This tutorial will show you how to use VC Element and Locations.jsx to create a Globe in 3D space with a geo marker and text overlay.
0 . Prerequisites
- AE CS 4+: adobe.com/products/aftereffects.html
- Videocopilot Element: videocopilot.net/products/element/
- Sublime Text 2: sublimetext.com
- Locations Script: aescripts.com/locations/
- AEMap Script: aescripts.com/aemap/
- Zorro Script: aescripts.com/zorro-the-layer-tagger/
- (optional Optical Flares: videocopilot.net/products/opticalflares/ / Knoll Light Factory: redgiantsoftware.com/products/all/knoll-light-factory/ / or other 3D flare generator

1 . Get the Data
- Natural Earth: shadedrelief.com/natural3/pages/textures.html by Tom Patterson
- NASA VIIRS Earth At Night: earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=79765
- VideoCopilot 3D Earth: videocopilot.net/blog/2012/08/free-earth-project-for-element-3d/
- Moon: celestiamotherlode.net/catalog/show_creator_details.php?creator_id=205 by Philip Iveic
- Sun: celestiamotherlode.net/catalog/sol.php by Frank Gregorio
- US State Capitals Geocommos: geocommons.com/overlays/165342
You can get the project without the footage files here: github.com/fabiantheblind/3d-earth-locations-aep/archive/master.zip

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