Friday, January 30, 2009

New Variant of Mac Trojan Horse iServices Found in Pirated Adobe Photoshop CS4

For all you guys using a cracked version of Photoshop CS4, beware. There's a Trojan horse ready to give you some problems.

Exploit: OSX.Trojan.iServices.B Trojan Horse
Discovered: January 25, 2009
Risk: Serious

Now I know this would not affect any of our customers, but maybe you know someone who might be using cracked software. Do them a favor and send them here.

New Wondertouch particleIllusion3 video on YouTube

Alan Lorence of Wondertouch (aka MrParticle) has been uploading tutorial videos to YouTube. particleIllusion is a very powerful, cool and user-friendly standalone particle engine, with a version coming out for After Effects in the near future.

We'll keep you informed about the upcoming After Effects plug-in.

Fresh Premiere Pro Help build is live

More info on the Adobe Premiere Pro Training blog.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Inspirations Interview with Adam Valuckas, Panzer Corps


I talk to director, screenwriter, editor, visual effects guy Adam Valuckas about his film Panzer Corps. Adam talks in depth about shooting the war film and producing the realistic visual effects in post.

Sorry, I had some problems with Blogger this morning and accidentally overwrote the post. It's back, so please enjoy!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Red Giant Text Anarchy Tutorial by John Dickinson

text anarchyRed Giant Text Anarchy now includes GridSquares and GridLines effects (formerly Digital Anarchy's Geomancy). In this tutorial John Dickinson shows you the basics of using these fantastically useful particle effects.

Buy Text Anarchy | Try Text Anarchy for FREE!

Learn more about Text Anarchy in our Plug-in Finder

Digital Hotcakes Backgrounds

Now you can easily add visually stunning high impact video backgrounds and overlay effects to your projects with Digital Hotcakes... over 30 different motion graphic products that are easy to use with no conversion required.

NewBlueFX Plug-ins Available for 64-Bit Sony Vegas 8.1- Free Update

newblue fxUsers of Sony Vegas 8.1, a true 64-bit application designed to maximize the capabilities of 64-bit Windows Vista, experience the joys of faster performance and decreased render times, but at the expense of no 3rd party plugin support... until now that is.

NewBlueFX has ported the entire line of NewBlue Effects and Transition plugins to 64 bits, which run beautifully in Sony Vegas 8.1. Best of all, the 64 bit upgrade is FREE for all registered NewBlueFX customers. Simply download the latest installer from our downloads page and upgrade your installation.

NewBlueFX video products are compatible with the following hosts:
  • Adobe After Effects 7.0 and higher for Windows and Intel Macs.
  • Adobe Premiere 7.0 or higher, Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 or higher
  • Adobe Premiere Pro - all versions: Windows and Intel Macs.
  • Apple Final Cut Pro version 5.1 and higher, Apple Final Cut Express version 3.5 and higher, and Apple Motion for Intel Macs. (Note: AudioFX are not compatible with Apple Final Cut products.)
  • Avid AVX 2.0 compatible NLEs for Windows, including: Avid Media Composer, Avid NewsCutter, Avid Symphony and Avid Xpress for Windows and Intel Macs. (Note: AudioFX are not compatible with these Avid editing systems.)
  • Avid Liquid version 7.1 or higher
  • Corel (formerly Ulead) VideoStudio version 9 and higher
  • Pinnacle Studio versions 10, 11 or higher
  • Sony Vegas and Sony Vegas Movie Studio versions 4 or higher
  • Sony Vegas Pro 8.1 (NOW SUPPORTING 64-bit)
  • Thomson Grass Valley (formerly Canopus) EDIUS version 4.6 or higher.
NOTE: Adobe After Effects and Apple Motion are not compatible with transition packages.

Free CS4 Update to Meyer's Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects

creating motion graphicsCreating Motion Graphics with After Effects by Chris and Trish Meyer is pretty much the bible of After Effects. They've written a 48 page update to the book that covers new features in AE CS4. The book is published on Focal Press.

