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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

  • newUpdate: Chaos Group V-Ray for 3ds Max 2.5
    Chaos Group has just released a V-Ray 2.5 build for Autodesk 3ds Max licensed under the V-Ray 3.0 Licensing Policy. This update can be found at the Chaos Group Downloads page under the V-Ray 2.0 section. This is aimed at our V-Ray 3.0 customers who w…
    - 22 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 3:19pm -
  • newUpdate: Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks 2.5.3 and Color Suite 11.1.4
    What's fixed in Magic Bullet Looks 2.5.3?This update fixed a hanging issue in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 on Windows.The LUT Tool icon has been fixed and is now included in the Subject and Post tool categories.Improved LUT Tool perform…
    - 22 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 3:04pm -
  • newBug: RAM Preview Warning in After Effects CC 2014
    Updated 7/29/2014The After Effects team is furiously working on this memory leak in the latest release version of After Effects. It is occuring when users scrub audio by holding down the CTRL or Command key while scrubbing. It will eat up al…
    - 22 hours ago, 29 Jul 14, 2:41pm -
  • Tutorial Tuesday: The Next Limit Realflow to MAXON CINEMA 4D Pipeline
    RealFlow is an industry-standard, out-of-the-box fluid simulation software. Fast and easy to use, it is compatible with ALL major 3D platforms, including Cinema 4D.In this 52 minute video, RealFlow Xpert Thomas Schlick talks us through the follow…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Jul 14, 11:17am -
  • Tutorial Tuesday: Avid Media Composer 7
    Designed to handle high volumes of disparate file-based media, Avid Media Composer delivers accelerated high-res-to-HD workflows, real-time collaboration, and powerful media management, eliminating time-consuming tasks so you can focus on telling a g…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Jul 14, 10:24am -
  • Update: SilhouetteFX Releases Version 5.2
    Los Angeles, CA – July 28, 2014 –_SilhouetteFX LLC_is pleased to announce the release of Silhouette V5.2. When our customers speak, we listen. All of the new features in version 5.2 are a direct result of customer feedback. As a thank-you, we con…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 8:42pm -
  • Update: ArtVPS Shaderlight for SketchUp 2014 v 3.1
    What’s new in Shaderlight 2014 (3.1)Shaderlight 2014 gave you full support for all the new things in SketchUp 2014.  We are now pleased to make available the first update to Shaderlight 2014, which includes sought after improvements to ke…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 11:01am -
  • Freebie Friday:  Free After Effects Templates
    ProfilesVideo tutorial included!Download ProfilesProfiles Project page StripesVideo tutorial included!Download StripesStripes Project Page Blip Logo StingDownload Blip Logo Sting Titl…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 4:59pm -
  • Freebie Friday: Maxon Cinema 4D Donut models
    The Pixel Lab serves up another freshly baked model with these three donuts! Models and textures are free for commercial use. Special thanks to Phixel Studio for sharing this model. [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 5 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 4:22pm -
  • Tutorial: Fill A Volume with Clones Without Intersections In CINEMA 4D
    Nick also shows how to color your clones by using a plain effector. This tutorial touches on dynamics, lighting, mograph, rendering and texturing.Nick said that this tutorial is based on these wonderful renders by Zeitguised. You know…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 2:54pm -
  • Freebie: Free Offerings from CinemaPlugins.com for Maxon Cinema 4D
    Dynamic SubdividerSpeed up your renders with this fantastic and Free Adaptive Subdivider. With this awesome modifier, any polygon object or group of objects can be subdivided or culled from the camera frustum and more.Click Here to Do…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 12:54pm -
  • Tutorial: Boris RED & EDIUS 7 (v3)
    Try a 14 day free trial of Boris RED. [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 5 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 12:29pm -
  • Freebie Friday: Highpoly Skeleton model for Maxon Cinema 4D
    The human skeleton is the organized bony parts that provides the human body a firm multifunctional structure (locomotion, protection, containment, etc.).  With that in mind, this model of a full skeleton might come in handy.  Plus it has great bone…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:51am -
  • Freebie Friday: Boris Continuum Complete Free Presets
    6 Hyper Stylized LooksSenior Product Manager, Peter McAuley, brings BCC 9 users 6 free presets based on the popular BCC Film Glow and the new BCC Vignette.BCC Film Glow - Prismatic streaks, prismatic glow, and a soft pushBCC Vignette -…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:06am -
  • Freebie: Ocean Effector for Maxon Cinema 4D
    Pretty cool looking right? The best part is... its free!Note that this script only works with CINEMA 4D-versions Studio and BroadcastClick Here to Download[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 5 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 10:37am -
  • Update: Adobe Creative Cloud Updates for Premiere Pro and Media Encoder!
    Media Encoder CC 2014.0.1This update provides a number of improvements and fixes. These include: added support for H.264 level 5.2 (which allows 4K outputs at up to 60 frames per second), updated YouTube presets, improved DCP color calibration, a…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • Update: Synchro Arts ReVoice Pro 2.6
    The Synchro Arts ReVoice Pro 2.6 update is free of charge for Revoice Pro (V1 and V2) owners.  Uses same iLok License as Revoice Pro (V1 and V2). Revoice Pro can automatically and instantly transfer the timing, pitch, intonation or loudn…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 10:03pm -
  • New: Imagenomic Portraiture Plug-in for Video - Natural Looking Skin Retouching
    Optimized for speed, Portraiture delivers unparalleled performance and productivity benefits in a demanding video editing workflow. Precision skin masking preserves fine details and skin texture.Fine ControlPrecision skin masking preserves…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:13pm -
  • New: IK Multimedia Sample Tank v3
    A whole new world of sound at your fingertips!  SampleTank 3 is the ultimate sound and groove workstation. With an exclusive combination of features and sounds, IK Multimedia's SampleTank stands apart from any other sample-based virtual ins…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 7:30pm -
  • Tutorial: NewBlueFX Titler Pro - Epic Titles
    Follow along with a Free TrialNewBlue Titler Pro 3 delivers the video titling solution that works the way you work!Offering professional aesthetics and an efficient workflow, Titler Pro 3 brings you breakthrough speed and cutting-edge designs…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 3:31pm -
  • Tutorial: Using the Adobe CC Cleaner Tools to Solve Installation Problems
    The Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) Cleaner Tool helps resolve installation problems for Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Creative Suite (CS3-CS6) applications. The tool removes installation records for prerelease installations of Creative Cloud or Creative…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 2:51pm -
  • News: Pixologic ZBrush Summit 2014
    The ZBrush Summit is a FREE 3-day event happening Friday August 8th, Saturday August 9th and Sunday August 10th, 2014 in Los Angeles, California and streaming LIVE around the world. Whether you are here in person or at home, experiencing the ZBrush S…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 1:59pm -
  • New: Topaz Labs ReMask v4 Now Available!
    Topaz Labs ReMask 4Go ahead and take the shot! Worry about the background later.How often do you have the luxury to go back and get that second shot? If you're like Wildlife photographer Jeff Wendorff, second chances at capturing horses ru…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 11:23am -
  • Webinar: What’s new in mocha Plus 4 and mocha Pro 4 - July 24 at 2pm PDT
    When: July 24, 2014Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM PDTSpace is limited. Register Now!During this webinar, Martin and Mary will review the new features found in mocha 4 products and answer questions in real time.Register now.Topics Include:…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 8:43pm -
  • In Depth: Apple FCP X 10.1.2 and Motion 5.1.1 Compatiblilty and Resources
    Updated 23 July, 2014Here's a bit from the Final Cut Pro X: Version 10.1.2 release notes on new features:View and set storage locations for each of your libraries using the Library Properties inspector - one of the top feature requests…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:26pm -
  • Update: Red Giant PluralEyes 3.3.7
    Audio/Video Sync in Seconds.With a the touch of a single button, Red Giant PluralEyes analyzes the audio from your cameras and audio devices and syncs them up, in seconds. No clapboards or timecode are needed.Good news for those of you using F…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:23pm -
  • In Depth: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 Plug-in Compatibility & Resources
    Updated: 2014-07-07 - 3:01pm PSTTable of contentsResourcesWhat's new in Adobe After Effects CC 2014 (v13)Migrating settings and plug-ins for After Effects CC 2014 (13.0)Plug-in Compatibility…
    - 23 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 9:59pm -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • Midweek Motivation: Ash Thorp Graphic Design and Visual Artist
    "With an exceptional style of his own, he has quickly gained recognition among the industry, most notably for his role as lead graphic designer for Ender’s Game and Total Recall. He has also contributed to the design direction and concepts for…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:58am -
  • Midweek Motivation: FIFA World Cup ads
    Nike Football: Risk Everything. Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr. & Wayne Rooney DirecTv Sports: NADA MÁS IMPORTA - OLIVER STONE, FALCAO, KUN AGÜERO, DAVID LUIZ adidas Football: Introducing the Battle Pack  Coca-Cola…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:25am -
  • Midweek Motivation: The Genius Test
    You are a Genius! - My Genius Test by Roger HamiltonRoger Hamilton is the Founder of Entrepreneurs Institute and the creator of the Wealth Dynamics & Talent Dynamics profiling systems.
    - 7 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 9:42am -
  • Midweek Motivation: “Weird Al” Yankovic - Word Crimes, Includes Animatic
    I really, truly detest Robin Thicke's cringe-worthy original video, but how could you not love this clever song? The animation is frenetic and so much fun and was clearly a ton of work. Five hundred hours of work to be exact. Yes, the full m…
    - 14 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 7:38pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Game of Thrones Season 4 Visual Effects Reel from Mackevision
    Game of Thrones, Season 4 – VFX making of reel from Mackevision on Vimeo.Using 3ds Max, V-Ray, Nuke, and Photoshop.Found at http://kottke.org. 
    - 14 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 6:01pm -
  • News: RealFlow Case Study - Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit
    The problemCreate a large underwater explosion in the Hudson River that blasted high into the air and look as realistic as possible, in 4 weeks with a team of 3: 1 FX artist, 1 lighter and a compositor.After Watching this video... read mor…
    - 21 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 3:22pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: VFX Breakdown of Last Days on Mars
    A co-production between Dublin based Fantastic Films and Qwerty Films in London, Last Days On Mars completed picture post-production at Screen Scene, with sound post production on the film carried out between Screen Scene and Ardmore Sound.  ‘Th…
    - 21 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 9:59am -
  • Inspirations + Breakdown: Aurora
    Niles successfully funded his anime-esque sci-fi film on Kickstarter back in February and the film was inspired by a lesbian military couple. Their extended service was transformed into cyborgs leaving each other through a space elevator. Make sur…
    - 22 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 5:19pm -
  • Inspirations: The Black Case (with The Making Of)
    First, the filmSynopsis: The most important moments in history often occur in secret....Offiicial Facebook page for the filmThe Black Case Making-OfThe team on The Black Case included Arnaud Michanol, Alexandre Lemaire, Emeric Meissi…
    - 23 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 8:51pm -
  • Sneak Peek: Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator 8 Sneak Peeks!
    Sneak Peek #2: Instancing and Object Distribution Right now, you can save 25% off all individual Zaxwerks products or 10% off bundles. Sale ends July 8, 2014. Also, if you purchase 3D ProAnimator 7 now, you will receive 3D ProAnimator…
    - 26 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 2:19pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: 40 Before and After Shots That Demonstrate the Power of Visual Effects
    These impressive VFX before and after shots come from all sorts of major hit films including Maleficient, Robocop, 300 - The Rise of an Empire, Godzilla, the Life of Pi, Ender's Game, The Avengers and others. Which is your favorite? I love the o…
    - 28 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 7:03pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Flame VFX for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
    If you're feeling frumpy and lacking motivation then maybe you just need to set a few minutes aside and see what inspires others in their work! Sam Edwards, an expert artist with Autodesk Flame, spent 8 grueling months working on the television…
    - 28 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 10:33am -
  • Midweek Motivation:  Nuance by Marc-Antoine Locatelli
    NuanceMarc-Antoine Locatelli explains a little of how he created this video.  "First, I made different experimentations around music and motion.  I tried to unserstand how graphic shapes could reveal and emphasize some part of the music.  …
    - 28 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 10:29am -
  • Midweek Motivation 60 Second Retouching of a Beer Ad
    "Jack Salzke from FadedFocus Photography teamed up with Leigh Diprose at Warehouse 100 to create something awesome! What you see here is the editing process as performed by Jack (with Leigh sitting beside for guidance and general thoughts) from…
    - 28 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 10:19am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Disney’s Maleficent: Re-creating Fully Digital Characters-Design
    Angelina Jolie stars in Disney's new Maleficent, featuring a forest world of detailed visual effects. Mike Seymour delves into how facial movement experts Digital Domain, worked to re-create realistic, fully digital counterparts to the story's thre…
    - 28 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 9:17am -
  • Inspirations: A Conversation with Michal Janowski, Stage2
    If the name Michal Janowski sounds familiar, you may have seen the cool piece I featured in March 2014, Inspirations: Inherent Noise Title Sequence with Trapcode, which won a bronze award for Best Film Credits at the 2014 BassAwards. This piece…
    - 30 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 6:04pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Some Great Show Reels
    Simon Russell Showreel Spring 2014Simon Russell Showreel Spring 2014 from Simon Russell on Vimeo.Büro Achter April – REEL 2013Büro Achter April – REEL 2013 from Michael Fragstein on Vimeo.Giovanni Mascherpa Lighting Reel 201…
    - 35 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 9:40pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Spielberg/Austria Red Bull/Formula 1
    From the Aixponza website: "For the first time ever we were asked to put rain into one of our animations. For achieving the wet and gloomy look we used a variety of techniques ranging from modeled 3D raindrops in slow motion shots to 2.5D After…
    - 35 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 7:30pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: evian Spider-Man - The Amazing Baby & me 2
    Here's the spot:And here's the making of:CreditsAgency : BETCArtistic director : Agnès CavardCopyrighter : Valérie ChidlovskyTV Producer : Fabrice BrovelliCreative director: Filip NilssonProduction : ACNE USADirector: T…
    - 35 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 5:23pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Maxwell Render Case Study: Sky Sport Moto GP Ident by Giacomo Lietti
    Top Maxwell features key to this project:Material Editor (MXED)Maxwell FIRESoftware used:Cinema4D for all the 3D/animation parts, after effects for compositing and particles.Photoshop to prepare the textures.Maxwel…
    - 35 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 2:01pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: JMI “Crab Panther”
    CreditsDirector & VFX / Straightface StudiosDP / Matt ClarkEditor / Kelly Vander LindaColor / Jeff TillotsonAudio / Bad AnimalsAgency / Laughlin Constable - Milwaukee - Rich Kohnke & Ted Koszuta
    - 35 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 1:02pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: It’s Paper from Pingo van der Brinkloev + Bonus Tutorial
    It's paper from Pingo van der Brinkloev on Vimeo.Modeling 101 in MAXON CINEMA 4DFree - Modeling 101 from Pingo van der Brinkloev on Vimeo.Toolfarm doesn't sell his series, but it's available through Vimeo on Demand for rental or pur…
    - 35 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 6:44am -
  • Sneak Peek: Imagineer mocha v4.0 Tech Preview, 2014 Customer Reel
    In this quick demo from NAB 2014, Mary Poplin shows some old mocha Pro favorites like the lens, insert, and remove tool alongside new reveals for what is coming in Imagineer mocha v4. (Hint: It possiblly involves stereo 3D support, support for A…
    - 41 days ago, 19 Jun 14, 4:36am -
  • Midweek Motivation: 360° Panoramic Video
    The artist Jonas Ginter used 6 GoPros. He has his technique on his website (in German!)We have some tools specifically for the GoPro if you want to try this and run into issues with FisheyeCrumplePop Fisheye Fixer for GoPro for FCP X Fi…
    - 42 days ago, 18 Jun 14, 10:00am -
  • Midweek Motivation: A Game of Social Thrones
    Hootsuite explains the motivation behind the piece:This clip is inspired by the beautiful opening sequence of the hit HBO show (whose 4th season premieres on April 6th!). The animated clip portrays some of the world’s biggest social netw…
    - 49 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 3:17pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Much Ado About Gravity
    Matt Beale Show ReelHey, that rhymes! Carl Edlund Matte Painting Show ReelKen Shimizu Show Reel
    - 49 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 2:03pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Cadbury “Dominos” + Maxwell Case Study
    View On Blackbird's VimeoThe Robot project by David de las Casas & 3DCS"In Maxwell Render I finally found the perfect tool to capture the reality around me."Click to View Original PostSoftware used:Robot skin with 3dsMax.…
    - 49 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 10:32am -

AE Freemart

  • newTop 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…
    - 17 hours ago, 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…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 7:39pm -
  • WIN C4D!
    MAXON has a new site with a Summer Challenge: Enter the ring with a short prize fight themed animation you create with After Effects CC and Cinema 4D Lite for a fighting chance to win MAXON CINEMA 4D Broadcast! Visit WinC4D.com for details.
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:20pm -
  • Tutorial: Split Personality – Hemlock Grove
    Mikey Borup, who will be presenting at the 2014 After Effects World Conference in Seattle, shows a nightmarish mind trip of an effect showing a person splitting in two. The effect is based on an effect seen on Netflix’s Hemlock Grove. Fun stuff and…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 7:37pm -
  • All New Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 Announced!
    Read the Press Release at Toolfarm’s blog. It’s a huge update and there’s no sense in posting twice. However, if you don’t want to read the whole thing, here’s an excerpt from the Press Release about the video apps: New features in the vid…
    - 42 days ago, 18 Jun 14, 7:32pm -
  • Lightworks Beta for Mac, Linux
    There’s a Mac beta for Lightworks, a full-featured video editor. More on the Mac Beta of Lightworks. There is also a Linux beta that has been out a few months. The pro version will be for purchase but there’s a free version for Windows that has b…
    - 48 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 8:37pm -
  • Video Copilot Color Vibrance Plug-in for After Effects
      I’ve been hearing all about this cool new colorization plug-in from Andrew Karmer and the gang at Video Copilot. Watch the video to learn about it’s cool features! It was originally designed to work with the new Shockwave stock footage items b…
    - 63 days ago, 28 May 14, 4:50pm -
  • Freebie: 64 FREE Magic Bullet Looks Presets from Ed Editz!
    Visit After Effects Tutorials to download this great freebie! Installation instructions: Unzip the ZIP file and copy and paste the presets folder into: On Windows: C: > Program Files (x86) > LooksBuilder > Looks On Mac: Macintosh HD > Application Su…
    - 99 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 8:25pm -
  • Tutorial: Premiere Pro CC 101 Part 1: Preferences
    I received a message from a video editor a few days ago and he was asking me how tough it was to jump from Premiere Pro CS5.5 to Premiere Pro CC. He also asked me for a few resources to help him learn. Lo and behold, today, Kevin McAuliffe publishes…
    - 3 Apr 14, 5:05pm -
  • Adobe Announces Upcoming New Features to After Effects and Premiere Pro CC
    Expect this to be a major Creative Cloud update featuring tighter integration between After Effects and Premiere Pro, plus a host of additional new features to SpeedGrade, Audition, Prelude, and Media Encoder. Steve Forde: “I’m really proud of wh…
    - 2 Apr 14, 2:09pm -