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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

  • newTutorial: How to Fix Mixing Textures in Light Kit Pro
    Nick says to check your install folder for a script to copy and paste into the scripts library in CINEMA 4D. He shows how to access the script in C4D and solve your problems. MAXON CINEMA 4D Sale! Save up to $1,150!If you're an Adobe user…
    - 20 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 6:14pm -
  • newFreebie Friday: Handheld Camera Pack for AE & C4D
    Download 10 drag and drop cameras to paste in your scene to add really cool handheld camera look. These are available for Adobe After Effects and MAXON CINEMA 4D. To get this awesome free pack you just have to sign up for The Pixel Lab newslett…
    - 21 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 5:46pm -
  • newFreebie Friday! Free Light Fixture Pack for Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator and 3D Invigorator
     Happy Easter from Zaxwerks!Download the Free Light Kit at ZaxwerksDon't have 3D Invigorator or ProAnimator?Download a Free Trial of 3D Invigorator Pro or ProAnimator (Under After Effects/ Standalone) Zaxwerks Special NAB Prici…
    - 22 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 4:08pm -
  • newTutorial: Exploring C4D’s New Typography Tools
    In this quick tip, Stefan talks about some of the new features in the super useful Mograph feature of CINEMA 4D R15, which he calls "a perfect edition to every typography artist's arsenal."MAXON CINEMA 4D Sale! Save up to $1,150!If you're…
    - 23 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 3:22pm -
  • newNews: Sneak Peek - cebas moskitoRender GPU renderer for 3ds Max
     Post at Cebas: moskitoRender™ is the first full-featured GPU renderer for 3ds Max with the least amount of software and creative restrictions of all GPU-only renderers on the market! moskitoRender represents the next generation of robust…
    - 24 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 2:51pm -
  • New: zplane vielklang Instant Harmony
    zplane vielklang Instant Harmonyvielklang Instant Harmony generates harmonies with 2-4 voices. It is packed with musical intelligence and music theory: it detects the best fitting harmonies for each individual input melody, and automatically…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Apr 14, 1:54pm -
  • New: Thinkbox Software Releases Krakatoa C4D for MAXON CINEMA 4D
    Los Angeles, CA (April 14, 2014) – Thinkbox Software today launched Krakatoa C4D, the first version of its high-volume particle renderer for MAXON CINEMA 4D, which is compatible with R14 and R15 running on OSX and Windows operating systems. Also av…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 4:38pm -
  • Webinar: The Foundry MODO 801 Sneak Peek April 24 2014
    The Foundry MODO is a pretty powerful tool... but chances are, you already knew that. So it is probably safe to say this is some big news that a lot of people are going to be really excited about. Thursday 24th April at 7.00pm - 8.30pm PT (Pacif…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 4:10pm -
  • Webinar: Krakatoa for CINEMA 4D - An Introduction 04/23, 04/24 2014
    Krakatoa C4D seamlessly connects MAXON CINEMA 4D with the Krakatoa renderer and provides a number of features designed to accelerate artists’ workflow when manipulating MILLIONS of particles. Krakatoa C4D shares the same rendering core with Krakato…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 4:05pm -
  • Sale: Happy Easter with FurryBall GPU Renderer, Half Off through April 22
    Why use GPU?Up to 15x -100x faster than conventinal CPU raytracersMuch cheaper (15x-100x less rendering units than CPU)Easy scalable (Multi GPU on single computer)More artistic freedom (much faster results)Less heating and e…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 4:40pm -
  • New: HitFilm Plug-ins for After Effects, Premiere Pro, FCPX and Motion Now Available
    This versatile collection ranges from visual effects and green screen compositing to motion graphics and color grading. There's something for every project!Learn More/ Purchase HitFilm Plug-insReg: $499 TF: $474.05Download a Free Trial…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 2:27pm -
  • Review: CreativeDojo Checks out the new HitFilm Plug-ins
    "FXhome recently announced their newest product, HitFilm Plugins, which brings the power and tools of HitFilm into other NLE applications such as After Effects, Premiere, Final Cut Pro X, and Vegas Pro. I had the opportunity to test drive this thing,…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 2:19pm -
  • News: Video Copilot Announces New Product- MotionPulse, Available 05/06/14
    Here's a sneak peek video featuring several sound FX samplesAndrew Kramer comments: "This is not generic sound FX collection, like footsteps and bad guys screaming, this collection was generated specifically for motion designers that need to…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 1:56pm -
  • New: Ebberts & Zucker MotionMonkey for Adobe After Effects
    MotionMonkey for Adobe After EffectsKey featuresCreates a wide range of animations of your layered design based on parameters entered into the control panel.Random or custom settings create animated variations from mild to wild.…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 9:51am -
  • New: That Studio Indie Essentials 2K Stock Elements - Partnership with Rampant Design
    Indie Essentials can be used in any post production software, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Nuke and other solutions. All files are in high-quality Quicktime format, up to 2k (2048×1152) at 24 frames per second!  P…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 7:37am -
  • Inspirations: Pompeii VFX Case Study and Behind the Scenes
    Pompeii... when I was a kid I checked the book on Pompeii out of the library probably eleven times, so I was excited for another Pompeii movie on the big screen. I'm going to Italy on my Honeymoon in May and will hopefully be visiting Pompeii, so we…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 5:21pm -
  • Tutorial: Using BCC to Create the MediaMotion Ball Logo by Carey Dissmore
    Webinar at Boris FX: "Armed with BCC 8 AE in Adobe After Effects, you'll learn how Carey harnessed the power of BCC Extruded EPS, BCC Particle Emitter 3D, BCC Glint, BCC Organic Strands, and BCC Colorize Glow to create the slick, high energy style fo…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 2:36pm -
  • Tutorial: Introduction to Soft Body Dynamics in RealFlow
    What you will be makingClick here to view Full Tutorial![via Toolfarm.com]
    - 4 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 1:19pm -
  • Tutorial: Digital Wipes in After Effects with Ben Watts
    Click here to get the project file for this tutorial so that you can follow along with Ben!View his full VFX Training series | Visit www.benwattsdesign.com[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 4 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 10:32am -
  • Tutorial: sketch shading with ZBrush in Photoshop!
    While this example is done in Photoshop, you can transfer many of the same techniques to programs like After Effects or anything else that can utilize Pixologic ZBrush. View Tutorial on YoutubeLearn More | Purchase Pixologic ZBrush - $755.25 T…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 10:08am -
  • News: Satya Meka, Creator of Plexus, Previews Flux at NAB 2014
     Flux generates interesting and unique 3D results from continuously radiating waves. It previews and renders very quickly regardless of of how many line/ wave iterations you throw at it. Expect more news around Flux in the next few w…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 11:59pm -
  • NAB: Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 11
    NAB 2014, Las Vegas, USA - April 7, 2014 - Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 11, a major upgrade with over 100 new editing and color grading features. This new update includes major improvements in online editing plus context sensitiv…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 8:23pm -
  • NAB: Jim Tierney of Digital Anarchy Demos Flicker Free
    Flicker Free is a powerful new way to deflicker video, whether the flicker is caused by time lapse footage, slow motion or just old video footage. Jim walks users through the benefits of his latest plug-in, Flicker Free. Download a free demo of…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 8:11pm -
  • Update: Ableton Live updated to v9.1.2
    For those of you running Ableton Live 9.1 versions, the automatic software update will take care of the update for you. For those of you running Ableton Live 9.0.6 or older, you'll need to download Live 9.1.2 from your User Account and update ma…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 7:56pm -
  • New: Sony Announces Vegas Pro 13
    MIDDLETON, Wis. — Sony Creative Software, a leading global provider of professional editing and authoring solutions, today announced the latest upgrade to its Vegas™ editing technology.Vegas Pro 13 brings new collaboration tools and streamline…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 7:28pm -
  • News: The Foundry NUKE STUDIO, coming late 2014
    The resulting combination is a powerful node-based VFX, editorial and finishing studio that’s been designed to empower creative individuals working independently as well as collaborative teams working on quick-turnaround projects in a way that’s…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 4:15pm -
  • Sale Extended: Imagineer Systems 20% off mocha Pro, Free Upgrade to v4 on Release
    20% off the list price of any version of mocha Pro v3 including nodelocked, floating and upgrades!Powerful, intuitive and innovative planar tracking-based solutionmocha Pro is an intelligent Planar Tracking utility for post production and VFX…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 2:24pm -
  • New: Waves Abbey Road Reel ADT
    Waves Abbey Road Reel ADTLearn More | Purchase Waves Abbey Road Reel ADT - $190.00 TF Price[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 8 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 11:30am -
  • News: Adobe MAX 2014
    Together with these industry pros and visionaries, you'll spend four days learning about the latest inspirations, technologies, techniques, and strategies for delivering your best creative work.Adobe MAX 2014 is October 4-8 in Los Angeles. Join t…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 9:18am -
  • Sale: MAXON CINEMA 4D Sale for Adobe users!
    MAXON CINEMA 4D SALE! SAVE UP TO $1,150!This CINEMA 4D Sidegrade Sale Bundle Includes:CINEMA 4D R15, Full Studio or BroadcastAll upgrades for one full yearPremium Cineversity SubscriptionAbility to install on 2 computers with…
    - 17 days ago, 2 Apr 14, 9:52pm -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • Inspirations: Mettle and the True Detective Opening Sequence
    "FreeForm was used by Chris Morris at Breeder to Dimensionalise the footage in Adobe After Effects. Thanks so much, big shout out to Creative Director Patrick Clair Antibody.tv, Patrickclair.com, Raoul Marks raoulmarks.com and Chris Morris Breed…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Apr 14, 10:41am -
  • Inspirations: Adobe and the Frog + Behind the Scenes
    Written by Seth Worley and Ryan Connolly. VFX by Michael Stark, Seth Worley, Bryan James and Tim Allen. Edited in Premiere CC with CG frog rendered in After Effects CC using Video Copilot Element 3D. They Color graded the short using Red Giant…
    - 15 days ago, 4 Apr 14, 5:59pm -
  • In Depth: Color Correction vs. Color Grading
     Table of contentsIntroduction - the simple answerColor Correction and Color Grading SoftwareTutorials  on Color Grading and Color CorrectionBefore and After Examples and BreakdownsFre…
    - 18 days ago, 1 Apr 14, 10:35pm -
  • Inspirations: Gatorade Fierce
    Do they use Next Limit Realflow for the liquid simulation? I have no idea. They don't have this one up on their site yet... it's that fresh! On other Gatorade spots they have worked on, I know that they had a Flame artist who lead a team of comp…
    - 19 days ago, 31 Mar 14, 7:12pm -
  • Inspirations: Breeder 2014 Show Reel
    It is interesting and diverse bed of work with some strangeness and not too long... it keeps you wanting more.Check them out at studiobreeder.comInterestingly, we had a feature on the site a few days ago: Tutorial / Inspirations: True Det…
    - 23 days ago, 27 Mar 14, 4:51pm -
  • Tutorial / Inspirations: True Detective like Double Exposure
    First, let me say, I have never actually seen the show True Detective. I don't have HBO. I'll wait until it's on Netflix! The original title sequence is below and was created by Creative Director Patrick Clair and his studio, Antibody.  Art of th…
    - 25 days ago, 25 Mar 14, 1:00pm -
  • Inspirations: The Legendary EMT-140 Plate Reverb Effect
    This is the image that Alex Westner's article on Avid Blogs starts the article with... a strange photo of iZotope's Product Manager, Brett Bunting, with a stethoscope up to an original EMT Plate Reverb Unit. Read the article, Treat Your Voice t…
    - 26 days ago, 25 Mar 14, 12:39am -
  • Inspirations: House of Cards intro in the style of Walking Dead
    - 29 days ago, 21 Mar 14, 9:32pm -
  • Inspirations: FreeForm Pro and ShapeShifter Environments - Something Stronger Music Video
     Learn More/ Purchase FreeForm ProReg: $299.00 SALE: $209.30 Ends Thursday March 20 2014!Download a Free Trial (Under After Effects) Pro-level 3D Mesh Warp Plug-in for After Effects - Great for: 2D and 3D Stereo Conversion; 3D S…
    - 31 days ago, 19 Mar 14, 6:40pm -
  • Inspirations: Inherent Noise Title Sequence with Trapcode
    The title sequence begins at about 40 seconds in. Michał explained that the plot is based on recreating a crime scene using only an audio recording –  and they literally translated the audio into visuals. He mainly used Trapcode Form and So…
    - 31 days ago, 19 Mar 14, 5:06pm -
  • Inspirations: Crazy Furniture by immortal-arts filmproduction
    Software used includes MAXON CINEMA 4D, Octane Render, Photoshop, After Effects, Davinci Resolve, Cubase, and more.Check 'em out on Facebook. 
    - 31 days ago, 19 Mar 14, 3:51pm -
  • Inspirations: Europe 24 - Visualization of Air Traffic Across Europe
    NATS is the air traffic control in Europe.  There is a lot more information about the Europe 24 project on the NATS blog, including statistics about air travel and how many flights were taken. They unfortunately don't talk about what type of s…
    - 36 days ago, 14 Mar 14, 12:28pm -
  • Inspirations: Lumiere Studio’s R&D Reel using RealFlow
    Lumiere has over 35 videos on their Vimeo channel from their R&D department, but I'm just showing a few of my favorites. This one uses the Hybrido system in RealFlow to create a splash simulation with over 180 million particles. Can you imagine…
    - 37 days ago, 13 Mar 14, 3:52pm -
  • Inspirations: Three RoboCop VFX Breakdowns, Concept Art and a Look at the Original Film’s VFX
    Effects on the film were done by by Framestore, yU_co, Mr. X, Method Studios, and many others. Breakdown of the VFX from RoboCop by WiredBelow, Mike Seymour from FXGuide explains the RoboCop suit vs. the CG RoboCop. Really interesting!…
    - 39 days ago, 11 Mar 14, 6:43pm -
  • Inspirations: X-Particles Simulation Comparison - 7 Renders
    PlexusX-Particles Generator with spheresTrapcode FormC4D HairX- Particles SkinnerRealflow BINJawset TFD
    - 39 days ago, 11 Mar 14, 5:46pm -
  • Inspirations: Before and After: Visa “Flying”
    They show color correction and, most impressively, replacing elements with snow and ice on the slope. Read more about the work for this campaign at The Mill's website.
    - 39 days ago, 11 Mar 14, 4:14pm -
  • Inspirations: Behind The Scenes with Zaxwerks - “Made For The Little Guy”
    Download some free demos of Zaxwerks productsCheck out some of the Zaxwerks ToolsSave 5% every day at Toolfarm!Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Pro The 3D Invigorator PRO for After Effects plug-in has once again proven to be the must-have…
    - 44 days ago, 6 Mar 14, 8:15pm -
  • Inspirations: HUVrTech Hoverboard (Updated)
    And they got Christopher Lloyd to appear in the video, as well as Tony Hawk, Moby, Terrell Owens and Schoolboy Q.HUVr was born in the MIT Physics Graduate Program. Check out the HUVr website for more information. The company is saying that t…
    - 45 days ago, 6 Mar 14, 12:17am -
  • Inspirations: RealFlow 2014 Sneak Peek Videos!
