Color Correction vs. Color Grading (Plus Freebies!)


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April 24, 2014

by Michele Yamazaki, Toolfarm

Freebies for Color Grading and Color Correction

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In Depth: 9 Great Freebies for Color Grading After Effects & Premiere Pro

The Beat has linked to some nice presets for Premiere Pro & After Effects to give your video work unique color looks. The first couple are from their list. I’ve expanded on the free presets, plus added some great free color grading plug-ins for AE PPRO and more!

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Freebie: DV Rebel Tools for After Effects

Stu Maschwitz has a free download up on his blog; DV Revel Tools for Adobe After Effects. Check it out, you just may like it!

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Freebie: Jarle’s Premiere Pro Presets Version 2.0

Jarle Leirpoll says “The 1.0 version of my presets has been downloaded more than 22.000 times, and is used daily by documentary film editors, wedding video makers, students, and even by big broadcast companies. Now, you can download version 2.0, with even more cool presets.”

In Depth Color Correction vs Color Grading
Color Correction and Color Grading – How They’re Different
Michele Yamazaki explains the difference between color correction and color grading, shows you some tools to fix and tweak color, points you to a few tutorials, and provides some side by side examples and breakdowns. She’ll also share some free tools you can use for color correction or grading.

Favorite iPad Production Apps


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April 23, 2014

by Larry Jordan


Generic newsletter bullet Last week, I mentioned some iPad apps that readers recommended. I have more for you this week.


Chuck Savadelis writes:

Adam Wilt’s Cine Meter is the best light meter / lighting & scene analyser available for iOS.

Jon Chappell, from Digital Rebellion, writes:

Cut Notes is an app that allows you to take notes during a screening. It syncs to the timecode of your NLE (FCP 7, FCP X, Avid, Adobe Premiere, Pro Tools) and uses preset note buttons to minimize the time you have to spend looking down to write. You can then export the notes to a variety of formats and use our free Marker Import tool to bring them back into your NLE. It also has cloud features like group note-taking sessions through our Kollaborate cloud workflow system.

CinePlay is an iPad / iPhone video player aimed at professionals. Unlike other video players on the App Store, it’s designed with timecode in mind and will automatically detect the timecode track in a movie clip. It has other features like masking / blanking to various aspect ratios, timecode overlays, markers (which can be exported to various formats) and safe areas. It also has Dropbox playback support and more advanced features with our Kollaborate cloud workflow platform like automatic color correcting via CDLs.


Video Copilot Announces New Product: MotionPulse


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April 22, 2014

by Video Co-Pilot’s

At Video Copilot, we know that Sound Design is critical when it comes to motion graphics and today we are excited to announce our new product MotionPulse!

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MotionPulse will be available May 6th in digital download!

MotionPulse features over 1000 compound sound FX across 25 categories.  No filler sound FX, just INSANE multi-layered sound FX for Movie Trailers, Motion Design, Special Effects and anytime you need to grab someones attention and shake people up!

This is not generic sound FX collection, like footsteps and bad guys screaming, this collection was generated specifically for motion designers that need to add hard-hitting sound FX to things that do not exist. Bring your motion graphics to life with MotionPulse!



Best Ways For Ripping Blu-ray Movies


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April 21, 2014


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It’s relatively easy to copy movies from a dvd onto your pc with this free program called Handbrake. Sadly, it almost never recognizes blu-ray discs.

Also very heavy copy protection can make ripping blu-ray discs a huge hassle.

So time for some hassle-free solutions for ripping blu-ray movies to your computer, external hard disc, or to play them on your iPad.


The easiest way to rip blu-ray movies is by installing DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper (for Windows and Mac).

With this tool, you can rip 2D and 3D movies, it also supports all encryption methods.

The ripped files can be stored in a MPEG, MP4, MKV, AVI, TS, … format. You can also configure the compression rate. This way, you’ll end up with a file that’s much smaller than the original 25 or 50 GB blu-ray disc.

Watch out! Ripping a blu-ray movie can take multiple hours, depending on the speed of your computer.

DVDFab Blu-ray Ripper does cost € 54, but a 30-day trial is available for free.


You can also get going for free with MakeMKV (also available in Dutch), in combination with Handbrake.

After installing MakeMKV, you click on File; open disc and you select the disc.

Tip: When you receive a message that states you’re using a 30-day trial, just confirm – MakeMKV will remain free during the beta (which is already going on for years now).

The required official key is available for free at the MakeMKV ways for ripping blu-ray movies

Now select the movie by clicking on Type. In case you’ll find multiple files on your blu-ray disc, the biggest file will usually represent the movie (often more than 20 or 30GB).

If you’re ripping blu-ray movies with several episodes, you have to select them all.

Tip: Don’t select the little files (smaller than 500-1000 MB), they represent menus and/or advertisements.

Next, you select a map and click on Make MKV. Now the movie gets ripped onto your hard disk without being compressed in the process.

After that, you can click on the file to check it out, e.g. by opening it in the free VLC media player.


You can store your movies on your pc or on an external hard drive, the problem is that a blu-ray movie is rather big (up to 50 GB). Handbrake lets you compress a movie without significant quality loss.

First, you select a file in Handbrake. In the Presets menu, select High Profile. If you want to compress the movie significantly, change the resolution from 1080p to 720p.

Go to Picture; Size and change Width to 1280. At the bottom now you’ll see Display size: 1280×720 (or 720p).Then select mkv in the output settings menu.

Go to the audio tab to select one or multiple audio files. Click on the language next to Source to select the language. With Add track, it’s possible to add multiple languages (when the blu-ray supports this). You can also transfer the subtitles by clicking on subtitles. Click on Add and choose the language of the subtitles next to Source.

To configure the compression rate, you go to the Video tab. Choose Constant Framerate and change the Constant Quality to 18.

Tip: The higher you go, the higher the compression rate.

If you want the movie on your iPad, choose iPad in the Presets menu.

This all comes in very handy, not only to back-up your blu-ray movies, but also to watch them anywhere on the go.


Rebekka Deforce is the owner of Working over 12 years in the audiovisual sector and developed a great passion for internet marketing, she now helps on- and offline businesses to get magnificent conversion results through video marketing and YouTube marketing. She also loves to help people with the technical aspect of the video production process.
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Free Handheld Camera Pack


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April 18, 2014

by Joren Kandel, PixelLab

The Pixel Lab




Free Handheld Camera Pack! 10 Drag/Drop Camera Animations for AE+C4D

Hey guys,
It’s our 3 year anniversary at The Pixel Lab! To celebrate I created the Handheld Camera Pack which we’re giving away for free. It’s 10 drag and drop cameras to paste in your scene to add really cool handheld animation! The difference between real handheld camera moves and a computer generated move is pretty significant, and this will add a lot to your scene. The pack is available for Adobe After Effects and Cinema 4D.

To get the pack just go to and use the password: pixellove13

That will give you access to all of our freebies including the Handheld Camera Pack. Also, check out the tutorial on how to use the pack here:

Could you do something for me? I would love it if you would help spread the word about the pack via twitter/facebook etc. You can use this link to share: 

That would mean a lot to me! Happy 3 Years of The Pixel Lab!




Get Organized Before Your Edit


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April 17, 2014

by CEO at RHED Pixel

Save time, money and agony with tips from the trenches by two of the industry’s top workshop leaders and content producers who have spent many hours editing together. Learn about ways to organize your footage starting with how it’s ID’d in the field. Learn strategies for organizing assets-particularly when you have to keep track from multiple sources. Plan a smooth workflow for managing interviews. Plan for prepping and integrating stock or archival images.

You’ll also learn how to integrate graphics into your workflow and plan for music mixing in- or out of house.

A presentation from NAB by Amy DeLouise and Rich Harrington…. just click thru the frames to advance the slides:





Nodes 2: Create Generative Motion Graphics with Flexibility and Speed


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April 16, 2014

by Yanobox

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Nodes 2 offers unprecedented power to create connected motion graphics and abstract particle universes. Nodes is used by leading artists to create high-end screen graphics in motion pictures like The Avengers, Planet of the Apes and Ender’s game.


Nodes supports Final Cut Pro X, After Effects, Motion and Premiere Pro on Mac OSX.
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Build Networks

Explore Universes

Animate Forms

Start out with primitives, 3D models or footage to create a point cloud. Then populate the animation with text and manage connections dynamically.
Spread the nodes in infinite space and create universes with fifty- thousand glowing particles.
Apply 3D effects such as oscillation, noise, coordinate projection or morphing to create organic animations of the elements.
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Beautiful Connection Algorithms

Define relationships between nodes with several modes and options or script specific links. Use the new distance algorithms to animate dynamic connections. Render wireframes, growing lines, curved lines with oscillating tangents or draw an abstract line painting.
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Import 3D Models

Import OBJ 3D models and sequences created with popular 3D software. Add nodes and text to the vertices, render wireframes from faces, and play with animated meshes. The possibilities are endless.

> Download our Free OBJ 3D Primitives

Extract nodes from footage

Generate custom point clouds from your videos and images. Use luminance to affect the position or node size.

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Create with Dynamic Primitives

Assemble diagrams and complex screen graphics with global control over the content. The procedural geometry primitives let you easily setup and animate the layout of thousand of connected nodes, texts and lines.
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Fully Integrated into After Effects

Nodes 2 natively supports the After Effects Camera. This allows for seamless integration with other industry standard plugins also compatible with the 3D environment offered by AE. This feature enables clever methods of layering to quickly create sophisticated 3D compositions with multiple instances of Nodes.
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Accelerated Fonts

Carrousel Effect

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Fluidly play with five thousand real time layers of text thanks to the new accelerated fonts.
The new auto-highlight function is super simple to use. Set a few parameters for the roll-out, hit play and you get an instant carrousel effect that cycles through your text or images.

Projection offers a new kind of experimentation. Different modes let you progressively blend the position of nodes from cartesian to polar, cylindrical or spherical coordinates and create amazing structures.

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Presets and Templates to get started

Start from scratch creating your own crisp compositions or use the provided presets. Nodes comes with hundreds of presets, so you can hit the ground running.



Apple Final Cut Pro
Version 7 and 10

Apple Motion
Version 4 and 5

Mac OSX Moutain Lion or Maverick
Version 10.8 or 10.9
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Adobe After effects
Version 10, 10.5, 11 and 12
(CS5, CS5.5, CS6 and CC)

Adobe Premiere Pro
Version 6 and 7
(CS6 and CC)

NODES 2 for FCP, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Motion is kinda steeply priced at $299


Official Trapcode Suite Training by Peder Norrby


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April 15, 2014

by Peder Norrby

Here are the video tutorials made by me – Trapcode’s developer himself, Peder Norrby. These tutorials smell more of “boring engineer” than “cool” :-) Nonetheless, these videos contain almost everything you need to know about the Trapcode products. If you can manage to watch them all, I promise you will learn enormous amounts! I encourage anyone who uses the Trapcode Suite to watch them.

The idea is that you watch them to thoroughly understand the workings of the tools and then get inspired to create you own cool effects using the knowledge you picked up. I’m always open for feedback, please comment below if you want to say something about these tutorials.

Clip Description on-line download
Shine in action Introduction view download :: 5.0M
Shine cutoff rays Avoid having rays cut off view download :: 4.8M
Shine in motion Setting Shine in motion view download :: 11M
Shine gobo Create a 3D gobo, advanced view download :: 10M
Starglow in action Introduction and basic use view download :: 5.2M
3D Stroke in action Introduction and basic use view download :: 5.4M
Sound Keys in action Introduction and basic use view download :: 3.2M
Lux in action Introduction and basic use view download :: 6.8M
Lux in depth More thorough view download :: 7.0M
Particular Getting Started by Harry Frank view
Particular in action Introduction (v1.0) view download :: 5.7M
Particular bounce Bouncing particles on 3D layers view download :: 11M
Particular custom Custom particles (in v2 “Sprite”) view download :: 22M
Particular new in v1.5 Depth of Field, Motion Path view download :: 20M
Particular v2 tut 1 Shading, Textured Poly etc view download :: 65M
Particular v2 tut 2 Streaklet, Ortho etc view download :: 23M
Particular v2 tut 3 Float, Transform World etc view download :: 48M
Echospace in action Introduction view download :: 7.7M
Echospace precomp Echospace with 3D precomps view download :: 6.4M
HDR Using HDR (32-bit float) view download :: 41M
Horizon Basic use view download :: 80M
Form Form Training by Harry Frank view
Form intro Introduction and basic use view download :: 78M
Form layer map Using Layer Maps view download :: 43M
Form audio Using sound to affect Form view download :: 60M
Form fractal Using the fractal noise field view download :: 51M
Mir Geometry and shading view (download from page)


Learn About All the Free Trapcode Resources


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April 14, 2014

by Red Giant

Get the most out of your Trapcode products. Visit Red Giant’s Resource Page to get free training, tips and secrets all in one place.  With the tools available here, learn how to utilize what Trapcode Suite has to offer.

Go to the Resouce Page


Red Giant is now on Tumblr! Click “Follow” to get inspiration, examples, tutorials, and links to presets delivered to your feed.

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Get a kickstart on your project at Red Giant People, where users and gurus alike share templates you can download to start creating faster.

Find Free Presets


Trapcode creator Peder Norrby has added a ShareLog where you can download presets and view tutorials, as well as add your own.

Visit the ShareLog


Particle Man

Tutorial that shows using the motion vectors feature introduced in Particular 2.2 to generate particles from the motion of a body.

GoPro Hero 3 Handheld 2-Axis Gimbal at NAB


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April 11, 2014


Thanks to Rodney Mitchell of the DCMV Creative Pro User’s Group for posting this article!




Via NAB, the new G3 Steadycam two axis handheld gimbal allows you to use your little GOPRO easy to shoot the videos and photos as smoothly as movies, let you share your life with your relatives and friends in anytime and anywhere. You will always be the focus of the life no matter when and where you are, let the multi-angle, smooth and clear records to become the eternal memory.All of this will easy to realize in your hands. Soon it will become your travel must-have items.


Steadycam, by Steady+ cam (the first three letters of “camera”) make up, G3 Steadycam handheld gimbal is light weight, easy to carry, simple to use, power-and-go,also has electronic slow to follow mode which a mechanical stabilizer cannot do that, and it can steady the up and down before and after. Compatible use with GOPRO3 , GOPRO3+.


Convenient and practical power switch design, integration lightweight design and delicate appearance. It can help you easily to achieve the shooting of fast moving, chasing, steering, and low angle.


It equipped with four batteries and one battery charge. Each battery type is 16340, and capacity is 1800mAh. You just need to use three batteries and one can be used as backup. The use time is over 2 hours.

Feiyu tech kindly remind you: You should first amount the GOPRO to gimbal, then put on the batteries and power on. Otherwise it will cause the phenomena of gimbal disorderly shaking.


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