It’s dead to us. We’re putting our 3D efforts into integration w/ Maxon Cinema 4D & supporting 3D plug-in makers.
In today’s #Mochat discussion about new features in After Effects Creative Cloud 2014 on Twitter, Adobe’s Todd Kopriva was asked about the future of ray-traced 3D in After Effects and his response was surprising but not entirely unexpected. Todd was asked if development will continue on ray-traced 3d and responded with a resounding no, explaining that “it’s dead to us” and that future efforts will be on integration with Maxon Cinema 4D and 3D plug-ins. Raytraced-3D will remain in After Effects until there’s a suitable replacement, but will no longer be developed.
There were mixed feelings in the After Effects community about raytraced-3D when it was introduced due to it’s heavy dependence on the NVIDIA GPU and CUDA. If you had the right GPU it worked and looked great, if you didn’t it was virtually unusable. Either way that’s irrelevant now as Adobe looks to the future of 3D in After Effects.
How do you feel about ray-traced 3D being fazed out? Do you support further development of Cinema 4D and 3D plug-in support? I’m keen to know your thoughts.