Friday, April 29, 2011

Interview: Pixologic Contributes to Industrial Light and Magic (ILM)'s "Rango"

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PIXOLOGIC: "Rango marks ILM's first foray into feature-length animation. What inspired you to take on a project like this?

GEOFF CAMPBELL, Model Supervisor - Rango: I'd say most artists at ILM have had a desire to try our hand at a full length feature animation for years but because of our effects background no studio had offered until Gore presented us with Rango. Honestly I think we had this idea that it would be a lot harder and longer process than it actually took. But Rango was a fantastic film to work on. Hard work, but lots of fun.

There was also excitement from the outset that this was a Gore Verbinski film with Crash McCreery as Production Designer. Many of us had worked with Gore and Crash on the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films so were big fans from the outset.

PIXOLOGIC: Could you introduce us to the artists on your team and a bit about their backgrounds?

GEOFF CAMPBELL: We call our group of modelers and texture artists the Digital Model Shop or DMS for short. It's really a continuation of the original ILM Model Shop from the Star Wars days. We have a truly dedicated team of artists, some of whom have been with us pre-digitally and others who joined us when we were crewing Rango."

Read the Full Interview

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New: ISP ROBUSKEY Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop

ISP ROBUSKEY Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop makes image synthesis possible in the same environment. Everything can be done right in Photoshop, from preparing the source images to matting with simple operations--keying with ROBUSKEY--to final image processing after the images have been combined. Because it is easy to use and delivers high-quality matting, ROBUSKEY is used by professionals in creative fields who demand highly refined composite photos.

Learn More/Purchase in our Store | Free Trial

Matting That Recognizes a Single Strand of Hair

The time, patience and effort required to cut out complex, detailed portions of images, such as strands of hair blown in the breeze or frizzy hair styles, are reduced considerably. Outlines are rendered beautifully and fine details are maintained. Blonde, brown and other colors of hair are also extracted with great precision.

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For Adobe Photoshop CS3+ on Macintosh and Windows.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New: Digieffects Delirium Electrical Arcs Now Available a la Carte

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Generate lightning that will strike wherever you want.

Digieffects Delirium Electrical Arcs is designed to generate arcs of electricity similar to what you see with a “Jacobs Ladder.” While it was designed to generate arcs, this plug-in is also quite good at generating lightning bolts.



Only $49- For After Effects 7-CS5, Premiere Pro 2, CS3-CS4, Combustion 4, Boris RED 4, EDIUS

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New: CrumplePop Lumineux Light leaks and transitions for Final Cut Pro

New: CrumplePop Lumineux Light leaks and transitions for Final Cut Pro. Works with Final Cut Pro 6, 7, and X.. Includes 43 Light Styles and 14 transitions, drag and drop. Only $69 TF: $66.



  • Works inside Final Cut
  • Supports 40 Major Codecs
  • ProResLT and H.264
  • SD, 720, and 1080
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.

New: heyne multimedia Products for Cinema 4D

heyne multimedia DRIVE! 1.5 for Cinema 4D

With DRIVE! you are able to create physically correct vehicle animations playfully easy. With just one mouse click you'll get a ready-to-drive vehicle, which drivability can be edited by a variety of setting possibilities. Free Trial

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heyne multimedia Spline Patch 2.5 for Cinema 4D

Spline Patch provides users of C4D with a patch-modeling function. It adds to the list of C4D’s nurbs objects and works in a quite similar manner. Drag and drop three or four splines that surround the surface to be created in the spline patch object and choose the number of subdivisions. That’s it! Free Trial

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heyne multimedia Stacx 3D Shader 1.0 for Cinema 4D

STACX integrates itself as a channel shader into the material system of CINEMA 4D. As its name implies, STACX is working with layers in order to advance into the third dimension. You can stack up to 32 shader and define a certain thickness for each layer. In this way you will get a three-dimensional material that you can use like a volume shader. Free Trial

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heyne multimedia DirectControl for Cinema 4D Game Controller Support

The tag plugin DirectControl enables you to control objects and parameters using a game controller. E.g. you can control a camera via joystick or you can drive a car through your scene while the animation is running. Things that can't be done using the built-in functions can be realized with XPresso — the controller data are output continuously. Free Trial

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Digieffects to Convert all Plugins to FXPlug for GPU Acceleration in Final Cut Pro

Today Digieffects announced that they now support Apple's FxPlug technology across their range of plugins. This should bring speed gains in Final Cut Pro by utilising the GPU instead of the CPU.

The video is one of the plugins that Digieffects sells as a standalone option so you don't have to buy a pack of plugins you don't need. Good eye candy too! You will probably know the company for the plug-in packs Damage, Delerium, Buena Depth Cue and Freeform

“This is a highly significant development milestone for the team at Digieffects, and a big performance and image quality win for our customers,” said Robert Sharp, president of Digieffects. “Digieffects has always supported Final Cut Pro users in the past, but due to architecture limitations, we couldn’t offer the kind of performance we know they crave. Today this worldwide community of artists can tap into our vast library of VFX plug-ins and experience the levels of performance, image quality and workflow integration they require.”

Apple FxPlug delivers several workflow advantages for Final Cut Pro and Motion users, and help catapult Digieffects into new, broader post production market opportunities. Some advantages include:
  • Faster rendering as FxPlug can utilize the power of the GPU, removing valuable compute cycle burdens from the CPU;
  • Integration of other technologies, such as Open GL;
  • Integration of other Apple technologies, such as Core Image and Quartz Composer;
  • The power of 32-bit float processing.
You can find Digieffects at NAB, booth #SL3327L in the Plugin Pavilion.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tutorial: How to use Vertex Maps and Xpresso to make a Growing Texture Animation in Cinema 4D: Part 1

How to use Vertex Maps and Xpresso to make a Growing Texture Animation in Cinema 4D: Part 1 Posted by Nick Campbell/Greyscalegorilla

Vertex Weight Remapper Part 1: Userdata and Xpresso from Chicago C4D on Vimeo.


"In this series of tutorials, Chris Schmidt shows you how to use xpresso and vertex weights to create a growing animation style that you can use in your next project. He included the scene file below so you can see how he sets it up. "

View the Full Tutorial/Download the Scene Files


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Live Webinar: Custom Effects and Titles with Boris RED 5

Live Webinar: Custom Effects and Titles with Boris RED 5

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When: Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 1:00 PM Eastern Time - Register Now!

Description

Join John Rofrano as he demonstrates how to create custom effects and titles with Boris RED 5 in Sony Vegas Pro 10. Boris RED is the only integrated 3D compositing, titling, and effects application to deliver unparalleled performance to video editing software from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Grass Valley, Media 100, and Sony. An indispensable tool for post-production and broadcast professionals, RED offers a wide range of features right on your NLE timeline and adds a standalone engine for effects creation and rendering. RED integrates broadcast-quality text generators, paint, rotoscoping, a full suite of tools to create and extrude vector objects, true 3D shapes and animation, and the industry’s most comprehensive image processing filter suite.

About John Rofrano

John Rofrano is a musician, vocalist, songwriter, author, VASST trainer, videographer, and software architect. John spent 10 years back in the 1970s as a working rock musician paying his dues in nightclubs and studios in the New York tri-state area. His interest in the early days of electronic music and MIDI programming ultimately led to a career in the field of computer science. After discovering his new passion for videography in 2000, John has come full circle back to his roots of music composition and scoring music for video. When not making music or editing video, you can find John hanging out at Creative COW where he is a moderator for the Sony Vegas Pro forum, at the Digital Media Network forums where he is a moderator for the Sony ACID and Vegas Pro Scripting forum, and on the Sony Creative Software Vegas Pro forums.

Sale: Zaxwerks Save up to 30%! NAB Discounts Extended!

