Add even more capability to your Adobe After Effects software and make your projects much more interesting. In this feature we bring you the latest and greatest plug-ins available today. Plug-ins are software modules that enhance and extend your creativity and productivity directly from within After Effects. To automate or customize your workflow, add professional effects or to simply work faster and easier, plug-in!
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Horizon is a camera-aware color gradient and image mapping tool. It is a fairly straightforward utility plug-in. It is meant to be used on the bottom (backmost) layer in a 3D comp. It generates a background that corresponds to the camera’s viewing direction.
Form is a grid-based 3D particle system with a twist. It can be used to create fluid, organic patterns, complex geometric structures and swirling stringy animations. Using other layers as maps for various properties provides endless possibilities to create unique designs. Furthermore, Form can be used as an audio-visualizer, automatically generating stunning visuals for your audio.
Particular is a powerful 3D particle system that can produce a wide range of effects from natural smoke and explosions to geometric or organic abstract motion graphics design elements.
Shine is a fast light effect plug-in. The effect looks very much like volumetric light, but is actually a 2D effect. There are special controls to make shimmering lights and numerous coloring modes. This is an effect that you see everyday on TV and in many movie titles. Before it was only possible to make using 3D apps (real volumetric lights) or using slower rendering 2D plug-ins.
Starglow is a fast-rendering glow effect. It creates a star-shaped glow around the highlights of the source. The star shape consists of eight directions, and each direction can be assigned an individual colormap and streak length.
3D Stroke uses paths from one or more masks to render volumetric strokes that can be rotated and moved freely in 3D space. It has a built-in camera for AE41 and Combustion 3 users and can also use AE5′s comp camera. Path reveals in 3D are easily made using the keyframable sliders for start and end.
Sound Keys is a keyframe generator plug-in for Adobe After Effects 5.0 and higher. It allows visually selecting a range in the audio spectrum and convert the audio energy in the selected frequencies to a stream of keyframes. It is very handy for making extremely audio-driven animations.
Lux simulates the phenomena of light reflection in a sparse medium, also known as “visible light”. This can be observed when lights are present in a slightly foggy environment, like on stage during a concert or outdoors on a misty night.
Echospace is used to duplicate, manage and animate layers in a convenient manner. It works similair to an echo effect, but instead of creating 2D echoes, it creates new instances of a layer in 3D space.
· 3D text created directly from fonts
· Render in wireframe, cartoon, and photo-realistic styles
· Advanced modeling tools and Primitives
· Import models from other 3D programs
A great program for creating 3d Text and scenes inside AfterEffects.
A powerful customizable 3D Flag creator.
CycoreFX contains 61 professional effects for Adobe After Effects. The effects range from blurs and color adjustments through distortions and particle generators to lighting and transitions.
The best thing about CycoreFX is it comes bundled free with After Effects but you have to manually install it. Make sure you check out the third party software on the Adobe installation disk to install these as well as other free plug-ins.
Once installed, these plug-ins will have a CC_ in front of their name, i.e. CC_Particle Playground.
And Now for the Round-Up!
SteadyMove Pro: Automatic image stabilization plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro, Premier Elements, After Effects and Discreet Combustion. Supported up to Adobe CS2.
Eye Candy for After Effects is a set of 20 time-saving special effects that will enhance any film, video, animation or multimedia project. Sophisticated texture, production and distortion effects have never been easier. Eye Candy for after Effects creates fire, smoke, carves, bevels, and more. Create dazzling effects in a fraction of the time they used to require.
Pro Import AE 4.0 With Pro Import AE for Adobe After Effects, your digital desktop has never been more powerful or compete. Translating a sequence from an Avid® or Final Cut Pro editing system, or a project from Apple’s Motion 2 takes just seconds, importing all your media and clips in one step. Effects are translated and recreated for you and your timeline becomes a composition in After Effects, ready for you to take your vision to the next level.
Continuum Complete for After Effects is an expansive plug-in filter set that lets you create effects from the practical to the inspired directly in your native host interface for unprecedented workflow. Over 180 filters include advanced keying, matting, compositing, image processing, distortion, temporal effects and motion tracking. These filters provide the creative freedom to animate your graphical elements or video at any speed, acceleration, or position you want.
Final Effects Complete delivers a collection of effects plug-ins for leading nonlinear editing and compositing solutions. Ranging from graceful blurs and edges to radical warps and particle generators, FEC dramatically augments your creative arsenal without forcing you to learn a new application. The simplicity of the filters combined with the native host interface, reduces the learning curve to virtually zero. Most filters feature less than a dozen parameters; only a few simple adjustments are required to create totally unique organic effects.
