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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

  • Sneak Peek: Red Giant’s Annual 40% Off Sale Starts Tuesday, December 9th
    Portland, OR – November 26, 2014 – Red Giant is back with its annual 40%-off blowout sale, on Tuesday, December 9th. For 24 hours only, from 08:00 AM PST on December 9th to 08:00 AM PST on December 10th, every single Red Giant product sold at www…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 3:18pm -
  • Webinar: Greyscalegorilla Live Today with Nick Campbell
    Broadcast live streaming video on UstreamWatch it at  Wednesday November 26th at 1PM CSTNick CampbellIf you missed our coverage from the Greyscalegorilla sponsored Half Rez event in Chicago earlier in the month, check out our recap and ph…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 2:29pm -
  • New: LookLabs Announces the Release of SpeedLooks V4
    Save 30% on the new release of LookLabs SpeedLooks Studio Linear and Studio LOG.Calgary, Alberta (November 25, 2014) – Color by LookLabsTM is pleased to announce our fourth version of SpeedLooks with a new line of products, SpeedLooks Studio Li…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 8:52am -
  • Sale: Imagineer Systems Mocha Pro Holiday Sales!
    From November 26 through December 1, 2014 receive 30% off all mocha Pro sales, including all upgrades from bundled versions plus node-locked and floating licenses!What’s New in mocha Pro v4.1?The latest point release of mocha Pro incorporate…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 7:36am -
  • Tutorial: Use Mettle FreeForm Pro to Create a Liquid Metal Logo Animation in After Effects
    This was featured in the November issue of 3D Artist Magazine. Chris McFall is a Director at United Filmdon, UK and explains,"When I first started United Filmdom I knew I wanted to create some impressive titling, some really stand out effects.…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 4:04am -
  • Tutorial: Creating A Character in MODO
    Don't have MODO? Try a free trial from Toolfarm Downloads (under Standalone).Check out The Foundry MODO Deal on Black Friday, December 28, 2014 only!MODO + MeshFusion Bundle Node-Locked Price: Reg: $1,890 SALE: $1,292[via Toolfarm.c…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 12:44am -
  • Tutorial: Flock of X-Particles in CINEMA 4D
    If you haven't tried X-Particles for CINEMA 4D, download a free demo (linked under MAXON CINEMA 4D plug-ins) and play along with this great tutorial.Via Lester BanksINSYDIUM X-Particles for CINEMA 4D - 25% OffSale Date: Friday, Nov…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 12:29am -
  • Tutorial: How To Use iZotope RX4 to Soften Pick Noise On Acoustic Guitar
    If you haven't tried iZotope RX4 yet, download a free demo (under Standalone)iZotope is offering huge savings through Monday, December 1, 2014, on these popular audio bundles and more. Save up to 36% on plug-ins for mixing, mastering, effects…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 11:48pm -
  • Tutorial: Boris Continuum Complete Grunge in DaVinci Resolve + Sale Info
    Black Friday / Cyber Monday SaleIn addition, Boris Continuum Complete for OFX is (as well as all other Boris products) on sale at a whopping 30% off through Cyber Monday, December 1, 2014.  Learn more about the sale here.[via Toolfarm.…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 11:11pm -
  • The Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2014 Sales List
     Here's our current running list of holiday sales * PLEASE NOTE SALE DATES ON EACH OFFER *Jump to Offers From:Boris FXBroadcastGEMsCoreMelt…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 8:22pm -
  • Tutorial: Essential Animation Quick Tips for MAXON Cinema 4D
    View the original post and get links to other great tutorials at eyedesyn's website.Topics covered in this Cinema 4D tutorial are:Gimbal Lock: What It Is & How to Avoid ItQuaternion ExpressionOverdubAlign to Path TagCrea…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 8:08pm -
  • Tutorial: RealFlow 2014 - The Enhanced UI
    By the way, there's a special promo on RealFlow through December 19, 2014 where you can 25% off all Next Limit Maxwell Render and RealFlow Products. Learn more about the deal. [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 2 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 6:32pm -
  • New: NewBlueFX Revamped Product Lineup
    The NewBlueFX product line is now made of six families of specially selected effects, transition and titling products.  These include:NewBlue ElementsNewBlue Essentials NewBlue Filters NewBlue Stylizers NewBlue Transitio…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 4:56pm -
  • Tutorial: Sculpt Realistic Clouds with Sitni Sati FumeFX
    - 3 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 3:23pm -
  • Tutorial: Toggle Sub-Division Surface in CINEMA 4D
    [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 3 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 1:50pm -
  • Review: Red Giant PluralEyes 3.5 by Electronista
    "DSLR shooters often have a troublesome workflow when trying to put together videos recorded with the dual-purpose cameras. While many consumers might look to a dedicated camcorder to produce a short film or conduct an interview, DSLR cameras provide…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 10:15am -
  • NewTek Lightwave 3D 2015 is Now Available
    From top studios to  independant artists around the world insist that some jobs are impossible to deliver with any other 3D package.  When faced with tight deadlines and an overly complex pipeline is just not an option, you can count on Lightwave 2…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 11:24pm -
  • FXHOME HitFilm 3 Pro is Now Available!
    HitFilm 3 Pro is the biggest new version we've ever released. It's going to transform your filmmaking. Again.New interface, upgraded particle simulator, 3D model textures, HitFilm plugins and 180 effects included, there's so much that is new it'…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 5:36pm -
  • Update: V-Ray for Rhino SP 2 Update!
    A new update to V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino is now available. In addition to other refinements, we’ve made code optimizations to improve the general performance of V-Ray for Rhino.Refinements include:Performance improvements that speed up DR rende…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 3:31pm -
  • Sale: 1/3 off all FilmConvert Products!
    Give Digital camera footage the color and grain of your favorite film stocksEver since the introduction of Digital Cameras, digital evangelists have been saying how Film would eventually be superceeded and replaced. After several decades, this is…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 2:57pm -
  • Sale: iZotope Audio Bundles - Mixing, Mastering, Effects, Audio Repair and More
     Mix & Master Bundle Reg: $399 SALE: $299This bundle combines 2 rich-featured audio effect suites for mixing and mastering, each with elegant workflows suited for both beginners and experts. It's the perfect one-two punch for musicians, en…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • Sale: 40% Off Mettle FreeForm Pro
    Great for: 2D and 3D stereo conversion; 3D shape morphs; advanced image morphing, character animation; organic effects; water replacement. Create amazing 3D shape morphs via familiar 2D filters in After Effects FreeForm Pro generates all geometry on…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 1:50pm -
  • New: The Foundry NUKE 9 and NUKE STUDIO Now Available
     Built to meet the needs of modern production work, the NUKE range offers unparalleled levels of power and confidence whether you’re a team with a deadline or working solo with a client. the NUKE product range gets a complete overhaul with the…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 10:20am -
  • Freebie:  Coffee Party MAXON Cinema 4D models
    Our talented friends at the Pixel Labe have created a couple of food related C4D models for your feasting pleasure.C4D 3D cake modelClick here to download the 3D Cake model. C4D 3D cupcake model, including dish and spoon from Ph…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 8:49pm -
  • News: Red Giant Trapcode Mir 2 - Beta v3
    Users that own Trapcode Mir 1.0 can download the latest beta for Mir v2 from the Trapcode website.New features in Mir v2 Beta 3:New Fractal Types (Regular, Multi, SmoothRidge, Multi SmoothRidge)Anisotropic Texture Sampling. Useful for…
    - 7 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 2:37pm -
  • Beta: GenArts, Inc. Announces the Public Beta for Sapphire 8
    Cambridge, MA - November 20, 2014 - GenArts, Inc. is excited to announce the release of the Sapphire 8 public beta. The public beta allows everyone -- both new and current Sapphire users -- to experience version 8 before its mid-December release.N…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 10:17pm -
  • Update: CinemaPlugins DEM Earth v2.40 Now Available + Overview Tutorial
    CinemaPlugins DEM Earth v2.40 Now AvailableDEM Earth 2.40 was realeased on November 19, 2014. Here are some notes from the developer on what's new, improved and fixed.Improved - Strata.Modified the way the Strata is built in preparation…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 8:17pm -
  • New: iZotope Iris v2 Now Available - Save Up to $100 Through 12/12/14
    With Iris 2, designing musical sounds has never been so creative, intuitive, and fun. The sonic options are limited only by your imagination!Get started fast by selecting from hundreds of expertly crafted Bass, Keys, Leads, Pads, and Rhythmic pat…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 4:32pm -
  • Sale: Save 35% on FXHOME PhotoKey 6 Pro, Greenscreen Powerhouse
    Save 35% on FXHOME PhotoKey 6!FXHOME PhotoKey Pro - MSRP: $299 Sale Price: $194.35.Sale runs from November 20, 2014 through December 2, 2014.What is PhotoKey Pro?Designed for professional green screen photographers. PhotoKey 6 Pro is…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 4:12pm -
  • News: 2014 Toolfarm Top 10 Awards - Take our Survey, Enter to Win Prizes!
