Animated Aperture in Element 3D!

Here is the animation I created last night using extruded masks inside Element 3D to build some kind of angry aperture. I animated the various group values to ‘reveal’ parts of the object. I usually do the sound design last so when animating it helps to have a lot of movement to motivate the sound FX. You want stuff to look good and sound good!

Watch on Youtube in HD

I used the materials from the Pro Shaders with some minor tweaks.

Download Project (CS6, Element 3D & Optical Flares used)

Isaac Cortez
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:07 am
Wow, it's amazing... really inspiring.
christian Micheal
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:12 am
Now THATS very sexy :0)
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:13 am
Wow that was AWESOME! I really need to experiment more with the animation engine....
    May 28th, 2013 @ 10:17 am
    I used the Animation engine for only 1 shot of the blades first coming out. The rest is just replicator keyframes.
    May 28th, 2013 @ 7:58 pm
    Might I just ask, how/where did you get all those sound effects? That was some not-bad sound design...
    May 29th, 2013 @ 3:02 am
    Andrew, where do you get the audacity to be clever AND handsome! Damn you!
George Laird
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:15 am
I won't put my hand in there, might not get it back!
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:16 am
fly through the 3D Metropolitan Scene !!

May 28th, 2013 @ 10:17 am
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:21 am
Amazing Work!!! I was thinking.. imagine all these tools control with Cinema 4D Fully integrate in AE. Simple Awesome, im waiting!
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:25 am
Last night? So you have a couple pops while grilling on the holiday, come home and throw something like this together? It's like Ice Cube saying he messed around and got a triple double. You're ability frustrates me. Keep it up sir.
    May 28th, 2013 @ 10:38 am
    Thats exactly what went through my head when I watched it...
    May 28th, 2013 @ 11:12 am
    ha! Well that is what I love about Element 3D and why I use it for my professional work too. It is fast! I can get the look down, duplicate comps and animate right inside of AE with my color correction and other effects. Speed is the key!
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:28 am
Element 3D is one of the best plugin
LaLiga Teaser
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:33 am
Hi Andrew,

Sound effects are really cool asual :)
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:44 am
Is there any way i can open that with CS 5?
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:51 am
Love the End Titles!
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:59 am
I love all these examples and tutorials on how to use E3D. They help me to put my creative mind to use.
May 28th, 2013 @ 11:01 am
Does anyone know what the font is called at the end there where it says "Created 100% in Element 3D" ?
    Obi1 Genius
    May 28th, 2013 @ 12:07 pm
    May 29th, 2013 @ 3:19 pm
    he uses BankGothic allot you can find it online pretty easy but it can be tough to get a good version of it
    May 30th, 2013 @ 7:33 am
    Thank you!
May 28th, 2013 @ 11:07 am
Nice job, Andrew.

A few time ago I was thinking about doing something similar to the "alien mechanical spheres" from Battleship in Element 3D (now withe the included glow for textures could be easier). I hope to have some time to spend in something like this in the near future. Congrats!

Paul K
May 28th, 2013 @ 11:11 am
A tutorial for the sound would be awesome!
    Daniel Valdemar
    May 28th, 2013 @ 11:18 pm
    I can 2nd that!
May 28th, 2013 @ 11:12 am
Ok! This is amazing! Maybe it's the most stupid question ever But.......could you please make a tutorial on the sound design??? I love the sound fx you use. I know it's a bit of topic, but it would be really helpful to boost your fans (like me)projects.
Or does someone know a place for these kind of tuts?
May 28th, 2013 @ 11:19 am
A tutorial please? :)
May 28th, 2013 @ 11:21 am
By the way! I think it's really weird and also cool! to have your projectfile and being able to watch how you did it. It's like looking over J.J. Abrams shoulder while he's working, haha.
May 28th, 2013 @ 11:26 am

Wow, how did you create that AWESOME sound? What sound mixing software do you use? Pro tool, or some advanced Star Trek/Alian/Space software? Where do you get your sound FX from, are you thinking about creating a new Sound FX pack? :)

My opinion is that sound are more than 50% of the whole film :)
Keep up the good work!

