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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

  • newUpdate: Boris Continuum Complete 9.0.2 for Adobe, Avid, and Sony Vegas!
    What's New in BCC 9.0.2BCC 9.0.2 – Highlighted Improvements4k support for 3D Objects effectsBCC Chromakey Studio workflow enhancements, including being able to quickly view the current matte with any combination of matte processin…
    - 14 hours ago, 21 Aug 14, 1:31pm -
  • newNew: mamoworld MaskTracker+
    FeaturesMove layers Animate position, scale and rotation of layers based on a mask trackCorner Pin Create a corner pin based on a mask track. Just place the corners on the current frame where they should be and MaskTracker+ adds keyframes…
    - 15 hours ago, 21 Aug 14, 12:37pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated with Autodesk Maya
     At SIGGRAPH 2014, Shawn Hendriks chatted with Pablo Herman, the Visual Effects Supervisor at ILM, about how they captured the performances of the "heros in a half shell" and ultimately animated them in Autodesk Maya, keeping the curves alive.…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 1:26pm -
  • 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[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 2 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 12:44pm -
  • Update: Boris Red 5.5.2 for Avid is Now Available!
    Boris RED is the only integrated 3D compositing, titling, and effects application to deliver unparalleled performance to video editing software from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Grass Valley, Media 100, and Sony.The Boris Red 5.5.2 update for Avid is free…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 11:47am -
  • 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 facilities…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 10:13am -
  • News: Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor Update!
    Final Cut Pro X Version 10.1.3Fixes reliability issues when burning a Blu-ray Disc or creating a Blu-ray disk imageColor corrections you paste between clips are retained during ShareEffects you apply to clips in the browser in prior v…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 9:52am -
  • News: That Studio Indie Essentials has New Lower Pricing!
    Indie Essentials are a collection of Visual Effects (smoke, fire, flames, muzzle flashes, ice, snow and much more) that can be dragged and dropped on top of your footage and give you immediate, high-quality, professional visual effects.  Indie Essen…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 9:39am -
  • Tutorials: Principles of Animation with MODO
    Sale: The Foundry Fest - Save 25-40% on MODO, Upgrades, Plug-ins, Kits & Training!Get 40% off of new seats of MODO*, now through August 27, 2014.Save 25% off all PKATS (Plug-ins, Kits and Training for MODO) through August 27, 201…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 9:30pm -
  • Tutorial Tuesday:  Creating Organic Particles using Trapcode Form
    MK12, a design and filmmaking collective with acclaim in both commercial and artistic arenas, created the title sequence for Semi-Permanent's Sydney 2014 conference.  Using chalk, compressed air, and high speed camera's, MK12 created a beautiful, or…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 6:49pm -
  • Update: bluefish444 Announces SDI Support For Avid Media Composer (v8)
    S. Melbourne, Australia, August 11, 2014 – Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announced the release of a new Windows installer, 5.12.0 adding support for the recent update to AVID…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 6:05pm -
  • Tutorial: NewBlueFX Titler Pro - Add Shine
    Follow along with a Free TrialNewBlue Titler Pro 3 delivers the video titling solution that works the way you work!Offering professional aesthetics and an efficient workflow, Titler Pro 3 brings you breakthrough speed and cutting-edge designs…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 4:14pm -
  • News: Xfrog for Maya v5.3 now available!
    Xfrog for Maya v5.3Xfrog 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 t…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 1:18pm -
  • Sale: Summer Sale! Save on ALL Rampant Design Tools Products!
    View all rampant Design Tools Products - Sale ends August 31st, 2014!The sale includes the ever popular Studio Essentials Vol. 1 Rampant Design is the home of the highest resolution practical visual effects in the universe. 2K, 4k an…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 12:12pm -
  • News: Red Giant BulletProof Free Trial - The Second Shot!
    "Hey folks – A little more than a year ago, thousands of you downloaded and installed Red Giant BulletProof 1.0, our stand-alone application for backup and review of your footage on set. At the time, BulletProof only supported a handful of cameras…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 11:08am -
  • New: Rampant Design Tools Distortion Toolkit!
    The Rampant Distortion Toolkit contains over 2500 Clips of 2K, 4K and 5K distortion, glitch effects, analog distortion, glitch transitions, screen damage and heavy damage stock motion graphics effects. YES, that’s right. More than 2500 clips.Bu…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 10:11am -
  • Update: Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator v8.0.1 is now available!
    Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator has invented new technology to make advanced lighting design and animation capabilities much easier than before. Using the same procedural animation engine that 3D ProAnimator has become famous for, you can now create moving,…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:12am -
  • Update: Boris Continuum Complete 9.0.2 for After Effects & Premiere Pro
    Peter McAuley of Boris FX talks about BCC 9.0.2's new default settings for BCC Fast Film Glow and BCC Film Glow.This is an edited list from Boris FX. Read the full list here: BCC 9.0.2 Release NotesBy the way, if you want to try a 14-day free…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 7:34pm -
  • Tutorial: Ya Know What Really Grinds My Gears?
