Thursday, January 31, 2008

Want to try Magic Bullet Frames?

framesTry the Mac or Windows demo of Magic Bullet Frames, which was just released on January 31. Magic Bullet Frames will take interlaced video and get the 24p look of film, right from within your editor -- at high speed and high quality. It works in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion.

Buy Frames | Buy Magic Bullet Suite

Get Imagineer Mocha for just $399!

mochaFor the month of February, if you own Imagineer Mocha AE, you can upgrade to full-blown Imagineer Mocha for $399.

Don't own Mocha AE? Buy Mocha AE at full price and get the full blown mocha for just $399.

This offer expires February 29, 2008 and applies to the node-locked versions only (not the floating or dongled versions).

Red Giant Magic Bullet Frames is here!

FramesRed Giant Magic Bullet Frames is now available. Take interlaced video and get the 24p look of film, right from within your editor -- at high speed and high quality.

We're still adding and receiving details about Frames and we'll have a press release up soon. Stay tuned.

If you've pre-ordered Frames, you'll be receiving an email shortly from us.

Interesting Stuff from the Interwebs

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

ProDAD Mercalli- Image Stabilization Plug-ins Released

ProDad ProDAD Mercalli is a plug-in that lets you stabilize shaky footage during post processing. Mercalli detects and distinguishes between intended movements, such as panning or zoom shots, and unintended shocks and shakes. Simple and easy to use, and comes in two versions: Pro and Light. Both versions also include "Video-Shaker", which adds shake to a shot, and is ideal for scenes that previously appeared too sterile or for adding extra movement. Available for Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro and Elements, Avid Liquid and Sony Vegas.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

New FxPacks for FxFactory: Supawipe and World Cup Studio released

Noise Industries LogoNoise Industries FxFactory 2.0.2

The latest update to FxFactory brings five new plug-ins to existing FxFactory Pro 2 customers and improved versions of the CoreMelt Motion and Editing Packs with high-precision rendering, contextual parameter UI and a redesigned masking system.

There is a new demo available for FxFactory 2.0.2.

idustrial revolution SupaWipe

SupaWipe is a brand new plug-in by idustrial revolution, and quite simply the coolest object transition for Final Cut Pro 6 and Final Cut Express 4. Effects that would require manual keyframing, multiple layers and lots of setup time can now be accomplished with a few clicks.

SUGARfx World Cup

The jaw-dropping 3D theme by SUGARfx has been completely redesigned for Mac OS X Leopard and Final Cut Studio 2, with plenty of options to adapt the theme to your projects.

The new World Cup is available in two flavors: World Cup 1.6 LC, a simpler version (a free update for current customers) and SUGARfx World Cup 2.0 Studio, the advanced version with more theme elements and parameters.

Wacom Cintiq Tablets now available at Toolfarm

Get the Wacom Cintiq 20WSX and the Wacom Cintiq 12WX at Toolfarm.

If you're doing paint or roto work, a tablet is a must-have. I have a Wacom Intuos 3 and although it's big and bulky to carry around with my laptop since I had to have the largest one, it's totally indispensable. I always use it with Apple Motion or any program that can take gestural input.

So how do you pronounce Wacom? Wack 'em is just fun to say. I've also heard Way-com. Doesn't quite roll of the tongue as well. I really have no idea which is correct. I'll stick with Wack 'em.

Veteran Game Artist To Lead GDC Visual Arts Track On Maxon Bodypaint 3D

Session Will Cover Tools and Techniques for Creating Custom 3D Textures and How-to's for Easy Integration

bodypaintNewbury Park, CA - January 29, 2008 - MAXON Computer USA, the developers of CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D, today announced that BodyPaint 3D will be the focus of a comprehensive Visual Arts Track at the 2008 Game Developers Conference (GDC), aimed at artists eager to learn how to easily create 3D custom textures for current and next-gen games. BodyPaint 3D was most recently tapped by artists at Naughty Dog to help create the hit game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Gaming industry veteran Ben Mathis, a contributor on popular game titles such as GUN, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Tony Hawk Project 8 will lead the GDC tutorial, to be held in San Francisco's Moscone Center, Wednesday, February 20, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Room #3003. Attendees will learn how to capitalize on BodyPaint 3D's myriad capabilities to obtain maximum results and how to easily incorporate the software into various workflows, including Photoshop, Maya, XSI and 3dsmax.

"As games continue to become a dominant entertainment medium we're excited that Ben Mathis will be delivering the BodyPaint 3D tutorial at this year's GDC," said Paul Babb, president, MAXON Computer USA. "He is intimately aware of the day-to-day challenges game developers face, from both an artistic and workflow perspective, and I've no doubt that attendees will walk away from his session with powerful tips and practical techniques, especially for handling complex data, that will prove invaluable in real-world game studio pipelines."

