|Effect Builder AE|
Effect Builder AE is a development kit for building Adobe After Effects™ plug-ins from Quartz Compositions on MacOS X. With Effect Builder AE and Quartz Composer you can quickly create your own effects like generators, filters, and transitions without programming knowledge. With Core Image enabled graphics hardware, effects are rendered hardware accelerated.
With Effect Builder AE you can build a wide range of effects for Adobe After Effects 7.0+. Effects support 8, and up to 16 bit per color channel. 16 bit are only supported on Core Image enabled hardware and with some other restrictions. To find out what color depth your computer supports, please launch Effect Builder AE and open the “About...“ window.
Effect plug-ins are self-containing, i.e. they include their Quartz Compositon (QC) by default. For maximum flexibility you can optionally load another, external QC for an effect from within After Effects, and you can even edit this external QC without compiling the effect again or restarting After Effects. As another option an effect can load an external image or a whole folder of images to be used by the effect.
Effect Builder AE supports all basic parameters that are handled by After Effects. You can use these parameters to control your effect‘s QC and animate the QC by After Effects‘ parameter animation.
Effects can be assigned unique product codes, which makes them require corresponding license codes to get enabled. This allows users to distribute their own high quality effects on a commercial basis.
Effect Builder AE provides a simple and intuitive user interface that lets you easily setup and manage effect plug-ins - see image below. The toolbar contains buttons for creating categories and effects, assigning QCs to effects, adding parameters to effects, and finally building effects. On the left hand you can see the effect table with categories and effects. On the right hand upper part some general adjustments can be done. Below you can see the parameter table, and at the bottom a parameter panel related to a position parameter is visible.
Steps to Build an Effect
Building effect plug-ins for After Effects™ from Quartz Compositions is fairly easy and takes only ten steps with Effect Builder AE. Please click on any of the images below and press 'n' or 'p' to step through. Also check our trial version (download here). The software package includes a few samples (Quick Start) with more detailed instructions, so you can easily follow these steps and create a few effects within minutes.