Hi chaps - are there any advantages/disadvantages to creating very simple 3d text extrusions in After Effects as opposed to creating them in Invigorator ... obviously Invig has far more controls but the ability to manipulate the AE text in AE's 3d space seems appealing ... thoughts please or am I being naive ?
Like you mentioned, the advantages to working with 3D Text in After Effects is that you have the text directly in After Effects' 3D Space. However, the disadvantage with working with the 3D in After Effects is that it is much slower to work with and it takes much longer to render than with the 3D Invigorator PRO plug-in.
Also as you mentioned, there are more controls for you to work with in 3D Invigorator PRO. So you can customize the bevel settings and apply realistic materials with bump or reflectivity maps and also have the option to deform (bend, fold, twist, etc) your text. In addition, if you create most of your layers in 3D Invigorator PRO, everything will in the same 3D space so you will not have to worry about the After Effects 3D Space. You will be able to use the Comp Camera as well, so anything you create fit with the camera movements in After Effects.
If you are interested in ProAnimator, will also be able to create your animations much quicker than with the use of our Animation Controls panel. All the animations are set up with slider bar controls and menu options. You also have the ability to work with Object and Camera animation presets. This lets you take any of the animation presets, and customize it for your project needs. The best part is that the play-back in ProAnimator is in real-time. So you will not need to worry about waiting for the RAM preview to see what your 3D animation looks like.
With ProAnimator Version 6, we will also add Ray Tracing, Object Fragmentation, Grid Shaders, Layer Tracking and more. This will let you create top of the line work, while taking a fraction of the time to set up.