Saturday, May 29, 2010

Review/Tutorial: Optical Flares from Video Copilot

Kevin McAuliffe reviews Optical Flares from Video Copilot at ProVideo Coalition and Michele from Toolfarm walks you through the basics of the plug-in.

Video Copilot's Optical Flares Plug-in from Kevin P McAuliffe on Vimeo.

Kevin says:

Optical Flares is a one-of-a-kind plug-in, and what it does, it does exceptionally well, and that is photo realistic lens flares for your compositions and if you work with lights in After Effects, you owe it to your clients to pick this up. You'll make back your investment on the first job! Remember, Toolfarm is the official reseller for all Video Copilot products, and you can save yourself 5% on Optical Flares, or any other product Toolfarm sells. For more information on Optical Flares, you can check it out here. As always, you can send me an e-mail or follow me on Twitter @

New: RealFlow 5 now available

RealFlow is a unique fluids and body dynamics software package which allows you to simulate anything from a single drop of water to a massive tsunami crashing across a beach, sweeping debris in its wake. RealFlow remains the definitive tool for the creation of flawlessly realistic simulations, and has been used to create some of the most ground-breaking visual effects ever seen, in movies like "Avatar", "District 9", "2012", "GI Joe", and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", as well as countless commercials, TV programs, and game cinematics.

New Components

  • RealFlow RenderKit version 2 - a set of software tools to render simulation data.
  • License Manager: a software application to handle licenses.
  • RealFlow Job Manager: a software application to control simulation jobs.

Read more about new features in RealFlow 5

Friday, May 28, 2010

New Product/Update: META/DMA Sopo Gigio for After Effects and Photoshop CS5

What is Scopo Gigio?

Scopo Gigio is a full-featured video waveform monitor and vectorscope plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. It emulates most of the features you'd find in a hardware-based waveform monitor / vectorscope combo, at a small fraction of the cost.

Learn More/Purchase Scopo Gigio | Download a Free Trial

scopo gigio

Why do I need Scopo Gigio?

Anyone who creates graphics for broadcast video ought to have a waveform monitor and vectorscope. The color spectrum of broadcast video is much smaller than that of a computer, and it's very easy to create graphics on a computer with colors far outside the legal broadcast range. Scopo Gigio lets you monitor your video levels quickly and easily.

What broadcast systems does Scopo Gigio support?

Scopo Gigio works with both NTSC and PAL video, in both standard definition (ITU-601) and high-definition (SMPTE-274M) color spaces.

How is Scopo Gigio implemented?

In Photoshop, you select Scopo Gigio from the Filter menu. In After Effects, Scopo Gigio is a floating palette you select from the Window menu.

What's new in Scopo Gigio CS5?

Scopo Gigio CS5 has been rewritten to support 64-bit mode in both After Effects CS5 and Photoshop CS5, and also works in the 32-bit edition of Photoshop CS5.

Tutorials: 28 Tracking and Matchmoving Tutorials Roundup

Tutorials: 28 Tracking and Matchmoving Tutorials by Topher Welsh at AETuts+

"Man, its been over a year since the last tracking tutorial roundup. This time around were gonna check out all kinds of different tutorials for all tracking apps, whether or not they utilize After Effects or not. You might not have the apps, but a lot you can get Personal Learning Editions and trials from so make sure you check it out!" View Them All!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sale Reminder: Video Copilot Sale Ends Tonight!

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This Video Copilot Sale is the first of it's kind. Save 30% on ALL Video Copilot products through Midnight tonight, EST. This sale covers any Video Copilot downloads, DVDs, bundles.... everything!

Stock up on everything you've been craving from Video Copilot- don't miss out on this one!

Press Release/New Product: GenArts Announces Availability of Sapphire v5 for After Effects

genarts sapphireIndustry-Standard Visual Effects Suite Introduces New Levels of Performance and Creativity and CS5 Compatibility At A Special Upgrade Price

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - May 27, 2010 - GenArts, Inc., the premier provider of specialized visual effects software for the film, television and video industries, announced today the immediate availability of GenArts Sapphire v5 for Adobe After Effects. Unveiled in April at NAB 2010, Sapphire 5 raises the bar in visual effects by coupling the creativity, quality and reliability Sapphire is known for with GPU-optimized performance, a range of new effects and transitions, and full CS5 compatibility.

GenArts Sapphire has gained a following among the world's best visual effects artists as the industry-standard plug-in suite. Used in countless films, television broadcasts and commercials, Sapphire is the essential tool in the professional artist's toolbox. Now, After Effects artists may take advantage of these key additional benefits:
  • Enhanced productivity—Sapphire 5 provides GPU acceleration for lightning-fast render speeds and full interactivity at HD resolutions.
  • Greater creativity—Sapphire 5 delivers full floating point support for amazing image quality and maximum dynamic range to enable a level of creativity that sets your work apart from your competitor’s. It also offers many new transitions and effects such as TVDamage and Technicolor.
  • CS5 compatibility—Sapphire 5 is 64-bit and fully supports Adobe’s new CS5 release.
  • All at a special upgrade price (50% off the regular upgrade price) designed to make the transition to CS5 as seamless as possible for current Sapphire customers.
"While visual effects are certainly essential in today's film and television industries, artists are constantly challenged to create fresh, compelling content that sets them apart from their competitors - on budget and on time," said Steve Bannerman, CMO, GenArts. "With Sapphire 5 in their arsenal, After Effects artists will be able to push the limits of their creativity, generating one-of-a-kind looks without sacrificing deadlines."

Pricing and Availability

GenArts Sapphire v5 for Adobe After Effects is now available for both Windows and Mac running After Effects: CS3, CS4, CS5; Premiere Pro: CS3, CS4, CS5; and Combustion: 2008 and later. (Sapphire 5 AE for the Mac will be fully GPU accelerated at a later date and will be available to Sapphire 5 AE Mac customers as a free update, when available.) Floating licenses are priced at $2,499; node-locked licenses are available for $1,699. Users may upgrade from either Sapphire version 1 or 2 to Sapphire 5 for the special price of only $299, and monthly rental licenses are priced at $169. Support for Sapphire version 1 for After Effects will end effective August 31, 2010.

GenArts Sapphire v5 for After Effects, Premiere Pro and Combustion Node-Locked: $1,699.00

GenArts Sapphire v5 for After Effects, Premiere Pro and Combustion Floating License: $2,499.00

GenArts Sapphire Node-Locked Upgrade v2 to v5: $299

GenArts Sapphire Floating Upgrade v2 to v5: $450

GenArts Sapphire Upgrade from Node-Locked to Floating License
: $800

Download a Free Trial

About GenArts

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.

Press Release: MAXON Announces Availability of CINEMA 4D Plug-in for Adobe After Effects CS5

cinema 4d64-bit Native Support Provides Performance and Unmatched Integration with Leading Compositing App for Powerful 2D/3D Solution

Friedrichsdorf, Germany - May 27, 2010 - MAXON Computer, a leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of an updated CINEMA 4D exchange plugin for Adobe After Effects CS5. The plugin features 64-bit native compatibility for Windows and Mac OS X to allow users of CINEMA 4D to take full advantage of available hardware operating system performance for improved rendering and workflow efficiency directly inside the After Effects application.

CINEMA 4D - MAXON's leading 3D motion graphics 'powerhouse' - is highly praised for its ease of use, quick workflow, fast rendering, rock-solid architecture and seamless export of composition files. Its unmatched integration to leading compositing tools like Adobe After Effects, supports not only 2D compositions, but also 3D camera, light and object data.

MAXON will make the new After Effects CS5 plugin available free of charge. Download the AE plug-ins.


MAXON CINEMA 4D is a professional 3D software package offering everything needed to create high-end 3D images and animations for film, broadcast, architecture, games, multimedia, design and engineering. Continuing a two-decade tradition of excellence, CINEMA 4D 11.5 offers spectacular image quality and an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that puts professional results within reach of artists at all levels of CGI experience. CINEMA 4D 11.5 delivers speed and productivity by taking advantage of the latest advances in processor technology, and its modular design allows configurations tailored to the distinct needs of specialized 3D markets.

About MAXON Computer

MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively to help create everything from stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, as well for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, France and Japan. MAXON products are available directly from the Website and its worldwide distribution channel. Specially priced learning editions of the company's software solutions are also made available to educational institutions. For additional information on MAXON visit

Freebies: idustrial Revolution Freebie Pack for Final Cut Pro/Express, Motion and After Effects

idustrial revolutionidustrial Revolution Freebie Pack: Four free, useful and fun filters/generators that add great functionality to Apple's Motion & Final Cut Pro, and Adobe After Effects.

World: A sun lit Earth generator in 3D space with clouds and city lights.

MultiSpace: Puts two inputs into true 3d space with global & independent XYZ & rotation. Planes can intersect too and now with the option of rounded corners and soft edges.

iSightLive!: Yes, get a live input on your timeline. Very handy for picking a colour off a client's brochure.

Rack focus: Racks the blur from one input to the other with one parameter. Both blur values for each input can be independently set.

Opposites: Two input basic parameter linking - move one left, the other goes right. Rotate one clockwise, the other one goes anticlock.

Simply download the free Noise Industries FxFactory engine (required to run idustrial Revolution plug-ins) and then download the idustrial Revolution Freebie Pack!

Be sure to check out other freebies in our Plug-in Finder- Free Plug-ins section! Know of a freebie we don't have listed? Let us know!

Review: Yanobox Nodes at FCP Daily

yanobox nodesYet another glowing review for Yanobox Nodes! Have you tried it yet? It's only $99 and a huge time saver as well as a great way to "wow" a client with little effort. While you're at it, try Yanobox Motype for instant "wow" for type treatments as well! Take a few minutes to download a trial, it will be time well-spent!

Learn More/Purchase Yanobox Nodes | Download a Free Trial (Bundled with Noise Industries FxFactory)

"There's a ton of different third-party plug-ins out there for Final Cut Pro — we've featured many before on the site. Occasionally we run across a plug-in that really blows us away. Plug-in developer Yanobox's recent release, Nodes, falls into that category.

Nodes is best seen to understand…

After inputting various data into the plug-in (ie lists, credits, etc), Nodes creates stunning "infographics" of this information — a visual representation of the data using nodes (icons, shapes, etc) and lines. The nodes float through a simulated 3D space. All movement of the nodes and lines is keyframe-able in Final Cut, making it highly customizable in showcasing specific data.

Nodes comes bundled with the latest version of the FXFactory. Once installed it appears under "Generators" in Final Cut Pro." Read the Full Review at FCP Daily.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Digital Anarchy Beauty Box Skin Retouching Software is Updated for Adobe CS5 Suite and 64-bit Native Operation

da beauty box
Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of cost-effective software for digital artists and editors, released a free 64-bit update for its award winning Beauty Box skin retouching software. Digital Anarchy Beauty Box 1.0.1 is fully compatible with the Adobe CS5 Suite and runs natively in 64-bit host applications and operating systems. The plugin provides an easy and powerful way of smoothing skin and removing blemishes in film, HD and video.

"We realize that Adobe CS5 is an important update to the Adobe family and we have put our best efforts into getting our products ready for customers."
said Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy. "Beauty Box fills an important gap in the film/video market, which is quickly making actors and actresses look good in High Definition without the usual tedious rotoscoping and frame by frame masking. Therefore, it was our top priority for pushing out a CS5 update."

The version 1.0.1 update is free to existing customers.

Beauty Box recently won a technology innovation award from TV Technology magazine at the 2010 NAB show. A free update for GPU-based speed enhancement is planned for release by early July 2010.

The Beauty Box skin retouching plugin is designed to give actors and talent a makeover in post-production. The video retouching software uses face detection to automatically identify skin tones and tracks them throughout the video clip. This creates a mask that limits the smoothing effect to just skin areas, keeping other areas like hair, jewelry, and eyelashes razor sharp. This process requires little or no input from the user and does not involve hand masking. The skin smoothing uses new technology from Toonamation, Inc to eliminate blemishes and even out skin tones while keeping the other facial features sharp.

Find more videos like this on MyToolfarm

Pricing and Availability

Digital Anarchy Beauty Box
is regularly priced at USD $199. The skin retouching software works in After Effects 7.0-CS5, Premiere Pro CS4-CS5 and Final Cut Pro 6.0-7.0. On Macintosh, the product runs on OS 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6. On Windows, the product supports Windows XP Home, Windows XP Pro, Vista 32-bit, Vista 64-bit and Windows 7.

Review: Video Copilot Optical Flares by AE Portal, Sale Today and Tomorrow!

Review by Rich Young at AE Portal

Video Copilot has released CS5 compatible versions of their After Effects filters -- free upgrades (OF, others, + update) from the previous versions. The standout among these is Optical Flares, a newer plug-in that leapfrogs longtime industry leader Knoll Lens Flare Pro in interface and features for about 1/3 the price.

Andrew Kramer and company have taken a page from the Magic Bullet Looks approach to create a powerful and easy-to-use interface. The custom interface offers drawers full of visual presets and detailed control over individual flare elements, as well as a large adjustable preview of the composite or the flare alone. The advanced UI along with GPU acceleration allows users to build, edit, and manage unique and complex lens flares with speed and simplicity. Read the full review.

Video Copilot Sale!

video copilot sale

This Video Copilot Sale is the first of it's kind. Save 30% on ALL Video Copilot products Wednesday and Thursday, May 26 & 27, 2010 only. This sale covers any Video Copilot downloads or DVDs.... everything! Stock up on everything you've been craving from Video Copilot! Please spread the word.

The sale will start at 12:00am Midnight, Wednesday, May 26, 2010 and will end promptly at 11:59 PST on Thursday, May 27, 2010. Don't miss it!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Video Copilot Plug-in Updates for AE CS5 x64: Instructions

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All Video Copilot products now support After Effects CS5 and free updates are available for Optical Flares and Twitch.

Important Information About CS5 and 64-bit:

  • Each Plug-in comes in 2 versions: one for After Effects CS5 (64-bit) and one for previous versions of After Effects such as AE 7, CS3 & CS4 (32-bit).
  • Please install the plug-in based on your version After Effects only. The 64-bit version is for After Effects CS5 only and NOT based on your Operating System.
  • So if you have AE CS4 installed on the 64-bit version of Windows 7, you still only need to install the 32-bit version of the plug-in because AE CS4 is still a 32-bit application.
  • Customers can reuse their current licenses with this update. Simply copy your license file from the previous directory into the new installation folder. If you have a new computer or need to request a new license please contact our support team.


Download Optical Flares 1.2.124 Update*
This update is for all customers, not just CS5. It includes several new features.
*They fixed a couple of bugs as well from 2 days ago.

Download Twitch CS5 Update
Order Email Required to download.

More on Optical Flares

The Optical Flares 1.2 update is now available and includes several new features for all Optical Flares customers:

  • Added 64-bit support for AE CS5
  • New “Unified Interface” with automatic scaling
  • Rearrange window panels
  • Full-Screen Mode
  • 16:9 Guides now visible
  • Show BG warning
  • No more slide-out panel (Yay!)

Watch Video Demonstration of New Interface

Download Optical Flares 1.2 (Order Email Required)

New Product: CHV Key Pro Plugin Package v1.0

CHV releases the much anticipated keying plugin package Key Pro V1.0. Key Pro is the new greenscreen/bluescreen processing system for Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion

chv pro pluginMarietta, Georgia - CHV-Electronics, Inc., software developer since 2002 of special video effect plugins for Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion, is pleased to announce the release of the brand new plugin package Key Pro V1.0

CHV Key Pro is developed to fulfill all greenscreen/bluescreen related tasks with just a few simple steps. The plugin package is based on a new 3D color space technology, designed to create the most precise results.

Independent beta testers confirmed that Key Pro is the most advanced keying plugin package for Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Express.

The new plugin package Key Pro includes 5 plugins:

Based on a newly developed 3D color space algorithm, Key is able to key precisely all sorts of green and blue screens, as well as other colored screens. Key includes a highly sophisticated spill processor to make it possible to key and despill in just one step and can also produce black and white alpha masks.

Shadow Key:
Shadow Key is a much needed plugin. It is currently the only plugin on the market that can create a perfect key by leaving the shadow of the actors intact. This enables you to key the foreground without losing the shadow. The shadow will appear superimposed on the new background

Spill Suppressor:
Effectively remove all unwanted light spill from the keyed object without creating colored fringes on the edges.

Clean Plate:
Correct green/blue screen problems and create a perfect flat background. All shadows and imperfections of the screen will be removed.

Ambient Spill:
Ambient Spill adds the last piece of realism to the scene by intentionally spilling light from the background on top of the keyed object. This step connects the keyed foreground to the background, creating stunning realistic results.

Additional features of Key Pro include:
Color Offset: The Color Shift correction function enables the user to compensate for any color channel offset created by various video compression formats.

Color channel correction and noise reduction: Key Pro automatically compensates for problems related to low resolution color channels and highly compressed video streams.

Shrink keyed border: The keyer is able to shrink and sharpen the border of the keyed mask if the green/blue screen was setup incorrectly or the footage is of poor quality. This function makes it possible to compensate for even the worst shooting mistakes.

Key Pro is an Add-On plugin package for CHV QC Integration FX. QC Integration FX is an easy to use user friendly plugin platform for plugins created with Apple's Quartz Composer technology. It is sufficient to have the demo version of QC Integration FX installed. Key Pro can be purchased individually and runs fully functional without a watermark on the demo version of QC Integration FX.

Key Pro runs on all PowerPC and Intel Mac computers on OSX 10.4 (Tiger), OSX 10.5 (Leopard) and OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard) that are qualified to run Final Cut Pro 5, 6 and 7, Final Cut Express 4 or Motion.

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

Pricing: Key Pro is priced at $95.00
The plugin platform QC Integration FX does not need to be purchased to run Key Pro. Download: A fully functional watermarked demo version is available for download.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Update: Topaz DeNoise v4.1 Available

DeNoise 4.1 is a free update that addresses some of the issues that our users brought up. It also offers a few other major enhancements.

The most significant improvements in v4.1 are:

  • Complete 64-bit CS5 compatibility on both Mac and Windows.
  • Greatly improved processing speed for Mac - 100% increase for many configurations.
  • Better color handling - improved color edge recovery, new Clean Color slider.
  • Interface and preset improvements.

Download DeNoise v4.1

To download and install the update, simply re-download Topaz DeNoise from the above link and re-install it on your computer. Note: DeNoise v4.0 presets are not compatible with DeNoise v4.1

Video Copilot Optical Flares v1.2 Now Available!

optical flaresOptical Flares 1.2 is for all current customers, including 32-bit & 64-bit After Effects

The Optical Flares 1.2 update is now available and includes several new features for all Optical Flares customers:
  • Added 64-bit support for AE CS5
  • New "Unified Interface" with automatic scaling
  • Rearrange window panels
  • Full-Screen Mode
  • 16:9 Guides now visible
  • Show BG warning
  • No more slide-out panel

Watch Video Demonstration of New Interface

Find more videos like this on MyToolfarm

Reminder: Video Copilot Sale, The first ever, is this week Wednesday and Thursday at Toolfarm!

video copilot sale

This Video Copilot Sale is the first of its kind. Save 30% on ALL Video Copilot products Wednesday and Thursday, May 26 & 27, 2010 only. This sale covers any Video Copilot downloads or DVDs.... everything! Stock up on everything you've been craving from Video Copilot! Please spread the word.

The sale will start at 12:00am Midnight, Wednesday, May 26, 2010 and will end promptly at 11:59 PST on Thursday, May 27, 2010. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Update: Cycore Updates All Products for 64-bit/AE CS5

Cycore Systems release updates for all of its products that feature native 64-bit support for Adobe After Effects CS5.

Path Tools, Sphere Utilities and CycoreFX HD have been updated and now feature native 64-bit support for Adobe After Effects CS5. Also included in the CycoreFX HD update are 34 plug-ins with 32 bpc support (float) and Particle World has a completely reworked User Interface. All Options are now easily accessible in the Effect Control Window. General improvements, such as speed and functionality, have been applied across the entire product line. Upgrades are free for all current owners of one or more of the plug-in packages.

Path Tools contains two powerful plug-ins, Rakka and Wiggle Stroke. These plug-ins are used to create animations based on mask paths. Both filters offer controls that allow for almost endless combinations, empowering you to create anything from very basic animations to sophisticated and unique effects.

Sphere Utilities is a package containing four plug-ins that are essentially tools to be used to create, edit and animate spherical maps. These animations can then be used directly in After Effects with CC Sphere, or any other plug-in that supports spherical mapping, or in your favorite 3D application.

CycoreFX HD is the professional version of CycoreFX that allows work at higher bit depths. CycoreFX HD also contains several new plug-ins such as the more advanced Rainfall and Snowfall simulators. Rainfall and Snowfall allows to easily and quickly create "real-looking" rain and snow when there is no time to get into a complex particle generator. The HD package features an impressive total of 73 plug-ins.

All packages are available now. A single user license costs $199 for CFX Path Tools, $99 for CFX Sphere Utilities and $299 for CycoreFX HD. Attractively priced bundles are available. For more information please visit:

About Cycore Systems

Cycore Systems AB is a graphics software company headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden. Founded in 2005 by former Cycore employees, the company develops special effects software for the film and video industries and is one of the largest providers of third party plug-ins for Adobe After Effects.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Training: Excerpt from Curious Turtle Creative Color Grading with Apple Color

Excerpt from 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.

The aim of Creative Color Grading with Apple Color is to take you through the process of problem-solving and designing various grades that match the issues people face when working with Apple Color. These include working with difficult footage, matching the narrative needs of the footage with color design and mastery of the ColorFX Room and LUTs.

Save 20% on all Curious Turtle training titles in our store through May 31st 2010.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Updates: Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks and Quick Looks Updated for Adobe CS5/64-bit Compatibility

red giantRed Giant Magic Bullet Looks and Quick Looks Updated for Adobe CS5/64-bit Compatibility.

If you purchased a Magic Bullet product on or after April 12, 2010, you qualify for a free Adobe CS5 upgrade. Contact for more information.

Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks 1.4
Desert sunrise, Arctic tundra, nighttime urban streets: the look of your footage defines the mood. Now you can define the style of your video or film, regardless of on-set conditions, with powerful imaging tools. Choose from more than a hundred Look presets, all neatly organized into 10 categories, to help set the mood for everything from a wedding to the next Sundance original.

