Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Free: Digieffects FreeForm AE Billowing Flags Project File

To download this free project from Mettle, click here.

Digieffects FreeForm is now bundled with After Effects CS5. If you're using CS4, buy Digieffects FreeForm AE for CS4 or download a free demo.

Sale: The Foundry CameraTracker Promotion and New Tutorial!

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Node-locked offer saving $351!
Buy CameraTracker for After Effects for $250.00 and get RollingShutter for After Effects for $149.00, Total bundle price = $399.00.

Floating offer saving $526.00!
Buy CameraTracker for After Effects for $375.00 and get RollingShutter for After Effects for $224.00, Total bundle price = $599.00.

Tutorial video


In this video Stephen uses CameraTracker to track a handheld moving camera sequence and insert animated graffiti elements onto the wall and floor.

Offer expires 31st December 2010.



In part 2 Stephen takes the same track and integrates Red Giant Software's Trapcode Particular plug-in to insert some light sweep effects in the same scene. (Please watch the 101 training series, found on The Foundry's YouTube Channel, before progressing onto the 201 series.)

Also of interest, Brett Morris had the chance to put CAMERATRACKER through its paces in a promo for the film Green Zone. Read more about his experience on the motionworks blog.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sale: Save 20% on VRay for Cinema 4D Through December 31st, 2010

VRay for C4D is the new high end GI rendering engine for professional Maxon Cinema 4D users based on the VRay standalone.

VRay for C4D is fully integrated into the Cinema 4D interface, deeper than any other C4D 3rd party engine to date.

Sale: VRay for Cinema 4D 20% Off (Reg. $1,120.00 SALE: $899)

Full Vray 1.5 standalone integration to Cinema4D, Efficient shading system specifically optimized for ray-tracing, Multipass render, learn more about VRay for C4D features.

Webinar: Free Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Webinar at StudioDaily

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StudioDaily Free Webinar : Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

Tomorrow, November 30
1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT


Register Now

Join Adobe and StudioDaily to learn how Adobe has addressed the needs of today's editors with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. StudioDaily's Bryant Frazer will interview Bill Roberts, director of video product management for Adobe, to discuss the power and decision making behind the creation of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.

After the interview, Adobe Senior Solutions Engineer Karl Soule will show you how Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 offers breakthrough performance and efficient HDSLR editing options to provide truly native support for established and emerging formats.

You'll see firsthand how Adobe Premiere Pro CS5:
  • Makes you more productive throughout your workflow with the 64-bit, multicore GPU accelerated Adobe Mercury Playback Engine
  • Saves you time on every project with true native support for HDSLR footage eliminating the need for transcoding or rewrapping
  • Learn how you can take advantage of breakthrough, cross-platform performance and get one of the most efficient post-production workflow in the industry.
Free to Register

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sale: Deep Discount on Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom!!

Sale: Deep Discount on Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom!!

Save $100-200 off full versions and $50 off upgrades from November 26, 2010 through December 4, 2010.


Note: US Sales Only.

adobe black friday

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Product: CHV The Enhanced Essentials-Collection V1.0

chv essentialsThe Enhanced Essentials-collection contains 40 of Final Cut Pro's most valuable every-day video filter plugins that were completely redeveloped and greatly enhanced in quality, render speed and functionality.

Learn More/Purchase CHV Enhanced Essentials

chv essentialsPerfect Borders This feature is included in many of the Enhanced Essentials-collection plugins. Final Cut Pro's and Final Cut Express's counterparts give you edgy borders. The Enhanced Essentials-collection plugins will always render perfectly antialiased smooth borders.

chv essentialsCut black borders Black video borders are annoying and need to be cut. This is why all plugins of the Enhanced Essentials-collection that profit from a border cutting feature include a prefect border cutting solution.

More Points The Enhanced Essentials-collection also includes a 12 pt and a 16pt garbage matte.

Better Previews More info in the viewer window means to have more control over a certain function. In the canvas some plugins will show you more than Final Cut Pro's original plugins.

More Options ...help you to do more things in one simple step. Many of the plugins of the Enhanced Essentials-collection include very useful options and new features.

Higher Limits ...simply gives you better results. More steps, more precise parameters, wider angles, greater ranges.

The Enhanced Essentials-collection does not limit you in your productivity.

Update: Red Giant Text Anarchy 2.4 Now Available



Red Giant Text Anarchy is now Adobe CS5/64 bit compatible! Get it here:

Freebies: Spy Photo: New FREE Presets For After Effects

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From Aharon Rabinowitz at All Bets Are Off Productions:

"Introducing Spy Photo, a new set of FREE presets for Adobe After Effects that makes it easy to create the look of snapshots taken by a spy or private investigator, as seen in film and TV. The presets are dynamic, and require no keyframes. Just marks where you want the effect to happen. After Effects will do the rest."

Works with After Effects CS3 and later.
No 3rd-Party plug-ins are required.
Get the Presets HERE.

The presets were created by Dan Ebberts and Aharon Rabinowitz. Here is a video explaining how to use them:

Spy Photo Tutorial from Aharon Rabinowitz on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Special Offer: Trapcode Suite 10 Upgrade - Save 20%



Own Trapcode plug-ins? Get Trapcode Suite 10 Upgrade for $399.

Special Upgrade! For the next 5 days, we are offering a 20% discount on the Trapcode Suite 10 Upgrade. If you own Particular 2.0 or any four Trapcode products, you can get the entire Trapcode Suite 10 for only $399. Regular price $499. Learn about Trapcode Suite 10.

Please Note: This offer is good for the Trapcode Suite 10 Upgrade, not a purchase of the full version. This offer is good for customers who already own the Trapcode Suite 2004, Trapcode Suite 2005, Particular 2.0, or any four Trapcode products.

5 Day Sale: This 20% OFF sale runs through Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST (California). To find out when the sale ends, check the current time at Toolfarm HQ on our Contact Us page.

New: Digieffects FreeForm Enhancement Packs: The Mylenium Edition

We've added 16 gorgeous new presets to our store for FreeForm AE known as Digieffects FreeForm Enhancement Packs: The Mylenium Edition. If you own Adobe After Effects CS5, you already have FreeForm. With CS4 you can purchase it separately.

