Monday, February 28, 2011

Tutorial: Import Imagineer Mocha Tracking Data into Boris Continuum Complete

Posted by Beth Marchant at Studio Monthly

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"A little-known feature in any editing app that supports Boris FX BCC (FCP, Avid, Vegas Pro and Abobe Premiere Pro) lets you import tracking data from mocha and finish the comp in BCC.

If you've got a logo or other replacement tracked with mocha import mocha you can easily import that tracking data into Boris Continuum Complete via your favorite editing host. In this new video, Boris FX Senior Product Manager Dirk de Jong demonstrates this previously-undocumented feature in Avid Media Composer, Sony Vegas Pro, and Adobe Premiere Pro. This feature is also available in Apple Final Cut Pro and any other video editing or compositing application supported by Boris Continuum Complete."

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Reminder: Today is the Last Day to Take Advantage of Digieffects Upgrade Pricing!

Digieffects will be discontinuing upgrade products end of February 28th 2011. Upgrade your Digieffects products while you still can!

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Sale: NewBlueFX Video Essentials vol. 1-4 Bundle $299 ($400 Value)

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This special bundle contains Video Essentials Collections 1-4 at a deep discount.

Video Essentials Vol 1-4 - bundled for just $299- a $400 value! Through March 8th 2011.

NewBlueFX Video Essentials I

Just as every painter needs a canvas, brush, and paint, no video editor should be without NewBlue Video Essentials. This valuable collection of tools features a set of 10 video effects designed to make your workflow more efficient. Think of these as a Swiss army knife of tools designed to enhance, optimize, and accelerate your productivity. Learn More


NewBlueFX Video Essentials II

Just as every illusionist has a bag of tricks to make the impossible possible, NewBlue Video Essentials II brings video magic to the desktop. Use this collection of ten indispensable effects to solve frustrating problems and add luster to your productions, all with intuitive yet powerful controls. The NewBlue Video Essentials II collection features 131 presets in 10 different plugins that brings video magic to the desktop. Use this collection to solve frustrating problems and add luster to your productions, all with intuitive yet powerful controls. Learn More


NewBlueFX Video Essentials III

Who says a sequel can't be as good as the original? NewBlue Video Essentials III joins our bestselling Essentials line of effects and transitions. Offering 175 presets in 10 specialized effects, this inspiring collection speeds workflow and solves common problems easily.

Fix motion distortion from CMOS cameras, selectively strengthen color and manipulate atmosphere, effortlessly map the four corners of a video insert over a scene, soften jagged edges on text and graphics, and employ dozens of other techniques designed to solve your everyday production issues. Learn More


NewBlueFX Video Essentials IV

With dozens of image-enhancing, time-saving presets, all-new Video Essentials IV allows unthinkable: Turn day into night, make wrinkles disappear, overlay a timer, and add a reflection - with ease. This collection of over 100 presets in 10 integrated plugins solves everyday production problems, saves time and spurs creativity.

This collection includes: Bleach Bypass, Day for Night, Drop Shadow, Fish Eye, Luma Key, Magnifying Glass, Reflection, Skin Touch Up, Slide Show, Time Clock. Learn More

Review: proDAD Mercalli V2 PRO at studiodaily.com

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Review: proDAD Mercalli V2 PRO
Fix Rolling Shutter and Stabilize Frames, Zoom in Less While You Work
Posted by Barry Braverman at Studio Monthly

"Resolution. Resolution. We hear this mantra constantly as shooters demand larger and larger imagers with more and more resolution. Never mind the compression artifacts, the rolling shutter morass and umpteen storage challenges associated with the mammoth data load. When shooters go shopping these days for a camera, many seem interested in only two things: imager size — the larger the better; and pixel count — more is better, right? It's a fad, of course, and it will pass. But for the moment we are living it — and have to deal with it.

One consequence of the current large-imager fixation is the increased demand for cheap CMOS-sensor type cameras with resolutions to 5K (and beyond), which leave a great deal to be desired in terms of performance.

In the typical DSLR, FlipCam or other rudimentary video-capture device, the minimal sampling, crude video encoder and high compression ratios, contribute to bountiful aliasing artifacts and a highly constrained dynamic range. ProDAD’s Mercalli V2 plug-in, for all its capabilities, can't do much about these particular failings. But it sure can address perhaps the most annoying shortcoming facing DSLR and FlipCam shooters: the rolling shutter..."

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Reminder: Sales Ending Tonight: Adobe Premium Suites, Imagineer mocha AE Upgrades, and LME Individual Products

Ends Tonight: Save 5% on Adobe Premium Suites through February 28, 2011adobe

Save 5% on Adobe Premium Suites at Toolfarm through February 28, 2011!

Adobe Creative Suite 5 Production Premium Reg: $1,699.00 SALE: $1,614.00

Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium Reg: $1,899.00 SALE: $1,804.00

Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium Reg: $1,799.00 SALE: $1,709.00





Ends Tonight: Imagineer Systems mocha AE v2.5 Upgrade for $99! (Reg. $149)


mochaImagineer Systems mocha AE is the planar tracking and roto tool for After Effects & Final Cut

Imagineer mocha AE is a stand alone tracking and roto tool now updated to support both After Effects and Final Cut users.

Through February 28th 2011, Upgrade to mocha AE v2.5 (node-locked) for $99!


