Create a Liquid Metal Logo Animation in After Effects
Featured in the November issue of 3D Artist Magazine! Chris McFall(unitedfilmdon.com) 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.
True Detective Title Sequence
Chris Morris (studiobreeder.com) used FreeForm/FreeForm Pro to distort and add dimension to the footage in After Effects during compositing.
Dent A Garage Door VFX
Effects artist Mike Sevigny (torusfx.com) shows us how to displace a plane in 3D space in Ae, making it look like a garage door is being deformed and dented.
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.
Morgan Préleur of noside.fr says “Freeform Pro really proved to be an incredible tool and allowed us to achieve complex 3D deformations under tight deadlines. FreeForm Pro’s ability to handle a lot of surface points while remaining totally interactive allows for a more creative and iterative process. It is a must have in our tool set.” FreeForm Pro was used for all the clothes transformations (shirts tearing apart, jacket wrapping etc). Revision FX was used for the body alignments and face morphing.
Daniel Gies of everyonediesfilms.com says “Free Form Pro has finally brought the third dimension to After Effects in a way like never before. It has completely changed the way I approach character animation and environments in After Effects.”
Create Terrain in After Effects
As often happens, the turn-around time and budget constraints were limited for this production. What to do? The model and band were shot on greenscreen. All terrain and sky created and animated in After Effects with FreeForm Pro. A big shout-out to Tim Harris for a job well done with the VFX.
Organic Effects in AE
Combine FreeForm Pro with filters and plug-ins that come with After Effects. Work with a familiar interface – FreeForm Pro is seamlessly integrated in the AE UI.
Simulate 3D Animated Water
Render animated 3D water from a still. FreeForm Pro uses Mettle’s proprietary 3D engine 3DNAE and employs advanced 3D displacement mapping algorithms — similar to those used in movies such as Avatar, The Matrix, Inception etc. FreeForm Pro’s rendering allows for a high level of realism. Features include Depth renders and Reflection mapping.
2D to 3D Stereo Conversion
FreeForm Pro is an excellent complement to imagineer system’s mocha Pro, for 2D to Stereo 3D conversions. Speed, ease of use and the advanced 3D displacement mapping in FreeForm Pro help to bring incredible depth and control to your stereo 3D projects.