Monday, July 31, 2006

Toolfarm's Expert After Effects Training: Lesson 3 is here!

venetian blocksToolfarm's Expert Training Series is going gangbusters! The third in John Dickinson's Creative Background Design for After Effects is ready. It's called Venetian Blocks and it is absolutely terrific! To prove it to you, check out this Excerpt from Lesson 3. See for yourself.

Did I mention that you can get all of the training in the series for $5 a pop? Yes, it's cheap, but it's very high quality, so the theory "you get what you pay for" doesn't hold water here.

Watched the excerpt yet? Brilliant, eh. Buy Venetian Blocks and download it immediately. No shipping charges! And, just 15 minutes of your time to new creativity and technical knowledge that will impress your peers. Plus, we include a valuable coupon that is worth much more than the $5 investment.

No pressure. ;-)

Digital Trove PRIME 4 is out!

PRIMEDigital Trove PRIME is a killer set of plug-ins for After Effects, most of which also work in Final Cut Pro. There are 52 effect plug-Ins - generators, distortions, image adjustments, stylistic filters and utilities.

The demo version of PRIME 4 is available as well.

I did a tutorial a while back with some PRIME filters called Ghastly Ghoul. I really like these plug-ins because they're very easy to use and contain effects not available in other packages.

Note: This is a free upgrade for those who have registered PRIME 3.0. Get it here. Your unlock key will work with version 4.0.

Michele is back.

If you've noticed things were a little quieter than usual around here it was because I was away on holiday. Well, I'm back! I had a nice week in Ontario where I saw moose, mosquitos and Mennonites. The weather was lovely and I got lots of hiking in. Tobermory is lovely, if you ever get up that way.

So, I'll have lots of news updates in the next couple of days for you. Good stuff, too.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Adobe Production Studio Tour Coming to San Francisco!

Sign up for this FREE seminar offered by Adobe and Sponsored by Toolfarm to learn the secrets to creating work that's distinctive and visually innovative with Adobe Production Studio.

Learn More and Sign up!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Attention Audio Department: Toolfarm now selling ProTools plug-ins

protoolsToolfarm is taking over the plug-in world, one application at a time! Get your plug-ins for Digidesign ProTools, a fantabulous audio editing and effects program, at Toolfarm.

There's a Pro Tools software plug-in for almost anything you can imagine: EQ, dynamics, reverb, sound synthesis, pitch and time shifting, noise reduction, mastering, surround encoding, and more. Some plug-ins emulate the sonic characteristics of hardware processors, amplifiers, or microphones. Others give you power and flexibility that is unique to the world of computer-based digital audio.

Plus, we have a new ProTools Forum.

So, go tell your Audio Department. Do it. Now.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Buy Boris Blue and get Free NVIDIA Quadro FX 3450 by PNY

I saw Boris Blue demo'd at a reseller meeting in Las Vegas at NAB. What a cool tool!

Boris Blue is a standalone 3D compositor for Windows XP. Based on the familiar Boris interface, Blue is designed for video editors and compositors who want to create stunning 3D looks for their projects without the complex learning curves and render times associated with 3D applications.

This is a really good deal - a free Quadro at $1,499 value!

Adobe Proxy Magazine

Adobe LogoI used to get Adobe Magazine at my old place of employment. It was a really good magazine and I've missed it.

Adobe is back with Adobe Proxy, which is a downloadable magazine. Yay for saving the trees... but it makes it harder to read on the can ;-)

Looks like good stuff and it's free. Check 'er out.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Creative Background Design for After Effects by John Dickinson is here!

Check out John Dickinson's amazing first lesson in the new series Creative Background Design for After Effects: Basic Fractal Loop. This tutorial is a first taste of the powerful series and will give you a detailed introduction to the wonders of handy Fractal Noise plug-in.

The lesson contains all of the project files, including the cool text animation, a few goodies and of course the amazing video training.

Download Lesson 1 for free!

Lesson 2: Award Night is also available and it's even better than the first.

This series is a completely new way to deliver training.
All lessons are only $5!
We're making inexpensive, downloadable, high-quality training available to everyone, even the poor college students and the hobbyists who can't spend a load of cash.

