Podcast: Digital Production Buzz End of Year Episode with Michele Yamazaki

Each year, Larry Jordan does an end of year review on his show, Digital Production Buzz. In December 2017 he featured Ned Soltz, Randi Altman, Jonathan Handel, Philip Hodgetts, Michael Kammes, and James DeRuvo, and Toolfarm’s Michele Yamazaki. What did these media mavens think were the most important or prevalent pieces from 2017? Listen to find out!

Listen to the whole show here, and the transcripts are here.

If you want to jump straight to my interview, listen here or download an MP3 here.

2017 in ReviewWant to learn more about Michele’s thoughts on 2017?

2017: A Year in Review | VFX, Video, 3D, and VR Software

2017 was not all that much of an eventful year for software, unless you’re talking about 360° VR software. Here’s a look back at some major releases and trends in our microcosm.

There’s a huge write up with lots of videos.

Continue reading

Vote for your favorite plugins in Toolfarm Top Ten 2017 and enter to win a copy of Green Screen Made Easy!

We are compiling a definitive Toolfarm Top Ten 2017 list from Toolfarm customers and who are After Effects, Premiere Pro, Cinema 4D, and Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve users. What are your favorite plug-ins? 

We’ve been expanding our plug-in selection for all of these hosts and are happy to now include Resolve in the Top Ten List.

Vote for your favorite plug-ins for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Avid, Resolve, and Cinema 4D, and register to win some great prizes in the Toolfarm Top Ten 2017 Survey!

Prizes include a store credit to Toolfarm, RenderGarden licenses, and copies of Green Screen Made Easy

Note: If you’d rather take the Toolfarm Top Ten 2017 Survey on on it’s own page, click here.

Toolfarm Top Ten 2017 Survey

Note: Below the survey are the 2016 winners of the Toolfarm Top Ten.


Toolfarm Top Ten 2016 Results

Adobe After Effects – Toolfarm Top Ten 2016

Trapcode Particular1. 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

Rounding out the Top 10 Adobe After Effects Top 10 for 2016


Adobe Premiere Pro – Toolfarm Top Ten 2016

Magic Bullet Looks1. Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks

Powerful looks and color correction for filmmakers. Instant Color. Choose from over 200 brand-new Look presets, designed to match your favorite movies and TV shows. Every preset is fully customizable.

2. Boris Continuum Complete

3. Red Giant PluralEyes

The rest of the Top 10 Premiere Pro Plug-ins and Products for 2016


Apple Final Cut Pro X – Toolfarm Top Ten 2016

Magic Bullet Looks1. Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks

Powerful looks and color correction for filmmakers. Instant Color. Choose from over 200 brand-new Look presets, designed to match your favorite movies and TV shows. Every preset is fully customizable.

2. Noise Industries FxFactory Pro

3. CoreMelt Lock & Load

Rounding out the Top 10 FCP X Plug-ins for 2016


Avid Media Composer – Toolfarm Top Ten 2016

Boris Continuum Complete1. Boris Continuum Complete for Avid

Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) gives Avid editors 240+ filters and 2500+ presets to boost creativity and increase efficiency without ever leaving your timeline! Make it in post.

The Rest of the Top 10 Avid Media Composer Plug-ins and Products in 2016


Maxon Cinema 4D – Toolfarm Top Ten 2016

Greyscalegorilla Light Kit Pro1. Greyscalegorilla Light Kit Pro

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

2. (Tie) Insydium X-Particles for Cinema 4D and Greyscalegorilla Texture Kit Pro

Rounding out the Top 10 Cinema 4D Plug-ins and Products


OFX Top 10 – Toolfarm Top Ten 2016

Imagineer Mocha Pro1. Imagineer Systems mocha Pro

mocha is award winning tracking software developed by Imagineer Systems. Built upon a renowned Planar Tracking image engine, mocha follows “pixel patterns” through the most difficult conditions including objects that go off-screen, objects that are partially obscured, even out of focus footage.

2. Boris Continuum Complete for OFX

3. GenArts Sapphire OFX

The rest of the Top 10 OFX tools for 2016

Previous Top Ten Winners

Toolfarm Top Ten 2014

Toolfarm Top Ten 2013

Toolfarm Top Ten 2012

Toolfarm Top Ten 2011

2010

2009

How will the results pan out this year? It’s a people’s choice award, so it is all up to you. Vote today!

Want to be in a movie about Wall Street? Here’s how!


Get out your green screen. Here’s an opportunity to cameo in the “Not From Space” movie by appearing on an historic Wall Street Balcony shot along with several other actors worldwide.

If you’re able to film 1080p HD with a nicely lit green screen, send us your balcony-wave video and we might be able to place you in the scene. It will be featured in our upcoming trailer, and in the final movie.

The deadline has been extended to December 22, 2017.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 15 to 30 seconds
  • Clap and wave
  • Dress up
  • Frame from waist up
  • HD 1080p minimum
  • Green screen well-lit with no wrinkles
  • Sound not necessary

Upload your green screen video to a site such as YouTube, Dropbox, Google Drive, and email the link to: info@borgus.com

Free: EFX Keying-Alpha Free plugin + Opinions on other Keyers

This is a download for 3 free keying and alpha matte plugins from the full EFX Keying/Alpha Plugin Suite.

EFX Keying-Alpha plug-ins were created by kaczorefx and are for use in Adobe After Effects.

This download contains:

  • EFX Alpha Select – lets you select pixels based on their opacity value.
  • EFX Despill – a simple despill filter that you tell which pixels you want it to despill and which you don’t want it to touch.
  • EFX Luma Select – lets you select pixels based on their luminosity.

