Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Product: Boris Continuum Shaders Unit for Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, and Motion

bccThe Boris Continuum Shaders Unit includes 13 Continuum Complete filters and transitions that take advantage of Apple's real-time FxPlug architecture.

Boris Continuum Shaders Unit includes full suite of keying and compositing tools, film effects, glow effects, 3D perspective filters and transitions, and an all-new Flicker and Shake filter.

Learn More/Purchase Shaders Unit | Free Trial

Editors can view animated previews of presets and saved effects in a unique, easy-to-use effects browser window. This innovative, try-before-you-apply approach saves endless trips to a pop-up menu or file dialog when searching for just the right look. Presets can be viewed in real-time using actual clips from the timeline.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Product: LME 105 Marquee Lights Brilliance Collection

LMEWalls, strips, columns, rows, geometrics, volumetrix lights and spots that swirl, swoop twist, spiral, turn corners & more.

Light up your broadcast designs with LME 105 Marquee Lights Brilliance Collection- a comprehensive collection of HD & SD 105 stunning marquee lights configurations: Walls, strips, columns, rows, geometrics, volumetrix lights and spots that swirl, swoop twist, spiral, turn corners & more. Includes 35 vector graphics to create your own custom lights. Using one of our walls (comps 103, 104, 106) as a base layer and a vector shape like a map, logo, text or other graphic as a mask, you can accomplish some interesting results.

MARQUEE_LIGHTS_PRESENTATION

Add this powerful visual element to presentations, commercials, DVD menus, promos, and other formats of visual communications and motion graphics.

After Effects Pro 7.0 or higher for Mac and Win, Premiere Pro for Windows. No additional plug-ins needed. All the configurations are provided in both 1920x1080 and 720x480 sizes.

New Product: SilhouetteFX Silhouette v4.0, Upgrade Offer

silhouetteSilhouetteFX is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Silhouette v4.0, the digital post-production industry’s leading stereo paint and roto solution. Version 4’s aim is to provide a complete matting solution from fast automatic methods to fine-scale hardcore manual means.

New in Version 4 is Power Matte (an automatic means of pulling mattes for complex organic objects without the aid of specialized backdrops), a comprehensive scripting model and command-line interface, exciting new paint tools, 64 bit Macintosh support, as well as many improvements and new features.

Free Trial | Learn More/Purchase in our Store

Through May 1, 2010, upgrade any previous version of Silhouette to v4 for a price of $295 | Upgrade Options

Friday, March 26, 2010

Tutorial: Neo 3D- Muxing 2D CineForm clips for 3D

Neo 3D Tutorial -- Muxing 2D CineForm clips for 3D. from David Newman on Vimeo.

Here is a brief tutorial for those getting started with 3D. This explains how to take separate Left and Right eye CineForm AVI or MOVs and multiplex them into a single CineForm 3D clip.

First Light is included at no cost will all CineForm products- except the entry-level Neo Scene.| Learn More/Purchase CineForm Products

Thursday, March 25, 2010

News: The Foundry: New After Effects plug-ins Debut at NAB

Post from the AE Portal: "The Foundry's plug-in team is planning to demonstrate two brand new plug-ins for After Effects at NAB. Jim Geduldick (@Filmbot) of AENY will demonstrating them at the Foundry stand. There will also be FurnaceCore on Avid DS demonstrations at the Avid booth." Full Post at AE Portal.

New Feature: Photoshop's Content Aware Fill

From Adobe Creative Suite via Facebook: Straight from the floor of Photoshop World, CS Evangelist Terry White gets a first reaction to Photoshop's Content Aware Fill. View the video at http://bit.ly/csbuzz.

Hopefully this will be included in CS5 and I'm thinking it should be. It's not in CS4. That's right. NOT in CS4.

If you don't know about this feature, here's another video that is a little older.



Here's the video again from Adobe that we posted yesterday.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Update: Final Cut Pro Updated to 7.0.2

Check out this Pro Apps Update for Final Cut Pro 7.0.2, Motion 4.0.2, Color 1.5.2, Compressor 3.5.2, and Cinema Tools 4.5.1. Get to it!