BodyPaint 3D capabilities deemed especially noteworthy by Naughty Dog developers while creating Uncharted: Drake's Fortune were its seamless integration with Photoshop and distortion-free texture painting. MAXON's award-winning solutions are used extensively by animators and digital artists in the film, broadcast, and video game industries to create top game titles like, NBA Live 06, Warhammer: Mark of Chaos to Life, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, The Euro Mouse - Treasure Hunting in Pirate Country, Viva la Viva PiƱata and effects-rich feature films such as The Golden Compass, Beowulf, Spider-Man 3 and Surf's Up.

For additional information and guidance on working with MAXON software, GDC attendees are encouraged to visit Cineversity, MAXON's comprehensive online training and education resource, where they will find over 900 tutorials, including MAXON-specific product training and a multitude of artist-provided video tutorials.

About BodyPaint 3D

Because it is part of MAXON's leading CINEMA 4D architecture, BodyPaint 3D is a true 3D package, and brings users many workflow advantages, including:

  • Enables artists to paint multiple material channels or multiple objects with a single brush stroke while painting directly onto a 3D rendered image.
  • Utilizes Photoshop files while preserving layers, masks and blending modes
  • The "Raybrush" feature allows artists to paint on raytraced/rendered imagery with real-time feedback.
  • Allows for 32-bit color depth so artists can even paint HDRI (high definition range images).
  • Plugs into all major applications, including 3ds max, Maya, XSI and LightWave 3D ensuring the easy exchange of models, textures and UVs.

About MAXON Computer

MAXON Computer is the developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively in the film, television, science, architecture, engineering and other industries. High profile projects that have relied on MAXON software solutions include The Golden Compass, Beowulf, all three Spider-Man films, Surf's Up, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, Open Season, all three Pirates of the Caribbean films, Monster House, Superman Returns, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the On-Air Packages for TMZ T.V., Comedy Central, Monday Night Football, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, ESPN, NFL Network, NBC, DirecTV, CBS NFL, Fox and many more. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom and Japan. MAXON products are available directly from the website and its worldwide reseller channel. For additional information on MAXON, visit

Monday, January 28, 2008

A Conversation with Daniel Land/Dirty Trousers

Dirty Trousers

Yesterday I spoke with Daniel Land, co-director and vfx artist on the film Dirty Trousers. This is interview #1 in the series we'll be doing on the film, following it down it's post-production path.

Dan talks about the premise of the film and what obstacles they are encountering in post-production. They are using tools from Imagineer and Red Giant Software in post.

Problems with Quicktime 7.4 Update, How to Downgrade

There have been some problems reported with the Quicktime 7.4 update and rendering out of After Effects and Final Cut Pro, along with various other issues. If you've been experiencing strange errors or crashes and want to go back to a previous version, here's a link explaining a couple of ways to downgrade to 7.3.

Friday, January 25, 2008

NewBlueFX Debuts Special Effects and Transitions for Adobe Premiere Pro

newbluefxNewBlue's much-anticipated plugin collection delights desktop video users

Video, Multimedia and Technology Editors

LA JOLLA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2008) - Adobe® Premiere® Pro, the powerful desktop video-editing software, just became even more powerful thanks to a host of new video and audio plug-ins from innovative technology developer NewBlue, Inc. The company released its NewBlueFX product line for Adobe Premiere Pro, making its full line of NewBlue effects, transitions and filter collections available through the popular desktop video-editing software.

Adobe Premiere Pro users can now enjoy 978 presets and 114 effects encompassed in 12 distinct and competitively priced collections designed to enhance the video editing experience. Among the NewBlueFX collections released for Adobe Premiere Pro are 7 VideoFX collections and 5 AudioFX collections, including NewBlue 3D Effects, NewBlue 3D Transformations, NewBlue Art Blends, NewBlue Art Effects, NewBlue Equalizers, NewBlue Essentials, NewBlue Film Effects, NewBlue Motion Blends, NewBlue Motion Effects, NewBlue Production Tools, NewBlue Scrubbers and NewBlue Sound Benders.

"This has been a much anticipated release among our users and we're thrilled to deliver for them and Adobe Premiere Pro," explains Melissa Jordan Grey, chief strategic officer, NewBlue, Inc. "Our company roots are in film and music production, and this innate understanding of the creative process shows in our work."

