Feature-packed for Version 1.75! Transform your image/footage into an array of shapes. The Generator lets you replicate AND mirror your layer to extend it on X and Y axis. SkyDome lets you display and render your reflection maps in the background. Use Displacement Mapping to create terrains, animated water simulation, billowing fabric, organic backgrounds in After Effects. The Mesh Warp feature allows for complex layer deformations in 3D space. Great for 3D character animation from 2D images, shape morphing, and much more!
New Features for Version 1.75:
GENERATE PRIMITIVES ON THE SURFACE
Includes Cubes, Tetrahedrons, Octahedrons, Icosaherons, Rods and Planes.
Controls to Amplify Scale and Rotation via luminance values in height maps.
Assign Ae layers (including animated pre-comps) as a texture to the Primitives.
Includes Time Sampling Controls (Random Still Frame & Random Loop).
Transform Controls including Scale, Rotation and Anchor Point (X,Y,Z)
Randomize Postion (X,Y,Z)
Randomize Rotation (X,Y,Z)
You can now display and render your reflection Maps in the background as well.
You can use the same image as a Reflection map as you do in the background or choose to use a custom layer for your background.
Adjust Field of View Control
OPTIMIZED FOR AE 2015
Completely reorganized and optimized
Pre-Blur – you now have a choice of blurring; Texture Map, Displacement Map or Both.
Enhanced support of Alpha Channels – Use Texture Layer’s Alpha, Displacement Layers Alpha or combine Both
NEW RENDER OPTIONS
Including, Normals, UV, Shadows, Xray and Points
You can also have Shadows cast on Normals and UV
MORE GENERATOR CONTROLS
Mirroring, (an easy way to extend your layer) including Mirror on X, Mirror on Y Mirror on X.Y
New Grid Distribution System, including; Grid Z X,Y,Z + Grid Offset X,Y,Z
Mist is cast on to SkyDome Background
Fog is cast on to SkyDome Background
SCREEN SPACE REFRACTION
3D MESH WARP
Bend and distort on x, y, z. Add up to 400 control points on a single mesh layer, and control and animate each point in 3D space.
Replicate your 3D object multiple times on a single layer. Control and animate the replications with one set of controls.
3D DISPLACEMENT MAPPING
Use a grayscale image to displace or deform your layer in 3D space. Great for terrain and character animation.
3D SHAPE MORPHS
Create and transform from one 3D shape to another.
Add the fresnel lens phenomenon to your work. Create additional 3D materials, like water and glass.
DISPLACEMENT MAP CHANNELS
Isolate different regions on your 3D model, and give them different reflections and finishes.
DISPLACEMENT MAP NOISE
Easier to create natural-looking organic surfaces and animations using mathematical algorithms instead of additional geometry. Is a great complement to displacement maps.
ADDITIONAL REFLECTION MAPPING CONTROLS
Many extra built in features for much more control over reflections.
Control the amount of geometry in your 3D model. Add more geometry for extreme close-ups in your animation, and diminish the geometry for long-shots of the same model.
Create natural phenomena like fog and mist with no additional rendering time.
3D BLENDING MODES
True 3D blending (transfer) modes built-in at many levels.
Spherical and Cubic.
WORK DIRECTLY ON
After Effects Shape Layers + Layer Masks
HIGH SPEED RENDERING
FreeForm Pro: The Ultimate Guide
Chris Lavelle (ldistudios.com/) walks us through the features of FreeForm Pro. He explains every feature in detail, step-by-step. An extremely thorough video manual that can be used as an introduction to FreeForm Pro, or as a reference guide on specific features. This is a companion guide to ShapeShifter AE: The Ultimate Guide.
Transform Flame Footage into 3D Shapes
Version 1.75. 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. Great way to create custom footage from generic stock.
Particle Globe: FreeForm Pro V1.75
The latest version of FreeForm Pro can transform an Ae layer into an array of 3D primitives (cubes, rods, icosahedrons, tetrahedrons). The scale, rotation and position of the primitives are easily controlled and customized.
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.
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.