The only integrated 3D compositing, titling, and effects application to deliver unparalleled performance to over twenty NLE’s. Designed specifically for editors, RED offers an unprecedented range of features and adds a standalone engine for rendering. It integrates 2D and 3D compositing, titling, paint, rotoscoping, a full suite of tools to create and extrude vector objects, 3D creation and animation, and the industry-leading software DVE technology. Save time and money using one interface, in one system.
Perfect for post facilities with client-supervised sessions or demanding deadlines, Blue uses the latest generation NVIDIA GPU-based graphics cards to provide an interactive effects design experience. Blue delivers real-time processing of 2D and 3D effects as well as real-time playback of video and audio media. Users can adjust effect parameters during playback, a “front room” capability that is ideal for working side by side with clients. The fast export to disk, including hardware rendered anti-aliasing, motion blur, and 3D shadows, provide significant time savings.
FX is a great value with realistic lighting, advanced keying and color correction, compositing, DVE, vector paint and support for third-party After Effects filters. Need an effect completed quickly? FX offers a Library Browser with hundreds of high-quality presets for easy application in over 20 NLEs. Sophisticated vector paint and spline tools allow you to create animatable masks. More than 115 video filters include motion tracking and image stabilization, as well as self-animating natural effects that easily interact with timeline video.
Create titles and graphics directly inside your nonlinear editing system without importing and exporting. Easily create sophisticated title animation including type on text, text on a path, jitter and randomization. Create 3D text with bump maps and reflections. An expansive Style Palette and the BORIS Library Browser provide easy access to hundreds of preset effects and styles. Adding Graffiti to your existing NLE system puts the most innovative and user friendly titling tools in the industry at your fingertips.
Super Resolution is a plugin for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro which uses super-resolution method to upsize video. It can be used to make HD videos from SD. The plugin uses information from neighbor frames to upsize current frame. It accumulates information, so the more sequential frames are processed, the better quality you get. When it’s first applied to a layer, it takes just a few frames preceding the current one.
Digieffects Damage harnesses the destructive power of lame rabbit ears, bad BNC cables, tree branch-obstructed satellite dishes, poorly tracking VHS machines, scratched DVDs, low fidelity security cameras, micro-datarate cel phones…the list goes on.
Practical lighting and glow effects that offer new levels of flexibility and ease of use. Simulate: Illuma was designed to be a workhorse tool for creating post lighting effects. Post production and effects artists will find an unprecedented set of tools in this package of 5 visual effects plugins that creates a new standard for effectiveness and value in function focused plugin packages.
The latest addition to the Simulate Series expands the foundation of any post artist’s toolbox…
Simulate: Camera puts together 4 essential tools for creating effects that mimic camera or projection artifacts. Set a foundation for additional effects with composition instability and exposure oscillation that will save any motion graphics or visual post effects artist time and money.
Digieffects: Delirium: The plugin collection that established the standard for essential visual effects and motion graphics capabilities…The Digieffects flagship plugin collection continues to be a staple in the toolboxes of motion graphics and visual effects artists the world over. This set of 40 effects has helped drive the edge of post production since its introduction and this visual effects favorite continues to add flexibility for new users everyday…
Digieffects: Aurorix: A wide variety of motion graphics effects plugins in one package. With more than 25 visual effects, Aurorix has a wide range of applications. Warp and distortion effects and a variety of texture and pattern generation effects make Aurorix the place to begin for deep, animated graphics backgrounds.
Digieffects: Berserk: A set of VFX plugins that users seem to be…”crazy” about….
The Berserk plugin collection adds a variety of capabilities to the effects collections of pros and enthusiasts alike. This set of 20 plugins has everything from weather to traditional art media to lasers and light effects.
Buena Depth Cue: The most innovative clip and composition-based plugins for creating visual depth in Adobe After Effects. Buena Depth Cue may be the most innovative approach yet for creating visual depth in your After Effects compositions. Using composition-based effects like Rack Focus, Falloff Lighting, or Fog, you can mimic Z depth in your compositions in ways that simply can’t be done using practical depth of field. With a total of 7 effects including the popular Camera Mapper, Buena Depth Cue has capabilities that are simply not available in any other plugin package at any price.
With Aurora Sky, you can create realistic, three-dimensional skies. More powerful and flexible than simple fractal clouds, Aurora Sky includes a wide array of special effects.
Aurora Water is a unique After Effects plug-in which lets you create circular waves, add reflections, refraction, volumetric light rays and submerged objects. Aurora Water simulates all water types, from ponds to oceans.
Digital Film Tools
Composite Suite includes 28 visual effects plug-ins that were, until recently, only available in-house at Digital FilmWorks, a Los Angeles based film effects facility. Tested in the rigors of everyday production, the Composite Suite plug-ins provide all that is needed to combine multiple images including in house compositing tricks and techniques, color correction, blur, grain, matte manipulation and edge blending using 16 bit processing even if your system is limited to 8 bits.