New and Updated Features in mocha AE v2.5:
  • New! tracking and roto support for Final Cut Pro and Motion
  • Updated interface and easier to learn
  • Optimized for 64 bit operating systems
  • New! Open EXR support
  • Free mocha shape plug-ins to import roto data with variable per-point feathering.



Owners of Adobe CS4 & CS5 qualify for Upgrade Pricing




Ends Tonight: LME 30% Off Individual Products


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Through February 28th 2011, Save 30% on all Individual LME Templates and Presets in our store!

LME Trapcode Particular Presets & Comps; After Effects Light Configurations; Grunge Elements/Splatters, Textures, and Drips; Filigree Originals; Trapcode Form Presets and Comps; Amazing Video and Photo Wall Displays, and much more!

Save on time-saving templates and presets for After Effects, Motion and Trapcode.

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**Individual Products Only. Sale Excludes Bundles.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

News: Big Day for Apple Users- New Final Cut Pro, New OSX Lion Preview and Thunderbolt

The existence of a new FCP is confirmed. The world rejoices. by Scott Simmons at ProVideo Coalition

Add in Thunderbolt and Lion and it’s been a promising day for the Mac professional.

"By now everyone who’s ever edited a frame of video and has a web connection knows that Apple recently held an small, secret, invitation-only meeting at their headquarters in Cupertino where they previewed the next version of Final Cut Pro. This was an extremely unusual move as Apple rarely ever demos any of their products before they ship. The only real word that has come across from this meeting was a blurb on TechCrunch and a blog post from Larry Jordan. I think it’s safe to say that those who were in attendance probably aren’t overly critical of FCP and it’s current shortcomings. But it’s also safe to say that this bodes well for all of us using a Macintosh in post-production.

What Larry Jordan said in his blog post is basically that he can’t really say anything about this new version. Not surprising given how tight-lipped Apple is about future products. What Apple has done here in letting the cat out of the bag that this new version is in the pipe (and maybe ready for a spring release) was not really for the good of the post-production community but rather a clever marketing move designed to keep those current FCP fence-sitters holding on a little longer before they jump ship to Avid Media Composer or Adobe Premiere Pro. "

Read the Full Article at ProVideoCoalition

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Sale: 10% Off All Red Giant and Trapcode Upgrades Through March 1 2011

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All Red Giant products are 64-bit ready and CS5 rock-steady

After a whirlwind year, Red Giant has finished a big task. We updated 29 products for Adobe CS5 Creative Suite and 64-bit compatibility. We also put together four CS5-compatible Suites that will really knock your socks off (but keep your wallet intact).

That's 29 products which contain 170 plug-ins. Each has a Mac and Windows side, which doubles to a total of 240 plug-ins, and then we have multiple Adobe host apps... Wow! This great accomplishment took the hard work of every team at Red Giant and -- just as important -- a lot of terrific support and advice from you, our customers. We always strive to release the best products, and sometimes we had to delay a much anticipated update to make sure it was in tiptop shape.

Sale: 10% Off All Red Giant and Trapcode Upgrades Through March 1 2011

It's been a wild ride to the finish line and we appreciate your patience. As a thank you, we are offering 10% off all upgrades for the next 5 days. That's a 10% discount on individual and Suite upgrades, most of which are $29 and $99 regularly.

5 Day Sale: This 10% OFF sale runs through Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST (California). To find out when the sale ends in your time zone, visit the World Clock site.

New: Zaxwerks ProAnimator Plug-in and Standalone v5

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Zaxwerks is proud to announce that ProAnimator 5 has just been released!

ProAnimator has been completely reinvented. You can now do things in ProAnimator 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.

As always, ProAnimator works as both a Standalone and a Plug-in for After Effects. If you are on a Mac it is not yet compatible with After Effects CS5, however the standalone version will create movies that CS5 can use.

Learn More/Purchase Zaxwerks ProAnimator 5 | Download a Free Trial



ProAnimator is compatible with After Effects:
Windows CS3, CS4, & CS5
Macintosh CS3 & CS4 * Mac CS5 Version Coming Soon

Highlights include:

Multiprocessing
ProAnimator will now use every core on your system to render much faster than before.

Integrated Drawing Window
All 3D objects have to be modeled. 3D modeling is traditionally very difficult but Zaxwerks has made this easy as pie. As you draw, the 3D model is created for you, on the fly. Right before your eyes. As you edit the 2D paths the 3D objects are re-built in real time. Need to add holes? No problem. If you draw one path inside of another path the program knows what to do. Hate Bezier curves? Again no problem. Our exclusive Auto-Curve tool figures out the curves for you.

Live Text Editing
In ProAnimator 5 you can edit the Bezier curves of text characters without having to convert them to paths. This allows you to make texty-type changes (switch justification, change margins, etc) and any edits you’ve made to the curves will be preserved.

Warping
Flat text and logos have their place, but nothing makes a client’s logo pop off the screen quite like bending it. ProAnimator 5 can now do exactly that. Warping has been built directly into the time line so you can bend, twist, fold, bulge, taper, wave and ripple your 3D objects as you work on the rest of your project.

Workflow-Based Interface
A simple set of workspace buttons presents the tools and controls you need, when you need them. Panels can be arranged to fit your personal monitor size and your working style. Additionally, hundreds of enhanced Tool Tips explain what every button and control does and how to use it, saving you valuable time and making you an expert, tip by tip.

Materials & Mapping
What good is a really cool model if it isn’t covered with a really cool texture? ProAnimator 5 has added a powerful texture creation system which has over 30 different procedural noises and the best gradient designer on the market to let you create surface treatments so luscious they’ll make your mouth water.

Text Substitution
So you have 100 graphics to do and you’re on a budget? Time to let ProAnimator help you out. Version 5 adds 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. No more hand-editing every graphic. An easy way to become extraordinarily productive overnight.

Batch Rendering
Speaking of being productive overnight, ProAnimator 5 now features batch rendering. This lets you create many projects and render them all while you’re away from your desk, one after the other. You no longer have to wait until one rendering is done before you can start the next one. Just queue them up and when you leave for lunch hit the Render Projects button and they’ll all be waiting for you when you come back.

Designed For You
ProAnimator 5 has so many new features we don’t have space to talk about them all. Lathe modeling; 16/32 bit rendering; Animatable Parenting; Animatable Grouping; User-Drawn Bevels and support for Open Type fonts are just a few of the huge set of new features. But at the heart of it all is a workflow design that is like no other.

This program was designed by designers. Folks who want to get the job done as quickly and professionally as possible, and want tools that can help them advance to the next levels of their craft. This program is a masterpiece of workflow. It 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 without losing precious time.

New: CrumplePop Crafty Title Effects for Final Cut Pro

Image NameDIY title effects for Final Cut Pro. Includes 3 royalty-free fonts, 56 shapes, and 54 textures. Or make your own.

Supports SD, 720 and 1080 All CrumplePop effects support standard definition and high definition resolutions.

Work Inside Final Cut CrumplePop effects work inside Final Cut 6 or 7. Just drag and drop a template onto your timeline, adjust some parameters, and the template does the rest.

Supports 40 Major Codecs

Learn More/Purchase CrumplePop Crafty Title Effects in our Store




Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New: Xara 3D Maker v7 Now Available

Image NameXara 3D Maker v7 is solely designed to create the highest quality 3D text and graphics, such as headings, logos, titles and buttons. It's the perfect way to add impact to your web pages, mailshots, movies and presentations (all images are fully anti-aliased for that smooth, professional quality). Xara 3D Maker can also create awesome 3D animations in seconds - GIFs, AVIs and simple Flash movie sequences - and you can even enhance your desktop by saving any animation as a screensaver!

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Xara 3D Maker v7 Upgrade from v6

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New: Digieffects Delirium Artifact Now Available Ala Carte

digi artifactDigieffects Artifact: System malfunction at its best

The digital VTR has clogged heads. The network feed of your favorite TV show is being beamed through some nasty weather...or perhaps the mother ship is trying to transmit through a radiation storm in the gamma quadrant (and don't even pretend you don't know what we're talking about). Those are just some of the possible scenarios where Artifact will be your favorite solution. With the ability to individually set properties like displaced pixel blocks, color errors, frame dropping, and video compression artifacts, you can choose what can, and can't be seen due to system malfunction.

Learn More/Purchase Digieffects Artifact in our Store
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Available for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Autodesk Combustion, Boris RED, or GrassValley Edius at the incredible price of $49

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

One Day Sale: 25% Off Vicon Boujou 5 Through 5PM PST 02/23/11 Only

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boujou5- Emmy Award-Winning Matchmoving software that engages you to add computer generated effects seamlessly into your film or video footage.

Building on its industry leading automatic toolset boujou software, boujou 5 allows you to solve complex shots even faster and to step in and work directly with the data.

Save 25% on boujou through Wednesday, February 23, 5pm PST. That's $2,500 off!!!

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Sale: Save 30% on Red Giant PlaneSpace Through February 26 2011

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Arrange and Animate Layers the Easy Way in After Effects

Red Giant PlaneSpace eliminates the tedious task of managing the individual layers in multi-layer effects in After Effects. The Creator tools automatically create layers that form cubic, cylindrical, and spheroid shapes or complex matrices, while the six Distribute tools arrange 3D layers throughout 3D space into the shape of your choice without requiring keyframes or complicated math.

Buy Now for only $139.30 (Regularly $199, Save $59.70)

5 Day Sale: This 30% OFF sale runs through Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST (California). To find out when the sale ends in your time zone, visit the World Clock Site.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Freebies: Free Studio lights Pack for Cinema 4D

Free Studio lights Pack for Cinema 4D posted by Remi Brandt

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Download the Freebie at http://blog.remibrandt.nl

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New: Rampant Stock Footage/Textures; Smoke and Fog, Cloud Chamber, Fire and Flame HD Footage

rampantRampant Media Design Tools: Useful elements for animators, editors, designers, and compositors. Save time and money with high resolution organic fog, smoke, and fire motion graphics products. 3k clips are MASSIVE and perfect for Visual Effects, Compositing, Motion Graphics, Graphic Design and even Print.

Rampant Smoke and Fog HD - Elements Pack 1


20 high resolution video clips of smoke and fog elements. A variety of clips shot in 1080P at 24FPS in real-time and 720P 60FPS in slow motion. Ideal for Compositing, Motion Graphics or Visual Effects. Learn More/Purchase in our Store.



Rampant 3K Cloud Chamber - Elements Pack 1

15 Clips of 3K (3072 x 1536) high speed, slow motion 60FPS cloud and ink elements suspended in water.. These clips are MASSIVE and perfect for Visual Effects, Compositing, Motion Graphics, Graphic Design and even Print. Shot in 3K on the RED One MX Camera System. Learn More/Purchase in our Store. Also available in HD (1080p & 720p) size: Rampant Cloud Chamber HD - Elements Pack 1.



Rampant Cloud Chamber HD - Elements Pack 2

15 high resolution video clips 1280 x 720 (720P) of clouds and ink elements suspended in water. Shot at high speed, 60FPS, for additional design latitude. Ideal for compositing, visual effects and motion graphics design. Learn More/Purchase in our Store.



Rampant 3K Fire and Flame - Elements Pack 1

13 Clips of 3K (3072 x 1536) highspeed 60FPS fire and flame elements. These clips are MASSIVE and perfect for Visual Effects, Compositing, Motion Graphics, Graphic Design and even Print. Shot in 3K on the RED One MX Camera System. Clips are provided in Apple ProRes 422 Quicktime codec for maximum quality and latitude. Learn More/Purchase in our Store. Also available in HD (1080p & 720p) size: Rampant Fire and Flame HD - Elements Pack 1.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Reminder: Sale Ends Tonight: Get 50% off the Boris Continuum 3D Objects Unit Through Friday, February 18th 2011

Create and Animate 3D Text and Graphics in After Effects, Vegas Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion, & Final Cut Express

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The Boris Continuum 3D Objects Unit features 5 powerful effects filters that make it easy to create 3D objects using text and shapes in After Effects, Vegas Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Final Cut Express. The Extruded Text filter allows you to create stunning 3D text elements. Extruded EPS provides an easy way to import and extrude Adobe Illustrator layered vector logos and graphics.

With Type-on Text, you will be able to create animated text type-ons that fly in from behind or toward the camera or slide into view from the top, left, bottom, or right of the screen either letter-by-letter, word-by-word, or line-by-line. Extruded Spline allows you to create fully-modeled 3D extruded objects with bevels and spline-based extrusion profiles. Layer Deformer generates 3D shapes such as planes, cubes, spheres, and cylinders and deforms them using built-in vertex and pixel shaders.

Buy Now for $199.50 - regularly $399! Through Monday, February 18th 2011 | Download a Free Trial

The Boris Continuum 3D Objects Unit filters are included with Boris Continuum Complete 7.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

News: SP1 free for modo 501 users, Imagesynth discontinued

We would like to inform you that as of today February 18th, SP1 for modo 501 will be available. This will be a free download available to all registered modo 501 owners.

The SP1 release is mainly a benefit to those using modo 501 in 64-bit mode on Mac OS X, but there are targeted small improvements/fixes for all modo users. Additional information about SP1 can be found at the Luxology website.

modo 501 users can get the new release by accessing the Check for Updates option in the Help menu of modo 501. Or simply sign into your Account and access the new modo 501 update in the Registered Products section.

We would also like to inform you that Imagesynth for Photoshop has been retired.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Update: Avid Media Composer Updated to 5.5

Avid Media Composer 5.5 Software was released this week.

What's new in Media Composer 5.5

  • Capture, monitor, and output video with support for the AJA Io Express interface
  • Natively access and edit Sony HDCAM SR Lite media through AMA (Avid Media Access)
  • Accelerate Panasonic AVC-Intra projects—and use multiple streams—with support for the new Nitris DX AVC-Intra hardware interface
  • Take hands-on control of your video and audio editing/mixing with EUCON support for Artist Control, Artist Mix, and Artist Transport control surfaces
  • Find the right clips fast with support for the new PhraseFind option
  • Directly manipulate transitions in the timeline with the expanded Smart Tool
  • Quickly find files across local and shared storage bins using the improved Find tool
  • Be more creative with new updates to the included Production Suite (sold separately from download purchases)
  • Get more flexibility with audio signal routing when sending material to air (Send to Playback), with up to 16 audio output channels
  • View portions of the software interface in localized languages, including Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, German, and Italian
  • Get better Long GOP performance when using Send to Playback with AirSpeed servers
  • Use proxies of H.264 material in AirSpeed MultiStream environments for faster response time and increased stream counts

Updates: Silhouette 4.1 released and FAN plug-ins updated for AE CS5

silhouetteSilhouette FX has just released Silhouette v4.1, a free update for Silhouette v4 customers. For a complete list of new features, changes and bug fixes.

New features include a re-written Planar Tracker that is simpler to use and provides robust results on a variety of sequences, Source node additions including Flip/Flop and Extend Duration, and more Actions. In addition, there are a number of other Paint and Roto enhancements.

If you are still using Roto & Paint v2.3 or Silhouette v3.x and want to take advantage of these new features you can upgrade to Silhouette v4.1 here.

fanFAN AFX2VPB, which allows for import and export Quantel VPB files into After Effects is now AE CS5 compatible.

Also, One of Harry Frank's favorite plug-ins, FAN BikiniDots is also now AE CS5 Compatible.

Monday, February 14, 2011

New: Boinx Software PhotoMagico Pro v3.6 for FxFactory

photomagicoBoinx Software PhotoMagico Pro v3.6 for FxFactory: Animating stills in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Motion and After Effects is now a joyful and rewarding task. Enjoy the ease of use and creative power of the leading slideshow creation program on the Mac platform, a tool used by thousands of professional photographers to tell compelling stories with their stills.

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





Easy to Learn

After only a short learning time, you will be turning photos into intros, backgrounds and b-roll that will have your customers dropping their jaws at a breathtaking pace. Spend more of your time creating and less time fiddling with key frames.

Stay Within Budget
Because FotoMagico has been designed for still images, it understands most image formats, allows you to adjust color and add titles effortlessly. Don't waste your time and money on tedious format conversions, scaling or cropping of images before getting to work on the animation.

Powerful Creative Expression
FotoMagico allows you to quickly set up pan and zoom on the photos and add high quality transitions. Easily set up animated titles, even with transparent text. In Final Cut, simply select FotoMagico from the list of Video Generators and place it in your timeline. Then select a FotoMagico Slideshow or create a new one. It will play instantly in Final Cut.

Sale: Get 50% off the Boris Continuum 3D Objects Unit Through Friday, February 18th 2011

Create and Animate 3D Text and Graphics in After Effects, Vegas Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion, & Final Cut Express

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The Boris Continuum 3D Objects Unit features 5 powerful effects filters that make it easy to create 3D objects using text and shapes in After Effects, Vegas Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Final Cut Express. The Extruded Text filter allows you to create stunning 3D text elements. Extruded EPS provides an easy way to import and extrude Adobe Illustrator layered vector logos and graphics.

With Type-on Text, you will be able to create animated text type-ons that fly in from behind or toward the camera or slide into view from the top, left, bottom, or right of the screen either letter-by-letter, word-by-word, or line-by-line. Extruded Spline allows you to create fully-modeled 3D extruded objects with bevels and spline-based extrusion profiles. Layer Deformer generates 3D shapes such as planes, cubes, spheres, and cylinders and deforms them using built-in vertex and pixel shaders.

Buy Now for $199.50 - regularly $399! Through Monday, February 18th 2011 | Download a Free Trial

The Boris Continuum 3D Objects Unit filters are included with Boris Continuum Complete 7.

Sale: Save 30% on LME Templates and Presets (Individual Products) Through February 28th 2011

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Through February 28th 2011, Save 30% on all Individual LME Templates and Presets in our store!

LME Trapcode Particular Presets & Comps; After Effects Light Configurations; Grunge Elements/Splatters, Textures, and Drips; Filigree Originals; Trapcode Form Presets and Comps; Amazing Video and Photo Wall Displays, and much more!

Save on time-saving templates and presets for After Effects, Motion and Trapcode.

View all LME Individual Products in our Store.

**Individual Products Only. Sale Excludes Bundles.

Reminder: Sale Ends Tonight: Save 20% on 8 Magic Bullet Products


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Red Giant recently posted details on our blog about how Magic Bullet products were used on the Academy Award Nominated Film for Best Picture, The Fighter and a Wrangler ad. Let's honor the hard work of Comen VFX and Mick Jones with a celebration of our own. For the next 5 days, save 20% on our entire line of Magic Bullet products. Choose from any of the following eight products for professional color correction, enhancement, and film output in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Apple Final Cut Pro:

Magic Bullet Colorista: Powerful, professional color correction right where you want it
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"5 Day Sale: This 20% OFF sale runs through Monday, February 14, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST (California). To find out when the current time at Toolfarm, visit the Toolfarm Contact Page.

Friday, February 11, 2011

New: Digieffects Delirium Skew Now Available Ala Carte

digieffects skewNostalgia for viewers, horrible flashbacks for broadcast engineers.

This effect takes its name from the control on many professional video tape recorders from distant memory which would affect the tensioning of the ribbon of tape that wraps around the playback heads. Altering the skew control during playback of video would cause various undesirable artifacts including image shearing, visual noise (or what aviewer might call “static”), vertical and horizontal hold issues, and more… We’ve taken all this a bit beyond simple tape playback malfunction and we’ve added enough properties to allow you to use Skew to create effects reminiscent of a range of analog badness from weak analog antenna signals to consumer VCR tracking hopelessness.

Learn More/Purchase Skew in our Store | Free Trial

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Review: Useful Tools for Editors: Luca Visual FX

Useful Tools for Editors: Luca Visual FX. A nice review that details Luca Visual FX Light Kit, which I can agree is a very nice tool for color effects on video. I use it in my upcoming book, Plug-in to After Effects.

Freebies: Barcode Generator plug-in for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express & Motion



Download Barcode here

Yanobox Barcode is a FREE generator that simulates the European Article Number aka EAN-13 barcode used on everyday products across the world.

Our version provides some unusual features like custom color modes and random digits, transforming the classical barcode to an eye-catching Motion Graphic element.

FxFactory is a revolutionary visual effects architecture powering hundreds of plug-ins for Final Cut Pro, Motion, Final Cut Express and Adobe After Effects:

Freebies: Free Trapcode Presets from Mattias Peresini on Red Giant People

Posted Today by Aharon Rabinowitz on Red Giant's Red Room Blog

"Mattias Peresini, AKA Mattrunks has been at it again, creating some brilliant FREE Red Giant People presets for Trapcode products."

Cell Shading Experiment


Download it HERE from Red Giant People.


Particles on Erlend


Download it HERE from Red Giant People.


Pop’n'Spheres


Download it HERE from Red Giant People.

New: Swift 3D Max v4 ; Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 & 2011 Support (32-bit & 64-bit)

Swift 3D™ MAX V4 Plug-in enables Autodesk 3ds Max users (versions 9, 2008- 2011 running on both 32 bit and 64 bit OS''s) to quickly render 3D models and animations to a variety of vector and raster file formats, including Adobe® Flash® (SWF) and Adobe''s NEW Flash CS5 .FLA & .XFL formats.

Swift 3D™ MAX V4 | Swift 3D™ MAX V4 Upgrade

New Features in Swift 3D Max v4

Not only is Swift 3D Max V4 the leading 3D to vector Flash plug-in to Autodesk 3ds Max, but V4 expands this powerful plug-in to include the folloing new features:
  • Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 & 2011 support (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Flash CS5 FLA / XFL Export
  • Papervision3D v2.0 and Collada .DAE Format Support
  • AVI / MOV Video Exports
  • Flash FLV Video Export
  • Microsoft WPF / Silverlight Export
  • Swift 3D v6 (T3D) & ZAM 3D v2 (Z3D) Exports
  • Multicore Rendering Support

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Freebies/Update: idustrial revolution CoverFlux Freebie Version 2.0.1 Update

idustrial revolution CoverFlux v2 (Mac) for Final Cut Pro, Motion, FCE & Adobe After Effects

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.

Version 2.0.1 Update: Motion blur has been added for extra realism on image changeovers.


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Review: Singular Software PluralEyes at Microfilmmaker Magazine


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Singular Software PluralEyes

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

Description: Video/Audio Syncing Plugin

MSRP: $149 Buy here
Download Demo: Click Here
Review Date: February 1, 2011
Reviewed By: Jeremy White

Final Score: 9.5/10

Reprinted with permission from Microfilmmaker Magazine.


I remember the day I bought a second camera for cut-away shots.

I was so excited. Suddenly I could cut back and forth between different angles. I hurried to my studio and set up both cameras for a quick test run. After logging the footage, it dawned on me that I was going to have to find a way to sync up my videos. Drat. That takes time. I didn't think of bringing a clapper, so I had to zoom in and find a distinct audio clip to sync everything up with.


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Opening Screen.

It was at this moment that a deep hatred was birthed in my soul for syncing video. As my camera fleet grew, my hatred for syncing videos grew all the more. Finally my hatred hit a boiling point.

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Choose Your Sequence

Enter pluraleyes. pluraleyes is a program that automatically syncs your video clips together by analyzing your audio, saving you hours of headaches.

Ease of Use

This program could not be easier to use. All you do is lay your video in your editing software timeline, open PpluralE eyes, choose which sequence you want to sync, press the "Sync multiclip" button and PRESTO! You have perfectly synced video!


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Sync Options.

Depth of Options

There are two different ways to edit synced video: within the timeline itself OR in a new sequence using multiclip. pluraleyes clearly had the user in mind when they developed this software as they allow for both output options (sync in timeline or multiclip).

In addition, pluraleyes gives you six options for syncing your video: clips are in chronological order, level audio, use markers, try really hard, single output sequence, replace audio.

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In Sequence Sync.

Performance

At first I tried syncing a 5-camera children's play I shot. Sadly, not all of the cameras had their on-board mics turned on. pluraleyes syncs the videos clips according to their audio files. Without audio – there's nothing for it to sync with.

I tried again with a wedding. Unfortunately, it was an outdoor wedding where the wind was blowing and my audio files didn't sound remotely similar. Plural Eyes can't sync what it can't hear.

Lastly, I tried using pluraleyes with footage shot in a controlled, indoor environment. I was blown away. It works! Within seconds, Plural Eyes perfectly synced all my videos!

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Multi Clip Sync.

Value

If you shoot a lot of multi-cam productions, Plural Eyes is a MUST HAVE program. Plural Eyes will save you hours of time and more than pay for itself in the long run.



Final Comments

Again, Plural Eyes can only sync what it hears. If you have clean audio – this will work wonders! Plural Eyes is a program that can save you hours of editing when used properly. I highly recommend it!

Posted at MicroFilmmaker Magazine by Jeremy White
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Update: Red Giant Effects Suite 10 Fully CS5 Compatible; Now Includes Holomatrix, PlaneSpace and Warp/Radium Glow

Red Giant Effects Suite 10 now includes 3 new products: Red Giant Holomatrix, Red Giant PlaneSpace and Red Giant Warp's new Glow plug-ins. Get a bigger suite for the same deep discount of $899.

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This is a Free Update for current Effects Suite customers.

Learn More/Purchase in our Store | Download Free Trial/Update

Special Upgrade. If you own ToonIt, Knoll Light Factory or any other 7 Effects Suite Products get the entire Effects Suite for only $499

Over 50 professional tools in one dynamic package.

Holomatrix 1.2
Many science fiction feature films and TV shows feature holographic communication and interfaces. Red Giant Holomatrix allows you to easily recreate that effect with just a few clicks.

Image Lounge 1.4.5
This classic collection of over 20 After Effects filters is an affordable industry staple. Create smoke, water, or walls of fire; generate realistic 3D shadows in seconds; simulate camera blurs, and much more! Now Adobe CS5/64 bit compatible.

Knoll Light Factory 2.7
The industry's favorite tool for creating lens flares, sunsets, photon torpedoes, stars and other effects. It offers a custom lens editor, auto tracking, alpha channel support, and pinpoint control over dozens of settings. Now includes CS5/64 bit compatibility, new custom flares and a brand new interface for the flare editor.

Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop 3.2
Created by Photoshop co-creator and Star Wars effects guru John Knoll, the Knoll Light Factory Photoshop plug-in adds flares, light rays, and other effects to your images.

PlaneSpace 1.4
After Effects is great for creating multi-layered effects such as video walls or 3D matrices, but managing all those 3D layers can be tedious. PlaneSpace automates the creation of layered effects, and lets you concentrate on the fun part. Now Adobe CS5/64 bit compatible.

Psunami 1.4
Whether it’s a peaceful pond or a raging ocean you need, Psunami can handle it. Powerful wave simulation and ray tracing algorithms bring you the ultimate in animated water effects. Now Adobe CS5/64 bit compatible.

Text Anarchy 2.4
Take the pain out of animating text. Whether you need Bezier paths, particle patterns, or Matrix-style patterns, Text Anarchy generates the coolest effects while maintaining typographic control. Now Adobe CS5/64 bit compatible.

ToonIt 2.1
Give video footage that sought-after cartoon look easily and quickly. Red Giant ToonIt uses unique algorithms to transform your image into beautiful cartoon shading and lines. Now CS5/64 bit compatible.

Warp 1.1
Perfect shadows, realistic reflections and distorted video can be tough effects to create by hand. The Warp toolset makes them a snap.

Case Study: Imagineer Systems: Look FX: Visual Effects on Black Swan

Posted at Imagineersystems.com:

"LOOK’s effects for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan have been nominated for both VES and BAFTA awards for visual effects. In fact, one of the more interesting attributes of Black Swan, is that you wouldn’t necessarily think of it as a VFX heavy movie. It looks like a straightforward film; yes, with some amazing special effects! In fact, the filmmakers worked quite hard to make it appear as such. They wanted the viewer to focus on the drama, and not the VFX. And that’s where LOOK FX comes in. Because at the end of the day, their specialty is immersing you in the film, and not distracting you with effects. We recently spoke with the team at LOOK and asked them to describe the project, its challenges, and how they overcame those challenges to deliver such an impressive body of work."

Read the Full Case Study at Imagineer Systems

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

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"The VFX crew at LOOK FX was huddled around the workstation. It was late, they were tired, and they had spent the better part of the last 8 weeks trying to nail this project down - make it perfect. Anxiety was setting in, the shot just wasn’t working, and the client was getting antsy.

The client: Fox Searchlight Pictures. The project: Black Swan. This was a big deal."

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Reminder- Sale Ends Tonight: Save 30% on ProDAD Mercalli v2 Through February 8th 2011

Video Stabilization + Rolling-Shutter Correction Plug-in for Windows® and Macintosh® NLEs: 30% Off Through February 8th 2011.



Image NameQuickly and easily remove unwanted camera shake from your videos with proDAD’s popular Mercalli V2 Pro 3D video stabilizer & rolling-shutter correction plug-in, now available for popular Windows and Mac NLEs. Mercalli V2 Pro differs from other video stabilizers in that it can stabilize X, Y, and Z camera axis without the need for much “zoom-in”, and keeps the video borders intact.

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

Mercalli V2 Pro also offers fully automatic removal of jello, skew, and wobble from videos. This “rolling-shutter” correction removes the distortion caused by CMOS-based camcorders and DSLR cameras when they are panned quickly. Mercalli V2 Pro even features scene detection technology so you can stabilize & correct multiple videos right from the NLE’s timeline; and super-fast previews and rendering keeps your project on schedule Mercalli V2 Pro supports most popular 32 & 64-bit NLEs and contains all the plug-ins you’ll need in one package.

Compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, AVID/Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas/Pro, Thomson Grass Valley, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Apple Motion.

Sale: Upgrade to Imagineer Systems mocha AE v2.5 for $99

mochaImagineer Systems mocha AE is the planar tracking and roto tool for After Effects & Final Cut

Imagineer mocha AE is a stand alone tracking and roto tool now updated to support both After Effects and Final Cut users.

Through February 28th 2011, Upgrade to mocha AE v2.5 (node-locked) for $99!


New and Updated Features in mocha AE v2.5:
  • New! tracking and roto support for Final Cut Pro and Motion
  • Updated interface and easier to learn
  • Optimized for 64 bit operating systems
  • New! Open EXR support
  • Free mocha shape plug-ins to import roto data with variable per-point feathering.



Owners of Adobe CS4 & CS5 qualify for Upgrade Pricing

Review: Imagineer Systems' mocha Pro in Review at Renderosity

Posted by Sergio Rosa at Renderosity

"[Imagineer Systems] mocha Pro is the latest version of Imagineer Systems' planar tracking software. It combines the functionality of previously available products into one single package, making it easier since there is no longer the need to worry about different applications for different purposes.

mocha pro review

As I said, mocha Pro is a planar tracking software (to learn about planar tracking, be sure to check out this video). Basically, it helps users rotoscope different features of any footage, and provides a set of spline masks that can be used for different purposes. For example, maybe you need to track the license plate of a car to replace the number with something else, or you might need to place a digital sign on top of a moving live-action truck. Rotoscoping is also a commonly used technique for stereoscopic conversion.

The workflow is simple. You draw splines on top of features you want to track. For example, if you need to track an actor's head, arm, or hand, you draw a spline around those features. You can draw either exact splines that follow the shape of an object, or splines that will loosely follow it, and you can use it to drive the movement of a more fitting spline later."

Read the Full Review at Renderosity

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Monday, February 07, 2011

News: Red Giant Poster Design Contest; Win a Red Giant Guru Preset Pack, Film Credits

red giantRed Giant is making a short film, and needs movie posters to use as props in the background of one of the scenes.

Posted By Aharon Rabinowitz on Monday, February 7th, 2011 at Red Giant's Red Room Blog

"We love our customers and the work you do, so we want to use movie posters from your projects – Movies you have already made, or movies you hope to someday make. Whether it’s a documentary, action film, romantic comedy, sci-fi Bollywood drama – whatever – we want it.

