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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

  • Sale: MODO Training: Rigging Master Course
    Now through April 9th, 2015 The MODO Training: Rigging Master Course is only $199.00! And if you are looking to upgrade you can upgrade for a discounted price as well; only $99.00![via Toolfarm.com]
    - 2 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 4:37pm -
  • Freebie: Lightroom Preset Packs
    On1 recently posted two NEW Lightroom Preset packs. Even better, these are completely FREE for everyone!  Each pack includes 10 presets. Make sure to download them today and tell your friends.This preset pack by Trey Ratcliff includes some of h…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 2:42pm -
  • Freebie: StreetView Grabber 1.6
    Click Here to Learn more and Download[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 2:21pm -
  • Freebie: Interstellar-Inspired Template Package
    Click Here to Learn More and Access Download[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 2:07pm -
  • Freebie: 10 Free After Effects Templates: Typography
    Premium Beat compiled a list of 10 Free After Effects typography templates.  Click here to view the entire list on premiumbeat.com and give Caleb a shout out as a thank you.Here are 2 samples from the list:Mega Title Pack: Free After Effect…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 1:47pm -
  • Freebie: iClone 5 Standard
    iClone 6 is real-time 3D animation for storytelling, broadcast production, education & previzualization.Key Features:Fast real-time editingContent-driven productionSmart character animationEnhanced render qualityIncorpora…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 12:58pm -
  • News: MAXON at NAB 2015 in Las Vegas – and Globally at C4Dlive.com
    From April 13-16, 2015, MAXON will be showcasing the newest developments and outstanding productions with Cinema 4D R16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth SL10405.Renowned artists, from award winning directors to freelance animators, share…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 12:02pm -
  • Freebie:  Pixar Releases Non-Commercial Renderman
    The non-commercial version of RenderMan is fully functional without watermark or limitation.  Pick Your Plug-inRenderMan ships with artist-friendly plugins for Autodesk's Maya and The Foundry's Katana. Stand Alone with RenderManCal…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 10:38am -
  • Freebie: Trapcode Paint Splatter
    "Recently, I saw an awesome video from Claude Autret creating a beautiful 3D paint splatter effect with Trapcode Particular.I reached out to him, and asked if he could share his paint mixing secrets. Claude was kind enough to oblige and to share…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 9:23am -
  • New: Hawaiki Keyer
     Ideal for users of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5, its unique feature set will also appeal to users of Premiere Pro and After Effects.Create great-looking mattes and make easy work of fine detail and motion blur with the powerful ma…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 9:11am -
  • Update: Zaxwerks ProAnimator and Invigorator v8.5 are now available
    3D ProAnimator is the fastest way possible for you to add top-quality 3D title and logo animation to your toolset.  3D Invigorator PRO is the world standard for creating keyframe style title and logo animations directly inside of Adobe After Effects…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 12:30pm -
  • News: McNeel Rhino now available in download version at Toolfarm
    The world's most versatile 3-D modeler now handles bigger projects, faster, with more than 3,500 enhancements, and now available faster via Download.The Rhino 5 development process started more than five years ago with one overriding goal—to re…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 10:20am -
  • Midweek Motivations: X-Particles 3 FLIP Solver
    X-Particles 3 will feature the accurate variational FLIP Solver, a new Elektrix object for lightning or electrical effects, a new Branching modifier for branched structures, and a host of other modifiers allowing you to achieve other effects easily.…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 8:13pm -
  • Update: Digital Anarchy Flicker Free for FCPX 1.0.3
    Flicker Free v1.0.3 is now available for Final Cut Pro X. This solves a big issue with using 4K and above files in FCP. There’s a bug in FCP when dealing with these types of files and we finally found a workaround. This vastly improves the speed of…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 3:09pm -
  • News: Test drive the new Maxwell Render Network System
