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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

  • newUpdate: FilmConvert 2.17 for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro
    New To Version 2.17New: added support for interlaced sequences.New: added 3D LUT size options. Fixed bug in LUT "Save As" dialog.New: added the ability to export a 3D lut of all the color changes made in the plugin.New: added imp…
    - 8 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 5:03pm -
  • newCompatibility: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite + Your Favorite Tools
    Note: Updated 24 October, 2014 with Mettle and Divergent Media information.I've been waiting to post about compatibility until I get more feedback. The good news is that we really haven't heard many problems with compatibility with Yosemite a…
    - 12 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 1:37pm -
  • newUpdate: Pro Maintenance Tools 2.0.26 released with OS X 10.10 support
    OS X 10.10 compatibilityPro Maintenance Tools 2.0.26 is compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite. This means that every product we make is now certified as Yosemite compatible.Various System Toolkit improvementsLots of changes have been made to…
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 12:50pm -
  • newUpdate: Mettle FreeForm Pro and ShapeShifter Ae v1.6 Now Available
    FreeForm Pro and ShapeShifter Ae are better than ever! WIth powerful new features that give you more creative tools at your fingertips. What’s new: Delays for the Generator, with extensive controls. Also new-World Space Deformations. Best of all, i…
    - 15 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 10:32am -
  • newFreebie: Falloff Sampler Shader for MAXON Cinema 4D
    This Cinema 4D plug-in lets you create gradients in your materials based on the falloff of a Mograph Effector in your scene.  This is handy for layering shader effects based on your falloffs, or just to use the falloff's gizmo as a visual guide to…
    - 17 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 8:42am -
  • newFreebie: Boris Continuum Complete AE Halloween Templates
    These 2 Jack 'o lantern presets were created by Paul Ezzy and are compatible with BCC 9 AE and After Effects CS6 or higher.Click here to download the presets.  You will need to log in or set up a Boris account to get the download.Learn More…
    - 17 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 8:17am -
  • newSale Ends Tonight: 50% Off Boris Continuum Complete Image Restoration Unit
    Boris BCC Image Restoration Unit(Only $149.50, regularly $299)Download a Free TrialFilters:Dust and ScratchesNoise ReductionDV FixerOptical StabilizerFlicker FixerPixel FixerLens CorrectionMagic Sh…
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 7:15am -
  • Update: Adobe Photoshop 2014.2.1 is Now Available
    Photoshop CC 2014 update version 2014.2.1 (Mac and Windows), resolving the following issues:Fix for crash when copying contents of a layer mask and then switching to a different applicationFix for crash when opening a file with missing fon…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Oct 14, 1:47pm -
  • Update: Waves Audio Yosemite Compatibility
    Waves Audio has just announced that all Waves Native plugins V9 as well as the Waves License Center (WLC) are now fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.Please note: SoundGrid plugins and software applications are not yet supported by Mac…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:09pm -
  • Update: That Studio Indie Essentials
    High-quality, one-click effects you can use to enhance any Independent film, creating impressive practical visual effects in minutes.Indie Essentials can be used in any post production software, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Af…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 11:49am -
  • New: Telestream Announces ScreenFlow 5.0 Screen Recording and Editing Software
    Targeted at the new breed of content creators who are not video editors by trade, ScreenFlow 5.0 adds several new features including direct recording from iOS devices, enhanced ease of use, improved media management, and new publishing capabilities.…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 10:33am -
  • New: mamoworld Text2Spreadsheet
    Text2Spreadsheet exports the texts of your After Effects project to a spreadsheet where you can modify them easily with applications like Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers or Open Office. When you are done editing, you can apply the changes to your Afte…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 9:24am -
  • Review: Koji Products from CrumplePop and Dale Grahn
    "Crumplepop has teamed up with film industry veteran Dale Grahn to produce a range of cross-platform plugins that produce highly accurate 35mm film colour emulation. They are called Koji.When Final Cut Pro X was released, Crumplepop started pushi…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 2:46pm -
  • New: Macphun Software Now Available
    Macphun SoftwarePreview: TonalityTonality takes inspiration from the film and wet darkroom black and white photo effects and moves it smartly into the digital age. We’ve harnessed the best practices of monochrome image editing, added to…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:50pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Guardians of the Galaxy and MAXON Cinema 4D
    STELLAR VISUALS FOR GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY by Duncan Evans (Excerpt)"For a project as ambitious as Marvel’s 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' it required the efforts of half a dozen VFX companies to do the culture-spanning tale justice....Playing a v…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:25pm -
  • Ends Tonight: 50% Off Fracture FX - Advanced Destruction Tools for Maya
    Splintering in Fracture FX: Hurry - Offer Ends Soon! 50% Off Through October 22nd 2014Fracture FX is not just software, or a plug-in; it's a symbiosis of workflow, cutting-edge technology,  personalized customer care and a desire to sol…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:05pm -
  • Coming Soon: The Foundry NUKE 9 arriving in November!
    Did you miss the NUKE 9 live digital event on October 21st?  No worries.  You can watch it here.  (You will have to log in to your account with The Foundry.)Here's a few key points that were covered in the event.NUKE 9The team have work…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:02pm -
  • New: Chaos Group V-Ray for Maya 3.0 is here!
    V-Ray 3.0 for Maya is a full suite of physically-based lighting, shading and rendering tools tightly integrated into Autodesk Maya.This release focuses on artist productivity and delivers a powerful new set of features and improvements to speed u…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:28pm -
  • New: SUGARfx Smash!
    The Smash! ElementsThe Smash! elements are labeled according to the Broadcast industry naming standards. You will find Banners, Half Screens, Lower Third, Transitions and the Open or Main Title elements, ready to be used and customization-friendl…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 9:50am -
  • New: Newtek TriCaster Mini
    You don’t have to be a video expert, own a studio, lug any complicated equipment around, or use expensive professional cameras to make great content quickly and stream it live in minutes. With everyday camcorders and TriCaster Mini, anyone can make…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 2:46pm -
  • News: MOX File Format IndieGogo Campaign
    The team includes some well known people in our industry includingBrendan Bolles, Programmer at Fnord, creator of ProEXR, OpenEXR plug-insMatt Silverman, evangelist and Executive Creative Director at Swordfish, who created the great video…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 2:42pm -
  • News: Kevin McAuliffe on Avid Media Composer 8.2
    "Much like with most applications, you wait for the major updates (version 4, 5, etc) for new features to add to your editing toolkit.  Well, with the new Subscription Model of Media Composer, the world best editing application now gets new features…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 1:40pm -
  • Tutorial: Smoke vs. Fire in CINEMA 4D
    He also walks viewers through a dynamic lighting setup in CINEMA 4D, goes throgh color grading and talks about some benefits of the 32-bit workflow.Ben has the project files available on his website, Ben Watts Design.Want to try some soft…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 1:22pm -
  • Tutorial: Cyriak’s Halloween Costume
    This effect is very involved, with lots of rotoscoping, tracking and hand animation.  It's not for the feint of heart, but you will learn a ton.Be sure to check out the rest of the 30 days at their website, :…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:27pm -
  • Tutorial: Head replacement with mocha and Adobe After Effects
    Project Specialist Mary Poplin, from Imagineer Systems, takes you thru this fast-paced, advanced tutorial.  You need to be familiar with Adobe After Effects and mocha's planar tracking tools to follow along.Click here to view the original p…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:05pm -
  • Update: The Pixel Labs Designers Pack 2.0 is Now Available
    Included are bolts, cables, ropes, metal scraps, latches, hinges, fans, wheels, tubes, pipes, connectors, ladders, trusses and tons more.The models are made with Cinema 4D R12 and include textures.Learn More | Purchase Designers Pack 2.0…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 11:28am -
  • Tutorial: Halloween Themed tutorials for FCPX and Motion posted these seasonally appropriate tutorials as well as a MacBreak Studio tutorial on Locking Fonts in FCPX.  While I am more focused on the Halloween themed tutorials today, feel free to click here to go to the original post and view the o…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 9:17am -
  • Tutorial: Creating a Tornado with RealFlow and FumeFx
    PreviewTutorial:Using Next Limit RealFlow and SitniSati FumeFx for Autodesk 3ds Max you can create a twister of this very nature! Watch this tutorial to see how!Check out more tutorials and tips from BESO on Vimeo![via…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 9:17am -
  • Tutorial: Adobe After Effects Quick VFX - Blood Smear
    Messy gunshots stay clean when created in post.  But how do you make the blood smear down the wall after the actor has been "shot" and slides down?  Surface Studios has the answer in this quick After Effects tutorial.Click here to view the…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 8:07am -
  • Update: Xfrog 5.3 for MAXON Cinema 4D is now available.
    Xfrog 5.3 is a procedural organic 3D modeller that allows you to create and animate 3d trees, flowers, nature based special effects or architectural forms. Xfrog enables even the most casual user with the powerful ability to create and animate organi…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 6:20pm -

Toolfarm Inspirations

  • Midweek Motivation: Trapcode Mir Thing
    While working in the Mir beta ( Peder Norrby created this spiky, mesmerizing "thing."Check out the original Vimeo post here.Trapcode Mir v2 (beta 3) - very similar things can be created using M…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 2:46pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Guardians of the Galaxy and MAXON Cinema 4D
    STELLAR VISUALS FOR GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY by Duncan Evans (Excerpt)"For a project as ambitious as Marvel’s 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' it required the efforts of half a dozen VFX companies to do the culture-spanning tale justice....Playing…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:25pm -
  • Midweek Motivation:  Gone Girl & Adobe Creative Cloud Workflow
    The Post-Production team of Gone Girl used Adobe Creative Apps like After Effects and Premiere Pro to create a unique workflow allowing most of the editing, including vfx, to be done in house, greatly increasing their efficiency and collaboratio…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 8:55am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Control real-life stage lights through C4D
    Maxon Cinema 4D artist, Adam Heslop shows you how he uses a C4D plug-in bridge to control real-life stage lights!Learn More at
    - 15 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 10:37am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Ed by Chris Jones
    This is a work in progress, created by Chris Jones, working with Lightwave, Sculptris and Krita, composited with Davinci Resolve Lite.Check out more of Chris' work on his website, Chris JonesChris Jones has been…
    - 17 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 11:15am -
  • Midweek Motivation: X-Men Days of Future Past VFX Breakdown
    Digital Domain created some of the coolest vfx for the latest X-men movie, from Mystique's amazing, mid-fight transformation to the RFK Stadium liftoff and drop.  
    - 17 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 9:16am -
  • Tutorial: White Walker Eye Animation - Game of Thrones
    View PerfectFootage on Youtube for More Information
    - 18 days ago, 7 Oct 14, 9:25am -
  • Adobe Creative Cloud + Girl Skateboards Design Contest
    Adobe and Girl are looking for talented students to intern at Girl Studios, create their next line of boards, and develop the promo materials to make it big.Just tag your best work on Behance with #madethis and #girl to be considered. They ar…
    - 23 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 10:38am -
  • Midweek Motivations: American Horror Story Freak Show Title Sequence
    The title sequence was done by Prologue. The font used is Rennie Mackintosh after the Scotish designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. By comparison, here's Season 1-3: Murder House, Asylum and Coven, also from Prologue.
    - 23 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 6:35pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Transformers: Age of Extinction Dinobot VFX
    - 23 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 3:02pm -
  • Midweek Motivation The Bezier Game
    Trust us, this is fun. We are actually asking ourselves, "why hasnt something like this been introduced before!?" I actually intended on posting this about 20 minutes ago but I got wrapped up in some pen tool training. Click Here to Play the…
    - 23 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 2:40pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Making of COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey Visual Effects
    BUF, a VFX house with offices in Paris, Belgium, Montreal and LA, created 260 VFX shots with their proprietary software, for a total of over one hour of visual effect footage for the COSMOS series. Be sure to check out the productions notes for an…
    - 24 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 1:02pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Interview with Tim Clapham by Motionworks
    Originally posted September 25, 2014 by John DickinsonIn this interview John Dickinson, from Motionworks, talks with Tim Clapham, from helloluxx.  They discuss Tim's background, how and why Tim makes his tutorials, and his upcoming tutori…
    - 24 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 11:31am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Cornelius Dämmrich “Haze”
    - 30 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 3:13pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Waves by Chris Lavelle and Stephen Langmanis
    Chris Lavelle and Stephen Langmanis collaborated to create this imaginative, auricularly motivated video. The juxtaposition of simple and complex, harshness and beauty, creates a dreamlike feel that makes you wonder where it will take you next.…
    - 31 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 10:34am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Most Influential VFX Movies Compilation
    This compilation was created by Roger Serrabassa, a self-proclaimed digital compositor, moviegoer & ever-curious guy. Check out his Youtube channel here.  It took some work to bring all these together.  It's a great trip down memory lane for VFX…
    - 31 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 9:56am -
  • Burning Question: How Do I Get that Low Poly Look with MAXON CINEMA 4D?
    Table of contentsWhat is Low Poly, exactly?Low Poly ExamplesLow Poly TutorialsLow Poly Theory in CINEMA 4DGetting A Low Poly Look In CINEMA 4DLow Poly Paper Tree &…
    - 37 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 6:04pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: VFX Showreel 2014 - Droid Destruction breakdown
    This awesome step by step breakdown was originally posted by Greg Massie.   Greg states "this work was done at Image Engine in summer 2012 for 3 months. I was responsible for destruction of the droid geometry, as well as overall looking after…
    - 38 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 11:36am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Houdini Demo Reel 2014
    "Side Effects Software is proud to release the 2014 Demo Reel featuring the work of Houdini customers worldwide. From "How to Train a Dragon 2" by DreamWorks Animation to "Killzone: Shadowfall" by Guerrilla Games, the shots in this reel are a sm…
    - 38 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 10:16am -
  • Midweek Motivation: The Foundry’s 2014 Showreel
    Get Motivated! View More Videos Here
    - 38 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 9:47am -
  • Inspirations: A Conversation with Andrew McMurry, Andrew M Films
    A couple of weeks ago someone on Facebook shared Toy Wars, which I thought was so clever and fun. It really reminded me of Action Movie Kid from Daniel Hashimoto, a Dreamworks animator and cool dad, who been doing an ongoing series of special ef…
    - 39 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:45pm -
  • Midweek Motivations: Weta Workshop Concept Art
    Weta Workshop is responsible for some of the greatest designs and effects in film. You've certainly seen their work in the recent Hercules, Superman, Robin Hood, Tintin and modern classics like Avatar, District 9 and Black Sheep (an Australian film…
    - 44 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 9:10pm -
  • In Depth: The Morph –  Elastic Reality, Old School Examples, Plug-ins
    It was probably 1996 and I was working at Postworks. I needed to create a 2 second morph between two faces using Elastic Reality. Remember Elastic Reality? I remember that it took 26 hours to render?! Anyway, here are a few prime examples of mor…
    - 44 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 6:43pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: BUF VFX
    BIRD PEOPLE Visual Effects Making OfDirector: Pascale FerranProduction: Archipel 35 – 2014Number of VFX shots: 425 shotsSupervisor : Geoffrey NiquetProducer : Marguerite Moreau de LizoreuxEditor: Charles LabrietMusic: The Surfme…
    - 45 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 12:44pm -
  • Midweek Motivation: Making of Cosmos - Behind the scenes at Tippet Studios
    Cory Rosen, VP of Creative Marketing at Tippet Studios discusses how The Foundry's MODO Katana MARI and Nuke greatly sped up their workflow.  Ben Von Zastrow, CG Supervisor mentions how important MODO's speed was on creating "the ship of the imag…
    - 45 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 10:58am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Urban Isolation - Russell Houghten
    Without intent, a work of art is meaningless. The artist statement serves to show that the artist is conscious of their intentions, aware of their practice and its position within art parameters, and of the discourse surrounding it. Who, what, w…
    - 45 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 10:43am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Dr. Who
    Milk Creates Half-Face Man for New ‘Doctor Who’ SeriesThe "half-face man" is the principle bad guy in the first episode of season 8 of Dr. Who.  This part-man, part-machine creation was brought to life by Milk VFX, a BAFTA Award-winning…
    - 45 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 10:38am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Hanabusa Nobuyuki
    Enra "Torque Starter"Director : Nobuyuki Hanabusa , Yusaku MochizukiPerformer :Yusaku MochizukiAnimator : Minoru Kusakabe , Nobuyuki HanabusaEnra "Primative" Director : Nobuyuki HanabusaPerformers : Tachun , Tsuyoshi Kaseda ,S…
    - 45 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 9:52am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Nightingale and Canary
    In this animated short, Andy Thomas visualizes two recorded bird sounds from the archives of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision [] in Hilversum.On his site,, Andy states he used "simple geomet…
    - 52 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 11:20am -
  • Midweek Motivation: Nissan Juke Treadmill campaign
    Mikros Image managed the entire post-production of the film: integrating the design of the dashboard, matte paintings of the town, and the scenery changes as the car rolls down the gigantic treadmill.  Watch the commercial and then check out the V…
    - 52 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 10:50am -

AE Freemart

  • 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…
    - 87 days ago, 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…
    - 91 days ago, 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 for details.
    - 92 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:20pm -
  • Tutorial: Split Personality – Hemlock Grove
    Mikey Borup, who will be presenting at the 2014 After Effects World Conference in Seattle, shows a nightmarish mind trip of an effect showing a person splitting in two. The effect is based on an effect seen on Netflix’s Hemlock Grove. Fun stuff and…
    - 92 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 7:37pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -