Friday, December 23, 2005

Happy New Year!

Or as they say in Japan, "Doozo yoi otoshi wo omukaekudasai".

Thank you for your business in 2005 and have a safe and fun New Year's Eve.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Save big on Trapcode Products!

trapcodeSave heaps of cash on new volume licensing of Trapcode Products, including fabulous bundles, like the Trapcode Suite!

Yes, it sounds cliche, but the more you buy, the more you save. (The more you "bundle", the more you save too. Go nuts. It's the holidays. I give you permission.)

GridIron Nucleo updater

GridIron Nucleo 1.0.1 was announced last night and quickly updated to 1.0.2. They work fast!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

An Evening with Walter Murch

Walter Murchsfcutters.org, The World's First Final Cut Pro User Group, will be holding an event during MacWorld: An Evening with Walter Murch, three time Academy Award Editor.

For fun, I checked his IMDB listing. The man has worked as a sound designer, film editor, writer and/or director on huge films such as Jarhead, Cold Mountain, The English Patient, Ghost, Apocalypse Now and many more.

Wednesday January 11, 2006 6:00 PM
the Mezzanine Club
444 Jessie Street, San Francisco
$15 Visa/MC/AMEX
tickets online (There are only 100 tickets left.)

Friday, December 16, 2005

New Tutorial: Snow Globe

snow globeJust in time for the holidays, Toolfarm brings you part one of a two part series called Snow Globe.

Part one takes you through building the snow globe and adding the swirling snowflakes. I used Motionstream Holiday Makers in this tutorial, and we're throwing in the sample, so it will be a big download, but it's oh, so worth it.

I'll show you how to create a 3D look using the CC Sphere plug-in and how to create depth.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Introducing the Adobe Web Bundle!

adobe web bundleThe Adobe Web Bundle is the first official offering since Adobe acquired Macromedia. You can pre-order now, for expected shipping on Christmas Eve.

This awesome bundle includes the Adobe Creative Suite Premium, which combines full versions of:
  • Adobe Photoshop® CS2
  • Adobe Illustrator® CS2
  • Adobe InDesign® CS2
  • Adobe GoLive® CS2
  • Adobe Acrobat® 7.0 Professional
  • Version Cue® CS2
  • Adobe Bridge
  • Adobe Stock Photos

The Adobe Web Bundle also includes Macromedia Studio 8

Combines full versions of:

  • Dreamweaver® 8
  • Flash Professional 8
  • Fireworks® 8
  • ContributeTM 3
  • FlashPaperTM 2

Boris CONTINUUM Complete v4

bccv4Boris CONTINUUM Complete v4 is now available!

BCC is one of those packages to get that gives you a bit of everything. They've added some new features, like Motion Key, which isolates and removes moving foreground objects based on motion estimation. The filters now support 16-bit. Updated host support includes Apple Final Cut Pro 5, Apple Motion 2.01, Autodesk Combustion 4, and Eyeon Fusion version 5; Adobe After Effects version 7.0 will be supported once it is released. They've added hundreds of new presets. I love presets!

Upgrade from previous versions of BCC. If you're a Boris RED user, there's a special deal for you.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

New Tutorial: Discotheque

discoCreate a hoppin' nightclub in After Effects with merely a few plug-ins and the AE 6.5 Pro Bundle.

I'll show you how to create a sparkling disco ball, a disco floor with animated colored tiles, volumetric light and even some smoky atmosphere.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Adobe formerly Macromedia

It's official...Read about the aquisition.

Let's go to the forum and chat about it! What do you think will happen to Flash? Freehand? Dreamweaver? How do you feel about it? C'mon, let it all out.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Adobe's Acquisition of Macromedia Expected to Close on December 3, 2005

The big announcement took about Adobe absorbing Macromedia came last April during NAB and is expected to close today. I haven't heard if everything went as planned and they signed on the dotted line.

Wishing I would've bought stock...

Thursday, December 01, 2005

You always wanted a specific effect plug-in, but you could never find it?

Noise Industries Factory Tools has two new tutorials up on how to create your own plug-ins for Avid AVX.

You can try out Factory Tools and read more about why this tool is so amazing. It really is... I'm not just giving you a pitch. ;-)

Silhouette FX

Silhouette FX, makers of the award-winning Silhouette Roto and Silhouette Paint, has changed how they offer their plug-ins. Instead of having to buy 2 products for a floating license, you now only have to buy one floating license at full price. There's a Node-Locked version, and a Floating-License Version for each plug-in (Paint, Roto, and Bundle).

We've added an upgrade section for Silhouette FX for the "Upgrade to A Floating License" option.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Boris announces availability of Continuum Complete 4

Yep, you read that right! I'll be updating the store and the Plug-in Finder later today. Order Continuum Complete today!

Read the press release.

Press Release

NAB Post Plus 2005, New York, New York (PRWEB) November 16, 2005 -- Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film production, today announced the availability of version 4.0 of Boris Continuum Complete (BCC). BCC is a comprehensive suite of native filters and transitions for Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion, Autodesk combustion, Eyeon Fusion and Boris Red systems.

Not just a filter suite, Continuum Complete extends the capabilities of NLE and compositing workstations with over 160 effects. With an intuitive native host interface and support for multi-processor and OpenGL acceleration, users can quickly create sophisticated multi-layer composites with robust tools for keying, lighting, color and even temporal effects.

