Free Future City Pack!


The future is here! Our community-built Future City pack is now available. I want to personally thank everyone who contributed and submitted their work for this pack.

Sorry it took longer than expected, we had a lot of files to sort through and optimize to work in Element and organize into one place but here it is!

Download Future City Pack and Information

The pack contains a variety of 30 buildings to create stunning futuristic city sky-lines inside Element 3D. Some models feature high resolution textures and others have lower resolution and work better for distant buildings. Experiment for best results! Remember be thankful to all those who worked on these!

There is a lot of variety and you can even user the Element 3D replicator, you can create some fun combinations like above.

NOTE:
Be sure you are running the latest version of Element 3D V1.6

Beautiful VFX

I just stumbled upon this spectacular reel of visual effects work for the film Stalingrad. The simulations of smoke and fire take it to another level.

What’s even more impressive is the amount of work that went into this video just to show all of the layers and work that went into. C’mon! Look at those camera swings!

While not quite as impressive, you ca check out our Advanced Training Series you might be able to see how some of this is possible combining Fume FX with 3Ds Max and compositing in After Effects.

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Tutorial: Lionsgate Studio Logo

I decided after all to put together a tutorial about the Lionsgate Studio Design and here it is!

In this tutorial we’ll take an in-depth look at building complex bevels with Element 3D and give your titles a shiny finish. We’ll also looking at Lens Flares, Render Settings and adding some nice Light Rays.

Watch Tutorial & Download project File

Original Design Credit:
The actual Lionsgate studio design was created by the talented folks at DevaStudios!
Check out their work!

Recreating Complex Bevels

After seeing the impressive Lionsgate title treatment I thought I would try to recreate the intricate bevel in Element 3D. While it is not exactly the same, I was able to use a single extrude object with 5 bevels layers. Here is the previous text tutorial that examines the extrude tool in Element 3D.

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Almost Human Main Title

So…. I’ve been busy lately finishing up some intense work on the main title for the new FOX show Almost Human and tonight is the second episode of the series!

Working on this sequence was both fun and challenging but as always, it was great to part of another cool project!  We used After Effects along with 3DS Max and even some Element 3D to create many of the shots. Originally the title sequence was going to be shorter but it evolved into a longer montage about the show.  We ended up working on about 10 shots that were edited together with footage from the show to help tell the story.

I’ll try to create a more detailed video breakdown soon, but here are some still frames of some of my favorites.

This digital Iris was created by filming a real eye with a Canon 5DM3. Then I used several 3D layers to add depth to the vein network as the camera passes through into the Main Title.

This room was created in 3DS max with help from the Video Copilot modelling team via Stefan & Alex.  I compositied in After Effects with the Z-pass to add depth of field.  The shot included some really cool high-tech screens as well as detailed medical equipment from the future! Luckily we had a render farm because this shot took about 8 minutes per frame to render.


This gun model was created in 3Ds Max and imported into After Effects with Element 3D for precise animation & lighting.

This hand shot was rendered in entirely in Element 3D from a high quality hand model. The digital circuits were created in After Effects and mapped to the hand using a second copy of Element 3D on top of the original to give it a glowing effect.

Another E3D shot of the camera flying over the police badge.

Be sure to check out the show tonight!

New Tutorial Tip: Selective Glow FX

Have you ever needed to add a glow to a specific color? Like an explosion, or signal light without affecting the rest of the image.
In this short tutorial I’ll show you a fast technique that will allow you add a glow to a specific color only and avoid the color mixing that occurs when using traditional luminance based glows.

Key Features:

  • Ability to Refine and Color Correct Glow
  • Procedural Effect, auto-updates
  • Use Keying tools to refine color selection
  • Works on a single adjustment layer, no pre-composing!
  • Not just for JetStrike! Great technique for all projects!

Don’t forget I’m doing an After Effects presentation in Los Angeles tonight for DMALA! (Monday night) If you are around, please register and come by!
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Digital Flight School!

Today we are proud to announce our new mini-site: Flight School!

This course is packed FREE visual effects training for JetStrike & After Effects! Sure we want you to buy our new model pack but these tutorials are also filled with useful tips for any project and we recommend watching just to see what is possible.

Right now we have 6 new tutorials and will be adding more along the way!

