Sunday, February 28, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Tutorial: Removing a sign using Imagineer Systems mokey

Tutorial: How to remove and replace a sign using Imagineer Systems mokey

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mokey offers an innovative toolset for removing wires, rigs, logos, scratches, hairs and other undesired elements in commercial, film and corporate video post production work.

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Based on Imagineer's unique 2.5D planar tracking and background reconstruction technology it seamlessly removes elements and provides an excellent alternative to the painstaking, manual process of painting or cloning

Tutorial: Master particles in After Effects

After Effects Tutorial: Master particles in After Effects

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"Both Card Dance and Shatter allow you to divide your layer into particles determined by layer map. They also allow you to animate pieces in 3D space, and interact with After Effects' cameras and lights.

This tutorial will help you understand how layers can be used as displacement maps or control layers for other layers in your compositions. This process is just as useful when controlling VFX as it is for motion graphics."

Read the full tutorial at digitalartsonline.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tutorial: GenArts Sapphire Blur Tutorial for Final Cut Pro

Tutorial: GenArts Sapphire Blur Tutorial for Final Cut Pro

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Video Tutorial of the Sapphire Blur effect for Final Cut Pro. There are many kinds of blurs in the Sapphire package including Blur, BlurChroma, BlurChannels, BlurDirectional and BlurMotion.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Contour Design Releases Updated ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXpress Settings for Apple Final Cut Studio

Shuttle ProAll-New Settings for Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Apple Soundtrack Pro 3

Windham NH - February 23, 2010 - Contour Design, a market leader in audio/video editing devices, has released a new ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXpress Mac driver with optimized settings for Apple Final Cut Studio. The driver includes settings for Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Apple Soundtrack Pro 3, Apple Motion 4, Apple DVD Studio Pro 4, and Apple Color 1.5. All-new settings for Adobe Lightroom and Media 100 Suite are also included.

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

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

The new Mac driver (v2.1.5) is immediately available for download from the Contour Design web site and at Toolfarm. Contour Design continues to update their driver to ensure compatibility with all of the most current hardware and software.
ShuttlePRO V.2 and ShuttleXpress are available from Contour Design's worldwide reseller channel for MSRPs of $109.95 USD and $59.95 USD, respectively.

About Contour Design
Contour Design Inc., based in Windham, New Hampshire, is a manufacturer of innovative add-on products for Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX workstations, specializing in the iPod/iPhone accessories, audio/video input devices, and ergonomic markets. For more information about Contour Design products and solutions, please visit

Sample: Stereo3D Toolbox and camera set up.

Peter Wiggins posted this on Toolfarm's Facebook page. "3D Made with two Canon 5D Mark II cameras on a home-made stereo rig. Synchronized with PluralEyes and aligned and output with Stereo3D Toolbox. View the YouTube page for choices of 3D, Anaglyph etc. Via, thanks!"

I didn't realize that YouTube allowed you to do this, but if you go to the YouTube page for this video there is a pulldown menu for viewing in different 3D styles. This is cool!

If you'd like to:

Monday, February 22, 2010

Interview: Stu Maschwitz: DV Rebel (part 2)

Mac Video interviews Stu Maschwitz, director, writer and visual effects artist, who you may know from his fine work on Red Giant's Magic Bullet product line. Stu co-founded The Orphanage and wrote The DV Rebels Guide.

"In this, Part 2 of the MacVideo interview with Stu Maschwitz, he tells why shooting and replay at 24 frames per second is so important to the filmmaker..." View part 2.

Miss the first part of the interview? View part 1 here.

New Product: NewBlueFX Stabilizer

NewBlueFX Stabilizer makes it easy to produce smooth and steady footage. A powerful analyzer searches through all frames, calculates frame-to-frame motion, and realigns the affected pictures so they look clear and jitter free, just like the rest of your footage.

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(Windows Only, Mac Version Available Shortly)

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Freebie: AE Scripts from Jeff Almasol

This one has been around for a while but I saw it posted on Facebook today. Additional Scripts for After Effects CS4.