Send us an image of your movie poster (post a URL below in the comments), and we’ll post them here in the blog as a gallery. We’ll ask the people who have created our favorites to send us either a print resolution file (24″ x 36″, 300 DPI) or a hard copy version (size can vary, since it’s already printed).

Check out the Submissions So Far

People who's posters are chosen will be given a film credit and also win a FREE Red Giant Guru Preset Pack of their choice, including (but not limited to):

* Nick Campbell’s Vintage Film for Looks 2010
* Stu Maschwitz’s Rebel Epic for Looks
* Harry Frank’s Cinematic Flares for Knoll Light Factory

IMPORTANT: Ultimately, we need these in either hard copy (ideal) or as print-resolution poster-sized images. So please make sure you can deliver your final images in one of those formats, or you will be disqualified."

Friday, February 04, 2011

Tutorials: Friday Tutorial Roundup/ AEFreemart

Here's a few tutorials and tips recently posted on AEFreemart in case you may have missed them. Happy Friday!

The Tron look/ Video Copilot

tron tutorial

Andrew Kramer released a “walk-through” of how he accomplished a Tron text treatment which he teased us with last month. As usual, good good stuff. Watch the mini-tut and download the project file at VideoCopilot.net.




Procedural Disintegration with After Effects



Quba Michalski
is back from hiatus with a fantastic method of grinding a 3D layer into particles using Trapcode Particular. Watch the tutorial (over an hour long!) and download the project file at the original post here.



Kern type in Cinema 4D? Yes, you can!


Frustrated with Cinema 4D‘s mysterious lack of ability to kern type? Not a problem anymore with… the Kernimator! This FREE “plugin”, more a library object, gives you full control of Mograph text and let’s you tuck in your characters on a letter by letter basis. The Kernimator’s website says it works on both Mac and Windows and was tested in R11.5 and R12. (I’m using R11 and it works just fine there!) Learn more and download the free kerning goodness at http://www.kernimator.com.

Here’s a quick how-to:


Thursday, February 03, 2011

Update: Nik Software HDR Efx Pro v1.1 Update Available

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Experience the power, control, and creative expression of HDR

Create amazingly high quality realistic to artistic HDR images with a revolutionary new all-in-one workflow. HDR Efex Pro includes a vast selection of one-click visual presets for incredibly fast results, advanced tone mapping algorithms, powerful and detailed HDR controls, and patented U Point® technology.

Version 1.1 Update Includes: Improved memory management, improved interaction with Photoshop on Mac and Windows platforms, and bug fixes.

Nik Software HDR Efx Pro in our Store | Download a Free Trial/Update Now

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

New: Boris AAF Transfer v2 Now Available: New Avid to Final Cut Pro Workflow

Image NameBidirectional Sequence Transfer Tool for Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Editing and Finishing Systems

Boris AAF Transfer gives you a set of two Final Cut Pro plug-ins for transferring sequences between Final Cut Pro and Avid editing and finishing systems. One of the plug-ins exports Avid-compatible AAF format files from Final Cut Pro to Avid. The other plug-in imports AAF format files from Avid to Final Cut Pro.

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| Download a Free Trial

Already own Boris AAF Transfer? Version 2 is a Free Upgrade!

Unique Boris AAF Transfer advantages include:
  • Boris Continuum Complete Support. Transfer BCC filters and transitions that were applied to clips while retaining all of the keyframed changes. The BCC filters are seamlessly transferred as long as the corresponding BCC effect is present in the host application where the transferred sequence is opened.

  • Avid DS Compatibility. Boris AAF Transfer can exchange live program sequences between Final Cut Pro and Avid DS – with media, markers, cuts, dissolves, filters, and audio preserved. Boris AAF Transfer also supports Avid Media Composer, Avid Symphony, and Avid NewsCutter.

  • Transfer Modes. Preserve transfer modes between Final Cut Pro and Avid editing and finishing systems that include the Boris Continuum Complete Composite filter.

  • Two Plug-Ins for One Low Price. Exchange sequences between Final Cut Pro and Avid for just $299.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Sale Announcement : Digieffects Upgrades will be Discontinued as of Feb 28, 2011. Upgrade Now While You Still Can!

Digieffects will be discontinuing upgrade products end of February 2011. Upgrade your Digieffects products while you still can!

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Sale: Save 30% on ProDAD Mercalli v2 Through February 8th 2011

Video Stabilization + Rolling-Shutter Correction Plug-in for Windows® and Macintosh® NLEs: 30% Off Through February 8th 2011.



Image NameQuickly and easily remove unwanted camera shake from your videos with proDAD’s popular Mercalli V2 Pro 3D video stabilizer & rolling-shutter correction plug-in, now available for popular Windows and Mac NLEs. Mercalli V2 Pro differs from other video stabilizers in that it can stabilize X, Y, and Z camera axis without the need for much “zoom-in”, and keeps the video borders intact.

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

Mercalli V2 Pro also offers fully automatic removal of jello, skew, and wobble from videos. This “rolling-shutter” correction removes the distortion caused by CMOS-based camcorders and DSLR cameras when they are panned quickly. Mercalli V2 Pro even features scene detection technology so you can stabilize & correct multiple videos right from the NLE’s timeline; and super-fast previews and rendering keeps your project on schedule Mercalli V2 Pro supports most popular 32 & 64-bit NLEs and contains all the plug-ins you’ll need in one package.

Compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, AVID/Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas/Pro, Thomson Grass Valley, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Apple Motion.