    Every year we ask you, the users, to vote in the Toolfarm Top 10 Awards to rate your favorite products! It's that time again where we're encouraging you to get involved and let us know what you think!To accompany Adobe After Effects, Adobe Prem…
    - 17 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 12:45pm -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • Midweek Motivations: The Centrifuge Brain Project
    The film was written, directed and edited by Till Nowak, and he also did the visual effects and 3D animation. To learn more about the film, check out an interview with Till Nowak by Filmnosis. If you're intersted in the technical aspects of…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Nov 14, 10:11pm -
  • MidWeek Motivation: FILM FX L3.0
    Here's a student short film L3.0 (Leo) created by the students at ISART Digital, based in France.  It's a haunting tale of a robot left to wander an empty Paris and his attempts to entertain himself.  The animation is amazing with a wonderful…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 2:21pm -
  • Inspiration: Ambition the film + Making of
    Ambition the filmAmbition, Directed by Tomek Bagiński, was shot in Iceland, with post-production handled in Poland, and features the actors Aidan Gillen and Aisling Franciosi. It was screened in London in October, 2014 at the British Film Inst…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 5:26pm -
  • Friday Funnies: Video Tutorial: The Edit Button (2.0)
    It's very clever when they reposition the actors arms. If you never saw part 1, or want to watch it again, it's below. 
    - 7 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 3:54pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Space Cat Hob
    For a more indepth look at the concepts behind this film head over to space-cat-hob.comLighting & comp breakdownLoïc is a Paris based concept artist and independant film maker for 4  years now. Last year he finished his film Space cat…
    - 9 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 2:16pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: C4D Mothership
    Click Here to Learn More and See the Creative Process!
    - 9 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 10:07am -
  • Friday Fun: Super Bad Mario
    Warning: NSFW language. Episode 1 came out on May 2, 2014.Episode 2 came out this week. Funny stuff. YouTube user Pastek is the creator of these funny little vignettes, but it is tough to find any information about him and what sof…
    - 13 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 4:48pm -
  • Inspirations: John Lewis Holiday TV Ad - Monty the Penguin and The Bear & The Hare
    It snowed this morning here and my daughter was asking if we can put up the Christmas tree because it looks like Christmas. I think its too early, but retailers clearly don't! This is such a cute ad and I'm sure it will spur sales of stuffed pen…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 5:52pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Aethera | Protoplasm
    "There's some remarkable 3D shape-morphing, with very organic and fluid movement, all created and rendered in After Effects. We used ShapeShifter Ae and FreeForm Pro for the background and all the shapes. Snappy rendering with an NVIDIA Quadro K…
    - 15 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 5:58pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: ピンポン “Ping Pong”
    Click Here for More Information
    - 16 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 2:37pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Final Fantasy 15 Tech Demo
    The Final Fantasy RPG video game series is known globally as one of the most well developed series ever. From the story lines, the game play, to the development of the interactive worlds... everything is always astonishing. Click Here to Lea…
    - 16 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 11:29am -
  • Midweek Motivation: FilmConvert Cinematography Competition Winner
    "Restoring the Atleo River", By Mark WyattCamera: BMCCSoftware: Film Convert Pro - OFX PluginSettings: Kodak Vision 3 5207Filmed at the Atleo River, BC, Canada on September 3rd, 2013 for The Central Westcoast Forest Society.Writer…
    - 16 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 10:15am -
  • Midweek Motivation: HATSUNE MIKU × TETSUYA NOMURA
    This beautiful video was screened at Hatsune Miku art exhibition "Universal Positivity"@Wallplay (Oct. 9th-Oct. 19th), as a part of HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2014 in New York.Click Here to Learn More
    - 16 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 10:04am -
  • Midweek Motivation: The making of “Dip N Dance”
    CGI **Award-Winning** Animated Short Film: "Dip N Dance" by Hugo Cierzniak CGI Animated Breakdowns HD: "Dip N' Dance - Making of" by Hugo CierzniakFor more info on Hugo's creation check out the Dip N Dance Website. 
    - 22 days ago, 5 Nov 14, 4:15pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Fastening Days
    YKK Global will release an original animation on the theme of "Little Parts. Big Difference." The film is directed by Studio Colorido's Mr. Hiroyasu Ishida of "Fumiko's Confession" fame and the ending credit song is "Hurly Burly" by Perfume, who…
    - 23 days ago, 5 Nov 14, 2:29pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Stunning Visuals from Kinect to Freeform Pro
    Harry started with an XBox kinect fed through the 3D image capture application, Brekel Kinect.  He then used a combination of Adobe After Effects, Mettle FreeForm Pro, Meshlab, Vray for 3ds Max, cebas thinkingParticles, and Red Giant Trapcode F…
    - 29 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 6:14pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: God Only Knows how they did it
    Take 27 famous musicians, add bubbles, butterflies, balloons, and a bengal tiger.  Put them all in one place, Alexandra Palace, singing a remake of the Beach Boys "God only knows," and what do you have? The promo for the launch of BBC music.  …
    - 30 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 3:44pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Making of Nordic House
    Primer concurso Latinoamericano" CG (First Latin-American CG Contest) supplied all participants with the same base model of a house as a starting point.  Hector explains where he found his inspiration, some of his modeling and texturing techniq…
    - 30 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 1:22pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Grading Breakdown for L’Oreal Garnier Commercial
    Andreas Brueckl from ColorMeUp was the Senior Colorist on this piece. It takes 3 hours worth of work in Baselight and compresses it into 3 minutes. It's not so much about retouching the skin, but relighting and adjusting reflections. It's amazing t…
    - 30 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 1:21pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Structure
    View More on Mike Batchelor's Vimeo Channel
    - 30 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 10:51am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Moonlight Short Film
    This is a follow up post to show how our Moonlight video looked like after it had been color graded. There were a handful of requests form viewers asking us to upload a graded version. We graded it with FilmConvert in Adobe Premiere Pro using th…
    - 30 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 10:29am -
  • Inspiration: Happy Halloween Video Postcard
    Julien Deka explained that this little project was "shot on Red Epic-M (MX sensor), with Red Pro Primes. Color correction done in After Effects (same pass as VFX)."Via LIft Gamma Gain.
    - 31 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 12:17am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Trapcode Mir Thing
    While working in the Mir beta (http://www.trapcode.com/mir-beta-download/) Peder Norrby created this spiky, mesmerizing "thing."Check out the original Vimeo post here.Trapcode Mir v2 (beta 3) - very similar things can be created using M…
    - 37 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 2:46pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Guardians of the Galaxy and MAXON Cinema 4D
    STELLAR VISUALS FOR GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY by Duncan Evans (Excerpt)"For a project as ambitious as Marvel’s 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' it required the efforts of half a dozen VFX companies to do the culture-spanning tale justice....Playing…
    - 37 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:25pm -
  • 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…
    - 44 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
    - 49 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…
    - 51 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.  
    - 51 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 9:16am -
  • Tutorial: White Walker Eye Animation - Game of Thrones
    View PerfectFootage on Youtube for More Information
    - 52 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…
    - 57 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 10:38am -

AE Freemart

  • Beta: GenArts, Inc. Announces the Public Beta for Sapphire 8
    Cambridge, MA – November 20, 2014 – GenArts, Inc. is excited to announce the release of the Sapphire 8 public beta. The public beta allows everyone — both new and current Sapphire users — to experience version 8 before its mid-December releas…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 10:32pm -
  • Toolfarm’s 2014 Top 10 Survey! Enter to win Resolve, GoPro @toolfarm
    Every year at Toolfarm we have this Top 10 survey of customers so that we can find out what’s the favorite tool for After Effects, CINEMA 4D and more. This year, enter to win DaVinci Resolve or a GoPro! Every year we ask you, the users, to vote in…
    - 15 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 7:05am -
  • Free Animamorphic Lens Plug-in
    According to Wikipedia, “Anamorphic format refers to the cinematography technique of shooting a widescreen picture on standard 35 mm film or other visual recording media with a non-widescreen native aspect ratio.” [wikipedia.org: Anamorphic Form…
    - 17 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 5:07am -
  • 2.5D Sculptures in After Effects
    Ramiro A. Fernandez has an interesting technique of taking multiple instances of a movie file (he uses flames) and offsetting them in time and 3D space. It’s a lovely effect and he doesn’t use any 3rd party plug-ins. I’m thinking that this coul…
    - 18 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 7:07am -
  • Free Script: Dojo Task List Script Demo Tutorial
    - 11 Aug 14, 3:16pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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.The post…
    - 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…
    - 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 -