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We’ve lost count of the number of times that we have added any fire-based effect to our VFX. Maintaining realistic colours is always a challenge for artists, as different fire VFX assets often have different styles that are inconsistent with each other. This is where our After Effects plugin comes in!
This tool is a powerful colouring plugin to help you composite your fire, explosions, lava, stars and anything else that glows hot.
It creates consistent colours which accurately follow the rules of black-body radiation, which defines the properties of light emitted from hot objects.
The results created from plus plugin can then overlay the background footage using a screen or add blending mode.
Here’s how it works:
We wanted to design this plugin accurately represent the real world, and so the temperature-based parameters are in Kelvin. This means that you can input measured values and be given colours that you will expect to see.
We’ve extended the limits far enough to reach the surprising phase where the light emitted from a hot object turns blue. This can be useful for plasma, stars, jet-exhausts and more.
Here’s a breakdown of the most useful parameters you will come across in this After Effects plugin:
This controls the temperature that a white pixel in your input will represent. The minimum temperature will also perform the same, but for the black pixels. You should aim to use temperatures that you expect the scene to have in the real world.
This shifts the entire minimum and maximum temperature output by a specified value. It can be useful if you want to increase the overall temperature of a scene.
Creates additional contrast and intensity in the result.
We recognise that not all black-body emitting objects are perfect, and have included this to allow you to adjust the intensity of the yellow in the output. This is especially useful in flames and explosions.
The value of the black falloff will define the temperature of a pixel that is at 100% brightness. Anything between this and the Black Point will be linearly interpolated towards 0% brightness.
A useful tip for using this plugin is to apply a curves adjustment before the Heat Radiation effect. This will allow you to precisely control the intensity and contrast of the inputs for quick manipulation of the final output.
To install the plugin, simply navigate to your Adobe After Effects folder (C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2019\Support Files\Plug-ins) and insert “HeatRadiation.aex”.
To install the plugin to a Mac device, locate your Adobe After Effects folder (/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/7.0/MediaCore/ProductionCrate) and insert “HeatRadiation.bundle”.
We hope you enjoy creating even more spectacular projects with this free After Effects plugin. If you’re interested in more content, check out all of our scripts and plugins for Adobe After Effects here.
Sign in and Download the Crate’s Shape Script Here
Place the script into your Adobe > After Effects> Scripts Folder, and the Images into Adobe > After Effects > Scripts > Images, if you already have an images folder just drag the images from Crate’s Shape Script .ZIP into that folder. Please report any bugs you may find in the comments below, we will continue to update this script.
We love After Effects. What other software offers you so much creative flexibility? Whatever your project calls for, from Visual Effects to Motion Graphics, this software gets the job done.
That being said, we do have some gripes.
Why is it so difficult to create some of the most basic shapes? Why are all the shape controls hidden, requiring toggle-down menu after toggle-down menu?
You’ve probably run into these annoyances yourself at one point or another. We definitely have, and we were fed up. That’s why we created Crate’s Shape Script. This feature-packed script addresses our most common issues and solves them with just a few clicks.
There are a lot of features to unpack here. Your first option is a Shape Layer or Solid Layer. Solid Layers have the shaped masked out of them while the shape layer is made specifically to be that shape. We suggest Shape Layers, but each has their Pros and Cons. Shape Layers also allow you to generate Strokes instead of Fill shapes.
Next you can pick your shape, use the left and right arrows to scroll through all your shapes or simple click the question mark to see them all on the drop-down.
Next, pick whatever color you want. Personally I just leave this as-is, since I can change it later with the eyedropper tool. I also leave the size at 500 and adjust it later, but that is just my preference.
The anchor point will automatically set to be centered (yay!) but if you want to move it to any other axis you can do so after you have generated the shape.
We have built Control Nulls so you don’t have to toggle down menu after menu to change basic features of your shapes. This is helpful in the obvious ways but if you want to adjust basic features the old-school way you can uncheck the Control Nulls box to generate shapes that have no built in parent features. Alternatively you can Alt-click whatever parameter you would like to adjust without using the Control Null.
The randomization powers can be utilized to take one asset and create unlimited variations. Duplicate whatever layer you have for as many duplicates as you want, you can then randomize the start time, the end time, the opacity, the color (or tint), scale, and rotation! This is fun to mess around with, which I encourage you to do. If you want the specifics I’ll list them below.
Last of all choose the number of layers for whatever shape you have chosen and hit Generate.
Default Random (Random slider checkbox unchecked)
Pos– randomize based on the comp width (comp wide distribution) [x, .75x]
Rot– randomize between 0-360
Opa– randomize between 0-100
Scale– randomize between 0-500 [x, x, x]
timeIn– randomize between 0-comp length (in seconds)
timeOut– randomize between 0-comp length (in seconds)
Tint– randomize r, g, and b values of a tint effect between 0-255 (applies to “Map Black To” property)
3D– randomize Z Position between 0-15000
Slider Random (Random slider checkbox checked)
Pos– randomize between 1-slider value
Rot– randomize between 1-slider value
Opa– randomize between 1-slider value (0-100 limit)
Scale– randomize between 1-slider value
timeIn– randomize between 1-slider value (seconds)
timeOut– randomize between 1-slider value (seconds)
Tint– randomize r, g, and b values of tin effect between 0-slider value (0-255 limit)
3D– randomize Z Position between 0-slider value
How the keyframe section works:
Fade Keys (two sets of key frames at the beginning and end)
Creates two group of key frames, one starting at the beginning of the selected layer, the other finishing at the end point of the layer. In and Out are optional, so you can apply the keyframes to just the beginning, just the end, or both. You can set how far apart the two possible sets of keyframes are, by changing the textbox labeled “frames” next to it. (ie, if you select In and 30 frames, it will apply a keyframe at t:0, then t:0+30frames)
Continuous Keys (a keyframe at the beginning and end)
Creates a keyframe at the inPoint and outPoint of any selected property
Believe it or not, there’s a lot that goes into a good glow effect! I’m overly passionate about this particular topic, and would happily spend hours fine-tuning each little pixel of my glow to make sure it makes my VFX absolutely perfect – and ProductionCrate wants to help you do the same.
Except it won’t take you hours… Instead, just a few seconds!
We have built out a powerful glow extension for After Effects, capable of producing the most stunning optical effects for your compositing projects with a single click. We’ve tested this tool to its limits, and are insanely proud of what this can do for VFX artists like you. Additionally, we’ve made this free to download for everyone!
So why did we make something that After Effects can already do? Those who have already used After Effects built-in glow effect already know the answer – it’s pretty ugly.
That leads us to our next question; what makes Crate’s Glow any better? Our script has been carefully designed to follow the natural physical properties of light, allowing the final result to imitate the realistic gradient-based falloff that we see in the real world. This eliminates the artificial look that After Effect’s built-in glow generates and instead gives us an incredibly aesthetic result.
Each parameter has been fine-tuned to create the best result with one click. You can easily make further adjustments with user-friendly parameters. These can be changed even after the glow has been created by using the sliders in the “Glow Controls” null layer.
Threshold – Minimum brightness for an area of the image to begin to glow
Intensity – Brightness of the glow
Spread – How far out the glow reaches
Flicker Intensity – Increase this to have the intensity shift over time
Flickers Per Second – How often the flicker fluctuates in a second
Tint Strength – When increased, the glow will match the chosen color more
Tint Colour – The color used for the tint
Vibrance – If you’re losing color in your glow, you can use this to boost the saturation
Usually, the glow effect will work without any extra squabble, but I’ll quickly go through how you can take full advantage of the features available.
Here’s an example of an explosion VFX shot that needs an exciting glow effect to give the fire some further intensity.
Since we’re organised (most of the time), we have the robot-explosion VFX layer separated from the background. Using keying tools, we can isolate the orange flames in a new layer.
Selecting this layer, and clicking “Generate” on our glow script will have the glow effect only applied to these flames, adding an extraordinarily epic glow to our fire VFX.
And it’s as simple as that!
To download and install the script, open up After Effects and navigate through File -> Scripts -> Run Script File. Find a folder you wish to keep the script stored, and extract “Crate’s Glow.jsx” to the new location. Double click the .jsx file and the script window will open.
If you’re looking for even more scripts to add to your workflow, check out our incredible Hologram extension!
If you’ve been using After Effects for awhile you’ll understand the usefulness of this script. Batch Replace comes packed with features, allowing you to quickly swap layers and assets within your project. Whether you’re looking to create countless variations or adapt upon an existing project file this script is ideal for you. Download it for free here
Check out Nate’s demo covering the basics of using this script.
Want more Free Scripts? Check out this script for Looping content in AE: Free Loop Script for After Effects
After Effects scripts are a powerful way to automate and accomplish tasks that would have otherwise taken far longer.
For example, many popular scripts automate the way that you animate, automatically adjusting keyframes in an instant to save you valuable time and get better results.
If you haven’t tried any out yet, you can browse our library of exclusive scripts and plugins. Many of them are free to download, while Pro members of the ProductionCrate community can access the entire collection, as well as over 10,000 other creative assets.
Thankfully, installing these scripts is an incredibly easy process, and works the same on both Windows and Mac. We also ensure that our tools are compatible with the most recent versions of After Effects (CC 2018, CC 2019).
Our example today will be walking through the installation of our free Hologram generator script which has just launched!
If you don’t have any .zip file tools, you can use WinWar.
Using this software to open the .zip file that you download will allow you to then drag the files to a new location. Make sure that you extract all of the content from the zip file.
Our destination is usually found in the Program Files folder. In most cases the full directory is:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2019\Support Files\Scripts
But if you are using any other Adobe CC version, feel free to place it there instead.
Most of our tools won’t work if there’s no footage for it to work on!
From here you can then navigate to the place you extracted the files to. Clicking on the “.jsx” file will then launch your chosen script.
There’ll always be the chance that something goes wrong. We’ve compiled a list of steps you can take to troubleshoot these issues
Take a moment to quickly look back in the zip folder, and check if all of the contents are also in the After Effects script folder. If it isn’t, simply drag it all over again!
Go through Edit -> Preferences -> General. A window will open with a bunch of checkboxes, where you can enable “Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network”.
If all else fails, you can ask on the forums, the comments below or contact us at Support@ProductionCrate.com, we’ll happily try our best to help out!
Creating holograms in After Effects is about to get a lot more fun with the release of our latest script.
These effects are one of the most requested on ProductionCrate, our library of thousands of digital assets to help build your creative endeavours. We know that often you will need to control what’s projected in the hologram, which is why we released this tool to help you do exactly that.
Not only can you download it for free, but using it to create your After Effects hologram is a one-click process!
Every feature that you could possibly need was built into the script. This includes:
All properties are fully customisable, meaning no matter what style you were aiming for, you’ll get there.
If you wanted to save your customised hologram, you can also click Animation -> Save Animation Preset to be able to apply it to any other shots you may have.
And if you wanted to save time, you might be interested in checking out the presets that we have built into the script. You can navigate through these by clicking the arrows on the pop-up window. These have been built to mimic some of the most recognisable movie holograms, referencing Star Wars, Iron Mans HUD, Aquaman and more.
To download and install the script, open up After Effects and navigate through File -> Scripts -> Run Script File. Find a folder you wish to keep the script, then extract both the images folder and “Crates Camera Script.jsx” to the new location. Double click the .jsx file and you’ll be ready to create your holograms in an instant!
If you’re wanting to save even more time, you can download these HD hologram VFX assets for your video.
Start with two null objects, these can be tracked in manually or using one of the various tracking features in After Effects.
Make sure your AE Script is installed in the After Effects > Scripts Folder
Within After Effects go to File > Scripts > Crate’s Null Generator Script
This script works in both 2D and 3D, so select either 2D Midpoint or 3D Midpoint depending on your needs.
You have the option to add some wiggle to the midpoint null as well. By default there will be wiggle controls on every null but you can select ‘control null’ if you want one set of controls for every null all in one place.
If you don’t need wiggle, keep the Wiggle Amplitude and Wiggle Amount at zero.
By default you just get one Midpoint null, which will be right in the center of your two animated nulls. If you want more than one null, they’ll be automatically distributed evenly between the two animated nulls.
