Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Imagineer Updates mofex, mokey and monet

The folks at Imagineer have been very busy.

monet

monet v2.0.5 released

These are the highlights of the release note for monet version 2.0.5. The release is a full install kit that allows users to install a brand new version or to upgrade an existing version (can only upgrade version 2.0.X). You can download this installer from imagineersystems.com/download/.

New Features Introduced

Several new features have been incorporated within this release; the new functions introduce an enhancement to the method of tracking these include a new default tracking technique which allows Monet Version 2.0.5 to double the speed of tracking.

Interlaced Single Frame Tracking: For interlaced projects the default is now to track every second field and interpolate the track for in-between fields. This doubles the speed of tracking. The user can switch this feature and revert to tracking every field by switching on "Track Individual Fields" in the Tracker settings.

Layer Link to Adjust Track: When linking a layer to the tracking data of another layer there is now the option to link to the adjusted track. This is controlled by a new "Link to Adjusted Track" checkbox in Layers.

Reference Frames on Every Frame: When using the Luminance feature and creating reference frames, you can optionally select "Build on Every Frame" which creates the filtered reference frame on every frame.

Universal Binary: This version is the first to be available as a universal binary on Mac, and runs natively on both Intel and PowerPC Macs.

Fault List Fix
Below is the list of known faults that have been corrected in this release. All fixes have been incorporated and tested for this release.

Application locks after stopping playback: The problem was that auto-save cannot occur during playback but can occur once playback has been stopped. Project save can be slow due to the encoding of the garbage mattes. This has changed so that the mattes are not saved in an auto-save file. This greatly increases the speed of project auto-saving

Trace jumps vertically with interlaced clips: When you display the trace for the tracking reference points of a layer in an interlaced project, the position jumps up and down through the even and odd fields.

Threaded Execution Failure - Hangs on Tracking: When tracking backwards from the end of the clip the bug was that the tracker would track the end frame into itself. This resulted in an infinite loop when tracking frames near to the end frame,

Stabilizer AutoFill feature does nothing: The problem was that the output matte produced by the stabilizer was being computed correctly in each thread, but the mattes were not being brought together after the threads had finished, so the output matte was white everywhere. Then there was nothing to fill!

Incomplete track error in stabilizer preview: When you only track part of a shot and then switch to stabilizer, you immediately get an error message saying 'Overlay Error Tracking Data incomplete Tracking data....' This happens even when you are on a frame that has been tracked. The solution is to change the 'Range' setting to only include the range that has been tracked, but that is not obvious to a new user.

Matte artefacts: If you create very thin layers, the rendered mattes (not the interactive preview) can have a "staircase" of white pixels, resulting in renders with artefacts.

Curve Weight problem: The previewed matte can appear to be too blocky, especially when zoomed in. The problem disappears on rendering. The sampling of splines used in rendering the matte has been increased to make it the same as when drawing the curves.

mokey logo

mokey V4.0.5 released

This is the highlight of the release note for mokey version 4.0.5 The release is a full install kit that allows users to install a brand new version or to upgrade an existing version (can only upgrade version 4.0.X). You can download this installer imagineersystems.com/download/.

New Features Introduced

Several new features have been incorporated within this release; the new functions introduce an enhancement to the method of tracking these include a new default tracking technique which allows mokey version 4.0.5 to double the speed of tracking.

Interlaced Single Frame Tracking: For interlaced projects the default is now to track every second field and interpolate the track for in-between fields. This doubles the speed of tracking. The user can switch this feature and revert to tracking every field by switching on "Track Individual Fields" in the Tracker settings.

Layer Link to Adjust Track: When linking a layer to the tracking data of another layer there is now the option to link to the adjusted track. This is controlled by a new "Link to Adjusted Track" checkbox in Layers.

Universal Binary: This version is the first to be available as a universal binary on Mac, and runs natively on both Intel and PowerPC Macs.

Fault List Fix
Below is the list of known faults that have been corrected in this release. All fixes have been incorporated and tested for this release

Incomplete track error in stabilizer preview: When you only track part of a shot and then switch to stabilizer, you immediately get an error message saying 'Overlay Error Tracking Data incomplete Tracking data....' This happens even when you are on a frame that has been tracked. The solution is to change the 'Range' setting to only include the range that has been tracked, but that is not obvious to a new user.

Matte artefacts: If you create very thin layers, the rendered mattes (not the interactive preview) can have a "staircase" of white pixels, resulting in renders with artefacts.

Curve Weight problem: The previewed matte can appear to be too blocky, especially when zoomed in. The problem disappears on rendering. The sampling of splines used in rendering the matte has been increased to make it the same as when drawing the curves.

mofex

mofex v1.1.4 released

These are the highlights for the release note for mofex version 1.1.4. The release is a full install kit that allows the user to install a brand new version or to upgrade an existing version. (Can only upgrade version 1.0.X) You can download this installer from imagineersystems.com/download/.

New Features IntroducedThe new release, mofex 1.1. 4, incorporates compatibility with the latest release of Shake as well as creating a standard universal binary that will support both Intel and PowerPC Macs.

