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Track Points Advanced
Jesse Toula on January 13, 2016 at 9:35 am

Track Points Advanced is now available to purchase from the Google Play Store! Track Points Advanced is an Android app designed to simplify the screen replacement VFX process. What it does is allow you to cover your screen with a motion tracking friendly screen which you can customize to suit your specific needs. This is a completely redesigned update to the old 'Track Points' app and gives complete control over your tracking screen with tons of customizeable options. 

The most unique feature of Track Points Advanced is the ability to capture screen interaction that can then be imported directly into After Effects. This means that rather then tracking each finger as it interacts with the screen, all of that data can be simply imported and keyframed automatically using the free Track Points Import script.

Watch this walkthrough to see everything that Track Points Advanced can do!

Move Anchor Point 3 : Now Available
Jesse Toula on November 03, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Move Anchor Point 3 is now available! This script has been rebuilt from the ground up to give you the most control possible. 

New Features: 

  • New Modes - Object, Selection and Composition to give more control over how Anchor Points are moved
  • Match - Quickly match a selection of layers to the anchor point of another
  • Z-Space Presets - Work in 3D space
  • Improved Custom Move Options: Choose between pixel or percentage values and move anchor points anywhere

Learn More

New Tutorial: Advanced Screen Replacement
Jesse Toula on July 12, 2015 at 11:12 am

Advanced Screen Replacement Tutorial

In this tutorial, we'll take a look at how to deal with some common issues when working on screen replacement. My goal with this tutorial was to explain how you can make your work as easy as possible, without sacrificing the look of a shot. With just a little bit of planning, you can simplify the entire post process and create a more complex visual without having to sacrifice the style of the shot. 

This tutorial will take you from start to finish, from choosing the best tracking marker to integrating your screen replacement. This tutorial is filled with little tips and tricks to make your work more efficient.

Watch The Tutorial Now!

Also, along with the release of this tutorial I am also releasing a simple new plug-in called 'Manual Track' (which is used in the tutorial, but can be completed without it). 'Manual Track' is currently in BETA and is ONLY available for Windows while any bugs are worked out.

Manual Track can be downloaded for free on the Extras Page

The Pseudo Effect Suite
Jesse Toula on August 12, 2014 at 9:10 am

The Pseudo Effect Suite is now online!

Check out the Pseudo Effect Suite page for all of the information about these programs. 

This suite of programs is designed to simplify the process of creating and installing pseudo effects, which has always been a big hassle in the past. The Custom Controls Creator and the Pseudo Effect Builder are built for developers who want to make their own pseudo effects more accessible to users.

If you are not a developer but want to take advantage of pseudo effects, then all you need is the Pseudo Effect Installer, which lets you install pseudo effects with a single click. The Pseudo Effect Installer is free to download and use.

If you would like to learn about the entire process from start to finish for creating and installing a pseudo effect, check out this series of tutorials.

I hope that this set of programs becomes a helpful tool for many people. This is only the initial release for all of this software, so everything will continue to improve as time goes on. If you have any issues, comments or questions, please send an email to contact@batchframe.com.

Please Note: Unfortunately at the time of this release there is a bug with applying custom controls through scripts in After Effects CC 2014. What this means is that if you are creating a pseudo effect, you will not be able to create it directly within CC 2014. You'll have to create your presets in an earlier version of After Effects (which is recommended to increase compatibility) or just import the control in an earlier version, save the project, and then open it in CC 2014.

This bug does not cause any problems when custom controls are applied through presets, so your users will still be able to use your pseudo effects without problems.

Announcing The Pseudo Effect Suite
Jesse Toula on July 31, 2014 at 10:21 am

I'm excited to announce the Pseudo Effect Suite, which will be available on August 12th!

Pseudo Effects have always been a useful tool for anyone who creates or uses presets. They allow you combine a preset with a custom control so that everything is organized and user friendly.

The big problem with pseudo effects is that they can be a pain to install, requiring you to edit XML in your system files, otherwise you get "Missing" warnings and errors when the preset is applied. 

The Pseudo Effect Suite aims to get rid of the hassles and make creating, sharing and installing pseudo effects easy. The suite consists of three programs:

The Custom Controls Creator is an update to the Pseudo Effects Creator that is currently available at BatchFrame.com. The new version has many more features as well as a more responsive design area.

The Pseudo Effect Builder is where developers can combine their preset, control XML and other information into a single file. 

The Pseudo Effect Installer allows you to install one or more pseudo effects with a single click. It automatically updates the xml, installs and organizes your presets and even can help keep your pseudo effects up to date.

The Pseudo Effect Installer and the Custom Controls Creator will be free to use. The Pseudo Effect Builder will have a $15 purchase price.

More details about the Pseudo Effect Suite coming soon...