Monday, March 31, 2008

Sorenson Squeeze 5 Now Available

sorenson squeezeSorenson Squeeze 5 is the industry-leading video encoding tool, enabling users to efficiently re-purpose video content for web, CD or DVD applications. Squeeze allows users to output content in all popular formats including: Flash, QuickTime, Windows Media, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. Available in 4 varieties: Squeeze 5, Squeeze 5 Pro, Squeeze 5 for Flash and Squeeze 5 for Flash Pro versions.

Sorenson Squeeze 5 includes Sorenson Video 3 Pro, Sorenson Spark Pro, Sorenson MPEG-4 Pro and Sorenson H.264 Pro video codecs. Supports the On2 VP6 Pro Encoder and Bias Soundsoap plug-ins (sold separately). VP6 and Soundsoap are included as part of Squeeze 5 Pro.

Key Improvements in Squeeze 5:
Faster encoding: Squeeze 5 increases encoding speeds on multiple files with multi-thread encoding. Improvements have been made in On2 Flash, MPEG-2, and many pre-processing features.

Squeeze 5 for Flash is the leading encoding application for Flash video because it creates the smallest video file sizes and the highest-quality Flash video.

Key New Features in Squeeze 5 for Flash:

  • Increased Encoding Speed; Simultaneous multi-file encoding capability; Workflow Enhancements

  • Audience Presets - Bundles audio, video, pre-processing filters, and distribution settings into a single preset; New preset search feature; Drag-and-drop publish presets

  • Enhanced Video Quality; New high quality H.264 codec; New Microsoft VC1 codec for Blu-ray encoding, Improved MPEG-1 and MPEG-2

  • New video filters include Watermarking, Hue and Saturation, and Sharpen; Enhanced filters include Inverse Telecine and Deinterlacing

  • Enhanced Audio Quality; AC3 compatible surround sound encoding capabilities; VST audio plugin architecture; New audio filters include Audio Duration and Audio Volume

Sorenson Squeeze 5 for Flash Pro version includes Sorenson Spark Pro, Sorenson MPEG-4 Pro and Sorenson H.264 Pro video codecs.

A Conversation about Greenscreen with Daniel Land, Co-Director of Dirty Trousers

Dirty Trousers

This is part two of an ongoing series with Dirty Trousers filmmakers, as we follow them through the post production process.

In this interview we specifically talk about shooting green screen and the keying process. Daniel Land gives us some insight on what it is like to work on a film filled with effects with a limited amount of time and budge, and what it takes to bring their vision to the big screen.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

NewBlueFX Launches Video Special Effects and Transitions for Avid Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro video editing systems

NewBlue Widens it Offerings for Desktop Video Enthusiasts Video, Multimedia and Technology Editors

new blueLA JOLLA, CA (March 24, 2008) - NewBlue, Inc. today continued its rapid expansion into the desktop video special effects market with a host of new video special effects plug-ins for Avid Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro video editing systems. Avid customers can now enjoy 893 presets and 71 effects plug-ins encompassed in 7 distinct and competitively-priced NewBlueFX plug-in collections, designed to enhance the video editing experience. In addition to the Avid line of video editing software, NewBlue also provides plug-in technologies for the Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas host platforms.

The NewBlueFX video plug-ins product line for Avid Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro systems consists video plug-ins collections 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.

"Avid is synonymous with digital video editing," explains Paul Devermann, NewBlue's VP, Business Development. "NewBlue is pleased to provide a rich set of video effects and transitions for customers of Avid Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro systems."

Ken Miles, Director, Business Development, Avid Technology, Inc. said, "We're very excited to be able offer our customers support for a new suite of third party effects, designed to add flair and creativity to their productions. New Blue continues to innovate in the space of digital media creation, and we're looking forward to hearing success stories from the industry as customers start deploying these new effects into their workflows."

Among the NewBlueFX plug-in collections released for Avid Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro systems are seven VideoFX collections, including NewBlue 3D Effects, NewBlue 3D Transformations, NewBlue Art Blends, NewBlue Art Effects, NewBlue Film Effects, NewBlue Motion Blends and NewBlue Motion Effects.

Included in the VideoFX category are seven collections:

  • NewBlue 3D Explosions, 180 presets in 13 different plug-ins that introduce creative new ways to blast a scene into pieces. Plug-ins 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. Plug-ins 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. Plug-ins 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. Plug-ins 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. Plug-ins 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. Plug-ins 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. Plug-ins include: Active Camera, Earthquake, Motion Blur, Ripple, Rolling Waves, Shear Energy, Spin Blur, Warp, Wiggle, and Zoom Blur. ($139.95 USD)

Users can purchase NewBlueFX directly from the company's website at http://www.newbluefx.com . Fully-functional trial versions are available for download, as well.

About NewBlue, Inc.

