Author Archives: Drew
From Adler Planetarium, via Dome-L, an open source approach to captioning/subtitling in the dome. Guests can, using their own mobile device, access a web page that displays lines of text at the appropriate time intervals.
A ‘start’ button has to be pressed in time with the beginning of the show. i bet some playback systems, could, with some work, play back text to a web page right in time with the show.
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.”
Check out this introduction to CamSphere, an fulldome After Effects template/workflow from Dom St-Amant of SAT, using a six-camera rig. I’ve worked with multiple camera rigs in AE before, but this looks really smooth and well packaged. Really eager to see how it all works.
Update 5/25/15: CamSphere V2 is available for purchase: details here.
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.
schoolofmotion.com is kicking off “30 Days of AE” tutorials. Day 2’s tutorial uses the Polar Coordinates effect in After Effects to make a pretty cool circular scene. It ought to look really good on the dome.
I’ve updated the Fulldome Scrolling Credits project for After Effects to make it a little more straightforward to control. It requires a stitching plugin. E&S Dome View Assembler is used in the project, but you should be able to substitute another one.
Update 4/26/14: Dome Club of Fort Collins has kindly created a version of the AE project using the Navegar Fulldome plugin instead. Download here!