Breaking News: TOOLFARM APPOINTED WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTOR FOR VIDEO COPILOT

Provider of unique plug-ins and artistic tools looks to Toolfarm.com to expand sales presence; enhancing the one-stop shop experience for visual effects artists

San Francisco, CA - March 24, 2010 - Toolfarm.com Inc., the leading source of content, community and commerce for professional visual effects and motion graphics plug-ins, announced today its distribution partnership with Video Copilot, expanding its range of online software and service offerings for the creative community. Video Copilot is recognized among visual effects artists for its progressive web presence, offering high-quality tools for motion graphics and visual effects. In addition to delivering powerful and distinctive tools that amplify artistic creation and capabilities, the unique website also offers free tutorials in various facets of post-production.

Toolfarm.com, which serves the global creative community, will carry Video Copilot's entire list of plug-ins and animation footage products, including Twitch, for creating virtual chaos and stylistic video effects in After Effects®; Optical Flares, a 3D lens flare creation studio for After Effects; and the Action Essentials series, their live action pre-keyed HD footage.

"We are thrilled to announce our recent distribution partnership with Video Copilot," says Jason Sharp, president, Toolfarm.com Inc. "Teaming up with this forward-thinking provider of visual effects and motion graphics plug-ins is an ideal collaboration for both our companies. Through Toolfarm.com, Video Copilot will be able to market their superior next generation visual effects tools and avant-garde plug-in titles to a much wider audience, increasing their sales pipeline and enhancing overall customer satisfaction with optimized service. We look forward to many future endeavors with Video Copilot and to marketing their long list of extraordinary plug-ins."

"Partnering with Toolfarm is an exciting venture for our company," says Andrew Kramer, founder, Video Copilot. "As the leading distributor and service provider of After Effects plug-ins and visual effects tools, Toolfarm's customer-base and influence in the market is immense. The strategic distribution partnership will allow us to reach a more diverse audience and get our unique products into a wide-range of post-production professionals and aficionados alike."

For full product details and availability, please visit www.toolfarm.com.

About Video Copilot

Video Copilot is a progressive web presence offering high quality tools for motion graphics and visual effects artists. Their goal is to deliver powerful and distinctive tools to enable artists to realize new skills and amplify their craft, while offering high quality free tutorials on the net.

About Toolfarm.com Inc.

Founded in 1999, Toolfarm.com is the world's leading source of commerce for motion graphics plug-ins that also provides content, community and commerce for professional visual effects. In the past ten-years, Toolfarm.com has served hundreds of thousands of professionals from all around the world who make a living working with digital video. Toolfarm.com continues to provide objective, timely information for users of Adobe®, Apple®, Avid®, Autodesk® and Sony® applications including the related third-party plug-ins. In addition to competitive pricing, Toolfarm.com's free resources include the "Plug-in Finder," tutorials, blogs, newsletters, podcasts, industry news articles and press releases, user forms, compatibility charts and the recent launch of "MyToolfarm," a professional video networking resource.

Sneak Peek: Photoshop Content Aware Fill

Thoughts?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

FxFactory Video Wall plug-in for Final Cut Pro, Motion and AE

SUGARfx Video Wall 2.0 adds great animation and 3D capabilities to the best video wall plug-in for Final Cut Studio and Adobe After Effects.

Video Wall 2.0 requires FxFactory 2.1.4 and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. The best part... Video Wall 2.0 is a free upgrade for v1.0 users.

Adobe CS5 Launch

It seems the word is out! Counting Down to your First Look at CS5. Monday, April 12, 2010, 11am EST. Register for their webinar.

Update: CoreMelt V2 v2.3.5- Seven New Plug-ins, Free Update

CoreMelt V2 v2.3.5 is a free update for V2 users with 7 new plugins, plus improvements to Pigment curves controls and rendering fixes for ImageFlow on Snow Leopard. Also includes Lock and Load X Trial Version. Download the CoreMelt V2 Update/Trial \ Learn More/Purchase CoreMelt V2 Products


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  • Pigment now supports HDR grading - below zero values and above 1 (hold command and drag slider)
  • ImageFlow rendering fixes on certain graphics cards in Snow Leopard
  • Includes Lock & Load X 1.1.1 Trial

New Plug-ins in CoreMelt V2 Update:

ImageFlow FX:
Layers to Camera
Shutter Images

Delta V:
Tilt n Fly Transition
Random Cloud Transition

Shatter:
3D Infinite Scroller
Wrap Around

TRX:
Camera Shutter

Planning Ahead- Optimizing Your System for Adobe CS5

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Does the upcoming transition to the new Adobe CS5 software leave you scratching your head and gnashing your teeth? Here's some tips on planning ahead.

