mettle FreeForm Pro

FreeForm Pro

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Pro-Level 3D Mesh Warp Plug-in for After Effects

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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.

Image Morphing

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.

Character Animation

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.

Create and animate complex terrains. Simulate animated water from a still image. Create billowing fabric. Create and animate characters. Animate and morph your 3D objects. Replicate or clone your 3D objects multiple times on a single layer with The Generator feature. And much more!

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.


 

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.

 

THE GENERATOR
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.

 

FRESNEL
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.

 

ANIMATEABLE SUBDIVISIONS
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.

ENVIRONMENT SECTION
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.

 

REFLECTION MAPPING
Spherical and Cubic.

 

WORK DIRECTLY ON
After Effects Shape Layers + Layer Masks

 

SHADOW CASTING

 

HIGH SPEED RENDERING


 

Mac / WIN CS5, CS6, CC, CC 2014

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 – ATI/AMD, NVIDIA GPU’s with 1GB+ of VRAM

Operating System

Mac, WIN