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Control the Worlds Between 2D and 3D
Includes the World Renowned Camera Mapper
Have you noticed that adding the appearance of another dimension to your compositing projects feels like you've stepped into another dimension when it comes to the laws of physics? Taking 2D compositing projects into simulated 3D depth can be a hassle as you're often trying to apply logic to processes that have no simularity to your life...on Earth. Digieffects has compiled a collection of plugins that are designed to handle a variety of factors surrounding common sense manipulation of the critical half-dimension.
Buena Depth Cue v2 is the "Complete 2.5D suite."
It's said that birds see everything in focus no matter the distance. Humans can't seem to focus on the space in front of their fast-moving automobile most days.That's why Photographers and Cinematographers attempt to define planes of action or of composition with selective focus to guide us through their images. As human beings, our perception of depth is key to our feeling of scale and proximity...our entire sense of 3D space. When the entire image is in focus, the viewer loses the sense of the Z dimension in the material, be it a still image, a motion picture or video, or motion graphics.
Digieffects Depth gives you the ability to add these differences in focus to your images or motion graphics after they've been created. Using the ability of Depth to create a depth map, you generate a gray scale layer that drives the difference in how effects are applied to a clip in After Effects. You might think of it as an alpha channel for focus instead of transparency. If you require more virtual camera movement, use the precomposite depth feature to allow a greater range of animation and viewing angle.
If you work in 2.5D and want to achieve realistic results, Digieffects Depth will quickly become an indispensable tool.
Lighting is part of what makes a composite believable. It needs to throw light where you need it but make sure what is supposed to be in shadow stays in shadow, otherwise it makes things less realistic...like your indie zombie film's makeup budget for instance. Digieffects Falloff Lighting plugin for After Effects provides a lighting system that mimics the way a light's output drops off over distance in the practical world. In the practical world, the art of placing lights is in no small part dependent on deciding where to place the shadows in a scene. Having an effective composite is dependent on natural light falloff so that items further away from your light aren't throwing shadows resulting from illumination that shouldn't be reaching them to begin with...
Digieffects Falloff Lighting is the illumination component of a complete "2.5D" suite of effects.
How do you know one item in your field of vision is further than another? At great distances, you may notice that things like dark edges and shadows that should be very defined and sharp may not be very dark or very sharp. The very quantity of air you have to look through to see something a mile away means that particulate matter in the air is affecting your clarity of vision as the distance of an object increases. Hence, we all are in a fog to some extent whether we like it or not.
Digieffects Atmosphere alllows you to use this same effect in your 2D compositions and allows you to set the intensity and distance scale. As your elements move through Z space in your composition, the haze or fog environment that you've specified affects them all uniformly so various layers can move along the Z axis and the viewer suddenly has a better visual distance cue than scale alone. If a layer is oriented so that its surface occupies a range of Z space (picture a ground layer stretching into the distance as an example), that layer will ?fade?into the haze based on it's placement withi