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Tinderbox 4forAdobe After EffectsGenArtsTinderbox 4

2010 GenArts, Inc. All rights reserved.Tinderbox 4 User GuideThis manual, as well as the software described in it, is furnished under license and may only be used or copied in accordance with theterms of such license. This manual is provided for informational use only and is subject to change without notice. GenArts assumes noresponsibility or liability for any errors of inaccuracies that may appear in this book.No part of this manual may be reproduced in any form without the prior written permission of GenArts, Inc.The GenArts logo is a trademark of GenArts, Inc.Tinderbox 4 is a registered trademark of GenArts, IncAll other products or brands are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or organizations.Rev: February 2010GenArtsTinderbox 4

3ContentsIntroductionAbout this User Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1Background Rendering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1About Tinderbox Plug-ins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Other GenArts Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Tinderbox ControlsAbout. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5Aspect. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Ignore Transparent Pixels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Gradient . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11Camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18Filtering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Blending . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20Matte. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24Matte Layer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24Attenuation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24Source Crops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26Matte Layer Crops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27Tinderbox 4T Bars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28T BleachBypass. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30T Cartoon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31T Channels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34T Colourist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39T Convolve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43T Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46T Flow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51T InfiniteZoom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53T Kaleid. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55T LightWrap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57T LineDrawing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61T Median . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66T MuzzleFlash. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68T Quantise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73GenArtsTinderbox 4

4T Rain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .T Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .T Snow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .T SoftGlow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .T Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7476808387Appendix AEND USER SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT . . . . . . 92IndexA-Z . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93Tinderbox 4GenArts

INTRODUCTIONAbout this User GuideINTRODUCTIONWelcome to Tinderbox 4 for After Effects. Our plug-ins have beendeveloped for the most demanding professionals in the postproduction industry. We are delighted to bring these tools to digitalartists using After Effects.About this UserGuideThis User Guide gives you information on each of the plug-ins inthis set with hints and tips at the end of most plug-ins to suggestcreative or practical uses of the effect.Controls common to many of the Tinderbox plug-ins are describedin the chapter Tinderbox Controls and referenced from the plug-ins.SystemRequirementsTinderbox 4 plugs into Adobe After Effects CS4 running on MacOS X or Windows XP. It will also work in CS3/AE7. It does notwork in After Effects 6.5, 6.0 or earlier versions. A version ofTinderbox is available for Combustion.InstallationTinderbox is distributed as a software download from our website. You will find installation and licensing instructions there aswell. (http://www.genarts.com)Can I install Tinderboxon more than onecomputer?You can install Tinderbox on as many machines as you like, but awatermark will be drawn over the image if there isn’t a valid licensekey for that machine.If you wish to render Tinderbox plug-ins on a network of renderonly versions of After Effects you will need to purchase Tinderboxrender licenses.See “Background Rendering” on page 1.BackgroundRenderingGenArtsIn After Effects Pro, you can render on a network of computersusing watch folders. If you want to do this for compositions that useTinderbox plug-ins, you will need:1.The Tinderbox plug-ins installed on the networked computers.2.A valid Tinderbox license key for each networked computerTinderbox 41

2INTRODUCTIONAbout Tinderbox Plug-insYou may need to purchase additional license keys from GenArts.Without these, the After Effects Render Engine will renderTinderbox plug-ins with a watermark on the image. Render licensekeys will allow you to render Tinderbox using After Effects RenderEngine, but not the full After Effects program.About TinderboxPlug-insAll Tinderbox plug-ins integrate seamlessly into After Effects. Theyare applied to your clips as you would any other filter and they canall be animated using the standard After Effects animation toolsfrom simple keyframing to full blown expressions.For users with the Adobe After Effects Professional, the MotionTracker can be used to input data into any positional controls of theTinderbox plug-ins.Other GenArtsProductsTinderbox 4For the full list of products and supported platforms see http://www.genarts.com.GenArts

TINDERBOX CONTROLSAbout.TINDERBOX CONTROLSThis chapter describes the controls that are common to manyTinderbox plug-ins.About.To display the on-line help either click on “About.” as shown inFigure 1. To hide the help dialog, just click on it after it hasFigure 1. About.appeared. The help gives a short description of the plug-in, the exactversion number of Tinderbox (Figure 3) and the lmhostid (Figure 4).This online help is designed to give you a brief description of theplug-in and a quick start if required. More detailed information onthe plug-in is contained in this User Guide.Figure 2. Help.GenArtsTinderbox 43

4TINDERBOX CONTROLSResetFigure 3. Version.ResetFigure 4. lmhostid.Reset reverts all parameters in the plug-in to their default values.Figure 5. Reset.Options.Options will launch a web browser to get a license key for the plugins.Figure 6. Options.Tinderbox 4GenArts

