Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Teaser Using Digieffects Camera Mapper

The Digieffects Camera Mapper plug-in for Adobe After Effects allows you to isolate one or several objects in your footage, project these objects on a separate layer and pull that layer out of the background, creating the visual illusion of the object floating in front of the original footage.

Here's a fun teaser video for Medium that uses Digieffects Camera Mapper. Download a free demo of Digieffects Camera Mapper here.


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Review: Toolfarm's Professional After Effects Camera Training

Ko Maruyama gives After Effects Camera Training from Toolfarm Expert Series, created by Rob Birnholz a terrific review! Read it here.

Steps right into the more intermediate - advanced concepts of After Effects rather than explaining beginner procedures. Each section focuses on a specific topic. You can navigate directly to lessons you need to review. Even if you're on an earlier version of After Effects, you can take advantage of this instruction. Lesson files are compatible with CS4, but the theories apply to 3D cameras in previous versions of AE as well.

Here's a free chapter too, to whet your appetite!


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Red Giant Magic Bullet Mojo Ad

Here's the final edit of the Magic Bullet Mojo ad, done by Aharon Rabinowitz... The Look of a Modern Hollywood Blockbuster in Seconds. Doesn't it make you want to try it out? Buy it here for just $99!


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Tutorial: Noise Industries Boinx FxTiles plug-in for FCP, Motion and AE

Flip, shatter and spread your image across the screen with FxTiles, designed by Boinx Software for FxFactory. This tutorial gives you an introduction of what you can do with this great plug-in.


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FxFactory is a revolutionary visual effects architecture powering hundreds of plug-ins for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects.

Boris Continuum Complete 6.0.5 AVX: Major Update for Avid Editing and Finishing Systems

Boris Continuum Complete 6.0.5 AVX features new Animated Presets for 3D Objects, a revamped Optical Stabilizer filter, a new Swish Pan transition filter, and official support for Avid Media Composer 4, Avid Symphony 4, and Avid NewsCutter 8.

Revamped Optical Stabilizer Filter

BCC Optical Stabilizer, which automatically smooths or completely eliminates shaky camera motion, now provides more feedback during the image analysis process. In addition, a new Autoscale option automatically transform scales a locked down clip so that it fills the frame or composite window.

New Swish Pan Transition Filter

BCC Swish Pan lets you create fast, camera pan-style transitions between clips. The filter is fully automated and includes controls for the velocity of the pan with on-screen display of the ease-in and ease-out curve.

Animated Presets for 3D Objects

BCC 6 AVX's Animated Presets option has been extended to include the BCC 3D Objects category of filters. This powerful feature lets you save animated effects for use in other projects or BCC hosts.

Download Free Animated 3D Objects Presets for Avid and Adobe After Effects

Support for New Avid Editing Software Releases


BCC 6.0.5 AVX introduces official support for Avid Media Composer 4, Avid Symphony 4, and Avid NewsCutter 8.

BCC 6.0.5 AVX is a free update for BCC 6.x AVX users.

Boris FX Updates Boris Continuum Complete Product Line to Version 6.0.4

bcc boxRevamped Optical Stabilizer, Enhanced Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Motion Support

September 28, 2009 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced that its flagship Boris Continuum Complete product line has been updated to Version 6.0.4. The Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) product line includes BCC AE for Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro, BCC FxPlug for Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion, and Apple Final Cut Express, and BCC AVX for Avid editing and finishing systems. The new Version 6.0.4 release includes a revamped optical stabilizer filter, enhanced support for Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Motion, new animated presets for BCC 6's 3D Objects filters, and official support for Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Apple Motion 4, Avid Media Composer 4, Avid Symphony 4, and Avid NewsCutter 8.

What's New in Boris Continuum Complete Version 6.0.4

  • Enhanced Apple Motion Integration. BCC 6 FxPlug's 3D Objects filters now allow 3D extruded text, logos, and EPS graphics to respond to Motion's native camera.
  • Revamped Optical Stabilizer Filter. BCC Optical Stabilizer, which automatically smoothes or completely eliminates shaky camera motion, now provides more feedback during the image analysis process. In addition, a new Autoscale option automatically transform scales a locked down clip so that it fills the frame or composite window.
  • Improved Adobe Premiere Pro Support. Based on award-winning Optical Flow and Motion Tracking technology, workhorse BCC AE filters such as Optical Stabilizer, Corner Pin, Match Move, Witness Protection, and Motion Blur are now available in Premiere Pro Version 4.1.
  • Animated 3D Objects Presets for Adobe After Effects and Avid. BCC 6's Animated Presets option has been extended to include the BCC 3D Objects category of filters. This powerful feature lets you save animated effects for use in other projects or BCC hosts.
  • New Swish Pan Transition Filter for BCC AVX. Swish Pan enables editors to create fast, camera pan-style transitions between clips. The filter is fully automated and includes controls for the velocity of the pan with on-screen display of the ease-in and ease-out curve.
  • Support for Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Apple Motion 4. BCC 6.0.4 FxPlug introduces official support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard as well as Apple's new Final Cut Studio release.
  • Support for Avid's New Editing Software Releases. BCC 6.0.4 AVX introduces official support for Avid Media Composer 4, Avid Symphony 4, and Avid NewsCutter 8.

BCC 6.0.4 AE is a free update for BCC 6.x AE users, BCC 6.0.4 FxPlug is a free update for BCC 6.x FxPlug users, and BCC 6.0.4 AVX is a free update for BCC 6.x AVX users. The BCC 6.0.4 updates are available for download from the Toolfarm Demos Page. Full-functioning 14-day trial versions are also available for free download.

Tutorial: How to Use Apple Color with Media 100 Suite

Learn how to use Apple Color with Media 100 Suite! This tutorial focuses on how to get your material into Color and back into Media 100 Suite - and what to look out for during this round-trip.


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Apple Color and Media 100 Suite In this new video tutorial, Floh Peters shows you how to use Apple Color with Media 100 Suite. The tutorial focuses on how to get your material into Color and back into Media 100 Suite - and what to look out for during this round-trip.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Noise Industries FxFactory updated to 2.1; New Plug-in DVShade LiveToon

FxFactory 2.1 restores plug-in compatibility with Adobe After Effects running on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

>FxFactory Pro 2.1 includes a new version of the Slideshow generator. Slideshow lets you quickly and easily animate any folder containing images.

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DVShade LiveToon

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LiveToon is a new live action cartoon-look plug-in developed by DVShade.


