Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Total Training - FREE 7 Day All-Access Training Pass

total trainingToolfarm customer can sign up for your exclusive FREE 7-Day All-Access Library training pass. The perfect companion for learning your Adobe Software.

You might want to hold off on your free trial because I just got wind that the Adobe CS4 training will start to be available in October (which unbelievably starts tomorrow!) To purchase any complete DVD Total Training program, visit our store.

Monday, September 29, 2008

3D Clouds with Text in Cinema 4D

There has been a very busy topic in our forum this week, How to Make a Cloud of Words. Ko followed up with a tutorial for Cinema 4D.


3D Clouds with Text from Ko Maruyama on Vimeo. Ko says "Using Text splines to generate clouds in CINEMA 4D. It's a fairly simple task, but you just need to know where it is. If you have Advanced Rendering, you have Pyrocluster Shaders.

Using the Thinking Particle presets (Object/TP), you can make any spline form the basis for your clouds.

NOTE: Don't forget to add the Pyrocluster Tracer Object to your scene."

Plug-In Post Q+A: Tradcode's Peder Norrby

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Michele Yamazaki, Peder Norrby and Ko Maruyama


Studio Daily interviews Peder Norrby, Trapcode's founder and developer. Read the interview here.

Peder says, "There is also a business-perspective: our goal is for our customers to wow their clients and make more money using the products than the cost of the products themselves, so it is turns out to be a very good investment for them. Good investments are always popular, and news of them tend to spread." So, that's his secret!

Dear Adobe

Adam Meisel emailed me about a site he created, along with Erik Frick, called Dear Adobe

Adobe has been very positive about their site and has gone so far as to respond directly to the After Effects Top 25 gripes. It's a VERY entertaining read. Enjoy!

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Upgrade Matrix

adobeToolfarm has built the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Upgrade Mega-Matrix which makes it easy to find out which upgrades you need. There are a couple of upgrade paths for each product so we've made it simple and clear and all in one spot!

cs4 upgradeIf you still have questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Plug-in Compatibility with After Effects CS4 and Premiere Pro CS4

One thing we're great at is making lists! Our latest list in our Plug-in Finder is Compatibility with After Effects and Premiere CS4. Right now the list is a bit short, however CS4 won't be out for a month. In the next month we are going to gather ever bit of information we can about plug-in compatibility with the new CS4 products. Stay tuned!

If you're one of our vendors and you know the status of your plug-ins in CS4, drop me a line and give me the details. Thanks!

Imagineer and Adobe CS4 announcement

mocha AEAs you might have seen in the news about After Effects CS4, Imagineer mocha for After Effects v1, is being bundled with Adobe After Effects CS4. This is a standalone application, not a plug-in. Mocha for After Effects v1 will still be available for those of you who are not upgrading to CS4 right away.

If you have already purchased mocha for After Effects v1 after August 1, 2008, you will receive a free upgrade to mocha for After Effects version 2.0 (shipping later this year). Version 2.0 offers significant improvements to the After Effects workflow and adds powerful new features (they'll be announcing those features soon, but suffice it to say, they're adding significant value to this product).

Boris FX Plug-ins To Support Adobe After Effects CS4 and Premiere Pro CS4

Customers who own Boris Continuum Complete 5 AE, Final Effects Complete 5 AE, Boris RED 4.x, Boris FX 9.x, Boris Graffiti 5.x., or any Boris Continuum Unit will be eligible to receive free updates to Adobe CS4-compatible versions of their plug-ins. Free updates, if necessary, would be released following Adobe's CS4 release.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New broadcastGEMs Template for After Effects- True 3D Video Frame

Display your footage within a true 3D Frame. broadcastGEMs True 3D Video Frame01 is easily customizable to suit numerous purposes. Simply import your footage, including your logo and type in your text and you're good to go. The tedious and meticulous work has already been done for you. Wow your clients with true 3D frames with this new template from broadcastGEMs.




AEP comes in 1280x720 and requires AE 7 Pro and up.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Final Cut Pro 6 Gets Furnace &Amp; Keylight: The Foundry release their first plug-ins for Final Cut Pro

London, UK. September, 2008. Leading visual effects software developer, The Foundry, is delighted to announce the release of Furnace 4 and Keylight for Final Cut Pro 6. These toolsets are The Foundry's first product releases for Final Cut Pro and give artists access to a host of Academy Award © Winning advanced image processing and keying tools.

Thousands of leading digital artists worldwide already take advantage of Furnace and Keylight to enhance workflow and boost productivity in digital visual effects post production.

With Furnace 4, Final Cut Pro 6 artists will - for the first time - be able to access The Foundry's sophisticated motion estimation technology.

Ben Kent, Senior Software Engineer, comments: "With Furnace on Final Cut Pro editors and artists will be able to use advanced motion estimation technology to repair and retime troublesome shots without the hassle, delay and generation loss involved in exporting to a separate compositing package. Improved results and quicker workflow all in one!"

furnaceBased on Apple's FxPlug standard, The Foundry Furnace 4 for Final Cut Pro 6 includes:

DeFlicker is a fully automated plug-in designed to remove luminance flicker in a sequence. It can remove multiple over-lapping phase different flickers, while adapting to cope with motion in the sequence.

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

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

ReGrain is an advanced grain management tool, which duplicates grain either from a sample image or stock footage and applies it to a new sequence.

DirtRemoval automatically detects and cleans dirt, dust and hairs from a film scan.

MatchGrade copies the colour look from a reference sequence and applies this to the source image. This technique involves a non-linear transformation of the colour histogram and is useful for balancing and colour matching plates to the master grade.

MotionBlur utilizes advanced image processing to add organic looking motion blur to a sequence. Blur can be added automatically based on the amount of motion in the sequence of the shutter time can e set manually.

keylightThe Foundry Keylight, the Academy Award©-winning blue and green screen keyer is easy to use, and highly effective at tackling shots in which it is problematic to pull a clean key - particularly shots featuring hair, reflections and semi-transparent areas. Spill suppression is built-in, meaning that selection of the screen colour is often all that is needed for the user to pull a perfect matte and allow effects elements to be seamlessly seated together and to look genuinely photographed.

"Getting our hardcore tech into the hands of FCP users should be a real boost to what they can do," said Bruno Nicoletti, Chief Technology Officer. “Our engineers have worked brilliantly to build a superb range of effects and bring them to the wider market."

Keylight has an unparalleled pedigree, having been used on scores of feature films including: Speed Racer, King Kong, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Harry Potter series, Mission Impossible, Resident Evil, Sleepy Hollow, Chicken Run, The Truman Show, Armageddon and many, many more.

Its ease of use, and ability to tackle difficult footage via an array of built-in tools, has earned Keylight an enviable reputation, and established it as a favourite with visual effects facilities and artists across the world.

Availability and Pricing

About The Foundry

The Foundry is a world-leading innovator of visual effects and image processing technologies that boost productivity in motion picture and video post production. On February 10th 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded a Sci-Tech Award® to The Foundry's development team for the Furnace image processing suite. The company now holds a trio of Academy Award® winning products including the high-end compositing system Nuke, and keying application Keylight.

The Foundry's products support a wide range of host platforms including After Effects, Autodesk® Media and Entertainment Systems, Avid DS, Baselight, Film Master, Nuke, Scratch, Shake and FCP. The company has also driven OpenFX, an open standard for visual effects plug-ins, now broadly adopted by host and plug-in developers such as Autodesk®, Assimilate, FilmLight, Digital Vision, eyeon Software Inc, Grass Valley, Soluciones Graficas por Ordenador (S.G.O.), Photron and others.

Customers include: Digital Domain, The Moving Picture Company, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Warner Bros and Weta Digital Ltd.

The Foundry is headquartered in London, and has offices in Los Angeles.

How to Set Up a Simple Maxon Cinema4D Set Driver

Ko Maruyama created this great new video tutorial for Toolfarm, How to Set Up a Simple Maxon Cinema4D Set Driver. Check it out!.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Adobe After Effects CS4 New features

Ko Maruyama's blog, Ninja Crayon has a great write-up on the new features of AE CS4. Here's the condensed version.

  • Searchable timelines and projects and easier nested comp navigation
  • Compositions exported as layered projects Export compositions as layered, XFL format projects that can be opened and edited in Adobe Flash® CS4 Professional software.
  • Integrated workflow for mobile device authoring
  • Numerous interface and workflow tweaks
  • Dynamic Link between Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Soundbooth
  • Independent keyframing of x, y, z values, plus 3D compositing improvements
  • Cartoon Effect
  • Mocha for Adobe After Effects from Imagineer Systems
  • XMP metadata for asset intelligence
  • Also note that Adobe OnLocation now runs natively in Mac OS X as well as Windows.

NewBlueFX Introduces “Video Essentials” Effects Plugin Suite

video essentialsThe 'Swiss Army Knife' of Video Effects Collections

Video, Multimedia and Technology Editors

LA JOLLA, CA (September 22, 2008)— NewBlue, Inc. announces NewBlue Video Essentials, a comprehensive collection of NewBlueFX video plugins designed to enhance, optimize, and accelerate productivity and workflow. Featuring an indispensable toolbox of 10 distinct video effects plugins, NewBlue Video Essentials aids video professionals and enthusiasts in repairing, refining and improving their video.

NewBlue Video Essentials joins the company's highly-regarded product line of 14 exclusive video effects plugins, video transitions and audio filters. The product is available for all major video editing software platforms, including Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Premiere Elements, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, Avid NewsCutter, Avid Symphony, Avid Xpress, Avid Liquid, Corel (formerly Ulead) VideoStudio, Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas, Sony Vegas Movie Studio and Thomson Grass Valley EDIUS. The collection is value-priced at $79.95.

"NewBlue Video Essentials is an incredible value, but don’t be fooled by its aggressive pricing," explains Paul Devermann, VP of Business Development. "This suite of video effects plugins offers critical tools to get the job done. Nowhere else will you find such a powerful set of truly useful tools for less than $100, much less $79.95."

Included in NewBlue Video Essentials are:
  • Color Fixer Plus, which provides a quick and easy way to fix color balance. It can also adjust the saturation, brightness, and film gamma.
  • Crop Borders, which quickly and easily eliminates unnecessary video borders.
  • Detail Enhancer, which strengthens the lines and edges in the video image, bringing out detail in a dull or foggy scene and resulting in a clearer picture.
  • Flash Remover, which automatically senses camera flashes and removes them from the video.
  • Pixelator, which replaces an oval area on the screen with large colored blocks, obscuring the underlying image. This can be used to obscure a face to maintain anonymity.
  • Sharpen, which refines the video image, enhancing the definition.
  • Soft Focus, which gently blurs the video image.
  • Tint, which changes the coloring and light behavior of the video image. It provides control over the tinting, color saturation, brightness, and has the option of adding the lighting depth of film.
  • Touch Up, which smoothes the image, removing subtle blemishes from the video, while maintaining strong details. Touch Up is a great way to clean up an image to make it more appealing.
  • Video Tuneup, which combines four very useful image adjustment filters for quick and easy fine (or not so fine) tuning of the image.

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 8 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.

Pro Applications and Final Cut Server Updates

Our good friend Jim G. posted information about the Pro Applications and Final Cut Server Updates to his blog Final Cut User.

For release notes, go here.

Jim recommends NOT updating mid project, but you should already know that, didn't you. :-)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Sorenson Squeeze 5.0.3 Patch Release

A Squeeze 5 patch (5.0.3) has been released that now allows Sorenson Squeeze 5 to natively encode to a Windows Media Format (WMV) on a Mac without the need for a third party application. Squeeze 5 is able to encode using the VC-1 codec and the advantage is better color quality and smaller file size. Note: Squeeze 5.0.3 will continue to support Flip4Mac 2.2.0.

New Tutorials: Digieffects Damage and Simulate: Illuma

digieffects tutorial John Lashley (Reel Show) shows you how to create a nice glow effect around a subject and some ideas for generating interesting, abstract background elements in Combustion using Digieffects Damage and Simulate: Illuma plugins.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.1 RC and Photoshop Camera Raw 4.6 Released on Adobe Labs

Are product names getting longer and longer every year or is it just me? :-)

Lightroom 2.1 is out but they would like that people continue to test it, so if you use it and find a bug, please help 'em out and post it to their User to User Forum. They've fixed several bugs and stability issues and added support for new cameras too.

