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Adobe Creative Suite + Skybox on Nissan Le Mans 360

Adobe Creative Suite + Skybox on Nissan Le Mans 360

Curious about VR production capabilities inside Adobe Creative Suite? Read on to find out the creative/production process behind the Nissan Drives LeMans 360, a benchmark VR driving experience created by Hamilton+Kidd. And get ready for even more 360/VR Production capabilities

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Breakdown: New York Terrain Infographic

Breakdown: New York Terrain Infographic

A terrain Map of New York City and surrounding areas is animated as an infographic. This breakdown video shows the different steps/layers. All done in After Effects, using FreeForm Pro plugin. This complex looking animation is put together as separate

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After Effects Inspiration | Inksplosion

After Effects Inspiration | Inksplosion

Ink Flow videos can be awesome when they’re done right. There’s something mesmerizing and primordial about the organic movement of ink and water. Claude Autret creates a moody and expressive sequence that pushes beyond the ordinary Ink Flow Video with

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Terra Pack Project Files | Sneak Peek

Terra Pack Project Files | Sneak Peek

Need terrain for your next After Effects Project? We’ve got you covered. New for After Effects, we’ll be offering Terra Pack Project Files on August 5th. There are 3 Packs: Lost Desert, Lush Valleys and Snow Scapes. Each comes with

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Semi-Permanent Inspiration in After Effects

Semi-Permanent Inspiration in After Effects

Semi-Permanent is a design conference that works as a creative platform for spreading art and design inspiration. The Semi-Permanent 2015 Opening Titles by Raoul Marks are inspirational in their own right.

One talented and prolific French motion designer, Claude Autret

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SkyBox How To in English-French-Spanish

SkyBox How To in English-French-Spanish

In these tutorials, David Oldani shows how to create a New SkyBox Master, and also how to create a SkyBox Master from an existing composition. David has prepared tuts in three different languages – English, French and Spanish, so take

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5 Things You Need to Know About Google VR

5 Things You Need to Know About Google VR

Google is betting big on VR, that’s the news from its Google I/O developer conference.They’re not the only ones. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has on several occasions said he believes virtual reality could be the next computing platform. What

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Mettle SkyBox is Now Available!

Mettle SkyBox is Now Available!

Generate 360 | VR in After Effects with mettle SkyBox! This powerful tool lets you generate 360 Environments that are compatible with youtube 360, VR and Dome projections. Great for using as Reflection/Environment Maps in After Effects and 3D Apps.

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Mettle SkyBox: Sneek Peek + Free Sample

Mettle SkyBox: Sneek Peek + Free Sample

Mettle is about to introduce a new After Effects plug-in called SkyBox. You can take a composition in After Effects and generate 3D seamless stills/animations to use as Reflection Maps and Environment Maps. Output options: cubic, spherical or equirectangular.

SkyBox

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Funkey Stop Motion | FreeForm Pro

Funkey Stop Motion | FreeForm Pro

Some people look at old toys and see… old toys. Jens Henkel looked at an old toy figurine and saw inspiration for “Funkey”, a wonderful stop-motion animation that would take 4 months to complete. It almost didn’t come to be,

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Transform Fire Footage into 3D Shapes

Transform Fire Footage into 3D Shapes

This After Effects tutorial shows how to transform video footage into 3D shapes. The new Render options available in FreeForm Pro make this super-fast and easy. Create custom footage from generic stock.
Nancy Eperjesy (mettle.com) leads us through this tutorial,

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New: Render Cubes | FreeForm Pro

New: Render Cubes | FreeForm Pro

There are several new render option available in FreeForm pro Version 1.75. This sequence is generated using just one of those options – cubes. All cube visuals were generated from stock video footage with FreeForm Pro applied.

Speedy rendering, quick

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Particle Globe | FreeForm Pro

Particle Globe | FreeForm Pro

The new render option for FreeForm Pro is used to create this globe animation. Transform an After Effects layer into shapes that can be animated with many awesome creative controls, new and unique for After Effects! Works on video sequences,

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New Feature: Spherical Displacement | ShapeShifter AE

New Feature: Spherical Displacement | ShapeShifter AE

Created with Version 1.75 of ShapeShifter AE, this teaser showcases Spherical Displacement, a new 3D Displacement Mapping Mode and the Sky feature we introduce into the Environment section of ShapeShifter AE.

