Beginning 101: Reel Smart Motion Blur in AE

In this video I’ll show you one final way to add motion blur in post using a plugin called Reel Smart Motion Blur.



The results are pretty close, but RSMB seems to be a bit silkier. The speed of RSMB is the biggest thing though, since the other options are really slow. There are some limitations to adding blur in AE, such as warping if you increase the blur too much, and it also can’t do rotational blur from what I understand. I haven’t had too many problems with it and think the time tradeoff vs quality means I will probably never use motion blur directly in C4D. Maybe R13 will be faster, I will run some tests in the future, but for now, RSMB is my tool of choice. I’m interested to hear all your thoughts on this, let me know in the comments!

Here’s the best price online if you’re interested in buying the plugin: RSMB

7 Responses
  1. Juan

    Hi! I use RSMB and it’s been great so far. As you say, the time tradeoff vs quality makes me never to use the C4d motion blur.
    Thanks for the tutorials!

  2. I’ve never used MB in C4D, rendering each frame 16 times for a decent blur, then being locked into the blur as opposed to rendering once in C4D and being able to tweak the settings is a no brainer. Also C4D has a motion vector multipass option which works nicely with RSMB’s Pro Vector. You can also render an object buffer pass to isolate part of the vector and only apply RSMB to one object. So, plenty of control!

  3. tom


    Is there anyway to selectively add motion blur to parts of a scene in post without complicated masking?

    Say I have a scene with a car going through it and I also have some camera movement. I want motion blur added to the cars movement but not the entire scene from the movement of the camera.

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