GEOlayers 3

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Author: Markus Bergelt

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Quick Overview

Now supports Helium for 3D landscapes. Design and animate maps directly in After Effects. Rebuilt from the ground up with tons of new features and faster and more powerful than ever!

GEOlayers 3 lets you design and animate maps directly in After Effects.

It renders custom maps for you from different online data sources. It also provides direct access to extensive databases of geospatial features of the world. You can easily draw buildings to After Effects shape layers, highlight country borders, streets, lakes, rivers, places, regions, animate driving routes, and extrude buildings. Anything in the world that has geodata can be integrated as an editable asset in After Effects.

GEOlayers 3 comes with a large set of default map styles. But that's not all. One-click lets you create a style from the colors of a composition, an image or Adobe Swatch file. You can also retrieve imagery from any common image-based tileserver. Platforms such as MapTiler Cloud can bring all its advantages of customizable basemaps directly into After Effects.

Purchase GEOLayers 3 with Helium X, Mettle FreeForm Pro or Rowbyte Plexus and get bundle discounts.  Discount is automatically added when you add both products to the shopping cart. 

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What's new in GEOlayers 3

Version 3 is rebuilt from scratch. Since version 2, we've been collecting user input and improving the extension. GEOlayers 3 has been developed to fit your needs.

  • New UI
  • Maps can be pitched and rotated in 3D
  • Automatic Labels
  • Mapstyling directly in After Effects
  • Faster Finalization
  • Scripting API
  • ...and much more

In order to make all this possible, After Effects CC 2015 (13.6) or higher is required. Legacy projects created with GEOlayers version 1 or 2 are not supported by GEOlayers 3. You can still import old GEOlayers 2 server profiles, shape layer styles, and label templates.



Animate in 3D Space

Intuitive controls to animate maps in 3D space

You can scroll, zoom, pitch, and rotate your maps inside After Effects, create keyframes and animate them. GEOlayers 3 renders all the imagery for your animation.

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Online Search

Find geographical features online

Search online for countries, cities, famous buildings, points of interest, and much more. The features you find can be labeled in your animation, they can be drawn to your map, downloaded, and even exported out for further analysis in an external GIS program.


Style your maps however you want

You can style maps directly inside After Effects. Choose colors, adjust the line width, swap fonts, add hillshading to your maps and even show and hide certain groups of features. Note that for full control a MapTiler Cloud account is required.

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Add labels to your animation

Label features with one click. Use and customize the default label templates or feel free to create your own ones. Every After Effects composition can be used as a label template.

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Data Visualization

Create Data-driven shape layer styles.

GEOlayers 3 allows you to easily import datasets in .csv or .tsv file format. Data-driven styling helps you to quickly visualize datasets in After Effects compositions with just a few clicks.

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3D Landscapes

Create 3D landscapes with one click

If you have Helium, Mettle FreeFormPro, Rowbyte Plexus or Trapcode Mir installed you can create gorgeous 3D landscapes setups in one click. You can achieve stunning animations based on real elevation data.

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Bundle Offers

*Bundle discounts cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.

Helium X Integration

Helium X

  • Realistic shading
  • Full interaction with native AE 3D environment
  • Fog, Shadows and Depth of Field
  • Includes Helium AI, Stable Diffusion powered image generation plugin

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Please note that Helium X is a subscription that needs to be purchased independently from GEOlayers.
Purchase Helium first, then place a second order for GEOlayers and you will receive a 25% discount on GEOlayers.

Mettle FreeForm Pro

FreeForm Pro

  • Realistic shading
  • Multiple Material Channels on one surface
  • Fog and Mist
  • Shadows
  • Skydome

Purchase GEOLayers with Mettle FreeForm Pro and save 25% on both
Please note discount only applies to new full licenses

Rowbyte Plexus 3


  • vector-style look
  • Point, Line and Facet renderers

Purchase GEOLayers with Rowbyte Plexus 3 and save 25% on both.
Please note discount only applies to new full licenses


User Guide Video Tutorials


MapTiler Cloud

An easy way to license mapdata for your video projects.

There is a very easy way to access and license mapdata for your commercial and non-commercial projects.

By buying a license for GEOlayers 3 you can check out OpenStreetMap-based data powered by MapTiler Cloud for two weeks. This empoweres GEOlayers 3 to style maps directly inside After Effects, automatically create mapcomp labels in different languages, and a lot more. After the two weeks you can of course use GEOlayers 3 without any additional cost. The data subscription is fully optional and can be purchased only as you need it.

If you want to continue using MapTiler Cloud you can create an account there and connect GEOlayers.

Get MapTiler Cloud for GEOlayers

What's MapTiler Cloud for?

It empowers the following features of GEOlayers 3:

  • A data license for your comercial projects
  • High quality maps of the whole globe
  • Style maps directly inside After Effects
  • Find OpenStreetMap Features by clicking the preview map
  • Mapcomp Labels in different languages
  • Watermask Mapcomps
  • Feature import for the current view
  • 3D Building drawing

Apart from that you get:

  • Access to the MapTiler Cloud platform
  • Advanced map styling
  • Additional datasets
  • Upload your own datasets
  • Use your maps on the web seamlessly
  • and much more...


Upgrade Notice

GEOlayers 3 is a major new version re-written from the ground up. If you own GEOlayers 2, you can upgrade for $205 (SUL license price, Floating is higher). To upgrade from GEOlayers 1 the upgrade is $255. To upgrade simply login to the same account you made the original purchase with. If you have any questions or need assistance please open a support request

  • data glitch sample project
  • Feature Browser
  • Sample Projects
  • Feature Properties
  • Mapcomp Labels in English
  • Mapcomp Labels in German
  • Racetrack data visualization
  • Overview Map
  • Overview Map
  • GEOlayers & VC Orb
  • COVID-19 Germany
  • Visualizing large point datasets



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