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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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Primatte Keyer just got better with v3

Primatte Keyer v3 for After Effects and the upgrade are now shipping.

Now includes:
- DV PreKey technology This deartifacting technology pre-treats DV & HDV material deliverying great results
- Updated UI and new split screen View modes for more efficient keying
- Alpha channel adjustment integrated into the keyer
- Post key utilities Integrated secondary spill removal, simple and accurate Color Matching, and Light wrap built in to the keying interface

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Boris Continuum Complete AVX v4 Now Shipping! Supports AVX 2.0!

We have everthing you need!

Care to read the press release? Continuum Complete AVX (BCC AVX) streamlines workflow for the Avid editor. A set of more than 170 fully native filters and transitions animate directly in the Avid Effect Editor window. A large range of effects deliver everything from basic utility to eye-catching special effects for Avid systems. BCC AVX 4 is the only third-party plug-in package to take advantage of the new AVX 2.0 architecture from Avid.

Customers upgrading from Continuum Complete AVX 3 will get these new features:

- Access to Avid's Advanced Keyframing model for more precise animation control
- Support for 16-bit processing
- The integrated PixelChooser option that creates an animatable vector mask now includes b�zier handles for more precise control
- Motion Key isolates and removes moving foreground objects
- Hundreds of new presets
- New filters include Color Match, Halftone, Median, Corner Pin Tracker, Optical Stabilizer, and an OpenGL-based 3D Extruded Image Shatter

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Monday, August 01, 2005

Interview with particleIllusion's Alan Lorence

Check out this Interview with particleIllusion's Alan Lorence.

Wondertouch particleIllusion 3.0 for Mac OS X is at a special price of $331.00 until August 31st. Better hurry

RE: Vision Effects Re:Flex 3 for AE, Shake and Discreet and combustion 4

RE:Vision Effects Press Release

For Immediate Release

RE:Vision Effects, Inc. releases RE:Flex 3 for After Effects, Shake, Discreet Systems and combustion 4.

RE:Flex brings intuitive morphing and warping directly to combustion 3.0 or later, After Effects 5.0 or later, Shake 3.01 or later, and Discreet Systems (IFFFS)! Superior results are achieved using RE:Vision Effects' proprietary and sophisticated technology. RE:Flex is especially easy to learn because it uses the host program's own drawing and masking tools (when available) to direct the warping and morphing; as such, there is no need to learn a whole new user interface.

RE:Flex is the first morphing program that combines hand feature-matching with automatic image registration. After aligning the hand matched shapes, RE:Flex 3 now uses the new tracking found in RE:Vision's acclaimed Twixtor 4.5 product to automatically align the non-handmatched parts of the image so that often less handwork is required.

What's new in version 3?
- Auto-align feature uses the improved Twixtor 4.5 tracking which provides more precise results than with previous versions of RE:Flex.
- Floating point image support added for Shake version.
- New anti-aliasing setting that uses less memory (but does so at the expense of speed). In the new method antialising is performed by repeated offset renders, with buffer accumulation. The old method is still available to users. This new feature is particularly useful to those warping and morphing large resolution images.

MipMapping. Now RE:Flex can be set to give better filtering results when parts of an image a squished by a factor of 2 or more.

New render-only pricing available for After Effects 6.0 or later (and continues to be available for Shake).

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