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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

  • newSale: Avid Media Composer Subscription 40% OFF!
    The biggest names in film and television rely on Media Composer to make movie magic.  Now you can too – at a price too good to pass up. Subscribe to Media Composer and save 40%, Avid's lowest subscription pricing ever. Plus, get a six-month subscr…
    - 5 hours ago, 3 Sep 15, 8:20pm -
  • newNews: The Foundry live from SIGGRAPH 2015 Videos
    Watch demos and presentations from The Foundry team and the guest speakers.MARI 3 announcement and demo'Future Proofing Your Business - Panel Discussion'- Villusion, New Deal, Magnopus, Mike Seymour'MARI and the Texturing Pipeline on…
    - 11 hours ago, 3 Sep 15, 2:06pm -
  • newNews: Special characters in DaVinci Resolve bin names cause contents to disappear
    What makes it particularly concerning is that there is no indication that anything is amiss until the project is loaded again, so it is easy to lose hours of work this way.And because the bug only occurs when a project is reloaded, you cannot loa…
    - 15 hours ago, 3 Sep 15, 10:41am -
  • newReview: iZotope’s RX Final Mix
    RX Final Mix is a real-time plug-in for controlling your peaks and giving your mixes and sub-mixes a smooth sonic balance. The newest member of the RX family of post production tools, RX Final Mix plug-in is built specifically for audio post producti…
    - 15 hours ago, 3 Sep 15, 10:39am -
  • newMidweek Motivation: RealFlow Case Study: Gatorade | Fuel the Fire
    Watch on VimeoExcerpt from RealFlow Case Study: Gatorade | Fuel the Fire:  (Credits: GoldenWolf/UK & Incendii LLC – Visual effects)The problemBesides the Gatorade fluids itself a lot of atmospheric effects like dust and smoke ne…
    - 15 hours ago, 3 Sep 15, 10:00am -
  • newNew: MAXON Cinema 4D R17 Now Available!
    Faster. Easier. More Realistic.Cinema 4D R17 makes the easiest-to-use professional 3D software more efficient than ever before. New tools as well as expanded and completely reworked features help you turn your ideas into reality even quicker and…
    - 16 hours ago, 3 Sep 15, 9:39am -
  • News: Grass Valley Previews First Feature Release of EDIUS 8
    MONTREAL, August 27, 2015 — Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, announces the first feature release of the 8.x version of its editing platform, EDIUS, designed for broadcast news, professional editing studios, event videographers and even home users. EDI…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Sep 15, 3:53pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Turtles can now dance, thanks to ZBrush!
    "The ad features some acrobatic turtles who also love to dance. Rather than training a group of real turtles for the performance, they were created by Sven and his team at LIGA01 who were responsible for modeling, texturing, shading and look developm…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Sep 15, 2:03pm -
  • C4D Spotlight: MoGraph Tracer Object
    What is the Tracer Object?It's a MoGraph Module that allows you to create paths or splines from points in an object. You can do cool and fun things with the tracer, from simple to complex. The tutorials below show everything from making trails, l…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Sep 15, 1:41pm -
  • Sale: iZotope BreakTweaker and Stutter Edit Now On Sale!
    Make beats you've never heard before. Built on a futuristic MicroEdit Engine, BreakTweaker turns everything you know about rhythm on its head.Designed by BT and developed by iZotope, BreakTweaker is not just a drum machine: it's a drum sculpting…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Sep 15, 12:50pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Marvel’s Marvelous VFX
    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 VFX BreakdownBurbank-based visual effects studio FuseFX has released a new video highlighting some of the tremendous visual effects their team of artists created for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Sep 15, 10:12am -
  • Tutorial: Substance Painter Texturing for beginners
    This Substance Painter Tutorial series is made of 33 videos (5 hours in total) and was put together by Wes McDermott.  It is broken into 3 chapters, each with different focus topics: Fundamentals, Model Preparation, and Sci-Fi Crate Project.Fund…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Sep 15, 9:28am -
  • News: MAXON SIGGRAPH 2015 Rewind, Batch 3: Film Visual Effects
    Cantina Creative shows how they used Cinema 4D to deliver Ironman’s HUD in Avengers: Age of Ultron and dramatic car crashes in Need For Speed. John Johnson demonstrates his visual effects work in the indie feature One and Two. Patrick Longstreth, E…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 15, 4:46pm -
  • News: Boris FX / Imagineer to Showcase New Tools for Visual Effects, Image Restoration at #IBC2015
    Boston, MA, USA – August 31, 2015 – Boris FX™, the leading developer in VFX and workflow solutions for film and video, and Imagineer Systems, the Academy Award-winning developer of mocha® Planar Tracking tools, will showcase the newest version…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 15, 4:25pm -
  • Sale: Imagineer Mocha Plus Upgrade Sale / Boris Image Restoration - Toolfarm Exclusive
    Imagineer Systems mocha Plusmocha Plus is the Planar Tracking and masking utility that supports Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, HitFilm and Boris FX.  And now when you upgrade you can save almost $100!  Exclu…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Sep 15, 1:22pm -
  • News: Maxon’s SIGGRAPH Rewinds, Batch 4
    Included in Batch 4Unleashing Creative Possibilities with C4D with Tim ClaphamCharacter and Simulation Tools in Motion Graphics with Tim ClaphamCheating Dynamics with Mograph and Thinking Particles with Sekani SolomonCinema 4D Pr…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Sep 15, 11:17am -
  • Free Webinars! Calendar updated. #vfx
    Updated September 1, 2015All 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 September 2, 2015TelestreamStu…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Sep 15, 11:00am -
  • Tutorial Tuesday: thinkingParticles 6.2 Shockwave Tutorial!
    Click Here for More Info[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 3 days ago, 1 Sep 15, 10:35am -
  • News: Shane Ross shows Avid Media Composer version 8.4’s New Features
    View on YoutubeLearn more about LACPUG (formerly LAFCPUG)Learn more | Purchase Avid Media Composer[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 3 days ago, 31 Aug 15, 2:28pm -
  • News: ZBrush 4R7 Trial Now Available!
    "See for yourself how ZBrush is the perfect application for all artists, from hobbyists to professionals. Unlock your full potential to produce fantastic 3D artwork with unlimited freedom for creativity.With the sculpting, modeling, painting and…
    - 3 days ago, 31 Aug 15, 1:32pm -
  • Update: Pomfort Silverstack 4.2 is now available
    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 format - including sound files, photos, any camera media and all other production documents.Silv…
    - 4 days ago, 31 Aug 15, 12:57pm -
  • Sale Ending: Last Chance to get MAXON C4D R17 for Free
    Cinema 4D Release 17 is scheduled to ship September, 2015.  Available for both Mac OS X and Windows. From now through 1pm PST on August 31, 2015 all new and existing customers will be given the MAXON Service Agreement (MSA) at no extra char…
    - 4 days ago, 31 Aug 15, 9:40am -
  • Freebie: ButtCapper 1.0
    Watch the video to learn more.  (I love the sound design on this.)This free script lets you change the stroke cap and join types on selected layers, selected groups and individual strokes, or across the whole comp (by not selecting anything).  …
    - 7 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 11:44am -
  • Freebie: Muse Creative Diffusion Designer Wood Shaders
    Click Here to Learn More & Download[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 7 days ago, 28 Aug 15, 9:56am -
  • News: Blackmagic Design Announces Fusion 8 Public Beta is Available Now for Download
    Fremont, California - August 27, 2015 - Blackmagic Design today announced the public beta of the free version of Fusion 8, the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now available for download from the Blackmagic Desi…
    - 7 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 7:23pm -
  • News: More Trapcode Tao Progress #TrapcodeTao
    "I've been longing for this ever since I made 3D Stroke. After developing Mir, I finally have everything in place. 道 means "path" in Chinese and Japanese. It has to do with paths. The animated GIF above shows a ribbon along a path, with the profile…
    - 7 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 5:59pm -
  • News: MAXON SIGGRAPH 2015 Rewind, Batch 1: Real-World Production
    Watch the full lineup of presentationsSIGGRAPH 2015 Rewinds - Watch presentations recorded live from the MAXON Cinema 4D booth at Siggraph 2015 in Los Angeles, CA.CINEMA 4D R17 Siggraph 2015 PlaylistSee the new features of Cinema 4D Rel…
    - 7 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 5:45pm -
  • News: Telestream at IBC 2015 #IBCShow
    In this three-minute video, George Boath, Telestream Vice President of International Sales, talks about why you want to see Telestream at IBC 2015. New products, new solutions and even an IABM Design & Innovation award nominee are all in action in th…
    - 7 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 5:35pm -
  • News: Blackmagic Design Announces Fusion 8 Public Beta is Available Now
    Read the full Press Release hereThis beta is for the free version of Fusion 8 and is available for both Mac OS X and Windows.A beta for the paid version, Fusion 8 Studio, which adds stereoscopic 3D tools and is designed for multi user workgro…
    - 7 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 2:04pm -
  • Info and Compatibility: Adobe After Effects & Premiere Pro CC 2015
    Updated: 08/18/15 10:05 AM PST: Added Boris RED and Media 100Table of contentsAfter Effects CC 2015WARNING: Keep After Effects CC 2014 (13.2) installedPreviews in AE CC 2015Creative Cloud Libraries…
    - 17 days ago, 18 Aug 15, 1:05pm -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • newMidweek Motivation: RealFlow Case Study: Gatorade | Fuel the Fire
    Watch on VimeoExcerpt from RealFlow Case Study: Gatorade | Fuel the Fire:  (Credits: GoldenWolf/UK & Incendii LLC – Visual effects)The problemBesides the Gatorade fluids itself a lot of atmospheric effects like dust and smoke n…
    - 15 hours ago, 3 Sep 15, 10:00am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Math and Movies (Animation at Pixar)
    Watch on YouTube for lots of links more info.  Tony DeRose, head of the Research Group at Pixar, talked with Numberphile about how math and science is used in the making of Pixar films.Want more?  Here's some extra stuff that didn't mak…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Sep 15, 3:04pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Turtles can now dance, thanks to ZBrush!
    "The ad features some acrobatic turtles who also love to dance. Rather than training a group of real turtles for the performance, they were created by Sven and his team at LIGA01 who were responsible for modeling, texturing, shading and look dev…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Sep 15, 2:03pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Marvel’s Marvelous VFX
    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 VFX BreakdownBurbank-based visual effects studio FuseFX has released a new video highlighting some of the tremendous visual effects their team of artists created for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.…
    - 2 days ago, 2 Sep 15, 10:12am -
  • News: Maxon’s SIGGRAPH Rewinds, Batch 4
    Included in Batch 4Unleashing Creative Possibilities with C4D with Tim ClaphamCharacter and Simulation Tools in Motion Graphics with Tim ClaphamCheating Dynamics with Mograph and Thinking Particles with Sekani SolomonCinema…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Sep 15, 11:17am -
  • News: More Trapcode Tao Progress #TrapcodeTao
    "I've been longing for this ever since I made 3D Stroke. After developing Mir, I finally have everything in place. 道 means "path" in Chinese and Japanese. It has to do with paths. The animated GIF above shows a ribbon along a path, with the pr…
    - 7 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 5:59pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: V-Ray Showreel 2015
    Watch on YouTubeCreditsIn order of appearance–Elastic / a52EidosBlurUnit ImageMackevisionDigital DomainIlouraMethod StudiosRuairi RobinsonColorbleedScanlineImportant Looking PiratesLuxxMirAldo GarciaZoic…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 2:31pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Delta “Internetest” Safety Video
    Watch on YoutubeDelta added a list of all the characters in the video, just in case there were some you didn't recognize.0:03 Keyboard Cat0:18 Double Rainbow Guy0:26 Annoying Orange0:30 Roomba Cat0:45 Rahat’s Prank1:05 Evolutio…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 1:49pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Samsung’s New Mission: Discovering VR Film Talent
    "With the launch of Gear Indie, a new channel available solely on Samsung's Milk VR section of its Gear VR virtual reality headset, Samsung is placing a bet that independently produced content can be as important as that made by filmmaking profe…
    - 15 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 3:55pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Game of Thrones (HBO) - Hardhome (VFX Breakdown)
    Click Here for More Info
    - 15 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:34pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Seed by Aixsponza
    SeedWatch on VimeoWatch on Maxon.net"Seed is a free project that we did to try out ideas and techniques. And to have an excuse for commiting to the craziest of all entries on the brainstorming flip chart. A big Thank You! goes out to Ma…
    - 16 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 9:53am -
  • News: Next Limit Maxwell Render and RealFlow 2015 Reels
    Maxwell RenderClick Here for More InfoRealFlowClick Here for More Info
    - 21 days ago, 14 Aug 15, 9:39am -
  • Midweek Motivations: “VEv” - A Short Film by Erik Ferguson
    Click Here to Learn More
    - 22 days ago, 12 Aug 15, 4:24pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Rendering Illustrations in ZBrush
    "Based on a concept by Xa, ‘Butterfly Girl’ was modeled using ZBrush and Maya, and rendered in ZBrush. While Ladislas didn’t originally intend for the final image to have a 2D feel, he felt while working on the sculpt that the graphic touc…
    - 22 days ago, 12 Aug 15, 4:09pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: The making of ‘The Magic Tattoo
    "This piece is an illustration for a children's book /The Magic Tattoo/ that I am currently working on. The story is about a young girl who has to make it out in the world by herself so an old tattoo master does his final tattoo on her. The tatt…
    - 23 days ago, 12 Aug 15, 12:18pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Ken Lim I - CG texture Artist.
    CG Sea TurtleWatch on VimeoUV Unwrapping with UV Layout, Texturing with Photoshop and Mari, Displacement generated from Zbrush, Rendering using Renderman in MayaMedium: Maya, Zbrush, Photoshop, Mari and Renderman Ken Lim I…
    - 29 days ago, 5 Aug 15, 10:27pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Making of Starfish
    Watch on VimeoColorBleed Studios created the Starfish.  See more of their work here. 
    - 29 days ago, 5 Aug 15, 10:20pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Interview with Character Artist, Seung-Min Kim
    Seung-min Kim's Knight character was a popular gallery entrant in December, amassing 639 points... check out the WIP video below and find out more about this talented Korean artist...3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you,…
    - 29 days ago, 5 Aug 15, 2:59pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Ebola Virus Molecular Anatomy 3D Animation by Lion-Arts in ZBrush 4R7
    The 3D modeling, Arraying, Rendering, Animation, & Camera Motion were all done using only ZBrush 4R7 (beta version) prior to its public release. Every model is molecularly accurate thanks to the direction of my exceptional Ph.D consultants from…
    - 30 days ago, 5 Aug 15, 12:46pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Game of Thrones’ Fifth Season of Extraordinary Effects
    Both were key moments for the main characters, and both required significant collaborations between the show’s art department, camera, stunt, special effects, make-up, prosthetics and visual effects teams. fxguide speaks to visual effects supe…
    - 30 days ago, 5 Aug 15, 10:44am -
  • Midweek Motivation: ZBrush Helping to Create Official Star Wars Miniatures
    ZBrush Central member Gordon Robb sculpted the Imperial Walker for the new Star Wars: Imperial Assault game by Fantasy Flight Games.  He shared his rendering on ZBrush Central recently, stating:"There are a few miniatures, but the one I…
    - 30 days ago, 5 Aug 15, 9:38am -
  • Midweek Motivations: Andrew Kramer Talks Directing and VFX
    Click Here for More Info
    - 37 days ago, 29 Jul 15, 12:46pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: NUKE/mocha Age Reduction
    Rousselos Aravantinos created this VFX test using NUKE and mocha Pro.  According to his vimeo page he is a Junior Nuke level and didn't use any facial markers and it took a lot of tedious painting.  The Actress is Michele Valley http://www…
    - 37 days ago, 29 Jul 15, 12:39pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: New 3D Technologies in Medicine
    Future Doctors Could Be Taught With HologramsA med school has partnered with Microsoft to bring augmented-reality headsets to the learning environment. The video uses 3D composited with live action and some nice motion graphics.RealView Im…
    - 43 days ago, 22 Jul 15, 7:01pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Learning Faster with Nick Campbell
    Things we talk about in this podcast:How to accelerate your learning with deliberate practiceWhy you don’t need to be an expert on every area in 3dWhy everyone should make at least one tutorialWhy holding onto your “s…
    - 44 days ago, 22 Jul 15, 12:25pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: SIGGRAPH 2015 - Dailies Trailer
    This year, #SIGGRAPH2015 Dailies Chair Juan Buhler shares some exceptional work via this can’t-miss sneak peek! Each presentation will tell the behind-the-scenes story of the imagery created. Join us 9-13 August, 2015, in Los Angeles to experi…
    - 51 days ago, 15 Jul 15, 1:08pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Introducing Red Giant Film Team Experiments
    Click Here to Learn More
    - 51 days ago, 15 Jul 15, 12:39pm -
  • Inspiration/VFX Breakdown/Freebie: Semi-Permanent (Mettle SkyBox, Particular, Element 3D, CINEMA 4D)
    Semi-Permanent Inspiration in After EffectsSemi-Permanent is a design conference that works as a creative platform for spreading art and design inspiration. The Semi-Permanent 2015 Opening Titles by Raoul Marks are inspirational in their own rig…
    - 52 days ago, 13 Jul 15, 6:37pm -
  • RealFlow Case Study: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Zoic Studios
    RealFlow Simulation in Avengers: Age of UltronRead the full case study with Timothy Hanson at the RealFlow website.More about Avengers: Age of UltronSo many products that you use and that we sell were used on Marvel's Avenger's Age of U…
    - 55 days ago, 10 Jul 15, 6:35pm -
  • Throwback Thursday: Summer 1982 Sci-Fi Films
    A lot of these visual effects hold up today... well, not all of them, but a lot of them. I saw the new Poltergeist film that came out this summer, and while it wasn't a bad film, it just doesn't compare to the original. Speaking of TRON, che…
    - 56 days ago, 9 Jul 15, 1:44pm -

AE Freemart

  • Coming Soon: Trapcode Tao #TrapcodeTao
    Peder Norrby, aka The Brain of Trapcode, has been posting some Trapcode Tao teasers on Twitter for a couple of months now. Tao creates these lovely path animations in After Effects. If you haven’t seen it, check out these beautiful samples. “I’…
    - 7 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 6:10pm -
  • Assistant Editor Song (NSFW lyrics)
    Mark Adams has created this clever song about what it means to be an assistant editor. You can buy the track for $1. Here are the lyrics: My employer asked me to write a song about my experience as an assistant editor on their documentary. And so I…
    - 65 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:46pm -
  • Sale: Boris FX & Imagineer – 3 Day Sale Ends Friday
    Exclusive Summer Sale: 3 Days of Savings on VFX tools from Boris FX & Imagineer Systems Wednesday, June 24 – Midnight, Friday, June 26th.  Take 40% off select Boris Continuum Complete and mocha Pro purchases. Limit 1 license purchase per customer.…
    - 71 days ago, 24 Jun 15, 4:23pm -
  • Michele Learns CINEMA 4D, Ep. 4 – Working with Illustrator Files
    In this episode, Michele from Toolfarm talks about getting back into CINEMA 4D and extruding a logo from Illustrator. Buy Maxon CINEMA 4D Try Maxon CINEMA 4D Greyscalegorilla products Telestream Screenflow Transcript from video: Hi, this is Michele f…
    - 23 May 15, 1:50am -
  • Free After Effects color correction tool: QHQ Channel Splitter
    Quba HQ is giving away a Free After Effects color correction tool: QHQ Channel Splitter. It comes with a tutorial, presets, and actions! Quba Michalski explains, “Color grading using Curves, Levels and other RGB tools always felt quite counter-intu…
    - 20 Mar 15, 5:26am -
  • The Mega List Adobe After Effects Tutorials for Beginners
    Are you a beginner to After Effects and need tutorials to learn about compositions, timeline, layers, masking, keyframes, etc. Oh, there are many places to learn! Here is a list in no particular order, and it might not look that long, however, each…
    - 19 Mar 15, 3:23pm -
  • Free 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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,…
    - 9 Dec 14, 10:00pm -