"NewBlue's innovative range of video and audio effects, transitions and filters is a great complement to the already powerful feature set in Adobe Premiere Pro," said Giles Baker, Premiere Pro group product manager, editing workflows at Adobe. "The addition of NewBlueFX will enhance the video editing experience in Premiere Pro and allow users to add new, creative components to their projects."

The NewBlueFX product line for Adobe Premiere Pro consists of two main categories, VideoFX and AudioFX. In the VideoFX collections, users will find plug-ins that provide artistic techniques, such as air brushing, pastel sketching and line drawing, as well as motion effects, such as earthquake, spin blur, wiggle and zoom. Features of the AudioFX collections run the gamut from audio filtering, such as equalization, noise reduction and compression to creative sound manipulation tools, such as "Insectoid," "Buzz" and "Robot Fog."

Included in the VideoFX category are 7 collections:

  • NewBlue 3D Explosions, 180 presets in 13 different plugins that introduce creative new ways to blast a scene into pieces. Plugins include: Blow Apart, Bouncing Cubes, Bouncing Frames, Box Explode, Confetti, Grid Fall Away, Grid Explosion, Intensity Grid, Plane Explode, Spiral, Spiral Rotation, Vortex, and Wiggle. ($119.95 USD)
  • NewBlue 3D Transformations, 165 presets in 13 high energy transitions breaks creative ground with new ways to slice, fly and reassemble a scene with every technique. Plugins include: Box Fold, Checker Board, Comb, Flip, Fly Away, Louver Grid, Louvers, Magic Carpet, Page Turn, Pizza Boxes, Rotating Frames, Spiral Bounce, and Twist. ($119.95 USD)
  • NewBlue Art Blends, 101 transitions in 10 specialized video effects that shift images through unique, stunning graphics filters. Plugins include: Color Melt, Color Wash, Contrast, Duochrome, Glow, Halo, Metallic, Shiny Fog, Sketch, and Vivid. ($119.95 USD)
  • NewBlue Art Effects, 99 effects in 10 specialized video filters that shift video into a visually stunning alternate reality. Plugins include: Air Brush, Colorize, Color Melt, Dream Glow, Duochrome, Ghost, Hand Drawn, Line Drawing, Metallic, and Pastel Sketch. ($139.95 USD)
  • NewBlue Film Effects, 81 presets in 5 dynamic filters that recreate the inexact mechanics of hand cranked cameras, dirty projectors, and decades sitting in film vaults. Plugins include: Film Camera, Film Damage, Film Express, Film Look, and Film Pro. ($159.95 USD)
  • NewBlue Motion Blends, 112 transitions in 10 specialized video effects that twist, turn and transmogrify video from one scene to the next. Plugins include: Liquify, Roll, Shake, Shear, Shredder, Smear, Spin, Twirl, Wave, and Zoom. ($119.95 USD)
  • NewBlue Motion Effects, 99 effects in 10 specialized video filters that add movement to images in a number of ways. Plugins include: Active Camera, Earthquake, Motion Blur, Ripple, Rolling Waves, Shear Energy, Spin Blur, Warp, Wiggle, and Zoom Blur. ($139.95 USD)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Free Mac Widget Announces New LME Releases

Download LME's new Mac Widget and receive an update as soon as a new collection is released! There is also a link to a freebies page on the widget which LME will be adding new freebies to from time to time. Look for a Windows Vista Gadget soon!

2d3 boujou 4.1 for Mac Released

boujou 42d3 are now pleased to inform you that 2d3 boujou 4.1 is now available for Mac OS X. A demo version is not yet available but will be shortly


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Topaz Enhance for Mac Released

topaz labsVideo enhancement company Topaz Labs LLC releases Topaz Enhance V2.2 for the Mac, making the acclaimed video enhancement plug-ins for Adobe After Effects CS3 available for the first time on the Mac platform.

Topaz Enhance for Mac V2.2 is a set of plug-ins for Adobe After Effects CS3, It contains filters that enhance SD to HD, de-interlace videos, suppress noise while enhancing clarity and details, sharpen blurred videos, remove color bleeding, reduce codec artifacts, and create visual effects. It has the same set of filters and the same functionality as Topaz Enhance (for Windows) V2.2

Compatibility: Topaz Enhance for Mac v2.2 works with Adobe After Effects CS3 and requires an Intel CPU-based Mac.

Pricing: Topaz Enhance for Mac v2.2 retails at $349.00 USD per license. Volume discount and site license are available upon request.

