The 3 Most Useful After Effects Plugins of 2016
*some trout sniffer thought it was pertinent to point out that these aren’t all plugins. Yes, 1 & 2 are scripts. While correct, if it’s a Script or Plugin doesn’t matter to me they modify my workflow and add features I’ma call it a plugin.
I was working on a project and looking at how close the deadline was, and along with how close we are to the end of 2016. As I looked around my three monitors at all the panels and plugins I rarely use, I was reminded of how many I use all of the time. Here are my Top 3 most used plugins of 2016.
Not the most impressive, not the best designed, not just released in 2016, but my most useful of 2016.
1. True Comp Duplicator
As a mograph designer I cannot live without this. It is a name your own price plugin at aescripts. But if you have the cash, or in my case the company credit card, you really owe it to the author to throw a few bucks down for it if you use it. I am constantly using this to create iterations on iterations of comps with elements that I want to slightly alter/tinker with, while making sure I don’t alter the original elements or precomps. Get it here.
2. Motion V2
Motion V2 by Mt. Mograph is a handy and speedy utility for quickly (talking less than the amount of time it takes to open the graph editor) assigning curve adjustments to ease in/out your keyframes individually. Just select the keyframes you want to change and drag the slider, boom. No expressions either. Also has a ton of other little useful tools like quick anchor point reassignment, vignette, and other motion tools. It’s fantastic for creating very quick animations when you don’t really need to go adjust graph handles manually. And at only $35 it is a fantastic bargain. Get it here.
3. Skybox Studio V2
This one is a little different than my others, but we’ve been seeing a large spike in the amount of 360 video/VR work coming into the studio and this package by Mettle is essentially and end to end solution for creation. We used the trial version to see how it would integrate with our workflow and it really took an hour or two before we had a video uploaded to youtube and we were watching it on our GearVRs in the office. It integrates with AE so you can use any plugin (at least that I’ve found) that also uses AE’s 3D space and it will translate those positions into the VR video without any hassles. Also the most expensive at $229, but I highly recommend it if you are just starting out and looking for a solution for your 360 video workflow. Get it here.
Welp that’s it. Short and sweet. The 3 After Effects plugins that I’ve gotten the most bang for the buck in 2016.