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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

  • Freebie: Set up Ray Switching in Seconds by Using a VRay Ray Switcher Script
    The VRay Ray Switcher Script is available as freeware – so be sure to check it out if you use ray switching in Maya with V-Ray, it can save you quite a bit of time, both in set up and render. Get the VRay Ray Switcher Script here.Click here to v…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 3:32pm -
  • Freebie Friday: Hipster Glasses for MAXON Cinema 4D
    The Pixel Lab serves up this nice C4D Hipster Glasses model which includes a flat version and a version of glasses that are rounded. This model is free for commercial or personal use.Click here to join the Pixel Lab e-mail newsletter and you wil…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:02pm -
  • Freebie Friday: DebrisMaker2 for Autodesk 3DS Max
    Download DebrisMaker2Created by Aaron Dabelow, Technical Director / Animator at Make, a post-production house, in Minneapolis, "DebrisMaker2 is a collection of scripts for 3dsMax that procedurally generate and sometimes animate geometry. It is in…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 10:41am -
  • Freebie: Trapcode Mir Template – Fractal Crystal from VFXER
    I recently experimented with Trapcode Mir and the Fractal Noise effect in After Effects. I used an animated Fractal Noise comp to drive the Amplitude parameter in Mir, which produced some pretty interesting results. To gain access to this download yo…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 10:15am -
  • Freebie: Actually, over 75 Freebies! Thanks to The Pixel Lab!
    For users of Cinema 4D you are going to enjoy this freebie library that Joren at The Pixel Lab has rounded up. If you want access to all of the goods all that you have to do is sign up for his newsletter and you're in!See the entire library of fre…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 9:59am -
  • Freebie Friday: IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 FREE
    SampleTank 3 is the ultimate sound and groove workstation. With an exclusive combination of features and sounds, SampleTank stands apart from any other sample-based virtual instrument, as one of the most powerful and easy-to-use solutions for making…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 9:37am -
  • In-Depth: IBC Conference 2014
    About the IBC ConferenceSetting every development in international electronic media and entertainment into definitive context, the IBC Conference is an essential part of your show itinerary. With more than 300 international speakers of the highe…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 2:18pm -
  • Ending Soon: MAXON CINEMA 4D Promo Bundles - Save up to $650, 25% off Upgrades
     Please Note: Toolfarm is authorized to sell Maxon products to customers in the US and Canada only.The CINEMA 4D Promotional Bundles Include:CINEMA 4D Release 15 (Studio, Broadcast, Visualize and Prime)All upgrade for one year (Re…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 1:12pm -
  • News: SIGGRAPH 2014 Rewind - Maxon Cinema 4D
    Watch presentations recorded live from the MAXON CINEMA 4D booth at SIGGRAPH 2014 in Toronto, Canada!Watch the videos at www.cineversity.com![via Toolfarm.com]
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 9:38am -
  • Sale Extended: The Foundry Fest - Save 25-40% on MODO, MARI, Upgrades, Plug-ins, Kits & Training!
     There are 3 options to this sale.Get 40% off of new seats of MODO*, now through August 29, 2014.Get 40% off of new seats of MARI through August 29, 2014Save 25% off all PKATS (Plug-ins, Kits and Training for MODO) through Au…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 6:48am -
  • Midweek Motivation - Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Cinematic Trailer
    [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 4:29pm -
  • Update: Digital Rebellion Pro Maintenance Tools 2.0.24
    Pro Maintenance Tools is an essential toolkit for media professionals that is used by freelancers and major studios alike.  It is a utility pack designed to keep your Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, Avid Symphony or Adobe Pre…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 3:58pm -
  • New: Boris Continuum Units 9 have landed!