What is FreeForm AE? True 3D distortions right inside of After Effects. This is not your father's mesh warp. Anyone who has tried to distort an image using AE's 2D Mesh Warp has probably given up or settled for an inferior result. Most mesh warps don't have refined enough controls to get an accurate result. FreeForm has two features that give you refined control over the mesh, allowing you to create complicated distortions easily in true 3D space.

Here's a sample of the power of the presets:



Check the store page for more examples and tutorials.

Tutorial: Digieffects FreeForm AE Filmstrip Effect by Roland Kahlenberg, broadcastGEMs



"Digieffects FreeForm AE is an inspiring plug in that allows for an array of possibilities within Adobe After Effects (AE). To have the ability to create true 3D deformations and warping in AE allows you to create effects and scenes that would otherwise be either impossible or ridiculously difficult to achieve. Digieffects FreeForm AE provides a good number of online tutorials and AEPs for its users. While creating a filmstrip effect isn't a common client request, such requests do inevitably creep up on us. In fact, instead of creating a filmstrip, the techniques you will learn in this tutorial can be applied to currency notes and flags to great effect. "

FreeForm AE Filmstrip Tutorial (View the Full Tutorial).

The following are a few of the topics we will cover in this tutorial -
  • Create a Stylized Filmstrip Entirely Within Adobe After Effects
  • Nest Layers to Create a Super-wide Composition
  • Use the Cell Pattern effect to Create a Displacement Map
  • Solve an Advanced Issue Related to Applying an Effect to a Nested Composition with Collapse Transformations
  • Create Faux Reflections
  • Apply One of the loopOut Expression Methods
  • Lots of Shortcut Keys and Useful Tips that Novices as Well as Pro Users will Appreciate
If you own Adobe After Effects CS5, you already have Freeform! If you own CS4 or lower, you will need to purchase the plugin.


Review: Digieffects Delirium v2 by Nino Del Padre at Studio Monthly

digieffects deliriumReview: Digieffects Delirium v2: The venerable plug-in suite gets a power boost—and many more features—in this 64-bit version

"Wow, has Delirium changed for the better! I was pleasantly surprised, not only at how much more realistic the effects are but at the suite’s blazing speed in CS5 on my 64-bit Boxx workstation. This is not the Delirium I knew 10 years ago; it’s a completely new animal. "

Learn More/Purchase Digieffects Delirium v2 | Free Trial

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Monday, November 22, 2010

New Product: Topaz Labs InFocus- Sharpening and Deblurring Plug-in for Photoshop, Aperture and Lightroom

topaz infocusThe new Photoshop plug-in, Topaz InFocus, is an advanced sharpening solution that gives you the tools to reduce blur, while bringing clarity and definition to your images. InFocus uses advanced deconvolution technology, which reverses the effects of image blur and restores image integrity. The new program also features a one-of-a-kind blur estimation tool to help detect and resolve unknown and complex image blur.

Other sharpening methods increase perceived sharpness by simply boosting edge contrast. InFocus on the other hand, reverses image blur to reveal your hidden image detail and then effectively sharpens that detail.

Introductory Offer: $40 Off Through December 3rd, 2010

Learn More/Purchase Topaz InFocus | Free Trial

Topaz Labs Plug-in Bundle: Get all 8 Topaz plug-ins at a great discount.

Rescue blurred images caused by camera shake and out-of-focus

Due to its unique blur estimation capabilities, InFocus can handle a variety of complex and unknown blur challenges.

topaz infocus

Sale: This Week Only: Save $1,000 on the Boris Box Set

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Get the Entire Collection of Boris Technology for just $995

Save $1,000 through November 30th! Regularly $1,995, the Boris Box Set delivers a wide range of high-power effects, compositing, and graphics tools to industry-leading video editing and compositing applications.

Buy Now and Save $1,000! Get the Box Set on DVD or via Download


The Boris Box Set gives you the following plug-ins and applications:
  • Boris Continuum Complete AE for Adobe Creative Suite
  • Boris Continuum Complete FxPlug for Apple Final Cut Studio
  • Boris RED
  • Boris Blue (Windows only)
  • Media 100 Suite (Macintosh only)
  • Boris XML Transfer (Macintosh only)
  • Boris AAF Transfer (Macintosh only)
  • Final Effects Complete FxPlug for Apple Final Cut Studio
  • Final Effects Complete AE for Adobe Creative Suite
  • Final Effects Complete AVX for Avid editing and finishing systems

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Freebie/Example: Delirium v2 Fireworks Samples, Project Files

Fireworks Samples from digieffects on Vimeo.


Create amazing fireworks with these projects from Mylenium! Delirium v2, the multi-functional toolbox for any artist or designer's needs! We're keeping only the best effects from the original Delirium package.

Download the Project Files

Learn More/Purchase Delirium v2 | Download a Free Trial

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New Product: Curious Turtle Beyond Tracking in mocha Pro : In-depth and In Action

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Curious Turtle announces their newest training course - Beyond Tracking in mocha Pro : In-depth and In Action.

mocha Pro is the newest in Imagineer System's mocha family and unites the best features from Mokey and Monet with the familiar mocha interface.

Get working fast within a day with Curious Turtle's new training course - Beyond Tracking. Like mocha Pro itself, this course builds on the Imagineer's industry-leading planar tracking software. Leverage those skills to speed up often arduous VFX and compositing jobs directly within mocha Pro, such as object removal, product replacements and even stabilizing a shot without having to lose quality by upscaling.

Curious Turtle Beyond Tracking in mocha Pro : In-depth and In Action

The tutorials go in-depth, not just into the interface or features, but how you analyse your shots before you even start, to get the best results. Even with difficult to track footage that would be impossible to track with standard point trackers. Tracking is fundamental to VFX work, but even the best tracking data is worthless if you can't use it correctly.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Update: Noise Industries FxFactory Pro 2.5.2 now available

Noise IndustriesFxFactory 2.5.2 allows most transition effects to be used in After Effects and Motion.

