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Alex Kuzelicki
Element 3D - Wacky Behaviour
on Sep 7, 2018 at 3:49:48 am


Hopefully it's okay to post here about Element 3D, from Videocopilot? I figure it's a popular AE plug-in so someone may have some helpful advice.

I want to make a very simple yoyo model in Element 3D - two squashed cylinders sitting next to each other in 3D space. I make an Element layer and create a cylinder primitive. Then make another Element layer, create another cylinder primitive. Now the two cylinders are sitting at the same point in 3D space.

I create Group Nulls for both and then shift one slightly up, and one slightly down so I have my yoyo model. In theory these two shapes are now only offset from each other a little bit along the Y-Axis. When I look in all my 3D views that is what I see, i.e. two exactly the same size and shaped models over the top of each other and shifted slightly apart along the Y-Axis. This seems to be working fine.

Then I add a 3D camera and orbit around the model a little, and everything looks right, and I orbit a little more and... BAM!, they are suddenly offset so they seem to be sitting next to each other! I double-check all my 3D views and they are still perfectly aligned with each other, just slightly offset along the Y-Axis. But when I use the 3D camera to orbit, they are now next to each other. If I keep orbiting, they visually shift back together again.

It doesn't seem to make sense but perhaps I'm missing something? Does anyone have any ideas?



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