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Free Christmas Toolkit for Video Editors | Rocketstock

These video editing assets are perfect for video editors working on Christmas projects.

Download Christmas Toolkit from Rocketstock

Included in this free Christmas toolkit for video editors are a series of video editing assets that can help you on your next Christmas project.

The Free Christmas Toolkit includes:

Snow Elements (10)

The pack includes ten pre-rendered snow elements that can easily be dropped into any video editing application. To use the snow elements, all you have to do is place them in the timeline above your footage and set your blending mode to ‘Screen.’ It’s a fast and easy way to quickly add snow to your scene. If you need the snow to be longer in duration, simply add a cross dissolve between two clips.

‘Frost by Rocketstock’ Preset/Tool

Frost by RocketStock is a custom preset/tool for After Effects that adds frost to your footage via two custom sliders. Using the effect, you can easily change the frost level and random seed of the frost. For more information on how to use and install the preset, check out the step-by-step instructions below.

Christmas Badges (3)

There are three white christmas badges included in the download that can be easily dropped into your video project. There are three different badges: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Seasons Greetings. Just like the snow overlays, you can key out the black backgrounds by simply changing your transfer mode to screen.

Christmas Backgrounds (2)

There are two different Christmas backgrounds included in the download. The backgrounds are simple and designed for users to drag and drop text, icons, images, and footage on top.

Christmas Icons (5)

The pack also includes five pre-keyed Christmas icons that can easily be dropped over your footage. The icons are organic and fun, perfect for light-hearted Christmas projects.

Christmas Sound Effects (5)

PremiumBeat teamed up with Rocketstock to supply five free Christmas Sound Effects in the pack. The five sound effects are great for adding a little Christmas magic to your projects.

Download Christmas Toolkit from Rocketstock

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After Effects

Toolfarm Introduces RenderGarden Plug-in for Dramatically Faster Rendering in Adobe After Effects

Essential plug-in for Adobe After Effects CC accelerates render speed by as much as 3X

San Francisco, CA – November 28, 2017 – Toolfarm, a leading global distributor and reseller of video, VFX, 3D, and motion graphics software applications and plug-ins, announced today the release and immediate availability of the new RenderGarden plug-in for Adobe® After Effects® CC (Mac and Windows), developed by Mekajiki. Accelerating render speeds by as much as 3X, RenderGarden leverages existing system hardware processing power to improve the speed of motion graphics and visual effects workflows.

WATCH NOW: RenderGarden for After Effects

RenderGarden can increase render speeds by up to 300% on a single computer by taking advantage of multi-processing in After Effects. In addition to single system optimization, RenderGarden features unlimited render nodes for leveraging the processing power of multiple systems across a single network. This is ideal to render large QuickTime movies, AVI movies, and image sequences at warp speed. RenderGarden works in the background, allowing After Effects users to continue working without interruptions. RenderGarden also provides automated post-render transcoding to MP4 and QuickTime movies.

“RenderGarden was born from a recent multi-user After Effects project at Swordfish, our sister company that does design and production. The team was working off-site in 6K and did not have access to our internal render farm. With the large file sizes, we quickly hit a bottleneck,” said Matt Silverman, CEO at Mekajiki. “Setting up a render farm was not quick or in the budget. Our team repurposed some custom code we wrote for our render set up. The result was a simplified distributed rendering tool for After Effects. After putting it through the paces, we have fine-tuned RenderGarden into a formidable workhorse and we’re excited to share it with the rest of the After Effects community via Toolfarm!”

“We are thrilled to announce the launch and distribution of RenderGarden,” said Jason Sharp, president, Toolfarm, Inc. “At Toolfarm, we’re always looking for tools that help increase the productivity of motion graphics artists. RenderGarden will become an essential tool for After Effects artists on every project.”

RenderGarden is available immediately from Toolfarm at an MSRP of $99 USD. To purchase, or for more information, please visit https://www.toolfarm.com/buy/rendergarden.

About Toolfarm

Founded in 1999, San Francisco based Toolfarm is the world’s largest reseller of motion graphics, visual effects and 3D plug-ins for the global creative community. Recognized for reliable distribution, high-quality customer service, community and training, Toolfarm is THE place for creative professionals to learn about and shop for all video related plug-ins.

About Mekajiki

Our team of filmmakers, designers, animators, and technologists live to design memorable pictures in motion. While working on commercial productions at our sister company Swordfish, we found missing pieces in our pipeline and have been creating a suite of in-house tools to solve these problems. Now we’re bringing these tools to market through Mekajiki.

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After Effects

Freebie: Get a Free 30-Day Rental License of Boris Continuum 11 for a Limited Time

Continuum 11 features range from Image Restoration, to Extruded Text, titling and 3D Objects, to Chromakey and Compositing, Particles, and Image Stabilization.  Continuum really is “The Swiss Army Knife of Plug-ins”.  Get a free 30-day rental license from us and really take some time to kick the tires!

Continuum serves NLE editors and Compositors alike with the newly integrated Masking and Planar Tracking Pixel Chooser powered by Academy Award-winning Mocha technology.

Learn more about Continuum 11

Please fill out this form to obtain your free license!

Limit 1 per customer.  If you are installing Continuum on computers for multiple organizations or locations, please obtain a free license for each organization or location with a different email, so that each organization or location has its own serial number.

Supported Hosts for this offer:

  • Adobe After Effects & Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5-CC 2018
  • Avid Media Composer 6-8, Avid Symphony 6-8, Avid Newscutter 9-10

Continuum 11 – Primatte Studio

Continuum 11: Intro to the VR Unit

Intro for Avid

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After Effects

Bodymovin Extension for AE Updated to v4.12.0

If you’re exporting Adobe After Effects animations to the web and you’re creating GIFs in Photoshop with a frame animation, you’ll know what a total pain it is. There’s a better way! Bodymovin is a must have tool, plus, it’s FREE! Bodymovin v4.12.0 was created by Hernan Torrisi and is an extension for After Effects that lets you export your animations to the web as HTML5, SVG, or JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), or natively on Android and iOS through Lottie. It’s now available with new shape expressions.

Lottie is a new open-source animation tool by Airbnb of all companies! “Lottie is an iOS, Android, and React Native library that renders After Effects animations in real time, allowing apps to use animations as easily as they use static images.”

It supports Ourboros. Ourboros is an After Effects script developed by Sander van Dijk and Remco Janssen and allows users to create multiple strokes on one path in After Effects.

Download

There are a couple of ways that you can get Bodymovin.

  1. Adobe Add-ons – the fastest and easiest method of procuring Bodymovin
  2. GitHub

After you install it, you will find it in After Effects at Windows > Extensions > Bodymovin.

Tutorial

These tutorial is a year old so it doesn’t include the new features, but Matt Wilson will give you a nice introduction on what it does and how it works.

How to use BodyMovin to export animations for web To SVG, JSON, HTML

More tutorials

Since most of you are animators and not necessarily web programmers, here are some pages that may help you to learn the plug-ins.

Using After Effects plug-in ‘Bodymovin’ for Airbnb ‘Lottie’

A Guide to SVG Animations

HTML 5 Introduction from W3 Schools

JSON Introduction from W3 Schools

Some Inspiration

See some examples at Lottie Files

30 Awesome SVG Animations

Other ways to put Animation on the Web

Remember Flash? It has been rebranded as Adobe Animate CC and it allows you to create cartoons or other types of animation for the web and export as “HTML5 Canvas, Flash Player & Air, WebGL, or custom platforms such as Snap SVG”. Adobe Animate CC is part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

Animating a Logo: Adobe Animate & Adobe After Effects

The ULTIMATE Guide to ADOBE ANIMATE CC Tutorial