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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

  • newNAB 2015: The Official Toolfarm Guide updated 3/4/15! Breaking news, hot parties alert! #NABShow
    Note: Updated March 4, 2015, with more event info, more NAB survival guides, more free expo codes.Get some tips on how to make it through the convention at your best!Read Michele's NAB Survival GuideAlso check out:…
    - 14 hours ago, 4 Mar 15, 8:48pm -
  • newSale: Blackmagic Design DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G $995
    Sale: DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G $995 Through March 31st 2015The world's highest performance capture cards for Mac, Windows and LinuxDeckLink capture and playback cards are used every day in the production of television commercials, music videos,…
    - 22 hours ago, 4 Mar 15, 12:44pm -
  • News: Accelerate 3D Render Time and Quality
    "We are excited to announce a new case study about the benefits of using FluidRay RT on complex industrial design projects.  The case study discusses increased production time and shorter rendering cycles; just a few of the benefits that industrial…
    - 1 day ago, 4 Mar 15, 10:15am -
  • Sale: Synchro Arts 20% Off Sale!
    Synchro Arts recently gave their website a makeover. To celebrate this new look they are offering 20% Off all products! See pricing below!Synchro Arts:ReVoice Pro - $479.20Titan - $1596.00VocAlign Pro - $468.00VocAlign Project…
    - 1 day ago, 4 Mar 15, 9:35am -
  • In Depth: Digital Trees and Plants
    Table of contentsProductsAdobe PhotoshopMAXON CINEMA 4DiToo Forest PackTree Libraries, Models, Plant Creation Software and Plug-insFreebiesMore TutorialsWhat Makes CG Tre…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Mar 15, 8:26pm -
  • Tutorial: Cinema 4D Quick Tip
    Watch on Vimeo.In this Quick Tip, Mustapha Fersaoui demonstrates the use of the Solid To Liquid Tool, showing how it can be employed using different parameters.Learn more at : mustaphafersaoui.fr/solid-to-liquid-tool-for-cinema-4d/[via Toolf…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Mar 15, 3:46pm -
  • News: Waves Audio - SoundGrid for Everyone
    Waves Audio has announced that starting on March 1st, each Waves plugin or bundle will now have a single license for both Native (local) and SoundGrid (DSP) processing.Each new purchase of a Waves plugin/bundle will include both Native and Soun…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Mar 15, 1:30pm -
  • Tutorial: Cinema 4D Quick Tip
    "In this first quick tip video I'm going to show you to model and layout your scenes more efficiently, using a couple of options you may not have known about." - Rob RedmanWatch on VimeoSee more of rob's tutorials at pariahstudios.co.ukL…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Mar 15, 10:50am -
  • Sneak Peek: Insydium X-Particles
    SkullFlame  OB5Here is the first look at the X-Particles 3 FLIP solver. Xp FIRE-RENDER1XP3 only, motion and rendering. Uses the xpDomain and X-Particles Gaseous for rendering.Check out Insydiums Vimeo si…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Mar 15, 10:03am -
  • Review: GenArts Sapphire 8 - CreativeDojo
    "GenArts Sapphire 8 is an industry standard set of plugins, known for its use in high-end production environments including broadcast, advertisements, and film. No doubt if you have been in this industry for awhile, you are at least familiar with Gen…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Mar 15, 9:32am -
  • Tutorial: Adding Weapons and VFX to a Fight Scene
    Free 14 Day Trial of TrackX/SliceX Here: coremelt.com/products/trackx/Download free blood and muzzle flash elements from FXElements here: fxelements.com/free-zoneCoreMelt TrackX powered by Mocha is a powerful tool to enable FCP X editors to…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Mar 15, 8:54am -
  • New: VRAYforC4D Masterclass
    This series of classes will take place from March through December 2015.Every 3- 5 weeks a new tutorial will be released regarding one of the following subjects until the entire currriculum is completed.Class 1: VRAYforC4D / Physical Engine…
    - 3 days ago, 2 Mar 15, 1:48pm -
  • Webinar: BZP Pro Smart Skinner for Maya
    Rigging and Skinning in minutes with BZP Pro3D Artist Magazine wrote - "There are few people in the 3D industry who can claim to have worked on bestselling EA game titles one year and hung out at Skywalker Ranch with Lucasfilm the next, but Brent…
    - 3 days ago, 2 Mar 15, 12:37pm -
  • Review: Sorenson Squeeze 10 by Oliver Peters
    Render the highest-quality video and audio files for professionals and hobbyists alike. Manipulate resolution, file output, and other specifications to create the finished video product you need."Video formats don’t hold still for long and neit…
    - 3 days ago, 2 Mar 15, 12:25pm -
  • Update: Pomfort Silverstack 4.1 is now available.
     Pomfort Silverstack is the software for media acquisition and professional data management.  Silverstack imports and handles any kind of camera and media format. Silverstack offers a flexible way of data handling by supporting any kind of file…
    - 3 days ago, 2 Mar 15, 11:24am -
  • Update: Boomer Labs SplineTools v1.1 is now available.
