Tutorials, Magazines, Links and Resources

This is a collection of bits and pieces, that are posted, changed and updated as I learn, work and discover.  Coloured words have links, this includes topic headings, articles, people and other interesting resources that has been collected for my personal reference.

It is ‘roughly’ in alphebetical order with some topics and software grouped under their relevant headings which is displayed in larger type.

A day of information, experience and networking – Briefing Sessions: Recorded Live Streams- Link

Rapidly evolving technology and the convergence of once distinct fields of media, entertainment and technology is redefining media content production, management and distribution. New opportunities are emerging and organisations need to adapt to take advantage of developments in tools and technologies and how they integrate.  See how technology, integration and connectivity is enabling new content models while delivering new experiences to audiences across, Advertising, Film and Television, Gaming, Immersive, Live Events, Video, and Social Media.

Deep Video Portraits, a break down of how deep video portraits work from SIGGRAPH 2018.


New releases, incompatibilities, firmware upgrades, technical traps and pitfalls … You’ll find them all listed here in Digistor’s Tech Alerts website section.  As our experienced engineers encounter technical information that is useful for customers to remain productive and stay up-to-date, we’ll post it here.

12 technologies that will disrupt business in 2018

From artificial intelligence to augmented reality, these dozen disruptive technologies and trends will begin driving how business gets done at forward-thinking organizations this year.



SIGGRAPH Vancouver

The Foundry SIGGRAPH 2015

SIGGRAPH Videos for 3D Animation Pipeline, Mobile Gaming and OpenGL

SIGGRAPH University features recorded versions of four popular Courses from SIGGRAPH 2013 in Anaheim, California. Each Course is presented by experts in the field who also happen to be dynamic, energetic speakers. It ranges from 3D Animation Pipeline, Mobile Gaming and OpenGL.

Day 2 of Siggraph. We talk with companies such as Autodesk, Maxon,The Foudry and more.

Day 3 Coverage from Siggraph:  We talk with companies such as Redshift, Fabric Engine, Digital Domain, and more.

Day 4 Coverage from Siggraph: We visit the SideFX booth and talk with two Houdini artists about the importance of learning Houdini in today’s industry. We also talk with the curator of the Art Gallery as he walks us through several of the installations.

Introducing Realtime Cinematography | Hellblade | Siggraph 2016| Award Winner

SIGGRAPH 2015 Keynote Speaker, Joichi (Joi) Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab, explores how radical new approaches to science and technology can transform society in substantial and positive ways.



Big ideas, gutsy creatives and plenty of talent – our sessions at Adobe Sydney Symposium laid it all out on the table. Now, you can get in on all the action from our jam-packed day of sessions, on demand!


Watch MAX 2017 keynotes and conference sessions on demand.

ADOBE FORUMS and online chat systems for support.

ADOBE CREATE MAGAZINE  –  GIVING VIDEOS A MOTION-BLUR LOOK  I went to New Zealand with the idea of making one video inspired by what I saw and experienced. In that film, I decided to use a frame-blending effect that simulates what a long-exposure still photo looks like: Anything that moves blurs, anything stationary stays crisp. Normally, you can’t do that with video. To get the effect, I shoot regular video, then blend some frames afterward in Adobe Photoshop CC.

The Constraints of Stationery — An Opportunity To Be Unique

Imagine getting a letter from your lawyer, accountant, or doctor. The information it contains is important, but the logo is pixelated or too small. In trying to create something quickly, the firm you’re working with ended up with a poorly executed design. The presentation of their brand makes you wonder whether this is the right group to trust with your business, your money, or your health.

Customize our handy template to create a modern business card

Create a fresh and modern business card in six steps.  Learn how to easily customize a professionally-designed business card sample file.

Customize our handy templates to create unique letterhead and envelope designs

Create a modern identity in no time. Customize professionally-designed sample files to create unique letterhead and envelope designs.  If you’d like to learn how to create a complete identiry set, see Create a business card.

Check out inspiring identities on Behance

Scroll through Behance co‑founder Matias Corea’s collection of attention‑getting stationery designs.

Build expert infographics for your next presentation

An image can be worth a thousand data points, but not all images are effective in communicating the story you want your data to tell. In a world where we are seemingly bombarded with imagery that competes for our attention, it is now more important than ever to use the best design resources to connect and communicate with your audience.

Content Aware Eraser for Video –  “Cloak.”

“Fix it in post” could become a  less work with this project that Adobe’s research team are working on called “Cloak.” Much the same as “content-aware fill” for Photoshop, you select and delete unwanted elements, with the software intelligently filling in the background.

Glamorous show-reels from shows like Game of Thrones get all the fame, but a lot of VFX work is mundane stuff like removing cars, power lines and people from shots. Adobe’s research team is working on making all of that easier for anyone, regardless of budget, thanks to a project called “Cloak.” It’s much the same as “content-aware fill” for Photoshop, letting you select and then delete unwanted elements, with the software intelligently filling in the background. Cloak does the same thing to moving video, though, which is a significantly bigger challenge.

Adobe debuts Project Rush, its new all-in-one video editor

Adobe today announced the launch of Project Rush, a new video editor that takes the core features of its pro tools like Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition and combines them into a single, more accessible tool. Don’t get too excited yet, though, the new tool will only be available later this year (and my guess would be a launch at the company’s Max conference in October).

MAKE IT online Asia-Pacific’s premier creativity event of the year, returned to Sydney on August 2-3, 2017 with a lineup of local and international industry pioneers, seasoned creative professionals and community leaders. Watch the talks from the main stage speakers as well as the pre-conference Sessions on demand.

Film studio RocketJump brings its unique style of action movie comedy and cool visual effects to video with the help of Premiere Pro, After Effects and Adobe Media Encoder.

Capture inspiring color themes with Adobe Capture CC on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Then apply the production-ready assets to projects in a wide variety of desktop and mobile apps

Adobe MAX Video Presentation

In this presentation at Adobe MAX in Vegas Jason Levine demonstrates how Adobe’s video tools can be used to tell their stories, with a variety of new features for video editing including immersive platforms.



Adobe MAKE IT, CONFERENCE, Asia-Pacific’s premier creativity event of the year, returned to Sydney on August 2-3, 2017 with a lineup of local and international industry pioneers, seasoned creative professionals and community leaders. Watch the talks from the main stage speakers as well as the pre-conference Sessions on demand, now.  Get your fill of thought-provoking talks from local and international speakers. Recorded on the MAKE IT main stage on August 3, 2017.


Combine all your project materials — including Microsoft Office files, images, and emails — into a single, searchable PDF. With Acrobat Pro DC, you can quickly organise every page just the way you’d like, and then share your document from any device.  Acrobat Pro DC makes it easy to reuse valuable content in PDF files and convert it into editable Word or Excel documents. No need to retype information. Simply use the Export PDF tool so you can get right to work.

With an Acrobat Pro DC subscription you decide who can print, edit, or copy text from PDFs. Add permissions for users to be able to view and change information in your PDFs to keep your files protected, and to help keep confidential information secure.


OpenSesame opens up the After Effects project format with a fully editable, human readable text file format. Create backwards compatible projects that open in any version back to CS3, or export parts of a project for spreadsheet editing, such as text, footage, property values and render queue items. Send text to clients for approval then easily incorporate revisions, or use for version automation.

Motion Graphics Efficiency and VR Features at the Core of What’s New in After Effects CC

The new release of After Effects improves the efficiency of motion graphics creation by streamlining the ability to create data-driven graphics and deliver high-quality VR and 3D results. And it does it all faster with GPU performance enhancements.

Basic Clone Effect Interaction – After Effects Tutorial

Want to take your CLONE EFFECT to the next level? Want to know how to make your clones INTERACT? In this tutorial I will show you a simple way to interact with your clones!

Free After Effects Workflow Plugin: FX Console

I wanted to give a quick plug to one of my favorite After Effects additions called FX Console, by Videocopilot. It’s totally free too! I’m usually not into workflow plugins because I don’t take the time to install and re-learn a workflow but this is one time I regret not doing it a long time ago. This is a huge time saver. Install this plugin if you use AE, and just hit Command and Space Bar and start typing the effect you want. It will pop up, you just click or hit enter and the effect is added. It’s super fast and intuitive and will save you so much time digging through menus.

Quick side note, a similar feature is included in C4D, and is also a massive time saver. If you didn’t know, you can just hit Shift+C and a little window will pop up where you can type in any effect, command, tag or object and if you hit enter it will add it. Super fast way to add things to your scene. Get in the habit of using it, even for things like adding cubes or nulls etc. to your scene. Once it becomes a habit it will save you a lot of time and effort remembering where things are located in menus!


There are also some resources under Maxon for Cinema 4D that relate to After Effects.



Design with More Control and Performance Improvements in After Effects CC  After Effects CC artists get more creative control and performance improvements to help meet ever-tighter deadlines. And if you’ve always wanted to get into After Effects but didn’t know where to start, friendly new Home and Learn panels give you the guidance you need to be successful.

After Effects 10 Lifesaving  Shortcuts  that you’ll be glad to have in your back pocket.

MotionScript:  Dan Ebberts’ AE Expressions and Scripting Resource

CreativeCow:  After Effects Tutorials

MotionWorks:  Motion Graphics Mastery 

VideoCopilot: creating tools & training for people who love motion design & visual effects

VideoCopilot:  Green Screen using Keylight

VideoCopilot:  3d Compositing

Sticky Pictures After Effects Tutorials

The Pixel Cloud plugin for After Effects is a powerful compositing tool that allows you to relight a 3D generated image, make 3D aware selections or displace the pixels in 3D space. Combine the use of a Position Pass and a Normal Pass with the power of After Effects’ 3D lights and cameras and change the lighting of your composited 3D graphics.

The Text Animation Tool – Adobe After Effects tutorial

After Effects Tutorial – Basic Typography & Motion Graphics

Kinetic Typography After Effects [motion graphics]

Im Gonna Make it Better (After Effects Animation)

After Effects Text Animation Example

After Effects CC Basic Text Animation Demo 2

After Effects Quick Tip: A Fix for Flickering AI and EPS Files

After Effects: DNA Strands with Trapcode Tao Tutorial


Adobe Premiere Pro CC: NEW! Time-saving Tips and Techniques

This session looks at key new features in Adobe Premiere Pro, Audition and Media Encoder in Adobe’s updates for Spring, 2019. Join host, Larry Jordan, as he illustrates key new features in each of these three applications.

Audio Gets More Intelligent in Audition CC  Form meets function meets fabulous as Audition CC gets a makeover, hits the gym, and bumps up its IQ a few more points with the smarter tools and powerful workflows you’ve come to expect from Adobe Creative Cloud.

Creating a multitrack from David Bartolo in Adobe Audition

CAPTURE mobile ap to turn photos into a custom colouring book.  The texture of a leaf. The colour of a sunset. With Capture, you can snap photos of whatever inspires you and transform them into colour themes, patterns, type, brushes, vector shapes, and more. Then use those assets in your other Adobe Creative Cloud mobile or desktop apps.

How to Use Adobe Capture CC | Adobe Creative Cloud


Creative  Cloud  Tutorials

What’s new in Creative Cloud



Adobe Flash CC Help Page

Animation in Flash with Andy Sykes:

Adobe Flash CC Help Page

Adobe Flash and AIR Showcase Gallery


FLASH KIT  A Flash Developer Resource Site

60 Creative Flash Websites You Should Not Miss:  Cheese and Burger SocietyTag Galaxy

Adobe Flash and AIR Showcase Gallery

Flash Player Version History

How to use sound in Adobe Animate

Flash Animation Techniques – Buttery Smooth Lines ChenSmooth is a tool for Flash animators to quickly draw smooth and polished lines. Also included are a few simple tools that will greatly speedup cleanup/polish workflows for 2D animators.

Puddle Mask effect Flash

ALAN BECKER – Flash Basics

ALAN BECKER – Classic Tweens 

Best Practices for Flash-based Banner Ads with Anastasia McCune on Lynda.com

Flash Tutorial – Character Animation using Symbols

Flash CS5 Beginner – Create a Banner Ad – Part 1

Using the Flash Professional Toolkit for CreateJS

Flash CS 5.5 Tutorial : MotionTween: Detailed Information

Oney’s Toon Tutorials – Ep 1 – Baby Steps in Adobe Flash


Create beautiful vector art.  Learn the basics, or refine your skills with tutorials designed to inspire.

Cineware For Illustrator – Cinema 4D Inside Illustrator! First look


Craft elegant layouts at your desk or on the go.  Learn the basics, or refine your skills with tutorials designed to inspire.

MEDIA  CACHE  Premiere Pro’s media cache consist of files that assist Premiere in locating, managing, and understanding media within projects.


Adobe Premiere Pro CC: NEW! Time-saving Tips and Techniques

This session looks at key new features in Adobe Premiere Pro, Audition and Media Encoder in Adobe’s updates for Spring, 2019. Join host, Larry Jordan, as he illustrates key new features in each of these three applications.


Real Layouts, Real Fast.  Design layouts on your iPhone, iPad or iPad Pro with Adobe Comp CC.  Use natural drawing gestures to create crisp graphics, pull in images and place text and then send you ideas to the desktop to finish.

Tutorial:  Create comps on the go.  Quickly explore layout ideas for print, web or mobile on your iPad and iPhone with Adobe Comp CC. Create a layout on the go with Comp and finish it on your desktop.


Learn how to make a banner in Photoshop with shape layers and layer styles. Use these skills to make online headers for blogs, ads, or email, or anytime you’re designing in Photoshop.

85 brilliant Photoshop tutorials

VERTHEIM:  Welcome to the exxential resource for all things 3DS Max, Photoshop and more for CGI students everywhere.


Hi, my name is Igor Braulio, and I’m an art instructor, concept artist and illustrator for games and publishing based in São Paulo, Brazil. I’m specialized in character design and illustration, and in this tutorial I will share some tips about shading, materials and some techniques and tools to light and render a character illustration in a dynamic and non-destructive way.

Time Lapse Painting – Iron Mask Gladiator

understanding atmospheric perspective

Photoshop CC workspace Learn Photoshop CC Adobe TV


Editing insights from “Deadpool” and “Hail, Caesar!”:  Straight from Sundance, the editors and post-production pros from Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!” and director Tim Miller from “Deadpool” share their creative processes and editing tips using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Premier Pro Tips and video tutorials for film and broadcast professionals
Smart Rendering in Premiere Pro CS6 (6.0.1, and later), & Premiere Pro CC

GS-09: Exporting sequences from Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro CC: NEW! Time-saving Tips and Techniques

This session looks at key new features in Adobe Premiere Pro, Audition and Media Encoder in Adobe’s updates for Spring, 2019. Join host, Larry Jordan, as he illustrates key new features in each of these three applications.

Move Sequences Between Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro X

Most of the time, when you start a project in Premiere Pro CC, you’ll want to finish the edit in Premiere. However, there may be reasons that you need to move a project from Premiere to Final Cut in the middle of an edit; for example, you need to change editors and the new editor is more comfortable in Final Cut.

Move Projects Between Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Most of the time, when you start a project in Final Cut Pro X, you’ll want to finish the edit in Final Cut. However, there may be reasons that you need to move a project from FCP X to Premiere in the middle of an edit; for example, you need to change editors and the new editor is more comfortable in Premiere.

Creating a Heroic Tribute to Firefighters in Only the Brave

The movie was cut entirely using Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and the post-production team also used Adobe After Effects along with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the VFX and animation branch of Lucasfilm Ltd., for temp and final visual effects. It was the first time editor Billy Fox, ACE, used Premiere Pro to edit a film. “My ideal editing system is one that doesn’t get in my way, and allows me to turn the vision in my head into reality,” says Fox. “Adobe Premiere Pro gives me that power. Within four days, I was completely at ease using Premiere Pro.”


using MEDIA ENCODER:  exporting to Media Encoder will give you an estimated file size before exporting.  There is a  preset for Vimeo and Youtube which are great for downloadable/web content. If it needs to be smaller in size, lower the bit rate and make sure you use multi pass – it will take longer to export, but will ensure quality is kept.

Premiere Pro offers support for viewing VR video in the Monitor panels.

It also detects if the clip or sequence has VR properties and automatically configures the VR viewer accordingly. You can publish VR video directly to the web from Premiere Pro to sites such as YouTube or Facebook.

Learn the 3 Stages of Using the Pancake Timeline in Adobe Premiere Pro

As a kid, I wanted to become a pilot. Although that never panned out, I found some similarities shared between being a pilot and being a film editor. Mainly, we both need a quick access to some assets when the situation requires. As an editor, I have found that Pancake Timelines meet the requirements.

Creative Editorial with Faster Workflows

Giving you a creative editing environment that lets you work fast and empowers you to deliver world-class content for film, TV, and video. Building on new hardware acceleration from the Premiere Pro 12.1.2 update, the next release will offer new performance improvements, streamlined workflows for motion graphics, selective color grading, intelligent audio cleanup tools, end-to-end 180 VR production, and more.

What’s New: VR Workflows in Premiere Pro (June 2016) | Adobe Creative Cloud

How to Import Cinema DNG files into Adobe Premiere Pro cs6

Premier Pro Sequences


The Ripple Edit Tool

The Rolling Edit Tool

The Razor Tool

The Rate Stretch Tool





Create stunning graphics, web pages, and video stories in minutes. Adobe Spark with premium features is included in all Creative Cloud plans, allowing you to personalize your creations with your own brand.

We asked the experts which elements in resumes catch their eye and which make them look away. As you revamp your resume, here are some best practices to get started.

SPARK SPOTLIGHT:  How Pernickety Prints Builds Buzz for a launch.  Chari Pack founded Persnickety Prints in 2010 when other photo printing stores were closing. Everything was going digital; dark rooms seemed like the dark ages. But she had a vision and knew she could solve a problem for her target customers who want tangible photo keepsakes and art, but don’t know how to get the quality that will make their memories last forever.


How to Design a Report People Actually Read.  Get a free annual report layout with prebuilt interactive navigations from Adobe Stock. The template is optimised for interactive PDF and includes paragraph, character, and object styles that you can quickly customise to showcase your company.

Revamp your resume with more than 100 professionally designed templates.

INTRODUCING THE ADOBE STOCK PREMIUM COLLECTION  The most inspiring images from select Adobe Stock contributors.


In the four years since we began providing fonts for desktop sync via Creative Cloud, Typekit’s library has continuously grown as we meet more foundry partners who want to add their fonts to our service. Our library is a trusted resource for designers, and we’re the simplest solution for people who need access to a huge variety of great typefaces — all tested and vetted before we add them.

What’s in a Font? How Fonts Can Define Your Design  You’ve been asked to design something. Maybe it’s a flyer advertising your company’s next seminar. Maybe it’s the invitations to your friend’s wedding. You know what you want the project to look like. You know what tone you want to convey, but for some reason your ideas aren’t coming across in the final design.  If this sounds familiar, take a look at your fonts.


What is Adobe Typekit?


Design. Prototype. Experience.  Go from concept to prototype faster with Adobe XD, the all-in-one UX/UI solution for designing websites, mobile apps and more. With smooth, powerful performance, it’s easy to deliver experiences that work and feel as good as they look on any screen.

Go from Photoshop to prototype faster with Adobe XD.  Use Photoshop CC and XD together to design, prototype, and share interactive experiences in just a few easy steps.


Allegorithmic develops Substance, the reference suite for 3D texturing.

The Substance suite includes the software tools Substance Painter for 3D painting, Substance Designer for material authoring and Substance B2M for image-to-material generation, as well as the ever-growing physically based material library Substance Source and the artist-to-artist exchange platform Substance Share.

Constantly on the edge of innovation, Substance technologies empower 3D creators and integrate naturally into production pipelines.

With a fast-growing community, Substance has become a standard in the game industry and is rapidly expanding to the industries of Animation/VFX, Architecture, and Industrial Design




11 Beautifully Haunting GIFs Created By Blind Artist George Redhawk

Legally Blind Man Shows How He Sees The World By Creating Hypnotizing GIFs


20 years ago, the iMac changed the world

Artist Brilliantly animates ‘This Is America’ using Apple computers from the ’80s

Donald Glover’s “This Is America” is one of 2018’s most iconic songs — from its striking imagery, to its choppy dance sequence.  Animator Wahyu Ichwandardi, also known as Pinot, has been documenting his attempt to capture Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” choreography since the beginning of June. Using ancient software, he created a dance sequence straight out of 1985.

KEN STONE’S  FCP  This web site is specific to Apple’s Final Cut Pro Editing software. It includes a Basic section for beginners, a White Paper section for Intermediate and Advanced uses. There are Review sections for Hardware, Software and FCP Tutorial products as well as a FCP Discussion Board.

FINAL CUT PRO:  Is the camera footage managed via import to FCP7 and renamed by project?  If you have an Adobe CC account you may want to consider exporting your FCP projects as XML and transcoding to the CinePro codec provided as an archive format.

Final Cut Pro X 10.4 Announced and Demoed 

At the recent FCPX Creative Summit in Cupertino, Apple announced and demonstrated FCPX 10.4 including new VR features and proper colour grading tools.

I’m curious, does anyone know why FCPX does not maintain it’s render from shutdown to startup? Any way around this issue?