FxFactory Pro, Boinx FxTiles, Luca Visual FX Light Kit, idustrial revolution SupaWipe and SUGARfx Light Pack have been updated to allow transitions to run in Motion and After Effects.

CoverFlux 2 is a major update to the free slideshow generator by idustrial revolution. More information and download link available below.

Download a demo here | Buy FxFactory 2.5.x

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Product/PR: Imagineer Systems launches new products: mocha Pro, mocha v2.5 & mocha AE v2.5!

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Imagineer Systems launches new products: mocha Pro, mocha v2.5 & mocha AE v2.5!

mocha Pro represents evolution of mokey, monet, combined with Planar Tracking Innovations of mocha into all-in-one master VFX tool set; company unveils streamlined product line

GUILDFORD, UK (November 15, 2010) -- Imagineer Systems today announced the immediate availability of its newest 64-bit VFX software, mocha Pro. Leveraging more than 8 years of engineering research and development, mocha Pro delivers all the planar tracking and rotoscoping tools from its award winning mocha, adds compositing tools for match moving, auto image and wire removal, clean plate generation, lens distortion correction and stabilization, to deliver an all-in-one master VFX tool set.



Imagineer Systems also announced today it has made significant enhancements and added capabilities to mocha for After Effects, the Company's stand alone tracking and roto tool for the After Effects community. Now re-named mocha AE, this award-winning VFX tool now extends its support to both the After Effects and Final Cut Pro communities. With this development, mocha AE now help solve problematic shots that challenge the built in tools of After Effects and Final Cut by bringing advanced planar tracking and matte creation tools in a simple, easy to learn interface. While Adobe After Effects CS4 and CS5 continue to ship with free copies of mocha for After Effects, these customers are offered a streamlined upgrade path to the new mocha AE v2.5.

“The release of mocha Pro in many ways marks a new beginning for Imagineer Systems,” said John-Paul Smith, chief executive officer of Imagineer Systems. "We've often talked about streamlining and simplifying workflows for our customers; today, we're announcing how we’ve streamlined and simplified our product offerings as well. Deciding on which Imagineer Systems tool set is best for you should be as simple as using the tools themselves. And we've made that a reality with a new web site, new training videos and a simplified product lineup that now include mocha Pro, mocha and mocha AE. It’s that simple.”

VFX Workflow Evolution: mocha Pro

Built on Imagineer Systems' award-winning 2.5D planar tracking technology, and integrated with its signature insertion and placement, removal and stabilization tools, mocha Pro is designed to complement any editing, compositing and finishing environment. mocha Pro offers digital media artists a powerful, intuitive and innovative planar tracking-based solution with a streamlined interface, accelerated workflow and the power to easily manipulate and track shots not possible with traditional solutions.

By taking the best and most widely used features of mokey and monet, and combining them with the Company’s signature planar tracking technology, Imagineer Systems is delivering a world class VFX tool that greatly increases artist productivity, making it the ideal VFX complement for commercial and feature film post production, 2D-3D conversion projects, broadcast design and boutique agencies.

mocha Pro adds powerful and highly sought-after removal and compositing tools originally found in Imagineer Systems’ legacy mokey and monet tools, such as:
  • Object removal and patching
  • Lens correction
  • Offset & 3D offset tracking
  • Insert composite module
  • Mesh warper for custom insert distortions and deformations
  • Stabilization
mocha Pro also delivers a number of new features, including:
  • Improved and streamlined user interface
  • A fast, powerful 64-bit architecture;
  • New, OpenEXR support ideal for the film community;
  • Free bundled mocha shape plug-ins for Final Cut and After Effects roto import
  • Easy, streamlined upgrade path from all current Imagineer Systems solutions.
mocha Pro is available immediately and is priced as follows:
Imagineer Systems mocha Pro node locked license: $1,495 US
Imagineer Systems mocha Pro Cross platform floating license: $1,695 US

Imagineer Systems has also simplified the upgrade path for existing customers.

Users can upgrade from any existing Imagineer Systems product:
Any Imagineer Systems node locked product: $895 US
Cross platform floating license: $1,095 US

mocha AE v2.5 Adds Support for Final Cut Pro

As part of its efforts to streamline and simplify its product offerings, Imagineer Systems also today unveiled mocha AE. mocha AE, a stand alone tracking and roto tool now updated to support both After Effects and Final Cut users, helps After Effects and Final Cut users by bringing advanced planar tracking and matte creation tools in a simple, easy to learn interface. Accurate roto masks can quickly be created with variable per-point edge feathering in record time. Included mocha shape plug-ins allow users to import roto shapes directly to an After Effects layer or Final Cut timeline. mocha AE generates corner pin, scale and transform tracking data as keyframes for the most accurate screen inserts and match moves.

Available immediately, the new version, mocha AE v2.5 features:
  • Planar tracking & rotoscoping
  • 64 bit optimized
  • New improved interface
  • Open EXR support
  • The ability to paste roto data directly to AE CS5 mask channel
  • NEW! Final Cut Pro track and roto support
  • Ships with free mocha shape plug-ins for Final Cut & After Effects
  • Runs on Mac & Windows
mocha for Final Cut will no longer be sold as a stand-alone product as all of its functionality are now included in mocha AE.

Imagineer Systems mocha AE v2.5: $249.00
Imagineer Systems mocha AE Upgrade: $149.00 for Adobe CS4 & CS5 customers with limited promotion upgrade price of $99

mocha shape plug ins for After Effects and Final Cut Pro are now included free of charge with all new mocha products, including mocha Pro, mocha and mocha AE.

About Imagineer Systems

Imagineer Systems Ltd innovates and markets next-generation visual effects solutions for film, video and broadcast post production markets. Imagineer Systems has made its mark on such marquee Hollywood blockbuster productions as Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 2, Shutter Island, Invictus, G-Force and the Harry Potter series. Imagineer’s desktop product line consists of mocha Pro - roto, planar tracking, compositing, and removal utility; mocha - planar tracking and roto utility for all VFX artists; mocha AE - a planar tracking and roto utility designed for After Effects and Final Cut Pro users. Imagineer Systems was founded in 2000 and its headquarters is located in Guildford, United Kingdom. For more information visit www.imagineersystems.com.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Update: AV3 Software GET for Final Cut Pro v1.1 Now Available


"Get" for FCP application and North American English language pack for indexing media with audio content in North American English dialects- Stop thinking Media Asset Management and start thinking search!

