Friday, September 29, 2006

Congrats After Effects @ Work Contest Winner!

After Effects @ WorkWe send out an exuberant congrats to Gregg J. Hawkes of Gravnetic in Boise, Idaho, our After Effects @ Work Contest winner.

Didn't know about this contest? Well, it was for our newsletter subscribers only. Oh... not on our mailing list, you say? It's free to join and we only send newsletters once or twice a month. See what your missing? Contests, news, tips and tricks and of course the latest on new products and updates. Don't miss out on the next contest!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

RealFlow 4

RealFlow 4RealFlow 4 has just been added to our store and it's filled with some outstanding new features. RealFlow is a stand-alone application that work fully in 32 and 64 bits and on various OS. It is OpenGL compliant and supports 3DStudio MAX, Maya, LightWave, XSI, Cinema 4D and Houdini.

There is also an update for RealFlow 3 users.

Sorenson Squeeze 4.3 Compression Suite

sorenson squeezeSorenson Squeeze 4.3 Compression Suite for Mac and Compression Suite for Windows are now available. It's loaded with great new features, like iPod settings with a high (900bps) and low (362kbs) settings that both feature 320x240 resolution video.

For those that already have a 4.0 product, the 4.3 update is free.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Digital Film Tools Releases Snap 2.0 for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

SnapSnap is an easy to use interactive image cutout tool. Image cutout is the process of removing or isolating an object in a picture. The extracted object can then be combined with another image or individually filtered in Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. The challenge becomes defining which parts of the image are foreground, the portion to be cutout, and those which belong to the background. Snap provides instant visual feedback by snapping an editable curve to an object's boundary even if it has vague or low contrast edges. This is made possible by utilizing unique graph-cutting and segmentation algorithms. More accurate results are achieved in a shorter amount of time than using existing tools and techniques.

For the most difficult of image cutouts, Snap also includes the ability to manually create paths using an intuitive and easily editable shape format called X-Splines. A path is an outline created by placing sequential points along an object. Think of it as connecting the dots if you will. X-Splines are designed to make user manipulations as intuitive as possible. The points that make up X-Splines can be of three different types: Cardinal, Polygon or B-Spline and can be changed before, after or during the creation of the path. Manually drawing a path is often a good solution for objects that can’t be extracted in any other way and using X-Splines is a vast improvement over existing shape and path creation methods.

Digital Film Tools is an offshoot of a Los Angeles based full-service visual effects facility specializing in feature film and television special effects.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Boris RED 4 Demos now available

boris redTake the new Boris RED 4 for a spin. Download the 14 day trial version. Yes, we've been talking about Boris RED a lot lately. Missed it? Read the previous post to see what the buzz is about.

Just a warning, these demos have some heft. The Mac version weighs in at a substantial 240 MB, while the Windows version is a beefy 402MB. If you're on dialup... well, it's going to take a very, very long time. :-(

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Boris FX Ships RED 4

boris redFurther enhancing integrated 2D/3D compositing and effects creation capabilities

Boris Red 4 is now shipping. Red is a 2D and 3D compositing, titling, and effects plug-in solution that seamlessly integrates with industry standard NLE systems. Red 4 delivers superior image processing technology, a slew of must-have image treatment tools and a newly designed user interface optimized for effects creation workflow. "This is a significant release for the company. Red 4 adds a large number of truly exceptional image treatment tools within an enhanced user environment. Support for 16-bit color, optimized user controls and better integration raise the level of creative freedom and project possibilities for our users," said Boris Yamnitsky, founder and president, Boris FX.

New Features in Red 4 include:

  • 16-bit Color Per Channel Processing - gives you greater control over color correction and manipulation with expanded color depth
  • New User Interface - the new Red 4 user interface incorporates a NLE look and feel for smooth user interaction, a mini-timeline in the composite window with keyframe animation controls, and popular "Sticky" and "Magnetic" windows that create an interactive design environment
  • Clone Paint - repeat or remove elements of your source image
  • Image Brushes - paint with alpha images as your brush source. Multi-layered Adobe Photoshop files can be used for random brush sources.
  • Tablet Support - modulate paint stroke parameters with pressure-sensitive Wacom devices. Multiple paint input channels are supported.
  • Vector Trace - automatically trace your raster scan images with Bezier splines for easy animation and 3D extrusion
  • Motion Path - automatically animate 2D and 3D objects or shapes
  • Motion Key - erase moving foreground objects from the scene
  • Subtitle Generator - import EBU-formatted subtitles into the Red timeline for easy style adjustment and then export a movie or XML file
  • 40+ New Filters - Red 4 includes the most popular Continuum Complete and Final Effects Complete filters as well as a number of all-new filters
  • Consolidate Project - automatically move project media and file settings into a folder for efficient media management and archiving.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

broadcastGEMs announces High Definition products, AE HDPro Series and HDPro Series

broadcastGEMsbroadcastGEMs, the leading provider of customizable animated backgrounds and elements announced its AE HDPro and HDPro Series products. Priced at US$579 and US$499 respectively, the HDPro will be shipping in the first week of October 2006 while the the AE HDPro will ship in the third week of October 2006.

The sequences come in 1920x1080 screen size and have been rendered to TIFF sequences at 59.94 frames per second. The sequences are compatible with all PAL and NTSC HD formats.

Pricing includes an external 250GB USB drive. An early bird discount of US$100 is applicable to orders placed by September 26, 2006.

A sneak peek of the product is available at http://www.broadcastGEMs.com/HDPro/

Friday, September 08, 2006

Boris RED 4 is out! Boris Blue price drop

boris red 4I haven't quite finished adding all of the latest Boris updates to our store but here are the updates that are ready.

Boris RED 4

Boris RED 4 further enhances the 2D/3D compositing and effects creation capabilities of NLEs with the addition of a procedural paint engine, support for 16-bit color, and a newly designed user interface optimized for effects creation.

Boris Blue

Boris Blue's price has been cut in half!

Boris Bundles

There are also upgrades and academic versions available.

I've also added the Boris Product Matrix to our site, which tells you which programs work in what host applications. It's a ton of information but easy to use.

Autodesk Taps Automatic Duck to Integrate Timeline Translation Capabilities Into its High-End Editing, Finishing Systems

Automatic Duck Creates Custom Timeline Import Technology For Autodesk Smoke, Autodesk Fire and Autodesk Backdraft Conform

Automatic Duck (www.automaticduck.com), the creators of Timeline Integration Engine software for digital media artists, today announced that it has completed a joint development initiative with Autodesk to create a custom timeline import technology for Autodesk's high-end editing and finishing systems. As a result of this joint effort, Autodesk will begin shipping its newest versions of the Autodesk Smoke and Autodesk Fire editing and finishing systems, as well as the Autodesk Backdraft Conform media management and background I/O solution with customized, integrated Automatic Duck technology for importing AAF files directly from Avid editing systems.

This new capability will dramatically simplify and accelerate the traditional workflow for artists, enabling them to import content from Avid editing systems, with edits, layers and effects intact, from within the Autodesk application.

"There's nothing more disruptive to the creative thought process than a disjointed or interrupted workflow. Mixed environments that combine offline editing with mastering solutions are a reality in our industry. Automatic Duck has built a solid reputation for itself by reducing creative barriers and seamlessly connecting these workflows," said Bill Roberts, director of product marketing, Autodesk. "Our mission is to develop the finest interactive creative tools for our customers, and with that comes a commitment to a constantly improved workflow. Working with Automatic Duck to integrate their proven timeline translation technology directly into the Smoke and Fire workflow is a big win for our customers."

"This joint development initiative is a significant validation of the impact we've had on the digital media editing and design industry," added Wes Plate, president of Automatic Duck. "We've enjoyed a growing, loyal base of users "editors and artists who have come to rely on our products to simplify their workflow. However with this announcement, one of the industry's most iconic contributors to design innovation has also embraced our approach. It's partnerships like this that yield tremendous productivity and creative workflow gains for customers."

The joint development effort of Autodesk and Automatic Duck has resulted in significant workflow enhancements for Autodesk editing system users. Smoke, Fire and Backdraft Conform now offer integrated support for:

  • Sequences containing multiple video and audio tracks
  • All standard- and high-definition formats (NTSC, PAL, HD1080, HD720)
  • All frame rates (23.97, 24, 25, 29.97, 59.94)
  • Various transition types, including dissolve and wipe
  • Numerous effect types with keyframes including: Motion Effect, Picture-In-Picture, Flip-Flop, Resize, etc
  • Audio level

Autodesk will be demonstrating its newest version of Smoke in its stand #7.420 at IBC in Amsterdam next week where attendees can see first-hand the benefits of the integrated Automatic Duck plug-in.

About Autodesk
Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the world's leading software and services company for the manufacturing, building, infrastructure, wireless data services and media and entertainment fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage and share their data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage by becoming more productive, streamlining project efficiency and maximizing profits.
Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California.

About Automatic Duck
Automatic Duck is the pioneer of Timeline Integration Engine technology and leads the content creation marketplace with powerful solutions for seamless, comprehensive timeline translation capabilities between Avid, Adobe After Effects, Combustion, Discreet Smoke, Final Cut Pro, Motion and Quantel via XML, OMF and AAF. For more information on Automatic Duck's unique Timeline Integration Engine technology, please visit www.automaticduck.com.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Friday, September 01, 2006

GridIron Software Nucleo Pro Now Shipping

Render and work in After Effects: Maximize full use of all CPU resources

nucleo proOttawa, ON, August 31, 2006 - GridIron® Software today announced the availability of GridIron Nucleo Pro, a productivity enhancement tool that optimizes the workflow for visual effects artists working in After Effects on multi-processor and multi-core computers. Nucleo Pro, an Adobe After Effects plug-in introduces the never seen before concept of rendering and working at the same time, while maximizing the full use of all available CPU resources.

A free demo is available at http://www.gridironsoftware.com/download/

GridIron Nucleo Pro is a follow up to GridIron’s highly popular Nucleo, which allows After Effects users to fully utilize all CPU’s in a multi-CPU or multi-core workstation when generating previews and renders. GridIron’s Nucleo Pro focuses on greatly optimizing how an artist uses After Effects.

“Nucleo Pro enhances the Nucleo workflow, giving our customers new ways to optimize their use of After Effects, enabling them to create better content in less time,” said Simon Hayhurst, director of product management, Video products for Adobe Systems.

“I have been testing Nucleo Pro for over a month now on a Quad Power Mac G5 and can hardly believe the increase in productivity with After Effects 7. Even though After Effects is multi-processor aware, Nucleo Pro somehow harnesses the full power of all four processors. In my tests I have found both previews and renders to disk to be at least twice as fast as compared to regular settings in After Effects. My favorite new feature is the background render queue – I couldn’t possibly live without it,” said Jack Tunnicliffe, Visual Effects Artist at Java Post Production – VFX House for Canada’s Hit Program Corner Gas.

Features unique to Nucleo Pro
Render while you work with Spec Preview and Spec Render. When you make a change, Nucleo Pro detects it and regenerates the frames or appropriates the files.
Push the render to the background using the new Background Render Queue and continue working in After Effects, or any other application.
Commit layers to disk to have Nucleo Pro render only the specified layers.
Features available in both Nucleo Pro and Nucleo
Specify which type of preview you would like Nucleo to emulate, Standard (spacebar) Preview, RAM Preview, or Shift RAM Preview.
Render out to both sequences and movies in any format supported by After Effects.
Boost performance by optimizing how After Effects consumes RAM on your system.
Prevent disk thrashing bottlenecks by optimizing disk writes through a single process.
For additional product details, visit the Nucleo Pro Features page.

Pricing and Availability
GridIron Nucleo Pro ($495 US per workstation) supports Adobe After Effects version 7.0 on both Windows and Mac OS X.
GridIron Nucleo ($149.95 US per workstation) supports Adobe After Effects version 6.5 and 7.0 on both Windows and Mac OS X.

ABOUT GRIDIRON SOFTWARE INCORPORATED
GridIron Software is the leading software provider in high performance workflow. GridIron’s mission is to provide tools that leverage its unique expertise in parallel programming and system optimization, for the creative content professional. Providing products that allow software to properly utilize multi-core and multi-cpu workstations, GridIron is the market leader in providing utilities for the creative professional.

DeckLink 5.7 for Mac OS X 10.4 Universal

This software update adds universal binary support for the new Intel based Apple Mac Pro systems. This update supports all DeckLink PCI Express based models. DeckLink HD models now support full 64 bit addressing allowing more than 4GB of memory to be added. Please check the included "read me" for more information.

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