Photorealistic Earth scene with detailed atmosphere optics phenomena.

Built with Element 3D.

Element 3D 1.6 and Optical Flares 1.3 plugins required.

Trapcode Particular plugin is optional.

Special features:

  • Atmosphere refraction – realistic atmosphere limb, color shift at terminator, and on the water surface
  • Aurora
  • Lightpollution
  • Lightnings – with animated texture generator composition
  • Cloud Shadow
  • Auto Exposure
  • The atmosphere optics effects works with expressions. Since this is a dynamic model, you don’t need keyframing, the apperance depends only on the camera and light position.

    The project is shipped with 8K, 4K and 2K texture sets for Earth, and 4K, 2K, 1K texture sets for Moon. You can use any other texture sets – or you may create a fictional Earth-like planet, of course. The starfield is a 4Kx4Kx4K skybox, with astronomically correct texture. If this is too small for your settings, the main composition contains an optional Trapcode Particular preset for a resolution independent fake starfield.

    2GB video memory recommended for the FullHD resolution with 4K textures (default settings), but you can increase the resolution of the scene and the textures, depending on the power of your graphics card (which is the only limitation). If your graphics card only matches the minimum system requirements of the Element 3D plugin, you have an optional possibility to render the scene in order to avoid system instability. (Minimal system configuration tested with GeForce GTX 550 Ti, and Geforce GT 335. Never tested with less than 1GB VRAM!) Please check your graphic card’s compatibility with Element 3D! And please note: the render time not will be realtime, the primary goal is the apperance. Please read the FAQ for further information:

    HD sample is available on vimeo:

    To use the scene the installed Element 3D and Optical Flares is enough, however in depth modification of 3D objects may require advanced knowledge.

    The project is built with After Effects CS5.5. The workflow interaction and the render time may be slower in the newer versions. Please read the FAQ if you have similar problem:

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