Join Todd Kopriva for an in-depth discussion in this video New Cycore effects and improved color bit depth, part of After Effects CS6 New Features Overview.
After Effects CS6 includes the Cycore FX HD bundle of effects. This adds a dozen new effects After Effects as well as upgrading many of the bundled effects to be 16 bits per channel or 32 bits per channel. Also many of the effects built into After Effects have also been upgraded to 16 bit per channel and 32 bit per channel. The effects built into After Effects that have been upgraded to 32 bits per channel include, the Drop Shadow effect, the Fill effect, the Iris Wipe, Linear Wipe, Photo Filter, Radial Wipe, Set Matte, Spill Suppressor, Time Warp, and Transform. The new effects that have been added with the inclusion of the Cycore FX HD bundle include Cross-Blur, Color Neutralizer, Kernal, Threads, Environment, Block Load, Plastic, Line Sweep, Warpomatic, Over Brights, Rainfall, and Snowfall. All of the Cycore effects have cc at the beginning of their names. I'll go to the Effects and Presets panel, put the mouse pointer over the panel and press the Accent key.
That's the key above the Tab key or below the Esc key on a standard US keyboard, and then type CC to see all of the Cycore effects. Notice that very many of them are 32 bits per channel, as indicated by this icon. And all of them are at least 16 bit per channel. This is a great improvement over the previous bundle of cycore effects, many of which were only eight bits per channel. I'll press the Accent key again to return the Effects and Presets panel to its regular size, and let's apply some effects just to see what it means to have 16 bit per channel and 32 bit per channel effects.
First I'll switch the project to 32 bits per channel by Alt clicking or Option clicking on Mac OS, on the Color Depth button which currently says 8 bpc. So I'll Alt Click once and then once more. Now the project is set to 32 bits per channel. I'll add the new color neutralizer effect to get rid of a color cast. This is a 32 bit per channel effect as you can see by the 32 icon.
And now I will deliberately add an 8 bit per channel effect, so that you can see what happens. The arithmetic effect is only 8 bits per channel. And notice that I get a warning indicator. This tells me that color information that's passing through the arithmetic effect will not have as much detail as the color information passing out of the color neutralizer effect. The color neutralizer effect using 32 bits per color channel has very precise, very fine grained results.
But the arithmetic effect will only pass through much courser results in only 8 bits per channel. Also because 32 bit per channel color is also high dynamic range color within AfterEffects any over brights that are passed out of this effect will not make it through this effect. That's why its so important that we have 32 bit per channel and 16 bit per channel effects as much as possible. I'll delete the arithmetic effect and apply the transform effect. The transform effect is very useful because it gives you the ability to apply transforms to a layer at any point in the effect stack. Since the standard render order is masks followed by effects, followed by transformations, it's sometimes useful to be able to apply an effect to do a transformation before another effect is applied.
That's what the transform effect is often good for. When you're working with continuously rasterized layers with the render order is different it's even more useful to use the transform effect because then you can apply a transform after it would normally be applied, but because the transform effect used to be 8 bits per channel it greatly reduced the usefulness of this effect. Documentation for the effects built in to After Effects can of course be found in After Effects Help, but for the Cycore or CC effects, documentation is found on the Cycore website. To find information about the Cycore effects go to the search field in the upper right hand corner of the After Effects application interface, enter Cycore and press Enter.
And the Adobe community help search will lead you to the Cycore FX page where you can find information about the effects, including their documentation, and sample projects. I especially find the gallery useful, which you can find in their complete list of plug-ins. If you position your mouse pointer over the name of any of the effects in the gallery, you get a preview of what it would look like. I'll close this. So, After Effects includes 12 new effects with the new Cycore FX HD bundle and has upgraded 10 of the built in effects to have higher color bit depth.
- 3D animation
- User interface changes and removed features