Thursday, April 30, 2009

New SUGARfx Plug-in for Noise Industries FxFactory- RadialWave

SUGARfx RadialWave may be the closest thing to a hypnotic effect that you can get inside FCP or AE!

Use it to focus attention, or for matte creation, or designing cool backgrounds, or to enhance the message of your footage, or just to add that extra "humph" that you are always looking for, is simply and totally addictive.


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SFMOGRAPH Meeting Tonight!

If you're in the Bay Area, check out SFMograph, San Francisco's user group for animation, design, motion graphics, and visual effects professionals.

Tonight, Mark Coleran will be presenting GridIron Flow, which just had another public beta released yesterday. We'll have info to come on that shortly. Also, Adobe's Kevan O’Brien will walk you through the latest CS4 updates released at NAB.

You must pre-register for the meeting. The meeting takes place at Adobe, 601 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103 on Thursday, April 30, 2009 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM (PT).

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Peder Norrby on Trapcode Particular v2

Ko Maruyama shot some video at NAB of Peder explaining some features of the much anticipated Trapcode Particular v2.

Red Giant Shows Particular v2 and ToonIt v2 at NAB



Video via FreshDV

Tutorial: Getting Started with FreeForm AE

Try the new plug-in from Digieffects, FreeForm AE. It's an After Effects plug-in that allows you to distort layers in 3D space.

The tutorial shows you how to make a sail look like it's being inflated by the wind. Alicia VanHuelen of Toolfarm creates a very cool Viking ship in AE and manipulates the sail and water with FreeForm AE. Digieffects FreeForm AE is still on sale for $100 off through Thrusday (NAB Special extended).


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Top 28 Best Motion Graphics Blogs and Resources

Check out Top 28 Best Motion Graphics Blogs and Resources. I was happy to see AE Freemart made the cut ;-)

NAB Wrap-up by Matt Schirado

Guest blogger Mathew Schirado gives the NAB Wrap-up. Matt is much more of a hardware person than I am, and goes into a lot of products that Toolfarm doesn't sell, so enjoy the news. Matt has a way with words ;-)

We'll have an NAB video with some interviews coming hopefully this week.




Time to get back in the action...

Sadly this economy kept me from attending NAB 2009, but Michele Yamazaki was there in the thick of it. Yes, attendance was down, but ironically it meant shorter lines at the bathroom and more face-time with representatives at booths.

There were some rumors that Apple would announced Final Cut Studio 3.0 on Tuesday of NAB, but we got nothing. Subsequent rumor reports posted the announcement for the World Wide Developer Conference in June.

avid logoAvid perplexes me to no end. They announced Final Cut Pro support on Unity and ISIS storage systems, which is odd since I took pictures of them showing FCP and Premiere Pro doing just that at NAB 2007! Ummm....Beavis? Avid's new logo is nice, memorable. They're reshuffling their support plan options, offering Standard, Priority, Uptime and Enterprise, but I'm not impressed that they won't disclose each option's pricing. Will they be any more affordable? Or useful?
Avid's 1st quarter results were down about 17 million from last year, so their turnaround plan isn't paying off so far. With television broadcasters the one kind of client they hold consistently, and TV stations cutting operating budgets left and right, it makes me wonder about Avid's future viability.

aja ioBig players AJA and Blackmagic Designs were met by Matrox with cool news. AJA showed the 2-pound Io Express for $1000. Using a PCIe interface (ExpressCard 34 or optional desktop PCI card) It's the first portable Io for Windows and Mac, with HD-SDI and HDMI in/out, and Component analog out. It's AC or battery-powerable and works with FCS, Premiere Pro and "unnamed" others.

konaIt's hard to justify buying a KONA 3 card now that there's the KONA LHi for $1500, offering 3G/HD/SD-SDI in/out, Component analog in/out, all the up/down/cross conversion capabilities of it's big brother, the same HDV and DVCPro HD hardware acceleration, and adding HDMI in/out instead of a 2nd HD-SDI output. The only thing I can see missing is 4:4:4 dual link and 2K support. The older KONA LHe is discounted to $1300 for a limited time.'

ajaAJA's Ki Pro box ($4000) is a ProRes field-capture/recorder box with much of the Io HD's connectivity. It will mount as a hard drive over FireWire 800 to your Mac. You record to removable 250gig, FireWire 800 field packs (with optional solid-state media) or to two ExpressCard 34 slots (a la Sony's SxS flash storage). All the up/down/cross conversion you can eat during capture, and control it over WiFi with Safari or your iPhone/Touch. It's designed to mount below your camera, on top of your tripod head. A protective cage option gives you rail bars for adding follow focus or matte box to your camera.

John Flowers has written an open-source utility called HD Speed Test, available at www.unscale.com/DST.html. It tests hard drive or RAID read-write speeds using "real world" video test files, which give you much more accurate benchmarks for capturing/playing back various compressed or uncompressed video streams. Most advertised benchmarks are using data sets that your NLE will never use, inflating the performance of your storage system.

JVC's next-generation ProHD camera, the GY-HM700 ($8995) offers a standard Canon 14x lens on a solid-state, dual-SDHC memory card recording system. It will record HDV but also all of Sony's XDCam HD formats (19, 25, and 35 megabit), with under/over cranking, and an optional GY-HM700UXT SxS recorder module, just like Sony's XDCam EX memory cards. Files automatically have .MOV wrappers for immediate import and editing in FCP.

JVC's $4000, 3-pound, hand-held GY-HM100U also records to dual SDHC card slots, in 19, 25 and 35 megabit MPEG data rates, as QuickTime files. Two 32-gig cards offer up to 6 hours of HD recording time. You can output via HDMI or USB 2.0.

RED Digital Cinema "mentioned" RED ROCKET, a $5000 PCI Express accelerator card for crunching REDCODE files and outputting full-rez 4K out of four HD-SDI and 4 DVI connections. Works with Premiere Pro, FCP, AE, and any other app using the RED SDK. Don't expect to see any details until next year. They're shipping new Prime lenses and compared them favorably to the best competing lenses in the industry; get a 6 lens set for around $23,000. There's a hands-on training initiative called REDucation, and RED showed last year's demo reel played off of a REDRAY, with a data rate of 10 megabits per second (remember DV is 25 mbps). Holy cow!

jag35Wow. Cheapest 35mm lens adapters for super cheap Canon palmcorders (or prosumer), with spinning ground glass elements, battery powered, giving you 35mm depth of field. A 43mm thread size, Canon FD mount is $375. Go to www.jag35.com to see a large line of adapters.

The Foundry's Nuke 5.2 was announced with many bug fixes, stereoscopic updates, Python scripting improvements, pre-comping tools, RED Redcode importing, and offering video monitoring on AJA's Kona and Xena cards as well as Blackmagic Design's cards. Download the update at www.thefoundry.co.uk.
Nuke 6.0 ($3500) was demoed as two versions, the original Nuke and NukeX, Nuke 6 contains a re-written paint/roto engine and the Keylight Keyer as standard. NukeX 6 ($6000) adds a 3D camera tracker, lens distortion tools and revamped Furnace plug-ins named FurnaceCore. Any NukeX projects will fully open inside of Nuke.

matrox mxo2 miniMatrox MXO2 Mini ($450) uses PCI Express or ExpressCard 34 to a MacBook Pro (you get one or the other with your purchase). It will output HDMI and Analog Component HD at the same time, as well as hardware up/down/cross conversion, HD to SD, SD to HD, 720 to 1080i or reverse . HDMI output is 10-bit 4:2:2 and can be color calibrated for inexpensive grading. HDMI 8-channel audio output gives you 5.1 or 7.1 surround mix monitoring. You can get Matrox MAX hardware included inside the unit for $850. What's MAX?