The Photoshop Camera Raw 4.6 update supports new cameras.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

New broadcastGEMs 3D Videocube 01 Template for After Effects

In broadcastGEMs 3D Videocube 01, a camera rotates around 3D Videocubes decorated with a metallic edge profile with animated highlights. An animated Neon text style is used to enhance the night scene. Particles are used to spice up the setting. The Neon TextFX and videocube edge profiles are customizable and are also provided as Animation Presets (FFX). The project can be made to loop with a small degree of adjustment.



AE 7 Pro or newer is required, along with Trapcode Particular and Trapcode Shine. The project is in HD 1280x720 format.

A Conversation with Pericles Lewnes, Director of Loop

toolfarm interview LOOP is one man's journey into a senseless world of bent time and elastic reality- a world where he finds that the sanity he seeks is the insanity he's lost. Michele Yamazaki of Toolfarm interviews Pericles Lewnes, Director of Loop, about the stylistic techniques used in the film- and the meanings behind them.

Check it out!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Intermittent Server Issues

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Intelligent Assistance Workflow Tools for Final Cut Pro

Smart Tools for Smart Editors- assisted editing: freeing you to be creative!

finisherIntelligent Assistance Finisher for FCP Go from radio cut to ready-to-view in minutes; speed your finishing workflow. How many places will this save you time?

Finisher takes your a-roll cut (also called "radio cut") and:
  • Adds Lower Thirds and b-roll (with reduced and cross-faded audio) quickly and easily;
  • Uses Markers to optionally guide placement of b-roll in a Sequence;
  • Does not require any metadata at the most basic level of use.
first cutsIntelligent Assistance First Cuts for FCP (Documentary) Bundle Log your clips into bins in Final Cut Pro; pass the bins to First Cuts and get back a fast first cut. Immediately, with story arc, b-roll and lower thirds. Never face the frustration of an empty sequence again- explore story content as a series of fast first cuts.

First Cuts:
  • Gives you an edited sequence to start improving, not an empty timeline;
  • Makes you incredibly productive;
  • Gives you lots of inspiration for story;
  • Will never send you down a path where there"s not enough material to support a story theme; and
  • Lets you discover the stories that the material supports, in moments.

Tutorial: Remove Moving Foreground Objects with Boris Continuum Motion Key

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Ever needed to fix a clip where an unwanted or unexpected object appears in the scene? A car is suddenly passing across or a stage hand got in the shot by accident? And re-shooting is expensive or impossible? You would be facing hours of tedious frame-by-frame rotoscoping to get rid of the pesky element in your video...
But not with Boris Continuum Motion Key! As long as the object is moving in relation to the scene, this job can be done in minutes instead of days using the specialized Boris Continuum Motion Key filter. The filter is based on Optical Flow technology that uses intra-frame data to cleanly remove any moving object.Boris Continuum Motion Key supports Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Apple Motion. For Avid systems, Motion Key is included as part of Boris Continuum Complete AVX.

Boris FX Announces Boris Continuum Units Motion Key

bccThe new Boris Continuum Units family of visual effects plug-ins lets you choose toolsets from the award-winning Boris Continuum Complete plug-in suite that are geared towards your specific needs. Available now:
Each Unit seamlessly integrates with Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Apple Motion. If you buy a Boris Continuum Unit, you may later credit the price of the Unit towards the purchase of the full Boris Continuum Complete plug-in suite.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Maxon Cinema 4D R11 Now Shipping!

cinema 4dNow Shipping Maxon Cinema 4D R11: Toolfarm will be offering R11 at R10.5 prices for all full versions until September 19th!

This 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. Expanded integration options, new workflow tools and boosts in performance for both PC and Mac users sit at the heart of the new release.

Note: due to overwhelming response, software will be shipping in the order received.

