Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tutorial: Five Quick Ways to Clean Up Your Shots with mocha Pro

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"Having clean plates is at the heart of seamless visual effects shots, but as Imagineer's Martin Brennand points out, clean plates are rarely captured on set and almost always require a major fix in post.

Using five different types of shots, Martin Brennand shows you how to remove objects, rigs and wires for a cleaner plate with mocha Pro's Remove Module."

View the Tutorial at StudioDaily.com


Follow along with a Free Trial of mocha Pro

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Update: Adobe Lightroom 3.4.1 Update; Enhancements and Bug Fixes

Update: Adobe Lightroom 3.4.1 Update is Now Available

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.4 update includes these enhancements:
  • Additional camera support for several new camera models including the Canon Rebel T3i, Nikon D5100 and Fuji FinePix X100
  • Corrections for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom 3
The Lightroom 3.4.1 update includes an important correction for a bug introduced in the Lightroom 3.4 release

Learn More/Download the Update

Friday, May 27, 2011

News/PR: Digieffects Integrates Sophisticated, Workflow-Enhancing Innovations into Delirium and Damage Family

Get instant results with AutoAnimate in Damage v2 and Delirium v2.

Drop an effect on any clip in a Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro timeline and instantly see animated results, in real time with no rendering.


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AutoAnimate technology enables Delirium v2 and Damage v2 users to easily drop an effect onto a clip in the editing timeline and see the animated results in real time. This significant workflow enhancing capability eliminates the need for artists to manually animate the different parameters of the plug-in to test the viability of the look in each shot. The manual key framing process is extremely slow and tedious and often takes valuable time away from the edit and slows down the post-production process. When the user selects the Delirium or Damage plug-in that works for the shot, they can simply adjust the controls within the settings and that effect will be AutoAnimated.




Press Release: Digieffects Integrates Sophisticated, Workflow-Enhancing Innovations into Delirium and Damage Family- Digieffects' Delirium v2 and Damage v2 Builds In AutoAnimate Capability Into Select Plug-Ins; Advanced Features, Technology Typical in High End VFX Systems Wilmington, NC - May 24, 2011

Digieffects® (www.digieffects.com) announced today it has integrated powerful, innovative workflow-enhancing technology into its family of Delirium v2 and Damage v2 VFX plug-ins, significantly accelerating the editing and VFX workflow for Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro artists. By integrating powerful AutoAnimate capabilities into several of its plug-ins, Digieffects is enabling editors and VFX artists to seamlessly drop an effect on any clip in a Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro timeline and instantly see animated results, in real time with no rendering.
Typically available in high end VFX solutions not accessible to independents, smaller boutique agencies and students, Digieffects AutoAnimate capability significantly accelerates the editing and VFX workflow and eliminates the tedium of manually animating parameters of the effects to test their viability in the shot, which is typically an extremely time consuming and impractical process for editors and VFX artists on a deadline. There is no need to keyframe any of the controls unless users want to adjust a certain parameter over the course of time.

"Digieffects' AutoAnimate innovation is another example of how we're empowering everyone in the market with very sophisticated workflow solutions at price points that fit today's constricted budgets," said Robert Sharp, president of Digieffects. "We have an extremely talented team of developers here at Digieffects that implicitly understand that VFX solutions are not simply about delivering visually stunning results. It's also about delivering workflow efficiencies and eliminating the obstacles that slow our customers down. And we're doing it all at a price point that enables our customers to deliver high value results without draining their budget."

Digieffects AutoAnimate: How it Works

Digieffects AutoAnimate technology enables Delirium v2 and Damage v2 users to easily drop an effect onto a clip in the editing timeline and see the animated results in real time. This significant workflow enhancing capability eliminates the need for artists to manually animate the different parameters of the plug-in to test the viability of the look in each shot. The manual key framing process is extremely slow and tedious and often takes valuable time away from the edit and slows down the post-production process. When the user selects the Delirium or Damage plug-in that works for the shot, they can simply adjust the controls within the settings and that effect will be AutoAnimated.

Delirium v2 includes 45 effects in 5 categories, such as Phenomena, Color, Patterns & Distortions, Mood, and Compositing Tools. Additionally, the Delirium v2 family of VFX plug-ins are available for purchase individually as part of the Company's a la carte offerings. Delirium v2 plug-ins enabled with AutoAnimate include:
  • Bubbles
  • Crazy Stripes
  • Electrical Arcs
  • Fairy Dust
  • Fire
  • Fireworks
  • FogFactory
  • Muzzle Flash
  • Nexus
  • Rainfall
  • Smoke
  • Snowstorm
  • Sparks
  • Stargate
Damage V2 includes 7 effects to artistically degrade footage, including Aged Film, Archive, Blockade, Destabilizer, Interference, Overexpose and Skew, and are all enabled with AutoAnimate capability.

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

Download a Free Trial

About Digieffects

Founded in 1996, Digieffects is a developer of visual effects software. Our software functions as "plug-ins" and work in conjunction with Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, 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.

Live Webinar: Professional Compositing and Titles in Avid Media Composer

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Live Webinar: Professional Compositing and Titles in Avid Media Composer

When: Thursday, June 23, 2011 @ 1:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time

Register Now!

Description

Join Jeff Greenberg as he shows you how to create professional composites and titles in Avid Media Composer using Boris RED 5. Jeff's presentation will cover:
  • Boris RED's Text Tool and Style Palette
  • Lower Thirds, Type on Text, and Text on a Path
  • EPS Import and Extrusion
  • Color Correcting with Custom Masks
  • Chroma Key Composites with Custom Spline Mattes and Filtering
About Jeff Greenberg

To great annoyance from his parents, Jeff left a pre-med program to pursue a degree in film. Since then, he's struggled to explain exactly what his job is to his parents.

He's the Owner of JGreenberg Consulting and Senior Instructor for Future Media Concepts. Over the last decade, he's amassed over 20 different certifications and is a Master Adobe, Apple, and Avid Instructor in the areas of editorial, compositing, sound, color correction, and compression.

Along the way, he's been well received as a seminar speaker, works as a post production specialist/consultant, and is responsible for the Editors Retreat - a yearly exotic getaway by editors, for editors.

Occasionally, he has written books and articles. He also has video teaching materials available from Lynda.com and Vasst.com

Update: Topaz Labs Lens Effects v1.1 Now Available

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Update: Topaz Labs Lens Effects for Photoshop, Aperture and Lightroom v1.1 Now Available:
  • New filters for diffusion, polarization, UV/Haze and streaks
  • Improved depth-of-field simulation for better image quality
  • A dual focus lens option
  • 30 new and customizable aperture shapes
  • 13 new and customizable vignette masks
  • AND you can upload your own aperture shapes and vignette masks.
Learn More/Purchase Lens Effects in our Store | Update Now/Free Trial

With the addition of effects and presets, Lens Effects now simulates over 170 lens, filter and specialty-camera effects that you can instantly apply to your images in just a single click. Now you can use Lens Effects as your digital camera bag to virtually apply in-camera enhancements after the shot.

Current Lens Effects owners can update here.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New: Trapcode Suite makes Game-Winning Sports Graphics

Be the MVP with these game-winning motion graphics

Create stunning High Definition sports motion graphics in seconds with 25 unique templates spread across 5 action-packed broadcast quality themes. Sports Graphics pack brings the fidelity and immersion of 3D motion graphics to your own sports broadcasts. You can easily insert your own logos, pictures, videos and text. Change the color scheme and tweak the Trapcode Suite effects to complement the rest of your package.