(From Adobe.com)- Adobe CS5- Accelerate your HD workflows with Production Premium

Today's video production workflows benefit tremendously from applications that are designed to run natively on 64-bit operating systems. This is why Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects will be 64-bit native applications in the next release and no longer support 32-bit operating systems. To take full advantage of Adobe software's extensive optimizations for 64-bit systems now, and native 64-bit support in the future, Adobe recommends the following:

For PC users:

Most PCs purchased since 2005 are already running 64-bit operating systems or can be easily upgraded. To upgrade your computer, we recommend you install:
  • A 64-bit edition of Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • Hardware drivers for Windows Vista 64 bit (NOTE: 64-bit drivers are necessary to run the hardware; 32-bit drivers do not work)
  • Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista
For Mac users:
  • Mac OS X and Snow Leopard (v10.6) are already 64-bit capable.
  • All you need to do is add more RAM. Upgrading your RAM: For optimal performance, we recommend a minimum of 12GB of RAM.
For high-end workflows, more memory improves performance significantly, making a 64-bit operating system essential. Read More on 64-bit support at Adobe.com

New Photography Tools | Red Giant Magic Bullet PhotoLooks and Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop

San Francisco, CA, March 23, 2010 - Red Giant Software introduced today a new family of plug-in applications for Adobe Photoshop: Magic Bullet PhotoLooks and Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop. Magic Bullet PhotoLooks ($199 USD) is a groundbreaking application that lets you manipulate and experiment with light while preserving essential photographic detail. Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop 3.1 ($149 USD), created by Photoshop co-creator John Knoll provides 19 powerful flare tools for creating custom effects and includes over 100 presets and real-time previewing.

"I am not exaggerating when I say that Magic Bullet PhotoLooks will re-invent the way people think about filters in Photoshop - I have never seen anything like it. As a Photoshop user, you expect to be able to control everything...that's where Magic Bullet PhotoLooks delivers, in spades. It is definitely not just a set of presets. These powerful tools, based on how light interacts with your camera, will change the way you approach color correction," said Deke McClelland, award-winning Photoshop author, trainer, and creator of the popular online graphics community.

"Extending our products to Photoshop users was a natural move for Red Giant Software," said Sean Safreed, Co-Founder and Director of Products at Red Giant Software. "There is often a blurred line between people that do video and photography work. Our users have long demanded a version of Looks for Photoshop, and we have built Magic Bullet PhotoLooks specifically for them. We are also bringing the sales, support and engineering of Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop back in house from our publishing partner, Digital Anarchy."

About Magic Bullet PhotoLooks

knoll light factoryCreated by visual-effects expert Stu Maschwitz, the sophisticated presets and customizable tools in Magic Bullet PhotoLooks make it easy to control lighting conditions and create stylized effects for any image. Instantly take your photos from ordinary to a tropical beach or desert sunrise, or use unique tools like shutter streak or bleach bypass for edgier looks that significantly extend Photoshop capabilities. Regardless of when or where they were shot, set the right mood for portraits, candid wedding shots, and commercial or fine art photography. With Magic Bullet PhotoLooks, "golden hour" can be anytime you like. Free Trial.

Users can share Looks created in Magic Bullet PhotoLooks in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and Avid projects through Magic Bullet Looks. Custom Looks created in Magic Bullet Looks are also recognized in Photoshop through Magic Bullet PhotoLooks - allowing users to work seamlessly with digital images and video.

  • Customers that buy now will qualify for a free upgrade of Magic Bullet PhotoLooks when the next release of Adobe Photoshop becomes available
  • Save time and money with over 100 stylized looks for photos
  • Shoot in any condition and adjust the lighting later
  • Create your own photographic looks quickly and easily
  • Tools inspired by your real-world camera experience
  • Ships as both a Photoshop plug-in and a stand-alone version

About Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop


knoll light factory
Photoshop co-creator and Star Wars effects guru John Knoll developed Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop to mimic the reflections from a very bright light source as seen through a camera's lens. It's proven to be one of the most popular plug-ins for both Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. Free Trial.
  • Customers that buy now will qualify for a free upgrade of Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop when the next release of Adobe Photoshop becomes available
  • Try the same presets used in movies such as Planet of the Apes, The Day After Tomorrow, the Star Trek series, and Dreamgirls
  • Goes far beyond the simple built-in lens flare features of Photoshop
  • Adds visual interest to images of all kinds
  • Get the look of expensive lens flares without expensive lenses


