Last night, we discussed Video Copilot’s new plugin Element 3D. It was a good discussion on what got us excited about the plugin and how it could fit in our workflow. Andrew Kramer himself even stopped by to answer a few quick questions. Below is a transcript of the chat.

Welcome to #MoChat everyone. Tonight we’re talking about ‘s new plugin, Element. Who’s managed to install it so far? -8:01 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Join #mochat now to talk about Video Copilot Element 3D. http://t.co/j814WoaM #mochat -8:02 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Not I, sadly, probably in a couple days. #mochat -8:02 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Still installing Element. Looking forward to playing with it while we talk tonight. #mochat -8:02 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I wish I had the chance to install it, but busy evening prevented that. I know picked it up #mochat -8:02 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Join #mochat now to talk about Video Copilot Element 3D. http://t.co/Bimh6k20 #mochat -8:02 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Join #mochat now to talk about Video Copilot Element 3D. http://t.co/j814WoaM #mochat -8:03 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Here’s what we have to say about Element 3D from Video Copilot: http://t.co/pum3cm1g (We like it.) #mochat -8:03 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Here’s what we have to say about Element 3D from Video Copilot: http://t.co/pum3cm1g (We like it.) #mochat -8:03 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Here’s what we have to say about Element 3D from Video Copilot: http://t.co/pum3cm1g (We like it.) #mochat -8:03 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I ended up picking up the 3D design bundle. Have a feeling it will take a while to go through all the settings/presets. #mochat -8:04 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Here’s what we have to say about Element 3D from Video Copilot: http://t.co/pum3cm1g (We like it.) #mochat -8:04 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I’m curious to what’s in the Motion Design kit. #mochat -8:04 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I think the price point Video Copilot set is unbelievable. Bridges the gap for people who want to dip their toes into 3D #mochat -8:05 PM Jul 10th, 2012

What are some of the higher poly models in the motion design pack? Curious what my nvidia 650m will do… #mochat -8:05 PM Jul 10th, 2012

One thing I do know, working with Element will make me wonder why C4D can’t do better openGL shading in the viewport. #mochat -8:06 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Couldn’t agree more, makes it a bit easier for starving artists 😉 #mochat -8:06 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Yeah, $150 for the ability to do high-quality 3D model animation is pretty crazy. #mochat -8:07 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I was curious about that too. #mochat -8:07 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Join #mochat now to talk about Video Copilot Element 3D. http://t.co/7ogoVawO #mochat -8:08 PM Jul 10th, 2012

What are people planning on doing with Element? How will it affect your workflow? #mochat -8:08 PM Jul 10th, 2012

My one apprehension is how I can fit it into my work flow now. The demos are great, but its rare that I’m that organized #mochat -8:08 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : RT : Join #mochat now to talk about Video Copilot Element 3D. http://t.co/7ogoVawO #mochat -8:08 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I wonder if Adobe will want to buy Element 3D from ? #mochat -8:08 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I think at first, it will just be great have that immediate feedback of animating 3D. #mochat -8:09 PM Jul 10th, 2012

it’ll make me more comfortable animating. AE feels more like home than C4D to me #mochat -8:09 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I don’t have anything specific in for it, but I do see it as a great tool to have, and am just curious how it will add to workflow. #mochat -8:10 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Thing is, you’ll still need a proper 3D package to do modeling & texturing. #mochat -8:11 PM Jul 10th, 2012

There’s definitely some immediate/obvious things to do w/ Element, but it’ll be interesting to see the creative ways people use it. #mochat -8:12 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I think the C4D to AE/Element pipeline will win me over once I try it. For simple things, like basic end tags w/ cam moves #mochat -8:12 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Join #mochat now to talk about Video Copilot Element 3D. http://t.co/j814WoaM #mochat -8:12 PM Jul 10th, 2012

If you’re here, how complicated of a process was it to come up with a new 3D rendering engine? #mochat -8:12 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Here’s what we have to say about Element 3D from Video Copilot: http://t.co/pum3cm1g (We like it.) #mochat -8:13 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Think of Element 3D as a tool like any other tool and remember the idea comes first #mochat -8:13 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Think of Element 3D as a tool like any other tool and remember the idea comes first #mochat -8:13 PM Jul 10th, 2012

that’s the one with just the plugin and shaders, right? That’s the one I’m going with as well #mochat -8:13 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Incredibly obvious things. Bad ass product highlights… abstract 3D. I wonder if a demo version will be available. #mochat -8:13 PM Jul 10th, 2012

For now, it will make it easier to bring in object right into an AE comp & animate quicker. #mochat -8:14 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Can’t agree more another tool RT : Think of Element 3D as a tool like any other tool and remember the idea comes first #mochat -8:14 PM Jul 10th, 2012

It’s the one with shaders & several motion design models. #mochat -8:14 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Spot on John. #mochat -8:15 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Think of Element 3D as a tool like any other tool and remember the idea comes first #mochat -8:15 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Here’s to hoping the popularity of Element 3D will get more people demanding better 3D interaction & workflow out of #mochat -8:16 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Think of Element 3D as a tool like any other tool and remember the idea comes first #mochat -8:16 PM Jul 10th, 2012

It’s easy to get carried away with features and forget that tools are nothing without imagination #mochat -8:16 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Right now is a situation I could use Element to save time. Rerendering a basic dolly shot because I messed up a keyframe in C4D. #mochat -8:17 PM Jul 10th, 2012

exactly :)! I’m bummed, but I think I will wait a month or so to buy it. #mochat -8:17 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : It’s easy to get carried away with features and forget that tools are nothing without imagination #mochat -8:17 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : It’s easy to get carried away with features and forget that tools are nothing without imagination #mochat -8:17 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Can’t wait to dig in to ‘s Element3D at work tomorrow and join in on the #mochat! -8:17 PM Jul 10th, 2012

: Think of Element 3D as a tool like any other tool and remember the idea comes first #mochat -8:18 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Rendering is a big deal. Have some projects coming up that I would have had to render out objects & bring them into AE. #mochat -8:18 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : RT : It’s easy to get carried away with features and forget that tools are nothing without imagination #mochat -8:18 PM Jul 10th, 2012

With Element now out I hope people also learn about power you get out of C4D plus Normality, Point Cloud, & Point Position Passes #mochat -8:20 PM Jul 10th, 2012

The trick was finding the right balance between quality and speed. #mochat -8:20 PM Jul 10th, 2012

et. al. When you said #mochat was going to be Tuesdays, I taught on Mondays. New term has me on Tuesdays, so have fun out there! -8:20 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : It’s easy to get carried away with features and forget that tools are nothing without imagination #mochat -8:21 PM Jul 10th, 2012

how many people did you have working on making it? #mochat -8:21 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Does Elements require the ray trace renderer? #mochat -8:21 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I agree whole heartedly. All these new incredibly powerful plugins working together should render some impressive work. #mochat -8:22 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Think of Element 3D as a tool like any other tool and remember the idea comes first #mochat -8:23 PM Jul 10th, 2012

What type of projects do people imagine using Element on? #mochat -8:24 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Think of Element 3D as a tool like any other tool and remember the idea comes first #mochat -8:25 PM Jul 10th, 2012

We’re thrilled that folks are making 3D plug-ins like Element 3D, Pixel Cloud, FreeForm, Invigorator, etc., each with its own role. #mochat -8:30 PM Jul 10th, 2012

#mochat Our technical director Sergio and additional programming by Thomas, I did the design. -8:30 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Element 3D does not do ray-tracing. That’s why it doesn’t have refraction, reflections, shadows, etc. #mochat -8:31 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : RT : It’s easy to get carried away with features and forget that tools are nothing without imagination #mochat -8:31 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Love the performance on this thing! #mochat -8:31 PM Jul 10th, 2012

just bought the complete bundle. it is incredibly fast #mochat -8:32 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Here’s what we have to say about Element 3D from Video Copilot: http://t.co/pum3cm1g (We like it.) #mochat -8:32 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Agreed! Been playing with this and I’m amazed at how well a mobile GPU holds up with it. #mochat -8:33 PM Jul 10th, 2012

That makes sense… Limits the uses a little bit, still a great addition to add some 3d elements to your projects #mochat -8:33 PM Jul 10th, 2012

So how many tutorials will start showing up tomorrow for Element? #mochat -8:39 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Evening all… #mochat -8:40 PM Jul 10th, 2012

you’re late 🙂 #mochat -8:40 PM Jul 10th, 2012

How many voiced by 12 year olds? RT : So how many tutorials will start showing up tomorrow for Element? #mochat -8:41 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I gotta say, the Multi-Object option already has me excited. #mochat -8:41 PM Jul 10th, 2012

My thoughts exactly. 😉 #mochat -8:41 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I totally understand. But I’ve been in tight deadline situations and Element can save time depending on the design #mochat -8:42 PM Jul 10th, 2012

normally British 12 year olds…oh god. #mochat -8:42 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : It’s easy to get carried away with features and forget that tools are nothing without imagination #mochat -8:44 PM Jul 10th, 2012

That was one thing that had me excited in that animation demo. #mochat -8:44 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : “: Think of Element 3D as a tool like any other tool and remember the idea comes first #mochat -8:45 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Think a lot of people forget that many times we just want a 3D object in our AE scene. Looks like Element will fit the bill & more. #mochat -8:45 PM Jul 10th, 2012

whats your multi license gonna looks like? Were looking buy many copies, are the shader and Obj vol. licenses too? #mochat -8:46 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I had to seriously hold myself back on this one. I have to upgrade everything just to use it #mochat -8:46 PM Jul 10th, 2012

#mochat <— Nice tag to join the conversation with Motion Graphers -8:46 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Setting a start and end position with two different groups, and using the “Animation Engine” is great. #mochat -8:46 PM Jul 10th, 2012

You still using a Pentium III? 😉 #mochat -8:47 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : It’s easy to get carried away with features and forget that tools are nothing without imagination #mochat -8:47 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I know sorry.. I was stuck at work trying to load the VCP page, HA!! #seewhatIdidthere #mochat -8:47 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Love the performance on this thing! #mochat -8:49 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Like any new plugin, the first few months will see overuse. Then the creative stuff starts showing. #mochat -8:49 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Would love to see what you come up with for first experiments. #mochat -8:49 PM Jul 10th, 2012

#mochat so who bought the whole bundle. even at that price sounds like a great deal. gotta save up pennies now.. -8:50 PM Jul 10th, 2012

haha. You mean, you got caught in traffic! Did you download it? #mochat -8:50 PM Jul 10th, 2012

That means I have to find even more time to play! Just trying to think beyond the obvious. #mochat -8:50 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I’m mostly concerned about those of us that can’t yet use e3d. It’s gonna dominate the tubes and leave us in the dust #mochat -8:50 PM Jul 10th, 2012

agreed the models alone are worth that price to me… thats less than a buck a piece #mochat -8:51 PM Jul 10th, 2012

I know just mentioned he did. #mochat -8:51 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Animate an exploding array of objects, edited to dubstep 😉 #mochat -8:51 PM Jul 10th, 2012

now that’s what I can’t wait for! To see some truly unique ways that it can be used. I better start brain storming #mochat -8:51 PM Jul 10th, 2012

yes! I’ve wanted this for so long and Invigorator was well ahead of my CPUs power at the time. #mochat -8:52 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Toolfarm has some good deals for a bit of a discount on the Element 3D packages: http://t.co/pCng7cHb #mochat -8:52 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Shhhh. Now everyone will take that idea. I blame you. #mochat -8:52 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Toolfarm has some good deals for a bit of a discount on the Element 3D packages: http://t.co/pCng7cHb #mochat -8:53 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Toolfarm has some good deals for a bit of a discount on the Element 3D packages: http://t.co/pCng7cHb #mochat -8:53 PM Jul 10th, 2012

