(Uppsala, Sweden--November 19, 2008) Cycore Systems, the creators of Final Effects and Cult Effects, today announced two brand new effect packages for Adobe After Effects, the "CFX Path Tools and "CFX Sphere Utilities". All effects support float and are available for After Effects CS4, CS3 and 7.0 on Mac (Universal Binaries) and Windows.
CFX Path Tools contain two plug-ins utilizing After Effects mask paths. Wiggle Stroke wiggles and repeats a stroke based on a mask path in near infinite ways. Rakka is a tool for handling multiple repetitions of a layer that can be animated along a mask path and has multiple controls for designing flow and characteristics.
CFX Sphere Utilities is a set of four plug-ins designed to deal with spherical maps (equirectangular maps) commonly used to texture 3D spheres or as 3D environments. Animating layers and drawing lines on spherical maps are a breeze when Sphere Utilities handles the spherical transformations required. The coordinate system can be turned, twisted or aligned to an AE 3D camera, using Remap.
"You will be truly amazed with what can be created from just an ellipse or straight line mask path," said Jonatan Andersson, Director of Operations at Cycore Systems. “Path Tools and Sphere Utilities fulfill our promise to customers to deliver technology breakthroughs, while also delivering time-saving features that help them manage client demands.”
CFX Path Tools
CFX Sphere Utilities
- Rakka, in its most basic form, functions as a timesaver for creating repeated path animations with an offset for each instance. This task currently involves writing complex expressions or a lot of manual work, duplicating the layer several times and doing the offset by hand. This innovation only scratches the surface of Rakka’s potential. Rakka can be used to create anything from swirling lines to bands of pearls, from a caterpillar moving across the screen to highly organic "HR Giger like" animations.
- Wiggle Stroke offers numerous possibilities. Create anything from basic "wiggling" of frames to completely crazy-looking thread or geometric wire animations. Wiggle Stroke uses three types of modifiers to displace a stroke from the original mask path: basic noise, wave noise and wave functions. Each type has a variety of options to vary the appearance. Wiggling can be applied to position, radius and opacity individually.
Need to animate a line going from Seattle to Uppsala or animate an airplane flying from Melbourne to LA crossing the date line? Sphere Utilities is the answer. Crossing the date line is a task that currently involves a lot of manual work, duplication of the layer and hand-matching the motion. These animations can then be used directly in After Effects with CC Sphere, or any other plug-in that supports spherical mapping, or in your favourite 3D application. Spherical maps are also used as environment maps and for panoramic viewers, which are other sources where this kind of capability is important. Animating layers and drawing lines on spherical maps is a breeze when Sphere Utilities handles the spherical transformations required. The coordinate system can be turned, twisted or aligned to an AE 3D camera.
- MapLine is used to draw or animate lines on spherical maps.
- Mappit is used to place or animate any user-selected layer on spherical maps.
- Remap provides a unique ability to realign the coordinate system of spherical maps.
- MapDots generates a pattern of evenly distributed dots on a spherical map.
Pricing and Availability
Both packages are available now. A single user license costs $199 for CFX Path Tools and $99 for CFX Sphere Utilities. A bundle of the two costs $249. For more information about volume discounts, site licenses and educational licenses please visit: http://www.cycorefx.com
About Cycore Systems
Cycore Systems AB is a graphics software company headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden. Founded in 2005 by former Cycore employees, the company develops special effects software for the film and video industries and is one of the largest providers of third party plug-ins for Adobe After Effects.