    May 28th, 2013 @ 1:52 pm
    yeah, a new sound fx pack is really necessary!
    Daniel Valdemar
    May 29th, 2013 @ 6:31 am
    Or a tutorial on how to make them ourselves :)
May 28th, 2013 @ 11:26 am
Awesome project, once again !
Btw, you're talking about sound design, and i thought it would be a great idea to tell us, one day, how you make sound ! Is it with the Designer Sound FX package only ? Have you got some sound bank ? And what are your processes to mix ?
Well, keep going, you just rock ! :D

Greetings, from France :)
May 28th, 2013 @ 11:31 am
It looks great. Thanks!
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:00 pm
Nice work, Andrew! Thanks!
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:48 pm
Excellent work as always Andrew! I'd love to pick your brain on the topic of sound design too! Do you design from scratch, or is there a source that you frequent?
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:52 pm
Amazing work again, Andrew. Just wondering if there's any chance of a CS5 project file? I've been doing lots of work on Element and using masks to extrude and I'm really intrigued to see how you've animated things more than the actual extrusion itself. I always get to where I want my project to be but I can't help but think it's probably not the most time efficient way of doing it :)

While I'm here I just wanted to say how impressive Element 3D and all your products, tutorials are. I started as an amateur a few months ago and my skills have come a long way thanks to Videocopilot.
May 28th, 2013 @ 1:26 pm
hey Andrew what do u use to create your sound effects ?? tough
May 28th, 2013 @ 1:33 pm
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Andrew I wanted to ask you, is it possible to make a second ambient occlusion in E3D so we can have one SSAO with more radios and one SSAO with a little amount of radios, for more realistic results?
Also, if you can make screen space ambient occlusion in E3D why can’t you make Screen Space Reflections? And in the next version of E3D and optical flares can you make a connection between these two so the models with illumination maps can be flared up with OF?
Thanks. For all your hard work, I checkout video copilot EVERY day to see if something new came out! Like the glass tut. :D
Sorry I commented this on two places, I really want an answer.
May 28th, 2013 @ 1:53 pm
I want you to think about a circumcision... and now look at the video. :P
May 28th, 2013 @ 2:24 pm
Very cool!!! I can't wait to get this stuff learned well enough to start teaching it to my students.
May 28th, 2013 @ 2:58 pm
one Thing I tried to do with masks is keyframe their shapes. It doesn't appear that Element 3d knows what to do in this case. Anyone have a way around this?
    May 29th, 2013 @ 6:36 am
    The plugin seems to update when the camera moves, so make a wiggle expression on the camera's position, but something very small so that the naked eye cant see the movement, like wiggle(.001,.001) Hope this helps you out.
May 28th, 2013 @ 3:08 pm
I've just done an animation last week that would have been so much better if this animation existed at the time for inspiration... Much man love as always mate
May 28th, 2013 @ 3:40 pm
it's Amaaaaaazing and really exiting
May 28th, 2013 @ 3:51 pm
Element 3D the best plugin
May 28th, 2013 @ 5:45 pm
Andrew, thank you very much for sharing!
May 28th, 2013 @ 5:57 pm
Not as brilliantly animated as Andrew's there haha, but I made
this opening for a company presentation using the extrusion tool in E3D.

You can actually copy and paste the masks straight out of Illustrator
if you have a vector logo, it is really hand.
    May 28th, 2013 @ 5:58 pm
    ..Y! Lol.
    Also: Mortalll Kombaaattttt!!!
May 28th, 2013 @ 6:21 pm
Hey Andrew, any chance you could do a sound design tutorial or perhaps let us in on the program you use so we could find some tutorials? I'd love to learn how to create amazing sound like that. Thanks!
May 28th, 2013 @ 6:56 pm
i wonder if you could make basic tutorial for 3d max, just like you got there in the site... ( after effect basic training )
that would be awesome.. thumbs up !
    May 29th, 2013 @ 11:10 am
    Actually. Brandon from th Freddiew channel has just started a "Let's learn 3ds max" series. you can find it on the second channel: Freddiew2
May 28th, 2013 @ 7:24 pm
Awesome. What were the render times like? Are you using your 580 or the Titan? It's nice to see you pushing your own software in ways you didn't necessarily design it to be pushed. As I'm sure you've noticed, with future updates you can really make Element a tool in it's own category (it already is, but you get my drift.)

