Descriptions for Zaxwerks ProAnimator 8.6.0
Name: Zaxwerks ProAnimator
Mac Platform: Intel
OS Version: OS X 10.9 or later
Requirements: Adobe After Effects CS6 – After Effects CC 2017
Web Site: http://zaxwerks.com/proanimator
3D ProAnimator is a revolutionary new plug-in that creates 3D motion graphics directly inside of Adobe After Effects. It’s fast, really fast, when compared to other 3D programs.
• REAL-TIME 3D RENDERING
• REAL-TIME CAMERA FOCUS (DEPTH OF FIELD)
• AUTOMATIC OBJECT DUPLICATION
• OBJECT DISTRIBUTION
• IMAGE-BASED LIGHTING
• REAL-TIME AMBIENT OCCLUSION
• PROCEDURAL RANDOMIZATION
• NORMAL MAPPING
REAL-TIME CAMERA FOCUS WITH DEPTH OF FIELD
If the beauty of an image is your thing then being able to control the focus of the camera is huge. 3D ProAnimator 8 lets you set what’s in focus and then move the focus distance as an animated value. This gives you the ability to highlight a subject, focusing attention on the part that matters, then change the focus to highlight another subject. It’s a truly cinematic look reserved for special occasions.
INSTANCING (AUTOMATIC OBJECT DUPLICATION)
The third big new feature in 3D ProAnimator 8 is called “instancing”. Instancing, in simplest terms, is object duplication. However it duplicates objects in a way that’s incredibly fast, and makes it easy to populate a scene with hundreds or even thousands of objects and still keep the rendering speed nice and fast. You can instance objects made of one piece, like hearts or stars. You can instance objects made of multiple pieces, like houses or cars. You can instance words or logos and you can even mix all of these kinds of objects together! There are lots of creative uses, so watch the video and see the power of instancing in action.
The fourth big new feature in 3D ProAnimator 8 creates big things out of small ones. Object distribution has always been a part of 3D ProAnimator but in version 8 we’ve made it much more flexible and powerful. We’ve added many new distribution styles which make it easy to create environments, backgrounds and objects made up of other objects.
Image-Based Lighting, or IBL for short, is a way of lighting your entire scene by using nothing but a picture! You read that right. All you need to do to get completely realistic lighting is to choose a picture of the environment and 3D ProAnimator 8 takes care of the rest for you! There’s no need to be a lighting expert.
REAL-TIME AMBIENT OCCLUSION
The sixth big new feature in 3D ProAnimator 8 could be called the reality feature. The formal name is Ambient Occlusion but you can think of it as corner darkening. This feature darkens the corners and crevices of 3D objects in a way that gives the effect of bounce lighting but without the enormous rendering hit. It makes your objects look much more realistic, and thankfully we figured out how to add Ambient Occlusion in production at real-time speeds. There is no more excuse for your work to not look realistic.
What’s New in Zaxwerks ProAnimator 8.6.0
- Release notes not available at the time of this post.