Wednesday, March 29, 2006

57 FREE Animations

Dean Valez's The Anvel has 57 FREE animations that are fully customizable royalty-free for After Effects 6.5. They were added to his site yesterday and they're really wonderful and useful. Dean, you are the man.

Click on 'free AEPs' to get the goods.

moujou brings boujou to Maya

moujoumoujou is the latest product from 2d3, creators of the Emmy
award-winning camera tracker, boujou.

2d3 has released a version of its boujou motion tracking software that works within Autodesk's Maya 3D animation software. It's quick and easy to use; just load in your shot, hit the "Track it" button, and let moujou do the rest. Get fast and accurate results delivered straight to your scene, letting you spend more time animating and less time tracking.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

New Tutorial: Ghost Machine

ghost machineEver watch the show Weird Travels where they tell ghost stories and have some creepy effects to help you visualize? Ghost Machine is a new tutorial for After Effects that shows you how to make a realistic and ethereal scene, just in time for ghost hunting season.

I'll show you how to loop a clip with expressions and with the Interpret Footage dialog, use a Time Effect and more. This is not a tough tutorial so beginners, have at it. Hopefully, you seasoned AE users will get something out of it too. Enjoy!

Red Giant's Magic Bullet Suite supports AE 7!

magic bullet suiteRed Giant Software today announced the availability of Magic Bullet Suite 2.1. The software plug-in now supports Adobe After Effects 7. Magic Bullet Suite 2.1 also includes the robust DeepColor RT GPU render engine, which runs up to 7x faster than the CPU alone - allowing users to do real-time film look treatments on the desktop in standard definition.

Comprised of 18 After Effects plug-ins, Magic Bullet Suite delivers a complete production pipeline for processing digital video footage for output to DVD, TV, or film. Applying expertly-designed technology created by the innovative post production studio, The Orphanage, users can de-interlace and de-artifact footage, apply film treatments, crop footage to any standard format, and ensure compliance with broadcast TV standards.

Magic Bullet Suite 2.1 is a free upgrade for Magic Bullet Suite 2.0 customers. Download the demo and install the latest version. Use your serial number to unlock it.

Monday, March 27, 2006

RE:Vision Effects updates RE:Flex to v3.1

re:flexRE:Vision Effects updates RE:Flex with High Dynamic Range image support and a major performance upgrade for Adobe® After Effects® 7.0; other platforms also updated.

RE:Flex provides superior morphing and warping for After Effects. RE:Flex uses both open and closed splines for its free-form interface rather than a mesh-based solution. RE:Flex is especially easy to learn because it uses the After Effects' own drawing and masking tools to direct the warping and morphing; as such, there is no need to learn a whole new user interface.

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RE:Flex is the first morphing solution that combines hand feature-matching with automatic image registration. After aligning the hand matched shapes, RE:Flex 3 uses the tracking found in Twixtor to automatically align the non-handmatched parts of the image; so in many cases less handwork is required.

WIth the release of RE:Flex 3.1, several new features are available.

  • High Dynamic Range (floating point) image support when running within Adobe After Effects 7.0, Professional edition.
  • RE:Flex 3.1 introduces a new temporally coherent warping technique which eliminates the jittery results users sometimes saw with RE:Flex even whentheir spline animations were obviously smooth. The new method is slightly more compute intensive, but can substantially improve the results on some animations. The previous method is still available; so older projects will render exactly as they previously did. In order to turn on the new method, users simply turn on the "Temporal Smooth" checkbox that is new to RE:Flex 3.1.
  • Better auto-align behavior that is less jittery.
  • Users of RE:Flex will see a significant speed boost within After Effects 7.0 on Macintosh G5 CPUs running Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger). Computation times have been reduced by approximately 25 to 35% on such machines (however, each project is different and speedup percentages will vary).

RE:Flex has also been updated to version 3.1 for Autodesk combustion and discreet systems, and eyeon software's Fusion 5. An Apple Shake update is also planned. Demo material and software, along with pricing and exact compatibility for all versions of RE:Flex are available at www.revisionfx.com.

RE:Flex is a trademark of RE:Vision Effects, Inc. Other trademarks are owned by their respective owners. Features, pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Zaxwerks ProAnimator plug-in for After Effects

Zaxwerks ProAnimatorDid you know that Zaxwerks ProAnimator is available as a plug-in for After Effects?