As a NUKE artist, it would be interesting to see what could be done if this were ported over in the same way Optical Flares was. It would really get my creative juices flowing :) OpenGL and NUKE work quite well together already.

Cheers, Andrew & Team!
    May 28th, 2013 @ 9:48 pm
    I'm using the 680 here at home. Render Times are very fast! I made about 15 shots that are about 3-7 seconds. Each shot is about 1-3 minutes to render with DOF and Motion blur. I made the entire sequence in about 6 hours. Modelling, animation, camera and lighting. Once I had the look down, I would duplicate the comps and animate the camera and lighting.
May 28th, 2013 @ 7:42 pm
will there be any other versions available?
May 28th, 2013 @ 9:03 pm
Hi andrew
This is really cool, also, the sound FX are amazing.
Where could I get or buy these sound FX?
Thank you for sharing this video.
May 28th, 2013 @ 9:39 pm
Can you provide cs 5.5 version,most of us haven't upgraded to cs6 yet.
May 28th, 2013 @ 9:40 pm
hey any one know that where to download update version of Optical Flares
and twitch Plug ins
    May 29th, 2013 @ 10:03 pm
    I believe if you log in at, you can find the updates there.
May 28th, 2013 @ 9:46 pm
Awesome video. I always get stumped on where would I use this question. On another note, I remember you mentioning Element 3D: V2. Release date? :)
    May 28th, 2013 @ 9:49 pm
    Nice try :)
    May 28th, 2013 @ 11:59 pm
    yappppp good try . Andrew sir ,you like that try then please tell us release date :-D and upload some more previews and tutorials :-D
    May 30th, 2013 @ 3:06 am
    V2 - 2014 I presume because I remember he mentioned 'later this year' on an other post.
    June 1st, 2013 @ 1:37 pm
    I have version 9 of Element already. And, by the way, I'm from the future.
    Kwasi SAFO
    June 3rd, 2013 @ 11:07 am
    yeah.. pls
Ty Anderson
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:25 pm
Hey Andrew!

Could you upload a cs5.5 project file too? Don't yet have cs6.
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:32 pm
hey TEACHER ANDREW view this Im sure you'll like this (MY WORK)
May 28th, 2013 @ 11:28 pm
Ya i saw your video that was very outclass .One question running through my head that how can manage to adjust the blades so the can revel , move -etc in side the ring .
May 28th, 2013 @ 11:33 pm
another question i've opened the project file and nothing just happened instead Background was moving but there is no 3d object in the file :( .. I Have element 3d install in my AE ..So Can anybody tell whats the matter is it with AE or Project file
May 28th, 2013 @ 11:40 pm
Andrew, good job done, I like it. We look forwart to new totorial Displacement Glass! Also question, is it posible to create scenes with quality similar to 3ds max v-ray render with element,
The real smithy
May 28th, 2013 @ 10:40 pm
Hey Andrew, I'm wondering if you're able to give me specs in the pc/workstation your using? As I'm going to upgrade at end of year, and I'm sick of compensating price for performance. Especially now I'm getting more element packs (city pack, just got and loving it). And about to jump over from Maya to C4D. :)
May 29th, 2013 @ 12:16 am
I am wondering what the established HOLLYWOOD thinks of you right now...
May 29th, 2013 @ 12:43 am
May 29th, 2013 @ 12:52 am
Andrew where are the tutorials :O i waiting since last week :(
May 29th, 2013 @ 1:08 am
This is really frustrating. Why can't I use Element 3D on my pc? Here is the status of my PC if anyone can help...

    May 31st, 2013 @ 1:03 pm
    Looks like you need more ram
    June 10th, 2013 @ 3:37 pm
    AE likes to have a lots of resources, if you are doing anything serious you should look at upgrading your machine.
    My current home machine doesn't miss a beat -
May 29th, 2013 @ 2:31 am
//Please anybody, can you somehow provide CS4 version for us who don’t have the latest CS6?

