Normality 3 – light 3D objects and scenes in After Effects

Adobe After Effects, plugin by Thorsten Meyer on July 5, 2009 1 Comment »

Normality 3 (an After Effects Plugin)

Normality is a  (free for commercial and non-commercial use) After Effects plug-in which allows you to light 3D objects and scenes within Adobe After Effects. Normally is a spinoff of an internal plugin developed used by Studio LampionNormality has been used in projects including the Paraworld and Frontlines: Fuel of War trailers by Pendulum and A Night at the Cathedral.

Normality 3 features:

(All features are supported in 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit (Float) color modes.)

You can download Normality directly from Stefan Minning web site:  Windows or Mac OS X

Stefan Minning the key person behind Normality is a computer graphics artist and software developer and co-founder of Studio Lampion .

Stefan  introduces Normality in his two Video Tutorials:

GridIron Flow Visual Workflow Manager

Adobe Acrobat, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Encore, Adobe Fireworks, adobe flash, adobe illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Media Encoder, Adobe Soundbooth, Cinema 4D, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro 6, nuke, Photoshop CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Photoshop CS4, Premier, Premiere Pro, Shake, workflow by Thorsten Meyer on June 30, 2009 No Comments »

GridIron Flow gives creative professionals and workgroups the ability to see, access, and share all their project files in one simple, elegant interface. The product, which has been lauded by industry influencers and beta users as a “must have” productivity application, now includes even more features.

GridIron Flow

“We’ve waited a long time for this day, but the final product was worth the wait,” said Steve Forde, CEO of GridIron. “Thanks to a world-class development team and the thousands of beta testers who not only thoroughly tested the software but helped shape the final version, Flow is a product that will help all creative pros, whether they work alone or as part of a group, become more streamlined and productive. No more lost files, no more accidents, no more all-nighters.”

GridIron Flow has been used by thousands of creative professionals since the public beta of the product was released in February 18, 2009. Users have experienced how the software provides a unique and total understanding of each project being worked on and allows them to track all the components of a project, regardless of where the files are located. With instant access to any file or version needed, creative professionals can get a lot more done in a lot less time—without having to do anything differently.

Key features of the product include:

  • Workflow Maps – Visual interface shows all project files and how they are connected
  • Share Maps – Allows multiple users to view the same workflow map across the network
  • Adobe CS4 Flow Flash Panel Provides access to GridIron Flow directly in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign or Flash
  • Real-time Asset Tracking – Tracks the connections between project files in real-time
  • Visual Versioning – Accesses the complete history of a file and allows the user to revert to any version
  • Visual Search – Finds any file, even if it’s offline, and shows how it fits into a project
  • Foolproof Packaging – Gathers and updates all files automatically, keeping the package current
  • Time Tracking – Automatically records how much time was spent on a file or project

GridIron Flow

“The ability for Flow to be accessed directly within Adobe CS4 applications via the new Flash Panel is impressive because of the value it brings users,” said Johnny Loiacono, senior vice president and general manager, Creative Solutions Business Unit, Adobe Systems. “CS4 already delivers significant increases in productivity and Flow takes that to an even higher level. It is a product that most of our Creative Suite customers will find valuable.”

For more information see the links below:

GridIron Flow is available for immediate purchase from GridIron’s website at http://www.gridironsoftware.com/store/. A single user license is $299 USD, with a three pack also available for $399.

Imagineer introduces mocha shape for Final Cut and updates mocha

Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro plugin, mocha, mocha for After Effects v2, mocha for Final Cut, mocha shape for Final Cut, mocha-ae, plugin by Thorsten Meyer on June 24, 2009 1 Comment »

mocha shape for Final Cut

Imagineer did introduce mocha shape for Final Cut. To support the launch of mocha shape for Final Cut Imagineer has released updated versions of  mocha,  mocha for After Effects and motor. 

“For years, Final Cut editors have asked for better masking tools to perform tasks such as isolated color correction and the blurring of objects,” said Ross Shain, chief marketing officer for Imagineer Systems. “The new mocha shape FxPlug, combined with mocha shape for Final Cut offers an affordable and easy to learn solution.  Now editors, can quickly track masking shapes to objects, import the XML data and finish their shot within Final Cut rather than another finishing software.”

mocha shape for Final Cut is designed to import rotoscoping shape data exported from mocha into Final Cut, mocha shape for Final Cut enables Final Cut Pro users to easily import multi-layer shape data with variable, per point edge feathering.  This new development significantly saves render time and improves the workflow between Imagineer’s mocha family of desktop VFX products and Final Cut Pro.

Imagineer’s mocha shape FxPlug for Final Cut is supported currently by mocha v1.5, motor v1.5, mocha for Final Cut v2.

mocha shape for Final Cut features:

  • import XML roto shape data from Imagineer’s products to Final Cut Pro
  • variable per point edge width feathering
  • mocha layer names translate to Final Cut
  • high quality rendering
  • works with Final Cut Pro and Express

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If you want to learn more about mocha shape for Final Cut you jump over to the tutorial that is available on imagineers systems web site where Ben Heusner from Curious Turtle covers mocha for Final Cut and the mocha shape FxPlug to track shapes and import them into Final Cut.

mocha 1.5

Imagineer published also maintenance releases for some of their products which fixes several bugs and adds support for several new tracking and shape export formats.

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mocha

New  mocha 1.5 features:

  • After Effects Corner Pin has been changed to provide motion blur on the translation, rotation and scale components when rendered in After Effects.
  • Shape data export to mocha shape for After Effects (sold separately) is included.
  • Tracking data export to Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express is included.
  • Shape data export to mocha shape for Final Cut (sold separately) is included.

mocha for Final Cut

New mocha for Final Cut v2 features:

  • free point release for existing owners
  • adds mocha shape for Final Cut export
  • now supports all ProRes QuickTime formats

motor

New motor v1.5 features:

  • free point release for existing owners
  • adds mocha shape for Final Cut export
  • adds mocha shape for After Effects export
  • now supports all ProRes QuickTime formats

mocha for After Effects

New mocha for After Effects v2.0.3 features:

  • free point release for existing owners of v2
  • now supports all ProRes QuickTime formats

Imagineer recommends that Mac OS X user should save a copy of the license file before installing. When updated mocha I did run into little issues under Windows Vista 64 as well so I recommend to save a copy of the  license file before installing  on Windows and Mac OS X.

Pricing and Availability
mocha shape for Final Cut, mocha for Final Cut v2, mocha v1.5 and motor v1.5 are all available immediately and are priced as follows:

  • mocha shape for Final Cut:  $99.00 US
  • mocha for Final Cut v2:  $199.00 US
  • mocha v1.5 (full version):  $995.00 US
  • motor v1.5:  $495.00 US

For more information on these solutions or to place an order, please visit www.imagineersystems.com.

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mocha shape for Final Cut is an FxPlug designed to import rotoscoping shape data exported from mocha into Final Cut.

Final Cut users can import multi-layer shape data with variable, per point edge feathering! This saves render time and improves the workflow between Imagineer’s products and Final Cut.

mocha shape for Final Cut is available as both single and multi-seat licenses, making it affordable for both individuals and facilities.

*Current product versions that support the mocha shape FxPlug for Final Cut format: mocha v1.5, motor v1.5, mocha for Final Cut v2

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