Note: Topaz Enhance works with After Effects, Premiere Pro and Eyeon Digital Fusion on Windows only.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

SF Cutters Jan 31: 'Rebel Night'

Just the facts:

What: SF Cutters next meeting (San Francisco Final Cut Group)


  • Stu Maschwitz, founder of the Orphanage and developer of Red Giant Magic Bullet
  • Mark Christiansen, VFX Creator of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and author of After Effects CS3 Professional Studio Techniques.
  • Bob Donlon of Adobe Systems: Many SF Cutters ask for Bob to return after his incredible overview of the entire Adobe CS3 Production Suite last Sept. Bob is back with more specifics on Flash and Audio in Adobe CS3.

When: Jan 31, 2008, 6:30pm PT - 9:15pm PT

Where: Adobe in San Francisco, 601 Townsend, San Francisco, CA 94103

How: Register here

Adobe After Effects 8.0.2 is Here

AE BoxTodd Kopriva of Adobe posted about the latest AE update on Toolfarm Expert Forum. Todd says:

The After Effects 8.0.2 update is live, and so is the new After Effects CS3 Help on the Web. To get the update, choose Help > Updates. To see all of what has changed, see the ReadMe document.

Here's a link to After Effects Help on the Web, in case you forgot.

And here's a link to the page from which you can download a PDF copy of the Help document.

Beyond the additions to Help for P2 functionality, we made several hundred changes to the document for this version, most of which fall into two categories:

  • We fixed a lot of little errors and clarified explanations based on feedback in LiveDocs comments and feedback from the LiveDocs survey.
  • We added a lot of links from Help to external resources.

First, about that survey: We are doing a survey each quarter about our documentation resources. If you took the survey last quarter, please consider taking it again so that we can tell how our changes are working. This quarter's survey has additional questions about kinds of examples and illustrations:

Take the survey

I strongly urge all of you to take this survey. As you may have noticed, After Effects documentation is being done a bit differently than it used to be, with more links to external material, more frequent updates, et cetera. We need feedback about how well this is working for you so that we can decide how to go forward.

Now, about those external links: One of the things that we heard from last quarter's survey was that After Effects documentation is incomplete (but accurate, yay!). One very fast way to fill some gaps is to point users to the example projects, tutorials, and other materials that people like you create and publish. Some of you have been adding LiveDocs comments to Help on the Web that point to these great materials. We've incorporated many of those links ---plus a great many more--- in the parts of Help where we thought that these external materials could help the user. We intend to do much more of this if you tell us that you find it valuable.

Also, there are a lot of extensions to After Effects (some free, some not) that make After Effects work better. We also point to some of those. How did we pick which ones to point to? In part, we went by what we were being told in LiveDocs comments and on forums. If you don't see a mention of a plug-in, script, or other tool that you think is great, tell us through the LiveDocs comments in Help on the Web.

Todd also added a huge list of thank you's. You may be on that list! I was. ;-)

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Chicago Motion Graphics Festival 2008 Re-Cap

The CMGF08 was a smashing success and we had a great time. We came in on Thursday morning and after getting settled in, we headed to the Stash Screening. I had forgotten that my laptop doesn't reset the timezones automagically like my phone does and I arrived over an hour early.

Well, it's a great thing that I did because I got to catch most of Reiner from LeftChannel Industries presentation. LeftChannel, of Colubus, Ohio, worked with a Japanese company on a project for Kirin Hyoketsu, an adult beverage flavored with Hyoketsu, a Japanese apple variety. He talked about how they made animatics and how the shots were incredibly detailed, even though the shots lasted all of 2 seconds. The video is on their website if you want to have a look.

He also talked about an amazing video that they produced by pulling two words out of a hat, 'Blissful' and 'Devil'. They passed around the posters that they came up with, based on those words, and in the end animated it. They entered it into film festivals all over the place and received several awards and new jobs too. Not half bad for pulling two words out of a hat!

I got to sit by my old friend Rani Stack, who worked with me 7-8 years ago at Postworks. She's now doing digital signage for big hotels. She presented earlier in the day, but unfortunately, I missed her presentation by a couple of hours.

The Stash Screening was excellent - the Best of Stash 2007. Check out some of the highlights.

There was a studio tour that evening, but I decided to get some sleep and be bright eyed for my class in the morning.

On Friday morning, Harry Frank and I met up in the doorway of the SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago). We taught a class together on intermediate to advanced After Effect use. I first taught Harry's lesson called 'DJ Roto' and went on to show s few things about the new Shape tool in After Effects. Harry filled the afternoon with some great examples from a Sherwin Williams spot he just finished with Digital Kitchen, and also showed us how to make incredibly cool 3D grass with CC Hair and a few other plug-ins.

