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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

  • newNew: McDSP SA-2 + Update to V6.1
    McDSP SA-2 Dialog ProcessorDialog. The focal point of any movie, television show, documentary, or for that matter, any creative media production involving the spoken word.Add to the mix a sweeping musical score, dozens of foley effects, a…
    - 9 hours ago, 8 Oct 15, 4:35pm -
  • newNews: Topaz Labs Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan Compatible
    The release of OS X 10.11 can cause crashes with some of Topaz Labs products, so Topaz Labs have already released the updated installers needed to make your Topaz Labs software work with this new version.Find the installers here.  You do not ne…
    - 10 hours ago, 8 Oct 15, 3:57pm -
  • newFree Webinars! Calendar updated. #vfx
    Updated October 8, 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 October 13, 2015Topaz LabsKeeping…
    - 11 hours ago, 8 Oct 15, 2:15pm -
  • newNews: NewTek previews LightWave 2016
    Lightwave makes the impossible possible with its easy, robust workflow for everything from visual effects, motion graphics, and game development to architectural visualization, product design, and advertising and marketing.The first post on the n…
    - 12 hours ago, 8 Oct 15, 1:37pm -
  • newSale: 25% Off Digital Anarchy Light Wrap Fantastic
    Light Wrap Fantastic is an inexpensive standalone plugin that assists with green/blue screen compositing. The plugin makes it easier to blend foreground and background elements by simulating the light that should come from the background. It’s avai…
    - 12 hours ago, 8 Oct 15, 1:21pm -
  • newNews: zplane updates PPMulatorXL to v3.3.0
    zplane has updated PPMulatorXL to version 3.3.0. This version brings support for other loudness recommendations, such as:ITU-R BS.1770-3.ARIB TR-B32 (2013).FreeTV OP-59 (2013).The update is free for all existing customers and can…
    - 13 hours ago, 8 Oct 15, 12:52pm -
  • newNews: Sneak Look at NAVIÉ Effex 2.7 Surface Slipping Control
    Effex represents NAVIÉ’s framework for creating visual effects within Cinema 4D. Effex was created to handle every type of physics based simulations and volume modeling including fluids, particles inside of Cinema 4D.NAVIÉ is planning an upda…
    - 13 hours ago, 8 Oct 15, 12:19pm -
  • newReview: Telestream Switch
    "Since this is a discontinued piece of software and Apple is actively deprecating QuickTime with each new version of Mac OS X, it stands to reason that at some point QuickTime Player Pro will cease to function. Telestream – maker of the highly-rega…
    - 16 hours ago, 8 Oct 15, 10:05am -
  • newReview: CoreMelt’s DriveX plugin for Final Cut Pro X
    "Coremelt are known for their ground breaking FCPX plugins, most recently TrackX and SliceX. They’ve just added DriveX to this particular line of plugins. Together I refer to them as the “X-Suite.” Coremelt founder Roger Bolton calls them “xT…
    - 16 hours ago, 8 Oct 15, 9:46am -
  • A Snow Monster, ZBrush and a Mission: A Conversation with David Prindle
    Michele spoke with David Prindle at The B.O.B., an ArtPrize venue, earlier this week. He talks about his process on the video and what he learned while working on the project. He also discusses his ambitious long term goals for Snow Monster Studios a…
    - 1 day ago, 8 Oct 15, 12:28am -
  • New: RE:Vision Effects DE:Flicker for OFX is now available
    DE:Flicker is designed to smooth out those annoying flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video. DE:Flicker is unique because it not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple object…
    - 1 day ago, 7 Oct 15, 2:11pm -
  • News: Thinkbox Software Deadline Now Available!
    New features include new Quick Draft options to create movies from rendered images or perform file conversions without having to create template scripts. Integration with NIM Labs’ NIM pipeline management tool enables the creation of NIM renders, a…
    - 1 day ago, 7 Oct 15, 1:44pm -
  • Sale Extended: Next Limit RealFlow Upgrade Offer Extended!
