Thursday, July 31, 2008

Noise Industries Joins The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

noise industriesFxFactory installed on the "Studio on Wheels" educational tour bus, crossing the States offering students free hands-on production experience

Boston MA - July 31, 2008 - Noise Industries, developer of visual
effects tools for the postproduction and broadcast markets, is sponsoring the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a 501(c)(3)non-profit venture dedicated to introducing visitors to the latest audio and video technology. Established more than a decade ago, the Lennon Bus is a mobile state-of-the-art recording and HD video production studio. Covering some 60,000 miles per year, there are 3-4 on-board engineers that travel with the Bus, hosting one day workshops for students from all walks of life at hundreds of schools and other locations across the US. Students spend the day composing an original song, recording it and creating and producing a broadcast quality video using the latest in video and audio solutions such as Apple® Final Cut Studio® and Noise Industries FxFactory Pro.

Brian Rothschild, co-founder and Executive Director of the Bus
venture, said of the new alliance, "We are pleased to have Noise
Industries on board as a sponsor. Jeff Sobel, our Chief Engineer, was
anxious to bring the products into our studio and maintain the highest
quality available in the production and post production worlds.

The Lennon Bus staff invited Noise Industries to participate in the
tour and put their visual effects package - FxFactory Pro - in the
video production suite. An ideal fit for the Apple Final Cut Studio
workflow and a fan favorite among Final Cut editors, Noise Industries
became a proud sponsor of the Bus. "This is definitely one of these
moments when you step back and realize how fortunate you are to be a
part of such an amazing industry - one that has so many talented
members who give back in such invaluable ways," comments Niclas Bahn,
Noise Industries. "We want to express our deep gratitude to the team
at the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and thank them for letting us
be part of such an amazing project."

For more information on the John Lennon Bus, please visit lennonbus.org.

About FxFactory
FxFactory is a visual effects package which powers the largest
collection of plug-ins for Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express editors
and Motion compositors. FxFactory offers over 300 GPU accelerated
filters, generators and transitions that work natively within the
Final Cut Studio user interface. FxFactory is based entirely on
FxPlug, Apple's new plug-in architecture which supports high
bit-depths and guarantees the best integration with Final Cut Studio.
FxFactory is also the first expandable effects package for Final Cut
Studio, thanks to the elegant plug-in management system that lets
users find new visual effects in one click, try them out in projects-
paying for only the plug-ins they need.

Apple Final Cut Studio 2 and Apple Final Cut Express 4 users can test
drive hundreds of FxFactory plug-ins by downloading the free 15-day
trial version from the Noise Industries website.

About Noise Industries, LLC

Established in 2004, Boston Massachusetts based Noise Industries is an
innovative developer of visual effects tools for the postproduction
and broadcast community. Their products are integrated with popular
non-linear editing and compositing products from Apple and Avid.

Boris Blue 2.5.1 is now available with support for Windows Vista, New Pricing

Image NameBoris Blue 2.5.1 is now available with support for Windows Vista and new NVIDIA & ATI drivers that are qualified by Avid & Adobe! In addition, we are pleased to announce new pricing-If you already use Boris Graffiti, Boris RED, or Avid FX, then you'll love Boris Blue. With Blue, you'll get...
  • Much more speed for previewing effects and rendering effects. Boris Blue uses NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards for accelerated GPU rendering and preview. If you regularly create animated 3D titles in Boris Graffiti, Boris RED, or Avid FX, then upgrade to Blue and enjoy screaming-fast effects setup and rendering.
  • Much more sophisticated 3D looks because it has more advanced 3D lighting, more advanced materials for 3D surfaces, true 3D shape deformers for all shapes, and custom bevels and extrusion faces.
  • Fast, powerful 3D Particle Emitters for realistic simulation of smoke, fire, and sparks.
  • The ability to import 3D model files such as .3ds (3ds Max) and .obj (Maya) geometry files, preserving individual geometry groups and maintaining editable texture and bump maps. This gives you access to an infinite number of new 3D shapes for your Boris Blue 3D effects.
  • Advanced 3D Camera features including the ability to animate a camera along a bezier path. Have a camera stay focused on a specific 3D point or track another 3D object as its target while moving through 3D space.
  • Better interface tools for composing 3D effects. The Boris Blue Composite Window offers split views for simultaneously viewing and adjusting your 3D scene from multiple perspectives. Blue also gives you improved 3D interactors for better manipulating objects in 3D space.
  • Boris Blue is available as a plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, Adobe After Effects CS3, and Avid editing and finishing systems on Windows. Blue may also be used as a standalone application.
Download a 14-day Trial Version or Buy Now

Boris Blue 2.5.1 is a Free Update for Blue 2.x Users. Download the Update

New Artbeats Stock Footage: New Orleans Aerials, Florida City Aerials, Winter Wilderness Aerials, and Sports Ball Elements

High Definition, Royalty-free Aerial Footage Includes Sweeping Skylines, Dominant Skyscrapers and the Picturesque Southern Coastline

(Myrtle Creek, Oregon--July 29, 2008) Take flight down south with Artbeats' newest royalty-free aerial stock footage collections, New Orleans Aerials and Florida City Aerials, featuring unique aerial shots of numerous landmarks including the picturesque southern coastline, commanding skyscrapers and prominent skylines. Shot with the Gyron system for ultimate stabilization, these new titles include superior quality, HD content that has made Artbeats footage a favorite among industry professionals.

