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Plugins & Scripts for After Effects at AEScripts.com

It has been for a while now, but I haven’t made an official announcement about it until now. So in case you haven’t notice yet, most of my Pixel Bender filter for After Effects are available on Lloyd Alvarez’s website which is called AEScripts.com. (But There are still all open source and you can name your own price šŸ˜‰ )

AEScript is a great place to find many different kind of scripts or filters which can make your life easier on a every day basis. I would encourage you to go through all the scripts & filters list to see what exists. Because you might not need all them right now, but most of it have been made to solve problem people encounter with AE, so being aware that a script exists somewhere in case one day you have an issue with After Effect is a great knowledge for a user šŸ™‚

As for today several filters and one script which I made are available there, but again check all the other ones as well, there are all incredible!

  • ft-Toolbar : create your own tool bar to apply Effects, presets, scripts, … in ONE click !
  • ft-CombineRGBA : let you swap channels or combine them from two different sources in 32bpc
  • ft-Cubic Lens Distortion : (un)distort your footage with a lot of accuracy using Syntheyes algorithm. Add or erase Chromatic Aberration as well
  • ft-Brightness Check : show you if pixels are too bright or dark in your comp, great to check if it “Broadcast-safe”
  • ft-Technicolor : mimic a 2-strip & 3-strip technicolor process
  • ft-Filmic Contrast : a one click contrast filmic looking using Perlin Gain.
  • ft-UVPass : re-texture directly in After Effect
  • ft-Clamp : clamp pixels value between defines one. Perfect to solve blending mode issue with 32bpc comp
  • ft-PPass2Matte : use a Point Pass to create 3d masks
  • ft-Auto White Balance : color balance in one click footages which had a bad white balance at the shooting time
  • ft-Vignetting : add a vignette effect to your comp

Please if you use them, let me know or post comment, show us what you did with it šŸ™‚

Script : ft-Toolbar for After Effects CS3 CS4 & CS5

Introduction

This script gives the ability to make your own custom toolbar with Effects, presets or any commands you use the most often.This script gives the ability to make your own custom toolbar with Effects, presets or any commands you use the most often.

Toolbarā€™s features :

* Edit UI : add, delete, order, config buttons of your toolbar.

* 5 kind of buttons:

  • EFFECT : set the name of the effect you want to use (See usage details below).
  • ANIMATION PRESET : select an animation preset file (ffx) to apply.
  • SCRIPT LAUNCHER : select an script file (.jsx or .jsxbin) to launch.
  • MENU : set the exact name of any menu item you want to call. For example : Time-Reverse Keyframes.
  • JAVASCRIPT : type any javascript that AE understands. More advanced, but you can do some crazy macro command with it.
  • OS : Any Operating System command you can run into your terminal can be set here. For example calc (on Windows) or open -a Calculator (on Mac) would start the calculator.

* Buttons Icon : You can assign a custom image icon to each button. You can create your own icons or download a free icon pack below. All icons will be downloaded and saved into the config file. When you export the config file (xml) for use on another machine all the icons will be included so no need to keep the .png files. Ā TheĀ buttons sizeĀ can be set to any size you like, but it is a good idea for it to match the size of your icons.

*Ā Import/Export : you can import and export the config file to set the same configuration on several computer or for making backups

* Configuration file path (xml) : you can set the path of the saved config file (xml) anywhere you want. (ie. to a dropbox folder to keep all your computer sync with the same config). The config file will include encoded versions of any custom icons.




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Script : ft-Toolbar for CS3, CS4 & CS5

Pixel Bender : ft-Auto White Balance for After Effects & Photoshop

Introduction

This filter which works for After Effects & Photoshop, will color balance your footage based in case the white balance wasn’t set properly at the time you were shooting it.

All you have to do is select a mid-tone color in your footage and the filter will do the rest.

Download

Pixel Bender shader : ft-Auto White Balance

How to install it ?

Just copy the .pbk file into your “Support Files” folder in your AE install directory

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Pixel Bender : ft-Clamp for After Effects

Introduction

ft-Clamp is very similar to Nuke’s Clamp node. it isĀ able to clamp RGBA values as also force a maximum and minimum color.
It is usually use before or after filters which needs to have values between 0-1 (or 0-255). Since it can clamp different values on theĀ separateĀ RGB channels and works with “High Dynamic Range” values, it can also be used as a color correction tool or as a threshold filter.

Download & Sources

How to install it ?

Just copy the .pbk file into your “Support Files” folder in your AE install directory

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After Effects CS5 Studio Techniques mention “ft-Cubic Lens Distortion”

Mark Christiansen’s new After Effects CS5 Studio Techniques is out. Without doubt one of the best book for vfx with AE.
I’m very proud since some of the scripts and authors from AEScripts.com are mentioned including my “ft-Cubic Lens Distortion” plugin !

You can get this book on Amazon right now !