Friday, September 12, 2008

IBC 2008: Day #1 of the Show

I didn't have to be to the show until the afternoon so I decided to walk there. It was about a 30 minute walk and I hauled my laptop there, which it turns out I didn't need. It rained on the walk but Amsterdam still seems very warm and muggy. The architecture here is just so fantastic.

The RAI is a very nice place, too, but modern in design, unlike most of the buildings in this area. The RAI is huge and has a bunch of smaller room (which are still very large). The Plug-in Pavilion is straight back in the front door, through room 1, room 6 then into room 7. It's kind of funny, at the front of the convention center everyone is wearing black suits and ties. By the time you get to the back, in room 7 where the video plug-in guys are, it's t-shirts, which suits me just fine, thank you.

This year the Plug-in Pavilion has Digieffects, Automatic Duck, Noise Industries and RE:Vision Effects. The booth is quite small and it's just a podium to show the product for each company and a couple of comfy couches. GenArts is at the end of the row and they have a larger booth. GridIron is also here and the Foundry and I stopped by and said hello. Adobe has a large booth but not nearly as large as their NAB booth. Avid is directly across from the plug-in pavilion and has a good sized booth.

The show was not all that busy, which surprised me a bit. Like I said though, we were so far in the back that many people are probably working their way up from the front of the convention center. They tell me the weekend will be very busy.

Enough about booths... Seems like a very well organized event.

After the show I met up with a bunch of the folks from the Plug-in Pavilion and GenArts and we ate at an Italian-ish place. The food was quite good. Everyone is so friendly here.

I know that was a hugely exciting update. I'll post some photos next time. :-)

Sunday is the FCP SuperMeet, which should be a load of fun.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

IBC 2008: The Arrival in Amsterdam

Hello dear Toolfarm newsblog readers. I just wanted to let you know that I arrived safely in Amsterdam with only one very minor delay. The flight was very smooth and uneventful, except for the fact that the interactive console thingie in my row didn't work. I suppose it was a good thing because instead of watching Sex and The City and Scrubs re-runs, I slept a bit.

Anyone who knows me knows that I hate cabs and I will go out of my way to avoid taking them, so I opted for a train from the airport, then a tram, then a 10 block walk. Not so bad, especially after a long flight. I did run into Mark Coleran at the airport, who it turns out, was on the same flight as I was. You may know Mark from GridIron software or all of the awesome interface design work he's done for films. Just Google his name if you're curious. He's super talented.

I've brought my camera, charger, power converter, camera cable and so on, so expect some updates from IBC over the next 7 days. (Sorry, I haven't taken any photos yet!) I'll be helping out Red Giant at the FCP Supermeet and also working at the Digieffects booth at the show. If there's anything you believe that I MUST do while at IBC or while in Amsterdam, please post a comment here or email me at michele [at] toolfarm.com.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

LME Releases Amazing Video Walls & Displays vol 2

LME logoLME has come out with another 'Amazing' product, LME Amazing Video Walls & Displays vol 2, which is a big help to those who have small budgets and need to crank out beautiful, high-quality work at break neck speeds. I used to work in that sort of place, and man, I could've used LME's Amazing Video Walls & Displays vol 2. Also, check out Amazing Video Walls & Displays vol 1.

Open pre-made After Effects comps and replace their photos with your video and images. They work with AE 6.5 and higher. You'll really impress your clients and it can be our little secret that you used LME's templates. We promise we will not tell.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Review: Boris Final Effects Complete 5

FEC boxTom Stern of Microfilmmaker Magazine reviews Boris Final Effects Complete 5 and gives it a "Microfilmmaker Magazine Award of Superiority".

Congrats to Boris for the great review. Read it here.

Friday, September 05, 2008

MG Fest 09 Call for Entries

Mason Dixon just shot an email my way regarding the 2009 Motion Graphics Festival (aka MG Fest 09). Toolfarm is a sponsor of the festival and I've been to the Chicago event for the past few years. It's not to be missed! Now it's a traveling show hitting several cities in the US. More info on that below.

How can you enter? Well there are 3 Ways to Enter!

[ Easy ]
Simply enter a link to a video you think is really good!

[ Medium ]
Send them a DVD of a video you made.


[ Hard ]
Suggest a presentation topic, performance or installation you would like to deliver.

Motion Graphics Festival announcing a 5-City Tour in 2009



In its 6th year, MGFest presents a year-long, regionally focused program of events which expands to 5 US Cities: Chicago, Boston, Austin, Atlanta and Washington DC. The 5-city tour focuses on motion design, sound design, and film & video technology by hosting: art showcases, exhibits, workshops, classes, panel discussions, studio tours, theater screenings and industry mixers.

Stay Tuned while periodic updates happen to the Official Website as the Motion Graphics Festival expands

Festival Sponsorship Opportunities - send us a shout...
...& we'll reply w/ the Advanced Info Kit

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Digieffects Simulate Illuma Review at DigitalArts

digieffects simulate illumaDigieffects Simulate Illuma got a nice review at DigitalArts this week.

Low-cost; great lighting tools for motion-graphics artists; innovative preset and randomize system.

Boris FX Releases Final Effects Complete 5.0 Sparks

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Final Effects Complete is now available for Linux-based Autodesk Flint, Flame, Inferno, and Smoke systems. Final Effects Complete 5 Sparks is a set of 100+ visual effects filters re-designed for the Autodesk Sparks plug-in architecture. Popular filters include specialized particle systems for rain, snow, and hair effects, eye-catching effects such as Mr. Mercury, Mr. Smoothie, and Ball Action, auto-animated transitions such as Glass Wipe, Blur Dissolve, and Light Wipe, and many organic warps and distortions. Unique workflow features include 1,000+ factory-installed, customizable presets, the ability to save/load Final Effects Complete presets from Adobe, Avid, and Apple host applications, and the built-in Boris PixelChooser matte and masking system. Final Effects Complete 5 Sparks offers full multi-processor support for optimal performance under Linux.

The regular price of Final Effects Complete 5 Sparks is $1,995 USD. The first 50 customers to purchase the package will receive a 50% discount, paying just $997.50 USD. Please contact us for more information.

Tiffen announces its Dfx version 2.0 Digital Filter Software

Tiffen announces its Dfx version 2.0 Digital Filter Software

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Now offers an incredible two thousand filters and effects!

Based on the success of its original award-winning Dfx Digital Filter software that revolutionized the digital filter market, Tiffen now introduces Dfx version 2.0.

Steven Tiffen, company CEO commented. "We are very excited about the release of Tiffen Dfx version 2.0. It affirms our on-going commitment to the software category, as we extend our reach into the digital imaging marketplace with innovative new products."

The new version now features multiple masking and layering capabilities with its Photoshop and Aperture plug-ins, previously only offered with the Stand-alone edition, plus more than 1,000 new filters and effects including: Ambient Light, Close Up Lens, Dot, Eye Light, Flag, Gobo, HFX® Star, Haze, High Contrast, Ice Halos, Rainbows, Sepia, Sky, Soft Contrast, Soft Light, Warm Center Spot, Warm Polarizer, Water Droplets, Wide Angle Lens and 812® Warming.

Professionals and enthusiasts alike can now choose from a palette of more than 2,000 standard, exclusive and special effect filters that simulate Tiffen's award-winning optical equivalents. These can all be quickly and easily customized, then saved to a filter library for later use.
An exclusive new feature with Tiffen Dfx version 2.0 plug-ins for Photoshop/Elements and Aperture owners is multiple masking and multiple layering capabilities without having to exit the plug-in each time.

This revolutionary new feature, speeds workflow and extends the already incredible capabilities inherent with Dfx Digital Filter software.

Unlike other software that professes to offer you selection technology that is precise, our exclusive EZ Mask, one of seven mask types, allows users to create precise multiple masks with just a few quick strokes.

And, with our multiple layering, users can quickly and simply add multiple filters on a single Photoshop layer. In addition, filters and masks can be easily copied and moved between Dfx layers.

Creative control no one else can even come close to, and there's still more!

Tiffen Dfx version 2.0 now includes foreign language support for French, Spanish, German and Japanese in the Adobe Photoshop, Apple Aperture and Stand-alone editions.

Tiffen Dfx version 2.0 is available as a Stand-alone application for still images, specific plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop or Elements, Apple Aperture and the most popular video post-production host software, such as Apple Final Cut Pro and Express, Adobe After Effects and Avid Editing Systems. Tiffen Dfx version 2.0 is available for Windows XP and Vista and Macintosh systems v10.4 or higher and its new comprehensive Stand-alone edition has a suggested retail price of $99.95.

All Tiffen Dfx version 2.0 software is available as a free trial download.

Current owners of original Dfx editions will be able to upgrade to the corresponding Dfx version 2.0 edition and should visit the Tiffen website for complete details.

Professional Video Templates Pictures Flow Template for After Effects



Another gorgeous template from Professional Video Templates. Profesional Video Templates PIctures Flow Template for After Effects is a high-quality Mac OS X Cover Flow inspired template for Adobe After Effects! 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.

60 seconds length in HD! For After Effects 7.0+, Mac/Windows.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Register to Watch the Adobe CS4 Announcement!

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It's been all over the web today... September 23 is the big day for the announcement about Adobe Creative Suite 4, aka CS4.

Register here to register to watch it live!

Red Giant Text Anarchy 2.3 Now Available

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Create a stunning array of unique text animations

Now includes the Geomancy shapes and select Anarchy Toolbox plug-ins: free!


Whether you're adding visual background noise, using text as a texture, or flashing words to reinforce a theme, text is an important element of your composition. Choose from Bezier paths, particle arrays, and Matrix-style patterns: Text Anarchy will generate the coolest effects while giving you fine typographic control. Also includes the Geomancy Shapes plug-ins.

Rich animations with particles
With particle plug-ins designed for text, you can move text in grids, lines, spirals, or other paths to create simple or complex effects. Randomness sliders add natural variations, while built-in alpha channel generation makes compositing easy.

Extensive typographic control
Text anarchy plug-ins give you pinpoint control over font size, kerning, tracking, leading, hinting and baseline shift — features seldom seen outside layout applications. Animate between different fonts, or scroll type across a screen.

Geomancy Shapes plug-ins included
For creating backgrounds and patterns of all kinds, Text Anarchy includes the Geomancy plug-ins for animating lines, squares, circles and other shapes in 3D space.

Buy Text Anarchy | Try Text Anarchy

Genarts Sapphire Plug-ins Now Available for OFX Products

SapphireGenArts, Inc., a leading provider of visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industries, today announced the immediate availability of Sapphire Plug-ins for OFX products. A collaborative effort by visual effects developers, OFX is an open standard for plug-ins, enabling developers to support a broad range of platforms with a common interface. Sapphire Plug-ins for OFX makes its full range of features and functionality, including more than 200 Sapphire effects, available to users of a growing list of popular post-production platforms from industry leaders including Autodesk, The Foundry, Eyeon, FilmLight, Digital Vision and Assimilate. Demonstrations of the new release will be given at IBC 2008 on GenArts stand 7.K41.

As the industry standard for high-end, professional 2D visual effects, Sapphire Plug-ins provides sophisticated, organic visual effects which integrate natively with leading editing, compositing and finishing systems. The entire collection of more than 200 Sapphire effects includes everyday tools such as Glows, LensFlares, Glint, FilmDamage, and ZDefocus, to more exotic effects such as Lightning, FlysEye, and JpegDamage. With Sapphire Plug-ins for OFX, these effects can be applied easily by users of The Foundry's Nuke, Autodesk Toxik, Eyeon Fusion, FilmLight Baselight, Digital Vision Film Master and Assimilate Scratch. Future support is expected for other OFX host platforms.

"Sapphire Plug-ins have already become an essential part of our work, providing the kind of truly stunning results that our clients love," said Chris Wirth from Universal Images. "With the new OFX version, we'll gain even greater power and convenience for putting the full range of Sapphire effects to work in everything we do."

Sapphire Plug-ins v1 for OFX products includes the full range of effects, features and functionality already standard for other supported hosts including v2 for After Effects and Compatible products, v2 for Apple FxPlug and v4 for Autodesk systems. Support for floating licenses and background render nodes is also included.