ProAnimator includes all of the powerful 3D content creation tools as the 3D Invigorator PRO product. It also contains a next generation animation system that can be used to quickly generate complex animations that would take hours to create in other 3D applications.

plugin finderAlso, as we integrate and expand our Plug-in Finder and our store, you will start to see the image to the right appearing in our store. Click it and you'll get more indepth information on the product. This is only on a dozen pages now, but we're adding more and more information every day. We want you, or beloved customers, to be armed with the knowledge to make the best decisions possible about which products you need to get your job done right!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

SmartSound SonicFire Pro 4

SonicFire ProI've been fiddling with the new beta version of SmartSound SonicFire Pro and it's so much fun. The new MoodMapping feature rocks!

In college, I had an audio production minor, but this is way back in the day when we used reel-to-reel tape and spliced with razor blades and scotch tape. It really was not fun. It was slow and tedious and a bit stressful. SonicFire Pro 4 is miles from that! You can watch your video as you compose your music which makes it the perfect tool for the auteur or videographers and animators who also like to make their own soundtrack. It comes with loads of high-quality samples and loops that you can use too, so you don't need to hook up a keyboard like we did in my college midi class.

Anyway, I'm planning to review it after I create a project of my own. I don't do any post work for clients anymore but I can make a smokin' soundtrack for my daughters third birthday video!

In the meantime, you can check out SonicFire Pro v3.2 trial version.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Pixelan CreativEase Plug-ins

CreativEase in our Plug-in Finder Pixelan CreativEase was released this week! Eleven all-new, affordable plug-ins which provide thousands of wonderfully fresh, highly-aesthetic, industry-first video effects. Includes many new types of color, blur, depth, grain, and time-based effects -- all completely customizable. All are designed as "best-of-breed" tools despite their affordable price. CreativEase also solves everyday editing problems such as selective sharpening/softening a clip (without tedious masking) such as to remove facial blemishes or to create beautiful dreamy looks, creating color-accurate smooth-edged animation directly from video, producing true glossy/shiny 3D titles, adding subtle filmic looks and film grains, cropping edge noise without stretching/bordering the image, and more.

CreativEase for After Effects, Avid, Pinnacle, and Ulead will be available early April.

Supersizing in Synthetik Studio Artist

SynthetikIn February, ">Synthetik Studio Artist 3.5 was introduced which has a new feature called "Supersizer". This fancy algorithm allows you to enlarge an image without it falling apart.

Dave Nagel has some instructions up at Creative Mac, Supersizing in Synthetik Studio Artist.

Friday, March 10, 2006

New Cinema 4D Tutorials

We've added three terrific tutorials (pdf) by Seger van Wijk to Toolfarm.com. "They're clear, concise and easy to follow." - Maxon.net

stereo

Stereo
HDRI

HDRI
3 Point Lighting

3-Point Lighting

There are more Cinema 4D tutorials, and lots of After Effects tutorials for you to peruse.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Magnet Media Ships Adobe Production Suite Training DVDs

production studio

Bundle comprises over 20 hours of comprehensive training

(March 09, 2006) - Magnet Media, Inc.'s award-winning Digital Media Training Series (DMTS) has released Inside Adobe Production Studio Standard Edition, a set of interactive self-paced training DVDs for Adobe's new post-production solution, which includes training for the three applications included in the Production Suite - Inside Adobe After Effects 7, Inside Adobe Photoshop CS2, and Inside Adobe Premiere Pro 2.

Read rest of press releaseThe training bundle comprises over 20 hours of comprehensive training suitable for those already familiar with prior versions of these applications, as well as those new to Adobe's creative products. The training will have you working quickly and confidently without costly classes, phone calls to help lines, or time-consuming trial and error learning. Each aspect of the training is taught by an instructor expert in the specific craft, and expert in the pertinent Adobe application. The training includes comprehensive lessons on all of the new features of these applications, as well complete media files so that you can work alongside our instructors.

WalkerFX Rebrands to Reflect Boost in VFX Tools

walkerfx
Walker Effects has changed it's name to a more descriptive WalkerFX - Beyond Compositing and has donned a slick new logo. In addition, WalkerFX has done a major rebuild of the core engine behind Walker Effects 2.1. There are two new products that WalkerFX will introduce in Q2 06: Tranceform, a plug-in for creating hypnotic and captivating effects in After Effects, and WalkerFX 3.0, that will be released in June.

Press Release
March 8, 2006 - WalkerFX (www.walkerfx.com), a leading software developer of visual effects and motion graphics tools for leading compositing applications, today announced that the company is now named WalkerFX - Beyond Compositing. To reflect this change, WalkerFX has adopted a new company logo and a new website is underway.