  • Shake 4.1 support - This release provides compatibility for the product with Shake version 4.1
  • Universal Binary - This release is a universal binary, supporting both Intel and PowerPC Macs.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Foundry releases Keylight for Autodesk Combustion and AE 7.0 Standard Edition

Keying power for the desktop

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London, UK. November 28, 2006. Leading visual effects developer The Foundry today announced the release of Keylight, the Academy Award-winning blue and green screen keyer, for Autodesk's Combustion and Adobe's After Effects Standard Edition desktop software. Keylight is already available on a range of leading platforms including Autodesk's inferno, flame, flint, fire and smoke systems, as well as Shake, Avid DS and the Professional version of Adobe After Effects. The new release extends this acclaimed and hugely popular keying technology to the global After Effects and Combustion communities, delivering a powerful new toolset for the creation of quality visual effects.

Keylight is easy to use, and is highly effective at tackling shots in which it is problematic to pull a clean key, particularly shots featuring hair, reflections and semi-transparent areas. Spill suppression is built-in, meaning that selection of the screen colour is often all that is needed for the user to pull a perfect matte and allow effects elements to be seamlessly seated together and to look genuinely photographed.

"Whilst Keylight has been available on a range of host platforms, we had more and more requests from the After Effects Standard edition and Combustion communities, and felt Keylight would be a beneficial resource for both of these user groups," said Dr Bill Collis, The Foundry's commercial director. "Keylight will really enhance the style and quality of visual effects they wish to create."

Keylight has an unparalleled pedigree, having been used on scores of feature films including: King Kong, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Harry Potter series, Mission Impossible, Resident Evil, Sleepy Hollow, Chicken Run, The Truman Show, Armageddon and many, many more.

Its ease of use, and ability to tackle difficult footage via an array of built-in tools, has earned Keylight an enviable reputation, and established it as a favourite with visual effects facilities and artists across the world.

"Keylight remains one of our most powerful keying tools. I've relied on it for nine years. Its spill suppression and matte manipulation capabilities are second to none. Keylight is simple to use and versatile enough to cope with the wide range of key extraction/colour correction situations." Gavin Toomey, senior compositing artist, Framestore CFC.

Keylight features include:

  • Outside matte input to manage shots with uneven light
  • Inside matte input to aid the prevention of print through and to help maintain the true colours of the source image
  • Advanced integrated spill management
  • Separate colour correction, suppression and edge correction tools for fine-tuning
  • Substantial matte processing tools for refining mattes
  • Extensive viewing capabilities for rapid troubleshooting
  • Built-in controls for blurring chrominance, helping to pull cleaner keys from compressed footage
  • 8 and 16-bit image support
  • PDF user guide complete with tutorials

Availability and Pricing
Now shipping, Keylight is available for artists running Adobe After Effects 7.0 Standard Edition and Windows versions of Combustion. Nodelocked licenses are available for $395.00 / £210.00 and floating licenses can be purchased for $592.50 / £315.00. For more information and free evaluation licenses please visit www.toolfarm.com.

About The Foundry
The Foundry is a London based software developer specialising in visual effects technology for the film and video markets. From an initial start-up in 1996 by Bruno Nicoletti, The Foundry has grown considerably in size and scope over the last nine years. Initially Bruno and his business partner Simon Robinson used their extensive experience in post production to produce Tinder plug-ins for Discreet's Flame systems - the first set of such plug-ins to be commercially available. Today the company employs more than a dozen people and develops and markets plug-ins on a range of host applications, including After Effects, Autodesk Media Entertainment Systems, Apple's Shake and Avid|DS.
The company now also successfully licenses its sophisticated image processing technology to third parties, expanding its scope beyond plug-ins. The Foundry has also used its considerable influence to drive the development of an open standard for visual effects plug-ins known as OpenFX, which is gaining wide acceptance by host and plug-in developers, such as Grass Valley, FilmLight, Autodesk, D2 Software and others.

Monday, November 20, 2006

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Limited to one Total Training for Adobe Production Studio: From Edit to Output DVD per household. Offer is valid for purchases made from September 18, 2006, to November 30, 2006. All prices listed are determined by the Adobe Store and authorized participating reseller partners; prices may vary. Price is listed in U.S. dollars and excludes all taxes and shipping. Other limitations apply. The Offer is available only in conjunction with offers in this e-mail and at Adobe authorized participating resellers, and not in conjunction with any other offers. Allow 2-3 weeks for training delivery after providing the required purchase verification via theTotal Training website. All prices and offers are subject to change without notice. Void where prohibited by law.

Chicago Motion Graphics Festival Call for Entries

Last year Toolfarm was a sponsor of the Chicago Motion Graphics Festival. I presented at the Apple Store on Michigan Ave. and attended open houses and a couple of very cool posthouses in downtown Chicago. You gotta go to this event! Or enter something!

CMGF07 is a four-day premier Midwestern event catering to 3D and compositing effects. It takes place January 25th through 28th in downtown Chicago. The festival features an awards ceremony, industry mixer, HD screening, a 4-day educational conference, and year-round online coverage. Current partners include School of the Art Institute, North Michigan Apple Store, Screen Magazine, and Midwest Media Group.

