How to Use ReelSmart Motion Blur in After Effects CC
ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) is a plug-in for After Effects CC that applies natural-looking motion blur to your footage. It can also use motion vectors supplied by your 3D system to blur with more accuracy and realism. In this article, we will show you how to install and use RSMB in After Effects CC.
How to Install RSMB
To install RSMB, you need to download the plug-in from the RE:Vision Effects website[^1^]. You can choose between the regular version and the Pro version, which has more features such as object separation and 360 video support. After downloading the plug-in, unzip the file and copy the RSMB folder to your After Effects plug-ins folder. The default location is C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects 2020\Support Files\Plug-ins. You may need to restart After Effects for the plug-in to appear.
How to Use RSMB
To use RSMB, you need to apply it to a layer in your composition. You can find it under Effect > RE:Vision Plug-ins > RSMB. The plug-in has several parameters that you can adjust to control the amount and quality of motion blur. Here are some of the main parameters:
- Blur Amount: This controls how much motion blur is applied. A higher value means more blur.
- Blur Direction: This controls the angle of motion blur. You can set it to automatic, which uses the motion of the layer, or manual, which lets you specify a direction in degrees.
- Motion Sensitivity: This controls how sensitive the plug-in is to motion. A higher value means more blur for smaller movements.
- Motion Vectors: This lets you use motion vectors from your 3D system to blur with more accuracy. You need to render out a motion vector pass from your 3D software and import it as a layer in After Effects. Then, you can select it as the source for motion vectors in RSMB.
You can also use masks and mattes to isolate parts of your footage that you want to blur or exclude from blurring. For example, you can use a mask to blur only the background and leave the foreground sharp. Or, you can use a matte to separate the foreground and background and apply different blur settings to each layer.
Examples of RSMB
Here are some examples of how RSMB can enhance your footage:
- Stop-motion animation: You can use RSMB to smooth out the jerkiness of stop-motion animation and make it look more fluid and natural[^2^].
- Video footage: You can use RSMB to simulate the shutter speed of film footage and make your video look more cinematic[^1^].
- 3D motion graphics: You can use RSMB to add realistic motion blur to your 3D elements and make them blend better with your background[^1^].
ReelSmart Motion Blur is a powerful and easy-to-use plug-in for After Effects CC that can add natural-looking motion blur to your footage. It can also use motion vectors from your 3D system to blur with more accuracy and realism. You can download a free trial or buy the plug-in from the RE:Vision Effects website[^1^]. We hope this article has helped you learn how to install and use RSMB in After Effects CC.