What's New in Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop 3.1

  • New user interface adds previews, undo, and a single editing window
  • 50 new presets in version 3.1
  • Plugs into Photoshop CS3, CS4, Photoshop Elements 7.0 and 8.0
  • Works on 32- and 64-bit Vista and Windows 7 systems as well as Mac OSX Snow Leopard

Pricing and Availability


Magic Bullet PhotoLooks is available now for $199 USD. Current Magic Bullet Looks or Magic Bullet QuickLooks customers can buy Magic Bullet PhotoLooks for $99 USD for a limited time. Customers that buy now will qualify for a free upgrade of Magic Bullet PhotoLooks when the next release of Adobe Photoshop becomes available.
Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop is available now for $149 USD. Current customers of Knoll Light Factory Pro, which runs on After Effects and Final Cut Pro, can buy Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop for $99 USD for a limited time. Customers that buy now will qualify for a free upgrade of Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop when the next release of Adobe Photoshop becomes available.

About Red Giant Software

Founded in 2002, Red Giant Software publishes and develops software tools made by industry veterans Stu Maschwitz and John Knoll. Red Giant Software's ever-expanding product line has over 30 packages that run on Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Avid systems. The vast range of visual effects tools features industry-leading effects for designing realistic fire, rain, and water; adding popular looks; and creating perfect keys. Red Giant effects have enhanced feature films such as Angels & Demons, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Mummy 3, and Grindhouse, and added sparkle to cable and broadcast content from NBC Universal, Food Network, ESPN, Disney, CNN, Comedy Central, MTV, and TNT.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tutorial: Imagineer Mokey Lobster Tutorial + Sale

Ross Shain from Imagineer has created a video tutorial on how to create clean plates with Imagineer Mokey. We're also having an Imagineer Mokey March Sale! 50% Off Node-locked OR Cross-Platform Floating Licenses through the end of March 2010.

mokey video tutorial: Create Clean Plates from Ross Shain on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

News: Michele Yamazaki Siging Books at NAB Bookstore

Come out to the bookstore in the Central Hall on the Tuesday of NAB from 11:30am to 12pm. Pick up a copy of Greenscreen Made Easy and I will sign it for you!



If you haven't been to that bookstore before, it's a LONG haul from the South Hall where the video software is located. Do not attempt a shortcut through the center if you want to make it on time. Haha. Trust me! If you're seeing full-sized helicopters, you're in the wrong place. You're best to walk outside.

If you can't make it to the book signing, buy a book from Amazon beforehand (much cheaper) and bring it to the Media Motion Ball. I'd be happy to sign it there for you.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Review/Study: CineForm Neo Scene at EventDV.net- In the Field: Producing SDEs with the Canon 5D and 7D

cineform neo sceneGebbs Wedding Films' Michael Gebben's case study as reported in the EventDV.net site: "Rendering threw an entirely new wrench into Gebben's process when he started working with the fusion cameras. As a devoted and unapologetic PC user, he had to come up with an efficient way to deal with the H.264 codec."

"It was a bear on the PC," he says. His fastest quad-core laptop (the one-time engine of his SDEs), with 6GB of RAM and a powerful graphics card, couldn't do anything with it. "We were editing in Vegas, and it would kill the program if we put any more than 20 clips in the timeline." One project, a combination of Panasonic HMC150 and 5D footage, took 2 days to get out of the timeline. "In the end, there were too many 5D clips in the timeline. It was a nightmare."

....he started using CineForm Neo Scene, and "that thing converted in real time, so I was floored," Gebben says. "The footage was going to something that was usable, it was full-res, and if I had a minute of footage, it took a minute to convert it."

Get the Full Story | Learn More about CineForm Neo Scene | Free Trial

cineform neo sceneHollywood producers rely on CineForm file formats for their editing and archive workflows because CineForm offers:
  • the highest visual fidelity achievable, and
  • the fastest real-time editing performance
You see, camera formats are designed for recording, not editing. With Neo Scene you will convert your difficult-to-edit HDV, AVCHD, Canon 5D Mk II or Canon 7D camera footage to CineForm AVI or MOV files and then benefit from the same theatrical quality format and real-time editing performance as professionals.

