Motion Boutique Newton, or simply Newton, is a physics library for After Effects. If you haven’t heard of a “physics library” before, it’s a set of tools that simulate movement of objects so that animators won’t have to do it manually. Most libraries are for 3D animation or for programming, but Newton is unique because it specializes in rigid 2D animation. With the rising trend of smooth animation, Newton is a useful tool for animators.
A super-easy, super-intuitive interface.
You’ll be surprised that Newton doesn’t come with a documentation on how to use it. Yes, the developer is that confident.
Newton’s features and abilities are all explained in the homepage introductory video. Just create a comp, and shapes, texts and other media, then go to Composition -> Newton, and you’ll be in Newton’s sandbox UI. Newton doesn’t use the Effects and Properties panel of Adobe – it has its own UI.
Newton’s UI uses terms seen in you high school physics book, so everyone can understand what that “gravity” thing does. In fact, it’s so easy, you can just jump in right into Newton to learn about the tools, and you’ll figure it out quickly. Want to connect two objects with a joint? Select them both the click the joint. That’s it. Learning Newton takes mere minutes.
Newton uses two ways to animate objects – via properties, and via joints. Most of the animation is done using properties. Gravity, vectors, densities, friction, and all those tools can be found on the properties panel. On the other hand, working on joints means working on the stage itself – joints also have their own properties window, but they’re also manipulated through stage controls.
Simulation is fast in Newton: on average, you’ll have no time waiting between “start simulation” and seeing you animation move. This makes it easy to see mistakes, and gives more time for testing. There’s also a bunch of timeline controls, such as stop or, reset or loop.
Another strong feature of Newton is that you can change layer properties while the animation is running in real-time. Is the car running too fast? Make it slower before it hits something. Want to test different speeds of an object? Go ahead and try it in real-time to see results.
Motion Boutique Newton brings a lot of fun tools for animators. It’s a highly-recommended tool for companies who want to bring an extra edge to their animation.
Get Motion Boutique Newton here: http://www.motionboutique.com/newton/