"BCC 4.0 further leverages the technologies and imaging processing algorithms of Boris Red and Blue, our flagship 3D and compositing solutions," said Boris FX founder and president Boris Yamnitsky. "With updated host support and significant new features, users continue to benefit from our unsurpassed host integration, including more accurate motion tracking."

Among the new features of version 4 is the Motion Key filter that isolates and removes moving foreground objects based on motion vector field of the source footage. This filter, along with the new Optical Stabilizer, continues the Optical Flow development first introduced in the version 3 Optical Flow and Motion Blur filters. Also new is the OGL-based Image Shatter, which takes advantage of modern graphics cards to accelerate 3D rendering.

New Features include:

  • Improved Motion Tracker provides increased accuracy with four-point tracking.
  • New filters include Color Match, Halftone, Median, Motion Key, Corner Pin Tracker, Optical Stabilizer and an OpenGL-based 3D Extruded Image Shatter.
  • Updated host support includes Apple Final Cut Pro 5, Apple Motion 2.01, Autodesk Combustion 4, and Eyeon Fusion version 5; Adobe After Effects version 7.0 will be supported once it is released.
  • Support for Macintosh OS X Tiger.
  • New Motion Key technology removes moving foreground objects based on motion estimation.
  • Hundreds of new presets are included.
  • Settings remain fully compatible with the version 3.0 release.
  • Easy-to-use licensing includes Electronic Software Download (ESD) and a 14-day trial version.

BCC filters and transitions apply and animate directly in the native host interface. More than 160 sophisticated filters include Lens Flare, Glint, Glare, DeGrain, Match Grain, DeNoise, DeInterlace, Optical Flow, Motion Blur, Glow, Wire Remover, and Witness Protection. Continuum Complete offers powerful integration features including built-in motion tracking and the unique PixelChooser technology that creates region- or channel-based masks. Hundreds of presets and integrated online help provide precise effects creation with a minimal learning curve.

Continuum Complete 4.0 provides a powerful and complimentary feature set for the host systems. Whenever possible, custom integration provides specific benefits to each host. For example, in Apple Final Cut Pro, you can apply BCC as a generator, filter or transition; static generators play in real time on supported systems. The Adobe After Effects production bundle and Autodesk Combustion both support 16-bit-per-channel media. After Effects users can use AE masks within the PixelChooser masking tool. A single license of BCC can be installed into all supported hosts on a system.

Boris Continuum Complete version 4 and other Boris FX solutions will be demonstrated at the NAB Post+ Production Show, which takes place November 15-17 at the Javits Convention Center in New York, New York. Users who visit Boris FX at booth 204 are eligible to enter to win a copy of BCC.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Boris Final Effects Complete AVX Now Available

Boris is just pouring out the announcements from NAB Post + Production show. Final Effects is a super-cool plug-in package and now Final Effects Complete AVX and Continuum Complete AVX for Avid Xpress DV and Xpress Pro systems are each available!

Press Release

Integrated visual effects complement existing Avid offerings

NAB Post Plus 2005, New York, New York (Booth 204) - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film production, today announced the availability of a new version of Boris Final Effects Complete AVX (FEC AVX). FEC AVX is a collection of native plug-in filters and transitions that streamline workflow for Avid editors. More than 100 sophisticated effects animate directly in the Avid Effect Editor window.

"Final Effects Complete is a time-proven collection of visual effects that will increase the production value of any video or film project," said Boris FX founder and president Boris Yamnitsky. "FEC AVX's organic effects are an ideal companion to our other integrated solutions for Avid users."

One of the first Adobe After Effects plug-in packages, Version 4.0 now supports all Avid systems running on the AVX 1.0 architecture, including Avid DS systems. Avid Visual Extensions (AVX) is a plug-in architecture that dynamically extends the effects supported by Avid systems. Formerly known as ICEfx, these ICE hardware-accelerated effects are now available as a software-only solution.* The initial release is for Windows only. A future release will add Macintosh support.

The simplicity of the filters, combined with the native Avid interface, reduces the learning curve to virtually zero. Most filters feature less than a dozen parameters; only a few simple adjustments are required to create totally unique organic effects. Quickly generate full-featured two-dimensional and three-dimensional animations including ball action, explosions, distortions, jet trails, and hair. FEC AVX also delivers a complete range of unique auto-animating transitions. Ranging from graceful blurs to radical warps, FEC AVX lets you easily create dramatic effects with minimal adjustment.

Version 4.0 highlights include:
- More than 100 easy-to-use organic visual effects.
- The easy-to-use licensing includes Electronic Software Download (ESD) and a 14-day trial version.
- Dozens of auto-animating transition effects streamline workflow.
- Kaleida, Griddler, VideoFragment and Tiler easily create complex switcher-style effects.
- Dual-input effects let you create reflections, flow maps and bump maps.
- Save parameters, including keyframe animation, to an Avid bin to reuse as templates.
- An online help system is integrated into each filter.

* FEC AVX is not compatible with the older ICE versions that ran on the AVX architecture. FEC AVX is available bundled with Boris Continuum Complete AVX (BCC AVX). BCC AVX is a comprehensive suite of native plug-in filters and transitions for Avid systems. More than 170 filters extend the visual effects capabilities of Avid NLEs. BCC AVX offers powerful integration features including built-in motion tracking and the unique PixelChooser, which creates channel or region-based masks. Hundreds of presets and integrated online help provide fast and precise effects creation with a minimal learning curve. With multi-processor and OpenGL acceleration, BCC AVX provides a powerful and complimentary feature set to Avid nonlinear editing systems.

Final Effects Complete AVX will debut at the NAB Post+ Production Show, which takes place November 15-17 at the Javits Convention Center in New York, New York. Users who visit Boris FX at booth 204 are eligible to win a copy of BCC or FEC AVX for Avid Xpress systems. As part of the NAB Post+ Production Show, FEC AVX will be shown at the New York Avid User Group meeting.

Friday, November 18, 2005

New Free Preset: Realistic Smoke

smokeI promised a new Free Preset for you this week. This preset needs to be applied to a full screen solid and will create realistic looking smoke using the Radio Waves plug-in and a Fast Blur.

Someone posted this idea to the AE-List a month or so back and I was impressed at how well it really works! Enjoy.

Automatic Duck Updates

automatic duckAutomatic Duck has some new updates for the following:

Like more information on Automatic Pro Import AE?

Red Giant Key Correct Pro v1.0 is out!

keycorrectKey Correct Pro is a set of 15 plug-ins designed to help After Effects users create better composites with built-in keying tools. The plug-ins can be in used in combination with any keyer to better enhance the final result, like Primatte Keyer, Keylight, Ultimatte & Ultra.

There are three versions of Red Giant Key Correct Pro v1:

Friday, November 11, 2005

NAB Post + Production Show

nab postGoing to NAB Post + Production Show in New York, November 15-17, 2005?

I'll be there representin' Toolfarm. If you see me, don't be shy. Say hello.

Also, the preset won't be updated this week but I'll have a marvellous preset for you next week. I promise.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Chicago Motion Graphics Festival

chicago motion graphics festivalToolfarm is an official sponsor of the Chicago Motion Graphics Festival, the premiere Midwestern event catering to 3D and compositing effects, held in January 2006. This year's screening venues will include Optimus, Digital Kitchen, Swell, and Daily Planet.

There's a call for entries with a deadline of December 1, 2005. The entry fee is only $15, so it's inexpensive enough for even poor college students.

Want to meet me? During the first two days the CMGF will conduct free training sessions at the North Michigan Ave. Apple Store. I'll be a presenter. Topics will include animation, compositing, DVD creation, online streaming, and file management. I'll have more details in the future, but check out the Chicago Motion Graphics site in the meantime.

So, please support Midwest film makers! There's a strong film community in the Midwest (Michigan has just passed some legislation for incentives for film makers, so come on over!)

High-End Plug-Ins Hit the Desktop

Film and VideoFilm & Video has a terrific article on our favorite topic, plug-ins and how to find true plug-in love.

High-End Plug-Ins Hit the Desktop discusses Red Giant (which is participating in our One Day Sale with Magic Bullet Editors v2) and the film Serenity, which use GenArts Sapphire and Re:Vision Effects ReelSmart Motion Blur.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Noise Industries Factory Tools demos are up!

noise industriesNoise Industries Factory Tools are available on our demos page. If you run Avid in Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger, this plug-in package is amazing.

The terminology is a bit complex to my little brain, so I spoke with Niclas Bahn from Noise Industries last week and had him explain it to me.... In short sentences.

Like to know why this plug-in will blow your mind?

Why is this plug-in package so interesting?

  1. It runs on the new video processing architecture in Tiger so it is fast! Things like blurs and color corrections, which you can find comparable versions in other plug-ins, will be three times faster. At least.
  2. The product is infinitely expandable. The number of included ffects is high, plus there are more freebies on the site. These free effects are meant to educate customers on how to expand the program and make your own effects.
  3. You can build your own plug-ins and make them run in your Avid. In addition, you can share them through the Noise Industries website or even sell them, if they're really good.

    The effects are built in a node-based compositor in the Developer Tools of Tiger called Quartz Composer. It allows you to make use of the new video processing architecture. The results can be used with their tool can be converted, with the help of Factory Tools, into AVX plug-ins. (Quartzcompositions.com is a community around this node-based compositor. )

    Third-party developers are sitting down and creating effect libraries too. Actually, their "fourth-party developers", come to think of it. Noise Industries is the third-party developer.

Factory Tools is bundled with AVX Pro and MC Adrenaline Tiger compatible version.

Want to see some screenshots? (Pops)

Friday, November 04, 2005

Major Price Reduction on Motionstream Powertools!

motionstreamMotionstream has slashed their prices significantly. It's not just stock footage, but a design sorce library that saves designers and editors time and energy in their creative process.

I was just looking through their Holiday-Maker HD Powertools and they're gorgeous. If you'd like some amazing giftboxes, hearts and snowflakes for this holiday season, this is the product to for you. They are extremely high quality, come with alpha channels and custom datasets - so it expands even further, enabling production houses to animate and render sources their own way.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Motion update

Apple Motion 2.0.1 provides improved reliability and compatibility with Apple's latest PCI-Express based PowerMac G5 hardware.

Media 100 sw: A Software-Only Solution for Media 100 Users!

media100Like to travel light? Work on location... say... in Mongolia? Media 100 sw is the solution for you!

So set yourself free from the constraints of hardware and take Media 100 sw with you to edit wherever you want with the familiar and easy-to-learn Media 100 interface.

Toolfarm Tutorial - Create and Save a Preset

presetsWe've been giving away The Free Preset of the Week for the past month, so I hope you've enjoyed them.

But... have you wondered how to create your own presets? Check out this Toolfarm Exclusive Tutorial: Create and save your own presets. You can increase your productivity 10-fold! It's for noobie AE users too.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween from Toolfarm

ghoulHalloween is my favorite holiday and I've been taking advantage of all of the horror flicks on the tube this month. I guess you could say that I've been inspired.

We've put together a spooky new free tutorial for you on this All Hallows Eve! Create a Dark Hooded Presence with no video footage! We use Digital Trove PRIME, a cool set of plug-ins that was released in the past month.

Muhuhuhahaha!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

New Free Preset!

botswanaDownload Botswana, a giraffe print preset which gives your text or background a wild African touch.

Got any ideas for presets? Drop us a note in our forum. You do not need a username and password to use our forum.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

After Effects 7.0 Demo by Steve Kilisky

Check out this Sneak Peek of After Effects 7.0, in a presentation by Steve Kilisky. AE7 is supposed to ship in Q4 of 2005. Hey, wait! Isn't this Q4 05?

To see the video, which is Flash, click Day 2, then the 4th guy from the left.

I'd love to know what you think. Please leave comments below, or post to our Forum.

Get Adobe After Effects 7.0 Today!

Animate your ideas. Adobe® After Effects® 7.0 software delivers the flexibility and power you need to bring a new dimension to your film, video, DVD, and Macromedia® Flash® productions. Bring infinite variety to your work with 2D and 3D compositing and hundreds of effects and Animation Presets. Work in real time with new OpenGL acceleration, a redesigned interface, and tighter integration with key Adobe applications. And take control with professional color-correction tools and a new Graph Editor that help you achieve unprecedented precision.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Silhouette Roto 2.1 Adds QuickTime, Fields, Floating Licenses and Silhouette Paint

RotoNow available for Windows(R), Mac OS(R), and Linux(R) systems, Silhouette Roto 2.1 adds workflow features including native support for Apple(R) QuickTime and support for video fields. In response to demand from leading post-production houses, Silhouette Roto is now available with a floating license model. The company also announces new, very aggressive pricing for the plug-in version (for Adobe(R) After Effects(R) and Apple Final Cut Pro(R)).

Silhouette Paint has also been released, a Roto/Paint Bundle as well as standalone versions of Paint and Roto.

Read full press releaseLos Angeles, CA (October 27th, 2005) - Silhouette FX, LLC is pleased to announce the availability of version 2.1 of Silhouette Roto, the roto system that's underpinning visual effects production at major post houses around the world. Workflow improvements found in Version 2.1 include native support for Apple QuickTime, LUT (Look Up Table) support for floating point images, improved tablet support, and true round-tripping of Cineon(R) files. Version 2.1 of Silhouette Roto also allows rotoscoping on half frame intervals providing field support.

A major announcement is that the pricing of the plug-in version of Silhouette Roto, compatible with Adobe After Effects and Apple Final Cut
Pro, has been significantly reduced from $495 (USD) to a very aggressive $295 (USD). Company partner Perry Kivolowitz said, "The stand-alone version of Silhouette Roto has already achieved a dominating position among major post houses. We are now taking aim at the plug-in market with the intent of achieving the same result." Aggressive pricing in the plug-in market also extends to the plug-in version of the brand-new Silhouette Paint which, requiring Silhouette Roto, will be priced at just $245 (USD) more. Purchased at the same time, the plug-in versions of Silhouette Roto and Paint together are bundled at a price of $495 (USD).

In response to demand from leading post-production houses around the world, Silhouette Roto 2.1 is now available with optional floating licenses. A floating license allows software licenses to be shared, or floated, among the workstations within a local area network. Previously, Silhouette Roto licenses had been tied to a specific computer. Floating licenses are available at an additional cost of $200 (USD) per license for the stand-alone application and $100 (USD) for the plug-in version.

As a stand-alone application for Windows, Mac OS and Linux systems, Silhouette Roto retails for $595 (USD). Silhouette Paint retails for $495
(USD) more for stand-alone operation. The stand-alone versions of Silhouette Roto and Silhouette Paint can be purchased together for a bundled price of $995 (USD).

Apple Aperture

apertureDesigned expressly for professional photographers, Aperture offers everything you need to work with images after a shoot -- from organizing to publishing -- in a single integrated workflow.

Pre-Order Now! Ships in 6-8 weeks!

New Item! Genarts Sapphire for Shake

sapphireGet those awesome Sapphire plug-ins for Shake! 58 plug-ins with over 200 total effects!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Monday, October 24, 2005

Digital Anarchy Data Animator

data animatorThe long awaited Data Animator from Digital Anarchy is here. Eight plug-ins quickly help you generate animated charts and graphs.

I saw this demo'd at NAB this year and if you do corporate video, you need to get this!

As an added incentive, there's a special introductory price which ends November 30. (The Mac version is expected to ship in about three weeks.)

New items: DMTS Training DVDs

Great affordable training on DVD with free samples of each!

These tutorials have also been added to our Tutorials section, so if you haven't taken a look in a while, pop on by.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Tinderbox Survey ends Tuesday. Last chance to win an iPod!

foundry/toolfarm logos

iPodToolfarm and The Foundry have been running a survey for After Effects users for the past week and have had a terrific response.

The survey will end Tuesday, October 25 at 12 noon, EST, so if you'd like to be included in the drawing for the 20GB iPod, please hurry! The survey will only take about 5 minutes.

We will post the winner of the drawing at Toolfarm.com on Friday, October 28.

Thanks again for your time.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Frischluft Lensfeed

frischluftFrischluft Lensfeed is an interesting plug-in... and there's no other like it. Lensfeed shows a camera's animated preview inside an After Effects composition. No still frames but a moving live feed.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Free Preset of the Week

preset of the weekDid you check out the Free Preset of the Week yet? This week, it's a preset of Titanic proportions (pun intended).

Got any ideas for future Free Presets? Post it to our Forum!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Magic Bullet for Editors v2

magic bullet editorsMagic Bullet for Editors v2 is out!

New features:

  • DeepColor RT render engine for up to real-time playback and rendering. (Look Suite 2 only)
  • 10 new Look presets that include looks inspired by The Island, and the CSI TV series
  • Compression Correction engine removes DV & HDV artifacts for a smoother results
  • Apple Motion 2 support
  • DeepColor RT render engine

Need an upgrade? | view press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Red Giant Software Releases Magic Bullet Editors 2 with Dramatic Film
Look Acceleration
Users praise “radical performance boost”

San Francisco, CA, October 11, 2005 – Red Giant Software today announced
the availability of Magic Bullet™ Editors 2, the world’s first real-time
film look plug-in for desktop video editors. Using the new DeepColor RT
GPU render engine, Magic Bullet Editors 2 Look Suite plug-in now runs up
to 12x faster than the CPU alone—allowing users to do real-time film
look treatments on the desktop in standard definition.

“Magic Bullet users love the film looks for their incredible quality,
but have asked for one thing: more speed,” said Sean Safreed Red Giant
Software co-founder. “Now with a sub-$500 graphics card, users can get
the same quality but with real-time playback and super-fast render
times.”

“Magic Bullet Editors 2 paired with an NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT provides a
radical performance boost,” said, feature film director, Stephen David
Brooks. “My first film, HEADS N TAILZ, won the Fusion Audience Award at
the 2005 Dances with Films festival and I was offered the opening night
screening in 2006. With this major update to Magic Bullet Editors, I
decided to make an HDV feature called KANICA JONES for the next event.”

Based on The Orphanage’s award-winning Magic Bullet technology, Look
Suite delivers film stock emulation, diffusion filters, and easy-to-use
film-look presets inspired by popular productions, such as The Matrix,
Saving Private Ryan, Traffic, Amélie, The Island, and the CSI TV series.
Magic Bullet Editors’ 65 custom-designed Looks alter shading, contrast,
and tints of scenes to mimic the elusive look of film. Users can choose
preset Looks from a pop-up menu or customize and save their own film
treatments.

The Magic Bullet Editors 2 package offers 16 plug-ins including Look
Suite, a tool for mimicking various film processes and shooting styles;
MB Deartifacter, a new plug-in for cleaning up DV and HDV chroma
problems; and Misfire plug-ins for generating a wide variety of damaged
film characteristics. Magic Bullet Editors 2 also adds support for Apple
Motion 2, in addition to the existing applications: Avid AVX 1.5
systems, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Sony Vegas.

New Features in Magic Bullet Editors 2
• Windows XP users can expect real time Look Suite acceleration with
NVIDIA 6800 Ultra or 7800 series graphics cards with playback
acceleration more than 12 times faster than the CPU
• Mac OS X users will see up to 8x times faster playback acceleration
with high-end graphics cards
• MB Deartifacter, a new Compression Correction plug-in to remove DV and
HDV artifacts
• Apple Motion 2 support with included FxPlug
• 10 new Look presets to emulate movie looks and film treatments

System Requirements
MAC OS SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
• NVIDIA 6800 or ATI equivalent graphics cards with 256 MB VRAM or more
(required for GPU acceleration) see www.redgiantsoftware.com for
complete compatibility list
• Apple Power Mac G5 (dual-processor recommended)
• Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later and 512 MB of RAM or more
• Apple Final Cut Pro 4.5 or later
• Apple Motion 2.0 or later
• Avid Xpress Pro 4.6 or later

WINDOWS SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
• NVIDIA 6800 or 7800 series graphics cards (or professional Quadro
cards) with 256 MB VRAM or more (required for GPU acceleration) see
www.redgiantsoftware.com for complete compatibility list
• Intel Pentium 4 single or dual-processor system or equivalent
• Windows XP and 512 MB of RAM or more
• Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 or later
• Sony Vegas 5.0 or later
• Avid Xpress Pro 4.5 or later

About The Orphanage
Founded by former Industrial Light + Magic visual effects artists
Jonathan Rothbart, Stuart Maschwitz, and Scott Stewart, The Orphanage is focused on high-end VFX services and animation
for features and broadcast, original motion picture and television production, and digital filmmaking technology development. Its first commercialized technology, the groundbreaking digital filmmaking software Magic Bullet Suite, was introduced at the 2000 National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

About Red Giant Software
Red Giant Software LLC (www.redgiantsoftware.com) is a San Francisco-based company that develops and distributes professional tools for digital video production. Products are available as plug-ins for popular video editing and effects applications including Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid AVX Systems, Sony Vegas and more. The products are based on production-proven technology developed by visual effects veterans.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Tools for Television PRO

toolsfortvWow.... we just have a glut of new products this week, don't we.

Need to speed up your work in Photoshop? Tools for Television PRO is a Photoshop plug-in that allows you to automate like crazy and cut you design time by half. There are loads of new features in this release. Check it out.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Autodesk aquires Alias

If you didn't hear the big news yesterday that rocked the graphics world... Autodesk has signed a difinitive agreement to aquire Alias, a developer of 3D graphics and formal rival, for $182 million.

You may be familiar with Alias' product line, which includes MotionBuilder and Maya 3DS Max. Autodesk's flagship product is AutoCAD. Autodesk also owns Discreet, developer of Combustion.

This could get very interesting. Please add your thoughts and comments below.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

New to our store: Video Books!

creating motion graphicsWe're now selling awesome books from CMP... books that you know, like Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects and After Effects in Production by Chris and Trish Meyer. All books come with a DVD with tutorials, samples and extras.

The best part? Get them at Toolfarm for 10% off!

Now available! Video Production Workshop. This new book covers the full range of skills involved in planning and executing video projects such as documentaries, news stories, and dramatic action and dialog scenes.

New to our store: Digimation Fractal Flow

digimationDigimation Fractal Flow is a fractal image distortion plug-in which provides 3 different kinds of effects: Distortions, ripples, and waves. Check it out!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Kevin Monahan's Tour Preview Run in San Francisco Oct 8/9

From SFCutters, the San Francisco-based Final Cut Pro User Group:

All Final Cut Pro Editors: Kevin Monahan: Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro West Coast Tour Launches with a Discount. More details.

Is this something you want for yourself as a Final Cut Pro Video Editor?: Know how to optimize your system, have an efficient and successful workflow, and really use the power within FCP - understand managing filters, transitions, motion and speed controls in depth. Kevin Monahan will also help you really edit - make the images flow - help you understand the rhythm - what keeps the visuals moving and compelling.

Please act now if you are planning to attend this coming weekend's two day seminar Oct 8/9. Space is limited - Small Seminar Class. Tour Sponsor Automatic Duck

For further Tour Schedule info, discount code, and online sign-up links with Visa or Master Card.

Attendees must provide their own MAC laptop and FCP 4.1 or higher software if they wish to work thru lessons during seminar. Seminar is for FCP users who have a some experience with the program.

Also taking reservations for following cities: Seattle, Denver, Folsom (Sacramento), Los Angeles, San Francisco II, and San Diego. the discount for the Main Tour will be significantly less than the Oct 8/9 launch.

Kevin is no longer training at BAVC or other centers he has been a long time trainer - he is at a point in his career where this tour will most likely be the last time he teaches to the public.

Ken Stone says of Kevin Monahan: "His enthusiasm for FCP is truly contagious... Kevin's " book is the first true 'Motion Graphics and Effects' for FCP,.. it happens to be one the best FCP books that I have ever seen (full review).

Students say of Kevin "I learned more from Kevin in 5 minutes than in years of study." "He is easy to understand, compelling to listen to, a very effective and passionate teacher."

His Peachpit Press book "Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro" will be included free - autographed if you like- for attendees to his Training Tour.

Boris FX, GenArts, and Digital Anarchy, makers of special effects plug-ins, have contributed products for a December drawing from among all the West Coast Tour attendees.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Noise Industries Factory Tools Pro, Pro MCA and Basic

noise industriesRun Realtime Effects in Avid!

With Noise Industries Factory Tools Pro, you can run a virtually unlimited number of real-time effects in Avid Xpress DV or Avid Xpress Pro and with Noise Industries Factory Tools Pro MCA run unlimited plug-ins in Media Composer Adrenaline. Start with 85 real-time AVX plug-ins included with the packages.

The Factory Tools Basic version will allow you to run up to 100 real-time effects in Avid Xpress DV, Avid Xpress Pro or Avid Media Composer Adrenaline.

2d3 releases boujou bullet 2

boujou bullet 22d3 has released boujou bullet 2, a substantially re-engineered update of its productive and accessible automatic tracking and matchmoving system. bullet 2 incorporates much of the third generation tracking technology featured in 2d3's high-end boujou three, in an accessible and aggressively-priced package. Upgrades are available, too!

bullet 2 teams tenacious and rapid automated tracking with step-by-step scene diagnostics and user-guidance, bringing expert matchmoving capability within the reach of any 3D artist or visualization professional.

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New technology featured in bullet 2 includes many under-the-hood improvements that deliver greatly enhanced performance, and greater capability in more challenging shots. Borrowed from boujou three, the completely new feature-tracking engine delivers a tenfold performance increase and tracks features with greater accuracy, especially in adverse conditions. Automatically identifying hundreds of features in each frame of a shot, the tracker successfully handles temporary occlusions, extreme lighting, and radical camera moves. bullet 2's technology tracks efficiently over almost every type of material, from smooth, low-detail textures such as sand, snow and sky, through highly repetitive structures or patterns, to detailed but unstructured surfaces such as fur and hair.

bullet 2's polygonal masking tool makes it easy to isolate individual elements in the shot for motion tracking, or to remove them from the camera solution; just a roughly drawn and animated mask is enough to produce the desired result.
Ensuring that bullet 2's automated tracking power is always fully available, even to the tracking novice, a user-guidance wizard and troubleshooting system distils years of expert knowledge in an interactive system that can walk users through both straightforward and more difficult tracking scenarios, offering training and advice on advanced features and diagnostics for difficult shots.

bullet 2 features many additional usability and performance enhancements including: an enhanced target tracker tool with zoom; improved image handling with 16 bits per channel image support and fuller range of image I/O; a new interface layout bringing together a palette of shortcuts, with integrated overlay and history tree displays.

boujou bullet 2's exceptional usability is matched by accessible pricing. A single license is priced at $2,500, with upgrade from bullet version 1.x at $999, and bundled upgrade plus additional license at $3,000.

bullet 2 is fully compatible with boujou three, and all major 3D and compositing packages. boujou bullet 2 is available in versions for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux, and can be purchased online at www.2d3.com. Network licensing is available for facilities wanting to install multiple seats of boujou bullet or mix boujou bullet and boujou three licenses. boujou bullet 2 ships immediately as a 5-day time-limited downloadable version.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Upgrade to the power of RED!

boris redThis fantasic upgrade is for customers (other than existing RED customers) who own some type or version of Boris software - whether it was a light version bundled with your NLE, or an older version purchased years ago... even Calligraphy owners.

Hurry! Special ends October 28, 2005!

RE:Vision FX Twixtor 4.5 and ReelSmart Motion Blur 3.0 for Avid

RE:Vision Effects announces major upgrades of their Avid compatible versions of Twixtor, their popular retiming solution and ReelSmart Motion Blur, which adds and removes motion blur based on per-pixel calculated motion.

Twixtor 4.5 raises the bar in motion estimation. Nick Brooks, Academy Award and Emmy Award winner for visual effects says, "Twixtor 4.5 represents a new touchstone in retiming. The difference in accuracy means that retiming artifacts are either drastically reduced or disappear on the hardest to retime footage."

Twixtor 4.5 introduces a complete rewrite of its tracking. Twixtor is much more accurate, tracks objects farther, and exhibits fewer artifacts when there are objects crossing in the scene. This means less tearing and stretching of objects as they cross or go out of the frame. Twixtor now includes a smart blending method for pans and zooms to prevent inappropriate streaking or weird artifacts at frame borders. Twixtor also adds an option to automatically enhance dark imagery or imagery with poorly defined edges. With the new features, many pieces of footage that were previously difficult to track become well behaved.

ReelSmart Motion Blur 3 adds the new tracking found in Twixtor 4.5.

Furthermore both plug-ins now support the Mac versions of Xpress Pro 4.8 and Adrenaline 1.8.

Pricing and upgrade info:
Twixtor AVX 1.5 plugin priced at $329.99.
ReelSmart Motion Blur AVX 1.5 plugin priced at $134.95.
Upgrades from previous versions are free.

Compatibility: AVX 1.5 support required. Applications include: Windows: Symphony 2.0 and later, Media Composer 9.0 and later, Xpress 3.0 and later, Xpress DV 1.5 and later and Media Composer Adrenaline. Macintosh OS X: Media Composer 12.0 and later, Symphony 5.0 and later, Xpress Pro 4.0 and later and Xpress DV 4.0 and Media Composer Adrenaline.

Twixtor and ReelSmart Motion Blur continue to be supported for Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Autodesk combustion, Adobe Premiere Pro, Discreet Systems (Sparks), eyeon's Digital Fusion and Apple’s Shake. ReelSmart Motion Blur is also supported for Softimage|XSI. Demo versions, sample footage and tutorials are available on the RE:Vision Effects website.

Twixtor and ReelSmart are trademarks of RE:Vision Effects, Inc. All other references to trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.



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Trapcode Suite 2005 is here! Save $38!

trapcodeThe world is abuzz with the new Echospace plug-in from Trapcode, and Trapcode has just launched Trapcode Suite 2005 to include it. We have it at the incredible price of $711.00.

Trapcode Suite includes all Trapcode plug-ins:

  • Shine - Ultra-fast light ray effect with many options. For Adobe After Effects 4.1 and higher, C3 and PPro.
  • Starglow - Ultra-fast star shaped glow on highlights. For Adobe After Effects 4.1 and higher, C3 and PPro.
  • 3D Stroke - Create a world of organic shapes and fly the camera trough them! For Adobe After Effects 4.1 and higher and C3.
  • Sound Keys - Make your animations move with the rhythm! For Adobe After Effects 5.0 and higher.
  • Lux - Renders visible light for all point and spot lights in a scene. For Adobe After Effects 6.0/6.5.
  • Particular - Powerful 3D particles for Adobe After Effects 6.0/6.5.
  • Echospace - Duplicate, manage and animate layers


All you need is Adobe After Effects 6.0 and up (OSX/Windows).

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Echospace is here!

echospaceThe latest offering from Trapcode is Echospace. I saw Echospace demo'd at NAB earlier this year by Peder Norrby, the genius behind the Trapcode plug-ins, and I was really excited about it.

I'd recommend checking out the Echospace demo and then buying it for someone you love (or yourself).

Thursday, September 22, 2005

GridIron Nucleo

NucleoGridIron Nucleo is the latest addition to our Plug-in Finder.

In addition to having a cool logo, Nucleo is a plug-in for Effects that will optimize your system's resources to provide maximum performance for renders and previews on dual-processor or new multi-core processor computers.

Nucleo will be available Q4 2005.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Boris Final Effects Complete!

Final EffectsBoris Final Effects Complete is now available for Windows. There's never been a Windows demo available.

Try out a free 14-day trial for Mac and Windows. Go on, give it a whirl. It's freakin' fantastic!

Introducing Avidion Media Synchronize

synchronizeAvidion Media Synchronize is a tool for easily and flexibly pulling keyframe data from your audio files.

Sure there's another great plug-in out there for this purpose, but Synchronize is in a class of it's own. You can instantly see the results of all adjustments made which will save you time and increase your accuracy. You can use multiple keyframing modes to drive the value, speed and accelerations of keyframe speeds. Plus, apply values to multiple keyframe streams simultaneously, automatically taking into account the streams starting value.

If you're still not sure, you can watch a free training video which will give you some insight on how the plug-in works, and download a demo. The demo will work for 100 keyframes.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Super Histogram

A few days ago, Walker Effects released Super Histogram a free plug-in for color correction.

The inspiration for this plug-in came from frustration in using the standard Levels histogram, where the histogram is so small that it is hard to make accurate judgments. Now with Super Histogram you can simultaneously view all the channels together with the ability to freely pan and zoom.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

IBC 2005 News

If you're not lucky enough to be in Amsterdam right now, here are a few of the announcements.

Boris FX has launched new versions of its Boris Red, Continuum Complete and Final Effects Complete



BorisBoris Continuum Complete will now support Apple Final Cut Pro version 5. It has an improved motion tracker and several new effects, including Color Match, Halftone, Median, Motion Key, Corner Pin Tracker, Optical Stabilizer and an OpenGL-based 3D Extruded Image Shatter. They're including hundreds of new presets too. It will be available in October.

Boris Red will include new procedural paint brushes to create ribbon and roller brush paint effects and a new raster paint engine for clone paint brushes. They have a new Motion Key filter and a new Motion Path filter. You can also import EBU subtitles to generate standard subtitles.... and much more. Boris Red version 4.0 is expected to ship in Q1 2006.

Final Effects Complete, one of the first After Effects plug-in packages available, is cross-platform and now supports Discreet Combustion. They've fixed some bugs and improved documentation, including tutorials.

Lastly, Automatic Duck's Pro Import Blue plug-in will allow users to import their Avid timeline sequences directly into Boris Blue. Blue is a 3D compositing and motion graphics solution based on the award-winning Boris Red plug-in.

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Got a Question?

Toolfarm's new Forum is a great resource to get your questions about After Effects, plug-ins and software answered by experts and other users.... free of charge. You do not have to have a user name and password, just post your questions.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Limited Time Offer!

Purchase the new 12 Inch Design ThemeBlox Unit 03 - Wedding and Event standard definition volume for just $236 and receive the HDV version at no cost (total value of both = $648). The SD version comes on 3 DVD's. The HDV version covers 6 entire DVD's.

The HDV animations are in 1080 X 1440 @ 29.97 fps supplied in QuickTime movies. In other words, completely compatible with the new SONY HDV cams (FX1 and Z1U). Anyone who uses - or plans to use - a SONY HDV cam can drop these animations directly into their NLE system with their HDV footage - NO converting, NO "juicer" to mess with, NO waiting!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

New 3D Software at Toolfarm!

carraraWe have some incredible new offerings and incredible deals in the 3D department.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Free CustomShapes

Dean Valez of the Anvel has some CustomShapes for After Effects 6.5.

The Anvel Training for AE is excellent. I plan to review it in the near future, so stay tuned.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Tutorial: Sin City look

sin cityI'll show you how to give your footage the black and white with a splash of color that Robert Rodriguez used in the stunning 2005 film, Sin City.

Follow along on Sin City, the tutorial, which uses Silhouette Roto, a really great rotoscoping tool for After Effects and Final Cut Pro. It's also sold as a standalone application.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Squeeze 4.1 Compression Suite and Squeeze for Flash MX

squeezeWe're now carrying Sorenson Media Squeeze 4.1 Compression Suite and Squeeze Flash MX.

If you're not familiar with Squeeze, it's killer! It will make your movies so tiny for delivery on the web or cd with incredible quality. The first time I used it, I was absolutely blown away.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Walker Effects Announces Version 2.1

Walker Effects, a producer of leading edge tools for professional artists, is pleased to announce the release of version 2.1. This update includes minor fixes, feature and performance enhancements, improved stability and additional presets.

Walker Effects is split into 3 packages, The Basic, Designer and Pro.

Read the press release.Walker Effects Announces Version 2.1
The Advanced Compositing Toolkit for Adobe After Effects.

Glendale, CA - August 15, 2005 - Walker Effects, a producer of leading edge tools for professional artists, is pleased to announce the release of version 2.1. This update includes minor fixes, feature and performance enhancements, improved stability and additional presets.

For years Walker Effects has provided the most advanced tools available for performing channel and compositing operations, and version 2.1 continues that tradition of constant improvement. Enhanced ability to work with individual channels makes it easy for compositors to highly customize and optimize their workflow. This equates to timesaving tools and essential techniques for professional artists. Walker Effects version 2.1 offers indispensable effects for manipulating color, generating special effects and working with 3D render passes.

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monet and mokey now available!

monet and mokeyImagineer Systems monet and mokey are two extremely useful tools for motion graphic artists.

monet is an innovative post-production toolset offering a start-to-finish solution for replacing elements in moving images. Available as a Node-Locked License and a Floating License.

mokey offers an essential toolset for removing wires, rigs, logos and other undesired elements from film and video. Also available as a Node-Locked License and Floating License.

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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Silhouette Roto 2.0 is out!

silhouettefxSilhouette Roto 2.0 is out! If you were lucky enough to have bought Silhouette Roto 1.0 recently, this upgrade is free to you.

Want to try out Roto for After Effects? It's waiting for you at our demos page.

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