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Shawn Shaffer
In Adobe After Effects is it possible to do Anti aliasing, Reflections,Radiosity, and Refraction?
on Feb 2, 2017 at 4:31:14 pm

In Adobe After Effects is it possible to do Anti aliasing, Reflections,Radiosity, and Refraction? Not in any particular order.
If not, is there any plug-ins that could do that


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Dave LaRonde
Re: In Adobe After Effects is it possible to do Anti aliasing, Reflections,Radiosity, and Refraction?
on Feb 2, 2017 at 5:37:24 pm

Anti-Aliasing: no. It's a bitmap application, not a vector application. It can accommodate vector graphics and keep them smooth when scaled up through a process called Continuous Rasterization.

Reflections: not easily. You have to use a somewhat complex technique. No plugins for it, either.

Radiosity: this is the first time I've heard that term. Do you mean glows? Do you mean volumetric light, like when you shine a light in a dust-filled room? Do you mean something else?

Refraction: No. You have to fake it. No plugins, either.

It sounds like you would be better off using a 3D application instead of AE.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Shawn Shaffer
Re: In Adobe After Effects is it possible to do Anti aliasing, Reflections,Radiosity, and Refraction?
on Feb 2, 2017 at 6:16:18 pm

What program would you recommend?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: In Adobe After Effects is it possible to do Anti aliasing, Reflections,Radiosity, and Refraction?
on Feb 2, 2017 at 7:10:33 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Feb 2, 2017 at 7:21:03 pm

Probably Cinema 4D; Adobe and Maxon have a partnership going. To wit: C4D Lite comes bundled with AE.

If you want a FREE one, Blender is the choice, and it's darned good.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Tim Drage
Re: In Adobe After Effects is it possible to do Anti aliasing, Reflections,Radiosity, and Refraction?
on Feb 7, 2017 at 12:03:12 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiosity_(computer_graphics)

OP had a pretty vague question to be fair, but I'm afraid your reply is a bit out of date: if he has CC 2017 - and can actually get the Cinema 4D renderer to not crash every 5 mins 😃 - then he can do very basic 3D, with reflections control over the level of antialiasing, right in the comp. No radiosity, refraction, or for that matter texture/bump maps or any of that useful stuff tho.

If he has 2014 or above he can use Cineware and Cinema 4D lite and do all the stuff he asked about (again assuming he can get C4D and AE to communicate properly which seems to be a big if in many people's experience :-S)

> Anti-Aliasing: no. It's a bitmap application, not a vector application.
'Detail preserving upscale' and the 'bicubic sampling' quality setting can scale bitmaps up somewhat more smoothly/antialiased than simple scaling


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Tim Drage
Re: In Adobe After Effects is it possible to do Anti aliasing, Reflections,Radiosity, and Refraction?
on Feb 7, 2017 at 12:06:02 pm

What version of AE do you have? CC14 and above included Cineware + Cinema 4D lite, which can do everything you ask about, and CC2017 can do very limited 3D with reflections directly in compositions. see my reply to Dave below for more details :)


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