Everything under the hood is running smoother and faster

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Pat Laro’s Winning After Effects Recipe for Steak

Pat Laro’s Winning After Effects Recipe for Steak

 Artists can draw inspiration in the most surprising places. In this case, a back-yard BBQ inspired an exceptional winning After Effects animation for Patrick Larochelle (Pat Laro). His “Man of Steak and Style” won 3rd place in our Superman design

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Luscious Free VJ Loops: Swirled

Luscious Free VJ Loops: Swirled

Check out our fabulous “Swirled” Series of six VJ Loops, available for free download on Vimeo! You can find the links to all six loops at the bottom of this posting. They were created in After Effects with FreeForm Pro, …

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Canary Bird Cage for Tedx

Canary Bird Cage for Tedx

This animation from the Overit studio for a Tedx event puts a twist on a popular motion graphics trend. This past year we’ve often seen silhouettes used to frame footage, True Detective-style. In this case, the bird silhouette itself is …

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Create a Liquid Metal Logo in Ae

Create a Liquid Metal Logo in Ae

Featured in the November issue of 3D Artist Magazine! Chris McFall leads us through this amazing tutorial on how to create a liquid mercury logo animation all within After Effects. He uses mettle’s FreeForm Pro plug-in to nail the effect. …

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Free Zombie Character by Devour Destroy

Free Zombie Character by Devour Destroy

Happy Halloween! To celebrate we’re giving away a Zombie Pilot, courtesy of Josh Avira of Devour Destroy Boston. It’s in PhotoShop, with all the body parts separated on different layers, each with it’s own displacement map. It’s meant to be …

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Model a 3D Aquaman Logo in After Effects

Model a 3D Aquaman Logo in After Effects

Design and model a complex, organic 3D logo in After Effects in minutes using Mettle’s ShapeShifter Ae and familiar 2D filters and techniques. Chris Bobotis designed the Aquaman logo, and shows us exactly how to recreate it. He uses clever …

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Stunning Visuals from Kinect to FreeForm Pro

Stunning Visuals from Kinect to FreeForm Pro

CG Artist Harry Martis used an unusual production pipeline for Secret_Science,  a music video for the Athens-based “drone’n’roll” band MECHANIMAL. His process started with a kinect 360 and ended up in After Effects with mettle’s FreeForm Pro plug-in. For his …

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How To Dent a Garage Door VFX

How To Dent a Garage Door VFX

In this tutorial, Effects artist Mike Sevigny shows us how to displace a plane in 3D space in Ae, making it look like a garage door is being deformed and dented. The process starts by using After Effects’ 3D camera …

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Waves | Chris Lavelle and Stephen Langmanis

Waves | Chris Lavelle and Stephen Langmanis

“Waves is a conceptual video depicting the effects of sounds across our lifetime. The rich tapestry woven in the minds eye against a stark and virtual backdrop. It began as a collaboration with Steve Langmanis who kindly provided me with …

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Aquaman Title Sequence | After Effects

Aquaman Title Sequence | After Effects

Aquaman Title sequence created and animated entirely in After Effects. Logo design and 3D modelling is the work of Chris Bobotis of Mettle. Chris explains,”It’s great to have the flexibility to work entirely in After Effects for a 3D title …

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A Bit of Argy Bargy with Jamie Clennett

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 …

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Character Animation at Western University

Character Animation at Western University

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 …

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Lizard Man Tutorial Part 2-6

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 …

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FreeForm Pro-The Ultimate Guide by Chris Lavelle

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 …

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Mettle Profiles Sonia Rechaux  | ShapeShifter AE

Mettle Profiles Sonia Rechaux | ShapeShifter AE

Sonia Rechaux was classically trained in design schools in Paris, France.  She learned Adobe After Effects at a Parisian advertising agency, and now works freelance. When she began work on a film title sequence for Praschan Requiem, a French …

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A Head For Numbers, An Eye For Beauty

A Head For Numbers, An Eye For Beauty

Tsukasa Kishimoto (vj nanographica) creates 3D projection installations in clubs and special venues in and around Tokyo, Japan. He uses After Effects for his motion graphics sequences, with mettle’s 3D plug-in FreeForm Pro as one of the tools to achieve …

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Mettle Profiles Cameron Gough of Dirty Puppet

Mettle Profiles Cameron Gough of Dirty Puppet

Cameron Gough runs an award-winning animation studio in Melbourne Australia, that goes by the name ‘Dirty Puppet’. He works in After Effects, and integrates our plug-ins as part of his tool-set. He uses Freeform Pro on various projects to help …

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Time by Chris and Steve Lavelle

Time by Chris and Steve Lavelle

“Don’t worry, when it all dries up and all is seemingly lost. When you can’t sleep for that one transition. When you find yourself gently thumping your head on the wall wondering if there is a way out… Keep going… …

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Sneak Peek: New Features for FreeForm Pro and ShapeShifter AE

Sneak Peek: New Features for FreeForm Pro and ShapeShifter AE

The update for ShapeShifter and FreeForm Pro Version 1.5 will include some great new features! Coming soon are additional Environment features: 3D mist and fog. There will be Displacement Map Channels, Displacement Map Noise, Additional Reflection Mapping Controls and Animateable …

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FreeForm Pro Generates Great Effects

FreeForm Pro Generates Great Effects

UDA produced this animation for one of their jewelery clients. They chose to use After Effects with the FreeForm Pro plug-in. It’s a great example of the Generator feature, which produced all the replications and movement. FreeForm Pro has a …

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Character Animation with FreeForm

Character Animation with FreeForm

You may already know that character animation is possible in After Effects, using mettle’s FreeForm Pro. But did you know that you can also use FreeForm, the light version of FreeForm Pro, for basic character animation?

 

Here’s a simple …

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Gear Box by asART

Gear Box by asART

Sometimes our customers say it best: “With ShapeShifter I can save lots of time and do everything I want directly in Ae. Just simple 2D animation stuff that everyone knows how to do and ShapeShifter will do the rest for …

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Bundle Up and Save!

Bundle Up and Save!

Introducing mettle product bundles! You can save up to 30% from your total purchase cost on our popular plug-ins FreeForm Pro, ShapeShifter Ae, the Mylenium Edition Project Files, as well as the Aqua Pack project files.. The more you buy, …

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Best Wishes for a Happy New Year

Best Wishes for a Happy New Year

On behalf of everyone at Mettle, we’d like to send our best wishes to all for a terrific 2013. Thanks to our customers, for all the terrific work that you have created, and for your confidence in our products. We …

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FreeForm Covers Ground for American Express

FreeForm Covers Ground for American Express

Andrew Embury has created a terrific animation for American Express using FreeForm V2. The terrain distortion is done using FreeForm V2, which can easily transform a flat layer into a 3D grid with control points; perfect for terrain. Each control …

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Kevin Schires Tutorial: Elementary for AE

Kevin Schires Tutorial: Elementary for AE

To go along with our Man of Steel and Style Design Challenge, we have a Superman-themed tutorial put together by Kevin Schires. Kevin is the creator of Elementary, a script that allows 3D plug-ins to cast shadows and create reflections …

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Contorsione e Rotazione #1 by Davide Pepe

Contorsione e Rotazione #1 by Davide Pepe

This experimental piece by Artist Davide Pepe uses ShapeShifter AE to great effect. Davide works and lives in Bologna, Italy. Has been developing, filming, and producing artistic short films, music and dance videos since 1995. He also works as an …

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FreeForm Pro and Evolution of Style 2

FreeForm Pro and Evolution of Style 2

Lady’s turn! Here it is: the female version of Evolution of Style. You may recognize this as part of an ad series done for Garnier. We did an earlier blog posting for Evolution of Style, which showcases the men’s hair …

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Mettle revamps Musa Machina brand

Mettle revamps Musa Machina brand

Mettle is in the process of redoing the brand identity for musa machina. This still is part of an ad series that showcases the new logo design. Musa machina is a sound design studio that Mettle often collaborates with. They …

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Mettle and The Montreal Canadiens

Mettle and The Montreal Canadiens

At Mettle we develop software plug-ins based on what we would like to use ourselves as motion graphics artists. So our plug-in ideas are often drawn from our real-world experience working on projects, such as this one for The Montreal …

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Mettle Interviews VinhSon Nguyen, CreativeDojo

Mettle Interviews VinhSon Nguyen, CreativeDojo

You may already be familiar with VinhSon Nguyen. He has his own tutorial website called creativedojo.net, and his tutorials have been shown on many sites, including our own. We thought it would be fun to find out more about the …

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Jean Piché Creates “FreeBirds” Using FreeForm Pro

Jean Piché Creates “FreeBirds” Using FreeForm Pro

World-reknowned video artist Jean Piché likes the creative freedom he gets from creating in After Effects. His latest sequence, FreeBirds, was made with Mettle’s FreeForm Pro.
“Freefrom Pro was an unexpected treasure trove. The ability to manipulate arbitrary forms and …

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Sexy Radio Likes Experimettle

Sexy Radio Likes Experimettle

We really like a site called Sexy Radio, and the feeling seems to be mutual! Sexy Radio is a music and lifestyle site based in Paris. We’d like to thank them for posting some of our Experimettle work. Merci mille …

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Ancient Journeys Blazing Fast / FreeForm V2

Ancient Journeys Blazing Fast / FreeForm V2

Effects artist Gary Bird, of Perth Australia created this sequence in After Effects, as part of a sting for a kids’ history program. He uses Mettle’s FreeForm V2 to add relief to the map and create the fluttering flag, amongst …

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The Bevel Made Me Do It

The Bevel Made Me Do It

Lots of variety in our latest FREE After Effects Project File: Bevels and Styles. There are 14 different Bevels, 11 different Styles, and 1 animated Bevel. Wow. Very dynamic. Chris at Mettle has created this great-looking and very handy project …

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mettle + mamoworld = Amazing New Products!

Mettle, creators of Next-Gen 3D plug-ins for After Effects, and mamoworld, developers of MochaImport+ and iExpressions, are pleased to announce they’re joining forces. An agreement has been reached between both companies, to co-develop new products for After Effects, and other …

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Captain America in After Effects

Mettle’s 3D Plug-ins ShapeShifter and FreeForm Pro are used to create this awesome animation entirely in After Effects, no outside 3D work! Captain America’s shield and the background terrain, and 3D text were all created, rendered and animated in Ae. …

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Welcome to the Mettle Blog

Welcome to our blog! We’ll be posting news, tutorials and customer profiles to keep you up to date with the latest. We develop amazing plug-ins for Adobe After Effects, so go ahead, download a demo of each of our plug-ins: …

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