Do you make your own presets? Are you looking for a way to make them more organized and professional looking? Well Pseudo Effects are the answer. Pseudo Effects, sometimes called 'custom effect controls' and 'custom expression controls' allow you to put all of your controls into a single 'effect'. You can set your own defaults and value ranges so that users can use the reset button to return to the defaults you chose. There are many more advantages to using Pseudo Effects, and this tutorial will go over all of them as I walk you through creating one from scratch. The creation of these controls is done in an .XML file, so for those of you how do not feel comfortable writing your own code, or just want to speed up the process, I also end the tutorial by showing you a way of creating all of the XML without doing any programming by hand. This tutorial takes an in-depth look at the PresetEffects.xml file, and talks about features of Pseudo Effects that you wont find anywhere else. So lets get started creating a Pseudo Effect!
Also check out the Pseudo Effect Creator, which is discussed in this tutorial
This is a short film made a couple of years ago by Spy Entertainment. Uses some pretty awesome visual effects throughout. Check out the "Making Of" video to see how they integrated all of the different elements into the amazing final product. Pretty inspiring stuff...
The De-compose plug-in is now available as a 64-bit plug-in for After Effects CS5. The download now comes with both of the 64-bit plug-ins for Windows and Mac as well as the 32-bit versions for those of you who don't have CS5 yet. Simply copy the plugin folder into your plug-ins directory and the option will show up at the bottom of the 'Layer' menu.
The only change in this version of De-compose is that now, the name prefix text box defaults to blank, since most users will not need to know where the layers came from after the composittion has been de-composed.
You can download the plug-in from the After Effects Extras page.
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, leave a comment or send me an email.
**Updated: A new update is now available. v1.01 has a new fix. Details in Updates.txt included in download.