VideoCopilot Element 3D By Ko Maruyama It's been about 2 years since VideoCopilot introduced the Element 3D plugin for After Effects. Now, Version 2 is out, delivering more control over the ability to integrate 3D models, textures, lights, and animation using many of the Adobe After Effects controls that you're already familiar with. ...Read More »
Digital Juice: Pilot Pro By Ko Maruyama Digital Juice has been around as a company for nearly two decades, serving up stock footage for editors of all kinds. In the early days, Digital Juice delivered physical media to members. These days, the company is expanding the way it does business, so you can expand your business. A new PILOT SUBSCRIPTION program is going to help you get the most out of your Digital Juice experience. ...Read More »
The Foundry's Mischief By Ko Maruyama Here's my 4 minute review after a first look at the software. Seriously - in 2 minutes, you'll be comfortable with the software. Why? Because it just does one thing - sketching. This is what it was meant to do. And it is RIDICULOUSLY FAST. ...Read More »
Some SSD questions answered By Ko Maruyama As we update our studio Macs to Yosemite and better SSD drives, the community of Mac users have been talking about what to do, not to do, upgrading, and general confusion - especially when it comes to looking at SSDs. I had a chance to ask Larry O'Connor to dispel some of the myths surrounding SSDs for our creative workstations. ...Read More »
NOTA Effectors By Ko Maruyama As a motion graphics artist - most of the time you're going to be moving the clones you generate with the CINEMA4D Cloner Object. NOTA Effector is going to make that much easier. NOTA Effector being a standard Module can be used with all Mograph tools as PolyFX, Fracture, Cloner and similar. ...Read More »
VYV Delivers Immersive Video Projections that Entertain Live Audiences Worldwide What do Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, the Eagles, Shakira, and Cirque du Soleil have in common? All have amazed audiences with live shows incorporating dazzling, out-of-this-world video projections made possible by an elite 3D interactive video projection company based in Canada. Spectators stunned by the creativity, artistry, and impact of the projections can thank VYV and its Photon interactive media server, the most powerful real-time video control system available. Powered by high-end NVIDIA(r) Quadro(r) GPUs, Photon systems deliver the accuracy, reliability, and flexibility required for VYV's elaborate multi-projector productions. ...Read More »
Assimilate at IBC 2014 By Ko Maruyama Finally a pro player that works on both Mac and PC equally well. If you want to go ad-free (and you should), it's only a $5US purchase ...Read More »
Vectoraster by LostMinds By Ko Maruyama Vectorizer for the Mac (and iOS) allows you to create fantastic shape based translations of raster artwork or photography with just a few clicks. The great part about this new software is that it is really easy to use. Like any good design software, it?s full of options that will allow you to create unique pieces, even when you?re starting from presets. ...Read More »
Quick Sketching with Ron Husband By Ko Maruyama The first thing you should know about this book is that Ron Husband is not only a great teacher but an amazing animator who has worked on several movies, including Beauty and the Beast, The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, The great Mouse Detective, The little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King and others you might share on your favorites list too. ...Read More »
Monsters run Rampant By Ko Maruyama Rampant Design Tools have created a series of images for post production FX in the past. Their newest offering is just in time for the Halloween holiday. MonsterFX Undead provides a series of images that you can use in post for video or still photography. ...Read More »
The Complete Guide to Creating Photoshop Filters By Dave Nagel I realized some time ago that it's simply too difficult for new readers of our publications to go hunting through the tutorials archives here to find all of the parts to our Filter Factory tutorial series. To date there have been six parts--two specific tutorials on generating 3D effects, one on customizing the interface of completed filters and three general pieces on working with the Filter Factory's expressions, functions and operators to generate effects. To this we now add our seventh and final part and conclude the series. ...Read More »
Pogo Connect By Ko Maruyama The Pogo Connect is the first stylus that allows its user to use pressure sensitivity with a touch screen device. Previously code-named Blue Tiger, the pen promises to change the way artists interact with their portable devices. ...Read More »
Adobe CS6 Release Delivers Major Innovations for Design, Web and Video Pros Powerful new releases of 14 CS6 applications and four Creative Suites - Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection - drive home Adobe's continued innovation across creative markets. A new subscription-based offering, Adobe Creative Cloud, will provide users with the ability to download and install every Adobe CS6 application* announced. ...Read More »
The Other House's 360-Degree Visual Effects Elicit Screams at 77 Shadow Street Interactive Website The Other House, a new boutique commercial production house, produced 360 degree video content for a unique, interactive Web experience allowing a visitor to virtually explore the infamous Pendleton Building --the ominous setting of the new Dean Koontz novel, 77 Shadow Street ( www.77ShadowStreet.com. The Website is a 360 degree immersive experience of the Pendleton apartment building and features a series of maps a viewer employs to explore 25 locations spread across multiple apartments of characters at the Pendleton, with more than 100 special effects and details produced by the Other House. ...Read More »
Adobe Photoshop Touch By Ko Maruyama Adobe recently released a set of tablet applications dubbed their Touch Apps. The applications allow you to design on the go, taking your tablet and your creativity anywhere you want. The workflow presented is actually two-fold. The first is on the mobile device, allowing you to rough out concepts on your tablet, then refine and finish your work on a desktop machine. ...Read More »
Updated: 300+ Free After Effects Tutorials Mega List After Effects has always been a popular topic for our writers and editors. We thought it would be helpful to list - with direct links to them on our After Effects Channel - the more than 300 different After Effects tutorials we have so far. In this list are After Effects training videos, After Effects hands on tutorials and techniques, and lots of After Effects Quick Tips. All professional quality, and all free! Enjoy! ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces SCRATCH Product Family on Mac OS X NAB 2011: ASSIMILATE (www.assimilateinc.com), the leading provider of powerful post-production tools for digital workflows, announced today that is bringing its next generation of SCRATCH high-performance, data-centric, dailies and DI products to Mac OS(r) X. ...Read More »
The workstation market continues to experience healthy growth, hitting new high in the fourth quarter of 2010 By Alex Herrera, Senior Analyst for Jon Peddie Research The fourth quarter of 2010 saw the workstation market take a noteworthy step forward in its journey back from recessionary lows, setting a new high water mark for quarterly unit volume. Worldwide, the industry shipped 903.7 thousand workstations, representing a solid - yet still moderate - 6.4% sequential gain. Continued tempered growth should bode well for the workstation market. ...Read More »
Adobe CS5 and NVIDIA Quadro FX by PNY - What is your time worth? By Tim Kolb I've been a professional graphics card user for a number of years now and have used 5 or 6 different models from the NVIDIA Quadro by PNY product line. Currently I am using two dual-head cards in one workstation, lighting up four displays. I've become absolutely addicted to the speed of visual feedback I get while working on a system with a Quadro card installed...but Adobe CS5's use of the GPU for edit effects preview changes everything. ...Read More »
Adobe After Effects CS4 Essential Training: Reading Timecode By Chad Perkins In this clip, host Chad Perkins details how to read and understand timecode. He shows the display of timecode and shows how to read the timecode, from left to right, hours, minutes, seconds, and frames. He shows how to advance in time as well, how to scrub the time display right or left, and how to go to a specific frame. ...Read More »
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