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After Effects Plug-ins

Video Copilot FX Console, Free Workflow Plug-in for After Effects

Video Copilot FX Console is an After Effects workflow plug-in and is now available at no cost! Wow! Thank you, Andrew Kramer and the gang at Video Copilot!

FX Console is a Super Useful and Cool Workflow Plug-in!

Speed up After Effects by making it work your way.  Manage the design progress with the new Snapshot tool and find the effects you need instantly.

Main Features of FX Console

  • Access FX & Presets quickly
  • Create FX Shortcuts
  • Create FX Overrides
  • Customize FX Search
  • Export Snapshot with PNG
  • Access Multiple Snapshots
  • Automatic Snapshot Tool & Gallery
  • Sample colors from Gallery
  • Re-import directly from Gallery
  • Dockable Panel & More!

Download FX Console

Download and learn more about FX Console here. You will need to log-in to Toolfarm to download the plug-in, but we promise to never sell your information or spam you inappropriately!

FX Console Overview Video

Other Tools from Video Copilot

Video Copilot Element 3D

High Performance After Effects Plug-in for creating Motion Design & Visual FX! Element 3D allows you to import 3D objects created in Cinema 4D and OBJ into Adobe After Effects. From there you can manipulate them using a unique particle array system that can distribute 3D objects into any shape!

More about Element 3D

Video Copilot Optical Flares for After Effects

Optical Flares is a plug-in that is designed for creating and animating realistic lens flares in Adobe After Effects with amazing speed and simplicity! With Optical Flares you can add finishing touches to motion graphics, generate flares in live action footage; the possibilities are endless!

More about Optical Flares

Check out all of Video Copilot’s great tools including stock footage and media, presets, plug-ins and more!

Color Vibrance, another Freebie from Video Copilot

Color Vibrance came out a year or so ago and is a fast colorization plug-in for After Effects. Intense bright colorization can be tricky so Video Copilot created a plug-in that makes it easy to achieve HOT colors instantly.

Download Video Copilot Color Vibrance here.

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After Effects Tutorial

Doctor Strange After Effects Tutorials

I’m not one for superhero movies based on comic books, and I’ve seen quite a few. The films are often over the top with visual effects that seem to take precedent over the story. That said, I really like Benedict Cumberbatch so Doctor Strange went on my IMDB list as soon as I saw the trailer!

Doctor Strange Trailer

First, you may as well get acquainted with the film if you’re unfamiliar with it. I haven’t seen it yet, as it’s release date is November 4, 2016, and no one has offered up any sneak preview tickets to me!

Doctor Strange Tutorials

These tutorials that are based on effects in the film Doctor Strange and use Adobe After Effects. The first two are from Film Masters. Film Masters is on Facebook and Twitter, so if you want sneak peeks of what’s to come. A couple of the

A couple of the effects from the film seem to be very popular, including the Portal Effect and Ghost Effect, so I’ve included them here.

Doctor Strange Magic Shield Effect in After Effects | Film Masters

Download the files here.

Doctor Strange Portal Effect Tutorial for After Effects | Film Masters

Film Masters has the project files available for download. This is done with clips of video, but I think the portal could be done very easily with particle plug-ins. Once my work computer is back from the shop, I am going to try and figure out the easiest way to do this. I’m thinking Trapcode Particular, Boris Continuum Complete 3D Particles, or something along those lines. I will figure it out and share it!

Doctor Strange Portal Effect – Adobe After Effects Tutorial

Here’s a variation on the Portal Effect from Graphite Productions. This one is a bit more “from scratch” with the particles, yet I would still try and create it with plug-ins, but you know, that’s in my nature.

Doctor Strange Ghost Effect – Adobe After Effects Tutorial from Graphite Productions

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After Effects

Font Management and After Effects in Suitcase Fusion 7

Extensis Suitcase Fusion is a font management tool with cloud access that works in After Effects and other software on both Macs and Windows. This video is about the plug-in for Adobe After Effects that lets you auto-activate fonts without having to hunt them down. This will speed up your workflow, especially if you’re working on multiple projects at once or on archived projects.

Related items for Suitcase Fusion 7 and Font Management

Press Release

Extensis Launches Suitcase Fusion 7 with Cloud Synchronization and Adobe After Effects Support

Extensis Suitcase Fusion 7 Reviews

Suitcase Fusion 7 has been getting some great reviews. Here is a couple.

Mac World

Review: Suitcase Fusion 7 review: Font manager now with cloud access and plug-in for Adobe After Effects 2015

The Bottom Line:

Suitcase Fusion 7 is an important upgrade if you use two computers and need the same fonts on both, or if you use Adobe After Effects to create animated type effects. In addition, Extensis’ new Suitcase TeamSync is an affordable alternative for teams who want to share the same font library but can’t justify the cost or maintenance of Extensis’ Universal Type Server product.

The Graphic Mac

Review: Suitcase Fusion 7: It’s kind of a big deal 

In Closing:

Just when I thought Extensis ran out of ideas for new features, they go and drop TypeSync on me. Awesome. I’ve been using for a few weeks now on my iMac running OS X 10.11.5 (beta) and my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.11.4 with no issues. The Fusion app runs faster than ever before and the auto-activation plugins work smoothly, too.

If you need a great font manager, and you have multiple Macs or work with a team of other designers you need to share fonts with, I highly recommend Suitcase Fusion 7.

Creative Pro

Review: Review: Suitcase 7

With version 7, TypeSync allows you to sync your fonts on two machines (a single license allows for two installations). In my testing, this feature lives up to its name by keeping multiple font libraries and any font sets in them in sync.

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After Effects Tutorial

How To Create Realistic Old VHS Footage

Sometimes you just want that old VHS look to your footage.  Getting that washed out distortion that was typical of analog tape is not as easy as it seems.  It’s hard to make it believable and it takes more than just a filter or 2.

The fine folks over at PremiumBeat.com have a nice step by step tutorial on recreating that retro VHS footage look using Adobe After Effects.  It  includes adding drop out and creating the skewed distortion that is key to getting it to look just right.

View the Tutorial Here: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/how-to-create-old-vhs-footage/