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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Quicktake: Adobe PremiereClip By Ko Maruyama Last week, I had the opportunity to put Adobe's PremiereClip through some paces. Although it wasn't a completely rigorous testing, it was enough to get a clear view of what the application was capable of, it's pros and cons, and create some mildly entertaining news pieces during the biggest broadcast event of the year. ...Read More »
Rampant Design's 4KFree By Ko Maruyama Many companies gear up for NAB SHOW by offering free chotchkies or swag in the form of Tshirts, bottle openers, arm rests, or other items that production and post production teams use. Rampant has decided to launch their 4KFree initiative. Stock footage is something all editors can use. ...Read More »
Motion Capture x 3 By Ko Maruyama The aptly named iPi Soft upgrade now stands at version 3. It's not just the iteration that follows 2, but it captures up to 3 people at once. Using multiple cameras (up to 16 USB cameras or multiple Kinect 2 sensors), the software allows you to capture and edit motion data on your PC. Later, you can export the data to your favorite 3D software to use as animation data. ...Read More »
The Pixel Lab By Ko Maruyama For several years, owner and designer Joren Kandel has been posting beautiful 3D models on his website: The Pixel Lab. In addition to several free models that are routinely posted on the website, The Pixel Lab has recently offered a bundle of wonderfully detailed 3D objects that will allow you to create a shopping scene. ...Read More »
Boris FX By Ko Maruyama Boris Continuum Complete 9 brings over 200 effects to After Effects and Premiere Pro. There are so many different effects in the Continuum package that looking at the overall package can be a little overwhelming, but the comprehensive package will allow you to take on a huge array of visual effects challenges. ...Read More »
DAZ3D Prints By Ko Maruyama DAZ 3D software has been an affordable and easy way for people to begin exploring 3D models and creating beautiful scenes quickly. Now, DAZ is offering a way to get 3D characters from your screen to your hand. 3D prints of models built within the Genesis 2 system are supported. Printed people (and a dragon) for people who print. ...Read More »
Sapphire 8 By Ko Maruyama It is no surprise that Genarts Sapphire sparks hold top marks in the world of high end compositing and visual effects, especially among Autodesk Flame and Smoke artists. The newest version, Sapphire 8 offers some spectacular new possibilities to Adobe After Effects artists as well. ...Read More »
StuffIt Deluxe 16 By Ko Maruyama While you might think that there isn't a whole lot that you can say about compressing your files, there are a bunch of us old macheads that remember our first, Stuffit. Smith Micro recently brought out StuffIt Deluxe 16, which is long overdue, but still a welcome addition to your Mac toolkit, and yes, it does '.zip' formats as well. ...Read More »
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