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Trapcode Shine, 3D Stroke and Sound KeysThree excellent After Effects plug-ins from Sweden
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Shine, 3D Stroke and Sound Keys are available for Windows and Mac, with special versions for OS X. Shine and 3D Stroke work with After Effects 4.1 and higher while Sound Keys requires at least After Effects 5. Shine also works with Discreet Combustion. All three plug-ins are very reasonably priced, with Shine and 3D Stroke costing USD $79 each and Sound Keys priced at USD $89.
|Shine running as an After Effects plug-in in Discreet Combustion.|
Shine offers plenty of controls and allows you to use any of your program's layer transfer modes for different effects. Some of the controls include ray length, light boost, shimmer amount and detail, 3 and 5 color gradients, light source position, etc. Shine also gives you a circular mask with adjustable radius and feather. The effect can be based on lightness, luminance, alpha, alpha edges, and any of the RGB channels. Every control may be keyframed.
|A simple After Effects mask is all it takes to generate very interesting results using 3D Stroke.|
Another advantage lies on the fact that you can use any composite element for the effect. In the case of logos, it's a lot easier to import them into a composite app than it is to do it in 3D. Same thing applies to text, since you can use any font that's available in your computer. Additionally, because Shine works directly on any layer, you can also use it for very interesting effects such as blurring out regular footage as if you had a constant ?whip zoom going on. Or you can even use it as a transition between different shots and/or camera angles. You can also use the volumetric effect on parts of the image based on luminance alone. I once did that to an extreme close-up of an eye and the result was a very creepy image, perfect for a horror movie because it looked as if the eye had a hole and some form of energy was leaking from it.
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