April 13, 2014

The Powerful Motion Graphics Plugin, Nodes, is Back with Version 2

Nodes 2There are many plugins out there for all sorts of post production platforms that make it possible to generate 3D models, creating amazing effects you wouldn't be able to pull off otherwise. One such plugin is Yanobox's Nodes, which has been used on major effects driven films, such as The Avengers, Planet of the Apesand Ender's Game. Nodes fans may be happy to hear that version 2 of the powerful motion graphics plugin is now available. Continue on to find out all about Nodes 2, including its many features, tutorials on how to navigate it, which platforms it supports (it's only for OSX unfortunately), and how much it'll cost you.

Yanobox, which is powered by FXFactory, garnered the anticipation and excitement of fans of the original version of Nodes with a slick teaser that announced the launch date of Nodes 2, which coincided with this year's SuperMeet and NAB. And there is much to be excited about with Nodes 2.

A few of its many great features include the ability to import your own custom 3D models and sequences, combine text, graphics and images in your 3D animations, and control how nodes, connections, and text are animated. The new auto-highlight provides users an instant carousel effect, while the new accelerated fonts lets you use up to five thousand real-time text layers. Furthermore, since Nodes 2 natively supports the After Effects Camera, it is integrated with other AE-compatible plugins. If you're not quite as experienced with Nodes as you'd like to be, it ships with over 100 fully customizable presets that make it easier to find your way as you learn.

Nodes 2 is the result of a complete rewrite of the original plugin from the ground up and provides a rendering engine that can support 50,000 particles and unique font acceleration. Point clouds are now created from primitives, footage, and 3D models, allowing for infinite possibilities.

Here are a few stills from Ender's Game, which used Nodes to create several effects, including the Mess Hall and Battle Scoreboards.

Check out the video below to see the effects created in Ender's Game by using Nodes.

Yanobox offers several tutorials on how to use Nodes 2 -- they have one for each post production platform it supports. The tutorial below demonstrates how to get started using After Effects.

Nodes 2 supports Final Cut Pro X, After Effects, Motion, and Premiere Pro on Mac OSX Mountain Lion or Maverick Version 10.8 or 10.9. It will cost you $299, but if you want to test it out first, you can always get the free trial and see if it's right for your projects.

Have you ever used Nodes before? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mac only? That's a real, real pity.

April 13, 2014 at 5:39PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Matt

+ 1. Would also be nice to have nuke support in the future.

April 13, 2014 at 7:39PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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John Ford

Yeah, I can;t understand why a company wouldn't want to maximize its investments by making it available for both OS. It's not even the first version. Shame.

April 13, 2014 at 9:14PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Marcus

Quick guess: Single platform with relatively limited specification hardware = easier to maintain the quality

April 14, 2014 at 12:19AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Gabriel

Yeah and potentially trimming down more than half of their potential clients.

April 14, 2014 at 11:22AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Marcus

"Both OS"

Don't forget Linux. ;)

Seems that would be a more common, open source platform for most companies to get behind. Right now, I really wish Davinci Resolve Lite would be release for Linux, but for some odd reason, that is the only platform that is NOT free.

:(

April 16, 2014 at 4:37PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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CC

The most inspiring plugin in a long time, I would buy this immediately if it were available for PCs. I'd love a MAC but simply can't afford it. Please, please develop this for Windows :0(

May 29, 2014 at 4:50AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ben Walsh

any possible news when support for win is going to be? :| real shit..

April 14, 2014 at 2:47AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Looks fantastic, great price too. No PC version though, makes me sad. Oh well.

April 14, 2014 at 8:12AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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I'd love to see this in a project combined with Element3D and see the possibilities. :)

April 14, 2014 at 8:52AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Sinekraft

I bought this and have used it for a few days now. I like it alot, the only thing it lacks that I wish it had, was support for Depth of Field.

April 14, 2014 at 4:48PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jared

No DOF? too bad.
It's a shame, plugin looks cool, but no Windows and no DOF doesn't sell for me :/

April 14, 2014 at 7:54PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Marco

Is there no option to just show the zmap?

April 15, 2014 at 4:16AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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you're right. depth of field is done by "opacity". so, the nodes that are created are no real 3D. the nodes generator layer is still 2D. so that would be a welcome update for the next 2.x releases ;)

April 15, 2014 at 2:44PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Anyone compared this to trapcode form/particular?

Seems to do a somewhat similar job except aimed more at motion graphics ...

April 17, 2014 at 8:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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WillS

Similarities can also be seen with plugins like Plexus and Element 3D (position noise sphere).

April 22, 2014 at 11:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Joonas N

Similarities can also be seen with plugins like Plexus and Element 3D.

April 22, 2014 at 11:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Joonas N