    Upgrade your RealFlow Standard License now for only $995! MSRP: $1,385.00 Limited time only. Offer ends October 31st, 2015.Learn More | Purchase RealFlow 2015RealFlow 2015 Key HighlightsAn exceptional increase in the quality of sim…
    - 2 days ago, 7 Oct 15, 1:20pm -
  • New: iZotope RX 5 Audio Editor Is Here!
    RX 5 AUDIO EDITORRepair and enhance your audio with Emmy- winning technology. A streamlined workflow built for post production offers faster turnaround times, while new DSP more efficiently tackles common dialogue issues. Instantly repair within…
    - 2 days ago, 7 Oct 15, 11:44am -
  • Midweek Motivation: CFDA Fashion Awards 2015 | FreeForm Pro
    Harry did the motion graphics/editing on this sequence for Director Barnaby Roper. He used After Effects with FreeForm Pro, along with Javascript & Python. The latest version of FreeForm Pro lets you easily transform your video footage into an array…
    - 2 days ago, 7 Oct 15, 10:58am -
  • News: After Effects and Character Animator ready for Mac OS X v10.11 (El Capitan) - Todd Kopriva
    "We have tested the following versions of After Effects on Mac OS X v10.11 and found them to work with this operating system:After Effects CC 2015 (13.5.1), including Character Animator (Preview 2)After Effects CC 2014 (13.2)After Eff…
    - 2 days ago, 7 Oct 15, 10:30am -
  • Review: Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 12 - Oliver Peters
    "As with any public beta, the point is to get feedback and reap the benefit of crowdsourced quality testing, so be careful about using it on real jobs. That being said, so far I’ve found the public beta builds to be reasonably stable. I’ve had a…
    - 2 days ago, 7 Oct 15, 10:09am -
  • Midweek Motivations: Flying Colors - Mask Machine (Live at the Z7) 4K
    Click Here to Learn More | Mascot Label Group[via]
    - 2 days ago, 7 Oct 15, 10:04am -
  • Sale: Waves October Specials
    Diamond 60% offA comprehensive collection of audio processing tools, Diamond brings unparalleled signal processing power to your studio, for tracking, mixing, mastering, creative sound design, and audio restoration.SALE: $1,199 (Regularly $…
    - 2 days ago, 7 Oct 15, 9:17am -
  • News: View Conference 2015 Names Keynote Speakers
    Italy’s premier computer graphics conference proudly announces:Mark Osborne, director The Little Prince, and two-time Oscar nomineeRandy Thom, Director of Sound at Skywalker Sound, and two-time Oscar winnerJorge R. Gutierrez, direc…
    - 2 days ago, 6 Oct 15, 3:34pm -
  • Tutorial: C4D X-Particles Tutorials
    FLOW shows you how to animate a blooming flower using X-Particles and TurbulenceFD. s06e03 / ARNOLD and x-particlesKay Tennemann shows you how ARNOLD Renderer works with all the particle systems in Cinema 4D. …
    - 2 days ago, 6 Oct 15, 3:06pm -
  • Tutorial: Maxon Cinema 4D - Sketch and Toon Help
    How to Animate On Sketch & Toon Stroke Lines in Cinema 4D"In this tutorial, I’ll be covering how you can animate on your line art outlines made with Cinema 4D’s Sketch and Toon.  First I’ll go over how you can easily animate on your ob…
    - 2 days ago, 6 Oct 15, 3:01pm -
  • Tutorial: C4D: 3D Sound
    Watch on VimeoVisit Pixldg's Blog for some Free Stuff: [via]
    - 2 days ago, 6 Oct 15, 2:51pm -
  • Tutorial:  Setting up a macro shot in Cinema 4D
    Watch on VimeoDownload example file with proper displacement shaders: [via]
    - 2 days ago, 6 Oct 15, 2:39pm -
  • Tutorial: Cinema 4D: Creating a Car Crash Test Animation with DRIVE
    With the DRIVE! vehicle simulation plug-in, you are able to create physically correct vehicle animations easily with in C4D.  In this 4 part tutorial, Klaus will take you through the steps needed to create a realistic crash test, complete with…
    - 2 days ago, 6 Oct 15, 2:04pm -
