Plugins

The Foundry ships Cara VR

The Foundry has launched Cara VR, a new plugin toolset for Nuke designed to streamline common tasks in creating virtual reality content. Cara VR 1.0 is now officially shipping. The Foundry has also posted more detail about the product’s feature set on its updated product website.

Toolsets for solving, stitching, grading, tracking and compositing 360° footage
First up, camera solving. As well as solving custom rigs, the system comes with presets for popular VR camera setups like the Nokia Ozo and Freedom360‘s products.

There are built-in tools for stitching – shown in the video above, and capable of exporting UV maps and lens distortion ST maps – colour correction and tracking, and support for automating tasks via Python scripting.

Equally importantly, the toolset also makes it possible to use Nuke’s “full set of compositing tools directly on 360° material”, via built-in node toolsets for roto, paint and tracking operations.

In addition, Cara VR comes with a version of Nuke’s new raytrace renderer – added in Nuke 10, but still officially in beta – with “additional support for stereo lens models”.

There is also a dedicated slit-scan shader with options to control depth at the poles of 360° footage, “resulting in a more pleasant VR viewing experience when looking up or down”.

For playback, Cara VR also now supports the HTC Vive as well as the Oculus Rift.

Pricing and availability
The Cara VR suite of plugins is compatible with Nuke, NukeX or Nuke Studio 9.0v9 and 10.0v2 runnning on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. A new licence costs $4,295.

Read an overview of the features in Cara VR on The Foundry’s website

Read about Cara VR in more detail in the online product documentation

RE:Vision Effects RE:Lens for After Effects

RE:Lens Features

Straighten your video

Use RE:Lens to straighten your curved video shot with super-wide and fisheye lenses. No more skinny legs or abnormally small heads when you don’t want them!

Single camera 360 video made easy

Shoot with a single camera with a superfish lens and convert the video to LatLong format suitable for use with 360 VR viewers. With the proper lens and camera setup, stitching can often be eliminated from your 360 workflow.

More uses for superfish, high-res imagery

Capture super wide-angle shots with large resolution, then straighten and animate camera rotations and zooms in post, providing greater flexibility when directing the viewer’s attention. Even create two separate virtual views using a single camera!

Learn More | Purchase Re:Lens

RED GIANT SHOOTER SUITE 13 & PLURALEYES 4 NOW AVAILABLE

Shooter Suite 13

Bring your footage from set to post with confidence

Red Giant Shooter Suite is a set of tools that gives you the freedom to shoot the way you want, with the confidence that your footage will make it from your camera to the editing timeline safe, sound and in sync.

What’s new:

This update includes many new features in Red Giant PluralEyes, as well as integration between PluralEyes 4 and Offload, and works with any non-linear editor.

Included in Shooter Suite 13:

  • PLURALEYES 4.0 – Audio/Video Sync in Seconds. No clapboards or timecode needed.
  • OFFLOAD 1.0 – Simple & reliable backup of your footage in the field.
  • INSTANT 4K – Upconvert video to 4K resolution and other high-resolution formats.
  • FRAMES 1.1 – Deinterlace your older footage and convert it to 24P.

Learn More | Purchase Shooter Suite 13

PluralEyes

Fast, Accurate & Automatic
With a touch of a single button, PluralEyes analyzes the audio from your cameras and audio devices and syncs them up, in seconds. No clapboards or timecode are needed.

What’s new:

Simpler. Faster. Smarter. Better.
Syncing just got even easier. In previous versions of PluralEyes, there were over a dozen different sync combination possibilities (Try Really Hard, Change Clip Order…etc.), which meant you might have to run the sync several times before getting it right. In version 4.0, PluralEyes analyzes your footage and automatically uses the best possible options. Just hit the Sync button, and PluralEyes does the rest.

Premiere Pro Panel
Get all the power and simplicity of syncing in PluralEyes without ever having to leave Premiere Pro. Just hit the Sync button in Premiere Pro, and PluralEyes does all the work. PluralEyes will even color code your footage based on the results of the sync, so that you know which clips, if any, need your attention.

Smart Start
We’ve made importing media easier than ever. Drag and drop an entire folder of media into PluralEyes, and during a sync it will automatically detect which device the media came from. Your files will be sorted so that media from the same device are on the same track.

Automatic Drift Correction
In long clips, sound and video can stop matching up perfectly. Unlike any other sync tool in the industry, PluralEyes can account for that and export a perfect sync. New in version 4, if drift is detected, PluralEyes automatically fixes it, and gives you the option to toggle between the drift corrected sync and the original audio without correction applied.

