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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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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