Toolfarm is one of those really cool companies that offers niche products at wholesale prices. Best part is, they offer free demos of those plug-ins so you can drive them around the block a few times before you buy. Or simply to get your learn on. Just fill out your contact info and they hand you the keys to the car.
Best part is they’ll let you fly solo for the test drive so depress pedal to floor. Here’s a few plug-ins that would be awesome add-ons to my toolkit and you might like check them out, too.
GenArts, Inc. is a premier provider of visual special effects software for the film and video industry. Their Sapphire Plug-ins extend the capabilities of editing and effects workstations by providing digital artists with a collection of over 175 state-of-the-art image processing and synthesis effects.
Desert sunrise, Arctic tundra, nighttime urban streets: the look of your footage defines the mood. Now you can define the style of your video or film, regardless of on-set conditions, with powerful imaging tools. Choose from 100+ Look presets, to help set the mood for everything from a wedding to the next Sundance original. You also get the standalone Magic Bullet LooksBuilder, for pre-visualizing looks on set or anywhere. Portable presets load into any editing hosts, so the same Looks you create on set are the ones you finish with in the editorial suite: no need for an expensive finishing system.
Primatte Keyer is a professional greenscreen tool that extracts keys from any color background quickly and easily. Version 4 brings new levels of power and speed to After Effects and Avid, and for the first time, Final Cut Pro. New features include easy-to-use Auto setup, which creates an almost-perfect key with one click. Powerful features allow Primatte Keyer to overcome keying challenges such as uneven lighting, compression artifacts, subtle shadows, and edge light contamination. Best of all, Primatte Keyer 4 works right on the timeline.
3D Stroke uses paths from one or more masks to render volumetric strokes that can be rotated and moved freely in 3D space. It even has a built-in camera to create dynamic 3D environments. Path reveals are made easily using the keyframable sliders for start and end.
And hey, Toolfarm is super nice and throw in a considerable collection of free tutorials to get you started. Have fun!
proactively • plugged in • peter