Grand slam & slam-dunk features

This package contains 25 unique templates that were designed to appeal to a wide variety of sports broadcasters. The After Effects projects feature Trapcode Suite effects that are fully editable.
  • Quickly insert your own text, logos, color scheme, photos and videos for instant animation.
  • Each template was created in 1080p at 30FPS, and have alpha channel transparency during transitions for easy compositing.
  • Cinema 4D was heavily utilized for pre-made elements, giving this pack a high fidelity edge which rivals current professional sports graphics.
  • The templates also feature Knoll Light Factory lighting effects, and ship with both live and rendered versions of the effects.
  • BONUS: Includes 20 Magic Bullet Looks presets for sports film color treatments. (Requires Magic Bullet Looks, Quick Looks or PhotoLooks.)

Updates: CycoreFX HD, Path Tools and Sphere Utilities Updates

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CycoreFX HD 1.7.1:
This update features new random seed controls in Particle World and Particle Systems II and a start time control in Pixel Polly. Light Sweep now has 32 bpc support and an improved light model for all bit depths. Also included are 35 plug-ins with 32 bpc support (float). CycoreFX HD is 64-bit native for After Effects CS5.x.

CycoreFX HD is the professional version of CycoreFX that allows work at higher bit depths. CycoreFX HD also contains several new plug-ins such as the more advanced Rainfall and Snowfall simulators. Rainfall and Snowfall allows to easily and quickly create "real-looking" rain and snow when there is no time to get into a complex particle generator. The HD package features an impressive total of 73 plug-ins.

Learn More about CycoreFX HD in our Store | Download Trial/Update Now

Upgrade to the HD package and you get:

  • 16 bpc support in all effects.
  • 12 additional plug-ins.
  • 32 bpc support (float) in 35 effects (more coming).
  • Added functionality, eg. motionblur, support for AE lights, more controls and options.



Cycore FX Path Tools 1.1.1: This update features new composite with original controls in Rakka and Wiggle Stroke. Path Tools is 64-bit native for After Effects CS5.x.

Path Tools is a package containing two powerful plug-ins, Rakka and Wiggle Stroke. The basic requirement for both plug-ins is a mask path. Rakka also needs a layer to "rack-up", or repeat, along the selected mask path. From there, the combinations are almost endless to create cool and original looking animations, backgrounds or effects. You can create stunning animations with minimal effort ― animations that were once only possible with particle generators. Using Wiggle Stroke you can do anything from "wiggling" frames to completely crazy looking thread/wire animations, all from a single mask path. Path Tools supports 32 bpc color (float) and will become an indispensable addition to your toolbox.

Learn More about CycoreFX Path Tools in our Store | Download Trial/Update Now




Cycore FX Sphere Utilities 1.1.1:
This update features speed improvements across all four plug-ins. Sphere Utilities is 64-bit native for After Effects CS5.x.

Sphere Utilities is a package containing four plug-ins that are essentially tools to be used to create, edit and animate spherical maps. Using Sphere Utilities these tasks become as easy as moving text from left to right on the screen. Need to draw a line from Seattle to Uppsala or animate an airplane flying from Melbourne to LA crossing the date line? Sphere Utilities is a must have. Crossing the date line is a task that currently involves a lot of manual work, duplication of the layer and hand-matching the motion. These animations can then be used directly in After Effects with CC Sphere, or any other plug-in that supports spherical mapping, or in your favorite 3D application. Sphere Utilities supports 32 bpc color (float) and will be a welcome addition to your toolbox.

Learn More about CycoreFX Sphere Utilities in our Store | Download Trial/Update Now

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Update: Wondertouch by GenArts particleIllusion for After Effects v1.02; After Effects CS5 and CS5.5 Installer Update

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The current version of particleIllusion for After Effects is now 1.02 Version 1.02 is the first version that supports After Effects CS5 and CS5.5

To update from 1.00 or 1.01 to 1.02 (Windows): download the particleIllusion 1.02 for After Effects installer (Windows)

To update from 1.00 or 1.01 to 1.02 (Mac OS X): download the particleIllusion 1.02 for After Effects installer (Mac)

There is no need to uninstall the previous version before installing 1.02.

particleIllusion for After Effects ("pIAE" for short) is the plug-in version of particleIllusion for Adobe After Effects.

Learn More/Purchase particleIllusion for After Effects in our Store

What does it do?

pIAE allows you to load most of the over 2800 existing particleIllusion 3.0 emitters in After Effects, including the Pro Emitters. It also includes the emitter search engine that is found in particleView. You have access to all of the "top-level" parameters: size, life, number, velocity, etc. (almost everything that shows in the particleIllusion hierarchy window), so you are able to do quite a bit of customization at both the top emitter level and the individual particle type level (and free emitter type level for super emitters).

What will it NOT do?

Version 1.0 of pIAE doesn't give you access to the "lower level" parameters like particle color gradients, size over life graphs, particle images, particle image reference point location, initial particle angle -- the things that are in the various pages of the emitter properties dialog in pI3. Forces and deflectors are not be present in version 1.0. Also, because of the number of parameters that each emitter adds, there may be some limit to the number of emitters that you can add to a project.

New: Boris Continuum Complete 7 AE Video Tutorial Series

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Boris TV trainer Kevin P. McAuliffe is the host of a new learn-at-your-own-pace video tutorial series. Recorded in HD, the tutorials represent over two hours of Boris TV episodes covering these BCC 7 AE features:

BCC 7 AE Training
  • Primary Color Correction with 3-Way Color Grade
  • Secondary Color Correction with 3-Way Color Grade
  • Cinematic Looks with 3-Way Color Grade
  • After Effects CS5 Roto Brush and 3-Way Color Grade
  • Noise Reduction
  • Beat Reactor
  • Particle Array 3D
  • Pin Art 3D
  • Lens Blur
  • Creating a Rack Focus with Lens Blur
  • Morph
  • Video Morph
Boris Continuum Complete 7 AE Video Tutorial Series

Available Now as an immediate download for just $9.95!
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tutorial: Super Slow Motion Effect Using Images in After Effects



Posted by by Michael DeVowe on Vimeo: "Create a super slow motion effect from images in After Effects! All you need is two or more photos to create this effect. Pixel Motion is used in After Effects."

Read the Full Commentary and Tutorial on Vimeo


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New: Boris XML Transfer Version 3 Introduces Support for Avid Media Composer

Boris XMLSeamlessly Transfer Avid and Apple Final Cut Pro Program Sequences to Adobe After Effects

Boston MA – May 24, 2011 – Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, today announced Boris XML Transfer Version 3. Boris XML Transfer is an Adobe After Effects plug-in designed for seamless transfer of Avid Media Composer and Apple Final Cut Pro program sequences to Adobe After Effects. New to Version 3, the Avid to After Effects workflow allows for direct import and translation of Avid AAF format files.

Boris XML Transfer preserves all aspects of an Avid Media Composer or Apple Final Cut Pro project including edits, cuts, dissolves, and treatments. In addition, Boris XML Transfer offers the unique ability to translate Boris Continuum Complete effects used in Avid or Final Cut Pro projects to corresponding Boris Continuum Complete effects in After Effects.

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

Boris XML Transfer Version 3 Feature Highlights
  • Clips Remain Fully Editable. All trimmed Avid Media Composer and Apple Final Cut Pro clips remain fully-editable in Adobe After Effects as stepped-up or stepped-down layers.
  • Boris Continuum Complete Compatibility. Continuum Complete filter effects provide the same look and keyframe values for every parameter.
  • Avid and Final Cut Pro Titles and Text Elements remain editable in After Effects.
  • Integrity of Transferred Media Elements is preserved during the transfer from Avid or Final Cut Pro, including alpha channel information and masks.
  • Expanded Import Options include the ability to import or ignore audio tracks and the ability to pre-compose all video and/or audio tracks during import.
  • Familiar Look and Feel. Translated After Effects projects will look very familiar to Final Cut Pro or Avid editors. User marks, comments and labels for clips and sequences, and all user-defined names are carried across from Final Cut Pro or Avid to After Effects.
Pricing and Availability

Boris XML Transfer Version 3 for Macintosh OS X is immediately available through the Boris FX worldwide reseller channel and direct from the Boris FX web site at www.borisfx.com for an MSRP of $299 USD. Version 3 is a free upgrade for all Boris XML Transfer Version users. A full-functioning 14-day trial version is available for free download.

A Windows version of Boris XML Transfer is planned for later this year.
About Boris FX

Founded in 1995, Boris FX is a leading developer of VFX, compositing, titling, video editing, and workflow tools for broadcast, post-production, and film professionals. Boris FX products have grown to serve over a million artists worldwide. The company's success lies in its ability to tightly integrate and leverage technologies through strong partnerships with Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Grass Valley, Sony, and other leading developers of video editing software.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Update: Imagineer Systems mocha, mocha Pro & mocha AE Version 2.6 Now Available

Version 2.6 now released for mocha, mocha Pro and mocha AE! Improved Nuke support, faster tracking on Windows & more.

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Date: May 19, 2011

Imagineer Systems Releases Newest Version of Award-Winning Planar Tracking Tools, mocha, mocha Pro and mocha AE; Delivers Improved Nuke Support, Optimized for Faster Performance on Windows Platform

New mocha Family v2.6 Continues Improvements on VFX and Stereo Conversion Workflow, Nuke Roto Exports Now Support 1:1 Key Frame Relationship for Greater Flexibility

GUILDFORD, UK (May 20, 2011) -- Imagineer Systems today announced it has launched a new point release for its mocha family of powerful, standalone 64-bit tracking and roto tools built on its award winning Planar Tracker™. With this new point release, mocha, mocha AE and mocha Pro v2.6 now features more powerful and flexible roto export features for Nuke artists, significantly improved performance on the Windows platform, and a number of additional performance optimization and stability improvements. As a result of these new features, mocha artists can export mocha roto shapes directly to Nuke v6.2 with a 1:1 keyframe relationship, allowing significantly greater editing control within Nuke.

Imagineer Systems works closely with customers to identify opportunities for enhanced performance and workflow flexibility and speed, resulting in mocha v2.6. In addition to providing VFX artists significant time savings and more streamlined workflows, the new feature enhancements in mocha v2.6 also support the increasing worldwide demand for efficient and tightly integrated solutions for 2D-3D stereo conversion workflows and visual effects productions. As well, After Effects artists will see measurable performance benefits from significantly faster planar tracking in exports in mocha AE running on Windows.

Based in Los Angeles and Mumbai, Imagineer customer ICO VFX has built a pipeline based around mocha and mocha Pro for their high quality feature film stereo conversion workflow. ICO VFX has already taken advantage of the new enhancements in mocha and mocha Pro v2.6 and had this to say about what they’ve found:

"ICO VFX has already incorporated mocha v2.6 into our stereo conversion pipeline with great results. The improved Nuke roto export has made our process much more efficient, as have tracking speed increases," said Chris Holmes, CEO, ICO VFX.

What’s New in mocha V2.6

Imagineer Systems has incorporated a number of powerful new enhancements in the newest version of mocha, including:
  • Nuke Roto Export Improvements: mocha v2.6 now supports a 1:1 keyframe relationship between mocha and Nuke 6.2 roto keyframe
  • Tracking on Windows Speed Improvements: mocha v2.6 now delivers multiprocessing optimization on Windows operating systems resulting in faster tracking speeds
  • New SSF Batch Export Feature: mocha v2.6 now offers the ability to batch export multiple roto layers in popular Shake .SSF format.
  • Project Save and Load Speed Improvements: mocha v2.6 delivers performance and speed improvements designed to accelerate the entire workflow
  • Improved After Effects tracking export.
  • General Stability Fixes: Imagineer continues to bolster overall application stability to ensure smooth, stress-free workflows.
Download a Free Trial/Update Imagineer mocha Now

The mocha v2.6 family is available as a free upgrade to all customers with a valid mocha v2.x, mocha Pro v2.x , and mocha AE v2.5 license or valid support contract.

Pricing and Availability

The new release of mocha v2.6 is available immediately and is priced as follows:

mocha v2.6

Imagineer Systems mocha v2.6 Single User, nodelocked license list price: $1095 TF: $1,040.00

Imagineer Systems mocha v2.6 Upgrade from any Imagineer product: $499

mocha Pro v2.6

Imagineer Systems mocha Pro Single seat nodelocked: $1,495 TF: $1,420

Imagineer Systems mocha Pro single floating license: $1,695 TF: $1,610

Imagineer Systems mocha Pro 3 pack floating license: $4,495 TF: $4,270

Imagineer Systems mocha Pro 5 pack floating license: $7,475 TF: $7,101

mocha AE v2.6

$100 off single user nodelocked license
: $149

Cross platform, floating licenses also available.

Tutorial: After Effects CS5.5: Stereo 3D Controls by Chris Meyer on Adobe TV

Posted on Adobe.TV: Learn how the new stereoscopic 3D camera rig plus resulting chain of compositions in After Effects CS5.5 are manipulated by the Stereo 3D Controls effect, including setting camera separation (inter-axial distance) and the convergence options.



Chris Meyer, one of the world's foremost After Effects experts, teaches you how to take advantage of his favorite features from the CS5.5 release in this complete end-to-end training series.

View More After Effects CS5.5 Tutorials on Adobe.TV
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News/Update: Zaxwerks Mac CS5 Versions of ProAnimator and 3D Invigorator Now Shipping

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Zaxwerks is proud to announce that both ProAnimator and 3D Invigorator v5, for After Effects CS5, have just been released. If you are a Mac user this is news to write home about! If you are a Windows user the software has been updated and a new 5.0.5 version is ready to go.

Download a Free Trial/Update Now

New features and fixes include:
  • Enhanced 3D Text engine. This fixes any issues with incompatible fonts.
  • Improved multi-threaded rendering engine.
  • Compatibility opening up older projects.
  • Fixes issues with importing 3D Models.
  • Fixes an issue with typing values into fields (Windows Only)
  • Fixed an issue with editing text from older projects
To find out more about ProAnimator and 3D Invigorator Version 5, please check the links below:

ProAnimator Product Page:
Zaxwerks ProAnimator v5 in our Store

3D Invigorator Product Page:
Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator v5 in our Store
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

New: CrumplePop Formal for Final Cut Pro- Wedding-Themed Effects

Image NameCrumplePop Formal is a large set of wedding-themed effects for Final Cut Pro 6 and 7

Formal includes 54 title styles, 9 lightleaks, 27 moving backgrounds, 55 in-style wedding colors, 55 paper textures and 9 royalty-free fonts. Formal allows you to quickly and easily create your own wedding and event style titles by simply dragging and dropping directly onto the Final Cut Pro timeline. CrumplePop Formal is ready to work with many different video and photo assets and is offered in more than 50 different codecs.

Included in CrumplePop Formal are more than 12 gigabytes of high-quality animated backgrounds and lightleaks to use either with the title tools or as stand-alone backgrounds.

Learn More/Purchase CrumplePop Formal in our Store

New: Luxology Splash Pack for modo

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New: Luxology Splash Pack for modo

If you want to add splashes, drops and puddles to your next project, the new Splash Kit is designed for you. Compared to the traditional stock imagery approach, the modo 401 Splash Kit gives you virtually total control over how your splashes look. Forget searching for the “right” stock image. You now have control over liquid shapes, color, lighting and camera position to create one of a kind (and royalty-free) imagery.

Learn More/Purchase Luxology Splash Pack in our Store

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When you are ready to render out your final images, the extensive use of procedural textures means you can render them at print resolution – avoiding potential issues that stem from the finite resolution of texture maps.

Includes: 145 meshes, 5 materials, 15 environments, 4 assemblies, 14 final scenes, 9 print resolution images, and 17 demonstration videos.






Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New: Katachi plug-ins for Maxon Cinema 4D

Check out some great new plug-ins for Maxon Cinema 4D!

We also have a sale on Maxon Cinema 4D through June! Save 25% on all Maxon products through 6/30/2011.

Sale: Save 50% on Digimetrics Eos Broadcast Video Plugin for Final Cut Pro

Save 50% on Digimetrics Eos Broadcast Video Pluginn for Final Cut Pro Through May 19, 2011!

Digimetrics Eos is a series of plug-ins for Final Cut Pro, providing measurement and AutoFix correction for video and audio levels, in addition to safe title/action overlays for most internationally recognized broadcast formats.

Regular price: $299.00, Sale price: $149.50

New: Digieffects Delirium Fireworks Now Available al a Carte

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Digieffects Delirium Fireworks: No explosive materials required.

Put down the match and step away from the sparkler. Get colorful fireworks without blowing the budget on a trigger-happy explosions technician or losing your eyebrows. Control everything from blazing launch to sparkly landing. Because why limit the fun to the 4th of July?

Learn More/Purchase Digieffects Delirium Fireworks in our Store | Free Trial

Fireworks is a particle-system effect aimed at creating motion sequences that are difficult to handle with a general purpose particle system. It is therefore broken down into 3 stages: Launch System, Explosion System, and Sparkler System.

The Launch System
controls how the firework shell rockets will fly up: how quickly, how many, at what speed and at what point they will explode into the main firework.

The Explosion System what happens after the firework explodes. The colors, speed and direction of the exploded parts, how long the explosion lasts and how fast it drops is handled from this control.

The Sparkle System adds small particles to the explosion system particles. This creates a realistic sparkling effect.



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

Sale: Class on Demand Apple Super-Class Pack and Adobe Super-Class Pack Training 50% Off

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Class on Demand Apple Super-Class Pack (Normal Retail $599.95 but now 50% off!)

Class on Demand Apple Super-Class Pack features twenty-five hours of professional training on Apple's core multimedia applications including Adobe Photoshop CS5. Viewers will find a thorough introduction into the seven applications that make up the Final Cut Suite. In addition, viewers will receive comprehensive training on the precision editing tools in Final Cut Pro, Apple Color and Adobe Photoshop CS5. Class on Demand Apple Super-Class Pack

To help ensure mastery of the topics covered, all training is project-focused and comes with media files so viewers can follow along with their instructors.

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Class on Demand Adobe Super-Class Pack Normal Retail $569.95 but now 50% off!)

Class on Demand Adobe Super-Class Pack features over 36 hours of professional training on Adobe's core multimedia applications. Viewers will find a thorough introduction into the twelve applications that make up the Adobe Creative Suite 5 Production Premium bundle. In addition, viewers will receive comprehensive training on the precision editing tools in Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop and Dreamweaver. As an added bonus, and for those who are interested in adding or developing their own motion graphic effects, we've included comprehensive training on Trapcode Particular 2 from Red Giant Software. Class on Demand Adobe Super-Class Pack

To help ensure mastery of the topics covered, all training is project-focused and comes with media files so viewers can follow along with their instructors.

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Webinars: Topaz Labs Lens Effects Training for Photoshop, Aperture and Lightroom

lens effectsTopaz Labs Lens Effects Training: Topaz Lens Effects is designed to give you the power to direct and focus your viewer's eyes where you want them. With Lens Effects, you get advanced technology that realistically simulates the most diverse range of filters, lens and specialty camera effects - all in a single, easy-to-use plug-in that eliminates the need for additional, expensive equipment.

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Learn More/Purchase Topaz Labs Lens Effects | Download a Free Trial

Advanced Bokeh and DoF Simulation
Monday, May 23 - 4pm CDT (2pm PDT, 5pm EDT, 9pm GMT)

Lens Effects gives you the tools needed to create realistic bokeh and DoF...even on complex images. With precise control over focal plane positioning, foreground blur, background blur and more, Lens Effects includes an advanced, yet simple, workflow to create the perfect bokeh for your image. Join Topaz' own Nichole Paschal as she demonstrates how to use the tools in the Selective and SLR Bokeh simulations to create beautiful and realistic bokeh. Register Now

Enhancing Image Tones with Color Filters in Lens Effects
Friday, May 20 - 1pm CDT (11am PDT, 2pm EDT, 6pm GMT)

Are you looking for a simple way to manipulate the overall tone of your image? How about warm up your landscape while cooling down your sky? Would you like to create realistic light leaks in a snap? With single, dual and graduated color filter simulations, Topaz Lens Effects gives you the tools to enhance your image tone and so much more....simply and quickly. Register Now

Artistic Flare with Creative Blur in Lens Effects
Wednesday, May 25 - 12pm CDT (10am PDT, 1pm EDT, 5pm GMT)

Create stunning and unique imagery in seconds with the Creative Blur simulation in Lens Effects. With the tools to quickly select your sweet spot and precisely manipulate the blur, who needs expensive specialty lenses? Join Nichole Paschal as she demos how easy and fun it can be to realize your artistic vision using the Creative Blur Effect. Register Now

Quick Tip Thursdays

Quick Tip Thursday webinars are designed for users who are already familiar with the basics of Topaz Plug-ins, and are interested in learning some quick tips and tricks to improve their Topaz workflow. All webinars are under 15 minutes in length.

Miniature Scenes 101
Thursday, May 19 - 11am CDT (9am PDT, 12pm EDT, 4pm GMT)

Want to learn how to make your images of life-size objects seem like miniature scale models? Having trouble trying to simulate fake miniatures? Join Topaz Labs' Nichole Paschal for a quick, yet informative demonstration to learn the basic steps to creating a miniaturized look with the Tilt Shift Effect in the new Topaz Lens Effects. Register Now

Toy Camera Fun!
Thursday, May 26 - 3pm CDT (1pm PDT, 4pm EDT, 8pm GMT)

Toy cameras are simple, inexpensive, plastic box cameras that often produce strange, yet beautiful, optical effects. These effects can contribute to unexpected, artistic imagery. Join Topaz Labs' Nichole Paschal for a quick, yet informative demonstration on how the Toy Camera Effect in Lens Effects can open up the creative possibilities. Register Now

Introduction to Topaz Lens Effects - Multiple Sessions Scheduled

Topaz Lens Effects simulates realistic lens, filter & specialty camera effects. With new interface features and a simple method of creating effective depth maps, Lens Effects makes it easy to emphasize your focal point, create beautiful bokeh effects and have complete creative control of your image after the shot.

Wednesday, 5/18 11am Central (9am PDT 12pm EDT, 4pm GMT) Register Now; Monday, 5/23 10am Central (8am PDT 11am EDT, 3pm GMT) Register Now; Thursday, 5/19 6pm Central (4pm PDT 7pm EDT, 11pm GMT) Register Now; Tuesday, 5/24 2pm Central (12pm PDT 3pm EDT, 7pm GMT) Register Now; Friday, 5/20 3pm Central (1pm PDT 4pm EDT, 8pm GMT) Register Now; Thursday, 5/26 6pm Central (4pm PDT 7pm EDT, 11pm GMT) Register Now

Monday, May 16, 2011

New: AEScripts BG Renderer Pro for After Effects

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BG Renderer is a script that allows you to render your Render Queue items in the background while you can continue working in After Effects. It runs as a dockable panel that is saved as part of your workspace.

Besides being able to set prefs for the render, the pro version offer the very powerful post render actions which allow you to get growl notifications, send email (with log), send sms and even iPhone push notifications when your renders are done or you have an error. You can also send a terminal command to be executed after each item in the queue is done rendering and put the machine to sleep or shut it down. If you are using CS3 or CS4 and have CS5 installed, you can send your CS3 or CS4 render to the CS5 render engine to take advantage of the new 64-bit goodness while keeping your work project in the older version. Finally there is a new portable app/folder feature that makes it easy to create an ad-hoc render farm quickly by simply copying this portable app to all the machines on your network and just double-clicking it to launch the render on that machine.

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

For Adobe After Effects CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 on Mac and Win



Sale: Save $300 when you Upgrade Adobe After Effects or Photoshop to Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium

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If you’re a Final Cut Pro user, save US$300 when you upgrade your current version of Adobe After Effects® or Photoshop® to Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium, the ultimate production toolset. Offer ends July 1, 2011

Learn More/Upgrade to Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium

With Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS5.5, included in Production Premium, you’ll enjoy blazing fast performance, native file-based and DSLR editing — no transcoding, no rewrapping — and timesaving integration with Adobe software and Final Cut Pro.
CS5.5 Production Premium features:
  • The Adobe Mercury Playback Engine. Real-time effects, smooth scrubbing, accelerated rendering and superior multi-layer performance in Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Native file-based and DSLR editing. The industry’s most efficient format support for RED (up to 5K!), Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC and DSLR cameras.
  • Unparalleled Adobe integration. Native import of Photoshop and Illustrator files and efficient Dynamic Link to move easily between After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Encore® without delays for intermediate rendering.
  • Cross-platform, open workflows. Easy collaboration with Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools software. Take advantage of EDL support for applications like Scratch as well as integration with Discreet Smoke.
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Review: Adobe Creative Suite 5.5: Why Developers, Designers Should Adopt It Now at eWeek.com

adobe Review: Adobe Creative Suite 5.5: Why Developers, Designers Should Adopt It Now at eWeek.com

eWEEK, a publication for technology professionals, has taken an early look at Adobe® Creative Suite® 5.5 software and recommended it as their Editor's Pick on April 21, 2011. eWEEK touts CS5.5 features that let you design and develop for smart phones and tablets. eWEEK also cites advances in HTML5, Flash® authoring, digital publishing, and video tools.

Posted at eWeek.com By Darryl K. Taft

"Adobe Systems tweaked its Creative Suite software, announcing Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 on April 11, a day prior to the start of Microsoft’s MIX11 conference, which focuses on the same sweet spot as Adobe—the market for professional designers and developers. The new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 product line enables designers and developers to target popular and emerging smartphone and tablet platforms, as the revolution in mobile communications fundamentally changes the way content is distributed and consumed, Adobe officials said. Creative Suite 5.5, also known as CS 5.5, features substantive advances to HTML5, Flash authoring, digital publishing and video tools as well as new capabilities that kick-start the integration of tablets into creative workflows. Moreover, this launch marks a major change to Adobe’s product release strategy for Creative Suite, the company said. Creative Suite 5.5 kicks off Adobe’s plans to have milestone Creative Suite product introductions at 24-month intervals and significant mid-cycle releases designed to keep the worldwide creative community ahead of the latest advances in content authoring."

Read the Full Review at eWeek.com

Update: Noise Industries FxFactory 2.5.7; AE CS5.5 Support, Yanobox and PHYX Updates

Noise IndustriesUpdate: Noise Industries FxFactory 2.5.7; AE CS5.5 Support, Yanobox and PHYX Updates

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

FxFactory now supports Adobe After Effects 10.5 (CS5.5).

Yanobox Nodes 1.2 brings substantial improvements to this unique plug-in. The new version is a free update for current customers.

PHYX Keyer 2.0.1 is a maintenance release of the keying plug-ins by PHYX. The new version is a free update for current customers.

Learn More/Purchase FxFactory Pro in our Store | Download the Trial/Update Now
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Friday, May 13, 2011

News/PR: Final Cut Pro Dialog Search Tool From AV3 Software Wins Impressive Award of Superiority

FINAL CUT PRO DIALOG SEARCH TOOL FROM AV3 SOFTWARE WINS IMPRESSIVE AWARD OF SUPERIORITY

Microfilmmaker gives kudos to Get for its superior search capabilities and dramatic acceleration of the video editing process


Boston, MA – May 12, 2011 – AV3 Software, developer and distributor of unique and innovative workflow tools for the creative community, is pleased to announce that its award-winning dialog search tool for Final Cut Pro® editors, Get, has nabbed Microfilmmaker Magazine's coveted Award of Superiority. This is AV3 Software's first time being recognized by Microfilmmaker for the prestigious award. "Microfilmmaker is known to recognize some of the hottest and most promising products in the industry… we are thrilled to have made the list," says Doug Hynes, Director of Products, AV3 Software. "Having videography experts, such as AJ Wedding, take a look at our product and give it such praise is extremely important. Get's unique search capabilities and ease of use have made it a go-to search tool for any professional video editor. I'd like to thank Microfilmmaker and A.J. Wedding for acknowledging Get as an industry must-have tool."

Microfilmmaker reviews are scored based on the breakdown of four categories: ease of use, depth of options, performance and value. In his review, industry guru A.J. Wedding gave Get an overall 9/10, prompting the award's conveyance. Wedding comments: "Like many great products, I found myself saying, 'Damn, I wish I had this two weeks ago.' That's certainly a good sign that this program is going to last. After speaking with Peter Ramsay, the Managing Director of AV3, I can tell you that this product is here to stay and will only get better."

Read the complete review here: http://www.microfilmmaker.com/reviews/Issue66/Get.html

Learn More/Purchase Get in our Store | Free Trial

Get Highlights


Working hand-in-hand with Final Cut Pro, Get is designed to help editors become more efficient in searching for footage via the spoken word. Communicating directly with the host application, Get derives a project's metadata and indexes the associated media files, making them ready to search within. Selected items are then exported directly to Final Cut Pro with new and valuable metadata, which can be used immediately or at any time in the future.

Get is revolutionizing the editing workflow:
  • Provides access to the speed and accuracy of phonetic search technology.
  • Allows users to input search terms as they sound, bypassing spelling errors and mismatches with logged metadata.
  • Combines dialog and NLE metadata searches, as well as dialog and desktop metadata searches.
  • Provides users with the ability to pre-select content to be used within editing application and projects.
  • Editors can find content that already exists within a project, whether it resides in bins, clips, sub-clips, or sequences.