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LiveToon will convert any media to its cartoon-look equivalent. Built-in presets let you quickly explore the wide range of looks possible with this effect. The unlockable, trial version of LiveToon is available by installing FxFactory 2.1. To try the demo, download the FxFactory update.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Tutorial: Digieffects Camera Mapper Intro by Mark Christiansen


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Review: GridIron Flow by Macworld

Pros: Keeps projects organised, behind-the-scenes time tracking and versioning, works almost seamlessly
Cons: Won't appeal to all creatives, lacks support for some applications such as QuarkXPress

If its any consolation, I haven't used QuarkXPress in years. They did give it 5 out of 5 which ain't too shabby!

Read the full review here

Want to try GridIron Flow? Download a free here. If you like it, buy GridIron Flow at Toolfarm and save 5% and more on multiple licenses.

Freebie: New "Looks" Package for Cineform First Light

cineformCineForm has released a free package of 34 "Looks" for use with First Light. After installation, all 34 Looks are available within the Looks selector in First Light.

First Light is included at no cost will all CineForm products- except the entry-level Neo Scene.

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New Product: Topaz ReMask for Photoshop

Topaz ReMask for Photoshop is specifically engineered to supercharge the masking and extraction workflow for photographers and designers within Photoshop. Other masking tools - both within Photoshop and other third party filters - require intricate brushing, sampling, and refining for a detailed mask. Topaz ReMask, on the other hand, does all the heavy lifting while requiring a minimum of user input.

Speed! Topaz ReMask is much faster at extracting even complex subjects than any other method currently available. This is partly because there's only a small amount of required user input, but mostly because its technology is so adept at creating masks automatically.

Just exactly how fast is Topaz ReMask at masking? Take a look:



Accuracy! The hardest subjects for masking tools are those with complex backgrounds, faint edges, and fine detail like fur or hair. The unique algorithm that Topaz ReMask uses specialize in extracting "difficult" subjects without spending all day doing it.

Workflow! Topaz ReMask flawlessly integrates into a Photoshop workflow because it doesn't make a trip to an external app - there isn't even a new user interface to learn! It works immediately on the layer mask directly within Photoshop. This reduces the learning curve and saves processing time, which is part of what makes it so fast and simple to use.

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Topaz ReMask only exists because of very recent developments in image extraction techniques.

Like many Topaz products, Topaz ReMask's capabilities are only made possible through the very latest developments in image enhancement technology. A masking tool like Topaz ReMask would be literally impossible back in 2007, for instance.

ReMask works by analyzing the information in the user-created tri-map and comparing it to the original image to accurately determine what to keep and what to remove in the image.

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Interview with Digieffects President Robert Sharp!

interview with Robert SharpJohn Dickinson of Motionworks does a fantastic interview with Robert Sharp of Digieffects. Robert talks about himself, his days at Terran, and his brother's Colin and Jason Sharp of Toolfarm and his work in founding Toolfarm. And they say some nice things about me! Thanks! So Robert goes on to discuss acquiring Digieffects and all of the Digieffects plug-ins in detail, as well as the new Camera Mapper. Check out the interview here.

If you want to try out the Digieffects plug-ins, head over to our Free Demo Downloads page.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Toolfarm Expert Series Training: Primatte Keyer Pro Training Sneak Peek!


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A Sneak Peek of our new Toolfarm Expert Series Training! Look for it soon!

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Open graphics use elements of Professional Video Templates- The Shine.

New Molino Template for After Effects from Professional Video Template

Professional Video Templates Molino Template for Adobe After Effects CS3 and out is 60 seconds in duration, but you can take it apart and use whatever you need. It comes with SD and HD for NTSC and Pal. You can modify colors, fonts, video and images, colors and timing to make it yours. It can be used for corporate video, commercials, wedding videos, title sequences, bumpers or documentaries.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

CS4 & Matrox & Premiere 4.2 & Adobe Story

We received an email from Adobe today that was quite interesting, with the subject line CS4 and Matrox & Premiere 4.2 & Adobe Story. It's from Dave Helmly, North American DMO TechSales Manager. He said:

As many of you know,over the past several weeks, Adobe has been working with the 3rd party I/O board vendors and their current CS4 drivers. This has been a joint effort between these companies and Adobe. CS4 introduced a number of changes ranging from 64 bit memory addressing to I/O calls and so on.

The recent Matrox Axio & RTX driver is working quite well with only a few minor issues for Windows users. We are highly recommending that Windows users upgrade to Vista64 (or Win7 64 when released) & 8GB or 16GB of RAM. Matrox is continuing to make improvements to their driver. Make sure to periodically check their website for updates.

He goes on to say that they are working on a Premiere 4.2 update that should be out next month. The update will include several fixes and support for Native AVC-Intra Import. We'll let you know when that is out.

Then there's Adobe Story, which I posted a link to a couple of weeks ago. Download the beta for free at Adobe Labs. I saw a short demo at NAB and it looked extremely useful for anyone in video production.

Topaz Photoshop Bundle Updated to include DeJPEG

Topaz DeJPEG is the best way to enhance JPEG picture quality by eliminating JPEG artifacts, fuzziness, and image blur. The intuitive but powerful tools in Topaz DeJPEG ensures that each JPEG image looks as good as it can possibly be. Now it is included in the Topaz Photoshop Bundle. It's a $270 value but you can get it for just $149.99!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Alien Skin Blow Up 2.0.3 released

Alien Skin Software just released a free update that packs a bunch of new features into Blow Up 2. Don't be fooled by the tiny version number 2.0.3 because there is juicy stuff in there. Go to the Blow Up 2.0.3 update web page to download it.

Blow Up now appears in the Filter menu. An even easier way to start it is through the slick new Photoshop CS4 Startup Panel. The panel resizes your image to standard paper sizes with a single click, including ISO sizes like A4. There is a new performance slider in the preferences panel for optimizing Blow Up for processing speed or memory use.

Blow Up 2.0.3 also installs a Gallery Wrap Panel for Photoshop CS4. Although this panel is installed with Blow Up, it does not rely on Blow Up to work. So, even if you don't intend to use Blow Up, you can install it and then just use the free Gallery Wrap Panel.

broadcastGEMs Announces TWO Free Registration Incentives for AEPro Volume 02

broadcastGEMs is pleased to announce the availability of two Registration Incentives for its broadcastGEMs AEPro HD & SD Volume 2 products. These Registration Incentives are given free to registered owners of AEPro HD/SD Volume 02. A third Registration Incentive will be available later this year.

broadcastGEMs Frame & Lines consists of eight videos flying about in 3D space. Seven of the videos alternate taking a fullscreen stop. Lines are attached to the videos via Expression Scripts. For customization, simply move any video in 3D space and the lines will always stay attached. Alternative frames such as rectangles or most organic shapes provide more alternatives. Expression Controls allow you to easily customize across multiple layers and their attributes.

