3D Reflector for After Effects
Not yet CC2015 or CC2017 Compatible
After Effects can do so much, but you couldn't do reflections easily. Until now.
Use 3D Reflector to quickly enhance your scene with reflective surfaces.
It's as easy as picking a surface (a floor, a wall, a ceiling) and applying the 3D Reflector effect. One additional click will update your scene for reflections.
3D Reflector will work with 3D text, pictures, and movies. Most effects in your scene will be reflected as well.
Need a mirror? Use Reflector. Want to simulate a hard wood floor? Use Reflector.
Be sure to read the Tips & Tricks and Limitations sections of the Reflector Details page.
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• Make any 3D plane reflective
• Reflect any number of 3D layers
• Apply falloff to fade the reflection based on distance
• Combine other 2D effects to simulate various reflective materials
• Use Zaxwerks advanced 3D products in your scenes
• Hide specific layers to prevent unwanted reflections
There are many surfaces that don't fully reflect the items above it. For example, hardwood floors reflect, but only to a point. The further away from the floor an object is, the less it reflects. You can simulate such an effect with the Falloff parameters in Reflector. Set the Falloff Starting Point and Distance, then select the Falloff checkbox. Update your scene to see the effect.
There will be occasions where you don't want every layer to show up in your reflective surface. Sometimes it's for a desired effect (like the Vampire image below). Other times it's because a layer just doesn't look right in the reflected area. The Hide 2D Layers parameter takes care of many distracting layers, but there may be 3D layers that need hiding has well.
If you hide the parent of a bunch of layers, all of the children will be hidden as well.
TIPS & TRICKS
Here are a few details that could help you understand how Reflector works.
While Reflector works with most of your existing scenes, there are a few caveats.
Limitations of Reflector with other Zaxwerks 3D products
This section refers to Zaxwerks 3D plug-ins, including:
Zaxwerks 3D plug-ins are usually applied to 2D AE planes. If you check the "Use Comp Camera" checkbox, the 3D image will integrate into your 3D AE scene. Therefore, you can use Zaxwerks 3D products with Reflector.
However, be aware that since you apply the effects to 2D layers, you'll need to uncheck the Hide 2D Layers parameter. Use Vampires to hide other 2D layers.
Also, note that Falloff doesn't work with Zaxwerks 3D products. This is due to how we calculate Falloff.
3D Reflector Plug-in for After Effects
Version 2.0.3 Update
Version 2.0.2 Update
Version 2.0.1 Update
Version 2.0.0 - Major Release
Version 1.5.1 Update