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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: Grayscale Shootout by Chris & Trish Meyer
    This tutorial by Chris & Trish Meyer shows how to do that when they take an image from color to black and white. Click here to download your PDF copy of the Grayscale Shootout tutorial. You'll need to give your name and email address to Artbeats, but…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Apr 15, 6:47pm -
  • Freebie: Sinevibes Zap - Audio Controlled Synth
    Zap starts with an envelope follower that tracks the peak energy of the sound and then applies it onto the frequency of a monophonic oscillator. With three different oscillator waveform modes and features like envelope stepping, Zap can turn any soun…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 1:00pm -
  • News: What’s New in NUKE STUDIO, NUKEX, and NUKE 9!
    Exclusive MODO announcementWatch the recording below to get a sneak peek of MODO 901Click Here for More Info[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 12:51pm -
  • Freebie: HDRI European Park
    The 3 images were taken in the morning. Size 2000×1000 pixels This is the free size.  Hi-Res versions are also available for a fee.Download the HDRI Images  [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 12:43pm -
  • Freebie: Route Builder from The Pixel Lab
    Create by Simon, this is a free Xpresso rig for Maxon Cinema 4D to create a route on a map. Make a flat 2D map with route and then, with just the click of a button, it changes the map into a 3D globe which inherits the animation path. It takes a lot…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 12:05pm -
  • News: Mathias Omotola at NAB 2015
    Click Here to Learn More[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 11:56am -
  • News: BorisFX BCC, Imagineer mocha Upcoming New Feature Highlights
    Top BCC 10 New Feature Highlights:The BCC Pixel Chooser is now powered by mocha’s Academy Award winning planar tracking software.BCC Title Studio delivers powerful, real-time 3D titling and motion graphics complete with particles, suppor…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 11:24am -
  • Free Webinars! Calendar updated. #vfx
    Updated April 24, 2015All webinars listed are free of charge. If you have a webinar that you would like to have listed on our schedule, please email Michele Yamazaki with information.Tuesday, April 28, 2015TelestreamScreenFlow: Advanced…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 10:27am -
  • Freebie: VFX ScreenFiller
    VFX ScreenFiller"VFX ScreenFiller is a small and simple Windows and OS X application that will cycle through various green and blue screens, some with and some without tracking markers.There are even some black screens, checkerboard, a color…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 10:08am -
  • News: What’s New in Maya 2016 - What You May Have Missed
    Lesterbanks takes us through some of the new changes in Maya 2016 that you might have missed, but can be very helpful to your workflow.  Check out Lesterbanks original post to learn even more about the changes to the UI, new modeling improvements an…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 9:44am -
  • Freebie: Lightroom Presets from On1!
    Matt Kloskowski’s Signature Collection PresetsMatt’s 50 favorite presets from his personal collection! Includes 20 custom Perfect Effects presets and 30 Adobe Lightroom presets.Matt’s 50 favorite presets20 custom prese…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 9:24am -
  • Update: FXHOME HitFilm Pro - Mac v3.1.0031 & Win 3.1.4023
    If you're a HitFilm user, you probably saw the big pop-up telling you that it's time to update your plug-ins. Update your installation of HitFilm 3 Pro through the dialog box that pops up when you launch the standalone or a host that uses the HitFilm…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 8:16pm -
  • In Depth: Transitions, Part 2: The Swish Pan
    Table of contentsIntroduction: What is a Swish Pan TransitionMake it or Fake It - Swish Pan TransitionExamplesSwish Transition Plug-insBoris Continuum Complete BCC Swish P…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 7:08pm -
  • Webinar: The Foundry Sessions: Creating a cleaner planet
    April’s session will take an in-depth look on The Ocean Cleanup project with special guest Erwin Zwart from Fabrique Computer Graphics discussing his use of MODO and NUKE on the visualization of the project.The Ocean Cleanup works to develop th…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 6:00pm -
  • Freebie: 16 Cloud Brushes for Photoshop
    Click Here to get the Free Download[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 3:57pm -
  • News: GenArts Sapphire Technology
    According to their website, "SAPPHIRE Technology is a leading manufacturer and global supplier of a broad range of innovative technologies for PC enthusiasts, home users and professionals. Its origins rooted in graphics hardware design and manufactur…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 3:11pm -
  • News: Red Giant Entertaining & Educating with Original Film Content
    Click Here for More Info[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 2:28pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Star Wars Visual Effects! From AT-AT’s to Tauntauns
    Click Here for More Info[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 12:40pm -
  • News: Production World at NAB 2015 - Blackmagic Design Resolve 12
    Click Here to Learn More[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 11:16am -
  • News: “Dead Rising: Watchtower” Post in Premiere Pro CC
    Click Here to Learn More[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 10:31am -
  • NAB 2015: Toolfarm on WallyCam!
    See Michele, Alicia and Kim from Toolfarm; Deb Eschweiller; Kylee Wall; Katie Toomey; Monica Daniel; Sian Fever; Breann Neal. Nice video, Walter![via Toolfarm.com]
    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 8:12pm -
  • Sneak Peek: Cool Stuff in the Next Adobe Creative Cloud Release
    We mentioned a few of these updates earlier in the post News: Coming Soon to Adobe CC Pro Video Applications on April 9, 2015. The next wave of innovation coming to Creative Cloud video toolsHere's a quick overview of some of the main feat…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 5:37pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: The Force Awakens Teaser Scene Remake / Breakdown + More
    Click Here for More InformationSW7-Droid BB-8 - Making ofClick Here for More InfoHow Fast Is Rey’s Speeder in the Star Wars Teaser?"THE SECOND TRAILER for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens looks exciting. In case you haven’…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 2:51pm -
  • New: Ripple 3D Title Series for Final Cut Pro X
    Ripple 3D Title StylesA large, diverse collection of stunning animated text styles with huge previews. Choose one of the built-in animations or create your own.Ripple 3D Title ScenesChoose surface and text materials; modify, move,…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 2:19pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Funkey Stop Motion with FreeForm Pro
    Click Here to Learn More from Mettle[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 4 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 12:33pm -
  • Sale: Save up to 30% On GenArts Sapphire 8! *ENDING TODAY*
    Now Through Wednesday, Save 15% on New Licenses and 30% on Upgrades of Sapphire 8Today is your last chance to save! The sale ends at 6PM PDT!Discounts are only available on purchases of perpetual Sapphire 8 licenses and include a 1-year member…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 11:26am -
  • News: Video Copilot announces Element 3D v2.2 is coming soon.
    Element 3D, the high performance After Effects™ Plug-in for creating motion design & visual FX, is about to get even better!Andrew Kramer just teased us with the latest info on Element 3D.  Andrew states that the C4D integration will be improv…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 3:32pm -
  • News: Important Information for CoreMelt Users
    Important Info for FCP X 10.2After updating FCP X, you must download and run out latest installers for SliceX / TrackX and Lock and Load.  Previous versions will not work in FCP X 10.2.  This is a free update for all customers.Click Here to…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 1:32pm -
  • Sale: Red Giant Spring Sale!
     For 24 Hours Only, Save 25% on Everything Red Giant and Trapcode - Includes Individual Products, Upgrades, Academic, Bundles, Subscriptions, & Presets!Bonus OfferAdd Any Additional Product to Your Red Giant order during the sale her…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 12:44pm -
  • Tutorial: Basic Character Rigging in Cinema 4D
    Watch on VimeoOrestis Konstantinidis created this highly detailed tutorial on the basics of character rigging in C4D.  It's a great starting point for the beginning rigger.Special Thanks to Lesterbanks for sharing this tutorial.  Click here…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 10:57am -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • Midweek Motivation: Maxwell Render ArchViz Reel
    Watch on VimeoFeatured Artists (Contact Info):49Corp - 49corp.eu7-t - 7-t.co.ukBertrand Benoit - bbb3viz.comCityscape Digital - cityscapedigital.co.ukhypothetical inc - thinkhypothetical.comKenny Syverson - kennysyverson@gmail.co…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 1:01pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Funkey Stop Motion with FreeForm Pro
    Click Here to Learn More from Mettle
    - 4 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 12:33pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Marvel’s Daredevil Opening Title
    Click Here for More Info
    - 10 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 4:34pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Falcon Jet Promo Comes to Life with Nodes
    Excerpt from FxFactory's blog:"The award winning motion designer Pierre Magnol (aka Bright Photon) was kind enough to share his thoughts on Yanobox Nodes and its use on his latest project, a promotional video for the Falcon 8X from Dassaul…
    - 18 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 2:27pm -
  • Midweek Motivation:  Audio Reactive 3D Shape Morphing Sequence
    Click Here to Learn More
    - 25 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 12:37pm -
  • Case Study: Fluid Dimension - Josh Clos
    Last year Next Limit challenged RealFlow users to take a photo, convert it to a 3D model and combine it with a RealFlow simulation.  Josh Clos was the big winner and created this tutorial to walk us through his process.  Tutorial: Fluid Dimens…
    - 26 days ago, 31 Mar 15, 1:27pm -
  • News: RealFlow Contest
    1st prize worth over $3000!DEADLINE: Wednesday 3rd JulyFORMAT: Video - Maximum length 30 seconds 1080p, Quicktime (H.264) or MP4SOFTWARE / PROGRAM:  RealFlow 2014 (Faculty or Learning Edition allowed) plus any other software in your pi…
    - 26 days ago, 31 Mar 15, 1:06pm -
  • News: Super Mario 64 HD
    Click Here to Learn More and Access Free Play
    - 27 days ago, 30 Mar 15, 9:26am -
  • 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…
    - 32 days ago, 25 Mar 15, 5:18pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Stormblades - Cinematic Trailer
    Watch on VimeoLearn more about Puppetworks and Stormblades here.
    - 32 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…
    - 32 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,…
    - 38 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…
    - 38 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…
    - 41 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…
    - 46 days ago, 11 Mar 15, 4:34pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: “Inside Out” Trailer
    Watch on YouTube  
    - 46 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),…
    - 46 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…
    - 51 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…
    - 52 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…
    - 53 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…
    - 53 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…
    - 53 days ago, 4 Mar 15, 9:21am -
  • Midweek Motivations: Fumiko no Kokuhaku (Fumiko’s Confession)
    Click Here to Learn More
    - 60 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…
    - 67 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…
    - 67 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…
    - 67 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…
    - 67 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 12:28pm -

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…
    - 37 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…
    - 38 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…
    - 52 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…
    - 90 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…
    - 95 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 -