Update: AutoDesSys formZ v6.7 Now Available

form zAutoDesSys is pleased to announce the release of formZ 6.7. This is a maintenance release while development centers on the release of formZ 7.0 later on in 2010.

AutoDesSys formZ v6.7
brings general performance improvements throughout the application. In addition to correcting reported irregularities, it adds support for DWG and DXF 2010 to facilitate import/export from and to AutoCAD. The stability and performance of smooth modeling operations is enhanced through the incorporation of an updated version of ACIS that includes support for SAT r19 files.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Plug-in: CrumplePop Revealer for Final Cut Pro 6+

Revealer Chiaroscuro titles for Final Cut Pro 6+
  • 3 Temperatures
  • 7 Reveal Styles
  • 5 Typefaces
  • 14 Drop Zone Styles
  • 119 Templates
  • 40 Codecs
  • Available immediately in checkout after purchase


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New Product: FxFactory PHYX Color

phyxMake Great Look Even Better

PHYX Color includes 5 plug-ins to simulate vintage film processes and create unique looks with color retouching filters such as "Techni2Strip" and "Bleach Bypass". The unlockable, trial version of PHYX Color is available by installing FxFactory. For Final Cut Pro/Express, Apple Motion and After Effects.

BLEACHBYPASS
The Bleach Bypass process (also called 'skip-bleach' or 'ENR') was developed by Miyazawa Kazuo in the late 1950's to reduce saturation and latitude of film. The process has been used as a dramatic effect in many notable films such as; 'Seven', 'Fight Club', 'Saving Private Ryan', '300', 'Stealing Beauty', etc.. This processor faithfully simulates the laboratory technique.

GLOWDARK
Use to diffuse darker areas of 3d generated imagery to make renders
look 'more real'. This processor may also be used with film or video
originated material to add unique diffusion to dark areas. Glow Dark
can also be used to remove the edginess from digital video.

SELECTIVE SATURATION
Precisely sample a color and control its saturation. Selective Saturation
differs from Shift/Suppress in its color sampling method, and is perfect
for precisely isolating and controlling single colors.

SHIFT/SUPPRESS
Powerfully shift or suppress any color in an any image. Amount of
shift and suppression is controllable. Create your own 'color gels',
and suppress garish hues instantly.

TECHNI2STRIP
This processor simulates the Technicolor 2-strip process first introduced
as the Technicolor System 1 Additive Color Projection in 1917, Technicolor
processes were made extremely popular through films such as; 'Gone With
the Wind', 'Ben-Hur', 'The Phantom of the Opera', 'The Wizard of Oz', etc.. Techni2Strip authentically simulates the vintage process.

Update: Noise Industries FxFactory v2.1.4 Now Includes PHYX Color

PHYX Color is a new set of plug-ins for Final Cut Studio and Adobe After Effects that lets you simulate vintage film processes and create unique looks.



Learn More/Purchase FxFactory | Download a Free Trial

The trial version of PHYX Color is available by installing FxFactory 2.1.4.

Press Release/Update: Digital Anarchy ToonIt! v2.5 for Aperture Now Available

toonit Digital Anarchy Releases Free Aperture 3 Compatibility Update for ToonIt! Photo plug-in Continued Support for Version 2.5 of their Popular Cartooning Software

San Francisco - March 16, 2010 - Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of cost-effective software for photographers and digital artists, today announced a free update to their popular ToonIt! Photo plugin for Aperture. ToonIt! 2.5 is now fully compatible with the 64-bit mode introduced by Apple's Aperture 3, while still supporting 32-bit architectures and Aperture 2.

Digital Anarchy ToonIt! automatically takes photos and gives them a variety of cartoon and illustrated looks. A believable 'toon' effect is easily created, and Aperture users have a great deal of control in customizing the cartoon with different paint styles, shading and outlines. The software uses advanced algorithms from Toonamation, Inc to create its cartoon shading and lines. One of the key features of ToonIt! is the ability to turn people and faces into believable cartoons. It's never been so easy to turn photographs into illustrated portraits or a graphic novel.

"Photographers responded tremendously to our initial release of ToonIt! for use in Aperture. A year later, Apple has given us a new 64-bit version of Aperture and we have a free 64-bit update ready to go," said Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy. "Aperture 3 is a great way for photographers to use ToonIt! to create unique portraits of their clients."

