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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

  • newTutorial: Tricks with 3D Objects in AE
    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]
    - 8 hours ago, 14 Sep 14, 7:44pm -
  • Freebie Friday: ZTree plug-in for Pixologic ZBrush
     ZTree is a free plug-in that allows you to create random trees quickly.  It does the boring, repetitve tasks for you, that come with creating an intricate set of branches.  If you need a certain species of tree or even an alien looking tree,…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 6:17pm -
  • Sale: Boris Continuum Complete 9 and Boris RED 5.5 on Sale for a Limited Time
    For the first-time ever, Boris FX now supports DaVinci Resolve 11 (and Resolve Lite) for Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) and Boris RED 5.5 (the successor to Avid FX).DaVinci Resolve 11 combines the world’s most advanced color corrector with prof…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 4:04pm -
  • Sale: Lightwave Crossgrade!
    Now 2D and 3D artists can easily expand their creative arsenals and crossgrade to LightWave 11.6 for only $695!Eligible software includes any 2D or 3D software license such as Autodesk Maya, 3ds Max and Softimage, Houdini, Cinema 4D, Modo, Unity,…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 3:36pm -
  • Update: Blackmagic Design announces Davinci Resolve 11.1
    Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve 11.1Editing enhancements in the new DaVinci Resolve 11.1 are designed to help editors work even faster than before. Resolve 11.1 includes improved asymmetric trimming, a new Swap Edit command, the ability to…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 1:59pm -
  • Freebie Friday: 50 Free Scripts from Jeff Almasol, Encouraging Charitable Donations
    Jeff Almasol has bundled 50 of his AE scripts together and is generously offering them free on his website, www.redefinery.comHe requests that you donate to your favorite community service organization in lieu of payment for these scripts. He ma…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 1:36pm -
  • News: Sneak Peek at e-on Software LumenRT 2015
    This video focuses on the new dynamic skies and the ability to interactively modify the atmospheric conditions in your LiveCubes.This video focuses on the new real-time editing capabilities of LumenRT 2015. Add and edit content interactively…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 1:06pm -
  • News: Blackmagic Design Acquires eyeon software!
    eyeon’s Fusion 7 will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.Fusion 7 is one of Hollywood’s leading visual effects compositing and motion graphics tools and has been used on thousands of feature film and…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 10:08am -
  • Freebie: Keolab Spicy Guitar
    Main Features9 guitars, 2 types of stringsphysical based sound designastonishing expressivityeasy-to-use strumming enginemany types of chords, 2 positions5 guitarist playing techniquesonly 10 MBClick Here to le…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 7:13am -
  • Bug Fix: Premiere Pro CC 2014 Freezing on Startup or Frequently Crashing
    Kevin explains the common cause of the crash is that the permissions folders have been reset to Read Only with Premiere Pro CC 2014 on Mac OS X 10.9, and later.Kevin explains how to reset the permissions to Read & Write, step by step. Thanks Kevi…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 5:48pm -
  • New: AutoDesSys Form•Z 8 is Now Available!
    What’s new in form•Z 8 Pro?form•Z 8 introduces subdivision modeling as a new personality to form•Z's diverse modeling capabilities. Subdivision modeling is a method for creating unique organic forms. These organic models start from a simp…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 5:41pm -
  • Sale: New iZotope RX 4 - Special Introductory Pricing! September 12 through September 25, 2014
    iZotope’s 2013 Emmy Award­winning RX is the industry standard for audio repair and enhancement, fixing common audio problems like noises, distortions, and inconsistent recordings. Post production professionals, audio engineers, and video editors a…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 2:54pm -
  • Update: Red Giant Key Correct 1.3
    Red Giant Key Correct 1.3"Hey folks- Following on the heels of our Primate Keyer 5.1 update, we’ve continued to add more host applications to our Keying Suite products. We’re proud to announce that as of today, Key Correct now includes su…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 12:28pm -
  • 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 morphs a…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 6:43pm -
  • Update: Chaos Group V-Ray for Softimage 3.0 is Now Available
    An advanced rendering solution for the VFX and animation industries.  V-Ray for Softimage includes ICE support, efficient Global Illumination, versatile shaders, and much more. V-Ray for Softimage offers a rich set of functionalities for fast and ef…
    - 5 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 2:35pm -
  • 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…
    - 5 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 imagin…
    - 5 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, when,…
    - 5 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 Lon…
    - 5 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 Kase…
    - 5 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 9:52am -
  • Update: AXYZ Design Anima 1.7 is Now Available!
    AXYZ Design an(i)ma® is the fastest Stand-Alone character animation application developed especially for 3D Artists, architects and designers for quickly and easily creating stunning 3D animated characters in less time.  It also works with Maxon C…
    - 6 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 2:14pm -
  • Tutorial: Creating Moss by Patrick Gladys
    "In this tutorial I will show you how to create moss the way we did it in Ryse. Some people might think we used a shader for that, but in fact it was an old school trick we used on this to create the effect of a nice fluffy surface. You might know…
    - 6 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 2:04pm -
  • Tutorial: Crystal Ball Ident by Ben Watts
    What You will Be MakingTutorial:Click Here to Download the Free Project FileCheck Our more free tutorials here![via Toolfarm.com]
    - 6 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 1:35pm -
  • Tutorial: Autodesk Maya Soccer ball, Tennis ball, Basketball Modeling
    Modeling a soccer ball in MayaThis tutorial was originally posted by The Art Ashram. www.thartashram.com is an upcoming platform where art education will always be of top quality and almost free.. by artists and for the artists. Until then,…
    - 6 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 12:06pm -
  • In Depth: Sneak Peak at What’s Next in Adobe Creative Cloud
    Table of ContentsUser InterfacePremiere Pro CCAfter Effects CCSpeedGrade CCPrelude CCMedia Encoder CCAudition CCStory Plus CCAdobe Anywhere…
    - 6 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 10:22am -
  • 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…
    - 6 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 10:06am -
  • Tutorial: Topographic Images using Hair in MAXON Cinema 4D
    Chris Schmidt from Greyscalegorilla, was inspired by some gorgeous renders by Lee Griggs, and attempted to recreate them in C4D.  He didn't want to use MoGraph clones as the shear number needed would be overwelming.  So he set out to create a more…
    - 6 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 8:50am -
  • New: The Foundry launches COLORWAY for CINEMA 4D
    Following the launch of COLORWAY in July, The Foundry has now launched the COLORWAY kit for MAXON CINEMA 4D. COLORWAY accelerates the creative design process, giving users access to a simple environment where they can develop looks and lighting for 3…
    - 6 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 5:22pm -
  • Tutorial/Script: GI Area Light Script for Tutorials on Reflectance Channel for MAXON CINEMA 4D R16
    First, here's a video tutorial from Nick about the script explaining GI Area Light and how to light with the Reflectance channel in CINEMA 4D R16, which was released last week. Note: Don't have R16? Download a free trial here.Nick warns, "Be…
    - 6 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 4:12pm -
  • 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…
    - 39 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 10:10am -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • 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…
    - 4 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…
    - 4 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 12 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 9:15am -
  • Inspirations: A Conversation with Richard Dunn: Lonely Airport Guy
    Thank you to Richard Dunn for taking the time to talk with me! It was a lot of fun. Also, thank you to Ken Lee of Michael Wiese Productions (MWP) for introducing us. Ken saw my share of Richard's video on Facebook and contacted him about writ…
    - 12 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 5:28pm -
  • 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!
    - 18 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 9:38am -
  • Midweek Motivations: Golden Age of Insect Aviation: The Great Grasshoppers
    The grasshopper was shot on Wayne's iPhone when he was at the playground with his kids. It's amazing how many great things are being shot on iPhone these days, I tell you. He used TV Paint animation software which requires no rotoscoping. Below…
    - 18 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 9:43pm -
  • Midweek Motivation - Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Cinematic Trailer
    - 18 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 4:29pm -
  • 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…
    - 19 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…
    - 19 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 10:01am -
  • News: Maxon Cinema 4D Showreel from NAB 2014!
    View on Youtube
    - 24 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…
    - 25 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 9:18pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: RealFlow 2014 Reels
    RealFlow 2014 ShowreelRealFlow 2014 Technical Showreel
    - 25 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…
    - 25 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…
    - 26 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
    - 26 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…
    - 26 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…
    - 32 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 2:35pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: AECOM 360 from Squint/Opera
    Read more about the project at their website.
    - 33 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…
    - 33 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…
    - 40 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…
    - 46 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…
    - 47 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 2:41pm -

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…
    - 47 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…
    - 51 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.
    - 52 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…
    - 52 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…
    - 88 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…
    - 94 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…
    - 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 -