Faster Array Sort in Javascript

Introduction :

Based on Eugene(inspirit) post about Faster Array Sort function in Flash, I ported his test code into javascript.
First of all, I’m mainly using JS for scripting into Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, … but not so much for web anyway. That being said I’m not a javascript guru, so bare with me if I did mistake, I took his code and just changed it a little bit so it would work in JS.

I still can’t make the “Flash Sort” (which seems to be the fastest one on AS) to work w/ JS. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, if anyone has an idea ?

[UPDATE] Thx to MrDoob, “Flash Sort” works now !! I also add the check function and it seems some sorting still not working quite well.


Download Source Code :



Stats


Firefox

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10 000 elements
User-agent header: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; fr; rv:1.9.2.10) Gecko/20100914 Firefox/3.6.10 ( .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET4.0E)
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JS BUILD IN SORT
Time : 18 ms
Sorting is OK
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QUICK SORT + INSERTION SORT
Time : 9 ms
Sorting is wrong
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3 WAY QUICK SORT
Time : 11 ms
Sorting is wrong
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NON RECURSIVE QUICK SORT
Time : 15 ms
Sorting is OK
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OPTIMIZED NON RECURSIVE QUICK SORT
Time : 16 ms
Sorting is OK
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NON RECURSIVE QUICK SORT 2
Time : 13 ms
Sorting is OK
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FLASH SORT
Time : 6 ms
Sorting is OK
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IE 8

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INFO
10 000 elements
User-agent header: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0; Trident/4.0; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; Tablet PC 2.0; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E)
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JS BUILD IN SORT
Time : 88 ms
Sorting is OK
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QUICK SORT + INSERTION SORT
Time : 34 ms
Sorting is wrong
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3 WAY QUICK SORT
Time : 47 ms
Sorting is wrong
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NON RECURSIVE QUICK SORT
Time : 49 ms
Sorting is OK
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OPTIMIZED NON RECURSIVE QUICK SORT
Time : 42 ms
Sorting is OK
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NON RECURSIVE QUICK SORT 2
Time : 49 ms
Sorting is OK
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FLASH SORT
Time : 30 ms
Sorting is OK
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Chrome

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INFO
10 000 elements
User-agent header: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.3 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/6.0.472.63 Safari/534.3
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JS BUILD IN SORT
Time : 13 ms
Sorting is OK
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QUICK SORT + INSERTION SORT
Time : 4 ms
Sorting is wrong
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3 WAY QUICK SORT
Time : 3 ms
Sorting is wrong
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NON RECURSIVE QUICK SORT
Time : 3 ms
Sorting is OK
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OPTIMIZED NON RECURSIVE QUICK SORT
Time : 3 ms
Sorting is OK
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NON RECURSIVE QUICK SORT 2
Time : 3 ms
Sorting is OK
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FLASH SORT
Time : 3 ms
Sorting is OK
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Adobe After Effects

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INFO
10 000 elements
OS : Windows Vista 6.0 Service Pack 2
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JS BUILD IN SORT
Time : 291 ms
Sorting is OK
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QUICK SORT + INSERTION SORT
Time : 237 ms
Sorting is wrong
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3 WAY QUICK SORT
Time : 251 ms
Sorting is wrong
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NON RECURSIVE QUICK SORT
Time : 287 ms
Sorting is wrong
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OPTIMIZED NON RECURSIVE QUICK SORT
Time : 250 ms
Sorting is wrong
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NON RECURSIVE QUICK SORT 2
Time : 298 ms
Sorting is OK
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FLASH SORT
Time : 281 ms
Sorting is wrong
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Pixel Bender : “ft-Brightness Check” for After Effects


Introduction

A tool that lets you know which part of your picture is too bright or too dark by pointing the bad pixels directly on your footage. Similar to the way zebra-stripping works on digital cameras.




Download & Sources

How to install it ?

Just copy the .pbk file into your “Support Files” folder in your AE install directory


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Pixel Bender : “ft-Filmic Contrast” for After Effects

Introduction

A one slider plugin that gives a very compelling filmic contrast ā€œlookā€ to your footage. Ā Partially based on Kenā€™s Perlin Gain function & Roy Stelzerā€™s presentation



Download & Sources


How to install it ?


Just copy the .pbk file into your “Support Files” folder in your AE install directory

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Pixel Bender : ft-ColorGray shader for After Effects



Introduction

This shader will color an image based on a second input. I did it because I wanted to change grayscale into a variety of colors with a gradiant.



Download & Sources



How to install it ?


Just copy the .pbk file into your “Support Files” folder in your AE install directory



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Pixel Bender : ft-CombineRGBA for After Effects


Introduction

This really simple shader let you combine 2 inputs channel into a new one. There is already something like that in AE, but I believe it is only working in 8 or 16 bits. This one is working in 32 bits (thx pixel bender). I just did it because sometimes I do need to combine map datas (as normal map & height map) for my shaders, since Pixel Bender is limited to 2 inputs.



Download & Sources



How to install it ?


Just copy the .pbk file into your “Support Files” folder in your AE install directory



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