Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Great After Effects Mac/Windows Smackdown: CS4 Edition

Kevin Schmitt has an article about After Effects CS4 benchmarks at DigitalMediaNet. Leopard vs. Vista. If you're a Mac user, you may not want to read it. "Cripes, the Mac OS X version of After Effects is absolutely smoked again, and the results are slightly worse than last time in places."

Avidion Real3D Professional now available

XENIA, OH. NOVEMBER 25, 2008. Avidion Media today announced the release of its After Effects plug-in Real3D Professional for both Macintosh and PC. This innovative plug-in lets users take their 3D experience to a new level by allowing layers and masks to bend shatter and twist within After Effects own 3D environment.

Real3D Professional builds upon the original Real3D and now allows users to render After Effects masks in 3D and provides flexible and creative ways of manipulating and animating the mask movements. Together with this, Real3D Professional adds other great features including additional render modes, transfer modes, 3D fractal fields, and increased performance to this already powerful tool.

The new professional version also comes with the following great features:

  • Support for rendering and animating masks
  • 3D Fractal noise engine
  • Improved hardware accelerated rendering
  • Powerful Duplicator
  • Additional transfer mode and options
  • Support for rendering large compositions even with a low end graphics card
  • Presets to get you started

Availability and System Requirements
Avidion Real3D is now available for $95 USD and is free to users of Real3D. Real3D is compatible with Adobe After Effects 7.0 and up for Windows; CS3 and up for Mac. Users must have an OpenGL compatible Graphics card.

NewBlueFX Paint Effects and Paint Blends Available

We have 2 new versatile and affordable product packages from NewBlueFX: Paint effect packages and transitions for Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Avid Liquid, and Sony Vegas.

paint effectsMake your video to look like a painting, drawing, or cartoon with NewBlue Paint Effects. This valuable collection features 134 presets in 12 distinct video effects designed to transform your scenes with artistic color and captivating paint techniques.

paint blendsUse painting, drawing and cartoon techniques to create exciting scene transitions with NewBlue Paint Blends. This valuable collection of transitions features a set of 124 presets in 12 distinct video transitions designed to transform your transitions with artistic color and captivating paint techniques.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Interview with Sean Safreed of Red Giant

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Michele Yamazaki of Toolfarm & Sean Safreed at the Trapcode Party, NAB 2007. Not the best photo, I know...

Studio Daily has a Q&ampA with Sean Safreed, co-founder, owner and manager of Red Giant Software. Sean discusses the acquisition of the Digital Anarchy video plug-ins and the future of Red Giant. Read it now!

The Plug-In Post: Saved by the Duck

pro import aeStudio Daily has an interesting user story about managing multiple workflows that use FCP, Avid and After Effects!

The film, a romantic comedy called The Other End of the Line, directed by Jim Dodson, was shot in both the U.S. and India.

"We were really under the gun with this project," says Dodson. "But with Automatic Duck Pro Import AE, we were able to import 250 layers from Final Cut into After Effects with all the stacks in place and in the right order. Without the plug-in, we wouldn't have made it in time to Cannes."

The Duck also saved Dodson time when creating an HD online in Final Cut Pro of the trailer, originally created by an outside shop on the Avid. "Automatic Duck Pro Export FCP read in the Avid timeline and gave us a flawless Final Cut sequence," he says.

LME 100 Cool Flash FLV Backgrounds Vol 1

#019 from 100 Cool Flash Background Movie Elements

LME 100 Cool Flash FLV Backgrounds is now available. LME has created a collection of 100 eye popping Flash movies in .flv format that can be used as background elements in Flash projects for corporate, business, personal websites and banners for Flash designers.

The collection is comprised of new motion graphics and many converted animations taken from our popular After Effects collections.

Ask Matt Silverman: Deinterlace / Removing Pulldown

Matt SilvermanMatt Silverman was recently asked a question regarding unsatisfactory results with deinterlacing in After Effects. The customer's footage had the following workflow

  1. Shot at 35mm
  2. Telecine color correct transfered to NTSC Digibeta
  3. Digitized to Avid Nitris DX at 1:1 MXF
  4. Exported to 29.97 NTSC TIFF sequence
  5. Imported into After Effects
  6. Deinterlaced with interpret fields or with BCC Deinterlace

The customer complained about soft results with loss of detail, most apparent in hair, teeth and clothing textures. What would Matt Silverman do?

Matt: Sounds like he does not want to de-interlace, but rather remove pulldown (assuming film was shot 24fps). So, he should bring the footage into AE, go to interpret footage, and click "guess pulldown". This should find the correct pulldown cadence for the first shot and make the clip 23.976fps progressive. If he has edited the show in Avid, more than likely the pulldown cadences will vary from shot to shot, which is a huge pain in the ass to deal with. Here is how I have dealt with this.... I have only done this on TV spots, so there aren't many cuts... a longer show could take a while...

