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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

  • newNews: MOX File Format IndieGogo Campaign
    The team includes some well known people in our industry includingBrendan Bolles, Programmer at Fnord, creator of ProEXR, OpenEXR plug-insMatt Silverman, evangelist and Executive Creative Director at Swordfish, who created the great video…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 2:42pm -
  • newCompatibility: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite + Your Favorite Tools
    Note: This article will be updated as new information is discovered.I've been waiting to post about compatibility until I get more feedback. The good news is that we really haven't heard many problems with compatibility with Yosemite and othe…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 2:22pm -
  • newTutorial: Smoke vs. Fire in CINEMA 4D
    He also walks viewers through a dynamic lighting setup in CINEMA 4D, goes throgh color grading and talks about some benefits of the 32-bit workflow.Ben has the project files available on his website, Ben Watts Design.Want to try some soft…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 1:22pm -
  • newTutorial: Cyriak’s Halloween Costume
    This effect is very involved, with lots of rotoscoping, tracking and hand animation.  It's not for the feint of heart, but you will learn a ton.Be sure to check out the rest of the 30 days at their website, schoolofmotion.com/30daeTwitter :…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:27pm -
  • newTutorial: Head replacement with mocha and Adobe After Effects
    Project Specialist Mary Poplin, from Imagineer Systems, takes you thru this fast-paced, advanced tutorial.  You need to be familiar with Adobe After Effects and mocha's planar tracking tools to follow along.Click here to view the original p…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:05pm -
  • newUpdate: The Pixel Labs Designers Pack 2.0 is Now Available
    Included are bolts, cables, ropes, metal scraps, latches, hinges, fans, wheels, tubes, pipes, connectors, ladders, trusses and tons more.The models are made with Cinema 4D R12 and include textures.Learn More | Purchase Designers Pack 2.0…
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 11:28am -
  • newTutorial: Halloween Themed tutorials for FCPX and Motion
    FCP.co posted these seasonally appropriate tutorials as well as a MacBreak Studio tutorial on Locking Fonts in FCPX.  While I am more focused on the Halloween themed tutorials today, feel free to click here to go to the original post and view the o…
    - 7 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 9:17am -
  • newTutorial: Adobe After Effects Quick VFX - Blood Smear
    Messy gunshots stay clean when created in post.  But how do you make the blood smear down the wall after the actor has been "shot" and slides down?  Surface Studios has the answer in this quick After Effects tutorial.Click here to view the…
    - 9 hours ago, 21 Oct 14, 8:07am -
  • newUpdate: Xfrog 5.3 for MAXON Cinema 4D is now available.
    Xfrog 5.3 is a procedural organic 3D modeller that allows you to create and animate 3d trees, flowers, nature based special effects or architectural forms. Xfrog enables even the most casual user with the powerful ability to create and animate organi…
    - 22 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 6:20pm -
  • News: CHV Electronics The Entire Bundle (FxScript) Discounted Price
    CHV Electronics The Entire Bundle (FxScript) Now Only $189.05!The Entire-Bundle includes all Fx-Script plugins from CHV-electronics. All updated will be free of charge and will be sent to you via email by request. This bundle includes all of our…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:01pm -
  • Update: NAVIÉ Effex v2.50.01 is now available
    NAVIÉ Effex is a dynamic simulation and modelling framework. Create inviscid, viscous to semi-solid liquids, smoke, fire, explosions and similar gaseous media with ease.What's new in v2.50.01?Bullet Dynamics & Two-Way CouplingRigid Bodies…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:34am -
  • New: MODO Training - Creating a Character with Warner McGee
    The first part (Part I) of this tutorial covers modeling the character, where you will bring your drawing into MODO and then model the character from head to toe using MODO’s powerful and easy-to-use modeling tools. The second part (Part II) covers…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:26am -
  • News: Recent Zaxwerks Updates
    ProAnimator Plug-in For After Effects v8.0.2Added Expand Instance command to expand instances into objects. This lets you apply warping or planar mapping to the instanced objects.B and E Hotkeys added in the Animation Controls panel to set…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Oct 14, 10:22am -
  • Freebie: Aperture and iPhoto import plugin for Adobe Lightroom 5
    Since Apple will no longer be developing Aperture, you may want to look into Adobe Lightroom.  Lightroom makes everything about digital photography easier, faster, and more amazing.  It's your go-to app for organizing, enhancing, and sharing your i…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 3:34pm -
  • Sale: 50% Off Boris Continuum Complete Image Restoration Unit
    Boris BCC Image Restoration Unit(Only $149.50, regularly $299)Download a Free TrialFilters:Dust and ScratchesNoise ReductionDV FixerOptical StabilizerFlicker FixerPixel FixerLens CorrectionMagic Sh…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 3:22pm -
  • News: Upcoming Webinars! FormZ, Nuke, Topaz, & Tiffen!