CMGF Class

Friday night was the tour at Bridges Media, a post house and studio in Chicago. It's the third year I've been there and they're pretty much all FCP HD suites and running all Macs with the Adobe video tools. The CEO gave us a tour. The food at the party was very interesting and vegan. They had really delicious (and hot!) stuffed jalepenos, plus mini salads served on a leaf of endive with watercress, grape tomatoes, and these crispy brown onions. Truffles too. Very frou-frou, and I loved it! They also had a DJ spinning some great tunes. It was a lot of fun meeting new people and seeing the folks I met in the past years at the fest.

Bridges party
Saturday morning was my Apple Motion class. It went really well and I plan to put some tutorials and presets up at Toolfarm/AE Freemart soon. Maybe I'll make some full training... not sure yet.

On Saturday night there was a video installation from 9pm-2am, but I missed it. I was very tired and it was very cold. When I say very cold, I mean frigid. I wasn't just being wimpy. The high was 3° and the wind chill was -40°

On Sunday, Harry taught After Effects Expressions at the SAIC and he said it went very well.

The event is really well organized and they have a terrific lineup of activities and guests. My only complaint is the weather. Chicago in January. Ick. How about having the fest in May next year?! It was also the same week as Mac World, which I know caused a few conflicts.

Also, I'd like to mention, for being such a hot dog/deep dish pizza place, I had some of the best food I've ever had in one city in Chicago. Chicago really is a culinary destination.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Call for NAB Submissions!

NABlogoDigieffects is currently creating a Demo Reel for NAB 2008 and would like YOU to participate! Submit your best work using Digieffects plugins and get a FREE Digieffects product! Don't own any Digieffects plugins? Get a free demo here.

GridIron Flow: Ridiculously cool workflow management

gridiron flowJohn Nack has an article on his blog, John Nack on Adobe, about the new GridIron Flow.

GridIron has posted a cute movie on YouTube about GridIron Flow. Read the article first!

More on GridIron Flow

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Free Boris Snow Filter and Tutorial for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and After Effects!

snowfilter Boris Continuum Complete's FREE (registration required) Snow filter is an auto-animated snow generator. The filter offers extensive options and allows you to create drifts or make flakes pile up along the edges of an alpha channel. The free BCC Snow filter offer expires on March 1, 2008. You must install the free filter before this date.

Download the Free Snow Filter for Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion

Download the Free Snow Filter for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects

borisBCCboxDon't have Boris Continuum Complete? Download a free demo or purchase from our store. Don't forget that for a limited time, if you purchase Boris Continuum 5 AE you get Boris Title Toolkit for FREE!

Tutorial: Make it Snow with the Boris Snow Filter

What good is a snow effect if the snow does not stick to the horizontal surfaces in the shot? The Boris Continuum Complete Snow filter can make snow do just that, creating a realistic look for your wintry scenes. The BCC Snow generator is featured in just about every Boris product, including Boris Continuum Complete, Graffiti, RED, and Boris FX. It works especially well with text captions, creating snow that accumulates on top of the letters for a natural look. Best of all, BCC allows you to create this effect right in your NLE! Apple Final Cut Pro Tutorial
and Adobe Premiere Pro Tutorial.

AE NY Next Meeting Jan 24

The GridIron team will be showing off their just announced software, GridIron Flow, and Todd Prives from GenArts will be showing off Sapphire. Door prizes include stuff from Toolfarm (yeah, that's us!) GenArts, Video Copilot, Zaxwerks and more.

It's Thursday, January 24, 2008, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM at the Pratt Manhattan 144 West 14th Street (b/w 6th and 7th Ave), Room 213. It's free to attend thanks to Adobe and Pratt.

Videoguys' Top 10 Products of 2007

The Videoguys rated the top 10 video products of 1007.

  1. Adobe Production Premium CS3
  2. Apple Final Cut Studio 2
  3. Matrox RT.X2 with Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 and Encore CS3
  4. Sony Vegas Pro 8
  5. Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks & Colorista
  6. Newtek TriCaster Studio
  7. Pinnacle Studio 11 MovieBox Ultimate
  8. Black Magic Intensity Pro
  9. Pioneer BDR-202 Blu-Ray Disc Burner
  10. Canon HV20 HDV Camcorder

Monday, January 14, 2008

GridIron Introduces Flow

gridiron flowRevolutionary Workflow Maps Simplify Creative Pro Design Process

Macworld Conference & Expo, SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., - January 15, 2008 - GridIron® Software today announced GridIron FlowTM, new digital content management software for creative professionals working on graphic design, web, and video projects. Flow automatically tracks the design process from idea to end result and manages assets and applications for the most complex workflows. The product will be shown publicly for the first time at Macworld San Francisco in the GridIron Software booth S-334.

