Renderman, for Free!


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March 27, 2015


RenderMan is a top-of-the-line, photorealistic 3D rendering software by Pixar and has been used to render all of Pixar’s 3D animated movie productions — hit movies such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Iron Man 3, Captain America, I Robot, and many more.

Featuring Pixar’s new RIS technology, RenderMan delivers extremely fast global illumination and interactive shading and lighting. Currently in use at many studios, RIS is fast, robust, and changing how movies are made.

If you don’t know what all that means, RenderMan is not for you. If, however, you do understand what RenderMan does… don’t let this opportunity pass you up, get it now!

Please note RenderMan is available for 64-bit versions of Windows 7, 8, Mac OS X 10.7/10.8/10.9, and Linux only.

Click on this image to go to the Download Page–

Technical Details

  • Developed by Pixar
  • Version is v19
  • Download size is large
  • Supports Windows 7 and 8 (64-bit only), Mac OS X 10.7 / 10.8 / 10.9 (64-bit only), and Linux (64-bit only)

Shoot For the Edit by Hal Landen


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March 26, 2015

by Hal Landen,

Shoot For The Edit

Shooting for the edit is smart shooting. It saves time and money for the editor. If you don’t know much about editing, learn before you shoot anything important. Otherwise you may shoot footage that cannot be edited. Knowing how to shoot for the edit makes your work more valuable to others.  Click here for Hal Landen’s tips…


A Baker’s Dozen of FREE HD Effects from BudgetVFX


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March 25, 2015

by BudgetVFX - High Quality Drag & Drop Effects. Everyday Low Prices.

BudgetVFX is a Rampant Design company that offers high quality HD effects to editors and mograph artists at an affordable price.


The main differences are:
• Clip Resolution – BudgetVFX only sells HD content. Rampant sells 2K, 4K & 5K resolution.
• Clip Count – All BudgetVFX products have 40 clips in each volume. Rampant sells products with 100’s of clips in each volume.

GRAB YOUR FREE HD CLIPS NOW by clicking here.

BudgetVFX is brought to you by Rampant Design, the people who pioneered Drag, Drop & Go visual effects for editors.  Here’s what you’ll get…

    • BFX_Bokeh
    • BFX_Beauty
    • BFX_Reflect
    • BFX_Film
    • BFX_GradLight
    • BFX_SmoothLight
    • BFX_Grunge
    • BFX_RealClutter
    • BFX_Grunge
    • BFX_GrungeLight
    • BFX_HeavyLight
    • BFX_FilmTrans
    • BFX_Flash


After Effects: Presets vs Plugins vs Scripts vs Expressions vs Templates


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March 24, 2015
By Caleb Ward, Premium Beat

Confused about the lingo in After Effects? In this post, we break down the key differences between presets, plugins, scripts, expressions and templates in AE.

There is is a lot of confusion out there over the different terms used in After Effects…and rightfully so. The terms above are often used online interchangeably adding to the uncertainty. In the following post we’ll clear up the differences, explaining how to create, use, and correctly talk about each one!

4 Tips For Real Estate Video Success


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March 23, 2015


How To Be Successful With Real Estate Video

The internet continues to foster an overwhelming number of articles chock-full of advice for how to create better real estate videos. From articles explaining how to use drone footage to capture the one perfect shot all the way to how to set up professional lighting to best feature you in front of the camera. While all of this advice can be helpful, it can also make people want to play with a leaf, in the woods, 200 miles from the closest cell tower. Here at WellcomeMat, we have cleared away all the static to give you four tried-and-true rules for success with real estate video.

The internet boasts an impressive number of articles chock-full of advice for how to create better real estate videos. From articles explaining how to use drone footage to capture the one perfect shot all the way to how to set up professional lighting to best feature you in front of the camera. And while all of this advice can be helpful it can also be very overwhelming. Here at WellcomeMat, we have cleared away all the static to give you four tried-and-true rules for success with real estate video.

1. Commit to quality

Hook your viewers with high quality video. Poorly shot video does a disservice to a property and your reputation. Unless you are a trained filmmaker with top-notch equipment and the experience to use it, chances are you won’t be able to produce a video that is up to standards. We get it, hiring a filmmaker can be expensive. But, ultimately, prospective clients will know that you are willing to properly market their property and you gain a significant amount of exposure by producing videos that viewers want to watch.

But don’t take my word for it. Which of these two videos is more appealing to you?

2. Hire the right filmmaker

After watching both the amateur and professional content above, hopefully you all now understand the value of hiring a filmmaker to shoot your videos. However, that can be a daunting task for those of us committed to finding a quality filmmaker who is skilled enough to represent us well. How can you know who the right filmmaker is without risking a costly hiring mistake?