Save Up to 30% on full versions of Zaxwerks plug-ins and software (individual products) through May 15, 2011! The sale includes Invigorator Pro, ProAnimator, 3D Flag, 3D Serpentine and more. Don't miss out on this chance to stock up on 3D tools that don't require you to know a full blown 3D app!

Special Crossgrade for FCP Users to Avid Media Composer 5.5!

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This is your opportunity to go after the more than 2 million owners of Apple Final Cut Pro and offer them a special "cross-grade" to Avid Media Composer 5.5 for less than $1,000! That's right, now though June 17th Avid is offering this boxed upgrade for owners of Apple Final Cut Pro is available at this special promotion price including the Avid Production Suite.

Avid Media Composer 5.5 Boxed Version also Include the Avid Production Suite with more than $3,800 in value of additional software.

The FCP to Media Composer 5.5 promotion pricing is available now though June 17, 2011.

New/PR: Boris RED Version 5 Now Available

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New User Interface, 60+ New VFX Filters, Support for 64-bit Applications

Boston, MA - April 26, 2011 - Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced that Boris RED Version 5 is now available. Boris RED is a plug-in application for transitions, professional text, and advanced composites inside Adobe, Apple, Avid, Grass Valley, Media 100, and Sony video editing software. Boris RED 5 introduces support for 64-bit applications such as Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and After Effects CS5, adds 60+ new filters, and provides a score of new user interface and workflow enhancements.

"Boris RED v4 is our go-to tool for professional text and compositing in our post production video edit bays," commented Michael Held, Post Production Manager, Starz Entertainment. "We are looking forward to RED v5.”

Boris RED 5 New Feature Highlights


• Support for 64-bit Video Editing Applications. Boris RED 5 adds new support for Adobe CS5 under 64-bit Windows operating systems. Free forthcoming software updates will add support for Sony Vegas Pro 10, Grass Valley EDIUS 6, and Adobe CS5 for Mac.

• 40+ Filters from Final Effects Complete. Boris RED 5 includes 40+ filters from the legendary Final Effects Complete VFX plug-in collection. Newly-added designer effects and transitions include Mr. Smoothie, Ball Action, Bubbles, and Wiggle Edges.

• High-quality Image Restoration Tools for smoothing and softening skin imperfections and removing jaggies, DV compression artifacts, and unwanted noise from image clips.

• New 3D Particle Effects. Particle Array 3D creates a grid of particles oriented in 3D space. Pin Art 3D creates a pin board look based on a layer image.

• UpRez for high-quality SD to HD conversions, facilitating the resizing of image clips while minimizing the data loss that is usually associated with resizing media in a host application. The UpRez filter includes several high-end image processing algorithms to enhance the sharpness and smoothness of the final result.

• Realistic In-Camera Effects include Lens Blur for emulating a rack defocus effect where out-of-focus highlights of an image clip take on the shape of the lens shutter.

• Stylized Effects include LED, Damaged TV, Tile Mosaic, Scan Lines, and Prism.

• Painterly Effects simulate pencil-sketched images, the wash look of a water color painting, a rotoscope toon-animation look, and charcoal drawings.

• 50+ New Transition Effects. Freshly redesigned, the Boris RED keyframe library features over 50 new transition presets ranging from popular swish pan and rack defocus effects to glow dissolves, tilt-shifts, and light wipes.

• User Interface and Workflow Enhancements include ergonomic, drag-and-drop panels and a curve editor for smooth parameter animation. In addition, many of the included Boris Continuum Complete and Final Effects Complete filters include a new Compare Mode feature that lets users compare the filtered result with the unfiltered source via either a side-by-side view or a live split-screen view.




Pricing and Availability


Boris RED 5 is available immediately for an MSRP of $995 USD. Owners of previous versions of Boris RED may upgrade for an MSRP of $295 USD. A free 14-day trial version is available here.

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.

New: 3D-io 3Ds Max and Maya Plug-ins

3dio3d-io BonesPro for 3Ds Max

BonesPro is a sophisticated, fast and optimized technology for organic skinning of characters and objects in Autodesk 3ds Max. It allows you to create high quality skin meshes rapidly with easy-to-understand bone influences and vertex assignments, impressive real-time skin-deformations and special-effects.

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3d-io Flatiron for 3ds Max


Flatiron is a unique render-to-texture plug-in which is capable of baking full scenes or selections of objects into a single UV Map with only few simple clicks.

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3d-io Unwrella


Unwrella is an exact unwrapping plug-in for Autodesk 3DSMAX and Autodesk Maya. It is a single click solution which allows you to automatically unfold your 3D models with exact pixel to model surface aspect ratio, speeding up texture baking UV map production significantly.

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3d-io UV Packer for 3ds Max

UV-Packer is a fast and exact UV Utility for every CG artist’s 3D-Toolbox! Based on Unwrella’s superb unwrapping technology, UV-Packer takes all your UV Parts, calculates their sizes and proportions and distributes them in the most optimal way on the UV panel. You no longer need to spend hours moving, rotating and scaling your maps in order to utilize the whole mapping area – UV-Packer does it for you in a second.

Friday, April 22, 2011

New: Blackstar Plugins Bundle for Cinema 4D Now Available

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Blackstar Plugins Bundle for Cinema 4D Now Available

Blackstar Plugins Bundle for Cinema 4D | Download a Free Trial

Endofin: Easy depth of field plug-in for C4D

enDOFin is a post effect plugin for Cinema 4D to achieve Depth Of Field effects without the Advanced Render module. It further offers a correct treatment of alpha and transparency, reflections, C4D-Hair and a bunch of other individually adjustable settings.

Splurf: Create spline surfaces in C4D

SPLURF is a tool set plugin for generating parametrical surfaces (or patches) from any spline types supported by Cinema 4D. Beside the Spline Surface Object itself, SPLURF includes an easy-to-use Selector to quickly generate patches of an exisiting spline model. It further contains a Connector Object making multiple spline surfaces adjustable at once.

Reference shader: Instance shader plugin for Cinema 4D

Save time and effort by advanced shader instancing! No need to copy / paste your shader instances anymore thanks to our C4D plugin. With this plugin you no longer need to perform time-consuming multiple copy and paste operations after each adjustment of shaders. Any changes of the source shader are automatically applied to every linked Reference Shader.

Photometric IES: Create realistic light effects with this Cinema 4D plugin

True photometric light plugin for Cinema 4D without any additional renderer software! The BlackStar Photometric IES-LDT-Shader brings photometric lighting data into MAXON Cinema 4D! As opposed to simple point- or spotlights the usage of photometric data creates a more irregular and asymmetrical light distribution. This significantly increases the impression of a real light source which greatly enhances the visual quality.

Cinapsis: A great plug-in for every professional C4D user

Quickly find and edit any element of your Scene and run commands or plugins dynamically on a specific set of items - all within an easy and light Cinema 4D dialog. A typical usage of Cinapsis feels like this: have a complex scene and you're looking for some texture or shader or object - hit Alt+f, enter the first 3 letters of the name and find a suggestion list of all the items including that in your scene. Strike and your texture, shader or object is selected in the OM / Attribute Manager.

Ptex: The Ptex Shader Plug-in for C4D

Ptex is an efficient Per-Face Texture Mapping method. Now available as plugin for C4D, too. Developed by Brent Burley1 and Dylan Lacewell2. It does not use UV coordinates but stores a separate texure per face in a single texture file for a given mesh and supports multi-resolution textures for MIP mapping.

News: Adobe NAB 2011 Live Seminar Archives Now Online

adobeAdobe NAB 2011 Live Episode Archives: See how Adobe showcased our solutions for broadcast, film and post-production that give you a competitive edge for creating, distributing, and monetizing video at NAB.

Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium Open Workflows with AVID

DSLR Workflows with Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium

Advanced RED and Mixed Format Workflows with Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium

Stereoscopic 3D Workflows with Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium

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Update: Singular Software PluralEyes for Vegas Pro/ Improvements and Bug Fixes

Singular Software PluralEyes: automatic sync without the need for timecode, slates or any special preparation.

New version of PluralEyes for Vegas Pro with improvements and bug fixes.

Download the Update

Reminder: Sales Ending Today: Save on Imagineer Systems mocha, Chaos Group VRAY for Maya, and Boris RED

Save on Imagineer mocha AE and mocha Pro Through April 22 2011

Save $100 off Imagineer Systems mocha AE Node Locked, mocha Pro v2.5 Single Seat Reg: $1,495.00 SALE: $995.00, mocha Pro v2.5 3 Seat Reg: $4,495.00 SALE: $2,895.00, mocha Pro v2.5 5 Seat Reg: $7,475.00 SALE: $4,795.00 Imagineer Systems NAB Special




Pre-Order: Chaos Group VRAY for Maya 2.0 for $1,235 Through April 22 2011

Customers who pre-order V-Ray for Maya will receive:
  • V-Ray for Maya v1.5 now
  • Beta version of V-Ray for Maya v2.0 (access to download March 25)
  • V-Ray for Maya v2.0 (access to download April 25)
  • V-Ray RT on CPU
  • V-Ray RT on GPU
  • (1) Hardware dongle
This special pre-order price of $1,235 + shipping is only available until 2pm EST on April 22, 2011 and includes a hardware dongle so make sure you pre-order now to take advantage of this discount.




Get Boris RED for $595 with a Free Upgrade to Version 5 on Release Through April 22 2011

Boris RED is a plug-in for text, transitions, and advanced composites in Media 100 Suite. An indispensable tool for post-production and broadcast professionals, RED offers a wide range of features right on the Media 100 Suite timeline and adds a standalone engine for effects creation and rendering. RED integrates broadcast-quality text generators, paint, rotoscoping, a full suite of tools to create and extrude vector objects, true 3D shapes and animation, and the industry’s most comprehensive image processing filter suite.

What's New in Boris RED v5
  • User Interface and Workflow Enhancements
  • Support for 64-bit Video Editing Applications
  • 40+ Filters from Final Effects Complete
  • High-quality Image Restoration Tools
  • UpRez
  • New 3D Particle Effects
  • Realistic In-Camera Effects
  • Stylized Effects
  • Painterly Effects
  • MatchMove Filter
Get Boris RED for $595 with a Free Upgrade to Version 5 on Release

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Videomaker NAB 2011 Awards Announced

Videomaker has posted their Best of NAB 2011 Awards, with Boris RED winning best plug-in.

Read more about the awards in detail, including judging criteria, at Videomaker online.

"After walking the National Association of Broadcasters showfloor for 3 days – clocking in up to 9 miles in one day – the Videomaker staff returned to VMHQ to discuss, debate and analyze the products we saw to present our first ever “Best of NAB 2011” awards.

BEST IN SHOW: Sony NEX -FS100u – Camcorder with Interchangeable Lens
BEST CAMCORDER: Canon XF305 - 3D Firmware Upgrade
BEST COMPUTER: HP EliteBook 8760w – Laptop
BEST EDITING SOFTWARE: Apple Final Cut Pro X (Apple has not yet posted the new product on their site since it is still getting tweaked)
BEST CAMERA SUPPORT: Redrock Micro3D Rig
BEST HARD DRIVE: LaCie Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt – Hard Drive
BEST LIGHT GEAR: Lowel Studio LED 250 and 450 – LED Lights
BEST MICROPHONE: Sennheiser MKH 8060 – Shotgun Microphone
BEST MONITOR: iKan VX7e – Field Monitor
BEST STOCK MEDIA: SmartSound SonicFire Pro Quicktracks – Cloud-based Royalty-Free Music Creation Service
BEST PLUG-IN: Boris FX Boris Red 5 – Video Editing Software
MOST INNOVATIVE: Photon Beard’s PhotonSpot Nova 270 - Light Emitting Plasma Lamp"

Boris has a deal through tomorrow, April 22 2011 to Purchase Boris RED v4 at a discounted price of $595 (Reg. $995), with a Free Upgrade to v5 on release.
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Update: After Effects CS5 (10.0.2) Update: Bug Fixes

adobePosted by Todd Kopriva / After Effects Region of Interest.

The After Effects CS5 (10.0.2) update has been released.

Check for and install updates by choosing Help > Updates from within After Effects (or another CS5 application).

You can also download the update packages from the download pages for Windows or Mac OS, using the “Adobe After Effects 10.0.2 update” link.

Fixes:
  • After Effects CS5 (10.0.1) showed multiple instances of an “Unexpected data type” error when opening a project containing a missing effect.

  • After Effects crashed when using the Directional Blur effect on a computer with 16 or more logical processor cores (i.e., counting virtual cores created by hyperthreading).

  • After Effects crashed when opening a composition created by Automatic Duck Pro Import AE.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Update: Digital Trove PRIME v5; Now 64-bit/CS5-Compatible on Win and Mac

Image NameDigital Trove PRIME v5 is a suite of over 50 Effect Plug-Ins for Adobe After Effects. It consists of generators, distortions, image adjustments, stylistic filters, effects, and utilities. Now CS5/64-bit compatible on Windows and Mac!

Learn More/Purchase Digital Trove PRIME in our Store | Upgrade

Here are just a few examples of the over 50 effects included in Digital Trove PRIME.

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Resources for Adobe CS5.5 via Twitter

If you want to keep up to speed on what's happening with Adobe CS5.5 products, I highly recommend that you follow Kevin Monohan of Adobe on Twitter (@kev_mon. Here are a few of his recent postings:

Karl Soule (@KarlSoule) is another person to follow on Twitter:

Webinar: Getting Ready for Final Cut Pro X

Learn what's new and what to do to get ready for FCP X! Philip Hodgetts shows you everything you need to know about the upcoming release of Final Cut Pro X. Register here!



DATE / TIME
May 12, 2011 @ 10:00 AM PDT to 11:30 AM PDT

AGENDA
  • The new timeline including magnetic timeline.
  • Pitch corrected audio skimming.
  • Compound clips, why they are different then nesting sequences.
  • Editing while ingesting
  • Auditioning, what is it?
  • New media management features.
  • "Fixing media" during ingest.
  • Background rendering.
  • Getting your FCP projects ready for X.
  • Retraining your staff.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

News: After Effects CS5.5: What’s New and What's Changed

adobeAfter Effects CS5.5: What’s New and What's Changed posted by Todd Kopriva at After Effects Region of Interest

This article contains a plethora of useful links, including reviews, links to feature videos, forums, and more.

"This post is just an early summary for now. In the coming weeks, we’ll be posting details about specific new features, including links to tutorials, articles, and examples, so be sure to subscribe to get all of the news and information. I’ll also be updating the links in this post in the coming weeks as I find better or more detailed resources about each new and changed feature. "

Top New Features:

Read the Full Article at After Effects Region of Interest

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks at Appletell

Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks video plug-in review by Bill Stiteler on Apr 17, 2011 at Appletell.com

"If you’re starting out as an indie filmmaker, one of the big challenges in post-production is taking your footage shot in high definition 1080p through a prosumer lens and trying to make it look like it came through the lens of a 35mm camera. But if you have a set of tools like Magic Bullet Looks, your job just became a lot easier." :: 5/5 apples

Check out the Full Review at Appletell.com | Learn More/Purchase Magic Bullet Looks

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sale: Save on NewBlueFX 3D Explosions and Transitions

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With NewBlue 3D Explosions and 3D Transformations, you'll enjoy a whole new world of transitions.

