Monday, May 23, 2005

Trapcode Plugins

You're probably sick of me saying how great the Trapcode plug-ins are, but have you taken them all for a test drive yet?

We've added the Trapcode suite to our Demos section. As always, it's free to try.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Jibjab does

From Adrants: Anheuser-Busch has hired JibJab Media, creators of the animated video clip "This Land is Your Land," to craft online ads for the brewer. The two brother team, Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, will create web-based content designed to drive viewers to the Budweiser website. The duo have already created a clip, called, "Roll Out the Barrel," which hopes to combat the rising preference for spirits over beer among younger drinkers.

It's comic genius and it makes me want to go out and get completely blotto on Bud. 8-)

(Note: Link is fixed)

Desktops set Lucas plan

Desktops set Lucas plan - The Washington Times: Entertainment - May 20, 2005

An article about the computer technology behind Episode III, Revenge of the Sith. Verbatim: For "Sith," Mr. Gregoire set up AMD 64 processor-based desktop stations with 4 gigabytes of RAM and FX 3000 video cards running Microsoft Windows XP Pro, Alias' Maya and Adobe After Effects software to create a powerful new working environment.

I just think it's cool when huge movies use After Effects. I'm such a geek.

SF Cutters - San Francisco Final Cut Pro User Group

SF Cutters: World's First Final Cut Pro User Group is having a meeting next Wednesday, May 25, 2005, at 6:30pm. If you're in the area, drop by and say hi. They've had some great speakers in the past including Tom Wolsky, Matt Silverman, Alex Lindsay and Phil Hodgetts. You can contact them for more info.

Their site is being added to our User Groups page. If you'd like to get your user group listed, whether you're an After Effects, FCP, Premiere, or just a general motion graphics group, don't hesitate to contact us and we'll get you listed. For free. Because we're nice.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Taking a look at the Star Wars Lightsaber

lightsaberTaking a look at the Star Wars Lightsaber explains everything you ever wanted to know about the lightsaber, including that people have used After Effects to make lightsabers.

Yeah, we knew that.

Toolfarm Exclusive Tutorial: Shine Sky

shine skyTrapcode Shine has always been one of my favorite plug-ins and Shine Sky is a simple application of one way to use it.

This tutorial is geared toward beginners, but is still fun for seasoned pros. If you haven't tried Shine before, there is a link to Mac and Windows demos. The plug-in is inexpensive and a must-have... well, like all of the other Trapcode plugs! (Honest, I'm not just trying to hard sell you on them. They're great plug-ins. Really. No lie.)

The Da Vinci Code Trailer

The Da Vinci Code isn't out for another year, but the trailer is on

I love the cool shatter effect on the Mona Lisa toward the end of the trailer. It makes it look so big. I went to the Louvre in Paris and saw the real Mona Lisa a few years ago, and I was surprised to see how small it was. I couldn't get too close either.... way too many tourists. C'est la vie.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Render Only Plug-ins in your Render Farm

Wondering what licenses you need to use plug-ins on multiple computers? Check out Render Policies, a new detailing many of the most popular filters and how their licensed for use on "Render Only" computers.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Digital camera raw file support plug-in

Adobe releases new camera raw 3.1 plug-in for Photoshop. It's free, too, but you need to be running Tiger or Windows 2000 with Service Pack 3 or Windows XP.

An Interview with Richard Harrington

Richard M. Harrington is a graphic artist, director, producer, editor, instructor, speaker and author, who I've been working with on an upcoming book for CMP. There will be more details about that later, but check out the article from in the meantime.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Toolfarm Exclusive Tutorial - June Sale

June SaleJune Sale shows you how to create a simple and nifty effect using 3D layers, a camera, lights, a null object, parenting and DigiEffects Cinelook. You'll learn a lot in this short tutorial, I guarantee (unless you're an expert user, then it's just for fun.)

Cinelook 2 is out for the Mac, but I've used an older version, just to be nice to all of you Windows users out there.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Zaxwerks extends NAB show special prices!

Zaxwerks makes some of the coolest plug-ins out there and you can still get those low NAB prices.

ProAnimator for only $595 (reg. $895)

3D Invigorator Pro for only $395 (reg. $650)

3D Invigorator Classic for only $295 (reg. $495)

Upgrade 3.0 Pro to 4.0 Pro for only $99 (reg. $195)

New additions from Zaxwerks

3d flag3D Flag Plug-in for After Effects or Premiere

The Werks Volume One - a set of three plug-ins for creating beautiful Glows, Glints and Gradients.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Silhouette Roto is an NAB2005 Pick Hits Winner

PRIMEDIA's Video Systems, the premier source of in-depth information on professional video technology, announced today the 14 winners of the annual NAB Pick Hits Awards. The Pick Hits Award winners are selected during the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention from among hundreds of new products and tools on display.

"These are products that will impact day-to-day work for our readers," says Video Systems Editorial Director Cynthia Wisehart. "We're very pleased to recognize innovation and excellence."

Silhouette Roto (standalone) was one of the big winners! Congratulations to Perry Kivolowitz and the gang at SilhouetteFX. You deserve it for this downright dynamite roto tool.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Apple Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

All the talk around town is about Apple Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, so don't be the last one to have it. It is the "World's Most Advanced Operating System", afterall.

hulaI know upgrading is a big chore and a bit scary, but this is one cool OS. Do it for the Dashboard, a world of widgets on your screen. I hear the Hula Girl widget is very popular.

But seriously, there are over 200 new features and as soon as I have a few free hours, I'm upgrading my laptop. I'll experience more efficient battery usage because Tiger learns how I use your computer and automatically adjusts its power consumption to maximize battery life.

Join the Toolfarm Chat!

Get answers to your questions about plug-ins and techniques in After Effects and Photoshop or the Japanese language. Ha, you think I'm joking about that last one!

In iChat: File>Go To Chat. Enter chat name: toolfarm. Notice that it's all lower case.

In AIM (AOL Instant Messenger): Please refer to the control panel on the left to access the chatroom by using your AIM software.

You can also join in if you're using one of those nifty Jabber jobs. You'll have to figure it out for yourself, though. ;)

Upgraded to Tiger Yet?

MacFixIt has an article called Troubleshooting Solution for the Macintosh. I've heard that Mac OX X 10.4 is a little buggy but really cool. This article helps you get past the buggy part.

Please use the comments below to tell us about any bugs you've encountered.