Thursday, August 28, 2008

Apple ProRes QuickTime Decoder 1.0 for Windows/Mac

From JimG on his Final Cut User blog:

About Apple ProRes QuickTime Decoder 1.0 for Mac
The Apple ProRes QuickTime Decoder software allows both Mac and Windows users to play Apple ProRes files through QuickTime. Apple ProRes is a visually lossless format that provides uncompressed HD quality at SD data rates.

It is an excellent choice for mastering and can easily be transcoded to distribution formats like H.264. With new support for playback on both Mac and Windows computers, Apple ProRes can also be used for review and approval of Final Cut Studio sequences.

About Apple ProRes QuickTime Decoder 1.0 for Windows
The Apple ProRes QuickTime Decoder software allows both Mac and Windows users to play Apple ProRes files through QuickTime. Apple ProRes is a visually lossless format that provides uncompressed HD quality at SD data rates.

It is an excellent choice for mastering and can easily be transcoded to distribution formats like H.264. With new support for playback on both Mac and Windows computers, Apple ProRes can also be used for review and approval of Final Cut Studio sequences.

So now we have ProRes as cross platform for playback and review this also must have been sparked from Final Cut Server being released as well earlier this summer.Will ProRes one day be able to be written from the PC/Windows side of things only time will tell…..still this a very nice step in the right direction for Apple and the Pro user market working cross platform.For those without FCP on the system another answer to viewing ProRes files without the FCP install.

ProRes QT Decoder for Windows

ProRes QT Decoder for Mac

Alien Skin Software Announces Blow Up 2 Photo Resizing Plug-in for Photoshop



Cutting edge algorithm enlarges photos while keeping them clear and sharp. New user interface simplifies cropping and resizing. Batch processing saves huge amounts of time when working with large numbers of photos.

Raleigh, NC - August 29, 2008 - Alien Skin Software today announces the immediate availability of Blow Up® 2, the new version of its photo resizing plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® and Photoshop Elements.

Blow Up 2 takes the complexity out of preparing photos for printing with a user interface that intelligently handles resizing, cropping, and sharpening. The sophisticated enlargement algorithm produces photos dramatically sharper and more detailed than any other method.

"Blow Up 2 makes even clearer enlargements now, but the biggest improvements are in ease of use," said Tom Welsh, designer and lead programmer of Blow Up 2. "We looked for tedious or confusing aspects of every stage of photo cropping and resizing and built intelligence into Blow Up 2 to take those hassles out of the photographer's hair. With the addition of presets, Smart Cropping, adaptive sharpening, and built-in batch processing, Blow Up 2 takes the pain out of high quality photo resizing."

Beauty
The already crisp, clear output of Blow Up is even better now that it provides more control over simulated natural texture and film grain. These effects help to keep enlargements looking natural rather than computer generated. New controls that clean up JPEG compression artifacts and sharpen edges allow enlargement of low quality source images.

Brains
Blow Up 2 has intelligence built into every feature, so photographers don't have to deal with most technical details. As a preset is chosen, Smart CroppingTM centers the crop area over the most interesting part of the photo, and Auto RotateTM adjusts the preset to match the orientation of the photo. Sharpening adapts to match the degree of enlargement and paper type.

Resizing With Less Hassle
The most dramatic improvements to Blow Up 2 are in the new user interface that simplifies and speeds up all aspects of preparing photos for printing. Cropping and resizing at the same time are easily handled by presets for common output sizes. The Blow Up 2 built-in batch processing is an easy single step, which is more straightforward than Photoshop's usual multi-step procedure.

Technology
Blow Up 2 takes advantage of multi-processor and multi-core systems to make rendering as fast as possible. Blow Up 2 can handle the most sophisticated images demanding professionals can throw at it, including CMYK color space, 32-bits/channel HDR images, and output up to 300,000 pixels on a side.

Pricing and Availability
Blow Up 2 sells for $249 USD with an upgrade price of $99 USD for registered users of Blow Up 1. Online or physical delivery is available through the Alien Skin website at www.alienskin.com. A real live human (imagine that!) can take orders or answer questions at 888-921-SKIN (7546). Blow Up 2 is also available worldwide through stores, catalogs, and resellers. Free upgrades are available to purchasers of Blow Up 1 who purchased after July 26, 2008.

Host Requirements
Blow Up 2 is a plug-in and will require one of the following: Adobe Photoshop CS2 9.0.2 or later, Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0.1 or later (Macintosh), or Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 or later (Windows).

System Requirements
Microsoft Windows users must have at least a Pentium 4 processor or compatible and Windows XP or later. Apple Macintosh users must have a PowerPC G5 or Intel processor and Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later. A monitor with 1024x768 resolution or greater is required.

About Alien Skin Software
Alien Skin Software makes Photoshop plug-ins for photographers and graphic designers. We distill advanced math and cutting edge research into simple tools that render beautiful pictures. Our reputation for bug-free software and fast, friendly tech support has grown worldwide since 1993. For more information, visit our website at www.alienskin.com.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

That MediaShow

Check out That MediaShow, a really great video podcast for VFX and Post-Production folks. It's like reading a trade mag without all that work reading! It's sponsored by fxguide.com.

wondertouch Releases Significant Feature Enhancements for particleIllusion for Mac OS X Product Line

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ST. LOUIS (August 27, 2008) - wondertouch, a leading software developer of high performance particle effects creation tools, today announced that new versions for its particleIllusion 3.0 and particleIllusion SE line of product offerings on the Mac® OS® X are now available. The updates to particleIllusion 3.0, wondertouch's industry standard, full-featured standalone particle effects application, and particleIllusion SE, the company's introductory version, gives digital content creators working on Apple's advanced operating system more ways to quickly and easily create complex effects: explosions, smoke, fire, sparkles, motion graphics backgrounds, space effects, creatures, and abstract artistic effects. The new changes and enhancements are available to current wondertouch customers free-of-charge.

wondertouchAccording to Alan Lorence, president of wondertouch, today's updated versions provide particleIllusion users on the Mac platform access to the same feature enhancements already updated in particleIllusion products on the Windows platform; made available last December.
"wondertouch continues to provide cross-platform tools that are reliable and flexible and allow our customers to stay ahead of the competition," said Lorence. "The fact that this update provides significant enhancements to such a mature version of particleIllusion -- free-of-charge -- illustrates the level of support and commitment that our customers have come to rely upon."

Vincent MacTiernan, principal and visual effects artist at Extreme Digital Productions, a New York City-based specialist in high end 2D/3D graphics and effects for television and film projects, has been using particleIllusion for the past three years on various high level projects, including HBO/Lovett Productions, Too Hot Not Too Handle: A Global Warming Primer and The History Channel special: Last Stand of the 300. As a particleIllusion 3.0 beta tester on Mac OS X, he's used the software to create show opens, animations and motion graphics backgrounds for the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360 as well as for the RAW Politics segments (including animations) for Tom Foreman's This Week In Politics.

"Working on a fast paced news program requires graphics and animations to be turned around very quickly and the updated features in particleIllusion are convenient and boost workflow tremendously. The new particleView search engine feature makes finding the thousands of emitters in the particleIllusion library much easier—no more wasting time looking for new emitters—and with the AutoUpdate feature I can now look up and even update/download the emitter types I need for a specific project on-the-fly. Since the emitters install in the same place, you never lose track of where they are located. The real-time render is also extremely fast and considering the complexity of some of the emitters it's always amazing to watch."

Highlights of particleIllusion 3.0.7 and particleIllusion SE 2.0.2 for Mac OS X

particleIllusion is widely regarded as one of the most artist-friendly tools for creating complex particle animations. New features and enhancements include:

  • Integrated Rendering (particleIllusion 3.0 only; not available in SE) – tighter integration with pIllusionRender, wondertouch's standalone renderer, allows for automatic rendering of HD and other large-format output, saving time and enhancing workflow. (Previously, large-format output had to be saved in particleIllusion then loaded manually in pIllusionRender.)
  • Mac OS X Leopard compatibility – full compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard", as well as continued compatibility with OS X 10.3 and 10.4.
  • Emitter Library AutoUpdate - provides an easy way to check for, download, and install the particleIllusion emitter libraries that are provided free-of-charge by wondertouch each month.
  • particleView Search Engine – particleView, wondertouch's emitter viewer application, features a new search engine to help users find particle emitters within the vast particleIllusion library collection which currently numbers over 2500 emitters for particleIllusion 3.0 and over 2000 emitters for particleIllusion SE. (particleView is installed with both particleIllusion 3.0 and SE, and is also available as a free download from the wondertouch website.)
  • Quick Load Library – this new function, added to particleIllusion SE 2.0.2 and enhanced in particleIllusion 3.0.7, makes switching between particleIllusion emitter libraries faster and easier.
  • Bug fixes – a long list of issues have been addressed in the latest versions of particleIllusion, providing customers greater stability and enhanced confidence in adding particleIllusion into the production pipeline.

Pricing and Availability

Registered owners of particleIllusion 3.0 and particleIllusion SE can download updates free-of-charge from the wondertouch website, www.wondertouch.com or by contacting info@wondertouch.com.

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About particleIllusion

particleIllusion 3.0, available on both the Windows and the Mac operating systems, enables users to benefit from the latest version of wondertouch's award-winning particle engine to create the largest number of effects, with amazing realism and complexity. The application features an ever-growing collection of hundreds of preset effects such as smoke, fire, explosions, water effects, sparkles, colorful artistic effects, and many others. particleIllusion features OpenGL hardware acceleration to provide real-time (or near real-time) previews of most effects and ultra-fast rendering of final output. The software now ships with more than 2500 different preset emitters and each month the company releases additional emitters free-of-charge, to provide artists with an impressive variety of effects choices for unprecedented flexibility and enhanced productivity.

pIllusion SE 2.0, available on both the Windows and the Mac operating systems, is the low-cost introductory version of particleIllusion. The application relies on an older version of the particle engine, but still enables users to create a huge number of effects.

About wondertouch

wondertouch, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is an award-winning software developer specializing in particle effects for the visual effects industry. The company's flagship product particleIllusion, a sprite-based particle effects application, is designed to provide the most comprehensive effects creation tool and efficient workflow. Widely regarded as one of the most popular standalone solutions for effects creation, particleIllusion is now used worldwide by creative professionals working in film post-production and pre-visualization, standard and HD video, commercial broadcast, motion graphics and game content creation and by prosumers and hobbyists.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

TrackerViz Free AE Script

Check out AE Enhancers for information on TrackerViz, a free script that Matt Silverman forwarded on to us. If Matt likes it, it must be good!

It's an amazing little free tool for After Effects that makes it unbelievably easy to work with tracking data! You can average tracks together, correct drifting tracks, use averaged tracks to calculate rotation and scale, and it's the simplest, easiest way to apply tracking data to mask vertices EVER for After Effects!

Noise Industries Yanobox Motype released for Final Cut Studio and After Effects

motypeMotype is a powerful animated text generator for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects by Yanobox, the latest company to deliver innovative visual effects with FxFactory.

Motype lets you create complex animations in minutes, thanks to a powerful motion mixer that does away with keyframing. An intuitive set of parameters lets you configure motion blur, per-character particle emitters, randomized characters, 3D camera and environment.

Try Motype | Buy Motype

Note: Motype requires the Noise Industries FxFactory engine. FxFactory (a free download) must be installed on your system in order to use Motype.

SUGARfx CineFest 2.0 has been updated...

noise industriesCineFest 2.0 is a major update to the movie festival theme by SUGARfx with improved customizability and 5 new theme elements. The unlockable, demo version of CineFest 2.0 is available immediately.

Abaltat Ships Muse Version 2.0

abaltatEnhanced Composition Engine; Seamless Integration with Apple Final Cut and Avid Editing Applications

Galway, Ireland - August 26, 2008 - Abaltat, a developer of innovative audio workflow solutions for postproduction and broadcast markets, announced the release of Abaltat Muse 2.0. Abaltat Muse 2.0 enables anyone, regardless of musical ability; to compose royalty-free, multi-part soundtracks that are perfectly timed and aligned to the users' edited video. The new release of Abaltat's flagship audio solution delivers a brand new composition and analysis engine, streamlined user interface, expanded soundtrack creation capabilities and clever pre-set audio tracks.

"The new Muse composition engine is incredibly dynamic and powerful. Users can create a much wider range of soundtracks with greater control over creative elements. They can also pop in a pre-set track and fly through their project," said Mark Altekruse, Sales and Marketing Director, Abaltat. "We have made Muse 2.0 so much more flexible and simpler to use. Video editors with little to no experience with soundtrack creation will be able to bring Muse immediately into their video workflow and create, royalty free soundtracks without having to spend a serious amount of time learning the controls. For facilities and projects that house both video and audio post, the Muse integration with other professional soundtrack tools enhances the overall workflow. Video editors can get a jump start on the track while audio pros finesse the output Muse file in their DAW for finishing."

The company has also incorporated the version 2.0 enhancements into Abaltat Muse Free; a completely free soundtrack creation application based on the Muse composition engine. Abaltat Muse Free offers users the same elegant interface with a limited range of controls and band styles for royalty free soundtrack creation.

"I am blown away by Muse's simple interface, its responsiveness to user settings and its ability to interpret a scene's footage," Craig Abaya, Musician, Filmmaker, Director of Digital Media and Entertainment San Francisco State University Extended Learning. "Composers can break out of their normal creative habits, using Muse as a creative sketch pad to try out musical ideas very quickly."

Highlights of Muse 2.0


  • Extensive Musical Range - Seven bands offering thousands of soundtrack style possibilities - from classical to hip-hop to dance to modern 21st century composition. Each band comes complete with Muse Presets that help users acheive immediate and professional results.
  • User Friendly Audio Editing Capabilities - Muse advanced editing modes enables users to customize each Muse Preset to fit the mood of the video or build their own soundtrack from scratch. Users can arrange soundtracks using familiar video editing concepts and controls such as keyframes and key commands common to many NLE's.
  • Seamless Integration with Popular Video Applications - Muse 2.0 works with the world's leading editing applications including:
    • Apple Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express
    • Avid editing applications
    • Adobe Premiere Pro
    • Media 100
  • Support for Professional Audio Workstations and formats - Exports general MIDI files that can be imported into;
    • Digidesign Pro Tools and Pro Tools LE
    • Apple Logic Studio, Logic Express and GarageBand
    • MOTU Digital Performer and more
    • Outputs audio in pro audio standards: .aiff, .wav or as MIDI

  • Outputs combined or individual tracks
  • Preset Sounds for Fast Soundtrack Creation - Ships with nearly 2GB of customized, broadcast quality musical instruments and sounds.
  • Abaltat Muse Free Limited Version - Muse 2.0 composition engine and streamlined interface with a more limited set of functionality.

Muse 2.0 Pricing and Availability

Muse 2.0 is available today via the Abaltat web site (www.abaltat.com) and certified reseller channel for 495.00 USD. Existing Muse customers can upgrade to version 2.0 free of charge. A 30-day trial version of Muse 2.0 is available here.

Abaltat Muse Free 2.0 is also available today via www.abaltat.com free of charge.

About Abaltat

Abaltat was founded to create radical 21st century computer applications for the audiovisual industry. Using a combination of highly experienced television editors, first rate musicianship and the most imaginative programmers in Ireland, Abaltat has created a unique software product for video and film editors: the world's first video-driven soundtrack composer.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Topaz Adjust is updated to v2.3

topaz labsTopaz Adjust is updated to v2.3, which fixes stability and preview speed issues.

Topaz Labs has just released a free update to Topaz Adjust, their Photoshop creative exposure plug-in. We've make it much more stable, snappier, and easier to work with. It also has four additional presets. Unfortunately only the Windows version has been updated, Mac users will have to wait another week. Get it here.

Among other things, the new Topaz Adjust substitutes a scaled-down image when zooming below 100% and automatically disables noise reduction. This helps to keep the memory usage lower and updating speed faster. Check the Release Note on the site for more details and other changes.

Also: for those of you who use Flickr: a user recently created a Topaz Adjust group for everyone to share photos, comments, and tips. Be sure to join if you use Topaz Adjust!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Red Giant Psunami Now Available

psunami

The photorealistic water simulation plug-in used in feature films

Used in Miramax's movie, "The Aviator," Psunami generates precise 3D geometry of an ocean surface, then produces ultra-realistic ray-traced output that looks like real water, from flat pools to raging high seas. Choose from hundreds of editable controls, and even place your camera underwater for the ultimate immersive effect. Psunami has been used in many feature films, television productions and commercials. Psunami works in After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Motion.

Buy Psunami | Try Psunami | More in Toolfarm's Plug-in Finder

Ko Maruyama Now Official Forum Expert at Toolfarm!

KoPlease welcome Ko Maruyama in an official capacity on the Toolfarm Expert Forums. Ko is a man that needs no introduction, but I have some space here, so why not!

You may know Ko from Ninja Crayon, DMN, DMA\LA, his training or 50 other places. He's an After Effects and Cinema 4D Guru and now we're privileged to have his expertise at Toolfarm Expert Forums. Hit 'em up! What are you waiting for?!

SF Mograph Meeting tonight!

sfmograph

Tonight is the SF Mograph meeting. They still have a few FREE but you must RSVP by 4pm PST so that they can print a badge for you. RSVP here. The meeting starts at 7pm.

Featured Guests


Current TV
"Since its inception in 2005, Emmy award-winning Current TV has been the world's leading peer-to-peer news and information network. Current is the only 24/7 cable and satellite television network and Internet site produced and programmed in collaboration with its audience. Current connects young adults with what is going on in their world, from their perspective, in their own voices. Check out their reel

Dav Rauch

Dav Rauchdav rauch: director, visual effects supervisor, and designer, has worked on films such as Ironman, Grindhouse, and Sin City. Iron Man Trailer

Plug-in of the month


Sapphire Plug-ins from GenArts

Toolfarm is also sponsoring the event and we're donating the pizza. Bon appetit!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Layers TV: Episode 49

Loads of new video training up today.

In this episode of Layers TV: "Corey shares a tutorial about using symbols and masks in Illustrator. Rich Harrington is back and this time he is talking about the Gradient Wipe feature inside of After Effects."

Watch it here

News and Sports Editing Seminar

Apple is holding a free News and Sports Editing Seminar, so if you want to edit out those cutaways of Michael Phelps mother, this should help :-) I kid, I kid!

Hosted by industry pioneer Joe Torelli, this two-part seminar series will show you the steps to quickly mastering Final Cut Pro in the fast-paced news and sports editing environment.

Register here for the seminar.

Adobe Beginner Classes New Episode - Bootleg Version 2 with Dennis Radeke



And if you missed the Episode 1, it's about Adobe Ultra.

Review: DigiEffects Simulate Illuma for Final Cut Pro by IT-Enquirer

simulate illumaThe Digieffects Simulate: Illuma plugin package gets a great review by Erik Vlietinck at IT-Enquirer.com. "Playing with the quality of light in video post-production, that's what you can do with Simulate Illuma from DigiEffects. You can get dramatic effects with this plug-in set, but also subtle enhancements of already perfect footage." Read the full review.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

xScriptorium Script Resource for AE

Check out this big archive of AE Scripts: xScriptorium. Looks like a very nice site.

SF Mograph Meeting this Thursday!

sfmograph

This Thursday is the next SF Mograph meeting. It's free to attend but you must RSVP so that they can print a badge for you. RSVP here.

Featured Guests


Current TV
"Since its inception in 2005, Emmy award-winning Current TV has been the world's leading peer-to-peer news and information network. Current is the only 24/7 cable and satellite television network and Internet site produced and programmed in collaboration with its audience. Current connects young adults with what is going on in their world, from their perspective, in their own voices. Check out their reel

Dav Rauch

Dav Rauchdav rauch: director, visual effects supervisor, and designer, has worked on films such as Ironman, Grindhouse, and Sin City. Iron Man Trailer

Plug-in of the month


Sapphire Plug-ins from GenArts

Toolfarm is also sponsoring the event and we're donating the pizza. Bon appetit!

Getting Started with Radium Glow Video Tutorial

John Dickinson has just uploaded a new training video for Red Giant Software Radium Glow. The video is 17 minutes(35MB Quicktime) and John explains the basic workflow for the plug-in.

This was the first time I'd used the effect and have been pretty impressed with the results; you have a lot of control over exactly how and where the glow appears on your footage. Definitely worth a look.

The tutorial shows the Adobe After Effects version but it the plug-in also works in Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion and Avid AVX2 systems. One license, all host apps on one computer!

Free trial of Radium Glow | Buy Radium Glow | Radium Glow in Toolfarm's Plug-in Finder

Monday, August 18, 2008

New Red Camera Adobe Support

Using Red Camera? They've busily been working on the Red Camera Adobe Importer plug-in for Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Encore for both Intel Mac and Windows. Get the full sneak peek here.

IBC 2008: FCPUG SuperMeet

Are you going? I'll be there!

The First Annual IBC FCPUG SuperMeet
Sunday, 14 September, 2008 - 19:00 - 24:00 (doors open at 17:00)
at the Culture Park Westergasfabriek, Gashouder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Get Tickets Now!

FCP User Groups and Digital filmmakers from Los Angeles, Boston, Mexico, Italy, Germany, UK and from around the world will be heading to Amsterdam, The Netherlands for the First Annual IBC FCPUG SuperMeet to be held on Sunday, 14 September, 2008 at the Gashouder on the grounds of the beautiful Culture Park Westergasfabriek as part of IBC. This event will be the largest gathering of FCP Users and Gurus on the planet during IBC week.

This event is open to the public. Seating is first come first serve. Food and Cash Bars will be available

Register for your FREE Exhibits only pass to IBC HERE (Deadline is August 25)

After Effects CS4 Mac PowerPC plans

Michael Coleman discusses AE CS4 plans for Mac on his blog Keyframes. To sum it up:

After considering all the information, we decided that the benefits of the new workflows and features outweigh the downside of dropping PowerPC support. As a result, After Effects CS3 will be the last universal binary Macintosh version and After Effects CS4 will be Intel-only on the Mac. Premiere Pro, Encore, and Soundbooth are already Intel-only in CS3, so Production Premium Suite users will already be accustomed to this requirement.

