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Welcome to Plug-in Magazine

This site covers a lot more than plug-ins, so let’s get that out of the way first. The site is basically a news aggregator of pro video, motion graphics, 3D and everything in between. The site is meant to give artists a quick way to see what’s going on in the world of pro video without having to spend hours with Twitter, an RSS feed or however you may ingest your media. You have too much to do, am I right?

If you have suggestions for news feeds we can add to the site, please email Michele Yamazaki at Toolfarm.

Toolfarm News

  • Update: Digital Rebellion Pro Media Tools 1.3.5
    Pro Maintenance Tools keeps your editing system running smoothly so you can quickly get back on track in the event of a problem. Use the diagnosis tools to determine the cause of the issue by analyzing crash logs or locating corrupt media files, then…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 11:46pm -
  • Update: AutoDesSys form•Z to v8.0.2
    What's New in Version 8.0.2:Hidden Line OptionsWireframe and Shaded Work new interactive optionsLayer palette context menuLayout Display OptionsLayout Image and Image FitDetails on what is new in this version can be fou…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 11:21pm -
  • Freebie Friday: Avid Announces Free Version of Pro Tools, Opening Music Production to Everyone
    Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today unveiled Pro Tools® | First, a free version of the industry-standard Pro Tools that offers many of the same music creation capabilities used by top artists and recording studios worldwide. Delivering on Avid Everywhere™…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 8:38pm -
  • News: Avid Announces Flexible Licensing in Pro Tools and More
    Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today announced Pro Tools® 12, the next generation of the industry-standard digital audio software. Pro Tools 12 introduces several groundbreaking innovations that further deliver on Avid’s commitment to customer choice and c…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 8:32pm -
  • Freebie Friday: Pond5 Now Has Public Domain Content
    Pond5 Launches the Public Domain Project With 80,000 Free Media ClipsNew York, NY--January 20, 2015) Pond5, the world’s leading online marketplace for royalty-free video footage, announced today the launch of the Pond5 Public Domain Project, th…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 1:00pm -
  • Update: Chaos Group V-ray for 3ds Max 3.10.03
    Build 3.10.03 has several important bug fixes and includes:Fixed 3ds Max 2015 SP3/Extension2 crash on remote hosts with Distributed RenderingV-Ray RT GPU now supports VRayDirtV-Ray RT GPU supports VertexColor textureVRayMetaball…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 11:50am -
  • News: The Foundry Sessions: Creating Sci-Fi with MODO
    This first session will focus on creating sci-fi with MODO and will feature Guest Speakers Fred Gambino and Henning Sanden.  It will be broadcast live from The Foundry's London HQ.  Interact via Twitter and Facebook using #TFsessions.Register t…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 11:17am -
  • Freebie Friday: Kuadro 0.5.2
    You're in control.  Your reference where you need it.Created by the collective genius of Kruel Games, Kuadro is an image viewer that allows you to open as many windows as you want, lay them out as you need them and store those layouts for later…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 9:47am -
  • Freebie: Futuristic Helmet for Cinema 4D
    The Pixl Blog starts the year with this great freebie of a cool helmet, complete with textures.  This model is free for personal and commercial use.Click here to download the Helmet model from the Pixl Blog. [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 2 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 9:01am -
  • Update: Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Lite 11.1.4
    This update is only for the free DaVinci Resolve Lite version, which can be downloaded from the Mac App Store.Along with new features, general enhancements and bug fixes in this free color grading and editing application, some new interoperabilit…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 1:30pm -
  • Update: Pomfort LiveGrade Pro 2.2 is now available.
    LiveGrade gives full control over the colors from digital film cameras' HD-SDI signals.New FeaturesAdd slate information quickly and easily to your created looksExport CDL and Cube files with customizable and automated naming schemes…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 12:53pm -
  • News: McDSP v6 to be released in March 2015.
    McDSP plug-ins can be found on popular audio workstations and live sound systems all over the world. Supported platforms include Pro Tools, Logic, Digital Performer, Ableton Live, Reason, VENUE, S3L, and now Cubase, Nuendo and other VST compatible ho…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 12:23pm -
  • Update: CoreMelt Lock & Load X FX Plug3 update is now available.
    CoreMelt Lock & Load has just been updated (Jan 2015) and is now 30 percent faster than the previous release and up to 3x faster than the FCP X built in stabilizer.  We optimised the workflow for 4K in FCP X and Lock and Load will now use both GPU o…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 2:50pm -
  • Update: Imagineer System mocha Pro & mocha Plus
    mocha is purposely designed to save time and solve difficult post-production problems. We also license our technology to industry partners such as Adobe, Quantel, FXhome and more.New Features in Version 4.1.1:Blackmagic Fusion Tracking Offs…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 2:35pm -
  • New: Helloluxx learn. Cinema 4D Tutorial : Natural Environments
    Creating a detailed natural environment in Cinema 4D is no easy task.  This training series for Cinema 4D from Marijn Raeven focuses on the creation of a detailed and realistic forest. In a total of 12 chapters, the series guides you through the ent…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 11:35am -
  • Tutorial: Advanced 3D Noise & Deform with Element 3D v2
    [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 10:11pm -
  • Tutorial: Fill Text or Shapes with Dots in CINEMA 4D
    Nate uses dynamics and mograph in this project, so the Studio version of CINEMA 4D. [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 9:54pm -
  • Update: Adobe Creative Cloud for Desktop v1.9
    New Features:Creative Cloud for desktop automatically detects and downloads any update available for Creative Cloud for desktopFont syncing from Typekit is now enabled by default, so you will no longer need to Turn on Typekit to start sync…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 7:18pm -
  • Webinar: Advanced Finishing in Resolve 11 - Win a copy of BCC and mocha Pro
    Webinar:  Advanced Finishing in Resolve 11 with Alexis Van Hurkman: Featuring 3rd Party Tools from Boris FX and Imagineer Systems Date: Thursday, January 22ndTime: 1pm EST / 10am PST (6pm GMT)Topics covered:Boris Continuum C…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 6:57pm -
  • Tutorial: Getting Started Creating 2D Style 3D Animations w/ Cineware
    View more AE and CINEMA 4D related tutorials from Matt on his YouTube page. [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 4:42pm -
  • Tutorial: The Importance of Compositing: A Layer By Layer Breakdown in After Effects
    View the original post on greyscalegorilla.com[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 3:30pm -
  • Update: FXHome Hitfilm 3 Pro Update #2 is Now Available
    What's new in this update for Hitfilm 3 Pro Mac v 3.0.6 and Windows v3.0.3?FeaturesNew Deinterlace effectNew LUT effectNew Vignette Exposure effectEnhancementsThe diffuse and specular textures for 3D model materials can…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 2:26pm -
  • Tutorial: Cinema 4D Custom Material ID Pass Tutorial
    View tutorial on Vimeo.Ryan's "Tangle Wire Matterial ID Pass Workflow" uses only C4D tools (no third party), is easy to set up, works with every version of C4D, and renders super fast!  What's not to love?Check out more of Ryan's work at Ta…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 1:47pm -
  • New: Motionworks MovieType for Element 3D v2 is Now Available
    MovieType For Element 3D is now fully compatible with Element 3D v2. We’ve completely converted the material library to take advantage of the new Physical shader features, updated all of the bevel, background and type animation templates and rework…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 9:08am -
  • Tutorial: Tracking Masks: comparing Adobe’s Mask Tracker and mocha AE CC
    Adobe Creative Cloud has a tool called "Mask Tracker" the is found in both Premiere Pro CC 2014 and After Effects CC 2014, that can be used to easily create masks.  After effects also has "mocha AE CC", a dedicated planar tracker that is similar to…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 8:21am -
  • Tutorial: Wireframe Renders in Cinema 4D
    In this tutorial from the Pixl Blog, you will learn how to make wireframes of your objects using the Proximal Shader.Click here to view the tutorial on Vimeo.Learn More | Purchase MAXON  Cinema 4D [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 4:00am -
  • Tutorial: Creating Cel Animation Style Paint Strokes in Cinema 4D
    View this tutorial and find links to more of EJ's tutorials on eyedesyn.comEJ Hassenfratz from eyedesyn shows you how to create a 2D effect in 3D fast & easy using Cinema 4D. The workflow EJ demonstrates in this tutorial is "super flexible and a…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 2:01am -
