Friday, October 31, 2008

Take the Adobe CS4 Product for a Test Drive

Want to check out the CS4 products before you buy them? Download them from Adobe and if you love them (which we know you will!) you can buy them at Toolfarm and we'll give you a serial number which will unlock the trial versions completely. You will not have to wait for them to ship to you!

When I say unlock completely... what does that mean? I had a chat with David Helmly from Adobe yesterday and he explained that many of codecs in the video suite are not in the trial version because Adobe licenses those codecs and can't put them in the trial. As soon as you put your serial number in, the codecs are unlocked and will appear.

Adobe is still working on getting all the trial versions up on their site, but you can sign up for notification about when they'll be ready.

The Adobe CS"4-11"

Want more CS4 information? Here is a great resource for information on Adobe CS4 from John Nack's "On Adobe" Blog:

Create Animated Titles with Motype

MotypeJem Schofield, a super cool guy and Final Cut Studio guru, has an article up at Studio Daily about creating titles with Noise Industries Yanobox Motype. I met Jem at the Michigan Final Cut Studio Conference earlier in October and he helped me a ton after my laptop crashed. At the conference he did mention how cool he thought the new Noise Industries Yanobox Motype plug-in is and I can't agree more! The plug-in is Mac only, but will run in Apple Final Cut Pro 6, Apple Motion 6, Apple Final Cut Express, Adobe After Effects CS3.

Jem also has another article up about plug-ins at Studio Daily worth checking out.

Artbeats Introduces Industry's First Royalty-Free Footage Shot with the RED One Camera

More than 350 Stock Footage Clips Offered with Resolutions Up to 4K

(Myrtle Creek, Oregon--October 21, 2008) The industry's first and only royalty-free stock footage shot on the RED One digital camera is now available from Artbeats, with an initial release of more than 350 clips. Available for individual download, this new footage can be purchased with Artbeats' 'Buy 3, Get 4th Free' clip discount. If you're interested in purchasing footage, please contact Toolfarm at 415-401-7382 or at

"This is the first time that royalty-free footage with resolutions higher than High Definition (HD) (3K and 4K) is available on the market," said Phil Bates, president and founder of Artbeats. "By offering higher resolutions, plus the RED RAW files, our customers will now be able to pan, scan, rotate or crop the clip to create the desired look in HD - giving them increased flexibility and creative freedom when editing their HD projects."

Artbeats' RED footage features a multitude of subjects such as nature scenics, recreational lifestyles, industrial establishments, wild animals and so much more. Each clip is available in the original source size - either 2K, 3K or 4K resolution, depending on the clip, as well as NTSC, PAL and HD. The source RAW (.R3D) files will also be available for an additional fee, which gives users the ability to color correct the footage to match their own projects.

"This first launch is just a very small sampling of what's to come," continued Bates. "We have been actively shooting and are working on acquiring footage from outside sources that will encompass a wide range of subject matter. Watch for our RED library to grow very rapidly over the next several months."

Pricing and Availability
Artbeats' library includes 350 individual RED One clips that are available for download beginning Oct. 20. Pricing is $399 each for 4K and 3K clips, and $299 for 2K clips (available size and aspect ratio varies per clip); RAW (.R3D) files are an additional $100 after purchase of a hi-res clip. Low-res clips are available for $79 each. Artbeats' RED footage is sold as solo clips, which are eligible for the current 'Buy 3, Get 4th Free' clip discount. Additionally, NTSC, PAL and HD RED sourced clips will also be available. Please contact Toolfarm at 415-401-7382 or at for sizes and information.

For more information on the RED One camera please visit

About Artbeats
Artbeats, founded in 1989, is an award-winning provider of royalty-free stock footage for broadcast, feature films, commercial, multimedia, game development and independent producers. The Artbeats library includes nature, special effects, scenics, aerials, lifestyles, backgrounds and much more. Quality, resolution and pricing make Artbeats one of the leading choices by industry professionals. Free research from the company's knowledgeable service representatives and access to online tutorials help customers locate and make the most of their stock footage resources. The library is always expanding and currently includes over 471 titles, over 163 of which are HD, as well as a growing selection of royalty-free solo clips. Customers can view the entire library online, and Artbeats' comprehensive, user-friendly website makes it easy for customers to find, purchase and download royalty-free footage 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Artbeats is headquartered in Myrtle Creek, Ore. with a staff of artists, producers, technicians and marketers. For more information please visit the company's website at Some of Artbeats' clients include Dreamworks, Comedy Central, BBC, Cartoon Network, The Asylum, MTV, DirecTV, Country Music Awards, American Idol, Universal Studios, Pixar, CNN, Activision and many more.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