  • Tutorial: Cinema 4D Deformers
    "My friend Charlie Davies, who created the short film Magnetism I featured awhile ago, just created a really fun personal project called C4D Deformers. It visually illustrates what the 29 deformers in Cinema4D do. Really cool concept!" - Joren Kandel…
    - 2 days ago, 6 Oct 15, 1:48pm -
  • Tutorial: Camera mapping a head using camera mapping and sculpt tools
    At Munk Studios we do a lot of camera mapping and are always on the lookout for good camera mapping skills, so if this is something you are good at, please get in touch.C4D silent tips & spoken tuts is an ongoing series of project breakdowns and…
    - 3 days ago, 6 Oct 15, 1:18pm -
  • Tutorial: R16 and R17 Motion Tracker for Handheld Camera Move
    Click Here to Learn More[via]
    - 3 days ago, 6 Oct 15, 1:03pm -
  • New: Keller Superpose for After Effects
    Superpose simply removes moving objects from an image sequence with a static or stabilized camera. The best result is usually achieved the more input pictures you useRemove rain, snow or crowdsNo need for manual painting. Especially removi…
    - 3 days ago, 6 Oct 15, 11:30am -
  • Tutorial: Jewelery / Product Shot Lighting in Maxwell Render for C4D / Part I & 2
    Dominik Dammelhart of Curse Studio put together these 2 indepth tutorials on creating and lighting diamond rings in Cinema 4D and Maxwell.Download the project files here: Jewelery…
    - 3 days ago, 6 Oct 15, 10:42am -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • Midweek Motivation: NUKE Non-Comm Competition Winners
    The first ever NUKE Non-commercial Competition has come to an end and the winners have been chosen.This was the challenge:Show off your NUKE skills working with scenes from Runic Films’ Hashtag featuring Gigi Edgley of Farscape fame.A…
    - 8 days ago, 30 Sep 15, 1:42pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: “ZERO-DAY” Process and Q&A
     More than 8 years ago, Beeple (Mike Winkelmann) decided to create something visual every single day and has stayed committed to that decision.  Here, Greyscalegorilla chats with Beeple to discuss his latest work, the music video "Zero-Day…
    - 9 days ago, 30 Sep 15, 9:29am -
  • Midweek Motivations: Narcos Main Title
    According to Digital Kitchen's Vimeo pageDK Studios' goal in developing a title sequence for Narcos was to focus on capturing a moment in time in the efforts to apprehend one of the most infamous drug lords in history, Pablo Escobar. Extensiv…
    - 15 days ago, 23 Sep 15, 11:20pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Stop-Motion Work by Mascha Halberstad
    Goodbye mister de VriesThis short film is about an old man who is waiting to die but receives an interesting package that contains his old Frisian skates. Goodbye mister de Vries from Mascha Halberstad on Vimeo.Here's how they did the…
    - 15 days ago, 23 Sep 15, 10:04pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: ZBrush used to reconstruct ancient Cambodian artifact
    Eric Lemaresquier and his team at leFabShop and leFabClub used 3D scanning, Autodesk Memento software, Pixologic ZBrush and 3D printing to replicate the missing and damaged parts and recreate the bust of the 11th century Cambodian king, Suryavarma…
    - 16 days ago, 23 Sep 15, 12:25pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Ares - Our Greatest Adventure
    Click Here for More Info | Motionographer
    - 16 days ago, 23 Sep 15, 11:02am -
  • Midweek Motivation: “Paper,” a stop-motion masterpiece for Honda - PES
    "Shot entirely in-camera, all the elements in “Paper” were hand-made by PES and a small army of illustrators and animators.That’s not to say computers didn’t provide a helping hand. As PES says in the making of video below, “We devi…
    - 16 days ago, 23 Sep 15, 10:18am -
