Monday, April 30, 2007

NAB's Greatest Kicks: AE CS3 Features

Bob Donlon's Adobe Digital Video Blog has a bunch of images from Steve Holmes AE CS3 presentation at NAB, which I was lucky enough to catch. This isn't exactly what I saw - I saw a demo of the puppet tool - but Bob walks you through the Auto-trace feature, Shape Layers and the Repeater. Fun stuff!

Free Comp from LME! 3D Stroke Preset

LME textThis is an extra bonus file from each of their sets of beautiful comp files. These are Toolfarm exclusives and we'll be posting one per week until they're gone. Here is the eighth in the series and the last one. This sample is not included in the LME Trapcode 3D Stroke Plug-in Presets & Comps.LME logo

Check out all of the previous LME Freebies.

Friday, April 27, 2007

New Free Demos! CHV Plugins for Final Cut and Motion


The free demo versions of CHV-Electronics plug-ins are now available at Just visit our demo page to try them out. I demo'd them at NAB and these are some of my favorites. They are seriously fast and amazingly cool.

  • The Entire-Bundle 06-2006 for Final Cut Pro & Final Cut Express
  • FxPlug Bundle 04-2007 for Final Cut Pro & Motion
  • Shining FX Final Cut Pro & Motion
  • Morphing FX for Final Cut Pro & Motion
  • Magic 3D FX for Final Cut Pro & Motion

They're all updated for Intel (see: Mac Universal Binary) and all but a few are FxPlug.

Let's talk Maxon Cinema 4D, shall we?

Ko Maruyama has an article about Maxon at NAB, as well as a video with David Basulto interviewing Paul Babb, head honcho of Maxon. The video also shows some seriously cool animation. Check it out!

Paul Babb has been everywhere lately. He was interviewed on Plugged-In, the awesome new podcast presented by Toolfarm. Check Podcast #2 from NAB. His interview is first.

We do so love Cinema 4D. It plays so nice with After Effects! I'm not sure if you saw the script at which exports AE Camera Data to Cinema 4D. I haven't tried it out myself, but there was some buzz about it on the AE-List a few days ago.

Also, if you're new to Cinema 4D, there are some Tutorials for Cinema 4D in our Tutorials database.

CHV-Electronics Shining FX

shining fxSomehow this press release slipped by me, with the massive amount of stuff I had surrounding NAB releases. I demo'd Shining FX at NAB and they are AWESOME! Seriously fast and cool. I'm going to build some samples and put them up on the site in our Plug-in Finder. I'm so impressed with CHV's Plug-ins. They're very affordable and create mindblowing effects.... and did I mention how fast they are? They played REAL-TIME with keyed video and multiple effects in Motion 3.

Press Release

UniversalfxplugApril 10, 2007 - CHV-electronics, software developer of plugins for Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion announced today the release of Shining FX, which is based on Apple's plugin FxPlug technology.

A new set of 11 real-time video filters to create Volumetric Light effects, Ray Bursts, Glow and Shine effects and more.

CHV has just released a new plugins packages called Shining FX. It contains 11 highly versatile video filters, all dedicated to create different types of light and glow effects. Shining FX does not only create some standard volumetric lights or rays, it's highly sophisticated animation features bring life into your video. All plugins are hardware accellerated and are capable to run in real-time (depending on your graphics card).

Watch the demo-reel. A fully functional demo version can be found here

Shining FX costs $75 as a single package and is also available in the bundle FxPlug Bundle 04-2007, which also includes the plug-in sets Magic 3D FX and Morphing FX for $135.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Introducing Avidion Real3D

avidion real3dAvidion Real3D is a new Adobe After Effects Plug-in which takes your 3D abilities within After Effects to a whole new level. This plug-in allows you to bend, twist, and shatter your layers in 3D space as well as render them as a grid, surface, spheres, or solids. Also, by using Real3D's unique layer driver, you can simulate other effects within 3D space, including flags and newsprint effects. Windows only.

Learn more about Avidion Real3D in our Plug-in Finder

Check out this video sample. It's so cool! Also, there's a demo available.

Digital Film Tools Releases Adobe CS3 and Avid Intel Mac Compatible Software

digital film toolsuniversalApril 21, 2007 -- Digital Film Tools releases new versions of 55mm, Digital Film Lab, EZ Mask, Light, Ozone, Snap and zMatte for Adobe Photoshop versions 7 through CS3 and Photoshop Elements as well as new Intel Mac compatible versions of 55mm, Digital Film Lab, Composite Suite, and zMatte for Avid Editing Systems -- specifically Avid Media Composer 2.5.1 and higher and Avid Xpress Pro 5.5.1 and higher.

Digital Film Tools has created the definitive set of digital optical filters meant to simulate popular glass camera filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, natural light and photographic effects as well as unrivaled masking and compositing software. Releasing new versions of all of it's software for Adobe Photoshop, Digital Film Tools is offering upgrades for 55mm, Composite Suite, Digital Film Lab, EZ Mask, Light, Ozone, Snap and zMatte. They have undergone a major face lift with all filters sporting a new, eye catching interface and Adobe Photoshop CS3 compatibility. The user interface contains a visual, thumbnail preview for each filter with many filters utilizing an extensive preset library. Some of the new features include three different compare modes, a resizeable image viewer, On-Line Help, and products with more than one filter show all filters within the user interface for quick filter selection. All of the upgraded software is compatible with Adobe Photoshop 7 through CS3 and Photoshop Elements, Windows XP and Vista as well as Macintosh PowerPC and Intel machines. Digital Film Tools has also released new Intel Mac compatible versions of 55mm, Digital Film Lab, Composite Suite, and zMatte for Avid Editing Systems--specifically Avid Media Composer 2.5.1 and higher and Avid Xpress Pro 5.5.1 and higher.

Digital Film Tools brings together the unbeatable combination of superior software designers, motion picture visual effects veterans, video editors and photographers. Add three Emmy Awards and experience in creating visual effects for hundreds of feature films, commercials and television shows and you have a recipe for success. Digital Film Tools software is available for download or purchase at; Upgrade pricing is available for existing customers.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Zaxwerks 3D Warps now available

Zaxwerks 3D WarpsTwist. Bend. Bulge.

The Zaxwerks 3D Warps package contains two powerful plug-ins: 3D Layer Warp and 3D Grid Warp.

3D Layer Warp lets you take exising Adobe After Effects layers and deform them in many ways. Twist them along any axis. Bend a layer around itself. Add arbitrary dimension with a displacement map.

3D Grid Warp provides the same warping controls as 3D Layer Warp in addition to a crisp grid generator. Select your grid style and set your line colors. Animate the lines and the warping parameters to create fantastic backgrounds for your motion graphics.

Advanced material, lighting, and camera controls allow you to create dramatic scenes with ease.

Flip4Mac by Telestream Episode Series 4.3 Now Available

Episode 4.3 is the latest update for all Episode desktop and Episode Engine media encoding software products. This is a free update which adds new features, formats and enhancements in response to customer feedback and evolving market needs.

Episode 4.3 Feature Highlights

  • Adds Split-and-Stitch for all input and output formats as a standard feature for Episode Engine Pro - enabling top performance and many times faster than real-time encoding
  • Adds the ability to integrate with third party products (like Apple's Compressor, which will be available at the time of the Compressor 3 release, targeted for mid-May)
  • Adds support for all input formats supported by QuickTime (including plug-ins)
  • Adds import of Flash 7 and 8
  • Adds client mode for Episode & Episode Pro as a free settings editor for Episode Engine & Episode Engine Pro
  • Adds full support for GXF HD and added XDCAM HD as output codec for Episode Pro & Episode Engine Pro
  • Adds progress bar to Engine Monitor for Episode Engine & Engine Pro

boujou silver bullet and boujou bullet SD - more choice for professional Matchmovers


On May 1st 2007, 2d3 will be introducing two new additions to the boujou family of matchmoving products:

Derived directly from boujou 4, silver bullet and bullet SD share the same robust and accurate feature tracking and camera solving engines. 2d3 are meeting your needs by offering the automated power and ease of use of boujou across a wider price range.

silver bullet and bullet SD offer more functionality to more people than previous releases of bullet, while still providing the easy to learn, easy to use, single click, wizard based workflow of boujou bullet 2.

