Aura is a procedural plug-in for After Effects that creates elegant geometric shapes in 3D space. It’s akin to a particle system but instead of rendering small particles all over the place, it generates vector like shapes (waves) that change over time much like the classic Radiowaves plug-in. It renders hundreds of thousands of high frequency waves without sweat and creates mesmerizing animations.
Watch this beautiful intro animation created entirely using Aura
Much like the beloved classic ‘Radiowaves’ plug-in, Aura is very versatile yet simple. Allows the artist to experiment many different styles and procedural movements. Some of the special features of Aura are listed below.
Aura is designed to render wave systems with really high frequencies effortlessly using the GPU. The more the merrier. A render quality setting gives you complete control to set the tradeoff between quality and performance.
Aura is 3D camera aware with in After Effects. You can also create beautiful camera effects like Depth of Field Bokeh with custom Aperture settings.
No plug-in is fun without Turbulent Noise! You can apply noise to waves that evolves over time in Aura. Nuanced noise parameters give you all the controls needed to make subtle animations using noise.
All wave controls have start and end parameters and many controls have graph parameters to affect how they change over time.
Make waves follow along a Motion Path. Useful for arbitrary movement of waves and also extrusions.
Use 3D layers in the composition to create multiple Wave Producers for a single Aura instance.
Use the built-in polygon shape generator or create custom shapes using AE’s built-in masks. You can also convert text layers to masks and utilize them to generate waves using Aura.
Visualize waves using a ‘Band’ Render Mode. Creates ‘bands’ between waves to create interesting visualizations.
Render smooth flowing surfaces that encompass all the waves using the Surface Render Mode. Highly useful to create extruded geometrical animations and surface renderings without having to render high frequency waves in some situations.
Render Dots instead of Lines or Surfaces. New in v1.1 due to popular demand!
Use AE Layers as Color Maps to drive the colors of the waves. Also useful to animate Color Gradients over time. New in v1.1.
Aura was designed from the ground up to take advantage of After Effects’ new multi-threaded architecture introduced in recent versions of Creative Cloud. That means better support for persistent caching and better render performance.