After Effects

Wow-AE and C4D Lite

Now this is seriously impressive.  This is a video that was put online at motionworks.net, showing the workflow between After Effects and Cinema 4D Lite.  I mentioned earlier that this sort of deep integration between the two programs is so impressive that it makes me wish that Nuke had something comparable.  This is the first video I've seen that actually shows the workflow.

AE CS 7

I have to admit, I'm downright jealous of the updates that were announced today about AE CS7.  I have to give credit to Maxon and Adobe  From the looks of it, they've really pushed the boundaries between 2D and 3D, and I can't wait to see what artists come up with. 

So far, the most complete details can be found here at Pro Video Coalition.  A very impressive upgrade.  Very interested in seeing what 'C4D Lite' contains.  I never thought much of  After Effects' implementation of a 3D workspace, so this blows my mind.

I'm just hoping that The Foundry could do something like this with Nuke and modo.

Comp and 3D Consolidation

Yesterday Adobe and Maxon (makers of Cinema 4D) announced that they would be entering a 'strategic alliance'.  Steve Forde, the product manager of After Effects wrote a blog post on it here.  Maxon posted a press release here.  Kanan Flowers' post-production podcast covers the news, taking with Steve Forde and Paul Babb.

Interesting times.  This means that the two dominant compositing packages have joined up with a independent 3D company.  Very curious what 3D features will filter down to comp.  Will it just be a 'send to modo/Cinema 4D' button in the comp packages, or will it be more substantial?  Would love to get the modo renderer in Nuke.

Speaking of Modo, they released another preview video for 701: