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Posted 9 days ago by Simon Day - Posted in Plug-ins
A small update has been released for Red Giant Color Suite, specifically for Magic Bullet Looks and Denoiser II
What's new in Magic Bullet Looks (2.5.2)
- Magic Bullet Looks can now handle all of your 5k footage.
- Now functions with Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2. No longer hangs when working with larger footage.
- Saving LUT Tool Custom Tool presets now fully working
- Issue with 1440×1080 footage in Sony Vegas has been repaired
- Sorted a crashing problem when non ASCII characters are used in file paths
- Offline computers will no longer experience any crashes
- On-screen controls can no longer be permanently removed when using FCPX
What's new in Denoiser II (1.4.3)
- Denoiser II is now found inside its own folder rather than inside the “Red Giant Color Suite” location (for AE and Premiere Pro. Now located in the “Red Giant Denoiser II>Denoiser II” folder within the effects pane.
Red Giant are aware on an issue with Premiere Pro CC 2014 specifically for Windows users. Magic Bullet Looks is causing a hang when the user opens several saved projects and then tries to continue editing. They have began to pinpoint the problem and know it is related to an incompatibility with using Accelerated Plug-Ins and Magic Bullet Looks.
They are continuing to work on a solution with the assistance of Adobe. Hopefully we'll see a fix soon.
For current owners of Red Giant Color Suite, download the free update for Color Suite here or use Red Giant Link.
For owners of only Magic Bullet Looks, update here. For Denoiser II, update here.
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Posted 15 days ago by Simon Day - Posted in Tutorials
At long last Andew Kramer at Video Copilot has added a new tutorial, and it's pretty damn cool.
In this one, you can create an amazing looking shockwave effect that has a lot of potential to be experimented with and used for different purposes.
The techniques are quite simple, but like many of VCP's tutorials, they use common effects in a way many of us would never think of.
Another good example of this is the Grid effect they made a tutorial for, that creatively utilizes the Advanced Lightning effect. Check it out if you haven't seen it.
Grab the project files here.
You can also get the Shockwave plugin at a very affordable price (5% off) if you want to save time and could see yourself using this type of effect a lot.
Or maybe consider the MotionPulse & Shockwave Bundle if you want some amazing sound effects to add to your library to perfectly compliment your visuals.
Posted by Simon Day
Posted 16 days ago by Simon Day - Posted in Software
Zaxwerks have released a bunch of more details about the upcoming ProAnimator 8 and the new features it will bring.
Check out our previous post to see what else is new
Just as as very quick recap on what we already know:
-Real-time 3D rendering
-Real-time camera focus with depth of field
What else is new?
A massive feature that looks to be regularly used is what Zaxwerks are calling "instancing". Instancing is essentially a duplicate object tool that works extremely fast and can be used to create hundreds (or thousands) of replicated objects. See the video to get an idea of what it can do.
Another noteworthy addition is Object Distribution. This feature compliments instancing very nicely, to allow users to create 3D objects/shapes out of all the duplicated smaller objects. The feature also allows for some pretty cool animation capabilities, such as morphing a model made up of thousands of small spheres, into the shape of a completely different model.
Watch the video below to see these two new features demonstrated.
Image-Based Lighting allows you to light a scene equipped with nothing but a single picture. Sounds intriguing right? It adds shading and reflections automatically, coming with a number of presets that can also be customized to allow you to get the look you are after.
Put in simple terms, the Interactive Ambient Occlusion feature boosts the realism of 3D objects without the need to do it manually and avoids the long rendering times. It works by adding darkened areas to objects/models to add a level of depth (which can also be adjusted).
Watch the video to see how impressive these two features are (notice there's practically zero rendering time)
The release date is very soon and should come around the same time as the last set of preview features. Make sure to check back here for more news.
You can buy ProAnimator 7 now and be eligible to upgrade to version 8 when it arrives, so if you can't wait to get your hands on this, order it now!
Posted by Simon Day