I am extremely curious how the Element render is set up and how Andrew made the color correction and chromatic aberation but I can’t look at it because it won’t open =(
May 29th, 2013 @ 5:11 am
Anyone know a tutorial about lighting? I have some problems to put the hightlights on the borders... ^^
May 29th, 2013 @ 5:36 am
For an unknown reason, when I open the project file, AE freezes like crazy and hogs the CPU like there's no tomorrow ??

Any clues ?

Using Element 3D on Mac Pro CS6 16gb ram...
May 29th, 2013 @ 5:58 am
any chance you will be releasing a tutorial on how you did this ?

thank you very much i love your work and learned a lot from you, i dont need to but i will buy anything from your products just to say thank you :)
May 29th, 2013 @ 6:16 am
Hey Andrew do you find any instability when linking files straight from the element "texture editor window" as opposed to importing the image into your project and then comp, and then putting it as one of the texture layers in the effects window? I have recently been experiencing texture link problems in a project that has about 30 element comps, each with it's own 5 different texture maps. Element seems to find only one group of textures and applys it to everything, even elements in different comps. Thoughts?
May 29th, 2013 @ 7:05 am
Stunning Look! Andrew It is Possible To Create Assembling Cube To an Object
In Element 3D, I tried But I Want 3 Animation Engine Groups
May 29th, 2013 @ 8:25 am
Andrew? Where do you get such a sounds for you composition?
May 29th, 2013 @ 9:12 am
Please check out my youtube! I try to do some tutorials but NONE as good as yours!
May 29th, 2013 @ 9:23 am
Angry Apeture. My new favorite band name. :)
May 29th, 2013 @ 10:42 am
Realy cool but not 100% createt in element 3d (adobe after effects cs6+)
May 29th, 2013 @ 10:45 am
Currently I am running 2x 580 Classifieds no-SLI, this set up is for Davinci. I also have a 660Ti for my GUI. My question is two fold,

1) What are the chances that you could make GPU a selected preference. AE only seems to uses the card that my monitor is plugged in, this is usually the 660ti it would be great to use another GPU for rendering ect(maybe you could even convince your friends at adobe to include this in AE CC ;)

2)If question 1 is possible, then i would ask if in an upcoming release you would consider the use of multiple GPUs in the same way Davinci does. Currently I can run Epic footage with 5+ nodes realtime(24). On output I can get upwards of 35-50 FPS to DNXHD220-no rocket. I can only imagine what a second or third Gpu would allow us to do in E3D
May 29th, 2013 @ 11:56 am
Hi Andrew,
I was just wondering if you could rotate our earth a little faster, move my house a little to the left, then make me a cup of tea with one sugar. I want this done by yesterday please.
May 29th, 2013 @ 12:24 pm
With sound design like that, who needs video?
marc milad
May 29th, 2013 @ 12:46 pm
can you pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee make a tutorial for it????, it is sooo cool :)
May 29th, 2013 @ 1:19 pm
Love it. Looks like a patriotic decepticon's eye!
Definitely fun to try animating masked layers. I've seen some videos on youtube where a guy has created a gun completely out of extruded shape layers... the possibilities really are ENDLESS!
Karim Al-Amin
May 29th, 2013 @ 4:14 pm
Andrew!! you found the secret of life and YOU ARE LIVING!!
May 29th, 2013 @ 4:31 pm
Where did you get the sound for the video? Thats something I would really like to buy in a pack.
May 29th, 2013 @ 6:54 pm
It's always the same for me. Andrew posts. I get enthusiastic. Short-of-breath, I check it out. I feel awe - delight - wonder. I clap my hands because every at-bat for Andrew is an out-of-the-park homer. Then I replay. And replay, and gawk, and wonder some more. Then I get depressed. Yeah, depressed. Because the best I have to offer are foul balls and easy outs. The most I can hope for is to be walked. So I sit depressed for a while. Then I hear a little voice inside - it sounds like an Andrew Kramer whisper saying "Swing Away!" it echoes off to nothing and then repeats, "Swing Away!" and repeats until at last I am encouraged and finally I click the AE Icon and try again. It's always the same. Now that I got that out of my system, I'm hearing an encouraging whisper, and I'm off to swing away! Thanks Andrew!
L A Webley
May 29th, 2013 @ 8:11 pm
I like how that while people across the internet are declaring war over the PS4 and Xbox and that the enlightened are here mutually appreciating the applications of graphical innovation in peace.
May 29th, 2013 @ 9:42 pm
please makes this animation tutorial
May 30th, 2013 @ 12:46 am
Metropolitan Scene with Projectfiles to download !!!!

klaus brandenburg
May 30th, 2013 @ 6:07 am
Well let's give credit where credit is due to Josh Burns a.k.a. the father of mask-only-animations.
May 30th, 2013 @ 8:40 am
Andrew this is amazing!!!! But it would be better if we could save an extrusion model as a model preset rather than a bevel preset...
May 30th, 2013 @ 9:11 am
Andrew, I am new to Element 3D. Could you do a tutorial on this?
    Vinnie K
    May 30th, 2013 @ 12:51 pm
    Are u serious?

    Have u even looked further on this site?

    I could give you a hint and say 'Tutorial button' and start from there.... but i won't..

reza irani
May 30th, 2013 @ 12:25 pm
dear Andrew, can you do something that the models dose not pass from each other?this is one of the problem's of element 3d!right?You can put an option that when the models close together,they be diverted to the other side. This could be a solution. can you do this for the next version of element?
May 30th, 2013 @ 1:20 pm
when the release plugin Element 2.0?
May 30th, 2013 @ 2:58 pm
Great Job! I will bet any amount of money that Andrew is (or was at one time) also a musician. His sound design is always very rhythmic and musical.
May 31st, 2013 @ 2:31 am
Hey, Andrew!

I was thinking about can you create Element 3D to load textured polygon?
I am trying this in Form, but it is too slow, and in same time Element 3d is more fast with real 3d objects. I am thinking if we can map like Sprite with opacity map...?
I am not sure I am explaining this well.
May 31st, 2013 @ 5:47 am
element3d rock aftereffect
    May 31st, 2013 @ 5:49 am
    yes u r right
May 31st, 2013 @ 7:04 am
Here's a quick test of Bond-like Gun Barrel Opening Sequence I have made using ELEMENT 3D :
May 31st, 2013 @ 11:25 am
Any chances of getting the scene exported for a previous AE version?
May 31st, 2013 @ 11:44 am
I am waiting the tutorial :)
thanx Andrew!!
May 31st, 2013 @ 5:37 pm
This tutorial file is great. I'm not doing much with it other than deconstructing it and playing around. It's great to see how a master does this kind of extrusion with masks, but I'm also learning from your camera settings too. Thank you for making this available. I'm learning a lot!
May 31st, 2013 @ 6:24 pm
this was rendered with the new titan
    June 1st, 2013 @ 7:21 pm
    Actually is was rendered with a 680.
June 1st, 2013 @ 2:04 am
hi my name is ashraf and iam agraphic designer as avfx in amovie company her see how pacfic rim is made and thanks again for this amazing site andrew
pacific rim
June 1st, 2013 @ 6:57 am
So, the aperture.aep file crashes my laptop every time I try to open it. I believe it has something to do with Ambient Occlusion turned on. Checking that box in Element has always instantly caused me problems. AK, can you turn it off and maybe lower the preview to Half and whatever else that might be taxing the average user's computer.
June 1st, 2013 @ 7:22 am
Pretty cool!
I created this sci-fi shot using the world position option in 1.6:
June 1st, 2013 @ 5:41 pm
Talking about E3D V2, could you let us know an approximate release date ? So excited to see the new features, especially the Shadow Tech
June 2nd, 2013 @ 11:06 am
how much we wait Anderw sir .... teach us somthing pleassse
June 2nd, 2013 @ 12:05 pm
Hi Everyone,

So i'm looking for some in depth info...

I know how to create these animations as i am frequent user of E3D.