WellcomeMat’s filmmaker network is 5,000 filmmakers strong and we have developed a keen sense of how to find the best filmmakers in any area. And it all comes down to four things: experience, equipment, editing, and examples.

A filmmaker with experience will know how to take your vision and create a beautiful video, whether it is a property tour, agent bio video, or a neighborhood film. They will know how to balance the different color temperatures of sunlight and indoor light, navigate complex video settings and codecs, and how to tell a story through film. Filmmaking is a difficult and highly technical set of skills that take significant training and on-set experience to gain aptitude. You probably don’t need to hire James Cameron to shoot your next video but finding a filmmaker that has spent a few years honing their skills will reflect in your finished product.

The equipment a filmmaker intends to use to shoot your video says quite a bit about how professional the finished product will look. Check out our filmmaker glossary to learn a few filmmaking terms so that you can more effectively communicate with potential filmmakers. And here’s a protip: the single most important thing a filmmaker needs to produce a professional looking video is stabilization equipment. This can include, but is not limited to, a tripod, glidecam, jib, or a slider.

Editing is an extremely important part of the filmmaking process. A popular adage in the movie-making business is that a film is written three times: with the script, when shooting, and when editing. Discussing with any potential filmmakers their process during post-production is imperative. How many editing revisions do they allow? Will they include music with the film? How about motion graphics for an intro? These are the finishing touches that bring a video to the next level.

Examples of previous work, or a filmmaker’s reel, are the ultimate test of the skill of a filmmaker. A reel will show you exactly how well all the disparate aspects of a filmmaker’s process come together. Use your own judgement as to whether you enjoyed watching their work. And don’t be afraid of asking what role they played in each example video, as most filmmakers work as a part of a crew so are only responsible for a single thing in most films.

3. Create content that engages viewers

The most indicative thing for real estate video success is producing content that engages your viewers. This is where we say, yet again, quality content is king. With so much available content, a viewer decides whether to watch a video or click away within moments of pressing play.

We have publicly stated that we believe slideshows, virtual tours, and animations do not perform as well as full motion video content. And we can back it up with data. Within the WellcomeMat system, full motion videos have an average viewer retention time of 45.99 seconds, while slideshows, virtual tours and animations only retain viewers for 29.88 seconds of the video. That means full motion videos retain viewership 54% better than slideshows.

Fortunately, committing to quality and hiring a filmmaker are already going to go a long way in creating content that engages your viewers. Talk to your filmmaker about opening your video with beautiful footage to capture the attention of viewers immediately. Additionally, being creative, different, or funny is a great way to retain viewership. Finally, keep your videos short. Regardless of how engaging your content is, most viewers will lose interest in a video before a minute. So make sure that you make your video memorable before that.

4. Guide viewers for a more captivating video experience

Now that you have the perfect, high-quality, full-motion video, shot by a great filmmaker, you need to make sure that you provide a viewing experience that supports and guides your viewer. While YouTube has its uses, we believe that it is not the very best place for your real estate video content. The best place is your site. By embedding your video on your website you can completely control the viewing experience and provide logical next steps for interested viewers.

And don’t forget, your WellcomeMat account also gives you hugely valuable tools to guide your viewers. Here are just a few: you can customize your player and channel to match your site; include chapters that increase engagement and allow viewers to navigate to different sections of your video with ease; grab photos pulled directly from your video; distribute your video to social networks to draw even more viewers to your domain.

What other tips do you have that have led to success using video for your real estate marketing?

Review: Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Suite 12


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March 20, 2015

by Jeff Riegel for Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite


Magic Bullet Suite 12.0 can really take your visuals to the next level. Red Giant has created some wonderful applications and plugins, including the Red Giant Shooter Suite and Universe that I reviewed last year. The new Magic Bullet Suite 12 is boasting seven powerful color correction tools including the all-new Magic Bullet Film.  I’ve also included a few video links demonstrating the capabilities of the new plug-ins:

The tools in Magic Bullet Suite 12 are fully compatible with Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, and include additional host support for Final Cut Pro X, Avid, and other industry standard NLEs. This versatility allows facilities with large workgroups to easily share looks amongst themselves.

You’ll find overlap in each of the Magic Bullet color modules, but now on to the details…



I’ve been a big fan of Looks since version 1.0. Version three has a new UI for a better ease-of-use of it’s almost 200 new and customizable presets—a great place to start before making your own tweaks. I especially like the new “hover-display” that displays details of a particular tool as you hover your cursor over it. Mojo is part of Looks which is kinda cool in that it protects skin color while manipulating the surrounding background of your video to add a filmic look of choice. I personally like the ability to add a quick and clean customizable vignette, which I do to many of my projects. Mojo + Vignette=stackable effects!




Colorista 3 is a super-simple and fast color corrector for the faint at heart affecting shadows, highlights, strengths and vignettes. It’s very intuitive and now works within Final Cut X and Motion 5, as well as Premiere and After Effects.




Magic Bullet Film is the newest software in the Magic Bullet Suite 12 product line that simply gives your video footage the look and ambiance of real film stock, with more than two-dozen options to choose from. Like the others product in this suite, the Film controls are very intuitive and provide you the ability to simulate Hollywood, old and new. Speaking of which, to celebrate this recent release, Red Giant’s film team, led by the creative guru, Seth Worley, has created “Old/New,” a new film narrated by Patton Oswalt (seen on TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Per Red Giant’s website, “Old/New” was created to help show off the power of Red Giant’s filmmaking and visual effects tools, with a focus on the new Magic Bullet Suite 12 – a set of seven tools for color correction, finishing, and film looks for filmmakers. The suite, a mainstay of the broadcast and filmmaking industries, includes Magic Bullet Looks, a color grading tool that is consistently voted the #1 plug-in for editors, year after year, and Colorista III, which gives filmmakers powerful, real-time color correction, directly on the editing timeline.”

Watch “Old/New” here:


Denoiser II  (Also part of Magic Bullet Shooter Suite 12.6)

Denoiser II hasn’t seen an update over its release last year as part of Red Giant’s Shooter Suite. But it’s nice to see its also available as part of RG’s MBS12.

DeNoiser II is Red Giant’s powerful visual noise reduction tool essential for anyone shooting in low light, giving you a professionally smoothed result that sustains and even enhances fine details.  It’s been compared to the very popular Neat Video plugin, which now gains new competition from Denoiser II.  (See a side-by-side comparison here.)  Denoiser II is extremely adept at clearing up artifacts and unwanted noise grain while leaving the true information intact for great looking results, no matter the poor lighting conditions.

MAGIC BULLET LUT BUDDY (Also part of Magic Bullet Shooter Suite 12.6)

LUT Buddy is now part of Magic Bullet Suite 12 as well as Red Giant’s Shooter Suite. Both now includes LUT Buddy for sharing color decisions from on-location.  LUT Buddy is a necessary instrument for sharing color choices between applications as LUT files.  If a colorist makes a set of adjustments to a clip in Premiere and would like to apply the same operation to a clip in Final Cut Pro (or After Effects, Smoke, Motion or Resolve), the information from Premiere can be saved to a LUT file and opened then applied in Final Cut Pro.  The process of saving the color operation to a LUT is the job of LUT Buddy.




Cosmos is a skin enhancer that has been around for a while under Magic Bullet’s tutelage, but is new to FCPX (yeah!). This product portion of MBS12 allows for manipulation of skin tone and smoothing relieving facial blemishes and aging much like Digital Anarchy’s award-winning Beauty Box skin retouching has done for years. (See my post here)




Mojo overlaps with Colorista in that it, too, can provide any desirable Hollywood color grade to your project within seconds.

Final Thoughts

Will Magic Bullet Suite 12 someday be included as part of Red Giant’s popular subscription based Universe? That would be nice and make upgrading and updating more simple! I find the need to no longer require After Effects to correct skin tones or express my color creativity anymore wonderful, expanding my ability to use their software within most any NLE including FCPX (except DeNoiser and LUT Buddy still only being Adobe plugins).  The ability for immediate feedback is awesome; when I use a slider, I see the results instantly! MBS12 is suitable for beginners as well as professional colorists.  I love this new version, especially all the products that come bundled within it that help me with color processing.

For a full list of new tools and features available in the Magic Bullet Suite 12, please visit

Magic Bullet Suite 12 can be purchased for $799 ($199 upgrade) at Or first check out the FREE Trial for Windows or Mac via their website.  Customers can purchase individual products or the entire Magic Bullet Suite 12.  For a full list of new tools and features available in the Magic Bullet Suite 12, please visit

Special thanks to Red Giant and the Zazil Media Group for allowing me the opportunity to spend time with their fine product and to share my take on Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite 12.


About Red Giant

Red Giant is a software company made up of talented artists and technologists who collaborate to create unique tools for filmmakers, editors, VFX artists, and motion designers. Our company culture is focused on finding balance between work and life – we call it “the double bottom line”  – this philosophy helps us ignore complexity in favor of building simple tools that yield giant results. Over the last decade, our products (like Magic Bullet and Trapcode) have become the standard in film and broadcast post-production – With over 200,000 users, it’s nearly impossible to watch 20 minutes of TV without seeing our software in use. From our experiences as artists and filmmakers, we aspire not only to provide tools for artists, but inspiration as well. Watch our films, learn from over 200 free tutorials, or try our software at

Press Contact
Anya Oskolkova
Zazil Media Group
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FREE LUT Loader for Final Cut Pro X


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March 19, 2015

by Pixel Film Studios

What is a LUT?

With the FCPX LUT Loader from Pixel Film Studios, editors can quickly and easily load a CUBE file directly into Final Cut Pro X to color correct or grade their footage without having to use another software. A LUT is a Lookup Table that contains a mathematical formula for modifying an image. The LUT changes every pixel’s color to the corresponding color indicated by the table.

FCPX: LUT Loader FCPX Plugin - What is a LUT?

FCPX: LUT Loader FCPX Plugin - LUT Loader for FCPX

LUT Loader for FCPX

CUBE LUT files are extremely versatile. They can be used in many different software and be created to color correct specific digital cameras.

Now, with the FCPX LUT Loader from Pixel Film Studios, editors can quickly and easily load a LUT file directly into Final Cut Pro X to color correct or grade their footage without having to use another software.

Users can simply drop the loader on top of their footage and then, use the drop down menu to select or import a CUBE file.

FCPX: LUT Loader FCPX Plugin - Color Correct Your Footage

Color Correct Your Footage

LUT’s are commonly used for Color Calibration. Users can use a LUT to quickly get their footage from a flat, Cinestyle or Log image to the monitor normal Rec709 grading.

FCPX: LUT Loader FCPX Plugin - Creative Grading

Creative Grading

In addition to color correcting your image to Rec709, LUT’s can be used for creative color grading. With an already properly color corrected image, users can apply a LUT to create a film look.

FCPX: LUT Loader FCPX Plugin - Control Your LUT

Control Your LUT

If the LUT doesn’t fully achieve the desired look, editors can use the built-in customization controls to adjust the strength, contrast, brightness and saturation of their image.

How to Batch Export from FCPX


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March 18, 2015

by FDP Training

This program was designed because there wasn’t a way to batch export in FCPX – Until now. Whether you have 1 or a thousand files to export out of one library, FCPXporter can do the job without you having to sit at your computer and click through each export. If you’re tired of having to be at your desk for each and every file to be manually added, this program will give you the freedom to step away from your desk while FCPXporter does the rest. Give it a try today!

FCPXporter: $39.99 ON SALE: $19.99

Batch Exporting for Final Cut Pro X


How to Fix 15 Common Mistakes Amateur Filmmakers Make


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March 17, 2015

by V. Renee, nofilmschool

So, you’re a noob filmmaker, huh? Well, that essentially means you’re a walking mistake factory.

That’s okay! Making mistakes is part of learning and becoming better — which, if we’re smart, we never stop doing. But, it’s always nice to learn how to avoid pitfalls before its too late, which is where filmmaker Darious Britt comes in. He has compiled 15 common (though not altogether obvious) mistakes that filmmakers make when they first start out and not only gives examples to learn from, but he also offers some excellent wisdom on ways to fix them in the video below:


Here’s a written list of all 15 common mistakes from the video:

  1. Weak story
  2. Undercooked scripts
  3. Bad sound
  4. Poor casting choices
  5. Poor shot composition
  6. White walls
  7. Poor lighting
  8. Unnecessary insert shots
  9. Lingering
  10. Too many pregnant pauses
  11. No blocking (movement)
  12. Too much chit chat
  13. Action for the sake of action
  14. Clichés
  15. Generic music

We can all be honest here and admit that we’re all guilty of making at least 95% of these mistakes (if we’re really honest, 100%). Darious offers so many great tips on how to not only avoid these things, but also how to fix them after we’ve made them.

What common mistakes have you made as a beginner filmmaker? Which ddo you notice in the films of other beginner filmmakers? Let us know in the comments below.     

Absolutely Free Weekly Webinars by Moviola


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March 16, 2015

by Moviola

Everything from Rigging your BlackMagic Cinema Camera to Sound Tips for Editors, Moviola has FREE weekly webinars every Thursday for 24 Hours, starting at 12 AM PDT.  They also have a variety of paid subscription plans and a plethora of awesome online training and interviews by some of the best in Hollywood.  Click below to start a free Pro Member Trial, like I did, to gain access to the Free Weekly Webinars.

A Moviola is a device that allows a film editor to view film while editing. It was the first machine for motion picture editing when it was invented by Iwan Serrurier in 1924. Moviola the company is still in existence and is located in Hollywood where part of the facility is located on one of the original Moviola factory floors.


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