Simple Car Rig in Element 3D!

Watch in HD on Youtube!

Here is a sample video for a simple car rig system using Element 3D. With this system you can animate the steering and suspension with a quick setup. Then stay tuned for a more advanced rig later this month!

Btw, these shadows are not real, I just used a black solid with some feathered masking. Although here is a sneak peak at Shadows in Element 3D: V2 these are real shadows.

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2 years ago
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144 Comments

6 months ago
This is awesome, interesting to get a sneak-peak behind stuff like this!
11 months ago
WOW I love these shadows! Looks amazing.. Good job!!
11 months ago
This is so cool! totally reminds me of GTA4 or 5 :) well done!
1 year ago
Very nice, well done. I really thought it was real :)
Andreas
1 year ago
Will there be a free/reduced Upgrade for existing Element 3D Customers to E3D V2?
2 years ago
it is really interesting Video Clip..!!
dina
2 years ago
which lens u use for slr?

is there any lens like with out blureness?

for tracking
dina
2 years ago
Hi Andrew Kramer, can u make some tuts for nuke ?
Jeff
2 years ago
Very impressive. The word "simple" in the title is a little misleading for us amateurs. I'm proficient at AE CS6 and Element 3D but 3D Max and 3D models intimidate me. I truly appreciate each tutorial, but having project files is nice.
zedul
2 years ago
Hi, can anyone tell me how to swap 3d view of an element object like Andrew did in this video to make the shadows of the car? When i go in bottom view...the 3d element object stays in same angle....please help? did anyone try this?
Mikey
2 years ago
I'm a film student studying in Ireland, thanks to your tutorials my projects have rocked the balls and asses of my lecturers. I've learned so much next level stuff with your site. I can't wait to get my own computer this summer and experiment with your plug-ins and whathaveyou. >gush over.
Ahmet
2 years ago
I think here is we need something like ''MadCar'' plugin for the 3DsMax...If you know about it maybe you can work on it too for the version 2.... Thanks for your endeavor Andrew! we lovin you
D
2 years ago
I m Buy New PC for Mograph
Which use graphcs card your PC
D
2 years ago
Hi Andrew Kramer Please give me Your PC Configer please.....
shorey
2 years ago
Not matte/shadow effect in 3ds max 2013? where i take that effect
shorey
2 years ago
thanks monproduction
Nigel
2 years ago
Not sure if this has been answered but, is there a release date for E3D V2? Is it worth waiting til V2 or should I just take the plunge and buy E3D now and swallow the extra cost when V2 comes out.
Cheers
WrapTheReal
2 years ago
That's smell Expression ! no?
johnson baby
2 years ago
it will be possible in element V2 to rig a non rigged 3D model inside AF ?
Peter
2 years ago
This is simply stunning, the buildings in the real shadow image look perfect to me, from the lighting to the reflections. Element is an impressive tool, but Andrew is beyond talented. Love your work guys, long live Video Copilot.
Chris
2 years ago
Andrew, You have cost me soooo much money. I love it! I was wondering if you had any plans on releasing a tutorial on some pro polishing tips when in comes to compositing and color correction/grading. Even if it was paid for content, I'd go for it!
shorey
2 years ago
Help me anybody please??? After Effects error: Could not launch Adobe Analysis Server. (515)
( 25 :: 101 )
    2 years ago
    actually i have to this problem
    2 years ago
    But i deleted all the adobe programs and installed again
Luis Martin
2 years ago
Does anybody knows why when I texture an OBJ seq with pro shaders I can't correct it's UV's? If I make an OBJ files I can correct them inside Element but when I import an OBJ seq, there is no option to correct them, thanks to anyone who answer.
vinod kumar
2 years ago
plz make vfx video without element 3d because we cant afford the system that supprots element 3d ,u have fan in india also so plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz make video without element 3d like before.
thank you
ur fan from india
Fortune
2 years ago
For v2 are we going to have to re purchase it or is it another patch update?
    Steve Green
    2 years ago
    They've said it's a paid for update, I don't think an exact amount has been stated yet.
yair
2 years ago
andrew could create a tutorial on how to create a Transformers robot and auto
contodas their piesas robot and robot carriage
2 years ago
I knew it! This shadows look amazing, congrats, guys. I hope there will be any kind of feathering options for them.

