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A Bit of Argy Bargy with Jamie Clennett

Who takes a year off to work on a stop-motion animated short that just happens to feature two old men hanging from meat hooks, casually having a conversation? Someone who feels strongly about expressing themselves creatively. That would be Tasmanian-born Jamie Clennett; amateur actor, theatre designer, animator, graphic novelist and story-teller. His animations have won ... Read More


Create an Iris in After Effects by Ran Ben Avraham l FreeForm Pro

Ran Ben Avraham shows us how to create an extreme close-up of the human eye, inspired from the title sequence of the new Cosmos series. He shows us how to create something similar using After Effects and Mettle’s FreeFrom Pro, one of the few 3D plugins for Ae that can actually build and create 3D ... Read More


denial.of.service | Experiments with FreeForm Pro + ShapeShifter AE

denial.of.service | After Effects + FreeForm Pro denial.of.service | After Effects + ShapeShifter AE Harry Martis (aka denial.of.service) has worked on some very high-profile motion graphics projects for clients around the globe, including David Bowie and Banks. These experimental videos shed some light on his working process for music videos. He begins by creating long segments in ... Read More


Character Animation at Western University | FreeForm

When Steven Anderson prepared his latest video for Western University, he drew inspiration from the techniques of  Dave Legion and Daniel Gies, two masters of character animation in After Effects. Dave and Dan have produced many AE tutorials that show how to use FreeForm and FreeForm Pro for character animation within AE. They have passed their knowledge ... Read More


Lizard Man Tutorial Part 2-6

Transform a human into a Lizard Man in After Effects, with Imagineer Systems Mocha and mettle FreeForm Pro. The concept is simple: motion track a face with mocha and map a kimodo dragon texture onto the actor's face with FreeForm Pro. The tracking information is linked to the FreeForm Pro layer, which has been shaped ... Read More


Create your world in After Effects | FreeForm Pro | ShapeShifter AE

As often happens, the turn-around time and budget were limited for this music video production (Something Stronger by Origine). What to do? The model and band were shot on Greenscreen. All terrain and sky created and animated in After Effects with ShapeShifter AE and FreeForm Pro. A big shout-out to Tim Harris for a job ... Read More


True Detective Opening Sequence | FreeForm

We're so proud that Mettle products were used in the True Detective opening sequence. We love the show AND love the title sequence even more. FreeForm was used by Chris Morris at Breeder to Dimensionalise the footage in Adobe After Effects. Thanks so much, big shout out to Creative Director Patrick Clair Antibody.tv, Patrickclair.com, Raoul Marks ... Read More


ShapeShifter AE and FreeForm Pro Are Now Available for CC

We are pleased to announce that our popular 3D plug-ins for After Effects, ShapeShifter AE and FreeForm Pro, are now compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud on the following systems: Mac OSX (Lion & Mountain Lion): NVIDIA GPU's with 1 GB+ of VRAM Mac OSX (Mavericks): NVIDIA, ATI/AMD (7 Series, D300, 500, 700); Intel onboard graphics (Intel Iris Pro, HD5000). WINDOWS ... Read More


Part 9: Character Animation in After Effects by Dave Legion

Dave shows us a fast and easy way to create a 3D head for your puppet. He creates a displacement map using Cinema 4D Lite (bundled with After Effects CC). This displacement map can be imported into After Effects, and used for your character animation with mettle's FreeForm. This is a follow-up to a technique ... Read More


ShapeShifter AE-The Ultimate Guide by Chris Lavelle

Chris Lavelle has prepared this video for ShapeShifter AE. It can be used as an introduction to the plug-in, or as a reference guide on specific features. Chris uses some great examples to explain the features and functionality in a clear and concise manner. This is a companion guide to FreeForm Pro: The Ultimate Guide, ... Read More


Part 7 & 8: Character Animation in After Effects by Dave Legion

Moving forward in this tutorial series, Dave shows us how to create a controller for the puppet head and the puppet's eyes in Part 7. He also shows how to switch out the voice over using mamoworld's Lyp-Synch in Part 8. Truly remarkable work. Part 7. Build Me Some Hope: Create Simple Controllers for the Head ... Read More


Part 5 & 6: Character Animation in After Effects by Dave Legion

In these two installments of Dave's tutorial series, he shows us some clever ways to build a working jaw and create swinging hair. A key component in his facial animation is Mettle’s FreeForm plug-in for After Effects. Part 5. Build Me Some Hope: Creating a Working Jaw Using AE 3D Layers. Dave shows us how to use 3D layers ... Read More


Part 3 & 4: Character Animation in After Effects by Dave Legion

In this continuation of an excellent series of tuts, we learn how to set up custom sliders to control the puppet’s facial expressions (Part 3). We also learn how to set up the lip syncing with mamoworld's Auto Lip-Synch (Part 4). In Part 3, you will learn how to setup custom sliders to control your puppet’s ... Read More


FreeForm Pro-The Ultimate Guide by Chris Lavelle

Chris Lavelle walks us through the features of FreeForm Pro, mettle's 3D plug-in for After Effects. He explains every feature in detail, step-by-step. An extremely thorough video manual/tutorial that can be used as an introduction to FreeForm Pro, or as a reference guide on specific features. Chris explains it all in his tutorial: 00:00 FreeForm Pro 01 ... Read More


Create a Sci-Fi Panel in After Effects: Tutorial by Tudor “Ted” Jelescu

Tudor "Ted" shows how to create a custom Sci-fi panel in After Effects. He uses a royalty-free 2D image as the starting point. He shows how to use the displacement mapping feature in mettle plug-ins to create his custom 3D model from that image. Great for game or movie titles, matte paintings or set extensions, ... Read More