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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: Maya 2016 Bonus Tools
    "There are quite a few new tools this time round, including the option to toggle the parallel rig evaluation and GPU-accelerated display of character rigs introduced in Maya 2016 on or off.The update also adds new options to check memory usage or…
    - 4 days ago, 22 May 15, 12:41pm -
  • Freebie: Dessin Pose
    This is a huge help for those of you who need a reference for body shapes, positions, proportions, etc. Click Here for More Info[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 4 days ago, 22 May 15, 11:19am -
  • Freebie: Metal Johnny Character!
    Click Here to Learn More and Download[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 4 days ago, 22 May 15, 10:37am -
  • Freebie: Blender 2.74
    Key FeaturesCycles got several precision, noise, speed, memory improvements, new Pointiness attribute.Viewport has new cool compositing features, outliner now manages orphan datablocks better.Modeling now allows custom normals, and tr…
    - 4 days ago, 22 May 15, 9:34am -
  • News: Arnold is now available for use with Cinema 4D via C4DtoA
    Arnold for Cinema 4D (or C4DtoA) provides a bridge to the Arnold renderer from within the standard Cinema 4D interface.  The plug-in is free to customers that buy the Arnold core renderer.From MAXON's Blog: "Originally developed for and…
    - 4 days ago, 22 May 15, 9:09am -
  • Freebie: Realtime Editable Procedual Eyes for Marmoset
    David Connely has created a realtime eye creation substance built for use with Marmoset, creating a PBR eye that is adjustable with tweaks from a simple sphere. The substance will take care of the cornea, iris and eyeball.  And David is offering it…
    - 4 days ago, 22 May 15, 8:39am -
  • Freebie: 3D:  Archmodels vol. 152 - LUG lights
     Archmodels vol. 152 is collection of 76 fully textured lamp models based on the FLASH DQ lights brand made by LUG Light Factory.  These models are free to use commercially or non-commercially. Archmodels vol. 152 formats: vray max, mental…
    - 4 days ago, 22 May 15, 7:58am -
  • New: Rhino for Mac is almost here!
    You are invited.Rhino for Mac is an ongoing development project. There are some missing features but new builds are available every few weeks.   While it is development, you are invited to use it for free.Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is a full…
    - 5 days ago, 21 May 15, 12:41pm -
  • New: Telestream Episode 6.5 is Now Available
    Designed for the entire production workflow, Episode has the quality, filters, formats, and power to handle the entire process from camera to edit and all the way to final delivery. Episode produces “true to the original” results for simple trans…
    - 5 days ago, 21 May 15, 12:16pm -
  • Webinar: Adobe - Think like a Colorist, Work like an Editor
    May 28, 201510:00 am - 11:00 am PDT (UTC-07:00)Colorist Robbie Carman began his career as an editor so he knows both sides of the traditional divide between cutting and finishing. But today everything is changing and color is part of the workf…
    - 5 days ago, 21 May 15, 10:14am -
  • Free Webinars! Calendar updated. #vfx
    Updated May 20, 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. Wednesday May 20, 2015Larry Jordan Powerup Series…
    - 5 days ago, 21 May 15, 9:27am -
  • News: MODO 901 is on its way! Join the Live Event.
    "We will be transmitting live from downtown San Francisco on Thursday May 21 at 7pm PDT and we would love it if you could join us!Watch live and interact using the chat function on the live stream or use #MODO901 on Twitter and Facebook.Shout…
    - 5 days ago, 21 May 15, 9:19am -
  • Review: Telestream’s Switch v1.5
    "If you’ve ever been in a machine room, or lucky enough to have been employed as an assistant editor, you’ve encountered your fair share of media file formats, from MTS files to Avid MXF files that don’t play nicely with many video player/trans…
    - 6 days ago, 20 May 15, 12:48pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Northmen - A Viking Saga Mini Making Of
    "My main task was the tower destruction during a climatic moment in the movie. The simulations were all TP and the FumeFX and Krakatoa for the fire and smoke and spanned over half a dozen shots. The main animation of the tower was driven with helper…
    - 6 days ago, 20 May 15, 12:43pm -
  • Updates: Laubwerk Plants Kits 1.0.15 and SurfaceSPREAD 1.0.37
    Laubwerk Plants Kits offer a new solution for architects and CG artists working in 3ds Max, CINEMA 4D, Houdini and Python who want high-quality, render-ready trees at their disposal, with adjustable amounts of detail to suit their needs.What is Ne…
    - 6 days ago, 20 May 15, 11:00am -
  • Review: V-Ray 3.0 - New Features: Interface and Frame Buffer
    "One of the most notable things that Chaos Group has done with V-Ray 3.0 is to introduce a bespoke V-Ray toolbar which includes a load of the key tools that you might need. In previous versions these have been hidden inside the 3ds Max interface unde…
    - 6 days ago, 20 May 15, 8:24am -
  • Webinar: BorisFX Advanced Tips & Techniques for mocha + After Effects
    Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10am PST/1pm EST.One of mocha‘s strongest features is the flexibility of the tracking and shape data you can create with it.In this month’s free training webinar, Ben Brownlee, VFX artist and Curious Turtle t…
    - 7 days ago, 19 May 15, 2:26pm -
  • Tutorial: Grow X-Particles With Mograph and the Proximal Shader
    Watch on VimeoMunk Studios states:"I have had problems using the proximal shader to generate or interact with x-particles in the past. This is a kind of work around using other c4d tools to compensate. You can elaborate on this set up to g…
    - 7 days ago, 19 May 15, 1:26pm -
  • Tutorial: Growing Neurons / Dendrites Using X-Particles in Cinema 4D
    Uwe Schweer-Lambers (Equiloud) uses X-particles in C4D to create the above video.  See below for his tutorial on how he did it. Watch on VimeoSpecial thanks to LesterBanks for bringing this to our attention. See Lester's post on thi…
    - 7 days ago, 19 May 15, 12:54pm -
  • Tutorial: RealFlow Particle Channels in Maya
    Watch on VimeoSee more tutorials from CGPedia here.Learn More | Purchase Next Limit RealFlow [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 7 days ago, 19 May 15, 12:35pm -
  • Tutorial: Create Sparks in 3ds Max using Particle Flow
    Click Here to View the Step By Step Tutorial[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 7 days ago, 19 May 15, 12:22pm -
  • Tutorial: Creating Realistic Clouds using TurbulenceFD in Cinema 4D
    Learn More at CG Terminal[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 7 days ago, 19 May 15, 10:47am -
  • Tutorial: Intro to the Particle World of After Effects!
    Click Here for More Info / The Videography Blog[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 7 days ago, 19 May 15, 8:05am -
  • Michele Learns CINEMA 4D is Back! Ep. 4: Working with Illustrator Files
    Transcript from video:Hi, this is Michele from Toolfarm. You may remember a series that I worked on a year or so ago called Michele Learns CINEMA 4D and it was abruptly stopped. Well, the reason is that I was so busy with day to day stuff that I…
    - 7 days ago, 19 May 15, 4:37am -
  • News: Boomer Labs SplineTools v1.2 Now Available
    "New features include:Spline Overlap – new spline modifier than will detect spline self-intersections and displace knot position to provide a “piling up” effect.Freehand Spline updated – now retains the surface normal obtained duri…
    - 8 days ago, 18 May 15, 2:37pm -
  • News: RE:Vision Effects Updates for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro
    Twixtor Version 6.2Fixes some bugs in Twixtor Pro and Motion Vectors Create within After Effects CC 2014 where the render cache was not properly re-rendered when masks were modified that the plug-in was using.Adds support for RVL_NOGUI_LIC…
    - 8 days ago, 18 May 15, 2:12pm -
  • Webinar: Telestream ScreenFlow 5 Basics
    Thursday May 28, 2015, 10am PDTThis webinar series, in three parts, will instruct you on all the key basic concepts and skills necessary to start using our incredible software application to record, edit, and publish high quality screen casti…
    - 8 days ago, 18 May 15, 10:13am -

Toolfarm Inspirations

AE Freemart

  • 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…
    - 3 days ago, 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…
    - 67 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…
    - 67 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…
    - 82 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…
    - 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 -
  • 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 -