And, about animating in Element 3D, there are tons of possibilities. I'm just making a corporate video for Audi animating an engine and I love the results until now. You can combine keyframes to the displace options with the so called "animation engine" for awesome results!!!

The only problem I have is the same as always: the Ambient Occlusion. With a value higher to "1" in the intensity, there's a loooot of clipping. Dammed. And the multisampling options are not a solution. Please, Andrew, solve this issue in future actualizations or in the V2 Element...
Yaman
2 years ago
Andrew please, we all want you to make a vehicles pack full of jets, cars, trucks, trains , cruises and e.t.c. It doesnt matter how much it will cost, we want it!!!! BTW i love the video and am curious to know about the car rig thing more. :D
Jan Hofmeister
2 years ago
Alright, realtime shadows, nice!

I sincerely hope you'll add both distance fade and soft shadowing (by fanning out shadow samples) to it ;)
2 years ago
NFS Hot pursuit cars...! :D
Franco
2 years ago
Project files? Please, please, please! Haha!
2 years ago
wowwwww element 3d v2.0 coming?????
Abhi
2 years ago
oh man really awesome... i learnt sooooo many thing from ur tut....
this is my first video plz c this :-) actually i dont hv cam and all so i dwnload the video... my new work on progress


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPpgXfJ8fjs&feature=youtu.be
rams
2 years ago
When is release date Element V 1.0 to 2.0 waiting for your release DATE
johny
2 years ago
Suggestion for later versions :
Creating geometry from still or animated heightmap
adofo
2 years ago
U just make editing interesting.I just like it.wish I was part of the whole idea in making great tutorials.
vipin
2 years ago
hey hi god of VFX Andrew...i can you please add some text deformation like bend,stretch,etc in our Angel ELEMENT 3D V2.....
2 years ago
Can you tell us how much the upgrade from Element V 1.0 to 2.0 will cost? These shadows make me weeeeeeeep! Please tell me you thought about Ray-Tracing as well!
shameelsha
2 years ago
Great....
Ben
2 years ago
Wow... you even went to the trouble of adding the tyre skid marks!!!
2 years ago
Just amazing! Can't wait until it comes out! Will it ever have real reflections?
Willmer Wonsang
2 years ago
WOW. After Effects Right?
2 years ago
Hello. I need to give me a little help. When I'm in the interface element, I would like to know how to move the camera to a specific point, I can only rotate around the object. thank you!
Mackenzie Criswell
2 years ago
Hey everyone at Video Copilot. I just wanted to give a huge thank you to everyone who dedicates so much of there time to working on such amazing products and tutorials. I can tell just by the atmosphere set off by this webiste that everyone here genuinly loves what they do. I think that it is terrible how much work you do without getting all of the credit that the deserve. But in anycase keep up the good work, I hope you all live long and happy lives, doing what you love.
reza irani
2 years ago
Dear Andrew. We're eagerly awaiting for v2. Thank you for your trouble.
Do you have any news from the pack's for aircraft's and vehicle's? are they complete? When are they released?
Daluz
2 years ago
Andrew alive here, now: http://www.fxguide.com/nablive
2 years ago
hi mr andrew
i have a question about element 3d there is a way to do camara mapping with
3d geometry of element 3d?

if is posible can you make a toturial how can we do it

thanks

and gona be cool a script or plug in to do a easy camara maping
sorry for my bad inglish

thanks nephtali leal
    2 years ago
    yes!
    A one click button for "camapping the selected geometry", for multiplan matte painting for instance.
    (The actual pseudo camera mapping function is too boring ans painfull to apply)
    Thanks for your work and the way you're move on AE !
Parth Sapre
2 years ago
Hi Andrew,
I want to thank you for telling about 3d car rig in after effects because
i want to complete my scene.....
- Parth Sapre (13 Years Old)
Zafar S
2 years ago
i do Appreciate your Work Andrew .i can feel how hard your work is ........
it all about time man .
Joseph
2 years ago
Hi Andrew,
Love the shadow tech preview! I can not wait! Could you do a short video on your blog showing us your team behind Element and other plugins so we can see the hard working folks that help bring your brilliant visions to life?

When element gets real shadows it will be game over.

The C4d integration in AE looks interesting but in all the demos I've seen so far show that if they want to move the camera with the c4d scene in it, it has to be in like wireframe mode for it not to take forever. That is a non starter for me. Element 3d v2 will have animated OBJ import, real shadows, (plus other surprises I'm sure) automatic texture import, why would I need Cineware anyway?

