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FreeForm V2, FreeForm Pro, ShapeShifter AE | RGS Magic Bullet + Trapcode Suite | Captain America In After Effects

How To Create This Film Title, Entirely In After Effects.

Author: Eran Stern (SternFX.com)
In this video tutorial I’ll show you how to create the shield inspired by the movie Captain America without leaving After Effects. The project is based on plug-ins created by Mettle and includes two compositions, one which uses FreeForm Pro and ShapeShifter AE and the other based on the bundled FreeForm plug-in which is included with After Effects from version CS5.
This is an opportunity to study the differences in speed, quality and functionality of these extensions. To understand the principle of Displacement Mapping in After Effects I recommend downloading the project and delve into compositions that form the shield and its texture. I think the end result is quite impressive and stretches the limits of what you can achieve with the software.


Part 1

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

ShapeShifter AE | The Amazing Spider-man Title Sequence

ShapeShifter AE - How To create The Amazing Spider-man Title Sequence

Author: Nancy (Mettle)
Nancy will show us how to create the title sequence for the Amazing Spider-Man entirely in After Effects using ShapeShifter AE. She shows us how to combine Shape Layers + Layer Masks to model and animate Spidey’s symbol. Download the free project file and follow along. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create!

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

ShapeShifter AE | The Avengers | Glass-Metal Tutorial | Stern FX

ShapeShifter AE - How To create The Amazing Spider-man Title Sequence

Author: Eran Stern(SternFX)
As you may know I’m a big fan of ShapeShifter AE plug-in. It is the ideal effect of my toolbox for creating complex three-dimensional objects within After Effects. Thus together with Chris from mettle I created a template project based on a logo cap with metal-glass cloth.

 

In order to use this Free After Effects Template you’ll need ShapeShifter AE installed. Note that this project also uses Trapcode Shine and RGS Looks.

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

ShapeShifter AE | 3D Pixelstorm | 3 Part Series

ShapeShifter AE - How To create a 3D Pixelstorm - 3 Part Series

Author: Nancy (Mettle)
We have had quite a few requests on how we did this effect. Nancy shows us how to use ShapeShifter AE along with 2D Tools, filters and presets found in After Effects, to create a complex 3D animation. She covers 3D shape morphs and explores many of the feature available in Mettle's ShapeShifter AE. All this, in no time at all. :)

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For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

ShapeShifter AE | 3D Transforming Text | VinhSon Nguyen

ShapeShifter AE + Trapcode Shine, Frischluft Out of Focus + re:visionFX RSMB

Author: VinhSonNguyen (Creative Dojo)
In this tutorial, we will be taking a look at how to build this 3D transforming text animation using ShapeShifter AE plug-in. We will also be enhancing some of the elements using 3rd party plug-ins such as Trapcode Shine (CC Light Burst alternative), Frischluft’s Out of Focus (Lens Blur alternative), and RE:Vision RSMB (CC Force Motion Blur alternative).

We will first take a look at how to setup the base animation, work with lights and setup a simple camera rig, then finish it off with some minor enhancements and color correction.

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

ShapeShifter AE + Trapcode Starglow | How To Make Big Buck$ | Nancy

ShapeShifter AE + Trapcode Starglow

Author: Nancy (Mettle)
A Quick Tip on how to create a complex-looking 3D logo in After Effects, using ShapeShifter AE. Nancy explains how to use a combination of displacement mapping and reflection mapping to create a 3D logo inAfter Effects in a matter of minutes.

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

FreeForm Pro | Create A Space Travel Tunnel | Ran Ben Avraham

FreeForm Pro - Create A Space Travel Tunnel

Author: Ran Ben Avraham
This tutorial will show how to quickly and easily create a tunnel effect using FreeForm Pro. You’ll be able to deform it, stretch it, change its texture, and much, much more. The best part is that even with lots going on, you’ll still find the render time is surprisingly fast!

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

FreeForm Pro, ShapeShifter AE + Trapcode Products | SinkT he Shot | Ran Ben Avraham

FreeForm Pro, ShapeShifter AE+ Trapcode Products - Sink The Shot

Author: Ran Ben Avraham
In this 3 part tutorial we will learn how to turn your basketball court floor from solid to elastic and back to solid again using FreeForm Pro by Mettle. Along the way we'll create a very cool basketball promo with some glass explosion, bombastic 3D, text and lots of tips & tricks.

