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Mettle SkyBox

This could be a useful plugin coming soon to After Effects:

“Mettle is about to introduce a new After Effects plug-in called SkyBox. You can take a composition in After Effects and generate 3D seamless stills/animations to use as Reflection Maps and Environment Maps. Output options: cubic, spherical or equirectangular.

“SkyBox generated scenes integrate well with all 3D plug-ins for After Effects like mettle ShapeShifter AE, FreeForm, FreeForm Pro, Trapcode Horizon, Element 3D, Zaxwerks, Boris 3D, or any 3D plug-in that accepts Reflection Maps or Environment Maps.”

Mettle SkyBox – How to Create a New SkyBox Master with Trapcode Particular and Element 3D from mettle on Vimeo.

Re-Introducing DomePath: version 0.13

DomePath is a tool to assist animation with the E&S Virtual Projector plugin for After Effects. I’ve just updated it to version 2. (Well, version 0.13, which is one one-hundredth better, I guess, There are actual improvements. Really.)

The short description: Virtual Projector places images on the dome master based on polar coordinates. That’s the natural and obvious way to do it, but if you want to fly an image from, say, northwest to southeast, crossing the zenith, there’s no good way to do that. You can only fly in spirals around the zenith.

DomePath fixes this by converting the x-y coordinates of a null object to the polar coordinates that Virtual Projector expects. Animate your null object wherever you want and Virtual Projector will follow.

Read more and download here.

Next step for me: seeing if I can get this to work with other dome-warping plugins like Navegar Fulldome. Please let me know if you have another plugin and are willing to help.

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