"GenArts is committed to enabling digital content creators and post production artists. This release significantly broadens Sapphire's support to a range of new platforms in order to reach not only new users, but to better meet the needs of our existing clients as they evolve the way they work. Through supporting open standards such as OFX, GenArts has taken another step in creating new tools that will further support current and future artists as the visual effects industry progresses," comments Katherine Hays, CEO of GenArts.

Key features of Sapphire Plug-ins for OFX Products:
  • Over 200 effects.
  • Support for Windows 32 & 64, Linux 32 & 64 and Mac OS X Intel & PPC.
  • All plug-ins have multiple options and parameters that can be adjusted and animated for creating an unlimited range of effects.
  • Resolution independent, antialiased, high quality images.
  • Online hyper-linked documentation for all plug-ins.
  • Dual-core, quad-core and 8-core support for faster rendering.
  • On-screen user interface for visual control of many parameters.
  • Floating license option available.
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, Toxik® and Combustion®; The Foundry® Nuke®; Eyeon® Fusion®; FilmLight Baselight; Digital Vision Film Master; Assimilate™ Scratch®; 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.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

RE:Vision Effects releases Video Gogh 3

video goghVideo Gogh turns your videos into moving paintings, using RE:Vision Effects optical flow technology to move brush strokes without stuttering artifacts. Video Gogh 3 opens up other possibilities in motion graphic design by introducing the option for users to define their own brushes, which may be animated. Version 3 adds a substantial amount of new visual effects opportunities that many have requested over the years.

Some of the features include:

  • Three default brush styles included: Oily, Watercolor and Chalk.
  • Custom Brush Set (up to 10): now included is support for animated and custom brush sets. Users can supply custom brush images and for each select different render styles (including render directly as sprite).
  • A new "Non-Additive Blending" mode allows you to make properly semi-transparent layers.
  • Video Gogh 3 provides an option to paint over the original sequence to avoid holes in result.
  • The ability to clip to edges found in the original image is now an option allowing you to paint "tight" or "loose".
  • Users can now control separately the growth and death of brush strokes when they become too distant apart or too clustered.
  • A better technique has been introduced that performs much better when objects come into frame as a result of panning or other camera (or object) motion.
  • In previous versions the initial distribution of brush strokes was not properly randomized, causing brush strokes to appear located on a grid upon initialization. This is been corrected in version 3.
  • Users can now control the variability in brush stroke width (including choosing to have no randomness).
  • Motion can be calculated using an alternate clip. This is useful if the original clip has low contrast or is difficult to track. This feature is also useful to facilitate layering small regions of the image with the plugin.
  • External motion vectors (e.g., from Twixtor or your 3D system) are also supported.
  • Brush stroke orientation can now be specified using alternate images. In addition, direction maps (e.g., from a 3D system) may be used to control directions the brush strokes orientation.
  • 16 bpc channel image support for applications that support 16bpc for After Effects-compatible plugins.

Compatibility

Video Gogh 3 works in Combustion 3.0.4 and over, After Effects 5.0 and up on Windows, After Effects 7.0 and up on Mac, Final Cut Pro 5.1 and up, and Premiere Pro 1.0 and up on Windows and Premiere Pro CS3 and up on Mac. Fusion 5 32b is also now officially supported. It is planned that Video Gogh 3 will be available in our bundle for Quantel eQ systems available from Video Design Software. Video Gogh may also work in other After Effects-compatible applications; please test the demo before purchase.

Pricing

Video Gogh 3 is $119.95 and the upgrade from previous versions is $39.95. As of today, our Effections bundles for After Effects, Combustion, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Fusion include Video Gogh 3. (Effections Plus Bundle for After Effects

Demo material, examples and software are available at http://www.revisionfx.com or visit us in person at IBC, in the plug-in pavilion booth 7-K21.

18 Free After Effects Projects from Dean Velez

Dean Velez has uploaded 18 free fully customizable and royalty free After Effects Projects at motiongraphicslab.com. The projects will be available until October 1st. The AEP's are all built using Photoshop as a catalyst and are great for adding some interesting background and spatial elements to your compositions.