Clearly, After Effect is one the most powerful motion graphics and compositing software.There are lots of third-party add-ons are available, one of those are Plugins. Simply, plugins are those piece of software that works on top of the main framework, in this case, the After Effect framework and SDK(Software Development Kit) and using this SDK third-party users can create plugins that expand features of an application that didn’t exist on the application itself.
Yeah, in every software plugins are playing a key role to its functionalities.As I mentioned there are a lots of plugins out there on market from third-party companies and in fact, some of them are really powerful and we can’t imagine using After Effect without them. If you wondered to know about them, stay with me and let’s see which plugins are important for you.
01.VideoCopliot Element 3D/Optical Flare
Anyone who is using After Effect for a long time, they somehow know about Video Copilot and Andrew Kramer. VideoCopliot is a Motion graphic and visual fx online tutorial provider that hosted by Andrew Kramer. Andrew Kramer is a talented visual fx artist based in the USA and he helped thousand of people including me to learn After effect for creating Motion design and visual fx shots. In several years ago Videocopilot realized various plugins for after effect that in fact, they are the best and powerful plugins that you can’t find similar products with this advance features and capabilities.
Video Copilot Element 3d and optical flare is one of those popular plugins among After Effect users. Elements 3D allows you to create and import 3D model right inside of After effect, without the help of any standalone 3D Applications. It’s not just about importing and creating there are hundreds of tools and functions that makes elements 3d very powerful.Optical flare is a plugin that allows you to create Realistic lens flares and its elements like Glares, Sparks, Optical distortion and much more. Optical flare has several powerful features like Libraries, 3D supporting, Animating on the path and much more.
So, as an After Effect user, these 2 plugins are very important for you and with these 2 plugins you’re able to create amazing motion graphics and visual fx scenes in After effect.
Old is gold! yeah, that is true. Trapcode Suite plugins are one those powerful and old plugins of After effect that you can not find any after effect user or motion graphic artist that did’nt use these plugins on their work pipelines.Trapcode Suite is not just one or two plugins, it contains 11 powerful plugins with new updates every year from Red Gaint company.
Trapcode particular, shine, mir,star glow,tao,soundkey,echospace,3dstroke and others are plugins from Trapcode Suite that allows artists to create powerful motion graphic projects that it’s near to impossible to create them with built in tools in After effect. These plugins are a must have for every after effect user not all of them but most of them are very powerful to work with.
03.Red Giant Looks/ Colorista
Redgaint Look and Colorista is another great product from RedGaint company for Color correction and color grading.Looks and Colorista are two separate plugins with different features. Looks plugin has more features in terms of color correction and grading but Colorista is more specific for Color grading and as compare to Looks its kind of short version of Looks, it doesn’t mean that you can’t use Colorista for color grading and correction, it has some nice features that give your footage and Hollywood looks without doing too many things. These two plugins are available under the subproducts of Magic Bullet Suite From RedGaint company.
Plexus is another powerful plugin that allows After effect user to create polygonal and abstract shapes. its first of its kind and the only best plugin for creating polygonal and line path motion graphic. Plexus work with masks in After effect, you have to create a mask then apply the Plexus plugin on it with tons of parameters you can create complex motion design in minutes.
There are lots of other plugins available for After Effect but these 4 ones are the most powerful and popular plugins on the market. All of them are available on 30 days trial version that you can download and test them.
So, what do you think about those plugins? Do you have any other plugins that are really important for you? Leave your comment below.Tags: ae, after effec tuts, after effect, plexus, plugins, plugins for ae, redgiant, trapcode, videocopilot