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v3 Motion Boutique Newton for After Effects

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Motion Boutique Newton for After Effects
  

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THE 2D PHYSICS ENGINE FOR ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS

Newton 3 brings realistic physics to After Effects, making your 2D composition layers act like solid objects that interact with each other – just like in the real world. It gives you many ways to control the properties of your objects, including type, density, friction, bounciness and velocity. You can also change world properties, like gravity. What’s more, Newton 3 allows you to create realistic joints between objects, so you can easily create complex motion. Once you complete your simulation, the animation is recreated in After Effects with standard keyframes, so you can adjust the timing however you choose. Easy, no?


Highlights

MAIN Features

  • With Newton 3, 2D layers in AE act like solid objects
  • Supports masks, text and shape layers
  • Handles collisions, friction, bounciness, gravity and much more
  • 6 types of object (static, dynamic, kinematic, AEmatic, dormant and dead)
  • 6 types of joints (distance, pivot, piston, spring, wheel and blob) so you can connect objects exactly how you want
  • Attract or repel objects with our magnetism system
  • Almost every physical property can be animated with keyframes
  • Clean, well-organized and easy to use interface
  • Fast preview, and fast export to keyframes

 

What's New in Version 3

Newton 3 interface has been improved

newton 3 ui

ANIMATION!

ANIMATE PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OVER TIME USING OUR NEW KEYFRAMES PANEL:

  • Make your objects bouncier, give them more friction. Change their dampening. Activate / deactivate joints over time. Turn motors on or off, change the rotation speed. And more… The possibilities are endless!
  • Available for almost every property
  • Unlimited number of keyframes
  • 5 types of keyframe interpolation, to meet all your motion needs
  • Graph preview, because seeing motion is better than reading about it

TWO NEW JOINTS TO PLAY WITH: WHEEL AND BLOB

WHEEL JOINT

newton wheel joint

Use wheel joints for all your vehicles – with built-in suspension and motor!

BLOB JOINT

newton blob joint

With our new blob joint, you can join multiple objects to create a deformable object that stays the same volume.

newton add wallsQUICKLY ADD WALLS TO YOUR SCENE

Need some boundaries? Add static walls to your scene with a single click! With built-in infinite floor and comp bounds.

 

EXPORT CONTACTS TO KEYFRAMES

Use contact keyframes as markers to trigger events like distortions and color changes

Simply select the object that you want to export the contacts for, check the option inside Newton, and voilà! Once the simulation is done, you’ll get keyframes where there were contacts.

This comes in handy for synchronizing events – like pinball hits!

Joints

newton joints

Create a chain of objects with the Distance Joint to get a realistic ‘dangling-on-a-rope’ effect. If you want a springier effect, add some elasticity with a soft Distance Joint.

newton joints

Make your objects rotate around the same point with the Pivot Joint, then watch them swing free. If you want, you can also add angle limits and a motor to the joint.

newton joints

Is your animation in need of a piston? Add a translation axis to your objects with the Piston Joint, then add translation limits and a motor, if that’s your thing.

newton joints

Boinnnnng! Add some realistic springiness between your objects using the Spring Joint.

newton joints

Get your wheels rolling with the Wheel Joint, with built-in motor and suspension. Just like a rolling stone…

newton Joints

Need some gloop in your life? Join multiple objects together with the Blob Joint to make a deformable object that stays the same volume, no matter where you send it.

 

TIPS

  • Our ConnectLayers script gets on really well with Newton 3 – it'll help you create ropes and much more.
  • Use our JointViz script included in the package to easily recreate Newton joints with AE shape layers (requires CC 2018 or later).

WAIT – THERE'S MORE

  • We’ve polished the interface so it matches that of After Effects (and looks pretty).
  • There’s better support for shape layers.
  • You’ll find a new registration system too – a single plug-in file for both the trial and the full versions, which you can activate/deactivate by using the aescripts licensing framework.
  • We’ve improved the installation process for Windows (dependencies load better, no installer required).
  • You can take Scene Snapshots to quickly decide which setup is the best for your scene, without the hassle of loading settings.
  • Actions History lets you undo/redo what you’ve done in an instant.
  • Preferences and Shortcuts dialogs.
  • A comprehensive User Guide for all your questions.
  • Many sample projects to get started in no time, including most of the projects created for the gif animations of this page (included in the package).

NOTE FOR NEWTON 2 USERS
We’ll still provide support for Newton 2, but we’ll no longer be doing bug fixes, new features or improvements to this version.

 

Quick Start Video


Updates

What's new in version 3.0

General Changes

  • Added animation module (animate almost every physical properties over time)
  • Added 2 new joint types: Wheel (for vehicles, with suspension), and Blob (deformable object)
  • Added new body property "Export Contacts" to create a contact keyframe at each contact when exporting simulation to AE (useful for syncing events)
  • Added 2 buttons under the preview to automatically create either an infinite floor or a static frame around comp bounds
  • UI has been revamped to better match AE's interface. This includes the new "scrubby slider" to rapidly edit property value by dragging the value itself
  • Improved support of shape layers
  • Changed registration system (we now use aescripts licensing framework)
  • Changed loop mode: when it is activated, the simulation restarts and plays when arriving at the end of the animation (which is controlled by the EndFrame parameter in the Export panel)
  • Changed EndFrame parameter: it now controls the simulation duration
  • Added support for file paths (settings files) containing unicode strings
  • Updated GUI library from Qt 5.6 to Qt 5.8

Platform Specific Changes

Mac OS X

  • Improved performances when user interacts with the scene (e.g., moving bodies with the mouse is much more responsive compared to previous versions)

Windows

  • Improved installation system (better dependencies loading system, no installer required)

What's new in Newton V2.2?

Bug fixes

  • Fixed conflict with some Mocha-related extra plug-ins
  • Fixed numerous bugs with shape layers (including anchor point issues,incorrect interpretation of rotated shape)
  • Fixed bug with layers having 0%-scale at t=0
  • Fixed bug with Desired Length property of spring joint

Changes

  • Completely rewritten shape layers code (shape transform properties are now correctly interpreted)
  • Adjusted GUI appearance to better match latest AE versions
  • Updated internal GUI library (from Qt4.8 to Qt5.6)
  • Tabbed docks/panels can now be moved by group (when multiple docks are nested)
  • UI Theme option removed (in prefs dialog)
  • Added new preference for Comp Bounds color
  • Added warning message when the scene contains a lot of polygons (> 2000), that suggests to use the Use Convex Hull option
  • Replaced all dashed lines in the preview with solid lines (selected bodies and joints, gravity tool)
  • Added an informative message above the preview to inform the user when Newton is loading settings
  • Updated documentation
  • Added CC 2015, CC 2015.3 compatibility

What’s new in version 2.1

  • Settings are not tight to a composition anymore! We added a Load Settings dialog that allows you to choose between layerID (AE internal identifier, comp specific), layer index or layer name, when importing settings file.  In previous versions only layerID was used.
  • Randomizer: Allows you to randomize the value of mostly any settings in Newton.
  • Copy/Paste body settings
  • Copy/Paste joint settings

Compatibility

For Adobe After Effects CC 2018, CC 2017, CC2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC, and CS6.

 

 

 

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