This update covers:

  • The new User Interface
  • Independent X, Y and Z keyframing and 3D camera updates
  • Composition Navigator and Mini-Flowchart
  • Bilateral Blur & Turbulent & Noise
  • Color management.
  • Much more...

The Foundry Returns To Autodesk Sparks Development

foundryLondon, UK. January 28th 2009 - The Foundry ( a leading developer of visual effects, image-processing and compositing software, announced today that, under an exclusive arrangement with Autodesk®, it can once again offer support for the Autodesk Sparks range of its Tinder, Furnace and Keylight products.

The Foundry had previously been winding down support an£d development for plug-ins on Autodesk System products following Autodesk's termination of The Foundry's Authorised Developer Network programme membership at the end of 2008.
The Foudry's CEO, Bill Collis, commented: "We are delighted that a workable solution has been reached. Since The Foundry's inception, we have worked very closely with our Autodesk customers to develop tools that artists find genuinely useful. It would have been extremely sad to be forced to abandon this community when sales demand for our Sparks are at an all time high. We can now confidently look forward to continuing these long-established relationships."

Chief Scientist and Co-Founder, Simon Robinson, added: "Since our January 1st press release about the ADN termination, we've had enthusiastic support from our clients which has been immensely inspiring. We're very pleased to say that our maintenance releases for 2009 have returned to our schedules along with planned new product releases from The Foundry's Academy Award-winning team."

The huge Autodesk plug-in price reductions will continue until Feb 14th, 2009 when prices will revert to normal. All products purchased during the price-cut will be fully supported.

Reduced Pricing On Node Locked Autodesk plug-ins - Ends 14.02.09

About The Foundry

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

The Foundry's products support a wide range of host platforms including After Effects, Autodesk® Media and Entertainment Systems, Avid DS, Baselight, Film Master, NUKE, Scratch, Shake and Final Cut Pro. The company has also driven OpenFX, an open standard for visual effects plug-ins, now broadly adopted by host and plug-in developers such as Autodesk®, Assimilate, FilmLight, Digital Vision, eyeon Software Inc, Grass Valley, Soluciones Graficas por Ordenador (S.G.O.), Photron and others. Customers include: Digital Domain, The Moving Picture Company, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Warner Bros and Weta Digital Ltd. The Foundry is headquartered in London, and has offices in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Plug-in Profile: RE:Vision Effects ReelSmart Motion Blur

reelsmart video
I spoke at MGFest in Chicago last Friday and my topic was Ten Must-Have Plug-ins for Adobe After Effects. The plug-ins I chose were plug-ins that I find the most useful and most unique, not necessarily the plug-ins Toolfarm sells the most of or makes the most profit on. I'll be putting the presentation on the site in the future, after I redo some of the movie samples.

One of the plug-ins on my list is RE:Vision Effects ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB), available for After Effects 7, CS3/CS4, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Combustion and Boris RED.

Why do I like ReelSmart Motion Blur?
RSMB allows you to add blur on movement in your video where there is no blur, automatically tracking every pixel in a sequence and then blurs (or deblurs) based on calculated motion!

Most plug-ins for blur will apply it to the entire frame or image. RSMB somehow knows where the motion in the video is located and applies it to only that area. For example, if you're shooting green screen footage with a high shutter speed for easier keying, you can add the blur back into the shot in post with ReelSmart Motion Blur. It's also very useful for very crisp and clean 3D renders that need some natural blur added, as shown in the video example.

This plug-in will definitely improve your composites. It is easy to use, has many variables that can be controlled, is very fast and is also inexpensive, at just $89.95 for the AE version.

The Example
If you click the image at the top right of this article, you'll see a 3D DNA strand that is treated with RSMB, as well as the original shot,a very crisp, clean 3D rendering (iStockPhoto).

