Friday, December 31, 2010

Reminder: Several Sales Ending Today!

Don't miss out on these great deals as 2010 draws to a close!

Save big on Cinema 4D, VRay for Cinema 4D, Tiffen Dfx, and The Foundry's CameraTracker/Rollingshutter.

Thru Dec. 31st 2010:
Sale: VRay for Cinema 4D 20% Off (Reg. $1,120.00 SALE: $899)
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.

Thru Dec. 31st 2010:
Sale: All MAXON Cinema 4D R12 Upgrades 50% off With Puchase of Service Agreement (MSA)
Renowned for its ease of use, speed and professional results, CINEMA 4D is an ideal choice for all graphic designers looking to add 3D to their toolset. CINEMA 4D's interface is designed to ease you into the powerful and exciting world of 3D graphics. The intuitive workflow will inspire your creativity.

Thru Dec. 31, 2010:
Save 30% on Tiffen Dfx Filter Suite Individual Hosts
Stock up on the Tiffen plug-ins you've been wanting! Save 30% on Tiffen Dfx Filter Suite individual hosts through December 31, 2010. Download version.

Thru 31st Dec. 2010:
Buy The Foundry CameraTracker for AE, get RollingShutter at a DEEP discount!

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.

Tutorials: The Massive End of 2010 Aetuts+ Tutorial Roundup

Posted by Topher Welsh at Aetuts+:

"It has been an amazing past year, we have seen some real genius come from the writers here on Aetuts+, and well… it’s been a great 2010. As we enter into a new year, I am going to be stepping back a little bit from my role as weekly roundup man, and instead just contribute from time to time when something merits a little “rounding up” :) I have loved writing for you guys every week, but with the new addition to my family, and life taking me by the armpits, 2011 is looking to be a bigger adventure than I could have imagined. I wish you all an amazing New Year, and I will see you around Aetuts+! In the meantime, enjoy the 90 top tutorials from the past year to recap on some of the goodness you may remember, and some you might have missed."

Check out this great roundup of tutorials on Aetuts+: Adobe After Effects CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts, Who’s Who in the World of Design Studios and VFX Shops, Maya into After Effects Workflow, Enhance Your Images With HolOS, and more.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

News: Digital Anarchy’s Beauty Box Wins Videomaker's Best Plug-in of the Year

da beauty boxThe 2010 Videomaker Best Product of the Year award for Best Video Software Plug-ins goes to Digital Anarchy’s Beauty Box.

Beauty Box allows video editors to make even the most self-conscious talent happy by tracking and smoothing unwanted blemishes in skin. Surprisingly, even with the default settings we were able to see a significant improvement. Beauty Box is a great plug-in to add to your toolbox!

Learn More/Purchase Beauty Box in our Store
| Download a Free Trial

Read Videomaker‘s review of the Digital Anarchy’s Beauty Box.


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Review: Digieffects Buena Depth Cue V2 Review at Filmmaking Central– Worth the focus!

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"If you are dabbling or doing a lot of work in 3-D you will love this toolset. The package includes six highly useful effects that will add, if you’ll pardon the pun, a new dimension to your workflow. Once again I find myself in creative heaven.

With the advent of digital filmmaking and DSLR cameras, the world really expects that “big movie” out of focus or depth of field look. So what happens if you have footage that doesn’t contain that look? Digieffects has your back!"

Read the Full Review at Filmmaking Central

Streamlined and strengthened, Buena Depth Cue v2 is the complete set of tools needed for 3D manipulation in After Effects.

Mimic Z depth in your compositions in ways that simply can't be done using After Effects depth of field. With a total of 6 effects, including the popular Camera Mapper, Buena Depth Cue v2 has capabilities that are simply not available in any other plugin package at any price.

Update: VRAY for Cinema 4D 1.2.5.5 Now R12 Compatible

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.

VRay for C4D: the Render Power Package for Maxon Cinema 4D: Save 20% Through December 31st, 2010.

Posted by Stefan at vrayforc4d.com:

"Beside first v12 compatibility it also brings some new gi features like retrace from vray 2.0 and a new very cool BRDF material based mesh light, with full photometric control. it can be textured very nice and easy (example files will flollow), lights can be stored in material manager, it brings also mesh light mograph support."

http://forum.vrayforc4d.com/showthre...6394#post66394

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Webinar: Make Your Avid Footage Look Its Best; Avid Media Composer and Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX

boris webinar

When
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 1:00 PM Eastern Time - Register Now!

Description
Join Future Media Concepts Instructor Jeff Greenberg as he shows you how to make your footage look its best with Avid Media Composer and Boris Continuum Complete 7 AVX. Attend the Webinar and learn how to:

- Revive SD clips for HD projects
- Solve camera or lens defects
- Lock down shaky shots
- Remove HD noise and compression artifacts
- Create a convincing "Day For Night" effect
- Add in-camera effects such as Rack Defocus and Motion Blur

One lucky attendee will win a copy of Avid Media Composer!

About Jeff Greenberg
Editing since the 90s, Jeff has worked on numerous corporate/industrial projects, regional and national commercials, and music videos and as supervising editor on a 35mm independent feature length film. His work has been in festivals, on DVD, and on television. Editing and instruction clients include all three major networks, Letterman, Conan O'Brien, ESPN, all four branches of the military, and many Fortune 500 clients.

Teaching both nationally and internationally for Future Media Concepts, he specializes in post-production, focusing on subject such as: Editing, High Definition, Standard Definition, DV, DVD Production, Workflow, Color Correction, Compression, and Graphic Compositing. Some of the solutions he's certified to teach include products from Apple, Avid, Adobe, and Autodesk.

Jeff is an entertaining and energetic seminar instructor, speaking on average at over fifty sessions a year at various shows. He has taught and chaired technical tracks at NAB Post|Production World, Post|Production New York, the Avid Government Training Symposium, and the Consumer Electronics Show. Additionally, he is the Program Manager for the Editor's Retreat, a yearly exotic getaway, focusing on editing.

Jeff also does some technical writing, having contributed to a number of books and magazines. He has tutorial DVDs on Avid, Marquee, and Color, available from Vasst.com.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Freebie: YY_ShockRing Plug-in for After Effects Generates a ring as a texture for shockwaves

Posted to aescripts.com by Andrew Yang



This plugin generates a ring as a texture for shockwaves, etc for visual effects. It has enough options to be fairly flexible, but not so much as to be overbearing.

Download the Free Plug-in at aescripts.com

Options are:

  • Center: Center point for the ring
  • Radius: Radius of the ring
  • Feather: Softness of the ring’s outer edge
  • Expansion: Thickness of the ring
  • Opacity: Opacity of the ring
  • Color 1: Color near the outside
  • Color 2: Color near the inside
  • Smooth: Smooth interpolation (as opposed to linear)

Render Mode:

  • None: Render on transparent
  • Normal: Render on background
  • Add: Additive blending on background
  • (Stencil) Multiply: Reveals the background, kind of like stencil alpha
  • (Stencil) Multiply+Alpha: Same as above, but on transparent


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Friday, December 17, 2010

New: Luxology’s modo 501 Offers Pixar Subdivision Surfaces


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., - December 16, 2010 - Luxology today announced support for Pixar's industry-standard Subdivision Surface (SDS) representation in the just-released modo 501. This new SDS geometry provides modo 501 users with several advantages including semi-sharp creasing, multi-res sculpting and greater file compatibility for transfer to other 3D applications.

"It's great that modo has embraced Pixar's Subdivision Surface representation. We feel this is the most efficient way to represent geometry," said Bill Polson, Pixar's Director of Industry Strategy. "We've worked with the modo engineers to verify the accuracy of their implementation and it seems bulletproof. All of our test cases have rendered perfectly."

"Luxology's focus has always been on making modo's modeling capabilities best in class," said Brad Peebler, president and co-founder of Luxology. "Our users have been requesting Pixar Subdivision Surface modeling for years and we are thrilled to be able to fulfill that need by including them in modo 501."
About Luxology

Based in Mountain View, Calif., Luxology® LLC is an independent technology company developing next-generation 3D content creation software that enhances productivity via artist-friendly tools powered by a modern underlying architecture called Nexus®. Founded in 2002 by Allen Hastings, Stuart Ferguson and Brad Peebler, Luxology is home to some of the top 3D engineering expertise in the industry. More information on the company, its licensable Nexus technology, its flagship product modo® and a gallery of artists' images from the active modo community is available online at www.luxology.com.

