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CYCORE FX HD Updates

Version 1.6 gets a slew of new features By Ko Maruyama
New version! CycoreFX HD 1.6 Releases TODAY!

This update includes 7 new plug-ins, extending the HD package to an impressive total of 71 plug-ins with 16 bpc support! If you're using the bundled CycoreFX standard version that is no less than 10 additional plug-ins in your toolbox. The update also features 9 plug-ins that now also supports 32 bpc (float).
Among other things to mention are a new opacity control for back page in Page Turn, support for "Vertical Cross" in Environment, support for AE lights in Blobbylize, Drizzle, Glass, Glue Gun, Mr. Mercury and Plastic, an improved version of Sphere, new Comp Viewer guide in Power Pin. All plug-ins are Universal Binaries for the Mac.

NOTE: These plugins were available to the owners of After Effects PRO before, but with the inclusion of all features into a single version of After Effects CS3 - - if you  have AE, you already have CC plugins in your workflow.  Now take it to the next level with the CycoreFX HD set.  (If you're upgrading to Cycore FX HD for the first time, be sure to check out my article about installation gotchas).





General:

? 10 additional plug-ins
- Environment, WarpoMatic, Plastic, Cross Blur, Color Neutralizer, Kernel, Threads, Block Load, Line Sweep, Overbrights.

? 16 bpc support in all plug-ins

? 32 bpc (float) support (more coming)
- Kernel, Toner, Power Pin, Threads, Environment, Threshold, Threshold RGB, Line Sweep, Overbrights.

? AE lights support
- Blobbylize, Drizzle, Glass, Glue Gun, Mr. Mercury, Plastic.

? Native motion blur
- PowerPin, Kaleida, Light Rays.

Plug-in specific:

Power Pin
- New interactive UI, edit and view pin settings and perspective in Composition view.
- Camera angle hint on perspective pinning in Info panel.
- Improved reverse pin and now compatible with perspective pinning as well.
- New expansion controls for pin points, expand or contract pinned points.
- New Comp Window guide option "center guide".

Sphere
- Resizes layer.
- Improved performance.
- Improved texture sampling.

Page Turn
- New UI options for turning page.
- New opacity control for back page.

Light Rays
- Option to boost brightness of source rays.

Ball Action
- Improved interpolation of twists.

Scatterize
- Now has 4 transfer modes.
- Improved interpolation of twists.
- Improved drawing quality.

Repetile
- Five new tile choices, Turn CW, Turn CCW, Slide, Brick and Twist.

Bender
- Speed improvements.

Slant
- Speed improvements.

Jaws
- New transition type, Waves.


WHAT'S NEW:

Improvements and bug fixes since version 1.5
General:

? 7 new plug-ins
- Cross Blur, Color Neutralizer, Kernel, Threads, Block Load, Line Sweep, Overbrights.

? 32 bpc (float) support
- Kernel, Toner, Power Pin, Threads, Environment, Threshold, Threshold RGB, Line Sweep, Overbrights.

? AE lights support
- Blobbylize, Drizzle, Glass, Glue Gun, Mr. Mercury, Plastic.

Plug-in specific:

Environment
- Support for HDR images (32 pbc).
- Support for Vertical Cross images.
- Increased adaptive motionblur limit to 64.

Sphere
- Resizes layer.
- Improved performance.
- Improved texture sampling.

Power Pin
- New Comp Window guide option "center guide".

Repetile
- Five new tile choices, Turn CW, Turn CCW, Slide, Brick and Twist.

Ball Action
- Improved interpolation of twists.

Scatterize
- Now has 4 transfer modes.
- Improved interpolation of twists.
- Improved drawing quality.

Page Turn
- New UI options for turning page.
- New opacity control for back page.

Jaws
- New transition type, Waves.

Bug fixes:
- Light Rays bug with Comp width/height resolution set to different values.
- Rain bug with Comp width/height resolution set to different values.
- Twister bug with Comp width/height resolution set to different values.
- Twister bug with Secondary layer pixel aspect ratio.
- Plastic, shading of unmasked zero values incorrectly shaded.
- Split2, antialiasing bug.
- Pixel Polly, crash using maximum polygon size.


Upgrade note for CycoreFX HD owners
The upgrade is free for all current CycoreFX HD owners.

CycoreFX HD 1.0.1 - 1.5 users:
Download and install CycoreFX HD 1.6, your already purchased unlock key(s) are valid.
CycoreFX HD 1.0 users:
Download CycoreFX HD 1.6. Before you install, send an an e-mail to sales@cycorefx.com and request your unlock key(s). After receiving the key, install the new version and use the key to unlock the full version.
Mac Intel issue with CFM plug-ins
We strongly recommend that all Mac Intel CycoreFX HD users upgrade to the Mach-O Universal Binary version. If you have any questions please contact support@cycorefx.com.
Download CycoreFX sample projects (New 05.11.2007)
We've added new "basic" projects in the CycoreFX HD section. These two projects covers all 71 filters and gives a good introduction to the HD package, as well as being a good complementary to the manual.
Adobe After Effects owners that are using the bundled CycoreFX version are welcome to download CycoreFX 8-bit sample projects.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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