New Artbeats footage to our store at Toolfarm.com:


artbeats new orleansNew Orleans Aerials features all the excitement and history one would expect from this famous city, even post-Hurricane Katrina. This breathtaking collection, available in HD and SD resolution, includes the Louisiana Superdome and the dominant towers of downtown; the renowned French Quarter and views of the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral from the Mississippi River.

artbeats florida cityFlorida City Aerials includes soaring high above the scenic Florida coast and dramatic skyscrapers to gliding through water canals and massive harbors. Containing 45 clips in both HD and SD resolution, this collection showcases Florida's most well-known cities, such as Orlando, Jacksonville, Miami, and the state capitol, Tallahassee.

artbeats winter wildernessWinter Wilderness Aerials Fly over snow-covered peaks, down icy rivers, alongside jagged glacial seracs, and above vast tracts of unbroken coniferous forests to witness the Alaskan wilderness in its frigid winter drama. HD and SD collections both contain 41 clips.

artbeats sports ballSports Ball Elements Balls of five different sports are shown alone on a black ground as they spin, roll, or fly through the air in a variety of trajectories, some in close-up, others in mid-frame. HD and SD both contain 78 clips, 15 of which are seamless looping.

As the industry's leading creative footage resource, Artbeats is also committed to providing a multitude of tools, including tutorials and creative samples, for beginning cinematographers and industry veterans alike, as well as its innovative footage. All of Artbeats' tutorials are presented by professionals in the design industry and are available free of charge at www.artbeats.com/resource.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

GenArts to Showcase Sapphire Plug-ins at SIGGRAPH 2008

SapphireCompany to demonstrate their VFX plug-ins on a wide range of products at booth 1536

GenArts, Inc., a leading provider of visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industries, will be exhibiting at SIGGRAPH 2008, being held August 12-14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

GenArts will feature Sapphire Plug-ins, a collection of over 200 image processing and synthesis effects, on a wide range of host platforms in the Plug-in Pavilion, booth 1536. Visitors to the booth will be given demonstrations of the latest Sapphire Plug-ins releases for Adobe After Effects and Apple Shake. GenArts will also be showing a technology preview of Sapphire Plug-ins for OFX products on The Foundry's Nuke, Autodesk Toxik and Eyeon Fusion.

About GenArts
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 Iron Man, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Hulk, Spider-Man 1, 2 and 3, 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.

Imagineer Systems Showcases Newest VFX Desktop Tools at Siggraph 2008

Customer Feedback Drives Improvements to mocha, monet, mokey, motor; Showcased in the Plugin Pavilion

GUILDFORD, UK (July 29, 2008) Imagineer Systems (www.imagineersystems.com), creators of next-generation VFX tools, today announced its presence at Siggraph 2008 in Los Angeles the week of August 12 - 14, 2008 in the Plugin Pavilion (Booth #1536) at the Los Angeles Convention Center. During the show, representatives from Imagineer Systems will showcase newly released versions of the Company's highly-popular VFX desktop tools, such as mocha, motor, monet and mokey.

"As Siggraph continues to expand its reach into the VFX and post production market, we feel the timing is perfect to add a new venue for us to meet with customers and share with them the latest developments with our VFX tools," said Allan Jaenicke, chief executive officer of Imagineer Systems. "We're also very pleased to be able to come to Los Angeles, where some of the industry's most talented VFX artists reside, and show them first-hand how our desktop tools can significantly enhance their VFX workflow."

Many customers are sharing their excitement over the significant workflow improvements they've seen since they've added Imagineer Systems to their VFX tool box. Jon Fitzsimmons of Crimson Wolf Productions had this to say about Imagineer's newest addition to its product portfolio, mocha-AE:

"mocha AE has made my life much much easier so far on a recent project. There were about 120 shots of monitors, phones, etc. in this film that need something comped in. I've been doing it with Syntheyes up until now, which was great for adding Maya elements, but not so great for screen composites. mocha-AE has made one of my most difficult shots possible!"

