If you use After Effects and are working with 360/VR content, then you probably already know about Mettle’s Skybox, a suite of really compelling 360 degree and virtual reality plugins for After Effects and Premiere Pro which allow cinematic 360/VR creators do all sorts of useful stuff like composite elements into 360 equilangular footage as well as apply seamless effects that have been tailored to work with 360 footage.
Last week Adobe announced that they would be acquiring all of Mettle’s Skybox technology.
As interest in 360/VR production continues to grow, the acquisition of Mettle’s technology paves the way for sophisticated VR workflows inside of Adobe’s key video applications. Creators, brand marketers and entertainment companies will benefit as Adobe integrates SkyBox functionality natively into future releases of After Effects and Premiere Pro.
In addition, Mettle co-founder Chris Bobotis will join Adobe, bringing more than 25 years of production experience to the company and becoming the director of professional video at Adobe.
SkyBox was introduced in April 2015 and used Mettle’s proprietary 3DNAE technology which led to additional development of 360/VR plugins for Premiere Pro and After Effects. Today, Mettle plugins are used by such companies as The New York Times, HBO, Google, YouTube, Discovery VR, DreamWorks TV, National Geographic, Apple and Facebook as well as independent filmmakers.
With the acquisition of Mettle, Adobe proves they are committed to keeping up with the latest trends and techniques in the industry, especially as interest in VR and 360 degree filmmaking continues to open up new avenues of creative content production.