  • In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 3: More Plug-ins + Tutorials
    $(function(){$('#b4-container').beforeAfter({imagePath:'/js/beforeafter/'});$('#b4-container1').beforeAfter({imagePath:'/js/beforeafter/'});$('#b4-container2').beforeAfter({imagePath:'/js/beforeafter/'});$('#b4-container3').beforeAfter({image…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 12:00am -
  • Limited Offer: Save 25% on mocha Pro
     From January 16th - 25th, take 25% off all mocha Pro upgrades and full purchases.mocha is known to solve the world's most difficult tracks and saves valuable time on complicated roto, beauty work, screen replacements, and general "fix it in…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 1:07pm -
  • New: RE:Vision Effects De:Noise 3.0 is now available
    DE:Noise handles pesky defects such as blotchy spots, fine sensor noise, excessive film grain, CG renders affected by ray-tracing sampling artifacts, drop-outs, snow and many other flaws. The new version adds GPU support for speedups of up to 4.5 tim…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 10:55am -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • Midweek Motivations: Projection Mapping Round-up, Part 3
    Here's what's been covered so far in this series..Part 1 - A quick history of projection mapping and my experiences with it at The Magic Kingdom as a child at The Haunted Mansion, plus examples of digital make-up from Omote, the New Jersey De…
    - 11 days ago, 14 Jan 15, 3:11pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Harrods Fine Jewellery Room
    CommercialWatch on VimeoMainframe was asked to base the piece around a clockwork insect and re-imagined a Bee's journey through a beautiful gold and diamond encrusted garden scene to a hive inspired by Faberge and the dome atop the Harrods…
    - 11 days ago, 14 Jan 15, 2:00pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Aetherea | Continuance
    Read the entire article and the Q & A with Namiko here."A collaboration between Namiko Mori (sound) and visuals (mettle). Namiko Mori is a Film Composer from Japan currently based in Los Angeles. She was a recipient of the BMI/Jerry Goldsm…
    - 11 days ago, 14 Jan 15, 9:23am -
  • Midweek Motivations: Projection Mapping Round-up, Part 2
    If you missed it, Midweek Motivations: Projection Mapping Round-up, Part 1 was published December 31, 2014.PROJECTION MAPPING from PBS Digital StudiosPBS explains how to set up a projection mapping project using MadMapper, a simple tool for…
    - 18 days ago, 7 Jan 15, 6:21pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: The Global Business Cycle
    The Global Business CycleA video explaining the Global Business Cycle in 3 minutes.Written & Animated by Alex Silver of This Is ProductionsTools usedAfter EffectsPlexusEase and WizzRepositionAnchorPointRift…
    - 18 days ago, 7 Jan 15, 2:15pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: formic
    formicThe struggle of an ant residing in a skatepark.  This short has beautiful cinemtography and one very realistic ant.  Click here to view on Vimeo.skateboarding: dennis gläserdirection and vfx: roman kaelin / florian wittmann…
    - 18 days ago, 7 Jan 15, 10:23am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Amazon/Kindle Voyage Ad
    I saw this on TV the other day and thought it was brilliant.  Not sure how it was done, though.Click here to view the post on YouTube.
    - 18 days ago, 7 Jan 15, 8:53am -
  • Midweek Motivations: Projection Mapping Round-up, Part 1
    What is Projection Mapping?Projection mapping uses projectors and projection technology used to cast light on 2D or 3D objects and use them as the display surface. I first remember seeing this on the Haunted Mansion ride at the Magic Kingdom at…
    - 25 days ago, 31 Dec 14, 5:35pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: ILP Crossbones breakdown season 1
    See more of Important Looking Pirates works.About ILPILP is a visual effects and digital animation studio located in central Stockholm. We can proudly say that we have assembled one of the best visual effects teams in the business. All our…
    - 25 days ago, 31 Dec 14, 3:07pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: RealFlow Fluid Dimension Challenge Winners!
    Next Limit challenged RealFlow users to take a photo, convert it to a 3D model and combine it with a RealFlow simulation.  This year's winner is Josh Clos. Runners up include:Florian RihnManuel PeterSébastien BuguetC…
    - 25 days ago, 31 Dec 14, 2:44pm -
  • Burning Question: How Do I Create Snow?
