updated 01:50 am EST, Thu November 20, 2008
Cycore effects packages
Cycore has released two effects packages for Adobe After Effects, CFX Path Tools and CFX Sphere Utilities. CFX Path Tools contains two plug-ins that utilize After Effects mask path functions. "Wiggle Stroke" allows for basic frame wiggling or even geometric wire animations. Three basic modifiers are used to displace the stroke, including basic noise, wave noise, and wave functions. "Rakka" can handle multiple repetitions of a layer, allowing it to be animated along a mask path. Controls are provided for the flow design and characteristics.
CFX Sphere Utilities contains four spherical map plug-ins to texture 3D spheres or environments. The utilities assist users with the required spherical transformations. "Mappit" animates a user-selected layer on a spherical map. "MapLine" draws lines on the maps, simply by picking the start and end points, thickness, color, and opacity.
"Remap" allows users to realign the coordinate system of maps to match align orbiting cameras, or to distort regular footage. "MapDots" distributes dots evenly across the surface.
Both plug-in bundles work with Adobe After Effects CS4, CS3, or 7.0. CFX Path Tools is now available, with a single license priced at $200. CFX Sphere Utilities is priced at $100.
[Mappit and MapLine]