Update: AV3 Software GET for Final Cut Pro v1.1 Now Available

Learn More/Purchase in our Store | Download the New Trial Version

Release Highlights: Trial version now runs for 30 days
  • Support for Mac OS version 10.5.8

  • SAN volume indexing and search support. Initially we are supporting Xsan version 2.2 on OSX 10.6.4. As more configurations are qualified we will let you know.

  • Improved indexing speed


Free Live Webinar: Killer Titles in Apple Final Cut Pro



Register Now - It's FREE!

When: Tuesday, November, 16, 2010 @ 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Description
Explore the Boris Calligraphy titling plug-ins that are included with Apple Final Cut Pro. Then, learn how to take your titles to the next level using Boris Continuum Complete 7 FxPlug's 3D Objects filters.

Webinar attendees will experience:
  • Boris Calligraphy's styles, style palette, multiple strokes, and professional typography
  • Creating a credit roll and generating random text with Boris Calligraphy
  • Applying Boris Continuum Complete's rays and glows filters to text
  • BCC Extruded Text with professional typography, materials, bevels, and deformers
  • BCC Extruded Type-On Text to complement Apple Motion's type-on text
  • Importing and extruding EPS files with preserve fill color using BCC Extruded EPS

Presenter
Larry Jordan is a producer, director, editor, consultant and Apple-Certified trainer with over 25 years video production and post-production experience. He is currently using his award-winning skills in training editors to use Final Cut Studio. He is the Executive Producer and Host of Creative Planet's Digital Production BuZZ, as well as author of five books on Final Cut Studio, along with a monthly on-line newsletter covering Final Cut Studio - now in its sixth year of publication. Learn more about Larry at the Larry Jordan & Associates web site.

Space is Limited
Reserve Your Webinar Seat Now at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/768536913

One lucky attendee will win a free Boris Box Set - a $1,995 USD value!

Update: Red Giant Psunami 1.4 Supports After Effects CS5/Final Cut Pro

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Buy Red Giant Psunami for After Effects or Final Cut Pro.

What's New:
  • Now Available Adobe CS5/64 bit compatibility
  • Now available for Final Cut Pro

For people that already own Psunami: Any Psunami purchased on or after April 12, 2010 qualify for FREE 64-bit updates, which are Adobe CS5 compatible.

Customers that purchased Psunami before April 12, 2010 and need to add CS5 compatibility will need to purchase upgrades.

Update: Red Giant Psunami Now Adobe CS5 Compatible



Red Giant has released an update to Psunami that makes it CS5 Compatible. Psunami generates precise 3D geometry of an ocean surface, then produces ultra-realistic ray-traced output that looks like real water, from flat pools to raging high seas.

Psunami works in After Effects and Final Cut Pro.

Learn More/Purchase Psunami 1.4 in our Store | Free Trial

For people that already own Psunami: All products purchased on or after April 12, 2010 qualify for FREE 64-bit updates (Adobe CS5 compatible). Contact sales@toolfarm.com for more info.

Customers that purchased products prior to April 12, 2010 and choose to add 64-bit compatibility will need to upgrade here: Red Giant Psunami 1.4 Upgrade from Psunami 1.3 to Psunami 1.4 (CS5 Ready)

New: Trapcode Particular 2.1 Now Available for The Foundry's Nuke

Trapcode Particular has just been released for The Foundry’s NUKE. Kaboom!


Trapcode Particular Supports Nuke on all platforms: Mac, Windows, Linux, 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

Learn More/Purchase Particular for Nuke in our Store

Trapcode Particular goes way beyond the basics with realistic natural effects for Nuke. Its powerful features include 3D camera integration, lighting control for shaded particles, custom textured polygons, depth of field, and physics controls such as air resistance, gravity and turbulence. Particular is used widely in motion pictures such as Spider Man 3, Terminator: Salvation and Angels & Demons and in TV shows like Lost. Get the industry standard tool for broadcast particle design, with new features developed specifically for Nuke.

FREE Template Project: Movie Magic – All Bets Are Off Productions

FREE Template Project: Movie Magic – All Bets Are Off Productions.

You'll need Trapcode Particular, so Try it or Buy it!

On a side note, I'm working on an After Effects plug-in book called Plug-in with After Effects and I have something very similar to this in the book. Let it be noted that my tutorial was finished before I ever saw this. Just putting that out there!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Tutorial: DE LightWrap by Kevin P. McAuliffe

DE LightWrap Tutorial from digieffects on Vimeo.

Created by Kevin P. McAuliffe

Enhance the look of your keyed video by adding DE LightWrap to give a more realistic look.

DE LightWrap is part of the Delirium package, which recently came out for AE CS5.

Prototype: Adobe 3D Camera Demo by AudioBlog.fr

Wow, this is interesting! I hope to see this in After Effects CS6!

Webinar: Ask a CS Pro:HDSLR editing in Adobe Premiere Pro with Richard Harrington

Attend the webinar Ask a CS Pro:HDSLR editing in Adobe Premiere Pro with Richard Harrington on Tuesday, November 16 · 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST


Join Richard Harrington, author of From Still to Motion, as he shows you why he uses Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 for editing HDSLR footage. Rich will share his post-production techniques and editing strategies in Adobe Premiere Pro for HDSLR color correction, audio syncing, and camera calibration. You'll discover how to harness the professional-quality tools in CS5 Production Premium to natively edit, col...or correct, mix audio, and publish to the web and Blu-ray Disc.

Review: Noise Industries FxFactory 2

Check out the FxFactory 2 review from Layers Magazine by Marcus Geduld.

Try a free demo of FxFactory | Buy FxFactory Pro

FxFactory 2 may be the future of Adobe After Effects plug-ins. The concept will be familiar to anyone who has tried the Apple iTunes Store. First, you can download FxFactory for free. It’s a plug-in store that, like iTunes, has some free products and ones for purchase. You can try any of the hundreds of plug-ins right in After Effects. This is both a blessing and a curse. The curse is that after installing FxFactory, many plug-ins you don’t own wind up polluting your Effects menu. The blessing is that you’ve many new toys to play with without spending a dime.

Beta: Adobe Audition for the Mac Available in Public Beta

Adobe Audition for the Mac Available in Public Beta. Give it a try!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Freebies: idustrial revolution CoverFlux2 for Final Cut Studio and After Effects

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We have all seen the gorgeous scrolling image carousel that iTunes and Finder uses. CoverFlux reproduces that slideshow effect for still images, producing movies & project files for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Final Cut Express & After Effects.


Download the freebie at idustrial revolution's site


More idustrial revolution Products in our Store


CoverFlux2 has been completely rewritten, redefining this signature browsing slideshow with stunning new visual effects. It's faster with over 10 unique features added:


Load, reorder and rename the files using the built in file browser. Select the depth of the stack, the number, the angle and even the depth of field of the display. Add round corners, soft edges and even a travelling gloss to highlight edges. Display with square or round corners, make them soft or use your own mask. Use the full XYZ camera movement & rotation to fly around the stack whilst animating. Choose the auto-animation feature or manual keyframe control to jump forward or backwards to any image in the stack.


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Sale: Special 5 Day Sale on Red Giant Guru Presets

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Gurus always save you time. Now they save you money too.

You love using Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks, Trapcode Suite and Knoll Light Factory. But your boss doesn't give you enough time to bring your design idea to completion. That's where Guru Preset Packs come in. Our presets shorten your production time while igniting your creative work, which makes both you AND the boss happy.

For the next 5 days, you will be even happier. We are offering 30% off all Guru Preset Packs.

Cassidy Bisher's Text Effects Vol 2 for Trapcode Suite 2010
59 Text Particle Animations for Video, TV Spots & More

Harry Frank's Looping Backgrounds for Trapcode Suite 2010
55 Motion Graphics Backgrounds for Broadcast & Corporate Video

Cassidy Bisher's Light Effects for Trapcode Suite
120 Animations and Transitions to Illuminate Your Video

Nick Campbell's Vintage Film for Looks 2010
Looks Presets and Templates to Kick it Old School

Simon Walker's Weddings & Events for Looks
30 Presets to Make Timeless Memories

Harry Frank's Cinematic Flares for Knoll Light Factory
100 Breathtaking Flare Presets for Motion Graphics & Visual Effects

Stu Maschwitz’s Rebel Epic for Looks
Give Your DV Rebel-Style footage an Epic Film Look

Eric Escobar's Indie Film for Looks
Big Looks, Small Budget with 20 Classic Film Colorations

David Vinson's Particles Vol 1 for Particular
55 Particle Animation Presets for Titles, Backgrounds, & More

Harry Frank's Holidays for Particular 1.1
175 Festive & Elegant Presets for Holiday Themed Designs

Cassidy Bisher's Text Effects for Trapcode Suite
Lightburst Templates for Easy Logo and Text Animation

Harry Frank's Video Rock for Particular
Library of Retro Style Elements for Transitions, Designs & More

Nando Costa's Elements for Trapcode 3S Bundle
Light Effects for Live Action Shots, Transitions & More

David Vinson's Super Rays for Shine
50 Light Ray Animation Presets for Text, Titling & More

5 Day Sale: This 30% OFF sale runs through Monday, November 8, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST (California). To find out when the sale ends in your time zone, visit the World Clock site.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

2010 Toolfarm Plug-in Award Winners!!!


The votes are tallied for the Toolfarm 2010 Plug-in Awards. This is a users choice award so thank you for your input!

Congratulations to Trapcode Particular for again being the most prized plug-in for After Effects, but the race was much tighter this year with Video Copilot Optical Flares really giving Particular a run for it's money!

For Final Cut Pro, Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks won by a landslide.

Congratulations also to the winner of the the Crowd Control footage credits - David Sum (Titus Prod.) of Budapest, Hungary, and Daniel Mills of Orlando, Florida.

Here are the results for the top 10.

Top 10 After Effects Plug-ins

  1. Trapcode Particular
  2. Video Copilot Optical Flares
  3. Video Copilot Twitch
  4. Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks
  5. Trapcode Shine
  6. The Foundry Keylight
  7. Trapcode Form
  8. Imagineer mocha for After Effects
  9. Trapcode 3D Stroke
  10. GenArts Sapphire

Red Giant Colorista II gets an honorable mention.

Top 10 Final Cut Pro Plug-ins

  1. Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks
  2. Trapcode Shine
  3. Noise Industries FxFactory and GenArts Sapphire (tie)
  4. Boris Continuum Complete FxPlug
  5. Automatic Duck Pro Import FCP/Pro Export FCP and FxFactory FxPacks (tie)
  6. Red Giant Knoll Light Factory
  7. CoreMelt Complete
  8. Trapcode Starglow

Update: Red Giant ToonIt v2.1 Now CS5/64-bit Compatible

toon itUpdate: Red Giant ToonIt v2.1: Give video footage that sought-after cartoon look easily and quickly with unique algorithms to transform your image into beautiful cartoon shading and lines. Its five plug-ins free you from time-consuming techniques like rotoscoping and hand painting, and give precise control over styles, shading and outlines. Version 2 adds the Heat Vision plug-in (mimicking the look of the Predator movies), 14 new styles, new presets, and faster output. Free Trial

Now Adobe CS5/64-bit Compatible!

Red Giant ToonIt v2.1 in our Store

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Review: Maxon Cinema 4D R12 at Microfilmmaker Magazine


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Maxon Cinema 4D R12

Platform: Mac/Win
Website: http://www.maxon.net

Description: Professional 3D Program

MSRP: Prime Ed: $995 ($395 Upgrade)
Studio Ed.: $3695 ($895 upgrade) Buy here
Download Demo: Click Here
Review Date: November 1, 2010
Reviewed By: Mark Bremmer

Final Score: 10/10

Reprinted with permission from Microfilmmaker Magazine.