About AV3 Software

AV3 Software is a publisher of innovative digital media tools for post-production and broadcasters, as well as a one-stop-shop for purchasing software for digital content creators at guaranteed best prices. AV3 offers instant access, 24/7 electronic license download, online support, and a single source for product information and secure transaction processing for motion graphics, graphics, and visual fx. The company has a strong manifesto that the future of software distribution is electronic, and that shipping software in cardboard and plastic is environmentally unfriendly and a waste of the planet's resources. AV3 has offices in the UK and USA and aims to provide outstanding service and products to its customers.

New: Digital Juice Templates for After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Motion Now Available

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New: Digital Juice Templates for After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Motion Now Available

Digital Juice After Effects Plugins:


Digital Juice Color Rules for After Effects

The COLOR RULES plug-in for Adobe After Effects is designed to drastically cut down the time required to experiment and define the perfect color scheme for your motion graphics projects.





Digital Juice After Effects Templates:

Digital Juice Ready2Go Vol. 1 for After Effects

Whether its a show open, a commercial, a wedding collage, a DVD open, or a cool transitional segment, you now have the perfect place to start. Each collection of Ready2Go is packed with variety so that you'll have a great starting point for nearly any production type.




Digital Juice Ready2Go Vo. 2 for After Effects


You wanted more, and we have delivered. More projects and more variety so that no matter what type of production you are working on, you have the perfect starting template.



Digital Juice Ready2Go Vol. 3 for After Effects

These dynamic real world water and fluid clips add a dramatic organic feel to any production. And now, our expert animation team has put together a wide variety of ready-made looks for you to use with your own video and title text. These projects range from bloody grunge-filled drama to soft swirling waves of golden water.





Digital Juice Final Cut Pro and Apple Motion Templates:

Digital Juice Ready2Go Vol. 1 for Apple Motion


These Ready2Go projects are customizable templates for Apple Motion that give you a finished look with your own text and video additions - and they are still even more customizable if you need them to be.



Digital Juice Ready2Go Vol. 2 for Final Cut Pro and Motion

You wanted more, and we have delivered. More projects and more variety so that no matter what type of production you are working on, you have the perfect starting template. Whether its a show promo, a broadcast advertisement, a corporate video collage, a DVD menu, or a cool opening segment, each ready2go project is useful right out of the box, or can be easily customized in Apple Motion or Apple Final Cut Pro to suit your needs.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Update: RE:Vision Effects Twixtor FxPlug v5.1.3

Twixtor FxPlug Version 5.1.3 Posted May 11, 2011:

Fixes an out-of-memory "Twixtor failed to render" bug in Twixtor and Twixtor Pro.


Download the Free Update!

Twixtor enables you to speed up or slow down your image sequences with visually stunning results. In order to achieve its unparalleled image quality, Twixtor synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence... employing RE:Vision's proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for each individual pixel.

Learn More/Purchase Twixtor in our Store

New: Digieffects Delirium Fireworks Now Available al a Carte

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Digieffects Delirium Fireworks: No explosive materials required.

Put down the match and step away from the sparkler. Get colorful fireworks without blowing the budget on a trigger-happy explosions technician or losing your eyebrows. Control everything from blazing launch to sparkly landing. Because why limit the fun to the 4th of July?

Learn More/Purchase Digieffects Delirium Fireworks in our Store | Free Trial

Fireworks is a particle-system effect aimed at creating motion sequences that are difficult to handle with a general purpose particle system. It is therefore broken down into 3 stages: Launch System, Explosion System, and Sparkler System.

The Launch System
controls how the firework shell rockets will fly up: how quickly, how many, at what speed and at what point they will explode into the main firework.

The Explosion System what happens after the firework explodes. The colors, speed and direction of the exploded parts, how long the explosion lasts and how fast it drops is handled from this control.

The Sparkle System adds small particles to the explosion system particles. This creates a realistic sparkling effect.



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

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Toolfarm One Day Sale! Save an Additional 10% Off EVERYTHING in Our Store!

Sale Announcement: Toolfarm ONE DAY SALE: 10% Off Everything and Anything in our Store TODAY! Wednesday May 11th 2011 ONLY!

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We're doing some major spring cleaning before the launch of our new site!

On Wednesday May 11th Save an additional 10% on everything in our store! Use coupon code SPRING10- applies to orders made Wednesday May 11th Only.

That's 10% off our already low prices on full products, upgrades, academic titles, hardware, stock footage, templates and presets- EVERYTHING!

Sale Ends at 11:59PM PST on Wednesday May 11th.

Tutorial: Transferring your After Effects CS5 plug-ins to After Effects CS5.5

Michele Yamazaki of Toolfarm shows you a quick way to get your plug-ins moved to Adobe After Effects CS5.5 from CS5. It will take 5 minutes and will not require you to download new installers.

Review: Phyx Keyer for Final Cut, After Effects Review at appletell.com

Review: Phyx Keyer for Final Cut, After Effects Review at appletell.com by Bill Stiteler on May 1, 2011

"Here’s a pro tip: if you want to make your video look like it was made in the 1980s, screw up your Chroma Key. A thin green line around your actor as you try to convince your audience he’s really on an alien spaceship is the best way to get that vintage, “Well, we did the best we could,” feel of the era.

So then, how to do it properly? Keying is a tricky art, and Phyx has updated their Keyer suite with some new tools and GPU acceleration. When used together (with one exception), you can get a great, realistic effect."

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

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"The best thing about both of these tools is that the interface is simple. The controls are sliders, which means you can move them back and forth for a live preview of what effect you’ll be getting. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the terminology, you’ll quickly get the hang of what each variable does, as compared to the sometimes baffling interface of FCP’s included Key effect."

Read the Full Review at appletell.com



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New: Curious Turtle Film Wash Color Effects for After Effects Vol 4

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Film Wash Color Effects - Commercial Color Grades Made Easy

Color grading is the final touch you give to your footage, and it can completely transform the look and emotional impact of your video. We like to think of it as the final loving kiss for your projects. Film Wash Color Effects is a set of filters designed with one purpose - to take your footage from the ordinary to the unique. We're not talking about regular, simple color correction presets - Film Wash works to give the video a deep, textured rinse and keeps you in control.

Learn More/Purchase Curious Turtle Film Wash Color Effects in our Store

Ready to Go - A Source of Inspiration or One-click Wonders

All the Film Wash looks are ready to use, straight out of the box. We know that not all footage reacts in the same way to a color grade, so everything is still fully customisable. Using only a few sliders, you can make the most common adjustments in seconds.

Over 70 new color effects - Compatible with After Effects V6.5 through to CS5.5

Film Wash Color Effects for After Effects are battle ready and are proven to work in the real world. Create stunning effects, even if you are not on the latest version of After Effects. Easily mix Looks together to create extra depth to your picture with infinite possibilities.



You also get 60 minutes of video training, showing you how to use the filters and some other cool color correction tips.

Compatible with After Effects V6.5 through to CS5.5

New: Rowbyte Plexus v1.2 for Adobe After Effects Now Available at Toolfarm

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Plexus is a Next Generation 3D Particle System Plugin Designed for Adobe After Effects.
  • Create Stunning Generative Art with ease
  • Highly Integrated into After Effects, native Camera and Light aware.
  • Breakthrough Modular Workflow, that is infinitely configurable.
  • Create Organic Structures using Powerful Replication Tools.
  • Effectors to create Physical Simulations.
  • You can import OBJ Files and OBJ Sequences into Plexus.
  • Use AE Lights to shade the Plexus and Color Maps to color the particles.
  • High Quality Custom Rendering Engine.
For After Effects 7, CS3, CS4, and CS5 on Mac and Win.

Learn More/Purchase Rowbyte Plexus v1.2 in our Store | Download a Free Trial

Plexus v1.2 Features








Tutorials

Monday, May 09, 2011

New: Luxology recoil for modo 501

luxology recoilLuxology recoil: Rigid-body Dynamics Plug-in for modo 501

Simulating rigid body interactions in modo is easily handled with recoil™, a fully integrated dynamics simulation plug-in for modo 501 developed by Eric Soulvie. Utilizing the popular open-source Bullet Physics engine, recoil simplifies the setup and execution of complex physical simulations by combining robust collision detection with a variety of constraints, forces, and controls. By simply tagging any mesh item to be dynamic, it is ready to respond to forces like gravity or collisions from other objects in your modo scene. The recoil plug-in lets you quickly create incredibly complex animations of interacting objects that would be almost impossible to simulate manually. It is also useful for “stacking” up objects so that they rest against each other.

Learn More/Purchase in our Store

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How does recoil work?

The recoil plug-in is based on version 2.77 of the Bullet library. To use it, simply tag which items in your modo scene are going to be dynamic – this makes them ready to respond to natural forces when you press Play on the timeline. For more control, items in modo can be given “wake-up” conditions and an initial “impulse” behavior. A common wake-up event would be a collision, perhaps with an impulse behavior to jump up slightly and then respond to the force of gravity. Or you might choose to have some objects become dynamic only when they are triggered (e.g., reach a certain keyframe). You can create rigs in modo to establish more elaborate trigger conditions that invoke dynamic forces such as when two objects reach a certain distance from one another.

Dynamic behaviors can be combined with keyframe animation. For example, a swinging bat (keyframed manually) can start a simulation when it collides with a tower of wooden pins that then scatter and fall to the ground automatically.

recoil works with either “proxy” objects that approximate the shape of the item you are simulating, or with the actual mesh shape. For SubD’s, recoil can use either the cage geometry or the SubD surface for the collision shape. You can adjust parameters such as mass and density.

Requires modo 501 SP2 or later

Interview: Imagineer Customer Profile: Level 256, Scott Davids

Interview/Case Study: Imagineer Customer Profile: Level 256, Scott Davids

"They say good comedy is all about timing. That’s all well and good for live comedy, but what happens when you’re shooting a Hollywood blockbuster comedy? Take after take resulting in hundreds of shots and scenes in no particular order. Just footage. What’s missing? Timing.

And the reality in the industry today is that good comedy films are created in post production, with extremely sophisticated VFX playing a bigger role than ever in helping create that critical timing that drives the site gag, the perfect entrance on the scene, the line delivery, and the actors’ reactions. And the most amazing part is, the audience never knows!

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Scott Davids runs Level 256 (http://www.level256vfx.com), a rapidly growing Los Angeles based VFX shop that has earned a reputation for taking on any VFX challenge, no matter how big, no matter how vexing, and turn it around quickly and with amazing results. Imagineer Systems recently spoke with Scott to talk about not only the incredible growth at Level 256, but also about the caliber of work that’s been keeping them so busy the past year."

Check out the full case study and videos at Imagineer Systems
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Friday, May 06, 2011

New: Topaz Labs Lens Effects for Photoshop, Aperture and Lightroom

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Creativity Beyond the Lens: For Photoshop, Aperture and Lightroom

Topaz Lens Effects is designed to give you the power to direct and focus your viewer's eyes where you want them. With Lens Effects, you get advanced technology that realistically simulates the most diverse range of filters, lens and specialty camera effects - all in a single, easy-to-use plug-in that eliminates the need for additional, expensive equipment.

Lens Effects Highlights
  • 20 effects and over 130 presets for a faster, more creative workflow
  • Quickly generate bokeh, blur, vignettes and lens characteristics
  • Easy selective adjustments with Smart brush & gradient tool
  • Ability to stack presets/effects using the new "Apply" button
  • Separate controls for adjusting background and foreground
  • Enhanced sharpening algorithm
  • 1-click center focus and effect center selection
  • Split-screen preview options for easy comparison
  • Smart filter compatible

Learn More/Purchase Topaz Labs Lens Effects in our Store | Free Trial


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In addition to photography essentials, Lens Effects also features tools for creating image motion, creative distortions, miniature scenes, toy camera effects and a wide range of other popular effects.

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Webinar: VFX on Deadline: Monsters GT and Sapphire for After Effects Thursday, May 12 2011

VFX on Deadline: Monsters GT and Sapphire for After Effects

Join GenArts on Thursday, May 12 for the live complimentary webinar, "VFX on Deadline: Monsters GT and Sapphire for After Effects" to see the real-world application of this powerful GenArts product duo in action!

When: Thursday, May 12
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm ET / 9:00-10:00 am PT
Hosted by: GenArts
Speaker/Trainer: Marshal Fontaine, Digital Artist, thecreativeif.com

Register Now

Real world production... Tight deadlines are typical and having the right tool for the job means everything when time is of the essence.

In this presentation, Marshal Fontaine will show us some of his latest work in AE, demonstrating how using Monsters GT and Sapphire to add effects can save hours (and in some cases days!) when it comes to creating cool content with quick turnaround times.

GenArts Prize Giveaway: One lucky webinar attendee will receive a license of Monsters GT for After Effects, raffled at the end of live event! (a $999 value)

About the Presenter:

Marshal Fontaine is a visual effects artist who has worked in the creative field for 15 years. Marshal currently lives in North Florida and works as a Motion Graphics designer. His background includes working for companies such as Apple, Autodesk and Imageworks.

Update: Red Giant Magic Bullet Grinder v1.5 Now Available

magic bullet grinderNew features for the essential tool to convert DSLR video into edit-friendly formats

Portland, OR, May 5, 2011 - Red Giant Software today announced Magic Bullet Grinder 1.5, the newest version of the fastest, smartest way to transcode DSLR footage. Grinder is a standalone solution that converts Canon video to edit-friendly formats, burns in timecode and generates editing proxies in a single time-saving pass. With Grinder 1.5, editors can avoid the tedium of converting video footage and focus on the creative parts of filmmaking.

Many of the new features in Magic Bullet Grinder 1.5 came directly from user suggestions. As a thank you to those users, Grinder 1.5 is offered as a free upgrade to version 1.0, and is now included as a part of the popular Magic Bullet Suite.

New features of Magic Bullet Grinder 1.5 include:
  • ProRes HQ and ProRes LT codecs for high-resolution output.
  • Frame rate options of 25p or 24p for 30p and 60p conversion.
  • 1080p option for proxy file output.
  • Render priority control — finish all proxies first and start editing immediately.
  • Create Time Of Day timecode using camera metadata.
  • Burn-in options for timecode, frame number and file name.
  • Customized options for file naming and output destinations.
  • Support for Growl notifications of render start and finish.
Grinder frees up your video editing application by transcoding inside its own render queue, and makes that conversion faster and easier than working in Final Cut Pro 7. Version 1.5 supports all video-capable Canon DSLRs and H264-encoded footage for a professional, efficient workflow.

Pricing and Availability

Magic Bullet Grinder 1.5 is Available for $49 USD.

Version 1.5 is free to existing Magic Bullet Grinder 1.0 customers.
Download the Free Demo/Update Here.

About Red Giant Software

Founded in 2002, Red Giant Software (www.redgiantsoftware.com) creates an ever-expanding universe of effects tools ranging from plug-in suites, applications and mobile apps to Guru Presets, free products and sharing communities. We provide software for motion design, photography and color correction that is used for everything from major motion pictures to worldwide television programming to web production. Red Giant offers the industry-leading Trapcode tools for broadcast design; Magic Bullet Suite for color correction; and over 60 products that run in After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, Avid, Vegas, Nuke, and Studio. Our effects have enhanced dozens of feature films such as Angels & Demons and The Social Network, and added sparkle to networks like NBC Universal, ESPN, Disney, CNN, Comedy Central, MTV, and TNT. Join us on Facebook (RedGiantSoftware), follow us on Twitter (@RedGiantNews) and get free content at Redgiantpeople.com.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Tutorials: After Effects CS5.5 New Creative Techniques on Adobe TV

adobe Chris Meyer, one of the world's foremost After Effects experts, teaches you how to take advantage of his favorite features from the CS5.5 release in this complete end-to-end training series.

This is an extensive overview of the new features in After Effects: Topics including Warp Stabilizer, 3D enhancements, 3D camera depth of field enhancements, lens blurs, stereoscopic 3D, expression enhancements, saving your project as a prior CS5 version, and much much more.

Full List- New After Effects Techniques on Adobe TV

Overview

News: MAXON CINEMA 4D Receives Live Design Magazine Projection Product of the Year Award

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MAXON CINEMA 4D R12 Honored with Live Design Magazine Projection Product of the Year Award

Newbury Park, CA, May 4, 2011 - MAXON CINEMA 4D R12 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering software has received the 2010-2011 Live Design Magazine Projection Products of the Year Award for best Content/Creation and Editing software in the projection category.

The annual Live Design awards recognize outstanding products in the live entertainment design and technology industry with a strong accent on projection. Panel judges consisting of professional projection designers, programmers, and technicians, selected CINEMA 4D R12, introduced in Fall 2010, for its intuitive interface and seamless integration with Nemetschek Vectorworks and Adobe After Effects, citing it as a 3D content creation heavyweight, and a show design and previsualization ‘must have’.

“MAXON aims to bring advanced 3D software solutions to artists that are production friendly and easy-to-use,” said Paul Babb, president and CEO at MAXON US. “We’re honored that the professional entertainment design technology community has recognized CINEMA 4D as a standout design tool and accept this award on behalf of our customers whose dedication to our products remains a key ingredient to our continued success.”

Recent projects that have leveraged CINEMA 4D for live entertainment design and projection work include:


Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN – Gallery illustrations for the new talk show set – http://livedesignonline.com/venues/cnn-piers-morgan-set/index.html

Peter Pan – CG imagery for the world’s first fully 360-degree projected animated stage set – http://www.maxon.net/en/customer-stories/print-screen-design/singleview/article/cinema-4d-helps-audiences-fly-to-neverland.html

Roger Waters – Stage visuals for the 30th anniversary The Wall concert tour – http://www.maxon.net/en/news/singleview-default/article/pink-floyds-the-wall-turns-30.html

LA Opera – Video projections for production of the Ring des Nibelungen and Lohengrin operas – http://livedesignonline.com/theatre/la-opera-uses-cinema-4d-0408/

Live Design Magazine will host a Projection Products of the Year Awards ceremony in New York City during its Broadway Master Classes on May 23rd.

About CINEMA 4D

MAXON CINEMA 4D is a professional 3D software package offering everything needed to create high-end 3D images and animations for film, broadcast, architecture, games, multimedia, design and engineering. Building upon more than two-decades of excellence, CINEMA 4D offers spectacular image quality and an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that puts professional results within reach of artists at all levels of CGI experience. CINEMA 4D delivers speed and productivity by taking advantage of the latest advances in processor technology, and offers configurations tailored to the distinct needs of specialized 3D markets.

About MAXON Computer

MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively to help create everything from stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, as well for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, France and Japan. MAXON products are available directly from the Website and its worldwide distribution channel. Specially priced learning editions of the company’s software solutions are also made available to educational institutions. For additional information on MAXON visit www.maxon.net.


Save on Maxon Cinema 4D R12 Products Through June 30th, 2011 at Toolfarm

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!

NOTE: Cinema 4D sales are only available to the Americas (Canada, USA, Central and South America) through Toolfarm



FREE TRIAL: Get a Free Demo Version of Cinema 4D on our Demo Downloads Page!

News/Update: Imagineer Systems mocha for AE CS5.5 Notes

mochaFrom Ross Shane/Imagineer Systems: "After Effects CS5.5 now contains an updated version of mocha for After Effects (mocha AE CS5.5).

This new mocha version has the same planar tracking and roto functionality as the CS5 version. including mocha shape plug-in and the ability to paste to the AE mask channel. The notable difference is new interface and icons to match mocha v2.5 and mocha Pro. If you are still running mocha AE v1, you will also notice speed improvements."

Imagineer upgrade paths are available to all After Effects CS4, CS5 & CS5.5 owners:

mocha AE v2.5 - Upgrade Cost
: REG: $149 SALE: $99. Adds Apple Final Cut & Motion support to mocha that ships with After Effects

mocha v2.5 - Upgrade Cost: $499. Adds matte render w/mo-blur, stabilize module and support for systems like Nuke, Flame, Smoke, etc.

mocha Pro v2.5 - Upgrade Cost: - $895. Adds advanced tools for object removal, insert, lens, stabilize w/auto-fill and more.
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New: Singular Software Presto for Final Cut Pro

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Presto for Final Cut Pro is a stand-alone application that works closely with Final Cut Pro.

With Singular Software Presto, you can create quality presentation videos in minutes instead of hours. Using sophisticated computer vision technology, it automates the tedious parts of the editing process, enabling quick turn around of quality presentations for web or DVD.

Presto automatically creates an attention grabbing presentation that combines the original crisp, bright slide images with a closely tracked inset of your presenter, saving you hours.


Learn More/Purchase Singular Software Presto in our Store | Free Trial

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Left: Without Presto: presenter far away; fuzzy, washed out screen; Right: Presto video: presenter close-up; crisp bright slide images

What you provide is:
  • the video of the presenter
  • the video of the projection screen (which can be recorded with a low cost camcorder)
  • the presenter's slide images (from Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote)
Presto's step-by-step wizard then leads you quickly through the process of creating a complete presentation video.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Update: Automatic Duck Pro Import AE: Version 5.02; CS5.5 Installer

automatic DuckNews From Automatic Duck: "Today Adobe let loose After Effects CS5.5, so we're unloading our own update for Pro Import AE: version 5.02."

This new update features an updated installer that knows how to install into CS5.5 but also contains a few fixes since 5.01 so all users are encouraged to update.

Users of Pro Import AE 5.0 or 5.01 can update to 5.02 at no charge.
Download the Pro Import AE v5.02 Update

Users of Pro Import AE 4.0 and earlier can upgrade for $195.
Upgrade Here

New: Adobe CS5.5 Products and Upgrades Now Available at Toolfarm

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New: Adobe CS5.5 Products and Upgrades Now Available at Toolfarm

Deliver exceptional results in less time. Productivity enhancements include powerful new audio editing capabilities, workflow improvements, and advanced compositing effects.

Work faster Accelerate your video production workflow with sweeping performance enhancements that define new standards for speed and efficiency on both Mac OS and Windows®.

Craft great stories with game-changing innovations Tackle virtually any post-production challenge with the industry-leading, tightly integrated creative toolset. Remarkable innovations enable you to deliver the highest quality productions to virtually any screen.

Collaborate efficiently Move sequences and assets through the production pipeline faster thanks to open project exchange with other NLEs, while streamlining project reviews and improving communication with colleagues and clients.

Learn More/See What's New in Adobe CS 5.5 | Upgrades

Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium Feature Tour



Introducing Creative Suite 5.5