Monday, August 31, 2009

Review: Wacom Intuos4 graphics tablet system

A very nice review of Wacom Intuos4 by John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online.

The Intuos4 provides for a wonderful stylus and tablet system. Combined with the included mouse, there is really no other need for another input device. The Intuos4 does it all. There is a reason why Wacom tablets are the best on the market and that is their superior functionality, user experience, fit and finish, and unboxing experience.

Read the full review here. Check out the Wacom tablets in our store.

If you're wondering how to pronounce Wacom (Wokum, Wack 'em, Way-Com), here's Wes from Wacom to show you the Cintiq tablet and how to say it :-)

Don't panic! Adobe CS3 runs on Snow Leopard

InfoWorld has tested the Adobe CS3 apps in Snow Leopard and says they work fine, which I'm sure is a big relief to those of you running CS3 who want to upgrade to Snow Leopard but heard that Adobe will not support CS3 in Snow Leopard.

Which is what I think Adobe was really trying to say: The company notes it has not tested CS3 on Snow Leopard (and doesn't intend to), so it's not guaranteeing -- "supporting" -- CS3 on Snow Leopard. Adobe could have chosen better wording.

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If you want to upgrade to Adobe CS4, we have a bundle special that expires today! Adobe CS4 Bundle Upgrade Sale - Save $100 when you upgrade from an earlier version of Adobe Creative Suite, Production Studio, or Macromedia Studio to Creative Suite 4.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Imagenomic releases Portraiture 2 for Adobe Lightroom

New Software Effectively Utilizes both Lightroom Edit-In and Export Features, Rounds out Support for Leading Image Editing and Workflow Applications

Alexandria, VA, August 27, 2009. Imagenomic announced today the release of Portraiture 2 for Adobe Lightroom. This latest Portraiture 2 product edition from Imagenomic delivers all of the productivity benefits of fast and accurate skin retouching to the Lightroom user community, and complements earlier introductions of Portraiture 2 for Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture.

Portraiture 2 versions for Lightroom include native 32 and 64-bit support for Windows Vista, and support for the latest Mac Intel platforms and OSX releases for Apple computers. All of the familiar features and controls that have made Portraiture 2 popular with Photoshop and Aperture users are now available in the new Lightroom edition. Lightroom users also benefit from two Portraiture workflow usage modes, using both the Edit In and Export techniques for individual and batch image editing and processing.

“Lightroom users make up an important part of our customer community, and this latest version of Portraiture 2 is designed to meet their demands and expectations,” says David McDonell, CEO of Imagenomic. “We have spent considerable time and effort to ensure that Portraiture 2 works seamlessly within the Lightroom workflow, and that it conforms to our highest technical and performance benchmarks for all Imagenomic products; this latest release meets these stringent criteria and we anticipate that the Lightroom community will agree," McDonell added.

This latest Portraiture 2 edition is available for immediate use on a free, 15-day trial basis from the company's website. For new customers, the Lightroom edition is available for purchase at $199.95. For registered users of Portraiture 2 for Photoshop or Aperture, the Lightroom edition is available at the discounted price of $99.95. See for additional details.

Imagenomic is honored to announce that Portraiture 2 has been recognized by American PHOTO magazine with a 2009 Editor's Choice Award in their July/August issue. You can read more about what the editor's had to say about the software by visiting to find the link to American PHOTO online.

About Imagenomic
Imagenomic is the creator of the award-winning Noiseware, Portraiture and RealGrain software product series for digital photography. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, Imagenomic LLC is a privately held, independent software vendor specializing in digital imagery enhancement solutions.

Using our proprietary, patent-pending algorithms, the company is focused on creating high performance software tools for retouching, noise and artifact removal, sharpening and other image correction and enhancement processes. Imagenomic's products have been acclaimed by a global customer community and industry peers for their superior processing speed, picture quality and overall ease-of-use. For more information, visit us online at

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Prices Lowered on Professional Video Templates

pvtProfessional Video Templates has lowered pricing on most templates. If you haven't checked these templates out, they're extremely high quality templates for Adobe After Effects and they're available as an instant download! There are video samples of each template too, so please have a look around.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Adobe CS3 Support

With Mac OS X Snow Leopard shipping tomorrow, Adobe has released some information about compatibility with Adobe CS3 products. The Adobe Snow Leopard FAQ states:

Older versions of Adobe creative software were not included in our testing efforts. While older Adobe and Macromedia applications may install and run on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (v10.6), they were designed, tested, and released to the public several years before this new operating system became available. You may therefore
experience a variety of installation, stability, and reliability issues for which there is no resolution. Older versions of our creative software will not be updated to support Mac OS X Snow Leopard (v10.6).

John Nack from Adobe had a follow up article, Information about Photoshop CS3 on Snow Leopard on his blog and says that Photoshop has been tested on CS3 and it works with the exception of a couple of small issues they're looking into.

That's great about Photoshop CS3, but what about After Effects, Premiere Pro, Flash and the other apps? I am really hoping they will work fine without much incident.

I can see both sides of the argument here for support of CS3 in Snow Leopard. Creative Suite 3 did come out a couple of years ago and Adobe could not have had an inkling what was in store for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It makes sense to build your new software for the most current systems so that you can have optimal efficiency and performance.

That said, users who are still on CS3 are going to be forced to upgrade to CS4 if they want to use Snow Leopard, and that will certainly make a few people angry.

I'm curious how this will be received by Mac users. Hopefully the majority of the Mac users out there have upgraded to Creative Suite 4 and this is not an issue at all.

How do you feel about it? Does it affect you? It doesn't affect me because I'm running CS4 and I don't plan on upgrading to Snow Leopard right away. Leave a comment with your thoughts.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tutorial: VoiceOver Recording in Media 100 Suite

In this video tutorial, Flo Peters takes a look at Media 100 Suite new VoiceOver Tool. The VoiceOver Tool allows direct-to-timeline audio recording while playing back timeline audio and video. Primarily designed for recording narration, the VoiceOver Tool leverages Media 100 Suites new MultiClip architecture to allow for multiple takes nested inside a single audio clip in the timeline.

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Review: Idustrial Revolution ParticleMetrix

particle metrixA really nice review of this 'FUN' plug-in from idustrial revolution.

If you want to have some real fun with ParticleMetrix and get a sense of its power, give it a run in Apple Motion so you can make use of Motion's real-time interaction. You can apply the filter, loop the playback and tweak away, all with real-time feedback. OK, so you might bring your graphics card to its knees. But is it ever fun! In fact, I think that's one of the best words to use when describing ParticleMetrix: fun.

Check out the review by Scott Simmons over at Studio Daily. I highly recommend that you download a free demo of ParticleMetrix here. Then, after you see how fun and cool it is, you can buy it from Toolfarm and cash in on our everyday 5% discount!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

GenArts Expands Its Suite Of Tutorials And Training Videos For Sapphire And Monsters Users

New Resources Make GenArts Tools Even Easier to Learn, With Minimal Time Investment

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - August 25, 2009 - GenArts Inc., the premier provider of specialized visual effects software for the film, television and video industries, announced today the availability of new training videos and tutorials for GenArts Sapphire and Monsters users. Available immediately, these new resources include:

class on demand sapphire
  • Complete Training for GenArts Sapphire from Class on Demand. First announced at NAB in April 2009, this title features more than four hours of in-depth, hands-on training for GenArts Sapphire on Adobe After Effects and Apple Final Cut Pro. The title, designed for both novice and experienced users, guides artists through the many effects and transitions found in Sapphire so they can harness the full power of the suite with a minimal time investment. Users learn how to apply effects in every Sapphire category, and conclude by building a complete broadcast-ready promo spot. All footage and project files are included. The product retails for $129 USD and is available as a digital download or as a DVD from Toolfarm.
  • Fifteen tutorials for GenArts Sapphire for Adobe After Effects and Apple Final Cut Pro. These new free tutorials offer helpful tips and tricks for many of Sapphire's most popular effects such as LensFlare, RackDefocus and FilmDamage. These tutorials are available as free digital downloads. After Effects users should visit, and Final Cut Pro users should visit Check in frequently as we are always adding more.
  • The Monsters Companion Pack for Autodesk systems Reviewer's Guide. This tutorial offers a comprehensive 10-minute overview of many of the sparks in the Monsters Companion Pack for Autodesk Flame and Smoke users. The tutorial includes demos of Flare, PixFly, TV, Brush and Smoke. Ideal for use alongside the free Monsters trial version, Autodesk artists can leverage this tutorial to quickly see professional results in a limited amount of time. The reviewer's guide is available as a free digital download at

"Since my work is always tied to a tight deadline, I seldom have extra time to explore in depth the tools I use to create visual effects," said Jim Geduldick, Sr. DI Artist at Offhollywood NY. "As a result, I know I'm missing out on some incredible features GenArts Sapphire has to offer. The Complete Training for GenArts Sapphire from Class on Demand gives me an easy way to learn how to tap into the depth of Sapphire's features and dramatically enhance my productivity."

"GenArts provides the powerful tools that the world's best artists use every day to bring the world's greatest stories to life," said Steve Bannerman, CMO of GenArts. "The availability of these new training resources will help ensure that both long-time GenArts customers, as well as new users exploring a trial, have the opportunity to experience the full potential of Sapphire and Monsters and feel the inspiration that brings magic to every frame."

Since the company's founding in 1996, GenArts' software has been utilized in hundreds of films, television broadcasts and commercials, including more than 20 Oscar-nominated pieces such as Titanic; I, Robot; Armageddon; Star Wars Episode I, II and III; The Matrix trilogy; The Lord of the Rings trilogy; Pearl Harbor; Spider Man; Pirates of the Caribbean; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; Transformers; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and many more.

About GenArts
GenArts, Inc. is the premier provider of specialized digital visual effects for the film, broadcast and video industries. The GenArts Sapphire, Monsters and Raptors portfolio equips digital artists with a collection of state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects such as: glows, light rays, lens flares, lightning, film damage, fire and fluid effects. The effects seamlessly integrate as software plug-ins into leading editing and compositing systems from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Autodesk, Assimilate, Eyeon, FilmLight, The Foundry, Quantel and SGO. The company was founded in 1996 in Cambridge, Mass.

Tutorial: FxFactory FCP Cell Phone Browser Transition

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A Quick tutorial on the Cell Phone Browser transition that works in Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express, using Noise Industries FxFactory.

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GenArts Expands Sapphire Licensing Options To Include Floating Licenses

Institutional Users On Adobe After Effects and Apple Final Cut Pro Can Now Enjoy Significantly Reduced Support Costs While Maximizing Resource Allocation

sapphireCAMBRIDGE, Mass. - August 25, 2009 - GenArts Inc., the premier provider of specialized visual effects software for the film, television and video industries, announced today a floating licensing option for institutional users of GenArts Sapphire on After Effects and Final Cut Pro host systems. The eagerly awaited floating license option offers significant flexibility, along with reduced support costs and more efficient resource allocation.

The new floating license option - supported via the Reprise License Manager (RLM) - allows customers to maintain licenses on a centralized server and "check them in and out" to users on a local area network as they are needed. This new Sapphire licensing option provides the following benefits:

  • Lower support costs. Since licenses can be seamlessly moved from one machine to another, managing licenses is far easier and machine downtime is minimized.
  • Greater flexibility. Customers can now easily support the dynamic requirements of freelance and temporary artists.
  • Efficient resource allocation. Customers can gain visibility into artist usage patterns and budget license purchases as their concurrency needs grow.

"GenArts Sapphire's new floating license option is essential in helping us keep our artist productivity high and our support costs low," said Saker Klippsten, Head of Engineering, Zoic Studios. "If a machine fails, we can have another one up and licensed immediately, keeping our artists working. In addition, floating licenses allow us to easily configure temporary workstations for freelance artists as they come and go. This new licensing option really saves us money while giving us much more freedom."

"Post-production houses rely on GenArts Sapphire every single day to ensure stellar visual effects results in feature films, commercials and television shows", said Steve Bannerman, CMO of GenArts. "Our new floating license option comes as a result of our continuing efforts to listen to our customers and deliver Sapphire in all the ways that meet their needs. We realize that our customers' businesses have changed and larger facilities need flexible options for keeping costs low and productivity high. Whether it's floating licenses, rentals or Web-activated serial numbers, GenArts delivers."

GenArts Sapphire's new floating license option is available to users of After Effects and Final Cut Pro host systems for $2,499. However, existing customers may upgrade their current Web-activated licenses to floating for $800 per license. Customers may have any combination of floating, rental and serial numbers.

Since the company's founding in 1996, GenArts software has been utilized in hundreds of films, television broadcasts and commercials, including more than 20 Oscar-nominated pieces such as Titanic; I, Robot; Armageddon; Star Wars Episode I, II and III; The Matrix trilogy; The Lord of the Rings trilogy; Pearl Harbor; Spider Man; Pirates of the Caribbean; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; Transformers; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and many more.

About GenArts
GenArts, Inc. is the premier provider of specialized digital visual effects for the film, broadcast and video industries. The GenArts Sapphire, Monsters and Raptors portfolio equips digital artists with a collection of state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects such as: glows, light rays, lens flares, lightning, film damage, fire and fluid effects. The effects seamlessly integrate as software plug-ins into leading editing and compositing systems from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Autodesk, Assimilate, Eyeon, FilmLight, The Foundry, Quantel and SGO. The company was founded in 1996 in Cambridge, Mass.

New Product: CoreMelt Lock & Load for Final Cut Pro/Express

The world's fastest Stabilizer for Final Cut Pro/Express is here! CoreMelt Lock & Load takes shaky footage and makes it usable.

Just select the clip, analyze it in seconds and playback the smoothed clip. That's it, instant gratification, even on clips with complex rotation motion or camera zooms.

Lock and load is capable of intelligently ignoring foreground motion even on busy scenes or with dark backgrounds.

Lock & Load Advanced Features:
  • No need to choose tracking points, Lock & Load intelligently analyzes the entire clip for you, just select the clip and go.
  • With intelligent adaptive zoom, Lock & Load will automatically compensate for differing levels of movement and zoom in to remove edges.
  • Removes or smooths rotation and zoom changes as well as X and Y movement.
  • Analyzes only the portion of the clip you select, no need to export and re-import long clips.
  • Works with all kinds of footage, no "too much movement" errors.
  • Gives smoother and more fluid results on all types of footage from landscapes to city scenes.
  • Intelligently ignores foreground motion.
  • Multithreaded motion analysis uses all processors on your system.
  • Realtime preview of the smoothed clip without rendering.
  • No learning curve, instant intuitive user interface, works directly on the FCP timeline.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Review: Boris Continuum Complete 6 Wins DV Award of Excellence

If you could only purchase one comprehensive set of plug-ins for your NLE, the answer is simple: Boris Continuum Complete. Currently at a well-seasoned version 6, Boris FX offers Continuum Complete for AE (After Effects and Premiere), FxPlug (Apple Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Express), AVX (including Media Composer 3.5, NewsCutter, Symphony and a version specific to Avid DS 10 or greater) and Sparks (Flint, Flame, Inferno and Smoke). The ability to support such a wide range of NLE and motion graphics/compositing packages is in itself a tribute to Boris. The fact that the performance and quality is consistent across all of these diverse hosts is nothing less than miraculous.
Want to download a free 14 day trial of BCC6? Get it here.

Noise Industries and Development Partners Add Support for Newly Released Apple Final Cut Studio

Final Cut 7 and Motion 4 releases now compatible with entire FxFactory product line; over 200 plug-ins qualified for the new Apple pro video application release

Boston, MA - August 11, 2009 - Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the postproduction and broadcast markets, announced FxFactory compatibility for new Apple Final Cut Studio release. The FxFactory product line includes over 200 award-winning visual effects plug-ins optimized for real-time performance on the Mac platform. "We were anticipating the next major release of Final Cut and were adamant in providing immediate support for all FxFactory powered plug-ins," comments Niclas Bahn, director of business development, Noise Industries. "The winning-combination of Final Cut and Motion’s innovative new features, coupled with the visual effects power of FxFactory products, will undoubtedly yield even more creative content. We are looking forward to our upcoming releases, which will compliment this Final Cut Studio release."

High-Performance Visual Effects Tools

Developed for Adobe After Effects and Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion, FxFactory leverages a high precision, hardware-accelerated rendering engine that enables users to push the limits of effects creation; producing radically unique and realistically organic looks with stunning image quality. FxFactory plug-ins span a wide range of categories that include: blurs, color correction, distortions, glows, half-tones and stylization filters, as well as generators and transitions. Each plug-in is complimented with a forward-thinking approach to design and development:

  • Hardware Acceleration: Plug-ins developed to take advantage of the systems graphics card providing unbeatable previewing and rendering performance.
  • Highly Customizable, Contextual UI: FxFactory presents users with minimal parameters and intuitively reacts and displays additional parameters based on user action. Parameters can be fully expanded allowing any effect element to be manipulated.
  • Plug-in Development Engine: Unique in the industry, the FxFactory plug-in management interface provides broadcast designers a user-friendly development tool to design additional visual effects for Apple and Adobe video solutions.
  • Integrated Help Desk: Plug-in documentation, support resources and tutorials are accessible in one click from the parameter inspector.
  • Hundreds of Presets: Built-in presets are a timesaving feature, which allows users to explore new looks with minimal effort. Users can easily create their own presets and subsequently replicate the look.

Compatibility of FxFactory Powered Plug-ins
All Noise Industries plug-ins qualify for the new Final Cut Studio release, in conjunction with plug-ins from FxPack development partners that include:


  • FxTiles - 3D filters and transitions with flexible animation controls and many built-in presets to achieve great results with minimal effort

DV Shade

  • EasyLooks - Color grading plug-in that gives complete control over the final look of the completed video


Idustrial Revolution

  • CoverFlux - Scrolling still-image generator plug-in displaying up to 25 images in a dazzling 3D stack effect
  • Decimal Counter - An easy to use counter that works with mono-spaced as well as proportional fonts without jitter
  • ParticleMetrix - Easy-to-use particle explosions, shatters, builds, reveals and transitions
  • SupaWipe - Object transition plug-in for Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express, designed by Peter Wiggins
  • Volumetrix - Stunning light effects and transitions with glows, glints and distortions


  • CineFest - Film festival look with 12 theme elements, customizable colors, background media and titles
  • Design Tools - Plug-ins that help constrain a project to specific layouts or color palettes; examples include client branding
  • Drop In Studio - A highly configurable 3D theme with multiple animating title and media elements
  • Folding Cards - A dynamic, uncluttered 3D theme with 8 elements and a customizable color palette
  • Heads Up Display (H.U.D.) - A unique set of plug-ins to make your video look like it's being seen through binoculars, weapon sights, old cameras and a wide range of high-tech gadgetry
  • Light Pack - Fun and useful filters including Marquee, Paparazzi and Lens Flare
  • Mondrianesque Complete - Includes 8 plug-ins with powerful customization and animation options to enhance the look of an edited piece
  • Perf Motif - 7 elegantly animated generators with a full set of parameters to quickly adapt the theme to your project.
  • Portfolio - Showcase up to seven photos and videos at once with this elegant theme sporting vintage and modern looks.
  • RadialWave - Hypnotic wave filter with numerous options to customize images, animation and secondary effects. Explore various looks with the 14 built-in presets.
  • Slate Tools - Slate Tools plug-ins assist in creating slates and copyright notices commonly used in the broadcast industry.
  • Urban Studio - Media composition options within urban environments.
  • Video Wall - Video wall construction with 3D space effects.
  • World Cup - Stunning 3D animator that adds a configurable newscast finish to any project


  • Motype - Text animation capabilities complete with integrated motion mixers, character randomizations, motion blurs, letter particles, 3D cameras and background assortments

Users must install the Noise Industries FxFactory engine to operate FxPacks. FxFactory is free and can be downloaded from

Availability and Pricing
FxFactory Pro is available today for $399.00 USD. Additional plug-in packages are available for free or commercially starting at a price point of $29.00 USD. FxFactory plug-ins vary in price and can be purchased via the Noise Industries website ( or through select resellers. Adobe® After Effects CS3, Apple Final Cut Studio and Apple Final Cut Express 4 users can test drive hundreds of FxFactory plug-ins by downloading the free 15-day trial version.

About Noise Industries, LLC
Established in 2004, Boston, Massachusetts-based Noise Industries is an innovative developer of visual effects tools for the postproduction and broadcast community. Their products are integrated with popular non-linear editing and compositing products from Apple, Adobe and Avid. For more information about Noise Industries, please visit:

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tutorial: Using SonicFire Pro with Final Cut Pro

Tutorial: Using SonicFire Pro with Final Cut Pro from Michele Yamazaki on Vimeo.

Michele Yamazaki from Toolfarm shows you how to create a custom soundtrack for your video in Final Cut Pro using SmartSound SonicFire Pro.

You can pick up SonicFire Pro in Toolfarm's store. It really is so much fun to play with and so easy to use and you'll be able to create incredible soundtracks amazingly fast.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Telestream Wirecast 3.5.3 Now available

New in Wirecast 3.5.3

  • Support for Flash streaming through Akamai CDN
  • Support for iPhone H.264 streaming
  • Support for Adobe (default) user authentication
  • Influxis FME WebViewer now supported, allowing HD VP6 for live streaming

Boris FX Announces New Boris Continuum Unit: Motion Tracker

BCCCorner Pin, Match Move, Wire Remover, and Witness Protection Filters for $199

Marlborough MA - August 18, 2009 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, announced that a new Boris Continuum Unit, Motion Tracker, is now available. The Boris Continuum Motion Tracker Unit includes the Corner Pin, Match Move, Wire Remover, and Witness Protection filters from Boris Continuum Complete 6:
  • BCC Corner Pin allows editors to map media to a specific area on a moving object in a media file. For example, if a media file includes a moving bus with an advertisement on its side, an editor could use Corner Pin to track and replace the advertisement with a logo.
  • BCC Match Move locks the movement of one image clip to another image clip. One of the great advantages of using the Match Move filter is that it includes full DVE functions such as tumble, spin, and rotate along with interesting lighting and light wrap compositing features.
  • BCC Wire Remover removes wires and unwanted objects from still or moving images by either cloning or blending pixels together from surrounding areas.
  • BCC Witness Protection allows editors to track the motion of an object in a media file. Editors can then use the motion path data to control another aspect of the effect. For example, an editor can track a logo on a t-shirt and use a blur to obscure the logo. Mosaic, tint, or brightness/contrast effects could also be applied to the specified area.

Boris Continuum Motion Tracker supports Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Final Cut Express, Apple Motion, and Adobe After Effects. Apple's new Final Cut Studio 3 release is supported.

