Four plug-ins from Cycore to create, edit and animate spherical maps.
Cycore FX Sphere Utilities contains four plug-ins that are essential tools to create, edit and animate spherical maps. Using Sphere Utilities these tasks become as easy as moving text from left to right on the screen.
But, need to animate a line going from Seattle to Uppsala or animate an airplane flying from Melbourne to LA crossing the dateline? Do it with Sphere Utilities.
Crossing the dateline usually involves a lot of manual work. For example, duplication of the layer and hand-matching the motion. Use these animations directly in After Effects with CC Sphere, or any other plug-in that supports spherical mapping, or in your favorite 3D application. In addition, use Spherical maps as environment maps and for panoramic viewers. In addition, this kind of capability is important in other places.
Draw or animate lines on spherical maps. Simply pick the Start and End Points, set thickness, color and opacity and MapLine takes care of the rest. To animate, use the Start % and End% controls to “draw” lines between the Start and Endpoints. You can select line cap types and use dashes. In addition, animate Dashes using the Phase control.
Cycore FX Sphere Utilities Plugins
Mappit. Place or animate any user-selected layer on spherical maps. Mappit is as easy to use as MapLine. Simply select the layer to use and pick start and endpoints. Then, set the size and animate the Travel property. Mappit does the rest. Use animations created using Mappit directly in After Effects with CC Sphere, or any other plug-in that supports spherical mapping, or in your favorite 3D application. You have the option to stretch, tile, or solo the selected layer between the start and endpoints as well as control opacity. There is also an option to apply advanced pre-filtering to achieve constant map resolution close to the poles.
MapLine. Draw or animate lines on spherical maps. Simply pick the Start and End Points, set thickness, color and opacity and MapLine takes care of the rest. To animate, use the Start % and End% controls to “draw” lines between the Start and Endpoints. You can select line cap types and use dashes. Dashes can be animated using the Phase control.
Remap. Realign the coordinate system of spherical maps, similar to rotating a sphere. This makes it possible to adjust the position of the equator and poles on a map. Remap also provides an option to apply advanced pre-filtering to achieve constant map resolution close to the poles. There are two ways to realign the spherical map, either by using the point and angle controls or by using an active AE 3D camera. When using a camera, the realignment will match the orientation in 3D. This can also be used with 3D effects, such as CC Sphere, to match the orientation of an orbiting 3D camera. The spherical coordinate transformation can also be used to produce unusual-looking distortions of regular footage.
MapDots. Generate a pattern of evenly distributed dots on a spherical map.
Sphere Utilities supports 32 BPC color (float) and are Universal Binaries for Mac OS X.
64-bit native support for After Effects CS5x–CC 2022
v1.3 required for AE 2022
v1.2 Supports After Effects 7.0 or greater
Mac OS X and Windows
Version 1.3 (28 March 2022)
M1 Support. v1.3 runs natively on Apple M1 processors as well as on Intel processors, as they are built as Universal 2 binaries.
Installer support for After Effects (Beta) versions makes it easy to use the plug-ins during public beta cycles.
Version 1.3 (October 26th 2021)
Version 1.3 supports Multi Frame Rendering (MFR) in After Effects 2022.
32 bpc support in all effects.
64-bit native support for all After Effects CC versions and CS6
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