Use this thread to make feature suggestions or requests for the PixSort plugin! I also wanted to take this chance to note that any additional features and updates added to PixSort are free to any previous buyers.
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This would be awesome.
Heyoo This is quite an old comment but I wanted to reply to say that currently I am working on refactoring a lot of PixSort's features over the summer and one of them is indeed 32-bit support! Currently I am working on 16 bit colors and then 32-bit colors will be the very next step!
What version of After Effects? Do you have any crash reports that you may provide to give further insight on the issue?
In your /Library/Logs/CrashReporter directory there should be a crash log for After Effects. Can you possibly upload this file somewhere so I may see what exactly is going on?
Also it'd be really cool to add thickness to the pixel lines
The way to do it would be to check the "invert" option on the threshold mask while having it set to "lightness" so that sorting only happens in the dark areas.
Also clicking "reverse" on sort-bias crashes every time? I'll look into this more as that shouldn't be happening.. PC or Mac by the way?
The latest download is the v1.2 update yes!
Do you not see the new features with the latest download?
(Metaphase,Dipole, constraints, etc)
I see. Are you planning any more versions?
Currently across all my plugins(and some unreleased ones) I am doing a pass of my codebase to allow for some gpu acceleration using openGL and/or vulkan but at the moment a new Adobe SDK is in the works of being released with a new update that I am waiting for that seems to natively support this. Once the new Adobe SDK comes out I'll be updating my plugins to allow for much of these new speedups.
Do you have a feature request?
Is there a way to make the effect "3D" or "2.5D"? What I mean is, can you rotate the lined effect to make them appear to point directly on the Z axis towards the camera, rather than just rotating on the XY axis? This would be a good feature.
Like in this example:
Out of curiosity, where are you based?
I think for that video they used photoscan which creates a 3d point-cloud from an array of photos and estimates the depth of each of them, and then on top of that they use directional pixel sorting.
Pixsort also has a "Radial Zoom" option for its flow-shape that you may use to exaggerate the depth a bit.
I am based in Southern California!
Thank you for your reply and the links.
I think your plugin is the best of its kind I've found and is very reasonably priced.
If you don't mind me asking -- how does one learn to develop plugins for AE? Is there a course one can take?
Oh man to be honest even just learning to make them myself is quite the journey. There is very very very little documentation out there besides what adobe provides and maybe some stray open source plugins on github so it's quite the task to learn and get up to speed considering pretty much every plugin programmer out there keeps their trade secrets to themselves. It's a pretty weird atmosphere to be in.
You can get the SDKs here! There is a PDF there that describes the overall API and includes some samples for the many different plugin types.
Thanks again for the links — greatly appreciated!
I hope your hard work is paying off with sales of your plugins.
I think marketing is another area you should invest more of your time to promote awareness of your plugins. I found your plugin only after I noticed the effect in that video I linked. I had not seen the effect anywhere before — I just came across it by chance on Artstation.
The creator of the video did not specify anything about how he created the effect, but he did tell me he used “pixel sorting”. I searched around and came up with your plugin using those key words, which was mentioned in a CG forum. I also found AE Pixel Sorter (AEscripts.com), which is more expensive but not nearly as feature-rich. You have probably seen it. Since your plugin was so reasonably priced in comparison, I didn’t hesitate in buying it.
I would suggest you make a few video tutorials as well as examples of what can be done with your plugin and post them on Youtube, CG artist sites (like Artstation) and your site to build awareness and interest.
No problem! You are absolutely right that I haven't put much effort in promoting my plugin outside of offhand links on the After Effects reddit and such. Now that I have a stable build if PixSort with its feature set being asymptotically complete I can for sure start production of a video demonstrating what PixSort is and how to interface with its features. Thank you so much for the feedback!
hi, im not the guy who made the thing but this looks like a whole lot of shifting channels on footage shot with a dolly or a drone down a street with some faces and patterns thrown in, which were probably generated in whatever software they used. then applied repeaters and also lots of overlay/screen blending with some classic distortion (scanlines, colour bleed, displacement, etc.)
hope that helps