v1.1.1b Rowbyte Aura


Rowbyte Aura

Radiowaves. Turbocharged.

A procedural plug-in for After Effects that creates elegant geometric shapes in 3D space. It’s akin to a particle system but instead of rendering small particles all over the place, it generates vector like shapes (waves) that change over time much like the classic Radiowaves plug-in. It renders hundreds of thousands of high-frequency waves without sweat and creates mesmerizing animations.

Watch this beautiful intro animation created entirely using Aura!

Much like the beloved classic ‘Radiowaves’ plug-in, Aura is very versatile yet simple. Allows the artist to experiment with many different styles and procedural movements. Some of the special features of Aura are listed below.

GPU Accelerated High-Frequency Rendering

Aura is designed to render wave systems with really high frequencies effortlessly using the GPU. The more the merrier. A render quality setting gives you complete control to set the tradeoff between quality and performance.

AURA GPU Accelerated High Frequency Rendering

3D Camera & Depth of Field

Aura is 3D camera-aware within After Effects. You can also create beautiful camera effects like Depth of Field Bokeh with custom Aperture settings.

Rowbyte Aura Multiple Layer Producers

Turbulent Noise

No plug-in is fun without Turbulent Noise! You can apply noise to waves that evolve over time in Aura. Nuanced noise parameters give you all the controls needed to make subtle animations using noise.


Advanced Wave Params

All wave controls have a start and end parameters and many controls have graph parameters to affect how they change over time.

Aura Wave Parameter

Motion Paths

Make waves follow along a Motion Path. Useful for arbitrary movement of waves and also extrusions.

Rowbyte Aura motion Path

Multiple Layer Producers

Use 3D layers in the composition to create multiple Wave Producers for a single Aura instance.

Aura Multiple Layer Producers

Custom Shapes using Masks

Use the built-in polygon shape generator or create custom shapes using AE’s built-in masks. You can also convert text layers to masks and utilize them to generate waves using Aura.
Band Rendering

Visualize waves using a ‘Band’ Render Mode. Creates ‘bands’ between waves to create interesting visualizations.

Waves Custom Shape

Band Rendering

Visualize waves using a ‘Band’ Render Mode. Creates ‘bands’ between waves to create interesting visualizations.

Surface Rendering

Render smooth flowing surfaces that encompass all the waves using the Surface Render Mode. Highly useful to create extruded geometrical animations and surface renderings without having to render high-frequency waves in some situations.

Rowbyte Aura Surface Rendering


Dots Rendering Mode

Render Dots instead of Lines or Surfaces. New in v1.1 due to popular demand!

rowbyte aura dots

Custom Color Maps

Use AE Layers as Color Maps to drive the colors of the waves. Also useful to animate Color Gradients over time. New in v1.1.

Designed for AE

Aura was designed from the ground up to take advantage of After Effects’ new multi-threaded architecture introduced in recent versions of Creative Cloud. That means better support for persistent caching and better rendering performance.

After Effects CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017

1.1.1b (Current version) – Sep 19, 2019

  • Notarized installer to make it compatible with macOS Catalina

1.1.1 –  Aug 16, 2019

  • Fixed bug that caused waves to stutter after the end of the lifespan.

1.1  – July 10, 2019

New features/changes include:

  • Dots Rendering Mode.
  • Color Maps for gradients.
  • Gradient Position Mode.
  • Compatibility update with Floating License Server.

1.0 – Jun 3, 2019

Initial Release

After Effects: Aura - Multiple Producers w/ 3D Layers

This tutorial will teach you how to use 3d layers to create multiple producer points in Rowbyte Aura for After Effects.


After Effects: Aura Turbulent Noise Tutorial

Learn how to use the turbulent noise features in Rowbyte Aura for After effects to create stunning shapes with high frequency in 3D space.


After Effects: Create a Procedural Background with Aura

This tutorial shows you how to create a beautiful procedural background using the new Rowbyte Aura for After Effects.


Rowbyte Aura Basic Workflow Tutorial #gettingstarted

Learn the basics of using Rowbyte Aura in this tutorial. Aura is a procedural plug-in for After Effects that creates elegant geometric shapes in 3D space.