Experimental 3D Extrusions

Even though I usually use 3Ds max for modelling, I decided to spend some time playing around with Element 3D and the extrusion tool. This entire scene was built directly inside of Element 3D with simple extrusions.

I was actually pretty surprised by how much you can do with it in combination with the particle replicators. Originally we designed the extrusion feature for making 3D text and extruding logo’s but with a little bit of work I created some interesting designs.

I created a velociraptor-nail shaped mask and extruded it for the aperture blade and the same for the ring and star. For the star I used the ring replicator mode to distribute around the outside edge. I’m going to clean up the project a bit and release along with my final animation so you guys and gals can dig through.

May 28th, 2013 @ 12:08 am
Great Tips Mr. Andrew
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:08 am
Great Work, A great start for something quite big :P
IF you know what I mean :P
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:08 am
Motion graphics designer
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:09 am
Wow! This looks great. Is the noise in the third sample image just regular AE noise, or another plugin?
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:09 am
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:10 am
hello guys , i just want to ask what type or kinds of videocard i should use so that i can use the element 3d? =) im using a 32 bit windows 7 computer.. thanks in advace =))
    May 29th, 2013 @ 5:21 am
    32-bit can't handle enough RAM for proper video editing. :/
    May 29th, 2013 @ 6:06 am
    Nvidia or AMD r best in business. I use Nvidia 1GB & it works pretty good, there r plenty of Ver available there, I also recommend turn 32 bit to 64 bit it will also use all RAM you have in your system, good for speed.

    I hope you find the information useful, my system config

    Core2Deo with Gigabyte g41m-combo
    (for DDr 2 & DDr 3 RAM support) but just using DDR 2 4GB

    1GB Nvidia Graphic Card

    Work perfect with After effect & smooth Element 3D
    (better C drive hv max space)
    take care Bro!
    Vinnie K
    May 30th, 2013 @ 12:41 pm
    Hi Henrol,

    Sucks when you hear you need to buy a new computer first.

    I recently bought a
    - Intel i7-3770 3.5Ghz
    - 16 Gb RAM
    - Win7 64 Bit

    Then i just needed to have this baby for my Graphics:

    AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 Memory


    This is one powerfull mofo. Check the specs, start saving and make that investment that gives a smile on your face 24/7

    June 5th, 2013 @ 10:33 am
    @ Vinnie K -

    I have that same set up and I can confirm it, it's impressively fast.
    Isaac Jeevan
    July 5th, 2013 @ 7:47 pm
    Hey henrol jeo, this Graphic Card would be good,
    NVIDIA GEFORCE 610M with CUDA GPU Acceleration.!
lunga shezi
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:14 am
The replicator is amazing in element 3D especially using 3D objects, i've been spending time experimenting with it too. **if only they had it in real life, then we could call it the "Food Replicator"**
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:14 am
Nice Andrew - Experimenting is key of finding new things :-)
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:16 am
i really don,t like Element 3D because Andrew Kramer Can,t update it on (Intel R HD) Processors

so i can,t change my laptop for it they are thousands of Plug ins like Element 3D

Don,t mind Andrew i thought you are genius but you can,t update this simple processor
    DB1 aka Desmond Holt
    May 28th, 2013 @ 12:40 am
    Andrew Doesn't do everything by himself #1 and #2 I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft didn't do something with the chip to save money that makes it hard to make compatible #3 Upgrade My friend.
    May 28th, 2013 @ 4:29 am
    Ooohhh, well...Andrew will show you!..He'll go do that now you've said that...yeah....idiot.
    June 29th, 2013 @ 4:29 am
    Can't tell if Basher is simply trolling...
Andrew Kramer
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:22 am
Never thought of this O.o

Hi Andrew, you are a true genius :D
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:23 am
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:38 am
finaly something uploaded i thought you forgot your fans :-)
now please upload tutorial i want lots of things to learn from you :-)
    May 28th, 2013 @ 1:35 am
    Andrew Kramer Makes 138 Free Tutorials from Basic to Advance In AE For His Fans, There Are Many Things to do With this Tutorials, In Future the tutorials will be Advance So it takes long Time. Andrew Shares Everything For Us To Know that, So Don't Say Like That.
    May 28th, 2013 @ 5:49 am
    i just say i thought ... i m not surely say to he was forgot us. i know its take too long time but what i do man i not feel well without VC tutorials :-) Anderw sir teach me lot of new things thats why i cnt wait for learning new things .
    May 28th, 2013 @ 9:39 am
    VideoCopilot should be a tool, not a crutch. If Andrew gets hit by a bus tomorrow, is your After Effects career over?
    May 28th, 2013 @ 7:24 pm
    Andrew sir is my teacher and i deadlt respect him.
    and i know dude he is not cruth but he is my teacher also my vfx legend .... and without teacher we both are nothing .. so respect him .
May 28th, 2013 @ 1:04 am
Really Awesome Tips Andrew Kramer Element 3D have Many Features.
May 28th, 2013 @ 1:10 am
Cool stuff.. Wheres the free police truck model which you have to give?
Rick Janssen
May 28th, 2013 @ 1:10 am

