Plug-ins are just as easy to use as built-ins; they just require an extra step in finding them on your system and selecting the one you want based on its filename. By default, they are located in a Plugins directory within your Blender installation directory. In a default Windows installation, it is "C:/Program Files/Blender Foundation/Blender/plugins/", or wherever the path is entered within the User Preferences File Paths window.
You find these DLLs by:
- Visit the Blender Resource Page for Plugins
- Hunt the internet and visiting programmer's websites
- Explore the plugins that are installed with Blender.
When you find them, download the version that is appropriate for your operating system (there are different flavors for Unix, Windows, and OS X), saving them in the Blender Plugin Sequence directory. The location of this directory on your machine is under your install directory or overridden by a setting in your User Preferences panel.
Alpha Matte Plugin Effect
Note: Only your Scene and certain image types (PNG, EXR) support an alpha channel.
Animated Glow Plugin Effect
Box Blur Plugin Effect (Pre 2.48 only; crashes 2.48+)
Cartoon Plugin Effect
Chromakey RGB Plugin Effect
This plugin turns the pixels which have the color determined by the RGB sliders, within an error Tolerance, transparent. The example above takes our blob on a shaded blue background and treats the background as a "blue screen", turning it all transparent. The same could have been done for green, which is called a "green screen". This allows us to now overlay the foreground blob over a new background using the builtin AlphaOver effect. This effect is not animatable.
Chromakey YUV Plugin Effect
Based on the luminance (Y) and chromiance (U and V) values of a foreground strip, this plugin shows the pixels of a background strip underneath the foreground. This plugin turns the pixels which have the color determined by the YUV value sliders, within an error tolerance defined by TolYUV sliders, transparent. The amount of blending is controlled by the Blend slider. The example above takes a swirly foreground image and puts our blob on a shaded blue background as the background. It treats certain colors within the foreground as the "blue screen".
YUV chromakeying is often used when an actor is filmed in front of a black screen, and the YUV keying turns the black background to alpha, letting the background show through.
Clockwipe Plugin Effect
Desaturate Plugin Effect
Dice Plugin Effect
Diff Plugin Effect
Displace Plugin Effect
First selecting a vector map (a black and white image that tells the plugin what to do) and an image to manipulate, the Displace plugin shifts the pixels sideways and vertically. Use Wrap to make a wrap-around transition so that pixels shifted off the image on one side are used to fill in the other side. Filter does some anti-aliasing, making the image smoother.
A positive displacement shifts the pixels down and to the right, while a negative displacement shifts them up. Partially shown in the image to the right is the vector mask used for this example: a simple gradient that goes vertically from black to white. The shade of gray is multiplied by the displacement to determine how far to shift the pixels.
FlipFlop and FlipIt Plugin Effects
FlipIt adds the option to rotate the image 90 degrees.
GreenScreen Plugin Effect
Simple to use? Just load your greenscreen movie and load your background strip. Shift-select the greenscreen, then the background, and add this effect. When you click the check/ibuf2 button twice (until it turns yellow), the plugin automatically substitutes your background for the green removed. While nodes may be more flexible, they are about 15 times slower; using this plugin you can process a ten-minute run-time green-screen footage clip in a half an hour (on my Centrino(r) laptop).
This easy-to-use plugin takes out the green with values between the Ymin and Ymax values, and leaves U (blue) and V (red) alone based on clipping values set with the sliders. It also has special filters for DV 4:1:1 footage that smooths out the color channels. The variable color spill factor, spill/+lum button get rid of that dark outline and any green that may have spilled onto the actors. The edge blur melds (anti-aliases) the edges of the keyed image to the background.
Download this plugin and visit his site for a complete explanation and tutorial that even covers garbage matte techniques using the Sequence Editor.
Channel 0 outputs are selected through a display control. Choices include an the image with green as alpha 0.0 (using the black swatch), colored backgrounds using the color swatch, or UV masks (display:1), alpha masks (display:2), or YUV (display 3,4,5 respectively) using the display selector.
If you can't afford a $400 muslim greenscreen, rumor has it some Blenderheads have even had fair results using a $4 tablecloth.
Iris Plugin Effect
Jitter Plugin Effect
Lightsaber Plugin Effect
- To: Claimant
- Re: Request for Disability
- Date: 15-05-3043 Terra-GMT
Our examiners have carefully reviewed the photographic evidence you submitted in connection with an unfortunate light-saber incident you claim happened during the filming of "Elephants Jedi" which resulted in the loss of your arm. After careful inspection, we have concluded that the so-called "lightsaber" was in fact a special effect which you created and staged to look like an accident waiting to happen. Your claim has been turned over to the authorities for prosecution.
- Jackaky Skinflint, CPA, AFP, EXT, CLIM, GAK
- Claim Inspector #4395, Intergalactic Indemnity Assurance Corp.
WARNING: This message is confidential and for its intended recipient only. If you have received this message in error, please report to your local health office and submit to a free brain wipe. Thank you.
This effect does an edge detect on the base image, and adds a glow to the edge. In the example above, the scene has just a tube. The plugin makes that tube into a lightsaber, and the effect strip is AlphaOvered the live-action footage. Animating the tube to track his hand would make it look like he's about to lop my arm off. At least, that was the idea. Too bad Jackaky wasn't fooled.
LSD Plugin Effect
OldMovie Plugin Effect
Red-Green Stereo Plugin Effect
Scatter Plugin Effect
Warp Plugin Effect
First selecting a vector map (a black and white image that tells the plugin what to do) and an image to manipulate, the Warp plugin shifts the pixels sideways and vertically. Set the amount of the warp using the slider, and enable animate for a smooth warping over the distance of the video. Alternatively, use an Ipo curve to control the amount of the warp.