Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Product: GenArts Sapphire v5 for Smoke on Mac OS X Now Available

genarts sapphireGenArts Sapphire v5 on Autodesk Smoke for Mac OS X is now available. Based on Sapphire 5, Sapphire for Smoke for Mac OS X offers Macintosh editorial artists over 130 Sparks featuring the image quality, speed and compatibility so essential to conforming and finishing shots.


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Why is GenArts Sapphire so essential to Smoke Artists?

Sapphire amps the quality of your shots.


Sapphire is unrivaled when it comes to image quality. In fact, looks created with Sapphire are so organic that they dramatically enhance the quality of Smoke's built-in effects. If your success depends on the highest possible image quality, Sapphire is the one tool you can't live without.

Sapphire buys you more time to finesse your shots.

Sapphire is fast and instinctive. Not only can you set your shots faster with intuitive, real-time controls, but the GPU acceleration in Sapphire 5 provides the fastest render speeds in the industry. (GPU acceleration is not yet available. It will be added in a maintenance release later this summer.) This gives you the extra time you need to perfect your shot. If you're tired of compromising quality to hit deadlines, then Sapphire is the first thing you should install into your Smoke.

Conform and finish your scenes with confidence.

From Avid or Final Cut to Flame, After Effects or Nuke, Sapphire is deployed across the widest range of host platforms so you can conform and finish your scenes with the confidence and consistency that only Sapphire-level compatibility can deliver.

Sapphire works, period.

It sounds so simple, yet Sapphire stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to stability, reliability and backward compatibility. If you have zero tolerance for crashes or version incompatibility, can you afford to risk using anything other than Sapphire?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sale: Upgrade to Boris Continuum Complete 6 AVX for $295- Regularly $599! Plus Free Upgrade to BCC7

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Upgrade Now, Save Over $300, and Receive a Free Upgrade to Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX


Boris Continuum Complete 6 AVX brings nearly 200 filters to Avid Media Composer 5. Version 6 features 15 new filters including Extruded Text, Layer Deformer, Cartoon Look, Lightning, and Swish Pan. In addition, BCC 6 AVX delivers unique workflow enhancements such as the ability to animate a BCC filter in After Effects and transfer the animation to the Avid timeline- while preserving AE keyframes.

The regular price to upgrade to Boris Continuum Complete 6 AVX from a previous version of BCC AVX is $599 USD. Through July 16, 2010, Avid editors can upgrade for just $295 USD, and they will receive a free upgrade to BCC 7 AVX when it is available. Version 7 will include a new video noise reduction tool, new lens blur, lens shape, and lens transition filters, and a new OpenGL particle engine.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Update: Red Giant Magic Bullet PhotoLooks now CS5/64-bit Compatible, Free Update

Update: Red Giant Magic Bullet PhotoLooks for Photoshop now CS5/64-bit Compatible, Free Update

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Whether you shoot in the studio or on location, PhotoLooks is a powerful new application that lets you manipulate and experiment with light while preserving essential photographic detail. Use it as a Photoshop plug-in or on its own. Sophisticated presets and customizable tools make it easy to control lighting conditions and create stylized effects. Get up and running right away with tools inspired by your real-life experience with your camera. Take your photos from ordinary to a tropical beach or desert sunrise, or use effects like shutter streak or bleach bypass for edgier looks. Set the right mood for portraits, candid wedding shots, commercial or fine art photography. With PhotoLooks, "golden hour" can be anytime you like.

Freebies: CrumplePop Photo2 for Final Cut Pro

CrumplePop has released a plug-in for Final Cut Pro completely free, without watermarking or expiration! Support for SD and HD sizes.

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Tutorial: Red Giant Quicktip: Trapcode Form City by Aharon Rabinowitz

Red Giant Quicktip #15: Trapcode Form City from Red Giant Software on Vimeo.


In this Quicktip, Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how using Depth Maps to displace Trapcode Form particles can be used to create a 3D Point Cloud Representation of a city.

This tutorial was inspired by the brilliant Trapcode Form work of Jeremy Cox at Imaginary Forces, for the film "Terminator: Salvation."

New Product: Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, 5th Edition Updated for CS4/CS5

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Creating Motion Graphics 5th Edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect the new features introduced in both After Effects CS4 and CS5.

Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects- New chapters cover the revolutionary new Roto Brush feature, as well as mocha and mocha shape. The 3D section has been expanded to include working with 3D effects such as Digieffects FreeForm plus workflows including Adobe Repousse, Vanishing Point Exchange, and 3D model import using Adobe Photoshop Extended. The print version is also accompanied by a DVD that contains project files and source materials for all the techniques demonstrated in the book, as well as nearly 200 pages of bonus chapters on subjects such as expressions, scripting, and effects.

Key Features
  • 5th Edition of best-selling After Effects book by renowned authors Trish and Chris Meyer covers the important updates in After Effects CS4 and CS5
  • Covers both essential and advanced techniques, from basic layer manipulation and animation through keying, motion tracking, and color management
  • Companion DVD is packed with project files, source materials, and nearly 200 pages of bonus chapters
Trish and Chris Meyer share over 17 years of hard-earned, real-world film and video production experience inside this critically acclaimed text. More than a step-by-step review of the features in AE, readers will learn how the program thinks so that they can realize their own visions more quickly and efficiently. This full-color book is packed with tips, gotchas, and sage advice that will help users thrive no matter what projects they might encounter.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Updates: CoreMelt Complete V2 v2.3.7; 3 new plugins for ImageFlow, Lock & Load X now for After Effects

coremelt completeCoreMelt Complete V2 has undergone some "under-the-hood" tweaks resulting in better memory usage across the board for smoother and faster render times.

Update CoreMelt Complete/Download a Free Trial

ImageFlow FX has received 3 new plugins to it's already impressive arsenal of montage animation plugins, they include:

Curl Images-
Lets your images curl away to reveal the second image underneath.

Drop & Squash-
makes your images fall from the sky, squashing the image below it.

Slice Images- flows in strips of your image over time to reveal the new image.



lock and loadCoreMelt Lock & Load X, the worlds fastest stabilizer for Final Cut Pro, is now also the world's fastest stabilizer for After Effects CS3/CS4 and 64bit CS5!

Lock & Load X for After Effects is a free update for current Lock & Load X users - download it here.

CoreMelt's video stabilizer; Lock & Load X, has been a winning product from its inception. Upon it's release it was already the worlds fastest video stabilizer for FCP, and the latest incarnation, Lock & Load X, is up to 12 times faster than other stabilizers inside FCP. Lock & Load includes features that help streamline your workflow like background tracking, in/out point analysis and rotation and zoom smoothing.

With the inclusion of a CMOS Rolling Shutter reduction feature, Lock & Load X has become the stabilizer plugin of choice for DSLR, and CMOS camcorder users working in Final Cut Pro.

Now, Lock & Load X is available to all the After Effects users out there and is still the world's fastest, up to 3 times faster than other AE stabilizers. Now, with CS5's new 64 capabilities, it can harness all the power of the new architecture, increasing your productivity and streamlining your workflow.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tutorial: New in Photoshop CS5- Repossue 3D in Photoshop



The easiest 3D tool you have ever used. Reposse makes it so easy to turn anything into a realistic 3D object. Colin Smith walks you through the basics of extruding some text and then applying a brick texture to it. View more episodes at Adobe TV.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Product: Alien Skin Exposure v3 for Adobe Photoshop

Alien Skin Exposure v3 is here! Exposure brings all the creative tools of film photography to the digital world. Over 500 analog techniques and organic looks are back like cross processing, Polaroid and vintage Daguerreotype. There is careful research under the hood, but the controls are simple so you can focus on the creative choices. The result is a photo that looks like it was made by a human, not a computer.

