After Effects Plug-ins

New Video Copilot Element 3D v2, Pro Shaders v2, Upgrades

This may be old news to most of you but the long anticipated Video Copilot Element 3D is now available!

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New Video Copilot Element 3D v2, 3D Object Based Particle Engine for After Effects, plus BackLight, Pro Shaders 2 and Upgrades

Element 3D v2 – Element 3D allows you to import 3D objects created in Cinema 4D and OBJ into Adobe After Effects. From there you can manipulate them using a unique particle array system that can distribute 3D objects into any shape! Element 3D also supports your UV texture coordinates so importing and rebuilding your textures is easier than ever. This only brushes the surface of what Video Copilot Element 3D can create. Try it today and let your imagination come to life.

What’s New?

This new release is a massive overhaul with many big features. Here’s a sampling:

New for C4D Users: Element 3D V2 let’s you import most materials and textures from C4D automatically!

  • Option to convert any image to a normal bump map.
  • New Specular Model! – The new spec model takes advantage of the new physical shader system and features a natural light falloff helps create more realistic shaders! You can even get the specular to be much smaller and sharp or large and diffused. May seem like a small thing but it makes a big difference!

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NEW: Video Copilot Pro Shaders v2 and Motion Design Pack v2

Video Copilot Pro Shaders v2 – Create amazing surfaces! 250 Tiled Materials for Element 3D. Metal, plastic, translucent, fabric, concrete, and more.

Video Copilot Motion Design Pack v2 – A collection of 200+ Abstract 3D Design Objects and HD Models in Multiple 3D Formats that are ready to use inside your favorite 3D program including the powerful plug-in, Element 3D!

New: Video Copilot BackLight

Video Copilot BackLight A collection of 50 Spherical Environment maps for lighting your scene and adding gorgeous reflections – 8K, 4K & 2K Environments, JPG & HDR formats. Use it for Studios Environments, hallways and more.


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After Effects Plug-ins Premiere Pro

Beta: GenArts, Inc. Announces the Public Beta for Sapphire 8

Cambridge, MA – November 20, 2014GenArts, Inc. is excited to announce the release of the Sapphire 8 public beta. The public beta allows everyone — both new and current Sapphire users — to experience version 8 before its mid-December release.

New Features and Effects

Sapphire 8 includes new and updated effects on all supported hosts, including:

  • Grunge
  • LightLeak
  • DigitalDamage
  • Shake: Now twitches, jumps, and splits colors

Builder, the biggest addition to Sapphire 8, gives users the ability to create their own effects and transitions in a new, node-based workspace, and lets users browse presets in new ways for unprecedented creativity and efficiency.

Gary Oberbrunner, GenArts’ Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, says he’s excited about the possibilities for Sapphire Builder: “The Sapphire effects engine has always had tremendous power, and with Builder we’ve given users almost unlimited access to that power. I can’t wait to see what kinds of amazing and beautiful results they’ll come up with!”

Currently, Builder is only available for After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Media Composer.

Availability and Price

The Sapphire 8 public beta can be downloaded from the GenArts website free of charge for everyone, starting today.

Sapphire 8 is available for most leading editing and compositing systems: Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Autodesk Flame and Smoke, NUKE, DaVinci Resolve, and other OFX-compatible hosts.

Download the Sapphire 8 Public Beta Here.

About GenArts, Inc.

GenArts, Inc. is the premier provider of specialized visual effects software for film, broadcast and video industries. Its flagship product, Sapphire, has become the standard for high-end visual effects creation at leading studio, broadcast and post production facilities of all sizes around the world.

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

Toolfarm’s 2014 Top 10 Survey! Enter to win Resolve, GoPro @toolfarm

Every year at Toolfarm we have this Top 10 survey of customers so that we can find out what’s the favorite tool for After Effects, CINEMA 4D and more. This year, enter to win DaVinci Resolve or a GoPro!

Toolfarm Top 10

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!

To accompany Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, and MAXON CINEMA 4D, this year will also include Avid Media Composer and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve as voting categories.

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 will receive DaVinci Resolve Software – $995.00 Value!
  2. Second prize will receive a GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition Camera – $499.99 Value!
  3. Third prize will receive a $100 Coupon to the Toolfarm Store – Obvious Value! 

* * *Take the Toolfarm Customer Survey Now! * * *

Have a Look at Last Year’s Results

Adobe After Effects

1. TRAPCODE PARTICULAR – Amazing 3D particles with full camera and light support – 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.

2. Video Copilot Element 3D
3. Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks
4. Video Copilot Optical Flares
5. Red Giant Colorista II
6. Trapcode Form
7. Boris Continuum Complete
8. Red Giant Knoll Light Factory
9. Red Giant Denoiser II
10. RE:Vision Effects Twixtor / GenArts Sapphire (TIE)

Adobe Premiere Pro

1. RED GIANT MAGIC BULLET LOOKS – Beautiful color finishing and camera-inspired tools – 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 Denoiser II
5. Video Copilot Action Essentials
6. Red Giant Magic Bullet Mojo
7. Trapcode Shine
8. Red Giant Knoll Light Factory
9. RE:Vision Effects Twixtor
10. Boris Continuum Complete

Apple Final Cut Pro

1. RED GIANT MAGIC BULLET LOOKS – Beautiful color finishing and camera-inspired tools – 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. Noise Industries FxFactory Pro
5. Red Giant Mojo
6. Video Copilot Action Essentials
7. Boris Continuum Complete FxPlug
8. CrumplePop Products
9. GenArts Sapphire
10. Red Giant Primate Keyer


1. GREYSCALEGORILLA LIGHT KIT PRO – Real Studio Lights for Cinema 4D – HDRI Light Kit Pro turns Cinema 4D into a professional lighting studio. A collection of lights, studios and objects that lets you quickly light your scene with realistic soft boxes, spotlights, ring lights and more.

2. Greyscalegorilla Texture Kit Pro
3. Greyscalegorilla Transform
4. VRay4C4D
5. INSYDIUM X-Particles
6. Nitro 4D Thruasi (Freebie)
7. Greyscalegorilla CityKit
8. The Pixel Lab Products
9. Jawset Turbulence FD
10. MotionWorks MovieType

After Effects FCP X Plug-ins Preset Tutorial

Free Animamorphic Lens Plug-in

According to Wikipedia, “Anamorphic format refers to the cinematography technique of shooting a widescreen picture on standard 35 mm film or other visual recording media with a non-widescreen native aspect ratio.” [ Anamorphic Format]

VashiVisuals has created a After Effects plug-in, VashiMorphic, that simulates the look of an 40mm Anamorphic lens and they’re giving it away for free.

Read more about the plug-in and download it from Vashi Visuals.

How about Anamorphic Flares?

Want to make something with the Star Trek or Transformers anamorphic flares look?  VashiMorphic does not create lens flares or the “oblong out-of-focus areas” like an actual Anamorphic lens. Here are a few plug-ins you may want to try for tht.

  • PHYX Flarelight – Add Lens Flares, Anamorphic Streaks, and industrial-strength Glows in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro / X and Motion.
  • Video Copilot Optical Flares – Custom Lens Flare Generator, Over 100 Presets Including new Nuclear Presets + Conspiracy Presets, 70+ Photographic Textures & Anamorphic sprites, and much more.
  • Red Giant Knoll Light Factory – With Knoll Light Factory 3, you get new features like realistic flare elements, time-saving animation behaviors, a redesigned interface, and over 100 beautifully designed presets. John Knoll’s new technology delivers the sexiness of lens flares while creating believable, accurate results. Also includes Knoll for Photoshop.
  • Rampant Design Tools Studio Flares –  real anamorphic flare effects.
  • Here’s an old school anamorphic flare preset using AE Flare from Andrew Kramer at Video Copilot (pre Optical Flares).
  • Boris Continuum Complete and GenArts Sapphire also contain a lot of nice flares. Check ’em out!

Note: PHYX, Knoll Light Factory, Boris Continuum Complete and GenArts Sapphire have free demos at Toolfarm.