Available for MAC and WIN
CS5, CS6 and CC
Bend, Warp and Shape a 3D layer in After Effects. Create cylinders, curves, ribbons, folds, and an infinite amount of basic shapes with the 3D Mesh Warp feature. Use the displacement mapping feature to create 3D layers of animated terrains and water. Also great for character animation in AE. Any footage can also be used as a displacement map to achieve all kinds of cool effects.
3D MESH WARP
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. Add up to 400 control points and corresponding tangents, each of which can be controlled with bezier handles.
Create detailed organic shapes quickly and easily. Use grayscale “maps” to define the height of displacement on your layer. Use anything from simple shapes to actual video footage to displace your layer. 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.
True Detective Title Sequence
When Chris Morris at Breeder wanted to add some extra dimension to his compositing work for the True Detective Title Sequence, he chose FreeForm, mettle’s mesh warp and deformation plug-in for After Effects.
Build Me Some Hope: Character Animation in After Effects – Tutorial Overview:
Watch Dave Legion’s Character Animation Series of tutorials:
Part 1: Displacement Maps For Use With FreeForm Part 2: Create A Facial Rig For Your Puppet Part 3: Control Facial Expressions with Custom Sliders Part 4: Set up the lip syncing for your puppet using Mamoworld’s Auto Lip-Sync Part 5: Create a Working Jaw for your Puppet Part 6: Create a Swinging Head of Hair for your Puppet
Create terrains with the displacement mapping feature:
More About FreeForm Version 2.0 Features:
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 can choose to turn alignment on or off.
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.
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.
Dynamic lighting properties:
Adjust the Diffuse, Specular and Roughness properties to create a wide variety of “textures”. From a highly reflective surface like water to a totally diffused surface like cloth. FreeForm V2 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.
With a highly optimized 3D rendering engine, renders and previews with FreeForm Version 2.0 are up to 8 times faster than the digieffects FreeForm that was bundled with CS5.
More Great Examples of FreeForm
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