For those of you who follow close VFX and motion graphics news, you’ll probably know that Video Copilot’s Element 3D will be available next Tuesday! What an exciting announcement! It will be available for $150 at launch and two other “packs” will be available for $100 each or two package deals one for $200 and one for $250. (Find out more about pricing here)
(Okay so for those few who are not in the loop) Why it’s exciting:
This will revolutionize your workflow, I mean really, revolutionize. You don’t have to go fussing around in a 3D program to get everything you need and have (very) long render times.
Speed (My Oh My, It’s Fast!):
Element 3D was built on usuability and designed to be quick. Although it doesn’t have ray-traced reflections (objects reflecting each other) it is insanely fast! It will run on most GPU’s even 3-4 years old! (For a short list of some of the GPU that are supported click here, expect a longer list soon).
Originally promised before 2012, it has had serveral major adjustments and adaptions to make it is what it is today. And honestly, this wait was worth it.
Now, I don’t see this plugin being particurally useful for VFX, as it cannot do raytraced reflections and has a few other downsides to a real 3D program, but for motion graphics, it will rock.
So the short answer:
Now, I don’t think that I will be buying the $200, or $250 packs right away. I might just end up paying a little more and waiting. I want to see how much value they actually add… Although they do look pretty cool, (I am not going to lie) I want to wait and see what the general consensus is.
To find out more about Video Copilot’s new plugin Element 3D, click here. I would assume that a lot more content on Element 3D will come out both pre-launch and post-launch including more info about the Animation Engine. which was not previewed in the general overlook video.
What about you? Are you going to buy it? Will you wait? I want to hear from you, leave a comment in the comment section below about how you feel about Element 3D.
Looking forward to next Tues!