If you have anything to do with After Effects and animation, the chances are that you own or have used at least one part of the powerhouse Red Giant Trapcode suite. Version 14 gives even more reasons to do so
With over a decade of development, Trapcode is now a very mature piece of software, and now Red Giant has released a major update to it in the form of version 14. The entire suite, consisting of Particular, Form, Tao, Mir, Shine, Lux, 3D Stroke, Echospace, Starglow, Sound Keys, and Horizon, with Particular, Form, and Tao being the main focus of the new update.
Efforts have been made to make the interfaces more intuitive and easier to use. Particular has been given GPU acceleration, which Red Giant claims gives a four times increase in speed over previous versions, depending on your hardware. 3D objects and animated OBJ files can now be used as emitters, as well as being able to assign any image composition to a sprite or polygon. Further complexity to animations can be created with the ability to combine multiple particle systems within the same space. To top it all off, Particular now comes with an additional 210 new presets, which take advantage of the new features.
Trapcode Form now shares the same interface as Particular, which should help with consistency. A new designer features, as well as the ability to use 3D models and OBJ files as particle grids. Tao also now includes depth of field effects.
The full Trapcode 14 suite retails at $999, while to upgrade from a previous version costs $199. Alternatively, if you do not have a need for all the effects, each of the component parts of the suite can be purchased separately.
Red Giant’s full press release follows on the next page.