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.

April 7th, 2013 @ 7:41 pm
Amazing! I'm so excited! Cheers!
April 7th, 2013 @ 7:41 pm
That's fantastic. I want it.
April 7th, 2013 @ 7:42 pm
real shadow!!!
it's about time!!!! woot!!
April 7th, 2013 @ 7:42 pm
Awesome! Loved the use of Particular and the WPP for the exhaust on the back of the car
April 7th, 2013 @ 7:52 pm
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. :|
April 7th, 2013 @ 7:53 pm
Now, now. Don't go teasing us with images of V2. You know you'll be pestered to no end.
    April 7th, 2013 @ 7:58 pm
    I know. I will regret it... lol
April 7th, 2013 @ 7:54 pm
Super Cool Andrew. Very interested in the upcoming car rig, specially with the recent global nulls/create position in Element.
April 7th, 2013 @ 8:30 pm
waw dude its fantastic i realy like it .
please tell me it is a free update or illpay extra for it ......
    April 7th, 2013 @ 8:33 pm
    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 :-)
April 7th, 2013 @ 8:30 pm
hoping E3D V2 will be better than C4D Lite of After Effect CS7
April 7th, 2013 @ 8:42 pm
stored in element 3d v2.0 ultility have to be craft director?
April 7th, 2013 @ 8:49 pm
Are the buildings with the Element 3D shadows (featured in the link provided above) from the Metropolis pack?
April 7th, 2013 @ 8:56 pm
Hei,Will v2 supprot particle system in 3dsmax?
April 7th, 2013 @ 9:18 pm
ooh...nice! (I smell a vehicle pack)
April 7th, 2013 @ 9:22 pm
If you can tell us, will image based lighting be a built-in feature in v2? Would it be to resource intensive?
April 7th, 2013 @ 9:25 pm
wow this is very simple for you!!! Great work keep up Andrew brother
April 7th, 2013 @ 9:32 pm
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...
April 7th, 2013 @ 10:14 pm
April 7th, 2013 @ 10:17 pm
i love VC & hoping E3D V2 will be better than C4D Lite of After Effect CS7
April 7th, 2013 @ 10:37 pm
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
    April 9th, 2013 @ 12:34 pm
    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.
    April 10th, 2013 @ 10:35 pm
    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...
    April 10th, 2013 @ 10:36 pm
    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.
Ben Jones
April 7th, 2013 @ 10:47 pm
nice. Just installed the new version.. time for a play :)
April 7th, 2013 @ 10:54 pm
Hey Andrew,
Is this rig just for the cars only or we can use it in another thing ???
April 7th, 2013 @ 11:34 pm
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..
The Dark Khigt
April 7th, 2013 @ 11:34 pm
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
April 7th, 2013 @ 11:35 pm
Real shadows... and real reflections as well? Looks amazing!
April 7th, 2013 @ 11:40 pm
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?
April 7th, 2013 @ 11:47 pm
Andrew do it that is car rig tutorial please???
April 8th, 2013 @ 12:09 am
yoyo man you rock the vfx Community ......
April 8th, 2013 @ 12:45 am
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.
    April 8th, 2013 @ 4:56 am
    Yeah man, this will be also good! :D 10 points for Imran!
    April 8th, 2013 @ 6:18 am
    Thanku Jovica.
    April 8th, 2013 @ 12:15 pm
April 8th, 2013 @ 12:51 am
Your response is quickly impressive, well done Andrew :)
soft shadows, or pseudo aera shadows style also?
April 8th, 2013 @ 12:54 am
Raytraced shadows? Wouhou!!
klaus brandenburg
April 8th, 2013 @ 2:10 am
What a coincidence. Nearly a month ago this ( has been done based on a car rig created by Kevin Schirez (ELEMENTARY) as you can read in this thread:
April 8th, 2013 @ 2:20 am
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
    April 8th, 2013 @ 3:05 am
    I have requested same thing, wish he creates vehicle and aircraft models.
    April 8th, 2013 @ 4:02 am
    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!
    April 8th, 2013 @ 11:52 am
    to vers
    Same here
April 8th, 2013 @ 3:55 am
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
April 8th, 2013 @ 4:56 am
Oh Andrew please add transparency tab with texture, like in Cinema 4D! Oh Andrew please! It'll be good!
    April 9th, 2013 @ 8:28 am
    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
April 8th, 2013 @ 5:01 am
Are going to be launching a obj pack with cars?
April 8th, 2013 @ 5:12 am
Is that ray trace reflections i see?
April 8th, 2013 @ 5:18 am
this is amazing... I cannot wait to see V2... And one question, will V2 be a paid upgrade?
    April 8th, 2013 @ 6:58 am
    Sure will.
April 8th, 2013 @ 5:32 am
Element 3d my fooot
April 8th, 2013 @ 6:06 am
wow very nice
Like !
April 8th, 2013 @ 6:09 am
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 :')
April 8th, 2013 @ 6:13 am
April 8th, 2013 @ 6:44 am
take THAT cineware!
April 8th, 2013 @ 6:50 am
very impressive! that's real!
April 8th, 2013 @ 7:01 am
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.
April 8th, 2013 @ 7:02 am
my car Animate,Rig in Element 1.5 !