TINDERBOX CONTROLSTypeTypeEach of the plug-ins listed in the next chapter has a type descriptionof blur, effect, tool, generator or warper. This is to help you quicklyunderstand the general nature of the filter.If there are any optional layers that can be used in the effect, theseare also declared.Some Tinderbox plug-ins can use a composition’s camera and lights.These are labelled as 3D in the Type definition and the plug-insthemselves appear with a cube symbol (Figure 7) in the EffectControls panel.Figure 7. T Droplet can use the composition’s lights.GenArtsTinderbox 45

6TINDERBOX CONTROLSAspectAspectControls the proportion of the effect in x, horizontal, and y, vertical.The default value of 0 will apply the effect equally in x and y. Avalue of 100 will only apply the effect in x. A value of -100 willonly apply the effect in y. Figure 8 and Figure 9 shows the output ofFigure 8. T Blur Aspect 100.Figure 9. T Blur Aspect -100.T Blur on a checker pattern with two values for the Aspect. TheAspect controls can be used to fake perspective. Figure 10 showsFigure 10. T Droplet.Aspect in T Droplet being used to sit the ripples on the water.Pixel Aspect RatioTinderbox 4Tinderbox plug-ins will automatically compensate for the PixelAspect Ratio set under Composition Settings and in the ViewerOptions.GenArts

TINDERBOX CONTROLSProcessProcessControls which of the colour channels will be affected by the effect.The options can be a subset or all of the following. The mostcommon are at the top of the list. Figure 11 shows a two layercomposite of a polar bear with triangular alpha channel compositedover a flower. T Blur has then been applied with the most commonprocessing options shown in Figure 12 to Figure 14. RGBA - the red, green, blue and alpha channels are processed.Figure 11. Two layer composite.Figure 12. RGBA.Figure 12. RGB - only the red, green and blue channels are processed.Figure 13. Alpha - only the alpha channel is processed. Figure 14.Figure 13. RGB. Figure 14. Alpha.Grey - this affects the result of (R G B)/3.Red - only the red channel will be affected.Green - only the green channel will be affected.Blue - only the blue channel will be affected.Luminance - the luminance of the image will be affected.U - only the U video signal will be affected.V - only the V video signal will be affected.Chroma - the U and V channels will be affected.You should note that some plug-ins operate on the alpha channel ofthe source image, like T Blur in the example above, and other plugins generate their own alpha replacing any alpha that was part of thesource image. You can see this in Figure 15 where T Caustic hasbeen applied to the polar bear layer and the triangular alpha channelGenArtsTinderbox 47

8TINDERBOX CONTROLSIgnore Transparent Pixelsis ignored.Figure 15. RGBA processing with T Caustic.Ignore TransparentPixelsIf you’re wondering what this handy switch does then read on.Figure 16. RGB Straight.Figure 17. Alpha.Consider this picture of a polar bear with a triangular matte.Figure 16 shows the RGB Straight pixels. Figure 17 shows thetriangular matte. Compositing this picture over a background willonly show the polar bear and the background. You’re never going tosee the green pixels.If we apply T Blur to the polar bear, let’s consider what happens topixels at the edge of the triangular matte. Figure 18 shows greenFigure 18. Ignore TransparentPixels Off.Figure 19. Ignore TransparentPixels On.pixels being dragged into the picture as a result of the blur. This isusually unwanted. switching Ignore Transparent Pixels on willmeans that the source image will be composited on transparent blackTinderbox 4GenArts

TINDERBOX CONTROLSIgnore Transparent Pixelsbefore the effect is applied. Figure 19 shows the result you’re after.GenArtsTinderbox 49

10TINDERBOX CONTROLSGradientGradientSeveral of the Tinderbox plug-ins require the colours to be set in agradient or ramp. These plug-ins will have a Gradient control. Thecoloured area at the top is used to create, delete and position theindividual colours in the gradient by manipulating the smalltriangular colour tags.NoteThe tags on the extreme left and right cannot be moved or deleted but theircolours can be modified.Figure 20. Gradient Controls.Changing a ColourSelect a tag by clicking on it. Click on the colour box (labelled Editin Figure 20) to launch the After Effects colour dialog.Moving a ColourSelect a tag and drag it left or right.NoteThe tags on the extreme left and right cannot be moved.Adding a ColourClick in the colour gradient to add a colour.Deleting a ColourClick and drag a tag into the colour gradient.Tinderbox 4GenArts

TINDERBOX CONTROLSLightingLightingSome plug-ins include controls for adding lighting. There are twotypes of lighting models that can be used in these plug-ins:1.GenArts lighting models.2.After Effects lighting models.GenArts ModelHas two light types, local and infinite.After Effects ModelHas four light types, parallel, point, spot, ambient.Ambient, diffuse and specular lighting models are included for someplug-ins and point, infinite or After Effects lights can be used.Figure 21. Lighting Off.GenArtsFigure 22. Lighting On.Tinderbox 411

12TINDERBOX CONTROLSLightingLightHost Light - this checkbox appears only when there is a host lightavailable in the current composition. If the control is switched on,the internal lighting model will b