Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Boris FX Aquires Final Effects Complete

Boris FX and Media 100 today announced that Boris FX has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Final Effects Complete from Optibase. Boris FX will acquire all associated trademarks including Studio Effects, Next Effects and ICE FX. The products will continue to be offered with Boris FX providing maintenance, support and future development.

Final Effects Complete (FEC) delivers a comprehensive collection of more than 100 plug-ins for Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro and other leading nonlinear editing solutions. Ranging from graceful blurs and edges to radical warps and particle generators, FEC dramatically augments editor’s creative arsenal without forcing you to learn an entirely new application.

- Final Effects Complete $749
- Final Effects Complete and Continuum Complete Bundle $1249
Final Effects Complete for Continuum Complete 3 Owners $299*
* This represents a promotion price that ends August 31st 2005. To qualify you must have purchased BCC 3 and registered it before July 1st 2005.

Filters in Final Effects Complete that are not in Adobe After Effects 6.5 as Cycore FX:
FE Blur2
FE Channel Blur
FE Luma Chroma Blur
FE Directional Blur
FE Sharpen
FE Soften
FE Spin Blur
FE Spiral Blur
FE Unsharp Mask
FE Zoom Blur
FE Brightness and Contrast
FE Color Balance (HLS)
FE Color Balance (RGB)
FE Gamma-Pedestal-Gain
FE Invert
FE Levels
FE Replace Color
FE Tint
FE Bulge
FE EZ Lazy Waves
FE EZ Ripples
FE Slant Matte
FE Spherize
FE Twirl
FE Water Waves
FE Burn Edges
FE Gradient Blur
FE Power Ramp
FE Sparkle Edges
FE Spot Blur
FE Spot Feather
FE Spot Frame
FE Spot Tatter
FE Spot Turbulence
FE Wiggle Edges
FE Alpha Map
FE Channel Noise
FE Median
FE MiniMax
FE Noise
FE Light Blast
FE Light Tornado
FE Light Whirl
FE Advanced 3D
FE Simple Shadow
FE 3D Relief
FE Emboss
FE Fractal
FE Glow
FE Lens Star
FE Video Fragment

Free Particular Tutorial

Peder Norrby has a Free Flash Tutorial that explains how to make some stylized stars with Particular.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Gallery of Text Animation Presets

I love the text presets included with Adobe After Effects 6.5, and here is a Gallery of Text Animation Presets. Oh, so useful! Because I'm a sadist at heart, I'm still going to make my After Effects students learn how to use the Text Engine the hard way.

Monday, June 13, 2005

You can still get Commotion Complete Training for $50!

Check out Matt Silverman's incredible Commotion Complete Training, which contains 24 lessons on DVD.Did I mention that we're giving them away for $50 a pop? This is a limited time price (normally $149.00), so don't miss this chance to get to cash in on some cheap but quality training.

Port your 3D Motion data between Maya, AE and EI!

Barry Berman sit 3Dmation Visual Effects has released some scripts in the past week. Download them at 3Dmation Visual Effects.

Barry, you rock.

Render sound tip for PC users

From Stephen Gotz:
On a PC, After Effects will play the following files instead of the default .wav files if these files are placed in the \After Effects\prefs directory.

Note: We've had reports that this may not work on all versions of Windows. Do you know how to do it another way? Please post the info in the comments area. Thanks!

Friday, June 10, 2005

Magic Bullet for Editors now with Avid AVX Support

magic bulletRed Giant Software today announced the availability of Magic Bullet Editors v1.1,, a plug-in for popular editing applications that enables moviemakers to add film treatments right on the timeline. Magic Bullet Editors now supports Avid Xpress systems or any AVX 1.5 application on Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.3 or later, in addition to the existing support for Apple Final Cut Pro , Adobe Premiere Pro, and Sony Vegas.

The best part is that Toolfarm has it for $284. Other places will charge you $299.00. That's because we like you.

Apple's Glass House -

Apple's Glass House - "How about how a video rendering benchmark? 84% faster than the Pentium 4. The tests were run using Adobe After Effects."

If you'd like to leave your thoughts, use the comments below.

Free tutorial

Compositing ambient occlusion and channel based lighting in After Effects by Tahl Niran. The site is in frames (major pet peeve of mine), so click on tutorials, then After Effects.

The name of the tutorial scares me. When I think of an occlusion, I think of a Retinal Vein Occlusion, and nobody wants that! Check out the tutorial anyway.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Five tips that comprise everything I know about digital photography

A lot of these tips are useful for video as well.

1. Shoot at as high a resolution as is reasonable for your camera's storage capacity.
2. Make sure the light is coming from behind you (and the brighter the better).
3. Take two or more shots of each thing you photograph (you won't believe how differently each turns out).
4. Shoot all closeups of people from above and at a 45° downward angle (enlarges eyes, reduces "meatbeard")
5. When in doubt, use the slow-sync flash (aka "Rock and Roll Filter")

Meatbeard. Gross. (Source: 5ives)

Waterfront Film Festival 2005

Waterfront Film Festival 2005 is held each year at this time in downtown Saugatuck, MI.

Saugatuck is 2 hours from Chicago (I'm from Michigan so I measure distance in hours.... weird, I know). Saugatuck is a cute little town, with lots of art and a great beach.... and it's been 88° and humid for the past week... but most importantly, an amazing film festival.

Some 70 films will be shown. Laura Smiles and March of the Penguins are having their Midwest Premieres this weekend, and much of the cast and directors will be there. and I swear I saw Dennis Franz in the audience today. They have a wine tasting, too, and on Sunday.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Maxon Supports Intel-Based Apple Computers

Maxon sent out a press release today explaining how they're oh, so far ahead of the game, so get ready to upgrade when you get your phat new Mac in 2006.

BTW, have you tried Cinema 4D? It plays so nice with After Effects.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

New Search Tool

Check out our cool new Search Tool. It's still in Beta, but it works pretty well at this point. I only have it on a couple of pages on the site, but it's much more elegant than the previous search.

Any ideas on how we can improve it? Or improve anything at Toolfarm for that matter? Please leave a comment below or contact us. Thanks in advance!

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Free Timelapse Footage from Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher has some free timelapse footage of clouds. Go get it!

Cool Photoshop Tip #1

I'm going to start compiling Photoshop tips for ya'll. I know that our main focus is After Effects, but how many of you use Photoshop on a daily basis. I do. I teach Photoshop at an art school as well, so without further ado, here's Photoshop Tip #1.

Change Brush Softness on the Fly

You can make a round brush harder or softer without changing the size of the brush by hitting Shift+[ (left bracket) to increase the softness or Shift+] (right bracket) to decrease the softness.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Sapphire Plug-ins Tutorial for Adobe After Effects

If you didn't notice the snazzy ad above, we're now carrying the fine Sapphire plug-ins from GenArts.

After you download the demo, chek out the Sapphire Plug-ins Tutorial for Adobe After Effects.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Press Release: Toolfarm announces distribution agreements

May 31, 2005 - Toolfarm, Inc. today announced distribution agreements with leading Adobe After Effects plug-in manufacturers, including: The Foundry, Conoa, Boris%u2019 Continuum Complete, Buena Software, and Cycore FX. Toolfarm will continue to add more distribution deals to its arsenal as its success in the plug-in market continues. With the recent acquisition of and Toolfarm%u2019s focus on the plug-in market, the move into distribution was natural.

Read the entire press release (PDF)