The Motion Tracker Unit is the latest addition to previously-released Boris Continuum Units: Chroma Key, Pan and Zoom, UpRez, Motion Key, Lens Flare, Film Look, Glitters, Optical Stabilizer, Light Rays, 3D Objects, and Cartoon Look.

Pricing and Availability
Boris Continuum Motion Tracker is immediately available through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct from the Boris FX web site at for an MSRP of $199 USD. Customers who purchase the Boris Continuum Motion Tracker Unit or any other Boris Continuum Unit may credit the price of the Unit towards the full Boris Continuum Complete plug-in suite. For more information, please visit the Boris FX web site at

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. For more information, visit

Monday, August 17, 2009

Interview: A Conversation with Brian Dressel

interview w/ brian dressel

I met Brian Dressell at MGFest in January of 2009 at Pixel Brothers Studio. It was sort of an immersive art gallery showing with several artists, a DJ and all sorts of overstimulation. Brian Dressel, whom I met at the exhibit, was showing projected video that a person can interact with. And, it turns out, Brian is from my hometown and is a good friend of a friend (small world, I know!). He's also the man when it comes to interactive video. He and his team at M1 Interactive have taken video to the next level. You may have even seen his innovative work in advertisements on the Vegas strip or played a Respondr game in a public space or tradeshow.

Friday, August 14, 2009

New Product: LME Knoll Light Factory Animated Project Pack

LME Knoll Light Factory Animated Project Pack has taken Knoll Light Factory to a new level with this unprecedented collection!

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We have broken down individual elements in Knoll Light Factorys collection of presets and basic effects and added movement, changed brightness, scale and other parameters over time for each, then combined them in an imaginative combination to create one single original light effect.

Multiply that times 104 and you have a dynamic, useful extremely varied adjustable collection, that will add orignality to dozens of broadcast design project.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Product: Topaz Detail for Photoshop

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

Truly artifact-free edge manipulation has only been made possible by some very recent advances in image processing. All other sharpening and detail manipulation techniques up until this point either produce edge halos or drastically increase the noise levels in the image. Topaz Detail does neither, which makes it perfectly suited for stunning but completely natural image enhancement.

topaz detail

Push details and sharpness as much or as little as you like with Topaz Detail because it's the first detail manipulation product available that don't create halos or other artifacts. This unique trait makes Topaz Detail ideal for sharpening purposes and for naturally accenting photo detail. Most photographers find that their shots look crisper and richer with the greater feature definition and depth that Topaz Detail brings. For example, Topaz Detail especially shines on features like mountains, buildings, and wedding dresses.

The great thing about this filter is that now enhancing detail and image clarity no longer means sacrificing realism. Give your photography that elusive extra "pop" easily and naturally with Topaz Detail.

Try it yourself by downloading a 30-day completely functional free trial and see what this new technology can bring to your photography!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Digital Film Tools Releases Composite Suite Pro v1

digital film toolsDigital Film Tools releases Composite Suite Pro v1 for Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Editing Systems.

The successor to Composite Suite v3, Digital Film Tools Composite Suite Pro adds twelve new plug-ins: Blur Depth, Colorize, Colorize Gradient, DeFocus, DeFog, Distortion, F-Stop, Glow Edges, Glow Effects, Gobo, Printer Points and Temperature. In addition, there are many enhancements to the the existing plug-ins and there is now support for Apple's fxPlug format.

Composite Suite Pro features a well rounded collection of visual effects plug-ins that were previously only available in-house at a Hollywood based feature film effects facility. Tested in the rigors of everyday production, Composite Suite Pro provides all that is needed to combine multiple images by utilizing compositing tricks and techniques, color correction, blur, grain, matte manipulation, lens distortion, lighting effects and edge blending. Eradicate the most common effects problems or employ specialized compositing tools for combining imagery such as fire, smoke and explosions. Cutout or isolate objects using a proprietary matte generator or pick from a variety of color correctors and natural lighting effects to spice up your images.

The Foundry's RollingShutter Plug-in Tackles CMOS Skew and Wobble Effects- August Sale!

The Foundry RollingShutter is a brand new plug-in tool for After Effects and Nuke, which tackles image-distortion problems often experienced by users of CMOS cameras.

Rolling shutter effects are commonly found with video cameras employing CMOS image sensors, which record every frame line-by-line from top to bottom of the image, rather than as a single snapshot of a point in time.

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As parts of the image are recorded at different times, moving objects can become distorted and appear skewed. Problems can also arise with flashing or strobing lights.

Aside from not looking great, 3D tracking during VFX post production can become a very difficult task as the tracking points themselves are unstable.

The Foundry's RollingShutter plug-in tackles skew and perceived 'wobble' problems from the VFX artist's perspective. The plug-in will often vastly improve the look of distorted footage, by either minimizing or eradicating image distortions.

