Friday, December 28, 2007

New LME Tutorials

lme logoLME has created new tutorials to accompany their handy and extensible preset collections.

The PDF tutorials explain how to use the presets, how to review and find the presets (because there are a TON of them), adjusting the settings of the presets to suit your needs and how to replace the content with your own.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Plugged-in Podcast #15: Year End Special!

plugged inOh, this is a fun one! Keith Larsen & Alan Spaulding of Plugged-In talk to loads of people. Check out this crazy guest list!

  • Greg Clarke, Intelligent Assistance
  • Michele Yamazaki, Toolfarm
  • Jim Kanter, Digital Film Institute
  • Michael Horton, LAFCPUG
  • Frank Capria, XProve & KingPin Interactive
  • Andrew Marcus, Buck & Buck
  • Anne Renehan, Apple
  • Gary Adcock, Studio37
  • Mik Vitti, VittiPhoto Productions
  • Chuck Whitlock, AJA Video Systems
  • Jon Thorn, AJA Video Systems
  • Nick Rashby, AJA Video Systems
  • Dan Berube, BOSFCPUG
  • Brian Maffitt, Total Training
  • Steve Martin, Ripple Training
  • Ben Kozuch, Future Media Concepts
  • Christopher Phrommayon, Apple
  • Gene Czarnecki, CZAR Productions
  • Daren Dochterman,
  • Stephanie Joyce, SmartSound
  • Rob Birnholz, Absolute Motion Graphics
  • Don Peebles, Apple
  • Bob Donlon, Adobe
  • Terry Curren, AlphaDogs
  • Anita Engleman, Adobe
  • Douglas Spotted Eagle, VASST
  • Larry Jordan, Larry Jordan Associates
  • Jerry Hofmann, JLH Productions
  • John Dickinson, Motionworks
  • Ko Maruyama, MGLA
  • Chris & Trish Meyer, Cybermotion
  • Kiki Stockhammer, NewTek
  • Rich Lenoce, Middlesex Community College
  • Ramy Katrib, Digital Film Tree
  • Carey Dissmore, Carey Dissmore Productions
  • Kevin Monahan, SF Cutters
  • Steve Jobs, Apple
  • Jon Higgins, Northeast Utilities Corporate Communications
  • Lacey Girard, Northeast Utilities Corporate Communications
  • Daina Dodge, Northeast Utilities Corporate Communications

Friday, December 21, 2007

Boris FX 9.2 Ships; Support for Leopard and Vista OS; Enhanced Adobe

boris fxBoris FX 9.2 Ships; Support for Leopard and Vista OS; Enhanced Adobe CS3 and Sony Vegas 8 Integration Boris FX 9.2 completes the transition of the Boris custom plugin product line to new technology OS and Host releases

Marlborough, MA - December 21, 2007 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, announced today the release of Boris FX 9.2. A plugin for 20 plus editing solutions, Boris FX is the original product from the Boris custom plugin product line. Core functionality includes; lighting, keying, color correction, vector paint and an award winning DVE - providing a complete compositing and effects workflow. The new Boris FX 9.2 release adds support for major operating systems Leopard (Apple OS X) and Vista (Microsoft) as well as extended Sony Vegas 8.0 and Adobe CS 3.0 host integration with full validation for the Intel-Mac versions of After Effects and Premiere Pro and After Effects for Windows Vista.

Existing Boris FX 9.0 customers can download the new release free of charge from

Boris FX 9.2 Highlights

  • Support for Apple OS X Leopard and Windows Vista operating systems
  • Host Support: Adobe CS 3 (Intel-Mac AE and Premiere Pro, Windows Vista AE), and Sony Vegas 8.0
  • Optimized features; Preview to Monitor (support Firewire / AJA video cards).

Upgrades, bundles and academic

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Digieffects Acquires Walker Effects

walkerfxDigieffects is pleased to announce that they have acquired the WalkerFX plug-ins. If you're not familiar with this set there is a great review by Rick Gerard at Creative Cow.

An official press release will be out in January, but we couldn't wait to share the news.

Autodesk Combustion 2008

combustionAutodesk Combustion 2008 has just been released. Need an upgrade? Autodesk Combustion 2008 upgrade from 3.0 and Autodesk Combustion 2008 upgrade from 4.0 are available.

