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DIGITAL ANARCHY PLUG-IN CREATES 'TOON' EFFECTS

June 20, 2007
DIGITAL ANARCHY PLUG-IN CREATES 'TOON' EFFECTS

The filters free up artists from having to hand paint or rotoscope material and use advanced algorithms from Toonamation to create cartoon shading and lines in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Motion.

The set includes four filters and users can easily customize the cartoon effect. The Roto Toon filter creates flat shades of color and provides full control over details like outlines, shading styles and halftone effects. The Outlines Only filter uses edge detection to produce cartoon-style edges, removing color altogether from the footage for a black-and-white comic-book style. Goth Toon makes use of internal color rotoscoping to create a high contrast effect, while Blacklight Edges' edge detection creates a fun, customizable set of neon-colored edges.

One of the key features of ToonIt! is its ability to minimize temporal artifacts. Other cartooning software frequently produces an undesirable vibrating image that is the result of color regions and lines jittering from frame to frame. ToonIt! filters reduce these graphic issues and produce very consistent results from one frame to the next. This temporal noise reduction and visual consistency drastically reduce the need to make adjustments via rotoscoping or other manual editing methods.

ToonIt! 1.0 is available for the special price of $249 through July 4th. The filters work in After Effects 5.5 and higher, Final Cut Pro 4.5 and higher, Motion 2.1 and higher, and Premiere Pro  2.0 (Windows only) and higher.