    This hidden preview in v3.1 is a prototype for a much more powerful and flexible multi-platform network system for Single, Cooperative and Animation render jobs.  Imagine a mixture of Windows, Mac and Linux systems all connected together and managed…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 2:02pm -
  • Update: Digital Anarchy Beauty Box Video 4.0 is Now Available
    Speed. Speed. Speed. Blistering fast, realtime skin retouching for video.Beauty Box Video 4.0 takes the best selling and most awarded skin smoothing technology available and gives it realtime rendering (on some GPUs). Beauty Box already had the b…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 12:55pm -
  • Update: Curious Animal Super Source Falloff v1.5
    This is a great update with added support for many different object types in your custom falloff shapes - most objects that generate splines or polygons are supported, as well as basic particle emitters and X-Particles emitters (with support for X-Pa…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 12:28pm -
  • Tutorial: 4K Titling with Boris RED
    Senior Product Manager Dirk de Jong shows you the power and sharpness of RED’s resolution independent titling.Learn more | Purchase Boris REDMSRP: $995  SALE: $695Limited Time Pricing good through March 31, 2015. [via Toolfarm.c…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 9:26pm -
  • Tutorial: Create Houndstooth Material in Cinema 4D
    Watch on Vimeo.Using the power of MAXON Cinema 4D's Layer Shader, Eugene Opperman shows you how to quickly create complex patterns, in this example the Houndstooth pattern, by breaking them down into their simplest form and constructing them laye…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 8:18pm -
  • Tutorial: Creating Realistic Clouds in AfterBurn & Particle Flow in 3ds Max
    final compositeAfter burn is a volumetric effects plugin where AfterBurn builds a volumetric effect around each particle center.  This all-in-one solution enables rendering of ultra realistic effects ranging from clouds, pyroclastic smoke, dust…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 5:41pm -
  • Tutorial: RE:Vision Effects plug-ins in HitFilm
    View on YouTubeDe:Noise was used in this example.Learn more | Purchase RE:Vision EffectsLearn More | Purchase HitFilm 3 Pro[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 6 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 3:25pm -
  • News: Boris FX and Imagineer Systems Team Up to Unveil New Graphics and VFX Tools at NAB 2015
    Boris FX™, the leading developer in VFX and workflow solutions for film and video, and Imagineer Systems, the Academy Award-winning developer of mocha® Planar Tracking tools, will be previewing the newest versions of flagship products, Boris Conti…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 2:44pm -
  • Tutorials: FluidRay RT
    Tutorials in this articleGetting started with Shade IntegrationGetting started with SketchUp IntegrationHow to Edit FluidRay RT Materials for Complex TransparencyHow to Mix Complex Materials for Photo-Realistic RenderingsHow…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 2:19pm -
  • News: Non-commercial NUKE Beta Now Open
    Want to learn and experiment with NUKE?We’ll be releasing a free for non-commercial use version of NUKE, NUKEX and NUKE STUDIO early in 2015. This is a free, non-watermarked version of the entire NUKE product family, with some light functi…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 1:02pm -
  • Tutorial: Fallen Angel
    Click Here to Learn More and Access Project File[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 6 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 12:29pm -
  • Tutorial: Use Glitch and Distortion Effects to Stylize Your Edit in Adobe Premiere Pro
    Click Here for More Info[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 6 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 11:11am -
  • Tutorial: Resolume Arena and Avenue 4 Tips from DocOptic
    This tutorial explains how to make effects respond to any audio source by using Resolume's built-in Audio FFT functionality. Make visuals more compelling by adding extra motion that changes effect parameters dynamically and alters the look of any vis…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 10:54am -
  • Tutorial: Mapping DEM Data in Maxon Cinema 4D
    "Create 3d geometry from USGS DEM data in Cinema 4D. Overlay the landmark model with a high resolution contour map to create a dynamic three-dimensional map.Using USGS GIS (Geographic Information Systems) data, we will convert DEM (Digital Elevat…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 10:26am -
  • New: Avid Pro Tools 12 Now Available!