Download EFX Keying-Alpha Free plugin

Michele’s Favorite Keyers

Speaking of keyers, I have three favorites that you may be interested in checking out. There are tons of keyers on the market but not all of them give me everything that I want (and Jeremy and I did write the book on keying – See the image on the right!)

Red Giant Keying Suite – Includes Red Giant Primatte and Key Correct In Depth: Keying: Part 4: Red Giant Primatte Keyer and Key Correct

In this series, I’m going to give some in-depth information on three of my favorite keying tools that work with After Effects, Premiere Pro, and other tools. The first in the series covers Red Giant’s Keying Suite, which includes Primatte Keyer, Key Correct Pro, and Warp.

Read the article    Buy    Try (Sign in at Toolfarm to Download)

Boris FX Key and BlendBoris Continuum Unit: Key and Blend

Create seamless composites. Chromakey Studio – your one-stop shop. Quick clean-up, light wraps, and mattes. Includes 20 filters & 200+ presets. Cross-host license. The new version in BCC 10 has some great improvements and it’s easy to use and gives nice clean edges.

Buy    All Boris Products    Try (Sign in at Toolfarm to Download)

ZmatteDigital Film Tools zMatte

A full-featured keyer that is the result of our experience in creating hundreds of successful blue and green screen composites.

Using proprietary matte extraction techniques, zMatte quickly and simply creates mattes with minimal parameters even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. It is easy to use, yet provides the needed tools when faced with good, bad, or ugly shots — tools such as multiple matte creations, automatic spill suppression, sophisticated matte and edge manipulation, and color correction.

Buy    Try (Sign in at Toolfarm to Download)

Michele Yamazaki: Was NAB 2017 a Bust?

Michele Yamazaki from Toolfarm was a guest on Larry Jordan’s Digital Production Buzz last week. Larry Jordan also talks with Ned Soltz,  Michael Kammes, Gary Watson, Philip Hodgetts and James DeRuvo. Listen now!

The discussion was about NAB 2017 and if there was anything new and innovative. What we discuss may surprise you, unless you were there! 

  • Ned Soltz: Trends from NAB 2017
  • Philip Hodgetts: Highlights from NAB 2017
  • Michele Yamazaki: Was NAB 2017 a Bust?
  • Michael Kammes: Highlights of 2017 NAB
  • Customized Storage, Designed for Media
  • The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

Listen to the full episode     Listen to Michele's Interview

Could chroma keying soon be a dead art?

Chroma keying can be tedious, so this seems like great news to me!A new paper from Adobe, the University of Illinois, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology describes a new A.I. program for removing backgrounds from images.

A new paper from Adobe, the University of Illinois, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology describes a new A.I. program for removing backgrounds from images. It’s very technical so I’m not even going to try to explain it.

Learn more:

 

 

News: Michele Yamazaki on Digital Production BuZZ

Digital Production BuZZ is hosted by Larry Jordan and is a weekly podcast covering digital production, post-production, and distribution worldwide. Michele Yamazaki, co-author of Green Screen Made Easy, talked to Larry Jordan of Digital Production Buzz last Thursday, about the new GenArts Sapphire units, plus new plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X that use the Noise Industries FxFactory engine, including idustrial revolution Viral Video, Stupid Raisins Flow Pop, Ripple TitleMations 2.0, Cineflare Title Flair, and Zoetrope FOLD.

Michele’s interview

Other guests on the show included Zach Lipovsky, Director, Reel Apps Inc; Linda Tadic, Founder/CEO, Digital Bedrock; Robert Cohen, President & CEO, Future Video Products, Inc.; Damian Allen, VFX Supervisor, Pixerati LLC; and James DeRuvo, Film and Technology Reporter, DoddleNEWS.

Listen to the full show   Subscribe to the BuZZ on iTunes

Digital Production BuZZ will be broadcasting live from NAB 2017 too. Check out NAB 2017: The Official Toolfarm Guide for more info on the show, which happens at the end of this month.

Patriots Day VFX

Patriots Day Trailer

First, here’s the trailer for Patriots Day, the Mark Wahlberg film about the Boston Marathon bombing. Although the film was about a very dark topic, I thought they did a nice job of showing the positivity that came from the incident – the sense of community, the great police work, and of course, amazing vfx work!

Patriots Day ‘Re-Creating the Marathon’ Featurette (2017)

I saw the film a few weeks ago and I had no idea there was so much green screen used in the film. It really looks seamless! I was wondering how they were able to clear Boylston Street for so long for shooting and it’s all recreated on an outdoor set and with green screen. It’s seriously impressive work.

The Art of VFX talks to Sean Devereaux, VFX Supervisor and Co-founder of Zero VFX. Zero VFX worked on Patriots Day, the Mark Wahlberg film about the Boston Marathon bombing. I saw the film a few weeks ago and I had no idea there was so much green screen used in the film. It really looks seamless!

Read the Patriots Day article on The Art of VFX.

A Rave Review from DarkestGoth Magazine

DarkestGoth Magazine writer Reverend Leviathan reviews Green Screen Made Easy with a perfect score and coveted award!

“Forget about a Green Screen For Dummies.  Green Screen Made Easy is all you need to better understand (and afford) special effects in filmmaking.”
-Reverend Leviathan

Brilliant Moon Award Winner with 5/5 Moons Final Score

Read the Darkest Goth Review of Green Screen Made Easy