Monday, November 30, 2009

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

Conform Avid Media Composer Sequences with BCC Effects in Avid DS


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


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


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


New Feature Highlights



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Pricing and Availability

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


About Boris FX

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

News: Technology Sneek Peek: Adobe Mercury Playback Engine

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

News: Topaz ReMask v2 Released

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



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

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

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

Monday, November 23, 2009

Update: Digieffects Aged Film v1.3.5 for Mac

digieffects aged filmWith Digieffects Aged Film, you can turn back the clock and with and show which era you set your shot.

Priced at only $29, Aged Film is the best value for achieving this effect in today's post production applications. The v1.3.5 build for Mac fixes some stability issues.


The v1.3.5 update for Mac is free and can be downloaded here at our demo page.


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GenArts Announces Next Generation Of Sapphire



Unprecedented Performance and Quality Gains to Reshape Compositing Workflows

sapphireCAMBRIDGE, Mass. - November 23, 2009 - GenArts Inc., the premier provider of specialized visual effects software for the film, television and video industries, announced today GenArts Sapphire 5. The latest software upgrade is fully GPU-enabled to provide artists a completely interactive user experience at HD resolutions, while accelerating render speeds up to 700 percent. In addition, support for full floating point workflows will deliver true photorealistic image quality with the highest possible dynamic range. Sapphire 5 is scheduled to ship in the first quarter of 2010 for Autodesk users.

Sapphire 5 promises to markedly change the visual effects pipeline by stripping away the barriers to artists' creativity, while significantly reducing infrastructure costs. Featuring a completely interactive user experience at HD resolutions, Sapphire 5 will enable artists -- even in client-attended sessions -- to push the bounds of their imagination without intrusive pauses for screen refresh. In addition, full floating point support offers photorealistic image quality with the highest possible dynamic range, so artists can faithfully recreate looks that exist only in nature - or even beyond nature - with no loss in color information.

Sapphire 5 render times have been slashed dramatically so that batch jobs once requiring overnight processing are now merely "over lunch." Such performance gains can considerably extend the life of the nodes in a render farm or even reduce the number of nodes required to process a project.

"GenArts Sap"phire has long established itself as the must-have element in the compositor's or editor's toolbox," said Steve Bannerman, CMO of GenArts. "More and more customers are telling us that the opportunity cost of porting and optimizing in-house effects to new technologies like GPU is just too high. Sapphire 5 represents another huge step in supporting the rapidly growing trend away from this expensive development toward standardization on tools from their trusted vendor."

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. www.genarts.com.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

News: Harry Frank Launches The Motion Exchange Social Network

The Motion Exchange is a New Social Network that Promotes Connections Between Motion Design Professionals, Students and Companies

motion exchange


"As a newly transplanted freelancer in LA, I've seen my credentials emailed out routinely to various shops in the area, and I've seen the same shops posting for jobs looking for people with my exact credentials. As I've seen over and over, there is a lack of cohesiveness to the motion design industry that connects those that need talent to the talent that is out there. There are forums and Linked-In and portfolio sites like Behance. But they all try to be everything to everyone and miss the details in between, the area of motion design being one of the details that has slipped through the cracks on this....There needs to be cross communication between users. This is my humble attempt at doing this."


More info: http://www.themotionexchange.com/

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Episode and Wirecast free training

Free Training and Free Trial Software for Episode Encoder and Wirecast

Freeman Compression, Inc. is conducting free encoding and streaming training featuring Episode Encoder and Wirecast in 6 U.S. cities over the next few months.


Atlanta, Georgia - Dec. 11, 2009
Courtyard Atlanta Airport North/Virginia Avenue

Orlando, Florida - Jan. 22, 2010
Holiday Inn Express - Lake Buena Vista

Cincinnati, Ohio - February 19, 2010
Courtyard Cincinnati Covington

Chicago, Illinois - March 19, 2010
Courtyard Chicago Downtown/River North

Las Vegas, Nevada - April 10, 2010
Courtyard Las Vegas Convention Center

New York, New York- May 21, 2010
Courtyard New York LaGuardia Airport

Tutorial: FreeForm AE 'Metal Man 2' by Chris Heuer



In the second tutorial of this series, we will go a step further and add a little "punch" to our displacement mapping by combining it with Freeform's other main feature, Mesh Warping. By adding Mesh Warp, our stamped in effect will do a little more damage by creasing and buckling the entire sheet of metal. We all know Digieffects loves "Damage", so don't miss this one! We'll also tweak our lighting to add a little mood to the scene.

Review: Telestream ScreenFlow v2

Kevin McAuliffe at Digital Producer reviews Telestream ScreenFlow v2, which we've been using here at Toolfarm too.

If you do screen captures on the Mac, this is the application you want to have. If you have ScreenFlow version one, a $29 (US) upgrade to version two should be a no-brainer, and if you are new to screen capturing on the Mac, download the free trail, and give ScreenFlow 2 the once over. You won't be disappointed.

Video Tutorial: BCC 3D Objects in Apple Motion



This video shows Boris Continuum Complete 6 FxPlug's Extruded Text filter running in Apple Motion to demonstrate how BCC 3D Objects can integrate into a Motion 3D scene by making use of Motion's 3D camera.

DC Motion Graphics begins Thursday!

The schedule page has been updated with times, location and door covers:
http://mgfest.com/09/WashingtonDC/

All events are free with an MGFest Inspiration Pass, which are $49 online or $79 at the door: http://mgfest.com/09/WashingtonDC/registration.php

Passes can be picked up at the registration desk at any event.

Please tag any photos you upload to Flickr with "MGFest09." They will automatically be included in the MGFest 09 Photostream!

See you opening night night, Thursday Nov 18th, 7pm-9pm at Longview Gallery, 1234 9th Street, NW DC for:

Art Salon's Poetry in Motion
Featuring Literary Artists: Kyle Dargan, Tala Abu Rahmeh, Abdul Ali, Sami Miranda

//All the Best
Jameson, Julee and Troy
Motion Graphics Festival
http://MGFest.com

Thanks to all of our 2009 DC Sponsors: Maxon, Netdiver, SXSW, IdN, Stash DVD Magazine, Future Media Concepts, Lumen Eclipse, Sterling Ledet, 88DC, RE:Vision Effects, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, RHED Pixel, DC Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, Pond5, Letelier Theater, Create Digital Motion, Livid Instruments, All City Technology, UnScene, DigiEffects, Resolume, Lift Motion Design, GarageCUBE, Boris FX, VidVox, Toolfarm, Ableton, Michael Wiese Productions, fxphd, Wondertouch, and Clif Bar.

New Product: Red Giant Holomatrix

red giant holomatrixGet the Look of Sci-Fi Holograms with Red Giant Holomatrix

Red Giant Holomatrix lets you control your reality and offers a new dimension in effect generation. Now you can get the look of your favorite hologram effect in After Effects in just two clicks. The package includes over 30 presets that turn ordinary footage into animated sci-fi holograms, mimics bad TV reception and creates realistic looking digital signage.

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

Features
  • 30 high-quality presets
    Get started right away with presets that include Ghost, Bad Reception, Security Cam and more.
  • Save time
    Creates complex holographic looks and animations in seconds that would take hours to reproduce by hand
  • Flexibility and customization
    Get real control by fine-tuning over 80 properties to get just the look you want
  • Simplified user interface
    A single interface handles the complexities of sophisticated scripts and 15 effects

red giant holomatrix

Highlights

Transmissions from a galaxy far, far away
Recreate the holographic looks you loved in sci-fi productions like Star Wars and Star Trek, or make your keyed actors look like the Hogwarts ghosts from Harry Potter. Great for logo treatments and other motion graphic elements.

Digital Signs and Screens
Get your futuristic funk on with jerky, dystopic Blade Runner-like digital signage, enhance the look of your virtual heads-up displays with different effects and behaviors, or give your perfectly clean visuals a gritty, hyper-digital feel.

Bad Reception
Video isn't always pretty - kick it old school by giving your footage a "bad TV" look. With features like color noise, static, TV roll, image ghosting and color separation, you're ready to go from good to bad. Effects can be randomized, or you can keyframe the effect's on/off switches for total control.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Two New Premiere Videos from Adobe

4.2 update Panasonic AVC-Intra Camera Support


Using USB Cameras like the new FlipHD (shoots 720p) and uses XDCAM EX mode for native editing.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tutorial: Fractal Noise Fade in After Effects

Harry J Frank has created a great new tutorial called Fractal Noise Fade. I always learn so much from Harry. Also, if you haven't seen it, check out Harry's new Video Rock, an awesome new DVD library of pre-rendered QuickTime elements and still images set in a vintage style.

Fractal Noise Fade from graymachine on Vimeo.