Killer Plug-ins article in Post Magazine

Post MagazineCheck out this article in the July issue of Post Magazine. The article discusses plug-ins from Boris FX, Red Giant, The Foundry, Zaxwerks, Genarts, and Toolfarm... Yeah! We got a mention ;-)

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Foundry Announces Free Upgrades for Shake Users

Foundry logo

The Foundry releases new Shake 4.1 plug-ins

(July 14, 2006) Leading visual effects developer The Foundry is delighted to announce a free upgrade for its Furnace, Keylight and Tinder for Shake customers. The Foundry's complete range of plug-ins now fully support Shake 4.1 on Intel-based Macs and are available as a free upgrade to existing customers.

Customers running the latest versions of The Foundry's plug-ins and opt to upgrade to Shake 4.1 are eligible for free upgrades on their Furnace, Tinder and Keylight plug-ins. The latest free upgrade releases from The Foundry include bug fixes and support Shake 4.1 on Intel Mac, PPC Mac and Linux.

Dr. Bill Collis, Head of Research and Development at The Foundry commented "We are fully committed to developing our product portfolio and will continue to do our utmost to deliver free of charge maintenance releases and provide support for the latest versions of host system hardware and software."

Furnace, Tinder and Keylight has been released for Shake 4.1. Support for Intel Macs, Shake 4.00/3.50. This is a free upgrade for existing customers.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Red Giant Options

red giant logoDid you know you can get the Red Giant Software plug-ins as downloads or as a boxed version? Save some dough with the download.

For Example:

Boxed

Download

image lounge
Red Giant Software Image Lounge 1.2 (Boxed)
Regular price: $295.00
Toolfarm price: $275.00
image lounge
Red Giant Software Image Lounge 1.2 (Download)
Regular price: $249.00
Toolfarm price: $236.00
composite wizard
Red Giant Software Composite Wizard 1.2 (Boxed)
Regular price: $295.00
Toolfarm price: $275.00
composite wizard
Red Giant Software Composite Wizard 1.2 (Download)
Regular price: $249.00
Toolfarm price: $236.00
instant hd
Red Giant Instant HD (Boxed)
Regular price: $129.00
Toolfarm price: $122.00
instant hd
Red Giant Instant HD (Download)
Regular price: $99.00
Toolfarm price: $94.00
key correct pro
Red Giant Key Correct Pro v1 (Boxed)
Regular price: $399.00
Toolfarm price: $379.00
key correct pro
Red Giant Key Correct Pro v1.0 (Download)
Regular price: $349.00
Toolfarm price: $331.00
knoll light factory
Red Giant Software Knoll Light Factory 2 (Boxed)
Regular price: $395.00
Toolfarm price: $375.00
knoll light factory
Red Giant Software Knoll Light Factory 2 (Download)
Regular price: $349.00
Toolfarm price: $331.00
magic bullet suite
Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite v2.1 (Boxed)
Regular price: $795.00
Toolfarm price: $755.00
magic bullet suite
Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite v2.1 (Download)
Regular price: $775.00
Toolfarm price: $736.00
magic bullet editors
Red Giant Software Magic Bullet for Editors v2 (Boxed)
Regular price: $395.00
Toolfarm price: $375.00
magic bullet editors
Red Giant Software Magic Bullet for Editors v2 (Download)
Regular price: $349.00
Toolfarm price: $331.00

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

New Products at Toolfarm.com

  • Popwire Compression Master - the reliability and speed of server based video encoding is brought to the desktop
  • FAN AFX2VPB - Import and export Quantel VPB files
  • FAN AFX2QTL - Import/export frames/sequences directly from a Quantel device
  • FAN AFX2xxx-bundle (AFX2QTL + AFX2VPB)
  • FAN PS2Q - a plugin set for Adobe Photoshop, which allows you to import and export images directly from/to a Quantel device via ethernet.

Also, formZ v6 is out.

form.Z 6.0 is now available

formzAutoDesSys is pleased to announce the release of form.Z 6.0. This is a truly exciting time as form.Z 6.0 is a major step forward in 3D modeling. Even the introduction of animation can be looked at as an extension of modeling. What this means is that the object retains its integrity and remains the "king" during the animation process. Rather than animating images or decomposed entities, form.Z animates well defined objects complete with their parameters and attributes, that can also be freely animated. This potentially makes the animation process a modeling venue that can generate forms beyond what is possible with conventional means. At any stage during the animation process, models can even be captured as different types of objects, including some of the special types, such as nurbz and metaformz. form.Z 6.0 offers a seamlessly integrated animation environment, where objects, lights, and cameras can be animated and transformed over time.

formZ upgrades are available too.