FILEMAKER an Apple Subsidiary.  The FileMaker Platform is simply powerful software for creating custom apps that work seamlessly across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web.

Move Sequences Between Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro X

Most of the time, when you start a project in Premiere Pro CC, you’ll want to finish the edit in Premiere. However, there may be reasons that you need to move a project from Premiere to Final Cut in the middle of an edit; for example, you need to change editors and the new editor is more comfortable in Final Cut.

Move Projects Between Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Most of the time, when you start a project in Final Cut Pro X, you’ll want to finish the edit in Final Cut. However, there may be reasons that you need to move a project from FCP X to Premiere in the middle of an edit; for example, you need to change editors and the new editor is more comfortable in Premiere.


Can drag a copy of the clip (option drag) above itself in the timeline, then convert the copy to a compound clip (option G). The compound clip will appear in the event browser and can be used again in the project. You can then delete the compound clip in the timeline and it remains in the event browser.  It would indeed have been good if fcpx had provided some means of saving these clips aside somewhere. If they were following the old film paradigm it would have been in a ‘bin’. They (Apple) may have made it possible to assign a role to such clips, but this cannot be done from the timeline. Making a compound clip (Mark Long) is a workaround. We really do still need some equivalent of a ‘bin’. Please Apple.

iMac Pro Films – To promote the release of the iMac Pro Apple has worked with some animation/VFX Studios such as ManVsMachine to push what can be done with one iMac Pro to the limit. Here’s what they produced

Last week we were lucky enough to briefly get our hands on a shiny new space grey iMac Pro (2017). With a whopping 18 cores and the new Vega 46 graphics card, how does performance compare to one of our iMacs (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015)?  By Jason Yee, Support Engineer

Final Cut Pro 10.4 now supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, which allows for greater exposure and brightness latitude when viewed on HDR-capable televisions. Learn how to optimise your Final Cut workflow for HDR.


There is a massive amounts of data that exists in the world that can be mined for unique information, searched, catalogued and analysed.  The delivery of advertising is changing from analysing and with our search data this type of technology can and will absolutely change the way we do production.

Video Breakdown   Video indexer builds upon media AI technologies to make it easier to extract insights from videos. Power new forms of content discovery such as searching for spoken words, faces, characters, and emotions. Enrich your apps with embedded video insights to drive user engagement.

How data analysis is improving matchmoving

In filmmaking, complex techniques are driven by complex ambitions. This is particularly true of matchmoving, which allows computer generated imagery (CGI) to be inserted into live-action footage while keeping scale and motion correct.


Thomas Middleditch Let an AI Steal His Face to Make a New Movie

Behind the scenes with the actor Thomas Middleditch who teamed up with an artificial intelligence program called Benjamin to create “Zone Out,” an entirely AI-made sci-fi film.

Dries van Noten is a household name in fashion circles and has been a mainstay on the Paris ready-to-wear circuit for many years. His high-end collections mean you’ll only find pieces in luxury boutiques or department stores like Bergdorf’s, Liberty and Selfridges but there is a subtle drama which has awed me for the longest time, back to my fashion school days; the unexpected way his designers blend prints, the delicate combination of machine and hand embroidery; reversible bomber jackets with silk linings. Each piece meticulously unique from the next that it seems only the collective characters from the material designer through to the pattern cutter and sewing machinist could have collaboratively defined the vision.


Artificial Intelligence, A.I., is a hot topic in many industries with Media and Entertainment poised to embrace more intelligent data management and automation in the coming years. Media companies have lead the explosive growth of big data technologies because it enabled them to drive digital revolution, exploiting more fully not only data which was already available but also new sources of data such as content from social media sources and user generated content. Media companies are increasingly looking to generate revenue from delivering content and data through diverse platforms and products. Increased and better integration of solutions along the data/content value chain will be fundamental in order to convince decision-makers to invest in new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence In Education: Don’t Ignore It, Harness It!

“Human plus machine isn’t the future, it’s the present,” Garry Kasparov said in a recent TED talk.

And this “present” is transforming the world of education at a rapid pace. With children increasingly using tablets and coding becoming part of national curricula around the world, technology is becoming an integral part of classrooms, just like chalk and blackboards.

And now virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) are gaining traction. A recent report by Pearson deciphers how artificial intelligence will positively transform education in the coming years. Per the report’s authors, “The future offers the potential of even greater tools and supports. Imagine lifelong learning companions powered by AI that can accompany and support individual learners throughout their studies – in and beyond school – or new forms of assessment that measure learning while it is taking place, shaping the learning experience in real time.”

Last September, when the 20th Century Fox sci-fi thriller Morgan premiered, artificial intelligence (AI) took center stage for the first time not as a plot point but a tool. The film studio revealed that it had used IBM’s Watson — a supercomputer endowed with AI capabilities — to make the movie’s trailer. IBM research scientists “taught” Watson about horror movie trailers by feeding it 100 such trailers, cut into scenes. Watson then analyzed the data, from the point of view of visuals, audio and emotions, to “learn” what makes a horror trailer scary. Then the scientists fed in the entire 90-minute Morgan. According to Engadget, Watson “instantly zeroed in on 10 scenes totaling six minutes of footage

Survey: Broadcast Pros Set Sights On AI, Hybrid Storage

Cloudian conducted in-person interviews with more than 300 broadcast professionals at the NAB Show.  SAN MATEO, CA.—Broadcast professionals responding to a survey at last month’s NAB Show foresee increasing reliance on AI and machine learning as well as hybrid cloud storage and a falloff on their reliance on tape-based storage in their future.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning technologies are disrupting our world in unprecedented ways. From transport and infrastructure, to marketing and fintech; self-learning machines are increasingly being deployed to challenge the status quo.



The machines aren’t taking over; they’re just helping video publishers achieve their goals more efficiently and effectively.  Video AI (artificial intelligence) has the capacity to solve a number of time-consuming, video-related problems with automation. But that doesn’t mean it has magical powers that will exclude human control. To offer a sense of where video AI is in early 2018, what follows are a number of real-life examples in which AI is helping to add structure to the unstructured world of video.

Is there a market for AI art? This $600k painting suggests there is

We know AI can learn to write like Shakespeare and compose pop songs — and now, an original painting generated by AI has sold for more than 38 times its expected price.  In a world-first event in New York last week, Portrait of Edmond de Belamy — a blurry picture of a man in a dark frock coat — was auctioned off by Christie’s for $610,000.

Artificial neural networks (ANNs) or connectionist systems are computing systems inspired by the biological neural networks that constitute animal brains. Such systems learn (progressively improve performance) to do tasks by considering examples, generally without task-specific programming. For example, in image recognition, they might learn to identify images that contain cats by analyzing example images that have been manually labeled as “cat” or “no cat” and using the analytic results to identify cats in other images. They have found most use in applications difficult to express in a traditional computer algorithm using rule-based programming.

A Basic Introduction To Neural Networks.  The simplest definition of a neural network, more properly referred to as an ‘artificial’ neural network (ANN), is provided by the inventor of one of the first neurocomputers, Dr. Robert Hecht-Nielsen. He defines a neural network as:

“…a computing system made up of a number of simple, highly interconnected processing elements, which process information by their dynamic state response to external inputs.In “Neural Network Primer: Part I” by Maureen Caudill, AI Expert, Feb. 1989

Artificial Neural Networks have spurred remarkable recent progress in image classification and speech recognition. But even though these are very useful tools based on well-known mathematical methods, we actually understand surprisingly little of why certain models work and others don’t. So let’s take a look at some simple techniques for peeking inside these networks.

Yes, androids do dream of electric sheep.  Google sets up feedback loop in its image recognition neural network – which looks for patterns in pictures – creating hallucinatory images of animals, buildings and landscapes which veer from beautiful to terrifying

How Image Recognition Works. I nterpreting the visual world is one of those things that’s so easy for humans we’re hardly even conscious we’re doing it. When we see something, whether it’s car, or a tree, or our grandma, we don’t (usually) have to consciously study it before we can tell what it is. For a computer, however, identifying a human being at all (as opposed to a dog or a chair or a clock, let alone your grandmother) represents an amazingly difficult problem.

Inceptionism: Going deeper into Neural Networks.  Google Photos.

Journey through the layers of the mind



Thanks for joining us at SIGGRAPH 2016! You can tune in right here to see all of our recorded sessions from the show.

PixelCG, Ashram Aid

Max Man & Maya Man

WOW has produced a 4K battle movie that personifies 3D animation software, “Max Man & Maya Man.” The special movie in conjunction with the announcement of the release of new versions of 3D animation software packages “Autodesk 3ds Max®” and “Autodesk Maya®.” This film features a battle scene between robots that personify the unique features of each software package, “Max Man” and “Maya Man.” WOW was in charge of planning, character design, and movie creation.

How Autodesk and NVIDIA are blazing AI trails together

We’ve been working with NVIDIA for more than 15 years, a long-time collaboration between technology companies. NVIDIA has been busy hosting their GPU Technology Conference (GTC) and we’ve been reflecting on the most exciting aspects of our work together. Here’s a quick look at what’s happening now and some of our future predictions because it’s definitely an exciting time to be in tech.


Autodesk Network License Manager is used for multi-user licenses for Autodesk products such as Flame, Maya and Arnold.  When installed on macOS X, the default behaviour of the license manager is that it does not start automatically on boot. This is most likely undesirable.  Searching the Autodesk Knowledge Base reveals 2 methods. Method #1 only works for OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and earlier. Method #2 adds a .profile that is run whenever terminal open. This works, but not very elegant, especially if you use terminal a lot.

Autodesk University – Learn On-Line


University:   Las Vegas 2015 sessions

Reference to 3D Render in Maya: A hard surface modeller’s journey:  AutoDesk webinar with Tom Revill, experienced VFX/3D Artist with a broad range of experience in a number of fields from Lighting to 3D Modelling.

Shotgun Webinar

Maya Monday – Render Passes in Maya 2016

3ds Max 2016 Quick Tips: Template System – Customize an existing Template

Autodesk 123D is free software integrated with content and fabrication services. For people who want to make things themselves.

123D Catch is an Iphone and Android App that allows you to create 3d models simply by taking a shit ton of photos of your subject.


Supercharged Animation Performance in Maya 2016

IBC 2014 is now over… but there’s still lots to see here on AREA. If you missed any of the content streamed live during the show, be sure to check out the “on-demand” via this link.

ALIAS, Autodesk



– January 2015

The MCG Network Deployment Guide

Autodesk Labs Project Memento

VR Magic and Horror in Left-Hand Path
Strange Company used Autodesk 3DS Max, Mudbox, MotionBuilder and the Unity engine to create VR RPG game, Left-Hand Path. Autodesk caught up with Hugh Hancock to get behind the scenes of this horrifying VR experience.   Left-Hand Path is the VR RPG game you’ve been waiting for, that is, if you’re brave enough…  Heavily inspired by the Dark Souls series, Left-Hand Path places you in a fantastic landscape leaving you to fight terrifying (and difficult!) monsters while learning magic. We caught up with Hugh Hancock to get behind the scenes of this horrifying VR experience.

Selectives in Action

Design Visualisation for Events and Live Entertainment – 3ds Max, Stingray and Interactive Aug 29, 2017

Meet the Experts: Pixar Animation Studios, The OpenSubdiv Project

Sweat. Swearing. Tears. Indie Game Documentary — Modern Dream Part 3

Audi ‘Birth’

Innovation, Storytelling, and Visualization Are Keys to Corgan Success

Maya Monday – Render Passes in Maya 2016

Creating Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide using Autodesk Maya and Stingray


Flame is the high-end 3D visual effects software that offers tools for fast, interactive 3D visual effects, finishing, compositing, advanced graphics, colour grading, conform, editorial, and look development.  Provides tools for 3D compositing, visual FX, and editorial finishing. Featuring the Flame Desktop, a multi-layer timeline, conform, media management, and interactive performance, Flame provides the tools you need in an integrated creative environment.

VENICE, CA — Out of House VFX (http://outofhousevfx.com) is a visual effects and finishing studio that works on both commercials and feature films. Long-time Autodesk Flame user/VFX artist David Stern recently took some time to share his insight into the post production business and the shifts he’s witnessed in technology.

Treehouse Edit Gets an Edge on Finishing with Autodesk Flame

Treehouse Edit post production studio runs a small but tight operation in Dallas, Texas with a talented team of ten artists – editors, motion graphics artists and finishing artists. They have attracted clients such as the Richards Group, largest independent branding agency in the US, and landed commercial jobs for Russell Athletic, Toyota, 7 Up and others. Included on the team are editor Peter Tarter, who launched the company in 2012, and Autodesk Flame specialists Bryan Bayley and John Fegan, among others.

5 reasons why Coffee & TV use Flame as their hub.  As small post companies get bigger, and big companies wonder what’s coming next, Derek Moore gives us 5 reasons why Coffee & TV use Autodesk Flame as the central hub of their Soho facility.

What to learn Flame 

The Autodesk Flame Learning Channel

2017 Flame Award Ceremony


Expand your digital compositing capabilities with Flare. Exclusively available to Flame and Flame Premium customers, Flare includes tools for 3D compositing, tracking, text, masking, keying, and relighting. Flare is included in Flame Premium.


A high-performance, real-time color grading solution for creative look development. Lustre gives artists greater creative control over final color and grading for television and film projects. Interoperable with Flame, Lustre is included in Flame Premium.



TOOLFARM With modeling, animation and motion graphics workflow enhancements and new features, Maya 2018 is now faster and more efficient than ever.

Autodesk Maya Help 2013

Autodesk Maya Help 2015:  Edge Ring and Edge Loop Selection Tips

Autodesk Maya University videos

A Maya Fluid Dynamics Quicksheet:  Even though this was written for Maya 7, it should still apply to current versions of Maya.

MICHAEL COMET I am currently a Character Modeling/Rigging Supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios. I started at Pixar around 2006 and have worked on films such as Up, Brave and The Good Dinosaur.  Check out his tutorials, Maya MEL Scripts and Maya Plug-ins


Modeling in Maya 2015

Maya Learning Channel

What is the difference between parenting and grouping in maya?

Autodesk unveils Maya 2017

Youtube UV Mapping



Tips, tricks and tutorials on Autodesk maya, mental ray and more. With this blog we want to share the big or small discoveries we make during our everyday work.

Maya -Transferring UVs from “repair” object to animated/rigged original

If you use the standard method of selecting the objects and going to Mesh -> Transfer Attributes, then the result is a matching set of uv’s which are tied to the source object, and will be applied after deformation and skinning, meaning they will slide when deformed. There is, however a solution, which is to add them to the Original mesh node which, by default, is hidden. Once this has been achieved, you can safely delete the history on the Original node thereby severing its dependency on the source object, and applying the uv’s before any deformation thereby preventing sliding.

Animal Logic launches USDMAYA Plugin as Open Source

Sydney, Australia, 2 August – Animal Logic today announced the open source release of its USDMaya plugin (known as “AL_USDMaya”). The plugin enables powerful and efficient authoring and editing of 3D graphics data using Pixar’s Universal Scene Description (USD) in Autodesk Maya.   Animal Logic launches USDMAYA Plugin as Open Source

FROYOK:  [maya] froRetopo 3.5 : a fast and easy retopology tool | June 24th, 2013 Cat : Maya, Technical, Tutorial | 

For this project I wanted to learn more about Xgen in Maya. I was curious to try it since Autodesk announced it in the 2014 release and this seemed the right chance to give it a try!

Autodesk Webinar:  Entertainment CreationSuite 2014 – link

Rooster Teeth Artists, Gio Coutinho and Shrivas Shyamsundar share some Maya tips and techniques they use for the hit web series, RWBY.

CGI Free Download: “Instance Along Curve – Autodesk Maya Plugin 1.1.0” by Mariano Merchante

Maya 2017 – Time Editor Overview

What’s New in Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya

Autodesk Maya – Manipulator Handles and Channel Settings

Maya Smooth Edges tutorial (Bevel, extrude, etc)

Maya 2012 Tutorial – Grouping and Parenting

Parenting and Grouping Objects

Importing Video Reference into Maya

Maya Shaders

Maya Tutorials: 61-Using the Ramp Shader.mov

Autodesk Maya 2013 Tutorial – Model and Texture an Apple

Learn Maya 2015: The basics – 17 — Create and applying a material (texture) using the Hypershade

Maya Project Part 48: Using Procedural Textures

Procedural Maya Texture (Part 1)

Procedural Maya Texture (Part 2)

Maya Tutorials: 60-Using displacement and bump mapping

Maya 2013 Substance Tutorial by Stuart Christensen

Maya 2013 Create Lava Tutorial Part 1 of 2 by Stuart Christensen

VFX Tip on Texturing in Autodesk Maya – Animation Mentor

Maya Learning Channel:  Creating Topological Art with XGen

Maya – Using the Layered Texture Node with alpha layers  Phil Hoppes

XGen topology art in Maya by Lee Griggs

Creating XGen hair – Part 5: Animating XGen hair using Anim Wires and nDynamics



Interactive Morphing Table Experiments by Michael Marcondes

Maya Monday – two sided shader – MILA material

Maya 2016: Parallel Rig Evaluation

Maya 2015 – XGen Instancing Overview

Maya 2015 Multi Tile UV Workflow


Golaem makes it easy and affordable to populate worlds with smart & directable digital characters, from a few to thousands, in a short amount of time and with limited budget.  Built with the artist in mind, Golaem automates repetitive and cumbersome tasks to let them focus on their art.  The Golaem workflow is built so that although it relies on AI, artists always get their last word to say and can keep total control of the results.

Golaem Crowd 4 Workflow Overview



Hi there, my name is Aleksandar Nadj, I’m a CG generalist from Novi Sad, Serbia. Currently, I work in a gaming company called Eipix Entertainment as lead 3D artist. Software and tools which I use in my workflow are Maya, Zbrush, Realflow, Quixel Suite, Substance painter, Photoshop, After Effects and Nuke, and I try to learn and implement Houdini.  In this article, I will show you the workflows and techniques that I used in my latest project Lonely Beach. This is my first Bifrost Project:

lonely beach

Painting Bifrost colorsets


A BRIEF GUIDE ON GROOMING HAIR WITH XGEN IN MAYA  We will be using XGen’s Interactive Groomable Splines (IGS) to create our hair. We start with selecting a patch of faces that will make up our scalp to generate the hair description from.


MOTION BUILDER is 3D character animation software  Capture, edit, and play back complex character animation in a highly responsive, interactive environment. Work with a display that’s optimized for both animators and directors.

Connecting MotionBuilder to Kinect.  The Kinect device enables you to use the Microsoft® Kinect® 1.0 device for Windows to capture a body performance of a single actor within the capture volume. You can use the captured performances to drive your MotionBuilder characters.

Meet Kinect for Windows

OpenNI 2 SDK Binaries & Docs


Online Resources (Digital Sculpting with Mudbox)


MUDBOX LIVE Wayne Robson

KERMACO  Ara Kermanikian


Maya and Shotgun inside “Ghost in the Shell”

“We handled around 100 shots in Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell. Normally on a film project, it’s either lots of subtle, invisible effects or all big explosion effects but with this one, there was a good range of scenes that we worked on that involved a nice variety of work.”

–Kevin Baillie, Atomic Fiction


Post Magazine – Review: Autodesk Smoke 2015

By: Barry Goch

Smoke 2013 for the Mac – Getting Started online tutorials 

Smoke tutorials by Joel Osis

The Flame Award

Working with Masks

Smoke Learning Channel

Autodesk Smoke 2013 | Key Insights by Rob O’Neill

Digistor Autodesk Smoke Solutions Webinar

Autodesk Smoke and Flame artist Joel Osis does a breakdown on the effects for a commercial he did for Special K – link


Smoke Essentials with Alexis Van Hurkman

Amsterdam SuperMeet: Autodesk Smoke Goes to the Movies

Premiumbeat com Presents Editing in Autodesk Smoke Special Guest Brian Mulligan, WHTR TV

Autodesk Smoke 2013 | Key Insights by Rob O’Neill


Autodesk Launches Stingray Game Engine at GDC Europe 2015 It was becoming clear that Autodesk was entering the game market when they purchased BitSquid back in June of last year.  In addition to making the Magicka series of games, they also created the BitSquid game engine.  In March of 2015 Autodesk announced that Bitsquid was now the Stingray Game Engine.

Autodesk Levels Up, Will Release Stingray Game Engine  Autodesk announces new Stingray gaming engine with simplified mobile development testing  The program, called Stingray, is based on the Bitsquid engine that it acquired last year, but is entirely revamped with a new, more intuitive interface.

Autodesk launches Stingray game engine   Up against strong competition, First announced at GDC 2015 in March, Stingray is based on the in-house engine of Swedish developer Bitsquid, which Autodesk bought last year. At the time, it seemed an intriguing move. Although used on a number of Windows and PlayStation titles, Bitsquid was still a relatively little-known engine. And with Epic Games having just removed the rental fee for Unreal Engine 4, and Unity Technologies announcing a new, more fully featured free edition of Unity 5, Autodesk faced a daunting prospect. It had to launch a new commercial engine against two better-established competitors, both of them free to use. So what has Stingray got that its rivals haven’t?