    SplineTools is a 3ds Max plugin that delivers a collection of 7 Spline related tools and enhancements. What's new in v1.1?Spline Morph:New modifier supporting Progressive and Blended morphingSpline Relax:Improved algorithm…
    - 3 days ago, 2 Mar 15, 10:38am -
  • Sale: E-on PlantFactory & Carbon Scatter Special Offer
    PlantFactory is a revolutionary 3D vegetation modeling, animation and rendering software, dedicated to the CG, SFX, Architecture and Gaming communities.  Now you can save 30% on full licenses of PlantFactory Studio, Designer or Artist, and save…
    - 3 days ago, 2 Mar 15, 9:09am -
  • News: Understanding Octane Render for Cinema 4D price drop!
     Master the fundamental principles of rendering with world's first GPU based renderer, for only $50!Totalling over two and a half hours, Understanding Octane Render for Cinema 4D takes a look at the various features that come with OTOY's O…
    - 4 days ago, 1 Mar 15, 9:37am -
  • Survey: Motion Design: 10 Second Survey
    Lilian Darmono, Lola Landekic, Victoria Nece and Bran Dougherty-Johnson put this unscientific survey together and,  yes, it takes 10 seconds or less!"Recent conversations about the motion design community have pointed to a problem: there is v…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 2:36pm -
  • Freebie: Free VST - Aegis Synth
    Click Here for More Information + Download[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 6 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 1:35pm -
  • Freebie: INITREE PRO 0.2.3
    Better 3D branches rendering.Added texturing on leaves.Alpha texturing support.Customize your tree with lines, points and polygons with much more freedom.Improved elements color management.Asymmetric tree branches.Better…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 1:22pm -
  • Freebie: Clipmax - free hard audio clipper
     Thanks to VST Planet for bringing this to our attention.  This Free AU/VST2/VST3 Plugin, was created by Chokehold."Use Pre Gain to tame the signal before it hits the ceiling, or to boost right into it.Set a ceiling value to cut off…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 12:40pm -
  • Update: AXYZ an(i)ma v1.7.1
    an(i)ma® goes Mac for Cinema 4DAXYZ design announces the release of an(i)ma® 1.7.1 for OSX, providing Cinema 4D artists with the fastest the fastest stand-alone character animation application in the CG industry, developed especially to easily…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 12:33pm -
  • Sale: Allegorithmic Substance Database 2.0
    Save 50% on Allegorithmic Substance Database 2.0!Substance Database 2.0Reg. $1,590  SALE: $795Substance Database now boasts 1000+ substances.  They are all ready-to-use with major game engines and 3D applications such as Unreal Engin…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 10:53am -
  • Webinar Calendar For Post Production Plug-ins and Software, Updated Feb 27th, 2015
    All webinars listed are free of charge. If you have a webinar that you would like to have listed on our schedule, please email Michele Yamazaki with information.Wednesday, February 25GreyscalegorillaLive with Nick Campbell or Chris Sch…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 10:22am -
  • Freebie: CodeFN42 Cales v1.01
    Cales is a VST plugin that allows you to map your keyboard’s keys to a musical scale. This will ensure that you will always stay in key, and never hit a wrong note. When "easy mode" is enabled, you can play any scale using only the white keys with…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 9:59am -
  • Freebie: Resolume Arena & Avenue 4
    Click here to Learn More & Access Download![via Toolfarm.com]
    - 6 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 9:22am -
  • Freebie: Mettle VJ Loops: Swirled
    Mettle VJ Loop: swirled 5 This series of 15 second VJ loops were created by Mettle in After Effects with FreeForm Pro, but no plug-ins are required to use them and you can customize them to your hearts content in After Effects.Click…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 9:12am -
  • Throwback Thursday: Scanimate Animation System #TBT
    The Scanimate animation program was developed in the late 1960's by Lee Harrison III, founder of Computer Image Corporation of Denver, Colorado, and was everywhere in the 1970s and 1980s. Scanimate was a groundbreaking analog video synthesizer used c…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 3:51pm -
  • New: Telestream Switch for Windows
    Telestream Releases Switch for WindowsLong awaited Windows version of the award-winning Switch professional media player is now available. Switch also adds playback and deep inspection of media and metadata including display of embedded captions/…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 3:32pm -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • Midweek Motivation: ZBrush Forensics
    ZBrush has become well known in the multimedia industry for it's ability to create high-resolution models for use in movies, games, and animations.  But when the mother of a child that went missing at the age of 4, wanted to know what he would…
    - 1 day ago, 4 Mar 15, 9:21am -
  • Midweek Motivations: Fumiko no Kokuhaku (Fumiko’s Confession)
    Click Here to Learn More
    - 8 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 2:44pm -
  • In Depth: Transitions: Part 1: Basic Editing Terminology and A Brief History of Transitions
    Table of contentsIntroductionCutsDissolvesWipesHow to Create Basic Transitions in your NLEMore on the history of editingIntroductionTransitions come in a lot of flavors…
    - 15 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 5:38pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Koji and Impulz LUTs for BMPCC
    "The video was shot on BMPCC (Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera) in RAW, 1080p, 25fps, 180 shutter angle, aperture 2.0. I used my Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 with Speedbooster Metabones for Nikon. In the first part I shot at 400 iso and then 800. Graded in…
    - 15 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 3:28pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Timelapse That Will Blow Your Mind!
    Dubai Flow Motion by Rob WhitworthThis is my favorite of the bunch. It has incredible cinematography and visual effects. It goes to a few places where no camera could actually go. Very impressive work!Enter PyongyangJT Singh gives us a…
    - 15 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 2:00pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: 50 Pixologic ZBrush Characters
    ZBrush is a digital sculpting and painting program that has revolutionized the 3D industry with its powerful features and intuitive workflows. Built within an elegant interface, ZBrush offers the world’s most advanced tools for today’s digital…
    - 15 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 12:28pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: “The Cut” Stop-Motion Animation
    UK-based photographer Carl Pendle, thinly sliced cross-sections of fruits and vegetables, took photos of each slice, and created a stop-motion animation from the photos.  About 1,000 photos were taken over a 3 day period.  Carl then edited the ph…
    - 15 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 10:27am -
  • Midweek Motivations: A Brief History of Skateboarding
    Warning: Mild Adult Content"Antonio Vicentini is back with another great spot (some adult content), this time using Cinema 4D, After Effects, Photoshop and Flash. Antonio kindly put together some information about the spot:“Do you know t…
    - 15 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 9:54am -
  • Midweek Motivations: A Single Life, Made with CINEMA 4D
    MAXON Congratulates Dutch Filmmaking Trio for its Oscar® Nominated Short Film “A Single Life”Company’s Industry-Leading 3D Software Solution – Cinema 4D – Powers the Animation Workflow at Job, Joris & MariekeFriedrichsdorf, Ger…
    - 22 days ago, 11 Feb 15, 4:54pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Retrospective Reel 2014 - Gary Christian
    Click Here to Learn More
    - 22 days ago, 11 Feb 15, 10:22am -
  • Throwback Thursday: Jean-Claude Van Damme Green Screen Challenge
    First, watch the intro video about the challenge at Funny or Die. Unfortunately, there's no embedable version. You'll enjoy the cameo in the video. Recognize this guy?I'm guessing that a lot of Video Copilot Action Essentials were used in th…
    - 28 days ago, 5 Feb 15, 3:47pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Comma demo
    View this video on Vimeo 
    - 29 days ago, 4 Feb 15, 1:59pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: 4 Great Super Bowl Ads with VFX + Behind The Scenes
    Bud Light – Real Life Pac-ManI would really love to play Real Life Pac-Man. Doesn't it look like fun!Agency: EnergyBBDO Bud Light – Real Life PacMan - Behind the ScenesMercedes-Benz - FableHow can anyone resist animated…
    - 29 days ago, 4 Feb 15, 1:58pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: 3 Clever Music Videos with “Making Of” Videos
    Panda Bear - Boys Latin (Official Video)The Boys Latin video is the story of some people who touch psychedelic aquatic plants. That's my take anyway! It's a beautiful video with low poly 3D from CINEMA 4D, some of which is animated to the audio.…
    - 36 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 8:10pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Boris FX New Year, New Tools Video Contest Winners
    And the winners are:#1. RomantiCorp , Winner of BCC 9 + mocha Pro #2.  The Hatchling , Winner of the BCC Match Move Unit + mocha Plus Click here to see all the winners Learn more about Boris FX productsLearn more a…
    - 36 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 3:47pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: “How animation works” - Indeed.com ad
    View on VimeoThe ad above was originally a CG short, made in-house and just for fun, by House Special, entitled "A Tale of Momentum & Inertia."Click here to see artwork of the process.
    - 36 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:35pm -
  • 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…
    - 50 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…
    - 50 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…
    - 50 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…
    - 57 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…
    - 57 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…
    - 57 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.
    - 57 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…
    - 64 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…
    - 64 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…
    - 64 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…
    - 72 days ago, 23 Dec 14, 9:08pm -

AE Freemart

  • newFree Midpoint After Effects Preset
    Mikey Borup has a freebie that allows you to find the midpoint between two layers. Download the preset from CinemaSpice (name your price – suggested donation is $1.) Don’t have After Effects? Get Adobe After Effects CC for Teams & Businesses at…
    - 14 hours ago, 4 Mar 15, 8:27pm -
  • Photoshop CC Essential Training Free at Lynda.com through 2-2-2015!
    You  have until Groundhog’s Day to get some free Photoshop CC training by Julianne Kost at Lynda.com. Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. M…
    - 38 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 3:57pm -
  • 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…
    - 43 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,…
    - 86 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…
    - 91 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 10 Nov 14, 7:07am -
  • Free Script: Dojo Task List Script Demo Tutorial
    - 11 Aug 14, 3:16pm -