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Trapcode 3D Stroke (version 2.0.3) is required for this AEP.


broadcastGEMs Newsy 08 includes four related compositions. Included are an opening sequence, an intro sequence, a centered panel and a lower 3rd. This is a high-quality AEP that includes a pre-rendered 3D Ring and gorgeous text texture created entirely with AE's Text Tool and a few built-in plugins. The highlight of this AEP is the integration between your videos and the 3D Ring. Using ultra cool techniques, the 3D ring rotates fully around your video layers and includes shadow casting across both the 3D Ring and your video. The panels have a glassy look to provide a polished, high-end look to the entire sequence. As always, Expression Controls allow you a lot of leverage to easily customize this AEP.

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No 3rd party plugins are required for this AEP.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

New BCC 6.0.4 AE Update Offers Enhanced Adobe Premiere Pro Support


Based on award-winning Optical Flow and Motion Tracking technology, workhorse BCC filters such as Optical Stabilizer, Corner Pin, Match Move, Witness Protection, and Motion Blur are now available in Premiere Pro 4.1.

Featuring new Animated Presets for 3D Objects, a revamped Optical Stabilizer filter, and enhanced Adobe Premiere Pro 4.1 support, BCC 6.0.4 AE is a free, major update for BCC 6 AE users...

Revamped Optical Stabilizer Filter

BCC Optical Stabilizer, which automatically smoothes or completely eliminates shaky camera motion, now provides more feedback during the image analysis process. In addition, a new Autoscale option automatically transform scales a locked down clip so that it fills the frame or composite window.

In addition to Adobe After Effects, BCC Optical Stabilizer is now available for Adobe Premiere Pro 4.1.

Corner Pin Filter Now Available for Adobe Premiere Pro 4.1
BCC Corner Pin lets you perform 4-point motion tracking and corner pinning. Premiere Pro users can now track the motion of the corner points in an image and use this motion to map a second image clip to the source image clip. A typical use of the filter might be to place the content of a billboard or sign onto a moving car or truck.

Match Move Filter Now Available for Adobe Premiere Pro 4.1
BCC Match Move allows you to copy the motion from one clip and apply the motion to a second clip. The filter includes several compositing options such as edge cropping and blending, drop shadow and borders, 3D lighting, and a special light wrap feature for photorealistic image composites.

Witness Protection Filter Now Available for Adobe Premiere Pro 4.1
BCC Witness Protection uses advanced motion tracking technology to follow the motion of user-defined pixels and then uses this recovered image motion to alter the selected pixels in the image clip. For example, you can use this filter to automatically obscure the identity of a person's face using the built-in blur or mosaic effects, or highlight a football as it is moving through the air with the built-in tint or color correction effects.

Motion Blur Filter Now Available for Adobe Premiere Pro 4.1
The BCC Motion Blur filter creates a realistic blur on the motion in an image, simulating the effect of shooting a moving object on film. The blur is based on the motion of the pixels in the image.

Optical Flow Filter Now Available for Adobe Premiere Pro 4.1
The Optical Flow clip retiming filter estimates the motion between two frames of video and renders an intermediate frame that interpolates the motion. The filter delivers sharp, artifact-free slow-motion results.

Motion Key Filter Now Available for Adobe Premiere Pro 4.1
Ever needed to fix a clip where an unwanted or unexpected object appears in the scene? BCC Motion Key isolates and removes moving foreground objects from a clip without the need for complex masking or cloning.

Animated Presets for 3D Objects (After Effects only)
BCC 6 AE's Animated Presets option has been extended to include the BCC 3D Objects category of filters. This powerful feature lets you save animated effects for use in other projects or BCC hosts.

BCC 6.0.4 AE is a free update for BCC 6.x users. Running an older version of BCC? Upgrade for $295.

Read the BCC 6.0.4 AE Release Notes

Friday, September 18, 2009

Media 100 Suite Now Supports Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Media 100 Suite Version 1.0.2 is now available. Version 1.0.2 introduces official support for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and adds support for Matrox's MXO2 Mini for affordable HD HDMI and analog I/O.

Media 100 Suite v1.0.2 is a free update for Media 100 Suite v1.x customers.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Review: Camera Mapper and After Effects conspire to make camera projection child's play

IT Enquirer reviews Digieffects Camera Mapper. This is a really interesting review.

If I were to advise you on the Camera Mapper plug-in, I'd honestly say that if youire even in the slightest way interested in creating dramatic effects with After Effects, and camera mapping is either something you do regularly or have never done before but would like to try out, you should definitely try it out. I'll bet you will not hesitate for long to buy it.

Well, if you're interested in trying it out, download a free demo here.

Read the full review here.

If you have tried Camera Mapper and have questions, drop by the Digieffects forums and ask. The forum is moderated by Digieffects staff.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

News: Adobe to Acquire Omniture

adobe OmnitureLooks like Adobe is getting into the Web Analytics market. Check out Omniture.

Avid Accelerates Customer Workflows with New Editing and Production Asset Management Solutions

New versions of Media Composer, Symphony, NewsCutter and Interplay enable customers to lower production costs, increase productivity and shatter collaboration barriers

IBC (Stand #7.J20), AMSTERDAM, September 10, 2009 - Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID) today introduced new versions of its Media Composer® (4.0), Symphony™ (4.0), NewsCutter® (8.0) professional editing software and Interplay® (2.0) production asset management system. Reinforcing Avid’s commitment to providing open and flexible solutions, these new offerings enable broadcast and post production professionals to lower production costs and enhance their productivity by:

  • Eliminating timely transcode processes with the capability to mix and match different frame rates and resolutions in an open timeline within the same project.
  • Expanding native support for file-based media with the addition of industry-leading formats such as Panasonic AVC-I and Ikegami GFCAM. GFCAM support is a result of Avid Media Access (AMA).
  • Empowering production teams to become more efficient by extending workgroup capabilities to the Wide Area Network (WAN) - allowing journalists, producers and assistants to work with media at any time, from any location.

What Customers are Saying

Emmy® and A.C.E. Eddie winning editor Steve Cohen has beta tested Media Composer 4.0 and said, "My first experience with AMA was eye-opening, largely because it's so trivially simple: no logging, no digitizing, no importing is required. Clips appear in a bin magically, with all the metadata available and ready for cutting. The fact that it's possible on a laptop with no extra hardware is also very impressive. And Avid's Mix and Match is one of those features that's so well designed that it's completely transparent. You simply edit as you would with any other material and the Media Composer does the right thing automatically, adjusting the speed as needed, without rendering."

Industry Standard Editing Tools - Fast, Reliable, More Native Formats
Media Composer (named the preferred tool for acclaimed editors by the American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.)), Symphony and NewsCutter software now offer customers a wide array of new features designed to streamline the production process including:

  • Improved Stereoscopic 3D editing: Enables customers to view 3D material side by side in addition to over/under - ensuring greater accuracy of editing decisions and a wider choice of cost-effective monitors for stereoscopic viewing.
  • Monitoring HD and SD cross-and-down converted formats from 1080p24 masters: Enables customers using Mojo DX or Nitris® DX hardware to view HD material on an SD monitor, eliminating the need to incur additional hardware costs.
  • Panasonic AVC-I encoding support: Allows customers to deliver final masters in Panasonic’s AVC-I format while working natively in the Avid editing system from acquisition to final delivery.
  • Mac support for Pro Tools® Video Satellite: Offers customers the ability to work with Mac or PC when using Media Composer as a video satellite with Pro Tools systems to deliver frame-accurate, synchronized and full resolution monitoring of video.
  • Mix and Match capabilities: Provides customers with the flexibility to use media sources of different frame rates and resolutions (SD and HD) in the same timeline - eliminating external transcoding and time-consuming frame-rate conversions.
  • Avid Media Access (AMA) enhancements: Delivers native support for the popular Ikegami GFCAM 100 mb/s format. Customers can now directly access GFCAM media, including full metadata, and begin their work immediately without transcoding, copying or re-wrapping the material.
  • New Production Suite updates: Include new versions of Boris Continuum Complete, Sorenson Squeeze and SmartSound SonicFire Pro to provide customers with more creative possibilities and media delivery options.

Production Asset Management – Extending Flexible Anytime, Anywhere Collaboration
With more than 600 Interplay sites deployed worldwide, Avid has enhanced its industry-leading production asset management solution by delivering the most significant update of the product to date: Interplay 2.0. The new version empowers broadcasters and post facilities to extend collaborative productions beyond the four walls of a facility - enabling customers to consolidate production operations as well as manage and contribute to projects when working remotely. Lower bandwidth streaming proxies enable Interplay workgroup members to work with media at anytime from anywhere, using a qualified Mac or PC with a 1Mb/s Internet connection.

Highlights of Interplay 2.0 include:

  • WAN Workflow with Interplay Access: Enables journalists, producers and editors to remotely search and work with media assets across multiple workgroups – no longer requiring them to return to the edit suite/news station to assemble stories. A new streamlined interface allows users to browse, log and shot list media in three unique viewing modes, via a single screen, and easily toggle between views -ultimately offering more time savings and reduced production costs. Additionally, station groups will now be able to consolidate functions by increasing the range of material available for users to share across geographically-dispersed newsrooms.
  • Final Cut Pro (FCP) workflow support: Offers check-in and check-out of FCP media with project links as well as media and metadata conversion of FCP-to-Avid and Avid-to-FCP projects - providing customers with more platform flexibility.
  • Interplay Delivery: Simplifies a previously time-intensive process of media transfer by offering a one-step transfer of materials such as subclips and shot lists.
  • Interplay Transcode with new mixdown capability: Enables users to mixdown full audio and video sequences while transcoding to a specified output format, simplifying downstream processes such as archiving or publishing to formats such as mobile, the Web or digital signage.

Pricing and Availability
Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter systems will be available on September 30. Interplay 2.0 will be available on September 16. Media Composer 4.0 is just $295 USMSRP for educational institutions and students. Beginning September 30, 2009, students with academic versions of Media Composer software (versions 3.5 through 4.0 purchased on or after March 1, 2009) will qualify for complementary upgrades for four years from the date of software activation. For more information on qualifications and availability, please visit www.avid.com.

Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5 released

Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5 are now available on Adobe.com and through the updaters in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom 2 (choose Help->Updates).

Camera Raw 5.5 replaces the original one that was installed with Adobe Photoshop CS4; Adobe Photoshop Elements 7; and Adobe Premiere Elements 7 software. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.

Lightroom 2.5 update includes additional camera support for several new camera models including the Nikon D3000 and Olympus E-P1 as well as several fixes for issues introduced by previous Lightroom 2 releases. Buy Lightroom 2.5 here

Tutorial: Noise Industries FxFactory - Scanlines plug-in for FCP, Motion and AE

FxFactory Pro plug-in Scanlines. Learn about the best and fastest scanlines plug-in for Final Cut Pro, Motion and After Effects.


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Monday, September 14, 2009

Tutorial: 3D Paper Crumple with Freeform AE

Rob Birnholz has a fantastic new tutorial out about making a 3D wad of paper in Digieffects FreeForm AE. He says "Next time you get a frustrating assignment that you didn't ask for, don't crumple it up and throw it at your boss's face. Now you can easily call it quits within After Effects! Rob uses the example of creating a paper crumple transition to show off the Digieffects plugin Freeform AE. Who knows... this tutorial might just save your job."
Rob released Professional Training for the After Effects Camera Toolfarm Expert Series a month ago and it has been getting rave reviews:

Very, very nice tutorial - great projects, great teaching - Mark Spencer

Just saw the After Effects Camera Training video from Rob Birnholz and it's outstanding. I thought I was pretty good with the old AE camera, having used it for many years, but Rob made me aware of several new techniques and tricks I had not encountered before. Way to go, Rob. - Jack Tunnicliffe, Visual Effects Artist and Owner of Java Post Production, Regina, Saskatchewan

And here's a free chapter of AE Camera Training: Auto Orient Layers to Camera.

After Effects CS4 Help update, now with easier-to-search keyboard shortcuts

Todd Kopriva, the guy in charge of documentation for After Effects has updated his site, After Effects Region of Interest, with information about the new updates to the Adobe After Effects online CS4 Help.

Get the PDF version here. Check out the better Keyboard Short Cuts section here.

Tutorial: Shape Layer Basics

after effects apprenticeChris Meyers talks about Shape Layer Basics in After Effects, in an excerpt from After Effects Apprentice Lesson 11: Shape Layers.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Professional Video Templates Flying Pictures 3 - The Shine

Check out the beautiful new After Effects template, Professional Video Templates Flying Pictures 3 - The Shine. Substitute your footage and text for the placeholders. Everything can be changed - fonts, colors, footage, effects - to make this entirely YOUR project. The comp is sized for HD (1920x1080) and SD NTSC and Pal.



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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tutorial: Animating Titles with NewBlueFX Motion Blends

Learn how to use NewBlueFX Motion Blends to quickly and easily create beautiful animated title wipes.


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Because the Motion Blends transitions correctly work with alpha transparency, the same motion oriented transitions from Motion Blends that twist, roll, shake, or otherwise mutate one scene to another can be applied to text letters, with stunning results.

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Digieffects Launches Camera Mapper Plugin for After Effects

Developed in Close Collaboration with VFX Industry Guru Mark Christiansen

camera mapperWilmington, NC - September 8, 2009 - Digieffects, a developer of popular visual effects software plug-ins, today announced that Camera Mapper is available for purchase.