ToonIt! has been used by photographers and digital artists to give their clients a wide variety of unique and cool options for their portraits or designs. Working within Aperture's 64-bit environment provides an even faster way of working with RAW files and applying effects like ToonIt!. It's an excellent workflow for photographers doing novelty photos, event photography, and even traditional portraits, where the client wants something more fun and creative.

Pricing and Availability

Purchase Digital Anarchy ToonIt! for Aperture for $129.00. ToonIt! Aperture runs in Aperture 2 and 3. The plugin runs on Macintosh 10.3.9–10.6, Windows XP–7.0 and Vista systems.

Current owners of ToonIt Aperture can download the Free Update Here.

About Digital Anarchy

Digital Anarchy is a privately owned company operating out of San Francisco, Calif., that creates high-quality creative software for broadcast designers, 2D animators and professional photographers. These tools solve a wide range of design issues, from skin smoothing software to masking out bluescreens for commercial still photography. Digital Anarchy products work in conjunction with host applications from companies like Adobe and Apple. For more information, please see the company's website at www.digitalanarchy.com or call 415-586-8434.

Update: TeleStream ScreenFlow v2.1 is now Available

TeleStream ScreenFlow v2.1- with new Flash Publish feature and more

Telestream is happy to announce the availablity of ScreenFlow 2.1. This is a free update for existing ScreenFlow 2.x customers and a $29 paid upgrade for ScreenFlow 1.x customers.

Learn More | Download Trial/Update | Upgrade from v1.x

What's New in v2.1:

New Flash Publish feature. ScreenFlow can now create an all-in-one Flash video presentation, ready for easy upload straight to your website. The HTML, video and Flash player component are automatically created by ScreenFlow in a single step.

Other enhancements include:

Improved performance when moving clips in the timeline. 64-bit support for audio capture. The audio driver used by ScreenFlow to capture system audio will now run on 64-bit Snow Leopard kernels.
Automatic saving of documents. ScreenFlow will continuously save changes to your documents in the background, ready to recover any unsaved edits in the unlikely event a fatal error occurs.

And many other performance and stability fixes.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Update: Synthetic Aperture 2.1.12 Available

Color Finesse 2.1.12 is now available for download. This update includes the following changes:
  • Corrects a problem under Windows 7 where the Gallery items would be permanently disabled.
  • Eliminates a situation where saving User Presets under Windows would fail.
  • Fixes a case where Color Finesse would not be applied to some frames when using After Effects CS4's multiprocessing feature under Windows.
  • Fixes a cosmetic issue where a partial frame would briefly appear when launching the full Color Finesse UI on the Macintosh.
Color Finesse 2.1.12 is available as a no-charge update for current licensees of Color Finesse 2.1.x from the Downloads section of the Synthetic Aperture web site.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

New Training: Curious Turtle Creative Color Grading with Apple Color

curious turtleTake your Apple Color skills to the next level with Curious Turtle

Curious Turtle is happy to announce the immediate availability of their new training course, Creative Color Grading with Apple Color.

Color grading is an essential part of every project and Apple Color brings you the toolset to give your footage the final shine. You deserve more than "button pushing" training, so Creative Color Grading with Apple Color takes you beyond the basics of "how" and into the "what" and the "why" of color grading.















Update: SmartSound SonicFire Pro v5.5.2

The SmartSound SonicFire Pro v5.5.2 Update includes the following features:
  • Improved recovery of failed updates on Windows
  • Fixed mood transition limitation
  • Protected export file names from failing due to special characters
  • Improved the speed of the Variation generator
  • Corrected specific variation limitations that caused problems
  • Improves functionality in Windows 7
  • Corrected issues with Mac crashes in Express Track
  • Numerous bug fixes
  • Much Much More...

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New Templates: Professional Video Templates ScratchScreen 2 and 3D Tower

Check out these 2 new templates from Professional Video Templates: ScratchScreen 2 and 3D Tower. Both templates work in After Effects CS4 and higher and are 1920x1080. Both are 50% off through March 22 also!

ScratchScreen 2 from Professional Video Templates on Vimeo.



3D Tower from Professional Video Templates on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Products: GeeThree SlickFX PhotoMotion, Fusion Factory HD, and Essentials for Final Cut Pro

geethreeGeeThree believe in creating simple and elegant products to make life better for Mac users. These products have garnered numerous awards, including the prestigous "Best of Show" honor from Macworld Magazine for 3 times!