  • Midweek Motivations: Tsunami by Animation Workshop
    Click Here to Learn More about the Creative Team Behind Tsunami
    - 16 days ago, 23 Sep 15, 10:01am -
  • Midweek Motivation: City Layouts Using DEM Earth for CINEMA 4D
    DEM Earth is a Cinema 4D plugins that helps you to easily generate dynamic Digital Elevation Models and georeference them in real-time to your world imagery.  Luis Dilger, a graphic designer based in Ravensburg, Germany, used DEM Earth to creat…
    - 16 days ago, 23 Sep 15, 9:59am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Dragonball Z Tribute
    A worldwide team of dedicated industry professionals have come together to create a CG animated sequence in tribute to Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball Z.  Really awesome stuff.Creepy! The once raging nerd that has laid dormant in me since…
    - 23 days ago, 16 Sep 15, 11:10am -
  • Midweek Motivation: MPC creates prehistoric land of CG dinos for Nescafé
    Watch on YouTube Posted by Randi Altman's postPerspective:"One of MPC’s latest commercial productions features the story of a mother and son on an epic trip in search of dinosaurs in the new Nescafé Goldblend spot from Publicis L…
    - 23 days ago, 16 Sep 15, 9:17am -
  • Midweek Motivations: The Jungle Book Trailer
    Unbelievably, the film was shot entirely in downtown Los Angeles. That's what director Jon Favreau said on Twitter today. He did a live Twitter Q&A today #askjunglebook. If you saw the film Chef, Jon Favreau was the lead actor. Incidentall…
    - 23 days ago, 15 Sep 15, 9:19pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Intel Architect
    Intel Architect from Scott Cannon on Vimeo.Creative Director: Jamie HubbardArt Director: Nick JerniganDesign: Michael Rigley, Nick Jernigan,Scott CannonLead Animator: Scott CannonAddtl Animation: Corey Ryan, Pete GermanoCompositin…
    - 29 days ago, 9 Sep 15, 6:23pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Sharks in Space!
    The Asylum is a Los Angeles-based movie studio that works at a breakneck pace producing 10-15 films per year across a wide variety of genres including, fantasy, horror, disaster films, historical dramas….and shark movies – popular cult hits…
    - 29 days ago, 9 Sep 15, 6:22pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Fracture FX Client Reel
    Fracture FX is a production-proven, cross-platform demolition solution for Autodesk Maya. Fracture FX's procedural, event-driven architecture allows even novice users to take complete control of a destruction simulation and final shots in record ti…
    - 29 days ago, 9 Sep 15, 2:22pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: [GDC 2015] Animation of The Order: 1886
    This presentation, which was originally delivered by Adam Byrne and Daniel Sipes at Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) 2015, examines our approach to authoring realistic performances and reviews our advancements in real-time animation systems.…
    - 30 days ago, 9 Sep 15, 10:11am -
  • Midweek Motivation: RealFlow Case Study: Gatorade | Fuel the Fire
    Watch on VimeoExcerpt from RealFlow Case Study: Gatorade | Fuel the Fire:  (Credits: GoldenWolf/UK & Incendii LLC – Visual effects)The problemBesides the Gatorade fluids itself a lot of atmospheric effects like dust and smoke n…
    - 36 days ago, 3 Sep 15, 10:00am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Math and Movies (Animation at Pixar)
    Watch on YouTube for lots of links more info.  Tony DeRose, head of the Research Group at Pixar, talked with Numberphile about how math and science is used in the making of Pixar films.Want more?  Here's some extra stuff that didn't mak…
    - 36 days ago, 2 Sep 15, 3:04pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Turtles can now dance, thanks to ZBrush!
    "The ad features some acrobatic turtles who also love to dance. Rather than training a group of real turtles for the performance, they were created by Sven and his team at LIGA01 who were responsible for modeling, texturing, shading and look dev…
    - 36 days ago, 2 Sep 15, 2:03pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Marvel’s Marvelous VFX
    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 VFX BreakdownBurbank-based visual effects studio FuseFX has released a new video highlighting some of the tremendous visual effects their team of artists created for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.…
    - 37 days ago, 2 Sep 15, 10:12am -
  • News: Maxon’s SIGGRAPH Rewinds, Batch 4
    Included in Batch 4Unleashing Creative Possibilities with C4D with Tim ClaphamCharacter and Simulation Tools in Motion Graphics with Tim ClaphamCheating Dynamics with Mograph and Thinking Particles with Sekani SolomonCinema…
    - 38 days ago, 1 Sep 15, 11:17am -
  • News: More Trapcode Tao Progress #TrapcodeTao
    "I've been longing for this ever since I made 3D Stroke. After developing Mir, I finally have everything in place. 道 means "path" in Chinese and Japanese. It has to do with paths. The animated GIF above shows a ribbon along a path, with the pr…
    - 42 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 5:59pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: V-Ray Showreel 2015
    Watch on YouTubeCreditsIn order of appearance–Elastic / a52EidosBlurUnit ImageMackevisionDigital DomainIlouraMethod StudiosRuairi RobinsonColorbleedScanlineImportant Looking PiratesLuxxMirAldo GarciaZoic…
    - 43 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 2:31pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Delta “Internetest” Safety Video
    Watch on YoutubeDelta added a list of all the characters in the video, just in case there were some you didn't recognize.0:03 Keyboard Cat0:18 Double Rainbow Guy0:26 Annoying Orange0:30 Roomba Cat0:45 Rahat’s Prank1:05 Evolutio…
    - 43 days ago, 26 Aug 15, 1:49pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Samsung’s New Mission: Discovering VR Film Talent
    "With the launch of Gear Indie, a new channel available solely on Samsung's Milk VR section of its Gear VR virtual reality headset, Samsung is placing a bet that independently produced content can be as important as that made by filmmaking profe…
    - 50 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 3:55pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Game of Thrones (HBO) - Hardhome (VFX Breakdown)
    Click Here for More Info
    - 51 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 1:34pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Seed by Aixsponza
    SeedWatch on VimeoWatch on"Seed is a free project that we did to try out ideas and techniques. And to have an excuse for commiting to the craziest of all entries on the brainstorming flip chart. A big Thank You! goes out to Ma…
    - 51 days ago, 19 Aug 15, 9:53am -

AE Freemart

  • Coming Soon: Trapcode Tao #TrapcodeTao
    Peder Norrby, aka The Brain of Trapcode, has been posting some Trapcode Tao teasers on Twitter for a couple of months now. Tao creates these lovely path animations in After Effects. If you haven’t seen it, check out these beautiful samples. “I’…
    - 42 days ago, 27 Aug 15, 6:10pm -
  • Assistant Editor Song (NSFW lyrics)
    Mark Adams has created this clever song about what it means to be an assistant editor. You can buy the track for $1. Here are the lyrics: My employer asked me to write a song about my experience as an assistant editor on their documentary. And so I…
    - 30 Jun 15, 3:46pm -
  • Sale: Boris FX & Imagineer – 3 Day Sale Ends Friday
    Exclusive Summer Sale: 3 Days of Savings on VFX tools from Boris FX & Imagineer Systems Wednesday, June 24 – Midnight, Friday, June 26th.  Take 40% off select Boris Continuum Complete and mocha Pro purchases. Limit 1 license purchase per customer.…
    - 24 Jun 15, 4:23pm -
  • Michele Learns CINEMA 4D, Ep. 4 – Working with Illustrator Files
    In this episode, Michele from Toolfarm talks about getting back into CINEMA 4D and extruding a logo from Illustrator. Buy Maxon CINEMA 4D Try Maxon CINEMA 4D Greyscalegorilla products Telestream Screenflow Transcript from video: Hi, this is Michele f…
    - 23 May 15, 1:50am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 4 Mar 15, 8:27pm -
  • Photoshop CC Essential Training Free at through 2-2-2015!
    You  have until Groundhog’s Day to get some free Photoshop CC training by Julianne Kost at 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -