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The 2019 Toolfarm Top 10 Results are In! #TFTop10

Thank you to everyone who voted in our 2019 Toolfarm Top 10. We really appreciate your participation. The votes are counted and results are tallied. These are the tools that Toolfarm customers voted for in our Toolfarm Top 10. There were definitely a few surprises this year!

Big winners this year include Adobe, Boris FX, Red Giant Software, Blackmagic Design, Maxon, Mettle, iZotope, and others. Congratulations to all of the winners.

The Toolfarm Top 10 featured image credit: Jason Leung @ninjason


Favorite Roto & Tracking Tool

In the final analysis, the winner is Boris Mocha Pro. Congratulations to Boris FX for taking 1st and third in this category!

Winner: Boris Mocha Pro

Boris Mocha Pro
The Academy Award-winning planar tracking toolsetMocha is the world’s most recognized and powerful planar tracking tool for VFX and post-production. In fact, Mocha Pro features GPU-accelerated tracking and object removal, advanced masking with edge-snapping, stabilization, lens calibration, 3D camera solver, stereo 360/VR support, and more.

Runners up

2 Adobe After Effects

3 Boris FX Silhouette


Favorite 3D Modeling, Painting, or Sculpting Tool

Maxon Cinema 4D won by a landslide this year, notably, taking over 50% of the votes in this category. Congratulations to Maxon!

Winner: Maxon Cinema 4D

Maxon Cinema 4D
3D for the Whole World

Easy to learn and extremely powerful: Cinema 4D is the perfect package for all 3D artists who want to achieve breathtaking results fast and hassle-free. Beginners and seasoned professionals alike can take advantage of Cinema 4D’s wide range of tools and features to quickly achieve stunning results.

Cinema 4D’s legendary reliability also makes it the perfect application for demanding, fast-paced 3D production, and a range of attractively priced software packages is available to fit any artist’s needs.

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Runners up:

2 Blender

3 Autodesk 3ds Max


Favorite Non-Linear Editor

Adobe Premiere Pro, surprisingly bringing in almost 60% of the votes in the Non-Linear Editor category. Another congrats to Adobe!

Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe
Bring your next big thing to screens everywhere.

Turn raw footage into flawless productions with Premiere Pro CC, the industry-leading video editing software. Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned pro, you can edit, adjust color, refine audio, and more — all in one seamless, integrated workflow.

Adobe Premiere Pro

Runners up:

2 Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio

3 Avid Media Composer


Favorite Audio Plugin Developer

To point out, another landslide! This time from iZotope. Congratulations to iZotope, indeed!

Winner: iZotope

izotope
iZotope develops professional audio software for audio recording, mixing, broadcast, sound design, and mastering which can be used in a wide range of Digital Audio Workstation programs.

In fact, iZotope is known for its RX product line, as well as Ozone, Nectar, Neutron, VocalSynth, and more.

Izotope

Runners up:

2 Avid

3 SoundToys


Favorite Chroma Keying Tools

Adobe After Effects and, namely, the Keylight plugin that ships with it, won this year’s favorite chroma-keying tool. Again, a big congrats to Adobe.

Winner: Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects in 2019 Toolfarm Top 10g
There’s nothing you can’t create with After Effects.

Create cinematic movie titles, intros, and transitions. Remove an object from a clip. Start a fire or make it rain. Animate a logo or character. With After Effects, the industry-standard motion graphics and visual effects software, you can take any idea and make it move.

Adobe After Effects

Runners Up

2 Boris Continuum Primatte Studio

3 Red Giant VFX Primatte Keyer


Favorite 3D Renderer

Redshift was the darling of this year’s 2019 Toolfarm Top 10, in effect, taking a large chunk of the vote. It also faired very well in the 2018 Toolfarm Top 10.

Winner: Redshift

Redshift in 2019 Toolfarm Top 10
Significantly, Redshift is the world’s first fully GPU-accelerated, biased renderer.

Indeed, Redshift is a powerful GPU-accelerated renderer, built to meet the specific demands of contemporary high-end production rendering. Tailored to support creative individuals and studios of every size, Redshift offers a suite of powerful features and integrates with industry-standard CG applications.

Redshift

Runners up:

2 Chaos Group V-Ray Next

3 (tie) Autodesk Arnold Render & Octane Render


Favorite Video or Audio Plug-in Bundle

This year it was a tie between Adobe Creative Cloud and Boris Sapphire for the favorite bundle. In the light of tie, we’re featuring both products below.

In the 2019 Toolfarm Top 10, the bundle category was a huge race with so many entries that it was tough to count. As a result, there were so many products with just a few votes that our later places were full of ties!

Winner (tie): Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud in 2019 Toolfarm Top 10
Creativity for all.

Adobe Creative Cloud gives you the world’s best creative apps and services so you can make anything you can imagine, wherever you’re inspired.

