Element 3D from Video Copilot is a really fun plug in to use if you are interested in doing 3D stuff but have no idea where to start with Blender or Maya. I haven’t been using for much video but for graphic design. I find converting text to 3D easier in Element than photoshop. Once you get the layout set in AE you can save out a PSD or PNG.
In version 2 of Element they will introduce a bunch of new materials and textures. The details are insane.
Check all the videos highlighting the features of the new Element 3D V2. You just have to see how crazy easy it is to use this plug in.