This download contains scripts for editing keyboard shortcuts (KeyEd Up), launching scripts (Launch Pad), create project folder hierarchies (Folder Setup), converting Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase) files (Swatch You Want, kuler Shapes), and modifying a comp's motion blur settings interactively (Active Shutter) in Adobe After Effects CS4. These scripts include minor updates to the ones originally provided for After Effects CS3, such as support for new keyboard shortcuts and improved Mac support in Folder Setup. To use, unzip the archive and place the contents in the Scripts folder located within the Adobe After Effects CS4 folder (Mac OS) or its enclosed Support Files folder (Windows). Active Shutter, Folder Setup, Launch Pad, and Swatch You Want can also be used as dockable panels by placing the scripts (and associated .png files) in a ScriptUI Panels subfolder of the Scripts folder, and then choosing them from the application's Window menu. v1.1: Swatch You Want will display larger swatches if there are 8 or fewer colors in the file.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Freebies: LME Video Wall 2 Template for After Effects 7.0+

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LME Video Wall Freebies 2 for AE 7.0 and up; comes with HD and SD versions and instructions for replacing art. Download the Freebie!

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Red Giant Software Academic Volume License "Pack"

Red Giant Academic Pack


For qualifying Academic institutions, Red Giant Software is offering a Volume License deal on their 3 most popular suites, to outfit 20-99 lab seats.


The Red Giant Software Academic Volume License "Pack" offers:

  1. 3 Suites in one pack: Magic Bullet Suite 2009, Trapcode Suite 2009, and Pro Keying Suite

  2. License Certificate provides a single serial number for each plugin from all 3 suites, for use on up to 99 seats.
  3. HUGE savings with one low price of $4,999.
You must be a full time student or a faculty member to obtain academic pricing. Proof of eligibility must be sent to Toolfarm prior to making an Academic License order. Fax your creditials to Toolfarm for approval: 415-276-1904 or email them to
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime. We're here for you

Tutorial: Digieffects Camera Mapper in 60 Seconds

This certainly is a departure from the usual tutorial! Learn how to successfully use Digieffects Camera Mapper in 60 seconds.

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Update: onOne Software Plug-In Suite 5.0.1 Software Update Now Available

The onOne Software Plug-In Suite 5.0.1 update is now available to download and install. Plug-In Suite 5.0.1 is highly recommended for all users and addresses the following areas:
  • Improved compatibility with ATI video card drivers when using PhotoTune 3 and PhotoTools 2.5
  • Improved stability and memory handling when using PhotoTune 3
  • Improved performance of Mask Pro 4.1 on Windows operating systems
All of these updates are included in the Plug-In Suite 5.0.1 free update. You can download and install this update using the built-in "Check for Updates" feature found in the Help menu of any of the the plug-ins from the Plug-In Suite or download the update from our demos page.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Product: Luxology SLIK for Luxology modo

Studio accurate lighting and reflection setups for modo

The Studio Lighting & Illumination Kit (SLIK) is an extensive collection of presets, scenes, items, materials and video tutorials to help modo users light their creations. With Luxology SLIK, you are able to quickly select a studio lighting solution that mimics those found in the real-world of photography. Instantly your modo renderings will look more vivid and believable.

luxology slik

Bring the realism of a studio shoot into your CG-based production

Whether you just need a quick fix lighting solution to drop a model into or a streamlined way to build your own lighting studio, SLIK will accelerate your workflow with content and controls not found in any other lighting system. Add lights, arrange, tweak light controls. Render. Need a spherical HDR image of the studio? No problem, just drop a spherical camera preset, flip a switch and render your custom high-quality HDR image. And you can do all this while seeing your renders or spherical map interactively using Luxology’s Preview Renderer.

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Studio Lighting and Illumination Kit works with modo 401 sp3 and Includes:
  • 30 built-to-scale lighting assembly presets.
  • 24 different lighting setups supporting small scale, medium scale, large scale and portrait studio photography.
  • 24 2k HDR environmental maps.
  • 21 material presets.
  • 5 simple meshes.
  • Experience Level: All Levels
Learn More/Purchase Luxology SLIK | Learn More about Luxology modo

In addition to using the pre-built environments included with SLIK, you can configure the lights, reflectors, platforms and cameras into a custom lighting solution (including HDR image creation).

Inspirations: A Conversation With WeWereMonkeys: Land of Talk "It's Okay"

Toolfarm talks to WeWereMonkeys about their work on the music video for Land of Talk- It's Okay, featured in Stash 63 and TIME Magazine's The 5 Best Videos of 2009.

WeWereMonkeys: Land of Talk - It's Okay from WeWereMonkeys on Vimeo.

"WeWereMonkeys began in 2007 when Mihai and Davide created an insane stream of consciousness stop-motion animation for Malajube's Le Crab, which was nominated for the 2007 MTV People's Choice Video Award. They successfully followed this with the production of a second video for Malajube's Ton Plat Favori, which was featured in the 2008 Independent Music Video Festival. In 2009, WWM's video for Land of Talk's It's Okay was featured in Stash 63 and was chosen as one of The 5 Best Videos of 2009 by TIME Magazine. "

Read the Full Interview on our Inspirations Page.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tutorials: Red Giant Holomatrix Holograms and Sci-Fi Look

New tutorials for Red Giant Holomatrix! Want to follow along?

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Tutorial: Create a Sci-Fi Look with Red Giant Holomatrix

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In this Adobe After Effects walkthrough by John Dickinson/Motionworks learn how Red Giant Holomatrix was used to give grungy 3D text a dynamic sci-fi look.

Tutorial: Creating a Holographic Interface Effect with Red Giant Holomatrix

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In this episode, Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to create the look of a holographic interface, using Red Giant Software Holomatrix. He also uses Magic Bullet Looks for color grading, and footage from Digital Juice Motion Designer's Toolkit.

Interview: Stu Maschwitz: DV Rebel (part 1)

Mac Video interviews Stu Maschwitz, director, writer and visual effects artist, who you may know from his fine work on Red Giant's Magic Bullet product line. Stu co-founded The Orphanage and wrote a nice book called The DV Rebels Guide. Watch part 1 of the video interview here

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

News: Sources offer peek at Adobe Creative Suite 5 for Mac

By Prince McLean and Kasper Jade at AppleInsider. Not much news on After Effects yet, but we're keeping an eye out!
"The fifth major release of Adobe's Creative Suite package (CS5) for graphic, video and web design professionals will finally see Photoshop for Mac emerge as a 64-bit application while several of suite's other component applications adopt Flash tie-ins aimed at keeping content developers reliant on the company's embattled multimedia platform."
Read the Full Article at AppleInsider.

GenArts And The Foundry Announce Strategic Alliance


Industry Leaders Collaborate to Enhance Nuke Market Growth

LONDON and CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - February 16, 2010 - GenArts Inc., the premier provider of specialized visual effects software for the film, television and video industries, and The Foundry, the world-leading visual effects software developer, today announced they have entered into a broad strategic alliance. Under the terms of the agreement, GenArts will acquire The Foundry's Tinder and Tinderbox plug-ins business and the two companies will enter into an arrangement to collaborate closely to expand the capabilities of the Nuke platform.

A well-established suite with a loyal customer following, Tinder and Tinderbox have been stalwarts in the visual effects plug-ins market for many years. GenArts will immediately assume all development, sales, marketing and customer support of Tinder and Tinderbox as they work to breathe new life into the venerable Tinder brand.

The strategic alliance allows the development teams from The Foundry and GenArts to work closely together to fully maximize the functionality of their future products. This collaboration opens the door to more effective delivery of new technology as the host platform and plug-in development can be more synchronized.

"Both GenArts and The Foundry deliver technologies that are essential to the compositing pipeline at Method," said Janelle Croshaw, of Method Studios. "Host platform development is often independent from the features and schedules of plug-in development. We're very pleased to see that GenArts and The Foundry understand that the way we use their products is extremely intertwined. This collaboration allows us to provide more seamless solutions to clients as we continue to deliver visual effects that push the limits of our audience's imagination."

As part of the alliance, GenArts will become the flagship partner in The Foundry's new third-party partner program for Nuke. GenArts will have an exclusive co-marketing relationship with The Foundry as a provider of visual effects plug-ins for Nuke and Nuke customers will have the option to install trial versions of GenArts plug-ins on Initial installation.

"The Foundry is very pleased to have come to this new arrangement with GenArts," said Bill Collis, CEO, The Foundry. "We believe that it's in the best interest of our customers for Tinder to be looked after by GenArts, while The Foundry concentrates on developing complex, problem-solving, image-processing plug-ins including further work on its award-winning Furnace and Ocula toolsets and new products based on our 3D scene technology. We hope our new third party program, launched today, with GenArts as our first provider, will bring a variety of plug-ins to the attention of Nuke users enabling them to do even more within the platform."

"GenArts' portfolio enjoys an unquestioned pedigree as the go-to tools in the arsenal of the world's best visual effects artists and editors," said Katherine Hays, CEO of GenArts. "Our alliance with The Foundry presents a unique opportunity to deliver value to Nuke users as the platform continues to gain momentum. Customers across the film, broadcast and commercial industries tell us that they highly value the benefits of standardizing their compositing pipeline on a common toolset from a trusted partner. The GenArts portfolio including Sapphire, Monsters, Raptors, wondertouch and now Tinder offers the most comprehensive suite of visual effects in the industry for our current and future customers. This strategic alliance with the Foundry further supports Nuke's growth into markets where GenArts software is a must-have."