    Why use Pro Tools?Unleash your creativity with incredible processing powerAdd epic numbers of virtual instruments and effects to create rich sounding mixesGet unrivaled sound quality and powerful 64-bit performance to handle huge mixe…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 9:52am -
  • NAB 2015: The Official Toolfarm Guide Updated 3/19/15! New booth info, evening events #NABShow
    Note: Updated March 19, 2015, with more after hours event info and booth demos!SessionsThe Expo - General InfoExhibit HoursRegistration, Free Exhibits Only CodesExpo Maps and Ap…
    - 10 days ago, 19 Mar 15, 5:47pm -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • Midweek Motivations: More Clever Music Videos with “Making Of” Videos
    If you missed round one, published in January, see: Midweek Motivations: 3 Clever Music Videos with “Making Of” Videos. The article featured videos from Panda Bear, The Correspondents, and Roy Kafri. Maybe they're musicians you haven't heard o…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 5:18pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Stormblades - Cinematic Trailer
    Watch on VimeoLearn more about Puppetworks and Stormblades here.
    - 5 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 3:33pm -
  • Midweek Motivation:  In Pieces
    Here's an excerpt from James' interview with Motionographer."Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) started as a way to conveniently manage the appearance of images and type across an entire website. Since 1996, CSS has evolved from a simple set of…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 12:03pm -
  • Midweek Motivations + Tutorial: The Northern Lights
    The aurora has been on my bucket list for years. We've taken long drives up north to escape the light pollution of the city only to never see them because of clouds or late nights. A few days ago there was a G4 level geomagnetic storm on the sun,…
    - 11 days ago, 18 Mar 15, 8:19pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Around the World in 80 days
    View original posting here.With hand painted textures, vivid colors, attention to detail, this short film is a beautiful piece of work.The Filmmakers:Around the World in 80 Days is directed by Nick and Lexie Trivundza, based on the 1873…
    - 11 days ago, 18 Mar 15, 6:21pm -
  • RealFlow Case Study: Batman: Arkham Knight + Bonus Tutorial
    Here is the shot breakdown.To read the case study on how they used RealFlow's Hybrido fluid solver to create the effect, read Case Studies: Batman: Arkham Knight at the RealFlow site.There's also a recent tutorial that showcases the workfl…
    - 13 days ago, 16 Mar 15, 4:35pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: 99frames - The Social Animation Project is back!
    "The 99frames project is designed to encourage people to experiment with CINEMA 4D and it’s outstanding features. No matter which skill level you have. It simply doesn’t matter. It’s about having fun, learning and sharing your work with the e…
    - 18 days ago, 11 Mar 15, 4:34pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: “Inside Out” Trailer
    Watch on YouTube  
    - 19 days ago, 11 Mar 15, 3:37pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: The practical and digital tech behind Chappie
     Here's an excerpt from fxguide's article:"When director Neill Blomkamp seemingly burst onto the scene in 2009 with District 9, he had already demonstrated his deftness at making raw sci-fi with several short films. Tetra Vaal (2004),…
    - 19 days ago, 11 Mar 15, 8:34am -
  • Throwback Thursday: CoSA After Effects #TBT (updated)
    Updated March 5, 2015, with new info from Todd Kopriva of Adobe. After Effects 1 demo reel (1993)Todd Kopriva of Adobe posted this fantastic old demo reel. Good stuff!Todd also sent me a photo of the CoSA building in Providence where A…
    - 24 days ago, 5 Mar 15, 11:15pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Behind the Scenes and VFX Breakdowns
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came out last summer. Visual effects were done by Legend 3D, who partnered with Imagineer Systems, Shade vfx, The Moving Picture Company, Sony Pictures Imageworks.First, check out the interview with Marvel character…
    - 25 days ago, 4 Mar 15, 9:21pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Crafting graphics for the Oscars: An interview with Henry Hobson
    Excerpt from the interview with Director Henry Hobson posted on Motionographer."The opening sequence, created by Patrick Murphy and Elastic, was a delightful dance of visuals synced to the shenanigans of host Neil Patrick Harris. That alon…
    - 26 days ago, 4 Mar 15, 2:53pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: The Sponge Bob Movie
    Here is the trailer, if you haven't seen it.Here is a featurette with Stephen Hillenberg, the Series Creator/Executive Producer/Co-story, and Executive Producers, Cale Boyter and Craig Sost, among others.Animation and VFX by IlouraIl…
    - 26 days ago, 4 Mar 15, 1:54pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: ZBrush Forensics
    ZBrush has become well known in the multimedia industry for it's ability to create high-resolution models for use in movies, games, and animations.  But when the mother of a child that went missing at the age of 4, wanted to know what he would…
    - 26 days ago, 4 Mar 15, 9:21am -
  • Midweek Motivations: Fumiko no Kokuhaku (Fumiko’s Confession)
    Click Here to Learn More
    - 33 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 2:44pm -
  • In Depth: Transitions: Part 1: Basic Editing Terminology and A Brief History of Transitions
    Table of contentsIntroductionCutsDissolvesWipesHow to Create Basic Transitions in your NLEMore on the history of editingIntroductionTransitions come in a lot of flavors…
    - 39 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 5:38pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Koji and Impulz LUTs for BMPCC
    "The video was shot on BMPCC (Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera) in RAW, 1080p, 25fps, 180 shutter angle, aperture 2.0. I used my Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 with Speedbooster Metabones for Nikon. In the first part I shot at 400 iso and then 800. Graded in…
    - 40 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 3:28pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Timelapse That Will Blow Your Mind!
    Dubai Flow Motion by Rob WhitworthThis is my favorite of the bunch. It has incredible cinematography and visual effects. It goes to a few places where no camera could actually go. Very impressive work!Enter PyongyangJT Singh gives us a…
    - 40 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 2:00pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: 50 Pixologic ZBrush Characters
    ZBrush is a digital sculpting and painting program that has revolutionized the 3D industry with its powerful features and intuitive workflows. Built within an elegant interface, ZBrush offers the world’s most advanced tools for today’s digital…
    - 40 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 12:28pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: “The Cut” Stop-Motion Animation
    UK-based photographer Carl Pendle, thinly sliced cross-sections of fruits and vegetables, took photos of each slice, and created a stop-motion animation from the photos.  About 1,000 photos were taken over a 3 day period.  Carl then edited the ph…
    - 40 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 10:27am -
  • Midweek Motivations: A Brief History of Skateboarding
    Warning: Mild Adult Content"Antonio Vicentini is back with another great spot (some adult content), this time using Cinema 4D, After Effects, Photoshop and Flash. Antonio kindly put together some information about the spot:“Do you know t…
    - 40 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 9:54am -
  • Midweek Motivations: A Single Life, Made with CINEMA 4D
    MAXON Congratulates Dutch Filmmaking Trio for its Oscar® Nominated Short Film “A Single Life”Company’s Industry-Leading 3D Software Solution – Cinema 4D – Powers the Animation Workflow at Job, Joris & MariekeFriedrichsdorf, Ger…
    - 46 days ago, 11 Feb 15, 4:54pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Retrospective Reel 2014 - Gary Christian
    Click Here to Learn More
    - 47 days ago, 11 Feb 15, 10:22am -
  • Throwback Thursday: Jean-Claude Van Damme Green Screen Challenge
    First, watch the intro video about the challenge at Funny or Die. Unfortunately, there's no embedable version. You'll enjoy the cameo in the video. Recognize this guy?I'm guessing that a lot of Video Copilot Action Essentials were used in th…
    - 53 days ago, 5 Feb 15, 3:47pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Comma demo
    View this video on Vimeo 
    - 54 days ago, 4 Feb 15, 1:59pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: 4 Great Super Bowl Ads with VFX + Behind The Scenes
    Bud Light – Real Life Pac-ManI would really love to play Real Life Pac-Man. Doesn't it look like fun!Agency: EnergyBBDO Bud Light – Real Life PacMan - Behind the ScenesMercedes-Benz - FableHow can anyone resist animated…
    - 54 days ago, 4 Feb 15, 1:58pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: 3 Clever Music Videos with “Making Of” Videos
    Panda Bear - Boys Latin (Official Video)The Boys Latin video is the story of some people who touch psychedelic aquatic plants. That's my take anyway! It's a beautiful video with low poly 3D from CINEMA 4D, some of which is animated to the audio.…
    - 60 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 8:10pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Boris FX New Year, New Tools Video Contest Winners
    And the winners are:#1. RomantiCorp , Winner of BCC 9 + mocha Pro #2.  The Hatchling , Winner of the BCC Match Move Unit + mocha Plus Click here to see all the winners Learn more about Boris FX productsLearn more a…
    - 61 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 3:47pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: “How animation works” - Indeed.com ad
    View on VimeoThe ad above was originally a CG short, made in-house and just for fun, by House Special, entitled "A Tale of Momentum & Inertia."Click here to see artwork of the process.
    - 61 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:35pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Projection Mapping Round-up, Part 3
    Here's what's been covered so far in this series..Part 1 - A quick history of projection mapping and my experiences with it at The Magic Kingdom as a child at The Haunted Mansion, plus examples of digital make-up from Omote, the New Jersey De…
    - 75 days ago, 14 Jan 15, 3:11pm -

AE Freemart

  • Free After Effects color correction tool: QHQ Channel Splitter
    Quba HQ is giving away a Free After Effects color correction tool: QHQ Channel Splitter. It comes with a tutorial, presets, and actions! Quba Michalski explains, “Color grading using Curves, Levels and other RGB tools always felt quite counter-intu…
    - 10 days ago, 20 Mar 15, 5:26am -
  • The Mega List Adobe After Effects Tutorials for Beginners
    Are you a beginner to After Effects and need tutorials to learn about compositions, timeline, layers, masking, keyframes, etc. Oh, there are many places to learn! Here is a list in no particular order, and it might not look that long, however, each…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Mar 15, 3:23pm -
  • Free Midpoint After Effects Preset
    Mikey Borup has a freebie that allows you to find the midpoint between two layers. Download the preset from CinemaSpice (name your price – suggested donation is $1.) Don’t have After Effects? Get Adobe After Effects CC for Teams & Businesses at…
    - 25 days ago, 4 Mar 15, 8:27pm -
  • Photoshop CC Essential Training Free at Lynda.com through 2-2-2015!
    You  have until Groundhog’s Day to get some free Photoshop CC training by Julianne Kost at Lynda.com. Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. M…
    - 63 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 3:57pm -
  • Pond5 Launches the Public Domain Project With 80,000 Free Media Clips
    (New York, NY–January 20, 2015) Pond5, the world’s leading online marketplace for royalty-free video footage, announced today the launch of the Pond5 Public Domain Project, the first library of free public domain content designed specifically for…
    - 67 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 4:56pm -
  • Red Giant Trapcode 40% Off thru Dec 10, 2014, 8AM PST
    I don’t like to be to salesy on the AE Freemart, but this is a great sale and it’s short! The Red Giant Trapcode 40% Off thru Dec 10, 2014, 8AM PST and it’s a blowout! 40% off full licenses, upgrades and academic store products. No fine print,…
    - 9 Dec 14, 10:00pm -
  • New Video Copilot Element 3D v2, Pro Shaders v2, Upgrades
    This may be old news to most of you but the long anticipated Video Copilot Element 3D is now available! New Video Copilot Element 3D v2, 3D Object Based Particle Engine for After Effects, plus BackLight, Pro Shaders 2 and Upgrades Element 3D v2 – E…
    - 4 Dec 14, 7:22pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 11 Nov 14, 5:07am -