Learn how to use Fractal Noise to create a textured fade on a layer in After Effects. Then add some more effects and elements to finish up the title effect.

Update: New Flicker and Shake Filter Added to Boris Continuum Complete 6 FxPlug

Flicker and Shake is included with BCC 6.0.5 FxPlug, a free update for BCC 6.x FxPlug users

Boris Continuum Complete 6 FxPlug Flicker And Shake is an auto-animating filter which uses bursts of synchronized Exposure, Glow, Blur, X or Y displacement, and RGB channel offset to create a flicker effect for video or graphics elements. The flicker effect has been made popular by recent television commercials and film trailers.

Flicker and Shake works in Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion. The filter is part of the Boris Continuum Shaders category of real-time FxPlug filters that take advantage of the latest Mac OS X OpenGL technology.

Video Tutorial: Using the Flicker and Shake Filter


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Download the Free Update/Trial | Learn More/Purchase in our Store

Boris Continuum Complete 6.0.5 FxPlug is a Free Update for BCC 6.x FxPlug users.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Autodesk Smoke on Mac - Yes it's True

FX Guide has an article up about Autodesk Smoke coming to the Mac. The rumors have been flying for a while now and John Montgomery is saying it's true! He's been under NDA so it couldn't be revealed, but there will be more news on this soon.

Boris Webinar: Keying and Compositing in Apple Final Cut Pro

Join Boris for a Webinar next Tuesday on Keying and Compositing in Apple Final Cut Pro. This webinar will give you an overview of Boris Continuum Complete 6 FxPlug's keying and compositing features in Apple Final Cut Pro. In addition, they will demonstrate the new Boris XML Transfer plug-in which allows you to seamlessly transfer Apple Final Cut Pro program sequences to Adobe After Effects.

It's Tuesday, November 17th, 1:00pm, Eastern Time and free.

Register here

New Product: Singular PluralEyes for Final Cut Pro

Faster and more robust with several new features.

Singular PluralEyes is the editor helper that automatically synchronizes audio and video clips without the need for timecode.

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Review: GridIron Flow by Layers Magazine

Jay Nelson reviews GridIron Flow.

It's almost universal: Flow works with every common creative app, including the Adobe Creative Suite, video - and sound-editing applications from Adobe and Apple, Microsoft Office, 3D apps, AutoCAD, CorelDRAW, Painter, text files, and any other file you choose to associate with a project—just drag it onto another document in Flow’s map to connect them. Version 1 doesn't track QuarkXPress or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom files, but GridIron promises to support them soon. It works on Mac OS X 10.5 and above, and Windows XP or Vista.

Review: Electric Rain Swift3D v6

Marcus Geduld reviews Electric Rain Swift 3D v6 at Layer's Magazine.

Advanced users will enjoy Swift 3D's ability to import industry-standard 3DS and DFX formats. Swift 3D also includes polygon tools for advanced modeling. Developers will enjoy the program's ability to export models and Papervision3D scenes.

There seems to be some old info at the bottom of the review (cut and pasted over an old review, is my guess). The price is $249.

Review: Video Copilot Action Essentials

John Dickinson reviews Video Copilot's Action Essentials.

Action Essentials 2 is hard to fault, there simply isn't anything else like it on the market. Consisting of over 500 action stock footage clips in 20 categories from Atmospheres to Water, Action Essentials 2 has something for all motionographers and visual effects artists.

Here's the promo. Yes, it's awesome. Who needs Michael Bay when you have Action Essentials? ;-)

Tutorial: Digieffects FreeForm AE Displacement Mapping

Metal Man by Chris Heuer Part 1 of 3 Project files are now below the video

In this tutorial, which is the first in a three part series, we will be digging into Displacement Mapping, a favorite feature in Digieffects Freeform for After Effects.

We will learn more about how it works by creating a detailed displacement map that will turn a Photoshop still image into 3 plates of metal riveted together with amazing 3D details. Then we'll take it a step further by creating the look of text being stamped into the metal from behind. This is a great effect for titles or credits.

Adobe Premiere Pro 4.2 update and Media Encoder 4.2.0 are live

Use your Adobe Updater or update via the Help menu in Premiere Pro. There's new support for Native Panasonic AVC-Intra editing. Watch Dave Helmley's video this new support and how AVC-Intra users can work directly off their P2 cards or their local hard drive.



Read more about the Premiere Pro updates on
Dennis Radeke's Genesis Project or on Dave Helmley's blog.