Add a large dose of explosion energy in between scenes with Blow Apart and Wiggle, or get to the point with plugins like Flip and Fly Away. With copious amounts of energy and creativity add your fingertips you can add life between scenes with NewBlueFX Video Transition Plugins.

Save on NewBlueFX 3D Explosions and Transitions: Get NewBlue Plug-ins for as little as $4 each* with this offer!

OFFER #1: 3D Explosions
Get 12 NewBlue Plugins for $89.95 ($7.50 each*)

OFFER #2: 3D Explosions + 3D Transformations
Get 25 NewBlue Plugins for $99.95 ($4.00 each*)

NewBlue 3D Explosions
injects explosive energy into your videos with ease. This astonishing collection of customizable 3D transitions includes 180 presets in 13 different plugins that introduce creative new ways to blast a scene into pieces. Morph between segments with explosive energy, swirl pieces that reassemble into the new scene or dramatically blast the image into smithereens.

NewBlue 3D Transformations delivers eye-popping transitions that twist, fly, fold, bounce and more from one scene to the next. This collection of 165 presets in 13 high energy transitions breaks creative ground with new ways to slice, fly and reassemble your scenes. From a magic carpet ride to hovering pizza boxes, you'll find it all with NewBlue 3D Transformations.

*Plug-ins Must be Purchased as a Bundle. Individual Pricing Reflects Pricing as a Bundle Offer.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Video: Michele Yamazaki Co-hosts Filmmaking Central - Maxon Interview Podcast from NAB

Here's an interview with Paul Babb, President of Maxon, North America from the Filmmaking Central Podcast with Dave Basulto. Michele Yamazaki co-hosted Tuesday's show.

Friday, April 15, 2011

NAB Show 2011 Live Feed / News Archives / UPDATED

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If you could not make it to NAB this year, don't fret- there was plenty of live event and blog coverage to keep you well informed.

This is an attempt to archive a few links that may be of interest to you. I'll be adding new links as I receive them.

Filmmaking Central Live's videos: Live from the NAB Show floor


http://www.justin.tv/themediamogul/videos

NAB Show Daily Highlights/ NAB Show Live Archive April 12-15th

http://www.nabshow.com/2011/index.asp

Final Cut Pro User Group Network SuperMeet Video of Final Cut Pro X Introduction Now Available at Mac Rumors

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/04/13/video-of-final-cut-pro-x-introduction-now-available/

Final Cut Pro User Group Network SuperMeet Blog Conversations and Reactions to FCP X:

http://www.motionvfx.com/mblog/comments_and_questions_emerge_after_final_cut_pro_x_presentation_at_nab!,p472.html

NAB Show 2011 - Interview With the Media Motion Ball Founders

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22oAu9_kn6o

Video: Michele Yamazaki Co-hosts Filmmaking Central - Maxon Interview Podcast from NAB

http://toolfarm.blogspot.com/2011/04/video-michele-yamazaki-co-hosts.html

Webinar: Getting Ready for Final Cut Pro X

Learn what's new and what to do to get ready for FCP X! Philip Hodgetts shows you everything you need to know about the upcoming release of Final Cut Pro X. Register here!

Resources for Adobe CS5.5 via Twitter

If you want to keep up to speed on what's happening with Adobe CS5.5 products, we highly recommend that you follow Kevin Monohan of Adobe on Twitter (@kev_mon) and Karl Soule (@KarlSoule). Recent Postings.

Have an NAB-related link to share? Send me an email alicia@toolfarm.com and I'll post it!
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Sale: CoreMelt NAB Sale: Special Pricing on CoreMelt Products Through April 28 2011

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CoreMelt Complete V2 - $199 - was $399!

• The perfect pack for DSLR shooters working on tight budgets and even tighter deadlines!
• Over 200 plugins for FCP, AE CS3/4/5, Motion and FCE.
• Color Correction right inside FCP with onscreen curves.
• All the glows and blurs you will ever need.
• High quality transitions.

Download a Free Trial | CoreMelt Complete V2



CoreMelt Lock & Load X - $99 - was $149!

• The Worlds Fastest Stabilizer for FCP!
• up to 12 time faster than inbuilt stablizers
• Rolling shutter reduction for CMOS sensor cameras
• Customizable tracking area for difficult scenes
• Fully keyframable for total control!

Download a Free Trial | CoreMelt Lock & Load X



CoreMelt Complete V2 + Lock and Load X - $250 - was $499!

All 7 CoreMelt plugin packs plus Lock & Load

• ImageFlow, PolyChrome Transitions, Delta and TRX, Motion Graphics Box, Luminous, Shatter, Editors Tools, Pigment, Gadget, and Lock & Load.
• Over 200 GPU effects for motion graphics, compositing and editing.
• Plus the world's fastest video stabilizer for FCP.

Download a Free Trial | CoreMelt Complete V2 + Lock and Load X



CoreMelt ImageFlow FX V2 - $79 - was $129!

• Every Wedding and Event videographer needs this!
• Instant montage animations from folders of stills or movies!
• High resolution frames and masks, or make your own.
• Over 25 different styles, all completely customizable
• Fully keyframable for total control!

Download a Free Trial | CoreMelt ImageFlow FX



CoreMelt Editors Tools V2 - $79 - was $129!

• The Swiss Army Knife of Editors tools!
• Get onscreen curve control right inside FCP, AE or FCE!
• Drag and drop your color correction or tweak to perfection.
• Everything from advanced vignette to RGB or HSL curves.
• GPU accelerated so no need to render to see your results.

Download a Free Trial | CoreMelt Editors Tools



CoreMelt Motion Graphics Box V2 - $79 - was $129!

• Over 60 Filters, Distortion Effects and 3D Effects including Optical Glow, Fast Blur, Godrays, Sparkles, and 3D Shatter. See demo.
• High precision color for 10 bit online workflows.

Download a Free Trial | CoreMelt Motion Graphics Box

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

News/NAB: Maxon Live Streaming at NAB; Presentations by Nick Campbell, Tim Clapham, and Mike Senften

NAB booth presentations are streaming live now!

At MAXON booth #SL2327 filmmakers, motion graphics artists and designers will offer tips and behind-the-scenes footage showcasing workflow benefits of CINEMA 4D.

Live from Maxon- "We're excited about the amazing talent we have presenting at our NAB booth. For those of you who could not make it out this year, we're streaming the presentations live!"

See the full schedule here: http://on.fb.me/c4dnab
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News: 64-Bit Final Cut Pro X: $299, Available in June

Posted by Seth Weintraub at 9to5mac.com

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"After a lot of hype, Apple did release a new version of Final Cut Pro, Version ‘X’, tonight at Supermeet at NAB in Las Vegas. It will be priced at an astounding $299 and be available in June in the Mac App Store.

“Something as revolutionary as the first version of FCP when introduced in 1999″, it is rebuilt from the ground up, 64-bit, and will fully utilize all cores of all processors.

“Fully color-managed Final Cut based on colorsync.” “Resolution-independent playback system” Up to 4K formats. To be able to deliver that, “we’re leveraging Grand Central Dispath.” You can use all 8-cores. Background rendering built into application.

Update: The Loop has three screenshots of Final Cut Pro X provided by Apple."

Read the Full Article at 9 to 5 Mac.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

News/NAB: Not Going This Year? Watch Live Streaming Coverage of NAB 2011: Filmmaking Central, TWiT tv, and FCP SuperMeet Live Coverage

Filmmaking Central Live from NAB 2011

http://www.justin.tv/themediamogul#/w/1074466288/2

FlimmakingCentral Live @ The NAB Show to broadcasting news live from the show floor.

TWiT TV: Live from NAB 2011

http://live.twit.tv/

Keep up with all the happenings at this year's NAB Show through Live Coverage.

Final Cut Pro User Group SuperMeet Live Coverage April 12 2011

http://www.pixelcorps.tv/


Pixel Corps to live stream the Final Cut Pro User Group (FCPUG) SuperMeet at NAB on Tuesday evening, April 12, from Bally’s Hotel

Monday, April 11, 2011

New: Media 100 Suite Version 2 Now Available; New Boris RED Version 5 Included with Media 100 Suite Version 2

Media 100 Suite Version 2 Now Available

What's New in Media 100 Suite v2?

Media 100 Suite v2 introduces support for RED Camera workflows including 4K and 2K video formats, REDCODE media, and the RED ROCKET hardware for accelerated rendering. Other new features include a revamped Motion Editor for Pan and Scan and DVE effects, improved media search capabilities, and a streamlined, modeless ColorFX window for fast access to all ColorFX options. In addition, Media 100 Suite v2 integrates the new Boris RED Version 5 plug-in for text, transitions, and advanced composites. Boris RED v5 adds 60+ new filters and a score of user interface and workflow enhancements.

Buy Now for $995 or View Upgrade Pricing

Media 100 Suite v2 Release Notes




Webinar Replay: Introducing Media 100 Suite Version 2

Missed last week's webinar with Floh Peters? The free replay is now available for free viewing and download!

Watch the Webinar



New Boris RED Version 5 Included with Media 100 Suite Version 2

Boris RED is a plug-in for text, transitions, and advanced composites in Media 100 Suite. An indispensable tool for post-production and broadcast professionals, RED offers a wide range of features right on the Media 100 Suite timeline and adds a standalone engine for effects creation and rendering. RED integrates broadcast-quality text generators, paint, rotoscoping, a full suite of tools to create and extrude vector objects, true 3D shapes and animation, and the industry’s most comprehensive image processing filter suite.

Learn What's New in Boris RED v5

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Sale: Get Boris RED for $595 with a Free Upgrade to Version 5 on Release Through April 17 2011!

NAB Special: Get Boris RED for $595 with a Free Upgrade to Version 5 on Release Through April 17 2011

Boris RED is a plug-in for text, transitions, and advanced composites in Media 100 Suite. An indispensable tool for post-production and broadcast professionals, RED offers a wide range of features right on the Media 100 Suite timeline and adds a standalone engine for effects creation and rendering. RED integrates broadcast-quality text generators, paint, rotoscoping, a full suite of tools to create and extrude vector objects, true 3D shapes and animation, and the industry’s most comprehensive image processing filter suite.

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What's New in Boris RED v5
  • User Interface and Workflow Enhancements
  • Support for 64-bit Video Editing Applications
  • 40+ Filters from Final Effects Complete
  • High-quality Image Restoration Tools
  • UpRez
  • New 3D Particle Effects
  • Realistic In-Camera Effects
  • Stylized Effects
  • Painterly Effects
  • MatchMove Filter
Get Boris RED for $595 with a Free Upgrade to Version 5 on Release

Sunday, April 10, 2011

PR: Adobe Unveils Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium

Sweeping Productivity Enhancements and New Creative Innovations Boost End-to-End Workflows for Audio and Video Professionals

SAN JOSE, Calif. - April 11, 2011 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Creative Suite® 5.5 Production Premium, the complete software solution for video and post-production that helps deliver content to virtually any screen. Breakthrough performance, workflow improvements, creative innovations, and powerful new audio editing capabilities build upon the huge customer momentum Production Premium is experiencing with broadcasters, filmmakers and video professionals worldwide. New versions receiving major updates include Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, Adobe After Effects® CS5.5, Adobe Flash® Professional CS5.5, Adobe Flash Catalyst® CS5.5, Adobe Story, Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5, and Adobe Device Central CS5.5. New to Creative Suite 5.5 is Adobe Audition® CS5.5, bringing its audio-for-video multitrack editing environment to both Mac OS and Windows® for the first time.

Today also sees Adobe debut an affordable and flexible subscription-based pricing plan, attractive to customers that want to get current and stay current on Creative Suite products, have project-based needs, or try the software for the first time. New Subscription Editions ensure customers with active subscriptions are always working with the most up-to-date versions of the software, without the upfront cost of full pricing. Now customers can use Adobe Production Premium CS5.5 for as little as US$85 per month.

“Over the past year, we’ve received a phenomenal response to Adobe Creative Suite CS5 Production Premium for its performance, new features and expanded integration with hardware and camera manufacturers that makes metadata, collaboration and distribution a seamless workflow for video professionals,” said Jim Guerard, vice president and general manager for Professional Video, Adobe. “CS5.5 turbo-charges a product that has already taken the industry by storm and gives story-tellers new tools and features to continue to astonish audiences around the world.”

Even Greater Productivity
Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium delivers massive productivity enhancements that enable video and audio professionals to dramatically accelerate their workflows. The powerful Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, introduced in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, broadens its graphics processing unit (GPU) hardware support to include laptops and more supported cards, and allows users to open projects faster, get real-time feedback for more GPU-accelerated features, and work more smoothly at 4k and higher resolutions.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 boosts performance by providing a smoother editing workflow, enabled by new trimming and editing tools that provide more precision and control. Dual-system sound support from the new Merge Clips command in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 lets users quickly sync video with high-quality audio recorded on separate devices like location recorders, ideal for DSLR or RED workflows. Leveraging an integrated workflow with Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere Pro users can save time by sending individual clips or sequences, including reference videos, directly to Adobe Audition for audio editing and restoration. Adobe’s lead in file-based workflows widens in CS5.5 with enhanced support for RED and other tapeless cameras, including improved RED Source Settings dialog in Premiere Pro and After Effects CS5.5 and native support for up to 5k media from RED Epic cameras via an extension available on Adobe Labs. Providing a truly native editing solution, CS5.5 saves users time and eliminates the need to transcode or rewrap footage.

Building on Creative Suite Production Premium’s industry-leading multiscreen capabilities, the new 64-bit Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 has been completely redesigned to deliver Adobe Premiere Pro video sequences, After Effects compositions, and Adobe Encore® projects to multiple screen formats quickly, while doing the encoding in the background. Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 also introduces new format support such as AVC-Intra and DPX, and watch folders so users can encode a single clip to multiple destinations with a simple drag and drop.

“When you watch a film, it’s the larger experience that sticks with you, the combination of elements, not the individual details,” said Gareth Edwards, award winning filmmaker and the creative driving force behind the much-heralded 2010 independent film, Monsters. “That’s what I love about Adobe Creative Suite – all of the individual tools interlink seamlessly and blur the line between each part of the process so the focus is creating a cohesive work, not a bunch of different pieces. This interconnectivity coupled with the incredible speed of the Mercury Playback Engine makes for a powerful combination – if we had CS5.5 when we made Monsters, I know we would have finished two months earlier.”

Game-Changing Innovations
New innovations across the suite continue to help audio and video professionals push the boundaries of their creativity. After Effects CS5.5 introduces new features such as the Warp Stabilizer, Camera Lens Blur and Light Falloff to enable users to enhance footage in post-production. The breakthrough Warp Stabilizer eliminates unwanted camera movement by steadying shaky footage, making handheld footage appear as smooth as a camera mounted on a mechanical stabilizer. The Camera Lens Blur effect mimics the properties of physical lenses offering more realistic depth of field blurs. The Light Falloff effect enables users to simulate natural illumination falloff to mimic how light behaves in a 3D scene and can be used to create other light intensity effects.

Already well-adopted in the audio industry, video professionals can now harness the power of Adobe Audition in CS5.5 Production Premium – for both Mac and Windows platforms. The completely re-written audio engine in Audition offers a robust toolset to record, edit, mix, master, and sweeten audio. With its professional editing and multitrack mixing tools, powerful noise-reduction and effects options, audio and video professionals on both platforms can now benefit from Adobe Audition CS5.5 for handling a wide range of tasks quickly and efficiently.

Improved Collaboration
Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium continues to drive innovation by enhancing how users collaborate with existing workflows, even if they use a variety of tools. Enhanced project exchange support for Final Cut Pro users provides maximum flexibility for video editors, while new or enhanced OMF support in Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Audition makes it possible to export high-quality audio projects to Avid Pro Tools, facilitating more efficient collaboration between audio editors, remixers and sound designers.

Access to the new version of Adobe Story, an Adobe CS Live online service*†, improves collaboration between users with email notifications of new script edits and a faster method of tracking changes through script elements and filters. The ability to import Adobe Story script data directly into Adobe Premiere Pro further strengthens XML-based metadata support found throughout the Production Premium suite, which is critical for everything from file-based workflows to media asset management. This industry leadership around metadata-driven workflows, plus the ease and flexibility of communicating with Adobe applications with critical third party solutions from news management systems to playback servers, is the catalyst behind many broadcasters and other organizations around the world switching to Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium.

Pricing and Availability
Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium is scheduled to ship within 30 days with availability through Adobe Authorized Resellers, the Adobe Store and Adobe Direct Sales. Estimated street price for Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium is expected to be US$1,699. Upgrade pricing and volume licensing are available.

By subscribing to Creative Suite, customers can choose a one-year subscription plan for lower payments or a month-to-month subscription for greater flexibility. For more information about Subscription Editions, visit: www.adobe.com/go/cssubscription.

Pricing for the new Subscription Edition starts as low as US$39 per month for Adobe Premiere Pro and US$85 per month for Production Premium.

Education pricing for students, faculty and staff in K-12 and higher education is available from Adobe Authorized Education Resellers and the Adobe Education Store at www.adobe.com/education/purchasing/education_pricing.htm. More information regarding education volume licensing for higher education and K-12 institutions can be viewed at www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/volumelicensing/education.

For more detailed information about features, OS support, upgrade policies, pricing and International versions, please visit www.adobe.com/go/creativesuiteproduction.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

NAB Specials! SAVE BIG on Red Giant, Trapcode, Digieffects, GenArts, Noise Industries, Zaxwerks, and Imagineer Products!

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Red Giant and Trapcode Products 20% Off All Products Through April 17 2011

Through Friday, April 17th Save 20% on Red Giant and Trapcode Individual Products, Bundles, Upgrades, and Academic titles. Red Giant/Trapcode NAB Special

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Digieffects 50% Off All Products Through April 17 2011

Through Friday, April 17th Save 50% on Digieffects Individual Products, Bundles, al a Carte Products, and Academic titles. Digieffects NAB Special

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Zaxwerks Individual Products on Sale Through April 17 2011

Save big on Invigorator Pro, ProAnimator, 3D Serpentine and More!
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Imagineer Systems mocha AE and mocha Pro Sale Through April 22 2011

Save $100 off Imagineer Systems mocha AE Node Locked, mocha Pro v2.5 Single Seat Reg: $1,495.00 SALE: $995.00, mocha Pro v2.5 3 Seat Reg: $4,495.00 SALE: $2,895.00, mocha Pro v2.5 5 Seat Reg: $7,475.00 SALE: $4,795.00 Imagineer Systems NAB Special

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GenArts Monsters GT 50% Off /Buy Sapphire for AE and get Particleillusion AE Free Through April 30 2011

Through Saturday, April 30th Save 50% on GenArts Monsters GT, or Purchase Sapphire for AE and get Particleillusion AE FREE ($299 Value) GenArts NAB Special

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Noise Industries Products 20% Off Through April 17 2011

Noise Industries FxFactory, Yanobox, Dashwood Stereo3D, SugarFX Templates and More 20% Off Through April 17 2011 Noise Industries NAB Special

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Friday, April 08, 2011

Press Release: FilmmakingCentral Selects Telestream Wirecast for Live NAB Webcasts

FlimmakingCentral Live @ The NAB Show to broadcast news live from the show floor using Telestream Wirecast live video production and streaming software

Nevada City, Calif., March 23, 2011 – Telestream, a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced that its Wirecast live webcasting software was selected by NAB show media partner, FilmmakingCentral, to stream live broadcasts from the show floor during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention in Las Vegas, April 11-14, 2010.

“This is the second year that FilmmakingCentral Live @ The NAB Show is broadcasting using Telestream Wirecast live webcasting software,” said Dave Basulto, founder of FilmmakingCentral. “We’re sticking with Wirecast because it’s dependable, easy to use, highly portable, and it just works.”

FilmmakingCentral Live @ The NAB Show will interview a wide range of companies geared toward the filmmaker and online content creator. News will also be broadcast about the latest gear and what’s hot at the show from Booth SL12005. Live show webcasts will be available for viewing on FilmmakingCentral’s Website (http://bit.ly/fmclivenab) and on the NAB Show Website. The FilmmakingCentral Facebook page will also host live show feeds along with information about daily giveaways.

Wirecast is the industry’s first live, full-production video streaming software solution in a box for any desktop. It can be installed on a laptop to broadcast live events and create high-quality productions from any location with only a computer and an Internet connection. Wirecast works just like a video switcher, allowing users to control real-time switching between multiple cameras while dynamically mixing in other media such as prerecorded video, audio and graphics. With advanced features such as chroma key, 3D graphics, transitions, layering, built-in titles, virtual sets and scoreboards, Wirecast offers high production value for the creation of live and on-demand broadcasts for the Web. When ready to go live, users can broadcast directly to live broadcasting websites using Flash, QuickTime or Windows Media.

Additionally, Wirecast will be used by Pixel Corps to live stream the Final Cut Pro User Group (FCPUG) SuperMeet at NAB on Tuesday evening, April 12, from Bally’s Hotel. This is the second FCPUG SuperMeet being streamed this year by Pixel Corps using Wirecast. Live broadcasts will be available for viewing on Pixel Corp’s website (www.pixelcorps.com/live) and the FCPUG SuperMeet website www.supermeet.com.

According to Alex Lindsay, chief architect at Pixel Corps, “Wirecast is the easiest way to switch multiple cameras and stream live to multiple destinations at multiple compression rates and resolutions. I do not know of any other software system that is as flexible as Wirecast, in terms of being able to do all of this from one consumer computer. It’s a great live streaming production tool.”

New Wirecast webcasting features will be demonstrated at the NAB Show in Telestream Booth SL3309. For those unable to attend the show, Telestream is featuring Wirecast along with its other products and Wirecast partner solutions during TelestreamLIVE, a series of live broadcasts from the show, being streamed by Wirecast at www.justin.tv/telestreamlive.

Learn More/Purchase Telestream Tools and Software in our Store

For more information about Telestream and Wirecast, visit www.telestream.net. For more information about Filmmaking Central, visit filmmakingcentral.com.

Freebies: New Free Red Giant Magic Bullet Colorista and LUT Buddy Color Grading Plugins

Posted at Red Giant's Red Room Blog by Aharon Rabinowitz 04.08.11

Two New FREE Tools for Color Grading & Color Decisions

coloristaMagic Bullet Colorista Free: Color correction for every artist

Colorista Free is a simplified, elegant color corrector that anyone can share and use. You get exactly what you need with basic controls designed by experienced colorists, like the 3-Way wheels from our popular Colorista II and numeric sliders for precise numerical accuracy. For high-level work, Colorista Free is workflow-ready to share Color Decision List (CDL) values with CDL-compliant host apps and conform your color work to industry standards. Set your colors free.

Download Red Giant Colorista Free for After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro.




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LUT Buddy: Make LUTs, Share LUTs, use LUTs


LUT Buddy was created for the professional colorist and came directly out of the film work of Stu Maschwitz, our Creative Director. The plug-in runs in desktop apps like After Effects and FCP, then exports its LUT output to communicate with higher end systems ranging from DaVinci Resolve to Panasonic displays. If you’re already using 1D or 3D LUT’s in your workflow, this tool was designed for you to share values between compliant software and devices.

Download Red Giant LUT Buddy for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Motion.

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New: Greyscalegorilla HDRI Studio Pack, HDRI Light Kit Pro and CityKit for Cinema 4D

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Greyscalegorilla HDRI Studio Pack for Cinema 4D Multi User Pack

Perfect Product Renders in Cinema 4D

HDRI Studio Pack is a collection of over 50 studio images made to light your scenes and products just like a real studio. These HDR Images were captured from Professionally lit 3D product studios so your renders look just like the pros.
  • 54 High Resolution HDRI Images: captured from Professionally lit 3D product studios. (6000px x 3000px)
  • HDR Studio Rig: This rig allows you to light your scenes just by dragging and dropping your favorite HDR image into the scene. This rig also allows you to fine tune the HDR images to match your scene perfectly.
  • Seamless Floor Rig: This rig allows you to render your products and scenes on a seamless floor object. If you have tried to do this before, then you know how hard this is to get working correctly. This rig takes care of it for you.
  • Video Training: Comprehensive Video training for the pack including tutorials on how to use Global Illumination.



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Greyscalegorilla HDRI Light Kit Pro for Cinema 4D Multi User Pack

Real Studio Lights for Cinema 4D

HDRI Light Kit Pro is a collection of lights, studios and objects that lets you quickly light your scene with realistic soft boxes, spotlights, ring lights and more.
  • 10 Light Types: including, soft boxes, ring-lights, spotlights, light tents, dome lights, window lights and more.
  • 2 Hours of Video Training: including a bonus “How to Make your Global Illumination Renders Shine” tutorial.
  • 11 Hi-Resolution HDR Images: to instantly light your scene with photo-real light.
  • 9 Studios Pre-Lit: Just add your models and hit render for perfect, studio-lit renders.
  • 7 Test Models: to use to help light your scenes.



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Greyscalegorilla CityKit for Cinema 4D Multi-User Pack

Instant City Generator for Cinema 4D

City Kit builds realistic looking cities in Cinema 4D with a click of a button. Customize your city kit with your own buildings, settings and sizes.

  • Day Time and Night Time City Rigs for day or night renders.

  • Daylight Lighting Presets help create great looking cities fast.

  • Ready-to-Render City Presets to get a head start on your next project.

  • Two hours of training and tutorials to get the most out of City Kit.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Update: Nik Software HDR Efx Pro v1.2 Update Available

nik hdrUpdate: Nik Software HDR Efx Pro v1.2 Update Available

A free update to our HDR software arrives with added support for 32-bit Photoshop, plus improvements in speed, memory handling, and stability.

Download the Update | Learn More/Purchase in our Store

Nik Software HDR Efex Pro is the essential new standard for creating 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.

News/PR: Digieffects Debuts New Streamlined 64-Bit VFX Plug-Ins at NAB 2011

Digieffects Debuts New Streamlined 64-Bit VFX Plug-Ins at NAB 2011

Digieffects’ Delirium V2, Buena Depth Cue V2, Damage V2 Make NAB 2011 Debut; Support for Apple FxPlug Delivers Significant Performance, Image Quality Gains for Final Cut Pro and Motion Artists


Wilmington, NC - April 04, 2011

An energized, redefined and rapidly growing Digieffects® (www.digieffects.com) announced today it is debuting its streamlined family of VFX plug-ins, Delirium V2, Buena Depth Cue V2 and Damage V2, as well as its newly created library of a la carte plug-ins, in its booth #SL2237L in the Plug-In Pavilion at NAB 2011 in Las Vegas next week. The Company will also demonstrate for attendees its new native support for Apple FxPlug across its entire product line. FxPlug is an image processing plug-in architecture that offers unprecedented fast rendering, high color depth and seamless integration with Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion.

Digieffects also unveiled at the show details of its extensive partnership with Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, in which Digieffects has signed a multilayer strategic agreement with this industry-leading provider of digital entertainment technology. The impact of this partnership exponentially extends Digieffects’ reach beyond professional content creation markets and into consumer, prosumer and enthusiast markets.

“Digieffects v.2011 is a company that’s re-focused, re-vitalized and re-energized; a group of people dedicated to developing the most flexible and visually immersive yet accessible VFX plug ins in the industry,” said Robert Sharp, president of Digieffects. “In late 2010, we made a commitment to our customers that we’d redouble our efforts on strengthening our product offerings, while making our organization even easier to work with to solve VFX workflow challenges. We responded quickly and decisively with a number of strategic changes to our business model, as well as with a number of newly re-engineered products. And we’re here at NAB 2011 to show our customers first hand just how far we’ve come in just a few short months.”

Digieffects in the Plug-In Pavilion at NAB 2011: What You’ll See

The team from Digieffects will be on hand in the Plug-In Pavilion to demonstrate its new family of 64-bit VFX plug-ins, including:
  • Delirium V2: Includes 45 effects in 6 categories, such as Natural Forces, Special Effect Elements, Color & Style Filters, Patterns & Distortions, Lighting & Glow Effects, and Compositing Tools;
  • Damage V2: Includes 7 effects to artistically degrade footage, including Aged Film, Archive, Blockade, Destabilizer, Interference, Overexpose and Skew;
  • Buena Depth Cue V2: Includes 6 3D object manipulation effects for After Effects, such as Atmosphere, Camera Mapper, Falloff Lighting, Flipside, Depth and Rack Focus.
Additionally, Digieffects’ entire library of a la carte offerings will be available for preview in the booth.

The team will also demonstrate how its new support for Apple FxPlug delivers several workflow advantages for Final Cut Pro and Motion users. Some advantages include:
  • Faster rendering as FxPlug can utilize the power of the GPU, removing valuable compute cycle burdens from the CPU;
  • Integration of other technologies, such as Open GL;
  • Integration of other Apple technologies, such as Core Image and Quartz Composer;
  • The power of 32-bit float processing.
Pricing and Availability

Digieffects’ entire family of VFX plug-ins are available immediately and are priced as follows:

Digieffects Delirium V2: $299.00
Digieffects Damage V2: $99.00
Digieffects Buena Depth Cue V2: $199.00

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 service a variety of other markets including corporations, government agencies, universities, non-profit institutions, independent freelancers and hobbyists. Digieffects has also licensed its plugins to Adobe and Roxio for inclusion in their video software applications.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

News/Rumor Mill: Apple to Debut the New Final Cut Pro During NAB?

News/Rumor Mill: Apple to Introduce New Final Cut Pro on April 12th? Posted at MacRumors.com by Arnold Kim

"ProVideoCoalition claims to have heard rumors that Apple is planning to use the Final Cut Pro User Group SuperMeet to announce the next version of Final Cut Pro."

Read the Full Post at MacRumors.com
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New: Digieffects Delirium Rainfall Now Available al a Carte

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Simulate a weather pattern similar to a summer rainstorm


Rainfall is a particle system that easily and elegantly handles rain effects through a realistic rain simulation. Realistic rain available any time of the year. Control intensity, direction, size, and turbulance to create gentle showers or violent storms.

Learn More/Purchase in our Store

Available for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Autodesk Combustion, Boris RED, or GrassValley Edius at the incredible price of $49

Sale: Save 25% on Maxon Cinema 4D Full Products, Upgrades and Multi-License

Through 6/30/2011, Save 25% on ALL Maxon C4D Products*!

Sale Includes Full Retail Prime, Studio, Broadcast, Visualize, and Bodypaint 3D Titles, Competitive Upgrades, Multi-license,and Full Upgrade Products! *Excludes Academic Titles.

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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. Save 25% on Maxon Cinema 4D Titles in our Store!

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Introducing GreyScaleGorilla CityKit for Cinema 4D

Build and customize cities and neighborhoods with one click for your project, while saving hours of Modeling and Rendering.

Optimized modeling and texturing for great looking cities and the fast renders. Add your own buildings to the rig. Customize the city including size, height, colors, windows, and lights to fit your project. Use the "Custom Areas" to add your own special buildings or objects into the scene. Learn More/Purchase GreyScaleGorilla City Kit for Cinema 4D.


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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Update: Red Giant Magic Bullet Colorista II 1.0.1

coloristaFrom Red Giant's Red Room: Update: Announcing Magic Bullet Colorista II 1.0.1: This update to Colorista II fixes several issues, including:
  • Colorista II now works properly on non-English Windows installations.
  • A crashing issue when using the auto balance eye dropper in Premiere Pro.
  • A compatibility issue between Colorista II and Warp that could cause your host app to crash.
  • In Final Cut Pro, the Mids and Highs RGB functionality were switched, so that when the RGB Mids were raised it effected the whites and when the RGB Highs were raised they effected the middle values.
  • An issue where the 3 way color corrector is sometimes reset to the default red.
  • Several installer issues.
Learn More/Purchase Colorista II in our Store | Download the Update/Trial

To make this even more useful, we decided to include a feature we’ve been talking about for a while: Colorista II shortcut keys for After Effects. For all the details, check out the manual after downloading the update!

New/PR: PHYX Keyer v2.0: FxFactory Powered PHYX Keyer 2 Raises the Bar on Keying in Final Cut Pro, Motion and After Effects

phyxFXFACTORY POWERED PHYX KEYER 2.0 RAISES THE BAR ON KEYING IN FINAL CUT PRO, MOTION AND AFTER EFFECTS

Noise Industries and PHYX Inc. amp up popular keying plug-in pack with three new keying plug-ins for increased keying accuracy, speed and control

Boston, MA – April 5, 2011 – Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, and development partner PHYX Inc. are pleased to bring the VFX community PHYX Keyer 2.0 for the FxFactory® platform. PHYX Keyer 2.0 is an amplified collection of keying plug-ins designed to work inside Adobe® After Effects®, Apple® Final Cut Pro®, Apple Motion® and Apple Final Cut® Express applications. PHYX Keyer 2.0 is GPU-accelerated for speed increases of up to 300% and introduces three new professional-quality plug-ins to the existing pack; Composite Matcher, FastKeyer, and MatteFuse. Version 2.0 contains highly optimized, award-winning tools to create seamless and realistic composites, repair uneven green/blue screens, create and manipulate mattes, neutralize green/blue spill, and match background color and edge lighting.

"PHYX Keyer has been a very popular plug-in collection for our FxFactory users – we are excited to finally bring them an updated version with even more keying capabilities," says Niclas Bahn, director of business development, Noise Industries. "Version 2.0's new features – along with its updates – present users with enhanced accuracy, speed and control during the keying process. The user interface remains simple and easy-to-use, but the results have dramatically improved. We look forward to a continued partnership with PHYX Inc., as well as future updates to our keying plug-in collection."

PHYX Keyer 2.0 Features


PHYX Keyer 2.0 introduces 3 new keying plug-ins that help create and refine keys using the most efficient algorithms for a variety of shooting conditions. PHYX Keyer 2.0 includes a variety of highlights:
  • NEW Composite Matcher: Enables users to correctly match color and tone of backgrounds, making composites even more realistic.
  • NEW FastKeyer: Contains all the basic tools needed to perform keys quickly and efficiently. It contains chroma reconstruction technology to accurately key 4:2:2 or 4:1:1 footage, RGB Keyer, Despill, and LightWrap plug-ins within one simple interface.
  • NEW MatteFuse: Allows users to combine mattes to create the ultimate matte for each element. Input multiple mattes or masks – up to 8 – with full control over inverting, Luma scaling, and application method (minimum or maximum). Combine holdout masks and garbage mattes with multiple key results to create complex compound mattes.
  • NEW 'Edges' Mode in Despill: Process only the edges of the keyed element. Prevents Despill from removing green or blue within the foreground element, allowing full control of the areas to despill. Despill now also contains multiple algorithms for processing blue and green.
  • NEW RGB Keyer Method: The Keyer plug-in now contains an extremely accurate RGB Keyer method algorithm for extracting precise keys.
  • NEW LightWrap: The LightWrap plug-in is now more powerful with increased speed and control.




Availability and Pricing of PHYX Keyer 2.0


PHYX Keyer 2.0 is available now as a FREE upgrade for existing customers. For new customers,

PHYX Keyer 2.0 is available for $299 USD

A trial version is also included with the FxFactory 2.1.6 installer.

Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Studio and Apple Final Cut Express users can also sample hundreds of other FxFactory plug-ins by downloading the free 15-day trial version of FxFactory from: http://www.noiseindustries.com/fxfactory.

About PHYX Inc.

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

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

About Noise Industries, LLC

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

New/Sale: Sonic Reality Sonic Refills Gold Reg: $299 SALE: $99

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How do you get every sound (over 8,000 of 'em!) within Reason? Plug-in 20 volumes of Sonic Refills!

With the Sonic Refills Gold Bundle, you get volumes 1 through 20 of the stunning Sonic Refills for Reason series at an incredible price. Priced separately, these volumes would cost more than $1100! This is the ultimate collection to supercharge Reason.

Through April 30th 2011, Get Sonic Reality Sonic Refills Gold for $99 (Reg. $299!)


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News: Adobe Technology Sneaks 2011: Sneak Preview of New Motion Stabilizer for After Effects



Adobe Technology Sneaks 2011: Sneak Preview of New Motion Stabilizer for After Effects

Monday, April 04, 2011

Pre-Order Deal: Chaos Group VRAY for Maya 2.0


V-Ray for Maya v2.0 Available for Pre-Order!

V-Ray for Maya v2.0 is now available from Digimation at the pre-order price of only $1,235! This discounted price is only available from March 25 - April 22, 2011. After 2pm EST on April 22, the cost for V-Ray for Maya v2.0 will increase to $1,325 + shipping.

Customers who pre-order V-Ray for Maya will receive:
  • V-Ray for Maya v1.5 now
  • Beta version of V-Ray for Maya v2.0 (access to download March 25)
  • V-Ray for Maya v2.0 (access to download April 25)
  • V-Ray RT on CPU
  • V-Ray RT on GPU
  • (1) Hardware dongle

This special pre-order price of $1,235 + shipping is only available until 2pm EST on April 22, 2011 and includes a hardware dongle so make sure you pre-order now to take advantage of this discount.

Customers who already have a dongle will simply need to have it reprogrammed to work with the beta version of v2.0. Reprogrammed dongles will work with v1.5 as well v2.0.

Already purchased V-Ray for Maya?

Upgrade pricing is available for customers who have already purchased V-Ray for Maya. Upgrades will include:

  • Beta version of V-Ray for Maya v2.0 (access to download March 25 -- available only for customers who have purchased a license of V-Ray for Maya v1.5)
  • V-Ray for Maya v2.0 (access to download April 25)
  • V-Ray RT on CPU
  • V-Ray RT on GPU

Note that all new V-Ray for Maya v2.0 purchases as well as upgrades will include V-Ray RT on CPU, which is no longer sold separately, and V-Ray RT on GPU as well as these new and enhancedfeatures.