So, is this like the start of modeling inside of after effects? :|
If only someday we wouldn't need the use an external 3D program anymore to do all that...
May 28th, 2013 @ 1:37 am
realy realy realy amazing
May 28th, 2013 @ 2:07 am
Element 3D Tutorial now online with Projectfiles to download ;)


MfG NativeVFX

ps: Andrew work faster :D
May 28th, 2013 @ 2:44 am
following and loving... thumbs up !
May 28th, 2013 @ 3:27 am
I was wondering where is that upcoming tutorial..
May 28th, 2013 @ 4:41 am
Absolutely awesome! Game Of Thrones style :)
May 28th, 2013 @ 4:48 am
When I'm stuck in project or don't know how to create something i ask my self one and only question "What will Andrew do ?"
May 28th, 2013 @ 5:04 am
We wait The Glass tutorial Andrew, and also new information about new plug-in :)

Here is the Sunset Flying with boeing model made by me with Element 3D

May 28th, 2013 @ 5:18 am
Waiting the awesome video!
May 28th, 2013 @ 5:20 am
where is ur new model pack ? :)
May 28th, 2013 @ 5:35 am
Like a http://vimeo.com/53590121 Lumbre for the Premier League
" 2012. Fox International Channels Latin America – “Premier League”
Program packaging and promo toolkit.

We love football and we love English heraldry, so we made this gfx package based on the concept of “The Football Cathedral” for Fox Sports LatAm’s Premier League championship."
    May 28th, 2013 @ 9:31 am
    Hey Michal, amazing work! Would you by chance be able to post a project file for this? We're really curious to see how you did this. :)
    May 29th, 2013 @ 10:21 am
    fantastic stuff pal u should start tut's keep it up :-)
May 28th, 2013 @ 4:45 am
Awesome ^_^
May 28th, 2013 @ 4:46 am
Awesome ^_^
May 28th, 2013 @ 5:48 am
Andrew, it's great that even you are learning new ways to use Element. Every time I fire up Element I find something new and then it's like Christmas all over again. Element is like Lego; a new toy every day!!
May 28th, 2013 @ 6:05 am
Andrew...Thanks so much for sharing your passion with us. You continue to amaze. We are so fortunate to have access to your creative genius. Thanks again
May 28th, 2013 @ 6:13 am
Wow... Are those stock pro shader materials??
May 28th, 2013 @ 6:15 am
Great Andrew!!! Element 3D has no limits with many possibilities!!!!
May 28th, 2013 @ 6:23 am
Maybe try recreating the credits of the Avengers with all their gear up close.
May 28th, 2013 @ 6:41 am
KEEP GOING!bUT I still prefer to use max
May 28th, 2013 @ 6:45 am
Awesome work Andrew!
May 28th, 2013 @ 7:42 am
Very cool, nice experiments. Love to do that!! Never know what I will find from day to day. When my film comes out you will see what I mean!!! Thanks for all the great info. Regards to Sam, hope he's recovered from PSD in the last boom tut.
May 28th, 2013 @ 7:42 am
This reminds me of that guy that makes rings out of old coins.
May 28th, 2013 @ 7:59 am
Any chance we can peep a project file? I love the post effects!
May 28th, 2013 @ 8:20 am
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. :)
May 28th, 2013 @ 8:24 am
Element 3D is one of the best plugin

LaLiga Teaser
May 28th, 2013 @ 8:37 am
Very cool. What do you use to achieve the grain and subtle chromatic aberration look?
    June 9th, 2013 @ 5:23 pm
    good question. I would like to know as well
    Vinnie K.
    July 22nd, 2013 @ 12:52 pm
    Hi there LakeKover,

    Dont know if you found out yet but i searched a lot for this topic and got tipped on the BREAK DOWN (Tutorial) of The Knife from Stephan Walch. At the end he covers different approaches on creating grain and this did it for me.

    Look it up.

    Vinnie K
May 28th, 2013 @ 9:02 am
Hector Montalvo
May 28th, 2013 @ 9:03 am
I build this 2 virtual set's inside Element
what you guys think about them.
Any suggestion to improve them.
They are for a local market
in South Texas.