Using RED Camera Footage with Media 100



Snow Leopard 10.6.2 fixes problems with Photoshop

Not only does the update fix problems with CoreMelt plugins, but also Photoshop. This update is a must for Snow Leopard users. Read about how it fixes Photoshop on John Nack's Blog.

NewBlueFX Introduces Video Essentials III Effects Plugins

newbluefxThe Video Editor's Wish List of Tools & Techniques in One Package

La Jolla, CA - November 04, 2009 - NewBlue, Inc. today launched Video Essentials III, the third and latest offering in its best-selling Video Essentials series of video effects and transitions plugins. NewBlue Video Essentials III provides highly-practical video tools designed to solve everyday production issues. The collection includes Rolling Shutter, Image Mapper, Edge Smoother, Split Screen, Gradient Tint, Spotlight and three additional video effects plugins.

Available for all major video editing software platforms, including Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Premiere Elements, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, Avid NewsCutter, Avid Symphony, Avid Xpress, Avid Liquid, Corel (formerly Ulead) VideoStudio, Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas, Sony Vegas Movie Studio and Canopus EDIUS, NewBlue Video Essentials III improves and enhances video footage while reducing overall project time.

Who says the sequel can't be as good as the original?, says Todor Fay, NewBlue's chief technology officer. "We built NewBlue Video Essentials III in response to the incredible feedback we received regarding our original Video Essentials effects plugins products. Video Essentials III represents the best-of-the-best of these wishlists."

Using NewBlue Video Essentials III, video editors and enthusiasts can easily fix motion distortion from CMOS cameras, soften jagged edges on text and graphics, effortlessly map the four corners of a video insert over a scene, selectively strengthen color and manipulate atmosphere and easily perform dozens of other tasks designed to optimize workflow.

NewBlue Video Essentials III joins the company's highly-regarded product line of nearly 20 exclusive video plugins collections and is value-priced at $79.95.

Included in NewBlue Video Essentials III are:

  • Image Mapper, which makes it easy to superimpose a smaller image within the scene, including curving the edges for flexible shapes.
  • Auto Contrast, which dynamically adjusts contrast and vibrance, helping achieve well-balanced visuals without tedious keyframing.
  • Edge Smoother, which selectively softens jaggy edges on text and graphics to blend the scenes together - the next best thing to true anti-aliasing.
  • Proportion Helper, which assists the scene composition and balance by providing practical guidelines to arrange elements.
  • Rolling Shutter, which repairs the common wobble and skew damage that affects many video cameras using CMOS sensors.
  • Split Screen, which elegantly divides the image in a few clicks for compositing - no messy math required.
  • Diffusion, which makes the clips bloom in seconds, whether it's giving a soft glow to wedding footage or an otherworldly aura to the next sci-fi epic.
  • Gradient Tint, which gives the power to bring out blue skies, selectively affect color ranges, and more, an invaluable evolution of a key photographer's filter.
  • Spotlight, which provides a versatile way to bring focus to the subjects and apply finishing touches such background blur.
  • Dual Booster, which provides an innovative way to independently affect darker and lighter parts of an image, going from subtle enhancements to artistic expression.

Users can purchase NewBlue Video Essentials directly from Toolfarm. A fully-functional trial version is available for download, as well.

About NewBlue, Inc.

NewBlue, Inc. develops innovative audio, video and multimedia technologies for leading companies throughout the world. Founded in early 2002, NewBlue creates and licenses a range of proprietary technologies, including a series of NewBlueFX video technologies, the NewBlue Audio Engine and Audiomatrix technology platform, that meet the varied multimedia needs of mid-and large-sized companies. Experienced developers, musicians, artists, and software professionals with a unique and commanding set of skills, experience and talent comprise the NewBlue team.

The company unveiled its NewBlueFX product line in 2006 to meet the needs of digital video editing enthusiasts. The NewBlueFX collection of software plug-ins includes special audio and video effects, such as audio filters, noise reduction, equalization, compression and dozens of sophisticated graphic filters and transitions. To date, the NewBlueFX line includes 5 audio-oriented plug-in collections and 15 video-oriented effects and transitions collections for the Adobe Premiere, Avid Liquid, Avid Media Composer, Avid Xpress Pro, Pinnacle Studio and Sony Vegas desktop video product lines, as well as AVCHD UpShift, an AVCHD conversion utility.

