How to Create a Tiny Planet in After Effects | SkyBox Studio + Element 3D

How to Create a Tiny Planet in After Effects | SkyBox Studio + Element 3D

This tutorial by Charles Yeager ( shows how to create a Tiny Planet in After Effects using SkyBox Studio. The technique works with all 3D plugins, but he uses Element 3D with the Metropolitan Pack: 3D Skyscrapers & Buildings. You can download a free demo of SkyBox Studio and follow along. SkyBox Studio is a plugin/script solution that brings 360/VR production capabilities into After Effects.

How to Create a Tiny Planet in After Effects with SkyBox Studio and Element 3D | Hosted by Charles Yeager

Create a scene on a plane – E3D Metropolis Pack already has a base.

It’s important to cast shadows to get the right effect.

Camera must be just above skyscrapers so it doesn’t fly through any objects.

Camera moves within middle 50% area of scene – avoids edges.

SkyBox Converter generates Equirectangular format from default Cubic Cross setup of SkyBox Creator.

Method 1: SkyBox Converter generates Equirectangular to Spherical – Tiny Planet format.

Method 2: Rendered Equirectangular video has Polar Coordinates applied to create Tiny Planet.

Charles Yeager.

Filmmaker & Motion Graphics Artist currently residing in Little Rock, and always exploring new opportunities in the production industry. His projects have been recognized by Canon, Tiffen, Video Copilot, RØDE, Vimeo, GSG, VideoMaker, Filmmaker IQ, No Film School, BOOM Library, Film Convert, Tuts+ & Filminute.

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