Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tutorial: Exterminator Liberation: Theater Style Animations Using Compositor's Toolkit 2

Compositor's Toolkit - Apple Motion & After Effects Training, hosted by Kevin P. McAuliffe, Pro Editing @ Home

In this tutorial learn to create a really cool theater style animation reminiscent of a big budget block buster film. Instructions are provided for both After Effects and Apple Motion. While the final look is impressive, no visual effects other than drop shadows are used thanks to the power and versatility of Compositor's Toolkit.


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Monday, December 28, 2009

onOne's Plug-in Suite 5 for Photoshop Now Available

New version of award-winning software suite offers six essential tools that help photographers achieve better results faster, now includes new presets and frames from National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) instructors

Portland, OR - onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative, time-saving solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced the immediate availability of Plug-in Suite 5 for Adobe Photoshop. Designed to solve the most common problems facing photographers in the areas of color correction, enlarging, masking and professional photographic effects, the Plug-in Suite 5 combines full versions of six essential software tools in one affordable package: FocalPoint 2, PhotoTune 3, PhotoFrame 4.5 Professional Edition, PhotoTools 2.5 Professional Edition, Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition and MaskPro 4.

With support for Photoshop CS2, CS3 and CS4 the onOne Software Plug-in Suite 5 now includes the new onOne Panel which provides quick access to all products, Windows 64 bit support and the ability to access select plug-ins from within Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 and Apple Aperture 2.1. Plug-in Suite 5 is available for electronic download immediately and physical boxed copies will be shipping by December 5, 2009.

"We are excited to announce the immediate availability of Plug-in Suite 5, our biggest product update and release in over 4 years," said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. "This release is the culmination of working closely with both professional and enthusiast photographers to ensure that Plug-in Suite 5 continues to solve the most common problems they face by providing high quality, easy to use products at an incredible value. We are particularly pleased about partnering with NAPP to include content from some of the biggest names in the Photoshop community."

Plug-in Suite 5 includes full versions of the following onOne Software products:
  • FocalPoint 2 - Like bringing the camera lens inside Photoshop, this new version of FocalPoint 2 gives photographers the best way to add the most realistic depth of field and selective focus control to any image after it is photographed. Photographers now have an incredible amount of flexibility and control over the look of the blur with FocalPoint 2's new blur algorithm, FocusBrush, Lens Presets, featuring 18 from Rafael Concepcion from NAPP, and multiple FocusBug features.

  • PhotoTune 3 - Getting great color doesn’t have to be so hard. This new ver'sion of PhotoTune 3 uses patented eye-fidelityTM technology, originally developed by and licensed from imsense to optimize the dynamic range, color and sharpness of images so that they look more true-to-life. The improved Wizard offers fast color and tone correction in as little as two steps while giving pro users direct access to advanced and innovative controls. SkinTune, which represents two years of research and analysis of thousands of skin tones, now offers one-click color correction of portraits and the option to correct just the skin in an image.

  • PhotoFrame 4.5 Professional Edition - With PhotoFrame 4.5, you can add the perfect finishing touch to your images with over 100 exciting new professionally designed frames, backgrounds, textures and layouts, featuring content from NAPP’s Cory Barker and professional photographer Kersti Malvre. With one thousand design elements like film edges, borders, textures, backgrounds and adornments, PhotoFrame 4.5 Professional Edition even has complete layouts where users can simply drop an image in and they are done. It is the easiest and fastest way to add an authentic darkroom touch with a film edge or to create beautiful albums or scrapbook pages.

  • PhotoTools 2.5 Professional Edition - PhotoTools 2.5 is the highly acclaimed Photoshop plug-in that allows photographers of all skill levels to maximize the full power of Photoshop with it’s ability to preview and combine Photoshop Actions in a single, intuitive interface. Designed by photographers for photographers, PhotoTools 2.5 Professional now includes a new MaskingBug control based on the FocusBug control from the award-winning FocalPoint plug-in. The new MaskingBug allows photographers to create high-quality masks to selectively apply effects to images. With over 30 new creative effects, including presets from NAPP's Rafael Concepcion, for a total effect library of 280, photographers can easily find, combine and save the results to create images that truly stand out.

  • Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition - The industry standard for enlarging photos, Genuine Fractals 6 enlarges images up to 1,000% while maintaining sharp edges and important image details. Genuine Fractals 6 now includes an automated gallery wrap feature and output options for tiling an enlarged photo. No other resizing plug-in is as widely used by more professionals than Genuine Fractals.

  • MaskPro 4 - For those times when you need to extract a subject from a photo, Mask Pro 4 uses a color-based method that allows users to easily remove unwanted backgrounds from your photos. Mask Pro’s unique Color Decontamination technology allows users to get realistic results by maintaining transparency in hard to mask objects like hair, smoke and glass in a fraction of the time using traditional tools.

Availability

The new Plug-in Suite 5 is available now to new users for $599.95 and to existing users of previous versions of the Plug-in Suite for $199.95. Purchased separately the products would normally cost $1,300. Customers who own any one or more of the products in Plug-in 5 will be able to upgrade as well by visiting http://www.ononesoftware.com/upgrade/. For more information on the Plug-in Suite 5, please visit http://www.ononesoftware.com/.

About onOne Software

onOne Software, Inc. a leading developer of innovative software tools for photographers, develops time-saving software solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers. onOne Software solutions have been created to help photographers spend more of their time behind the camera taking pictures instead of the computer workstation. Such solutions include a wide range of easy-to-use plug-in enhancements for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Lightroom, Apple Aperture, Apple iPhoto and iPhone applications. Founded in 2005, onOne Software is a privately held company located in Portland, Oregon. For additional information, visit http://www.ononesoftware.com/ or call 1-888-968-1468.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Tutorial: Red Giant TV: Creating a Christmas Tree with Trapcode Particular By Michael Park

In this episode of Red Giant TV, Michael Park returns to us with a fantastic tutorial on creating a Christmas tree (complete with lights and star at the top) with Trapcode Particular. You'll also use Trapcode Starglow to enhance the look.

Tutorial: Red Giant TV: Creating a Christmas Tree with Trapcode Particular from Toolfarm on Vimeo.


Plug-ins Used: Trapcode Particular, Trapcode Starglow

Project Files | Free Trial of Particular/Starglow

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

wondertouch by GenArts Ships ParticleIllusion for After Effects

Sprite-Based 2D Particles Plug-In Delivers Stunning Natural Effects With Unprecedented Simplicity

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - December 23, 2009 - wondertouch by GenArts announced today the immediate availability of particleIllusion™ for After Effects (pIAE) for users of Adobe After Effects on Windows. Available as a plug-in for the first time, particleIllusion for After Effects enables artists to create gorgeous particle effects directly within After Effects, producing a more efficient workflow and significantly enhanced productivity. Like its stand-alone sibling particleIllusion 3.0, pIAE is built on the industry's most robust 2D particle generation engine. As a result, it features the same highly acclaimed speed and ease of use that have made wondertouch products so popular with more than 10,000 compositing artists around the world. In addition, pIAE provides access to the thousands of existing wondertouch emitters - downloadable presets designed to allow users to effortlessly create natural, high-quality effects such as smoke, fire, explosions, sparkles, fireworks and countless abstract effects - without ever leaving the After Effects environment.

particleIllusion for After Effects features include:
  • The same emitter search engine found in wondertouch particleView
  • Access to all top-level particle parameters, including size, life, number, velocity, etc. to further customize the particles for each project
  • OpenGL-accelerated rendering
  • Full support for HD content
  • The ability to load most of the more than 2,800 existing particleIllusion emitters in After Effects, including the popular “Pro Emitters”
"particleIllusion for After Effects is the particles solution we've been waiting for," said Ernest Chan, Post Production CG Supervisor at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. "We are huge fans of the incredible ease of use and high-quality output that wondertouch products have delivered for years. Now, we get all those benefits in a more streamlined workflow that maximizes our creativity while minimizing our support costs. particleIllusion for After Effects is the right product at just the right time."

Artists using particleIllusion for After Effects can gain even greater control by using it in conjunction with particleIllusion 3.0. An excellent companion to pIAE, particleIllusion 3.0 grants access to all emitter settings and lower-level parameters such as color gradients, particle images, initial angle settings, and so on. Artists can also create new emitters and libraries, or move emitters between libraries using particleIllusion 3.0.

"particleIllusion 3.0 as a standalone application has earned its reputation by allowing customers to create stunning, natural effects that they would never have the time or resources to accomplish with other tools," said Alan Lorence, creator of particleIllusion. "particleIllusion for After Effects further enhances artists' creativity by offering convenient, intuitive access to our amazing preset library without having to leave the After Effects environment."

Pricing and Availability

particleIllusion for After Effects is available immediately for Windows users, and will be available in Q1 2010 for Macintosh users.

About wondertouch by GenArts



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

Monday, December 21, 2009

Secret Santa: Red Giant Twitter Winners!

Congrats to our Red Giant Software Twitter contest winners from last Friday: Meg Hughes, Mark Thompson and Richard Williams. The plug-ins included ToonIt, Holomatrix and Red Giant Mojo. Have fun with the plug-ins and happy winter solstice!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Adobe Camera Raw 5.6, Photoshop Lightroom 2.6 now available

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.6 update includes these enhancements:
  • Additional camera support for several new camera models including the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D3s
  • Includes several corrections for issues introduced by previous Lightroom 2 releases
Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6 shipped on December 18, 2009. Get all of the information here.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Secret Santa: BCC 3D Spinning Snowflake Tutorial & Project Files

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Today Michele Yamazaki from Toolfarm shares a tutorial and project for creating a gorgeous 3D spinning snow flake completely in After Effects and use Boris Continuum Complete 6.0. 3D Objects is the focus here - an amazing new set of plug-ins in v6.0. The project files are AE CS4.

Boris Continuum Complete was used on this one, so if you don't own the plug-ins, you can download a free 14 day unwatermarked file here. If you love Continuum Complete as much as we do, buy it here.

I created a quick walk through of the template so you can see how to replace the images with your own photos, or even video, if you are so inclined. The video was captured and edited very quickly and easily in Telestream ScreenFlow, which is fantastic. Try a free demo here.

Last Chance! Secret Santa: Enter to Win One of Three Red Giant Plug-ins Today

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Today we will be giving away 3 secret Red Giant products to 3 lucky Toolfarm twitter followers! We will be choosing the winners at 12PM PST today!

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To enter, simply follow us on twitter (@toolfarm) and tweet the following:

"Toolfarm is giving away 3 Red Giant Plug-ins on Friday, 12/18/09 at 12pm PST. Follow @toolfarm & RT this to Enter!"

How easy is that? We hope you are enjoying all of the Secret Santa Freebies so far. Good luck!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

GenArts Announces Pricing For Sapphire 5 Licenses

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – December 17, 2009 -- GenArts Inc., the premier provider of specialized visual effects software for the film, television and video industries, today announced pricing for its GenArts Sapphir 5 licenses for Autodesk systems. A new Sapphire 5 license for Linux Flame, Inferno, Flint HD and Smoke HD will be priced at $8,499. This price represents a $1,500 decrease from Sapphire 4. Upgrades from Sapphire version 4 to Sapphire 5 will be priced at $3,499. In addition, new Sapphire 5 burn licenses have been reduced 50% from version 4 to $450.

Announced in November, Sapphire 5 will offer GPU-accelerated render speeds up to 700 percent faster than version 4, as well as support for full floating point workflows, enabling true photorealistic image quality with the highest dynamic range available. This increase in performance will dramatically change the complexion of the visual effects pipeline by lifting barriers to artists' creativity, while significantly reducing infrastructure costs.

Sapphire 5 is scheduled to ship in the first quarter of 2010 for Autodesk users. Please visit www.genarts.com/5 for more information.

GenArts Specialized Visual Effects Software: magic in every frame.

Gridiron Nucleo Pro Updated to 2.0.4

This update provides several fixes and officially supports Snow Leopard and Windows 7. Download the demo/update here.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Secret Santa: Polaroid Template for After Effects

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Today Michele Yamazaki from Toolfarm shares a template for creating Polaroid style pictures for animation in After Effects. The project files are AE CS4, but you can definitely use an older version of AE to create the same effect.



No third-party plug-ins were used on this one, but they could have been. I had a lovely sample with Magic Bullet Looks being used to treat the images. I also set it up with Boris Continuum 3D Objects to "Shake it like a Polaroid picture", but I decided to simplify things for the sole purpose of actually meeting my deadline. I can spend hours tweaking and tweaking and had some pretty complex expressions going on. Simplicity is key, right? Special thanks to Andrew Embury for use of his Polaroid image.