Screenshot of AE Effect Controls

reelsmart motion blur

Monday, January 26, 2009

New Red Giant Tutorial by Aharon Rabinowitz

Red Giant Software: Episode 06: Controling Time with Sound By Aharon Rabinowitz came out a few days ago.

In this episode, Aharon continues to explore how audio can be used to control time, but he expands on that by showing you how it can be used to change the look of the footage as well.

Watch (pops) | Download Project Files | Example Video (pops)

Products Used: Magic Bullet Looks, Trapcode Sound Keys

Try a free demo of Looks and Sound Keys here: Free trial of plug-ins

Friday, January 23, 2009

Camera Raw 5.3 and Lightroom 2.3 Available on Adobe Labs

More info on John Nack's blog. Buy Lightroom.

New 3DS Max Training from Technical Animations, Inc.

3dsmax trainingIntroducing the 3DS Max 2009 Training DVD Set from Technical Animations, Inc.

With over 16 hours of training and tutorials, this set covers everything you need to know to start using all of 3DS Max’s tools. Lessons are organized starting with simple concepts, on to advanced.

MGFest in Chicago - Twitter & Photos

I'm giving updates from MGFest via Twitter (MicheleYamazaki) if you'd like to live vicariously through me.

My presentation went great this morning. The topic was Top 10 Must-Have Plug-ins for After Effects. I'll be posting the presentation online soon, as soon as I get the videos embedded.

On now: Archiving the New Media Art of the 70's: Presentation by Jon Cates, SAIC, New Media. Really interesting.

Here are some photos of MGFest so far. I'll be posting more as I take them.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Chicago Motion Graphics Festival

Well, I've arrived in Chicago. If you are coming to the festival, there is still space in the conference tomorrow morning. My presentation is bright and early at 9a, and it's on the 10 must-have plug-ins for AE. Saturday I'm instructing a fullday seminar on keying and greenscreen from 9-4 and there are a couple of open spots if you're interested. Toolfarm is a top level sponsor of the Fest and trust me, it's very informative and lots of fun. I'll be sending updates via Twitter (MicheleYamazaki) and MGFest is already sending loads of tweets (updates), so you can live vicariously if you can't make it to the windy city.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

GenArts Acquires UK's SpeedSix To Extend Its Range Of Industry-Leading Visual Effects Software Products

genarts acquires speed six

Acquisition is Key Component of GenArts' Aggressive Growth Strategy

Cambridge, MA. January 20, 2009 - GenArts Inc., the leading provider of digital visual effects software for the film, broadcast and video industries, announced today it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SpeedSix Software Limited. As of today, all SpeedSix employees will join the GenArts team and remain in the UK. In addition, SpeedSix's renowned Monsters and Raptors visual effects will be sold and supported in their current form alongside GenArts Sapphire, creating the industry's most compelling family of state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects software.

The acquisition is part of GenArts' aggressive growth strategy fueled by last year's investment from Insight Venture Partners of New York. CEO Katherine Hays took the reins in June, 2008 and announced her intent to accelerate the company's growth via acquisitions and strategic partnerships.

"We're excited to announce the acquisition of SpeedSix as an initial step in our growth plan," Hays said. "For over 12 years, GenArts has built a reputation for visual effects that inspire our customers to create the Academy Award-winning magic that has thrilled and delighted audiences around the world. We believe that the creativity and passion of our combined company will allow us to achieve new heights with our technology while leveraging our complementary businesses to create unequalled value for our customers in the years to come."

SpeedSix's Monsters and Raptors plug-ins feature powerful tools including retiming, particle effects, lens distortion matching, fire, and organic fluid backgrounds. Monsters and Raptors have been used throughout the film and video industry to create effects for some of the most popular movies, television and advertising produced in the industry.

Steve Hayes, Director of SpeedSix commented, "We've always admired GenArts and the outstanding reputation they have built over the last decade. We share their commitment to deliver the highest quality, most organic and most original visual effects tools in the world. We're proud to be joining the GenArts family and look forward to working together to create exciting new products that allow filmmakers and video artists to explore the limits of their imagination and create the entertainment experiences that continue to amaze us all."

About GenArts

Founded in 1996 in Cambridge, Mass., GenArts, Inc. is the premier provider of digital visual effects for the film, broadcast and video industries. GenArts Sapphire equips digital artists with a collection of over 200 state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects such as: Glows, EdgeRays, LensFlare, Lightning, FilmEffect, Warps and Textures. The effects seamlessly integrate as software plug-ins into leading editing and compositing systems from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Autodesk, Assimilate, Digital Vision, Eyeon, FilmLight, The Foundry, Quantel and SGO.

Sapphire has become the industry standard for high-end visual effects creation by providing unrivaled image quality, a unique organic look, and ease of use. They have been used extensively in an array of television programs, music videos and feature films, including Iron Man, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Hulk, Spider-Man 1, 2 and 3, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars - Episode I, II and III, Sin City, The Matrix trilogy, X-Men 1, 2 and 3, Titanic, Lost and CSI.

Monday, January 19, 2009

MGFest in Chicago - Jan 20-25

Don't miss MGFest in Chicago, which starts tomorrow on a very historic day (my birthday! LOL). You can get into all events for just $7 (except the Imagination College workshops, which I'm teaching a Greenscreen and Keying in After Effects workshop on Saturday).

Here's my info:
"Top 10 Most Wanted After Effects Plugins" @ Motion Design Conference on Friday at 9a.

Workshop : Green Screen Made Easy, Saturday 9a-4p. There are still a couple of available seats, so sign up now! I'll be showing how to key professionally in After Effects, and show you a lot of tricks that would take you years of experience to learn.

My good friend Rani Stack has a Hands On with Modul8 on Friday at 10a, and Harry Frank is on at 11a with The Power of After Effects Expressions.

Harry also has an After Effects Expressions class on Sunday from 9a-4p, and there are a few seats still available as well.

New Templates and New Bundle from Professional Video Templates

Check out these great new and inexpensive HD templates for Adobe After Effects 7 and above.

Professional Video Templates 3D Slide Template for Adobe After Effects

More info here on the 3D Slide Template

Professional Video Templates Photos Browse Template for After Effects

More info here on the Photos Browse Template

Both templates are included in a new bundle, officially known as Professional Video Templates Bundle #4: 5 Pack of After Effects Templates.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Frameline 47 for Video Workflow


From capture and encoding to editing, publishing and export; Frameline 47 provides an impressive set of functionality for video workflows.

Frameline 47 gives you total access to every file, clip and frame, making Video easier to find, use and share. Install on multiple systems to create effective & affordable Video Networks.

Production - Integrating video logging with MPEG 7 video asset management is a really powerful combination for editors, designers and researchers, as it results in an ongoing video asset which builds over time.

Distribution - Video distribution is undergoing a far-reaching and exciting transition; moving from a mechanism where few produced for many, to one where many produce for many, for each other, and in different forms.

Archive - With its extensive video metadata vocabulary, Frameline is a great choice for transforming inaccessible video assets into valuable video archives.

StoryBoard Quick Version 6 Now Available

PowerProduction Software Introduces StoryBoard Quick Version 6

storyboard quickPowerProduction Software has announced the release of StoryBoard Quick 6, featuring new artwork and new storyboarding shortcuts. StoryBoard Quick 6 provides a streamlined user experience and easy creative control and integration of preproduction tasks such as importing formatted script text and exporting finished boards to Flash. Leveraging the power of the latest operating systems, StoryBoard Quick 6 further speeds creative visual composition and offers faster, more flexible ways to deliver finished boards.

From quick start-up performance to batched image imports to deeper integration with screenwriting applications such as Final Draft, Montage, and Storyist, StoryBoard Quick 6 offers enhanced productivity to filmmakers who are looking for a starting point to the digital workflow.

For creatives who are time and money conscious, StoryBoard Quick is perfect for preproduction planning. StoryBoard Quick 6 lets you compose your shots using ready-made art and enables layering and compositing of integrated artwork with imported photos.

Other new features include import from scheduling and breakdown programs such as Gorilla Film Production Software (Budgeting and Scheduling) as well as Entertainment Partners. These features and more are available in StoryBoard Quick 6 for both Windows (32 and 64-bit compatible) and Macintosh.

StoryBoard Quick 6 New Features:

  • New rotatable, colorizable characters
  • New colorizable props
  • Cartoon Caption Bubbles
  • Enhanced integration with many screenwriting programs
  • Import Scheduling Data (.sex)
  • Import image files
  • Batch import image folders
  • Create Flash Movies
  • Improved HTML Presentations
  • New Printing Formats
  • Import Photoshop Layers
  • Work in customized aspect ratios
  • Borders
  • Extended Color Palette
  • New 3D Directors Arrows

Visit our store for more information.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Animate Charts and Graphs in Adobe After Effects with Red Giant Datamator

red giant datamator

Re-Branding of Digital Anarchy Video Plug-Ins Now Complete

datamatorSan Francisco, CA, January 13, 2009 - Red Giant Software, with popular products including Magic Bullet Suite, Knoll Light Factory and Trapcode Suite, today introduced Datamator, a plug-in set for creating data-driven animations for news programs and corporate videos. Red Giant Datamator (formerly Digital Anarchy Data Animator) turns charts and graphs into compelling animated masterpieces in After Effects. Datamator includes a set of eight plug-ins that make it easier for videographers to create graphs and charts directly in After Effects instead of using PowerPoint or re-creating graphics from scratch.

"We have worked hard to make Datamator a solid product that delivers fast 3D data charting in After Effects," said Sean Safreed, Co-Founder and Director of Product Management at Red Giant Software. "With this release, we have completed the re-launch of the full line of the former Digital Anarchy video plug-ins for broadcast designers. We are committed to updating and enhancing these tools with user-driven features."


True 3D capabilities
Most charting software is limited to fake 3D, but with Datamator, users have control over built-in cameras, lighting and rotation, including true After Effects Comp camera support for easier animation.

Complete Control
Once the data is inside Datamator, users can easily customize every aspect of their charts and graphs. It is easy to adjust colors, typefaces, grids, legends and labels, and create alpha channels, or choose from popular presets. Datamator even has a way to check for updated data in the original file.

Updated Speed and Hosts
Version 1.5 delivers a new render engine that is more than 2x times faster than the previous version. Users with four or eight core machines will see even greater speed increases. This version is specifically updated for Adobe After Effects CS4.

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

Why Buy?

  • Breathe new life into dull charts and graphs
  • Animate data for inclusion in video presentations
  • Combine with other Red Giant plug-ins such as Radium Glow for truly eye-popping imagery

Pricing and Availability

Red Giant Datamator supports After Effects 7.0-CS4 on Mac OS X including Intel Mac and Windows (XP and Vista). The product is available now for $99.

About Red Giant Software

Red Giant Software LLC is a San Francisco-based company that develops professional tools for digital video production. Products are available as plug-ins for popular video editing and effects applications, including After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro, and Avid. All tools are based on production-proven technology developed by visual effects veterans.

Monday, January 12, 2009

LME Cornicopia of 103 Backgrounds & Elements Vol.1


LME Cornicopia of 103 Backgrounds & Elements Vol.1 has a multitude of backgrounds and element that can be used in broadcast design projects for any industry and commercial use.

Some of the categories include business, weddings, high-tech, futuristic, news and corporate backgrounds and dozens of other moving patterns, shapes, and texture configurations.

