Red Giant has just released a major update to their Trapcode line of motion graphics products, including a Dynamic Fluid engine and 3D OBJ file support.
Red Giant, one of the top dogs in the motion graphics plugin industry, just announced their newest version of the popular Trapcode Suite. If you’re not familiar with the product, Trapcode Suite is a set of plugins for After Effects that expands the capabilities of the program exponentially. Motion graphics professionals and indie graphics artists all over the world have used the suite.
Heres what Chad Bechert, CEO of Red Giant, had to say about the new release:
We are incredibly excited to release something this groundbreaking to the community of After Effects artists. The introduction of our Dynamic Fluids physics engine makes it possible to create particle systems that behave as if moving through a fluid environment and that interact with each other, producing stunning, organic results. This release will completely change the range of what artists will be able to create inside of After Effects, opening the door to new and more robust particle system animation, motion graphics and VFX.
With this release, Red Giant is offering a whole new set of plugins that can create 3D objects and surfaces, responsive lights, and fluid simulations. There is an incredible amount of information about this content, so we’ve assembled an overview of our three favorite new plugins.
Trapcode Particular 4
Particular, Red Giant’s organic particle generator, has received a huge makeover. You can now create fire, water, snow, and smoke effects to add to your motion graphics to bring life to your animations. Here are some new features that come with the update:
For the first time ever, you can create dynamic, swirling effects with the new Dynamic Fluids physics engine, which allows particles to behave as if they are moving through real fluids. Choose from four customizable forces and behaviors, including Vortex Ring, Vortex Tube, and more. Fluid physics brings a new level of realism to After Effects, as particle systems flow and interact organically.
Creating particle effects is easier than ever with the updated Designer. Add adjustable blocks with preset behaviors and styles for emitters, particles, physics, and aux particles. Or add complete, customizable particle effects with a single click.
Choose from more than 335 Trapcode Particular presets, designed to give you a head start. Every preset is fully customizable. Particular includes over 35 new presets that show off the new fluid features. With these presets, you don’t have to have an intricate knowledge of the software to add stunning animations to your project.
Trapcode Form 4
Trapcode Form 4, like Particular, is a particle-generating plugin that allows you to create grids and objects to build futuristic HUDs or particle-heavy objects. The particles in Form 4 are “immortal,” which gives you power to manipulate them over time without them fading away. Form 4 also has the power to use the new Dynamic Fluids engine, so you can experiment with fluidity in your particles, giving them that extra dose of realism that can take a project from good to great.
Creating particle grids and particle objects is easier than ever with Form’s updated Designer. Add adjustable blocks with preset settings and styles for forms, particles, and more. Or add complete, customizable particle effects with a single click. The designer gives instant visual feedback, making the building and previewing of effects an intuitive and creative experience.
150+ New Presets
Choose from over 150 Trapcode Form presets for your project. Explore the library to find beautifully designed effects for creating fluid animations, backgrounds, motion design elements and more. Save your own presets, and share them with anyone.
Trapcode Mir 3
Trapcode Mir 3 is one of the best tools out there for integrating 3D models into After Effects. With Mir 3, you can create fractally displaced alien terrains, retro-style wireframe worlds, and endless tunnels to curate fascinating imagery in your motion graphics.
Bring your motion graphics into a new dimension by using 3D models as Mir objects. Choose from Mir’s library of over 60 OBJs, or easily load your own models using the new OBJ loading panel. (If you’re not familiar with OBJ files, they are “Object” files that you can create and export from programs such as Cinema 4D and Autodesk.) 3D models can be deformed and repeated like any other Mir surface.
Choose from Mir’s 16 surface presets, designed to give you a head start in setting up the materials, shaders and textures for different surface styles. Every preset is fully-customizable. Mir’s new surface presets make it fast and easy to set up the materials, shaders, and textures for different surface styles. Every preset is fully customizable. Includes setups for Smooth Surface, Faceted Surface, Wireframe, Chrome, Cartoon, and much more.
Trapcode Suite 15 is available now via the Red Giant website for $999 for the whole suite or $499 for academic use. If you own the previous version of Trapcode, you can purchase the upgrade for only $199.
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