After Effects Plug-ins

What’s new in Plug-ins for After Effects, December 2016

The month of December saw the release of 3 new plug-ins for Adobe After Effects.  These can all be found at

Mettle Skybox Studio v2

Skybox Studio lets you create and edit 360 content entirely within After Effects.  Import stitched 360° footage to add text, logos, graphics and FX, do object removal and motion-tracking.  Work in After Effects the way you know and love. Skybox Studio takes care of all the 360 madness.

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What’s new in version 2

New modules:
  • SkyBox Composer: A new faster easier to work in 360° in Adobe After Effects.
  • SkyBox Project 2D and SkyBox Rotate Sphere support Stereoscopic 1:1 Over/Under and 16:9 footage.
Updated Module
  • SkyBox Creator supports more formats: Fisheye (FullDome), Cube-Map Facebook 3:2, Cube-Map Pano 2VR 3:2, Cube-Map GearVR 6:1, Equirectangular 16:9. As well as Cube Map 4:3, Sphere Map, Equirectangular 2:1.

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Note: If you purchased a new SkyBox Studio v1 license after Nov 8, the upgrade to v2 is free.

SkyBox Studio V1 Compatibility

Yes, it’s compatible with SkyBox Studio version 1. Your project files can be opened in SkyBox Studio version 2. There will be installer downloads available in customer accounts, for SkyBox Studio Version 1 and SkyBox Studio Version 2.

Skybox Studio v2 is also part of the SkyBox Suite

The SkyBox Suite includes: SkyBox Studio v2, SkyBox Post FX, SkyBox 360/VR Tools, SkyBox 360/VR Transitions, SkyBox VR Player.

All for only $499.

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Silhouette v6 is a fully featured, GPU accelerated compositing system. Its standout features are award winning rotoscoping and non-destructive paint as well as keying, matting, warping, morphing, and a total of 136 different nodes – all stereo enabled.

Marco Paolini, a SilhouetteFX, LLC partner, reflects upon V6’s evolution into a node-based compositor: “Silhouette V6 empowers compositors, rotoscoping and paint artists to crank out complex shots using tools that are similar, and often superior, to more costly solutions. Existing Silhouette owners, and there are many, can step up to a fully featured node-based compositor for the price of an upgrade.”

“For new Silhouette buyers,” Mr. Paolini continued, “the modest price difference between V5 and V6 is dominated by the huge step up in capability.”

What’s New in Silhouette v6

View the what’s new in v6 pdf for all the details

New License – MSRP: $1,795.00  Toolfarm Price: $1,708.10
New License + mocha
– MSRP: $1,994.00  Toolfarm Price: $1,894.30

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GEOlayers 2 for After Effects – now up to 10 times faster

Browse and animate maps directly in After Effects with GEOlayers. Verison 2 is faster, has customizable styles, direct access to geological features and much more.

GEOlayers 2 lets you browse and animate maps directly in After Effects. Use with Trapcode Mir 2 and create 3D terrains based on real data.

GEOlayers connects After Effects to imagery tile servers for up-to-date maps. It also provides direct access to all kinds of geospatial features of the world. Like this you can easily draw buildings to After Effects shape layers, highlight certain country borders, streets, lakes, rivers, places, label regions, animate routes, extrude buildings… whatever you’ll need.

GEOlayers 2 comes with 14 default Server Profiles each one representing a certain map style. All of them can be used for free! All you need to do is attribute the provider. GEOlayers also does this for you. Thats not all. You can add your own ones. Use the Universal API to connect to common imagebased tileservers or create a map style in minutes with the Stamen Mapstack API. Mapbox is also fully supported. Get yourself an account there and bring all its advantages to After Effects.

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What’s new in GEOlayers version 2

Version 2 is rebuilt from scratch. It has been concepted and developed to fit your needs based on user requests and ideas.

  • up to 10 times faster
  • better to control animation engine
  • direct access to geographical Features
  • powerful dynamic Labels
  • customizable Styles
  • Routes
  • one-click 3D Landscape setup
  •  …much more

In order to make all this possible After Effects CC 2015 (13.6) or higher is required. Legacy projects created with version 1 are not supported by GEOlayers 2.

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