However I am having troubles with finding the right adjustments, or filters, to get that professional film look. And i don't mean the Curves adj.

Can someone give me some directions on which settings are used when finishing a comp and add the correct filters to get that specific look like in this movie above.

Much appreciated my fellow AE junkies.

Vinnie K.
June 2nd, 2013 @ 12:28 pm
Hi @All
Here is a promo video clip which I've created for a soundtrack called "Nice Life". The animation is entirely done in Adobe After Effects CS6 using the powerful VC Element 3D plugin. Having the possibility to use "Animated PreComps" as your own custom texture layers comes very handy in this case and makes thing easier to do .. Feel free to comment .. Enjoy!

Watch it in HD 720p here (Vimeo Link):
June 2nd, 2013 @ 4:17 pm
New Animation with Element 3D and Motion Design Pack !!! Projectfiles can bei downloaded !!!

June 2nd, 2013 @ 11:04 pm
My wish for new Element3d 2 is... If is possible to have PDF manual ?
June 3rd, 2013 @ 2:42 am
The animation is entirely done in Element 3D.

LaLiga Teaser
    June 3rd, 2013 @ 4:51 am
    Hey, you know anything about VIDEOCOPILOT future vehicle pack launch date????
    June 3rd, 2013 @ 11:57 am
    At the first look I thought; 'is this all done with E3D???? What the....' Then I looked at the reference and it said you used way more than just E3D...

    Liar, liar, pants on fire.

    Anyway, this animation is well done and very pro. Good work.

    Vinnie K
June 3rd, 2013 @ 4:54 am
anybody knows about the videocopilot future vehicle pack,when the pack is launching??
Kwasi SAFO
June 3rd, 2013 @ 11:07 am
I duplicated Element in AE and tried to link the two but its kinda hard and difficult. Can you help me out Mr. Andrew?
June 3rd, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

CINEMA4D and after effects..
June 3rd, 2013 @ 6:22 pm
Dammit, I still have the CS5 version of AE, I can't open the file :(
June 4th, 2013 @ 2:07 am
Hey Vinnie K:
The animation is entirely done only in Element 3D.
June 4th, 2013 @ 4:13 pm
I made some stereoscopic test inspired by this post :)
micheal malcolm
June 6th, 2013 @ 8:06 am
Demmmmm!!!! that was awesome crazy, its really angry to take some shots demmmm!!!. Andrew men!! u are the boom for real, how do u get so inspired for real. dude u rock for life
Quike Nuñez
June 11th, 2013 @ 5:38 pm
hey, whatsss. where i can found sound fx like in this video??
    June 18th, 2013 @ 12:55 pm
    You can make by your own if you put some time on sound design, Cause most of those sound come from His Sound packs :) He add various elements. Agree. But playing with all you can do it by your own. There are lot of sound's plugin in Sound Edting sofware :] You can tweak those out with one single Clip ; you can create various type of sound. Then edit those by layers.
    Because he Might usually doing it by himself. It takes time :)
    June 18th, 2013 @ 12:59 pm
    Check this video out & Our sound design :)
June 13th, 2013 @ 2:47 am
Hi Andrew... i have been watching your tutorials since very long... sometimes i really get confused.... if u could help me.. i would really appreciate that...
kamya simon peter (Uganda)
June 13th, 2013 @ 4:13 pm
is there a possible way you can make element support the intel video card?
June 18th, 2013 @ 12:46 pm
Scanning Car -
Check this video Out
July 2nd, 2013 @ 8:16 pm
Ok, 40 mentions of the word "Sound" in this thread - I searched because I'd love to know where these SFX came from too!!! Give us a Hint Andrew :)
And spectacular work as always.
Brandon Liebenberg
July 15th, 2013 @ 11:24 pm
Holy shit. This is righteously kickass. Andrew you are a god dude
August 17th, 2013 @ 7:27 am
August 18th, 2013 @ 9:33 am
Hi Andrew,

im just wondering, were did you get the cool sound fx from? I already bought your Sound Fx packageand and love them, but these sounds arn`t part of it. Do you have a tip were i can find sounds like these ones you just used in this particular project?
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