    Hector Montalvo
    May 28th, 2013 @ 12:47 pm
    Is there something wrong on my post that is not showing to everybody?
May 28th, 2013 @ 9:24 am
I have been playing around with masks and element as well, some great tip through from this post, with have to have a mess around :)
shaswata indra
May 28th, 2013 @ 9:40 am
It will be great if we can create models in element 3d as similar to in MAYA and MAX. This plugin has the potential and sure Sir Andrew is working on it. By the way love to c a tutorial on this.
May 28th, 2013 @ 9:42 am
surprise as always
May 28th, 2013 @ 9:54 am
Please do a tutorial for this... I BEG YOU!!!
    May 28th, 2013 @ 11:38 am
    I concur...
May 28th, 2013 @ 12:28 pm
nice we are waiting for the tutorial
May 28th, 2013 @ 2:28 pm
Incredible how you create my next step in a current project just as I need it. I will always support and praise/ recommend VC. Great work Mathew!!!
Cameron Frank
May 28th, 2013 @ 3:38 pm
"velociraptor-nail shaped mask" haha perfect description. Well played, sir.
May 28th, 2013 @ 5:04 pm
Nice one Andrew,but how do you make the sound ? is there a specific software to design sounds instead of downloading them ? i hope you can make a tutorial for that.
May 28th, 2013 @ 5:27 pm
Wow! This looks great
May 28th, 2013 @ 6:38 pm
Incredible how you create my next step in a current project just as I need it. I will always support and praise/ recommend VC. Great work Andrew
May 28th, 2013 @ 7:54 pm
This is one reason I love Andrew Kramer so much. He experiments and finds cool new ideas that he didn't even realize, with his own products. It really shows that he believes his products and isn't just trying to take our money.
samy harford
May 29th, 2013 @ 5:57 am
slamming! innovator of the highest highest caliber, sir! will be toying with this one!
May 29th, 2013 @ 10:25 am
Leave Andrew Kramer alone.
May 29th, 2013 @ 11:40 pm
You guys may consider take a look at this guy tutorials.


He has been playing around with extrusions way before anyone.

Vinnie K
May 30th, 2013 @ 12:29 pm
I do have to say that I am using E3D from the very start for modelling by using masks so this is not really new to me.

However, Andrew couldn't be right more cause the possibilities are endless en pretty much every logo, symbol, shape can be animated in the most spectacular way.

I would be suprised if you AE junkies did not tried it before cause otherwise you miss a s**tload of fun!

Vinnie K.
May 31st, 2013 @ 9:02 am
Wow, this is pretty incredible. I've been wanting to learn 3dsMax or C4D for a long long time, but the learning curve has been too much for me. I'm not sure I need to anymore with results like this. Great job Andrew and everybody at VideoCopilot
May 31st, 2013 @ 6:11 pm
this was rendered with the new titan
June 1st, 2013 @ 12:19 pm
upload element 3d v2 :-) its good day today SUNDAY .
all your fans are at home today :-)
June 2nd, 2013 @ 11:05 am
how much we wait Anderw sir .... teach us somthing pleassse
June 2nd, 2013 @ 5:23 pm
great result as always...
June 3rd, 2013 @ 3:20 am
New Animation with Element 3D !!!!
[Element 3D Motion Pack Scene + Projectfile [HD]]


June 3rd, 2013 @ 4:56 pm
Element 3D is such a powerful tool, a big thanks to Andrew and Videocopilot team for creating such an amazing plugin, animating using AE has never been so good!

shows how Element 3D most likely can have even more possibilities and improvements/tweaks.
June 4th, 2013 @ 11:06 am
cs6 only, really? What about cs5.5 users? Andrew man thought we were friends...
June 6th, 2013 @ 1:28 pm
June 26th, 2013 @ 2:39 am
My Motion Design Test with Element : https://vimeo.com/68398726
dhaneesh chandran
July 18th, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

"This is my work.using Autodesk Maya & Adobe After Effects CS5(Video Copilot Element3D)This vedio download and watch it pls leave your comments"
July 18th, 2013 @ 5:50 pm
Tutorial | Element 3D : Curved Biomechanical Hallway with Bonus

In this tutorial Josh Burns uses Element 3D's 3d Grid projector and Animation engine to create a curved hallway much like the Prometheus inspired video seen here:


His tutorial here:


(This is part 1 of a 3 part series. Check his comments for links to parts 2 and 3.)

This was new to me and very interesting! Lots of possibilities. I looked around and didn't see it mentioned anywhere else on this site.

Sorry if it's a duplicate.

He also has a tutorial on how to model a weapon using
Julian Eschbaumer
August 12th, 2013 @ 3:02 pm
how can i do this cool prism effect or rgb split thing on the lens. do you know what i mean?
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