Vertical Track Scaling
PluralEyes 4.0 adds the ability to scale tracks vertically so that you can see more detail in the waveform when inspecting your media.

Track Comparisons
Select which audio waveform is shown next to the video track, making it easier to verify that the clips have synced properly.

Offload Integration
Red Giant Offload performs a checksum during media transfer from your camera card to your hard drive, giving you the peace of mind that your footage was backed up with no loss. New in PluralEyes 4.0 is the ability to detect Offload events and bring the footage over to PluralEyes for a seamless workflow between Offload to PluralEyes to the host-app.

Keyboard Shortcuts
PluralEyes now has the same keyboard shortcuts as Premiere Pro for a more intuitive, familiar timeline and playback experience.

Color Coding
Export from PluralEyes to Premiere Pro now features a color coding option for clips that don’t sync properly. This is also part of the Premiere Pro panel experience, but also happens if you sync in PluralEyes and export to Premiere Pro.

Learn More | Purchase PluralEyes 4

Red Giant Trapcode Suite 13.0.1 Is Now Available

What’s new in Trapcode Suite 13.0.1

Trapcode Particular 2.5.1

  • Particular now works with pre-comped time-remapping/time reversed layers.
  • Fixed: In some cases sprite thumbnails were not displayed correctly in the Effects Builder. This has been fixed.
  • Fixed: Effects Builder could hang when returning to After Effects after configuring sprites.

Trapcode Tao 1.0.1

  • Fixed: Some users reported crashing when they reopened older projects.
  • The “Orient to path” checkbox now works with the TAO LINE lights features.
  • Fixed: An issue with Light Modifiers not affecting segments/geometry correctly

13.0.1 Installer

  • Previously, Trapcode Form failed to load into After Effects CS6 on Windows. This has been fixed.

How To Update

You can get the updates HERE (from the latest Suites and Universe product installers) or use Red Giant Link to update.

Purchase Trapcode Suite 13.0.1

BORIS CONTINUUM COMPLETE 10 FOR ADOBE IS NOW AVAILABLE!

The long awaited BCC 10 for Adobe is finally here.  With 250+ plug-ins, filters, effects, & transitions, it’s Boris’s biggest plug-in release for Adobe yet!

What’s new in BCC 10 for Adobe:

mocha‘s Academy award-winning planar tracking & masking tools are now integrated into the BCC PixelChooser. Now Premiere editors can access mocha without leaving the Premiere timeline or importing footage.

Beauty Studio – A state-of-the-art skin retouching and digital makeup tool to make your talent look perfect without losing clarity and detail.

Title Studio – The next generation of 2D/3D titling and motion graphics tool for designing and animating at any resolution. Import Photoshop, Illustrator files and Maxon Cinema 4D models.

New Image Restoration Tools:

  • BCC Remover fills in missing pixels & removes objects with clone and auto-fill options.
  • BCC Dropout Fixer restores tape based damaged footage with field dropouts.
  • BCC Reframe reformat and stylize “vertical cell phone footage” into 16 x 9 for broadcast.

New Image Effects & Looks:

  • BCC Light Leaks adds organic & naturalistic “in-camera” light and exposure effects.
  • BCC Video Glitch recreates the distressed look of compression artifacts, signal loss & corrupt digital video.

New Transitions:

  • BCC Cross Glitch mimics abrupt digital signal transitions.
  • BCC Cross Melt conveys a new organic look and feel.
  • BCC Lights Leak Dissolve creates a light exposure-based transition.
  • BCC Cross Zoom combines zoom, glow, and dissolve into one simple transition.

Purchase BCC 10 for Adobe

Purchase/Upgrade Pricing

BCC 10 for Adobe
AED 3,662/- (new lower price)

Upgrade – BCC 10 for Adobe
AED 1,086/- (Upgrade from BCC 8 or 9)

Shave and a Haircut 9.0 for Autodesk Maya 2014 – 2016

Joe Alter releases Shave and a Haircut 9.0

What’s new in Shave and a Haircut v9?

New Display Options

  • Realtime GL Shading
  • VP 2.0 integration from Maya 2015
  • MultiRes Hair Display in viewport ( Shaded Preview Mode)
  • Interactive Texture Update

Groming

  • Better instance grooming with live update and gl preview.
  • pressure sensitive stylus and pressure slider
  • Brush Intensity

MultiThreaded Dynamics.

