Element 3D V1.6.1 Ready to Download!

Element 3D V1.6.1 is now available to address many bugs and stability enhancements from V 1.6 plus this free wallpaper!

The update is free to current customers or you can get Element 3D  and join the 3D revolution!



  • Fixed incorrect World Position Null when using downsampling.
  • Fixed Matte materials when using Supersampling.
  • Fixed slowdown when using 3D Object replicator.
  • Fixed crashes when using Generate 3D Position.
  • Fixed crash when using Multi Processor rendering.
  • Fixed environment map not relinking properly.
  • Changed Default settings of Extrude tool.
  • Added AE CC directory to installer.

NOTE: Extrude tool default has been updated to make extrusion easier. The spike filter has been turned on to help cut bad polygons and the normalize scale mode has been turned off by default. This allows text to be created and edited without completely resizing when you change the text. Keep in mind the size of the bevel is based on the size of your text layer.

Top Features in previous updates: V1.5 and V1.6

  • Animated OBJ Sequences Support
  • Built-In Glow Rendering
  • Added generate 3D position null.
  • Added group nulls.
  • New Draft Modes for faster workflows
  • New Particle Distribution Ordering & Repeating Options

Watch Feature videos for previous updates

3 years ago
Atmospheric Re-Entry!
Here is a preview of an animation i’m working on. Playing around with Element 3D and Saber to create the fiery streaks! This past week has been super productive, finishing VFX for Intercept, doing daily renders and preparing for another DMALA meeting in Los Angeles on October 18th. Going to be a blast! Circuit City #Element3D […]
Circuit City
Making circuits! After trying to create something large, I thought I should try to make something small! I started by taking a circuitry texture and placing it on a plane in Element 3D. I used the texture in the Glossiness channel and the reflection channel to give the pathways a metalic look. Next I built the […]
Cloud City
Continuing the Element 3D fun! This started as a desert scene and soon turned into a cloud city! Typical. Part of the fun of these render projects is just creating random stuff and designing without a specific goal. It’s actually been really challenging and exciting to try various techniques. In this scene, I used an aerial […]
My 10 Cloverfield Lane Contribution
Earlier this year I had the chance to work on 10 Cloverfield lane, on this horrifying matte painting and composite. Many image-searches for road kill have scarred my mind! As always it was a pleasure to work with Dan Trachtenberg.     My work on 10 Cloverfield Lane! #nightmares #mattepainting A photo posted by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) […]

11 months ago
hello! plz. my help how to download element 3d for 32-bit system plz answer
1 year ago
dadash terkundia englisio :D
2 years ago
Hello please help my graphic card is Intel radeon HD 6470M Its is in your list. but i find error in element 3D like "element 3D Unrecoverable error" Please how can i fix it. in my laptop have switchable graphic card 1. Intel HD 3000 AND radeon please how can i use it.
    2 years ago
    ur cp cant handle u need good video graphics card recomend radeon
2 years ago
Can I purchase the latest version of Element 3d and have the option of installing it in either AE Cs4 or AE CC, or there are different versions of Element 3d for different versions of the software?
3 years ago
I got a GTX 765M and I'm not sure if it is supported, because it is not in the GPU List.

Havent bought it yet
3 years ago
hey guys have u got a demo version of element 3d?
3 years ago
Can I use my Laptop for Element 3D?
I saw the requirements for graphic cards, but couldn't find my graphic card listed.
Processor: AMD A10-5757M Quad Core-processor
Graphic Card:AMD Radeon HD 8550G Graphics
Please help.

- Adrian
    3 years ago
    The Graphic Card had 512 MB ??dedicated memory.
3 years ago
Hi Andrew,
There are some features which needs to be added in future versions of Element.

Texture file format
1) Currently it imports only jpg but not jpeg (I mean i just bought a model and the textures were in jpeg. I had
to rename the extensions to .jpg in order to work with element).

2) Tif files are not working with element.

3) I am sure there are many other formats which needs to be worked on.

4) I cannot import normal maps as texture

5) in c4d the colour map and diffuse map are different options...element 3d docent have that.

(I am not much of a 3d guy but i think some of my points are simply worth looking at).
3 years ago
I know this isn't the right place to ask this, but here goes.
When I do a camera track with the 3D tracker, I right click and create text and camera. When I use that text as a custom text field in Element, it doesn't come in like the text looks. It's bigger and the camera is off.

I'm sure Andrew has covered this 1000 times, so can someone point me in the direction of a tutorial?
    2 years ago
    parent tracked footage to text
3 years ago
i m using element 3d 1.0.320 version, when i drag & drop plugin on solid layer then show black layer nothing is work pls tell me solution
3 years ago
Hi Andrew kramer I have you very friend of iran thankyou of eduction after effect
3 years ago
Element works on a NVIDIA QUADRO FX 600?
3 years ago
I never was into the 3D stuff, but you made me come to it for real, this plugin is just amazingly simple to use and the possibilities are infinite !! Thank you for this amazing work Videocopilot made ! It is a pleasure to challenge myself everyday with this software ;-)

here what I made as second try with element 3D : https://vimeo.com/72178473
3 years ago
hi Andrew!
great update...if it is possible , on next updates you could add a new feature to fracture objects inside element 3d and to support more 3d formats ( .max .3ds ) thanks
3 years ago
model of my laptop is vaio s132fx and my graphic is intel hd graphic، please Check this page:

I did not succeed to working with this plugin, element 3d dont work in intel graphics?
Jeremy Neville
3 years ago
Hey Andrew, Element 3D helped me a TON in one of my newest projects. While it couldn't handle the space battle scenes (due to limits with AE, actually, not E3D, I had to do them with 3DS Max), all of the 3D sets the characters are in were rendered with Element! I also used Action Essentials 2 for all of the explosions and muzzle flashes, along with a ton of sound effects from your packs. Let's just say, without you and your products it would be a lot worse. Could you check it out? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20WpTMh4cXo
3 years ago
How do you add particular to 3dnull object and attached to E3D object. I have been racking my brain for days and can't figure it out. Just some direction would help....siiigggghhhhh
3 years ago
hello andrew whats up
3 years ago
Saving the file as objects in "KeyShot 4.1" out. However, not materials. How do you do?
3 years ago
I used Element 3D, Twitch and Optical Flares in the cinematic intros of these music videos:
Thank you! I could not have done it without your amazing plugins!
3 years ago
hey Andrew.I just installed the new AE CC.My biggest excitement about the new AE was the Cineware plug in.But after checking it for a while i understood that it is not even close to E3D about being handy...takes forever to render,you need to go to C4D and turn back to AE to edit and the worst part is you can't even see where your model stands on top view or any other view but the active cam...The only advantage of it should be the raytracing,shadows,reflections...But im sure that Element will be more powerfull when the V 2.0 is out.What i wanted to say is thank you so much again for making our lives easier and i can't wait for the new Element update!
3 years ago
what i don't understand here is that now on the new ae there is c4d included..
seems that adobe didn't appreciate that ak made his wonderful e3d ...
3 years ago
Just a quick frame of something I'm working on wholly using Element 3D :) pic.twitter.com/kv1UOw1vXJ
3 years ago
3 years ago
Hey Andrew, Just want to say thanks and looking forward to V2.

I used 3 other plug-ins in my short student film but without the main plug-in, Element 3D, I wouldn't have been able to make it represent everything it was suppose to. Thanks again

3 years ago
Saw Pacific Rim last night...was wondering if you knew if they used E3D for the ending credits? Looked like it to me =)
3 years ago
Update crashes AE half the time, sorry for the news. Went back to 1.6 and all is well. Hmmm? iMac 10.8 OS 16G ram. Any help/suggestions? I know you are working hard for us BTW.
3 years ago
my new collection of HD & non HD Environment for Element 3D must watch Enjoy .

3 years ago
yes, how long do I have to wait for the submission page?

got some progress: http://www.rovermonkey.com/vcp/fcity_03.jpg
3 years ago
Hello, i have made a pack containing 15 free model created by me, you can view the vid here :
Of course it is free, but give credit to me if you use it !
3 years ago
It works with BG renderer now!!!!
3 years ago
Anyone know where I can submit an idea for a feature that I would like to see in Element 3D?
3 years ago
i miss the old days when it was just after effects and Kramer and cool tutorials.
    3 years ago
    Well we got that plus new stuff. I mean the tutorials are still coming and there are many new ones that only uses AE.
3 years ago
Hej guys

Many thanks for the upgrade and all your hard work.
3 years ago
when will the city pack be out?
3 years ago
hey andrew in v2 would you be able to make something that allows people who have macs to be able to use e3D even if it removes some of the features please. ( beacause all apples macs dont have the graphic card needed )
    3 years ago
    Apple sucks donkey balls!!!
3 years ago
the first time you did the presentation of the 3d element plugin showed this
model noise affecting Poligon

will be that this function comes in 3d element V2!!!
3 years ago
Hey Andrew, any idea for a new Environment maps pack ?
I know that the built-in ones are pretty good but you can take it to the next level by adding some HDRIs and all that good stuff.
    3 years ago
    Soon... Like Really soon.
    3 years ago
    when you will upload element 3d v2 and new model pack preview ?
3 years ago
Will we ever get a physics system inside element?
3 years ago
I'm shocked, i've just bought a new computer with great graphics card, but unfortunately I can't run element 3D 1.6 because the card is Intel®! Videocopilot was my favorite site I followed all the tutorials made by Andrew.
Mohamed Khalifa
3 years ago
This is the first ever SCI-FI short film from Egypt and it was possible to make it only because of ELEMENT 3D so thank you Andrew !

3 years ago
As long as you are updating things... I noticed a glitch while using DOF and Glow on a MacBook Prom (nVidia 680m) you can see it in the wall of the elevator. None of my bosses have a trained enough eye to catch it, but it bugs the crap out of me!!

3 years ago
Andrew Andrew Thanks to You buddy!
you are appreciable dude!
This version with those fixed problems is gonna be great!
Thanks to all Video Copilot crews!
3 years ago
Hi Andrew, I wanted to say thank you for 3D element and your tutorials it helped me learn AE and was able to create my first title sequence shot in a matter of days. I also love the wallpaper and I'm curious how you are able to export the scene in high res? I've always wanted to know how to do that!
3 years ago
Hey, Andrew, any chance to give us your thoughts about this new RENT model of Adobe? Is it worth to upgrade to CC?
3 years ago
Any chance you'd redo the epic shatter tutorial with this ?
can it be done with it anyway ?
3 years ago
very nice, thank you for the awesome wallpaper.
3 years ago
Nice wallpaper. I bet that one interpenetration annoys the crap out of you. ;)
ice nweke
3 years ago
thanks a lot @Snow, but am a beginner with elements. can you break it down more please. thanks
    Luis Martin
    3 years ago
    I think that you should probably make the animation with physics help in 3DS Max o Maya and the export it as an OBJ sequence to be easier, the import it in Element and composite.
3 years ago
are there any tutorials a kin to the "wall paper" you posted, i'm having a time getting that cool "depth" effect. Thanx
3 years ago
3 years ago
>> Fixed crash when using Multi Processor rendering.
Does this mean that you can now render your element 3d compositions using multiple processors? Or is it just a fix for the crash windows?

BTW I got a sci-fi short film coming up, am working on it for 3 months now. 100% element and after effects: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFn5U7APF_U
ice nweke
3 years ago
@james if its not possible in element, or asking too much from element. can it be done in cinema 4D or AE with elements model pack, i have seen what Andrew has done Element and it crazy, brilliantly amazing and limitless. so Andrew any thoughts?
    3 years ago
    Im sure it can.

    Just use the animation engine, and use a glass type particle
    to animate to group 2 into a 3d object.

    the the pieces of glass should form into a face shape or what ever your 3d object is. then displace those pieces forward with some noise.

    then composite someone real behind it
ice nweke
3 years ago
hi, andrew. i having been trying to recreate the part of this film "WANTED" when the face of the actor shattered the window in slow motion as he flew across the office building to the next skyscraper. i tried working with element 3D and the model pack. i cant seem to pull it off. please can you do a tutorial on this.?
    3 years ago
    I think that shot is asking a lot of element...
3 years ago
Hey Andrew, what have you in mind to do for Element birthday? Some cool video or more inform
ations about V2 and other packs? :) Will be great!
3 years ago
Y u NO feed us your creativity with spoon?
3 years ago
its raining here !!!!!!!!11111 i think summer is over . now please upload new model pack please
3 years ago
How did you get those reflections in the metal on that wallpaper?! Trying to recreate them but no luck.
3 years ago
Yupe its really nice .So when this f16 model pack will come ?
3 years ago
why videocopilot don't make pro subject for costumers
Paul Carder
3 years ago
Hi Andrew, the last time I dabbled Element on my Mac it didn't support alpha channels with texture maps. Is this fixed in version 1.6, or does this problem still remain?
3 years ago
wowo ! tnxxxxx andrew ! <3
3 years ago
Hi Mr. Kraimer, this is my 1st time asking 4 a tutorial 2 be made n It will be really really helpful n save me (n others) a lot of time if its done. (I'm presently working on a project). A tutorial on "a person on fire" n "a realistic knife cut or slash on person". Pls. Sorry if am asking 2much. Love ur work man! Thanks a million.
3 years ago

I love VCP!
Andrew, when you first announced the release of E3d you said you were going to be making great tutorials for it. And you did release tuts showing what the soft can do, and some ways of doing great thing with the program.

But those tuts are nothing like what I expected when I bought the program. I thought I would be getting (at some point) In depth project based instructional(s), like the kind found in the tutorial section of this forum.
And I am still waiting a year later.

Please make a few more (2-3) E3d centered (complete) project based tutorials. I feel like Im missing out on its full potential because I don't know the software as well as the people who made it. And just showing me what it does in general, plus a few ways of doing a thing or two, leaves me wanting more... To say the least.

VCP is a great company, the software you make is great too. But my loyalty to you stems from your teaching first. Please don't forget that part of things as you grown into a software giant, movie god, millionaire.

3 years ago
You can't beat the speed of Element. Love it. Made this just last night... http://vimeo.com/nicolaslopardo/jre

Andrew on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast anyone? Let's make it happen!
3 years ago
Shibby. Like the dedicated CC folder. Much better then drilling down the tree to find stuff. Keep 'em coming.
3 years ago
i haven't updated after i got element 3d v1. so should i go sequentially updating each version till 1.6 or does 1.6 include all the ones in the previous ones?
3 years ago
Hey Andrew, Can you please post the project file for the wallpaper,
Thanks you're awsome.
3 years ago
Thanks for the update!

I got mine to install to CC though by just setting the install location to Custom and choosing the AE CC Plugins folder.
3 years ago
Hi video copilot!
thanks for continuing element 3d! I've installed After effects CC with it's C4D lite and it is really very bad it is! Too slow to wok with and render, hard to work with and so on.
Nothing shall replace element 3d and no one will be able to bring a 3d package completely in a composition software.
    3 years ago
    I agree...its way to slow. When you get used to the speed and functionality of the element workflow, cinaware is unbearable...
    3 years ago
    Only u can replace with element 4d lol....keep on learn u can make a deferents.Tanx to Dr.Kramer
3 years ago
Thanks a lot! You guys are incredible.
3 years ago
Thank you for fixing multi processor render bug!!

Is it by any chance possible that you can make a in depth lightning / Background / Environment tutorial? I'll pay for it, you could make a training DVD/download lessons, or even better, make a package with the tutorials, and, pre made BG/environments/Lightning presets suitable for E3D?

I mean, the work flow, how to make a nice deep 3D like background (are they made in PS?) like them turning soda cans in E3D demo reel.

My Visa card is ready
    3 years ago
    Oh yes!!!!
3 years ago
3 years ago
This is good news. I should wait V1.6.1 for this animation lol - Guys this is Hitman Logo animation (Fan Made) I am a Hitman lover. Check: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c1jgyzyrnY&feature=youtu.be
3 years ago
Great Addition Andrew! Do you mind making a quick tutorial for the way you light your Wallpaper?
I know you used optical flares with fast blur to light the extrusion masks before, but how do you light properly with AE lights as well? Thanks!
3 years ago
Thanks so much for fixing the world position!
3 years ago
Wonderful work, AWESOME and amazing and beautiful legend
but iAam very sorry to say your team never give us any Help i have problem with your element 3d from 2\ 2013 and i never get any help
my problem its
my laptop sony vpcca15fg my vga radeon hd 6630m & i saw it in your list in 1 and 1.5 also 1.6
but not me only who get this problem its all users sony laptops
and your team sayed update the vga from amd website
see this from your site

my sir amd sayed this when try get last update from her site

The following notebooks are not compatible with this tool:
Notebooks equipped with switchable graphics Toshiba® notebooks
Sony® VAIO® notebooks
Panasonic® notebooks
you can see that in the nd of this page

The AMD Mobility Radeon™ graphics driver supplied by the notebook manufacturer is customized for the built-in display and the features and functions specific to the notebook. It is recommended to use the drivers provided by the notebook manufacturer.

If installing an operating system other than the one currently supported by the notebook, the notebook may not meet all requirements. As such supported graphics drivers may not be available.

The AMD Mobility Radeon Driver Verification Tool will display the following error if it fails to validate the graphics hardware. This is due to incompatible hardware/configuration in your notebook. Please contact the notebook manufacturer for assistance.
see this in


now with last update in sony website the element donot work
and any update from adm cannot work too so what i can do
that mean all laptops element 3d cannot work with in ?? with amd vga
i wait your replay here my sir
    3 years ago
    and i speked with support@videocopilot.net from 2/2013 they just say keep updata vga tell mw what i can do to make element work no updata make it work
    2 years ago
    I have the exact problem as this problem, I have sony vaio vpcsa3j1e with a graphics card AMD Radeon HD 6630M
    Is there someone to fix it?
    I downloaded an update of the other graphics card and after I installed plugin is run, but I'm afraid that this is dangerous for Updating laptop and I uninstalled it
3 years ago
Ohh super awesome :-). I cant wait to try the multiprocessor Rendering, it never worked at my pc! THanks for your commitment to continously improving your product.
3 years ago
Can you let loose a hint as too when V2 might come out? End of Summer, Fall maybe? Thanks for continually improving your already awesome product.
    3 years ago
    I think he said this summer, or was it? But I know one pack is coming this summer. I think it was the Aircraft pack.
3 years ago
My graphics card technically is not supported in the GPU list you provided (Intel HD Graphics for Macbook Pro). Every single feature of Element 3D works find except for ambient occlusion. Is there a possibility this will be fixed? Or is this solely due to the GPU?
3 years ago
Eagerly awaiting V2! Here's something I whipped up based on your wallpaper:
    3 years ago
    Hey nice render.. How did you get the liquid blob kind of particles , can you please explain a bit ..
3 years ago
Pasta Flavoured Icecream Rendered In Element.
Mosre Element Chocolates Here : http://on.fb.me/1b84V7A
3 years ago
Nice But Where Is V2 I'm Dying For Shadow Function :D
    3 years ago
    And Andrew should not forget the Screen Space Reflections and the illumination maps for environment maps for the second version, after all it HAS to be an even MORE AWESOME version!
    Oh I have a high performance PC, I'm having troubles and lagging sometimes. Just sayin'
3 years ago
Wow , its going to be great ! i've had problems with world position and now its fixed ! thanks Andrew .