Power Matte is an easy to use interactive image matting tool capable of extracting almost any object in an image–even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. This extraction process creates what is known as a matte–essentially a black and white cutout. White matte areas are extracted, black areas not, and gray areas in between represent a level of transparency. Once a matte is extracted, the foreground object can be seamlessly composed onto a new background as well as apply filter and image corrections only within the area defined by the matte.
Power Stroke: Designed with the creative workflow of colorists, film/video editors, graphic designers and artists in mind, Power Stroke introduces a simple, interactive stroke-based workflow to quickly and intuitively perform targeted adjustments. Instead of meticulously drawing exact masks, using inaccurate matte extractions or hand painting frame to frame, regions of interest are isolated by drawing a few simple and loose After Effects open or closed masks. Power Stroke then uses the concepts of luminance-weighted chrominance blending and fast intrinsic distance computations to determine the edges of your target area and adjustments are made only in those areas. Masks can be assigned multiple corrections and effects such as color correction, recoloring or desaturation, colorization of black and white images, blur, fill light for dimly lit image areas and diffusion/glow.
Based on the concepts of luminance-weighted chrominance blending and fast intrinsic distance computations, Power Stroke produces high-quality results at a fraction of the complexity and computational cost of previous techniques. At long last, gestural selection and image adjustment have been combined into one natural, fast and easy process.
zMatte is a full-featured keyer that is the result of our experience in creating hundreds of successful blue and green screen composites. Using proprietary matte extraction techniques, zMatte quickly and simply creates mattes with minimal parameters even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. It is easy to use, yet provides the needed tools when faced with good, bad, or ugly shots – tools such as multiple matte creation, automatic spill suppression, sophisticated matte and edge manipulation, and color correction.
PRIME is a suite of over 50 Effect Plug-Ins for Adobe After Effects. It consists of generators, distortions, image adjustments, stylistic filters, effects, and utilities.
BikiniDots is a plug-in package containing two plug-ins for Adobe® After Effects®.
1. “b_stroke”, a path stroke plug-in with a Z-depth displacement feature, which lets you to stroke your paths in all directions: X, Y or Z.
2. “b_dots”, a dot matrix generator plug-in that creates a matrix of circles (dots). The color value of each dot is the average sampled pixel value of that area from the source image.
OpenEXR is visual effects industry-standard floating point file format and the best format to use when working with 32-bit HDR imagery in Photoshop and After Effects. However, Adobe’s support for the format is minimal – only with ProEXR can digital artists finally access all the power available in OpenEXR.
OpenEXR can support multiple layers of imagery, but Photoshop can’t read or save layered EXR files…unless you have ProEXR. Store all your layers in one file and read them into After Effects, Nuke, Shake, and Fusion. Or in one step save layers as individual files for programs that are less EXR savvy. ProEXR will also read all the image buffers created by modern 3D renderers and place each in its own Photoshop layer.
Power Picker gives you what you’ve always wanted – a full-featured, interactive color picker right inside the After Effects interface. Never again will you have to bounce back and forth between the Apple Color Picker and your Comp.
Keylight is an industry-proven blue/green screen keyer. The core algorithm was written by the Computer Film Company and has been refined on scores of films. It is simple to use and is particularly good at tackling reflections, semi-transparent areas and hair. Because spill suppression is built-in, often selecting the screen colour is all you need to do to pull the matte and seat the foreground into the background so it looks photographed rather than composited.
Keylight 1.2v5 is included with AE CS3. Since then we’ve spotted and fixed a couple of bugs. You can download that bug fix version (1.2v8) free of charge here. Customers running After Effects 7.0 Standard can buy Keylight from this web site.
Tinderbox is an impressive collection of 2D visual effects plug-ins, delivering unlimited creative possibilities for artists involved in producing digital images for film and video. Opt for instant gratification with hundreds of presets or add your unique touch with a multitude of adjustable parameters.
Tinderbox 1 is a collection of 18 filters for the After Effects professional. The plug-ins include tools to manipulate mattes with sub-pixel precision, distortion effects, background generators, lights rays and features the fastest software blurs available. Take a look at the complete list of Tinderbox 1 plug-ins.
Tinderbox 2 plug-ins include LensBlur for simulating the true defocusing characteristics of a camera. Newsprint to give images a half tone look. Render the brightest 9000 stars visible from Earth with NightSky or simulate viewing images through a layer of distorting Glass. Get a hand painted acrylic look with Paint. Crash zoom with RadialBlur or distort your image with Ripple and Swirl. Take a look at the complete list of Tinderbox 2 plug-ins.
Tinderbox 3 is a collection of 18 filters for the After Effects professional. The plug-ins include tools to erode and despot mattes, effects to simulate poor television reception and old film, and sparks, lightning, plasma and starfield generators and much more. Take a look at the complete list of Tinderbox 3 plug-ins.
Tinderbox 4 plug-ins include Security for simulating a security camera feed. Reveal the layers in an image by flowing colour through a matte with Flow and give images a hand drawn look with Cartoon and LineDrawing. Achieve limitless zoom with InfiniteZoom. Generate clean and really effective 2D Rain or go for a winter look with Snow. Wrap background light around foreground objects with LightWrap and apply fast elegant glow effects with SoftGlow. Take a look at the complete list of Tinderbox 4 plug-ins.
- Over 30 new effects and many enhancements in version 2.
- Includes support for Adobe CS3 and Smart FX.
- Support for Mac OS 10.5 Leopard and Mac Intel hardware.
- Support for Windows Vista.
- More than 200 total plug-ins for image processing and synthesis.
- All plug-ins have multiple options and parameters that can be adjusted and animated for creating an unlimited range of effects.
- Resolution independent, antialiased, high quality images.
- Online hyper-linked documentation for all plug-ins.
- Dual, Quad, and 8-core support for faster rendering.
- On-screen user interface for visual control of parameters in After Effects and Premiere Pro.
- Only one license is needed to use the plug-ins with all AE compatible applications on the same computer.
- Free network rendering on After Effects, Combustion, and Digital Fusion.
Nucleo Pro 2 is the professional After Effects tool that allows you to get a better handle on your After Effects workflow. Instead of just standard AE renders and previews, Nucleo Pro 2 gives you the opportunity to choose how you work best.Nucleo Pro 2 offers After Effects professionals a wealth of new rendering and preview tools that help to optimize your time and customize the way you work.
Mocha AE is custom designed and priced for the After Effects community, this stand alone 2D tracking tool packed with features that make the effects compositors life easier. Now compositors can avoid the guess work and inaccuracies that result from hand tracking challenging shots, speeding up the process of generating solid 4-point tracks, giving position, scale, rotation, shear and perspective matched tracks and exporting the data to Adobe After Effects. Version 5, 6, 7 and CS3.
Scopo Gigio is a full-featured video waveform monitor and vectorscope plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. It emulates most of the features you’d find in a hardware-based waveform monitor / vectorscope combo, at a small fraction of the cost.
Neat Video is a filter plug-in designed to reduce visible noise and grain in digital video sequences produced by digital video cameras, camcorders, TV-tuners, digitizers of film or analog video.
Neat Video highlights:
- Neat Video is a video noise reduction plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro / Elements, After Effects, VirtualDub, Sony Vegas Pro / Movie Studio, Pinnacle Studio, Eyeon Fusion
- Neat Video provides the most accurate video noise reduction currently available (examples)
- Neat Video uses device noise profiles to make noise reduction most accurate
- Neat Video efficiently reduces noise of the following types:
- sensor noise produced by digital video capturing devices
- grain visible in digitized film or analog video
- compression artifacts and more…
The NewBlue 3D Explosions collection injects explosive energy into your scenes with 180 presets in 13 different transitions. Each easy-to-use plugin introduces creative new ways to blast a scene into pieces. Morph between scenes with explosive energy, swirl pieces that reassemble into the new scene or dramatically blast the image into smithereens.
Includes: Blow Apart, Bouncing Cubes, Bouncing Frames, Box Explode, Confetti, Grid Fall Away, Grid Explosion, Intensity Grid, Plane Explode, Spiral, Spiral Rotation, Vortex, and Wiggle.
The NewBlue 3D Transformations collection features eye-popping transitions that twist, fly, fold, and bounce and more from one scene to the next. This exciting assortment of 165 presets in 13 high energy transitions breaks creative ground with new ways to slice, fly and reassemble a scene with every technique. From a magic carpet ride to hovering pizza boxes, you’ll find it all with NewBlue 3D Transformations.
Includes: Box Fold, Checker Board, Comb, Flip, Fly Away, Louver Grid, Louvers, Magic Carpet, Page Turn, Pizza Boxes, Rotating Frames, Spiral Bounce, and Twist.
The NewBlue Art Blends collection features a rich set of 101 transitions in 10 specialized video effects that shift your images through unique, stunning graphics filters. These visual techniques will captivate your viewers and communicate your vision easily. Using NewBlue Art Blends, you can hammer a shape-shifting transition out of metal, mutate scenes through shifting colors and light, create a painted transition, and much more.
Includes: Color Melt, Color Wash, Contrast, Duochrome, Glow, Halo, Metallic, Shiny Fog, Sketch, and Vivid.
The NewBlue Art Effects collection features 99 effects in 10 specialized video filters that shift your video into a visually stunning alternate reality. All effects have elegant, easy to use controls. Using NewBlue Art Effects, you can make a scene look as if it were hammered out of metal or convert your video image into hand drawn art. NewBlue Art Effects is the perfect way to add visual pizzaz.
Includes: Air Brush, Colorize, Color Melt, Dream Glow, Duochrome, Ghost, Hand Drawn, Line Drawing, Metallic, and Pastel Sketch.
The NewBlue Film Effects collection give your projects a filmic appearance, complete with the blemishes, jitters, spots, scratches, and graininess. This collection of 81 presets in 5 dynamic filters recreates the inexact mechanics of hand cranked cameras, dirty projectors, and decades sitting in film vaults. Best of all, NewBlue Film Effects includes powerful technology to emulate the color and lighting characteristics of film, so you can simulate a particular film stock or create a your own unique look.
Includes: Film Camera, Film Damage, Film Express, Film Look, and Film Pro.
The NewBlue Motion Blends collection features a powerful set of 112 transitions in 10 specialized video effects that twist, turn and transmogrify your video from one scene to the next. These dynamic transitions introduce refreshing new ways to move your imagery and keep your viewer engaged. Using NewBlue Motion Blends, you can shear, spin, zoom, and smear to stretch and blur transitions, rattle the camera, or conjure up a dream/ripple transition.
Includes: Liquify, Roll, Shake, Shear, Shredder, Smear, Spin, Twirl, Wave, and Zoom.
Want to give your video production a dynamic edge? Then you need NewBlue Motion Effects. This collection of 100 effects in 10 specialized video filters adds movement to your images in a number of ways. Use these visual techniques to ratchet up the energy level or create action effects. Using NewBlue Motion Effects, you can simulate an earthquake, add blurred motion effects. All this and more are yours with NewBlue Motion Effects.
Just as every painter needs a canvas, brush, and paint, no video editor should be without NewBlue Video Essentials. This valuable collection of tools features a set of 10 video effects designed to make your workflow more efficient. Think of these as a Swiss army knife of tools designed to enhance, optimize, and accelerate your productivity. Includes Color Fixer Plus, Crop Borders, Detail Enhancer, Flash Remover, Pixelator, Sharpen, Soft Focus, Tint, Touch Up, and Video Tuneup.
FxFactory is a revolutionary visual effects package for Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects, powering over 300 hardware-accelerated plug-ins.
Motype is a revolutionary text animation plug-in that works in After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion and Final Cut Express.
Motion Mixer – Mix geometric transformations and properties that define the motion of the characters. The Motion mixer allows you to animate without keyframes.
Collection of specialized effects:
SUGARfx Slate Tools
Slate Tools plug-ins will assist you in creating slates and copyright notices commonly used in the broadcast industry. Requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
The latest theme from SUGARfx lets you elegantly showcase your work, up to seven media tracks at once.
SUGARfx Perf Motif
7 elegantly animated generators with a full set of parameters to quickly adapt the theme to your project.
SUGARfx Folding Cards 1.6
An elegant, uncluttered 3D theme with 8 elements customizable color palette by SUGARfx. Folding Cards LCrequires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
SUGARfx Drop In Studio
A highly configurable 3D theme with multiple animating title and media elements . Requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
SUGARfx Design Tools
Design Tools plug-ins help you constrain your projects to specific layouts or color palettes (e.g. for your client’s brand). Requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
SUGARfx Cine Fest 2.0
Add a film festival look to your projects with these 12 theme elements with customizable colors, background media and titles. Version 2.0 is a free update for current CineFest 1.0 customers.
The coolest volumetric light spill plug-in for Final Cut Pro & Motion, Volumetrix produces stunning light effects & transitions by unleashing the power of the graphics card and FxPlug technology. Effects that would take many hours of keyframing and then rendering are now available to use within seconds in Final Cut Pro, Motion and After Effects.
This power is not just limited to making boring text look like a Hollywood trailer, any image that has an alpha can be transformed using a couple of mouse clicks. Go beyond the scope of the internal filters and old style lighting plug-ins, get amazing creativity, power and speed. High on design, low in price. Version 1.03 adds two volumetric light spill transitions; zoom and glow.
SpiceMASTER has long been digital video’s leading visual effects plug-in for custom SOFT/ORGANIC transitions and effects, greatly enhancing your creative flexibility while editing.
Panopticum FX 2.0 — big effects collection for Adobe After Effects. Collection is composed of: AnimaText, Array, Engraver, Figure, Fire, Grid, Lens Pro, Rich Typing, Tools.
Now you save $275 over the cost of buying the programs separately. More…
Panopticum AreaFX 1.0 – consists of three filters: Area Transformer, Area Wipe and Area Filler.
Area Transformer available effects are geometric transformations…
Area Wipe is a tool especially designed for appearance/disappearance effect…
Area Filler is a tool especially designed for continuous filling… More…
Panopticum Rulers 1.0 — with this set you can art up your video with various types of scales, clock-type dials, rulers and more. You can create direct and circular scales, adjust and animate their parameters. Their layout and value ranges can be adjusted as well. You can define the digits type on your dials and much more.More…
Effects and transitions with the aid of deliberate blurring, expertly selected colour matches and understated lighting create sophisticated visual moods on film, enabling glamour, flair, charm and drama to be perfectly accentuated – which is why it is barely possible to imagine a professional production without these kinds of effects:
Vitascene makes a perfect quality stylistic device available to everyone – it’s amazingly easy to use and, thanks to the latest GPU technology, lightning fast!
You’re probably familiar with the following situations:
You’ve got some fantastic footage “in the can”, but realise later that it’s shaky.
Or: you thought while filming a scene: “This’ll be difficult without a tripod”.
But there was no tripod to hand, or it wouldn’t have been practical to use one.
Here’s a solution, that’ll ensure you’ll no longer need to worry about situations like that: it’s called Mercalli.
Red Giant Software LLC is a San Francisco-based company that develops and distributes high-end tools for digital filmmakers. Products are available as plug-ins for popular video editing and effects applications, including Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and other compatible applications such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid, Vegas and Apple Final Cut Pro. The products are based on production-proven technology developed by visual effects industry veterans such as John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light + Magic; and Stu Maschwitz, CTO and Co-Founder at The Orphanage.
Datamator is a set of eight plug-ins for After Effects that quickly generates animated charts and graphs. Work directly within After Effects instead of using PowerPoint or re-creating graphics from scratch. Your results are perfect for news programs, simulated displays, corporate communication projects, and any other presentations that require animated data visualization.
Image Lounge contains a set of over 20 After Effects filters to give greater impact to your images. Replicate natural elements like fire, smoke, and water. Add realistic touches using shadows, displacement, color mapping, or use accurate camera blur and focus effects to replicate out-of-focus images shot with a film camera.
Created by John Knoll, Photoshop co-creator and Star Wars effects guru, Knoll Light Factory is one of the industry’s most popular motion graphics tools. It is most famous for its high-fidelity simulations of light effects called flares, which simulate reflections from a very bright light source as seen through a camera’s lens. Knoll Light Factory is Hollywood’s go-to tool for adding interest to text or logos or extra pop to FX explosions.
PlaneSpace eliminates the tedious task of managing the individual layers in multi-layer effects. The Creator tools automatically create layers that form cubic, cylindrical, and spheroid shapes or complex matrices, while the six Distribute tools arrange 3D layers throughout 3D space into the shape of your choice without requiring keyframes or complicated math.
Used in Miramax’s movie, “The Aviator,” Psunami generates precise 3D geometry of an ocean surface, then produces ultra-realistic ray-traced output that looks like real water, from flat pools to raging high seas. Choose from hundreds of editable controls, and even place your camera underwater for the ultimate immersive effect. Psunami has been used in many feature films, television
productions and commercials.
Unlike most glow filters that just blur your source video, Radium Glow gives you pinpoint control over the glow, with editable shapes that can generate precise outlines or create glimmering points. Includes advanced edge controls, built-in masking, and output controls that mimic real light behavior. Choose one of three separate glow plug-ins to add nice neon-shaped glows to text, or combine Radium Glow with Trapcode Particular or other plug-ins to create dazzling highlight effects.
Whether you’re adding visual background noise, using text as a texture, or flashing words to reinforce a theme, text is an important element of your composition. Choose from Bezier paths, particle arrays, and Matrix-style patterns: Text Anarchy will generate the coolest effects while giving you fine typographic control. Also includes the Geomancy Shapes plug-ins.
Give video footage that sought-after cartoon look easily and quickly. Red Giant ToonIt uses unique algorithms to transform your image into beautiful cartoon shading and lines. Its four plug-ins free you from time-consuming techniques like rotoscoping and hand painting, and give precise control over styles, shading and outlines. Quickly convert video into a stylized animation with great default settings.
Now that you’ve locked your edit, it’s time to load Magic Bullet Colorista to make your project shine. Under the hood is the next-generation Magic Bullet engine with real-time processing for fast review and rendering. Colorista is ready for action with industry-standard color wheels for precise color control. Plus, use the Power Mask tool to isolate areas – the easiest way to light up your talent. Magic Bullet Colorista and Magic Bullet Looks are the perfect tools for color finishing.
Magic Bullet Looks: Desert sunrise, Arctic tundra, nighttime urban streets: the look of your footage defines the mood. Now you can define the style of your video or film, regardless of on-set conditions, with powerful imaging tools. Choose from 100+ Look presets, to help set the mood for everything from a wedding to the next Sundance original. You also get the standalone Magic Bullet LooksBuilder, for pre-visualizing looks on set or anywhere. Portable presets load into any editing hosts, so the same Looks you create on set are the ones you finish with in the editorial suite: no need for an expensive finishing system.
A classic After Effects compositing tool that hundreds of pros have come to know and love, Composite Wizard includes more than 20 filters for fixing tattered edges, poor matte extractions, improper focal depth cues, or unbalanced color schemes. For higher quality and faster output, we recommend Key Correct Pro.
Key Correct Pro: This set of 15 plug-ins can be in used in combination with any keyer to soften alpha channels, match foreground and background colors, fix outlines, and clean up noise. Ensures top-quality results from popular keyers such as Primatte Keyer, Keylight, and Ultimatte.
Primatte Keyer is a professional greenscreen tool that extracts keys from any color background quickly and easily. Version 4 brings new levels of power and speed to After Effects and Avid, and for the first time, Final Cut Pro. New features include easy-to-use Auto setup, which creates an almost-perfect key with one click. Powerful features allow Primatte Keyer to overcome keying challenges such as uneven lighting, compression artifacts, subtle shadows, and edge light contamination. Best of all, Primatte Keyer 4 works right on the timeline.
Film Fix makes the latest research in film and video restoration accessible to documentary filmmakers and post-production studios. With Film Fix, After Effects users can restore tears, remove dust and dirt particles, and stabilize footage originated on film and video-resolution material transferred from film. The processing is practically automatic and provides high-quality output.
Start with ordinary interlaced video, apply Magic Bullet Frames‘ sophisticated algorithms, and you’ll get the smoother, professional de-interlaced look of 24p film. Choose between motion-adaptive and field-blended approaches, and you’ll get high quality footage at high speeds, right in your editor’s timeline.
Instant HD up-converts DV video into a variety of HD video formats. Choose from a list of preset resolutions to easily integrate DV video into your next High Definition production. When scaling from standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD), Instant HD’s algorithms generate the missing pixels with integrated sharpening and anti-aliasing for sharp, clear results inside your favorite video application.
Unwanted camera movement can be distracting and disturbing to viewers. Enlist the powerful algorithms of Magic Bullet Steady, which will analyze your video, detect motion, and apply one of three filtering modes. The result will be smooth, stabilized motion that preserves camera pans and other desired movements. Other customizable controls remove noise and other low-light artifacts.
DE:Noise handles spurious frame-to-frame defects ranging from fine digital/electronic noise to blotchy spots (e.g. dirt on the film). DE:Noise combines motion estimation techniques with feature-sensitive, edge-preserving spatial filtering methods to reduce the visual impact of various problems such as: noisy video (that can happen with low-light capture), excessive film grain, CG renders affected by ray-tracing sampling artifacts, fingerprints and dust captured during film scan/transfer and printing, snow, drop-outs and many other defects.
FieldsKit provides smarter deinterlacing and better workflow options for interlacing and pulldown.
At the heart of FieldsKit is FieldsKit Deinterlacer that deinterlaces video imagery with superior results. results. Using proprietary field reconstruction and adaptive motion techniques, FieldsKit Deinterlacer can build full frames from fields that are of much higher quality than the standard approaches available in most effects and video editing applications.
The FieldsKit Reinterlacer plugin allows you create interlaced material from progressive material using various techniques, including producing new fields using motion estimation techniques. The FieldsKit Pulldown plugin allows you to animate the pulldown phase for material that has multiple cadences in the same clip.
PV Feather provides per-vertex feather control for After Effects!
PV Feather expands After Effects with per-vertex feathering control! Users have been requesting better feathering control within After Effects for quite some time. PV Feather (the “PV” stands for “per vertex”) performs feathering by using an inner mask for filling, and an outer mask for feather control. The distance between the inside and outside mask controls the amount of feather. PV Feather uses AE’s built-in mask splines, so there there is no new spline interface to learn!
RE:Fill mends holes in images by intelligently filling
RE:Fill can replace missing pixels in numerous ways: for example, selecting the nearest “good” pixel, mirroring pixels about a hole’s edge, or cloning from another “good” region… and the good region can even come from another point in time or from another sequence altogether.
RE:Flex brings intuitive morphing and warping to combustion, After Effects, Shake, Autodesk Systems (IFFFS) and Fusion! Superior results are achieved using RE:Vision Effects’ proprietary and sophisticated technology. RE:Flex is especially easy to learn because it uses the host program’s own drawing and masking tools (when available) to direct the warping and morphing; as such, there is no need to learn a whole new user interface.
RE:Map UV takes a UV Map, probably rendered from a 3D system, and renders an image using this mapping. Easily clean up texture maps and remap in post without having to go back to your 3D system for re-rendering. In addition, this plugin allows you you to come up with cool 2D and 3D animated texture map templates and reuse them over again with different image sequences.
RE:Map Inverse UV takes a UV Map and a color image that matches that UV Map, and inversely projects the color image to a rectangular image that may then be used to texture the UV Map with RE:Map UV, or for use as a texture map for your 3D system.
RE:Map Distort takes a color image and automatically distorts the image based on the features for a caricature-like effect.
RE:Map Displace warps an image with a user-supplied displacement map. This plugin includes many more options and advanced filtering controls than most other displacement map filters.
RE:Map Planar maps or inverse maps a perspective plane defined by 4 points (also known as corner pinning).
By automatically tracking every pixel, ReelSmart Motion Blur applies more natural-looking motion blur with no effort!
Automatically add more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence using ReelSmart Motion Blur. Our tracking technology is at the heart of ReelSmart Motion Blur, so there is no handwork involved. Of course you can add as little or as much blurring as you need and even remove motion blur! Finally, you can create very interesting effects by blurring one sequence by using the motion from another.
Give your imagery volume and depth without the hassle of 3D modeling! Shade/Shape generates 3D models from your 2D graphical and picture elements using RE:Vision’s powerful and proprietary shading-from-shape technology. The models are then lit and rendered in true 3D! Add further detailing to your 3D models by applying reflection and bump maps.
SmoothKit is a set of filters that complements and extends the features of basic blurs and sharpens provided by host applications. Each plugin in SmoothKit is carefully crafted with fine control to provide the ultimate in filtering. SmoothKit’s emphasis is precise control of the filtering process with no compromise on image quality.
SmoothKit allows you to blur without blurring over edges, sharpen with much less ringing, intelligently reduce small image defects, reduce jaggies, blur with per-pixel direction control, and z-blur using greyscale depth images. Many plugins have per-pixel controls, allowing you to vary the amount of blur or the direction of the blur, and many other controls, at each pixel.
As an example, with SmoothKit you can smooth out the skin in someone’s face but not eliminate the details of the hair that hangs in front of the face. In addition to “effects”, the SmoothKit toolset can be used to reduce image defects in a much more intelligent manner.
Twixtor enables you to speed up, slow down or frame rate convert1 your image sequences with visually stunning results. In order to achieve its unparalleled image quality, Twixtor synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence… employing RE:Vision’s proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel.
Providing an easy and intuitive interface, Video Gogh employs the powerful technology used in “What Dreams May Come,” 1998 Academy Award Winner for Best Visual Effects. How it works: Simply open a movie with Video Gogh, make a few choices and Gogh! Out comes a painted painted animation. Couldn’t be simpler.
Test Gear 2 provides motion graphics artists and video editors with a variety of test instruments to make objective measurements of their visual and audio work, all from within Adobe After Effects CS3 or CS4. All test instruments appear in standard After Effects panels and do not require that an effect be applied to your layers. Test Gear 2.0 is now shipping for Macintosh OS X and Windows XP/Vista and Adobe After Effects CS3 and CS4.
Now you can have telecine-style color correction that fits your workflow rather than imposing a new one. Color Finesse 2 gives you the high-end color correction and enhancement tools you need both as a plug-in for your favorite application—including After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Premiere Pro—and as a standalone application. Because the standalone Color Finesse is not limited by restrictions imposed by a host application, it offers improved workflow, video handling, and project management.
Tiffen DfX: Based on the success of its original award-winning Dfx Digital Filter software, Tiffen now introduces Dfx v2 that now features multiple masking and layering capabilities with its Photoshop and Aperture plug-ins and a host of other features including more than 2000 standard, exclusive and special effect filters. Creative control no one else can even come close to, and there’s more!
The Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite is the definitive set of digital optical filters. Simulations of many popular award-winning Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction plus natural light and photographic effects–are now in a controlled digital environment with either 8 or 16 bits per channel processing.
Topaz Enhance is a set of video effect filters for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Eyeon Fusion and now Final Cut Pro! Able to substantially improve anything ranging from low quality analog videos to high quality DVs, even enhancing SD videos to HD, Topaz Enhance represents a breakthrough in video enhancement technology.
Ultimatte is a set of plug-ins for pulling keys from blue or green screen footage. Ultimatte offers the ability to combine multi-frame images to produce a composited sequence of images.
It allows you to achieve realistic looking composited scenes that would otherwise be too dangerous, impossible or impractical. Ultimatte lets you place your talent in any situation without the expense of transporting them and their entourage to a location shoot.