New Tutorial: Design a 3D Set Extension + Free Roof Pack!

In the first tutorial in our Superhero landing series, we begin by creating a digital rooftop using the all new Roof Toolkit!

  • Use the Roof Pack to create a digital set extension!
  • Add Smoke and composite greenscreen footage
  • Insane workflow tips for Element 3D
  • Outside Global Illumination-style Lighting
  • Aux Channel tips
  • Physical Shader tips and Ground Reflections

Download Tutorial Raw Footage and Grunge Texture

DOWNLOAD the FREE ROOF PACK: For After Effects!


Alternate Files

Rooftop Toolkit – OBJ
Rooftop Toolkit – JPG
Rooftop Toolkit – PNG



2 years ago
Fantasy Type FX will soon be a reality!
Tutorial Update: Almost there! Some last minute refinements to make sure edges are crisp for this exciting new tutorial but no sleep until we launch this baby! It’s still Tuesday in Hawaii right? Interactive bevel shading from BG. #noPlugins #aftereffects A post shared by Video Copilot (@andrewkramer) on Mar 18, 2018 at 1:54pm PDT
More Procedural FX!
I’ve got a crazy new tutorial in the works and I’m announcing a release date! The pressure is on! Next Tuesday, Mar 20th, I’ll be showing you how to make some sweet procedural FX inside of After Effects without 3rd party plug-ins!   Experimenting with text without extra plug-ins! 💯 After Effects! A post shared […]
New Tutorial: Colorful Glitch FX! 100% AE!
It’s late! But here it is anyways, a brand NEW Tutorial! Wow snap.  Let me tell you it, feels good to get stuff finished and I look forward to show you all of the things we have been working on! New Tutorial Features: Procedural Glitch design Build a realistic reflective surface 100% inside AE! Unique […]
Monday Monday! Update: It's up!
Good morning everyone! Just editing my newest tutorial right now, look for it later today! Yes we are still on track for the Monday release, even I can’t believe it! Watch New Glitch FX Tutorial on youtube!
Free Star Wars Model Pack!

Happy Star Wars day! To celebrate our love for Star Wars we are giving away a sweet collection of 3D models that we built so you can learn to create your own visual effects! Our goal is to show you tips for Lighting, Rigging and animating so you can learn to create exciting visual FX too!

These are not just some piece of junk models, these models are HD quality with detailed 4K textures! Plus they render fast inside Element 3D! How fast? Fast enough for you!

We had a blast creating this collection and we hope you will have fun playing with these models too!

Just to be clear, we do not mean to imply any Star Wars endorsement or sponsorship, Star Wars was a huge inspiration to my visual FX education and we know it has inspired many others to learn about visual FX.

Note: All scenes rendered inside Element 3D V2!

Need Light Sabers or laser blasts? Use our Free Saber plug-in!

Included Models: OBJ with DDS Textures and optional JPG files!

  • Tie Fighter
  • Imperial Corridor Pieces
  • Luke Saber
  • Obi-Wan Saber
  • Darth Vader Saber
  • R2-Unit
  • BB-Unit
  • X-Wing
  • Tatooine Moisture Vaporator

*Some of the names included on this page are registered trademarks of Lucasfilm.

DOWNLOAD STAR WARS MODEL PACK! (Place in Video Copilot model folder)

model pack

Alternate Textures Files: Download JPG Map files

Need some LightSabers or Laser blasts? Use our Free Saber plug-in!

2 years ago
NEW Plug-In: SABER Now Available 100% Free!

Watch Tutorial on Youtube in HD

Our sweet new energy plug-in is available right now for free! Check out the tutorial and start downloading! Staying up for two days straight is not ideal but happy to have it up!

Key Uses:

  • Create Energy Beams, Lightsabers, Lasers, Portals, Neon Lights, Electric, Haze & more


  • Create High quality energy & lights beams
  • Realistic Glow falloff
  • Advanced Core Settings
  • Built-in Distortion
  • 50 Presets (View Gallery)
  • Dynamic Text and Mask Outlines
  • Stackable FX with Add mode

DOWNLOAD PLUG-IN: For After Effects!

2 years ago
Free Script: 3D Pre-Compose + Tutorial!

I finally got tired of doing this manually, so we created a free script!

What is this script for? The 3D Pre-Compose Script makes it easy to pre-compose 3D-aware layers by automatically copying all cameras & lights into the new comp with linked expressions! Just watch the tutorial to see all the amazing possibilities! Plus it’s Free!

Watch Tutorial on YouTube

Watch Tutorial on Video Copilot

What can you do with it?

  • Create displacement maps out of 3D aware layers
  • Isolate 3D layers for different lighting setups in the same scene
  • Disable DOF for certain layers
  • Lens Flare obscuration maps in 3D: For Element 3d & Particular etc
  • Apply 2D effects to a 3D layer in screen space

Download Script

4 years ago
Free Valentine’s Day Pack!

Happy Valentines’ Day from Video Copilot!

Sorry for the last minute gift, now you know how my wife feels! Ha! Just kidding honey, I love you.

Our Free Model Pack contains several great 3D models ready to use with Element 3D or your favorite 3D program!

No nonsense, just download now!

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4 years ago