MAX is a hardware acceleration technology for crunching H.264 encoding jobs. Available as a PCI Express card called CompressHD ($495), users can accelerate Apple Compressor so exporting H.264 for BluRay, iPod, AppleTV, YouTube, Flash or mobile occurs faster than realtime. One 90-minute long export on an octo MacPro only took 18 minutes using CompressHD. This same MAX hardware can be ordered this summer in the MXO2 (normally $1595, to $1995) and MXO2 Rack (normally $1995, to $2395)

Like free? Celtx version 2.0 is out for Windows and OSX 10.4 and up (Linux coming), and it's a great open-source film management/scheduling/scriptwriting/storyboarding/online collaboration application. Add annotated PDF's , photos, videos and sound to your project. You can add new productivity tools with Toolbox, or help code your own as a developer. Publish your project to mobile devices like the iPhone. New paid web services called Celtx Studios offer storage, archiving, previews and collaboration options. Download it at www.celtx.com.

Zaxwerks 3D Serpentine AE plug-in ($120) will extrude and animate any 2D shape along a 3D motion path, termed a noodle. Noodles can have bump and reflection maps applied, and receive 3D lighting.

freeformFreeForm AE ($199) from Digieffects uses an intuitive 3D mesh for reshaping and distorting a flat layer, for animating billowing cloth for example. FreeForm AE offers displacement mapping, and a custom 3D render engine for speedy renders.

nVidia announced the Quattro FX 4500 graphics card ($1800) for MacPro 2008 and 2009, This top professional card, with 1.5 gigabytes of VRAM, is much cheaper than the previous one, costing over $2800.

decklinkEarlier this year Blackmagic Designs updated the DeckLink HD Extreme PCI capture card, offering dual-link 3Gb/s HD-SDI in/out at 4:4:4 uncompressed color space, as well as a hardware downconverter, 2K support, and HDMI. You also have all analog HD/SD in/out connections for $995.

Last week Blackmagic offered Linux driver and SDK support on all of its DeckLink, Intensity and MultiBridge products. They cut the price of the DeckLiink SDI to $295 from $395, the Intensity Pro HDMI card to $199 from $349, and the HDLink Pro to $495 from $795. Shipping in June, the Blackmagic UltraScope ($695) is a PC software scope monitoring app bundled with their new DeckLink Optical Fiber PCI card ($495 separately). UltraScope requires a 24 inch monitor, but is designed to replace hardware video scopes costing thousands of dollar, using any cheap Windows PC on hand. The DeckLink Optical Fiber is the same as the Decklink SDI but with HD-SDI Optical FIber in/out ports, which can handle extremely long cable runs.

Terragen 2.0, a powerful 3D landscape and sky generation program, is available for $299 with animation enabled, and $199 without. A bundle with XfrogPlants twenty-two 3D vegetation and plant libraries costs $699. Terragen was initially developed at Digital Domain, and there's a Classic version you can use non-commercially for free, or register for $99 to use on a job. Go to www.xfrog.com and www.planetside.co.uk to find out more.

Funniest story I heard was DaVinci's booth (www.davsys.com) showing their Resolve color correction hardware, with prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, in a corner, for a technology demo, they had Resolve "software-only" running on a standard MacBook Pro.

Autodesk Mudbox 2009 ($749) is out now for both Windows and Intel Mac. It's a 3D sculpting/painting app like ZBrush, and got a five star review at MacWorld UK (http://www.macworld.co.uk/procreative/reviews/index.cfm?reviewid=3223). You can download a trial at http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/mform?siteID=123112&id=10707843.

New Free Service Update for CINEMA 4D R11

Get it here.

Top 10 Must-Have Plug-ins for Adobe After Effects

Back in January I presented the "Top 10 Must-Have Plug-ins for Adobe After Effects" at MGFest in Chicago. The presentation was only 22 minutes so that really didn't give me much of a chance to show off the capabilities of the plug-ins and I wanted to do a feature on this for Toolfarm with lots of movie samples.

Several people have asked me about the list and wanting to republish it, so here it is. (If you want to republish the list, go for it, just please link back to Toolfarm). First, a bit about the criteria and some notes.

  1. The plug-in should be a single plug-in and so I tried to avoid big plug-in packages when possible. There will be notes included about the product when needed. The plug-in had to be unique, fast, powerful or something I've used a lot and it fits into my workflow. If it hit 3 of the criteria, I would consider it for the list.
  2. This is MY opinion, not because I was paid to say this or because the plug-ins come from a manufacturer that gives us higher margins. It's very tough to seem unbiased, but I want you to know, it is all my opinion here.
  3. These are in no particular order (but I do have a clear favorite).
  4. The list was created in January 2009 and a few new plug-ins that I really like were not included in the list. I guess they'll have to wait for 2010.
Without further ado.....

1 Red Giant Primatte Keyer

Description: A Perfect Key the First Time! The simplest, fastest green-screen tool available that even extracts keys from challenging DV and low lit sources by sampling the background color and clicking.

Why I Like It: With my book about keying (Greenscreen Made Easy) out on the market, I've been doing quite a few seminars on keying. People always ask which keyer I like the best. I've been showing Primatte quite a bit and did two presentations at NAB at the Red Giant booth. I find that Primatte is easy to show because of how it works. It's not a matter of fiddling with a bunch of numbers to get the right settings, but dragging around your mouse and clicking big buttons. It works in a very visual manner, which is perfect for artists (who aren't engineers). Also, Primatte has everything I need in one tool.

  • Easy to use and very fast
  • Built in DV Deartifactor, Spill Suppression, Color Matching and Light Wrap
Cost: $499 (Buy | Try)

Sample:


2 RE:Vision Effects ReelSmart Motion Blur

Description: ReelSmart Motion Blur Pro automatically tracks every pixel in a sequence and blurs based on calculated motion.

Why I like it: Again, with the greenscreen book, I've realized how incredible this tool really is! Have you ever tried to key footage with motion blur? Not too easy and the results aren't usually very good. You can shoot with a high shutter speed but then you lose all of that natural looking motion blur. This is where RSMB steps in and adds that natural looking footage back into your shot, without blurring the whole frame, just the movement in the video.

  • Also great for compositing 3D, which I have in the example below.
  • RSMB has adjustable tracking points for problematic footage
  • Supports 32-bit float in AE
  • Inexpensive

Cost: $149.95 (Buy | Try)

Sample:

3 Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse

Description: Telcine-style color correction within After Effects, Premiere Pro & Final Cut Pro, giving you full creative control over the color and look of your images.

Why I like it: Color Finesse gives you total control of image, much more than just curves, levels, hue/saturation. You can make adjustments in HSL, RGB, CMY, and YCbCr color spaces, and have individual control over shadows, midtones, and highlights, as well as overall correction.

  • Has 32 Bit Float support... so why is this important? It allows you to have much more flexibility and allows AE to be used in higher end productions and more cinematic work. You will have more contrast between your blacks and whites. For details on working in 32-bit Float, check out Stu Maschwicz's article on 32-bit float workflow in AE on fxguide.
  • It ships with After Effects so it won't cost any extra.

Cost: $595 (Buy | No demo at Toolfarm, but you probably already have it if you have AE)

Sample: Just a couple of screenshots...



4 Red Giant Knoll Light Factory

Description: Light effects from John Knoll for photo-realistic sunsets and motion graphics.

Why I like it: Maybe this is just the kid in me, but plug-ins get bonus points for being fun to play with and easy to use and KLF is both. With KLF, you get natural looking lens flares and loads of great presets that are customizable. I really like the fact that you can set up an obscuration layer so that when an object moves in front of the flare, it dims or turns off.

