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Sapphire Plug-ins for After Effects: KaleidoSquares

S_Kaleido:Squares

Reflects the source clip into a pattern of squares. The 'Inside' parameters transform the Source image before it is reflected into the pattern. The Center and Z Dist transform the entire result including the reflection pattern, and the Rotate affects only the reflecting 'mirrors'.

In the Sapphire Stylize effects submenu.
In the S_Kaleido Plugin.


Inputs:

Source: The current layer. The clip to be processed.

Mask: Defaults to None. Interpolate between the result and the Source input. White areas use the result of the effect. Black areas use the Source clip.

Parameters:

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.

Mocha Project: Default: 0, Range: 0 or greater.
Brings up the Mocha window for tracking footage and generating masks.

Blur Mocha: Default: 0, Range: 0 or greater.
Blurs the Mocha Mask by this amount before using. This can be used to soften the edges or quantization artifacts of the mask, and smooth out the time displacements.

Mocha Opacity: Default: 1, Range: 0 to 1.
Controls the strength of the Mocha mask. Lower values reduce the intensity of the effect.

Invert Mocha: Check-box,  Default: off.
If enabled, the black and white of the Mocha Mask are inverted before applying the effect.

Resize Mocha: Default: 1, Range: 0 to 2.
Scales the Mocha Mask. 1.0 is the original size.

Resize Rel X: Default: 1, Range: 0 to 2.
The relative horizontal size of the Mocha Mask.

Resize Rel Y: Default: 1, Range: 0 to 2.
The relative vertical size of the Mocha Mask.

Shift Mocha: X & Y,   Default: [0 0], Range: any.
Offsets the position of the Mocha Mask.

Bypass Mocha: Check-box,  Default: off.
Ignore the Mocha Mask and apply the effect to the entire source clip.

Show Mocha Only: Check-box,  Default: off.
Bypass the effect and show the Mocha Mask itself.

Combine Masks: Popup menu,  Default: Union .
Determines how to combine the Mocha Mask and Input Mask when both are supplied to the effect.
Union: Uses the area covered by both masks together.
Intersect: Uses the area that overlaps between the two masks.
Mocha Only: Ignore the Input Mask and only use the Mocha Mask.

Center: X & Y,   Default: [0 0], Range: any.
Center location of the kaleidoscoped image in screen coordinates relative to the center of the frame. The entire result will be shifted by this amount.

Z Dist: Default: 2, Range: 0.001 or greater.
Scales the 'distance' of the entire result in or out from the Center. Increase to zoom out, decrease to zoom in.

Rotate: Default: 0, Range: any.
Rotates the kaleidoscope's reflection pattern about the Center by this many degrees.

Inside Shift: X & Y,   Default: [0 0], Range: any.
Translates the source image inside the kaleidoscope before it is reflected.

Inside Z Dist: Default: 1, Range: 0.001 or greater.
Zooms the source image in or out inside the kaleidoscope before it is reflected.

Inside Rotate: Default: 0, Range: any.
Rotates the source image inside the kaleidoscope before it is reflected.

Kaleido Amount: Default: 1, Range: 0 or greater.
Adjusts the overall amount of distortion applied to the Source clip. Set this to zero to leave the source unchanged or to one for a normal kaleidoscope pattern.

Wrap: X & Y,  Popup menu,  Default: [ Reflect Reflect ].
Determines the method for accessing outside the borders of the source image. This is used only if the image inside the kaleidoscope is not contained within the shape of mirrors.
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 Source image is resampled using pixel averaging. This removes aliasing and gives a higher quality result, although it may not be necessary if your input image is smooth with no sharp edges or high frequencies.

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.

Mask Use: Popup menu,  Default: Luma .
Determines how the Mask input channels are used to make a monochrome mask.
Luma: the luminance of the RGB channels is used.
Alpha: only the Alpha channel is used.

Blur Mask: Default: 0.05, Range: 0 or greater.
Blurs the Matte input by this amount before using. This can provide a smoother transition between the matted and unmatted areas. It has no effect unless the Matte input is provided.

Invert Mask: Check-box,  Default: off.
If on, inverts the Matte input so the effect is applied to areas where the Matte is black instead of white. This has no effect unless the Matte input is provided.

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:

KaleidoTriangles
KaleidoDiamonds
KaleidoOct
KaleidoRadial
KaleidoPolar
FlysEyeHex
FlysEyeCircles
FlysEyeRect
Sapphire Plug-ins Introduction

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