By focusing on Intel Macs, we save a huge amount of engineering and testing time. This means that we will be able to complete more features for a larger group of customers and deliver the best release possible. Plus, some CS4 technology is so new that it never existed on PowerPC Macs.

Does this affect you?

New Tutorial: Using the Lighttracer Effect in Digieffects Simulate: Illuma

simulate illumaA quick overview on how to use the Lighttracer effect in the Digieffects Simulate: Illuma Plug-in package. Use Lightracer to enhance light sources, particularly in dark settings. Watch the Tutorial.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Trapcode AlphaOmega: iTunes visualizer plug-in for Mac OSX by Peder Norrby

Peder Norrby of Trapcode has released a Mac OSX iTunes visualizer, Trapcode AlphaOmega.

System Requirements: Confirmed to work with Mac OSX 10.3.9 / iTunes 7, please let me know if you get it to work with earlier versions.

I noticed that it doesn't currently doesn't work in full screen mode, but check it out anyway!

broadcastGEMs 3D Motion01 Template for After Effects price reduced!

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. Did I mention the price has been lowered from $100 to $50?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Buy Cinema 4D R10.5/BodyPaint 3.5 Full or Competitive Upgrade and Get a Free Upgrade to R11!

cinema 4dAll Maxon Cinema 4D R10.5/BodyPaint R3.5 full versions and competitive upgrade purchases made on or after July 14, 2008, qualify for a free upgrade to R11/R4. Buy them now because prices are increasing when the new versions are released, so get them as quickly as possible to avoid paying the higher price.

Shipping not included and regular upgrades and academic versions are not included.

CINEMA 4D R11 with BodyPaint 3D R4 is expected to ship early September. BodyPaint 3D R4
(Standalone), the Architecture Edition and Engineering Edition will ship shortly after.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Boris FX Announces Boris Continuum Units

BCC 5's UpRez, Pan and Zoom, and Chroma Key Modules Now Available Separately

bccMarlborough MA - August 13, 2008 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced the availability of its new Boris Continuum Units family of visual effects plug-ins.

The first three Units are available immediately: Pan and Zoom for easy, documentary-style animation, UpRez for instant, high-quality resizing of image clips from SD to HD, and Chroma Key for pulling fast, precise keys.

Boris Continuum Pan and Zoom: Pan and Zoom makes easy work of documentary-style Pan and Zoom techniques made popular by Ken Burns' documentaries. The filter includes a convenient setup mode offering on-screen controls for the size and position of the zoom region, along with the anchor point and a preview area that shows a rendering of the final result. Both manual keyframing and automated workflows are supported. The Pan and Zoom Unit offers advanced image sampling techniques with edge detection for smooth animation and highest-quality image detail.

pan and zoom

Boris Continuum UpRez: UpRez is specially designed for conversion of SD footage to higher-resolution HD formats. The UpRez filter employs sophisticated image sampling techniques with edge detection, providing a final result that cannot be achieved by scaling and standard post-processing methods. This Unit also includes an Optical-flow based Deinterlace filter for converting interlaced SD material to progressive scan format.

uprez

Boris Continuum Chroma Key: The Chroma Key Unit automates creation of precise keys with a minimal amount of adjustment. In addition to the award-winning BCC Chroma Key filter, complete with Spill Suppression, this Unit includes a Light Wrap tool for the most natural-looking composites, Color Match and Grain Match tools for seamless foreground composites, and a Matte Choker tool for cleaning up the most challenging keys.

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"Widely adopted by broadcasters, post-production facilities, corporations, and universities, Boris Continuum Complete 5 has emerged as the leading visual effects plug-in suite for editors and compositors using Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, and Avid editing and compositing applications," comments Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder, Boris FX.

He adds, "Our new Boris Continuum Units product family facilitates even broader access to Boris Continuum Complete's award-winning filters by allowing customers to choose tools specific to their needs. From keys and mattes to glows and film effects, our new Boris Continuum Units give editors and compositors professional toolsets at an affordable price."

Each Boris Continuum Unit is compatible with Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Apple Motion. The Pan and Zoom, UpRez, and Chroma Key Units are available for immediate purchase via download from www.BorisFX.com and from authorized Boris FX resellers.

Pan and Zoom is available for $199, UpRez $99, and Chroma Key $299. Customers who purchase a Boris Continuum Unit may credit the price of the Unit towards the full Boris Continuum Complete plug-in suite at $895. Additional Boris Continuum Units will be released in Q4 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 multimedia 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, Media 100, Sony , and Ulead. For more information, visit www.borisfx.com.

Electric Rain's Swift3D Adds Support for Intel-Based Macs

swift3dSwift 3D is a standalone application enabling designers to quickly and easily create high-quality 3D animations and scenes for use in Adobe Flash, Papervision3D, video, and other rich media design projects. Swift 3D v5 Mac Universal Binary is now available, and is a free update to existing v5 for Mac customers.

What's New in Swift 3D v5:
  • New Papervision3D Export from Swift 3D V5 From designer to coder, we implemented Papervision3D with all skill levels in mind. In fact, beginners don't have to write a line of code to export their 3D scenes or models for Flash with interactive mouse rotation and zooming.
  • Import and Render Transparent Textures Transparent textures also work with the Papervision3D and 3DS export. Swift 3D also renders refraction based on your settings.
  • Orthographic Views Makes modeling a snap. Orthographic views take away the camera perspective that makes the task of lining up objects difficult.
  • Keyframe Easing New easing controls work with the keyframes in your animation timeline to smooth out position, rotation, and scaling transitions.
  • Extrusion / Lathe Free Transform Swift 3D V5 provides the missing tool from previous versions and improves workflow in both the extrusion and lathe editing environments.
  • Built-in Optimization Swift 3D Version 5 adds a user-controlled post-render process utilizing slider controls that allow you to further reduce file sizes by 50% or more!
  • Drag / Drop Animation Visuals New drag and drop animation visuals give you an at-a-glance view of pre-defined animation paths and rotations.
  • .3ds Export Swift 3D now allows you to export your 3D models and scenes to the .3ds format for use in other 3D programs that support this industry standard file format. All materials, lighting, and animation are exported. This new functionality also allows tight integration with Adobe Photoshop CS Extended.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Maxon Delivers Fully-Loaded Cinema 4D R11; Raises Bar For 3D Animation Excellence

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Next Generation Product Suite Offers Non-Linear Animation, a Boost in Rendering Speed and Quality, Including Re-Engineered Global Illumination, and the Highly Anticipated Projection Man Matte Painting System

cinema 4dSIGGRAPH, Los Angeles - August 12, 2008 - MAXON Computer, a leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today unveiled CINEMA 4D Release 11 (R11), the next generation of its highly acclaimed 3D animation software suite. The super-charged release is packed with advanced capabilities that deliver dramatically improved ease of use and workflow, image quality and integration into any production pipeline. CINEMA 4D R11 highlights include a non-linear animation system, new global illumination render engine and dramatically improved render speed. Customers also benefit from the powerful Projection Man matte painting system, developed by MAXON for Sony Pictures Imageworks, support for the COLLADA file format and CineMan - a RenderMan-compliant tool that connects to Pixar's industry-leading rendering solution. Additionally, multiple improvements were made to MAXON's popular texture painting toolset BodyPaint 3D Release 4. All of these capabilities and more serve to underscore MAXON's ongoing and deep commitment to helping 3D digital artists further advance creativity and control.

"MAXON has spent the last 20 years developing some of the industry's most advanced 3D software technologies; continually raising the bar for 3D animation software excellence," said Harald Egel, CEO and co-founder, MAXON. "CINEMA 4D R11 is no exception. This release contains the next-generation features our customers worldwide have come to expect from MAXON."

Among the highlights included in today's release is the highly-anticipated Projection Man tool. "Projection Man allows our artists to quickly project a painting onto geometry in a scene, simplifying even the most complex setups which can be easily organized within a single Photoshop file," said Dennis Bredow, Texture Lead at Sony Pictures Imageworks."The flexibility of the tool and its ease of use allow our painters to focus less on the mechanics of the shot and spend more time creating beautiful imagery."

Expanded integration options, new workflow tools and boosts in performance for both PC and Mac users sit at the heart of the new release. On average, rendering speeds are now more than twice as fast as the previous version. CINEMA 4D R11 also boasts an all-new Cocoa-based architecture supporting 64-bit processing under Mac OS X Leopard. "We are pleased that MAXON has created the CineMan connection to Pixar's RenderMan directly from within CINEMA 4D," said Chris Ford, Business Director - RenderMan at Pixar. "Now, MAXON customers can benefit from Pixar's Academy Award-winning rendering technology featured in Ratatouille, The Incredibles and many others."
"Our customers told us what they needed and we listened," said Paul Babb, president and CEO of MAXON USA. "This exciting new version is as ideal for the novice as it is for the power user who wants to produce compelling imagery in today's fast-paced environments."

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CINEMA 4D Release 11 Highlights:

The list of capabilities and enhancements that comprise the new CINEMA 4D R11 is extensive; with each element designed to provide ultimate control to enhance the professional 3D modeling, texturing, animating and rendering process:

  • Non-Linear Animation
    Move beyond the keyframe. Animation Layers and Motion Clips tools let users easily build, layer and loop discreet motions containing hundreds of keyframes in complex hierarchies.
  • Completely New Global Illumination
    Take advantage of the most current algorithms and computer hardware with the all new easy to use Global Illumination engine. This technology delivers heightened flexibility to achieve ultra-realistic results with a minimum of setup time, even for animations.
  • BodyPaint 3D
    New tools for painting rich, detailed textures onto a 3D model as well as an improved workflow are part of this major upgrade to the popular 3D painting application. The improvements facilitate even tighter integration into industry-standard painting pipelines with brush import, WACOM tablet support, PSD format enhancement and more.
  • Improved Rendering Speeds
    Tremendous optimizations in multithreading and CPU efficiency offer dramatically improved rendering speeds. Overall render quality has been greatly enhanced as well. New parameters make it possible to create even more realistic glass materials.
  • Support for 64-bit on Mac OS X
    CINEMA 4D R11 is the first comprehensive 3D package completely re-engineered to take full advantage of the Mac OS X 10.5 release. As a native 64-bit Cocoa application, CINEMA 4D can be used in 64-bit mode to utilize greater RAM resources so you can build and render more complex projects. All 64-bit processors are supported. Users can easily switch between 32-bit and 64-bit mode to suit their individual needs.
  • Projection Man
    Leverage the same powerful matte painting system originally developed by MAXON exclusively for Sony Pictures Imageworks and recently used to create such blockbuster features as Hancock, Speed Racer, Beowulf and Surf's Up. This formerly exclusive toolset enhances workflow and makes it easy to create and patch the mattes. Tight integration with Adobe Photoshop and MAXON BodyPaint 3D simplifies editing and manipulating extensive digital mattes and even fully immersive 3D environments.
  • CineMan
    Power users can easily render CINEMA 4D projects utilizing Pixar's RenderMan Pro Server, or other RenderMan-compliant engines including 3Delight and AIR through support for the RIB format.
  • COLLADA Support
    R11 now supports COLLADA, an open standard XML-based format that facilitates the transfer of 3D assets between applications. Exchanging scenes with other 3D applications is now easier than ever for diverse digital content creation production pipelines.
  • Customer Friendly
    An online update mechanism ensures users always have access to the latest updates and enhancements. A new license server technology helps corporations, studios and schools maximize and manage their investment.
  • Additional Features

    CINEMA 4D R11 also boasts optimized render control settings, animation ghosting, a doodle tool and support for 3D Connexion devices (Mac and Windows). For a complete list and description of all the exceptional elements that comprise this new feature-rich version of CINEMA 4D, please visit http://www.maxon.net/pages/products/new_e.html.

    Extensive CINEMA 4D R11 tutorials and demonstrations can be found on the MAXON USA. 24/7 education and training resource site, Cineversity.

Availability

CINEMA 4D Release 11 is expected to ship September, 2008. For pricing and upgrade information, please visit www.maxon.net.

About MAXON Computer

MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively in the film, television, science, architecture, engineering and other industries. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, France and Japan. MAXON products are available directly from the Website and its worldwide distribution channel. Specially priced learning editions of the company's software solutions are also made available to educational institutions. For additional information on MAXON visit www.maxon.net.

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Telestream First to Offer Broad Flash Support as Standard on all Products

episodeNevada City, Calif., August 12, 2008 - Telestream today announced comprehensive encode and decode support for Flash 7, 8 and 9 video formats as a standard feature in its flagship FlipFactory® transcoding workflow automation applications and powerful Episode® batch encoding applications. Telestream is one of the first companies in the industry to include On2 VP6® Flash decoding and encoding as a standard feature in its products.

"We are pleased to be partnering with Telestream to put our superior-quality VP6 technology in the hands of all new Telestream Episode and FlipFactory customers," said Eero Kaikkonen, Chief Marketing Officer of On2 Technologies. "Delivering very high quality over lower data rates, On2 VP6 based Flash Video is much less compute intensive to encode and playback than H.264, and is not subject to burdensome content royalties, enabling Telestream's customers to cost effectively serve more compelling video."

"Telestream has lead the industry by providing media professionals with the broadest format support available and enabling them to automate their workflows in more ways," announced Barbara DeHart, VP of Marketing at Telestream. "We extend that support by adding On2's VP6 codec for Flash as a standard feature in our transcoding products. Industry experts have recognized the quality of our Flash 8 encoding, and Telestream is pleased to be able to offer that quality at an even greater value to our customers."

In the 2008 Encoder Shootout published in the Feb 2008 issue of Streaming Media magazine, author Jan Ozer reported, "In terms of encoding quality, [Telestream's Episode] Flash 8 results were the best, with files that were visually identical to On2's Flix Pro, the gold standard."

Belgium's IT.Enquirer reviewer Erik Vlietinck states that "the quality of your Flash videos will dramatically improve" with Telestream's Flash 8 encoding.

Telestream Episode desktop products with Flash now start at $495. The company's Episode and FlipFactory server-based trancoding products with Flash now start at $2,950. Episode desktop products are available at www.flip4mac.com. FlipFactory and Episode server products are available from Telestream's worldwide network of direct sales and resale channels. More information is available at www.telestream.net.

The Joy of Interlacing

Watch this fantastic video about interlacing, something every video artist and editor should know thoroughly, as boring as it may be.


The Joy of Interlacing from Videopia on Vimeo.

Via Create Digital Motion

Monday, August 11, 2008

Red Giant Software Offers Camera Shake, Jitter and Noise Removal Tool

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magic bullet steadySan Francisco, CA, August 11, 2008 - Red Giant Software, with popular products Magic Bullet, Knoll Light Factory and Trapcode, today launched Magic Bullet Steady, a new tool to remove camera shake, jitter, and noise. Magic Bullet Steady is a plug-in for users of Final Cut Pro 6 and After Effects CS3 (Mac and Windows). The stabilizer function removes unwanted camera movement which can be distracting and disturbing to viewers.

Magic Bullet Steady offers powerful algorithms which analyze the video, detect motion, and apply one of four filtering modes. The result is a smooth, stabilized motion that preserves camera pans and other desired movements while eliminating jarring shake. A second filter removes noise and other low-light artifacts. Priced at $199, Magic Bullet Steady is available for purchase from Toolfarm and Red Giant.

Highlights

Stabilization
Camera movement and tough shooting conditions can cause distracting, jerky motion; and film sprocket damage on old footage can cause gate jitter and weave. The Stabilizer feature uses a software-based 2D translation to repair this type of footage in near real-time.

Noise Reduction
Too often, noise reduction means everything gets very blurry. Not so with Magic Bullet Steady. It uses spatial and temporal data to work out true image values, and customizable settings give you control over block size. Adjust the optional detail protection feature to find the right results for your desired output.

Blistering Speed
Compared to the built-in stabilization features in After Effects or Final Cut Pro, Magic Bullet Steady yields great results in record time.

For more information, visit Toolfarm's Plug-in Finder. A trial version is available here.

Why Buy Magic Bullet Steady?

  • Use instead of a Steadicam on small projects
  • Add sophistication to amateur or archival footage
  • Faster than built-in solutions available in the host applications


Pricing and Availability

Magic Bullet Steady is available now for $199 USD and supports After Effects CS3 on Windows XP/Vista and Mac OS X. The software also runs in Final Cut Pro on Mac OS X.

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.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

SF Mograph Meeting August 21

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SFMograph is on for the night of August 21st from 7pm - 10pm at Adobe in San Francisco. (Map)

This meeting is going to be off the hook!

We have some incredible talent presenting and walking us through their workflow, projects and breaking it all down in After Effects.

Featuring guest speakers Tim Palmer Senior Graphic Designer at Current TV and Dav Rauch from The Orphanage.

Dav Rauch has worked as a Special Effects artist and supervisor on movies such as Hellboy, Jeepers Creepers 2, jackass: the movie and iron Man.

Since it's inception in 2005, Emmy award-winning Current TV has been the world's leading peer-to-peer news and information network. Current is the only 24/7 cable and satellite television network and Internet site produced and programmed in collaboration with its audience. Current connects young adults with what is going on in their world, from their perspective, in their own voices.

http://mographwiki.net/images/9/92/Current_TV_GFX_Reel_Spring07.mov

SFMOGRAPH

Your Hosts: Brandon Grande, Matt Silverman, Marcello Grande


Did we mention Toolfarm will be supplying the PIZZA!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Noise Industries' Fxfactory Adds Support For Adobe After Effects

Noise Industries releases FxFactory for Adobe After Effects plug-in architecture; bringing hundreds of award-winning visual effects plug-ins to the Adobe Production Premium CS3 Workflow

fxfactory proBoston MA - August 8, 2008 - Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets announced the availability of FxFactory 2.0.4; offering native integration with Adobe® After Effects® CS3 software. FxFactory includes 300 plus award-winning visual effects plug-ins optimized for real-time performance on the Mac platform. With the release of FxFactory 2.0.4, Noise Industries is taking a new path for packaging the multi-host plug-ins. FxFactory 2.0.4 will offer support for Adobe After Effects CS3, Apple® Final Cut Studio® and Apple Final Cut® Express applications in a single package. The new single product - multi-host support allows customers to use the highly popular FxFactory plug-ins with their favorite Mac-based editing and compositing applications. The move to provide multiple host support in a single product also provides a significant cost savings as customers will not be charged for every host separately.

"This is an important step for our company. The Adobe After Effects crowd is well known for the use of visual effects plug-ins in their workflows and the tight relationships they form with developers to evolve the various plug-in tools," comments Niclas Bahn, director of business development, Noise Industries. "This release also makes many of our existing Final Cut customers happy as they have been asking for FxFactory to be made available for Adobe After Effects."

"Adobe has a phenomenal partner network that draws top notch developers like Noise Industries," comments Michael Coleman, product manager for Adobe After Effects. "We're thrilled to have Noise Industries bring their innovative and clever plug-ins to After Effects CS3. Innovation is at the core of our customer's work and I'm sure the FxFactory plug-ins will become an indispensible part of their creative toolkit.

High-Performance Visual Effects Tools
FxFactory leverages a high-precision, hardware-accelerated rendering engine that enables users to push the limits of effects creation; producing that radically unique or realistically organic look with stunning image quality.

FxFactory plug-ins span a wide range of categories that include; blurs, color correction, distortions, glows, half-tones, and stylization filters, as well as generators and transitions. Each plug-in is complimented with a forward-thinking approach to design and development;

Hardware Acceleration: plug-ins are developed to take advantage of the systems graphics card providing unbeatable previewing and rendering performance.

Highly Customizable, Contextual UI: FxFactory presents users with minimal parameters and intutively reacts and displays additional parameters based on the user's actions. Parameters can be fully expanded; allowing any effect element to be manipulated.

Plug-in Development Engine: Unique in the industry, the FxFactory plug-in management interface provides broadcast designers a user-friendly development tool to design additional visual effects for Apple and Adobe video solutions.

Integrated Help Desk: Plug-in documentation, support resources and tutorials are accessible in one click from the parameter inspector

Hundreds of Presets: Built-in presets are a time-saving feature that lets users explore new looks with minimal effort. Users can easily create their own presets to recreate the same look later. New with FxFactory 2.0.4, presets created on one host can be used inside all supported video applications by Apple and Adobe.

Availability and Pricing
FxFactory Pro is available today for 399.00 USD. Additional plug-in packages are available for free or commercially starting at a price point of 29.00 USD. FxFactory products can be purchased via the Noise Industries website (www.noiseindustries.com) or through select resellers.

Adobe® After Effects CS3, 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; http://www.toolfarm.com/demo/demo.php

About Noise Industries, LLC
Established in 2004, Boston, Massachusetts-based Noise Industries is an innovative developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast community. Their products are integrated with popular non-linear editing and compositing products from Apple, Adobe and Avid. For more information about Noise Industries, please visit: http://www.noiseindustries.com.

Creating Picture-in-Picture in Premiere Pro

Dennis Radeke shows you how to make a Picture-in-Picture effect in Premiere Pro in the latest episode of Adobe TV's Adobe Beginner Classes.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Tutorial: Simulate: Illuma LightTracer

simulate illumaTim Kolb walks you through how to use the LightTracer filter in the newest Digieffects Simulate: Illuma plug-in. The tutorial is actually a fabulous walk through of what the plug-in can do.

If you have questions about any Digieffects products, ask at the Digieffects Forum

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Learn more about Simulate: Illuma in our Plug-in Finder

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Red Giant ToonIt Now Available, Trial version

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Toon It is the newest Red Giant release since the acquisition of Digital Anarchy's video plug-ins and it's now available with shiny new installers. ToonIt! 1.1 becomes Red Giant ToonIt and includes support for all platforms including Avid

toon itGive video footage that sought-after cartoon look easily and quickly. Red Giant ToonIt uses unique algorithms to transform your image into beautiful cartoon shading and lines. Its four plug-ins free you from time-consuming techniques like rotoscoping and hand painting, and give precise control over styles, shading and outlines. Quickly convert video into a stylized animation with great default settings.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Tutorial: Digieffects Simulate: Illuma "Luminus Effect"

illumaCheck out this cool new tutorial for Simulate Illuma, the newest plug-in from Digieffects and the first in the Simulate series.

Plugged-in: The Digital Landscape Show 25

Guests Rami Katrib of Digital Film Tree and Stan Lozowski of LyloFilm are guests. Regulars Philip Hodgetts and Michele Yamazaki round out the hour.

Show 25 highlights include:

Philip Hodgetts, President, Open Television Network
Today we delve into Philip's brain in our premiere episode of "Being Philip Hodgetts"

Michele Yamazaki, VP of Marketing/Content Creator and Web Czarina, Toolfarm.com
Latest Toolfarm news and other happenings.

Ramy Katrib, Founder and CEO, Digital Film Tree
Ramy talks with us about the madness of modern day post production and working with Walter Murch

Stan Lozowski, Founder, LyloFilm
Stan talks about the many projects that he's creatively involved with from comics, to shorts, to animation, to feature films

Contact the podcast hosts at podcast@toolfarm.com

TRT: 55:30 min. Listen now at iTunes or here

NewBlueFX Bursts into Mac Market with Video Special Effects and Transitions for Apple Final Cut Pro

NewBlue, Inc. Continues Rapid Expansion into Desktop Video Market with Full Suite of Video FX Plugins

newblue fxLA JOLLA, CA (August 4, 2008) - NewBlue, Inc. today continued its widening rollout of video effects plugins by unveiling a host of new offerings for Apple Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express. Users of this popular video editing software for Intel-based Apple Macintosh computers 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. The release follows the company's progressive launch of video fx plugins for the Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Avid Xpress Pro, Avid Liquid, Corel VideoStudio, Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas, Thomson Grass Valley Edius product lines.

Among the NewBlueFX plugin collections released for Apple Final Cut Pro v5.1 and higher and Apple Final Cut Express 3.5 and higher are 7 VideoFX collections and 5 AudioFX collections, including NewBlue 3D Effects, NewBlue 3D Transformations, NewBlue Art Blends, NewBlue Art Effects, NewBlue Equalizers, NewBlue Essentials, NewBlue Film Effects, NewBlue Motion Blends, NewBlue Motion Effects, NewBlue Production Tools, NewBlue Scrubbers and NewBlue Sound Benders. This release comes on the heels of the Final Cut-compatible debut of NewBlue Cartoonr, the company's free cartoon look plugin available at http://www.newbluefx.com/cartoonr

Known for their ease-of-use, clean design and immense variety of video and audio techniques, NewBlueFX provides video editors Hollywood-style techniques at accessible prices. Unlike many other available effects on the market, NewBlueFX integrate seamlessly into their host video editor, including Apple Final Cut Pro.

Explains Melissa J. Grey, NewBlue's chief strategic officer, "Releasing NewBlueFX for Apple Final Cut Pro represents the culmination of a year-long product rollout. We are thrilled to enter the Mac market and count Final Cut Pro among the vital editing platforms we support."

Among the NewBlueFX plug-in collections released for Apple Final Cut Pro 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. More specific product descriptions follow:

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

Users can purchase NewBlueFX for Apple Final Cut Pro from Toolfarm.com or directly from the company's website. Fully-functional trial versions are available for download, as well.

In addition, NewBlue offers Apple Final Cut Pro customers NewBlue Cartoonr, the fast, free, easy way to give live video a cartoon look. Users can download this plug-in, valued at $250.

About NewBlue, Inc.
NewBlue, Inc. develops innovative audio, video and multimedia technologies for leading companies throughout the world. Founded in early 2002, NewBlue creates 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 Adobe Premiere, Avid Liquid, Avid Media Composer, Avid Xpress Pro, Pinnacle Studio and Sony Vegas desktop video product lines, as well as AVCHD UpShift, an AVCHD conversion utility created in conjunction with VASST.

For further information on NewBlueFX and NewBlue Cartoonr, please see the Media Kit.

Digital Anarchy Sells Visual Effects and 2D Animation Product Line

Digital AnarchySale of Video Products Allows Company to Fully Concentrate on Photoshop and Professional Photography Markets.

San Francisco, CA - August 4, 2008 - Digital Anarchy, known for its high quality creative software in both the broadcast and Photoshop markets, has announced today the sale of their full video product line to Red Giant Software. For seven years, Digital Anarchy has made a name for itself by delivering innovative software for visual effects, video editing and 2D animation in the film and television industry. Effective Monday, August 4th, the company will transfer sales and support of 12 plug-in products for host applications that include Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid systems and Autodesk systems.

This asset sale will allow Digital Anarchy to focus on their other core market, Photoshop plug-ins for photographers and digital artists. Since 2004, the company has released tools that help professional and hobbyist photographers to uniquely create a fully digital portrait studio. The company has recently focused on software that provides custom graphic effects, and plans to release new innovative products by the beginning of Q4 2008. Digital Anarchy is also considering development for related host applications like Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture.

Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy, said, "We have been a leader in the After Effects and related markets since 2001, but have decided to focus on the Photoshop and digital photography markets. We’re excited about some of the opportunities there and are looking closer at current customer needs. Developing more creative and productive technology to service the wide variety of Photoshop artists and digital photographers is an important part of our strategy moving forward. In making this decision, it was important that we find a company who would take excellent care of our current film/video customers, and we think Red Giant Software is that company."

Photoshop Products Kept; Video Products Sold.

The sale of its video products will not affect Digital Anarchy’s Photoshop customers. Digital Anarchy has retained its full Photoshop product line and will continue to provide the quality software and support that the company is known for. These Photoshop products are: Primate Chromakey, Backdrop Designer, Knoll Light Factory, and Texture Anarchy. All sales and support questions for Photoshop products should be directed towards Digital Anarchy at www.digitalanarchy.com.

Digital Anarchy has sold the following video products: 3D Assistants, Data Animator, Anarchy Toolbox, Geomancy, Psunami Water, Text Anarchy, ToonIt!, Microcosm, Color Theory, PlasmaFX, Chaos Stock and Knoll Spark Pack. Already a recognized video plug-in company, Red Giant Software has rebranded and reissued some of the Digital Anarchy products, and pulled others off the market temporarily for future re-release. All sales and support questions for video products should be directed towards Red Giant Software at www.redgiantsoftware.com. Existing Digital Anarchy customers will be fully supported for product upgrades, updates and changes.

About Digital Anarchy.

Digital Anarchy is a privately owned company in San Francisco that creates high-quality creative software for professional photographers, Photoshop artists and graphic designers. Since 2001, our tools have solved a wide range of design issues, from masking out bluescreens for commercial still photography to generating custom lighting effects. Digital Anarchy products work in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop, PS Elements, and related design applications. For more information, please see the company's website at www.digitalanarchy.com or call 415-586-8434.

About Red Giant Software.

Red Giant Software LLC (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.

broadcastGEMs TransitionFX05 Template for After Effects

broadcastGEMs TransitionFX05 template brings you another rendition of their popular TransitionFX templates. The project file includes compositions for HD 1080 & 720 and D1 NTSC & PAL compositions. Each composition provides three design options for the implementation of Trapcode's 3D Stroke plugin.