Red Giant Magic Bullet Quick Looks 1.3
Give your footage just the right look in seconds, whether it's a urban grunge, a desert sunrise, or the film stocks used in classic movies. quick looks is a light version of our full looks tool with the same speed and quality at a lower price. you can define the style of your video or film by choosing from 100+ look presets to help set the mood for everything from a wedding to the next sundance original.

If you are using CS5, you must upgrade your Red Giant plug-in. Your existing 32-bit plug-ins for Adobe CS3 and Adobe CS4 will not work in Adobe CS5. You do NOT need to get the latest version if you are not using Adobe CS5. View all Red Giant/Trapcode CS5 Upgrades.

What Magic Bullet products support Adobe CS5 now?
Following is a list of Magic Bullet products that are ready now or will be ready soon. Note: the version number used in the list below is the correct number for the Adobe CS5-ready version number for each Magic Bullet product.

Is there an upgrade for Magic Bullet Suite 2009?

We have released an upgrade to Magic Bullet Suite 2009. This Adobe CS5 update is called Magic Bullet Suite 2009.1.
  • Magic Bullet Suite 2009.1 ships as six separate plugins: Magic Bullet Looks 1.4, Magic Bullet Mojo 1.2, Magic Bullet Colorista 1.1, Magic Bullet Frames 1.0*, Magic Bullet Steady 1.1* (Not available for Adobe CS5) and Magic Bullet Instant HD 1.1.*
  • If you own Magic Bullet Suite 2009, you can upgrade to Magic Bullet Suite 2009.1. You will receive all serial numbers for the products that are available now for Adobe CS5 (Looks, Mojo, and Colorista). We will notify you by email when Magic Bullet Frames and Magic Bullet Instant HD are released for Adobe CS5. You can also continue to check availability.

  • *Remember to keep the email that you receive with all new serial numbers that are Adobe CS5 compatible. When Magic Bullet Frames 1.1 and Magic Bullet Instant HD 1.2 are available for Adobe CS5, you will receive an email notice to download the software. You just have to enter the serial numbers received on the Magic Bullet Suite 2009.1 Sales Order.

What is the advantage of the Adobe CS5 upgrade?
So what do you get out of our Adobe CS5 upgrade? Quite a bit of speed. The 64-bit plug-in can access all the memory on your system. Plus, the new versions of After Effects and Premiere Pro are faster than previous versions. You will see pretty significant speed gains from our Adobe CS5 upgrades (depending on your system and graphics card, of course). 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

RE:Vision Effects ships new versions of all their Adobe® After Effects-compatible plugin products

RE:Vision Effects ships new versions of all their Adobe® After Effects®-compatible plug-in products.

RE:Vision Effects, acclaimed effects plug-in industry leader and makers of Academy Award winning software, announces that new versions of all their After Effects-compatible plug-in products are now available. Two main features have been added to the products:

  • 64-bit versions compatible with Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Significant speed enhancements have been added for all the plug-ins, so non-CS5 users benefit from upgrading as well. Note that due to optimizations and more memory availability in After Effects CS5, users will see an even greater speedup using the new versions within CS5 as compared to using the old versions in CS4.
  • Effections Plus is a specially priced bundle of plug-in products for After Effects, containing the all the products listed below. Current version: 9.0. Pricing: $1199.95. Upgrade previous Effections Plus: $299.99.

What follows is a listing of all individual products, their current version and the pricing for each. For additional individual product feature updates, visit the Downloads page for each product on the RE:Vision Effects website.

  • DE:Noise combines motion estimation techniques with feature-sensitive, edge-preserving spatial filtering methods to reduce noise and other artifacts. Current version: 2.0. Pricing: $149.95. Upgrade: $37.49.
  • FieldsKit uses proprietary field reconstruction and adaptive motion techniques to create deinterlaced frames with superior quality. Current version: 3.0. Pricing: $89.95. Upgrade: $29.97.
  • PV Feather expands After Effects with per-vertex feathering control for masking! Current version: 1.5. Pricing: $69.95. Upgrade: Free. Not supported in Premiere Pro.
  • ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) automatically adds more natural-looking motion blur to a sequence. Motion vectors from 3D systems can be used in the Pro version. Current version: 4.0. Regular version: $89.95. Upgrade regular version: $29.97. Pro version: $149.95. Upgrade Pro version: $44.99.
  • RE:Fill replaces missing or "bad" pixels in image sequences. Current version: 2.0. Pricing: $99.95. Upgrade: $29.97.
  • RE:Flex brings intuitive morphing and warping to After Effects! Our morphing tools easily work with either stills or moving video by combining automatic image registration with hand-animated points and splines to register features. Current version: 4.0. Pricing: $595.00. Upgrade: $149.95. Not supported in Premiere Pro.
  • RE:Map provides professional quality mapping and distortion tools. Current version: 2.0. Pricing: $149.95. Upgrade: $37.49.
  • Shade/Shape gives your imagery volume and depth without the hassle of 3D modeling. Current version: 4.0. Pricing: $89.95. Upgrade: $29.97.
  • SmoothKit provides the ultimate blurring annd sharpening filter set that combines user-directed controls and feature-sensitive methods. Current version: 3.0. Pricing: $119.95. Upgrade: $29.97.
  • Twixtor enables you to speed up or slow down your image sequences with visually stunning results. The Pro version includes features to hand-guide the tracking and motion vector import/export. Current version: 5.0. Regular version: $329.95. Upgrade regular version: $82.49. Pro version: $595.00. Upgrade Pro version: $149.95.
  • Video Gogh turns your image sequences into moving painted works of art! You can even supply your own custom brushes. Current version: 3.5. Pricing: $119.95. Upgrade: Free to V3 users. Upgrade from V2 for $39.95. Not supported in Premiere Pro.
Volume discounts and cheaper render-only versions for render farm clients are available. To learn more about our products visit RE:Vision Effects website: .

