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 it even supports 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.
World Position Pass
Replace Model Option
Planar and Polygon Mapping Types
Animated OBJ Sequences
Custom Anchor Point Control
Ambient Occlusion Per Material
Real Time Glow with Chromatic Diffraction
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After Effects CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5, CS6
Mac (10.6.8+) & Windows
PNG 8-bit and 16-bit
AE Layers can also be used up to 32bpc
Graphics Card Requirements
Nvidia & ATI, minimum 512MBs of memory
Nvidia GeForce 8800, &9000 Series
Nvidia GeForce 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 Series
Nvidia Quadro FX Series 4000 and better
ATI 3870 and better on Windows
ATI HD Series on Mac
Recommended Graphic Card:
For ideal performance we recommend at least a Geforce 285 or ATI 3870 with 1GB of VRAM.
C4D: Requires Cinema 4D R12 and newer to import inside Element.
Rednder Farm Support: It is possible to use Element on a network render farm but it is not recommended because of inconsistencies in GPU rendering. Since Element renders with impressive speed on a single GPU it is ideal to pre-render any 3D elements before pushing to the render farm.