Imagineer Systems will join its industry colleagues in the popular Plugin Pavilion (Booth #1536) to demonstrate the newest versions, announced this month, for customers. The Company will also offer Siggraph attendees special show pricing and discounts from the show floor. More details will be available at the Imagineer Systems booth. Imagineer Systems tools available at Siggraph for demonstration and purchase include:

motor: A dedicated rotoscoping tools that leverages Imagineer's powerful 2.5D planar tracking technology that enables artists to position, rotate, scale, shear and perspective-shift roto splines;

mocha: The Company's standalone tracking station that also leverages Imagineer's advanced 2.5D planar tracking technology to simplify and significantly accelerate the tracking and rotoscoping workflow for VFX artists;

mocha-AE: Imagineer's powerful, affordable new planar tracking tool developed specifically for Adobe After Effects artists and modelled after the Company's recently released standalone tracking solution, mocha.

monet: Imagineer's popular 2.5D tracking and element replacement tool;

mokey: Another of Imagineer's highly popular VFX soltuions, mokey provides fast, high quality tracking, wire and rig removal, keying, image stabilization, noise reduction and film grain management.

About Imagineer Systems

Imagineer Systems Ltd innovates and markets next-generation visual effects solutions for film, video and broadcast post production markets. In response to a groundswell desire for a more innovative approach to VFX, Imagineer Systems has developed an entirely new VFX architecture, one that embraces better integration, collaboration, performance and feels like an extension of the creative thought process - mogul. Imagineer Systems has made its mark on such marquis Hollywood blockbuster productions as Casino Royale, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter. Imagineer's product line consists of monetTM - placement station, mokeyTM - removal station, motorTM - roto station, mochaTM - tracking station and mofexTM - plug-in for Shake. Imagineer Systems was founded in 2000 and its headquarters is located in Guildford, United Kingdom. For more information visit www.imagineersystems.com. For more information on mogul, please visit www.mogulvfx.com.

Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 2

Major Software Upgrade Further Simplifies Photography Workflows

lightroom(San Jose, California - July 29, 2008) Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2 software, the photographer's essential toolbox for managing, adjusting and presenting large volumes of digital photographs.

With new enhancements such as dual-monitor support, radical advances in non-destructive localized image correction, and streamlined search capabilities, Lightroom 2 is a compelling upgrade that simplifies photography from shoot to finish. As Adobe's first application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Macintosh computers with Intel® processors and Microsoft® Windows® Vista® 64-bit operating systems, Lightroom 2 also provides improved memory performance for dealing with large scale images.

"A worldwide community of photographers provided valuable insight and feedback, as part of the Lightroom 2 public beta program, ultimately helping us deliver a better product," said Tom Hogarty, senior product manager for Lightroom and Camera Raw at Adobe. "We've considered their requests which helped us develop useful features that make it easier than ever for our customers to quickly refine, enhance and present brilliant photographs."

Photoshop Lightroom 2: Smarter, Faster and More Accurate
The enhanced Library module in Lightroom 2 helps streamline and accelerate photographers' workflows. With the ability to visually organize images across multiple hard drives, Lightroom 2 and its powerful Library Filter Bar makes it easy for users to quickly find the images they need. The Suggested Keywords feature helps photographers keyword their images by making intelligent suggestions based on their own previous efforts. New dual-monitor support allows users to expand their workspace, giving them flexibility to edit and organize images in a way that maximizes an additional display.

In the Develop module, the new Local Adjustment Brush lets photographers fine-tune specific areas of an image to precisely adjust color, exposure and tonal range without affecting other areas of the image. The new Graduated Filter expands the toolbox in Lightroom, allowing for edits to larger areas by applying gradually diminishing or increasing adjustment effects such as exposure, clarity, and saturation, alone, or in any combination. Lightroom 2 also helps photographers print more efficiently by quickly arranging photos of multiple sizes on one or many pages with flexible and customizable templates to maximize paper and ink.

Intelligent algorithms automatically determine optimal sharpening for screen or print, producing crisper images faster. Developers can further extend the Lightroom workflow with Web, Export and Metadata Software Development Kits available at the Adobe Developer Connection, http://www.adobe.com/devnet/.

Ground-Breaking Innovation in Raw Technology
New raw technology gives photographers access to flexible camera profiles. Camera profiles are the visual starting point for the raw processing workflow, but image preferences vary for every photographer. To minimize surprises, Adobe is supplying default camera profiles that closely emulate the visual looks that photographers are used to seeing from their favorite camera, while also providing the ability to create highly customized profiles to suit different tastes. Camera profiles are available for immediate download on Adobe Labs (http://labs.adobe.com ) for use with Lightroom 2 and Camera Raw 4.5, along with the DNG Profile Editor for the community to test and create their own profiles.

The Adobe Camera Raw 4.5 plug-in and DNG Converter 4.5 are also now available on Adobe.com and support over 190 camera models including the Olympus E 420 and E 520 models.

"One of the big reasons why Lightroom has become such a phenomenon among serious photographers is that Adobe built it with the input of a very vocal user community," said Scott Kelby, president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). "Adobe really listens to the issues and challenges today's photographers face and they've built a complete solution that not only meets the needs of photographers; it really feels like it was made just for us. The enhancements to Lightroom 2, combined with the power of Photoshop, give photographers the ultimate freedom to produce professional images quickly."

Pricing and Availability
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 is available now through the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/store in English, French and German with the Japanese language version planned to be released at a future date. The estimated street price is USD$299 for new users with an upgrade price of USD$99 for registered users of qualifying Lightroom customers. Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4, 10.5 1 GHz PowerPC G4 or G5 or Intel® based processor, or Microsoft Windows® XP SP2 or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise, Intel Pentium 4® processor, 1 GB RAM and a 1024x768 resolution screen. Additional information on product features, upgrade policies, pricing, and language versions is available on www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information - anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

Professional Video Templates Rotation + Chess Board Templates for After Effects

Professional Video Templates Rotation + Chess Board Templates for After Effects has just been released. Get 2 Title/Credits for one low price... only $27! They are HD Photomontage templates for Adobe After Effects 7 and up, with an animated camera alternates between photos and text. Each template is one minute each!

Use for
  • Podcast opening sequences
  • Corporate video
  • Vacation movie or Wedding video open sequence
  • Short movie open sequence
  • Photo montage

Chess Board Video Sample


Rotation Video Sample

Podcast: Create Animated Video Backgrounds with Boris Continuum Complete

Save money on pre-made video backgrounds! Quickly design and animate your own unique video backgrounds by combining Boris Continuum Complete 5's Prism filter with your favorite Apple Final Cut Pro Generator.

Watch the Podcast!

Don't have Boris Continuum Complete? Download a free 14-day trial for After Effects and compatible, FxPlug (Final Cut Pro and Motion) or Avid. Buy Continuum Complete here in multiple flavors.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Luxology - See modo at Siggraph

modoMonday August 11th Luxology is having a modo social event at The Edison in downtown L.A. from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please RSVP here. There will be some very cool modo announcements.

Luxology will be demonstrating modo 302 in the Intel booth (#511) at Siggraph from Tuesday through Thursday.

Free Mocon v3.5.5

This collection of scripts is used to transfer 3D motion to and from After Effects, Maya, Nuke, SynthEyes and Electric Image. Cameras (Orientation and Reference), Objects, Camera Rigs and 3D stabilization, Pan/Tilt, 3D to 2D. (Req: AE 6.5 +, Maya 6.5+, Nuke 4.6+, SynthEyes 2007+, EI 5.0+). New in this version is SynthEyes seed camera and points, as well as Nuke Node exports, and streamlined workflow from MoCon's Maya scripts. And now After Effects CS3 Support!

Download MoCon 3.5.5 Here!

Imagineer Systems products 50% off through Tomorrow, July 30

imagineer sale

Save 50% on all Imagineer Systems software through July 30 (excluding dongled versions)*. Yes, we've already posted this to our news blog, but what if you do want a dongle? Don't worry, we can help.

If you would like a dongle for Monet, Mokey, and Mocha (basically everything except Mocha AE), you can buy these with a dongle by purchasing the license at the promotional 50% off, then "Add-on" a dongle for $500.

Note: Node-lock licenses purchased with the dongle are platform specific (only Mac purchase works on Mac computers, Windows only on Windows computers). If you need a cross-platform dongle, you will need to purchase the Floating license plus this dongle add-on Floating licenses are cross-platform.

Tutorial: Compositing Green screen footage

This tutorial provides an overview, pointers, and step by step compositing instructions for a simple special effects composite that yields a very realistic result by using a simple shooting technique and a very easy green screen setup. The composite was done in Final Cut Pro using VKey2f by Oak Street Software, Inc. Download a free FxPlug demo of vKey2 here.

Upgrading your Trapcode Plug-ins?

Here's everything you need to know.

From Trapcode Suite 2005, everything except Shine, Starglow, and 3D Stroke is a free upgrade to the latest version to run on CS3. Red Giant recently changed the installers, but the installers for those (Echospace, Sound Keys, Lux, Particular) that use your serial number scheme are still available here.

The new CS3 compatible versions of Shine, Starglow, and 3D Stroke are a $99 upgrade:


Trapcode 3S Pack (Shine 1.5, Starglow 1.5, 3D Stroke 2.5 Bundle) Upgrade
or

you can download their legacy installers that will accept your serial number (I highly recommend the upgrade if you are running CS3):

Windows | Mac

To get the latest Trapcode Plug-ins and update to the complete Trapcode Suite 2008.5 from 2005:



Need help installing the CS3 versions? Check out How to Install Plug-ins.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Plugged-in: The Digital Landscape Show 24

Keith and Alan talk to regulars Phillip Hodgetts and Michele Yamazaki and to Steve Martin, founder of Ripple Training.

broadcastGEMs 3D Motion01 Template for After Effects

broadcastGEMsbroadcastGEMs' 3DMotion01 customizable Adobe After Effects template provides an elegant, yet trendy way to display text lists or buzzwords. Using AE's built-in 3D camera, this 85-second animation will also work well as an opening sequence. This high-end sequence makes certain that you'll make good on this investment with your very first use.

The template uses AE 7.0 Pro and higher and uses no 3rd Party plug-ins. Plus, its an instant download. Buy it and download it immediately in our checkout.

New Zaxwerks ProAnimator FX for FCP and Motion

proanimator fx Zaxwerks ProAnimator FX is a new plug-in version of the award-winning ProAnimator software which runs directly inside of Final Cut Pro and Motion. Finally Final Cut and Motion users can create true 3-dimensional title and logo animations while working inside of their favorite program!

ProAnimator FX is just as easy to use as the original ProAnimator. The timeline looks like you are editing video more than it looks like you are setting keyframes. Animations are a snap to create and it comes with dozens of presets to get you started.

Juicy Blind Item

Which A-List plug-in company has been secretly negotiating with another successful plug-in developer and has just acquired their video plug-ins?

Find out next week!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Magic Bullet Looks Review

Dennis Radeke reviews Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks at The Genesis Project.

Wow. Without diving into the toolsets and giving you a tutorial, let me say that the final output of the clips, the control that is possible, the speed at which the plugins perform, the performance inside of Adobe applications and the quality of the interface thoroughly impressed me.

Read the full review here: "Holy Hot Looks Batman, they're Magic Bullets!"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pixel Bender Toolkit from Adobe Labs

Pixel Bender is formerly code named known as Hydra, which you may remember reading about here about six months ago. This Pixel Bender Toolkit Preview Release 4 includes a high-performance graphics programming language that Adobe is developing for image processing, named Pixel Bender and an application to create, compile and preview Pixel Bender filters and effects. The toolkit contains a specification for the Pixel Bender language, several sample filters, and sample images provided by Pixel Bender team members.

I just got an email from Mason Dixon of MG Chicago and he said:

Also btw, Flash 9 new features:
After Effect Style Timeline!!!!
Actionscriptable plugin-style visual filters....
like photoshop filters but scriptable in realtime
and 2.5D... um wow.

Attached was the link to Pixel Bender. I'm not going to even begin to understand all this can do but I thin kits something we should keep our eyes on.

Free LME Comps and Tutorials for Trapcode Form

LMELME has been gracious enough to offer free templates and a tutorial for Trapcode Form! The files will work in After Effects 7+. There are two presets included. Note: if you already downloaded them, one had some errors. There are now three presets and two are new. See the video sample below.





These samples are free downloads from LME, which are similar to the content you'd get with LME Trapcode Form Presets and Comps but is not included with the package. LME Trapcode Form Presets and Comps includes 112 Trapcode Form Projects, Comps and 99 Presets!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Professional Video Templates Cork Board Template for After Effects

A high-quality Monty Python inspired template for Adobe After Effects! Professional Video Templates Cork Board Template shows two hands hanging Polaroids and sticky notes on a cork board. The comp is sized for HD (1920x1080) and SD NTSC and Pal.

The After Effects composition comes with a PDF that clearly explains how to substitute your footage and text for the placeholders. Everything can be changed - fonts, colors, footage, effects - to make this entirely YOUR project.

45 seconds length in HD!
For After Effects 7.0+

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Free Rays Cartoon Plug-in for Adobe, Apple, Avid and Autodesk!



Toolfarm is hosting the Boris BCC Rays Cartoon Plugin! For a limited time, we're offering a free, fully-licensed plug-in from Boris Continuum Complete 5 - Rays Cartoon.


Tutorial: BCC Rays Cartoon for Adobe After Effects CS3 and FxPlug (Final Cut Pro/Motion) - Use the BCC Rays Cartoon in Adobe After Effects CS3 or Final Cut Pro and Motion to generate a volumetric lighting effect on an animated text element.

*If you download the BCC Rays Cartoon plug-in, your information will be shared with Boris FX. Normally we do not share any of this information with any of our vendors or anyone else, but in this case, we've made an exception, so we can bring this free plug-in to you. With any other download, your email will not be shared with anyone.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Boris Graffiti 5.3 Now Available, New Template-based Text Generation

boris graffiti

Version 5.3 turns Boris Graffiti into a powerful, template-based text generator. The new specialized Library Browser Mode lets you select and edit saved templates without opening the full Graffiti effects creation user interface. Quickly add text slates and animations within your NLE timeline.

Check out the new tutorial for more information about Graffiti 5.3's new template-based text generation.

Boris Graffiti 5.3 additionally includes a modernized keyframe library. Most effects templates have been improved any many new templates have been added. If you upgrade to Graffiti 5.3 from a previous version of Graffiti, you will be able to override your old keyframe library or use the new library side-by-side with the old library.

Intel Mac customers moving to Graffiti 5.3 will enjoy a significant performance boost.

Free Graffiti 5.3 Update for Graffiti 5.x Users (Mac | Win)

Own an older version of Graffiti? Upgrade to Graffiti 5.3 for $199 or get Graffiti 5.3 and Boris FX for just $299. (Full Grafitti/Boris FX Bundle - $499).