    AutoDesSys FormZ Webinar: Subdivision modeling and 3D printingTuesday, October 21, 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm EDT (17:00-18:00 GMT)In this webinar we’ll show the power of form•Z’s subdivision modeling and 3D printing capabilities by walking you…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 2:02pm -
  • News: MAXON Announces Grand Prize Winner in Inaugural “WinC4D” Challenge
    "Newbury Park, CA – October 16, 2014 — MAXON, leading developer of professional 3D software solutions for modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, congratulates Australian-based digital artist and motion designer Jeremy Mansford on…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 1:50pm -
  • New: Koji Film Color LUTs
    True film color, from the people who know it best.  Led by acclaimed film color timer Dale Grahn (Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, Apocalypse Now Redux), Koji brings the striking color of true 35mm film to digital filmmakers for the first time.…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 11:20am -
  • Freebie: 10 Free Film Grains
    PremiumBeat.com searched the internet to find 10 free film grain downloads, which, according to their respective sites, are free for personal and commercial use.Click here to see the full list and get the download links.Here's a sample of wh…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 10:41am -
  • Freebie: Texture Generator Online
    The Texture Generator was created by Christian Petry, a computer science student at Fachhochschule Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany.The Texture Generator Online allows you to create many different customizable textures with no uploads or extra do…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 9:42am -
  • Update: cebas thinkingParticles 6 is Now Available!
    thinkingParticles 6.0 developers have created a dedicated Fluid Simulation System allowing greater life-like control of procedural techniques in depicting scenes of fluid interactions.  Combining procedural fluid dynamics, rigid-body and soft-body s…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 3:51pm -
  • News: Adobe After Effects Good to Go with Mac OSX v10.10 (Yosemite)
    "We have tested the following versions of After Effects on Mac OSX v10.10 (Yosemite) and found no problems specific to this operating system:After Effects CC 2014 (13.0, 13.1, 13.1.1)After Effects CC (12.2.1)After Effects CS6 (11.0.4)…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 3:02pm -
  • News: X-Particles v3 Open Beta!
    As part of the development of v3, we have decided to to open up the process to all users of version 2.5. To this end we are instituting an Open Beta program for v3, which will make its first release available in November 2014.Click Here to Learn…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 2:35pm -
  • News: Cinemaplugins DEM Earth Now Only $299!
    Easily Generate dynamic Digital Elevation Models and georeference them in real-time to your world imagery.DEM Earth automatically downloads the data it needs to build the model you want. All you have to do is provide a Geographic coordinate. Produ…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 2:24pm -
  • Sale: Waves Sound Design Suite
    Waves Sound Design SuiteWith over 30 plugins hand-picked especially for sound designers and post production facilities, the Waves Sound Design Suite is a comprehensive and cost-effective collection of audio plugins that provides all the es…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Review: Red Giant Pluraleyes by Fstoppers
    "If you aren't using some sort of software to sync audio, you're sitting in your edit bay manually matching audio to video queues, be that sounds, video hints or timecodes. But what if you could just dump all your camera footage from an interview and…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 9:23am -
  • Review: Cineflare Kinetic Badges from Noise Industries FXFactory
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 9:14am -
  • Sale: 50% Off Fracture FX - Advanced Destruction Tools for Maya
    Splintering in Fracture FX: 50% Off Through October 22nd 2014!Fracture FX is not just software, or a plug-in; it's a symbiosis of workflow, cutting-edge technology,  personalized customer care and a desire to solve problems and final sh…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 5:47pm -
  • Sneak Peek: X-Particles 3
    Mograph style animation using the new FLIP solver to drive the fluid motion New test, mixing FLIP fluids with other modifiers, Rotator and an Attractor to get cool motion. A few details of the new features of X-Particles 3 have…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 5:41pm -
  • Sale: Rampant Design Tools 50% OFF
     Rampant Design is the home of the highest resolution practical visual effects in the universe. 2K, 4k and 5K high quality quicktime based visual effects for film and broadcast professionals.50% Off ALL Rampant Design Tools Products50% Off…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 5:39pm -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • Midweek Motivation:  Gone Girl & Adobe Creative Cloud Workflow
    The Post-Production team of Gone Girl used Adobe Creative Apps like After Effects and Premiere Pro to create a unique workflow allowing most of the editing, including vfx, to be done in house, greatly increasing their efficiency and collaboratio…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 8:55am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Control real-life stage lights through C4D
    Maxon Cinema 4D artist, Adam Heslop shows you how he uses a C4D plug-in bridge to control real-life stage lights!Learn More at www.lesterbanks.com
    - 11 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 10:37am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Ed by Chris Jones
    This is a work in progress, created by Chris Jones, working with Lightwave, Sculptris and Krita, composited with Davinci Resolve Lite.Check out more of Chris' work on his website, www.chrisj.com.auAbout Chris JonesChris Jones has been…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 11:15am -
  • Midweek Motivation: X-Men Days of Future Past VFX Breakdown
    Digital Domain created some of the coolest vfx for the latest X-men movie, from Mystique's amazing, mid-fight transformation to the RFK Stadium liftoff and drop.  
