OK! It’s been fun everyone. Rather than supporting this feature, it’s officially become obsolete as it is now built into Element 1.6. So rather than use this preset, please just get yourself updated and it will work more seamlessly with your workflow.
Like many people, I am really digging Element 3D from VideoCopilot. I really believe that this new wave of OpenCL development is the future of After Effects. Element 3D and Trapcode MIR have ushered in a new phase of “instant feedback” which for ages, has been something just out of reach for us animators.
Anyway, the point is… there’s one feature of Element 3D that bugs me. Or, I should say, a lacking feature. I prefer to animate in the comp window with handles, like with a Null object. This is actually a feature on another product, 3D Invigorator. Each object group has a pop-up menu where you can select a 3D layer, and have the 3D object track that layer exactly. So, I made it do just with that expressions and saved the preset out. And then saved it back to version CS5 and made it universal for all languages.
Plus, I’ve included another preset that I made for Lux/Knoll Light Factory/Optical Flares that controls light intensity based on its angle to the camera.