posted this on August 13, 2012 05:52
The new Element 3D plug-in for AfterEffects is an easy tool that 2D artists can use to visualize items in 3D. However, because it is primarily a rendering tool and not a 3D modeling program, users cannot manipulate models to the same degree that they can in an actual 3D environment.
The main limitation that we have discovered with Element 3D is that the models will not load with textures. When loading a model in Element 3D, all the textures must be reapplied manually. Depending on how an artist creates a model, it may not include complete textures (diffuse, bump, specular, reflection, refraction, opacity, etc.). Since most of the artists on TurboSquid are creating models to use specifically in 3d modeling programs, many of the models on the site are not going to import and render exactly as shown in the preview images.
To insure that you are choosing the right model for your needs and software application, we recommend that you contact support before purchasing.