3DNAE is Mettle’s proprietary, hardware accelerated 3D engine. We use industry leading openCL and openGL, as well as proprietary algorithms to achieve unprecedented effects in Adobe After Effects.

3DNAE Powers FreeForm Pro & ShapeShifter AE.


In comparable tests, FreeForm Pro renders up to 20x faster than FreeForm for CS4 or FreeForm that is bundled with After Effects CS5. That’s because it uses 3DNAE to power it.

These speed gains in interactivity and rendering have allowed us to add the following features to FreeForm Pro:

  • Adaptive Tessellation
  • Built in “Generator”
  • Polygonal Alpha Clipping
  • Depth Maps
  • Reflection Mapping
  • Shadow Casting

Supported GPU’s

This is the list of supported GPUs based on Wikipedia pages:
The column DirectX must be above or equal to 10.0 and the OpenGL column must be above or equal to 2.1. You will need a model that has a minimum of 512 mb of VRAM or higher. We really recommend 1GB of VRAM or higher.

OpenCL – The open standard for parallel programming of heterogeneous systems*

OpenCLâ„¢ is the first open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors found in personal computers, servers and handheld/embedded devices. OpenCL (Open Computing Language) greatly improves speed and responsiveness for a wide spectrum of applications in numerous market categories from gaming and entertainment, to scientific and medical software.

OpenGL – The Industry Standard for High Performance Graphics*

OpenGL® is the most widely adopted 2D and 3D graphics API in the industry, bringing thousands of applications to a wide variety of computer platforms. It is window-system and operating-system independent as well as network-transparent. OpenGL enables developers of software for PC, workstation, and supercomputing hardware to create high-performance, visually compelling graphics software applications, in markets such as CAD, content creation, energy, entertainment, game development, manufacturing, medical, and virtual reality. OpenGL exposes all the features of the latest graphics hardware.

*Source: krhonos.org