So it's a huge milestone that you have written your own OpenGL renderer, but I have noticed lately in some of the new game engine demos, that developers are doing real-time reflections, refractions, and other computationally expensive rendering techniques on the GPU. Any plans to push Element in this direction?

Perhaps in the video introducing us to your team you could compile a few questions from the comments on this blog and answer them on the video. I think it's safe to say that your customers are also fans and you are building quite a bit real brand loyalty, which is very hard from most companies and products to do, but seems to be effortless for you :-)

Thanks for all your hard work and we look forward to the future.

Joseph
    Impaczus
    2 years ago
    I agree to this!.. You all need to be recognized sometimes :)
George Laird
2 years ago
any chance of doing some versions of this with different vehicles on green screen Andrew
Marcel
2 years ago
Where can i find the model
2 years ago
You are rocking the world man. You are making element sooooooo useful. Keep up the good work!!!!!!
hamid
2 years ago
and what about real reflection???
prathamesh
2 years ago
hye andrew sir when you will make vehical model pack then please make 2 type models like your metropolitan pack .
i mean 1 car is good conditioin and 2nd one is disctroid like tanker model
Kai
2 years ago
Looks great!
Any plans for an Element3D vehicle pack(s)?
Andreas
2 years ago
Nice car rig Will it be a tutorial? and i wondering if geforce GTX 650 working with element 3D or do i have to uppgrade My card to gtx 660
2 years ago
I'm so excited about using the new 1.6 Andrew! I just finish my latest project all built in Element 3D and the use of grouping 3D nulls would have been amazing! Just missed out. So relevant in my head right now though! Thanks!

Take a look. Would love any feedback : )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK0EoY1lIV4

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK0EoY1lIV4
Sumudu
2 years ago
One day you are gonna bring the whole Real World 3D Experience into After Effects..
Alexander
2 years ago
Hey! I was wondering if you were making a tutorial on how to do this?

PS: THIS IS AWESOME
David
2 years ago
real shadows...... something good can to come better!!!!! E3D Amazing !!!!!!!!
2 years ago
They should promote Element 3D on TV with different commercials.
YOU, sir, deserve it! :D
Dave
2 years ago
Anyone know what booths Andrew will be presenting at at NAB?
prathamesh
2 years ago
what is relese date of element 3d v2 ........ please more previews andrew sir and please reply
mstf
2 years ago
seni seviyorum andrew!
Dave Starr
2 years ago
Hi magic Andrew! Will you make a little tutorial on rigging and animating a car like your example?
2 years ago
Well I dont need AE7 for cinema4D lite. I want element upgrade even if its pricy as well as i am thinkign about buy Optical flares V2 as andrew said that is coming up by end of this year. So waste money on AE7 when you can buy a good graphics card with good plugin from VCP and other sites :]
Tobi
2 years ago
hi Andrew whats up ? :)
lamarovo
2 years ago
I guess this is not real physics based simulation because it's memory consuming and time is money
It appears to be a pretty fast and very genious way to simulate very convincing suspension and steering system
    Dave
    2 years ago
    Of course! It's all about cheating it. We're about creating illusions! :-)
zedul
2 years ago
Impressive as usual.
Hey guys, Andrew helps a lot behind in improving this plugin, he advises his programmers to push hard paying attention to hardware and limitations of AE. But some wants to turn AE+3D Element into a real 3D software. If ever this happens one day, I think all will need to buy more powerful machines for work. 3D software needs lots of resources. Don't blame Andrew for that!!!
We should be happy what we are getting compared to the 1st version of Element3D that was released.
Abdou
2 years ago
Hey Andrew .... I know people already said you this Many times before i say it now ....but i belive no one is like YOU..You are a unique person ...althought AFTER EFFECT is not my DOMAIN but i like to do stuff with it just for fun ....and probably i'll risk giving up my nuiversity career just to learn AFTER EFFECT...andd all this because of you :D..... i hope i can meet you one day and talk to you !! Greeting from ALGERIA
2 years ago
    2 years ago
    This is the soon-to-be-worldwide-known: Octane Render :)
    Roy
    2 years ago
    That's mad! Videocopilot should stop messing around and just license this technology. Of course if Adobe was smart they would just buy them out and implement in AE natively and kill the competition!
    2 years ago
    So seconded! That would be brilliant to include Octane in After Effects!
Eric
2 years ago
Andrew - When is the V2 release? I'd suggest adding about 3 months to whatever date you think it might be. :)
    Mike
    2 years ago
    Based on prior updates I would be very suprised if it came out before the end of the year.
Botasky
2 years ago
Will it be free to upgrade from Element 3D 1 to Element 3D v.2?
    Jovica
    2 years ago
    No. It'll be paid version!
hamid
2 years ago
Hi,
my car Animate,Rig in Element 1.5 !

And Reflection by Elementary...

http://www.mediafire.com/?w5mbeyvuczmbndd


Sorry for English!
Roy
2 years ago
Very cool Andrew. Question, why aren't you presenting at the Maxon booth at Nab? I didn't see you on the presenters list. I hope this Cineware announcement didn't create some beef between you guys.
2 years ago
very impressive! that's real!
2 years ago
nice!!
take THAT cineware!
2 years ago
PLEASE! TEASE US WITH MORE REAL SHADOW FEATURE!!!! NERDGASM!
Hadron
2 years ago
To all the people with the 'can you add this' questions... Yes they probably could, but then it would become chugtown USA.

Raytraced shadows, refraction etc are really intensive functions in real time.

I think they will do the best they can, and keep tricking out Element3d, but stop with the 1000-question comments please :')
Farshad
2 years ago
wow very nice
Like !
basherrehsab
2 years ago
Element 3d my fooot
you can,t update INTEL R HD GRAPHICS ANDREW KRAMER HEEEEHEHEEEHEE
2 years ago
this is amazing... I cannot wait to see V2... And one question, will V2 be a paid upgrade?
    Dave
    2 years ago
    Sure will.
Moleman
2 years ago
Is that ray trace reflections i see?
xandercorp
2 years ago
Are going to be launching a obj pack with cars?
Jovica
2 years ago
Oh Andrew please add transparency tab with texture, like in Cinema 4D! Oh Andrew please! It'll be good!
Image: http://i.imgur.com/8Cm44mu.jpg
    Sammy
    2 years ago
    What you are saying is jus like the force opacity... What we need is the diffuse channel to support opacity and to be able to layer texture in top of each oth
SFD
2 years ago
thanks for all tutorials i proud you
i have problems element i always send you you doesn't response me