Both silver bullet and bullet SD offer major enhancements over previous versions of bullet while maintaining the same levels of automation and ease of use. With silver bullet and bullet SD you can still solve most shots in a single mouse click. But now you also have advanced tools at your fingertips which allow you to solve a wider range of more difficult shots more easily.

New features include

  • Access to a range of advanced parameters for feature tracking adjustment
  • The ability to create a solve for a sub range of frames.
  • Store multiple cameras solves in a single project.
  • Solve from free move shots of variable focal length
  • Focal length constraints
  • Full Timeline functionality
  • Orthographic 3D views.
  • Graph Display
  • Mesh generation and export
  • Floating Wizard and Timeline
  • Mask with holes
  • image proxies
  • Auto Radial distortion correction

The new bullet products share the same interface, which is common to boujou 4, so switching between packages is easier with no need to learn a new interface.

While silver bullet has the same, complete import and export range as boujou 4, bullet SD is designed for those who dont need HD support and have less demanding export requirements.

These new bullet products will replace bullet 2, which will no longer be available after the release silver bullet and bullet SD.


boujou silver bullet - USD $5,000
boujou bullet SD - USD $1,000

Free Comp from LME! LME Amazing Text Displays

LME textTo celebrate the launch of LME's Amazing Text Display's Vol. 1, LME is giving away a Toolfarm exclusive comp, to give you a little taste of what the product is all about. You do not need any third-party plug-ins.... well you need lots of third-party plug-ins, but not for this ;-)

This is an extra bonus file from each of their sets of beautiful comp files. These are Toolfarm exclusives and we'll be posting one per week until they're gone. Here is the seventh in the series... sorry, I've lost count! This sample is not included in the LME Amazing Text Displays Vol. 1.LME logoCheck out all of the previous LME Freebies.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

LME Amazing Text Displays Vol. 1

LME textCheck out this cool new product from LME! LME Amazing Text Displays Vol. 1. The LME products are templates for Adobe After Effects and they've been hot sellers.

LME Amazing Text Displays 100 amazing compositions for displaying text in broadcast design projects and presentations. Some of the categories include an array of geometrics, streaming text in circular and square patterns, gigantic text walls, cubes, boxes and towers, text that moves around corners, huge walls of changing text, and dozens of other one of a kind designs from simple to complex. All comps can be resized for HD.

I'll have a freebie up in a bit. Stay tuned!

Trapcode Presents Ken Perlin an Award of Excellence: The Statue

ken perlin awardThe press release went out a couple of days ago, but the award is really lovely, so I thought I'd post a photo.

Noise Industries Rolls Out Fxfactory For Final Cut Studio 2

noise industries

Support for new Final Cut Studio 2 release; innovative filters, and advanced rendering performance

Las Vegas, NV - April 16, 2007 - Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the postproduction and broadcast markets, today announced FxFactory for Final Cut Studio 2. The new Noise Industries FxFactory 1.05 release is demonstrated running on Final Cut Studio 2 at NAB 2007 on stand SL3827J (Plug-in Pavilion).


"We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers support for the new Final Cut Studio 2 release," comments Gabriele de Simone, founder, Noise Industries. "In addition to supporting the new Apple release, we have added innovative filters for sophisticated compositing as well as enhanced rendering performance - making FxFactory one of the fastest professional compositing plug-in applications on the market today."

Noise Industries FxFactory for Apple Final Cut Studio 2 FxFactory for Apple Final Cut Studio 2 offers GPU accelerated, native visual effects plug-ins for Apple Final Cut Pro 6 and Apple Motion 3 via Apple’s new FxPlug architecture, running on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs. The optimized plug-in architecture and development provides maximum speed and performance for visual effects creation. The new FxFactory release also offers a refined user interface and additional unique visual effects such as:

New Feature Highlights

  • Support for Apple Final Cut Pro 6 and Motion 3
  • Optimized GPU acceleration for faster rendering
  • Custom Presets for fast – professional effects creation
  • Innovative Filters for applying eye-catching image treatments

New FX for Motion Pack: Glitch, 3D Shatter, Panel Vision, RGB Trails

  • Glitch: corrupts and destroys the image in a controllable way.
  • 3D Shatter: breaks the image up over 3D space.
  • Panel Vision: tiles 8 source images in random patterns.
  • RGB Trails: a motion trail effect with controls for each color channel.

New FX for Editing Pack: New Transitions: Cheshire Fade, Explode Away, Panels Mix Off, Spinner, Zipper

  • Cheshire Fade: fades away the image leaving the edges to last.
  • Explode Away: explodes the source clip off the screen.
  • Panels Mix Off: mixes, shrinks or spins the source clip to the next clip in random patterns.
  • Spinner: spins the image a number of times landing on the next clip.
  • Zipper: Unzips the next image over the clip.

Noise Industries FxFactory expansion "FxPacks"

Also demonstrated at NAB 2007 is new FxFactory expansion FxPacks. FxPacks are developed by Noise Industries and its partners using the Noise Industries FxFactory Pro plug-in manager. The FxFactory Pro plug-in manager provides non-developers, such as visual effects artists, a user-friendly graphical user interface to create additional effects for the FxFactory package.

New FxPacks:

The following FxPacks will be demonstrated for the first time at NAB207.

ImageFlow FX: generate animated backgrounds instantly from folders of still images. Ten different animation styles and hundreds of possible looks. Perfect for documentary photo montages, promo openers and music videos.

TextFlow FX: beat synchronized text effects that generate animations from text files. Go beyond Motions text behaviors with ten included new automatic text animation effects.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Three new Plugged-In Podcasts available, recorded live at NAB!

plugged inAdd to iTunes

Keith and Alan recorded the podcast live at NAB.... and it's a HUGE Triliogy of HOT shows!

Podcast 2 recorded at the Toolfarm Party on Sunday night at the MGM Grand

Exclusive interviews with the tops in the industry including Paul Babb, President of Maxon (Cinema 4D), Zax Dow of Zaxwerks, Christoph Vonhreim of CHV-Electronics, Debbie Rich of Digital Anarchy, John Dickinson of Motionworks, Niclas Bahn of Noise Industries, and Jason Sharp, President of Toolfarm.

Podcast 3: Live Interviews at the IMUG Media Motion Ball

Interviews Chris & Trish Meyer, Rob Birnholtz from Absolute Motion Graphics, Wes Plate of Automatic Duck, Frank Capria of Xprove, Brian Maffitt of Total Training.

Podcast 4: Interviews from The Promax Digital Cafe at the Empire Ball Room

Exclusive interviews with Carey Dissmore of IMUG, Phil Hodgetts of the Digital Production Buzz Podcast, Barbara Dehart of Telestream, Jason Levine Sr. Worldwide Evangelist of Adobe Systems or something like that... a really long title, and Dan Hatch of ProMax.

There are two ways to listen to the podcasts in iTunes:

Add to iTunes iTunes

Or Launch iTunes and you'll be taken to the podcast page, without subscribing.

If those links do not work for you, you can do it manually.

  1. Copy this link to your clipboard.

  2. Launch iTunes. Go to Advanced > Subscribe to podcast.

  3. Paste the URL and click Okay.

OpenEXR in After Effects CS3: Open Source Plugin Imports/Exports All Channels in Float

This came via The General Specialist:

A free plugin that will let you import, rearrange and use all the available channels in OpenEXR files into After Effects CS3 float project. Brendan Bolles has kindly provided the world with a beta version of a set of four 32 bpc-aware plugins, complete with a sample project and a 49-channel OpenEXR image.

The plug-in is from Fnordware and requires AE CS3.

Adobe Delivers Previews of Pro Video Tools


Early Releases of Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, After Effects CS3 and Soundbooth CS3 Available

By BusinessWire - SAN JOSE, Calif., BUSINESS WIRE - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced free public previews of Adobe Premiere(R) Pro CS3, Adobe After Effects(R) CS3 Professional and Adobe Soundbooth(TM) CS3 software, components of the recently announced Adobe Creative Suite(R) 3 Production Premium. Video and creative professionals now have the opportunity to test these new public previews on Adobe Labs at The final shipping releases will be available worldwide in the third quarter of 2007.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 is a major upgrade to the company's award-winning nonlinear video editing software tool. Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional software is for visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing for film, video, DVD, the web, and mobile devices. Adobe Soundbooth CS3 is a new innovative and intuitive audio software tool for creating and editing audio and fixing common audio flaws using visually-oriented tools. All products support Intel-based Macintosh systems, Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP, and Windows Vista(TM), with the software optimized to deliver outstanding performance on the latest hardware. Adobe After Effects CS3 is also available for Macintosh as a Universal Binary application.

"We've seen tremendous growth and adoption of our professional video, audio and motion graphics tools over the past year and want to offer our customers a taste of what is right around the corner with Production Premium CS3," said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions at Adobe. "These public previews are packed with new features and workflows that will enable new levels of expressiveness and productivity over multiple mediums, and we hope our open approach will help customers kick-start some really innovative new projects."

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium will be demonstrated during the NAB 2007 Conference and Exhibition at The Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, April 16 - 19 (Booth SL 3220).

Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 makes every phase of video production more efficient. Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 now includes Adobe OnLocation(TM) CS3 with Adobe Encore(R) CS3 enabling direct-to-disk recording and monitoring, creating a more efficient workflow from the point of capture to final output. Enabling video professionals to edit creatively and efficiently, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 offers new features that streamline the editorial process. Time remapping allows dramatic slow and fast-motion effects creation. With precise keyframe control, real-time feedback, and excellent quality from advanced frame blending, users can slow things down without compromising quality. Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 with Adobe Encore CS3 includes the ability to author once and deliver to multiple media formats, including high-definition Blu-ray Discs, standard definition DVDs, and web based experiences in the SWF format for playback in the Adobe Flash(R) Player. OnLocation CS3 and Encore CS3 are not included in the public previews, but will be available when the final products ship in summer 2007.

After Effects CS3 Professional now includes a range of innovative new features for animation and visual effects, along with powerful integration with Adobe Photoshop(R) CS3 Extended. The new Shape Layers tool allows flexible drawing and animation of vector shapes with the ability to add and animate strokes, fills, gradients and vector effects. The Puppet Tool provides a new approach to character animation by giving the user the ability to squash and stretch images or text as an animated character.

Adobe Soundbooth CS3 enables creative professionals to quickly record, edit and create pristine audio without requiring training in sound production. Tight integration with Adobe Flash(R) and Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 enables Adobe Soundbooth CS3 users to easily remove noise from recordings, polish voiceovers, and customize music to fit a production.

"Adobe continues to deliver great tools for filmmakers with Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium," said Stu Maschwitz, co-founder and chief technology officer at The Orphanage. "After Effects CS3, Premiere Pro and Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended together pack an integrated punch that's hard to beat."

Pricing and Availability

The public previews of Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, Adobe After Effects Professional CS3 and Soundbooth CS3 are now available as a free download at

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information - anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit

(C) 2007 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Creative Suite, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Soundbooth, OnLocation, Encore, Flash and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Mac, Mac OS and Macintosh are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. Microsoft, Windows, and Vista are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Adobe Systems Incorporated Sandra Nakama,
415-832-4053 or A&R Edelman Cara E. Porchia,

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Trapcode Presents Ken Perlin an Award of Excellence

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Recipient to Receive $10,000 Prize

Stockholm, Sweden, April 20, 2007 - Trapcode, developer of visual effects and motion graphics tools today announced that Peder Norrby of Trapcode is honored to present Ken Perlin the Trapcode Award of Excellence on Monday, April 23, 2007. This reward also includes prize money in the nomination of $10,000. The ceremony will be held at New York University at 7:00 PM in the main lecture hall of the Warren Weaver building.

Trapcode is presenting Ken Perlin the Award of Excellence for his genius algorithm called Perlin Noise that Ken Perlin generously published to the public. This code produces pseudo-random numbers that are very useful in computer graphics for creating clouds, fog, smoke, and organic looking textures and shapes. The code has been incorporated in best-selling Trapcode products Shine, Particular, and the soon to be released product named Trapcode Flux. You can see the effects generated by these software applications in feature films and TV shows such as Matrix Revolutions, The Day After Tomorrow, Sin City and CSI Miami.

Ken Perlin is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at New York University. His research interests include graphics, animation, user interfaces, science education, and multimedia. In January 2004 Perlin was the featured artist at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2002 he received the NYC Mayor's award for excellence in Science and Technology and the Sokol award for outstanding Science faculty at NYU. In 1997 Perlin won an Academy Award for Technical Achievement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his noise and turbulence procedural texturing techniques, which are widely used in feature films and television. In 1991 he received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation.

About Trapcode Trapcode ( is a one-man company founded in 2001 by Peder Norrby. Over the years Trapcode's software tools have become part of the industry standard in motion graphics and visual effects. Trapcode focuses on creating groundbreaking, robust technology that is easy to start using for beginners and has many complex features for advanced users.

Trapcode is a privatley held Aktiebolag (AB) based in Sweden. All sales and support are managed by Red Giant Software (

NAB Wrap-Up: The Show... Well, my show anyway....

Michele at the apple booth, copyright apple inc. 2007 Well, it was a long and wonderful week at NAB. I worked on the show floor at the Apple booth. I had a primo spot on the corner of the massive booth, right in the center of all the traffic. Look, I made!. (Photo courtesy of

At the Apple booth, I demo'd FxPlug Plug-ins for Motion and Final Cut Pro. I was using a lot of beta plug-ins on Motion 3, which is in beta. Oh, boy.... Motion 3! Now this product is something to get excited about! I've always been an After Effects evangelist, but Motion 3 is going to give AE a run for it's money. I don't think it will replace AE by any means, but let's just say that there is a new kid in town who can play previews real-time, intuitive 3D, mind-blowing tracking and matching (using Shake technology) and has an incredible number of plug-ins that are out or coming out soon for it. I have to admit that I've never really given Motion the chance it deserves, but it ROCKS. I admit, I love it. I'm a convert.

I plan to review some of the plug-ins that I demo'd in the next week or so. I am completely impressed with CHV-Electronics plug-ins. They play real-time and are extremely versatile. A lot of the developers stopped by my station throughout the week. I saw a lot of Christoph Vonhrein, of CHV. He demo'd his plug-ins and really was able to show me the cool things that they can do. They do some mind-boggling effects... with real-time previews. These are probably my favorite FxPlug plug-ins. I had so much fun with them.

The Noise Industries FxFactory also impresses me. Noise Industries took the 2007 Videography Vidy Awards at NAB. Yes, they're that good. If you're using Motion or Final Cut Pro, YOU NEED BOTH CHV plug-ins and FxFactory. It takes a lot to impress me... really it does. I'll get some samples up soon. I highly recommend both plug-in developers products. They're inexpensive and fast!

I showed Trapcode FxPlug betas of Shine, Starglow and 3D Stroke and on a beta of Motion 3. They are basically the same plug-in as their AE counterpart. They are CPU accelerated, as opposed to GPU accelerated like most FxPlug plug-ins, so they were running about 8 frames per second for previews on the dual Intel processor I was running (it had 8gb ram and an ATI Radeon 1900 card). Not real-time but pretty fast. They brought lots of oohs and aahs.Trapcode 3D Stroke in FxPlug is a little different than the AE version. There are no paths in FCP, so they have a work around. There are a ton of preset shapes, plus, Sean Safreed from Red Giant told me that the trick is to save an SVG file (vector file) and drop it into the FxPlug folder. It will then show up in the drop down menu. I didn't try this, of course, because I didn't have Illustrator installed, but it sounded pretty straight forward. The Trapcode plug-ins will ship in a month, when Final Cut Studio Ships.

Zaxwerks 3D Flag was running real-time previews in Motion 3 and people were really impressed with it. I've made curtains and clothes hanging on a clothesline with it. It's also inexpensive and has a good track record, so it's a great tool for the old Final Cut Studio arsenal.

On Wednesday morning of the show, Boris Yaminsky of Boris FX comes up to me and was asking me about their Boris Continuum Complete 5.0 FxPlug plug-ins, which I didn't have on my machine. He comes back 10 minutes later with a drive and gives me a personal 20 minute demo of some of their plug-ins. They're really pretty fast and ran well in Motion 3. They were not quite realtime, but ran about 10-12 frames per second in previews. Not too shabby. They have a really nice keyer. I didn't have the full set, only about 20 of the 180 or so plug-ins that will be shipping, but what I saw was very cool stuff indeed.

I showed DV Matte Blast from DvGarage, which Toolfarm doesn't sell, unfortuately. It's very fast... real-time! However, it doesn't have a lot of the bells and whistles of a more robust keyer. It does what it does well, but if you're looking for something with a light wrap, matte choker and so on, the Boris Continuum Complete Keyer was a really nice keyer. It got in nice and tight around hair and fingers on moving footage.

Another plug-in I didn't have was ToonIt! from Digital Anarchy. Marco from DA came over to my booth and installed it and gave me a quick tour and It totally gives the look of those Charles Schwab commercials. It does run really slowly, but it analyzes pixel by pixel so it's doing a lot of work. Also, it's still in beta, as is Motion 3. The look is perfect. They've got that nailed. I was using the ToonIt! Roto plug-in on some Ducati footage from Apple and it was impressive to say the least. Slow, but impressive. If you've tried to create this look on your own, it's not an easy task. I think ToonIt! is going to do very well in the plug-in marketplace.

Also, Marco from DA gave me a behind the scenes look at the Quartz Compositor and programming that goes into Plasma FX. That was really interesting. I had no idea what goes into the programming of plug-ins. I also had DA Plasma FX on my box, but unfortunately there was an old build installed, not to mention a beta of Motion 3 and things were not working as well as I would've liked.

The CHV, Noise Industries plug-ins and Zaxwerks 3D Flag are available now. The Boris, Red Giant, Trapcode, and Digital Anarchy plug-ins are shipping in a month or so.

Final Cut Server also took a few awards - Television Broadcast Top Innovation Award, Television Broadcast Top Innovation Award and the DV Black Diamond Award. I was so surprised to find out how many people are migrating from their Avids and are going to get Final Cut Server in their post houses.

They didn't show Shake there and several people asked me if Shake was EOL. Word on the street is that in 2008 a new version of Shake is going to blow all of our minds. Hold tight on that one.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended also won a Television Broadcast Top Innovation Award and a 2007 Videography Vidy Award and Adobe Soundbooth CS3 took a DV Black Diamond Award. Unfortunately, I didn't get to check out much of the Adobe stuff. I was at the Apple booth for the entire show. I did manage to see an hour long demo of the new features in AE CS3 and saw some great new features. The vanishing point feature looks really swell. The Beta of AE CS3 is now available here.

No, I didn't see the RED Camera, but there was so much buzz surrounding it. Everybody wants some.

I'll get some photos of the show, the parties and the people I met up this week. Our Podcast guys, Keith and Alan, did a knockout job and got interviews with Chris and Trish Meyer, Brian Maffitt, and so many other well known people in our little industry. They did the interviews at parties in the evening so everyone is relaxed and having fun. Keith played the Chris and Trish Meyer interview at the airport and it's a hoot. That Trish really dished it to Alan. I expect them to be up by Monday, after we've all had a chance to recover. Keith and Alan and I all flew out at 1am on the red eye last night. Alan and I were actually on the same flight. Anyway, I am totally looking forward to these podcasts from NAB.

See our NAB Photo Gallery!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Apple unveils Final Cut Studio 2 and Server

NAB, Las Vegas - Apple unveiled Final Cut Studio 2, a significant upgrade to its industry leading video production suite which includes Final Cut Pro 6, Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2, Compressor 3, DVD Studio Pro 4, and Color — a brand-new application for professional color grading.

Final Cut Server is a new server application designed to work seamlessly with Final Cut Studio 2 to provide media asset management and workflow.

We will have upgrade pricing details in a few days.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

NAB Update #1

I'm at the airport on my way to Vegas. I've chatted with several people who got there this weekend. I thought I'd share some NAB from my friend and fellow co-founder of WMAEUG, Matt Schirado:

I'm typing from the Las Vegas Convention Center, with a handy free WiFi site, and I'm dying to get into the exhibit space, but those pesky armed guards are keeping me out. I said "Hi" to Richard Harrington, editor of After Effects @ Work, which Michele (Yamazaki) contributed a chapter. He's one of the main presenters and organizers for the education track at NAB.

The hard-core training info begins tomorrow, and I'm going to miss the Apple Event and Avid's announcements on Sunday. No one's leaking information today.

Also seems that I could walk into a few of the Post Production World classes, and no one would notice. Only one security guard and the mail hall entrance, so it's like running from one movie theater to another. No one's checking.

I had no idea Matt was such a rebel! He also discussed the Keynote from Steve Rosenblum, the Blood Diamond Editor.

Good luck to all of you trying to leave the East Coast today. Looks like some nasty weather. Godspeed.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Trapcode announcements

trapcodePeder Norrby will be demoing Trapcode Flux in Red Giant's booth SL 3827 (next to Adobe). All demos in Red Giants Booth SL 3227, in the Plug-in Pavillion, next to Adobe.

Mon 16 April - 1pm
Tues 17 April - 11am (following Stu's demo of Magic Bullet 3 at 10am)
Wed 18 April - 1pm

Peder says: "Trapcode Flux is a work-in-progress so any suggestions are welcome after the demos. The basic functionality is to create fluid, smoke, organic and also geometric mezmerizingly moving 3D patterns that can easily be integrated with other graphics." Sounds awesome, doesn't it!

Also, Trapcode demos on new hosts! Shine, 3D Stroke and Starglow will now work in other apps, plus they'll work in float when used AE! Demos include Apple Final Cut Pro and Apple Motion. Mon-Thursday daily at 3pm. Also, I'll be demoing FxPlug at the Apple Booth and some of these Trapcode plug-ins are on my list.

Also, Universal Binary builds of all Trapcode Plugs are coming soon.

If you can't be at the show, don't worry, Toolfarm will get all of the info to you, whether it's by news blog or by Podcast, we've got our finger on the pulse at NAB.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

New Masking Tool from RE:Vision Effects to be shown at NAB

Pete Litwinowicz sent this little teaser to the AE-List today. RE:Vision Effects will be putting out a new plug-in for AE but he didn't divulge the name. Any guesses? I'm guessing RE:Masker.

The features:

  • Variable edge feathering using a second spline that controls the feather amount (the distance between the original mask and the feather mask controls the feather amount).
  • Uses AE's masks, so there is no new interface to learn
  • Better motion blur: this plugin will have the ability to use the motion
    blur found in ReelSmart Motion Blur to blur the mask instead of AE's multiple-time sampling method. Note that this plugin uses the shutter angle and phase settings found in AE's advanced composition settings to perform the RSMB-style motion blur

Price: To be determined
Availability: To be determined, but the official answer is "soon". :-)
Compatibility: AE 6.5 or later

See it at booth SL3827A at NAB in Las Vegas next week.

RE:Vision Effects Effections bundle for Autodesk's Sparks systems

re:vision effects logoRE:Vision Effects announces the immediate availability of new Effections, a specially-priced bundle collection, for Autodesk's Sparks systems: Flint, Flame, Fire, Inferno, Smoke and Burn. The bundle includes ReelSmart Motion Blur Pro, which automatically tracks every pixel in a sequence and blurs based on calculated motion; Twixtor Pro, which intelligently slows down, speeds up and frame rate converts image sequences; and RE:Flex, which allows users to create visually stunning morphs and warps with an easy-to-use interface.

Digital Film Tools AVX Plug-ins are now Universal

DFTMac UniversalDigital Film Tools has updated their AVX plug-ins to run natively on Intel-based Macs.

Digital Anarchy ToonIt!

Jim Tierney of Digital Anarchy Posted the following message to the AE-List:

Digital Anarchy are introducing a new plug-in at NAB called ToonIt!. As you might expect, it gives video various types of 'cartoon' looks, along with different edge styles (or Pen&Ink mode, which is just outlines). The plug-in does an excellent job of maintaining the fidelity of lines and color regions overtime, which is the usual downfall of most of the products that attempt to create toon-looks.

I think they've really caught the Waking Life look in the first example. Digital Anarchy will be at booth #SL3827E at NAB and showing ToonIt!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Red Giant Software Announces Magic Bullet 3; Stu Maschwitz to Demo at NAB

Other new releases include Primatte Keyer Pro 4 and Instant HD Pro

Matt Armstrong, Via Red Giant Software, developer of professional digital video tools, today announced new products that the company will unveil at NAB in Las Vegas from April 16-19, 2007. The product line up includes a new line of Magic BulletTM products, a new Trapcode product codenamed Flux, Instant HD Pro, Primatte Keyer Pro 4, and updates to the popular Trapcode motion graphic plug-ins.

Stu Maschwitz, creator of Magic Bullet and Sin City Visual Effects Supervisor, will unveil the all new Magic Bullet 3 during two demos at NAB in Las Vegas, NV. To watch Maschwitz's presentation of Magic Bullet 3, visit Red Giant Software in the South Hall SL3827G and SL3827H on Tuesday, April 17 at 10 am or Wednesday, April 18 at 2 pm. Following Tuesday's presentation, Peder Norrby of Trapcode will preview Trapcode Flux.

Magic Bullet 3
The Magic Bullet line now includes three individual products: Magic Bullet LooksTM, Magic Bullet FramesTM, and Magic Bullet Colorista.TM Magic Bullet Suite is a collection of these tools and also includes Instant HD.

- Magic Bullet Looks lets users define the style of their video or film with powerful imaging tools in After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro, and Avid. The new user interface makes it much easier to create Looks and has 32 tools for doing everything from simple exposure adjustment to radical color changes.

Magic Bullet Looks is also a stand-alone design application - giving users the finishing power and on-set creation in one package. Users can take Magic Bullet Looks on set to create looks or presets during production. The presets are portable and load into any of the hosts so the same Looks can be finished in an editorial suite. It's no longer necessary to have a pricey finishing system. Magic Bullet Looks provides hundreds of options with one click.
  • Magic Bullet Frames offers fast and high-quality conversion of 60i materials to 24p or just de-interlacing of video in After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Avid, Premiere Pro, and Avid.
  • Magic Bullet Colorista is the same exciting color correction tool that Red Giant launched in 2006. New support will be available for After Effects CS3 Professional, Premiere Pro CS3, and the new Final Cut Studio. Also there will be updates for Mac Intel across the board.

Trapcode Flux is the groundbreaking new concept for a particle system. With Flux, users can produce beautiful fluid, flowing organic shapes, and other mesmerizing geometric moving 3D patterns. Flux will include numerous customizable presets and plenty of parameters for advanced users who want to create their own unique looks to stun their clients. Flux is scheduled for release this summer and pricing will be announced at that time.

Red Giant is also offering the popular Trapcode plug-ins for visual effects and motion graphics in the major editing applications. In May 2007, Trapcode Shine, Starglow, and 3D Stroke will be available for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Avid, and Premiere Pro. Trapcode Shine, Starglow, and 3D Stroke will also be updated to include 32-bit float support for all hosts.

Instant HD Pro
Instant HD Pro delivers the highest possible quality conversion and includes an advanced tool set that offers de-interlacing, de-noising, sharpening, re-graining, advanced pan and scan, and the industry's first super-resolution algorithm for editors. In addition, the original Instant HD now features handling of interlaced and progressive sources for greater flexibility.

Primatte Keyer Pro 4
Primatte Keyer Pro 4 brings new levels of power and speed across After Effects, Avid, and for the first time Premiere Pro. New features include easy-to-use Auto setup which makes creating an almost perfect key with one click. De-artificating, the entire Primatte library, and the Key Correct Light Warp feature in Primatte Keyer 4 will all be accelerated for the GPU for up to 10 times faster results. This combination makes bluescreen keying easy and fast and best of all it works right on the timeline.

Pricing and Availability

  • Magic Bullet Looks will be available this summer for $399 USD. Upgrades from Magic Bullet Editors will be available for $99 USD.
  • Magic Bullet Frames will be available this summer for $199 USD.
  • Magic Bullet Colorista is currently available for $199 USD. A Mac Intel update for new application hosts will be available this summer. This will be a free upgrade for existing customers.
  • Magic Bullet Suite will be available this summer for $799 USD. Upgrades from any prior version of Magic Bullet Suite will be $199 USD.
  • New versions of Trapcode Shine, Starglow, and 3D Stroke will be sold separately in May 2007 for $99 USD each. Users will be able to upgrade to the new versions of Shine, Starglow, and 3D Stroke that works in any host plus After Effects.
  • Instant HD Pro will be available this summer for $399 USD.
  • Primatte Keyer Pro 4 will be available this summer for $499 USD. Upgrades will be available from any previous version for $199.

And you'll be able to get them all at Toolfarm! We will keep you posted.

After Effects CS3: More memory and multiprocessing!

The Genesis Project blog talks about the multiprocessing preference in AE CS3.

Adobe CS3 FAQ and Product Matrix

Check out the Adobe Creative Suite 3 FAQ and Adobe Product Matrix. We're hoping to clear up any confusion you may have on the new Adobe products.

If there is something that isn't covered here, but you'd like to know, please email me or post the question to our Expert Forums.

Plugged-In: The Digital Landscape Episode 1 is available

As they say, hindsight is 20/20. Keith Larsen and Alan Spaulding finished this incredible podcast and I *launched* it on Tuesday... or shall I say thought I was launching it. After encountering issue after issue with the feed and iTunes, I've gotten it all sorted out, and become an expert at putting a podcast on iTunes at the same time!

Allright, I've teased you enough over the past few days, dangling the podcast carrot right in front of your nose. If you were not able to listen, everything is working right and it's ready to go. Crunch that carrot.

Without further ado, Plugged-In: The Digital Landscape - Epidsode 1

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

wondertouch Releases Universal Binary Version of particleIllusion 3.0 for OS X

wondertouchSt. Louis - April 10, 2007 - wondertouch(TM), a leading software developer of high performance particle effects creation tools, is pleased to announce the availability of a Universal Binary version of particleIllusion 3.0 for Mac OS X, its award-winning particle effects application.

universalparticleIllusion 3.0.5 is a free update that runs natively on both Intel- and Power PC-based Mac computers. In addition to running full-speed on the new generation of Intel(R) Mac computers, particleIllusion 3.0.5 contains numerous bug fixes and has been optimized; it delivers a 10- to-20 percent speed improvement over version 3.0.4 on Power PC Macs.

In this release wondertouch has also updated pIllusionRender, the standalone renderer included with particleIllusion 3.0, to support batch rendering - functionality that has already been available to users on the Windows platform. pIllusionRender is now a Universal Binary as well.

Pricing and Availability

particleIllusion 3.0.5 for OS X is available immediately. Owners of particleIllusion 3.0 can download a free update to version 3.0.5 from the wondertouch website,

Boris FX Announces Boris Continuum Complete 5.0

borisBoris Continuum Complete 5.0 adds full support for Apple Final Cut Studio FXPlug architecture, advanced image scaling and format conversion, and new OGL accelerated filters

fxplug  intelMarlborough MA - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, has announced Boris Continuum Complete version 5.0 (BCC 5.0). BCC is a comprehensive suite of native filters and transitions designed for Adobe", Apple", Autodesk, and Avid" non linear editing and compositing systems.

BCC 5.0 expands production flexibility of BCC by offering Universal binary support for all host applications running on the Macintosh platform including Adobe Creative Suite 3.0. The BCC 5.0 release also offers full native support for the new Apple FXPlug and Avid AVX 2.0 on Intel-based Macintosh computers. In addition to expanding host support and optimizing performance across platforms, the 180 plus BCC 5.0 filter set breaks the record by introducing new innovative and accelerated filters for fast effects production and image manipulation. Comprehensive pan and scan controls, superior up rez conversions, integrated motion tracking for video editors, and accelerated Open GL effects make BCC 5.0 one of the most robust compositing tools on the market today.

"All BCC iterations since BCC version 1.0 for After Effects have been essential parts of my compositing toolbox. Key features like BCC's use of AE masks lets the effects go just where it's needed," comments Kurt Wiley, FX/animation specialist. "Aside from the new styling looks, BCC 5.0 control over AE up rezes improves magnification and line definition – ideal for the multiple formats we deal with on a near daily basis."

Attendees to the NAB 2007 Exhibition can see Boris Continuum Complete 5.0 on stand SL 10520.

Boris Continuum Complete 5.0 Feature Highlights

Precise Pan and Zoom Techniques BCC Pan and Zoom: Known as Ken Burns effect (panning and zooming large still image or photograph); the new BCC Pan and Zoom filter offers on screen controls, convenient preview modes, and advanced image filtering algorithms for precise image motion and scaling. Users can also import external files.

High Quality SD to HD Media Conversions BCC UpRez: Ideal for working with multiple SD and HD formats in the same project; BCC UpRez quickly converts SD to HD with optimal image quality.

Motion Tracking within your Video Editor BCC MatchMove brings award winning Boris RED motion tracking within the video editor. BCC MatchMove locks the movement of one image clip to another. Users can alter the moving image with the Boris DVE.

New BCC 5.0 OGL Accelerated Filters BCC LED enables artists to make a clip appear as though it was constructed out of an array of blinking or solid LED lights. The new BCC Prism filter simulates the photographic effect of chromatic aberration; similar to a bad lens that creates color fringing along edges of contrast within the image. BCC Scan Lines generates rolling RGB scan lines over the image clip; emulating the effect of a computer monitor that is shot on video tape or film. BCC DamagedTV emulates the appearance of a CRT style television set that is receiving a bad signal or is in need of repair. BCC Noise Map generates procedural auto-animated image clips that can be used as backdrops or as a mask track input for other image clips. The new BCC Turbulence generates auto-animated gel-like distortion fields in an image clip utilizing the input from the built-in noise map and turbulence controls. The BCC Color Choker filter allows users to easily posterize and blur the colors in an image clip. Colors can be attenuated or remapped individually or as an RGB group.

"BCC is an exceptional filter set and certainly one of the fan favorites among our customers. With BCC version 5.0 we have ensured that our users get maximum productivity whether they are using the new Intel-based architectures or a legacy application from previous years," comments Boris Yamnitsky, founder and president, Boris FX. "And as with every Boris release, we have pushed the envelope and introduced some of the most innovative effects creation filters on the market today. We look forward to the Boris community creating their incredible pieces and packages with BCC 5.0."

Pricing and Availability Boris Continuum Complete 5.0 is available at Q2 2007.

  • BCC FXPlug for Apple Final Cut Pro; $795.00 MSRP
  • BCC for Adobe and compatible hosts ; $795.00 MSRP
  • BCC AVX for Avid Xpress Pro; $795.00 MSRP
  • BCC AVX for Avid Composer and Symphony; $1995.00 MSRP

Existing Boris Continuum Complete owners can upgrade to Boris Continuum Complete 5.0 for $249.00.

Customers who purchased or upgraded to BCC 4.0 after April 1, 2007 will receive BCC5 upgrade free of charge.

For more information, please visit Boris FX at NAB 2007 on stand SL 10520 or their web site at Please contact Janice Dolan at for BCC 5.0 imagery.

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 125,000 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", Canopus", Discreet", Eyeon", in-sync", Incite", Leitch", Matrox", Media 100", Sony Pictures Digital", and Ulead". For more information, visit

New Digital Tutors Training Products

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  • Digital Tutor Urban Environment Creation in Maya - Learn a production workflow to creating urban environments and time-saving modeling, texturing, and UV mapping techniques that can be used for Film, Games, and Architectural Visualizations. Contains over 6 hours of project-based training. Great for intermediate artists.
  • Digital Tutors mental ray Rendering Techniques: Interiors - Learn a production workflow to rendering interior sets and time-saving mental ray techniques that can be used for Film, Games, and Architectural Visualizations. Contains 4 hours of project-based training - Great for intermediate artists.
  • Digital Tutors Introduction to Mudbox - Easily learn Mudbox and an array of time-saving modeling and sculpting techniques that are being used for Film and Games. Contains over 3.5 hours of project-based training. Great for new and beginning artists.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Free Comp from LME! LME Fantastic Lux Light Configurations

LME logoThis is not a repeat! Last week's project was for After Effects with no third-party plug-ins. This one is specifically for Trapcode Lux.

LME has graciously provided a freebie that is an extra bonus file from each of their sets of beautiful comp files. These are Toolfarm exclusives and we'll be posting one per week until they're gone. Here is the sixth in the series... sorry, I've lost count! This sample is not included in the LME Fantastic Lux Light Configurations.LME logoCheck out all of the previous LME Freebies. Scroll down to see them all.

Friday, April 06, 2007

After Effects CS3 Scripting Guide


Take a peek at the After Effects CS3 Scripting Guide.

This guide is for users who manage a graphics pipeline (which may include other scriptable applications as well) and who want to write scripts to add custom capabilities to After Effects.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Magic Bullet's New Look: A sneak peek

mb suite boxYes, it appears that our news blog has become Red Giant and Boris central lately, but, hey, I go where the news is, you know.

Stu Maschewicz talks about the awesomeness of the new Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite in his ProLost Blog. I saw it in February, and I can attest, it's a totally sick piece of software, and that's sick in a great way.

Rather than a regular plug-in with a ton of sliders, Magic Bullet Looks features a standalone application with its own UI. Called Looks Builder, this application is launched when you apply the Look Suite 3 plug-in in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Avid, or Motion. Within Looks Builder, you build and edit looks using Look Tools; modular mini-effects for things like bleach bypass, gradient filters, and film stock simulation. All of these tools work in realtime and can be tweaked and edited in context. All processing is done in floating-point color. With over 30 Look Tools to assemble however you like, you can create an infinite variety of Looks.

Check out Magic Bullet Suite in our Plug-in Finder. Of course, you can check out the new Magic Bullet at NAB. There's so much to see at NAB this year, isn't there!yes

First Look: Photoshop CS3 Extended by Dave Nagel

photoshopDave Nagel at DMN gives a nice peek at Photoshop CS3 Extended, which I can't deny, I am very excited to get my little fingers.

Preorder Photoshop CS3 Extended now!

Boris Red and BCC AVX Support Avid on Intel-based Macs

mac universalBoris Red 4.1.3 and Boris Continuum Complete AVX 4.2.2 are now available as Universal Binary AVX plug-ins for Avid Media Composer 2.7 and Avid Xpress Pro 5.7. Boris Red and Boris Continuum Complete AVX take full advantage of the improved OpenGL graphics hardware available in the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro models, setting a new standard in performance and features.

Red 4.x customers who are upgrading Avid systems to the Intel Mac platform may download a free update from the Boris FX web site. Older versions of Red may be upgraded for $295.

BCC AVX 4.2.2 is included with the Avid Media Composer 2.7 Upgrade. BCC AVX 4.x customers who are upgrading to Xpress Pro 5.7 may upgrade to BCC AVX 4.2.2 for $50. Xpress Pro customers may upgrade older versions of BCC AVX for $249

Red is available for $995. BCC AVX is available starting at $795 for Avid Xpress Pro systems. See all Boris plug-ins for Avid.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Boris FX Introduces Boris Blue Version 2

boris logoBoris Blue version 2 adds Avid AVX plug-in support, additional features for composing effects in 3D, and innovative new deformers and filters

Boris FX has announced Boris Blue 2. Boris Blue is a realtime motion graphics application. With the release of version 2, Boris Blue now offers an AVX plug-in option, enabling Avid editors to create sophisticated titles, transitions, and other 3D elements right in the Avid timeline. The interactive design experience is fueled by high performance NVIDIA hardware for realtime effects creation.

NAB2007 attendees can see Boris Blue at booth SL10520.

"We are very excited about bringing an OpenGL hardware rendering solution to Avid editors via Avid's AVX RT plug-in interface. For the first time, Avid editors will be able to edit extruded text and imported 3D models right inside the Avid timeline - without having to render in another application. The RT architecture of AVX 2.0 has proven to be an excellent platform for Boris Blue real time performance," comments Boris Yamnitsky, founder and president, Boris FX.

Boris Blue Version 2 Highlights

  • Avid Plug-in Integration for Windows XP Avids; With Blue, Avid users now have access to unique features such as a sophisticated realtime particle engine and the ability to create effects using 3D models in the Avid timeline. AVX plug-in integration eliminates export/import of projects - simplifying online/offline workflow. Additionally, Blue effects can now be saved into Avid bins for re-use.
  • Improved 3D Interactors for Objects, Cameras, Lights and Split Views; Simultaneously display and work with multiple perspectives of the 3D Scene in the Composite Window. This new enhancement makes it faster and easier to create sophisticated 3D scenes and animations.
  • 3D Camera Improvements; New functionality gives you the ability to have a camera automatically stay focused on a particular object or point in the scene while animating through 3D space as well as the ability to animate a camera along a bezier spline-based motion path.
  • New 3D Deformers and Image Processors; The expanded effects palette includes Curl and Shatter as well as Glow and Film Process. Accelerated filters such as Lens Flare and Glint expand the range of looks and effects.

Pricing and Availability

Boris Blue 2 will be available in mid-April for $995 US. Boris Red owners can add Boris Blue 2 for $295 US.

Review: Magic Bullet Colorista from Red Giant

magic bullet colorista logoJeremy Hanke reviews Red Giant's Magic Bullet Colorista and give it a 9.3 out of 10. This is a terrific review. Jeremy is the editor of Microfilmmaker Magaine and always gives a great terrific unbiased review.

Boris FX and Red Giant Magic Bullet Colorista Reviews

Last night I was reading through the April 2007 issue of Videomaker and they give great reviews to both Boris FX and Magic Bullet Colorista.

Update: The Boris FX Review is here.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Training Video: Getting Started with Key Correct Pro

yeskey correct pro logoRed Giant's Key Correct Pro is a great tool for keying that works in After Effects. John Dickinson has completed an 18 minute training video called Getting Started with Key Correct Pro. The graphics in the training video look really great and I guarantee you'll learn a lot about keying, even if you're not currently using Key Correct Pro. After seeing this video, you'll WANT Key Correct Pro.

Imagineer Systems Showcases Family of Sophisticated VFX Design Tools at NAB 2007

imagineer motormotor Makes Industry Debut at NAB; New Versions of monet and mokey Emphasize Value to the VFX Workflow

DMN Newswire--2007-4-3-- Imagineer Systems (, creators of next-generation VFX tools, announced today that motor - its recently announced dedicated rotoscoping tool - will make its industry debut at NAB 2007 in Las Vegas later this month. In its booth #SL729, Imagineer Systems will demonstrate to NAB attendees motor's unique approach to rotoscoping for fast, high quality matte production for commercial, film and corporate video production. motor is built on Imagineer's industry-unique 2.5D planar tracking and spline technology - an advanced design technology previously only afforded to high-end visual effects design tools.

Imagineer Systems will also demonstrate for NAB 2007 attendees the latest versions of its industry-popular VFX tools, monet and mokey. With such blockbuster credits as Casino Royale, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Harry Potter series, monet and mokey are securing positions among Hollywood's elite visual effects artists as highly-valuable solutions that provide significant creative freedom to their VFX workflow.

"NAB 2007 is our opportunity to meet with our customers from around the world and share with them in person all the exciting new developments from Imagineer," said Allan Jaenicke, chief executive officer of Imagineer Systems. "We're taking great strides to leverage the innovative VFX technologies that have become the signature of Imagineer and extend those capabilities to more accessible, affordable VFX tools for all our customers. We're here at NAB 2007 to demonstrate the value we're contributing to the VFX workflow."

Thomas Tannenberger, visual effects supervisor of Gradient Effects (, an independent visual effects company in Venice, CA specializing in feature film effects creation and post-production, is an avid user of Imagineer Systems solutions, and recently has embraced motor as his rotoscoping tool of choice. Tannenberger had this to say about motor:

"motor is the kind of [visual effects] tool that makes you scratch your head and wonder how you ever did without it!" resolution, the finishing division of Santa Monica-based Union Editorial, has transformed its visual effects workflow with Imagineer Systems' monet. Commenting on the impact Imagineer Systems has had on its high profile client work, visual effects supervisor Todd Iorio had this to say:

"monet has really impacted our workflow. Extensive tracking that used to tie up a high-end compositing suite can now be done much more cost effectively and with greatly improved results. Imagineer Systems' products add a lot of value to our visual effects pipeline. Our ability to offload roto, rig removal, tracking, all in a unified user interface, allows us to deliver a significantly better product to our clients."

What's New at NAB 2007
Product specialists from Imagineer Systems will be available to NAB 2007 attendees to demonstrate key new features of its family of next-generation visual effects tools, including:


  • Dedicated Rotoscope Software: motor is a dedicated rotoscope application with sophisticated Spline tools not available in traditional compositing applications. motor is designed exclusively for rotoscoping.
  • Tracking: The planar tracker in motor is an advanced tracking algorithm rooted in Imagineer's high-end compositing and removal software.
  • Accelerated Rotoscope: motor enables users to rotoscope footage three to four times faster than with traditional tools. Unique integration between the tracker and rotoscope capabilities yields higher quality matte production with stunning details in significantly less time. This streamlined, accelerated workflow translates to high efficiency and cost savings in an increasingly competitive and time constrained environment for designers.
  • Broad Compatibility: motor complements users' existing investments in post production hardware and software with seamless compatibility with industry-popular design platforms such as Autodesk discreet, Avid DS, Adobe After Effects, Quantel generationQ, and Apple Shake.

Imagineer Systems will also be demonstrating new advancements with its flagship VFX solutions, including monet and mokey.

monet is an advanced VFX toolset for inserting 2D elements into moving footage. Its renowned Planar Tracker and AdjustTrack toolset provides VFX artists with the industry's most sophisticated 2D tracking capability. monet generates numerous elements, such as inserts, shadow and highlight passes, for compositing and complements well existing compositing, editing and film restoration solutions

mokey is Imagineer Systems' advanced wire and rig removal toolset for VFX artists. mokey generates numerous elements, such as patches, background and stabilization passes and also complements existing compositing, editing and film restoration solutions.

About Imagineer Systems
Imagineer Systems Ltd innovates and markets next-generation visual effects solutions for film, video and broadcast post production and have made their mark on such marquis Hollywood blockbuster productions as Casino Royale, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter. Imagineer's product line consist of monet - placement station, mokey - removal station, motor - roto station, mofex - plug-in for Shake and moxel - standards station. Imagineer Systems was founded in 2000 and its headquarters is located in Guildford, United Kingdom. For more information visit

Automatic Duck Launches Pro Import AE 4.0 For After Effects Users At Nab 2007

automatic duck logoPro Import AE 4.0 Touts After Effects CS3 and MacIntel Compatibility, Support for Popular New FX Plug-Ins; Advanced Interface Offers Multiple New Import Options

SEATTLE, WA (April 3 2007) - Automatic Duck (, the creators of Timeline Integration Engine software for digital media artists, today announced it will debut Pro Import AE 4.0 at NAB 2007 this month in Las Vegas. Pro Import AE 4.0 represents a major upgrade to Automatic Duck's signature timeline translation tool for Adobe After Effects artists and has been developed with significant input and feedback from the Company's extensive user base.

With the launch of Pro Import AE 4.0, Automatic Duck is addressing a number of new developments impacting users, including the recent launch of Adobe Creative Suite 3, the industry shift to Intel-based Mac systems and the need for improved support for HDV, DVCProHD and XDCAM formats for Final Cut Pro users. Also added are improvements to Motion project import, with Particle and Replicator layers now coming in to After Effects. In a major improvement, Multiclips from Final Cut Pro are now supported and Avid Timewarp effects are now converted to Time Remapping and Dip to Color transitions also translate.

Additionally, Pro Import AE 4.0 introduces an advanced new user interface that offers users a number of powerful, streamlining capabilities including the option for layers to "step up" or "step down" in the After Effects timeline, an option to use Avid rendered media in After Effects and an option to pre-comp layers based on the tracks from the NLE.

"Pro Import AE is one of Automatic Duck's most popular and impassioned tools with a tremendous following in the After Effects community. We've taken great strides to tap into this community to understand their needs as the tools and technologies they rely on everyday continue to evolve so rapidly," said Wes Plate, president of Automatic Duck. "Pro Import AE 4.0 covers a lot of ground... from FCP Multiclip support to Avid render media support to an innovative new user interface designed to make the workflow that much more powerful yet fluent and effortless. NAB 2007 is the perfect forum for our customers to see first-hand the improvements we've made."

Pro Import AE 4.0 touts several new enhancements including:

  • FA new advanced interface that offers many new import options:
    • or layers to "step up" or "step down" in the After Effects timeline
    • To override the composition setting of the new comp
    • To use Avid rendered media in After Effects
    • To precomp layers based on the tracks from the NLE
  • After Effects Creative Suite 3 compatibility;
  • Universal Binary, native on both PowerPC and Intel Macs (and Windows);
  • Support for Final Cut Pro multiclips;
  • Support for displaying Motion particles and replicators in After Effects;
  • Translation of Red Giant Software's Colorista plug-in from Final Cut Pro to After Effects;
  • Support for Avid Advanced Keyframes in picture-in-picture and 3D Warp;
  • Support for Avid Timewarps;
  • Support for Dip-to-Color transitions;
  • Support for Final Cut Pro Basic 3D effect;
  • Support for Video Strobe effects;
  • Improved support for HDV, DVCProHD and XDCAM for Final Cut Pro users

Development on Pro Import AE 4.0 will be continuous until it is generally available this summer. Additional new features added will be announced at that time.

Pricing and Availability
Pro Import AE 4.0 will be available in the Summer of 2007 and will be priced at $495. Users who purchased new licenses or upgrades to Pro Import AE 3.0 on or after April 2, 2007 will be offered a limited chance to upgrade to version 4.0 at no charge when it is generally available. Users of Pro Import AE 3.0 who purchased before April 2, 2007, as well as users of older After Effects import plug-ins, will be able to upgrade for $195 per license.

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

Genarts To Show Latest Sapphire Plug-Ins At Nab 2007

genarts sapphireCompany to demonstrate new effects for Autodesk Systems and other host platforms in booth SL2829

Cambridge, MA. April 3, 2007 - GenArts, Inc., a leading provider of digital visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industries, will be featuring its expanded range of plug-ins at NAB 2007 in booth SL2829, a larger redesigned exhibit space.

Visitors to the GenArts booth will get a first glimpse of Sapphire Plug-ins 4 for Autodesk Compositing & Editing Systems, slated to be released later in Q2. The new version 4 features over 40 new effects, as well as many enhancements and new parameters for existing effects in the package.

GenArts will also be giving hands-on demonstrations of the latest Sapphire Plug-ins releases on a number of host platforms including: Avid AVX Products, Apple Final Cut Pro and Shake, Autodesk Combustion, and Eyeon Fusion. The latest version for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, with support for Intel Macs, will be shown on Adobe's new Creative Suite 3.

The recent Sapphire 2.05 upgrade for Avid products adds Universal support for Intel-based Macs to the previously released version 2, which includes 46 new effects and many functionality improvements. Visit for a customer profile on Turner Studios, who are using Sapphire 2 on their 40+ Avid systems for cutting-edge promo work.

Additionally at NAB, GenArts will showcase their first educational book, Sapphire Plug-ins 2 for Avid: A Guide to Creating Visual Effects, which provides users with a comprehensive training guide on the latest effects package. The book and companion DVD offer a thorough analysis of the more popular Sapphire effects, and suggest ways to work with them in multi-layered, advanced techniques.

Steve Kilisky's Blog mentions TF and Wonder Pets Interview

Check out the latest blog post of Steve Kilisky, Sr. Product Manager for Adobe After Effects. Steve presented AE CS3 at AENY last week and talks about who he met, including friend of TF, Jim Geduldick. I interviewed Jim in March about his work on The Wonder Pets!, a children's show that airs on Nick Jr./Noggin. It's the most adorible thing I've ever seen.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Zaxwerks New Warp filters tour

yesAlan Shisko demos the new Zaxwerks plug-ins 3D Layer Warp. He gives a general tour of how it works. I need it! It looks so cool! He points out the good points and the problem points of the plug-in, so it's an unbiased opinion, which is great to hear. Alan has a really good delivery. I sat next to Alan at the Media Motion Ball last year. He's a really nice guy.

Watch the Zaxwerks 3D Layer and 3D Grid Warp tour (Quicktime). I'm guessing that they'll be available in a couple of weeks at NAB.

Free Comp from LME! LME Fantastic After Effects Light Configurations

LME logoLME has graciously provided a freebie that is an extra bonus file from each of their sets of beautiful comp files. These are Toolfarm exclusives and we'll be posting one per week until they're gone. Here is the fifth or sixty in the series... sorry, I've lost count! This sample is not included in the LME Fantastic After Effects Light Configurations.LME logo

If you didn't catch last weeks freebie, Free Comp from LME! Trapcode Echospace Preset, and previuosly LME Preset for Trapcode Particular, or the one from the week before, LME Amazing Video Walls and Displays, check em out now!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

DigiEffects Sale starts Monday!

From Monday April 2 through Friday April 6, 2007, save 50% off the retail price of the following DigiEffects products and bundles.

Upgrades are not included in the sale, only full versions.