Introducing the Autodesk Stingray 3D game engine


3ds Max Tips & Tricks with Martin Coven





There’s nothing worse than working on a sequence and hitting a show stopping error and needing to restore a project to recover a sequence from your last nightly backup (your projects ARE backed up nightly, aren’t they?)

Let’s Edit with Media Composer – Creating Night from Day with BCC and Sapphire 10By Kevin P. McAuliffe September 19, 2017Post Production, Topics, Uncategorised

As pretty much everyone knows, I’m a big user of both BCC and Sapphire.  I just worked on a project this morning that utilized effects from both packages, and the same goes for just about every project that I work on, and I thought that we would have some fun in this lesson, and take a look at how to create a shot that I see tons of tutorials about on the internet, and that is how to create a night shot from a day shot.  It’s actually a pretty simple technique if you have the right tools, and BCC and Sapphire are definitely the right tools for this job.   Many people will watch this tutorial and think “Hey, I can do this without 3rd party effects!”, but stick around until the end to see why you’re going to want to use these awesome tools to create this cool effect!  Enjoy!

IT Editor and Mixer Use Avid Creative Tools to Resurrect a Classic Horror Film  The post-production team behind IT needed seamless film editing and sound mixing workflows to deliver the right tone and feel to an updated horror classic on a time-constrained schedule.

Avid Ingest and Delivery Workflows




Editing in DaVinci Resolve 1 Year Later

A Few Less Men Graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio by Deidre McClelland at The Post Lounge.  Blackmagic Design today announced that DaVinci Resolve Studio was used by Colorist Deidre McClelland, CSI, to grade the hit comedy sequel “A Few Less Men” at full-service post studio The Post Lounge’s new Melbourne facility.

Five Killer DaVinci Resolve 14 Features.  Without the need for an expensive hardware solution, Resolve 14 allows a collaborative workflow between specialists, all using the same app and project and media.


Fairlight Audio in DaVinci Resolve

Blackmagic Design (BMD) acquired Fairlight back in Sept 2016. BMD has bundled the software into their flagship finishing program DaVinci Resolve. This is a logical step for a company that has purchased, refined and continued development of many products, including DaVinci Resolve itself back in 2009. As is the case with new additions to a deep program, with beta releases, these transitions take time. BMD will also be adding new hardware in the near future to compliment the software. The release of DaVinci Resolve 14 was a massive upgrade to the software, including implementation of the Fairlight audio engine.

New Wave Entertainment NWE uses Fairlight exclusively for audio post and I spoke with their Chief Engineer and Senior Mixer Mark Rodrigues about its advantages. Due to the sheer volume of varying types of adverts required, the amount of work on these campaigns can be daunting but Fairlight offers unique workflows for their process as Mark explains…

Introduction to Sapphire Plug-ins for Resolve

DaVinci Resolve Tutorial Part 11: Working with Markers     By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In our last article, in our look at learning DaVinci Resolve, we talked about the importing our Final Cut Pro X timelines into Resolve for a roundtrip workflow, for color grading.  In this lesson, I want to talk about using Markers with your newly imported footage.


The complete story of Paris-8 university going for Krita, Blender, Natron



Pierrick Picaut is a 3D hobbyist turned professional whose career began 3 years ago upon starting p2design. Being that Pierrick is a Blender Foundation Certified Trainer, we had to reach out to him for his top techniques in modeling in this tool. For more valuable insight, be sure to check out his tutorials on Gumroad and YouTube.

1. Sketch Sculpting:  Blender offers a dynamic topology sculpting tool, similar to the dynamesh tool from Zbrush. It’s strength is that it generates geometry on the fly, so you don’t need to update your mesh surface. You can easily and seamlessly increase details in an area of the model without fullfilling the model with the same detail level. This will allow you to sculpt your models with the highest freedom I know.

Blender Introduces ‘Feature Quality’ 2D Animation Tools Within Its 3D Pipeline

Animation software maker Blender is showing off its upcoming Grease Pencil 2.0 tools through a new demo called Hero.  The Grease Pencil provides 2d animation tools within Blender’s free and open-source full-3d pipeline. For a clearer idea of what this means, take a look at the end credits of Herowhich shows in-production scenes from the demo.  Blender has offered the Grease Pencil technology in its software for a number of years, but the new update will allow for “feature quality animation production” in Blender 2.8. The first beta of Blender 2.8 will be available in the second half of 2018.


See the 10 hottest new features due in Blender in 2018

Cross Hatch Shading Test

Blender Wieght Transfer Tutorial Torchlight


Crash Course: Freestyle Rendering – Introduction

Tears of Steel – Blender VFX Open Movie

Gleb Alexandrov

Traditional Animation – Blender Grease Pencil 2.8 – Pagewood Studios


Founded in 2008 by Ingo Clemens and Kerstin Barenbrock for animation, stock footage, scripts and tools.

SHAPES is an easy to use blend shape editing tool providing a unified workflow to create and edit blend shape targets and related dependencies for character articulation.  A production proven tool, inspired by industry professionals and designed for the artist to focus on the creative process and it has become the tool of choice by many computer art schools and universities.

SHAPES – Blend Shape Editor for Maya – Preview Release 5




Demystifying cloud terms for VFX artists.   In the VFX world, there’s still a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt around cloud technology. Where many other creative industries have long since integrated the cloud into their status quo, the VFX industry remains behind the curve.


Cloud adoption is a global trend with various regions ahead of the curve thanks to existing infrastructure and connectivity. Studies vary but generally agree that public cloud revenue is increasing 24% year on year – healthy by anyone’s views. The fact that it covers over $178B of spend gives media and entertainment companies a strong reason to be looking to cloud services and hybrid solutions to begin leveraging the benefits of scalability, agility, and flexibility.

Inversion Studio, Elara, and the dawn of production pipelines in the cloud. 

Meet the studio pioneering VFX production in the cloud.  In the coming years, the VFX industry could look remarkably different to how it does today.  Cloud technology is set to give rise to a new breed of VFX studio –  one that’s more mobile, nimble and flexible.  The cloud will enable studios to source the best talent from around the world without the need for relocation, or scale compute and storage up and down as projects ebb and flow.


Get fast and flexible access to a variety of applications from Foundry and our partners, plus integrated cloud rendering, and centralized storage – all in a secure and high-performance environment.

UNLEASH THE POWER OF ATHERA’S API – In the VFX world, there’s still a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt around cloud technology. Where many other creative industries have long since integrated the cloud into their status quo, the VFX industry remains behind the curve.

Cloud technology’s impact on the VFX industry

With the launch of Athera behind them (this past April at FMX in Stuttgart, Germany), the Foundry team faces the next step in the ambitious goal to provide VFX studios with an end-to-end cloud services solution – the job of attracting users to the platform.


Imagine firing up five sets of software at once under five tabs on your machine, each one totally secure and prepped precisely with the resources you need to execute your tasks of the day – all while having the flexibility to pause, transport, or access those same applications from anywhere you wish.




New releases, incompatibilities, firmware upgrades, technical traps and pitfalls … You’ll find them all listed here in Digistor’s Tech Alerts website section.

As our experienced engineers encounter technical information that is useful for customers to remain productive and stay up-to-date, we’ll post it here.

Is e-tirement for you?  Retirees are rewriting stereotypes and redefining retirement thanks to the NBN™. It’s called E-tirement and it’s the latest thing in retirement in Australia.

Become the master of keyboard shortcuts

How much were you taught about computers in school? Depending on your age, the answer might be “a bit in high school”, “only in a college course”, or even “nothing at all”! Today, the use of computers is so widespread that kids start learning about Digital Technologies in their very first years at school.

Be prepared and back it up!

It’s important to back up your personal data regularly so it’s safe just in case the worst happens.

As you use your computers, phones, and tablets, you’ll start to accumulate a lot of data on the internal storage. Whether its music, lists and notes, contact information, important documents, or those photos from your once-in-a-lifetime holiday – losing it would be awful. We all like to think we’re careful and it’ll never happen to us, but the truth is no matter how careful you are, you never know when your phone will drop out of your pocket and break, your iPad will be lost or stolen, you accidentally open an email containing a virus, or that cup of coffee decides to just tip itself over the laptop keyboard.

iiNet Get clued in about Remote Access scams

It goes without saying that there are more than a few sharks you can come across when surfing the web. Digital safety is a growing concern and it’s important to stay in the loop about the risks you may come across when using the ’net.

Education on the NBN™

Whether it’s a quick DIY tip for in the home or a course to upskill in your career, most Aussies will find themselves jumping online at some point to learn something new. In the first quarter of this year, Aussies aged 18-24 watched an average of 22 hours of video a month on desktops and laptops and 9 hours of video on smartphones and tablets[1]. In a digital world, education opportunities continue to advance thanks to developments in technology.

Five simple steps you can take today to stay safe online.  While the internet is one of the most helpful tools for any business owner, it also comes with its fair share of pitfalls.  But, there are simple practical steps you can take today that will vastly improve your security when transacting online.

Spot the Scams in your Inbox iiNet article 

Characters to Avoid in Directories and Filenames


Begun in 1990, is an online newsletter and Web site, devoted to the person behind the most personal of personal computers, the Macintosh. relating events and products to real life uses and concerns.  New TidBITS issues go out every Monday night; articles appear on the Web site throughout the week.


Established in 1996, EveryMac.com is the complete guide to every Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Mac clone in the world, with technical specs, configuration details, system identifiers, performance benchmarks, and global pricing info.

Inside the iMac Pro – Apple’s most powerful Mac yet  Dec 14, 2017


LOG ME IN  remote access


  • Disk Inventory X – is a disk usage utility for Mac OS X 10.3 (and later). It shows the sizes of files and folders in a special graphical way called “treemaps“.
  • Gemini 2  – The intelligent duplicate file finder.  Find duplicate files and wipe them away with Gemini 2. It’s smart, laser accurate, and recovers tons of space on your Mac.
  • How to download CleanMyMac 3  Clean, optimize, and maintain your Mac with the all-new CleanMyMac 3. It scans every inch of your system, removes gigabytes of junk in just two clicks, and monitors the health of your Mac.
  • CleanApp, Synium Your hard drive gets fuller day by day and you don’t know why? CleanApp 5 provides you with insights how to reclaim disk space. There are definitely tons of unused files on your hard drive – CleanApp will help you to find and delete them. CleanApp 5 has been re-developed from scratch and offers a comprehensive and convenient user interface.
  • Cocktail is a general purpose utility for macOS that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.  The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail’s features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.  Cocktail is installed at more than 250 000 computers world wide. The largest part being private individuals, but Cocktail can also be found at large international companies, educational institutions or newspapers.


  • DATARESCUE photo rescue
  • EASEUS  offers comprehensive solutions to home, small business, large enterprise user and service provider for data security and hard drive management on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and more
  • RECUVA   Recover your deleted files quickly and easily.  Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost files after a computer crash? No problem – Recuva recovers files from your Windows computer, recycle bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player!
  • RUNTIME  get data back simple data recovery

Adobe Premiere Pro and Multiple GPUs  By Chris and Trish Meyer March 28, 2014

Apple’s inclusion of dual GPUs in every model of their new Mac Pro has caused a bit of a stir (and confusion) among video editors wondering if their NLE of choice can take advantage of them. Applications don’t automatically detect and use multiple GPUs; the drivers must support them, and the software must be written to exploit them. It’s expected that Apple’s own Final Cut Pro can; many seem to assume that Adobe’s Premiere Pro can’t – but that’s not the case.

How to…Transfer Music & Playlists from iPhone, iPad or iPod to Computer

How To Dual Boot Hackintosh OSX Yosemite & Windows 10

Hackintosh.com links to everything you need to build a Hackintosh and get macOS Sierra (10.12) as well as many earlier versions of Mac OS X running on an unsupported computer — instructions, step-by-step “how to” guides, and tutorials — in addition to installation videoslists of compatible computers and parts, and communities for support.


Seven part series from Edward Blench look into using 3DS Max for creating Computer Game assets. Edward Blench.

How to Build Your Own 1u Linux Server  In this instructable, we will build a fast server capable of running Linux very well. It will also be expandable to two processors and, in standard configuration, supports RAID 1 mirror.

Hack An IKEA Cabinet Into A High-Performance Render Farm
Vusta’s Stuff

Storm FX Hardware

Beeple explains his latest project, Zero-Day 2015

COMPANY OF HEROES 2: behind the scenes


  • Akomi from North Shore Atuoation
  • Blackbird
  • DailiesViewer AppleCoire/SwiftCore
  • Iconic from cantemo
  • Frame.io
  • Mediasilo
  • Nice Dissolve
  • Vimeo

DIGITAL  HEAVEN  a small company that is passionate about product innovation and giving our customers the best support we can. All this is backed up by many years of real world experience in the broadcast post production industry.

DNS rethink


DATARESCUE photo rescue



EASEUS  offers comprehensive solutions to home, small business, large enterprise user and service provider for data security and hard drive management on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and more

How do I use a browser to dynamically update the host’s IP?

FOLDER SIZE will analyze your hard drives and display the file sizes and folder sizes so that you can easily check the distribution of your disk space. The application will display the sizes of the folders and files and also the percentage of the total disk size that they occupy. The neat report can be sorted in order to identify the largest folders and the largest files. You can easily figure out which files or folders have filled up your drive space as Folder Size will also scan the sizes of all the subfolders. The application can scan your entire hard drive in minutes due to its optimized scan algorithms and list details on the tree size and file sizes. The progressive scan will let you continue the scan from the point of interruption.  Besides scanning an entire hard drive Folder Size can also scan a single folder in order to save time. This tool will help you to easily cleanup your disk by listing all the file sizes and folder sizes in a neat report.  Folder Size can list backup folders, system folders and also the system volume information folder – all missing disk space will be revealed instantly.

FOLDER and FILE structure – SpaceSniffer is a freeWare (donations are welcome) and portable tool application that lets you understand how folders and files are structured on your disks. By using a Treemapvisualization layout, you have immediate perception of where big folders and files are placed on your devices. Treemap concept was invented by Prof. Ben Shneiderman, who kindly permitted the use of his concept into this tool.

HDDs reach 14TB, glass platters will be the future

Western Digital’s new 14TB enterprise hard drives and Seagate’s 12TB hard drives for home users and NAS systems, suggest that 20TB HDDs are round the corner. Your next HDD may have a heart of glass.

Setup Google Drive On The Existing Folder

It says ‘The Google Drive folder you selected is not empty. Please select an empty folder or empty this one’ when I try to map Google Drive to previous folder I’ve have associated with.
It means we’ll need to create a new folder and sync/download all of files again. And what happen if we have Gigs or thousands of files, this should be a big problem.

2001: A Space Odyssey Is Even More Of An Acid Trip When You Run It Through Google’s Neural Network

Getting to know the Game Artist from Supermassive Games

Internet Protocol IP is the Future in Broadcast  My blogs the past few weeks have been discussing why big data matters and IP in the broadcast industry. The connection between these topics may not be obvious, but the point is that all data is critical to the ongoing success of the broadcast business, at every step throughout the creative, management, distribution and consumptions processes. The adoption of IP in the broadcast workflow is critical to obtaining data that will influence business decisions. Internet Protocol based networks provide a volume of data that informs and complements data obtained from other sources..

What to do during internet downtime?  It can be frustrating when you can’t get online, especially when you’re right in the middle of doing something.  If your internet goes down, first things first, try turning your modem off and then on again. If this doesn’t give you any relief, there’s no reason to panic. We’ve put together a survival guide to walk you through a simple plan of action for when your internet has some trouble connecting.

Broadcasting future lies in IP  There is a significant drive in the broadcast industry to replace the current serial digital interface (SDI)-based infrastructure with Internet protocol (IP) solutions.

IP:  some food for thought:

  • broadcaster migration to IT infrastructure
  • is IP broadcast’s future

MACKINTOSH.COM  Hackintosh.com links to everything you need to build a Hackintosh and get macOS Sierra (10.12) as well as many earlier versions of Mac OS X running on an unsupported computer — instructions, step-by-step “how to” guides, and tutorials — in addition to installation videos, lists of compatible computers and parts, and communities for support.

Put Ubuntu on Flash Drive using Windows

PRIVACYTOOLS.IO You are being watched. Private and state-sponsored organizations are monitoring and recording your online activities. privacytools.io provides knowledge and tools to protect your privacy against global mass surveillance.

POLLS  Straw Poll, the place to create instant, real-time polls for free.

SCREEN SHOT with LIGHT SHOT  I just found a great resource if you’re working on a Windows machine. I really miss the ease of screen capturing with Mac. I’ve been using the Snipping Tool, but it kind of sucks. This free tool is called LightShot and it gives you super quick screenshots of selected areas and ways to share, copy, or save them out. I mapped my F1 and F2 keys to the capture and now I save a ton of time and headache using this instead of the stupid Snipping Tool. You should definitely add this to your arsenal!

3PLAY MEDIA enables us to meet fast approaching deadlines and deliver high quality captions. The support team is very responsive and show that they care about the quality and efficiency of their services.

Understanding modems is no magic

Samsung 850 EVO SSD takes its storage into the third dimension

Q&A: Quantum’s Dave Frederick on Building the Perfect 4K Workflow  From Tape to Disk to Flash, How Flexible, Multi-Tier Storage Systems Can Meet Ever-Increasing Performance Requirements – Bryant Frazer / March 15, 2017

SUPER USERS is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users.

Get the best suggestions on your streaming service

Streaming suggestions that just don’t make sense: it can happen to anyone. Perhaps your kids selected your Netflix profile by accident and spent a few hours watching every cartoon under the sun. You might have a housemate with a passion for watching old school BBC shows on your Stan subscription. You may have gone through a phase of listening to glam metal on Spotify or Google Music and now you never want to hear another hairspray-fueled scream again.

TONYMACX86.COMBuilding a CustoMac: Buyer’s Guide May 2015   When running macOS as your main operating system, supported and compatible components are extremely important. That is why we have created a large selection of example systems along with a comprehensive list of the best available hardware. The components listed here might not be the only ones that work, but based on our research they’re the easiest and best supported options. Use the following Buyer’s Guide as a shopping list or as a jumping off point for further customization. Either way you’ll be supporting this site by purchasing through these links, so thanks in advance!

RECUVA   Recover your deleted files quickly and easily.  Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost files after a computer crash? No problem – Recuva recovers files from your Windows computer, recycle bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player!

RUNTIME  get data back simple data recovery



Video card Benchmarks  This chart made up of thousands of PerformanceTest benchmark results and is updated daily with new graphics card benchmarks. This high end chart contains high performance video cards typically found in premium gaming PCs.

Wacom Tablet Driver for a Mac or a PC – Install and Uninstal  A couple of weeks ago I got my new Wacom Intuos 5 tablet and I love it.  So I decided to do a series of videos about how I setup and use my tablet.  But first, we need to talk about installing drivers.  This post will have two videos, one for a Mac and one for a PC.

Using free public Wi-Fi network comes with any number of serious security risks, yet surveys show that lots of people do it anyway. In a study by privatewifi.com, whopping three-quarters of people admitted to connecting to their personal email on public Wi-Fi.  In today’s busy world, convenience seems to outweigh consequence, especially with how people use their mobile devices. Using free public Wi-Fi networks, for example, comes with any number of serious security risks, yet surveys show that the overwhelming majority of Americans do it anyway. In a study by privatewifi.com, a whopping three-quarters of people admitted to connecting to their personal email while on public Wi-Fi.

What is the system ID and how do I find it?

A machine’s system ID is a unique code required to license products.

VoIP  also called internet telephone, it is a technology for transmitting ordinary telephone calls using the internet using packet-linked routes.  It involves sending voice information in digital form in discrete packets rather than in the traditional circuit-committed protocols of a public switched telephone network.  A main advantage of VoIP and internet telephony is they avoid the tolls charged by traditional telephone services.

VOIP  Voice Over IP (VOIP) defines a way to carry voice calls over an IP network.  With IP telephony, the phone becomes an extension of the internet, allowing onscreen applications such as directories, missed calls and received calls to be displayed.  Operational costs are reduced because of the ability to run voice and data across one converged network.

IP telephony  when a phone call uses IP telephony, it means the call is made across a data network, using Internet Protocol (IP) as the ‘language’ the network devices use to communicate with.  This is different to the traditional way phone calls are made across a dedicated voice network, using time division multiplexing (TDM).

AC WiFi: What you need to know

There’s a lot of talk about AC WiFi these days; what was a new-fangled WiFi technology back in 2012 is now pretty commonplace but if you don’t know what it means, you may not know that a better type of WiFi is right under your nose!

BUILDING YOUR OWN MACHINE  info by Tony Ganner on DLF, 2015   The Lazy but Efficient Method

CPU – Check this list, or another benchmarking site, and find one that stands out as cheap among the powerful ones. The prices are estimates in USD, so check MSY for their stock & prices, and ebay to back that up, and maybe you’ll have to check 2 or 3 CPUs max.  Video card Benchmarks – This chart made up of thousands of PerformanceTest benchmark results and is updated daily with new graphics card benchmarks. This high end chart contains high performance video cards typically found in premium gaming PCs. Recently introduced ATI video cards (such as the ATI Radeon HD) and nVidia graphics cards (such as the nVidia GTX and nVidia Quadro FX) using the PCI-Express (or PCI-E) standard are common in our high end video card charts.
GPU – Check this list, and do the same. If you’re rich, consider a Quadro or Firepro instead, even though they seem to benchmark way lower by their price. Why? Best way I heard it put, a Ferrari may be fast, but a truck can pull the weight.  CPU Benchmarks – This chart comparing high end CPUs is made using thousands of PerformanceTestbenchmark results and is updated daily. These are the high end AMD and Intel CPUs are typically those found in newer computers. The chart below compares the performance of Intel Xeon CPUs, Intel Core i7 CPUs, AMD Phenom II CPUs and AMD Opterons with multiple cores. Intel processors vs AMD chips – find out which CPUs performance is best for your new gaming rig or server!
Then you go into MSY, and ask them for:
MoBo – Cheapest that can support them both, Crossfire if you want 6 screens, and can handle at-least 32GB RAM so you can get there later if you don’t at first. Then ask for one that’s slightly better, maybe $30 more, because while motherboards barely impact performance, the cheaper ones will cause you pain within a year or two.
RAM – Cheapest set of 8GB sticks that are compatible, or get that twice for 32GB.
PSU – Cheapest that can power it all, they may say 750W, but ask if you’ll be ok with 650, because they’ll give you more than you need there.
Case – Cheapest that can fit it, then ask for one better, because bad cases lately tend to have button/power on issues. Sometimes they do a Case/PSU offer that will work for you at a better price.
HDD – 2TB is under $90 now, but despite what you may have learned about Seagates breaking all the time and WD drives being reliable, trust me, that situation has 100% reversed in the last few years.
SSD – Get the cheapest 120GB for your system drive if you’re lazy, or 60GB if you’re broke and don’t mind favouriting the Temp folder, disabling hiberfil.sys, constricting your main pagefile, and installing stuff to the HDD instead.
Cooling System – $30 is all you need to spend here. It’s the difference between rendering at 80 degrees and rendering at 60 degrees. Your call. Not essential. Replaces the heat-sync that comes with your CPU if you do.
As for building it, that’s $70 and waiting a week, or free and done in half a day if you just take it all home. Anything that can plug in to anything should do, and the only bits you really have to pay attention to are firmly planting in the CPU (get some heat-sync paste too, just in case), and read what the writing says when plugging in those little pins for the case’s power button and lights cables. And don’t force your motherboard too hard when installing it, make sure to put the support pins in first.  This will get you a pretty damned awesome machine, without having to put much effort in, for under $1500. There may be more efficient parts to use, but it’s up to you if you wanna become a hardware specialist just for the sake of getting a decent machine.
Consider perspective on the price vs power.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Computer for Blender  Everyone has their own preferences in terms of usablity and stability, but for me the winner is Linux. In the past I’ve used blender on both Windows and Linux, and I found that Linux crashes less, handles memory better and generally runs more smoothly than a windows operating system.

GeForce GTX Rendering Benchmarks and Comparisons  Since a lot of you are asking about GPU rendering (and the NVIDIA GeForce cards have become so popular for rendering) we decided to compare the current high-end GeForce cards using a more realistic benchmark than the exterior car scenes which have become so commonplace.

Ask your self what you would be doing with your graphics card?
-GPU Rendering ( Octane – Vray RT )
-Open GL Rendering ( Large Scenes lots of RAM ) – Power-wall stuff. –   (VRED)
-Big Poly-count scenes with FX ( Any 3D Package )
-CAD Modelling (Alias Etc)

-Regular usage

A Graphics Cards for Display:  This is your main card all your monitors are plugged into, this will also effect the performance of everything on your monitors, poly counts, view port control etc.
And a Graphics Card for Cuda /  GPU Rendering applications: This is a separate card in your workstation that you can assign to handle GPU intensive rendering task, the reason you have two cards is so your main GPU for display wont chug and you can still work whilst the other card is rendering.

Bang for the Buck Z97 Motherboard Showdown Part 1 – Physical Overview

Manjaro Mania ::: Dual Boot Install

Seven part series from Edward Blench look into using 3DS Max for creating Computer Game assets. Edward Blench.

Corona SDK

Mobile apps create a unique opportunity to build beautiful, engaging experiences. Thousands of children’s app developers and eBook authors, from India-based tinytapps to Avokiddo, use Corona SDK.

CG Society

also under Drawing, Design, Creativity and Film Manking





CGPunch – YouTube Channel by David Zwierzchaczewski







Including drawing, design, creativity and film making.

DESIGN  INSTITUTE  OF  AUSTRALIA   As Australia’s peak industry body for professional design, the DIA represents Australian design and designers both domestically and internationally  We exist to help Australia’s professional designers to succeed in business and to enjoy their working lives, while collectively growing Australia’s reputation as a Design Nation.  The DIA brings together design practitioners with people and organisations who employ, commission, support and promote designers. As such, our membership includes design practitioners and participants in Australia’s design industry.




Provides open source movie playback software for use in film production, VFX, and computer animation. Key features include:

  • Real-time playback of image sequences and movies
  • Support for industry standard file formats including Cineon, DPX, OpenEXR, and QuickTime
  • Command line utilities for batch processing
  • Cross platform support for Linux, Apple OS X, and Microsoft Windows



VIMEO  Eyes on privacy settings: all the ways to share your videos securely.

You’ve uploaded your video to Vimeo, added the perfect title and description, selected just the right thumbnail — all in all, life is good. But there’s one more important thing to determine: which privacy setting do you choose? Vimeo offers you tons of privacy options to help fit your needs, because it is one of the most important things to our community. And since we want to make your Vimexperience as seamless as possible, here are some helpful tips for common use cases we see to help you navigate the particulars of privacy — so you can get millions of eyes on your videos, or just a few. The settings are your oyster.


FWA Favourite Website Awards

JIBJAB:  is a digital media company dedicated to making funny things worth sharing. We’ve been pioneering online entertainment production and distribution since 1999.


Magnum Pleasure Hunt: Across the Internet    http://pleasurehunt.mymagnum.com.au/

Magnum Pleasure Hunt 2:  Across The Globehttp://pleasurehunt2.mymagnum.com/




BRUSHES  is a painting app designed exclusively for iOS. Rewritten from the ground up, Brushes Redux is universal — the same version runs on both your iPhone and your iPad. Move paintings between your devices and keep working wherever you go. David Hockney ned it to create works on his iPad.

BLACK INK digital painting, GPU based rendering also powers its user interface to provide the most responsive and comfortable user experience ever.  Combined with its compact and elegant design, numerous ergonomic tools like brushes and color history or real time brush settings preview, nothing stops you from simply enjoy drawing.

iSTOP MOTION  easily create stop motion animations and time lapse videos on your Mac.

KRITA is a FREE and open source painting tool designed for concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry. Krita has been in development for over 10 years and has had an explosion in growth recently. It offers many common and innovative features to help the amateur and professional alike. See below for some of the highlighted features.


KRITA 4 digital painting application is a free and open source project with improved vector tools, SVG support, a new text tool, Python scripting and much, much, much more.  Also, there is a new project management system in there for comics that potentially could be pimped out even more and used for storyboards.


MY PAINT began in 2004 when Martin Renold bought himself a Wacom graphics tablet. He noticed that the program he was using would sometimes drop a stroke when scribbling too fast. He thought he could be more expressive if his brush reacted in a different way to pressure and speed.

PAINT STORM    is created for professional digital painting. And a major role in this program play the brushes. We did our best so that you can easily and quickly adjust the brushes suitable for your painting style.  Anyone who has ever painted knows it’s hard to overestimate the painting tool and the importance of all the seemingly insignificant details. We tried not to miss any of them.  Our goal was to create an intuitive, simple-to-use but at the same time functionally powerful tool that brings the process of digital painting to a new level, making it as comfortable as possible

PROCREATE  is the most advanced painting app ever designed for a mobile device.  Create beautiful sketches, inspiring paintings, and stunning illustrations wherever you are.

QUICKDRAW   provides a number of tools to create and manipulate keyframes for individual strokes drawn using the built-in Paint Effect. If you’re handy with a Wacom tablet or even drawing with your mouse, once you’ve traced your source text layer or line drawing QuickDraw makes the animation and timing process a piece of cake.

MISCHIEF we believe that drawing with a computer can be as fun and powerful as drawing with pencil and paper. We believe that digital drawing shouldn’t require compromises; you don’t have to choose between pixels and vectors. With Mischief, you just open the application and start drawing.

VIDEO SCRIBE  Create your own Stunning, high-definition, whiteboard-style animation videos with no design or technical know-how.

DWANGO  OpenToonz

OpenToonz utilized in production of “Batman Ninja” animated feature film

Tokyo, Japan (July 12th, 2018) — Dwango Co., Ltd. has announced that the 2D animation production software “OpenToonz” which they started distributing in March 2016 as an open source software program has been used in the production of Kamikaze Douga’s first animated feature film BATMAN NINJA (Director: Junpei Mizusaki / Script: Kazuki Nakashima) which came out in theaters on June 15th in Japan.

Open-source Animation Production Software to Develop and Create All Together. It is based on the software “Toonz”, which was developed by Digital Video S.p.A. in Italy, customized by Studio Ghibli, and has been used for creating its works for many years. Dwango launches this OpenToonz project, in cooperation with Digital Video and Studio Ghibli.  Toonz is a family of 2D animation software. The base application is being developed by Dwango as open-source software under the name OpenToonz. An extended commercial variant for professional individuals and studios, Toonz Premium, is being developed and marketed by Digital Video S.p.A.. Digital Video also developed programs like StoryPlanner, a set of tools focused on the creation of storyboards with graphical and textual information; Linetest, a 2D animation software for pencil animation tests; and The-TAB, a 2D animation software used to create animation for the Web and Broadcast. Toonz is used by many studios worldwide including Studio Ghibli and Rough Draft Studios.

OpenToonz developers release OpenToonz 1.2

The development team for OpenToonz has released version 1.2 of the open-source 2D animation package, adding a new horizontal timeline, new brush engine, autotweening for vector strokes, and a lip sync window.

Google+  OpenToonz  This is software for producing a 2D animation.  It is based on the software “Toonz”, which was developed by Digital Video S.p.A. in Italy, customized by Studio Ghibli, and has been used for creating its works for many years. Dwango launches this OpenToonz project, in cooperation with Digital Video and Studio Ghibli.

OpenToonz Experimental for Windows.   This is an experimental version of OpenToonz for Windows containing many new features that aren’t yet part of the main version.

OpenToonz Tutorial #1 – How to Get Started

OpenToonz 1.2 – Top New Features and Should You Get It?

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Pulldownit is a brand new dynamics solver which allows for the creation of fractures as well as massive rigid bodies simulations. By using its technology digital artists are able to simulate fast and easily the collapse of buildings, cracking surfaces or fracturing any kind of brittle material.


is a fluid and dynamics simulation tool for the 3D and visual effects industry.  This stand-alone application can be used in conjunction with other 3D programs to simulate fluids, water surfaces, fluid-solid interactions, rigid bodies, soft bodies and meshes. In 2008, the Next Limit Technologies was awarded a Technical Achievement Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their development of the RealFlow software and its contribution to the production of motion pictures. In 2015, Next Limit Technologies announced the upcoming release of RealFlow Core for Cinema 4D.

Create an Army of Toy Soldiers

Particle Texture Emission in Maya




Higher Education for Better or Worse

The complete story of Paris-8 university going for Krita, Blender, Natron

AIE: specialist educators in games, animation and film effects

ADAM  CRESPI  YouTube Tutorials 

animSchool’s make characters, move characters

Allan McKay’s podcasts

Audiovisual Academy


AUSTRALIAN FILM TELEVISION and RADIO SCHOOL:  MEDIA LAB free media arts resources for schools



Cengage Learning Australia creates learning solutions that use technology, pedagogy and content to enrich student engagement. Cengage Learning is passionate about learning, innovation and engagement.


CGMeetupYoutube Channel

cgmotionbox: tutorials


CG Spectrum

CG Society



Creative Technology Educators





EAT 3D -0 car modelling

ESCAPE STUDIOS  offer undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses in Visual Effects (VFX), Game Art, Animation and Motion Graphics.  We work with an impressive list of industry partners to design and deliver our courses, from MPC, Cinesite, Framestore and The Mill, through to Jellyfish, Milk and BlueBolt, to name just a few!

FXPHD – theory and advanced, Design Cinema – Episode 66

FZD School of Design

GAME  ART  INSTITUTE   is a special site created by Ryan Kingslien and Travis Bourbeau to provide live online education by today’s master artists. Part of the UArtsy family, this site is devoted to all things game arts.  Our courses are conducted online via web conferencing software and allow direct access to your instructors. All course content is also downloadable and available to stream through our system.  We focus on the most cutting edge technology out there along with our sister sites, ZBrushWorkshops, Concept Art Workshop and Artsy.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY   is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills. The leading source for training, staffing, and career transitions, we foster a flourishing community of professionals pursuing careers they love.


GNOMON  specializes in computer graphics education for careers in the entertainment industry. Based in Hollywood, California, Gnomon offers a cutting-edge curriculum, taught by current industry professionals and delivered through both structured programs and individual courses.

GNOMON  Live and Upcoming Events

HELLOLUXX  is a collection of creative professionals from around the globe, dedicated to sharing experience and knowledge for the visual effects and motion graphics community.

What started as small blog – sharing tips from the creative company Luxx – continues to evolve into a collective of experts and developers working together to provide you with real world techniques and solutions to improve your workflow and enhance creative productivity.


KEN STONE’S  FCP  This web site is specific to Apple’s Final Cut Pro Editing software. It includes a Basic section for beginners, a White Paper section for Intermediate and Advanced uses. There are Review sections for Hardware, Software and FCP Tutorial products as well as a FCP Discussion Boar


LESTERBANKS   3D, VFX, CGI News Tools & Tutorials



MASTERS of  MOTION is a podcast, website and social media channel, that provides the world with a insight into the Australian and New Zealand Animation industry. Comprising of a podcast and online gallery featuring outstanding motion design, animation and visual effects work. Our mission is to celebrate Australia’s motion artists and to Inspire the next generation of motion designers, animators, visual effects and 3-D artists.

Subscribe in iTunes : https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/masters-of-motion/id1173390344?mt=2.

A Lifetime in Animation & Creating a Cartoon TV Series.

Mastering CGI

MAXON 3d for the real world

MICHAEL COMET I am currently a Character Modeling/Rigging Supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios. I started at Pixar around 2006 and have worked on films such as Up, Brave and The Good Dinosaur.  Check out his tutorials, Maya MEL Scripts and Maya Plug-ins

NO FILM SCHOOL  No Film School is the leading worldwide community of filmmakers, video producers, and independent creatives. No Film School is where filmmakers learn from each other — “no film school” required.



PROCESSING is a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. Since 2001, Processing has promoted software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology. There are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning and prototyping


SCHOOL OF MOTION  We’ve built a teaching philosophy that enables us to deliver an amazing, interactive experience to any students regardless of their physical location or skill level. At School of Motion our mission is to empower our students to hone their skills, grow their networks, and gain the knowledge they need to have a successful career in the field. And we do all of this through a unique blend of amazing content, an engaged community, and a staff of instructors and teaching-assistants who stand at the ready to critique your work.

Motion Design (or Motion Graphics) is the blending of Graphic Design and Animation. It encompasses a range of styles and techniques, 2D animation, 3D animation, stop-motion, visual effects, and more. Motion Designers create content for film title sequences, cable network branding packages, explainer videos, app UI / UX prototyping and many other mediums. Our goal is to prepare you for a career in Motion Design, no matter what kind of work you want to do.



TUTVID  Photoshop and Web Design Tutorials, Articles and Inspiration

TWITCH  TV –  Zbrush Creative Techniques, frameworkVFX




THE VIRTUAL ASSIST  Animation and VFX Website, 3D and VFX jobs, Online publication, Digital Marketing and PR, VirtualReality (VR), Making of, Behind the scenes, Visual Effects …


VFX & CGI Training Month 1 Session 12

Grant Warwick


Artist, motivator, and teacher, Ryan is known to ignite the spark in people with his teachings and humor. Also known as an Anatomy Guru and ZBrush Teacher he has taught more than 25,000 students across the globe.  An artist himself and life long learner Ryan shares his life experiences and lessons with all his students through webinars, writings and video lessons. He is a programmer, a writer, a digital artist, a traditional artist, devoted husband and father of two lovely kids.

Ryan is the CEO and founder of one of the first online school for Digital and Traditional Arts, ZBrushworkshops and UArtsy where he has taught his artistic strategies and techniques to hundreds of thousands of people.

Ryan was also part of the the team which brought groundbreaking software “ZBrush” back in the day.

The 9 Best Scientific Study Tips

How to Make a Mind Map – The Basics


Sampling Based Scene-Space Video Processing.


Many compelling video processing effects can be achieved if per- pixel depth information and 3D camera calibrations are known. However, the success of such methods is highly dependent on the accuracy of this “scene-space” information. We present a novel, sampling-based framework for processing video that enables high- quality scene-space video effects in the presence of inevitable errors in depth and camera pose estimation. Instead of trying to improve the explicit 3D scene representation, the key idea of our method is to exploit the high redundancy of approximate scene information that arises due to most scene points being visible multiple times across many frames of video. Based on this observation, we pro- pose a novel pixel gathering and filtering approach. The gather- ing step is general and collects pixel samples in scene-space, while the filtering step is application-specific and computes a desired out- put video from the gathered sample sets. Our approach is easily parallelizable and has been implemented on GPU, allowing us to take full advantage of large volumes of video data and facilitat- ing practical runtimes on HD video using a standard desktop com- puter. Our generic scene-space formulation is able to comprehen- sively describe a multitude of video processing applications such as denoising, deblurring, super resolution, object removal, com- putational shutter functions, and other scene-space camera effects. We present results for various casually captured, hand-held, mov- ing, compressed, monocular videos depicting challenging scenes recorded in uncontrolled environments.

Sampling Based Scene Space Video Processing


Felix Klose (Disney Research Zurich)
Oliver Wang (Disney Research Zurich)
Jean-Charles Bazin (Disney Research Zurich)
Marcus Magnor (TU Braunschweig)
Alexander Sorkine-Hornung (Disney Research Zurich)


ABRI- Australian Battery Recycling Initiative

Batteries – Sustainability Victoria

Handheld Batteries

Battery University

Clean Up Australia


Unreal Engine

If You Love Something, Set It Free.  You can download the engine and use it for everything from game development, education, architecture, and visualization to VR, film and animation. When you ship a game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter. It’s a simple arrangement in which we succeed only when you succeed.


You need to find out what the actual Codec is. You can do this by finding an application that can query the MXF.

There is no DPI in video, it is about pixel dimensions, resolution such as 1920 x 1080.  Consider using large psd’s at 300 DPI at 30 x 60 cm, then can increase the canvas size enabling scale increase without pixelation.

For example: http://www.opencubetech.com/page20/XFReader

Or if you know the camera it came from you can determine the format this way.  If the files are from a camera that has a plugin for premiere then you should just be able to download the plugin from the camera vendors website.

FREEMAN VIDEO CONVERTER  Freemake Video Converter converts video between 500+ formats and gadgets for free!  Convert to MP4, MP3, AVI, WMV, MKV, iPhone, Android. Convert YouTube to anything.Absolutely free. No trials or limitations.


Microsoft’s PC software is joining Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in embracing HEIF, which halves photo sizes compared with JPEG.  HEIF is a big deal since it can free up storage space and help you avoid running into your monthly network data cap. But there’s more, too: It’s actually a flexible data container that can accommodate live photos, bursts of photos, 3D scene data useful for special effects, audio, and more. In other words, it helps photo formats keep pace with today’s changing definition of digital photography.

Future-proofing your CG pipeline for 8K, HDR, and beyond.  The power of consumer technology is set to rocket… and digital artists need to be ready

With the rise of 4K content tightening the technology gap between film and broadcast television, production demands are now catching up to creative studios who’ve remained ahead of the consumer curve. VFX teams have long had the capability to create Ultra HD content in excess of 4K, but the limits of consumer technology means this hasn’t yet become as great of a necessity for TV and gaming as it has for film production. That’s all changing in a big way, now that 4K and HDR are taking hold and bridging the tech divide across all digital entertainment industries.


VIDEO PROCESSOR  FootageStudio is a stand alone video processor, featuring from simple fast transcoding to complete video transformation, all in one step : standards conversion, frame rate conversions and corrections, resample, aspect ratio conversions, denoise, filters, color correction, audio conversions, slow motion and more

How to convert a DVD to H264 using Handbrake  is a freeware video transcoder that until recently was best known and used among Mac users. The later Windows versions however are much improved, improving the GUI and fixing most nasty bugs. In this article we will guide you through the steps of creating an mkv or mp4 file using H264 codec. Handbrake now accepts most video files as input but in our example we will use a DVD disc as a source.

KODI spawned from the love of media. It is an entertainment hub that brings all your digital media together into a beautiful and user friendly package. It is 100% free and open source, very customisable and runs on a wide variety of devices. It is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and a huge community.


How do I compress a MP4 video so I can upload it to my site? from linkedIn discussion group. 

Hello, I have a technical question for any video or director of photography professionals. I need to compress a MP4 video I worked on so I can upload it to my portfolio website. It is currently huge – 855.2 MB. I need to compress it to 250 MB (( believe thats the limit) or less to be embedded through Vimeo, etc. on my Squarespace site. Does anybody know the best method or app to use. I’m also on a Power Mac OS X 10.6.8 so has compression software has to be compatible. So far the software downloads I’ve found aren’t compatible. Just trying to get it up quickly before I upgrade. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!!Show less
While recording variable bitrate is very useful, if footage does not have much action. For example in our virtual studio by using EMS(Easy Media Suite), we compress with mpeg2(H264) and with MXF container in variable 10 to 50 Mbps. However, recorded raw video, what is your facility and what is possible solutions determine the results, of course.Show less
Go to mpeg stream clip. change the aspect ratio. you can also do an apple(pro rss 422) to make a mov on final cut pro.
You may try some of free converters available on app store. .. One such is HandleBrak. you may convert any size and scale of video to fit in to your desired size.
Change codec of the source video to H.264 while keeping the format intact.
Output – mp4 with H.264 codecs
Encode to 720p or 1080P Main Concept MP4. AVC video codec at about 4Mbits/sec and AVC audio at about 5Mbits/sec. That will do you fine for Vimeo and YouTube.
Encode to MP4 video better Qulity And any source video Software By “HandBraKe” That will do you fine for Vimeo and YouTube. “HandBraKe” Software is very Powerfull and Simple way use and very usefull
Thr r lot of online free converters available .. search n convert the same in 3gp
Hire someone through upwork or fiverr who understands bitrate and formats to do it for you.
I use PavTube HD Video Converter converts mp4 to flv

ALEMBIC is an interchange file format for computer graphics used by visual effects and animation professionals. It was announced at SIGGRAPH 2011 and has been widely adopted across the industry.  Alembic supports the common geometric representations used in the industry, including polygon meshes, subdivision surface, parametric curves, NURBS patches and particles.  Alembic also has support for transform hierarchies and cameras.  With the latest version comes initial support for materials and lights as well.  Its primary focus is the interchange of geometry (models) between different groups working on the same shots or same assets.

GO PRO Cineform

CINEPAK  is a lossy video codec developed by Peter Barrett at SuperMac Technologies, and released in 1991 with the Video Spigot, and then in 1992 as part of Apple Computer’s QuickTime video suite. One of the first video compression tools to achieve full motion video on CD-ROM.

EDL edit decision list is used in the post-production process of film editing and video editing. The list contains an ordered list of reel and timecode data representing where each video clip can be obtained in order to conform the final cut.

FBX (Filmbox) is a proprietary file format (.fbx) developed by Kaydara and owned by Autodesk since 2006. It is used to provide interoperability between digital content creation applications. FBX is also part of Autodesk Gameware, a series of video game middleware.FBX (Filmbox) is a proprietary file format (.fbx) developed by Kaydara and owned by Autodesk since 2006. It is used to provide interoperability between digital content creation applications. FBX is also part of Autodesk Gameware, a series of video game middleware.  Adaptable file format for 3D animation software.  FBX® data exchange technology is a 3D asset exchange format that facilitates higher-fidelity data exchange between 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox and other propriety and third-party software.

XML  Extensible Markup Language is a simple, very flexible text format derived from SGML (ISO 8879). Originally designed to meet the challenges of large-scale electronic publishing, XML is also playing an increasingly important role in the exchange of a wide variety of data on the Web and elsewhere.



Frame.io  Privately upload, review, and share video with your entire team, anywhere in the world

sync.com  Sync makes it easy to store, share and access your files from just about anywhere.  Best of all, Sync protects your privacy with end-to-end encryption — ensuring that your data in the cloud is safe, secure and 100% private.

Vimeo and Vimeo Pro

WeTransfer is the simplest way to send your files around the world. Share large files up to 2GB for free.

Wipster  The video review, collaboration and publishing platform for creatives and brands

YouTube set to private

TRANSFERS including Super 8 to Digital






PRO 8mm




ADF: What’s The Foundry buying? The Tech of ADF


The Foundry (thefoundry.co.uk) is a global developer of computer graphics, visual effects (VFX) and 3D design software for the design, visualization and entertainment industries.
NUKE – thefoundry.co.uk/nuke
HIERO – thefoundry.co.uk/hiero
MARI – thefoundry.co.uk/mari  is 3D painting without limits, combining the power and performance to handle even the most complex assets with artist-friendly 3D paint tools that make the most of your creativity.
MODO – thefoundry.co.uk/modo
KATANA – thefoundry.co.uk/katana
FLIX – thefoundry.co.uk/flix
OCULA – thefoundry.co.uk/ocula


Finding the System ID

  • Download the Foundry License Utility (FLU) to find your system ID:
  • Mac and Windows users: Run the FLU. The System ID will be displayed at the bottom of the window.
  • Linux users: run the following command in the directory where you downloaded the FLU to print out the System ID:
./FoundryLicenseUtility –i
  • If the System ID is of the form Raaaaaaaaaaaa:Xbbbbbbbbbbbb, please see What do I do if the FLU returns two system IDs?

Installing node-locked licenses



The Foundry webinar recordings

The Foundry nuke tutorials

The Foundry on Vimeo

In the 11 years I’ve been at Foundry, I’ve seen amazing changes in VFX. Now, I’m seeing how the same tools used to create the stunning CG in Star Wars are being used to transform product design. Companies from Mercedes Benz to Adidas are harnessing the power of VFX tools to create more realistic, compelling design visualizations than ever before.

Star Wars: every kid’s dream come true.  MODO, MARI, KATANA and NUKE help ILM exceed the expectations of millions.

MODO Darrel Anderson, original designer of MeshFusion, discusses the art and science of modelling.

KATANA®’s highly efficient, collaborative approach to lighting and look development gives you the creative scope and scalability to meet the needs of today’s most demanding CG-rendering projects. High-efficiency lighting and look development


The Foundry (thefoundry.co.uk) is a global developer of computer graphics, visual effects (VFX) and 3D design software for the design, visualization and entertainment industries.

SIGGRAPH 2015:  Check out our fantastic guest speaker lineup, plus a special announcement and all the latest news from The Foundry

NON COMMERCIAL VERSIONS  Nuke, Nuke X and Nuke Studio.

Looking for inspiration? Check out these 5 unique 3D art projects

Art, in its most powerful form, comes from a place of passion. A deep-seeded spark ignited within its creator, forged from a diverse melting pot of influences and life experiences, then shaped into something entirely fresh and wondrous. Digital tools have empowered today’s artists to express themselves in exciting new ways, as is evident by the sheer breadth of impressive work flowing from the online creative community.


Introducing Bunsen: build powerful visualization pipelines

Bunsen is your integrated foundation for building scalable, repeatable and unified CAD-to-pixel AEC visualization pipelines.


Elara in Action: a scalable VFX pipeline using the elastic power of the cloud  Foundry Product Manager Mathieu Mazerolle and Creative Specialist Richi Paramo talk about Elara – Foundry’s cloud-based pipeline for modern VFX studios.

In this webinar, they:

  • Demonstrate Elara’s key features
  • Show how you can set up a virtual studio in the cloud in minutes

Webinar – Elara in Action: a scalable VFX pipeline using the elastic power of the cloud

Foundry Product Manager Mathieu Mazerolle and Creative Specialist Richi Paramo talk about Elara – Foundry’s cloud-based pipeline for modern VFX studios.

In this webinar, they:

  • Demonstrate Elara’s key features
  • Show how you can set up a virtual studio in the cloud in minutes


Hiero is part of the Nuke family, offering the same powerful multi-track editorial timeline as Nuke Studio.

For VFX producers, coordinators, online editing assistants and VFX editors, Hiero is our powerful interactive editorial timeline for efficiently managing creative projects across the VFX pipeline, onlining and conform, distribution and review.

Sharing a single timeline across your entire team:

  • Gives greater visibility over projects,
  • Lets users manage and set up complex high volume projects quickly and easily, and
  • Reduces the need to reconform for review.

Unlike workflows with many competitor toolkits, Hiero’s timeline is customizable with the same python API as Nuke Studio, allowing direct integration with shot or asset managers. And Hiero can be run on a laptop, making it portable and suitable for working onset.



Highly efficient, collaborative approach to look development and lighting, Katana® gives you the creative scope and scalability to meet the needs of today’s most demanding CG-rendering projects.

Interactive rendering: illuminating a more artist-friendly future with Katana

For digital artists working hard in the trenches to deliver amazing CG and VFX work on tight production schedules, efficiency and productivity can skyrocket when the vital tools that empower artists to excel are able to keep pace with the speed of their creative flow. Untethered from technical limitations that throw unwanted friction into VFX pipelines, artists can achieve so much more in far less time. Having the room to iterate and adapt more freely also goes a long way towards making the creative process more enjoyable.

Scaling upwards for the Ultra HD and HDR future

Mari is purpose built with these high-resolution demands in mind, pairing scalable power with artist-friendly 3D painting tools capable of working on texture resolutions far higher than current industry standards. “What Mari does is it allows you to paint at these higher resolutions across the entire asset, and you can make these patches up to 32k, so that’s a capability we already have,” says Rory Woodford, Mari Product Manager. “You can put as much paint into Mari as you want, and it’ll always handle it – you’re only limited by your GPUs capabilities.  Regular assets work on a variety of GPUs, but the gnarliest projects require high end GPUs with more VRAM.”.

Python-Programng in Katana for beginner’s M. Kedamath


MARI – Painting realistic skin in Mari 2.0 – link

MARI – Painting realistic skin in Mari 2.0 – link

How to Texture a 3D Character with Mari  I used this Mari technique to cover almost all the body, but there were parts where I had to sculpt from scratch, especially the zone around the spine.


Shifting to a 3D workflow is changing the game for New Balance  With a history spanning 110 years, New Balance has evolved into one of the most inventive footwear businesses around today. In fact, you might say it has innovation in its DNA.  Back in 1906, its revolutionary flexible shoe arch supports were a huge leap forward in terms of balance and comfort. Later, the company went on to develop the world’s first ripple-soled running shoe.  So it’s no surprise that New Balance is now one of the companies pioneering the way footwear will be made in the future.


We believe that drawing with a computer can be as fun and powerful as drawing with pencil and paper. We believe that digital drawing shouldn’t require compromises; you don’t have to choose between pixels and vectors. With Mischief, you just open the application and start drawing.

Nuke’s flexibility and seamless integration of Python and TCL is perhaps the main reason I love working in it so much. Wave expressions are amazingly useful for controlling simple animations that would take quite a bit of keying without. The following expressions amazingly useful in generating these different types of waves and I wanted to make sure I shared what has become part of my toolbox.


  • Discover the Power of Smart Vectors in Nuke.  In this webinar, Chris Wetherly showcases the power and efficiency of Smart Vectors in Nuke, to help address common workflow problems faced by compositing artists.  These problems may include issues such as:  The tracking and warping of elements onto organic surfaces, Clean up work and Beauty retouches.  He dives into some examples of how Smart Vectors can help get you to a finalized shot faster than before.

Nuke: The compositor Mathematic – demystifying visual effects

Nuke: 101 Colour Correction

Nuke Tutorials from The Foundry

Nuke link to download from The Foundry

Nukepedia: Home:  over 1,000 free tools for The Foundry’s Nuke

NUKE with Steve Wright

J_Ops 2.1v1 for Nuke 7.0 Released

NUKE with CreativeLyonsTuts many nuke tutorials

Victor Perez is so well known and respected in the visual effects industry, it’s hard to imagine there was a day he wasn’t a digital artist. But this official NUKE certified trainer, regular contributor to Nukepedia and member of the Visual Effects Society has a unique story. The story is so inspiring, in fact, he was recently invited to share it in a TED Talk at TEDxVicenza. This week, we invited him to summarize that presentation for us and tell us more about how he came to be, from our point of view, a NUKE hero.

Relative Paths in NUKE

Nuke 10 Beta Smart Vector Tutorial

Nuke 3D Point Generator Tutorial:  Blog: JoeRaasch.com Teaching: SenecaVFX.com

ModelBuilder node – Editing Geometry

NUKE Top Tip: Add Realistic Chromatic Aberration to Your CG Composites:

Understanding Premult and Unpremult in NUKE


Cara VR™ dramatically speeds up the challenging and often tedious process of stitching and compositing 360° video footage, so you have more time to focus on creating high-quality immersive experiences.


Eddy for Nuke, by VortechsFX is a plugin for simulating gaseous phenomena inside of Nuke. Eddy makes it possible to work with smoke, fire and similar gaseous fluid sims fast and interactively, enabling new workflows not previously possible.  In addition to simulating and creating gaseous fluid effects, Eddy is also a physically based volume renderer and compositing system.  Eddy is written entirely on the GPU. This is the start of an interesting journey and a new paradigm in solving complex VFX simulation challenges.


Nuke Studio Explainer Video

Webinar: Online editing in NUKE STUDIO —tips, tricks and best practices


The making of Stranger Things: old-school artistry meets the latest in VFX pipeline tech

With the highly anticipated second series of Netflix cult show Stranger Things set for release this coming Halloween, we caught up with the team at Aaron Sims Creative – the award-winning VFX studio that brought the series’ eerie otherworldly landscapes and terrifying Demogorgon to life.


[maya] froRetopo 3.5 : a fast and easy retopology tool | June 24th, 2013 Cat : Maya, Technical, Tutorial | 



GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes.

Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.


Cineversity Training and Tools for Cinema 4D:  The following series of definitions and articles covers technical and other terms used both within Cinema 4D, and those you may enounter in the use of other content creation applications and digital compositing applications. Full Glossary




An application based on Autodesk’s 3ds Max application used by professional computer graphics artists. Gmax is much more limited due to its singular intended use—game content creation. Infrequently used tools and features, or the ones completely unrelated to creating 3D game models, were removed (these include most, if not all of the more complex rendering, materials, shaders, physics simulation, some of the more advanced geometry tools, in addition to the rendering engine), leaving the core modeling, texturing, and basic animation rigging and keyframing capabilities. In 2005, the promotional freeware software was discontinued after version 1.2, but a licensed version is still available from Turbosquid com.


SketchUp Free is the easiest way to draw in 3D, now delivered in a web browser. Draw, orbit, push-pull: make anything you can imagine, however you envision it.

SketchUp  There’s a reason SketchUp is synonymous with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software: we don’t sacrifice usability for the sake of functionality. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like.


The Shave and a Haircut plug-in for Maya by Joe Atler.


HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging) is a technology that expands the dynamic range of an image and shows details in both shadows and highlights. Dynamic Range is a range of brightness values that can be recorded on media (film, photographic plate, photographic paper) or on the matrix of a digital camera.


headus supplies a comprehensive range of 3D scanning products and services to the Entertainment, Industrial Design and Health Care industries in Australia and around the world.

We also develop software for the processing of 3D scan data (CySlice, PlyEdit and CySize) and more generally for anyone working with 3D meshes (UVLayout).

Use the menu options above to find out more about everything we do here at headus.

CySlice, with Headus 3D is a tool for the post-processing of dense polymeshes, allowing the user to fit simplified SUBD or quadmeshes over the top, and then displacement or normal maps can be extracted to capture the original dense mesh detail


Endeavor and Roddenberry Entertainment Leading Development of Original Content, with OTOY’s Real-Time Rendering and Light Field Lab’s Groundbreaking Holographic Display Technologies.  Los Angeles & San Jose, CA (October 22, 2018) – OTOY, Inc and Light Field Lab, Inc, industry leaders in holographic rendering and display innovation, formally announce their partnership to deliver the industry’s first end-to-end holographic content creation to display ecosystem. The partnership will leverage Light Field Lab’s revolutionary headgear-free holographic displays and OTOY’s ORBX Technology, the industry’s first open source and royalty free format for rendering media and real time graphics on Light Field Lab’s holographic display panels.

IBM Scientists Find New Way to Shrink Transistors





The 3D Art of Lee Griggs: Geological and Microbial Landscapes


Rohan Dalvi Creates:

Animator and trainer for the last 16 years, long time my primary tool was 3dsmax and vray for all of my projects. About five years ago I slowly and steadily started to shift towards Houdini. Now a days I use Houdini for almost all of my personal work. I primarily specialize in Lighting and rendering. On Vimeo


also see Lighting and Rendering

IES lights

CREATIVE  CRASH:  This tutorial is about IES profiles use in Mental Ray

DEREK  JENSON – 3d Artist


VERTHEIM:  Welcome to the exxential resource for all things 3DS Max, Photoshop and more for CGI students everywhere.


From the Vault: DOS-Based Lightworks System 2003

Igor Auzins (aka ‘Lightworks guru’) here in 2003 with DOS based Lightworks (or was it a Heavyworks?) at Island Films in Balmain. Note the ‘film style’ controller and the very heavy Eizo 4×3 CRTs. The $100K+ system ran on a souped-up DOS 6 computer with ‘Towers’ of 3.6GB and 9.1GB drives costing about $10,000 each! Check out the current Lightworks.

Lightworks Mac Public Beta

Lightworks for Windows link



MadMapper in it’s core is an intuitively simple and easy tool for creating video mapping projections. It removes a lot of the confusion related to this medium, effectively demystifying the process and allows you, the artist or designer to focus on creating your content instead of solving technical difficulties and makes the experience of mapping textures to physical objects in real time fun. Using real projects created with MadMapper as an example, we will give you an overview of its different features and user interface.


Visution Mapio is a powerful solution for creating projection shows. Now you can work not only with the standard screen, but also with any inclines, including cylindrical and spherical and various shapes. Unlimited slices will allow you to separate videos to cover any space. You can use multiple projectors to organize panoramic and 3D scenes.

MAGIC  PEN  for  Mac


I created the original content for MakePages.com many years ago when the web was young and people were just learning to create web pages. I offered tutorials on older versions of Flash, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. These are all now outdated and more up-to-date examples are readily found elsewhere.

MAKE HUMAN Open Source tool for making 3D characters.


See also Lighting and Rendering Post

Toolbag is a full-featured real-time rendering, animation, and baking suite, providing artists a powerful and efficient workflow for all stages of production.

Viewer delivers WebGL-powered 3D rendering to the web, from desktop to mobile. Export directly from Toolbag to showcase your artwork in interactive 3D for all to see!


VUE, a 3D scenery generator software package.


Mr peabody and sherman



How Already Been Chewed combined live action and animation for a magical Mammoth Mountain spot.

by Meleah Maynard

Portland-based brand strategy firm, Nemo, doesn’t ordinarily use 3D or animation in their work. But after seeing some recent projects by design and motion graphics studio, Already Been Chewed (ABC), they decided to try something different when making a new spot for their longtime client Mammoth Mountain. The result is a fun, action-packed departure from the usual TV spot that mixes live action and animation to illustrate Mammoth Mountain’s motto: Let Fun Rule.

Relying primarily on Cinema 4D and Octane, ABC spent about four months working on and off to create the 30-second spot, which founder and creative director Barton Damer describes as “a big accomplishment” from a team perspective. “We ended up having about 9 or 10 people working on this, including bringing in three different freelances at various points,” he says. “It’s unusual for us to need such a large team but, this time, it was great to have a lot of people to help with some of the workload.”

IBC2017 Rewind: Jonas Pilz – What’s new in Cinema 4D Release 19


YouTube Channel

R20 September 2018



Download Cinema 4D physics framework Effex 2.8 for free

Navié – aka developer Samir Kharchi – has released Effex, its physics simulation framework for Cinema 4D, for free. Effex 2.8, the final version of the software, is now available on GitHub.

C4D: Selecting Individual Clones  Password:  PixelGift1

BRINGING THE MARTIAN TO LIFE:  Discover how Territory Studio used Cinema 4D to create convincing on-set technology for Ridley Scott’s Golden Globe awarded sci-fi thriller.

NAB 2016 Rewind – Athanasios Pozantzis: Re-topology, Modelling & the Perfect Planet Earth

Hitting the Marks with Motion Graphics

A Cinema 4D Primer for Maya Artists: Introduction to this Primer with Cineversity

NAB 2017 Rewind – Julia Siemon: Character Tools for 3D Motion Graphic

FBX 2017 presentations YouTube or Cineversity.

MAXON @ IBC 2018

Cinema 4D SIGGRAPH 2016

Siggraph training from Cineversity and Maxon is live, tons of full length training seminars from experts in our industry. 

Siggraph 2018 Cinema 4D Presentations Vol. 1

Another huge Siggraph has come and gone, but don’t worry, the live presentations were recorded by Maxonand Cineversity and are now free for all of us! Here is the first installment of Siggraph 2018 Cinema 4D training by the best in our industry. Enjoy!

Siggraph 2018 Cinema 4D Presentations Vol. 2

Another huge Siggraph has come and gone, but don’t worry, the live presentations were recorded by Maxonand Cineversity and are now free for all of us! Here is the second installment of Siggraph 2018 Cinema 4D training by the best in our industry. Enjoy!

Siggraph 2018 Cinema 4D Presentations Vol. 3

The third batch of Siggraph 2018 Cinema 4D presentations that were recorded by Maxon and Cineversity.

Siggraph 2018 Cinema 4D Presentations Vol. 4

Siggraph 2018 Cinema 4D Presentations Vol. 5

Siggraph 2018 Cinema 4D Presentations Vol. 6

Siggraph 2018 Cinema 4D Presentations Vol. 7

Webinars On-Demand

Greyscalegroilla Tools + Training for Cinema 4D 

Introduction to Cinema 4D 

Helloluxx:  Cinema 4D Tutorials 



PHIXEL facebook

The Pixel Lab




cgmotionbox: tutorials

envatotuts:  Quick Tip: Create A Basic Render Setup Using Cinema4D

NAB 2017 C4D Free Training Series Pt. 1

NAB 2017 C4D Free Training Series Pt. 6

NAB 2017 C4D Free Training Series Pt. 7

NAB 2017 C4D Free Training Series Pt. 8

Massive Free 3D Printable Scanned Sculpture Collection

Wow, I found the mother load of 3D scanned sculptures!! Can’t believe I didn’t know about this till now. The site is called My Mini Factory and part of their initiative is called “Scan the World.” They currently have over 12,000 free 3D models of famous sculptures! This is an unbelievable resource.


In case you missed it we updated our website last week. The way you will access all of the freebies has changed. We have a new URL and a new password.  To access the freebies, go to www.thepixellab.net/exclusive and use this password: pixellab18  Also we now have a new customer log in section. Going forward all of your purchases and download links can be accessed here. The old purchases you made will not show up unfortunately but anything you buy going forward will be available in this section. Hopefully that makes it easier for you.  If any of you want to share something with the community just shoot me an e-mail: joren@thepixellab.net.

  • Tobias Larsson modeled a really detailed model of the Cryptex from the Da Vinci Code, check him out on Vimeo here: vimeo.com/tacoindian There are some renders of the Cryptex as well as a little demo video showing how the stepping works. The C4D model is rigged and animated!
  • Model pack by Jim Field, the first Playhouse Model Pack he gave away. Now he has Volume 2.0! There are three C4D playhouse models but these are all sitting on the ground so you could use them for regular houses as well. Jim Field created a sweet and totally free “Evil Motorcycle.” Just delete the skull if you want a non-evil chopper.   Created an epic guitar model, dual necked with an amp to boot.
  • Simon Spencer-Harvey created a really nice Amazon Echo C4D model for you! Echo is a voice controlled speaker if you haven’t heard of it.  Interior architecture scenes of wind tunnels created by Simon Spencer-Harvey. Feel free to use them for commercial or personal use as well.
  • One carved halloween pumpkin C4D model and one that is not carved. They are 100% free, just don’t use them for re-sale. The model is created by our main man Remco.
  • Remco van der Meer modeled a whole collection of beautiful C4D buildings and is giving them away. There are three downloads full of different buildings and towers for you. Best of all they are 100% free! Massive thanks to Remco! They are C4D models and you can use them for personal or commercial use, just don’t use them for resale/stock.


  • Sam Brown’sGo Cart models <samwbrown89@gmail.com>
  • Phixel Studio, arcade game modelhttps://www.facebook.com/NegroElkhaCGI/
  • Michael Sohler, graphics card model, the model is textured with Octane materials, but you can swap out your own if you don’t own Octane. Feel free to use the model for commercial use, just don’t re-distribute etc. You can also e-mail anything you create to Michael here: mailmsolar@gmail.comfacebook.com/medienschoepfer 
  • John created a silver Galactic Axe or hatchet model. The silver has details etched into it based on the material/bump channel. You could also re-texture the handle and make it a wooden version pretty easily if you want that style. Feel free to use for personal or commercial use, just make to sure to thank John and also check out his work at epicjcreations.com 
  • First we have a great BMO (Beemo) 3D character created by my main man Rob Redman. Have fun playing around, practicing lighting/rigging etc.
  • Mike Udin, Audio rig for AM/audio waveforms. It comes with quite a few presets and is a great addition to your mograph library!
  • Button Kit:  an epic free button/knob/dial kit for C4D.
  • Ace5Studios just released a really fun and free C4D character rig called #beefy4D. He’s totally rigged up and ready to roll, so if you need a fun character check it out.
  • Modern house Cinema 4D model courtesy of the man, Remco van der Meer.
  • Beautiful, nostalgic, retro portable television model and crazy Sci-Fi Orb thing which used the “Thin Film Shader” which is new in R18
  • Remco built a beautiful interior room which is a photo or video studio. It also includes the backdrop stand which is a great element to use in your animations.
  • Rick Ellis has made a “building generator” rig for Cinema 4D. It comes with three preset buildings but you can make your own with the different building blocks and front faces. Make sure to thank Rick in the comments, and head over to www.rickdellis.com to give him some love.
  • Popcorn Popper Machine
  • Remco built a Tesla Supercharger model and included a station.
  • Mansion house model by Jim Field
  • Toombstones, Crypts and Graveyard Pillars by Daniel Morrison
  • Underwater SeaLab model. The SeaLab program ran in the 1960’s to research underwater habitats and to learn about what humans can endure physiologically, Rick Ellis (http://www.rickdellis.com).  I read the book “Sealab” by Ben Hellwarth and highly recommend it.  by my friendTexturing/lighting is by yours truly.
  • PORSCHE CAYMAN GT4 ANIMATION IN A VERY RAINY ENVIRONMENT:  Car automotive Animation, TOOLS: Cinema 4D, Octane 3, X-Particle, Blackmagic Fusion, After Effects.  SPECS: Render time round about 24 hours, 1 minute each frame on 3 x gtx 980ti.  Waterdrops 4K texture loop
  • High end retail store interior for Cinema 4D
  • C4D flute model by Jim Field, if you need more musical instrument models, make sure to check out our Music Pack.
  • Jim Field created a bunch of beds for interior decorating, including 3 kids themed beds.
  • Fancy restaurant table including chairs and dressing like silverware, cups, plates, candle, menu etc by Rick Ellis
  • BMX Model
  • A very random and awesome looking vehicle. Not sure what it is, but if you can find a way to use it in your work I would love to see it. Please do it! I want to see you use this crazy thing!!
  • Windmill model by Rick Ellis
  • 15 3D conservatory models, a conservatory is a glass room addition to a house for growing plants or just for sitting in by Jim Field
  • Created by Adam Schmisek www.adamschmisek.com Feel free to use the snowglobe model for personal or commercial work.
  • Building pack that is very customize-able. You can add any building “tiles” or profiles that can be arranged in any order to create hundreds of different building styles. It will come with over 50 preset buildings, and lots of add on options like helipads, rooftop features etc.
  • 10 free shelving/drawer/cupboard unit models. These are created by my friend Jim Field. I hope you enjoy them. Feel free to use for personal or commercial work.
  • I converted our free Jeep model so it has Octane textures. The download now includes a C4D and a Octane C4D version!
  • From Pixel Studios an incredibly detailed plate of shrimp and tomatoes. If you ever need some sushi for Cinema 4D this model is all yours.
  • Spotlight lamp and a pile of pills.
  • Two building models from Rick
  • Steampunk collection! It’s created by Vijay Ram aka veej. You can check him out here and give him some love: behance.net/veej75 
  • Here’s a free 3D Bose Soundlink radio model for Cinema 4D. It’s textured for Arnold Render from Remco.
  • Vintage cassette recorder model is textured for Arnold renderer. If you want to use it with any other renderer you can re-texture. Thanks Remco
  • Steampunk Goggles model. This was created by Dmitry Zhavoronkov.
  • Dave Williams created a beautiful goggles model. It includes a little xpresso rig so you can toggle on/off the subdivision and also move the glasses up and down and move the magnifying element up and down. If you make anything cool with it make sure to let us know or tag us.
  • Free model is a circular or spiral staircase model by Remco. The model includes textures. Feel free to use for anything, personal or commercial. Just don’t resell in any way.
  • Restaurant interior scene, if you don’t use Arnold you will have to re-texture.
  • There are a handful of people I keep an eye on in our industry who are doing really fun personal projects. Aaron Covrett is one of the guys I enjoy following (@AaronCovrett on Twitter and instagram.com/aaroncovrett). His latest project is called “Bus Ride.” It’s a beautifully lit, textured and graded animation. I encourage you to check it out on his Behance page. He is also giving away the utility/telephone pole 3D model he created for free! It’s available for commercial or personal work and includes Octane textures. Incredibly inspiring work, Aaron, nicely done!
  • Created and shared by Peter Beurskens, he used to have a photographic advertising studio and this Hasselblad was his first camera! So he decided to model it in Cinema 4D.
  • Isometric Office Scene for C4D and includes textures. To learn more about Lucas head to his site lucasalles.co.uk or check out his Instagram: instagram.com/lucas_salles.  Also, if you want some more isometric rooms we have a bunch of them in our Low Poly Explainer Pack including a Isometric Room Builder.
  • Flag model, think medieval battle flag or game of thrones. Or maybe pirate flag, who knows. I actually made a tutorial on how to make a tattered/ripped flag using cloth in Cinema 4D.
  • Space Capsule model by my man Elis Ekdahl. He included a bunch of xpresso options including wiggle, rotation, having it move along different shaped splines and the ability to open and close the side hatch. It’s a great addition to any sci-fi project.  Make sure to check out Elis’ other work here: https://gumroad.com/ekah
  • Shopping cart model. or trolley if you’re in the UK, apparently? If you need some more shopping store and grocery display models you can check out our Retail Display Pack.  thanks Remco!
  • Interior bedroom scene for C4D. It’s lit and textured using Arnold so if you don’t have that you will have to re-texture but it might be a fun little challenge. To learn more about Lucas head to his site lucasalles.co.uk or check out his Instagram: instagram.com/lucas_salles
  • Model created by Lucas Salles, 3D Robot model.  Lit and textured using Redshift so if you don’t have that you will have to re-texture but it might be a great challenge.  His site lucasalles.co.uk or check out his Instagram: instagram.com/lucas_salles
  • Underworld bust sculpt by Eddie Robbertse. Might be a good interior design element to darken up the mood of your scene. edrobbertse.myportfolio.com
  • Troll Dolls, the toys are also known as good luck trolls, or alternatively gonk trolls in the United Kingdom, created by Paul Davies
  • Dandelion Model this is a beautiful little scene of 3D dandelions, shaded in Arnold for Cinema 4D, but it shouldn’t be much trouble to re-texture for another render engine. Huge thanks to Remco van der Meer.
  • Sardine Can model, Cinema 4D model by Remcol.
  • MMOne is a VR gaming simulator which looks pretty intense. “Part gaming chair, part theme park ride, the MMOne is a three-axis rotating seat that claims to be the world’s first fully-interactive virtual reality attraction.” This model is even pre-animated for you.
  • It’s a free Bitcoin model.
  • 3D school bus
  • Building Kit which is a huge library of C4D building and skyscraper pieces.
  • Studio lamp for Cinema 4D by Remo. There is an Arnold textured version and also a regular C4D Physical Render version. If you want some more video production/light models you can check out our Video Production Pack here.
  • Dutch office, is a Barrel Sauna that comes textured for Arnold Render.
  • Espresso Coffee Machine comes in two versions: 1 for Arnold Render and 1 for Cinema 4D Physical Render version.
  • A very intricate and rad roller coaster element for Cinema 4D.
  • A lighter model that comes in 2 versions. One is textured/lit for Arnold Render and the other is textured/lit for the regular Cinema 4D Physical version.
  • Halloween model, creepy 3D skull model, it has two versions, one is for Arnold, and I also included one for Cinema 4D Physical Render. Included are regular eyeball textures and cat eye textures.
  • Architectural drafting table, the Maribu Drafting Table and is a German piece from the 1930’s. I love these vintage items. Feel free to use for personal or commercial use, just not for resale.



  • Latest collaboration plugin called Topowire for C4D.  With a few clicks you can create dangling cables that are dynamic and connected to any objects you want. It’s incredibly fun to use, quick to set up and will save you a lot of time and headache. Say good-bye to slowly belting the end points of your splines to objects.
  • Hide and Seek:  Quickly find anything in your scene, Search for large groups of objects or specific items, Greatly speed up your workflow on any project, Isolate the objects you’re working with, Create object selection groups to come back to at any time

Hide and Seek is our new project management plugin for Cinema 4D! Quickly find anything in your scene, isolate pieces you’re working on or create infinite selection groups. Save a ton of time by never digging through your object manager again! With Hide and Seek you can:

  • Quickly find anything in your scene
  • Search large groups of objects or specific items
  • Greatly speed up your workflow on any project
  • Isolate only the objects you’re working with
  • Create object selection groups to come back to at any time
  • Never dig through the object manager again!

NEON  SIGN  GENERATOR Octane resource for you to check out. Aaron Covrett created a Neon sign generator for Cinema 4D Octane.


Best Software 2018: PureRef for Motion Design References.  

In this tutorial/overview I’ll show you my favorite piece of software for 2018. It’s free or choose your price from pureref.com. PureRef is a great way to lay out and navigate all of your design references and inspiration. A key part of starting a new project is gathering inspiration and references to guide you with texture, color, typography, various elements etc. This is also a great way to collaborate with other artists or make sure you’re on the same page with your client. Enjoy!

NAB 2018 Sale Checkout Codes  To get 30% off anything in the store: NAB30  To get 50% off of the Mega-Pack: NAB50

A bubble project file Remco made, plus the included 8 bubble materials.  Also included is a download of the rendered out bubbles sequence with an alpha channel so you can use it quickly in AE.

BUILDING KIT Teamed up with Rick Ellis (rickdellis.com). He came up with a beautiful and elegant system for creating custom building models and I’m excited to share it with you. It’s essentially a 3 step process.  With 55+ preset building panels, 20 pre-made spline profiles, 14 pre-made buildings and 50 accessory models, you can prototype and test out different designs in just a few clicks.

EARTH and GLOBES PACK for Videocopilot Element3D:   We’ve finally done it! We have converted the Earth and Globes Pack for Videocopilot Element3D! Over 40 3D models covering everything from realistic to artistic, high poly to low poly globes, earths, maps and solar system pieces. We have something for everyone and I hope you enjoy it.  If you’re looking for the Cinema4D version, you can find that here.


EVENTS and VENUES PACK:  I’m excited to launch The Pixel Lab “Events & Venues Pack!” I’ve teamed up with Simon Spencer-Harvey and we have created over 50 C4D elements including 15 full 3D environments that will hopefully save you tons of time on your projects. This pack is extremely versatile with elements for concerts, events, conferences and exhibitions.

GRAPHS and CHARTS PACK:  Every single model has an xpresso rig so you can easily change the bar, point, or line heights with sliders. The sliders are also connected to the numerical values, so they go up and down whenever you raise a bar or move a point! We are also including a fully pre-animated version of each and every model so you can just add them to your scene and already have the animation set up! That means you can either use the included xpresso rig, or you can use the pre-animated xpresso rig, it’s up to you since we have included both versions.

LOW POLY SCENERY PACK We have created over 75 low poly C4D models and Element 3D version, that will hopefully save you tons of time on your projects. We also included 6 full scenes that have different color schemes that you can pick from.

LOW POLY EXPLAINER PACK  Simon Spencer-Harvey and I are very excited to launch the new Low Poly Explainer Pack! It’s massive, with over 100 C4D elements including a hand rig, isometric room generator, character generator (with 20+ animation presets), vehicle rigs, tree and grass generators, and 65+ objects to populate your scenes! We also made 5 full tutorials if you want to learn more about the product or how to use it. I truly hope it helps you out on your projects and you find it useful! Below are all of the included objects followed by the tutorials.

MATERIAL PACK 1 Redshift C4D Materials were created by my friend Mark from MSJPhotography.com. (Texture ball model courtesy of Paulo Barrelas of ultradigital.pt)  135 pre-made complex materials so you can save time and limit your node tree headaches.



MATERIAL PACK Over 500 C4D materials/textures to help you speed up your workflow and focus on being creative.  The textures are organized into the following categories: Alpha Overlays, Everyday Color, Fabric/Leather, Wood, Metal, Glass/Transparent/Ice, Luminance, Misc., Paper/Cardboard, Patterns/Tiles, Rubber/Plastic and Stone/Concrete/Dirt. It’s a .lib4d file, can load these textures into your Cinema 4D Content Browser and easily access them at any time.

MEGA PACK  includes every Cinema 4D model and material The Pixel Lab has ever created in one pack! Over 1,275 models, 840+ materials. Plus we are including the Building Kit, Pipes Generator, Air Duct Generator and the Scaffold Rig! This will give you a massive library of different models you’ll be able to use for all of your upcoming projects. We are also throwing in the Material Pack and the Procedural Material Pack for free as a bonus: over 840 pro C4D textures to sweeten the deal!OCTANE SSS SHADER PACK  If Octane is your jam then check out this free pack of 16 SSS (Subsurface Scattering) C4D Octane materials. They were created by my friend Paul, aka The Rusted Pixel and they are absolutely beautiful.

OCTANE BUNDLE  has all 5 of our Octane products.


CINEMA 4D OCTANE LIGHT´S  Simple Octane Lightkit.  This is a simple and easy to use Cinema 4D Octane Lightsetup. We have a Area/Shape light, a Spotligt with OpenGL Viewport visualisation, a Sunlight, a HdriSky and a Seamless floor setup. For each light/Setup are all settings in one tab. You have Solo/Unsolo buttons for each light. And you have also the C4D Lightning tool buttons in the tab. You can move lights, target lights and set specular lights. We think this is very useful for product shots or car shots.

OCTANE LIGHTING ESSENTIALS  I’m stoked to share the brand new Octane Lighting Essentials for C4D pack, which I’m launching with Alessandro, aka Renderking. Jump-start your lighting in Octane with 10 completely customizable lighting studios. Each one has a full Xpresso rig so you can quickly modify the lights, size, position and colors.

Added Octane Lighting Essentials so now we have all of our 4 incredible Octane products in one bundle with a savings of over $55.

OCTANE MASTER COURSE  I’m excited to team up with John Burdock to share the best training for Octane I have found out there. The Octane Master Course is the first fully comprehensive series of video tutorials for Octane Render in Cinema 4D. It’s meant for all skill levels and will cover everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Octane and how it interacts with Cinema 4D. This course will also continue to evolve and update as Octane and Cinema 4D change over the years. It’s over 90 videos (30+ hours) with a complete beginner to advanced level progression which will help accelerate your Octane knowledge and quickly get you the technical skills you need.


OCTANE TEXTURE PACK PRO: This pack has 100 incredibly detailed and high resolution textures. It has been over a year in the making with any ior, dispersions and sss values physically correct to the real world. Definitely a must have for pro level texturing.

OCTANE TEXTURE PACK 2:  Architecture Edition  It has 100 incredibly detailed and high resolution textures which are perfect for interior or exterior scenes. These would be perfect for any mograph work also, not just arch viz.

MESH BOOLEAN  MeshBoolean, which unlocks tons of non-destructive options for using booles in C4D. They just released a big update which includes smoothing. This means you can make really awesome “weld” looks between objects without having to model or make things editable.

PROCEDURAL MATERIAL PACK:  I’m extremely excited to introduce The Pixel Lab “Procedural Material Pack!” Rob Redman and I have teamed up to bring you a very special pack with over 340 C4D materials to help you speed up your workflow and focus on being creative! These 100% procedural materials take full advantage of the new Reflectance channel in C4D! Procedural means that they are infinitely tile-able unlike many other material packs which use image textures and can create seams when you tile them.

PRO MATS VOL 1:  Rob Redman of Pariah Studios and I have collected 50 premium, high resolution materials for you. They are all image based, meaning they are extremely realistic and also quick rendering. Most of them include color, normal and bump and some also include specular maps. This means you can use them in any third party render engine! Just add the color, bump and normal maps and you can use Octane, Redshift, Arnold, Cycles or any other engine. You could even use them in a different 3D app like Maya or Max if you wanted to!

HARD SURFACES  I’m excited to introduce Hard Surfaces V2, the ultimate kitbash pack. It contains 200+ beautifully textured models to quickly bring your ideas to life. The theme is a mix of steampunk, industrial, sci-fi styled mechanical kitbash models. Also included are fully built assets and 4 complete scenes.  There are three versions in the download: A fully textured .lib4d for Octane render, a fully textured .lib4d for C4D Physical render, and all of the .obj files to use in a different application such as Element 3D (not textured).

PXL + DIRT Rig you can quickly add complex dirt, grunge and worn looks to your materials. The best part is that it takes very complex mix materials, noises, shaders and layers and puts them all in a very easy to use interface which is fast and fun to play around with.  Have updated PXL + DIRT to V.2 which now works with Octane 3.08 & includes the ability to add bitmaps to the displacement channel plus more.

3D VIDEO PRODUCTION PACK and 2D VIDEO PRODUCTION THEMED MODELS  with Remo have created a huge pack with 20 video production themed models. You will also get two bonus behind the scenes time-lapse videos showing Remco modeling the Camera Dolly and Follow Spotlight from scratch.

SCAFFOLD RIG PACK: Create custom rigs in a few clicks! This rig, created by my friend Peter Holweg (xplicitcreations.com), is incredibly easy and fun to use.


Scaffold Rig for Cinema 4D

C4D Scaffolding Rig Tutorial


I’m very excited to bring you the first EVER material packs available for Cinema 4D R20 and it’s new node-based material system! Included are 300+ premium 4K and seamless tileable materials. All materials are either Node or Uber materials that are designed exclusively to work with R20 and beyond. The bundle includes both Pack 1 and Pack 2 and you will save $40 by purchasing them together.

TECHNOLOGY PACK for Videocopilot Element 3D.  This product was created by Remco van der Meer and converted to Element 3D by Vic Garcia. The pack has 49 technology themed models prepared for Element. These renders were done straight out of After Effects:

Free Greeble Displacement Map Generator Application

TOPOWIRE for C4D  With a few clicks you can create dangling cables that are dynamic and connected to any objects you want. It’s incredibly fun to use, quick to set up and will save you a lot of time and headache. Say good-bye to slowly belting the end points of your splines to objects. Whew!


Node Fest is a great conference featuring incredible artists like Rich Nosworthy, John Dickinson, Tim Clapham, Brett Morris, Mike Tosetto etc. They put up all of the talks for free! Topics include industry burn out, VR, Redshift, commercial design, pitching and many more.

Tutorial: Lights or Alpha Fringe Showing Up in Octane Fog

In this Octane for Cinema 4D tutorial I’ll show you how to get rid of a pesky issue where your lights have an ugly bounding box/fringe, even when you turn their opacity down. This can happen if you’re using Fog, Medium or Volumes in Octane. This also can happen with a texture that has an alpha channel showing a fringe. I’ll go over the three different ways you can add fog in Octane and how each one has it’s own strengths and bugs. Hopefully this primer will give you at least some direction for when things go belly up with Octane fog!

CB CREATIVE BLOG 15 Cinema 4D tutorials to up your 3D skills

C4D + AE Tutorial: Glassy Tech Graphics and Solving Octane Z-Depth Issue

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create some cool glassy tech graphics in Cinema 4D, After Effects and Octane Render. I will show you how to set up the Z-Depth pass and address a little gotcha that might frustrate you with Octane. Finally I’ll show you how to use that Z Depth Pass in Adobe After Effects for some shallow DOF and bokeh. I hope it’s useful!

Coming off the heels of a massive Siggraph and NAB season Maxon just keeps on trucking with conference training. IBC flies a bit under the radar, but it’s another incredible industry conference that Maxon lights up with presenters and free training. Some of my favorites were Barton Damer and Dusan Vukcevic. Maxon just posted all of the presentations as a youtube playlist, which I highly encourage you watch!

C4D Tutorial: R19 Voronoi Fracture Tips

C4D Octane Tutorial: Save Massive Render Tiem with Adaptive Sampling

Cineam 4D R20:  Volume MOdeling and Fields for Damaged Traler Text

C4D + AE Tutorial:  Glassy Tech Graphics and Solving Octane Z-Depth Issues

Cinema 4D Tutorial:  Transfer Tool for the Workflow Win


C4D OCTANE TUTORIAL: How to Add Multiple Materials to One Object with the Side Node

C4D Octane Tutorial:  Adding an Image Texture to Dirt Node for Realism

Realflow Tutorial (Beginner)

Intro to the NURBS Tools in Cinema 4D

How to use Sub Polygon Displacement in Cinema 4D

C4D Quick Tip: Changing the Default Settings of Tools and Objects

Cinema 4D Tutorial: Solo Options Overview

Free Book Generator Rig for Cinema 4D

How To Create a Digital Countdown Clock + Freebie

In this tutorial I’ll show you two ways to make a simple digital clock countdown in Cinema 4D. I’ll show you how to do it with C4D Xpresso and a variation with User Data. I’m giving away the scene file for free also!
To find the more complicated project file I mentioned you can go here: https://vimeo.com/161978071

The font I used can be found for free here: https://www.dafont.com/digital-7.font

Basic Cinema 4D tutorials Part 15 Environment

C4D Fundamentals | 01 – The User-Interface Basics – A Cinema4D Quick Start – Christoph Doe

C4D Fundamentals | 02 – Introduction to Spline Modeling – Christoph Doe

CG101: What is NURBS Modeling?

Camera Movement | Cinema 4D Tutorial on Ch-Ch-Check It

Tutorial: Creating multiple cameras using Stage Object in Cinema 4d and exporting to After Effects

Maxon Cinema 4D R14 Tutorial | Path Animation

Cinema 4D R17 – Spline Tools

A Guide for the Render Engine Jungle – Introduction

Working with Scale and Size in C4Dhttps://vimeo.com/72547110

Speed up your workflow in C4D with this little tip on the “animation” feature that is often overlooked.

Cinema 4D Quick Tip: Physical Sky Object Atmosphere

C4D and AE Tutorial: Tips for Realistic Compositing

C4D Depth Pass Tips and Free Preset Rig

C4D Tutorial: Best Way to Loop Animations

Cinema 4D Tutorial: Free Code Vonc Gelatine Plugin

Cinema 4D Tutorial: R18 Cloner Updates

C4D Workflow Quick Tips

Tutorial for The Pixel Lab Material Pack for Octane

C4D and After Effects Text Titles Tips: Glows and Ambient Occlusion

C4D StreetView4D Plugin Overview

Cinema 4D Tutorial: Tips For Using Soft Body Dynamics

Cinema 4D Quick Tip: Using Displacement

C4D Tutorial: Linking Texture Slots to Save Time and Hassle

Cinema 4D R14 Sculpting Tutorial

C4D Quick Tip: Modifying Textures From .lib4d Models

Rendering with Arnold in Cinema 4D

Tutorial: C4D to AE Null Problems

Two Quick Tips for Saving Time with C4D Hierachies

Cinema 4D R18 Thin Film Shader for More Realistic Materials

Free NeuronBuild Script and Getting Accurate Neurons into C4D

C4D Quick Tip: Snapping and Breaking Spline Dynamics

C4D Tutorial: SSS (Subsurface Scattering) Faked in Cinema 4D

Tutorial: How to make an X-Ray Machine Look In Octane Render

Tutorial: Creating an X-Ray Machine Look In Cinema 4D

Quick Tip: Open Multiple Copies of Adobe After Effects in Windows 10

Octane 101 Tutorial: Setting Up Multi-Pass and Object Buffers

How to Make a Hospital X-Ray in Octane: Dirt Shader vs FalloffMap

C4D Octane Tutorial: Beveled Edges Hack with Rounded Edges

101 Octane Tip: Kernel Settings For Beginners

Octane Tutorial: Fix Hot Pixel Fireflies & Faster Renders

Octane Tutorial: Using Displacement With PXL + DIRT Rig in C4D

Cinema 4D Octane Tutorial: Scatter Object Overview

Cinema 4D & Otoy Octane Tutorial: Shadow Catcher for Compositing

Cinema 4D Tutorial: Free Buffer Script

Wave Displacer – Quick Tip – C4D Octane

C4D Tutorial: Interactive Render Region Hack

Cinema 4D Quick Tip: Pulling Focus on Tricky Scenes

CINEMA 4D xpresso car rig

C4D Tutorial: Using Layer Masks in the Reflectance Channel

An in depth look at Zync Render for Cinema 4D

C4D Octane Tutorial: Dramatic Lighting Tip

Adding Dirt To Tires With Octane PXL + Dirt Rig for C4D

C4D and Octane Tutorial: Adding Dirt To Tires with Mix Materials

C4D Tutorial: R19 Voronoi Fracture Tips

C4D Tutorial: How to Make Lights or HDRIs Flicker

MEDIA  100

Media 100 Suite Now Available FREE, New macOS Sierra Support




  • Archive 3D  
  • ASTORZA:   cadillac-eldorado53-astorza.fbx
  • EVOLVED – Software About Tree It.  Tree It is an easy to use and powerfull real time 3d tree generator for the simple creation of your very own 3d tree models for your dark basic pro and dark GDK apps and games. All Tree It model exports are 100% free to use with any engine and project, whether it’s darkbasic or unreal 4.
  • TREES LIBRARY  Use in game engines. You will find a folder called “project_files” where you will find all files needed in order to import to another game engine like Uhnity or other software like blender.  Pictures of the trees: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/By4R8  This Package include a UE4 project with all the trees ready to migrate.- More than 100 diferent models- 16 Diferent Spices- Base Mesh + 3 LOD’s and 4 LOD is a billboard- Ready to use In UE4- 3d models and textures for use the trees in other Game engines or software- Trees templates for open in Treeit!
  • GUMROAD  Free Photogrammetry Model Collection.  Some photogrammetry scans I did. Textures are 4-8k. Objects are retopologized to about 50k quads each, includung normal maps for details. There are the single OBJs with textures and a C4D scene with all objects and Redshift shaders applied.  Download for free!
  • TurboSquid:  Unsure of a model?  We offer pre-purchase checks of all our models, giving you additional information about the model and seeing how it will work in a game engine. We also offer free conversions to suit your desired application. Bought a model that doesn’t work for you? Let us make it right!
  • 3D Objects and Textures Web Resources:  Here you can find some web resources for 3D objects (3ds, skp, Ogre XML formats supported) and textures, that can be used in Live Home 3D Standard or Pro Editions. Please note that we cannot guarantee that all 3D models and textures can be properly imported and used in Live Home 3D software. Check the model and texture copyrights on each particular website.
  • 3dRender:  High-end 3D art and information.

MATRIX QUANTUM  Til now, studios and artists could spend large portion of project timeframe to setup sophisticated characters, before shot production actually commences. Quantum Human can speed up this process by literally hundreds of times, if not completely eliminate that process.  Since Quantum Human operates natively in Maya while having batch command-line mode, it’s highly customizable to existing production pipelines, or build custom interactive applications. Users can choose which modules to use, instead of entering a whole new application that is often a black box.


Artist, motivator, and teacher, Ryan is known to ignite the spark in people with his teachings and humor. Also known as an Anatomy Guru and ZBrush Teacher he has taught more than 25,000 students across the globe.  An artist himself and life long learner Ryan shares his life experiences and lessons with all his students through webinars, writings and video lessons. He is a programmer, a writer, a digital artist, a traditional artist, devoted husband and father of two lovely kids.

Ryan is the CEO and founder of one of the first online school for Digital and Traditional Arts, ZBrushworkshops and UArtsy where he has taught his artistic strategies and techniques to hundreds of thousands of people.

Ryan was also part of the the team which brought groundbreaking software “ZBrush” back in the day.



CGMA Jam Session |Webinar with Nik Hill | Understanding Motion Graphics

Nik Hill’s creative desire to constantly reinvent himself established him as a key motion designer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy. In addition, his passion for creating conscious products and experiences inspired him to start Twenty Third C., a gender neutral art and jewellery atelier/lifestyle brand. We are pleased to have him for an upcoming live CGMA Jam Session.  In our talk we dive into the creative mindset of Nik Hill and take a look his upcoming workshop Motion Graphics starting April 28. We take a look at how his early influences shaped his artistic path, goals, and his desire to be a student of life. Please enjoy our conversion with Nik.  Nik Hill Twitter: @nikilldesign (https://twitter.com/nikilldesign?lang=en) Instagram: @nikilldesign (https://www.instagram.com/nikilldesign/) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nikilldesign/


Cross-platform open-source compositing software.  Natron offers robust and efficient tools for compositors to get their job done fast with high quality results.  Commercial support is now available.


“To create outstanding simulation technologies that contribute to the progress of science, industry and society”







3D COAT, Digital Sculpting, Ultimate Retopo Tools, Easy Texturing & PBR, Fast & Friendly UV Mapping

3D-Coat is the one application that has all the tools you need to take your 3D idea from a block of digital clay all the way to a production ready, fully textured organic or hard surface model. Today 3D-Coat is available to learn at 200+ Universities and schools worldwide.  Easy Texturing & Physically Based Rendering, Digital Sculpting, Untimate Retopo Tools, Fast and Friendly UV Mapping

3D-Coat is a commercial digital sculpting program from Pilgway designed to create free-form organic and hard surfaced 3D models from scratch, with tools which enable users to sculpt, add polygonal topology (automatically or manually), create UV maps (automatically or manually), texture the resulting models with natural painting tools, and render static images or animated “turntable” movies.

PBR Demo in 3D Coat

Compiled versions of numpy for the different versions of python in both 32 and 64 bit. So download the one that matches your install of python.  The files are python wheel files which pythons form of distribution package. To install these you need Pip which you may have already depending on which version of Python you have. To find out more about pip and installing wheels.
Compiled versions of numpy for the different versions of python in both 32 and 64 bit. So download the one that matches your install of python.  The files are python wheel files which pythons form of distribution package. To install these you need Pip which you may have already depending on which version of Python you have. To find out more about pip and installing wheels.
Compiled versions of numpy for the different versions of python in both 32 and 64 bit. So download the one that matches your install of python.  The files are python wheel files which pythons form of distribution package. To install these you need Pip which you may have already depending on which version of Python you have. To find out more about pip and installing wheels.
Compiled versions of numpy for the different versions of python in both 32 and 64 bit. So download the one that matches your install of python.  The files are python wheel files which pythons form of distribution package. To install these you need Pip which you may have already depending on which version of Python you have. To find out more about pip and installing wheels.


Pitivi (originally called PiTiVi) is an open source, non-linear video editor for Linux developed by various contributors, with support also available from Collabora.  It is licensed under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License. Pitivi is designed to be intuitive video editing software that integrates well in the GNOME desktop environment.



Modeling and texturing a current gen prop by Ognyan Zahariev

OGNYAN ZAHARIEVPRO is a Senior Lighting Artist at Ubisoft from Sofia, Bulgaria. In this post you will see Tutorial – Modeling and texturing a current gen prop by Ognyan Zahariev. A breakdown of modeling and texturing Dumbledore’s desk.

Breakdowns of Slashcorch The Slayer by Tanvir M.N. Islam

TANVIR M.N. ISLAM is a 3d Artist from Dhaka, Bangladesh. In this post you will see Breakdowns of Slashcorch The Slayer by Tanvir M.N. Islam. Modeling and Texture painting was done using zbrush. For the body, retopo was done using zbrush’s zremesher. Face topology was done in maya and later merged with the body. The whole body was 16 million poly which was not enough to detail the head more. So, split the body based on UV tiles of 4 pieces.


Meet Graham:  a sculptural representation of what a human body would look like if it were properly equipped to withstand a motor vehicle crash. The idea to be taken away is that we obviously are not built to withstand such trauma. Not even close.

The Graham project was developed by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), a road safety organization based in Victoria, Australia. A team of accident investigators, trauma surgeons and sculptors collaborated to design Graham with physical features that may be present if our bodies had evolved to survive intense physical trauma associated with vehicle collisions. The project was designed to open a dialogue about the importance of road safety, highlighting the fact that the odds are against us when it comes to dealing with the physical trauma that can be brought on by a crash. Safety features in our vehicles are not always enough to protect our bodies in a collision, so mindfulness on the road plays the most important role in preventing injury or death by a motor vehicle. The campaign has been a success and has received recognition throughout the advertising world, recently including the Cannes Lions Grand Prix.

ZBrushWorkshops shared Ryan Kingslien‘s video.


Coding in Style:  Adelante Consulting  The art of writing beautiful code in Swift or any other programming language.

An interesting article in iiNet’s eNewsletter September 2015





MEL Scripting for Maya Animators by Mark R Wilkins and Chris Kazmier



Compiled versions of numpy for the different versions of python in both 32 and 64 bit. So download the one that matches your install of python.  The files are python wheel files which pythons form of distribution package. To install these you need Pip which you may have already depending on which version of Python you have. To find out more about pip and installing wheels.


The Apple Renew program lets you recycle any Apple device at any Apple Store and online.

The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre

Close the Loop is an Australian owned resource recovery and  recycling company. We have established a global reputation for providing creative end of life product management services.

Erase the e-waste  great article from iiNet

E-Waste Fact Sheet   Electronic waste can come in many forms including computers, photocopiers, printers, faxes, monitors, batteries and mobile phones.

Frank Green  We’re on a mission to change the way people think about reusable products. We are achieving this by creating innovative, stylish and functional products that ‘do the right thing’ by the planet.  Reducing our footprint and being sustainable is at the core of the frank green culture and community. It’s the right thing to do – and it mutually benefits the community and planet Earth.

Handheld gaming device

Mobile Muster

MobileMuster is the Australian mobile phone industry’s official product stewardship program. It’s a free not for profit mobile phone recycling program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories. It is the mobile phone industry’s way of ensuring old mobile phone products don’t end up in landfill – but instead are recycled in a safe, secure and ethical way.  MobileMuster is managed by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) on behalf of our members.

Mobile phone used as security camera

Mobile Consumer survey 2016

Microsoft end-of-life management for our products

Waste The term ‘ewaste’ encompasses all old electrical appliances either in a state of disrepair or simply obsolete. This includes everything from fridges and microwaves to mobile phones and computers. The correct disposal of ewaste is of vital importance to being able to achieve a sustainable future.

War on Waste  ABC


Information at Rendering and Lighting Post and Rendering Process Diary


10 tips to get your client to use Review and Approval services

While Review and Approval services are a big step up from Dropbox and Vimeo links some people still don’t like to use them.  Scott Simmons on ProVideo Coalition looks at online video Review and Approval services which offer a number of advantages as alternatives to Vimeo/YouTube/Dropbox links and gives 10 tips to get clients to use them.


Creating a Character Rig – Part 10: Basic IK, FK, and result leg joints

Creating a Character Rig – Part 12: Leg FK control

Brian Escribano

Michael Comet, a modeling/rigging artistic/technical director at Pixar Animation Studios and the original creator of Maya Muscle, has bottled these tools’ functionalities to take them a step further. He offers an easy-to-use script called cometRename that can handle all of your renaming needs.


LATEST BLOG POSTS  Link to some of the latest blog posts from The Rookies. Go on, take a break.

From Concept To Render: How To Create A Realistic Sci-fi Environment

Build a 3D interior scene based on a concept

How To Create A Hyper-Realistic CG Camera In 7 Days

5 Crucial Steps to Building a Visual Effects Environment

The Importance of having a Back Story for Character Creation

The Evolution of Rebel Fighter

Making your Animation Dance like Micheal Jackson




HOUDINI – Official Tutorials 

HOUDINI – Side Effects Tutorials 

HOUDINI – 3D buzz

How to make Arnesen Cubes in Houdini


My Space, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Website

MAGISTO app for blogs and articles

The Ideal Social Media Post Length: A Guide for Every Platform

There’s no such thing as too much engagement on social media.  Marketers can always use more likes, shares, video views, and comments. And integral to driving that engagement is nailing the length of your message. That’s what this article is about.

This article is a curation of research around ideal character counts (not to be confused with character limits) for posts and other types of content on:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LInkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest.

Are you writing too much in your social media posts? Too little? Are your videos too long or not long enough? Optimize the length of your content and you’ll be more likely to engage and convert your audience.

Get on top of your social privacy

Social media websites and apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn are getting more and more popular by the day! According to the 2017 Sensis Social Media Report, 79% of Australians now use social media. Basically every Aussie under the age of 39 (over 96%) has some kind of social media account, and even 47% of Aussies aged over 65 are getting in on the action!

Video for Instagram: How to Create Effective Content   with Film Up

Do you want to impress your Instagram followers with high-quality video content? Creating video for Instagram doesn’t have to be complicated – but there’s a bit of a learning curve. Although some video editing programs have preset resolutions and aspect ratios for sharing to Facebook, Twitter and other sites, they may not provide automatic settings for Instagram. You might also have trouble uploading or exporting video directly to Instagram from your photo editing program.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/10840552/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/filmup.co/?ref=br_rs
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/filmup.co/?hl=en
Merch: https://www.merch.filmup.co/shop/hats (Promo: BLOG15)


XGen rendered with Arnold for Maya – Lee Griggs

–  Arnold Maya Rendering Tutorial – basic interior sunlight – 3D files avail free at Dropbox



Strata Foto 3D CX lets you use a digital camera or any phone camera to capture real-world objects as fully textured 3D models. Its ideal for difficult to model objects like organic shapes, soft forms and hand made items. The included Photoshop plug-in makes model creation even easier. Foto 3D models are ideal for developing packaging, games, illustrations, online catalogs and more.

SUBTITLING, Captions, Transcripts


Out of Date Video: Premiere Pro Subtitles SRT Files Workflow

Automated Subtitles in Adobe After Effects and Premiere CS4 and up

Youtube CC:  Clip Converter is a free online media conversion application, which allows you to reocord, convert and download nearly any audio or video URL to common formats. Currently supported services: YouTube (720p, 1080p, 4K), Vimeo and many more. This free and fast converter allows you to watch your favorite YouTube videos offline on your PC, TV or nearly any other device.

Youtube: turn captions on and off

Creating subtitles and closed captions

How To Add Closed Captions To A YouTube Video


Real-time collaborative media review in the cloud


Cloud Technologies – anything, anywhere.  Some food for thought:

  • live streaming broadcast-quality video over commodity internet networks
  • dynamic lifecycle management of a Data Corpus across multiple cloud storage services
  • future of storage in IP/Cloud-Based broadcast workflows
  • lightweight distributed media processing system fur UDH services
  • cloud storage fits into media workflows, not just eveyrwhere
  • SaaS based video production

Make sense of these tech terms

Modern life is chock-full of acronyms from lol (laugh out loud) and brb (be right back) to IDK (I don’t know) and TBH (to be honest). While you may have a lot of chat-speak under your belt, how’s your tech talk? The telco sector is jam-packed with plenty of technical terms that can be confusing to the everyday Aussie.

Top 5 Trends at IBC2018

Attending the IBC2018 conference at the RAI in Amsterdam, I had the opportunity to join sessions led by business leaders, global game changers, and disruptors in the media, entertainment, and broadcast technology industries. From the sessions I attended, and ideas shared, there were five trends that stood out.


The cloud provides an environment that can enhance and accelerate almost every aspect of the media supply chain, allowing Media Enterprises to focus on the business of creating and monetizing great content.  This White Paper will help you understand and plan for migrating your media workflows to the cloud.

AC WiFi: What you need to know

There’s a lot of talk about AC WiFi these days; what was a new-fangled WiFi technology back in 2012 is now pretty commonplace but if you don’t know what it means, you may not know that a better type of WiFi is right under your nose!

Get the best suggestions on your streaming service

Streaming suggestions that just don’t make sense: it can happen to anyone. Perhaps your kids selected your Netflix profile by accident and spent a few hours watching every cartoon under the sun. You might have a housemate with a passion for watching old school BBC shows on your Stan subscription. You may have gone through a phase of listening to glam metal on Spotify or Google Music and now you never want to hear another hairspray-fueled scream again.

DRASTC TECHNOLOGIES LTD Drastic also provides many of these technologies on an OEM basis to qualified partners.DV CREATORS If you ever need to watch a series of video clips and take notes, or if you need to get dailies or raw footage to clients or collaborators for comments, you know what a huge hassle it can be- doing window burns, waiting hours for renders, making DVDs, spending hours encoding, and then there’s the hassle of the review process- having to continually hit pause on a DVD remote and write down the timecode you see on the screen.

FTTC: The new NBN technology.  The NBN™ landscape continues to see exciting changes with a brand new technology joining the mix: Fibre to the Curb (FTTC). Why is it spelled that way, you ask? Here’s the answer straight from NBN Co’s blog:             “If you’re wondering why we went with “FTTC”, instead of adopting the Australian spelling of “Kerb”, this is because the term “FTTC” (US spelling of “Curb”) is already a globally-understood acronym with its own definition.


FFMPEG  A complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video

ImageMagick software suite to create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images. 

Highest Quality Workflow for Canon Raw video

How to Edit Your Amazing Magic Lantern 14-Bit RAW Video on the Worst Computer Ever

RAW “Video” on Canon DSLRs with Magic Lantern

GUIDE (Simplified): RAW on 5D mark III with Magic Lantern (Updated May 12th ’15)




Abandoned Cinema Scene – Development Video 5 – Texture Workflow with Substance Designer & Painter

Substance Painter Crash Course



SCANNING 3D INFINITE REALITIES  Scanning is hard work, perseverance, learning, sacrifice and most of all, patience for what you are trying to capture

VERTHEIM:  Welcome to the exxential resource for all things 3DS Max, Photoshop and more for CGI students everywhere.




Visual Storytelling.  Where Your Story Begins.  Storyboard software that combines drawing and animation tools with camera controls. Develop the story with total artistic control.Storyboard Pro gives you everything you need to storyboard your episodic, advertising, film, explainer videos and other creative projects.



Model your world in true 3D using your phone



CB CREATIVE BLOG:  Typography rules and terms that every designer must know




The Unreal Engine is a source-available game engine developed by Epic Games, first showcased in the 1998 first-person shooter gameUnreal.  Unreal_Engine Although primarily developed for first-person shooters, it has been successfully used in a variety of other genres, including stealth, fighting games, MMORPGs, and other RPGs. With its code written in C++, the Unreal Engine features a high degree of portability and is a tool used by many game developers today.

We give you everything so you can build anything. You get all tools, all features, all platforms, all source code, complete projects, sample content, regular updates and bug fixes.

How One Animator Is Making His Own CG Series With Unreal Engine

UNREAL STUDIO – Accelerate real-time workflows for digital design with Unreal Studio.  Is a comprehensive new suite of tools, assets, support, and learning solutions that simplify the process of importing CAD data into Unreal Engine for architectural visualization and product design.

Unreal Studio Features

  • Datasmith—After five months in beta, Datasmith has been production-proven by thousands of customers using it to efficiently transfer CAD data from over 20 CAD sources, including Autodesk 3ds Max, into Unreal Engine.
  • Learning Tools—Extensive tutorials include Unreal Engine fundamentals and industry-focused training materials, with updated content released on an ongoing basis.
  • Assets—Includes 100 Substances from Allegorithmic for common architecture and design materials, and industry-specific templates to quickly create experiences.
  • Support—The beta features a knowledge base and one-to-one ticketed support.


On-demand tutorials, Epic results.


UV PLUG IN  Nightshade UV Editor.  Nightshade UV Editor 2.1.2 (maya script).  Nightshade UV Editor extends the Maya’s UV Texture Editor with tools, scripts and a UI that greatly speed up the time it takes doing UV work.

Nightshade UV Editor



VPaint is an experimental vector graphics editor based on the Vector Animation Complex (VAC), a technology developed by a collaboration of researchers at Inria and the University of British Columbia, featured at SIGGRAPH 2015. It allows you to create resolution-independent illustrations and animations using innovative techniques.

CG CHANNEL   Check out neat free 2D animation package VPaint



There’s a lot of content out there on the ‘net and there’s no denying it can hinder our productivity.

SHOPIFY whether you sell online, on social media, in store, or out of the trunk of your car, Shopify has you covered.

NGROK  ngrok exposes local servers behind NATs and firewalls to the public internet over secure tunnels.

How it works

You download and run a program on your machine and provide it the port of a network service, usually a web server.  It connects to the ngrok cloud service which accepts traffic on a public address and relays that traffic through to the ngrok process running on your machine and then on to the local address you specified.

What it’s good for

  • Demoing web sites without deploying
  • Building webhook consumers on your dev machine
  • Testing mobile apps connected to your locally running backend
  • Stable addresses for your connected devices that are deployed in the field
  • Running personal cloud services from your home

NO DNS I/O  Many thousands of developers and web designers around the world use NoDNS I/O to create website sneak peek. Each hour previews are generated from sites hosted on various platforms such as Cpanel and Plesk.
Many theme authors use our certification logo to promote their themes.

TUMULT HYPE  create beautiful HTML5 web content. Interactive web content and animations made with Tumult Hype work on desktops, smartphones and iPads. No coding required.

Whois are public databases which allow to visualize all details about a domain name. Search domain name registrations, view domain name owners and full registration details.  They are published and updated by each extension’s registry.

10 Tips for Getting Started on a Web Design Project  Getting started on a web design project can be intimidating. There are a lot of moving parts, and clients tend to expect high quality. Goal identification, scope definition, sitemap and wireframe creation, content creation, UI design, testing the site, these are all the elements that the web design process most commonly includes.

Designing a Small Business Website: Wants vs Needs  Let me start off by saying something that might not sit well with everybody. Namely, designing a quality small business website is not about making the thing pretty. Nor is it about agreeing with every single idea that the client brings to the table.

For In-depth Research Problems found a very Simple Solution! Dunia!

I have been in the online media space for one and half decades. What always bugged me from the start is, how difficult it is to gain access to authentic information from good sources in the World Wide Web. Even today that is! Search (SERP) results are decided by AI Algorithms and SEO, so effectively, we the people of the world, miss out on good content from good sources which are not SERP optimized.

To tackle this problem, I decided to create this universal Research Gateway called “Dunia”. Dunia means “The World”/”The Universe” in Hindi. At “Dunia”, you can access the top resources by searching directly side by side, and then compare the results. Like say Wikipedia or TED or say Britannica and many vertical resources you can search like that. What more, you can actually search the resources from the same page in an organised manner. So please take www.Dunia.co for a test drive! Check out how efficient it can make you in your online research objectives! The best part about Dunia is, it’s not AI driven. Fortunately!

I have personally made a choice for each resource that I have included at Dunia. And now I can search them side by side. This is where my research starts everyday now. And I am willing share my research tool with you for Free 🙂! Enjoy!

Looking for inspiration?   Check out these simple yet stunning web designs from the “most appreciated” artists on Behance.

MAKE IT 2017 – Jamie Ragen – Reinventing Your Digital Design Process in Adobe XD


WP BEGINNER Don’t waste your time on boring tech books or searching YouTube. WPBeginner’s WordPress 101 video tutorials will teach you how to create and manage your own site(s) for FREE.

BACKUPS  Linkedin discussion

Updating a Post should You change date? LinkedIn discussion

Julia Giles You have a number of things going on here; WordPress updates, backups and a migration from site A to B.
o Start with the backup first using plugin Updraftplus, save the files to your server and offsite (PC if no offsite area).
o Next do your WordPress core update (Home>Updates) to bring WordPress up to date
o followed by your plugins and translations updates. Do the updates one by one in case they fail so you know which one failed and can investigate and fix.
o This will leave your theme updates to do. For your live theme, check out the changes that will be applied by researching the theme developers update info so you know what will change. Also note any changes you have made to the theme files as these will be overwritten during the theme update. When you have updated your live theme, reapply your changes to the code and test the website to ensure it still functions and looks the same. Fix any issues.
Btw, a child theme should be used rather than editing themes but life isn’t always so black and white.
o Once you are all up-to-date, take another backup with Updraftplus.
o Migrate the site using the pro version of Updraftplus or a free plugin such as Duplicator.
Good luck.



For getting some information as a form, from users to put in different pages and another users will be able to search from that database to see the result page links in my website. Is that possible ?



Keykau Inc   Free WordPress Webinar – Learn Practical WordPress Hacks in 90 Mins

WP Compendium  free WordPress tutorials for non-techies and beginners


Blog-in-Blog allows you to use the WordPress platform for it’s CMS features, but still have a blog page on your site. Posts selected by category, post_type, tag or any combination thereof, can be used to feed the ‘special’ blog page, and can optionally be hidden from the home page.
You can have more than one category hidden from the homepage (not post_types or tags).



OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab

TABLO  is a place where you can publish your writing, connect with a global audience of readers and find new opportunities for your work.

eBooks would include interactivity and animation with the level of interactivity being basic. On each page the user will be able to click on objects triggering basic animation. Some examples below:


Uploading your own videos  While the video is uploading, you’ll be able to add a video description, choose the visibility settings (which we’ll talk about below), and more. The upload time will depend on a few factors, including the length of the video and your Internet connection speed.

YouTube Copyright Basics

What are video privacy settings on YouTube


The Digital Production Pipeline,  Introduction to 3D Computer Graphics  Mobile Game Creation for Everyone, An Introduction to OpenGL Programming, Keynote Presentation : Marc Davis Lecture Series, “Giants’ First Steps”

Green Screen: How to make a green screen at home


ActionVFX is a stock footage site created specifically for Visual Effects artists. As we always say, if you need shots of girls touching tall grass, you’re out of luck with us. But if you’re looking for high quality VFX assets to cause mayhem, ActionVFX is the site for you. Our Collections currently include Explosions, Structure Fires, Smoke Plumes, Gun FX, and much more.


ART  STATION is the showcase platform for games, film, media & entertainment artists. It enables artists to showcase their portfolios in a slick way, discover & stay inspired, and connect with new opportunities.  The home for artists.

ATLAS,  The Next Generation

AUSTRALIA’S PROP SPECIALISTS An Australian owned company established in 1983, with a focus on Event Theming, Styling, Prop Hire and Photographic Studios, Sydney Prop Specialists (also known as “Sydney Props”) have been a full service provider for 32 years extending an array of services to their clients. With the largest collection of props in Australia and an extensive collection of backdrops, furniture and staging equipment, Sydney Props can design, source and produce an event from the start until the finish.

BEHANCE  Bēhance, Curated Galleries, the best projects across all creative fields.  Graphic Design, Photography, Illustration, Interaction, Motion, Architecture, Product Design, Fashion, Advertising, Fine Arts, Crafts, Game Design, UI/UX, Sound and more.

BELIGHT  Here you can find some web resources for 3D objects (3ds, skp, Ogre XML formats supported) and textures, that can be used in Live Home 3D Standard or Pro Editions. Please note that we cannot guarantee that all 3D models and textures can be properly imported and used in Live Home 3D software. Check the model and texture copyrights on each particular website.


Free 3D Scans.  Highly detailed Raw scans. 3D scans with Millions of polygons plus 4K Color Map FREE!

BOCO STUDIO 3dD visuals, 3D printing and photography


Are you looking for clipart for a school project, marketing flyer, your website, or any other project? At ClipArtMasters you can search and browse through thousands of different clipart images, and download them all – absolutely free! With a variety of features, a huge selection to choose from, and Clipart images in just about every category you can think of, we are the perfect choice for all of your Clipart needs.


We’re a royalty free stock photography agency that believes professional stock images should be affordable and accessible to everyone. We add over 25,000 top quality images each day from the world’s best photographers and artists.

CARTOON  is an international non-profit association based in Brussels. CARTOON’s remit is to support the animation industry by organising several types of events through the year dedicated to animation professionals.

CG FUTURES The Art of Entertainment

CGI BACKGROUNDS automotive backgrounds


CREATIVE  CRASH:  high quality 3d models, scripts, plugins and more

CREATIVE MARKET stock footage

DOSCH  DESIGN  offers computer graphics products for 3D design, advertising, print publishing, architectural visualizations, animation, film, game development, app development, webdesign, motion design and multimedia presentations.


This site is intended to be a hub of resources for Creative Professionals & enthusiast. We offer FREE stock images, footage, information, & resource, along w/ links to other sites & services catering to the production of Film, Media, VFX, Music, Sound, & Software.  We also offer links to related commercial services & resource. Much of the content offered is created by E.M.G. Pacific. Other content contains credits & links to the original creators.

EVER MOTION  is your daily source of the latest tutorials and articles from 3d graphics world. You will find here a lot of free tutorials about rendering in V-Ray and Corona Renderer, modeling and textring in 3ds Max or Zbrush. We also cover software news, animations, showreels and cg trailers. Every week we post „Tip of the Week” – 3d tutorial that covers some aspects of making rendered 3d scenes. We encourage our users to post their latest cg works in Visualizations Gallery and 3D Gallery, so they can be noticed by 3D computer graphics community and architectural visualizers.






GIPHY  is your top source for the best & newest GIFs & Animated Stickers online. Find everything from funny GIFs, reaction GIFs, unique GIFs and more.


GUMROAD  helps creators take control of their creative careers, over $97,000,000 has been made by over 28,999 bloggers, writers, and artists.


HUM3D  3D Models for design. We make what others miss.

IFCC is short for “Independent Festival of Creative Communication”, a festival with the primary goal to promote authorship and creativity through education and rewarding, especially in the field of art and design within the entertainment industry, publishing and advertising. IFCC arose from the perceived need to expand and increase educational content involved with the Judgment Day Awards which will conclude the festival.  Lectures, demos, parties, workshops, recruiting sessions and exhibitions are standard ingredients of IFCC program.


iSTOCK by Getty Images  HD video clips and 4K stock footage


What are these?  These are short clips at 4K resolution (UltraHD if you want to be technically accurate) for use by editors and compositors. They work with any editing package – however I am delivering them as MP4s, to keep the file size reasonable. By layering them over your images, using a compositing style such as ‘screen’ you add colour and interest – reminiscent of old style film effects.

What’s different about these?  I use these kinds of clips a lot in my work. There are a lot of them online already so I’ve tried to do something different. Firstly, I’ve tried to have a slower, more elegant style to these. Secondly, I’ve made them natively in 4K with a Blackmagic camera.

Free 4K bokeh effect – golden hues


IMAGE LIGHT LEAKS Richard Rosenman releases Image Light Leaks Vol. 3

Tools developer Richard Rosenman has released Image Light Leaks Vol. 3, a commercial collection of texture overlays designed to mimic the effect of real-world light bleeding in composited imagery.  The set is available from Rosenman’s website, along with the previous two collections in the series, and a set of 20 free downloadable light leak images.


LIGHT MAP The HDR Light Studio interface is 100% focused on lighting your shot.

MASSIVE has become the leading software for crowd related visual effects and autonomous character animation.

MAXTEXTURES.comWelcome to the home of free tiled and seamless textures….


MOOF high quality backplates and HDR domes

The Stanford 3D Scanning Repository

NASA Images


PLURALSIGHT  As your industry and business model evolve, you need a learning solution that helps you deliver key innovations on time and on budget. With our platform, you can evaluate the technical abilities of your teams, align learning to key business objectives and close skills gaps in critical areas like cloud, design, security, mobile and data.

PODCAST – What is Masters of Motion?   Creative Direction : Learn from a top industry expert!

Masters of Motion is a non-for-profit website, social media channel, and podcast that provides the world with a insight into the Australian and New Zealand animation industry. Comprising of an online gallery featuring outstanding motion design, animation and visual effects work. Our mission is to celebrate Australia’s motion artists and to inspire the next generation of motion designers, animators, visual effects and 3-D artists.   www.mastersofmotion.com.au/podcast/
Subscribe on Itunes LINK :https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/masters-of-motion/id1173390344?mt=2

We discuss topics that are important to know for mid-level motion designer’s and animators, as well as, take a detailed look at Gareth’s career. Gareth talks about the growth of the New York office and how it evolved over his time there. We also discuss two of Buck Sydney’s projects in detail, examining the process and the creative challenges. Gareth explains how Buck became so successful and how they improved their skills and showreel by developing multiple passion projects. Gareth reflects on some of his favourite projects and discusses his experiences with working with puppets.

EP 11 – Grant Freckelton : Animal Logic

Grant has been working in the Visual Effects and Animation industry since 1998, as an Illustrator, Art Director, VFX Supervisor and Production Designer. Most recently, Grant was Production Designer on The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Movie. Prior to this, Grant served as Art Director on Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Directed by Zack Snyder, for which he won an AFI ACTAA award for Best Visual Effects. This followed his previous collaboration as Visual Effects Art Director on Snyder’s 300, for which he won a Satellite award for VFX.  www.animallogic.com

PREMIUM BEAT  Get 15 free explosion elements and 25 explosive sound effects for your next video.  Whether you are shooting an action scene or promoting a company’s big fire sale, these free fiery explosions and SFX are perfect for video editors and motion designers.  These free explosion sound effects and video elements work in nearly every NLE, including Premiere Pro, FCPX, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, and more!

Detonate: 40 FREE Explosion SFX and VFX Elements

REDDIT  Reddit bridges communities and individuals with ideas, the latest digital trends, and breaking news (…okay, and maybe cats). Our mission is to help people discover places where they can be their true selves, and empower our community to flourish.

SHUTTERSTOCK  Discover oveer 161 million royalty-free images, video clips and music tracks.

SPOON GRAPHICS:  Resume Website PSD Template for Access All Areas Members

The Stanford 3D Scanning Repository

SUBSTANCE SOURCE material library

An online library of over 2,000 varied PBR materials.  Since its launch in 2016, Substance Source has grown to a library of over 2,000 PBR-ready procedural materials in Allegorithmic’s Substance format.  The collection, which includes fabric and organic materials as well as more conventional categories like wood, metal and stone, can be used in any application that supports the .sbsar format.

SURFACE MIMIC sells 3D surface scans for digital artists in the Visual Effects and Video Game industries. Our surface scans are high resolution displacement, normal, and color diffuse .psd images.

TEXTURIFY is a new source of free selection of high resolution LDR 360 spherical environment’s panoramas, textures and backgrounds, that convince you that touching the photograph feels like a real material.

TEXTURES.COM is a website that offers digital pictures of all sorts of materials. We have pictures of fabricswoodmetalbricksplastic, and many more. These images are called textures and can be used for graphic design, visual effects, in computer games and any other situation where you need a nice pattern or background image.

3D Objects and Textures Web Resources Here you can find some web resources for 3D objects (3ds, skp, Ogre XML formats supported) and textures, that can be used in Live Home 3D Standard or Pro Editions. Please note that we cannot guarantee that all 3D models and textures can be properly imported and used in Live Home 3D software. Check the model and texture copyrights on each particular website.




3DTotal was founded in 1999 as a simple 3D resource website. Over the last decade the site has evolved into one of the premier CG art websites in the world, offering a variety of training products, an inspirational gallery, a free texture library and hundreds of free tutorials on a variety of subjects

TEN 24  This blend of skill and experience makes Ten24 much more than just a technical scanning company; we understand the industry and more importantly the pipelines that we cater for.

TOOLFARM stock footage, tutorials and has free stock video of the week.

TURBO SQUID  3D models for professionals.   Unsure of a model?  We offer pre-purchase checks of all our models, giving you additional information about the model and seeing how it will work in a game engine. We also offer free conversions to suit your desired application. Bought a model that doesn’t work for you? Let us make it right!

VERTEX BOOKS  is one of the most comprehensive free resources that belongs in every game-artists’ library.

VES HANDBOOK of VISUAL EFFECT:  Industry Standard VFX Practices and Procedures

ISBN-13: 978-0240812427
ISBN-10: 0240812425

VIDEO BLOCKS Enhance your creativity with Unlimited Downloads of 115,000+ HD Stock Footage, Motion Backgrounds, After Effects Templates & more.  All the stock your heart desires! Get millions of studio-quality stock videos for a fraction of the cost.

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