Lens from Lens Pro
Lens from Lens Pro
from Tools 1.0
effects from Fire 2.5
JULY 31, 2000
Panopticum Launches FX 1
package for After Effects includes four older plug-in suites
today announced it's shipping Panopticum FX 1.0, a set of plugins for
After Effects on the Mac. It includes filters from four previously released
sets of plugins, including Fire 2.5, which was just released itself last
week. The new
package includes AnimaText 1.1, a tool for creating text effects; Fire
2.5, which creates combustion effects; Lens Pro 2, a set of tools for
creating lens effects; and Tools 1.1, which includes eight filters.
Panopticum AnimaText is tool for creating effects with text in After Effects,
with 127 total adjustable parameters, from font to style to position.
Version 1.1 for Mac includes optimization for the G4 Velocity Engine;
compatibility with PostScript Type 1 fonts with ATM 3.0 or better installed;
new anti-aliasing algorithm; and adjustment of the kerning. Features include:
- Text Allocation,
which draws text along curves, including Bezier, line, polyline, circle,
loop and any custom curve given as standard After Effects mask contour.
- Various styles
of symbol appearance, including standard solid filling, outline and
- Gap for filled
outline style lines can be set as transparent or solid filled.
- Outline rasterizing
can be completed with round or square corners.
- Text letters can
be independently blurred.
- Letters frames
can be used to create special effects, including additional letter contour
placement that looks like symbols in a rectangle, circle, rhomboid,
star or heart.
- The distance between
letters and lines can be modified using horizontal and vertical tracking
- Single letters
of the text can be rotated or sheared at arbitrary angles.
- The user can assign
lens rounding radius and its strength.
The new version of Fire offers variations on how the fire spreads and
adds new True color and High color schemes. It also offers peripheral
fire effects, such as shooting sparks, fire drips and "super glow
mode." In the new version, the glow mode's parameters have been extended.
- The source of the
flame may be a selected region or transparent images in the composition.
- The fire can burn
either on the whole region, source of the flame or on the edges.
- Users can change
the direction of fire downward and create ice or frost effects by changing
color, shape, direction and speed characteristics.
version also offers several transition effects for gradual burning. These
- Blend, which causes
the fire to cross the image and divide it in two, each part burning
to a set position.
- Page causes the
image to burn like a page that was set on fire from one side and burns
in a chosen direction and up to a set position.
- Hole creates a
burning point in the center of the composition, which burns outward
in all directions to a set position.
- Gate sets a fire
on all sides of the composition that burns inward.
Lens Pro II contains two sets of lenses and crystals effects that include
six kinds of lenses and two kinds of crystals: Ellipse lens, Square lens,
Droplet lens, Torus lens, Border lens, Star lens, Diamond crystal and
can adjust parameters of particles movement and create effects and animate
backgrounds. Filter include:
- Contour Lens, which
allows users to create a lens on any image with an alpha channel or
- Gradient Lens builds
a relief of a glass surface;
- Triangle Surface
creates crystal textures and objects;
- Ellipse Lens creates
circular and elliptical distortion effects;
- Square Lens lets
users create a lens in the form of rectangle with adjustments for shape,
optics and color properties;
- Droplet Lens creates
the effect of drops flowing down on wet glass;
- Torus Lens emulates
a donut-shaped lens;
- Border Lens allows
users to create a rectangular a lens border;
- Universal Lens
allows users to create a lens of any shape;
- Star Crystal allows
users to create crystal effects, and users can set the number of facets,
distance between center and border and cut of facets;
- Diamond Crystal
is similar to Star Crystal, but the facets are in the shapes of diamonds.
Panopticum Tools 1.0 includes eight filters for After Effects, including
Custom Speed (for changing a video fragment's speed); Photo Exposition
(exposure effects); Echo (for creating a visual echo from a sequence of
moving objects); Emboss; Speckle Glass (animatable wet glass effects);
Strip (for cutting an image into thing, transparent lines); NULL Strobe
(for creating the effect of hold field or null Strobe); and Camera Noise
(for cutting out noise).
FX 1.0 is available now for $249.95, $70 off the price of each set purchased
separately. It's available for Mac and Windows running Adobe After Effects
4.x. For more information, visit http://www.panopticum.com.
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