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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.

Toolbar’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.  The buttons size can be set to any size you like, but it is a good idea for it to match the size of your icons.

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-Filmic Contrast” for After Effects

Introduction

A one slider plugin that gives a very compelling filmic contrast “look” to your footage.  Partially based on Ken’s Perlin Gain function & Roy Stelzer’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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OpenFX (OFX) – An Open Plug-in API for 2D Visual Effects

Open FX


I did bump into this website a few days ago, it looks pretty old, but it’s the first time I heard about it, and I think it is worth looking at it for open source software development (Ramen already implemented it).



Introduction

From there website :

OpenFX is an open standard for visual effects plug-ins. It allows plug-ins written to the standard to work on any application that supports the standard. This avoids the current per application fragmentation of plug-in development and support, which causes much heartache to everyone, plug-in developers, application developers and end users alike”



Who use it ?

Well this is the interesting part ! Big major plug-in development company use it as a few in the following list :



Why is it interesting for open source softwares ?

I know many people, especially from the Blender community would disagree with me (even more since the big “fight” fans had on 3dsoul’s blog “5 things Blender should do to be successful in the industry”), but actually I think this could be part of a solution about the point I added to his list asking for an external SDK/API. At least for the special effect part.


So beside the bullshit talks about “Blender should remain freedom and shouldn’t mix with closed source third party apps or commercial one”, this could be really useful for some of us who still want to use Blender as main frame, but still be able to use great external (sometimes commercial) plug-ins !


Here for instance, The Foundry Keylight, which in my opinion is one of the best Keying plug-ins ever (and the first one who tells me blender’s can do the same job, I give him 12 shots to do in a week and expect it to be perfect :) ).
If you want to use it today, you’ll need to buy the plug-ins (175€) + on of the software compatible with as Nuke, Shake or so (which I believe is around 2000-3000 €) or even buy an After Effects licence because it come bundle with it now (about 700€). Pretty expensive just to do Keying don’t you think ?

When you can actually only spend 175€ on the plug-in and use it with your favourite apps (even your own if you’d like to).



Conclusion

RamenHD’s developer (Ramen is a open source nodal compositing software in development) is already working on the subject (checkout his blog for ofx). He already start to have good results with The Foundry Keylight and the Sapphire suite Plug-ins.

I believe it is a really smart move, and I hope Blender would do it in the future as well. It might even make simpler the way to develop new filter for it.



A few links :