on Tuesday released Conoa EasyShapes, a 3-D plug-in set for non-linear video editors and compositors, including Apple Final Cut Pro (version 3 and higher), Adobe After Effects (4.1 and higher), Discreet Combustion 3, and Avid systems. Compatible with Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.x, Conoa EasyShapes lets you map video onto spheres, cubes and cylinders using its proprietary 3-D rendering engine.
It includes three plug-ins: Conoa CylinderWarp, Conoa Sphere and Conoa Cube. Conoa CylinderWarp maps video to a cylinder, but also allows the cylinder to wrap, unwrap and flex. Conoa Cube maps video to a cube, allowing six different video layers to be applied to the sides independently. The cube can be exploded or imploded, and the faces can be rotated and intersected. Conoa Sphere maps video to a sphere.
The EasyShapes plug-in set employs Conoa’s proprietary 3-D renderer for generating its images. The renderer features texture mapping, reflections, refractions, Phong shading, specular highlights, reflection mapping, bump mapping, multiple material models and more. It supports a 3-D camera and lighting system. Additionally, any media layer from the video editor can be applied to any shape as a texture map or reflection map, including layers with partial transparency. The Conoa renderer also supports 16 bit-per-channel color, which reduces banding effects in rendered video.
Conoa EasyShapes uses the native user interface of the video host system. The cost is US$109.