Just a quick test using the amazing VC's plugin ELEMENT 3D for AfterEffects for my personal greetings ecard.
I just used C4D and Nitroman's Thrausi plugin for modeling and fracturing the christmas ball into fragments and then... all the animation stuff (the re-composition effect) and even the materials and render were done directly inside AfterEffect ! As you can see, with Element 3D, you can use the internal depth of field of the native After Effect's camera, and composite your 3d models with some particles in the 3d space (trapcode particular was used in this case) !
For those who haven't play with it yet, just test it and buy it, you will be amazed by it's really cool features and it's capabilities !
Greetings from France to all the Vimeo's community !