please when creating element 3d add gpu driver (intel ) i have not either NVIDA or AMD pleae i will waiting for the response
vers
2 years ago
nice to see how element gets more and more prfessional! i started to work with cinema 4d a time ago...but then came element and i never opened cinema again! ;) i would love to see a model pack with vehicles and iarcrafts...;) all the free models out there are a pain in the a..!
good work vcp! appreciate all your work for the community!
    Shahab G
    2 years ago
    I have requested same thing, wish he creates vehicle and aircraft models.
    vers
    2 years ago
    hope there are enough requests :) i cant pay 100 Dollars for just one good model.. i would either pay 200 dollars for a good vcp product like a model pack and i know everything works in element just fine!
    Tobi
    2 years ago
    to vers
    Same here
klaus brandenburg
2 years ago
What a coincidence. Nearly a month ago this (http://vimeo.com/62034663) has been done based on a car rig created by Kevin Schirez (ELEMENTARY) as you can read in this thread: http://vimeo.com/62034663)
2 years ago
Raytraced shadows? Wouhou!!
2 years ago
Your response is quickly impressive, well done Andrew :)
soft shadows, or pseudo aera shadows style also?
IMRAN KHAN
2 years ago
Andrew This is Awesome! And Element 3d Material Cannot Reflect any 3d model,
Like Metropolitan Buildings Mirror Did Not Reflect Other Building.
Did you Include The Option in Element 3D v2.0.
    Jovica
    2 years ago
    Yeah man, this will be also good! :D 10 points for Imran!
    IMRAN KHAN
    2 years ago
    Thanku Jovica.
    Jovica
    2 years ago
    :)
2 years ago
yoyo man you rock the vfx Community ......
shorey
2 years ago
Andrew do it that is car rig tutorial please???
si
2 years ago
hey andrew with v2 are you able to keep the speed still fast? I only ask this because thats why I go for E3D, also would the car and flying model packs get released first?
2 years ago
Real shadows... and real reflections as well? Looks amazing!
The Dark Khigt
2 years ago
Oh God as well!Thank you Andrew!Now already I almost never need 3 d max! element 3d perhaps the best plug-in for work with models! I have been looking for different plug-ins to the 3 d max?well if this will replace the Craft direct studio! This is a very well-no need now render and sequences of 3d max! Now you need to AE,element 3d, and just a model! you can easily do a realistic and photorealistic video!thanks Andrew waiting for the lesson in the animation!And so it would be desirable to build a great and realistic scenes! THANK you
Lj
2 years ago
Amazing.. looks so cool. Andrew I just hope that one day you will make your own stand alone video editing and fx program. If element 3d is so good and is just a plugin, I can only imagine how powerful will be stand alone program..
2 years ago
Hey Andrew,
Is this rig just for the cars only or we can use it in another thing ???
Ben Jones
2 years ago
nice. Just installed the new version.. time for a play :)
WHAT ABOUT INTEL
2 years ago
Yo, Andrew, aren't you gonna do anything for us Intel users??? It's so sad to see you Nvidia guys having all the fun with E3D and advancing forward while we just sit and watch >_< What should we do??? -_-
    Jeremy Neville
    2 years ago
    Intel? Since when does Intel make graphics cards? I'm using an Intel processor and it works fine. You're not talking about that HD 4000 stuff, are you? That's usually not very quick/powerful, especially for something like this.
    WHAT ABOUT INTEL
    2 years ago
    Hi, Jeremy. Thank you so much for replying to my question. I don't know if you will come back here to see this but here is a snap of my PC display information where everything is made by Intel. Can you/anyone look at this and tell me if I can ever run Element 3D on my Laptop? BTW,I am on Windows 8...
    http://s23.postimg.org/frc6kyqaz/MYPC.jpg
    rjcorraya
    2 years ago
    Hi, Jeremy. Thank you so much for replying to my question. I don't know if you will come back here to see this but here is a snap of my PC display information where everything is made by Intel. Can you/anyone look at this and tell me if I can ever run Element 3D on my Laptop? BTW,I am on Windows 8.

    http://s23.postimg.org/frc6kyqaz/MYPC.jpg
kul
2 years ago
i love VC & hoping E3D V2 will be better than C4D Lite of After Effect CS7
jesus
2 years ago
James
2 years ago
It kills me to know you guys have a version of Element with working shadows sitting on your hard drives. I'll give you 500 bucks if you let me beta test it for ya...
shorey
2 years ago
wow this is very simple for you!!! Great work keep up Andrew brother
Jeremiah
2 years ago
Andrew,
If you can tell us, will image based lighting be a built-in feature in v2? Would it be to resource intensive?
Thanks
ena
2 years ago
ooh...nice! (I smell a vehicle pack)
Paul
2 years ago
Hei,Will v2 supprot particle system in 3dsmax?
Jordan
2 years ago
Are the buildings with the Element 3D shadows (featured in the link provided above) from the Metropolis pack?
2 years ago
stored in element 3d v2.0 ultility have to be craft director?
light_thunder
2 years ago
hoping E3D V2 will be better than C4D Lite of After Effect CS7
prathamesh
2 years ago
waw dude its fantastic i realy like it .
please tell me it is a free update or illpay extra for it ......
    prathamesh
    2 years ago
    sorry for my bad english andrew sir :-) you are realy awsome .shadow effect is realy awsome .:-)
    i create shadow tutorial useing your refelection plugin . but it not that good it only for still camera . iknow my tutorial not good :-). i faild in that but it work nice witth still camera :-)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGWdQ2yXdTw
Tom
2 years ago
Super Cool Andrew. Very interested in the upcoming car rig, specially with the recent global nulls/create position in Element.
Sean
2 years ago
Now, now. Don't go teasing us with images of V2. You know you'll be pestered to no end.
YR
2 years ago
just... superb! just when I think that i mastered something ... just when I think I've learned something ... Andrew appears and bam! I'm thinking that I still have to learn from him too much. :|
Luke
2 years ago
Awesome! Loved the use of Particular and the WPP for the exhaust on the back of the car
2 years ago
real shadow!!!
it's about time!!!! woot!!
2 years ago
That's fantastic. I want it.
Wilz
2 years ago
Amazing! I'm so excited! Cheers!
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