4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 15, 2008 8:44 AM by (anna_greve)

    3d objects in after effects

      So I've been researching a bit on the net and just wanna make sure I've got this straight...

      I need to create something like this image (link below) in after effects, ie a whole bunch of washing machines in 3D space (the camara flies through), but it needs to be true 3D in that you sometimes need to see their top, sides, whatever, depending on what angle they are to the camera. see this image:


      Using an actual 3d program is not an option at the moment (tho i can get someone to create the models for me).

      So as I understand it this is only possible in After effects with zaxworks invigorator pro? Is that right? But invigorator can actually handle it? importing 3d objects and manipulating them in 3d space? Has anyone used it to do that sort of thing that could tell me if it's gonna work? i just don't wanna buy it and then find some difficulties cos I have a very short time frame....Also what file formats are best to import?


      Anna :)
        • 1. Re: 3d objects in after effects
          Andrew Yoole MVP & Adobe Community Professional
          The pics in your link look like basic flat-sided objects. There's no reason you can't create them natively in AE without Invigorator, so long as you don't need curved edges (or anything else that isn't flat).

          You'll need a face-on layer/graphic of each visible face of the objects. Orient and position each layer to make up your 3 dimensional object.

          You can create the washing machines in their own comps, then precompose them with collapsed transformations into your main comp.
          • 2. Re: 3d objects in after effects
            Jonas Hummelstrand Level 2
            Like Andrew said, building them in AE might be your quickest solution. Look at Stu Maschwitz's blog post for some inspiration:

            i http://prolost.blogspot.com/2007/03/camera-projection.html

            Your other two options are, like you said Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro and waiting for AE CS4 and PS CS4, but these two options require you to build the 3D models in something like the free Google SketchUp.

            - Jonas Hummelstrand
            • 3. Re: 3d objects in after effects
              Level 1
              You might want to take a look at these two tutorials I did a while ago. They'll give you the basics of flying through a scene in about 10 minutes.

              Animating the Camera
              Expressing the Camera or classing up a fly through with expressions.
              • 4. Re: 3d objects in after effects
                Level 1
                thanks guys for our input, I've ended up trying to go the invigorator way cos i have other objects that aren't flat sided...however i think zaxwerks can't handle that many objects- once i start seriously duplicating it crashes every time i go to save :(

                Rick- i actually did your tutorials many years ago- ther are very useful- thanks for the reminder! :)