In this marvelous age of technological advances, it’s now possible to create complex particle animations on a home computer using nothing more than a $200 After Effects plug-in called Element 3D. I created the 15-second animation you see here using Element’s mind-blowing 3D Replicator feature. I’m predicting that Video Copilot (the makers of Element 3D) will release an updated version of Element sometime in the next two months. Can’t wait to see what’s next!
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