These are my first tests with the new Element 3D plugin from Video Copilot. It's got some quirks, and even some spelling errors, but this is nothing short of a revolution in the After Effects workflow. These tests might not show it, but this is going to have a major impact. And for only $150. I'm still in shock. On top of all of this, I don't remember when I've ever had so much fun just playing in After Effects. I couldn't be happier.
In case you're curious, I didn't use any other plugins, or even After Effects tools in these tests. Just Element 3D, AE lights and cameras, and occasionally some Curves or Glow. But everything here, even the models and materials, came only from Element (pro bundle) and the Projectile Weapons model pack.