    There are lots of great ways of creating believable snowflakes, snow covered objects, or more stylized snow for motion graphics. Here are a few ideas for you. Plug-ins and Stock Media for SnowBoris Continuum Complete BCC Snow - Snow is an…
    - 33 days ago, 23 Dec 14, 9:08pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: “Volvic” The Giant
    "Volvic" The GiantWatch on Vimeo.Produced by Gang FilmsVFX by Digital District "Volvic" The Giant - BreakdownWatch on Vimeo.Breakdown Artist : Tom Doumaux Digital District ShowreelWatch on Vimeo.Edited by…
    - 39 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 7:46pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: “Horde” - by BRUTUS Collective
    "Horde"Directed by BRVTVShttp://www.brutuscollective.tumblr.comThibaud Clergue Aurélien Duhayon Sébastien Iglesias Camille Perrin Music by Lionel Flairs for Hit'n'Run - http://www.wearehitnrun.com/Sound desi…
    - 39 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 6:11pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Tabaat Al Mushahid - Title Sequence
    Original Post By MettleThis title sequence for the Saudi morning newspaper review show, Tabaat Al Mushahid, shows a really practical use of FreeForm. The newspaper sequence was shot with a Canon 5D, with some blank areas left on the newspaper…
    - 39 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 3:29pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: MTV Motor Home
    Motor Home is a new MTV show which follows the lives of four young moto 3 class riders.In the opener we describe the adrenaline rush which occurs before the start of the race using a style inspired by that of the japan anime.Watch on Vimeo.…
    - 39 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 1:52pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Soundtoys Process Episode 2
    Process: Nine Inch NailsIn our new video series, Process, we’re meeting up with some of our favorite artists to talk about gear, sound, and making music. In the series debut, watch Trent Reznor and the members of Nine Inch Nails share their…
    - 39 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 1:08pm -
  • Sale: 30% Off All Mettle Bundles
    You read it correctly.  Save 30% on all Mettle bundles! But hurry, this sale ends Friday, December 19, 2014.Mettle FreeForm Expansion Pack - FreeForm Pro + Mylenium Edition + Aqua PackMSRP: $349  Sale: $244.30  Mettle Pro Suit…
    - 41 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 9:01am -
  • Midweek Motivations: Color Grading Example w/ Red Giant Magic Bullet Colorista II & Looks
    The sale was extended just a bit so you still have a few minutes. Check out Red Giant products here!
    - 46 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 6:38pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: An Interview with Nick Campbell of GSG
    The list of questions are on the GSG blog. And here's more on the sale. 40% off Everything Greyscalegorilla 8AM PST Dec. 10- 8AM PST Dec. 11, 2014 ONLY. See what's on sale!  
    - 46 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 5:38pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Insects
    Ramtin Ahmadi spent about 4 months creating this beautiful 3D animation.  He used Pixologic ZBrush, Autodesk Maya, Arnold Renderer and The Foundry Nuke.  It took 12 days to render but worth every minute.  Insects has now been awared the CG…
    - 53 days ago, 3 Dec 14, 5:13pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: The Centrifuge Brain Project
    The film was written, directed and edited by Till Nowak, and he also did the visual effects and 3D animation. To learn more about the film, check out an interview with Till Nowak by Filmnosis. If you're intersted in the technical aspects of…
    - 60 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 10:11pm -
  • MidWeek Motivation: FILM FX L3.0
    Here's a student short film L3.0 (Leo) created by the students at ISART Digital, based in France.  It's a haunting tale of a robot left to wander an empty Paris and his attempts to entertain himself.  The animation is amazing with a wonderful…
    - 60 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 2:21pm -
  • Inspiration: Ambition the film + Making of
    Ambition the filmAmbition, Directed by Tomek Bagiński, was shot in Iceland, with post-production handled in Poland, and features the actors Aidan Gillen and Aisling Franciosi. It was screened in London in October, 2014 at the British Film Inst…
    - 65 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 5:26pm -
  • Friday Funnies: Video Tutorial: The Edit Button (2.0)
    It's very clever when they reposition the actors arms. If you never saw part 1, or want to watch it again, it's below. 
    - 65 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 3:54pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Space Cat Hob
    For a more indepth look at the concepts behind this film head over to space-cat-hob.comLighting & comp breakdownLoïc is a Paris based concept artist and independant film maker for 4  years now. Last year he finished his film Space cat…
    - 67 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 2:16pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: C4D Mothership
    Click Here to Learn More and See the Creative Process!
    - 67 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 10:07am -
  • Friday Fun: Super Bad Mario
    Warning: NSFW language. Episode 1 came out on May 2, 2014.Episode 2 came out this week. Funny stuff. YouTube user Pastek is the creator of these funny little vignettes, but it is tough to find any information about him and what sof…
    - 72 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 4:48pm -
  • Inspirations: John Lewis Holiday TV Ad - Monty the Penguin and The Bear & The Hare
    It snowed this morning here and my daughter was asking if we can put up the Christmas tree because it looks like Christmas. I think its too early, but retailers clearly don't! This is such a cute ad and I'm sure it will spur sales of stuffed pen…
    - 73 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 5:52pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Aethera | Protoplasm
    "There's some remarkable 3D shape-morphing, with very organic and fluid movement, all created and rendered in After Effects. We used ShapeShifter Ae and FreeForm Pro for the background and all the shapes. Snappy rendering with an NVIDIA Quadro K…
    - 74 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 5:58pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: ピンポン “Ping Pong”
    Click Here for More Information
    - 74 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 2:37pm -

AE Freemart

  • Pond5 Launches the Public Domain Project With 80,000 Free Media Clips
    (New York, NY–January 20, 2015) Pond5, the world’s leading online marketplace for royalty-free video footage, announced today the launch of the Pond5 Public Domain Project, the first library of free public domain content designed specifically for…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 4:56pm -
  • Red Giant Trapcode 40% Off thru Dec 10, 2014, 8AM PST
    I don’t like to be to salesy on the AE Freemart, but this is a great sale and it’s short! The Red Giant Trapcode 40% Off thru Dec 10, 2014, 8AM PST and it’s a blowout! 40% off full licenses, upgrades and academic store products. No fine print,…
    - 47 days ago, 9 Dec 14, 10:00pm -
  • New Video Copilot Element 3D v2, Pro Shaders v2, Upgrades
    This may be old news to most of you but the long anticipated Video Copilot Element 3D is now available! New Video Copilot Element 3D v2, 3D Object Based Particle Engine for After Effects, plus BackLight, Pro Shaders 2 and Upgrades Element 3D v2 – E…
    - 52 days ago, 4 Dec 14, 7:22pm -
  • Beta: GenArts, Inc. Announces the Public Beta for Sapphire 8
    Cambridge, MA – November 20, 2014 – GenArts, Inc. is excited to announce the release of the Sapphire 8 public beta. The public beta allows everyone — both new and current Sapphire users — to experience version 8 before its mid-December releas…
    - 66 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 10:32pm -
  • Toolfarm’s 2014 Top 10 Survey! Enter to win Resolve, GoPro @toolfarm
    Every year at Toolfarm we have this Top 10 survey of customers so that we can find out what’s the favorite tool for After Effects, CINEMA 4D and more. This year, enter to win DaVinci Resolve or a GoPro! Every year we ask you, the users, to vote in…
    - 73 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 7:05am -
  • Free Animamorphic Lens Plug-in
    According to Wikipedia, “Anamorphic format refers to the cinematography technique of shooting a widescreen picture on standard 35 mm film or other visual recording media with a non-widescreen native aspect ratio.” [wikipedia.org: Anamorphic Form…
    - 75 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 5:07am -
  • 2.5D Sculptures in After Effects
    Ramiro A. Fernandez has an interesting technique of taking multiple instances of a movie file (he uses flames) and offsetting them in time and 3D space. It’s a lovely effect and he doesn’t use any 3rd party plug-ins. I’m thinking that this coul…
    - 76 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 7:07am -
  • Free Script: Dojo Task List Script Demo Tutorial
    - 11 Aug 14, 3:16pm -
  • Top 5 After Effects Expressions
    If you’re new to AE and afraid of expressions, this is a lovely introduction. Sean Frangella has put up a cool new tutorial explaining what his favorite five Expressions and gives some tips on how to use expressions for better animation. He shows w…
    - 29 Jul 14, 8:29pm -
  • Two Free Isometric Cube Presets for AE + Some Inspiration
    1. Shinsuke Matsumoto has a free cube preset for AE and it’s lots of fun. It’s all done with After Effects shape layers. I’m sure a person could find many uses for it. Download the Isometric Cube Preset for AE CC or AE CS5.5 and above on Shins…
    - 25 Jul 14, 7:39pm -