I created a quick walk through of the template so you can see how to replace the images with your own photos, or even video, if you are so inclined. The video was captured and edited very quickly in Telestream ScreenFlow, which is fantastic. Try a free demo here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tutorial: NewBlue FX Video Essentials Color Fixer Plus



Color Fixer Plus, part of NewBlue Video Essentials, provides an easy way to correct color balance. Because it also adjusts saturation, brightness, and film gamma, it's a great tool to quickly get the look you want in one pass.

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| Free Trial

Review: ROAD TEST: Particle Metrix

Wow, this is a great review from Digital Production ME of ParticleMetrix from idustrial revolution, and very entertaining to read. For example:

The Wipe Offset setting had me squealing with delight as I realised it was just a parameter to separate the transition from the particles.

You don't often hear of a Wipe Offset causing someone to squeal with delight, now do you!

Introducing Trapcode Particular Presets: Holiday Pack

particular presetsRing in the holidays with style! Trapcode Particular Presets: Holiday Pack includes 55 Particular based After Effects compositions featuring backgrounds, reveals, and sample type animations, composed at 720p and 1080i. Perfect for the holiday seaon -- this volume features a collection of elegant and useful compositions using a mix of festive colors, along with snow, star, ice, light, and ornament elements. Mix and match to create hundreds of combinations, save time, and add value to your production. Designed by freelance motion designer, Harry J. Frank.

MAXON Announces Strategic Partnership with Developer of Py4D

MAXON CINEMA 4D Users to Benefit from Added Functionality to the
Powerful and Accessible Python Programming Language

Friedrichsdorf, Germany, December 15, 2009 - MAXON Computer, a leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today announced a strategic partnership with Tuningchannel, the developers of Py4D. Py4D provides access to the Python programming language for MAXON's leading 3D application CINEMA 4D, giving users an easy way to further customize application functionality and optimize workflow.

Python is a powerful, open source programming language with a comparatively simple learning curve. Python's unique blend of simplicity and power excels in a wide range of software development tasks. Existing Python scripts and libraries can be utilized in any pipeline. Python also enables integration between software apps for the exchange of data and assets. Top production and engineering firms depend on Python every day.

Py4D is currently in open beta from Py4D and can access the majority of CINEMA 4D's functions. The goal of the strategic partnership between MAXON and Tuningchannel is to better integrate Py4D into CINEMA 4D and bring the level of stability and ease of use to which MAXON customers have grown accustomed.

"Python is easy to learn and provides similar access to CINEMA 4D functionality as the C++ SDK," commented Harald Schneider, CTO and co-founder of MAXON. "We want the CINEMA 4D community to know that we are supporting the development of Py4D so they can confidently invest resources in Python and Py4D to enhance their own production pipelines."

Tuningchannel's Sebastian Rath reiterates, "Py4D quickly brings countless capabilities to the CINEMA 4D community. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with MAXON to bring Py4D from beta to final product as smoothly and quickly as possible."

Access to the latest Py4D beta, including documentation, is available free of charge at www.py4d.com. The web site also offers a user forum and other resources. Future development and integration into CINEMA 4D will be forthcoming.

About MAXON Computer

MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively to help create everything from stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, as well for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, France and Japan. MAXON products are available directly from the Website and its worldwide distribution channel. Specially priced learning editions of the company’s software solutions are also made available to educational institutions. For additional information on MAXON visit www.maxon.net.

Secret Santa: Happy Holidays Particular Frost Title Template for After Effects

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Happy Holidays Title with stylized Particular snow, add your own stills or footage.

Author: Alicia VanHeulen, Toolfarm

Hosts: After Effects CS4

Plug-ins Used: Trapcode Particular v2 (Download a Free Trial)

Project Files: http://www.toolfarm.com/card09/PARTICULAR_SNOW.zip

We hope you are enjoying all of the Secret Santa Freebies!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Secret Santa: Red Giant Secret Products Twitter Giveaway!

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On Friday, December 18th we will be giving away 3 secret Red Giant products to 3 lucky Toolfarm twitter followers!

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To enter, simply follow us on twitter (@toolfarm) and tweet the following:

"Toolfarm is giving away 3 Red Giant Plug-ins on Friday, 12/18/09 at 12pm PST. Follow @toolfarm & RT this to Enter!"

How easy is that? We hope you are enjoying all of the Secret Santa Freebies so far. Good luck!

Secret Santa Digieffects Megasuite Winner

Congratulations to John L. Ross III of Ashland, OH, the lucky winner of the Digieffects Megasuite that was given away last Friday in our Facebook Fan Secret Santa giveaway. John works for Ashland Christian School and he will surely have a lot of fun over Christmas break with so many plug-ins!

Thank you to all of our Facebook Fans. We plan to do more contests in the future like this, so become our fan today!

Secret Santa Freebie: LME Circles Template v2 for After Effects

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Dec. 14th : Circle Segments Template v2 for After Effects

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Author: LME (Little Men Entertainment)

Hosts: After Effects 7.0+

Plug-ins Used: No Third-Party Plug-ins Used

Project Files: http://www.toolfarm.com/card09/LME_2.zip

More LME: LME Presets and Templates



View all Secret Santa Freebies!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Secret Santa Freebie: Logo Reveal Tutorial by Rob Birnholz

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Dec. 10th: Logo Reveal Tutorial by Rob Birnholz

Author: Rob Birnholz, Absolute Motion Graphics
Hosts: After Effects (project files use AE CS4)
Plug-ins Used: Knoll Light Factory, GenArts Sapphire (Get free trials of Knoll Light Factory and Sapphire here.)
Project Files: Download Project files (right click/option click to save. Format: .zip)

Other: Dust footage courtesy of Pond5.com. The clip can be purchased and downloaded here. A low-res comp is included with the project files.

Create an Animated Logo Reveal with a Stroke Wipe in After Effects by Rob Birnholz on Vimeo.

Rob Birnholz shows you how to create an animated logo reveal with Adobe After Effects. He uses a couple of great plug-ins, Knoll Light Factory from Red Giant and Sapphire from GenArts (both free demos available here).

Rob gives you several interesting techniques in this one tutorial. Project files available shortly.

This tutorial video is part of Day 3 of Toolfarm's Secret Santa Holiday Giveaways. Enjoy and thanks to Rob Birnholz for his fantastic contribution!

Rob Birnholz

Rob BirnholzRob Birnholz is owner of Absolute Motion Graphics, Inc., near Orlando, FL. With more than three decades of production and post experience, he's not only older but hopefully wiser.

Rob graduated from The University of Florida with a degree in Broadcast Production, then began his career freelancing in the South Florida film industry, working on major features and commercial shoots. In the early 1980's he formed his own video production company shooting, directing and editing high-end corporate projects for clients including PepsiCo and the Knight-Ridder Newspaper chain.

After relocating to Central Florida in the late 1980's, Rob continued as a freelance Lighting-Cameraman and Editor working on projects ranging from Disney's "Mickey Mouse Club" to cutting Super Bowl highlight packages for ESPN.

With the advent of desktop editing Rob discovered After Effects (version 1!) and his life changed forever. Shooting and directing faded into the background as Rob focused on new digital postproduction solutions, and his company, Absolute Motion Graphics, was formed.

Working largely in the non-broadcast arena, Rob loves recreating high-end looks and effects without having the same big-time budgets. He is a frequent guest speaker at user groups around the country, and many of his After Effects tutorials were distributed on the Digital Production Buzz newsletter.

Recent projects have been completed for T•Mobile, Walt Disney World, Kodak, General Motors, Long John Silvers, KFC, Subway, Cricket Communications and The Palm Springs International Film Festival. Rob's website is at absolutemotiongraphics.com

More: Training from Rob Birnholz

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Adobe Premiere Pro updated to 4.2.1

Adobe released a small update to Premiere Pro which fixed a memory issue that occurs when importing large numbers of AVC-Intra files. Use the Adobe updater or update it directly in Premiere Pro.

Secret Santa Freebies Start Today!

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Dec. 9th : Circle Segments Template for After Effects

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Author: LME (Little Men Entertainment)

Hosts: After Effects 7.0+

Plug-ins Used: No Third-Party Plug-ins Used

Project Files: http://www.toolfarm.com/card09/LME_1.zip

More LME: LME Presets and Templates

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Update: Topaz Detail v1.1 for Photoshop Available as a Free Upgrade

topaz detailTopaz Detail manipulates image detail and sharpness without creating any edge artifacts. Sharpen without oversharpening, accentuate details without increasing noise, and add dynamism to photos without making them look fake.

This update cuts the time required to pre-process an image on most computers in half. It also addresses some stability and compatibility concerns, and is overall a highly recommended update.


Download Topaz Detail v1.1 | Learn More/Purchase in our Store

Windows users should uninstall their older version and re-install the newer version from the website. Mac users need only install the new version on top of the old one. Your existing license key will work for this update.

Tutorial: Digieffects FreeForm AE "Movie Reel" by Chris Heuer

In this two part tutorial, we will be creating one of the most desired effects in After Effects, a 3D filmstrip. This tutorial will push us a bit further using the mesh warp feature in FreeForm AE.

Learn More/Purchase FreeForm AE | Download Free Trial


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We will use pre-comps and a few tricks to create moving 3D film that, thanks to FreeForm AE, can take any shape. Part one will focus on creating a filmstrip from a single clip of footage and making it look like it's moving. We'll then use FreeForm AE to bend it around 3D space.

Poll: Would you take on a job whose subject matter you find objectionable?

  • Work is work in this economy
  • Yes, but I'd leave it off my demo/client list
  • Can't pick and choose your clients
  • Depends on the end product
  • No, goes against my principles
  • Never been in that situation

Monday, December 07, 2009

Tutorial: Digieffects FreeForm AE "Metal Man 3" by Chris Heuer

The final tutorial of the series, again, goes one step further. This time we will create two custom displacement maps and apply them to two instances of FreeForm AE. This will give us the ability to give a different surface treatment to each of the FreeForm layers.

Learn More/Purchase Digieffects FreeForm AE | Free Trial


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The final result will look like brushed metal sheets, which have a duller finish, held together by shiny, almost chrome like, welds (which have beautiful 3D relief). Then we’ll do a two stage text punch-in effect using AE's masks to create two complimentary gradient mattes. Sound confusing? It’s all really simple.

New Product: Digital Anarchy Announces Beauty Box 1.0 For After Effects and Final Cut Pro

Digital Anarchy returns to the film/video market with a powerful skin smoothing and blemish removal plugin

beauty sampleSan Francisco - Monday, Dec. 7th, 2009 - Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of cost-effective special effects software for Adobe and Apple products, has today announced the release of a new product for Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, and Apple's Final Cut Pro. The Beauty Box 1.0 provides editors and visual effects artists working with film and video an easy and powerful way of smoothing out skin and removing blemishes. Regardless of whether it is used for a feature film, reality TV show, or just a corporate talking head, Beauty Box provides best-of-class skin beautification.

Beauty Box 1.0 marks Digital Anarchy's return to making expert products for the film/video market. "This is a problem we've wanted to solve for a long time," said Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy. "There are so many cases where the on-camera talent doesn't have enough makeup on or you're trying to make a 45 year old rockstar look 25. Especially now that HD is so common, seeing skin flaws has become a big problem. Beauty Box provides a great solution that, in many cases, requires little or no masking on the part of the editor or artist."

Beauty Box uses face detection to automatically identify skin tones and create a mask that limits the smoothing effect to just the skin areas. This process usually requires little or no input from the user and does not involve hand masking. Just apply the filter, click auto-detect, set the amount of smoothing, and render. This is designed to speed up the workflow that is usually required for skin retouching. Effects artists and editors no longer have to manually create masks and retouch frame by frame.

The skin smoothing itself is also new technology. It keeps the important features of the face sharp while reducing or eliminating wrinkles and blemishes. By incorporating state-of-the-art face detection and smoothing algorithms, Beauty Box is designed to give actors a makeover in post-production.

Some of the practical and creative features of Beauty Box 1.0 include:

  • Face Detection: Use face detection algorithms to identify skin tones and create an automatic mask.
  • Skin Smoothing: Advanced smoothing algorithms will reduce wrinkles and remove blemishes.
  • Sharpening: Built-in sharpening keeps important details like facial features.
  • Add Grain: A grain generator helps add back any grain that is lost because of the skin smoothing.
  • Mask Creation: Improve the auto-mask by using optional built-in mask tools.
  • Use An External Mask: Control the amount of smoothing with a separate layer when using other mask/roto tools.
  • Use Paths As Garbage Mattes: In After Effects, paths can be used to set the area of a layer that the effect will be applied to.

Pricing and Availability

Beauty Box is regularly priced at USD $199, and will be available for an introductory discount of $139 through Thursday, January 7, 2010. The filter works in After Effects 7.0 - CS4, Final Cut Pro 6.0 - 7.0, and Premiere Pro CS4. On Macintosh, the product runs on OS 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6. On Windows, the product supports Windows XP Home, Windows XP Pro, Vista 32-bit, Vista 64-bit and Windows 7.

About Digital Anarchy

Digital Anarchy is a privately owned company operating out of San Francisco, Calif., that creates high-quality creative software for broadcast designers, 2D animators and professional photographers. These tools solve a wide range of design issues, from creating background design elements to masking out bluescreens for commercial still photography. Digital Anarchy products work in conjunction with host applications from companies like Adobe and Apple.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Tutorial: Using NewBlueFX Image Mapper, Part of Video Essentials III

NewBlueFX Image Mapper, part of the new NewBlue FX Video Essentials III, makes it easy to superimpose images within your scene.



We created this effect to quickly and efficiently superimpose a clip onto nearly any surface in your video while maintaining a realistic feel. In this edition of Tips & Techniques, Jeremy Rasnic shows you how to use Image Mapper to map a clip onto just about any surface in your video.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

New Product: Alien Skin Software Eye Candy 6 Graphic Design Effects Plug-in for Photoshop

Eye Candy

Gorgeous detailed effects look organic and natural. Over 1000 presets that adapt to image size make Eye Candy easy to use. Professional features support production environments, such as CMYK color mode, 16-bit/channel images, and acceleration for multi-core computers.

Raleigh, North Carolina - December 1, 2009 - Alien Skin Software today announces the immediate availability of Eye Candy® 6, the new version of its graphic design special effects plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop®. The 30 filters in Eye Candy render beautifully detailed realistic effects that are difficult or impossible to achieve in Photoshop alone. Now it is easy to create attractive results quickly because Eye Candy adapts to the current image size.

"Eye Candy could always render a huge range of beautiful effects, but you had to be an expert to achieve them," said Terence Tay, the architect of Eye Candy. "Now version 6 hands them to you on a silver platter by providing improved presets which automatically adapt to your image size."

Beauty
Eye Candy handles every situation elegantly, from slick Web interfaces (Chrome, Glass, Perspective Shadow) to tasteful logos (Bevel, Brushed Metal, Extrude) to spectacular titles (Chrome, Corona, Fire). Realism sets Eye Candy effects apart from the generic filters built into Photoshop. Effects like Animal Fur, Smoke, and Reptile Skin are rendered in exquisite detail down to individual hairs, turbulent wisps, and irregular bumps. Eye Candy makes your designs look natural and organic, not computery and fake.

Ease of Use
Eye Candy makes it easy to apply tasteful special effects to any project, which is quite a feat considering that it contains 30 filters, over 1000 presets, and hundreds of controls. All that power is tamed by a deceptively simple user interface. The presets are now organized into categories and each one adapts to fit the size of your current image. The numerous presets handle nearly any situation, but you can also customize each effect and save your own settings.

Help for Eye Candy 6 is everywhere. Tooltips appear above every control and a detailed manual pops up with a single key press. The Web site has a large library of tutorial videos, example images, a knowledge base, and a discussion forum.

Professional Features
Eye Candy is made for professionals in demanding production environments who need support for 16-bit/channel images and CMYK mode. Eye Candy 6 now takes advantage of multi-core CPUs to run fast on modern machines. Eye Candy 6 is one of the first plug-ins to work with the 64-bit version of Photoshop. Panels for Photoshop CS4 are provided for starting Eye Candy filters with a single click and for quickly creating attractive buttons. Eye Candy provides multiple techniques for non-destructive editing in Photoshop, including Smart Filter support and rendering effects on a duplicate of the original layer.

Pricing and Availability
Eye Candy 6 sells for $249 USD. Owners of any version of Eye Candy may upgrade for $99 USD. Online or physical delivery is available through the Alien Skin website at alienskin.com. A real live human can take orders or answer questions at 888-921-SKIN (7546). Free upgrades will be automatically sent to purchasers of the Eye Candy 5 Bundle (Impact, Nature, and Textures) who purchased after October 11, 2009.

Host Requirements
Eye Candy 6 is a plug-in and requires one of the following host applications:
  • Adobe Photoshop CS3 or later
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 or later on Mac OS X
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 or later on Windows
  • Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2
  • Adobe Fireworks CS4
System Requirements
Microsoft Windows users must have at least a Pentium 4 processor or compatible and Windows XP or later. Apple Macintosh users must have a PowerPC G5 or Intel processor and Mac OS X 10.5 or later. A monitor with 1024x768 resolution or greater is required.

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

Review: Maxon Cinema 4D R11.5 from Microfilmmaker Magazine

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Maxon Cinema 4D r11.5

Platform: PC & Mac
Description: 3D Pro level CG animation, modeling and effects
MSRP: $995 (Core Edition), $395 (upgrade) Buy here
Download Demo: Click Here
Review Date: December 1, 2009
Reviewed By: Mark Bremmer

Final Score: 9.9

Reprinted with permission from Microfilmmaker Magazine.

It's becoming increasingly difficult to not see the value in using Computer Generated art (CG), even for modest film productions. CG graphic and animation addition to any film is more accessible than ever and the convenience plus creative license provided the filmmaker are significant - and I'm not speaking of sci-fi special effects either, but ordinary enhancements to studio or location shots. With the release of Cinema 4D (C4D) revision 11.5 (r11.5), Maxon makes a solid step forward in arming the filmmaker with easy-to-use tools of the trade.

For this review, I'm only going to look at additions to 11.5. plus the features of the Broadcast Edition which includes a must-have tool called MoGraph. For a full scope of what C4D is, please check out my earlier reviews for both the Core Edition and Studio Bundle.

  • Core Edition r11 review
  • Studio Edition r11 review
C4D, especially the full Studio edition, is aimed squarely at the film and broadcast market. It's utility and capability will reward anybody that desires a CG solution that respects the needs of that market; like microfilmmakers for instance.

As an FYI, the C4D core edition, since the release of r11, now includes what is a cinematic industry standard for digital matte painting called BodyPaint. This tool makes it astonishingly easy to create photo-realistic mattes. So, if you buy C4D R11 and above, you now get BodyPaint.

Also as an FYI, C4D uses a module system, making its full range of tools available only as you need them. Not particularly inexpensive, C4D makes up for the expense very quickly in the studio by being extremely stable and user friendly.

MoGraph 2 is a hero at replicating "render instances" which creates a wide variety of objects without a large RAM usage - a blessing for 32 bit systems. However, while it's very easy to make beautiful abstractions, this ability to reproduce objects in organic or grid-like arrays has a different kind of benefit for filmmakers: Vast cities, forests or even just simple creation of castors or table legs from a single object.

Ease of Use

Sometimes the mundane is the most welcome. New to r11.5 is some really basic but highly useful features like Connect and Delete. When working with models with many parts and textures, Connect and Delete let's users combine/connect everything into a single object in one command yet it preserves all texture maps and selection tags - no work is destroyed. While it was possible to eventually end up with the same result via other processes, it was something that potentially take some time and busy work. It's this kind of common sense, user-centric refinement that proves C4D as a filmmaker's tool.

One of the things that I am growing to respect even more in this product is the outward looking sensibilities that Maxon has taken with C4D. (By that, I mean C4D is not developed in isolation regarding the workflow of filmmakers.) New to r11.5 is even better integration with After Effects and Final Cut Pro. Animated sequences intended for post production enhancement can use C4D's improved composite tagging with a special tag called Object. C4D will now include tidy 3d space and position information that AE or Motion can read and then apply replacement footage onto the designated objects in 3D. For example, If you use any software in your studio for motion tracking like Syntheyes, this means that you can do a moving crane shot of a person looking out a window, process it via Syntheyes into C4D and magically create the same camera move for a sky scraper fly-by. After rendering the animation, if you've tagged a window element
as the "Object", back in AE you can simply replace the window object with your crane shot footage yet still allow any architectural elements to naturally get "in the way" visually. Slick.

The MoGraph module, combined with the Broadcast Edition, engages the same real-world simple functionality that enables filmmakers to concentrate on the end result instead of figuring out how to get to the end result. The improved physics and replication is controlled by sliders and real-time updates eliminating guess work.

There are other, nuanced, ease-of-use improvements, as well. C4D has in improved rendering system with this release making it faster to get real-time rendered results. Key framing and getting visual queues to key frame status has been improved. Scene management now utilizes a distilled and more organized option set, eliminating the need to hop around the software and adjust settings in multiple locations. The picture/animation preview now lets users compare, adjust and save settings and post effects for consistent use.

A solution bigger than the software.

Finally, because of the ubiquity of C4D in the film and broadcast markets, rendering animation sequences isn't problematic for humble filmmakers. For example there is a free plug-in for a Render Farm called Rebus (http://www.rebusfarm.com/) This extremely affordable service let's you export your render to them from within C4D. Useful? You bet. I had a sequence that was going to take almost eight hours to render on my network in the studio. Instead, I sent it to Rebus via the C4D plug-in and it was completed in 15 minutes for a very modest fee. Nice.

All workspaces are customizable and there is always multiple ways to accomplish any given task depending on your personal preferences. If you like to use pull-down menus, just use them. If you like floating palettes, no problem. If you like using icons within the workspace, it's easy to do. More of a hot key or right-click contextual menu person? You can get there that way, too.

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New physics capabilities makes for great fun breaking things like glass. But this capability can also be used for effects like the dropping of thousands of gumballs similar to Bedtime stories with Adam Sandler. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI4X95pCTEY)

Depth of Options

MoGraph 2 and the Broadcast Extension Kit

MoGraph 2 is a quantum shift in capabilities. It is available as an individual module, but it's also included with the Broadcast Extension Kit (BEK). (More on BEK later.) MoGraph, as its name implies, is for creating motion graphics. However, its prowess extends way beyond that. Included in this module is the ability to dramatically accelerate the building of "normal" everyday scenes by means of replicating objects as "render instances," saving substantial memory requirements on humble 32 bit systems. This feature can be used for anything from street lights to entire cities or forests - literally thousands of reproductions without killing the average laptop or desktop system.

But wait, there's more. Physical simulations, things like items breaking apart, realistic gravity interactions, and more are also part of MoGraph. And these are things you can see in realtime as you adjust the effects. Additionally, objects can be used as Tracer objects that make some astonishingly real-looking effects in 3D super easy to do. The new Spline functions and Fracture functions, especially when used in conjunction with the variety of effectors in C4D, means there are more options available than can be reasonably covered. However, seeing them in action (check out the samples online at www.maxon.net) will make you think, "Oh, wow." and then, "I wonder if I could...?" The answer to "I wonder if...?", at least in my experience has always been yes. And it can be done fairly easily.

Animation of position, scale and more can be linked to other objects or audio tracks - yes, that's right, audio tracks. It's tough to sum up the options in MoGraph easily. Essentially, you can create unbelievably sophisticated imagery or animation on, with, or connected to just about anything – and this is important: easily.

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The new PolyFX capabilities mean that adding effectors to objects enables transformations down to the polygon level for very cool special effects capabilities.

Enter the Broadcast Extension Kit.

The BEK is a collection of 3D objects that have been amended to fully utilize MoGraph 2's capabilities. If you have ever seen pro sporting events on TV, you know that before commercials and right before football games, they use spinning graphics and super cool effects called, "bumpers." The BEK is designed to help you create things like this very easily. In fact C4D is a foundational software in TV studios for just that reason.

However, the BEK is much more than that. In addition to the object and material catalogs designed for use with MoGraph, it also comes with some incredible camera and lighting tools. By Camera tools, I mean slider controlled presets to mimic things like crane shots; Jiggle, realistic swing and much more, all adjustable in realtime preview. I've seen a couple of examples where these capabilities were used to "sell" the idea of funding an actual shoot because investors could see ( in this case, an ad agency) why the shot needed to be done a certain way. However, these tools can also be combined with digital mattes for super realistic work as well.

Performance

Maxon has implemented what is becoming a CG standard of Bucket Rendering, which is kinder to computer RAM and renders significantly faster. This is most excellent.

In my studio, like most studios that utilize CG software, I have multiple software solutions. While they are all very good at what they do, there are two primary qualifiers that make rating them easy:

  1. Stability (Hardware), and
  2. Ease-of-use/speed-of-production (Peopleware)

C4D is unbelievably stable. In talking to other shops that use it on both PC and Mac, this is uniformly echoed. Nothing drives up blood pressure like losing work due to a crash, especially on deadline. Maybe I'm lucky, but after two months of heavy r11.5 use, C4D hasn't hiccuped once. Still not good enough? You can set up the software to incrementally save back-ups as you work.

The ease-of-use/production can be more subjective. However, the integration of tools within C4D and to destination post workflows like AE, Motion, Shake, or Combustion leaves little to quibble about. It's pretty tidy. For those coming from a menu driven environment, one of the most unusual capabilities to get used to is the option to drag and drop elements within the various managers. For example, if you want a Random Effector to modify a MoGraph array of objects, just drag and drop it into the appropriate spot on the MoGraph attibutes window. This immediacy of workflow makes using C4D a smooth experience.

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Very powerful for some digital slight of hand is the ability to add a composite tag within C4D defining an object for replacement within filmmakers compositing software. In this example the camera backs have images replaced in After Effects so as the camera falls, the images rotate as if on the cameras themselves. Other uses include replacing window elements on CG digital mattes like sky scrapers - get a passing crane shot of an actor, motion track with Syntheyes, bring the info into C4D and create an identical camera move past a sky scraper which will let users replace a window element with the crane footage.

Value

Working with C4D is like working with any well thought out professional equipment. The experience becomes invisible because things just work. If your budget allows and you desire pro level CG work that doesn't scream "I did it myself," you'll never regret working with this software.

Final Comments


C4D has a robust and apparently generous user community that regularly posts online tutorials to augment your usage of the software. There are multiple learning options out there including Maxon's own Cineversity that provides some excellent, detailed instructions on more advanced usages of C4D.

One absolutely killer feature is the fact that Maxon provides free tech support. Always. No 30 day period, no pay-as-you-go. Free. I suspect they offer it for free because there doesn't seem to be a need to call - everything works.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

New Product: Curious Turtle Cut & Shut: Paint & Roto Power Techniques in mocha & mocha Shape

Curious Turtle is proud to announce the release of a new training set. Cut and Shut: Paint & Roto Power Techniques with mocha & mocha Shape reveals methods that will speed up your compositing, letting you do more work at higher quality, within your tight deadlines.


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News: Sneak Peek of Adobe's Mercury Playback Engine

Dave Helmly give you a Sneak Peek at a future release of Premiere Pro (CS5!) featuring the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine. He explains this engine as a marriage between GPU and CPU. Did he say "like butter?" He did! Dave Helmly mentions in the comments "I recommend 8-16GB RAM so you can jump from Premiere to After Effects to Encore to Photoshop as needed. " You'll be able to work with all sorts of native formats and scrub back and forth with real-time preview and real time effects at full screen?! Seriously?! This is really impressive.

New Product: Boris FX Announces New Boris Continuum Unit: Image Restoration

BCCBoris Continuum Complete's Smooth Tone, Pixel Fixer, and DV Fixer Filters for $99

Marlborough MA - December 1, 2009 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, announced that a new Boris Continuum Unit, Image Restoration, is now available. The Boris Continuum Image Restoration Unit includes the Smooth Tone, Pixel Fixer, and DV Fixer filters from Boris Continuum Complete 6:
  • BCC Smooth Tone - an "electronic makeup" tool for saving shots with skin blemishes or substandard makeup while preserving sharpness and full image detail. A great tool for working with "talking heads" and on-camera interview footage.
  • BCC Pixel Fixer - removes bad pixels resulting from a faulty digital camera sensor or dust on a camera lens. Up to 10 bad spots can be repaired with a single filter application - without any degradation of image quality or sharpness.
  • BCC DV Fixer - remove jaggies and DV compression artifacts from footage originated on consumer DV cameras.

  • Boris Continuum Image Restoration supports Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Final Cut Express, Apple Motion, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Pro.
The Image Restoration Unit is the latest addition to previously-released Boris Continuum Units: Chroma Key, Pan and Zoom, UpRez, Motion Key, Lens Flare, Film Look, Glitters, Optical Stabilizer, Light Rays, 3D Objects, Cartoon Look, and Motion Tracker.

Pricing and Availability:

Learn More/Purchase in our Store | Download a Free Trial

Customers who purchase the Boris Continuum Image Restoration Unit or any other Boris Continuum Unit may credit the price of the Unit towards the full Boris Continuum Complete plug-in suite.

About Boris FX:

Founded in 1995, Boris FX is the leading developer of integrated graphics and effects technology, delivering 3D compositing and vector graphic products for broadcast, post-production, film, and multimedia. Boris products have grown to serve millions of artists worldwide. The company's success lies in its ability to integrate and leverage technologies through strong partnerships with industry-leading developers such as Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Grass Valley, and Sony.

Press Release: Digital Film Tools Releases Power Matte v2 for After Effects

DFTOak Park, CA December 1, 2009 -- Digital Film Tools releases Power Matte v2 for Adobe After Effects-- a simple and fast interactive image matting tool.

Digital Film Tools Power Matte v2 for After Effects is an easy to use interactive image matting tool capable of extracting almost any object in an image--even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. This extraction process creates what is known as a matte--essentially a black and white cutout. White matte areas are extracted, black areas not, and gray areas in between represent a level of transparency. Once a matte is extracted, the foreground object can be seamlessly composed onto a new background as well as apply filter and image corrections only within the area defined by the matte. All this is made possible without the aid of blue or green screen photography.

Learn More/Purchase in our Store | Upgrade | Free 15 Day Trial

To work this magic, Power Matte iteratively estimates the transparency value for every pixel in the image, based on a small sample of foreground (what you want to cut out) and background (what you want to get rid of), marked by defining simple open or closed masks. Results show that compared with previous approaches, our method is more efficient and requires minimal effort to extract high quality mattes for foregrounds with significant semi-transparent regions. In addition, the foreground edge colors can be estimated in the semi-transparent areas to create a seamless composite. What was once thought of as the Holy Grail of digital imaging is now a reality with Power Matte.

After intense research and development, we've created an enhanced rendering algorithm coupled with multiprocessor acceleration for Power Matte v2 to allow it to render incredibly faster using far less memory. This means that you can matte much larger images at much faster speeds than before. Just how fast are we talking about? Using a 2048 x 1556 pixel image on an Intel Quad Core CPU (Q6700) running at 2.66GHz, the previous version of Power Matte would process the matte in 2:42 minutes. Power Matte v2 now processes the same matte in 6.4 seconds using 5 times less memory.

Power Matte is based on unpublished research and technology by Jue Wang from the University of Washington. Upgrade pricing is available for existing customers.

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, November 30, 2009

Boris Continuum Complete 6 AVX for Avid DS Now Supports AVX 2.0

Conform Avid Media Composer Sequences with BCC Effects in Avid DS


Marlborough MA - November 30, 2009 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced that Boris Continuum Complete 6 AVX for Avid DS (BCC 6 AVX for DS) is now available for Avid's AVX 2.0 plug-in architecture. BCC 6 AVX for DS brings nearly 200 filters to Avid DS Version 10.2.1 and higher. BCC AVX is bundled with all Avid Media Composer and Symphony systems. With a BCC AVX for DS license, Avid facilities are now able to conform sequences with AVX 2.0-based BCC effects for finishing in Avid DS.


In addition to AVX 2.0 support, BCC 6 AVX for DS introduces all-new Lens Blur, Lens Transition, and Lens Shape filters that emulate lens blur or rack defocus effects as well as a suite of time-based effects such as Optical Flow, Optical Stabilizer, and Motion Key.


"Five years ago, Avid selected Boris Continuum Complete AVX as the bundled effects package for Avid Media Composer and Symphony systems – based on the versatility and image quality of the filters. Thousands of Avid editors rely on BCC AVX every day," commented Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder, Boris FX. "With the release of the AVX 2.0 version of BCC 6 AVX for DS, offline and online sequences with AVX 2.0-based BCC effects can now be conformed in Avid DS, extending Avid's Total Conform capabilities. BCC 6 AVX for Avid DS also introduces highly sought after Lens Blur, Lens Shape, and time-based effects."


New Feature Highlights



  • Conform Offline and Online BCC Effects. BCC AVX is bundled with all Avid Media Composer and Symphony systems. With a BCC 6 AVX for DS license, Avid facilities are now able to conform sequences with AVX 2.0-based BCC effects for finishing in Avid DS.

  • Lens Blur Filter. BCC Lens Blur emulates a lens blur or rack defocus effect where out-of-focus highlights of an image clip take on the shape of the lens.

  • Lens Shape Filter. Like BCC Lens Blur, BCC Lens Shape emulates a lens blur or rack defocus effect where out of focus highlights of an image clip take on the shape of the lens. However, the Lens Shape filter uses an image input for the highlight shape.

  • Lens Transition Filter. The BCC Lens Transition wipe filter applies a lens blur or rack defocus effect to the specular highlights of outgoing and incoming image clips.

  • Motion Key Filter. BCC Motion Key is a "magical" effect that removes moving cars or other objects from a scene by automatically painting them out with Optical Flow technology.

  • Optical Stabilizer Filter. Remove camera shake from a hand-held shot, lock a shot as if it was taken from a tripod, or smooth the motion of a panning or rolling shot. Image resizing and cropping is automatically calculated and rendered with high-quality up-scale methods.

  • Optical Flow Filter. BCC Optical Flow facilitates high-quality speed-up or slow-down of footage in forward or reverse direction, accurately constructing synthetic frames of video that would correspond to an over-cranked film camera shot. Missing frames of video are reconstructed based on “motion vector” fields.

  • DeInterlace Filter. BCC DeInterlace is a high-quality de-interlacing filter that blends high-motion parts of an image while keeping low-motion areas sharp.

  • Motion Blur Filter. Based on Optical Flow motion vectors, BCC Motion Blur creates an in-camera motion blur effect from video shot with normal shutter speed.

  • Other New Time-based Effects include Jitter, Jitter Basic, Looper, Posterize Time, Sequencer, Temporal Blur, Time Displacement, Trails, Trails Basic, and Velocity Remap.

  • 32-bit Float Image Format. BCC 6 AVX's OpenGL filters now render images in 32-bit float.


Pricing and Availability

BCC 6 AVX for DS is immediately available through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct from the Boris FX web site at www.borisfx.com for an MSRP of $2,495 USD. BCC 6 AVX for DS users can download a free upgrade to the new AVX 2.0-based version. Owners of previous versions of BCC AVX for DS can upgrade for an MSRP of $599 USD. The AVX 2.0 version of BCC 6 AVX for DS supports Avid DS Version 10.2.1 and higher under Windows XP Professional v64 Edition. A full-functioning 14-day trial version is available as a free download.


About Boris FX

Founded in 1995, Boris FX is the leading developer of integrated graphics and effects technology, delivering 3D compositing and vector graphic products for broadcast, post-production, film, and multimedia. Boris products have grown to serve millions of artists worldwide. The company's success lies in its ability to integrate and leverage technologies through strong partnerships with industry-leading developers such as Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Grass Valley, and Sony.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

News: Technology Sneek Peek: Adobe Mercury Playback Engine

An exciting peek at what Adobe has up their sleeve was posted today by Dennis Radeke on the Genesis Project blog:

"Let's start with the big, bold, brash, brazen, big-time, blow-your-mind (are there any other 'big' adjectives I've missed?) statement about the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine: It is a game changer.

Haven't heard about the Mercury Playback engine yet? Good- Read on!"

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

News: Topaz ReMask v2 Released

Topaz ReMask v2 is the culmination of brand-new technology, extremely hard work, and overwhelming community feedback. Because of this, it's the fastest, easiest, and best-quality masking plug-in available today. But you really shouldn't take our word for it! Download the free trial to give it a whirl on your own images and start seeing masking in a completely new light.



What is Topaz ReMask 2?
  • Photoshop plug-in that makes masking and extraction easy
  • Powerful algorithms + intuitive workflow = excellent masking
  • A huge update from ReMask 1 - practically a whole new product

How does it work?
  • Faster than it has any right to
  • Easier than you would ever imagine
  • Better than was ever possible before

ReMask 1 customers receive ReMask 2 as a free upgrade- just use your existing ReMask 1 license key. Update your v1 license or download a free trial here!