After Effects and Adobe News You May Have Missed

I've been away a lot lately, traveling and I did a brief stint in the hospital due to a ruptured appendix. Not fun, but while I was away, I've missed posting a few news items and tutorials. Here's a quick rundown Adobe news items, blog posts, tutorials, and more from the past couple of weeks. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New Boris Continuum Unit: Film Look for only $299

boris film look

The Boris Continuum Film Look Unit gives you four filters that when applied to video source clips can generate the illusion that the clips originated on film as opposed to tape. Check out this tutorial for the ins-and-outs of using BCC Dinterlace, BCC Match Grain, BCC Film Process, and BCC Film Damage in Apple Final Cut Pro.

Here's a sample I put together.

Boris Continuum Film Look from michele yamazaki on Vimeo.

Monday, October 27, 2008

New broadcastGEMS 3D Motion03 Template for After Effects

Cool 3D camera moves are the order for the day in this refreshing Adobe After Effects template, broadcastGEMS 3D Motion03. Simply place your video files into the respective pre-comps and type in your own text to make this template your very own.

Reflections and scrolls are automatically created for you in subsequent pre-comps. A classy finished product is only minutes away. No 3rd party plugins are required, and design elements are included.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Now Shipping!

adobe CS4Milestone Release Radically Improves Creative Workflow Efficiency; Redefines Collaboration Between Designers and Developers

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 product family, the highly-anticipated release of industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow. Delivering radical breakthroughs in workflow efficiency - and packed with hundreds of innovative, time saving features - the new Creative Suite 4 product line advances the creative process across print, Web, interactive, film, video and mobile.

Customers can choose from six new versions: Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, Web Standard, Production Premium and Master Collection. The combination of Creative Suite and the new capabilities of Adobe Flash® Player 10, also available today deliver new levels of creativity and expressiveness across media channels. Designers using the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family will gain unprecedented creative control using the new expressive features and visual performance improvements in Adobe Flash Player 10 to deliver breakthrough Web experiences across multiple browsers and operating systems.

"Creative Suite 4 and Flash Player 10 introduce vital time-saving features, new levels of integration and the jaw-dropping innovations our design and developer customers expect from us," said John Loiacono, senior vice president, Creative Solutions Business Unit at Adobe.

"CS4 continues to fulfill our promise to customers to break down more barriers in cross-media workflows, while also providing new services and collaboration tools that help them manage complex client demands."

As part of the CS4 product launch, the largest in Adobe’s history, also available today are brand new versions of Photoshop® CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, InDesign® CS4, Illustrator® CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver® CS4, Fireworks® CS4, Contribute® CS4, After Effects® CS4, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS4, Encore® CS4, Soundbooth® CS4 and Adobe OnLocation CS4.

Intuitive Workflows Improve Creative Efficiency
A simplified workflow in Adobe Creative Suite 4 enables users to design across media more efficiently by making it easier to complete common tasks and move content seamlessly among applications. InDesign CS4 includes a new Live Preflight tool that allows designers to catch production errors and a newly customizable Links panel to manage placed files more efficiently. The revolutionary new Content-Aware Scaling tool in Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended automatically recomposes an image as it is resized, preserving vital areas as it adapts to new dimensions. An expanded version of Dynamic Link in CS4 Production Premium enables users to move and update content between After Effects CS4, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, Soundbooth CS4, and Encore CS4 without rendering, saving countless hours in production. With deep XMP metadata support, the production workflow is simplified, resulting in online content that gives viewers new ways to interact with and search for video, while giving content owners new opportunities to track and monetize content.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 brings 3D center-stage providing the ability to paint, composite, and animate 3D models using familiar tools in Photoshop CS4 Extended. Flash CS4 Professional now offers the ability to apply tweens to objects instead of keyframes, providing greater control over animation attributes. Also in Flash CS4 Professional, the new Bones tool helps create more realistic animations between linked objects. With a searchable library of more than 450 dynamically updated device profiles from leading manufacturers, Adobe Device Central CS4 enables users to easily test mobile content designed using many of the Creative Suite 4 products.

New and Expanded Services Extend Capabilities for Online Collaboration
Adobe Creative Suite 4 now also offers a host of services for online collaboration. Adobe ConnectNow, a service of, allows real-time collaboration with two colleagues or clients. Designers can also share color harmonies with Adobe Kuler. Other online resources include: Adobe Community Help for technical questions; Resource Central for accessing video and audio product-related news and tutorials, as well as Soundbooth scores and sound effects; and Adobe Bridge Home, a customizable resource for tips, tutorials, news and inspirational content.

Pricing and Availability
Adobe Creative Suite 4 and its associated point products are immediately available through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store. To reward customers for staying current, Adobe is offering Creative Suite 3 customers moving to Creative Suite 4 a lower upgrade price than it offers to those moving from older, qualifying versions. For a limited time, a special introductory offer enables customers with older qualifying products to enjoy the same lower price with savings of up to US$200 off their actual upgrade price.

Adobe Flash Player 10 is available immediately as a free download for Windows, Macintosh and Linux platforms (including new support for Ubuntu 7 and 8) from

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Digital Film Tools releases Windows 64 bit versions of Plugins for Adobe Photoshop CS4

digital film toolsOak Park, CA October 20, 2008 - Digital Film Tools releases Windows 64 bit versions of EZ Mask v1.5, Light v3.5, Ozone v2.5, Power Mask v1, Power Stroke v1, Snap v2.5 and zMatte v2.5 for use with Adobe Photoshop CS4 64 bit.

EZ Mask
EZ Mask is an easy to use interactive image masking tool capable of extracting almost any object in an image- even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. The extracted object can then be combined with another image or individually filtered in Adobe Photoshop.

Light can be added to a scene where none existed before just as if you were adding light at the time of shooting. Realistic lighting and shadow is introduced using the entire pattern/gobo and gel library created by Gamproducts, Inc.

Inspired by Ansel Adams' Zone System for still photography, Ozone allows you to manipulate the color of an image with incredible flexibility and accuracy using a Digital Zone System.

Power Mask
Power Mask is the first realtime, interactive tool capable of extracting almost any object in an image- even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. As you simply paint along the edge of the object to be extracted, either the mask or the final composite can be revealed instantly. The extracted object can then be combined with another image or individually filtered in Adobe Photoshop.

Power Stroke
Power Stroke introduces a simple, interactive stroke-based interface to quickly and intuitively perform targeted adjustments. Instead of meticulously selecting regions or hand-painting masks, regions of interest are isolated by drawing a few simple brush strokes with adjustments then made only in those areas. Strokes can be assigned multiple adjustments and effects such as color correction, recoloring or desaturation, colorization of black and white images, blur, fill light for dimly lit image areas and Diffusion/Glow.

Snap is an easy to use interactive image cutout tool designed to extract solid or opaque objects. Image cutout is the process of removing or isolating an object in a picture. The extracted object can then be combined with another image or individually filtered in Adobe Photoshop.

Intelligent blue and green screen keying that is easy to use, yet provides the tools you need when presented with a challenging shot- including DV and HD de-artifacting, color suppression, matte manipulation, color correction, edge treatment and light wrapping.

Digital Film Tools brings together the unbeatable combination of superior software designers, motion picture visual effects veterans, video editors and photographers. Add three Emmy Awards and experience in creating visual effects for hundreds of feature films, commercials and television shows and you have a recipe for success.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Red Giant CS4 Compatibility Update

After Effects and Premiere Pro CS4 Compatibility Chart

From Red Giant: "We have been testing our products against After Effects and Premiere Pro CS4. For After Effects, some products are ready to go as is, while a few products will require a minor update for installer compatibility. Most versions of our software that are compatible with Premiere Pro will need an update due to changes in Premiere Pro." For full details, view the chart.

Our latest list in our Plug-in Finder; Compatibility with After Effects and Premiere CS4, is updated with new CS4 compatibility information as we receive it.

Tiffen Dfx v2 - Now Compatible with Adobe CS4

Tiffen Dfx v2 is Compatible with Adobe CS4. Now Dfx v2 is available for Adobe's new Photoshop CS4 as well as a stand-alone application for still images, specific plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop or Elements, Apple Aperture and the most popular video post-producton host software, such as Apple Final Cut Pro or Express, Adobe After Effects and Avid Editing Systems.

tiffen dfx 2

Now with Layering & Masking

An exclusive new feature offered in the Dfx Photoshop/Elements and Aperture editions is multiple masking and multiple layering capabilities without having to exit the plug-in each time. Our Standalone version offers you these features at $99.95. All editions are available for MAC or Windows.

Now with over 2000 Filters & Special Effects

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.

Topaz DeNoise v2.1 is Now Available for all Topaz Adjust customers


Topaz DeNoise v2.1 for Photoshop is now available and is included in a free update for all Topaz Adjust customers.

This filter uses a new algorithm that is specifically designed to easily and effectively removing noise while preserving details. It's now available for both Mac and Windows. Existing Topaz Adjust customers get the update for free, and for a limited time new Topaz Adjust customers will also get it free of charge.

Topaz DeNoise gives you the absolute best quality in noise reduction, bar none. While other filters tend to smooth out details, DeNoise is focused on giving you the best detail retention and edge preservation available in images with even severe noise.

You can download a 30-day free trial of Topaz Adjust here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Red Giant PlaneSpace Now Available


Arrange and Animate 3D Layers in After Effects- The Easy Way

Learn More/Purchase Red Giant PlaneSpace | Try PlaneSpace

PlaneSpace eliminates the tedious task of managing the individual layers in multi-layer effects. The Creator tools automatically create layers that form cubic, cylindrical, and spheroid shapes or complex matrices, while the six Distribute tools arrange 3D layers throughout 3D space into the shape of your choice without requiring keyframes or complicated math.

No Keyframes Necessary
Unlike keyframe assistants such as The Wiggler, PlaneSpace does not need keyframes to be present in a layer. In fact, these tools weren't designed to set keyframes at all, but are designed to arrange layers in 3D space. Of course, you can still set keyframes to animate the position or orientation of your layers, to make truly sophisticated objects in 3D.

Unlimited Number of Layers
The number of layers that PlaneSpace can manipulate is limited only by your computer’s processing power. PlaneSpace can even duplicate and distribute large groups of layers. 400 layers? No problem – PlaneSpace makes it possible, and easy.

Powerful Controls
No matter what shape you choose for your layers, you customize settings for size, distribution, distance (how far apart the layers will be), and incremental distance. Set repeat values to save RAM by duplicating 10 layers instead of 100 individual ones.

Media 100 Version 13 Now Available, New Apple Final Cut Studio Integration

Media_100Media 100 Version 13 is now available, download a Free 14-Day Trial! New features include...
  • XML Interchange. Transfer projects to and from Apple Final Cut Studio via the industry-standard XML language format. Filtered clips and non-standard transitions and titles can be automatically pre-rendered for seamless integration with Apple Final Cut Pro. Standard video transitions and audio cross-fades remain fully editable. Work on the system of your choice within a larger workgroup or collaborate with Apple Final Cut Pro editors on the same project. Bring your Media 100 timeline into Apple Color for color grading, keeping all of your edits intact and linking to your original media files.

  • Multi-Channel Audio Output. You can now assign multiple audio tracks to virtual buses and process each bus separately in the timeline. Each bus can separately master to one or more output hardware channels. The new multi-channel audio mixing and output capabilities give you tools for complex mixing tasks with different language versions within your timeline. Through the use of multiple mixing buses you can easily create sub-mixes for voice and music and keep complex mixing sessions clearly arranged. Plus, when needed, you can output all the different mixes to tape or to a QuickTime file in a single pass, reducing the time needed to master multi-track projects. Now you can easily monitor and master surround mixes by using multiple outputs. The mixing capabilities with the ability to assign tracks to multiple buses and the option to apply audio effects both to individual clips as well as audio buses makes Media 100's audio features comparable to dedicated audio workstations.

  • JKL Keyboard Control for video trimming and Time-code Support on imported BWF and WAV files.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Artbeats Stock Footage: Abstract Dimensions

artbeats abstract

Background clips don't have to be boring. The release of Abstract Dimensions, Artbeats versatile new footage collection, proves that with 25 new backgrounds spanning a creative cornucopia of geometric shapes, subtle flowing designs and wildly colored warping 'effects.'

Abstract Dimensions features computer-generated (CG) textures designed as interesting, unobtrusive backgrounds for the placement of titles, text, ID bugs and other main elements. The clips evoke an incredible variety of moods -- calm, adventurous, peaceful, aggressive, playful -- providing appropriate backgrounds for many types of productions. They can be purchased in either HD formats or SD formats.

Available as individual clips or as a complete collection, this new footage joins more than 1,500 other background clips in the Artbeats library. Accompanying the release of Abstract Dimensions are 10 additional related solo clips similar in design, giving the customer even more options.

Questions about Adobe CS4? We've got the CS 4-11!

Adobe CS4 Upgrade Eligibility Requirements - Can your Adobe product be upgraded?

Adobe CS4 Upgrade Matrix - Find out which products you can upgrade to with your current licenses.

Adobe CS4 Bundle Matrix - Find out which products are included in each of the bundles.

Plug-in Compatibility with After Effects and Premiere CS4 - Find out which plug-ins will need an upgrade and which are ready to go.

Adobe Volume Licensing: TLP Program

SFMograph October 16th Meeting

From Brandon Grande, Marcello Grand and Matt Silverman, the hosts of SFMograph:


SFMograph hosts a first look at Adobe Production Premium CS4 featuring Adobe After Effects. Our favorite software company, Adobe, will be on-hand to demonstrate the recently announced Creative Suite 4 (CS4) Production Premium.

Matt Silverman, Creative Director at Phoenix Designs (and sfmograph co-host) will break down the motion graphics stinger his team created for the Adobe CS4 launch. Created in collaboration with Nando Costa from Portland design studio Nervo, and Barcelona's Vasava, the piece explores the CS4 Master Collection as we travel through the Nervo and Vasava artwork. Phoenix completed this heavy AE project in After Effects CS4 (along with Photoshop CS4, Maya, and Cinema4D), and will go over some of the new features which they used to complete the animation including 3D model import and separate X/Y/Z transforms, as well as go over an interesting use of 3D transmission layers with falloff lighting using Buena Depth Cue. Bring the kids for this one... it's going to be swell. A QuickTime of the stinger can be seen here:

"Plug-in of the Month" for October is MochaAE. One of the biggest shortcomings in After Effects has been it's motion tracker. Instead of trying to re-invent the wheel, Adobe turned to Imagineer Systems to license it's industry leading planar tracker for CS4. Planar tracking is a revolutionary way to track objects. Instead of tracking four individual points points which are all independent of each other, MochaAE looks at these four points as the corners of a 3D plane, and can not deviate the shape of this plane over time. The result are rock solid tracks, even if one of the corners becomes obscured. There is no other tracker in the world that comes close to the power of Imagineer's planar tracker (even the big guys can't compete on million dollar systems). We'll show how to track in MochaAE, move Corner Pin data into After Effects, and extract stabilization data for scale and rotation based on the corner's points using some fancy expressions.

Now you may be saying, "MochaAE is not a plug-in... it is an application!" This is true. So in the spirit of "Plug-in of the Month", we are going to show a first look at a brand new Red Giant plug-in, "RG Warp". RG Warp comes with a few killer plug-ins, most notably RG Corner Pin. This advanced corner pin filter is the perfect complement to MochaAE. It provides high quality filtering and anti-aliasing (including super-sampling), "to" and "from" pins (like Nuke), offset channels (like Flame), secondary transforms, and MochaAE import. It is a must-have for anyone interested in using MochaAE to it's fullest potential. RG Warp also includes some other killer plug-ins which we will detail at the event.

Finally, we are working hard to gather a bunch of great prizes for the raffle. We'll provide more details as we get closer to the meeting and post updates on our site,

Monday, October 13, 2008

Making It Look Great 2, 3 & 4 Now Available as Downloads!

Making it Look Great
Get the fantastic Making It Look Great training series as downloads! The popular and proven Making It Look Great video workshop series has been designed to answer that question. Throughout these in-depth DVD workshops, professional motion graphics designers demonstrate techniques essential to their daily work and give the design decisions and rationale that support them.

The featured projects are demonstrated step-by-step from start to finish, giving priceless insight into what it takes to design and produce professional broadcast motion graphics.

Making It Look Great 1 with John Dickinson has been available as a download at Toolfarm for a while. Design and Production Techniques for Adobe After Effects and Zaxwerks ProAnimator.

Making it Look Great 2 with Alan Shisko - Design and Production Techniques for Adobe After Effects and Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Pro.

Making It Look Great 3 with Harry J. Frank - Design and Production Techniques for Adobe After Effects, Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Pro, Trapcode Particular and Trapcode Form.

Making It Look Great 4 with John Dickinson - Design and Production Techniques for Adobe After Effects, Zaxwerks ProAnimator and Zaxwerks 3D Flag

So why would you want a download, instead of a DVD? Here are a few reasons:

  • No wait for shipping
  • No shipping costs, which is especially great to our international customers who can get hit with large shipping costs
  • No tax on downloads!

RE:Vision Effects releases updates for Premiere Pro users

revision effectsRE:Vision Effects today released updates for Twixtor, ReelSmart Motion Blur and FieldsKit to specifically address issues of crashing and hanging that users were experiencing within Premiere Pro. The products released today are Twixtor v. 4.5.9, ReelSmart Motion Blur v. 3.2.5 and FieldsKit v. 2.0.1, and are the After Effects-compatible verisons that work within Premiere Pro. Users who have purchased the After Effects-compatible versions of Twixtor 4, ReelSmart Motion Blur 3 and FieldsKit 2 receive the update for free.

Twixtor enables users to speed up, slow down image sequences with visually stunning results. In order to achieve its unparalleled image quality, Twixtor synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence... employing RE:Vision Effects' Academy Award winning technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel.

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

FielsdKit is the acclaimed set of plug-ins providing smarter deinterlacing and better workflow options for interlacing and pulldown. FieldsKit 2 includes the powerful motion estimation found in Twixtor and ReelSmart Motion Blur.

Automatic Duck Pro Export FCP 4.0 is available!

auto duckAutomatic Duck Pro Export FCP 4.0 is the latest and greatest export plug-in for Final Cut Pro from Automatic Duck. This major release adds new functionality that will save you even more time in post. Pro Export FCP is used and relied on around the world by thousands of professionals. There is no better way to get your Final Cut Pro sequence into an Avid or Quantel editing sytem.

Some of What's New in Version 4.0:
  • Avid media export (MXF)
  • Ability to export audio to external non-embedded files
  • AAF and OMF support
  • Creation of Avid-compatible effects such as PIP, Superimpose and 3DWarp
  • Creation of many AAF Edit Protocol effects, and more!

New broadcastGEMs Templates for After Effects

In broadcastGEMs ParticleRain01, glittery particles rain down to reveal a text message. The text is customizable and can even be replaced with a logo. Use as a transition or as a backdrop to your videos. This project uses Particle Playground extensively.

broadcastGEMs TransitionFX03 is a classy yet sci-fi transition effect. Use it to transition in text, backgrounds or logos. Great for anything from fashion to sports to sci-fi to even business and finance. Trapcode 3D Stroke and Particle Playground take center stage in this template.

These broadcastGEMs Templates are available immediately upon checkout.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Luxology Announces imageSynth 2 - Seamless Texture Creation Plug-in for Adobe Creative Suite 4

Popular Image Processing Tool Boasts Up To 10X Faster Performance; Now Available as Standalone Version

luxologySan Mateo, Calif. - Oct. 6, 2008 - Luxology® LLC, an independent technology company developing modern 3D content creation software, today announced the immediate availability of imageSynthTM 2, the newest version its popular image processing tool. Featuring up to ten times faster performance, imageSynth 2 allows artists to quickly process existing images into new seamless textures, synthetic images and backgrounds, and generate super high-resolution images from low resolution sources. imageSynth 2 is now available in both a standalone version and as a plug-in for Adobe® Creative Suite® 4. For more information or to purchase please visit

"imageSynth has become a favorite plug-in for the Photoshop community due to its ease of use and the smooth - almost magical - results users get when processing input images," said Brad Peebler, president and co-founder of Luxology. "imageSynth 2 is a real workhorse - processing even print resolution images into new, tile-able images at amazing speed."

"Since its creation, there has been no substitute for imageSynth - it fills an essential need for game developers and DTP professionals alike," said Gary Bouton, noted PhotoShop author and artist. "There's no other Photoshop plug-in that even comes close for manually building high-resolution seamless tiling textures."

The imageSynth software allows users to quickly create a new synthetic image based on areas of interest that are identified in one or more source images. imageSynth can handle a wide range of image subjects, and is especially useful when working with ‘noisy’ images such as crowds or beach pebbles. The royalty-free images that imageSynth creates are unique derivations and will tile together seamlessly, making them ideal for use as backgrounds, brushes or texture maps.

New and improved features in imageSynth 2 include:

  • Native performance improvements will process images up to 10 times faster than previous version
  • New algorithm is threaded for use on dual-core systems
  • Improved memory management enables handling of larger scenes
  • New control over chunk size and orientation

Pricing and Availability

imageSynth 2 is available now for USD $99. Existing imageSynth users can upgrade for USD $49. imageSynth works with Adobe Photoshop CS3 or higher and also includes a new standalone version. imageSynth users are welcome to use it on both the PC and the Mac as needed. To view sample images created with imageSynth, please visit

About Luxology

Based in San Mateo, Calif., Luxology® LLC is an independent technology company developing next-generation 3D content creation software that enhances productivity via designer-friendly tools powered by a modern underlying architecture known as Nexus®. Founded in 2002 by Allen Hastings, Stuart Ferguson and Brad Peebler, Luxology is home to some of the top 3D engineering expertise in the industry. More information on Luxology, its flagship product modo®, and a gallery of customer created images is available online at

Toolfarm will be at VidExpo in Denver, Oct 8 & 9

Alicia and I will be holding down a booth at the Rocky Mountain VidExpo at the Denver International Airport Crown Plaza Convention Center. I was reading that this is the world's largest Crown Plaza. Woo hoo! We'll be showing plug-ins from Red Giant, Digieffects, Noise Industries, Boris FX, Trapcode and more. Come by and ask us for a demo!

