Thursday, April 4, 2013

ProEXR 1.8

Eagle-eyed Adobe watchers who have read through the list of features in the next version of After Effects have seen that it will include version 1.8 of the ProEXR plug-ins. Yes, such a thing does exist, and I'm releasing it today. The next AE may not ship for a little while, but you can grab these plug-ins now and use them in whichever version you've got, all the way back to CS3.

This is a modest release, befitting a 0.1 version upgrade. The flashiest new feature is found in After Effects, something called channel caching. The quick explanation is that an EXR with many channels will read much faster if you turn it on (go to the Interpret Footage dialog and click the More Options button). More details in this blog post.

Version 1.8 also contains a year's worth of minor bug fixes, optimizations, and other improvements to all the plug-ins in ProEXR. And yet they are completely compatible with the previous versions, so fear not.

The update is free, as always. I recommend you upgrade ASAP.



Richard Green said...

Thanks Brendan, what are the improvements to V-Ray image handling that your email mentioned?

Brendan said...

V-Ray files should load much faster than they did with version 1.7 in both Photoshop and After Effects.

Similar to what I'm doing with EXR, I now load all the V-Ray channels into a memory cache on the first read. I've made the decompression multi-threaded as well. The speedups can be fairly dramatic—one file I have is 9x faster.

Also, Photoshop will now recognize files with the full .vrimg extension, which is nice. After Effects still wants you to crop it down to .vri though.

Nilson Bispodejesus said...

how to install openexr in after effects cs3 or cs6?

Brendan said...

Copy the plug-ins into the After Effects plug-ins folder. CS6 ships with older versions of the same plug-ins, so you'll want to remove/disable them.

CS3 doesn't ship with EXtractoR or IDentifier, but it does have a Photoshop-style OpenEXR plug-in you'll want to replace.

Also, remember that CS3 and CS4 are 32-bit while CS5 and later are 64-bit.

More information in the ProEXR manual.

Alvin said...

This is cool!

Oliver Radford said...

Any news on a version for Adobe Photoshop CC?