Unlike solutions tied to camera stabilization, that stretch the image as a whole, the RollingShutter plug-in compensates for local skewing and distortion in the scene, by correcting each object individually. This approach even allows you to correct objects moving in different directions in locked-off shots.

RollingShutter is therefore particularly good at enabling software camera trackers to work effectively on a wide range of problematic footage.

“As one of the beta testers for The Foundry's RollingShutter, I have been very impressed with its assistance in making skewed footage trackable. So much so that I’ve decided to teach it as part of my FX PHD camera tracking curriculum.”
- Victor Wolansky, Professor

RollingShutter is available for After Effects CS3 & CS4 and Nuke 5.1 or later.

Buy one get one free! Buy a license of RollingShutter in August and we'll give you a second copy absolutely free. You could run RollingShutter on both your After Effects and Nuke systems or workstation and laptop at the same time… or give the 2nd copy to a colleague or friend?

Boris Continuum Complete 6.0.4 FxPlug: Major Update for Final Cut Studio 3

Apple Motion 4 is a powerful, fun-to-use 3D motion graphics application.

boris extrude

Boris Continuum Complete's 3D Objects filters bring even more fun to Motion's workflow by allowing 3D extruded text, logos, and EPS graphics to respond to Motion's native camera. This is just one of the latest improvements available in Boris Continuum Complete 6.0.4 FxPlug which is a free update for Boris Continuum Complete 6 FxPlug customers. Other new features include a revamped Optical Stabilizer for Apple Final Cut Pro with automated scaling and an interactive User Interface. Make your handheld shots rock steady with ease! Boris Continuum Complete 6.0.4 FxPlug also introduces official support for Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Apple Motion 4.

BCC 6 FxPlug Customers: Get your Free Update, or download a Free Trial!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Freebies: Digieffects FreeForm AE Project Files and Templates- Jellyfish

More Free Project Files for Digieffects FreeForm AE- Create organic-looking jellyfish!

Download all the freebies and a free trial of FreeForm here!

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Friday, August 07, 2009

Tutorial: Creating Butterflies in Motion 3 with Noise Industries Plug-ins

By Zak Peric, Apple Certified Apple Motion 3 Pro:

In this animation I explored the possibility of using image to create butterfly flying. Also I have used Generator from Noise Industries to create clouds effect.

This is by no means a boundaries breaking animation. However you will be pleasantly surprised to learn how quickly you can build very believable animations of birds or butterfly’s flying.

For this animation I have used Noise Industries Generator and Futurismo Backgrounds Replicators to create grass swaying and Behaviors to make butterfly fly.

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Tutorial: Create a Faux Depth of Field using NewBlue FX Rack Focus

Rack Focus, part of the NewBlue FX Video Essentials II collection, allows you to create shots with faux depth of field by selectively blurring a portion of the image. This is great for creating a film look depth of field, artificially controlling the center of attention, or even making a scene look like it was shot with miniatures.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Free Sample of AE Camera Training: Auto Orient Layers to Camera

In Toolfarm Expert Series Professional Training for After Effects Camera, Rob Birnholz uncovers the mysteries of the After Effects camera, going through basics and moving quickly through the more advanced settings and controls.

We were chatting a bit about the training and wanted to clarify it's purpose. With the Expert Series, the concept is to focus on a function (like the camera) or a plug-in and get the user up to speed quickly so they can apply the knowledge to whatever project may come their way. None of our training goes into every little detail (that's what the manual is for) but gives the user a good knowledge so they feel comfortable diving in. It's not one of those "How to create a cool effect" tutorials either. It is meant to build skills in AE quickly in professionals who don't have a lot of time.

If you need to improve your AE skills or if you're new to AE, this training is for you. If you've been using AE since it was COSA, you will still learn a lot that you can apply to your everyday work. Check it out!

Adobe Captivate 4 now available

With Adobe Captivate 4 software, you can rapidly author professional eLearning content with advanced interactivity, software and scenario simulations, quizzes, and other engaging experiences - no programming or multimedia skills required. Boost your productivity with templates and collaboration workflows. And deliver content virtually anywhere by publishing to Learning Management Systems and Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro software. Upgrade here.

New from the Toolfarm Expert Series

Trapcode 3S Training

trapcode 3s training New Training for Trapcode 3S Bundle!

The Professional Training for Trapcode 3S with Angie Mistretta teaches
basic to advanced use of Trapcode Shine, Starglow and 3D Stroke. The
project files and footage are included.

After Effects Camera

after effects camera trainingNew Training for the After Effects Camera!

