Monday, February 28, 2005

Special Occasion Photomontage, Part Deux

My sister announced her wedding date today.... November 12. She knocked 3 months off the engagement in one day!

I figured it was a good time to give you installment 2 of the Mega Tutorial, aptly titled Special Occasion Photomontage, Part Deux .

This section explains how to organize your files as you prep them and how to get your elements together.

12 Inch Design Competitive Upgrades

Why buy the same old graphics when you can buy something new? If your clients are demanding something fresh, you need 12 Inch Design.

Attention anyone currently using products such as Digital Juice's JumpBacks or any Editors Toolkit, or any other Motion Graphics library. If you are ready to update and upgrade your library, this offer from 12 Inch Design will be hard to refuse!

Competitive offerings include:

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Download Silhouette Roto Demo!

Tryout Silhouette Roto for After Effects and FCP (Mac) or for After Effects (Windows).

Please, tell us what you think! Either send us an email or use the comments below.

Magic Bullet v2 is here!

Magic BulletBe the first on your block to have Magic Bullet v2. Get it at Toolfarm for a only $755.

Already own Magic Bullet v1? The upgrade is only $149.

Did I mention that it supports HD?

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Silhouette Roto 1.0

silhouetteRotoscoping (or "Roto") for short has become a generic term for manually extracting, isolating or affecting a portion of an image. It is tedious work, but it's one of the most important parts of the visual effects process. silhouette+roto allows you to quickly create sophisticated animated mattes using Rational B-spline, NURB or Bezier shapes. Intelligent design and easy-to-use tools, such as variable edge softness on a point by point basis and realistic motion blur, assist you in creating shape animations. Integrated motion tracking makes the normally tedious task of rotoscoping a breeze.

There are two options:
1. Silhouette Roto 1.0 (Plug-in for both AE or FCP)

2. Silhouette Roto 1.0 Standalone & Plug-in Bundle - This package gives you the flexability to run Silhouette Roto as you need it. Run it inside After Effects or compatables, or use it as a standalone application. You decide!

Boris Red Version 3.02 Now Available!

borisBoris Red 3.02 is now available as a free download for existing users of Red Version 3GL. This release adds support for new hosts including Canopus Edius Pro 3, Pinnacle Liquid Edition version 6 and the Media 100 HD editing system.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Mega Tutorial Series: Special Occasion Video

With spring coming up, don't be surprised if you're hit up to create a Special Occasion Video, such as a wedding photomontage or an anniversary party photomontage.

I'm creating a multi-part tutorial that will explain all aspects of creating a classy photomontage with personality and taste.

The first tutorial discusses the meeting with your client... in my case, the client (victim) is my sister. I'll be preparing a video for her engagement party in March and you're invited to help me along in the process.

Future tutorials will cover
  • Color correcting photos in Photoshop
  • Managing hoardes of images in After Effects to streamline your process
  • Sequencing images in After Effects to make an animated slideshow very quickly
  • Creating elements to use over and over in later projects (like templates - because after you make your first amazing video, everyone will want one!)
  • Making a beautiful spreading of rose petals, completely digitally, using Photoshop and Particle Playground in After Effects
  • Making attractive animating titles in After Effects
  • Making animated backgrounds in After Effects
  • Putting your project to DVD using iDVD

So, I've got a lot of work ahead of me, don't I!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Boris Continuum Complete for Discreet Sparks API

Boris Continuum Complete for Advanced Discreet Systems: Volume I

lens flareContinuum Complete's intuitive filters expand the capabilities of Discreet's world-renowned visual effects solutions with OpenGL acceleration and powerful integration features. Volume I includes more than 70 filters in four categories: Colors and Blurs, Effects, Lights, and Wipe Transitions. Among the highlights are sophisticated glows and OpenGL-based generators that simulate real-life lighting such as lens flares, glints and glares. Other cutting-edge filters include DeNoise, DeInterlace, and Witness Protection. (Read more)

So, check out a free 14 day trial (and loads of other Boris plug-ins, too).

• Boris has a tutorial up at their site for the Discreet Sparks API Link fixed.
Description and image of each filter (3MB pdf)
Feature Guide (14MB pdf)
Filter List
Image Gallery

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Digital Anarchy Chaos Stock Volume I

Digital Anarchy Chaos Stock Volume I is a new, flexible way of using royalty-free footage. You get 20 pre-rendered stock backgrounds to use in any way that you can imagine. Each Chaos background also ships with the After Effects project file it was created with, and the original source files.

If you're really looking for something cool, though, as well as a great deal, check out the bundle combining Digital Anarchy's Chaos Stock Volume I with Digital Anarchy's Text Anarchy After Effects plug-ins. Text Anarchy is a set of eight plug-ins that generate and animate text via a particle system. Effects created with Text Anarchy are featured in Volume I of Chaos Stock.

Monday, February 14, 2005

The present and future of post production business and technology

The present and future of post production business and technology: "Philip Hodgetts' random thoughts and items of interest on where the industry is at, and where it might be going today and into the future."

There is an interesting bit on 16:9 and converting 4:3.

Toolfarm Roto Survey ends tomorrow

Our Roto Survey ends tomorrow, so this is your last chance to get in on that 5% off coupon that we're offering. You know there is some stuff that you want! No personal information is collected. Thanks in advance for helping us out.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Cool After Effects Tip

I don't know about you, but moving from OS 9 to OS X... well, I've never quite gotten the full hang of it. I was master of OS 9.

You can pitch your prefs on launch of AE without having to dig through your system folder for the preference file. Just hold down shift-option-command while you click your After Effects icon in your dock or elsewhere. You'll get a pop-up window asking if you'd really like to trash your prefs.

This works with other programs too. If there's a PC equivalent, please add it to the comments below. Heck, any good tips are welcome!

Toolfarm Exclusive: Aurora Sky & Water Bundle

aurora sky waterThis exclusive Toolfarm bundles consists of Aurora Sky and Aurora Water plug-ins. Aurora Water allows you to create realistic animated water. This plug-in gives you a wide variety of effects that are substantially different from other water plug-ins. Learn more about Aurora Sky and Aurora Water. It retails for a mere $299 (USD).

You can download a Windows demo here and take it for a test drive around the block.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Tutorial Tuesday!!!

Today, enjoy a couple of tutorials for Boris Continuum Complete - Creating Precise Keys in Continuum Complete. You can choose tutorials for Avid, After Effects, Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro.

Don't forget, if you buy Boris Continuum Complete 3, for a limited time, receive Boris Title Toolkit for FREE!.

Also, Ko Maruyama has put together a fun Valentine tutorial for you (yes, for you!) Ko shows you how to make Heart Balloons in Cinema 4D for your loved one.
heart balloons

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Digital Film Tools Ships Digital Film Lab

Digital Film Tools announced that it is shipping Digital Film Lab, a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and other non linear editing applications that are designed to simulate a variety of color and black and white photographic looks, diffusion and color grad camera filters, lighting gels, film stocks and optical lab processes--all in a controlled digital environment with either 8 or 16 bits per channel processing.

Digital Film Lab is made up of Color Correct, Diffusion, Color Grad, Gels, Lab, Grain and Post Color Correct modules. By loading presets, parameters in the various modules are automatically set to achieve a variety of different effects. There are over 135 useful presets organized into black and white looks, color looks, diffusion, grain and temperature. Feel free to use our presets, modify them or create your own.

New additions to Digital Film Lab 2.0 include many useful preset color and black and white looks, colored lighting gel presets, color grad filter presets, a new diffusion mode, additional film stock presets as well as lab cross processing.

Digital Film Tools is an offshoot of Digital FilmWorks; a Los Angeles based full-service visual effects facility specializing in feature film and television special effects. Digital Film Lab for Adobe After Effects and After Effects compatible programs, Apple's Final Cut Pro and Motion, Avid Editing Systems, Adobe Photoshop and Discreet Flint, Flame and Inferno is available for download or purchase here. Upgrade pricing is available for existing customers.