NewBlue, Inc. develops innovative audio, video and multimedia technologies for leading companies throughout the world. Founded in early 2002, NewBlue develops and licenses a range of proprietary technologies-- including a series of NewBlueFX video technologies, the NewBlue Audio Engine and Audiomatrix technology platform - that meet the varied multimedia needs of mid-and large-sized companies. Experienced developers, musicians, artists, and software professionals with a unique and commanding set of skills, experience and talent comprise the NewBlue team.

The company unveiled its NewBlueFX product line in 2006 to meet the needs of digital video editing enthusiasts. The NewBlueFX collection of software plug-ins includes special audio and video effects, such as audio filters, noise reduction, equalization, compression and dozens of sophisticated graphic filters and transitions. To date, the NewBlueFX line includes 5 audio-oriented plug-in collections and 7 video-oriented effects and transitions collections for the Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer and Avid Xpress Pro desktop video product lines. About Avid Technology, Inc.

Avid is a worldwide leader in tools for film, video, audio, 3D animation, gaming and broadcast professionals – as well as for home audio and video enthusiasts. Avid professional and consumer brands include Avid, Digidesign®, M-Audio®, Pinnacle Systems®, Sibelius®, Softimage® and Sundance Digital®. The vast majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits are made using one or more Avid products. Whether used by seasoned professionals or beginning students, Avid's products and services enable customers to work more efficiently, productively and creatively. For more information about the company’s award-winning products and services, visit www.avid.com.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Boris FX Ships Boris Blue 2.5

boris blueAdds plug-in support for Adobe CS3 Professional, expanded hardware support for a range of ATI cards

Marlborough MA March 26, 2008 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, announced that Boris Blue version 2.5 is now available. In addition to offering a standalone and Avid AVX plug-in, the 3D motion graphics solution Boris Blue now offers plug-in support for Adobe CS3 Professional running on Windows XP. Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro users can create with unprecedented speed a wide range of professional grade 3D effects; including high quality - extruded text and extruded EPS import as well as 3D model import complete with 3D cameras and lights, cast ray-traced shadows, bump maps and reflections.

"The television commercial work I produce for clients typically has a very tight turn around for deadlines. I often find I can browse the settings library bundled with Blue and modify one or more of the presets to design a unique 3D effect or transition quickly," comments Rob Lackmeyer, Computer\Video Specialists, Inc. "Blue integrates seamlessly into the editing timeline, which greatly speeds up my effects workflow. The end result - I can offer my clients amazing 3D work on a 2D budget."

Within the Adobe Premiere Pro editor, Boris Blue appears as a filter, a single track transition effect, and can also be used to generate a composition clip. In Adobe After Effects Boris Blue is available as a filter capable of utilizing up to 7 tracks from the After Effects timeline as video inputs.

"Boris FX has been developing high-quality plug-in solutions for Adobe Premiere and After Effects since 1995," comments Boris Yamnitsky, founder and president, Boris FX. "For the first time we were able to package Open GL accelerated 3D modeling and rendering in Adobe-style plug-in. We are looking forward to showcasing the new Boris Blue 2.5 integrated with Adobe CS3 Professional at NAB 2008 (booth SL8720)."

Blue 2.5 also extends hardware support to many ATI graphics boards in addition to the many NVIDIA based graphics boards already supported by Boris Blue. This enables a wider range of editors and designers to add Boris Blue to their motion graphics workflow.

Boris Blue 2.5 Highlights

Adobe and Avid Plug-in Integration for Windows XP systems; AVX and Adobe plug-in integration provides convenience and simplifies workflow.

Particles - Use any 3D object as a particle, including extruded shapes and imported 3D Models. Multiple attractors and repellers provide dynamic particle interaction. Sprite-based particles simulate Fire, Smoke and Sparks.

Enhanced Extrusions - Create custom bevels by defining a curve with spline drawing tools. Extrude text, spline primitives, free hand spline drawings and imported EPS files.

Import 3D models in the .3ds and .obj formats, preserving individual geometry groups.

Deformers, Image Processors and Generators - Vertex Deformers provide true 3D warping of 3D objects. Blue's Deformers, Image Processors and Generators are fully hardware accelerated for blazing speed.

Materials including Bump Maps and Reflections- Materials include per pixel lighting controls and texture, bump and reflection mapping. They are also are fully hardware accelerated for optimum speed.

Pricing and Availability

Boris Blue 2.5 is available today through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through the Boris FX web site at www.borisfx.com for an MSRP of $995.00. Boris Red owners can add Boris Blue 2.5 for $295.00.

Boris Blue 2.5 is a free update for Blue 2.0 customers. Earlier versions of Blue can be upgraded to version 2.5 for $295.00.

Attendees to the NAB 2008 exhibition can see Boris Blue 2.5 in action on stand SL8720.

About Boris FX

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

Apple Plugin Manager 1.7.3

This update to Plugin Manager improves reliability for Apple's professional applications and is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Express, Aperture, Logic Studio and related SDKs.

Zaxwerks ProAnimator 4.5 Now Available

zaxwerks proanimatorWhat's new in 4.5

  • Now compatible with multi-user environments
  • Better QuickTime movie flattening
  • Work was done to optimize swatch performance

Visit our Plug-in Finder for more details on the update.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Media 100 Universal Binary Codecs Now Available for Free Download

Download the free Media 100 Universal Binary codecs

The codecs are included free with the Media 100 Producer 14-day Trial Version.

With these free codecs, editors and graphics professionals can playback and render modern and legacy Media 100 media files in any QuickTime-based application. The codecs include Universal Binary versions of the Media 100 i and Media 100 HD codecs as well as the PowerPC Instant Media 844/X codec.

Learn more about Media 100

Try Digieffects Damage for free today!

damageDigieffects Damage was released last week and there has been quite a lot of buzz about it! It is the first new product from Digieffects in years, and since Robert Sharp took over the company last year.

Damage is a collection of four effects plug-ins designed for post production professionals who want to create an extensive variety of digital and/or analog defects/errors in your footage.

Damage runs in Adobe After Effects 7 - CS3, Final Cut Pro FCP 5.1 and higher, Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0+, and Autodesk Combustion 4.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Ease and Wizz - AE Script and Expressions

Iam Haigh has created an AE script and Hi. I'm proud to announce Ease and Wizz! It's an After Effects script and a whole bunch of expressions - "the fruit of many, many hours trying to figure out how adapt Robert Penner's Flash-based easing equations to work as expressions in After Effects."

Ease and Wizz lets you use several kinds of easing (rather than just
"easy-ease") in a handy way: Expo, Circ, Quint, Quart, Quad, Sine

He also has included "Special effects" eases: Back, Bounce, Elastic

You can see the different types of easing here or in this really basic video that Ian made a while back.

You can download Ease and Wizz here. Ian explains that there are some rough edges, but he has been using it in a production environment for some time and have been pleased with it.

I welcome your feedback, and hope that you find it useful!

SF Cutters 8th Birthday Party

Thursday, March 27th at 6:30pm, at 601 Townsend at 7th St in San Francisco.

BYO Reels. Who is bringing their reels? Adam Wilt, Mitchell Rose, RE:VisionFX and CAKE from Katrina Rozelle - Email sfcuttster@gmail.com for more information.

Refreshments and drinks are courtesy of Advanced Systems Group and Goat Hill Pizza courtesy of BlackMagic Design.

Buy Tickets Online Now $10

2008 Yearly Memberships for SFCutters are almost sold out!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

RE:Vision Effects releases ReelSmart Motion Blur v3.3, OpenFX version, with support for Nuke.

RevisionfxRE:Vision Effects announces the immediate availability of ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) v.3.3, OpenFX (OFX) version. ReelSmart Motion Blur applies more natural-looking motion blur to a video sequence by automatically tracking every pixel. RE:Vision Effects' tracking technology is at the heart of ReelSmart Motion Blur, so there is no handwork involved. Users can add as little or as much blurring as is needed, and can even remove motion blur.

What's new in version 3.3?


  • This version adds support The Foundry's Nuke and Toxik 2008. The OFX version of RSMB continues to support Assimilate Scratch. Other OFX hosts will be added to the list of supported applications once they are verified to work properly.
  • With this release, the OFX version of RSMB now runs on Mac OS X, both 32 and 64 bit Linux, and continues to support for 32-bit Windows apps running on either 32-bit or 64-bit Win XP and Vista.
  • Floating licensing is also new to this version of RSMB for OFX. This is the first RE:Vision Effects product to offer a true floating licensing option. Cheaper node-locked licenses are still available.


RSMB as an OFX plugin product comes with 2 plugins:
  1. a plugin that automatically tracks every pixel in a sequence and blurs based on calculated motion. Some motion blur can also be removed. There is support for foreground and background separation using a specified matte for better tracking, when needed.
  2. a plugin that adds or removes motion blur using existing motion vectors sequences (such as those coming from a 3D renderer).


Both plugins take full advantage of multiprocessors, and support unclamped floating point image processing when supported by the host application.

RE:Vision Effects' motion vector format is supported by 3DStudio Max (as the Velocity Render Element), Cinema 4D, Iluminate Labs's Turtle, SiTex's Air via a renderman shader, XSI and Maya via a Mental Ray shader, RE:Vision Effects' Twixtor Motion Vector Create tool, and others. The various methods of retrieving motion vectors are documented on the FAQ section of our website.

Pricing

  • The OFX version of RSMB is $189.95 for a full (GUI) node-locked license. Full (GUI) floating licenses are priced at $284.93.
  • Render-only licenses for applications that support background (non GUI) rendering are available. Node-locked render-only licenses are $44.95, and floating render-only licenses are 67.43. Render-only licenses only renders projects saved with a full license, so your site must have at least one full (GUI) license for a render-only license to be useful.
  • Volume discounts are available with a minimum purchase of 5 licenses.


RSMB continues to be supported in Adobe After Effects and Premiere, Apple Shake, Final Cut Pro, Motion (ppc only), BorisFX Red, Autodesk Combustion and Autodesk systems that support Sparks (Flame, Inferno, Smoke,...), Avid editing systems (Media Composer, Symphony,...), Softimage XSI, Quantel genQ, Eyeon Fusion and others.

Come by and get a demo in person at NAB, booth SL2128J, or download demo versions, example projects and movies, from the RE:Vision Effects website, http://www.revisionfx.com

ReelSmart Motion Blur is a trademark of RE:Vision Effects, Inc. Other trademarks are owned by their respective owners. Features, pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.

Sorenson Squeeze Tip

sorensonDave Armstrong, QA Lead, Sorenson Media Inc. had a good tip about Sorenson Squeeze in the last Sorenson Newsletter:

Have you ever needed to limit your output file size to a specified amount? Using our Constrain File Size preset option can help. The Constrain File Size option can be found in the upper right hand corner of the compression settings once you have applied a setting to your file. The key to using this feature to the best of its abilities is to just use it as a basic guide. When you type in the File Size limit you need, you will notice that the Audio/Video Data Rates update with it. So check the box for Constrain File Size, type the desired value, and uncheck the Constrain File Size box, you now have a base data rate that should put you close to your mark. This now gives you the added ability to tweak the Data Rates as you desire with the knowledge of what your Overall Data Rate should stay at.

Bias Ships Peak Pro 6

Powerful New Editing, Mastering & Sound Design Tools Plus Production Pack Dvd With Soundsoap Le, Reveal Le And More

biasMusikmesse Expo - Hall 5.1 B55 - Frankfurt, Germany - March 12, 2008 - BIAS, Inc. today announced it has begun shipping Peak Pro 6,a major new upgrade to the award-winning pro audio editing, processing, mastering and delivery software for Mac OS X. Peak Pro 6 offers many new features, including an enhanced playlist with advanced functionality including new cross-fade options and volume envelopes; new DSP sound design features; editing and delivery enhancements; user interface improvements; and much more.

"We're thrilled to release version 6 of Peak Pro," said Jason E. Davies, VP Sales & Marketing for BIAS, Inc. "Both existing Peak users and new customers will agree that adding Peak Pro 6 to their digital audio toolset offers even more features and benefits than ever before. Whether you need to record and master audio directly to CD, design sounds, sample libraries and loops, or save time processing and delivering high quality audio, Peak Pro 6 is a must-have companion for anyone working with digital audio on a Mac."

Advanced Playlist Editing & Mastering: Peak Pro 6 adds even more functionality to the already robust Peak Pro 5 playlist (which included CD-TEXT, PQ editing, ISRC codes, a DDP export option, and more). The Peak Pro 6 playlist is even more powerful and flexible with the addition of new, fully customizable real-time volume envelopes, sample level zooming and editing, overlap/gap or centered cross-fades for either mastering or "classical"/take style workflows, new navigation and audition controls and more. Ideal for editing complex musical takes, preparing tracks for commercial CD replication, or simply arranging sections of a remix, the new playlist in Peak Pro 6 is now even more powerful and optimized for the task.

Editing, Processing & Sound Design Power: Since its inception, Peak has offered a robust selection of on-board DSP, and BIAS has added more DSP processing, editing, and sound design features to the program with each new release. Peak Pro 6 continues this tradition with the addition of several new processing tools.

Perpetual Looper ensures perfect "beat free" sustained loops of single line instrument samples ideal for developing instrument sample libraries. Pitch Envelope allows pitch changes to be controlled via a user customizable envelope ideal for creating special pitch based effects over time. Convolve Envelope offers dynamic control over the amount of convolution being applied over time excellent for producing new sounds by mapping the harmonic spectrum of one file over another.

Voiceover Ducking analyzes amplitude of a voiceover and automatically adjusts volume of mixed background source perfect for quick Podcast production where a voiceover needs to be mixed with background music. Vbox Link offers a new cross-synthesis between virtual instruments, effects and live input with real-time mix, convolve, vocode, modulate, and magnitude multiply modes offering unparalleled special effects and processing. Change Duration now offers algorithm selection for optimizing results when adjusting audio speed/length while retaining pitch of solo vocals versus music mixes. Cache in RAM provides an ultra-fast editing option that stores audio in RAM avoiding disc access bottlenecks when working with large files and significantly increasing processing speed for many DSP operations.

Multiple Delivery Tools: Peak Pro is widely used to prepare files for CD, web, video, game consoles, and other delivery formats. Version 6 adds new export capabilities while streamlining integration between other applications. Enhanced PQ sheet/text export generates user configurable playlist reports complete with track durations, indexes, CD-TEXT, and notes that can be printed, saved as .pdf, or exported as tab delimited text to ensure accurate reproduction and organization of playlist data. iTunes integration Peak Pro 6 allows quick and easy export of playlist regions directly to iTunes while offering bi-directional drag-and-drop integration for individual songs and regions. Integrated Podcasting many Podcast producers already employ Peak for its arsenal of recording, editing and processing power. Podcasts can be authored and uploaded directly from Peak Pro 6 as RSS feeds without requiring a separate Podcasting application. Default Save As stores frequently used file type, bit depth, and compression settings in the Save As dialog. Metadata audio file support Peak Pro 6 offers comprehensive reading and writing of metadata (audio information stored within the file such as artist, title and SMPTE start time) for most major file types including Broadcast WAVE.

User Interface Enhancements: Peak Pro 6 sports a sleek new user interface design featuring a global contrast control, scroll bars, and buttons. New high-resolution logarithmic meters with user configurable standard calibrations feature prominently in the new transport, and "magnetic" windows now snap together for optimal screen management. The included new Vbox effects and instruments matrix offers additional preset viewing and selection controls plus MIDI channel assignments. Additionally, the playlist offers an improved cross-fade control area along with a new stereo view and user adjustable waveform to list view ratio.

Peak Pro Production Pack DVD: New retail purchases and select upgrades to Peak Pro 6 also include the Peak Pro Production Pack, a powerful ensemble of audio plug-ins, utilities, and high quality content adding over $300 of value to an already feature rich release. Among the featured plug-ins are SoundSoap LE and Reveal LE two powerful plug-ins from BIAS for audio restoration and analysis. The LE editions integrate exclusively with Peak on Mac OS X, while the retail editions are cross-platform and compatible with third-party AU, RTAS/AS, and VST hosts. Also included is WireTap Pro from Ambrosia for capturing system/internet audio with no loss of quality or additional cable connections, as well as a limited edition of AMG's "ONE" software sample player, a free 1-year membership to Broadjam.com, SFX Machine LT special effects plug-in, audio loops from PowerFX, production elements from Sound Ideas, and sound effects from Hollywood Edge and Frank Serafine, and more.

Pricing & Availability: Peak Pro 6 is available now for $599 US SRP through authorized BIAS resellers and distributors worldwide and directly from BIAS. Peak Pro XT 6 (includes Peak Pro 6, SoundSoap & SoundSoap Pro, Master Perfection Suite plus DDP 2.0 Export (new), will be available for $1199 US SRP. For upgrade and cross-grade information, please visit the BIAS web site.

About BIAS

BIAS, Inc., a privately held corporation based in Petaluma, California, is an established leader in cutting-edge audio software technology. BIAS' award-winning product line which currently includes Peak Pro XT, Peak Pro, Peak LE, Deck, Deck LE, Master Perfection Suite, SoundSoap, and SoundSoap Pro can be heard on numerous hit recordings, Hollywood and independent feature films, television productions, websites, video games, and other productions. BIAS, founded in 1994 as Berkley Integrated Audio Software Inc, is dedicated to crafting powerful, innovative tools for audio, video, and film professionals, as well as musicians, composers, multimedia developers, and Internet authors.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Genarts Releases Sapphire Plug-Ins For Apple FxPlug Products

SapphireNew version features over 200 effects with native support for Final Cut Pro and Motion

Cambridge, MA. March 18, 2008 - GenArts, Inc., a leading provider of visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industries, today announced the immediate availability of Sapphire Plug-ins for Apple FxPlug products, including Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion. Sapphire Plug-ins for FxPlug products contains over 200 image processing and synthesis effects, including the latest effects in the Sapphire suite such as FilmDamage, ZDefocus, Cartoon, BleachBypass, GradientMulti, SwishPan, Deband and Vignette. GenArts is offering the new FxPlug version at no additional charge to customers with Sapphire v2 for After Effects and compatible products.

The new version for FxPlug products features drag-on Transition effects for FCP, effects categorized by Generators, Filters and Transitions, and parameters arranged in groups for improved interface layout. "It's fantastic to have these effects as real transitions in FCP! Once again a great job by the GenArts Sapphire team," says Andy Tolbert from Wide Eyed Productions.

Usability enhancements in the FxPlug version also include the ability to open and close parameter groups in the UI and dial controls for angle parameters. Additionally, projects created in Motion using Sapphire effects can be easily imported into FCP. The FxPlug and After Effects versions of Sapphire can be used concurrently in FCP for compatibility with existing projects.

"GenArts has a long history of supporting Apple products, and this release further demonstrates our commitment to our mutual customers. We are proud to provide native support for all of the Apple FxPlug products with this new version of Sapphire, which dramatically enhances the full range of effects and functionality for FCP and Motion artists," comments Anish Dhanda, Managing Director of GenArts.
Key features of Sapphire Plug-ins for Apple FxPlug Products:

  • Over 200 effects
  • Native support for Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion
  • Convenient drag-on Transition effects for Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express
  • Effects categorized by Generators, Filters and Transitions
  • Parameter groups can be opened and closed in the UI
  • FlickerRemove and FlickerMatch have Set Hold Level and Set Match Level buttons
  • Angle parameters use dial controls
  • Motion projects with Sapphire effects can be imported and embedded in Final Cut Pro
  • FxPlug and After Effects versions of Sapphire can be used together in Final Cut Pro
  • Support for Mac OS 10.5 Leopard and Mac Intel hardware
  • Many options and parameters which can be adjusted and animated for an unlimited range of results
  • Resolution independent, fully anti-aliased, high quality images
  • Easy to use and fully integrated within the native user interface
  • Multi-processor support for faster rendering
  • Online hyper-linked documentation

Availability and Pricing

Sapphire Plug-ins for Apple FxPlug Products can be purchased directly from GenArts or through their worldwide channel of authorized resellers. Pricing is $1699 for the entire package or $599 for one of four individual box sets. Special upgrade pricing for existing customers with Sapphire v1 for After Effects is offered for $599 and $199, respectively. Customers with Sapphire v2 for After Effects can use the FxPlug version at no charge on the same workstation. A new license purchased for FxPlug also allows use of the AE version. A free trial of the software is available online at www.genarts.com

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®, Final Cut Express®, Motion® 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 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 www.genarts.com.

Digieffects Ships Damage

damage boxCollection of four effects for "sabotaging your creativity"

Wilmington, NC - March 19, 2008 - Digieffects, a developer of popular software plug-ins for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Autodesk Combustion today announced that it shipped Damage, a new set of plugins for video and film post production.

Digieffects Damage is a collection of four effects plugins designed for post production professionals who want to create an extensive variety of digital and/or analog defects/errors in your footage.

"We designed the Damage package to be the most comprehensive set of tools for creating images that look affected by digital or analog artifacts available." said Digieffects President, Robert Sharp. According to Sharp, Damage is a unique product in the marketplace. No other plugin collection is dedicated to 'damaging' a video project". Damage includes the following effects:

Blockade: Video acquired by low fidelity devices like cellular phones and PDAs is becoming more commonplace. Blockade makes your clip look like it is highly compressed and being transmitted through a very bandwidth-limited pipe. Essential for simulating internet based micro cam display or personal video communication.

Artifact: Developed to create digital defects, Artifact simulates lost DCT blocks and frame dropping, most often seen when a digital video file suffers from corruption or a satellite feed is hampered by weather. Make sure you warn clients and your house engineer that it's only an effect...

Interference: If it's television you want, traditionally you'll need some sort of interlaced field scanning. Interference creates the look of interlaced video fields, even on progressive footage or still images, adding noise, colorization and offset separately for each field.

Skew: The never-ending quest to aim the rabbit ears so that the television show looks as good once you're in your chair as it did when your hands were attached to the antenna is fast fading into the lore of old... That valuable (if under-appreciated) look is preserved in Skew. Uniquely analog/broadcast image badness like noise, image shearing, ghosts... it's all there.

Damage has a retail price of $99 and is available immediately from Digieffects and its resellers.

About Digieffects
Digieffects is a developer of popular software plug-ins 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.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Freebies from LME: Trapcode Shine Presets and a Filigree freebie

LME logoLME is giving away 5 more Trapcode Shine presets for After Effects. They're version AE 6.5.




LME is also giving away a free Filigree animation. The LME 289 Filigree Originals is a set of filigree patterns in Adobe Illustrator 7 vector format, not found in any other collection. They can be used in After Effects, Photoshop, Apple Motion - pretty much any host app you might own. The freebie consists of an AE project using a filigree.


CycoreFX HD 1.6.1 update available for download

cycoreCycoreFX HD 1.6.1 is available for download (17.03.2008). This update includes bug fixes and an SDK update. All plug-ins are now up to date with the latest After Effects SDK. We recommend all CycoreFX HD users to upgrade to this version.


Improvements and bug fixes since version 1.6

All plug-ins have been updated with latest After Effects SDK

Pixel Polly

  • Now prevents excessive sort when grid size < 5 (out of slider range).


Bug fixes:y

  • Slant bug with Comp Height/Width resolution set to different values.
  • Pixel Polly cache bug.
  • PageTurn bug when "Backpage Only" rendered frontpage if back opacity was zero.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Digital Anarchy ToonIt updated to 1.1 with multiprocessor support

toonitFrom the DA Newsletter:

The Mac version is looking very good, but we're having a bit o' trouble with the Windows version. Those of you that emailed last month about the Windows version are still on our list. We just need to get a build that we think is stable enough to send out. No point in sending you software we know is going to cause a steady stream of errors. Sorry this has taken so long, but that's the way it goes with development sometimes.

HOWEVER... those of you with After Effects CS3 don't need to wait for the multi-processor version of ToonIt. AE's multi-processor support, the Render Frames Simultaneously checkbox in the Preferences, will usually supercede ToonIt's MP support anyways. So if you have enough RAM for AE to render multiple frames on each of your processors you're getting as good of performance from ToonIt as we'll be able to give you. Same goes for those of you using Nucleo Pro from Gridiron Software.

Note on CS3 multi-processing: It is something of a black art as to how you get AE to fully use all your processors. What is happening is there will be a separate instance of AE running on each processor. Thus, you will need enough memory for all those instances of AE. Playing around with the settings in the Memory & Cache preference section will determine how many additional processors are used by the Multi-processing preference section. You don't usually want the Memory & Cache set to the defaults if you have a multi-processor machine. Changing the memory usage to 50 or 60% will free up memory to be used by other instances of AE. Also, setting the cache to a low amount like 10% can also affect how many processors will be used. Of course, if you have a memory intensive project, say 4k comp with a ton of layers, setting your memory to 33% may not be a great idea. And you might want to wait until you're ready to render to change the cache settings, as a low setting will affect how much you can ram preview. As mentioned, it's a bit of a black art which I admit I don't fully understand, so don't take this as the definitive guide on AE multi-processor support. These are just things I've run into while fiddling with settings on the various dualcore and quadcore machines we have sitting around the office here at the Anarchy World HQ.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Boris FX Releases FEC 5.0 for FxPlug

FECNew version of Final Effects Complete now available for Apple Final Cut Studio 2 and Final Cut Express 4

Marlborough MA - March 13, 2008 Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, announced that Final Effects Complete 5.0 for FxPlug (FEC 5.0 for FxPlug) is now shipping. This is the second release in the FEC series which also includes FEC 5.0 for AE (shipping since February 2008) and FEC 5.0 for AVX (shipping Q2 2008). FEC 5.0 for FxPlug adds support for the Apple ® Final Cut Studio® 2 (FCS 2) and Final Cut Express® 4 running on the latest Apple OS X Leopard® operating system.

"We have had an immense amount of positive feedback to the Final Effects Complete 5.0 release. Our customers greatly appreciate the optimization of the FEC package to the host environment as well as the high-quality and uniqueness of each FEC effect," comments Boris Yamnitsky, founder and president, Boris FX. "With the large FEC user base and advancements in hardware performance we definitely see the FEC product line becoming the go to option for the more advanced effects and motion graphics production workflow."

Final Effects Complete for FxPlug is a set of 108 visual effects filters re-designed for Apple's FxPlug plug-in architecture, providing seamless integration with Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion. FEC 5 FxPlug adds new support for 16 bit-color processing and takes full advantage of FxPlug for a big performance boost including unlimited RT filters and native Final Cut Pro transitions. The same FEC filters are recognized by Motion and run within Motion's accelerated GPU environment for improved compatibility and flexible workflow.

FEC 5.0 for FxPlug Workflow Highlights
  • Host Support: Apple Final Cut Studio including the Apple video applications Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion
  • Multi-processor acceleration increases effects production
  • Boris Motion Tracker and Pixel Chooser borrowed from BCC allow users to selectively apply filters to specific areas of the image. The method is superior to layer duplication and masking because it is more flexible and efficient.
  • New FEC Native Parameter UI sports new control groups, contextual controls, on-screen widgets, custom controls and many other improvements. All parameter options are now readily available as native parameters without a need to open modal dialog windows.
  • Load and Save Presets allow users to carry and use their favorite effects with other Boris applications in other supported hosts on Windows or Macintosh.
  • The built-in Electronic Help system provides comprehensive information to maximize productivity.

Pricing and Availability

FEC 5.0 for FxPlug is available today through Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct through Boris FX web site at www.borisfx.com for an MSRP of $895.00 (new), $295.00 (upgrade to FEC 5.0 for FxPlug from any other version) and $295.00 (for cross-grades from BCC).

FEC 5.0 for FxPlug and BCC 5.0 for FxPlug can be purchased as a bundled set for $1095.00 (a saving of $695.00)

FEC 5.0 for AVX packages will be available later in Q2 2008.

About Boris FX

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

Plugged-in Podcast: The Digital Landscape Show 19 is up!

subscribeGuests include Andrew Marcus and Bruce Nazarin of the DVD Association. Regulars Michele Yamazaki and Philip Hodgetts, too!

Wacom Cintiq 12WX Review

Casey Wilson reviews Wacom Cintiq 12WX: Tools to help a visually impaired artist

Digital Film Tools Power Matte Review by Jim Geduldick

DFT logoToolfarm Forum Expert Jim Geduldick (aka Apple Jim) reviews Digital Film Tools Power Matte: Generating mattes for After Effects over at Digital Producer.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Psunami Water for FCP/Motion released (FxPlug version)

psunamiOne of Digital Anarchy's most popular plug-ins, Psunami Water, is now available for Final Cut Pro and Motion.

Psunami Water creates photorealistic water surfaces. The waves are true 3D, created by a 3D mesh that's rippled and distorted by water simulation algorithms. Since you're in a real 3D system, you can fly the camera around skimming across the waves or going beneath them to create underwater shots. Using the same technology that created the digital water in Titanic it's an incredibly powerful way of adding beautiful, realistic waves and water to your FCP and Motion projects.

The best part is that the AE purchase of Psunami Water includes the FxPlug version in the same package! Buy one, get both!

We'll have the system requirements up as soon as we get them, but for now, I think you'd be fine with an Intel based Mac with the most recent version of Final Cut Studio. I'll find out if it will run in older versions of FCS.

More on Boris Final Effects Complete FxPlug

BFECDownload the Boris FEC FxPlug for Final Cut Pro and Motion here. It's good for 15 days. It's (obviously) Mac only, but there is a version for After Effects and compatible also.

There are also many ways to buy FEC:

We're in the process of updating the FEC entry in our Plug-in Finder.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Boris Final Effects Complete 5 FxPlug Now Available

FEC

Final Effects Complete 5 FxPlug is a set of 108 visual effects filters re-designed for Apple's FxPlug plug-in architecture, providing seamless integration with Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion. FEC 5 FxPlug adds new support for 16 bit-color processing and takes full advantage of FxPlug for a big performance boost including unlimited RT filters and native Final Cut Pro transitions. The same FEC filters are recognized by Motion and run within Motion's accelerated GPU environment for improved compatibility and flexible workflow.

FEC 5 FxPlug is available now for a suggested retail price of 895 USD. Users of BCC and older versions of FEC may upgrade for 295 USD.

We will have an FEC FxPlug demo up shortly.

Luke Price reviews FxFactory Pro 2

noise industries fxfactory proHere's a quick excerpt from the review

A toolbox loaded with high quality ready-to-go effects, and the ability to customise, create and share your own effects means your collection can just keep growing. With the FxPacks on offer and FxFactory Pro, you get versatility, dedication and a willingness to develop further, which sounds like value for money to me.

Read the full review

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Archive: $6 Million in 3D Content, Ridiculously Discounted!

Introducing The Archive by Digimation; the world's largest collection of high-quality 3D content. The Archive contains 16,500 of the finest 3D models available covering sixteen categories of subject matter.

ArchiveAvailable in two versions:
The Archive Platinum Edition includes 10,054 3D models, is perfect for smaller studios working on tight budgets or individuals needing instant access to a wide variety of quality 3D models.

The Archive Titanium Edition features 16,504 of the finest 3D models available anywhere and includes thousands of high-end models unavailable anywhere else including over a thousand digitized vehicles, detailed human anatomy including digitized skeletal data from The Visible Human Project, accurate military data, 3D geography, architectural landmarks, and more.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Tim Kolb Joins Digieffects as Chief Product Officer

digieffectsEmmy award winning director/editor will steer product vision

Wilmington, NC - March 3, 2008 - Tim Kolb, an Emmy, Chicago Film Festival Hugo, and Telly Award-winning director and a 20 year veteran of video and television post production has joined Digieffects as the Chief Product Officer. In this capacity, Tim, will lead the company's product marketing and management efforts.

Tim has experience with a wide range of creative initiatives ranging from interactive projects as early as 1986 to broadcast news production and working with HD and 2K RAW acquisition/post production and compositing. He has been a tour presenter for Canopus, Adobe, CineForm, Sony, and Silicon Imaging, a forum moderator at Creative Cow and author of multiple articles on the web and for TV Technology and Post Magazine. Tim has been featured in articles in Millimeter, Video Systems, EventDV, Studio Monthly, Film and Video, and Studentfilmmaker magazines and is the author of "The Easy Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro" and more recently, the technical editor of "Hands on HDV" (Gloman/Pescatore) from Focal Press. Tim was named one of the "Top 100 Producers" of 2002 by AV Video/ Multimedia Producer Magazine.

"I've enjoyed building my career in production, and I still plan on continuing with certain projects and clients, but for a number of years I've also enjoyed working with industry manufacturers, furnishing input from the user's perspective." said Kolb. "Now I have a chance to be involved with an excellent group of people during some very exciting times at Digieffects, and instead of simply offering input, I'll be helping put it in action."

"We are thrilled and honored to have Tim join the company" said Robert Sharp, president of Digieffects. "I've known Tim for many years and have always been impressed with his strong technical and product knowledge as well as his ability to relate to the needs of users".

Digieffects will be exhibiting at the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April (Booth SL2128D in the Plugin Pavilion).

About Digieffects Digieffects is a developer of popular software plugins for film and video post-production. 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 began a new chapter of growth in 2007 when acquired by industry veteran Robert Sharp. Digieffects plugins support Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Autodesk Combustion and Boris RED.