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Buena Software Releases Depth Cue

Set of plugins for Adobe After Effects that produces various 3D effects (April 17, 2005)

At the National Association of Broadcaster convention, Buena Software, Inc. announced the release of their newest product, Depth Cue. Depth Cue is a set of plugins for Adobe After Effects 6.0 and later that produce various 3D effects. The set, which includes 3D Composite, Depth, Fog, Falloff Lighting, and Rack Focus, is priced at $149.00US until April 22nd, when the price will go up to $169.00US. A free, fully functional demo of the product can be downloaded at Buena's web site at Buena Software, Inc. president, Darrin Cardani will be showing the effects at the Plugin Pavilion in booth SL760H during the NAB convention.

Each plugin provides a realistic depth effect that works with After Effects' 3D layers:

3D Composite - allows 2D footage that contains a depth channel, such as you might export from Maya, 3D Studio Max, or other 3D applications, to interact with 3D layers in After Effects. After Effects' 3D layers can intersect and occlude objects in the 2D footage, as if they were both created in the same 3D space.

Depth - displays the depth of every pixel in a layer as a gray value, allowing you to use the result as a gradient map in another effect, or with other applications that can use depth maps.

Fog - enshrouds your 3D layers in fog. As the layers approach the camera, they emerge from the fog, and as the move away from it, they recede into the fog.

Falloff Lighting - provides realistic lighting that diminishes as layers move farther away from the lights, unlike After Effects' built-in lighting.

Rack Focus - produces realistic focus pulls and depth of field, and can even produce lens effects like boke and anamorphic lens breathing.

In addition to downloading the product, users can also watch a tutorial video on how to set up the effects at the Depth Cue home page at

About Buena Software
Buena Software, Inc. offers video, image and audio processing software and development services. For more information about their consulting services and/or products, visit their web site at or call them at (847) 259-7970.

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