Creative Cloud is a collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX and more. Now you can take your ideas to new places with Photoshop on the iPad, draw and paint with Fresco, and design for 3D and AR. Join our global creative community — and make something better together.

Winner (tie): Boris Sapphire

Boris Sapphire in 2019 Toolfarm Top 10
Sapphire is the most in-demand, unequaled, work-horse plug-in suite for visual effects. 

Sapphire plug-ins let you create stunning organic looks unmatched by any host native effect tools. Key features include over 270 effects and 3000+ presets, a powerful Effect and Transition Builder, and integrated tracking and masking with the Academy Award-winning Mocha. Sapphire’s superior image quality, control, and render speed offer massive time-savings — allowing creatives to focus on what matters most, delivering an impact that keeps audiences coming back.

Runners up:

2 (tie) Boris Continuum, Red Giant Complete, Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite

3 Red Giant VFX Suite


Favorite AR/VR/360° Tool

Mettle Mantra took a large chunk of the votes this year in the AR/VR/360° category in the 2019 Toolfarm Top 10. Congratulations to Mettle on the big win!

Winner: Mettle Mantra

Mettle Mantra in 2019 Toolfarm Top 10AR Content Creation Tools and 360/VR VFX for After Effects + Premiere Pro.

Supports 360° Mono/Stereo and Rectilinear (flat) formats.

Mettle Mantra

Runners up:

2 Boris Mocha Pro

3 Adobe Creative Cloud


Favorite Color Grading Tool

Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Studio won, furthermore, by a complete landslide this year. Congratulations, again, to Blackmagic Design!

Winner: Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio in 2019 Toolfarm Top 10
Revolutionary tools for editing, visual effects, motion graphics, color correction, and audio post-production, all in a single application. 

DaVinci Resolve 16 is the world’s only solution that combines professional 8K editing, color correction, visual effects, and audio post-production all in one software tool! Additionally, you can instantly move between editing, color, effects, and audio with a single click.

Runners up:

2 Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite

3 Adobe Premiere Pro


Particle or Fluid Generating VFX Tool

Red Giant Trapcode Particular has always been a Toolfarm customer favorite, and we knew it would do well this year. With this in mind, Particular took the most votes in the 2019 Toolfarm Top 10 once again! Congrats to Red Giant!

Winner: Red Giant Trapcode Particular

Red Giant Trapcode Particular
Create organic 3D particle effects, complex motion graphics elements and more. 

Trapcode Particular is the definitive plug-in for creating organic particle effects in Adobe After Effects, complete with depth and realistic shading, and full 3D rotation. Whether you are creating motion graphics, or realistic visual effects like fire and smoke, Particular’s complex physics engine allows users to custom define air resistance, bounce, and turbulence to customize each particle. With GPU-acceleration and the 300+ presets, Trapcode Particular will have you turning out stunning, dynamic particle effects in minutes.

Trapcode Particular

Runners up:

2 (tie) Insydium X-Particles & SideFX Houdini

3 Boris Continuum Particle Illusion

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Win Tickets to the 2019 MediaMotion Ball in Las Vegas! #NABShow #MMB

If you’re heading to NAB this year and have not already secured your tickets to the MediaMotion Ball, now is your chance!

Toolfarm is proud to be giving away tickets to the 22nd annual MediaMotion Ball, the premier event for motion graphics and video editors. Please fill out the form linked below to enter the drawing. Two winners will be chosen at random on April 5th, 2019 for a ticket to the event.

The MediaMotion Ball is April 8, 2019, and will be held at at the SLS Las Vegas Hotel – 2535 Las Vegas BLVD. South. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Dinner from approx 7:00 pm. The event finishes at about 9:45 pm.

We are giving away prizes to two random winners. Each winner will receive one ticket to the event, a $110 value. The event includes photos on the red carpet, an entry into the MediaMotion Ball raffle, and a wonderful dinner with wine and desserts.

Learn more about the MediaMotion Ball.

Please, enter the contest ONLY if you will be in Las Vegas and can attend the event. 

ENTRIES DUE: Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 5 pm.
PRIZES AWARDED: Friday, April 5, 2019

One entry per person. No purchase necessary. Must be 21 years old to enter. We will email and/or call the winner with details on how to collect their prize.

Enter to Win! 


NAB Show 2019: The Official Toolfarm Guide #NABShow #NAB2019

Here’s your definitive guide to post-production events and NAB Survival info for NAB 2019! Plan your trip to maximize your time so you don’t miss the presentations and events that you really want to attend.

NAB Show Official Toolfarm Guide

Going to NAB for the first time?

A couple of years ago, we put together a fun survival video for attendees. It’s as relevant this year as it was for last!