Update: Synthetic Studio Color Finesse updated to 3.0.3

Todd Kopriva posted this on the AE List:

I talked with Bob of Synthetic Aperture today, and he said that the Color Finesse 3.0.3 update addresses major problem with Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder and minor problems with After Effects.

Here are the release notes

You have to download this yourself. This isn't the kind of thing that would necessarily be rolled into one of our updates through the Adobe Application Manager system.

I actually mentioned this at the end of a very recent post on my blog.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Reminder: Several Sales End Tonight! Don't Miss out on Video Copilot, Digieffects, Toolfarm Expert Series Training and CHV Bundle Deals

video copilot saleDecember 13-17, 2010 Only Save 25% on ALL Video Copilot Products!

Save on Twitch, Optical Flares, Action Essentials and more- the entire Video Copilot Collection is here!

Sale Ends Midnight PST December 17th 2010.





digieffects megasuite saleDigieffects Sale Ends Tonight: 30% Off the Megasuite:
Regularly $499 Sale $349. Includes: Buena Depth Cue v2 (reg 199), Delirium v2 (reg 299), and Damage v2 (reg 99) (Damage v2 now includes Aged Film!). Download a Free Trial.


Sale Ends Midnight PST December 17th 2010.



ALSO ENDING TONIGHT!

Toolfarm Expert Series Training Half Off: Save 50% discount on Select Toolfarm Expert Series through Friday December 17, 2010. Professional Training for the After Effects Camera , Trapcode Form Training with Harry J. Frank, Professional Training with Trapcode 3S and more! Toolfarm Expert Series Training Deal.

CHV Birthday Bundle Deal: Huge savings of over 50% with the best deal of the year! A $639 value for ONLY $ 299. December 16-17, 2010 only. Includes: The Entire-Bundle 11-2010, FxPlug-Bundle 10-2009, and QC Integration FX. CHV Birthday Bundle Deal.

Don't miss out on these great offers!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

News/PR: Digieffects Unveils New Product Line Strategy For 2011; Entire VFX Plug-In Family To Be More Flexible, Accessible

Digieffects Unveils New Product Line Strategy For 2011; Entire VFX Plug-In Family To Be More Flexible, Accessible

Digieffects Launches New A La Carte VFX Plug-In Offerings; Snowstorm to Become First Plug-In Available Outside of Bundled Plug-In Families


Wilmington, NC (December 15, 2010) - Digieffects® (www.digieffects.com), a developer of popular visual effects software plug-ins, announced today it is unveiling a new product line strategy for 2011 with a more streamlined, organized product line; and effective immediately, offering the choice of purchasing singular plug-ins a la carte style. Under this new and continuously emerging approach, Digieffects Snowstorm will be available as a stand-alone purchase starting Monday, December 19, 2010. Additional stand-alone plug-ins will be added to the a la carte menu throughout 2011.

“We recognize that Digieffects impacts VFX artists on many levels, from large post houses and VFX shops, to freelancers and students. We also recognize that not everyone - freelancers and students especially - has the resources to buy entire suites of VFX plug-ins when all they really need is one or two. With today’s announcement, we’re eliminating that stress,”
said Robert Sharp, president of Digieffects. “Key to our strategy in 2011 is making Digieffects and our products more accessible and flexible to not only the ‘type’ of work our customers are doing, but also ‘how’ our customers work. A new a la carte strategy makes it easy for artists to buy a single plug-in to get a job done, while the larger product suites continue to deliver significant performance, quality and value for the money.”

Snowstorm, originally included as a plug-in with Delirium V2, will be the first application from the Delirium family to be sold as part of Digieffects’ new a la carte strategy. Snowstorm is a 64-bit compatible, high quality plug-in that enables artists to create a realistic snowing effect in their shots - from a gentle flurry to a blinding snow squall. Snowstorm, as an a la carte option, becomes available on Monday, December 19, 2010 and is priced at $49.

Announced in October of this year, Digieffects Delirium V2 is a comprehensive suite of 45 VFX plug-ins designed for visual effects and digital media artists looking to add high quality, affordable and visually stunning VFX to their digital media projects. Delirium delivers 45 VFX plug-ins in a single package that cover six different categories of effects, including Natural Forces, Special Effect Elements, Color & Style Filters, Patterns & Distortions, Lighting & Glow Effects, and Compositing Tools. Delirium V2 is available now and is priced at $299 for new users, and as a $99 upgrade for existing customers.

