In this tutorial, Charles Yeager shows how to use GEOLayers 2 with SkyBox tools to create 360 videos. Using GEOLayers 2 and Mettle FreeForm Pro, you can create 3D map landscapes right inside After Effects. This also enables us to create 360 renders of the 3D map terrain using the SkyBox tools. Rendering our 3D terrain in 360 requires a few extra steps, which we will go through in this tutorial.

Note: The Skybox Plugins have been acquired by Adobe and will be integrated inside After Effects and Premiere by the end of 2017. Those plugins are now available if you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber. Find out more here.

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Open Geolayers 2

Generate your 3D Landscape

Rotate with FreeForm Pro

Finalized map textures

Resize the texture comps

Resize the Height Map comps

Finalize Geolayers again

New map generated

Round the texture edges using a solid


Charles Yeager is a Filmmaker & Motion Graphics Artist currently residing in Arkansas. His projects have been recognized by Canon, Video Copilot, Vimeo, Filmmaker IQ, No Film School, Film Convert, BOOM Library & Filminute. See his portfolio at

Charles is the author of numerous tutorials on 360/VR video production in After Effects and Premier Pro. You can find them in the tutorial section on the Mettle website.