Camera Mapper, a plug-in for Adobe After Effects, allows you to simulate a 3D scene from 2D footage. It allows you to isolate one or several objects in your footage, project these objects on a separate layer and pull that layer out of the background, creating the visual illusion of the object floating in front of the original footage.

Camera Mapper was developed in close collaboration with Mark Christiansen, author of The After Effects Studio Techniques books, and industry veteran who has worked on several feature films including The Day After Tomorrow, Pirates 3, All About Evil and Avatar.

According to Robert Sharp, President of Digieffects, "Mark has added a tremendous amount of value to the Camera Mapper development cycle. He brings a true 'users' perspective and the end result is an After Effects plug-in that is highly valuable and usable."

Robert also states that "camera mapping is a key part of compositing applications such as Nuke, and while you could do this natively in After Effects, it would be only at the expense of some complicated work-arounds that cost time and lack important capabilities."

Camera Mapper Key Features
  • Realistically create the illusion that a still image is fully dimensional moving footage.
  • Subtly change the perspective of a shot, or animate it over time.
  • Can be combined with 3D tracking to add or alter elements in a scene.
  • Now you can step back in time and get another chance to move the camera.
  • Allows you to stay in After Effects when working with fully dimensional models, rather than jumping into an expensive and complex 3D application.

Pricing and Availability
Camera Mapper represents a true breakthrough in pricing. At $79 it is affordable to even the most stretched budget. However, it offers the quality, speed and creativity that high-end plug-ins provide. Camera Mapper is available directly from Digieffects as well as its distributor and reseller partners. The plugin is compatible with Adobe After Effects 7, CS3 and CS4 and runs on Mac PPC, Mac Intel, and Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems.

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

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Magic Bullet Suite 2009 available; Now includes Magic Bullet Mojo

magic bullet suite 2009Today Red Giant Software released Magic Bullet Mojo, which adds the look of a Hollywood blockbuster movie to your footage with one click, making skin tones pop while adding drama and smooth contrast to any shot. Very cool and very easy.

Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite 2009 now includes Mojo. Try a free demo of Mojo here.

Class on Demand Complete Training for GenArts Sapphire DVD now shipping

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

class on demand sapphireGenArts announced today that of new training DVDs are now shipping. 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.

New Product: Red Giant Magic Bullet Mojo

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The Look of a Modern Hollywood Blockbuster in Seconds

With Red Giant Magic Bullet Mojo, you can have one of Hollywood's best tricks up your own sleeve. Modern blockbusters often use a subtle coloring effect to warm up actors' skin tones while backgrounds and shadows get a cool blue treatment- but the trick is to do it while keeping your talent in focus. Magic Bullet Mojo gives you this modern Hollywood look in seconds, with easy customizable controls to suit any footage.


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Features
  • Creative Direction for Free The tools and controls have been designed by director and technologist Stu Maschwitz for his work
  • Support All Hosts Works in all major editing hosts, including Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Avid systems
  • Precise Rendering Floating-point support for high-quality precision output
  • Fast Render Speed The plug-in has been tuned to deliver fast render times on any system- no GPU required
  • Unique Algorithm Maintains contrast and dynamic range while adjusting colors
  • Accurate Skin Tones Skin range visualizer draws a grid over colors that are identified as skin tones, making skin color adjustments easier and more accurate

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Here's a little tutorial I did about using SmartSound Sonicfire Pro and 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.

EditShare Adds Support for Apple Final Cut Pro 7

EditShare Adds Support for Apple Final Cut Pro 7

EditShare has announced compatibility with Apple's new Final Cut Pro 7 release. EditShare's Complete Collaboration product line offers media acquisition, shared storage, and archiving products for broadcast, post-production and DI workflows. Seamlessly integrated from ingest to archive, EditShare is the only solution to offer both Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid project sharing for editors.

Thanks to EditShare's patented bin-locking / project-locking framework, Avid and Apple Final Cut Pro editors can instantly see, copy, or revise the work of colleagues with the assurance that a bin, sequence, or project will never get accidentally deleted or overwritten. Via a file manager-type interface, editors can clearly see all the bins and project files being used by all editors in their group. Bins and projects belonging to another editor are automatically opened as "read-only", and control can easily be transferred from one editor to another.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Review: Boris Continuum Complete 6 for Apple Motion

Zac Peric reviews BCC6 in Apple Motion on his blog Embryo.

Just the fact that you can very easily build 3D objects and text inside Apple Motion was good enough for me. However the magic did not stop there, when I looked at the different setting and parameters for each of the BCC 3D Objects I was stunned to see a truly vast numbers of settings that can be key-framed and animated within the realm of Apple Motion. You even have an option to specify your own textures, bump map, specular highlights for front image map, bevel and back image map of the created object. For me, personally, the cherry on the cake was that most of the 3D objects filters had dynamics built in. You had a choice of using (Curl, Shatter, Ripple, Pulse, all of the mentioned dynamics had a vast array of settings which could be manipulated).

Check out the full review from Zac. I have to completely agree. The 3D Objects are incredible plug-ins. You have to try them out to see how great they are (and if you're not a Motion user, but an After Effects or Premiere user, you're in luck. In AE you can use the built in lights and camera as well. Download a 14 day demo here. (Note: It has been updated to work in Snow Leopard too!) Here is a test movie from Zac:

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Review: Boris Continuum Complete V6 at DV Magazine

BCC BoxDV Magazine gives Boris Continuum Complete V6 4.5 out of 5 stars!

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, BorisFx 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).


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Friday, September 04, 2009

Curious Turtle Film Wash Color Effect Presets

We've just added Curious Turtle Film Wash Color Effect Presets for both After Effects and Apple Motion to our store. I'll put some samples up shortly. These are immediate downloads so you don't have to wait to get them - they're downloadable from a button in the checkout!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Update: Gridiron Flow GridIron Flow 1.0.1 Update (Includes 10.6 support)

Gridiron logoFlow is a whole new way to see and manage all your project files, versions and information in one simple, elegant interface. Update includes support for Snow Leopard.

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Review: Noise Industries Idustrial Revolution ParticleMetrix by MicroFilmmaker Magazine

particle metrixNoise Industries Idustrial Revolution ParticleMetrix scores 9.3 out of 10 at MicroFilmmaker Magazine.

""Very tasty" is about the only way to describe the new ParticleMetrix plug-in by idustrial revolution. One of the latest additions to the FX Factory managed plug-in tool by Noise Industries, ParticleMetrix is a collection of customizable particle transitions for both text and imagery."

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Automatic Duck ProDate DV

This new FxPlug plug-in for Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express displays the DV datecode recorded onto your DV tape during shooting. Coming soon!

Review: Boris Continuum Complete 6 from Microfilmmaker

BCC Box Publisher: Boris FX
Platform: Windows & Mac
Description: Plugin suite for FCP, AE, Premiere Pro, & Avid
MSRP: $995.00
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Expected Release: Available Now
Review Date: September 1, 2009
Reviewed By: Nikc Miller

After Effects offers a lot straight out of the box, but when getting serious with Motion Graphics you may want to migrate out of what After Effects gives you and invest in a supplementary suite of effects. One reason for doing this is that a lot of designers use the AE effects out of the box and end up coming up with similar looks. Migrating to a new suite can give you a new interface to work with and open your mind to new looks. In any case what you want to look for is value. Until now, I have used the Sapphire suite for my supplementary effects. I've continually upgraded functionality by adding effects plugin from Zaxwerks and Trapcode among others.

Being so used to the much more expensive Sapphire package, I was skeptical that Boris Continuum Complete 6's (BCC6) effects could be any better than what I am currently using. Upon investigation my first thought was "Wow, there is a lot here!" I was right and that was just the beginning.


Figure 1. AdvLensFlare: This is a preset called Big Hoops. This plugin is great for adding depth with real customizable light effects.


Figure 1a. AdvLensFlare: Look at the breakdown of everything you can add, takeaway, or customize in just this one effect.

Ease of Use
As I've immersed myself in BCC6, I've come to truly discover that Boris FX are GREAT at the default level. Most of them work great the minute you apply the effect. BE WARNED! You will be tempted to use these effects at default and end up a week later seeing the same look on a cheap TV spot on The CW. Boris should not be faulted for this. It seems as though they design the effects for quick-use. That being said, they add a plethora of customizable options to each effect.

Although I don't have enough space to write about each individual effect, I do want to give a brief run-down of some of the effects that immediately made me jump out of my seat and drop kick the first person I saw in a fit of joy. (Hey, we all have our own special ways of expressing our joy! Mine is just a bit more aggressive than others.)

1. Advanced Lens Flare: For the love of God, someone has finally done it. They've perfected the Lens Flare! Each and every feature of a standard Lens Flare is customizable, addable and subtractable delivering believeability and depth to any element you add it to. Forgive me if someone did it before Boris with this much control and I haven't run across it, but this effect is ESSENTIAL.

2. Generators: I can't tell you how many hours I've wasted in Photoshop recreating rock, wood floor, fire or any other sort of texture over and over again. This sounds really stupid I know, but this kind of stuff comes in handy time and time again.

3. 3D Effects: Previously only available through Zaxwerks, Boris Continuum Complete includes a full 3D extrusion suite. This alone is worth the price of admission. (check out some of the examples at http://borisfx.com/after_effects/bccae/3D_movies.php )

4. Cartoon Look: For years I've admired the look of movies like Waking Life and to a lesser extent those Charles Schwab commercials where the people are cartoon characters for no particular reason. Boris includes an effect that imitates this look with stunning precision.


Figure 2. Generators: Just a sample of a few of the generator plugins. This can save you hours of messing around in Photoshop.

Depth of Options
One of the problems that I've had with other effects suites is that even when you get a plethora of options, they don't necessarily play well with other After Effects functionality, rendering them pretty much useless. In the Sapphire suite, this comes into play sometimes when using a mask. And at times, similar third party effects don't get along with the After Effects 3D environment. In the case of BCC6, not only do they give you A LOT of options for each effect, but there seemed to be no conflicts with my workflow.


Figure 3. PixelChooser: When you select PixelChooser (available in many of the effects) The functionality is nearly doubled.

In the case of masks, BorisFX's exclusive PixelChooser option allows you to integrate masks into the effect or avoid them entirely by using preset in-effect masks for quick use. As an added bonus EVERY effect comes with about two dozen really well thought out preset modes. Not just static presets but pre-keyframed animated presets that will automatically stretch to the length of your clip if you want them to.


Figure 4. Presets: A snapshot of the insane amount of presets available. Each folder is filled up like this one.

Performance
From my in-depth tests and immersion in this software I've found that the Boris suite does exactly what it sets out to do effectively and efficiently. In the realm of 3D, if you are looking for speed, Zaxwerks still beats Boris. However, Boris comes through so much stronger in features and real deal functionality with the AE 3D environment that it really is worth the extra time. (And I didn't have the crash problems that I sometimes have with Zaxwerks.)

Figure 5. The Cartoon Look applied to a Swish Pan move.


Figure 6. Misalignment: The BCC Misalignment effect offers a RGB effect similar to that of Video Copilot's Twitch. But with presets like this, "Crossing Route," you can quickly create background elements for trailers and DVD menus

One thing to note before buying: Double check the system requirements for the 3D effects. These simply won't work on some older systems.

Figure 7.Rays Ripply: The Rays Ripply effect offers a visual effect not unlike Trapcode's Shine, but with built in auto-animation for a more dynamic effect.


Figure 8. LED: With the BCC LED effect you can mimic everything from a Lite Brite to a Fisher Price PXL2000.

Value
For low-budget filmmakers, a $995 investment may seem like a lot of money. I recommend taking some time to think about the value you are getting for that money. Many effect suites sit around the thousand dollar mark, but on top of getting all the great features of blurs, lighting effects, generators, and particle systems, you also get great features not found anywhere else (other than in very specific and costly plug-in sets). For example, to just get into real 3D extrusion effects, the Zaxwerks Proanimator plugin costs $695.00 to do just that. On top of that, you also get plugins that mimics Trapcode's Shine and 3D stroke (while these effects are somewhat different from the Trapcode options, they do the trick in a pinch). You even get a 3D Layer Deformer, which would cost you about $300 for Digieffects Freeform AE (see last month's review).

Figure 9. Damaged TV: Damaged TV has a ton of auto-animating presets that run the gamut of bad reception looks. This works especially well for customizable transitions too.

Not only do I recommend getting the AE suite, but, if you have a Mac, I also suggest putting down an additional $100 to add on the Boris FXPlug in-editor effects as well. Available for Premier Pro (Mac only) or Final Cut Pro, Boris FXplug gives you quick use of the same effects plus additional effects that you might find useful. For instance the Swish Pan transition makes quick use of an often used Hollywood camera trick.

Figure 10. Prism: Prism provides a lot of cool playful RGB effects, good for music video stuff like this . But also very practical color blurs.


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PR: Vicon launches boujou 5

boujou 5 will be available for download on Monday 7th September.

Emmy Award-Winning Matchmoving software that enages you to add computer generated effects seamlessly into your film or video footage.


Building on its industry leading automatic toolset boujou software, boujou 5 allows you to solve complex shots even faster and to step in and work directly with the data. boujou 5 has a unique way of solving which radically accelerates the way you work, you can now solve even more shots in less time.

boujou 5 takes the headache out of matchmoving. Two clicks and the majority of your shots can be matchmoved automatically. No manual tracking required, saving you time and resources.

boujou 5 Features


New Automatic Sequential Solver

Previous versions of boujou took the entire shot into account before delivering a solve. boujou 5 looks at a single frame at a time, enabling the user to intervene as needed and making the entire process significantly faster.

