Tokyo Split Animator is a plugin for Final Cut Pro X that offers 19 split screen templates. It allows you to animate-in and animate-out multiple clips; however, as you can see the above video, it also works quite well with multicam footage (something that works extremely well in FCP X) by easily allowing you to show all angles at once with a split screen animation.
Valve, the video game company, has launched a project dubbed Source Filmmaker, which gives users the power to edit scenes using video game action. And get this . . . it’s free.
The Source Filmmaker (SFM) is the movie-making tool built and used by us here at Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine. Because the SFM uses the same assets as the game, anything that exists in the game can be used in the movie, and vice versa. By utilizing the hardware rendering power of a modern gaming PC, the SFM allows storytellers to work in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get environment so they can iterate in the context of what it will feel like for the final audience.
I can see this being an effective storytelling tool for people wanting to sharpen their editing skills but lack source footage to work with, or maybe even as a pre-viz tool. Beyond that, I bet we’ll see some folks come up with rather entertaining stories built on the shoulders of video games.
Digital Anarchy has announced Beauty Box Video 2.0, which is a video plug-in for smoothing and retouching skin in the major NLEs. In addition to compatibility with After Effects 7.0–CS6, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7, and Premiere Pro CS4–CS6, version 2.0 adds support for Assimilate Scratch, Scratch Lab, Sony Vegas Por and Movie Studio.
Beauty Box Video 2.0 retails for $199, but is available for $149 through July 15, 2012.
More details in the press release below. [Read more…]
Sony Vegas Pro editors can now get Boris Continuum Complete 8 to add onto Vegas Pro versions 10 and 11. All BCC filters take advantage of either multi-processing or OpenGL acceleration. The BCC 8 package retails for $995, but is now available at an introductory price $595. Upgrades from prior BCC software is $295. [Read more…]
Take a look at the above video, which was completely edited in Photoshop (CS6 maybe?).
Right now, you can edit videos in Photoshop CS5 Extended. I’ve done it in the past even with plug-ins applied to video footage. However, if I can get the look I’m after in Premiere Pro or After Effects, I’m going to do that because the process is more streamlined (for now).
I neglected to note this last week when I wrote about the Final Cut Pro X version 10.0.3 upgrade; however, one of the many fixes provided in the update was a hurdle that Red Giant had with implementing Magic Bullet Looks in Final Cut Pro X.
I’ve been using Magic Bullet Mojo with FCP X since it was released. Simple, clean and smooth integration with the FCP X interface. Now that Looks is integrated with FCP X, I’ll be using it on some upcoming projects. In what little I’ve played around in it, I’ve been overly pleased with the interface. I’ll let you know if there are any problems as I use it more, and I welcome your thoughts as well. So far though, so good.
Magic Bullet Looks is only $199 through tomorrow, Feb. 7 (that’s half off). Coupon code LOOKSFCPX50 required. The FCP X Looks upgrade is free for existing Looks users.
Check out the video from Red Giant below. [Read more…]
Final Cut Pro X: Making the Transition is a new book from Final Cut Pro training guru Larry Jordan. For all the jabs and snubs the latest version of FCP has received, there is some merit to the software. It’s certainly not for everyone in its current state; however, it has a lot of power and conveniences that aren’t quite visible on the surface.
In this useful, cut-to-the-chase guide to the program, popular trainer and Final Cut guru Larry Jordan takes these experienced users through all the components of the software, from importing footage and organizing media to export and sharing. Along the way, they’ll learn the best ways to edit footage and add transitions, effects, and filters, do basic color correcting, work with audio, and utilize a variety of HD workflow techniques, to name a few.
Final Cut Pro X: Making the Transition retails for $44.99; however, it is currently available for $29.69 on Amazon.com.
AVID has just announced Media Composer 6, its latest iteration of the go-to NLE for the film and TV industry. As previous leaks indicated, Media Composer 6 supports a new 64-bit architecture, as well as AVCHD and RED Epic support with AMA.
Media Composer 6 also offers enhanced Pro Tools integration, allowing for the transfer of more session data from Media Composer to Pro Tools. MC 6 can also encode to Apple ProRes on Mac systems, and offers new support 3D stereoscopic workflows.
Media Composer 6 retails for $2499, with upgrades starting at $299.
Lots more details, including NewsCutter 10 and Symphony 6 details, in the press release below. [Read more…]