Autodesk Sketchbook is Now Free!

Do you like to draw? Maybe your kids do? Autodesk Sketchbook is a great tool that is now available for free on both mobile and desktop platforms! You can create your concepts for your animated projects with Sketchbook. It’s a fast and easy way to illustrate!

At Autodesk, we believe creativity starts with an idea. From quick conceptual sketches to fully finished artwork, sketching is at the heart of the creative process. You never know when a great idea will strike, so access to fast and powerful creative sketching tools is an invaluable part of any creative process.

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Trent Kaniuga: From the Corner Comic Book Store to Acclaimed Concept Artist

After Effects

Update: Video Copilot Updates FX Console to V1.0.3

Video Copilot FX Console is a fun little plug-in for After Effects and it’s free! Download the update today.

FX Console V1 Features:

  • Access FX & Presets quickly
  • Create FX Shortcuts
  • Create FX Overrides
  • Export Snapshot with PNG
  • Automatic Snapshot Tool & Gallery
  • + MORE!

Fixes and Enhancements for V1.0.3:

  • Added option to save images as JPG from menu & Gallery
  • Preferences files are now saved in a user path instead of a common path, meaning different preferences for different users.
  • Fixed user presets path for AE 2017 and 2018.
  • Fixed issues of preset and effects not being applied if a floating panel had the focus.
  • Fixed screenshot image resolution not being correct in OSX.
  • Fixed crash when rending via command line.
  • Fixed color profile issue when taking a screenshot (mismatch colors).

Learn more      Download FX Console 1.0.3 (Under Adobe After Effects Plug-ins

After Effects

Free and Updated: Prolost EDC 2.0 for After Effects

Download 38 Free Utility Presets for After Effects called Prolost EDC, mainly featuring timesaving shortcuts for monotonous tasks. Stu Maschwitz, the developer, gives a scenario on how it is used. “For example, usually when I apply the Shift Channels effect, it’s to do something simple, like move the alpha channel into RGB, or copy the red channel to all three RGB channels. But these simple things actually require quite a few clicks of fussy little menus. With Prolost EDC installed, typing “Shift Channels” into the search field in the Effects and Presets panel” and this brings up a list that is the utility can be applied in just one click.

Learn more | Download Prolost EDC 2.0

Prolost EDC is a free download, with no strings attached, but if you find it worthy, you can give some money through the link above.

You may recognize Stu’s name. He is the creative mind who developed Magic Bullet Suite with Red Giant Software. He is also the author of the DV Rebels Guide. Here’s more from Stu from over the years.

After Effects Misc. Preset

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