Red Giant releases Trapcode Suite 11 for particle & lighting effects

Digital Arts | 25 August 11

Red Giant has released Trapcode Suite 11. Designed by Peder Norrby, Trapcode's original creator, Red Giant says Trapcode Suite 11 is a major upgrade to the VFX toolset for high-quality broadcast design and 3D motion graphics.

With this release, Trapcode Suite 11 includes a new release of Form 2, featuring full support for 3D models and sequences in OBJ format, enabling artists to import OBJs directly into After Effects for 3D modeling and design. Trapcode Suite 11 also includes a new update for Lux 1.2 which adds 32-bpc support for deeper color effects for After Effects artists.

Trapcode Suite 11 consists of nine effects tools, with an emphasis on 3D motion graphics. Red Giant says that the suite offers two major new upgrades to the suite:

Trapcode Form 2.0
A significant upgrade, Form 2.0 now enables artists to bring OBJs directly into After Effects with support for 3D models and sequences, offers Particular 2 features, such as Textured Polygon and Streaklet particle types, and illuminate particles with Shading for visual depth and tight integration with After Effects lights.

Form 2.0 also provides full Layer Map support with advanced animation control over particle size, rotation and color. An expanded Spherical Field feature enables artists to distort spheres into any elliptical shape, and built-in Audio Reactors simplifies application of variables, such as motion, dispersion, size and twist so particles organically react to frequencies and sound effects;

Trapcode Lux 1.2
Lux simulates the 'visible light' phenomenon of light in a dark or foggy environment. Lux creates realistic visible light sources for spotlights, flashlights, headlights, or stage lighting of all kinds, and now offers 32-bpc support.

Trapcode Suite 11 also includes 3D Stroke 2.6 uses paths from one or more masks to render volumetric strokes that can be rotated and moved freely in 3D space. It also includes a built-in camera to create dynamic 3D environments.

Echospace 1.1 speeds and automates the creation of sophisticated 3D layer effects in Adobe After Effects. Layer iterations can be controlled as a group or individually for sophisticated 'house-of-cards' or 'Cover Flow'-style animations. Horizon 1.1 creates ultra-realistic environments using Trapcode Horizon to wrap sphere maps, panoramas or video around the After Effects world.

Particular 2.1 is a fast, powerful 3D particle system with full camera and light support, delivering the most powerful particles for After Effects. Particular creates a wide range of realistic natural effects from natural smoke and explosions to geometric, 3D, or organic abstract elements. Shine 1.6 is a 2D plug-in that simulates 3D volumetric light effects within an editor. TV and movie professionals use it daily to create light rays that sweep through logotypes or any kind of footage;

Sound Keys is a keyframe generator plug-in for After Effects and enables users to visually select parts of an audio track and convert that audio into keyframes. Starglow 1.6 enables users to add Hollywood glamor, with multiple colors and point and shimmer controls, to text or shapes with the fast-rendering Starglow plug-in.

Trapcode Suite 11 costs $899 (around $549), or from $99 ($60) as an upgrade. Red Giant says all products in Trapcode Suite 11 are 64-bit and designed for use with Adobe's Creative Suite 5.5.