Rendering

  • Support for Vray 3.0,3.1,3.2
  • Vray rendering is 2x faster in 3.0+ over 2.4
  • Full Support for Pixar RenderMan 20 + RIS
  • New custom shader assignment for Renderman studio and RIS renders

Support for Maya 2014 , 2015 , 2016.

Pricing

  •  Joe Alter has moved to a ‘subscription license’ purchase model and yearly options.
  •  Free upgrades (for subscribers)

Read more about the new features in Shave and a Haircut 9.0 on Joe Alter’s website

Purchase Here

ON1 Photo 10 is Here!

The next generation of Perfect Photo Suite is now available. Works as a standalone app and as a plug-in for Lightroom and Photoshop.

Version 10 includes the necessary tools to manage and edit your photos with non-destructive Smart Photo technology. Improve portraits, add effects, enlarge for large-format printing, share, and make complex selections or masks with minimal effort.

WHAT’S NEW IN ON1 PHOTO 10?

ON1 is excited to introduce ON1 Photo 10, the latest version of their Perfect Photo Suite. If you’re a previous owner of Perfect Photo Suite, you’ll love all the improvements they’ve made to this latest version. They’ve spent the last year working hard to improve every aspect of our app. From boosting performance to improving stability, from supercharging Perfect Browse to overhauling the user interface, ON1 Photo 10 is snappy, modern and easier to use.

  • Up to 4x faster
  • Modern user interface
  • Supercharged browse
  • Requires less memory
  • Completely redesigned ON1 Portrait
  • Enhanced color and tone controls
  • Use Perfect Resize from anywhere
  • Integrated mobile workflow
  • And Much More!

Purchase Here

Introducing Trapcode Suite 13

Red Giant has announce Trapcode Suite 13, a major update to our industry standard tools for creating Motion Graphics and Visual Effects in Adobe After Effects. Introducing Trapcode Tao, an entirely new, incredibly powerful tool for generating 3D geometries along a path, in Adobe After Effects. Major updates to Trapcode Particular, MIR, and Shine as well!

Trapcode Suite 13 includes 11 tools:

PRICE

  • Full: $999
  • Upgrade: (from previous versions of Trapcode Suite) $199
  • Academic: $499

COMPATIBILITY:

  • Host-App: All of the tools work in Adobe After Effects. Trapcode Shine, Starglow, and 3D Stroke also work in Premiere Pro.
  • OS: All tools work on both Windows and Mac.
  • Check the individual product pages for specific host-app and OS compatibility.

Buy Here

Below is a listing of just the new product updates. Click links above for details on other products.

TRAPCODE TAO – NEW PRODUCT

Trapcode Tao is an entirely new, incredibly powerful tool for generating 3D geometries along a path, in Adobe After Effects. It’s very deep, and feature rich, but here are the basic bullet points:

  • Create beautiful complex motion graphics with animated ribbons, geometric shapes, and more.
  • Generates procedural 3D geometries using built-in auto paths, mask shapes, and the motion from 3D lights.
  • Two levels of repeaters give you the ability to take simple paths and turn them into complex geometric animations.
  • Create photo-real motion graphics with textures and included reflection/environment maps.
  • Loop animations for motion graphics and backgrounds with Trapcode Tao’s powerful offset and looping system.
  • GPU-accelerated, so that features like image based lighting, reflection maps, and ambient occlusion, all render at incredible speeds.

PRICE

  • Full: $99
  • Academic: $49

Buy alone or as part of the Suite.

TRAPCODE PARTICULAR 2.5 – WHAT’S NEW

  • While you can still work the regular Particular UI, Particular 2.5 includes a new Effects Builder, for visually creating particle effect. In the builder you can add adjustable blocks with preset behaviors and styles or add complete, customizable particle effects instantly. The Effects Builder gives instant visual feedback, making the building and previewing of effects an intuitive and creative experience.
  • 130+ New presets – Particular 2.5 Includes over 130 new Effects Builder presets, giving you over 180 fully-customizable presets for creating flames, spaceflight, fireworks, explosions, smoke and more.New Sprites and Polygons – Particular 2.5 includes over a hundred still and animated sprite images, easily loaded through the new Effects Builder.
  • New “Over Life” Graphs give you more control over the size and opacity of particles over life. The new graphing system lets you draw curves and adjust points easily. Draw from scratch, or start with presets and adjust.
  • The new explode behavior automates the process of creating explosion effects by removing the need to set keyframes.
  • With the new Aspect Ratio control, you can change the aspect ratio of your particles, giving you the ability to stretch or compress the shape or sprite image. Quickly turn spheres into ovals, squares into rectangles, and much more. Two new Particle types has been added, giving you the ability to create procedural generated square and circle shaped particles.
  • Particular 2.5 can render up to 30 Million particles (previously 20 Million), giving you more power, flexibility and particle awesomeness than ever before.

PRICE

  • Full: $399
  • Upgrade: $99
  • Academic: $199

Buy alone or as part of the Suite.

 

TRAPCODE MIR 2 – WHAT’S NEW

  • Mir 2 adds the ability to spiralize the mesh, deforming the surface with spiral rotation.
  • Trapcode Mir 2 now includes the ability to create seamless looping fractal-based backgrounds.
  • Choose between quad or triangle-based polygons for your surfaces.
  • Add a second-pass wire-frame on top of your Mir surface. Great for creating grid overlays on terrains and more.
  • Choose one of three modes for texture sampling. Choose “Nearest” for an unfiltered rendering, “Linear” to smooth gradients, and “Solid Face” to give each polygon a single color.
  • Take control of the displacement by setting Z-Range minimums and maximums. Great for creating plateaus and craters on your surfaces.
  • Choose from 4 different types of Fractal Distortions for varying displacements of the mesh: Regular, Multi, SmoothRidge, Multi SmoothRidge.
  • Mir 2 includes many performance enhancements including up to 3x optimized rendering speeds and improved VRAM management.

PRICE:

  • Full: $99
  • Upgrade: $49
  • Academic: $49

Buy alone or as part of the Suite.

 

TRAPCODE SHINE 2 – WHAT’S NEW

  • Trapcode Shine 2 introduces true 3D light rays. Connect Shine to a 3D light, and the rays become 3D camera aware.
  • With Shine’s new camera-aware Fractal Noise effects you can Add smoky lights to your motion graphics and VFX. Includes masking and 3D fractal noise parallax tools for simulating even more depth.
  • Shine comes with 35 fully-customizable presets, to get you started.

PRICE:

  • Full: $99
  • Upgrade: $49
  • Academic: $49

Buy alone or as part of the Suite.

Genarts Sapphire 9 is here!

Press Release

Cambridge, MA – September 30, 2015 – GenArts Inc., the leading global provider in specialized visual effects software, is excited to announce the release of Sapphire 9 today. This marks the shortest time elapsed between version releases in Sapphire’s history, allowing active Upgrade and Support customers and current subscribers to upgrade to version 9 free of charge.

KEY EFFECTS AND UPDATES:

sapphire 9 new

  • BokehLights: Generates beautifully complex and creative patterns of defocused lights that animate and scale over time.
  • NightSky: Astronomically accurate star field renderer. Specify date, time, and location to generate correct nighttime skies.
  • Aurora: Produces swirling patterns similar to the Aurora Borealis. Many different modern, subtle, and abstract looks can be easily achieved.
  • InfiniteZoom: Creates a hypnotic, spiral effect similar to infinite regression.
  • CutToDissolve (transition): Replaces a straight cut with a dissolve seamlessly by generating missing frames using optical flow technology.
  • RepairFrames: Fixes any damage (bad pixels, dropouts, random noise) in a frame automatically.
  • Builder Improvements: Multiple transition nodes and animation curves enable more power and freedom for building cutting edge custom effects.

“Builder is much more of a comprehensive tool in Sapphire 9, with workflow enhancements that guide you to advanced levels once you’ve mastered the basics,” explains Brian Fox, Product Manager and Creative Director for GenArts. “We’ve added new compositing tools to better facilitate the creation of complex effects, including easier ways to blend images, work with alphas, and offset elements over time. We’ve also added animation graphs to all parameters in S_Effect, to take care of basic keyframing needs. And in S_Transition, you can now combine multiple transitions for more creative results. Overall, Builder continues to produce professional and distinct looks from simple to complex effect combinations.”

Purchase Sapphire 9

Cebas thinkingParticles 6.2 is now available

New features found in thinkingParticles 6 Subscription Drop 2

thinkingParticles Subscription Drop 2 comes packed with advanced new features that expands on the ever growing possibilities of visual effects for thinkingParticles. FX artists can now explore new ways of handling compressible fluid effects like smoke and gas, as well as build amazing rule-based interaction between the fluid bodies (smoke/fumes) and rigid bodies.

In addition to simulating gas flows efficiently in a physically realistic way, thinkingParticles 6.2 is now built with an amazing feature that renders instantly such gaseous effects such as smoke, clouds and fire.

This release is not only about advanced new features, many bug-fixes and workflow enhancements have also been added as part of your tool sets.

Buy it here