  • Tons of variety for one type of effect (not a one trick pony)
  • Use presets or the Lens Editor to build your own flares.
  • Auto tracking
  • As with all of the Red Giant products, one license works in multiple host applications on one machine, so you don't need to buy multiple copies.

Cost: $399 (Buy | Try)

Samples:


A nice sample I snagged from YouTube.

5 Zaxwerks ProAnimator

Description: Create 3D text and primitives without having to learn a 3D program.

Why I like it: I've attempted to learn a true 3D program and give up after about 30 minutes. I have bad depth perception (that's why I used to hit so many things with the car). ProAnimator makes it so easy to create slick looking 3D elements directly in AE and with a short learning curve. I picked up the plug-in quickly without using the manual (that is how I roll).

  • Nice presets
  • Track the After Effects camera and lights
  • Export wireframe versions for that techie, futuristic computer environment look
  • Impressive looking 3D renders

Cost: $695 (Buy | Try)

Samples: Here's a quick sample I did for a test for a client a couple of years ago. It was composited over video and 3D screens.


And a nice example that was tagged ProAnimator on Vimeo:

DIGITAL MEDIA - LOGO - Barking Abbey School from Barking Abbey School on Vimeo.

6 Trapcode Particular

Description: 3D Particle system that produces various natural effects like smoke, fire and sparks and also organic and techie-style graphical effects that are very useful for motion graphics design.

Why I like it: I love how it looks and all of the presets. I'm a sucker for presets. I don't read manuals so presets help me get going. I just modify them until I get something I like. Particular has loads of fantastic presets, plus you can preview them and what you've created realtime in the Effect Controls window.

  • Particular is tightly integration with AE's Camera & lights - oh, wait until you see version 2!
  • Particular has a complex physics engine, allowing you to fully control your particles, again, new improvements in v2.
  • Inexpensive, especially considering all it can do. Particular is one of those tools you can use on a multitude of jobs and it will never get old.

Cost: $299 (Buy | Try)

Samples: A couple of nice samples on Vimeo:

awesome rain from versa on Vimeo.


Velvære Circle from Mario Brauer on Vimeo.


7 Digieffects Damage

Description:
Damage creates an extensive variety of digital and/or analog defects/errors in your footage.

Why I like it: It's another plug-in that is fun to play with! I've used the plugin for many creative purposes - interference with a hologram popping on, a luma matte for a gradient wipe, and grungy moving backgrounds and grungy text. My favorite part is the little blue button that randomizes the effects. The effects do have a TON of sliders so it's not always clear on what needs to be adjusted to get the effect needed, and that little blue button is just what I need to get started. The plug-in is very fast for previews and renders and is CHEAP at just $99. Also, one license works in multiple hosts on a single computer (AE, FCP, PPRO, Combustion).

Cost: $99 (Buy | Try)

Samples:

8 Boris Continuum Motion Key

Description: Remove an object from your shot quickly without much work.

Why I like it: I showed Motion Key as part of BCC5 at NAB08 and found that this plug-in absolutely blew people away. If you've ever had to rotoscope something out of a clip of video, you know how tedious and un-fun it can be. Motion Key takes all the work out of it by using Optical Flow technology. It's now sold by it self as a single unit and is also included with Boris Continuum Complete 6.

Cost: (Buy | Try)

Sample:



9 The Foundry Keylight

Description: Academy Award winning keyer. It is simple to use and is particularly good at tackling reflections, semi-transparent areas and hair.

Why I like it: I know, two keyers on the list! What gives? You know I recently worked on a book, right? I have used a lot of keying tools in the past 2 years! Keylight is a very powerful keyer and when others can't do the job, Keylight can usually handle it. It is easy to use, fast and has built-in spill suppression. Keylight gives several ways to view the matte/key, and it's included with After Effects, so most of you already own Keylight. Also, Toolfarm also put out some great training for Keylight called Professional Keying with Keylight, that I highly recommend picking up.

Cost: $420 node-locked, $630 floating (Buy Node-Locked, Buy Floating | Try)

Samples: I thought I'd just put the trailer for the Keylight training up. It will give you a good idea about what the plug-in does.




10 Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks

Description: Define the style of your video or film, regardless of on-set conditions, with powerful imaging tools.

Why I like it: This is my favorite plug-in of the lot. It is extremely easy to use, as the interface was designed for artists, not engineers. It comes with a huge library of Looks that are fully customizable and savable. It's lightning fast because of GPU acceleration. It can make video with flat lighting look amazing and it's also great for matching your foreground and background when compositing greenscreen. I use this on pretty much everything, including photos.

Cost: $399 (Buy | Try) Quick Looks now available for $99 (presets only).

Samples: Here's one from our German friend at MyToolfarm.


And here's a promo for a greenscreen contest that I used Looks on the webcam shots to spice them up.



Late Entry: Boris Continuum Complete 6.0 3D Object Filters

Description: 5 new plug-ins in BCC6 that extrude text, paths and eps/Illustrator files.

Why I like it: Easy to use and very fast (hardware accelerated). It works with the native AE camera and lights and everything except the text type window is in the native AE Effect control window. There are loads of options and loads of presets. All bevels can be customized with paths and did I mention the real-time previews? This will certainly make the 2010 top 10 list (but who will I bump?!)

Cost: $995 (Buy | Try)

Samples:Here's the finished video shown at the Boris FX Booth at NAB09.


Here's a tutorial I put out a couple of weeks ago.


And here's a tutorial I did for Boris FX. I plan to do a few more tutorials on these fan-diddly-tastic plug-ins.

Honorable Mention: Noise Industries FxFactory Pro

Description: Revolutionary VFX package with over 300 hardware accelerated plug-ins

Why I like it: I really was going for no big packages but just individual plug-ins in this list however, this one is a little different. Why is it different? With FxFactory, you can create your own FxPlug effects for Final Cut Studio without writing any code. Okay, I know this is for FCP and not AE, but, it's still an excellent package of plugins that are VERY fast and have unlimited expandability (you can download more plug-ins at the FxMarket).

Cost: (Buy | Try)

Samples: Here's the promo that just came out.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Face Replacement Tutorials from David Torno.

David Torno, who you may remember from the interview about Flight of the Conchords Ladies of the World video, has some tutorials up about face replacement, which he used in the music video for Pistol Youth featuring the Golden Girls (and RIP Bea Arthur... you were a very funny lady).

David shows how to use After Effects and Mocha AE to accomplish the effect.

PART 1: BASIC

PART 2: ADVANCED

Here's the video where the face replacement was done:

Congrats to Black Diamond Award Winners

Congratulations to Imagineer Systems for winning the Black Diamond Award for mocha for Final Cut. Also, congrats to Wes Plate and Automatic Duck for winning for their new release, Media Copy 2.0.

Topaz Simplify 2 Released

topaz simplify 2Topaz Simplify 2, a Photoshop plug-ins for creating painting, drawing type of artistic effects from photos, was released on Friday. Download a free trial here.

Major changes in Topaz Simplify V2.0:

  1. New user Interface: similar to the new GUI of Adjust V3.0 with preset preview, short-cut keys, and many new features.
  2. Memory management improvement. The "no enough memory" error should be history. It also run a little faster.
  3. Support Painter X/11.

Want to see some samples of Topaz Simplify? Check out their Flickr group.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Adobe's New Roto Tool

I sat in on a sneak peek of Adobe's new roto tool, which at this time is called Magic Matte. Here are a couple of pix from the presentation.

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Last Day at NAB

Here is a photo of Shin Kurokawa and Alicia and Michele from Toolfarm
at the Plugin Pavillion.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

21 Free Plugins with CoreMelt Complete V2

coremeltRunning on the Second Generation vTwin FX Engine which provides enhanced features such as all new intuitive user interface elements, organic color correction curves, and global preferences that allow you to spend less time meddling with settings, and more time creating phat video effects!!

With CoreMelt manning a booth (SL2529C) at the Plugin Pavilion this NAB, they've been hard at work making CoreMelt Complete V2 even more jam packed with value by adding 3 new FREE plugins; ImageFlow FX's MultiPop Forward, VeeYou V2's WV Oscilloscope and VeeYou V2's WV Voiceprint.

You receive ALL 21 FREE plugins instantly when you install the 15 day trial of CoreMelt Complete V2!


Download FREE trial | Buy Now


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Reminder: Introductory prices on v2 end May 1st!

Coremelt Complete v2 Upgrade: $129 Reg $149- Introductory Price Ends May 1st.

Coremelt Complete v2 Upgrade from any 2 Coremelt Products: $149 Reg $199- Introductory Price Ends May 1st.

The V2 products include:

ImageFlow FX V2 Create slideshows or animated backgrounds from folders of images directly inside FCP, AE or Motion.

TRX - Filmic Transitions a collection of specialized transitions for high color projects that need subtle, filmic looks.

Delta V - Motion Transitions a set of transitions contains 28 grungy, funky, and interesting transitions from Projector Malfunction to Cellular wipe to pixellate crossfade.

Pigment - Color Tools an advanced set of color correction tools that can be added directly to your FCP timeline.

Gadget - Editors Tools Gadget is the swiss army knife of editors tools.

Shatter - Grunge and Stylized Shatter gives you the tools to give that "special" project the cutting edge it needs to satisfy your clients more exotic needs!

Luminous - Glows and Blurs everything you need with all the glows and blurs necessary to illuminate your project, getting that look right has never been easier.

VeeYou V2 - EQ and VU Animations 12 FREE Audio Reactive PluginsAwesome video FX for artists and editors!

Boris FX Announces Boris Continuum Complete 6 Sparks for Autodesk Effects and Finishing Systems

Nearly 180 Visual Effects Filters for Linux-based Autodesk Systems

Marlborough MA - April 20, 2009 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced Boris Continuum Complete 6 Sparks for Autodesk Effects and Finishing Systems (BCC 6 Sparks). Based on the Autodesk Sparks plug-in architecture, BCC 6 Sparks brings nearly 180 filters to Autodesk Smoke, Autodesk Inferno, Autodesk Flame, and Autodesk Flint systems. The release features over 20 new filters including Pixel Fixer, DV Fixer, and Smooth Tone tools, Swish Pan, Lens Blur, Cartoon Look, Pencil Sketch, and Water Color effects, and OpenGL-accelerated effects such as Lightning, Prism, Scanline, and Tile Mosaic.

"Boris Continuum Complete 6 Sparks packs a vast array of features that are difficult to find with other plug-in suites," commented Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder, Boris FX. "Tough economic times call for top-performing, yet affordable solutions. BCC 6 Sparks delivers on both fronts."

New BCC 6 Sparks Feature Highlights
  • XML-based Animatable Presets are now compatible across all Boris Continuum Complete host applications, including Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Linux-based Autodesk effects and finishing systems. Effects can be animated offline and saved for future application in any supported host application.
  • New Fast-rendering OpenGL Filters such as Lightning, Prism, Scanline, and Tile Mosaic.
  • Pixel Fixer removes bad pixels resulting from a faulty digital camera sensor or dust on a camera lens. Up to ten bad spots can be repaired with a single filter application - without any degradation of image quality or sharpness.
  • Smooth Tone is an “electronic makeup” method that automatically smooths or softens human skin tones while preserving detail contrast, making skin silky-smooth without loss of sharpness in the image.
  • Other New Effects include Swish Pan, Lens Blur, Charcoal Sketch, Pencil Sketch, Water Color, Cartoon Look, a Swish Pan transition filter, and DV Fixer for removal of jaggies from an image clip.
  • Significant Performance Gains. Every BCC 6 Sparks filter is either OpenGL-based or multiprocessor-accelerated for ultimate rendering speed.
Pricing and Availability
Boris Continuum Complete 6 for Autodesk Effects and Finishing Systems will be available in June 2009 for an MSRP of $2,495 USD. Owners of previous versions of BCC Sparks may upgrade for an MSRP of $595 USD.
Customers who buy BCC 5 Sparks now will receive a free upgrade to BCC 6 Sparks when it is available.

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 the broadcast, post production, film and multimedia markets. Boris products have grown to serve over 200,000 artists worldwide. The company's success lies in its ability to tightly integrate and leverage technologies through strong partnerships with industry-leading manufacturers such as Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Grass Valley, Media 100, and Sony.

Friday, April 17, 2009

New Video Tutorial by Rob Birnholz

Rob Birnholz is our newest Expert on the Toolfarm Expert Forums and he has created a fantastic new tutorial. Rob shows you how to create a cool movie promo bumper for a fake movie channel. He uses native After Effects filters in some interesting ways, including CC Repetile to make a film strip, Twirl to give the film some nice natural movement, and lots of 3D layers.


Find more videos like this on MyToolfarm

Pack Your Shorts for NAB!

It's gonna be a scorcher!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Guide to Transferring Your Software & Plug-in Licenses to a New Computer

So you just bought a fast new computer and dread the process of having to transfer your licenses to your new computer. It can be a hassle, but here is a guide for a few products you may own, to help things go a bit more smoothly. If you have questions, please post a comment below.

Adobe:

If you want to uninstall your product and reinstall it on a different computer, then you must first deactivate it. In the program, click Help > Deactivate, and then follow the instructions in the wizard to deactivate the program. If you have installed a suite product, you can deactivate the entire suite by deactivating any one of the point products included in that suite.

Automatic Duck:
  1. After installing again on the new system, you will get a new Product ID to use for a new Activation Key. DO NOT try to activate the old Product ID on the new system.
  2. Reset your serial number on the registration server so that you will be permitted to activate again. Please reset your serial number at this web page.
  3. Register using your email address that you used to activate and you'll be able to log in and reset your serial number.
  4. Quit After Effects, trash your plug-in's key file, click here to find it. Now you'll need to go through the activation process again.

BorisFX:

Requires a license transfer. Send license transfer request to us with your new Unique Product ID to obtain a new permanent code. Follow your original install instructions to obtain your Unique ID.

Digieffects:

Just reinstall on the new machine. Your serial number will work on either Mac or Windows, and does not require uninstalling your previous system's version.

The Foundry:

To obtain a new license, first fill out the license transfer form. You cannot transfer any of The Foundry products to a different host system.

GenArts Sapphire:

  1. First uninstall the plugin: On Windows: go to Start->Control Panel->Add or Remove Programs. Find 'GenArts Sapphire Plug-ins' in the list, and press the Change/Remove button. On Mac: go to the /Applications/GenArtsSapphireAE folder and double click on Uninstall Sapphire.
  2. During the uninstall, select the option to register that uninstall via the web. As long as the uninstall is successfully registered, you should then be able to install your serial number on the new machine. The license is cross-platform so you can transfer a serial number between Windows and Mac systems in this way.

GridIron:

Requires a license deactivation. Send your old serial number and the MAC Address of the new machine to us.

Imagineer Systems:

Requires a license transfer. Send a license transfer request to us to obtain a new license.

Noise Industries FxFactory Pro:

First uninstall from the old machine by launching the FxFactory application and choose the "Uninstall FxFactory..." command under the Actions menu: Then install as normal on the new machine.

If you uninstall FxFactory, it will uninstall everything, including all the FxPacks.

Furthermore you can also deactivate and remove individual FxPacks. This can be done by launching the FxFactory application.
  1. To turn FxPacks on/off simply click the checkbox to the left of each FxPack in the FxFactory Application interface.
  2. To completely remove an FxPack simply drag it out of the FxFactory application and into the trash.
Red Giant Software:

Just reinstall on the new machine. Your serial number will work on either Mac or Windows, and does not require uninstalling your previous system's version.

Re:Vision Effects:

Request a License Transfer. Delete plug-ins from the old machine, and send an email with serial number requesting a transfer. Note: License transfer fees may apply for certain hosts.

Tiffen Dfx:

First deactvate your license on the old computer by opening the licensing Menu and clicking "Internet Deactivate". On the new computer, select "Activate Dfx" and follow the instructions.

Trapcode:

Just reinstall on the new machine. Your serial number will work on either Mac or Windows, and does not require uninstalling your previous system's version.

The Foundry - Schedule of Customer and Product Demos at NAB

Posted to LinkedIn by Andy Black, Chief Marketing Officer at The Foundry:

You are invited to The Foundry mini-theatre at NAB (stand SL326) to see demonstrations from leading visual effects professionals :

MONDAY 20th APRIL - Exhibition Hours 9am - 6 pm

09.00 Jack Binks - The Foundry - Plug-ins
10.00 Greg Astles - Intelligent Creatures - Watchmen
11.00 Nathalie Bergeron - The Foundry - Ocula
12:00 Dav Rauch - The Orphanage - Iron Man
13.00 Nathalie Bergeron - The Foundry - Nuke/Ocula
14.00 Greg Astles - Intelligent Creatures - Watchmen
15.00 Nathalie Bergeron - The Foundry - Nuke
16.00 Dav Rauch - The Orphanage - Iron Man
17.00 Jack Binks - The Foundry - Plug-ins


TUESDAY 21ST APRIL - Exhibition Hours 9am - 6pm

09.00 Dav Rauch - The Orphanage - Iron Man
10.00 Jack Binks - The Foundry - Plug-ins
11.00 Greg Astles - Intelligent Creatures - Watchmen
12:00 Dav Rauch - The Orphanage - Iron Man
13.00 Nathalie Bergeron - The Foundry - Nuke/Ocula
14.00 Greg Astles - Intelligent Creatures - Watchmen
15.00 Jack Binks - The Foundry - Plug-ins
16.00 Matt Plec - The Foundry - Nuke
17.00 Nathalie Bergeron - The Foundry - Ocula



WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL - Exhibition Hours 9am - 6pm

09.00 Nathalie Bergeron - The Foundry - Plug-ins
10.00 Michael Garrett - Freelance VFX Artist - Nuke
11.00 Pete O'Connell - Mr X - Nuke
12:00 Barry Berman & Jason Hill - Blizzard - World of Warcraft
13.00 Ted Schilowitz - RED & The Foundry - RED & Nuke
14.00 Michael Garrett - Freelance - Nuke
15.00 Pete O'Connell - Mr X - Nuke
16.00 Barry Berman & Jason Hill - Blizzard - World of Warcraft
17.00 Nathalie Bergeron - The Foundry - Nuke/Ocula


THURSDAY 23RD APRIL - Exhibition Hours 9am - 2pm

09.00 Barry Berman & Jason Hill - Blizzard - World of Warcraft
10.00 Michael Garrett - Freelance VFX Artist - Nuke
11.00 Nathalie Bergeron - The Foundry - Nuke/Ocula
12.00 Pete O'Connell - Mr X - Nuke
13.00 Jack Binks - The Foundry - Plug-ins

Media 100 Introduces Media 100 Suite

Next-Generation Media 100 Software with Multicam Editing and Matrox MXO2 Support

Media_100Marlborough MA - April 15, 2009 - Media 100, a leading provider of advanced editing systems for the corporate, broadcast, postproduction, and new media industries, today announced Media 100 Suite, next-generation Media 100 software with Multicam Editing and Boris RED for $1,295. In addition to AJA video I/O cards, Media 100 Suite supports Matrox MXO2 for portable, broadcast-quality input/output, monitoring, and up/down/cross conversion. Media 100 Suite also includes a new Voice Over Tool for audio recording direct to the Media 100 timeline.

"Media 100 Suite is the most significant upgrade to the award-winning Media 100 video editing software since it was acquired by Boris FX," comments Wickham Strub, Product Manager, Media 100. "Ideal for music videos, studio and on-location television, concerts, and live events, multicam editing allows for real-time switching between multiple camera angles. And our new suppor-t for Matrox MXO2 gives editors an affordable and professional solution for mobile input and output."

Media 100 Suite New Feature Highlights

  • Multicam Editing. Media 100 Suite's new Multicam Editing feature facilitates real-time editing in a familiar, easy-to-understand user interface. Cameras can be added to an existing multiclip as their source media becomes available, allowing editors to begin cutting a multicam shoot faster than ever before. Cameras can be synced via timecode, sync marks, or in-points. When syncing via timecode, additional footage can even be assigned to an existing camera - helpful when a camera has been stopped to change tapes or batteries.
  • Voice Over Tool. Media 100 Suite's new Voice Over Tool allows direct-to-timeline audio recording while playing back timeline audio and video. Primarily designed for recording narration, it allows for multiple takes nested inside a single clip in the timeline - all while receiving real-time sound cues and visual feedback. Voice Over can be done in stereo or 2 channels allowing different narrators to speak different parts. Other possibilities include simultaneously recording dialogue to separate channels or laying down a live music track. Voice Over takes advantage of Media 100 Suite's new Multicam Editing framework by automatically recording different takes into a multiclip. Operators can record several takes in one Voice Over clip and either choose one take or cut between the takes inside the clip. Different takes may be reviewed and compared from within the new Voice Over Recording Window.
  • Matrox MXO2 Support. Media 100 Suite now supports Matrox MXO2. Matrox MXO2 is a portable I/O device that delivers broadcast-quality input/output, monitoring, and up/down/cross conversion. Compatible with MacBook Pros and Mac Pros, MXO2 weighs under 3½ pounds and lets editors work seamlessly in any Media 100-supported format.
  • Other Media 100 Suite Improvements include improved Apple Color integration, support for 1080PsF video formats, full support of QuickTime timecode tracks, export of timecode "burn-in", support for 24-bit audio import, and the ability to output RP188 timecode with supported AJA video I/O cards.

I/O Support

Media 100 Suite supports AJA's KONA 3X/3, KONA LH/LHe, and KONA LS/LSe video I/O cards, Matrox MXO2, and Media 100 HDx. FireWire I/O and Panasonic P2 import are also supported.

Pricing and Availability

Media 100 Suite will be available in May 2009 for an MSRP of $1,295 USD. Customers may upgrade to Media 100 Suite from Media 100 Version 10 and higher, including Media 100 Producer, for an MSRP $595 USD. Alternatively, Media 100 Platinum Software Updates is available for an MSRP of $895 USD and provides one year of Media 100 Suite software upgrades. Media 100 Suite replaces the Media 100 and Media 100 Producer software applications.

Media 100 Suite will be demonstrated at NAB 2009 (April 20th through April 23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada) at Boris FX Booth SL5320.

About Media 100

Media 100, a division of Boris FX, is a leading provider of advanced editing systems for the corporate, broadcast, post production, and new media industries. Featuring the most intuitive and easy-to-learn NLE interface, the company's product lines include Media 100 Suite and Media 100 Producer. For more information, visit www.media100.com.

Contour Design Releases ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXpress Settings for Adobe Creative Suite 4, Apple Final Cut Studio 2, and Avid Liquid 7

All-New Settings for Adobe Encore, Adobe Soundbooth, Apple Color, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Apple Motion, and Apple Soundtrack Pro

Contour Design has released new ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXpress drivers with optimized settings for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, Apple Final Cut Studio 2, and Avid Liquid 7. The driver includes new settings for the following video editing, audio editing, and graphics applications:

  • Adobe After Effects CS3 & CS4
  • Adobe Encore CS3 & CS4
  • Adobe Flash CS3 & CS4
  • Adobe Illustrator CS3 & CS4
  • Adobe Photoshop CS3 & CS4
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 & CS4
  • Adobe Soundbooth CS3 & CS4
  • Apple Color
  • Apple DVD Studio Pro 4 &
  • Apple Final Cut Pro 6
  • Apple Motion 3
  • Apple Soundtrack Pro 2
  • Avid Liquid 7

ShuttlePRO V.2 is designed for ergonomic integrity and maximum productivity, allowing one-handed access to 15 fully-programmable buttons, a jog knob, and a spring loaded shuttle wheel. At the head of the ShuttlePRO are nine programmable buttons complete with crystal clear removable keycaps for intuitive labeling and ease of reference. The inner ring or 'jog knob' at the center of the ShuttlePRO rotates a full 360° to provide precise frame-by-frame control while the outer black ring or rubberized 'shuttle wheel' facilitates fast forward and rewind. In addition, the jog and shuttle can be configured for many other purposes including scrolling, volume control, and sequencing.

Modeled after the award-winning ShuttlePRO, the ShuttleXpress offers a professional multimedia controller at an attractive price. Packed with five oversized buttons, a jog knob, and a shuttle wheel, the ShuttleXpress is a full multimedia control surface in a compact design. Use it alone or simultaneously with a ShuttlePRO for enhanced cooperative control.

The new driver is available at www.contourdesign.com. ShuttlePRO V.2 and ShuttleXpress are available for $109.95 USD and $59.95 USD, respectively.

Boris FX Announces Boris Continuum Complete 6 FxPlug Public Beta

New 3D Objects, Real-Time Effects Browser Window, and Real-Time Chroma Key, Film Look, and Transition Effects for Apple Pro Video Applications

BCCMarlborough MA - April 16, 2009 - Boris FX , the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, announced that a public beta of Boris Continuum Complete 6 FxPlug (BCC 6 FxPlug) for Apple Pro Video Applications is now available.

BCC 6 FxPlug brings over 200 filters to Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Final Cut Express. In addition to new features included with the recently-released Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE for Adobe - such as Extruded Text, Splines, and Shapes - BCC 6 FxPlug takes advantage of Apple FxPlug's real-time architecture for simultaneous live previews of dozens of preset transitions, glows, and color and film look effects in a newly-designed effects browser window. Code-named "Popcorn", this new technology delivers the best of Boris on Apple's FxPlug platform.

"With the number of filters and presets growing fast in everyone's Final Cut editor, it is hard to find the right look or animation quickly using traditional menus and scroll lists," comments Boris Yamnitsky, founder and president, Boris FX. "Our new, innovative Preset Effects Browser Window allows for a lot of brainstorming without a lot of headache."

The initial release of BCC 6 FxPlug will feature over a dozen new FxPlug Shaders. Many of the FxPlug Shaders draw on BCC strengths such as lights, keying, and 3D. FxPlug Shaders are unique to Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, and Motion, tying directly to each host application's render pipe for maximum efficiency and render speed.

BCC 6 FxPlug will be publicly demonstrated for the first time at the NAB 2009 exhibition held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 20-23, 2009 at Booth SL5320.

Pricing and Availability

The public beta of Boris Continuum Complete 6 FxPlug is available for free, immediate download from the Boris FX web site at Borisfx.com.

Boris Continuum Complete 6 FxPlug is scheduled for release in May 2009 for an MSRP of $995 USD. Owners of previous versions of Boris Continuum Complete FxPlug will be able to upgrade for an MSRP or $295 USD. Customers who buy Boris Continuum Complete 5 FxPlug now will receive a free upgrade to Boris Continuum Complete 6 FxPlug when it is available.

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 the broadcast, post production, film and multimedia markets. Boris products have grown to serve over 200,000 artists worldwide. The company's success lies in its ability to tightly integrate and leverage technologies through strong partnerships with industry-leading manufacturers such as Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Grass Valley, Media 100, and Sony.

Topaz Adjust 3 Released for Mac

topaz labsTopaz Adjust 3 for Mac released as a free upgrade for existing Topaz Adjust owners.

Topaz Adjust 3 has just been released for Mac and is a significant free upgrade to the popular Photoshop creative exposure plug-in Topaz Adjust. (The Windows version is already available as well.) Thank you for your patience, Mac users!

Topaz Labs focused this release to address some of the key issues taken from the feedback of their user community:

  • Usability: they developed a complete new user's interface, which includes shortcut keys, adjustable preset preview, and convenient settings snapshots.
  • Image processing: they added a new details processing mode which gives you more control over the final output by providing the option to separate exposure and details enhancement. This can greatly reduce noise amplification in certain images and provides more flexibility.

  • Performance. Topaz Adjust 3 now uses less RAM and runs faster. You may now process larger images without difficulty.

Topaz Adjust 3 uses a different license key than v2 which will be provided to existing customers for free through email. To download the upgrade and obtain your license key, please go to the Topaz Adjust 3.0 page in our store.

Free Trial | Buy Topaz Adjust Upgrade here

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Boris FX at NAB 2009: New Boris Continuum Complete 6 Product Line

Boris FX will demonstrate the new Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) Version 6 visual effects suite of plug-ins at NAB Booth SL5320.

Boris Continuum Complete is a widely-adopted, industry-standard visual effects suite with site-wide installations at Turner Studios, CNN, BSkyB, MTV Networks, Digital Kitchen, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, and many other broadcast and post-production facilities throughout the world. Avid includes BCC AVX with every new Avid Media Composer and Avid Symphony video editing system. Fishbowl Films, a Los Angeles-based trailer house, recently used BCC 6 AE to create graphics for the 2009 Academy Awards television show.

Boris Continuum Complete 6 brings nearly 200 filters to leading video editing and compositing applications on Macintosh and Windows. This new release features 13 new filters including Extruded Text, Extruded Spline, Type-On Text, Layer Deformer, Smooth Tone, DV Fixer, and Pixel Fixer. In addition, BCC 6 delivers unique workflow enhancements such as saving and loading of XML-based animated presets and a single-click custom preset navigation tool.

The Boris Continuum Complete 6 product line consists of:

  • BCC 6 AE for Adobe CS4 and Adobe CS3
  • BCC 6 AVX for Avid editing and finishing systemsBCC 6 FxPlug for Apple Final Cut Studio and Apple Final Cut Express


BCC 6 AE is available now for an MSRP of $995 USD.
BCC 6 AVX
and BCC 6 FxPlug will be demonstrated for the first time at NAB 2009. Customers who purchase BCC 5 FxPlug or BCC 5 AVX now will receive a free upgrade to Version 6 when it is available.

Idustrial Revolution Volumetrix Example

Peter Wiggins posted this video on Facebook. He found it on a Japanese AE Users Community site. More on Volumetrix here. Volumetrix is included in the NAB Specials for Noise Industries at 20% off through April 26!

Alien Skin Bokeh Review

A nice review from John Virata at Digital Media NET, Alien Skin's Bokeh: Having fun with the latest plug-in from Alien Skin.

Get Alien Skin Bokeh at Toolfarm for just $199!

Monday, April 13, 2009

RE:Vision Effects releases Twixtor Express for Final Cut Express

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

This simpler-to-use version has been engineered for Final Cut Express users and is specially priced at $169.95 ($161 Toolfarm Price).

DV Magazine calls Twixtor "amazing" and "a must-have for any toolkit." Video Systems says "it’s the best plugin method for creating speed changes, slow-motion effects, and frame-rate conversions." Nick Brooks, Academy Award and Emmy Award winner for visual effects says, "Twixtor 4.5 represents a new touchstone in retiming. The difference in accuracy means that retiming artifacts are either drastically reduced or disappear on the hardest to retime footage."

Availability and Compatibility:
Try it out for yourself! | Download a Free Demo Today!

Friday, April 10, 2009

How To Use After Effects Masks As Custom Splines For Text Extrusions With Boris Continuum Complete 6



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CoreMelt v2 Plug-ins for After Effects & Final Cut Studio Released- Upgrade Specials!

coremelt180 GPU accelerated plugins for motion graphics artists and video editors using Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Apple Motion and After Effects CS3/CS4.

Running on the Second Generation vTwin FX Engine which provides enhanced features such as all new intuitive user interface elements, organic color correction curves, and global preferences that allow you to spend less time meddling with settings, and more time creating phat video effects!!

The CoreMelt V2 product range includes the following new features:

  • Second Generation V Twin FX Engine, get more grunt...
  • Improved Curves based Color CorrectionwithOnscreen Curves Controls
  • Easily change parameters across all plugins with Global Preferences
  • Vector Masks and Frames are rasterised at project resolution
  • Users can add their own masks and frames
  • Graphical Multi-sliders gives enhanced effect controls
  • Transition Effects are Available as filters in Motion and After Effects
  • VeeYou now reads the audio from files in all hosts


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Upgrade Specials!

Coremelt Complete v2 Upgrade: $129 Reg $149- Introductory Price Ends May 1st.

Coremelt Complete v2 Upgrade from any 2 Coremelt Products: $149 Reg $199- Introductory Price Ends May 1st.


The V2 products include:

ImageFlow FX V2 - Instant Montages: 21 plugins - 3 new plugins

TRX - Filmic Transitions: 27 plugins - 5 new plugins

Delta V - Motion Transitions: 28 plugins - 2 new plugins

Pigment - Color Tools: 22 plugins - 9 new plugins

Gadget - Editors Tools: 25 plugins - 3 new plugins

Shatter - Grunge and Stylized: 28 plugins - 8 new plugins

Luminous - Glows and Blurs: 25 plugins - 6 new plugins

VeeYou V2 - EQ and VU Animations: 10 FREE plugins - 2 new plugins

The V2 product range can be downloaded for a 15 day FREE trial as the CoreMelt Complete V2 bundle, containing all 180 plugins which includes 18 completely FREE plugins. Learn more/Purchase | Upgrade | Free Trial

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Particular 2 is coming!

Particular 2

Sean Safreed, product director at Red Giant Software, has let a little bit of information on Trapcode Particular 2 out! Sean says, "Here is a taste of one of the features in v2. The feature is natural particle shading and it responds to After Effects lights in 3D space: Particular v2 offers much more realistic shading of particles"

particular boxAlso, if you bought Particular 1.5.1 after April 7, 2009 you will receive a free upgrade to v2 when it ships. After that, Particular upgrades will be priced at $99. You can still get in on the free upgrade, so if you don't yet own Particular, what are you waiting for?

Peder Norrby will be showing Particular 2 at NAB at the Red Giant booth (#SL2529) on Monday and Tuesday at 2pm, and Wednesday at noon.

When will Particular 2 be released? It's looking like it will be out sometime in the summer, as Peder Norrby is still adding features and debugging Particular. Sean adds " I can say that Peder has listened carefully to a group of beta testers and users to push the boundaries of what is possible in After Effects (as he always does :-)."

Are you dying to get your hands on Particular 2? You know you are!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Digital Anarchy Announces 3D Object Creation Software for Adobe Photoshop

3D invigThe Power of Film and TV Design is Now Available for Photoshop Artists and Photographers

San Francisco - April 7, 2009 - Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of cost-effective special effects software for Adobe and Apple products, has released today announced the release of a popular 3D design tool for use in Adobe Photoshop. Co-developed with Zaxwerks Inc, 3D Invigorator for Photoshop allows artists to easily create incredibly complex 3D objects, logos and text.

"The product has long been known as the best 3D title creator and logo modeler for any 2D visual designer or special effects artist," said Zax Dow, president of Zaxwerks. "I have wanted to offer this kind of control to the Photoshop community for a long time, and Digital Anarchy is the company to do this for us."

Already known as the industry standard software for creating 3D text and logos in film and television, 3D Invigorator starts with Adobe Illustrator outlines or text generated within Photoshop, gives the object depth, and then sculpts the graphic into a 3D masterpiece. Photoshop artists can use the vector tools in Invigorator for real-time changes to their 3D objects. They can also access its built-in text engine to transform True Type and Type 1 fonts, and take advantage of Photoshop features like Smart Objects and Smart Filters.

"3D Invigorator has been a must-have tool for Film and Television designers for years." said Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy. "We think Photoshop designers will find it opens up a whole new world of creating 3D text and objects."


The practical and creative features of 3D Invigorator include:

  • 3D Text Creation: Use the built-in text designer to create beautiful 3D text objects.
  • Sculpted 3D Edges: Sculpted edges add important details to 3D objects. Get complete control over how the 3D text or objects extrude and what their edges look like.
  • Import Illustrator Files: Any Illustrator file can be extruded into complex 3D shapes for an easy way to start the design.
  • Rendering Styles: Create different looks with a wide variety of rendering styles, including wireframe, cartoon, flat shading, and raytracing.
  • Full 3D Environment: Rotate the Objects and Camera in 3D space to view the 3D design from any angle, or move individual elements into new arrangements.
  • Material Presets: Over 100 different material presets give easy options such as gold, chrome, glass, lacquer and puffy surfaces.
  • Material Creation: If the presets don't provide the desired effect, users can design their own materials using the built-in tools or by importing custom files.
  • Custom Lighting: Lights can be aimed in any 3D direction for creative flexibility. Create custom lighting like an art deco style, mood lighting, rim lights, high keys or color washes.

Pricing & Availability

3D Invigorator for Photoshop is regularly priced at USD $199, and will be available for an introductory discount of $149 through April 30, 2009. The product works in Photoshop CS2 and higher, although CS3 or CS4 are recommended for use. 3D Invigorator runs supports on Macintosh OS 10.3.9 and higher, and runs natively on Intel Macs and PPCs. The product supports Windows 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, Vista 32-bit and Vista 64-bit systems. Demo filters and samples are available at www.digitalanarchy.com.


About Digital Anarchy

Digital Anarchy is a privately owned company in San Francisco that creates high-quality creative software for professional photographers, Photoshop artists and graphic designers. Since 2001, our tools have solved a wide range of design issues, from masking out bluescreens for commercial still photography to generating custom lighting effects. Digital Anarchy products work in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop, PS Elements, and related design applications. For more information, please see the company's website at www.digitalanarchy.com or call 415-586-8434.


About Zaxwerks

As the world's leading innovator of 3D title and logo technology, Zaxwerks develops software for the digital video, broadcast, film, web and print markets. Customers include ABC, Firestone, Dallas Cowboys Football, TBS SuperStation, Fox Sports, Tech TV, Pixar, Bank of America and many other post production facilities and TV stations around the world. Zaxwerks is a privately held software company with headquarters in Temple City, California.

Layer's Magazine Reviews Nik Software Efex Color Pro 3.0

Check out the review of the award winning Nik Software Efex Color Pro 3.0 filters for Photoshop. The filters are widely used by professional photographers to save time and get professional level results.

Learn more about Nik Software Efex Color Pro here.

Oak Street Software vKey v1.21 (FxPlug) Vector Keyer Update

Oak Street Software VKey is a powerful and clean vector keyer in the form of a Quicktime component that can be used in Quicktime player, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premiere, and other tools that support Quicktime effects. The component is available now for Mac OS X, as well as an FxPlug Plug-in for Final Cut Pro and Motion.

What's new in v1.21 (FxPlug)

Version 1.21 contains a couple of bug fixes. One bug fix is actually a work around for an Apple bug when nesting Motion projects in your FCP timeline and rendering them there. The other bug fix is to the matte softening feature, which never worked right in the FxPlug plug-in. It should now work as a normal gaussian blur on the matte, and it is performed after anti-aliasing and dark edge feathering. There should also be some subtle performance improvements, depending on the options you choose.

We added the dark edge feathering, which is yet another matte control that lets you do additional feathering on edges based on luminance. The idea is that darker edges may need more feathering because they can be difficult to key.

The user interface (UI) was also changed. Some controls were grouped together to show that they are related and to allow them to be hidden when not needed.

Download the Free Update

Boris Video Tutorial: Creating Transitions with BCC 6 AE's Swish Pan Filter

bcc ae

Creating Transitions with BCC 6 AE's Swish Pan Filter: Editors use transitions as a way to cut between scenes, typically creating an animated effect such as a dissolve or blur at the end of the outgoing clip and the beginning of the incoming clip. While most modern NLE systems ship with standard wipe transitions, there are some transition styles that are more of an in-camera effect rather than a synthesized gradient wipe or block dissolve.

One of these effects, known as a "Swish Pan," is created by panning the camera very quickly in a 180 degree arc, creating the look of a fast blur between the outgoing and incoming clips. Continuing in the tradition of making visual effects easy to create, Boris Continuum Complete 6 AE now includes a Swish Pan transition filter which is available free for registered BCC 6 AE users. In this video tutorial, we'll use the new BCC 6 Swish Pan filter to transition between a pair of clips.

Play the Video Tutorial | Learn more/purchase BCC 6 AE | Download a Free Demo

CINEMA 4D Helps The Mill Garner Elusive Visual Effects Award for Legendary TV Series, Doctor Who

Coveted Award is a First for the World's Longest-Running Science Fiction Show

maxonMAXON Computer, the developer of CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D, today announced that CINEMA 4D played a key role in helping The Mill, a world-leading visual effects company, win a visual effects award from the esteemed Visual Effects Society (VES) for its work on Doctor Who, the world's longest-running science fiction TV series. This is the first time the series has won an award for visual effects since the opening episode was broadcast by the BBC in 1963. The Mill was recognized with the coveted award for 'Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Broadcast Program or Commercial' associated with the Doctor Who episode entitled 'Silence in the Library', during the 7th Annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards show in Los Angeles on February 23, 2009.

The centerpiece of The Mill's award-winning effects, a library the size of an entire planet, was created in CINEMA 4D, MAXON's 3D modeling, rendering and animation program. This element of the project proved particularly challenging due to its immense size and scale coupled with tight television production deadlines.

To achieve the realism required, The Mill turned to the new Global Illumination (GI) render engine in CINEMA 4D; which made short work of rendering scenes that could contain up to six million polygons; and resulted in the creation of superior, flicker-free animation in a fraction of the usual time. The studio also created full 3D environments for the atmospheric shots.

According to The Mill's Lead Matte Painter, Simon Wicker, CINEMA 4D and its Advanced Render 3 module played a vital role in the creation of the episode. "The results were amazing," said Wicker. " I could render a 175 frame camera animation at widescreen PAL resolution overnight on a Mac Pro without a trace of GI flicker. Without that, these shots would never have been completed on time. CINEMA 4D has always been bulletproof for my work."

The complete story and images outlining The Mill's extensive work on the award-winning Doctor Who episode, 'Silence in the Library', including details on CINEMA 4D's Advanced Render 3 module and GI render engine, is available online at www.maxon.net/frm/02602_02604.html.

Additional information on MAXON can be obtained on the Web at www.maxon.net.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Red Giant Software to Show Particular 2 and ToonIt 2 at NAB

red giant softwareSan Francisco, CA, April 7, 2009 - Red Giant Software (http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/), publisher of the popular Magic Bullet and Trapcode plug-ins, will show four new and updated products at the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV (April 20-23, 2009).

All purchases of Toonit and Particular from today will receive a free upgrade to v2 when it ships.
Red Giant Software offers a vast range of visual effects plug-ins, with over 30 packages designed for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Avid

  • The product line features industry leading effects for designing realistic fire, rain, and water; adding popular looks; and creating perfect keys
  • Red Giant effects have enhanced feature films such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Mummy 3, and Grindhouse, and add sparkle to cable and broadcast content from NBC Universal, Food Network, ESPN, Disney, CNN, Comedy Central, MTV, and TNT.

New Products at NAB 2009

  • Visit the Red Giant Software booth SL2529H at NAB in Las Vegas, Nevada (April 20-23, 2008) to see demonstrations of four new products
  • All products will be discounted during the show.

Trapcode Particular 2

  • Now in beta, Particular 2 is being developed with constant feedback from industry pros
  • Come see Peder Norrby unveil the incredible new 3D features in the next version of the most powerful After Effects particle system
  • The expected ship date is summer 2009.

ToonIt 2

Red Giant ToonIt uses unique Toonamation algorithms to transform your image into captivating cartoon shading

  • ToonIt eliminates time-consuming techniques such as rotoscoping and hand painting, and lends precise control over styles, shading and outlines
  • The product will begin shipping in late April 2009.

What's New in ToonIt 2?

  • New natural media effects go beyond simple cartooning with simulated airbrush, bristle paint, Gouache, or scratch board styles
  • Choose from 40+ new unique presets that make it easy to choose a style
  • New Heat Vision filter generates a Predator-like heat signature for people or objects in a scene

Key Correct Pro 1.1

  • This set of 15 plug-ins can be in used in combination with any keyer to soften alpha channels, match foreground and background colors, fix outlines, and clean up noise
  • Generate perfects keys to ensure seamless compositing within Final Cut Pro, eliminating the need for extra compositing tools.

What's New in Key Correct Pro 1.1?

  • Now supports Final Cut Pro 6 and is fully compatible with After Effects CS4

New Product: Magic Bullet Quick Looks 1.2

For just $99, Quick Looks is a light version of our full Looks tool (Magic Bullet Looks) with the same speed and quality, but without the editing tools

  • In just two clicks, users can choose from more than 100 presets from classic films, television shows, or music videos.

Red Giant TV Tuesdays

Be sure to tune in on Tuesdays to catch the next free tutorial on Red Giant's range of motion graphics, compositing and effects plug-ins

  • The shows feature one or more Red Giant products used in combination with the tools built into After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, and more
  • Host Aharon Rabinowitz shares his tried-and-true techniques for producing higher quality work in less time
  • Each episode also offers a corresponding product discount available for a short time after the episode airs
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Pricing and Availability

  • ToonIt 2 ($399) will be available in late April 2009
  • Particular 2 ($399) will be available in summer 2009
  • Key Correct Pro is available now for $399 USD.
  • Magic Bullet Quick Looks is available now for $99 USD.

    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
  • All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners