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Do you own a general 3d app? Vue is specific for environment creation... Do you plan to model anything, rig and animate characters/objects?
The workflow would be to render out to image sequence from vue, and import into AE like any other footage... I don't believe there's import scripts, but honestly don't know. Maybe there's scripts to import Vue camera and lights, but doubtful.
You will not have much joy with Vue if you plan on getting it as your standard 3D app. Apart from the text tool, the geometric primitives and its parametric landscape objects it offers no way of creating geometry, which severely limits your design options and would require you to have another modeling program as well. Even the free Blender 3D would be much better in that regard. Apart from that, you would not be happy with other aspects of the program. Precisely placing items as pretty hairy and the render times are not that exciting, either. It really is first and foremost a landscaping program and unless you plan to only create vistas and backgrounds with it, there are better alternatives - free ones, cheap ones and faster ones.
I've used Vue6 Infinite for two weeks and am doing all comping in AE. I'm rendering water, clouds and imported 3D models and am exporting Vue's cameras as a Maya ASCII file wich imports correctly into AE. I had some crashes when exporting the camera on OS X 10.5.2 but the same scene exported its camera without problems on Windows XP.
As much as I love what I'm getting out of Vue6, I've found it's keyframing to be a pain and that the render settings require many hours of experiments. I've also found the network rendering unstable, but at the same time the program is cheap and its results rivals what would require months of work (and learning) in Maya. If you need plants, landscapes, water and skys, Vue is a definite power house. If you need anything else, go for something more general 3D that is free or cheap, like Cinema 4D.
If you get Vue, here's a good start for lowering the painfully long render times:
- Jonas Hummelstrand
Cheers for the responses. I find myself doing more things for maps right now
so plants, skys and textures could be just the ticket! The text could be
handy and the water looks good too. I've not found myself doing much in the
way of modelling so Vue's basic metablobs and boolean tools might be enough
but I take the point about the lack of modelling tools.
The actual product on offer is the Pro Studio version which sits in the
middle of their product range: it lacks some of the things that the
professional Infinity or Xstream have but has lots more to play with than
the entry level Easel or Esprit.
www.e-onsoftware.com if anyone wants to take a look.