Separate RGB, an After Effects plug-in by Satya Meka on AE Scripts, was updated with Premiere Pro compatibility, new Lens Distortion per channel, and more, but Pixel Bender is history.
EFX AB Compare is an AE Scripts plug-in that “lets you compare the current layer (or composition if applied to an Adjustment Layer) to a reference layer. You can compare them using a split screen approach or visualize the differences between them.”
AE3DTools released DarkCorner, a GPU-based Ambient Occlusion plug-in for After Effects. This Windows-only plug-in requires depth channel input, and includes JaggyBuster, a GPU-based anti-aliasing plug-in. Here’s a demo rom the silent era:
Peder Norrby, aka @rymden and creator of Trapcode Particular, notes that “About 50% of the Particular animations I see would look 50% better by just adding some Life randomness. Guess I should make that default”. For fun, here’s some smoke tests in Particular (project here):
AERender, the render droplet for OS X that runs multiple instances of After Effects on Mac OS X, was updated. The application automates the initializing of After Effects from the command line, an old trick that worked on Mac and Windows. There are other ways to run multiple instances of After Effects for AE background rendering:
Corner Cutters is a collection of utility scripts intended to make your life easier in After Effects. It includes a toolbar to use individual scripts in your own workflow and script icons if you choose to use them with other toolbars such as ft-Toolbar.
Especially if you’re under a deadline, don’t interrupt “indexing rendered” in Premiere (bottom right of app with yellow progress bars). You might cause Premiere to lose track of what was rendered in the Timeline, which is quite a disappointment if half a 16-hour render is lost and you’re red-lined on formats like the flavor of AVCHD used by a Canon XA10. For some ideas on this occasional annoyance, see this thread on the Adobe Forums, Conforming and Indexing Errors, Media Pending, Audio won’t play in timeline.
Sneak Peek #5 is another look at Photoshop “CS Next” on automatic preset migration and more:
fxguidetv #136: features a talk with John Knoll on Stereoscopic 3D and includes “his approach to the stereo budget, floating windows, parallel vs. converged, shooting stereo vs. post-converting”, and views on how studios are solving complex stereo problems. Here’s an older clip on the subject:
Please note that these roundups are for quick review and comparison, and that there is almost always vital information from the originating authors at the links provided-and often free presets, projects, or stock footage too.
Rich Young is a long-time After Effects user from the San Francisco Bay Area. His After Effects and Premiere Pro round-ups provide viewers with an easy-to-digest summary of developments. He also supplies info and links for tutorials that allow users to do things in After Effects they thought were possible but weren’t sure.