Each midpoint null has a bias slider you can use to move it closer to Point 1 or Point 2.
Check out how we can used this script below. We tracked the handle of the sword and the tip of the sword, and applied that data to two nulls.
There are many ways you can utilize this powerful script in your projects.
All ProductionCrate members can now download the exciting Text Animation script for free!
This exciting addition to the range of tools gives you the power to create fun animations for your text – with a single click.
With 25 hand-made presets to choose from, you’ll never run out of a fresh way to liven up your videos, commercials or presentations! The presets include glitches, fly-ins, slides, spins and more.
Without the script, to create a text animation graphic in After Effects, you may spend hours manually adjusting countless keyframes and meticulously modifying their speed, opacity, motion blur and many other parameters. This script puts an end to the suffering, doing all of the work for you within seconds!
To give you even more control, our script creates a Null object that contains adjustable parameters, so you can tweak your design to perfection even after generation.
Let’s take a look at the After Effects script:
Choose Animation – This opens up the range of presets that you can choose from.
Eye Icon – Generate a preview that helps you see what the animation looks like.
Text – Enter what you want to be displayed!
Preset Parameters – Once you’ve selected a template, a number of sliders will appear that lets you customize each preset to meet your expectations. These are also accessible through the Null object that is generated with the preset.
Create New Comp – Enabling this creates the new text in a new composition. Disabling will generate the text in your selected composition.
Preview All – A handy tool that creates a grid previewing all the available presets
Create – Once you’re happy with your settings, hit this and let the script make your text come to life!
The script has been built to balance simplicity with function, so whether you’re a Vlogger wanting to spice up your editing skills, or are building a title card for a blockbuster movie, this script is for you!
To install the script, extract the files from the download, and drop both the “Crate’s Text Animator.jsx” and “images” folder into your After Effects > Scripts folder. You then can run the script by heading through File -> Scripts -> Crate’s Callout Script.jsx.
We’re excited to see what you create with this script! If you’re interested in our other After Effects scripts, extensions and plugins, check out this page here.
Creating callouts for your video can often be a complicated and time-consuming process, though all that is about to change…
We’ve created a free powerful script for Adobe After Effects that can do all the work for you in seconds: Crate’s Callouts!
Callouts are the small infographic labels that overlay a video, highlighting an important feature to inform the viewer of a name, statistic or the anatomy of a seal:
The script is packed with a huge bundle of presets, all fully customizable and ready for you to composite onto your video. This means that if you work for an organization or run a YouTube channel, you will be able to match the branding by adjusting the colours of the templates with one click!
To get started, you’ll need to first use a Null object to mark the position of what you want to be featured by the callout. The best part about this script is that it can be completely animated, so if you need the callout to follow a moving subject then this is the script for you.
For the next step, we’ll need to install our script. Extract the files from the download, and drop both the “Crate’s Callout Script.jsx” and “images” folder into your After Effects > Scripts folder You then can run the script by heading through File -> Scripts -> Crate’s Callout Script.jsx.
Now let’s take a look at what features we have at our disposal:
Arrows: Navigate through the presets to find the one you want.
Track Layer: Select the Null object you want the callout pointer to follow.
Title + Subtitle: Here’s where you input the text you want to be displayed.
Animation direction: Which way would you like the callout to come in from?
Color tools: Adjust the look of the preset to match your brand.
Smart Color Change: This nifty feature will automatically adjust any other colours that can be controlled to match your theme.
In/Out: What period (in seconds) do you want the callout to be on screen?
Base Point/Outline: Control the shape of the feature mark.
F: Click this to open up the text composition after creation, so you can adjust the font manually.
Once you’re happy with all the settings, hit “Create”, and you’ll save hours of time while the script creates your dream callout card within seconds!
Each preset has been carefully designed animated to give it the most professional appearance possible, helping you increase your production value at no extra cost!
If you want to control and customise the callout card after it has been generated, that is no problem! There will be a control null generated in your main composition window, clicking on this will reveal all of the various colour settings that you can adjust instantly in the effects window.
We’re excited to see how you make use of these free After Effects callout presets. If you’re interested in how else you can boost your workflow, take a look at our Lower Thirds script.