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Speed!

You'll immediately notice that Exposure 3 feels much more responsive because of the completely rewritten preview system. Exposure 3 in 64-bit CS5 is over twice as fast as Exposure 2 in CS4 on the Mac and about 30% faster on Windows.

Lightroom and Photoshop CS5 64-bit

Exposure 3 works great with 64-bit Photoshop CS5 on both platforms. CS5 gives Exposure access to more memory and a big speed boost. Tight Lightroom integration supports batch processing and does not require Photoshop.

Over 500 Hand-Crafted Presets


There are many new carefully researched presets, including early Kodachrome, Technicolor, Autochrome, bleach bypass, Panatomic-X, Tech Pan, and Lo-Fi toy cameras. New effects like vignette, dust, and scratches help the retro presets look more realistic.

Update: CoreMelt Lock & Load X Now for After Effects

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Now After Effects CS3/4/5 Ready: Lock & Load X v1.2 is now CS5 ready, so start utilizing all the power of CS5 when you need to stabilize your footage!

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(All customers who bought the FCP version can install the latest version and now use the plugin in After Effects.)

CoreMelt Lock & Load X makes hand held footage look like professionally shot Steady cam in seconds. No need to set tracking points, just analyze the entire shot and get instant results- even on shots with complex rotation or poorly defined backgrounds.

Features/Highlights
  • Rolling Shutter Reduction helps smooth out footage from CMOS cameras
  • Up to 12 times faster than Smoothcam!
  • Analyses in/out points for extra speed!
Lock & Load X is not only faster than the built in solutions in FCP or AE, it also gives better quality results, less zooming and blurriness due to our SmartZoom feature and can also help to reduce Rolling Shutter Artifacts from CMOS cameras including DSLR camera's such as the Canon 5D Mark II and 7D.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

PR/New Product: Boris FX Announces New Boris Continuum Unit: Beat Reactor

BCCAudio-driven Keyframe Generation for Adobe After Effects CS5, CS4, and CS3

Marlborough MA - June 22, 2010 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, announced that a new Boris Continuum Unit, Beat Reactor, is now available. The Boris Continuum Beat Reactor Unit offers fast, precise, and flexible ways to use audio to influence the animation of visual effects parameters in Adobe After Effects compositions - resulting in dynamic, high-energy effects that are tightly integrated into compositions.

Boris Continuum Beat Reactor can be used within Adobe After Effects to generate keyframes based on an audio track within the composition. The keyframes can be used to affect parameters within the composition by using AE expressions or by copying and pasting the generated keyframes.

Boris Continuum Beat Reactor v7

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“The Boris Continuum Beat Reactor Unit can be used to influence almost any parameter in an Adobe After Effects composition,”
commented Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder, Boris FX. “The filter makes it easy to generate audio-driven effects such as a pulsing light, a glow, or even an image wipe that follows along with the beat of an audio track.”

The Boris Continuum Beat Reactor Unit is immediately available for an MSRP of $99 USD. Beat Reactor supports Adobe After Effects CS5, CS4, and CS3 under 64-bit and 32-bit operating systems. Customers who purchase the Boris Continuum Beat Reactor Unit or any other Boris Continuum Unit may credit the price of the Unit towards the full Boris Continuum Complete plug-in suite. For more information, please visit the Boris FX web site atwww.borisfx.com.

About Boris FX

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

Press Release: Class on Demand Collects an Impressive 3 Tellys and a Communicator Award

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Class on Demand Declares June "Awards Month"; Collects an Impressive 3 Tellys and a Communicator Award

Apple, GenArts and Windows training medley garner coveted accolades from internationally acclaimed awards programs for excellence in video-based training production

Hoffman Estates, IL - June 22, 2010 - Class on Demand, a provider of professional educational products for creative markets, today announced that they have won three 2010 Telly Awards for their Class on Demand training titles: "Complete Training for GenArts Sapphire," "Basic Training for Final Cut Studio," and "Complete Training for Final Cut Pro 7"; and one 2010 Communicator Award for their title: "Windows 7 Made Easy." Elite executives from advertising, communications, marketing, and creative firms were among the judges awarding the various accolades.

Designed for users at all levels, Class on Demand Training courses cover a variety of creative content, ranging from video capture and editing to computer animation and more. Each course is custom designed and instructed by industry experts who bring years of insight and experience to the programs. Their real-world teaching methodology combined with the modular structure of each course enables professionals to quickly get up to speed on the latest industry product release or master a new workflow innovation.

"We are thrilled that our training courses were once again recognized by such prestigious award organizations," says Paul Holtz, CEO and founder, Class on Demand. "We work hard to develop courses that exceed industry standards, giving both novice and experienced users a comprehensive and affordable way to educate themselves, while remaining marketable in such a difficult economy. These honors, combined with the positive feedback we've received, provide us the incentive to continue developing the best training courses on the market for creative professionals."

This is the fourth consecutive year that Class on Demand has been recognized for their video-based training at the prestigious Telly Awards and their third successive year honored with a Communicator Award. Both awards honor the creative ingenuities of communication professionals working in film, video, web and more.

About the Telly Awards

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premiere award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world.

About the Communicator Awards

The Communicator Awards is the leading international award honoring the creative excellence of a variety of diverse communications professionals. Founded over ten years ago, The Communicator Awards are judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA), an invitation-only group consisting of well-known professionals from a plethora of media and communications firms. IAVA members include executives from the likes of Alloy, Brandweek, Disney, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, HBO, Monster.com, MTV, Wired, and Yahoo!. This year, The Communicator Awards received over 9,000 entries, making it one of the largest award programs within its industry. Please visit www.communicatorawards.com and www.iavisarts.org to learn more about The Communicator Awards and IAVA.

About Class on Demand

Class on Demand is a leading producer of education and training programs. Its products and services address the needs of individuals, professionals and corporate training. Current programs cover a broad spectrum of content including video capture and editing, computer animation, federally mandated training, IT, customized corporate training and vocational education. Please visit http://www.classondemand.com for additional information.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

News/PR: Noise Industries FxFactory Development Partner SUGARfx Releases Magimoto Animation Plug-in for FCS

Brand new layer animation tool boasts intuitive control capabilities for simplifying complex animations; manipulation directly within the editing timeline without keyframes

Boston, MA - June 17, 2010 - Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the postproduction and broadcast markets, announced that development partner SUGARfx has released a brand new FxFactory powered plug-in, MagiMoto. FxFactory powered plug-ins are designed by Noise Industries and their development partners to extend the visual effects capabilities of Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Apple Final Cut Express applications. MagiMoto boasts a variety of clever animation capabilities, which allow users to easily spin, scale, dissolve, throw and wiggle objects. By eliminating cumbersome keyframes, artists have more time to explore creative boundaries by manipulating video elements and inventing combinations of moves and spins yielding limitless animation options.

