Andrew Kramer and his Video Copilot website have been a leading force on the web for learning Adobe's After Effects software for a long time. With a stellar supply of fun and exciting VFX tutorials, Andrew Kramer has inspired many to dive deep into After Effects and learn some really cool stuff.
Over the years, Video Copilot has provided a number of design tools for sale, including the fantastic Element 3D. But, there have also been some design tools available for free. ORB is one of them.
First launched on September 18 this year, ORB is a free plug-in for After Effects which allows the user to basically design 3D planets, right within the software!
Seriously cool, ORB allows you to create a stunning 3D sphere in short time. You can create planets with incredible detail, using advanced bump maps, and completely design the atmosphere. The ORB plug-in includes built-in illumination, but also works seamlessly with After Effects lights. And with 360 degree environment rendering, you can create a full starry background as well.
The ORB plug-in was built for After Effects version CS6 and up. Check out the plug-in website for more details, including compatibility and GPU requirements. Also, be sure to check out Video Copilot for many exciting tutorials and resources for After Effects.
About Video Copilot
Video Copilot is a collaborative resource for training, design tools and artists. Our goal is to show you what is possible and how effects can be created so that you can apply these techniques on your own creative adventures. We strive to develop distinctive and innovative tools that improve the quality and speed of your production while offering freedom and flexibility.