And Reflection by Elementary...

Sorry for English!
April 8th, 2013 @ 7:20 am
Will it be free to upgrade from Element 3D 1 to Element 3D v.2?
    April 8th, 2013 @ 12:16 pm
    No. It'll be paid version!
April 8th, 2013 @ 8:05 am
Andrew - When is the V2 release? I'd suggest adding about 3 months to whatever date you think it might be. :)
    April 8th, 2013 @ 9:17 am
    Based on prior updates I would be very suprised if it came out before the end of the year.
April 8th, 2013 @ 8:52 am
    April 8th, 2013 @ 2:29 pm
    This is the soon-to-be-worldwide-known: Octane Render :)
    April 8th, 2013 @ 5:51 pm
    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!
    April 11th, 2013 @ 4:32 am
    So seconded! That would be brilliant to include Octane in After Effects!
April 8th, 2013 @ 10:36 am
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
April 8th, 2013 @ 10:50 am
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.
April 8th, 2013 @ 11:17 am
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
    April 8th, 2013 @ 2:20 pm
    Of course! It's all about cheating it. We're about creating illusions! :-)
April 8th, 2013 @ 11:34 am
hi Andrew whats up ? :)
April 8th, 2013 @ 12:11 pm
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 :]
Dave Starr
April 8th, 2013 @ 12:25 pm
Hi magic Andrew! Will you make a little tutorial on rigging and animating a car like your example?
April 8th, 2013 @ 12:31 pm
seni seviyorum andrew!
April 8th, 2013 @ 12:59 pm
what is relese date of element 3d v2 ........ please more previews andrew sir and please reply
April 8th, 2013 @ 2:20 pm
Anyone know what booths Andrew will be presenting at at NAB?
April 8th, 2013 @ 2:22 pm
They should promote Element 3D on TV with different commercials.
YOU, sir, deserve it! :D
April 8th, 2013 @ 3:18 pm
real shadows...... something good can to come better!!!!! E3D Amazing !!!!!!!!
April 8th, 2013 @ 3:25 pm
Hey! I was wondering if you were making a tutorial on how to do this?

April 8th, 2013 @ 8:58 pm
One day you are gonna bring the whole Real World 3D Experience into After Effects..
April 8th, 2013 @ 10:25 pm
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 : )

April 8th, 2013 @ 10:27 pm
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
April 8th, 2013 @ 11:34 pm
Looks great!
Any plans for an Element3D vehicle pack(s)?
April 9th, 2013 @ 1:22 am
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
April 9th, 2013 @ 4:15 am
and what about real reflection???
April 9th, 2013 @ 6:08 am
You are rocking the world man. You are making element sooooooo useful. Keep up the good work!!!!!!
April 9th, 2013 @ 6:19 am
Where can i find the model
George Laird
April 9th, 2013 @ 7:06 am
any chance of doing some versions of this with different vehicles on green screen Andrew
April 9th, 2013 @ 7:27 am
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.