"Creative Professionals now have an easy way to visualize their design process and share their projects with a colleague, ship them to a client or archive them for safe keeping," said Steve Forde, CEO of GridIron Software. "We are excited to be demonstrating Flow at MacWorld and look forward to delivering this powerful solution for Mac and PC later this year."

Flow uses a sophisticated system to automatically track workflows by recording all Import/Export, Save/Save As, and Copy/Paste actions in a project. It understands the file formats for virtually all creative professional applications, including those from Apple and Adobe, and maintains the relationships between stills, movies, sound clips, fonts, plug-ins, and color swatches on all local, network, and removable storage devices.

Using Real-Time Asset Tracking technology, Flow automatically builds Workflow Maps for every project. A Workflow Map shows the files used in the workflow and how they are connected to one another. Workflow Maps display all related application project files, media assets, and internal structures such as comps and layers. By selecting any file in the Workflow Map, users can view its fonts, color swatches, and the application plug-ins used to create it.

Kept under tight wraps until now, the few creative professionals who have seen Flow eagerly anticipate its availability:

"Even with a brief overview I immediately recognized how Flow will allow me to take control of my computer in a way I never imagined," said John Dickinson, senior broadcast designer and founder of "Imagine, an intelligent assistant working behind the scenes, not only giving you access to your files in a whole new way, but showing you the relationship between files and watching your back in case you try to delete something you shouldn't. Amazing!"

"Flow looks to be the answer we have all been waiting for. Versioning and pipeline tracking is now accessible and easy to understand. It is a valuable tool for my studio," said Jonathan Hicks, art director and principal of Post Factory, a post production facility offering creative design, post production, and special effects.

"I wish Flow was developed a couple of years ago," said Joost van der Hoeven, founder and owner of, a boutique audio visual design studio in the Netherlands.

Flow can capture a point in time snapshot of any project that tracks everything that went into its creation, including media files, fonts, color swatches, applications and plug-ins, which can easily be archived to save or hand-off to the client. Project Archives include a Workflow Map showing how everything fits together, so when a project is sent to the printer, client or colleague, or burnt to disk, everything needed to reproduce it is there.

Other features in Flow include a Workflow Calendar that displays the time, date, and duration of projects for up to a year; Visual Versions which automatically track versions of media files, including thumbnails and metadata, as a project evolves allowing users to easily revert to a previous version of a file anywhere in their workflow; and Tags and Annotations, which provide tags and sticky-note style annotations to assets or projects and support custom tags and metadata standards. In addition, GridIron offers the Flow SDK to tool vendors to make it easy for them to create custom extensions to support their file formats and add new functionality to the Flow environment.

Flow will be available this summer for Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard and for Windows XP and Vista. For more information and to sign up for the upcoming Public Beta visit

About GridIron Software

GridIron Software is a leading provider of workflow solutions for creative professionals. We build powerful tools that enhance the creative process by eliminating the drudgery that creative professionals associate with design, video and web workflows. For more information visit:

CineSync 1.2.5 Released

cinesyncJanuary 14, 2008 Source: Studio Daily

Today sees the release of cineSync 1.2.5. The main changes include several performance improvements related to drawings and the playlist organiser, plus a fix for displaying very large images on OSX.

In 2008, cineSync will be releasing iterations on a more frequent basis. The last 6 months have seen an explosion in feature requests - not to mention new OS's (aaahhhh... Leopard....) and new platforms (aahhhh... MacBook Pro...) that have required some degree of modification for cineSync. This is a trend we expect to continue and we see it as an opportunity to improve further on cineSync in 2008. As a result, you'll be seeing more regular updates - and we welcome any feedback you might have.

A full change log is available at

cineSync 1.2.5 can be downloaded from

The cineSync 1.2.5 upgrade is free for all existing cineSync customers. If you do not yet have a cineSync account, but would like to trial the new features of cineSync 1.2.5, please email for a demo.

cineSync Pro - February 2008

For those of you that have already signed up for the cineSync Pro mailing list, you'll be starting to see a lot more information coming through this year. Our first release client will be coming out in February and then we'll be officially launching cineSync Pro at NAB in April (more on that in a moment).

Our first release client will include the following features: synchronised colour controls, synchronised zooming, masking and aspect ratio controls, full screen mode, 3D LUT support, stereoscopic support, HD (DVI) output and "multisession" ability.

Pricing for cineSync Pro starts at USD$5,000 for a minimum 10 user account, so it represents solid value for the larger facility or the power user, where the new tools and multisession support come into their own.

If you'd like a sneak peak at cineSync Pro, we have a beta available with many of the features included. The beta has the colour, zoom, masking, aspect ratio and 3D LUT support under the new "Tools" menu, which should give you a feel for where cineSync Pro will be going over the next couple of months. To sign up for the beta, just visit before next Friday and we'll send you an evaluation copy for OSX or Windows.

Ripple Advanced Training for Motion 3

Introducing the industry's first Advanced Motion 3 tutorial, Deep Dive into 3D! You'll learn how to work with objects and cameras in 3D space, create virtual 3D sets, place lights, and direct your cameras using Behaviors and Keyframes. If you think working with Text, Shapes, Replicators and Particle Emitters is amazing in 2D, wait unit you see what can be created when these objects are transformed and manipulated in 3D!
This training is designed specifically for current users of Motion 3 who already have a foundational understanding of the program. For those of you who who need to get up to speed, we highly recommend purchasing and going through Ripple's introductory Motion tutorial, Motion 3 Fast Forward before diving into this tutorial.

The online edition is currently available, with a DVD version shipping January 25th.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

GenArts Announces Upcoming Sapphire Plug-ins Support for Apple FxPlug Products

SapphireCustomers purchasing Sapphire v2 for FCP now will also receive the FxPlug version when released

Cambridge, MA. January 8, 2008 -- GenArts, Inc., a leading provider of visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industries, today announced an upcoming version of Sapphire Plug-ins for Apple FxPlug products including Final Cut Pro and Motion.

fxplugGenArts is offering the new FxPlug version at no additional charge to customers who purchase or upgrade to Sapphire v2 for After Effects and compatible products. Currently Sapphire Plug-ins supports Final Cut Pro through the After Effects API, but the FxPlug version will provide additional features such as drag-on Transition effects for FCP, support for Motion, and effects categorized as Generators, Filters and Transitions. The forthcoming version for FxPlug products will contain over 200 image processing and synthesis effects, including the latest effects in the Sapphire Plug-ins suite such as FilmDamage, ZDefocus, Cartoon, BleachBypass, GradientMulti, SwishPan, Light3D, Deband and Vignette.

A preview of the new version can be seen at the Macworld FCPUG SuperMeet on January 16th at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. The FxPlug version of Sapphire Plug-ins is planned for release in the first half of 2008.

About GenArts, Inc.

Founded in 1996 in Cambridge, Mass., GenArts, Inc. is the premier provider of digital visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industries. Their product, Sapphire Plug-ins, equips digital artists with a collection of over 200 state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects such as: Glows, EdgeRays, LensFlare, Lightning, FilmEffect, Warps and Textures. The effects seamlessly integrate into a number of editing and compositing systems including: Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro and Premiere Elements; Apple Final Cut Pro and Shake; Avid AVX Products; Autodesk Compositing & Editing Systems and Combustion; Eyeon Fusion; and Quantel generationQ products.

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

Additional GenArts product information can be found at

Thursday, January 03, 2008

New Total Training at Toolfarm

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The Foundry Releases Furnace 4 for eyeon Fusion

Leading visual effects software developer The Foundry is delighted to announce the release of its Furnace 4 plug-ins for eyeon Software's Fusion. The recently released toolset is brand new to Fusion artists, giving them access to a host of advanced image processing tools designed to enhance workflow and boost productivity in digital visual effects post production.

Thousands of leading digital artists worldwide already take advantage of Furnace to ease the routine processes involved with the creation of digital visual effects. With The Foundry's Furnace 4 for Fusion now shipping, Fusion artists will, for the first time, be able to gain access to a broad range of The Foundry's sophisticated motion estimation technology.

The Furnace 4 for Fusion toolset is born from The Foundry's OFX initiative. Launched in 2004, OFX (Open FX) is free-of-charge, open source plug-in standard for developing 2D digital visual effects. OFX was instantly welcomed for its benefits to digital artists and their clients, and for allowing developers to focus more R&D time on new solutions to advance the art of digital effects. And The Foundry is delighted that eyeon has joined the growing list of supported OFX hosts.

Bruno Nicoletti, Chief Technology Officer, The Foundry commented "eyeon has supported the OFX initiative from very early on and we are thrilled that we are now able to add Fusion to our list of supported OFX hosts. The collaborative efforts of our development teams have culminated in a significant number of our Furnace plug-ins being available for Fusion artists, enabling a broader range of digital artists to take advantage of our advanced motion estimation technology on their compositing application of choice."

"It is no secret that the Furnace plug-ins have been in high demand for some time now. Artists know a good fit when they see one and Furnace and Fusion just makes sense," commented Isaac Guenard, Senior Product Manager at eyeon Software.

Furnace 4 for Fusion includes: Align, BlockTexture, ChannelRepair, ColourAlign, ColourMatte, Contrast, Correlate, DeBlur, DeFlicker, DeFlicker2, DeGrain, DeNoise, Depth, DirtRemoval, FrameRepair, Kronos, MatchGrade, MotionBlur, MotionMatch, MotionMatte, MotionSmooth, PixelTexture, ReGrain, RigRemoval, ScratchRepair, ShadowRemoval, SmartFill, Splicer, Steadiness, Tile and WireRemoval.

Highlights Include:

Contrast allows the user to extract hidden detail from dark areas of an image without overexposing the bright areas. Based on the adaptive contrast enhancement algorithm in Apical's Iridix product, Contrast behaves like the human visual system by being adaptive and spatially varying.

DeFlicker1 and DeFlicker2 are fully automated plug-ins designed to remove luminance flicker in a sequence. DeFlicker1 is particularly good at coping with flicker that does not originate from the original scene, e.g. ageing film, dust and chemical exposure. DeFlicker2 is designed to remove in-scene flicker, poorly synchronised light rigs, stray light etc. Both of The Foundry's DeFlicker solutions can remove multiple over-lapping phase different flickers, while adapting to cope with motion in the sequence.

DeNoise is a noise and grain removal plug-in that uses advanced motion estimation technology along the direction of motion, thus reducing the noise without introducing any of the artefacts typically associated with noise reduction.

FrameRepair quickly replaces damaged or missing frames by interpolating pixels from images either side, producing a seamless repair.

Kronos uses The Foundry's advanced motion estimation technology to build in-between frames in a sequence. Kronos can be used to speed up (with motion blur) or slow down an image sequence. Artists have the option of supplying foreground mattes, to give retimed objects tight crisp edges and the latest version will detect and account for occluded regions of the image.

ReGrain and DeGrain are a pair of advanced grain management tools. DeGrain is an intelligent solution designed to remove the maximum amount of grain without damaging the image. ReGrain duplicates grain either from a sample image or stock footage and applies it to a new sequence.

WireRemoval is an automatic tool for removing straight or curved wires from a sequence, whilst preserving the images grain and background detail. WireRemoval comes with a whole bunch of tools to tackle variable width over the wire's length, as well as wire tracking and automatic colour correction. Availability and Pricing
Now shipping, Furnace 4 for Fusion node-locked licenses are available for: $4,400 / £2,200, with a float priced at: $6,600 / £3,300.

Digieffects Acquires Walker Effects Plugins

Latest Chapter in Digieffects Growth

digieffectsWilmington, NC - January 3, 2008 - Digieffects, a developer of popular software plugins for Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Autodesk Combustion today announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire the Walker Effects plugins from WalkerFX.

The WalkerFX plugins have long been a prized toolset for professional visual effects and motion graphics artists. Included in the collection are 18 effects for Adobe After Effects offering unparalleled channel operations, time-saving workflow techniques, effective render optimizations, and the greatest compositing flexibility.

"The acquisition of the Walker Effects intellectual property represents another chapter in our growth. We're excited to have this opportunity to update and continue offering the plugins to the video community," said Robert Sharp, President at Digieffects.

WalkerFX has a MSRP of $149 and is immediately available from Digieffects and its resellers.

About Digieffects
Digieffects is a developer of popular software plugins for Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Autodesk Combustion. The company has been in the business since the beginning of the "plug-in revolution" which dates back to 1996. Over the years, Digieffects has had great success with software products like Cinelook and Delirium and is proud to call thousands of film and video producers all around the world its customers and friends.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Best New After Effects Award of 2007?

votesWell, the votes are tallied and Trapcode Form is the big winner of the Best New After Effect Plug-in of 2007. Only brand new plug-ins that were released in 2007 qualified, not new versions of older plug-ins. Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks and Zaxwerks Reflector ran a close race.

Congratulations to Trapcode Form!

.... What's that? You haven't tried Form yet? Please download a free demo.

Tutorial: Create a Title Paint-On Effect With Boris RED 4.2

One of the more interesting text animation techniques is a paint-on effect where brush strokes reveal a title on the screen. To create this effect we will use Boris RED 4.2 for its comprehensive paint features...

London Taxi - Boris Red tutorial

Read the tutorial: Create a Title Paint-On Effect With Boris RED 4.2

While we're talking about Boris Red, I should mention that v4.2 came out not too long ago. Try a demo today!

Learn more about Boris Red in our Plug-in Finder

LME Particular Vol. 2 Light Show Projects for Trapcode Particular

lmeLME has come out with another amazing package, LME Particular Vol. 2 Light Show. This collection of 107 projects and 44 original particle graphics (not presets) is an array of flamboyant light displays.