Video Copilot's Element 3D is designed to be used whenever it will save you time or make your job easier. By working natively inside After Effects, you can make serious changes to your scene like change materials, add lights and even animate the camera without the intense re-rendering of traditional 3D.
Element works at compositing speed, which means you can see the final look of your scene while you make changes with virtually no interruptions.
Element uses fast Open GL rendering instead of the per-pixel Raytracing found in traditional 3D programs. The main difference with Open GL rendering is that objects do not reflect other objects in your scene. However, Element does use Reflection Mapping to generate the appearance of reflectivity without compromising speed.
Element provides artists with 3D solution right out of the box and with our various 3D Model Packs, it is easy to find great models to use right away.
Users with 3D experience will be able take advantage of Element's streamlined workflow to create impressive renderings in less time.
Element uses a custom built Open GL render engine that does not require AE CS6, in fact we even support After Effects CS3+.
Element's render system is not related to the Open GL mode found inside the comp window. In fact it is recommended you set this to Adaptive.