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Top 10 Tutorial Posts at Toolfarm in 2020

top 10 tutorial posts 2020

I’ve been swimming through some engrossing data to see which tutorial posts garnered the most attention at Toolfarm. Below, the list of what people were interested in learning in 2020 at Toolfarm. Interesting stuff, indeed!

Top 10 Tutorial Posts at Toolfarm 2020 Facts

Some quick facts about Toolfarm’s 2020 Tutorial Posts

  • We posted 310 tutorials to our site in 2020 alone!
  • We have 2,404 tutorial posts published in total. The reason I’m calling them “tutorial posts” is because some posts have more than one tutorial.
  • While we used to post tutorials for mainly After Effects and Cinema 4D, in 2020 we published more about DaVinci Resolve, KeyShot, and audio plugins.
  • Informational posts have become more popular than the standard “how-to” tutorial posts.

Well enough chitchat. We’re count downing from 10 and build up to the thrilling apex!

10How to Install After Effects Plug-ins, with and without installers

 

How to Install After Effects Plug-ins, with and without installers

 

What it is about?: This article is from 2012 but continues to be extremely popular at our website, hitting the top 10  in 2020. The popularity could be for many reasons. For example, many After Effects users are not using Adobe Creative Cloud and still use CS6. In addition, not a lot has changed when it comes to installing plugins. The article covers some basic information about installation and troubleshooting installs that will apply to most plug-ins. Each installer will be different. And yes, I realize the title isn’t actually a question!

Read the Article: How to Install After Effects Plug-ins, with and without installers

 


9 Burning Question: What the Heck is OpenFX?

 

Burning Question: What in the heck is OFX?

What it is about?: OpenFX, or OFX, plugins are exploding on the market with the popularity of hosts like DaVinci Resolve, HitFilm, Vegas, Nuke, Flame, Baselight , and others. This article explains what OFX means and why you’re seeing so many new OFX tools on the market.

Read the Article: What the Heck is OFX?

 


8 Burning Question: How Do I Fix Rolling Shutter?

 

Burning Question How do I fix Rolling Shutter?

 

What it is about?: This is another Burning Question article. First, I talk about what Rolling Shutter is and how to recognize it. It comes from CMOS sensors on digital cameras and cell phone cameras. There are a lot of video examples on what it looks like. There are also different types of rolling shutter you may encounter, the most difficult being Jell-o vision caused by vibrations.

Then, I give some solutions on how to avoid, reduce, and fix Rolling Shutter, with several videos. Plus, there are ways to ADD Rolling Shutter to your footage for artistic purposes!

This is another article from 2019 that continues to be really popular. It has been updated a few times with new information.

Read the Article: Burning Question: How Do I Fix Rolling Shutter?


7 Setting Up A Render Farm in Cinema 4D with Team Render

 

C4D Spotlight Team Renderer

What it is about?: This article, part of the C4D Spotlight series, goes back to 2017. I updated it in December 2020 with information about Cinema 4D R23 and a few third party renderers.

Read the Article: Setting Up A Render Farm in Cinema 4D with Team Render


6 How do I use Scopes in DaVinci Resolve?

 

 How do I use Scopes in DaVinci Resolve?

What it is about?: Scopes are a crucial tool for editors for consistent color correction, for giving skin tones natural color, and for fixing the white balance of footage. It’s not difficult to learn to use scopes either, whether it’s Waveform scopes, Luma, YC, and RGB Parade, the Vectorscopes, or the Histogram. Although this series is focused on DaVinci Resolve, much of these tutorials are applicable to scopes in any video software or hardware. Learn to read these scopes. In other words, stop the guesstimating!

The article has been updated for DaVinci Resolve 17 and covers the new scopes features. In addition, there are videos explaining how to use the scopes for more accurate color grading.

Read the Article:  Burning Question: How do I use Scopes in DaVinci Resolve?

 


5 In Depth: Render Farms / Network Rendering / Distributed Rendering

 

 In Depth: Render Farms / Network Rendering / Distributed Rendering

What it is about?: This article has been updated a number of times over the last few years. It explains how to set up a render farm, or network rendering. It also has a list of plugins and breaks them down with information on render farm licensing. Featured image credit: stevepb

Read the Article:  In Depth: Render Farms / Network Rendering / Distributed Rendering

 


4 In Depth: Upscaling Video

 

In Depth: Upscaling Video

What it is about?: Upscaling means stretching a smaller video to fit a larger screen. The goal is to increase the size of the video while maintaining quality. Other terms you may hear are up-sizing and uprezzing. Sure, you can simply scale the footage, but you will often get stretched and blurry results. You can also upscale with software and plugins that have features to sharpen and clean up problems including blur, jaggedness, color artifacts, and noise. This article covers the tools to upscale your footage with great results.

Read the Article: In Depth: Upscaling Video

 


3 Burning Question: How Do I Remove Flicker from my Footage?

 

Burning Question: How Do I Remove Flicker from my Footage?

What it is about?: Flicker is common in old film footage but you can also encounter it with footage that is shot with LEDs or fluorescent lights. This article, originally published in 2019, discusses several tools to improve that dreaded flicker. Featured image credit: Eric Michael @ericmichael

Read the Article: Burning Question: How Do I Remove Flicker from my Footage?

 

 


2 In Depth: DaVinci Resolve Studio vs the Free Version

 

In Depth Davinci Resolve Free vs. Studio

What it is: DaVinci Resolve has been super popular for us in the last year, certainly because we can provide downloads to customers. In this article, learn what features are included in Resolve Studio that you don’t get in the free version.

Read the Article: In Depth: DaVinci Resolve Studio vs the Free Version


1 In Depth: 3D Renderers

 

In Depth 3D Renderers

What it is about?: Perhaps the most time consuming page to upkeep, In Depth: 3D renderers is an impartial look at renders we carry in our store. This article covers V-Ray, Corona Renderer, Arnold Renderer, Cycles 4D, KeyShot, Redshift, and the rest. It dives into the types of renderers, the hosts, and comparing some of the features. Featured image credit: PIRO4D

Read the Article: In Depth: 3D Renderers

 


Posted by Michele Yamazaki