INTEGRATED VFX COMPOSITING
Creating complex, seamless composites in After Effects canbe a difficult, time-consuming task. With Supercomp, light and atmosphericeffects interact with all of your layers and the elements of a scene in a farmore natural way than can be modeled with a simple stack of 2D layers.Supercomp enhances the After Effects 2D compositing engine with its own,powerful environment and set of tools, and far less pre-composing than everbefore.
POWERFUL EFFECTS, FAST
Work with 17 GPU-accelerated context-aware tools, such asLight Wrap, Volumetric Fog, Optical Glow, and more. Supercomp’s effects areeasily applied, with less time needed to get realistic professional composites.Supercomp’s adjustable presets speed up the compositing process by displayinglive previews of how they'll affect your finished composite.
PRO TRICKS AND TECHNIQUES
Good compositing requires knowing how to make things lookright. With Supercomp, you’ll benefit from decades of our team’s extensivefeature film and broadcast experience. Supercomp comes with built-in visualeffects tricks and techniques that deliver beautiful, convincing results. Lightwraps know they should wrap around every layer — not just one. Heat Blurapplied to a fire element gives a realistic blurring and distortion of alllayers behind it, without requiring additional effects.
ENTIRELY NEW/COMPLETELY FAMILIAR
Supercomp is a companion that works seamlessly with andwithin After Effects, so you can continue to use the effects and workflows youalready know. Use Supercomp for the finishing touches — or choose to base yourentire workflow around it. No matter how you use it in your work, you’ll neverhave to leave the comfort of the familiar After Effects timeline to get itdone.
Supercomp has been designed to include lots of features tomake compositing in After Effects a breeze.
THE SUPERCOMP PANEL
Supercomp’s dockable UI makes it easy to do complexcompositing through clear visual feedback. Supercomp's layers are easy to readat a glance, with intuitive icons for each effect. Quickly access the completeset of effects through a convenient radial menu for fast application andresults.
PREVIEW FINE DETAIL
Often, effects like Light Wrap are almost too subtle to see,especially with so many other effects applied to a layer. With the SupercompPanel, you can view your full composite, or you can drill all the way down to asingle selected effect, making it possible to see and alter small details forbetter results. Supercomp gives you a visual preview that delivers contextualfeedback at every level. (Sketchfab 3D Model Artist: Cécile Amstad)
Unlike standard After Effects layers and effects, inSupercomp, all layers and effects applied are aware of changes to the otherlayers in your composite. Adjustments will ripple throughout your composite,altering any pixels that should be affected by those changes. Swap out abackground, or change the order of your layers, and all light wraps,diffusions, haze, etc., will automatically change with it — no need to huntthrough multiple After Effects comps, layers, and effects.
Supercomp supports three different layer types: Normal,Additive, and Displacement. Each layer type has its own set of effects andpresets. You can also specify the gamma (log, video, and more) of your layer,which makes it easy to combine elements from different sources and cameras.
Setting up a complex composite is now as simple as a singleclick. With Layer Presets, you can apply multiple Supercomp effects at once toget a starting point or even an instant final result. Audition presets with thevisual preview, then apply. Tweak a setting or two to taste, and, if you like,save and share your own presets.
Most controls in Supercomp can be animated. Just right-clickon a parameter and select Add Keyframe. The control then appears in the AfterEffects timeline, where you can keyframe it, or even add expressions.
32-BIT FLOATING POINT HDR
No matter what the bit-depth of your After Effects project,Supercomp always works in 32-bit float, with proper gamma management. Thatmeans that your composites will look realistic and seamless, without anyclipped highlights or color artifacts.
All 17 of the effects in Supercomp are GPU-Accelerated,giving you fast feedback and renders.
EASY PICKUP AND HANDOFF
No more having to remember what you did when opening anolder project, or trying to figure out what someone else did when you inherit aproject. Supercomp’s clear visual feedback makes it simple to understand aproject’s makeup so you can jump right in and tweak.
Often a difference in the color of layers is what standsbetween you and a good composite. Supercomp offers a powerful Color Correctioneffect designed specifically for VFX compositing. Once you set your blacklevel, no subsequent adjustments will alter the black values of the layer.
Supercomp’s Optical Glow tool creates a photorealistic glowthat uses an inverse-square falloff, rather than the gaussian approximationused by other glow effects. The result is a natural-looking glow that adaptsrealistically to changes in brightness and color, and blends beautifully intothe background. This context-aware effect automatically wraps around allforeground layers in a way that would be daunting to set up in After Effects.Even layers and effects that blur or displace the glowing layer are honored.