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Announcing the 20th Anniversary MediaMotion Ball during NAB 2017

NAB 2017: The Official Toolfarm Guide

Learn all about the upcoming NAB event! We cover everything from the Expo and exhibitors, to after-hours events, and survival!

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Las Vegas, Nevada, March 6, 2017 – Put aside Monday evening, April 24th, 2017 from 5:30 pm for what will be another fantastic MediaMotion Ball! This is the 20th anniversary of this great user event. The MediaMotion Ball will be held at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas strip. The MediaMotion Ball is hosted by the International Media Users Group, an all-volunteer community of video and design professionals, which interacts every day, but one day per year hosts this annual celebration. All are welcome.

This April 22-27, the television, radio, and video production industries will gather in Las Vegas for NAB Show, the largest trade show affecting our industry. The best and the brightest of the production community will be gathering at the MediaMotion Ball. Many returning attendees tell us the number one reason they come to NAB is to attend the MediaMotion Ball!

Sign-ups and advance ticket purchase are NOW OPEN online at our website

This year will, of course, have great prizes, a fantastic meal, live music and the biggest draw: camaraderie with your peers from this great community!

MediaMotion Ball is returning to the Monte Carlo for 2017. The event will feature our gourmet full-meal dinner buffet  Tickets are just $55 (subsidized) by advance purchase only. Sellout Warning: This being our extra special 20th-anniversary event we expect sell-out is quite likely. Purchase your tickets as soon as possible.  The MediaMotion Ball is a first class dinner event, and our reduced $55 ticket price is only possible thanks to the generous subsidy support of our sponsors, and the tireless efforts of our volunteer crew that puts this venerable user event on each year.

The IMUG would like to welcome Frame.io, who are debuting this year as the 2017 Platinum sponsor of the MediaMotion Ball! Toolfarm is also sponsoring once again.

“Frame.io is dedicated to removing obstacles in the creative process so that video creators can do what they do best. Our tools make the review process quick and easy, instead of slow and frustrating” said Frame.io CEO Emery Wells. “We aim to empower the creative community, however we can, and supporting the 20th anniversary of MediaMotion Ball is a fantastic way to do that.”

Brian Maffitt, Keynote Speaker at the MediaMotion Ball

We are very excited to announce our 2017 keynote speaker, who happens to be a founding member of the community: Brian Maffitt!

Brian Maffitt is still trying to figure out what to do when he grows up. Meanwhile, he has founded a few companies, designed software that was acquired by Adobe and rolled into After Effects, acted on Broadway, taught countless people how to use creative software, produced a few thousand hours of video content, and been an intermittently-famous art photographer. His next project will probably involve designing more software, or something with VR, or perhaps eating ice cream and playing video games.

“Brian taught me After Effects!”  exclaimed Carey Dissmore, IMUG Founder “ I am tremendously excited to welcome Brian Maffitt to present our keynote this year. For decades he has been a presence on our Media-Motion list communities, managing to offer everything from sage advice to a well-timed bit of wit and whimsy. He is an inspiration to us all”

Of course, our generous sponsors are providing us with stacks of prizes to give away…Stand by for prize announcements to flow thick and fast. As they are announced, they will also be updated on the website. We’ve got a great lineup of sponsors shaping up this year from new and long-term MMB sponsors such as Maxon, Red Giant, Video Copilot, Flanders Scientific, Pond5, and much more.

Never been to the MediaMotion Ball event?

Then this is THE year. Experience what previous attendees have raved about for so long. Been before? then you know what to expect and enjoy! Truly, this is the highlight of NAB week for most in this community.

The MediaMotion Ball attracts attendees from countries all over the world: Sweden, The United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, India, Philippines, Singapore, The Netherlands and of course the USA. In addition to all of the attendees from the great Media-Motion lists like the IMUG and AE lists, we and numerous other online forums and Social Media.

Get Tickets to the MediaMotion Ball

Register and purchase tickets at the MediaMotion Ball website.

Come one, come all…to the MediaMotion Ball!

 

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Light your way to success with the Cinema4D Lighting Tool. This tool is firmly placed at the front of my workflow now. Learn to light quickly and efficiently in this quick tutorial. Enjoy!” – Joren Kandel | The Pixel Lab

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Sale: MAXON 30% Off Flash Sale

Sale: MAXON 30% Off Flash Sale

This Thursday, May 12, 2016, for 24 hours only, MAXON will be offering 30% off all licenses and upgrades!

MAXON is turning 30, and to celebrate, ALL MAXON licenses and upgrades* are 30% OFF for 24 hours only, Thursday, May 12, 2016.

Whether you’re new to Cinema 4D or BodyPaint 3D, want to upgrade or simply purchase an additional license, this is your chance!

Try Cinema 4D &/or BodyPaint 3D for free.  (Look under MAXON Cinema 4D Plug-ins)

*Excludes the MAXON Service Agreement (MSA), which can be purchased at its regular price.

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