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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

  • News: H.R. 5771: Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (aka Tax Extenders Act)
    On whitehouse.gov, it explains, "H.R. 5771, which temporarily extends several expired tax provisions related to individuals, business, and energy through December 31, 2014; and exempts from taxation Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Dec 14, 7:35pm -
  • Freebie: NaNKiller for NUKE
    In computing, NaN (Not a Number) is a value of numeric data type representing an undefined or unrepresentable value, especially in floating-point calculations. - Princeton.edu NaNKiller version 1.0Removes any NaN's present in any ch…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 5:13pm -
  • Sale: 25% Off Next Limit Maxwell Render and RealFlow Sale Ends TODAY!
    RealFlow - Industry-standard, out-of-the-box fluid simulator25% off new licenses and upgrades for:Standard commercial licenses (Studio Packs included)RealFlow NodesRealFlow & Maxwell Render BundleDownload the RealFlow demo…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 1:35pm -
  • Update: Avid Pro Tools v11.3 now available!
    Update DetailsSystem Requirements and Compatibility with Pro Tools 11 SoftwarePro Tools 11.3 supports Mac OS X 10.10 & 10.10.1 (Yosemite), 10.9.5 (Mavericks) and 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)Pro Tools 11.3 supports Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Win…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 1:06pm -
  • Update: Allegorithmic Substance Painter 1.1 is now available
    What's new in version 1.1?MASK BY MATERIAL IDSubstance Painter 1.1 greatly enhances mask creation with ID maps. The new Color Selection feature provides and easy to use, one-click solution for automatically creating complex layer masks. W…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 8:51pm -
  • News: Red Giant Universe wins Videomaker’s Best Product of the Year Award
    Red Giant Universe has won Videomaker’s Best Product of the Year award (Category: Plug-in.) Click here to see the full list of winners.BEST PluginRed Giant Universe"The Red Giant Universe is a community that provides access to a larg…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 1:14pm -
  • News: RealFlow RenderKit 2014 Out Now!
    The RealFlow RenderKit 2014 is now available and is FREE for everyone!Features include:Arnold Renderer support in Maya and SoftimageRenderMan and Arnold procedurals with Katana compatibilityRFRK_Cloud with OpenVDB supportThis…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 10:03am -
  • New: GenArts Sapphire v8 Now Available
     In December, you can get current for less! If you are on Sapphire version 6 or lower, you can save $225 to $765 per license on your Sapphire 8 purchase!New Pricing and Purchase Options• Upgrade and Support Plan is an annual program des…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 9:33am -
  • Sneak Peek: fandev CuteDCPTools for After Effects
    CuteDCP is a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) creation tool for After Effects. CuteDCP is an exporting (output module) plug-in which allows users to create DCPs from any file imported into After Effects and reduces the number of steps creating a DCP to a…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 5:25pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Tabaat Al Mushahid - Title Sequence
    Original Post By MettleThis title sequence for the Saudi morning newspaper review show, Tabaat Al Mushahid, shows a really practical use of FreeForm. The newspaper sequence was shot with a Canon 5D, with some blank areas left on the newspapers. T…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 3:29pm -
  • Tutorial: Lighting with Video Copilot Element 3D V2
    Here are a few experiments created in Element 3D V2 with simple lighting and Ambient Occlusion. In these examples I’m using the Ray Traced AO which is a bit slower but creates very nice results.The other important setting I like to use is calle…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 2:49pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: MTV Motor Home
    Motor Home is a new MTV show which follows the lives of four young moto 3 class riders.In the opener we describe the adrenaline rush which occurs before the start of the race using a style inspired by that of the japan anime.Watch on Vimeo…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 1:52pm -
  • Update: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014.2
    Updates are Listed by ProductSpeedGrade CC (2014.2)Adobe Media Encoder CC (2014.2)Premiere Pro CC (2014.2)Adobe Audition CC (2014.2)Adobe Prelude CC (2014.2)Adobe Story CC(2014.2)View our post on the most recent Aft…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 1:26pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Soundtoys Process Episode 2
    Process: Nine Inch NailsIn our new video series, Process, we’re meeting up with some of our favorite artists to talk about gear, sound, and making music. In the series debut, watch Trent Reznor and the members of Nine Inch Nails share their cre…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 1:08pm -
  • Sale: 48hr Sale on The Foundry MODO & MARI Now thru Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
    Save 40% off new seats of MODO and MARIThe Foundry MODO v801 brings you the next generation of 3D modeling, animation, sculpting, effects and rendering in a powerful integrated package. An end-to-end solution delivering raw horsepower, refined t…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 8:22am -
  • Tutorial: Icy Text with Zaxwerks ProAnimator + a Zaxwerks Deal!
    Need trial versions?Head on over to Toolfarm Downloads to try Zaxwerks ProAnimator or Imagineer mocha Pro. Look under Standalone for the standalone of ProAnimator and mocha Pro. The tutorial was captured and edited with Telestream, which you can…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 4:28pm -
  • Update: Adobe After Effects CC 2014.2 (13.2)
    "Top new features for After Effects CC 2014.2 (13.2)scripting improvements for text layersexpression access to dynamic layer boundsnew keyframe iconsmany bug fixesDetails of what’s new and changed in After Effects CC 2014.2…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 3:21pm -
  • Sale: AutoDesSys form•Z Year-end UPGRADE Special
    form•Z is the most versatile and powerful 3d modeling software available. It offers a form generating environment that is much more powerful, dynamic, intelligent, yet easier to use than any of its previous editions. Not only can you build any 3d f…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 3:16pm -
  • Update: Thinkbox Software Krakatoa C4D 2.3.2
    New Features for this Update Include:Support for Cinema 4D R16.A new Gradient Channel Operator tag, removed gradient settings from within PRT Loaders.Support for RealFlow .RPC, LiDAR point cloud .LAS, .PTS, .PTX and .XYZ files to the…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 2:49pm -
  • Tutorial: Quick Tour of mocha AE CC 2014
    Chris & Trish Meyer with Pro Video Coalition have provided this free tutorial.  It's part of thier After Effects CC Updates course on Lynda.com, in which they have lots of tutorials about the new user interface design, CINEWARE v2 and CINEMA 4D L…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 2:24pm -
  • Review: DaVinci Resolve 11 by Oliver Peters
    "With the release of DaVinci Resolve 11, Blackmagic Design has firmly moved into the ranks of nonlinear editing. In addition to a redesigned logo and splash screen, Resolve 11 sports more editorial tools than ever before. Now for the first time it is…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 1:32pm -
  • Tutorial: Rendering FumeFX in 3ds Max
    Click Here to View Sam's Youtube for more Information and to Dowload the Project Files.[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 1:29pm -
  • Update: RayFire v.165 now available!
    Learn More | Purchase RayFire for 3ds Max - $365.75 TF Price[via Toolfarm.com]
    - 6 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 9:39am -
  • News: Boris FX to Acquire Imagineer Systems to Form Visual Effects Developer Powerhouse
    Boston, MA, USA - December 15, 2014 - Boris FX, the expert in integrated VFX and workflow solutions for video and film, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Imagineer Systems Ltd., the UK-based developer of the exclusive Planar Tracking™ an…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 2:47am -
  • New: The Pixel Lab Air Duct Generator
    Announcing the brand new Air Duct Generator for Cinema 4D! Create custom air duct features and elements in a few clicks or use one of the 85+ objects or preset rigs!  This rig, created by Peter Holweg (xplicitcreations.com), is incredibly easy and f…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 1:43am -
  • Updates: Adobe Photoshop 2014.2.2 and Lightroom 5.7.1 are Now Available
    New for Lightroom v5.7.1Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 software makes everything about digital photography easier and faster, from perfecting your best shots to organizing and sharing all your photos. Even better, it’s also available as part of Ad…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 7:53pm -
  • Update: e-on LumenRT 2015.1 is Now Available
    The Communication Platform for Urban and Infrastructure Professionals.LumenRT 2015 provides a complete solution for creating professional quality images, videos, and immersive media directly from your CAD/BIM/GIS solution including Autodesk Revit…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 6:31pm -
  • Sale: Zaxwerks Holiday Specials - Save up to 35% on Individual Products and Upgrades, Bundles
    Here's What's on Sale through December 31st 2014:Zaxwerks Invigorator PRO | Brings big-time 3D motion graphics to your After Effects work. 3D Invigorator PRO renders quickly and can create beautifully sculpted 3D models quickly and easily without…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 3:34pm -
  • News: Toolfarm Appointed Worldwide Distributor for Zaxwerks, Inc.
    December 15, 2014 AT 10:23 AMToolfarm.com Inc., the leading source of professional creative tools, plug-ins and training for motion graphics and visual effects, announced today its distribution partnership with Zaxwerks Inc., expanding its range…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 3:01pm -
  • Sale: 30% Off All Mettle Bundles
    You read it correctly.  Save 30% on all Mettle bundles! But hurry, this sale ends Friday, December 19, 2014.Mettle FreeForm Expansion Pack - FreeForm Pro + Mylenium Edition + Aqua PackMSRP: $349  Sale: $244.30  Mettle Pro Suite…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 9:01am -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • Midweek Motivation: “Volvic” The Giant
    "Volvic" The GiantWatch on Vimeo.Produced by Gang FilmsVFX by Digital District "Volvic" The Giant - BreakdownWatch on Vimeo.Breakdown Artist : Tom Doumaux Digital District ShowreelWatch on Vimeo.Edited by…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 7:46pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: “Horde” - by BRUTUS Collective
    "Horde"Directed by BRVTVShttp://www.brutuscollective.tumblr.comThibaud Clergue Aurélien Duhayon Sébastien Iglesias Camille Perrin Music by Lionel Flairs for Hit'n'Run - http://www.wearehitnrun.com/Sound desi…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 6:11pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Tabaat Al Mushahid - Title Sequence
    Original Post By MettleThis title sequence for the Saudi morning newspaper review show, Tabaat Al Mushahid, shows a really practical use of FreeForm. The newspaper sequence was shot with a Canon 5D, with some blank areas left on the newspaper…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 3:29pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: MTV Motor Home
    Motor Home is a new MTV show which follows the lives of four young moto 3 class riders.In the opener we describe the adrenaline rush which occurs before the start of the race using a style inspired by that of the japan anime.Watch on Vimeo.…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 1:52pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Soundtoys Process Episode 2
    Process: Nine Inch NailsIn our new video series, Process, we’re meeting up with some of our favorite artists to talk about gear, sound, and making music. In the series debut, watch Trent Reznor and the members of Nine Inch Nails share their…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 1:08pm -
  • Sale: 30% Off All Mettle Bundles
    You read it correctly.  Save 30% on all Mettle bundles! But hurry, this sale ends Friday, December 19, 2014.Mettle FreeForm Expansion Pack - FreeForm Pro + Mylenium Edition + Aqua PackMSRP: $349  Sale: $244.30  Mettle Pro Suit…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 9:01am -
  • Midweek Motivations: Color Grading Example w/ Red Giant Magic Bullet Colorista II & Looks
    The sale was extended just a bit so you still have a few minutes. Check out Red Giant products here!
    - 11 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 6:38pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: An Interview with Nick Campbell of GSG
    The list of questions are on the GSG blog. And here's more on the sale. 40% off Everything Greyscalegorilla 8AM PST Dec. 10- 8AM PST Dec. 11, 2014 ONLY. See what's on sale!  
    - 11 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 5:38pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Insects
    Ramtin Ahmadi spent about 4 months creating this beautiful 3D animation.  He used Pixologic ZBrush, Autodesk Maya, Arnold Renderer and The Foundry Nuke.  It took 12 days to render but worth every minute.  Insects has now been awared the CG…
    - 18 days ago, 3 Dec 14, 5:13pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: The Centrifuge Brain Project
    The film was written, directed and edited by Till Nowak, and he also did the visual effects and 3D animation. To learn more about the film, check out an interview with Till Nowak by Filmnosis. If you're intersted in the technical aspects of…
    - 25 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 10:11pm -
  • MidWeek Motivation: FILM FX L3.0
    Here's a student short film L3.0 (Leo) created by the students at ISART Digital, based in France.  It's a haunting tale of a robot left to wander an empty Paris and his attempts to entertain himself.  The animation is amazing with a wonderful…
    - 25 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 2:21pm -
  • Inspiration: Ambition the film + Making of
    Ambition the filmAmbition, Directed by Tomek Bagiński, was shot in Iceland, with post-production handled in Poland, and features the actors Aidan Gillen and Aisling Franciosi. It was screened in London in October, 2014 at the British Film Inst…
    - 30 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 5:26pm -
  • Friday Funnies: Video Tutorial: The Edit Button (2.0)
    It's very clever when they reposition the actors arms. If you never saw part 1, or want to watch it again, it's below. 
    - 30 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 3:54pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Space Cat Hob
    For a more indepth look at the concepts behind this film head over to space-cat-hob.comLighting & comp breakdownLoïc is a Paris based concept artist and independant film maker for 4  years now. Last year he finished his film Space cat…
    - 32 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 2:16pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: C4D Mothership
    Click Here to Learn More and See the Creative Process!