Fully Functional Graph Editor

The Graph Editor enables the user to manually tweak the camera data and, if necessary, resolve. boujou 5 also provides the ability to lock valid sections of solve data or sections known to be correct. Those sections can then be used to improve other areas.

Reference Frames

The Reference Frames feature enables users to import still images taken with any camera and use them to assist in a solve.

New Target Tracker

The Pattern Matching Tracker in boujou has been completely rewritten so it provides a faster workflow. Target Tracking now can specify a pattern on a single frame as well as tracking multiple patterns simultaneously.

Here's the official press release:
1 September 2009, Oxford, UK: Vicon, developer of motion capture and image understanding systems, for the Entertainment, Life Science and Engineering industries, has today announced that boujou 5 is now available for purchase. boujou is the industry leading matchmoving software, famed for its established ease of use and automation.

Phil Elderfield, Product Manager at Vicon said: "The interest in boujou 5 at Siggraph this year was phenomenal. The feedback we've had so far has been great - I'm confident it will be our most successful boujou release to date."

Some exciting new features that existing boujou users have been eagerly anticipating include:

  • New Automatic Sequential Solver. Previous versions of boujou took the entire shot into account before delivering a solve. Now, it can look at a single frame at a time, which not only enables the user to intervene, it can make the entire process much faster
  • A fully functional Graph Editor, which lets the user manually adjust the camera data and, if necessary, resolve. boujou 5 also provides the ability to lock valid sections of solve data or sections which are known to be correct, which animators can then use to improve other areas of the shot
  • The Reference Frames feature allows users to import still images taken with any camera and use them to assist in a solve

Customers can purchase boujou 5 from 31st August 2009. The software installer will be available to download from the 7th September 2009.

NOTE: This release is for Windows XP and Vista. A Linux and OS X version will follow shortly after this.

About boujou

Vicon's match moving software, boujou (boo-zhoo), was the first fully automated camera calibration and tracking system. Using advanced adaptive algorithms developed from vision science research, the application removes previous limitations on what is achievable in visual effects production by enabling 3D professionals to derive complex camera tracks and calibration data from film and video material.

boujou has made a major contribution to high-profile television and film productions, music videos and commercials by facilitating the creation of visual effects that seamlessly combine live action and 3D. In 2002, boujou was awarded a Primetime Emmy Engineering Award.

About Vicon

Academy Award®-winning Vicon is the world’s largest supplier of precision motion tracking systems, and match moving software. It serves customers in the CG animation industry, film, visual effects, computer games, and broadcast television, as well as engineering and life science industries. Vicon operates in four offices worldwide, including its Los Angeles-based Entertainment headquarters: a 26,000 square-foot facility equipped with three performance capture stages for Vicon’s service company House of Moves.

Vicon is a subsidiary of OMG (Oxford Metrics Group - LSE: OMG), plc., a group of technology companies that produces image understanding solutions for the Entertainment, Defence, Life Science and Engineering markets. Other holdings include: 2d3, a manufacturer of specialised image understanding software for defence applications; Yotta DCL our highways surveying business in the UK; and Yotta MVS, a leading US provider of data collection services for the assessment of property taxation.

Vicon and OMG global clients include: Life Science leaders University of Pennsylvania, the VA Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Titleist Golf, The Andrews Institute; Engineering industry leaders Ford, BMW, Airbus, Lockheed, Pratt-Whitney, NASA, Caterpillar, International Truck, and Toyota; and Entertainment companies Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Computer Entertainment, Industrial Light and Magic, Sega, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Vivendi, Electronic Arts, Square Enix and many others.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

MAXON Continues Role as 3D Motion Graphics Leader with Introduction of CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition

Designed Exclusively for Broadcast Design Professionals, New Product Bundle Delivers the Ultimate 3D Motion Graphics Toolkit

Broadcast Edition of Maxon Cinema 4DFriedrichsdorf, Germany (PRWEB) September 1, 2009 - MAXON Computer, a leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today introduced CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition, a comprehensive new bundle of its highly acclaimed 3D software suite. The new release leverages the core application CINEMA 4D - renowned for its ease of use, seamless integration into existing production pipelines, as well as a speedy and stable architecture - to deliver a powerful motion graphics toolset expressly designed to enhance the creative process for broadcast design professionals. The Broadcast Edition is based on the latest version of CINEMA 4D, Release 11.5*, which is loaded with dozens of new features for an unprecedented level of workflow productivity, including a major upgrade to its popular MoGraph module, MoGraph 2. This upgraded module offers an integrated Dynamics Engine and advanced capabilities that help artists quickly create spectacular, high-end 3D animations.

CINEMA 4D continues to be recognized worldwide as the 3D digital content creation software of choice by major broadcast networks, design and branding studios and visual production facilities because of its workflow efficiency, blazingly fast rendering speeds and seamless integration into leading compositing applications such as Adobe After Effects, Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro. The list of the broadcast industry's most widely recognized entities that rely on CINEMA 4D as a creative and technical tool to stay competitive and create groundbreaking graphics campaigns includes Fox, ESPN, NBC, CBS, ABC, BBC, The Discovery Channel, Turner Network Television, The Weather Channel, Perception, Capacity, Protokulture, Imaginary Forces, Troika Design Group, and many others.

According to Harald Egel, MAXON co-founder and CEO, today's motion graphics artists are under constant pressure to deliver content that enhances broadcast production value. "MAXON is proud of the pivotal role that CINEMA 4D continues to play in empowering design and broadcast designers with flexible, fast and reliable 3D motion graphics workflow solutions. Today's Broadcast Edition builds upon the company's motion graphics legacy by providing design professionals with a truly targeted and unparalleled motion graphics software toolset that can be easily integrated into any production pipeline and help create world-class entertainment content."

"CINEMA 4D has clearly emerged as the first choice for creating 3D motion graphics for broadcast design," said Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer, authors of 'Creating Motion Graphics for After Effects.' "The new Broadcast Edition - with the fantastic MoGraph module plus the addition of hundreds of presets - is perfect for both beginning and experienced motion graphics artists looking to add a powerful, flexible, targeted 3D program to their toolset."

Highlights of CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition
The CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition includes the CINEMA 4D R11.5 core application, the newly updated MoGraph 2 module and the Broadcast Extension Kit. Highlights of the release include:

Powerful New Motion Graphics Capabilities
The motion graphics module in CINEMA 4D, MoGraph, has been upgraded to version 2. MoGraph 2 delivers advanced motion graphics functionalities including:

  • MoDynamics - an optimized physics simulation package allows for hundreds of objects to easily collide or be affected by such forces as gravity or friction and lets artists create exciting, abstract motion graphics and spectacular effects using only simple primitives
  • PolyFX - provides artists the ability to create quick and easy explosion effects;
  • MoSpline - facilitates the cloning of existing splines and animating them with forces and effectors
  • Many additional features provide advanced capabilities for broadcast design professionals.

Broadcast Extension Kit

The CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition bundle also includes the Broadcast Extension Kit, which contains hundreds of preset objects and scenes - some pre-animated and/or modifiable, with camera and lighting setups, royalty-free sound and background clips. These resources were specifically created for common on-air requirements so artists can create impactful motion graphics animations right out-of-the-box.

Pricing and Availability
The CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition is available now from MAXON and its authorized dealers.

MAXON Unveils CINEMA 4D Release 11.5 3D Animation Software Suite

Comprehensive Upgrade Provides Powerful Image Quality, Rendering and Workflow Enhancements and Offers Updated Version of Popular Motion Graphics Module - MoGraph 2 - Jam-packed with New Functionality to Inspire Breathtaking 3D Animations

Friedrichsdorf, Germany (PRWEB) September 1, 2009 -- MAXON Computer, a leading developer of professional 3D software, today announced the immediate availability of CINEMA 4D Release 11.5, a comprehensive upgrade to its highly-acclaimed 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering software. Loaded with new features, CINEMA 4D R11.5 provides improved workflow and productivity, enabling professionals to create high-quality stills and animations quicker and easier than ever before. This release is the culmination of MAXON's leading-edge technology and development. It features a substantially re-tooled and accelerated render engine, an all-new Picture Viewer, enhanced interoperability with leading compositing applications, and a major upgrade to its popular MoGraph module, which features an integrated Dynamics Engine and a host of new additions. CINEMA 4D Release 11.5 also provides full support for the latest operating system offerings from Apple and Microsoft, including Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7, respectively.

screenshot maxon cinema 4D R11.5

"MAXON is committed to providing powerful enhancements to CINEMA 4D that dramatically improve the productivity of users across various disciplines, including film, broadcast, architecture, product visualization, games, multimedia and more," states Harald Egel, MAXON co-founder and CEO. "The many improvements in the new Release 11.5 will help all our customers gain even better results and save valuable time and resources."

"CINEMA 4D gives my design team the ability to make miracles happen within ridiculously tight deadlines," said John LePore, associate creative director for Perception NYC. "The new features and enhancements in Release 11.5, especially those in MoGraph 2, truly augment an already mind-blowing arsenal of creative tools."

Key Highlights of CINEMA 4D Release 11.5

  • Superior Rendering Performance Including New Bucket Rendering
    Significant re-tooling of the render engine in R11.5 helps artists render more rapidly and efficiently. R11.5 takes advantage of state-of-the-art multi-core processors and adds new features such as render instancing and bucket rendering to provide users tremendous improvements in efficiency. Render-intensive tasks such as sub-polygon displacement have also been significantly accelerated. CINEMA 4D users can now create scenes of greater complexity and render billions of polygons even on modest hardware.
  • Enhanced Picture Viewer

    The new Picture Viewer in R11.5 offers a vast set of creative tools for reviewing and editing images and animations, saving artists valuable time. Features include a render history with the ability to compare renderings, image filtering and adjustments, post filter effects, and improved layer management. The RAM player also enables users to playback animations with sound providing the ability to troubleshoot animations while the job is rendering.
  • Improved Interoperability and Integration

    Users of Release 11.5 can now more easily integrate CINEMA 4D into existing production pipelines:
    • Numerous improvements have been made to CINEMA 4D's highly praised connectivity to Adobe® After Effects®, including support for additional object types.
    • Support for Apple® Motion now includes the export of 3D data.
    • Support for Autodesk® FBX® 2010.0 allows for quick and easy interchange between a variety of 3D applications.
  • Powerful New Motion Graphics Capabilities

    The motion graphics module MoGraph - a staple with CINEMA 4D motion graphics artists due to its quick workflow, fast rendering and easy export to compositing applications - has been upgraded to version 2 and provides powerful new motion graphics functionality. New features in MoGraph 2 include: MoDynamics, an optimized physics simulation package with which hundreds of objects can easily be made to collide or be affected by such forces as gravity or friction; PolyFX for providing quick and easy explosion effects; MoSpline for cloning existing splines and animating them with forces and effectors; and many more exciting features for broadcast artists.
  • Support For New Operating Systems

    MAXON continues to build upon its legacy of providing compatibility with the latest advanced operating system releases as follows:
    • Apple - R11.5 is fully compatible with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, including access to up to 64GB of virtual memory.
    • Microsoft - R11.5 is fully compatible with Windows 7, including enhanced file dialog.

Pricing and Availability
CINEMA 4D R11.5 and the optional MoGraph 2 module are available now from MAXON and its authorized dealers.

New Product/Tutorial: Noise Industries Dashwood Stereo3D Toolbox FxPack

Image NameNoise Industries Dashwood Stereo3D Toolbox FxPack is a plug-in designed to work with Adobe After Effects CS3/CS4, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Apple Final Cut Express applications. With Stereo3D Toolbox, artists can easily output their media to a wide range of Stereoscopic 3D formats (side by side, over/under, checkerboard, interlace, anaglyph) as well as manage the demuxing of side by side, interlace and over/under formatting. Comprehensive compositing features and capabilities include keyframeable x, y, z axis convergence, individual left/right eye scale, color correction, selective flip/flop, reframing and "auto scale" compensation.


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Stereo3D Toolbox works in all hosts currently supported by FxFactory: Final Cut Pro 6 and 7, Motion 3 and 4, Final Cut Express 4, Adobe After Effects CS3 and CS4. Requires FxFactory v2.0.9 or later (free download).

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Tutorial: Getting Started with Noise Industries Dashwood Stereo3D Toolbox FxPack


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Boris FX Product Line Supports Mac OS X Snow Leopard

snow leopard compatablityEntire Boris FX product line available for new Mac OS X 10.6 release

Marlborough MA - September 1, 2009 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced that the entire Boris FX product line is available for the new Mac OS X Snow Leopard release.
The following Boris FX products support Snow Leopard:
  • Boris Continuum Complete 6.0.4 FxPlug: a free update for BCC 6.x FxPlug customers
  • Boris Continuum Complete 6.0.3 AE: a free update for BCC 6.x AE customers
  • All Boris Continuum Units support Mac OS X Snow Leopard
  • Final Effects Complete 5.0.2 FxPlug: a free update for FEC 5.x FxPlug customers
  • Final Effects Complete 5.0.1 AE: a free update for FEC 5.x AE customers
  • Boris RED 4.3.4: a free update for RED 4.x customers