After Effects plugins update Q1 2024
After Effects being what it is, I sometimes forget what plugins and tools I’ve installed, whether they be for specific problems to solve in a project, or just something cool I happened across. So, I intend to keep a log of what I’ve installed both to keep tabs and remind myself what’s in my toolbox and also to share with anyone else who might benefit from a selection of tools. Here’s what I’ve downloaded lately:
- XPlode | FREE - Separates X&Y position keyframes while retaining easing and all the other important stuff.
- Shape Sphere - Bartłomiej Otłowski | FREE - Preset to generate a pseudo 3D sphere shape layer.
- Delayer - Ukramedia | FREE - Like a poor-man’s version of Lazy or Skew.
- Make a text box with one layer - Not a plugin, but just following someone else’s brilliance to quickly put a auto-resizing box behind text.
Video Style Trends Prediction
Just want to log this while I’m thinking about it; the proliferation of machine learning rotoscoping tools coming out I think will define a style for the next 3-7 years of masking out absolutely everything. Text will be composited into every single shot of every influencer’s videos, transitions will involve separate elements in the frame, effects and color correction will be drastically different between different objects in the frame, etc.
Maybe we’ll look back on it like we do circa 2009 lens flares. Maybe things will look dated if they aren’t cut out. We’ll see.
Finally splurged on a loop pedal for my guitar, and I immediately look up things like this in my free time. And I wonder why I have trouble finishing things…
Kiss the Ground with Larry O’Connor
I still haven’t seen the feature length doc, but this is a really great offshoot of that project. I was somewhat aware of O’Connor’s background, but this explains how that is a springboard for his passion for the planet. And not only that, but this mini-doc does a really great job explaining some of the details of how important the actual soil we live on is, and how much we are still learning about it very recently. Very much worth your time.
Magic Mouse Prediction
I just wanted to document this before I put it off again; I think Apple should / will “upgrade” the current Magic Mouse to charge wirelessly via either the Qi standard or use the proprietary Apple Watch magnetic charger, the same way the AirPods case does.
This is peak Apple to me. Completely ignore the most glaring user experience you explicitly create (this isn’t a “side effect” of an external protocol, this is all an in house experience they make), then come out with a “new” technology and market it very publicly. I like to think they are currently selling Magic Mice at break even or loss and to retool their assembly would put that product line in the red to start out. That’s the only logical explanation I can think of. It certainly isn’t because of lack of demand or not being able to figure out a solution, or thinking that the current experience is superior.
I’m just thankful I still have my AA battery Magic Mouse.