"SUGARfx designer Ricardo Silva has created a variety of customizable and expansive animations for some big-name companies and clients. It is no surprise to me that he would augment his product catalogue by including something just as creative and complex, yet so easy to use," comments Niclas Bahn, director of business development, Noise Industries. "With MagiMoto, adding motion to images is no longer boring and tedious."

"FxFactory is an extremely friendly platform to develop plug-ins for the Mac editors," says Ricardo Silva, founder, SUGARfx. "Our latest plug-in, MagiMoto, provides the perfect tool to animate video layers inside Apple and Adobe applications. Its simple, yet powerful engine is sure to satiate many of our users' requests for automatic moves and creative animation techniques."

MagiMoto Highlights
  • Easy-to-use animation features, including Dissolve, Scale, Spin, Throw and Wiggle
  • No keyframes necessary
  • Customizable transitions for animation projects or slideshows
  • Option to save presets or share with other users
  • Elegant user interface
  • Built-in help tutorials
  • On-screen element synchronization feedback
Availability and Pricing of SUGARfx MagiMoto

FxFactory SUGARfx MagiMoto is available for $49 USD

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Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Studio and Apple Final Cut Express users can also sample hundreds of other FxFactory plug-ins by downloading the free trial version of FxFactory.

About SUGARfx Founder Ricardo Silva

SUGARfx founder and broadcast designer Ricardo Silva has worked with an assortment of well-known entertainment giants including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Telemundo, NBC, Univision, TLC, and Fox Sports International and holds two Emmy®-nominations from 2001 and 2008 for "Outstanding Main Title Design" by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since joining the Noise Industries development partner program in 2006, Silva has facilitated the engineering of numerous image treatment and processing plug-ins for the FxFactory platform. For more information on SUGARfx, please visit: http://www.sugarfx.tv.

About Noise Industries, LLC

Established in 2004, Boston, Massachusetts-based Noise Industries is an innovative developer of visual effects tools for the postproduction and broadcast community. Their products are integrated with popular non-linear editing and compositing products from Apple and Adobe. For more information about Noise Industries, please visit: http://www.noiseindustries.com.

Review: Five Best New Features of Adobe After Effects CS5

adobe cs5Five Best New Features of Adobe® After Effects® CS5
By Robert A. Birnholz and Ian Robinson


Rob Birnholz and Ian Robinson, contributing authors to Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques, take a break to discuss their top five favorite new features of Adobe After Effects CS5. Whether you use After Effects for hard-core compositing or you're a designer looking to push your projects to the next level, there’s something new for everyone. Read the full Review at peachpit.com

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Products: Edit Mule Workflow Enhancers for Final Cut Pro

auto collapseEdit Mule Auto Collapse: Messy and confusing timeline? Here's a handy tool that collapses and consolidates all video material to as few tracks as possible, instantly.

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auto scratchEdit Mule Auto Scratch: Media and render files all over the place? Sound familiar? A thorn in the side of so many editors: Final Cut Pro doesn't remember to change your scratch disks from project to project. Here's an elegant solution to an age-old problem, Auto Scratch changes them for you!

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Edit Mule Filter Remover
: Have you ever had to laboriously remove filters clip by clip? Currently Final Cut Pro has an all or nothing approach to removing both video and audio filters, so here's an indispensable way of selectively removing them from a sequence.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Press Release/Update: Boris Continuum Units Updated for Adobe CS5

Choose Toolsets from the Award-winning Boris Continuum Complete 7 Plug-in Suite

Marlborough MA - June 15, 2010 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced that the Boris Continuum Unit family of plug-ins has been updated for Adobe CS5 and 64-bit operating systems.

Boris Continuum Units for Adobe CS5 include:

The Boris Continuum Units are also compatible with Adobe CS4 and Adobe CS3.

“Widely adopted by broadcasters, post-production facilities, corporations, and universities, Boris Continuum Complete is the leading visual effects plug-in suite for video editors and compositors,” commented Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder, Boris FX. “The Boris Continuum Units product family facilitates broad access to BCC’s award-winning filters by allowing customers to choose toolsets specific to their needs. From keys and mattes to glows and film effects, the Boris Continuum Units provide professional tools at an affordable price.”

The Boris Continuum Units are available starting at an MSRP of $99 USD. Existing Boris Continuum Unit users can download free Adobe CS5 updates from the Boris FX web site at http://www.borisfx.com. Free, full-functioning 14 day trial versions are also available.

About Boris FX

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

Press Release/New Product: GenArts Announces Availability of Monsters GT for After Effects

genartsNow CS5-Compatible and Chock-Full of Additional Upgrades, Monsters GT Offers After Effects Users More Control, Better Performance and the Most Unique Effects in the Industry

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - June 15, 2010 - GenArts, Inc., the premier provider of specialized visual effects software for the film, television and video industries, announced today the availability of GenArts Monsters GT™ for Adobe After Effects on Windows. With a one-of-a-kind collection of effects that encourages endless creativity, Monsters GT is the perfect complement to the everyday tools found in industry-standard Sapphire 5 for After Effects. First unveiled in April at NAB 2010, Monsters GT for After Effects enables the ultimate in originality, with an array of more than 50 distinctive effects, most of which are completely unique:
  • Stylize effects such as CCTV, NightVision and Brush
  • Warps and distort effects such as HeatHaze, Puddle and Ripple
  • Particle and fluid dynamics effects such as Fire, Rain, Puddles and Smoke
  • A series of smooth, particulate and stop-motion trails effects
“As a creator of short films and videos, I'm constantly searching for new effects that allow me to craft that special look that will really wow my audience,” said Davide Pepe, an independent filmmaker/artist from Bologna, Italy. “Monsters GT gives me effects like Fire, Clouds, Brush and Rain that are fast, easy and fun to use. This is the first time something really new has been available for After Effects in quite some time. I feel like I have a whole new world of creative options.”

GenArts Monsters GT for After Effects: Overview



GenArts Monsters GT & Sapphire for AE video by Davide Pepe



Like its Sapphire 5 sibling, Monsters GT fully supports Adobe's new CS5 release, and offers an intuitive user interface to provide excellent control. It also provides full floating point and GPU support for faster render speeds.

"GenArts tools have built an enduring reputation as essential elements of the toolkits of the world's best artists," said Steve Bannerman, CMO, GenArts. "Monsters GT continues that tradition with a new suite of inspired effects crafted to perfectly complement Sapphire. This new release is an important step toward our vision of offering customers the most comprehensive set of products across multiple host platforms so that they can amplify their creativity and dazzle their audiences and clients."

Pricing and Availability

Monsters GT for Adobe After effects is now available for Windows. (The Mac version will be available in summer 2010.) Pricing is $999 for either node-locked or floating licenses. A GenArts Sapphire/Monsters bundle is available for $2,299 (node-locked only). Existing Sapphire for After Effects owners can purchase Monsters GT and an upgrade to the 64-bit Sapphire 5 for After Effects for a special price of $999.

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GenArts Monsters GT v6.0 for After Effects (Node-Locked)

GenArts Monsters GT v6.0 for After Effects (Floating)

GenArts Monsters GT v6.0 and Sapphire v5.0 for After Effects Bundle

GenArts Monsters GT v6.0 and Sapphire v5.0 Upgrade for After Effects Bundle

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 software 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 breathtaking visual effects in thousands of feature films and television shows, and more than 5,000 commercials and music videos. The explosion of online and corporate video creation has led to the widespread adoption of GenArts software by a range of S&P 500 companies, leading museums, and educational institutions for communications, marketing and learning applications. GenArts' software enjoys the unique distinction of having been a key component of an Oscar-nominated film for the past 13 consecutive years.

The GenArts Sapphire™, Monsters™, Raptors™, Tinder™ and particleIllusion™ portfolio equips digital artists with a collection of state-of-the-art visual effects such as glows, light rays, lens flares, film, fire, fluid and particles to create the continually innovative looks that bring the entertainment industry's dazzling stories and broadcasts to life. GenArts' tools seamlessly integrate as software plug-ins into all leading editing and compositing systems. GenArts was founded in 1996 in Cambridge, Mass. www.genarts.com.

Monday, June 14, 2010

News: GenArts Tinder Upcoming Plans (Regarding 64-bit Compatibility)

News from GenArts: Upcoming plans for the Tinder product line in response to many of your recent inquiries about the timing of a 64 bit version. While GenArts does not have plans to introduce a 64 bit version of our current Tinder product for After Effects, we intend to leverage the Tinder technology to deliver exciting new products in the future.

We look forward to providing additional information about those products as soon as possible over the coming months. Thank you for your questions and enthusiasm for the Tinder product line and we are looking forward to working with you in continuing to provide it to future customers.

Special cross-grade price for customers migrating to Adobe CS5

For those customers moving to Adobe CS5, GenArts is offering a cross-grade option from Tinder for After Effects to the 64 bit Sapphire 5 for After Effects for a special price.

Cross-grade pricing, AE products only:

Full set of Tinder to Sapphire 5 (Node-Locked)
: $299
Partial set of Tinder to Sapphire 5 (Node-Locked): $399

Adobe Version Comparison: Differences between CS5 vs. CS4 vs. CS3

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Check out this great in-depth comparison chart/resource from ProDesignTools.com: One of the most common upgrade questions we see out there is asking what's new, what's different, what's better, what's changed between Adobe CS5 and CS4? Or more fundamen­tally, what are the key new features in CS5, versus CS4, or even CS3?

Adobe Creative Suite 5 contains hundreds of new or enhanced features and func­tions across the 15 point products that comprise it. So the easiest way to look at it is by major product… For example, Photoshop CS5 Extended con­tains 18 new features that CS4 didn't have, plus a further 14 more that have been enhanced. The numbers are similar for other products and even greater over CS3 of course - although generally speaking CS5 has significantly more improvements and innovation compared to CS4 than CS4 had over CS3.

CS4 was certainly a capable release (we used it here every day), but some folks have com­mented that CS5 is really the release they wanted when CS4 came out and that CS5 is a game-changer over both previous versions… On that account, we haven't seen a bad review of CS5 yet. See the full comparison at ProDesignTools.com...

Friday, June 11, 2010

Review: Video Copilot Optical Flares by Microfilmmaker Magazine


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Video Copilot Optical Flares for After Effects

Platform: PC & Mac
Distributor: Toolfarm Description: Lens Flare Design
Special Pricing: Click Here MSRP: $124.95 Buy here
Download Demo: Click Here
Review Date: June 1, 2010
Reviewed By: Nick Miller

Final Score: 9.5

Reprinted with permission from Microfilmmaker Magazine.


A few months ago I raved about Boris Continuum Complete 6 for, among many other things, its awesome lens flare effect. So it is fair to say that for one reason or another I get almost overly enthused about adding lens flares to my motion graphics. This month I got to review Optical Flares, a lens flare design suite that takes the idea of the lens flare effect and expands it beyond what I ever imagined possible.

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Optical Flares is a beautifully designed suite. When selected, this design box pops up and works along side of After Effects.

Ease of Use

Optical flares is a lens flare design suite. As I was raving about it to a friend (Microfilmmaker contributor Ryan Graham), he asked me "So, what's the big deal?" and I just blurted out "Someone finally did it! Someone finally made this happen!" He laughed at me, because I guess the idea of a comprehensive plug-in solely devoted to lens flares is kind of hard to wrap your head around. So I'll do my best to try to explain.

At first glance Optical Flares reminds me of Zaxwerks ProAnimator. A beautifully designed box pops up and the user has the option of designing custom lens flares from scratch. All sorts of lens objects are at your disposal: glows, irises, glints, spike balls, sparkles, even custom textures. Each object can be layered on top of the previous object multiple times. Additionally each object has its own set of unique and customizable properties while still being controlled by global parameters.

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Pull lens objects from the right side, and drag them to your stack on the left. Notice the option to hide or solo each element. They designed the suite to work intuitively and similar to After Effects.

While this is all very impressive, what concerned me more was how the lens flares worked within a real project. This, to me, is where the fun of Optical Flares really begins. While traditional 2D lens flares are the default setting, Optical Flares stands out in that its lens objects are 3D compatible. This means they work together realistically in 3D space. If that isn't cool enough, the ability to effortlessly track the flares to your After Effects lights takes Optical Flares far beyond what is possible to do in After Effects alone, without relying on a ton of effort. This makes creating effects like a wall of lights or realistically recreating stage light setups possible. You can even track lens flares to real footage (the example they use is tracking the headlight of a moving vehicle and adding a realistic flare directly to it).

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Too many design options to show.

Depth of Options

There is an EXTREME amount of options within this suite. Every single thing is customizable, and I highly recommend purchasing the eclectic collection of Pro Presets along with the plugin. At a great price you'll get nearly double the amount of great looking flares to start designing with.

I think Video Copilot struck a nice balance between the amount of options while still making the suite fairly simple to use. While there is a ton of stuff to play with, the built-in presets that come with the program will quickly let you get to the nitty gritty and let you start designing immediately.

While the design aspects of the suite are vast, I found it somewhat peculiar that no animation presets were included with Optical Flares (the previously mentioned presets concern the design of the flares, not the animation). There are a few helpful animation controls that automate the flares' shimmer and flicker. But it would be cool to see some included preset keyframed animations for quick glints, transitions, and flare ups included in the next run of Optical Flares.

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The animation and fine tuning works like any other effect in After Effects.

Performance

On my PowerPC running After Effects CS3, I found no issues with the performance of Optical Flares. The suite itself worked flawlessly, and I experienced no crashing once my flares were designed. Of course once you get into using multiple lights in complex 3D comps some system slowing is to be expected, but for the most part Optical Flares worked quite smoothly. Additionally, Video Copilot has already developed an update of the suite to work in 64-bit CS5.

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Top view in 3D space, lining up my lens flares, which are tracked to my comp lights.

Value

Video Copilot has to be crazy to offer all of this for $129. They could easily double the price of this plugin and it would still be a bargain. In addition to the suite, the stellar tutorials, downloadable project files,and presets; the dedication of the Video Copilot developer team provides a lot value-added to your purchase. That being said, this plugin is not made for people who aren't seriously into exploring some cool new ideas with their motion graphics. Optical Flares is strictly for taking your designs OVER the edge. In size and scope, Optical Flares would appeal to designers who find great value in experimenting with "deep" plugins like Trapcode Particular or Zaxwerks ProAnimator. Failing that, any lens flare effect might suit you just as well.