Layer Glow works exactly like Optical Glow, but without theforeground wrapping. This is effective for layers that create an atmosphericglow that should realistically be occluded by foreground elements. (3D Model byNorberto Aguilera)
Light wraps are critical for allowing background light tospill over onto your foreground elements. In Supercomp, you can pick from twodifferent Light Wrap models: Diffusion and Encroachment. Diffusion models thekind of light spill that happens in-camera, from imperfections in the lens, orintentional on-camera filtration. The Encroachment method adapts the lightspill to the layer’s level of detail, for an organic, realistic effect.Supercomp’s Light Wrap is subtle, highly customizable, and works in anoptically-correct color space, so you never get that “overdone” light wrap look.
REVERSE LIGHT WRAP
Often missed in compositing, If the background light andcolor can spill light onto the foreground, then the reverse must also be true.Reverse Light Wrap spreads subtle color and light from the foreground onto thesurrounding background layers. (Sketchfab 3D Model Artist: Mark2580)
Blend your foreground layer into the atmospheric perspectiveof the background with a heavily diffused background color. The Haze effectincludes an optional shadow control to simulate the foreground layer blockingthe background light that’s illuminating the haze. This shadow can berepositioned to match the light direction of the background footage, andespecially helps the realism of backlit scenes.
Add realism to smoke and dust elements, or lend a backlitlook to snow or rain elements. The Blur Behind effect blurs the backgroundaccording to the opacity of the foreground layer. The result is most noticeablein semi-transparent areas of the foreground and also works well on fully-opaquelayers that have soft edges, such as hair or fur.
Supercomp’s Edge Erode effect adds smooth transparency tothe edges of your foreground layer. Use it to shave a harsh edge off analmost-perfect key, or add additional transparency to a soft-edged element likesmoke or dust.
This is the ultimate tool for setting a layer into anatmospheric shot. If your element is backlit in an atmospheric scene, VolumeFog adds “god rays” of background light spilling over the foreground. The rayscan also be diffused so that the lighting takes on a more subtle, naturalbacklit look.
The Edge Blend effect finds the sharp edges of yourforeground layer and blurs it together with the background.
If the element you’re trying to composite into a shot justlooks too sharp and crisp compared to the organic background plate, Diffusionis the effect you want. Diffusion functions as a more extreme version of LightWrap and Reverse Light Wrap in one effect.
It can be a tricky thing, compositing red-orange fire over adeep blue sky. Supercomp’s Heat Blur tool allows you to blur and displace thelayers below using a custom luminance extraction from the foreground. Theresult is realistic muzzle flashes, flames, sparks — anything hot. Thedisplacement has all the features of the VFX Suite’s standalone ChromaticDisplacement effect, and also includes controls to texturize the blur, or toadd visual complexity to simple elements.
Displacement layers use the same engine as the standaloneChromatic Displacement effect, integrated into the Supercomp engine. This meansyou can create beautiful, light-diffracting displacement effects, and they willbe perfectly integrated into the rest of your composite.
Additive Layers have no alpha channel but that doesn’t meanthey should be uniformly transparent. Often what makes an additive layer pop isa soft “core matte” derived from the luminance of the foreground. The corematte tool allows you to create punchy, saturated elements that still havenaturally transparent edges.
Film grain is a critical element in bringing together yourfinal composite. Supercomp’s got you covered. Every Supercomp composite hasmaster settings for grain, and each layer has its own grain controls. Everyeffect you add is automatically grain-managed, so your composites are alwaysseamlessly integrated with your background footage.
Adobe After Effects CC 2018 and later
Keep up to date with the latest version of VFX Supercomp.
Mac OS X 10.11 and later
4 GB of RAM
800 MB of Hard Drive space
Windows 10 and later
The minimum GPU required is an Intel HD 5000 integratedgraphics chip. Of course, newer and faster discrete GPU components from AMD andNvidia will yield faster performance.
- For Nvidia, we recommend 9xx series graphics cards ornewer; mobile GPUs; or the professional series Quadro cards.
- For AMD, we recommend 200 series graphics cards or newer;mobile GPUs; or the professional series FireGL cards.
VRAM size requirements: For HD resolution output, werecommend that your GPU have at least 2 GB of memory. If you are planning ondoing high-resolution project in 4K or more, we recommend a GPU with at least 4GB of memory.
Any CPU from Intel or AMD is supported.