  1. Import the footage five times into AE, rename the clips in the project window A,B,C,D,E
  2. Go to interpret footage on each shot and choose a different pulldown cadence for each (this makes each clip 23.976fps).
  3. Drop the "A" clip into a new 23.976fps comp.
  4. Use the Magnum Script from aescripts.com to find the cut points and split the clip into individual layers per shot.
  5. Drag through the clips in the timeline to see if there are any random interlaced frames. When you find an interlaced frame, it means that it is using the wrong pulldown cadence. Select this bad clip in the timeline, then grab the B version from the project window and option-drag it into the timeline to replace the bad one. Scrub through to see if there is still an interlaced frame. If so, repeat the option drag with the other versions in the project window until the interlacing disappears.
  6. Check all of your cut points to make sure there are no half fields showing on the first or last frame.
If I did not understand and he truly wants to de-interlace, then Red Giant Magic Bullet Frames or RE:Vision Effects FieldsKit are the tickets. I usually go to FieldsKit first... they now have a motion estimation option. Sometimes it might produce a weird artifact and Bullet works better.

Matt Silverman is a Toolfarm Forum Expert and Creative Director of Design and Digital Effects at Phoneix Editorial in San Francisco.

MGFest09 Call For Entry - 3 Ways to Enter!

Late Entry Deadline : Dec 19

Submit a Link + Submit a Movie + Submit a Topic

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

Online voters will select the top videos in several caregories. If your video is selected you will reveive a free badge to the Motion Graphics Festival.

[ Medium ] Submit a Video
Send us a DVD of a video you made. Late Entry Deadline: Dec 19, 2008

Send us your finest minutes, your dreams realized, your fictions animated, your adventures recorded, your sweat and passion woven into something of beauty, and we will take it to audiences across the country. Selections will be screened during the 6th annual Motion Graphics Festival tour in Chicago, Boston, Austin, Atlanta and Washington DC.

[ Hard ] Submit a Topic
Suggest a presentation topic, performance or installation.

No Entry Fee. Just let us know what's on your mind. Our three themes are: New Motion, New Sound and New Media. Be a presenter, performer or panel/discussion leader. We are looking for presentation topics, technologies, abstracts, essays, performances, art installations, events, groups, conceptual meanderings and just plain smart fun.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Trapcode/Knoll Light Factory Templates from Rerendered

A perfect compliment to the Red Giant Motion Graphics Bundle that is 50% Off today, and for the Trapcode Suite and Reality Bundle from earlier in the week, we bring you Rerendered templates for Adobe After Effects. These are gorgeous and inexpensive and can of course, be reverse engineered. Click the movie you like to see the template

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Apple Pro Apps update for RED and RED updates for FCS

When it rains it pours!

Pro Applications Update 2008-04 Release Notes

Pro Applications Update 2008-04 addresses general performance issues and improves overall stability.

Applications included in the update:

  • Final Cut Pro 6.0.5
  • Compressor 3.0.5
  • Color 1.0.3
  • Shake 4.1.1

Read more on Final Cut User blog and thanks Jim G. for the IM.

Premiere Pro CS4 4.0.1 Help is live

They've updated the site with the new features of PPRO 4.0.1, including OMF Export, working with XML files from Final Cut Pro and working with Red Camera.

The supported languages

Adobe Releases Premiere Pro CS4 v.4.0.1

Introduces Final Cut Pro project import, RED camera compatibility, OMF export, and other enhancements

premiere ProToday, Adobe Systems Incorporated introduced Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 software, a major update to the leading start-to-finish professional video production solution. A pivotal component of Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 leads the way in delivering open, flexible post-production workflows by providing virtually seamless project exchange with Final Cut Pro, Digidesign Pro Tools, and Avid workflows. Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 enables users to import Final Cut Pro projects via XML interchange, export to Open Media Framework (OMF) format, and import and export projects in Advanced Authoring Format (AAF). Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 also offers significant performance and stability enhancements, including full support for 64-bit computing platforms to accelerate compute-intensive post-production tasks.

Top new features in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 include:

  • More flexible, open workflows: Editors who are using Final Cut Pro, Digidesign Pro Tools, and Avid solutions can now more easily tap the high level of integration and unique features offered in Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium. Final Cut Pro users can transfer projects directly to Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 without conversions or re-rendering, preserving commonly used effects and transitions. Once files are in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, features such as Adobe Dynamic Link provide tighter-than-ever integration when moving assets among Adobe After Effects CS4, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, and Soundbooth CS4, saving invaluable time that would otherwise be spent in intermediate rendering. To help users manage footage, Speech Search in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 turns spoken dialog into text-based metadata that makes video searchable. Project output can be delivered virtually anywhere, including exporting through Adobe Encore CS4 to Blu-ray, DVD, and the Web. Customers can also streamline audio editing by exporting audio in OMF for interchange with audio workstations, and then importing the final mix back into Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 also includes enhanced AAF project interchange for improved integration with high-end workflows and tools.
  • Native RED R3D support: Both Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 and Adobe After Effects CS4 version 9.0.1 provide a true file-based workflow for RED R3D files, without transcoding or rewrapping, via RED’s beta plug-in available at www.red.com/support . Native handling of RED R3D augments Adobe’s existing support of Sony XDCAM EX, Panasonic P2, and AVCHD tapeless formats, providing users with software-only HD workflows from capture to output. In addition to downloading the RED plug-in, customer must update their software to Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 and Adobe After Effects CS4 version 9.0.1, accessible for free throughout the Adobe update manager in the Help menu of the applications. To learn more about RED workflows with Adobe video solutions go to: www.adobe.com/products/premiere/pdfs/red_adobe_cs4_beta.pdf
  • Faster performance and responsiveness, with full support for 64-bit computing platforms to accelerate compute-intensive post-production tasks. Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 is architected to take advantage of the additional memory available in 64-bit systems. In addition, version 4.0.1 includes numerous performance enhancements in all areas of the workflow.

