by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

Plugin Galaxy for AE, a collection of 20 After Effects plugins containing 129 different animatable video effects, was announced July 3.

The product is compatible with Adobe After Effects 4/5, Adobe Premiere 6, Final Cut Pro and Pinnacle Commotion 3 on Windows and Macintosh computers.

Plugin Galaxy for AE effects include transparency manipulation, blurring, texture and pattern generation, noise creation, mirroring and warping. It also includes metal, chrome, neon, pop art, glass, rainbow, sunshine and star effects.The software lets you enhance, colorize and add edges to your animations and videos as well as encrypt them. It also includes some rarely-found effects like feedbacks, grids and zooming. All of these effects can be animated over time to produce stunning motion effects.

The 120-plus basic plugin Galaxy for AE effects are manipulated with the help of sliders, check boxes, color settings and preview coordinates, giving users access to thousands of potential video effects.

Plugin Galaxy for AE, as well as a version for Adobe PhotoShop, is available at for $99.

The Plugin Site, a graphics, video and Web software developer located in Nuremberg, Germany, also created the Plugin Commander, Edge & Frame Galaxy and HTML Shrinker products and co-produced Alpha Magic with Pinnacle Systems.

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