Mettle - FreeForm V2

By: Mettle  09-12-2011

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With a highly optimized 3D rendering engine, renders and previews are 2 to 8 times faster. This means you can get things done quickly and explore new creative possiblities. Bring your creativity to the next level and improve your bottom line with FreeForm V2.

Anyone who has tried to distort an image using AE's 2D Mesh Warp has probably given up or settled for an inferior result.  Add the 3D dimension to that and it is practically impossible to do in After Effects without FreeForm V2 or FreeForm, Pro. Most mesh warps don't have refined enough controls to get an accurate result.  FreeForm V2 has two features that give you refined control over the mesh, allowing you to create complicated distortions easily in true 3D space.

Features:

Two Ways To Distort After Effects Layers - FreeForm offers 2 great 3D tools in one plugin.  Intuitive, 3D Mesh Warp controls give you broad control over the shape of your mesh.  Create cylinders, curves, ribbons, folds and an infinite amount of basic shapes.  Mesh warp includes two settings that make the 3D manipulation of your mesh simple.

Tangent Alignment- Select On or Off.  A very intuitive, easy to use method for aligning or breaking your tangent handles. Create smooth curves or sharp angles easily with FreeForm's Tangent Alignment.  You choose to turn alignment on or off with no confusion.

Manipulation X,Y,Z - A much needed feature missing from most mesh warp tools.  You select on which axis your vertex points move by choosing X,Y or Z. If you want to "freeform" it, you can select the fourth option and move in all 3 axes freely.

Displacement Mapping gives you the ability create detailed organic shapes quickly and easily.  Use greyscale "maps" to define the height of displacement on your mesh.  A black & white cloud pattern can quickly become a mountain range.  A simple gradient makes a curved ramp.  Displacement maps can also be animated, giving you rippling water, flowing curtains and blowing flags. (B&W Maps beside the final rendered result).

Use each feature separately or combine the two for truly amazing results!

3D Mesh Controls - Move and rotate your 3D layer in 3D space with FreeForm's Mesh Controls.  Position X,Y,Z ; Rotation X,Y, Z ; and Anchor Point X,Y,Z controls.

3D Mesh Quality - Get perfectly smooth final renders.  The 3D Mesh Quality property gives you full control over the final quality of your warped layer.  Mesh subdivision raises and lowers the density or smoothness of your mesh.  As if that's not enough, refine the detail further with 3 levels of anti-aliasing and Image Filtering.

Manage CPU usage - The 3D Mesh Controls are also great way to work fast.  Choose your rendering level: Full, shade or wireframe, adjust Mesh Subdivision and anti aliasing to lower settings and work fast.  Then pump them up for the final preview and render.

Surface Controls - FreeForm V2also brings more dynamic lighting properties to AE.  Adjust the Diffuse, Specular and Roughness properties to create a wide variety of "textures".  From a a highly reflective surface like water to a totally diffused surface like cloth.  FreeForm even has controls that can map a different image to the Backside of your 3D layer.  Perfect for "signs" or "maps" that fold, roll, or crumple and reveal the back side.

FreeForm V2 pays for itself!

With a highly optimized 3D rendering engine, renders and previews are 2 to 8 times faster. This means you can get things done quickly and explore new creative possiblities. Bring your creativity to the next level and improve your bottom line with FreeForm V2.


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