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

FreeForm Pro | Water Replacement | Tudor "Ted" Jelescu

FreeForm Pro - Water Replacement

Author: Tudor " Ted" Jelescu
Tudor explains how FreeForm Pro can be used to create animated Water in After Effects, and how the Aqua Pack enhancement pack can be used to replace water in a still image. The tutorial has 3 parts: Animated Displacement Map and Water Texture in FreeForm Pro, Water Replacement using The Aqua Pack for FreeForm Pro, and Title creation Using ShapeShifter AE and Cinematic Look.

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

ShapeShifter AE | Creating A "Water box" | Ben Griggs

ShapeShifter AE - Create A "Waterbox" Effect

Author: Ben Griggs
This type of project can be customized very quickly and easily with your own logo and/or text. The displacement map that is made can be used with FreeForm Pro or the CS5 bundled version of Freeform. We’ll also touch on a couple of the differences between the 3 plug-ins.

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

FreeForm Pro | Character Animation | 18 Part Series

FreeForm Pro - Character Animation In After Effects - 18 Part Series

Author: Daniel Gies
This serves as an overview and an intro to a 18 part series on Character animation in After Effects using FreeForm Pro, Cycore FX, Duik Tools and native AE Tools and expressions. We are very proud that our products are an important part of the toolset that Daniel uses for his creations.
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For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

ShapeShifter AE | Tutorial | Stern FX

ShapeShifter AE - First Encounter With ShapeShifterAE

Author: Eran Stern
As Eran puts it... ShapeShifting is no longer a myth... take a peek!

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

ShapeShifter AE | Tutorial | The Basics | Part 1

ShapeShifter AE - Part 1- Creating Text - Fast & Easy!

Author: Ben Griggs
This tutorial shows just how easy it to to get up and running with ShapeShifter AE.
You will be creating 3D tex in o time at all.

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

ShapeShifter AE | Tutorial | The Basics | Part 2

ShapeShifter AE - Part 2- 3D Displacement+ Alpha Channels

Author: Ben Griggs
With this one you will learn how to use 3D displacement + Alpha Channels to create geomtric
and organic shapes and animation with ShapeShifter AE.

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

ShapeShifter AE | Sneak Peek

Showcases ShapeShifter AE

Author: Ben Griggs
Ben gives a quick tour and shows some of the many uses of this awesome 3D plug-in for After Effects.

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

FreeForm Pro | 3D Text with the Built-in Generator | By Ben Griggs

Showcases FreeForm Pro, the built-in Generator + reflection mapping

Author: Ben Griggs
In this tutorial Ben creates 3D text and explores the built-in generator and reflection mapping in FreeForm Pro.

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FreeForm Pro + Mocha Pro | 2D -3D Stereo Conversion | By Martin Brennand

Showcases FreeForm Pro + Mocha Pro (Imagineer System)

In this tutorial, Martin Brennand, the senior product specialist from Imagineer Systems shows how to convert 2D film to stereoscopic 3D. Mocha Pro is used for the roto and clean plating, Freeform Pro is used for the extrusion and a useful script breaks down the masks into luminance depth graded by layer order.

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FreeForm Pro | Creating 3D Tunnels in AE | Part 1

Showcases FreeForm Pro with a first glance at the built-in Generator

Author: Tudor Jelescu
Part 1 of this tutorial series on 3D tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro explores the ability of the new FreeForm Pro plugin to create organic looking 3d tunnels in AE. Whether used for a scifi shot, a medical animated illustration or another fx shot, the tunnels created using FreeForm Pro give you the ability to move around them on the outside and fly inside.

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

FreeForm Pro | Creating 3D Tunnels in AE | Part 2

Showcases FreeForm Pro with a first glance at the built-in Generator

Author: Tudor Jelescu
Part 2 of the 3d Tunnels in AE using FreeForm Pro describes a second technique for creating a straight tunnel, with more of a tech look, inspired by the movie Tron. Part 3 coming soon.

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

FreeForm - Surf Extreme | Creating 3D from a 2D source

Showcases FreeForm, Trapcode Particular, Optical Flares and Magic Bullet Looks

Author: Tudor Jelescu
In this video tutorial Tudor "Ted" Jelescu shows how to create 3D / 2.5D movement from a 2D image using displacement maps in Adobe After Effects. He uses similar techniques as Mathew Fuller's "Advanced 2.5D Animation in AE" tutorial to pull depth from 2D images. Tudor uses FreeForm and displacement maps to be able to have a different camera move, one that rotates around the subject.

For Adobe After Effects CS4 and later

FreeForm | Mylenium Edition - The Basics - Part 1 of 2

Chris explains how Mylenium set these project files Up and shows how easy it is to modify them for your own projects.

Author: Chris Heuer
In this instructional video you will learn how to customize these effects in minutes. You will learn how to change the text in the file to the text, logo or shape of your choice. You will also learn how to modify the effect to fit the shape of your text, logo or shape.

For Adobe After Effects CS4 and later

FreeForm | Mylenium Edition - Digging Deeper - Part 2 of 2

Chris digs deeper into this amazing series

Author: Chris Heuer
In this instructional video we will dig deeper into this amazing set. We analyze the more advanced techniques in the series like the Melting Ice effect and the Flowing Lava effect.

For Adobe After Effects CS4 and later

FreeForm | 3D Paper Crumple Effect

Create A Surprising 3D Billowing Cloth Reveal

Author: Lloyd Alvarez
It's amazing how much 3D you can do in After Effects today. This tutorial will focus on using a new plugin that brings 3D bicubic deformations to layers that allows you to truly bend and twist layers in 3D space. If you are familiar with 3D packages, this is true displacement as opposed to just bump mapping.

For Adobe After Effects CS4 and later

FreeForm | Money Makes The World Go Around

Ben shows us how to use FreeForm + Particular to achieve this effect in After Effects

Author: Ran Ben Avraham
In this tutorial I'll show you a cool way to create your own economy show opening sequence. We'll use Digieffects Freeform (bundled free with CS5) to create a single dollar bill flopping in the air. Then, using Trapcode Particular, we'll emit hundreds of dollar bills to create a nice animation. Finally, we'll add some nice Depth of Field using a custom build depth map and the Lens Blur plug-in..

For Adobe After Effects CS4 and later

FreeForm | Whimsical Grassy Field Butterfly Scene - Part 1

Showcases FreeForm, Trapcode Particular, Optical Flares and Magic Bullet Looks

Author: Ran Ben Avraham
We will be creating a "fantasy-looking-3d" butterfly from an insects point of view, but the main focus in this tutorial will be more on the final composition of all the different parts… how to get the final look.

For Adobe After Effects CS4 and later

FreeForm | Whimsical Grassy Field Butterfly Scene - Part 2

Showcases FreeForm, Trapcode Particular, Optical Flares and Magic Bullet Looks

Author: Ran Ben Avraham
We will be creating a "fantasy-looking-3d" butterfly from an insects point of view, but the main focus in this tutorial will be more on the final composition of all the different parts… how to get the final look.

For Adobe After Effects CS4 and later

FreeForm | Warping With FreeForm in After Effects - Part 1 of 2

Showcases 3D Warping with FreeForm in CS5

Author: Chris Meyer | Crish Design
Chris takes you under the hood and explains how each new feature works in FreeForm. This tutorial covers both the technical and creative implications.

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

FreeForm | Displacement With FreeForm in After Effects - Part 2 of 2

Showcases 3D Displacement with FreeForm in CS5

Author: Chris Meyer | Crish Design
Chris takes you under the hood and explains how each new feature works in FreeForm. This tutorial covers both the technical and creative implications.

For Adobe After Effects CS5 and later

FreeForm | 3D Paper Crumple Effect

Take a flat After Effects 2D layer and crumple it into a 3D paper ball right in After Effects.

Author: Rob Birnholz
Rob shows us how to how to achieve thismuch sought after effect.

For Adobe After Effects CS4 and later