 6th, 2013 @ 5:53 pm
Check out the trailer I made for Star Wars, Episode VII. Give me some feedback, please.
Antonio Sequeira
February 6th, 2013 @ 5:53 pm
    February 7th, 2013 @ 3:26 pm
    For earlier apologize for my English.
    I'm from Russia :)
    I really liked your trailer, especially muuzyka.
    Please tell me where to get this stuff?
    Oh yeah, Andrew Thank you so much!
    ?????? ?? ?????? :)
    February 7th, 2013 @ 5:27 pm
    I don't see the point ! This has nothing to do with 3D elements or the metropolitan pack !!

    Furthermore, anybody with basic skills can put up some random scenes picked here and there !
February 7th, 2013 @ 8:47 am
Woow really awesome Andrew, keep doing it ;)
Andrew Kramer
February 7th, 2013 @ 10:27 am
Hey guys, I am in Zimbabwe learning Swahili. The Swazi love teh AE.
February 8th, 2013 @ 2:21 am
Is it possible to create a custom shaped plane to populate the buildings on?
For example, I would like to create a city that is in the shape of the letter Q.

Can this be done?
February 8th, 2013 @ 3:06 am
Hey Andrew. Love the updates! We just got the metro pack at work. Very excited to use it and make some fun stuff! Thanks for putting out such a wonderful plugin and I can't wait to see how it matures! :D In the meantime, check out this quick video I created using Element 3D and a model I built from scratch.

I love the procedurals, but I must admit I was surprised wood was not included. Thanks again Andrew for the awesome AE plugins!
February 8th, 2013 @ 4:07 am
Nice!!!! Check out my video!!! ELEMENT 3D
February 8th, 2013 @ 2:01 pm
SHORT: ELEMENT 3D as a plug-in is the best ever created. For any non-3D program savy person, this is the best thing ever invented! It's revolutionized everything for us amateur, intermediate or professional film makers! Thank you VIDEOCOPILOT!!
February 8th, 2013 @ 9:57 pm
Hey Andrew,

Off topic, but can you make a a tutorial on how you made the vines growing on the pillars like in the Revolution post? Maybe a long one showing some tips through the project files?

The Real Deal
February 9th, 2013 @ 9:46 am
Another great product. U are the man Andrew and I bet u have plenty of groupies lol
February 10th, 2013 @ 10:13 pm
You master everything you do. I will not place you at the level of a god. But you are the brightest shining angel that this world has been waiting for. Your knowledge and willingness to share makes your zen whole. Thank you Andrew for all that you have shared (The detailed breakdowns, the humor and the commitment to helping others). You have all my respect.
Ingo Smitt
February 12th, 2013 @ 6:14 am
Hello Andrew,

how did you make that "scan-effect" on the second picture (above) ?

February 16th, 2013 @ 11:02 pm
oh andrew its so nice
February 17th, 2013 @ 12:07 am
Just bought element 3d and the city pack! This is going to be used heavily in an upcoming animation.
February 18th, 2013 @ 8:46 am
can we use it in both Mac and PC.. or we have to buy it seperately
Luis Hernández
February 18th, 2013 @ 12:15 pm
Sin palabras... EXCELENTE Andrew Kramer otro éxito para ti y tu equipo, simplemente Wao! Excelente producto... Excelente hahaha... Saludos desde Panamá a todo el equipo de Video Copilot excelente trabajo.
February 24th, 2013 @ 1:25 pm
Hey Andrew...Any word on the Metropolitan templates being ready for CS4?
February 27th, 2013 @ 8:01 am
Thank you for everything. I'm looking forward to see more tut from you!
March 3rd, 2013 @ 11:08 pm
Hi friends, you made good points on" rel="nofollow">Animated Intro Maker. Your blog is very good. Thanks
March 9th, 2013 @ 10:42 pm
here's my some test. pretty awesome andrew. Thank you Sir!
    March 9th, 2013 @ 9:44 pm
    bad english. lol (here's some of my tests..)
September 15th, 2013 @ 8:22 pm
Will these work with PPCC?
Jack Helliquin
November 7th, 2013 @ 11:30 pm
where can I download the Templates where is the link. :)
April 16th, 2014 @ 8:28 am
Andrew have you been to NYC? Water tower greebles for NYC skylines or it didn't happen!
June 9th, 2014 @ 3:26 am
i cant find were to sign up. i want to download the template
Before Posting
We're trying to encourage more thoughtful commenting.  Please take a moment to write a meaningful response to this post.
* Name
* Email (will not be published)
* field is required