All of our visual effects plug-ins are available in After Effects under the Effect menu:
After Effects lists filters, generators and transitions under the Effect menu. You will find categories for all our products. The example below shows filters in the FxFactory Pro Stylize category:
Notice that FxFactory Pro Generators and FxFactory Pro Transitions categories appear under the same menu.
Plug-ins are also accessible through the Effects & Presets palette:
In After Effects, effects can be applied to existing layers on the timeline. Select an existing layer and choose one of the plug-ins from the Effect menu to apply it:
Once a filter has been applied, it can be configured via the Effect Controls palette:
Generators can only be applied to an existing layer, whose content is usually overwritten by the generator. In After Effects, it is common practice to create a new empty layer by selecting the Layer > New > Solid... menu command:
In most cases, you should make sure the new layer has the same dimensions as the composition, by clicking the Make Comp Size button before creating the solid layer:
Plug-ins in After Effects are configured exclusively via effect parameters. Generators sport an extra parameter at the end of the list called Composite on Original:
The Composite on Original parameter is helpful when you apply a generator over an existing clip (rather than a solid layer) to have the output of the generator rendered over the existing media.
As a compositing and motion graphics tool, After Effects lacks support for transition-style effects. In particular, it does not allow effects to be applied in-between clips. FxFactory allows you to use transitions by treating them as filters. The incoming clip is specified via an additional Transition Layer parameter:
The transition effect normally animates over the duration of the clip. You can customize this behavior by disabling the Transition Progress: Automatic parameter, and keyframing the Transition Progress parameter below it.