Element 3D is a third-party After Effects plugin developed by Video Copilot. It is a 64-bit plugin that runs in both Windows and MacOS. It is used for importing/creating 3d items and for particle making. It is mainly utilized for movement design and visual impacts. Element can animating and rendering. It utilizes OpenGL to produce images more rapidly than CPU rendering is currently capable of. The plugin includes physically based shaders, texture mapping, lighting, animating and 3D compositing tools. There are restrictions to rendering in OpenGL compared to raytraced rendering, many workarounds are possible to assist yield highly photorealistic outcomes, especially if the workstation is geared up with a high end video card. Element 3d is more limited in its ability to produce scenes from scratch than a full featured 3d program such as Cinema 4d. Expert outcomes, especially with simple scenes such as logo fly-ins and animated typography can be accomplished in a relatively brief time. Similar to any logo reveal 3d program, Element 3d has a learning curve. While simple ideas are simple to accomplish, photorealism needs perseverance, practice, experimentation, and a compatible OpenGL video card with at least 2 GB of VRAM.
The plugin includes physically based shaders, texture mapping, lighting, stimulating and 3D compositing tools. Element 3d is more restricted in its capability to produce scenes from scratch than a full featured 3d program such as Cinema 4d. As with any 3d program, Element 3d has a discovering curve.