Lightning Fast Animation in Element 3D

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Learn
  • Model objects using an external 3D program, and export them to Element 3D
  • Optimize your 3D scenes for quicker render times
  • Use samples, polygon counts, and machine specifications to optimize your render times and performance
  • Apply techniques to overcome the limitations of Element 3D such as group limitations, lack of ray tracing, and no physics system
  • Exploit Element 3D by using advanced techniques such as match-motion and object arrays, to create stunning visual results
  • Create textures for Element 3D using external programs such as Gimp and Photoshop
About

Element 3D is a plugin for Adobe After Effects, used to create basic, yet stunning 3D visual effects. Some may find 3D to be tricky and downright complex. Element 3D allows actual 3D models to be created from scratch or exported to Adobe After Effects, and rendered and composited at a high level of quality and impressive speed.

This practical guide will lift the veil of mystery around 3D animation. It will teach you everything from modeling, preparing, and exporting from various 3D programs to match-motion, texturing, and complex animations using Element 3D.

This book is a comprehensive guide to using Element 3D and is appropriate for users of all levels. It will walk you through the basics of modeling objects for Element 3D. Then, you’ll learn how to texture, light, and animate as well as optimize your scenes for quick render times.

You will discover some of the limits of Element 3D, and learn how to break through those barriers to create virtually any 3D scene imaginable. You will also learn how to take advantage of other 3D programs such as Maya and Blender to create content and create stunning abstract scenes in relatively no time, and how to composite 3D animation into motion-tracked live action scenes.

By the time you complete this book, you will have all the information you need to effectively create professional 3D graphics using Element 3D.

Features
  • Create enthralling and polished 3D graphics using Element 3D
  • Explore the overall workflow in Element 3D, including transforming objects, applying materials, and lighting scenes
  • Fully illustrated and written in a conversational manner
Page Count 136
Course Length 4 hours 4 minutes
ISBN 9781783559381
Date Of Publication 26 Mar 2014

Authors

Ty Audronis

Ty Audronis has been called a "technology-age renaissance man." He’s a professional drone pilot, post-production specialist in the entertainment and media industries, a highly experienced interactive game developer, and an accomplished digital artist. He’s worked for companies ranging from frog Design to California Academy of Sciences in roles where he’s worn many hats.

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Ty’s been programming software and games since 1981 (when he was 8 years old) professionally. He majored in “Computer Generated Animation and Visual Effects” in college (where he won “Best Animation” for the entire CSU system – a Rosebud Award). His music and sound design have been the soundtrack on several major productions; he has also served as a visual effects supervisor on feature films and was the supervising editor and animator for award-winning science visualizations. He has been building drones since the days when sensors and components had to be torn out of cell phones and game controllers.

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Ty is also a mentor, having taught many interns his skills, and speaks regularly at venues including Interdrone. He also serves on the advisory board for the Society of Aerial Cinematographers and for Genarts (now Boris) Sapphire.