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Profound Effects Announces Useful Assistants for After Effects

Plugin includes 20 automation tools for compositing and motion graphics By Dave Nagel
Profound Effects has announced Useful Assistants, a new plugin for Adobe After Effects. Useful Assistants provides customizable automation tools for After Effects, including automation for composition, reports, asset management and other parameters. It will be available for Macintosh and Windows sometime after the NAB conference in April.

Useful Assistants, like Profound Effects' Useful Things, allows users to take advantage of predefined automation assistants and to define their own through a scripting interface and share the results among other users. It comes with 20 total automation assistants for creating video walls and other layouts, for generating reports, for generating keyframes from audio data, for generating masks, etc. Profound Effects says further assistants will be available for download later.

With Useful Assistants, Specific parameters are remembered for automated tasks, so the plugin can also, for example, import a folder of files and handle them correctly. Macros can also be generated to string numerous assistants together for more sophisticated operations, and the commands will be accessible through After Effects' menus.

Profound Effects Useful Assistants will be available for $295. According to the company, it will be in beta form by the NAB convention in April and should ship within two months of that. It will support Macintosh and Windows. 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, 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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