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Tutorial: Create Balloons Using Cloth Dynamics from eyedesyn + GSG Sales Info

EJ Hassenfratz explains how to create fun mylar balloons with the cloth engine and vertex maps in Cinema 4D.

Sale: Upcoming Greyscalegorilla 24 Hour Spring Sale – Save 25% On All GSG Products – May 23, 2017 – Make more than Mylar Balloons!

Don’t miss out! Greyscalegorilla is having a 24 hour sale tomorrow at Toolfarm, May 23, 2017, where you can save 25% on everything GSG!

Greyscalegorilla 24 hour sale

This is the perfect time to get the software you or your team needs.

Save on GSG’s most popular products

gsg complete suiteGreyscalegorilla Complete Suite: $562
Regular Price $749

Everything Bundle! All the tools you need to make great renders, quickly!  Includes Transform, Light Kit Pro, HDRI Studio Rig, Signal, City Kit, Texture Kit Pro, Topcoat & the new HDRI Link.

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gsg hdri link suiteHDRI Link Suite: $171
Regular Price $229

Get HDRI Link and ALL GSG HDRI Expansion Packs for ONE LOW PRICE.  This Suite includes the HDRI Link plugin plus all of GSG’s current HDRI Expansion Packs.

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gsg hdri studio rigHDRI Studio Rig: $97
Regular Price $129

Professionally Lit Renders And Animations in Cinema 4D.  Over 70 HDRI maps and tools to quickly turn your models or scenes into perfect HDR renders.

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gsg texture kitTexture Kit Pro: $74
Regular Price $99

Essential Custom Materials for Cinema 4D.  Hundreds of custom materials from Cinema 4D artists packed into an easy to use library for your projects.

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Save On Greyscalegorilla Suites Too

GSG’s Motion Suite, Rendering Suite, and GSG Complete Suites are already discounted every day. But even THOSE are going on sale. That means you can get all of Greyscalegorilla’s software for $562!!! If you purchased it separately, it would be over $1300.

If you render with the Physical renderer in C4D, check out the C4D Rendering Suite and get it for $356 instead of $475.

This sale starts at 7am PDT Tuesday May 23 and ends at 7am PDT Wednesday May 24, 2017.

 

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After Effects CINEMA 4D Editing Featured

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!

Free Webinars Calendar

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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After Effects CINEMA 4D FCP X Plug-ins Premiere Pro

2016 Toolfarm Top 10 Awards – Vote and Enter to Win Prizes! Ends 12/30/16

What’s the Top 10?

Get your votes in for the Top 10 before the survey closes on December 30th! Enter to win a GoPro, a $100 Toolfarm Store Coupon, or a copy of Green Screen Made Easy, 2nd Edition!

Every year we ask you, the users, to vote in the Toolfarm Top 10 Awards to rate your favorite products! It’s that time again where we’re encouraging you to get involved and let us know what you think! Our big survey featuring the top-selling plug-ins to determine the Top 10 favorites for each category. It started out with just Adobe After Effects, which has plenty of delightful plug-ins, and it now includes Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro X, Maxon Cinema 4D, and OFX (which doesn’t have a lot of plug-ins but the platform is growing each year).

So, give your favorite products some love!

Why Vote?

Because every vote counts! The results are a good way to see what your peers in the community are using. Not only that but once you vote you are registered to win one of three great prizes! This year’s prizes are as follows:

  1. First prize – 2 people will each receive a GoPro Hero5 Black, $399.00 Value!
  2. Second prize– 3 people will each receive a $100 Coupon to the Toolfarm Store, Obvious Value! 
  3. Third prize – 5 people will each receive a copy of Green Screen Made Easy: Keying and Compositing Techniques for Indie Filmmakers 2nd Edition by Jeremy Hanke and Michele Yamazaki Terpstra

>>>> Take the Toolfarm Customer Survey Now! <<<<

Survey closes Friday, December 30th, 2016.


Have a Look at Last Year’s Results

These are the top products of 2015 as voted by our After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, CINEMA 4D, Avid Media Composer, and OFX Users!  We had several ties this year, so we are listing the top products for each host.

Adobe After Effects Top 10 – 2015

1. Trapcode Particular

Trapcode Particular is the industry standard for particle system creation in Adobe After Effects. It’s realistic shading allows spotlights to illuminate particles and logos as they move through 3D space. Give particles depth with Trapcode Particular’s full 3D rotation and use it’s expanded physics controls to generate more support for air resistance and turbulence. Trapcode Particular will take your visual creations to another dimension.

Runners-Up:

Video Copilot Element 3D

Video Copilot Optical Flares

Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks

 

Adobe Premiere Pro Top 10 – 2015

1. Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks

Magic Bullet Looks 3.0 is the easiest, most powerful way to make your video look great. Sporting a major update to its UI and UX, Magic Bullet Looks features 198 brand new, completely customizable presets based on popular film and TV shows. With an intuitive set of tools for creating your own color grade, you’ll understand why Magic Bullet Looks is voted the number one plug-in for professional editors, year after year.

Runners-Up:

Red Giant Colorista

Red Giant PluralEyes

 

Apple Final Cut Pro X Top 10 – 2015

Several Ties! Here are the top products for FCPX:

Boris Continuum Complete FXPlug

Digieffects Damage

GenArts Sapphire

Red Giant Colorista

Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks

Video Copilot Action Essentials

Avid Top 10 – 2015

1. NewBlueFX Titler Pro  – Tie for 1st

Titler Pro’s Title Designer and Quick Edit features provide a simple workflow and eliminate the need for expensive motion graphics software. Titler Pro offers a wide array of built-in styles, templates, and animations for a quick start, as well as a wealth of powerful design features for creating and customizing animated titles from the ground up. Titler Pro 4 offers a host of features including 3D text extrusion, custom lighting, and dynamic animations. It hosts OpenFX plugins like GenArts Sapphire and more for enhanced results. Whether generating titles for indie films or primetime, Titler Pro 4 is the editor’s choice for unparalleled titling.

1. Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks  – Tie for 1st

Magic Bullet Looks 3.0 is the easiest, most powerful way to make your video look great. Sporting a major update to its UI and UX, Magic Bullet Looks features 198 brand new, completely customizable presets based on popular film and TV shows. With an intuitive set of tools for creating your own color grade, you’ll understand why Magic Bullet Looks is voted the number one plug-in for professional editors, year after year.

Runners-Up:

Boris Continuum Complete

Red Giant PluralEyes

 

MAXON CINEMA 4D Top 10 – 2015

1. Greyscalegorilla Light Kit Pro – Tie for 1st

Light Kit Pro turns Cinema 4D into a professional lighting studio. Quickly light your scene with realistic lights directly in Cinema 4D.

1. X-Particles for Cinema 4D – Tie for 1st

Using a unique system of Questions and Actions you get full control over your particle simulations without the need for Xpresso or Cinema 4D’s native particle system. Particles, fluids, and gaseous simulations all in one place.

Runners-Up:

Greyscalegorilla Texture Kit Pro

The Pixel Lab 3D Models

 

OFX Top 10 – 2015

1. Boris Continuum Complete

Boris Continuum Complete for OFX delivers over 175 filters, giving editors the most comprehensive VFX and compositing plug-in suite ever created. The collection includes 3D Objects such as Extruded Text, 3D particle effects, image restoration tools, lens flares and other dazzling light effects, keying and motion tracking tools, realistic in-camera effects, a full suite of color correction tools, warp and perspective effects, and blurs, glows, and cinematic effects.

Runners-Up:

RE:Vision Effects ReelSmart Motion Blur

RE:Vision Effects Twixtor

We want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this years Top Product Awards!

 


2014 Results

Adobe After Effects Top 10 – 2014

1. Trapcode Particular

Trapcode Particular is the industry standard for particle system creation in Adobe After Effects. It’s realistic shading allows spotlights to illuminate particles and logos as they move through 3D space. Give particles depth with Trapcode Particular’s full 3D rotation and use it’s expanded physics controls to generate more support for air resistance and turbulence. Trapcode Particular will take your visual creations to another dimension.

2. Video Copilot Element 3D
3. Video Copilot Optical Flares
4. Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks
5. Trapcode Form
6. Digieffects Damage
7. Trapcode Shine
8. Imagineer Systems Mocha Pro
9. Video Copilot Action Essentials
10. Red Giant Universe / Boris Continuum Complete 9 (Tie)

Adobe Premiere Pro Top 10 – 2014

1. Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks

Whether you’re warming up a scene or building a palette from scratch, Magic Bullet Looks 2 brings professional color finishing to projects of any budget. It starts out very simple, with 100’s of beautifully designed treatments that range from practical lighting to popular Hollywood cinema.

2. Red Giant Colorista II
3. Red Giant PluralEyes
4. Red Giant Universe
5. Video Copilot Action Essentials
6. Digieffects Damage
7. Boris Continuum Complete 9
8. Red Giant Denoiser II
9. Video Copilot Twitch
10. Trapcode Shine

Apple Final Cut Pro Top 10 – 2014

1. Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks

Whether you’re warming up a scene or building a palette from scratch, Magic Bullet Looks 2 brings professional color finishing to projects of any budget. It starts out very simple, with 100’s of beautifully designed treatments that range from practical lighting to popular Hollywood cinema.

2. Noise Industries FxFactory Pro
3. Red Giant PluralEyes
4. Boris Continuum Complete FxPlug / Red Giant Colorista II (Tie)
5. CrumplePop Products / Digieffects Damage (Tie)
6. Trapcode Products
7. CoreMelt Complete / Red Giant Universe (Tie)
8. Video Copilot Action Essentials
9. Red Giant Primatte Keyer
10. Tiffen DFX

Maxon Cinema 4D Top 10 – 2014

1. Greyscalegorilla Light Kit Pro

Light Kit Pro turns Cinema 4D into a professional lighting studio. Quickly light your scene with realistic lights directly in Cinema 4D.

2. Greyscalegorilla Texture Kit Pro
3. X-Particles for Cinema 4D
4.Greyscalegorilla Transform
5. Nitro4D Thruasi
6. Greyscalegorilla City Kit
7. The Pixel Lab Products
8. The Pixel Lab Packs
9. Vray for C4D
10.Greyscalegorilla Signal

Avid Media Composer Top 10 – 2014

1. Boris Continuum Complete AVX

Boris Continuum Complete AVX gives Avid editors the most comprehensive VFX and compositing plug-in suite ever created. A whopping 200+ filters include 3D Objects such as Extruded Text, 3D particle effects, image restoration tools, lens flares and lights, award-winning chroma keying and compositing, a full suite of color correction tools, time-based effects such as Optical Stabilizer, warp and perspective effects, and blurs, glows, and cinematic effects. All BCC AVX filters take advantage of either multi-processing or OpenGL hardware acceleration for an interactive effects design experience.

2. Boris FX
3. Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks
4. GenArts Sapphire
5. Red Giant PluralEyes
6. Red Giant Color Suite
7. Boris Final Effects Complete
8. Boris Red
9. iZotope Audio Products / NewBlueFX Titler Pro / Tiffen DFX (Tie)
10. Red Giant Shooter Suite

Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Top 10 – 2014

1. FilmConvert

Ever since the introduction of Digital Cameras, digital evangelists have been saying how Film would eventually be superseded and replaced. After several decades, this is finally happening. However, for many people, the look of the digital footage still leaves a lot to be desired and doesn’t look as good straight out of the camera.

2. GenArts Sapphire
3. Boris Continuum Complete OFX
4. ABSoft Neat Video OFX
5. GenArts particleIllusion
6. Boris Red
7. Koji Studio
8. Imagenomic Portraiture
9. Koji Products / Boris Motion Graphics Pack
10. Red Giant Universe

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After Effects CINEMA 4D

Greyscalegorilla Podcast, Episode 10, Featuring Node Based Compositing, 3D in After Effects

If you haven’t checked out the Greyscalegorilla podcast, it’s entertaining and educational. This episode features Nick Campbell, Chris Schmidt, and Chad Ashley of GSG.

The team gives updates about  what’s going on at Greyscalegorilla. They talk about the new 3D engine from Adobe called Project Felix, made for non-3D users who use After Effects and other Adobe software. Chris, Nick and Chad also chat about node-based compositing workflow for 3D and 2D.

Because of the format, this is great to just listen to in the background while you’re doing other things. They talk about interesting and relevant topics and I learned a lot.

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