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New Plugins for Adobe After Effects By Ko Maruyama
Sometimes it just takes a minute and a spark of inspiration for someone to become completely enamored with Adobe After Effects compositing and animation.  Sometimes it's not just the host application that inspires, but the plugins that bring the software to life.  Taronite software plugins are poised to do just that.  With a completely new take on the application's potential, these new plugins will make compositors and designers consider new avenues for their animations.

Zborn is a rather complex plugin that delivers some really astonishing results.  As the first plugin from Taronite plugins, it certainly has the potential to change how we composite.

Zborn is the brainchild of Timur "Taron" Baysal.  Taron is a talented animator, modeler, rigger, compositor, producer.... and evident code writing wizard as well.  Many people may have seen Taron's work on CG Channel, or have taken in a demo hosted by him at major conventions, but this is the first time that he has started to offer his code writing to the public.  It's exciting that the Adobe After Effects community has the opportunity to be the first on the receiving end of this new work.

Taron modestly praises Philipp Spoth of Frischluft for not only introducing him to the After Effects SDK, but helping him understand some of the subtle nuances of the software.  In truth, Zborn Toy is the first co-production from Taron and Philipp.   Philipp's skills navigating the manipulation of depth in After Effects SDK and Taron's prowess with 2D and 3D conversions make them a strong team when it comes to developing light factor plugins for After Effects.

For those who aren't familiar with Philipp's work, you probably just don't know it by name.  Frischluft makes the popular plugins called flAIR and Lenscare as well as Lensfeed, Field Fixer and HSL selection.  (Field Fixer and HSL selection were free plugins available at the Frischluft website:

Taron's new Zborn Toy works as a multi-level normal mapper and lighting plugin adding spectacular depth to pixel luminance.  Here is a simple animation made with fractal noise and Zborn:

A demo is available at the taronite website for Windows currently, allowing you to take simple grey scale images like this (fig A.) and turn them into that (fig. B.) without anything more than applying the plugin and modifying the light values and adding some shading to the greyscale image.

You can purchase the plugin, or get the free demo version at the taronite website by clicking here:

There will be several new tutorials in the days and weeks to come, including some interesting new features that will be announced on the Zborn site and here as well.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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