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Comp Screenshot - Utility Plug-in for After Effects

Comp Screenshot is a nifty utility plug-in that does only one thing. It takes a screenshot of the active composition and saves it as a PNG on the Desktop. Best of all, it's a free download.

Often times, I find myself taking screenshots when I'm working and wished there is an easier way to quickly create a PNG file without having to align the scissor tool properly to the composition in After Effects. I know you can always render out a file using the Render Queue, but this saves so much time and more intuitive.

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Adobe CC 2017 Compatibility

Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 edition is out for a few months already and all our plug-ins are fully compatible. You can download the latest installers from here.

» Plexus 3 Installer (Win/Mac)
» TV Distortion Bundle Installer (Win/Mac)
» Buena Depth Cue Installer (Win/Mac)

Legacy versions, such as Plexus 2 are NOT compatible with CC 2017 anymore due to API changes. After Effects has been going major API changes in recent versions and it's no longer possible to maintain older legacy versions of Plexus.

Hence, we strongly recommend you to upgrade to Plexus 3 which is designed from the ground up for AE's new architecture and also utilize all the new APIs introduced in After Effects to get much better performance.

If you're a Plexus v2/Plexus v1 user and want to upgrade to Plexus 3, make sure to checkout the discounted upgrade pricing.

Introducing Plexus 3

Plexus 3

I'm very excited to announce a brand new major version of Plexus. Plexus was designed to bring generative art closer to a non-linear motion graphics application like Adobe After Effects and this major new version bridges the gap further with some exciting new tools and enhancements. So what's new in Plexus 3?

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Plexus OBJ Sequence Exporter For Cinema 4D Is Available For Free!

Good news! Plexus OBJ Sequence Exporter for Cinema4D is now a free download for everyone. When Plexus was released with support for OBJ File Sequences, I've decided to create this simple utility to help users export OBJ sequences from Cinema 4D into Plexus. Later on, many users were using it to export OBJ Sequences to other programs and plug-ins.

But, OBJ files are tricky in the sense that their implementations are arbitrary. They're just text files with little standardization and cause numerous compatibility issues among multiple programs. Each program has it's own way of interpreting OBJ files and there is no way to support them all. For example, a valid OBJ file in Plexus might be invalid in Form and partially valid in Element and totally useless in some other application. I've been getting numerous support issues related to other programs' interpretation of OBJ file sequences and it is not possible for me to address them.

In conclusion, this exporter is designed to work with Plexus and will always be supported for that purpose. If you want to use it with other plug-ins/applications you're free to do so. If it doesn't work with other plug-ins/applications please contact the publisher of that program for a solution. But, if you're facing issues with OBJ sequences in Plexus, please do let us know.

Download Plexus OBJ Exporter for Cinema 4D →

Adobe CC 2015 Compatible Installers [Updated]

Adobe announced the release of Creative Cloud 2015 and it'll be gradually rolled out to users. I recommend caution when upgrading to new software and if you're working on a project, it's better to hold off on the upgrade for a while. See Todd Kopriva's post to keep previous versions of AE installed when installing CC 2015.

You need to re-install most if not all of the 3rd party plug-ins because of the changes to the rendering architecture introduced in 13.5 version of AE. Here are the download links to the latest version of our products which are compatible with CC 2015.

Please note, SVG Export in Plexus is currently disabled in CC 2015. We're working with Adobe to implement it for the new architecture.

Update: SVG Export functionality has been restored in Adobe CC 2015. To get that functionality please download the latest version of Plexus.

Plexus Installers: Download.

TV Distortion Bundle Installers: Download.

Installers for Buena Depth Cue are coming soon.

If you're facing issues please do let us know.

Interview - Simon Bronson, Mograph Designer

Simon Bronson is a talented Motion Graphics Designer, who is currently the Head of Design at Method Studios in Melbourne, Australia. I have had the pleasure of knowing Simon personally for a few years and he has been involved in the development and testing of many of our products. In fact, his early experiments using Plexus are still featured in our gallery. I had the opportunity to talk to him about his work and design in general.

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The Most Important Feature of AE Next

Adobe announced all new After Effects 13.5 version with a bunch of new features, utilities and cool gizmos. It now has a Character Animator, a detailed face tracker and a bunch of other improvements. If you want to know more about it, checkout Todd's blogpost explaining them in more detail. Buried in that post, there is an important announcement, Changes to Rendering Architecture for Interactive Performance Improvements. Apparently, it improves the experience so much that there'll be no more delays or beachballs during rendering! That sounds too good to be true. So I've downloaded the beta and noticed that they added a lot of new APIs and made significant changes to their rendering architecture. So I guess, 3rd party developers need to re-engineer their ground breaking & sometimes patented plug-ins to take advantage of the new APIs to really provide seamless user experience. Right? Well true, but not really. It interacts faster even if the plug-ins don't use any new APIs. I can write all the technical minutiae and bore you to death, but instead I'll explain it using a simple example.

