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DigiEffects DamageThree presets quickly create wonderful destruction
The very first thing I noticed when playing around with these 4 plug ins was SPEED! I emailed a friend of mine immediately and wrote, "WOW! All of these rendered around, or faster than realtime!! Kudos to the new owners, these things are awesome." The speed is phenomenal, but are the plug ins themselves?
The first plug in of the group is Artifact. Anyone that has digital cable or a sattelite dish has seen on occasion, usually during bad weather, the ?blocking up` of the image. Either blocks missing, relocated, or scrambled. Artifact focuses on recreating that. You are given 6 operation types. Normal, Burst Mode, JPG Noise, Blackout, Recolor and Shifter. All of these can be keyframed and adjusted by amount, frequency, average duration and freezing. I did a simple composite of the word ARTIFACT! with some gear footage. I used Artifact on both layers and keyframed the artifact amount to get this look. The d1 10 second animation took a whole 7 to 8 seconds to complete!
Next up is Blockade. Its main role is to simulate low fidelity camera feeds like cell phones and PDA`s. Control is given over the Freeze,Stutter,Timing,Sizing,Striping,Coloring and Alpha handling. Again, it was easy to play with the settings to achieve a variety of blocky discolored imagery.
Individual taste will guide your settings, damage does a great job of starting you out in each of it's four plug ins.
Interference is the third plug in of the group. It gives the look of interlaced video with an odd even separation. It offers numerous settings to effect individually either the odd or even lines of the image.
You can be as subtle or as extreme as you want with this plug in. All kinds of old school video devices can be replicated using interference. I do wish this plug had a stutter and or freeze option like Blockade, I realize interference does not necessarily stutter or freeze, but as an artist, I like to create my own 'reality' once in a while.
The fourth Damage plug in is Skew. My favorite of the group. Skew offers a large number of ways to "Damage" your footage beautifully. Its difficult to explain with words how trashy you can make an image. Whats nice is you can achieve a large variety of looks within this single plug in.
Attempting to do anything Skew does manually would be nearly impossible.
Damage is a must-have for any animator or editor! These are not redundant effects overlapping things done in other packages I own, they are unique and versatile tools for manipulating and yes, damaging imagery unlike any other tool I have come across. Add to that, that these are, for the most part, FASTER than realtime and Im in love. For $99 its a steal. Digieffects, under new ownership, has set the bar high. Im excited to see what else they deliver us in the future.
Scott Novasic owns SuperNova Animation & Visual Effects in Los Angeles (Demo Reel - http://web.mac.com/finaleffects) He has 16 years of national award winning experience in 3d, motion graphics & visual effects. He began in post production owning Independent Effects in Milwaukee, Wi. He then held Senior Animator and Manager positions at Fox & CBS in Chicago & Los Angeles. He recently finished classes at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood.
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