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Create HDR-Like Images with New Topaz Adjust

topaz labs"Creative exposure" takes on a whole new meaning with the new Topaz Adjust image manipulation plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. Easily and effectively take full control over image exposure, color, and detail for stunning creative effects and automated exposure correction.

Topaz Adjust uses advanced algorithms to achieve unique exposure effects and adjustments in seconds. It offers the user full control over creative exposure, color, and detail effects, and has the ability to save and reuse presets for maximum convenience.

topaz adjust 3
topaz adjust 2

Topaz Adjust is compatible with:
  • Photoshop CS and above
  • Photoshop Elements
  • ImageReady
  • Photo Impact
  • Paint Shop Pro
  • IrfanView (requires Photoshop 8bf plug-ins add-on)

Get your Free Plug-ins!

freeThere are tons of free plug-ins out there for you to download for After Effects, Final Cut Pro and other hosts! But where do you get them?

If you develop plug-ins and your goodies are not on the list, give me a shout and I'll add them. I know we're missing a few.

Getting Acquainted with Nuke - Part 1.... and Plug-ins Galore!

Dave Basulto has put up a video overview at Digital Producer called Getting acquainted with Nuke - Part 1. Check it out!

plug-insAlready acquainted with Nuke? Get your Nuke plugins at Toolfarm! Toolfarm caters to a lot more than just After Effects, Final Cut Studio and Avid crowd. Check out the expanded list of plug-ins along the left side of the site. We have tons of plug-ins for 3D apps such as Cinema 4D, Lightwave, Maya and 3ds Max. Need Sony Vegas or Eyeon Fusion or something for your Autodesk software? We got'em. Even Protools... yeah, that's right! View all Plug-ins.

Monday, July 14, 2008

New Class on Demand Training for Avid Media Composer

CODClass on Demand Training for Avid Media Composer will give you the solid foundation needed to quickly and easily get started with Avid Media Composer. Learn to edit like a pro regardless of past software experience. Award-winning editor, Steve Hullfish, will guide you through a series of information-packed lessons.

Maxon Podcast

MAXON is now offering a series of Video Quick Tips that highlight simple workflow features. These little nuggets may even be unknown to pro users - whatever your experience level, you can hone your CINEMA 4D workflow with these Quick Tips. Subscribe to the podcast today via RSS feed or via iTunes.

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Plug-in Post - New from StudioDaily

plugin postToolfarm invites you to subscribe to a new bi-monthly electronic newsletter, The Plug-in Post, brought to you by the same people who publish Studio/monthly magazine, StudioDaily and Film & Video.

The Plug-In Post, launching in late July, will bring you breaking plug-in product news as well as creative ideas on how to extend your editing, effects and animation software, streamline your workflow or simply infuse a project with a novel effect.

Also inside every issue:

  • Where to find and download the latest plug-ins or version upgrades (Hint: It starts with a T and ends in 'farm')
  • Power Plug Tips: How to use a popular plug-in in a completely new way
  • Host software news and updates that relate to plug-in operability
  • Project Spotlights on cool effects created with plug-ins
  • Q&As with plug-in developers and product managers
  • Special offers on trial versions, upgrades and training

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Media 100 Version 12.7 Now Available, New XDCAM Import

media 100

New Media 100 Version 12.7 features include:

  • Sony XDCAM Import. Media 100 Version 12.7 offers menu-level integration with Sony's XDCAM Transfer utility. Imported XDCAM media is automatically transcoded to any supported video format including Media 100 HD or Apple ProRes 422 and appears in Media 100 bins, ready for editing in Media 100.
  • Deferred HDV Acquire. Media 100 Version 12.7 provides support for acquiring from HDV devices with Mac systems previously unable to keep up with HDV acquire, such as MacBook Pros and G5 desktops.
  • Macintosh OS 10.5.3 Leopard Support. Media 100 Version 12.7 is optimized to work with Mac OS 10.5.3 and the latest version of QuickTime.

Media 100 Suite is available for an MSRP of $1,495 USD. In addition, Media 100 Suite is now included with the Boris Box Set. The Boris Box Set gives customers the complete collection of Boris and Media 100 technology for just $1,995 USD!

The Boris Box Set for Mac includes:

  • Media 100 Suite: Broadcast Quality Mac OS X Video Editing
  • RED 4.3: Integrated 3D/2D Compositing, Titling, and Effects
  • Continuum Complete 5 AE: 180 Native Filters and Transitions for Adobe CS3
  • Continuum Complete 5 FxPlug: 180 Native Filters and Transitions for Apple
  • Final Effects Complete 5 AE: 100+ Native Filters for Adobe CS3
  • Final Effects Complete 5 FxPlug: 100+ Native Filters and Transitions for Apple
  • Final Effects Complete 5 AVX: 100+ Native Filters for Avid
  • Title Toolkit: Dynamic Titling Plug-ins for Adobe After Effects

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Toolfarm Interviews Shine about Kung Fu Panda Titles

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Shine in Los Angeles, CA recently animated and produced the title sequence for Kung Fu Panda, DreamWork's blockbuster summer film starring Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie. I spoke with Michael Riley, Creative Director at Shine, about creating the titles.

Free Silhouette Shape Import/Export Plug-in

silhouetteThe free Silhouette Shape Import/Export plug-in will import Silhouette Shapes and convert them to After Effects masks as well as export and convert After Effects masks to Silhouette Shapes - all without having Silhouette installed on your system.

When importing Silhouette Shapes, the following shape parameters transfer into After Effects: opacity, shape color, shape name, locked state, transfer mode and blur settings.

Note: The Silhouette Shape Import/Export plug-in is only supported for use with Silhouette v3 and above. It ships with Silhouette but you can also download it from the following links:

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Synthetic Aperture Now Shipping Test Gear 2.0 For Adobe After Effects CS3

test gear(San Juan Capistrano, California--July 8, 2008) Today Synthetic Aperture announced that they have commenced shipping Test Gear 2.0, a new version of their video and audio monitoring software specifically designed for Adobe® After Effects® CS3.

Test Gear's full collection of waveform monitor, vectorscope, and other diagnostic displays are now fully integrated into After Effects CS3's user interface. Version 2.0 also adds Universal Binary support for Intel-based Macintosh systems.

New Features for Test Gear 2.0

Version 2.0 enhances all of the test instruments by adding full support for 32-bit floating-point projects. Video footage imported into After Effects properly displays values above 100 IRE and below 0 IRE on the waveform monitor, slice display, and histogram.

A new Gamut Display has been added which clearly shows the "legality" of the levels in the image, making it easy to see where colors should be adjusted or a color legalizer applied.

The Swatch Book feature has been enhanced to support 32-bit floating-point color values, and to set paint and text colors with a simple right-click contextual menu.

Integration with After Effects CS3

All Test Gear test instrument windows are integrated into the After Effects CS3 user interface, allowing them to be moved, docked, or floated as desired. The test instrument windows are now fully resizeable so that they can be shaped to show the most important information. For example, the waveform monitor can be made extra tall to show more resolution when measuring an exact value; or it could be made extra wide to show more detail across each scan line.

Standard Features

Test Gear 2.0 adds the following test instruments and functions to After Effects:

  • Waveform monitor (luma-only, composite, parade, RGB, YRGB, GBR, overlay; units selectable as IRE or mV; field or frame display)
  • Vectorscope (75% or 100% calibration, with 1x, 2x, 5x, and 10x magnification)
  • Histogram (YRGB or individual channels)
  • Image Slice Tool (takes a user-defined slice through the image and shows the pixel values)
  • Color Picker (RGB, HLS, HSB, grayscale, webcolor; colors can be made video-legal with a mouse click)
  • Swatch Books (multiple swatch books supported; swatch collections are compatible with Photoshop)
  • Audio Monitoring (waveform, phase, stereo image, and spectrum displays)
  • All instruments can be set for Rec 601, 709, or SMPTE 240M coefficients

Compatibility

Test Gear 2.0 is a Universal Binary which will work on either PowerPC- or Intel-based Macintosh systems. For Windows users, Test Gear 2.0 is compatible with Windows XP and Vista 32/64.

Test Gear 2.0 requires Adobe After Effects CS3. It is not compatible with earlier versions of After Effects. For users of After Effects 6.5 and CS2, Test Gear 1.1 is still available for order.

Pricing and Availability

Test Gear 2.0 is currently shipping. Pricing is $125 per license ($95 if downloaded via the company's web site). Upgrades from previous versions of Test Gear are $49, available by download only. Discounted multiple-seat licenses are available; contact Synthetic Aperture directly for further information. A downloadable trial version is available on the company's web site, www.synthetic-ap.com.

About Synthetic Aperture

Founded in 1995, Synthetic Aperture is a provider of practical tools for digital video, specializing in color correction and measurement. Synthetic Aperture publishes the Color Finesse advanced color corrector as a stand-alone application and as a plug-in for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro; Echo Fire video previewing software for Adobe After Effects and Photoshop; the Test Gear test instrument plug-in for After Effects; and the popular free utility Test Pattern Maker. More information may be found on the company's web site, www.synthetic-ap.com.

Monday, July 07, 2008

New LME Templates for Trapcode Form

LME logoTrapcode Form creates a special kind of eye candy that no other plug-in can produce and LME has put in hundreds of hours of experimentation to offer you an unprecedented spectrum of possibilities.

LME Templates for Trapcode Form is a collection of Form configurations that can be used for a multitude of broadcast design projects and presentations: high tech, medical, scientific, extreme energy and any design that needs brilliant effects to give it that added punch.

The collection comes with 99 presets and several custom objects that can be used as particles. View the Form Preset Gallery (Pops)

Flash Player 10 Beta 2 Released on Labs

A new prerelease version of Adobe Flash Player 10, code-named "Astro," is now available for download on Adobe Labs.

Topaz Enhance v2.3 Now Available for Final Cut Pro

The Final Cut Pro version of Topaz Enhance is finally out of the door. Topaz Enhance is a powerful After Effects and Final Cut Pro plug-in suite used for high-end video enhancement and quality improvement.

It can uniquely and effectively increase the actual resolution of videos with unprecedented results.

Topaz Enhance uses "super-resolution" video enhancement technology. This technology permits actual - not interpolated - resolution increase and detail recovery in videos by synthesizing video information from multiple adjacent frames to improve a selected frame. More on super-resolution technology...

Learn more about Topaz Enhance in Toolfarm's Plug-in Finder.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Red Giant Instant HD Advanced 1.0 Trial Version Available

instant hd advancedThe trial version of Red Giant Software Magic Bullet Instant HD Advanced... okay, that is a REALLY long name! This new plug-in for Adobe After Effects CS3 delivers the highest possible quality conversion for SD to HD and is well-suited to prepare analog source footage and DV video clips for inclusion in HD projects. Instant HD Advanced combines de-interlacing and de-noising; advanced pan and scan; and a super-resolution algorithm for providing actual resolution enhancement. The easy-to-use preset menu helps users choose the right HD and 2K output formats.

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Trapcode Particular Complete Training from Class on Demand Now Available!

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Harry Frank will get you up to speed with Trapcode Particular through this series of informative and project-focused lessons. Explore emitter types and functions in-depth with motion graphics expert, Harry J. Frank. Go beyond generating your typical particle effect and learn to use Particular in new and interesting ways.

Choose from the download version and the DVD version. The download version is available immediately at checkout and is a great pick for those of you who live outside of North America because you will not incur any shipping. The DVD version will be shipping in a week or two but is available for pre-order.

Download a free trial of Trapcode Particular

Free DVD Menu and Packaging Design Template Set from Eye Scream Factory!

BBQCapture the fun and sun of summer with Barbeque, a free DVD menu and packaging design template set from Eye Scream Factory. The template set includes main and chapter DVD menus in HD, NTSC, PAL, and DV - along with matching disc labels, case inserts, and background images. Easily create new looks and styles by adjusting colors, changing text, and moving layers.

Want to create eye-catching, professional DVD menus and packaging in minutes? Check out Eye Scream Factory's DVD Art Professional which includes 20 themes and 340 templates for DVD menus, disc labels, and packaging designs for your Mac or PC. Easily create new looks and styles by adjusting colors, changing text, or moving layers. Volume I features templates for Children, Holidays, Vacation, Weddings, Locations, and more. Volume II is wedding-themed.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Red Giant Software Releases Instant HD Advanced

instant hd advancedSan Francisco, CA, July 2, 2008 - Red Giant Software, publisher of Magic Bullet, Knoll Light Factory and Trapcode products, today introduced Magic Bullet Instant HD Advanced (formerly named Instant HD Pro). This new plug-in for Adobe After Effects CS3 delivers the highest possible quality conversion for SD to HD and is well-suited to prepare analog source footage and DV video clips for inclusion in HD projects. Instant HD Advanced combines de-interlacing and de-noising; advanced pan and scan; and a super-resolution algorithm for providing actual resolution enhancement. The easy-to-use preset menu helps users choose the right HD and 2K output formats.

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Highlights



Powerful Motion Analysis Instant HD Advanced uses sophisticated multi-vector motion analysis to derive accurate and sharp output frames from interlaced material. In addition, motion vectors drive the super-resolution and de-noising tools to maximize quality.

Resolution Squared Super-resolution is a technique for deriving and improving resolution from multiple frames of video. This method compares each pixel over successive frames, determining true edges in order to deliver sharper details and super-crisp results. Other scalers, including Instant HD and After Effects' built-in scaler, only process one frame at a time.

Multi-Core Support Instant HD Advanced's elaborate image processing would have meant minutes-per-frame render times just a short while ago, but thanks to multi-core optimizations on Intel-based platforms, this tool can render in just over a second per frame on the fastest machines. Now the highest quality conversion is possible on normal desktop machines - no expensive conversion hardware required.

Instant HD Advanced offers much higher quality than Instant HD or the scaler in After Effects thanks to the super resolution features in Advanced. The built-in deinterlacing and denoising controls greatly improve the quality of any interlaced material. Users that need faster scaling get the Instant HD plug-in for After Effects and other hosts as part of Instant HD Advanced package.

For more information, visit the Instant HD Advanced page in Toolfarm's Plug-in Finder.

Pricing and Availability

Instant HD Advanced is available now for $399 USD and support After Effects CS3 on Windows XP/Vista and Mac OS X on Intel processors. Current Instant HD, Magic Bullet Suite 2007, and Magic Bullet Suite 2008 users may purchase a cross-grade to Instant HD Advanced for $299.

About Red Giant Software

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