Wednesday, May 30, 2007

SmartSound Sonicfire Pro Updated to 4.5, New Network Edition

sonicfireSmartSound Sonicfire Pro has been updated to v 4.5. New features include

Smart Recall - Another industry breakthrough from SmartSound! Smart Recall makes it incredibly easy to make quick changes to the length, arrangement and instrument mix of SmartSound .WAV and .AIF music files. This capability is impossible with any other music library solution...yet another reason to make SmartSound your first choice for awesome royalty-free music.

Maestro Tempo Display -Not only will the Maestro help you quickly find the best track to drive your visuals, but it will also tell you the basic editing lengths to keep your visuals in sync with the beat of the music

SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 4.5 - Network Edition includes:

Smart Recall - Get Smart Recall and all features included with Standard Edition.

Network Support - Connect all editors on your network to a centralized music library and experience the most productive and creative music library solution.

Express Track - The new Express Track feature that comes with Sonicfire Pro 4.5 Network Edition is a powerful search engine that includes the power of SmartSound customization for mind-blowing music results.

Pick your own length - Instead of the limited set of broadcast lengths offered by the typical library, Express Track lets you specify any length you need.

Select a variation - Express Track always gives you a list of musical arrangements that fit within the length you've specified.

Select a Mood - Since SmartSound's Multi-Layer Music sees all of the instruments separately, you can select a preset Mood which adjusts the instrument mix to give you a different feel from the same song. You can also manually eliminate an instrument that is not working right in your scene.

New Stuff from Total Training

total trainingTotal Training for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium Bundle - In this complete collection of Adobe software training presented by industry experts and authors, you will find the resources you need to advance your skills in Dreamweaver CS3, Flash CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, InDesign CS3 and Acrobat 8 Professional. This action packed series includes 11 DVDs, which you can easily reference in the future with the detailed Course Outline.

Total Training for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium Bundle - Peering over the shoulder of our presenters who are industry experts and noted authors, you will find the resources you need to advance your skills in Dreamweaver CS3, Flash CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, and Acrobat 8 Professional. This action packed series includes nine DVDs which you can easily reference in the future with the detailed Course Outline.

Noise Industries Partners Roll Out Fxpacks For Apple Final Cut Studio 2

noise industriesfxplugmac universalNew designer FxPacks from Noise Industries partners Core Melt, Idustrial Revolution, and SUGARfx, extend the visual effects capabilities of Apple Final Cut Studio 2

Boston MA - May 30, 2007 - Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the postproduction and broadcast markets, today announced Noise Industries partners Core Melt, Idustrial Revolution, and SUGARfx have launched "FxFactory Expansion FxPacks" for the new Apple Final Cut Studio 2.0 release. 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 Apple Final Cut Studio package.

Core Melt - FxFactory Expansion FxPack "ImageFlow FX"; Core Melt is a Noise Industries partner and FxPack plug-in developer delivering real-time visual effects plug-in libraries for Apple Final Cut Studio. Developed using the Noise Industries FxFactory Pro plug-in manager, the new Core Melt ImageFlow FxPack is a collection of plug-ins for creating slideshows and animating backgrounds. Ideal for creating documentary photo montages, motion graphics menus or DVD menus, the ImageFlow FX toolset includes catchy effects and transitions; Dissolve Over, Flashcard, Multifader, Multigrow, Panels Transitions, Polaroids, Random Move Over, Stills Grid, Zoom in and Stop, and Zoom Up.

Idustrial Revolution Updates FxFactory Expansion FxPack "Volumetrix"; Noise Industries partner Idustrial Revolution has released an update of the popular FxPack Volumetrix (version 1.03). The new release of Volumetrix adds two volumetric light spill transitions; zoom and glow. These in demand features allow users to apply a wipe on a clip or element such as text producing a volumetric effect. Users can select from the luminance and alpha to drive the wipe. The new Volumetrix update also adds support for presets, allowing users to save, recall, and transport their favorite effects.

SUGARfx - FxFactory Expansion FxPack "Video Wall"; SUGARfx is an early adopter of the FxFactory Pro development tool and long-time Noise Industries partner. Their new Video Wall package provides Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion users the ability to easily and quickly construct a video wall effect in 3D space. SUGARfx offers two versions of the Video Wall package; standard and Pro. With Video Wall standard, users can create interesting video wall setups quickly. The Video Wall Pro version provides additional controls for creating more complex effects. Parameters include zoom, twist, and turn for creating eye-catching animations.

Pricing and Availability for FxFactory Expansion FxPacks Core Melt ImageFlow FX and SUGARfx Video Wall FxPacks are available today for $99.00 MSRP and $59.00 MSRP respectively. Idustrial Revolution Volumetrix 1.03 is available for $49.00 MSRP. Idustrial Revolution Volumetrix 1.03 is a free update for existing Volumetrix customers.

REALVIZ Stitcher Unlimited 5.6 is now available!

stitcherThis new version of REALVIZ Stitcher Unlimited 5.6 introduces Mac Universal and full HDR compatibility for the very first time. With HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging, users are able to create projects, which combine under- and over-exposed areas in the same harmonious panorama.

A perfect synergy with the external tools available on the market for image tone mapping, such as Adobe® Photoshop®, Photomatix or HDR Shop, is ensured through compatibility with the most commonly used HDR image file formats: OpenEXR (.exr, 16 or 32 bits per channel), and Radiance RGBE (.hdr). The enhanced core engine of Stitcher Unlimited 5.6 makes all image processing operations available for images with 32 bits per channel.

HDR panoramas produced with Stitcher Unlimited 5.6 can also be used as a lighting environment map for 3D studios to obtain ultra-realistic 3D scenes, and to ensure consistent lighting of virtual objects placed in real environments.

Get a Free Digieffects T-shirt

digieffectsPurchase ANY Digieffects product and receive a free T-Shirt!

Buy Aurorix, Berserk, Cinelook, Delirium, Euphoria, Fantazm or a bundle and you'll get an awesome Digieffects t-shirt! Digieffects products are already listed at Toolfarm at a great price and now we've sweetened the deal just a bit more.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tutorial: T-shirt Blowing on a Clothes Line

T-shirt blowingEver needed to make some fabric move realistically in the wind? Zaxwerks 3D Flag is just the tool you need!

I'll walk you through making a T-shirt Blowing on a Clothes Line in the wind in this Toolfarm exclusive tutorial. I use three still images, 3D Flag and a camera to create this clip that looks as if it was shot over the canals of Venice. This tutorial was done with Adobe After Effects 7.0, but you could also recreate this with Apple Motion 3.

Check out the tutorial now!. A free demo of Zaxwerks 3D Flag is available if you don't own it. It's a great little plug-in.

Rotomasks Just Got Better: RE:Vision Effects Introduces PV Feather for After Effects

pv feather logoKo Maruyama talks about the new RE:Vision Effects PV Feather rotoscoping plug-in for Adobe After Effects at DMN. Read the article here. There are some nice images and a video interview with Pierre Jasmine of RE:Vision Effects, shot at NAB 2007.

Try a free demo of RE:Vision Effects PV Feather today!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Adobe and MAXON Power Integration Tour

Maxonadobe

Two Powerhouse Packages - One Dynamic Workflow

The Power Integration Tour demonstrates how you can enjoy increased speed and efficiency in your production pipeline by combining the power of Adobe's Production Suite and MAXON's CINEMA 4D. The Adobe/MAXON workflow is the proven choice for top motion design studios worldwide.

Adobe Highlights

  • See the new Features of CS3 in action
  • Get a glimpse of the Production Suite back on the Mac
  • Discover the capabilities of 3D integration

MAXON Highlights

  • Learn how to incorporate 3D into your 2D workflow
  • See the fastest, easiest 3D solution for motion graphics
  • Witness how easy it is to integrate into any pipeline

Space is limited, so register today!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Noise Industries Ships FxFactory for Apple Final Cut Studio 2

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

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Boston MA - May 22, 2007 - Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the postproduction and broadcast markets, today announced the availability of FxFactory 1.05 for Apple Final Cut Studio 2.

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 running on Apple's new FxPlug architecture. The optimized FxFactory plug-in architecture provides maximum speed and performance for visual effects creation on both PowerPC and Intel-based Mac platforms. Other core FxFactory enhancements include a refined user interface and custom presets for fast - professional effects creation.

"This FxFactory release offers more than just support for Final Cut Studio 2. It offers faster effects creation and very innovative image treatment filters. These new filters are based on feedback from our growing user base," comments Niclas Bahn, general manager, Noise Industries. "It is the unique plug-in creation capabilities of FxFactory Pro plug-in manager that allow us to implement new effects with such a quick turnaround."

New FX for the Pro Pack: Frame Overlay, Particle System, Slideshow, LED Lights

  • Frame Overlay: allows the preview of sections of footage that fit within a different (smaller) frame size than the native size of the sequence, by rendering a customizable overlay over existing footage. The overlay can be used to add hints to your footage before a conversion from 16:9 to 4:3; to preview how your PAL content will look at NTSC resolution if no re-scaling is applied; to identify portions of the original HD frame to be preserved when down-sampling for DVD adaptation.
  • Particle System: animate built-in images as well as media via an image well parameter.
  • Slideshow: create slideshow of images from any folder inside FCP.
  • LED Lights: simulate the display of a source image on an array of LED lights.

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.

Pricing and Availability
Noise Industries FxFactory 1.05 and updated FxPacks are available today. The MSRP starts at $99.00 USD. FxFactory 1.05 is a free update for all current owners of FxFactory.

Monday, May 21, 2007

"Fotomation" with Speaking Pictures

Michael Coleman, product manager for Adobe, gives a nice shout out to my pal, Jerome Olivier, and his Fotomation technique that he has perfected in his film Moving Pages.

What makes this piece particularly unique and visually stunning is that the story is created entirely with 40,000 pictures from a digital camera. The still images were processed and animated using Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop using a technique the director calls "fotomation". To get a glimpse of the creative process behind Missing Pages, check out Toolfarm's interview with Jerome Oliver last year.

Check out the film at Speaking Pictures or on iTunes

Boris FX Product Line Supports Apple Final Cut Studio 2

boris fxEntire Boris FX product line available for new Apple release; new Boris Continuum Complete package adds FXPlug integration

Marlborough MA - May 21, 2007 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, announced that the entire Boris FX product line is available today for the new Apple Final Cut Studio 2.0 release. Owners of Boris Continuum Complete 4.1, Boris Red 4.1, Boris FX 9.1, and Boris Graffiti 5.1 can move to Apple Final Cut Pro version 6.0 and begin working immediately. Boris projects and presets are seamlessly transitioned to Apple Final Cut Pro 6.0; no additional software updates are needed.

The new Apple Final Cut Studio 2.0 release improves Boris plug-in integration as well as adds some key updates including support for Boris FX transitions.

fxplugAnnounced at NAB 2007 and shipping in Q2 1007, Boris Continuum Complete 5.0 family of products now includes support for the Apple FXPlug architecture. Boris Continuum Complete 5.0 for FXPlug is a brand new BCC package designed to support Apple Pro Applications via Apple proprietary FXPlug architecture. Customers who purchase Boris Continuum Complete 4.1 for use with Apple Final Cut Studio 2.0 on or after April 1, 2007 are eligible for a free Boris Continuum Complete 5.0 for FXPlug update.

Plugged-in Podcast Episode 5 Now Available

subscribeKeith Larsen and Alan Spaulding have episode 5 waiting for your ears.

Here is the run down:

Phillip HodgettsPhilip Hodgetts
Chief BuZZmeister, Digital Production BuZZ

Hot industry BuZZ with Philip. Visionary and Technologist Philip Hodgetts is the Managing Editor and primary host of Creative Planet's Digital Production BuZZ. He is co-developer of Intelligent Assistance and the Pro Apps Hub and the technologies that support them. Phillip talks about what is due to evolve from what was announced at NAB in Las Vegas.

Michele YamazakiMichele Yamazaki
VP of Marketing/Content Creator and Web Mistress for Toolfarm.com

Michele talks about what's new at Toolfarm, including Harry Frank's new training, After Effects Expressions.

Jerry HoffmanJerry Hoffman
President, JLH Productions, Denver, Colorado

During his 32 year professional show business career, Jerry has become an award winning theatrical actor, TV and film editor, writer, director and producer. He started his pro career as a theatrical producer, director and actor. He founded his first television and film production company in Los Angeles in 1978. During those years, he produced hundreds of TV Commercials, industrial films, as well as broadcast television shows. Currently, he is a partner in Bat-Mann Productions. Their clients range from product manufacturers to development of feature films, as well as industrial clients which include Merck Pharmaceuticals and the National Jewish Medical Research Center. Jerry has produced in excess of 600 projects. He was a beta tester for Avid, helping them develop the world's premier non-linear editing solutions. For the past couple of years he has been teaching part-time at The Colorado Film and Video Instructional Studios, a joint facility shared by the Aurora Community College and the University of Colorado at Denver in the art and craft of production and post production in a laboratory with 20 Final Cut Pro bays.

Douglas Spotted EagleDouglas Spotted Eagle
"Spot" is a giant in the video and audio industries, having received Grammy, Emmy, DuPont, Peabody, and many other awards. His music is heard in a wide range of films from "Last Samurai" to "Star Wars-Ewok" cartoons.

Spot may also be found in the DMN, Sony, and DVInfo.net forums as a host on subjects from compositing to audio engineering. He also has won many awards for his documentaries, including "Toubat: A Journey of the Native American Flute" and "The Way of the Powwow." His Azee' Choo'nii'gii' is the first film produced in the Dine' language.
Douglas has authored several books, the first of which was published world-wide when he was 18 years of age. His technical books include subjects such as Apple's Soundtrack, Sony's Vegas, Adobe's Encore, and DV Basics, and co-author of "HDV: What You NEED to Know," and "Instant Vegas."

As a VASST trainer, Douglas has been around the world several times. Training in areas as diverse as Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Guatemala, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Sweden, Russia, England, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, he has gained a powerful understanding of what people want to know, and how they'd like to best learn it. A powerful speaker, an inspiration to the industry, and a doer rather than a talker, Douglas simply is wonderful to experience. Catch this guy where you can, because he never stays in one place very long.

Spot trains in the Sound Forge, ACID, Vegas, HDV, Power Production Techniques, and Streaming VASST classes.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Speed Rendering with After Effects CS3

aecs3Michael Coleman, product manager for Adobe After Effects, has a post on his blog about the speed of After Effects CS3.

Did you know you can still get After Effects 7.0 and get a free upgrade to AE CS3 when it comes out in late July?

Friday, May 18, 2007

2d3 boujou silver bullet and 2d3 boujou bullet SD here!

Available Now ...... more choice for professional matchmovers

2d3 logoDerived directly from boujou 4, silver bullet shares the same robust and accurate feature tracking and camera solving engines. silver bullet offers 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.

It also offers major enhancements over previous versions of bullet while maintaining the same levels of automation and ease of use. 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.

While silver bullet has the same, complete import and export range as boujou 4, bullet SD is designed for those who don’t need HD support and have less demanding export requirements.

Pricing and availability

silver bullet: Regular price: $5,000.00, Toolfarm price: $4,750.00
boujou bullet sd: Regular price: $1,000.00, Toolfarm price: $950.00

Both products are immediately available and have replaced the regular boujou bullet. Both products launched under Windows. Intel Mac and Linux versions to follow shortly

New Adobe Exchange Beta is Online

I'm a big fan of the Adobe Exchange and they've launched the new beta of the site today. At the Adobe Exchange, you can "download hundreds of easy-to-install extensions, time-saving functions, code and more". It's a great place for free stuff!

Via John Nack's Blog

Creative Background Design 7: Vector Light and Training Bundle now available!

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John Dickinson, motion graphic artist and Toolfarm Forum Expert shows you how to create a versatile and pretty blurred light background. He employs a unique use of Vector Paint, Colorama and CC Radial Fast Blur (ships with AE Pro or CycoreFX) to create this gorgeous, etherial background.

lesson 7Project files are included as well as a bonus project file which includes the Colorama preset. The documentation contains an introduction PDF that explains everything you need to know before diving in.

Creative Background Design Bundle

bundleSave $10 on the bundle! Get the Creative Background Design Bundle now! Did I mention that it's available immediately in our checkout? Yep! They're very large files and you can download one lesson at a time if you have a slower connection to the internet.

The Bundle includes:

  • Lesson 01: Basic Fractal Loop
    Make an etherial, undulating background in After Effects.
  • Lesson 02: Award Night
    Make a realistic theatre curtain in After Effects.
  • Lesson 03: Venetian Blocks
    Make interesting and varied background effects in After Effects.
  • Lesson 04: Fractal Flower
    Create a gorgeous fractal flower and a cool variation, a hi-tech worm hole
  • Lesson 05: Molten Cells
    Make an undulating molten lava background.
  • Lesson 06: Rose Window
    Make a variety of Persian-style designs.
  • Lesson 07: Vector Light
    Create a versatile and pretty blurred light background.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

RE:Vision Effects releases PV Feather for Adobe After Effects

PV Feather LogoRE:Vision Effects announces the immediate availability of PV Feather, a per-vertex feathering control plug-in for Adobe After Effects 6.5 and up. Users have been requesting better feathering control within After Effects for quite some time, and PV Feather now fills that void. PV Feather (the "PV" stands for "per vertex") performs feathering by using an inner mask for filling, and an outer mask for feather control. The distance between the inside and outside mask controls the amount of feather. PV Feather uses AE's built-in mask splines, so there there is no new spline interface to learn!

Note: PV Feather is now included in the Re:Vision Effects Effections Plus bundle with no price change!

Features

  • 8, 16 bit per channel and floating point image support
  • Variable feathering controlled by inner and outer masks
  • Ability to move in tandem the corresponding control points of the inner and outer masks
  • AE's own mask primitives are used, so there is no new spline or keyframing interface to learn
  • Automatic offsetting of masks
  • Ability to offset only selected mask points
  • Uses AE's motion blur shutter and angle settings
  • Option to use ReelSmart Motion Blur on matte produced (instead of AE's multiple time sampling method)

Matt Silverman of Phoenix Editorial | Designs says "The built-in masking tools inside Adobe After Effects have always been one of its few shortcomings. PV Feather is a major breakthrough and allows us to do complex per-vertex feathering directly inside After Effects instead of having to jump into other compositors or dedicated rotoscoping applications. Like other RE:Vision Effects plug-ins, PV Feather is now an indispensable tool in our toolbox."

Rick Gerard of Gerard Productions says "Wow, we've needed something like this for a long time. PV Feather has made my life much easier."

Curtis Sponslor of AniMill says, "Though After Effects has a powerful and usable masking toolset, I always need to utilize multiple masks compounding upon one-another to isolate various elements. PV Feather instantly simplifies my work flow by reducing the number of masks I'm forced to apply. I can now add one master mask, easily manipulate its variable density falloff, and eliminate the usual cluster of subtraction masks I used to build. It's another Must Have from RE:Vision Effects."

Pricing


PV Feather is priced at $69.95.

Render-only licenses are $13.99. Render-only licensing is for use with After Effects' render-only mechanisms (aerender and Watch Folder). Note that the PV Feather render-only licenses only work on projects written with a full license, so you must have at least one full license for the render-only licenses to be valid.

Volume pricing available.

Compatibility


After Effects 6.5 and up, including After Effects CS3

Mac OX 10.2.8 and up. Native Intel support on Macintosh for After Effects CS3

Windows 2000, XP and up

modo 301 upgrade deal!

modo logoExisting modo users can now reserve an upgrade to modo 301 for the special price of $295. The upgrade price will revert to $395 after modo 301 ships.

The modo 301 preview video is now available at the modo site as a download or torrent. Check the right column of the modo 301 page.

Did you know modo 301's network rendering includes support for up to 50 machines with a single license of modo at no extra charge? How's that for cool!

Zaxwerks AE CS3 Versions now Available

From Zaxwerks blog: AE CS3ZaxwerksIf anyone has a current version of any Zaxwerks plug-in that they would like to get running on the Mac under CS3, here are the links. These plug-ins will run in AE 6.5, 7 and CS3. Most of these links are MAC ONLY because only the Mac versions were changed for CS3. The currently shipping Windows versions work fine in CS3 on Windows. The only exception is Layer Tools which had to be changed from a floating window, into a panel for CS3. So there is a Windows and a Mac version of Layer Tools.

Podcast: Using Boris RED as a Transition in Apple Final Cut Pro

boris redBoris RED is a complete 3D compositing, titling, and effects package that can be used as a filter, transition, or generator inside Apple Final Cut Pro. In this Boris FX podcast, Dave DiPinto from Boris FX walks you through how to create a transition in Apple Final Cut Pro using Boris RED.

If this link does not work for you, please follow these directions:

  1. Copy this link to your clipboard: http://feeds.feedburner.com/BorisPodcast
  2. Launch iTunes. Go to Advanced > Subscribe to Podcast...
  3. Paste http://feeds.feedburner.com/BorisPodcast and click OK

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Final Cut Pro 6 User Manual available

HD for Indies is reporting that the Final Cut Pro User Manual, the Working with High Definition and Broadcast formats manual and the Final Cut Pro 6: New Features manual are all available at Apple.com. Sho nuff.

Luxology Announces Milestone Release of modo

modomodo 301 Deepens Core Functionality for Modeling, Painting and Rendering; Adds New Sculpting, Animation and Network Rendering Capabilities

Luxology, an independent technology company developing next-generation 3D content creation software, today announced modo 301, a major upgrade to its 3D content creation software for Mac OSX and Windows. A milestone on the modo roadmap, modo 301 is an "all systems grow" release that includes comprehensive improvements to modeling, painting and rendering and the addition of two new core capabilities: sculpting and item animation. Luxology plans to ship modo 301 during summer 2007.

"Our vision for modo has always been to allow artists to create 3D content without limits," said Brad Peebler, president of Luxology. "The capabilities within modo have tripled since modo was introduced over two years ago. The amount of expanded and entirely new features available in modo 301 is a true testament to the strength of our underlying Nexus architecture."

One of the most advanced 3D content creation software products available, modo combines a powerful, real-time subdivision surface modeling engine with an artist-focused set of tools including 3D painting and a tightly integrated renderer that provides fully lit previews and extremely fast, production-quality rendering. Highlights of modo 301 include:


  • Comprehensive Release: modo 301 improves performance and strengthens capabilities across modo's core toolsets - modeling, painting and rendering - while further improving workflow. Two new core capabilities in modo have been added: true-3D sculpting and the ability to animate items and their properties.
  • Precision Modeling and Sculpting: modo's world class subdivision modeler is further equipped to support the rapid creation of organic shapes and the construction of precise rigid models
  • Fluid 3D Painting: Painting is now threaded for superior performance; paint strokes can seamlessly be applied across multiple images and even onto multiple UV maps.
  • “Unleashed” Rendering:The modo renderer now offers a new built-in capability for network rendering (cross platform) of high-resolution stills and animation sequences.
  • Superior Workflow: Artists and designers will enjoy even smoother workflow in modo due to further refinement of the physical user interface.

More details about modo 301, including a detailed video introduction to the software, are now on the Luxology website at www.luxology.com/whatismodo/301/. Additional information will be added as the company prepares its community for this new version of modo

Pricing and Availability
modo ships with one license that supports both Mac OSX and Windows and sells for a suggested retail price of USD $895. A free 30-day full-function evaluation version of modo 203 is available for immediate download from modo3d.com.

Existing modo users can now reserve an upgrade to modo 301 for the special price of $295 by visiting www.luxology.com/store/modo.aspx. The upgrade price will revert to $395 after modo 301 ships. modo is also sold by Toolfarm.

LME Comps in HD! Tutorial on how to uprez LME stuff

All the comps in the LME Collection series can be resized to accommodate all the HD sizes and ones they haven't invented yet. Learn how with this HD Conversion tutorial. This tutorial may also be useful for other project files, too.

LME makes really cool presets for Trapcode plug-ins, LME Amazing Video Walls & Displays, LME Fantastic After Effects Light Configurations and the newest is LME Amazing Text Displays Vol. 1. All LME products are available in our store.

LME also provided us with Toolfarm exclusive presets that you can download for free to get a good idea of their products. I have a review coming out soon. I know I keep saying that. It's on my shortlist, so stay tuned. It's going to be a good one!

Virtual Katy launches Version 2.5 product family

virtual katyVirtual Katy version 2.5 boasts a new, more user-friendly interface and many new convenience features.

  • VK Conformer 2.5 - VK Conformer is the "heartbeat" of all the VK products. Its the engine that handles the conforming process itself. Many hours of conforming are reduced to under a minute! Customers purchasing a ProTools HD System, or DV Toolkit2 since May 1, 2006, are eligible for a free VK Conformer.
  • VK CNA 2.5 - Do you work on feature films and get Avid Change Notes from your editor? VK CNA is a marriage of VK Conformer and Change Note Assistant in one very handy product. VK CNA is brand new and was developed as the result of requests from many Change Note Assistant customers.
  • VK Compare 2.5The Virtual Katy flagship product, VK2, has a new name, a new look and a new feature set! VK Compare is the industry-standard for conforming using EDL's.
  • VK Premium Collection 2.5 - VK Premium Collection is fast becoming Virtual Katy's most popular product, and its no wonder - it combines all the functionality found in VK Conformer, VK CNA, and VK Compare and then adds the ability to conform using AAF files (and soon XML files as well)!

After Effects Apprentice by Chris and Trish Meyer

ApprenticeChris and Trish Meyer, of Cybermotion, really need no introduction, do they! They're legends in these parts. Get their incredible new book After Effects Apprentice at Toolfarm! You can also get their other must-have books, Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects and After Effects in Production, as well as other books, like After Effects @ Work, which I was honored to get to write a chapter along with the likes of the Meyers, Mason Dixon, Rachel Max, Jayse Hansen, Mark Coleran and of course, project editor Richard Harrington. We're also carrying titles by Douglas Spotted Eagle, who is going to be a guest on our next Plugged-in podcast. Check out all of the books available at Toolfarm.

If you didn't see the note up last week, we're also carrying Cybermotion video training. They're downloadable video training and they cover some very interesting topics. I learned a lot by watching the videos.

Nuclear Force - Ron Brinkmann joins The Foundry's Nuke development team

Ron Brinkman Photonuke logoLondon, UK, May 16th, 2007. Leading visual effects software developer The Foundry is delighted to announce the appointment of Ron Brinkmann as special advisor to its Nuke development team.

For nearly two decades Brinkmann has enjoyed a variety of roles as both an end-user and supplier to the post production industry, giving him an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the technological and workflow issues involved in the creation of first-class digital images. His expertise will be focussed on assisting the development of NUKE, The Foundry's high-end compositing application.

A respected supervisor in the visual effects and animation world, Brinkmann's film credits include Die Hard With A Vengeance, James And The Giant Peach, Contact and Valiant. He was nominated for a British Academy Award for his work on Speed, and is the author of The Art and Science of Digital Compositing, which is regarded as a standard book of reference in the visual effects industry.

Brinkmann was part of the initial design and development team at Nothing Real, the software company that produced the digital compositing application Shake. Apple acquired Nothing Real in 2002, and for the last five years Brinkmann has continued his role at Apple as the product designer for Shake.

"I'm very happy to be part of the development team at The Foundry," commented Brinkmann. "They have a huge amount of talent, incredible cutting-edge technology, and for many years have produced a vast array of powerful tools and image effects for digital artists. The combined experience of the team involved with the development of NUKE will result in considerable enhancements to the product. From what I've seen so far, it's set to be a really exciting proposition for the film-making community."

"Ron's addition is a terrific coup for The Foundry, and clearly signals our intent with NUKE," said Dr Bill Collis, CEO of The Foundry. "We have known Ron on a personal and professional level for many years, and his insight and experience will add enormously to the next wave of our products."

Brinkmann is joining a team of highly regarded engineers including Bill Spitzak, the original author of Nuke, Matt Plec formerly of Sony Pictures Imageworks, and The Foundry's chief of engineering Bruno Nicoletti.

Available on Linux, Windows, and Mac platforms, high-end compositing application NUKE delivers unparalleled speed, an extensible 64-channel TCL-based architecture, and powerful feature set unrivalled in the desktop market. NUKE is priced at $5,000 version 4.6 is available to download now from Toolfarm.com.

Phoenix Editorial & Designs Creates Launch Film for Adobe Creative Suite 3 (CS3)

Matt SilvermanFriend of Toolfarm and Toolfarm Forum Expert, Matt Silverman, was Creative Director, Motion Graphics Designer and 3D Designer on this project. How cool is that!

DMN Newswire--2007-5-15-- San Francisco, CA (May 15, 2007) - Phoenix Editorial & Designs has produced a 90-second promotional film launching Adobe Creative Suite 3 (CS3). The film introduces the product's new "Creative License" marketing campaign, tagline, logo, packaging and identity. The film debuted at the official CS3 launch event in New York City during a presentation by Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen, and has been showcased on the Adobe web site homepage and at several live events to promote the new software suite.
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Phoenix Editorial & Designs Creative Director Matt Silverman based the film off the new "Creative License" print campaign developed by Adobe's advertising agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. Comprising three "chapters" for print, web and video, which focus respectively on Adobe's Design Premium Collection, Web Premium Collection and Production Premium Collection, the film features abstract and artful scenarios in which something ordinary is made extraordinary through the use of Adobe's tools.

Said Matt Silverman, Creative Director, Phoenix Editorial & Designs, "We were given a great deal of creative liberty to interpret the feature benefits of Creative Suite 3, Adobe's new collection of graphic design and video editing applications, and we had a lot of fun creating a visually compelling journey through the different collections. We also got the opportunity to incorporate some of the product's new features into the making of our film, like the cool Puppet Tool in After Effects."

The "print" chapter takes the audience through a visual journey from an ordinary letter A to an ornate letter A. Based off of custom typography from design-legend Neville Brody, the A's transformation is accented by pop art ink drippings and paint splats, halftones and collage-like layers. The "web" chapter follows a web site layout from napkin sketch to simple flowchart, before moving on to complicated, maze-like 3D flowcharts populating an entire world. In the "video" chapter, 3D elements such as movie screens, filmstrips, musical staffs, broadcasting towers and foliage, along with still illustrations and wildlife footage, show the dynamic effects available to filmmakers and motion graphics artists in CS3. The film ends with a shot of the Adobe CS3 Master Collection, which for the first time, allows customers to get all the Adobe tools in one product, and the "Creative License" logo and tagline, "Take as much as you want."

To create the films, Phoenix used Mac G5's dual and quad processor machines running Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, Autodesk Maya, and Zaxwerks ProModeler.

After Effects Training

Ko Maruyama has posted a blog entry at Ninja Crayon about the training that is available for After Effects and happens to mention three of our Forum Experts, Harry J. Frank, John Dickinson and Dean Velez.

Harry J. FrankHarry's training is available just this week and to say it's selling well would be an understatement! After Effects Expressions hits a niche where there is really not a lot of training and Harry's training is fun to watch and easy to absorb. It's downloadable immediately and is affordable at just $29 for 60 minutes of Expressions training. It is designed for the designer, not the programmer, and it will take your Expressiophobia away.

John DickinsonJohn Dickinson's Creative Background Design Series has also been very popular. John currently has six modules in his series and he uses some innovative techniques and explains several shortcuts that will help your workflow. John's training is just $5 a pop and great for the beginner or seasoned veteran.

Dean VelezDean Velez puts out training through his company, The Anvel. His training, The Anvel Industry Training for AE is incredible. I showed my class some of the training last semester and they were completely into it. People actually stuck around until the end of class instead of bagging class after an hour ;-)

Just yesterday, Dean posted the following to our Expert Forum:

Hello Video, Film and Web guys and gals,

The Anvel has just posted 29 new royalty free and fully customizable After Effects 7.0 Professional projects ready for download.

The Projects all deal with Text and adding effects to text. They cover the letters A-Z ( Aura, Balls, Cosmic, Destroy, Electric, Extrude, Fire, Glimmer, Hose, Ice, Join, Killer, Laser, Magnify, Nature, Odor, Paint, Quartz, Road, Strange, Tear, Universe, Vile, Web, Wind, X-Ray, Yank, Zoom )

Some are render intensive...so prerender when you can.

Hope you enjoy them! and drop me a line to let me know which one is your favorite...mine is Killer.

Dean is always posting awesome free stuff every month or two, so you'd be doing yourself a big service to go to our forum and hang out. Ask some questions while you're there and guys like Harry and John will answer your questions.

Ko also mentions Aharon Rabinowitz's quality training. Aharon runs After Effects NY user group, which met last night and Toolfarm gave away Harry's new training at the meeting. I hear the meeting was great, with Curious Pictures showing their Disney Channel program, Little Einsteins ("Come on! Wave your arms to make our ship fly faster!" and so you can hear some Vivaldi... oh, I'm sure you've seen it!)

Monday, May 14, 2007

VCE Basic Blue Screen and Green Screen Photography Training

A new tool for those who want to know more about Blue Screen and Green Screen photography. Whether you want to shoot your own Blue and Green Screen to composite or just familiarize yourself with the terms and techniques, this informative tutorial takes you behind the scenes to learn.

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

After Effects Expressions

Expressions Demystified... Written for the Designer

Harry J. Frank

Harry J. Frank, freelance motion graphics artist, instructor and Adobe Certified Expert, goes over the basics of Expressions - Expressions for the average designer. Harry teaches you the terminology and the tricks and even explains a bit of basic trigonometry (but don't worry, it won't bring back repressed high school math class memories!) Before you know it you will be adding Expressions everywhere. This training will add value to your technique and expand your After Effects skillset.

screenshotAll project files are included, along with a Quick Reference Guide to help you learn Expressions in the most efficient way possible. You're not going to get this kind of quality training anywhere else and this series is ONLY available at Toolfarm.

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Want the training modules individually or in a bundle?

This 3 part series on After Effects Expressions is available lesson by lesson. The bundle of the three lessons is available at a discount.

screenshotHarry 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.