Adobe fires another shot across Apple’s bow

premiere proScott Simmons has an article up at Studio Daily, Adobe fires another shot across Apple's bow, about Premiere Pro's latest update to version 4.0.1. It's a HUGE update for just a single point, as Scott says, it should be Premiere Pro 4.1. I was taking with David Helmly from Adobe a couple of weeks ago and he was telling me about the new features in PPRO 4.0.1 and I agree, its a huge update.

What are the biggest new features?

  • Adobe's RED support.
  • The ability to import a Final Cut Pro XML
  • Export audio to OMF

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tutorial: Bootleg #3 for After Effects on AdobeTV

On The Genesis Project blog Dennis Radeke says: "During this episode, I use a couple of presets along with a little Turbulent Displace and CC Vector Blur to make something cool."

Pixel Aspect Ratio Tutorial for CS4

Check out this free video tutorial from Lynda.com AE CS4: New PARs (Pixel Aspect Ratios) (pops). He gets pretty technical, but man, this explains a lot.

CHV releases Svengali Rays Lite (FREE!) and Pro

Two plugin packages to create titles with realistic 3D volumetric light effects.

CHV-electronics, software developer of plugins for Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion announced today the release of two new plugin packages.

CHV Svengali volumetric light engine is different from the engines of any other light spill plugin. Svengali Rays produces a realistic looking 3D volumetric light effect that attaches the light spill effect directly to the titles without the usual gap. This feature is the key to create a realistic volumetric light spill effect.

svengali rays compSvengali Rays comes as a completely free "Lite" version and a highly sophisticated "Pro" version with many additional features.

Both plugin packages are based on CHV's QC Integration FX Quartz Composer plugin platform. QC Integration FX needs to be installed to run Svengali Rays Lite and Svengali Rays Pro.

Svengali Rays Lite is a video title generator with a built in 3D volumetric light spill effect engine and works with the demo version of the QC Integration FX plugin platform without a demo watermark.

Svengali Rays Pro consists of two plugins, a video title generator and a video filter, both with a built in enhanced 3D volumetric light spill effect engine. Svengali Rays Pro shows a watermark if unlicensed. The plugin platform QC Integration FX needs to be installed, but must not be licensed to run Svengali Rays Pro.

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.

You can download a free demo of either Svengali Rays Pro or download Free Lite through our demo form.

Tutorial: Use Expressions to Speed up Text in AE

Harry Frank has a video up at Studio Daily about Using expressions to speed up lower third creation in After Effects. He explains how to create a document that links to the text document with corresponding scene numbers... a very cool way to speed up simple but tedious work. It's not difficult, but this is definitely not something you'd figure out yourself, unless you're a javascript programmer, or a whiz with expressions.

Also, Harry's Complete training for Trapcode Particular from Class on Demand is half price this week. (DVD | Download), during our One Day Sale. Also, if you haven't heard, Trapcode Suite is 50% off today only!

NVIDIA + Adobe = CS4 on Steroids

NVIDIANVIDIA recently came out with the Quadro CX which is OpenGL GPU accelerated for Adobe CS4. I'm not a hardware person, but if you're an Adobe CS4 user, this will speed up render time and working in Photoshop, Premiere Pro and of course After Effects by 4x. The NVIDIA card and CS4 have a symbiotic relationship. Adobe CS4 has built-in acceleration for the NVIDIA Quadro CX.

In After Effects specifically, you can play with the camera's Depth of Field with true interactivity because it's OpenGL GPU accelerated. I don't know about you but that's one thing that always slows me down. It allows you to render not only the main composition but the entire hierarchy of precomps through GPU excelleration. The new AE CS4 effects, Turbulent Noise, Cartoon and Bilateral Blur, also render at lightning speeds.

Dennis Radeke has an article on his Genesis Project blog, nvidia and Adobe = match made in heaven. Dennis says:

The cherry on the top for me is the inclusion of Elemental's plugin. This plug-in makes h.264 encoding just plain fast. To me, if you do H.264 encoding, than you should just get this card for the software. It's fast, its GPU enabled and its designed for CS4. What's not to like?

I can tell you what is not to like... it is Windows only! If you're on Windows, check it out. If you're on Mac, hopefully NVIDIA will make one for you and me. I don't see myself getting a Dell anytime soon :-)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cycore Systems release CFX Path Tools and CFX Sphere Utilities for Adobe After Effects

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Cycore Systems, the creators of Final Effects and Cult Effects, today announced two brand new effect packages for Adobe After Effects, the "CFX Path Tools" and "CFX Sphere Utilities". All effects support float and are available for After Effects CS4, CS3 and 7.0 on Mac (Universal Binaries) and Windows.

CFX Path Tools contain two plug-ins utilizing After Effects mask paths. Wiggle Stroke wiggles and repeats a stroke based on a mask path in near infinite ways. Rakka is a tool for handling multiple repetitions of a layer that can be animated along a mask path and has multiple controls for designing flow and characteristics.

CFX Sphere Utilities is a set of four plug-ins designed to deal with spherical maps (equirectangular maps) commonly used to texture 3D spheres or as 3D environments. Animating layers and drawing lines on spherical maps are a breeze when Sphere Utilities handles the spherical transformations required. The coordinate system can be turned, twisted or aligned to an AE 3D camera, using Remap.

"You will be truly amazed with what can be created from just an ellipse or straight line mask path," said Jonatan Andersson, Director of Operations at Cycore Systems. Path Tools and Sphere Utilities fulfill our promise to customers to deliver technology breakthroughs, while also delivering time-saving features that help them manage client demands."

CFX Path Tools | Free Demo

Rakka, in its most basic form, functions as a timesaver for creating repeated path animations with an offset for each instance. This task currently involves writing complex expressions or a lot of manual work, duplicating the layer several times and doing the offset by hand. This innovation only scratches the surface of Rakka's potential. Rakka can be used to create anything from swirling lines to bands of pearls, from a caterpillar moving across the screen to highly organic "HR Giger like" animations.

Wiggle Stroke
offers numerous possibilities. Create anything from basic "wiggling" of frames to completely crazy-looking thread or geometric wire animations. Wiggle Stroke uses three types of modifiers to displace a stroke from the original mask path: basic noise, wave noise and wave functions. Each type has a variety of options to vary the appearance. Wiggling can be applied to position, radius and opacity individually.

CFX Sphere Utilities | Free Demo

Need to animate a line going from Seattle to Uppsala or animate an airplane flying from Melbourne to LA crossing the date line? Sphere Utilities is the answer. Crossing the date line is a task that currently involves a lot of manual work, duplication of the layer and hand-matching the motion. These animations can then be used directly in After Effects with CC Sphere, or any other plug-in that supports spherical mapping, or in your favourite 3D application. Spherical maps are also used as environment maps and for panoramic viewers, which are other sources where this kind of capability is important. Animating layers and drawing lines on spherical maps is a breeze when Sphere Utilities handles the spherical transformations required. The coordinate system can be turned, twisted or aligned to an AE 3D camera.

MapLine is used to draw or animate lines on spherical maps.

Mappit is used to place or animate any user-selected layer on spherical maps.

Remap provides a unique ability to realign the coordinate system of spherical maps.

MapDots generates a pattern of evenly distributed dots on a spherical map.

Pricing and Availability

Both packages are available now. A single user license costs $199 for CFX Path Tools and $99 for CFX Sphere Utilities.

About Cycore Systems

Cycore Systems AB is a graphics software company headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden. Founded in 2005 by former Cycore employees, the company develops special effects software for the film and video industries and is one of the largest providers of third party plug-ins for Adobe After Effects.

New Photoshop Tutorials from Digital Anarchy

Digital Anarchy is fully focused on their Photoshop plug-ins and have some new tutorials on their site which use Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop.

Creating Volumetric Light (pops) - We all know the look of a beam of light bursting through the clouds or coming from the top of a dusty (and otherwise dark) cave. Usie Knoll Light Factory in conjunction with some of Photoshop's built-in filters to create this look very easily.

Blurring Elements (pops) - On high resolution images, Knoll's light flares sometimes show thin lines that don't look realistic. This tutorial talks about ways to deal with this problem and produce natural looking lens flares. This movie may take a few minutes to load.

Coremelt Releases CoreMelt Complete Bundle

coremelt complete CoreMelt Complete includes ALL 4 CoreMelt plugins packs: ImageFlow Fx, PolyChrome Transitions, Motion Pack and Editing Pack. For Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Express and AE CS3/CS4.

In total providing you with over 130 screamingly fast GPU accelerated plugins aimed at streamlining your motion graphics and video effect, to allow you to be more creative.

coremelt lineup

ImageFlow FX 1.5
Create stunning image montage animations instantly in After
Effects CS3, Final Cut Studio or Final Cut Express. Select a
folder of images, select the animation style and hit play. No
rendering and no complex setup. Perfect for Wedding and
Event videographers, just select your folder of still photos from
the event and instantly have animations with custom frames and

PolyChrome Transitions 1.1
A collection of 43 transition effects to enhance your creative
possibilities in FCP editing. All transitions render in high precision
color for 10 bit online workflows for those working with footage
from the RED camera or or other high color precision sources.

Editing Pack 1.1
Forty Plugins for working cutters. Designed by an online editor
and vfx artist with 10 years experience on broadcast TVC,
Motion Graphics, Music Videos and Feature Films.

Motion Pack 1.1

Forty Plugins for Motion Graphic Artists. Designed by a working
VFX artist with 10 years experience on broadcast TVC, Motion
Graphics, Music Videos and Feature Films.

Download a free demo.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Digieffects Ships Simulate: Camera

The second plugin package in the Simulate series mimics camera and projection artifacts

simulate:cameraWilmington, NC - November 18, 2008 - Digieffects, a developer of popular visual effects software plugins today announced that it has shipped Simulate: Camera, a plugin package offering a specialized collection of effects for mimicking camera and projection artifacts. All Digieffects plugins support Adobe CS4.

Simulate: Camera includes the following effects:

Archive:A straightforward "film degradation/contamination" type effect.

Overexpose: An excellent way to add a sense of dynamic to otherwise stable and predictable footage.

Destabilize: An effect that is useful for emulating a practical camera shake.

"These effects, like many of the latest releases and upcoming releases from Digieffects are designed to be straightforward, affordable, every-day usable staples of visual post production.", says Robert Sharp, President of Digieffects.

Simulate: Camera, as with all Digieffects software launched after January 2008, has the following two unique features which will appeal to customers.

Randomizer: The Randomizer is part of the Digieffects custom User Interface. When clicked, multiple parameters within the interface will simultaneously adjust causing completely new results. Once a customer sees a look they like, they can use that as a starting point and manually tweak the parameters to achieve a specific effect. This serves as a massive timesaver for our time-pressed customers.

Presets: The unique aspect of the Digieffects presets is their portability. Once you've saved your effect parameters, these can be moved between supported host applications.

Download a free demo today!

About Digieffects
Digieffects is a developer of popular visual effects plugins for Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Autodesk Combustion. The company has been in the business since the beginning of the "plugin revolution" which dates back to 1996. Over the years, Digieffects has had great success with software products like Cinelook and Delirium and is proud to call thousands of film and video producers all around the world its customers and friends.

RE:Flex 3.1.6 for After Effects and combustion released

It was updated last week.

Pixel Bender for Photoshop is here!

John Nack's blog has a posting on the release of Pixel Bender gallery plug-in for Photoshop. John's main points about the plug-in:

  • It runs filters really, really fast on your graphics card (GPU)
  • The plug-in is not one filter, but rather a harness into which you can drop Pixel Bender files (.PBK and .PBG)
  • Pixel Bender also runs cross-platform in After Effects CS4 & Flash Player 10
  • The filters people write for Flash will also work in Photoshop
  • We should therefore see an explosion in the number of new Photoshop filters becoming available

More plug-ins. Yeah!

Download Pixel Bender at Adobe Labs | Read more and see samples at John Nack on Adobe blog

Friday, November 14, 2008

Cineform Neo HD and Neo 4K for Mac now Available

CineForm Neo HD/4K Family Extends Compression-Based Post-Production Workflows for MacOS up to 4K Spatial Resolution. Native Mac Support for QuickTime Applications Offers Format Conversions and Telecine Removal, Plus Broad Camera Support Including Red One and Grass Valley Infinity

Solana Beach, CA- November 11, 2008- CineForm®, Inc., creators of high-fidelity compression-based workflow solutions for the post production marketplace, today announced availability of its Neo™ HD and Neo 4K™ software products for Mac OS X. Neo HD/4K for Mac extend CineForm's industry-renowned workflow solutions to all QuickTime-based video editing and content creation applications for the Mac platform up to 4K spatial resolution, including Final Cut Pro, Motion, After Effects, and others. Differing only in the spatial resolutions they support, both products offer CineForm's respected compression-based technologies, including its Active Metadata™ architecture for renderless color workflows, plus numerous format conversion utilities in support of most HDV, HD, 2K, and 4K cameras on the market. Separately, CineForm today also announced 4K post-production support for the RED ONE™ digital cinema camera on both Windows and Mac- using Neo 4K Mac and also Prospect 4K™ on Windows.

"CineForm's compression-based workflows have become respected as industry leaders for their high visual fidelity and versatility for film and television content creation", said David Taylor, CEO of CineForm. "But our bigger goal has been to enable seamless workflows across Windows and Mac platforms, and between standard industry applications like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and others. Using Neo HD or Neo 4K for Mac, our customers can now easily capture, edit, and share media during post-production with colleagues who may be using different applications on Mac, or who may be using Windows."

About Neo HD and Neo 4K for Mac

Cineform Neo 4K supports up to 4096 x 4096 spatial resolution with 12-bit precision, and is intended for "online" editing using Final Cut Pro or other Mac-based non-linear editors with no need for proxy files or conforming. Neo 4K also supports 12-bit CineForm RAW, its compression format for the emerging class of high-resolution digital cinema cameras such as Silicon Imaging's SI-2K and Red One. Cineform Neo HD supports up to 1920 x 1080 spatial resolution, and supports virtually all HD cameras on the market including Grass Valley's JPEG 2000-based Infinity camcorder. Both products support CineForm's 10-bit YUV and 12-bit CineForm 444 (RGB) compression formats. Apple's ProRes is offered as an optional compression format when Final Cut Studio 2 is installed. Further, Neo HD/4K both include:

  1. CineForm's ReMaster application which provides image/video pre-processing plus camera and file conversion functions. ReMaster supports numerous camera source formats including HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCam HD/EX, Red One R3D files, and others. Among other features, ReMaster can extract 24p (progressive frame) signals that are embedded in 60i (interlace) recordings to enable 24p editing workflows and resample non-square resolution video formats into common square pixel formats. ReMaster will write converted files into CineForm QuickTime files or optionally into Apple's ProRes format.

  2. SetActiveMetadata, an application that manages CineForm's Active Metadata architecture for non-destructive color workflows without rendering.

Neo 4K and Neo HD are both available for download as fully-functional 15-day trials.

About CineForm and CineForm Intermediate
CineForm Inc. develops compression-based workflow solutions for the post production marketplace. Offering the industry's highest fidelity compression technology, CineForm is trusted among Hollywood filmmakers, television producers, videographers and digital media artists who rely on high image quality, high performance and innovative compression-based workflow solutions with up to 4k spatial resolutions for their online content creation projects. Available on both Windows and Mac platforms, CineForm workflow solutions are optimized for direct-to-disk camera recording, high-resolution post production and long-term content archives. For more information, visit www.cineform.com.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Digital Anarchy Announces Knoll Light Factory for Windows 64-bit and Adobe Photoshop CS4

Free Update of Knoll 3.0.2 is the First Digital Anarchy Product to be Released for Vista x64

San Francisco, CA - September 24th, 2008 - Digital Anarchy, known for its high quality creative software in the Photoshop market, today announced the full compatibility of their popular Knoll Light Factory plugin with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Windows Vista 64-bit (x64). Photoshop CS4 64-bit is streamlined to take advantage of the faster performance and better memory handling that Vista x64 supports. Digital Anarchy’s Knoll plugin, which enhances the lighting in Photoshop images to produce dramatic or natural effects, takes advantage of that speed and performance increase with version 3.0.2.

Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy, said, "Photoshop CS4 is a big release for Adobe and Vista x64 offers the potential for greatly accelerated performance. The performance bar keeps being raised with the ever increasing size of digital images and incredible but processor intensive new CS4 features like Smart Filters. Making certain that our entire product line for photo manipulation performs well in Photoshop CS4 has been an important priority for us." 

Digital Anarchy's other Photoshop products have been fully tested to support Photoshop CS4 in both Mac and Windows 32-bit environments. These Digital Anarchy plugins will be updated for the Windows 64-bit environment in Q1 2009.

Knoll Light Factory 3.0.2 for Photoshop CS4

  • Improved performance: Version 3.0.2 supports 64-bit Windows (Vista x64).
  • Better usability: Version 3.0.2 has UI improvements and bug fixes.
  • Photo-realistic lighting effects: Used in films and TV to produce realistic lens flares and lights.
  • Real-Time Preview: The main Preview Window now supports real-time manipulation, as well as the ability to resize and zoom in/out.
  • 100+ Light Presets: There are now 110 great starting places when looking for that special flare.
  • 16-bit Color Support: Light effects now render out to higher bit depths, which reduces banding and outputs better looking glows and gradients.
  • Mac Intel compatible: Full support of all new operating systems.

All sales and support questions for Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop CS4 should be directed towards Digital Anarchy at digitalanarchy.com. All improvements, except Vista x64 support, are supported in Photoshop 7.0 and higher.

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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sorenson Squeeze 5 MP4 Available Now!

squeezeSorenson Squeeze 5 MP4 is the perfect solution for customers that want to create professional video podcasts and high quality video content for upload to YouTube, mobile devices and more.

Built from the award winning professional encoding tool, Squeeze 5, Squeeze 5 MP4 lets you quickly import your video file, apply a variety of output formats (including special presets for high quality YouTube and Podcasting), enhance using powerful filters, and then Squeeze the video into small, high quality files that can be directly uploaded to ftp locations or sent to a local network location - right from within the application. Squeeze 5 MP4 delivers the highest quality H.264 codecs for the best quality video and smallest file size.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tutorial: Creating Glitter With Boris Continuum Complete 5


In this tutorial we'll use the BCC Glitter filter in the Adobe After Effects host to generate a glittering sky on an Artbeats stock video clip, against which we will create an animated title. The BCC Glitter filter is OpenGL hardware-accellerated and can be used to generate glittering sparkles of pretty much any size.

Monday, November 10, 2008

New Boris Continuum Unit: Glitters

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The new Boris Continuum Glitters Unit includes the following plug-ins:
  • Glint creates a sparkle or ray burst effect.
  • Glare creates an effect producing a sharp reflection.
  • Glitter creates a glittering or sparkling light effect.
Boris Continuum Glitters is available now for $99 USD, or you can download a free demo.

Boris Continuum Glitters supports Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Apple Motion. For Avid systems, the Glitters filters are included as part of Boris Continuum Complete AVX.

Toolfarm now carrying Video Copilot!

video copilotWe're very excited to be offering a few of the awesome products from Andrew Kramer and Video Copilot.

Red Giant Software Unveils Warp: Corner Pin, Shadow, and Reflection Tools


San Francisco, CA, November 10, 2008 - Red Giant Software, publisher of the popular Magic Bullet, Knoll Light Factory and Trapcode products, today introduced Red Giant Warp. Adding a perfect shadow, a realistic reflection or working with distorted video can be tough. Red Giant Warp makes it easy to generate these effects quickly.

The three powerful plug-ins in the Warp toolset give users ultimate control over shadows, reflections and corner point warps. The Shadow tool renders realistic shadows for text or subjects shot on greenscreen, while the Reflection tool creates perfect mirror-like reflections. The advanced Corner Pin tool includes features for working with warped images, importing tracking data from Mocha for After Effects, and adding secondary transforms and motion blur-everything you need to heighten realism in any scene. Priced at $199, Warp is available for purchase from http://toolfarm.stores.yahoo.net/redgiantwarp10.html.

The capabilities of Red Giant Warp go far beyond those of its application hosts. Designed with input from real-world testers, Warp includes features such as dual-warp corner pinning with full motion blur support, 3D shadows with user-definable bending effects, and powerful reflection compositing that would be complex and time-consuming to generate by hand. With Warp, users can generate these realistic effects quickly and without complex compositing tricks.


Pin with Precision

It's tough to take video from a warped source, such as a billboard shot in perspective, and add it to another video. But the dual warping tools in Warp's Corner Pin plug-in make it easy to take any video source, warped or not, and put it into a new place with proper perspective. With advanced offset controls and direct Mocha for After Effects integration, manipulating corner pins with tracking data couldn't be easier.

Play on the Dark Side

Adding depth is easy with the Shadow tool. Three point controls let users set the shadow perspective, and fade controls to create realistic falloff. A unique bend control can warp the shadow to create the illusion of shadows falling on two planes in 3D space.

Reflect your World

Adding a simple reflection is easy in most tools, but making it look real can be a challenge. Reflection provides an easy-to-use setup control for defining a mirror reflection for any source video or image. Extensive controls let you add fade-out or blur to make your reflection look sharp or diffuse.

For more information, visit Toolfarm's Plug-in Finder

Why Buy

  • Easy-to-use Shadow tool offers quality and features found nowhere else
  • Advanced Corner Pin features delivers the best tracking integration in any host
  • Reflection makes it a snap to add a simple mirror reflection to type or logos

Pricing and Availability

Red Giant Warp is available now for $199 USD and supports After Effects CS3/CS4, Premiere Pro CS3/CS4, Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Avid AVX 2 systems.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Noise Industries FxFactory Offers Support For Adobe After Effects CS4; Adds Five New Plug-Ins Including High Quality Pan And Zoom

FxFactory 2.0.5 is a free update for existing FxFactory Pro and FxPack customers; Special Pan and Zoom plug-in made available free of charge to all supported Adobe and Apple users.

(Boston, Massachusetts--November 6, 2008) Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, announced that FxFactory has expanded host integration support to include the newly released Adobe After Effects CS4(AE CS4) application.

In addition to the expanded host support, there are 4 new plug-ins for FxFactory Pro users. The new plug-ins are packaged in the FxFactory Pro 2.0.5 update and include Random Close Up, Whoosh, Cube and Upscale.

The Noise Industries team is also offering a brand new Pan and Zoom plug-in FxPack. Released as part of the special Noise Industries Free FxPack Collection, free FxPacks such as Pan and Zoom can be used by any FxFactory supported Adobe or Apple user. A look made popular by Ken Burns, the new Pan and Zoom plug-in enables users to create the stunning Pan and Zoom motion effects without using a single keyframe.

"Our recent release for Adobe After Effects has been a huge success all around. Many of the Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion users also have the AE package and are very appreciative of the ability to bring their existing FxFactory workflow seamlessly into AE; making their effects production pipe much more efficient," comments Niclas Bahn, director of business development, Noise Industries. "Also exciting is the new Pan and Zoom freebie. This is available to anyone who has a supported Adobe or Apple host. Many clever features and controls are built-in- I am confident that users will be hooked on the effects after the first try."

About FxFactory Products and New Updates
The FxFactory product line offers over 300 award-winning visual effects plug-ins optimized for real-time performance on the Mac platform. FxFactory products support native integration for Adobe After Effects CS3 and CS4, Apple Final Cut Studio and Apple Final Cut Express applications- all within a single package.

New FxFactory Pro plug-in highlights offered in version 2.0.5:

NEW Random Close-Up
This new plug-in will pick random regions of source media and scale them up to cover the entire frame. Random Close-Up allows users to transition from one randomly selected region to the next via one of many built-in transitions.

NEW Whoosh
The new Whoosh transition improves the look of a basic "push" effect with directional blurring and exposure shift.

NEW Cube
The new Cube plug-in simulates a 3D transition effect made popular by many Mac programs.

NEW Upscale
The Upscale filter, new in the "NI Video" category, lets users select a region of the source media and scale it up to cover the entire frame. The filter is extremely easy to set up and allows users to fine-tune the quality of the upscaled image.

NEW Pan and Zoom Free FxFactory FxPack
The new Pan and Zoom generator plug-in automatically creates a smooth animation between any two regions of a still image or clip. Users can also animate a single region with keyframes to handle more complex scenarios. Pan and Zoom can be used by any Adobe AE CS 3 and CS 4 or Apple Final Cut Studio 2 user free of charge. The free FxFactory plug-in manager must be installed to operate plug-ins.

Adobe After Effects CS3, CS4, 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.

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

Thursday, November 06, 2008

NVIDIA Quadro CX Now Shipping! Designed and Optimized for Creative Suite 4

nvidiaThe NVIDIA Quadro CX is the accelerator for Adobe Creative Suite 4-giving you the ability to create rich, stunning content in a faster, smoother, and more interactive way.

A Faster Way to Work
Don't sacrifice creativity to meet a deadline. Encode H.264 video at lightning-fast speeds with the NVIDIA CUDA-enabled plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. Accelerate rendering time for advanced effects such as transformations, color correction, depth of field blur, turbulent noise, and more.

A Better Way to Work
Your tools are key to your success. Experience fluid interaction with the Adobe Photoshop canvas for smoother zooming and image rotation. Accurately see what your deliverable will look like with 30-bit color or uncompressed 10-bit/12-bit SDI before final output. Easily work across multiple displays with NVIDIA nView advanced management tools for a smoother production pipeline.