    RealFlow 2014 : Sneak Peek #1 : Hybrido ViscosityThis truck looks as if it's driving through fudge, but it looks so realistic!  This is a viscosity test on a large scale scene. RealFlow 2014 : Sneak Peek #2 : Hybrido ViscosityI'm sens…
    - 46 days ago, 4 Mar 14, 9:07pm -
  • Inspirations: Human by Chris Jones
    Human is a personal project for 3D artist, Chris Jones. He used LightWave 3D as well as Sculptris and some Krita. He has been documenting the process on the LightWave forums. Not only is Chris an amazing 3D artist but he also composed the music! Ch…
    - 53 days ago, 25 Feb 14, 5:01pm -
  • Freebie/Inspirations: iPad Model for CINEMA 4D + Andy Dawson’s Reel
     This model from Andy Dawson, a Hertfordshire, England, based 3D artist and Motion Director, is from a couple of years ago but is still very useful! Andy says, "Here is a model of the new iPad 2 I created in Cinema 4D that I thought I would…
    - 57 days ago, 22 Feb 14, 12:08am -
  • Inspirations: Ender’s Game GUI/Holograph Reel with Breakdown of VFX
    Jayse has broken it down on his blog. Check it out on Jayse.tv.Navarro Parker, who I've met a few times,  also worked on the effects team with Jayse, contributing CINEMA 4D and After Effects, along with Other great work from Jayse that h…
    - 58 days ago, 20 Feb 14, 3:19pm -
  • Inspirations: TEDx Zurich 2013 Show Opener
    Kompost is an award winning studio based in New York and Zurich, Switzerland. Check out more from Kompost:Kompost Vimeo ChannelKompost Website
    - 66 days ago, 12 Feb 14, 4:44pm -
  • Inspirations: Wonderful Pistachios Stephen Colbert Super Bowl Commercial
    Wonderful Pistachios Stephen Colbert Super Bowl CommercialThis one was a two parter, and I'm a big fan of Stephen Colbert! Directed by Emmy-award winning director Tom Kuntz, who also directed the Volkswagen Wings ad.Agency: The Fire Stati…
    - 75 days ago, 3 Feb 14, 6:41pm -
  • Inspirations: Volkswagen ‘Wings’ + Behind the Scenes
    Directed by Emmy-award winning director Tom Kuntz, who also directed the Wonderful Pistachios Stephen Colbert Super Bowl Commercial, this is a cute ad for German car maker, Volkswagen.  Argonaut, an advertaising agency in San Francisco is behind t…
    - 75 days ago, 3 Feb 14, 5:13pm -
  • Inspirations: Pixologic ZBrush 10th Anniversary Video
    Happy anniversary! Congratulations on 10 years!
