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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

  • newWebinar: What’s new in mocha Plus 4 and mocha Pro 4 - July 24 at 2pm PDT
    When: July 24, 2014Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM PDTSpace is limited. Register Now!During this webinar, Martin and Mary will review the new features found in mocha 4 products and answer questions in real time.Register now.Topics Include:…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 8:43pm -
  • newIn Depth: Apple FCP X 10.1.2 and Motion 5.1.1 Compatiblilty and Resources
    Updated 23 July, 2014Here's a bit from the Final Cut Pro X: Version 10.1.2 release notes on new features:View and set storage locations for each of your libraries using the Library Properties inspector - one of the top feature requests…
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:26pm -
  • newUpdate: Red Giant PluralEyes 3.3.7
    Audio/Video Sync in Seconds.With a the touch of a single button, Red Giant PluralEyes analyzes the audio from your cameras and audio devices and syncs them up, in seconds. No clapboards or timecode are needed.Good news for those of you using F…
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:23pm -
  • newNew: RE:Vision Effects RE:Flex v5 for After Effects Now Available - New GPU Support, Increased Speed
    RE:Vision Effects, acclaimed effects plug-in industry leader and makers of Academy Award winning software, announces the release of RE:Flex™ version 5 with GPU support for Adobe® After Effects®.RE:Flex for After Effects provides superior morp…
    - 11 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 5:10pm -
  • newMidweek Motivations: David Lewandowski
    View David's Website[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 12:23pm -
  • newMidweek 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 Pers…
    - 17 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:58am -
  • newMidweek 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-…
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:25am -
  • newMidweek 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.[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 19 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 9:42am -
  • Listen Again: Toolfarm’s Michele Yamazaki on Digital Production Buzz
    Michele talks about the article series In Depth: Skin Retouching and Digital Makeup. Here's Michele's interview from the July 17, 2014 show. They discuss plug-ins for this purpose and what to do and what not to do when dealing with skin retouc…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jul 14, 7:24pm -
  • New: Zaxwerks ProAnimator Version 8 Now Available!
    Zaxwerks ProAnimator 8THE FASTEST RAYTRACE RENDERER IN MOTION GRAPHICS3D ProAnimator is the fastest way possible for you to add top-quality 3D Motion Graphics animation to your tool set. Follow our start up videos and you will be creating…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 1:43pm -
  • Webinar: BCC 9 New Features
     Boris Continuum Complete 9 for Sony Vegas Pro delivers over 175 filters, giving Vegas editors the most comprehensive VFX and compositing plug-in suite ever created.Be sure to join Senior VASST Trainer John Rofrano as he gives an in-depth lo…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 11:55am -
  • Update: Diffusion Update 6 - Out Now!
    DIFFUSION is a collection of high quality, seamless textures for VRay in Cinema 4D. With high attention to detail, these 4K textures are production ready and promise to elevate and enhance your renders. An exciting add-on is that 10 high quality, new…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 11:12am -
  • Tutorial: Sci-Fi Weapon FX Tutorial from Video Copilot
    The awesome shooting effects were created with the Video Copilot's Shockwave pack in After Effects. The high tech weapon sound effects are from the new MotionPulse sound package from Video Copilot.Note: there's a bundle for MotionPulse Audio SFX…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Tutorial: Choosing the Correct Focal Length for Cinema 4D Cameras
    Many 3D artists never bother changing the default focal length of their camera. However, choosing the right “lens” makes a huge difference when setting up the composition and feeling of your scene. There is a rich language of film and photography…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 10:09am -
  • Review: Video Copilot MotionPulse Sound Design Tools by postPerspective
    "At this point you might be sick and tired of my ranting and raving over the products created by Andrew Kramer and the Video CoPilot family, but this review just fuels my enthusiasm further.The new MotionPulse Sound Design Tools library created b…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 6:18am -
  • Tutorial: Creating A VFX Rainy Scene
    Breakdown(Thx for Wathing? We'll give him a pass. I have a feeling he's not a native English speaker.)TutorialsHere's a 17 minute tutorial that explains it all visually. More on RainIn Depth: Rain Generators - learn about…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 6:00am -
  • Webinar: Maxwell V3 with formZ and bonzai3d Wednesday 07/23/14
    John Alexander explains how easy it is to create jaw-dropping photo-realistic renders of your models using Maxwell Render V3. Learn how to add realistic grass to your ground planes, scatter trees or other objects quickly over a landscape, or add…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 3:01am -
  • Update: Laubwerk Plants v1.0.9 / 1.0.10 Updates Now Available
    The update is available immediately for 3ds Max, CINEMA 4D, and now also comes with Python support. All plant models of Plants Kit 1-4 as well as the Plants Kit Freebie have been updated with the new material descriptions and new additional high-qual…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 1:17am -
  • In Depth: Skin Retouching and Digital Makeup, Part 1
    $(function(){$('#b4-container').beforeAfter({imagePath:'/js/beforeafter/'});$('#b4-container1').beforeAfter({imagePath:'/js/beforeafter/'});$('#b4-container2').beforeAfter({imagePath:'/js/beforeafter/'});$('#b4-container3').beforeAfter({image…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 4:52pm -
  • New: HelloLuxx Training Products
    HelloLuxxHelloLuxx is a collection of creative professionals from around the globe, dedicated to sharing experience and knowledge for the visual effects and motion graphics community.What started as small blog — sharing tips from the cr…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 4:45pm -
  • Tutorial: How To Create Dynamic Spheres With CINEMA 4D
    First, here's a preview of the Dynamic Spheres final result.and here's how to create the effect.Try a free trial of MAXON CINEMA 4D if you don't have it. [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 5:00am -
  • Freebie: Rain Tool for Autodesk Maya
    Click Here to Download[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 3:34pm -
  • Freebie: After Effects Icons by David Torno
    ExampleClick Here To Access Download[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 2:35pm -
  • Freebie: MARI Nodepack 1.50
    The Nodepack is a Compilation of free & open-source MARI Add-ons consisting of new Adjustment Layers, Geometry Masks, Noises, Fractals and Shaders.View Original Post HereClick Here to Access Download[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 1:59pm -
  • Update: Fracture FX v1.7 Now Available - Advanced Destruction Tools for Maya
    Fracture FX For Maya 2011 - 2014Art-directable simulations, efficient iterations, out-of-the-box usability and world-class customer care are the corner stones of the Fracture FX experience. Fracture FX is not just software, or a plug-in; it's a s…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 1:55pm -
  • Update: Curious Animal Motion Stretch Deformer v1.2 for C4D, Mega Deformer Pack
    v1.2 Update:The main updates are to Motion Stretch's cache system - it now interpolates the cache when you're rendering at a different frame rate to your project, making it much easier to use for people who need to target multiple video formats.…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 9:49pm -
  • 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. [via Toolfarm.com]
    - 7 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 6:01pm -
  • Customer Reviews- Rate a Product in July, Enter to Win a $100 Store Coupon
     Did you know we have a ratings system available for each product we sell at Toolfarm? You can help fellow professionals by providing important, unbiased advice.We'll pick 2 random reviews in July for a TF store coupon! Please Note: Only ful…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 3:55pm -
  • News: Michele Yamazaki Joins Larry Jordan Tomorrow!
    Listen in as Larry Jordan and Michele Yamazaki discuss skin retouching and a few of their favorite techniques!The radio show will be up tomorrow, Thursday July 17 at 6pm PST.Listen In Here[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 8 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 1:12pm -
  • In Depth: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 Plug-in Compatibility & Resources
    Updated: 2014-07-07 - 3:01pm PSTTable of contentsResourcesWhat's new in Adobe After Effects CC 2014 (v13)Migrating settings and plug-ins for After Effects CC 2014 (13.0)Plug-in Compatibility…
    - 16 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 9:59pm -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • newMidweek 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…
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:25am -
  • newMidweek 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.
    - 19 hours 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…
    - 7 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. 
    - 7 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 16 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…
    - 20 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…
    - 21 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…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 10:33am -
  • Midweek Motivation:  Nuance by Marc-Antoine Locatelli
    NuanceMarc-Antoine Locatelli explains a little of how he created this video.  "First, I made different experimentations around music and motion.  I tried to unserstand how graphic shapes could reveal and emphasize some part of the music.  …
    - 22 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 10:29am -
  • Midweek Motivation 60 Second Retouching of a Beer Ad
    "Jack Salzke from FadedFocus Photography teamed up with Leigh Diprose at Warehouse 100 to create something awesome! What you see here is the editing process as performed by Jack (with Leigh sitting beside for guidance and general thoughts) from…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 10:19am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Disney’s Maleficent: Re-creating Fully Digital Characters-Design
    Angelina Jolie stars in Disney's new Maleficent, featuring a forest world of detailed visual effects. Mike Seymour delves into how facial movement experts Digital Domain, worked to re-create realistic, fully digital counterparts to the story's thre…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 9:17am -
  • Inspirations: A Conversation with Michal Janowski, Stage2
    If the name Michal Janowski sounds familiar, you may have seen the cool piece I featured in March 2014, Inspirations: Inherent Noise Title Sequence with Trapcode, which won a bronze award for Best Film Credits at the 2014 BassAwards. This piece…
    - 23 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 6:04pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Some Great Show Reels
    Simon Russell Showreel Spring 2014Simon Russell Showreel Spring 2014 from Simon Russell on Vimeo.Büro Achter April – REEL 2013Büro Achter April – REEL 2013 from Michael Fragstein on Vimeo.Giovanni Mascherpa Lighting Reel 201…
    - 28 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 9:40pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Spielberg/Austria Red Bull/Formula 1
    From the Aixponza website: "For the first time ever we were asked to put rain into one of our animations. For achieving the wet and gloomy look we used a variety of techniques ranging from modeled 3D raindrops in slow motion shots to 2.5D After…
    - 28 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 7:30pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: evian Spider-Man - The Amazing Baby & me 2
    Here's the spot:And here's the making of:CreditsAgency : BETCArtistic director : Agnès CavardCopyrighter : Valérie ChidlovskyTV Producer : Fabrice BrovelliCreative director: Filip NilssonProduction : ACNE USADirector: T…
    - 28 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 5:23pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Maxwell Render Case Study: Sky Sport Moto GP Ident by Giacomo Lietti
    Top Maxwell features key to this project:Material Editor (MXED)Maxwell FIRESoftware used:Cinema4D for all the 3D/animation parts, after effects for compositing and particles.Photoshop to prepare the textures.Maxwel…
    - 29 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 2:01pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: JMI “Crab Panther”
    CreditsDirector & VFX / Straightface StudiosDP / Matt ClarkEditor / Kelly Vander LindaColor / Jeff TillotsonAudio / Bad AnimalsAgency / Laughlin Constable - Milwaukee - Rich Kohnke & Ted Koszuta
    - 29 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 1:02pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: It’s Paper from Pingo van der Brinkloev + Bonus Tutorial
    It's paper from Pingo van der Brinkloev on Vimeo.Modeling 101 in MAXON CINEMA 4DFree - Modeling 101 from Pingo van der Brinkloev on Vimeo.Toolfarm doesn't sell his series, but it's available through Vimeo on Demand for rental or pur…
    - 29 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 6:44am -
  • Sneak Peek: Imagineer mocha v4.0 Tech Preview, 2014 Customer Reel
    In this quick demo from NAB 2014, Mary Poplin shows some old mocha Pro favorites like the lens, insert, and remove tool alongside new reveals for what is coming in Imagineer mocha v4. (Hint: It possiblly involves stereo 3D support, support for A…
    - 35 days ago, 19 Jun 14, 4:36am -
  • Midweek Motivation: 360° Panoramic Video
    The artist Jonas Ginter used 6 GoPros. He has his technique on his website (in German!)We have some tools specifically for the GoPro if you want to try this and run into issues with FisheyeCrumplePop Fisheye Fixer for GoPro for FCP X Fi…
    - 36 days ago, 18 Jun 14, 10:00am -
  • Midweek Motivation: A Game of Social Thrones
    Hootsuite explains the motivation behind the piece:This clip is inspired by the beautiful opening sequence of the hit HBO show (whose 4th season premieres on April 6th!). The animated clip portrays some of the world’s biggest social netw…
    - 43 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 3:17pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Much Ado About Gravity
    Matt Beale Show ReelHey, that rhymes! Carl Edlund Matte Painting Show ReelKen Shimizu Show Reel
    - 43 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 2:03pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Cadbury “Dominos” + Maxwell Case Study
    View On Blackbird's VimeoThe Robot project by David de las Casas & 3DCS"In Maxwell Render I finally found the perfect tool to capture the reality around me."Click to View Original PostSoftware used:Robot skin with 3dsMax.…
    - 43 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 10:32am -
  • Inspirations: Yanobox Nodes used in Earth to Echo
    In this film, three young friends come to the aid of a mysterious visitor from a distant planet (Echo). There are moments in the movie where we see through Echo’s POV, which has been referred to by the production as “Echo Vision.”Official…
    - 43 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 10:26am -

AE Freemart

  • 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…
    - 35 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…
    - 41 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…
    - 56 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…
    - 92 days ago, 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 -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 12 Mar 14, 4:24pm -