Rob Birnholz uncovers the mysteries of the After Effects camera, going through basics and moving quickly through the more advanced settings and controls.

BREAKING: Google Acquires Video Compression Company for $106.5 Million

Read all about the acquisition at Mashable. Toolfarm sells the On2 VP6 Pro Plugin for Sorenson Squeeze 4.3. It is the professional's choice for delivering high-quality video compression for Flash 8. VP6 Pro provides superior video quality as compared to Sorenson Spark Pro. Sorenson Squeeze 4.3 seamlessly incorporates the VP6 Pro plugin to optimize both the quality of your video and simplicity of your workflow.

We'll keep you posted if anything changes with the product.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

bonzai 3D gets updated to version 1.1

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AutoDesSys Bonzai3d 1.1 fixes a number of irregularities reported by users after the introduction of the application to the 3D industry in mid June, significantly improving stability and overall feature and tool functionality. Beyond these corrections a few new tools have been added as a prelude to the next major release that will bring dimensioning and photorealistic rendering among other enhancements. Both bonzai3d 1.1 and the next upgrade are free of charge to all registered users.

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The new toolset in version 1.1 includes:

Swivel tool - a new view tool that navigates the view by changing where you are looking (but not the point from which you look)

Set View - adds a way to make it easier to navigate around the objects that are being worked on.

Smooth modeling performance - performances of all operations involving smooth objects have been improved across the board.

User's manual v - over 100 new pages have been added to the manual

Help and Video access - selecting the Manual item from the menu invoked when right clicking on a too icon, now takes you to the appropriate place in the manual for the tool is discussed. Likewise selecting View Video takes you to the most relevant video for the tool.

CHV QC Integration FX V1.7.2: Final Cut Studio 3 Compatible.

Final Cut Studio 3CHV-electronics, software developer of plugins for Motion, Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express announced today the release of an update of the plugin package QC Integration FX, based on Apple's technologies FxPlug and Quartz Composer.

Version 1.7.2 addresses the new release of Final Cut Studio and enhances the compatibility with Final Cut Pro 7 and Motion 4.

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

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

The plugin package runs on all PowerPC and Intel Mac computers on OSX 10.4 (Tiger) and OSX 10.5 (Leopard) that are qualified to run any version of Final Cut Studio or Final Cut Express.

All FxPlug plugin packages from CHV-electronics are GPU-accelerated, using the full power of the installed graphics adapter for direct feedback and fast rendering.

Trapcode 3S Training Now Available!

Trapcode 3S

Professional Training for Trapcode 3S with Angie Mistretta is now officially available for download! The training covers Shine, Starglow and 3D Stroke.

Here's a promo piece I put together for it, which uses Professional Video Templates Pictures Flow Template and features music from the band King Tut.

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Watch it in HD at YouTube or Vimeo

Sneak Peak: The Foundry RollingShutter

Tom Cowland, who I met at NAB this year, shows an upcoming plug-in for After Effects and Nuke called RollingShutter, designed to correct the roll and distortion created by some cameras. Seems very useful, especially if you need to track that footage.

Tutorial: GenArts Sapphire Lens Flare in AE

Author: GenArts
Skill Level: Beginner
Version: AECS4, Genarts Sapphire 2
Project Files: Download Project Files (1.2mb)
Movie: View Quicktime below
Plug-ins Used: GenArts Sapphire
Free Demo: GenArts Sapphire

The Tutorial

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Final Cut Studio 3 Compatibility List Getting Longer

Final cut studio 3We've just added the full Boris FX catalog to the Final Cut Studio 3 Compatibility list.

Have you tried plug-ins that are not on the list and they work? Let us know!

Tutorial: GenArts Sapphire Debanding in AE

Author: GenArts
Skill Level: Beginner
Version: AECS4, Genarts Sapphire 2
Project Files: Download Project Files (1.8mb)
Movie: View Quicktime below
Plug-ins Used: GenArts Sapphire
Free Demo: GenArts Sapphire

The Tutorial

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Tutorial: GenArts Sapphire Rack Defocus Tutorial for After Effects

Author: GenArts
Skill Level: Beginner
Version: AE CS4, Genarts Sapphire 2
Project Files: Download Project Files (640kb)
Movie: View Quicktime below
Plug-ins Used: GenArts Sapphire
Free Demo: GenArts Sapphire

The Tutorial

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Monday, August 03, 2009

The Foundry Tinderbox for After Effects: New Lower Pricing!

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Pricing on Tinderbox for After Effects has been drastically reduced! Tinderbox is an impressive collection of 2D visual effects plug-ins, delivering unlimited creative possibilities for artists involved in producing digital images for film and video.

New Tinderbox Pricing:

New Tinderbox Upgrade Pricing:
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