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Core Melt gives away a package of 33 V2 effects


Facebook in the new grapevine: I learned earlier this week courtesy of CoreMelt’s Facebook news feed that CoreMelt (creators of the Lock & Load stabilizer for FCP, in addition to numerous other effects) was giving away a package of free effects (sorry – Mac only), ranging from transitions ImageFlow animations to footage enhancers (vignette, color correction, light rays, etc.) to several glitch-oriented effects to a nice suite of effects which generate graphics from audio files.

I didn’t mention this earlier because the first installer I downloaded had problems. To their credit, Core Melt fixed the problems and uploaded a new installer in less than a day after I reported it – pretty good customer service. The download also includes 14-day free trials of Lock & Load as well as CoreMelt Complete (a suite of over 200 plug-ins). Despite what some of the documentation says in various places, these have been updated to work in After Effects CS5 – in other words, they are 64-bit compatible. GPU acceleration is one of the hallmarks of the CoreMelt effects (although like with some other GPU-based effects, I’m uncomfortable with the amount of aliasing I see in the effects that synthesize objects). Each plug-in includes a link back to a brief online description of each effect – usually for Motion or FCP, not After Effects. Despite that, so far I’ve found them pretty easy to learn without the benefit of a thick manual.

Rich Young of AE Portal (a great After Effects resource) reminded me that Noise Industries also offers over a dozen free plug-ins for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects from their various third party (fourth party?) developers, including idustrial’s iTunes-like CoverFlux; they may be downloaded here (again, Mac only – sorry). I look forward to playing with these as well. Enjoy!

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Chris & Trish Meyer founded Crish Design (formerly known as CyberMotion) in the very earliest days of the desktop motion graphics industry. Their design and animation work has appeared on shows and promos for CBS,…