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Darkling Interactive Noise

Fractal noise plug-in for After Effects By Stephen Schleicher


Over the years, I have been a huge supporter of the Fractal Noise effect in After Effects.  Fractal Noise can do so much, that it seems there isnt anything this effect cant do.  Then I received Darkling Interactive Noise (DIN) from Darkling Simulations, and discovered a plug-in that is a very nice complement to Fractal Noise.

When applied to a layer, DIN looks a great deal like Fractal Noise, and many of the controls (while named differently) have the same function as the Fractal Noise effect. 


DIN comes with nine presets and thirteen shapes that can then be manipulated in hundreds of combinations.

What sets DIN apart from Fractal Noise is the fact that you can use other layers in your composition, including other layers or precomps with DIN applied, as a way of controlling placement and complexity of the noise.  For example, in the animation below, DIN was applied to a layer which then acts as a controller for another instance of DIN (on another layer) to create a complex yet realistic cloud formation.

With this ability, the creative door is open and a whole new realm of possibilities await.


 

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