Sapphire Plug-ins for After Effects: DissolveWaves


Transitions between two input clips using a waves warping function. The first clip is warped away and faded out while the second clip is unwarped into place and faded in. The Dissolve Percent parameter should be animated to control the transition speed.

In the Sapphire Transitions effects submenu.


Foreground: The current layer. Starts the transition with this clip.

Background: Defaults to None. Ends the transition with this clip. If this input is not provided, a fully transparent background is used, showing whatever is behind it. Note that the background can not be warped during the transition unless this input is provided.


Load Preset: Push-button .
Brings up the Preset Browser to browse all available presets for this effect.

Save Preset: Push-button .
Brings up the Preset Save dialog to save a preset for this effect.

Transition Dir: Popup menu,  Default: Dissolve Off to Bg .
Selects the direction of the transition.
Dissolve Off to Bg: transitions from the current layer to the Background.
Dissolve On from Bg: transitions from the Background to the current layer.

Auto Trans: Popup YES-NO,  Default: No .
If enabled, a transition is performed automatically between the first and last frames of the layer. If this is off, the transition is performed manually by animating the Dissolve Percent parameter.

Dissolve Percent: Default: 0, Range: 0 to 1.
Auto Trans must be disabled for this parameter to be used. It determines the transition ratio between the Foreground and Background inputs, and would normally be animated from 0 to 100 to perform a complete transition. The curve controlling this parameter can be adjusted for more detailed control over the timing of the dissolve. The Slow In and Slow Out parameters, if positive, also adjust the transition ratio internally for a smoother start and/or end to the transition.

Frequency: Default: 3, Range: 0.01 or greater.
The frequency of the waves pattern. Increase for more and smaller elements, or decrease for fewer and larger.

Amplitude: Default: 0.3, Range: any.
Scales the amount of warping distortion.

Rel Amp2: Default: -1, Range: any.
The relative amplitude of the second input clip warping distortion. If this is positive instead of negative, the clip will be unwarped from the opposite direction.

Angle: Default: 45, Range: any.
The rotation of the overall waves pattern used for the wipe, in degrees.

Displace Angle: Default: 90, Range: any.
The warping direction in degrees relative to the angle of the waves. 0 gives compression-expansion waves, and 90 gives side to side waves.

Phase Start: Default: 0, Range: any.
The phase shift of the waves. The wave pattern is translated in the direction of Angle by this amount.

Phase Speed: Default: 0, Range: any.
The phase speed of the waves. If this is non-zero the wave pattern automatically travels at this rate.

Slow In: Default: 0.5, Range: 0 to 1.
If positive, causes the transition to start more gradually.

Slow Out: Default: 0.5, Range: 0 to 1.
If positive, causes the transition to end more gradually.

Wrap: X & Y,  Popup menu,  Default: [ Reflect Reflect ].
Determines the method for accessing outside the borders of the source images.
No: gives black beyond the borders.
Tile: repeats a copy of the image.
Reflect: repeats a mirrored copy. Edges are often less visible with this method.

Filter: Check-box,  Default: on.
If enabled, the image is adaptively filtered when it is resampled. This gives a better quality result when parts of the image are warped smaller.

Opacity: Popup menu,  Default: Normal .
Determines the method used for dealing with opacity/transparency.
All Opaque: Use this option to render slightly faster when the input image is fully opaque with no transparency (alpha=1).
Normal: Process opacity normally.
As Premult: Process as if the image is already in premultiplied form (colors have been scaled by opacity). This option also renders slightly faster than Normal mode, but the results will also be in premultiplied form, which is sometimes less correct. If your image has sharp color changes where the matte channel also has sharp edges, you may get better results with Normal mode.

Crop Input Parameters: Default: 0, Range: 0 or greater.
These 4 parameters, Crop Top , Crop Bottom , Crop Left, and Crop Right , allow selecting a rectangular subsection of the input image to be processed. If the Wrap parameters are set to "No" the exposed borders will be transparent. If the Wrap is "Tile" or "Reflect" the source image is wrapped on the new cropped borders to fill the frame. This can make it easier to avoid artifacts due to distorting an image with bad edges.

See Also:

Sapphire Plug-ins Introduction


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