Maxon wants to get into your film production. To prove it, they keep adding very useful features to their program. The latest offering of the award winning Cinema 4D (C4D) adds some super practical features that should make filmmakers who use or want to use matte painting and digital scene building tool.

I'll be looking highlighting the latest improvements and additions championed in r12. For a complete sense of what the software is capable of, you can take a quick spin through other reviews on this site:

* Core Edition of Release 11
* Studio Edition of Release 11
* Studio Edition Release 11.5

In addition to the new whizmos and capabilities, Maxon has chosen to fundamentally change their former "module" method of acquiring their products. Prior to r12, you could do the "a la carte" thing of adding certain features like Advanced Lighting or Hair as a separate plug-in or capability. No longer. These capabilities are now simply part of the software. Also worth mentioning is that the stellar texturing tool Maxon makes called BodyPaint, comes with any version of C4D too and it integrates with the new color profile capabilities.

So what's the difference between the Prime and Studio editions? The Studio edition has everything and the kitchen sink; Cloners, MoGraph effectors, hair and cloth tools and Global Illumination capabilities. Studio is really geared towards, animation, character animation and motion graphics or really, anything you want to throw at it. Studio has all that Maxon offers.

The Prime edition, on the other hand, is for users that just don't need all of that. (See the comparison chart here.) But, the Prime edition has much more now than the Core edition of r11 had. For those interested in the Prime edition, it has received a nice inheritance of features while remaining unchanged in price. We'll only be looking at the two versions of C4D most useful for filmmakers: the Prime and the Studio editions.

Ease of Use

While I'll cover options for the enhancements further along in this article, suffice to say, that Maxon has continued their relentless push towards making the use of their software easy. Really. No complex hierarchies. Just drag and drop simplicity or "right click" menus that adapt and change based on what your mouse is over. Simple.

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Linear Workflow, enabled by click a button, creates a more realistic dispersion of light as in the real world. It also reduces the CG tendency to over expose objects in the specular areas. In this example, area 1 and 2 show the more believable results of a Linear Workflow.


In particular is a new feature called Linear Workflow. To users, all the terminology really means is that now renders can look even more realistic with significantly less fussing with lights and other environment settings. While Maxon has innovated in a number of areas over the years, their real accomplishment is engaging new capabilities in a way the rewards users for engaging the features instead of frustrating them or sending them to cryptic descriptions penned by developers whose lives are based around math and coding. In speaking with Luke Stacy in Maxon's offices in the UK earlier this year, the development team believes that it is more important to be good than be first.

Likewise for the new dynamics of motors, hinges, springs and soft body dynamics. They are just flat out easy to use. And that's a significant accomplishment for some fairly robust additions.

Consistency between CG and film footage also just got a magnitude of order easier to do. Color profiling across textures and renders mean that when you are back into Nuke, AE or FCP, integrating CG content goes much more quickly because the colors simply match.

What does that mean to a filmmaker? It means that Maxon has ensured that filmmakers will spend less time on the computer work station and more time shooting and editing - all with better results. For those completely new to the world of computer generated content, there is always the quid pro quo's of having to learn a different technology. But even that isn't an impossible learning curve thanks to the user friendly interface and the host of tutorials available from Maxon's own online education and training resource, Cineversity. In fact, C4D has an entire ecosystem of users offering free and pay-for tutorials helping new or seasoned users get up to speed with C4D's feature sets.

Depth of Options
C4D is option rich and usage simple. (Please see some of the linked reviews mentioned earlier to get a full sense of what C4D can do for your studio.)


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The Linear Workflow has multiple benefits - reduced render time, reduced spotting and artifacts and better anti aliasing. In this example, the OpenGL preview accurately displays the effects of Lin. W in preview mode. Additionally, the change to Lin. W also is previewed in the materials/shader palette.

Let's hit the highlights of this new feature, then we'll round trip back to the Linear Workflow (also known in other software as a Gamma 2.2 method). Let's not talk about math, let's talk about results. The Linear Workflow (Lin. W) simply creates more realistic light behavior in a scene. Scenes have a more even dispersion of light and reduced instances of 'hot' or overexposed areas. The light, just like in the real world, behaves in an additive fashion; that is, light doesn't cast and dissipate in a perfectly even fashion. It's less even and Lin. W. accounts for that. For filmmakers, this means environmental mattes will just look that much more real with less tweaking. This is not an adjustable feature; users simply turn it on or off. (Be advised that scenes created or saved in r12 will not open in earlier C4D versions.)

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Engaging IES lights is as simple as dragging the previewed profile into the IES light.

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IES profiles generate real-world lighting patterns due to bulb shape and reflector qualities giving greater realism to the imagery.

To add to the reality of the lights in the scene, users can now engage a delightful feature called IES lighting. IES (Illumination Engineering Society) lights in the 3D world use mathematical profiles based upon real lights and reflect. Surely you've noticed that track lights and recessed lights display on walls and floors with unique hot spots and shadow areas. This is because of the shape of the light bulb and how it reflects. The IES profile is that behavior captured in a little bit of math. This capability is either on or off but C4D comes with an excellent 'starter' collection of IES profiles. Additional IES profiles can be found by Googling "IES Profiles" and downloaded for free. Realism just got easier. Again, Maxon is not the first-to-market with this feature but the render results are so good and without artifacts that it is super easy to use - worry free.

Consistent Measurements
But realism doesn't stop there. The True Units of Measurement (TUM) is info that keeps track of the size and scale components of your scene, handling conversions and scaling on the fly. This info is then kept with the scene. For those new to 3D, this might seem like a "no duh" item but the complexity of importing different content, building unique content and then changing the size of scene elements and environmental settings is a ballet of interconnected figures. The payoff for filmmakers is significantly improved autonomy in modifying computer generated scenes without forcing more trial and error adjustments of textures, lighting and more.

Preview/Picture Viewer Enhancements
This might seem like a rather pedestrian improvement but the utility is extremely welcome. Without leaving C4D, users can now perform full-size, full animation playback and examine histograms of the imagery. When this is coupled with C4Ds ability to create post render filtering, it is now easier than ever to create consistent footage or images that are post production ready from the moment you import them into your non-linear editor.

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Whether it's boxes falling over or shattering materials, C4D's hard body dynamics makes it possible to have complex animation with little to no key framing.

Most filmmakers are not trying to be animators. However, animation of realistic items whether it's falling boxes or vehicles crashing through standing barrels or even things falling out of shelves is now even easier to do. C4D uses the now industry standard Bullet physics engine to calculate realistic object interactions - all without the filmmaker needing to do any complex animation whatsoever. In fact, users can now create motors that drive other functions in a scene. Additionally, rigid bodies can be turned into soft bodies (think something with volume but is squishy) with the click of a button.

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The new spring and hinge dynamics make complex interactions very easy to accomplish. In the case of the inflated tire, lets you easily stiffen specific regions of a Soft Body. The tire deforms accordingly when it loses pressure. Points on the tire were weighted, with the maximum weighting at the edge of the wheel rim (yellow). This is where the Shape Conservation is at its strongest. So, the tire will not deform near the wheel and will not penetrate the wheel (which itself is not a Soft Body).

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For the conveyors, motor behaviors were engaged on the rollers letting the boxes on top of them auto-animate in believable ways - with no key framing.

Value

Boris Continuum Complete is a serious investment if you're typically working on low to no-budget. At $995 for the full version it's already more than half the cost of CS5 Production Premium, the software you're actually enhancing. Comparatively, though, this is only a little bit more than other big plug-in effects bundles, and you're getting A LOT more bang for your buck. The price will be more than made up for by what you'll be able to achieve with the sheer volume of cool tricks you'll now have up your sleeve.

Some of the 3D text and EPS capabilities are almost worth the price of admission alone, and allow you to do things that you'd otherwise have to go outside of After Effects to perform. And while there are a good many redundancies with filters that are already available to you in After Effects, Boris gives you more than just the standard set of controls within them.

While BCC should be primarily considered a great tool for creating high-end motion graphics, a big plus here is that BCC also adds a lot of value to Premiere as well. Many of the BCC filters found in After Effects are also available in Premiere and eliminate the need to go out to After Effects for a simple glow effect, for instance.

Coupled with that is the new and extremely easy to use connections for dynamic items. Capabilities such as hinges, springs and complex joints let users create motors that drive functions such as suspension systems, revolving doors and simple or not so simple machines. And these can be converted into soft body interactions as well. Character animators are all over this type of interaction. The possibilities that such 'automatic animation' capabilities bring to filmmakers is exciting. And it's all done without code writing or utilizing C4D's super customizable Expresso animation tool.

There is a longer list of new features that you can cull at the Maxon web site. But these are one ones that have the most significant applications for filmmakers.

Performance
In a couple of words: Stable and Fast.

I have noticed some odd screen flickers during redraws and I attribute that to the new OpenGL 3 capability. It's nothing that is consistent but, I was surprised to see it. But this brings up an important side note. Maxon continually improves their products in between "dot" upgrades and the program will automatically notify you of the improvement so you can perform the download and install directly from within C4D. So, I'm sure that this periodic screen flicker will disappear in an update.

But that is really the only tomato I can throw. After quite a few hours of use, r12 is just as stable as previous versions. That's worth something in this studio. It again merits mentioning that C4D r12 files cannot be opened with earlier versions and Maxon stresses to not switch version in the middle of a project. Also important to note is that r11 and earlier plug-ins do not work AT ALL in r12. However, many of the newer plug-ins have been adapted to work with r12 thanks to delightful developers. So, if you have some favorites that aren't r12 compatible yet, keeping around the r11.5 edition would be good.

Maxon has always equally supported both PC and Mac work environs and this has extended to r12 which equally supports both 32 and 64 bit systems. In fact, beginning with the the r11 series with the MoGraph module and cloning, MAXON has created some ingenious ways to create complex scenes that play well with 32 bit systems.

Value
Whether you are getting the Prime or Studio edition, C4D will cost more than a trip to Starbucks - even for the upgrades. (Many other CG packages at the same base price point cost significantly more for the upgrade, though.) However, if you really want cinematic quality in an easy-to-use package, you will never regret getting C4D. Not all filmmakers need photo realistic renders for their productions. While C4D certainly does more than photo realism, truth be told, that is how most filmmakers will use the application.

The Prime edition, especially with the Linear Workflow makes extraordinary environments within the grasp of average production budgets. And C4D's integration with FCP or AE can really seal the deal.

As a rule, MicroFilmmakers are on a budget. But so are large filmmakers. During one of my forays into SIGGRAPH, the animation and CG trade show, I was humored to find that Sony Pictures had run into a problem on one of their films. Most of the timeline was gone and so was most of the budget. But they still had to deliver half the CG shots in the film in 6 weeks with a staff of five. They turned to C4D because it's easy to use, powerful and stable - and finished the production on time and on budget.

Even big budget pictures are now being filmed more and more on green screen because it's cheaper and faster than doing location shots or building complex sets. If you are a filmmaker that can use such enhancements to your story telling, C4D is totally worth it. Multiply in the ample training that is available for C4D and it becomes very easy for humble filmmakers to engage a first-class 3D toolset. For a quick link-list of many free and useful C4D plug-ins, go here: http://www.learnc4d.com/FavoriteLinks.php

Final Comments
I wish more software companies followed Maxon's customer centric method of developing products. I always approach software updates with fear and trepidation because with many companies, it's always a guessing game about what "improved" work flows they engage that totally trash your current methods. If you've spent any time with Adobe products, than you know they are a hero at mucking about with interface elements. (Great software but annoying habits.)

Maxon does the opposite. When a feature is engaged, it remains in the same location. and on the rare occasion something moves, users can create shortcuts to mitigate it or rearrange the interface to their liking, which is absolutely fantastic. Users don't have to slow production down to pick up a new edition of C4D. Maxon's implementations are well thought out and wonderfully implemented. Improvements are seamless and easy to use. Like a good wine, C4D keeps getting better with age.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Review: Boris Continuum Complete v7 AE at Microfilmmaker Magazine


BCC

Boris Continuum Complete v7 for AE

Platform: Mac/Win
Website: http://www.borisfx.com/

Description: Plug-in Filters and Transitions

MSRP: $995 ($295 Upgrade) Buy here
Download Demo: Click Here
Review Date: November 1, 2010
Reviewed By: Mark Colegrove

Final Score: 8.5

Reprinted with permission from Microfilmmaker Magazine.


Boris Continuum Complete 7 AE is the latest update of over 200 plug-in effects for Adobe Premiere and After Effects, and features some great new effects that previous Boris users will appreciate, and a treasure trove of effects for those (like me) who are new to it. It should also be noted that while this review is for Boris Continuum Complete AE, Boris has also released other upgraded versions for Final Cut/Motion, as well as Avid and Autodesk.

In addition to exploiting all of the screaming 64 bit speed that accompanies CS5, there are several great new effects that Boris is touting in this new release. Among the effects now included are a Noise Reduction filter, which significantly reduces grain and artifacts in old cruddy video, and a "Beat Reactor" (already built in to many of the BCC7 effects) which will automatically place keyframes set to the beat of music into your video when you overlay an audio track.

Also new, are some pretty amazing lens blurs and transitions, 3D particle arrays (think 3D versions of your standard CC Particle World), and the ability to morph both still images and video a la the Michael Jackson "Black & White" video.

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Highlights of the BCC 7 bundle, already present in previous versions, include 3D Extruded Text (with incredibly realistic lighting effects as the text moves through space), swish pans and some other very flashy transitions, SD to HD UpRez, great light and glow effects, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

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Ease of Use

Install was a breeze, and as soon as you open up After Effects or Premere you'll see all the Boris FX lined up in your effects bin in covenant bundles with the preface "BCC." All the BCC effects integrate perfectly with everything that's already here, including other third-party plug-ins, and I had no issues combining any one effect with another.

Since all the effects are executed right inside of After Effects, everything is controlled in a very similar fashion to the built in effects: via sliders, wheels, keyframes, and even the ability, on certain effects, like "BCC Corner Pin," to drag points on your monitor. Many of the text effects also automatically open up Boris' text editor.

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How quickly one might be able to begin successfully tweaking each effect may require a bit more of a learning curve, however, as there is a seemingly limitless amount of control to each effect, extending well beyond the status quo. For most, this should be considered a welcome inclusion, and with a little bit of time spent playing around, a reasonably experienced After Effects user will be integrating the BCC effects into their program with ease, while it'd be easy for a new user to feel overwhelmed with the plethora of options available.

Depth of Options

With the BCC package you're getting over 200 effects at the end of the day, and there is a lot to play around with here. You'll find everything from the basics of color correction and professional quality keying, to lighting, transitions and various effect generators such as rain and snow. Some effects are more useful than others, unless you're doing post for The Tim & Eric Awesome Show, in which case pretty much all of these might come into play.

As mentioned before, there is a high level of detail-oriented user control for all the filters in the Boris bundle, and it allows a more experienced user the opportunity to really go beyond the basics for some seriously impressive fine-tuned effects. This product seems intended for those who have already exhausted the limits of what they can do with the built-in effects Adobe's provided, and are looking to go beyond that. If you've ever said "I wish I could…" chances are you probably can with Boris Continuum Complete.

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Performance

I was very impressed with the speed on display here. Many of the simpler BCC effects play back in the preview monitor in close to real-time. Partially, this can be attributed to the 64-bit processing power on display already in CS5, but when we compare Magic Bullet's "Deep Scratch" filter to the similar "Film Damage" filter in BCC, you'll notice that the BCC filter is MUCH faster to render.

While most effects look amazing, some effects, like the "BCC Film Burn," for example, look like they haven't really been updated since a few versions ago, and if you're trying to create a realistic film-burn effect, you might as well create your own. This is only a minor gripe though (maybe I got a bit excited when I thought I was going to be able to do a realistic film burn with ease) however 95% of the filters I toyed with are pretty incredible!

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Value

Boris Continuum Complete is a serious investment if you're typically working on low to no-budget. At $995 for the full version it's already more than half the cost of CS5 Production Premium, the software you're actually enhancing. Comparatively, though, this is only a little bit more than other big plug-in effects bundles, and you're getting A LOT more bang for your buck. The price will be more than made up for by what you'll be able to achieve with the sheer volume of cool tricks you'll now have up your sleeve.

Some of the 3D text and EPS capabilities are almost worth the price of admission alone, and allow you to do things that you'd otherwise have to go outside of After Effects to perform. And while there are a good many redundancies with filters that are already available to you in After Effects, Boris gives you more than just the standard set of controls within them.

While BCC should be primarily considered a great tool for creating high-end motion graphics, a big plus here is that BCC also adds a lot of value to Premiere as well. Many of the BCC filters found in After Effects are also available in Premiere and eliminate the need to go out to After Effects for a simple glow effect, for instance.

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Final Comments

Animators and After Effects aficionados will truly find a lot to love with Boris Continuum Complete 7, and it is truly the most extensive collection of plug-in FX I have seen. If you had to choose just one set of plug-ins, this is it. On the other hand, editors who don't perform a lot of animation will probably be content to work with what they already have at their disposal.

While it's impossible to fully explore every single filter during the writing of a review, I am really grateful for certain effects I will be using over and over again. Personal favorites include the BCC UpRez filter (which upsamples SD footage to HD in a more intelligent manner than simply using your built in "Motion" setting) as well as the 3D text, and 3D EPS filters (which is basically the same sort of 3D controls you get with the text effects, but can be used an any image file once it's been converted to EPS format.)

If you consider yourself an animator, you'll want to pick this up asap. To see a full filter list and for explanations of each, click here.

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