For After Effects 7.0 or higher for Mac & Windows. (Premiere Pro for Windows).

Red Giant Software Ships Magic Bullet Quick Looks

red giant quick looks

New Light Version of Looks Offers 100+ Presets with One Click

Magic Bullet Quick LooksSan Francisco, CA, January 12, 2009 - Red Giant Software, with popular products including Magic Bullet Suite, Knoll Light Factory and Trapcode Suite, today introduced a new color correction tool suited for budget conscious film makers that want professional quality tools. Magic Bullet Quick Looks, a light version of Magic Bullet Looks) offers the fastest way to give clips a classic film look. Users can choose from 100+ presets to get the look of popular films including: The Matrix, Bad Boys, Saving Private Ryan, or TV shows like CSI.


100-Look Library
More than one hundred unique Looks, conveniently organized by category in the Look Library, are a great starting point for defining the mood of any scene. The presets range from simple exposure and film process emulation to radical color changes. Best of all users can use the Look Theater to browse through the library using their own images - finding a look couldn't be easier.

Professional Looks quickly - and on a budget
Quick Looks offers the same professional presets as the more expensive Magic Bullet Looks tool, but offers a streamlined interface without the tools to create custom Looks. Instead, choose a Look from the library, adjust a single Strength control. It's that simple.

Blazing speed with DeepColor RT
Maximize performance with the power of the DeepColor RT engine. Play back SD and HD (720p) projects in real-time by efficiently using the system's graphics processing power. The next-generation DeepColor RT engine preserves quality in every application host so that 10-bit projects remain 10-bit.

For more information, visit our Plug-in Finder.

Why Purchase?

  • The fastest way to get classic film looks
  • Professional looks at a budget price
  • Add warmth to wedding videos, even when shot on cloudy days

Pricing and Availability
Magic Bullet Quick Looks is a light version of the full Magic Bullet Looks tool with the same speed and quality but without editing tools for $99 USD. Quick Looks is a plug-in for both Mac OS X and Windows users running Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, or Avid Xpress Pro/Media Composer. The product is available now for purchase at

About Red Giant Software
Red Giant Software LLC is a San Francisco-based company that develops professional tools for digital video production. Products are available as plug-ins for popular video editing and effects applications, including After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro, and Avid. All tools are based on production-proven technology developed by visual effects veterans.

Ten Things That Make Me Hopeful for the Future by Pericles Lewnes

The Truly Free Film blog gave Toolfarm a nice shout out in a recent article Ten Things That Make Me Hopeful for the Future by Pericles Lewnes.

Here's an interview with Pericles Lewnes about his award-winning film LOOP.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Red Giant Magic Bullet Quick Looks is here!

red giant quick looks

Quick Looks is the latest release from Red Giant software and the Magic Bullet collection. Magic Bullet Quick Looks is the light version of the full Magic Bullet Looks, the only difference is that you can't modify the presets like you can with the full Looks. You get the 100 built in presets only, and many users never modify the presets anyway. The presets are awesome. I'll have to put some before and afters up.

Reasons To Buy Magic Bullet Quick Looks

  • The fastest way to get classic film looks
  • Professional looks at a budget price
  • Adjust the mood to match the scene or dialogue throughout your movie
  • Shoot your video project color neutral, leaving flexibility to choose the best "look" in post
  • Add warmth to wedding videos, even when shot on cloudy days

Quick Looks is available for $99. Buy it from Toolfarm and save 5%! Try a free demo of Quick Looks here

Hosts:Adobe After Effects CS4, CS3, 7, 6.5; Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, CS3, 2.0; Apple Final Cut Pro 6; Apple Motion 3.02; Avid Xpress Pro/Media Composer 5.6+,2.6+.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Red Room Blog @ Red Giant

bookAharon Rabinowitz has posted an article about his Super Tight Junk Mattes tutorial and kindly gives me and the book I've written with Jeremy Hanke a shout out, Greenscreen Made Easy: Keying and Compositing Techniques for Indie Filmmakers. The book will be available starting in April.

Read the blog here

Also, Toolfarm will have a table at the Final Cut Pro SuperMeet in San Francisco tomorrow, January 7, and I will be giving mini-seminars on professional keying techniques using some Red Giant plug-ins and other plug-ins. If any readers are coming, make sure you stop by and say hello. Tickets are still available here.

The Digimation Suite. Free power tools for 3ds Max.


Digimation pioneered the plug-in business for 3ds Max. To date, we've released over 50 products and now we're offering a collection of twelve tried and true favorites to the 3D community for free! The suite comes with all of these products;

Allows any 3ds Max particle system to use any object as a particle object.

Bones Pro
A powerful, easy to use skeletal deformation system. With it you can quickly rig and animate detailed characters.

Texture placement based on the location of a gizmo, instead of an objects sub-material ID. This allows the user to place materials at very specific locations in the scene, and to animate certain effects without having to paint complex animated maps.

Clay Studio
Advanced metaball modeling for 3ds Max.

A collection of procedural, low-resolution mannequins that can be quickly inserted into your 3D scenes to help create crowds. DigiPeople will give your architectural models an understandable visual scale and otherwise populate your scenes.

Fractal Flow
Allows you to warp any image, video, or 3d scene to create water ripple effects, heat distortions, and much more.

Allows you to animate any object or particle system along the surface of another object.

A procedural electric arc generator. Lightning creates true 3D geometry right in your viewports.

Advanced mesh sculpting with full support for pressure sensitive tablets, tessellation and optimization as you sculpt.

Combines flexible particles with a powerful and unique emitter and target system. Build or tear down objects in particles.

Spray Master
Allows users to spray geometry, both 2D and 3D, as particles on or around other objects with an easy-to-use freehand brush or spline-based control.

Tree Factory
Generate a wide variety of trees and ground foliage to add that extra touch of realism to your 3D scenes.

The Digimation Suite FREE

Single license of The Essential Textures. Electronic delivery only. Download here.

System Requirements

3ds Max version 4 or higher
32-bit only

Monday, January 05, 2009

FCP Supermeet, San Francisco during MacWorld Jan 7, 2009

FCP SupermeetIf you're in the area, please come to the FCP SuperMeet. Stop by Toolfarm's table at the SuperMeet and meet the whole team. It's not often that we're all in one place. We've got some sweet stuff to show you and we have really nice new flyers. We have a special discount that we'll offer to SuperMeet attendee's only, so don't miss it!

Robertson Auditorium, Mission Bay Conference Center (Rutter Center) - UCSF \(Download Driving and Parking and Train instructions HERE)
1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: 866.431.UCSF

Transportation to the SuperMeet from the Moscone courtesy of HearPlanet
Look for the big BLUE Double Decker Bus parked on Howard St. in front of the Moscone Center. Board the bus by 5:15PM. The Bus will take you to the SuperMeet, but will NOT be able to return you to the Moscone. First come, first serve. Special thanks to the brand new iPhone app, HearPlanet

  • When? Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 7:00PM - 10:00PM (Doors open 4:30PM for FCP Trade Show featuring 24 vendors)
  • Why? Because you need to learn something and meet people who are smarter than you.
  • How Much? - $10.99 per person. $15.00 at the door. Ticket will include 2 raffle tickets.
  • Any raffle prizes? Of course. $2.00 per ticket or 3 for $5.00
  • Who should attend? - Digital Content Creators who work on a Mac and anyone and everyone who wants to learn something and meet people that are smarter than them.

What's On the Agenda?

  • Christine Steele: FCP Tips and Tricks
  • Bruce Nazarian: Blu-Ray on the Cheap. How to build a compatible Blu-Ray Disk and burn it on DVD-R media without a Blu-Ray burner.
  • JVC: Craig Yanagi of JVC will announce the world's first acquisition product developed especially for Final Cut post production. Come and be a part of this historic event.
  • Apple: The latest on Final Cut Studio
  • 30 minute BREAK
  • Eric Escobar: "Plug-Ins Won't Save You". A plug-in package alone won't create the "look" of your movie. A "look" is a combination of preproduction, design, performance, camera work and post wizardry. Eric will show us how to deconstruct a "look" from a TV show or movie, and reconstruct it on-the-cheap. (Note from Michele: I have been saved by a certain "look" plug-in on many occasions, so I beg to differ.)
  • Yun Suh: Clips from the documentary film "City of Borders" (Show and Tell)
  • BlackMagic Design: Animator/filmmaker M dot Strange shows you the ultimate low budget 3d animation techniques that can be utilized to create eye popping animations without having to break the bank, or your brain. Featuring a walkthrough of two recent 1080p 3d animated music videos he produced in the past year.
  • World Famous Raffle

Generate a Volumetric Light Effect on Animated Text

In the latest Boris FX podcast, learn how to use Boris Continuum Complete's Rays Cartoon filter in Apple Final Cut Pro to generate a volumetric lighting effect on an animated text element. The BCC Rays Cartoon filter will also give the text the appearance of being made of neon lights. We'll complete the effect by using the BCC Light Sweep to add a light sweep across the face of the text element and then we'll use the BCC Colorize Glow filter to provide a soft glowing look.

If you don't have Boris Continuum Complete, you can download a free demo here. BCC works in a whole slew of hosts, so check it out, even if you're not a FCP user.

And if you're loving it, buy BCC here.

Video Kills the Radio Star, Again


(Chicago, IL, December 1, 2008) - From the Rolling Stone playing at Soldier Field to the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies, video projection has become a touchstone for live performances. Chicago has long been a live music capital in the nation, and as the cost of video projectors fall, the business of music is changing.

"Video can now be 'played' just like a musical instrument can be played," explains Mason Dixon, founder of the Chicago Motion Graphics Festival, "the lights made for live concerts now project full-motion video, and live music performance software like Ableton Live now sports video capabilities."

The 2009 Motion Graphics Festival's will showcase the "Video Band" at it's Audio Visual Performance Showcase at the Chicago Cultural Center on January 25th from 6:30pm to 9pm. The showcase features some of the worlds best talent in this new mode of performance, such as Stoptime 341 (, the Chicago-based, touring video artist for the internationally acclaimed DJ Tiesto, and MFChicago the video artists behind Lollapalooza’s video accompaniment.

"What's really interesting to see now, is how new visual genres will form. How will the video that plays with a rock band be different than what is played with a country band?" Mason theorizes.

The technology behind video for bands has launched a number of online communities such as Create Digital Motion ( and VJ Forums (, new software companies like VidVox ( and Ableton (, and even special stock footage sites such as VJ Loops (

The Motion Graphics Festival runs from Monday, January 19th to Sunday January 25th in various locations across downtown Chicago. Up to the minute information can be found at

About the Motion Graphics Festival

In its 6th year, MGFest stands as the premier US event showcasing creative motion picture design. The festival presents a year-long, regionally focused program of events. The 5-city tour focuses on motion design, sound design, and film & video technology by hosting: art showcases, exhibits, workshops, classes, panel discussions, studio tours, theater screenings and industry mixers. The entire week of events costs only $7 to attend. Online RSVP required at

Festival Sponsors include: The Chicago Convergence, Columbia College, Stash DVD Magazine, Maxon, Toolfarm, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bridges Media Group, Lift Motion Design, Future Media Concepts, Create Digital Motion, Digieffects, Livid Instruments, Resolume, Boris FX, All City Technology, Lumen Eclipse, Sterling Ledet, VidVox, SXSW Interactive, Mac Specialist, Ableton, Harold Washington College, UnScene, and Clif Bar.