Expressions are used to simplify the moving of the point of explosion - just move one point and all the other particle parameters follow along. Ramp up Level settings to complete the transition into a full-on blowout.

Includes Bonus TextFX that allows you to create metallic textures for text and imagery, including masks and shape layers.

Monday, August 04, 2008

CHV-electronics releases QC Integration FX V1.5

QC Integration FX is the most versatile plugin package ever for Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion

QC IntegrationCHV-electronics, software developer of plug-ins for Motion, Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express announced today that a major update of the plugin package QC Integration FX based on Apple's plug-in technology "FxPlug" has been released. Version 1.5 provides the user with 30 new plug-ins and a long list of new features.

QC Integration FX is designed to enable the user to build FxPlug plug-ins for Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion and even built plug-ins for sale with copyright-protection. The package already contains 81 high quality visual effect plug-ins that can be used immediately.

QC Integration FX allows the user to do more than any other plugin package. Using Apple's Quartz Composer technology this package provides provides the user with the most advanced plugin platform to quickly create, modify, use and even distribute securely any Quartz Composer file. Additional plug-ins will be added to the package as they become available.

The plugin package runs on all PowerPC and Intel Mac computers on OSX 10.4 (Tiger) and OSX 10.5 (Leopard) that are qualified to run Final Cut Studio or Final Cut Express.

All FxPlug plugin packages from CHV-electronics are GPU-accelerated, using the full power of the installed graphics adapter for direct feedback and fast rendering.

Pricing
QC Integration FX is priced at $95.00.

Availability
All plug-in packages are available immediately and can be downloaded from Toolfarm and CHV's website.

The fully functional demo version of QC Integration FX V1.5 (watermarked) can be downloaded by using this link.

The upgrade is free to all current users.

Special Offers for the Adobe C3S Production Premium Path 2 Upgrade

adobe upgradeToolfarm is taking an instant $100 off the Adobe C3S Production Premium Upgrade Path 2. Own Final Cut Pro, and a single qualifying Adobe product*, and looking to add the full Adobe CS3 Production Premium to your arsenal? Apple Final Cut Pro Owners save an extra $200 off the $100 instant discount - total savings of $300, when purchasing the Adobe C3S Production Premium Upgrade Path 2 through Toolfarm.com. That's $799 for the complete Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium package!
  • The rebate submission must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2008.
  • Mail-in rebate offer for Apple Final Cut Pro owners is valid in US only. See rebate form for details- download rebate form.
  • Reasons to buy Creative Suite 3 Production Premium for Final Cut Pro editors
*Customers who own one of these products and Apple Final Cut Pro qualify for the additional $200 mail-in rebate:
  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0, CS, CS3, CS3, CS3 Extended
  • Adobe Illustrator 10.0, CS, CS2, CS3
  • Adobe Flash MX, MX 2004, MX Professional 2004, Basic 8, Professional 8, CS3 Professional
  • Adobe After Effects 5.x, 6.x, 7.x, CS3 Professional
  • Adobe Premiere- Any version of Premiere or Premiere Pro
Toolfarm instant rebate ends August 31st. Mail-in Adobe rebate offer: purchase must made before Aug 31st.

New Tutorial: Using the Luminus Effect in Digieffects Simulate: Illuma

simulate illumaA quick overview on how to use the Luminus effect in the Digieffects Simulate: Illuma Plug-in package. Luminus is a fast, smooth and easy to use highlight bloom. Watch the Tutorial.

Red Giant Software Acquires Digital Anarchy Plug-Ins

Six New Motion Graphics Packages Expand Product Line

San Francisco, CA, August 4, 2008 - Red Giant Software, with popular products Magic Bullet, Knoll Light Factory, and Trapcode, today announced that it has agreed to acquire the video plug-in portfolio of Digital Anarchy, a San Francisco-based plug-in developer. Digital Anarchy is known for its high-quality creative software for broadcast designers and 2D animators. The acquisition will add six new products to Red Giant Software's roster, which will be repackaged under Red Giant Software's own product names.

These new products make Red Giant Software a one-stop shop for plug-ins, with over 30 plug-in packages for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Avid. Users can now turn to Red Giant to create a wide variety of effects, including particles, keying, color correction, lighting, cartoon effects, look creation, animated titles, and ultra-realistic water. Several of Digital Anarchy's former products will distributed free of charge, including PlasmaFX, Color Theory, and Microcosm Codec. These free products will be introduced later in 2008.

The six new tools include PlaneSpace (formerly 3D Assistant Lite/Pro), a 3D layer animation tool; Datamator (formerly Data Animator), which creates and animates charts and graphs in 3D space; Psunami (formerly Psunami Water), a photorealistic water and wave generator; ToonIt (formerly Toon It!), which creates cartoon-style art from video footage; and Knoll Light Factory Spark, a version of the popular lens flare generation tool especially for advanced Autodesk platforms.

Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy, said, "As I looked to exit the video plug-in business to fully concentrate on our photography/Photoshop products, I approached Red Giant Software to help ease the transition for our users. Red Giant Software is recognized in the industry for taking care of its customers with a solid record for support and marketing. It was important to find Digital Anarchy's film/video users a good new home - Red Giant Software fits that bill."

Sean Safreed, owner of Red Giant Software, said, "This is an exciting milestone for our company. We entered the plug-in market nearly six years ago, and we are now are one of the largest providers of tools to production professionals. We are dedicated to providing innovative tools for broadcasters, film designers, and independent filmmakers, and Digital Anarchy's video toolset expands our palette. We look forward to providing Digital Anarchy film/video users and future customers with the best support and on-going updates to these new tools, and we're already working on updates and compatibility enhancements."

Digital Anarchy will continue to publish plug-ins and filters for Adobe Photoshop. For more information, visit www.digitalanarchy.com.

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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.

About Digital Anarchy
Digital Anarchy is a privately owned company in San Francisco that creates high-quality creative software for professional photographers, Photoshop artists and graphic designers. Since 2001, our tools have solved a wide range of design issues, from masking out bluescreens for commercial still photography to generating custom lighting effects. Digital Anarchy products work in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop, PS Elements, and related design applications. For more information, please see the company's website at www.digitalanarchy.com or call 415-586-8434.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Noise Industries FxFactory 2.0.4 Adds Support for After Effects, Free Update

noise industriesFxFactory is a revolutionary visual effects package for Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Express and now Adobe After Effects CS3, powering over 300 hardware-accelerated plug-ins.

FxPlug: the next-generation of film-quality effects
FxFactory is based on FxPlug, Apple's new plug-in architecture which guarantees the best integration with Final Cut Pro, Motion and Final Cut Express.

It's faster
FxFactory uses the graphics card in your system to provide hardware-accelerated previews and rendering.

It's free

FxFactory is a free plug-in management system that lets you install and try a vast collection of plug-ins. Some plug-ins are absolutely free. Others are available in trial mode and may be purchased as needed.

This free update to FxFactory adds support for Adobe After Effects CS3. The new version allows users to run their existing FxFactory plug-ins inside the new host. No product activations or separate purchases are needed.

FxFactory Pro 2 customers may also enjoy two plug-ins newly added in this release: the “Blur Two Axes” filter and the “Blur Dissolve” transition.

Please note that this new version requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and it will only work with Final Cut Pro 6 and Motion 3. If you are still running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Final Cut Pro 5.1 and/or Motion 2.1.2 please continue using the previous version instead.