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Profound Effects Announces Useful Assistants for After EffectsPlugin includes 20 automation tools for compositing and motion graphics
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 http://www.profoundeffects.com.
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