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GeeThree SlickFX PhotoMotion
Professional Pan & Zoom and Slide Show plug-in for Final Cut
Generate a sequence of individual PhotoMotion clips Control animation, duration, and transitions of individual slides Customize with other Final Cut transitions, filters, titles. GeeThree SlickFX PhotoMotion


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GeeThree SlickFX Fusion Factory HD
Soft and Organic Dissolve plug-in for Final Cut Pro
Includes 750 HD "atoms"- 
Virtually endless varieties of organic and directional soft dissolves at HD quality. GeeThree SlickFX Fusion Factory HD


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GeeThree SlickFX Essentials for Final Cut Pro
Over 60 versatile plug-ins
Includes plug-ins for Titles and Text, Transitions, Generators and Effects Filters. GeeThree SlickFX Essentials for Final Cut Pro


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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Tutorial: Creating a Music to Light Effect Using Trapcode Particular 2

Red Giant TV Episode 38: Creating a Music to Light Effect

Episode 38: Creating a Music to Light Effect from Red Giant Software on Vimeo.

In this episode of Red Giant TV, Harry Frank shows you how to re-create the Music-to-Light effect (seen last season on Heroes), using Trapcode Particular 2. He'll also use Mojo to alter the color, and Knoll 3D Flare to add to the effect.

Product(s) Used: Knoll Light Factory Pro, Magic Bullet Mojo, Trapcode Particular- download free trials and follow along!

Tutorial: Outputting True 3D Video Graphics with Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro Using FxFactory Dashwood Stereo3D Toolbox

3D is the new in vogue buzzword for film & television. Avatar and Alice in Wonderland have helped bring this old technique back into fashion. So can you use Apple's Motion and Final Cut Pro to make true 3D graphics? We find out with a bit of an experiment, get your red & blue glasses out!!

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Learn More/Purchase Stereo3D Toolbox | Download a Free Trial



This is a very simple tutorial, well maybe more of an adventure with Final Cut Studio to see if it is possible to make graphics in true 3D. Actually the type of 3D that you will need glasses for to see the effect.

Press Release: GenArts Sapphire 5 for Autodesk Now Available


Next Generation of Award-Winning Visual Effects Software Enables Performance and Productivity Improvements for Linux Flame, Inferno, Flint HD and Smoke HD Users

CAMBRIDGE, MA, Mar 09, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- GenArts Inc., the premier provider of specialized visual effects software for the film, television and video industries, announced today the availability of GenArts Sapphire(TM) v5 for Autodesk systems users. Announced in November, Sapphire 5 promises to unlock artists' creativity with marked improvements to performance and productivity, all while significantly reducing infrastructure costs.

Sapphire 5 enables a completely interactive user experience at HD resolutions, thanks to full GPU-accelerated render speeds up to 700 percent faster than version 4. Now, batch jobs once requiring overnight processing can be processed in a fraction of the time. Sapphire 5 also uses full floating point for all internal processing, which improves visual effects quality - even on 8-, 10- and 12-bit footage -- and offers photorealistic image quality with the highest possible dynamic range. Sapphire 5 can also handle 16-bit floating point footage natively on the desktop and in batch, without clamping. By removing these performance limitations of versions past, Sapphire 5 enables artists to explore the full range of their creativity without the worry of incurring additional infrastructure costs.

"I've been testing Sapphire 5, and I must say I'm impressed with the speed of the plug-ins," said Victor Wolansky, Flame artist from e3 Post. "In addition, the full float support offers a huge difference in effects like blurs or vignettes where I used to see banding. Now they're absolutely perfect, and there is no speed impact. My Flame would not be complete without them."

In addition to performance and productivity improvements, Sapphire 5 also offers 15 vibrant new effects, including TVDamage, TVChannelChange, Technicolor and many new transitions. (A full list of new effects can be found at http://www.genarts.com/product/sapphire/autodesk/whatsnew)

New parameters are also offered in this release - many from customer requests:
  • All Threshold controls now go beyond 1 to support high dynamic range (HDR).
  • ZBlur and ZDefocus support Boost Highlights to give an "HDR look" even to normal footage.
  • New Blur parameters are included in Glint and Glare for improved realism.
  • Glow now has options for Show Threshold and Combine Mode to enhance flexibility and give new looks.

