PIXELSQUID By Ko Maruyama PixelSquid? You may know TurboSquid - Yeah, same team. But this time, the new team is offering resources for the 2D artist who is interested in finding 3D objects to use in their compositions. If you've ever wanted to use a 3D object in your Adobe Photoshop composite, but just didn't have the chops (or time) to make the 3D object happen, this (extension/service) is perfect. PixelSquid has taken out all of the complexity of modeling, lighting, layering, and rendering 3D, and delivers a truly 3D object that you can easily customize for your Photoshop workflow. ...Read More »
THE NINE OLD MEN By Ko Maruyama Chances are, if you?re an animator, you?ve heard about the nine old men from Disney as told in a way that might seem like a folktale. Andreas Deja and Focal Press have crafted a book that takes you on an inspiring ride through the wonderful world of The Nine Old Men and their techniques. But even more than simple rules and technique, the book illuminates the personality and character that each artist brought to the table. ...Read More »
Automatic Duck is back By Ko Maruyama For a long time, there were three camps of desktop NLE editors. Avid, Final Cut, PremierePro. They didn't talk to each other, and outside of Adobe's own PremierePro, they talk to After Effects. Then, Automatic Duck came along to allow editors to bring their edits into a project that allowed After Effects artists to bring the edits and media into their timeline easily. And now, after a brief hiatus, Automatic Duck Ximport AE allows you to bring your Final Cut X easily into After Effects with much more than just media and duration. ...Read More »
Light Wrap Fantastic 1.0 By Ko Maruyama Digital Anarchy recently announced the release of The Light Wrap Fantastic, a plugin that assists with green/blue screen compositing. Available for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple's Final Cut Pro, the plugin makes it easier to blend foreground and background elements by simulating rear-projected light and ambient light values with glows. ...Read More »
State of Play Games at SIGGRAPH 2015 By Ko Maruyama During the SIGGRAPH convention, State of Play games introduced attendees to creating games with physical environments. By using paper, glue, markers, and other art supplies, anyone could become part of the game making process. Once the stage was set each day, an interactive experience was built in a few minutes. ...Read More »
Making Space at SIGGRAPH 2015 By Ko Maruyama At this year's SIGGRAPH convention in Los Angeles, California, artists from various disciplines meet to talk about graphics, properties of graphics, and technology surrounding the creation of graphics. Jean Kaneko has created a space near the SIGGRAPH art gallery to allow attendees to create physical art that inspires invention. ...Read More »
NVIDIA introduces DesignWorks By Ko Maruyama NVIDIA has always been about visual computing. We often think of them as the video card and hardware company to make display and rendering happen (I accidentally typed 'happy' before editing it). Perhaps it isnt too far off base to say that NVIDIA is considered the company to make rendering happy. This year at SIGGRAPH, they are announcing a new concept: DesignWorks. Not hardware, the DesignWorks announcement brings an array of new software tools. ...Read More »
How to add some fun graphics to Premiere Clip By Ko Maruyama Here's how you can add some fun graphics to your Premiere Clip videos that you create on your iPhone or iPad. Although you can always export your video out to a heavy duty application like Premiere Pro with the click of a button, sometimes, it's more spontaneous to make them 'in camera' ...Read More »
PART 3: Roadtrip Post Production Tips By Ko Maruyama It's summertime, and, for some, that means that it's time for a roadtrip. A roadtrip is a big adventure, and like other events that are meaningful to us, we wanna share them - at least with friends & family. Unfortunately, recreating the same experience is impossible, but you can create great video travelogues with your iPhone and Premiere Clip. Here are my top five tips for sharing your trip with friends and family. ...Read More »
Xsens MVN Wearable Motion-Capture Systems By Ko Maruyama A few years ago, I saw a projection show by Skrillex that featured motion capture. It was XSENS mocap, specifically an MVN Suit that allowed him to move and perform characters that became part of his stage presentation. The MVN is a full body suit that includes several small trackers in the suit that allows your actor to move quickly/easily. The Awinda system gives you the ability to record wirelessly too. The data then goes right to Maya. (Max/Houdini/C4D too). Xsens is used for all kinds of capture, from scientific to gaming. It's also been used for feature films, including the first Ted and now Ted 2. ...Read More »
Adobe Stock for CreativeCloud By Ko Maruyama Adobe announced their new updates to CreativeCloud 2015 today, and with it comes a whole slew of upgrades to applications that professionals rely on for their daily workflows. Professionals also frequently rely on stock material to incorporate into their projects. Now Adobe will provide opportunities to find and purchase stock materials directly from within the applications you're using. ...Read More »
Adobe CC2015 By Ko Maruyama Adobe launches the latest and greatest update to their suite of applications in Creative Cloud. One of the benefits of Creative Cloud subscriptions is the ability to have access to all of the necessary tools in a digital creation pipeline. The Adobe workflow allows you to complete your creative projects from start to finish, on multiple devices, for multiple audiences - all without going too far from the family of applications. ...Read More »
AnimeStudio Pro 11 By Ko Maruyama There are many types of animation software out there, but Anime Studio has two tiers of character animation software that will let help you bring your creative to life easily and dynamically. The entry level application is called Debut, but when you?re ready to step up your game, Anime Studio Pro will give you the tools you need. The latest release comes with some nice upgrades and new features that will let you get there faster and easier. ...Read More »
KUNG FURY By Ko Maruyama Using Autodesk 3D modeling, animation and digital sculpting solutions, Fido created and refined dynamic 3D assets and scenes to bring Sandberg's 80's cop drama homage to life. To watch the film for free, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5P_LAqiVg . ...Read More »
Digital Juice Pro Announced By Ko Maruyama You may have remembered when we wrote about this a few months back. Digital Juice was offering these programs for $99 off. However, at only $99 more, these one time memberships are still a great deal. ...Read More »
Anime Studio Debut 11 By Ko Maruyama Smith Micro software has just released their newest version of Anime Studio Debut. It is an amazingly robust piece of software for the beginner or hobbiest animator. Although Anime Studio Debut is priced for the beginner, the new feature set has tools that will allow you to create professional looking animations. ...Read More »
Adobe acquires Mixamo By Ko Maruyama Mixamo recently launched the new version of its portal and service that allows 3D artists the ability to select from a huge library of actions and quickly rig their characters. I should know, I?ve used Mixamo for a project with great success - in a matter of minutes, my character was rigged and dancing. Today?s news by Adobe (see below) was a bit of a surprise. Today, Adobe announced that they are acquiring Mixamo. ...Read More »
iPiSoft sponsors The Mocap Vaults By Ko Maruyama Recognizing the growing need for today's professional actors, directors and producers to learn the unique challenges behind working with motion capture technology, iPi Soft, makers of the leading markerless motion capture technology iPi Motion Capture, has partnered with The Mocap Vaults, an educational resource that offers both online tutorials and live workshops in Los Angeles, Canada, London, and other European cities. ...Read More »
AJA Try CION By Ko Maruyama Announced at last year?s NABShow, the AJA CION camera is a beautiful piece of hardware for any serious shooter. The production camera handles like camera operators would expect. ...Read More »
Premiere Clip to CreativeCloud By Ko Maruyama Your mobile device is an awesome way to start working on a small visual project because you often have it with you all the time. The great part about PremiereClip is that you can shoot, edit, and upload right from your phone or tablet. The ability to edit, do some amount of post work, and quickly share it is the HEART of PremiereClip. However, if you have a CreativeCloud subscription, you can take the project that you just edited with your finger into a more substantial NLE. ...Read More »
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