November 28, 2006
Update for Keylight Available
A free update for Keylight (included with After Effects Pro) is now available here. The update adds several minor feature improvements and bug fixes. More details on the download page. If you are not familiar with the Foundry's Tinder plug-ins, check them out.
April 12, 2006
Dr. Woohoo builds a bridge
Wouldn't it be nice is there was a way to preserve keyframe data when moving between AE and Flash instead of having to be limited to SWF or FLV as the interchange format? Now that Adobe and Macromedia are one company, we can begin to address these needs similar to the way AE began to integrate in a rich manner with Photoshop (and later Illustrator, Premiere Pro [and LiveMotion :-o]) when Adobe acquired After Effects via Aldus (the hidden jewel in that transaction in my opinion of course).
It isn't free, but at $99 if you work with both After Effects and Flash it seems like it would pay for itself almost immediately.
January 25, 2006
In addition to the listing of 3rd party plug-ins on the Adobe Web site, The plug-in finder at Toolfarm lets you search for plug-ins by category and usage. While you're there, they also have a Forum, Tutorials, and Resources section that is worthwhile bookmarking as well.
Another plug-in resource just getting off the ground (not much info on the site yet), is The Plug-in Pavillion.
January 23, 2006
The Plug-in Ecosystem
One of my goals is to use this blog to share info about the large and growing number of plug-ins available for After Effects. There are so many that I want to cover, that it is hard to decide where to begin. So I thought I'd start off by sharing some thoughts on why I believe plug-ins are critical to the success of After Effects
Since the release of the first set of plug-ins for After Effects called Final Effects developed by our good friends at Cycore circa 1994-5, plug-in developers and the plug-ins they create have been instrumental in their contributions to the success of After Effects.
Plug-ins extend/enhance the capabilities AE, allow users to customize AE for specific workflows that we don't address, and in some cases fill gaps in our feature set, thus freeing our users from having to rely solely on the AE development team to add new features to After Effects.
Similar to responding to user requests for new features, we allocate a portion of each cycle to incorporate API feature requests from our plug-in developers that allow them to add new capabilities to their existing plug-ins or create new types of plug-ins.
So before I begin a series of entries about various plug-ins, I want to take a moment to publicly thank all of our plug-in developers for choosing to invest and build a business around After Effects, and to thank all of our users for investing in the amazing plug-ins these companies produce.