"Sapphire 5 for Autodesk is a critical component of our strategy to grow GenArts via innovation, as well as through acquisitions and alliances," said Steve Bannerman, CMO of GenArts. "Sapphire has been completely re-architected to not only deliver dramatic performance, usability and image quality enhancements today, but to serve as a platform upon which we can deliver entirely new classes of innovation in the future. We're extremely pleased with the feedback we've received from our early testers, and we're confident that Sapphire 5 will empower visual effects artists in completely new ways as they push the envelope to thrill and amaze audiences around the world."

Sapphire v5 for Autodesk Pricing:

A new Sapphire v5 license for Linux Flame, Inferno, Flint HD and Smoke HD is priced at $8,499. (This price represents a $1,500 decrease from Sapphire 4.) Sapphire v5 for Flint SD and Flame SD is available for $5,099. In addition, new Sapphire v5 floating licenses for Burn are available for $499. Upgrades from v4 are also available.

Introduction to Sapphire v5 for Autodesk



Since the company's founding in 1996, GenArts software has been utilized in thousands 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; Avatar and many more.

About GenArts GenArts, Inc. is the premier provider of specialized digital visual effects for the film, broadcast and video industries. As visual effects have become essential to the art of storytelling, GenArts' tools have emerged as the standard for creating high-end visual effects at leading studio, broadcast and post-production facilities around the world. GenArts' products have been used extensively to create an array of breathtaking effects for not only countless feature films, but television shows, commercials and music videos as well. GenArts enjoys the unique distinction of having been a key component of an Oscar-nominated film for the past 13 consecutive years.

The GenArts Sapphire(TM), Monsters(TM), Raptors(TM), Tinder(TM) and particleIllusion(TM) portfolio equips digital artists with a collection of state-of-the-art visual effects tools such as glows, light rays, lens flares, film, fire, fluid and particles that seamlessly integrate as software plug-ins into leading editing and compositing systems. GenArts was founded in 1996 in Cambridge, Mass. www.genarts.com.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Tutorial: How to Make the 2010 Winter Olympics Ice Cube Event Bumpers Part 1 + 2

Tutorial: How to Make the 2010 Winter Olympics Ice Cube Event Bumpers Using Maxon Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects: View/reference at greyscalegorilla.com

How to Make the Winter Olympics Ice Bumpers with Cinema 4D and After Effects from Nick Campbell on Vimeo.

"In this tutorial, I show you how to make the ice cube bumpers that have been popular on the NBC’s presentation of the olympics. I show you how to build an ice cube using material displacement, refraction, transparency, reflection, and specular highlights. I also cut out a photo of a snowboarder to add to the ice cube logo. Then, we animate the rotation of the ice cube and prepare it for After Effects where we will add the rest of the elements for the final piece."

Tutorial: How to Make the 2010 Winter Olympics Ice Cube Event Bumpers Part 2

How to Make the 2010 Winter Olympics Ice Cube Event Bumpers Part 2 from Nick Campbell on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Special Promo: modo intro pack!

modo 401The modo intro pack includes:

  • modo 401
  • modo 401 spotlight video
  • subdivision surface modeling video
  • ShaderTree Essentials video
This is everything a person new to modo will need to get a fantastic learning introduction to modo. We have hand-picked the most popular videos for people new to modo for this promotion. This is over 6 hours of instruction.

It is also a great value. modo is already one of the best values in the 3D software market. This collection of software and learning materials represents a total combined value of $1090. Get it at the special price $919.

This special bundle will disappear on March 31st, 2010, so get it while it's HOT!

Monday, March 01, 2010

The Redesigned Wacom Cintiq 21UX



The newly-redesigned Cintiq 21UX (DTK2100) incorporates Wacom's most advanced pen technology in a sleek new industrial design. The combination of a color LCD with industry-leading pen input capabilities allows photographers, designers, animators and other creative professionals to work naturally and intuitively directly on the surface of the large-format, 21.3" screen.
  • 16 Programmable Express Keys
  • 2048 Levels Of Pressure Sensitivity
  • Rear-Mounted, Finger-Sensitive Touch Strip
More info here

Update: Topaz Adjust v4 Free Update for Topaz Customers

Topaz Adjust, their most popular image enhancement tool, has been upgraded to v4 to include many new presets, the ability to handle larger images, a new user interface, faster noise reduction, and greater stability.

It's completely free for existing Topaz Adjust customers. Download the update here.