One nice touch is the way Element handles licensing. Just enter your email & password for VCP and it takes care of it. #mochat -8:53 PM Jul 10th, 2012

lol no. An i3 but it’s a laptop and the gpu won’t support it. It’s crap. don’t have ae for the mbp 🙁 #mochat -8:53 PM Jul 10th, 2012

: Here’s what we have to say about Element 3D from Video Copilot: http://t.co/Y1jyRIVG (We like it.) #mochat -8:53 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Toolfarm has some good deals for a bit of a discount on the Element 3D packages: http://t.co/Z5Nn8zvp #mochat -8:53 PM Jul 10th, 2012

About 6 more minutes of #MoChat goodness. -8:54 PM Jul 10th, 2012

not yet gonna buy my personal copy first & its looking good for the office, this is a game changer, in efficiency alone. #mochat -8:54 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Yeah, an i3 would be rough. And that’s Intel integrated GPU right? #mochat -8:54 PM Jul 10th, 2012

dont have element 3D yet but come student loan in september..things will change and after effetcts will get funky! #mochat -8:54 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Wow, that is nice. I’m sure it helps in keeping only validated copies working as well. #mochat -8:54 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Loving the #mochat session on Element 3D. has once again made fragments of our motion graphics life easier. -8:55 PM Jul 10th, 2012

yup RT : Loving the #mochat session on Element 3D. has once again made fragments of our motion graphics life easier. -8:56 PM Jul 10th, 2012

You’ve seen this, right? https://t.co/aRl7m3Uc #mochat -8:56 PM Jul 10th, 2012

yup. It’s a sad sad little thing… #mochat -8:56 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Probably. There’s still a manual option, too. #mochat -8:56 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Yes, loved that! #mochat -8:56 PM Jul 10th, 2012

is it wrong now, to say I h8te but in a good way?? More powah to ya!! thanks for all that you do. #mochat -8:57 PM Jul 10th, 2012

gotcha. Agreed! I have a lot of faith in VCP #mochat -8:58 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Optical Flares replaced Light Factory… Now Elements 3D fills a big gap. Well done #mochat -8:58 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : RT : It’s easy to get carried away with features and forget that tools are nothing without imagination #mochat -8:58 PM Jul 10th, 2012

One thing I’m curious about is how clients will react to this? Will this just make them expect more, right now? #mochat -8:58 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Thanks to the Video Copilot team for making great things for all of us After Effects users. (Yes, we’re After Effects users, to.) #mochat -8:59 PM Jul 10th, 2012

RT : Loving the #mochat session on Element 3D. has once again made fragments of our motion graphics life easier. -8:59 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Thanks for being awesome ! And for joining in tonight! #mochat -8:59 PM Jul 10th, 2012

“Hey, I saw this tutorial…” RT : Don’t tell them. #mochat -8:59 PM Jul 10th, 2012

#mochat wow has a great deal on the whole bundle.. #AllAboutSavingTheDollars -8:59 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Well that just about does it for #mochat tonight. Any last thoughts? -9:00 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Thanks to the Video Copilot team for making great things for all of us After Effects users. (Yes, we’re After Effects users, too.) #mochat -9:00 PM Jul 10th, 2012

yeah, don’t tell them. Don’t show them. And delay sending out projects til the very last moment 😉 #mochat -9:00 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Just anxious to see what people are gonna do with it! #mochat -9:00 PM Jul 10th, 2012

and to work on their Regina displays too! #mochat -9:00 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Those Regina Displays are hard to come by. #mochat (cc ) -9:01 PM Jul 10th, 2012

#mochat -9:01 PM Jul 10th, 2012

Who’s Regina?

thanks for another great session! I love it! #mochat -9:01 PM Jul 10th, 2012

thanks for hosting. And thanks for products. Excited to read reviews of Element tomorrow #mochat -9:02 PM Jul 10th, 2012

That does it for #mochat tonight. Thanks for coming out everyone! And keep the conversation going! -9:02 PM Jul 10th, 2012

In closing, to quote : It’s easy to get carried away with features and forget that tools are nothing without imagination #mochat -9:03 PM Jul 10th, 2012