    April 9th, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
    I agree to this!.. You all need to be recognized sometimes :)
Zafar S
April 9th, 2013 @ 8:18 am
i do Appreciate your Work Andrew .i can feel how hard your work is ........
it all about time man .
Parth Sapre
April 9th, 2013 @ 8:35 am
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)
April 9th, 2013 @ 9:41 am
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


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

thanks nephtali leal
    April 9th, 2013 @ 11:40 pm
    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 !
April 9th, 2013 @ 10:45 am
Andrew alive here, now:
reza irani
April 9th, 2013 @ 1:03 pm
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?
Mackenzie Criswell
April 9th, 2013 @ 1:54 pm
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.
April 9th, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
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!
Willmer Wonsang
April 9th, 2013 @ 7:55 pm
WOW. After Effects Right?
April 9th, 2013 @ 9:11 pm
Just amazing! Can't wait until it comes out! Will it ever have real reflections?
April 9th, 2013 @ 11:51 pm
Wow... you even went to the trouble of adding the tyre skid marks!!!
April 9th, 2013 @ 10:52 pm
April 10th, 2013 @ 1:22 am
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!
April 10th, 2013 @ 5:43 am
hey hi god of VFX Andrew...i can you please add some text deformation like bend,stretch,etc in our Angel ELEMENT 3D V2.....
April 10th, 2013 @ 6:06 am
U just make editing interesting.I just like it.wish I was part of the whole idea in making great tutorials.
April 10th, 2013 @ 8:29 am
Suggestion for later versions :
Creating geometry from still or animated heightmap
April 10th, 2013 @ 9:42 am
When is release date Element V 1.0 to 2.0 waiting for your release DATE
April 10th, 2013 @ 10:31 am
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
April 10th, 2013 @ 12:07 pm
wowwwww element 3d v2.0 coming?????
April 10th, 2013 @ 5:49 pm
Project files? Please, please, please! Haha!
April 11th, 2013 @ 12:52 am
NFS Hot pursuit cars...! :D
Jan Hofmeister
April 11th, 2013 @ 7:31 am
Alright, realtime shadows, nice!

I sincerely hope you'll add both distance fade and soft shadowing (by fanning out shadow samples) to it ;)
April 11th, 2013 @ 7:51 am
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
April 11th, 2013 @ 11:57 am
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...
April 11th, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
andrew could create a tutorial on how to create a Transformers robot and auto
contodas their piesas robot and robot carriage
April 12th, 2013 @ 2:09 am
For v2 are we going to have to re purchase it or is it another patch update?
    Steve Green
    April 12th, 2013 @ 3:11 am
    They've said it's a paid for update, I don't think an exact amount has been stated yet.
vinod kumar
April 12th, 2013 @ 6:03 am
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
Luis Martin
April 12th, 2013 @ 8:16 am
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.
April 12th, 2013 @ 8:42 am
Help me anybody please??? After Effects error: Could not launch Adobe Analysis Server. (515)
( 25 :: 101 )
    April 14th, 2013 @ 12:01 am
    actually i have to this problem
    April 14th, 2013 @ 6:58 am
    But i deleted all the adobe programs and installed again
April 12th, 2013 @ 12:16 pm
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!
April 12th, 2013 @ 1:17 pm
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.
johnson baby
April 13th, 2013 @ 3:52 am
it will be possible in element V2 to rig a non rigged 3D model inside AF ?
April 14th, 2013 @ 11:31 am
That's smell Expression ! no?
April 14th, 2013 @ 5:21 pm
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.
April 15th, 2013 @ 3:40 am
thanks monproduction
April 15th, 2013 @ 3:43 am
Not matte/shadow effect in 3ds max 2013? where i take that effect
April 15th, 2013 @ 10:58 pm
Hi Andrew Kramer Please give me Your PC Configer please.....
April 15th, 2013 @ 11:00 pm
I m Buy New PC for Mograph
Which use graphcs card your PC
April 16th, 2013 @ 3:29 am
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
April 17th, 2013 @ 6:03 am
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.
April 17th, 2013 @ 10:12 am
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?
April 17th, 2013 @ 6:39 pm
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.
April 18th, 2013 @ 4:09 am
Hi Andrew Kramer, can u make some tuts for nuke ?
April 18th, 2013 @ 4:45 am
which lens u use for slr?

is there any lens like with out blureness?

for tracking
May 22nd, 2013 @ 1:00 am
it is really interesting Video Clip..!!
May 26th, 2013 @ 5:38 am
Will there be a free/reduced Upgrade for existing Element 3D Customers to E3D V2?
May 31st, 2013 @ 6:47 am
Very nice, well done. I really thought it was real :)
January 9th, 2014 @ 9:44 am
This is so cool! totally reminds me of GTA4 or 5 :) well done!
January 10th, 2014 @ 4:41 pm
WOW I love these shadows! Looks amazing.. Good job!!
May 28th, 2014 @ 1:56 am
This is awesome, interesting to get a sneak-peak behind stuff like this!
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