Freebies: ArtBeats Free HD Clip Download/ Stock Footage

Take a short survey from ArtBeats and you can download this month's exclusive free clip FC281 HD from their Film Clutter 2 HD Collection- a potpourri of random flashes, leaks, streaks, scratches, and burns on motion picture film.

artbeats freebie

Download the Freebie

Need stock footage or background elements for your projects? Check out our Stock Footage section, including stock video, audio, templates for After Effects, and motion background elements.

Unplugged 13: Chris & Trish Meyer – Part 1

John Dickinson interviews Chris and Trish Meyer, pioneers of desktop video and authors of Creating Motion Graphics, After Effects Apprentice and other books. Watch the interview here.

Mac OS X 10.6.2 Important Update (re:CoreMelt)

Roger Bolton from CoreMelt sent me this very important infomration:

Mac OS X 10.6.2 contains a critical fix for a problem that was preventing CoreMelt plugins from working for After Effects CS3/CS4 users on Snow Leopard. The problem was caused by a Library conflict in earlier versions of Snow Leopard. CoreMelt has been working with both Apple and Adobe to get this problem resolved, we apologise for the delay.

Installing Mac OS X 10.6.2 restores normal functionality for all CoreMelt plugins for After Effects CS3 and CS4 Users.

Please also make sure you have the latest version of our V2 plugins V2 2.3a released on 7/11/09 which contains other bugfixes and licensing improvements.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

GenArts, Inc. Acquires Wondertouch

Acquisition Underscores Company's Aggressive Growth Strategy and Broadens GenArts' Product Offering to Include Particles Engine

wondertouchCAMBRIDGE, Mass. - November 3, 2009 -- GenArts Inc., the premier provider of specialized visual effects software for the film, television and video industries, announced today a definitive agreement to acquire particleIllusion and all related products and technologies from wondertouch LLC. The acquisition includes particleIllusion SE, all Emitters and Pro Emitters, particleIllusion for AE, and all additional intellectual property from wondertouch LLC. As part of the acquisition, Alan Lorence, the former CEO of wondertouch and creator of particleIllusion, will join GenArts as a full-time developer.

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wondertouch and particleIllusion will continue to operate as stand-alone brands, separate from GenArts Sapphire, Monsters and Raptors. Customers can continue to obtain wondertouch products and support exactly as they have in the past by visiting Wondertouch. In addition, particleIllusion will be sold through the same reseller channels as before and new emitters will continue to be delivered on their customary regular basis.

Separately, GenArts has announced that the highly anticipated wondertouch plug-ins for Adobe After Effects will be called particleIllusion for After Effects, and will ship in December 2009. Please visit wondertouch.com for more information about particleIllusion for After Effects.

"In 2008, we laid out a vision to accelerate GenArts' growth via acquisition, innovation and strategic partnerships," said Katherine Hays, CEO of GenArts. "We chose this path to align the company more fully with our customers who are shifting their emphasis away from in-house visual effects tools development, and toward a greater reliance on standardized tools from trusted vendors. This acquisition is another key step toward achieving that vision. The addition of particleIllusion not only provides GenArts a well respected product today, but its core particles technology offers an important foundation upon which we can further develop the types of new and innovative products that our customers require from their trusted vendor. We're extremely excited about this acquisition, and we welcome Alan to the GenArts family."

Created by Lorence, particleIllusion is a sprite-based particle effects application designed to provide the most comprehensive and efficient particle effects creation workflow. Utilizing hardware-accelerated rendering, it is now used worldwide by creative professionals working in film post-production and pre-visualization, standard and HD video, commercial broadcast, motion graphics, and game content creation. With particleIllusion, visual effects artists have access to thousands of presets that they can use to create innumerable effects such as smoke, fire, explosions, watery ripples, sparkles, colorful artistic fantasies and more.

"I am thrilled to join the world-class GenArts development team and return to my passion of continuing to evolve particleIllusion," said Lorence. "I look forward to the support and backing of such a creative organization as we explore ways to advance the state of the art of visual effects, and inspire film and video artists to bring their stories to life."

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.

Review: After Effects Camera Training by Trish Meyer

Trish Meyer reviews Rob Birnholz's After Effects Camera training from the Toolfarm Expert Series. This is one of the most unbiased reviews I've ever read and Trish goes through the training very thoroughly. It's a great review. She knows After Effects like know one else.

Sample Chapter of After Effects Camera Training

Boris FX Unveils New XML Transfer Plug-In for Adobe After Effects


boris xml transferBoris XML Transfer is an Adobe After Effects plug-in designed for seamless transfer of Apple Final Cut Pro program sequences to Adobe After Effects. Boris XML Transfer preserves all aspects of a Final Cut Pro project including effects, audio, media clips, transitions, geometric transformations, and multi-clip edits.

Boris XML Transfer is available now for $299 USD. Download a Free 14-day Trial Version Now

Press Release

Seamlessly Transfer Apple Final Cut Pro Program Sequences to Adobe After Effects

Marlborough MA - November 3, 2009 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced Boris XML Transfer, a new Adobe After Effects plug-in designed for seamless transfer of Apple Final Cut Pro program sequences to Adobe After Effects. Boris XML Transfer preserves all aspects of a Final Cut Pro project including effects, audio, media clips, transitions, and geometric transformations.

"Improved integration between Adobe, Apple, and Avid applications is a recurring request among digital media workgroups," commented Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder, Boris FX. "Boris Continuum Complete and Final Effects Complete effects presets have always been compatible across Adobe, Apple, and Avid host applications. With the release of Boris XML Transfer, we bring integration to a new level, giving editors the ability to transfer entire Final Cut Pro sequences to After Effects - including multi-clip edits, effects, and audio."

Boris XML Transfer Feature Highlights

  • Clips Remain Fully Editable. All trimmed Final Cut Pro clips remain fully-editable in Adobe After Effects as stepped-up or stepped-down layers. Audio levels, pans, and cross-fades are accurately preserved and effects settings and keyframe animations are fully translated.

  • MultiCam Editing. Boris XML Transfer takes special care to preserve multi-clip edits.

  • Boris Continuum Complete and Final Effects Complete Compatibility. BCC and FEC effects provide the same look and keyframe values for every parameter.
  • Native Final Cut Pro Effects Translation. Many native Final Cut Pro effects are translated into corresponding After Effects features that match the effects' look and behavior.
  • Familiar Look and Feel. Translated After Effects projects will look very familiar to Final Cut Pro editors. User marks, comments and labels for clips and sequences, and all user-defined names are carried across from Final Cut Pro to After Effects.
  • No Transcoding or File Duplication Required. QuickTime-based media files are immediately available in After Effects without the need for transcoding or file duplication.

Pricing and Availability
Boris XML Transfer for Macintosh OS X is immediately available through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct from the Boris FX web site at www.borisfx.com for an MSRP of $299 USD. A full-functioning 14-day trial version is available for free download.

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

Sorenson Media Launches Sorenson Squeeze 6

Squeeze
  • Video Quality, Encoding Speed Significantly Improved
  • New Review and Approve Capabilities and Notification Features Simplify Encoding Workflow
  • New Direct Publishing and Syndication of Professional-Quality Video to YouTube, Twitter, Limelight, Akamai and Sorenson 360
  • Enhanced Interface Improves Intuitive Design, Making Encoding and Managing Video Files Easy
  • New Integrated Online Preset Exchange Gives Users Video Encoding 'Recipes' of Experts
  • Users Receive Complimentary Sorenson 360 Review & Approval Account

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 3, 2009)

  • Sorenson Media today announced the immediate availability of Sorenson Squeeze 6, a significant update to the gold-standard video encoding software application. Sorenson Squeeze 6 provides the first total workflow solution for video professionals, enabling customers to employ innovative tools
  • such as email and text notifications and a secure review and approval process
  • that simplify the overall workflow and allow them to more easily encode and publish their video files on the Internet. Optimized video codecs and new filters have also been added, significantly improving video quality and encoding speed.

    Video Management Made Easy

    Working in tandem with the Sorenson 360 Video Delivery Network (Sorenson Media's re-imagined online video publishing platform), Sorenson Squeeze 6 includes a variety of new unique features that make encoding and publishing videos online easier:

    • E-mail and Text Notifications. Sorenson Squeeze 6 can now send automatic notifications to clients, colleagues, supervisors, friends or the users themselves via e-mail and text message (SMS) when encoding jobs are completed. With this new feature, users can start an encoding job and walk away, knowing they will be notified immediately when the process is done.
    • Review and Approval Workflow. Video professionals can now add their clients' and supervisors' contact information to Sorenson Squeeze, which will automatically send them secure, password protected videos for review and approval after encoding jobs are completed. This automated workflow is accessible from desktop computer Web browsers as well as the iPhone, enabling busy professionals to review and approve content on the go. After viewing a video, reviewer feedback and comments are immediately sent back to the Squeeze user, thereby streamlining the workflow of today's video professionals.
    • Direct Publishing and Syndication. In addition to seamless publishing to the Sorenson 360 Video Delivery Network, Sorenson Squeeze 6 users can upload high-quality encoded files directly to popular social media sites, such as YouTube and Twitter, as well as to content delivery networks, including Akamai and Limelight.
    • Enhanced User Interface. The Sorenson Squeeze 6 interface has been re-designed to simplify the video compression workflow and provide easy access to the software's powerful features, including encoding presets; high-quality audio and video filters; DVD burning tools; and the new review, approval and notification functions.
    • Complimentary Sorenson 360 Review & Approval Account. Every purchase of Squeeze 6 includes a complimentary one-year Review & Approval account to the Sorenson 360 Video Delivery Network, making Squeeze the first end-to-end encoding and publishing solution.

    Higher Quality, Faster Encoding, Expanded Compatibility

    Sorenson Squeeze 6 surpasses previous versions of the software in both speed and quality by incorporating and optimizing the latest On2 VP6 and MainConcept H.264 codecs. Internal benchmark tests have shown Sorenson Squeeze 6 is up to 500 percent faster than Sorenson Squeeze 5 when encoding in the H.264 and VP6 formats, both of which are standard formats included with every copy of Squeeze 6. New video filters, including blur, RGB, tint, white balance and timecode, have also been added to improve the quality of any encoded video. New input and output formats have also been added to Sorenson Squeeze 6, including:

    • New Input Formats: AVC-Intra and WMV with VC-1 for use in Blu-ray and Microsoft Silverlight
    • New Output Formats: AVI, AIFF, DV Stream, Image Sequence, Wave, and WMV with VC-1

    To coincide with the release of Squeeze 6, Sorenson Media has also launched an innovative new Preset Exchange, an online repository of professional “video encoding recipes” or presets. The presets in the Exchange have been created by top industry compression experts, thereby providing Squeeze 6 users with direct access to the same encoding tools used by seasoned encoding professionals to get the best quality out of their encoding processes. Because the Preset Exchange is seamlessly integrated with Squeeze 6, users can instantly import new presets into Squeeze by clicking “Install” on the Preset Exchange Web site. Along with previous integration with Avid's suite of editing applications, Sorenson Squeeze 6 also now works seamlessly with Apple's Final Cut Pro and iMovie. This process significantly improves workflow times by eliminating the need for cumbersome exporting and importing between applications and enables users to tap into the powerful Squeeze feature set directly from their favorite editing software.

    Online Press Room

    The Sorenson Media online press room is available at www.sorensonmedia.com/presskit, and includes downloadable press releases, company and product information, and high-resolution images.

    Pricing and Availability

    Sorenson Squeeze 6 and Sorenson Squeeze 6 for Flash are available for electronic download or for shipping in CD form. Sorenson Squeeze 6 is $799 and Sorenson Squeeze 6 for Flash is $499. Upgrades from previous versions of Sorenson Squeeze begin at $199. The complimentary one-year Sorenson 360 Review & Approval account includes 5 gigabytes (GB) of storage, 100 streams per month and a maximum video length of 30 minutes.

  • New Product: Digieffects Falloff Lighting

    Digieffects Falloff Lighting provides an enhanced lighting system to After Effects built-in light. Falloff Lighting is much more like that of the real world where light naturally decays or "falls off" as surfaces increase distance from the After Effects light.


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    Falloff Lighting offers the control and flexibility you need to properly light your scene. You can display the distance from the camera to the corners of the layers. Also, you can adjust the distance scale to account for the scale of objects in your scene. You can also control the intensity of light reflecting off an object and the gradual falloff as the distance from the light increases.

    Why not just use AE? Falloff Lighting offers a key feature missing in After Effects. With After Effects' built-in lights, it doesn’t matter how far away a layer is from a light, it is still illuminated the same amount by that light.