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ALPHAPLEX - Abstract Typeface created using Plexus

It's always fascinating to learn about new cool things users create with Plexus! James Ramirez and Heather Brantman liked working with Plexus so much, that they've decided it would be really cool to have some of the text animations as an actual font. The result is this cool abstract typeface called ALPHAPLEX. Best of all, they're sharing it with everyone for free!

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Star Sports Rebranding (Updated)

Star Sports

As a huge cricket fan, I'm very thrilled to see these new Idents created for Star Sports rebranding in India by VentureThree, London. Looks like they've used Plexus extensively and the design looks very slick. The animations are smooth and overall it's a brilliant piece of video. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it to embed here, but make sure to watch both the videos.

Update: We now have more details on the project. Apparently, much of the Plexus work was done by Capacity in Los Angeles. Most of the Plexus animations were driven by Thinking Particles exported out of Cinema4D, as tweeted by Brett Morris, (the developer of Movietype) who worked on the project extensively.

Check it out - Start Sports Branding (Capacity.tv).

Star Sports ID Rebranding (Vimeo).

Star Power Ident (Vimeo).

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Ducks, Dreams, Camera & Water

Sleep and Live

It has been a great week so far and many great new pieces using Plexus have been published online. Here are a few of them.

First off, Adam Blumert created an amazing infographic piece called Sleep and live which apparently, explores relationship between sleep and dreams. I couldn't understand the content, because it was in Polish, but Adam was quick enough to promise an English version soon. It's still a great piece to watch nonetheless.

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Butterflies & Nature

Natural Process

Little Sines is a lovely illustrated animation by Matt Pitt that uses Plexus to create those abstract looking butterflies. I was very surprised when I first read they've used Plexus to create 'Butterflies'. I didn't even for once, think someone would create Butterflies using Plexus, but that just confirms that different people use the same set of tools to achieve very different results. It all depends on the artist, not the medium or tools.

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Buena Depth Cue Is Now Available!

Buena Depth Cue

Buena Depth Cue is a collection of powerful plug-ins that allows AE artists to create visual depth in their projects with an innovative workflow and mimic Z-depth in a unique way. We've acquired this bundle from Digieffects, Inc. early this year and now we're very happy to make it available again.

So What's new? We've made all the plug-ins in the bundle compatible with Adobe After Effects CC and also slashed the price to half!. Now you can get all the six plug-ins in the bundle for just $99. If you purchase it in the next two weeks, you'll qualify for an additional 20% discount and get it for a sweet $79 only! Existing users, don't worry! We've got you covered. You can get this version for free if you are an existing customer.

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We Steal Secrets-The Story of Wikileaks

We Steal Secrets, Wikileaks

Art of the Title published an extensive interview with Marc Smith, Sr Design Director at Frame Store New York who worked on the amazing title sequence for We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks. Marc shares their design process and also how they developed the visual aesthetic for the title sequence. He also mentions working with Plexus and how they've used it in their workflow alongside Cinema 4D. It's a remarkable interview that details various aspects of designing a title sequence and you should definitely check it out!

Check out the interview (Art of Title).

James Bond Visualized With Plexus

This is a repost of the Navarro Parker interview article that was published on Aescripts.

Skyfall Plexus

When a cutting-edge computer visualization of James Bond's head was necessary Navarro Parker and Bradley G Munkowitz (aka Gmunk) were called to do the task by MPC Los Angeles. MPC were commissioned to create the spot for Wieden + Kennedy in collaboration with RSA Films London. We were lucky enough to score an interview with Navarro about his process and life in general. Enjoy. And don't miss the awesome graphics breakdown from MPC at the end of the interview.

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Art of Flight Title Sequence Interview

This is a repost of the Chris Murphy interview article that was published on Aescripts.

Red Bull Media House

The Red Bull Media House and Brain Farm film "The Art of Flight" is a landmark achievement in action sports filmmaking (and filmmaking in general) and so it is only fitting that it has an equally impressive title sequence. We are extremely proud that Plexus helped play a part in it and it is why we are sharing it with you here. The design and productions of the title sequence was led by creative director Chris Murphy who was gracious enough to grant us an interview. Enjoy.

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Hello Again!

Hello there, Welcome to the new Rowbyte website. It's certainly a step up from the bland 90s era HTML page. If you don't who we are, please check out our About page. Briefly, we make high-end graphics software plug-ins for Non-Linear Video applications like Adobe After Effects. Plexus our flagship 3D particle engine for After Effects is used in a wide variety of projects like TV intros and Feature films. Make sure to checkout our Gallery page which showcases artwork created by various artists around the world using Plexus and other Rowbyte products.

We're still tweaking a few things in our brand new website, so let us know if you spot something weird or abnormal. Meanwhile, you can always follow Rowbyte on Twitter or Facebook. If you're still old school like me, follow our RSS feed in your favorite news reader.

Thanks again and hope you enjoy our new website!