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

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

Michele Yamazaki Terpstra on Digital Production BuZZ

I’m not talking about green screen on the show, but I’m talking about something near and dear to my heart… video plug-ins! I wrote a book a few years ago for Focal Press called Plug-in to After Effects.

Larry Jordan talked to Aharon Rabinowitz, head of Marketing at Red Giant; Travis White, Head of Products at NewBlueFX; Me….. Michele Terpstra, Pluginologist at Toolfarm.com; Michael Kammes, Director of Technology at Key Code Media; and others on this week’s show.

Listen to this week’s entire show here

Or, listen to just my interview here or listen to the MP3 here.

The podcast is titled “Obscure, But Highly Useful, Plug-ins”, but they’re not really obscure plug-ins, but they are unique plug-ins…. unique in that there are no other plug-ins that do what they do, and what they do, they do so well. Michele talks about Rowbyte Plexus, Trapcode Tao, Mettle Skybox, RE:Vision Effects ReelSmart Motion Blur and Motion Boutique Newton. The interview was a lot of fun and it’s always an honor to be a guest on Larry’s show, so thank you to Larry, Debbie, and everyone in the background at Digital Production Buzz.

In Depth: Keying: Part 5: Hawaiki Keyer

This is an article that I wrote for the In Depth Series on Keying that I’ve been working on over the past year or so. I’m reprinting it at Green Screen Made Easy. 

Introduction

In this sub-series in my In Depth: Green Screen series, I’m giving in-depth information on some of my favorite keying tools that work with After Effects, Premiere Pro, and other tools. The first in the series, In Depth: Keying: Part 4: Red Giant Primatte Keyer and Key Correct, went up this summer. After months of nasty computer issues, here’s the second article.

Hawaiki Keyer 3.0 Overview/Review

I’ve pretty much said everything that I need to say in the overview/review video, so this article is a bit on the short side. To sum it up, Hawaiki Keyer v3 does a great job of pulling keys from areas with feathery hair and sheer fabrics. I was impressed. I’ve tried a lot of keyers and it works really well, especially for the price. If you’re doing much keying and looking for a quality keyer that’s inexpensive, take Hawaiki Keyer for a spin. Try a demo first, if you don’t believe me!

Hawaiki Keyer 3.0Hawaiki Keyer v3

MSRP: $99.00
Toolfarm Price: $94.05

Download a free demo

Hawaiki Keyer System Requirements

Hawaiki Keyer works in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, and Motion. Hawaiki Keyer is Mac only and requires FxFactory to run. FxFactory is a free download.

Hawaiki Keyer 3.0 Manual

Download the Hawaiki Keyer 3.0 Manual

Try a free demo of Hawaiki Keyer

FxFactory can be downloaded from the Toolfarm Downloads page (you must sign in first) and the demo version of Hawaiki Keyer can be installed through FxFactory. There are lots of freebies in FxFactory too!

Other Articles in the In Depth: Keying Series

I’ve done many articles in this In Depth Series on keying tools and several have featured Primatte Keyer and Key Correct. Here are a few.

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

PrimattePrimatte Keyer, Key Correct, and Warps have been used in a few major Hollywood blockbusters you may have heard of, such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man, The Matrix, and King Kong. Both products Primatte Keyer and Key Correct are included in Red Giant Keying Suite, along with Red Giant Warp which includes six powerful plug-ins to help in compositing with control of shadows, reflections, glows and corner point warps. Warp runs in After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple Motion.

Read In Depth: Keying: Part 4: Red Giant Primatte Keyer and Key Correct

In Depth: Spill Suppression on Keyed Footage

In Depth: Spill Suppression on Keyed Footage

From the article: Spill is the colored light reflected from your background and onto your actor. Spill can show up on light colored clothing or hair, on shiny or reflective elements, around the edge of footage, and it can be a big problem! It can be very easy to fix, or difficult on finely detailed, extremely reflective or semi-transparent areas.

Primatte Keyer and Key Correct use the same Spill Killer technology. Both products are available together in the Red Giant Keying Suite. Spill Killer is very simple at the core. There are not a lot of bells and whistles, but it worked well on the footage. I used slightly different settings for Tolerance so that you can see the difference.

For Primatte Keyer, Enable Spill Killer needs to be checked and the Color Mode set to Green. I set the Range to 58% and set Tolerance and Strength to 100%.

To remove the spill with Key Correct Spill Killer, you just need to apply the effect to your layer. I turned down Tolerance to 51%, and the Range to 58%, which helped to avoid giving the model a red face.

Read In Depth: Spill Suppression on Keyed Footage

In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for Keying

In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for KeyingIf your green screen footage didn’t turn out as perfectly as you had hoped, here are some things that you can do to fix problems and not create new ones.

Read In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage or Keying

In Depth: Keying: Introduction & Frequently Asked Questions about Shooting Greenscreen

In Depth: Keying: Introduction & Frequently Asked Questions about Shooting GreenscreenKeying is part technical skill, part patience, and part sorcery. This series will take you through different areas of keying, not so much to teach you step by step, but to talk about some of the problems you’ll run into and how to fix them.

Read In Depth: Keying: Introduction & Frequently Asked Questions about Shooting Greenscreen

Also check out…

Green Screen Made Easy, 2nd Edition

Green Screen Made EasyGreen Screen Made Easy, 2nd Edition

If you’d like more on keying tools and compositing, Green Screen Made Easy, 2nd Edition, which I co-authored with Jeremy Hanke of Microfilmmaker Magazine, is now available. It covers everything from creating your own green screen, setting up lights, keying your actors, fixing problems, and compositing methods and tricks.

Order today!

Toolfarm Professional Training for Primatte Keyer Pro: Toolfarm Expert Series

Professional Training for Primatte Keyer ProLearn the Method, Not Just The Software! Angie Mistretta demystifies the complex and powerful Primatte Keyer Pro plug-in from Red Giant Software, which can pull the matte, adjust spill suppression, handle color correction and handle the entire process of keying and matte creation. This training has been out for several years but it is still top-notch.

Get Toolfarm Professional Training for Primatte Keyer – Just $19!

Green Screen Tips: Preparing Footage | Rolling Tape

Michele Yamazaki Terpstra, the co-author of Green Screen Made Easy, was on Rolling Tape last week and recorded a segment about the pre-process steps when keying green screen footage.

Michele explains the six pre-process steps you should consider before keying your footage, including removing noise and garbage matting.

 

Green Screen Made Easy is now available at Amazon.com and MWP.com.