RE:Vision Effects is an acclaimed industry leader of visual effects plug-ins for Adobe After Effects, Eyeon Fusion, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Final Cut Express, The Foundry's Nuke, Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk 3ds Max/Maya Composite, Avid editing systems, Autodesk Systems (Sparks), Autodesk SoftImage, Apple Shake, Quantel genQ and others.

DE:Noise, Effections,FieldsKit, PV Feather, RE:Fill, RE:Flex, RE:Map, ReelSmart Motion Blur, Shade/Shape, SmoothKit, Twixtor and Video Gogh are trademarks of RE:Vision Effects, Inc. All other trademarks, company names and products are the property of their respective holders. Features, pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.

Update: Lock & Load X now includes Rolling Shutter Reduction

lock and loadLock & Load X now includes Rolling Shutter Reduction

Canon 5D mkIIRolling shutter artifacts occur when shooting footage using CMOS sensors like the very popular HD DSLR cameras; Canon EOS 5D MkII, 7D and 550D.

Certain rolling shutter artifacts can be reduced in post production, and Lock & Load X can help reduce effects like horizontal skew and vertical distortion.

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Lock & Load has been completely re-written and has a new method of reading frames, this makes Lock & Load X up to 3 times faster than Lock & Load, that's up to 12 times faster than Smoothcam!

Tutorial: Understanding Memory and Multiprocessing, Advantages of 64-bit Applications

Quick Tips- Understanding Memory and Multiprocessing by Won Novalis on ae tuts+

"You may not be able to clone yourself to get more work done, but After Effects can with the right settings. In this tutorial, we take a quick look at memory and multiprocessing in CS4 and CS5 and the advantages of 64bit applications. For more information check out the Adobe Help Page."

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Tutorials: Getting Started With The Foundry's FurnaceCore for Final Cut Pro

furnaceFurnaceCore - New Training Videos at the Foundry

FurnaceCore is an Academy Award Winning set of tools for compositing. They are available for Final Cut Pro 6.0 and 7.0. The plug-ins include grain tools, automated dirt detection and removal, slow motion using our advanced motion estimation technology, motion blur, flicker reduction and a tool to match colour grades between shots.

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Images, scripts and gizmos that are mentioned in the Retiming tutorials below can be downloaded here: FCFCP_Retiming_Media.tgz (52Mb)

A short introduction to retiming in FCP. (0min 22sec)

Kronos: How to slow down a clip. (9min 10sec)

Speedramp: How to vary the speed of a clip. (8min 42sec)

Motionblur: How to add motion blur to a clip. (4min 38sec)

View Section 2, Grain & Noise Management and Section 3, Clean Up tutorials at the Foundry. View all FurnaceCore for Final Cut Pro tutorials.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Update: Video Copilot Plug-in Updates for AE CS5 x64

From Andrew Kramer:

UPDATE: Twitch ZIP file updated. Thanks.

Alright! So many of you have upgraded to After Effects CS5 for all the 64-bit amazingness and so we have been working to update our 32-bit plug-ins to work with the new version. Of course we will continue to develop and support the our 32-bit plug-ins as well.

Here is what you need to know for VC Tools:

All of our Stock Footage, Music and Sound FX products like Action Essentials II & Pro Scores are already compatible with AE CS5, there is no update required. The free video Copilot Presets will also work in CS5 as well.

For our plug-ins such as Optical Flares, Twitch, as well as our free tools, Sure Target and VC reflect, After Effects CS5 requires a 64-bit version to work.

Here is the download information:
Optical Flares 64-bit:

While working on the 64-bit update for Optical Flares, we ran into a small hitch that was going to change the way pop-out windows would behave on OS X. So we decided move forward on a new feature that would solve this problem and give people with larger screens more space.

Basically the Optical flares update will now launch in Full-Screen mode, with resizeable control windows to take advantage of more screen space for editing and browsing presets. This update will be available for 64-bit and current 32-bit customers at no charge.

We apologize for the delay and we expect this to be available next week.

New Product: ABSoft Neat Video for After Effects and Premiere Pro/Elements

Noise is a serious problem that complicates digital video processing. Footage coming from digital video cameras, camcorders, digital TV-tuners, film digitizers, etc., often contains an easily noticeable noise component that may distract viewers.

The solution to the noise problem- Neat Video. Download a Free Demo and give it a try!

ABSoft Neat Video is a filter specifically designed to reduce visible noise in digital video sequences produced by modern digital video capturing devices as well as digitized from traditional film or VHS records.

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For After Effects and Premiere Pro/Elements including CS5.

Red Giant People: Share Presets, Get Training, Be Inspired

Our good friends at Red Giant Software have launched Red Giant People, a new community where you can exchange ideas and presets with other editors, designers and artists. The site makes it easy to have quick and easy access to the tools you need. Expert driven and creativity fueled, Red Giant People will become your new home for industry training and inspiration.

You can watch a video introduction to learn how to get the most from Red Giant People. But to really make this site work, they need your help and hopefully your generosity to share projects and preset files with other Red Giant users so that everyone benefits from the assets that the community creates. We hope you will join others on Red Giant People.

"Imagine the value of having a network of experts and peers you could turn to whenever you had problems with a project. Well that's exactly what Red Giant People offers you. Content ranges from software training, effect presets and project demos to expert postings on how to make the most of the Red Giant tools. Red Giant People also provides an exchange platform for community members. It's a fabulous resource that I will regularly check in with anytime I need extra inspiration for a project. I love the idea of sharing creativity and plan to contribute tutorials and presets to this project too." - Angie Taylor, renowned artist, animator and industry expert on digital media design.

  • Free Presets: Expand your Red Giant products with presets designed by our experts and your peers. Exchange ideas and presets in a dynamic creative environment that is always growing.
  • Free Training: The RGTV channel gives expert training on cutting edge topics. Let the pros take you on a fast track to creating hot motion graphics and visual effects.
  • Creative Exchange: Make a home in our new creative community. Share your presets and download new ones. Feed your network by interacting with other editors, designers and artists.
  • Guru Zone: The tools you need exactly when you need them. Get professionally designed presets for free or upgrade your designs with sophisticated 'Guru' presets for sale. Buy them at Toolfarm and save 5% everyday!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Review: ProVideo Coalition Reviews Yanobox Nodes

REVIEW- Yanobox Nodes at ProVideo Coalition by Kevin P McAuliffe:

"One of the best "single" plug-ins out on the market today

These days with the amount of plug-in packages out there, spending money on a single plug-in can be very hit and miss, as there are few out there that justify their price tag. For me, there really are only three that I would spend my hard earned money on. Trapcode’s Shine, Trapcode's Particular 2 and Yanobox's MoType. Three plug-ins that all do very different things, but what they do, they do exceptionally well. Well, for me, there's a new number one "single" plug-in out there, and surprisingly enough, it's from Yanobox (makers of MoType) again. Let's take a look at why Nodes is a “must have” plug-in. Read the Full Review at ProVideo Coalition.

Yanobox Nodes from Kevin P McAuliffe on Vimeo.

If you haven't already, download a free trial of Yanobox Nodes and give it a whirl. The trial installer is part of Noise Industries FxFactory. You won't be disappointed!

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New Product: Granite Bay GBDeflicker

Flickering is a common problem in time-lapse or stop motion footage captured using a digital still camera. Frame by frame variations in lighting or in exposure lead to perceptible brightness fluctuations, or flicker. Granite Bay's GBDeflicker is an Adobe Plug-in for After Effects and Adobe Premiere that removes time-lapse flicker.

Download a free demo for CS4 or CS5.

New Product: Boris Continuum Complete 7 AE Now Available, Supports Adobe CS5

BCCOver 200 next-generation filters re-engineered for 64-bit operating systems and OpenGL acceleration

Boris Continuum Complete 7 AE
brings over 200 filters to Macintosh and Windows versions of Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS5, CS4, and CS3. Version 7 features 11 new filters including a 3-way color corrector with built-in keying and masking tools, a new video noise reduction tool, a spline-based warp filter, an audio-driven keyframe generator, a new OpenGL particle engine, and still and video morph technology. Each Boris Continuum Complete filter has been re-engineered to take advantage of 64-bit operating systems and OpenGL acceleration.

Download a Free 14-day Trial Version

Boris Continuum Complete 7 AE is available for $995. Get It Now

Own an older version of Boris Continuum Complete AE? Upgrade for $295

Sale: Zaxwerks Summer Promotion

zaxwerksSave some cash on the most popular Zaxwerks plug-ins for After Effects and Final Cut Pro.

Zaxwerks Summer Promotion

  • ProAnimator AE and ProAnimator FX are just for $599
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Promotion runs through August 2010.

Update: The Foundry RollingShutter 1.1v2 adds Adobe CS5 Support

Image NameThe Foundry RollingShutter release 1.1v2 adds 64-bit support for Adobe After Effects CS5. This is a Free Update for existing customers.

  • Added 64-bit support for Adobe After Effects CS5. Due to this update we changed some underlying parameter types which broke compatibility and thus required a minor version number update (that is, the change from 1.0v1 to 1.1v2). The underlying algorithm is the same, so no new build is required for CS3 or CS4. Due to this version number shift, when opening projects saved from CS3 or CS4 in CS5 you will need to reapply RollingShutter in the relevant places.
  • The RollingShutter plug-in now appears under a menu item named The Foundry in the Effects and Presets panel.

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BIAS Debuts PitchCraft EZ

New instrument & voice processing software from BIAS delivers pro-quality pitch correction & popular effects at competitive price

New York, NY • AES Expo, Stand 140 • October 9, 2009 • Berkley Integrated Audio Software, Inc. ("BIAS") today debuted PitchCraft EZ — a powerful alternative to the popular pitch correction and special effects tool popularized by many of today's leading musical artists. As a plug-in for popular audio host applications on Mac and Windows computing platforms, PitchCraft EZ is both easy to use and highly effective. At a price point well below competing solutions, PitchCraft EZ delivers impressive results easily — without compromising sonic quality.

"The popularity of automatic vocal tuning and processing software these days is undeniable", said Jason E. Davies, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for BIAS. "Whether utilized in songs by leading music artists — or in various popular videos circulating the internet — pitch processing has evolved considerably from it's original 'behind-the-scenes' application to compensate for an out of tune vocalist. By maximizing the correction values, or conforming spoken words to musical scales, the technology is often employed specifically for the special effect by which some artists are now defined. PitchCraft EZ employs state-of-the-art algorithms in an easy user interface to deliver this very effect at a breakthrough price."

"Super-natural" sonic quality with ease

BIAS first developed advanced pitch correction and modification technologies for their highly acclaimed Master Perfection Suite — a professional plug-in suite for Mac and PC that includes PitchCraft (also available in the company's flagship Peak Pro XT audio editing, processing, mastering, and delivery software application exclusive for Mac). Using essential algorithms from PitchCraft, PitchCraft EZ offers many core features while focusing on ease of use and quick, pro-quality results. The pitch, transposition, and formant preservation DSP algorithms employed ensure natural sounding pitch correction and transposition, while offering additional options not found in other low priced solutions.

Attractive and accessible user interface

True to it's name, PitchCraft EZ minimizes the learning curve typically associated with advanced solutions at higher price points. Rather than dominating the user interface with analysis graphs and a plethora of parameters, PitchCraft EZ maximizes accessibility with a greatly streamlined — and highly attractive "sports car red" interface. That said, BIAS chose carefully to include important features normally reserved for solutions priced several times higher. In addition to pitch correction and scale conformation, PitchCraft EZ offers a variety of scale types with customization (via mouse or MIDI keyboard input), as well as independent formant and transposition control (offering control over the "cavity size" as well as pitch shifting intervals). The addition of independent transposition and formant control offers the ability to create both natural and "super-natural" effects such as "gender-changing" (transforming a male voice to female or vice versa) as well as "aging" (transforming an adult voice to a child or vice versa), and "resizing" (making a smaller person's voice sound bigger or vice versa).

Applications beyond music

While many will acquire PitchCraft EZ for musical applications, the additional transposition and formant controls can be easily employed by sound designers for creating "alien" sounding voices, "chipmunks", and other more bizarre sounding special effects. Video and film makers can also employ PitchCraft EZ to help disguise a subject's voice in cases where anonymity is preferred.

Major Plug-in Host Compatibility

PitchCraft EZ is an audio plug-in designed for every major plug-in host for Mac and PC. The roster includes Peak (VST/Audio Units), Pro Tools (RTAS/AS) Logic/SoundTrack/GarageBand/Digital Performer (Audio Units), Nuendo/Cubase/Sonar/SoundForge/Audition/Premiere/Vegas (VST), and many other compatible hosts.

Pricing & Availability

PitchCraft EZ is scheduled for release in Q4 2009 and BIAS is now accepting pre-orders through the worldwide network of authorized BIAS resellers and distributors as well as directly from BIAS at an introductory suggested retail price of $99 US — contact an authorized BIAS reseller to obtain actual sale price). The standard edition of PitchCraft is currently available for $149 US and is also included with the Master Perfection Suite ($599 US).

Additional information can be found at:

Press ready screen shots of PitchCraft EZ are available for download at:

About BIAS

Berkley Integrated Audio Software, Inc. ("BIAS"), a privately held corporation based in Petaluma, California, is an established leader in cutting-edge audio software technology. BIAS's award-winning product line, which it holds under worldwide exclusive license from Marin Audio Technology, LLC, and which currently includes iProRecorder, Peak Pro XT, Peak Pro, Peak LE, Deck, Deck LE, Master Perfection Suite, SoundSoap, and SoundSoap Pro, can be heard on numerous hit recordings, Hollywood and independent feature films, television productions, websites, video games, and other productions. BIAS, founded in 1996, is dedicated to crafting powerful, innovative tools for audio, video, and film professionals, as well as musicians, composers, multimedia developers, and Internet authors.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Boris XML Transfer v2 Supports Adobe After Effects CS5

Boris XML Transfer Version 2 is now available. Boris XML Transfer is an Adobe After Effects plug-in designed for seamless transfer of Apple Final Cut Pro program sequences to After Effects. The plug-in preserves all aspects of a Final Cut Pro project including effects, audio, media clips, transitions, and geometric transformations. Version 2 provides full support for Adobe After Effects CS5.

New Product: Sonic Reality Sounds for Film

sonic realityExpanding on Sonic Reality's latest "Sounds for Film" and other media category, Cinema Sessions Gold offers unique sonic effects with a musical twist! Whether it is orchestral hits and swells or wild symphonic effects you'd hear in a blockbuster movie, three-dimensional WHOOSHES for a car commercial or a transition cue on TV, or the exotic ambiance of ancient Aztecs to use in film, music or any media production, Cinema Sessions is the ideal source for any music composer, DJ or media producer.

In Serafine FX Tron, world-class sound effects from legendary sound designer Frank Serafine (Star Trek, Tron, Hunt For Red October, Lawnmower Man, Peter Gabriel) come together with the latest software plug-in technology to bring you the first complete Sound Effects Workstation! Never before have so many high quality Sci Fi effects, industrial, animal, vehicle, ambient, nature and thousands of other sound effects been so easily accessed for real time performance and virtually unlimited sound design.

New Product: NewBlue FX Video Stabilizer Now Available for Mac

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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Now Available on Macintosh

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Update: Topaz Denoise v4 Now Available

"Bump your ISO up to 1600 or more so you'll be able to take photos [ faster / in less light / with greater depth of field ]."

Chances are, as you read that, you instantly thought about image noise. When you increase your sensitivity by raising your ISO setting, you gain many possible benefits like a faster shutter speed, wider depth of field, and more light sensitivity. The prohibitive downside, of course, is that you get lots of image noise that can ruin your photo.

A new solution: Topaz DeNoise 4

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Topaz DeNoise 4 is a major update to our noise reduction plug-in for Photoshop that includes our new and proprietary "IntelliNoise" technology, which uses a completely unique method to naturally remove noise while recovering detail. We've been developing IntelliNoise for a long time now and we're very happy the way it turned out.

One of the biggest benefits DeNoise 4 has over DeNoise 3 (and many NR programs) is that it makes the image look natural while removing noise. The new IntelliNoise technology enables DeNoise 4 to preserve the natural photo look while simultaneously removing large amounts of noise. In fact, in internal tests, DeNoise 4 was able to consistently make dSLR ISO1600 photos look almost identical to ISO100 in noise levels and photo quality! We urge you to try this out on your own photos.

Benefits of being able to reliably remove 4 stops of noise include:

Where you could normally shoot with only 1/20 sec shutter speed, now you can shoot 1/320 sec with similar quality. This prevents motion blurring and helps freeze action. Where before in low lighting situations you would be forced to use f2.8 and its extremely shallow depth of field, you can now use f/11 to keep everything in-focus.

If you've previously purchased an earlier version of Topaz DeNoise, thanks so much for supporting us. DeNoise 4 is a free upgrade for you. If you have not tried Topaz DeNoise before, please do so by downloading our 30-day free trial.