    - 33 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 10:07am -
  • Friday Fun: Super Bad Mario
    Warning: NSFW language. Episode 1 came out on May 2, 2014.Episode 2 came out this week. Funny stuff. YouTube user Pastek is the creator of these funny little vignettes, but it is tough to find any information about him and what sof…
    - 37 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 4:48pm -
  • Inspirations: John Lewis Holiday TV Ad - Monty the Penguin and The Bear & The Hare
    It snowed this morning here and my daughter was asking if we can put up the Christmas tree because it looks like Christmas. I think its too early, but retailers clearly don't! This is such a cute ad and I'm sure it will spur sales of stuffed pen…
    - 38 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 5:52pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Aethera | Protoplasm
    "There's some remarkable 3D shape-morphing, with very organic and fluid movement, all created and rendered in After Effects. We used ShapeShifter Ae and FreeForm Pro for the background and all the shapes. Snappy rendering with an NVIDIA Quadro K…
    - 39 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 5:58pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: ピンポン “Ping Pong”
    Click Here for More Information
    - 39 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 2:37pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Final Fantasy 15 Tech Demo
    The Final Fantasy RPG video game series is known globally as one of the most well developed series ever. From the story lines, the game play, to the development of the interactive worlds... everything is always astonishing. Click Here to Lea…
    - 39 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 11:29am -
  • Midweek Motivation: FilmConvert Cinematography Competition Winner
    "Restoring the Atleo River", By Mark WyattCamera: BMCCSoftware: Film Convert Pro - OFX PluginSettings: Kodak Vision 3 5207Filmed at the Atleo River, BC, Canada on September 3rd, 2013 for The Central Westcoast Forest Society.Writer…
    - 40 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 10:15am -
  • Midweek Motivation: HATSUNE MIKU × TETSUYA NOMURA
    This beautiful video was screened at Hatsune Miku art exhibition "Universal Positivity"@Wallplay (Oct. 9th-Oct. 19th), as a part of HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2014 in New York.Click Here to Learn More
    - 40 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 10:04am -
  • Midweek Motivation: The making of “Dip N Dance”
    CGI **Award-Winning** Animated Short Film: "Dip N Dance" by Hugo Cierzniak CGI Animated Breakdowns HD: "Dip N' Dance - Making of" by Hugo CierzniakFor more info on Hugo's creation check out the Dip N Dance Website. 
    - 46 days ago, 5 Nov 14, 4:15pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Fastening Days
    YKK Global will release an original animation on the theme of "Little Parts. Big Difference." The film is directed by Studio Colorido's Mr. Hiroyasu Ishida of "Fumiko's Confession" fame and the ending credit song is "Hurly Burly" by Perfume, who…
    - 46 days ago, 5 Nov 14, 2:29pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Stunning Visuals from Kinect to Freeform Pro
    Harry started with an XBox kinect fed through the 3D image capture application, Brekel Kinect.  He then used a combination of Adobe After Effects, Mettle FreeForm Pro, Meshlab, Vray for 3ds Max, cebas thinkingParticles, and Red Giant Trapcode F…
    - 53 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 6:14pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: God Only Knows how they did it
    Take 27 famous musicians, add bubbles, butterflies, balloons, and a bengal tiger.  Put them all in one place, Alexandra Palace, singing a remake of the Beach Boys "God only knows," and what do you have? The promo for the launch of BBC music.  …
    - 53 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 3:44pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Making of Nordic House
    Primer concurso Latinoamericano" CG (First Latin-American CG Contest) supplied all participants with the same base model of a house as a starting point.  Hector explains where he found his inspiration, some of his modeling and texturing techniq…
    - 53 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 1:22pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Grading Breakdown for L’Oreal Garnier Commercial
    Andreas Brueckl from ColorMeUp was the Senior Colorist on this piece. It takes 3 hours worth of work in Baselight and compresses it into 3 minutes. It's not so much about retouching the skin, but relighting and adjusting reflections. It's amazing t…
    - 53 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 1:21pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Structure
    View More on Mike Batchelor's Vimeo Channel
    - 53 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 10:51am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Moonlight Short Film
    This is a follow up post to show how our Moonlight video looked like after it had been color graded. There were a handful of requests form viewers asking us to upload a graded version. We graded it with FilmConvert in Adobe Premiere Pro using th…
    - 53 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 10:29am -

AE Freemart

  • 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,…
    - 12 days ago, 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…
    - 17 days ago, 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…
    - 31 days ago, 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…
    - 39 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 7:05am -
  • Free Animamorphic Lens Plug-in
    According to Wikipedia, “Anamorphic format refers to the cinematography technique of shooting a widescreen picture on standard 35 mm film or other visual recording media with a non-widescreen native aspect ratio.” [wikipedia.org: Anamorphic Form…
    - 41 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 5:07am -
  • 2.5D Sculptures in After Effects
    Ramiro A. Fernandez has an interesting technique of taking multiple instances of a movie file (he uses flames) and offsetting them in time and 3D space. It’s a lovely effect and he doesn’t use any 3rd party plug-ins. I’m thinking that this coul…
    - 42 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 7:07am -
  • Free Script: Dojo Task List Script Demo Tutorial
    - 11 Aug 14, 3:16pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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.The post…
    - 24 Jul 14, 8:20pm -