Also, I'll be going over some great Third Party Plug-ins for Video more formallon on Thursday at 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Michele Yamazaki will show you some of the hottest, most useful video, including Red Giant's Magic Bullet Looks, Boris Continuum Complete, Digieffects Damage, a few from Trapcode and more. Need to create an effect or fix a problem with video? Chances are, Michele knows the right tool for the job.

Also, 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Advanced Keying for Professionals, in support of the book I finished recently with Jeremy Hanke of MicroFilmmaker Magazine, called GreenScreen Made Easy (out in April 09).

Michele will walk you through the basics and onto advanced keying techniques in Adobe After Effects using The Foundry Keylight and Red Giant Primatte Keyer Pro. Learn about pre-processing footage, making garbage masks, stacking mattes and everything you need to know about pulling a great key. She'll also show you a fantastic way to match your foreground and background footage and give several tips along the way.

Come on out for the show and meet Alicia and me. If you can't make it, we'll be posting some photos and telling you what happened at the show.

CHV-electronics releases QC Integration FX V1.6

The best and easiest to use Quartz Composer related plug-in platform that includes 85 plug-ins

QC IntegrationCHV-electronics, software developer of plug-ins for Motion, Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express announced today the release of a major update of the plugin package">QC Integration FX, based on Apple's technologies FxPlug and Quartz Composer. Version 1.6 provides the user with 4 new plug-ins, many new features and now a total of 85 included plug-ins.

The new release includes an enhanced render engine with the ability to handle fully configurable Labels, Headers and Footers in the parameter list and improves the stability with OSX 10.5 and Final Cut Pro 6.

QC Integration FX allows the user to do more compared to any other plugin package. Using Apple's Quartz Composer technology this package provides the user with the most advanced plugin platform to quickly create and modify plugins for Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion.

QC Integration FX is specifically designed to enable the user to build FxPlug plug-ins for Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion and to build plug-ins for sale with copyright-protection. Third party developers can now create Quartz Composer based visual effects and sell them securely on their own with CHV's unmatched copy-protection system preventing the uncontrolled distribution of serial numbers.

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 plug-in 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.

QC Integration FX is available immediately and can be downloaded directly from CHV's website by using this link.

color management in After Effects CS4: one new white paper, one updated

Todd Kopriva posted color management in After Effects CS4: one new white paper, one updated to his blog, After Effects Region of Interest. Todd is the Adobe After Effects "Documents Guy".

A note about site funkiness

We're doing some housekeeping at Toolfarm so you may notice the link to the News Blog occasionally may take you to the store. We're working on changing those links. Thanks for your patience.

Fractallonomy Pixxy Plug-ins for After Effects

pixxyFractallonomy Pixxy plug-ins for Adobe After Effects can convert your music into visual effects; directly and without keyframing. Pixxy comes with 30 plug-ins, 28 of which are audio-enabled, and over 100 tutorials and examples. These plug-ins are very unique, and are useful for many applications from creating abstract backgrounds, text effects and 3D arrangements.

Friday, October 03, 2008

What should Adobe Do with Premiere Pro?

Stu Maschwitz, the guy behind Magic Bullet, has some food for thought on his Prolost blog about merging AE and Premiere Pro in his article What Should Adobe Do with Premiere Pro? Leave comments! Let's get some discussion going here.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 Help is here!

I was checking out the latest post at Adobe Premiere Pro Training blog and Stephen Muratore who is the Sr. Technical writer for Adobe psted an article about the newly consolidated help and support for Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. They are now using a Google search engine and have links to all sorts of resources, a forum, blog and so on. I recently learned how to use Premiere Pro, which I hadn't used in years, and I have to say, it's a great program. I find it very easy to use.

I'm sure you've heard that Adobe CS4 will be available soon and you can preorder it here. Are you excited? Oh, I'm excited!

