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RE:Vision Updates After Effects Plugins

Twixtor, ReelSmart Motion Blur and RE:Flex get multiprocessing and G5 optimizations By Dave Nagel
RE:Vision Effects has released updates to four of its plugins for Adobe After Effects. New versions of RE:Flex, Twixtor, Twixtor Pro and ReelSmart Motion Blur offer enhancements and optimizations for multiprocessors and Apple G5 systems. They're available now.

Twixtor is a plugin for After Effects that produces temporal distortions, for slowing down, speeding up or altering the frame rate of image sequences. Twixtor Pro is a special version of the Twixtor plugin designed for higher-end compositing systems and also includes additional features specific to the host system. Supported hosts include Apple Shake; Discreet Combustion, Flint, Flame, Smoke, Inferno and Fire; Pinnacle Systems Commotion; and Adobe After Effects. The new 3.2 release adds multiprocessing and G5 optimizations and also fixes a variety of issues, including tracking problems and frame rate conversion. The Shake version also addresses additional issues.


RE:Flex is a package that includes two plugins--RE:Flex Warp and RE:Flex Morph--designed for warping and morphing images. In Warp, the warping is controlled using from and to geometries at each frame. Users can set the amount of warp and animate it. The Morph plugin uses "key images," which are placed in the timeline by the user. Morphing occurs by creating a set of geometry on the first key image, then moving the set to corresponding places on each of the successive key images. Users can animate the geometries used in the process in order to achieve non-constant morph speeds. Both plugins allow users to warp and morph using AE's mask geometries rather than a mesh. Matching geometries do not have to have the same number of control points. It produces smooth, non-polygonal warping, and interactive warping is accomplished through AE's interactive preview. The plugins support 8 and 16 bits per channel. The new 2.3 release adds multiprocessing and G5 optimizations and also addresses bug issues. It also includes more interactivity in the version for Combustion 3 (currently for Windows only).

Finally, ReelSmart Motion Blur is a plugin that tracks every pixel in order to produce natural-looking motion blur. The new 2.1 release (version 1.9 for Shake) adds multiprocessing and G5 optimizations. The Shake version also fixes a problem where the plugin would crash or produce bad frames in 16-bit mode.

Al of the updates are available now free for current users. RE:Vision plugins support Mac OS X and Windows. See RE:Vision's Web site for a complete list of changes in the new versions and a list of supported host systems. For more information, visit http://www.revisionfx.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, 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 dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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