About Digieffects


Founded in 1996, Digieffects is a developer of visual effects software. Our software functions as “plugins” and work in conjunction with Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk Combustion, Boris RED and Grass Valley Edius. We have customers all around the world including many of the best known brands in the media and entertainment industry. We also service a variety of other markets including corporations, government agencies, universities, non-profit institutions, independent freelancers and hobbyists.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

New: Topaz ReMask 3 Features New Color Decontamination Technology, Better Hair Extraction Tools- Free Upgrade

topaz remaskFree major upgrade: Topaz ReMask 3 features new color decontamination technology and better hair extraction tools.

Over the years Topaz users have been requesting a comprehensive masking solution that solves the challenge of masking tricky objects such as hair, fur, trees and wedding veils - while addressing color bleed and transparency issues. Since the release of ReMask 2, our developers have been working on new technology to better address these issues.

Learn More/Purchase Topaz ReMask in our Store | Free Trial



Topaz ReMask 3 features new color decontamination technology, color selection brushes and a new toolset for better hair extractions and transparent object handling, ReMask 3 is able to overcome general masking limitations and common difficulties.

If you've previously purchased an earlier version of Topaz ReMask, we thank you for your continued support and feedback. ReMask 3 is a FREE upgrade for you. Upgrade Now!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Update: Red Giant Magic Bullet PhotoLooks 1.5 Brings Full Support for Photoshop CS5, Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom

knoll light factoryGet more flexibility & fun creating one-of-a-kind color treatments.

Magic Bullet PhotoLooks 1.5 is a full-featured upgrade for Photoshop CS5 that adds long-awaited compatibility for Lightroom and Aperture. This new support gives you more powerful options to create one-of-a-kind color treatments for your photographs. Other exciting 1.5 features include new color management support, support for 16-bit TIFF files and multi-image support.

PhotoLooks lets you manipulate and experiment with color while preserving essential photographic detail. Sophisticated Look presets and customizable tools make it easy to control lighting conditions and create stylized effects. Use the software as a standalone application or as a plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture.

Whether you shoot in the studio or on location, PhotoLooks sets the right mood for portraits, candid wedding shots, commercial or fine art photography.

Red Giant Magic Bullet PhotoLooks 1.5 | Try out the PhotoLooks 1.5 Demo

Red Giant Magic Bullet PhotoLooks 1.5 Upgrade from Magic Bullet Looks or Suite


Get it Free: Do you already own PhotoLooks 1.0 or 1.1? Then you get this new release for free! Go here to download version 1.5 of PhotoLooks. This 1.5 update requires the same serial number as your version 1.0 purchase.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Digieffects Streamlines, Strengthens VFX Plug-In Product Line with Launch of Buena Depth Cue V2

Digieffects Bolsters Buena Depth Cue V2 with 64 Bit Performance; Powerful Tools for Adding Realistic Depth-Related Effects to 3D Layers in After Effects

Wilmington, NC - December 09, 2010

Digieffects (www.digieffects.com), a developer of popular visual effects software plug-ins, announced today it is continuing its strategy of streamlining and strengthening its family of VFX plug-ins with the launch of Buena Depth Cue V2. Buena Depth Cue receives its first significant upgrade since its original launch approximately 5 years ago, adding 64-bit performance enhancements and providing After Effects artists with a sophisticated, powerful set of tools to add realistic 3D layers to their compositions.

Similar to the launch of Delirium V2 last month, Digieffects is bolstering Buena Depth Cue V2 with an updated 64-bit compatible code base, significant speed and performance enhancements, and a number of powerful plug-ins that enable After Effects artists to add sophisticated 3D layers with stunning image quality. New 64-bit compatibility also means that Buena Depth Cue V2 is optimized for Adobe Creative Suite 5.

Buena Depth Cue Marketing Video from digieffects on Vimeo.

"Digieffects has always been enthusiastically dedicated to creating the best VFX plug-ins for the creative community, and this is evident in the launch of Buena Depth Cue V2," said Robert Sharp, president of Digieffects. "But we’re also fiercely dedicated to creating the best experience for our customers. Which is why you’re beginning to see a new Digieffects presence emerging - one that is more streamlined, focused and that better supports our loyal customers. We're not only strengthening our product lines, we're also streamlining access to them, making it even easier for users to understand which tools best fit their workflow and budget. Looking ahead to 2011, our customers will see continued effort on our part to make Digieffects plug-ins as accessible and affordable as they are powerful."

Buena Depth Cue V2: Innovative Approaches for Creating Visual Depth
Buena Depth Cue V2 provides After Effects artists with an innovative workflow for creating visual depth in their projects. Using composition-based effects, such as Rack Focus, Falloff Lighting or Atmosphere, digital media artists can mimic Z depth in a unique way that cannot be replicated using practical depth of field. Buena Depth Cue V2 includes 6 powerful plug-ins for creating depth, including:

  • Depth: Displays the depth of each layer in grayscale for use as a gradient map with other plug-ins or applications;
  • Falloff Lighting: Adds realistic lighting effects to layers;
  • Atmosphere: Shrouds layers in a light haze or a deep, murky mist;
  • Rack Focus: Produces realistic depth of field effects and focus pulls, including simulating boke and anamorphic lens effects;
  • Camera Mapper: Turns 2D stills and footage into 3D scenes directly in After Effects;
  • Flipside: Maps one layer onto the backside of another layer, enabling artists to flip front layers over to reveal back layers.

Pricing and Availability
Buena Depth Cue V2 is available immediately and is priced at $199 for new users, and as a $99 upgrade for existing customers.

About Digieffects
Founded in 1996, Digieffects is a developer of visual effects software. Our software functions as “plugins” and work in conjunction with Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk Combustion, Boris RED and Grass Valley Edius. We have customers all around the world including many of the best known brands in the media and entertainment industry. We also service a variety of other markets including corporations, government agencies, universities, non-profit institutions, independent freelancers and hobbyists.

New Product/Update: Red Giant Software Image Lounge Now Adobe CS5/64-bit Compatible

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Add instant style to your footage- Now Adobe CS5/64-bit Compatible


Red Giant Software Image Lounge contains a set of over 20 After Effects filters to give greater impact to your images. Replicate natural elements like fire, smoke, and water. Add realistic touches using shadows, displacement, color mapping, or use accurate camera blur and focus effects to replicate out-of-focus images shot with a film camera.

Learn More/Purchase in our Store | Free Trial

Red Giant Software Image Lounge 1.4 Upgrade from Image Lounge 1.4 to Image Lounge 1.4.5 (CS5 Ready) $29.00


Red Giant Image Lounge 1.4 Upgrade from Image Lounge 1.0-1.2 to Image Lounge 1.4.5 (CS5 Ready) $49.00

Image Lounge is also part of the all-new Red Giant Effects Suite 10.

rg effects suiteRed Giant Software Effects Suite 10: Everyday tools for professional visual effects at an incredible price.

Our new Effects Suite 10 gives you creative freedom and your work a truly professional appeal. At only $899, this bundle of over 50 plug-ins packs a ton of power at almost 50% off their individual cost.

Includes Image Lounge, Knoll Light Factory, Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop, Psunami, Text Anarchy, ToonIt, and Warp.

Learn More/Purchase Effects Suite 10 | Try the Effects Suite 10 demo

New Product: Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator v5 for AE; CS5/64-bit Compatible

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Zaxwerks is proud to announce that 3D Invigorator version 5 for After Effects has just been released! Now CS5/64-bit Compatible on Windows (Mac CS5 Version Coming Soon).

This is a MAJOR release. 3D Invigorator has been completely reinvented. You can now do things in After Effects that were never possible before. We have added hundreds of new features designed to make your work faster, easier and more productive; to save you time and help you make more money.

Highlights include:
  • Integrated Drawing Window- as you edit the 2D paths, 3D objects are re-built in real time.
  • Live Text Editing- edit the Bezier curves of text characters without having to convert them to paths.
  • Warping- warping has been built directly into the After Effects timeline
  • Workflow-Based Interface- a simple set of workspace buttons presents the tools and controls you need, when you need them.
  • Materials & Mapping- new powerful texture creation system which has over 30 different procedural noises, gradient designer.
  • Text Substitution- an amazing new feature where you can set up an animation once, then by linking the animation to a spreadsheet of data, get it to render all the variations automatically.
  • Designed For You- works quickly, efficiently, with a low learning curve and an amazing ability to let you re-use previous work and to respond to client changes.
Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Pro v5

Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Classic v5

Download a Free Trial

Take a look. Download the demo. Start getting Invigorated today.

3D Invigorator is compatible with After Effects: Windows CS3, CS4, & CS5; Macintosh CS3 & CS4*

* Mac CS5 Version Coming Soon

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Update: Nik Software Plug-ins now Fully 64-bit Comptible, Free Updates

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All 6 Nik Software plug-ins are now fully 64-bit compatible. If you use an end-to-end 64-bit workflow in Adobe Photoshop® CS5, Lightroom®, or Aperture® 3, follow the steps below to update your software.

There is no need to download and install the 64-bit versions if you are not using 64-bit host software in a 64-bit workflow.

Download Nik Software Free Trials/ CS5 Updates Here

Nik Software Products in our Store

Please note: to ensure proper installation and operation of your plug-ins, uninstall the previous version of each plug-in before installing the updated version.

New Product: Red Giant Software Effects Suite 10

rg effects suiteRed Giant Software Effects Suite 10: Everyday tools for professional visual effects at an incredible price.

Our new Effects Suite 10 gives you creative freedom and your work a truly professional appeal. At only $899, this bundle of over 50 plug-ins packs a ton of power at almost 50% off their individual cost.

Effects Suite generates effects that you can't do natively in After Effects, letting you create original and one-of-a-kind results. Create fractal fire, photo-realistic water and volumetric light rays; turn faces and figures into cartoons; or animate Matrix-style streaming text. Effects Suite software has been used in feature films such as Titanic, Star Wars and Bourne Identity, and includes plug-ins that have served the visual effects community for years.

Includes Image Lounge, Knoll Light Factory, Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop, Psunami, Text Anarchy, ToonIt, and Warp.

Learn More/Purchase Effects Suite 10 | Try the Effects Suite 10 demo

Get the Upgrade: Effects Suite 10 is available now for $899. Existing customers can upgrade to Effects Suite 10 for only $499. This upgrade pricing is available for owners of ToonIt, Knoll Light Factory, or any other three included products.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

News: Adobe® Premiere Pro® CS5 now offers GPU acceleration on laptops

adobeAdobe® Premiere Pro® CS5 now offers GPU acceleration on laptops

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, version 5.0.3 is an update available worldwide on December 7, 2010. This update to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 adds support for two new NVIDIA cards: the Quadro 4000 (Mac) and the Quadro 5000M (Windows). The addition of these new cards extends the power of the Mercury Playback Engine’s GPU acceleration to users working on laptops as well as workstations.

The 5.0.3 update also includes performance enhancements to further improve the experience of switching between Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and other applications, as well as other user interface, stability, and performance enhancements that make the Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 editing workflow even more efficient and robust. For a full list of enhancements, check out Adobe Premiere Pro team’s blog post that highlights the 5.0.3 update.

New: Boris FX Announces New Boris Continuum Unit: Morph

Warp and Morph Filters for Adobe After Effects CS5, CS4, and CS3

Marlborough MA - December 7, 2010 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced that a new Boris Continuum Unit, Morph, is now available. The Boris Continuum Morph Unit allows Adobe After Effects artists to generate real-time static or animated image warps, animated image morphs between a pair of still images, and animated video morphs from video clips.

Boris Continuum Complete 7 AE Filters Included with the Boris Continuum Morph Unit
  • BCC Warp. This OpenGL hardware-accelerated filter generates real-time static or animated image warps. The filter uses pairs of open or closed Adobe After Effects native spline mask shapes to interactively warp an image between the spline-shape points. A closed spline shape mask can be used to contain the image warp to a specific region in the image. The hardware acceleration built into the filter means real-time rendering, both on-screen for previews and off-screen for client delivery.

  • BCC Morph. This OpenGL hardware-accelerated filter creates animated image morphs between a pair of still images. With the aid of a few Adobe After Effects native spline mask shapes, this sophisticated filter automatically aligns features in the image making every frame in the morph a usable image result.

  • BCC Video Morph. The OpenGL hardware-accelerated filter uses open or closed Adobe After Effects native spline mask shapes to aid in generating believable image morphs between a pair of video clips. Advanced optical flow technology creates a seamless transition between the clip pairs. Built-in global warp and blend features automate the morph process or control the image warp and blend on a per spline basis.
The Boris Continuum Morph Unit is immediately available for an MSRP of $199 USD. Morph supports Adobe After Effects CS5, CS4, and CS3 under 64-bit and 32-bit operating systems. Customers who purchase the Boris Continuum Morph Unit or any other Boris Continuum Unit may credit the price of the Unit towards the full Boris Continuum Complete plug-in suite.

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.

Update: Synthetic Aperture Test Gear v2.5

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Now available for Adobe After Effects CS5, Synthetic Aperture Test Gear 2.5 provides motion graphics artists and video editors with a variety of test instruments to make objective measurements of their visual and audio work, all from within After Effects. All test instruments appear in standard After Effects panels and do not require that an effect be applied to your layers. Test Gear 2.5 is now shipping for Macintosh OS X and Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7, with Adobe After Effects CS3, CS4, and CS5.
  • Provides objective test instruments within Adobe After Effects CS3/CS4/CS5.
  • Waveform monitor and vectorscope with a variety of styles.
  • Histogram display.
  • Gamut display shows RGB, luma, and chroma levels.
  • Photoshop-style color picker.
  • Color swatch books make it easy to pick colors from a pre-approved set.
  • Image slice display shows channel levels through an arbitrary slice of the image.
  • Audio waveform monitor, phase display, and spectrum analyzer.
  • Resolution independent to work with NTSC, PAL, SD, HD, and film.
  • Supports ITU.R 601, ITU.R 709, and SMPTE 240M color systems.
  • No need to apply an effect to get display.
Learn More/Purchase in our Store | Upgrade | Free Trial

In addition to adding support for 64-bit CS5, Test Gear 2.5 adds improved test instrument displays when working with 32-bit floating-point projects, adds support for Adobe Swatch Exchange format color palettes, and improves general performance.

Update: Adobe Lightroom 3.3 Now Available

adobeAdobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 3.3 with several bug fixes and additional support for several new camera models including the Canon PowerShot 95, Nikon D7000 and Olympus E-5. Also, Camera Raw 6.3 plug-in has been released, which provides you easy access within Photoshop to the raw image formats.

You can download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v3.3 here, and the Camera Raw and DNG Converter v6.3 here.

Webinar: VFX in Adobe Premiere Pro with Tim Kolb

boris webinar

Join Emmy, Hugo, and Telly Award-winning director Tim Kolb as he demonstrates the comprehensive VFX power of Boris Continuum Complete 7 AE in Adobe Premiere Pro. Webinar attendees will experience:

  • Simulated in-camera effects such as BCC Lens Blur and BCC Motion Blur
  • Image retouching techniques with BCC Smooth Tone
  • Matching Grain in composites
  • Recreating Film Process on footage
  • Designing sophisticated transitions with BCC Lens Blur and BCC Swish Pan


Learn More/Register Now

One lucky attendee will win a copy of Adobe CS5 Production Premium!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Sale: Save 30% on Tiffen Dfx Individual Hosts

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Beta: The Foundry Releases Beta of STORM, Free to use until March 1st, 2011

foundryFrom the Foundry: STORM PUBLIC BETA LAUNCHED TODAY

"STORM assists RED Digital Camera workflows. It's quick and easy to navigate allowing producers, directors and editors to view takes in high resolution without interruption or delay.

We’re taking the unusual step of making the STORM beta publically available because we want to get feedback from the widest audience possible. We want to know how STORM fares in different production environments and to hear your views.

So...try it, break it , tell us what's missing and help us build a great product.

Learn More/Download the Beta of The Foundry STORM.

NB: This is a beta release and, therefore, not perfect. Please be cautious and don't rely upon it in production.

STORM is available for download here and is FREE to use until the 1st March 2011. STORM requires a Mac Pro, MacBook Pro or iMac with at least 2GB RAM running Snow Leopard. If a RED ROCKET card is fitted, STORM will use it to speed up processing of R3D material."