Free Earth Project for Element 3D

Here is a free Earth project with 4K maps to use with Element 3D. You can also use the maps with CC sphere to recreate the project without Element 3D, we even have a very old tutorial to show you how. Watch the Blue Planet.

To customize the Earth, you can open the Element 3D layer and turn down the illumination map to shut the lights off.

Download Project

NOTE: Please place the Earth folder inside “My_Models” folder

Documents\VideoCopilot\Models\My_Models

POSTED:
12 years ago
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The Sound of 3D Space!

Here is another fun example using Element 3D in space! I’ll try to post a project file for the Earth later this week. Plus Element comes with a dead planet and high-resolution rock models that can be used as Meteors too. Time to finish that epic space adventure film!

Watch in HD on Youtube

Plug-in UPDATE: The Element 1.0.345 update is now available to new and existing customers.
Log-in & Download now! (Please contact support if you need help. We’re standing by)

Includes: Super-Sampling, Extrusion improvements: new “Fix Holes” option & more!

IN OTHER NEWS: I’ll be presenting at Siggraph in LA on Wednesday morning at 10:30 at the Maxon Cinema 4D booth! Come say hi, I’ll be talking about integrating Element with Cinema 4D.
Use registration Code: C4D2012 for free exhibit pass!

POSTED:
12 years ago
PLUG-INS
Element 3D Update: 1.0.345

New update for Element 3D is here and free to all current and new customers. We added a few new features and many bug fixes and improvements. Log-in to your VC account and download right now!

The big news is improved anti-aliasing (cleaner edges and less flickering) using Super Sampling, more info here. There is also several bevel improvements for text that get’s rid of strange artifacts and a higher path resolution option called “Extreme” for smoother outlines.

Visit Update Page!

PLEASE NOTE:
Previous Customers can download the Patch Installer that contains just the new plug-in ( only 4 MBs). New Customers should download the full installer that contains all the 3D models and images.

Improvements:

  • Added Super Sampling option.
  • Improved extrusion engine.
  • New Path Resolution mode “Extreme”
  • Several stability improvements.
  • Fixed fading custom textures.
  • Fixed crashed with multiprocessor rendering.
  • Fixed licensing issues.
  • Fixed scale normalization and anchor point issue.
  • Fixed missing texture preview.
  • Fixed 3D Pack models now work as Replicator Shape

As always we will continue to add information and tutorials to the Element 3D help page and we still recommend that you visit your...

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POSTED:
12 years ago
Improved Anti-Aliasing in Element 3D

Exciting news for a boring (but crucial) feature… Anti-Aliasing! Element 3D is about to get some powerful new options next week that will clean your clock! Or at least your edges with impressive Super-Sampling!

Anti-Aliasing Comparison

What is anti-aliasing? Basically it’s the method used to reduce jagged artifacts in your renders with sharp highlights or reflections like the above example.

Currently Element 3D uses hardware Multi-Sampling which is very fast but with extreme highlights and thin edges, some renders may look flickery or jagged. Not any more. We’re listening to our customers and so we created an impressive new solution called Super-Sampling.

Key Benefits:
-Maintains crisp image quality and textures
-Smooths sharp edges and highlights
-Improved clarity of high-poly detailed models
-Easy to use, just turn it on!

Super-Sampling basically renders your frame “super” large and then re-samples down to the frame size. This allows more detail to be saved and smoothed properly from the extra data. But, it does this on the GPU using a special render method.

The new method will add a minimal performance hit but it will NOT require additional MEMORY! (This is kind-of a big...

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POSTED:
12 years ago
Mr. Time Freeze

Here are a couple awesome “time-freeze” scenes from last year that are a blast to watch! I figure they are using every trick in the book from wire-removal to 3d models and probably much more. The main idea is to shoot the scene while everyone is standing still and move the camera around them. In contrast, The Matrix bullet-time effect was shot with hundreds of cameras, all firing around the same moment.

I know the show Hero’s has some cool freeze-time effects as well as the explosion from Swordfish, do you remember some others?

Now, if you really want to be inspired check out this Mega Video!

POSTED:
14 years ago