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  • Import Sketchup geometry into Adobe After Effects CS4

    Posted by William Cousert on April 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I want to break up the geometry in my Sketchup files and convert each piece into a separate Shape Layer, with textures intact and each layer properly positioned in 3D space.

    Is this possible?

    William Cousert replied 15 years, 1 month ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Trent Armstrong

    April 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm


    Until you find a way to break each layer apart, you might look into a 2.5D solution with a few angles from your Sketchup scene. has a great tutorial on projection mapping to achieve this.

    It doesn’t give you full 360 3D, but you can get away with some nice subtle moves.

    My suggestion for Sketchup is to try and isolate each edge by turning others off and render a still of each piece that you can then reassemble in AE.


    Trent Armstrong – Creative Cow Leader

  • William Cousert

    April 23, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks Trent!

    Yes, I saw that tutorial. Good stuff! It was Andrew Kramer’s 3D city tutorial that got me started in this quest.

    After a week of googling and posting, I’ve come up empty. Nobody seems to be doing Sketchup/AE integration.

    Sketchup can export to VRML. I’m thinking about writing a program to
    convert VRML to something I can use with AE.

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