    Press Release: Imagineer Systems Enhances Workflow Between mocha, mocha for After Effects v2 and Red Giant Warp in New Point Release

    Newest Version of mocha products Streamline Corner-Pinning Data Export Directly to Red Giant Warp

    GUILDFORD, UK (November 3, 2009) - Imagineer Systems (www.imagineersystems.com) today announced new software point releases of its popular planar tracking and rotoscoping software mocha and mocha for After Effects v2. Most notably with this new release, mocha v1.6 and mocha for After Effects v2 now support tracking data export directly to the Red Giant Warp After Effects plug-in.

    mocha for After Effects v2 is a stand alone 2D tracking tool for the After Effects community based on Imagineer Systems' unique 2.5D Planar Tracking technology. mocha for After Effects helps solve problematic shots that traditionally challenge point based trackers, such as footage with objects moving out of frame, lack of detail, motion blur and heavy grain. This helps the artist to generate solid tracks, giving position, scale, rotation, shear and perspective matched tracks and exporting the data to After Effects in less time.

    "Many of our users have been requesting a simpler workflow between Red Giant Warp's powerful dual-corner pinning tool and mocha for After Effects' superior planar tracking system," said Sean Safreed, direct of product management for Red Giant Software. "Thanks to Imagineer's work, Warp has direct access to the mocha output. We're excited that users can now use both together seamlessly."

    "In the last year, After Effects artists have become reliant on mocha's planar tracker to solve the most challenging shots but are always looking for ways to improve their compositing workflow," added Ross Shain, chief marketing officer for Imagineer Systems. "Red Giant's Warp offers high quality corner pin rendering and the ability to use mocha's data with a simple dual pin interface. This solves some of the existing complexity that can arise when using AE for screen replacements. Partnering with developers like Red Giant to ensure our tools are working effectively and efficiently together ultimately yields the kind of value our customers are looking for."

    Pricing and Availability

    mocha for After Effects v2.1.0 is available immediately and is priced at $210 USD.

    The upgrade from mocha for After Effects v2.1.0 from v1 is priced at $110 USD.

    About Imagineer Systems

    Imagineer Systems Ltd innovates and markets next-generation visual effects solutions for film, video and broadcast post production markets. Imagineer Systems has made its mark on such marquis Hollywood blockbuster productions as Casino Royale, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter. Imagineer's desktop product line consists of monet - placement station, mokey - removal station, motor - roto station, mocha - tracking station, mocha for After Effects - planar tracker for Adobe After Effects, and mocha shape for After Effects - the new rotoscoping shape import plug in for After Effects users, mocha for Final Cut - planar tracking for Final Cut Pro users, and mocha shape for Final Cut - the new rotoscoping shape import plug in for Final Cut Pro. Imagineer Systems was founded in 2000 and its headquarters is located in Guildford, United Kingdom. For more information visit www.imagineersystems.com.

    Monday, November 02, 2009

    Review: CoreMelt ImageFlow FX V2.2

    Layers Magazine reviews ImageFlow FX and gives it 4/5 stars!

    As is my usual custom, I initially tried out ImageFlow FX by downloading the free, 15-day trial version. I was pleased to discover that CoreMelt let me keep four of the 25 effects permanently, with no obligation to buy the full product. The four free effects are Carousel, Continuous Random Pan, Multi Pop Forward, and Filmstrip. But it was a no-brainer choosing to buy the suite. I knew my $129 would repay itself almost immediately, giving me more time to focus on really creative work rather than sequencing dozens of still images on a timeline. - Marcus Geduld

    Review: Interview with Dashwood Stereo3D Toolbox

    Powered by FxFactory; Stereo3D Toolbox 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 formattingBeth Marchant talks with Tim Dashwood, creator of the Dashwood Stereo3D Toolbox plugin.

    You had some help from Noise Industries' FxFactory architecture.

    Yes, I was using the FxFactory suite of tools for other projects. For those who don't know, FxFactory Pro allows the end user to design plug-ins in a simpler way than a programmer would do it. Basically, you don't write code because you're using Apple's Quartz Composer, their node-based visual programming language.

    Tutorial: Noise Industries Volumetric Light rays plug-in V2

    Noise Industries Idustrial Revolution Volumetrix produces stunning light effects & transitions. Effects work in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and Adobe After Effects.


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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:

    Sapphire Updated to 2.091 for AE compatible products

    Update 2.091 brings improved support for Nucleo Pro background renders. v2.09 added support for floating licenses on Windows and on Mac, support for Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard and floating licenses, plus it fixed a problem with Glare on HD footage . You can update or download a demo here.

    Windows 7 Compatibility List

    Another one of our lists is starting to fill in! Check out our Windows 7 Compatibility List. Do you have plugins that work in Windows 7 and are not on this list? Let us know!