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  • what 3d model formats can I import into after effects?

  • bill hash

    March 30, 2007 at 8:11 am

    I am building a 1 minute ad for my novel within a webpodcast I do and I need a model of the Earth (3d).
    What format works best I will probably get it off turbo squid.
    Now another general question is it would be nice to paint on the globe to show a 12000 year difference as it morphs into the model 12000 years later
    what can I use?? I have pshop, painter9.5, aftereffects 7, premiere pro2.
    Any all suggestions please and thanks in advance if I am not abler to catch up with you

  • Jimmy Brunger

    March 30, 2007 at 10:01 am

    You cannot import 3D models directly into AE, you’d need a TGA sequence or movie file of it with and alpha channel. As for ‘painting over it’ it’d be easir to do that in a 3D app if the thing is going to be spinning. If not use Photoshop if it’s a still I guess. Or just find/build two versions of the animated earth and fade between them

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  • joolsd186

    March 30, 2007 at 10:21 am

    In Maya You can bake the lights and camera positions.

    Its hard to get it to work, here it is if you want to give it a go
    https://forums.creativecow.net/cgi-bin/new_page_wrapper.cgi?forumid=1&page=https://www.creativecow.net/articles/delafuente_rene/maya_cam_imp/index.html

    There is a 3rd party add on in after effects called ‘3d assistant’which can do basic 3d stuff. google this.

    jools

  • danny princz

    March 30, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    check this out

    https://generalspecialist.com/2006/10/free-download-beautiful-earth.asp

    it might work for you

    who is that masked man…

  • Jack Hilkewich

    March 30, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    There is something called Zaxworks that allows you to import 3d models into after effects, there is a forum on the cow about it. I have never used it but I hear good things about it.

  • Darby Edelen

    March 30, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    [bill875] “I am building a 1 minute ad for my novel within a webpodcast I do and I need a model of the Earth (3d).
    What format works best I will probably get it off turbo squid.”

    As has already been pointed out here on the Cow, you can’t import 3D files directly into After Effects, they need to be rendered out of a 3D program as an image sequence or movie file.

    That said, if you have the CC Sphere effect (which should be installed with AE7 Pro) you can manage to produce this effect yourself. Luckily the Earth is close enough to a sphere that I think you’d get away with it =)

    CC Sphere will take whatever layer it’s applied to and wrap it around a sphere. This means that if you pre-compose an image of the earth and then apply effects to it to simulate this “12000 year difference” you can then apply CC Sphere to that pre-comp in your final comp and the effects you applied in the pre-comp will update on the Sphere (re-‘texturing’ it).

    It’s a quick way to accomplish this, and you don’t get any fancy bump maps and the layer (the ‘texture’) must tile if you plan on rotating the sphere (as I assume you would in the case of a planet). I used CC Sphere to make an earth like this for a transition in the menus for Defenders of the Earth Vol. 2, it worked pretty well (even though you only see the planet for a couple of seconds).

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