Best known since 1997 as the innovators behind Walker Effects - the company's flagship visual effects software tools - a core suite of 18 high-performance Adobe After Effects plug-ins for compositors, the re-branding effort represents a multi-faceted strategic initiative to elevate the company's presence, expand business and deliver a broader spectrum of leading-edge creative tools to digital content creators in the film, broadcast, video, animation, gaming, graphics, design, and visual effects industries. Company founder Steven J. Walker will continue to oversee WalkerFX operations as president and as the lead technology developer.

The transformation of Walker Effects into WalkerFX also involves a major rebuild of the Walker Effects v2.1 core graphics engine. In order to provide the unique capabilities of WalkerFX to applications other than After Effects, the company will begin a vigorous schedule of new product releases with the introduction of TranceformTM a creative tool for producing complex and mesmerizing animations. Currently in development, Tranceform supports Adobe After Effects as well as Apple Shake, Apple Motion, and Autodesk Combustion.

Tranceform is scheduled for release in Q2 2006, and will be followed by the June release of WalkerFX v3.0, representing a distinct change in the structure, feature set, naming, and pricing of the product packages.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Red Giant Instant HD

Red Giant Instant HD

Today Red Giant announced Instant HD, which will convert DV into High Definition footage. As it scales the footage, it intellegently creates the missing pixel data. There are presets to help guide you, too.

this plug-in works in Adobe After Effects and Premiere, as well as Apple's Final Cut Pro.

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Red Giant Software Releases Instant HD

Up Convert DV Video Into a Variety of HD Video Formats (March 06, 2006)

Red Giant Software, publisher of a line of professional desktop tools including Magic Bullet and Knoll Light Factory, today announced a new plug-in for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Premiere Pro called Instant HD. The new software application allows users to up-convert DV video into a variety of HD video formats.

Instant HD allows users to choose from a list of preset resolutions to make it easy to integrate DV video into a High Definition production. When scaling from standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD), the missing pixels must be generated in an intelligent way. Instant HD provides a high-quality method for converting SD sources to HD within user's preferred video application.

Features

  • Includes 5 controls: Output Size, Filter Type, Sharpness, Quality settings, and Anti-aliasing
  • Professional level results with simple easy to learn controls
  • The Output resolution pop-up lets you quickly choose the output resolution for your video
  • The Sharpness control lets you sharpen the output of the video scaling operation
  • The Anti-aliasing control lets you add smoothing to the edges of images

Uses

  • A great complement product to Magic Bullet Suite or Magic Bullet Editors
  • Integrate SD video into your next HD project
  • Up-convert NTSC or PAL Standard Definition to High Definition
  • Up-convert smaller web video resolution sizes to Standard Definition \
  • Up-convert SD video to HD, then down-convert back to SD for higher-quality results

Pricing and Availability

Instant HD is available now for $99 USD ($94 at Toolfarm. Note: Instant HD is a plug-in and requires a host application (Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, or After Effects) to operate.

About Red Giant Software

Red Giant Software LLC (www.redgiantsoftware.com) is a San Francisco-based company that develops and distributes professional tools for digital video production. Products are available as stand-alone products and plug-ins for popular video editing and effects applications including Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, and other compatible applications such as Apple's Final Cut Pro. The products are based on production-proven technology developed by visual effects veterans.

Monday, March 06, 2006

wondertouch Professional Emitter Libraries

The Pro Emitters are a collection of 180 particleIllusion 3.0 emitters arranged into six themed libraries. They can be purchased as individual libraries or in one package of all 6 libraries. If you purchase all six at once, you save 25%!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Interview with Jerome Oliver

We have a new addition to our growing library of visual effects resources; Interviews. The Inspirations page has been there quite a while, showing you a variety of what's new and interesting in motion graphics, but now we're adding a series of interviews hosted by me, Michele Yamazaki. We want to offer fresh content and explore the many capabilities of the diverse software application.

Our first discussion is with Jerome Oliver, a motion graphic artist based in Tokyo, Japan. He runs Speaking Pictures, a design firm with high profile clients such as Nike, Louis Vuitton, and Miss Universe Japan. Last year Jerome worked with Chage, a well-known Japanese pop singer, to create an unconventional film using digital still photography. The result is a stunning and extraordinary piece that manages to captivate the audience while giving them a feeling of disassociation at the same time. Jerome discusses the project, his technique and workflow, as well as the challenges in working to entertain across cultures.

His film has just been accepted to the Ann Arbor Film Festival, which happens later this month. A big congratulations to Jerome is in order. This guy is going to be a well-known filmmaker before you know it.