Buena Depth cue is a collection of powerful plug-ins that allows AE artists to create visual depth in their projects with an innovative workflow and mimic Z-depth in a unique way. They are designed to handle a variety of factors surrounding common sense manipulation of the critical half-dimension.
As human beings, our perception of depth is key to our feeling of scale and proximity...our entire sense of 3D space. When the entire image is in focus, the viewer loses the sense of the Z dimension in the material, be it a still image, a motion picture or video, or motion graphics.
Buena Depth Cue's Depth gives you the ability to add these differences in focus to your images or motion graphics after they've been created. Using the ability of Depth to create a depth map, you generate a gray scale 'layer' that drives the difference in how effects are applied to a clip in After Effects. It's like an "alpha channel" for focus instead of transparency. If you require more virtual camera movement, use the 'precomposite depth' feature to allow a greater range of animation and viewing angle.
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