Current Lessons:
Missile Launch
Jet Contrails
Flight Control (Create your own Airline)
Decal Customization (Add grunge too!)
Realistic Camera Tips
Bonus Rendering Tips

Start Watching Now! 

Presenting at DMALA Again & and a Sonic Boom!

I’ll be presenting again at DMALA in Los Angeles on Monday, October 28. Starts 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT). I know there will be food and prizes like some great Video Copilot products! I’m looking forward to it and I hope guys and gals can come out!

Register Now, Limited Space available & the tickets go fast!

I also made this Sonic Boom video using our new product JetStrike based on some live action footage of super-sonic jets! There may be some debate about authenticity of my composite but I call this artistic expression, after all this is Visual Effects! Real, Hyper Real & sometimes just lazy!

New Tutorial: Advanced Spin FX

In this in-depth tutorial, we’ll create a dynamic spin animation inside of After Effects without any 3rd Party plug-ins. Whether you are a beginner or advanced user, this tutorial is packed full of helpful information and major tips, you must see!

Tutorial Topics:

  • Creating Spectral animations using audio waveforms
  • Use Force Motion blur to create unique noise patterns
  • Build Circular elements with various properties and animation
  • Create a perfect lighting array with Polar Coordinates
  • Pre-Render Design Elements for faster compositing
  • Layer Distribution & Alignment tips
  • Unique use of distortion and radial FX

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Spectral Frequency

Getting back to After Effects experimentation, I’ve been developing more ideas related to the Spinning FX from earlier. In this case I’m using Audio and masks to create circular design patterns.

Big tutorial coming out tomorrow with all the exciting details!

I just love Geometry!

All the Jets in JetStrike!

JetStrike is now available and here is a list of all the Jets that are included in HD!  Almost every Jet includes multiple texture skins for unlimited variations & Decals!

Watch JetStrike Promo

JetStrike 3D Model Gallery:
Click Image to view in high resolution! Or visit the product page and start creating your own with the Sky Pack!

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JetStrike & Flight Kit Now Available!

Ignition! JetStrike & Flight Kit are now available!
Visit Product Page!

We have also created a few new bundles to help you save even more!
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NOTE: JetStrike requires the free Element 3D 1.6.2 update. Be sure to download it before using new pack!

JetStrike Video Tour!

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Check out the new JetStrike demo video and see the new advanced Model Pack! You may be surprised at some unique capabilities.

UPDATE: Now Available!

Extra Video:
Heat Distortion Plug-in Demonstration

 

 

New Heat Distortion Plug-in Sneak Peek

Creating realistic heat distortion in After Effects can be tricky to control using displacement maps and fractal noise AND that is why we created our own dedicated Heat Distortion plug-in! Check out the video to see it in Action.

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This plug-in will be available exclusively with the Flight Kit collection that also include over 200+ Jet Sound FX, 360° Sky Maps (4K), Aerial Explosion Stock Footage!  The Flight Kit Pack goes perfectly with the soon to be released JetStrike Model pack available Tomorrow!

Flight Kit Product Features:

  • Over 200+ Aircraft Sound FX:  Like the ones from the JetStrike teaser!
  • 25 HDR Sky Maps. Full 360° maps at 4K Resolution with various cloud types and sunsets.
  • High Definition Aerial Explosions Stock Footage!
  • Plus an advanced Heat Distortion Plug-in by Video Copilot.

Flight Kit is available separately for $99.95

UPDATE: Now Available!

Announcing Flight Kit!

UPDATE: Now Available!
We’re only a few days away from the JetStrike Product launch but first I wanted tell you about another new product: FLIGHT KIT!

This new collection goes perfectly with JetStrike but includes many great tools that are useful for any project.

Flight Kit Features:

  • Over 200 Aircraft Sound FX:  Like the ones from the teaser! Great for Sound Design too.
  • 25 HDR Sky Maps. Full 360° maps at 4K Resolution with various cloud types and sunsets.
  • High Definition Aerial Explosions Stock Footage!
  • Plus an advanced Heat Distortion Plug-in by Video Copilot.

The Flight Kit essentially includes 4 separate products in one so you get the tools you need. Plus both JetStrike and Flight Kit will be available in the SKY PACK Bundle on October 8th.

Pricing and bundle information will be out soon but for those of you wondering about sound FX and the Heat Distortion, we didn’t mess around!