A More Reliable Way to Work
You can't afford system downtime. Quadro CX is engineered and optimized by NVIDIA to ensure your system works when you need it. Quadro CX is also designed and optimized for Creative Suite 4. Plus, additional free plug-ins will deliver ongoing feature and performance improvements to maximize your investment.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Digimation Model Bank Library Available; For Use With Popular 3D Apps and Adobe CS4

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The Digimation Model Bank Library features 1,200 fully textured, high-resolution 3D models in 3DS format. The library includes a wide variety of models including vehicles, animals, aircraft, architecture, sports, military, and more. The quality and value pricing make it the perfect collection for people new to 3D, or anyone looking for quick way to create realistic 3D art.

Ready to Render

It's easy to work with the Model Bank Library. Every model comes realistically textured and ready to render. In most cases you can simply drag and drop models into your application and render. This makes it the perfect solution for beginning and experienced 3D users alike.

Industry Standard Format

The Model Bank Library models are delivered in industry-standard 3DS format, they're fully compatible with virtually all popular 3D packages and for use with Adobe CS4 software.

Topaz Adjust 2.5 released for or both Windows and Intel-based Mac

topaz labsMajor improvements include Windows 64-bit Photoshop support, new presets, user interface improvements, and bug fixes

Topaz Adjust V2.5, the popular creative exposure Photoshop plug-in, has just been released for both Windows and Intel-based Mac. All Topaz Adjust customers are entitled to upgrade to this new version free of charge.

With this release Topaz addressed more major requests from users:

  • Included the newest 'Topaz DeNoise' technology to remove noise while maintaining details. It is especially useful when creating highly detailed images since noise also tends to be amplified in this case.
  • Improved adaptive exposure algorithm for more range of creative adjustment.
  • Included full support for Photoshop CS4 64-bit processing (64-bit Windows only) that will help when processing extremely large photographs.
    Added 'smart filter' functionality to support non-destructive editing.
  • Three new presets and better preset sharing. Each preset is now saved as a single file, which you can easily email and share with friends.
  • Improved usability and stability. For example, Topaz Adjust will now remember its size and location for the next time you call the filter. You can also now directly type in parameters instead of just dragging the sliders.
  • The Windows installer now automatically installs for Photoshop 7/CS/CS2/CS3/CS4 and Photoshop Elements 1 to 7. The Mac installer now automatically installs for Photoshop CS3, CS4, Elements 6 and Elements 7.

  • Fixed some bugs and stability issues.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Maxon Video Quick Tips: New Render Presets

Check out the latest Maxon Video Quick Tips for Maxon Cinema 4D, about New Render Presets (pops).

Throttle 1.2 Script updated

The Throttle 1.2 Script has been updated for After Effects CS4 at aescripts.com. Get it here.

It works with the new multi-processing throttle system that was introduced with CS4 that manages how many CPU’s are to be left free for other applications. This version also adds a little known hidden preference that allows you to set the quality of the Toggle Pixel Aspect Correction button in the Comp View.

Monday, November 03, 2008

LME Freebie Templates for After Effects!

LME logoCheck out these fantastic freebies from the folks at LME! These are the type of template you would get if you bought LME Amazing Video Walls & Displays vol 1 or LME Amazing Video Walls & Displays vol 2, but these are NOT included in the packages (so if you already own them, this is not a repeat). We've included the new freebies (3 and 4) and also the originals (1 and 2) which were included in a Toolfarm newsletter not long ago. The templates work in After Effects 6.5 and higher.

Noise Industries FxFactory Freebies: Pan and Zoom

The Pan and Zoom plug-ins let you create the photo animation style made popular by Ken Burns with intuitive controls and automatic motion control that achieves stunning results without a single keyframe.

The Pan and Zoom generator works in all hosts currently supported by FxFactory: Final Cut Pro 6, Motion 3, Final Cut Express 4, Adobe After Effects CS3 and CS4.

The Pan and Zoom transition works inside Final Cut Pro 6 and Final Cut Express 4.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Plugged-in: The Digital Landscape Show 26

plugged inListen now!

Show 26 highlights include:

Jack Reilly, Event Marketing Manager, Future Media Concepts
Jack stops by to discuss a big event in the Northeast slated for November.

Philip Hodgetts, President, Intelligent Assistance
Philip drops the latest news out of Avid and what's next for Big Purple.

Michele Yamazaki
VP of Marketing/Content Creator and Web Mistress, Toolfarm, Inc.
Checking on Michele as she recovers from illness...

Plugged-In Fun as we return from 90 days away dong less fun things!

EMAIL US: podcast@toolfarm.com

TRT: 34 min.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Red Giant Warp now available


The three powerful plug-ins in the Warp toolset give you ultimate control over shadows, reflections and corner point warps. The Shadow tool renders realistic shadows for text or subjects shot on greenscreen, while the Reflection tool creates perfect mirror-like reflections. The advanced Corner Pin tool includes features for working with warped images, importing tracking data from Mocha for After Effects, and adding secondary transforms and motion blur, to heighten realism in any scene.

Warp works in Adobe After Effects CS4, CS3, 7; Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, CS3 (Windows only); Apple Final Cut Pro 6, 5.1.4; Apple Motion 3.02; Avid Xpress Pro/Media Composer 5.6, 5.7 / 2.6, 2.7