    - 13 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 9:16am -
  • Tutorial: White Walker Eye Animation - Game of Thrones
    View PerfectFootage on Youtube for More Information
    - 14 days ago, 7 Oct 14, 9:25am -
  • Adobe Creative Cloud + Girl Skateboards Design Contest
    Adobe and Girl are looking for talented students to intern at Girl Studios, create their next line of boards, and develop the promo materials to make it big.Just tag your best work on Behance with #madethis and #girl to be considered. They ar…
    - 19 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 10:38am -
  • Midweek Motivations: American Horror Story Freak Show Title Sequence
    The title sequence was done by Prologue. The font used is Rennie Mackintosh after the Scotish designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. By comparison, here's Season 1-3: Murder House, Asylum and Coven, also from Prologue.
    - 20 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 6:35pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Transformers: Age of Extinction Dinobot VFX
     
    - 20 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 3:02pm -
  • Midweek Motivation The Bezier Game
    Trust us, this is fun. We are actually asking ourselves, "why hasnt something like this been introduced before!?" I actually intended on posting this about 20 minutes ago but I got wrapped up in some pen tool training. Click Here to Play the…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 2:40pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Making of COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey Visual Effects
    BUF, a VFX house with offices in Paris, Belgium, Montreal and LA, created 260 VFX shots with their proprietary software, for a total of over one hour of visual effect footage for the COSMOS series. Be sure to check out the productions notes for an…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 1:02pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Interview with Tim Clapham by Motionworks
    Originally posted September 25, 2014 by John DickinsonIn this interview John Dickinson, from Motionworks, talks with Tim Clapham, from helloluxx.  They discuss Tim's background, how and why Tim makes his tutorials, and his upcoming tutori…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 11:31am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Cornelius Dämmrich “Haze”
    - 27 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 3:13pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Waves by Chris Lavelle and Stephen Langmanis
    Chris Lavelle and Stephen Langmanis collaborated to create this imaginative, auricularly motivated video. The juxtaposition of simple and complex, harshness and beauty, creates a dreamlike feel that makes you wonder where it will take you next.…
    - 27 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 10:34am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Most Influential VFX Movies Compilation
    This compilation was created by Roger Serrabassa, a self-proclaimed digital compositor, moviegoer & ever-curious guy. Check out his Youtube channel here.  It took some work to bring all these together.  It's a great trip down memory lane for VFX…
    - 27 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 9:56am -
  • Burning Question: How Do I Get that Low Poly Look with MAXON CINEMA 4D?
