Adobe has released After Effects Advanced 3D Renderer 5.0, a rendering plug-in for After Effects 5.0, the company’s video-compositing and special-effects tool. The plug-in adds the following capabilities to After Effects 5.0:
Everything in the Standard 3D Renderer;
Layers can intersect in arbitrary fashion, and are correctly anti-aliased;
Moving intersections are correctly motion blurred;
Transfer modes work with intersecting layers
After Effects 5.0 was released in January. The upgrade added productivity enhancements, 3D capabilities, parenting functions, Macromedia Flash export, improved masking and other new features. Adobe plans to ship the software in the second quarter, with a general target being the National Association of Broadcasters show, which runs April 21-26 in Las Vegas.
The Standard version of After Effects 5.0 sells for $649. The Production Bundle, which adds vector-paint, motion, keying, effects, audio and 3D channel modules, as well as 16-bit color support, sells for $1,499. Upgrades from the Standard version 3.x or 4.x to Standard version 5.0 cost $199; upgrades from the Production Bundle version 3.x or 4.x to the new Production Bundle are $299. Upgrades from the Standard Bundle to Professional Bundle cost $899, but for the first 120 days after the product ships, Adobe will allow users of the Standard Version 3.x or 4.x to upgrade to the new version’s Production Bundle for $499. Registered users will be able to download additional free special effects: Foam, for creating bubble effects, and Wave World, for simulating waves.
You can download
the After Effects Advanced 3D Renderer 5.0 (a 106k file) online.