Here is a video of some of the relighting features available with the Pixel Cloud plugin for After Effects with a side by side comparison from the original footage to the Pixel Cloud effected footage. You can see the practical utility of not having to go back into the 3D process just to re-render a shot.
The voice track is from Shakespeare’s To be or not to be soliloquy from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s film Hamlet portrayed by David Tenant.
Sorry it’s been a while to provide updates but there’s been so many changes to the plugin so far. Wonderful Changes! We have continued providing more functionality for relighting and selective masking using AE lights. Lots of bugs were fixed and for the moment I am working on getting user guide and tutorial information together. One of which is the following demonstration video for some of the basic relighting uses for the plugin!
Fantastic news! I am close to releasing my Point Cloud tool plugin for After Effects. This effect will allow you to displace your 2D pixels into 3D space and it reacts to the 3D camera like a 3D layer. What can this do for you? It can help you visualize your composites better, where to place your cards in terms of position and scale. Plus there are lots of other uses to discover! Take a look at movie to see what I mean.
Fooling around with a few techniques. I spent about an hour on this animation using a photo to create a particle based lilly field. It’s an interesting style. Probably more for graphics and non-figurative motion work. I originally was trying for a conceptual music video feel. The kaleido is a probably a little ridiculous but the glow is marvelous. Not finished and so not successful but you’ve got to try something different everyday.
I’ve been exploring the use of Noise HLS to reduce banding in my H264 renders. It does a pretty good job compared to Add Grain which can be slow. You would normally see banding especially below the logo. This is greatly reduced with the use of Noise HLS. Something to think about. Hmm…
I’ve always been impressed with the experimental use of 3D particles so I did a little bit of exploration of my own with form and some stock footage alongside a variety of techniques. I’ll be getting around to sharing this process once I can get it into something a bit more comprehensible.
Looking forward to getting this site operational. I will be posting some exciting tools including After Effects scripts, plugins and presets as well as scripts for Maya and other useful goodies. I think you’ll all be happily surprised!