    Table of contentsWhat is Low Poly, exactly?Low Poly ExamplesLow Poly TutorialsLow Poly Theory in CINEMA 4DGetting A Low Poly Look In CINEMA 4DLow Poly Paper Tree &…
    - 34 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 6:04pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: VFX Showreel 2014 - Droid Destruction breakdown
    This awesome step by step breakdown was originally posted by Greg Massie.   Greg states "this work was done at Image Engine in summer 2012 for 3 months. I was responsible for destruction of the droid geometry, as well as overall looking after…
    - 34 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 11:36am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Houdini Demo Reel 2014
    "Side Effects Software is proud to release the 2014 Demo Reel featuring the work of Houdini customers worldwide. From "How to Train a Dragon 2" by DreamWorks Animation to "Killzone: Shadowfall" by Guerrilla Games, the shots in this reel are a sm…
    - 34 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 10:16am -
  • Midweek Motivation: The Foundry’s 2014 Showreel
    Get Motivated! View More Videos Here
    - 34 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 9:47am -
  • Inspirations: A Conversation with Andrew McMurry, Andrew M Films
    A couple of weeks ago someone on Facebook shared Toy Wars, which I thought was so clever and fun. It really reminded me of Action Movie Kid from Daniel Hashimoto, a Dreamworks animator and cool dad, who been doing an ongoing series of special ef…
    - 36 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:45pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Weta Workshop Concept Art
    Weta Workshop is responsible for some of the greatest designs and effects in film. You've certainly seen their work in the recent Hercules, Superman, Robin Hood, Tintin and modern classics like Avatar, District 9 and Black Sheep (an Australian film…
    - 41 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 9:10pm -
  • In Depth: The Morph –  Elastic Reality, Old School Examples, Plug-ins
    It was probably 1996 and I was working at Postworks. I needed to create a 2 second morph between two faces using Elastic Reality. Remember Elastic Reality? I remember that it took 26 hours to render?! Anyway, here are a few prime examples of mor…
    - 41 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 6:43pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: BUF VFX
    BIRD PEOPLE Visual Effects Making OfDirector: Pascale FerranProduction: Archipel 35 – 2014Number of VFX shots: 425 shotsSupervisor : Geoffrey NiquetProducer : Marguerite Moreau de LizoreuxEditor: Charles LabrietMusic: The Surfme…
    - 41 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 12:44pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Making of Cosmos - Behind the scenes at Tippet Studios
    Cory Rosen, VP of Creative Marketing at Tippet Studios discusses how The Foundry's MODO Katana MARI and Nuke greatly sped up their workflow.  Ben Von Zastrow, CG Supervisor mentions how important MODO's speed was on creating "the ship of the imag…
    - 41 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 10:58am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Urban Isolation - Russell Houghten
    Without intent, a work of art is meaningless. The artist statement serves to show that the artist is conscious of their intentions, aware of their practice and its position within art parameters, and of the discourse surrounding it. Who, what, w…
    - 41 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 10:43am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Dr. Who
    Milk Creates Half-Face Man for New ‘Doctor Who’ SeriesThe "half-face man" is the principle bad guy in the first episode of season 8 of Dr. Who.  This part-man, part-machine creation was brought to life by Milk VFX, a BAFTA Award-winning…
    - 41 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 10:38am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Hanabusa Nobuyuki
    Enra "Torque Starter"Director : Nobuyuki Hanabusa , Yusaku MochizukiPerformer :Yusaku MochizukiAnimator : Minoru Kusakabe , Nobuyuki HanabusaEnra "Primative" Director : Nobuyuki HanabusaPerformers : Tachun , Tsuyoshi Kaseda ,S…
    - 41 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 9:52am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Nightingale and Canary
    In this animated short, Andy Thomas visualizes two recorded bird sounds from the archives of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision [beeldengeluid.nl] in Hilversum.On his site, www.andythomas.com.au, Andy states he used "simple geomet…
    - 48 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 11:20am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Nissan Juke Treadmill campaign
    Mikros Image managed the entire post-production of the film: integrating the design of the dashboard, matte paintings of the town, and the scenery changes as the car rolls down the gigantic treadmill.  Watch the commercial and then check out the V…
    - 48 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 10:50am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Cruise Ship by Samith Vishminna
    About Samith VishminnaI am an enthusiastic and creative Graphics Designer and 3D modeler and Motion Designer,  who enjoys being part of, as well as leading, a successful and productive team. I am quick to grab new ideas and concepts, and to…
    - 48 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 9:30am -
  • Midweek Motivation: How a Bean becomes a Fart
    And if you were curious... this is how a Protein becomes a Muscle!Additional InformationClient: Men’s Health MagazineCreative Director: Thomas O’QuinnIllustrator: Rami NiemiDirected by Giant AntProducer: Cory PhilpottCreat…
    - 48 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 9:15am -

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…
    - 84 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…
    - 88 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.
    - 89 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…
    - 89 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -