Using composition-based effects like Rack Focus, Falloff Lighting, or Fog, you can mimic Z depth in your compositions in ways that simply can’t be done using practical depth of field.
Buena Depth Cue Includes:
3D Composite: Allows 2D footage with a depth channel, such as you might generate in 3D applications, to interact with After Effects’ 3D layers.
Depth: Displays the depth of each layer in grayscale for use as a gradient map with other plugins, or with other applications.
Falloff Lighting: Lights your layers realistically.
Fog: Shrouds your layers in a light haze or a deep, murky mist.
Rack Focus: Produces realistic depth of field effects and focus pulls, including simulating boke and anamorphic lens effects.
Camera Mapper: Turn 2D stills and footage into 3D scenes right in After Effects.
Flipside: Maps one layer onto the back side of another layer. This allows you to flip the front layer over to reveal the back layer.
To use Depth Cue with a 3D program, you must render a file with depth information such as OpenEXR, developed by Industrial Light & Magic. To read channels from an EXR into After Effects and Depth Cue, download the replacement reader from here: www.fnordware.com/OpenEXR.