2022: Toolfarm’s Top 10 Tutorials
Each year we look back to see which tutorials were in the Top 10 at Toolfarm. And, there are always a few surprises. A lot of the articles below are more for reference than they are tutorials, but they give you a lot of useful information in one place. We’ve gone back through our analytics to find out which tutorial posts were the most popular since January 1, 2022.
10. In Depth: Particle Plugins for After Effects within your Budget
Particles can be used in so many ways in motion design and visual effects – fire, smoke, cells, swarms, and more. Learn about the options for generating gorgeous particles in After Effects, including a great free option. We’re breaking this article down by features, host support, presets, and price. We’ll also show you lots of examples.
This is article is from 2021 and could use an update, but a lot of the information hasn’t changed much.
9. Setting Up A Render Farm in Cinema 4D with Team Render
This is popular with the crowd using older versions of Cinema 4D. We’ve recently updated it since Cineversity was relaunched.
Who wants to render faster? Everyone!! We’ve covered this topic a bit before but with Team Render for Cinema 4D, you can set up a render farm quickly and easily.
Updated 16 December 2022 with information on the newly launched Cineversity.
8. What the Heck is Open FX?
OpenFX, or OFX, is a standardized software interface between the host and plug-ins for visual effects, editing, compositing, and finishing. It is now widely used for visual effects and video processing and is supported by numerous hosts such as Assimilate, Blackmagic Design, Digital Anarchy, FXHOME, NewBlueFX, RE:Vision Effects, and more.
This article gets updated at least once a year with new information and has continued to be popular.
7. Help! My Trapcode or Red Giant License Won’t Activate Anymore! Here’s THE FIX
Do you have older perpetual Red Giant or Trapcode licenses and they no longer work? Have you upgraded to a new computer and want to use your old licenses? Find out why you’re running into problems and then learn about some possible solutions.
6. In Depth: Render Farms / Network Rendering / Distributed Rendering
The idea of network rendering, or distributed rendering, is to distribute your render over a network, or farm, of computers, to speed up your render times. This can be done in many different programs with a myriad of different setups, so it isn’t as straightforward and clear-cut as I’d like it to be.
Creating the right storage and management can be a challenge but it’s important to get that in place first. This resource was written to help you set up your render farm.
5. Reset PSR: How to Center any Object in Cinema 4D
This tutorial is short and gets right to the point! Reset PSR resets the Position, Scale, and Rotation.
Learn to center any object in Cinema 4D with Reset PSR, hidden by default. It’s now called Reset Transformations in Cinema 4D R25. And, it likely is the same in other versions of Cinema 4D as well.
4. In Depth: Upscaling Video
If you work with old video footage in standard format or can’t shoot 4K, learn how to make the job smoother and get better results. Learn about AI options, how to scale in the NLE and host that you already own. Plus, learn about plugins made exactly for this purpose.
And, this article was updated December 15, 2022, so it’s fresh!
3. Burning Question: How Do I Create an Infinite Zoom?
An infinite zoom is an effect that creates a seemingly endless camera zoom. For example, the camera can pan into a section of photos or art, someone’s eye, a water droplet, or whatever else, and it just keeps going! Oh, there are some great tricks to create an Infinite Zoom.
To be clear, we’re not talking about an Infinite Zoom meeting here!
2. In Depth : In Depth: Which 3D render engine is best?
Indeed, there are so many 3D Renderers available. So, how does an artist know what to choose? Essentially, renderers really do the same thing. However, they work differently and will give different results. Below is a breakdown of what the different renderers offer, not reviews, so you can decide which renderer is right for you.
This reference article is updated often, whenever products are updated, and it’s popular for that reason.
1. In Depth: DaVinci Resolve Studio vs the Free Version
And our MOST POPULAR article of the year is not so much a tutorial but a huge reference to the differences between the free version of DaVinci Resolve and the paid DaVinci Resolve Studio. We know that it’s convinced more than a few people to upgrade.
Is Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Studio worth the investment over the free version? Yes, it is! Find out why: DaVinci Resolve Studio vs Free.
Posted by Michele Yamazaki