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And here's the same comp from the Active Camera view. Looks pretty sweet!

Final Comments

I was initially super excited for the release of Optical Flares and Video Copilot blew me away by exceeding all of my expectations. There is no doubt that Optical Flares will become an industry-standard suite in no time. It's unfortunate that a demo is not available for download, because I'm convinced that once most users get their hands dirty with Optical Flares they will immediately be hooked.

FXFactory development partner PHYX Inc. releases a cure for blemished footage

New PHYX Cleaner brings advanced reconstruction and refinement treatments to smooth out raw, gritty video footage inside Final Cut, Motion and After Effects applications

Boston, MA - June 10, 2010 - Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, today announced the release of development partner PHYX Inc.'s latest plug-in, PHYX Cleaner, for the FxFactory platform. Designed to work inside After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Apple Final Cut Express applications, the new PHYX Cleaner plug-in provides digital artists and editors with an advanced palette of tools for repairing and enhancing the visual quality of raw digital footage.

PHYX Cleaner's flawless video enhancement regimen includes the ability to effectively rebuild pixelated chroma (color) channels, restore lost information in gradients while increasing effective color depth, convert fields into progressive comb-free frames, buff-out skin blemishes, and quickly remove high and low frequency jagged noise. 3D artists and filmmakers can also breathe new life into 3D images by converting harsh 8-bit images to high-bit depth smoothness.

"We are thrilled to continue our successful collaboration with the powerful FxFactory platform, and pleased to present digital artists and editors with an effective tool for attaining stunning video quality," says Justin Bendo, President and CEO, PHYX Inc. "Working with raw digital footage can be extremely time consuming, requiring hours of touch-ups in the edit room. With PHYX Cleaner, artists and editors can significantly reduce the amount of time spent working with raw footage, quickly turning flawed film into a visual masterpiece. From repairing chroma channels, to increasing effective color depth, to removing unwanted noise without losing the details, PHYX Cleaner noticeably enhances image quality of any raw digital footage."

"As one of our most newest development partners, PHYX Inc. has rolled out an impressive number of creative plug-ins for the visual effects community in such a short amount of time," says Niclas Bahn, director of business development, Noise Industries. "PHYX Cleaner is an extraordinary tool for patching up gritty footage and gives users a quick way to efficiently transform disappointing tape into flawless film. We look forward to the on-going success of FxFactory and PHYX Inc. visual effects plug-ins, and providing creative community with a touch of originality in each new release."

PHYX Cleaner Feature Highlights

PHYX Cleaner includes 5 distinctive tools for repairing and enhancing the image quality of raw digital footage:

  • Chroma Reconstructor: Rebuilds pixelated chroma (color) channels. Chroma issues are most obvious when keying green or blue screens, or viewing a colorful object (red coat, etc.). The Reconstructor repairs blocky colors, and removes unwanted sub-sampling artifacts.
  • Deband: Restores lost information in gradients, and increases effective color depth up to 32-bits per color. Deband also works wonders for making 3D-generated images look less artificial, and for converting harsh low-bit depth images to high-bit depth smoothness.
  • Deinterlace: Converts fields into progressive frames free of comb-like artifacts using field reconstruction and Optical Flow.
  • Digital Make Up Kit: Allows users to smooth skin blemishes in post-production. This unique tool detects properly lit skin tones, and smoothes wrinkles, acne, and more.
  • Fast Noise Reduction: Spatial noise reduction engine that quickly removes high and low frequency noise (fine and large noise) from images. Fast Noise Reduction also includes a powerful sharpening method similar to that used by NASA, to preserve fine details.

Availability and Pricing of PHYX Cleaner

PHYX Cleaner is available for $199 USD. A trial version is also included with the standard FxFactory installer.

Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Studio and Apple Final Cut Express users can also sample hundreds of other FxFactory plug-ins by downloading the free trial version of FxFactory from: http://www.noiseindustries.com/fxfactory.

About PHYX Inc.
PHYX Incorporated is a privately held U.S. corporation. Its principles have been developing custom tools for Visual Effects since 2002. In 2007, Phyx Inc. brought its first collection of tools to the public.

PHYX Inc. continues to create its visual effects tools with the involvement and guidance of professionals from Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), WETA Digital, Digital Domain, Sony Imageworks, Pixar, and other studios. To learn more, please visit: http://www.phyxware.com.

About Noise Industries, LLC
Established in 2004, Boston, Massachusetts-based Noise Industries is an innovative developer of visual effects tools for the postproduction and broadcast community. Its products are integrated with popular non-linear editing and compositing products from Apple and Adobe.

New/Update: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

lightroom 3Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software is essential for today's digital photography workflow. Now you can quickly import, process, manage, and showcase your images — from one shot to an entire shoot. With Lightroom 3, you spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the lens.

Learn More/Purchase in our Store | Upgrade

What's New in Version 3

Superior noise reduction

Achieve amazing, natural-looking results from your high ISO images with all-new state-of-the-art noise reduction technology. You won't need more than what's built into Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 to get the cleanest images at any ISO.

Accelerated performance

Get your digital photography tasks done fast and have more time to shoot and promote your work. Already quick performance has been dramatically accelerated in Lightroom 3, saving you time from first look to final image.

Lens correction

Quickly and easily perfect your images by automatically reducing lens defects like geometric distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting with single-click profiles. Even images from the best lenses will be improved.

Support for DSLR video files

Take advantage of new support for video files from most digital SLR cameras, which allows you to easily manage and organize both still photographs and video files side by side.

Flickr integration

Use Lightroom almost seamlessly with Flickr, a Yahoo! service. Upload your images directly to Flickr from within the Lightroom 3 Library. When friends or clients post comments and ratings on your Flickr galleries, you can immediately see their feedback in the Lightroom 3 Library alongside your images.

Image watermarking

Easily embed your identity or your brand and logo in your images with more options for customizing their look. The new watermarking tool lets you apply text or graphic watermarks to a photo with adjustable size, position, and opacity.

Easy-to-share slide show videos with music

Show your images to clients, friends, or family with more style and flair using elegant slide shows with music. Slide shows are a breeze to create, and you can share them easily by exporting them as videos, even in high definition.

Easy image importing

Save time with fast image importing. The newly designed import interface is easy to set up and navigate, with clear visual indications of where your photos will be located and how they'll be organized after you've imported them.

Tethered shooting

Instantly import and view images as you shoot them with tethered capture, available for select cameras. Use it to make an immediate, highly detailed check of your shot, the lighting, or the shooting setup. Or get instant feedback from clients or subjects.

Perspective correction

Get more natural-looking results by applying powerful, nondestructive perspective correction to your images. Reduce or eliminate the distortion that can occur, for example, when you take a photograph with the camera pointed upward, causing buildings to appear to be leaning backward in your image.

Film grain simulation

Use new sliders to easily control the amount, size, and roughness of grain that you can add to your images to simulate the look of film.

More flexible print packages

Showcase your work in more creative formats using highly customizable print layouts, which you can save as reusable templates. With the new custom print layout creation tool, you just drag one image or several shots onto a page and resize or reposition them as you like.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

News: GenArts Sapphire 5 for Smoke on Mac Coming Soon

genartsNews from GenArts: We are making great progress on GenArts Sapphire 5 for Smoke on Mac and are excited to tell you that we are now beta testing! Sapphire 5 is packed with over 130 Sparks and features the same effects, GPU acceleration and support as all other Sapphire 5 products.

Why is GenArts Sapphire so essential to Smoke Artists?

Sapphire amps the quality of your shots.
Sapphire is unrivaled when it comes to image quality. In fact, looks created with Sapphire are so organic that they dramatically enhance the quality of Smoke's built-in effects. If your success depends on the highest possible image quality, Sapphire is the one tool you can't live without.

Sapphire buys you more time to finesse your shots.
Sapphire is fast and instinctive. Not only can you set your shots faster with intuitive, real-time controls, but the GPU acceleration in Sapphire 5 provides the fastest render speeds in the industry. This gives you the extra time you need to perfect your shot. If you're tired of compromising quality to hit deadlines, then Sapphire is the first thing you should install into your Smoke.

Conform and finish your scenes with confidence.
From Avid or Final Cut to Flame, After Effects or Nuke, Sapphire is deployed across the widest range of host platforms. So you can conform and finish your scenes with the confidence and consistency that only Sapphire-level compatibility can deliver.

Sapphire works, period.
It sounds so simple, yet Sapphire stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to stability, reliability and backward compatibility. If you have zero tolerance for crashes or version incompatibility, can you afford to risk using anything other than Sapphire?

Watch an introduction video on Sapphire 5 for Smoke on Mac:

Review: Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Pro at MicroFilmmaker Magazine

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Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Pro 4.0


Platform: PC & Mac
Description: 3D Font Creation Plugin
MSRP: $399 Buy here
Download Demo: Click Here
Review Date: June 1, 2010
Reviewed By: A.J. Wedding


Final Score: 9.0

Reprinted with permission from Microfilmmaker Magazine.


Editing has become much more of a job than it was intended to be, with clients asking for more and more for less and less. People are no longer including separate budgets for effects or titling, and they want to see spinning 3D logos and text flying in and exploding. Maybe there are projects you wish you could say yes to, but you don't have the understanding or 3D software to put these types of things together. In a time where every dollar counts, it's important for you to have multiple skills and tools at your fingertips.

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The text window is identical to any basic word-processing program.

Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro 4.0 is a complete program that runs within AfterEffects to give you some 3D capabilities that are easy to understand and use, without requiring an expensive 3D software, or training on how to use a brand new interface.

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Simply drag and drop the 3D type that fits your text and start working.

Ease of Use

3D graphics and titles have always been considered a specialty skill, requiring a certain amount of training to do them. If that wasn't enough, trying to set the camera moves and waiting for the rendering could take longer than your entire edit. Zaxwerks has read our minds, and given editors and filmmakers a simple tool that we can use to make 3D titles and basic objects. Is it going to create the starship Enterprise, no. But being able to do some quick 3D titles with a few clicks (that's right, a few clicks) is now a reality. There are some pretty advanced applications for Invigorator Pro as well, but it's nice to know that the basics are very easy to learn.

If you're not a 'plug and play' type, don't fret. Zaxwerks has tons of tutorial content on their site, both in video form and in PDF form. The PDF can walk you through a simple project to start with, in less than two pages. That should remove some of the trepidation from your mind about picking up a 3D titling program.

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When you're satisfied, add your text over your video layer with a single click.

Depth of Options

There are a number of options available to you within Invigorator Pro. You can start by simply typing text, picking your font, and adding some dimension. The interface is simple to use, allowing you to drag and drop the settings you like onto each of your letters or objects. If you have created a logo in Adobe Illustrator, you can import it directly into Invigorator Pro and make it 3D in a snap. Importing 3D models that were created in different programs is just as easy.

I've found that the difficult part with this, and probably with any 3D program, is working the camera. It's tough to time your moves, and you'll probably run through the move several times before you get it just right. It's much like the 3D camera in After Effects. However, there are some simple animation settings you can use that will set the camera very quickly, if you are looking for something less specific that you can finish quickly.

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Turn existing Illustrator projects into 3D in a snap.

Performance

With the few projects I did quickly with Zaxwerks Invigorator Pro, I can say that the performance is amazing. It's really a simple interface within After Effects, and it's ability to import projects from Illustrator or other existing 3D design programs is really fantastic. More than all of that, the rendering time is very impressive. It can take advantage of open GLhttp://www.microfilmmaker.com/pix/Iss55pix/reviews/3DInvig4/zaxwerks4.jpg graphics cards, and works very quickly. Even if you are really meticulous with your camera movements, you won't get frustrated with all of the rendering time. It's similar to multiple layer rendering in After Effects, which is crazy fast considering it's 3D rendering.

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Value

Okay, so it's $400. But being able to create 3D graphics and titles that are HD quality will allow you to charge more for your services, and add an extra dimension to your own projects. Also, if you compare it to the monumental cost of most 3D graphics programs, necessary RAM and other hardware, and tutorial videos just to open a project, the $400 for Invigorator Pro is a drop in the bucket.

Final Comments

I came across Zaxwerks at NAB as I was flying through the Plug-in area, and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a demo where they created a 3D logo from scratch in 5 minutes. Any program that can give you those kind of amazing results in such a short amount of time is with a look, and I'd say Invigorator Pro is a must have for any editor.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

New Product/Update: Automatic Duck Pro Import AE v5.0 Now Available

automatic DuckNews from Automatic Duck: Automatic Duck Pro Import AE 5.0, which we announced last month, is now shipping (the Mac version is shipping, the Windows version is coming soon).

Here are some of the highlights of this new version:
  • 64-bit compatible plug-in supports After Effects CS3 through CS5
  • Support for Motion 3 and 4 project import
  • Option to replace Final Cut Pro proxy media with R3D files
  • DPX/Cineon sequence support from Final Cut Pro
  • Improved text import with font, color, size and style info (CS4 and later)
  • Updated third party plug-in translations
  • Many new usability improvements

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Automatic Duck Pro Import AE 5.0 is $495. Existing Pro Import AE users can upgrade for $195. Users who purchased Pro Import AE version 4.0 on or after April 6 2010 are eligible to upgrade at no charge until December 6, 2010.

Only the Mac version of Pro Import AE 5.0 is currently shipping, the Windows version will follow. Windows users please wait to upgrade until we're shipping the Windows version.

Inspirations: Toolfarm Interviews Visual Effects Artist Scott Pagano

Inspirations: A Conversation with Scott Pagano

We recently posted a video to our inspirations page by Scott Pagano. We decided to catch up with him and talk to him a bit about his style, background and software he uses for his unique creations. His site is www.neither-field.com, if you'd like to pay a visit.

pororoca from scott pagano on Vimeo.


Toolfarm: What inspires you? Is it nature, art, music, other vfx or traditional artists?

Scott Pagano: My inspiration comes from a broad range of sources. The main things that drive me are composition, light, and graphic form. I find these inspirations in cinema, architecture, concept art, graphic novels, lighting design, natural landscapes, modernist painting, and fashion design. Read More on Toolfarm Inspirations....

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

New: ABSoft Neat Video v2 Pro Plugin for Final Cut Pro

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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. 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.

Coming Soon: Boris FX Introduces New AAF Transfer Plug-In for Avid Media Composer 5

Seamlessly Transfer Apple Final Cut Pro Sequences to Avid Media Composer

Marlborough MA - June 8, 2010 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced Boris AAF Transfer, a new plug-in designed for seamless transfer of Apple Final Cut Pro sequences to Avid Media Composer. Boris AAF Transfer uses Avid's new AMA (Avid Media Access) architecture to transfer Final Cut Pro sequences without the need for transcoding or rewrapping.

"Improved integration between Adobe, Apple, and Avid continues to be among the top requests we receive from digital media workgroups," commented Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder, Boris FX. "Our recently-released Boris XML Transfer plug-in was enthusiastically embraced for transfer of Apple Final Cut Pro program sequences to Adobe After Effects. Now, with Boris AAF Transfer, we have leveraged Avid's new AMA architecture to facilitate seamless transfer of Apple Final Cut Pro sequences to Avid Media Composer."

Boris AAF Transfer Feature Highlights

  • Seamless Transfer of Sequences. . Transfer sequences from Final Cut Pro to Media Composer - without transcoding or re-wrapping the Final Cut Pro media clips.
  • Third-party Effects Compatibility. Boris AAF Transfer supports Boris Continuum Complete, Final Effects Complete, and many other third-party effects filters.
  • Motion Tab Support. Boris AAF Transfer translates many of Final Cut Pro's Motion Tab features including basic motion, crop, distort, opacity, drop shadow, and speed.
  • Alpha Channel Support. Boris AAF Transfer preserves clips with alpha.
  • Text Generators. Convert Final Cut Pro's built-in text generators into Avid Title Tool effects.
  • Time Effects. Boris AAF Transfer supports many of Final Cut Pro's time-based effects.

Pricing and Availability

Boris AAF Transfer will be available in Q3 2010 for an MSRP of $299 USD or an MSRP of $399 USD when bundled with the Boris XML Transfer plug-in for Adobe After Effects. Boris AAF Transfer will support Apple Final Cut Pro 6 and higher and Avid Media Composer 4 and higher.

About Boris FX

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

Monday, June 07, 2010

Update: Noise Industries Updates FxFactory to 2.1.6

FxFactory is a free download that gives you unlimited access to free plug-ins and trial versions of FxFactory Pro and other commercial plug-ins.

Stereo3D Toolbox 2.0 is a major update to the professional stereoscopic 3D solution by Dashwood Cinema Solutions.

Stereo3D Toolbox 2.0 LE is a new product which offers a more accessible solution for stereoscopic 3D content creation.

PHYX Cleaner 1.0 is a new set of filters for image enhancement, reconstruction and noise removal.

FxFactory Pro 2.1.6 includes the new "Depth Blur" and "Erode/Dilate" filters, and it is a free update for existing FxFactory Pro 2 customers.

SUGARfx MagiMoto is a new set of plug-ins that lets you move elements on screen with ease, to create complex animations without keyframes.

FotoMagico 3.5 is a new version of the award-winning slideshow authoring package by Boinx Software. A companion plug-in based on FxFactory lets you render slideshows without leaving your favorite host.

Sale: Maxon Summer Specials

Get incredible deals on select Maxon products through August 31, 2010. Save on Maxon Cinema 4D Studio Bundle 11.5 Upgrade from Cinema 4D XL Bundles and the Studio Bundle, Architectural Edition or Broadcast edition when you buy a 12 month service agreement. Save between 37% and 55%!

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Update: Boomer Labs MAX2AE V3.5 Released

boomer labsThe upgrade MAX2AE V3.5 provides improved MAX 2011 and CS4/5 support.

This update is free to existing 3.5 users.

New Product/Update: FxFactory Dashwood Stereo3D Toolbox v2

Image NameThe FxFactory Dashwood Stereo3D Toolbox™ 2 suite of plugins marks a new milestone in stereoscopic 3D post-production on Mac OS X. Nine brand new powerful plugins for Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro & Motion make stereoscopic post-production easier than ever. Free update for existing customers.

New Features in Stereo3D Toolbox v2



Precise stereoscopic alignment

The Geometry filter of Stereo3D Toolbox™ allows you to adjust convergence with horizontal image translation (HIT) and also eliminate vertical, rotational, keystone & focal length disparity using either pixel-based or scalable percentage sliders.

Previews tools within the user interface

Many of Stereo3D Toolbox's filters feature active preview tools that immediately present valuable feedback like basic motion statistics, L/R difference, and the new anaglyph outlines preview. Circular Polarized 3D monitors are also now supported by the preview canvas in FCP, Motion & After Effects.

Multiple Stereoscopic formats

Stereo3D Toolbox™ supports the input and output most popular stereoscopic delivery formats like side-by-side, above-below, line-by-line (a.k.a. field-sequential), column interleaved, checkerboard, and tunable anaglyph modes (R/C, B/Y, G/M.) The Monitor Scaler filter is also provided to support most inexpensive non-HD resolution 3D monitors.

Faster rendering

Stereo3D Toolbox™ utilizes the power of Quartz and your Mac's graphics card to render. The whole version 2.0 suite has been optimized for faster rendering compared to version 1.1 (based on internal testing on 2.26Ghz Octo-Core Mac Pro with 512MB of VRAM.) Adobe After Effects CS3, CS4 & CS5, Final Cut Pro 6 or 7 and Motion 4 are all supported under Leopard or Snow Leopard.

Advanced stereoscopic mastering tools

The Stereo3D Toolbox™ suite includes two advanced professional stereoscopic mastering tools.

The Virtual Floating Window filter can be used to create and keyframe pixel-precise angled crops to minimize the effects of stereo window violations.

Ghost Toaster™ aids in the reduction of high-contrast crossover in circularly polarized display systems and monitors.

Much Much More!


Learn More About New Features in Stereo3D Toolbox v2

Download a Free Trial (Part of Noise Industries FxFactory Free Trial Download)

Don't need that much control or just getting started with stereoscopic 3D? Try Dashwood Stereo3D Toolbox LE, only $99!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

News: Frischluft Updates Product Line for Adobe CS5 Compatiblity

frishluftFrischlft has updated all plugins adding CS5/64Bit support for After Effects, Premiere and Photoshop plugins. Plus various bug fixes on all plugins including fixes for some severe OpenFX ones.

Update/Download a Free Trial of Frischluft Products

Frischluft Flair Flair is a set of eight fast high quality filters for Adobe After Effects and compatible programs.

Frischluft Fresh Curves Curves are a very versatile and precise color correction tool.

Frischluft Lenscare Move depth of field and out of focus generation to post processing.

Frischluft Lensfeed Shows a camera's live preview inside After Effects.

Frischluft Taronites ZBornToy A line of tools that introduce a new meaning to depth in compositing.

New Updated Versions Include:
  • 64 Bit versions of After Effects and Photoshop to support CS5.
  • Fresh Curves now also works in Premiere (CS5)
  • Bug fixes for all plugins. Especially adressing some severe OpenFX problems.
  • Changed the naming scheme to a more consistant "FL Plugin Name" in After Effects and OpenFX.

New: Exciting Automatic Skin Retouching Tool for Photographers Released for Adobe Photoshop CS5

Beauty Box Photo Plugin is Now Available for Skin Smoothing in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

San Francisco - June 1, 2010 - Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of cost-effective software for photographers and digital artists, today announced their new Beauty Box Photo skin retouching software. The plugin provides an automatic, easy, and inexpensive way of smoothing skin and removing blemishes in photographs. Beauty Box Photo 1.0 is fully compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5 and earlier versions of Photoshop and Elements.

"Beauty Box Photo is a follow-up to our very popular video retouching tool for After Effects CS5." said Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy. "We feel that the new Photoshop tool is priced with a broad range of photographers in mind. Our goal is to make image enhancement much easier, while maintaining professional quality at a very reasonable price."

The Beauty Box skin retouching plugin performs fast, automatic skin retouching and smoothing. The software automatically identifies skin tones and creates an intelligent mask that limits the smoothing effect to skin areas while keeping facial details razor sharp. This process requires minimal input from the user and in many cases is fully automatic. Beauty Box Photo gets it render speed from new technology from Toonamation, Inc. and takes advantage of GPUs and nVidia's CUDA. Whether it is used for a glamour shoot, senior portraits or just a personal photo, Beauty Box achieves a consistently professional result.

Practical Features of Beauty Box Photo include:
  • Automatic Mask: The Auto-Mask button automatically creates an underlying mask.
  • Smart Skin Smoothing: Adjust the skin smoothing effects with three Smoothing controls.
  • Batch Processing: Let Beauty Box set the mask and smoothing automatically for batch processing hundreds of images.
  • Control Over Mask: Make changes to the mask with advanced Mask tools (though generally you won't need to!).
  • Detail Sharpening: Use fine-tuning controls to preserve important details like hair, eyelashes and jewelry.
  • Add Texture: Bring back skin texture, like pore structure, that can be lost because of the smoothing.
  • Super-Fast Processing: Beauty Box uses GPUs and nVidia’s CUDA to increase render performance.
Pricing and Availability

Beauty Box is regularly priced at USD $99. The product is on sale for $79 through June 21, 2010. The skin retouching software works in Photoshop 7.0–CS5 and Photoshop Elements 6.0–9.0. 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. Demo filters and samples are available at www.digitalanarchy.com.

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.

Press Release: 64-bit Nucleo Pro 3 is here with CS5 compatibility

nucleo pro 3Gridiron Software Nucleo Pro 3 is now available from our store. Those of you working in After Effects CS5's 64-bit environment can now take advantage of Nucleo Pro 3's phenomenal speed increases.

We've had reports of users seeing an increase in speed of 400% working in After Effects CS5.

Gridiron Software Nucleo Pro 3

GridIron Nucleo Pro 3.0 Upgrade from Nucleo Pro 1.0 or 2.0

GridIron Nucleo Pro 3.0 Upgrade from Nucleo (Standard)

Download a Free Trial of Nucleo Pro 3

(Note: If you are using Adobe CS3/CS4, version 3 will not work for you. Continue using version 2)

Nucleo Pro 3 will make your studio faster and more productive- happy rendering!

New Product: CrumplePop Metal Titles for Final Cut Pro

metal titlesNew CrumplePop Metal Titles Final Cut Pro 6+:

28 Styles
40 Codecs
Whoosh Sounds

Only $69.00! Learn More/Purchase in our Store.


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Freebie: SuperBox Template from LME

We have a new freebie for you courtesy of LME Collections for AE 7.0 and higher for Mac and Win and Premiere Pro for Windows. It's an elaborate video wall structure. It comes with 2 tutorials on converting it to HD and how to replace the photos/videos with your own content.

New: Boris FX Announces Boris RED Version 5

New Support for Adobe CS5 and 64-bit Operating Systems, 30+ New Filters

Marlborough MA - June 2, 2010 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced Boris RED Version 5. Boris RED is an integrated 3D compositing, titling, and effects application designed for Adobe, Apple, Avid, Grass Valley, Media 100, and Sony video editing software. Boris RED 5 introduces support for 64-bit applications such as Adobe CS5 and Sony Vegas 9, adds 30+ new filters, and provides a score of new user interface and workflow enhancements including ergonomic panels, a curve editor, and a spreadsheet-style keyframe editor window.

"Boris RED Version 5 brings RED's award-wining 3D compositing, titling, and effects capabilities to 64-bit video editing applications," commented Boris Yamnitsky, president and founder, Boris FX. "30+ new filters cover many common post-production tasks including 3-way color grading, the ability to uprez SD video to HD, video noise reduction, and a range of image restoration tools."

Boris RED 5 New Feature Highlights
  • New Support for 64-bit Video Editing Applications. Boris RED 5 will support Adobe CS5, CS4, and CS3 under 64-bit and 32-bit Macintosh and Windows operating systems and Sony Vegas 9 under 64-bit and 32-bit Windows operating systems.
  • New 3 Way Color Grade Filter provides a professional color grading process complete with three custom color wheels for pedestal/gamma/gain adjustment.
  • New Noise Reduction Filter smoothes out video noise using spatial and temporal information derived from the video clip - especially in dark areas of an image.New UpRez Filter for high-quality SD to HD conversions, facilitating the resizing of image clips while minimizing the data loss that is usually associated with resizing media in a host application. The UpRez filter includes several high-end image processing algorithms to enhance the sharpness and smoothness of the final result.
  • New Pixel Fixer Filter removes bad pixels resulting from a faulty digital camera sensor or dust on a camera lens. Up to 10 bad spots can be repaired with a single filter application - without any degradation of image quality or sharpness.
  • New DV Fixer Filter softens or removes diagonal stair-step lines from a clip captured with a lower-quality camera - without degrading image sharpness or quality.
  • New Smooth Tone Filter smoothes or softens an image while preserving detail contrast, making skin tones silky-smooth without loss of sharpness in the image.
  • New Lens Blur Filter emulates a popular lens blur or rack defocus effect where out-of-focus highlights of an image clip take on the shape of the lens shutter.
  • New MatchMove Filter allows users to combine motion tracking with transformation and compositing of a layer. Users can lock the movement of one image clip to another image clip using Boris RED’s built-in motion tracking capability.
  • New LED Filter makes an image, clip, or text element with alpha appear as though it was constructed out of an array of blinking or solid LED lights.
  • New Prism Filter simulates the photographic effect of chromatic aberration in which a bad lens generates prismatic color fringing along edges of high contrast within the image.
  • New Scan Lines Filter generates rolling RGB scanlines over the source image clip, emulating the effect of a computer monitor which was shot on video tape or film. The filter also includes a user-controlled noise generator function for added realism.
  • New Damaged TV Filter emulates the appearance of a CRT-style television that is receiving a bad antenna signal or is in need of repair - complete with gun offset, distorted edges, image roll, noise, scan lines, and interference lines.
  • New Turbulence Filter generates auto-animated gel-like distortion fields in an image clip based on input from the built-in noise map and turbulence controls.
  • Other New Filters include Lens Shape, Warp, Morph, Video Morph, Pencil Sketch, Charcoal Sketch, Cartoon Look, Water Color, Tile Mosaic, Lightning, and Color Choker.
  • User Interface and Workflow Enhancements include drag-and-drop panels, a curve editor for smooth parameter animation, and a spreadsheet-style keyframe editor window.
Pricing and Availability
Boris RED 5 will be available in Q3 2010 for an MSRP of $995 USD. Owners of previous versions of Boris RED may upgrade for an MSRP of $295 USD. Customers who purchase Boris RED 4.3 as of June 2, 2010 will be eligible to receive a free upgrade to Boris RED 5.

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