For additional information, please refer to our FAQ

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.

In November 2009 GenArts acquired wondertouch, an award-winning software developer specializing in particle effects. Their flagship product, particleIllusion, is considered one of the most popular solutions for particle effects creation, enabling artists to create natural effects such as smoke, fire, sparkles, fireworks and countless abstract effects. GenArts was founded in 1996 in Cambridge, Mass.

About The Foundry

The Foundry is a world-leading innovator of visual effects and image processing technologies that boost productivity in motion picture and video post-production. The Foundry has a well-established client base that includes leading visual effects facilities worldwide, such as Warner Bros., The Moving Picture Company, Weta Digital, Framestore, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Digital Domain. It is at the cutting edge of software development, marketing and sales for visual effects compositing. In June 2009, The Foundry announced a management buyout for an undisclosed sum led by Advent Venture Partners. Advent backed The Foundry's management team, led by CEO Dr Bill Collis and the original founders.
The Foundry is highly profitable and has more than doubled in size in the past two years.

The Foundry's products support a wide range of award-winning host platforms including After Effects, Autodesk Media and Entertainment Systems, Avid DS, Nuke, Shake and Final Cut Pro. In 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded a Sci-Tech Award to The Foundry's development team for the Furnace image processing suite - and the company now holds two products with AMPAS Sci-Tech Award winning technology including high-end compositing system Nuke.

The Foundry is headquartered in London, and has offices in Los Angeles. For more information please visit:

GenArts/The Foundry Strategic Alliance FAQ

Announcement Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2010

What did GenArts and The Foundry announce?

GenArts and The Foundry today announced that they have entered into a broad strategic alliance. GenArts will acquire The Foundry's Tinder and Tinderbox plug-ins business and the two companies will enter into an arrangement to collaborate closely to expand the capabilities of the Nuke platform.

What are the components of this new strategic alliance?

There are three components to the alliance:
  • GenArts has acquired the Tinder and Tinderbox business from The Foundry. As such, GenArts will immediately assume all development, sales, marketing and customer support of Tinder and Tinderbox.
  • GenArts and The Foundry will collaborate to more closely synchronize the development of Nuke and GenArts plug-ins to fully maximize the functionality and customer value of their future products.
  • GenArts will become the flagship partner in The Foundry's new third-party partner program for Nuke. As such, GenArts will have an exclusive co-marketing relationship with The Foundry as a provider of visual effects plug-ins for Nuke and Nuke customers will have the option to install trial versions of GenArts plug-ins on Initial installation.

When does this alliance become effective?

The alliance is effective immediately.

Why did GenArts enter into this strategic alliance with The Foundry?

The alliance provides a means by which the development teams from GenArts and The Foundry can work closely together to fully maximize the functionality of their future products. This collaboration opens the door to more seamless technology delivery as the host platform and plug-in development can be more synchronized. In addition, we recognize that Tinder and Tinderbox are both well-established plug-in suites, with a loyal customer following, and have been stalwarts in the visual effects plug-ins market for many years. We are looking forward to revitalizing the Tinder brand and delivering new products that continue to provide great value to our customers.

How does the strategic alliance benefit customers?

Our customers have consistently told us that they are shifting their emphasis away from in-house visual effects tools development, and towards a greater reliance on standardized tools from trusted vendors. In addition, customers have said that they view their plug-ins and their host platform as two intertwined components of a single solution. GenArts' acquisition of The Foundry's Tinder and Tinderbox business allows both companies to focus on delivering best of breed product portfolios to customers. This is significant step toward facilitating our customer's ability to standardize on a more optimized portfolio of tools from their trusted vendors.

Meanwhile, the collaboration component of the alliance is designed to maximize the value of the Nuke platform by more closely aligning its development with that of GenArts' plug-ins. Customers will benefit from a more tightly integrated solution that more effectively exploits the strengths of each component. This collaboration is a natural extension of the work the two companies have done together as founding members of the Open Effects Association and creators of the OFX programming interface.

Does this mean that GenArts will be de-emphasizing support for other host platforms?

Absolutely not. GenArts has a long history of supporting all the host platforms that our customers consider important and we remain fully committed to this philosophy. This strategic alliance with The Foundry and the recent announcement of Sapphire 5 for Autodesk are both excellent examples of that commitment.

Why is selling the Tinder and Tinderbox business good for The Foundry?

The Foundry's plug-in strength has for many years been in complex research-based image-processing technology such as the award-winning Furnace and Ocula product lines. The Foundry intends to broaden its reach in this kind of plug-in technology.

But Tinder was where The Foundry started - how can you abandon it?

Yes, moving on from Tinder isn't something we do lightly. But we honestly believe it's in the best interest of our customers and an important step for future development at The Foundry.

What will The Foundry's plug-in team do now?

The Foundry's plug-in team has long been renowned for their innovation, winning an Academy Award for their Furnace product and multiple awards for their ground-breaking Ocula stereo-3D toolset. The team is hoping to continue their success in the hard science of images, expanding in size to support current products and develop entirely new ones. No staff will be moving from The Foundry to GenArts.

What will GenArts do with Tinder and Tinderbox in the future?
We are very excited about the potential for innovation as a result of this alliance and our acquisition of the Tinder business and are evaluating feature and pricing options to provide customers maximum value and flexibility. Starting today, customers can go to or to purchase Tinder or Tinderbox in their current form and at similar price points except for a few exceptions:

  • Tinderbox will now be sold as a full suite as opposed to individual boxes
  • The minimum period for all license rentals will now be 30 days
  • Only node locked licenses will be available for rent

Will Tinder or Tinderbox be folded into any current GenArts products such as Sapphire or Monsters?

Right now, there are no plans to combine Tinder or Tinderbox with Sapphire or Monsters to create a single product. For now, Tinder and Tinderbox will continue to be sold in their current form and at similar price points. We are continually evaluating feature as well as packaging and pricing options to provide our customers maximum value and flexibility.

How do I get support for Tinder and Tinderbox?

Starting immediately, customers should either visit, or contact

Who do I contact to purchase Tinder or Tinderbox?

Starting immediately, customers should either visit, or contact

Monday, February 15, 2010

New Product: Inteligent Assistance exceLogger for Final Cut Pro

exceLoggerUnleash the power of Excel for Final Cut Pro logging

Maybe the reason you're not logging is because it's too hard in Final Cut Pro? exceLogger for FCP lets you use the power of Microsoft Excel to log already captured clips.

With exceLogger for FCP's workflow you export clips (batch list) from Final Cut Pro to Excel and an XML file.

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Add logging information and create new Subclips in Excel. Process in exceLogger for FCP with the XML file. Clips are created, updated and linked to media in Final Cut Pro.

System Requirements
  • Final Cut Pro 5 or later (part of Final Cut Studio)
  • Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

Sample: Nice Sample Reel Using Imagineer Mocha

Kevin Bourke, PR guy for Imagineer, posted this to his Lower Thirds blog: This demo reel says it all. You get a great idea of just how powerful and versatile the planar tracking in mocha really is. Check it out:

JLopezVFX Jan 09' Demo Reel from Juan Lopez on Vimeo.

Very cool, stuff! Download a free demo of Imagineer Mocha here and take it for a spin yourself.

News: NAB: MediaMotion Ball Date Announced

The MediaMotion Ball returns to the Sahara Hotels Golden Room during NAB on Monday, April 12th, 5:30pm!

"The MMB- is one of the not to be missed NAB traditions. An event for all media professionals who work in post production, 3D and motion graphics. Everyone is welcome. Our new low advance ticket price of $25 includes food, entry into the famous MMB prize draw and the opportunity to mix with your peers, suppliers and the who's who of our industry! For more info on the MMB click here."

Tickets are $25.00, includes food and entry in prize giveaways, and can be purchased here.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Update: Boris Continuum 3D Objects Unit Now Supports Apple Final Cut Express 4

The Boris Continuum 3D Objects Unit includes five powerful 3D Extrusion filters for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Final Cut Express . The Extruded Text filter allows you to create stunning 3D text elements. Extruded EPS provides an easy way to import and extrude Adobe Illustrator layered vector logos and graphics. Type-on Text lets you create animated text type-ons that fly in from behind or toward the camera or slide into view from the top, left, bottom, or right of the screen either letter-by-letter, word-by-word, or line-by-line. Extruded Spline generates and extrudes shapes. Layer Deformer generates useful 3D shapes such as planes, cubes, spheres, and cylinders and deforms these 3D objects using built-in vertex and pixel shaders.

New Product: Apple Aperture v3 Now Available at Toolfarm

aperture 3You've taken a great shot. Now you're ready to make it even better. Apple's Aperture v3 gives you all the tools you need to turn your photography into so much more.

While the files are importing, Aperture 3 grabs data like shutter speed, aperture, lens, and focus points and starts sorting it right away. You can even add your own keywords and automatically apply an adjustment preset on import.

Over 200 New Features in Aperture 3

Faces and Places. Brushes for precision retouching. Dozens of adjustment presets. True full-screen browsing and editing. And that's just part of the perfect picture.

Top New Features in Aperture 3
  • Organize photos by the people in them using Faces.
  • Use Places to find photos based on where they were taken.
  • Perfect images with nondestructive, edge-aware brushes.
  • Use adjustment presets to apply imaging effects.
  • Browse your entire library with the new full-screen Browser.
  • Create stunning multimedia slideshows that weave together HD video, audio tracks, and custom titles.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Update: Boris XML Transfer v1.0.5

Boris XML Transfer v1.0.5 is now available as a free update for all Boris XML Transfer users. New features include expanded support for FCP native filters, full support for FCP native cross dissolve effects between clip pairs, and support for Photoshop files with alpha transparency. Download the Free Trial/Update.

Tutorial: Create an Ultra-Realistic Image Using Boris Continuum Materials Unit with After Effects and CINEMA 4D

Create an Ultra-Realistic Image Using the new Boris Continuum Materials Unit in conjunction with Adobe After Effects and MAXON CINEMA 4D

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In this Boris TV episode, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to create an ultra-realistic image using the new Boris Continuum Materials Unit in conjunction with Adobe After Effects and MAXON CINEMA 4D.

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Review: Alien Skin Eye Candy 6 for Photoshop

eye gives Alien Skin Software's Eye Candy 6 for Photoshop a 9.5 out of 10 rating!

"Eye Candy 6, the latest collection of real-world filters from Alien Skin, lets you produce a huge range of natural and man-made textures and effects quickly and easily. From glistening chrome to realistic fire and smoke, from animal fur to snow and icicles, Eye Candy makes the process both fast and enjoyable."

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New Product: Aquafadas PulpFx Abstract

pulp fxNew Aquafadas PulpFx Abstract - A stunning collection of 5 generators designed to produce show-stopping animated slideshows in Final Cut and Final Cut Express.

From the atmospheric "Black Reflections" to funky "Light Slice", you'll the perfect abstract look for your animated slideshows with intuitive parameters for a fast track to extra pizazz.

The trial, unlockable version of PulpFx Abstract comes with the standard FxFactory installer.

Learn More/Purcase Aquafadas PulpFx Abstract

Download the FxFactory trial to try Aquafadas PulpFx Abstract

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Update: FxFactory v2.1.3- New Slideshow Plugins released for FCP, Motion and AE

New PulpFx Abstract

Create amazing slideshows with PulpFx Abstract, a new set of generators that lets you easily animate stills. The unlockable, trial version of PulpFx Abstract is available by installing FxFactory.

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Download the FxFactory v2.1.3 trial/Update

Other Changes
  • Storek Studio nVeil 1.0.2 is a free upgrade for existing customers which adds 30 new veils to the built-in library.
  • PHYX Keyer 1.0.1 is a free upgrade for existing customers which allows the plug-ins to get better results when mixing media of different types.
  • FxFactory Pro 2.1.3 includes new and improved versions of the Perspective Reflection filter and Videoconference transition. A new parameter called “Distance From Surface” allows for positioning of the original media above the reflective surface.
  • FxFactory filters are now previewed inside Motion’s “Add Filter” menu (in previous versions of FxFactory, effect previews were only available in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects).

Updates: All NewBlueFX Products- Corel and EDIUS now with Keyframing

Corel and EDIUS now with keyframing: Most NLE's support keyframes, however some NLEs have limitations, including:
  • Adobe Premiere Pro: In Adobe Premiere Pro, keyframing and presets are mutually exclusive. As such, we determined which to support on a plugin by plugin basis. For example, if the NewBlueFX plugin benefits more from presets then from keyframing, we chose presets. Please note that this problem does not exist in Adobe After Effects, so full keyframe support is available for all NewBlueFX within Adobe After Effects.
  • Grass Valley EDIUS: Until now, we did not support keyframing, but we have good news: We’ve recently upgraded our EDIUS effects with keyframe support. You can download this free upgrade.
  • Corel VideoStudio: Like EDIUS, we originally did not support keyframing, but have now upgraded our plugins to do so. To get this free upgrade.

Update your NewBlueFX Plug-ins!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Friday, February 05, 2010

Sample: iPad isms, an example of Synthetik Studio Artist

Synthetik Studio Artist v4 came out this week. Here's a cool sample of just one thing it can do.

iPad isms from Victor Ingrassia on Vimeo.

