• #### DV Keyer

This is collection of effects made into a CE that uses Channel Combiner, Channel blur, and Keylight to make it a little easier for you to key DV footage, because we all know how much of a pain it can be.

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• #### Shine

I'm sure you guys remember Jorrit's tutorial on how to make a CustomEffect where he showed you how to create this Shine CE. Basically it's a free alternative to Trapcode Shine... rad!

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• #### Rebel CC

Ahhh good ol' Stu Maschwitz. You guys might remember this Custom Effect from his book "The DV Rebel's Guide." This is an awesome, easy to use color correction CE, that also has a tutorial hosted over at ProLost.

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• #### Muzzle Flashes

Gotta love gunfire. Quite possibly one of the most used elements ever. They just make everything look cooler! These elements come in two different volumes for Mac and PC, but they use a Custom Effect to drive the CC Particle World effect that makes them up as well as transfer modes. Oh, did I mention that these are 3d too?

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• #### CE ColorCorrection

Another one of the big dogs in the Custom Effects scene is Maltaannon, aka Jerzy Drozda Jr. This CE is a wrapper around the Adobe Color Balance plugin where you can color correct poorly balanced footage to restore original colors and correct those. You can use this along with the other color correction effects as well like Curves, Levels and Hue/Saturation.

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• #### CE ShapeExtruder

Finally a *free* way to extrude shapes in After Effects. Although you can't really orbit this stuff around because it still acts like a 2d layer, it makes for making some 3d text effects a lot simpler instead of using a render-intensive Zaxwerks, or jumping to and from a 3d program.

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• #### CE PixelSampler

This is a freaking awesome Custom Effect, and probably the one you are going to be beating yourself up for not using it sooner. What it does, is lets you select a range of pixels using the parameters. I know my description doesn't do it justice, but check out Maltaannon's tutorial that goes along with it to get the full understanding.

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• #### CE TimeShuffle

Basically what this Custom Effect does is takes the normal time of your footage, precomp or whatever, and time remaps it so that it jumps around within a range of frames that you specify.

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• #### Markers Leaks

Eran Stern has a sweet tutorial and Custom Effect that lets you trigger an action for a layer marker.

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• #### Clockworks

This is an awesome tool that I could have used a few weeks ago actually. No longer do you have to code your countdowns with expressions, nope those days are over. Just make a text layer, choose your font, and apply clockworks and you got yourself a clock, or a countdown timer with fully functional switches and parameters!

• #### Distributor

This is a pretty sweet little utility, what it does is takes your layers and seperates them in 3d space... simple enough. I am sure you can see the possibilies of using this with animations like slideshows or anything else you need to move through 3d space in.

• #### Vignetter

Yeah, you can argue that "how hard is it to add one adjustment layer and an oval mask and a curves effect" right? Well think about doing that 200 times on some projects. This might seem like a blah, simple preset, but those one or two minutes add up when you are repeating tasks over and over...