What's New
Colour Warper primary and selective color correction tool made famous in Autodesk Flame software for precise fine-tuning with multiple levels of adjustment in a single pass.

  • Interactive adjustment of gamma, gain, offset, hue, saturation, and contrast. Apply animatable settings to all channels or independently to R, G, and B.
  • Intuitive hue shift and tint color wheel for fast, accurate color balancing. Visual color sampling palette for precise color matching.
  • Interactive Histogram and curves editing modes for subtle, precision tweaking of color components.
  • Independent controls for color correcting the image's shadow, midtone, and highlight regions-features user-definable luminance ranges.
  • Match feature for fast scene-to-scene color correction.
  • Selective feature for sampling up to three different color regions for isolated correction.
  • UI features a high-quality RGB vector scope and a 3D histogram for precise color monitoring.

Read the announcement press release from November 27, 2007: Autodesk Launches Combustion 2008 Desktop Compositing Software

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Official CycoreFX Forum now at Toolfarm!

cycorefxGot questions about CC effects that come with After Effects or CycoreFX HD? Get help at the CycoreFX Forum. The CycoreFX forum is moderated by Nils Schneider of CycoreFX and the great group of Toolfarm Forum Experts.

Now might be a good time to ask. Do you like the name Forum Experts or does it sound too uppity? We don't want to sound uppity, but the folks who help on our forums know their stuff. Colin from Toolfarm used to own a service called Support Farm that was a phone service and chat service to connect those who needed help with experts like the Toolfarm Expert Forums.

  • Toolfarm Expert Forums
  • Support Farm
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Friday, December 14, 2007

Harry J Frank's Form Training Promo

form trainingHarry has created a promo for his Trapcode Form training so you can watch it to see if it is something you want to buy. If you haven't played with Trapcode Form, let me tell you, it's so incredibly cool. It has dozens of settings and hundreds, if not millions, of variations you can create. All of these settings can be a bit daunting, so Harry has created a four part training series that will get you comfy with Trapcode Form.

Interested in Form but not sure where to start? Try this!

  1. Watch Harry's Promo for Form Training. Now you're intrigued, right?
  2. Buy Trapcode Form Training with Harry J Frank - Only $24!
  3. Don't own Form yet? Download a free demo of Form.
  4. Buy Trapcode Form
  5. Need to get started quickly and impress your client? Try Mylenium's Trapcode Form Presets.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Boris Releases Continuum Complete Sparks for Autodesk Advanced Systems

BCCsparksBoris Continuum Complete Sparks is a massive filter set for Inferno, Fire, Flame, Flint, and Smoke systems. BCC now combines volumes I and II to give Autodesk users access to 130+ filters and 1,500 presets including blurs, tints, glints, glares, lens flares, glows, time warps, and much more. Sparks is an advanced Application Programming Interface (API) for developing custom plug-ins.

Boris Graffiti 5.2 Demo now available

Would you like to try the latest version of Boris Graffit? Download the trial version here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Studio Monthly Reviews Boris Continuum Complete 5, Calls it "HOT"

BCCMarc Franklin over at Studio Monthly reviewed Boris Continuum Complete 5 and gave it mad props.

...BCC 5 is a sophisticated and fast answer to your workflow. It has a high-end feature set that lets you create top-notch results within minutes.

Read the BCC5 Review at Studio Monthly

Toolfarm Sales Alert Notifications

SMSWould you like to be contacted with reminder whenever we have sales, such as the Tinderbox One Day Sale that happened yesterday?

We've just launched a new SMS/email service for our customers, so you'll never miss another sale. This is a quick text (image free) reminder that we'll send right before a sale beings. You can have the message texted to your mobile or emailed to your regular email account.

How do you sign up for a Toolfarm Sales Alert text message (SMS) reminder? Put your phone number with area code and your cellphone carrier. There is a list of carriers and information on how to set it up if you've never tried it.

As always, you can unsubscribe anytime you like and we'll only notify you of the best and biggest sales.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Interview: A Conversation with Seth Hancock

Seth HancockSeth Hancock is the Production Manager for the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the city of Indianapolis. He produces an amazing video podcast called 'Doing Indy' and most recently he directed a music video/branding piece for the city with Indiana crooner Jon McLaughlin titled For You From Me.

Seth and Michele Yamazaki from Toolfarm discuss the finer points of green screening and Seth gives some terrific tips on getting the perfect time lapse.

Boris Graffiti 5.2 Now Available, Supports Leopard, Vista

boris graffiti boxBoris Graffiti 5.2 is now available! Graffiti 5.2 adds support for new operating systems, enhanced Adobe CS3 host integration, and optimized effects workflows. Graffiti 5.2 is a free update for Graffiti 5.x customers.

What's New in Graffiti 5.2

  • Macintosh OS X 10.5 (Leopard) support
  • Windows Vista support
  • Optimized Preview to Monitor via FireWire or AJA video cards
  • Extended Sony Vegas 8 integration
  • Extended Adobe CS3 integration, new support for After Effects CS3

Upgrade to Graffiti 5.2 | Boris Graffiti 5.2 Academic

Plugged-In Podcast featuring Bob Donlon of Adobe

plugged inThe latest Plugged-in: The Digital Landscape is ready! Listen to a great interview with Bob Donlon, Sr. Manager of Dynamic Media at Adobe. Check out Bob's Adobe blog. Bob answers all of the answers you've been yearning to know. The podcast also features regular guests Philip Hodgetts and Michele Yamazaki of Toolfarm. Philip has some big news and Michele and the guys discuss roller derby. Subscribe today. It's freeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Trapcode Form Training from Harry J Frank

form trainingTrapcode Form is a grid-based 3D particle system with a twist. It can be used to create fluid, organic patterns, complex geometric structures and swirling stringy animations. Using other layers as maps for various properties provides endless possibilities to create unique designs. Furthermore, Form can be used as an audio-visualizer, automatically generating stunning visuals for your audio.

Harry J. FrankTrapcode Form is phenomenally cool but also extremely complex. Harry J. Frank, freelance motion graphics artist, instructor and Adobe Certified Expert, beta tested Trapcode Form and shows you how to get comfortable with Form very quickly. You'll be spinning out gorgeous textures and eye candy in no time. And, it's only $24!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Adobe Premiere Pro 3.1.1 is now Leopard compatible!

The Genesis Project mentioned the update which includes bug fixes and some minor things with the titler and P2 workflow issues, in addition to the Leopard compatibility.

Abalone FaceShop for Photoshop

abalone faceshop boxfaceshop exampleThis new product works exclusively with Photoshop (older version, Elements and the new CS3). The FaceShop Photoshop plug-in can be used to alter angles of people's faces in photographs. It is easy to use and does not require a steep learning curve. This application may appeal to both graphic artists and amateurs who need to alter photographic images. FaceShop lets you rotate any face in Photoshop in real 3D!

Just check out the examples. It's really amazing software.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

New Mac Build for Digieffects Delirium

This free download fixes a few minor bugs people might be experiencing with Digieffects Delirium, particularly with Final Cut Pro 6.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Video Promo for Harry Frank's After Effects Expressions Series 2

After Effects Expressions

More Expressions Demystified... Written for the Designer

The latest volume of After Effects Expressions Series Bundle 2 came out last week and people are scooping it up. Harry has a way of explaining expressions so they are simple to understand.

Toolfarm Inks Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Red Giant Software

Red Giant SoftwareToolfarm, Inc., the leading third-party distributor of After Effects plug-ins and visual effects tools announced today an exclusive distribution agreement with Red Giant Software. Effective immediately, all North American Resellers will be directed to Toolfarm, Inc. to purchase Red Giant Software products, including Trapcode plug-ins. Dealers should contact Colin Sharp at Toolfarm for a log-in to the Toolfarm dealer site."With sustained strong growth and continued expansion as a community destination, we believe that Toolfarm has shown that they are a great resource for customers of all kinds. Red Giant Software has chosen Toolfarm as our North American distributor to help us provide timely information and service to resellers of all kinds and continue our success into 2008 and beyond," said Sean Safreed, Product Director and cofounder of Red Giant Software LLC.

"Toolfarm is pleased to assume the responsibilities of managing Red Giant Software's reseller channel. This is a great fit for the company and falls in line with our expertise in matching customers with the right tools for color correction, motion graphics, keying, and video enhancement," said Colin Sharp.

Media 100 Producer and Suite Version 12.1 Now Available, Supports Leopard

Media_100Media 100 12.1 now supports Mac OSX Leopard, and it is available as a free download for Media 100 Producer Version 12 customers.

What's New in Version 12

  • Progressive Scan Support. Edit in interlaced and progressive formats. Version 12 supports 720p 23.98,1080psf 23.98, 1080psf 24, 625i 25, 625psf 25, 1080i 25,1080p 25, 525i 29.97, 525psf 29.97, 1080i 29.97, 1080p 29.97, 1080i 30, 1080p 30, 720p 50, 720p 59.94, and 720p 60.

  • Integrated Clip Preset FX. Edit and apply Boris RED*, Boris FX, or Boris Graffiti Preset Filters directly to clips in the timeline, or modify and save preset filters for later use. (*Media 100 Producer Suite only).
  • Boris Library Browser Mode. Create and edit titles faster and more efficiently using the Library Browser.
  • Integrated Boris Transitions. Gain editing functionality with access to hundreds of Boris Transitions.
  • Master FX. Select up to six layers of compositions right in the Media 100 timeline and then directly create effects in Boris RED, Boris FX, or Boris Graffiti.
  • Media 100/Boris Bin Browser Improvements.
  • Apple ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 HQ Support. Capture, Edit and Master using Apple's new ProRes 422 video codec or choose any QuickTime format to do your work.
  • Adobe CS3 Universal Binary Support. Import Media 100 Program Timelines directly into After Effects.
  • Timecode Burn-in. Enhanced editing functionality and client proof review with burn-in timecode.
  • Optimized for Intel-based Apple Macintosh Computers. Edit on PowerPC or Intel-based Mac systems.

If you are upgrading from Media 100 Version 12, 12.0.1, 12.0.2 you do not need a new unlock code. You can download and use this software at no charge.

Media 100 Upgrades

Media 100 Producer and Suite version 10.x and 11.x customers may upgrade to Version 12 for $295.

Magic Bullet Looks Wins 2007 Digital Content Producer Vanguard Award

looksSan Francisco, CA, December 4, 2007 - Red Giant Software Magic Bullet Looks was recently awarded a 2007 Vanguard Award by Digital Content Producer. Vanguard Awards go to the most groundbreaking new products for video production professionals that are released in the calendar year.

Magic Bullet Looks is a revolutionary, new color correction tool. Looks' powerful tools can be used on-set or in the edit suite to subtly adjust tone, color and focus to simulate the appearance of classic films or duplicate specific production conditions. Users can choose from more than a hundred Look presets, all neatly organized into 10 categories, to help set the mood for anything from a wedding video to the next Sundance original. For more information, please visit Magic Bullet Looks in our Plug-in Finder.

Other Vanguard winners include:

About Red Giant Software

Red Giant Software LLC ( is a San Francisco-based company that develops professional tools for digital video production. Products are available as plug-ins for popular video editing and effects applications including After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro, and Avid. All tools are based on production-proven technology developed by visual effects veterans.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Adobe Turns 25

Here's an interesting tidbit... Britney Spears is exactly, to the day, one year older than Adobe!

Adobe celebrated 25 yesterday. John Nack's blog, John Nack on Adobe, takes a trip down memory lane in his post Adobe: The second quarter-century begins.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Noise Industries FxFactory 2.0.1 and Futurismo Backgrounds and Futurismo Titles 2

FxFactory Pro Update

It's only been a couple of weeks, but there's already a good point update for FxFactory.

Noise IndustriesThe newest version of FxFactory fixes important bugs discovered since the initial release of FxFactory 2, such as the loss of 'Log and Transfer' functionality in Final Cut Pro 6.

Version 2.0.1 also brings three new plug-ins to FxFactory Pro users, and an improved plug-in management interface which lets you access plug-in documentation while browsing your effect collection.

Download the update here.

Futurismo Backgrounds and Futurismo Titles 2 Update

Version 2.0 of Futurismo Backgrounds and Futurismo Titles plug-ins improves support for Final Cut Pro and adds new features, such as parameter presets and a better font-selection UI. Each plug-in package may be purchased for $49 at our online store, and it is available in trial mode for 15 days.

This version is a free upgrade for existing Futurismo Titles 1.0 and Futurismo Backgrounds 1.0 customers.

Download Futurismo Titles | Download Futurismo Backgrounds

Maxon Competitive Upgrades are available.

Are you a user of 3d studio max, Art*lantis, Amapi 3D, Amazon 3D, BodyPaint 3D, Bryce, Carrara, Deep Paint 3D, ElectricImage, formZ, Houdini/Houdini Select, Infini-D, Inspire 3D, LightWave, Maya Complete /Unlimited, Merlin 3D, Painter 3D, RayDream, Real 3D, Rhino, Shade, Softimage 3D/XSI, Strata Studio, trueSpace or Zbrush? Yeah, that list is enormous! If you are an owner of one of those products, you can get a competitive upgrade to Maxon Cinema 4D or BodyPaint 3D at a discounted price. You'll just need some proof that you own the product such as a screenshot of your splash screen or a digital photo of you holding the install disk and manual. It's that easy!

Boris Continuum Complete 5 for Final Cut Pro review by Post Magazine

BCC5Here is the review that I mentioned earlier in the month for BCC5 for FCP from Post Magazine. Enjoy.

I should mention it's actually called Boris Continuum Complete 5 FxPlug, meaning it runs in both Final Cut Pro and Motion and allows you to work between the two programs without rendering. FxPlug technology is so awesome.

New 3D Forum Icon by Ko Maruyama

Our good friend Ko Maruyama made this cool icon for the 3D Forum, where he fields loads of questions on Cinema 4D and other 3D applications. Stop by anytime and ask about Cinema 4D, modo, 3DS Max, Maya or whatever might be on your mind. And thank you Ko for the cool art!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

After Effects Expression Training Series 2 with Harry J. Frank is Here!

After Effects Expressionsharry

More Expressions Demystified... Written for the Designer

Harry J. Frank, freelance motion graphics artist, instructor and Adobe Certified Expert, delivers another round of training for the Toolfarm Expert Training Series. The first After Effects Expressions Series Bundle 1 was so successful and had such positive feedback that Harry has continued with the next three lessons, aptly titled After Effects Expressions Series Bundle 2.

Lesson 4: Random Numbers and Strings

Harry explains how to generate and control random values, as well as working with and manipulating string (alphanumeric) values. This lesson takes your expression skill-set to the next level, teaching you to get beyond the basics and start programming expressions with depth. Using an interface screen design as the environment.

screenshotIt is recommended that you complete Lessons 1 through 3 before exploring Lesson 4, or have a firm grasp on all of the basics of expressions (scalar and array values). Lessons 1-3 are available here.

Duration: 52 Minutes

Lesson 5: Expression Control and Probability

screenshotHarry takes expressions to the big screen, and focuses on a sample title design sequence that relies heavily on expressions. The concepts center around expression control: defining the expressions to be controlled by markers, keyframes, layer in and out point, layer length, as well as expression randomness and probability. The result is a series of very flexible and powerful expressions that create automated movement, jitter and intro/outro animation.. all without keyframes.

It is recommended that you complete Lessons 1 through 4 before exploring Lesson 5. Lessons 1-3 are available here.

Duration: 30 Minutes

Lesson 6: Audio to Keyframes

screenshotHarry creates an automated lip sync animation in After Effects using the Audio to Keyframes function, along with expressions. This is a very valuable and time saving technique that the author has used in several productions.

It is recommended that you complete Lessons 1 through 5 before exploring Lesson 6. Lessons 1-3 are available here.

Duration: 10 Minutes

All project files are included for all lessons, along with a Quick Reference Guide that summarizes the concepts and terminology explained in the training. You're not going to get this kind of quality training anywhere else and this series is ONLY available at Toolfarm.

Harry has been a Toolfarm Forum Expert from about the time the Forums went up and runs Gray Machine, a very popular motion graphics site with tutorials and samples of work. Harry is also half of the relaunched AE Freemart.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New Boris Box Set

boris logoThe entire collection of Boris technology is now available for just $1,995 (USD).

The Windows box set includes:

  • RED: Integrated 3D/2D Compositing, Titling, and Effects
  • Blue: Real-Time 3D Compositing and Motion Graphics
  • BCC AE: 180 Native Filters and Transitions for Adobe CS3
  • BCC AVX: 180 Native Filters and Transitions for Avid Xpress Pro
  • Final Effects Complete: Native Filters for Adobe and Combustion
  • Final Effects Complete AVX: Native Filters for Avid Xpress Pro
  • Title Toolkit: Dynamic Titling Plug-ins for Adobe CS3

Crossgrades are available.

The Macintosh box set includes:

  • RED: Integrated 3D/2D Compositing, Titling, and Effects
  • BCC AE: 180 Native Filters and Transitions for Adobe CS3
  • BCC FxPlug: 180 Native Filters and Transitions for Apple Final Cut Studio 2
  • BCC AVX: 180 Native Filters and Transitions for Avid Xpress Pro
  • Final Effects Complete: Native Filters for Adobe, Apple, and Combustion
  • Title Toolkit: Dynamic Titling Plug-ins for Adobe CS3
  • Media 100 Producer Suite: Professional, easy-to-use video editing software

Crossgrades are available

At $1,995, the Boris Box Set represents savings of over 60%.

Customers who own RED, Blue, Continuum Complete, Final Effects Complete, or Media 100 Producer can get the Boris Box Set for $1,595.

Educational pricing is available.

Boris RED 4.2 Now Available, Supports Leopard and Vista

boris redFree update for Boris Red 4 customers adds support for new OS, enhanced Adobe CS 3 / Sony Vegas 8 host integration and optimized effects workflows

Marlborough, MA November 28, 2007 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, announced today the release of Boris Red 4.2. The award-winning Boris Red version 4 series offers 2D/3D compositing, titling, paint, rotoscoping, a full suite of tools to create and extrude vector objects, 3D creation and animation, and the industry-leading software DVE technology packaged as a plug-in application for some 20-plus non-linear editing systems. Offered free for existing Red 4 customers via electronic distribution (, the new 4.2 update adds support for major operating systems Leopard (Apple OS X) and Vista (Microsoft) as well as extended Sony Vegas 8.0 and Adobe CS 3.0 host integration with full validation for the Intel-Mac versions of After Effects and Premiere Pro and After Effects for Windows Vista.

"Red plays a crucial role in my creative decision making process because it opens a whole world of possibilities to me," Vik Narayan, Avid Editor and 9-time Emmy Award-winner, KNXV/ABC Phoenix. See Vik's Boris Red 4.0 tutorial here.

Boris Red 4.2 Highlights

  • Support for Apple OS X Leopard and Windows Vista operating systems
  • Host Support: Adobe CS 3 (Intel-Mac AE and Premiere Pro, Windows Vista AE), and Sony Vegas 8.0
  • Optimized features; Preview to Monitor (support firewire / AJA) and Boris Red Title Container (control over sub titles).

The Boris Red 4.2 update includes many new performance and effects creation workflow enhancements. The optimized preview to monitor feature adds support for Firewire and AJA; accelerating the feature's performance. The updated Boris Red Title Container controls now allows sub-title manipulation without the need to re-import the STL file - simplifying and accelerating the sub titling process. Existing Boris Red 4.0 and 4.1 customers can download the new update from the Boris FX web site at

About Boris FX

Founded in 1995 in Boston MA, Boris FX is the leading developer of integrated graphics and effects technology, delivering 3D compositing and vector graphic products for the broadcast, post production, film and multi-media industries. Since the company's inception, Boris products have grown to serve over 200,000 artists worldwide. A great part of its success lies in the ability to tightly integrate and leverage technologies through strong partnerships with industry-leading manufacturers including Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Discreet, Eyeon, Grass Valley, Matrox, Media 100, Sony Pictures Digital, and Ulead. For more information, visit

Trapcode Demos

trapcodeThe demo link for the Trapcode plug-ins has changed. They are no longer hosted at If you'd like to try the new Trapcode Suite 2008 which now includes Trapcode Form, you can download it for free here.

Trapcode Suite 2008 includes 3D Stroke, Lux, Particular, Form, Starglow, Shine, Sound Keys and Echospace. Form was added to the bundle but the price did not increase. Gotta love that!

The Red Giant Suite has also been updated to include all of the Trapcode plug-ins and all of the Red Giant plug-ins including the recently released Magic Bullet Looks and the upcoming Magic Bullet Frames.

GenArts Sapphire 2.01 Update - Free Maintenance Release

SapphireSapphire Plug-ins version 2.01 for After Effects and compatible products is now available from

This is a free maintenance release for workstations with a version 2 license. If you have not yet tried Sapphire 2, you can install 2.01 now to start your 3-week free trial.

For a summary of the 30+ new effects and many new features in 2.0, please visit Toolfarm's Plug-in Finder. Also, Sapphire 2.01 is available for purchase today!

Here is a summary of what's new in Sapphire 2.01:

  • Performance and memory efficiency is improved for AE 7 and CS3 SmartFX.
  • A problem with Premiere Pro on quad-core Macs is fixed.
  • Messages saying "Can't checkout input" are avoided, which could occur in large projects with AE 7 and CS3.
  • Various issues are fixed with Vignette, Distort, Glow, DropShadow, Convolve, Cartoon and Posterize.
  • The Windows installer offers to install the plug-ins for Fusion 5.2.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Autodesk Launches Combustion 2008 Desktop Compositing Software

combustionAutodesk, Inc. today announced Autodesk Combustion 2008 software, the latest version of its desktop compositing and visual effects solution. Combustion offers digital media artists an easy-to-use interface, non-destructive workflow and extensive toolset at the affordable price of US$995*. It has been used on the Juicy Fruit Ant commercial by Asylum Visual Effects, the Target Anthem ad by Brand New School, and by Zoic Studio on the Journeyman television show. The popular Colour Warper tool, found in the Autodesk Flame visual effects system, has been added to Combustion 2008. The new release also includes improvements to the schematic view.

The Colour Warper in Combustion 2008 performs primary and selective color correction. It also allows for precise fine-tuning with multiple levels of adjustment in a single pass. Colour Warper features include:
  • Interactive adjustment of gamma, gain, offset, hue, saturation, and contrast
  • Intuitive hue shift and a tint color wheel for fast, accurate color balancing and a visual color sampling palette for precise color matching
  • Interactive Histogram and curves editing modes for subtle, precision tweaking of color components
  • Independent controls for color correcting the image's shadow, midtone, and highlight regions
  • "Match" feature for fast scene-to-scene color correction
  • "Selective" feature for sampling up to three different color regions for isolated correction
  • User interface features: high-quality RGB vector scope, and a 3D histogram for precise color monitoring

Pricing and Availability
Autodesk anticipates that Combustion 2008 will be available in December 2007. The 2008 release will be supported on Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Autodesk suggested retail pricing is US$995*. The suggested upgrade price from Combustion 4 to Combustion 2008 is US$199*.

*International pricing may vary.

For more information on Combustion 2008, please visit

Monday, November 26, 2007

Online Shopping Traffic Causes Yahoo Outages

If you came to Toolfarm today and were unable to add products to your cart, it seems that Cyber Monday's heavy traffic caused Yahoo outages all over the web. Toolfarm uses the Yahoo store.

The problem seems to be remedied now, so thank you for being patient.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Plugged-In Podcast #13 has some hot guests!

plugged inGuests this week include:

peter mcauleyThe very eloquent Peter McAuley of Boris FX talks about what's new in the world of effects for Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Boris Continuum Complete.
john dickinsonMaking It Look Great 1 is the top selling training video at Toolfarm! Hear more about it with the man behind the training, John Dickinson of Motionworks.
justin websterJustin Webster of Maggot Software talks about conforming audio to your picture changes quickly and easily with Conformalizer.
Philip HodgettsPodcast regular Philip Hodgetts, Chief BuZZmeister at Digital Production BuZZ talks about AVID bailing on NAB, REDCine coming to FCP, and the state of the trade show.
michele yamazakiAnd then there's Toolfarm Product News with Michele Yamazaki VP of Marketing/Content Creator and Web Mistress for Toolfarm.

Listen now!

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CHV QC Integration FX Demo now available!

Mac Universal FxPlug
QC IntegrationDownload a free demo of CHV's newest plug-in for Final Cut Pro, Motion and Final Cut Express, QC Integration FX. CHV makes some of my favorite plug-ins. They're so lightning fast and they do so much more than you expect them to do. Seriously good quality stuff.

Learn more about QC Integration FX in our Plug-in Finder.