Studio Artist 4 is the next generation of Studio Artist digital art, image and video processing software for Mac and Windows. Try a free demo of Synthetik Studio Artist v4. Download it here (under standalone apps).

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Tutorial: Imagineer Systems mocha top 5 tutorial/tips

Imagineer Systems mocha top 5 tutorial

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Martin Brennand of Imagineer covers the top 5 most useful workflow tips for products: mocha, mocha for After Effects and mocha for Final Cut. Recommended for new users!

New Product: CrumplePop Flipper for FCP 6+

CrumplePop Flipper for FCP 6+- Easy flip effects for Final Cut Pro 6+. Flipping text, images and video- just drag and drop. Support for 40 major codecs, supports SD and HD sizes.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Review: Video Copilot Optical Flares

optical flaresVideo Copilot's Optical Flares Review by Topher Welsh at AEtuts+

"Finally! Optical Flares is here and the behemoth of a lens flare plugin could not be more worth the months of hype! I decided to run through all the features, poke around and try out the plugin and give my exclusive opinion on how fantasmically AWESOME this thing is! Trust me, it has been well worth the wait."

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Video Copilot Optical Flares Introduction

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New at Toolfarm: Blackmagic Design Hardware for Editing, Design & Paint

Toolfarm is now carrying some great capture cards and hardware from Blackmagic Design.
  • DeckLink Capture Cards, with 10 bit SDI, optical fiber or analog video, starting at $295.
  • DeckLink HD Extreme, the highest quality SD/HD/2K 4:4:4 video card, for just $995.
  • Multibridge, the world's most advanced editing, from $1,595
  • Intensity, HDMI & analog editing for Videographers, only $199.
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Freebies: Boris Continuum Complete BCC Comet Filter

bcc comet

For a limited time, Boris FX is offering Plug-in Post readers a free, fully-licensed plug-in from Boris Continuum Complete 6 - BCC Comet, an auto-animating filter based on Boris Continuum Complete's Particle System filter. BCC Comet can be used to create streaking comets that move in 3D space.

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Video Tutorial: Using the BCC Comet Filter in Adobe After Effects

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The free Comet filter is available for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Final Cut Express.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Boris FX Announces Boris Job Slate Plug-in for Apple Final Cut Pro

Boris Job Slate

boris job slateBoris Job Slate is an Apple Final Cut Pro plug-in that automatically creates commercial slates based on XML files received from the Ad-ID advertising identification and management system. Boris Job Slate imports Ad-ID XML files, automatically parses the data, and creates a commercial slate, eliminating the need for manual data entry. The text style, text layout, font type, and font size can be fully customized in the Boris Job Slate text window. Changes to the actual text are never saved, preserving data integrity and avoiding inadvertent changes to the imported Ad-ID information. Use pre-installed backdrops or create custom image plates. Move entire text objects relative to the background and change their scale using Final Cut Pro controls.

Boris Job Slate is available now for an MSRP of $199 USD.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Contour Design's ShuttlePRO V.2 and ShuttleXpress Multimedia Controllers Now Available in Silver and Black

Shuttle ProContour Design's ShuttlePRO V.2 ($109.95 USD) and ShuttleXpress ($59.95 USD) multimedia controllers are now available in silver or black models.

Update: Synthetik Studio Artist 4 Now Available

Synthetik Studio Artist


Quick Overview of Studio Artist 4 Features

Studio Artist 4 is the next generation of Studio Artist digital art, image and video processing software. With version 4 we've now opened up the Studio Artist experience to Windows as well as Mac users. Mac users will be pleased that version 4 is a universal binary application with faster native processing speed on both Intel and PPC Macs. Windows users will be pleased that they can now run Studio Artist on their Windows computers. Studio Artist 4 is compatible with Apple computers running OSX 10.4 through the latest OSX 10.6, and with Windows computers running Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

Studio Artist 4 still provides the same graphics synthesizer editing metaphors, intelligent visual processing and smart automatic drawing capabilities developed in previous versions of Studio Artist. But the underlying code base was extensively rewritten in version 4 to allow for support of existing features while also providing a solid platform for future development. We also added a ton of new features, enhancements, workflow and speed optimizations.

The new Studio Artist 4 workspace is much more modular in nature and can be custom configured depending on your particular workflow. You can dock and reposition your working palettes and toolbars anywhere at the edges of the main workspace. Palettes can be tab nested on top of each other to conserve screen space. Palettes can also be floated outside the main workspace, which is very useful in dual monitor and live performance setups. You can switch on the fly while working between 4 different user configurable workspace memories and a full screen display mode. Multiple levels of undo are also now supported.

Studio Artist 4 provides enhanced functionality and new features while maintaining compatibility with all of your old Studio Artist presets. The factory preset collection has also been significantly expanded, providing thousands of new presets to explore and modify. A new Favorites preset toolbar allows you to custom organize sets of working favorites presets in a space saving moveable toolbar. The new integrated help browser allows you to document, organize, and access presets via custom html help pages.

Studio Artist 4 includes new real time interaction features. Loop Action allows you to switch between different processing presets on the fly while they run in a live processing loop. Effect and paint parameters can also be live adjusted while Studio Artist is auto painting or processing in loop action. Paint Synthesizer Time Particles take on a whole new life with live editing while they are painting. Live video capture can also be incorporated into loop action processing along with live interactive editing for live visual performance or live video synthesis. The new Gallery Show features allow you to build custom free running art shows or automatically generate an infinite range of new presets and/or art images.

The Paint Synthesizer now has over 480 adjustable parameters and is capable of an even wider range of potential styles and effects. Hybrid vector-raster paint effects can now be created, like painting a vector region that then has it's edges melted or smeared with water using a single paint preset. The new Live Extend path shape option allows for wild dynamic paint styles with physics based behavior. Photo mosaic, movie brush, and paint regionization features have been enhanced to expand your creative potential. The new Dual Paint operation mode allows you to combine digital painting and live image processing together to create dynamic organic paint presets as well as amazing interactive visual effects.

The Paint Synthesizer and Vectorizer now provide direct anti-aliased vector drawing and vector output. Vector files can be output to eps, pdf, or svg vector file formats for resolution independent output. Bezier paths can be embedded in a paint preset and then animated over time, creating dynamic animation or cross hatching effects. Bezier path editing for creating morph or warp effects has been streamlined for faster workflow.

The old Layer and Paint Action Sequence (PASeq) timeline functionality have been integrated into a single new PASeq timeline editor. PASeq batch processing features allow for enhanced professional workflow when auto-rotoscoping multiple movie files. The new Movie Layer features allow for Quicktime movie files to be embedded in multiple canvas layers when building animation effects or doing manual touchup to individual movie frames.

The Image Operation effects have been extensively enhanced and expanded. New intelligent Image Operation effects like Sketch Edge and Sketch Mass effects can now directly generate Bezier paths in addition to raster processing effects. The new intelligent path generation features can be combined with the infinite variability of the Paint Synthesizer's drawing engine to create an endless range of different art styles and processing effects limited only by your imagination.

The new Temporal Image Processing operation mode provides a number of new time based image processing effects. These new temporal effects can be used for video processing. They can also be used to generate static images from video sequences that encapsulate the motion in a video sequence into a single static image. They can also generate a static panorama view based on the video camera's panning and movement in a scene. Slit scan temporal effects can be used to expand, contract, extract or remove motion from a scene as well as create amazing looking visual effects.

Much of the old MSG Evolver modular image processing editing capabilities are now accessible directly in version 4 via the new MSG Advanced Editor and MSG Evolution palettes. You can use directed evolution to generate an infinite variety of different abstract procedural art images as well as image and video processing effects without delving into the technical aspects of MSG editing. There are now over 500 MSG processors available that can be combined together for constructing custom modular image processing effects. MSG presets can also be used to expand the Paint Synthesizer's capabilities through the use of MSG source brushes, brush load processing, path start, and path shape generators.

More information on Studio Artist 4 can be found at the Studio Artist Tips site at

How to Get Studio Artist 4

The list price for Studio Artist 4 for new customers is $399. Get it here at Toolfarm.

Update: CoreMelt Complete v2.3 Now includes free trial of Lock & Load X

coremeltCoreMelt Complete v2.3 now includes a free unlockable trial of Lock & Load X.

All 209 plugins in the CoreMelt Complete V2 Bundle are completely free to use for 15 days, after that you must purchase a license key to remove the water mark from all rendered effects. The installer includes 22 effects which are FREE and UNLIMITED for all users regardless of whether you purchase or not.

Over 200 GPU accelerated tools for Motion Artists and Editors who want more Grunt in their workflow!

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Now includes a free, unlockable trial of the new CoreMelt Lock & Load X - the world's fastest stabilizer for Final Cut Pro. Now, up to 12 times faster than Smoothcam and with advanced features such as background analysis and multiple clip tracking, Lock & Load X makes stabilization even easier!