Here is a quick test utilizing some new features of Sure Target 2. Notice the bouncy movement and the subtle roll and pitch of the camera as it moves.
Think about being in a car with very soft suspension…
Watch Test Video (looping)
The camera Roll is also velocity based so that it will inherit the speed of your camera movements and the amount is controllable as with the inertia.
You might also notice the variable target distance from the first title to the second… Each Target has a slider to control the (dolly/truck) distance from the camera so some targets can be close and others far without having to move your layers or animate the camera manually.
UPDATE: Just doing some more testing and should have a tutorial and download ready next week. See you then.
Our soon to be released plug-in Sure Target 2 is near…
Sure Target 2
Precision 3D Camera Control for After Effects 7, CS3, CS4
Price: $0 (Free)
Value: $5,000,000 + a Turkey Sandwich
Real Plug-in Form: As an actual plug-in, Sure Target 2 has better organized parameters and will run on any language of After Effects and provide advanced feature support.
Auto-Camera Rigging: When you add Sure Target to a NULL, a 3D camera is created and parented instantly, plus the NULL is changed to 3D and necessary expressions are added and activated.
Auto-Populate: Select Target Layers one by one and Sure Target will add them to the target list in order with one click. This will save setup time if adding or rearranging your targets.
Ease Target Modes: Sure Target 2 will automatically ease the animation keyframes as requested with 4 modes. Ease, ease in, ease out and linear.
Auto-Focus: Sure Target 2 will calculate the focal distance to the camera so that your target layers are in focus.
Inertia Inheritance: Incorporate natural springy movement at each stop with control over amount and decay.READ MORE
The Video Copilot Gear is now available. We have a stylish black hat and 5 shirts from our T-Shirt design contest. We have several sizes available too!
Very limited quantities so please one per customer
While your at it, you might check out some of our great DVDs too, shipping is a low flat-rate per order.
In keeping with the habit of providing the most valuable FREE content and tools for After Effects on the net, we are making one of our favorite free presets even better! Sure Target, our fast, easy-to-use Camera animation tool is easier and more powerful with Version 2.
Version 2.0 features easy 1-click rigging and un-rigging, so you don’t have to remember technical details for setting it up in a pinch so you can concentrate on the design of your project. It even makes the layer 3D so you don’t forget! We have also included improved organic movement control as the camera moves through 3D space. Expect the update soon!
OPTICAL FLARES UPDATE:
Our upcoming product for creating next-generation 3D lens flares, Optical Flares is nearly completed, however I see an opportunity to make it even better with a little more time.
Optical Flares is capable of building amazing 3D lens flare presets with precise and realistic qualities. Now imagine the power of a free network where customers could upload and share these amazing presets online?
The Video Copilot Preset Network is a perfect solution to continue the spirit of the website of sharing and contributing...READ MORE
Good news! We updated our VC Reflect plug-in to work with PPC Macs. If you were having trouble loading the plug-in on your MAC with AE7 or a G5 processor, try the latest build 14 and see if that works for ya!
Check out the tutorial and download the project with the plugin.
BTW: Optical Flares is making big progress, expect more news next week. Look, Optical Flares is just an awesome, fun plug-in… I’m very excited and can’t wait to show you more!