Klaus Brandenburg shows us how to add more realism and impact to his 3D car in this After Effects tutorial. He uses SkyBox to generate a 360 Reflection Map from his 3D scene and reflects it back onto his red Maserati. With a SkyBox generated Map, we see the actual 3D environment (3D road and terrain) reflected on the car as it drives, rather than a default sky. Mettle FreeForm Pro is used for the terrain, road and water, while Element 3D is used for the car. SkyBox unifies the different 3D plug-ins and lets them inhabit the same space. You can use this technique for all your 3D work in After Effects.
SkyBox is a script/plug-in that generates 360 environments in After Effects. It is an extremely versatile tool with many uses. The output can be used as 360 reflection/environment maps in After Effects, in 3D applications, and is compatible with youtube 360, VR, and Gaming environments. Try out SkyBox: mettle.com/skybox/
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