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Conoa Brings 3D Primitives to FCP, AE

Updated plugin set improves rendering speed By Dave Nagel
Conoa has released an updated to its Conoa, a plugin set designed to create an manipulate 3D elements within motion graphics, compositing and non-linear editing applications. It's available now for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows.

According to the company, the new 1.6 version of Conoa improves rendering speed and quality. Its renderer supports 12 geometric primitive shapes (up to six at a time in a composition) that can be arbitrarily placed in 3D space. The shapes are rendered with a raytracing engine that supports texture mapping, reflections, refractions, Phong shading, specular highlights, reflection mapping, bump mapping, multiple material models and more. The company says any media layer from the video editor can be applied to any shape as a texture map or reflection map. Shapes can intersect each other and any shape can cast a shadow onto any other. Partially opaque surfaces correctly cast variable density shadows. The Conoa renderer also supports 16 bit per channel color.

The entire Conoa plugin set is available now for $299 and supports Adobe After Effects 4.1 and higher, Apple Final Cut Pro and other video systems that accept After Effects plugins. Conoa will also work on Avid systems through the use of Elastic Gasket from Profound Effects. Conoa is available for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. Demo versions are also available. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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