    - 79 days ago, 30 Jan 14, 11:59pm -
  • Inspirations: Bell Tea - “Rolling Sleeves”
    They use old film treatments on recent footage that is composited or edited with archive footage, some color effects, stop motion and more. Bell Tea is from New Zealand.Creative Agency: Whybin\TBWA New ZealandProduction: Assembly
    - 79 days ago, 30 Jan 14, 10:29pm -
  • Inspirations: “I Left My Heart” SF Timelapse Project + Behind the Scenes
    Marc Donahue of Permagrin Films, the director, editor and shooter on this project, is known for his GoPro projects and interesting time lapse work. He uses the Tony Bennet song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", covered by the band Dredg, as i…
    - 80 days ago, 29 Jan 14, 8:27pm -
  • Tutorial/Inspirations: Cutting Object into Fragments in CINEMA 4D
    Pavlov, from Moscow, Russia, made his project files available here.Here is his reel where he uses After Effects and Cinema 4D.This tutorial came via Lester Banks, who runs a great blog with really good content! Lester says, "Philipp de…
    - 81 days ago, 28 Jan 14, 7:18pm -
  • Inspirations/Tutorial: Designing Main Titles for NBC’s “Revolution” with After Effects
    Andrew is the man behind Video Copilot. Check out all the Video Copilot stuff available at Toolfarm, with a 5% Toolfarm discount everyday!Check out more from Video CopilotInspirations: Star Trek Into Darkness Title Sequence - Using Vide…
    - 82 days ago, 27 Jan 14, 6:30pm -

AE Freemart

  • 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…
    - 16 days ago, 3 Apr 14, 5:05pm -
  • Adobe Announces Upcoming New Features to After Effects and Premiere Pro CC
    Expect this to be a major Creative Cloud update featuring tighter integration between After Effects and Premiere Pro, plus a host of additional new features to SpeedGrade, Audition, Prelude, and Media Encoder. Steve Forde: “I’m really proud of wh…
    - 17 days ago, 2 Apr 14, 2:09pm -
  • Free: Style4Type Templates and Typestyles for Adobe Premiere Pro
    Tim Kolb has created text and templates for Premiere’s Titler feature. He has a full set of over 250 styles in 8 libraries with 150 templates that he’s selling for just $19.95, but you can download the base 45 styles for free from Walter Biscardi…
    - 26 days ago, 24 Mar 14, 10:40pm -
  • News: Adobe “Reset the Clock” on CC trial versions?
    According to Lifehacker, Adobe sent out a notice that says: We’re notifying all Adobe Creative Cloud members that we’ve reset the clock on our product trials, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. So even if you’ve previously tr…
    - 32 days ago, 18 Mar 14, 10:33pm -
  • Tutorial: How to Change the Finished Rendering Sound
    Charles Yeager at CGI Tuts+ explains how to change the render sound in After Effects. I can’t say I’d use a gunshot like he did… maybe a more beautiful sound like a kitten meow or a favorite song. Or,  here’s an idea! How about a silent audi…
    - 37 days ago, 13 Mar 14, 4:50pm -
  • Tutorial: 3D Curved Screen in After Effects
    Lester Banks fine blog had a link to this one from Daniel-FS. In this After Effects tutorial, he explains how to create a simple rig for a 3D screen, consisting of multiple planes in 3D space. Download the project file: tinyurl.com/o8dwmh8 He used s…
    - 38 days ago, 12 Mar 14, 4:24pm -
  • 5 Tutorials to Give the 8-bit Look of Old Video Games + Some 8-bit Inspiration @adobeae #8-bit
    The first tutorial from Charles Yeager caught my eye today and then I thought, well why not expand on the  8-bit theme and give you all something really good today! Combine several of the techniques explained here and have one amazing 8-bit Nintendo…
    - 45 days ago, 5 Mar 14, 5:32pm -
  • The 12 Best Free Photoshop Plug-ins for Designers
    Mashable has an article up this week about free plug-ins for Photoshop, which I’m guessing almost all of the readers here use. The mention a bunch I have never heard of. They all look interesting and useful, but here’s a few that caught my attent…
    - 65 days ago, 13 Feb 14, 10:44pm -
  • Toolfarm Tutorials Extravaganza #tutorial @toolfarm @adobeae
    Toolfarm is posting one tutorial an hour for 24 hours today! They are about 1/3 of the way through and have tutorials for Adobe After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop, MAXON CINEMA 4D, Avid, The Foundry Nuke, Trapcode Form, NewBlueFX, Video Copilot and m…
    - 67 days ago, 11 Feb 14, 6:07pm -
  • In Depth: Fast and Easy Garbage Mattes in After Effects
    I did a video over at Toolfarm that explained a simple technique to create super quick garbage mattes in After Effects. Continuing with the series on keying, I decided to make this segment a video segment. All you need is After Effects for this one.…
    - 71 days ago, 7 Feb 14, 3:37pm -