    The ever-popular BCC Units have been updated to include features and filters from BCC 9, including the integrated FX Browser™ for quick effect selection.AND for the first-time ever, BCC Units are available for the Avid product line! And to cele…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:13pm -
  • Tutorial: The Blue Project: Skin Sculpting and Hair Styling
    Dan Roarty was asked by Autodesk to create this tutorial based on his work called "The Blue Project," an attempt at a realistic portrait of his wife Nicole. The goal was to create a realistic image that came as close to a photo as possible.  Dan use…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 11:28am -
  • News: Maxwell Render Case Study: Fagforbundet ungdom by Tilnaermet Lik
      Software used:Maxwell RenderAutodesk's MayaCinema 4DRealFlowAfter EffectsZbrush3D coatUVlayoutPhotoshopTop Maxwell features key to this project:Material Editor (MXED) and V3’s n…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 10:01am -
  • Tutorial: MIDI Controlled Animation, Parts 1 & 2
    I took a MIDI class in college and my husband has a ton of MIDI content on an old hard drive that he has written over the years, so we could have some fun with this!Part 1Part 2Be sure to check out the rest of the 30 days at their website, s…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 4:43pm -
  • Tutorial: Managing Bins Inside a Project in Avid
    There are a number of reasons to have some discipline about how you organize your bins. One of the main ones is that open bins require RAM, and the more items in an open bin, the more RAM will be sucked up. So, by limiting the items in your bins and…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 2:51pm -
  • Tutorial: How to Install Previous Version Using Creative Cloud Desktop App
    Creative Cloud Desktop App is one elegant and very useful application. It is much more than updater for Creative Cloud. You can download available apps included in Creative Cloud, to manage files and fonts, to track Behance activities, to get inspire…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 2:10pm -
  • Tutorial: NewBlueFX Titler Pro - Custom Bevels NewBlueFX NewBlueFX
    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, 26 Aug 14, 1:16pm -
  • Tutorial: NewBlueFX Motion Blends in Titler Pro
    NewBlueFX Titler Pro brings you breakthrough speed and cutting-edge designs, making it easier than ever to design dynamic titles, lower thirds and rolling credits in a fraction of the time. NewBlueFX Motion Blends features dynamic transitions that…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 12:10pm -
  • Review: Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Pro by Eran Stern
    Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Pro Reviewed through a Topography course for Adobe After Effects"After Effects guru, Eran Stern, has done a course on 3D Typography for the lynda.com training site. Eran compares six methods for creating 3D type inside of…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 12:08pm -
  • Tutorial Tuesday: Boris Continuum Complete Lens Shape in Avid Media Composer
    Boris FX Senior Product Manager Dirk de Jong responds to a user question about how to use BCC Lens Shape and an Avid title to define your own custom iris shape.Click here to view the original post.  [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 11:30am -
  • New: Zynaptiq ZAP Bundle (Zynaptic Audio Processors) Now Available!
    Zynaptiq ZAP BundleBefore we get into talking about what is included in the ZAP Bundle we want to make sure you know that if you already own a product or two within the ZAP Bundle you can upgrade for a discounted price! If you own one product…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 11:20am -
  • Tutorial Tuesday: 3D Scene From a Still
    Be sure to check out the rest of the 30 days at their website, schoolofmotion.com/30daeTwitter : twitter.com/SchoolOfMotionFB : facebook.com/schoolofmotion[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:36am -
  • Tutorial: Boris Continuum Complete Flutter Cut Transition
    Boris TV Episode 211:Transitioning with BCC Flutter CutLearn how to control the start and end frames, incoming and outgoing frames, add a color, have your footage flutter with another video layer, and add an effect type like invert or monoch…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 9:10am -
  • News: New At Toolfarm - pt_EffectSearch for After Effects
    pt_EffectSearch for After EffectsHow To UseClick Search to show all effects in your project, or use the search options to find specific ones. The results can be sorted by effect name or layer order.Action MenuSelect one or more effe…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 1:30pm -
  • Update: FilmConvert’s Newest Camera Profile - Magic Lantern for DaVinci Resolve
    Magic Lantern Raw Camera Profiles for Davinci ResolveClick here to download for free[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 7 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 12:52pm -
  • New: broadcastGEMS TypeGEMs
    broadcastGEMS TypeGEMsTypeGEMs is a PseudoFX that controls eighteen Text Layer Animator Groups to provide a more productive and creative experience with AE's Type Tool. TypeGEMs allows you to work with AE's Type Tool like a real pro!Easil…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 10:07am -
  • Freebie Friday: Fireworks for MAXON Cinema 4D Xpresso Lab
     Noah Witchell posted this nice Tutorial about the building of a control board and Xpresso rig for a fireworks burst effect.He offers the C4D file of the fireworks Rig free for your use.Click here to see Noah's original post. Lea…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 12:07am -
  • News: See What’s New in MAXON CINEMA 4D R16
    Updated: 08/07/14Everyday challenges, clever solutions, breathtaking results: The new generation of Cinema 4D offers real-world workflow for unparalleled productivityCinema 4D users have a lot to look forward to this fall: With its exceptiona…
    - 25 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 10:10am -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • Tutorial: The Blue Project: Skin Sculpting and Hair Styling
    Dan Roarty was asked by Autodesk to create this tutorial based on his work called "The Blue Project," an attempt at a realistic portrait of his wife Nicole. The goal was to create a realistic image that came as close to a photo as possible.  Dan u…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 11:28am -
  • News: Maxwell Render Case Study: Fagforbundet ungdom by Tilnaermet Lik
      Software used:Maxwell RenderAutodesk's MayaCinema 4DRealFlowAfter EffectsZbrush3D coatUVlayoutPhotoshopTop Maxwell features key to this project:Material Editor (MXED) and V3’s n…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 10:01am -
  • News: Maxon Cinema 4D Showreel from NAB 2014!
    View on Youtube
    - 10 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 2:28pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Method Studios VFX 101
    Method Studios is responsible for tons of great VFX, including work on Transformers: Age of Extinction, Guardian's of the Galaxy, Into the Storm, Divergent, Robocop, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Elysium, as well as w…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 9:18pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: RealFlow 2014 Reels
    RealFlow 2014 ShowreelRealFlow 2014 Technical Showreel
    - 12 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 7:46pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Dante’s Redemption
    Naughty Dog’s Senior Cinematic Animator Tal Peleg has mainly worked as a compositor and painter in animation and the film industry.  says to stay tuned for a shot list breakdown in the future. Check out the official Dante's Redemption pag…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 5:04pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Godzilla VFX
    Yes, I know it's a little late on Godzilla, but I've been holding off on publishing this article until I actually see the movie. Last week, we went to see Rifftrax play on Godzilla from 1998, featuring Matthew Broderick... and Velociraptors!? Rifft…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 2:44pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Video Copilot Lock and Load VFX Short!
    Production Notes:Filmed on 2 separate daysShot on REDCanon Lenses: 16mm L-series plus a cool 50mmVFX:After Effects, 3DS Max, Fume FX, RayfireAction Essentials 2
    - 12 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 12:44pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Double Negative Showreel
    Watch ShowreelAbout Double Negative:Founded with a team of just 30, Double Negative (Dneg) has grown to become one of the industry’s success stories and is now one of the world’s largest providers of visual effects for Film with facili…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 10:13am -
  • Inspirations: V-Ray Film & VFX Showreel 2014
    Credits in order of appearance:Blur, Method Studios, Digital Domain, Mirada, Platige, MPC, A52, From Software, Digital Idea, Screen Scene, Post 23, Big Lazy Robot, Iloura, Elastic, Unexpected, Scanline VFX, KorbEdited by Brian MillerMusic…
    - 18 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 2:35pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: AECOM 360 from Squint/Opera
    Read more about the project at their website.
    - 19 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 3:49pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Action Movie Kid
    No Fear of HeightsSubmarine | Toyota Sienna 2015I hope Toyota gives him a free vehicle for this great commercial!Tractorbeam! | Toyota Sienna 2015Another for Toyota. These are so cool! I wish my kid would act in my movies! Maybe a…
    - 19 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 2:30pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Beluga by Ji Inn Jung
    Ji Inn Jung is a recent graduate from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She produced Beluga in her final year of studies, as her graduation project. She worked on all aspects of the project, from concept through illustration and animation, with…
    - 26 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 9:12am -
  • Midweek Motivations: Amazing Sports-Related Animation, 3D and VFX
    Nike Football: The Last Game ft. Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Rooney, Zlatan, Iniesta and moreNike has released a campaign of five minute fully animated piece featuring some soccer greats that have been cloned by a mad scientist! The Risk Everything cam…
    - 33 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 8:24pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Next Limit Realflow Case Study: Baileys Coffee Creamers “The One”
    Baileys Coffee Creamers "The One"Leif Petersen, owner of Ignyte, the studio that created this spot, talked to Realflow about creating irresistable-looking Baileys using RealFlow.  Here is an excerpt:The Problem:The commercial features…
    - 33 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 2:41pm -
  • MIdweek Motivation: “A Truncated Story of Infinity” - A Short by Paul Trillo
    "A Truncated Story of Infinity" - A Short by Paul Trillo, follows a day in the life of Vincent, "Subject X" and his many variations that exist throughout the universe. The story begins to fracture into different threads when he follows a would be l…
    - 33 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:17pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: MONSTRO!
    MONSTRO! ... TRAILER 01A rickety scientific expedition ventures down the Amazon River to a dark lagoon, in search of a mythic Creature! But the Creature, it seems, has a less than mythic agenda! MONSTRO! is a horror story. A love story. A rib…
    - 33 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:11pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: The Adobe Illustrator Story
    When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, it was the first software application for a young company that had, until then, focused solely on Adobe PostScript. The new product not only altered Adobe’s course, it changed drawing and graphic d…
    - 33 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:33am -
  • Inspirations: Pixellation by Chris Cousins
    Here's the final Pixellation project, which is a personal project for Chris to exploring the interesting options in MeshFusion. He explains, "The forms built with MeshFusion seem to have a greater solidity, density and heft compared to many…
    - 39 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:16pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: E3 2014 Trailers & Graphics that Will Blow You Away!
    Dead Island 2- Official E3 Announce TrailerGreat trailer with a guy jogging on what looks like Venice Beach, CA, as the wold turns to chaos behind him and he becomes a zombie. It's set to be released in Spring 2015.Assassin's Creed Unity…
    - 40 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 4:47pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: David Lewandowski
    View David's Website
    - 40 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 12:23pm -
  • 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…
    - 40 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…
    - 40 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.
    - 40 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…
    - 47 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. 
    - 47 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…
    - 54 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 3:22pm -

AE Freemart

  • 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…
    - 34 days 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…
    - 38 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.
    - 39 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…
    - 39 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…
    - 75 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…
    - 81 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…
    - 96 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…
    - 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 -