CMGF will screen work that includes: special effects, compositing, music videos, commercials, experimental, machinima, game graphics, animatics, web motion designs, dvd intros and micro-cinema. The festival accepts entries from all over the world, but will emphasize work from the Midwest (represent!).

This year we will give special attention to work at HD resolution.

The DEADLINE for entry is 8 December 2006.

To submit a motion picture for consideration, please enclose a print out of the application form, a check for the $15 entry fee made payable to Design After Next, LLC, your entry in one of the accepted formats, and mail to:

Motion Graphics Chicago
1573 North Milwaukee Ave #510
Chicago, IL 60622

All entries should be submitted on DVD, MiniDV, HDV, BetaSP or compatible data file formats such as an uncompressed Quicktime file.

Entries should also include:

  1. A brief artist or company bio.
  2. A list of the software used to create the work,
  3. An indication of the content's original format (i.e. computer animation, live action footage, hand-drawing, stills, etc.),
  4. A description of the work of 35 words or fewer, and
  5. An optional, separate description of not more than 100 words.


Please send an email with your name and the name of your project to filmfest@mgchicago.com when you have mailed your submission, and we will notify you when your entry has been received.

Entry Fee is $15.00 per person or company. Each person or company can include as many pieces, works, or movies in their entry as will fit on their entry DVD.

Please Note: All submission become the property of Design After Next, LLC to be used at their discretion. All relevant permissions and copyrights are assumed to be cleared by the entrant. The accepted festival entries will be shown at the festival screening, MGChicago events, on the festival website, and on the festival DVD.

If you have a question about your entries eligibility please contact filmfest@mgchicago.com.

For more information about the festival visit www.MGChicago.com.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Softimage Announces SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6

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Latest software version will offer accelerated animation tools, mixed-pipeline interoperability and collaborative framework for 3D artists and technical directors

Tewksbury, Mass - November 15, 2006 - Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID), today announced that its Softimage, Co. subsidiary has unveiled SOFTIMAGE|®XSI® 6, the latest version of its flagship 3D animation and character creation software. XSI 6 software introduces new solutions for accelerated animation that simplify working with 3D characters and motion capture data. A new collaborative framework in XSI 6 software also allows 3D artists to work together non-destructively, in a studio environment that provides easy integration with other 3D applications.

SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6 will support the .NET framework and include integrated C#, an object-oriented programming language, popular with next-gen 3D game developers. The software also offers support for Python, a preferred scripting language used by technical directors for setting up film and visual effects pipelines. In addition, Softimage is working closely with industry partners to offer support for DirectX 10 hardware that will operate on Microsoft Windows Vista once it is available.

"At Blur, our animations and stories are becoming more epic and definitely more complex. We chose to fold SOFTIMAGE|XSI software into our established 3D pipeline for our latest animated short film, 'A Gentlemen's Duel.' We needed a very organized structure for the complex 3D character rigging and a solid animation package," said Tim Miller, President and founder of Oscar®-nominated BLUR Studio. "By introducing XSI software into our pipeline, our artists were able to bring our characters to life while effectively managing over 1800 parts to each human rig. XSI performed like a champ," added Miller.

Creating animated 3D visual effects, characters and 3D game titles for next-gen consoles - like the Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony PLAYSTATION 3 - is becoming increasingly complex. Because it is built on the newest code base of any comprehensive 3D application on the market, XSI software is best suited to operate with next-generation hardware and 3D game development and visual effects pipelines.

Additional highlights of XSI 6 software include:

  • Crosswalk - a dedicated toolset that offers extensive asset transfer to and from other 3D software, ideal for today's mixed pipelines;
  • MOTOR - a streamlined way to transfer and move animation and motion capture data between arbitrary XSI rigs and other 3D software character rigs;
  • Delta Referencing - a new lightweight production-level referencing solution that streamlines the process of working with and making changes to 3D models and scene set-ups;
  • Elastic Reality Warper and Morpher - built into the Illusion compositor in XSI 6 software, this intuitive solution allows artists to 'distort' and 'morph' images and sequences;
  • Quick Shade - a fast way to preview rendering elements with large scale materials management and support for mental ray® 3.5 and an new open framework for integrating third-party renderers.

A full feature list for Softimage XSI 6 can be found at: www.softimage.com/xsi.

"With a next-generation scalable architecture, and the ability to easily fit into existing 3D pipelines, XSI software offers a collaborative workflow environment that underlines our dedication and sole focus to offer the best 3D solutions for the entertainment market," said Marc Stevens, vice president and general manager for Softimage.

Pricing and Availability
SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6 is expected to be available by the end of December 2006 in the following configurations:

  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6 Foundation will sell for $495 USMSRP from the Softimage web site or from authorized Softimage resellers.
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6 Essentials will sell for $1,995 USMSRP from authorized Softimage resellers.
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6 Advanced sell for $6,995 USMSRP from authorized Softimage resellers.

Once shipping, all versions will be available for download for upgrades from existing licenses or first time 3D customers at www.softimage.com/download.

Upgrade Promotion
With the launch of XSI 6, Softimage is offering a special, limited time upgrade promotion. All registered XSI Foundation customers can upgrade to XSI 6 Foundation for $395 USMSRP or XSI Essentials for $1,495 USMSRP until December 20. 2006. For more information about upgrades and maintenance pricing, visit: www.softimage.com to find a local reseller.

About Softimage Co.

Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology, Inc., delivers innovative 3D character creation and effects tools to animators and digital artists in the film, broadcast, post-production and games industries. Its product line includes SOFTIMAGE|XSI, the most advanced 3D animation and character creation software for next generation games & film, and SOFTIMAGE|FACE ROBOT, the first production for lifelike facial animation, SOFTIMAGE|CAT, a complete character animation system plug-in, and ALIENBRAIN-, an industry leading production asset management solution for creative teams. For more information about Softimage, please visit www.softimage.com.

About Avid Technology, Inc.

Avid Technology, Inc. is the world leader in digital nonlinear media creation, management, and distribution solutions, enabling film, video, audio, animation, games, and broadcast professionals to work more efficiently, productively, and creatively. For more information about the company's Oscar®, Grammy®, and Emmy® award-winning products and services, please visit: www.avid.com.

Class On Demand Launches Boris Red 4.0 Training

Class on Demand Boris Red 4 Training

Boris FX endorsed self-paced training hits the street

Hoffman Estates, IL - November 16, 2006 - Class on Demand (COD), a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, has announced the release of "Complete Training for Boris Red 4.0". Endorsed by the team at Boris FX, this latest Class on Demand release is delivered by well known Boris Red effects artist and educator Steve Oakley. Steve covers a wide range of Boris Red 4.0 topics, ensuring that both students new to the program and savvy Boris Red users upgrading from an existing version are able to the maximize their learning experience. "Boris Red is one of our most popular packages and the new release delivers a slew of new features and infrastructure improvements including; enhanced user interface, image treatment tools and a new paint engine. Steve Oakley does a tremendous job taking students through the new release; ensuring they can master the Boris Red 4.0 product," comments Peter McAuley, Boris Red product manager, Boris FX.

"Complete Training for Boris Red 4.0" covers the spectrum of the Boris Red 4.0 features and functionality. Students can learn basics such as navigating the Boris Red 4.0 user interface to more advanced effects concepts such as manipulating spline objects. Further, because Class on Demand training products are a self-paced in design, new and experienced Boris Red 4.0 users can focus on learning concepts specific to their needs. "The Complete Training for Boris Red 4.0 DVD is simply the fastest way for anyone to get up to speed on Boris Red 4.0," comments Paul Holtz, founder and CEO, Class on Demand. "Steve does an amazing job of taking you through the massive feature set with a focus on how to use the effects creation and image treatment tools for best results. Students will without a doubt be more productive and creative when they are finished with this Class on Demand self-paced product."

Pricing and Availability
The Class on Demand "Complete Training for Boris Red 4.0" training DVD-ROM is designed for Windows and Macintosh operating systems and can be ordered through the Toolfarm.com for an MSRP of $129.95 USD.

A comprehensive description "Complete Training for Boris Red 4.0 " product as well as sample tutorial can be found on the Class on Demand web site (www.classondemand.net).

About Class on Demand
Class on Demand is a leading producer of education and training programs. Its products and services address the needs of individuals, professionals and corporate training. Current programs cover a broad spectrum of content including video capture and editing, computer animation, federally mandated training, customized corporate training and vocational education. Please visit our web site (www.classondemand.net) for additional information regarding our products and services. Class on Demand is a registered trademark of Class on Demand, Incorporated.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Virtual Katy Garners Par Excellence Award At Aes 2006

Next generation VK technology scores big with Press

Cambridge, MA - November 16, 2006 - Virtual Katy Development Limited, a Digidesign® development partner delivering workflow solutions for audio professionals, today announced they have been awarded the "PAR Excellence Award" from Pro Audio Review. The "PAR Excellence Award" is given each year at the Audio Engineering Society convention to a select group of developers for technology innovations, value and performance. "We have had such a great year and this is a confirmation of our successes and hard work," comments John McKay, founder and president, Virtual Katy "Within the last 12 months we have introduced three new products, opened two offices in the states, and rolled out a cool promotion with our partner Digidesign; putting VK technology in the hands of audio post editors who purchases Pro Tools. It really has been an amazing year - thank you Pro Audio Review for recognizing our efforts."

Virtual Katy was founded in 2003 and is a developer of audio change management solutions for the postproduction markets. Used on everything from feature films to the 30-second spot, VK products - VK Conformer, VK2 and VK CNA - enable Pro Tools users to save saved countless hours by automating painstaking tasks that kill the creative spirit and derail deadlines.

"For post audio studios, the Virtual Katy VK2 auto-conform and change management tool is destined to become invaluable. It's a program that allows an evolving project between an Avid video workstation and soundtrack on Pro Tools to be easily updated and conformed thanks to the VK conform engine." Pro Audio Review November 2006

About Virtual Katy Development Limited
Virtual Katy Development Limited is a New Zealand based software developer focused on delivering innovative solutions for the postproduction world. Their flagship product, VK, is a battle hardened program designed for audio professionals.

Virtual Katy, the Virtual Katy logo and VK are registered trademarks or trademarks of Virtual Katy Development Limited. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Knoll Lens/Particular, Knoll Light Factory Presets

Knoll IconToolfarm and Digital Media Net's Ko Maruyama and team, are partnering to bring you a series of presets for Red Giant's Knoll Light Factory.

Check out the tutorial by Steve Komaya, Using Knoll Light Fatory as particles in Trapcode Particular. It's magical, and great to know just as the glut of the holiday commercials you're working on come through your shop.

Learn more about Knoll Light Factory and Trapcode Particular.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Boris Graffiti 5.0 Now Available

Boris Graffiti

Delivering advanced image treatment tools and enhanced core processing for professional title creation

Marlborough, MA - November 14, 2006 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film production, today announced the release of Boris Graffiti 5.0. Boris Graffiti 5.0 is a 2D and 3D vector title animation plug-in solution that seamlessly integrates with industry standard non-linear editing systems. Boris Graffiti 5.0 is based on the new Boris Red 4.0 release offering a slick new user environment, exceptional compositing and effects creation tools, and industrial strength processing. "Scalability is the philosophy behind the Boris FX product line. Core items such as the Boris UI and effects creation methodologies are fundamentals throughout the Boris FX products enabling Graffiti 5.0 users to easily interchange and master all Boris products. Further, presets can be carried across the product line making it quite easy to transport favorite title treatments and effects," said Boris Yamnitsky, founder and president, Boris FX.

Boris Graffiti 5.0 Highlights Include

  • New User Interface - new UI incorporates 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 create an interactive design environment.
  • EPS Import and Extrusion - scalable vector art can now be imported directly into Graffiti. Users can add, delete or modify the original spline points and the result can be extruded and animated in 3D space
  • Over 40 Title Treatment filters - the most popular Continuum and Final Effects filters as well as new filters are now included with Graffiti 5
  • New Library Browser Templates - the new Graffiti release ships with power user Steve Oakley's favorite templates for fast title creation
  • Generator Support for Sony Vegas - Sony Vegas 7 editors can use Boris Graffiti 5.0 as a static title generator; less rendering and faster title generation
  • Additional NLE Hosts - support for new hosts include Avid models, Canopus Edius 4 and Sony Vegas 7
  • Intel Mac Support - Graffiti users have a choice of using Apple's power PC or the new Intel-based Macs (shipping Dec 2006 - free update for Graffiti 5.0 customers).
  • 16-bit Color - lends greater control over color correction and manipulation with expanded color depth

Boris Graffiti 5.0 is available today through the Boris FX web site and Boris FX worldwide reseller channel for an MSRP of $299.00 USD. Existing Boris Graffiti users can upgrade for an MSRP of $199.00 USD.

Special Promotion: Boris FX and Graffiti Bundle

boris fx and graffiti bundleSpecial promotions include the new Boris Graffiti and Boris FX releases bundled for an MSRP $499.00 USD or bundled upgrades for an MSRP $299.00 USD.

Boris FX Releases Boris FX 9.0

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Boris FX version 9.0 hits the streets with a fresh new look and 100 plus new effects creation tools

Marlborough, MA - November 14, 2006 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film production, today announced that Boris FX 9.0 is now available. Boris FX is a 2D and 3D compositing and effects plug-in that seamlessly integrates with industry standard non-linear editing systems. The new version 9 release incorporates an ultra-modern UI design and over 50 new filters! "This release marks a truly exceptional time in our company's history. Fifteen years ago we rolled into MacWorld Boston with the Boris FX plug-in. Back then, it was designed specifically for Media 100 users to do simple 2D and 3D effects," said Boris Yamnitsky, founder and president, Boris FX. "Today we support every major NLE with an extensive, scalable product line that enables 60,000 plus editors and motion graphic artists to realize stunning broadcast effects and titles. The entire team is incredibly proud to be a part of this success and we our grateful for the continued support and enthusiasm from the Boris customers."

Boris FX 9.0 Highlights Include

  • New User Interface - new UI incorporates 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 create an interactive design environment
  • Over 100 Compositing and Effects filters - the most popular Continuum and Final Effects filters as well as new filters are now included with Boris FX 9
  • New Library Browser Templates - the new Boris FX release ships with power user Steve Oakley's favorite templates for fast effects creation
  • Additional NLE Hosts - support for new hosts include all Avid models, Canopus Edius 4, and Sony Vegas 7
  • Intel Mac Support - Boris FX 9.0 users have a choice of using Apple's power PC or the new Intel-based Macs (shipping Dec 2006 - free update for FX 9.0 customers).
  • 16-bit Color - lends greater control over color correction and manipulation with expanded color depth

The new Boris FX 9.0 is available today through the Toolfarm.com for an MSRP of $299.00 USD. Existing Boris FX users can upgrade for an MSRP of $199.00 USD.

Special promotions include the new Boris FX and Boris Graffiti releases bundled for an MSRP $499.00 USD or bundled upgrades for an MSRP $299.00 MSRP.

Monday, November 13, 2006

RE:Vision Effects releases FieldsKit 2.0.

revision logoRE:Vision Effects announces the release of FieldsKit 2.0, the acclaimed set of plug-ins providing smarter deinterlacing and better workflow options for interlacing and pulldown. FieldsKit 2 now includes the powerful motion estimation found in Twixtor and ReelSmart Motion Blur.

New to FieldsKit 2.0:

  • A Deinterlacer mode that uses motion estimation in order to deinterlace.
  • A Reinterlacer mode that uses motion estimation to create interlaced material from progressive material.
  • Floating point image support for After Effects 7.0.
  • Fixed other small bugs with the Reinterlacer and Pulldown plugins that sometimes necessitated workarounds.
  • Added a render-only licensing option.

Availability and pricing:

FieldsKit 2.0 is priced at $89.95. Upgrades from version 1 are priced at $29.97.

Render-only licenses are priced at $17.99. Render only licenses are for use with After Effects' and combustion's render-only programs (aerender and backburner, respectively) and the render-only version of Fusion. Note that the render-only licenses only work on projects written with a full license (so you must have at least one full license for the render-only licenses to be valid).

Users who purchased FieldsKit after August 1, 2006 can upgrade for free (this includes the bundles that include FieldsKit, such as our Effections packages).

Volume discounts available. Contact sales@toolfarm.com.

Compatible with Adobe's After Effects 5.0 and later, Adobe Premiere Pro 1.0 or later, Apple's Final Cut Pro 4.0 or later, Autodesk’s combustion 2.1 or later, eyeon’s Fusion 4.04e or later, 5.02 or later, and Quantel’s generationQ product line. See website for exact compatibility requirements.

Come see FieldsKit 2.0 and the rest of RE:Vision Effects product line at DV Expo, booth 819, November 15 through 17, 2006 in Los Angeles. For more information visit the DV Expo website, http://www.dvexpo.com/ .

Demo material, examples and software are available at http://www.revisionfx.com .

FieldsKit, Twixtor and ReelSmart are trademarks of RE:Vision Effects, Inc. Other trademarks are owned by their respective owners. Features, pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.

Modo Power of 2 Promo: Attention Maya, Max, LightWave and XSI users!

modo logoAttention users of Maya, Max, LightWave or XSI Cross-grade to Modo 202. Save $200! This price is for a limited time only.

Model in your program of choice and render with Modo! Modo has an amazing renderer and will increase your speed and quality of renders. Don't miss this great chance to save!

Digital Film Tools releases 55mm 7.0

55mm logoDigital Film Tools releases 55mm 7.0, a comprehensive set of digital optical filters for Adobe After Effects and compatible programs, Adobe Photoshop and compatible programs, Apple's Final Cut Pro and Motion and Avid Editing Systems.

55mm is the definitive set of digital optical filters meant to simulate popular glass camera filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction as well as natural light and photographic effects--all in a controlled digital environment. The set of plug-ins includes: Black and White, Black Mist, Bleach Bypass, Blur, Center Spot, Chromatic Aberration, Color Compensating, Color Conversion, Color Correct, Color Grad, Color Infrared, Color Spot, Cool Mist, Cross Processing, Day for Night, Defog, Defringe, Depth of Field, Diffusion, Double Fog...

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Dual Grad, Edge Glow, Enhancing, Faux Film, Flashing, Fluorescent, Fog, F-Stop, GamColor Gels, Gels, Glow, Gold Reflector, Grain, Halo, Infrared, Kelvin, Lens Distortion, Light, Light Balancing, Low Contrast, Mist, Mono Tint, ND Grad, Night Vision, Old Photo, Overexpose, Ozone, Pencil, Photographic Filters, Polarizer, Printer Points, Rack Focus, Radial Exposure, ReLight, Rosco Gels, Selective Color Correct, Selective Saturation, Silver Reflector, Skin Smoother, Soft Effects, Split Field, Split Tone, Star, Streaks, Strip Grad, Sunset/Twilight, Telecine, Temperature, Three Strip, Tint, Two Strip, Ultra Contrast, Vari-Star, Vignette, Warm/Cool, Warm Black Mist, Warm Mist, Warm Soft Effects and X-Ray.

55mm 7.0 adds 12 new filters as well as tuning existing filter algorithms. Chromatic Aberration, Color Infrared, Cool Mist, Defringe, Double Fog, Edge Glow, Old Photo, Pencil, Split Tone, X-Ray, and the new Two Strip and Three Strip filters are just some of the highlights of 55mm 7.0. The Three Strip and Two Strip plug-ins were created under the direction of Academy Award Winning Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato, who used the process to great effect in The Aviator. The Technicolor® Two Strip process was the first stab at producing color motion pictures and consisted of simultaneously photographing two black and white images using red and green filters. This look creates an odd but pleasing hand-painted look where faces appear normal and green takes on a blue-green quality, while the sky and all things blue appear cyan.

Digital Film Tools is an offshoot of a Los Angeles based full-service visual effects facility specializing in feature film and television special effects. 55mm is available for download or purchase at toolfarm.com at the following prices: Adobe Photoshop - $245; Avid Editing Systems, Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, Autodesk Combustion, Eyeon Digital Fusion - $495; Upgrade pricing is available for existing customers.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Taronites/Frischluft ZbornToy

ZbornToy extracts a maximum of information out of simple depth images and allows you to not only light and texture them, but to refract backgrounds, cast caustic reflection back onto the background and a whole lot more.

This looks like an amazing new plug-in for After Effects. The samples have lots of cool, creepy demons.

Maxon Cinema 4D R10 is shipping

Cinema 4D R10Didn't get in on the upgrade deal? That deal... buy Maxon Cinema 4D R9.5 and get the upgrade for free. The R10 prices have increased, but Maxon is giving those who came late to the party an extra week. You have until November 16, so don't miss out on this opportunity to save some of your hard earned cash.

Buy 9.5 and get R10 for free!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

GenArts Announces Special Price Promotion on Sapphire Plug-ins for After Effects and Compatible Products

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Save $200 off the list price on purchases made November 8-15

GenArts, Inc., a leading provider of visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industries, today announced a special promotional discount on the entire package of Sapphire Plug-ins for After Effects and compatible products. From November 8-15, 2006 the full package price will be $1499, a $200 discount off the regular list price, for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Autodesk Combustion, Eyeon Fusion, and Sony XPRI products. Sapphire Plug-ins can be purchased directly from Toolfarm.

About GenArts, Inc.

Founded in 1996 in Cambridge, Mass., GenArts, Inc. is the premier provider of digital visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industries. Their product, Sapphire Plug-ins, equips digital artists with a collection of over 175 state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects such as: Glows, EdgeRays, LensFlare, Lightning, FilmEffect, Warps and Textures. The effects seamlessly integrate into a number of editing and compositing systems including: Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro; Apple Final Cut Pro and Shake; Avid AVX Products; Autodesk Compositing & Editing Systems and Combustion; Eyeon Fusion; Sony XPRI; and Quantel generationQ products.

Sapphire Plug-ins have become the industry standard for high-end visual effects creation by providing unrivaled image quality, a unique organic look, and ease of use. They have been used extensively in an array of television programs, music videos and feature films, including: Superman Returns, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars – Episode I, II and III, Spider-Man 1, 2 and 3, Sin City, The Matrix trilogy, X-Men 1, 2 and 3, Titanic, Lost and CSI. Additional GenArts product information can be found at www.toolfarm.com.

CHV-electronics releases three FxPlug packages for use with Final Cut Pro and Motion 2

Magic 3D FXCHV-electronics, software developer of plugins for Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express announced today that three new plugin packages based on Apple's new plugin technology "FxPlug" have been released.

Magic 3D FX is the first plugin package fully dedicated to create high quality 3D animations directly with Final Cut Pro 5.1.2 (and up) and Motion 2 (and up).

Morphing FX is a complete redevelopment of CHV's already established Fx-Script Morph-collection and is the next logical next step using the new plugin interface technology FxPlug.

Towers of Film 3D is a free 3D FxPlug plugin that creates a three dimensional city with the ability to map video clips as textures on each house.

All FxPlug plugin packages from CHV-electronics are GPU-accelerated, using the full power of the installed graphics adapter for direct feedback and fast rendering.

Pricing and Availability
Magic 3D FX and Morphing FX are both priced at $65.00 each or $99.00 as a bundle. Towers of Film 3D FX if free of charge and can be downloaded directly from CHV's website.

Availability
All plugin packages are available immediately and can be downloaded from CHV's website and at Toolfarm.com

About CHV-electronics
CHV-electronics was founded in 1997 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. CHV's mission is to develop high quality software for the video industry and hard- and software suited for special customer needs. In addition CHV also provides video editing service as well as the full palette of all services for big screen video technology for exhibitions and control rooms.

Friday, November 03, 2006

New Toolfarm Tutorial: Rippling Circles

Rippling Circles TutorialHarry Frank has put together a very cool video tutorial for Toolfarm called Rippling Circles. He makes an interesting effect which could be used as a transition, background interest, or just eye candy. He uses a multitude of effects built into After Effects 7 Production Bundle, but users of the Standard Bundle can also follow the tutorial with a free demo of Cycore FX HD (or maybe you already own Cycore FX HD, in which, hey, you're good to go!)

Harry FrankThis is a sneak peek of the kind of training you can expect from Harry's soon-to-be delivered Toolfarm Expert Training Series on Expressions... and I know many of you can use a little help in that department. The training will be available very soon. We'll announce it on Toolfarm's home page and in our newsletter! In the meantime, watch this training segment.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Boris Continuum Complete 4.1 Supports Apple Final Cut Pro on Intel Macs

Boris Continuum Complete screenshotContinuum Complete is an expansive plug-in filter set that lets you create effects from the practical to the inspired directly in your native host interface for unprecedented workflow. Over 150 filters include lights, advanced keying, matting, image processing, distortion, temporal effects, generators, wipes, and motion tracking. These filters provide the creative freedom to animate your graphical elements or video at any speed, acceleration, or position you want.

Continuum Complete 4.1 supports Final Cut Pro on Intel and PowerPC-based Mac systems.

Continuum Complete 4 users can download Continuum Complete 4.1 from the Boris FX web site.

Users of older versions of Continuum Complete can upgrade to version 4.1 for $249 US.

Workflow Features for the Final Cut Pro Editing Environment

  • More than 1500 presets
  • Precise Keying and advanced Matte filters
  • Motion Tracking is integrated into all appropriate effects
  • Integrated PixelChooser masking tool
  • Each filter includes integrated online help
  • Wire Removal and Light Wrap as well as Dust and Scratches


True Layer Compositing and Time Based Effects

  • Advanced high quality Keying
  • Stack Multiple Filters on Keyed Elements or Titles
  • Sophisticated layer blending
  • Optical Flow creates keyframable motion effects and super smooth slow motion


A Wide Range of Powerful Filtering, Distorting, and Generating Capabilities

  • Film effects for making video appear more like film
  • Auto-animating Wipes
  • A wide variety of effects such as Blurs, Glows, Light Rays, Wave Distortions, Particle Wipes, and 3D Shapes


All New in Continuum Complete 4.x

  • A new Motion Key feature isolates and removes moving foreground objects based on motion estimation
  • New filters include Color Match, Halftone, Median, Corner Pin Tracker, and Optical Stabilizer
  • New OpenGL-based 3D Extruded Image Shatter
  • Hundreds of new presets have been added
  • The Motion Tracker has been improved to let you process your image for increased accuracy


Host Support

In addition to Apple Final Cut Pro, Continuum Complete 4.1 supports Apple Motion, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk Combustion, and Eyeon Fusion. Continuum Complete 4.1 filters support 16-bit processing in Adobe After Effects production bundle, Autodesk Combustion, and Eyeon Fusion.

Synthetic Aperture Colorociter Colorist's Workstation

colorociterAll you colorists out there.... this is what you have been waiting for! Synthetic Aperture Colorociter Colorist's Workstation - An option for both the standalone and the plug-in version of Color Finesse 2, the Colorociter CS-1 augments the usual keyboard/mouse interface with a traditional colorist's control surface.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Noise Industries releases FxFactory for Final Cut Studio

Noise Industries FxFactoryHigh-performance visual effects, unlimited expandability and professional features available in no other plug-in package. Noise Industries is proud to announce immediate availability of FxFactory, a revolutionary visual effects suite for Final Cut Studio.

Based on FxPlug, Apple's modern architecture for film-quality effects, FxFactory comes with an extensive collection of over 100 plug-ins that work seamlessly in Final Cut Pro and Motion. It comes in a few flavors too!

New 3DGarage.com Training for Modo and LightWave 3D!

3D Garage.com LightWave v9 Signature Courseware - 3D Garage delivers a full blown course for your to quickly and easily learn LightWave 3D.

3D Garage.com MODO 201 Signature Courseware - 15 Hours of high-res Quicktime movies on 2 DVD-ROMs that play in your computer.

Check out this terrific training from 3D Garage. These a Beginner to Intermediate Level course. It is the single resource for affordable, next-step all in one modo learning. One complete learning package. No need to purchase dozens of discs - the Signature Courseware is designed to give you an A to Z comprehensive learning course, not offered by anyone else.

Red Giant Software Partners with Trapcode Combining Core Company Strengths

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Red Giant Software Is Now Exclusive Publisher of Trapcode Products Worldwide

San Francisco, CA, November 1, 2006 - Red Giant Software, publisher of a line of professional digital video tools, including Magic Bullet and Knoll Light Factory today announced a new partnership with Trapcode, a motion graphics and visual effects plug-in developer based in Sweden.

Effective today Red Giant Software will be the exclusive publisher of all seven Trapcode products worldwide. All sales, support and marketing for end users, resellers and distributors will be handled directly by Red Giant Software. Products will continue to be available for purchase at Toolfarm.com.

Using its engineering expertise, Red Giant Software plans to offer Trapcode's popular Adobe After Effects plug-ins on a wider range of host applications like Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid AVX. Also, beginning in spring 2007 re-engineered Trapcode products will be available for purchase as a product box or via software download, meeting the needs of both resellers and end users.

Visit http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/trapcodepress.html for a list of frequently asked questions.

"Red Giant is the ideal match for Trapcode, as they already publish highly esteemed software such as The Orphanage's Magic Bullet and Knoll Light Factory. The Trapcode suite will fit perfectly within the Red Giant Software line-up; delivering a wide range of useful tools for animators and editors," said Peder Norrby, Owner of Trapcode.

"This partnership of joining core company strengths, allows Norrby to do what he does best; make new tools and Red Giant focus on what we do best; expand the potential market and provide the highest level of support,"said Andrew Little , Co-Founder of Red Giant Software.

All current versions of the seven Trapcode products can be purchased from Toolfarm. Updated versions of the Trapcode products are scheduled to ship in spring of 2007.

About Trapcode
Trapcode makes software for visual effects and motion graphics. The focus is on creating robust, user friendly, affordable, and versatile products. Trapcode has seven products: Shine, 3D Stroke, Sound Keys, Starglow, Lux, Particular, and Echospace. All plug-ins support After Effects.

Trapcode is a privately held Aktiebolag (AB) based in Sweden. Founded and operated by Peder Norrby.

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