Some AE Fun with Trapcode 3D Stroke from Dennis Radeke

Trapcode 3D Stroke = Fun in my opinion. Visit The Genesis Project for the article and project files. If you want to play along, but don't have 3D Stroke, you can download a trial version here. If you love it (which I KNOW you will), here's where you can buy it. It's a bargain at $99 and one license will work in several host applications on the same computer. And it's fun. Whee!

Here is his video:

More on Adobe's Pixel Bender in CS4 and Flash, GPUs, and Performance

Peter Kim has an article, More on Adobe's Pixel Bender in CS4 and Flash, GPUs, and Performance, on Create Digital Motion, with lots of nice images. He talks about Pixel Bender in AE CS4, Photshop CS4 and Flash 10.

Final Cut Studio Conference

I'm in the Final Sesson of the Final Cut Studio Conference in Mt. Pleasant, MI, and thought I'd just give you the redux and you can relive my torturous last couple of days.

Torturous?! Yes! I left for the conference on Wednesday and just before I was getting ready to leave, my Mac Book Pro died. Died with all of the notes and project files that I needed. Died with my life. I am way to dependent on my laptop. Luckily I had a fairly recent backup and also I could use the Target Boot Mode on my old G4 Powerbook, which I am now using (and very thankful to still have around!) I spent the next two hours scrambling to get my stuff together for the conference. Of course, my Powerboook didn't have FCS installed and I couldn't find the installer disks anywhere. I did get it installed thanks to my good friend Karen (thanks Karen!) but it was very stressful.

I got to the Flying Eagle Casino where the conference is held. When you drive in the front gate there are two enormous eagles on the sign in the front and I was expecting a super-cheesy Native American decorated hotel. I have to say, the hotel and conference center (and the pool) are gorgeous. This is a beautiful facility.

There was a meet and greet that evening and I got to meet the other trainers, including Jem Schofield and Mike Wilkinson. Both were huge helps to me getting things installed on this PowerBook so I could get things together. They had a nice little cocktail party spread and many of the attendees came. Most were from Detroit and the suburbs but I met some people from all over Michigan.

I was pretty frazzled about my laptop situation, so after the meet and greet I just went up to my room and tried to get myself together for my presentations. I did a presentation on an introduction to Motion first. I used a computer that Steve Julin, the guy running the conference, had set up. That presentation actually went really well. It is material that I know really well and it's easy stuff to explain. Next I did a another 90 minute presentation, this one on working with 3D, lights and particles in Motion. That also went pretty okay. It was a huge conference room with big round tables and felt like I was at a wedding reception (minus the bad music and drunk groomsmen of course!) I've never taught in such a large room, but considering my computer problems, I made it through pretty okay.

After that, lunch. They had a really nice buffet with fish and chicken in gravy with biscuits and salad and veggies. It was very swanky.

At 4pm we had a 60 tips in 60 seconds. First Mike Wilkinson covered 20 tips in Final Cut Pro. Jem Schofield then did a fantastic 20 tips on DVD Studio Pro. I then did 20 on Apple Motion. My caffine had worn off at that point and files weren't linking here and there. Let's just say it could have gone better.

Steve Julin took us out for drinks and food with the trainers and then I went back to the room to finish my keying presentation that took place this morning. I ended up changing my presentation at the last minute due to problems with not having everything I needed on this laptop, but overall I think it went okay.

Steve Julin was telling me that next year they are considering opening the conference up to Adobe products and even Avid for classes. I think that would be fantastic and I'd love to come back next year (with MY laptop in full working order) and teach some After Effects and plugins. It is what I know best, afterall. This has been a terrific conference and I highly recommend it for 2009. This hotel is fantastic. The conference was very well organized and I've learned so much from the other trainers. Thanks to Steve Julin, for inviting me to teach some seminars.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Artbeats Stock Footage- Download Versions Now Available!

artbeatsNeed high-quality stock footage, and can't wait for a disc? All Artbeats Stock Footage titles in our store are now available in downloadable versions in addition to shipping on CDs.

Artbeats offers a unique variety of subject matter at a quality that you won't find anywhere else. The footage is royalty-free with unlimited use and licensed for broadcast worldwide. Choose from a vast library including special effects, CGI animations, scenics, aerials, timelapse, lifestyles, archival and much more - in standard definition and HD formats.

Free Plug-in- exrdisplay for After Effects

open exrBrendan at fnord software has been kind enough to post a free plug-in for After Effects to adjust for switching between standard linear gamma displays and OpenEXR formats; a floating point file format developed by ILM and used by products such as Autodesk's Inferno for working with 32-bit HDR (high-dyamic-range) imagery.