    Be sure to check out the rest of the 30 days at their website, schoolofmotion.com/30daeTwitter : twitter.com/SchoolOfMotionFB : facebook.com/schoolofmotionRelated Tutorial: After Effects Expressions 101 from School of Motion[via Too…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 4:17pm -
  • Event: Amsterdam SuperMeet 2014!
    Mingle, Network, Enjoy a few cocktails and join the Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network), including groups from within the US, Europe and the world over in Amsterdam for the largest gathering of creative and collaborative editors, Adobe, Fi…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 3:24pm -
  • New: CineFlare Kinetic Badges for Final Cut Pro X
    CineFlare Kinetic Badges for Final Cut Pro XEach graphic is also slightly animated (which can be turned on or off) to give your project a unique feel. With all the graphics, badge stylizing options and texture backgrounds, several hundred pos…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 1:32pm -
  • Update: The Foundry MeshFusion for Modo version 104 is now available!
    MeshFusion for Modo takes away the challenge of complex and frustrating boolean operations and makes the process of producing high quality models consistent and accurate. By adding MeshFusion to your MODO workflow, you will be able to take advantage…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 10:49am -
  • Update: Josef Bsharah Vray Studio Tools Pro 1.3.8 Free Update
    The VRay studio tools is a set of HDR lights, tools , studio presets and rigs for vray and cinema 4d. With the VRay studio tools you are able to create photo-real studio situations for product renderings and animations .This update to Vray St…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 9:40am -
  • Survey: Non-linear Editing Systems
     Televisual, the business magazine for the broadcast and production community, recently took a Production Technology Survey, and here are the results. Avid Media Composer is still the most popular editing software over Adobe Premie…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 3:01am -
  • New: Curious Animal Noise Falloff for CINEMA 4D
     Download a Free Trial (Under CINEMA 4D)Curious Animal Noise FalloffReg: $16.00 TF: $15.20Triple Falloff Combo: buy Noise Falloff + Boole Falloff + Super Source Falloff licences together and get 10% off their total price.Reg: $48.…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 7:33pm -
  • Update: Adobe Muse CC - New Features & Enhancements
    Adobe Muse CC UpdateSelf-hosted web font support provides easy access to the fonts users already own.Add bulleted and numbered lists with a single click, using the new Bullets, Bullet styles, and Glyphs panelsreCAPTCHA spam pr…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 2:24pm -
  • Freebie Friday: Pixel Lab Superhero Pack
    The Pixel Lab recently held a Superhero model contest using Maxon CINEMA 4D and the winners are included in the C4D Superhero Model pack.  There was a tie for first place between Gaby Touma and Mohammad Taheri.  The Bat model by Gaby includes a fu…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 1:35pm -
  • Freebie Friday: Dojo Ease Script for Adobe After Effects
    VinhSon Nguyen at Creative Dojo is the creator of this very useful After Effects script.  Dojo Ease allows the user to adjust or change the speed and influence values of multiple keyframes all at once.  You can manually enter the values or apply 1…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 12:08pm -
  • 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…
    - 15 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 10:10am -
  • Sale: MAXON CINEMA 4D Promo Bundles - Save up to $650, Plus 25% off Upgrades Ends 08/29/14 1PM PST
     Please Note: Toolfarm is authorized to sell Maxon products to customers in the US and Canada only.The CINEMA 4D Promotional Bundles Include:CINEMA 4D Release 15 (Studio, Broadcast, Visualize and Prime)All upgrade for one year (Re…
    - 17 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 10:26pm -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • 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…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Aug 14, 9:18pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: RealFlow 2014 Reels
    RealFlow 2014 ShowreelRealFlow 2014 Technical Showreel
    - 1 day 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…
    - 1 day 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…
    - 2 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
    - 2 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…
    - 2 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…
    - 8 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 2:35pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: AECOM 360 from Squint/Opera
    Read more about the project at their website.
    - 9 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…
    - 9 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…
    - 16 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…
    - 22 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…
    - 23 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 2:41pm -
  • MIdweek Motivation: “A Truncated Story of Infinity” - A Short by Paul Trillo
    "A Truncated Story of Infinity" - A Short by Paul Trillo, follows a day in the life of Vincent, "Subject X" and his many variations that exist throughout the universe. The story begins to fracture into different threads when he follows a would be l…
    - 23 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:17pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: MONSTRO!
    MONSTRO! ... TRAILER 01A rickety scientific expedition ventures down the Amazon River to a dark lagoon, in search of a mythic Creature! But the Creature, it seems, has a less than mythic agenda! MONSTRO! is a horror story. A love story. A rib…
    - 23 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:11pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: The Adobe Illustrator Story
    When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, it was the first software application for a young company that had, until then, focused solely on Adobe PostScript. The new product not only altered Adobe’s course, it changed drawing and graphic d…
    - 23 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:33am -
  • Inspirations: Pixellation by Chris Cousins
    Here's the final Pixellation project, which is a personal project for Chris to exploring the interesting options in MeshFusion. He explains, "The forms built with MeshFusion seem to have a greater solidity, density and heft compared to many…
    - 28 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:16pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: E3 2014 Trailers & Graphics that Will Blow You Away!
    Dead Island 2- Official E3 Announce TrailerGreat trailer with a guy jogging on what looks like Venice Beach, CA, as the wold turns to chaos behind him and he becomes a zombie. It's set to be released in Spring 2015.Assassin's Creed Unity…
    - 29 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 4:47pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: David Lewandowski
    View David's Website
    - 30 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 12:23pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Ash Thorp Graphic Design and Visual Artist
    "With an exceptional style of his own, he has quickly gained recognition among the industry, most notably for his role as lead graphic designer for Ender’s Game and Total Recall. He has also contributed to the design direction and concepts for…
    - 30 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:58am -
  • Midweek Motivation: FIFA World Cup ads
    Nike Football: Risk Everything. Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr. & Wayne Rooney DirecTv Sports: NADA MÁS IMPORTA - OLIVER STONE, FALCAO, KUN AGÜERO, DAVID LUIZ adidas Football: Introducing the Battle Pack  Coca-Cola…
    - 30 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:25am -
  • Midweek Motivation: The Genius Test
    You are a Genius! - My Genius Test by Roger HamiltonRoger Hamilton is the Founder of Entrepreneurs Institute and the creator of the Wealth Dynamics & Talent Dynamics profiling systems.
    - 30 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 9:42am -
  • Midweek Motivation: “Weird Al” Yankovic - Word Crimes, Includes Animatic
    I really, truly detest Robin Thicke's cringe-worthy original video, but how could you not love this clever song? The animation is frenetic and so much fun and was clearly a ton of work. Five hundred hours of work to be exact. Yes, the full m…
    - 36 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 7:38pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Game of Thrones Season 4 Visual Effects Reel from Mackevision
    Game of Thrones, Season 4 – VFX making of reel from Mackevision on Vimeo.Using 3ds Max, V-Ray, Nuke, and Photoshop.Found at http://kottke.org. 
    - 36 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 6:01pm -
  • News: RealFlow Case Study - Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit
    The problemCreate a large underwater explosion in the Hudson River that blasted high into the air and look as realistic as possible, in 4 weeks with a team of 3: 1 FX artist, 1 lighter and a compositor.After Watching this video... read mor…
    - 44 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 3:22pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: VFX Breakdown of Last Days on Mars
    A co-production between Dublin based Fantastic Films and Qwerty Films in London, Last Days On Mars completed picture post-production at Screen Scene, with sound post production on the film carried out between Screen Scene and Ardmore Sound.  ‘Th…
    - 44 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 9:59am -
  • Inspirations + Breakdown: Aurora
    Niles successfully funded his anime-esque sci-fi film on Kickstarter back in February and the film was inspired by a lesbian military couple. Their extended service was transformed into cyborgs leaving each other through a space elevator. Make sur…
    - 44 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 5:19pm -
  • Inspirations: The Black Case (with The Making Of)
    First, the filmSynopsis: The most important moments in history often occur in secret....Offiicial Facebook page for the filmThe Black Case Making-OfThe team on The Black Case included Arnaud Michanol, Alexandre Lemaire, Emeric Meissi…
    - 45 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 8:51pm -
  • Sneak Peek: Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator 8 Sneak Peeks!
    Sneak Peek #2: Instancing and Object Distribution Right now, you can save 25% off all individual Zaxwerks products or 10% off bundles. Sale ends July 8, 2014. Also, if you purchase 3D ProAnimator 7 now, you will receive 3D ProAnimator…
    - 49 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 2:19pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: 40 Before and After Shots That Demonstrate the Power of Visual Effects
    These impressive VFX before and after shots come from all sorts of major hit films including Maleficient, Robocop, 300 - The Rise of an Empire, Godzilla, the Life of Pi, Ender's Game, The Avengers and others. Which is your favorite? I love the o…
    - 50 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 7:03pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Flame VFX for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
    If you're feeling frumpy and lacking motivation then maybe you just need to set a few minutes aside and see what inspires others in their work! Sam Edwards, an expert artist with Autodesk Flame, spent 8 grueling months working on the television…
    - 51 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 10:33am -

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…
    - 23 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…
    - 27 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.
    - 28 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…
    - 28 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…
    - 64 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…
    - 70 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…
    - 85 days ago, 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 -